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Another grand slam success for GC Bridge Tournament! Above: 97 year old Jean Troughton from the Gold Coast playing with her daughter Jennifer Finigan aginst Gary Hewting and Kevin Dougil Left: Therese Tully, John-Paul Langbroek, Jack Luke-Paredi and Keith McDonald. Therese is the Tournament Convenor, Keith McDonald is the President of the Queensland Bridge Association. Jack was the youngest, at 12 years old, player in the main competitions - lives on the Gold Coast. Photos supplied by Anne Russell

by Colleen Povall THE Gold Coast Bridge Congress has just held its 54th annual tournament with a record number of entrants, despite Cyclone Marcia’s surprise entry. The nigh-onto 2,500 players weren’t daunted by the weather as they settled into the Convention Centre in Broadbeach, proving that the Gold Coast has even more to offer than perfect weather and 52km of sandy beaches. Convenor Therese Tully isn’t surprised. ‘The Tournament is one of the best in the world. It’s a game that can be played by anyone of any age. In fact, we offer free entry to those under 20

(youngest player is a 12 year-old) and those over 100.’ And they have the centenarian entrants to prove it! Nor is the tournament only for experts. Therese adds, ‘Anyone can come along. You need have had only a few lessons so you have a grasp of the rules. We have a rookies section which welcomes beginners. They can share in the thrill of playing as well as watching the elite players in action. It’s a wonderful experience.’ The Convention Centre is the perfect venue, allowing plenty of room for every grade of player to compete in comfort, with a wide range of accommodation and dining opportunities Continued on Page 2 close at hand.

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Tony Hornby with PBC Arts Excellence teacher Paula Hall and students creating The Collage 2015

A PIECE of memorabilia, encapsulating the legend that is ANZAC has been created by a passionate ex-serviceman and an RSL Club proud of what the letters R.S.L. stand for. 100 years have passed since the beginning of ‘The Great War’. 26 April 1915 marks the landing at Gallipoli by the Australian New Zealand Army Corps, The action, although a military disaster, forged a spirit that still lives today. The globe is dotted with ‘Cenotaphs’; a word derived from the Greek meaning ‘Empty Tomb’. In 2012 Senior Advocate Tony Hornby from the Currumbin RSL Veterans Support Centre (VSC) had an idea to commemorate the ANZAC’s and the

centenary by capturing and cataloguing images of Cenotaphs from Australia and New Zealand. After contacting all Sub Branches, Councils and Counties Tony received 535 responses. The cenotaph images were collated and handed over to the Visual Arts Excellence Centre at Palm Beach for students to create a large collage. The collage poster is now a complete and is a reproduction of an image of a solider playing the bugle at ANZAC Cove. Anyone can purchase “The Collage 2015”© at www.AustraliaRemembers. or by calling Currumbin RSL. All profits raised will be donated to the VSC and Soldier On.

Soldier On is an organisation that offers support to physically and psychologically wounded veterans; Soldier On is independent of government and looks to build on the support offered by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and other government and not-for-profit organisations by addressing gaps in the support available for all of Australia’s wounded, serving and ex-serving. While Currumbin RSL runs its own Veterans’ Support Centre they see the need for an organisation that appeals to younger veterans. “Why re-invent the wheel. Soldier On does an amazing job and aligns with our support centre’s values,” says Currumbin RSL CEO, Anne Stovin. Currumbin RSL is organising a number of events in the lead up to the ANZAC Centenary, some to raise money for Soldier On and all to create awareness around what our service men and women do and the assistance they require on their return to Australian soil.

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Continued from Page 1 Many entrants are from overseas and interstate. ‘We have a large contingent come over every year from New Zealand,’ says Therese. Nor are the ‘bridge widows’, who accompany eager partners, forgotten by the organisers. Afternoon teas are held where they get together, make or renew friendships and organise outings during the 8-day ‘bridge-athon’. Why is a mere card-game so popular? Because it offers wonderful friendships with like-minded people of all ages; plus exciting challenges to hone your mental skills. Research has shown it provides the perfect exercise for brains. ‘Bridge for Brains’ is a great way to stave off Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Every year at the tournament, there are loads of social activities to go with the excitement of play. There’s a dinner dance, tour to Mt Tamborine; players are urged to dress up (this year’s theme was ‘Dots and Dashes’) for a prize; and lots more. If you’ve often wondered why bridge is so popular, why not check out a club near you? Here on the Coast, you’ll find them at Broadwater, Helensvale, Mudgeeraba, Sanctuary Cove, Surfers Paradise, Tamborine Mountain and Gold Coast itself. Who knows? This time next year, you could be sitting in the Convention Centre playing alongside some of the biggest names in bridge!

community news Runaway Bay VIEW Club RUNAWAY Bay VIEW Club held their AGM and Elections at their February luncheon meeting at La Piazza Restaurant. Ann-Marie Lawlor, Zone Councilor congratulated the new committee. Denise Spencer, Horse Whisperer will be our guest speaker at our March Luncheon. To find our more or to join in the fun phone June 0419 419 653.

Gallipoli 100th Anniversary Commemoration Service SOUTHPORT RSL Sub-Branch will be conducting 2 Commemoration Services on ANZAC Day on Saturday 25th April 2015 being the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. A dawn Service at 5am and a people’s Service at 9am. Will be held at Anzac Park on the Broadwater in Southport. There will also be veterans their families and various

community groups marching to our Cenotaph on this significant National Annual Event. We are expecting over 10 thousand Gold Coast residents to attend the Peoples Parade at 9am. This ANZAC Day being the 100th Anniversary Service we are requiring all the assistance that organisations can help us with to make it all happen for our community to enjoy and commemorate this public event.

Health insurance hike a blow for retirees, say seniors A BIG hike in private health insurance premiums will come as a blow to older Australians, says National Seniors. Private health insurance premiums will increase by an average 6.18% from 1 April 2015, federal Health Minister Sussan Ley announced today. This is the second highest increase since 2006; the highest (6.2%) was in 2014. National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill said the increase would be a blow to retirees. “Insurance, gap payments and specialist fees are driving up health costs for the average punter”. “Both pensioners and self-funded retirees on low, fixed incomes have little

capacity to adjust to big increases,” said O’Neill. A 2013 National Seniors survey of 1662 older Australians revealed “lower private health insurance premiums” as their number vote-changer in a list of priority issues, followed closely by “stable electricity prices” and “narrower gap payments for health services”. The 6.18% average increase that was announced recently is over three times the rate of inflation, which is currently 1.7 per cent. Consumers are being encouraged to check out the government’s health insurance site for details at Media release: National Seniors

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community news U3A Tweed Coast Inc THIS month we held our first Forum for the year. These are scheduled for the first Friday of each month in the NSW school term. Good Friday falls on the first Friday in April and for that reason there

will be no April Forum. On Friday March 6 we hosted Vicki Kapernick from the Australian Electoral Commission. It was a very timely visit, with the NSW State Elections just three weeks

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committee served afternoon tea. We hold our Forums at the Kingscliff Uniting Church, starting 2 p.m. Membership of U3A is not a prerequisite – everyone is welcome. A

$2 donation is accepted for afternoon tea. Ellie Wilkie is our guest speaker on Friday 1 May. Author Ellie who lives in Kingscliff, will present “An Hour of Fun and Laughter”.

Ellie’s books include “The Myth of the Vertical Stripe” and your attendance at this Forum is guaranteed to brighten your day. We urge all members to attend our Annual General Meeting at 2 p.m. on Monday 16 March 2015. This will be held upstairs at the Cudgen Leagues Club, Wommin Bay Road, Kingscliff. At this meeting all positions on the Committee will be declared vacant and a new Committee elected for 2015/2016. The nine members of the present Committee each serve in more than one capacity.

The election of additional Committee Members would help to spread the load. We appeal to members to consider joining. We have a wealth of talent and experience in this organisation and we need new ideas and input. Please do give it some thought between now and our AGM. Afternoon tea will be available at the conclusion of official business. To read more about our organisation, go to our website: wp Alternatively call Lynda (07) 5513 147 with any queries you have.

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community news Pets for Therapy volunteer honoured for a decade of training dogs

EVERY Monday afternoon a group of dedicated Pets for Therapy volunteers gathers in John Overell Park in Southport to give their canine friends obedience, agility and temperament training. For over 25 years, Pets for Therapy founder and coordinator Yvonne Cody and her team have been visiting both aged care and mental health facilities; respite centres, and special schools over the length and breadth of the Gold Coast. Their aim is to give ‘Joy, Laughter and Love’ through their multiaward-winning Pets for Therapy program. Somerville Funerals has been supporting Pets for Therapy since 2007 by having representatives regularly attend the group’s community events and also by holding special functions on funeral home premises to thank the volunteers for their hard work and dedication. On February 3, Jenny Crewes, Location Man-

Seniors welcome deeming rate changes PENSIONERS will receive a modest boost to their pensions after the Federal Government recently announced lower social security deeming rates. From 20 March, 770,000 part-pensioners will receive an average increase in their payments of $3.20 a fortnight or $83.20 a year. National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill said the decision to lower the deeming rate reflected current interest rates. “While it’s a very small boost to their weekly income, pensioners will certainly welcome that the new deeming rates better reflect falling interest rates,’’ O’Neill said. The lower deeming rate will

decrease from 2 per cent to 1.75 per cent for financial investments up to $48,000 for singles, $79,600 for pensioner couples and $39,800 for each member of a couple. The upper deeming rate will decrease from 3.5 per cent to 3.25 per cent for balances over these amounts. O’Neill said National Seniors still had concerns over 2014 budget measures still before Parliament that, if legislated, would decrease the value of the age pension significantly. “In particular, we have concerns about changes to the way the pension is indexed from 2017.” Media release: National Seniors


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community news Clothing with ‘dignitee’: it’s all about you SUE Creighton says it’s all about you. After working in the UK as a live-in carer and as an assistant nurse in Australia, Sue has experienced the sadness that results from a lack of functional clothing for those who have mobility issues. “Pain, discomfort and injuries to delicate skin from clothing that is inappropriate are just not acceptable and we want to make a change,” Sue said. “We’ve seen the struggles of ill-fitting, frumpy, tight clothes and saw a need to help.” Based at Robina on the Gold Coast, Sue markets the Dignitee brand, making unique clothing items from

fabrics that complement each other with the mix and match effect. Different closure designs are used, ensuring that there is no pressure placed on the skin. “We want you or the person you care for to be comfortable and step out into the world with confidence and enjoy life,” Sue said. “If you are caring for a loved one who is struggling to get dressed or undressed or if you are having difficulty yourself, then we can help and advise on a suitable design – a great idea for spoiling yourself, mum, dad, gran or pop.” Everybody loves denim and that it can stretch. There is nothing more comfortable and fashionable than a denim pair of men’s trousers or pants for women. But what if you’re in a Limited mobility? wheelchair or confined to Difficulty Dressing? a chair or bed? “Not a problem,” says An online store Sue. “With our easy-towear clothing you can still selling adaptive great – and why clothing for Men and look shouldn’t you!” Women who want Contact Sue on 0410 850 606 or email unique adaptive clothing for dignity Web www. and comfort.

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community news New banknotes - feature for the vision impaired

THE Governor of the Reserve Bank, Glenn Stevens, has announced that the next generation of Australian banknotes will include a ‘tactile’ feature to assist people with a vision impairment. Existing features to help the vision impaired tell the difference between different denominations of Australian banknotes will be maintained on the new series. These include: bright colours; large and bold numbers; and different sizes for each denomination of banknote. The Bank will also continue to fund the production of the ‘cash test card’. The addition of a ‘tactile’ feature will further assist people with a vision impairment to tell the difference between denominations. This decision is the culmination of extensive research by the Bank into whether an effective and durable tactile marking could be included on Austra-

lian banknotes. This included consultation with the vision impaired community, other stakeholders and overseas central banks. One person who will be very happy with the new notes is 12 year old Connor McLeod who made a formal complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission. Connor, who is blind had already started a petition with more than 56,000 supporters calling for action on accessibility features. The testing and trialling process for the next generation of banknotes is ongoing and designs have not yet been finalised. Details about the new designs, the release dates and how they will be issued will be released in a timely way, so that the public can be confident they understand how to recognise and use the new banknotes.

Coolangatta Senior Citizens

THE Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre for 50 and over Seniors welcomes all Gold Coast and Tweed residents and 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 or Sway, Snooker & Eight Ball, Social Table Tennis, Tai Chi, Monthly Bus Trips, Free Monthly Variety Concerts. Hairdresser and Beauti-

Study seeks grandparents’ experience

RESEARCH funded by the National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre is seeking to understand the role that grandparents play in childcare provision in Australia and is looking for participants to take part in the study. Are you a grandparent who is currently employed, or who has been employed at some time in the last five years? Researchers from the University of New South Wales’ Social Policy Research Centre are running an online survey for grandparents who provide regular care for their grandchildren, and who are currently employed, or have been employed in the last five years. UNSW would like to hear your views about caring for your grandchild, the impacts on your life, and how you think grandparents who are providing childcare could be better supported. “The survey will help us to understand the important role that grandparents play in childcare provision in Australia,” said Bridget Jenkins from UNSW. “It will shed light on how caring affects the employment decisions of grandparents. We also want to find out how communities and governments can support grandparents in their caregiving role.” The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete. Go to to complete the survey. For more information, contact Bridget Jenkins on (02) 9385 2174.

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community news Seniors stories are inspiring, says feature writer Colleen Colleen Povall, Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors writer

EXPERIENCED journalist Colleen Povall has returned as a feature writer at Seniors Newspapers. Colleen, who for many years contributed to national magazines and newspapers, says she is looking forward to re-joining the editorial team at Seniors Newspapers. Colleen was the original writer for the first seniors paper, Sunshine Coast Seniors Newspaper which was first published 17 years ago in November 1998. From very humble

beginnings Colleen worked off the Kane family kitchen table writing her stories. No cordless phones then, only long extension leads running throughout the house working alongside a few other passionate older people trying to publish papers for seniors. These enthusiastic founding gang were aptly called the ‘Licorice Allsorts’. Colleen said: “I remember one of my first stories in Seniors Newspaper about

an amazing Queensland septuagenarian who took his canoe into the Mississippi River and paddled with his son all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. “He then paddled his canoe by himself from Condamine on the Western Downs down the Darling and Murray rivers to come out somewhere near Adelaide. They called him ‘Paddle Pop’. “It’s stories like these that make writing for Seniors Newspaper so inspiring.” Colleen also recalled a story she wrote about an 82-year-old member of Toastmasters International who lived at the Glasshouse Mountains. “She travelled to the US and won competitions there and she encouraged students to take up public speaking. “Heaven knows what she would think of today’s ‘non-communicators’ who use I-phones and tablets to interact with their families and friends and find it difficult to speak a few sentences that make any sense.” Call 1300 880 265 if you have any interesting news for Colleen. Email: editor@seniorsnewspaper.

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action. ‘It’s very satisfying, which is why I’m still here enjoying myself,’ she says. The Gold Coast hasn’t always been Debbie’s patch. For many years she led a glamorous existence in Bahrain, working for Cathay Pacific and meeting people from all walks of life. Now she’s happiest doing what she does best, helping her clients get the greatest value for their advertising dollars. ‘I can’t believe it’s been 15 years! Time really does fly when you’re having fun!’ Advertisers can share Debbie’s enthusiasm and verve and at the same time get the results they want by calling her on 5530 2928 or emailing her at Head office can also put you in touch by calling 1300 880 265.

