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opening last year of the Upper Coomera Community Centre at Reserve Road. Activities for seniors include a twice weekly session of ‘Strong Seniors’ - a flexibility and strength exercise physiology class, organised bridge games, the library, aquatic centre and a book club. Here you can socialise, have fun and share ideas. It is fast becoming a main hub for life in Upper Coomera. Details of classes are online at goldcoast.qld.gov.au/whats-on-at-the-upper-coomeracentre-16546.html. Continued on Page 2


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Older Queensland drivers face more checks ELDERLY Queensland drivers will have to have annual medical checks if they want to stay on the road under laws that came into effect recently. At present, motorists aged 75 or older must carry a medical certificate when driving. The doctor’s certificate can be valid up to five years but legislative amendments that come into effect on January 1 mean certificates will be valid up to 12 months. The amendment is designed to improve road safety and only applies to medical certificates issued from January 1, 2014. If you are turning 75 and hold a current licence, you may receive a letter from the Department of Transport and Main Roads approximately 6 weeks before your 75th birthday to let you know you now need a medical certificate to drive if you want to continue driving. If you lodge your medical certificate with the Department of Transport and Main Roads, you will receive a reminder around 6 weeks before it is due to expire, to let you know you will need to get a new medical certificate. This reminder is sent as a courtesy, so you should not rely on this as your only reminder to get a new medical certificate.

Clean Up Australia Day - Sunday 2 March CLEAN UP Australia Day is a simple way you can take action to clean up, fix up and conserve our prized Australian environment. In 2013 an estimated 550,300 volunteers removed 16,150 tonnes of rubbish at 7,341 sites right across the country - but we can do better! So lend a hand on Sunday 2 March and help clean up Australia. There are registered sites right across the Sunshine Coast. For your nearest site go to cleanupaustraliaday.org.au and lend a hand to clean up part of your local area.

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Continued from Page 1 Also in the local area are Rock ‘n’ Roll 50s & 60s dance lessons which will set your toes tapping every Thursday night at Helensvale Senior Citizens Hall, 37 Discovery Drive, from 7 – 10pm. It’s a great way to exercise; they also have a Social club with BBQ’s, bus trips, and you’ll enjoy having some fun and meeting new friends. Hope Island Yoga is a new class in the area, commencing on Tuesday 11 February. This Yoga style is structured to provide a balance of deep stretching, strength work (to your intensity), and the development of mindfulness through breath and body awareness. Classes are conducted by Elaine Redford who has had ten years’ experience as a Yoga instructor. The casual rate for classes is $15, but there’s a Term rate of ten classes for $120.

Classes are held at 27 Crescent Ave, Hope Island every Tuesday from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Tai Chi is a unique gentle mind-body exercise and art that promotes physical and mental wellness. For seniors in particular it is an ideal exercise because it can ease arthritic pain, improve mobility and lower body strength, and promote general wellness. Classes are run at the Helensvale Community Centre every Monday from 1:00 – 2:00 pm at a cost of $10. Remember, you can find a variety of free and low cost activities in your area on the Get Active Gold Coast website, getactivegoldcoast.com.au, or pop into your local council office and pick up a copy of the current Active & Healthy booklet so you can keep up to date with local activities, events, sports and programs.

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THE Club meets at 10.30a.m on the third Wednesday of the month at the Burleigh Heads SLSC, Gold Coast Highway, including a guest speaker and lunch. On the forth Wednesday we have an organised outing / coach trip. Meetings resume on 19th February. Visitors welcome. Call Carol 5534 5430 or Pat 5576 8332.

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COUNCIL on the Ageing Queensland (COTAQ) has been selected to play years, with the last in an important role in rep2010. “The current stamp price resenting the interests of older people across the no longer reflects the state. Communities Mintrue cost of delivering ister Tracy Davis said each letter and stamp price increases have not COTAQ would receive $375,000 over three years kept up with inflation,” through an innovative Australia Post CEO Government partnership, Ahmed Fahour said in a the Seniors Advocacy statement on Thursday. and Research Initiative. “This 10 cent increase “This funding will allow will allow us to partially COTAQ to work with offset the growing non-government losses that we are organisations who are seeing in our letters delivering quality frontbusiness. line services to older “At 70 cents the people, fulfilling an important election commitAustralian domestic stamp will remain among ment.” one of the lowest prices Ms Davis said, “COTAQ will also provide input in the OECD.” Mr Ahmed said Austra- into the development and implementation of State lia Post made a loss of Government policies, pro$218 million in its regulated mail business grams and priorities for seniors. “Through this in the 2012/13 financial innovative partnership, year, the domestic mail older people can expect business losing $147 improvements in the way million. they receive information “We are always relucabout Queensland Govtant to increase the price ernment initiatives that of postage but we know affect them. that it’s absolutely “This new partnership necessary to maintain replaces previous fundessential services and ing arrangements with support our critical retail the Australian Pensionnetwork of more than ers and Superannuants 4400 outlets,” he said. League.”

Ms Davis said the seniors sector and population was growing in size, diversity and influence. “We understand that seniors will benefit from re-

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COTAQ also receives Newman Government funding to collaboratively plan, run and subsidise Seniors Week events and activities across the state.

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community news Friendships forged at Bloke’s Lounge BLOKE’S Lounge, a Gold Coast social group catering for men aged 50+, notched up its first year with a membership of 24 and a bright outlook for 2014. The group was founded by Ian McDougall who envisioned a safe, friendly and inclusive place where older males could socialise, share their stories and experiences and make friends. “To a large degree, this vision has been achieved,” Mr McDougall said in his annual report. “No, we don’t have a place of our own where blokes can come and go at their leisure. However, we have created a welcoming environment where men can have a chat, make new mates and socialise either at gatherings or among themselves between times. “The early request was for guest speakers on health and wellbeing issues but blokes became disgruntled with being told

they were sick and tired so we organised more positive sessions. “These included entertaining verse by Poetry in Paradise, updates on the new hospital and tram system, humorous reading by local author Jim Parsons, an inspirational session with Bali bombing survivor Andrew Csabi, social media awareness and a visit to the Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame. “We also throw in a headscratching quiz from time to time and hold regular barbeques.” Through emails and web site, menare put in touch with sources of information and support such as ABC Health and Wellbeing, Emale, Medicare Local, Men’s Wellbeing and Beyond Blue. New President Ian Begaud, of Carrara, said Bloke’s Lounge was a strong and self-sustaining group with a relaxed structure. “We are a group of men keen to make

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“Our future is bright: one of stability and growth, of building on the first year’s achievements. “Ideas bouncing about include brewery and winery tours, sporting stadium visits, trips to Mt T a m b o r i n e , Murwillumbah regional BODY Corporate Industry Expos - ‘education events for unit owners by unit art gallery and inland owners’ - will take place on the Gold Coast, in Brisbane and on the Sunshine lakes, swimming groups, Coast in 2014 for the seventh year running. All Expos will take place between 10 barefoot bowls, fishing

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and an in-stages beach walk from the Spit to the border. Men are interested in volunteering and mentoring.” Bloke’s Lounge members gather from 11.30am every second Tuesday at the Italo-Australian Club, Clear Island Waters. For more information: blokeslounge.org or blokeslounge@gmail.com

• Meet other grandparent and kinship carers in similar circumstances • Have fun, hear from others and share experiences • Find out about available community support • Get extra information about your role as a carer • Make time for yourself while children play, supported by a play helper Next meeting - 20 February 9.30am-11.30am Labrador Community Centre 57 Billington St, Labrador Contact: Marjorie Graham on 07 5527 3034

a.m. and 3 p.m. and will be ‘chock full of useful information’ according to organisers. Entry is free. The Gold Coast Expo will take place at Southport Sharks on Monday March 10. The Brisbane Expo will take place at the Kedron Wavell RSL on Tuesday March 11. The Sunshine Coast Expo is later in the year but should be noted as a date claimer in diaries. It will be held at Maroochy RSL on Friday October 24. For more information, please contact Garry or Mary on email: help@bodycorporatematters.com.au, or phone (07) 3300 5858 or mobile: 0434992885.

Welcome back everyone! WE would like to take this opportunity to send greetings for 2014 to all our readers and advertisers. We wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous year ahead. Our newspaper is made possible because of the support of many local businesses, many of which are small family run concerns. Without them, we would not be able to produce our monthly edition and you would not be able to browse the news, community notices and other items of interest to seniors. We thank them for their continued support and hope that readers will in turn support them whenever possible – tell them that you heard about them through our newspaper.

Family History HAVE you wondered where your family originated, when did we come to Australia, are there any convicts in our family?? This is the year to get started finding your family roots. On Monday 17th February, from 9-12 noon there will be an Introduction to Family History Research Class held at the Gold Coast Family History Society, Room 3, Nerang Bicentennial Centre, Nerang. Please book by phoning Pam 5594 0610 or Karen 5533 3693. www.seniorsnewspaper.com.au

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Australia since the 1950s and most have gone beyond the end of their useful lives. Early coatings employed to waterproof cement roof tiles were not durable and an industry has developed for the recoating of cement roof tiles. However, this does not fix the problem as the recoating of the tiles is only a temporary fix as the paint employed also breaks down and peels off making further coat-

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community news Senior Australian of the Year 2014

COTA Australia Chief Executive Ian Yates congratulated Fred Chaney AO on his selection as Senior Australian of the Year for his lifelong commitment to reconciliation and human rights. “In all his leadership roles, Mr Chaney inspires others to work collaboratively, respectfully and ambitiously to overcome the barriers that inhibit people’s full economic and social par-

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federal politics as Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Minister for Social Security, being widely respected in both roles by all stakeholders. He has continued that commitment to human rights especially for indigenous communities over the decades since then. “All Australians deserve to age well with dignity, support and choice of services to help them lead the best life possible. There is much still left to do to make this a reality for all Australians and in particular to close the gaps that exist for older indigenous Australians,” Mr Yates said He said Mr Chaney’s life demonstrates that significant contributions continue to be made by people as they age and his appointment as Senior Australian of the Year is symbolic of the ongoing commitment of so many older Australians to improving our society. “Every community benefits from the skills and experience of its older members, and the 2014 Australia Day awards demonstrate their ongoing contribution to social change,” he said.

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Seniors can now travel for longer for free on Gold Coast Surfside buses THE free travel service for seniors has been extended by 30 minutes a day and will provide more flexibility for the 12,500 people who have registered for the free travel. “Eligible Gold Coast seniors are now able to travel for free on buses from 8:30am to 3:30pm, Monday to Friday,” Mayor Tate said. Since 2 September 2013, eligible Gold Coast Seniors have been able to travel for free on Gold Coast Surfside buses from 9am to 3:30pm, Monday to Friday. The extended timeframe brings the service forward by 30 minutes to 8:30am. “The extension to the free travel service fulfils key directives in our Gold Coast City Transport Strategy 2031 by encouraging greater use of public transport and helping older people to remain

connected to their communities,” he said. The change in travel time will not impact on the Free Seniors Travel trial stickers which are affixed to red Seniors go cards. Seniors will be able to continue using their existing sticker for free travel. The trial is part of the City of Gold Coast’s drive to encourage more Gold Coasters to use public transport and to make better use of existing services. It will operate as a trial until 31 March this year after which it will be assessed to determine the feasibility of it continuing. For more information on the trial go to cityofgoldcoast.com.au/ freeseniorstravel.

