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THE Christmas season is upon us again. The stores are packed with shoppers trying to find the perfect gift. Christmas trees are decorated with every imaginable color, and Christmas music is heard everywhere you go. It’s an exciting, yet somewhat stressful time for many families. For those with loved ones or friends that they are able to share the holidays with, it is a happy time. Sadly, there are many others that look at the holidays as a time that emphasizes their loneliness. We usually don’t have to look far to find someone that doesn’t have family or close friends to share the holidays with. Why not reach out to someone this Christmas season? The smallest unexpected act of kindness is the greatest gift you can give. It creates a bonding, and in that moment there is a greater sense of worth about yourself and people in general. There are so many great ways to reach out … perhaps invite someone outside the family to Christmas dinner, donate to the Salvation Army, adopt a foster child through World Vision, help your Church with an Outreach dinner for the community or purchase gifts for struggling families. Even though times may be tighter for some of us right now, we still have so much to give. If you can’t afford to give financially, why not offer your time? Read to the elderly or visually impaired, bake an extra dozen cookies to share with a lonely neighbor. Just take a look around your neighborhood and see where you may be able to meet a need. Can you look in your heart and forgive someone who you think may have wronged you in the past. There is no end to ways that you can be a blessing to others during this time of year. For too long many of us have made Christmas a time of meeting our own needs. Though there is nothing wrong with sharing and giving to those we love, the opportunity to give to others outside our inner circle provides us with a blessing greater than anything we will feel or receive from any gift under the tree.

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A YOUNG man who was also an avid golfer found himself with a few hours to spare one afternoon. He figured if he hurried and played very fast, he could get in nine holes before he had to head home. Just as he was about to tee off an old gentleman shuffled onto the tee and asked if he could accompany the young man as he was golfing alone. Not being able to say no, he allowed the old gent to join him. To his surprise the old man played fairly quickly. He didn’t hit the ball far, but plodded along consistently and didn’t waste much time. Finally, they reached the 9th fairway and the young man found himself with a tough shot. There was a large pine tree right in front of his ball – and directly between his ball and the green. After several minutes of debating how to hit the shot the old man finally said, “You know, when I was your age I’d hit the ball right over that tree.” With that challenge placed before him, the youngster swung hard, hit the ball up, right smack into the top of the tree trunk and it thudded back on the ground not a foot from where it had originally lay. The old man offered one more comment, “Of course, when I was your age that pine tree was only three feet tall.”

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community news Girl Guides gather to celebrate 90 years IT was an afternoon of happy reunions and stories from years gone by when Girl Guides past and present gathered to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Southport Company. Well-kept photo albums documenting events over decades also drew much interest. Pictured at the Margaret Street Guide Hut is current District Leader and Trefoil Guild President Bev ‘Bahloo’ Lloyd (centre, with glasses). On either side and in front of Bev are three

generations of one family of Brownies and Guides. Grandmother Janet ‘Kooya’ Harding (directly to Bev’s left) started as a Brownie Leader in 1986. Janet’s daughter Louise Ware (on Bev’s right), was a Brownie, then Girl Guide, until 1993 and today Louise’s daughters, Elise (front left), aged 7 and a Brownie Seconder, and Zali, 9 (front right), a Brownie Patrol Leader are following in their mother’s footsteps and having a lot of fun doing

so. Also in photo are former Southport Company Girl Guides who came along to enjoy, and share in, the special occasion. If anyone is wondering about the table ‘decorations’


Love scams targeting older Australians

A NEW report has revealed that dating and romance scams have cost Australian victims more than $23.3 million in 2012. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) latest annual report received more than 83,000 contacts about scams with losses reported of over $93 million in 2012. In Australia, women over 50 are the most susceptible to romance scams. Scams asking victims for advanced fees/up-front payments was the number one scam followed by romance scams and those scams derived from investment seminars and real estate. And it seems women over 50 are the most susceptible to romance scams, according to Detective Superintendent Brian Hay from the Queensland Police. Detective Superintendent Brian Hay, who was not commenting directly on the ACCC report, said women over 50 who use online dating sites or chat rooms were often targeted by fraudsters who spent months building a relationship with their victims before suddenly asking for big amounts of money for an emergency. Phishing and identity theft continues to be another big problem for Australians with nearly 500 people contacting the ACCC reporting financial loss.

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Season’s Greetings to you all Christmas is nearly upon us and the team at Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors Newspaper would like to thank all our readers and advertisers for their support over the past year. Our seasonal wish for you all is that you manage to find and capture a little of the magical true spirit of Christmas this year. May you be able to share good food, spend time with loved ones, find time for laughter and also remember those less fortunate. May the New Year bring you good health and fill your heart with hope for the future. Just a reminder - send in your community notices for our first edition of 2014 before 29th January.

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community news For Footwear that may help reduce aches and pains visit Sole Integrity WE are excited to let everyone know that we have just opened our 3rd store at Centro Tweed, with a brand new look and new brands too! Locally owned and operated, Sole integrity is committed to providing our customers with a range of footwear that not only suits the purpose, but also contributes to overall well being. Our people are experienced and very willing to assist you in finding the right shoes to fit your foot and your needs. skilled We have sound knowledge about our products and a sound understanding of foot ailments offering great individual service. Sole Integrity has a fabulous range of Spring Summer footwear in store now. Including Scholl Orthaheel footwear and orthotics that may help restore natural foot function and well-being. More than 70% of the population tends to roll their feet over as they walk and over time, their arches gradually flatten. This is called pronation. Over-pronation can result from poor foot alignment along the three cardinal planes of motion: frontal, sagittal and transverse. Orthaheel’s Tri Planar Motion Control Technology provides realignment, stability and support by keeping the foot within its normal boundaries of ranges of motion. Dynamic foot function can then be regained and the effect may

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TWIN Towns Evening VIEW Club will be holding its’ final meeting this year on 11th December. A “Rock around the Christmas Tree” theme should be fun for all. Held at the Tweed Heads Bowls Club starting at 6.30pm (DST) Members are asked to bring a Secret Santa gift between $5 and $10 as well as goodies for our hampers. Guests are welcome but must book by Monday prior with Barbara on 5523 1057. There will be

no meeting in January and our A.G.M will be held on Feb 12th. 2014. All positions will be vacant and members are advised that Subs are due that night. We wish all our members and friends a very Happy Christmas. Why not join and help the Smith Family’s “Learning for Life” program supporting disadvantaged Australian Children. For more information contact Pat Moore 5536 5227.

Trivia with Allan Blackburn 1. Half brothers Dwayne and Darren Bravo play cricket for which international team? 2. What is a wahoo? 3. In which month of 2013 was Pope Francis appointed? 4. Which Australian state or territory has the Sturt Desert Rose as its floral emblem? 5. What is the formula for the area of a triangle? 6. Which Australian coin has the larger diameter: five cents or two dollars? 7. What kind of product were California Poppy and Brylcreem? 8. How many wives did Henry VIII have? 9. According to the proverb, what do “birds of a feather” do? 10. What meat is traditionally used in ossobucco? 11. In the TV series, “The Cosby Show”, what was Bill Cosby’s character’s job? 12. Prior to decimal currency, how many pence made a shilling? 13. In a petrol car, what device produces an explosive air-petrol mixture? 14. What man-made device was the first to break the sound barrier? 15. What was the adopted name of singer Marvin Lee Aday? 16. What does a Scotsman call the furry pocket hung in front of the kilt? 17. In Zoology, what does hircine mean? 18. Who was the American politician known as LBJ? 19. Tallinn is the capital of which Baltic state? 20. What version of a gambling game can have fatal consequences? Answers on page 10

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community news A whole lot of aloha fun

Ladies Probus of Miami 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.

Burleigh / Palm Beach VIEW Club OUR December Christmas meeting will be held at Treetops Tavern, West Burleigh on Tuesday 17th December at10.00 for 10.30 am. New Members are very welcome. We meet on the third Tuesday every month and proudly support The Smith Family. Inquiries please phone Judy 5527 7212 or Winsome 5576 0779.

U3A Twin Towns U3A Twin Towns have a variety of activities, social, fun, exercise, dance, languages, art, craft and academic subjects to choose from. Find out how you can experience membership by calling 5534 7333. ‘FINDING Friends, Fun and Fitness’. The motto says it all because the Southport Meals on Wheels Senior Citizens Association, located at 2 Whitby Street at Queen, is all about finding friends, fun and fitness. Here’s a friendly, fun and fit example. What started out as a Saturday morning line dancing session turned into a Hawaiianthemed get-together complete with hula skirts and flower leis. Line dancing still did take preference over the sway of hula dancing but, even with participants well-andtruly in the swing of things, the ambiance in the hall was relaxing; with a Pacific Islands feel. The Southport Meals on Wheels Senior Citizens Association operates throughout most of the year but will be closed over the Christmas and New Year holiday period from December 14 until re-opening on January 13, 2014. For more information, please phone Peta on 5529 7910 or Pamia on 5591 3056; visit: New members warmly welcomed.

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Workplaces changing as seniors work longer

OLDER workers in poor health could better fund their own treatments if they stayed in the workforce longer, a new report from National Seniors Australia has found. The Australian Bureau of Statistics predicts the number of people aged over 65 will double to 6.8 million people by 2040 leaving Australia with a shortage of younger workers to support the increasing demand for government spending on age pensions, aged care and health services for an ageing population. As a result the government is looking at

ways to promote selfsufficiency in retirement by encouraging people to continue working up to and beyond 65 years, even those who have chronic health conditions. National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill said aside from addressing age discrimination in e m p l o y m e n t , governments were exploring other ways to keep people working for longer. “As Australia faces the ageing population, the reality is that people will need to work longer and workplaces will also have to adapt to employees who have chronic health

conditions,” O’Neill said. “Making the workplace more accessible to older people with chronic health conditions such as arthritis, back problems and diabetes is one way to encourage them to remain working for longer. “Remaining in the workforce past the age of 65 has the potential to offset the high costs of poor health, which include treatment costs, changes to living arrangements and buying aids or equipment.” The report found a range of interventions such as flexible working arrangements and workplace modifications

can aid in promoting longer working lives and help people to remain selfsufficient in retirement. The findings were released in the National Seniors Australia Productive Ageing Centre’s report, ‘A widening gap: The financial benefits of delaying retirement’. The study found workers in their early 60s who had a chronic health condition had better retirement savings and a higher level of wealth than those who had quit work. There were also positive health benefits from remaining in the workforce, even for those with chronic health conditions. “The results show that continuing to work may contribute to the improvement of a person’s health, particularly for those who have a chronic health condition,’’ O’Neill said. “However support for people who are unable to work to the retirement age of 65 because of poor health must continue to be available,” he said. O’Neill said there was likely to be a widening financial gap between Australians who continue to work up to the traditional retirement age of 65 and those who retire earlier. “It’s clear that older people - and the taxpaying public - would be better off if there were more incentives and fewer barriers to remaining in the workforce,” he said. December 2013 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 7

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community news 25 years for The Tweed Coast VIEW Club

Attention all former NASHOS THE National Servicemen’s Association of Australia (Qld) Inc. is inviting men who completed their National Service obligations during the periods 1951 to 1959; 1965 to 1972 and also those who did Alternate Service in the period of 1964 to 1972 and served and trained in the CMF to join our Association. The Association was formed in 1987 to seek a better deal for Vietnam-era National Servicemen and was later widened to include men who served in the 1951 to 1959 period. The main objectives of the Association are to improve the general welfare of all National servicemen through charitable, community, recreational, education and patriotic activities; and to promote fellowship and camaraderie between members. National Servicemen are entitled to National Service Commemorative Medal. They are also entitled to the Defence Service Medal if service was for more than four years. A National Memorial was dedicated in Canberra in 2010, there is a State Memorial in Toowoomba and each branch as its own Memorial. The Association was given a piece of land of the Wacol Army Barracks on we have established a Chapel, an Everyman’s hut,

two barracks and a guard hut. This land was bequeathed to us by the Federal Government at a peppercorn rent. We have established a Nominal Roll equivalent to the Vietnam’s Veterans Nominal Roll and the World War 11 Nominal Roll. This Roll may be viewed at At the present time we are working on the 1951 to 1959 Army, also the 1964 to 1972. At the present time the Roll for the Navy 1951 to 1957 is complete. The RAAF in Queensland is 98% complete and correct. We have also completed the RAAF for NSW but we discovered anomalies in their service details and we are still rechecking these records. We were informed recently that Central Army Records use our Nominal Roll for conformation that some of the Personnel were entitled to medals. So all you Nashos and Alternate Servicemen, please come and join our Association. We all enjoy the meetings at the various branches and the camaraderie is valued and enjoyed by all. For further information contact Tony Stevenson in our office 9am to 1pm daily on (07)3324 1277, email or after hours Alex Garlin on (07) 5446 5210 email

U3A Broadbeach

THIS has been a very happy and successful year for U3A Broadbeach. Monthly lunches are now held and the Coach Trips have proved to be very popular. Members and their friends have enjoyed mixing with students from classes other than their own and the venues are always interesting and often educational. Classes for 2014 will commence on 17 February, 2013. Sign On Day will be Friday 7 February, 2014. For more information please phone 5572 9212 or visit the website

Some inaugural members still attending VIEW

Tweed Coast VIEW is a small club meeting at Cabarita Beach/Bogangar every month. The club originally met at Kingscliff as Kingscliff VIEW with it’s inauguration day on the 8th February1988. We celebrated our birthday with a special luncheon at Pottsville in October and the entertainer Sue Gallagher kept us all spellbound with her operatic voice. This year has seen a wonderful celebration of 25 years with original members still attending and new membership growing. Catering for the Hastings Point Community Choir workshop began our fund raising for the Smith Family and the two Learning for Life students our club sponsors. We then had a wonderful High Tea, and in July a Fashion Parade for over 80 people. Each luncheon we have been able to listen to a variety of speakers with the emphasis on “fun� and “interest�. Our last speaker was Jack Sammon a poet

and drover -what an interesting life and the ability to say much of his memories in verse. VIEW is the only national women’s organisation solely focused on supporting and advocating for young disadvantaged Australians in need. We have an opportunity to meet regularly with women from all walks of life to have our voices heard, to enjoy fellowship and form friendships. If membership in VIEW holds interest for you then Tweed Coast VIEW is a local club for anyone, particularly if you live from Kingscliff to Pottsville and the coastal villages between. The last meeting for this year is our Christmas lunch on Monday 9 Dec, while our first meeting for 2014 is Monday 10 Feb. We meet at The Beach, Pandanas Parade, Cabarita Beach/Bogangar at 11am for a 11.30 start. All enquiries and bookings phone Therese 02 6676 1469.