WANTED AS a long-time netball player, Debbie McGrath knows how important it is to take aim before shooting. That’s why advertisers in Gold Coast Tweed Seniors Newspaper are delighted with the service she has supplied to them over the last 15 years. She’s always willing to sit down with clients to find out exactly what they need and then find the best way to go about supplying it. She laughs, ‘When I started working for the Seniors Newspaper, my children were still at school and I was happy to find a job I could do from home. Now they’re at university but I’m still here because I love the atmosphere. ‘We’re nearly all seniors on the staff and passionate about our work. Because we’re in the right age bracket, we know exactly how our readers feel. I also get lots of feedback from them which is great because it means I can tell my advertisers what readers want.’ Over the years Deb has built up an enviable relationship with her advertisers and enjoys discussing their needs and putting together the right plan of

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Free hearing checks on offer during NSW Seniors Week AUSTRALIAN Hearing is celebrating NSW Seniors Week (14 – 22 March) with the hundreds of thousands of seniors who have positively overcome their hearing loss. As part of the celebrations, Australian Hearing Tweed Heads is opening its doors on March 16 to offer local residents free hearing checks and the opportunity to trial the latest hearing devices. John Eakin, Centre Manager of Australian


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Hearing Tweed Heads, said hearing loss is a significant issue in the community with over 60 per cent of Australians over the age of 60 having difficulties with their hearing. “We know that it typically takes six to 10 years for someone to do something about their hearing – and in that time, they’ve missed out on so many precious moments and celebrations.” “If you or a loved one find yourselves struggling to take part in simple conversations, then we encourage you to take action and get in touch with Australian Hearing,” said John. One local resident who has positively overcome his hearing health thanks to Australian Hearing is David Doenau. After suffering with a hearing loss for many years, David was excited to learn about a wireless system which enables him to listen more easily in noisy social settings and over large distances. “It does make life much easier when my wife and I are talking in a restaurant or in the car,” says David, who as a veteran is eligible for subsidised government-funded hearing services and devices from Australian Hearing. The wireless FM system picks up sounds through a transmitter microphone, which is worn or held by the person speaking, and then delivers sounds directly to David’s hearing aids. David can also place the microphone in the middle of a group at meetings or social gatherings. “My wife is much less frustrated when talking to me,” says David whose family and friends often struggled to communicate with him without his wireless device. Local residents

are invited to attend Australian Hearing’s Open Day in Tweed Heads on March 16, 2015. No bookings are necessary. Australian Hearing provides subsidised hearing care for eligible people, including pensioners and most veterans. To find out more, call Australian Hearing Tweed Heads on 07 5506 5400 or visit your local hearing centre at Keith Compton Drive Tweed Heads or Sixth Avenue Palm Beach. Picture attached: Murwillumbah resident, David Doenau, wearing his FM system with Australian Hearing’s Carla Clarke.

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1. East Pakistan 2. Pauper 3. Spiced ham (amongst others) 4. Egg white 5. None 6. Volleyball 7. David Strassman 8. Germany 9. Australia Zoo 10. 75 cents 11. Francis 12. Mike Baird 13. XXIX 14. Easter Monday 15. Workshop or studio 16. Left handed 17. 18 (5 on front paws, 4 on rear paws) 18. War and Peace 19. Friday 20. Diablo Disclaimer for Trivia quiz Answers are correct to the best knowledge of our quizmaster Allan Blackburn. Sometimes people may have different views and some answers considered correct by Allan may be considered incorrect by others. While all care and attention is taken with these answers, mistakes can happen. If you find one, please live with it! No correspondence will be entered into regarding Trivia Quiz answers.

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U3A Asia Pacific Conference brings a world of learning to our doorstep

DID you know that U3A is as popular in other countries as it is in Australia? With more than 3000 active groups worldwide, U3A’s courses, classes and activities for seniors help to enrich our lives, keep us active and engaged in the community. The variety of courses on offer is enormous and tends to reflect local interest. At U3A in Mauritius you can learn hairdressing; in India you can join a discussion list through Google groups; how about practising calligraphy in China or learning to start up a restaurant in Singapore? President of U3A Network Queensland, Rhonda Weston said lifelong learning,

ing guest speakers has been organised and to value add to your conference experience we have arranged for several organisations relevant to seniors to have an information stand at the event,” Mrs Weston said. “Conferences are great energisers, they rejuvenate focus and determination, and are Members of U3A Singapore stretch their minds with a game of Rummikub. Find out what’s happening at U3A groups around the world at helpful in finding new ideas to implement while the upcoming U3A Asia Pacific International Conference in Brisbane learning from some of “Imagine the additional doorstep. Held in the staying active and the best mentors.” To being socially engaged benefit that could be find out more about the beautifully restored are key ingredients for a gained by sharing these Brisbane City Hall, on conference and to healthy and productive experiences with local, register go to May 28 and 29, attendinterstate and overseas ees will hear first-hand mature age. www.u3aqld “As members of U3A we U3A members.” from U3A members from, have the opportunity to As hosts of the upcom- among other places, ing U3A Asia Pacific enjoy all of these in a India, China, Mauritius, International Conferrelaxed and friendly United Kingdom, ence, U3A Network environment in 33 Portugal and New Queens-land is bringing Zealand. “A program of locations around that opportunity to our Queensland,” she said. interesting and challeng-

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More being paid for electricity networks Australia and some international energy markets. National Director of UnitingCare Australia, Lin Hatfield Dodds said, “One of our standout findings is that costs are extremely patchy across Australia with some people, particularly in parts of Queensland, paying extraordinarily high network costs. “The highest charges in Australia are four times more than the lowest charges, and double the highest price charged in Great Britain. While Britain may have smaller networks to maintain they also have complex networks in high density regions and it seems surprising that there is such a “SOUTHPORT memories large discrepancy between of yesteryear” DVD is a their costs and the costs historical perspective of the growth of Southport. Kindly provided by the Gold Coast City Council. Copies are available from the Gold Coast Little Theatre for $5 (Box Office or at the bar). Pre-loved Phone 5532 2096 for Homes further details. MANY Australians are paying significantly more than people in other parts of the world in electricity network charges, according to UnitingCare Australia. UnitingCare Australia has released a report it commissioned from an independent consultant, Carbon and Energy Markets, which examines what consumers are being charged for the supply of their electricity and makes comparisons between regions of

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many Australians are facing.” “Financial counsellors across the country consistently report that power bills are one of the biggest sources of financial distress for Australians trying to survive on a low income. It is important that we ensure Australians are paying a fair and reasonable price for their electricity. “This is why the Australian Energy Regulator is so important, and why the current debate happening between the regulator and the network companies is so important for all of us to pay attention to. “A trade-off has to be struck between costs and reliability. We want to be able to keep electricity prices

low and also make sure that the network is still reliable. It is important that as the independent umpire, the AER successfully strikes that balance.” “While pricing electricity is complex, the data shows that the cost burden being faced by people in some parts of Australia is simply unaffordable. We need to find ways to rectify this.” UnitingCare Australia, an agency of the Uniting Church, represents one of the largest networks of social service providers in Australia, with a network that employs 39,000 staff, supported by 28,000 volunteers, operating nationally across 1,600 sites in remote, regional, rural and urban Australia. Source:

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community news World’s Greatest Shave – 14th March

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THE Ormeau Lions Club together with Shearers Arms Tavern are hosting a World’s Greatest Shave event to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation. Be Brave and Shave at the Shearers you can join the Lions Team and register on-line at ormeaulions or register independently

but still be shaved at this event. Just bring your Receipt Book with your registration details. Adults $20 Children 12 and under $10 - if you are registered and have raised more than this, then we will shave or colour you so long as you bring your details. Contact Lion Lyn Young on 0414 871110 to book your Shave Time!!

Elderly resilient in emergencies

NEW research is changing the way we think about older people when it comes to emergency events. University of Adelaide researcher Dr Victoria Cornell says older people are often categorised as a ‘vulnerable’ group in emergency management, but her research has found that the elderly have a wealth of knowledge and experience in emergency situations. Dr Cornell said older people should not be labelled as ‘vulnerable’ but instead as a group with specific needs. “Disaster researchers classify older people as a vulnerable group; however it’s not advancing age alone that makes people vulnerable,” Dr Cornell said. “Vulnerabilities in disaster management are often associated with reduced physical mobility, poor eyesight or hearing, pre-existing health conditions, social isolation and low income. And while these are issues that may occur in older people, you don’t necessarily have to be elderly to experience these vulnerabilities.” Dr Cornell says that for the older

people in the study, being prepared for an emergency isn’t about a one-off checklist. “Older people feel the events they have lived through make them mentally strong and resilient, and able to withstand and recover from an event. They don’t label themselves as being prepared for an emergency in a practical sense; however, they also don’t feel vulnerable,” Dr Cornell says. According to Dr Cornell these findings will aid emergency management initiatives for older people. “Elderly people are more concerned about health-related emergencies than they are about natural disasters such as bush fires. Therefore, emergency messaging for older people should be broad because being too specific about a particular hazard may result in a wasted opportunity to share important emergency preparedness information.” The research findings were published in the Australian Journal of Emergency Management. Courtesy: National Seniors ‘Connect’

Gallipoli 1915: a century on AN international conference hosted by the Australian War Memorial and the Australian National University will be held in Llewellyn Hall, Australian National University, Canberra between 18thand 20 March this year. The Gallipoli campaign of 1915 was one of the most controversial campaigns of the First World War. The major allied powers aimed at shortening the war by eliminating Turkey, but the campaign ended in complete failure and over 140,000 allied casualties. One hundred years later, the campaign still generates mythology and debate over the strategy and planning, the real or illusory opportunities for success, and the causes of failure. The campaign involved military and naval forces from many

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nations around the world, and the lingering memory of Gallipoli continues to play a central role in the national narratives of Australia, New Zealand, and Turkey. On the centenary of Gallipoli, Australia’s national memorial and museum of war joins with Australia’s national university to host this major international conference.

Free speech under threat? ASKED to choose which right they felt was most under threat, 39 per cent of Australians surveyed chose freedom of speech. “With anti-free speech laws like section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act still in force, it is no surprise that Australians are worried about freedom of speech,” says James Paterson, Deputy Executive Director of the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. After freedom of speech, Australians nominated the following as the human right most under threat: basic human rights (32 per cent) freedom of religion (27 per cent) democracy (20 per cent) equal rights for women (17 per cent) an independent judiciary (16 per cent) the rule of law (16 per cent) freedom from arbitrary arrest (12 per cent) trial by jury (6 per cent) The 39 per cent of Australians concerned about freedom of speech compares to 36 per cent of Canadians, 41 per cent of Americans and 51 per cent of Britons. The poll, conducted by the UK-based pollster Ipsos MORI, was commissioned by the Magna Carta 800th Commemoration Committee. It surveyed 1,002 Australian adults between 6 January and 20 January 2015. The full results of the poll, including results from 23 countries, are available at projects/international-poll/.

Leading historians from all the countries who contributed forces to the campaign will present the most current perspectives on the many faces of Gallipoli.

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community news Designer Housing without the price tag AUSTRALIAN owned and operated, Gateway Lifestyle Residential Parks are creating an affordable housing product for the active over 50’s, but with design in mind. Their vision to create communities of likeminded people, which are both affordable and accessible with architecturally designed brand new homes has proven extremely popular with nearly thirty Gateway Lifestyle ‘manufactured

home parks’ operating on Australia’s Eastern Seaboard. Houses at Gateway Lifestyle communities are designed and produced in Australia, comprising of a mix of one, two or three bedroom houses, priced to sell from $168,000. The houses are manufactured offsite then transferred and finished with decking, landscaping and a carport in a process that takes about 12 weeks from the date the contract is

signed. GLRP Director, Trent Ottawa says there is a demand for affordable product for the active over 50’s market who want to downsize their home, but not their lifestyle. ‘‘When buyers visit our residential parks, they are

impressed by the spacious designs and high quality features of the homes which are open plan and filled with natural light,” said Mr Ottawa. “Our residents enjoy the social aspect the Parks bring. Each Park is different with community halls, swimming pools, bowling greens, libraries and some Parks have a men’s shed or women’s committee where they create beautiful pieces of work, raising money for charity.”

New Southport Emporium open for business to help homeless cats and hounds THE not-for-profit Animal Welfare League (Qld) is proud to announce the opening of The Cat & Hound Collectables and Antiques Emporium in Southport. The Cat & Hound is a cornucopia of early-tomid-20th-century items and is located on Young Street, Shop 18C, next to the longestablished AWLQ Op Shop that so many

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Gold Coasters frequent on a regular basis. The AWLQ hopes to raise much-needed funds through this new shop to support the ongoing care and re-homing of sheltered animals. Shop manager and former part-time antiques collector and dealer Hellen Williams openly expressed her excitement about the new store. ‘This is a very exciting opportunity for collec-

tors and those who appreciate furniture, fine bone china, mirrors and crystal from the early 20th century,’ Ms Williams said. Goods, including paintings, have been generously donated by the public in the same way that items are donated to the Op Shop. A strong feature of the store will be 1940’s china, along with beveledged mirrors and

lamps. AWLQ spokesperson Brook Whitney said, ‘In 2014 we rehomed 7164 animals so the money from The Cat & Hound will be put to good use.’ The Cat & Hound is located at 18C Young Street, Southport. Opening hours are Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Why not pop in to have a look?

The ‘manufactured home park’ is an emerging retirement living model as it offers high quality new homes without the cost of buying land. “This provides existing homeowners access to their equity and are an alternative to the high fees of traditional retirement villages,” continued Mr Ottawa. For more information please contact Gateway Lifestyle Residential Parks Ph: 1300 361 311

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OUR March meeting will be held at Treetops Tavern, Robina on Tuesday 17th March at 10.30 am. We meet on the Third Tuesday every Month for lunch. Come and join us for Fun and Friendship. We raise funds for the The Smith Family. The Smith Family is a National charity helping young Australians in need to get the most out of their education, to create better futures.

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PREPARATIONS started months ago for the Southport Meals on Wheels Senior Citizens Association’s 40th anniversary celebrations and even though heavy rains that many connected to Cyclone Marcia kept numbers lower than expected, those who attended on the day made it a social occasion filled with fun and friendship. Special guests who clearly enjoyed themselves too were the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Member for Moncrieff; Rob Molhoek MP, State Member for Southport, and Division 6 Councillor Dawn Crichlow OAM, Patron. The Southport Meals on Wheels Senior Citizens Club was formed on February 19, 1975 with the name changed in 2001. Bruce Hazelwood was the inaugural committee chairman and Les Bean the first president. Twenty years later, in 1995, Cynthia Wort was in charge of the library and remains an active Life Member today, while

Pictured cutting the 40th anniversary cake are Southport Meals on Wheels Senior Citizens Association Committee Members (l-r) Wendy Stephens, Carol Sterpin, Peta Gray, Helen Hammond, Gwen Lowe, Annette Wyman and Patricia Saunders. Absent from photo is Pamia Little

Wendy Stephens has been dedicated treasurer for the past 15 years. Comperes who give of their time freely each week are Jim Bayley, Ron Cluley, Gwen Lowe, John Proctor and Russell Hankins in New Vogue dancing; Norine Shipman, Eve Ritchie, Wendy Stephens, Emilia Molnar and Pam Probert in Line Dancing; Pauline Varley, Tai Chi; Patricia Conroy, Scottish Dancing; Robert Spencer, Square Dancing and, in

Tweed Shire Seniors Week Official Opening Ceremony ALL are invited to the official opening of Tweed Shire Seniors Week. Walk the village from 8.15-9.15am. FREE morning tea and concert from 9.30 to 12 noon courtesy Tyalgum Community Hall Association. Location Tyalgum Community Hall, Coolman Street, Tyalgum, Saturday 14th March 9.30 am(NSW Time). FREE Buses depart village at 2.30 pm (NSW Time). Pickups from Tweed/Banora Pt; Tweed Coast; Murwillumbah areas. Enquiries: 0418 723 908.

