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Tears and joy as senior ANZAC veterans march in city parade By JIM BOWDEN

Ladies of Queensland Legacy get a good view of the ANZAC Day parade in Brisbane . . . Nola Mackenzie of Tyalgum, and Stella O’Brien, Daphne Gough and Irene Johnson of Geebung. Legacy is dedicated to caring for the families of deceased and incapacitated veterans and today assists more than 90,000 widows and 1900 children and dependants with a disability. There are more than 5900 volunteers around Australia who act as mentors to the widows and their families

WAR veterans, men and women in their 80s and 90s and some as young as 18 were saluted and cheered by thousands as they marched in the ANZAC Day parade in Brisbane on April 25, marking the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. Brisbane Seniors Newspaper was there to record some of the emotional moments as World War 2 veterans strode alongside those who had served in Vietnam and Afghanistan. Women, members of seniors and RSL clubs and Queensland Legacy and many of them war widows, wiped away tears of joy and sadness as elderly soldiers marched by in a three-hour parade watched by more than 50,000 people. The parade crowds were swelled by the record number of people who earlier had paid their respects at the Dawn Service in ANZAC Square and the hundreds of families, school children and community groups who took part in a ‘Gallipoli sleep out’ at the RNA showgrounds on ANZAC Day eve. More Pictures Page 2


community news Tears and joy as senior ANZAC veterans march in city parade Newspaper

Left: Members of the Patriots Club, a military motorcycle group for regular, reserve and ex-serving members of the Australian or Allied Defense Forces (Army, Navy and Air Force) pose on the steps of the Queen Street Post Office during the Anzac Day celebrations in Brisbane. Most of the Patriots in this picture were Vietnam Veterans and scores of their motorbike, gleaming and spotless, lined the kerbs along Elizabeth Street. A proud and loyal brotherhood, the Patriots provide a social camaraderie for serving and ex-serving members of the defence force and provide support, both physical and financial, to charitable organisations

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Left: Widow of a World War 2 British soldier Scots-born Elizbeth Birch stops in the Queen Street Mall on her way to the Anzac Day parade to listen to a rendition of ‘Bless ‘Em All’ by much-loved city busker Graham Pampling, 75. The blind musician has been playing his melancholic saxophone on the city shopping strip six days a week for more than 20 years. Elizabeth, in her 80s, travelled from Runaway Bay to Brisbane for the day .. “on my own and why not? I’m quite an independent gal,” she said in her still-strong Scottish brogue

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Jokes and laughter greeted Seniors Newspaper when we caught up with Frank Reid, Boonah, Adrian Rogers, Currumbin Valley, and Dennis Anspach, Banora Point. English-born Frank and Adrian served in the Royal Engineers, and Dennis was in the Royal Australian Engineers. All of them saw service in Vietnam and the Indonesia Offensive of 2003-04 frl two Royal British Engineers and one Royal Australian Engineer. They all served in Vietnam and the Indonesian Offensive (2003-04)

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community news Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club members. Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club meet on the third Friday of the month at the Queensland Lions Soccer Club, Pine Road, Richlands, 10.30am sign in for an 11.00am start. Please note the change in time. New members are always welcome. For more information on the Club and its activities, please contact Les (Activities Officer) on 32799449 or mob 0466377618, or email Date claimers for the next three meetings are May 15th, June 19th and July 17th.

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Some of the members at the Clydesdale Farm at Woodford

THE Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club’s April outing was to the Strathgordon Clydesdale Farm at Woodford. On a very wet April Fool’s Day. 52 members of the Club thought they were in for a very wet day. With fingers crossed and our prayers answered we arrived at the farm with the rain behind us. Harry & Marlene Churches

warmly greeted us on arrival and gave a very informative tour and talk about their beautiful horses. We set up our morning tea at one end of the stables and were entertained by the horses at the other end. Harry gave a very interesting talk about their various horse breeds and later we were given an opportunity to hand feed them

and have our photos taken with a huge Clydesdale and a tiny Shetland pony. The Caboolture R.S.L was our next stop where we enjoyed a delicious lunch and great service. A few generous members made their donations to the R.S.L (via the Pokies), and then it was time to make our way back home. The Club held its AGM on the

20th March, with members voting returning Leonie Ayling as President, Glenn Mostyn as Secretary, Kay Wills as Treasurer, and Les Brooks as Activities Officer. The Management Committee wishes to thank all those who attended the meeting and is looking forward to another successful year for the enjoyment of all

Willing to work

THE Australian Human Rights Commission has announced Willing to Work: A National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination Against Older Australian and Australians with Disability. The Inquiry will be led by the Age and Disability Commissioner, Susan Ryan. “Willing to Work is most timely as employment rates for both older people and those with disability remain unacceptably low,” said Commissioner Ryan. “We all lose when willing people are excluded from workforce.” “Research by Deloitte shows that increasing the older workforce by 5 per cent would bring an extra $48 billion annually to Australia’s GDP,” she said. While about a quarter of the population is older, they make up just 16 per cent of the workforce. Australians with a disability make up 15 per cent of the working age population, but only 10 per cent of them have jobs. “Despite these statistics, evidence shows that people with disability and older Australians are willing to work,” said Ms Ryan. “The inquiry will seek to identify the barriers that prevent people from working, and in consultation with employers, affected individuals

and other stakeholders establish strategies to overcome these barriers. Commission President, Professor Gillian Triggs agrees that there is much work to be done in this area. “Each year, one in three discrimination complaints we receive is related to the Disability Discrimination and a third of those relates to employment. There are clearly significant barriers for older Australians as well – 60 per cent of people who complain to us under Age Discrimination do so due to treatment at work or trying to get work,” said Professor Triggs. The Inquiry will shortly publish an issues paper, a call for submissions and plans for consultations around the country. “We hope to engage employers of all sizes across public and private employment as well as older people and people with disability themselves and their representative organisations. We will have the cooperation of the relevant government departments. The common goal is to improve opportunities for those experiencing workplace discrimination and maximise human potential to the benefit of all of us,” said Ms Ryan. The Inquiry will conclude and report by July 2016.

Probus Club of Jindalee THE Probus Club of Jindalee meets on the second Tuesday of the month at the Jindalee Golf Club at10am. The date is the 12th May. Members start the morning with a cuppa then the meeting follows and

will conclude with a guest speaker. A light lunch is available for anyone who wishes to stay longer. Information of our activities and outings is available from club secretary Annette on 3376 1888.

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community news Ask a Leyland Brother AUSTRALIA’S legendary TV travel pioneer Mal Leyland enthralled more than 200 lunch guests at

Living Gems Ruby Gardens Resort recently. Mal introduced his latest book Still

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‘MOTHERS’ will be the theme of Centenary Evening VIEW Club’s dinner meeting on Monday 11th May, the day after Mother’s Day. Meetings are held at Mt Ommaney Hotel and Apartments 6:30 pm for 7pm, cost is $35 and bookings are essential. The guest speaker will be Lynn Atkinson from ‘Giving Grannies’ a charitable organisation that distributes parcels of goodies and baby products to disadvantaged new mothers. There will be a “bring and buy” stall on the night and profits from this will go to The Smith Family Learning for Life program which helps with the education of disadvantaged Australian children. Centenary Evening VIEW Club supports five children through this program. If you would like to attend or require more information phone Di 3202 9759 or Val 3376 1717 or email centenaryeveview before Friday 8th May.

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Residents of Birmingham, England, are known by what nickname? Artist Edgar Degas was famous for his paintings of what subject? How old is a nonagenarian? In humans, where are the pinnae? What nationality was Hugh Victor McKay, inventor of the Sunshine Harvester? In chess, how many different kinds of pieces does each player start with? The lower house of parliament of what country is known as the Duma? The term “blog” is short for what? Complete the title of Irving Berlin’s song, “There’s no business like…” In which Australian city is the National Portrait Gallery? Native to Central Australia, what kind of living thing is a parakeelya? What talent does a polyglot person have? Who starred as Mr Bean in the British comedy show? Where is the Dewey Decimal System usually used? Where on the body is a brassard usually worn? Who replaced Adam Hills as the host of TV’s Spicks and Specks? What is one eighth expressed as a decimal? What surname is shared by Australia’s sixth Prime Minister and an English explorer? Which planet of our Solar System is the hottest? In which city is the tennis arena Roland Garros? Answers on page 8

community news Aspley VIEW Club

PRESIDENT Margaret Sheales presented Mrs Suzanne Rice with her 20 year membership badge at the April Aspley View Club meeting. Sue has been an active and enthusiastic member and loves to catch up with her many new and old friends. Aspley View Club (a valued part of The Smith Family) meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at Kedron Wavell Community Centre, Chermside, for fun, friendship, delicious lunch, guest speaker, lucky door prizes, raffles and has some great bargains on the trading tables. The Club raises funds to

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disadvantaged families, to give them a future

through education. For more information, please

phone Ros on 3263 8686 or Margaret 3264 1586.

President Margaret Sheales presented Mrs Suzanne Rice

The changing face of solar energy

AUSTRALIA boasted 1,393,526 rooftop PV systems, representing 4,132 MW of installed PV capacity, as of March 2015. These systems are generating millions of dollars worth of clean, renewable electricity each day. The new installation figures are from Australia’s Clean Energy Regulator, which also indicated the sun-drenched nation racked up 32.467MW* of solar panel system installs in March based on SGU (Small Generation Unit) certificate registration – 53% less capacity than March last year. In February 2015, 2,756 new rooftop PV installations totaling 51.49 MW were registered under Australia’s Renewable Energy Target (RET). The amount of avoided carbon emissions is also significant. Based on coal fired electricity generation emissions of one kilogram per kilowatt hour, roughly 16,528 tonnes of emissions are potentially avoided each day, or 6,032,720 tonnes a year.

Australia has experienced a decline in renewable energy jobs of 15% according to the nation’s Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Employment in Renewable Energy Activities, Australia is a new ABS publication that reports on Full Time Equivalent (FTE) employment in the renewables sector. The Bureau reports a drop of 2,300 positions from a peak of 14,890 recorded for 2011-12. ABS notes Renewable Energy Target (RET) policies have an important influence on the uptake of renewables and therefore on employment in renewable energy activities. For more than a year, Australia’s Renewable Energy Target has been in limbo; which has resulted in investment in large-scale renewable energy projects such as wind and solar farms plummeting 88 per cent. This has had flow-on effects for employment; slowing growth in the sector.

CWA is now available in the Brisbane City area

QUEENSLAND Country Women’s Association is pleased to announce that a new group has been formed for ladies to join in the Brisbane City area. The meeting night is every 4th Wednesday of the month at 7pm at the Ruth Fairfax House Meeting room 89 Gregory Terrace Brisbane. Our invitation is to all women, working, young mums, retired and those young at heart to attend and you are welcome to always bring a friend. Our sub branch offers an interesting programme each month; we meet for dinner at 6pm in the dining room which is optional then follows our meeting and activity. This is just one of the new groups being rolled out across Brisbane offering women the opportunity to join and be part of the largest women’s community group in Queensland. Each of the groups will be provided with a mentor to assist the group learn about CWA and its broad scope of activities and options available to women of all ages. CWA is apolitical and non sectarian Association with a history of 93 years. We advise Government of the day on women’s issues and lobby when necessary. We empower women in leadership roles and learning new skills in friendship and sharing of talents within the groups. Each group has their own unique programme and work towards projects that support women, children and families both here in Qld and internationally. For more information phone Christine King via email: or phone 3202 7510 and leave a message.

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community news The story of a beautiful quilt and the 8 ladies who made it LENA, the embroidery tutor at the Women’s Creative Centre suggested in mid 2014, that the 8 ladies in the embroidery group make a hand embroidered hexagonal quilt to raffle. The proceeds to be donated to the Cancer Research Fund in 2015. In October 2014 the hexagons were progressing well, when Lena was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. She was treated at the P.A. Hospital and later

CEO Damien Topp accepting the cheque from the ladies of the Women’s Creative Centre

transferred to the Q.E.2 Palliative Care Unit where she received excellent care and attention. Even though Lena was very ill, she still kept an interest in the project. They completed the quilt in time for her to see the final project. Lena passed away on the 1st of March this year. The ladies had hand embroidered 67 floral hexagons with 16 triangles and 10 half hexagons around the border. The quilt was raffled and the proceeds

totalled $1,040. CEO Damien Topp, from the P.A. Cancer Research Foundation, came and accepted the cheque from the ladies on 15th April. The Women’s Creative Centre is a year round supporter of the Queensland Cancer Fund.

Chermside Library REMEMBER Anne of Green Gables? If you loved reading all about Anne of Green Gables as a child, then head off to Chermside Library on Wednesday 27 May at 1.30pm. For the next hour and a half you can enjoy a cuppa while discussing the books with others of like mind. You will need to book for catering purposes so give the Library a call on 3403 7200.

