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Public urged to give rare birds space

KINGSCLIFF’S Jack Bayliss Park has again become home to nesting bush stone curlews and the public is being urged to give the rare birds space. Bush stone curlews are highly threatened, groundnesting birds and Council is asking for public assistance in protecting the breeding pair and their chicks. The chicks have taken shelter under a stand of pandanus trees in the Marine Parade park. “It is wonderful to see the species breeding in Tweed Shire but there is typically a large number of dogs roaming off-leash in this park, even though it is not a designated off-leash area” Natural Resource Management Officer Pamela Gray said. “There is also a chance the young will become separated from their parents if people go too close to the site because the parents will get over-stressed and abandon the nest.“ Ms Gray said Council was imploring residents and

BEWARE: Bush stone curlews are nesting at Jack Bayliss Park, Kingscliff.

visitors to keep their dogs on leash and for safety of the chicks to stay well away from the nesting site, which is well marked with

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Time for a redefinition of numbers FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK WHEN you speak to Sally Hatton (front cover) you realise there needs to be a redefinition of the meaning of age. Thanks goes to Sally who agreed to opt out of her privacy and into front page limelight to show that age doesn’t have to slow you down. At 59, Sally’s healthy, active lifestyle has given her a sense of wellbeing , which along with a vision to plan and an ability to enjoy big adventures is inspirational. In this edition, I have also added Opinion Pages. As we live longer and healthier lives, we are also staying longer in the workforce. But there can be barriers. Let us know what you think on facebooks https:// www.facebook.com/seniorsnews or go to website http://www.seniorsnews.com.au/ – Gail Forrer

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“The world loves our beaches. “Both visitors and locals are able to enjoy them all year round thanks to the dedication and hard work of many different groups and volunteers,” he said.

“Whether it’s our daily beach sweeps, sand nourishment efforts or dunes protection, we’ll continue to work with the community to make sure this 2.5 kilometre stretch of beach is always a favourite.” Volunteers from local schools, scouting groups, surf lifesavers, the Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre and other community, environmental and sporting groups all contribute to ongoing beach care initiatives at Burleigh. The City also runs an ongoing BeachCare Program at Burleigh and other local beaches, coordinated by the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management.

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CHRISTEL Waters had always thought of herself as an only child with no close relatives. That is, until the research powers of the internet found her a half-sister with a “massive” extended Ukraine family. Now, thanks to the wonders of communication technology, the Sunshine Coast resident regularly talks to Nadiya and her son (Christel’s nephew) Alexander on Skype, and through Viber is able to exchange photographs and text, free. Christel pointed out that Skype lets her see facial features and pick up on personalities, which letters cannot do. The story begins just after the Second World War, when her father left his town on the border of Germany and Poland and became lost in the post-war chaos. His daughter Nadyia went to live in the Ukraine, where she had two

SCREEN SHOT: Christel Waters speaks with a cousin in Germany via Skype.

sons who now have families of their own. Two years ago Alexander, at Nadiya’s urging, set the ball rolling to find where his grandfather had gone. Soon they found out that he had tried to make contact, but war turmoil had shutdown communication. Desperate for information, Nadiya went to a clair-

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For Sally and Bill staying fit, healthy equals happiness By GAIL FORRER

YES, growing up Sally Hatton was a fan of American surfer girl Gidget, but that wasn’t the inspiration that had her hit the waves at the age of 55. “It’s all about staying fit, maintaining mobility and a sense of wellbeing,” Sally said. Before becoming a Kingscliff local, Sally and her Ipswich family spent school vacations in the family’s holiday home at Palm Beach. “I guess that’s where it started and – ended,” Sally recalled with a laugh. “Dad bought a Midget Farrelly longboard for my sisters and me to carry down the beach. “And we did that, but we never got off the beach.” The blue-eyed, 59-year-old blonde with a naturally inquiring nature and a glass half full attitude, presents with a ready sense of humour. And that’s what she says it’s all about. “I have an encouraging surfboard riding partner and we see it as having fun together. “We treat it as an adventure.” Her surfing adventure gained traction when the couple holidayed on Lombok Island, off Bali, and hired a surf coach.

It’s all about staying fit, maintaining mobility and a sense of wellbeing. – SALLY HATTON

Sally and Bill with friend in Kathmandu before trekking.

“Because it’s a Bay – you can paddle around the waves to get out the back – which makes it a lot easier to learn,” she said. A few more holiday lessons later with more free time due to retirement, the former teacher and civil servant, was not only catching waves, but standing up and riding them. “I’ve always been a water person,” she said “But instead of just floating around like a teabag – I can be more active now.” Not only has retirement bought her more time to surf, her lifelong passion for cooking has led her into the field nutrition and massage. Both Sally and her equally dynamic partner Bill are now a qualified re-

medial and kahuna masseurs. “It’s another avenue to keep you fit and healthy,” she said, Sally said her board riding progress can be measured in board size. “I started with a 8ft 2”, went to 7 ft and am ready to buy a 6ft 4” board – no metric in surfboards,” she said. Sally explained that a bigger board was easier to stay on, in contrast to a smaller board which featured more manoeuvrability. Meanwhile, Sally and Bill are out of the water and on land about a quarter of the way through a Nepal trek. PS: They have promised to keep us in touch with their trekking progress.

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Open house unlocks the City of Gold Coast PIONEER DEVELOPER: Keith Williams’ Paradise Point Mansion.

people from all walks of life, from those with an interest in architecture and sustainable design to the inquisitive and creatively inclined,” said Mr Ewart. Gold Coast Open House also offers a children’s program with free and entertaining activities available at many of the buildings open to the public. A photographic competition, open to junior, amateur and professional photographers, will be held in conjunction with Gold Coast Open House. Sponsored by Hickey Lawyers, the competition offers prizes valued at $1400 across the three categories. Entry details and categories are available at goldcoast

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Gold Coast Open House is calling for volunteers to assist in the facilitation of visits by the general public to the 20+ buildings. To volunteer for GCOH, email volunteer@goldcoastopen house.com.au or register online at goldcoast openhouse.com.au. More info at goldcoast openhouse.com.au.

Southport School is one of 20 properties listed for the first Gold Coast Open House.

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ON SATURDAY, October 17, the City of Gold Coast will host the inaugural Open House, unlocking the doors of quirky, interesting and significant buildings and inviting Gold Coasters to take a behindthe-scenes tour of private places not typically available for public access. From the old Southport Drill Hall constructed in 1890 to the Hot Tomato on-air studios in High Street, to the iconic 80s Paradise Waters mansion of Gold Coast pioneer Keith Williams, the public can discover what lies behind the closed doors of fascinating buildings and places they may have only ever seen from the street. Around 20 properties are listed for the inaugural Gold Coast Open House. Chair of Gold Coast Open House 2015 and Chair of the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers’ branch of the Australian Institute of Architecture, Greg Ewart, said the list is impressive and diverse. “We have been overwhelmed by the positive response and enthusiasm we have received for the first event and hope Gold Coasters get behind Gold Coast Open House with the same enthusiasm shown for Brisbane Open House, an event that has grown to more than 100 buildings over the past five years. “Open House will provide a snapshot of the future of urban design on the Gold Coast as well as a journey into the past, with a collection of both contemporary and historic architecture open to the public. “The buildings this year will appeal to all ages and

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Come on, join the seniors conversation WE WOULD like to hear what you have to say about Seniors newspapers topics. You can email us on editor@seniorsnewspaper.com.au or go direct to website www.seniorsnewspaper.com.au

where you will see an an area for your opinion/story. Just click onto the online button and

you’re there. This week we publish a reader’s opinion on the article relating to seniors spending their retirement. We look forward to hearing from you. – Gail Forrer, editor

What’s mine is mine Bne Seniors Newspaper Vol 12, Iss 9, pg 11 “Retirees accused of ‘blowing’ their children’s inheritance”.