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community news Make your New Year’s Resolution to support your ageing loved ones AS we celebrate our Christmas holidays and New Year period gathering with family and friends, many will be surprised to notice a decline in the physical or mental health of elderly loved ones. These changes can be upsetting, but you are not alone. According to Seasons Group CEO Nick Loudon, there is a significant increase in the number of enquiries for care for ageing parents during the

holiday season. “Being able to identify that it is time to access care is an important step in securing your loved one’s future and the start of the year is a great time to develop a New Year’s resolution with your loved ones to plan for their future care needs. Mr Loudon said this resolution may be difficult at first but talking to loved ones about their plans for the future is extremely important and should

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include estate planning, wills, advance care plans and aged care options. “With ageing, mental and physical problems eventually will appear, but it’s often up to family members to help recognise the warning signs that mum or dad might need to seek medical help,” Mr Loudon said. “It is a daunting responsibility to try to determine whether your loved ones can remain safely at home, how to evaluate the circumstances and what to do once the decision has been made. “But one thing is certain;

the Aged Care Sector in Australia faces a significant amount of change in 2014. Mr Loudon said the Australian aged care system is complex so knowing the options, understanding the changes and planning ahead can make all the difference “I urge relatives to act now to understand the impact of these changes, rather than leave it another year before they consider the health, welfare and living support needs of their elderly loved ones. “Knowing what to do,

where to start, what is available and how much it costs is important to make an informed decision about your future. According to Mr Loudon Seasons Private Aged Care provides a surprisingly affordable alternative to government funded nursing home beds by allowing people to maintain personal independence in modern self-contained private residences, while enjoying a great community and having the convenience of full service Private Aged Care provided in their

Home Services cater for over 55’s ARTISAN Home Services has been operating for 12 months now in the Gold Coast Region, catering specifically for the over 55, retired and senior market. Offering a complete “One Stop Shop” home maintenance service incorporating: lawn mowing, landscaping, painting, carpentry/building, all outdoor cleaning, fencing, handyman repairs and more. Even batteries for your vehicle, bike, boat, caravan, jet ski, golf buggy or mobility vehicle. Ian Rossiter the proprietor, would like to thank those readers of the Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors Newspaper who have supported him and his business over the last year, and look forward to continuing to service the Gold Coast’s senior community. “We are committed

to keeping our focus on reliability, quality, affordability and customer satisfaction”. With the over 55 year old age group increasing rapidly on the Gold Coast, utilising Artisan Home Services will enable Gold Coast seniors and retirees to enjoy more leisure time, and not have to worry about the day to day maintenance of their homes. Remember Artisan Home Services can do everything, from the smallest of jobs to large project. They make home maintenance as easy as one phone call. So give Ian at Artisan Home Services a call on 0405 351 151 and have even more time to relax and take it easy. Reliable, friendly, quality and affordable home maintenance, with customer satisfaction guaranteed is only a phone call away.

apartments if and when it is needed. “Moving to a Private Aged Care Community such as Seasons while still independent is a smart choice for couples and people who are currently living alone as well as people who are concerned about future health needs and would like to avoid moving into a nursing home,” Mr Loudon said. To find out more about your options, visit www.seasonscare.com.au or contact Seasons on 1300 506 116. Mr Loudon suggests seven signs which may indicate that it is time to consider additional assistance or a move into supported living or aged care: Condition of house: The house has become cluttered and the yard is in disarray. Physical appearance: They no

longer take care in dressing and might wear the same clothes for several days. Mail and bills: Mail has piled up and is unorganised; bills are not up-to-date. Eating habits: The refrigerator is empty or contains spoiled food; they are losing weight. Change in decisionmaking: They occasionally forget to turn off a burner on the stove. Physical decline: They are exhibiting physical problems such as hearing and eyesight loss, (dragging a foot or exhibiting difficulty getting out of a chair). Increased confusion: They appear confused about time and place; questions are often repeated in a short time; there’s a struggle to find the correct words.

Coolangatta Tweed Ladies Probus Club THE Ladies Probus Club of Coolangatta Tweed meets on the 3rd Monday of each month at 1.30 pm DST in the ANZAC ROOM in the Twin Towns Resort building. The next meeting is on 17th February. Phone Shirley 07 5599 3868.

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community news Gold Coast Citizen of the Year

Mayor Tom Tate is pictured with 2014 Gold Coast Citizen of the Year Paul Stevens (centre) and 2013 winner Des Lacy on right.

THE Gold Coast’s 2014 Australia Day Awards recognised the unique contribution 26 outstanding local residents have made to the city and community, with Gold Coast Citizen of the Year awarded to Paul Stevens. Formerly Chief Executive Officer City of Gold Coast from 1998 until his retirement in 2003, Paul now participates significantly in community life through his involvement in numerous

boards, committees, institutes and trusts. Carrying out honorary work as secretary/treasurer of the Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame since 1999, Paul is founding member of The Jonathan Foundation and The Good Life Village and for many years has been involved in a voluntary capacity with Gold Coast Sport and Recreation Inc. Congratulations to Paul Stevens.

Surfers Paradise VIEW Club THE Surfers Paradise VIEW Club has been successful in securing a Charity/Fundraising theatre night featuring the delightful musical “Annie�. This production directed by Kim Reynolds will be staged at The Spotlight Main Theatre, 185-187 Ashmore Rd Benowa on Wednesday 12th February 2014 at 7.30pm Tickets are $25 which includes a light supper. This is one of the Surfers Paradise Club’s main fundraising functions of the year and tickets need to be sold. All funds raised will go to the Smith Family. The club currently supports 9 Learning for Life students, who are grateful to receive assistance with their school needs. Please support us by coming along and bringing a friend or two. Tickets available from Roslyn on 5514 6695. The club meets on the

2nd Tuesday of each month and commences its 2014 year on February 11th at the Southport Golf Club, Slayter Ave, Bundall at 11.30 for 12 noon

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community news Living it up at Living Gems LIVING Gems Lifestyle Resorts for active over 50 year olds is already enjoying a very happy New Year. Living Gems Opal Gardens Resort sales manager Glenys Lowry says celebrations before, during and after the holiday season attracted a number of new buyers. “People love the style of the homes, the hassle free lifestyle and all the activities,” Glenys says. “We are now seeing buyers who want to move from large rural properties while retaining the tranquillity of a country lifestyle near city amenities. Opal Gardens in Logan Village is a perfect fit,” she says. Glenys says people take a new lease on life when they buy a home at a Living Gems Resort. “The homes are lovely and the grounds are immaculate but the five star facilities and community atmosphere are

the major attractions,” she says. “People enjoy walking their dogs in the grounds and around the lake; they love the easy access to the gym and swimming in the heated pool. Residents have the advantage of an onsite bowling green, tennis courts and a croquet lawn. Glenys arranged a preview of prestige homes in December. She says a couple called in after visiting their family at Yarrabilba. “David and Marilyn Doecke bought the beautiful Jabiru display home. It’s a prestige home in a delightful location. They are a lovely couple and I know they will be valuable members of the Opal Gardens community,” Glenys says. Living Gems Lifestyle Resorts enjoyed a successful 2013 with record sales and a host of

building industry accolades. The over 50s lifestyle resorts set an industry benchmark by winning Queensland’s Housing Industry Australia (HIA) Special Purpose Housing Award and Master Builders Queensland Seniors’ Living Award. Living Gems represented Queensland in the Australian Government National Lifestyle Housing for Seniors Award for purpose built dwellings and is now a finalist in the Australian HIA-CSR Special Purpose Housing Awards to be announced in March. Living Gems master planned communities are situated on the Gold Coast, in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast. General manager Adrian Puljich says Living Gems offers an idyllic lifestyle most people can afford. “It’s all about a fair deal for people who have worked hard for most of

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Helping hard-hit farmers the best medicine for Aussie Helper Brian By JIM BOWDEN

FARMER Brian Egan struck his heel on a cake of dry dust, loaded the truck and drove away from his grain and cattle property at Dalby for the last time - broke after three years of drought and not a drop of rain. Like many other good, experienced drought-hit farming families with their hearts in the soil, back then in 1999 it seemed like the end of the road for Brian and his wife Nerida. Shortly after losing his property, Brian developed co-morbid depression after a long battle with post-traumatic stress following service inVietnam and Indonesia; for a long time he was catatonic, unable to cope with life and went into Greenslopes Hospital. Then advice from a psychologist friend turned his life around. ‘’The best thing you could do is find someone worse off than yourself and help them,’’ Brian’s friend said. Recovering, Brian formed Aussie Helpers 11 years ago with his wife Nerida, a charity that assists farming families in need. “The most valuable thing we give is someone to sit across the kitchen table and listen to them over a cuppa,” Brian reflected. “Time and time again we see a deep, genuine thankfulness that someone really cares.” Now based at Charleville, the 70-yearold former Queensland Senior Australian of the Year talked to Toowoomba & Darling Downs Seniors Newspaper about Aussie Helpers and responded enthusiastically when

we told him the newspaper and its family of publications were going to support and promote the charity. “Good on you blokes,” Brian said. Aussie Helpers operates with about 40 volunteers, among them military veterans, ‘grey nomads’, former farmers, and truckies, who have travelled more than one and a half million kilometres to assist farming families all over Australia. Brian and Nerida have the support of their four children, too. “They’re grown up now and scattered all over the place.” Brian says it’s a dust bowl out west right now. “I reckon 60% of Queensland is in drought,” he said. “This is the big one that snuck up on us. But it’s not only feed that’s running out – it’s water. “And it worries me that both state and federal governments seem to be fiddling while Queensland burns.” The situation spurred Brian and his volunteers to start up their Buy-ABale Campaign, a joint venture with Aussie Helpers, which already has raised nearly $575,000 to provide mostly feed and diesel to affected farmers. He praised the support of radio personality Alan Jones at Sydney’s 2GB who had promoted the campaign far and wide. Brain says he may be 70, but he enjoys working up to 16 hours a day for the cause. And the figures for Aussie Helpers speak for themselves – more than 3000 families

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THE Bidet Shop has been approached by many people seeking the need of a Bidet for themselves, their family or their patients. Occupational Therapists and Carers in particular recommend the BA08 Healthcare Bidet to family members and their patients to help hinder the difficulties that are prevalent with disabilities, diseases and the ageing during toileting and when ensuring personal hygiene. From Haemorrhoids to arthritis, motor neuron disease or obesity the Bidet toilet seat can help sufferers by alleviating pain and helping to restore dignity and self-

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whilst still able to do so…. Trevor & Eileen Brown (Customer): Eileen and I are thrilled with our Bidet and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone. We first saw the Hyundai Bidet advertised in the South Australian RSL magazine. As a WW2 returned serviceman I immediately saw the benefits of having a Bidet and since it has been installed we have found it has assisted us both immensely. We found the service from the Bidet Shop excellent and would be happy to recommend the Hyundai Bidet to anyone. We are happy to speak with anyone who in considering purchasing a Bidet. Regards Trevor Brown Lynne Whittingham

(Carer of her Husband): I have had my Bidet since the middle of 2006 and the only thing wrong is that I didn’t know about it earlier. The Bidet Shop staff told me I could install it myself. I was able to do this in about 30 minutes. My Husband is a paraplegic and the Bidet has liberated me completely. I still have to take trousers and pants off and on, but that’s a small task after what I have had to do before (for 3 years). I can’t speak highly enough about the Bidet and of course I get the benefits myself of a lovely warm seat in winter, which I’d dreamed about for years (I hate the cold ) and of course it is lovely and refreshing, to feel properly clean after my visits to the toilet.