Barry Gibb to return to Redcliffe

CALLING all Bee Gees fans! Barry Gibb is returning to Redcliffe in September to open Stage 2 of the Bee Gees Way, the popular public walkway which honours the world famous super group. Moreton Bay Region Mayor Allan Sutherland announced, ‘Since its opening in February 2013, the walkway has attracted tourists and music lovers from around the world to enjoy stories, photographs and the life-size statue of the brothers. ‘Redcliffe is the birthplace of the Bee Gees where Barry, Robin and Maurice first gathered around a microphone and performed, using the name that would become famous around the globe.’ The next stage will take the attraction to a new level and incorporate some of the many suggestions received from locals and visitors over the past two years. Barry has been heavily involved in the development and approval of the scheme. He is excited at the prospect of returning to relive his childhood and share the next stage of the Bee Gees Way with the community. ‘My memories of my time in Redcliffe are as vivid today as when I was running around barefoot with my brothers exploring its many treasures. It has never left me. Moreton Bay Regional Council has allowed me to share even more memories of my time in Redcliffe, stories of different eras of our lives and career and

honour my brothers, Robin, Maurice and Andy. ‘Having a public walkway named in our honour right where the Bee Gees began is humbling. It’s been an honour to be personally involved in this project. I can’t wait to share the day with the community, fans and friends.’ The opening of stage 2 of the Bee Gee Way (located between Redcliffe Parade and Sutton Street Redcliffe) will form part of the Redcliffe Festival celebrations between 29th August and 13th September.

New fact sheets empower older workers TWO practical manuals launched recently will help older people find jobs or change careers, consumer lobby for the over 50s, National Seniors Australia says. The fact sheets - on career planning, and on learning, education and training - set out tips on how to make the right decisions for financial and personal well-being. Building on the Age Management Toolkit launched in February by Treasurer Joe Hockey, the career planning information is aimed at helping job seekers assess areas such as their current work, their skills, options and developing a career plan. The learning, education and training information sets out the steps they need to take in finding the job they want, the study they may need to undertake and the tax deductions they may be eligible for. “Contemplating a career change or being out of work and over 50 is tough enough without also being unsure of what to

do to improve the situation,” National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill said. “These information sets we’ve launched today will help older workers make informed decisions on their career paths, updating their skills and gaining the confidence they need to find a new job, change careers, start a business or get a pay rise,” O’Neill said. “The Age Management Toolkit launched in February was aimed squarely at employers recruiting and retaining older workers. “The information we have now launched is really for the workers themselves - but it’s not just for over 50s. Younger people can also benefit from the general tips on how to get and keep the job they want.” The fact sheets are available online at Courtesy: National Seniors

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community news A Place in Speedway History th

ON Sunday 24 May 2015, Tony Webb, motorcycle enthusiast and historian, has kindly volunteered to present a talk at the Sandgate Museum about

motor cycle racing at the Sandgate Racecourse. The very first motorcycle race – the beginning of speedway racing at Deagon, was November


5 (Guy Fawkes Day) 1921. This event was advertised as The Great Motorcycle Carnival and it included three Queensland championships. Some of the

events held were for the three mile, twenty mile and a five mile side car race. Motorcycle riders from Queensland, Interstate and New Zealand competed at Deagon and many Queensland Championship records were broken. In 1925, New Zealander, Spencer “Smokey” Stratton won the “1925 15 mile Solo Championship of Queensland” at Deagon. Riding a 7hp Dayton Indian he averaged 78 miles per hour. In 1928 motor car racing was occasionally advertised on the program.

Motorcycle racing at Deagon in 1926

Visitors are welcome and the talk commences at 2pm at 150 Rainbow Street, Sandgate. Afternoon tea

is provided. Enquiries please phone the museum on 07 3869 2283 or 0408 073 179, and email

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THERE’S nothing more exciting than anticipating the enjoyment of an upcoming holiday. Whether you’re further familiarising yourself with the sights and sounds of Australia or venturing

abroad, there’s no doubt that the prospect of new experiences and unknown marvels is a delightful one. In order to truly enjoy a carefree break, some planning must be done in advance.

Trivia Answers from page 4 Answers: 1. Brummies 2. Dance, in particular ballet 3. Over 90 and less than 100 years 4. Visible part of the ears 5. Australian 6. Six 7. Russia 8. Web log 9. Show business 10. Canberra 11. Plant 12. Command of several languages 13. Rowan Atkinson 14. Libraries 15. Around the upper arm 16. Josh Earl 17. 0.125 18. Cook 19. Venus 20. Paris Disclaimer for Trivia quiz Answers are correct to the best knowledge of our quizmaster Allan Blackburn. Sometimes people may have different views and some answers considered correct by Allan may be considered incorrect by others. While all care and attention is taken with these answers, mistakes can happen. If you find one, please live with it! No correspondence will be entered into regarding Trivia Quiz answers.

There are passports, spending money and travel documents to account for, technological aids to fit into carry-on baggage, and of course decisions to be made over which clothing items to pack. Along with these details, there is one more significant thing to consider: travel insurance. Many people will return from a trip with funny stories about getting lost, language barriers and or other little things that went amiss. While most people encounter minor incidents, should things take a serious turn for the worse, it is important to have the financial support of travel insurance behind you. Imagine falling ill in a foreign country, losing your luggage, having your possessions stolen, or being subjected to delayed flights – these are all things which could ruin your holiday experience. Luckily, these are also situations where travel insurance can come to the rescue. And that’s where National Seniors Insurance comes in. Specially designed for the over 50s with no age limit

on acceptance, it can include cover for a range of pre-existing medical conditions. It also provides financial support for a range of incidents, including lost luggage, medical and dental expenses incurred overseas and the provision of extra flights in the case of a delay or emergency. We’ve partnered with the experts at Cerberus Special Risks to bring you cover that is underwritten by certain underwriters at Lloyds and includes 24/7 emergency assistance and the highest levels of customer support and claims management. And, by purchasing insurance through us, you will also be supporting the advocacy work that we carry out on behalf of more than 200,000 members of National Seniors Australia nationwide. Contact us for a quote on 1300 50 50 99 or visit nationalseniors

Annerley/ Moorooka Senior Citizens’ Club

THE next bus trip will be to Beenleigh Senior Citizens’ Club on Thursday May 21st, morning tea will be provided on arrival after which we will be entertained by a concert party and lunch. The bus will leave our Hall, Cnr Fleurs and Clifton Streets, Annerley at 8.30am. On Tuesday 12th May, a Cent Auction is being held at our Hall and everyone is welcome to attend. Bring a friend and enjoy the morning with our members. Perhaps you would like to mark your calendar ahead of time for our “Christmas in July” trip to Maleny. This trip is being held on 14th July. Further details will be available closer to the event. For any further details about Club activities, please contact Colin on 3848 6371. Page 8 - Brisbane Seniors - May 2015

community news Brisbane’s 190th Birthday! Bikes 4 Life Welcomes Volunteers

THE Bikes 4 Life (B4L) project recently welcomed around 20 new volunteers to assist with repairs to donated bikes for allocation to people in need. A recent interview and appeal for volunteers on ABC 612 radio Brisbane attracted significant interest in the project with a large number of volunteers coming forward to offer their help. The project also uses a number of refugees who if needed receive training on bike repair and maintenance which is a useful skill to have. The project involves volunteers repairing and rebuilding donated bikes for consignment to indigenous communities in Australia including on Cape York. Overseas consignments include Nauru. The provision of bikes is important as many communities and overseas residents do not own motor vehicles or have access to transport. These bikes are treasured

by the recipients as they are able to utilise them to get around. In the indigenous communities, family bike riding is encouraged as part of a healthy lifestyle program. Schools receive bikes as an incentive to students to improve their attendance at school. Currently there are more than sufficient bikes to keep the volunteers going but more volunteers to assist in repairing the existing stockpile of bikes would be most welcome. B4L was set up in Melbourne by foundation president Ebony Butler. The B4L project in Brisbane is conducted at the Nundah Activity Centre in Jenner Street, Nundah mainly on Wednesdays and Sundays. For information about volunteering for the project, Nundah Activity Centre 3266 4500.

Arana VIEW Club Arana VIEW Clubs’ Luncheon meetings commence at 10.30am at the Arana Leagues Club, Dawson Parade, Keperra. On Wednesday 6th May, we will have a Guest speaker from Assist-A-Sista, a group of community volunteers who work together to help survivors of domestic violence to rebuild and repair by bringing hope and restoring faith. There will be raffles and a Two-course lunch including tea/coffee for $24. For Bookings phone Heather on 3300 3733 by 4pm Monday 4th May. On Wednesday 3rd June, we are having a Queensland Day theme, so wear your maroon/gold. Guest speaker David Gibson will be speaking on Queensland History. There will be a Trading Table (make, bake, grow), raffles and a Two-course

lunch including tea/coffee for $24. For bookings phone Dorothy on 3351 5196 by 4pm Monday 1st June. VIEW provides women with the opportunity to meet regularly with other women from all walks of life, establish lasting friendships and help disadvantaged Australian children. All funds raised are donated to The Smith Family and its ‘Learning for Life’ programs which provide education scholarships and personal support for these students. Arana VIEW supports 10 LFL students. VIEW is proud to be The Smith Family’s single biggest sponsor of disadvantaged Australian students. For more information:

Enoggera and Districts Historical Society Inc. OUR volunteers have been kept busy with a commemoration service on Anzac Day and a display at Lanham Park on the following weekend. Thank you, the people of Enoggera and surrounds for your support on both occasions. Now we are preparing for our open day at the hall on July 18th, more about that later. In the meantime we welcome visitors and new mem-

bers. Our research library in Enoggera Memorial Hall cnr Wardell and Trundle Streets (refidex 139A10), is open every Thursday from 9.30am. On June 6th we will resume our monthly Saturday afternoon (1-4pm) openings, which have been in recess for the past two months due to other commitments. Parking is available in Trundle Street and there is wheel-

chair access. The hall is email edhs.secretary five minutes walk from Enoggera Station on the Ferny Grove line and BCC bus routes 350, 390, 598 and 599 all stop nearby. Our publications, Enoggera Heritage Trail, Kedron Brook to Taylor Range, Mitchy Picture Show and Heritage Trail Davidson’s paddock are available on demand. For further information contact Dave on 3366 3191 or

BRISBANE is celebrating its 190th birthday on May 13th – RHSQ. In May 1825 Lieutenant Henry Miller, the first commandant of the Moreton Bay Penal settlement, landed on the North bank of the Brisbane river, somewhere near the present location of the Victoria bridge and founded the future site of the city of Brisbane. Miller was sent by Governor Sir Thomas Brisbane to establish the Moreton Bay penal settlement at Red Cliff (Redcliffe) and landed there on 14th September 1824 along with 30 convicts of whom 14 were volunteers hoping to have their sentences reduced and a number of military and official personnel. The location proved unsatisfactory due to difficult tides, brackish water, poor soil, Mosquitoes and aggressive indigenous inhabitants who objected to the newcomers. Lieutenant John Oxley has always been credited with discovering the site of Brisbane and a cairn and plaque situated on North Quay near the William Jolly Bridge celebrate this. Oxley did land on the north bank of the river on the 28th of September 1824 but further upstream near Frew Park at Milton where the fresh water creek still flows into the Brisbane River. He noted in his diary that the location was “by no means an ineligible station for a first settlement of the river.” Governor Brisbane visited the river named in his honour in November 1824 accompanied by John Oxley who recommended a site 9 to 10 miles from the mouth of the river (Breakfast

Creek.) This was approved by the Governor and Henry Miller received orders to abandon the settlement at Red Cliff and form another on the North Bank of the Brisbane River. Henry Miller duly sailed up the river and selected the site in the area of Queens Wharf Road noting that the land was elevated and that good building stone could be obtained from the cliffs across the river (Kangaroo Point). He located fresh water and lagoons in the area now occupied by Roma Street. In the weeks that followed the increased population of 88 convicts along with officials and military personnel moved from Redcliffe to what soon became known as Brisbane town. Miller was surprised and disappointed when he was replaced in August 1825 by Captain Peter Bishop who became the second Commandant of the penal colony. It would seem that Henry Miller established

Brisbane Town further up the river than Governor Brisbane intended which along with other discrepancies in his command led to his demise. Note: No actual date in May can be found in research documents for the landing. The Royal Historical Society of Queensland will celebrate this occasion on Wednesday the 13th of May which will showcase a talk on the “Lost Brisbane” book and feature a film on the convict era of Brisbane. It is intended to celebrate this day each year up to Brisbane’s 200 year anniversary in 2025. For further information and inspection of the Commissariat store built in 1829 please contact the President of The Royal Historical Society of Queensland Dean Prangley on 0413 435 735 or email dcprangley@ Alternatively contact the RHSQ on 07 3221 4198 or email info@queensland


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duced to 3.25%. The reduced deeming rates mean that income support pensioners with financial assets such as cash, shares and bank accounts will have less income included in their assessment and may therefore receive a higher rate of pension. Pensions are indexed twice a year in March and September. A full list of pension rates are available on or by calling 133 254 or 1800 555 254 from regional Australia. May 2015 - Brisbane Seniors - Page 9

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Come and Join in the Fun LOTS of activities to enjoy at Pacific Palms. Improve your fitness and shed a few kilos with line dancing or try it out in the beginner’s time slot. Enjoy casual bowls days with a free bowls coaching clinic available, bowls are supplied. Join the cards or scrabble groups. There is always something to do or even just come along to watch and enjoy a chat while you’re there. You’ll make some wonderful like-minded friends. For further information call Sue at Pacific Palms on 07 3888 4500

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Mother’s Day Run for a Cause THE Mother’s Day Classic is an annual fun run and walk raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research. This fun and healthy event brings the community together on Mother’s Day to support and remember those affected by breast cancer. This year’s event will be on Sunday, 10th May from 6am at the Cultural Forecourt, South Bank. Participants have their choice of entering a 4.5km and 8km walk or run along the scenic Brisbane River. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Visit: for further information.

