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Changing the face of men’s health

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IT’S the hairiest month of the year and men around the country are preparing their upper lips for their prickly journey ahead as they shave-down to mark the start of Movember. Tomorrow marks the twelfth time Aussie men will let their Mos do the talking as they embark on the adventure to change the face of men’s health. While men have come a long way since the first Movember in 2003, one in three men still don’t take their health seriously and the same number are unaware of what they need to do to stay healthy, highlighting the need for the Mo to remain strong and keep growing. On the other side of the globe, the Australian Cricket Team is bound for moustache glory, dusting off their razors to start the month cleanshaven. Fast bowler and proud Mo Bro Mitchell Johnson knows all too well the power of the Mo and is gearing up for another outstanding Mo season after his stellar performance on and off the pitch last year. Continued Page 2

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community news ‘It Runs in the Family’ at Tugun Newspaper

IT is time again for a Tugun Theatre Company production. It Runs in the Family by Ray Cooney opens on Thursday 13th November at 7.30pm (Qld time) or 8.30pm (NSW time). Cast and crew members are Back Row (left to right): David Fraser as Dr Hubert Bonney, Liam Evans as Leslie, Jim Fury as Sir Willoughby Drake, Mark Randle as The Police Sergeant, Jillian Rawlings – Director, Gai Byrne as Sister and also the Stage Manager, Pam Hawkesford as Rosemary Mortimer, Lachlan Mitcherson as Dr Mike Connelly (in 7 Shows), Chris Hawkins as Dr Mike Connelly (in 4 Shows), Mark Fell as Dr David Mortimer. Front Row (left to right): Tracy Kriz as Matron, Elizabeth Seidl as Jane Tate, Petrer Barratt as Bill Leslie, Beverly Forsyth as The Mother, Brenda Warren as the Prompt. For more information and bookings phone 5522 4740.

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Changing the face of men’s health Continued from Page 1 “With one in eight Austalian men experiencing depression at any given time and prostate cancer being the most commonly diagnosed cancer amongst Aussie men, the support of Movember is so important,” said Mitch. Mitch is joined by teammates Mitchell Starc, Dave Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch and coach Darren ‘Boof’ Lehmann, and they’re backed by Mo Sistas of cricket – Ellyse Perry, Meg Lanning, Alyssa Healthy and Southern Stars coach Cathryn Fitzpatrick. Jeremy Macvean, Movember’s Asia Pacific Director, says all Aussies can help change the face of men’s health by committing to grow or support the moustache for the 30 days of Movember. “Every Mo acts as a hairy billboard for men’s health, encouraging blokes to take their health seriously and to take action,” said Jeremy. Since Movember’s inception here in Australia, more than

four million Mos have sprouted on the upper lips of men around the world, raising $580 million for over 800 men’s health programs in 21 countries across the globe. Events around the Gold Coast are: Mo Trivia – November 26 at 7pm, Arundel Tavern Sports Bar, 226 Nappers Road, Arundel Mo Parties: Mo in the Library – November 15 at 10am, 196 Town Centre Drive, Robina A Night to Movember – November 22 at 6pm, Cavill Avenue, Gold Coast AIR Gold Coast Mo-rning Tea – November 27 at 10am, 34 Eastern Avenue, Bilinga Tea with Dali’s Mo Raiser – November 28 at 6.30pm, Shop 1, Burleigh Waters For more information on events or to donate visit:

community news Over 50s outraged by Commonwealth Employment Department

PEOPLE over 50 desperate to find work in an ageist employment market are greatly offended by claims made by a Commonwealth government department that older people are happily retiring on the dole. COTA Australia said the claims, made in the department’s submission to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee Inquiry says: “it is no longer acceptable for 55-59 year old job seekers to effectively retire on Newstart while undertaking a bit of voluntary or part-time work.” COTA CE Ian Yates said the commentary completely ignores the fact that if you

lose your job in your 50s it is extremely difficult to find another, which is why there are increasing numbers of older people on the Newstart Allowance. “This is an outrageous slur on the efforts of thousands of older Australians who are desperately looking for work and yet constantly overlooked in favour of younger job seekers,” Mr Yates said. “It’s bad enough that many people over 50 have to suffer the humiliation of multiple knock-backs by employers, despite their years of experience and clear ability to undertake the work. Now they have to put up with the Depart-

ment of Employment laying the boot in too. “The Department should shift their focus from going out of their way to offend older Australian job seekers and concentrate on ways to reduce the high incidence of age discrimination and look at ways to stimulate a jobs market for older people. “The evidence about age discrimination is clear and irrefutable, as Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan has noted, and presents a most disturbing picture for many older job seekers. “The government’s new Restart wage subsidy recognises that incentives are needed to encourage

employers to hire older workers – and more measures are needed.” Mr Yates said COTA and other advocacy groups had been calling for an increase in the Newstart allowance for years since people living on Newstart find it impossible to make ends meet and keep their heads above the poverty line. “It is ridiculous to suggest that older job seekers just want to spend their time doing a bit of voluntary work while living on the paltry income provided by Newstart. “Given the choice, older people want to have their wisdom, skills and experience recognised by being

fully employed in meaningful paid work as they have been for the rest of their life. “At the moment the Federal Government is trying

to increase the pension age to 70. That means if you lost your job at 50 and struggled to find another you could spend up to 20

years on Newstart. “I guarantee you not one older person is striving for that.” Source:

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community news ’Twas a buzz at Beekeepers’ Open Day the world eats is dependent on bees”, the Wheen Bee Foundation suggests that different ways of helping bees include “supporting Australian beekeepers by buying Australian honey; if you have room, plant a beefriendly garden; be very careful with pesticide use and never spray flowering

plants.” Visit www.wheenbee to read more. For further information about the Gold Coast Amateur Beekeepers Society, please see; write to P.O. Box 319,Ashmore City 4214; email:

Left: Pictured at the honey judging tables with Karen Andrews MP are (l-r) GCABS members Peter Warhurst, Ron Gallagher and Dr Robin Holland.

IT was the Gold Coast Amateur Beekeepers Society (GCABS) Field/Open Day and hundreds of people took the opportunity to attend the event, held in Currumbin. Australian Honey Bee Industry Council president Trevor Weatherhead gave

a Queensland round-up of current industry issues relevant to both amateur and commercial beekeepers. Others speakers included Dir Diana Leemon, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, who told of her research into Small Hive Beetle; Robert Dewar,

President Queensland Beekeepers Association; beekeepers Tim Clarke and Kate Miller, and Karen Andrews MP, Member for McPherson. GCABS president John Polley gave the welcoming address. With it said that “one out of every three mouthfuls of food

Welcome news on pension indexation NATIONAL Seniors has welcomed a government move to ditch current plans to change Age Pension indexation. In Parliament recently, the government

amended the Social Security Bills to remove the change to pension indexation. In the May budget, the government announced that from 2017 the

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Age Pension would be indexed by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) only which would mean that the value of the Age Pension would decrease over time. Currently, the pension increases twice a year in line with the higher of the CPI or the Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index (PBLCI). It is then benchmarked against a percentage of Male Total Average Weekly Earnings (MATWE). National Seniors has been urging the government to ditch the changes to Age Pension indexation and to continue to use the current indexation method to ensure pensions keep up with costs of living and enable older Australians to maintain a decent standard of living. National Seniors will be closely following the Social Security Bills as they progress through Parliament. Media release: National Seniors

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NATIONAL Seniors is the leading independent voice of over 50‘s in Australia. As the nations largest nonprofit organisation for over 50‘s we represent the views of mature Australians to Government of all levels, working on your behalf. It is only through membership support that we are able to continue with the work of over 50,s. Have your voice heard, come along to any of the monthly meetings held in all four of National Seniors Branches on the Gold Coast .Guest speakers and fabulous outings are well organised for fun and friendship. Do not hesitate call today ring 5577 2387 Paradise Point 5594 3771 Nerang 5559 2387 Robina or 55248063 Tweed Border to speak with our friendly volunteers for details.


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

MANY Guiders, Commissioners, Trainers and Past Guides attended a luncheon at the home of Anne Biddulph at Banora Point. Anne has been hosting these get togethers for the past 13 years. Guest Speakers were Pat Malcom who spoke on “Trefoil and Lone Guides” Pat who is in her seventies has

been connected to Guiding all her life. Also Nerida Saunders from Solice Mind and Memory from Tweed Heads spoke on Autism as several of our members have grand children who have Autism. Her speech was very enlightening to everyone present.

Trivia with Allan Blackburn 1. Kiev is the capital of which country? 2. In what sport is the Ryder Cup contested? 3. On a standard computer keyboard, what letter is between B and M? 4. Ehrich Weiss used which stage name? 5. In motor racing, what does a white flag denote? 6. What animal has the largest eye? 7. What US state has the same name as a variety of potato? 8. What is ¼ plus 25%? 9. Where in Queensland was Waltzing Matilda first performed in public? 10. What does a misanthrope dislike? 11. Who opened the most recent Olympic Games?

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12. In what month was Schapelle Corby released on parole? 13. On the pH scale, what number represents neutral? 14. What does the first “S” stand for in broadcaster SBS? 15. Name one of the three states of the USA whose one-word name begins with “C”. 16. What kind of object is a xebec? 17. What does an etymologist study? 18. In what Christmas ballet do toys came to life? 19. What is the front of a ship called? 20. In what children’s party game do they scramble for chairs when the music stops? Answers on page 8

community news QCWA Mermaid Beach holds All Pink High Tea

Be a GEM G.E.M.S. (Gold Coast Entertainers & Musicians Society) is a group of local entertainers who hold a dinner meeting on the 4th Thursday of the month at Mermaid Beach Bowls Club at 6.00 p.m. for dinner (optional), entertainment from 7.15 p.m. We invite local performers to come along and “do an item”, so bring your backings/instruments, or just be “the audience” and enjoy the entertainment and the social atmosphere. The November meeting will be held on Thursday 27th. For enquiries, please phone Carmel 55-36.8422 or Isabel 55-35.2513. Hope to see you there.

Pink was the order of the day with smiles and fun coming naturally to the happy group that enjoyed the All Pink High Tea held at the QCWA hall, 43 Ventura Road, Mermaid Beach

TO celebrate the United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women, 70 Gold Coasters joined together in friendship and support at an All

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homemade delicacies tempted tastebuds and raffles raised funds, the Breast Cancer Network of Australia was high on the agenda too as donations of colourful cushions and tote bags, made especially for breast cancer sufferers by QCWA Mermaid

Beach members, sat ready; seemingly eager for distribution. For further information about the Mermaid Beach Branch of the Queensland Country Women’s Association, which meets on Wednesdays, please call 0448 838 147.

Working smoke alarms save lives THERE can be few more frightening moments than being caught inside a burning house. It’s a situation no-one wants to have to face, but fire brigades fight thousands of fires in buildings every year. Sadly, not everyone gets out safely. To escape a house fire, early warning is vital; that’s why you need a smoke alarm. When you go to sleep, your sense of smell also goes to sleep. If there is a fire, toxic fumes may overcome you before you wake up. Smoke alarms are devices that detect smoke and sound an alarm when activated. Smoke alarms alert and wake people allowing valuable time to get out of a house during a fire. Smoke alarms are mandatory in all homes in Queensland. There are two types of smoke alarms - photoelectric and ionisation. If you’re unsure which type you have, look on the base. A radiation symbol means it’s an ionisation model. It’s been known for many years that photoelectric smoke alarms usually respond faster to smouldering fires, while ionisation alarms respond faster to flaming fires. The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services recommend that all residential accommodation be fitted with photoelectric smoke alarms. A Smoke Alarm Subsidy Scheme is available if you are deaf or hearing impaired, and have a current pensioner concession card.It is funded by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and is managed by Deaf Services Queensland.

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community news Time for New Hearing Aids! THE most recent group of long-term hearing aid wearers who have been re-fitted with the latest Swiss hearing aid

technology, have reported a significant improvement in their overall clarity levels compared to their last

set of hearing aids. Hearing specialist Don Hudson says, “My clients’ overall satisfaction with the

clients free hearing aid programming adjustments as their hearing changes, and a free year supply of hearing aid batteries with any hearing aid purchase. All clients can receive a free hearing assessment and consultation. Eligible pensioners and sound quality and hearing devices.” even in our entry level improvement in their devices, so if you are on veterans are entitled to A1 Discreet Hearing hearing ability has really Aids are one of the few a tight budget, you still free hearing devices and been evident with the providers to fit the new get all the benefits of the services through the government system. new technology. It’s faster digital sound Swiss hearing aid Clients with private really interesting to refit technology, and processing.” health insurance can clients who have been although the technology A1 Discreet Hearing receive large rebates on long-term hearing aid is leading edge, the new Aids is at Q- Super hearing aids if they hold wearers, because they Swiss microchip is fitted Centre in Mermaid are the ones who can across the full range of Waters, The Tweed Day extras cover with any fund. To make an notice and report on the hearing aids. Don Surgery in Tweed appointment with differences with the Hudson says, Heads, and Parkwood hearing specialist Don technology upgrades, as “What’s great about the Family Practice. As an they can make compari- latest technology is that end of year special, they Hudson call 07 5578 sons to their previous the new microchip is are currently offering all 6669.

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Disclaimer for Trivia quiz Answers are correct to the best knowledge of our quizmaster Allan Blackburn. Sometimes people may have different views and some answers considered correct by Allan may be considered incorrect by others. While all care and attention is taken with these answers, mistakes can happen. If you find one, please live with it! No correspondence will be entered into regarding Trivia Quiz answers.

community news Australian Vietnam Veterans documented in photographic exhibition AN acclaimed national photographic exhibition, Behind the Wire, documenting life stories of Australian Vietnam veterans including four Gold Coasters is on display in the community Waterside Artspace at Currumbin RSL during November. Behind the Wire profiles 50 Vietnam veterans from across Australia with portraits and moving life stories. The historical exhibition was completed over a threeyear period by renowned Melbourne photographer, Susan Gordon-Brown. The exhibition was recently unveiled at the Longreach Qantas Founders Museum and will continue its tour of the country over upcoming months. The exhibition has free entry and is suitable for all ages. Currumbin RSL is located at 165 Duringan Street, Currumbin. Phone (07) 5534 7999.