LETTERS S TO THE EDITOR

I REMAIN appalled by people, be they family or friends, who think they have an entitlement to other people’s money. A bequest is choice and gift of the deceased person. No one else owns another’s possessions except the owner. No one should have any say at all as to what they feel they are “entitled to”. The mindset that people have a right to a secured

allotment of money is in the days of yore and has been for a very long time. My children know full well that when I retire I am going to live life to the full and they will get what is leftover. Neither of my children are wealthy but they know what I own is mine to do with in whatever form I wish. The mindset is all based on greed.

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Each person should make their own way in life and rely on nothing that is not earned by themselves, let alone “accuse” their bequeather of almost daylight robbery. I have sent this email after not finding a “Letters to the Editor” section. Please consider the inclusion of “Letters to the Editor” as I am sure there are a lot of us out there who share the same feeling. Margaret Daly Nundah Thanks for your letter Margaret, we look forward to more comment. – Gail Forrer

Working longer AUSTRALIANS are leading longer, healthier lives and are being urged by economists and politicians to work longer. While many of us are keen to do so, others feel that after a lifetime of hard work they are entitled to an easier life. If you’re not ready for retirement just yet, you might be thinking about your options. You might be considering starting your own business, retraining for a new career or simply up-

skilling for your current one. You may even be looking for a new job or trying to rejoin the workforce. While older job seekers in Australia are known to face the most trouble when it comes to finding work, that doesn’t mean you should be discouraged. Age discrimination in employment has been acknowledged as a significant issue for many decades and Australia has been active in legislating to compensate

those who are victims of age discrimination. National Seniors Australia continues to lead research into age discrimination and the retention of older workers in the Australian workforce, as well as fight for better conditions for mature age workers. Check out the articles at the website below for the latest research and useful information on work and careers – www.nationalseniors.com.au/be-informed/ work-and-careers.

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Facing unfair treatment because of their age STEREOTYPES about young people and older Australians are a major factor behind age discrimination. This is especially true for mature workers, who often have to counter negative attitudes held by employers and assumptions about a ‘use by’ date for their skills. The Age Discrimination Act 2004 protects individuals across Australia from discrimination on the basis of age in many areas of public life, including employment, education, accom-

modation and the provision of goods and services. People who experience direct or indirect discrimination can complain to the Commission. The Commissioner undertakes a wide range of activities to help individuals and organisations around the country understand their rights and meet their legal responsibilities, especially in the workplace. The work includes research, policy advice and education initiatives that

Go to www.seniorsnewspaper.com.au and check into our online poll: Have you experienced mature age workplace discrimination? Just tick the box – Yes/No. tackle the attitudes and stereotypes that can lead to age discrimination. The Age Discrimination Commissioner, the Hon Susan Ryan AO, leads this

work. Her focus is addressing the barriers to equality and participation faced by mature workers, older Australians and young people.

Measures are needed to break down age discrimination IN MARCH this year, the release of the Intergenerational Report today confirmed the government's continued intention to cut the age pension, highlights the need for more focus on combatting age discrimination and having a more dynamic workforce participa-

tion policy, and reaffirms the need for a comprehensive retirement incomes review, said leading seniors advocate COTA Australia. COTA Australia Chief Executive Ian Yates said population and demographic changes heralded ‘the age of the senior' which should

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be celebrated. "The ageing population means we are going to be forced to better value older people in our society as we will need to rely on them to balance future budgets. A productive future of Australia will need to be a productive older Australia," Mr Yates

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AGE AND DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION COMMISSIONER THE Hon Susan Ryan AO (pictured) was appointed as Australia’s first Age Discrimination Commissioner on July 30, 2011 for a five year term. Susan Ryan is also the Disability Discrimination Commissioner, from 12 July 2014. Up until her appointment as Commissioner, she had been Women’s Ambassador for ActionAid Australia and chaired the Australian Human Rights Group since 2008. She had also chaired the Australian Human Rights Act Campaign Inc. since 2005. Immediately prior to commencing as Commissioner, Susan was also the Independent Chair of the IAG and NRMA Superannuation Plan and had been President of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees from 2000 to 2007, member of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors from 2001 to 2007, member of the ASX Corporate Governance Council from 2003 to 2007

and CEO of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia from 1993 to 1997. Susan has also held a number of positions at the University of New South Wales. She was Pro-chancellor and Council member from 1998, Chair of the UNSW Risk Committee from 2002 and Chair of the Advisory Council FASS UNSW since 2010. From 1975 to 1988, Susan was Senator for the ACT, becoming the first woman to hold a Cabinet post in a federal Labor Government. She also pioneered extensive anti-discrimination and equal opportunity legislation, including the landmark Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and the Affirmative Action Act 1986. In 1990, Susan was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia for her contribution to Parliament. Contact: Australian Human Rights Commission. Ph: (02) 9284 9600. National Information Service: 1300 656 419.

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Fun at Burleigh Waters Probus Club outings

WE HAVE interesting guest speakers each month, and at our last meeting former state MP Christine Smith gave us an insight into aspects relating to her life and her involvement in politics. During September some Probus Club of Burleigh Waters members enjoyed a picnic lunch at Currumbin, while others played in the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers Association annual Golf Day, and one of our teams took out the winners’ trophy. The Walking Group had a pleasant and interesting walk along the boardwalk and path near Fleays and Tallebudgera Creek. Retired or semi-retired men are invited to club meetings on the third Monday of each month at 10am in the Burleigh Waters Community Centre, 131 Christine Ave Burleigh Waters. Our aim is to provide fellowship, friendship and fun to our members.

OUT AND ABOUT: Burleigh Waters Probus Club members and wives enjoy a relaxing picnic lunch.

Although this is a men’s club, wives/partners are welcome to attend all club meetings and outings and share in the great fellow-

ship. The club has an outing on the first Monday of each month, in addition to the monthly general meeting.

Contact Brian 5520 6332 or Colin 0427 272 829. For more information visit our website – Google Probus Club of Burleigh Waters.

Free breast screening available for older women CONFUSION exists about whether women can continue to attend breast cancer screening after the age of 70. The answer is yes. Women are certainly eligible to continue having a free breastscreen every two years at BreastScreen Queensland services, despite automated reminder letters ceasing after they turn 74. However, when deciding whether to continue with regular screening as they get older, it is important for women to consider both the benefits and harms. Research evidence shows the greatest benefits of screening are for women aged50 to 74 – the age group who are recommended to attend screening every two years. When choosing whether to continue breast screening, women need to take into consideration their health and circumstances. This may include asking themselves if they would be willing and able to undergo

treatment if breast cancer were detected, and weighing up how important the early detection of breast cancer is to them. Age is the biggest risk factor for women developing breast cancer. The average age at first diagnosis is 60 years and figures show one quarter of new cases occur in women 70 years and older. However, whilst breast cancer risk remains high with increasing age, the benefits of mammographic screening in reducing breast cancer deaths in the population is less strong for women beyond age 75. Women are certainly welcome to continue breast screening beyond age 75. There are a number of considerations to weigh up, and women can always consult their health care provider for further advice. For more information, or to make an appointment at your nearest BreastScreen service, phone 132 050.

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Gift of a lifetime

ANYONE who needs to make or update their will should mark October 12 and 20 on their calendar, as these are the days Red Cross has organised Community Wills Days in Helensvale and Oxenford where local solicitors will prepare a simple will for just $75 per person. Ian Williamson, national bequest manager for Red Cross says: “Writing a will is one of the most important things you will do in your lifetime and yet just under half of Australian adults still do not have one.” The Red Cross Wills for Life program has so far helped over 5000 Australians get their affairs in order with a new or updated will and many have confirmed a gift in their will to

Red Cross. A gift in your will helps support the everyday work of Red Cross both in Australia and around the world. For more information about Red Cross Community Wills days or to make an appointment phone 1800 811 700 or email bequests@redcross.org.au Helensvale Community Wills Day will be held on Monday October 12, from 10am – 3pm at the Helensvale Senior Citizens Hall, 37 Discovery Dr, Helensvale. Oxenford Community Wills Day will be held on Tuesday October 20, from 1pm – 3pm at the Oxenford and Coomera Community Youth Centre, 25 Leo Graham Way, Oxenford.

