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Celebrating Melbourne Cup in style! IT is over fifty years since the “Fashions in the Field’ competition was launched at the Melbourne Cup, to try and entice more ladies to the races. It quickly captured the imagination of the public and grew rapidly in popularity. These days, the Cup Carnival is one of the rare occasions when you can wear a hat or fascinator during the year, giving us ladies a chance to really exercise our inner ‘fashionista’. Ladies from the Currumbin/ Elanora VIEW Club wore their best finery to celebrate this year’s Melbourne Cup Day with prizes for the best hat and overall best dressed. It was a very special day, with Dr Glenda Powell, guest speaker, reducing everyone to tears of laughter. They said farewell to one of their most treasured and inspirational members, Francey Johnston, who has been in VIEW for over 20 years. Francey is moving to Penrith, and has already joined the VIEW Club there. The VIEW club meets at the Currumbin RSL Club every 4th Tuesday of the month for morning tea at 9.30 for a10.00am start, at a cost of $12. New members and visitors are always welcome. Please book with Carlene on 5590 8247 or 0402 217 019. President Robyn Allan presenting flowers to Francey Johnston

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Remembrance Day - Armistice Day - 11th November THE most significant thing about Armistice Day - or as it is now known - REMEMBRANCE DAY - is that it is has survived. And like Anzac Day, it has not only survived but also grown in importance in a seemingly materialistic and troubled world. So once a year we stop on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month; that moment in time that signified the end of World War I – the Great War to end all wars. On this day we pay homage to all those men and women who have fought not only in that war, but all subsequent wars and battles to protect our freedom. After four years of conflict from 1914 to 1918 , the people of the world believed they had learnt their lesson; never again would the world be devastated by such destruction and carnage. Sadly the people of the world were wrong, but that makes Remembrance Day all the more important in our never-ending quest for peace. But, what do we actually remember? What images do we carry in our minds and in our hearts on this special day? The

Flanders Poppy? The vibrant red flowers that blossomed in the churned up soil of the broad western front of the Great War; flowers nurtured by the blood of 33,000 soldiers, seeping into the ground? In all, 416,000 Australians fought in the Great War, 300,000 overseas. On the Western Front 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded or taken prisoner. Perhaps we dare to reflect back to our earliest memories of Remembrance Day. As a child I felt for the young man killed at 5 minutes to 11 O’Clock. I worried about his mother, who heard the news – The War is over – and she thought her son would be coming home safely. And I can never forget the story of the Officer, who survived the war, only to be haunted for the rest of his life by the images of young soldiers, our young boys, some only fourteen and sixteen, crying out for their mothers in circumstances beyond our imagination; circumstances haunting and disturbing to hear about, totally destructive to live through. Do our emotions identify with the families at home,

the mother watching the telegram boy cycle up the road? She prays he will not stop at her gate, yet feels guilty when he leans his bike on next-door’s front fence. Later she will go in to comfort her neighbour for the loss of her son ‘killed in action.’ For the moment she has a reprieve; there is still hope her son will come home. Time and memory have distanced us from much of the personal side of the Great War, but is any war different? Our men and women have fought in many battles since. Loved ones have been lost and many of us have witnessed the effects of war on those who have returned. A Telegram Boy on a bike no longer carries the news, but it is still the same news – a loss that a family lives with for

the rest of their days. We now struggle to win a new type of war - the War on Terrorism. On this day, the important question is: How can we best salute the men and women who have fought in these battles, some paying with their lives, others with their physical and spiritual health? They have given us the freedom and the lifestyle we enjoy today – and sometimes take for granted. Perhaps the answer is in these words I read recently: It is not enough just to take care of something, it is also important that it be used. These wise words suggest it is not enough to just stop momentarily on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to dust off our memories, express our gratitude and

pay our respects. We need to use the gift of freedom that our men and women have fought and died for – use it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year – every year. We must value every day, make it special, through interaction with our families, our friends, our jobs and our community. To achieve this, we must also value ourselves. On Remembrance Day, it is not intended that we dwell on the gory details of war. We are only asked to remember that great sacrifices have been made. In return the greatest tribute we can offer to these men and women is to use their gift of freedom to live our lives to the best of our ability – and enjoy the journey. By Loma J. Spencer

community news New Seniors Information Hub drawing crowds

Mayor of Tweed, Cr Barry Longland, officially opens the Tweed Shire Seniors Information Hub at Banora Point. Member for Richmond, Justine Elliot, watches on.

A special place just for seniors has been officially opened by Tweed Mayor, Councillor Barry Longland. At the Tweed Shire Seniors Information Hub at Banora Point, seniors can find out about services and community groups and social, educational and leisure activi-

ties available in the local area and further afield. ‘I’m honoured to officially open this wonderful space, which is already proving very popular with local seniors,’ Cr Longland said. The Hub, located at the Banora Point Community Centre, is funded by the

Commonwealth Government, Home and Community Care Program (HACC) and run through Tweed Shire Council’s Community and Cultural Services unit. ‘As a Commonwealth HACC-funded project, the Tweed Shire Seniors Information Hub is in

Seniors cut medical costs to pay for essentials

SOME seniors are no longer spending money on medical costs and public transport as they grapple to cover the basic essentials, a new report reveals. More than half a million low-income senior households are spending on average four-fifths of their incomes on essentials such as water, gas, insurance, medical services and rates - all of which have risen by more than double the inflation rate over the past five years. As a result, 15 per cent of households – mostly pensioner households – are no longer spending any money on medical fees,

public transport, eating out, clothing, cigarettes and alcohol, or car and home maintenance. The report also found the number of senior households reliant on the pension grew by 55,000 (6.5 per cent) between 2006 and 2011 as a result of more baby boomers reaching age 65. The findings were released in the National Seniors Australia Productive Ageing Centre’s report, ‘A squeeze on spending? An update on household living costs for senior Australians’. National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill said some of the findings from the report were


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place to support HACCfunded services and clients, as well as seniors more broadly,’ Cr Longland continued. ‘This facility brings people together and informs them of services and activities in the community that can enhance and improve their lives. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the staff and volunteers at the Tweed Shire Seniors Information Hub and to congratulate them for the positive affect they’re having on our community.’ The Tweed Shire Seniors Information Hub is open (Daylight Saving Time) Tuesdays: 12.30pm to 4pm; Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 9.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4pm. Many other activities are available to seniors at the Banora Point Community Centre. The Broadband for Seniors program offers free use of computers to access information on the internet, with training available for new internet users. Workshops are also held on using mobile phones. The FABS program (Fun Activities for Banora Point Seniors)

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alarming. “This study looked at household cost of living pressures affecting the over 50s and examined the changes in spending behaviour caused by higher prices in essential items,” O’Neill said. “A very worrying trend is the fact that some seniors may not be receiving health care when they need it because they have been forced to cut their spending. “We are also seeing an increase in low-income seniors living in rental houses, making them extremely vulnerable to the ups and downs of the housing market’s rent cycle.” The report found the biggest price increase was for electricity, which rose by 83 per cent – more than six times the overall rate of inflation. In 2011, almost a quarter of a million (245,000) senior households said they had been unable to pay their utility (electricity, gas or telephone) bills on time and the proportion of pensioners unable to pay their utilities bills rose by 13 per cent over five years. Over the five years to March 2013, the majority of the top ten price rises were for essential household goods or services. You can access the full report at Media release: National Seniors November 2013 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 3

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community news A Walk with a difference

Bond staff member Narelle Urquhart (second from left) of the Wiradjuri Tribe is pictured with several of the visitors who enjoyed the Walk. Narelle, whose daughter Sinead is in her last semester of a Bachelor of International Relations degree at Bond, works as an Indigenous Support Officer in Pastoral Care within the University’s Nyombile Centre.

VISITORS to Bond University were recently given the unique opportunity of acquainting themselves with aspects of Australian Aboriginal history dating from ancient times through to the 21st century. The occasion was The Corrigan Walk, showcasing many of the outstanding works that form the Corrigan Collection of Aboriginal Art, works created and accumulated only since year 2000 but rich in stories and symbols passed down through countless generations.

Bond University is home to Australia’s largest private collection of Aboriginal art on public display, thanks to the generosity of businessman, art collector and philanthropist Dr Patrick Corrigan AM. Some 400 works are exhibited in three locations across the campus. Aboriginal students and staff were guides during the hour-long Walk, the first of its kind and covering pieces housed within the Gregor Heiner Lecture Theatre building. Further Walks are expected to take place in the future.

Probus Club of Hastings Point PROBUS Club of Hastings Point meets next on Tuesday 19/11/2013 at 10.00 am at the Tri Care Retirement Community 87/89 Tweed Coast Road , Hastings Point. New members welcome. Enquires Steve 02 6676 4641 or web http:// At this meeting Lee Robertson from “Friends Of The Pound” will give a presentation.

Solar Households - Saviours Not Sinners AN upcoming report will challenge the views of those who believe solar households are being heavily cross-subsidised by others. Australia’s solar industry and supporters have been battling myths over the revolutionary technology ever since its opponents finally woke up to the fact solar is a gamechanger; not just a novel technology for use by granola-munching hippies in hessian. While it has been shown time and again that solar is not the major factor in electricity price rises and has actually contributed to lowering the wholesale cost of electricity, the accusations of solar households being heavily cross-subsidised by nonsolar users continue to be spouted. The misinformation is most loudly repeated by those involved in or connected to the fossil fuel and Big Energy sectors somewhat understandable given they are the ones with the most to lose. Amongst the many furphies being disseminated is that solar house-

holds are avoiding paying their ‘fair share’ of network charges; costs that are being picked up by non-solar users. However, it’s about swings and roundabouts. Upcoming research from the Centre for Policy Development and Australian Photovoltaic Association will quantify the real impacts of rooftop solar on other households’ bills. According to a brief statement from the APVA published late last week: “Preliminary results show households installing airconditioning (AC) add around $75 to other households’ bills a year, by increasing demand peaks. Since about 70% of households have installed AC, it is important that such peak demand increases be minimised. Where PV is also added to the network, the bill increase faced by other households due to AC is reduced.” The report will be released in early 2014. RenewEconomy’s Giles Parkinson points out that if solar households are to be punished for the “crime” of using less electricity; the same penalties

should apply to anyone doing anything to become more energy efficient; which is of course a ridiculous situation. What is needed is real electricity pricing reform. The potential threat of increasing network charges

for solar users has created outrage among the technology’s supporters. A petition has been launched by Solar Citizens ( against any ‘sun tax’.Released by Energy Matters

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community news Halloween the seniors’ way WHETHER you celebrate Halloween or not it can be a good excuse for a fun get-together. Just ask members of the Southport Meals on Wheels Senior Citizens Association. Mind you, they have a great time whenever they get together, whether it’s a special occasion or not. It was a few days before the official Halloween date of October 31 but cobweb-covered witches and tail-wagging devils; pumpkins and goblins and monsters of every description—male and female alike—filled the activities centre at 2 Whitby Street, corner of Queen, to enjoy a night of socialising; of line dancing and New Vogue; of sharing a deliciously diverse ‘bring a plate’ feast. The Southport Meals on Wheels Senior Citizens Association Inc is a friendly group that lives up to its motto of ‘Finding Friends, Fun and Fitness’. To find out more about the various dance

Giggling witches and fiercely-funny devils are pictured celebrating Halloween at the Southport Meals on Wheels Senior Citizens Association Centre on Whitby Street.

activities that take place at the centre each week, or for further information about the Association, please phone Peta on 5529