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community news Seniors Enquiry Line offers information on discounts and concessions

UNITINGCARE Community’s Seniors Enquiry Line is a faucet of information regarding most things to do with seniors which includes providing access to materials and information that can help seniors find discounts and concessions which could make their jour-

ney of senior-hood more comfortable. The Business Discount Directory for Seniors and Carers is one such resource available for seniors who hold a Seniors Card, Seniors Business discount Card and/or Carer Business Discount Card. This directory shows the wealth of discounts and concessions available through participating businesses. In the past these directories have been posted to card holders however now limited numbers are being made available through various outlets in Queensland like Seniors Enquiry Line. “Seniors Enquiry Line has limited numbers but the directory is also available on the Queensland Government’s website at www.communities. where seniors can also find information about senior’s concession cards in general,” said Julie Argeros, Seniors Enquiry Line Coordinator. “Seniors Enquiry Line can not only provide copies of this directory to interested seniors but they can also give information over the phone about concession cards, eligibility for those cards and other concessions available to card holders,” she said. This information is also available through Smart Services QLD (13 74 68) and at www.communities. There are 8 regional editions of the directories and a directory and discount offers listed in the directories are provided voluntarily by businesses and that not all businesses provide discounts to all card holder types. For more information from Seniors Enquiry Line about seniors discounts and concessions or on the Business Discount Directory for Seniors and Carers, please phone 1300 135 500 or visit us online at

RSL Care – 75 Years Young RETIREMENT and aged care provider, RSL Care celebrates 75 years of service this year, today offering 28 sites across Queensland and northern New South Wales. With a heritage built in providing accommodation services to veterans, today RSL Care is open to all members of the community and offers independent retirement living, low and high residential care and in home care and support. Over the past 75 years, RSL Care has continued to build its experience and services to the community. Today the organisation prides itself on its dedicated and reputed experience in delivering quality, tailored services to individuals, to keep them as independent and active as possible. Whether it is an independent living unit

in the retirement community or low or high care in a residential unit, RSL Care residents are welcomed into a warm and active community with a range of weekly activities. Facilities are designed to promote physical and social activity. RSL Care Head of Retirement Living, Ceri Spain, said the celebration of 75 years showed how important these services are to the community. “Over the years, RSL Care has noticed a consistent demand from the community to provide a range of tailored solutions that suits our ageing population,” Ms Spain said. “Increasingly we have a population of older citizens who want to remain active and connected with their family and friends whilst receiving support as and

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community news Soroptimists committed to women throughout world

Esther Ekwo of Nigeria is pictured with Dorothy Elliott during Red Hat friendship evening.

IF you have family members, friends or neighbours who are Soroptimists, you’ll know that it’s easy to get caught up in their enthusiasm for this worthy organisation. Soroptimists are ‘women committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential, realize aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities worldwide. Soroptimist International is a global movement for today’s woman through awareness, advocacy and action.’ Soroptimist International of Gold Coast Inc (SIGC) holds dinner meetings on the third Monday of each month, 6pm for 6.30pm, at

Ferry Road Tavern Conference Room, cnr Ferry Road and Cotlew Street, Southport. Visitors are welcome. Outside of meetings, members are involved in a variety of deserving projects. Proceeds from a recent fundraiser fashion show held at Marina Mirage aided not only Prison Fellowship Queensland, where two girls with incarcerated parents are sent to Camp for Kids, but also went toward 150 toiletry bags specially made and filled by local SIGC members for patients at the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The hospital delivers surgery and rehabilitation to ease the suffering and isolation of women who

have developed a fistula during prolonged obstructed childbirth. Lucy Perry, CEO of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia), was an inspirational guest speaker at SIGC’s July 2013 meeting. Other Club projects include helping Gold Coast victims of domestic and family violence, as well as Neo-Natal Special Care Nursery ‘premmie’ babies; providing life diaries and mentoring programs for Queensland foster care children; raising funds for cancer research, the homeless, disaster appeals, and anti-trafficking in regard to prostitution and slavery, plus empowering women and girls. UNICEF estimates that 1.2 million children are trafficked each year, meaning one child every 26 seconds. International SIGC projects have assisted in Laos, Thailand, Tanzania and PNG, along with other developing countries. In October, SIGC members enjoyed a Red Hat friendship evening where special guest Esther Ekwo, visiting from Nigeria, spoke passionately about Soroptimist International Nigeria. For more information about Soroptimist International of Gold Coast Inc, email:; visit: www.siswp/GoldCoast-Inc; phone Jan on 5527 8024, or write to PO Box 198, Ashmore City 4214.

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roof space because all available domestic roof coverings have no insulation value. Roof space temperature rises rapidly as the insulation is at the bottom of the roof space on top of the ceiling and fibreglass batts or other air entrapping insulation is used to keep cost down. However, all such insulation materials are air permeable and on a summer day the 60-70°C of the roof space is soon passed down to the habitable areas of the house. The typical way to combat this increased temperature is to turn on the air-conditioning and feed

refrigerated air to the rooms of the house using ducts that pass through the roof space. Rapidly rising electricity costs are making the folly of this method of cooling the house with inadequate insulation more obvious as air conditioners are very expensive to run. A properly insulated roof can save 45 per cent of household electricity consumption as most winter heat loss or summer heat gain of dwellings occurs from the roof or ceiling. Limitations of current installation methods for the insulation of roofs is made worse by the reality that


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“Very comfortable with high clinical standards . . .” Lions Haven for the Aged has operated its facility, with 61 beds since the opening in 1992. We have experienced a growing demand for quality, comfortable and secure Aged Care in the North Gold Coast area. Lions Haven is an approved & accredited Aged Care Facility with ageing in place. We are a 67-bed facility providing High and Low Care, which includes a 20 bed Secure Unit. Located on the Northern End of the Gold Coast (next to Sanctuary Cove), Lions Haven is a single storey complex where each resident enjoys their own room, which comes complete with en-suite and outside patio area. Our modern facility offers a safe and comfortable environment to ensure quality of life, safety and welfare of our residents, staff and visitors. Residents have the freedom to enjoy life in a homelike atmosphere where families and friends are most welcome.

cement roof tiles have not been a long term solution for roofing houses. Cement roof tiles have been used on the majority of houses built in Australia since the 1950s and most have gone beyond the end of their useful lives. Early coatings employed to waterproof cement roof tiles were not durable and an industry has developed for the recoating of cement roof tiles. However, the recoating of the tiles is only a temporary fix as the paint employed also breaks down and peels off making further coating next to impossible. Terra cotta tiles and slate are more durable products but like cement tiles have no insulation value. With corrugated roof sheeting a blanket of fiberglass insulation is placed directly under the roof covering but this method also does not work because fiberglass insulation is air permeable and the insulation is squashed flat when the roof sheet is fixed to battens or trusses thereby destroying any insulation value. Roof ventilators are fitted to try and vent heat from the roof space but heat is vented all year, even when the house is being heated to raise the temperature of the house in winter. More importantly, the vents without a vapour barrier under the roof covering can create condensation problems leading to the growth of mould that can cause health problems and the vents are an open entry point for vermin and insects to the house. The solution to the extreme heat generated in the roof space of a house is to use an insulated panel as the roof covering so that temperature build up within the roof space is eliminated. Insulated roof panels with an expanded polystyrene core have been manufactured in Australia since the 1950s. However, expanded polystyrene insulated panels are not suitable for residential roofing primarily because

they are not fireproof or the core melts in a fire and secondly because they are too thick at R3 insulation rating to replace roof tiles. In 2005 a suitable alternative insulated roof panel was manufactured in Australia for the first time and the market share for this panel has increased dramatically every year since then. The core of the panel is Polyisocyanurate (PIR) which has the highest insulating values of any foam insulation available today combined with significantly better reaction to fire properties as PIR only chars and does not burn or melt, making it ideal for use as an insulation material. Currently all PIR insulated roof panels manufactured in Australia are made for use in factories and commercial buildings and are unsuitable for house roofs because of appearance and high production cost. BONSUL has devised methods to drastically reduce the production cost of PIR panels in a profile that matches the accepted appearance of a roof within the Australian housing market. A product that will eliminate the roof space heat trap of houses and thereby significantly reduce air conditioning costs for home owners, in essence the roof will pay for itself over time. This breakthrough has enabled the adoption of proven business models for the supply of roofing to new homes and replacement roofing for existing homes. Also the production cost breakthroughs developed by BONSUL are incorporated into a factory for the manufacture of energy efficient housing at reduced cost to the homebuyer. BONSUL is seeking assistance to set up operations in Australia and full details can be viewed at For a limited time Michael Manning, is available to answer any questions you may have, contact details available on the website.

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IF you have never played Shuffleboard, or have been looking for a spot to play this fun game, come along to the courts at Elanora or Coolangatta, where an experienced player will teach you the rules of play. Suitable for all ages, the whole family can enjoy shuffleboard. Elanora and Coolangatta welcomes visitors, it’s only $4 for non members (with the first morning free) $3 for members, to play each day. At Elanora, games are on Monday, Wednesdays and Saturday from 9.30am-12noon. At Coolangatta on Thursdays from 9.30am-12noon. Cost includes morning tea and the use of all equipment, such as cues and discs. No special clothing is required apart from enclosed footwear. The Elanora courts are located at the end of Pines Lane,exit 92 from either north or south on the M1 (UBD ref map 70,L2 - just west of the M1). The Coolangatta club is located on the third floor of “Showcase on the Beach,” Griffith Street. For more information contact Fay 5575 9203.

community news Back to school for VIEW were served Fairy Bread with morning tea and coffee. A well-stocked Tuck Shop proved popular, selling an array of goodies including chocolate crackles, cup cakes and toffees. ‘Entertaining and enlightening’ was how the address by guest speaker Julian Mostert, Principal of Bilambil Primary School, was described. ‘He provided us with so many interesting facts about education in schools these days.’ VIEW National Office is keen for all Clubs to Pictured (l-r) are Marion McVean (seated); adopt a Back-to-School Beverley Robertson, Programme Officer and Day each year to Dianne Lutze President, Coolangatta Tweed highlight The Smith VIEW Club. Family’s Learning for IT was a good fun VIEW Club that recently Life Programmes, event; educational at the held a themed Back-toprogrammes which same time. Not surprisSchool Day luncheon provide a ‘hand-up ingly, it was a gathering meeting where school rather than a handout’ of VIEW Club members. uniforms, complete with for disadvantaged VIEW—Voice, Interests hats, berets, ties, school children. For more and Education of shoes and socks; information about Women—is a valued teamed with plaits and Coolangatta Tweed partner of The Smith pigtails, were the chosen VIEW Club, please Family. With a number of dress of many for the contact Isobel VIEW Clubs in southoccasion. A blackboard Bianchetti on 5524-3023. east Queensland, it was was placed at the New members are Coolangatta Tweed entrance and guests always welcome.

Free legal help for war veterans WITH the recent commemoration Of Remembrance Day, Legal Aid Queensland is reminding veterans, or their war widows/widowers who are trying to get disability pensions, that they can access free legal help. The War Veterans’ Legal Aid Scheme provides free legal help to veterans and their dependants who want to appeal a decision made about disability entitlements by the Veterans’ Review Board. Legal Aid Queensland CEO Anthony Reilly said Legal Aid was concerned some veterans may be paying for legal assistance when going before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, rather than getting free legal help. “Veterans or their war widows/widowers can contact Legal Aid Queensland on 1300 65 11 88 to find out about their entitlements,” Mr Reilly said. “To be eligible for the scheme, veterans or their widows/widowers must have a case for a ‘war-caused’ pension claim that has been presented to the

Veterans’ Review Board and refused. “The matter can then be appealed to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and a Legal Aid lawyer will be able to represent the veteran or their widow/ widower. “Our legal representative will prepare the case, gather evidence including medical or other expert reports and provide representation at the hearing.” Mr Reilly said there was no charge to veterans or their widows/widowers who appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. “Legal Aid Queensland will provide veterans and their dependents with a high-quality service that will help them with their appeal at no cost,” he said. “There are no fees involved — not even when they win their case.” For more information about the War Veterans’ Legal Aid Scheme, call Legal Aid Queensland on 1300 65 11 88 (cost of a local call from a landline in Australia), visit one of its 14 offices around the state or visit

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BUMPER PRO SCRATCH & DENT CENTRE / MOBILE SERVICE Bumper pro have been specialists in onsite bumper repairs across the gold coast for the past 4 years. In this time we have repaired thousands of bumpers, polished out countless scratches and touch up many a stonechip and saved our customers money and also their valuable time. However we have had to disappoint many of our potential customers due to council regulations stating that only bumpers can be resprayed onsite. Any damage on panels, ie; bonnets, boots, doorsetc, must be done at a repair shop by painting the entire panel inside a spraybooth. The Bumper Pro team are pleased to announce the opening of our fully equipped scratch & dent centre in Burleigh Heads. We can now perform every type of body repair from a replacement part and minor collision repairs on a single panel to repainting full sides and even complete resprays. With this expansion our team can now offer our ever popular onsite repair service as well as the larger repairs we could not previously handle. Here at Bumper pro we have always taken pride in our work and the service we offer. Our aim is to provide the Gold Coast with honest advice, great customer service at a personal level and value for money whilst upholding the highest standard of workmanship. We back our mobile service repairs with a 5 year warranty while our scratch & dent centre comes with a life time warranty. So if you have a bumper scrape or a light scratch that’s been bugging you, fear not. We are just a phone call away. No obligation. And if you think those scratches and dents down the side of your car will empty your wallet. Why not drop in and see us for a free quote, you may be surprised just how affordable it can be. Adam Stokmanis - Director, Bumper Pro Pty Ltd

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community news Proposed GST hike on mobile homes