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


community news Runaway Bay VIEW Club RUNAWAY Bay VIEW Club meets every 2 nd Wednesday of the month with lunch at La Piazza Restaurant, 21 Bayview Street, Runaway Bay. We make new friends while raising money for The Smith Family and our Learning for Life Students. We have interesting speakers and monthly outings. We welcome new friends and visitors to our most friendly Club. For more information and booking please contact Ann 0419 161 246 or 5577 4712. Members Julia, Camille & Sylvia with Rob at the club’s break-up function themed ‘Roxy Rose Lounge’ in their Gatsby style outfits.

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

New changes to Super accounts take effect in 2014 AUSTRALIAN workers should check their superannuation accounts to ensure they have adequate insurance cover under new reforms that came into effect on1 January, 2014. It is now compulsory for superannuation funds to provide death and total permanent disablement (TPD) insurance as part of the new MySuper scheme. MySuper is the new super account that most funds will offer as the default option. Slater & Gordon Superannuation Lawyer Andrew Weinmann said in his experience most people do not have adequate TPD insurance to cover them in the event they can no longer work. “TPD insurance is the forgotten part of superannuation. A lot of people do not know they are able to access insurance through their super funds if they have to permanently give up work because of injury or illness. For that reason many people are not adequately covered,” MrWeinmann said. Research commission by Slater & Gordon in 2010 found only 47 per cent of

Australia had heard of TPD insurance as provided through superannuation funds. Under the MySuper scheme, employees will be offered minimum levels of death and TPD cover on an optout basis. “Now is a very good time for you to review the insurance offered through your super fund

and to ask yourself whether you have enough insurance to cover your debts if you are unable to work again. “Having the right amount of insurance provides peace of mind and, in the event you need to use it, can protect you and your family from financial hardship,” MrWeimann said.

U3A Broadbeach U3A Broadbeach is seeking a volunteer to teach a small group of members some popular card games such as Canasta, Five Hundred and Euchre. The first term for 2014 will commence on the 17 th February 2013. In addition to the regular classes, monthly lunches and bi monthly Coach Trips are held. These social events enable members and their friends to mix with students from classes other than their own. For more information, please phone 5572 9212 or visit the website www.u3abroadbeach.com www.seniorsnewspaper.com.au

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community news Restored engine draws interest at celebrations IT was thanks to the South Coast Restoration Society that visitors to the Gold Coast City Council’s Evandale Park Australia Day festivities at Surfers Paradise got the chance to see a unique 100-year old Rider hot-air pumping engine in action. Once used to pump water from sources such as rivers and creeks to supply farm stock and homes, the displayed engine drew much interest from passers-by including Southport born-and-bred Bob Akes. Bob, a member of the Gold Coast and Hinterland Historical Society on Elliott Street, enjoyed speaking with Restoration Society members Mark Ashe and Rob Kachel about the mechanism. Bob’s family has owned a plumbing business in Southport since 1919 and Bob’s great-great grandfather owned the first business in the suburb, a sawmill. Those familiar with Akes Avenue, also in Southport, will be interested to know that the naming honours two of Bob’s cousins, casualties of war. For details about the South Coast Restoration Society, 193 Rifle Range Road, Pimpama, visit ww.southcoastrestorationsocietyinc.org.au or email: publicity@southcoastrestorationasociety. org.au. Pictured by the Rider hot air pumping engine are South Coast Restoration Society members Mark Ashe (on left) of Northgate, Brisbane and Rob Kachel of Pimpama, with Bob Akes on right.

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A GROUP of ladies and gentlemen who enjoy machine knitting meet at The Franklin Craft Centre, Mudgeeraba usually on the second Monday of the month, from February to November with our next meeting on 10th March, commencing at 9am. Visitors are always welcome and help is given to beginners and those coming back to the craft after time away. For further information about our activities please phone 5537 1436.

UNITING Toastmasters are in their 15th year, they meet every Tuesday morning at 9.15 for 9.30 in the Robinson Hall at the Elanora Uniting Church Complex, Applecross Way or Pines Lane Elanora. All visitors are welcome (over 18s). The first three meetings are free. Come along and join a diverse group of people and be encouraged to speak fearlessly for any occasion. Call Norma on 5534 3270 or George on 5598 4767, or just come along.

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community news Banora Point Probus MYRNA Hughes, Maureen Scott and Doreen Malsbury, 3 sisters who emigrated with their family from England as children all now with families of their own. They all live on the Tweed and are valued members of Banora Point Probus, contributing their many skills for the successful running of the club. They will be guest speakers at the next Banora Point Probus meeting which is on Monday 24th February at 10 am at South Tweed Sports Club. Visitors are welcome at this meeting and all our social outings Enquiries 02 6674 1636.

U3A Tweed Coast COMMITTEE members and group leaders were very pleased with the turnout at our Information and Enrolment Day, which was held on 23 January at the SDA Community Church Hall at Chinderah. Scores of people attended, all keen to view our 2014 course timetable and discuss the various courses with the respective group leaders. The new classes that are on offer proved very popular and one (Tai Chi) had such a huge response that leader Bobhad to schedule a second class. Our latest Life Writing group with Tomis also off to a flying start. This will be held onMonday mornings in Kingscliff and it is gratifying to know that there are so many interested in writing about the things that are important to them, they want their families to know or perhaps just putting to paper those personal things that need to be written down. Another new course - Value Investing in the Australian Share Market – is already filling fast and facilitator Brian hasthe main areas of focus mapped out for what promises to be an engrossing first term. Our successful Cryptic Crosswords course is run by Margot who, realising the need to introduce this course to beginners, is offering Beginners’ Cryptics on Monday mornings. Besides these new additions to our curriculum, we still offer the old favourites. If you would like to learn French, German, Spanish or Italian these are all catered for at U3A Tweed Coast. Australian History, Book Chat, Scrabble and Maths all feature in our timetable, together with Singing, Mah Jong and Quilting, Embroidery and Crochet. For those favouring a more active pursuit a Pavement Walking group heads off on Mondays, which is also the day the Dance Group gets together. These activities, plus many more, can be enjoyed for our very affordable annual membership fee of $35, and for this minimal cost our members may attend as many classes as they can fit in. There is no additional charge. If you would like to learn more about our wonderful organisation, details are available on our website: tweedcoast.u3anet.org.au/wp Our course timetable and membership application form will be found on this site. If you are not connected to the Internet, call Lynda on (07) 5513 1047. She will be happy to provide information about classes. Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. Don’t put off doing something just because you haven’t thought about it, don’t have it on your schedule, didn’t know it was coming or are just too rigid to depart from your routine. You’ll be assured of a warm welcome at U3A Tweed Coast where classes are conducted in a friendly, nonformal atmosphere at venues from Tweed Heads to Pottsville.

Kingscliff Mixed Probus Club

KINGSCLIFF Mixed Probus Club holds its meetings in the Uniting Church Hall, Kingscliff on the first Wednesday of the month at 10am and outings on the third Wednesday of the month. New members are welcome. Phone Norma on 02 6676 3360. www.seniorsnewspaper.com.au


community news Currumbin Elanora VIEW Club

THE Currumbin/Elanora VIEW Club had another successful year in 2013. Our membership now stands at 90 and growing each month. Our first official meeting at the RSL in Currumbin is on the 25th February at 9.30 for 10.am start for morning tea, and AGM where our new committee will be selected .We had a wonderful committee last year, and fortunately many of the members are staying on, and several new faces will be joining us, so it should be another bumper year. Visitors wishing to attend and make new friends ring Carlene 5590 8247 or Dorothy 0429 636 566.

Burleigh Palm Beach VIEW Club

THE Burleigh/Palm Beach VIEW Club will hold their February monthly meeting on Tuesday the 18th February at Treetops Tavern, West Burleigh at 10.00am for 10.30am start. New Members are very welcome. We proudly support The Smith Family. Phone Judy 55277212 or Winsome 5576 0779.

The Older Women’s Network on the Move

AFTER many years of meetings based at Pacific Fair Community room, due to the imminent renovations The Older Women’s Network is moving to a new venue. Future monthly meetings, starting at 9.30am on February 21, will be held at Kurrawa Surf Life Saving Club. OWN is an organisation for mature women to meet for companionship, healthy aging information, discussions and much more. Morning tea and a lucky door prize. We also meet once a month for coffee in Broadbeach and on another day Lunch at a local venue. More information by calling 0438 919 673 .

Our Xmas Breakup ‘Picnic in the Park‘ featuring Nancy Edwards, Maxine Nicholls with grandson Jack, JaniceDyer (standing) and Nicky Bertwistle

Is income from a feed-in solar tariff taxable? THERE doesn’t appear to be any specific taxation legislation dealing with income derived from feed- in tariffs. Whether it is assessable income depends on the income producing nature of the activity. If it can be demonstrated that the system was installed with a view to making a profit, then receipts under the feed in tariff would be considered assessable income while all expenses associated with the income generating activity would be deductible (eg depreciation). In most cases, systems installed at domestic sites would not be taxable as they would be considered personal use / hobby (i.e. not in the nature of a business or profit making scheme). If the system is installed at a commercial site, it will most likely be considered taxable. However, system owners should con-

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sult their accountant for advice or can also request a private ruling from the ATO. According to a May 2010 announcement from Centrelink, feed- in tariff credits where applied as a credit on an electricity account are not included in Centrelink’s income test for pensioners, but credits converted to cash payments such as a cheque or direct deposit will be. The adjusted policy has applied from 14 May 2010 and is relevant to not just pensions, but all Social Security income support payments such as NewStart. However, it is still unclear if this applies to payments such as Family Tax Allowance and Parenting Payments. People who may be affected should consult with their local Centrelink Office. Source: energymatters.com.au

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community news Oxenford Coomera VIEW Club OXENFORD Coomera VIEW Club members recently attended one of our members home for a Breast Cancer fundraiser. Any inquiries about the club and VIEW can be made to Anne on 0407 898 309. Left to right: Anne Edwards, President. Pauline Barker, treasurer, Bernice Harry, Program Officer, Jan Davis,Secretary

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IF you are looking for a new and exciting experience, Parrots in Paradise is the place to be! There is nowhere else you can see birds such as these, behaving in the most natural way, socialising, feeding each other, playing, nesting and bringing up their chicks! They also are very happy to get involved in our wonderful parrot show. All parrot species are intelligent. Alexandrines especially have intelligence which is underestimated by most people; theirs is the equivalent of a 6year old child. Being so bright they need stimulation and activities and this is where the parrot show comes in. The tricks the Alexandrines perform are an extension of their natural behaviours, it gives them a chance to play and think creatively in a fun environment. We use positive training techniques and the stars are never punished or asked to do something they don’t want to do. During the shows you can see them eager to perform and volunteer for their favourite tricks! These include ballet, running an army assault course, fighting fires and much, much more! The goals and philosophy of Parrots in Paradise is to educate people about the intelligence of parrots, both physical and mental, through entertainment and interaction with our birds. Parrots in Paradise want to encourage people to look at conservation and preservation. As well as being a sanctuary for surrendered and rescued birds, we also are a breeding, grooming, and boarding establishment. As we are a non-profit organisation we have a little shop full of birdy goodies, all the proceeds of which go towards the care of the birds we look after. When you come for a show or tour you may explore our grounds and enjoy a picnic by our dam, make friends with our chickens, geese, turkeys, swans, ducks and cats! Bookings are essential to come for this amazing and unique experience and you can do this by calling us on 07 5438 7719. For more information, photographs and fun videos go to www.parrotsinparadise.net Whoppa looks forwards to greeting you!