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Trivia with Allan Blackburn 1. Which Apollo mission was the first to orbit the moon? 2. Which Australian state has the heads of a cow and a sheep on its coat of arms? 3. In what year did Harold Holt disappear? 4. In tennis, if the server has won two points and the receiver has won one point, what is the score? 5. What animal can be “reticulated”? 6. In the southern hemisphere, do cyclone winds blow clockwise or anticlockwise? 7. What is a “winklepicker”? 8. Which world dignitary has a retreat at Castel Gandolfo? 9. What is a traditional Chinese sailing ship called? 10. Chieftan, Sherman and Leopard are all types of what weapon? 11. A balalaika is a traditional musical instrument from which country? 12. Where on the human body is the coccyx? 13. What was the main colour of a Kodak film box? 14. How many people normally ride on a tandem bicycle? 15. Two or more words that have the same meaning are called what? 16. Proverbially, what are we supposed to do before we leap? 17. What was the first children’s TV show to be inducted into the Logie Hall of Fame? 18. Who was the magician at the court of King Arthur? 19. For how long did a C60 cassette tape run? 20. Who was hung at 10am on 11th November 1880 in Melbourne? Answers on page 8

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community news Chemical ‘clock’ tracks ageing more precisely

GREYING hair and wrinkles are external signs of ageing, but they are not very precise. Now research shows that a code written into the body’s epigenome - the chemical tags that modify DNA - can accurately tell the age of human tissues and cells. This ‘clock’ could provide insights into why certain tissues age faster than others, and why those tissues may be more cancer-prone. In the past few years, researchers have been homing in on regions of DNA that accrue lots of chemical tags called methyl groups as people age. Such methylation can selectively switch off genes. “What was not yet known was that one can develop an age predictor that really works well across most tissues and cell types,” says Steve Horvath, a bioinformatician at the University of California, Los Angeles. In a paper published in Genome Biology1, Horvath reveals how methylation levels change in human tissues from before birth to the age of 101, and shows that it is a nearperfect predictor of age for noncancerous tissues. The study “represents the most convincing demonstration so far” of ageassociated changes in DNA methylation that are consistent across most tissue types, says Andrew Teschendorff, a computational biologist at University College

London. To develop a clock based on DNA methylation, Horvath pieced together data from 8,000 samples in 82 publicly available DNA-methylation data sets. The samples represent 51 healthy human tissue and cell types including immune cells, brain cells, and tissues from major organs such as kidney and liver. Horvath was delighted to discover that the methylation clock predicted age across tissue and cell types to within a few years. “This new epigenetic clock really stands out in its accuracy,” says Horvath. Strikingly, he found that women’s breast tissue accrues methylation in a way that makes it look an average of 2–3 years older than other healthy tissues from the same woman. In women with breast cancer, healthy tissue situated next to diseased tissue appeared to be an average of 12 years older than other tissues in the body. And Horvath found that tissue from 20 cancer types looked an average of 36 years older than healthy tissue. “Ageing is a major health problem, and interestingly there are really no objective measures of ageing other than a verified birth date,” says Darryl Shibata, a pathologist at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. “Studies like this one provide important new efforts to increase the rigour of human ageing studies.”

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Probus Club of Tweed River Inc WONDERFUL opportunity for recently retired persons to join an exciting mixed club. Many enjoyable activities and entertainment to be experienced by all, such as guest speakers, theatres, musicals, bus trips, holidays, picnics, breakfasts etc. visitors and intending

members very welcome, come and join the fun, fellowship and friendship of this superb club, meeting takes place every 2nd Monday of the month at 10am in South Tweed Sports Club Minjungbal Drive, South Tweed Heads. Guest speaker: Michael Curtis – Man-

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Kingscliff Mixed Probus WE hold our club meetings in the Uniting Church Hall, Kingscliff on the first Wednesday of the month at 10 am and outings on the third Wednesday of the each month. The next meeting will be on 6th November and new members are welcome. Our guest speaker will be Brian Bickery OAM. Brian is a Vietnam veteran and will talk about Vietnam. The outing for this month is a bus trip to Byron Bay Brewery. Contact Norma 02 6676 3360.

AS we draw close to the holiday season what is the most memorable gift you can give this year? Did you consider it could be your life story? Tammy Woolley is a personal historian who can help you do just that! As founder of Forget Me Not Forever, Tammy is a family historian with over 10 years experience specialising in Australian and Scottish ancestry. Through her ancestral quests, Tammy developed a passion for knowing the stories behind the names she researched. She also discovered how much knowledge and joy is brought to a family when they know their ancestors’ stories. Tammy knows it is essential to record and preserve family stories to ensure both the stories and the people are never forgotten. What is also important is that you and your loved ones also have the opportunity to tell your story. Tammy offers a variety of choices in which to record your personal history which include printed books, scrapbooks and quilts. It all begins with a free one hour consultation where your ideas are discussed and a project proposal is put together. Each project is then adapted to record a truly unique product. Every personal history is approached with Tammy’s genuine interest, sensitivity, creativity and expert knowledge and skills. Based on the Gold Coast, Tammy is in close proximity to her clients and is always available throughout every step of the process. Please contact Tammy on 0416 782 435 or via her website to start your personal history today!

Trivia answers From page 6 1. Apollo 8 2. Queensland 3. 1967 4. Thirty fifteen 5. Python 6. Clockwise 7. Shoe or boot with long pointed toe 8. The Pope 9. Junk 10. Tank 11. Russia 12. Base of spine 13. Yellow 14. Two 15. Synonyms 16. Look 17. Play School 18. Merlin 19. 60 minutes 20. Ned Kelly 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.


community news Kirra-Tugun Probus Club

PRESIDENT Pat Taylor of the KirraTugun Probus Club had great pleasure in inducting two new members, Bernadette Peterson & Betty Fraser. We welcome them and are sure they will enjoy the fellowship of our club. We will hold a special meeting for 28th November inviting couples to join us

with the pleasure of entertainer Jim Richmond, Musician & Storyteller. Please come along and join in the fun. Meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month at Currumbin RSL. Morning tea and interesting guest speakers. Enquiries please ring secretary on 5598-3286.

Bank deeming rates to drop SOCIAL security deeming rates, used to determine individual pension levels, are to fall. On 4 November, the deeming rates will decrease to 2 per cent from 2.5 per cent for financial investments up to $46,600 for single pensioners and $77,400 for pensioner couples. For balances over these amounts, the upper deeming rate

will decrease to 3.5 per cent from 4 per cent. National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill said the drop would provide a little extra cash to those older Australians managing on fixed incomes. The drop is the second this year, after four years of no movement despite a run of official interest rate cuts.

Retirees to meet with Federal Government ALL Gold Coast retirees will have the opportunity to have their individual concerns presented to the new LNP Federal Government. In November a delegation from Australians in Retirement (AIR) will meet with Steve Ciobo, the Federal Member for Moncrieff who is now the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury. The delegation will raise issues with Mr Ciobo that are pertinent to retirees interests on the Gold Coast. To ensure the issues raised by the delegation are relevant, Gold Coast retirees are invited to attend the AIR Baby Boomers Group meeting on Wednesday 6th November. AIR’s National Deputy President and Government Lobbyist, Dr Barry Ritchie, will conduct a question and answer session with attendees to determine the issues facing retirees that need to be presented to the new Abbott Coalition Government. This will assist the government as it develops its policies for retirees. Such issues as employment discrimination against seniors, age discrimination and complexity within superannuation laws and the inequities of capital gains tax will be addressed. Mr Robert Grover, AIR Gold Coast President, said: “This meeting provides an important opportunity for AIR members and all Gold Coast retirees to raise their personal issues and concerns. These matters will then be presented at the delegates meeting with Mr Ciobo

for him to pass on to Treasury. Because the outcomes from the delegation are so important in the Government’s development of its retirees policy, we have decided to open the meeting to all Gold Coast retirees.� Australians in Retirement is the business name of The Association of Independent Retirees, the peak body representing the interests of retirees who are self -funded or in receipt of a part pension. The proposed meeting will commence at 9:30am on Wednesday 6th November at the Broadbeach Seniors’ Centre, 23 T E Peters Drive, (cnr Havana Keys), Broadbeach. Attendees are asked to register with Rob Grover at or 0417 732 242.

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community news Greyhounds make wonderful pets GREYHOUNDS make one of the most gentle, sociable and affectionate pets and can live happily with small, fluffy dogs, cats and rabbits after assessment for their suitability to live with smaller pets. They rarely bark, are clean and almost cat-like in their grooming routine, have little odour, hardly shed and only need an occasional bath. They have low-allergy fur and

ments. They are not aggressive and are more likely to walk away from trouble rather than get involved in it. They are also required to wear muzzles in public in some states but this is because of their instinct to chase rather than because they are aggressive Greyhounds are generally healthy dogs who can expect to live up to 14 years and as they have little body fat, they may need a coat so they don’t feel the cold. A former racing greyhound will need time to adjust to a home environTHERE has been a steep increase in drowning among ment and may be unused people aged 55 years and over, according to a new report by the Royal Life Saving Society. People aged 55 and over now account for over a third (39%) of all drowning deaths in Australia the findings of the latest Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2013 revealed. Royal Life Saving (RSL) says 114 people aged 55 years and over drowned in 2012/13. It is the highest number of drowning deaths for people aged 55 plus for 10 years. It represents a 31% increase on the 10 year average. Justin Scarr, Royal Life Saving chief executive, called for caution in a statement made on the RLS website. “Parents and grandparents are boating, fishing and swimming their way into retirement. Accidents involving watercraft were responsible for the largest number of drowning deaths (24%) in people aged 55 plus. There were 27 deaths. Older swimmers need to stay safe by checking their health and fitness as well as taking precautions before heading off to enjoy the water. Underlying medical conditions can increase the risk of drowning and are most commonly found in people aged 55 years and over. Conditions associated with increased risk of drowning include cardiac conditions and epilepsy. are good for allergy sufferers. They are the second fastest animal on the planet, only the cheetah is faster, however they require only minimal exercise and need only a short daily walk. They are intelligent, docile and placid making them ideal pets for all ages but especially for elderly people, families with young children and people in small apart-

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to stairs, glass doors, polished floors and large spaces, but will soon adjust. Greyhounds are gentle souls who do not respond well to harsh discipline – like all dogs they are best trained with kindness and positive encouragement. Around 10,000 greyhounds are bred to race every year. The many thousands that don’t win, are euthanased, dumped in pounds or, if they are lucky, find their way to one of the many rescue groups now devoted to these graceful animals. Rose and Geoff Fuller who have 2 greyhounds said “We’ve had dogs all our

life and when our doberman passed away, we only wanted one dog but now we’ve got two Chance and Sally and they’re greyhounds! They’ve got such gentle natures and they’re so beautifully behaved on a lead. We walk them twice a day and we have both lost quite a few kilos. They are very patient dogs and as long as you can walk and are in reasonable health, they greyhound is a perfect pet for an older person.” To adopt a greyhound: g o r g e o u s greyhounds.html

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Come along and play shuffleboard IF you have never played shuffleboard, or have been looking for a spot to play this fun game, come along to the courts at Elanora or Coolangatta, where an experienced player will teach you the rules of play. Suitable for all ages, the whole family can enjoy shuffleboard. Elanora and Coolangatta welcomes visitors, it’s only $4 for non members [with the first morning free] $3 for members, to play each day. At Elanora, games are on Mon, Wed and Sat. 9am-12 noon. At Coolangatta on Thur. 9am -12 noon. Cost includes morning tea and the use of all equipment, such as cues and discs. No special clothing is required apart from enclosed footwear. The Elanora courts are located at the end of Pines Lane, exit 92 from either north or south on the M1 [UBD ref map 70, L2 - just west of the M1]. The Coolangatta club is located on the third floor of “Showcase on the Beach,” Griffith Street. For more information ph Fay 5575 9203.