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community news Photography pet subject for Jodie

able pets are in our lives and enjoy capturing the beauty that a fluffy or furry loved one can bring to a photograph,” says Jodie who operates Jona Photography at Varsity Lakes. Although she has been behind the professional camera for more than a decade, Jodie is only just starting to bring her talents to pet photography with stunning results – and reasonable prices. Jodie has an ability to make pets comfortable for a camera shoot, whether on the beach, in a park or at home. “Capturing the love and affection of a pet in a photograph is a memento forever,” she says. “Recently, I was privileged to do a photo session with an elderly poodle who sadly died two weeks later. Now the image of that beautiful creature will never be lost.” Jodie divides her time between nursing and photography .. “so I am blessed to be working with people in one job and animals in another”. Jona Photograpy offers special photo session packages and also provides digital files. Contact A PASSION for animals to focus a lot of her profes- Jodie on 0422 586 029 or has inspired Gold Coast sional skills on family pets., photographer Jodie Nash “I understand how invalu-

Low Carbon Living starts at home booklet now available online HOUSEHOLDERS’ Options to Protect the Environment Inc. (HOPE) is pleased to announce the launch of the national edition of the popular Low Carbon Living starts at home booklet. The booklet aims to help residents reduce their carbon footprint by adopting simple and inexpensive measures to reduce the use of electricity and water, at home. President of HOPE, Frank Ondrus, said the organisation aims to raise awareness of, and provide information to educate the community about, important environmental issues. “We encourage people to take responsibility for their relationship with the environment in their daily lives,” he said. “The Low Carbon Living starts at home booklet was developed to show residents simple and effective measures to reduce electricity and water consumption at home.” The 40 page booklet highlights all areas of the home where residents, renters and renovators can all make smarter choices to reduce their impact on the environment. Methods developed and explained in the Low Carbon Living starts at home booklet can also be implemented in schools, businesses and community facilities. Copies of the booklet can be downloaded free of charge from

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community news QCWA Coomera Branch THERE was great excitement at the QCWA Coomera Hall on Saturday 18th October. It was the branch’s 60th Birthday, complete with a cake-cutting ceremony. Foundation Member Mrs Vi Seeney did the honours, accompanied by SE Div President,

Mandy Clements, with long time member Margaret Riesenweber, Coomera Branch President Mrs Michelle McAdam & Deputy Mayor Gold Coast City Council, Donna Gates. A presentation of trauma teddies was made to Karen Studdert and

Andy Boyd from the Coomera Valley Rural Fire Brigade, and then all enjoyed a sumptuous morning tea. More competitions and our International Day are coming up before Christmas, just email our Secretary for details. We welcome all to our

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monthly meetings on the second Wednesday at 9 a.m., and a reminder that If you need somewhere atmospheric for your functions, our hall is available – just ring 0456 625 776, or email our Secretary on Left: Cutting the cake were Mrs. H.Boothman, Mrs. A. Mahony, Mrs. V. Seeny, Mrs. M.Riesenwqeber, President Mrs. M.McAdam

WW1 Centenary Display Centre opens A WW1 Centenary Display Centre has been opened by the Nerang RSL Sub Branch in historic Preece House, Bischoff Park, Nerang. The Centre will operate between 2014 and 2018 to mark the 100th anniversaries of the start and finish of WW1. Displays will change annually to reflect the campaigns that took place during the four-year conflict. Manned by volunteers, the not-for-profit Centre seeks donations of WW1 memorabilia and related items. Most of the initial display, including a simulated WW1 trench with added special effects, was provided by students of local schools. Located at 48 Nerang Street, the WW1 Centenary Display Centre is open Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sundays 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Members of the public of all ages are welcome. Admission is free. For more information, please contact Mark Swain on 0402 866 082 or email:

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community news Countdown to an Orchestral Christmas GOLD Coast Philharmonic early Christmas present city’s own full symphony Orchestra and Conductor with the Christmas Wish orchestra and with guest Mark Turpin present an concerts featuring our chorus Coastal Charisma and piano soloist Oscar Wong who is the recipient of the 2014 Youth Concerto Performance Opportunity. Christmas Wish is on Saturday 29 November at 7.30pm and Sunday 30 November at 2.30pm at the Queensland Academies Theatre, Queensland Academy for Health Sciences, 102 Edmund Rice Drive, Southport. This venue has free parking, easy access and excellent acoustics with tiered seating for the audience. On Saturday evening guests will be treated with wine and cheese from 6.30pm with carols around the Christmas tree and for both Saturday and Sunday concerts, refreshments will be served at interval, AUSTRALIA FAIR SHOPPING CENTRE all included in the ticket Shop G110 (Just inside off the Nerang Street Mall), price. The program inSouthport - Tel: 5526 4944 cludes classic repertoire from the Nutcracker Suite PACIFIC FAIR SHOPPING CENTRE by Tchaikovsky and Shop 187 (Nearly opposite K Mart), Joyeuse March by the French composer Broadbeach - Tel: 5570 4933 Chabrier, a Christmas movie medley and more. COOLANGATTA The audience will be in90-100 Griffith Street, vited to join in and sing Coolangatta - Tel: 5536 8217 - 9am - 5pm White Christmas, made famous by Bing Crosby HARBOURTOWN SHOPPING CENTRE and the joyous carol, Hark (Next to Tourist Lounge) - Tel: 5537 8662 the Herald Angels Sing.

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Each year the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra selects a young Gold Coast musicians to experience the power of performing a concerto with full orchestra. Oscar Wong is 16 years of age and currently in year 10 at Emmanuel College. He has just achieved his L.Mus.A award with distinction and most recently has won the Most Outstanding Performer’s Award at the Gold Coast Eisteddfod and performed in the 2014 Musicale at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. Oscar studies piano with Jennifer Newcomb and will be performing Schumann’s Piano Concerto (1st Movement) with the orchestra in Christmas Wish. Conductor Mark Turpin says, “the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra is delighted to once again encourage a young local musician and provide the rare opportunity to perform a concerto with a live orchestra. The Schumann Piano Concerto is a beautiful romantic period work featuring wonderful woodwind opportunities to have instrumental dialogue with the piano soloist”. We also love inviting other community groups

and for this concert we welcome Coastal Charisma and Jonathan Albertini to weave their vocal magic. Who could wish for more!” More information and tickets are available online at www.goldcoast or can be reserved with payment at the door on the day by phoning 5539 6076 (leave a message and we will get back to you). Ticket prices for Christmas Wish are: adult $25, concession/student $23, child 5 to 15 $5 and children under 5 FREE when accompanied by a paying ticket holder. The Gold Coast Philharmonic Society Inc. (orchestra) is an incorporated organisation run by and for the Gold Coast community supported by City of Gold Coast and Mudgeeraba Foundation.

How do I know which aged care home I’ll feel happy in and what to look for?

IF you’re eligible for residential aged care the next step is to look for a suitable home. Deciding on the right home can sometimes feel a little overwhelming as there are often a lot of choices and you may not be quite sure what you’re looking for. The best way to find the right home is to visit a number of homes and see how they “feel” and talk to the staff, residents and families. You can apply to as many homes as you wish so that you have a range of potential options and you’re never locked into one particular home. All of our Homes have outstanding staff, who understand your needs and are there to help you get the very best you can out of life. We are particularly experienced in caring for Residents with very high nursing needs and those living with dementia. Opal Tweed Heads, one of our Homes in the area has also recently had a beautiful refurbishment offering a fresh, new environment. We would be very happy to show you around our Home and have a chat about what you are looking for. Please contact me if you would like any further information on Residential Aged Care, our Homes or to arrange a tour. Jacky Van Der Westhuizen Regional Admissions Manager Phone: 0438 705 233 E Jacky. VanDerWesthuizen@opal

South Tweed Computer classes THE computer club is located in the South Tweed Sports Club 4 Minjungbal Drive South Tweed in a great air conditioned environment. Assistance is offered to people wishing to obtain their first computer with courses from absolute beginners to the more advanced. The tutors work on a voluntary basis and get fulfillment from passing on their knowledge to help others using the PC’s and Apple Mac Computers. People can join at any time but if they require more direct information they can attend the next “sign on” day on Friday 30 January 2015 at 11:00am to 1:00pm. On Monday mornings at 11:30am Excel will be covered until the end of the year. As Christmas is nearly here the Monday afternoon class at 1:30pm, “Creative Projects”, is concentrating on a Christmas theme and a 2015 calendar. The last class for the year

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Southport - Seniors Health & Lifestyle Expo SEE all the health and lifestyle information for seniors Thursday November 20th at The Southport Community Centre Lawson Street, Southport. See retirement living options, in home care, seniors travel, seniors insurance, financial planners, investment and legal advice, free hearing and eyesight checks, mobility aids, and JP will be there as well. Information from Centre Link, the City of Gold Coast, and much more. All in the one location on the same day, and its free entry and a free Sausage Sizzle. Because we are a non for profit organisation we are able to keep a minimal fee for exhibition space. Details can be obtained from the website www.gc

Monday morning golf with Deon & Kume at 8am at Meadow Park Golf Course, Tallebudgera. Excursion: Enjoy a day out with fellow wine lovers to experience Ilnam Estate on Wednesday 12th November at 9am. Get dirty with Stu & Cr Dawn Crichlow at Southport Expo 2012 Arthur – in the garden on Thursday 13th There will be plenty on organizer, Warren November, at 9am at The offer for baby boomers Elwell on Cove, Currumbin RSL. and seniors with over 60 warren.elwell@ IT Smart: get the most exhibitors including or mobile from your smartphone residential aged care 0409-277-430. on Friday 7 November at providers, travel agents, The 2015 dates and 10am-noon at Currumbin specialising in travel for locations – Palm Beach RSL. seniors, vision aids, Share n Care Centre Christmas Craft with funeral services, and, in Thursday March 19th Bron on Thursdays 13 & home care providers, Runaway Bay Commu20 November at 10am at and much more. nity Centre Thursday Currumbin RSL. All in the one place on May 14th Make up for mature skin: the same day. Entry is Albert Waterways with Janice on free and the expos run Centre Broadbeach Wednesday 19 from 9am to 1pm. Thursday July 23th November at 10am at If you require any Twin Towns Services The Cove, Currumbin further information Club Thursday RSL. please contact the event September 17th Buy & Sell on eBay. Learn how to find research and bid and win on eBay on Tuesday 25 November THE Coolongatta Senior Citizens Cen- tician, Free Wii interactive sports on big at 10am. tre for 50 and over seniors welcomes all screen. Our next free monthly Concert Gold Coast & Tweed Heads residents will be on Monday 24th November 2014 @ 1pm Qld. and will feature the inimiand visitors. The Centre has a large range of activi- table “DAVO” (David Mitchell). Davo ties including, Bingo, Ballroom Danc- is a comic genius and with his great ing (New Vogue & Modern incl. les- voice he impersonates many legendary sons) Broadband for seniors with free stars. A great afternoon of entertainComputer Lessons, Card Games, Choir ment is assured. BYO lunch/nibbles, Group, Indoor Bowls, Knit & Natter, tea/coffee available. For enquiries or Craft & Chatter, Light Exercises, Mah events brochure and concert bookings Jong, Qigong, Rock & Roll (Incl. Les- (recommended) phone 07 5536 4050 or sons), Swing or Sway, Snooker & Eight call in to the centre at 2 Gerrard Street Ball, Social Table Tennis, Tai Chi, Coolangatta. We look forward to makMonthly Bus Trips, Free Monthly ing you welcome at Coolongatta Senior Variety Concerts, Hairdresser & Beau- Citizens Centre.

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community news Bonjour French Festival YOU can sample the delights of all things French at Evandale Parklands in November. Festival activities will include displays of the Renault, Peugeot and Citroen Classic Cars of Queensland. This should be one of the biggest French car shows in car lovers come feast your eyes! You can tempt your tastebuds at the French produce and French related products Market and amble through a street culture hub redolent of the streets of Paris, Marseilles, Bordeaux, Lyon, St Etienne.....and so many more! All day long you will be treated to amazing musical performances from French, New Caledonian and local artists to add to that authentic French atmosphere. “French A La Carte in the Park” will present you with all the surrounding

French restaurants, and you will be able to taste some famous dishes and traditional/regional dishes all in one place for a minimum price. Let’s get some French food on your forks. The famous game of Petanque will be there for all of us to watch and you can also participate....come and try the French national sport with some experienced players that can show you the rules of the games and their different tricks! For the little ones there will be crafts, French basics and games all day and there will be a variety of street performers and roving artists to keep you entertained in the French style all through the day! This day to discover and celebrate all things French is on Sunday 23rd November at Evandale Parklands, Gold Coast and entry is free.