Robina VIEW Club THE Robina VIEW Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month starting at 9.30am for morning tea at Robina Bowls Club, Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina. We have interesting Guest Speakers and Friendship Days which include pleasant outings. New members and guests are always welcome. For more details please phone Jennifer on 0408 005 458. VIEW supports the Smith Family’s “Learning for Life” program.

Tap Dancing, Carole Bartholomew, Rhonda Edge, and Gwen English. New Vogue Dancing was the main activity when the Club was first formed in 1975. Fun, Friends & Fitness is the motto of the Southport Meals on Wheels Senior Citizens Association Incorporated and fun, friends and fitness is certainly what this group is all about. For more information, visit http://southports or call President Peta Gray on 5529 7910 or 0414 712 744.

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community news Self -funded retirees hit by falling interest rates THE recent decision to cut the official interest rate will further erode the income of term deposit holders, especially self-funded retirees, says National Seniors Australia. The Reserve Bank of Australia has cut interest rates for the first time in 17 months from 2.5 per cent to 2.25 per cent. National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill said seniors living off simple investments such as term deposits would be hit the worst. “Seniors aged over 65 own 45.3 per cent of bank and financial institution term deposits and most of them are on low, fixed incomes,’’ O’Neill said. “The recent cut simply means less money in the pockets of many, many retirees around Australia.” He added that official deeming rates, used to determine age pension levels, have not kept pace with falling interest rates. “What’s probably most concerning is that the cash rate is now more than a percentage point lower than the highest deeming rate (3.5%) and is close to the lower deeming rate (2%), making it more difficult to earn decent returns. “It’s time to drop the deeming rates again,” O’Neill said. The news comes off the back of the RBA’s November 2014 Monetary Statement which highlighted that banks had reduced their term and at-call deposit rates leading to less competition. The report also said depositors were continuing to move away from term deposits as the interest rates on these products “continue to be less attractive in comparison to bonus saver accounts.” “Term deposits are a preferred investment for many pensioners and self-funded retirees in particular because of the security and peace of mind they provide,” O’Neill said. O’Neill urged older investors to shop around for the best rate, to be alert to maturing deposits, avoid automatic rollover of funds at a lesser rate and check that the term is right for their circumstances. Media release: National Seniors

Helensvale Probus Club IF the first meeting for the year is an indication of what is install for the members, they are in for an exciting and busy year. President Bev welcomed her members, and visitors for the forthcoming year, Noel & Valerie Banfield Sandra Newland, were inducted and welcomed by President Bev and members. Marie Cawthan was presented with her 20 year pin it goes without saying how valuable Marie is to our Club at Helensvale congratulations Marie, this pin was presented at our last meeting in November. Marie has many outings and interests on the agenda for the coming year, something to please one and all, whilst Nola has the theatre group catered for. And it is a full house at Rita’s

where a morning of Mah Jong is enjoyed. On Friday 27th February the Club will celebrate 22 years of Probus at Helensvale this is to be celebrated at the Senior Citizens Hall at 12.30pm. After the morning tea break, Brian Rankin was the guest speaker of the day, Brian during his talk enlightened members of his very interesting life, one full of many stories. The meeting closed with Jester John once more at his best. The Helensvale Probus Club will meet on March Friday 13th for the AGM at 10am Seniors Citizens Hall Discovery Dr visitors most welcome. President Bev cutting the birthday cake

Labrador Memorial Senior Citizens Assn. Inc. 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 10am 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 afternoon, Tuesday morning and Thursday in the morning and afternoon. We have also started a Beginners 500 group who meet at the Centre on Wednesday afternoon from 12.15 to 3pm. 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 to 11.30am. 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 and Thursday afternoon from 12.15pm. If you are interested in joining with any of the activities, please call the Centre. For members, a hairdresser is available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Our library is also open during the week and our bus trip for members is once a month. Our weekly concert is on every Friday morning starting at 9.15am. The varied

musical items and comedy skit is always very entertaining. Entry cost is $3 which includes tea/coffee and biscuits. We have a social group for knitting and crochet that meet on Monday between 9am to 12pm. 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. Our last bus trip was to Twin Towns RSL

at Coolangatta for the Morning Melodies show. The show ticket for nonmembers was $10 and this included tea/coffee and biscuits before the show. Please check on online or ring the club for more information. The variety of cafes and restaurants at the venue gave everyone a choice for lunch. Meals are very reasonably priced. Location 370 Marine Parade, Labrador, Qld 4215, Ph 5537 1433 Email:

A polished performance in the restoration business SOUTHERN African Rex Schaller arrived in Australia by way of the UK five years ago bringing a polished performance to the restoration business after many years of experience in the trade. Mr Schaller operates Fine Polish, based on the Sunshine Coast, and uses the respected range of Goddard’s products to restore and maintain silverware and jewellery, antique furniture, and floor and kitchen surfaces. “The Goddard’s range of products has a reputation that precedes many of its competitors – for capability, finish, quality and results,” Mr Schaller said. “For many years the brand was sold and distributed to out-

lets across Australia. Then it disappeared. That’s where Fine Polish came in and saved the day.” As a part of Consolidated Supply Pty Ltd, Fine Polish has been able to source and secure almost the entire Goddard’s range which it now retails and wholesales across Australia. This includes silver dip, pastes and polishes, silver cloths, metal polishes, jewellery care kits, furniture waxes and liquids and wooden floor, stone and tile care products. Fine Polish is an internet-based business retailing through the website or free call 1800 780 666 to place orders.

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community news C-Vivor a happy group

Population growth affects the Doomsday Clock IT is not just climate change and environmental factors that affect the ticking of the Doomsday Clock towards midnight. In 1972 the book ‘Limits to Growth’, which predicted our civilisation would probably collapse sometime this century, was commissioned by a global think tank called the Club of Rome using researchers working out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It stated that: “If the present growth trends in world population, industrialisation, pollution, food production, and resource depletion continue unchanged, the limits to growth on this planet will be reached sometime within the next one hundred years. The most probable result will be a rather sudden and uncontrollable decline in both population and industrial capacity.” It has, until recently, been criticised as doomsday fantasy. However, as the MIT researchers explained in 1972, under the scenario, growing population and demands for material wealth would lead to more industrial output and pollution. This is indeed happening. Resources are being used up at a rapid rate, pollution is rising, industrial

Ladies Probus Club of Miami THERE’S no way you could tell but the smiling women in this photo are all cancer survivors. Under the supervision of the Cancer Council on Short Street, Southport, members of C-Vivor, as the group is called, join together each week to enjoy a social walk. Pictured on the new pedestrian bridge next to Gold Coast Bridge in Southport are, left to right, Margo, Noelle, Kelly, Colleen and, co-ordinator of the walk, Rayna. For more information about the C-Vivor walking group, please call the Cancer Council on 5503 3700.

Queensland Family History Society Forensic Genealogy

COLLEEN Fitzpatrick, a genealogist from the USA, will be visiting Brisbane on the 18 April to present a seminar on forensic genealogy. Colleen is recognised for her work with the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory on identifying the remains found in the Alaskan crash of Northwest Flight 4422. She has consulted on high profile DNA identification efforts including the Unknown Child on the Titanic and the Amelia Earhart project. She is the forensic genealogist on the Abraham Lincoln DNA project. So what is forensic genealogy? Forensic genealogy emphasises the creative parts of a genealogical investigation over the mechanics of a search. Forensic scientists and genealogists share the same goal: to find out who was who, and who did what, and when. Forensic genealogy, however, includes

THE Ladies Probus Club of Miami Inc wishes to invite ladies who would like to meet new people to join our club. If you enjoy listening to entertaining guest speakers, eating delicious morning teas & participating in social activities you will enjoy being a part of our club. We meet on the second Thursday of the month, 10am, at the Broadbeach Bowls Club. Please phone Ann 5570 1226 or Aileen 5575 8092 for more information.

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KINGSCLIFF Mixed Probus Club holds its meeting in the Uniting Church Hall, Kingscliff on the first Wednesday of each month at 9.45am and outings on the analysis of photographs, the min- the third Wednesday of the month. No Guest Speaker ing of databases, and the analysis of this month as we are holding our AGM on the 4th DNA to reveal family history. Join us to March. Phone Pat on 02 6674 4224.

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hear Colleen speak on topics including forensic genealogy, identifying old photographs, and investigating databases. The seminar is jointly organised by the Queensland Family History Society (QFHS) and the Genealogical Society of Queensland (GSQ). The venue is St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace, Spring Hill and commences at 9.00 am, finishing at 12.30 pm. The cost of the seminar is $30 for QFHS or GSQ members and $40 for non-members. Book online at qfhs-seminars/forensic-genealogy. You can find information about QFHS on our website For enquiries, contact the Secretary (email:

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community news Attacks on the elderly highlight the dangers for seniors of using ATMs


Beware . . . seniors should be increasingly careful when using ATMs

FRANK Carlino was tough – and kind. After fighting in World War 2 as a teenage soldier he wanted a new life – so why not sail to the ‘lucky country’ Australia? Avventurato Australiano! He settled in Sydney in the 1960s and worked hard – most of his life as a concreter. He was lean and fit and knew how to box. Nobody took advantage of Frank. He loved his new country and raised a family of two children and now at 86 he dotes on his



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Coastal Machine Knitters PEOPLE interested in machine knitting meet at The Franklin Craft Centre, Mudgeeraba, with our next meeting being held on Monday 13 th April, commencing 9am, when we will be demonstrating on a Passap machine after our usual Show and Tell of members’ craft work done since our last meeting. Our members who come from the Gold Coast and beyond offer wide experience with various makes of knitting machines and are happy to help anyone with a knitting machine tucked away that they might like to bring out and use. We do light weight knitting for our climate but some of us have people in colder places who need warmer items. Besides our own knitting we try to help charities with anything we can do for them wherever we can. Our meetings are happy events. We always have a cheerful cuppa on hand and visitors are assured of a friendly welcome. We do our best to give help to beginners and those coming back to the craft after time away. For further information about our activities please phone 5537 1436.

four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Sadly, he lost his wife Christine five years ago. But Frank has many friends and one morning recently he took his usual stroll to the coffee shop in Campbelltown, stopping at an ATM to draw some cash. They came from behind – two young women and a scraggly youth punched Frank in the face, kicked him when he fell down and stole his pension money. Service in World War 2, a life of hard honest work and his love for Australia would have meant nothing to these three cowardly thugs. “They wouldn’t have taken Frank on 20 years ago, not even 10 years ago,” said nephew Frank Carlino who was named after his uncle. “I wasn’t scared, more humiliated,” the 86-yearold told a TV camera crew while paramedics attended to his cuts and bruises. Seniors Newspaper tells this story because it again highlights the growing incidence of crime by youths against senior citizens. Thankfully, tough reforms

targeting repeat juvenile offenders and Queensland’s growing youth crime problem have been passed in parliament. As Australia’s aged population grows, so too does crime against them. Elder abuse is estimated to affect as many as one in 10 seniors. Seniors Newspaper provides a few tips for seniors using ATMs: • Do not select an ATM at the corner of a building. Corners create a blind area in close proximity to the customer’s transaction. Select an ATM located near the centre of a building. • Identify if you can an ATM with maximum natural surveillance and visibility from the surrounding area. This will create a perceived notion of detection by a criminal and increases the potential for witnesses. • Whenever possible, select an ATM that is monitored or patrolled by a security officer. If you notice anything strange, leave and return some other time. Even if you have already started a transaction, cancel it and leave. • If you get cash, put it away immediately. Do not stand at the ATM and count it. • Never accept offers of assistance with the ATM from strangers; ask the bank for help • During evening hours, consider taking a companion along, park close to the ATM in a well-lighted area and lock your car. If the lights around the ATM are not working properly, do not use it. • Importantly, if you are involved in a confrontation and the attacker is armed with a weapon and demands your money or valuables, give it to the suspect. Do not resist; property may be recovered later or replaced.

community news Gold Coast North Crime Stoppers THE new Gold Coast North Crime Stoppers Volunteer Committee is off to a running start with six events planned for the next four weeks. Their next monthly meeting will be on Monday, March 16th starting at 5:30 pm at the Upper Coomera Community Centre, 90 Reserve Road. They are seeking volunteers. If interested call 1300 309 355. February 11th – launch of new Gold Coast North Crime Stoppers Volunteer Area Committee

Ignoring your Prostate, what it might cost you

1 in 3 men over 50 have benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) commonly known as an Enlarged Prostate; this number rises to nearly 80% of men when they reach 70. While BPH is not fatal like prostate cancer, it can cause a lot of pain and inconveniences. Common symptoms are frequent and painful urination, and for some cases sexual performance is affected. It is no wonder that we have reached epidemic proportions, yet so few men talk openly about it. According to Mr. Indra, spokesperson for Graminex Australia, a company that specialises in developing prostate medication, men in general do tend to be tight-lipped about their current condition. “Its normal for men to feel uncomfortable talking about their prostate and their symptoms (of BPH), that’s okay, we understand, “says Indra, who does his best to personally answer questions from individual callers.

He has spoken to many concerned wives whose husbands are reluctant to acknowledge the issue. The key to this problem, he believes is to slowly encourage a culture where men should not feel ashamed to talk about their medical condition, especially if it concerns their “personal equipment”. The good news is that all this is starting to change, especially with the internet which allows men to be more discreet in search for prostate health information. Still it cannot make up for face-to-face interaction, hence Graminex Australia, which recently introduced Magnus Shield, a new over-the-counter prostate supplement, has been working together with non-profit prostate support groups in Victoria to help bring awareness to men. For enquiries about Magnus Shield Prostate formula, visit for more information or call 1300 760 627.

The Elders - a way to meet others

IT happens to many people, men and women alike. Feeling lonely, or in a rut; wishing you knew someone you could meet for a cuppa, or lunch; to chat sociably, enjoy a few laughs together; maybe share a story or two. If you live in the Southport to Hope Island area and are looking for friendship, The Elders group could be just what you need to fill that gap in your life. Soon to mark its seventh anniversary, The Elders is made up of diverse seniors, singles and couples, who meet for social lunches on the first Wednesday of each month. In the month of March 4th day we be having out lunched at Dublin Docks Harbour Town and in April 1st we be at Ashmore Teven. Talk can go in all direc-

tions, depending on the needs of those present, but the aim is to always be positive and supportive as required. Every Fridays, The Elders group meets for morning tea from 10.00 am till late when we stop talking at Runaway Bay Shopping Centre at the long table in middle of the food court between the Sushi Bar and the Chinese food bar. Our age group covers 65 up with our oldest 97. For those interested, arts and crafts, tai chi and yoga, theatre and country music sessions on Sundays, are draw cards. Communication within The Elders is through telephone and emails. For more information, please email: or phone Bob on (07) 5563 3623 or mobile 0407 793 739.

QCWA Coomera fundraise for those cyclone affected WE are again getting ready for Anzac Day, in this important centenary year, and continue to fund raise for those affected by drought and cyclone. “Fun Day” from 9am- 12noon on the first Wednesday of each month, has been a success, first demonstrating flower arranging, next

teaching how to make decorative paper boxes as an alternative form of gift wrapping. Our Knitting and Crochet [K&C] contest was held on March 25th. On April 1st we will learn how to make cakes and even pavlova in slow cookers. [No joke!] And those attending our meeting on April 8th are asked

to bring Anzac Memora- We look forward to seebilia to display. Our Cook- ing you. ery Contest will be held on the 29th April. Check out events/like us on our Facebook page: QCWA Coomera. Our hall at 161 Maudsland Road Oxenford is available for hire – 0456 625776, please ring 0456625776, or email

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20 OGRAM - 1144 - 22 MAR CH 20115 PR PROGRAM MARCH SATURDAY 14 MARCH Opening Ceremony & Seniors Awards Presentation - Tyalgum Community Hall, Coolman Street, Tyalgum. 9.30am-12pm (Buses return 2.30pm). Free. Bookings essential. For event - Jenny Unwin 0418 723 908. To book free bus transport - from Banora Point/Tweed, Lyn 07 5523 2030; from Murwillumbah/Tweed Coast, Jenny 0418 723 908. Short Films featuring Senior Actors Cinemax Cinema, 60 Marine Parade, Kingscliff. 10.30am-11.30am, 14 & 15 March. $9 Seniors Tickets. 02 6674 4422.

