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Gill MacDonald IN the past, the generations lived together or in the same area and most of remember how, just decades ago, we had to book an operator-connected call before we could talk to family located overseas. But the 21st century provides many more options to stay in touch with distant loved ones. Would you like to bridge the distance between you and your grandkids and be there for every milestone of their lives?

Whether you live a couple of hours’ drive or a continent away, it can be hard to feel that you’re truly part of your family’s daily goings-on. Thousands of miles may separate family members,but staying close to grandchildren is now easy. One way to connect is by using Facetime, an Apple application that allows you to video chat on an iPad as though you were in the same room. The amazing thing about the iPad is that it is very intuitive and there is no need for any kind of manual effort. Continued on Page 2


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ANZAC Cove in 1915 courtesy anzacsite.gov.au

THE 25th of April was officially named ANZAC Day in 1916. It was marked by a wide variety of ceremonies and services in Australia, a march through London, and a sports day in the Australian camp in Egypt. In London over 2,000 Australian and New Zealand troops marched through the streets. A London newspaper headline dubbed them “the knights of Gallipoli”. Marches were held all over Australia; in the Sydney march, convoys of cars carried wounded soldiers from Gallipoli attended by nurses. For the remaining years of the war, ANZAC Day was used as an occasion for patriotic rallies and re-

cruiting campaigns, and parades of serving members of the AIF were held in most cities. During the 1920s ANZAC Day became established as a national day of commemoration for the 60,000 Australians who had died during the war. In 1927, for the first time every state observed some form of public holiday on ANZAC Day. By the mid1930s, all the rituals we now associate with the day – dawn vigils, marches, memorial services, reunions, two-up games – were firmly established as part of ANZAC Day culture. With the coming of the Second World War, ANZAC Day also served to commemorate the lives of Aus-

tralians who died in that war. In subsequent years the meaning of the day has been further broadened to include Australians killed in all the military operations in which Australia has been involved. ANZAC Day was first commemorated at the Memorial in 1942. There were government orders prohibiting large public gatherings in case of a Japanese air attack, so it was a small occasion, with neither a march nor a memorial service. Since then, ANZAC Day has been commemorated at the Memorial every year. Australians recognise 25 April as an occasion of national remembrance, a day when we reflect on the many different meanings of war.

Grandparents join the 21st century Continued from Page 1 It is very easy to get started using an iPad, even if you’ve never used one before and importantly even the profoundly disabled can use aniPad. FaceTime enables you to contact anyone who also has an Apple device, which is anyone who owns an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Mac computer. These calls are free and you can even receive calls on FaceTime by having people ‘dial’ the email address associated with your Apple ID. All you need is the person’s name and their email address they have associated with their Apple ID. So why not open up a whole new world of closeness and feel the freedom of being connected to your children, grandchildren and isolated friends? All council-run libraries run regular courses on computer technology including how to use aniPad. Bookings are usually necessary so get onto your local library soon and join the 21st century!

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By Jo Marsh LAST December, Gold Coast resident Doug was gearing up for a big family Christmas. He’d bought the presents and plenty of Christmas food, and was looking forward to his family visiting. The 76-year-old pensioner’s plans were thrown into

chaos when his refrigerator broke down. After checking his bank balance he was resigned to the fact that he could only afford the smallest of fridges. Then he found out about Good Shepherd Microfinance’s No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) which is available through Seeds of Hope

organisation at Carrara. Manager of Seeds of Hope NILS Janice Cotterill said they were able to help Doug replace his refrigerator with the help of a NILS loan and a government subsidy. “We managed to get Doug a nice, big refrigerator just in time for Christmas,” she said. NILS is run nationally from more than 600 locations in partnership with c o m m u n i t y organisations, National Australia Bank, federal and state governments. Loans of up to $1200 can be provided for essential household items such as refrigerators, washing machines, beds etc, as well as car registration or repairs, health aids or education costs. The government subsidy is known as the Home Energy Saver Scheme (HESS)and is available for products that meet a minimum energy star rating, such as fridges, freezers, washing machines, dryers and dish washers. Home owners can also apply to purchase air conditioners and solar hot water systems.

Ms Cotterill said HESS is a welcome addition to NILS. “It is going to help our clients purchase good quality, energy efficient items and this is going to result in significant energy savings for people in our community,” she said. “Many families in our area are experiencing pressure from the increasing cost of electricity, and we know that energy expenses form a large part of household bills. Under the HESS program, energy-efficient appliances will be more affordable for NILS clients and in the long term this will help cut household energy expenses.” These HESS subsidies are only available until June 30, 2014. To be eligible for NILS and HESS residents need to hold a pension card or health care card and be of genuinely lowincome. To find out more about No Interest Loans and HESS, phone 5559 1302. The No Interest Loan Scheme is available to concession card holders and can provide loans of up to $1200 for approved purchases.

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BROADBEACH Ladies Probus Club Inc. meet the second Tuesday of the month at Kurrawa Surf club, Broadbeach. The meeting commences at 9.30 am, morning tea is provided, then followed by a guest speaker. Visitors and prospective members are most welcome. Come along and join us, or phone our Secretary Wendy on 5538 8831 for more information.

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Get to know your street GETTING to know your neighbours can help build a friendly, safe community and help is now available to make organising a street event even easier. Acting Mayor Donna Gates said the City of Gold Coast won a national award and was sharing the success with residents. “Thanks to an Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Award and $5000 in prize money, we will distribute small grants to residents and groups to help fund the costs of local meet our street events,” Cr Gates said.

Not-for-profit groups can apply for up to $500 and local residents can apply for $100 in vouchers. “It’s a casual, low-cost way to meet your neighbours and creates a sense of community where people look out for each other. “These events are truly grassroots, we’re just offering some financial help, a kit to download and your street does the rest,” she said. The free kit includes invitations, registration form and checklist. A successful event usually includes sharing food, games and

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friendly conversation. “You can also borrow an activity bag which includes outdoor games and equipment providing entertainment and activities,” Cr Gates said. “Meet our street helps create safer suburbs, positive connections with people around you and a sense of belonging,” she said. Applications for funding close 30 May 2014. For more information, including where to borrow an activity bag, visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/ meetourstreet or phone 07 5581 6642.

Volunteers JPs required JP’s required to volunteer at 19th Avenue Shopping Centre, Palm Beach on Wednedays and Showcase Centre, Coolangatta on Thursdays. This is interesting, rewarding work appreciated by the community. We do 4 hour shifts once or twice a month on the days to suit the volunteer. A 3 hour shift 9am to 12 noon is also available at Coolangatta courthouse on Tuesdays. If interested phone Peter Coleman 07 5536 9096 for further information. April 2014 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 3


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community news Rotary Club donates to local children in need nity in the past year including securing muchneeded funds for their own Kids With Shoes program; the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation, and many others. Eight cheques of $500 each were recently presented to local schools as part of the Kids With Shoes program, which provides school shoes and uniforms for local children in need. This is the program’s second year, with funds raised from the Club’s annual race day held at the Gold Coast Turf Club on Derby Day. The Gold Coast Hospital Foundation was a Gary Baildon (left), Chairman of the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation is major recipient of the pictured next to Kim Sutton, CEO, Gold Coast Hospital Foundation, with Club’s generosity, with Rotarian Mark Brooke, Broadwater-Southport Rotary Club on right the donation of $10,000 to fund the purchase of SICK and underprivileged $14,000 raised by the Ro- fundraising efforts. Gold Coast children have tary Club of Broadwater- The Club has done much equipment that will assist benefited from more than Southport during recent for the Gold Coast commu- with the management of

jaundice in babies and small children. The funds were raised through the Club’s annual Circus Quirkus event, with donations made by companies and interested individu-

als. Tickets were then given to local underprivileged and physically challenged youngsters to attend the circus for free. The Club’s next big fundraising event for local

children’s charities is the annual Bare Your Soles For Kids barefoot bowls day, now in its 10th year. Open to all, the date is May 25 at the Musgrave Hills Bowls Club.

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National Seniors defends health card

NATIONAL Seniors has defended the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) after reports that the Commission of Audit may be considering changing the eligibility rules for the card. The CSHC grants low income self-funded retirees access to cheaper medicines; state, territory and local government concessions; and a Seniors Supplement for rates and utilities. The Coalition promised to index the CSHC income limits during the 2013 election campaign. CSHC income limits are $50,000 for singles and $80,000 for couples. These have not risen since 2001. These limits do not include “tax free” income such as superannuation. However it has been revealed that the Commission of Audit is now looking at redefining

income to include superannuation income which will leave some self-funded retirees ineligible for the card. National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill said seniors were already feeling anxious about any changes to the CSHC. “Seniors expect the government to honour its CSHC indexation election commitment – just as the government insists on honouring the Future of Financial Advice (FOFA) amendments to financial advisers and $20 million marriage counselling voucher scheme to the Christian lobby,’’ he said. “Beyond that, any changes to the health care card recommended by the Commission of Audit must be debated and considered in the context of all changes across the board.” Media release: National Seniors

All you ever wanted to ask Kerry O’Brien KERRY O’Brien will be guest speaker at the Friends of the Tweed River Art Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc Murwillumbah on Friday May 2 at 6.00 for 6.30pm - Cost $40. Kerry O’Brien is one of Australia’s most respected journalists, having been awarded six Walkley Awards, including the Gold Walkley during his career. He was awarded Doctor of Letters from the University of Queensland in

December 2011. Kerry will be our guest at the Tweed Regional Gallery for a frank and open discussion about his career and the people he’s interviewed. Join us for the opportunity to interview the consummate interviewer: you ask the questions and Kerry will answer them. Tickets Bookings: phone Lyn 07 55 248 815 or email: fog.trag@gmail.com

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OVER 50? Would you like the opportunity to improve your lifestyle? Here’s your opportunity! If you are over 50 and have not been active for a while, join us for our next 12 weeks to a healthier lifestyle program due to commence in Nerang early May. With a non-judgemental approach, participants will gain knowledge, information and motivation on how to enhance their

health by making small changes to their day-to-day life. The program takes a holistic approach encompassing fun exercise sessions incorporating functional movements, walking, socialization, nutrition and education sessions. This program has been made possible with funding from Medibank Community Fund. Call Kerry on 5525 6466 to register your interest.

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community news Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show THE premier event on the Asia-Pacific boat show calendar, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, will be held at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast from May 22-25, 2014. The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is the complete marine lifestyle showcase. As well as access to some of the world’s most prestigious and innovative boats and marine brands, visitors of all ages will enjoy an action-packed program of entertainment and demonstrations. This year the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show celebrates its 26th anniversary with plans well underway for a bigger, brighter, fresher and

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Labrador Memorial 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. 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. If you are interested in joining in any of the activities, please phone the Centre on 5537 1433.

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community news Community members asked to bare soles for charity

Kirra/Tugun Probus

MEMBERS of the Kirra/Tugun Probus Mixed brought out their St Patrick Day greenery at Laguna Park, Palm Beach. It was a fun day with all things Irish, a taste of Guinness and a very fine Irish Cream to cap off the day. Congratulations to organiser Carol Hughes for once again giving

us some light hearted fun! Meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month at Currumbin RSL. Meeting commences at 10:00 am with interesting Guest Speakers. All are welcome! Enquiries please ring secretary on 5534 1909 or www.probussouthpacific.org/pckirra

THE Broadwater Southport Rotary Club has invited Gold Coast community members to ‘bare their soles’ at the annual Barefoot Bowls Day in support of local children’s charities. To be held at the Musgrave Hill Bowls Club on Sunday May 25 from 10:30am, the Rotary and Bowls Clubs have teamed to provide a day of fun in support of four charities: Southport Special School, Nippers at the Southport Surf Lifesaving Club, Radio Lollipop and Sailability Gold Coast. Broadwater Southport Rotary Club President Lynne Walsh said this is the event’s tenth year. ‘Barefoot bowls suits our casual culture and wonderful climate. It appeals to people of all ages; particularly those who enjoy the social aspects of this quintessentially Australian game. We’re pleased to support the organisations with the Barefoot Bowls Day, along with the many others we support each year with specific projects through Rotary’s local project fund.’ Registration for the Barefoot Bowls Day costs $35.00 per person and includes Musgrave Hill Bowls Club entry; use of bowling equipment, and full instruction. ‘Players are asked to register in teams of four; however, solo entries will be matched up wherever pos-

Loneliness points to early death

NEW research out of the United States shows loneliness may be a risk factor for early death and a bigger killer than obesity. University of Chicago neuroscientist and psychologist John Cacioppo’s report titled Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connections, found being lonely isn’t only about being unhappy; it’s also unsafe and bad for our health. Loneliness may be a risk factor for early death and a bigger killer than obesity. The study found people who reported feeling alone were 14 per cent more likely to die during the six-year study period. This compared with a seven per cent rise in mortality

risk for obese people, which was found in previous research. The research studied more than 2000 retired adults aged over 50 years. “Loneliness is a risk factor for early death beyond what can be explained by poor health behaviours,� said John Cacioppo, director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Helpful information on loneliness and isolation, along with ways to seek help, can be found through Lifeline. Find out more at lifeline.org.au or call 13 11 14.

sible,’ Lynne said. ‘There will be many spot prizes throughout the day, with excellent gifts provided by a very generous business community. There will also be several silent auctions of memorabilia from Queensland icons and a live auction later in the afternoon.’ Lynne continued, ‘A maximum of 56 teams can enjoy the day, so our advice is to get in early. Mark May 25 in your diary now and be prepared for a fun day out whilst supporting our future: our local children.’ To enter, contact Greg Bickerstaff on 0439 756 786, email: gabickerstaff@gmail.com, or David Reynolds on 0410 591 140; email: david@thereynolds.id.au.