No extra GST to be added to moveable homes “Very comfortable with .” high clinical standards . . .” Lions Haven for the Aged has operated its facility, with 61 beds since the opening in 1992. We have experienced a growing demand for quality, comfortable and secure Aged Care in the North Gold Coast area. Lions Haven is an approved & accredited Aged Care Facility with ageing in place. We are a 67-bed facility providing High and Low Care, which includes a 20 bed Secure Unit. Located on the Northern End of the Gold Coast (next to Sanctuary Cove), Lions Haven is a single storey complex where each resident enjoys their own room, which comes complete with en-suite and outside patio area. Our modern facility offers a safe and comfortable environment to ensure quality of life, safety and welfare of our residents, staff and visitors. Residents have the freedom to enjoy life in a homelike atmosphere where families and friends are most welcome.

THE ATO has considered comments on its draft ruling and decided not to change the GST treatment of moveable home estates. The draft ruling hasl now be withdrawn and moveable home estates will continue to be treated as commercial residential premiseswith the same GST rules for longterm accommodation. “We have carefully considered the legal arguments and practical implications and decided that we don’t need to change the existing GST treatment of these estates. “Our preliminary view had been that moveable home estates were not sufficiently similar to caravan parks to be commercial residential premises. “With the benefit of submissions, it is evident that while moveable home estates have changed, they are still similar enough to caravan parks to receive the concessional treatment. In particular, both involve letting of sites separately to the building, and provide communal facilities to residents. “Our draft ruling process encourages the community and stakeholders to put forward their views on our interpretation of tax issues. We received many comments from industry groups, residents and tax professionals during the consultation process. We thank the community for their involvement.”

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community news Mature & Motivated Fitness Group at Oxenford-Coomera

U3A North Gold Coast LEARNING for the Joy of Learning - U3A North Gold Coast is seeking Art Tutors in acrylics, watercolours, pastels, miniatures and drawing to commence in 2014. If you are experienced and would like to share your knowledge with others, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Sue Spicer 5679 2150 or curriculum@u3anorthgc.com

Mature Fitness Group

EVERY Tuesday and Friday morning the Oxenford Coomera Youth Centre buzzes with the laughter, concentration and some sweat from a group of 50 to 80 year olds called Mature and Motivated Fitness. This exceptional group of seniors has been getting together at the Youth Centre to participate in fitness classes for many years and their enthusiasm and commitment shines brightly. They work through a series of strength and conditioning, cardiovascular, balance and stretching exercises in a circuit format with trainers Sally (Tuesdays) and Luke (Fridays) which means everyone can work at their own pace to their personal level of health and fitness. Recently one of the participants said with the help of these classes as

well as regular yoga sessions, she had overcome cancer and increased her bone density by 16 percent. Her doctor was apparently so astonished he asked how on earth she had managed such a feat and she told him about her workouts. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s critical to maintain movement, strength and fitness at all ages and seniors are no exception. We welcome anyone aged 50 years or over to come along to the Youth Centre to try out Mature and Motivated classes. They only cost $5 per person per session and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re fun! Tuesdays11.30am and Friday mornings at the Oxenford Coomera Youth Centre on the Oxenford Tamborine Road. For more information call Sally on 0412 682 008.

Helensvale Probus Club

THE New Year has bounced in, in great style, and now with the festive season behind us and our recess time coming to a conclusion, it is with great expectations members of the Helensvale Probus Club, look forward to the coming year. After leaving behind a year of wonderful friendship, activities, outings, wonderful guest speakers, which contributed to a very busy, but full filling year by our members. The Helensvale Probus year was completed with our Christmas luncheon in December, with many

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LABRADOR Senior Citizens’ Centre (LSCC) recently hosted a free information day for seniors and carers wanting to find out more about how they can improve their health, finances and access to community services. The event, which was

community news Senior’s Information Day draws a crowd held on Friday, January 24, featured presentations and information sessions hosted by Volunteering In Police Service, Allamanda Hospital, Queensland Aged and Disability Services, Carers Queensland, Anglicare and many more

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organisations. Representatives from state and local government - Verity Barton MP and Cr. Margaret Grummitt – were also there to answer any questions from constituents. The information exhibition included a free morn-

ing tea and information about activities held at LSCC on a regular basis, like concerts, table tennis, card games and Tai Chi. LSCC co-founder Gary Doornbos said the event offered a great opportunity for anyone aged over 50 and living on the Gold

Coast to hear from and speak to a variety of experts all under one roof. “Our aim is to help our members - along with senior citizens and their carers in the wider community - lead full and active lives. We achieve this by offering a variety of activities daily to keep people’s bodies and minds in shape, and this special event is an extension of our programme to help seniors make the most of what our community has to offer. “The Gold Coast is a great place for seniors to live, with many services available to assist with all areas of everyday living along with a fantastic, close-knit community. “LSCC started in 1971 and we now have more than 500 members, so we hope that by opening our doors to the public at these event we will be able to find more like-minded people to join us. “We have members aged from 50 right through to 90 plus, and many have been coming here for years. There’s a great sense of camaraderie

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which I am sure will continue as the group continues to grow.” The LSCC is located at

370 Marine Parade, Labrador. For more information, please contact Megan Shirley on 07 5537 1433.

FOTA Gold Coast

FOTA (Friend of the Animals) first luncheon for 2014 is being held at 11.30am on Thursday 20th February at the Oriana Room, Mermaid Waters Resort, Cnr Sunshine Blvd & Markeri Street, Mermaid Waters. We will be entertained by June Hordern, an acclaimed comedienne (google for info). Fashion will be presented by “Coast” and available for purchase. Ann Shankey, our regular and popular jewellery provider, will have her Hotrocks Jewellery displayed for sale as well. All welcome – this is not a ladies only event! If you are able to get a group together, the tables seat 10. To book please email friendsoftheanimals13@gmail.com or phone 0433 196 197.

Broadbeach Ladies Probus Club Inc

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

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community news Lioness Club of Palm Beach Currumbin

Lionesses Margaret Ellis and Lorraine O’Toole

THE Lioness Club of Palm Beach Currumbin is a group of service minded women working for the Community while enjoying fun and fellowship. There are 39 members with President Glenda Myles at the helm. At the final meeting for the year 2013, 29 members thought of our four legged friends and donated pet food which was delivered to the Animal Welfare League. Lionesses were in the Pines shopping centre at Elanora during December selling raffle tickets for 8 Christmas hampers as well as Lions Christmas cakes and puddings. The club meets at the Lions Den at 1.30pm on the first Wednesday of each month followed by afternoon tea. For further details contact Lioness Joy on 5575 9893.

Tweed Area Computer Club A NEW and successful year has already started at the Computer Club. With all the innovations newly installed the attendees can expect to more fully understand what new technology will let them achieve. All the computers have been given their annual refresh and cover both Windows 7 and 8 operating systems. It s the aim of the Computer Club to be able to help when new technology is released so this is reflected in the classes offered. New

Apple Mac computers are now in use and four more will be purchased to replace the ageing Mac Minis. The Maverick operating system and the latest suite of applications will enable the classes to be extended to cover beginners and for those with more experience to edit photographs, make movies and create their own music. What a year this is going to be and should be a happy one for the Computer Club’s members. The computer club is lo-

cated in the South Tweed Sports Club 4 Minjungbal Drive South Tweed in a great air conditioned environment. Assistance is offered to people wishing to obtain their first computer with courses from absolute beginners to the more advanced. The tutors work on a voluntary basis and get fulfilment from passing on their knowledge to help others using the PC’s and Apple Mac Minis. People can join at any time but if they require more direct information they can attend

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ARE you an active retiree just retired and looking for somewhere to go. Fill in some time you once did not have, and meet some interesting people. Now you have found the place. Our Probus Club has just been formed and we are a mixed club and invite new members to come along and enjoy the Fun Friendship and Fellowship. Many exciting functions have been planned this coming year. If you like meeting new friends casual lunches, coach trips, and experience interesting Guest Speakers . Why not come as a guest to our next meeting Tuesday 4th March meetings are held at the Burleigh Heads Surf Club (Mowbray Park) on the first Tuesday of each month at 9.30 for 10.00am. New members most welcome. For further information please call Patricia (07) February 2014 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 21


OLD “screws” and “crims” stories are soon to be preserved under the plans of Boggo Road Gaol Pty Ltd. Over the next 12 months, Jack Sim and his team of Researchers, will begin interviewing and recording the incredible stories and tales of those who were part of the history of Boggo Road. “People often ask me, how did I become fascinated with Boggo Road. I count among my friends a number of former Officers and Prisoners who have a wealth of memories and tales which are impossible not to become fascinated by. Some of their information has made it into the tours that we run

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Could technology be the next big thing in dementia care?