Runaway VIEW

HONOURED GUEST: Mike Grenby was an entertaining guest speaker.

CURRUMBIN Wildlife Park volunteer Mike Grenby was speaker at Runaway Bay’s VIEW Club Sep-

tember meeting. Mike was very entertaining and received wine and champagne as a thank-you gift.

Further information or to RSVP to next meeting on Wednesday, October 14. Ph: June 0419 419 653.

Join in with Banora Point Probus Club THE Banora Point Probus Club meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 9.45am for 10.15am in the South Tweed Sports Club. This is a friendly mixed club for retirees. Visitors are welcome at the meetings and social outings. The guest speaker for October will be a representative from the Department of Fair Trading who will speak about consumer rights and responsibilities. Enquiries: phone Bae at 07 5590 9738 or Google our web site, sites.google.com/site/ banorapointprobus.

Girl Guide Get-Together

New Broadbeach National Seniors Branch to start up

THE annual Girl Guiding Get-Together is to be held at the home of Anne Biddulph, Banora Point, on Wednesday, October 21, starting at 10am Queensland time (11am NSW time).

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for interested people. The first meeting is at the Broadbeach Bowls Club, 169 Surf Pde (corner of Armrick Ave) at 9.30am, Wednesday, November 18. The guest speaker is from the Department of Fair

Trading, speaking on scams and protection. Meetings are usually on the fourth Wednesday of each month. John is willing to chair the first meeting of this new branch and would hope

members could elect a president, secretary, treasurer and vice-president in that meeting. For more information, phone 0478 064 529 or email jbworrall@hotmail.com

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Oxenford-Coomera VIEW Club to meet THE Oxenford-Coomera VIEW Club meets on the third Friday of each month at 10.30am for 11am, meeting at the Gainsborough Greens Golf Club, Pimpama.

All ladies are invited to make new friends with a welcoming group, enjoy lunch and a guest speaker. Proudly supporting the Smith Family, the Oxenford - Coomera VIEW

FUN: VIEW ladies enjoyed an outing at Cedar Creek Estate at North Tamborine.

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WORKING in health care in the army and for many years in remote areas of northern Australia has equipped Glen Maxted well for a new project he is excited about – professional assistance for travelling seniors. A clinical nurse specialist and a former ambulance driver, Glen is business manager of Nurse Assisted Holidays, based on the Gold Coast, where he has spent more than eight years in aged care. “If seniors think they have lost the ability to travel, we can make that desired holi-

day happen by providing registered nurses and caregivers to accompany them on the journey,” Glen said. “Seniors with special medical needs or those wanting the security of having a nurse with them on a holiday can rest easy assured that they have the best of health care. “Our goal is to provide seniors and people with disabilities an opportunity to experience amazing holidays by working with them to design a fantastic vacation. This includes seniors confined to a wheelchair or a wheelie walker or those

who require medication management or get a little confused at times – or simply are looking for a travel companion.” Glen says the services of Nurse Assisted Holidays start at the front door and go all the way to an airport, a train or a ship and beyond as nurses and caregivers take care of travel itineraries, passport assistance, luggage handling, medical needs and special food requirements, accompanying them on the holiday if needed. From cruising on the high seas to relaxing by a beach

in luxury or chugging through the Outback on the Ghan, seniors can rely on a professional team of nurses who will assess their needs for an ideal holiday and explain the services provided. After the planning stage, seniors will get a detailed proposal with fees from Nurse Assisted Holidays – and then it is off on that worry-free holiday! Contact Glen Maxted and his team on 0412 750 240 or email nurseassistedhol@bigpond.com. See www. nurseassistedholi daysaustralia.com.

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community news Runaway Bay Probus Club OUR club promotes fun, friendship and fellowship in the community. Here members enjoy morning tea near Toowoomba on their way to see the Festival of Flowers. It was a perfect day to see the magnificent blooms there on display. The club meets on the third Monday of each month at the Paradise Point Bowls Club. A luncheon is held every fourth Tuesday of each month at the same venue. Info: Ian 5537 9914.

Seniors Robina enjoy outings THE National Seniors Robina Branch is enjoying the high numbers of members participating in the branch outings program and especially the bi-monthly free barbecues held at Burleigh. The branch has a very stable and enthusiastic committee. Come along and join us for morning tea, have fun and conversation at the monthly meeting. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at the Robina Community and Library Centre, Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina starting at 10am. Phone Dagmar on 5559 2717 for details.

Body in the library not just a book character ALL the elements of a suspenseful murder mystery were involved, and then some: A library crime scene complete with a “body” monikered Moira (Moira ingeniously moulded from various bits and pieces into the shape of a person garbed in women’s clothing). Then there were a greedy motive; glaring (or was it?) evidence beside the corpse including a possible murder weapon and large bloodied footprints; a trail of clues scattered teasingly throughout the library (with some suspected clues not clues at all, throwing keen sleuths off the scent and back to HQ for a cheese-and-cracker rethink).

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Then came eight suspects ranging from a child prodigy, a truly eccentric genius and a paranormal investigator. To help solve the crime, Headquarters (next to the library where Moira’s body was found beside a bookshelf that had one particular book jutting out in clue-like fashion – but was it a clue or a read herring?) was filled with eager amateur detectives and enthusiastic mystery fans. All had been drawn to the scene by a tempting City Libraries Crime and Mystery flyer that listed a host of scarier-than-fiction activities being held at different Gold Coast locations to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Agatha

ON THE CASE: Librarian Louise Pieper (front centre) with crime-solving sleuths.

Christie’s birth, including The Body in the Library Murder Mystery Night at Robina. Special guest on the evening was award-winning crime author Sulari Gentill. Crime-solving prizes (mini-torches, magnifying glasses, and lollies for energy) were awarded to winning sleuths as well as to the stand-out 1930sstyle fashion figure. Oh, if you are wondering ‘whodunit?’ or whether another terrific (and it was a terrific Chapter 1 ef-

fort by library staff, family, and friends) Murder Mystery Night is set to stimulate the senses again in the near future, best person to interrogate is Robina librarian Louise Pieper. Louise may not yet have all the clues to satisfy your grilling (no matter how intense) but she is sure to investigate thoroughly on your behalf. As organisers appeared to have as much fun on the night as everyone else, possibly Chapter 2 already has a gumshoe on the case.

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Why pay too much? THE longer I stay in this business, the more I get annoyed that bereaved families are paying too much for a funeral. It’s like when we look to take out a mortgage, we automatically think of the Big 4, but if you did some research, you would find there are a hundred smaller financial institutions who offer the same service but at a better rate. And so too with the funeral industry. When someone passes away, often it is the first time that a family has to face this situation. They need to find a funeral director and often it is one of the major players that come to mind. However, when you look a little further you will find there are alternatives. My name is Krystine Hastings, principal of Cremations Only. I cannot stress enough – you do not need to pay too much for a funeral service. We offer a full funeral service at a chapel or church of your choice from $4850 which in-

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Royal Qld Art Society hosts Robert Lovett Extraordinary global artist goes on show

THE Royal Queensland Art Society (RQAS) at Broadbeach is set to host an exhibition of works by internationally celebrated painter and sculptor Robert Lovett. A Gold Coast resident and citizen of the world, Robert Lovett was born in Sydney where he studied commercial art followed by anatomy and sculpture in America. A member of the exclusive Australian Watercolour Institute, he has been painting in oils and watercolours for over 60 years; first becoming known for his Outback Australia themes. As official artist to the Snowy Mountains Authority from 1950 to 1968, Robert captured the rugged beauty

ON SHOW: Robert Lovett painting Camels.

of the High Country while owner/operator of an 800hectare cattle property. In 1981 he worked on location with actors Kirk Douglas and Jack Thompson for the filming of The Man from Snowy River. Thompson then opened an exhibition of Robert’s works at the Sydney Opera House by reciting Banjo Patterson’s iconic The Man from Snowy River to the

sellout crowd. This marked a milestone in Robert’s career with him recognised as one of Australia’s leading artists. The Australian Government presented 40 Lovett paintings over the years to heads of state from many countries. The Australian Mint reproduced Robert’s Man from Snowy River image on a limited edition $5 coin.