SUNDAY 15 MARCH One Hundred Years of WWI & Red Cross Exhibition - Tweed Regional Museum, Pioneer Park, Kennedy Drive, Tweed Heads West, Sundays 1pm-4pm, Tuesdays & Fridays 11am-4pm. Free. 07 5599 2286. ‘Sensory Delights with David de Giustino’ - Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre. 11-11.45am Gardens in Art and 2-2.45pm Food in Art. Bookings Essential. Cost $5. 02 6670 2790 or email Come and Try Day at Murwillumbah Croquet Club - Brisbane Street, Knox Park. 2.30pm-5.30pm. Free. Equipment and afternoon tea provided. Jan 02 6672 3087 or 0407 723 087. Short Films featuring Senior Actors Cinemax Cinema, 60 Marine Parade. 10.30am11.30am, 14 & 15 March. $9 Seniors. 02 6674 4422,

MONDAY 16 MARCH J and B Bus Tour, Yamba to Iluka (by ferry) - $50 Includes bus, ferry, morning tea, tour, lunch. Bookings Essential. Pick ups at Murwillumbah and Tweed. Bookings and ticket collection on selected days only see info at end of program. Australian Hearing Open Day - Suite 3-4, Riverside Centre, 80-82 Keith Compton Drive, Tweed Heads. 9am-1pm. Free. Demonstrations, free cleaning of hearing aids, hearing screenings, morning tea. Adrienne 07 5506 5400, Cash Housie/Bingo and Raffles Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club, Marine Parade, Kingscliff. Cash Housie, 10am-12pm; raffles and entertainment, 12pm-3pm. Free. Seniors meals $9.90 daily. Free local courtesy bus. 02 6674 1404,

Nia Dance for Everybody - Kingscliff Community Hall, Marine Parade, Kingscliff. 9am10am. Cost $5. A combination of dance, simple martial arts and yoga. Taryn 0410 964 806, Heart Foundation Heritage Trail Walk and Historical Photo Display Tumbulgum Hall, Cnr Riverside Drive and Government Road, Tumbulgum. 9-11am, 16 & 17 March. Cost $2. A flat, easy 50-60 min walk followed by a cuppa and viewing of historical photos. Wear walking shoes, bring water bottle. Sue and Brian 0413 081 974, Murwillumbah Community Centre Community Choir - Murwillumbah Community Centre,Nullum Street, Knox Park. 10am12pm. Cost $3. All welcome. 02 6672 3003, Photography Workshop @ BPCC Banora Point Community Centre, Cnr Leisure and Woodland Drives, Banora Point. 9.30am11.30am. Free. Learn how to use your camera effectively. Bookings essential. Lyn Porter 07 5523 2030, PCYC Showcase Concert - PCYC, Cnr Florence and Adelaide Streets, Tweed Heads. 10am-11am. Free. Showcasing activities available for seniors at PCYC. Monique 07 5599 1714, Celebrating Seniors Morning Tea at Burringbar Hall - 1 Old Pacific Highway, Burringbar. 10am-12pm. Free. Entertainment, information, homemade morning tea. Rosemary 02 6677 1357. Twin Towns Friends Association Rock n Roll Exhibition and Light Lunch Tweed Civic Centre, Cnr Wharf and Brett Streets, Tweed Heads. 11.30am-3pm. Cost $5. Bookings essential. Doreen 07 5524 1841, Learn how to Download eBooks to your Mobile Device - Tweed Heads Library. 11.30am-12.30pm. Free. Bookings essential. 07 5569 3150, TUESDAY 17 MARCH Northern Breeze Tours, Bus Tour to Amberley Airforce Museum - $25 Includes bus, tour, morning tea. Lunch (own expense) at Brothers Rugby Club. 8.15am4.00pm. Pickup Tweed Civic Centre. Bookings essential by Friday March 6 due to advance security clearance requirements. Rob 07 5524 2264

J and B Bus Tour, Port of Brisbane - $50 Includes bus, morning tea, tour and lunch. Bookings Essential. Pick ups at Murwillumbah and Tweed. Bookings and ticket collection on selected days only - see info at end of program. Free Hearing Screening - Centrelink, 100 Blundell Boulevard, Tweed Heads. 9.00am-12.00pm. Free. Allow 10 minutes for a screening. Adrienne 07 5506 5400, Award-winning Cemetery Gardens Tour - Hosted by Tweed Shire Council. 10.00am-2.00pm. Free. Meet in carpark of Tweed Valley Cemetery, Eviron Road, Eviron from 9.30am for 10am bus departure. Bus Tour of Tweed Heads Lawn, Murwillumbah Lawn and Tweed Valley Cemetery Gardens. Bookings essential. John Stennett 02 6670 2435, Tweed Heads Primary School, Annual Senior Citizens Concert and Morning Tea - Tweed Heads Primary School, Stuart Street, Tweed Heads. 9.30am-11.00am. Free. Bookings essential. 07 5536 1351, “Back to School” at Pacific Coast Christian School morning tea - Pacific Coast Christian School, 3a Acacia Street, Tweed Heads South. 9.00am-10.30am. Free. Learn about new technologies, share stories, song, dance, art and morning tea. Rachel 07 5523 9700. Heart Foundation Heritage Trail Walk and Historical Photo Display - Tumbulgum Hall, Cnr Riverside Drive and Government Road, Tumbulgum. 9-11am, 16 & 17 March. Cost $2. A flat, easy 50-60 min walk followed by a cuppa in the Tumbulgum Hall and viewing of historical photos. Wear walking shoes, bring water bottle. Sue and Brian 0413 081 974, Broadband for Seniors - Murwillumbah Community Centre, Nullum Street, Knox Park. 9am-3pm. Free computer lessons for seniors/over 50s. Bookings essential. 02 6672 3003, Lifeball at Tweed Supersports Centre - Tweed Supersports Centre, Lot 1, Chinderah Bay Drive, Chinderah. 9.30am-11.30am. Free. Similar to netball but at a walking pace. George Shipley 07 5524 4558. Seniors Exploring New Directions in IT - Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre, 10b-12a Elizabeth Street, Pottsville. 10am-3pm, 17&18 March. Free 1:1 one hour sessions on a device of choice. Bookings essential. 02 6676 4555 Introduction to U3A Twin Towns Inc - St Cuthbert’s Hall, Florence St, Tweed Heads. 9.30am-1.45pm. Free. A showcase of activities at our various venues. Robyn 0418 759 868, Ballroom and Latin Song and Dance Performance and Morning Tea - Hosted by Tweed Shire Council Community Options. Tweed Heads Civic Centre Auditorium, Cnr Brett and Wharf Streets, Tweed Heads. 10am-12pm. Free. A crowd pleasing show of Ballroom and Latin numbers, comedy and amazing singing. Bookings essential. 07 5569 3110 Paper Craft Workshop @ BPCC - Banora Point Community Centre, Cnr Leisure and Woodland Drives, Banora Point. 1.00pm-3.00pm. Free. Bookings essential. Lyn Porter 07 5523 2030, Aveo Movie ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ & Afternoon Tea - Aveo Mountain View Retirement Village, 1 Ingram Place, Murwillumbah. 1.30pm-4.00pm. Free. Bookings essential. 02 6672 4800, Ukulele Beginners Workshop @ BPCC - Banora Point Community Centre, Cnr Leisure and Woodland Drives. 46pm. Free. Bookings preferred. Lyn Porter 07 5523 2030, WEDNESDAY 18 MARCH Seniors Information Hub @ BPCC - Banora Point Community Centre, Cnr Leisure and Woodland Drives, Banora Point. 9.00am-4.00pm. Free. Visit the Hub and find out about the many activities available for seniors. Lyn Porter 07 5523 2030, Seniors Exploring New Directions in IT - Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre, 10b-12a Elizabeth Street, Pottsville. 10am-3pm, 17&18 March. Free 1:1 one hour sessions on a device of choice. Bookings essential. 02 6676 4555 Free Hearing Screening - Murwillumbah Library, Civic Centre, 10 Tumbulgum Road, Murwillumbah. 9.30am12.30pm. Free. Allow 10 minutes for a screening. Adrienne 07 5506 5400, Nia Dance for Everybody - Tugun Progress Hall, 433 Golden Four Drive, Tugun. 9.30am-10.30am. Cost $5. A combination of dance, simple martial arts and yoga. Taryn 0410 964 806, Harmony Day Morning Tea - Hosted by the Far North Coast Multicultural Working Group. South Tweed Hall, Cnr Heffron and Minjungbal Drives, Tweed Heads. 9.30am12.30pm. Free. A celebration of diversity within our community and an opportunity to learn about different cultures. Wendy Constantine, 02 6672 3003,

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Introduction to Croquet, Tuition & Play - Tweed Heads Croquet Club, 39 Recreation Street, Tweed Heads. 9.30am-12.00pm. Free. Jackie 0422 496 707, Beginners’ Yoga at Murwillumbah Community Centre - Nullum Street, Knox Park. 10.00am-11.30am. Gold Coin Donation. Ph 6672 3003 Seniors Concert and Morning Tea at Murwillumbah Public School - New Hall, Riverview Street, Murwillumbah. 10.00am-11.30am. Free. Ph 02 6672 1467. All Saints Anglican Church Morning Tea - All Saints Anglican Church, 26-30 Byangum Road, Murwillumbah. 10am-12pm. Free. 10am Holy Communion, 10.45am Morning Tea, 11am Sing-along. Rev Bruce Sligo 02 6672 6070. Cedric House Respite Cottage Open Day - 65 Ducat Street, Tweed Heads. 11.00am-12.00pm. Free. Visit our 5 bed, short term, low care facility for future reference and respite needs. Veronese Burgess 07 5536 2105, Learn how to Download eBooks to your Mobile Device - Tweed Heads Library. 2.30pm-3.30pm. Free. Bookings essential. 07 5569 3150, Free Heartmoves Exercise Class - Banora Point Community Centre, Cnr Leisure and Woodland Drives, Banora Point. 2.00pm-3.00pm. Free trial class during month of March. Heart Foundation approved gentle exercise program. Louise Valois 0432 182 909. African Drumming Workshop @ BPCC - Banora Point Community Centre, Cnr Leisure and Woodland Drives, Banora Point. 3.30pm-4.30pm. Free. Bookings preferred. Lyn Porter 07 5523 2030,

THURSDAY 19 MARCH J and B Bus Tour, North Stradbroke Island - $50 Includes bus, ferry, morning tea, tour and lunch. Bookings Essential. Pick ups at Murwillumbah and Tweed. Bookings and ticket collection on selected days only - see info at end of program. Serene Celebration of Food with Masterchef contestant Jules Allen - Serene Living, 31 Florence Street, Tweed Heads. 11.00am & 2.00pm sessions. Bookings essential. Ph 07 5536 6820. Free Hearing Screening - Kingscliff Library, Turnock Street, Kingscliff. 9.30am-12.30pm. Free. Allow 10 minutes for a screening. Adrienne 07 5506 5400, Harmony Day Belly Dance Exhibition at Tweed Heads Library - Cnr Brett and Wharf Streets, Tweed Heads. 11.30am-12.30pm. Free. Light refreshments provided. Bookings essential. Ph 07 5569 3150, Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah, ‘Behind the Scenes’ Collection Tour - Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah Collection Store, 23 Honeyeater Circuit, South Murwillumbah. (Booked participants will be provided with detailed directions). 10.30am-11.30am. Bookings essential. Ph 02 6670 2493, Seniors Information Hub @ BPCC - Banora Point Community Centre, Cnr Leisure and Woodland Drives, Banora Point. 9.00am-4.00pm. Free. Visit the Hub and find out about the many activities available for seniors. Lyn Porter 07 5523 2030, Come and Try Day at Murwillumbah Croquet Club - Brisbane Street, Knox Park 2.30pm-5.30pm. Free. Equipment and afternoon tea provided. Jan 02 6672 3087 or 0407 723 087. Mind Body Morning @ BPCC and light lunch - Banora Point Community Centre, Cnr Leisure and Woodland Drives. 10.00am-12.00pm. Free. Fun seated movement, trivia and mind puzzles, presentation of short story winner. Bookings essential. Lyn Porter 07 5523 2030, Household Energy Savings and Water Efficiency by Spurtopia and Tweed Shire Council - South Sea Islander Room, Tweed Heads Civic Centre, Cnr Wharf and Brett Streets, Tweed Heads. 12.00pm-1.00pm. Free. Bookings essential. Debbie Firestone 02 6670 2400 or Sustainability for Seniors by Spurtopia and Tweed Shire Council - South Sea Islander Room, Tweed Heads Civic Centre, Cnr Wharf and Brett Streets, Tweed Heads. 1.30pm-3.00pm. Free. Sustainable living in small spaces. Learn new ways of growing your own food. View inventions made from recycled materials like the self-watering planter box. Bookings essential. Debbie Firestone 02 6670 2400 or, http://


20 OGRAM - 1144 - 22 MAR CH 20115 PR PROGRAM MARCH THURSDAY 19 MARCH Cont. Crackpot Players Workshop @ BPCC - Banora Point Community Centre, Cnr Leisure and Woodland Drives. 1.30pm2.30pm. Free. Bookings preferred. Lyn Porter 07 5523 2030, Introduction to U3A Twin Towns Inc - Tweed Library, Cnr Wharf and Brett Streets, Tweed Heads. 9.30am-3.00pm. Free. A showcase of activities at our various venues. Robyn 0418 759 868, FRIDAY 20 MARCH J and B Bus Tour, Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum and Summerland House Farm - $50 Includes bus, morning tea, tour and lunch. Bookings Essential. Pick ups at Murwillumbah and Tweed. Bookings and ticket collection on selected days only - see info at end of program. Nia Dance for Everybody - Kingscliff Community Hall, Marine Parade, Kingscliff. 9am-10am. Cost $5. A combination of dance, simple martial arts and yoga. Taryn 0410 964 806, Going Wild, Exquisite Animal Portraits - Coolamon Centre, 3-5 Tumbulgum Road, Murwillumbah. 9.30am-12pm and 12.30pm-3pm. Cost $5 per session. Learn to improve your painting skills and produce a portrait of a loved pet or animal in acrylic paint. Bookings essential. Suzane 0421 558 157. FABS Open Day @ BPCC - Banora Point Community Centre, Cnr Leisure and Woodland Drives. 9.15am-2.30pm. Free. Call in for a cuppa and see what the FABS program (Fun Activities Banora Seniors) has to offer. Lyn Porter 07 5523 2030, Carool Public School Assembly and Harmony Day Morning Tea - Carool Public School, 411 Carool Road, Carool. 10.30am. Free. 07 5590 9876, Learn how to Download eBooks to your Mobile Device - Tweed Heads Library. 2.30pm-3.30pm. Free. Bookings essential. Ph 07 5569 3150, Murwillumbah Autumn Club Country Music Concert Autumn Club, 16 Tumbulgum Road, Murwillumbah. 7.30pm10pm. Free. Noela Gresham 02 6672 2262. Free Hearing Screening - Banora Point Community Centre, Cnr Leisure and Woodland Drives. 9.00am-3.00pm. Free. Allow 10 minutes for a screening. Adrienne 07 5506 5400, Seniors Information Hub @ BPCC - Banora Point Community Centre, Cnr Leisure and Woodland Drives, Banora Point. 9.00am-4.00pm. Free. Visit the Hub and find out about the many activities available for seniors. Lyn Porter 07 5523 2030,

Uki Public School Seniors Concert and Morning Tea 27 March 2015, 10.00am. Free. Ph 02 6679 5128. Honour Our Elders Day - 19 April 2015, 9.30am-2.00pm. Hosted by the Uki Village & Districts Residents Association. Uki Public Hall, Kyogle Road, Uki. Free. Massage and natural healings. Held in conjunction with the Uki Buttery Bazaar. Contact Philip Carr or Ida Daly, Ph: 02 6679 5855 TRANSPORT: If you are unable to use public transport to attend an event, contact Val Quinn 07 5523 2840 for advice. J&B Bus Tours - Bookings and Ticket Collection: Advance telephone bookings essential on 2nd and 3rd March only Phone 0427 453 091 or 042 898 7495. Ticket payment and collection on Monday 9 March only 9am-11am, Coolamon Centre, 3-5 Tumbulgum Road, Murwillumbah OR 12pm-2pm Tweed Civic Centre, Cnr Wharf and Brett Streets, Tweed Heads.