Neville Black’s Pharmacy Sunnybank opens new Compounding Lab LOCAL pharmacist creates customised medications per patient and doctor needs. Neville Black’s Pharmacy Sunnybank celebrated the grand opening of its new compounding facility on 1st May. The community pharmacy, located at 180 Turton Street in Sunnybank, specialises in pharmacy compounding, which is the method of preparing medications to meet unique doctor and patient needs. Working with the patient and

doctor, the Pharmacists of Neville Black Pharmacy can prepare a “customised” medication in a special compounding laboratory, using the latest techniques and devices available. They then compound the medication in a special dosage form or delivery system suited for the patient. For example, a compounding pharmacist can prepare the medication in a lozenge, a capsule, or a transdermal gel, cream or ointment. Or,

for those patients who are having a difficult time swallowing a capsule, a compounding pharmacist can make a suspension or syrup instead. “We’re bringing a new era in pharmacy care to the community,” said Kamal Saini, the managing Pharmacist. “Patients will be able receive the type of personalised care they deserve. We will work closely with their doctor to help them pursue more positive therapeutic outcomes.” There are

several reasons why pharmacists compound prescription medications; yet, the most important one is patient noncompliance. Many patients are allergic to preservatives or dyes, or are sensitive to standard drug strengths. With a doctor’s consent, a compounding pharmacist can change the strength of a medication and alter its dosage form to make it easier for the patient to ingest. In addition to this new service, the phar-

macy specialises in Home Health care equipment, instore Immunisations and carry an extensive Vitamins and Gifts range. They are community focused offering local home delivery and Webster Packing solutions to their customers. They are even an agent for Gold Lotto and Open 7 days a week for the convenience of the community. They are located at 180 Turton Street, Sunnybank. Phone 3345 1080.

community news Stay safe when withdrawing cash

ON the Gold Coast recently, would-be thieves have been hanging around ATMs while the elderly and women, in particular, were withdrawing money. Another problem can be ‘ATM skimming’. This happens when offenders install skimming devices on the ATM to record data from the card’s magnetic strip and to record the person entering their PIN number with a pin-hole camera (often a mobile phone). The stolen information is later encoded onto blank EFTPOS cards and can be used at ATMs to withdraw funds using the customer’s PIN. Offenders have also been known to hold onto stolen account information for several months before accessing skimmed accounts elsewhere in the world. It is much safer to withdraw cash at one of the major supermarkets – you don’t even have to be making a purchase, and it won’t cost you anything. At any time when you are out and about it is wise to be aware of your surroundings. Remember the following tips: If you carry a purse or bag, hold it close to your body, tucked under your arm. Always have a firm hold of your handbag or purse, don’t leave it on shop counters or on the seat beside you on the bus or train. Never leave your handbag in the shopping trolley. Never carry large sums of money. Use EFTPOS or credit cards wherever possible. Use a supermarket or an ATM inside a shopping centre, not external ATMs. Don’t carry signed withdrawal forms with your bank book.

Carindale National Seniors

CARINDALE National Seniors have a very busy year ahead with many interesting guest speakers and some exciting bus trips proposed for the year. The 6 day 5 night bus trip to Yamba district was very enjoyable but exhausting trip. We had thirty of our members and we were also pleased to have 2 friends from Canada 7 four friends from Stanthorpe join us on this trip. We were also joined by 8 people from Gosford. We had much sightseeing in the area including, a Cruise on the Clarence River, a visit to an ostrich farm and also a visit to Thursday Plantation. We were also fortunate to have Vickie who made fresh cakes every night for our morning teas and then she gave us all a copy of the recipes she used. Thanks Vickie. The meeting on 14th April was well attended and the Guest Speaker Charlie Cacciolo – ‘Charlie’ was a great success he spoke on his “Life Journey”. Our May outing will be “A picnic in the Park” at Manly on 26th May. This is always an enjoyable outing as it gives all members a chance to socialise which is not always possible in a crowded meeting. Carindale National Seniors meets at Clem Jones Centre, Carina Bowls, Stanley Road, Carina on the 2nd Tuesday of every month (except Dec. & Jan). Bus trips are on the 4th Tuesday of every month (except Dec & Jan). We always welcome visitors and prospective members to all our meetings. Parking is available in the Bowls Car Park. For further information, please phone Anne on 32453847 or Maureen on 33984236. Readers! Please support the advertisers! It’s their support that pays for your paper each month and remember to tell them that you saw them in the Brisbane Seniors Newspaper!

Jim Cuts the 25th Anniversary Cake at Rochedale-Springwood Luncheon THE 25th anniversary of the RochedaleSpringwood National Seniors branch was celebrated at a special luncheon at HQ Hotel Kuraby on April 8th. The branch was founded on March 13th, 1990, at a meeting at Stewart’s Hotel, Springwood, and was then known as the local branch of Later Years. Guests were entertained Boom Baby duo group of Jim Lergessner and Cliff Turpin who performed a wide range of hits spanning many years. Foundation and current member Jim Burge cut the anniversary cake. The branch’s general meeting on April 15th welcomed guest speakers from National Seniors head office James Sedman and Ronald Holt who gave informative talks on retirement home living and the many financial pitfalls that can occur along the way. A coach

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Celebrating the Anzac centenary celebrations at Springwood are president of RochedaleSpringwood NSA branch Charles Achilles (second from right) with family members daughter Julie-Ann Gaske and her husband Peter, and granddaughter and grandson Kate and Justin Gaske. Charles is wearing his National Service medals and a medallion commemorating the service of his great uncle Fred Achilles (No. 62) who served with 4 (Queensland Imperial Bushmen) CNTGNT Boer War, South Africa (1899-1902)

tour this month will visit Maleny Botanical Gardens and Aviary set against the backdrop of the spectacular Glasshouse Mountains. Visitors will enjoy lunch at the Gypsy’s Table restaurant. Robyn Grayson, secretary, and Loretta Muenchberger, vice-president, welcome guest speakers from National Seniors Ronald Holt (left) and James Sedman

CERTAIN work defined in legislation as ‘building work’ legislation may only be done by licensed contractors, or, if done by unlicensed contractors, only to the value of $3,300. Work outside that definition may be performed by unlicensed contractors, regardless of value. Some work can only be performed by licensed contractors, including plumbing, drainage and gas-fitting work, regardless of value. Check if a licence is required or if a contractor is licensed: or phone the QBCC 24/7 on 139 333.

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community news Was she your favourite Miss Marple? IN Agatha Christie’s words, ‘Miss Marple’ was born at the age of about sixty five or seventy years old, which as it turned out was unfortunate, because of her immense popularity, she had to last a very long time. Her debut in the short story ‘The Tuesday Night Club’ published in Royal Magazine USA in1927, became a great success with readers asking for more and the planned six short stories became to be twelve, much to Agatha Christies delight. Also in this initial short story, Miss Marples nephew Raymond West, was introduced. This was two years before her first appearance in a full length novel ‘Murder at the Vicarage’ published in 1930. Geraldine took over the role in 2004, this was already a character that was so different to Poiret but who also became loved by Christie fans around the world ‘Like some

ones favourite Aunt’. Already portrayed by other actresses such as Margaret Rutherford, Gracie Fields, Angela Landsbury and Joan Hickson to name a few. Showing her versatility as an actor, Geraldine recreated Miss Marple as a markedly dif-

ferent female detective, in contrast her sleuth fizzed with impish glee, seeking to make her presence felt with the local constabulary, who dismissed her vagueness, her outlandish improbable suggestions but when these ‘clues’ became ‘facts’.

Those in authority were gracious in their praise of her, though never really understanding how she knew. When she retired from the roll in 2007, she passed on the knitting needles, summer hat and spectacles to Julia McKenzie. The series ended in 2013. She enjoyed an acting career that spanned six decades, on stage, film and television and including two best actress awards for ‘The Rivals’ and ‘The Way of the World’, 1983 and 1995. Television brought her art to the wider public and again she starred as Jeanette Winterton’s fictionalised mother in ‘Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit’ 1990. She loved challenging roles and won a Best Actress BAFTA Award in the USA for her “chillingly convincing” roll as the Pentecostal evangelist who relentlessly steers her daughter (Charlotte

Coleman) away from the breeding grounds of sin. Geraldine McEwan married Hugh Ruttwell in 1953

whom she met as a teenager. Cruttwell was the principal of RADA from 1965 to 1984. He passed

away in 2002. Geraldine McEwan is survived by her son and daughter. © Sue Rains 2015

Queensland Family History Society: Irish Research

DO you have Irish ancestors? If so, you are in good company; Ned Kelly, Thomas Keneally, and Paul Keating can trace some of their ancestral roots to Ireland. According to the Australian Embassy in Dublin, thirty per cent of the Australian population can claim some degree of Irish ancestry. Apart from Ireland, Australia is more Irish than any other country. As a proportion of the population, the number of people with Irish ancestry is higher in Australia than in the United States, despite more people of Irish

descent immigrating to the United States in comparison to Australia. The Queensland Family History Society will be holding a seminar to assist researchers with Irish ancestry. Entitled Ireland to Australia: researching your Irish ancestors, the seminar takes place at the Queensland Baptists Conference Centre, 53 Prospect Road, Gaythorne, on Saturday 13 June 2015, from 9.00 am until 12.30 pm. The cost is $15 for QFHS members and $20 for nonmembers. The speakers are Dr Richard Reid and

THE next meeting of the Cleveland Branch of National Seniors Australia is on Friday May 15th in the Gallipoli room in the RSL, Doors open at 9.15am for 9.45am start. Morning tea served at 10.15am. At this meeting our guest speaker is from Police department who will speak on various subjects applicable to Seniors. Friday May 8th we treat our ladies to a great day out when we celebrate Pre Mother’s day. We travel to Tranquil Park Resort Maleny which offers spectacular views whilst we enjoy a great two course lunch. Morning tea along the way with time to check out the shops in Maleny before lunch. Wednesday June 24th a Country trip with a difference we travel to Toogoolawah via the Brisbane Valley Highway. Morning tea at Lake Wivenhoe with time to wander through the township of Esk. We will then head to Toogoolawah for

lunch. After lunch time to look around before we head home calling in at the bakery in Fernvale. Bookings are now open for the Christmas in July trip from

Mary King. Richard Reid was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and came to Australia in 1972. He obtained a Ph.D. on the topic of Irish assisted emigration to NSW, 1848-1870. He has published a number of books including A decent set of girls: The Irish famine orphans of the Thomas Arbuthnot, 18491850. Mary King is the Convenor of the QFHS Irish Special Interest Group. You can book for this seminar on the QFHS w e b s i t e , qfhs-seminars where you

Cleveland NSA Sunday July 19th to Friday July 24th to Bayview tower using your rail pass. This trip is filling fast contact Peter on 3207 0348 for information.

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community news Means-testing the family home could boost pension incomes, says think tank INCLUDING the family home in the pension assets test could be a political ‘plus’ if handled properly, a report by profree enterprise think tank, the Independent Studies Centre, suggests. Calculations by the centre reckons assetstesting the family home and encouraging retirees to borrow against it in order to get the pension could boost typical

pension incomes by about $6000 a year while slashing the pension bill by $14.5 billion. “It could be popular if it’s explained carefully,” says Matthew Taylor, one of the authors of the report. “Pensioners would have to overcome their emotional attachment to their homes; they would need to see that they are not just places to live, but untapped assets.” At

$42 billion this year, the age pension is the largest single payment made by the federal government, exceeded only by combined grants to state governments. Annual expenditure is predicted to rise to nearly $50 billion by 2017-18. The cost of assistance to the aged has risen by more than 50% in the decade to 2013-14, outstripping real

GDP growth, while the cost of the age pension alone has increased by 35% in real terms between 2007-08 and 2014-15. In part, the growth in pension expenditure has been driven by the fact that most people of retirement age (80%) receive some form of pension. The plan by the studies centre would treat family homes the same as any

other asset for the purpose of the test. Nonhome owners with assets would no longer get lower pensions than homeowners whose assets were tied up in their houses. The government would create strict rules governing the use of reverse mortgages and then encourage retirees to use them by ‘deeming’ income from borrowing against their homes and using it to cut their access to the pension. The mortgages would allow retirees to borrow up to 80% of their home’s value with set fees and a government guarantee that they would not be forced out of their home. The government already runs one such scheme – the pension loans scheme – but it is restricted to nonpensioners wanting to borrow up to the limit of

the pension and is little used. A simpler means test would cut the pension by 60c of each extra dollar earned or deemed to be earned rather than the present 50c. The centre believes the changes would force 70%of full pensioners on to the part-pension and between 24% (singles) and 32% (couples) off the part-pension altogether. They would also allow small increases in the full pension to the Association of Superannuation Funds ‘modest but adequate’ standards of $23,469 a year for singles and $33,766 for couples. The standards allow nearly $19 a week for “cinema, plays, sport and day trips”, $25 a week for “lunches and dinners out” and $36.97 a week for “domestic vacations”. Matthew Taylor

said the biggest obstacle might prove to be convincing retirees that they should use much of the value of their homes rather than pass them on. “It’s noble to want to pass on homes, but completely exempting them from the assets test means homes worth half a million dollars or much more get passed on by retirees who are effectively using taxpayers’ money to preserve the asset,” he said. Growing life spans meant an increasing number of children had little use for inherited homes, often receiving them in their fifties when they had children of their own. “It would need a cultural change, and the government would have to build a case, but it would make the pension sustainable,” Mr Taylor said.