FEDERAL MPs on both sides of the House have expressed concern over a draft proposal by the Australian Tax Office to slap GST on rent for pensioners and families living in caravans and mobile homes. Thousands of pensioners and retirees living in mobile-home parks, many of them based in Sth East Qld face a 10% hike on their rents. Up to 100,000 families who own a mobile home but rent the site could pay GST for the first time. Many of the families include pensioners and low-income families own their own mobile home but pay site fees of between $100 to $250 a week to rent the land. When the GST was introduced, movable home sites were regarded as exempt. They could now face an annual GST bill of up to $1200 a year if a 10% tax is applied. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has demanded the Prime Minister step in to overturn the draft decision and Leader of the Nationals and Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss is urging mobile home park residents to let the Tax Office know their thoughts about the proposal. Mr Truss said the proposed ruling could potentially see mobile home park owners liable for GST, which may then be passed on to residents. “Obviously I am concerned about any adverse effect on people who live in mobile home parks, many of whom choose to make their home in the Wide Bay region,” Mr Truss said. “Anyone who has concerns about the issue should make their views known to the Taxation Office through the consultation process, because it will help the tax commissioner make an informed decision about the impact of the proposed changes on mobile home owners.” Mr Truss stressed that if the ATO had not finalised the ruling and it would not apply retrospectively.“The legal nature of the decision means the issue is a matter for the commissioner of taxation,” he said. Richmond MP Justine Elliot, who has taken up the fight in parliament has slammed the plan as “devastating for thousands of locals who simply cannot afford a 10% increase in their rents”. Ms Elliot has called on the government to rule out the plan to overturn a decision by the Howard government in 2000 to exempt mobile-home residents from the 10% GST. “This is an attack on the nation’s most vulnerable, particularly pensioners who are already struggling with cost of living pressures and can’t afford this rent hike,” Ms Elliot said. She said that on July 1, 2000, when the GST was introduced, moveable-home estates (mobile home parks) were deemed residential premises and therefore exempt from GST. “However, on October 30 this year the ATO released a plan stating that these moveablehome estates would no longer be considered residential premises and therefore not exempt from GST.” The Affiliated Residential Park Residents Association has launched a campaign to stop the GST-based rent increase and a petition circulated around the Tweed has so far attracted more than 2000 signatures. What action can you take? Contact Steven Iselin direct at the ATO, P O Box 9977, Chermside Q 4032 or phone (07)3213 8418. You can also email him at Also call your local MP to voice your objections too. The deadline was to have been Nov 29, but has now been extended to Dec 20 for objections. Please note that this is only a proposed ruling at this stage, however by sending a clear message to Steven Iselin at the ATO and phoning your local MP your voice will be heard. Tell them to leave the legislation as it stands- GST exempt.

Happy 100th birthday Myra Albert MYRA Albert has enjoyed a full life over the past century, with no thought of slowing down anytime soon. Her secret to a longevity? ‘Family, music, no junk food, and live well with determination.’ Myra’s parents owned a boarding house in Stroud, NSW while raising five children. Today, Myra and her youngest sister Doris (91) survive. Leaving school at 13, Myra cleaned the local school until age 17 for £3 a month. But it wasn’t all work and no play for Myra. Gifted with musical ability, she followed her passion for piano. Although only taught scales, chords and theory for 18 months, Myra’s natural talent shone through. Initially she played for family and boarders; then at local dances, balls and at church. An offer to play piano aboard the RMS Queen Mary wasn’t realized but Myra continued to entertain in the local area—to-

gether with ‘the leaf player’. Rube Albert, who lived at the boarding house, had a unique talent. He could draw the sweet song of a violin out of a leaf. Not only did Myra and Rube play duets at the boarding house—Myra on piano and Rube on leaf—but they married in 1938 before parenting four children. Myra embroidered, crocheted, knitted and made fine clothing; continuing with these skills even today. During wartime, she assisted the Red Cross. When the family moved to Sydney from Taree in 1961, Myra was involved with the RSL Women’s Auxiliary. As well, Myra and Rube went on to love ballroom dancing. Sadly, Rube passed away suddenly in 1973 but Myra continued to dance until age 87. Myra moved to the Gold Coast in 1981 to be closer to family. Now the oldest member of Newlife Uniting Church in Robina, for the past 20 years Myra

Myra Albert is pictured with flowers and cake on her 100th birthday; surrounded by family and closest friends at Broadbeach Senior Citizens Centre where Myra has been a member for some 30 years. Standing, front row, are Myra’s daughter, Trish Halligan, far left; granddaughter Shari, fifth from left; great-granddaughter Alana, fourth from left and, back row left, greatgrandson Travis.

has belonged to Wrapped with Love, women who knit squares made into rugs sent to the underprivileged throughout the world. Myra has made 16 rugs. She also teaches friends to knit and crochet. Hav-

ing endured two hip replacements and survived major cancer surgery, Myra handed in her licence and sold her car at age 97. In her 100th year she knitted three queensized blankets as family keepsakes, plus jumpers

for her sons. Myra was asked to be a frontline act as solo pianist at her church last June—a proud moment for her family—helping raise funds for children in Cambodia. 100 birthday wishes Myra!

U3A Tweed Coast Inc OUR Term 4 newsletter has been despatched to members and our timetable for Term 1, 2014 has been finalised. Particulars are available on our website – contact details below. New classes include Tai Chi - we are fortunate to have obtained the services of new member Bob who is prepared to run this course which will be operated from the premises of our supporter – Cudgen Leagues Club. Due to the popularity of her “Cryptic Crosswords” class, Margot is offering to teach a beginners’ group this word puzzle game where a cryptic clue leads to its answer as long as it is read in the right way. Cryptic Crosswords originated in the United Kingdom and are very popular throughout

Commonwealth countries. It is hoped that the proposed “Social Tennis” will attract some members. There is a small charge of $2.50 to participate in this activity to be held in Kingscliff on a Friday morning. We are pleased that our Friday “Useful Basic Maths” has proved so enjoyable that Neil’s students have persuaded him to extend the class from an hour to 1½ hours. He says part of the reason they enjoy it is because he starts from scratch with basic arithmetic and progress only when the class has an understanding of the fundamentals. This appears to bring back many memories from their past learnings and they enjoy the extra comprehension. In addition

some interesting facts about physics and engineering are woven in to show the applications of the maths the group is doing. For 12 years Sylvia Warbrick has been in charge of our Mah Jong group and although we are pleased she will be continuing as a member, we are sorry to lose her as Group Leader. Some of her members have been with Sylvia for many years, though others have stayed with our U3A for just long enough to learn the game under her tutelage. Sylvia has organised an orderly succession and Mah Jong’s organisation will now be in the capable hands of Betty and Pat. Our best wishes go with Sylvia as she takes a back seat.

Recently Beryl Smith, a member of Tuesday’s Hatha yoga class celebrated a very significant birthday – her 90th. Beryl warms up for her weekly yoga session by walking from her Kingscliff home to Cudgen Leagues Club and takes part enthusiastically in the session, very occasionally having to modify postures to suit her abilities. She is an inspiration to the younger members of the group who range in age from those in their eighties to youngsters in their fifties and sixties. Well done Beryl! Our Information and Enrolment Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 23 January 2014 at the SDA Community Centre which is located in Phillip Avenue, Chinderah - op-

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community news Thank you tutors

Marie and John Mooney of U3A Broadbeach photographed at a special morning tea to thank its tutors for 2013

Kirra/Tugun Probus Club KIRRA/TUGUN Probus [mixed] wish to invite new members to join in the fellowship & enjoy the social aspect of our club. Our next meeting will be held on the 23rd January and every 4th Thursday of the month in 2014. Venue is Currumbin RSL & meetings commence at 10:00 am Qld time. Morning tea and interesting Guest Speakers. Enquiries please ring secretary on 5598-3286. www.probus

Palm Beach Happy Group

THE Palm Beach Happy Group members enjoyed a wonderful trip to the Fox and Hounds Restaurant on Friday 22nd November. This was the last trip of the year and it was great to find a beautiful day to enjoy it. The Coach was almost full to capacity and after a beautiful morning tea supplied by Jo and Bill we sat in the sunshine at the old Kingston Butter Factory and said a sad Goodbye. The Factory is now being replaced and this was the last visit to the Arts and Crafts Exhibition which had held pride of place at the factory for many years. Many of the members took advantage of this fact and bought up big on Christmas presents. Then we set off for the meal at the English “Pub” and even though we had not long had our morning tea we still managed to enjoy a scrumptious meal. With several dishes to choose from the “Pub” caters for all tastes and many of the members chose a main course of Fish and Chips, followed by Pavlova and Cups of Tea and Coffee. Many of the members took advantage of the safe driving of Ian the Coach Driver and had a welcome sleep on the way back to the Share-n-Care Centre in Palm Beach. I think many of them were dreaming of the perfect day which was almost at a close. The next outing will not be until the New Year and I am sure the Coach Company will have some wonderful surprises in store for us. The Palm Beach Happy Group was formed 35 years ago and we still have some of the original members attending. The group caters for Aged, Disabled and Infirm folk in the local community nut also welcomes anyone else who wishes to attend. If you require more information you may ring Lorraine on 5576 3747 or June on 5534 4660. The group will be on holiday until February 2014 when meetings will start again on a Friday at 9 a.m. until 12 noon.

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Metal alloy Cobalt Chrome that is an inert material also suitable for use in the intra oral environment, your mouth. Or a combination of both, both materials has pros and cons but overall, Cobalt Chrome Dentures are preferred for partial dentures. Acrylic pros are that it is suitable for most people, can be fitted as soon as a tooth is removed, easy to adjust and repair. Acrylic cons are that it is not as strong as Chrome Cobalt, tend to be larger/ bulkier than Chrome Cobalt and can stain and discolour with time. Chrome Cobalt pros are that it is very strong, thin and light; generally

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community news Extending your use-by date

A good crowd turned out to hear Dr Darryl Dymock speak at Runaway Bay Library about ‘extending your use-by date’. An author and part-time senior researcher in adult and vocational education at Griffith University, Brisbane, Dr Dymock has so far had 11 different jobs, including high school teacher, taxi driver and soldier. Giving up full-time employment to spend more time writing non-fiction, he has a special interest in adult learning and development, and the abilities of older workers. Dr Dymock ‘is convinced that you can teach an old dog new tricks, as long as the animal in question


Dr Darryl Dymock is pictured with several of the interested audience members who attended his talk on extending your use-by date

wants to learn.’ He himself has no plans of retiring. Extending Your Use-By Date, which happens to be the title of one of Dr

Dymock’s books, ‘draws on the real life experiences of a crosssection of people who are in their late 50s, 60s and beyond and who are

still working, be it fulltime, part-time, casual or as volunteers, or who have gone into their own business or back to work after retiring.’

Do you have an Edwin Bode in your home?

EDWIN Bode was an artist and photographer born in Birmingham, England; arriving in Queensland in 1882 aged 23. Bode travelled throughout the state; it is said sketching and painting homesteads in exchange for board and lodging. Bode also lived in Sydney, NSW for a number of years. To commemorate works created locally by Bode, an exhibition titled Edwin Bode: Pioneering Artist of the Gold Coast Hinterland will be on display next year at Gold Coast City Gallery (located within The Arts Centre, Bundall Road) from June 21 to July 27. The exhibition will then tour to The Centre for Scenic Rim Arts and Culture, Beaudesert where it will be on display from September 19 to December 13, 2014. The Gold Coast City Gallery holds works by Edwin Bode in its collection and is keen to

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emigrant arriving in the region at the time of early European settlement. New photographic prints made from Bode’s fragile glass plate negatives will be displayed alongside his paintings, with a catalogue highlighting Bode’s importance to the area accompanying the exhibition. If you have an Edwin Bode artwork in your home and wish it to be included in the exhibition, please contact Virginia Rigney, Senior Curator Gold Coast City Gallery: (07) 5581 6578, email: rigney@theart or email Emma Collerton, Assistant Curator: Pictured is Waterfall 1896, a watercolour by collerton@theart Edwin Bode of a Gold Coast Hinterland scene present these alongside photographs over time. A long-time resident of a larger group of works The exhibition will give a Canungra, Edwin Bode loaned from private visual narrative charting died in 1926 in Dunwich, collections in the region Bode’s evolution from North Stradbroke Island. to give viewers an when he first viewed He is buried in appreciation of the Australia’s bush Wonglepong Cemetery, artist’s paintings and landscape as an English Canungra.

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Pacific Pines gets new Community Hub WORK has finally been completed on a new Community Hub in Pacific Pines at Wajin Park, Pacific Pines Boulevard. Fulfilling an election promise to the residents of Pacific Pines, Cr Tracey Gilmore said “ this Community Hub, will fill a void in the delivery of community services to this rapidly growing suburb’. The Council’s Immunisation clinic will be run from this facility, and it will also be the home to the Pacific Pines Residents group and the Pacific Pines Netball Association. The girl’s netballers will also be provided with 3 grassed netball courts at the back of facility on which to train. “We are currently negotiating with a number of other service providers to provide essential community support programs as well as art classes, yoga and tai chai. Hopefully by next March, when the facility will be officially opened, we will have a suite of programs for young and

old.” Cr Gilmore said. A number of Community Centres have been recently completed around the northern corridor, such as the $22M Upper Coomera Centre, $5.2M Ormeau Centre and the $24M Helensvale Library and Community and Cultural Centre. Cr Gilmore said, “This Centre is certainly not on the scale of the other centres, and without my Division 5 funding could not have been achieved. To confirm that a Community Hub was required, one of the first things I did on being elected, was to commission a feasibility study into the needs of the community. The study confirmed that there was indeed a need for a centre and for the provision of community services. “I am so pleased to have been able to provide an essential support service to the community within just 18 months of being elected.” For further information contact Councillor Tracey Gilmore Division 5 on 5582 8400. December 2013 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 17

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Will you reach out at Christmas time? YOU might want to bear in mind that the coming days of sharing and festivities don’t necessarily hold as much happiness for everyone. People who find themselves alone, perhaps with no family nearby and their usual friends busy with their own families, may feel lonely and even sad amid the music and bustle that seems to have passed them by. If you can think of someone in this situation, alone for Christmas, give them a call, or invite them to share your Christmas meal. No-one should feel totally alone at Christmas. ’Tis the season to be jolly not lonely. You could make a difference to someone’s happiness by reaching out in friendship. Maybe you are of those who may find yourself alone, but you too could look around, think of those you know who may be in the same boat and invite them over or meet up with them on Christmas day. You might want to visit a hospital or hospice where many elderly folk have no-one to visit them. Don’t just sit at home wishing you were celebrating with lots of friends and family. There is always far more joy in giving to others than in receiving.

Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre THE Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre for 50 & Over Seniors, welcomes all Gold Coast & Tweed Heads residents & visitors. The Centre has a large range of activities including, Bingo, Ballroom Dancing ( New Vogue & Modern Inc. Lessons) Broadband for Seniors with free Computer Lessons, Card Games, Choir Group, Indoor Bowls, Knit, Natter, Craft & Chatter, Light Exercises, Mah Jong, Qigong, Rock & Roll ( inc. Lessons), Swing or Sway, Snooker & Eight Ball, Social Table Tennis, Tai Chi, Monthly Bus Trips, Free Monthly Variety Concerts, Library, Hairdresser & Beautician. Free Wii Interactive Sports on the Big Screen. At our last Free Monthly Concert in November we were brilliantly entertained by “Fiddle In The Middle”, a great Australian Bush Band, with a variety of instruments such as Fiddle, Banjo and Didgeridoo with a wonderful selection of songs. Due to holidays, our next Free Monthly Concert is on Monday 24th February 2014 @ 1-00pm Qld. time and will feature “Davo” ( David Mitchell } the inimitable Comic Genius with the great voice, one of our most popular entertainers. We are pleased to be presenting another “ Top Class “ show so we hope to see you there once again for another great afternoon of entertainment. Auditorium opens at noon. BYO Lunch/Nibbles, tea/ coffee available $1-50 per bottomless cup. For enquiries or events brochure and Concert bookings (essential) phone 07 5536 4050 or call into the Centre at 2 Gerrard Street Coolangatta. We look forward to making you welcome at Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre, and we extend our Seasons Greetings to all our members & visitors.

A change in perspective WHEN you change the way you see things, the things you see change. Author unknown

Pictured (l-r) are Keith McLeod, Paul Eggers, Julie Ashton-Lucy, Trevor Johnston, Daphne Pirie AO MBE, Alan ‘Doc’ MacKenzie, Kerry Norman, Sam Dick, Peter McGrath, Greg Norman. - Photo: Bill Long

SOUTHPORT Croquet Club members were thrilled to learn that fellow player Keith McLeod had been named as a 2013 inaugural winner of the Daphne Pirie AO MBE Spirit of Sport Award and that Keith was to be presented with a medal struck in honour of Pirie, known as the Gold Coast’s First Lady of Sport. Keith had been nominated by the Southport Croquet Club (1 Queen Street) for his ‘wonderful work in promoting, officiating and representation of all codes of croquet,’ wrote Club spokesperson Barbara Northcott. Presentations took place in early November at the Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame, off Mick Veivers Way, Southport. Gold Coast Olympians, basketballer Jenny Whittle and cyclist Robbie McEwen, became the 40th and 41st inductees into the Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame. For the first time, however, a number of ‘unsung heroes and heroines’ of Gold Coast sport also had their moments of glory. These included Keith McLeod. The ‘unsung’ were recognised for selfless work as behind-thescenes volunteers and administrators at a number of local sporting clubs

and for dedication to development of local sport. They were Alan ‘Doc’ MacKenzie for his contribution to the Southport Australian Football Club and AFL generally; Olympic umpire Julie AshtonLucy for her involvement in hockey; touch football stalwarts Kerry and Greg Norman and Paul Eggers, and Keith McLeod for croquet and mallet sports and as World Gateball Championships representative. Peter McGrath was

recognised for his contribution to junior rugby league while Sam Dick was nominated by the Point Danger Branch of Surf Life Saving Queensland for his involvement in the sport. Trevor Johnston was awarded for a lifetime dedicated to hockey. For those who may not follow sport, Daphne Pirie is known as a nationallyranked track and field athlete who captained the Queensland women’s athletics and hockey teams,

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Yvonne Cody and Misty are pictured; appropriately within a Christmas heart

IT doesn’t matter the time of year, the not-forprofit Pets for Therapy is always ‘in the spirit’ to offer comfort within some 70 Gold Coast nursing homes and aged-care facilities plus hospitals and respite centres, and to children and adolescents with special needs; with the visually impaired caringly included as well. As with most things though the lead-up to Christmas adds an extra dimension, with Pets for

Therapy founder Yvonne Cody and her dedicated team of volunteers—including the all-important trained pet dogs—donning festive dress and surrounding themselves with seasonal decorations to make their end-of-year community visits extraspecial. Yvonne attributes the 1989 founding of Pets for Therapy to her beloved first poodle, Jo Jo. After Jo Jo’s passing in late 2005, the good-

natured Misty came on board and today works tirelessly with Yvonne. For her efforts, Yvonne (who insists on sharing accolades, always saying ‘we’) has received a number of awards over the years. This year alone, ‘we’ have been awarded the NSW and ACT Rotary Inspirational Women Awards 2013; ‘we’ have been a Finalist in the 2013 Gaven Electorate Most Community Minded Senior Citizen of the Year, and ‘we have been nominated’ for the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Awards and the Australia Day Awards 2014. Pets for Therapy meets at James Overell Park, Brighton Parade, Southport, every Monday at 5pm. New volunteers with or without canine pets are always welcome. Also, if anyone is in the position to generously donate a much-needed car for Yvonne, this amazing lady who gives so much to others can be reached on (07) 5578-2607 or by email: yvonnecody@

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Wanted, volunteers with a passion for fashion DO you have a passion for fashion? Want to support your local community? Red Cross is looking for a Volunteer Team Leader at its iconic Red Cross Shop in Coolangatta, and both Volunteers and Team Leaders for its new store at Mudgeeraba. Red Cross shops help fund local services such as daily phone calls to the elderly, aged care and mental health programs, family support, healthy eating advice and the Red Cross Good Start Breakfast Clubs Retail Marketing Manager JayneAnne Power says as well as supporting the local community Red Cross retail volunteers learn new skills in a fun and social

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community news Don’t let hearing get in the way of your holiday

TAKE a trip into Brisbane this month and immerse yourself in the spirit of Christmas. The Brisbane City Christmas Tree will shine its bright lights in King George Square every night until Christmas Eve. The 20m high tree is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest solar-powered Christmas Tree and features a sophisticated solar powered lighting system with 16,000 bulbs on 4km of wiring leading up to a giant star. It is adorned with silver snowflakes and baubles The annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree is now in its 122nd year - a tradition the people of Brisbane have been enjoying for generations

TRAVEL is an important part of our lives. Whether for business or vacation, travelling can be as stressful as it is enjoyable and for one in six Australians with hearing loss, the concerns that come with travelling overseas can be far greater. Common problems include the inability to hear or understand boarding and in-flight announcements, difficulty making reservations and the frustration associated with using public transport or telephones in a foreign country. Other travel obstacles include an inability to hear or understand scheduled events such as planned activities, tours, museum lectures, and live performances. This may mean you miss learning about the culture and history of the place you are visiting and a valuable part of your holiday. Janette Thorburn, principal audiologist at Australian Hearing, said planning and preparation are essential to ensuring a hassle-free journey. “Try to make all travel arrangements in advance and be sure to print copies of important information

such as confirmation numbers, reservations and maps. Keep these copies easily available. Most countries overseas have hearing aid clinics if you need assistance with your hearing device, and usually stock the most commonly found brands in Australia. “It’s a good idea to find out about accessibility before your visit. Many attractions, museums, venues and transport networks offer hearing loops to enhance the experience of visitors with hearing loss, said Ms Thorburn. Top tips for travelling overseas • Thoroughly clean and re-tube your hearing aid before you depart • Take enough batteries for the duration of your trip • Ensure you take out travel insurance, and specify your condition and any hearing devices you may have in case of loss, theft or difficulty with the devices while abroad • Contact the airline you are travelling with, as well as the place

where you will be staying, to make them aware of your hearing loss and alert them to any help you may require • If you are travelling with a cochlear implant you should take your ID card or letter from your audiologist to show security officials • It’s normal to hear a buzz or hum when you walk through security • If you are carrying a loaner processor, ensure it’s off and put it safely in your carryon luggage or bag • There is no need to turn your device off during take-off or landing. You need to be able to hear the safety briefing

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A new rheumatoid arthritis treatment has moved a step closer to reality with the announcement of collaboration between a University of Queensland startup company and a major pharmaceutical firm. The collaboration with Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical company, Janssen Biotech Inc, will see the new vaccine move closer to a phase one clinical trial. Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful condition caused by immune system dysfunction. It destroys joints and causes cardiovascular complications that can reduce life spans by 10 years. The technology behind the treatment differs from existing drugs in that it results in a targeted therapy and allows suitable patients to be selected based on specific biomarkers, thereby improving response rates. It targets the underlying cause of rheumatoid arthritis rather than simply treating the inflammatory symptoms. It is hoped the treatment will prove effective for rheumatoid arthritis patients and that it could lead to innovation of treatments for other diseases, such as type 1 diabetes. The goal is to provide rheumatoid arthritis patients with a new, safe therapy for the management of their disease, with the possibility of disease prevention in the future. Courtesy:

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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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the Age Pension age without first tackling the issue of mature age unemployment. “It is naïve to suggest that simply raising the pension age will boost productivity,” said O’Neill. “Currently, older Australians want to work but no one will hire them”. “Lose your job at 50 and the odds are stacked against you getting another one”. “Raising the pension age without providing jobs will see older Australians merely shifted from one form of welfare to another,” he said. “Population ageing is a reality and seniors welcome the debate but the Productivity Commission

is going over old ground”. “Policy responses to population ageing put in crisis terms are largely unhelpful,” said O’Neill. In 2012, the over 55s represented a fifth of those out of work for two years and living off Newstart Allowance. More than halfof those on the Disability Support Pension – which is not activity tested - are aged over 50. The Productivity Commission report, ‘An Ageing Australia Preparing for the Future’, claims Australia faces a major economic slowdown without policy interventions such as raising the pension age and using equity in the family home to pay for health and aged care.

community news Exploring local history by Donna Mroz Turcic

New breakthrough in mozzie repellent A NEW insect repellent is promising to be a game changer in the long running battle between humans and mosquitoes. A team from the Department of Agriculture in Florida has found a mix of

chemicals, found on the skin of people who don’t often get bitten, makes humans almost invisible to the insects. Research chemist Ulrich Bernier and his research team have found that, when such chemicals are released into the air, mosquitoes avoid exposed skin. University of Sydney mosquito researcher Dr Cameron Webb says the repellent is a real breakthrough in MANY thanks to Helen the fight against mosHammond of the Southport Meals on Wheels Senior Citizens Association for sharing this delicious family recipe for Savoury-filled Cob Loaf.

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quito-borne diseases such as Dengue Fever and Ross River virus. “Firstly, they have got these products that protect against bites, but most importantly of all, what they are playing around with is these chemicals which don’t need to be applied to the skin as a topical lotion or a cream. “They can actually be dispersed into the air and I guess that’s what we are really hoping for in terms

of future development.” Dr Webb says traditional repellents do work effectively, but are harder to manage. “The real beauty of these new products that are being developed is having a delivery method which is better. “So if we can stop having to put on a lotion and maybe just flick a switch on a device or spray something around the room, that’s going to be much easier and much more effective.”

Savoury-filled Cob Loaf Ingredients: John Dickson and Kathleen Oram are pictured next to a platen printing press located in the Southern Queensland Bulletin building at Owen Park, Cob loaf (core out centre & bake shell in oven for Mick Veivers Way, Southport. 15 mins) FRIENDS John Dickson familiar to all but 2 onions (medium to passed away, she took and Kathleen Oram were possibly should be large, finely chopped) up croquet at the attending the inaugural considered a local Southport Croquet Club 4 strips bacon (finely Daphne Pirie AO MBE bucket list item. Along on Queen Street to help chopped, fat & rind reSpirit of Sport Awards at with the Sporting Hall of her cope with bereavemoved) the Gold Coast Sporting Fame, it is well worth a ment and illness. Bubbly 1 packet frozen spinach Hall of Fame when, after visit by all ages. For (thawed) Kathleen can’t speak presentations were more information, highly enough about the 1 red capsicum (finely complete, they decided contact Wayne Hickson, Club, or about croquet chopped) to have a walk-around email: hicksonmedia@ 250g pkt Philly cream itself, the combination inside the building next helping her through dark cheese door. A platen printing press 250g pkt of 3 or 4 cheese times. Located within the same manufactured in the late The charming and mix fenced area as the 19th century is also on Bread pieces for dipping knowledgeable John Sporting Hall of Fame at display within the Dickson, 78, is known to Method: Owen Park, Southport, is Bulletin building, which many, in part through Helen says the secret of the refurbished Southprompted very proud this mix is all in the prepahis work as Campaign ern Queensland Bulletin Mum Kathleen to Manager for Gold Coast ration of the onions. structure, with origins mention that her son, Slowly fry onions in butCity Council Division 6 dating back close to 130 Bryan Oram, is General ter (not oil) until soft and Councillor Dawn years. The Southern Manager – Gold Coast golden brown in colour. Crichlow OAM. John Queensland Bulletin is Publications at News Place in bowl. also is remembered for the forerunner of Corporation. Small Fry bacon lightly then his croquet court today’s Gold Coast world! On another note, abilities. add capsicum. Bulletin newspaper. Kathleen, 80, also Add onion mix. Libraries, Council Filled with a range of mentioned that one of offices, related websites Mix in spinach, cream expertly displayed the reasons she had cheese & cheese mix. and free information Memory Lane photoattended the Spirit of booklets are great ways Mix through well. graphs, the Bulletin site Sport Awards was that Put filling into cob loaf, to find out what’s is one that may not be after her husband bake for about 15 mins. happening not only in Place bread pieces on a Southport but on the tray & bake until golden. whole Gold Coast— They will be lovely and beautiful one day; crisp and good for dipperfect the next, with ping! lots to do every day!

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(L-R) Lion Bruce Ede, Kathryn Lewis (Runaway Bay Shopping Village) and Lion Peter Kidston, Lion Jeannie Ward, Lion Graham Wythes.

THE Runaway Bay Lions Club, in association with the Runaway Bay Shopping Village, undertook to raise funds to support the NSW Bushfire Appeal. In just two days of collecting, the very

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

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CURRUMBIN/Elanora VIEW Club held a fashion parade in Tallebudgera Valley last month to raise money for our 10 students that we sponsor through the Learning For Life program run by the Smith Family. Our annual Picnic in the Park in December will be the last function for the year, and the committee would like to wish all our members a very Merry Xmas and many thanks for your support throughout 2013. We will meet again January 28th at the RSL for a friendly get together and morning tea. Contact Carlene 5590 8247 for details.