TIMES: All times are Day Light Saving NSW. Please note that whilst Tweed Shire Council publishes this program for the information of seniors in Tweed Shire, there can be no responsibility taken for the accuracy of information supplied by community groups. Full program with more details available at or pick up a more detailed program at Council Offices, Tweed Libraries, Licensed Clubs and Community Centres. To contact the Tweed Shire Seniors Committee, ph Vic Crowley 0404 900 882 or Noela Gresham 02 6672 2262.

MULTIPLE DAYS: Aqua Fitness for Seniors - Tweed Regional Aquatic Centres (Kingscliff, Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah). Free trial class on presentation of Seniors Card, valid 14-22 March. For class times refer, or phone 02 6670 2549. Regent Cinema Murwillumbah Seniors at Kids’ Prices $8 - 14-22 March - 5 Brisbane Street, Murwillumbah. Times, refer, or phone 02 6672 8265. Free Seniors Thank You Lunches - 16th, 18th and 20th, 12pm-2pm - Banora Point Community Baptist Church, 19-21 Corporation Circuit, Tweed Heads South. Free. Bookings essential. John 0402 086 075, Family History Open Week, 16-21 March, 10am-3pm daily - Hosted by Tweed Gold Coast Family History & Heritage Association Inc. Family History Research Room, South Tweed Sports Club, 4 Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads South. Free. Discover how to research your family tree. Marion 07 5524 8531. Introduction to Computers & Technology, NSW Seniors Week at The CTC@Uki - Mon-Fri, 16-20 March, 9am-4pm - The Buttery Building, 1454 Kyogle Road, Uki. Bookings essential. Ph 02 6679 5399, One Hundred Years of WWI & Red Cross Exhibition Sundays 1pm-4pm, Tuesdays & Fridays 11am-4pm. Tweed Regional Museum, Pioneer Park, Kennedy Drive, Tweed Heads West, Free. Ph 07 5599 2286. ADDITIONAL INFO: Memories on the Move, Travelling Storytelling Program - A storytelling program travelling to aged care facilities in the Shire. Various days and times during Seniors Week. Bookings essential. To book a time, contact Murwillumbah Library 02 6670 2427, Tweed Heads Library 07 5569 3150. South Tweed Bowls Club, Seniors Week Offers & Giveaways - Free information kit detailing our sporting and social intra clubs, a discounted membership offer and a Seniors only competition to win 1 of 2 x $25 vouchers to spend with one of our intra or social clubs. Ph 07 5524 3655, email or web COMING UP:

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community news Gold Coast Seniors OntheNet - Computer Lessons at only $4 per lesson “AS a not-for-profit orga- as $4 a visit, meaning over ogy on the Gold Coast.” nization we can offer com- 50 year olds can now stay Ted Wilkes, President puter lessons for as little up to date with technol- Gold Coast Seniors OntheNet is a computer club for seniors (over 50 years) who are interested in learning about computers and how to use them and associated equipment, for computing, communications and entertainment. We are a voluntary organization and there are no paid staff. The very small charge for lessons covers the cost of the rooms and equipment, photocopying of lesson hand-outs. We offer regular instruc-

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tion on most aspects of Windows-based computing, e-mail messaging, a wide range of computer programs including word processing Computers For Beginners, Microsoft Windows 7, 8.1, Microsoft Excel, iPad, Tablets, Android, Digital Cameras, Laptop Computers, Smart phones, Facebook. Skype,, Hotmail, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Publisher, Media Centre, CD Burning, DVD Burning, Greeting Cards, Paint Shop Pro, on line buying and selling,

Printers, Using CDs, DVDs, Memory sticks, Picasa, Windows Movie Maker, You Tube Downloading. Please check us out by typing in your browser “Gold Coast Seniors OntheNet” for much more information on our courses and Membership. We have some 7 computers in our tutorial rooms, all connected to the Internet, and pupils can enjoy either group classes or one-to-one lessons with our volunteer tutors. Members can learn at their own pace, there is no pressure to keep up or

catch up with others. Members are welcome to bring their own laptops. Gold Coast Seniors OntheNet provides a forum, a learning place and a social circle. You can improve your quality of life in a changing world, you can communicate with your children and grandchildren at home and abroad, by e-mail and photographs, you can learn about other countries, plan your travel itineraries, the possibilities are endless. Application Forms can be found on our website, click on

Membership in the index. Come and join us and have some fun while you make new friends! Learn about the wonderful and exciting world of computers. Our rooms are located at: Suite 3, Gold Coast City Council Chambers, 47 Nerang Street, Southport, Queensland 4215( Entrance in Davenport Street ). Don’t delay, phone today. Office hours are: 9.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Thursday. Telephone: (07) 5591 5766. E-mail address: sotnadmin@futureweb.

Additional Funds for Pensioners and Retirees AS retirees’ living costs escalate and seniors live longer, there is a growing danger of many retirees simply running out of money. It is apparent that many retirees are now becoming concerned about the financial impact of their own potential longevity. While mortality figures project life expectancy at around the mid80’s it must be remembered that this is only an average. Just as some retirees die prematurely in their 60s, so there are many retirees living well in to their 90s.

For the average retiree the question becomes, if I do live until my 90s will I have sufficient money for my needs? With medical innovation extending our lifetime and living costs constantly escalating, it’s a question that could have broad and disastrous consequences. And yet, for many retirees there are additional sources of funds available that many are not aware of. Many financial institutions now provide reverse mortgages whereby a retiree can borrow against the value of

their home to cover living costs or unexpected expenses. The interest on the loan is capitalized so there are no regular repayments. The loan is ultimately repaid when the home is sold. Alternately, some retirees may be able to obtain additional funds through the Federal Government’s Pension Loan scheme. Australians in Retirement (AIR) Gold Coast branch will be hosting two specialist speakers at their next meeting to discuss the pros and cons of Reverse Mortgages and the

Pension Loan scheme. While there has in the past been some negative comment about reverse mortgages, AIR Gold Coast president, Mr Rob Grover, said: “In certain circumstances they can help retirees overcome severe financial hardship. We have one member who 10 years ago had $80,000. That is now almost all gone, but she has been able to arrange a reverse mortgage to enable her to maintain the lifestyle she enjoys in these latter years of her life.” The meeting will be

held at 9:30 am at the Broadbeach Seniors’ Centre, 23 T E Peters Drive, (cnr Havana Key), Broadbeach on Thursday 12th March . All Gold Coast retirees are welcome to attend. For further information or to register your attendance please contact Rob Grover at robgrover@ Australians in Retirement is the business name for The Association of Independent Retirees, the peak body representing the interests of retirees who are self -funded or in receipt of a part pension.

Community forums COMMUNITY forums at Burleigh Waters and Runaway Bay: Former Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Marshall Perron

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to speak at two community forums Friday 13th March at Burleigh Waters Community Centre and Saturday 14th March at Runaway Bay Community Centre 1.30pm to 3.30pm with limited seating. Must RSVP to Kerry

on 5532 1552 or 0408 747 574 or email: kerryjackson . The topic – “We want the law changed so residents suffering intolerably can receive assistance to die peacefully and painlessly”.

THE Oxenford- Coomera VIEW Club meets on the third Friday of each month at 10.30am for 11am, meeting at the Gainsborough Greens Golf Club, Pimpama. All ladies are invited to make new friends with a welcoming group, enjoy lunch and a guest speaker. Proudly supporting the Smith Family, the Oxenford - Coomera VIEW Club is the most northern VIEW Club on the Gold Coast. Please RSVP to Vicki on 5501 9455 for lunch bookings and information.

Robina Red Cross Ladies ROBINA Red Cross Ladies are seeking Ladies to join them and assist with many fundraising activities as well as having monthly social outings. At the present time we meet on the 4th Thursday each month at 1pm in the Robina Community Centre Library room. Please give our President Margaret a call on 5570 1903 for more information. Page 24 - Gold Coast Seniors - March 2015

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The Friends of the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Inc.

THE Friends of the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Inc. welcomes visitors and new members to discover the Gardens. Perhaps join a free

guided walk and explore the wonderful planted areas starting at the Sensory Garden Shelter on the first Sunday and third Wednesday of every month at 10

a.m. No booking is required. Or join in on the next community Planting Day to be held from 9 am on March 22 2015. A sausage sizzle is pro-

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vided free to all participants afterwards. Refreshments are available every day from coffee@thegardens on the verandah of the Friends Centre. You’ll also find a Friends Centre volunteer from 10 am to 2 pm to answer any questions, browse the displays or find a variety of Gardens Fact Sheets and Gardens maps to help you plan and enjoy your visit. For information. or Phone 0449 561 674

IMAGINE planting 5,000 native plants while enjoying free wildlife shows, live music and art, and refreshing refreshments on a warm Autumn Sunday morning. That reality is about to happen as Gold Coast’s Biggest Tree Planting Day is almost here and the Gold Coast Catchment Association with Nerang Riverkeepers have once again organised the biggest tree planting effort for Healthy Waterways’ Connect to Your Creek Week. Live tunes by Leopold’s Treat will be a treat alongside free wildlife shows and other great activities free for everyone to connect to the creek while restore the wetland at Country Paradise Parklands. The free event will be held on Sunday 29th

March from 8am to 12pm at Country Paradise Parklands, 231 BeaudesertNerang Rd, Nerang. The event is proudly supported by the City of Gold Coast, Landcare Australia, Neutrogena Naturals, Regen Australia, Bunnings, Giga Signs, Healthy Waterways, the Gold Coast Catchment Association and Nerang Riverkeepers. For more information please visit or call 0423 846 494. All equipment will be provided and everyone is welcome. Cost: Free. For a photo opportunity please contact Naomi Edwards or 0423 84 64 94.

Help give mozzies the slap THAT’S the call out from Sunshine Coast Council with the warmer temperature, wet weather and high tides providing optimum breeding conditions for mosquitos. Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said council had an ongoing proactive control program to monitor and combat mosquitoes but residents could also play an important role in reducing the high numbers of little biters. “Mosquito breeding sites in saltmarsh areas and intertidal zones on the Sunshine Coast Council area total about 1000ha and ultimately impact the majority of residents along our coastal towns and westward to the Blackall Range. “During higher tidal inundations, typically around 12-15 per year, mosquito hatches are triggered and council’s proactive treatment program target as many of these saltmarsh mosquito breeding sites as possible. “We particularly target the Aedes vigilax mosquito which is a vector for chronic diseases such as Ross River Fever. “Controlling mosquito populations is a complex task as the average mosquito can travel

30 km in distance dependant on the tides and wind direction. “This week council has undertaken the fourth aerial mosquito larvae treatment of the season targeting the southern areas of the region. Post treatment surveying is now being completed to assess efficacy. “Further aerial treatments are planned next week in the northern areas.” Cr McKay said numerous breeding sites have also been detected in and around residential areas throughout the region. “Everyone can help to reduce mosquito impacts,” she said. “From cleaning up your yard to emptying water out of old pots, containers and tyres, there’s a number of small things you can do to help reduce the number of breeding sites around your home.” Mosquito populations usually rise to a peak in late summer but large populations can also occur at any time between September and April if favourable conditions for mosquito breeding occur. Council obtains State Government permits for mosquito treatments and abides by the conditions of the chemicals used.

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TWIN Towns & District Garden Club’s next meeting will be on Monday 9th March at the Tweed Heads Civic Centre with guest speaker Steven Wedd who will talk on dahlias. Meeting to start at 8.30 am NSW time with morning tea provided. Program includes benching, plant sales, raffles and lucky door prize. Come along and enjoy an informative morning with garden enthusiasts. Entry is $3.

GEMS Society GOLD Coast Entertainers and Musicians Society, invite members and friends to our monthly social evening on March 26th from 6pm, at the Mermaid Beach Bowls Club, Markeri St. for a relaxed night out in good company in which we can try out new numbers, and jokes, and fine tune our instruments etc. We have a nice choice from the dinner menu, and the evening ends about 9pm. Hope to see you there. Info call Isabel 5535 2513.

LEARN to play bridge in 2 days, Sunday 22nd and 29th March. This is a revolutionary method where you can learn to play bridge in 2 days, instead of eight weeks (8 x 2 hour lessons). Brush up your skills or learn new ones from our experienced teachers. The Gold Coast Bridge Club serves the community by promoting bridge, beginners classes and coaching at all levels. We conduct bridge sessions 6 days a week and 2 nights, and provide many social functions for members. For more information contact Cecily or Lynley 5576 2519 or 0418 984 856.

COOLANGATTA Tweed VIEW Club will hold its March Luncheon Meeting on Thursday 19th March at the South Tweed VIEW Club, Minjungbal Drive South Tweed Heads commencing at 11 a.m. for 11.30 a.m. DST. Members and guests are warmly invited to come along and listen to a very interesting speaker, Olwyn Anderson, a Naturopath and Counsellor. She will talk about being “Vibrantly Well at Any Age” with tips on how to maintain mobility and keep your brain sharp as the years pass. Please phone Kay on 5524 4089 to book in or with any apologies by Monday 16th March.


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News from THE TWEED 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 Monday prior to meeting or for information email;

The Twin Waters VIEW Club THE Twin Waters VIEW Club (Voice, Interest and Education of Women) is a friendship club for women of all ages. They will hold their next monthly luncheon meeting at The Loose Goose Restaurant, Twin Waters at 11.00am, on Thursday 12 March 2015.New members and guests are always welcome. You are assured of a warm welcome so come along, have some fun and make new friends. Our Guest Speaker is Luana Courtenay telling us about her recent trip to Uganda and Watoto as a

(L-R) Doreen Bell, Patricia Parkinson, Christine Cuthbertson, Jan O’Neill, Josephine Lahiff, Cynthia Barton, Margaret Mills, Stephanie Kinderis, Moira Cordiner (President)

volunteer. The cost is $27.00. RSVP: Before 5.00pm on Monday 9 March by calling 0487182644 (leave a message) or emailtwin Our March Social is on Thursday 26 March 2015.

Morning Tea or Lunch at French Sin, 1/205 Weyba Road, Noosaville. Cost $10.50 Morning Tea (Cake and Tea/Coffee) or $22.00 Lunch (Galettes and Tea/Coffee). RSVP: Call 0487182644 (leave a message) or email

twinwatersviewclub Twin Waters View Club supports the Learning for Life program which assists disadvantaged children of Australia so they can have an education and, The Smith Family.

Tweed area Computer Club THIS year, we have introduced a new course called “Backing Up Your Devices” where students are being taught how to transfer files from one device to another using the ‘cloud’ storage facilities such as Drop Box, Google Drive and One Drive – plus other external storage options. This class has been very well attended. Remember also this class starts the second Friday of each month, and we can only take 19 students at a time. Classes for Windows 8.1 are still being held Mondays, at 9.30am. This class is very popular, so much so, that we had to organise another class, which is held on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 am. The operating system has been updated to improve start up times but the appearance of the desktop still looks

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very similar to Windows 7. 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 Computers. People can join at any time but if they require more direct information they can attend the next “sign on” day on Friday 27 March 2015 at 11:00am to 1:00pm. Further information about the club can be obtained by visiting the club’s web site at or contacting Jenny on 07 55243057.