Don’t book a scammer’s holiday

THE Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning consumers to watch out for travel scams. The ACCC has received 1,650 complaints about travel scams this year, with $100,000 reported lost. Most complainants were contacted by phone and many were offered holiday vouchers for $2,000 or $3,000. Others were sold fake trips to Florida or the Bahamas including tickets to theme

parks or cruises at greatly discounted rates. “While you are making plans for a hard-earned break, scammers are plotting to steal your hardearned dollars,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard warned. Simply searching online for a holiday can alert scammers that you are a potential target and they won’t hesitate to approach you with travel vouchers or offers that

always turn out to be too good to be true. “Watch out for these fraudsters cold calling and announcing that you’ve won a travel prize, ranging from discount accommodation vouchers to whole holiday packages. To redeem the prize, you will be asked to provide personal information such as your credit card and drivers’ licence details before they can send it to you,” Ms Rickard said. “Sometimes

scammers will provide authentic-looking tickets and itineraries but when it comes time to travel, these documents are useless and the business cannot be contacted.” Scammers have also recently been targeting homes and businesses with a fraudulent phone message from QANTAS or Virgin, which claims they have won a ‘travel prize’ or ‘credit points’ typically $999 - towards

their next holiday. In order to redeem the credit, you have to answer several questions, including handing over credit card details so that the ‘prize’ can be processed. Further information about travel scams is available

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

Mickey Mouse is one old rodent! WALT Disney’s most famous cartoon creation turns 86 soon. Mickey’s first appearance with sound — and the first of his films to be distributed — was in “Steamboat Willie” on Nov. 18, 1928. The falsetto-speaking mouse appeared in “Plane Crazy” six months prior, alongside Minnie, but in that feature he was as quiet as a, well, mouse. The popular mouse, originally named Mortimer, first spoke actual words in “The Karnival Kid” in 1929. Walt Disney, from 1929 to original voices for both Mickey and Minnie 1946, provided the

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gland increases in size, making BPH one of the most common age-related conditions in men. The enlarged gland puts pressure on the urethra, acting like a partial clamp and thus causing numerous urinary symptoms. BPH affects more than 50% of Australian men in their sixties and 90% of men above the age of seventy. How Magnus Shield® Helps The Prostate Magnus Shield® is an extract created from the pollen (the male seeds

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community news Local schools help Nerang RSL – display trench complete

WITH the help of over 50 local school students, the Nerang RSL sub-branch has now completed an interactive replica trench as part of its World War 1 (WW1) Centenary Exhibition, at Preece House, Nerang. Located underneath the historically significant Queenslander, just 50 metres from the Nerang RSL Club, the trench display features sound, lighting and smoke effects reminiscent of the conditions the digger’s experienced. Project director and assistant treasurer of the Nerang RSL sub-branch Mark Swain says visitors can expect to hear the sounds of shelling and explosions, with carefully scripted dialogue that booms through the speakers in the confined, dark space under the property.

“The sound and atmosphere in the trench display tell a story, starting with general mundane chatter, which develops as chaos ensues,” he said. “You hear shouting as the sound of gunfire intensifies and when a soldier is hit, his comrades rush to his aid. “The words mateship, endurance, courage and

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Learn to earn with Red Cross MATURE aged job seekers and those with a disability are being urged by Red Cross to consider heading back to the classroom to learn how to earn, now that Australians are living longer, retiring later and less likely to rely on welfare benefits. Bureau of Statistics figures show the average retirement age has jumped by five years in recent times with only 9% of workers expecting to retire before the age of 60. The figures also show a big shift in the way people expect to pay for their retirement, with fewer and fewer relying on a pension. Red Cross General Manager, Operations and Business Development, Chris Casey says “The trend towards

part-time work means there will be plenty of jobs in Aged Care, Community Services, Cleaning, Hospitality, Retail, Transport and Warehousing. “At Red Cross we have a range of training courses for job seekers to up skill, learn new skills or simply gain the confidence to re-join the workforce. “Job seekers currently working with an Employment Consultant are urged to contact Red Cross for assistance with a back to work training program. For more information about Red Cross ‘Learn to Earn’ training program phone 1300 367 428 or go to the Red Cross ‘Learn’ page

self-sacrifice are thrown around today, but the real essence of these words was born in Gallipoli and this re-enactment showcases what it was like for these men who served our country. “This is not about glorifying war, it is about remembering and honouring those that helped to shape our nation.” This year, Nerang RSL has involved over 100 students from 11 schools from within the district to research issues pertaining to the year 1914. They are looking at issues such as the cause of WW1 and the reasons Australia went to war. The interactive exhibition - which has been designed to commemorate, remember and learn from those who sacrificed their lives between 1914-1918 officially opened to the public on 4 August, which marked the 100th anniversary of Australia’s declaration that it would fight with England in WW1. The display centre is located at Bischof Pioneer Park, 48 Nerang Street, Nerang and is open Thursday-Friday from 10am - 3pm and Sunday 9am - 12noon. Appointments are also available for school and group tours.

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community news Twin Towns Seniors Social Club

Team Fusion - together once again at the Pan Pacs

MEET 3rd Monday each month at Twin Towns. 2 bus trips per month inc m/tea and lunch. Tickets at meetings. No phone bookings. Next meeting 17th November. Tour Director Dot 07 5590 9301. New Member info Ursula 07 5576 3785. AN array of sports are on display during first week of November across the Gold Coast for the Pan Pacific Masters Games 2014. Seen here are netball team Fusion who got together once again to do battle in the Over 50’s category, to play netball, have fun, laugh and enjoy catching up.

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TOSA Concert

OUR monthly meetings are held on the 1st Friday of each month at South Tweed Sports Club, Tweed Heads South at 2.00pm (NSW time) in the Secret Garden Room. We have guest speakers bi monthly. All members and guest are invited to attend. Phone Evelyn 07 5599 8283.

THE Theatre Organ Society of Australia, TOSA Gold Coast Division presents a special afternoon of music with International Concert Artist, Dr. John Atwell. Hailing from Melbourne, John has performed concerts in the UK, Europe, USA, Canada & New Zealand as well as Australia wide. He always presents a varied program to suit all musical tastes. TOSA concert to be held on Sunday 16th November, 2pm at the Maher Hall, Matilda Street, Burleigh Heads. Tickets $15 including afternoon tea. Tickets available at the door or phone Bill Schumacher with any queries on 5524 2746. TOSA musical afternoons every 3rd Sunday of the month with a different Guest Artist, supported by members, singers & musicians. All welcome! Members $5, Guests $8. Includes afternoon tea, plenty of parking & friendly smiling faces. Come along & join us! Enquiries, call Bill on 5524 2746.

Embroiderers’ Guild of Qld THE Embroiderers’ Guild of Qld Southport Branch Inc will be holding their annual Embroidery Exhibition at their rooms Dr John Corbett House, Owen Park, Mick Veivers Way (off Queen Street), Southport on the Friday 14th November from 10-6pm, and Saturday 15th November from 10-4pm. Together with a Gift and Christmas stall, Raffle, Tea and Coffee will be available. Free entry. For further information phone Penny on 5531 4159.

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community news Handel visits the Gold Coast

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WHAT is Christmas without Messiah? This traditional oratorio never fails to draw a crowd of dedicated fans and first timers. This year the coast will be treated to the spectacular work of Georg Freidrich Handel presented by the renowned Gold Coast City Choir under the direction of Ruth Gurner, ma.b.mus..aua & LmusA. Ruth, an accomplished singer in her own right will direct over 50 voices of this well known and established choir at the Burleigh Heads Uniting Church on Sunday 23rd November commencing at 2pm. The choir was formed in 1969 and has featured regularly with charity concerts performed all over the south east This concert is one of many presented during the year as part the church’s cultural contribution to the community and fund raising for the

church’s outreach activities. You can also join in with the choir in the singing of the Hallelujah Chorus Interestingly enough when Messiah was first performed in Dublin in 1742, it was also a fund raising event for a local hospital, much in keeping with this concert. It has become a regular celebration of both the Christmas and Easter seasons with the words taken from passages of the bible Tickets are $15 and include afternoon tea. Children 12 year and under are $5. The church is located on the corner of Burleigh and West Burleigh Streets Burleigh Heads. Look for “The church on the Hill.” Although tickets can be purchased at the door, pre booking is recommended and this can be done by ringing Robyn on 5576 4712 where you will get further information should you require it.

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Are you missing out on life’s important moments? WHAT if you missed your granddaughter’s first word, or the gist of a speech by your son at his wedding? Thousands of Australians get by on piecing together conversations and missing important moments that result in lasting emotional impact, research by Australian Hearing has revealed. The research has identified more than 87 per cent of Australians with hearing loss struggle to follow conversations and half of all sufferers (48%) and their loved ones (53%) believe hearing loss reduces the quality of communication by limiting the sharing of thoughts and feelings in conversation. Principal Audiologist at Australian Hearing, Janette Thorburn, said this could compromise quality of life and relationships for the sufferer. “Simple things we take for granted like chatting with grandchildren or partaking in conversations can be challenging for people suffering with hearing loss. It’s as if they never get to fully experience these moments, often missing words and sentiment” said Ms Thorburn. However, for the majority of untreated sufferers it is a burden often experienced unnecessarily - many people have hearing loss which can be managed effectively with proper diagnosis and treatment. Ms Thorburn said “people have a natural inclination to put up with or just ignore their hearing difficulties rather than take action.” The research found only 59 per cent of untreated sufferers had ever had a hearing test and of those who had had been formally tested, an average of 12.2 years had passed since their last test. “People who seek help earlier on are much more likely to get more benefit from them than those who put up with hearing loss for years before seeking help” said Ms Thorburn.

Call 131 797 to make an appointment for a free hearing check or visit for more information.

community news Tread the boards to see nature’s showstoppers ANYONE who enjoys visiting the Gold Coast’s largest mainland coastal conservation reserve, Coombabah Lakelands, off Raintree Glen, can now experience the park’s diverse flora and fauna from a different perspective along a new boardwalk and recreational trail. Located off Myola Court, Coombabah, the recentlycompleted 300-metre long boardwalk adjoins the Coombabah Creek tributary and has been built with both the environment and ongoing costs in mind. It uses eco-smart materials with a lifespan exceeding 50 years, more than three times that of the previous boardwalk. The latest structure was also carefully constructed to minimise the impact on the marine environment. Councillor Cameron Caldwell said the new boardwalk is a worthwhile investment by the City on behalf of both residents and visitors.

Pictured is a section of the new 300-metre boardwalk, located off Myola Court and next to the Coombabah Creek tributary. The entire walk, which includes a recreational trail, totals 1.2 km

“Coombabah is one of our natural treasures. It provides refuge for a huge diversity of fauna and flora no longer common in our urban areas, meaning the new boardwalk is a great way for everyone to get-up-close to nature.” The 833ha conservation reserve is home to 274 species of animals, including seven species listed as

vulnerable or near-threatened such as the koala, powerful owl and greyheaded flying fox, along with 24 internationally protected migratory bird species. The Lakelands area also contains eastern-grey kangaroos, swamp wallabies (including the golden colour morph of the swamp wallaby), bandi-

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coots and 16 different frog species. The cost of the new boardwalk was $700,000, part of Gold Coast City’s $139 million 2014-15 investment in nature conservation and management of natural areas, parks and recreation sites, beaches, catchments and waterways, tourist parks and campgrounds.

PROBUS Club of Hastings Point Tweed Coast meets next on Tuesday 18/11/2014 at 10.00 am at the Tri Care Retirement Community, 87/89 Tweed Coast Road , Hastings Point , New members welcome , enquires Steve 02 6676 4641 or web http:// At This meeting Mr Frank Levey from Queensland Railways will speak about the various packages that Q rail can offer. Frank’s presentation will focus on how members can take advantage of their Senior’s discounts / concessions (up to 50% off and specials) including free travel from the Gold Coast with the City Network. There will be information on how you can escape the winter and head North into Sunny Queensland.

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Swell 2014 artists came from near and far and fish are in collections around the world. Also a furniture designer and art consultant, he shares his skills by tutoring workshops in both drawing and sculpture. With only the tip of the sculptor’s chisel covered here, more can be found about this genial award-winning artist by visiting

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FOR the 12th year running, the Swell Sculpture Festival was held in September at Currumbin Beach on the Gold Coast. This year 64 sculptures, spread over one kilometre of sand and beachside parkland, awed and wowed thousands of visitors over ten days. Viewing the individual works, some having travelled distances from Europe and South Korea, was an experience in itself; actually meeting a participating artist was an added bonus. Adriaan Vanderlugt, born in Holland during WWII and raised in Canada, has lived in the Whitsundays, Queensland for over 35 years with Denise, his Australian wife, partner and fellow professional artist. Swell 2014 marked the sixth time Adriaan had entered a sculpture in this internationally-recognised event with Hatchlings, a clutch of 110 baby turtles handcrafted from recycled copper, a tribute to the trials and tribulations faced by these marine creatures from birth. Visitors to Apex Park, off Snapper Rocks Road, Coolangatta can view Adriaan’s 2009


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Swell artwork, the stylised Five White Shorebirds, a permanent installation acquired by Gold Coast City Council. Adriaan’s art career began in 1962 in a graphic design studio in Canada. Although he knew from childhood that he could draw, his dream was to be a professional athlete. In 1966 injury forced a rethink and the adventurous Adriaan, despite having little money, travelled through North and Central America on his 300cc mo-

Broadbeach Ladies Probus Club BROADBEACH Ladies Probus Club Inc. meet the second Tuesday of the month at Kurrawa Surf Club, Broadbeach. The meeting commences at 9.30 am, morning tea is provided, then followed by a guest speaker. Visitors and prospective members are most welcome. Come along and join us, or phone Patricia on 5575 5284 or Christa on 5575 5045 for more information.