AIR Brisbane North ASSOCIATION of Independent Retirees, Brisbane North are that we meet every third Friday at the Wavell Heights Community Hall in Edinburgh Castle Road where we have a friendly chat along the lines of financial matters without giving actual advice we are all semi or partially retired looking after our own finances and not supported wholly by the pension. Members and visitors are welcome. Come for a visit as we have morning tea and a friendly chat. Our members

are jointly attended by husbands and their wives. We also have a financial meeting at the Chermside Library every second Friday which is more financial based. This meeting is based on our members only. Although visitors are allowed to attend once to see if they are interested in joining. Both meetings start at around 9.30am and finish around lunch time with plenty of parking available. Contact is Carl Nielsen at 07 3881 1820

Steaming Into Town - Brisbane Model Train Show

THE annual Brisbane Model Train Show is steaming its way into town. This year’s event will be held at the Brisbane Showgrounds, Marquee Pavilion on 9th10th May. The new venue is 50 per cent bigger, allowing for 5,500 square metres of model railways under one roof. This year’s event also features a large range of train shops, an insight into Queensland Rail’s history, interactive displays for children, demonstrations of wagon and building assembly and various model train layouts. Refreshments and on-site parking will be available for purchase on the day. Admission cost is $15 adults, children under 16 are free, if accompanied by an adult. Visit: for full information.

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community news Citipointe Seniors many very interesting places in and around the Ballina area. In the weeks ahead we will have more very enjoyable and fun times, all designed for people who are free on a Wednesday morning. Our meetings start at 10am and we have the urn boiled by 9.30am for

those who like an early cuppa. Our program is different each week of the month, 1st week is a Christian church service. 2nd week is Surprise Wednesday and mostly just that! 3rd week is Lifestyle Wednesday when we have our guest speak-

ers. 4th week is Variety Day with small groups of your choice i.e. indoor bowls, board games, darts, Bible study, prayer meeting, and sometimes others. For further information contact seniors@ phone 07 3343 8888 or 0402 013 427.

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CITIPOINTE Seniors has had a busy year so far with a great variety

Pharmacist, and Podiaof entertainers, church trist. In March about 40 services and speakers such as Police, Diabetes, of the group went on a

‘Getaway’ to Ballina in NSW. This was a great trip where we found

National Servicemen’s Association of Australia (Qld Branch) Inc. THANK you all for your support and generosity during our fundraising at Coles and Spotlight Everton Park. Thank you to both those retailers for continually allowing us the space to set our stalls. The Association exists for the benefit of Australian nashos called up in the two schemes operating between 1951 and 1973. To find out the advantages of belonging to the association, to apply for the two medals to which all Australian nashos are entitled or to locate a branch

closer to where you live, phone 3324 1277 or scroll website For more information on Brisbane North West branch activities phone Dave on 3366 3191. Brisbane North West branch meets in RSL Gaythorne at 10.15am on the third Sunday of each month, the next meeting on May 17 marking our tenth anniversary; visitors and new members are welcome. After each meeting there is the chance to enjoy a meal in the the RSL dining room.

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community news Shares: don’t over-expose yourself in a market boom SENIOR Australians tempted to risk their retirement savings in a booming share market are warned to be careful about overexposing themselves. As savings account interest rates sink below 3%, company dividends are paying 4-5% – plus tax benefits and strong recent capital growth – and financial experts have noticed a rise in older people heading into shares. Their move has contributed to the 15% rise in share prices since midDecember, led by big gains from income-paying stocks such as Telstra and the major banks, reports News Ltd. However, for some people the extra risk may not be worth the extra return; no compa-

nies are immune from falling financial markets. During the GFC financial crisis Australia’s biggest bank, the Commonwealth, more than halved in value, although it has almost quadrupled its share price in the six years since. Investment analysts suggests low interest rates on bank deposits could mean retirees might find it challenging to generate “acceptable returns in the foreseeable future”. He said his firm had seen a number of people taking on extra risk, turning to shares and property assets – without thinking about what might happen when interest rates ultimately Don’t jump in . . . retirees should take care before investing in the share market rose or property tenants defaulted. “There’s a lot the moment. Make sure you are giving your concerns that some selfof property spruikers at you can trust the people money to.” There are also funded retirees are look-

Card and scrapbooking lessons WENDY from Wicked Lady cards is holding card and scrapbooking lessons at Metro Community Hub, 22 Qualtrough Street Woolloongabba Qld 4102. The first of these commences on the 24th of May, beginners through to experienced crafters are welcome and senior’s discounts apply. Contact Wendy for more information on 07 3879 4747 or 0439 837 672 and you can see samples on Facebook https://

U3A Pine Rivers U3A Pine Rivers will be conducting their Monthly Social and Information Morning on Friday 15th May at Bray Hall, Cnr Cooke and O’Loane Streets, Petrie gathering around 9.30 for a 10am start. We discuss the latest information from our Bus Trip, Theatre Group and Course Coordinators about upcoming events and possible new classes on offer over the coming months. Whilst enjoying a friendly get

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community news That new Hearing Aid can be fun! SO you’ve finally admitted that you don’t hear as well anymore and that a hearing aid would be a good idea. But you’ve seen how others have had to fiddle with getting it adjusted. They complain about the difficulty of wearing them or background noises still interfering with under-

standing conversations. Heck! Why bother when the money could be spent on a nice holiday instead! Well now, thanks to Audio Escapes Hearing Holidays, you can combine both for only a little more than the holiday would have cost. Chris Adelaide of Audio Escapes Hearing Aid Holidays is en-

thusiastic about the service they are offering. ‘We’ll fit you with a suitable hearing aid and then send you off on a holiday of your choice. We’re no travel agents, so we work in with the experts in this field, to help you enjoy a wonderful experience.’ And you don’t have accept a travel package

that’s not to your taste. There’s a wide range of choices from budget selfdrive trips, guided tours, or luxury journeys where you’ll be pampered. You can discover the wonders of other states, the Pilbara, Great Ocean Road, Cape York, it’s all there waiting for you. And instead of going back to

the clinic for tedious but necessary adjustments before you leave, they’ll give you a laptop and video so you do it yourself via the Internet while enjoying yourself. It makes sense, after all, most hearing aid problems arise in crowded rooms with lots of background noise. It’s difficult to adjust an aid when you’re sitting in

a quiet room at the clinic. They’re there at the other end of the laptop ready to help if you need it. And the process will make understanding your aid so much easier when you’re doing it yourself. This is an exciting new development in the hearing aid industry, so at first, the holidays are only within Australia but it’s a great country to explore

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DURING the month of May you can meet three Australian authors at libraries in Brisbane. Maggie Christensen is a former school teacher and university lecturer. Her latest book, The Sand Dollar, focuses on a Sunshine Coast widow, soon to become redundant, who discovers a sand dollar among long-forgotten mementoes. It inspires her to visit her godmother in the United States where she uncovers secrets of her birth and meets a reclusive man who helps solve the puzzle of her past. Join Maggie on Friday 15th May 1-2pm at the Zillmere Library and Tuesday 26th May 11am-12 noon at the Nundah Library. Cherie Pugh’s novel Mary Read – Sailor, Soldier, Pirate, is

based on the life of an 18th century pirate who had a fascinating life at sea. Cherie’s research into Mary Read’s life took her to London where she discovered old court records that showed her conviction for piracy in 1718. Cherie will be discussing her novel and experiences on Tuesday 19th May 10.3011.30am at Toowong Library and Sunday 24th May 1-2pm at Indooroopilly Library. Phil Brown, Brisbane journalist, is the author of two books of poetry, Plastic Parables and An Accident in the Evening, as well as two humorous memoirs, Travels with My Angst and Any Guru Will Do. He also contributes to many publications. Join Phil as he discusses his -2.30pm at Nundah Library.

Ladies Fashion Parade

THE Northern Suburbs Bowls Club in Wavell Heights is holding a Portofino ladies fashion parade on Friday 8th May from 10am. The club’s lady bowlers welcome all ladies in the community to join with them in this social fashion event. The cost is $15 and includes morning tea and eats. The club in Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights, has ladies bowls each Wednesday morning from 9am with art and craft. Everyone is welcome to join them in these social activities. If interested, contact Val on 3359 5984, Lois on 3263 5148 or the club on 3359 2142.

community news Stafford Seniors Social Club OUR last bus trip in March to the Redlands area started as a beautiful day but the weather soon changed and we drove into a very heavy storm but the weather did not dampen our spirits with the help of our bus driver Brian (from Brian’s Buses) who provided us with an excellent commentary of the area, we all had a very enjoyable day. Our

Camping and Touring Supershow THE 47th annual Queensland Caravan, Camping and Touring Supershow, returns to the Brisbane Showgrounds from 3rd-9th June, with a huge range of camping equipment plus information on holiday destinations around Australia. Hundreds of exhibitors will be displaying all the latest products and services the Caravanning Industry has to offer: from caravans, motorhomes & campervans, to camper trailers, off road recreational vehicles and 4WD’s. Entertainment includes a dedicated camping kids’ zone, campfire cooking stage, celebrity speakers and all the latest caravan and camping products. Visit:

next bus trip is to the beautiful Gold Coast and a trip on the light rail, concession fares apply, so don’t forget your gocard. This will be followed by a buffet lunch at Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club, cost is $50. Departing at 8.15am and arriving back 4.30pm, this trip is on Wednesday, 27th May. Our club meets every

second Wednesday, we offer concerts, trading tables, Bingo & Hoy and Guest Speakers. Membership is $2 per person per year. Entrance is also $2 which includes morning tea. For further information contact Julia on 0467 680 551 or Carolyn on 3356 8223. We are situated at Queen of Apostles Church, Appleby Road, Stafford.

Nest or divest, a tough call for pensioners HOUSING is a hot-button issue in Australia at the moment. Booming property prices are making it increasingly difficult for first-home buyers to enter the market while at the other end of the age spectrum retirees are finding it difficult to exit. “I keep hearing that people living in $3 million homes and living on the age pension should sell to young families and solve the housing crisis. “Rubbish,” says Council of the Ageing NSW CEO Ian Day. The conventional wisdom is that retirees should downsize to release some of the equity in their home. Not only will this provide them with extra cash to supplement the pension, it will free up housing stock and take some heat out of the market in the process. On the surface, this argument makes sense. First-home buyers represent just 14.6% of the owner-occupier market, according to latest housing affordability figures. With house prices rising faster than wages, it takes 36.2% of median weekly household income to pay the average NSW mortgage, and 33.4% in Victoria,

compared with the national average of 31.5%. It’s true that many retirees are asset rich and income poor, with the family home their only asset. It is often too large, with a big garden and high maintenance costs. It may also be isolated from friends and services once the owner is unable to drive. In practice though, even when retirees want to move their options may be limited. “There’s no doubt housing is an issue for seniors on several levels”, says National Seniors Australia CEO Michael O’Neill. “The cost of downsizing, such as stamp duty and agent commissions, are an impediment as is the lack of suitable agefriendly housing stock in areas where people want to remain,” he says. The family home is exempt from the assets test but converting it into cash could reduce the amount of age pension a person receives. This is a complex area to work through and most people will need professional financial advice to navigate their way through it.

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community news Wellington Point Senior Citizens Group

This happy group is part of the Wellington Point Senior Citizens Club

AN invitation to join us! We play social indoor bowls in the Community Hall, Birkdale Road, Wellington Point. Games start at 9am on Saturdays and 12.45am on Tuesdays. Admittance is $3 with an annual fee of $5. Tea, coffee and biscuits are included. We are a

very friendly club and new members are most welcome. If you have not played indoor bowls before, we are there to help and make sure you feel at ease. For more details, please phone Edith on 3390 3196 or Madge on 3824 6160.

