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Dancing CEO grandmother entrepreneur Story pages 4, 5

From Russia to Brisbane, Elena Gosse talks about learning a new language, a new culture and creating a successful business through giving back.


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TOURS of Brisbane’s historic Fort Lytton are now operating at night, with lantern-lit theatre promenades bringing to life the wartime experiences of a decorated soldier from Brisbane at Gallipoli and the Western Front. Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef Dr Steven Miles said the tours at Fort Lytton National Park, near the mouth of the Brisbane River, were developed by the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing to mark the Anzac Centenary. “We’re now commemorating the first year that Australian troops served on the

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Western Front,” he said. “By the end of 1915 more than 218,000 Australians had enlisted and by early 1916 many had left for the front lines in all theatres of the war, while those at home debated the conscription issue.” Member for Lytton Joan Pease said the site was a well-preserved window in-

to Brisbane’s past. “Fort Lytton played a major role in World War I and was Queensland’s foremost historic military site. “It was the training base for all Queensland volunteers before WWI. All servicemen returning from the Great War, by ship to Brisbane during the 1919 Spanish flu outbreak, were quarantined at the Fort,” Ms Pease said. Fort Lytton at Night – A Lost Story from the Great War unfolds in a theatre promenade, and is enlightening and moving. Visitors in groups up to 25 are walked through the historic fortifications to hear the recently discovered story of Raymond Augustus

Stanley, a decorated First World War hero, who served at Fort Lytton before serving overseas at Gallipoli and the Western Front. The performance runs throughout 2016 and costs $30 per person (12 yearsplus) and $25 for concession card holders. Discounts are available for groups of 15 and over. The tour is not suitable for children under 12. Reasonable mobility and closed shoes are needed. Bookings essential: Call 07 3393 4647. For tour dates see http:// parks/fort-lytton/eventscalendar.html

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IN THIS edition we recognise International Women’s Day (March 8) by profiling Brisbane women who have succeeded in their own right and act as inspiration for others. To support this year’s theme “Together we can stop violence against women and

FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK girls” Elena Gosse (front page pic – pages 4, 5) has become a part of the Dancing CEOs, a fundraiser for

the Women’s Legal Service Queensland. Of course, Women’s education, self-confidence and esteem are all part in combating this complex problem, so it is wonderful to profile another great Brisbane success story, Wendy Makin who is renowned as

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Kerry, Tucker and Bella go walking

Kerry takes her morning walk with Tucker and Bella.

loved coming out, took every chance to rush out with me. Now I felt guilty leaving him when I went out with Bella. And he was getting cranky.” Fortunately, on a recent visit to Japan, Kerry had seen many people out walking their elderly dogs in prams and felt inspired, even though it would be an uncommon sight on Brisbane’s streets. “I found a terrific pram on Gumtree for just $50,” she said. “It has a flat bed, so I put Tucker in that. He sits up and looks around him and loves it. I can take him out easily now. Other tall dogs come up and have a bit of a sniff. I get him out of the pram every now and then and let him have a waddle and a sniff.” Kerry makes a morning stop for her coffee which gives Tucker another opportunity to get out of his pram and socialise with other dogs. “He’s been so much happier since I got the pram,” Kerry said. “It has made a difference to his wellbeing.” Caring for an aging dog as we age ourselves is not easy and a responsibility. Buying and raising a puppy for the senior person, comes with its own myriad problems. Fortunately, RSPCA Queensland has rolled out a dog training program to

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help anyone teach their dog good manners. Nicole Flanagan from Redcliffe has one of five RSPCA branded dog training schools that are now open across the state with the aim to teach the basics to ensure your dog does not become a nuisance to you or an irritant to the neighbours. “We plan to gradually open

schools across the state that carry the RSPCA brand and have our complete support,” Mark Townend CEO of RSPCA Queensland said. This will create business opportunities for anyone who is a dog lover. Nicole wants to help people ensure their dog, no matter the age, is part of the family. The RSPCA will provide

full and comprehensive training and will assist with marketing for anyone interested in this as a business opportunity. More information on email: nicole.flanagan@ au. More information about Kerry Heany and her dog and the Brisbane food scene at website: eatdrink

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front gate. “He is a long and low dog, like a barrel,” she said. “He can still walk but not very far at all and if he does go out for a walk, he suffers. “He has mobility problems. He is a disabled dog.” Because Kerry has another dog, Bella, a two and a half year old cavalier cocker spaniel that needs a daily walk, it meant she had to leave poor old disabled Tucker at home when they walked the Brisbane streets. “Tucker was getting very sad faced,” Kerry said. “I hated leaving him at home when I took Bella out. When he was younger he

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The 50s prove By GAIL FORRER

IN Russia there is a saying: “A giving hand is never empty.” The philosophy behind this saying is what philanthropist, businesswoman Elena Gosse, lives by every day. Certainly, the hands of this flamboyant, generous 52-year-old Russian-born grandmother are too busy to ever be empty. She attributes starting life in a new country, where she knew neither language nor friends, as the experience that equipped her with a lasting resilience and compassion for others. “You could say my story is one of survival,” she said. And now at this stage in her life she says she has never felt better. “Since I have turned 52, I look and feel better than when I was 45,” she said. In Russia, Elena had a res-

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pected career and qualifications and graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre (Ministry of Culture, Volgograd College of Arts/Volgograd P.A. Serebryakov State University of Arts, Russia). She was a creative director before starting a popular television show where she

A giving hand is never empty: Russian proverb. worked as a scriptwriter, producer and host. Elena headed up an entertainment company in Russia which employed 67 staff. After divorcing her first husband, Elena met her Russian-speaking Australian husband, Kerry. Elena, along with her two daughters, the youngest

born with cerebral palsy, eventually made a permanent move to Brisbane. However in 1992, while still in Russia, Elena and her husband Kerry had bought Australian Innovative Systems. The original plan was for Kerry to work in the business and for Elena to stay at home to raise her children, learn English and re-establish her entertainment career. However, in her new country she felt the enormous weight of leaving behind a successful career, family, friends and language. “For the first two years, I suffered what you could call depression,” she said. Then she went on to overcome her difficulties; learn a new language and find a place in the community. Elena embarked on further studies to improve her business knowledge and achieve the vision that she CONTINUED PAGE 5

Members of the Russian community hand painted Matryoshka dolls (traditional Russian nesting dolls) to contribute to Elena’s fundraising efforts.

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knew could be realised for AIS. She worked full-time while raising her children and studying at TAFE and university. She completed a diploma in Business (Accounting) at TAFE and a Bachelor of Business with double major in Accounting at QUT. She then graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2007 and continued working at AIS. The journey to CEO of one of the world’s leading water disinfection companies has not been an easy one for Elena. It has taken determination, sacrifice, commitment and self-belief to build AIS to the success it is today. Elena is a true entrepreneur, passionate about AIS’ success but also her company’s context and her own personal profile as contributing to “the bigger picture”. In the business case this is ensuring that the world’s most precious resource (water) is treated responsibly and making our roads

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and workplaces safer by reducing chemical transport, storage and dosing. In line with her philosophy of giving back, Elena is involved in numerous fundraising and mentoring events. She starts her day at 6am

with exercise and even though it might go longer, she likes to finish the day about 9pm. “It’s important to get eight hours sleep,” she advised. Her life is jam- packed with meaningful activity that gives space for family,

work, public and private lives. “You have a saying in Australia,” she said/ “And I think it goes like this: - f you want something done – ask a busy person.”