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THE Gold Coast South contact: Tom Hughes Public officer on 07 – Twin Towns Branch 5513 0665. of the National Servicemen’s Association of Australia. Serving from Tallebudgera to The Tweed will hold its next General Meeting Pre-loved on Sunday the 16th homes start November 2014 at 10am in the “RSL Sub from Branch Anzac Room” $175,000 of the Twin Towns Services Club to If you served in any $315,000 Forces of the Commonwealth “between” 1951 -1972 then why not bring your Partner along and join us at our Meetings. Come along and re kindle the camaraderie you experienced during your Service. We also have a full Social Program and New Members are always welcome to attend. For further information

torbike before boarding a freighter, bound for Australia, in Panama. He arrived in Brisbane with the motorbike—and $50. Those were the days. Meeting Queenslander Denise in 1967, the two later rode across Canada with a ‘selfdesigned trailer’ behind the bike. It was during their eight years in Canada that

Adriaan exhibited his first sculpture. Returning to Proserpine in 1977, Adriaan’s Australian sculpture premiere was in Gosford, NSW in 1983. Since then his carvings in bone, stone, wood, marble and metal have been exhibited throughout the country and in the USA, and his sculptures of animals, birds

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OCTOBER was a busy and productive month for the Helensvale Probus members. With President Beverly inducting two new members, Barbara Evans and Glenys Ryan, followed by Shirley Hanlon presenting Margaret Alcott with her Annual gifts of the many and varied items created over the past twelve months, Margaret responded thanking all those who had obviously worked Probus walking group enjoying the scenery at the pier with great care and diligence the past year. tive Senior Constable well received, from the with numerous members the November meeting Our guest speaker, from the Fraud and Cor- many positive comments wishing for more of the our last for the year, we Graeme Edward, Detec- porate Crime Group, was heard around the room, same, so informative and have Friendship day in helpful was his talk, as- November, the last event sisting all listening to how being our Xmas outing at important it is for us all to the Arundel Tavern Fribe vigilant, and be aware day December 5 to comof the pit falls out there. plete a very successful Many thanks Graeme. year. Our morning spread again Though coming up to the was to die for thank you. final month for the year Marie had her walking visitors are most welcome outing to the Aquatic to come along we meet Centre, which was well the second Friday of the supported and enjoyed, month at 10am at the Sethese outings are a huge nior Citizens Hall, success and enjoyable, Helensvale Community thank you Marie. Centre, Discovery Dr. The Probus year is fast contact Bev Houlahan coming to a close, with 5580 3645.

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Centrelink changes could affect you CHANGES to be introduced by Centrelink could have a permanently detrimental effect on retirees’ pension entitlements. This claim was recently made by Mr Robert Grover, Gold Coast President of Australians in Retirement. Many retirees currently receive a Centrelink pension and also have money invested in superannuation in pension mode. In assessing the retiree’s pension entitlement, Centrelink currently appliers a relatively favourable formula to the retiree’s superannuation. This applies regardless of whether your superannuation is in a Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF), an Industry Fund, a retail super fund or any other superannuation structure. However this method of favourable assessment will change on 1st January 2015 and in many cases will result in a reduction in pension payments. Some pensioners, if subject to the change, may lose their pension entitlement completely. Regrettably a change in a pensioner’s circumstances at some time in the future will trigger the new form of assessment. And these “triggering” changes can be somewhat innocuous. Some examples are: • If your super is in pension mode with XYZ Industry Fund and you change it to ABC Industry Fund to get a better return • If your super is in accumulation mode in your own SMSF and at any time in the future you change it to pension mode • If your spouse’s super passes to you on their death but they have not nominated you as a reversionary pensioner. • If you temporarily become ineligible for Centrelink (eg leaving Australia for an extended holiday) but then re-apply at a later date. The changes that will be introduced on 1st January 2015 can be quite complex and they could have a permanently detrimental effect on a retiree’sCentrelink entitlement. This issue will be fully explained and discussed by a Centrelink Financial Information Service Officer at the next meeting of Australians in Retirement. The meeting will be held at 9:30 am at the Broadbeach Seniors’ Centre, 23 T E Peters Drive, (cnr Havana Keys), Broadbeach onThursday 13th November. All Gold Coast retirees are welcome to attend. For further information or to register your attendance please contact Rob Grover at Australians in Retirement is the business name for The Association of Independent Retirees, the peak body representing the interests of retirees who are self funded or in receipt of a part pension.

community news Blood test to diagnose early onset Alzheimer’s A non-invasive blood test that could diagnose early onset Alzheimer’s disease (AD) with increased accuracy has been developed by University of Melbourne researchers. The research team previously identified that changes in the brain occur two decades before patients show signs of dementia. These changes can be detected through expensive brain imaging procedures. The new early detection blood-test could predict these changes and a person’s risk of developing AD much earlier than is currently possible. The blood test has the potential to improve pre-

diction for AD to 91 per cent accuracy. However, this needs to be further tested in a larger population across three to five years, due to AD being a progressive disease. In an initial trial group using the blood test, one in five healthy participants with no memory complaints tested positive. On further medical investigation using brain-imaging techniques, these patients showed signs of degeneration in the brain resembling AD features. Lead researcher Professor Andrew Hill from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Bio21 Institute said the blood test would sig-

nificantly advance efforts to find new treatments for the degenerative disease and could lead to better preventative measures prior to diagnoses. “This blood test would be crucial to the development of therapeutic and preventative drugs for AD. It can be used to identify patients for clinical drugs and monitoring improvement on treatment,” he said. Dr Lesley Cheng from the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology Bio21 Institute believes this test is an accessible method for patients to accurately predict their susceptibility to AD. “This test provides the possibility of early detection of

Imaging AD by using a simple in Molecular Psychiatry, of Neuroscience and Australian blood test which has been was done in collaboration Mental Health, the CSIRO Biomarker and Lifestyle designed to also be cost- with The Florey Institute and Austin Health and (AIBL) study of Aging. effective. Furthermore, it is highly accessible for patients and physicians compared to organising a brain scan or undergoing a neuropsychological test. “Patients with a family history of AD or those with memory concerns could be tested during a standard health check at a medical clinic. This test could ease concerns for patients experiencing normal memory problems due to natural ageing. Those identified as high risk could then be monitored by their doctor,” she said. The research, published

Free invitation to Maximise Health Program AN invitation to the free Maximise Health for Older Adults Living in the Community Education Program. At the age of 65 years females can expect to live at least another 19 years & males another 15 years. It is really important that everyone of us protects our health, prevents chronic disease & participates in healthy active ageing!!! Chronic diseases are the leading cause of illness, disability & deaths in Australia accounting for 90% of deaths in 2011. To prevent chronic disease we need to change our behaviour, bad habits, eat healthy, stay active & increase our quality of life. Most people wish they could live healthy active lives & I am here to tell you that you can not only improve your general health, you can

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Let’s Get A model hobby turns out Tall Ships NEVILLE Bulley, 65, is a skilled hand at recycling materials that many would discard; creating eye-catching conversation pieces out of seemingly nothing. Regular readers of the Seniors Newspaper may remember a 2012 article about Neville that told how he had constructed an expansive replica—out of seemingly nothing—of the Brisbane Sisters of Mercy St Vincent’s Home for Children where Neville and his five brothers and sisters had lived in the late 1950s/early ’60s. The model was later generously donated by Neville and his wife Gloria to Mercy Family Services. Working out of his Southport garage-cumworkshop, Neville has now created four modelsized Tall Ships, “not to scale”, vessels made from a mix of mostly old red cedar hand railing, string, popsicle and chopsticks, meat skewers, doweling,


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people but, surprisingly, it is even more so for the quietly-spoken Neville. In 2004 he was diagnosed with a brain tumour— prolactinoma, disease of the pituitary gland—after a discectomy (surgical removal of a herniated disc) in 2003. With little concept of time, it’s Gloria, Neville’s wife of almost 46 years, who confirms that the largest Tall Ship took

him about three to four months to assemble, with six to eight weeks spent on each of the smaller ships. Neville is a determined man who focuses on the positive. Neville and Gloria share three children, Tammy, Darcy and Nicole, plus grandchildren Brandon, 15, and Ethan, 13. Words and photo by Donna Mroz Turcic

Support the RSL this Remembrance Day

IN the lead up to Remembrance Day on Tuesday 11 November, I encourage all Australians to purchase and wear a red poppy, in support of the Returned and Services League’s (RSL) Poppy Day Appeal. Buying a poppy contributes significantly to the fundraising work of the RSL. The money raised helps provide financial and medical assistance, advocacy and support services to current and former serving members of the defence force and their families. Wearing a red poppy acknowledges the service and sacrifice of those who have served, including the more than 102,000 Australians who lost their lives in war, peacekeeping and other operations. Red poppies have long been a


symbol of Remembrance Day, the red Flanders poppy was one of the first plants to grow on the battlefields of the Western Front. The poppy sellers you see in your local community are volunteers, many of them veterans or current serving members, who

give up their time each year for this great cause and strongly contribute to the success of the Appeal. In light of this, I urge all Australians to consider volunteering as Appeals Collectors for the Appeal. I commend the RSL for the work they do and thank all

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The Elders – a way to meet others IT happens to many people, men and women alike. Feeling lonely, or in a rut; wishing you knew someone you could meet for a cuppa, or lunch; to chat sociably, enjoy a few laughs together; maybe share a story or two. If you live in the Robina to Hope Island area and are looking for friendship, The Elders group could be just what you need to fill that gap in your life. Soon to mark its seventh anniversary, The Elders is made up of diverse seniors, singles and couples, who meet for social lunches on the first Wednesday of each month. Talk can go in all directions, depending on the needs of those present, but the aim is to always be positive and

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A Magnolia entices a bee to the pollen on its stamens. Photo by Donna Mroz Turcic

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AUTO Business Check the tyres ... but check your health first before you drive north with the grey nomads HOSPITALS in North Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia’s north are being put under strain by travelling retirees who require treatment as they head north for the winter, doctors say. Thousands of southerners hit the highways in caravans and campers at this time of year in search of winter sun, earning themselves the nickname ‘grey nomads’. Most are from southern states, but many hundreds of Brisbane and regional Queenslanders make the trek north. However, doctors say many of them are heading off without adequate health checks and medication, and end up clogging up the health system in small northern towns. Popular areas such as Queensland’s Sunshine Coast say the influx of heat-seeking visitors from the south is putting a strain on emergency departments. A Nambour General Hospital spokesman, for example, said winter meant patients came with different diseases, the most common being respiratory illnesses. He says patient-stays in the colder months were typically longer than during summer, because people took longer to recover. “We notice a lot of people who have a lot of medical conditions move up from the southern states because they can’t handle their winter,” he said. “We get that load of people, which adds to our number of people to deal with here.” Rob Whitehead, a representative of the Rural Doctors Association, says the annual migration north by older travellers increases demand for

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doctor and hospital services each winter. “I think it’s great that people can get to see a very special part of Australia, but it does put an added strain on health services that are already over-stretched at times,” he said. “Making sure that your health has been checked over by your GP before you leave, is probably a really useful thing to do.” Grey nomad David Cummins says he has been travelling to Broome in Western Australia each dry season for more than a decade. He said he and his wife Lynn made sure they were fully prepared for the trip. “It’s fair to say a lot of

people in caravan parks staying longer than are of an aging category, planned in some places and I’ve known people who, for different reasons, have had to go to the hospital or whatever,” he said. “Before we come away, we make sure we have our annual check-ups, we go to our GPs and make sure everything’s done, and we fill our scripts if we need to.” Leslie Parker is the manager of the Broome Doctors Practice and an attendant at the surgery’s reception, putting her at the frontline of the retiree influx. She says the majority are older people who’ve got the time and are travelling at their own pace and end up

and they run out of their medications Ms Parker says the most-common problem is retirees hitting the road without getting a long enough supply of prescription medication. “The majority are older people who’ve got the time and are travelling at their own pace, so they end up staying longer than planned in some places and they run out of their medications,” she said. Health authorities are urging people to have a thorough health check before hitting the road, fill prescriptions ahead of time and ensure their medication is stored appropriately to remain effective in the warmer temperatures.

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News from THE TWEED Cutting edge new technology for cataract surgery GOLD Coasters and Northern River patients now have access to cutting edge new technology that could save their eyesight-the first of its kind to be offered in Queensland and northern NSW. Tweed Day Surgery’s eye surgeons Dr Emanuel Svoboda and Dr Meon

Lamont, who offer cataract surgery with no gap payments for insured patients, said the new technology is leaps and bounds ahead of previous equipment. The Centurion Vision System means safer Cataract eye surgery, resulting in better results and less complications.

Tweed Day Surgery has invested more than $300,000 in the new equipment, which has revolutionised cataract surgery. The Eye Care Clinic also recently invested in the latest IOL Master for measuring patients in preparation for cataract surgery providing exceptional out-

comes. The new equipment combines multiple technologies to set new standards in the performance of cataract surgery. The risks that are usually associated with cataract surgery, such as rupture of the capsule and burning of the cornea, have now been substantially minimised thanks to this new technology. The system enables experienced and skilled eye surgeons to perform the procedure with such accuracy and reduced operating time that we are simply not in the eye long enough to cause long term damage. The ophthalmologists at The Eye Care Clinic, who

have subspecialty training in advanced cataract techniques, say older machines had difficulty when it came to removing dense cataracts, but the new technology made this type of surgery safer and more predictable. With the old technology it was a bit like drilling through concrete, but the new equipment passes through the cataract smoothly, like it’s going through butter”, say the ophthalmoligsts. Not only is the cutting tip much more efficient, improvements in the fluidics of the system means a more controlled operating environment. This causes significantly

less damage to the eye, particularly in complex cataract surgery compared to previous technology, and in many cases, the outcome is as good as for a straightforward cataract procedure. Tweed Day Surgery has also upgraded its microscope, giving it new capabilities with incredible accuracy. Dr Svoboda and Dr Lamont say the upgrades allowed for the precise correction of astigmatism during the cataract surgery - a condition which causes blurred vision. Tweed Day Surgery now has the latest Zeis Lumera operating microscope, which incorporates the

new Callisto Markerless Toric Alignment System - which allows for precise astigmatism correction at the same time as the cataract surgery. This system has the ability to align the astigmatism correcting implant within one degree of that intended an incredible accuracy that we previously could only dream of. At Tweed Day Surgery thousands of cataract surgeries are performed. Not only will these people receive the best care available, it comes at no extra expense to the patient.