TECHNOLOGY has been on a swift ascension over the past few decades with little sign of slowing down. At RSL Care Fairview Retirement Community at Pinjarra Hills, residents and their families have experiencedfirsthand the potential technology has to offer,as Director of the Centre for Health Practice Innovation at Griffith University’s Health Institute, Professor Wendy Moyle and her team have been trialling robot technology to assist people living with dementia. VGo is a robot with a screen that enables a resident and a family member to connect so that they can see and hear each other, much like Skype. What is unique about VGo is the family member connects with VGo and remotely steers the robot which is located in the residential care facility. The family member can live a long way away and the technology is used to bridge this distance. RSL Care ResiFormer Officer Marty Kreisch entertains visitors on the Ex-Officer/ Ex-Inmate tour dential Manager, Pam Sherman Carr said VGowas being trialled at Fairview and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. through the Gaol, but women, and make their well as regular guided who we are interviewwe would like members tales available online to tours, the Gaol also ing are either retired, or “We have had a terrific response from residents and runs Ex-Officer / Exof the public to be able everyone. It will be a close to retirement, and their families who have been included in the trial,” she Inmate Tours taken by to access this living great way for people to the tours we offer give said. “A mother and daughter can take a ‘virtual’ walk together with the aid of VGoand view our beautiful gara former Warder and a history outside of learn about the Gaol, them the opportunity dens here at Fairview together. “Residents living with Prisoner. tours. We will digitally and promote its value to come into contact dementia have responded positively.” RSL Care CEO “Many of the people record these men and to Queensland”. As with younger generaCraig Mills said innovative technology like this had so tions and make them much potential for the way customers would be able to aware of the changes connect with their loved ones and the external commuthat have taken place nity. “While the concept feels relatively new now it will regarding Crime, most probably be a way of life for all of our customers in Justice and Society.” the future. “We are so pleased to be able to partner with Over the past 12 Wendy and her team at Griffith University to work on months, Boggo Road such an exciting project. Gaol has been visited “Innovation like this, where we can enrich the lives and by many Seniors experiences of our customers, are a great motivator for Groups and Social Clubs. Discounts apply me and set the scene for an exciting future for RSL Care.” for large groups. Tea and coffee is provided complimentary.

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Clothing secrets revealed JUDITH Turner will be at Robina Branch Library on Wednesday February 26 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to reveal clothing secrets. These will include how to shorten a tee shirt using a domestic sewing machine plus great ideas for Op Shop finds. To book your free spot, call 5581 1600 or book online at www.cityofgoldcoast. com.au/libraries.

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community news SOS supporters come from Brisbane MIKE Adams and his daughter Lydia travelled from Brisbane to take part in the SOS – Save Our Sharks rally held at Justin Park in Burleigh Heads. Presented by the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland – Gold Coast and Hinterland Branch, a good turnout of all ages encouraged organisers. To top it off, weatherwise it was a perfect Gold Coast day.

National Seniors Australia - Benefits NATIONAL seniors has four Branches in the Queensland South East region, Nerang, Robina, Paradise point and Tweed Border, and all will resume monthly meeting and activities for the year 2014. Member of National Seniors Australia enjoy many benefits upon joining the not-for-profit National Seniors organisation. Members receive an informative by- monthly seniors magazine, shopping discount, buying service for the best buy, Travel and Insurance

service, and your voice heard in Canberra for such senior issues as Dental care for Seniors, workplace discrimination, superannuation reforms, Care for Older Australians and many more is put forward to Governments. If you are interested in enjoying outings, guest speakers and great social activities join today. For further information go to the website www.nationalseniors.com.au or phone 1300 76 50 50 or Darmar 5593 6555.

Lydia Adams stands beside her father Mike while two playful sharks draw interest from all around at the SOS rally

Seniors oppose weakening of finance sector protections OLDER Australians are opposed to the Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos’ moves to reverse consumer protections introduced under the Future of Financial Advice reforms (FOFA). In particular, National Seniors is concerned about proposals to remove the opt-in requirements so that advisers no longer need to seek their client’s agreement every two years, and to remove the retrospective application of the fee disclosure requirement. Moves to reverse consumer protections introduced under the Future of Financial Advice reforms are concerning. This means that advisers will not need to provide fee disclosure statements to clients who entered into a fee arrangement before the mandatory 1 July 2013 start date of FOFA. “What

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this says is that consumers do not have support for ensuring basic accountability for the services financial advisers are paid to provide,” said National Seniors chief executive, Michael O’Neill. “These amendments are being pushed through without proper consumer consultation. “If cutting red tape means creating a murky environment in which the hardearned savings of working Australians end up in the hands of financial advisers, you can leave it.” Research conducted by Rice Warner Actuaries in 2013 found that the FOFA laws would boost private savings under advice by $144 billion by 2027; and reduce the average cost of financial advice from $2,046 to $1,163 by 2026/27. Media release: National Seniors

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ties, enjoy a coffee and some light refreshments and see the independent living display apartments. “It’s also a chance to meet some of our friendly residents and find out more about the wide variety of special interest groups, clubs and activities that are blossoming in the intimate community,” she said. To make De Paul Manor Estate even more enticing to would-be purchasers, management has extended its generous $17,500 incentive. The special incentive package includes furniture removal to the value of $1,000, anew furniture package valued at $15,000 and three months’ fees absolutely freewhen settling on a new apartment within one month of paying a deposit. The modern, spacious apartments within the community were designed with low maintenance and easy living in mind. Each independent

living apartment features high ceilings, a private balcony, quality appointments and fittings such as split system air-conditioning, stone bench tops, glass splash-backs and 24-hour emergency alert service as standard features. Outside the privacy of their own apartments, residents benefit from a host of resort style activities and amenities most of which are located in the exclusive Residents’ Retreat. Theyalso enjoy 24hour security, a dedicated on-site management team, pay no stamp duty and have the peace of mind of priority access to the De Paul Villa Aged Care facility located next-door. To find out more about the extended $17,500 incentive package come to the Open Day 8 March from 10am-1pm or phone Sue on 1300 732 306 for more information. www.depaulmanorestate. com.au.

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Enjoy reading? STORM Boy by Colin Theile will be the subject of discussion at the Burleigh Waters Branch Library Book Club on Thursday February 27, 10 – 11 a.m. No need to book for this free event. Just go along on the day to the library, located corner of Christine Avenue and Galeen Drive, Burleigh Waters.

many home renovators do not know how to handle it safely.” A report tabled in Queensland Parliament found incidents of mesothelioma were expected to peak from 2013 to 2021. “When breathed in, asbestos fibres raise a person’s risk of asbestosis, lung, larynx and ovarian cancer, mesothelioma and other diseases of the lungs and stomach,” Ms Clift said. “And while many renovators may feel fine today, asbestos-related illness and disease can take between 10 and 40 years to develop.” In 2010, 640 deaths in Australia were caused by asbestos. In Queensland alone, 120 men and 27 women were diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2010. “It is vitally important that Queenslanders educate themselves about the risks of asbestos exposure and participate in this course if they are planning home renovations,” Ms Clift said. “Australia has the highest per capita incidence of mesothelioma in the world and it’s estimated that up to 18,000 Australians are likely to die from this disease by 2020.” The online learning course, ‘kNOw asbestos in your home’, educates

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

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WITH the photo taken in early December at the Meals on Wheels Senior Citizens Association centre on Whitby Street, Southport, the theme appears to be Scotland at Christmas, but these smartly outfitted dancers were celebrating St Andrew’s Day, marked yearly on 30 November. A variety of dance activities takes place at the centre, not the least of which is Scottish country dancing. The three main Scottish dances enjoyed are jigs, reels and strathspeys. Members of the Southport Scottish Country Dancing Club are pictured in their kilts and special dancing shoes, with several of the men also sporting traditional sporrans, belts and buckles. Besides enjoying dance evenings at the Meals on Wheels centre, members also put on displays at school fetes, retirement villages and nursing homes. The Club meets every Tuesday, between 7.45pm and 10pm. Everyone is welcome, with or without a partner. For more information, please contact Patricia on 5597 5579.

Members of the Southport Scottish Country Dancing Club are all smiles as they celebrate St Andrew’s Day, St Andrew being the Patron Saint of Scotland

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Probus Club of Tweed River Inc WONDERFUL opportunity for recently retired persons to join an exciting mixed club. Many enjoyable activities and entertainments to be experienced by all, such as guest speakers theatres, musicals, bus trips, holidays, picnics, breakfasts etc. visitors and intending members very welcome, come and join the fun, fellowship and friendship of this

superb club, meeting takes place every 2nd Monday of the month at 10am in South Tweed Sports Club Minjungbal Drive, South Tweed Heads. Guest speaker: Michael Curtis – Manager, International Business Development, Gold Coast Airport. Contact Joy on 5524 1731 or Sue on 0402 136 767.

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Twin Towns Evening VIEW Club TWIN Towns Evening VIEW Club will meet for the first time this year on Wednesday 12th Feb. at Tweed Heads Bowls Club 6.30pm (DST) As this will be our A.G.M, financial members only are to attend. All Committee positions will be vacant and members are urged to participate as it is very rewarding. Please remember that Subs are due that night. Also names and Money for International Women’s Day are needed. Once again this fantastic happy club is always looking for new Members. Women of all ages are welcome. Working women will find interaction with others as well as having a great meal and guest speakers each month. Money raised goes to the Smith Family’s “Learning for Life Program” that helps to educate disadvantaged Australian children reach their full potential. For further information call Pat 07 5536 5227 or Barbara on 07 5523 1057.

Australian Diabetes Council Tweed Heads Support Group MEETINGS are held on the first Wednesday of every month (February to November) in the Community Room, Tweed City Shopping Centre, 54 Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads at 9.30am. Contact is Janet Commens, Convenor on 07 5576 2328 for further information.

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LEADING citizen Kenneth Eldridge was recently named Tweed Shire’s Citizen of the Year during 2014 Australia Day celebrations in Pottsville. A retired teacher with over 40 years’ experience, Ken is still a role model for youth from all walks of life. As well, the Murwillumbah resident gives voluntary service to organisations such as the Orchid Society, Uniting Church Murwillumbah and Probus and, until recently, was president of the Tweed/Gold Coast Family History and Heritage Association. A Life Member of the Orchid Society for his services over 50 years, Ken was involved in all aspects of the Society, including cultivation, exhibiting and conservation. He also served as president. A preacher and youth leader at his church and, on occasion, conducting the prayer at the start of Council meetings, Ken has written histories of the Murwillumbah Uniting Church, Murwillumbah Orchid Society and the Eldridge Family dating back to 1600. He also is a member of the Philharmonic Choir. Congratulations to Ken Eldridge.

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Runaway Bay District Senior Citizens Assoc. Inc. RUNAWAY Bay District Senior Citizens Assoc. Inc. We are one of the oldest Seniors groups here on the Gold Coast, as we had our beginning in 1980 and over the years our activities have expanded as well as our membership which now is well over 300. Our activities cover Tai Chi, Craft and Cards on Tuesday 9-11am, we have indoor bowls on Wednesday and Friday 12-3pm. On Tuesday mornings we have 2 instructors teaching Tai Chi to about 80 members, both men and women. Some

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knowledge and understanding of the Tai Chi philosophy, so that they can better convey their impressions to our members. There is also a nice group of ladies doing craft, especially crocheted items such as overthrows, baby clothes and doilies etc. Not to forget a small group playing Jonola, a

form of Canasta and we are happy to teach new members. We also have 2 dart boards but no longer any players, so if anyone would like to start a team, they would be very welcome. Once a month we have a bus trip out in the Great Southeast, and Indoor Bowls on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12noon to 3pm and

regularly we have 5-7 mats with an easy atmosphere and a lot of laughter. Our home is the Community Hall located in the big parking area next to the library opposite the Runaway Bay shopping centre, so there is plenty of parking. Contact numbers: Vivi on 5502 9702 or Daphne on 5537 2628.