CEOs swap boardroom for dance floor to fight DV ELENA Gosse, CEO of Australian Innovative Systems, is taking part in the Dancing CEOs event, to raise awareness and funds for women affected by domestic violence. She has a Facebook page to promote her Dancing CEOs campaign: www.facebook. com/ElenaGosseDanc ingCEO. Dancing CEOs is an annual gala event that supports the Women’s Legal Service. See Brisbane’s leading CEOs swap the boardroom for the City Hall dance floor to raise funds for the prevention of domestic violence. As part of Elena’s fundraising efforts she has a goal to reach 500 High Fives, with each $5 donation equalling one High Five against domestic violence. All funds raised will go to the Women’s Legal Service Queensland. As well as her day job, Elena is a board member of the Queensland

Government’s Red Tape Advisory Committee and Access Community Services. She supports Rotary International, the Queensland Russian Community Centre and The Salvation Army. Elena is a member of Rotary Club of Brisbane’s High-Rise Breakfast Club. She is also involved with the Queensland University of Technology’s career mentor scheme, and a former chair (Qld) and national advisory board member of the Australian Businesswomen’s Network. Elena also supports the CEED program, which provides university students with the opportunity to complete industrybased work experience. Elena iassists migrants and refugees through her work as a board member for not-for-profit organisation Access Community Services Limited. Visit www.dancingceos.

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Brisbane’s identity exposed ONE of the world’s biggest social research experiments by a museum is underway. After a colossal 100-day search, Museum of Brisbane has found 100 residents to star in 100% Brisbane, its groundbreaking exhibition presented in partnership with Brisbane Airport Corporation that will showcase a living portrait of the city. Opening on July 15, and running for three years, its interactive and ever-evolving content will make 100% Brisbane one of the biggest social research experiments undertaken by a museum anywhere in the world. The search for the 100strong community is part of a global phenomenon started by Berlin-based theatre company Rimini Protokoll and in a worldfirst, the innovative company has collaborated with a museum for the first time. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics data, each person selected represents 1% of the city’s population. Together, the 100 people reflect the true face of Brisbane.

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Our lasting love affair By ANN RICKARD

ONE of Brisbane’s most successful and enduring businesswomen is the vivacious and talented Wendy Makin, proof you don’t have to be Parisian when it comes to couturier gowns. Wendy Makin Bridal Design is an inspiring success story, a tale of a Brisbane woman who turned her love for sewing when she was just a young girl into a global and multi-award winning bridal designer/ couturier business, without have to relocate to one of our big cities. Wendy, now in her 50s, wanted to be a fashion designer for as long as she could remember. “I have always loved sewing,” she said. “A chance came along to train as a designer and it just happened to be with a bridal wear company. I became their head designer when I was 20 and later started my own business in 1993. I am a romantic at heart so bridal wear is just what I love doing.” This year marks Wendy’s 35th anniversary designing

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bridal wear and she is rightly proud. “When I started the business, Brisbane was the home of bridal wear in Australia,” she said. “I began working with a company who wholesaled all over Australia. When I started my own business there were about 12 companies wholesaling in Australia. Now there are more than 40, so it

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really helped me enhance my profile. I still have brides and their mothers say to me that they used to love watching these awards and always loved my designs. I still enter awards and recently won some at the Queensland Bride Design Awards including Supreme and People’s Choice. “I think entering these awards keeps my ideas and thinking fresh and it’s an indication that you are on the right track.” While maintaining her Brisbane roots, Wendy, with the help of her husband Geoff Makin, took the ambitious step of entering the UK market in 2002. “We had to do a lot of PR and advertising to establish our brand,” she said. “My look was really quite different to what was on sale in the UK so we did get quite a following early on and we’ve been able to build on that.” Build on that is an understatement. Wendy now has 40 outlets in the UK. Her gowns are available through 50 shops Austra-

Wendy Makin with her many awards.

We get a lot of second, or third time brides because of my timeless silhouette. lia-wide (including her two Brisbane shops) in six outlets in New Zealand and have recently been sold in the US. At an age when Wendy could sit back on her laurels and relax, she keeps moving ahead. Retirement is never an option. She is constantly looking to develop and change. “There are a number of different trends happening at the moment,” she said. “Vintage-themed weddings are becoming more and more popular as couples

look for a simpler type of wedding. This why I developed my new French collection which incorporates beautiful soft, flowing fabrics and laces and colours such as nude, champagne and tea rose. “Other trends are overskirts and capes to give two looks at the wedding without the expense of two gowns. “You can have a beautiful full skirt over a slinky gown to get the formal look for the ceremony then take that off to reveal your slin-

ky gown to enjoy the reception. Florals are also very big for us.” In today’s world, it is a fact that many brides are visiting Wendy for their second, even third wedding gown, something she takes in her stride. “We get a lot of second time (or third time) brides because of my timeless, elegant silhouette,” she said. “The second time brides are also loving the new French collection because they are wedding gowns that don’t look like wedding gowns. “The more mature bride can do what she wants but I think something soft and flowing with a small cap sleeve would be beautiful. Also, depending on the theme, something tea length in lace would be very elegant. If the mature bride wants an elaborate gown, she should have it. We have done that before. “If she has the personality to carry off something full and princess then go for it. Most of our mature brides do go for something more simple and flowing but it’s entirely up to them.”

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THE Palaszczuk Government understands that seniors can be faced with barriers such as cost of living, equality and independence when it comes to housing options as they get older. Which is why we have appointed the Advisory Taskforce on Residential Transition for Ageing Queenslanders, to identify

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that older Queenslanders can retain their independence. The taskforce will consider the needs of older people and will aim to improve choice, affordability, fairness and independence, while reducing complexity as they move into the next phase of their lives. The taskforce will consider and advise the State Government on options for the supply of housing, supports and other initiatives that will improve choices

for Queensland seniors. The Palaszczuk Government is committed to working with the experts to ensure all options are explored, and that older Queenslanders can have access to the best and most appropriate housing options. The Taskforce will provide a report with advice and recommendations to the Palaszczuk Government in the second half of 2016. – Minister Coralee O’Rourke

What do seniors do if unable to buy retirement housing? MY POSITION is that, due to my own fault, at age 74, and my wife at 73, are still working to supplement the aged pension to pay the rent on our present rented home, which we enjoy. However, over the past few months, we have spent much time on the internet

trying to find any type of suitable housing for when we have to eventually give up working due to age, maybe in a short period of time. I was unable to find any retirement village or over-50s-type accommodation. None of the many places

we tried offered rentals of any sort. Out of our pension, we are prepared to pay for housing, should there be any on offer, in any area. We are currently paying $385/week, and with a small supplement from working, can manage. What happens to folk like