$115M Community puts Sinnamon Park on the Aged Care Map AUSTRALIA’S leading provider of innovative private aged care services, Season’s Aged Care, is proud to announce that construction will soon commence on stage one of its new $115 million 283 unit community – Seasons Sinnamon Park. Located in the heart of one of Brisbane’s fastest growing suburbs, leafy Sinnamon Park sits in a prime location just 14kms from the CBD and enjoys wide open spaces, parks and walking tracks, as well as access to an array of shopping, medical and transport services. Stage one of Seasons Sinnamon Park is scheduled to be open to residents in early 2017. Valued at approximately $53 million, it includes 131 units with a choice of one, two and three bedroom, fully selfcontained apartments specifically designed and constructed to optimise delivery of clinical care and support services. Seasons Aged Care is proudly Queensland owned and operated and Sinnamon Park will be its seventh successful aged care development. Each Season’s community boasts its own unique amenities which are based on the needs of the individual community and the location and design of the land upon which it has been built. From beautiful lakes and walking tracks, men’s sheds, chicken houses, bird aviaries and communal veggie gardens, there’s always something very special for residents to enjoy. Beautiful leisure facilities ensure safety and security, while

cinema’s, movie lounges, library’s, beauty salons and cafes all help to create that special sense of ‘community’ which Seasons residents can access across the day. Onsite Lifestyle Co-ordinators are an integral part of each Seasons community, providing an endless offering of well-being and social activities for residents to connect with others and get involved. From charity fundraising, group exercise and cooking classes, to arts and craft workshops - there’s never a dull moment at Seasons. Seasons CEO Nick Loudon said that his focus was on providing a private home environment for each resident. “Seasons Sinnamon Park has been designed to deliver the security, dignity, respect and choice which we all expect and that the older people in our communities have earned in building this great country of ours. “While each unit will present as a private residence, it will also have been subtly integrated with state of the art clinical monitoring capability and emergency response systems which can be accessed by our residents as they require them”, Mr Loudon said. Couples can remain living together, even when one’s health needs might change, and family pets are welcome. For more information on Seasons Sinnamon Park or to register your interest please contact 1300 506 116 or visit

Card and scrapbooking lessons WENDY from Wicked Lady cards is holding card and scrapbooking lessons at Metro Community Hub, 22 Qualtrough Street Woolloongabba Qld 4102. The first of these commences on the 24th of May,

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community news Pine Rivers VIEW Club DENIS Wayper gave us a very informative and entertaining presentation of the life and achievements of Dame Joan Sutherland OM, AC, DBE at our April meeting. At our next meeting on Wednesday the 20th May, Greg Rowe will be talking on “Eyes, and their care as we grow older”. We shall also be holding a “Bring and Buy” to raise funds for The Smith Family Foundation and their Learning for Life program. If you would like to attend or want

more information, please phone Sandra 3425 2738 or Elizabeth 3886 4937. Pine Rivers VIEW Club holds its meetings every third Wednesday of each month at the Murrumba Downs Tavern, Dohles Rock Road, starting at 11am. We welcome visitors and new members to our meetings and to our other social outings. VIEW clubs provide the opportunity for women to meet regularly with other women, make lasting friendships and at the same time raise

funds to help disadvantaged Australian children. All our funds are raised and donated to The Smith Family Foundation and its Learning for Life program which provides education scholarships and personal support for these students.

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Elizabeth thanking Denis Warper for his talk on Dame Joan Sutherland OM, AC, DBE

It’s our future - have your say

THE most ambitious community engagement blueprint in the history of Ipswich was launched recently with unveiling of the Our Future – Your Say website to inform development of a new long term community plan. All residents and age groups are encouraged to take part. The community’s comments and ideas will help shape the future of one of Australia’s fastest growing local government areas and set the future direction of Ipswich. Mayor Paul Pisasale said the recently established Ipswich Futures Board would oversee the development of the next long term community plan, which would help guide sustainable development across the entire city. “Ipswich was one of the first councils in Queensland to prepare a long term community plan called Ipswich 2020 and Beyond in 2005.” This was later updated in 2011 to become the Ipswich Community Plan i2031. “We are taking the next big step by

casting the net wide to seek as many views and ideas as possible from the community,” Cr Pisasale said. “Our city will face many challenges during the next 20 years and beyond. “Important decisions need to be made that will be critical to our future and our children’s future. “The online survey encourages choices to be made; ideas submitted and give everyone the chance to take part in the preparation of the community plan.” Cr Pisasale said the survey would provide a valuable snapshot of the community’s priorities for the future. “How we care for each other is as important as the environment, conserving heritage, strengthening the local economy, managing growth, building key infrastructure and sound financial management of the city’s budget,” he said. Residents without the internet can access survey forms at council’s Customer Service Centre, 143 Brisbane Street, libraries or phone 3810 6645.

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community news QCWA Cleveland FROM humble beginnings in 1924 with some land and a couple of old army barracks to the more modern hall of today, the Cleveland Branch of CWA is about to celebrate its 91st Birthday. Over the years the branch has consistently provided a friendly, helpful and fun place for women of all ages to share companionship, learn all manner of arts, crafts, cooking and public speaking

whilst also helping the less fortunate in both the local and other country areas. Hard work by many over the years has meant the good name of CWA is synonymous with refreshments and a helping hand when required. Look out for the Mother’s Day Raffle

ticket sellers 30th April and 7th May near Noni B at Cleveland. New faces are welcome to our meetings held 9.30am second Wednesday of the month at the QCWA hall 3 Waterloo St (corner of Kyling Lane) Cleveland. Next meeting includes a cooking demonstration. We have

a craft group where you can learn craft or bring your own every Tuesday starting at 9.15am and we are organizing our social outings for the coming year so why not join in. For more info about this fun group, please phone Deb on 0429 306 888. Hall hire enquiries call Judith on 3822 5934.

Supporting local business for lunch at Mambo’s Cafe Cleveland

Victoria Point National Seniors A tour of Moree, Lightning Ridge, Black Opal Mine , Inverell and Tenterfield history as well as the Artesian Spas and Granite Belt coming up on Monday 25th May to Friday 29th May inclusive. For more information contact Helen on phone 3206 4615, mobile 0400 771 089 or email Jean Clarke of Mt Cotton enjoying a rest with the resident koala at the Osprey Environmental house in Dohles Rocks in the Victoria Point National Seniors trip in the beginning of the year

Women’s Creative Centre Celebrating 40 years DURING July the Women’s Creative Centre will celebrate 40 years since the commencement of this organisation. If you have been a member, tutor or class participant we would love to hear from you. A special day will be held in the Greenslopes Mall on the Thursday, 16th July. Contacts: (07) 3397 7758. Email: Facebook: Women/s Creative Centre

Enoggera & Districts Historical Society Inc. OUR research library is open every Thursday from 9.30am. Our next Saturday afternoon opening will be on June 6th. We are situated in Enoggera Memorial Hall on the corner of Wardell and Trundle Streets (refidex 139A10. Parking is available in Trundle Street and there is wheelchair access. The hall is only five minutes walk from Enoggera Station on the Ferny Grove line and BCC bus routes 350, 390, 598 and 599 stop nearby. Limited numbers of our World War I commemoration calendar are still available as are our other publications, Enoggera Heritage Trail, Kedron Brook to Taylor Range, Mitchy Picture Show and Heritage Trail davidson’s paddock. For further information contact Dave on 3366 3191 or email

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Bellis at Wynnum on the 9th and 10th May. Gardeners seeking not only inspiration but genuine ‘how-to’ advice

on living sustainably, will find it at this unique garden opening. Wellknown Gardening Australia presenter, Jerry

beds of subtropical and tropical plants and Quirky garden furniture. Lindmar is located at 130 Blewers Road, Morayfield. It will be open from 10am4.30pm. Entry is $8, with children under 18 admitted free. For further information: Open Gardens Australia is a not-for-profit organisation promoting the knowledge and pleasure of gardens and gardening.

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you can guarantee to carry out. The cumulative effect is what matters. “Everything in the garden is grown organically. In the back, never less than 90 different kinds of fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices grow in abundance, while the lush and decorative front garden contains plants chosen for their ability to survive Bellis just on rainfall. This is a unique opportunity to organic crops, a solarpowered house exporting explore Jerry’s extraordinary garden, and find out electricity into the grid, rainwater harvesting and what can be achieved on even a sustainable lawn, an ordinary suburban mown by guinea pigs and block. Bellis is located at 56 Daisy Street, Wynnum. a solar-powered lawn It will be open from 10ammower! Jerry says the 4.30pm. Entry is $10, with garden is an example of children under 18 how we can all live more admitted free. For further sustainably and thriftily at home. “Bellis is not an information: attempt at self-suffiLindmar at Morayfield on ciency, but it is a living the 16th and 17th May. A example of how we can beautiful and immacuturn our Aussie backlately presented garden yards into an environwhere inviting paths mental advantage, meander past collections without compromising our lifestyle,” says Jerry. of bromeliads, coleus, “Sustainability is mostly durantas and gingers, beneath graceful mature about living within your means. Don’t be discour- palms and eucalypts. The relaxed welcoming aged if you can’t do a ambience incorporates whole lot of things at lush green lawns, shady once. Take small, seating areas and raised meaningful steps that

Redlands spinners and weavers open day

THE RS&W is now in its 37th year! The annual Open Day, held on the 3rd Tuesday in June, is the group’s highlight event. If you are interested in yarn and fibre or have a hankering to learn how to spin, come along and soak up the atmosphere. There will be a display and demonstration of antique spinning wheels; yarn, fibre, handmade soaps, embroidered goods, stationery and pottery yarn bowls for sale; a fashion parade and more! At our new venue: Redland Performing Arts Centre, 2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland (opposite the Police Station) from 10am-2pm on Tuesday, 16th June. Call Shirley Graham on (07) 3206 8967 for more information. Entry is $5 which covers light refreshments and an entry into the lucky door prize draw.

QCWA Garden Party QCWA 30th Anniversary Garden Party will be held on 23rd May from 10 am to 2 pm at the Diamond Court Holiday Units, 2 James Street, Scarborough. Craft Stalls, Devonshire Tea and Sausage Sizzle. Entry is a gold coin donation. Open to the public, all welcome. Phone 3314 0210 for more information.

Aspley Orchid Society

ASPLEY Orchid Society Mothers’ Day Show will be held at the Community Hall, Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights on Saturday 9th May 8.30am-3.30pm and Sunday 10th May 9am-3.30pm. Admission is Adults $4. Under 16 free. Plants, orchid growing supplies, floral arrangements and light refreshments on sale with potting demonstrations and cultural advice all weekend. There is ample parking available and Wheelchair access. This show supports the Aspley Special School and has done so since 1974. This year our donation will go towards the cost of redeveloping the school gym. Information 0402 252 264. Email or

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Floral Art Society

Heather Prior with the flower arrangement she demonstrated to the Flora Art Society of Queensland

THE Floral Art Society meets on the 4th Monday of the month at 10am at Mt. Coot-tha Auditorium. Visitors and new members always welcome. Enquiries phone 3848 5233.

AFTER the 7th May meeting of the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club with Debbie Aitcheson, talking about Herbs, the next meeting will be held on Thursday, 4th June, at the Enoggera Memorial Hall. Kath Stumer is the guest speaker for the June meeting and her topic will be Zygo Cactus. Zygo Cactus is a water wise plant, easy to grow given correct conditions, and requires low maintenance. It is ideal as a potted plant and magnificent in a hanging basket. A rich porous potting mix made up of equal parts of good garden soil, sand, vermiculite and leaf mould or compost is suitable. Plenty of light is necessary but not

direct sunlight especially in the summer months. If grown outdoors, a sheltered position is preferred. Zygo Cactus will tolerate some shade and also drought conditions. Regularly check that the potting mix requires moisture before watering. A weak liquid fertiliser, applied 3-4 times a year produces good flowering. The main flowering period occurs during the winter months. For those who celebrate Mother’s Day which occurs on the second Sunday in May, have you considered a present of a flowering potted plant? There are many from which to choose, Zygo Cactus being one of them, and this living gift will last

Mother’s Day Street Stall WILL you be celebrating Mother’s Day on 10th May and looking for the perfect gift for your Mother? If so, on Saturday morning, 9th May, come to the Mother’s Day street stall at the Banyo Shopping Centre, where you will be able to buy gifts such as bunches of beautiful flowers, lovely pot plants, floral art arrangements, cakes and other items. The stall is organised by the Northern Districts Horticultural Society and will be open early. So don’t be late or you might miss out on buying that perfect gift. For information, call Noel Prior on 3359 3457 or Elizabeth Jones on 3266 5010.


for months and months. The Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club meets on the first Thursday of the calendar month. Meetings commence with morning tea at

9.45am and new members and visitors are most welcome. The hall is situated at the corner of Wardell and Trundle Streets, Enoggera. It is close to public transport and wheelchair friendly.

(For drivers, Trundle Street is a ‘no through’ street and is accessible via Pratt Street – Refidex Map 139 A10.) For more information, please phone Pat the president, on 3356 1256.