Improved heart attack prediction for diabetics AUSTRALIAN researchers have found a simple screening test that boosts the ability to predict heart attacks and death in people with type 2 diabetes. Lead author Associate Professor Graham Hillis, of The George Institute for Global Health and The University of Sydney, said the study had found that two biomarkers, High-Sensitivity Cardiac Troponin T and N-Terminal Pro-BType Natriuretic Peptide, appeared to greatly improve the accuracy with which the risk of cardiovascular events or death can be estimated in patients with type 2 diabetes. “The addition of either marker improved the prediction of major cardiovascular events within the next five years. Likewise, both markers greatly improved the accuracy with which the five-year risk of death was predicted. “The combination of both markers provided optimal risk discrimination.” In contrast, levels of total cholesterol or high-sensitivity C-reactive protein provided minimal additional prognostic information, he said. Diabetes is the world’s fastest-growing chronic disease. In 2013, 382 million people had diabetes in 2013; a figure expected to almost double to 592 million by 2031. About 956,000 Australians have type 2 diabetes, which is diagnosed in up to 90 per cent of all diabetics. The study is important because the incidence of heart attacks is increased twofold to threefold in patients with

type 2 diabetes, to the point that about two in every three patients with the condition will die due to cardiovascular disease. “Simple screening tests that better detect high risk Type 2 diabetes patients would be particularly valuable,” said Associate Professor Graham Hillis. “Accurate risk stratification allows treatments to be targeted to individuals who may derive particular benefit from interventions such as more intensive blood pressure lowering or statin therapy. Biomarkers might also identify a subgroup of patients who have the most to gain from antiplatelet therapy or those that require additional cardiovascular investigations such as echocardiography or stress testing. “These potential uses remain, however, untested.” Existing risk prediction methods, he said, were imperfect, and classical cardiovascular risk factors were relatively poor predicators in patients with diabetes. Although intensive multifactorial interventions could reduce the complications of diabetes, the costs of such strategies could exceed the resources of even the most affluent health system, he said. The study looked at 3,862 patients who participated in the Action in Diabetes and Vascular Disease (ADVANCE) trial, and was published in Diabetes Care. Source: seniorau.com.au

Southport Never Alone Friendship Group celebrates 1st Anniversary THE Never Alone Friendship Group is a non-denominational gathering of people who can experience making new friends in a relaxed and caring environment. Each Wednesday the members can chat over morning tea and then choose to participate in a varied program of cards, board games, sing-alongs and other entertainment.

Last year the Group enjoyed a picnic and bocce overlooking the Broadwater, invited guest speakers and attended a number of excellent concerts. From 5 February the Group will meet each Wednesday 9am-12 noon at the Southport Uniting Church Hall, Cnr Scarborough and Short Streets. Cost $5. Just come along or Phone Denise on 0412 792 295.

Innovative approach to pain PAIN sufferers are increasingly embracing natural therapies to free themselves from the constant pain in their feet, knees, hips and lower back, a leading podiatry practice says. Hip to Toe, is experiencing strong demand for its innovative approach that treats the root of the pain to provide long-term relief. Founder and owner Matt Maguire uses Foot Mobilisation Techniques (FMT) as an alternative to orthotics. ‘‘FMT is a gentle, hands-on treatment method combining the science of X-ray analysis with manual therapies, reducing the need for orthotic inlays, drugs and surgery. By correcting misaligned joints, the feet can work as nature intended,’’ Mr Maguire said. ‘‘I discovered FMT after a podiatrist treated a severe and persistent knee problem after every other health care practitioner had failed. It turned out the knee problem was coming from the feet, but no one else had thought to look there. They were always more concerned with masking the symptoms rather than treating the underlying cause.” Matt Maguire is now passionate about helping people stay active for longer by freeing them from pain in their feet, ankles, knees, hips and lower back. ‘‘It is incredibly rewarding to see the smile on a patient’s face when they realise that pain and orthotics are no longer holding them back, and that they can return to leading an active and healthy lifestyle again,’’ Mr Maguire said. “It’s not just about giving people an alternative to orthotics, it’s about getting the foot to work the way it is meant to. When the foot works the way it is meant to, then the heels, knees and hips can work the way they are meant to and we can minimise the detrimental effects of arthritis, and hip and knee replacements.” Gold Coast Seniors readers will be offered a complimentary, no obligation consultation (usually $95) to see if Foot Mobilisation can help them. For further information visit www.hiptotoe.com.au or call 5571 1777. Hip To Toe, Suite 2a, 34 High St, Southport, Phone 5571 1777.

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All welcome at Stroke Support Group meetings EACH month the Gold Coast Stroke Support Group (GCSSG) invites qualified guest speakers to address a variety of interesting and topical subjects. Attendees (and everyone is welcome) at the February 5 meeting heard British-trained physician Dr Tien K Khoo speak on 2013 Recent Advances in Stroke Science. Dr Khoo is senior lecturer at the School of Medicine and a member of the Griffith Health Institute’s Behavioural Basis of Health research group, to give just a sampling of Dr Khoo’s involvement in the local health community. On Wednesday March 5, guest speaker will be Terry Lindsay who will speak on Simplicity – A Computer System Designed for Seniors. Terry was a volunteer for The Broadband for Seniors program but found that many people learned better, and retained informa-

Solace Association SOLACE is a support group for those grieving the loss of a partner. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at Pacific Fair Community Room at 10.30am. Phone Betty for more information on 07 5580 7034.

tion more easily, in oneon-one situations. This was the incentive for Terry to start his own computer training business, where he teaches people in their own homes; on their own computers; at their own pace. Gold Coast Stroke Support Group Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month in The Undercroft at the rear of Saint Peter’s Anglican Church, corner Nerang and High Streets, Southport. Morning tea starts at 10.30am (a gold coin donation is requested) with meetings running from 11.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. A finger-food luncheon generously hosted by Somerville Funerals is held on a bi-monthly basis after GCSSG monthly

meetings. The exception to the rule happens in springtime. There is no luncheon after the October meeting; however, the November monthly meeting, an ‘Open Forum’ where stroke survivors tell their own personal stories, is followed by lunch. The next luncheon will take place on April 2. For catering purposes, please book by the Monday before the bi-monthly meeting by contacting Gold Coast Stroke Support Group Chairman and Coordinator Colin Oxenford on 5531 3254 or 0400 849 573; email: colinoxenford@ bigpond.com. Also, please visit www.goldcoaststroke supportgroup.org.au for further information.

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

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

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AFTER enjoying the concert provided and tour, they then enjoyed morning tea. As you can see we have many budding photographers, with Geoff Davidson making

sure the photographer had his photo taken as well! Kirra/Tugun Probus meet on the 4th Thursday of each month at 10:00 am Qld time. Venue is the Currumbin RSL & morn-

ing tea with Guest Speaker provided. All are welcome. Enquiries please ring secretary on 5598 3286 or visit our Website at www.probus southpacific.org/pckirra.

Some of the happy group from Kirra/ Tugun Probus enjoying a day out at the renovated City Hall.

Online test assesses Alzheimer’s risk A NEW free 10 minute online test, developed by Australian National University (ANU) researchers, is helping people assess their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The test, known as the ANU Alzheimer’s disease Risk Index (ANUADRI), asks simple questions about exercise, diet and lifestyle to work out a person’s exposure to known Alzheimer’s risk factors. “Anyone can use the ANU-ADRI to identify areas where they can change their lifestyle and reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s,” said lead researcher, Professor Kaarin Anstey. “Until now there hasn’t been a self-assessment tool to help the public identify which common risk factors they have, and what they can do about them.” Alzheimer’s affects more than 30 million people worldwide, and this will increase with population ageing. There’s no known cure, but there’s good evidence that it can be prevented by reducing risk factors, she said. Using long term studies that follow adults over decades, Professor Anstey and her team identified several risk and protective factors for Alzheimer’s disease.

They used this information to work out a risk score for each participant. They then examined how this risk score was linked to dementia after several years of follow-up. “The benefit of this tool is that it is backed by high quality science,” Professor Anstey said. “We found that the ANU-ADRI score predicted those who were at increased risk. This is the first time a comprehensive measure has been developed and then validated on external studies.” Common risk factors for Alzheimer’s include smoking, depression, pesticide exposure and low social engagement, while protective factors include cognitive activity, fish consumption and physical activity, said Professor Anstey. “Risk reduction for Alzheimer’s disease is similar to risk reduction for heart disease,” she said. Professor Anstey cautions that while ANU-ADRI assesses risk and protective factors, it can’t predict with certainty if an individual will develop Alzheimer’s, as other genetic and medical factors also contribute. Take the ANU Alzheimer’s disease Risk Index test at http://anuadri.anu.edu.au/ take-the-assessment.html?view=adri. Source: agedcareguide.com.au

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EACH year in Australia Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is held in February to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and to recognise women, their families and friends affected by ovarian cancer. Throughout the month Ovarian Cancer Australia will be hosting a range of activities and events to raise awareness and funds for their support, awareness and research programs. Every woman needs to know the symptoms of ovarian cancer. The four most common symptoms include abdominal or pelvic pain; increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating; needing to urinate often or urgently; difficulty eating or feeling full quickly. If you are worried about symptoms or would like information about OCA support services, please call 1300 660 334. Chemmart Pharmacy holds fundraising and

awareness events and activities in stores throughout the month. They are launching a new teal nail polish, with proceeds going to OCA, and they will be inviting the

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dresses from two Keynote Speakers who have attained success and achievement in their particular fields, Professor Colleen Cartwright and Ms Kerrie Grant. Professor Cartwright is Foundation Professor of Aged Services and Director of the ASLaRC Aged Services Unit at Southern Cross University. She has extensive teaching and research experience in ageing, ethics and medical decisions at the end of life, at national and international levels, with publications in major journals and a number of book chapters. Professor Cartwright’s address will focus on the journey that has brought her to her current position.

Kerrie Grant works as a Forensic Archaeologist and she has travelled to Morocco, Nigeria and Cyprus uncovering items revealing how ancient peoples lived and died. Ms Grant was part of the team that unearthed the 12,000-year-old remains of Homo floresiensis, nicknamed ‘hobbit’, in Indonesia in 2003. Year 12 student Georgia Pringle from Mt. St. Patrick’s College in Murwillumbah will complete the line-up of speakers by presenting a different perspective focussing on the importance of International Women’s Day to the youth of today. The March 8 event will be compered by wellknown events co-

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THERE are many good reasons to plan a trip this year to Norfolk Island, undiscovered by many Australians yet only just over 2 hours flight from Brisbane. I’ve often been asked “why go to Norfolk when there are so many island options in the Whitsundays, North Queensland and the Pacific. What’s the big attraction?” For a start, if it’s true R&R you want [not the Bangkok kind] you’ll find N.I. one of the most relaxing places on earth. That’s probably one of the reasons people like Colleen McCullough and Helen Reddy have their havens there. You can spend days among the stately pines and observing the seascapes, just communing with nature if that’s on your current bucket list. Alternatively, there are plenty of things to do if you want some action like golf, tennis, fishing, walking along beautiful trails or horse riding. And if you’re interested in Australia’s colonial past and the saga of the Bounty mutineers whose descendants now populate the island, there’s a rich vein of history with significant buildings, museums and exhibits to explore. Food and wine buffs are well catered for, with everything from “paddock to plate” fine dining to “fish fries” in hotels and other outdoor locations, making use of the island’s excellent fresh

seafood and vegetables. There’s also a thriving coffee culture and a distillery producing alltoo-drinkable liqueurs which make good souvenirs or gifts to bring back, duty-free. Other spirits are

event last year organised by Trade Travel was a rousing success. Here are a few other event highlights: First Fleet Anniversary celebrations 3-6 March; Quilting Retreat 7-11

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April; Country Music Festival 18-22 May; Bounty Day celebrations 9 June; Rock n Roll Festival 2226 July; Food Festival 22-29 November; Norfolk Island Jazz Festival 6-13 December. It’s time to think about Norfolk Island this year, and maybe plan for Christmas as you’ve never experienced it before….in July. Phone Trade Travel for details Toll free on 1800 034 439.