Robert has painted exotic themes from Asia, Europe, America, the Middle East and the Pacific Islands. The Robert Lovett exhibition opens Sunday, November 1, at 2pm, at the Royal Queensland Art Society, 25 Broadbeach Blvd, Broadbeach and runs until November 14. Free entry. Call 5592 0440 or email: rqasgc@rqasgoldcoast.com

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Special treatment for your nails NAIL and Tendon Clinics provides two treatment modalities – Shockwave therapy and Clear Nail Laser Treatment. Shockwave therapy (ESWT) relieves pain and discomfort for tendonitis, bursitis and calcification. Conditions such as, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis, hip pain, tennis elbow and sporting injuries can be treated with usually two to three treatments. Our clinic for the Shockwave therapy is situated in Southport. Clear Nail Laser Treatment to treat fungal nail infection for both fingernails and toenails is available at Southport, Tweed Heads and Byron Bay. The Clear Nail Laser Treatment package consists of an initial treatment and a second treatment three months later. Call or email Val on 0409 897 808, val@nailandtendonclinics.com for further information. www.nailandtendonclinics .com.

HEALTH AND HAPPINESS: The Tuesday Tai Chi and Exercise Group.

Tai Chi a Seniors Week success SENIORS Week involved a busy time at Southport Meals on Wheels Senior Citizens Association. Members as well as the general public, invited as guests, took part in a variety of activities. The Tuesday Tai Chi and Exercise Group is never short of keen participants. Dancing, including Line,

New Vogue, Scottish, Tap, Square and Social, kept the music flowing and the dance floor bustling from Monday to Saturday. Southport Meals on Wheels Senior Citizens Association yearly membership is just $8 per person, with classes costing $3 each including tea/coffee/biscuits. Both men and wo-

men are always welcome. The club location is 2 Whitby St, Southport, around the corner from the Nerang St Light Rail stop. For more information, phone Peta, 5529 7910; Pamia, 5591 3056, or Wendy, 5537 2214, Or visit: http://southportseniorcitizens.com/weeklyplan.

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A crafty state of mind

TALENT ON SHOW: Residents Heather Humphrey and Pauline Bridie.

played an integral role in the community. Seachange project director Phil Goodman said: “The exhibition is another example of how Seachange residents are actively involved in both their own community and also their broader community. “Seachange is proud to off-

er residents a vibrant lifestyle amongst like-minded people that nourishes the body, mind and soul.” Categories included acrylic open, acrylic beginners, oil open, watercolour open, watercolour beginners, pastel, drawing, charcoal, pen and ink; mixed media/ abstract; portrait; quilts;

knitting and crochet; hand embroidery; cards; and miscellaneous. The Neil Johnson Perpetual Award was awarded to Jeff Niblett for his mixed media work Lay Lines. All proceeds from the event were donated to Gold Coast homeless charity Rosies.

MORE than 300,000 retirees will have their pension reduced or cancelled in January 2017. The new rules will affect pensioner homeowner couples with assets between $451,500 and $823,000 or single homeowner pensioners with assets between $289,500 and $547,000. There are just over 15 months before the rules take effect and there is some hope that the Federal Government will reverse this decision. Of course, there is a new Prime Minister, so that might help – maybe. But importantly, before the pension changes are implemented, we have another Federal Budget in May and a federal election probably late in 2016. Both nationally and locally, Australians in Retirement has been lobbying government and local politicians to have these changes reversed. But, retirees need to be prepared in case the changes remain in place. Gold Coast president of Australians in Retirement, Rob Grover said: “We will be holding a pu-

blic information forum for all retirees who are likely to be affected by these rule changes. “Guest speaker will be Russell Lenehan from Centrelink,” Mr Grover said. “Mr Lenehan will explain the impact of the changes and will answer questions as to how they may impact on individuals. “All Gold Coast retirees are welcome to attend this free forum,” Mr Grover said. The meeting will be held at 9.30am at the Broadbeach Seniors’ Centre, 23 T E Peters Dr, (cnr Havana Keys), Broadbeach, on Thursday, October 8 However, due to space limitations, seating can be guaranteed to members of the public who register their attendance. You can register by contacting Rob Grover at robgrover@hotmail.com. Australians in Retirement is the business name for The Association of Independent Retirees. This is the peak body representing the interests of retirees who are self-funded or in receipt of a part pension.

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THE creativity and talent of residents from over 50s lifestyle resort Seachange Arundel were on display at its popular art and craft exhibition at the five-star country club recently. The Seachange Art & Craft Exhibition was back bigger and better this year, with more than 300 arts and crafts lovers attending. Residents invited locals to enjoy the annual event, showcasing their arts and crafts. “This is one of our major and most popular events at Seachange and this year’s event was no exception,” said Seachange Social Club Co-ordinator Brian Dawson. “With our own art room, sewing room and workshop located in the country club, residents were able to produce an incredible array of high-quality art and craft works. “It’s been an exciting opportunity for residents to develop their artistic side.” Visitors to the evening enjoyed wine and cheese and took the opportunity to be inspired by artworks that

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community news Longevity: It's in the legs

OVER the past decade there have been several studies published, outlining the importance of strength for longevity. Typically, cardiovascular fitness was thought to be more important for health and survivability, but research has shown that good leg strength is even more related to longevity than cardiovascular fitness. Some might wonder how this can be true? It seems to come down to overall work burden on the heart. Good levels of strength (leg strength particularly) can significantly lower the required input from the heart to complete even the most simple of daily activities. Another important thing to consider is muscle mass (relative to body height). Muscle is actually an important protein reserve during times of illness and having good leg strength reduces falls risks. For further information on suitable strengthening programs for the older population, contact the team at Burleigh Central Physiotherapy on 5576 0747.

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VIBRANT GATHERING: Photographed here by Tosca’s grandson, Entoni Wright, at the Heritage Hideaway Cafe are (from left) Donna, Tosca, Amy, Laura and Olga.

times surprising food for thought as well – is what this group of friends recently enjoyed. The group met over lunch (and a surprise box of quality chocolates) at the Heritage Hideaway Cafe in Tallebudgera Valley. The meeting was organised

Connections for the over-50s TOP Enders connects the over-50s from all areas of the Gold Coast for friendship, fun outings and fellowship. Our group meets on the second Wednesday of the month from 11am–3pm. For more information, phone Sue on 0405 936 330 or email Sam at oz.sam@live.com.au.

aged to join in the interesting conversations, which can include discussions about a wide range of topics. The subjects may include the environment, art, philosophy, nature, spirituality, health, healing, travel and food – and anything

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community news Join in beginner classes at Gold Coast Family History

No need to be lonely if you join this friendship group

INTERESTED in starting work on your family history and getting serious about genealogy? We have a beginner class being held on Monday, October 19, at our rooms at

Room 3, Bicentennial Building, Nerang-Southport Rd, Nerang, at 9.30am. Bookings are essential, so please contact Nicol Warren on 0433 770 583.

Kingscliff Mixed Probus KINGSCLIFF Mixed Probus Club holds its meetings in the Uniting Church Hall, Kingscliff, on the first Wednesday of each month at 9.45am and outings on

STILL GOING STRONG: These happy Never Aloners celebrate their fifth birthday.