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AT our April meeting we were enlightened by our guest speaker Nikki and her Black Labrador Charlie from Guide Dogs Qld. With a wonderful informative presentation and overview of the workings of Guide Dogs Qld. A beautifully decorated cake to commemorate the Centenary of the ANZAC which was made by Maccas Bakery at Forestdale was enjoyed by our members. The coach trip for April was to Parrots in Paradise at Glasshouse Mountains. Our May trip will be to Newstead

House for Devonshire tea and a tour, followed by lunch at Broncos leagues club. We are always happy to welcome visitors to our monthly meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at Green Bank RSL also our coach trips on the 4th Tuesday of each month. For further information contact Bev or Ron on 3809 0697 or 0402 094 887. Fred enjoying our National Seniors St Paddy’s Day BBQ

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burger bun. These hidden sugars are a health trap, contributing to what many have called Australia’s obesity epidemic. Experts at the World Health Organisation recommend we get no more than five per cent of our total energy intake from added sugars. For most of us this equals about six teaspoons, or 25 grams, if you’re on a normal diet. There are two types of sugar: the naturally occurring sugar found in fruit and veg, wholegrains and lactose; and added sugar, which includes cane sugar as well as the concentrated sugars found in products such as fruit juice. Many low-fat and ‘diet’ foods contain extra sugar to improve taste

and add bulk. Some single-serve varieties of low-fat diet yoghurt can contain up to six teaspoons of sugar. Even savoury foods can be a sweet trap – including pre-packaged soups, breads, pasta sauce, and other condiments. The key to knowing how much sugar coats your cereal is reading the nutritional information panel on products. Products with less than five grams of sugar per 100 grams are a better choice compared to those with over 15 grams per 100 grams will weigh on your waistline. While you’re reading the product label, look out for ingredients such as glucose, fructose, sucrose, lactose, maltose – these are added sugars, as are

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the doorknock. You can register online at or by phoning the volunteer hotline 13 SALVOS (13 72 58). A local doorknock co-ordinator will then contact you closer to the time and give you information about arrangements in your area.

Safely Home - Peace of mind for people living with dementia

SAFELY Home is a joint partnership between Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld) and the Missing Persons Unit of the Queensland Police Service (QPS). It can help people living with dementia to walk safely by providing rapid and accurate identification if they get lost. Safely Home provides a stainless steel bracelet, designed to be worn at all times by the person with dementia. It features an engraved toll-free telephone number and personal identification number linked to the QPS Missing Persons Unit database. The confidential database includes a detailed description of the person with dementia, including a photograph, where provided, contact information, previous residential address and locations the person may visit. The database is accessible by police at all times. Safely Home is suitable for anyone with intellectual disabilities at risk of

ing lost. How does it work? When someone finds the lost person, they can look at the bracelet, telephone the police and quote the personal identification number. The police then make arrangements for the person to be returned safely home. Carers can use Safely Home to instigate a search for the person with dementia by contact their local police station and filing a Missing Persons Report. The police immediately initiate a search using the information on the database. Thanks to the generous startup funding from Lowood Slimmers Group, the Safely Home program is a free service for people with dementia in Queensland. The Safely Home bracelet is available by filling out a registration form from the Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld) website ( or by telephoning the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500. May 2015 - Brisbane Seniors - Page 27


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Metro Community Hub

METRO Community Hub, located at 22 Qualtrough St Woolloongabba is welcoming new regular hirers as well as new community members who are joining in our activities. We have regular activities weekly and people over the age of 50 are welcome to attend Tai Chi, Yoga, Aqua Aerobics, gentle exercises, quilling and our Hub Day on Thursdays. All activities are low cost and your location is no barrier to attend, wherever you live you are wel-

come to come and try all of our activities. MCH also hosts a free Broadband for Seniors Kiosk. We provide one on one tutoring and we will teach you what you want to know. We have computers here or you can bring your own laptop, tablet or ipad with you to learn on. We also have several vacancies for groups wishing to hire the hall or upstairs meeting room. For more information call 3391 8122.

Numbers show Aussies are living longer TEN years ago a 61-year-old man in Australia could expect to live another 20.84 years, – just short of 82 years. That number has now jumped by 1.7 years in the space of a decade. The newest set of numbers, which show that men of that age have gained 8.7 months in longevity in the past five years alone, were published without fanfare in the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Actuary Michael Rice said it was a staggering statistic, – for every year men in that age group were now living, they were adding almost six weeks of life expectancy. He chose 61 because it is the average age for retirement in Australia. “Bear in mind half the group will live longer than that, because that’s a median number,’’ Mr Rice said. The longevity jump is not quite so extreme for 61-yearold women, who have gained exactly a year over the same 10-year period, but it is symptomatic of a system where our increasing longevity makes it ever harder to catch up on serious preparation for retirement.

Thank you Brisbane!

ON behalf of the many blood cancer patients we care for, I’d like to thank the thousands of Queenslanders who took part in ‘World’s Greatest Shave’ this year. Whether you made the brave decision to shave, colour or wax, or simply donated or volunteered, you have helped us to continue our work towards beating blood cancers through research and patient support. But to reach our goal of $5 million raised, we still need your help. Donations can be made at until June. The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland is proud to have helped many thousands of leukaemia, lymphoma and melanoma patients and their families over the last 40 years. Today, with the ongoing support of the community, we offer a range of services completely free-of-charge to patients, including accommodation, transport and counselling. The Leukaemia Foundation has also recently announced an increase in research funding to $4 million nationally that will support 14 promising new projects and bring us closer to a cure. To learn more about how we’re beating blood cancers with love, sweat and tears please visit

Spinal Injuries Australia SPINAL Injuries Australia Gold Coast Post Polio Network will meet at 10.30am on the second Monday of the month at Treetops Tavern, 7 Executive Drive, Burleigh Waters. Please ring the facilitator Lyn on 0448 206 856 or Joan on 0413 178 073 for further information and venue location.

Solace Grief Support THIS group provides support and social outings for widows, widowers and partners after the death of their loved ones. The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month at Chermside Library at 1pm. Please phone Gill on 3289 1279 for more information.

Important facts to remember as you grow older DEATH is the number 1 killer in the world. Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die. Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to use the Internet and they won’t bother you for weeks, months, maybe years. Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospital, dying of nothing. All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism. In the 60’s, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make it normal. And, as someone recently said: Don’t worry about old age, it doesn’t last that long. Readers! Please support the advertisers! It’s their support that pays for your paper each month and remember to tell them that you saw them in the Brisbane Seniors Newspaper! Page 28 - Brisbane Seniors - May 2015


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Aged care projects receive $34 million

THE Federal Government has allocated $34 million to tackle new and existing challenges in aged care nationwide. The Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants will be shared between 54 organisations for both national and state and territory projects that focus on aged care. The funding will continue until June 2017. The grants will support older Australians by building the capacity of local aged care service providers to better meet their needs and respond to existing and emerging challenges Assistant Minister for Social Services, Mitch Fifield said funding would also be particularly beneficial to helping older people remain independent in their own homes and have more choice and control over the services they receive. “A number of projects funded in this round will support and prepare service providers to deliver high quality care that is centred around the care

recipient, including one project that focuses on care for people in regional and rural communities. “Other projects look at how innovative models of care can assist people with dementia, including a pilot program that tests whether specially trained dogs can increase the independence and improve the quality of life for a person with dementia,” Minister Fifield said. Funding will also be provided to improve cultural competency for aged care workers, as well as enhance the CALD sector’s capacity to provide high quality aged care. A list of all successful applicants is available at acsihag_list_for_publishing_updated_14_apr_pdf.pdf See additional details about the fund at https:// Courtesy:

CANCER Council Qld spokesperson Katie Clift, shares six sleep secrets to improve your sleep and quality of life. Whether it’s your late afternoon latte, noisy neighbours, or just too much on your mind, daytime mayhem often means bedtime bedlam. We work hard to meet our daily commitments but a lack of quality sleep can play havoc with our bodies and minds, affecting our judgement, mood, manner and ability to absorb and retain information. If it persists long-term, sleep deprivation can also contribute to obesity, low immunity and even early mortality. For some of us, falling asleep is an impossible feat and we spend what seems like a restless eternity staring at the ceiling. Rest assured, there are things you can do to promote healthy sleep habits. Here are six simple tips guaranteed to help you get more shut eye. 1. Cut the yourself from influenza, there are other measures you caffeine, nicotine and alcohol. Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants that can can take to prevent the spread of flu. The virus is keep you wide-eyed. Smoking is also spread easily from person-to-person through known to exacerbate sleep apnea and coughing, sneezing and direct contact with an other breathing disorders and while alinfected person, or contaminated surfaces, so make cohol may lull you off to sleep, after a sure you cover your nose and mouth with a tissue every time you cough or sneeze, then throw the used few hours the alcohol wears off and your body will need rehydrating, sigtissue in the bin. nalling your body to wake up. We sugAlways wash your hands with soap after coughing gest swapping your night cap for a glass or sneezing and avoid touching your eyes, nose or of unsweetened milk. 2. Get the right mouth. Don’t share eating utensils, drinking glasses, amount of light and quiet any noise. towels or other personal items; as much as possible, Our internal clocks naturally keep avoid close contact with people who are sick and rhythm with daylight and darkness. If stay home when you are sick. More information is you can, sleep in a comfortably darkavailable from ened room, free from the flashing standpublishing.nsf/Content/immunise-influenza. by lights of alarm clocks or screens.

Protect yourself and your loved ones from flu this winter

IT’S that time of year again, flu season is approaching and residents are urged to help protect themselves and others by getting vaccinated. Vaccination for influenza is particularly important for people who are at higher risk of developing severe complications from influenza. These high-risk groups are eligible for free influenza vaccination from their G.P. from 20th April, this includes all adults aged 65 years of age or older and anyone with medical conditions predisposing them to severe influenza. Type A (H3N2) influenza has been most common this year and these viruses were most common in the 2014-15 northern hemisphere winter. This subtype tends to be associated with increased risk of severe disease and complications. Although vaccination is an important step to protect

Insomnomore – six tips to sleep well and stay happy

Work and social life permitting, try not to sleep in too late and check your room for sound, always switching your smart devices onto silent. 3. Exercise early, always aim to finish exercise at least three hours before sleep and if possible enjoy any vigorous exercise in the morning. Exercise stimulates the body, activating the brain. It also promotes sound sleep, so that your body can recuperate. 4. Pencil-in pillow time. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day sets the body’s internal clock. Ensure you get the right amount of sleep and if you have the occasional night out or bout of insomnia, your body will be more likely to successfully catch-up on extra sleep later. 5. Don’t be a clock-watcher. Looking at the clock in your bedroom or on your phone when trying to fall asleep or when you wake in the middle of the night can increase stress, making it harder to fall back to sleep. 6. Try a night-time nosh. The right bedtime snack could help get your snooze back in sync. Combine complex carbohydrates and either calcium or protein, such as wholegrain crackers and cheese or low-fat no-sugar yoghurt, foods that are physiologically calming. Keep in mind, we’re talking snack-sized portions, not a full meal! Try these six sleep strategies to rest well tonight and for many years to come. If sleeplessness persists, chat to your GP. More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at or call Cancer Council on 13 11 20.

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RLQ tourist card RESIDENTS and travellers within regional and outback Queensland can become a member of a public library in the Rural Libraries Queensland (RLQ) network, for free. RLQ is a collaboration between local governments and the State Library of Queensland to provide high quality public library services across rural Queensland. RLQ public library membership is free to anyone who is residing or travelling within regional and outback Queensland. The library card enables members to borrow books and items from all RLQ libraries. Library cards must be shown each time an item is

borrowed. Members can borrow up to four items at a time for four weeks although limits apply to some collections. Library items can be returned to any RLQ library branch regardless of where they were borrowed. Most libraries have afterhours access chutes which can be used by members 24 hours a day, seven days a week. mailed to your home forms/rlq-tourist-card address or PO Box Register for your free and a card will be within five working days. library card at



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My First Car was a Minx MARGARET JOHANSSON

YOU never forget your first car, and mine was a Hillman Minx. Unlike today when most teenagers regard it as their right to have their own car, I was in my 40s with four children before I got my first car and even then it came as a great surprise. My husband and the kids woke me early on my birthday, handing me the end of a string and telling me my present was on the other end. Still in my PJs I followed the string (kids all giggling at the rear) all over the house, around the backyard and into the next-door neighbours’ driveway where ... There

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was a Hillman Minx and it was mine! I could hardly believe it. It was black and certainly not new but it opened worlds for me, and my children. The year was 1962. At the time we lived in South Australia, at a place called Christies Beach which is

heavily built-up now but then was regarded as country. The Minx was manufactured from 1932 to 1969 as a middle-sized family saloon by the Rootes Group, an English familyowned company headed by brothers William and


Reginald. Production ceased in 1969 and now the Hillman Minx has become something of a cult object. But mine was a workhorse. It ran on fumes (my daughter swears she remembers me buying 18c worth of petrol) and I don’t remember too many services either but I drove my kids to school in hot or wet weather - although they generally walked and importantly, I soon got a job at a nearby chook farm. I drove all their friends home after postschool visits, during which they scoffed up huge quantities of fried scones with syrup, and the Hillman was usually grossly and illegally overloaded with passengers. It didn’t even have seat belts. Or

indicators. School holidays were the best. With a car we could go for picnics on the beach or in the hills, we caught yabbies in the creek, went fishing, went sliding down the Noarlunga sandhills, swimming - the days were never long enough. And on the first day of term I severely embarrassed my children by tying balloons and streamers to the Hillman to drive them to school, in mock celebration of the return. As the kids grew I taught the three eldest to drive, in the Hillman Minx. It had gears of course. Just for the record, they are all good drivers. At last my well-worn Hillman was traded in for a Mini Minor - but that is another story.