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Explore Borneo jungles

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BORNEO has intrigued adventurers and explorers for centuries. The South-East Asian island is split into three nations - Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei and then Malaysian Borneo is split into the states of Sabah and Sarawak, with Kota

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amazing wildlife in their natural habitat such asthe orang Utan at Sepilok, the proboscis monkeys along the Kinabatangan River and the green and hawkbilled turtles on Turtle Island National Park. Besides the natural wonders of a visit to

Borneo, Australian visitors like to pay homage to the heroes who fought in these steamy jungles and in most cases didn’t make it home. A memorial is held to commemorate the fallen heroes on the 15th of August every year, at the Sandakan Memorial Park - which was once the site of the prisoners of war camp. The current size of the Memorial Park is only a fraction of the original camp. In 1942 and 1943, the prisoners numbered some approximately 750 British and more than 1650 Australian soldiers and civilians. If you’d like to attend Sandakan

Memorial Day in 2014 Go See Touring is running a fully escorted and fully inclusive tour which includes touring to the Kinabalu National Park, the Sepilok Orang Utan Centre, the Australian War Memorial in Kundasang and of course the Sandakan Memorial Day Service. The tour also includes flights to Labuan Island where the Japanese surrendered – leading to the end of the war in the Pacific. The tour departs from Brisbane on 11 August so give Go See Touring a call on 1300 551 997 for more information or check the details at www.goseetouring.com

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only a short distance for him, but he was quite agreeable as he took my case from the car. I only planned two nights in Warsaw as my airline didn’t travel from Berlin. Mark, my European travel agent, who booked my rail and hotel, agreed that I would be able to see a little of the city in that time. I was in a modern Novotel hotel on the twentieth floor, with a great view from my window. The receptionist could speak English and directed me out the door past “Coffee Heaven” to a 24 hour change shop. So in no time at all I was settled and could do a reconnaissance in the nearby streets. To my surprise there was a Marks and Spencers in one of the arcade as well as many eating places. But it was hot and I was getting tired, so I had a meal in the cool dining room of the hotel. On the following day I decided to go to the Uprising Museum and then spend time in the Old Town. The receptionist agreed that it would be best to get a taxi, and ordered one for me. The driver spoke a little English and seemed to be happy to have an Australian passenger. He suggested he would pick me up later on and to take me to The Old Town. The Museum occupies a former tram power station dedicated to the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. Established in 1983 it was finally opened in 2004, marking the 60th anniversary of the Uprising. It was an attempt by the Polish Resistance Home Army to liberate Warsaw from Nazi Germany. It ended after 63 days of fighting when the Resistance

surrendered. The Germans then systematically razed the city. The museum was quite crowded, and was filled with a very mixed age group, particularly young people in their twenties. It was an excellent museum with hands on exhibits suitable for children and although I paid extra for an audio guide, most of the captions had English as well as Polish. Another extra was to see a 5 minute 3D film called The Ruins of Warsaw, taking one over the war torn city in March 1945. As I left and waited for my taxi I could see a memorial wall on which are engraved the names of more than 10,000 insurgents who died during the battle. On the opposite side of this wall was a beautiful garden with pictures and captions of victims. My driver arrived exactly on time and in his limited English pointed out a few sights. He left me by the square of the Old Town which was completely rebuilt after the end of the war. Predominantly pedestrian, there were hundreds of people out on this very warm Sunday. I wandered into a church. At 12.30 it was packed with people. It was obviously a midday Mass. I stood at the back and stayed until the end. The congregation was represented by all ages. Later on I went into another church (as one does) it was about 4pm and was packed with people celebrating Mass. Poland being a Catholic Country, nuns were still wearing traditional habits and a group of young priests, not in sports shirt but in their traditional collar. I had previously been on a literary tour of

France and seen the house where Chopin lived and composed while living with George Sand. I had also seen his grave at the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris. Of course he had lived in Warsaw and is well remembered. There were signs in the street “ Here is where Chopin performed his first concert at eight years old, and commented to his mother that they liked his lace collar!””Here is the church where Chopin played the piano while attending Warsaw’s Lyceum” AND “Here is the church where Chopin’s heart is interned in a pillar.” There is no doubt he was hosted as Poland’s greatest composer and 2010 marked the 200th anniversary of his birth. After a long leisurely lunch, I walked the narrow streets of the Old Town, with its numerous eating places. In 1980 the historic Old Town was inscribed onto UNESCO’s World Heritage list. I then turned around to walk The Royal Route that would eventually take me back to the hotel, passing more churches and impressive buildings. I know I only touched what there is to see, having no Polish and with only one day, I didn’t see the Marie Curie Museum nor did I see the The Museum of History of Polish Jews on the site of the Warsaw ghetto. There simply was not enough time. It would be good to revisit this City on some sort of tour being transported around the city, which although some of the buildings are bland communist style it is still has quite attractive areas to visit.

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Our trains are not just a part of history! THE excitement of a day out by steam train commences at Roma St as you go walk along the platform to find your carriage with a reserved seat. It is then a quick walk to the head of the train to inspect the great “Iron Horse” which is simmering away quietly waiting for the grand departure. Final boarding announcements are made , the guard blows his whistle and waves the green flag and the engine bursts into life with it’s whistle blowing to signal departure and steams out of the platform heading for the day’ destination. The Australian Railway Historical Society (Queensland Division) has now entered iti 57th year of operating rail tours. Over 970 excursions operated by both steam and diesel hauled trains to many destinations in Qld 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. Come along, be a part of history as you travel on the first steam train to Springfield on Saturday

8th March. This exciting day by steam train takes you out through the western suburbs and along the newest railway line. It is 45 years since the Brisbane Tramway System closed, so join us for a “1960s Transport Day” travelling by Silver Bullet Rail Motor out to the Ferny Grove to visit the Tramway Museum for a nostalgic day riding a variety of trams that have been lovingly restored. Also in April we head to Maitland Steamfest. Join us for six days as we travel by coach and train through the New England Tableland to Maitland for a week end of riding steam trains at this annual event. A three hour luncheon cruise on the Hunter river is also included as well as a two day tour by historic rail motor to Gulgong and Binnaway exploring rail lines and towns that are not serviced by regular passenger trains. To book or order a brochure phone our office on 3252 1759 between 10am and 3.00pm Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays. A recorded message operates at other times.

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HOLIDAY & Leisure QRAIL: Hear how it all began

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ON Sunday February 23 at Sandgate Museum Greg Hallam, Historian with Queensland Rail, will present a talk about the beginnings of Queensland’s first railway, what it meant to the people of the colony at that time and how it came to form such an integral part of the story of Queensland. The Museum is at 150 Rainbow St Sandgate where the talk entitled “History Snippets from Queensland Rail” will begin at 1.30pm followed by a “cuppa” about 3.00pm. Admission is by gold coin donation. Visitors are welcome. Enquiries phone 0408 073 179, email sandgatemuseum @bigpond.com or visit the website www.sandgatemuseum.com. The talk will take place at an auspicious date as February 25 will mark 150 years since construction work began on the first section of the Southern & Western Railway from Ipswich to Bigges Camp (Grandchester) where the first railway line officially opened in July 1865. Fifty years later in February 1914 Queensland Rail - always good pro-

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moters of their history - recognised this achievement with a series of events. Brisbane Market Square (now King George Square) was the site of a special exhibit with a display of what was then the oldest (and smallest) steam locomotive that had survived with Queensland Railways from 1865 and the largest (and most modern) steam locomotive, with carriages. To display the locomotives temporary tracks were laid from Roma Street and the trains were placed side by side on some short track panels. A special display of signalling and “then and now” facts and figures were also on show and the Queensland Railways band entertained the crowds. Greg Hallam is a graduate and postgraduate student of the University of Queensland, a member of the Professional Historians Association of Queensland, and has been employed in the cultural heritage field in Queensland for nearly 20 years. He is also a third generation family member of the Queensland Railways, with a family railway history stretching back over a century.

Gaudi or Gawdy? MOST Aussies probably have never heard of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi. However, to residents of Barcelona, his name is synonymous with their city. Gaudi’s style is unique and his buildings instantly recognisable. He took much of his inspiration from nature, emulating the curves and natural forms found in plants and animals. He abhorred straight lines and flat surfaces. Consequently, his constructions are a strange combination of bends and flowing lines with lavish use of odd colours. Gaudi (pronounced gowDEE) lived from 1852 till 1926. Much of his work was centred on Barcelona and many buildings in the city are recognisable as his inspiration. Casa Battlo is a multistoried house in the heart of Barcelona and is open to the public to view his work. None of its windows are rectangular, doors are not flat, walls are curved, ceilings twist with different textures and finishes, weird shapes emerge from surfaces, chimneys are bent, even the floors are not level. Gaudi’s creative genius would have been a headache for the builders. To traditionalists, his style is totally over-the-top. You either love it or hate it. His crowning masterpiece is the Sagrada Familia or Temple of the Sacred Family, a huge Roman Catholic church. Work began on

this iconic structure in 1882 and it is still unfinished, but estimates guess at a completion around 2028. Gaudi devoted much of his life to this project and it was less than a quarter complete when he died. At one stage he remarked, “My client is not in a hurry.” Teams of architects have continued the work. It is totally funded by tourist visits and donations, with no support from government or church sources. The edifice is intended to have a total of 18 spires of varying heights. Their completion will make Sagrada Familia the tallest church building in the world. Construction cranes dominate the skyline. It will have three grand facades. The Nativity Façade and the Passion Façade are complete while the Glory Façade, still undergoing work, will be the largest. They are all heavily ornate in Gaudi’s inimitable style. The exterior looks somewhat like melting concrete, flowing down under gravity – the work of a madman or a genius? The interior is in the shape of a Latin cross with five aisles. The detail and complexity are unbelievable and difficult to comprehend. One wonders how a single person could have conceived such a complex design. Each piece in the puzzle is

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unique and required individual construction by painstaking artisans using complicated moulds. Gold leaf adorns many decorations. The church is a UNESCO World Heritage

Site, testifying to Gaudi’s exceptional creative talent. With a total construction time of over 140 years, the Sagrada Familia must rank as one of the most incredible structures on Earth.