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TWIN Towns Evening VIEW Club recently celebrated our 25th Birthday with a wonderful night enjoyed by members and guests. Our club meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6.30pm (NSW Time) at the Tweed Heads Bowls Club. Ladies of all ages are most welcome. Not only will you share in a wonderful meal and guest speakers, you will also make some fantastic and lasting friendships. We support The Smith Family’s “Learning for Life” program and raise much needed funds to support disadvantaged Australian children in their education. Our club supports 8 children from primary to Tertiary level. You are welcome to come along as a guest or join by phoning Barbara on 07 5523 1057 by 1.00pm (NSW Time) Monday prior to meeting or for information email; twintownseveningview

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A VIEW day out in Brisbane Tours, provided a delicious lunch that was enjoyed in the Roma Street Parklands. Time was taken to relax and wander through this delightful city-centre area.’ A comprehensive guided tour of the landmark Brisbane City Hall rounded off ‘a perfect day’.

CHRISTMAS is once again nearly upon us and the Tweed Hospital Auxiliary is holding their annual Christmas Raffle. We have some fantastic prizes including the Christmas Stocking valued at over $500 full of lots of goodies and also Family tickets valued at around $350 to Dreamworld and other theme parks. There are a couple of other good prizes as well. Tickets will be on sale at various clubs and shopping centres around

the Tweed commencing on Monday 10 November 2014 and will be drawn on Friday 12 December 2014. Also don’t forget that we have Bingo sessions every Sunday afternoon from 1.00 pm at the Tweed Heads Bowls Club. Why not come along for a fun afternoon and some great cash prizes? All proceeds from all activities put on by the Auxiliary go to purchasing much needed equipment for the Tweed Hospital.

The Coolangatta Tweed VIEW Club group is pictured in the grounds of Newstead House

DEDICATED VIEW Club member Penny Thorpe reports that ‘an enthusiastic group of ladies from Coolangatta Tweed VIEW Club, plus one brave husband, recently journeyed to Brisbane by bus on a

daylong excursion that was filled with interesting activities. ‘First stop was Newstead House, set in riverbank surrounds and operating as a living museum furnished in the style of a late Victorian

period home; followed by St. John’s Anglican Cathedral, a magnificent example of Gothic architecture.’ Penny continued, ‘Our excellent coach driver, Rob, from Northern Breeze

Twin Towns Evening VIEW TWIN Towns Evening VIEW Club meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6.30pm (NSW Time) at the Tweed Heads Bowls Club. Women of all ages are welcome to come and enjoy a great meal, listen to Guest Speakers and support The

Smith Family’s “Learning for Life” program. You are welcome to come along as a guest or join by phoning Barbara on 07 55231057 by 1.00pm Monday prior to meeting or for information email;

Tweed Heads Diabetes Support Group TWEED Heads Diabetes Support Group invites all people with diabetes, their families, carers and friends to attend the meetings of the Tweed Heads Support Group of Australian Diabetes Council. The aim of the meetings is to understand diabetes, receive the latest information and learn about Australian Diabetes Council services and events.

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

Tea and Talk for U3A

TEA and Talk in November will be the last one for the year. In line with past practice it will be a ‘getting to know you better’ session, i.e. members talk briefly about themselves. Of course one can speak about any aspect of one’s life but for those who like a prompt. The theme this year will be

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

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SLEEPING Solutions

Good night’s sleep should be more than just a dream WHAT do cats and nannies have in common? Napping! So, are cat naps and nannie naps good for you? Taking a nap during the day can actually have good benefits for your health. Many people who regularly treat themselves to short naps claim they come with benefits. Many seniors suffer from sleep deprivation, which can lead to poor performance and attitude during the day. Because of sleepiness during the day, some are more unproductive and irritable than they should be, and more prone to avoidable accidents than they want to be. Taking a nap can easily fix these issues in a lot of cases. For many older folks, a good night’s sleep is but a dream; they have trouble falling asleep and awaken after only a few hours. Their daytime fatigue may be so overwhelming that they can’t drive or participate in other normal activities. About half of those who complain to their doctors

about poor sleep end up with a prescription drug. Not only are these unnecessary but they also are habit-forming and can cause side effects, according to sleep researchers in psychiatry and behavioral sciences. It is far better for people to consider what simple changes could be made to improve their sleep — and to understand how sleep patterns change with age. Common — and normal — sleep problems, which plague up to 40% of the elderly, include light sleep, frequent waking, and daytime fatigue. Among older people, there is also a decrease in the deep-sleep stage and an increase in periods of wakefulness during the night. While many seniors complain of poor sleep, relatively few have true sleep disorders and even smaller numbers need commonly prescribed sleep medications. Sleep disorders in the elderly include apnea (a temporary cessation of breathing which can also affect younger people) and pe-

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riodic limb movement, which can take the form of periodic leg movements during sleep (PLMS) or restless leg syndrome. In this syndrome, the person is gripped by strong urges to move his or her legs repeatedly before sleep, which prevent him or her from falling asleep. Continue reading below... Before a physician can diagnose a sleep disorder, he or she should perform a thorough medical examination, review medications the person is taking, and speak to the person’s spouse or bed partner about their sleeping habits. Sometimes medication is

prescribed, but although these drugs may be useful in the management of [short-term] insomnia, they fail to provide longterm relief from chronic sleep disturbances. Hypnotics [medications] can worsen existing sleep disturbances by inducing drug-dependency insomnia and, when the drug is discontinued after intermediate to long-term use, rebound insomnia and nightmares, experts say. Apnea can be treated by behavior modifications to lessen sleeping on the back, oral appliances that enhance the airway, weight loss, and elimination of medications that depress breathing.

Sometimes respiratory stimulants, continuous positive airway pressure, which is administered through a mask the person wears at night; and surgery are also effective. Treatments for periodic limb movement disorders are less than ideal, according to scientific reports. Although medications can be used, they also cause daytime sedation and have little effect on the leg movements themselves. Returning to cat naps, these include benefits like productivity, a lifting of the spirits and a sharpening of the senses. The advice of taking a nap that mothers sometimes give their children also

reaps benefits for people in their adult lives. Proponents of taking a nap say that the afternoon is the best time of the day to do so. Taking a nap being good for your health is not just a matter of opinion. Scientific research is even beginning to substantiate the benefits of napping. Research is pointing to the fact that taking a nap during the day makes up for a night’s sleep that was bad and insufficient. Certain studies are concluding that taking naps is helpful for usually normal sleepers who are not getting enough hours of sleep every night. These studies don’t yet fully understand the biological reasons behind this phenomena, but they have recorded conclusive results. One study compared the alertness of one group that slept the whole night through and didn’t nap to people who slept less, but then napped. Both groups showed equal levels of alertness. Studies have also established the benefits of the prophylactic nap, where people who have to stay

up late take a two- to fourhour nap before staying up late. Results indicated that this greatly helped their alertness for the next day. While the benefits of napping are verified by research, in some cases, it may not help at all. If you are among two specific groups of people, you should not be taking naps at all, as they may even hurt you. If you are either an insomniac or just endure bouts of depression, you will want to avoid naps in the afternoon. If you are an insomniac, napping during the day could make your sleep at night even worse. If you’re depressed, then napping during the day may even work to worsen your symptoms of depression. Making sure you don’t sleep for more than 90 minutes during your nap is essential. If you do so, you may disturb your body’s internal rhythm, leading to results that are not beneficial. As always, consult with your medico – and if you have a problem don’t just sleep on it! Sweet dreams.

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SLEEPING Solutions Study shows memory loss in the elderly is linked to sleep problems LANDMARK research reveals a connection between poor sleep, memory loss and brain deterioration in the elderly. Scientists at the University of California believe their findings will stimulate new initiatives to improve the quality of sleep in elderly people as a means to enhance memory. UC Berkeley neuroscientists discovered the slow brain waves generated during the deep, restorative sleep we typically experience in youth play a key role in transporting memories from the hippocampus – which provides short-term storage for memories — to the prefrontal cortex’s longer term ‘hard drive’. Unfortunately, in older adults, memories may be trapped in the hippocampus due to the poor quality of deep ‘slow wave’ sleep, and are then overwritten by new memories. “What we have discovered is a dysfunctional pathway that helps explain the relationship between brain deterioration, sleep disruption and memory loss as we get older — and with that, a potentially new treatment avenue,” says UC Berkeley sleep researcher Dr Matthew Walker. The findings shed new light on some of the forgetfulness common to the elderly that includes difficulty remembering people’s names. “When we are young, we have deep sleep that helps the brain store and retain new facts and information,” Walker said. “But as we get older, the quality of our sleep deteriorates and prevents those memories from being saved by the brain at night.” Experts say that healthy adults typically spend onequarter of the night in deep, non-rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep. Slow waves are generated by the brain’s middle frontal lobe. Deterioration of this frontal region of the brain in elderly people is linked to their failure to generate deep sleep, the study found. The discovery that slow waves in the frontal brain help strengthen memories paves the way for therapeutic treatments for memory loss in the elderly, such as transcranial direct current stimulation or pharmaceutical remedies. For example, in an earlier study,

Too hot to sleep? IF a loved one who is a resident at an aged care facility is restless during summer nights, Ron Grunstein, Professor of Sleep Medicine at Sydney Medical School, may be able to help. “Sleep and body control of temperature are intimately connected. Body temperature follows a 24 hour cycle linked with the sleep wake rhythm,” he writes. According to Professor Grunstein, body temperature decreases during the night time sleep phase and rises during the wake phase. Sleep is most likely to occur when core temperature decreases, and much less likely to occur during the rises. He adds the hands and feet play a key role in facilitating sleep as they permit the heated blood from the central body to lose heat to the environment through the skin surface. The sleep hormone melatonin plays an important part of the complex loss of heat through the peripheral parts of the body, Professor Grunstein explains. “At sleep onset, core body temperature falls but peripheral skin temperature rises. But temperature changes become more complex during sleep as our temperature self regulation varies according to sleep stage,” he says. Research has shown how environmental heat can disturb this delicate balance between sleep and body temperature. For instance, an ambient temperature of 22 or 23 degrees Celsius is ideal. Any major variation in this leads to disturbance of sleep with reduced slow wave sleep (a stage of sleep where the brain’s electrical wave activity slows and the brain ‘rests’), and also results in less dreaming sleep (rapid eye movement or REM sleep). As we age, our sleep patterns change. In general, older people sleep less, experience more fragmented sleep, and spend less time in stages 3 & 4 and REM sleep (deep sleep and dream sleep) than younger people. “The clear message is this: if you’re going to make some big decisions during a heatwave, sleep in a carefully controlled air conditioned environment,” Professor Grunstein says. Courtesy:

neuroscientists in Germany successfully used electrical stimulation of the brain in young adults to enhance deep sleep and doubled their overnight memory. UC Berkeley researchers will be conducting a similar sleep-enhancing study in older adults to see if it will improve their overnight memory. “Can you jump-start slow wave sleep and help people remember their lives and memories better? It’s an exciting possibility,” says Dr Bryce Mander, a postdoctoral fellow in psychology, lead author of this latest study.

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SLEEPING Solutions Obstructive sleep apnoea and the risks

DID you know that Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) may increase your risk of Obesity, hypertension (high blood pressure), insulin resistance and diabetes, stroke, ischaemic heart disease, cardiac arrhythmias, heart failure, mortality? What is obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)? Normally when we are asleep, the muscles in our body relax but our airway stays open, allowing us to breathe normally. However, for some people, the airway doesn’t stay open often because there is pressure from fat around the neck - which stops them breathing (apnoea, pronounced apnee-a) or, if their breathing is only partly blocked, the airflow is reduced (hypopnoea, pronounced hi-pop-neea). This is what doctors call obstructive sleep apnoea. Often, this interruption of a person’s breathing will cause them to wake up repeatedly through the night, gasping for air. The most common sign of obstructive sleep apnoea or hypopnoea is loud, irregular snoring - the sound made as air passes through the narrowed throat and windpipe (the airway) - and long pauses when the person doesn’t seem to be breathing at all. SYMPTOMS IN OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEPAPNOEA Common: •Loud snoring •Excessive daytime sleepiness •Feelings of choking or shortness of breath at night •Restless sleep •Unrefreshing sleep •Changes in personality •Repeti-

tive nocturnal urination Less common: •Morning headaches •Reduced libido •Spouse worried by pauses in breathing •Nocturnal sweating • Rare •Recurrent arousals/ insomnia •Nocturnal cough •Symptomatic oesophageal reflux (heartburn). Is having OSA dangerous? Frequent apnoeas or hypopnoeas mean the body repeatedly doesn’t get enough oxygen and this - and the effort to breathe - can lead to higher blood pressure and heart problems. Patients who already have heart or lung problems are, obviously, most at risk. Anybody who suffers from uncontrolled excessive daytime sleepiness or lack of sleep may be at risk through falling asleep in dangerous situations, such as when driving or operating machinery. Now at participating Amcal Chempro pharmacies on the Gold Coast, your trained sleep apnoea consultant can help diagnose and treat patients with sleep apnoea. Sleep studies can be organised by your Amcal Chempro pharmacy, conducted in the comfort of your own home, and the results sent to qualified sleep doctors for interpretation and development of a treatment plan. From there your Amcal Chempro Chemist can organise the trial, hire or sale of a sleep apnoea machine, masks and any other required equipment, as well as ongoing support for all of you sleep apnoea requirements. For more information contact Burleigh Town Amcal Chempro on 5535 9866.

Sleep Management

IF you’re deprived of sleep, you’ll find it hard to function throughout the day – your energy levels will slump, you won’t be able to concentrate, and you’ll feel grumpy and moody. If this continues, you could risk the health of your immune system, putting you at risk of infections and diseases. The good news is that there’s plenty you can do to help you get a good night’s sleep. “Sleep hygiene” is a term health experts use to describe a healthy sleeping routine. You can improve your sleep hygiene by: • Going to bed at about the same time each night, and getting up at about the same time each day. • Creating a relaxing environment – get the TV and computer out of your bedroom, and try to make sure your bedroom is neither too warm or too cold. • Starting to unwind before bed – drink some comforting warm milk 30 to 45 minutes before bedtime, have a relaxing bath with a few drops of lavender oil, don’t work or watch TV just before you turn in for the night.