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ople can stay in their towns, close to friends and family,” Ms Trad said. “Too often, residents in our more remote or regional towns are confronted with the difficult decision to move to a bigger centre because of a lack of appropriate accommodation. “Economic Development Queensland will shortly engage with local governments, the development sector and community organisations to identify candidate towns to pilot the in-

itiative. “Already, early discussions with Barcaldine, Winton, Longreach and Cloncurry for example have confirmed strong interest in this exciting project.” The strategy includes building one and two-bedroom low-set duplex and villa homes featuring wider hallways and doorways to accommodate wheelchairs. The design includes kitchen benches set at different heights, reinforced bathrooms for the inclusion of handrails and accessibility

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regional Queensland to have appropriate size and accessible dwellings. In many centres there is a lack of

It is important we support regional Queensland to have appropriate size and accessible dwellings. tance and allow care and support services to be provided in the home, delaying the need for aged care. “It is important we support

diversity in home types, so downsizing is sometimes not an option and can lead to people moving from the town where they have lived

their lives,” Ms Trad said. “Compared to metropolitan areas, these remote areas often lack a highly competitive property development sector.” These projects will also bring an economic boost to the towns, employing local trades and services where possible and providing apprentice training opportunities. Another positive aspect is technology to make the houses more energy and water efficient. This includes community

retirement living options in annual community education road show


Coming up soon is a series of talks in the Logan and Ipswich areas in May and June 2016, where PAVIL lawyers will talk about key features of retirement villages and manufactured home parks. Specific topics that attendees can expect to learn about include documents and contracts, fees and charges, maintenance

responsibilities and what specific questions to ask before signing on the dotted line. Alternative retirement living options are also canvassed within the presentation. The talks aim to give prospective residents a better understanding of the difference between a retirement village and manufactured

home park as well as knowledge about what questions to ask to find out what will suit their needs. “We recognise that making the decision to downsize or relocate to retirement accommodation can be an emotionally charged time,” says Catherine Stallard, lawyer with PAVIL, “and it is important that all op-

tions are considered ahead of time to ensure that the decision is well informed and suited to each person’s individual circumstances.” To secure your seat please call the following libraries: Beenleigh, Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 10am. Phone (07) 3412 4130. Ipswich, Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 10am. Phone

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solar panels, storage batteries and essential circuits which could enable them to operate off the grid during black outs. “As well as being energy efficient, they will also be water efficient, providing a comfortable home with reduced energy bills,” Ms Trad said. Economic Development Queensland will construct the homes and will consult with councils, businesses and community associations on preliminary concept designs. is important that all options are considered ahead of time to ensure that the decision is well informed...

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community news Historic moment at Govt House HISTORY was made at Queensland’s Government House in February as Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business Leeanne Enoch became the first Aboriginal person to take part in the traditional presentation of the Address in Reply motion. The Address-in-Reply debate is the traditional parliamentary acknowledgment and reply to the Governor’s opening speech and is moved and seconded by newly elected members. Ms Enoch was the mover of the motion on March 27, 2015 and the Address in Reply was agreed by the House on December 3, 2015. Ms Enoch joined Scott Stewart, Member for Townsville and mover and seconder of the Address in Reply motion, and Speaker Peter Wellington to present the motion to the Governor of Queensland, His Excellency, The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC.

Seniors’ group brings dolls to life at Pine Rivers show By JIM BOWDEN

A PORCELAIN doll – or the so-called bisque doll – was popular in France and Germany from 1860 to 1900. Made initially as children’s toys, they are now valuable collectables worth thousands of dollars. A group of senior women who make up the Northside Doll Circle is bringing these dolls to life at the annual Doll, Bear and Craft Show at the Pine Rivers showgrounds on Sunday, March 13. “This is an especially happy event, celebrating the club’s 30th year on what we call our Pearl Anniversary,” club member Dianne Shenton told Seniors Newspaper. “Plans are well under way for creating an even bigger and brighter day of fun with many traders, displays and a doll and bear competition on the theme “Porcelain Pearls and Lace”,

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Club members demonstrate sewing skills that are diminishing.

Dianne said. Mainly a porcelain doll club, the Northside Circle also recognises the love of bears and cloth dolls in competition. “The porcelain-faced dolls of the late 1800s and early 1900s with their splendid costuming of fine silk,

feathers and velvets are reproduced by club members who have demonstrated many sewing skills that, sadly, are diminishing,” Dianne said. “Skills in knitting, crafting leather shoes and wig making also come into the costuming artistry of the

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EVER thought about cooking with mustard rather just spreading it on your steak? Or how about making your own mustard? Don’t worry if you don’t cut the mustard, Lesley Bryce will sell you a DIY mustard making kit to get you going. Apparently mustard making is a simple thing – but you have to have patience while your mustard ages and ferments and infuses flavours. Lesley Bryce makes her own mustards under the Bell Moutarde label and says the difference of home-made mustard to those on the supermarket shelves is so remarkable you’ll never look back. She also guarantees you’ll be so delighted with the enhanced flavour of your own mustards you will start cooking with them. “We use mustards as an accompaniment in Australia but the Europeans, Indians and Asians use mustards to cook with,” she said. All Lesley’s mustards are

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most ancient of spices,” she said. “Evidence of mustard has been found in archaeological digs going back 3000 and 4000 years in central Europe. “Mustard was used as a preservative back then. It has been used forever, although we don’t use it much for cooking in Australia. “It went to America in the 1700s when the Spanish missionaries went there and took mustard with them to spread on the trails. It flowers into a tiny yellow flower so the following missionaries could follow the trails. And it gave them a source of mustard crop in the new world.” Lesley says experimenting with mustards in your cooking will bring you astounding results. “Put mustard in mayo for your potato salad, spread it on camembert (and warm it), go out into your garden and pick whatever herbs you have, rosemary is good, chop them up, mix them with wholegrain mustard and oil and rub the paste over meat to roast, it’s wonderful.”

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I’VE never been a fan of self-help books. You? Don’t answer. You either love these books for the boost of motivation they give you, or you scoff at them as a bit mumbo jumbo. Or maybe you swing from one way to another. Whatever works for you. There are a zillion self-help books for the ageing person, myriad pages of information to make us seniors feel good about ageing, endless advice to keep us active/involved/relevant/ happy. I’m dipping in and out of a book called Ageing Disgracefully – it’s an old book I found in our garage covered in dust, obviously ready to be put out in a garage sale that never happened. I resurrected it, dusted it off

and it’s good again. Written very tongue-incheek, it’s full of wry and pithy little snippets. It cheers me up every time I open it. Let me quote you a few of the gems in the hope it will cheer you too. “Don’t lie about your age. Be proud that you’ve made it this far without losing your sanity or a major organ.” I have never felt inclined to lie about my age – until three weeks ago, when I celebrated a birthday with a whopping big O on the end of it. Now I have declared myself 49, staying that way forever. Let’s dip again into the little book: “Get on a motorbike and take off down the coast.” Nup, not doing that one. Ever. Another gem: “Candlelight – use it everywhere. Carry a lit candle in front of you to restaurants if you can manage it.” This one I like very much. Candlelight is the mature person’s best friend. It softens wrinkles, lifts jowls, removes furrows between the brows. Try getting all that from Botox.