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TWEED Heads Bowls Club “Card Club” celebrated its “Tenth Anniversary” on Monday 16th February. On the 7 February 2005, twenty two interested ordinary members attended the inaugural meeting convened by a previous board member, Peter Harris. Five are current members & received recognition. Bowls Club Board of Directors donated and presented champagne to them. The Anniversary party was attended

by fifty current members who were treated to sandwiches & cake. The Card Club plays Euchre each Monday morning and Five Hundred in the afternoon, in the Opals room. More information can be obtained from the reception at the club. This Card Club has many social events throughout the year, a tournament, lunches, BBQ, various outings and a Christmas party.

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THE Tweed Hospital will be holding a Market Day at Noble Park Lakeside Village, Monarch Drive, Kingscliff commencing at 8.30 am until 1.00 pm on Friday 10 April 2015. Some of the stalls will be Craft, Hand knits, Trash and Treasure, Jewellery, Pre-loved Fashions, Books, Cakes and Jams and Pickles and more. There will also be a raffle to be drawn on the day with great prizes to be won.

Morning Tea will be available for purchase on the day. All money raised goes towards purchasing equipment for the Tweed Hospital. Come and join us for a fun day. The Sunday Bingo Sessions are still being held at the Tweed Heads Bowls Club commencing at 1.00pm. Lots of fun and great cash prizes to be one. Come along and support our local hospital.

U3A Twin Towns JOIN us for the first social outing of 2015. Tweed Coast Luxury Buses will take 35 people for an interesting and scenic tour around the Tweed Valley. Starting at the Tweed River Art Gallery we will have a look at the Margaret Olley section and any other parts of the gallery we have time for. We then head to Mullumbimby to the craft markets and have a picnic lunch. Afterwards we will head along scenic roads to Tyalgum where we will have afternoon tea and a walk around this historic town. The trip is on Saturday 21 March 2015 and the bus leaves Boyd Street premises at

8.30am Qld time then goes to the carpark opposite Tweed Heads Bowls Club at 8.45am Qld time for another pickup. Please decide where you will catch the bus and if you are working on Qld time or NSW time. We return approximately 4pm Qld time. The cost is $36 which includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon. This will be a fun day with some exciting venues. Please bring a water bottle and your own spending money. Contact us by email or visit our website u3atwintowns/

AOOB’s Twin Towns Branch OUR monthly meetings are held on the 1st Friday of each month at South Tweed Sports Club, Tweed Heads South at 2pm (NSW time) in the Secret Garden Room. We have guest speakers bi-monthly. All members and guests are invited to attend. Phone Evelyn on (07) 5599 8283.

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U3A Twin Towns Tea & Talk OUR speaker on Wednesday 11th March at 2pm Tweed Library will be Jenny Greenwood. Jenny is an experienced puppy raiser for Guide Dogs Queensland. She has found puppy raising a challenging and rewarding task. Jenny is able to tell what it’s like to get a squirming puppy which she must raise with the expectation that it will become a confident and well behaved dog in all situations. Jenny has agreed to share her experience with us and they are bound to be of interest. Join Jenny and members of U3A for an interesting afternoon, including afternoon tea after the talk.

U3A Tweed Coast U3A Tweed Coast invites you to attend a Forum at 2 pm on Friday 6th March 2015 at the Kingscliff Uniting Church, Kingscliff Street. Just three weeks out from the NSW State Election our guest speaker, a representative from the Australian Electoral Commission, will explain the voting process and highlight the importance of your vote. All welcome. Afternoon tea will be served ($2 donation). Enquiries call Ian 0478 451 706.

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TWIN Towns Day VIEW Club’s March meeting on the 5th should prove to be very interesting. A visit from Dennis Smith a Parkinson’s disease sufferer will give the ladies an informative, lighter

hearted look at the disease. Twin Towns Day VIEW start at 11am with a cuppa at the South Tweed Heads Sports Club. For apologies or guests please phone Freda on 07 5524 1357.

Do you know about Shuffleboard?

MANY people mistakenly think it is a board. Shuffleboard is a fun and friendly outdoor sport played on courts under shade cover. It is a gentle exercise for both mind and body. We encourage people of all ages – from seniors to grandchildren to take part. All equipment is supplied free of charge and an experienced player will teach you the rules of play. Free parking is available. The first morning is free, future mornings are $5 for non members, members $4 for members including morning tea.

Children are free. There is no need to be bored or lonely; we are always pleased to welcome visitors and new members. So come along and say g’day to us. Days of play are Monday, Wednesday and Saturday ([Elanora) Thursday (Coolangatta) 9.30 am to 12pm (Qld time). Elanora Club is at end of Pines Lane – exit 92 from north or south M1 highway. Coolangatta is on 3rd floor of “Showcase on the Beach” Griffith Street. For information phone Fay 5575 9203 or Marj 5536 3781.

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TWEED Border branch of National Seniors meets at South Tweed Sports Club; 4 Minjungbal Drive meets 10am on Wednesday18th March 2015. Guest speaker will be Ian Stuart. Bus outing is on 8th April to 4CRB Radio Station followed by lunch at a Burleigh Club bus leaves Tweed City at 8am, Tweed bowls club at 8.15am. All Deposits for extended trip to be paid at this meeting thank you. Inquiries to Jan on 07 5523 1255.

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nt e d n e p e d In g in y a t and S New intraocular lens technology for cataract patients

FOR the 1.5 million people living with cataracts in Australia, a new and exciting intraocular lens technology has just become available through See View Eye Specialist Clinic at John Flynn Private Hospital. The

TECNIS® Symfony lens will help to significantly reduce or even eliminate the need for glasses and contact lenses, giving patients an extended range of vision that will result in an increased level of freedom from

glasses for all distances. Dr Cathryn Edrich from See View Eye Specialist Clinic at John Flynn Private Hospital, Tugun, has successfully implanted these lenses since they were recently made available in Australia at the end

of 2014. “I became very interested in this lens after discovering that it offers significant advances over previous technologies. It is quite similar to a traditional lens implant but with the added benefits of improved reading

and contrast, yet with a much reduced incidence of glare, halos and other visual effects, familiar to other lens designs. Consequently it is not subject to the usual limitations and drawbacks associated with some of the other lens implants, making it a great visual solution for a much wider audience of refractive cataract patients,” said Dr

Edrich. “My experience so far has been very positive. I have seen a very high level of patient satisfaction with regards to both quality of vision and ability to see well close up, right through to far distance. By what my patients are saying, I feel that this lens implant represents a significant step forward, with the potential to help a much larger

number of patients, many of whom perhaps would not have been suitable candidates for previous lens technologies,” added Dr Edrich. The TECNIS® Symfony lens is available at John Flynn Private Hospital, Tugun. Contact Dr Cathryn Edrich at See View Eye Specialist Clinic on (07) 5598 0885 or visit:

Make it Happen! MOBILE screening service helps women make it happen. This month, women are being encouraged to maintain their breast health as part of their self-care regime and not delay getting screened. BreastScreen Queensland Gold Coast Service health promotion officer Julia Foreman said many appointments were available now for women to attend free breast cancer screening. “Many women are aware of the benefits of screening but find it difficult to find the time to attend this important health check, even when they know they need to,” Ms Foreman said. “It’s easy to put off having a breastscreen when you are busy juggling so many things, but I urge women to make this appointment a priority on their to-do list and make it happen.” To make it easier and more convenient for women from the southern Gold Coast

to attend, a mobile breast screening service is visiting The Pines, Elanora until mid-May. This is in addition to permanent services at Helensvale, Southport and West Burleigh. “Having a breastscreen only takes around 15 minutes but is potentially lifesaving.” Ms Foreman said the test helped to detect breast cancer in its very early stages when treatment could be more effective. It is recommended that women aged between 50 and 74 have a breastscreen every two years because this is the age group where the benefits of screening are most evident. “Women in their 40s and those aged over 75 are also welcome to access free screening at BreastScreen Queensland services,” she said. No doctor referral is necessary. For an appointment phone 13 20 50.

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SOLACE Association is an organisation for people grieving the Loss of a Partner. Our meetings are held 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, at 10.30am. Broadbeach Senior Citizens Centre, TE Peters Drive, Broadbeach. For further information, please phone Betty 5580 7034.

FIBROMYALGIA, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Support Group meets on the first Friday of every month at 10:30am (NSW Time) at the South Tweed Sports Club, 4 Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads South. All welcome. For further information call Bronwyn on 5593 9319.

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Further funding for people with mental illness and their carers THE Federal Government has announced it will extend funding for two programs that provides support for people with a mental illness and their carers. Organisations that currently receive funding to provide services under the Personal Helpers and Mentors program will have their contracts extended to 30 June 2016. Providers who deliver services under the Mental Health Respite: Carer Support program will also have their funding extended. Assistant Minister for

Social Services, Mitch Fifield, said the funding extension will ensure supports are maintained as the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme continues across the country. “The extension of these contracts will ensure people living with mental illness and those who care for them can still access these support services”, he said. The Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) program offers one-toone support to people aged 16 and over who are severely impacted by

mental illness. To deliver flexibility for PHaMs providers as they prepare to operate in an open market under the NDIS, some funding arrangements may change to adapt to the NDIS model. The Mental Health Respite: Carer Support program helps carers of people with mental illness to improve their wellbeing and enable them to maintain their important caring role. There will be no immediate changes for Mental Health Respite: Carer Support providers. Changes can be expected over time as the transition to NDIS continues, to ensure there are supports for families and carers in their caring roles. Courtesy: Senior Au (

Lifestyle tips for improved sleep BEFORE you try sleep supplements, doctors suggest you try these steps to sleep better. Keep noise and light to a minimum. Use earplugs, window blinds, heavy curtains, or an eye mask. Small nightlights in your bedroom and bathroom are a good idea. Avoid large meals two hours before bedtime. A light snack is fine. Don’t drink caffeine (including tea and soft drinks) four to six hours before bedtime. Regular exercise like walking will reduce stress hormones and help you sleep better. But don’t exercise within two hours of bedtime. You may have more difficulty falling asleep. Don’t nap late in the afternoon. Stop working on any task an hour before bedtime to calm your brain. Don’t discuss emotional issues right before bedtime. Keep pets outside your sleeping area if you can. Make sure your bedroom is well ventilated and at a comfortable temperature. Learn a relaxation technique like meditation or progressive relaxation.

Are you over 50 Living with Diabetes? your GP. Paul is passionate about supporting people in their health and is happy to discuss the program further with you or your GP. For more information regarding Moving Forward contact Paul Cavendish on 0406 665 856 or call the 60 & Better Program on 5525 6466. “MOVING Forward” is a free activity and education program for people with type 2 diabetes. This program is specifically designed for people over 50 in a comfortable environment at The Pines Meeting, 33 Guineas Creek Rd, Elanora. Health advice and practice has greatly improved for diabetes. This program is based on successful large studies that combined nutrition and activity goals to achieve great results. Moving Forward is delivered by an Exercise Physiologist and experienced allied health professional, Paul Cavendish, that is

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community news Volunteers required for children’s charity RADIO Lollipop is an international children’s charity that provides, care, comfort, play and entertainment to sick children and their families in hospital. We operate an in-house radio station and involve the children in fun and activities throughout the wards. Our organisation is run entirely by volunteers and we pride ourselves on providing a professional service within a hospital environment. We are looking for reliable and conscientious volunteers who can make a weekly commitment to our team. Our upcoming intake begins with two information sessions on Wednesday March 11 and Thursday March 12. For more information on the intake process please contact

Breaking news from Southport AWL Op Shop by Donna Mroz Turcic WHILE the Animal Welfare League Qld Op Shop at 18B Young Street in Southport has long been a hotspot for anyone looking for great bargains of the preloved variety, the newlyopened AWLQ Emporium, directly next door at 18C, aims to attract clientele interested in vintage items and collectibles. Dedicated volunteers, together with generous public donations that range from kitchen wares to clothing and jewellery; furniture and bedding to books and toys, make the centrally-located and well-known Op Shop not only a worthwhile stop but a lot of fun too. The Emporium will also rely on community

involvement, with all monies raised from both locations going towards AWLQ dog and cat rehoming centres in southeast Queensland. The centres provide food, shelter, vet care and re-homing opportunities to some 10,000 animals each year. Over time, well-known local artist Mal Hodges has gifted many items to the Southport Animal Welfare League Qld Op Shop, as well as to Lifeline. Mal has particularly enjoyed donating artworks; giving those who may otherwise not have the opportunity to buy an original oil painting the chance to do so at a greatly reduced price. The AWLQ Op Shop

Animal Welfare League Qld volunteers Marian, 72, of Southport (on left), and Gwen, 74, of Ashmore hold oil paintings donated to the AWL Op Shop by artist Mal Hodges

and new Emporium are Garden Street. Hours are tucked away off Young 9 am to 3 pm Monday to Street, near the corner of Friday.

National Servicemen’s Association Australia Gold Coast South – Twin Towns Branch THE Gold Coast South – Twin Towns Branch of the National Servicemen’s Association of Australia Serving from Tallebudgera to The Tweed, will hold its next “Annual General Meeting” on Sunday the 15th March 2015 at 10am Qld Time, in the “ RSL Sub Branch Anzac Room” Twin Towns Services Club, Resort.

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If you served in any Forces of the Commonwealth “between” 1951 -1972 then why not bring your Partner along and join us at our Meetings. Come along and re kindle the camaraderie you experienced during your Service. New Members are always welcome to attend. For further information phone: 07 5513 0665

O P C S A T D R S TRAVEL Travel for over 50s

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Escorted Seniors Tours by Rail, Coach or Air with years of experience. Picture yourself overlooking the Marina and hand feeding the exotic reef fish in the Whitsundays, or travelling by coach on day tours with fun interesting commentary in beautiful locations. Our meals while on tour are delicious. They are prepared by very talented chefs who continue to keep presenting meals that leave your taste buds tingling. For those of you on special diets no need to worry our chefs are also very experienced and will do their best to assist you with your needs. Our aim is to keep you smiling. Our tours provide guests with a well rounded experience that you may not get if travelling independently of a tour group. For more information regarding these great tours, please call Ian or Robyn and the team at Great Value Holidays on our toll free number 1300 722 661 or email they will send you a brochure. Alternatively go to

OUR new 2015 tour brochures are out and we are taking lots of bookings. Why not treat yourself and join us on a Great Value Escorted Rail Holiday Adventure to Cairns, Whitsundays, Townsville or the Outback towns of Longreach and Winton. We also have tours that include travelling on Great Southern Rails Ghan or Indian Pacific trains. Also new is our Fly /Coach Tours to Tasmania, Melbourne & Great Ocean Road , Canberra Floriades and much more. We know that price and quality is important, because our clients have told us, that’s why they keep coming back to us year after year. All tours include meals, accommodation, interesting day tours, transfers and a helpful fun Tour Host .The properties we use have been awarded for their quality and great service. The tours have been fine tuned with your enjoyment and comfort in mind visiting regions of interest and are run by local operator’s





• 8 metres at highest points • 10 metres wide (avg) • 156 counties crossed • 723 beacon towers • 3357 wall platforms • 7062 lookout towers

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Ready to go round Australia Brand new conversion on Toyota Coaster This popular deluxe model 2005 air conditioned Toyota Coaster, is set up with a brand new professional conversion by Motor Home Conversions Brisbane. The Coaster is manual, diesel with a 4cyl turbo charged motor and is set up to tow a Mazda car on a brand new trailer. Reduced from $115,000 to $98,000 due to unplanned circumstances. For more information and photos view on Gumtree or call Wal on 0437 375 195.