• Avoiding overloading your system – don’t eat a heavy meal shortly before bedtime. • Limiting stimulants – enjoy your coffee, sure, but try to limit your caffeine intake to the mornings. • Trying a traditional herbal supplement like Nature’s Own Complete Sleep Advanced containing a mildly sedating herb, such as valerian, hops or zizyphus, that may help to calm your mind and help you to fall asleep – and sleep through the night Nature’s Own Complete Sleep Advanced has a sleep promoting action, providing relief from sleeplessness and insomnia. It assists with a good night’s sleep, by helping you to get to sleep and stay asleep. Helps alleviate stress, a common cause of insomnia and sleeplessness and has a mild sedative action, helping to induce a restful state. Nature’s Own Complete Sleep Advanced 30 Tablets $24.99 at your local Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse. Visit to find a store near you

Local treatment for sleep disorders

ARE you tired of being tired? Do you snore? Are you grumpy and moody? Do you fall asleep at inconvenient times? Is fatigue affecting your lifestyle? Then you may be suffering from a sleep disorder! Sleep Disorders affect up to 20% of the adult population and can significantly increase your risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, mood disorders such as depression, impotence, diabetes, and many more chronic diseases, which is why is it important to be diagnosed if you think you might be suffering.

For years, the only way to diagnose a sleep disorder was to visit a hospital or sleep lab for the night, but honestly, how on earth are you ever going to achieve the same sleep quality in a sleep lab that you would normally achieve at home? Well now there is an alternative, you can have your sleep study done in the comfort and privacy of your own home, and the benefits of home sleep diagnostics versus in-lab diagnostics are vast. The integrity of the results are more attuned to your usual sleep quality as you

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are in your own environment and your normal routine is not disrupted by visiting a hospital. They can be performed on a day that suits you, not just when there is a bed available, and they are not as cumbersome and annoying as traditional diagnostic methods. Working with National Sleep Diagnostics, Home sleep studies are now available at the Beenleigh Sleep Clinic where you can be confident that your results are clinically assessed by a sleep and respiratory physician and you are in great hands for the diagnosis of your sleep disorder. For those who have been previously diagnosed and are currently on treatment, Beenleigh sleep clinic are able to do comprehensive therapy assessments to ensure you are getting the best from your treatment and achieving the very best quality sleep, every single night. The team at the Beenleigh Sleep Clinic have many years’ experience dealing with patients just like you, and have a reputation for straight talking and outstanding service. So, if you suspect you have a sleep disorder, call 3287 2385 today - it could save your life! November 2014 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 35

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Never too old to stay active

A smiling Bill McMullen with just some of his medals.

HE might be 81 but Bill McMullen keeps fit through an active lifestyle that includes the fun of ticking items off a seemingly endless Bucket List. Here’s Bill’s story. Past-President and current member of the Southern Gold Coast 60 & Better program, Bill McMullen moved to Australia in 1988 after 32 years in New Zealand. Bill had kept active by playing basketball and soccer. A member of the Gold Coast Masters Athletics Club for the past 10 years,

Bill says “it was while training at Ashmore Oval that one of my friends mentioned that the Irish Masters Track and Field Championships and the Northern Ireland Masters were both being held in Tullamore, Southern Ireland in August this year. “After nearly 60 years I wanted to compete in Ireland once again, something that was on my Bucket List. As I had to belong to an Irish club, I contacted an old club mate who kindly registered me with the

Northern Belfast Harriers. I had been a Harrier back in the 1950s. “Signing up for both competitions, a Dublin cousin then kindly organised a hire car for me while offering three days accommodation before I headed off to Tullamore and area, about 180 kilometres west of Dublin. “Hammer, Discus, Shot Put, Javelin and Weight for Distance (28 pounds) were my events. Despite rain and delays, I managed to set an Irish record in the Discus and Shot Put and Second Place in the others. “Travelling to Avoca in Wicklow before the start of the Northern Ireland Masters later in August, I visited Fitzgerald’s Pub, yet another Bucket List item, where scenes from the BBC programme Ballykissangel had been filmed. “Afterwards it was on to County Fermangh, where I had been evacuated during WWII, before heading back to Belfast and achieving wins in all five of my events in the 80+ age category.” Congratulations Bill! For information about Southern Gold Coast 60 & Better, celebrating 20 years this year, please phone (07) 5525 6466.

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Currumbin RSL, the monies raised through Seaway2 Seaway go towards assisting those in need within the community, including the aged, youth and children; people with disabilities; those at risk of becoming homeless; the unemployed. Besides being a passionate Sydney Swans supporter (who’s looking forward to a 2015 win), Sean is wellknown locally for his many running and walking accomplishments, including 21kilometre half-marathons. Currently looking forward to taking part in the Pan-Pacific Masters Games to be held on the Gold Coast, this passionate sportsman has also competed in World Masters Games in Melbourne (2002), Edmonton, Canada (2005), Sydney (2009) and Turin, Italy (2013). He has lost count of the many fun runs he has enjoyed over the years, such as Bridge-toBrisbane and Bulletin Fun Run plus many

It might be a re-enactment but Sean O’Hara is always ready to don his walking gear for both charity and fitness

other charity fundraisers for groups that include the Heart Foundation and Cancer Council and the Mothers’ Day Classic in aid of breast cancer research. “I would encourage others,” says Sean, “whether seniors or younger, to have a go in these events not only help those in need but to help keep you fit and active.” Would Sean be the fittest 77-year old on the Gold Coast?

Spinal Injuries Australia SPINAL Injuries Australia Gold Coast Post Polio Network will meet at 10.30am on Monday 10 November at Treetops Tavern, 7 Executive Drive, Burleigh Waters. Guest Speaker Karen Andrews MP. Please ring the facilitator Lyn on 0448 206 856 or Joan on 0413 178 073 for further information and venue location.

CFS/ME/FMS Support Group FIBROMYALGIA, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Support Group meets on the first Friday of every month at 10:30 am at the South Tweed Sports Club, 4 Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads South. All welcome. For further information call Bronwyn on 5593 9319. Page 38 - Gold Coast Seniors - November 2014

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The Devil’s Play Stone BY COLLEEN POVALL

Saturday 6th December SANTA’S DOUBLE HEADER Join Santa and celebrate the Society’s 1000th Tour Roma St to Fisherman Islands and Box Flat Friday 13th to Wednesday 25th February THE QUEENSLAND CAROUSEL Brisbane to Cairns by coach via the inland route Return by steam train from Cairns to Brisbane Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March THE SUMMIT EXPRESS Weekend tour to the Granite Belt Wineries Wednesday 6th to Friday 15th May THE GREAT CRICLE TOUR Sydney to Sydney via Melbourne, Adelaide, Broken Hill & Parkes “Book early as seats are limited”

SUNSHINE EXPRESS RAIL TOURS P.O. BOX 1119, TOOWONG, 4066 Phone 3252 1759 Fax 3252 1767 Australian Railway Historical Society Queensland Division ABN 74 009 767 579

ONE of our favourite cities in the world is Utrecht in Holland. An old university city dating back to pre-Roman times, it has long been a crossroads of humanity and wherever you look, there are traces of that humanity clinging to it ancient buildings and canals. One day, rounding a corner, I almost fell over a massive rock imbedded in the narrow footpath and chained securely to building on the corner. ‘What on earth is this?’ I demanded, hastily regaining my balance. My husband Ben, who’d been born and bred in Utrecht merely shrugged. ‘’s always been there.’ Fortunately for my inquisitive nature, his mother knew the answer. ‘It’s the Devil’s play stone,’ she answered and went on to explain. Back in mediaeval days the citizens discovered that each morning the rock was in a different spot and since it was so massive, they decided it must be moved by the Devil, having a bit of fun at their expense. Since any of his activities are to be discouraged, they chained it to the corner of the nearest building. Apparently the idea worked and the Devil moved on to more tolerant climes. So it remains today, a menace to pedestrians, but a salutary lesson to the Devil not to mess with the locals.

BOOK Review SELL UP, PACK UP AND TAKE OFF A practical guide to retiring in paradise Stephen Wyatt and Colleen Ryan ALLEN & UNWIN $2 7.99 $27 THESE days the old 60 is the new 40. Get positive. Go for it. There’s a lot more living to do. Your kids have grown up. Your job is winding down. So, what are you going to do? Scrimp and save because your retirement savings don’t stretch far? Whether you’re 40-plus and burnt out or 50plus and retiring, Sell Up, Pack Up and Take Off is the perfect book if you’d like to try out a new life overseas. Full of inspiring stories about people who’ve escaped to Southeast Asia and Europe, it shows just how possible it is to have a great lifestyle at a fraction of the cost of a less comfortable existence in Australia. This wonderfully informative book examines the how, why and where of getting a new life overseas, including the pros and cons of different countries; the tricks of buying or renting a house; the financial aspects of managing health insurance, super and tax; and much, much more. After over 20 years in financial journalism, Stephen Wyatt and Colleen Ryan have packed up and taken off overseas several times to live in both Europe and Asia.


Airport in Texas An aide for a Bush cabinet member once called and asked if they could rent a car in Dallas. When I looked at the reservation, I noticed that they only had a onehour stop-over in Dallas. When I asked him why he wanted to rent a car for just an hour, he said, “I heard Dallas was a big airport and we will need a car to drive between the gates to save time”! Page 40 - Gold Coast Seniors - November 2014

POSTCARDS WIN a 7 Night Cruise for Two!

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Ucango Travel & Cruise Centre and P&O along with Seniors Newspapers are offering readers the opportunity to go in a draw to win a fantastic fun filled cruise for 2 people. The winner will be able to choose from P&O’s Pacific Island Hopper Cruise or the Barrier Reef Discovery Cruise. Both cruises are ex Brisbane for 7 nights and to whet your appetite read more about the cruises up for grabs.

Pacific Island Hopper “Nothing says ‘tropical holiday’ like island hopping from one tropical destination to the next, and when it comes to the Pacific Islands, we do it best! There’s the Frenchychic vibe of Noumea, the ancient culture of Lifou and the Caribbean atmosphere in Vila. Oh, and the beaches...we’d never forget the beaches!” – P&O Barrier Reef Discovery “This itinerary is dedicated to the incredible Great Barrier Reef – one of the seven wonders of the natural world. With three ports from which you can explore the pristine reef, coral cays and tropical islands, take the opportunity to fall in love with Australia all over again.” – P&O

TO ENTER ENTER: Simply tell us in 25 words or less why you would like to win a P&O Cruise. Email or post your entry along with your name, address and day time contact telephone number to Email: and in the subject line write Win a Cruise or post your entry to “Win a Cruise Competition” P O Box 1062, Tewantin Q 4565 Conditions of entr entryy: Entrants must be aged 50 years and over, and only one entry per person per month. The competition will be drawn on December 22nd when one lucky person will be announced as the winner. The winner will be notified by telephone and post, and announced in our first newspaper published in 2015 being our February issue (No Jan issues are published)

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1 pedestrian way 1 cycleway 2 rail tracks 8 road lanes 9.5 years to build 250 stonemasons cut and dressed blocks for pylons • 1932 the year the bridge opened • 30,000 litres of paint for a single coat • 43,000,000 vehicles use the Bridge and Harbour Tunnel each year November 2014 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 41


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Well ‘Hello’ there! WHILE touring Ireland we stopped at a pretty thatched pub in the country. Concentrating on taking a photo I heard this loud gutterall sound and proceeded to jump and ran onto the road to the amusement of everyone, including patrons in the pub, only to discover a very friendly donkey peering over the hedge just waiting to say hello! Joy Craker

A Day in Rome


“WE need an angel!” Our onward, flight had been delayed and we couldn’t bear to waste a day. So here we were, seven brightly dressed tourists lost in a sea of drab commuters somewhere between the airport and the city of Rome. And I was responsible for the escapade. I was beginning to feel more than a little disorientated and aware that we might just be lost in the spaghetti of the Italian railway system. Already we had made erratic progress through money changing, and travelling by bus to a nearby station. There we floundered through the ticket dispensing machines with much waving of hands and incomprehensible exchanges with those we pressured for help. We had changed trains twice in the labyrinth of underground stations and now our initial boldness and enthusiasm was wearing thin as we contemplated the fact we could be lost travelling in a foreign city. The door slid open at the next station and the rush of new arrivals pushed us closer together. “Where are we?” I spoke out loud, while searching for the name of the station. “Are you Australians?” A new arrival interjected as she joined the crush near the door. For a moment we were stunned. Were we hearing things?



WHA WHATT : Modern City with long history, founded 1806 WHY: Food, wine, convict buildings, World Heritage sites BONUS: Direct flights from Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne

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Someone who understood us, perhaps she was the angel we needed! It was better to think so than to to never know for sure. Our new found friend was however a travel agent visiting Rome to research the tourist attractions, a city she already knew quite well. What a day we had, our own off duty tour guide showing us the sights and sounds of Rome. Lunch time found us seated under the vine clad trellis of a sunbathed outdoor restaurant not far from the Spanish steps, but definitely not the usual tourist beat. Rome down to the last curl of garlic laden pasta. Eventually having squeezed the last drop out of an extraordinary day, we headed with accomplished ease back the way we had come: Three trains, one bus and a long walk. There was the airport hotel, just where we had left it. In a short space of time we had graduated from being accidental tourists to authentic travellers thanks to an angel. Beverley Souster

BUDGET EAT Smokey Joe’s Creole Café –Cajun and Creole, mains from under $20. SLEEP The Arthouse Hostel (built 1888), $33.75 pp p/night private room, free WiFi, free tea & coffee, free sunscreen, free BBQ, herb garden. DO Wander the streets to see the many well-preserved Georgian and Victorian buildings, take a peek at the Old Umbrella Shop, a retail museum run by the National Trust. Be awed by the beauty of Cataract Gorge, 15 minutes’ walk from city centre, with its walking trails, world’s longest single-span chairlift, suspension bridge and park-like gardens. Beautiful City Park houses stunning orchids in the conservatory, Japanese monkeys, and historic Albert Hall.