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community news Memorial Rock Safes for loved ones’ ashes WITH more and more families choosing cremation over burial when a loved one passes away, an important consideration is the safekeeping of the ashes afterwards. Having to store his grandmother’s ashes in an urn kept inside a shed for several years, Gold Coast concreter

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wind movement—Bud believes that they could become transportable family heirlooms. Reinforced with fibermesh, each rock is individually crafted and made with a sealable internal cavity and backing plate easily accommodating two standard Australian-size ash urns and memorabilia. Quality bronze-cast plaques in different sizes are also available for securing to the handshaped and coloured rocks. Additionally, arrangements can be made to have your loved one’s ashes picked up from the crematorium (with your written authority) and placed in your chosen memorial rock before being delivered

to your home or a specified location within the Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Gold Coast or Tweed/ Northern Rivers areas. Memorial Rock Safes Australia is a familyowned business that has evolved as a result of Bud’s forward thinking. Appointments can be made to view all available memorial rocks at the Memorial Rock Safes Gold Coast display. For further details, including a comprehensive catalogue and heartfelt testimonials, please visit www.memorialrocks.com.au, or phone 0413 770 272. Memorial rocks purchased online can be delivered Australia-wide by TNT Transport.

WE hold its meetings in the Uniting Church Hall, Kingscliff on the first Wednesday of each month @ 10am and outings on the third Wednesday of the month. Guest speaker on Wednesday 2nd April is Julie Murray speaking on her visit to the South Pole/ Antarctica. Phone Pat on 02 6674 4224.

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community news Plaque honours Korean War servicemen missing in action

Pictured at the plaque unveiling are (l-r) John Fry, David Stoneley, Paul Kim, Yang Kim, Christine Walters, George Friend, Maurie Pears, Jenny Crewes, Alan Whelan and Arch McDonald

A BRONZE plaque commemorating Australian servicemen declared missing in action during the 1950 to 1953 Korean War was recently presented to the Surfers Paradise RSL SubBranch at 9 Beach Road during a moving dedication ceremony. Over 17,000 Australian sailors, soldiers and airmen served in the Korean War as part of the multinational force defending South Korea from Communist North Korea. Of the 340 Australian servicemen killed during the Korean War, 43 were classified as missing in action and presumed dead. The plaque, donated by Somerville Funerals, honors the 43 who remain on the battlefields of North Korea or in what is now the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) between North

Somerville Funerals’ Location Manager Southport, who made the presentation. ‘Somerville Funerals has great respect for servicemen and women from past wars and those currently serving in Australia’s armed forces,’ Jenny said. ‘That is why we were honoured to be able to provide a memorial plaque, and support the Surfers Paradise RSL Sub-Branch which provides physical and mental support to veterans, their families and the local community.’

and South Korea. Official representatives at the event included RSL Surfers Paradise SubBranch President Arch McDonald and Secretary Alan Whelan. Also in attendance were Maurie Pears, a Korean War veteran and project coordinator of the Korean War Memorial Gold Coast; John Fry, President of the Association of Queensland Korean War Veterans; Yang Kim, Secretary of the Gold Coast Korean Society; Paul Kim, Korean veteran, ex-serviceman and member of the Australian Queensland Korean Veterans; George Friend OAM, past-President Rotary Club Broadwater Southport; Christine Walters, Regional Manager Somerville and George Hartnett Funerals, and Jenny Crewes,

ANZAC Day service at Robina YOU are invited to attend this special march and service on ANZAC Day. The march starts at 8.30am and will be led by the Tweed Pipes and Drums. The Service begins at 9.00am in the Robina Community Centre and War Memorial, 196 Robina Town Centre Drive. The Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra will perform during the service. Following the service, morning tea will be served.

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community news Spoil yourself or a loved one with Black Pepper’s winter range BLACK Pepper has a long history spanning over 30 years, with a tradition of producing quality classic casual wear with a superior comfort fit. The brand has become synonymous with a relaxed outdoor lifestyle, perfect for those who appreciate fresh air, sun-

shine, and getting back to nature. Black Pepper has developed a loyal following because of their wide assortment of casual garments that offer timeless looks to complement the season. Black Pepper’s co-ordinated range ensures you can get an en-

tire outfit for everyday wear or for a relaxed social occasion. The Black Pepper customers love colour so the range always has a wide colour spectrum on offer. Durable easy wear and easy care fabrics are adorned with colourful prints, stripes, and detail-

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ing to suit any mood. There’s no better way to spoil yourself or your loved one for Mother’s Day, than with a quality piece from Black Pepper that will become a favourite in the wardrobe throughout the seasons. Now with a wider range of colourful knitwear pieces, there are more choices than ever before so you can be sure to find the perfect gift. For Mother’s Day, when

you spend $100 or more, you will receive $15 off your total purchase price. This offer ends on the 12th May 2014. Conditions apply. Visit your local Black Pepper stores located at Burleigh Heads, Runaway Bay, and Tweed Heads. You can also shop online at blackpepper.com.au or freecall 1800 001 399 for more stockist information. Enjoy Life, Live Comfortably.

1. What type of music is used by a singer performing “a cappella”? 2. On 1st May, what is the time in Alice Springs when it is noon in Brisbane? 3. What does the first “R” stand for in “RADAR”? 4. When do stores hold EOFY sales? 5. What singer is known as “The Material Girl”? 6. Complete the proverb, “Hell hath no fury like…” 7. In which sport is the W S Cox plate awarded? 8. What “p” word describes a passenger behind a motorcycle rider? 9. Name an animal that is an arachnid. 10. Where on the body is a pinafore worn? 11. Who won the 2013 Wimbledon men’s singles title? 12. What are the cross pieces on a ladder called? 13. If a person is suffering from “ennui”, what is their problem? 14. Does a zither have strings or keys? 15. What is New Zealand’s highest mountain? 16. Which former champion swimmer features in commercials for Eureka Street Furniture? 17. Off the coast of which state or territory is Hayman Island? 18. What car has a model called “VF”? 19. What colour is an aircraft’s Black Box? 20. What is the prong of a fork called? Answers on page 10

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community news Golden years means golden economy as jobs growth surges in Queensland

Queensland a magnet for retirees

AN increasing influx of retirees and demand for new technologies will help fuel Queensland’s next jobs growth surge, says a new report by Deloitte Access Economics. The Deloitte research identifies the ‘25 sectoral hotspots’ with the biggest potential to lift Australia’s prosperity over the next 20 years. And the outlook is bright for Queensland. The attraction of the Sunshine State as a retirement destination is predicted to drive jobs growth in residential aged care, retire-

ment living, community care and education services related to re-skilling an ageing workforce. An estimated 15,000 retirees – or more than 40 every day – move from interstate to Queensland each year. Deloitte says it has also identified emerging sectors in Queensland that have the potential to sell into rapidly expanding world markets, and to meet global demand for clean energy. New technologies may open up the largely untapped potential of Queensland’s coastline to

provide new opportunities for ocean resources, both in terms of aquaculture and the future development of renewable energy through the power of wind and waves, the report says. Deloitte Queensland managing partner John Greig said there was “a great deal of potential” for Queensland across a range of industries. “Queensland has strengths not just in its resources and its sun and surf, but also in its ability to attract retirees, while new technologies have the potential to reinvigorate prospects in thermal coal and to open up new opportunities off our vast coastline,” Mr Greig said. Report co-author Chris Richardson said Queensland was a “magnet for retirees”, which presented strong business opportunities. “The story is better for Queensland because the aged go to Queensland – so you’ve got a bunch of old people getting older and needing healthcare. “That’s rolled gold as far as business opportunities go, not just its size, but its certainty.”

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Textured shoe insoles a ‘positive’ step A $120,000 Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Research Australia grant will enable UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences physiotherapy lecturer, Dr Anna Hatton, to examine the potential of an inexpensive insole to improve the mobility of people with MS. Dr Hatton says many people with MS have problems with walking, which make day to day activities difficult and often lead to falls. She says walking problems in MS could result from a combination of typical symptoms related to muscles, nerves and senses. “The key to improving mobility is to use a range of different treatment techniques which address each of these symptoms,” Dr Hatton says. “Improving walking ability is of primary importance to maintaining health, independence and quality of life for people living with MS.” Dr Hatton and her international research team (spanning Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom) will investigate whether a specially designed insole which enhances sensory information at the feet could boost the

walking ability of people affected by MS. They will analyse how about 180 people with MS walk over different surfaces after wearing the insoles for three months. “We will explore whether wearing the insoles changes the way the body moves or the leg and trunk muscles work during walking,” Dr Hatton said. “We will also monitor any changes in the perception of foot sensation and the awareness of foot position, to help better understand how the insoles may bring about their effects on walking.” The research builds on studies by Dr Hatton and the team over the past eight years on the effects of textured shoe insoles on walking and balance in older adults prone to falling, people with Parkinson’s disease and preliminary studies with MS. Dr Hatton’s funding was awarded as part of MS Research Australia’s 2014 grant round of $1.537 million Australia wide. MS Research Australia is a national non-government funder of MS research in Australia. Source: agedcareguide.com.au

Gold Coast Machine Knitters WE meet each month on the first Tuesday of the month. We have demonstrations and notes for all. We welcome any machine knitter to join our happy productive group. We have The Passap Machine, The Brother and

Singer Knitting machine which are used for all demonstrations. Our time and place is at 9am at The Girl Guides Hut, Tabilban, Burleigh Heads. More information please ring Joy 5535 4418

Twin Towns Seniors Social Club THE Twin Towns Seniors Social Club meet on the 3rd Monday each month at Twin Towns. They have 2 bus trips per month including morning tea and lunch. Tickets at meetings. No phone bookings. Next meeting 21st April. Yes, Easter Monday. Tour Director Dot 07 5590 9301. New Member info Ursula 07 5576 3785. www.seniorsnewspaper.com.au

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community news Discover easy movement in bed NOW! WONDER Sheet fitted sheet; increases bed mobility, reduces pain and discomfort For many suffering an illness, the basic human function of turning over in bed can be agony. Neeki has developed a unique style of fitted sheet called the ‘Wonder Sheet’, which creatively combines a gorgeous glossy charmeuse satin in the centre of the sheet and either 100% Egyptian Cotton or 50/50 Poly/ Cotton at the ends. ‘The Wonder sheet’ is an effective therapeutic tool because it enables the user to turn over with more ease by gripping with their feet on the bottom fabric which then gives them the leverage to move their bottom and hip area more easily on the slippery satin fabric, which then enables them to roll over or swing in and out of bed. The Benefits: It can compliment existing equipment, such as a hoist or a bed stick because using them together will require less physical effort which will reduce stress on the body and increase the effectiveness of both the equipment and ‘The Wonder Sheet’.

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“Very comfortable with .” high clinical standards . . .” Lions Haven for the Aged has operated its facility, with 61 beds since the opening in 1992. We have experienced a growing demand for quality, comfortable and secure Aged Care in the North Gold Coast area. Lions Haven is an approved & accredited Aged Care Facility with ageing in place. We are a 67-bed facility providing High and Low Care, which includes a 20 bed Secure Unit. Located on the Northern End of the Gold Coast (next to Sanctuary Cove), Lions Haven is a single storey complex where each resident enjoys their own room, which comes complete with en-suite and outside patio area.

• It can save on other equipment such as a slide sheet, which is used to turn and move a person in bed. The ‘Wonder Sheet’ fitted sheet is non clinical and more comfortable and luxurious than a slide sheet. • The ‘Wonder Sheet’ makes the moving and handling for the carer or therapist much easier because there is less physical strain on their body. • It Improves health and well being by reducing the potential for bed sores and by improving circulation because the user can move more readily. There is a story about the Wonder Sheet. It involves a daughter who was thinking of ways to help her dad move more easily in bed. He has Parkinson’s disease and transferring in bed was becoming more difficult. The creative juices started to flow and many samples later the Wonder Sheet fitted sheet was born. The ‘Wonder Sheet’ has helped 100’s of people by increasing their mobility in bed. For more information phone 5591 1629 or 0412 143 878.