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Regional croquet groups join for Christmas party

A big group made up of members from seven local Clubs celebrated croquet Christmas in Southport

L to R: Adrienne Brougham, Network Secretary (Gold Coast), Rhonda Weston, Network President (Toowoomba), Host, Brenda Davies President U3A Sunshine Coast

A REGIONAL meeting was recently held at the Innovations Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast, arranged and hosted by U3A Sunshine Coast. U3A members attended from Gympie, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Noosa, Caboolture, Pine Rivers, Bribie Island, Burran Heads and Sunshine Coast. The Queensland Network Executive members also attended from Toowoomba, Gold Coast, Brisbane and as far away as Townsville. The full day meeting provided lots of interesting presentations and the opportunity for U3A members to network and discuss many matters of common interest. A highlight was the World Café, where mixed groups held lively discussions about common challenges faced by all U3As, such as finding sufficient tutors. There are twenty-seven members U3A’s in the Queensland Network, representing thousands of older Queenslanders determined to stay young and healthy by lifelong learning.

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IT was blue skies and sunshine as Southport Croquet Club hosted the Gold Coast Tweed Regional Croquet Christmas Party at its 1 Queen Street clubhouse, with the general consensus being that the day was

‘a huge success’. Joining in the fun were club representatives from Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads, Coolangatta, Burleigh Heads/ Palm Beach, Tamborine Mountain, Broadbeach and, of course,

Southport. The party was a daylong event, with croquet played in both the morning and afternoon. Pennants were presented to winners of the four codes of Mallet Sports (Association

Croquet, Ricochet, Golf Croquet and Gateball) and ‘thank you’ certificates were given to volunteers from each of the clubs in appreciation of their dedicated work, often over many years. Apart from a few days

Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal aims to collect 500,000 gifts this Christmas

THE 26th annual Wishing Tree Appeal has been launched in Kmart stores across Australia. The Salvation Army and Kmart are hoping the Australian community will get behind the appeal and help reach the national target of 500,000 gifts. The Salvation Army will distribute the gifts donated by the public in Kmart stores to Australians doing it tough this Christmas. One in two Salvation Army clients will not be able to afford gifts for family members and friends this Christmas, according to a survey of clients accessing emergency relief and community services conducted in May. “Christmas is a hard time for people doing it tough. With Kmart’s help, we can help to bring hope and joy to Australians in need this holiday season,” said The Salvation Army’s Dr Bruce Redman. The Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal has collected more than six million gifts

since the Appeal commenced in 1988. Kmart Managing Director, Guy Russo, praised the continued support of the Appeal across Australia. “Each year we continue to be astounded at the thoughtful gifts placed under the Wishing Tree and I know this year will be no different. Communities around Australia continue to spread the joy of Christmas and generously give their time and money to support those less fortunate,” said Mr Russo. “Over the years The Salvation Army has worked with many mums and dads who come to us in a state of need and despair at Christmas. To see them supported and encouraged through the provision of gifts and hampers for them and their children is very special, and seeing the hope reappear in their eyes is simply wonderful,” said Dr Redman. This Christmas, The Sal-

U3A North Gold Coast Learning for the Joy of Learning U3A North Gold Coast is seeking Art Tutors in acrylics, watercolours, pastels, miniatures and drawing to commence in 2014. If you are experienced and would like to share your knowledge with others, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Sue Spicer 5514 2196 or

vation Army expects to assist approximately 300,000 people. In December, The Salvation Army will assist three times more people compared to any other month. Kmart and The Salvation Army encourage Australians to place a gift under the Wishing Tree located in any Kmart store or at the Express Gift Drop off point located at the front of the store. As an alternative to donating a gift, cash contributions can be made at the register or in the coin collection boxes located at store check outs. These contributions are converted into Kmart gift cards and distributed by The Salvation Army to recipients to choose their own gift.

over the Christmas period, most clubs will be playing croquet as usual during the holiday season but a quick call or email just to check might be the way to go. Visitors and potential members always welcome.

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in 2013. This is a trend expected to continue, partly due to lower prices than in most other European destinations but also because of the easier access from countries like the USA and Canada….and Australia. Emirates Airlines now flies daily to Lisbon from Dubai, meaning a convenient one-stop connection to and from Australia. It’s hard to understand why so many of us have been to Spain and France multiple times, yet have never gone one step further to investigate all the attractions that Portugal has to offer. The capital Lisbon has a definitive charm with a history dating back to the 7th century BC; the south of the country offers the Algarve region with its Mediterranean and

Atlantic beaches; and the north has the unique city of Porto and the Douro Valley to explore. Then there are mountain villages, medieval castles and churches, and wonderful pousadas or inns to stay in. Perhaps most of all, a food and wine culture that Australians will definitely relate to. And, dare we mention it, excellent shopping for footwear, leather, ceramics and trendy new designer fashions. The logical starting point is Lisbon, where you’ll find so many attractions that deciding how many days to stay will be a challenge. Three days minimum will allow you to soak up a bit of the city’s vibe, including historic churches, the splendidly restored St. George Castle, excellent museums and great walking tours [tip: runners are a must in the cobblestone streets]. The funky little trams will get you around, and the no. 28 is a tourist mecca in its own right as it winds through narrow streets and up the hills. Traditional Portuguese food such as bacalhau [cod fish], hearty meat dishes and healthy salads laced with arguably the world’s best olive oil are on offer everywhere; and you’ll be tempted to over indulge in pasteis, devilishly delicious egg custard tarts. With local wines such good value, forget the diet. From Lisbon, you can take bus or train [but a rental car is better, and the highways are easy]

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north to Coimbra. This is a university city with a long history dating back to Roman times and then the Moors who ruled the area until the 11th century. After that, Coimbra was the Portuguese capital for over a hundred years. One of the finest museums you’ll find anywhere is the Museu Nacional Machado de Castro, next to the university overlooking the city. There’s also the medieval monasteries of Santa Clara and Santa Cruz, both with impressive stories to tell. At night the old town comes alive with tiny bars and restaurants befitting a university clientele and if you’re lucky, you’ll find yourself in a small café where students dressed in traditional black cloaks perform fado, a unique song-form expressive of the Portuguese spirit. You’ll find yourself getting carried away with the

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emotion of the crowd, unable to resist that extra nightcap! From Coimbra the road to the north brings you to Porto, famous for its port wine industry and a must-see destination on any itinerary. The city stands on both sides of the Douro River, near the mouth, and is the headquarters of wellknown brands such as Sandemans, Porto Cruz, Croft, Offley and Taylor’s. All have showrooms and continual tastings for those able to stay awake [and sober]. No need for a car here. Porto is also the jumping off point for the Douro Valley with its spectacular terraced vineyards plunging down to the river and local inns and hotels ready to welcome

English-speaking travellers. The local cuisine using fresh ingredients represents some of Portugal’s finest. Much more could be written about this, but a little internet research will have you licking lips in anticipation. There are various ways to experience the Douro region, on tours [advisable if wine tasting], by car or by river cruises from day trips to a week or more on board. It’s no wonder that Portugal is enjoying renewed interest, particularly by Australians who love “lifestyle travel”….there’s so much to explore and it’s now so easy to get there. And great value as well.

Beware of button batteries THE Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is reminding parents and carers about the dangers of button batteries after a nine-month-old boy was hospitalised recently for swallowing one of the batteries. These batteries may be found in some games and toys, hearing aids and garage remote controls. Fair Trading Executive Director Brian Bauer said approximately five Australian children are taken to hospital with battery-related injuries every week. “Many toys and common household items such as remote controls, calculators, watches, hearing aids, bathroom scales and musical greeting cards can contain lithium button batteries,” Mr Bauer said. “Serious injuries occur to children after swallowing these types of batteries including choking, soft tissue burns, perforation of the oesophagus or internal bleeding which can and has resulted in death. “It takes as little as two hours to cause severe burns once a button battery has been ingested and remains stuck in the body. “Once burning begins, damage can continue even after the battery is removed and repairing the damage can be painful and may require multiple surgeries.” Symptoms of swallowing a button battery include chest pain, coughing, nausea or vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and fever. Consumers are asked to keep coin-sized batteries and devices out of reach, secure battery compartments on items and dispose of old batteries immediately and safely. If you suspect a child has swallowed magnets, seek urgent medical attention. More information about the dangers of button batteries can be found at

Let’s Get Animals and storms! RSPCA Qld’s Lost and Found (Pet D Tect) service received well over one hundred calls after recent storms. “Obviously this is a concern as more storms are predicted throughout the season,” said spokesperson Michael Beatty. “Some dogs in particular suffer from what we call storm or firework phobia. Often they will sense the storm coming long before humans can and the noise of the thunder absolutely terrifies them. They then try to escape from areas they normally wouldn’t think of leaving.” “The animals need to be in an environment they feel comfortable with,” said the RSPCA’s Senior Veterinarian Dr Anne Chester. “They become very distressed and with severe winds predicted people need to clear any loose objects from the animal’s immediate area. This includes horse paddocks. For animals as well as humans, loose debris can cause major, even fatal, injuries”. Smaller pets are also at risk. “Guinea pigs in particular are often kept in hutches in the back yard. With heavy rain, the area floods and the guinea pigs drown. It’s all commonsense really, but sometimes common sense is sadly lacking!” Dr Chester also called on people to make certain their pet had identification. “After every storm we end up with reports of lost, (and found ), traumatised animals, many of which have no identification. If they have identification –in particular a microchipwe can contact the owner immediately. “We would urge anyone who loses an animal to register their details with out Pet D Tect service and do the same if they find an animal.” Pet-D-Tect 1300 363 736


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Representatives from charity organizations Palm Beach Neighbourhood Centre (second from left); Kalwun (third and fifth from left) and Majella House (first and second from right) are photographed with Rosie Evans (left), from ‘Rosie’s Toys for Kids’ at the Woodwork and Craft Club and Brad Canfell (centre), president of the Club. Toys were accepted on behalf of Aliens by Derek Evans, not pictured.

IT was a proud day for members of the Woodwork and Craft Club located in Currumbin Waters, as nearly 400 skilfully handcrafted wooden toys were donated to four local charity organisations just in time for Christmas. Kalwun, Palm Beach Neighbourhood Centre, Majella House and Aliens were the delighted recipients of the toys, destined for grateful families in need. Better known as the Mens’ Shed, or ‘the Shed’ (as women are most welcome), a small but dedicated group of special volunteers at the Woodwork and Craft Club—the Shed—spent twelve months happily active in various projects, knowing that their efforts would put smiles on the faces of many children at Christmas. The Shed (over 50 metres in length and 16 metres wide) is a communitybased, non-profit, noncommercial organisation that is open to all adults, with new members always welcome. Experience isn’t necessary, as a team of dedicated supporters

from various trade backgrounds—and volunteers too—give generously of their time to guide the keen-to-learn, while using an impressive array of equipment and machinery that has been purchased, donated or obtained through community grant funding. In addition to gifting toys at Christmas, Club members also enjoy the yearly challenge of teaching 40 school children from St. Augustine’s Parish Primary School, Currumbin Waters, and Marymount College, Burleigh Heads, the art of basic woodworking. Founder and main driving force behind the Shed, Tom Rolfe, was a mover and shaker whose sole focus was to ensure the education of the younger generation in the art of woodworking and the use of equipment and tools. Sadly, Tom passed away in 2013, aged 85, but he was always proud of what had been achieved with the building of this community woodwork and craft shed. Tom hoped that as many people as

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News from THE TWEED Tweed Area Computer Club ANOTHER successful year for the computer club with new courses added to cover the new technology and software that has been released. Next year, in addition to the Windows 8 operating system and the iPad class, there will be advanced Tablet and iPad classes. The Apple/Mac users will also have advanced classes covering the iLife suite of applications. The break over the holiday period will be used to carry out routine upgrades as usual. The classes will begin on Monday 3 February 2014. Have a merry festive season and a happy new year. The computer club is located in the South Tweed Sports Club 4 Minjungbal Drive South Tweed in a

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great air conditioned environment. Assistance is offered to people wishing to obtain their first computer with courses from absolute beginners to the more advanced. The tutors work on a voluntary basis and get fulfilment from passing on their knowledge to help others using the PC’s and Apple Mac Minis. People can join at any time but if they require more direct information they can attend the next “sign on” day on Friday 31 January 2014 at 11:30am.Further information about the club can be obtained by visiting the club’s web site at or contacting Jenny on 07 5524 3057.

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U3A Twin Towns U3A Twin Towns Members attend classes and activities on both sides of the border in six different venues, so it is important for us to all come together at social functions held throughout the year. The last one will be on Wednesday 18th December, 2013 at 4 Boyd Street, Tugun at 12noon. Members are asked to bring a plate of goodies for the Christmas Lunch Party ( beverages will be supplied free) to share with friends we don’t see often. Sing, dance have fun! For information Phone before noon 5534 7333.

A FUN filled day to celebrate Christmas will be enjoyed by the Southport Day VIEW Club at its monthly luncheon to be held at the Southport Yacht Club. An invitation is extended to new members to join us. Ladies, come along, meet new friends and enjoy a delightful luncheon overlooking the water. This month’s meeting will be held on Wednesday 18th December at 11.30am

for 12 noon. Entertainment will be provided by Harmony in Paradise Singers singing some lovely Christmas songs and carols. Dress in your Christmas colours to add to the festivities at the Southport Yacht Club, Macarthur Parade, Main Beach. Cost is $30 includes a 2 course lunch with tea or coffee. Inquiries and bookings from Robin on 5537 4593.