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will enjoy an Anniversary barbecue lunch following the April meeting. Further info can be obtained by contacting Charles on 3208 2387 or Loretta on 3341 8323. ■ The Gap/Ashgrove Branch Easter Eggs and Hot Cross buns come early this year. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, March 15 at 9.30am (always the third Tuesday of the month) at the Ashgrove Bowls Club in Yoku Street. We’ll be singing along to Geoff Cooper, it will be an Easter theme so wear your best bonnet. Haven’t got a bonnet? A fascinator or flowers tucked behind your left ear will suffice. Please make a diary note: Day Trip on Friday, March 11, morning tea at Woorim Park, Golden Beach, Sunshine Coast. Lunch at the Pacific Paradise Bowls Club and back to Cotton Tree for a swim or the shops. Pick up times are 7.45am Keperra, 8am The Gap and 8.15am will be at the Red Hill Community Sports Club. Margaret held the fort admirably and continued to take bookings and provide information on all our social activities. Bev and Malcom have taken a well-deserved holiday. Contacts: 3369 5864 or 3354 2466. ■ Browns Plains At our first Meeting in February we enjoyed great entertainment from singer Lachlan Berry and the monthly coach trip was to Twin Towns for morning tea and entertainment, then

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on to Coolangatta Golf Club for a buffet lunch. Our March meeting, will have a speaker from the Stroke Foundation and our coach trip for March will be to Pomona Majestic Theatre to see silent movies and enjoy a two-course lunch in their auditorium. Four new intending members, attended our first meeting and we welcome on board anybody who is seeking a good social contact, entertainment and great coach trips. Our meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at Greenbank RSL and our Coach Trips are usually on the fourth Tuesday of each month. For

stand who should make a Will, when one should be made and what should be included. In our eight-part series, we hope to shed light on commonly unknown issues relating to Wills. More than 50% of adult Australians do not have a valid Will According to research by the Western Australian Public Trustee, more than half of Australians either do not have a Will or do not have a Will which is effective on death. If you pass away without a Will, the law in the state where you live will determine who is responsible for distributing assets you own and who will receive these assets. This means that you will have

had no control over who is in charge of distributing your assets and your assets may not be received by the people that you would have chosen. Even if you have a Will, your Will may be invalid if it has not been properly completed. A Will may be invalid due to common mistakes such as not having a proper witness or deeper issues such as someone having undue influence on the content. We encourage everyone to document their wishes in a valid Will. This information is intended as general legal information only for people living in Queensland and is not a substitute for individual legal advice.

further information, contact Ron or Bev on 3809 0697 or 0402 094 887.

plied. On alternative Wednesdays we have social indoor bowls. For further infocall Julia 3355 6560 or 0467 680 551, Carolyn 3356 8223. We are situated at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, Appleby Road Stafford.

■ Stafford Senior Social Club A welcome back to all members and friends. Our first bus trip of the year will be to the very unique, Fox and Hounds Country Inn situated at Wongawallen, near Mt Tamborine. This Inn was built as an authentic British pub. Cost is $55 all-inclusive of morning tea, lunch and bus. Our club meets every second Wednesday and we offer concerts, trading tables, bingo, hoy, guest speakers and bus trips. Membership is $2 per year and entrance is $2. Morning tea is sup-

■ Wellington Point Seniors We have a member that at the age of 92, fell and broke her hip and was told she would never play indoor bowls again. With sheer determination and the wish to come back and join her friends, Mona is now proving her doctors wrong. As we age, social outings are so very important, we all leave our club feeling so CONTINUED PAGE 20

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■ Jindalee The Probus Club of Jindalee meets at 10am on the second Tuesday of each month at the Jindalee Golf Club. Members enjoy a morning tea or coffee before the formal meeting commences. This is usually followed by a guest speaker and cover a wide range of topics that members find very entertaining. For more information of our monthly activities, bus trips, movie outings, coffee mornings and more please phone Annette on 3376 1888. ■ Carindale During1995, there were five of us who were members of the Brisbane Combined Probus Club which met in the City. In 1996 we were asked to help organise a new Club in Carindale. Some of the five members searched for a venue for our meetings and arranged all the publicity. Everyone helped with something to get the Club up and running. We decided our first meeting would take place at 10am on Thursday, February 8, 1996. We now have 118 members. The constitution allows for 120. During the past 20 years, there have been many peo-

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ple who have done so much for the Probus Club of Carindale including those who are no longer with us. The club has bought fun, friendship and fellowship to its membersin the past 20 years. Happy 20th Birthday Carindale. VIEW Club VIEW stands for the Voice, Interests and Education of Women and was established in 1960 by The Smith Family children’s charity as a service to women and the community. ■ Centenary Evening The next dinner meeting of the Centenary Evening VIEW Club will be on Monday, March 14. Meetings are held at the Mt Ommaney Hotel/Apartments at 6.30pm for 7pm, cost is $35 and bookings are essential. The guest speaker will be Dr John Cadden, and he will talk about his experiences as a doctor in Antarctica. This promises to be a most entertaining and informative presentation. At this meeting there will also be a tucker table, where for just $2 or $3 members and guests can purchase small delicious food items. There will be a lunch outing in March as well as the monthly coffee morning and there are several exciting outings and expeditions planned for various months throughout the year. If you would like to attend or require more information please email centenaryeveview@ or ring Di 3202 9759 or Margaret 0414 535 526 by noon Friday March 11.

■ Logan Logan VIEW Club members are urging the local community to support disadvantaged children and young people with their education by becoming a child sponsor. Logan VIEW Club ladies meet at 11am every second Wednesday of the month at the Rec Club, Alba Lane (off Jacaranda Avenue) Kingston. Cost of $22 includes a two course lunch and a guest speaker. Proceeds from the day go to The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program. Phone Cheryl on 3711 9146 for more information. ■ Pine Rivers Our February speaker, Amber Harvey from QR, gave a fascinating talk on “Holidays offered by Queensland Rail” and had many of us very keen to book a trip. Our president Carol, presented Jalna with her 10-year badge and Eileen with her 20-year badge at the February meeting. Eileen was on the inaugural committee so has been with our club from its very beginning! Both Jalna and Eileen have been loyal supporters of our Club. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, March 17 at the Murrumba Downs Tavern on Dohles Rock Road at 11am. We will celebrate our 20th birthday. The theme is “Fashion on the Field” and there will be plenty of fun and games, with hobby horse racing etc. like a mini Melbourne Cup event. Visitors and new members are most welCONTINUED PAGE 21

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‘If you have a body and a breath you can do yoga’: Taraji

Taraji journey: Therese Maguire

IF YOU have a body and a breath you can do yoga. If you think this sounds highly unlikely let me assure