Attractive incentive continues at the ‘Manor’

AN incentive offer totalling $17,500 has proven a hit with purchasers at award winning retirement community De Paul Manor Estate. Sales Consultant Sue Benseman said that only a limited number of new independent living apartments still remain for sale at the exclusive community which is located in central Ashmore. “The special incentive package includes furniture removal to the value of $1,000, a new furniture package valued at $15,000 and three months’ fees absolutely free when settling on a new apartment within one month of paying a deposit,” she said. “It’s our way of helping prospective purchasers make the move.” Sue said that De Paul Manor Estate appealed to downsizers who were looking upgrade their lifestyle opportunities and join a community of active, like minded people. The centrepiece of the community is the magnificent Residents’ Retreat that caters for a range of social and relaxation activities. Featuring an inviting 25m pool, expansive decks, BBQ facilities, lounge and function room, servery/bar, snooker room, gymnasium and private theatre, the Residents’ Retreat has all the trimmings of a luxury resort. The always energetic residents enjoy group outings, movie nights, trivial pursuit nights, special interest groups, fitness classes, Tai Chi, aqua aerobics in the heated pool and many more activities too numerous to mention! The $17,500 incentive applies to all remaining new apartments. The low maintenance, easy living apartments feature high ceilings, a private balcony, quality appointments and fittings such as split system air-conditioning, stone bench tops, glass splash-backs and 24-hour emergency alert service as standard features. Residents at the pet friendly community also enjoy 24-hour security, a dedicated on-site management team, pay no stamp duty and have the peace of mind of priority access to the De Paul Villa Aged Care facility located next-door. To find out more about the extended $17,500 incentive package phone Sue on 1300 732 306 for more information.

Our modern facility offers a safe and comfortable environment to ensure quality of life, safety and welfare of our residents, staff and visitors. Residents have the freedom to enjoy life in a homelike atmosphere where families and friends are most welcome.

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community news ‘Olleywood’ opens in Murwillumbah

The Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO is pictured with Susi Muddiman, Tweed Regional Gallery Director

‘THE most famous rooms in Australian art’ are now open to the public after Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia officially opened the Margaret Olley Art Centre (MOAC) at Tweed Regional Gallery in Murwillumbah on March 15. Approximately 800 VIPs and guests gathered to celebrate the life, legacy and works of Margaret Olley, one of Australia’s most loved artists who died in 2011 aged 88. The Governor-General, in her last official engagement outside Canberra before her tenure in the role came to an end, told the ceremony that MOAC was a unique project which entrenched Tweed Regional Gallery as the home of ‘the most famous rooms in Australian art’. The Governor-General said regional galleries played an important role in Australia and Tweed Regional Gallery was one of the best. The MOAC, already affectionately dubbed ‘Olleywood’, has been con-

structed as an extension of Tweed Regional Gallery and includes re-creations of three of the rooms in Olley’s famous Sydney home, including the Hat Factory and the Yellow Room where Olley spent many hours painting. Murwillumbah residents, former Deputy Prime Minister Doug Anthony and his wife Margot, donated the original piece of land that houses the Tweed Regional Gallery and now the Olley wing. According to Tweed Mayor, Councillor Barry Longland, the $4 million project, including $1 million bequeathed by Olley, was an investment to create a national and international attraction that would provide social and economic benefit for Tweed residents for many years to come. Approximately 21,000 items were relocated from Margaret Olley’s Paddington home to create a precise reproduction at MOAC, which will also house a significant number of Olley’s paintings.

Coolangatta/Tweed VIEW Club Our next luncheon meeting will be held on Thursday, 17th April, 2014 in the Horizons Room, South Tweed Sports Club at 11:00am for 11:30am. Guest Speaker is Sally Hassell from the Tweed Shire Women’s Service. Visitors are very welcome. Bookings/Apologies phone Kaye on 5524 4089 at 5pm on Monday, 14th April.

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Circle of Friends for the Over 55s LAST month saw a number of new members, both male and female, come along to our Thursdays coffee mornings. New and old members are enjoying the company and the friendly interaction, and many are participating in the Tuesday outings. March outings are visits to Cleveland and Redland Bay, Burleigh Surf Club, movies and a trip to Mt Tamborine - with a full program of Tuesday outings planned for the whole year. Members car pool for these outings which makes for a lot of fun and opportunity to get to know each other. New people are always made very welcome so please contact Kate on 0418 760 321, or Merle on 0437 372 651 or just come along any Thursday at 10.30. We meets at Zarraffas Coffee Shop, Cnr Drury Avenue and Ferry Road, Southport, every Thursday at 10.30am. We look forward to meeting you. April 2014 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 15


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community news ANZAC Day at Currumbin - one of Australia’s largest and most impressive tributes

ANZAC Day is the day on which Australian citizens remember their fellow Australians who currently and past serve and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. The spirit of ANZAC, with its qualities of courage, mateship and sacrifice continues to have meaning and relevance for our national identity. RSL Clubs around Australia keep the Spirit of ANZAC alive by providing services that enable commemoration by members of the general public. Currumbin RSL’s iconic ANZAC Remembrance will again this year be held at Elephant Rock on Currumbin Beach. In the lead up to the Centenary of ANZAC in 2015 this year’s event will have some very significant inclusions. The event, on 25 April, is

televised nationally by Channel 7’s Sunrise program and viewed by hundreds of thousands of Australians unable to attend a service. Elephant Rock’s backdrop is chosen for similarities to Gallipoli’s foreshore and the service is a touching collage of ceremony. Co-ordinator of the event, the Currumbin RSL Group, takes great pride in the event being the largest regional ANZAC event in Australia. Mr Ron Workman OAM, President of the Club and the driving force behind the Dawn Service for almost 20 years, says “Involvement in this event means a lot to me. This service continues to be one of Australia’s most impressive tributes.” “I’ve loved watching it evolve over time and grow into the major event it is today.” He said. This year’s program fea-

tures include honouring of indigenous servicemen, new footage including Afghanistan, guest presenters and a tribute to animal heroes. Shuttle bus services are provided from Currumbin RSL, The Pines and Currumbin Fair Shopping Centres and Tugun Community Centre. To find out more about Currumbin RSL’s ANZAC Day Dawn Service visit www.currumbinrsl.com.au or Facebook event page Currumbin RSL ANZAC Day Dawn Service.

Surfers Paradise VIEW Club THE Surfers Paradise VIEW Club celebrated International Women’s Day on Friday 7th March at Teavine House in Tallebudgera. 25 lady members attended and all enjoyed some great cuisine and friendship, while being aware of the reason for our many fundraising activities for the Smith Family and the 9 Learning for Life Students that we support. The club has many more interesting events organised for the year, in our endeavour to raise funds for the Smith Family. New members and guests are always welcome The next fundraising function will be a Fashion Parade presented by Style Form on 29th April 2014 at Bavia House Kalimna St. Broadbeach Waters. Anyone interested in coming along please contact Nancy or Di on 5592 6730 or 0433 258 373. The Club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Southport Golf Club in Slayter Avenue.

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community news Constance Ackroyd Trust and RSL Care to provide accommodation support for veterans in need THE Constance Ackroyd Trust, managed by Perpetual has awarded RSL Care a grant worth $120,000 over three years to provide updated accommodation to financially disadvantaged veterans. The Constance Ackroyd Trust was established by the late Professor Joyce Speed in memory of her mother. RSL Care will receive $40,000 a year over a three year period with the funding used to renovate four RSL Care independent living units, which will be leased to financially disadvantaged veterans at a concessional rate. The trustees for The Constance Ackroyd Trust are Perpetual,

who are leaders in philanthropic fund management and Jennifer Callaghan. RSL Care CEO Mr Craig Mills said RSL Care was delighted to have been selected for the funding. “We are so pleased Perpetual has successfully matched RSL Care with a trust that was looking for a good project to support,” he said. “The activities undertaken with the grant funds will assist RSL Care to provide a wonderful living environment for our veterans who given so much serving the nation. “The upgraded units will make a significant change to deserving veterans by providing a modern, bright, clean

and welcoming environment with facilities to allow tenants to age comfortably longterm.” RSL Care CEO Mr Craig Mills said the grant was a wonderful contribution to the wellbeing and independence of veterans in need. “I would like to acknowledge the generous contribution made by the Constance Ackroyd Trust,” he said. “RSL Care is proud to be able to provide the units and with the support of the funding, deliver the concessional accommodation. “RSL Care’s purpose, in the spirit of our heritage to continue to promote wellbeing and independence to older Australians.”

Opening invite new sales display home SPECIAL invitation for all the Over 50’s, family and friends to the Grand Opening to view Elysium Over 50s Lifestyle Village new display home, at 339 Brisbane Street Beaudesert on Saturday the 3rd of May commencing from 9am reports Dennis Ring the Sales and Marketing Manager. Come one and all along to enjoy the opening celebrations with the 9.25 Gold FM Free Barbeque Roadshow, local Beaudesert councillor’s official red ribbon cutting and plaque presentation, local jazz band, 2 day holiday giveaway for two in a Maleny B & B, display home lucky door prizes, children’s jumping castle, face painting and lots more, from 9 am to 12 noon, followed by a huge no reserve auction of preloved unwanted wares at 1pm. Discover the secret of Elysium’s wonderful boutique Over 50’s Active Lifestyle Village and the new homes on offer from $195, 000, all set in the rural township of Beaudesert, surrounded by the tranquillity of the picturesque Scenic Rim District. Elysium Village is purposely built boutique-style community living for the active young-at-heart retirees, you can choose from four architecturally designed floor plans offering expansive living rooms, alfresco entertaining-patio areas and yes, you can personally customise the home

and add your own personal options. The recreational facilities available for the residents to enjoy includes, swimming pool, Alfresco Barbeque Pavilion, country club, snooker table, well stocked library, games and arts and crafts ensuring you enjoy life and companionship to the fullest. At Elysium Village the big bonus is you retain 100% capital gains when you sell and where you pay Zero Entry or Exit Fees, Zero Stamp Duty, Zero General Council Rates, Zero Body Corp or Legal Fees and there are NO Renters in the village only Owner-Occupiers allowed. Yes, your pets are welcome and yes your family or friends are invited to reside with you for short stays. The time is now for you to make the move and secure your new-homesite for $100 Deposit, as there is only 15 sites remaining in Stage One, the prices for freestanding 2 or 3 bedroom villas, start from an incredible $220,000. The park owners look forward to welcoming you at their opening day or if you prefer call Dennis now on 5541 4500 for your FREE Sales Information Kit or visit the village and inspect the display home daily from 10am to 3pm at 339-347 Brisbane Street Beaudesert or visit their website at elysiumvillage.com.au.

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FIBROMYALGIA, ME/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Support Group meets on the first Friday of every month at 10:30 am (NSW Time) at the South Tweed Sports Club, 4 Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads South. All welcome. For further information call Sue on 5523 4772.

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IF you are over 45 and enjoy learning for pleasure and hearing guest speakers on a variety of topics, University of the Third Age (U3A) Gold Coast is there for you. Meeting new people and joining in on social outings also are U3A drawcards. U3A Gold Coast offers over 40 classes on a range of interesting subjects including the arts, languages, yoga and tai chi. New members are always welcome and anyone interested in sharing skills and knowledge as a tutor is encouraged to apply. U3A Gold Coast is situated on the First Floor, Australia Fair, Scarborough Street, Southport. For more information, please phone 5591 6671 between 9 a.m. and 3.30 p.m.

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community news Over the Bar: stories of Southport

Colleen Yuke, centre, is pictured with her daughter Kym and son Terry in front of historical photos of Southport. WATER is intrinsic to City of Gold Coast, hosted passed away in 2010. Southport. Fishing, crab- a community event in Divisional Councillor bing and boating are part honour of long-time Dawn Crichlow encourof the fabric of the com- Southport resident, the aged everyone to go munity and its landscape. late Jim Yuke, whose life along and learn more On 29 March the Yuke revolved around the local about Southport through Family, in partnership with waterways. Jim Yuke stories and photos, many

provided by the Local Studies Library. ‘From pubs and floods to architecture and ANZACs there’s something for everyone,’ Cr Crichlow said. ‘I commend the Yuke family for generously giving their time and organising this fabulous community event.’ Jim Yuke’s widow, Colleen, agreed it was important to give back to the local community and create a sense of the community that Jim loved while growing up and living in Southport. ‘He was one of six children and, as a kid, enjoyed fishing, boating and crabbing on our beaches with his family and friends,’ she said. A well-known local identity, Jim Yuke was born in 1931 in Beaudesert. Growing up in Southport, the traditional land of his maternal grandmother Jenny

Graham, Jim attended Southport Primary School but left early to start work as a milk boy in Surfers Paradise. In later life he worked as a dredge operator, snake wrangler, flenser, railway worker and business owner with his brother Bill. Mrs Yuke said hosting the event was about remembering Jim in a way he would have loved: celebrating the stories and characters of Southport. ‘Jim loved spending time on the water and had “a close call” over the Southport Bar on more than one occasion. His final request was to have his ashes scattered over the ocean,’ she said. The Southport Community Centre was filled with friends and community members who shared the special occasion with the Yuke family.

Australian Solar Council Launches ‘Save Solar’ TV Ad THE Australian Solar Council has launched its first ever TV and print advertising campaign as part of its efforts to save the nation’s Renewable

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A.O.O.B. 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 intending members are invited to attend. Phone Evelyn 07 5599 8283.