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dom and the introduction of technology. It’s time for revenge. History shows the kids of the ‘50s and ‘60s created a new era in music, fashion and fun despite parental disapproval. Baby boomers enjoyed and endured fast food, fad diets, formidable fashion and a whole lot more but they are now ready to enjoy the time of their lives. According to author and researcher Gail Sheehy freedom comes twice in life. Sheehy says the first time is usually in the late teens with the coming of first pay packet, your own place, a car and perhaps

the opportunity to travel. As most of us know, the fun soon ends with marriage, a mortgage, kids and a career ladder. Sheehy says the second phase of freedom comes when the kids leave home, the mortgage is paid off and the boss is bid farewell. She says this is the new age, a time to celebrate life and enjoy the future. Statistics show some people choose to remain in the family home. This might become a chore and a money pit as major repairs are part of owning an older property. Australian government researchers say smart people choose to sell up, downsize and start living the life they deserve. The Department of Health and Aging researchers say the best place to do this is in an active lifestyle resort designed for people aged 50 plus who choose to continue to work or opt for retirement. There are plenty of over 50s resorts to choose from but Master Builder’s Award judges chose Living Gems Resorts as the best in the region. Living Gems Resorts are positioned throughout South East Queensland in tranquil areas near city amenities. Brand new architect designed homes are priced from $270,000. The profits from the sale of an average house can pay for a brand new home, help fund an investment port-



NOELEEN is a very busy retiree residing at Liberty Senior Living at Taigum. Four years ago she made the decision to make the move after her husband died. The house was too big, a huge 2 storey home with 4 bedrooms and a big yard to look after. Noeleen viewed 5-6 retirement villages before settling on Taigum which she said that her son found for her. “It was central to everything, the shopping center just round the corner, the bus to the city close by” she said. “I had to wait for my unit

to become available and I was extremely happy with the renovations they did. The unit is very well laid out, it suits me to a T.” Noeleen soon became involved with the community, joining the Social Committee and she took on the job of being the bus coordinator. “I help organize the tours and we go to a different place of interest on a regular basis, and when people need to go to a medical appointment, I arrange for our volunteer drivers to take them” she explained. “We have a great group of people

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here and I’m very lucky to have such wonderful caring neighbours.” Not that she is home much as Noeleen belongs to several clubs and organizations and says she is so busy she is rarely home. “Life is what you make it and being here enables me to do the things I want without having to worry about a big house and yard, it’s a great lifestyle and I would recommend it to anyone”, said Noeleen. For more information on Liberty Senior Living phone 1300 82 44 86.

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Pictured are the camera and glass plate holder used by Guy William Hunt.

MARGARET Deacon of Society is seeking the Gold Coast and public assistance in the Hinterland Historical search for information

about an early Southport photographer. Guy William Hunt

Ladies Probus Club of Miami was about 16 when he began taking photographs of Southport in 1900. During the first decade of the 20th century he was apprenticed to chemist Fred Moore, Nerang Street. Many of Hunt’s photographs of the early development of the town and surrounding bush exist, as do his glass plates now held at the Historical Society, Elliot Street, Surfers Paradise. Anyone who has photographs of family or friends who lived in the Southport area, photos taken in a studio setting between 1900 and 1930, is asked to please contact Margaret on 0439 871 329.

THE Ladies Probus Club of Miami Inc wishes to invite ladies who would like to meet new people to join our club. If you enjoy listening to entertaining guest speakers, eating delicious morning teas & participating in social activities you will enjoy being a part of our club. We meet on the second Thursday of the month, 10am, at the Broadbeach Bowls Club. Thursday 14th November we have the very entertaining Russ Walkington as

our guest speaker. Russ will speak on ‘Fifty years at the radio mike’ which is sure to be a most intersecting talk. Friday 29th November Probus Gold Coast & Northern Rivers is hosting a Friendship Day at Country Paradise Parklands. Tuesday 10th December we will be holding our Christmas Party. More information about our club & these events can be obtain by phoning Ann 5570 1226 or Aileen 5575 8092.

What women really think about the ‘super gender gap’ A NEW national survey commissioned by AustralianSuper shows that 86% of Australian women believed that they are more likely to retire with less super than men. AustralianSuper’s General Manager, Growth, Rose Kerlin, said that the results reflected women’s own understanding of the issue and its causes as well as their suggestions for addressing the situation. Women cite the demands of caring for family, less than full-time work and earning less than men for the same work as the main reasons they are more likely to retire with less super than men (the super gender gap). “Women are well aware of the situation they are facing and over seventy per cent are quite concerned or very concerned that they are retiring with a little more than half the retire-

ment savings of men,” Ms Kerlin said. “Having enough savings for retirement is a much greater issue for women than for men as they tend to earn less during their lifetime, and therefore have lower super savings, and they live longer, on average, than men. “When it comes to the best way to address the situation, the most commonly cited solution, by forty four per cent of women, was ensuring women received equal pay for the same work as men. A further twenty eight per cent said super should be included in maternity leave entitlements,” Ms Kerlin said. Ms Kerlin said despite the gap between men’s and women’s retirement savings, there were still many things women could do to improve their final retirement outcomes. “Millions of women

should be able to access the Low Income Super Contribution which refunds up to five hundred dollars, of tax paid on super contributions to people who earn less than thirty seven thousand a year. Five hundred dollars a year extra into super will make a big difference to many women. “Combining super into one account to reduce fees, making sure you are in the right investment option, spouse contributions and, if you’re over fifty five, the transition to retirement pension, are all ways women can improve their retirement savings. “Making extra contributions to your super can also make a big difference to your savings down the track, especially if you can salary sacrifice with pretax dollars. Even small amounts can add up over a lifetime. “And of course, getting

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community news Runaway Bay couple enjoy whale watching cruise

Chrissie and Steve are pictured during the whale watching cruise.

BEAUTIFUL one day; perfect the next. Words often used to describe the Gold Coast but Steve and Chrissie Curtis and fellow passengers were privileged to enjoy both beauty and perfection—and much more—during a two-hour Sea World whale watching cruise in early October. Sunshine blazing from a cloudless sky and sparkling on blue seas formed the backdrop as countless Humpback whales, including mothers with young; large and juvenile males, in groups and singularly, came into view. The adventure was a whale-watcher’s dream, with a number of unexpected whale breaches near the end of the trip an added bonus. Steve and Chrissie, from Runaway Bay, were on their first, and “truly memorable”, whale watching cruise but are sure to go again in the future. As it turned out their daughter, Karen Davies, who has previously worked at Uluru/Ayers Rock and Kangaroo Island, was one of the friendly attendants on duty at the cruise check-in desk.

Queensland RSPCA Care Centres bursting at the seams ALL nine RSPCA Qld Animal Care Centres are bursting at the seams and the situation is showing no signs of improving with Christmas fast approaching. “Unfortunately the Christmas period is one of our busiest with people surrendering animals at the start of the Christmas holidays,” said RSPCA Qld spokesperson Michael Beatty. “The situation is doubly frustrating because we’ve actually rehomed over two thousand more animals state wide than we had at this time last year and four thousand more than two years ago.” RSPCA Qld now rehomes more animals than any other animal welfare organisation in Australia. “There are a number of reasons for this,” continued Mr Beatty. “We’re spending more time and money on working with dogs with borderline behavioural issues and we also work

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community news RSL Care gardens a source of inspiration A STRONG spiritual connection keeps 84 year old Gloria Barnes inspired to work in her beautiful garden. Gloria is one of the many residents living at one of RSL Care’s retirement communities who has entered a recent gardening competition to show off their living creations. RSL Care Chief Operating Officer Luke Greive said gardening was a great activity for everyone as it provided exercise and time outside in nature. “We are very proud of our gardens at all our sites and we have plenty of green thumbs amongst us,” he said. “Competitions and the regular viewings of resident gardens are wonderful opportunities for our talented horticulturists to showcase their efforts.” For Gloria, gardening is her favourite past-time and the beauty of her garden reflects her commitment, with her deep spirituality

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providing the motivation. “I feel closest to God when I am out in my garden and out in nature,” she said. “It’s also great exercise, despite the aches and pain I sometimes feel I am always able to get outside and create floral masterpieces!” Gloria said by being

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community news Prize an early birthday present for Ken

“YES!” It was an exuberant exclamation of excitement from the middle of the audience when Ken

Edwards of the Brisbane suburb of Algester won a raffle prize of two tickets to a performance by the

Family History Research Introductory Class ON Friday 15th November there will be an Introduction to Family History Research class held by the Gold Coast Family History Society from 9am-12noon. The class will be held in Room 3 in the Nerang Bicentennial Centre, NerangSouthport Road, Nerang. If you have ever wondered how your family came to be living in Australia, come along and see how enjoyable family research can be. Bookings essential. Please book by phoning Pam on 5594 0610 or Karen on 55 333693.

PALM Beach Happy Group are not letting the grass grow under their feet after the very successful outing a few weeks ago to Harrigan’s Drift Inn at Jacob’s Well. Next Friday President Lorraine will begin taking names for the final trip of the year which will be a visit to an English Pub for a typical British type meal which should be most enjoyable. This will be the last outing for the year and it promises to be a cracker. Before we visit the Pub we have arranged a morning tea at Hinze Dam so unlike most Queenslanders we are praying for sunshine and no rain on that day. Lorraine will also be taking names for the Sharen-Care Christmas Party which will be held in December. Numbers are limited and a beautiful Christmas Dinner is provided with all the trimmings. The group have enjoyed great entertainment in the last few weeks with “Variety Plus, Remember When and Music For You.” All first class groups and all were thoroughly enjoyed by the members. We are very grateful to these entertainers who not only give

their time to come and let us enjoy their efforts but spend many hours rehearsing and planning great shows. Thank you all and we do enjoy the entertainment you provide. Several new members have joined the ranks in the last few weeks and have already become

regulars. If anyone is lonely or at a loss on a Friday morning please feel free to join us at the Share-n-Care Hall in 10th Avenue, Palm Beach. You will meet new friends and soon wonder why you didn’t join us before. All people are made welcome and this friendly group looks forward to

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community news The Fanny Fisher at home on the Gold Coast

Ron and Jen Macrae are pictured on their jetty, with the Fanny Fisher in the background.

RON and Jen Macrae have a great view out the windows of their Gold Coast home, especially when the Fanny Fisher is

moored at the foot of their jetty. The Fanny Fisher is the Macrae’s beloved character-filled boat, a carvel hull

(which refers to the way her planking has been constructed) cruiser built in Sydney; possibly circa 1928 although the exact

year remains a mystery. Ron and Jen bought Billo, as she was then known, 13 years ago after the craft was transported to the Gold Coast from Sydney. At the time, they were told that Billo had been used for rescue purposes by the St George Yacht Club. The Macraes renamed Billo, with the name Fanny Fisher taken from a three-masted wooden vessel that was, it’s understood, built by John Nicholson, Manning River, NSW in 1847 for Henry Fisher of Sydney, where it was registered. The original ship the Fanny Fisher was honoured for her role as a whaler off Norfolk Island on a 1985 five-cent Norfolk Island stamp but she

also was used as a freighter and, at times, carried passengers. Records indicate that she was broken up in the early 1900s. It’s no surprise that Ron and Jen’s Fanny Fisher draws much attention from other boat owners when she is taken for cruises along the Nerang River and the Broadwater. It’s also no surprise that many of artist Ron’s colourful paintings are of boats; with Ron even capturing the feeling of motion in his works. If anyone is aware of further history associated with Billo, now known as the Fanny Fisher, please contact Ron Macrae on (07) 5539 8106.