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DESPITE one in four Australians over the age of 15 experiencing some form of incontinence,

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per cent of people living with incontinence do not discuss the issue, even with their GP, despite studies showing most cases can be cured or better managed. While incontinence should not be regarded as a natural part of ageing, it is more common and severe in those aged over 75, with more than 40 per cent of this age group affected. And although incontinence is more prevalent among women, research shows that one in five people experiencing urinary incontinence are men, a group widely acknowledged as being reluctant to seek help from health professionals. Continence Foundation of

Australia health promotion officerTracey Sparks said incontinence often resulted in people restricting their work and social activities. Pregnancy, childbirth and menopauseare factors that place women at increased risk of developingbladder and bowel control problems. Reduced pelvic floor muscle tone and lowered oestrogen levels can contribute to symptoms that include: urinary leakage when coughing, straining or exercising, orbefore reaching the toilet; passing urine more often overnight; constipation; more frequent urinary tract infections; and an urgency to open the

bowels. Prostate problems are the biggest cause of urinary incontinence in men. Common symptoms include: trouble starting the flow of urine; slow urine stream; the need to pass urine more often or more urgently; leaking between visits to the toilet; a burning sensation or pain when passing urine, or blood in urine; and feeling that the bladder is not fully empty after going to the toilet. “Men and women of all ages who have any of these symptoms or who are avoiding physical exertion, physical contact or social situations for fear of an accident, should seek help from a health professional,” Ms Sparks said.

Ms Sparks is hosting a free bladder and bowel health education session from 11.30am-2.00pm at Robina Community Centre on Tuesday, December 17th. The community forum will feature a presentation from physiotherapist Sara Jackson and dietitian Elizabeth Amarandos. Light refreshments will be provided and bookings are essential at qld.hpo@ or by phoning Tracey 3723 5012. Those unable to attend can phone the National Continence Helpline on 1800 33 00 66 for confidential advice about bladder or bowel problems, and information on product subsidy payments.

Achieving healthy ageing in Australia MUCH of the escalating burden of chronic disease in an ageing Australian population can be linked to physical inactivity and weight gain, according to the late Professor Alan Owen. As a campaigner for better health care, Professor Owen lived a life devoted to better outcomes for patients. The inaugural Alan Owen Lecture entitled ‘Healthy Ageing in Australia – Environment, Lifestyle, Human Biology and Emerging Preventative Opportunities’ was held recently. Musculoskeletal disorders, depression, type 2 diabetes, cardio vascular disease and breast and colon cancer have multiple adverse (and potentially avoidable) consequences for individuals, families, the work-

place and the health system, Professor Owen argued. He pointed out that studies in Australia had begun to join some of the dots linking environments, lifestyle and biology with the development of major chronic diseases. This was through a better understanding of the built-environment, social and economic factors that could influence the normal habits and choices of everyday life. Professor Owen believed that we could take heart from having made internationally leading progress in tobacco control over the past 40 years. He stressed how the next big population health challenges were to build the bases for comparable progress in relation to physical inactivity and the food supply.

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Is Déjà Vu for you?

Pictured within Déjà Vu, where shelves are laden with ‘Gifts 2 Please’, are Nerang Community Respite Care clients (l-r) Ida Sprenger (sprightly at a surprising 97); Connie Hayes and Amy Freeth.

AS déjà vu means ‘already seen’ in French, the question begs as to whether you’ve already seen Déjà Vu here on the Gold Coast; in the pretty suburb of Nerang to be precise? Déjà Vu is a quaint ‘Op Shop-type volunteer-run shop’ located on the grounds of Nerang Community Respite Care Association at 31 Martin

Street. Pretty much everything, bar the fixtures, is for sale. All proceeds go to NCRCA to help support community work that, in turn, helps support the older and frail and socially isolated in our community, including adults with physical disabilities. And gents, there’s a ‘men only’ group too. Nerang Community Respite Care Association

General Manager Jo Todoruk says, ‘Déjà Vu is a new initiative for NCRCA. With times changing as they are, we need to enhance our options to increase sustainability. To ensure the success of this venture we are looking for both more volunteers plus donations of quality stock.’ Most of the items for sale

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OLDER drivers with an eye disease are invited to participate in an ongoing Queensland University of Technology (QUT) study which aims to better understand the driving difficulties faced by drivers with eye disease. Optometry and Vision Science expert, Professor Joanne Wood, said previous research revealed that common eye conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration are some of the reasons that older drivers give up driving altogether. However, added that there was limited information about the actual driv-

ing abilities of patients with these eye conditions. “This information is needed so we can identify people with difficulties and design potential interventions or training programs,” Professor Wood said. “Research has shown that simply having an eye condition doesn’t mean you are a good or bad driver and in fact in our research to date, the majority of drivers with eye diseases have been rated as safe to drive. “But different eye conditions can create different driving difficulties and we want to find out what



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Parkinson’s Disease Health Course DO you or your partner have Parkinson’s disease? Blue Care Gold Coast Allied Health is running a Living well with Parkinson’s Disease group. Come along and learn practical hints and tips about Parkinson disease. Group commences in March 2014 for 12 weeks in Southport. To register or for more information call Blue Care Allied Health Southport on 5555 4444.

in Déjà Vu have ‘already been seen’ or, to use a more common Australian expression, are quality ‘pre-loved’, having been generously donated by previous owners. If you have any suitable saleable items to keep shelves full and to assist this friendly local initiative, please drop them in to Anne at Reception between 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday. For more information, call 5578 1668 or email: A kindly philanthropist or corporate sponsor would be the answer to many prayers at Nerang Community Respite Care Association but, in the meantime, another innovative fundraising project, this time one that staff and clients have taken on, is Platters 2 Please, part of NCRCA’s Community Connections program. Catering for functions between 20 and 100 people, Platters 2 Please can provide a variety of tasty, freshly-made food platters for almost any occasion. For more information, NCRCA is only a phone call or email away.

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Women avoiding intimacy because of discreet menopausal symptoms MORE than 70% of postmenopausal Australian women have avoided intimacy with their partner as a result of a common, yet widely misunderstood condition, according to a new national survey. The CLOSER (CLarifying vaginal atrophy’s impact On SEx and Relationships) survey [conducted in Australia by Lonergan

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symptoms. It highlights some of the physical and emotional impacts of vaginal discomfort – a somewhat awkward topic – on Australian couples. Vaginal discomfort, which can be diagnosed by a healthcare professional as vaginal atrophy, is a relatively common genital condition in menopausal women as a result of changes in the levels of female hormones the body produces. Vaginal atrophy is most commonly diagnosed in women experiencing the natural menopause but can also be a result of surgery to remove ovaries and after treatments for certain medical conditions. According to women’s health specialist Dr Jane Elliott, immediate past-president of the

Australasian Menopause Society, the survey is an important step in debunking the stigma associated with discussing vaginal atrophy. “Unfortunately, vaginal atrophy is considered a taboo subject, and even doctors can find it difficult to talk to their patients about it.” Dr Elliott said. “Symptoms of vaginal atrophy include vaginal dryness, itching and painful intercourse and may lead to serious longterm problems, including contributing to incontinence. “If left undiagnosed, vaginal atrophy can have a significant impact on women and their partner’s lives.” The local CLOSER

survey revealed 56% of Australian women surveyed admit to having sex less often as a result of vaginal discomfort. Loss of libido (60%), painful sex (44%), or a worry that sex will be painful (44%), are the main reasons Australian women surveyed with vaginal discomfort said they avoided being intimate with their partner. In addition, many women admitted the condition had a negative impact on their self-esteem and emotional wellbeing, with about half (47%) worrying that their long-term vaginal discomfort will never go away and have a long-term effect on their relationship as a result. More than half said the condition made them feel old (59%) and upset that

their body did not work the way it used to (58%). Professor Rod Baber, president-elect of the International Menopause Society and Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Sydney, encourages couples to recognise the impact of vaginal discomfort on their relationship and seek advice from their healthcare professional. “There are practical things women can do to minimise irritation to the vagina such as clothing choice, use of lowallergenic washing products and non-

scented hygiene products, Prof. Baber said. There are also numerous non-prescription treatment options available including creams, lubricants and moisturisers. If necessary, your doctor may also recommend prescription medications that may help relieve symptoms. All treatments have benefits and risks; please discuss these benefits and risks with your doctor. If you have any pre-existing conditions, you must advise your doctor before commencing treatment.

Coping with grief at Christmas CHRISTMAS may be a time when you get together with family and friends. Often, if you have lost someone you love, you will be reminded that they are not around. This may be

hard and everyone reacts differently to this. It may be that it causes you to react more sensitively to things, but everyone has their own way of coping. It is important that you

look after yourself and find your own way of getting through the hard bits. Here are some ideas that may help you better manage the Christmas holidays. Allow yourself to be sad – Christmas may have been a time you spent with someone you have lost. It is normal to feel sad that they are not with you. It may help to take some time out, to remember the person you love. You may want to find a quiet spot to remember all the good things about the person or go and do something that you used to do together; or you might be able to revisit that favourite spot you had, to recall some of the memories. It is also acceptable to enjoy yourself – it may be hard to celebrate when you are missing someone you love, but getting together with family and close friends may be a chance to remember the good times and it is ok to relax and have a laugh. Having fun is not necessarily a sign that you miss that person any less. Look after yourself – remembering that this may be a tough time for you is important. This may mean that you have to treat yourself with a bit of care. Avoid making major decisions until after Christmas is over. If possible, treat yourself to something you enjoy doing. It may be that you go to the beach or for a walk; perhaps listening to some favourite music will warm your spirit.


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It was a Merry Christmas in Southport

Coral, Frances, Daphne and Carole (l-r) were the lucky raffle prize winners. Even though the Gents missed out, they were happy for the Ladies.

Although it was pouring with rain outside, inside the Whitby Street centre of Southport Meals on Wheels Senior Citizens Association it was teeming with Christmas festivities. A capacity group of merrymakers made merry by catching up with old friends and making new friends too; enjoying a traditional, and delicious, Christmas feast; applauding the work of volunteer dance instructors as ‘thank you’ presentations were made; keeping fingers crossed in the hope of winning a raffle prize, and enjoying an afternoon of Line, Scottish and Square Dancing and New Vogue. Although Santa wasn’t there in person he certainly was in spirit, bringing gifts of joy and laughter and happiness to all.

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WOMEN diagnosed with colorectal cancer who are physically active, don’t smoke and aren’t overweight or obese have dramatically improved survival rates, according to a new study by the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR). The research by Dr Terry Boyle, who works in the Epidemiology group under Professor Lin Fritschi at WAIMR, looked at 879 colorectal cancer patients diagnosed between 2005 and 2007. Although both men and women took part in the study, Dr Boyle said the female patients showed the most pronounced results. “We found that women’s lifestyles during the years before they were diagnosed with colorectal cancer had a strong impact

on their survival rate afterwards,” Dr Boyle said. “Women who were physically active were about 60% less likely to die during the follow up period than inactive women,” he said. “We also found that women who smoked were three times as likely to die from colorectal cancer compared with patients who had never smoked. “Our figures also showed that overweight and obese women had almost twice the risk of dying, compared with women of a normal weight.” While the average colorectal cancer patient was diagnosed at about 65 years of age, the questionnaire asked about old and recent habits, including the

Tweed Hospital Auxiliary

THE Tweed Hospital Auxiliary is coming to the end of a very successful year. They have raised in excess of $60000 from fundraising during the year. These funds have been raised through a Fashion Show in May, a mini Fete in July and their Annual Fete in October. Other functions are raffles before the major event and their regular Bingo sessions at the Tweed Heads Bowls Club. All of these funds have been donated to the Tweed Hospital to purchase much needed equipment. Anyone interested in joining the Auxiliary, please contact Merle

Graham on 07 5536 1441. Bingo sessions are held at the Tweed Heads Bowls Club every Sunday from 1.00 pm and will continue over the Christmas and New Year period. A Christmas Stall will be held outside the Auxiliary Gift Shop in the Hospital from 9th December to 20 December. There will also be a gift wrapping service at the stall to wrap gifts bought there and also any other gifts purchased elsewhere. A gold coin donation is requested. The Auxiliary members wish everyone in the community a very happy and healthy Christmas and New Year.

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IT was a dull overcast day when our tour bus entered Russia – quite appropriate for a country that few of our group expected to be bright and colourful. We had just endured a border crossing that took over three hours, and our guide told us that we were lucky it was so quick! After waiting in the bus in a queue for several hours the border guards made everyone get off the coach with all our luggage. They did a painstaking search of every nook and cranny – paranoid that someone might be trying to enter the country illegally! We all watched, trying to appear disinterested in this apparent folly. Our guide said that many displaced Russians tried to enter the country to reunite with family. It seems that just about every country has the problem of illegal immigrants. As we approached St Petersburg, traffic built up and the terrible multistorey, box-like apartment buildings dominated the landscape. It is the norm for city dwellers to live in these

community news Impressions of Russia drab pigeon holes. Many date back to the Stalin era when the dictator initiated massive building schemes to house the population. With paper-thin walls and little amenities, the apartments do have hot water, piped in courtesy of the state. Money has not been wasted on unnecessary foibles like childrens’ playgrounds or car shelters. These monstrosities dominate Russian urban landscapes. Private housing is only for the mega-rich. Second largest in population after Moscow, St Petersburg is regarded as the cultural capital of Russia. Its historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site of dirty low-rise concrete edifices. Ornate churches with ridiculous amounts of gold ornamentation magnify the chasm between the aristocracy and the common people. Petrol was cheap, at less than $AUD1 per litre. Our sightseeing was peppered by mentions of such famous names as Rasputin, Pavlov, Nureyev and

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Mendeleyev. Between St Petersburg and Moscow is an inland waterway, a major traffic route between the two cities, carrying a huge volume of cargo and passengers. Much of it is man-made canals with

17 locks to accommodate the changes in altitude. Along the route is a string of isolated towns and villages which give one a flavour of the harsh rural life. Russians have to endure extremes of temperature:

lanes marked! Cars were parked anywhere, often two and three deep on roadsides, apparently with few consequences. Red Square and the Kremlin are at the iconic centre of the city. We vividly recalled scenes of huge parades of military might during the Cold War. The Kremlin houses several museums including the Tsars’ Crown Jewels which were fabulous collections of all kinds of precious gems. One bible belonging to Catherine the Great had thousands of diamonds, rubies, sapphires and pearls adorning its cover – what an incredible folly when one considers the oppression of the Russian people over the centuries! Moscow has more billionaires than any other city on Earth, not all made legally! However, like all other 0 Russian cities, private below -45 C in winter to housing is almost nonover 370C in summer. Moscow is a city of over existent. The underground train network has 12 million people who use five million cars. As stations up to 100 metres a result, traffic is always below ground – built as shelters in the event of a chaotic with incredible jams. We saw 10 lanes of nuclear attack. Many traffic on a road with no have murals and frescoes

worthy of most art galleries. The centre of Moscow has a mix of architectural styles with many modern, glassfronted towers. Evidence of Westernisation can be found on many streets. McDonalds (called the American Embassy by locals), Starbucks, Hard Rock Café, KFC and Pizza Hut are favourites by tourists and citizenry. The people were friendly enough but there was always a sense of the old Soviet-style regime not far under the surface. Lectures that we heard on Russian history and achievements tended to emphasise the good points and gloss over such aspects as the persecution of their people. Public funds are seldom spent on such frivolities as airconditioning or escalators. The Cyrillic alphabet remained a mystery to us, as did the language. We came home glad to have experienced a taste of Russia, but, as usual, thankful that our forebears chose Australia.