They were starting to compare themselves with each other and in the process were loosing sight of the true purpose of yoga. Yoga’s purpose is to enable our journey to physical and metaphysical freedom. Most of us believe that physical suffering as we age is an inevitable stage of life. We also seem to buy into the notion that stress is unavoidable if we wish to sustain our lifestyle. Patanjali describes the way out of this physical and metaphysical stress. He takes us on a journey to settle the mind and therefore attain freedom from

Yoga’s purpose is to enable our journey to physical and metaphysical freedom. you, you are not alone. Don’t you have to be able to put your foot behind your head and sing Jingle Bells at the same time to do yoga? This concept of only needing a body and a breath to do yoga was first thought up many moons ago by an Indian guy called Patanjali. He decided to describe and record the process of yoga. Many Indian sages believe that in the ‘Golden Age’ (labelled as the first period of humanity) people meditated naturally and lived in a natural state of bliss. However, by the time the great sage Patanjali was born people were becoming very confused.

suffering. This journey to freedom is set out in eight steps: Honouring the natural laws of life (including authenticity to oneself); observing the rules for living (belief in something greater than self); very simple daily postures to prepare our body for meditation; specific breathing techniques; withdrawal of the senses; using specific effort to relax the mind: meditation and eventually the settled mind (Samadhi). Next month we will look at the specifics of the natural laws of life and how this relates to the Rejuvenation Revolution. Namaste, Tara

Richlands at 11am. New members are most welcome. For more information on the Club and its activities, please contact Les (Activities Officer) on 3279 9449 or mob 0466 377 618, or email Date claimers for the next three meetings are (AGM) March 18, April 15 and May 20.


come. For more please phone Elizabeth 3886 4937 or Sandra 4325 2738.

■ Redcliffe VIEW Club meets at Moreton Bay Boat Club, Bird of Passage Way, Scarborough on the second Thursday of each month at 10.30am for 11am for lunch and a speaker or entertainment. We work actively to support four disadvantaged students on their educational journey through the Smith Family’s Learning for Life program. If you are looking for a friendly group of ladies, a new interest and a year of fun activities, outings and coffee mornings please come and visit our friendly club next month. For information or to book a visit please contact Robyn 3481 6003. ■ Arana Come along to our VIEW Club for an “English Country Garden Party” 19th Birthday Celebration, at 10.30am for 11am on Wednesday April 6, 2016 at Arana Leagues Club, Dawson Parade, Keperra. Entertainment and raffles. Wear Floral. Two-course lunch incl tea/coffee ($24.00). Bookings: Heather 3300 3733 by 4pm Monday April 4. Arana VIEW meets on the first Wednesday of the month and welcomes new members and visitors to our meetings and other social activities organised each month. www.thesmithfamily. ■ Sunnybank Our club’s next meeting will be at The Glen Hotel, Logan Road, Eight Mile Plains, on Monday, April 4, at 6.30 for 7pm. The guest speaker will be re-

Pine Rivers VIEW Club president Carol presents Eileen with her 20-year badge.

nowned Australian screenwriter, playwright and author Peter Yeldham. Peter received an OAM in 1991 for services to the arts and has just launched his 12th novel “Dragons in the Forest” set in Japan during WWII. If you would like to attend, please contact Sue on 3343 2218. ■ The Begonia Society The next meeting of the Queensland Begonia Society Inc. will be held in the Uniting Church, 52 Merthyr Rd, New Farm on Saturday, March 19 commencing at 1pm. The Church Hall will be used for the Brisbane City elections. The Set Topic for the day will be prize winning plants from the Annual Show and the various growers will speak about their plants and how they have grown them. Trade Table Sales will operate from 12.30pm. Afternoon tea will be served. Visitors will be welcomed. For more information contact Enid Henderson, President on 3359 4319. ■ HOPE 2016 Fundraising Raffle HOPE invites members and friends to support our major fundraising activity

for the year – a multi-draw raffle being held in conjunction with the 2016 Ipswich Plant Expo being held on March 12-13 at the Bundamba Turf Club, Ipswich. Funds raised will go towards defraying some of our annual operating expenses (of approx. $25,000). Tickets are now available for sale! Approx. $2000 worth of prizes on offer – 10 gardening products hampers valued at $150 each; plus books, DVDs, bird prints and a variety of vouchers. Tickets are $2 each; or, three for $5. Contact the office on 07 4639 2135 or by email to obtain your tickets. ■ Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club By The Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club’s first trip for 2016 was morning tea at Hamilton. Following on we made our way to Brisbane Airport for a guided tour courtesy of the Brisbane Airport Corporation. With the tour over it was time to make our way to The Breakfast Creek Hotel for our lunch. Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club meet on the third Friday of the month at the Queensland Lions Soccer Club, Pine Road,

■ National Servicemen’s Association of Australia (Qld) Inc For almost two decades the Association has looked after the welfare and benefit of those conscripted into the Australian armed forces between 1951 and 1973 and the wives or widows thereof. Associate membership is available to all who were conscripted by countries other than Australia. To determine the benefits of membership of the Association; to apply for the two medals available to all former Australian nashos or to locate one of our 30-plus Queensland branches closer to you, either phone 3324 1277 or consult the Association’s web page. Brisbane North West branch meets at Gaythorne RSL on the third Sunday of each month (next March 20) commencing 10.15am. Where possible, discussion of branch business is interspersed with social activity and members are encouraged to be guest speakers. In February one of our members described a recent visit to Iceland. After the meeting there is the opportunity to lunch in the spacious dining room of the RSL. For further details relating to this branch ring Dave on 3366 3191. CONTINUED PAGE 22

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Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club members enjoying lunch at the Breakfast Creek Hotel. FROM PAGE 21

■ North Brisbane Rotary Bowelscan Program 2016 Rotary Clubs across Brisbane are conducting their annual Bowelscan Program which runs from May 1-31. Rotary Clubs have been participating in this awareness program that for over 25 years in an effort to help reduce the 4000 deaths that occur each year as a result of Bowel Cancer. Studies have shown that this number can be reduced by 30% simply as a result of people doing a Bowelscan test regularly. Bowel Cancer is difficult to detect in its early stages but is 90% curable if detected early enough. Rotary offers relatively inexpensive test kits which are available at many pharmacies in Brisbane including Caboolture, Bribie Island and Albany Creek. The price of the kit

includes testing at a Pathology Laboratory and participants will receive written advice of their test result. For more information contact 1300 779 694. ■ Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club Our next guest speaker on April 7, is Debbie Aitcheson from the Chili Farm at Minden. Debbie’s topic is Herbs. She did not specify if there was any particular aspect of herbs she’d cover, but whatever it is, be it for culinary purposes, cultivation, medicinal use, etc. an informative and interesting morning is assured, through Debbie’s expertise and presentation. She usually has potted herbs for sale and samples for those present. At the February meeting there was sad news when the death of a member, Joyce Parry, was an-

nounced. Joyce passed away towards the end of January, just a few days before her 95th birthday. Joyce is sadly missed and deepest sympathy is extended to her relatives. The Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club meets on the first Thursday of the calendar month at the Enoggera Memorial Hall, corner of Wardell and Trundle Streets, Enoggera. The meetings commence after morning tea which is served at 9.45am. Visitors and new members are most welcome. For more information, please contact, Pat, the president, on 3356 1256. ■ Stafford Garden Club Our Champion Gardener for 2015 was Jill Lind, who consistently brings beautiful flowers for us to admire. The efforts of one of our newer members, Gabrielle, were also rewarded. Noel Prior, the president of the Queensland Council of Garden Clubs, presented Jill and Gabrielle with their trophies. Our guest speaker for March is Rosemary Palmer who will be demonstrating some of the basic guidelines of floral art to inspire your creativity. In April the club will be visiting the Logan River Parklands, Viola’s Patch at