Southport Seniors Expo November 21st THE Gold Coast Seniors Health and Lifestyle Expo will be held at the Southport Community Centre in Lawson Streets on Thursday November 21st. There will be plenty on offer for baby boomers and seniors with over 50 exhibitors including residential aged care providers, travel agents, specialising in travel for seniors, vision aids, funeral services, and mobility aids, in home care providers, financial planners,

legal advice and much more. All in the one place on the same day They have provided health and lifestyle information such as retirement living options, home care, seniors travel, seniors insurance, investments, hearing and optical care and much more. All exhibitors with products and services relevant to seniors are invited to participate in our 2013 Expos. Details can be obtained from the website

Living well with Parkinson’s disease DO you or your partner have Parkinson’s disease? Blue Care Gold Coast Allied Health is running a Living well with Parkinson’s Disease group. Come along and learn practical hints and tips about Parkinson disease. Group commences in March 2014 for 12 weeks in Southport. To register or for more information call Blue Care Allied Health Southport on 5555 4444 Entry is free and the expos run from 9am to 1pm and will be opened by Councillor Dawn Crichlow. In 2014 we will continue with Expos being staged at: Palm Beach - Care N Share Centre on Thursday March 20th

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Centre on Thursday November 20th Bookings are welcome. If you require any further information please contact the event organiser Warren Elwell on 5525 0512 or mobile 0409 277 430. Email

Depression in residential aged care MORE than half of permanent aged care residents show signs of depression, a new Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report reveals. The report, Depression in residential aged care 2008-2012 showed that in June 2012, just more than half (52%) of all permanent aged care residents had symptoms of depression, according to the Cornell Scale for Depression (CSD) – a tool used as part of the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI). About 45% of all new admissions to residential aged care between 2008 and 2012 had symptoms of depression. Newly admitted residents with a CSD score indicating symptoms of depression had higher care needs, with 73% classified as high care compared with 53% of newly admitted residents with-

out symptoms. The odds of newly admitted residents with symptoms of depression andbehaviours that influence care needs were more than double the odds for those without symptoms. Just over two thirds of permanent aged care residents who had symptoms of depression had a confirmed medical diagnosis of depression, or were having a diagnosis sought. Women were more likely than men (69% and 64% respectively) to have been diagnosed or having a diagnosis sought. The report is described as the ‘largest’ analysis of depression symptom prevalence in Australian residential care facilities, and the most comprehensive analysis of ACFI data to date. Courtesy:

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Mr. Property Services – Celebrates 5th Anniversary

MR. Property Services was established in 2008 to offer a professional and dedicated service to ‘Buyers’ and ‘Sellers’ of manufactured and relocatable homes in Lifestyle Villages and Residential Parks in the Tweed Valley and the southern tip of the Queensland Gold Coast. Mr Property Services is pleased to announce that following on from a very successful final quarter for the 2012/ 2013 financial year we have continued to sustain our success rate with our alltime record of 14 completed sales during the quarter ending the 30th September. Sales results for the most popular Lifestyle Villages and Residential Parks:• 4 at the Noble Lake Side Park, Kingscliff • 4 at Tweed Broadwater Village, Tweed Heads South

• 2 at Cobaki Broadwater Village, Tweed Heads West • 2 at Palm Lake Resort, Banora Point • 1 at Chinderah Village, Chinderah • 1 at Drifters Holiday Village, Kingscliff We celebrate our 5th anniversary with our best sales quarter on record!! Mr. Property Services’ primary goal is to provide “a home for every budget”, and we have the most extensive range of homes at Lifestyle Villages and Residential Parks in the Tweed Valley. Mr. Property Services has over 50 homes ranging from $28,000 to $325,000 located at Lifestyle Villages and Residential Parks. “We are confident that we will have a home for you!” Please contact Kelvin Price at 139 Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads South NSW 2486. Phone (07) 5523 3431 or, via mobile 0423 028 468.

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community news Sean travels to World Masters Games in Italy Games, usually between 35 to 38 degrees Celsius, and most of those in my age category were former Olympians. All in all though,” Sean adds, “it was a wonderful experience.” A keen AFL supporter, when competing in Italy he sported a Gold Coast Suns singlet that had been signed by the coach and all players. An extra ‘by chance’ honour was that Sean was assigned the number ‘3’—usually given to elite athletes—to wear while competing. Sean was away for 28 days, spending the first 11 days on a conducted tour that took him to many “magical” spots including the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Florence and Venice. Then, at the Games’ Opening Ceremony, he met the Mayor of Torino, Piero Fassino, and presented him with a gift of a book and a pen from Brisbane Mayor Graham Quirk, while suggesting that perhaps Brisbane and Torino could become Sister Cities. Sean has many stories to tell and pictures to show of this once-in-a-lifetime adventure but what he is Wearing his 2013 World Masters Games participant’s medal, Sean is pic- hoping to learn is whether anyone else on the Gold tured holding a Games’ mascot while standing alongside many other med- Coast has competed in four World Masters Games. als he has collected over the years for running and race walking. Sean can be reached on 5564-1320. SEAN O’Hara doesn’t do things by halves. That’s why it came as no surprise to those who know him that, at age 76, Sean travelled on his own to Torino (Turin), Italy, in August of this year to take part in his fourth World Masters Games. To top it off, the trip was Sean’s first ever to Europe and, Sean being Sean, he made the most of it. Now living in Coombabah with wife Val and daughter Sue, Sean had previously competed in World Masters Games in Melbourne, Edmonton (Canada), and Sydney where he took part mostly in running events. With race walking his chosen discipline in Torino, it was easy to tell by the excitement in his voice and smile on his face that he had a great time despite not winning medals in either the 5000 or 10000 metre events. “No excuses but it was so hot during the

Banora Point Probus BANORA Point Probus had an interesting display of war memorabilia last meeting to complement the guest speaker who spoke of life in England during the blitz. Next meeting is on Monday 25th November (10 am at South Tweed Sports Club) and the guest speaker will be Jayne Henry, President of Kingscliff Chamber of Commerce who will bring us up to date on local coastal development. Visitors are welcome at this meeting and all our social functions. Enquiries 02 66 741636

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community news Australia and India to collaborate on clean fuel production

AT a time when Australia’s liquid transport fuel supplies are declining and our transport needs are growing, a research partnership between Australia and India could provide a solution to a number of energy concerns and ultimately reduce the reliance of both countries on imported fuels. The widespread introduction of a clean-burning synthetic fuel, dimethyl ether (DME), is a step closer following the announcement of a A$6 million partnership between CSIRO and its Indian equivalent, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The project will focus on improving processes involved in the production of DME, which is a fuel produced from natural gas (NG), coal, biomass, or even directly from carbon dioxide. Both Australia and India are currently unable to meet demand for petroleum products with domestic production alone. DME could help meet demand and consequently reduce both nations’ reliance on imported petroleum products. According to CSIRO’s Dr Nick Burke, “There are over half a million vehicles currently using liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in Australia - all of which could be powered using DME. The fact that DME can be used as a blend in existing LPG engines makes it an effective transitional fuel”. “Australia’s heavy reliance on diesel could also be lessened with the added possibility of DME being able to replace diesel in the future” he said. The leader of the Indian consortium Dr Garg explained that India’s demand for LPG is currently unable to be met by domestic production. “In India, LPG is currently used for cooking in more than 33 million homes and demand is increasing with imports rising rapidly” said Dr Garg. Prof Paul Webley from The University of Melbourne said in addition to the economic benefits, DME will provide significant environmental benefits for both countries. “DME produces significantly less pollution than conventional fuels and will therefore reduce urban pollution.” The research will also assist in the development of small plants that may be suitable in remote and rural areas. Prof. Suresh Bhargava from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) said “More efficient processing of gas into transportable fuels at remote locations would make Australia and India’s remote gas reserves more economically viable”. The three-year project is being jointly funded by the Australian and Indian governments, through the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF).

Miami icon captured on canvas

THE Gold Coast is lucky to have an active and thriving arts community that is able to capture local history on canvas for posterity. In the news lately has been Miami Ice, located on the Gold Coast Highway and considered a Glitter Strip icon. The Miami Ice building was constructed in 1947 and operated by the Grevis family as an ice works for four generations. Now up for sale, Royal Queensland Art Society artist Lyn McBride of Burleigh Heads has skilfully ‘recreated’ Miami Ice on canvas. Included in Lyn’s painting are members of the Grevis family: daughter Leonie (left); Dad, the late Leo, in centre, and son Gary on right. Not to be forgotten is Bugsy the family pet. Artist Lyn McBride (on right) is pictured with her close friend Denise Binnie of Carrara as they stand by Lyn’s painting ‘Miami Ice’.

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community news Don’t spend Christmas alone ONCE again the Never Alone Friendship Centre is preparing for the annual Christmas Day lunch, now becoming

somewhat of an institution on the coast. Over the past 3 years people who would spend Christmas day

alone have an opportunity to join others in celebrating the season in a fun atmosphere, enjoy a 3 course lunch

CHRISTADELPHIANS of SOUTHPORT meet at 82 Falconer Street to preach the Gospel Sunday 17 November at 2.00 pm Isaiah 17:1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. Zechariah 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. The Bible has some interesting things to say about Damascus in Syria and about Jerusalem too. Can there be peace in the Middle East? This Bible talk will give you a new picture of God’s plan for these cities which are at the centre of the conflict in the Middle East in general.

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and sit on Santa’s knee. Co-founder of the Never Alone Friendship Centre, Neville Free told Seniors Newspaper that last year they catered for over 200 people on the day. “Loneliness can be a very debilitating thing, particularly at Christmas when emotions may take over. We set out to ensure those who are alone are catered for. This year will be no different and we are already planning the day to ensure everything goes off smoothly. I can’t imagine anything more depressing than to be alone on the day”, Neville went onto say. “ We are also encouraged by the number of people from the community who choose to give up their Christmas to ensure others are looked after on the day. We would be interested to hear from anyone who may like to join the happy band of volunteers” The Centre has been operating for over 3 years and during the year has a regular weekly program set up to meet the social needs

Pictured are some of the 200 who enjoyed Christmas Day last year

of people in the community. The project is an outreach program of the Burleigh Heads Uniting Church and meets every

Wednesday at the church hall from 9 am till noon. People wishing to register to attend the

lunch or obtain more information can contact Neville or Dulcie Free on 55622993 or Carole on 5576 2298.

Up, up and away at the Kirra Kite Festival

THE Kirra Kite Festival offers a colourful weekend of uplifting fun and a celebration of kite culture, music, multicultural arts, gourmet food and street performance, framed by the beautiful Southern Gold Coast, from November 15 to 17. Featuring an impressive collection of character kites from both Australia and abroad, the festival has grown in 2013 to an extended program featuring an outdoor beachside Film Festival on Friday, the ‘Flavours of Kirra’ gourmet food and wine event on Saturday featuring night kite flying, fire shows and in-venue entertainment. The main event is in Roughton Park, Kirra, on Sunday November 17 featuring live entertainment, kids’ activities and workshops, delicious multicultural cuisine, markets, rides and colourful character kites filling the sky. For more information go to

community news It’s not November - it’s Movember DURING November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches around the world. With their ‘Mos’ men raise vital funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health. As an independent global charity, Movember’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. The funds raised in Australia support equally the two biggest health issues men face – prostate cancer and male mental health.

Many men are not comfortable discussing their health issues. Movember will continue to work to change established habits and attitudes men have about their health, to educate men about the health risks they face, and to act on that knowledge, thereby increasing the chances

of early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment. Mo Brothers commit to growing a moustache for the 30 days of Movember, and in doing so become walking and talking billboards for the cause. The moustache is their ribbon, the symbol by which they generate

conversations, awareness and raise funds for men’s health.Whilst the growing of Mos is limited to the guys, Mo Sistas play a vital role in the success of Movember by supporting and encouraging the men in their life to get involved, and participating in raising funds and awareness themselves.

There are many ways in which you can get involved with Movember such as registering as a Mo Bro or Mo Sista and raising funds and awareness yourself or donating to someone you know who is participating. Go to or call 1300 4769 66 for more details.