Twin Towns Evening VIEW Club TWIN Towns Evening VIEW Club meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6.30pm (NSW time) at the Tweed Heads Bowls Club. Women of all ages are welcome to come and enjoy a great meal, listen to Guest Speakers and support the Smith Family’s “Learning for Life” program. You are welcome to come along as a guest or join by phoning Barbara on 07 5523 1057 by 1.00pm prior to meeting or for information email; twintownsevengview@gmail.com

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CIRCLE Dancing, sometimes called world dance or dance meditation, circle dancing is made up of mostly very easy dances choreographed to musical sources from all around the world. The formation of dancers in this class can be in a circle, or occasionally a line or a spiral pattern. The steps to the dances are taught at the beginning of each dance, you do not need a partner. The pace of the dances ranges from slow and meditative to sometimes a little upbeat. Dancing in this way exercises our bodies, stimulates our brains and connects us with others. Comfortable clothes and firm fitting shoes should be worn. This activity is held in the Hall on 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Thursday of every month from 9.00am -10.30am. Cities of the World, this course studies the history of the world’s great cities. A different city is studied each session. Active participation of course members is assumed. Join Barbara Powell and Sue Spicer on the 4th Monday of every month from 9.00am- 11.00am. Enquire now at U3A North Gold Coast, The Labrador Community Hub, 57 Billington Street, Labrador. Phone 5529 0583, or www.u3anorthgc.com

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community news Burleigh Heads Ladies Probus Club

Vivien Fleming, Carol Sigley, Sylvia Duffy and Jocelyn Bowden admiring two of the horses with Marlene Churches of Strathgordon Clydesdales

IN March, Burleigh Ladies Probus Club members travelled north to Woodford where, despite the much needed rain they enjoyed a visit to Strathgordon Clydesdales. We were privileged to hand feed both the giant Clydesdales and their tiny cousins the Shetland ponies and learn more about these ancient breeds of horses. Afterwards, lunch was taken at the nearby historic Woodford hotel. A great day was had by all. The Club meets at 10.30a.m on the third Wednesday of the month at the Burleigh Heads SLSC, Gold Coast Highway, with a guest speaker and lunch. On the forth Wednesday we have an organised outing / coach trip. Visitors welcome. Call Carol 5534 5430 or Pat 5576 8332.

A great start to the day THIS group of keen and capable swimmers, made up mostly of retirees, has been meeting in front of Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park Surf Life Saving Club at 6am daily for a number of years; starting the mornings off with invigorating dips in the surf. Recent swells ensured caution was taken, with group members watching out for fellow swimmers during the short stints in the enticing ocean waters.

It’s mostly retirees who make up the early morning ‘dip in the surf’ sessions at Burleigh Heads

Domestic Violence Candle Lighting Vigil DOMESTIC violence affects so many in our community. Unfortunately, most of us know someone who has been affected by violence in the home, whether it be verbal, emotional or physical. We all pray that it will never happen to ourselves or our loved ones. Unfortunately, all too many people are hurt by it every year. Have you been affected or do you know someone who has had their life changed due to violence in the home? Join others on the evening of 7 May 2014 at the Kangaroo Point Cliffs as we remember those women, men and children who have died because of domestic and family violence all around Australia. Bring a red rose as a sign of remembrance. Program: 5.30pm Gathering, Welcome to Country, Speaker, First Reading 6pm Lighting of the Candles, A minutes silence, Closing - Reading / Song. This event is hosted by DV Connect. DVConnect is the only state wide tele-

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community news Runaway Bay Gold Coast Seniors Expo May 15th MEET Dr Wright the merry medic from the Midday Show at the Runaway Bay Seniors Expo. He will give seniors tips on how to live a long and healthy life. You will see all the health and lifestyle information Thursday May 15th at The Runaway Bay Community Centre, Lae Drive, Runaway Bay, next to the Library. Such as retirement living options, in home care, seniors travel, seniors insurance, financial planners, investment advice, free hearing and eyesight checks, and mobility aids. Information from Centrelink, and the City of Gold Coast, and much more. All in the one location on the same day, and its free entry. With a free sausage sizzle. All exhibitors with products and services relevant to seniors are invited to participate in our 2014 Expos. Broadbeach: Albert Waterways Centre on Thursday July 24 Twin Towns: Twin Towns on Thursday September 11 Southport Community Centre on Thursday November 20 Because we are a non for profit organisation we are able to keep a minimal fee for exhibition space. Details can be obtained from the website www.gcseniorsexpos.com.au

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, in home care providers, and much more. All in the one place on the same day. Entry is free and the expos run from 9am to 1pm. If you require any further information please contact the event organiser Warren Elwell on warren.elwell@bigpond.com or mobile 0409 277 430.

The Best Birthday Gift Ever! “USUALLY for my birthday, my children buy me towels or pillows and once even a basket for the cat. Last year, after a wonderful lunch in the park with my family, we came home and I found that for a birthday gift my son had organised the replacement of my old toilet seat with an electronic Bidet toilet seat. I had seen them advertised on TV and thought what a great idea. I was absolutely shocked and thrilled to find I now have one on my toilet.” My daughter explained that she had recently purchased one from The BIDET SHOP® herself and found her husband and children loved it so much they decided to buy one for me as a birthday gift.

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OUR April meeting will be held at Treetops Tavern, West Burleigh on Tuesday 15th April at 10.00 for 10.30am start. New members are very welcome. We meet on the third Tuesday every month. We proudly support The Smith Family. To find out more about VIEW call Aileen on 5575 8092 or Roz 5520 5821.

Machine Knitters A GROUP of ladies and gentlemen who enjoy machine knitting meet at The Franklin Craft Centre, Mudgeeraba usually on the second Monday of the month, from February to November with our next meeting on 12th May, commencing at 9am. Machine demonstrations are given at each meeting and visitors are always welcome with help given to beginners and those coming back to the craft after time away. For further information about our activities please phone 5537 1436. www.seniorsnewspaper.com.au


community news Men’s Probus Club, Palm Beach welcomes new members

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PROBUS is a social club (no fundraising) of active, retired and semi retired men joining together to keep their minds active, expand their interests and enjoy the fellowship of new friends and events. The emphasis is on providing the opportunity for new acquaintances and interests, including weekly golf tournaments at a variety of courses, involving members in other

minimum cost events i.e. BBQs and seeking new members of similar interests. The club meets once a month on the 2nd Thursday at 9.30am at the Currumbin RSL Club and comprises a short formal meeting, then morning tea and coffee with biscuits, followed by a guest speaker on a topic of interest. Throughout the year there are outings to

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places of interest – theatres, social and sporting events including walks, overnight trips and the occasional extended tour within Australia and possibly overseas. The attached photo depicts some of our members who were successful in the Robina Golf challenge. There are other interest groups occurring on a monthly basis at which wives and partners participate; that include cards 500, beach walking, outings and book club. Like to know more? Please phone the activities coordinator, Peter Watts on 07 5534 5828 who will be please to hear from you.

Photoshop Weekend Workshop A DAY workshop will be held on Sunday 27April for all those interested in image manipulation in Photoshop CS6. Registration will start at10:00am and tuition from 10:30am. The cost to non members of TACT will be $30 and members $15 (membership of the South Tweed Sports Club is also required). The lessons will cover changes to an image, adjustment layers, selections, masks, blending modes and much more. It will be suitable people with intermediate computer skills to the more advanced users. Please advise Jenny on 07 55243057 to book your place. The year has started with 60 new members signing on as well as those renewing their membership. Several classes were filled to capacity and as a result additional classes had to be provided to accommodate the large numbers. The usual PC and Mac courses continue to provide help from absolute beginners to more confident users. 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 passing on their knowledge to help others using the PC’s and

Apple Mac Minis. People can join at any time but if they require more direct information they can attend the next “sign on” day on Friday 2 May 2014 at 10:00am to 1:00pm.

Further information about the club can be obtained by visiting the club’s web site at http:// www.tact.org.au or contacting Jenny on 07 5524 3057.

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community news PALS Social Club ARE you new to the Gold Coast? Are you an over 50s resident looking for social activities? Come along and join us for picnics, theatre, movies, parties and other outings. Our club is called PALS and we look forward to hearing from interested residents. Please contact Sylvia on 5554 5621 or Tom on 5537 8432 for more information.

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New day dawns for The Gardens On Lindfield THE Gardens on Lindfield was acquired in January this year by Australia’s largest operator and developer of senior living communities, Lend Lease, and residents are already reaping the rewards of having such an experienced owner at the helm. The first of several refurbishment and development projects that will transform the village is a significant upgrade to the bowling green, including a new surface and a new barbecue and storage area. Lend Lease Village Manager, Leigh Bradley said The Gardens on Lindfield bowling team, made up of 40 residents, had been bowled over by the support they have received from the village’s new owners. “Lend Lease’s mammoth upgrade to the bowling green will see the entire boundary of the green replaced with new tiling. The drainage system will also be given a complete overhaul.”

Ms Bradley has considerable experience overseeing such projects, having managed similar refurbishments at her former post at Carlyle Gardens Townsville. “We’re virtually starting from scratch here but the village team and the residents are all delighted to have the support of Lend Lease to transform our green into a top class sporting facility,” she said. The new surface – a needle punch carpet - is expected to arrive from a UK manufacturer in June. Meanwhile Ms Bradley is busy coordinating the logistics for an easy installation and speedy fit-out of the recreational area surrounding the green. Adjacent to the bowling green, the Australian flag flies proudly above the village. On Anzac Day it will provide the backdrop for a celebration commemorating the dedicated men and women who served in World War I.

For The Gardens on Lindfield resident Jake O’Donnell, this year marks his seventh Anzac Day in the village. From 1968 to 1970, Mr O’Donnell served in Vietnam with the Australian Army Training Team, in combat with South Vietnamese troops in remote parts of the country. “I think it’s extremely important that we continue to remember the soldiers who served before us,” Mr O’Donnell said. “Helping to arrange the village’s Anzac Day service is my way of acknowledging the sacrifices

made by so many courageous men and women a century ago.” The Gardens On Lindfield will host a service at 6am officiated by resident Bram Lang, a former Royal Australian Air Force Officer who served in World War II. The formalities will be followed by a breakfast hosted by the village’s management team. To discover more about The Gardens on Lindfield or to arrange an inspection of display homes and facilities, please call 5502 7222. Ask about our special discount pricing!

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involved in the Active and Healthy program or a passion for encouraging others to become active and well, this may be of interest to you. The programmes are varied and include activities from rock climbing and martial arts to Tai Chi and Gentle Exercises for people with disabilities.

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community news ‘Hand of friendship’ extended on IWD

Pictured (l-r) are Professor Colleen Cartwright, Georga Pringle and Pam Moore OAM.

AS each of the 160 women in the room turned ‘to extend the hand of friendship’, compère extraordinaire MaggieAnne Leybourne spoke of the significant, and essential, past, present and future roles of women; drawing enthusiastic audience response to her description of women as ‘smart, sensual, caring, giving, tolerant, powerful,

and strong.’ The occasion was International Women’s Day 2014 as celebrated by the Coolangatta Tweed VIEW (Voice, Interests and Education of Women) Club at South Tweed Sports. Organised by the dedicated Penny Thorpe and a hard-working committee, the Hon. Justine Elliot MP formally opened proceedings while respect-

fully acknowledging the Elders of the Traditional Owners of the land. Kathie Diskin, VIEW Zone Councillor, provided an overview of International Women’s Day. Guest speakers, asked to recount their personal journeys through life, were Professor Colleen Cartwright, Foundation Professor of Aged Services, Southern Cross University; Pam Moore, an OAM recipient for services to the community through the Country Women’s Association (CWA), and Georga Pringle, a Year 12 student at Mt St Patrick’s College, Murwillumbah. The dynamic Professor Cartwright, now 70 and with an ‘I don’t think so’ attitude toward retirement, shared a captivating tale of leaving school at 15; marrying young and having a family before returning for further education when ‘a door’ opened

unexpectedly for her. Years later, at 61, Colleen Cartwright was awarded her PhD and today has extensive teaching and research experience in ageing, ethics and medical decisions at end of life. Pam Moore OAM, in a strong yet gentle manner, shared her amazing story as a woman on the land. Pam, a wife and mother, was not only involved in the CWA at Branch, Group and State levels but has also been active in other committees and councils including Rural Doctors’ Network and Rural Women’s Network and, more recently, the Commonwealth Gene Technology Community Consultative Council. Representing the younger generation, Georga Pringle confidently delivered an inspirational talk that commemorated women of the

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past, while looking forward. A keen sportsperson and community volunteer, Georga related how she learned

strength and independence from her mother. Georga’s own plans are to complete a hairdressing apprenticeship and

to study make-up application. For Coolangatta Tweed VIEW details, please contact Isobel Bianchetti on 5524 3023.