Friday 17 to Wednesday 2nd April STEAMFEST IN MAITLAND Ride historic NSW trains and explore old mining sites, historic hotels and villages

St. Patrick’s Day Mystery Tour ......... 17 Mar Bangalow Mkts & Byron Bay ............ 22 Mar Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World ....................... Margaret Olley Art Centre & Sphinx Rock Cafe ......... Glow Worms at Cedar Creek ........................................ Autumn at Garden of Light & Flutterbies ................... Mt Tamborine Mkt Day ................................................ Magical Montville & Maleny ......................................... Robotic Dairy & 4Real Milk .......................................... Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre .................................... Eumundi Mkts & Ginger Factory ................................. Page 32 - Gold Coast Seniors - March 2015

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Saturday 2nd May RAIL and SAIL Steam train to Sandgate, bus to Redcliffe and boat to Southbank. Or do in reverse. Our 2015 Tour Brochure available NOW! Please phone Jan to make sure you receive your copy

“Book early as seats are limited”

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Memories Await with Wendy Wu Tours GROUP tour specialists Wendy Wu Tours have a selection of off the beaten track holiday experiences in Asia for adventurous and curious travellers seeking a unique experience while enjoying the comfort and security that comes when travelling as part of a group. These tours feature remote areas which can be hard to reach by independent travellers, however accessibility is made easy through Wendy Wu Tours’ range of Epic Journeys, led by expert guides. One of the most popular epic journeys is the 24-day fully inclusive, “Mongolia &The Naadam Festival” group tour departing 8 July 2015. This

comprehensive program travels through the heart of the country as a roundtrip from Ulaanbaatar with two and a half days devoted to the unique festivities of the Naadam Festival which celebrates the history of the Mongolian people and culture. The fully inclusive package includes return Cathay Pacific flights departing Brisbane and is priced from $9,715 per person twin share. For a unique experience, the 26-day “Road to Samarkand” tour journeys through remote historical cities in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan along the Silk Road viewing ancient architecture and breathtaking scenery including a three night stay in

Samarkand, one of Central Asia’s oldest settlements. The tour is priced from $8,870 per person twin share and departs on 4 October 2015 flying China Southern Airlines. Wendy Wu Tours escorted group tours are fully inclusive of return international economy airfares, all departure taxes, accommodation and all meals, all transportation, daily tours and entrance fees, an Englishspeaking national tour escort and/or local guides and visas for Australian passport holders. Fuel surcharge and tipping are also included and subject to change. For more details on Wendy Wu Tours group tours and

epic journeys contact your local Travellers Choice consultant today on 1300 78 78 58 or visit www.travellers

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Bir thday surprise!

nd and five student One birthday – one husba r days – told to ask no fou borders. Told to pack for d for students. questions- but to leave foo y early morning. I had ver rt Taken to Brisbane airpo to Hamilton Island made noises about going iting to go SOMEwa months before, but while for Hamilton Island now – WHERE I heard boarding thought well that is but we made no move so arded a plane still no down the tubes. Finally bo as we start to take off as idea where I was going – aker – Good morning voice comes over the spe ard and it is her we have a passenger on bo a where she is going ide birthday and she has no is going to Hamilton well we have to tell her she the champagne. A Island, with that out comes nt and when arriving very nice few days were spe m I hope you enjoyed home my Son said well Mu joyed your meals but that the boys certainly en one dirty dish. Once they haven’t done or moved er switched it on home I loaded the dishwash cked it and washed and it wouldn’t go so unpa you can’t win them all them all by hand. Oh well can you.


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WAGGA WAGGA New South Wales WHA WHATT : Hear Heartt of the Riverina Region WHY: National Art Glass Gallery houses the world class, significant collection of contemporary art glass

BONUS: Spirit of the Land Festival 10 & 11 October at nearby Lockhart amazing farm art sculptures created from recycled metal, farm materials & elements of the land

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Travel TALES

Sherry Cherie?

The most memorable day in our holiday began in a large deli in heart of Noumea. Blessed with great weather and a nice balcony at our accommodation we decided to eat in. Choosing the nearest deli with an impressive, delectable stack of goodies, Patrick, my husband, asked if I needed help. I replied with a show of shaky confidence “I’m fine” so he with his four years of schoolboy French happily tamped his exotic tabac in his new pipe and settled outside. I soon realised I had chosen probably the only deli with non-English speaking staff! With great aplomb and a lousy pseudo French twang I requested four large vol-au-vents and a dry white wine. The pastries I could point at, but the wine was labeled in French, not a brut or sec in sight! I had the immediate attention of all four staff and approximately ten customers. Arms were waving, voices raised, “Moi” ignored and fun had by all except Patrick who hastily damped his pipe and hurried to my aid. A staff member with an enormous smile and a moustache to match pointed at custard tarts and fish. “I’m not hungry any more” I wailed. “Non, non petite” said hubby “He is asking if you want wine with fish or desert!” Undaunted, we stopped at a department store to buy a bottle of sherry. After his recent victory Patrick boldly approached a gorgeous dark eyed Frenchman unloading a crate of alcohol and asked for a bottle of sherry. A blank look crept over the beautiful countenance. Patrick tried again; an expressive shrug greeted the last effort. In desperation hubby enunciated loudly “Sherr-ee” (Cherie). Our beauty glared at him grabbed the half empty crate and stomped off. As realization dawned, Patrick grabbed my hand and we quickly left behind another interested audience. I laughed all the way back to the hotel!

If you have a humorous travel story, photo or travel tips to share with our readers please send them to Email: and in the subject matter write Travel Tales. Also include your name, address and daytime phone number, or you can the post the above to Travel Tales, Shop2, 12 Project Avenue, Noosaville 4566. If you would like your photo to be returned please include a stamped self addressed envelope. Please keep your entries brief and photos should be in high resolution.

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EAT Wagga RSL – the Club Bistro offers ten $10 lunch choices with complimentary ice cream, Monday to Friday.

EAT Cottontail Winery Fine dining with mains around $38, also a full tapas menu and wood-fired pizzas.

SLEEP Mercury Motor Inn – airconditioned rooms, wifi access, pool and barbeque, $70 per night.

SLEEP The Manor – two-storey federation boutique B&B with luxury spa suites at Wagga Wagga, King George Suite $250 per night.

DO Stroll the nature walk along the banks of the Murrumbidgee River and cool off with a dip at Wagga Beach. Cast in a line and angle for a metre-plus Murray Cod. Visit the Botanic Gardens and take a fun ride on the miniature railway for $2.

DO Visit the award winning Charles Sturt University Winery. Hit the skies with Wagga Warbirds ultimate adventure flight $495pp. Take a master pasta class and learn to make gnocchi and ravioli, $145pp, or try your hand at one of the gourmet cooking courses with Food I Am.


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Rail and Sail to Redcliffe


WHEN we travel, it’s often love at first bite. Food Lover’s Guide to the World presents a lifetime of eating experiences that will lead you from one end of the globe to the other. Take your taste buds on a tour around the world and cook up your next great culinary adventure. Includes celebrity food-lover contributions, best places to find local dishes in cities great and small, cultural tips and how-to-eat etiquette, introductions by Mark Bittman and James Oseland, and more than 50 recipes to cook back home.

THE popular Sunshine Express Rail Tours Rail and Sail journey is on again this year on Saturday May 2nd. The train leaves Roma Street Station, heads South to Yeerongpilly, across to Corinda then returns to the city and, travelling around the exhibition loop continues on to Sandgate. In true co-ordinated style reminiscent of the 1950’s, a bus will be waiting at Sandgate to transport passengers to Redcliffe, crossing the mouth of the Pine River over the bridge which replaced the old Hornibrook Highway. After a short walk along the new Redcliffe Pier, you will board the MV “Queenslander” which will be waiting to take you on a leisurely journey across the bay and up the River to Southbank while you

enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch on board. This trip can also be done in the reverse direction. There is also a train only option as well. In April (17-22), if you make your own way to Maitland, you can join us on our Maitland Steamfest Tour. Ride historic steam trains and railmotors on Saturday and Sunday morning then on Sunday afternoon enjoy a lunch cruise the beautiful Newcastle Harbour. A coach tour on Monday and Tuesday will visit old mining sites as well as historic hotels and villages. After a little more exploring on Wednesday morning, you will be dropped off at Broadmeadow station or the airport. For more information phone 3252 1759.

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Cairns expecting bumper crop this year

POSTCARDS Travel for over 50s

BY PHIL HAWKES AFTER several years of low growth, Cairns is well and truly on the move as a holiday destination for S.E. Queenslanders. Despite the April 2014 blow-in from an unwelcome young lady called Ita, total domestic visitor numbers to Cairns for the year ending September 2014 rose by a modest 1.2%. But according to Kate Duffy of Tourism Tropical North Queensland, arrivals from Brisbane went up by 50% in the same period. This is a remarkable figure indicating a positive trend for Cairns to regain its mojo as a destination Hot Spot. There are some good reasons for this recent success. Many of us from S.E. Qld have been to Cairns more than once in the past, and possibly it had slipped off our radar. We’ve had such an overwhelming fascination with overseas travel and cruises that traditional holiday places suffered. A lack of exciting new Cairns destination products didn’t help. All this is changing. The city itself has had a brush-up, with new hotel brands such as Pullman entering the market, providing a more genuine 5 star offering at reasonable rates. There are plenty of decent 3 and 4 star lodgings and B&Bs as well. And from recent experience, it’s at last possible to get a decent barista coffee in many places around town…an essential for those of us who demand our morning hit. There are plenty of excellent dining choices too, ranging from the Great Aussie Informal [pubs] to multi-ethnic cafes and fine dining in the hotels. All with a tropical flavour, of course. Another reason for growing numbers is the availability and cost of air fares from just $69 one way. Cairns Airport CEO, Kevin Brown, said the introduction of Tigerair’s Brisbane – Cairns service in April last year was a boost to domestic seat capacity into the city. “The new Tigerair service is a great success,” Mr Brown said.

Apart from its laid-back city lifestyle, Cairns is a great base for many other attractions of the region. Here are some highlights: • A daytrip to the Outer Barrier Reef for diving, snorkelling or just watching the marine life from a glass bottom boat • A cruise to Green Island where you can snorkel off the beach • A ferry to Fitzroy Island’s beaches and coral gardens • Nearby Palm Cove for alfresco dining and spa treatments • The Skyrail or scenic train to Kuranda with its colourful markets • The world’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest in the Daintree • A road trip to Port Douglas for fine restaurants and the Sunday markets • Spanish castles at Paronella Park • The Atherton Tablelands for a hot air balloon flight and farmers’ markets • Cairns Botanic Gardens for magnificent tropical flora and horticulture With so many things to do, and with the advent of affordable flights from Brisbane [book early to get cheapest fares], rediscovering Cairns should be on your radar. No wonder the local tourism industry is excited about the prospect of a bumper year in 2015.



• The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. • A popular tourist destination The Great Barrier Reef has over two million visitors each year. Tourism to the reef generates approximately AU$5-6 billion per year. • The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is greater in size than the United Kingdom, Holland and Switzerland combined. • Thirty species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises have been recorded in the Great Barrier Reef.

$1299 – fare includes: Accommodation, Kondari Hotel Resort, all dinners, breakfasts (1) lunch – Kingfisher Bay, all admissions, Maryborough, Portside, boat cruise – Kingfisher Bay, Snakes Downunder, Old Chemist Shop – Childers, Discovery Sphere, Reef World, Majestic Theatre film and morning tea. $1,299 inc. GST HOME PICK UP AND RETURN: Sunshine Coast Area, Caboolture, Redcliffe, Brisbane Area, Redlands Area, Gold Coast, Tweed Heads, Banora, Kingscliff. OUTBACK QLD EXPLORER LONGREACH – WINTON – AUST AGE OF DISOSAURS – CHARLEVILLE COSMOS CENTRE – EMERALD – ROMA – BLACKALL $1,799.00 – 9 DAYS – 21st-29 June Fare Includes: Good Motels – Breakfasts & Dinners Admissions: Charleville Cosmos Centre, Age of Dinosaurs, Longreach Hall of Fame, Qantas Museum, Thompson River Sunset Cruise and Drovers Dinner. HOME PICK UP AND RETURN: Sunshine Coast Area, Caboolture, Redcliffe, Brisbane Metro, Redlands, Gold Coast, Tweed Heads, Banora Pt, Kingscliff. Sunshine Coast, Caboolture, Redcliffe, Brisbane Metro Area, Redlands, Gold Coast, Tweed Heads, Banora Pt, Kingscliff Will mail Itinerary on all tours, Please Phone Sunshine Coast / Brisbane: 3343 6722 - Gold Coast: 5520 1499

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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Regional Arts Development Fund – Round 2

THE 2014-15 RADF program heralds the beginning of a more flexible and innovative approach to supporting Arts and Culture on the Gold Coast. While it’s not all about the money, it certainly helps. If you’re a local artist, creative business or organisation, grants are available to bring your big idea to life. Your project should be bold, collaborative and fuel the cultural charge that’s happening on the Gold Coast. Take a look at our Culture Strategy 2023 to help spark some ideas or see how your current ideas might support one or all four of the strategic outcomes in the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the Cultural Precinct. The Regional

Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership program between Arts Queensland and City of Gold Coast (City). RADF provides one-off, short-term, projectbased financial assistance to support professional development and employment of artists and cultural workers in regional Queensland, and to support community cultural development activities. The closing date for round 2 is 20 March 2015. Applicants are urged to discuss their application with Arts and Culture staff before submitting. For further information please contact Daniel Carroll, RADF Liaison Officer on 07 5581 6075, or email

Movies in the park THERE is no better way to spend a summer’s night than kicking back under the stars in the great outdoors watching a movie. So grab your grandchildren, a rug, bring a picnic or support your local food vendors and have a great fun night at one of the following venues: Broadwater Parklands, Southport for ‘The Lego Movie’, Saturday 14 March. Movie starts at 7pm. Green Grove Park, Pimpama for the screening of Turbo (PG) on Saturday 28 March.Movie starts at 7pm. Activities from 5pm. For more dates and locations visit If weather is uncertain, phone 07 5581 7016 or visit for cancellation advice.

Seniors Cinema screening SENIORS Cinema screening will be held on the 19 March 2015 at 10.30am (Thursday) Auditorium, Robina Community Centre PHILOMENA Drama, Rated M, 98 Minutes Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark Seniors will be able to enjoy a free cinema screening of the movie “Philomena”. Come and enjoy this free event, bring your family and friends to see a great movie. Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, young Philomena Lee is sent to the convent of Roscrea to be treated as a “fallen woman”. When her baby is only a toddler, he is whisked away by the nuns to America for adoption. Philomena spends the next 50 years searching for him in vain. In

late middle age, Philomena meets Martin Sixsmith, a world-weary journalist as cynical as Philomena is trusting. Together they set off for America on a journey that reveals the extraordinary story of Philomena’s son, as well as the powerful bond that grows between Philomena and Martin. Based on a true story. The next Seniors Cinema screenings will be held on 18 June and 22 October 2015 (movies to be advised). *** ALL DATES MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE *** If you don’t want to miss out on any Upcoming Events, please contact my office to be added to our mailing list. Councillor Jan Grew on ph 5582 8255 or email -

Anzac Day at Robina ANZAC DAY 25 April 2015 (Saturday) March from 8.30am, service begins at 9.00am Auditorium, Robina Community Centre and War Memorial The annual ANZAC Day march and ceremonies will be held here at Robina, are always very well attended by our Veterans and their families, Dignitaries, school children and the public in general, as this day is respectfully and solemnly celebrated. The march will begin at 8.30am from outside Target, in Arbour Lane, at the Robina Town Centre. If you would like to take part in

the march, please arrive by 8.15am. This year the Gold Coast Tweed Pipes and Drums will again lead the parade, comprising veterans, community members, local school children and cadets. Residents and their families are strongly encouraged to line the streets to support the parade. The Anzac Day Service will take place from 9.00am in the auditorium of the Robina Community Centre. You are invited to attend the Service, and to also lay a wreath, if you would like to do so. Morning tea will be served after the Service.