Labrador Senior Citizens YOGA sessions are held on Monday at 8.15am and Wednesday at 8.30am.Both sessions go for an hour and a half. Indoor bowls is played Monday from 10.00am and Thursday from 12.30pm. New players are welcome to join in this fun and social activity. No prior experience necessary. We have 6 Table Tennis tables which are well used during our four afternoons of play on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The ever popular 500, Canasta and Rummy are played on Tuesday and Thursday. Hand and Foot (card game) is played on Monday, Tuesday, and on Thursday in the morning and afternoon. and Foot played several times during the week, as wsell as Rummy. Rod Ferguson from the Australian Academy of Tai Chi takes our Wednesday morning class from 10.30am. Our skilled teachers are always available to help members when they require some assistance at our Craft, Art and China Painting classes held on Thursday from 9.00am. New enquiries are very welcome. The social Scrabble group meets every Monday afternoon

from 12.15pm. If you are interested in joining with any of the activities, please the Centre on 5537 1433. For members, a hairdresser is available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Our library is also open during the week. and our bus trip for members is once a month. Our weekly concert is on every Friday morning starting at 9.15am. The varied musical items and comedy skit is always very entertaining. Entry cost is $2.00 which includes tea/coffee and biscuits. We have started a new social group for knitting and crochet that meet on Monday between 10am – 12.00pm. A very experienced knitter and crochet person is in the class if anyone needs any assistance. Please call the office if you would like to join this group. In October our bus trip visited Gatton University situated in the Lochyer Valley. We had a staff member from the University jouin the bus and gave us a very informative talk as we travelled through the agricultural fields at the college. A very substantial buffet lunch in the student cafeteria was enjoyed by everyone

Retirees hit by medical fee increase

THE cost of seeing a doctor will increase soon, leaving low income retirees struggling to cover the growing Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) rebate gap. The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has recommended that from 1 November 2013, doctors increase their fees by an extra $2, from $71 to $73. But the MBS rebate will stay as it is until 1 July 2014 when a freeze implemented by the former Labor government, to curb spending costs, loses effect. National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill said low income retirees who were unable to access a bulkbilling doctor may have to pay around $36 out-of-pocket just to see a GP. “The cost of GP visits is becoming an increasing burden for older Australians,

particularly those over 75 who have multiple health conditions and need to see a doctor regularly,’’ O’Neill said. “Now, this increasing gap means retirees on low, fixed incomes, may consider skipping seeing their doctor altogether.” “The AMA’s scheduled fee increase will only serve to widen the rebate gap.” “The onus is either on doctors to show good will by deferring any fee increases until July or the new government to lift the MBS rebate freeze now.” New National Seniors’ research to be released in late October shows pensioner households are reducing their spending on medical costs. “This is a worrying trend as reduced spending on medical expenses could mean some pensioners are receiving less medical treatment when they really need it.”

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community news Thinking about volunteering? EACH year, hundreds of thousands of Queensland volunteers give their time freely to support others in our great tradition of volunteering. Volunteers may choose short-term activities, one-off events, ongoing projects or a combination of activities. There is a role for everyone, every age group, every skill base, every interest, and every culture in volunteering. But why get involved? You might want to learn new skills or share your talents with others or make a difference to your local (or a remote) community; or you may just want to broaden your outlook, have fun and meet new people. There is a role for everyone, every age group, every skill base, every interest, and every culture in volunteering! From helping out at the local school fete or joining a Neighbourhood Watch group, to becoming a Rural Fire Service volunteer, there are many opportunities to volunteer. Whatever activity, volunteering helps to support communities. Projects may be short-term activities, one-off events, ongoing projects or a combination of different things.

Before volunteering, be clear about what you want to get out of it, how much time you have to give, the skills you want to use or develop and ask about practicalities such as screening checks, reimbursement of expenses and the type of insurance cover provided by that organisation. Traditionally, volunteering has been an activity associated with charities, but today volunteer opportunities are available in a range of community organisations. Most community organisations have some flexibility with the way their volunteering opportunities are structured but some organisations may also have specific requirements. Check with the organisation about their expectations before you commit and see if there is any flexibility to do things differently. To find tourism volunteering opportunities at home or when you’re visiting other parts of Queensland visit Go to the Volunteering Queensland website at to search for opportunities across Queensland.

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Raising money for Prostrate Cancer Research THE Runaway Bay Lions Club, in association with the Runaway Bay Shopping Village, undertook to raise funds to support Prostrate Cancer Research. The Runaway Bay Lions Club conducted a gift wrapping service at the Runaway Bay Shopping Village in the lead up to Fathers Day. Thanks to the wonderful generosity of the general public, supplemented by a donation from the Runaway Bay Shopping Village, $970 was raised. We thank all for the generous giving to this very worthy cause. As Lions we serve together.

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Dangerous links between chronic diseases and dementia

VISITING Dementia Awareness Week lecturer, Dr dementia in Australia. This number is projected to Kristine Yaffe, says there needs to be greater public reach more than half a million by 2030. awareness of the dangerous links between some of National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500. the country’s most serious chronic diseases that affect millions of Australians. She was speaking at Parliament House, Sydney, on the importance of people maximising their brain health. “There is a growing body of evidence showing that other chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke and diabetes, as well as risk factors including depression, obesity and sleep, are associated with cognitive decline. “If left unchecked, these chronic diseases can increase a person’s risk of developing dementia,” Dr Yaffe said. Dr Yaffe, who is Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Epidemiology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), is in Australia at the invitation of Alzheimer’s Australia for a public lecture tour that will include Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane. Australian of the Year 2013 and Alzheimer’s Australia National President, Ita Buttrose, also spoke at Parliament House. Ms Buttrose said Alzheimer’s Australia has been a long-time advocate of preventive health strategies. “Maximising your brain health and managing your blood sugar, cholesterol levels, blood pressure and body weight can help reduce the risk of developing some of the most debilitating chronic diseases, including dementia. “During Dementia Awareness Week we want to encourage people to adopt healthier lifestyles and understand the connection between their physical health and their brain health. As our population ages, it’s vital for people to understand and improve their overall health, and that includes their brains as well as their bodies,” Ms Buttrose said. This year’s theme for Dementia Awareness Week, held from 16th to 24th September, was Brain Health: Making the Connections. Dementia Awareness Week is the national flagship week for Alzheimer’s Australia’s community awareness activities. Alzheimer’s Australia is the charity for people with dementia and their families and carers. As the peak body, it provides advocacy, support services, education and information. More than 320,000 people have

community news Getting to know ... Julanne Shearer

Julanne Shearer

THE 2012 production of Fiddler on the Roof for Gold Coast Little Theatre marked the 50th anniversary of Julanne Shearer’s life as a director of plays for community theatre. Although a well-known and well-respected local personality, few know the path Julanne’s life has taken to reach this exceptional half-century milestone. Here is Julanne’s story, as told by her. ‘Community theatre

came to be a creative and intellectual outlet for me after circumstances beyond my control prevented me from attending university as a young person. Between 1961 and 1975 I was an active member of local theatres in different Queensland towns where I lived. Moving to the Gold Coast in 1976, it wasn’t long before I joined Gold Coast Little Theatre, a dynamic organization providing many opportunities. Since then I have directed at least 20 productions; acted in many other shows and assisted, as required, with administration. From 1976 to 1983 all shows were performed in Molly’s, the small building still standing at the back of the current Scarborough Street theatre. At times it was hectic, with space at a premium but, above all, it was a lot of fun. In 1980, presidency of

the theatre’s management committee came my way as did the role of chairman of the newlyformed Building SubCommittee. We applied for a capital grant to the Queensland Government and set out to raise 50% of the cost of the new theatre, a goal achieved by the time the new theatre opened on July 9, 1983. I wonder how many locals remember attending our opening production, The Crucible by Arthur Miller, which I directed. But life hasn’t been theatre only, although theatre was, and still remains, an important part of who I am. Careerwise, I started work in a bank before going on to a variety of clerical jobs, including at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. In 1984 I finally became a “Uni student”, completing a Bachelor of Commerce before being accepted into law school

in 1989. Offered an Articles of Clerkship at Primrose Couper Cronin Rudkin, then one of the oldest law firms on the Gold Coast, I finished my law degree and was admitted as a solicitor in 1994. Eventually I became a partner in Primrose Couper Cronin Rudkin and, in 2007, the Principal of my own law firm, Cronin Shearer Lawyers. I have recently sold my practice but continue to work as a consultant to that firm.’ To close, it seems only appropriate to return to Gold Coast Little Theatre where Julanne is Chair of Productions, leading the team responsible for choosing yearly programs. She says, ‘I am delighted that in 2014 we have a number of young directors willing to take up the baton.’ For further information about Gold Coast Little Theatre, visit

Santa Barbara Outing passed us by on the River. President Bev, thank you, for the magnificent spread, we so enjoyed, and appreciated, it was a wonderful outing in every sense. With the year now winding down, and the festive season just around the corner the outing was one to remember. Our final meeting for the year will be the second Friday in November at 10 am, at the Seniors citizens Hall Helensvale Community centre

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Embroiderers Guild holds exhibition The 2013 Embroiderer of the Year, Noelein Armstrong, is pictured on right, in front of her display, holding a Christening gown she made for her granddaughter 11 years ago. With Noelein is Embroiderers Guild – Southport Branch Life Member Rosemary Hughes, 91, who was 1993 Embroiderer of the Year. Rosemary, of Runaway Bay Village, has been on the Gold Coast since 1937 and a member of the Guild for 32 years. She lists embroidery and gardening as two of her favourite pastimes.

IT was the annual exhibition of the 2013 Embroiderers Guild – Southport Branch and a steady stream of visitors proved the popularity of the three-day event. Held at Dr Corbett House in Owen Park (Mick Veivers Way off Queen Street), a wide range of intricate embroidery was on display along with detailed quilt work and other expertly hand-crafted pieces that drew the admiration of all. An extensive embroidery display that included works in crewel, Brazilian, hardanger, cross stitch, goldwork, stumpwork and canvas work was presented by the 2013 Embroiderer of the Year, Noelein Armstrong. Noelein has been a member of the Southport Branch of the Embroiderers Guild for ten years and on the committee for nine; currently

Gold Coast Machine Knitters WE meet each month on the first Tuesday of the month. We have demonstrations and notes for all, and welcome any machine knitter to join our happy productive group. We have The Passap Machine, The Brother & Singer Knitting machine which are used for all demonstrations. Our time and place at 9am The Girl Guides Hut, Tabilban, Burleigh Heads. More information please ring Joy 5535 4418.

serving as Membership Secretary. She took up embroidery in retirement. The Embroiderers Guild – Southport Branch encourages new members, with visitors welcome. Embroiderers meet at Dr Corbett House on Mondays from 10am to 3pm and on Tuesdays from 7pm to 9.30pm. The Patchwork Group meets on Thursdays from 10am to 2.30pm. The ‘Whatever your Interests’ group meets on the first Saturday of each month between 10am and 4pm. For further information, please contact Noelein Armstrong on 5539 5021. The Guild also includes a smocking group that holds meetings at the same location on the first Tuesday, monthly, from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Pru is the contact on 5597 2949.


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have not been finalised but contact details will be included in the December issue of Gold Coast/ Tweed Seniors newspaper and local free newspapers. We will be holding our Christmas Party on Friday 13 December at Cudgen Leagues Club, which has compiled a tasty, healthy menu at a very reasonable price. Members will be seated with their Groups for this end-of-the-year get together and light entertainment will be presented. It is hoped that in 2014 we will be able to once again offer a Tai Chi class and we are talking to prospective Group Leaders about other ideas for new options. As we already havea couple of groups that have waiting lists, ideally we would like to add additional subjects to our curriculum. If anyone who has the expertise and a few hours to spare would be willing to take up the challenge of creating a new class, please don’t hesitate to contact us We do have several old favourites, including the three-weekly meeting when Rachel hosts a book club with a difference. Her “Book Chat” is an informal conversation about books centred round a specific theme instead of just one book.

A.O.O.B’s Twin Towns Branch OUR monthly meetings are held on the 1st Friday of each month at South Tweed Sports Club, Tweed Heads South at 2.00pm (NSW time) in the Secret Garden Room. All members and guests are invited to attend. Phone 5599 8283.