We are still close by from all walks of life can come and be welcomed by our volunteers and enjoy the company of other likeminded people. The opportunity to sit and have morning tea and a chat with fellow guests and volunteers goes some way to addressing their needs. The centre is self-funded and relies on donations

THE Annual General Meeting of the Gold Coast and Hinterland Historical Society was held in the beautiful grounds of the society’s museum recently. Election of office-bearers took place, with Michael Aird elected president, Bob Nancarrow re-elected as vice-president and Colleen Yuke as secretary/treasurer. Former Gold Coast mayor Lex Bell and Coun-

and grants. It is recognised by many agencies who refer their clients to the centre. The centre operates from the Masonic Hall in First Ave, Burleigh Heads, and is open each Wednesday from 9am until midday. The cost is a $2 donation. For information call 07 5562 2993.

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AFTER five years of service to the community, the Never Alone Friendship Centre has relocated from the Burleigh Heads Uniting Church to the Masonic Hall, just around the corner in First Ave, Burleigh Heads. Over the span of five years we have addressed the needs of people who, for

the third Wednesday of the month. Interesting guest speakers feature at our meetings. New people welcome to attend. Phone Pat on 02 6674 4224.

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QCWA SE Division A RESILIENT and inventive Make Do and Mend spirit is alive and well in the CWA, according to QCWA South Eastern Division president Mandy Clements. Speaking at the opening of Beaudesert Shire’s 100 years of Anzac tribute to its communities, Mrs Clements added that CWA support for Australians continues to go far beyond war efforts. For more than 90 years, QCWA has provided friendship, fun and support for Queenslanders. QCWA South Eastern Division encompasses 10 branches, from Beenleigh to Coolangatta, Coomera in the middle, and west to Beaudesert, whose members put on a magnificent

THE public are invited to the Queensland Country Women’s Association (QCWA) Mermaid Beach All Pink High Tea on Wednesday, October 14, 9.30am at 45 Ventura Rd, Mermaid Beach.

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THE Gold Coast cultural precinct’s Stage 1 amphitheatre will be an integral part of the landscape. Embedded in the Stage 1 Artscape, the revised concept forms a seamless green connection between the existing arts centre and the planned Riverside Hub, with its transitional visual arts galleries. Council has unanimously recommended the new concept for inclusion in Stage 1, and the recommendation will now go before a full council meeting. Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the garden theatre-style concept was a new direction for what will be the precinct’s versatile outdoor space or amphitheatre. “It follows market testing, consultation and feedback from key stakeholders and potential users,” he said. Councillors were given the opportunity to review the previous proposal, ‘The Splash’, and compare it with this new one. “We received a detailed presentation from the design team, led by ARM Architecture. Councillors have now supported this new direction. “It gives us the opportunity to incorporate the design competition-winning voronoi design into the amphitheatre and is still flexible, catering for a wide array of performances, functions and events. It will still be purpose-built with a flexible capacity of 850 to 5000 people, with the opportunity to bump in equipment for larger performances,” Cr Tate said. “This concept performs the same function as The Splash and we have advice that there will be no additional cost.” The new concept includes landscaping over the stage and wings, with potential for grassed observation areas, picnic spots, play equipment and areas for artistic activation. Further detailed design work can now commence. Work on Stage 1 is scheduled to begin early in 2016 with completion by 2018.

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Celebrate this country’s stunning and unique flora

FLOWERS By Friends are beautiful Australian native floral designs using only the best native plants available. Proceeds from sales support the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens. Volunteers source supplies from private growers both locally and in outlying regional areas. All flora are tested for vase life to identify which species can be used successfully in floral design. The result is arrangements, event floral design and other floral pro-

A GROUP of women and men who enjoy machine knitting meet at The Franklin Craft Centre, Mudgeeraba usually on the second Monday of the month. Our next meeting, the last for 2015, is on November 9, starting at 9.30am. Visitors are always wel-

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THE Tweed Heads Veterans Access Network (VAN) shopfront will relocate to new premises in late 2015. The decision to move the VAN office was made by Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, following community consultations undertaken by DVA in January and February

2015. Existing telephone and online services offered by DVA will also continue. Clients can phone 133 254 from within the metropolitan area, or 1800 555 254 from regional Australia for DVA assistance, or access DVA’s online self-service facility MyAccount (https://myaccount.dva.gov.au/).

Computer tuition for Tweed TWEED Area Computer Tuition is 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 suiting 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 PCs and Apple Mac Computers. People can join at any time, but if they require more direct information, they can attend the next “sign-on” day on Friday, October 30, at 11am to 1pm. Further information is available at the club’s website, www.tact.org.au, or by contacting Jenny on 07 5524 3057.

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OUR club meets next on Tuesday 20/10/2015 at 10am at the Tri Care Retirement Community 87/89 Tweed Coast Rd, Hastings Point. New members welcome, inquiries Steve, 02 6676 4641 or web http:// hastingsptprobus.org. At this meeting Denise Fer-

gusson, president of Kingscliff Branch of Country Women’s Association, will speak. Denise will speak about The Country Women’s Association and the aims of a not-for-profit association. Denise will also give a short history of the CWA.

Tweed Valley Toastmasters CAT got your tongue? Selfconfidence needs boosting? Join us at Tweed Valley Toastmasters club. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays each month, 10am at Cudgen Leagues

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Walk your dog, safely TAKING your dog for their daily walk is great for you, your dog and the community. Where and when possible stick to busy routes and busy times when there are plenty of other walkers about. If you are walking in a park, try to stay in open areas where you can see around you and be seen by other walkers. Consider meeting up with other dog walkers – it’s fun to exercise with others for you and your dog. If you’re walking around the streets, ensure you walk in the opposite direction to the traffic. Avoid wearing headphones or using your mobile phone when you are walking as they may cause you to be distracted and unaware of your surroundings. Inform someone where you are going and what time you expect to be back. Avoid using the same route and going at the same time every day. Aim to look con-

PLAY IT SAFE: Make your walk safe and enjoyable with your pet.

fident and in control of both your dog and any situation you are in. Always be aware of your surroundings and always act on your instincts. If something looks or feels wrong it probably is. Your dog may also be indicating that they could be sensing a situation is not safe. If your safety is threatened,

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Tweed News Wide range of activities at Coolangatta Seniors centre THE Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre for 50 and over seniors welcomes all Gold Coast and Tweed residents and visitors. The centre has a large range of activities including bingo, sequence dancing (including lessons), broadband for seniors with free computer lessons, card games, choir group, indoor bowls, knit and natter, craft and chatter.Our next Free Monthly Concert will be on Monday, October 26, at 1pm Qld time and will feature “Davo” (David Mitchell). “Davo” has been

TRIP: Tweed Border Branch of National Seniors on a visit to Toowoomba.

Tweed Border National Seniors TWEED Border Branch of National Seniors meets at 10am DST on the fourth Wednesday of each month except December at the South Tweed Sports Club, 4 Minjungbal Dr, South

Tweed Heads. New members and visitors all welcome. We recently went to the Japanese Garden in Toowoomba during the Carnival of Flowers week.

described as a comic genius and with his magnificent voice he impersonates many famous people. We can assure everyone of another wonderful afternoon of entertainment so we do hope you can come along. For further inquiries, events brochure and concert bookings (recommended), please phone 07 5536 4050 or visit the centre at 2 Gerrard St, Coolangatta. We look forward to making you welcome at Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre.

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U3A Tea and Talk WE WILL be at our new venue in The Common Room at St Cuthbert’s Retirement Complex in Keith Compton Dr, Tweed Heads for our Tea and Talk on Wednesday, October 14 at 2pm (NSW time). Our speaker has made a detailed study of the composer, Paganini. Gertie Krebs would like to introduce us to the music of this famous composer. This is an opportunity to learn more about Paganini, his life and musical compositions. Gertie will intersperse her talk with excerpts from performances of Paganini’s music. In November, which will be our last Tea and Talk for the year, our guest speaker will be Ian Brown who is a fireman. Ian will talk to us about fire safety in our homes. The cost of the afternoon tea is a gold coin donation.