Gold Coast wins national coastal award THE Gold Coast Ocean Beaches Strategy 2012-2022 was recognised in a prestigious coastal awards ceremony recently. The awards were announced at the Australian Coastal Councils Conference, held at Ballina on the New South Wales north coast on Tuesday 25 March. The Strategy sets the direction on maintaining and developing lifestyle and leisure opportunities, keeping our beaches clean and healthy, protecting our coastal infrastructure from erosions and other hazards, and the need for everyone, including different levels of government, to work together to look after our ocean beaches. Acting Mayor Donna Gates said the City was awarded the inaugural Australian Coastal Award for the Gold

Coast Ocean Beaches Strategy, recognising that the City has made the most significant coastal achievement of the year. “Our beaches and foreshores are a top priority on the Gold Coast and it is fantastic to see the City getting national recognition for leading the way in protection and management of our coastal areas,” said Cr Gates. “The world class coastal management practices and high level of community involvement currently supporting our beach health contribute to the economic viability of the city, helping to attract national and international tourism and investment to the tune of some 11.5 million visitors annually.” For more information on the Ocean Beaches Strategy 2012–2022, go online to visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/ oceanbeachesstrategy. I hope everyone that is reading this is having a really good day. And if you are not, just know that in every new minute that passes you have an opportunity to change that. Gillian Anderson

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community news Australia’s first woman Anglican Diocesan Bishop visits Tweed Heads

Rev’d Dr. Sarah with Rev‘d Sue Woodcock

REV’D Dr. Sarah Macneil consecrated as 11th Bishop of Anglican Diocese of

Grafton on 1st March 2014 in Christ Church Cathedral Grafton made Tweed Heads her first

Sunday visitation as Bishop by attending St. Cuthbert’s Anglican Church on 9th March 2014 conducting the 9.00amservice. Dr. Sarah became the first woman appointed a diocesan Bishop in the Anglican Church of Australia. During morning tea that followed the service Dr. Sarah met as many parishioners as possible and all were impressed with her open, friendly demeanour and willingness to learn as much as possible during her short stay. Student representatives of Lindisfarne Schools and St. Cuthbert’s Retirement Village complex attended the service and Dr. Sarah indicated she will visit those establishments on her next visit to Tweed Heads later in the year.

‘102 Tips’ for you THE Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre welcomes everyone to enjoy an occasion of ‘102 Tips’. Go along and learn more about the Public Trustee, Centrelink, various legal matters, and rhythm and exercise. Entry is free, as is morning tea, a prize draw, lunch and parking. Two sessions of ‘102 Tips’ are scheduled to take place. The first, at the Upper Coomera Community Centre, Abraham Road,

Coomera, will be held on Wednesday May 7 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The second session is to take place at Twin Towns, Wharf Street, Tweed Heads, on Thursday May 15 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. As bookings are essential, please contact 1800 052 222 (freecall from most phones) to secure your spot. Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre, 1 Pines Lane, Elanora.

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March Past Team practices with precision

IT might have only been a practice session in readiness for the Australian Surf Life Saving Titles in Scarborough, Western Australia but it was clear that these members of the Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park March Past Team were committed to this Surf Life Saving event, with well-deserved congratulations in order for a bronze medal win for Queensland in the recent State Titles held at Kirra. According to the Surf Life Saving Australia website, March Past is one of Surf Life Saving’s original events and represents the traditional discipline of a surf life-

saver. Teams march in time to music around a set course carrying a surf reel, line and belt and following their standard (flag) bearer. As well, teams march in formation following commands and are judged on factors such as timing, arm and leg swing, space and dressing, body carriage and presentation. Ages and backgrounds of the pictured Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park March Past Team members vary but included are seniors and former surf life savers, with everyone proud to be able to support their Club.

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community news RSPCA Million Paws Walk - Gold Coast most popular outdoor events for animal lovers and their furry friends. You can get involved on Sunday 18 May, by enjoying a healthy walk with your four legged friend at The Great Lawn, located within the Broadwater Parklands on Marine Parade, Southport. Funds raised through walk registrations and online fundraising go toPic: courtesy Million Paws Walk, Qld wards vital programs, TAKE your doggy on a The Million Paws Walk services and campaigns day out to raise money continues to be one of undertaken by RSPCA RSPCA Queensland’s Queensland, as well as for other doggies!

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‘BEAUTIFUL one day and perfect the next’, the Gold Coast is a never-ending feast of something for everyone. Pictured beachside on the back step of his homeaway-from home is ‘The Banjo Player’, a local resident making the most of the sunshine, blue skies and picturesque surrounds while having friendly chats with passersby. What a life!

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Dr Eleanor Crosby and Lisa Hajir sorting through the books for the sale

WITH winter evenings of a sale being arranged ahead, book lovers are at the Nerang Library, by invited to take advantage the Gold Coast Library

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curl up with”. The sale will be held in the Nerang Library Meeting Room on Friday May 16th , 2014 , 9am to 4pm and Saturday May17th 2014, 9am to 12.30pm. Books will be sold at $10.00 a shopping bag. Some books will be excluded from inclusion in the bag and will be marked with an individual price. All sorts of books will be on sale. Fiction, Nonfiction, Children’s, Cooking, Gardening, Art and Craft are some of the categories which will be offered for sale. The sale is organised by the Gold Coast Friends of the Library, a volunteer group dedicated to supporting City Libraries. In its 21st year of

operation, the Friends of the Library resells cancelled library books to the public by conducting sales at libraries, as well as at its shop at 22 Railway Street, Southport. Profits from sales are returned to the libraries to assist with presenting such programs as those for Older Adults, Teen Programs and Literacy Improvement Programs. Quality books at reasonable prices are assured at the Nerang Library sale. For more information please go to www.friendsofthelibrary. org.au

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Body Corporate Matters Education Expo draws crowd

THE 7th annual Body Corporate Matters Education Expo, organised for Queensland unit owners by Queensland unit owners, was held at Southport Sharks Function Centre in early March. With the theme ‘Sensible Solutions for Committees and Managers’, the successful sponsor-supported free Expo was ‘chock full of useful information from experts’, according to organisers Garry Maynard and Mary McLean. As well, this year the Owners’ Corporation Network (OCN) was introduced to those in attendance at the Expo. For further information, email: help@body corporatematters.com.au; phone (07) 3300 5858 or (07) 3359 7499, or visit: www.bodycorporatematters. com.au.

slow-burning fires, which are the deadliest type of house fire; (2) smoke alarm batteries should be replaced with long-lasting alkaline batteries every 12 months, with April 1, just before winter, an easy date to remember; (3) smoke alarms should be tested monthly by pressing the test button with a broom handle from the safety of a firm stance on the floor; (4) smoke alarms should be vacuumed every six months to clean the vents; (5) smoke alarms should be installed outside sleeping areas and on each

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Explore the of Northern Suburbs QCWA Coomera THE members of the Coomera Branch of the Queensland Country Women’s Association [QCWA] focus on the needs of families in Queensland and internationally. We have a great time enjoying each others’ company as we bake, sew, design crafts and floral art, paint, and take photographs for our numerous competitions. [see photo of recent cookery contest]. Our branch, one of 11 on the Gold Coast, meets on the second Wednesday of every month at our historic hall at 161 Maudsland Road, Oxenford. We

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THE North Gold Coast RSL Sub Branch along with Club Helensvale invites all members of the community to attend the annual Anzac Day Dawn Service from 5.20am. Gunfire Breakfast $7.00 6am-8.30am at Club Helensvale, 20 Discovery Drive, Helensvale.

Oxenford Men’s Shed OXENFORD Men’s Shed has recently opened its doors and is inviting new members. Some of our goals are to: promote men’s health programs; encourage social inclusion and provide meaningful activities for men in the community. We are in the process of designing and refurbishing the workshop to accommodate both woodwork and

metalwork and all are welcome to come in and help, or just to have a cuppa and a chat. We meet every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 8am (except P/Hols) at 16 Oberon Way. Please contact the Secretary for further information Graeme Stanyer on 0481 465 993, or oxenfordmensshed@gmail.com

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One of the historical buildings to be seen on the walk with guide Pam Verney

WALKERS will be able to see some beautiful historical buildings and homes that have been restored on walks being held during Australian Heritage Week in April at Sandgate. Walks will take place onSaturday 12th and Sunday 13th April 2014.They will take approximately two hours commencing at 9:30am. A number of old homes and buildings will be seen during the two walks including Meridian historical home and the former Baptist Church (see pic).The activity is being organised by members of the Sandgate and District Historical Museum and guide Pam Verney. www.seniorsnewspaper.com.au

Also in April, the Bluewater Festival comes to the Museum. This will be on Friday 18 April and Sunday 20 April. Later in the year, walks will also be conducted for Queensland Heritage Festival with the theme ‘Journeys-walking back through time’ on Sat 3 May. During Queensland Week, walks on Sat 7 June with the theme home and Sunday 8 June with the theme buildings will be held. Bookings are essential. Cost is $20 which will include morning tea. Telephone the Sandgate and District Historical Museum on 3869 2283 (leave message after hours) or phone guide Pam 0410 327 095.

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News from THE TWEED U3A Tweed Coast

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Our meetings are relaxed, friendly and informative with a variety of guest speakers in attendance. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month (February to November) at the Community Room. Tweed City Shopping Centre, 54 Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads at 9.30am. Contact Janet Commens, Convenor on 07 5576 2328 for further information

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U3A members at a recent function

Our AGM was held on 17 March and the management committee for 2014/ 2015 elected. It is disappointing that, apart from the previous committee – who with one exception renominated – there were no nominations from other members of our organisation. We urge members to give some thought to becoming involved at some point in the future in the running of U3A Tweed Coast. After all even a committee has a use by date. Our classes continue to be popular and we are grateful to our group leaders who so willingly give up their time to run our courses. Popular demand encouraged us to start a “Beginners’ Cryptics” course. It was the intention to run this for just Term 1 and it has now concluded and an enthusiastic group of converts is now keen to put their

new-found skills into practice. The popularity of Mah Jong has prompted us offer a Beginners’ Mah Jong on Mondays in Kingscliff. Contact is Betty Everett (02) 6674 2759. We hold a forum on the first Friday of each month during the NSW school term. Recently we’ve been privileged to be addressed by two excellent speakers – John Fradgley spoke on legal matters at our March forum and on 4 April we welcomed Brendon Cox from NSW Fair Trading. Our next forum on 2 May will be presented by Valerie Skinner senior adventurer,whose subject will be “Moun-

taineering Around the World”. Everyone is welcome at these events held in the Kingscliff Uniting Church Hall starting 2 p.m. Afternoon tea is provided for a small donation of $2. Although a few of our classes have waiting lists our curriculum is made up of nearly 40 courses and vacancies exist in many of them. We offer Writing, Share Market Discussion, Poetry, Languages, Tai Chi, Scrabble, Cards, Book Clubs,Gardening and many more programmes. To obtain further details contact us at our email address – tweedcoast u3a@gmail.comor call Lynda – (07) 5513 1047.

Great news for Murwillumbah JPs have commenced witnessing signatures in Murwillumbah each Thursday from 10 till midday in Sunnyside. The usual service continues in Tweed Centro each Tuesday from 10 till 2 and Tweed City each Thursday from 10 till 2 and 5 till 7. Don’t forget to bring your ID. For more information, please contact Margaret Mathers on 07 5590 4541.

THE Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre for 50 & over Seniors, welcomes all Gold Coast & Tweed Heads residents & visitors. The Centre has a large range of activities including, Bingo, Ballroom Dancing (New Vogue & Modern incl. 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 (Incl. Lessons), Swing & Sway, Snooker & Eight Ball, Social Table Tennis, Tai Chi, Monthly Bus Trips, Free Monthly Variety Concerts, Hairdresser & Beautician, Free Wii interactive sports on big screen. Our next free monthly concert will be on Monday 28th April 2014 @ 1-00 pm Qld. and will feature the MultiTalented Professional Musician Roger Munsie who skilfully pays many instrumentsinc. Flute, all the Saxophones, Penny Whistle, Clarinet and Digital Horn, plus some popular vocals. You will love his amazing and enjoyable personality so we recommend that you don’t miss him. A great afternoon of entertainment is assured, BYO Lunch/Nibbles, tea/coffee available. For enquiries or events brochure and concert bookings (essential) phone 07 5536 4050 or call in to the centre at 2 Gerrard Street,Coolangatta.

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News from THE TWEED Tweed Hospital Auxiliary Fashion Parade THE Tweed Hospital Auxiliary will be holding their annual Fashion Parade on Friday 30 May 2014 at the Tweed Heads Civic Centre. The parade will commence at 7.00 pm with fashions from many of our local fashion houses. Doors will open at 6.00 pm with hors d’oeuvres being served until the parade commences. Cakes will be served with tea or coffee during the interval. Raffle tickets will be on sale at various venues around the Tweed commencing on 14 April 2014. Raffle prizes are: Tickets for the fashion parade will be on sale from 14 April 2014 at Tweed Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop; with our raffle tickets in various Tweed Clubs and Shopping Centres or at the door. Contact 0409 358 060 BYO Drinks Admission: $20pp.

Probus Club of Hastings Point PROBUS Club of Hastings Point will meet on Tuesday 15th April 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://hastingsptprobus.org At this meeting Graham Stephenson (travel writer and photographer) will take us on a journey on The Silk Road aboard a private train, and then through the rain forests of Borneo.

The effervescent Saints and Sinners social bowls group from the Tweed Heads area recently made their annual trip to the Noosa Tewantin area. They had a great time bowling at Noosa Heads Bowls Club against teams from the host club – they seem to be able to find time to throw a few bowls down on their trips away, in between eating, drinking and generally having a wild time!