Discussion includes the availability of the book, publishing details, information about the author and the setting and, without revealing the plot, an outline of the story. Often, if time allows, other books that may be of interest are suggested. Book Chat with Rachel

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The Austrian Stock Club choir “Singkreis” entertained the Twin Towns VIEW Club on October 3rd and wowed the audience. Pictured is “Neville” with Barbie Higgs, Maurine Pocock and Alsa Rodgers.

THE November meeting of the Twin Towns Day VIEW Club will be held on Thursday November 7th at South Tweed Heads Sports Club. They will meet downstairs and there’s fashion parade by “Portafino” . Dress up for Oaks Day and wear your Melbourne Cup outfit. Always loads of fun and remember to ring Freda with extras, apologies or if you wish to find out about the club on O7 5524 1357. Mention VIEW to someone new. Peter Lawrence delivers a Trauma Teddy to a small patient at the Takamatsu Red Cross Hospital in Japan.

Coolangatta Senior Citizens THE Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre for “50 & Over Seniors” and welcomes all Gold Coast & Tweed Heads residents & visitors. The Centre has a large range of activities including, Bingo, Ballroom Dancing ( New Vogue & Modern Inc. Lessons) Broadband for Seniors with free Computer Lessons, Card Games, Choir Group, Indoor Bowls, Knit, Natter, Craft & Chatter, Light Exercises, Mah Jong, Qigong, Rock & Roll ( inc. Lessons), Swing or Sway, Snooker & Eight Ball, Social Table Tennis, Tai Chi, Monthly Bus Trips, Free Monthly Variety Concerts, Library, Hairdresser

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 Retirement Village Association of Australia 1800 240 080 Seniors Enquiry Line 1300 135 500 Department of Veteran Affairs 133 254 Veteran Affairs Network 1300 551 918 National Information Centre on Retirement Investments (NICRI) 1800 020 110 National Aged Care Information 1800 200 422

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& Beautician. Free Wii Interactive Sports on the Big Screen. Our October Concert was by the talented and colourful “Susie Jay & Joe Ace” who gave us music and costumes from the 50’s and the musical “Grease” . Our next Free monthly Concert is on Monday 25th November 2013 @ 1-00pm Queensland time, and will feature the Australian Bush Band “Fiddle in the Middle “. Musical variety is assured with musical instruments skilfully played inc. Fiddle, Mandolin, Banjo, Guitar, Didgeridoo, Mouth Harp, Harmonica and more. Add a wide ranging repertoire with great vocal harmonies and a Celtic touch and you have “Fiddle in the Middle” A great afternoon of entertainment is assured. BYO Lunch/Nibbles, tea/coffee available $1-50 per bottomless cup. For enquiries or events brochure and Concert bookings (essential) phone 07 5536 4050 or call into the Centre at 2 Gerrard Street Coolangatta. We look forward to making you welcome at Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre.

THE Southport Branch of Australian Red Cross has a very enthusiastic group of ladies dedicated to making Trauma Teddies. Hon. Life member, Peter Lawrence, recently travelled to Japan where he delivered teddies to children at the Takamatsu Red Cross Hospital. He was overwhelmed by the kindness and friendship of the hospital staff as well as the sincere gratitude of the mothers of the children. Southport Trauma Teddies was started by Margaret Ratcliffe in 1997 and the current convenor, Julie Sheiles, leads a group of about twenty volunteers working on the teddies every Wednesday at the Red Cross Rooms in Lawson Street as well as several ladies who knit at home. Last year, over 1500 teddies

brightened the lives of children in three Gold Coast hospitals and their day surgeries, as well as children in women’s refuges, domestic violence prevention organisations, foster care agencies, psychology centres, dental clinics, medical centres, Southport Special School and Paradise Kids. The group is now so strong that Peter’s trip to Japan will be followed by a delivery of teddies to Ethiopia. Children affected by natural disasters are not forgotten and bags of teddies found their way to last year’s flood victims and there is a store of teddies ready for those affected by this year’s summer bushfires. Anyone interested in joining Red Cross will receive a warm welcome. Please phone the office on 5571 0966.

Tweed Area Computer Club THE year is nearly over for the computer club and it has been the most successful ever, new courses have been added to cover the new technology and software that has been released. The response to the Windows 8 operating system and the iPad class has been very pleasing. The break over the holiday period will be used to carry out routine upgrades as usual. The first sign on day for 2014 will be Friday 31 January

2014 and the classes will begin on Monday 3 February. Have a happy festive season. The computer club is located in the South Tweed Sports Club 4 Minjungbal Drive, South Tweed in a great air conditioned environment. Assistance is offered to people wishing to obtain their first computer with courses from absolute beginners to the more advanced. The tutors work on a voluntary basis and get fulfilment from

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THE Southport Day VIEW Club is holding its monthly luncheon at the Southport Yacht Club and invites new members to join us. Ladies, come

along, meet new friends and enjoy a delightful luncheon overlooking the waters. This month’s meeting will be held on Wednesday

20 th November at the Southport Yacht Club, Macarthur Parade, Main Beach from 11.30am for 12 noon. Cost is $30 includes a 2 course lunch with tea or coffee. Inquiries and bookings phone Robin on 5537 4593.. Special guest speaker will be Susan Tyrell, the Destination Management Officer with Gold Coast Tourism, who will speak about what is happening on the Gold Coast. The special guest speaker at the October meeting of Southport Day VIEW Club was Roberta Cava from Crime Stoppers, a community volunteer organisation which works in partnership with Queensland Police. Roberta was a very interesting speaker who spoke about the work that Crime Stoppers does, and was able to give an insight into what the community can do to assist in this very important role.

Ukitopia – Friday 15 November to Sunday 17 November DISCOVER your creative spirit at Uki’s annual celebration of arts and culture. This year’s program starts with the opening ceremony and launch of the Images of Uki art exhibition, plus a special Songwriters on the Songline at Holy Trinity Church. On Saturday there will be a host of half- and full-day Art in the

Mountain workshops to choose from, as well as live music at the Uki Buttery and the Community Wishing Ceremony. And on Sunday, there’ll be more music, art, Buttery Bazaar Market and much more. Location: Uki, Tweed Valley. More information:

Kids in need Dragon Boat Festival – Sunday, 17 November ONE of the longest-running dragon boat festivals in Australia, the Kids in Need charity day celebrates its 28th anniversary this year. Teams travel from far and wide to compete in this fun, social event which raises

funds for seriously ill and disabled children. Location: Jack Evans Boat Harbour, Tweed Heads. More information: Mike Lawson – 07-5590 9171 / 0418 290 445.

Christmas Carnival & Tableau – Saturday, 23 November START the festive season by focussing on the true spirit of Christmas at Murwillumbah’s annual tableau and carnival, presented by St Patrick’s Catholic Church. The Christmas-themed carnival with children’s rides,

fete stalls, food and refreshments starts from 5.30pm and, at nightfall, the Bethlehem story unfolds. Location: Mount St Patrick School, Murwillumbah, Time: Carnival from 5.30pm; Tableau at approx. 8pm. More information: 02-6672 1118.

Twin Towns Evening VIEW Club

Left to Right, Joan, Trudy, Carolyn and Kylie

TWIN Towns Evening VIEW Club recently held their 24th Birthday meeting as “Oktoberfest”. Held in the Opal Room of the Tweed Heads Bowls Club. A great time was held for all with many members from other clubs enjoying the festivities. The ladies really enjoyed dressing up for the occasion. Also held last month was a shopping trip to Brisbane with a most enjoyable day and the ladies filled the bus with parcels.

Why not come to our meetings and not only raise money for the wonderful “Learning for Life” program by supporting disadvantaged Australian children, but make new friends and enjoy the 2 course meal and Guest Speakers as well as outings. The club meets the second Wednesday of each month at Tweed Heads Bowls Club at 6.30pm DST. For more information call Pat 5536 5227 or Barbara.

Musical Monumental Masterpiece

THE Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra will be presenting a musical afternoon—Monumental Masterpiece— on Sunday November 17 at Tweed Heads Civic Centre. This concert will be the last NRSO concert for 2013. To be conducted by Spiros Rantos, the program will include Franz Schubert – Symphony No. 9 in C (The Great); Gioachino Rossini – The Overture to The Barber of Seville; Johann Strauss Jnr – Voices of Spring, and Johann Hummel – Trumpet Concerto in E flat featuring guest soloist John Coulton. John Coulton is a renowned concert trumpeter and recording artist, having featured in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and having performed for Queen

Elizabeth on three separate occasions. He currently works with Queensland Symphony Orchestra and teaches trumpet at All Saints Anglican School, Gold Coast. Concert start time is 2.30pm (NSW time) / 1.30pm (QLD time), Tweed Heads Civic Centre, Brett St, Tweed Heads. Tickets cost Adults $40, Concession $35, Students $15 and can be purchased securely online via or by phoning: 0466 819 154 or at Murwillumbah Music: (02) 6672 5404. Tickets (cash only) will be available at the Tweed Heads Civic Centre Box Office November 4 - 15, Monday to Friday, between 10am–3pm, or at the door if not sold out.

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Spring Solstice inspires weekend THE picturesque Currumbin Valley was the tranquil setting for a September Spring Solstice gathering of individuals invited to deepen their relationships with Nature through the balancing, healing and revitalising energies of Mother Earth. The group was guided by the erudite, energetic and ever-giving Tosca Zraikat, writer, mythologist and lifelong student of religion and ancient texts who describes her interests as ‘mythology, the cosmos, philosophy, art, energy healing, travel (especially to Italy), medieval arts, quantum physics, architecture, food—just about everything not to do with sports!’ Tosca can be reached on email: or Hostess Amy Lukens (seated front left); Tosca Zraikat (standing second from left), and John Palmer (no mistaking John in his bushman’s hat) are surrounded by happy smiles during the Currumbin Valley retreat.

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International Disability Day COMMUNITY Access Point is a centre for disability persons, the centre provides care and assistance to all who contact the centre. This year we are holding an event for International Disability Day to be held on Friday 29th November 2013

at Currumbin Beach, Pacific Parade (near the amenities block) on the beach, you will see the yellow balloons from 9.00am until 11.00am On the day, we are thankful for Midge Johansen the artist who will assist with the sand fish moul-

Blood Donor Centre relocation IN an exciting new development in the Australian Red Cross Blood Donor Service’s long history here on the Gold Coast, the Southport Blood Donor Centre will be relocating to a centrally located site at 59-61 Ferry Road (corner Minnie Street), Southport in early December 2013. The state-of-the-art centre will have ample onsite parking; extended operating hours opening six days a week, and will commence collecting platelets for the first time. If you would like to donate while you wait for the new centre to open, you can do so at the Robina Blood Donor Centre or the donor mobile that services the Gold Coast. If you have any further questions or would like to make an appointment either at the new site or an alternative location, please call 13 14 95 or visit donate The new Southport Blood Donor Centre opening hours will be Monday: 10.00am – 5.30pm; Tuesday: 7.00am – 3.30pm; Wednesday: 12.30pm – 8.00pm; Thursday: 12.30pm – 8.00pm; Friday: 7.00am – 3.30pm; Saturday: 8.00am – 2.30pm.

ding. Midge comes with tons of experience in the artistic world and has been an entrant in the Swell Sculpture events. Andrew Scabi – a Bali bomber survivor is extremely interested and will participate on the day. The fish is an idea taken from the book “Fish Omnibus” the author Stephen Lundin Ph.d mentions to have fun at work and play. Carers friends and interested persons are welcome to come and enjoy this event. Come and enjoy making sand fish on the beach. Carers and friends are welcome Enquiries, Community Access Point, Barbara or Linda contact: 1800 600 300

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TOURS in 2014. The new Queensland Rail Train the Spirit of Queensland has arrived and we are very excited to announce that Great Value Holidays have many different departures for our 2014 touring program to the destinations of Cairns, Townsville, and Whitsundays. We have allocation on the train held in advance utilising the new luxurious Rail beds for our guests and also the Premium Economy Seats as well (please see photos below). Come travel on the new train, and have something special to tell your family and friends about. We want to ensure that everyone has a chance to experience this exciting new

train and to travel up the Queensland coast, these tours will fill quickly so book early to save disappointment. We also do other rail tours to the Queensland Outback such as Longreach, Winton, Charleville, these we utilise the Spirit of the Outback Train and the Westlander Train. Also our coach air tours to Tasmania, Melbourne, Great Ocean Road and many more. Great Value Holidays can be contacted on 1300 722 661 for more information and you can also read our advertisement below with information on our great tours available to you. We look forward to your call for a full itinerary.