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FOR those looking for new experiences when river cruising in Europe, in 2016 Avalon Waterways will have new ships, new itineraries and new destinations, including two new cruises into Belgium on the Meuse River. There’s the 8-day ‘Essential Holland and Belgium’ itinerary which begins in Amsterdam and visits Rotterdam and the windmills of Kinderdijk before travelling to the grandest cities in Belgium including Ghent, Antwerp and Brussels. Pay your respects during the 9-day ‘Enchanting Belgium’ cruise from Amsterdam which visits the battlefields of Ypres as well as the picturesque riverside city of Namur. To mark the launch of the new program, Avalon Waterways is offering discounts until 30 June 2015 of up to 15 per cent off 2016 river cruises in France and up to 10 per cent off all other 2016 European river cruises. A French itinerary that’s bound to be popular amidst the interest in this year’s Anzac commemorations is the 8-day ‘Paris to Normandy’s Landing Beaches’ cruise. Avalon has also announced two new Suite Ships to be launched in 2016. Avalon’s river cruise fleet is the most modern in Europe with an average age of just over three years, and the smaller Suite Ships visit towns and waterways that are out of reach to larger vessels. Avalon Waterways Managing Director Australasia Stewart Williams said the new ships and Belgian itineraries were a reflection of

Avalon’s innovation over recent years. “Avalon Waterways revolutionised river cruising with the launch of its first Suite Ship in 2011, giving passengers more space, better views and a contemporary style,” Mr Williams said. “The concept has been a huge success, particularly among Australians, so we’re expanding it further and introducing new destinations in response.” Avalon’s stylish Suite Ships offer 30 per cent more cabin space than the industry average, with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that open to provide an open-air balcony or close to create an intimate lounge area. Clever suite design means beds face the views instead of the wall, while smaller capacity allows a more intimate and uncrowded style of travel. Contact yyour our local TTra ra ravv eller ellerss Choice consultant today on 1300 78 78 58 or visit to enjoy a breath of fresh air cruising Europe’s rivers with Avalon Waterways.


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Shenzhen for Shopaholics


easy on the KCR train from Hong Kong in less CONTEMPLATING a trip than an hour. On arrival, to Hong Kong? Well, we fill in a simple form, there’s an extra hand over a photo plus attraction you should 168 RMB (about $28) know about. It’s the city and get an instant visa of Shenzhen, just across valid for 5 days. Then we the border in China and sally forth into the scrum it’s certainly worth an of humanity. At first it’s a excursion for a very bit overwhelming, but good reason. Shopping! with a sense of humour We found getting there and the sniff of a

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bargain we make a pit stop at the nearby Shangri-La Hotel. Suitably refreshed, we hit the Lo Wu Commercial City (LWCC) across the road, ready for action. And action there is. Touts of every description offer to guide us to the “best”, the “cheapest”, the “highest quality”, the “real thing” and so on. But armed with introductions from the Shangri-La concierge, we forge our way through the labyrinth and find our first target…Lark International Tailors where Stephanie presides. She helps us choose some rather beautiful Chinese silk and promises my wife delivery of a dress the next day. So the day passes. There are shops selling just about anything you can name, and some you can’t. We’re offered “genuine” brand name handbags, watches, pearls, jeans and casual wear, leather goods, electronic gadgets and widgets,

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branded spectacles (made with lenses to our prescriptions in just 2 hours), big name golf clubs…the list goes on. It’s a circus. And in the process we’re offered copies of everything except my wife. She’s a one-off, luckily. This shopping business is particularly exhausting for males who soon grow tired of looking at yet another pile of boxer shorts, so it’s back to the oasis of the ShangriLa and cocktail hour in the Horizon Club…a sort of recovery ward. There are plenty of dinner options in the hotel, and if you’re brave enough there are abundant local

restaurants and bars in the city to try. We had decided to spend a night in Shenzhen and pick up the goodies the next day. Lo and behold, the frock was ready on time as were our tailor-made shirts and blouses… all a perfect fit and well made. So on the afternoon of the second day, we bid farewell to LWCC and its jumblytumbly alleys and corridors and head for the train station just metres away. Laden with our modest treasures, we’re glad our friends in Hong Kong recommended this brief encounter with Mainland China. For us,

Shenzhen and the LWCC have been an eyeopener, particularly for the tailoring where we made savings enough to justify our trip expenses including a night in the hotel. As long as you’re hassle-proof, it’s a fun experience… it’s a small window to China if you haven’t been there before, and you can add considerably to your shopping trophies to impress your friends.

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6 Day Holiday Tour – departing 23rd May Sydney comes alive as you have never seen it before with spectacular lighting displays on Sydney’s many iconic buildings, including the Sails of the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and a multitude of other sites. It’s the World’s Largest Outdoor Gallery by Night. See it at its best aboard our especially chartered vessel as you cruise and dine on Sydney Harbour by Night! Other attractions inc: Taronga Park Zoo, Manly Ferry, Sydney Tramway Museum (Australia’s biggest and best), ride with Australia’s last Riverboat Postman along the Hawkesbury River, free time to explore Sydney and more. All Inclusive Fare: $1875 Twin Share $2275 Single inc GST.

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Caravanning through the outback ALAN BETTERIDGE ONE of the great things about being retired is the ability to travel when the urge strikes you. The best part about living in this great country is that you don’t need to go overseas or have a huge amount of money to enjoy travelling. My wife and I recently took a caravanning trip through the outback of Queensland and the experience was simply breathtaking. Using a combination of free stopovers and caravan parks we were able to keep the cost to a minimum while still enjoy what this country has to offer. During our trip we stopped at Barcaldine to visit the Workers Heritage Centre and Tree of Knowledge, under which the Australian Labor Party was established all those years ago. We wondered what the Labor Party forefathers would have thought about the direction the party had taken since its

you the history and what it would have been used for. One piece that caught my eye was a Marshall Oil Tractor which was first used in 1912. It weighed a massive 11½ ton, inception. The original travelled at a top speed Tree of Knowledge was of four miles per hour poisoned a number of and used four gallons of years back and a new fuel per mile! tree has been Staying at the promulgated from its Ilfracombe Caravan DNA and is being Park is a real experience nurtured in the Workers with a happy hour that is Heritage Centre. It is second to none. appropriately called: Park owners, Jesse and “The Young’un”. Cathy Hitson have As we travel we tend to owned the park of the use caravan parks in the past 10 years and have smaller towns to use as made some enormous our base for exploring changes in that time. what the area has to Jesse had the crowd in offer. And this trip was stitches as he recounted to be no different. how he had met his wife We wanted to spend a and other outback tales. few days exploring the We the next day in Longreach area and Longreach and you decided the perfect could easily spend a few place to set up camp more to take in what would be the small town this town has to offer. of Ilfracombe, some 27 The two ‘must visits’ are km east of Longreach. the Australian Caravan parks in the smaller regional centres tend to be a bit quieter and sometimes cheaper than those in the major centres. Ilfracombe has a line of machinery stretching the entire length of its main street and you can spend hours just walking down it. Most of the machines have a plaque telling

Stockman’s Hall of Fame and the Qantas Founders Museum. The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame pays tribute to Australia’s stockmen and women, pioneering legends and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. It has an art gallery, artefacts, electronic displays, photographs and films. You could


aircraft will never fly again as the runway is too short to allow them to take-off. Next we are off to Winton, the dinosaur capitol of Australia and home of Waltzing Matilda and Queensland Boulder Opal. (See our continuing journey in a later edition)

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of the 747 (weather permitting). The 707 was found in England in a poor state of repair but after nearly one year of dedicated rebuilding by ex-Qantas engineers and many others it put back into an airworthy state and flown half way around the world to Longreach. The sad part is both

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• Grey Nomads represent the highest proportion (40%) of ‘Travellers’ – those caravanners who stay at parks for accommodation on a road trip. • On average Grey Nomads had stayed in more than 20 caravan parks in the past five years. • Grey Nomads are usually a couple aged 55 and over, reside interstate, prefer a powered site as they are travelling with very expensive rigs. They want to see Australia (their “own backyard”), have mixed budgets – but all are price conscious as the majority have lower incomes. • Grey Nomads were most likely to have started their trip in QLD/Gold Coast (29%) or VIC/Melbourne (27%) reflecting where they are from.

easily spend a full day exploring what it has to offer. The Qantas Founders Museum is an aviation buffs dream come true and is home to some of Qantas’ famous aircraft, including a DC3, Boeing 747 and 707 airliners. Guided tours of the 747 and 707 are available as is a wing walking tour

• Travellers tend to travel anticlockwise around Australia including 62% of Grey Nomads. • Grey Nomads stayed an average of 104 nights in Western Australia and were likely to have visited the majority of tourism regions in the state during their stay. • Most Grey Nomads preferred if there weren’t permanents accommodated on a park and would choose a caravan park without permanents if there was a choice. However they accept that in smaller towns this is not possible. • When choosing a caravan park 51% of Grey Nomads use discussions enroute with other travellers as their highest selection criteria, and state motoring accommodation guides as their second choice.

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Travel TALES How many yarns have you begun with ‘I remember once when we were in...’? We all have our favourite travel stories we love to share, especially the funny ones you can back up with a photo or two. Don’t just save them for family and friends. Send them in to us here at your favourite Seniors Newspaper and share with us. We’d love to hear all about your adventures or maybe a handy travel tip or two that will save fellow readers a lot of hassle. You can email them to us at, with the heading Travel Tales and remembering to include your name, address and daytime phone number. Or post it to us at Travel Tales, Shop 2, 12 Project Avenue, Noosaville 4566. Don’t forget a stamped self-addressed envelope if you want your photos returned! All we ask is that you keep the story short and the photos be in high resolution.

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Cheeky Sign Cheeky sign at Linen and Bedding Shop near Yorkeys Knob, north of Cairns NQ.

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Barred Out Staying at the Fitzroy Crossing Lodge during a trip from Darwin to Broome, this sign was one of the many Rules & Regulations posted on the veranda of the Inn. Fortunately our group was very well behaved.

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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Glass Act on display The Glass Act is a rela- Helen and Tina (pictured) Mortimer; they meet on tween 9am-12 noon at the tively new group compris- along with others such as the first and third Mon- Bribie Island Community ing Bernice, Yvonne, reputed artist Cheryl days of the month be- Arts Centre. According to the group, “Glass is a very attractive medium in which to work. It is rich in colour and sheen and full of promise when cut, placed and fused into a piece of glass jewellery. It is quite addictive”. The members of the group have varying degrees of experience in the alluring medium, love learning together and making beautiful, exciting glass pieces.

Helen MacDonald states, “We like to try new techniques and ideas (well, new to us) and we have lots of failures in this journey of glass discovery. The good thing is that you can mostly recycle your less than successful pieces. Members of A Glass Act - Bernice, Yvonne, Helen and Tina shine alongside their new display

Italian Consulate will open Viva Italia Supremo DOTT Carlo Ludovico Camussi, the Italian Consulate in Brisbane will open Viva Italia Supremo at The Concert Hall QPAC on Saturday 16th May. The music of Italy evokes passion, romance, red wine and pasta. Be transported to the many cultural destinations in Italy with their stylistically sensuous music. The great three tenors changed the world audience to enjoy the best bits of some of the great composers of the last 300 years. Modern Italy continues to exude the power that great performance and wonderful music provides. By popular demand, Anna-Maria La Spina will return following the triumphs of Viva Italia in 2013 after singing with Australia’s duo ‘Savage Garden’ for 2 world tours. She co-wrote the album ‘Always You’ recorded with brother and International Tenor, Rosario La Spina. The album debuted at No. 1 on the classical charts. Tenori comprises the talents of three of Queensland’s powerhouse tenors in a dynamic, uplifting and hugely entertaining performance. With a combined fifty years’ experience in the industry, bring a sense of fun and sophistication to classics from the world or Opera, Music Theatre, Jazz and everything in between. David Kidd, Craig Atkinson and Andrew Pryor met while touring internationally with The Ten Tenors and have gone on to work with Opera Australia, Opera Queensland and many of the country’s finest orchestras. Individually, they have beautiful voices, together they sing like the band of brothers they are, with the camaraderie and precision that more than a decade of harmonising together can bring. Selena Pennetta will dance the evocative Pizzica that will take us to the southern parts of Italy and this ancient dance form. Humours and talented Domenico Taraborrelli will perform on ‘The Stomach Steinway’ with some of the great Neapolitan songs. Following her great success at her first appearance with the Pops at New Year’s Eve, young violin virtuoso Cherin Lee will perform Vivaldi’s Summer with the orchestra. This will be something not to miss. Concert Details: Saturday 16th May at The Concert Hall QPAC. Matinee 2.30pm and Evening 7.30pm. Book Now 136 246. Page 40 - Brisbane Seniors - May 2015

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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Japanese Kanzashi flowers JOIN jewellery designer and paper artist Mabina Alaka for a hands-on workshop to create your own traditional Japanese Kanzashi flowers from fabric. Mabina will show you how to make the petals and the other elements for a brooch. If you’d like to continue creating at home, you can purchase Kanzashi tools and fabric on the night. The Japanese Kanzashi flower workshop is suitable for beginners and will be held on Thursday, 7th May from 6pm-8pm in the Library Shop, level 1 of State Library of Queensland (SLQ). Enquiries phone 3840 7576.