Macular degeneration must be treated urgently to avoid irreversible loss of vision

MACULAR degeneration (AMD) is a debilitating eye disease that causes loss of central vision and we are seeing in increasing number of patients with this condition at the Eye Care Clinic in Coolangatta. Although the peripheral vision is generally preserved it can result in loss of independence as well as the ability to read or recognize faces. There are two forms of the disease. A gradually progressive dry type (dry AMD) that usually results in moderate central vision loss. On the other hand the aggressive wet type (wet AMD) can cause devastating central vision loss in a short space of time. Fortunately there is treatment available to halt the progression of wet AMD but it needs to be started within days after the vision is lost in order to prevent permanent damage. The biggest risk factor for developing wet AMD is smoking and ending the habit will be the most significant measure to reduce the risk of wet AMD.

A healthy diet, rich in dark green and brightly coloured vegetables will provide the most effective natural protection. Symptoms of sudden loss of central vision should prompt an urgent visit to your local optometrist who will refer you urgently if required. The Eye Care Clinic has recently appointed Dr Meon Lamont who has been leading the treatment of macular degeneration at Salisbury District Hospital in England and will continue this treatment on the Gold Coast. Dr Lamont also covers a wide range of general ophthalmology and will be treating a condition known as blepharospasm and related diseases. Blepharospasm results in uncontrollable, persistent, forceful blinking of both eyes that patients find debilitating and Dr Lamont can improve the symptoms dramatically with the use of muscle relaxants. Phone 5506 6777 for more information.

At The Eye Care Clinic, our eye surgeons and specialists care enough to see you as people, not just as someone with a problem. Doctors Novakovic, Svoboda and Lamont personally see you all the way through your procedure right from the first visit till they are totally satisfied all is well. Nor does this high level of care mean that you are charged an arm and a leg. We actively work to keep the costs as low as possible, and provide services including cataract surgery, glaucoma, lid tumours, diabetic eyes, iritis, laser surgery, squints, dry eyes and lid malpositions. What’s more, there’s no need to travel out of the local area for the actual surgery as our surgeons operate in Tweed Heads. We also offer a full range of eye care services through the Public health system in Murwillumbah. When you want someone that takes a sight better care of both you and your health, ask for The Eye Care Clinic. You’ll see we really do care.

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better chance of successful treatment and survival. Latest figures reveal just over half of local women aged between 50 and 69 attended

breast cancer screening with the BreastScreen Queensland Program during 2011 or 2012. BreastScreen Queensland Gold Coast Service Health Promo-

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tion Officer, Julia Foreman, invites eligible women to take advantage of this free service. “Women aged 50 to 74 are especially encouraged to have a breastscreen every two years. However, all women 40 and older, without breast cancer symp-

Solace Assn advises a change of venue OUR new meeting place will be Broadbeach Senior Citizens Centre, TE Peters Drive, Broadbeach. Our meetings are held 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, at 10.30am. Solace is an organisation for people grieving the loss of a partner. For further information, please phone Betty 5580 7034.

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COMMONLY known as ‘the flu’, influenza is a highly contagious disease that can be serious, debilitating and affect the whole body. The flu is caused by a particular group of viruses and is spread by infected people coughing or sneezing as well as from surfaces contaminated by respiratory secretions. Even laughing, talking and breathing can disperse the flu virus, but it’s no laughing matter. Influenza can cause serious illness, particularly in people with underlying medical conditions, older adults, pregnant women and young children. Many people confuse the common cold with influenza; however, colds are much less severe. It is important for people to be immunised annually as the vaccine usually gets updated each year because influenza viruses change, and this is the case for the 2014 vaccine. In addition, during the course of a year, a person’s immunity reduces by 50 per cent or more, so regardless of the changes it’s important to

keep boosting your immunity. Like all medications, vaccines may have side effects. Most side effects are minor and do not lead to any long-term problems. The viruses in the vaccine are inactivated

(killed) and cannot cause flu. However, some people may experience mild flulike symptoms for up to 48 hours as their immune system responds to the vaccine. Possible symptoms may include swell-

ing and soreness where the injection was given, fever, tiredness and aching muscles. Immediate allergic reactions to influenza vaccine are rare, however if you are allergic to eggs, you should

not be vaccinated. The vaccination is provided free through the National Immunisation Program to people over the age of 65. Check in with your GP to organise your injection soon.

Scleroderma Assn of Qld MONDAYS at 11am on 7th April, 2nd June, 4th August, 6th October, 8th December. The Scleroderma, Raynauds and Sjogrens Gold Coast Social support group, will hold their next coffee and chat mornings on Monday 2nd June, 4th August, 6th October & 8th December at 11am in the Tallebudgera Surf Club. All welcome. For more information please ring Carole on 0422 060 090.

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Responsible Runners walk too! IT started in 2013 and, like all good things, is now expanding in an effort to keep Gold Coast’s beaches clean all the way from The Spit at Southport to Burleigh Heads. Volunteers for Responsible Runners have been running (and walking, hopping, skipping and jumping— whatever suits the individual) at The Spit every Wednesday afternoon since last year but thanks to recent support from Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation Inc and Healthy Waterways, participants are now running at Mermaid Beach and Burleigh Heads. Local ambassadors Lauren Hodge, Ella Horton, Ryan Adams and Naomi Edwards are joining forces to lead more groups to raise awareness about beach litter and marine debris issues along one of Australia’s most priced stretches of sand. ‘You don’t have to run. You can walk, hop, skip or jump while picking up beach litter and marine debris,’ said Ryan Adams, a local ambassador for the national Responsible Runners initiative. ‘We provide all equipment at the clean ups, which is also a great way to meet people and talk about how we can all keep our beaches clean.’ Justin Bonsey, Founder of Responsible Runners, explained how important it was to not only have a clean beach but a healthy community too. ‘Responsible

Active classes at Mudgeeraba EXPERIENCE with others and enjoy being more healthy and active. Classes range from Heartmoves low impact strength and balance to moderate to advanced. Classes are held at the Presbyterian Hall, Cnr Mudgeeraba Rd & Regency Place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For exact times and details, please phone 5525 6466

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Runners is about cleaning up beaches while getting fit: increasing both beach and community health. We can make a difference by cleaning up beaches with 30-minute beach running and walking clean-up sessions, now happening around Australia every week.’ Everyone who loves Gold Coast’s beaches is encouraged to join in. For more information, please visit: responsiblerunners.org; email: ryan@keepitsurreal.net or phone: 0401 258 183. Responsible Runners Gold Coast meet at Mermaid Beach (opposite Mermaid Beach SLSC), every Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; at The Spit (near the VMR tower), every Wednesday 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and at Burleigh Heads Beach (central viewing platform), every Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Hope to see you there!

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Roaming around Rouen

ROUEN on the river Seine, is the historic capital of Normandy. There is much to merit a visit to this delightful destination and I was fortunate to have a few days there while on my tour of “Literary France”. My early morning walk before anyone was about gave me a chance to see the many half timbered buildings, said to number 2000. There is no doubt they were lucky to survive the damage from WW11. No doubt there were reconstructions on the buildings from war damage. The streets I walked were away from the river where during the war fires broke out between the Cathedral and the Seine. Later in the morning while on another walk with a guide, we were shown where Joan of Arc, was tried, then sentenced and finally burned to death on May 30th 1431. And of course we toured the magnificent Gothic Cathedral. How can one describe the age of this church when Viking raids and fires have taken their toll over the centuries and finally in the 20th century, the Cathedral was bombed by the British Royal Air force and not long after a second bombing by the U.S. Army Air Force resulting in the oldest tower being burnt. Nevertheless our local tour guide gave us an excellent profile of the inside and outside of the Cathedral. On the walk we also

saw the ancient hospice for the plague victims, with gruesome carving showing misery and death on the outside of the building. It was on this site that part of “Les Miserables” was filmed. Rouen has many claims to fame. In 1892, Monet rented rooms opposite the Cathedral and is said to have painted it about thirty times. He wanted to show the building at different times of the day and in varied weather. These paintings hang in many galleries throughout the world and there are 5 in the Mussee D’Orsay in Paris. The estimated value of one of these painting is $40 million ! Monet is remembered with a statue of him in one on the charming squares. We had time to visit the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, where there are paintings by Velezquez, Modigliani and the the Impressionists, Monet, Sisley, Renoir and Degas, as well as the magnificent painting of “Christ of the Column” by Caravaggio. There was also time to visit the Museum of Flaubert and the History of Medicine. Gustave Flaubert was born in Rouen on December 12th 1821. His father was the chief surgeon of the city. Of course one of his best known books, Madame Bovary had some scenes in Rouen and caused moral outrage when it was published. Every five years there is an armada of tall ships

in Rouen, and we were fortunate to board a special Armada cruise ship of our own to see this wonderful spectacle at sunset. It is said there were 38 sailing ships and 8 warships in the armada, many of them training ships for cadets. They arrived along the Seine sailing under Europe’s tallest vertical lifting bridge named in honour of Gustave Flaubert. The ships came from all over the world, including Russia, Poland, Amsterdam, Mexico, Great Britain and, of course, there were many French vessels. Later that evening we watched the magnificent “Light Show” that is projected onto the outside of the Cathedral. The crowds milled around waiting for the night to fall for the spectacle to commence. Much of it concentrated on the paintings of Monet with the images cascading down in every possible colour. We enjoyed some wonderful French food while on the tour, and Rouen was no exception where we had dinner at La Couronne, which is on the Old Market Square. Founded in 1345 as an Inn, it is said to be the oldest auberge in France. The walls of this restaurant have framed photos of many famous clients who have eaten there including Grace Kelly, John Wayne, Sophia Loren, Salvador Dali, Lord Louis

Mountbatten and dozens of others including Julia Child who dined there in 1948 and recalled her meal in Rouen as a culinary revelation. We had a set menu and for once, I actually made

Antoinette O’Connor a note of some of the courses. A small serve of creamy cheese was served with two small rolls on the plate. A lobster Seafood salad was served prior to a

sorbet with calvados. Turbot was the main course, probably cooked in butter served with slivers of white asparagus, followed by a choice of cheeses, ( I selected a Brie) and the

desert was a superb souffle. The meal, no doubt was a suitable close to my visit to Rouen. If you are in Paris, it is quite possible to visit Rouen as a day trip.

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Escape to paradise with P&O Cruises

WITH over 80 years of holidaymaking under its belt, P&O Cruises guarantee a ‘can’t-waitto-tell-your-friendsback-home’ experience. It all begins the minute you step onboard, with a choice of fresh, locally-sourced produce served at seven restaurants and cafes, including Salt grill by Luke Managan+, Australia’s only celebrity chef restaurant at sea. The

entertainment options are endless too, with more than 60 onboard activities daily. Perfect for first time cruisers or those after a quick retreat to paradise, P&O Cruises 7 to 10night P&OIslands itineraries are the best way to sample the Pacific Islands. P&O Cruises visit more Pacific Island ports than any other cruise line which means that you

can have the pick of the bunch. Choose from amazing ports including adventure capital Vila, cosmopolitan Noumea and the ultimate untouched paradise, Mystery Island. Closer to home, the Great Barrier Reef is so great, P&O Cruises has dedicated an entire itinerary to this World Heritage-listed destination. You can explore its

pristine reef, coral cays and tropical islands from Brisbane or Sydney. Spend 7 to 10 nights at this natural wonder, plus call into the Whitsundays, Cairns, Willis Island and Port Douglas, where you can enjoy a village filled with boutiques, galleries and bars. It’s also a prime place to explore the Daintree Rainforest. For a destination with a cosmopolitan twist, the

one stop Melbourne P&OSeaBreak is the ultimate getaway. Not only can you enjoy four nights at sea, you can spend a day in Australia’s culture and shopping capital. Inbetween credit card swipeage, meander

through Melbourne’s famous laneways and uncover tucked-away bars and tiny cafes. Visit the vast, open-air Queen Victoria Markets, a local institution packed with passionate and legendary stallholders selling everything from

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Ian Baillie says . . . “Advertising in the Gold Coast / Tweed Seniors Newspaper gets results!” • Accommodation at 4 star Chifley Plaza • Meals on tour • Day tour to Magnetic Island • Castle Hill and town orientation tour • Markets, Perc Tucker Museum, Reef HQ Aquarium Tea Gardens • Museum of North Qld, Hervey’s Ranges Heritage • Army Museum of North Qld • Helpful fun tour host year) the in later dates (more Tour dates: 20th June

• Accommodation at 4 star Cairns Queenslander • Meals on tour boat tour • Gorgeous Green Island - including glass bottom Coffee • Travel up the tablelands to Mareeba & Jacques Plantation, explore Kuranda then travel on Skyrail • Paronella Park, Innisfail, Scenic Cassowary Coast • Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge, Daintree River Cruise • Helpful fun tour host in the year) Tour Dates: 11th May, 30th June (more dates later