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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Tweed Theatre Company Presents Brilliant Lies DAVID Williamson’s Brilliant Lies is a serious comedy which examines the subject of sexual harassment in the workplace. A manipulative woman, Susy, (Lori Stewart) is fired from her job by her boss and company manager, Gary (Peter Gray), and his boss and company owner, Vince (Craig Smith). Susy claims sexual harassment in hopes of snagging a settlement, while her former boss contends his innocence in hopes of protecting his

assets. A mediation hearing, led by mediator, Marion (Lyn Edwards) is called to sort out the claims. Susy calls on her sister Katy (Leonie Richards) to back up her story. But Katy has her own problems with their father (Jim Fury), while their brother (Christopher Jacks) tries to keep the peace. As the case heads towards a tribunal hearing, working out just who is telling the truth and who is telling a pack of brilliant lies is the challenge the

audience will face. This play explores the nature of truth and lies. It is directed by Raelene Richards, who has also directed Daylight Saving and most recently Secret Bridesmaid’s Business. We advise there are some adult themes. Performance Dates are April 10th to 26th Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm and Sunday. 2.00pm. Location is

Cast of Brilliant Lies

Tweed Heads Civic Centre – corner of Wharf and Brett Streets, Tweed Heads (next door to Tweed Heads Bowls Club). BYO drinks & snacks and enjoy a great night out at the theatre with table seating for groups of 8. Bookings now open and online at or ring 1800 674 414 or at the door

Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra

The NRSO is deeply honoured to present the world premiere performance of “A Song for Gallipoli” by acclaimed Australian composer, George Dreyfus AM. Featuring lyrics from poetry by World War I soldier Charles Hamilton Sorley, sung by soloist Susan Gallagher, we stand humbled and united to commemorate the Centenary of the ANZAC Sunday 29th March 2015, 2.30pm NSW time (1.30pm QLD time), Tweed Heads Civic Centre Brett St, Tweed Heads. Tickets: General $40, Concession $35, Students $15, or phone: 0466 819 154, or at Murwillumbah Music Ph 02 6672 5404 Tweed Heads Civic Centre Box Office will be open from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th March, 10am-3pm (cash only please) Tickets (cash only) also available at the door if not sold out. Lest we forget. Program also includes: Beethoven - Symphony No. 7, Copland - Fanfare for the Common Man, Handel - Lascia Chio Pianga from the Opera Rinaldo, Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture.

Brain Training

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Number Jig: 7344 6512 Initials: 1. Antony and Cleopatra 2. Honesty is the best policy 3. Charles Dickens 4. The Weakest Link 5. Mad Dogs and Englishmen Go Out in the Midday Sun Answers from page 42 Wild Words: 1. Sea breeze 2. Outside chance 3. Red letter day 4. Family Fortunes

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community news Oxley Day Club

A friendly chat on the beach

OXLEY Day Club meets every Monday 10am to 2pm (except public holidays) at Bray Park Murwillimbah. Cost is $7 which includes morning tea/lunch, entertainment, activities, quizzes, games, exercises and guest speakers. Transport may be available. Phone Janelle 0479 154 737 or Rhonda 6672 5234.

BRISBANITES Sylvia and Ron regularly holiday on the Gold Coast. While strolling along Burleigh Heads beach recently they stopped to chat with a keen fisherman, also named Ron. It turns out that this proud local walks the beach each morning and fishes daily. As well, he has three children active in the surf life saving movement. It would be hard to guess but the combined ages of this sprightly threesome turned out to be 247, with Sylvia 81 and her husband Ron 86, while Ron from Burleigh the youngster of the group at 80.

Dealine for our April edition of Gold Coast Tweed Seniors Newspaper is 1st April

FREE 4 SALE CLASSIFIEDS BEDSPREAD Queen size Sheridan “Belvedere” design, green with pink flowers. Good condition cost $400 sell $50. Ph 07 5665 8485 Coomera. BIRD CAGE and stand, round 63 x 43 cm $50 Ph 5538 3458 Broadbeach. CHAIRS Four parker dining chairs teak with oatmeal colour seats and backs excellent condition $100 Ph 07 5579 8449 Clear Island Waters.

DVD PLAYER as new $20, new doona cover (cream) $15, Serving Tray $10 Ph 5513 1989 Banora Point.

ELECTRO Reflexologist foot massager with extra pads for other body parts. Unused gift for quick sale $50 Ph 07 5536 1521 Tweed Heads

GREEN MASTER Lawn Bowls XVI Size 4H, dimples, Mottled Cherry $275 Ph 02 6674 5330 Kingscliffe

LADIES SHOES “Rieker” brand anti-stress lace up size 41 (9-9.5) brand new Paid $120 sell $60 ONO Ph 0415 562 628 Runaway Bay

FREE 4 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, location and the selling price are clearly stated. Items for sale must not exceed $500. Conditions apply: Free For Sale classifieds are for private party advertising only. No business adverts accepted. Please print the first word of your classified in CAPITALS, and the rest of the advert should be in lower case. All adverts must be accompanied by the name, address and phone number of the person placing the advertising. Please submit FREE classifieds only by post, fax or email to our office. (No adverts will be accepted over the telephone.) Wanted items are no longer accepted. POST your adverts to: ‘GCT Free 4 Sale,’ Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors Newspaper, Shop 2/12 Project Avenue, Noosaville 4566 FAX adverts to: 5474 4975 EMAIL: (All emailed adverts must be in lower case, except for the first word, which should be in capitals.)

Gold Coast Super Swap Meet & Show N Shine TH

17 ANNUAL Gold Coast Super Swap Meet & Show N Shine proudly brought to you by the Automobile Restorers Assoc. Gold Coast. Formerly the Carrara Super Swap, we now have found a new home at Country Paradise Parklands, Nerang Beaudesert Rd, Just 2km west of Nerang. Set up from 2pm Saturday for sites. Swap Entry via back gate Billabirra Crescent. Look for signs on Nerang Beaudesert Rd. Entry from 6am Sunday not before! Public entry and Show n Shine Entry from front gate on Nerang Beaudesert Rd, Entry from 7am Sunday, not before! Adults $5.00 each, Kids under 12 Free when accompanied by adult. Swap sites are $10.00 which includes driver, open to all vintage

and classic cars and parts, antiques, collectables, model cars, motoring books etc. Trade sites are $25.00. Pre booked undercover sites are available for $30-$35, call 0449 997 149 to book, no booking required for outside sites. Show N Shine is open to all makes and models of cars and commercials, 18 trophies up for grabs for restored and modified vehicles, Best Club Attendance Trophy as well. Show N Shine entry is $5.00 for display only, $5.00 extra for judging. All cars must be on-site by 9am for Judging. Caterers on site, for more info on Swap or Show n Shine call 0449 997 149 Email: or check out our website or find us on Facebook!

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ACROSS 2 Goes further down 7 Cruel trick 8 A scrap 10 Wanted 11 Space 12 Group of actors 13 Smoothing device 14 Strain 16 Half 18 Not many 20 Top set 21 Regretting 22 Act of quickening

DOWN 1 Singers in group 2 Part of pedestal 3 Free from 4 Not public 5 Relatives 6 Type of drink 9 Austere 15 Very cold 17 Marvellous drink 18 Leg bone 19 Cause to happen

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Play It Again Sam “PLAY It Again Sam” by Woody Allen performed at Javeenbah Theatre situated at Cnr Stevens & Ferry Streets, Nerang. Opening Night on Saturday 14 March at 8pm at a cost of $27, including supper. The following all at $20 per person – Sunday 15 March at 2pm, Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 March; Thursday 26 to Saturday 28 March. For futher information phone Doreen on 0403 810 940 or visit:

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2 Gets lower English river enclosures 7 Exclamation of surprise gets a ten for a practical joke 8 A jot in the Greek alphabet 10 Seriously wanted a title indeed 11 Part of house giving enough space 12 Throw down calcium on the street 13 Level surface around Nepal 14 Used fist to separate coarse parts 16 Disseminate with just half 18 Not many seen in ends of the draw 20 Lie about note for special group 21 Being sorry you finished in circle 22 I’m out in salt causing invigoration

1 Rich stores provided for them singing in choir 2 Father with nothing in a pedestal 3 Former spoiled pet holds many not subject to some obligation 4 Military rank belonging to just one person 5 See cousin first in different relatives 6 Turf a drink named with water

‘Seniors Who Love to Sing’ The Pankina Singers est. 1996 OUR male & female group entertain other seniors within the Gold Coast region. We are looking for new singers, especially, (but not only) males, to bolster our current numbers (25). Our programs are varied and are relevant to the age group of our audience. We use songbooks so you don’t have to memorize the lyrics. Our professional pianist tutors us, and accompanies us at our performances. You do not pay any membership fee. Occasionally, however, you

may be asked to contribute $5 towards the printing cost of our revised song sheets. Practice is on a Thursday, 10am to 12 noon, at Aveo, 1 Glenside Dr, Robina, and we perform usually about once per week. We car-pool to save on individual’s fuel costs. Rediscover your voice & and join us in song, in fellowship, in community contribution. For more details, you can contact, Rose Ph 5525 1117, Maree Ph 5526 7440 mob 0415 984 228 or email

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SOUTHPORT RSL Sub Branch will be commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli Landings on the 25th April 2015. For more information call Southport RSL Sub Branch on 5552 4214. The Dawn Service will include March Step of time 04.30hrs at Short


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9 A light cord net turned unpleasantly dry 15 Very cold set of gear if turned outside and finished 17 Magic potion in helix irruption 18 Human bone finishes off the form you bear 19 Not strong about right to carry out something

Word Trivia Chrononhotonthologos (20 letters) is the longest word with only one repeated vowel. Two other long words with this property are strengthlessnesses (18 letters) and defencelessnesses (17 letters).

Seniors Cinema Screening SENIORS will be able to enjoy a free cinema screening of “Philomena” in the Auditorium of the Robina Community Centre on Thursday 19 March. Based on a true story, the film features Judi Dench, Steve Coogan and Sophie Kennedy Clark. Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, young Philomena Lee is sent to the convent of Roscrea to be treated as a fallen woman. When her baby is only a toddler, he is whisked away by the nuns to America for adoption and Philomena spends the next 50 years searching for him in vain. In late middle age, Philomena meets Martin Sixsmith, a world-weary journalist as cynical as Philomena is trusting. Together they set off for America on a journey that reveals the extraordinary story of Philomena’s son, as well as the powerful bond that grows between Philomena and Martin. Seniors and their families are invited to come and enjoy the free event and take the opportunity to see a great movie. ‘Philomena’ will screen at 10.30am on Thursday, 19 March at Robina Community Centre, 196 Robina Town Centre Drive and is a free event. The next Seniors Cinema Screenings after this will be held on 18 June and 22 October.

Who do you call… Seniors Card 137 468 or 1800 175 500 (free call outside Brisbane) Centrelink: Retirement 132 300 Disability, Sickness & Carers 132 717 Employment Services 132 850 Seniors Enquiry Line 1300 135 500 Department of Veteran Affairs 133 254 or 1800 555 254 (Regional) National Information Centre on Retirement Investments (NICRI) 1800 020 110 National Aged Care Information 1800 200 422

community news Tweed Heads and Coolangatta RSL-Sub Branch Gallipoli Re-enactment to honour ANZAC Centenary

IN the moments before the first rays of sunlight peek over the horizon on ANZAC Day, Jack Evans Boat Harbour at Tweed Heads will become a giant outdoor stage for a dramatic re-enactment of the dawn landing by the ANZACs on the beach at Gallipoli. Funded by an Australian Government ANZAC Centenary Grant, Tweed Heads & Coolangatta RSL Sub-branch and Twin Towns Services Club, the re-enactment on ANZAC Day, 25 April 2015, is expected to bring thousands of people to the boat harbour parklands behind Twin Towns to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli. Dr John Griffin from the Tweed Heads &

Coolangatta RSL Subbranch said more than a year of planning has already taken place, with the finishing touches now being added to the most ambitious and momentous endeavour ever undertaken by their organisation. “The Gallipoli re-enactment will be a unique opportunity for people of all ages to step into the boots of our diggers and relive those fateful moments of the dawn landing at Gallipoli. “Specialist consultants have been contracted to write the full musical backdrop and create a spectacular light and sound show to simulate the heavy fire from rifle and artillery faced by the diggers when they rowed into shore at Gallipoli on

25 April 1915,” said Dr Griffin. “Throughout our planning stages, we have always maintained a strong focus on historical accuracy. We want our re-enactment to pull people back in time and give them some sense of what it felt like for our Aussie diggers when they landed on that beach at Anzac Cove 100 years ago,” he said. “Younger generations will view a snapshot of the hardship and sacrifice

their forebears endured on that fateful day that ultimately gave them the opportunity to live the life that they do,” he said. Adding to its authenticity, the Gallipoli re-enactment will get underway at approximately 4.30am. Two massive 6 metre wide video screens will be positioned in the parklands to ensure all those attending have a good view of the proceedings. Four surf boats from the Coolangatta and Tweed

Heads-Coolangatta surf clubs will carry 40 young rowers, dressed in authentic WWI uniforms and carrying armoury and backpacks from the era. Dr Griffin said participation by the surf lifesavers adds to the authenticity of the re-enactment as the soldiers who landed at Gallipoli would have been about the same age. “When we approached the surf club to ask if they would like to be involved, we were overwhelmed by

their response. Everyone wanted to be a part of it,” he said. “The 100th Anniversary of Gallipoli will be a significant occasion for all Australians. War has touched the lives of almost every one of us, including some of the rowers who will participate in the event. Some had grandparents, greatgrandparents or great uncles or aunts who served their country during World Wars I and II. “This day is about the spirit of ANZAC, and the

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human qualities of courage, mateship and sacrifice that are, to this day, an integral part of the make-up of our national identity. “These qualities, especially courage and mateship, are inherent in the young men and women who make up our Surf Clubs.” The Gallipoli re-enactment will be followed by the Tweed Coolangatta RSL Sub-branch Dawn Service at 5am, which is predicted to be the biggest in the border towns’ history.

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Soldiers marching down Queen Street, past the General Post Office, Brisbane, 1942 John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg: 203559

DO you remember when South Brisbane was just docks and fish markets? When dancers spun around the ballroom at Cloudland? Do you remember when World War II came knocking on our door? In 1942

Brisbane was a big country town jumping at shadows, never knowing if that buzz in the air is a cicada or a squadron of merciless Japanese Zeroes. World War II took the city’s innocence, and that of 14-year-old Danny Fisher. Danny’s dashing pilot brother has been killed in the Bombing of Darwin. As Danny’s devastated family unravels, the teen finds a surrogate sibling in Andy, one of the Americans stationed in Brisbane. The American pilot takes Danny under his wing, and as the tension begins to rise between the Yank and Aussie servicemen, Danny hatches a

reckless revenge plan against those who took his brother. A Queensland Theatre Company world premiere drawing on true stories from the leafy streets of Brisbane in the middle of wartime, Matthew Ryan’s Brisbane is a lifeaffirming coming-of-age tale, with moments of sublime comedy amid a heartfelt tale of a family fragmented by tragedy. A living, breathing picture postcard from a time that could have been the making or breaking of a city. Brisbane by Matthew Ryan from 11 April – 3 May at the Playhouse, QPAC. Tickets phone 136 246. queensland

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