Bahr’s Scrub, Dallas Kampe’s tropical garden at Mt Cotton and two interesting Nurseries. The Club will meet, Thursday, March 17 at the OES Hall Cnr Kitchener and Bohland St, Kedron. Come at 9.30am for a cup of tea, chat and trade table before the 10am meeting. Visitors are always welcome. For information phone Gloria on 3355 4703 or Kaye on 3357 7660. ■ Wynnum Region Organised Computing Club for Seniors Inc. We will be holding our monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 8 at the Wynnum RSL at 10.30am. The club is for anyone who would like to know more about their computers, laptops, tablets and phones and is run by volunteers. You can join the club, on the day, for an annual membership fee of $10. We offer classes that can be up to four weeks for two hours per week or some of lesser duration. We also offer ‘one on one’, where a member is with a specific subject coach. Irrespective of the type or duration of a class they only cost $10. Our classes can commence from a very basic level so don’t be afraid to make a start. CONTINUED PAGE 23

Hernias common in men

Good Medicine with Dr Michael Gillman

HERNIAS are surprisingly common in men, with around 27% of males developing a groin hernia at some time in their lives. This compares with only 3% of women developing the same condition. The two most common age groups that this condition occurs in are those aged less than one year and those who are greater than 50 years of age. So what is a hernia? A hernia occurs when the inside layers of the abdominal wall have weakened, resulting in a bulge or tear in the groin or stomach. The wall of the abdomen has natural areas of weakness and hernias can develop at these sites as a result of heavy strain on the abdominal wall, aging, injury, incision lines from previous surgery

or weakness from birth. The contents of the bulge can be fat or bowel tissue. Groin hernias usually show up as a bulge in the groin which slowly enlarges over time. In severe cases, bowel tissue can reach all the way to the scrotum. There are a number of potential triggers for a hernia to develop. Chronic coughing or anything that causes increased pressure inside the abdomen, weakening of the tissues from obesity or medications such as cortisone type drugs, can all precipitate a hernia. The main concern with a hernia is strangulation, where the blood supply to part of the bowel is blocked. Hernias are usually treated with keyhole surgery although for very large hernias, traditional open surgery may be required. So if you notice a lump, get it checked by your doctor. If you do have a hernia and it becomes painful and tender, it is considered to be a medical emergency and as such you need to go to a hospital emergency centre.

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Living with chronic pain? There is help THE Brisbane Centre for Pain Management, located at St Vincent’s Private Hospital at Kangaroo Point, offers specialist consultation and a comprehensive range of programs, services and treatments to support people living with chronic pain. Chronic pain affects one in five Australians*. It’s ongoing pain that usually lasts for more than three months, or after the normal healing time following an accident or injury. Sometimes there is no cause or trigger and often there are little or no visible signs, making it harder to be seen or be understood. Living with it is challenging, no matter what your age. Not only can its physical impact be debilitating, but the emotional strain can leave you feeling isolated, worried, angry, or just generally in a bad mood. If you’re feeling this way, we offer help.

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Is your CPAP machine still effective? REMOTE monitoring tools add to the cutting edge technology of today’s modern CPAP machines. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnoea, chances are that you’ve either trialled or bought your own CPAP machine in the past. For many people, it is an inconvenience to use but for those that persist and feel the benefits, it can be life changing. The cost of not using a CPAP machine can be debilitating. Studies have shown that untreated patients may be in a higher risk of stroke, heart attack and dementia. The physical “dog tiredness” during the day, short-term memory loss, excessive snoring and overall loss of sleep quality can have a massive longterm ripple effect on our relationships and quality of life in general. So why is it that some people who have taken ownership of their health and don the CPAP mask every night feel that it’s

just not doing what it used to? Reasons at a glance: Worn out machine motors; incorrect pressures; mask leak; humidification (too much or too little); health complications. When was the last time you had a CPAP Checkup? The simple fact is that many people have old machines that aren’t able to sustain the correct amount of pressure. Many health funds pay out a CPAP benefit every three-five years as they recognise that a motor running all night every night has a limited lifespan. When we turn the machine on, it blows air and when we wake it is still blowing air but for many, it isn’t delivering enough air when we need it. If you are on a fixed pressure machine, the recommendation is to be re-tested every 12 months to see if your pressures need adjusting. Many of our patients haven’t been back to a lab for several years and their

machine is not at the optimum pressure setting for their current stage of life. Solution: Remote monitoring and management While the price of CPAP machines has stayed in the same ball park for the last decade, technology has moved forward in leaps and bounds. The newest devices by ResMed & Philips are always connected to the internet without any need for additional setup. This allows us to log into the device and view the data as well as adjust settings in the device to make it more comfortable for our patients. This removes the need for travel to our clinics for a check-up. Patient issues can be resolved instantly by our clinicians and family can feel comfortable that we are keeping an eye on therapy for their loved one. To find out more and view explanation videos, visit us at www.cpap. or call one of our Queensland clinics on 1300 133 298.

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Many women sabotaging their pelvic floor health WOMEN go to great lengths to keep their bodies in shape, but the one critical area responsible for keeping them continent is often ignored or inadvertently sabotaged. The three most common ways women sabotage their pelvic floor health: Wearing pads Women who put up with bladder leakage by wearing pads are only making matters worse. Most cases of incontinence can be cured or improved and, if left alone, will only get worse. Women’s health physiotherapist Dr Patricia Neumann says while pads might help in the short term, women need to focus on the long term. “There’s lots of help out there, so fixing the leakage is a realistic goal. The sooner you tackle it the better.” Drinking too much water Women routinely consume

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The secret to getting older and staying active ONE of the many joys of growing older and wiser is that you’ll have more time to do the things you love, like spending summer afternoons running around after your grandchildren. To continue to enjoy an active lifestyle, it’s important to be proactive about foot pain. As you age, it’s natural to experience issues with blood circulation to the extremities, wear and tear arthritis and a general decrease in healing rate and skin vitality. At Balance Podiatry, we see many over 65s presenting with joint and soft tissue problems, in particular heel pain. In addition, we see a lot of patients with nail issues including fungal nails, ingrown nails and nail and other skin problems. Generally speaking, a podiatrist can easily manage most orthopaedic foot problems. But it’s important to engage the help of a health professional as early as possible. Take for example fungal nails, which affect one in ten people and is one of the main foot problems we see in our clinics. Fungal nail can be a distressing and unsightly condition that can take a long time to treat yourself, often without success. In contrast, laser therapy conducted by a trained podiatrist usually requires