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ARRIVING in Poland’s capital at Frederic Chopin Airport, you begin to realise the legacy of that famous musician, regarded as a native of Warsaw even though he spent the last half of his 39 years in Paris. There’s no doubt that Chopin was one of the greatest Romantic composers, and the city doesn’t let you forget that. To start with, a walking tour of Warsaw is a great way to feel the throb of its heartbeat. The friendly and knowledgable guides from the Tourist Information Office will show you around the Old Town and New Town areas, and you’ll be amazed by the reconstruction and reno-

vation of the Royal Castle, the squares and the houses that were completely destroyed during WW2 and rebuilt during the Soviet era. A visit to the Historical Museum will bring this to life with photographic clarity and a sense of disbelief that like a phoenix, Warsaw has risen from the ashes of catastrophe to become a modern thriving city. One highlight is a tour of the Chopin Museum, housed in an impressive mansion near the Old Town. The refurbished building was opened only recently, in 2010 and contains rare original manuscripts and instruments of interest to scholars and musicians; for the rest of us mere “music lovers” there are interactive

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displays and audio visual consoles where you can listen to just about every one of Chopin’s compositions. There’s an obvious emotional connection between his music and Poland’s troubled history forged by wars, occupations and tribulations and it gives the visitor an insight into Polish pride and the nationalism which is evident today. One of the most emotive parts of any Warsaw tour is to understand the “Jewish experience”. It’s widely known that in WW2, the occupying German forces forced the Jewish population of about 400,000 into a walled ghetto area of no more than 3.5 sq.kms. Of those, about 250,000 were deported to extermination camps like Treblinka and most of the remainder starved to death. A visit to the Museum of the History of the Polish Jews and a walk along the traces of the former ghetto area and fragments of the wall will bring these events to horrifying life. Another moving experience awaits at the Warsaw Uprising Museum which chronicles the struggles of the Polish people against Nazi occupation in 1944, when WW2 was in its death throes and the Soviet Army was advancing. The Polish resistance movement, hoping to overcome the Germans and declare independence before the Soviets arrived, suffered massive losses and savage retribution leading to the demolition of 85% of the city. These are the darker sides of Polish history, but attending one of the many musical events Warsaw is famous for, especially in one of the beautiful churches, will remind you of the more positive side of the human spirit…the spirit so evident in the music of Frederic Chopin. www.warsawtour.pl http://chopin.museum April 2014 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 39


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HOLIDAY & Leisure Oasis on the Sunshine Coast SITUATED on the beautiful Noosa River, Cayman Quays holiday resort is the perfect place to escape to complete relaxation and recreation. The modern fully self contained apartments have everything you would possibly need and are available in 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms or for larger groups there is also a 4 bedroom fully self contained town house. The riverside apartments have balconies or patios overlooking the Noosa River and face on to a wide open grassed parkland. Cayman Quays is the perfect

boat this is no problem as there is a ramp nearby. There is a private jetty for the fishing enthusiasts where also in the evening you can sit and fish or just sit with a glass of wine and take in the sounds of the teeming birdlife and watch the moonrise with the odd boat cruising past. As far as eating goes if

place for a family holiday or for couples who just want to escape the bustle of home and town life. You just have to bring yourself as everything is provided for you at no cost. You have complimentary use of bicycles, kayaks, dvd’s, and if you are into fishing then you can have the use of a row boat and fishing gear. A fantastic thing about the fishing gear is that even if you are a novice the gear is simple to use. You can also buy your bait just a three minute walk down the road. If you wish to bring your own

Left: Toli Kolisnyk caught a good feed of mud crabs recently while staying at Cayman Quays, Noosaville

you don’t want to cook in your unit there is a gas barbecue available near the pool so you can watch the grandchildren while you do your cooking and there are plenty of shaded tables and seats. There is a shopping centre with everything you may need just five minutes away and a bowling club open for meals and drinks just an easy walk down the road. Cayman Quays is in such a great location that also just a short ten minute walk will take you to a

riverfront park with cooking facilities and children’s playgrounds. Call the friendly management team today to book your next break. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Cheers Toli ( Senior world traveller ) Remember to ask for your Seniors Discount when booking, and mention where you read about this offer. Cayman Quays, 100 Hilton Terrace, Noosaville Phone: (07) 5449 7922 Email: manager@ caymanquays.com.au www.caymanquays.com.au

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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) has now entered iti 57th year of operating rail tours. Over 980 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.

One of our best day’s outings is on again in May, the Redcliffe Rail and Sail where we travel by steam train to Sandgate and return from Redcliffe to the City by MV Queenslander launch. Lunch is included on the boat as it cruises Moreton Bay. This tour can be done is reverse also. Join us for a mystery day out by ICE train on Saturday June 21st. We don’t tell you where we are going but head off to a country destination and have lunch at an historic old pub before returning to the City mid afternoon. Nambour Garden Expo is the destination in July. The train steams through the scenic Glasshouse Mountains, past pineapple fields, and the lush Sunshine Coast Hinterland enroute to Nambour for the large garden event. 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. Ray Edser (Tour Manager)

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HOLIDAY & Leisure The world’s most beautiful sea voyage Allan Blackburn Long Term Options Available

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• Accommodation at 4 star Chifley Plaza • Meals on tour • Day tour to Magnetic Island • Castle Hill and town orientation tour • Markets, Perc Tucker Museum, Reef HQ Aquarium • Museum of North Qld, Hervey’s Ranges Heritage Tea Gardens • Army Museum of North Qld • Helpful fun tour host Tour dates: 20th June (more dates later in the year)

• Staying at Daydream Island, Airlie Beach & Cairns Queenslander • Delicious meals • Airlie Markets, Yacht Club & orientation tour • Daydream Island Coral Reef Lagoon • Atherton Tablelands & Kuranda Kyrail • Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge, Daintree River • Harbour Cruise and Trinity Inlet • Helpful fun tour hose Tour dates: 18th July or 22nd Aug or 12th Sept

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FOR over 100 years the isolated and ruggedlybeautiful northwest coast of Norway has been serviced by a regular shipping route. This service is a vital link to the rest of the world and has grown in importance as industry and commerce have developed. Today, tourism is a large part of its reason for existence but its ships carry an incredible variety of freight and local passengers. The current com-

• Accommodation at 4 star Cairns Queenslander • Meals on tour • Gorgeous Green Island - including glass bottom boat tour • Travel up the tablelands to Mareeba & Jacques Coffee Plantation, explore Kuranda then travel on Skyrail • Paronella Park, Innisfail, Scenic Cassowary Coast • Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge, Daintree River Cruise • Helpful fun tour host Tour Dates: 11th May, 30th June (more dates later in the year)

• Stay at Airlie Beach & also Beautiful 4 ½ star Daydream Island • Enjoy feeding the tropical fish & stingrays in Coral Reef Lagoon • Meals on tour • Hamilton Island with coach tour of Island • Explore the beautiful coastal village of Bowen • Tour Prosperpine and surrounds including the museum • Airlie Beach Orientation Tour, Airlie Markets & Sailing Club Helpful fun tour host Tour Dates: 16th May, 5th Sept (more dates later in the year)

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pany providing the service is Hurtigruten and they tout it as “The World’s Most Beautiful Sea Voyage”. Operating between Bergen and Kirkenes, the voyage takes six days on one of the 12 ships plying the route. All are purpose-built. The newer ships carry 1000 passengers, the slightly older versions catering for around 700. They are not typical cruise ships in that their principal purpose is to carry cargo and local passengers.

Hence they do not provide the variety of onboard entertainment that cruise ships specialise in. They do have first-class restaurants and panoramic lounges and they enable tourists to visit and enjoy places that would otherwise be unattainable. Short stops are made at towns along the route, often just long enough to off-load or take on a couple of pallets of cargo. Locals use the ships like buses, commuting from one place to another. Some exotic places are visited, many evoking distant memories from mentions in novels about World War II. Bergen, the southern terminus of the coastal voyage, is the second largest city in Norway with a population of about one quarter of a million people. Its harbour is a centre for the offshore petroleum industry, aquaculture and marine research and is one of Europe’s busiest cruise ship ports. Theharbour-side fish market gives a glimpse of the local industry with samples of whale meat and many other exotic offerings. A funicular railway takes sightseers to the top of Fløyen for excellent views of the city and harbour. Departing Bergen, the ship’s course takes it through many narrow channels, around islands and often into fjords as it calls at various small picturesque towns. The countryside is incredibly wild with steep barren rocky slopes plunging straight into the water. Isolated farms cling to rocky slopes, utterly cut off from civilisation. Waterfalls trickle down rock faces, fed by pockets of melting snow. Passengers have the opportunity to go ashore at the larger centres. Often there are walking tours, at a cost, or one can stroll around at leisure for an hour or more. One fjord of note is Geiranger which is 16km long. Here a shore excursion joins buses which ascend the almost impossibly steep road hacked into the rock. At the top, the ship far below looks like a toy. The bus traverses the plateau and crosses several

fjords by ferry. Water seems to flow from every crevice and one becomes blasé despite the wondrously different cascades. At one place called Trollstigen, the road plunges down an almost vertical rock face via 11 hairpin bends. It was a stupendous feat of engineering to build such a road. Many farm buildings are painted dark red, a throwback to olden times when poor people could not afford paint and so used fish blood instead! At Trondheim there is time to take a stroll around the thriving city. It was Norway’s first capital and the centre of the Vikings. During World War II it was a major base for German submarines. Now it is a picturesque riverside settlement. On the cruise there is always something of interest – like passing “the most beautiful lighthouse in the world”, or going through a narrow channel with just 10 metres to spare on each side, or crossing the Arctic Circle, or waving to another Hertigruten ship going the other way. Tromsø is another interesting city, the largest in northern Norway. There is the opportunity to visit the Polar Museum and the Arctic Cathedral. Many Arctic expeditions set off from here, including Amundsen’s. In November 1944 British bombers sank the 44,000 tonne German battleship Tirpitz just south of the city. Inhabitants of Tromsø have to endure low summer temperatures and long periods of darkness during winter. Depression is a common problem. Towards the end of the voyage the most northerly point of Europe is passed. The voyage ends in Kirkenes, just a few kilometres from the border with Russia. Most passengers opt to fly out from here but intrepid travellers can remain on board for the return trip to Bergen, often seeing different aspects of the scenery. All up, it is a great trip – see if you think it is worthy of that optimistic title.

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IT’S My Party (And I’ll Die If I Want To) by Elizabeth Coleman Author of Secret Bridesmaids’ Business. Ron Patterson has only

111 minutes left to live and he invites the kids around for sausage rolls, pavlova and a bit of quality time. As he attempts to tie up the

loose ends of his life, all the juicy neuroses of his very dysfunctional family come to the fore. Directed by Maria Grills, the show stars Hugh

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certs have appeal with glorious choral music, a variety of pieces, a large choir of good and enthusiastic singers and a positive energy deserving of an appreciative audience.’ The Easter Story in Music will be a program of spiritually uplifting music, with excerpts from Mozart’s Requiem, Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, Bach’s Saint John Passion, Handel’s Largo, Tchaikovsky’s Crown of

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Roses and more. The first performance will be at Southport Uniting Church, corner Scarborough and Short Streets, Southport, on Sunday April 13 at 8.30 a.m., followed by performances at Church of the Good Shepherd, 4 Tarrant Drive, Mudgeeraba on Good Friday, April 18, 8.30 a.m. and Trinity Anglican Mission, Robina, 186 Robina Town Centre Drive, Good Friday April 18, 2.00 p.m. Ruth will Direct, with Accompanist Marie Nicholson. A donation at the door would be appreciated. On Friday April 25, an outdoor Anzac Day Service with Gold Coast City Choir will be held from 12.00 p.m. in Cavill Park, located behind Surfers Paradise RSL, 9 Beach Road, with an Organ Transplant Commemorative Concert on Saturday June 14, 2.30 p.m., at Robina Community Centre, 196 Robina Town Centre Drive. Both concerts are free and, again, everyone is welcome. For further information, and details about concerts later in the year including in Tweed Heads, Mudgeeraba, Mt Tamborine, Southport and Burleigh Heads, please call 5528 0917 or 0421 338 110. Visit website www.goldcoastcitychoir.com. Gold Coast City Choir is a voluntary body; the only choir in the region able to present major works such as Handel’s Messiah and to stage large choral events.

Brophy as Ron Patterson, Clayton Wetherall as Michael Patterson, Margi Tudor as Debbie Patterson, Kristy-Lee Campton as Karen Patterson, Natalie Trengove as his wife, Dawn Patterson and Jim Fury as Ted Wilkins as the Funeral Director. It’s My Party - An hilarious comedy and you’re all invited – Come along with a group – tables of 8 at reduced price - BYO Drinks & Snacks 9 Performances only at Tweed Heads Civic & Cultural Centre, Cnr. Wharf & Brett Streets, Tweed Heads. Tickets at the door or on line www.tweedtheatre. com.au or phone 1800 674 414. Performance Dates - Friday & Saturday Nights at 8.00 pm - Sundays at 2.00 pm. Opens Friday April 18th and runs for 3 weekends from April 18 till May 4th. More Information on website www.tweed theatre.com.au Note: - Adult Australian Black Comedy & some coarse Language.