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IT WAS a great Father’s Day turnout at the Broadwater Parklands for A Walk in the Park, the major community fundraising event held yearly in aid of Parkinson’s Queensland. Close to $10,000 has already been raised on the Gold Coast “in support and celebration of all whose lives have been touched by Parkinson’s”. In Australia, Parkinson’s is the second most common

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munity but they are frightened by such stories … they delay and delay. When they finally move in they love it and regret not doing it sooner. The answer to overcoming both types of regret is to be informed. Noel Whittaker and I have just released our latest book, The Retirement Living Handbook to help people navigate the maze of retirement community costs. If you are considering making the move to a retirement community these are my top 5 money tips: 1. Find a community you want to be a part of. Normally in real estate the advice is “location, location, location”. Your proximity to family, friends and amenities is an important consideration but a big part of your enjoyment in a retirement community will be the interactions with other residents – to quote a great Australian movie “it’s the vibe” – get to know the other residents by attending open days and other village events. 2. Understand your contract. Your legal ownership has

wide reaching implications so it is important to know what it is, what rights and responsibilities are attached to it and the impacts on your pension entitlement and eligibility for rent assistance. For example, in a retirement village you may be eligible for rent assistance if the amount you pay for you lease or licence is less than $149,000, while in an over 55s community your eligibility for rent assistance is unaffected by your purchase price. 3. Do your sums. The costs of moving to a retirement community can vary widely. If you are comparing the costs of moving to one or another it may help to break the costs into three categories: the ingoing, the ongoing and the outgoing. 4. Have a budget. And make sure that it incorporates the costs associated with living in the community such as the general service charge or site fees together with your personal expenses such as utilities, food and entertainment. If you are going to receive extra services such as meals, domestic help or care make sure you include these on top of the other

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

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AS WE head into the latter half of 2015 there is still limited availability on a few of our tours. This includes the special tour to Grafton’s Jacaranda Festival to see Australia’s longest running flower festival as well as the Grand Float Procession. Another great show tour in Brisbane not to be missed is Les Miserables in December. Then to farewell 2015 we have a great overnight getaway for New Year’s Eve.

We travel to Brisbane for an evening dinner cruise on the MV Mirimar. We have the boat to ourselves with Terry and all the crew from Terry’s Tours to look after you. Watch the early fireworks display on the river. Then return to our accommodation and tuck up in our beds so all the younger generation can party on. A sneak peak now for two fabulous shows at QPAC Brisbane in 2016. We have secured A-reserve

seating to the acclaimed revival of Cats in February. In April we go to the lavish London Palladium production of The Sound of Music. This critically acclaimed production tells the uplifting true story of the Von Trapp family’s flight across the mountains. Tickets for both of these show tours will be on sale from the first week in October. As you can see from the wide range of tours being

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burg, and stops in Gdansk, Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen. After the cruise we transfer you to the beautiful city of Hamburg. The package is priced from $6800 per person share twin, inside cabin.

This represents great value for money and certainly a great way to combine a coach tour with a cruise. Canterbury Tours has been catering for mature travellers for many years. We offer private, well-

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Newly installed ‘Smiley’ speed signs a reminder for drivers to slow down and stay safe TO SUPPORT the crackdown on speeding motorists and boost driver education, interactive electronic speed awareness signs are being installed at hot spots across the Coast. Excessive speed is a lead factor in around one third of Gold Coast road fatali-

ties and it is hoped the “smiley’’ signs will help reduce road trauma. Speaking from Ormeau Ridge Rd where the first sign was installed, Mayor Tom Tate said the portable speed signs would be installed at other priority locations as determined.

“These temporary electronic signs will encourage drivers to slow down and drive safely. It’s a reminder to motorists to check their speed,’’ he said. “The presence of speed awareness signs has achieved significant reductions in vehicle speeds.

We’re focusing on the message that road safety is everyone’s responsibility.’’ Motorists will not be issued with infringement notices as a result of speeding detected by the signs. They are intended as a clear warning for motorists to be aware of their speed.

Australian research confirms the risk of fatality in a crash approximately doubles for each five kilometres an hour increase in speed. The speed awareness signs are part of Drive Safe, a community initiative of the City’s Road Safety Plan

It’s a reminder to motorists to check their speed – MAYOR TOM TATE 2015-2020.

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The crisp December days are worth the chance at a Christmas-card perfect scene.

lights, enjoy the pop-up carollers and bands, the odd Santa Claus and the street decorations as you make your way to the department store everyone raves about. Selfridges&Co – made more famous when its history became a TV show – is renowned for its legendary window displays. The 23 windows in the 2014 extravaganza were not your average bedtime stories, rather traditional fairytales like Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin or the goose that laid the golden egg, with a modern twist. Apparently there were 197,000 baubles, 10,000 laser-cut leaves, 1005 Christmas trees and 600 cans of gold spray paint used store-wide. Imagine what magic 2015 might hold. If you have time, do Harrods too, near Knightsbridge station, but everyone in London seemed underwhelmed at recent offerings. Want some mulled wine, gingerbread and quality trimmings (tip: go for the truffle brie) for a Christmas get-together? Borough

PURE ENCHANTMENT: Every December Europe becomes a Christmas winter wonderland that will enchant the family. Market – open Wednesday to Saturday – is enchanting. Just Google London Christmas markets and ice-skating rinks for many more options. A train ride under the English Channel on the Eurostar will have you checking out all charming Paris has to offer in just more than two hours. Start with a Nutella crepe near the Eiffel Tower, wander through Trocadero Christmas

markets and take a skate around the ice rink and then settle in for a hop-on hop-off boat ride on the Seine. Wander through Jardin des Tuileries to Avenue des Champs-Elysees. We might be used to beach time or chilling with the air-con on full blast, but the crisp December days our European counterparts enjoy are worth the chance at a Christmas-card perfect scene.

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BUDGET or BOUTIQUE

RESTFUL HOLIDAY: Picturesque Kingaroy.

WHERE: Kingaroy and surrounds WHAT: Lovely area of the South Burnett, well known for peanuts and a rather famous former Queensland premier WHY: Showcasing many of the things that make rural Australia great, Kingaroy and its surrounding areas offer some enjoyable agricultural experiences, some beautiful

scenery, a comfortable climate and a charming alternative to the cities and beaches. Within easy reach of Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast, this area is a great spot for a short break. BUDGET EAT To visit Kingaroy without trying the local peanuts would be just plain wrong! With over 20 different flavoured varieties to choose from (including those

with a chocolate coating), there is something for every taste. The Peanut Van, 77 Kingaroy St. SLEEP For lovers of caravan holidays, Kingaroy offers two great options – the Kingaroy Showgrounds and the Big 4 Kingaroy Holiday Park. The showgrounds have pet-friendly, basic amenities with both powered and unpowered sites available and room for tents if

camping is more your style. The Big 4 has air-conditioned cabins and villas as part of their offerings. DO They say: “The best things in life are free” and this is certainly true of the experience to be had at the Bunya Mountains National Park. About an hour’s drive from Kingaroy, this beautiful area is home to some superb views, crisp mountain air and enchanting wildlife including wallabies, pademelons and hundreds of native bird species. Every last Sunday of the month, an arts, crafts and food market is held in the carpark area. BOUTIQUE EAT Capitalising on their extensive culinary experiences in Europe, the UK and Australia, the team at Cassis@Booie offers seasonally based menus utilising local produce whenever possible. Housed within

an Italian-inspired structure, the restaurant provides a flavoursome dining option for visitors to the region. SLEEP Taabinga Homestead accommodation offers a very special experience for visitors wishing to experience life on a working cattle station. Nestled in the grounds of the Heritage listed Homestead, both self-contained or catered B&B options are available. Hosts, Colin and Libby, really make you feel welcome. Great place for the grandkids! DO For a bird’s-eye view of the region, why not go on a scenic flight? Pratt Air Services, located at Kingaroy’s aerodrome, offers just such a service. For more information on Kingaroy and the South Burnett visit http://tourism.southburnett.com.au/townkingaroy.htm

Taabinga Homestead.