Travel TALES Competition

If you have a humorous travel story, photo or travel tips to share with our readers please send them to Email: and in the subject matter write Travel Tales. Also include your name, address and daytime phone number, or you can the post the above to Travel Tales, PO Box 1062, Tewantin, 4565. If you would like your photo to be returned please include a stamped self addressed envelope. Please keep your entries brief and photos should be in high resolution.

Win a P&O Cruise

All entries will automatically go into the Win a P&O Cruise Competition from Ucango Travel & Cruise, P&O and Seniors Newspaper which will be drawn on 22nd December 2014.

BOUTIQUE EAT Stillwater Restaurant – renovated 1840s flour mill beside the Tamar River offers indulgent seasonal menus. Try fresh Tas scallops, wild crayfish, wallaby or duck. Mains small/large $26/$44. SLEEP Hatherley House - 1830s historic house with a modern twist. Try the Garden Pavilions set in the historic gardens. Modern, art filled, with a moon window and private deck with outdoor bath carved from volcanic stone. $340 p/night. DO Enjoy local beer and wine tasting ona luncheon cruise through Cataract Gorge to Batman Bridge, $125 per person. Follow the Tamar Valley Wine Route for a choice of more than 20 cellar doors. Indulge in a day tour of chocolate and gourmet foodfarms with smoked salmon at a salmon farm, luscious raspberries, cheese tastings, honey sampling and chocolate to die for, $165 per person.


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Travelling Places with Gina

OVER the last 10 years European River Cruising has become The Dream Holiday. The concept is wonderful – unpack once and travel the ancient highways of Europe. In April I was delighted to travel with Uniworld in France. I also managed to sneak onto several other ships to get a feel for what they offer to passengers so that I can explain to you what these vessels are really like. I was surprised how long you are in port each day with the ships sailing mainly at night so that you wake up with a new region to explore. However when you travel through an area of scenic beauty you have time to sit up on the sun deck as you sail past small villages and craggy cliffs, fields aglow with the vibrant yellow of rape seed crops or the gnarly vines of the wineries which line the shores. When in port enjoy wandering the cobblestone streets, a memorable concert in a castle, explore historical villages, play a game of petanque or become acquainted with the appealing lifestyle and heritage of this vibrant modern country which is proud of its history. It is surprising how diverse this country is, as you cruise through the Bordeaux region the chef visits the local markets daily selecting the freshest produce and wonderful wines. Uniworld was excellent. The crew are marvellous, the cabin appointments include L’Occitaine amenities and crisp white linen sheets,a cashmere throw to keep you cosy when it’s cool and their eye for detail is excellent. The meals are delicious and they are designed to reflect the area you are travelling through along with wines that match. Offering an all-inclusive tariff there is no need to tip (yeah!) and all beverages, meals and just about all

shore excursions are included. As a Francophile I have been fortunate to travel several times to France and I can really recommend the destination to anyone fascinated with history, fabulous food and wine, a sense of style and beautiful countryside. This trip combines the world famous Bordeaux region in Western France with delightful journey to the South. Sit back and enjoy the high speed TGV train as you travel from one part of the country to another. One of my favourite regions is Provence. In the delightful city of Avignon you round one corner to see the imposing Popes Palace; around another corner you marvel at the modern vertical garden at the entrance to Les Halles (the local food market) and yet around another corner rest your weary feet in the town square watching the world go by as you sip on a glass of chilled local rose. Every day brings a new experience and places to discover. Of course you will spend some time in Paris; you can never have enough time in this fabulous centre of culture. Make sure to sip a coffee at a left bank café or let us arrange a Segway tour from the Eiffel tower to the Louvre – one of the most fun things I have ever done. Walk the steps up to Montmartre and watch the artists at work. Spend an evening at the Moulin Rouge. Wander the gardens of Versailles or discover the roads less explored by tourists. Near the Musee D’Orsay you will find Rodin’s gallery – great artwork and a lovely café. This delightful combination of guided touring and a luxury river cruise will give you a wonderful insight into France. You can combine this trip with other areas of Europe or stopovers en route. Call Travelling Places now for more details 07 5545 1600

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Get bailed up on the Highway, on a Stonestreet’s Coach Tour! STONESTREET’S are excited to announce a host of new tours to many fabulous destinations in 2015. Imagine strolling beneath a mauve canopy of Jacaranda blooms in Grafton, cruising the crystal blue seas of The Great Barrier Reef, fossicking for precious gems in Outback Queensland, standing at the intersection of three Australian States, exploring the wilderness and wonders of Tasmania or tasting Tassie’ s delicious gourmet foods & liqueurs. You could do all of this and so much more on a Stonestreet’s tour. Featuring one of many Luxury Coach Tours in 2015, Stonestreet’s Coaches ‘Tracking Down the Bushrangers’ tour concentrates on tracking down those notorious, daring & dangerous bushrangers who flourished around the 1860’s and 1870’s, when the colonial-born sons of poor (often ex-convict squatters) were drawn to a more glamorous life than mining or farming. Much of the bushranging activity of this era took place in the Lachlan Valley area of NSW around Forbes, Yass and Cowra. Highlights of this tour include a visit to Captain Thunderbolt’s Cave – Tenterfield NSW; a walk in Thunderbolt’s footsteps with a visit to Thunderbolt’s Rock and Kentucky Creek (the place where Thunderbolt was eventually shot and killed– Uralla NSW); a visit to Escort Rock/Eugowra – the site of Australia’s biggest ever Gold Robbery carried out by Frank Gardiner and his gang of Australian bushrangers including John Gilbert and Ben Hall; an insight into the world of the Kelly Gang and the Ned Kelly Trail from Junee to Jerilderie and with visits to Beechworth, Glenrowan, Benalla and Euroa before eventually ending up in Melbourne, and so much more! So why not join

Stonestreets Coaches and start ‘tracking down’ our bushrangers for yourself? We invite you to browse through our list of tours for 2015 in Stonestreet’s Coaches new Destinations 2014-15 Catalogue, which is available in now! Please call our friendly travel team on (07) 4687 5555.


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Cruise Europe’s luxurious best

BOASTING the motto of ‘no request too large, no detail too small’, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is the leader of luxury river cruising in Europe, offering a six-star all-inclusive holiday experience. Cruising Europe’s greatest rivers in comfort and luxury, you will receive the highest standards of excellence in expertise, service, unique

ships, culinary, choice of innovative shore excursion and remarkable value. Uniworld’s true allinclusive European cruises include onboard and onshore gratuities, all meals and unlimited beverages, shore excursions and more, allowing guests to enjoy extraordinary value, completely unwind and

make the most of the unparalleled luxury a Uniworld river cruise provides. Uniworld’s itineraries are designed to immerse travellers into the culture, history and cuisine of each destination visited, both onboard and onshore. With customisable shore excursions, from tasting fine Côtes du Rhône wines from the Hermitage

to an exclusive ‘Go Active’ bike ride along the Danube or an exclusive evening visit of St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Uniworld inspires you to travel your way. With expertly planned itineraries ranging from eight to 29 days, Uniworld continues to evolve with new destinations, excursions and new boutique ships to suit

even the most experienced traveller. Travel along the Main, Rhine & Danube from Amsterdam to Budapest or indulge in the gourmet food and wine in the south of France. Why not experience la dolce vita of Italy, with Uniworld’s programs through Venice and Northern Italy, a country whose romantic language and landscape is sure to charm you. Contact your local Travellers Choice consultant on 1300 78 78 58 or visit to book your luxury Uniworld river cruise today!

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CHOICE takes on new consumer travel project

FOLLOWING the deregulation of travel agents, CHOICE has reached agreement with state and territory governments for a new Consumer Travel Hub project.The project will provide a mix of research, tailored information, education campaigns and advocacy to significantly improve the experience of Australian consumers in the travel market. With a planned launch date of late 2014, the hub will identify issues with travel providers, products and services, and bring these issues to the attention of governments, regulators and industry. CHOICE reached agreement with state and territory ministers in July, with the project to receive funding of $2.8m over four-and-ahalf years, provided from the now-defunct Travel Compensation Fund. This matches the funding already provided to the Australian Federation of Travel Agents to set up a voluntary selfaccreditation scheme from 1 July 2014. Funding has also been provided to state and

territory governments to raise awareness about the changes to the travel industry. Key features of the CHOICE proposal are: • Ensuring there is a strong consumer voice in the Australian travel market, identifying emerging consumer issues, and advocating for solutions. • Publishing and promoting independent advice for Australian travellers on their consumer rights and protections, including common issues around travel agents and other providers. • Providing unbiased reviews and how-to guides for navigating consumer travel products and services, including travel insurance. CHOICE was one of several groups invited by the nation’s consumer affairs ministers to apply for funding to establish a consumer voice in the travel industry. This followed the decision of ministers to abolish the Travel Compensation Fund, which since 1987 was part of licensing arrangements for Australian-based travel agents. The fund also paid more than $60

million in compensation to consumers left high and dry when agents went bust, such as when a Sydney-based cruise company went into administration in 2012. While we recognise the travel industry is evolving, CHOICE advocated for reforming the fund rather than abolishing it. We also argued that if the fund were abolished, dedicated resources should be provided for consumer protection. When ministers decided to abolish the fund anyway, and to provide funding to the travel industry to set up a voluntary selfaccreditation scheme, we argued that comparable amount should be provided to

help consumers. Article reprinted courtesy of CHOICE

Our 2015 Tour Brochure will be available soon with some exciting Please phone Jan new tours to make sure you receive your copy

Mystery Tour - Wonder Where? ............................................. 16 Nov Bush Tucker Garden & Tyalgum .................. 19 Nov Redlands Museum & Lunch Buffet World .. 22 Nov Brisbane Valley Ostrich Farm ....................... 26 Nov Magical Montville & Maleny .......................... 30 Nov Eumundi Mkts & Ginger Factory ................... 06 Dec November 2014 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 45


Bavarian style on the “Sunshine Coast” 2nd - 4th December 2014

Come and join in the fun as we return to King Ludwigs German Restaurant for a fun night of entertainment! Enjoy spectacular 180 degree views over the Glasshouse Mountains with authentic Bavarian hospitality. While in the area we make the most of our Christmas Shopping at the always popular Eumundi Markets. INCLUDES: Luxury coach travel, Home pick ups, Luxury Accommodation at Crown Plaza Pelican Waters, All Cooked Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, All Dinners including Bavarian Christmas!

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Take a Rail Tour with the train buffs THE excitement of a day out by steam train commences at Roma St as you go walk along the platform to find your carriage with a reserved seat. 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, waves the green flag and the engine bursts into life with it’s whistle blowing to signal departure and steams out of the platform. Like the sound of the above ? The Australian Railway Historical Society (Queensland Division) is about to enter its 58th year of proudly operating rail tours. Both steam and diesel hauled excursion 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. Not only will Santa be celebrating the arrival of Christmas - the

Australian Railway Historical Qld Division will celebrate its 1000th tour in December so join Santa aboard the double headed Christmas Excursion on Saturday 6th December – yes two steam locomotives will be hauling this very special tour to Fisherman Islands and Box Flat and yes there is such a thing as a free lunch – it is included in your fare on this celebration trip. What a great sight and sound this will be as the two great “Iron Horses” steam out of Roma Street with 250 passengers aboard the 11 heritage of which some date back to 1910. 2015 sees 150 years of railways in our Sunshine State and there will be special steam train excursions running to many destinations during the year. Join us for the Queensland Carousel Tour departing Brisbane on 13th February by coach via the inland route to Far North Queensland. The highlight of this tour will be the return journey by steam all the way from Mareeba and Cairns to Brisbane. What a great

way to see the great scenery our state has to offer with overnight stops at Monto, Capella, Charters Towers and Yungaburra on the northbound leg and Cairns(two nights), Townsville, Mackay. Rockhampton and Bundaberg on the return leg. Fancy an escape to the Granit Belt aboard the Summit Express in March? This two day tour by Silver Bullet Rail Motor takes you through some great Southern Downs scenery on the way to visiting some wineries in The Summit and Stanthorpe regions. Sunshine Express Rail Tours head interstate for the Great Circle Tour in May – a tri sate tour by train from Sydney to Sydney via Melbourne, Adelaide, Broken Hill and Parkes. Sunshine Express Rail Tours look forward to welcoming you aboard, early booking is recommended for all tours; phone our office on 3252 1759 between 10am and 3.00pm Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays for a brochure. A recorded message operates at other times. Ray Edser (Tour Manager)

Handy apps - Wikitude

IF you haven’t heard of augmented reality you can catch on quickly with Wikitude. Wikitude augments reality by using the camera in your smartphone to give you information on the screen as you view the neighbourhood. The user’s location is synced with details of the area and attractions from Wikipedia, accommodation, restaurant reviews from TripAdvisor, things to do and more. Use it when travelling or view your own city in a totally new way. iOS/Android/ Blackberry/Windows Phone Page 46 - Gold Coast Seniors - November 2014

‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Queensland Pops Orchestra New Year’s Eve Special FOR 30 years the QPO has provided the ultimate NYE event. Last year the Pops introduced the Black Tie concert to the delight of 200 patrons. The package includes an A reserve ticket to the 9.30pm performance followed by exclusive access to the QPAC roof top function to enjoy French champagne and exquisite canapés whilst watching the thrilling display of pyrotechniques. There is opportunity to mingle with the stars while counting in 2015 in style with Brisbane’s most exclusive ticket to the New Year’s Eve fireworks. The musical experience will take you from the gondolas of Venice to the razzmatazz of Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue. Alex Raineri has had numerous successes in competitions on both a national and international level. Significant prizes include;1st prize at both Australian National Piano Award and Kerikeri International Piano Competitions in 2014. Young virtuoso violinist

Cherin Lee will also make her Pops debut and will perform the gypsy sensation Zigeunerweisen by Sarasate and the highly emotional theme from Schindler’s List. The chance to sing along with Auld Lang Singe will be one of the many opportunities for audience participation. The orchestra will also be joined by solo vocalists to transport you into the most positive frame of mind to start 2015. The Pops is fast becoming the desired location for high quality entertainment for the wider musical tastes. This concert is designed to enhance your celebration of the year gone and excite your expectation for the year to come. Have your spirits uplifted and enjoy a great night out in Brisbane. Two performances which will get you out in time to watch the fireworks on the Brisbane River. 6pm & 9:30pm Bookings: 136 246. For more information visit

An Afternoon at the Proms THE next presentation by the Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra will be An Afternoon at the Proms, conducted by Barrie Gott with soprano Louise Kennedy. The program, which will include a mix of perennial and contemporary favourites, will feature Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March; the waltz from Swan Lake; West Side Story; Lord of the Dance; Greensleeves, and many other popular pieces. An Afternoon at the Proms is set to take place on Sunday, November 16 from

2.30 p.m. NSW time (1.30 p.m. Qld time) at Tweed Heads Civic Centre, Brett Street, Tweed Heads. Ticket prices are Adults $40, Concession $35, Students $15, Schoolchildren free. Tickets can be purchased securely online via or by phone: 0466 819 154 or at Murwillumbah Music: (02) 6672 5404. Tickets (cashonly) will be available at the Tweed Heads Civic Centre Box Office from November 3 to 14, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or at the door on the day if not sold out.