Coastal Charisma Chorus

FOR ladies who love to sing: A new, exciting a cappella chorus has been formed on the Gold Coast by a group of accomplished 4-part harmony singers. Coastal Charisma Chorus rehearsals are held each Tuesday evening from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at Bavia House, 16 Kalimna Drive, Broadbeach Waters. Cost is $10 per night. Come along & see if this style of singing is for you. Bring along your voice & a bottle of water – singing is thirsty work! For further details contact Jan on 0410 559 385 or email: novastella.99@bigpond.com Website: www.coastalcharismachorus.org.au Musical Director: Jonathan Albertini Director of Award winning male chorus “The Blenders”

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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . 37th Brisbane Model train show planned for 3rd and 4th May at Doomben Racecourse

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THE Queensland Branch of the Australian Model Railway Association (AMRA-Qld) is on track for a fantastic model train show to be held on 3rd and 4th May in Brisbane. The AMRA-Qld is a nonprofit association incorporated in Queensland. The show which is the 37th annual event is to be held at the Doomben Racecourse. Entry is via gate 2 off Nudgee Road or gate 5 Hampden Street, Ascot. This year also celebrates the 60th year of the Australian Model Railway Association (AMRA)

Queensland Branch. The Queensland Branch is located at 20 Murphy Road, Zillmere and meets on Tuesdays from 10am until 3pm and most Saturdays (except the 5th Saturday of any month) from 12:30-4pm. Tuesday involves the affectionally called Daylighter’s Group which operates the indoor rail facility. On the third Saturday of the month, the Garden Railway operates at the Zillmere venue from 10am to 2pm. This involves an outdoor large scale facility for 32mm and 45 mm gauge track

powered, battery, clockwork and live steam garden railway models. Geoff Cook has constructed an Atlantic 4-4-2 scale model of the Southern Bell train which is a

replica of the service that used to be run by the London Brighton and South Coast Railway Company in the UK. Wilhelm Speldewinde and Warren Fleming run a German scale model LGB G 45mm gauge train (pictured). Donations from the general public who would like to assist the group in any way are most welcome at the Zillmere facility. The Queensland Branch currently has 260 financial members. New members willing to assist with the Brisbane Model Train Show would be appreciated as it is a major event. President Bruce Meiklejohn said that visitors were always welcome to visit the Zillmere facility prior to making a decision to join. Family, senior

and student membership is available. The highlight of the year will be the annual Brisbane model train show at Doomben Racecourse. This will feature a large range of train shops and steam trains for the backyard. There will also be interactive displays for children and demonstrations of wagon and building assembly. Families and children are welcome. Adult entry is $13; concession $10; children (515) $6 and children under 5 free. For more information, see the website www.brisbanemodeltrain show.com.au or visit the Zillmere facility in person during operational days or telephone 3862 9633 (answering machine after hours).

For your chance to win one of 2 family passes to this fantastic model train show, please forward your entry to: AMRA Competition, Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors Newspaper, PO Box 1062, Tewantin, 4565, with your name, address and phone number on the back of an envelope no later than 21 April 2014.

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Evelyn and Peter are photographed with a Mamiya C3 Twin Lens Reflex camera on a tripod dating from 1900. Peter has also owned a Hasselblad, although his favourite was a Pentax 6x7 (film) camera.

IF the name ‘Peter Hill Photography’ rings a bell, or has you reaching for professionally-taken pictures from the past, then fasten your seatbelts for a trip down memory lane to catch up with Peter, now 82, and his adored wife of 57 years Evelyn. The Southport leg of this journey starts in 1961 when Peter, Evelyn and three small sons arrive on the Gold Coast from Victoria. In December 1962, Peter and Evelyn set

up a photography business at 13 Nerang Street before expanding to Main Beach, an adventure that lasts 22 years until they sell-up in 1984. Peter then establishes the Gold Coast School of Photography at his Peak Avenue studio. Many Gold Coasters are photographed, or taught, by Peter Hill. Coming from a bakery background, Peter first started work as a ‘baker boy’; delivering bread as a youngster while still at

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FREE For Sale Classifieds Only ONE FREE FOR SALE classified is allowed per person per month. No other sorts of Classifieds, ie: Wanted adverts will not be accepted. The publisher reserves the right to decline, edit and reduce the number of classifieds appearing due to space available in the newspaper. Due to these space constraints sometimes not all adverts will appear in the one month, but may be placed in the following month. You can write up to 20 words per advert, but make sure that your contact phone number, and the selling price are clearly stated. Items for sale must not exceed $500. Please submit FREE classifieds only by post, fax or email to our office by 25th of each month. (No adverts will be accepted over the telephone.) Wanted items are no longer accepted. Conditions apply: Free For Sale classifieds are for private party advertising only. No business adverts accepted. Please print the first word of your classified in CAPITALS, and the rest of the advert should be in lower case. All adverts must be accompanied by the name, address and phone number of the person placing the advertising. POST your adverts to: ‘GCT Free 4 Sale,’ Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors Newspaper, P O Box 1062, Tewantin Q. 4565. FAX adverts to: 5474 4975 EMAIL: free4sale@seniorsnewspaper.com.au (All emailed adverts must be in lower case, except for the first word, which should be in capitals.)

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ACROSS 2 Alcoholic drinks from lucid erstwhile inclusions 5 Bring about the measure of a caudal appendage 7 Have the current punk otherwise remove the contents of a trunk 8 Out of another example in that respect 11 The host of the 2016 Olympic games in Ontario province 12 Soundly transmitted a fragrance 14 Somehow operates west end light-hearted musical works 16 Awkward, maladroit, and out of place 17 Ridicule a skeletal piece 18 Informally, a thousand dollars is excellent 20 Aladdin nervously took in lunch 21 Detain a resident

member of the hospital medical staff 22 One who lives in solitude with some of the other mites

6 Everywhere around the commonwealth 9 Count on Bob 10 The rowdy party is a deception 12 Play the lead in the best arrangements 13 Be entitled to make DOWN 1 Talk wildly in the travel money 15 A derived place name centre from a small horse in 2 Evidence of 150 blue a foremost emergency heelers 18 Indomitable tough3 Made pictures ness shorter, to illustrate 4 About to contemplate of small particles of stone doing something 19 An advance payment think again! in Canterbury

Word Trivia Asthma begins and ends with a vowel but has no other vowels in between. Some less common long words with this property are isthmi (alternate plural of isthmus), aphtha and eltchi.

Seniors enjoy a ‘day inside’ during visits to historic Boggo Road Gaol SINCE public tours of Brisbane’s historic Boggo Road Gaol started in 2012, many seniors clubs have

welcomed the amazing experiences that a ‘day inside’ offers. The 90- minute tour

A group of seniors club members enjoy a historic tour of Boggo Road Gaol through the gaol’s heri- and Rochedale Probus holding prison for those tage-listed Number Two Club. Boggo Road Gaol serving short sentences Division is a short, gentle was named after the road or on remand. Its initial walk through history and which led to it, that be- infamy came as a place of includes time to explore came a boggy quagmire execution. In 1903, a new one of the original after rain. It was officially purpose-built separate cellblocks, ask questions known as the Brisbane women’s gaol was creand take in the surround- Prison. For over a century ated. After nearly 20 years it has dominated the sky- of use, HM Gaol for ings. Seniors clubs that have line of Brisbane, its stark Women was closed and enjoyed the experience red brick walls and impos- the female occupants include the Bellbowrie ing guard tower on shifted to another part of Probus Club, Lowood Se- Annerley Road becoming the prison site. niors, Calamvale National iconic for all the wrong In the 1920s, the men of the St Helena Island Seniors, Regency Park reasons. Retirement Village, Carina The gaol opened in 1883 prison in Moreton Bay and District Probus Club and was used mainly as a were moved into the

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former women’s gaol. Renamed Number Two Division, this section became home to those serving the longest sentences – killers, murderers, and violent offenders. Three cellblocks became the homes of ‘lifers’. Thousands of visitors have been guided through the last remaining section Number 2 Division on historical tours, ex officer/ex inmate tours,

ghost tours and during events. A re-enactment troupe, the Prison Players, have been recreating the lives of prisoners and warders every Sunday. Boggo Road Gaol is located on Annerley Road, Dutton Park. For more information, phone the friendly staff on (07) 3844 0059 or visit www.boggoroadgaol.com or drop in to arrange a tour.

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community news Dance On provides nostalgia for older audience fabulous music and lifestyle of the sixties. We provide nostalgia for the older audience and are amazed at the influx of younger dancers and their families”. The boys are doing some great harmonies including a tribute to the Everley Brothers . Peter Johnson, and Brent Lilley, both multi talented musicians combine to do

THE ever popular “Dance On” Band continues to be the preferred band of choice with Club managers and patrons. Playing a great mix of 50’s & 60’s vintage rock ‘n roll, the four professional entertainers, namely Colin Cooper, Peter Johnson,

Brent Lillie and Steve “The Captain” Steve Willington, now maintain the popularity Dance On has known for over 12 years. Lead singer, Colin Cooper is recognized as being the man in the black hat. He says “ all of us recall the

A Message from Ada For all customers & friends I have served and who supported me and my label “DreamPrints” for 13 years. I am having an “Art&Craft” market stall at Coolangatta on the beach front on Sunday 11th May, 2014. This will be a monthly venture at the Coolangatta markets. Drop in and say hello. It will be great to catch up. And maybe I can be of service to you as well.

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some great instrumentals and The Captain brings a whole new meaning to a drum roll. Gold Coast based, the band plays regularly at selected clubs locally and in Brisbane. Over the next few weeks the band will be at Club Banora (on Saturday 19th April) and at Twin Towns Breezes Live on Wednesday 23rd April.

Cooly Rock is just around the corner, commencing on Sunday June 1st when Dance On will be part of the Warm Up. Lots of other gigs coming up on the Gold Coast. For further information regarding upcoming Gold Coast and Brisbane gigs please visit www. dancersgigguide.com.au/ bands or phone 5594 2875 / 0417 148 493.

Queensland Police Service celebrates 150 years THIS year marks the 150th anniversary of the Queensland Police Service, which came into being in 1864.To celebrate the anniversary, the QPS is holding events throughout 2014, and has published a commemorative book and calendar. The book and calendar are available for purchase from the Queensland Police Museum by emailmuseum@police.qld.gov.au or by phone 3364 4652, or by contacting the QPS 150 year celebrations project office by email QPS.150YearCelebrations@police.qld.gov.au.Details of the book can be found at www.police.qld.gov.au/aboutUs/facilities/museum/celebrate/

Frankenstein comes to Lions Club THE new Mel Brooks Musical – Young Frankenstein will be held at the Spotlight Theatre, 185-187 Ashmore Road, Benowa for the Ashmore Lions Club fundraiser. This musical is directed by Tony Alcock Director Phantom of the Opera. After the death of the mad scientist Victor von Frankenstein, his grandson Frederick Frankenstein is forced to leave his fiancée Elizabeth & his teaching job at a New York Medical School to settle the estate affairs in Transylvania Heights. He is met by Frau Blucher his

grandfather’s girlfriend, The hunchback Igor & Inga an attractive lady looking to be his new lab assistant. Discovering his grandfather’s formula for immortality, he must decide whether he wants to “join the family business”. Will he fulfil his grandfather’s legacy by bringing a corpse back to life? With help & hindrance from wisecracking servant Igor, scary buxom assistant Inga & needy fiancée Elizabeth, his experiment yields success & unexpected consequences. Including great musical numbers such as ‘The Transylvania

Mania’, ‘He Vas My Boyfriend’ & ‘Puttin’ On The Ritz’. Young Frankenstein is scientifically proven monstrously good entertainment. The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein, has lots of laughs & is a musical not to be missed. The Broadway production ran from 2007 to 2009 with 30 reviews & 484 performances. Book for this fundraiser to be held on Thursday 8th May at 7:30 pm. $25.00 pp including supper. Phone or e-mail Doreen – 566 88 625 or email: taurus28@virginbroad band.com.au

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GCWA to hold Sausage Sizzle Fundraisers THE Gold Coast Writers’ Association (GCWA) is a local non-profit group that welcomes everyone within the community, no matter your age or writing ability.

In order to keep things running, and running smoothly for the benefit of all Association members and visitors, fundraising plays an important role on the GCWA agenda. And what better way to fundraise than through an outdoor sausage sizzle held at a convenient location with lots of parking? The Gold Coast Writers’ Association, marking its 24th anniversary this year, will be holding a series of Sausage Sizzle Fundraisers at Masters Home Improvement Centres. Why not go along and enjoy a tasty sausage (or two) while helping a worthwhile cause? Go on your own or take the kids and grandkids, with friends and neighbours welcome too. The four Sausage Sizzle Fundraisers will take place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday June 1 at Masters Robina, Christine Avenue and Scottsdale Drive; Sunday August 17 at Masters Coomera, corner Days Road and Old Coach Road, Upper Coomera; Sunday September 7 at Masters Nerang, 33 Hinkler Drive, Highland Park;

Sunday November 23 at Masters Coomera, corner Days Road and Old Coach Road, Upper Coomera. Hope to see you there! For more information about the Gold Coast Writers’ Association, please visit: www.goldcoastwriters.org. Meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month at Fradgley Hall (above Burleigh Heads Library), Park Avenue (off Connor Street), Burleigh Heads. Meeting time is 1:30 p.m. for a 2:00 p.m. start, until 4 p.m. Cost for Members is $4.00; Non-members $7.00, with afternoon tea included. Free parking is available in the car park next to the Burleigh Heads Library, with access from Connor Street.

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