Tropical island of smiling faces LOCATED in the Indian Ocean, the teardropshaped island of Sri Lanka offers a wealth of attractions for visitors. Whether your interests are historical, geographical or gastronomical, the nation known for its smiling faces provides it all. A rugged land of rainforest, diverse wildlife and endless beaches, it is famed for its ancient Buddhist ruins Here are a few things to know before you go.

SRI LANKAN TRAVEL TIPS

Formerly known as Ceylon Capital city is Colombo Sinhala and Tamil are the official languages of Sri Lanka, but English is widely spoken Sri Lankan rupees are the local currency and there is a wide network of ATMs; credit cards are also widely accepted The climate is generally tropical, though the Hill Country is somewhat cooler. December to April is usually the most popular time to visit Pay a visit to the Hill Country with its tea plantations and relics of British colonialism Try out the beaches and laidback approach to life in the south of the country Call in at the historical township of Galle with its mixture of Dutch, Portuguese and British architecture Take a wildlife safari. Sri Lanka boasts some amazing wildlife including elephants, leopards, deer, crocodiles and a colourful and varied array of birdlife including wild peacocks Sample some of the local food including the must-try hoppers and impressive seafood offerings

EXOTIC: Sri Lankan tea plantations.

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Serenely paddle your cares away

ONE of the greatest ways to enjoy the water is out on a kayak, and whether you choose to paddle your way down a freshwater creek, an inland river or head out to the open ocean, it can be truly exhilarating. Of course there is a certain amount of skill required to understand the basics of paddling, but you don’t need to be an expert by any means. Most places that hire kayaks will give a basic rundown before you head off, whether you are part of a kayaking tour with a guide or you are venturing out on your own. You will find river kayaking can be quite different from sea kayaking and the good news is there are plenty of places to do both in Far North Queensland. One of the best things about kayaking down creeks and rivers is often the scenery, as every winding twist and turn in the river leads to a new destination. In FNQ, lush green rainforest is often the backdrop as you paddle your way down the many rivers.

sy paddle to reach the destination pick-up point. Another great operator is Ingan Tours in Tully which runs full-day guided kayak tours down Bulgan Creek, providing initial training in the morning, afternoon tea and indigenous interpretation throughout the tour. There are a few rapids so the river is best tackled with a guide, but nothing too dangerous as many kids al-

how deep the water is when out on the open sea and you need to be mindful of marine animals that frequent the area you are kayaking, as well as jellyfish during stinger season. Some top spots to enjoy sea kayaking are on Fitzroy Island and also Cape Tribulation. Raging Thunder runs three-hour kayak tours and also hires kayaks by the

One of the best things about kayaking is the scenery. Every winding twist and turn in the river leads to a new destination.

PEACEFUL PACE: Kayaking the coastal Esk River at Iluka.

The rivers without crocodiles are preferred by most kayakers for obvious reasons, but also because you can stop for a swim along the way in the knee-deep and usually refreshing water.

Two great places to enjoy river kayaking are Babinda and Tully, with both Babinda Creek and Bulgan Creek being croc-free. Babinda Kayaks set you up with single or double kayaks and life jackets and

send you off down Babinda Creek in the direction the current flows, so you don’t need to paddle against it. There is no guide but you don’t need one as there are no rapids, the water isn’t too deep and it is a fairly ea-

so do this tour. Kayaking on the open sea requires some confidence as well as a fairly flat, calm ocean if you are not an experienced kayaker. However, sea kayaking can be good fun, although it is still important to be aware of your limitations, wear a life jacket and be able to swim if your kayak tips over. Often it is hard to tell

hour at Fitzroy Island. Paddle Trek Kayak Adventures runs various kayaking tours at Cape Trib with kayaking out to Snapper Island, off Cape Kimberley, kayaking around the Cape headland and also kayak fishing tours. All of these are with a guide and in small groups. Kayaking is something everyone can enjoy.

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Buskers by the Creek is back

MORE than 200 street entertainers are set to strike the right chord with Gold Coasters and take over Currumbin’s Winders Park mid-October. This is all part of the twoday award-winning Buskers by the Creek festival. After being named as Live Music Event of the Year in the Gold Coast Music Awards, the Currumbin festival is back and bigger than ever. In 2014 over 10,000 took to the shores of Currumbin Creek with this year’s attendance expected to be a crowd pleaser for Connect-

ing Southern Gold Coast, Gold Coast City Council and the Queensland Government who are supporting the event. Music fans and those who simply love to be entertained will be strung along by award-winning performers to talented teens; from swing to sword swallowing and banjo to high energy shows. There is a mixed bag of sweet sounds and fabulous tunes for all to enjoy. Festival director Cindy Jensen spent months reviewing over 500 performer applications and looks for-

ward to showcasing the high quality of talent included in this year’s lineup. Buskers by the Creek is a free community event supported by Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Coast to Creek Realty. Free park and ride bus services will be running throughout Currumbin and Palm Beach. Location maps and times along with the event program are all available from www.buskersbythecreek.com.au. The festival will run 10am-6pm, October 17 and 18.

Are you a retired entertainer or musician? SIDESPLITTERS Gold Coast is a not-for-profit club for retired entertainers and musicians. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month and like to support our members. If someone falls on hard times, we help them financially. It’s important for us to raise money in order to assist them. On October 6, we held a ladies’ day with a difference by celebrating the passing

of Johnny O’Keefe. It’s been 37 years since Johnny passed away. Dennis Knight and the swing sisters joined us singing some of Johnny’s hits. We would like to see more male members join our club, so come along on Tuesday, November 3, at the Surfers Paradise RSL Club at noon. We have entertainers to help us make it a great day, and also have a

guest speaker to talk to us. We have had Mayor Tom Tate and guest speakers from channel 9 to help us. Join us on Tuesday, December 1, for our Christmas break-up. If anybody would like to join our club or for more information, please contact John “Catfish” Purser on 0418 476 549 anytime, or email jpurser@bigpond .net.au.

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done from local ingredients”. The program will include Hungarian folk music, dancing, Operett, Jazz & Rock, Gypsy Band, Musical and much more. Hungarian specialties will be available such as Langos, Kurtos Kalacs, and several types of Goulash for you to enjoy. You can participate in Moustache, Apple Pie and Rubik’s Cube competitions. A Jumping castle will be there for the kids. More than 65 volunteers will assist you with the fast-food services and the top program during the day from 10am-6pm. I also would like to express my appreciation to the 2000 local and interstate visitors for their contribu-

tion last year in helping us make this Hungaro Festival a successful event and thanks to all our sponsors and supporters. The annual Hungaro Festival is dedicated to enhancing knowledge and appreciation of Hungarian culture within Australia. We love to celebrate our cultural diversity, and promote community awareness of multiculturalism. The festival provides an opportunity to embrace our common values by sharing food, music, and entertainment. Call the Event Organiser: Gyongyi Horvath on 0427 748 505 or email: hungarofestival@gmail.com

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ADVERTORIAL

Music for happiness THE Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Mark Turpin present a weekend of concerts on Saturday, November 14 at 7.30pm and Sunday, November 15 at 2.30pm. The venue is the theatre at the Queensland Academies for Health Sciences, 102 Edmund Rice Drive. The venue has good parking in the grounds of the academy, and signs will direct you to the theatre. The program includes music that brings joy to the musicians and the audience and explores events that make us happy. Opening with Festive March by Dvorak, the program also includes Joyous Youth Suite by Eric Coates, Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity from The Planets by Holst, Satchmo, a medley of the music of Louis Armstrong, including What a Wonderful World, A Big Country from the 1958 movie by Jerome Moross, Promenade by Leroy Anderson and more. A special performance by the 2015 Youth Concerto Per-

JOY AND JOLLITY: A weekend of Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra concerts focuses on music and events that bring joy and happiness.

formance Opportunity recipient, Jessica Walther, will feature Jessica performing Concertino for Flute and Orchestra by Chaminade. During interval, coffee, tea and refreshments will be served, and guests will mingle with the musicians. This is all included in the ticket price. Funds raised go towards providing more opportuni-

ties for our talented Gold Coast musicians. A multidraw raffle, including a hamper of decadent delights, will be won at each concert. Children attending the concert can receive a personalised certificate celebrating their attendance. For bookings and information, see www.goldcoastphilharmonic.com or phone 5539 6076. Tickets

include refreshments at interval. Bookings at www.goldcoastphilharmonic.com. Concert tickets may be available at the door if not sold out prior. Adults $25, concessions/ students $23, Friends of the Philharmonic $20, children 5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;15 $5, and children under 5 free when accompanied by a paying ticket-holder. Family tickets are available online.