Seniors set to shine at cabaret SENIOR residents with a love for the limelight are invited to hone their performing skills by enrolling in one of the upcoming Lord Mayor’s Seniors Cabaret Master Classes to be held throughout Brisbane. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the free master classes will be led by top theatre performers and are an incredible opportunity for seniors to develop and showcase their creative talent. “This year’s Seniors Cabaret Showcase will be a tribute to the 1960s, bringing to life the music of The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin and more through song, dance, comedy and instrumental performances,” Cr Quirk said. “The Seniors Cabaret Master Classes are one of the most popular events for our seniors, with more than 120 people participating in the classes in 2014. “The classes are a wonderful way for our seniors to celebrate their talents, make new friends and connect with others in their local community. “Since beginning in 2013, the classes have grown in popularity by over 60% and I encourage interested seniors to get in quick to register their interest.” Ten master classes are scheduled be-

tween 1st–18th June to be held in Upper Mt Gravatt, Zillmere, Kangaroo Point, Wynnum, Bowen Hills, Jindalee, Upper Kedron, Bracken Ridge, Sandgate and Sunnybank. Cr Quirk said the series of classes was being held across Brisbane during June and would be followed by nine suburban showcases throughout July. The suburban showcases will culminate in a gala cabaret performance in Brisbane City Hall, on Sunday 16th August, during Seniors Week. Seniors participating in the program must be aged 60 years or over as of 18th August 2013. Workshops are free to attend, but bookings are required. To enrol as a participant for the workshops, visit or phone (07) 3257 4905. For more information, visit or call Council on (07) 3403 8888. Lord Mayor’s Seniors Cabaret Master Class and Showcase dates are Cabaret Master Classes: 1st-18th June 2015, Cabaret Suburban Showcase: 6th-23rd July 2015, Cabaret Sneak Preview at Queen Street Mall: 9th August 2015, Lord Mayor’s Seniors Gala Cabaret: 16th August 2015.

4MBS May Festival of Classics THE 22nd annual 4MBS Festival of Classics features events in 16 venues across Brisbane, highlighting local talented classical musicians throughout May. This year’s theme is The Glory of Venice. The festival aims to make classical music and theatre accessible to all and supports talented local performers, both emerging and established. Visit for further information. Saturday, 9th May at 11am. A Morning with Emily & Hayley. Emily Burke, Soprano and Hayley Sugars, Mezzo perform at Lyric Theatre, QPAC, South Bank. Phone 136 246. Monday, 11th May at 7pm - Schubertiade Ensemble at Queen Alexandra Community Centre, 347 Alexandra Community Centre, 347 Old Cleveland Road, Coorparoo. Schubert Piano Quintet in A and selected lieder and other works performed. Phone 3847 1717. Thursday, 14th May at 6pm - Austria-Australia Happy ‘150th’ Ringstrasse. Strauss Die Fledermaus, Excerpts and Kálmán The Gypsy Princess, plus works from Haydn, Schubert, Sculthorpe & Kats-Chernin. Phone 3847 1717. Friday, 15th May at 6pm - Live-to-Air Piano Series. Four popular pianists, Helen Winther, Sine Winther, Stephen Emmerson and Stewart Kelly perform at 4MBS Performance Studio, 384 Old Cleveland Road, Coorparoo. Phone 3847 1717. Saturday, 16th May at 3pm - “Bach & Weiss on the Lute” performed by the Chamber Music Society of Queensland with Andrew Byrne, lute at Queen Alexandra Home Community Centre, 347 Old Cleveland Road, Coorparoo. Phone 3847 1717. Saturday, 16th May at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Viva Italia Supremo! Queensland Pops Orchestra performs music of Italy, evoking passion, romance, red wine and pasta. Held at Concert Hall, QPAC, South Bank. Phone 136 246.


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FREE For Sale Classifieds Only ONE FREE FOR SALE classified allowed per person per month. No other sorts of Classifieds, ie: Wanted adverts will be accepted. The publisher reserves the right to decline, edit and reduce the number of classifieds appearing due to space available in the newspaper. Due to these space constraints sometimes not all adverts will appear in the one month, but will be placed in the following month. You can write up to 20 words per advert, but make sure that your contact phone number, location and the selling price are clearly stated. Items for sale must not exceed $500. Conditions apply: Free For Sale classifieds are for private party advertising only. No business adverts accepted. Please print the first word of your classified in CAPITALS, and the rest of the advert should be in lower case. All adverts must be accompanied by the name, address and phone number of the person placing the advertising. Please submit FREE classifieds only by post, fax or email to our office. (No adverts will be accepted over the telephone.) - Wanted items are no longer accepted. POST your adverts to: ‘Bris Free 4 Sale,’ Brisbane Seniors Newspaper, Shop 2/12 Project Avenue, Noosaville 4566 FAX adverts to: 5474 4975 EMAIL: (All emailed adverts must be in lower case, except for the first word, which should be in capitals.)

Clem Jones City Hall concerts EACH Tuesday from 12noon-1pm, a free concert is held in the Main Auditorium at Brisbane’s City Hall. It offers a variety of high quality performances not to be missed. Brisbane City Hall is situated at 64 Adelaide Street, Brisbane. Tuesday, 12th May - The Two Kings: Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley experience. In a performance fit for two kings, The Mike Winkworth Band presents a tribute to two legends of the music industry, Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison. Tuesday, 19 May - Perssical: a classic combination. Renowned ensemble Hezar Ava presents traditional and contemporary music including a creative synthesis of opera and classical Persian songs on traditional and modern instruments. Tuesday, 26 May - Once Upon A Mountain Blue. You can expect high-energy, traditional and original acoustic bluegrass at its very best. Enjoy soulful harmony singing and dazzling displays of finger-picking mastery from some of Australia’s best bluegrass musicians.

Mysteries of eBay and Gumtree explained EVER wanted to venture onto the internet to buy or sell items? Been amazed at how others find such bargains? On Friday 29 May between 2 and 3pm you can learn about buying and selling goods safely online through eBay and Gumtree. This could be your chance to declutter or find that special item for your home or wardrobe. Book with Nundah Library on 3407 8701 to be sure of a place.

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Art exhibition tells the stories of books A NEW exhibition at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland explores the connections contemporary artists share with

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Redland City Council’s cultural spokesperson Cr Lance Hewlett said the exhibition was particularly timely as we moved into an age where books were being overtaken by modern technology. “The 100book exhibition highlights that books are so much more than words on a page, often works of art in their own right,” Cr Hewlett said. “With contributing artists from more than 16 countries, 100book shows the dynamic world of contemporary artists’ books. “It explores various structures and content, inviting us to look at our own relationship with

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books and how the same emotions and feelings they draw from us cannot be replicated by modern technology.” The exhibition is curated by Robyn Foster and contains a section of works created by Australian artists to commemorate the centenary of Australian involvement in World War I. Editions of some

works were also included in the Pieces for Peace exhibition in Ypres, Belgium in 2014. Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland is located at Cnr of Middle and Bloomfield Streets, Cleveland. For more information on this and other Redland Art Gallery exhibitions visit http://

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THE residents of “Salford Waters Retirement Estate” Victoria Point are preparing for the Annual “Kingfisher Art Show.” This year is special as we are having our 21st Birthday Art Show. For those not familiar with the Art Show, let me briefly explain that this is an annual event to celebrate the village “birthday” and it incorporates morning and afternoon teas, cake, plant and craft stalls. Thanks to the publicity given by a number of organizations, the art show has raised substantial donations for various appeals. Since 1995 we have donated over $132,000 to various charities. Last year, we donated $11,000 to “Soldier On”, helping returned service personnel from Afghanistan and other war torn countries. The donations we have made come from all of the commission we take from the sale of paintings and art works. The charity we have selected for 2015 is “Lions Club of Cleveland Challenge.” The Lions Club of Cleveland will help local families who are going through tough times at the moment. Our featured artist this year is Patsy Norris from Coochiemudlo Island just off Victoria Point. Patsy is a local lass, took up residence on Coochiemudlo Island just off Victoria

point, some 26 years ago and 8 years later became interested in painting, mainly folk art and then further developed her artistic talent using acrylic and oils on canvas. Patsy became well known and respected for her use of bright colours and happy paintings. Patsy has had many successful showings and her art hangs on the walls of many homes on Coochiemudlo Island, the mainland, and also overseas. On Tuesday 7th July 2015, official opening night of the art show, the doors will open at 6.30pm, welcoming speeches and official opening time is 7.30pm. The show will continue on Wednesday 8th July until Sunday 12th July. Opening times Daily 10am-4pm. East year we displayed more than 500 works of art, from 150 artists who came from as far afield as Northern NSW and the Darling Downs and even Melbourne. Entry forms and information can be had from Shirley Hamilton Phone 3207 0243. Entries close on 5th June. Tickets for the opening night which can be retained and used for the duration of the art show cost $10 each (includes supper on the opening night) are obtainable by contacting Alison Ross on 3207 8496 or Elsie on 3207 0157 Admission on any other day is by gold coin.

From the COPA room to QPAC AUSTRALIAN star of the stage and screen Tom Burlinson will serenade audiences with Sinatra at the Sands in Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC’s) Concert Hall on Friday 12 June 2015. Accompanied by his All Star Big Band, Tom Burlinson will sing all the wonderful songs from Sinatra at the Sands, the sensational recording of Sinatra in his prime, including such hits as Come Fly With Me, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, One For My Baby, and many more. Renowned for his smooth style and astonishing performance skills, Tom Burlinson has proven that he is one of the best in the world at Sinatra-inspired singing. The 1966 album, Sinatra at the Sands was recorded live at the Copa Room of the Sands Hotel

and Casino in Las Vegas. It was accompanied by Count Basie and his orchestra and conducted and arranged by Quincy Jones. The album has been described as ‘brilliant’, ‘incredibly exciting’, and ‘simply the best’ by critics across the world, and this special performance by Tom Burlinson promises to be nothing short of a swinging sensation. Don’t miss this wonderful new show as Burlinson brings back all the everlasting songs and pays tribute to the marvellous musical legacy of Frank Sinatra. Sinatra at the Sands is presented by QPAC in association with Queensland Cabaret Festival for one night only on Friday 12th June at 8.00pm. To book go to or phone 136-246.

Australian Chamber Orchestra presents ‘Around the World’ Starring Benjamin Schmid and ACO2 WITH a program that embraces much-loved works in the string repertoire, ACO2 returns to Queensland with ‘Around the World’. Taking the audience on a journey through America, Russia and Germany, and culminating in a voyage through Salzburg, Barcelona, Paris and Maputo with Berger’s Metropoles Suite for Violin and Strings, ‘Around the World’ will be led by acclaimed violinist and Guest Director, Benjamin Schmid. Also featured on the program are works by JS Bach, Tchaikovsky and Barber. Benjamin Schmid said, ‘Bach’s E major concerto is a classy classic – its second movement is eternal in its incredible beauty and quiet longing. Barber’s Adagio for Strings is as popular as it is beautiful and it takes us to the music of the United States. The build-up in energy in Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence is compelling, merciless, and beautiful, and to experience that with an elite ensemble like ACO2 will be an essential sensation!’ Don’t miss this chance to be transported ‘Around the World’ in this stunning concert in the Redland Performing Arts Centre Auditorium on Wednesday 27 May at 7pm. Tickets are $30 to $35.

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For bookings visit or call the RPAC Box Office on 3829 8131. “ACO2 played to a packed hall and did not disappoint with their infectious energy.”

Who do you call… Seniors Card 137 468 or 1800 175 500 (free call outside Brisbane) Centrelink: Retirement 132 300 Disability, Sickness & Carers 132 717 Employment Services 132 850 Seniors Enquiry Line 1300 135 500 Department of Veteran Affairs 133 254 or 1800 555 254 (Regional) National Information Centre on Retirement Investments (NICRI) 1800 020 110

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