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sure you get on the front foot, and don’t let that niggle become something more. About Glen Evangelista: Glen Evangelista founded Balance Podiatry in 2002, opening the business’ first clinic in Mackay, Queensland. Glen’s passion for health and medicine developed following a sporting injury that involved many visits to podiatrists, physiotherapists and doctors. Glen saw an opportunity to transform traditional podiatry services, through embracing innovative technologies. Today, Glen is Balance Podiatry’s director, managing the national podiatry service, driving

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DIABETES is a growing problem in our community, affecting 1.7 million Australians and is more prevalent in over 65s. Uncontrolled diabetes causes damage to blood vessels and nerves supplying the feet. The end result is that around 15 per cent will experience foot ulceration and amputation. With diabetes, no foot injury is trivial. Even small cuts, sores or blisters can have serious consequences, and it can be harder to heal or resist infection. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Regular podiatry care can significantly improve foot health and will

prevent at least 50 per cent of all diabetes-related amputations. How can I avoid diabetesrelated foot injuries? If you, or someone in your care, has been diagnosed with diabetes, you need to take extra precautions to ensure good health. You need to monitor and tightly control your blood sugar levels, stay physically active, monitor your diet and keep your weight within a healthy range. People with diabetes require a higher level of care and management. Everyone with diabetes should have at the very least an annual podiatry consultation. Caregivers should look for problems in their patients’ feet such as skin infections, ingrown nails, corns or any

skin or nail problem that has the potential to break down and ulcerate. Where possible it’s important that all people with diabetes care for their feet to the best of their abilities. To avoid serious foot problems, inspect your feet every day. If you notice that the skin is compromised, be proactive in your care and notify a healthcare professional of your condition right away. People with diabetes cannot afford to be complacent. Remain proactive when caring for your feet and with daily precautions and treatment after injury, you can continue to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle. For more visit

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THERE are rumours that transition to retirement pensions (TTRs) may be attacked in the May budget. They were introduced in 2006 in tandem with the Howard-Costello reform of the superannuation system. Many older workers wanted to cut down on their hours and were happy to accept a reduced wage for doing so, but they did not want to give up work completely. The problem was access to super - employees cannot access their super until preservation age unless they are prepared to sign a statement that they are permanently retired. TTRs solved the problem. Australians could access their superannuation as an income stream while continuing to work. What made TTRs particularly attractive was the ability to continue contributing to super while drawing a tax-free income from the fund; it enabled anyone adopting the strategy to take advantage of the difference between the 15% tax on contributions and their marginal tax rate. Think about Jack, a 60year-old who earns $105,000 a year, which puts him in the 39% tax bracket. His employer is required to contribute $9975 (9.5%) to super for him, and he is able to contribute a further $25,025 to super as a concessional contribution. After taking advice, he decides to increase the amount he salary sacrifices to super to $25,025. This will reduce his take-home pay by $15,266 a year. The contribution will incur a 15% entry tax of $3754, but he still enjoys the experience of having his superannuation boosted by a net $21,2713. He is $6006 better off - it’s a no-brainer! But he can put even more money in his pocket by starting a TTR. My advice is to start a TTR as soon as possible if you are eligible - after May it could be too late. Noel Whittaker is the author of Making Money Made Simple and numerous other books on personal finance. His advice is general in nature and readers should seek their own professional advice before making any financial decisions. Email:

Scam victims often seniors A HEALTHY curiosity stopped Nambour resident Valerie Zwart from being sucked into a steady stream of fraud victims. Queensland police are receiving complaints on a weekly basis from residents scammed out of tens of thousands of dollars. Scam methods have been varied and the region’s senior residents are highly represented in the victims. Mrs Zwart, 86, was checking her emails recently when she noticed one claiming to be from Telstra. “So I opened it to read words to the effect that I’d paid the account twice and they had picked it up and would be refunding the extra $169.45 overpaid on our account, which had to be opened by me with information on what was needed for me to do,” Mrs Zwart said. The amount was nothing like her bill and there was no account number. A visiting friend told her to get rid of it, so she did. “I then rang Telstra to report it and they congratulated me on not falling for that and advised me they would never do anything like that,” Mrs Zwart said. “If we had overpaid, it

would be shown on the following account.” She was left worried for other people of her generation. “We are well into our 80s and I just feel there are many other people in the village we live in who could get caught up by it.” Sunshine Coast crime services officer Detective Acting Inspector Daren Edwards said more sophisticated instances of investment fraud were also being regularly reported. Det Act Insp Edwards said Sunshine Coast police were getting complaints on a weekly basis. “A lot of them are being stung via cold calling,” Det Act Insp Edwards said. “They seem to be getting worse, mostly though people’s gullibility... or not consulting someone else such as family or getting a second opinion.” He said they included a 73year-old Nambour man who earlier this month reported losing $10,000 to a cold caller offering a share trading plan guaranteeing an 18% return. The man had handed over the money gradually in the past 12 months and received nothing in return. Det Act Insp Edwards said

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Valerie Zwart was lucky to avoid being scammed by a fake Telstra email.

the rise in scams bucked an overall declining trend in frauds on the Sunshine Coast. Crime statistics showed a projected 26.7% decrease in frauds for this financial year. But that included things like bad cheques and payWave use of stolen credit

cards. “So we could sit back and say we’re going okay and not worry about it, but it’s the specific type of fraud (cold calling and internet scams) which is becoming more of the issue,” Det Act Insp Edwards said. The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission advises people to pro-

BE ON GUARD: Some handy tips Everyone is a target: Scams succeed because they look like the real thing and catch you off guard when you’re not expecting it. They also exploit your desire to be polite and respectful, as well as your generosity, compassion and good nature. Be alert: When dealing with uninvited contacts from people or businesses, whether it’s over the phone, by mail, email, in person or on a social networking site, always consider the possibility that the approach may be a scam. Remember, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Hit delete: Do not open suspicious texts, pop-up windows or emails - delete them. If unsure, verify the identity of the contact through an independent source such as a phone book or online search. Don’t use the contact details provided in the message sent to you.