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Popularity Of Cruise Holidays Skyrockets a Las Vegas or New York holiday, given the large variety of spectacular entertainment. It truly is amazing value for money when you consider that the one price includes so much. And of course, the facilities on board the large cruise ships have to be seen to be believed – theatres, bars, library, gymnasium, spa, sauna, variety of restaurants, pools – and the list

goes on. People just love the feeling of paying upfront and therefore knowing what their holiday is going to cost.” Danielle adds, “Europe is now the biggest flycruise market for Australians with demand increasing by 26% in the last couple of years.” For details of Cruise Month, phone 1300 463 472.

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contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realising the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to

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PATRONS of Alleys Restaurant, the multi-award winning flagship of Currumbin RSL have noticed their dining experience has recently changed for the better. A favourite venue of locals and tourists alike for many years, Alleys has both a new Head Chef and a new Seasonal Summer Menu. Featuring locally sourced produce including herbs and vegetables from the club’s own garden, a variety of gluten free and vegetarian options and the culinary creativity of new Head Chef Felicity Best, Alleys caters for everyone in the family. Children’s’ meals and a free kids club with iPads look after the young patrons. New Head Chef, Felicity Best, hailing from Australia’s gourmet produce excellence capital, Tasmania, watched in awe as a child as chefs in her family’s pub kitchen created patrons food. “I love great fundamental ingredients. Tasmania taught me that quality of simple food gives benefit to taste as well as the best nourishment.” She says. “These selective foundations of a dish should be handled with a light touch to let them speak for themselves. The upside of this is that the true nutritional value of the food is retained.” Says Felicity. Previously the owner of her own restaurant for 10 years, Ms Best is passionate about the whole dining experience – she loves to try new things, different cuisines and often draws on her travels for innovation in the kitchen. Especially inspirational to

her is the Currumbin RSL garden where she sources most of the vegetables and herbs utilised in her dishes. Felicity is often seen foraging in the patch with her team members for needed ingredients. The new Alleys Summertime Seasonal Menu includes delicacies such as Duck and Macadamia Spring Rolls (gluten free), Crumbed Camembert Cheese and expertly sourced fresh Oysters done 3 ways. Mains include a Northern Rivers Rack of Lamb encrusted with herbs or a Wild Mushroom Ragout....Felicity focuses on fresh and local wherever possible. Alleys is open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week and located within the Currumbin RSL club on Currumbin Creek Road at Currumbin. The superb food is complemented by friendly, second-to-none service and stunning water views of the picturesque Currumbin estuary. Live music accompanies your dining experience on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon.

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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Iconic Holden stands out on Australia Day

Pictured (l-r) are Trevor Pidd, Bill Archer and Russell Hastings of the Automobile Restorers Association Gold Coast Inc, a group where members come first, although cars and raising money for charity are high on the agenda.

THE impressive and eyecatching display included a variety of expertly restored vehicles but it was no surprise

that Trevor and Barbara Pidd’s Holden HR Special stood out from the rest. The event was Gold Coast City Council’s 2014

Australia Day celebrations at Evandale Park, Surfers Paradise and Trevor and Barbara’s ’66 Holden, no less an icon

Chinese New Year 31st January 2014 PEOPLE born in the Year of the Horse are traditionally clever, kind, animated and energetic. Although they sometimes talk too much, they are cheerful, perceptive, talented and love to be in the centre of a crowd. They are popular among friends, active at work and have a deft sense of humour. 2014 is the year of the Wooden Horse. Wood Horses are strong and stable and have a better ability to make decisions. Excellent at interacting with others, they are successful personally and professionally. The Chinese clean their home from top to bottom and pay off all debts before New Year. They decorate the home to welcome in

the New Year - red is a popular colour as it scares away evil spirits and bad fortune. They place mandarins in bowls throughout the house, being careful to keep their numbers even, as uneven numbers bring unhappiness. Mandarins with their leaves still intact are the fruits of happiness for the New Year. They also wear new clothes and are polite to others on the first day of the New Year – it sets the tone for the year to come. New Year is celebrated with a family dinner. Traditional dishes include uncut noodles – a symbol of longevity – and fish and chicken, symbols of prosperity. Those born in 1930, 1942 and 1954 were born in the Year of the Horse.

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AUDITION notice for Neptune Productions Season May 9th - 18th performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar. Open or Closed - your choice. Sunday 16th February 1-4pm Qld time, 2-5pm NSW. Monday 17th 6-9pm Qld 7-10pm NSW. Venue: Tweed Civic & Cultural Centre Cnr. Brett & Wharf St. Ring Director Jim Price on ph 5573 3433, MD Wendy on ph.07 5536 2446. Email: neptuneprods@bigpond.com Neptune Productions & Good Guys of Tweed Heads South Benefit Concert was a huge success bringing in $13,305.55, for the Jamieson Family.19yr old Kurt Jamieson was involved in a motor bike accident same day of the closing performance of ‘Whistle Down The Wind’. The rest of the family of 6 were involved in the performance. Kathy and Bruce faced emotional and financial pressures they were not expecting. 4 weeks later we convinced them that we wanted to hold a Benefit Concert on October 26th. Another 4 weeks and we had assembled 60 talented performers to stage

It’s Showtime - 33 Items from Musicals including a visit from The Russian Ballet. A huge thank you to all the Queensland Good Guys, Tweed Heads Council, Theatre Company members of the GCT Alliance, Business Houses, and individuals including those who donated extremely generous Raffle Prizes. Thank you to those who attended the packed theatre and assured us it was a fabulous night - tables of 10 - and a BYO feast. Latest news - Kurt is home again - struggling to keep out of his wheel chair - and made a miraculous recovery - can and will improve slowly. His Doctors are amazed - all our prayers worked. Neptune’s Motto - ‘Team Work makes the Dream Work’.

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The signing of the Treaty of Waitangi was re-enacted in 1923 in Wellington

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Zealand’s founding document - the Treaty of Waitangi - in 1840. Waitangi Day celebrations happen all over New Zealand. For some people the day is a holiday; for many, and especially for Maori, it is the occasion for reflecting on the Treaty and what it means to them. Pakeha (white people) and Maori can join together and celebrate on 15th February, at Broadwater Parklands, Southport starting at 10.00am. This will be a family fun day with live music, food and retail stalls as well as kids’ amusement rides.

Have we found the remains of Alfred the Great? BONES found in a box stored in a museum in southern England are believed to be either that of King Alfred the Great or his son, King Edward the Elder. King Alfred, who was best known for defending his Wessex kingdom against Viking invaders and laying the foundations of a unified English state, died in 899. His bones were buried in a cathedral in the southern city of Winchester, but were later dug up and moved several times. In March, archaeologists excavated the last known site but were disappointed to find that the bones were not old enough to be those of Alfred. They were then told of the existence of bones from

an excavation carried out at another site, Hyde Abbey, in the 1990s and then stored at Winchester City Museum. “Given the age at death of the individual, and the probable male identity, the plausible candidates are King Alfred, King Edward the Elder, or the brother of King Edward, Aethelweard,” Katie Tucker, a researcher in human osteology, said on Friday. “The discovery of the bone in a pit dug into the graves in front of the High Altar makes it likely that it comes from either Alfred or Edward,” she said. The announcement comes just a year after bones found under a car park in the city of Leicester were proved to be that of 15th century monarch King Richard III, the last Plantagenet king.

Margaret Olley collection coming out of storage THE eagerly-awaited opening of the Margaret Olley Art Centre moved a major step closer recently when Tweed Regional Gallery staff started to move the late artist Margaret Olley’s possessions to the newly-built building. Approximately 76,000 items have been in storage in a secret location in Tweed Shire since they

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across from their storage site, Gallery Director Susi Muddiman said. The relocation will include shifting many pieces of furniture, an old rowboat and even an ancient altar, to create an exact reproduction of Olley’s famous Paddington home. ‘It will be a monumental task to move the many thousands of items that were contained within the very famous rooms of Margaret’s home studio,’ Ms Muddiman said. ‘It’s going to be the largest recreation of an artist’s studio in the world.’ The move coincides with the arrival of the MOAC’s first Curator and Collections Manager, Ingrid Hedgcock. The $4 million project, scheduled to be opened in mid-March, has been funded by million-dollar contributions from the Margaret Olley Art Trust; the Federal Government Community Infrastructure Program and Tweed Shire Council, along with major financial input from Arts NSW; the Tweed River Art Gallery Foundation Ltd and The Friends of the Tweed Regional Gallery, and MOAC Inc.

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Gold Coast City Jazz Club JACK Thorncraft and his good mates Dave Sanders on drums and Steve Russell on keyboards will be presenting songs from his upcoming album At the Southport Bowls Club on Monday 17th February at 7pm. Included in the program will be originals from Jack along with some of his favourite standards. The Trio have been together now for quite some time, playing music that is characterised by tasteful, smooth, muscular swing with Jack’s sensitive, interpretive singing telling the story out front. A night of great music by a great trio!! Admission- members $10.00 non-members $15.00 Bookings Phone 07 5531 2626 (if requiring a meal) or 0419 658 983.

Square Dance Classes HAVE fun, make new friends, learn square dancing a fun way to have gentle exercise for both body and mind. Keep fit and make friends at the same time. Classes start on Saturday 22nd February commencing at 7pm and dances are held weekly at Maher Hall, 42 Matilda St, Burleigh Heads. Cost is just $6 per Maureen and Harry Price take a breather from bicycling at Burleigh Heads. person. Everyone is welcome. For further information contact Joy on 07 5523 3047 or Jenny on 0419 449 013. MAUREEN and Harry Price love get- coming to the end of a two-week stay ting out-and-about; seeing new places, at a local caravan park. During winter, and meeting new people while enjoy- they chase the warmer weather by heading the security and friendliness of- ing up to North Queensland—again, in fered to them by living in an over-50s their caravan. lifestyle resort. Their bicycles travel with them and al- CELEBRATE the 150th anniversary of poet Banjo Residents of Golden Crest Manors in low this positive couple to not only Paterson’s birth with tea, damper and rousing perforNerang, former Melburnians Maureen exercise in a fun way but to have a good mances by Dave ‘the Banjo’ Ferrer. Entry is free. and Harry have travelled throughout look at the local area. Hear ‘the Banjo’ at Elanora Branch Library on MonAustralia in their caravan; working Best wishes to Maureen and Harry for day February 17 between 10 and 11 am. Book your along the way. When snapped at a continued happy life, and safe spot by phoning 5581 1671 and at Helensvale Branch Burleigh Heads recently, they were travels. Library on Wednesday February 19, 10 and11 am 5581 1625. You can also book online at http://bit.ly/ GCLibrariesEvents.

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My wish for you in 2014 May peace break into your home and may thieves come to steal your debts. May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet for $100 bills. May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips! May happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy. May the problems you had forget your home address! In simple words . . . May 2014 be the best year of your life!!! Happy New Year!

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