Australian Pelican

(Pelecanus conspicillatus) OUR Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus) is found all around the nation and is the biggest of the 7 species of Pelicans found worldwide. With a very large wingspan and large beaks, (according to the Guinness Book of Records they are the biggest beaks in the bird kingdom), and they can live for up to 25 years. They are so buoyant they cannot sink under water, though unlike most water birds they do not have a lot of waterproof oil on their feathers so they can get wet and cold. One of the reasons such a big bird can fly is that its skeleton is very light (10% of their weight). They can fly for 24 hours at a stretch covering hundreds of kilometres, using air thermals and so they don’t flap very often. Aren’t they amazing?

HOLIDAY & Leisure Waterfront comfort: couple returns to host their Maroochy River resort

WHEN Mona and Phil Humzy leased their Maroochy River Coach House 12 years ago they knew in their hearts they would return. In November last year they moved back and very soon the husband and wife team recaptured the vibrant atmosphere they first created, investing a lot of time and money in renovation and converting the business to the high standard it once en-

joyed. A new logo and a new name followed – the Maroochy Waterfront Resort, which sits right on the Maroochy River and is attracting new and regular guests, including coach-travelling retirees who have welcomed the fresh, modern and comfortable facilities. “We’re proud that we can again offer clean, comfortable accommodation, good food and entertainment,” Mona said. The

resort provides accommodation for 125 people in 64 motel-style rooms with all the amenities along with ‘dinner, bed and breakfast’ packages. The resort with its picturesque waterfront location set in delightful gardens is located within easy reach of all of the Sunshine Coast’s attractions. Facilities include guest television lounge, outdoor barbecue and eating area and saltwater pool.

There’s a licensed restaurant and bar, games and recreation room and a car park. Guest laundry and wireless internet are available. “We run a family and child friendly resort, so cots and highchairs are also available,” Mona said. “Rooms are serviced daily, so you don’t have to worry about a thing – budget-priced facilities with first class service.” Maroochy Waterfront

Resort is also popular for functions and can easily handle 200 for special events. “We’re back,” says Mona. “The resort looks great and the fish are jumping.” Catering for short or extended holidays for retirees and providing assistance and information on all the tourist spots in the region, Phil and Mona can be contacted on (07) 5448 4344.

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Saturday 7th December SANTA’S SUBURBAN STEAMER Steam around the suburbs with the jolly old fellow. 27th December - 3rd January NSW WANDERER Xmas – New Year Tour to the Lachlan River Region by coach with Xplorer Train to Broken Hill Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd February SUMMER WINELANDER Escape by air conditioned train to the Granite Belt “Book early as seats are limited”

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THE excitement of a day out by steam train commences at Roma St as you go walk along the platform to find your carriage with a reserved seat. It is then a quick walk to the head of the train to inspect the great “Iron Horse” which is simmering away quietly waiting for the grand departure. Final boarding announcements are made , the guard blows his whistle and waves the green flag and the engine bursts into life with it’s whistle blowing to signal departure and steams out of the platform heading for the day’ destination. Like the sound of the above ? The Australian Railway Historical Society (Queensland Division) is in its 56th year of operating rail tours. Over 970 excursions operated by both steam and diesel hauled trains to many destinations in Queensland have been run by the Society since 1957, of course the steam hauled tours are very popular and give passengers a nostalgic tour in

travel of a bygone era – travelling in style in the heritage carriages. Christmas is not that far ahead – Santa has already booked his seat aboard the Suburban Steamer on Saturday 7th December – get the kids and grandkids organised and be sure to book your seat early for this very popular trip, bookings are now open. Looking for a New Year escape to somewhere different? Join us for a coach and rail tour to the Lachlan River Region of NSW visiting some interesting little towns - Lake Cargelligo, Naradhan, Burcher and Rankins Springs. Historic Gulgong and Grenfell are also included in the itinerary as well as the train trip to Broken Hill aboard the

Xplorer. Mums and Dads would you like a great week end escape? Book now for the Summer Winelander Tour to Stanthorpe and Wallangarra and be pampered on the special air conditioned train – wine tasting on board (whites on Saturday and reds on Sunday) lunch served to your seat and a coach tour to some of Stanthorpe’s best wineries. Dinner at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism is also included, as is bed and breakfast at motel. To book or order a brochure phone our office on 3252 1759 between 10am and 3.00pm Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays. A recorded message operates at other times.

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HOLIDAY & Leisure A tale of a tail THERE are tails and there are tails but then there are the superbly naturallysculpted tails (heart shaped, it could be said) that belong to Humpback whales travelling the waters off the Gold Coast each year between June and November. The Humpbacks leave Antarctica in search of warmer breeding waters before returning to the cold southern waters, with their young, months later via the same route. It’s an incredible journey for the whales and an incredible experience for those humans who happen to be privy to even a glimpse of the whales’ voyage. The Gold Coast: perfect one day and a whale of an experience the next. Who could ask for more?

The more we travel. The more we see, From the experiences The richer we shall be We have just been to Paris, Cairo and Singapore And still have the urge to travel more North, south, east or west, Hard to decide which journey Was the best Do it now. Don’t procastinate, When you’ve got one foot in the grave It’s really too late. All the money that you tried to save Will do you no good When you’re laying six feet down in your grave By Verna Neilson, Currumbin, Queensland. “Wonders of Egypt Tour” September 2013

The amazing pelican!

A diving Humpback whale, with its magnificent tail the focus, courtesy Sea World Whale Watch.

Wintering in Europe

MY Europe Base share some more ideas to make the most of the Continental winter. Up-Helly-aa – Shetland Islanders take their Viking heritage seriously. Flaming torches, a cast of hundreds and a burning Viking ship fire up the sleepy Shetlands every January (28 Jan 2014) in what is billed as ‘Europe’s Biggest Fire Festival’. Not as frozen as feared - due to the warm Gulf Stream - the Shetlands can be reached on flights from Edinburg or overnight ferry from Aberdeen. Fly from Rhineland’s Hahn Airport to Edinburgh on Ryanair. Spas and Saunas – A sweat, shower and a soak in the altogether in mixed company has long been an innocent pleasure of German folk. There are many resort-like water theme parks in cities, towns and spa destinations, often sourced by warm thermal springs. Sauna areas are typically a level up from the main pool and have their own outdoor pools, deck chairs, lawns and shrubby borders. One of the grandest is the Claudius Therme in Cologne. The Mosel has many: Cochem, Traben-Trabach, Bad Bertrich, Trier, Koblenz and in Zell, a one km walk from My Europe Base apartments. Skiing – Although a good way from the Alps, downhill skiing can be found closer to Rhineland in France’s Alsace and the Black Forest to the south, and Winterburg to the north-east. Stay a night or two and allow 3 or 4 hours to drive or most of a day on regional trains. North of the Mosel in the Eifel Region’s higher hills, cross country skiing is possible. River cruising – The boats don’t stop entirely in winter. While the Mosel boats tie up, K-D Cruises sail twice daily the Rhine Gorges between Boppard and St Goar, just over an hour each way. Through the 4 weeks of Advent leading up to Xmas, there are also short cruises offered from key Rhine cities. Trains from Koblenz run along both banks of the Rhine Gorges and give great views too. Castles, Cathedrals – Many Burgs lock their heavy doors for winter but some stay open for visitors, such as Burg Cochem overlooking the Mosel. The walk up from town will warm you up. Nearly always open, a dozen or so great cathedrals lie within day trip reach of Zell-Mosel. Roman Ruins – Trier was a major city in Roman times with a population near the present. Inspect the Porta Niagra, Basilika, Baths, Amphitheatre and museums. Theatre – Luxembourg, Trier, Koblenz, Mainz, Frankfurt, Bonn and Cologne are all cities with busy cultural programmes.

Taking in a show you may prefer to also stay away a night and make a 2 day excursion. Museums – They’re everywhere and most remain open. Of special interest for the whole family are the giant Technik museums at Speyer and Sinsheim. They collect all sorts of things in massive halls and outdoors, aircraft are one of the more noticeable themes. Inspect old prop airliners, a Boeing 747, a Concorde – and even the Tupolev ‘Konskordski’! Bus and rail – Sit back in the warmth and watch Europe out the window. Day passes are excellent value for 2, 3, 4 or 5 people to travel together and can be bought for regions, states and across Germany and Austria. Five people can travel the VRM region for 3 days for less than 3 Euro per day each – riding the rails along the Mosel, Rhine and Lahn Rivers and exploring a lot of countryside by bus. Touring by car – Keeping to the regular roads, most visitors will not have any trouble with the cold conditions. Watch out though if there is ice about. In Winter, parking is easy and rental rates are lower. Hiking and Cycling – You’ll burn a lot more calories walking in cold weather. Nicer days in the midst of winter can reach 10C and if sunny, it’s very pleasant for hiking. Cycling too is OK if you can choose your days for it. Morocco, Canary Islands, Italy, Scandinavia – Whether you want to find more sun – or nearly lose it, browse Ryanair’s cheap flights from their Frankfurt-Hahn hub for some exotic destinations to suddenly jet off to for a few days. The Canary Islands reaches an average 21C in January while going north, the sunshine gets thin in Finland. Rhineland Food and Wine – Although Zell’s cellars and some restaurants are shut, there remains a good choice. If you’re coming back in the evening by rail via Trier or Koblenz, you may enjoy dinner before the one hour rail ride along the Mosel home to Zell. Getting There – Book return flights from Brisbane to Frankfurt International, Paris or Amsterdam. Alternatively, check Scoot and Air Asia deals to Singapore and KL that you can match with flights onward to Europe (many airlines). In this case, plan for SE Asia stopovers in case any flights are delayed or cancelled. What to take – You don’t need to load up too much for the journey. Warm winter gear can be found economically in the Globus centre near Zell-Mosel. My Europe Base,

YES, it’s true – the pelican’s stomach can hold up to a gallon, whereas its bill can hold up to three gallons. Oh, a wondrous bird is the pelican! His bill holds more than his belican. He can take in his beak Enough food for a week. But I’m darned if I know how the helican. Limerick by Dixon Lanier Merritt (1879–1972)

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HOLIDAY & Leisure WHY not ‘mix and match’ your Asian holiday? THE Cherry Blossom Fes- Hanoi; the ‘global city of tory stretching back more in Taiwan, housing more tival in Japan; the French Shanghai in China; than 2000 years; and the than 650,000 pieces of influence of Vietnam’s Korea’s Seoul, with a his- National Palace Museum Chinese bronze, jade, calligraphy, painting and porcelain, one of the greatest collections of Chinese art and objects in the world. Veteran Asian travel consultant Navy Wang of Mandarin World Tours says you have it all – art, music, cuisine and natural wonders – by taking • Blue Mountains • Sydney • Bowral & Southern Highlands one of his ‘mix and mach’ tours. • Illawarra • Mudgee • New England $ He can combine visits to 7 Days - 23rd - 29th December 2013 Japan, Korea and Taiwan or any grouping of three • Gold Coast Hinterland • Ballina • Byron Bay • Tweed Valley Asian destinations for around $6000 for 20 days. • Marina Quays International Resort $ Comfort and security for th 3 Days - 24 - 26 December 2013 seniors and five-star all the way are the hallmarks ADELAIDE EXPLORER of Mandarin World Tours, backed by Mr Wang’s • Great Ocean Rd• Kangaroo Island • Murray River more than 20 years’ expe• Barossa Valley • Glenelg & Victor Harbour rience in Asian travel, the last seven years based at th rd 16 Days 8 - 23 March 2014 Springwood designing Includes: Motel, All Dinners (except 1), Breakfasts, All Admissions, Murray River Boat special packages for AusCruise and Morning Tea, Kangaroo Island Touring, Barossa Winery Tour, Haig’s Chocolate tralians. “I have always Maker, Hay Pow & International Centre, plus much more! been passionate about Sunshine Coast, Caboolture, Redcliffe, Brisbane Metro Area, travelling to Asia – it Redlands, Gold Coast, Tweed Heads, Banora Pt, Kingscliff holds a special place in my heart,” says Mr Wang. “I Will mail Itinerary on all tours, Please Phone have travelled extensively Sunshine Coast / Brisbane: 3343 6722 - Gold Coast: 5520 1499 over the past year to major destinations including China, Japan, Korea and




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Taiwan’s National Palace Museum .. one of the greatest collections of Chinese art and objects in the world.