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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Free Morning Melodies concert set for November 29 THE next free Australian Army Band Brisbane concert will be held on Saturday, November 29 from 11.30 a.m. at Robina Community Centre, 196 Robina Town Centre Drive. No tickets or bookings are required. Christmas themed, a raffle will support Robina Lions and the Club will have Lions Christmas cakes and puddings on sale on the day while the Red Cross will welcome all to its craft stall. And, if you have any

tennis balls that you’d like to donate to a good cause, the Australian Defence Force has asked for assistance in finding hundreds of new or used tennis balls for their Explosive Detection Dogs Unit. Please bring a few—or a lot—of tennis balls to the concert if you are able to do so, or contact Councillor Jan Grew’s office on 5582 8255; email: division11 for alternative arrangements.

Enjoy Christmas at Frascott, a free event

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FRASCOTT Park is located off Mattocks Road, Varsity Lakes and on Saturday December 13, between 1.30 p.m. and 4.30 p.m., it will be the place to be for an afternoon of free Christmas entertainment and fun for the whole family. Even Santa will be there! Sing along to your favourite Christmas carols and enjoy live entertainment. There’ll be loads of giveaways and prizes to be won as well as a jumping castle, climbing wall, giant slide, kids’ animal farm, Gold Coast Suns activities and lots more. You won’t go hungry with a free BBQ plus other food and drinks to tempt, and City of Gold Coast as well as community stalls will welcome everyone. For information, please call Councillor Jan Grew’s office on 5582 8255 or visit

Winners BOOK WINNER: Congratulations to Nancy Smith from Helensvale who won our book giveaway competition titled ‘Bottom Desk Drawer’. Happy Reading! DVD WINNER: Congratulations to E Bismire from South Tweed Heads who won our DVD giveaway competition titled ‘I Love This Place’. Congratulations and Enjoy!

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community news Hinterland Community Band entertains at Southport Yacht Club

FREE 4 SALE CLASSIFIEDS RECLINERS Brown microfiber chairs, seat 10 with cup holders, storage. Ideal for media room, sell $1500. Ph 5533 2753 Maudsland. WALKING STICK, anti shock, can be lengthened or shortened. $20. Ph 5532 7405 Southport.

The Hinterland Community Band is pictured aboard a floating stage in the picturesque setting of Southport Yacht Club.

THE occasion was the 68th Sail Past and Blessing of the Fleet at Southport Yacht Club and, for the fifth year in a row, the musical program was presented by Mudgeeraba’s popular Hinterland Community Band led by founder Vic Knowles. Vocalist on the day was Jocelyn Armstrong-Bode. Former Director of Music – Royal Australian Navy (1987 - 1992), Vic was with the RAN for 35 years. He formed the Hinterland Community Band—”a band of the community for the community”—in October 1995. Drawing membership from all areas of the Gold Coast, the Band currently is made up of 44 full and part-time volunteer musicians and supporters who come from a range of skills and ages. In addition to providing musical support for a variety of organisations in local and nearby areas of Mudgeeraba, the Hinterland Community Band provides free monthly Twilight Concerts upon the Village Green, Railway St, Mudgeeraba. Everyone welcome. For dates and times of Twilight Concerts and more information about the Hinterland Community Band, phone: 0414 526 292; email: ; visit: http://; write to: Hinterland Community Band – Mudgeeraba Inc., P.O. Box 1044, Mudgeeraba 4213.

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the $5 entry fee. Please RSVP to Secretary Dianne on 5594 0432 by Friday, December 5. When visiting the Museum, visitors can wander through the attractive grounds and soak up the history contained in the various onsite buildings. Once an Aboriginal gathering place, the Museum contains a reproduction early settlers’ cottage; the artist Vincent Sheldon’s original studio; equipment from the Southport Cable Station and graves of pioneers dating to the 1800s, plus many more items of interest for all ages. Willing volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. The Museum is also open by appointment to school and community groups. Please call 0417 622 321 or email:

Think Well Be Well Festival WITH award-winning original bands, information stalls and talks, jumping castles, face painting, giveaways and much more, this free psychology and mental health awareness festival promises an excellent day out. Phone: 0423 121 647 Date: 15 November. Location: The Great Lawn, Southport Broadwater Parklands. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.



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THE Gold Coast & Hinterland Historical Society has pleasure in announcing its last 2014 Open Day for the Museum, to be held on Sunday, December 7 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 8 Elliott Street (just off Bundall Road), Surfers Paradise. All visitors to the Museum on this day, as well as members and their guests, are warmly invited to participate in the Society’s Christmas Party, which will include a barbeque lunch from 11 a.m. onwards. The party will incur a cost of $5 per person in addition to

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community news Straight Clues

Seniors Twospeed Crossword

Cryptic Clues ACROSS 2 Hinders progress to begin blending hair 7 One Roman keeping his Emperor 8 Hit an obstruction on an outing 9 One raced in the country 10 Assist the last assistant? 11 Test baby is first inside concerned with the tribe 13 Warning in advance of PE monitor in trouble 16 Did me a turn for a crown 18 A short time at a ditch for defence 19 Never go back without right to be equal 20 Sometimes used to beat a sort of plant 21 Harvest about a third of apples 22 Bird went first as designated with name

ACROSS 2 Solid pieces of wood 7 Old Roman 8 Stumble 9 Asian country 10 Assistant 11 Of a group 13 Foretaste 16 A headpiece 18 Defensive trench 19 Level 20 Pithy wood 21 Harvest 22 Named DOWN 1 Removed top 2 A span 3 Traditional learning 4 Pleasure 5 Stern 6 Travel document 12 Old typesetter 14 WWII submarine 15 Pressed 17 Russian name 18 A pond

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Another successful Chinese Festival Gala & Dragon Boat Regatta

Your Local Veterans Support Centre CURRUMBIN RSL’s Veterans’ Support Centre (VSC) has been in successful operation for over 15 years. They exist to offer assistance to both current and exservice personnel and their families through

DOWN 1 Opened, but never played for special team 2 Could it be played with cards on important part on ship? 3 Role played in body of knowledge 4 Pleasure from ingredients with people with time 5 Severe stir about short court 6 Volume is a necessity for a travel document 12 Floor covering with sort of older print composing machine 14 Stinging insect takes first little sub 15 Pressed Ian first with two little chaps following 17 Russian man with one vehicle 18 Nothing more than a small lot of water

personal support, legal advice, hospital and home visits, accessing entitlements and providing a social hub. A recent analysis undertaken showed that over the past five years the VSC had accessed

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over $8.5M in entitlement for Veterans and their families. As important, if not more so, in the past 12 months they have provided over 2,500 hours of volunteer work including home, hospital and respite care visits. Now the VSC is looking for help. The VSC is currently run by two paid staff and over 20 volunteers, all of whom are Veterans. Alice Hornby is one of those volunteers and has been at the centre for over four years during which time she has made steadfast friendships. “The reasons I love working at the VSC is the satisfaction I get from making others, less fortunate than myself, happy. The people I work with are so friendly

and being here boosts my self-esteem and makes life worthwhile.” Says Alice The main challenge for the VSC in recent times is connecting with younger Veterans. Many current service and ex-service personnel are unaware of their entitlements, with some believing entitlements are not meant for them. The VSC is open five days a week and they encourage any Veteran to come along and speak with them to better understand what assistance is available for them and their families. If you would like to learn more please contact Currumbin RSL Veterans Support Centre on 07 5559 5022 or

THE Gold Coast Chinese Club Inc. would like to thank all the Sponsors, VIP guests, performers, stall holders, volunteers and especially the Gold Coast Community for making our Annual GC Chinese Festival Gala and 29th Dragon Boat Regatta a wonderful success. Without you we could not make our annual event happen. The ceremony called ‘Eye Dotting’ or ‘Awakening the Dragon ‘traditionally involves a Taoist priest dotting the protruding eyes of the dragon head carved on the boats, thus ending its slumber. The ceremony is practiced at many Dragon Boat events throughout the


As well as our Bowls competition each Tuesday afternoon followed by drinks we are now able to offer all golfers access (no charge) to our beautiful par 3 course.

So bring your Bowls, bring your Golf Clubs there’s lots of fun to be had at Clouds. A big fabulous cooked breakfast will set you up for a big day, every day!

Why pay too much . . . ? For a loving farewell not an expensive one . . . price from $4,500 includes: • Transfer of deceased • Quality coffin • Chapel service • Celebrant / Minister • Cremation

• Doctors certificate • Memorial book • Floral Tribute • Death Certificate

Barton MP, Dawn Chrichlow Cr., Steve Hollands all did a wonderful job and awoke the sleeping dragons.

Carnival of Words – Festival of Writing WRITERS Festival will be held on Saturday 22 November from 1pm-5pm at the Labrador Community Hub, 57 Billington Street, Labrador. Meet international multi-best-selling author Peter Watt as well as journalists, authors, poets & storytellers. Purchase signed copies of their books and listen to their publication stories. Sausage sizzle and drinks. Contact Nerida 0437061712 or visit

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world today, our official VIP’s performed this traditional ceremony for us, the ‘dotting of the eye’. The Chinese Consul-General, Verity

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WE COME TO YOU! PH 0411 327 477

community news High Tea for Hamlin a fundraising success

Pictured are many of those who attended, and donated toward, the High Tea for Hamlin held in Southport. Donations were also made online.

WELL-known community supporter and advocate for the less fortunate, Jenny Crewes, recently hosted a successful

fundraiser in her Southport office in aid of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia. High Tea for Hamlin raised “a generous $850”,

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as Jenny was “very pleased to report”, money that will make a “huge difference” in the life of at least one Ethiopian

woman suffering from the medical condition fistula. Many High Tea for Hamlin events were held across the country in September, with over 80% of the $200,000 target raised so far. Donations are still being gratefully accepted. Australian Dr Catherine Hamlin AC, author of The Hospital by the River, and her late husband Dr Reginald Hamlin, originally from New Zealand, founded the Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) Fistula Hospital in 1974. Expansion has since taken place to include five regional centres; the Hamlin College of Midwives, and Desta Mender (Joy Village), a farm and training centre for long-term fistula patients.

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Fistula results from “agonising obstructed labour” during childbirth, well explained on the Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia website http:// The newborn child often dies and the mother suffers “horrific internal damage” as well as crippling social isolation. Jenny Crewes explained that “the cost of an Obstetric Fistula Operation and care for the patient during her recovery is in the region of $650”, free-of-cost to the patient although the patient must find her own way to the hospital’s doors, often an added hardship that can include long walks through remote bushland plus uncomfortable bus rides. A Companion of the Or-

der of Australia (AC), Dr Catherine Hamlin, now 90, has also been awarded the ANZAC Peace Prize and the coveted Gold Medal from the Royal College of Surgeons, and twice has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Jenny looks forward

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Free classes at Mermaid Waters THE following are free classes held at Brahma Kumaris Australia Centre, 27 Bordeaux Parade, Mermaid Waters. Bookings essential for all programs. Phone 5575 2126 or email goldcoast@au.brahma Mondays 10.30am to 11.30am - Meditation and Positive Thinking: Join us for uplifting morning sessions on meditation and positive thinking. Saturday 15 November 9.30 – 11am - Experiencing Happiness and Joy: This discussion will focus on how to create and live your life so as to experience it in an abundance of joy and happiness. Learn how to empower

yourself and allow yourself to live as you were meant to live. Saturday 29 November 9.30 – 11.00am - The Power of Thinking Positively: The art of positive thinking can completely transform your life. Positive thinking isn’t simply just feeling happy, but is a proactive way of em-

powering your entire life. By learning how to think in the right way, we are able to see the benefits hidden within every scene. If you are ready for a spring clean and are interested in letting go of ways of thinking that no longer work, take a step of courage and try something new.

to hosting another High Tea for Hamlin in 2015. If you would like to know more, Jenny can be contacted at Somerville Funerals, 65 Nind Street, Southport. Phone: 5591 4777; mobile: 0448 750 165; email: jcrewes@

Wednesday Night 35 Prize Meat Raffle 7.30pm Friday Night . . .60 x $15 Meat Trays 7.30pm Sunday FREE 20 Prize raffle 2-4pm Membership Draws: Wed 8pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 5pm 5 x $1,000 Cash Draws 4.30pm, Sun 31st Aug

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