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linen and bath towels are provided and all rooms are equipped with vanity basin, wardrobe, ceiling fan and good security. A large, fully equipped kitchen and dining room are available for use. Communal clean showers and toilets are set on each level (separate male/ female) and there are shady outdoor areas and a huge sundeck. For those who want to be more active there is a twenty metre swimming pool and gym area. You won’t have to worry about the security of your vehicle either as safe, off-

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renew your spirit, refresh your mind - and take the memories back home with you. Sunset Strip is a holiday environment focused upon old world values providing affordable holiday accommodation for those who want to avoid the ‘glitz’ of the Gold Coast. It offers two different styles of accommodation – the guesthouse or a self-contained holiday flat. The guesthouse offers a unique 60’s retro style with 42 secure, separate, comfortable, quiet rooms, including singles, twins and doubles. All bedding,

street open air car parking for 20 cars is available. The self-contained holiday flats comprise ground floor, large fully furnished and equipped units. These are older style but refurbished and clean, comfortable and quiet. The one bedroom consists of 1 double and 2 single beds, sleeping up to 4 persons. All bedding and linen is provided and there is a fully equipped kitchen with everything you will need. Your own bathroom has a shower, toilet and vanity. All guests of the holiday flats have full access to all the facilities located in the main guesthouse building including the swimming pool and car park. See the advertisement in these pages for the very affordable rates at Sunset Strip, which is located at 199 Boundary Street, Coolangatta or call their friendly hosts on 07 5599 5517.

seat. It is then a quick walk to the head of the train to inspect the great “Iron Horse” which is simmering away quietly waiting for the grand departure. Final boarding announcements are made , the guard blows his whistle and waves the green flag and the engine bursts into life with it’s whistle blowing to signal departure and steams out of the platform heading for the day’ destination. Like the sound of the above ? The Australian Railway Historical Society (Queensland Division) is in its 56th year of operating rail tours. Over 970 excursions operated by both steam and diesel hauled trains to many destinations in Queensland have been run by the Society since 1957, of course the steam hauled tours are very popular and give passengers a nostalgic tour in travel of a bygone era – travelling in style in the heritage carriages. Mums and Dads would you like a great week end escape? Book now for the Summer Winelander Tour to Stanthorpe and Wallangarra and be pampered on the special air conditioned train – wine tasting on board (whites on Saturday and reds on Sunday) lunch served to your seat and a coach tour to some of Stanthorpe’s best wineries. Dinner at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism is also included, as is bed and breakfast at motel. Our first steam tour 2014

is planned to run to Springfield on Saturday 8th March – the latest extension to the suburban system and this will a once only opportunity to travel behind steam along this brand new railway. Come bush with us in March as we board the Westlander and travel to Mitchell then join a 4 wheel drive coach that will take us to Carnarvon Gorge and Ka Ka Mundi.

This tour includes a two night stop over at Carnarvon Gorge, two nights at Springsure, one night at Tambo and return travel aboard the Westlander. To book or order a brochure phone our office on 3252 1759 between 10am and 3.00pm Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays. A recorded message operates at other times. Ray Edser (Tour Manager)


Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd February SUMMER WINELANDER Escape by air conditioned train to the Granite Belt Saturday 8th March WESTERN SUBURBS SUBURBAN STEAMER Steam train to Springfield and Redbank Thursday 14th to Thursday 21st March CARNARVON GORGE & KA KA MUNDI Travel by Westlander and 4 wheel drive coach Saturday 5th April SILVER BULLET & IRON DUKE TOUR Rail Motor to Ferny Grove & Tramway Museum 45th Anniversary of the demise of Brisbane’s Trams “Book early as seats are limited”

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community news

Who’s more curious?

Whale watchers are pictured being watched by a whale

IT was a thrilling encounter for excited whale watchers aboard Sea World’s Whale Watching Cruiser but, also (or so it seemed), for the magnificent Humpback whale (pictured). The Humpback cheekily surfaced without warning alongside the vessel as the boat cruised waters off the Gold Coast. Was it a

matter of the Humpback purposely popping up to offer a welcoming “g’day”, or was the whale just having a curious look at an unexpected audience? We humans will never know but the photo, courtesy of Sea World Whale Watch, is still worth a thousand words (at least).

Elephants impress tourists IN the August edition of the Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors Newspaper, an article and photo appeared under the heading Life is what you make it. The story, which featured retirees Dianne and Mike Cecil of the Gold Coast Hinterland, told mostly of Dianne teaching art on a cruise ship sailing from Florida, USA, to Rome, Italy. Also mentioned was that Dianne and Mike had further travel plans, including a South African land tour out of Johannesburg. On return from their seventeen-day African adventure, Mike and Dianne reported that they had ‘a wonderful, wonderful time in South Africa. South Africa is a magical place that has some hold over those who visit. So vast, so beautiful, so exciting.’ Pictured is a photo taken by Mike of a family of elephants casually crossing the road in Kruger National Park

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ADELAIDE EXPLORER • Great Ocean Rd• Kangaroo Island • Murray River • Barossa Valley • Glenelg & Victor Harbour 16 Days 8th - 23rd March 2014

Cosy apartments in Zell-on-Mosel, close to rail and Hahn Airport low-cost flights hub. Popular with Aussies. Winter rentals from $200AUD/ week. Small groups OK too.

Includes: Motel, All Dinners (except 1), Breakfasts, All Admissions, Murray River Boat Cruise and Morning Tea, Kangaroo Island Touring, Barossa Winery Tour, Haig’s Chocolate Maker, Hay Pow & International Centre, plus much more!

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HOLIDAY & Leisure 2015 journey to ANZAC Battlefields AUSTRALIA and New Zealand share an honoured military history across the Mediterranean. Join the Battlefield Memorial Travel Team as they follow the footsteps of the ANZACs on this unique historic Mediterranean journey, the Gallipoli Centenary Cruise 2015. THE ANZAC legend was born almost a century ago on the rugged slopes of the Gallipoli Peninsula. From this tumultuous period in history rose a spirit of courage, mateship and sacrifice. ANZAC Day is a time for remembrance and commemoration of sacrifice for those who have served and died in all wars. Join the Battlefields Memorial Cruise at ANZAC Cove to honour the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. We invite you to sail on a 28-night history cruise, including a Dawn Service aboard the vessel off ANZAC Cove. This one-off cruise will offer the opportunity to discover your heritage, experience foreign locations linked to ANZAC history, and learn more about the conflicts across the Mediterranean in both WWI and WWII. This voyage is possibly the most comprehensive itinerary ever offered in the region. Sailing on the Black Watch, we will enter the Mediterranean at Gibraltar, skirting the Journey coastline and taking in ports in Malta, Turkey, Greece and Crete (including Lemnos Island), Sicily, the Italian mainland, and Portugal. These ports will offer access to important military history sites of ancient and modern significance, with many opportunities to engage with the past and the present with organised land-based tours. On board we are delighted to present a first-class history and education team of some of Australia’s finest historians, researchers and authors. A full program of lectures, presentations and workshops will offer something for all levels of interest. Our entertainment program will feature bands and musicians, dances, theme nights, comedy revues and trivia events. Although access to the Gallipoli battlefields will be restricted across the ANZAC Day period, the Gallipoli Centenary Cruise 2015 will offer passengers three full days in the region. Docked at Çanakkale we will have two days of tour options to explore the fascinating Gallipoli battlefields, the historic citadel of Troy, or perhaps some shopping or a fort and museum tour in exciting Çanakkale. For more information contact Zeppelin Travel on 07 5557 9888.

New Zealand by Cruise and Luxury Coach

GRAND Pacific Tours, the New Zealand coach holiday specialist, in conjunction with Celebrity Cruises, is proud to present this exclusive opportunity to discover New Zealand by Cruise and Luxury Coach. See the best of this stunning country with one of four innovative itineraries to choose from, giving you the holiday you have always wished for. Relax on a cruise across the Tasman Sea on board one of the most luxurious superliners, the Celebrity Solstice. Combine this with a luxury coach holiday or Auckland getaway giving you a complete on the road experience, with each locale providing its own treasure trove of unique experiences. From an upper deck of lush, natural grass to chic restaurants and lounges, the Celebrity Solstice offers you more than you ever imagined. Relax in a Deluxe Balcony Cabin, your own personal escape at sea. Blurring the indoors with the outdoors, these

spacious, light and beautifully appointed rooms are packed with thoughtful touches and feature a balcony with an ocean view. There is no better way to see New Zealand than to enjoy a range of iconic attractions and stunning scenery, traverse the roads in the safe hands of your Coach Captain never worrying about taking a wrong turn. See the sights and hear all of the stories only an experienced tour guide can provide. The four tour options available are the 23 Day Best of New Zealand by Cruise & Luxury Coach, the 17 Day New Zealand Southern Explorer & Cruise, the 15 Day New Zealand Cruise & Auckland Highlights and the 28 Day New Zealand & Australia by Luxury Coach & Cruise. Discover the land of the long white cloud and return home with memories to last a lifetime. For your 16 page brochure contact your local travel agent or Grand Pacific Tours on 1800 622 768.

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HOLIDAY & Leisure

NORWAY is a land of fjords and mountains with some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. It is a long narrow country, often called the Land of the Vikings. For those short on time, a glimpse of this beautiful land can be obtained by taking a tour called Norway in a Nutshell. The tour can be done comfortably in one day or it can be split over two or more. It operates between Oslo and

Norway in a nutshell

Ferry on Fjord

Bergen. The first leg from Oslo is by comfortable train, rising steadily through millions of pine trees with waterfalls sprouting from every orifice in the rocks. Quaint isolated villages dot the hillsides. The highest point is at Finse, altitude 1222 metres. By then the trees have disappeared and the landscape is rocky and desolate. Perched high in the mountains is the

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Hardangerjokul glacier, its blue ice glittering in the sun. The train frequently goes through tunnels and avalanche shelters, both of which tend to make photography somewhat haphazard. The train continues on to Bergen by the direct route but the tour takes a side track at Myrdal and joins another train for the incredible descent to Flam. This 20 km line, built in the 1930s,

by Allan Blackburn

has 20 tunnels accounting for six kilometres of track. One tunnel corkscrews through 3600 as it descends steeply. Another tunnel has a window providing stunning views into the valley. It is an audacious feat of engineering and is one of the world’s most attractive and spectacular railway lines. A stop is made to view the mighty Kjos Waterfall, right alongside the track. As sightseers alight, music begins playing from hidden speakers and a “nymph” in a red dress begins dancing on the rocks. She pops down behind one rock and magically reappears in a different place. It is almost surreal but very interesting. Endless waterfalls and steep ravines mark the valley sides on the approach to Flam. The Rjoande waterfall has a sheer drop of 140 metres. Tiny farms eke out an existence in the harsh and isolated environment, smoke trailing from chimneys. Flam has about 450 inhabitants. It is a port on the Aurlandsfjord, an arm of the even bigger

Sognefjord which is Norway’s deepest and longest fjord, 1308 metres deep and 204km long. Tourists join a ferry which makes its sedate way down the pristine waters of the fjord, passing a few quaint villages. The scenery is just magnificent – sheer-sided rock walls hundreds of metres high plunge straight into the clear water. The route turns into another fjord, Naeroyfjord, one of the narrowest in Europe. The whole fjord is a conservation area on UNESCO’s

World Heritage list. The ferry terminates at Gudvangen where yet more waterfalls cascade dizzy distances down smooth rock faces. The tour then proceeds by bus, ascending steeply to a picturesque hotel perched high over the valley. One section, just 1.5km long has 13 hairpin bends with the bus almost scraping the rocks on one side and seeming to protrude over the sheer drop on the other – quite scary! Postcard-quality views of the valley distract one

from the road hazards. At Voss the tour rejoins the main railway to Bergen. This town offers year-round skiing, rafting, horse riding, skydiving and helicopter rides. The final leg to Bergen passes many pretty lakes as the train goes through more tunnels on its descent to sea level. The tour is not exactly cheap at around $AUD250 but it is guaranteed to provide many lasting memories. It is a long day but every minute is treasured.

Visitors to the Gold Coast

JAN and Phil Schelle live in Cairns, North Queensland but enjoy visiting the Gold Coast to catch up with friends. They are pictured here after having coffee at Australia Fair with former colleagues from bauxite mining town Nhulunbuy (aka Gove), Northern Territory. During conversation, Jan recounted a story where she was telling someone that she was Phil Schelle’s wife. The man was taken aback, saying, ‘You’re Phil Schelle’s wife? I’m really surprised,’ he continued. ‘Phil always looks so happy I didn’t think he was married.’

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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . ‘Tis the season to be birdwatching GOLD Coaster Tony Bailey of Runaway Bay has again excelled himself for the benefit of the Seniors newspaper. When asked if he might

have a photo with even just a hint of Christmas reds and greens, a snapshot that he would like to share with readers of the December 2013 edition, not only did this keen wildlife photographer reply ‘millions of them’, but

it became clear that Tony takes gift giving seriously. All that is missing is snow in this photograph of the festively-named Mistletoe Bird, a photo hobbyist Tony took (and this sounds almost too good to be true, but true it is) at

Christmas Creek, south of Beaudesert. And what delicacies will make up the Mistletoe Bird’s Christmas Day lunch? The berries of the mistletoe plant, of course. Tony says that ‘Mistletoe Birds are important dis-

tributors of mistletoe plants’ (a parasitic but a nutritious food source for various animals) ‘as they only digest the outer coating of the mistletoe berry, depositing the sticky seed on to the nearest branch.’ Thank you Tony!