Southeast Asia inspecting hotels, meeting local travel experts, attending travel marts and negotiating better deals. “I am so excited to keep exploring new destinations for our future products and find something new on our existing tours. After negotiations with major airline partners and other suppliers, Mandarin World Tours can offer unbeatable prices on ev-

ery package in its Asian travel destinations brochure. As a reward to past clients, they can enjoy 5% discount off the landonly portion of their next tour. “If you are travelling with family and friends, you will be entitled to a 5% discount if the group size is more than six people; a further discount will apply for nine or more

people travelling,” Mr Wang said. An early booking and payment discount scheme applies if clients book and pay brochure products six months before departure. Contact Mandarin World Tours, Suite 4, 3368 Pacific Highway, Springwood 4127. Tel: (07) 3808 9918. Fax: (07) 3123 2110. Email:

‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Spend some time with your head in the Clouds this Christmas

WHY not enjoy a wonderful break and a great Christmas lunch or dinner in the cool of the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Clouds of Montville have combined with the famous Montville Bar and Grill to bring a very special Christmas lunch or dinner offer exclusive to all those Seniors staying at Clouds. From the 1st to the 24thof December Seniors staying at Clouds can enjoy a Christmas lunch

“This gives all Seniors the opportunity for a top value three or five night pre- Christmas holiday at iconic Clouds of Montville plus an invitation to enjoy a traditional Christmas lunch or dinner for only $49 per couple! “ said Philip Merifield owner of Clouds with wife Stephanie and son Andrew. For those who might enjoy a glass of wine with their special Christmas lunch or dinner Clouds and the Montville Bar and Grill will arrange complimentary transport if required. “The very popular Seniors Package continues at Clouds into the New Year. We did however want to put together something special for our preChristmas guests.” said Philip. Why not spoil yourself and someone you love with a relaxing preChristmas getaway at Clouds plus a traditional Christmas dinner for two that all can afford? or dinner with traditional Call Clouds of Montville roast turkey and ham on (07) 54429174 to book with all the trimmings your very special preplus a truly wicked Christmas getaway. Christmas pudding with brandy sauce for just $49 per couple! Paddy & Mick find The ever popular Clouds three grenades, so of Montville Seniors they take them to a accommodation package police station. remains unchanged at $295 for a three night Mick: “What if one midweek stay and $465 explodes before we for a five night visit get there?” including a tasty homePaddy: “We’ll lie and cooked breakfast say we only found delivered to your room two.” each morning.

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Music, documentary and art THE Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra will join with photographer Yuichiro Yanome (artist and children’s book author and illustrator John Harrison, videographer Patrick Stapleton and will collaborate with the Royal Queensland Art Society to present “Portraits”, a unique mix of orchestral concert, video documentary and art exhibition. In a new venue for the orchestra at the Queensland Academy for Health Sciences at the end of Edmund Rice Drive Southport, the theatre with attached gallery space provide the perfect setting to wander the art exhibition, enjoy wine and cheese, watch artists painting during the event and experience the orchestra program including Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, Grand March from Aida, Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture and favourites such as Tea for Two and Over the Rainbow. This is the final concert for 2013 and the exciting 214 season program will be announced at the concert. 2014 will include the ever popular “Inside the Orchestra” Open rehearsals, a children’s concert with lots of interaction and concert programs of wonderful orchestra repertoire. Tickets for Portraits are available online at or can be reserved for payment on the day by phoning 5539 6076 (please leave a message if we are not able to answer). Noelene Jeffs, 1st violin in action. Photo Yuichiro Yanome (

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Singer Brian Bock, 81, says music and song are in his heart and soul composition Another You, a captivating country ballad, and country evergreens Me and Bobby McGee (Kris Kristofferson), Blowin’ in the Wind (Bob Dylan), I Walk the Line (Johnny Cash) and Crazy (Willie Nelson). “If it goes well make it an LP and include other songs,” Brian said. Brian has been performing music and songs for as long as he can remember, at least since he played in his high school band. He was on the Melbourne music circuit for many years, getting his professional start as a pianist and singer in pubs at Benalla and Geelong. A retired Victorian Brian Bock . . . singing the classics and country primary school principal, evergreens. a writer, a painter, and VFL field umpire for 14 WITH a twinkle in his icon Cilla Black at a years, Brian now lives at eye, Brian Bock at 81 Byron Bay. Twin Towns Resort in says he’s not as old as Brian is delighting us Tweed Heads with his Tony Bennett, but for with songs of love and Belgium-born wife fans of great easy heartache that are Gilberte .. “the guiding listening he’s the man, perfect for many light of my life”. influenced by such occasions – from a stellar singers as candlelight evening with “Twin Towns is a great Engelbert Humperdinck, that favourite someone, venue to keep up with Bob Dylan, Johnny to more up-tempo music what’s going on in the music scene,” he says. Cash and Kris that’s great for a singAlthough he is happy to Kristofferson and many along. continue writing screen others from this era. His It’s clear Brian is an plays, Brian says music newest release, Feelin’ Elvis fan, too, because Good, includes pop he also includes a great will always be ‘number one’. It’s in his heart and classics such as Georgia version of Love Me on My Mind and your Tender, along with other soul. Information about Cheatin’ Heart, backed wonderful ballads Brian’s music and CDs is by accomplished pianist including Release Me, John Whyte who and To All the Girls I’ve available from Foghorn Group / Damien Gerard produces Brian’s music Loved Before. Studios. Tel: (02) 9331 albums and has just Now he has just 0666. Email: finished a performance released an EP will backing English pop includes his own

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2 Defeated 3 Egg on 4 The Archer 5 Backslide 6 Testament 12 Anxiety 14 Prolong 15 Pressed clothes 17 British nobleman 18 Beautiful flower

Cryptic Clues ACROSS 2 A student holding a scholarship becomes

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Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin Dance me through the panic till I’m gathered safely in Touch me with your naked hand or touch me with your glove Dance me to the end of love Dance me to the end of love Dance me to the end of love. by Leonard Cohen 1984

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TAKE in the best films from around the globe at the annual Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF), held this year from November 13 to 24. The film festival, now in its 22nd year, is a world-class festival featuring more than 130 films spanning an array of genres and topics that the organisers say are guaranteed to enchant audiences of all ages. At last year’s BIFF, 43 Australian premieres and three world premieres were screened and this year sees another jam-packed program featuring the latest and best in world cinema, documentaries, retrospectives, experimental work, animation, children’s films and a short film competition. The Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) will be a key destination for the festival in a new partnership announced by Arts Minister Ian Walker. BIFF and GOMA will join forces to showcase multi-award winning films and co-curate special film presentations at GOMA’s state-of-the-art Australian Cinèmathèque in the Cultural Precinct at South Bank. Mr Walker said it would include a special retrospective of Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky who has been described as one of the great film direc-

tors of all time. “The collaboration between two of Queensland’s top arts organisations will result in a powerful film festival that continues to build the Cultural Precinct’s reputation as a major event destination,” Mr Walker said. “The Festival has something for all lovers of cinema and I’m very pleased that it continues to cater for families.” Screen Queensland CEO Bryan Lowe said BIFF would offer some of the best films from around the world with more than 60 film screenings showcased at the Gallery. “We are very excited to establish this 2013 partnership with GOMA and look forward to working together on many more collaborations,” Mr Lowe said. QAGOMA Director Chris Saines said it was a perfect fit for the Gallery, as Queensland’s premier visual arts institution, to partner with the state’s flagship film festival. “The Gallery’s Australian Cinémathèque presents retrospective and thematic film programs and exhibitions and we’re delighted to work with BIFF to develop a series of screenings that will do just that,” Mr Saines said. For more information go to

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Ray Martin captivates at Literary Luncheon

Ray Martin cuts the celebratory cake at the 2013 Gold Coast Writers’ Association Literary Luncheon before the official launch of his latest book, Ray Martin’s World.

It was a short fly-in/fly-out visit but long enough for popular television journalist, author and recentlypublished photographer Ray Martin to captivate the audience at the 2013 Gold Coast Writers’ Association Literary Luncheon, part of a three-day Writers Festival. Julie Boyd, GCWA President Emeritus and Festi-

OLDER adults with a bright outlook on the future live longer than those who have a dimmer view. A nine-year long study conducted by Netherlands researchers found that men and women with the highest levels of optimism at the start of the study had the lowest death rates than those in the most pessimistic group. Considering all factors in-total, the risk of death was 29% lower among highly optimistic men and women. In addition, the most optimistic study participants SWING Central is fronted by the super suave Brad experienced 77% less likelihood of dying of a heart attack, stroke, or other cardio- Leaver whose velvet crooning has been melting hearts vascular cause (as compared to the most pessimistic group). all over the world for 15 years. Picture yourself dancing cheek to cheek with your loved one, to the music of a more refined and romantic era when crooners like Sinatra and Dean Martin ruled the nightclubs. Experience an evening of non-stop swing and bossa nova THERE is a clock that has a special way of telling the time. It does not classics to redefine your expectations of live music. have any hands or numbers but does have a chimer. If the time is 1 Join us on our Birthday on Monday 18th November o’clock, it chimes once, if it is 2 o’clock it chimes twice and so on. The time from 7pm. Let’s celebrate in style – Black Tie Affair. gap between any two chimes is 3 seconds. How many seconds would it Appearing at Southport Bowls Club (south of Austake you to know the time, after the first chime is heard, if it is 6 o’clock? tralia Fair Shopping Centre). Admission – members $10, non-members $15. Bookings phone 5531 2626 (if requiring a meal) or 0419 658 983. Further information go to website: or email:

val Founder was the mastermind and sponsor behind Martin’s guest speaker appearance. Sharing the gamut of heart-warming to heart-breaking stories behind some of the thousands of photos he has taken throughout the world over the years, a selection of those photos now filling the pages of his latest book, Martin also answered questions from the floor. This brought forth colourful remembrances of such luminaries as Fred Hollows, Sir Donald Bradman, Kerry Packer and Sofia Loren, amongst others. Martin had just enough time to sign copies of his books before returning to Sydney. The annual Gold Coast Writers’ Association Literary Luncheon, held in Robina this year, is always a good spot to catch up with local authors as well. Mudgeeraba resident, lawyer, author, active senior and GCWA member Darryl Greer has already had two books published and it looks as if three more—‘all thrillers plus’—will come off the presses next year. In 2012 Darryl submitted three updated manuscripts he had written several years earlier to novel writing competitions around the globe. It took some months but, as it turned out, one work became a shortlist stayer, while the other two manuscripts were sent to the publisher’s submissions department as ‘ordinary submissions’. In the end, the shortlisted work Agnus Dei made it to the top five; eventually awarded runner-up with the prize a publishing contract. Release will be at the April 2014 London Book Fair. The other two works have now been accepted as submissions and a contract has been signed for their publication. After editing, they too will be published next year; hopefully in time for the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair in October. Darryl, meanwhile, is working on his next novel. For more information about the Gold Coast Writers’ Association, visit

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