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You get fantastic rewards with trips to the movies SENIORS are reaping the rewards and enjoying their trip to the movies more often, thanks to the Cine Buzz for Seniors club at BCC and Event Cinemas. The club boasts a fantastic range of benefits including $8.50* movie tickets every day and members can earn points towards free movies. The club also offers members free breakfasts with eligible stays at Rydges Hotels and resorts and discount tours at Sydney State Theatre. Anyone over the age of 60 can join the club for free online or at their local BCC or Event Cinema. BCC and Event Cinemas also reward their Cine Buzz for Seniors members with regular special events that consist of a screening of a new release or pre-release film that appeals to this discerning market and a complimentary morning tea with a selection of

treats and a tea or coffee; all providing the perfect opportunity for seniors to catch up with friends and enjoy a quality film. The next Cine Buzz for Seniors morning tea and screening will be for stylish drama, The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet, on Wednesday November 4. Based on the best-selling novel by Rosalie Ham, The Dressmaker is a bittersweet, comedy-drama set in early 1950s Australia. In the film, a glamorous woman (Winslet) returns to her small town in rural Australia. The film also stars Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth and Hugo Weaving. Tickets for the screening come on sale from October 15 at the local box office or online at www.eventcinemas.com.au *+$1.20 online booking fee applies. Visit eventcinemas.com.au for full terms and conditions.

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Live music to party on

The Boy from Oz musical THE Boy from Oz is a musical biography/tribute to the late great Peter Allen. This musical is a class above all other “jukebox” musicals. The late Nick Enright skilfully weaved his plot around the life and complexities of Peter Allen. Directed by Tony Alcock at Spotlight

Help sing the praises of Australia’s grandparents

ORIGINALLY celebrated in America, Grandparent’s Day is now a national day in Australia, and on Sunday, October 25, Currumbin RSL is offering a special live show for Grandparent’s Day. Local favourites The Banderas Band will team up with country music legend Lee Conway from 1.30pm. This collaboration has taken place before and to great applause. Lee, an Australian country singer, was brought up in Fitzroy, Melbourne, and started playing guitar in his early teens. In 1968 he was dared to get up and sing at the 20 Plus Club and from then on he has never looked back. In 1970 Lee supported Jerry

Lee Lewis in Australia and they became firm friends. He has toured most cities in England with Slim Whitman and later spent time in the United States appearing on many television shows. Lee has shared the bill with top-line acts such as Rick Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Hank Snow and Loretta Lynn and he and Slim Dusty were the first two country acts to perform for the Queen and Prince Phillip. Formed in early 2013, The Banderas Band performs and records works of master songsmith Brooke Banderas. They’re no strangers to the stage with recent performances at the Mudgeeraba Muster, performing along-

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Angela Casley I LIVED in Italy for a short time and one of the many things I fell in love with was the pasta. We would devour it around the family dinner table where the discussions could get heated and dramatic, or under the grape vines in the garden on a summer’s day when the conversations were much more languid and relaxed. There would often be three generations enjoying a traditional carbonara or a fresh pesto, made with loads of garlic, herbs and cheese. To do these pasta dishes justice, you need to use good quality ingredients: a fine olive oil or parmesan, and of course, a fabulous homemade sauce. The tomato sauce is great to have in the fridge – delicious with gnocchi, on a pizza base or in a lasagne. It only requires a few ingredients that can be found in most pantries. For winter, tinned tomatoes are a great alternative to fresh ones. And you can jazz it up with a few capers and lemon zest. It’s so tasty you could almost do without the parmesan. Likewise, this anchovy sauce is so flavoursome, you won’t need to add salt (just don’t forget the pepper). Although it is creamy, it’s actually relatively light. Most supermarkets sell gorgonzola but if you can’t find any, use another creamy blue cheese. The versatile egg is another handy ingredient for an Italian meal. An omelette filled with rocket and gruyere would have to be my favourite stand-by, ready in five minutes. Or you could whisk eggs with some parmesan, add hot pasta and a few extra flavours and a meal is ready in no time. In Italy, prosciutto is not usually cooked, but here it adds a subtle, light flavour. If you want to crisp some in the pan for garnish, just be careful not to burn it. Eat your pasta like the Italians, who don’t flood the plate in sauce. A coating is all that’s required. You can never

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add too many fresh herbs to pasta. And don’t forget a little parmesan on top. The most important component of Italian entertaining is good conversation. People gather together to interact, communicate and, of course, for entertainment, so invite people who you love and who make you laugh. Invite people who perhaps do not know each other well so you have a chance to spend time with old friends and get to know new ones. Eat in a group and share your mealtimes with others. For Italians, eating together is the most intimate act of sharing. Create an informal atmosphere where friends and family of all ages are welcome. There is something special about a group of people coming together to eat and it is a very Italian way to enjoy a meal. Take your time. The best thing about Italian entertaining is that it is a long, drawn-out process. Eat several courses over several hours, and take your time to stop and talk in between. Drink beautiful wine. Italy produces some of the most spectacular wine in the world and it is part of Italian hospitality to offer beautiful wine to complement a lunch or dinner meal. Always finish a meal the Italian way, by sipping a small glass of beautifully balanced limencello or

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Basic tomato sauce Makes 2 cups Ingredients 2 tbs olive oil 1 onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, crushed 420g tin chopped tomatoes 200ml tomato puree 2 tsp balsamic vinegar 1 tsp brown sugar 2 tbs fresh thyme leaves ½ cup torn basil leaves To serve: grated parmesan extra basil leaves Method Heat oil in a medium size pot. Add onion and garlic. Cook for 4 or 5 minutes without browning. Add tomatoes, puree, balsamic, sugar and thyme. Bring to a simmer over a low heat. Cook for 20 minutes until sauce has thickened. Add basil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with spaghetti or your choice of pasta plus plenty of grated parmesan and extra basil leaves.

Chicken and mushroom larb on noodles Serves 4 Ingredients 2 tbs oil 1 tsp sesame oil 500g chicken mince 2 spring onions, sliced 2 tbs grated ginger 1 chilli, sliced finely 1 clove garlic, chopped 2 kaffir lime leaves• 200g shitake or mixed mushrooms, quartered ¼ cup oyster sauce ¼ cup soy sauce 1 tsp fish sauce ¼ cup water 400g noodles, cooked to packet

instructions ½ cup coriander leaves Method Heat oils in a frying pan. Add mince and cook until lightly browned. Add spring onions, ginger, chilli, garlic, lime leaves and mushrooms, cooking for a further 3 or 4 minutes until mushrooms have softened. Stir through oyster, soy, and fish sauces and water. Cook until sauce has thickened slightly. Serve on noodles, with coriander.

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Basil to garnish Parmesan cheese to serve 1/3 of a packet of spaghetti Method Place pasta in a pot of boiling salted water and cook as per packet instructions. Drain and set aside conserving half a cup of the pasta water. Meanwhile, heat a large pan. Put chorizo in the pan, no oil is needed. Cook for a few minutes until the pan becomes oily from the sausage. Add a splash of oil if need-

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Over-50s stay active THE Halcyon over-50s community at Hope Island runs weekly boot camps, bowls days, tai chi, yoga and water aerobics classes for home owners, who also have free use of three community kayaks. The kayaks are very popular. We encourage new home owners to take a circuit of the island, which is nearly four kilometres long, and they love it. It is encouraging to see the members of our community, who are self-motivated

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