A male Mistletoe Bird rests on a mistletoe plant

VIP singers and friends! VOICES In Paradise 2014 is just around the corner and registrations will be open soon for individuals and groups bookings. The event will be held on the 24th May 2014 at Griffith University Gold Coast and the educators for the day will be the international silver medalist quartet Musical Island Boys and SingFest 2012 champions Ginger & Tonic. This event is hosted by The Blenders Chorus and our major sponsor is Griffith University. This is a not to be missed event for all young male and female singers between the ages of 15-30. The singers will be trained all day by our educators followed by a fantastic opportunity to perform for hundreds of people at the Voices In Paradise concert that same night! We are very fortunate to have Deke Sharon (arranger of Pitch Perfect and producer of The SingOff) donate his popular and modern arrangements

for the event. All meals are provided for the singers and they will receive a membership pack on the day including a VIP shirt and much more. Singers will receive access to the VIP member’s area on the website where they can download the quality learning material for the songs performed on the day. At the last Voices In Paradise event there was over 100 registrants and we performed for a sold out audience of 350 people. This year we will be in a bigger and better venue that can accommodate double that size. Important: Registrations will open on January 1st 2014 and group discount rates are available for groups with 10 or more participants. Please reply to me with your initial expression of interest ASAP so I can personally look after your group booking. Please visit the Voices In Paradise website for more info -

Local RQAS gallery open over holidays THE Royal Queensland Art Society gallery (free entry) at Broadbeach will be open every day over the Christmas/New Year holiday period except for Christmas Day. New opening times are Mon – Fri 10am to 2pm, and

9am to 5pm on weekends. Location is 25 Broadbeach Blvd, between Chelsea and Armrick. Phone 5592-0440; email The December artwork theme is Tourists Out and About with the January theme Cool Clear Water.

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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Cup colour at Yacht Club

Wise words THINGS turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out ~ Author unknown.



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IT’S billed as ‘the race that stops a nation’ but the 2013 Melbourne Cup race didn’t stop anyone at Southport Yacht Club from getting into the spirit of things and celebrating, together with the nation. The weather and the setting were both perfect (‘typical’, Gold Coasters would say), as happy Club patrons socialised and lunched before turning their eyes to strategically placed televisions to watch Gai Waterhouse win her first Melbourne Cup with Fiorente. Glasses were raised in toasts to Waterhouse, the first female Australian trainer to win the Cup, and to jockey Damien Oliver.

Enjoying Melbourne Cup festivities at Southport Yacht Club were (l-r) Audrei Keam of Isle of Capri; Judith Collins, Main Beach; the colourfully outfitted Jeffrey Service of Capalaba (not surprisingly, Jeffrey is a professional garment dyer), and Lynn Fulham of Surfers Paradise.

Only Rudolph should sport a red nose this Christmas! WE all know it’s important to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide to reduce skin cancer risk – but did you know staying SunSmart is best practice for pets as well? When it comes to dogs, cats (or even pigs!) – fam-

ily pets can be susceptible to sunburn and skin cancer, and need best protection when spending time outdoors. After all, Rudolf is the only one who should be sporting a red nose this Christmas! Like humans, it’s important that pet-safe sunscreen is applied to areas at risk of burning including the tips of the ears, nose and anywhere else with sparse hair. Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said sun safety was paramount to reduce a pet’s risk of sunburn and skin cancer. “We all know it’s important to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide before heading outside, but it’s just as important for our little furry friends!” Ms Clift said.

“SunSmart behaviours are especially important if your pet has regular visits to the groomer to keep cool in the warmer months. “When you’re spending time outdoors with your pet, be sure to seek shade and apply pet-safe sunscreen to sun-sensitive areas like the nose. “Seek the advice of your vet to find out more about the best method of sun protection and reduce the risk of skin cancer for your whole family.” Every day around 370 Queenslanders are told they have skin cancer – that’s 136,000 new cases diagnosed every year. Sun protective behaviours are required whenever the UV index is 3 or above. In Queensland, the UV index is 3 or above all year

round, so sun protection is required daily. “Queenslanders should Slip on sun-protective clothing, Slop on SPF30 or above broad-spectrum, water resistant sunscreen, Slap on a broadbrimmed hat, Seek shade and Slide on wrap-around sunglasses whenever outdoors,” Ms Clift said.

Queenslanders are urged to conduct skin checks regularly and if any new moles or spots are detected, or a mole or spot changes in shape, colour or size, they should visit their GP immediately.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland, and being SunSmart, is available at or by calling Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20.

Chicks@Lunch & White Sunnies Christmas Cruise Party IMAGINE Cruises – 30mt. Catamaran – Two immaculate decks with undercover indoor and outdoor areas, each with dance floors. End of D Arm, Marina Mirage, same as helipad. Boarding from 11.15am for a noon departure on Friday 20th December 2013. Cost $40 per person and includes 3-½ hour cruise on the Broadwater. Onboard catering – finger

food. Nonstop fabulous entertainment. Fully licensed. Two well stocked bars on both upper and lower decks incl, spirits, wine, champagne beer on tap and soft drinks. Theme: “Silver & White” just like little snow flakes. And don’t forget to bring your biggest smiles. Bookings: Doreen Mbl 0422 978 278 or Rosie o422 927 277 or Jax 0407 002 498.

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community news Canon Ron Dyson Celebrates 60 years as Priest in the Anglican Church

Canon Ron Dyson

ON Sunday 24th November 2013 in excess of 200 parishioners and friends led by Father Kevin Bourke of St. Cuthbert’s Anglican Church celebrated with Canon Ron Dyson his sixty years as an ordained priest in the Church. St.Cuthbert‘s Choir supported by Lindisfarne Anglican School Choir gave quality support to the moving service. Rev. Ron graduated as a Deacon from College of St. John the Evangelist, Morpeth NSW in 1952 and was ordained an Anglican priest on 21st December 1953 and has held

many positions within the church including Rector of Tweed Heads (19661981). During his time in the Tweed St. Cuthbert’s Church became very crowded, subsequently Rev. Ron encouraged the Parish Council to sell the Enid Street site for $12,000 and purchase the one acre Greenbank site for $16,000. The new parish church and hall were dedicated by Bishop R. G. Arthur on 20th October 1972. In 1976 Rev. Ron was appointed Canon of Christchurch Cathedral, Grafton.

In 1977 Rev. Dyson set up a steering committee to conduct a feasibility study to provide some aged care accommodation. With the financial assistance of Mrs Elizabeth Morley one acre of land was purchased in Banks Avenue, Tweed Heads. Elizabeth Morley Court was officially opened on 10th September, 1978. St. Cuthbert’s Court and St. Cuthbert’s Lodge were officially opened by Canon Ron Dyson and his wife Melda, and dedicated by Bishop Donald Shearman on 24th January, 1981. Eighty low cost

units were established for the aged, and continue to be provided to this day. Lindisfarne was established as a small Anglican primary school in 1981through the initiative of Rev. Ron and parishioners of St. Cuthbert’s Anglican Church, Tweed Heads, with financial support coming from residents and business owners of the Tweed including substantial support from Tweed Heads Bowls Club. The school proved so popular with the local community that it has been evolving and expanding ever since. Today, Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School is a thriving educational centre from Pre-school to year 12 - and development continues at both campuses. Readers will glean from the aforementioned what Canon Ron achieved for the Tweed in general and parishioners of St. Cuthbert’s Anglican Church, residents of Elizabeth Morley Court, St. Cuthbert’s Court and Lindisfarne schools in particular. Morning tea was served in the Parish Centre after the service allowing many residents to pass on their best wishes to Canon Ron.

Australia’s Cleanest Beach Award returns home

THE trophy for Australia’s Cleanest Beach is back on the Gold Coast after Currumbin Beach took the title, beating other iconic beaches across the nation. The trophy was delivered to Mayor Tom Tate at the City of Gold Coast Council Chambers by the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management’s Naomi Edwards and Joel Hayes. Naomi and Joel represented the Gold Coast at the national Keep Australia Beautiful Awards in Western Australia, and carried the trophy safely all the way back home. Receiving the trophy, Mayor Tom Tate said it was very much a homecoming for the award. “The Gold Coast has a significant track record in managing and caring for our beaches, so it’s fantastic to see the trophy back on the Gold Coast after Tallebudgera took the title in 2011,” he said.

“It’s well-deserved recognition for all the hard work of our partners and members of the local Currumbin community, and an achievement that every Gold Coaster can share in.” “The City of Gold Coast is proud to work with and fund such dedicated people, so we want to make sure that every one of our community partners will be able to host the trophy over the coming months.” “To this end, I’m handing the award straight back to the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management today, and they will be the first to give the trophy pride of place before handing it on.” Currumbin Beach was chosen as the winner after receiving top rating across eight judging criteria including Community Action and Partnerships, Litter Prevention, Resource Recovery and Waste Management and Heritage and Culture.

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FREE For Sale Classifieds Only ONE FREE FOR SALE classified is allowed per person per month. No other sorts of Classifieds, ie: Wanted adverts will not be accepted. The publisher reserves the right to decline, edit and reduce the number of classifieds appearing due to space available in the newspaper. Due to these space constraints sometimes not all adverts will appear in the one month, but may be placed in the following month. You can write up to 20 words per advert, but make sure that your contact phone number, and the selling price are clearly stated. Items for sale must not exceed $500. Please submit FREE classifieds only by post, fax or email to our office by 25th of each month. (No adverts will be accepted over the telephone.) Wanted items are no longer accepted. Conditions apply: Free For Sale classifieds are for private party advertising only. No business adverts accepted. Please print the first word of your classified i n CAPITALS, and the rest of the advert should be in lower case. All adverts must be accompanied by the name, address and phone number of the person placing the advertising. POST your adverts to: ‘GCT Free 4 Sale,’ Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors Newspaper, P O Box 1062, Tewantin Q. 4565. FAX adverts to: 5474 4975 EMAIL: (All emailed adverts must be in lower case, except for the first word, which should be in capitals.) December 2013 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 45

community news Seniors Twospeed Crossword Straight Clues ACROSS 1 Disbanded army troops 7 Row of bushes 8 Two 11 Fungal disease 12 Dress 14 Early Indian coin 16 Fellow 19 Withdraw one’s labour 22 Keen relish 24 Go in 25 Sharply hooked claw 26 Went backwards

Cryptic Clues DOWN 1 Widely cultivated flower 2 Psychopath 3 Cry of a calf 4 Afterwards 5 Shiralee 6 Surface hollow 9 Devastate 10 A tittle 13 Sample 15 Part of speech 17 Cured 18 Put in hock 20 Trunk 21 Bury 22 Toothed wheel 23 Let it stand

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DOWN 1 Some howdah liabilities make a bloomer 2 Dr Jekyll’s alter ego was a lunatic 3 Complain about the cry of a sheep 4 Eventually in koala territory 5 Bluey points to silver 6 Sedentary during the depression 9 Sabotage a sunken vessel 10 Jot some radio talks 13 Flavour, in a sense 15 A major form class definitely not unattached 17 Patched up some of the ale deliveries 18 Pledged a chess piece to end heartlessly 20 A headless, limbless statue found in the west, or south 21 Lay to rest in the main territories 22 Give out arrow heads for personal belongings 23 A printer’s instruction from the east, etc

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community news Spend time in jail on Jack Sim’s fascinating tours of Boggo Road

PRISON ‘inmate’ Maggie O’Brien serves us a delicious high tea of quarter-cut egg salad and roast beef sandwiches and prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella with hot blueberry scones to follow. Sipping a strong cup

of Earle Grey, I goad Maggie: “Better than bread and water, eh?” “Sure is, love,” replies Maggie brushing her baggy rough-sewn woolen dress, typical of the garb worn by female prisoners at the Brisbane women’s jail at Boggo Road when it

All dressed up and nowhere to go . . . female prisoners at Boggo Road jail in the 1900s

opened in 1903. Maggie is one of a group of men and women who masquerade as prison guards and inmates to give visitors an eerie but fascinating insight into the notorious and heritage-listed compound at Dutton Park. Boggo Road jail – so named after a stretch of dirt on Annerley Road that turned into a bog after rain – was built in the early 1880s as a high security prison until it was closed in 1989. Jack Sim, who holds the license to manage Boggo Road jail, has been running historical and ghost tours around Brisbane for 15 years. A noted historian and writer, he has authored many books on Brisbane’s dark past.

But Boggo Road continues as the main attraction for hundreds of inquisitive visitors who have joined Jack’s tours of the jail since they started a year ago. Its very name conjures images of rooftop riots, hunger strikes, protests and escapes, tough crims, and tougher warders. The first cellblock opened in July 1883. Over the years many other buildings came and went on the site. The first buildings contained 57 cells and were constructed using materials from the demolished Petrie Terrace jail. A jail for female prisoners was built in 1903.This became known as No.2 Division and is now the only prison building still standing. No.1 Division, built in 1883, was the scene of 42 hangings, including that of Ernest Austin in 1913 – the last execution in Queensland. “We’re celebrating our first anniversary and our jail tours are just as popular now

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Sittings can be for up to 60 people, but Jack Sims says forward bookings are essential. Tours led by former prison guards are also popular. “We are getting great feedback from seniors who tell us how lovely and polite our tour guides are,” Jack said. If you ‘want to do time’ in the jail, tours

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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 Veteran Affairs Network 1300 551 918 National Information Centre on Retirement Investments (NICRI) 1800 020 110 National Aged Care Information 1800 200 422

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Jail keeper . . . Jack Sims outside the Boggo Road compound

with locals as they are for visiting tourists,” Jack said. “Senior citizens are regular visitors and we have taken more than 70 seniors groups on tours of the jail.” Between 1883 and 2002, more than 500,000 people passed through the prison gates as either staff, visitors or inmates. We talked to Jack as he was rushing to a book signing in Ipswich – “Innocence Lost: The Last Man Hanged in Queensland’, a story about Ernest Austin who was executed on September 22, 1913, after being convicted of the murder of a 12year-old girl near Samford. In Australian folklore, the ghost of Austin is said to haunt the confines of Boggo Road jail. Jack Sim’s jail tours are open six days a week but close on Mondays. Through historical tours, re-enactments and immersions, educational experiences, functions and events, the drama and stories of human beings, their failings and their achievements within the walls of Boggo Road jail are brought to life. “Week-day tours are the most popular with seniors,” Jack said. “We arrange a variety of different activities.” These include catered tours that provide tea and coffee through to high-teas for organised groups. Visitors are served by men and women who recreate the appearance of female inmates and prison staff of the 1900s.

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