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could drive more shortterm weakness. But in the absence of a US/global recession historical trends inform us it is unlikely to be a deep and long bear market. When the winter comes you have the option to be like the bear and wait it out as long as you have a sound cave (good strategy) to rest in. You can keep in mind. Sharp falls are part of the course of share markets. Shares literally climb a wall

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spouting geysers and the people who choose to live, work and play among it all. One of the highlights of the trip. Wellington: Here you can walk off the ship and be in the city centre in half an hour. We chose to do our own thing. We made our way to the closest information centre and in a short time were on our way to Zealandia, a protected natural area in the city where the area’s original fauna and flora is being restored. We returned to the city via Wellington’s cable car and spent a few hours exploring the city’s restaurants and shops. Akaroa: This is a small, picturesque French village nestled in an extinct volca-

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no and here we also chose to follow our noses. Dunedin: A short bus trip from the docks and you are in the centre of Dunedin. Again we chose to do our own thing and in this instance we had to retrace the steps of long-dead relatives. That done, we returned to the city to catch a

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ASK your teenage children where your next family getaway should be and a plethora of tropical places with golden beaches emerges. So where did we go instead? Tasmania. Hobart, specifically, for a quick two-day break on dates that suited everyone’s madcap schedules. The kids had never been to Tassie before so we thought we could help them tick off that state before they were all grown up. On arrival in Australia’s most southern and secondoldest capital city, grumblings about the lack of beach resorts soon gave way to a respectful appreciation of Hobart’s colourful history, natural beauty and, most of all, its gourmet experiences. Dating all the way back to 1803 and with a population of just 220,000, Hobart has proudly retained much of its colonial heritage with fine examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture lining the broad, glassy expanse of the Derwent River. It’s also an easy, compact city to get around with a peak 15 minutes of traffic instead of an hour or two. For our first day, we hired a car to ascend 1270m-high Mt Wellington which towers over Hobart to offer one of the finest vistas in Australia. So high is the peak and on such a southerly latitude that it snowed during our summer visit to the summit, but not before we enjoyed the sweeping panorama over the wilderness-surrounded city. And at least we can now say we took the kids to the snow this year. Back in a warm car, we headed down to Fern Tree

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in the mountain’s foothills for a gentle stroll through the ferny gullies and then crossed the Tasman Bridge to sample Tassie’s delectably famous molluscs at the Barilla Bay Oyster Farm near the airport ( We tucked into Barilla’s renowned and well-named Shucking Awesome Platter of three dozen oysters offering a variety of mouthwatering toppings - all devoured quickly with views of the clean, cold waters in which they are grown. Just down the road (seemingly everything in Tassie is close by) is the historic town of Richmond Australia’s finest Georgian village. Built just after Hobart with convict labour, Richmond boasts Australia’s oldest bridge, jail and Catholic church with an elegant, heritage streetscape befitting an English hamlet. The village is crammed with galleries, artisan craft boutiques, museums, cafes and a wondrous, all-year, threestorey Christmas shop which captivates our teens. As you do in Richmond, we repaired to the cosy tea

shop Ashmore on Bridge ( for piping hot scones and beverages before crossing the road to explore Old Hobart Town, a fascinating miniature village depicting what Hobart looked like in the 1820s Sixty model buildings and 400 little people tell stories of hardship and cruelty in the early convict colony. 20 minutes, we’re back in the Hobart of today, hungry for more of Tasmania’s gourmet delicacies. On Franklin Wharf, right in front of where the Sydney to Hobart racing yachts finish, we enter Frank: a new and eclectically airy restaurant where fresh Tasmanian produce is used to infuse South American influences into earthy, grilled feasts shared al-fresco by diners keen to share their love for good food and wine The service is engaging and efficient, and quick for families, with all guests taken on a unique culinary journey spiced with standout dishes such as: fire-roasted Bruny Island oysters with chorizo, peppers and gar-

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lic; Tasmanian salmon with brazil nuts, dill, coriander and mixed herb salsa; and charred bananas with salted caramel ice-cream. We begin the next day with breakfast at the renowned waterfront eatery of Tavern 42 Degrees South on Elizabeth St Pier. Fuelled by good coffee and fresh organic juice, we jump aboard the ferry on the adjacent wharf and

Arthur Circus – Hobart.

head 30 minutes up the Derwent to Tasmania’s must-see attraction: MONA - the Museum of Old and New Art. Australia’s largest private museum and the largest private collection of modern art and antiquities in the world with about 300 works on display, MONA has been billed by millionaire owner David Walsh as a subversive adult Dis-

Frank Restaurant has Southern American influences.

neyland. And while the often risque exhibitions are definitely not for the under-16s, the subterranean galleries hollowed into the side of a cliff are filled with unique, mind-expanding displays that sear into the memory. Returning to the city centre, we step back in time in Battery Point: a villagelike community containing cute-as-pie colonial build-

ings now housing beckoning bookstores, antique shops and cafes. Among the historic landmarks is Arthur’s Circus - a circle of cottages facing a common green that once housed Old Hobart’s soldiers. It’s the only residential “circus” in Australia and just around the corner we find Monsoon Thai Fusion: an expressive and innovative eatery showcasing Tassie’s

world-famous seafood as well as vegetarian and vegan cuisine. The food is mouth-wateringly sublime, with the seafood dumplings, salmon fish cakes, laksa soup and rocky road chicken matched in quality by the embracing service of staff. Filled to the brim, we saunter past handsome, Georgian warehouses at Salamanca Place - site of the

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popular outdoor market every Saturday, fill our lungs by Sullivan’s Cove with pure Tassie air and prepare to return to the mainland, satisfied we had introduced our teens to the natural, cultural, historic and culinary treasures of Tasmania. Visit The writer paid for most of his family’s expenses

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Falling in love with waterfalls By PAUL WICKS

IF TAKING in the view of, and spray from, waterfalls is your idea of a holiday, then NSW’s Waterfall Way is the way to go. I’m a bit of a falls guy, so I had a great time on a recent visit to the Waterfall Way: a 191km stretch of highway next to no fewer than 14 waterfalls, from the east coast just south of Coffs Harbour through to the New England highlands town of Armidale. And it was water all the way except for the dry-asa-bone Wollomombi one. Still, you can’t have everything, and on balance, the trip didn’t disappoint. First port of call on the highway west from the Pacific Highway was the pleasant little hip town of Bellingen. Stop here for a coffee and

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Dorringo rainforest.

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The double-decker Ebor Falls.

without the added attraction of the waterfalls. You could spend the best part of a day at this national park, but we had other watery wonders to see so it was onward 50km to the west to check out the double-decker Ebor Falls. Here, there was no chance of getting up close and personal to see the upper and lower falls like the pair at Dorrigo. But there were first-rate

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Find another side to Hong Kong Delights away from the hustle and bustle By PHIL HAWKES

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Ann says ‘Hi’ to Patsy and friends A visit to London’s Madam Tussauds By ANN RICKARD

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A list of the best value holidays by STA WITH the Australian dollar down and tipped to go further south, Australians are looking to get the best value from their holiday budgets. But there’s no need to think twice before daydreaming of heading somewhere exotic. STA Travel has been offering affordable adventures since 1979, so it knows how to get more bang for the buck overseas. Here’s its top five best-value destinations for 2016. 1. UK IN 2016, Aussies’ love affair with London is set to continue. Been there, done that? Think outside of the box and visit Northern England.

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East Australia 3 train extravaganza THREE states, three trains and a territory – a new opportunity to experience some of the world’s great rail journeys also offers a great way to see iconic sights from the reef and rainforest to the Top End and Opera House. A 17-night trip departing Adelaide on May 10 is a seamless way to experience the diversity of Australia from the ageless Red Centre to the glamour of Sydney Harbour. Start with a night on the Indian Pacific travelling from Adelaide to Sydney and a stop at Broken Hill as you watch from the comfort of a cabin which converts to a sleeper. Spend two nights in Sydney with a half-day Sydney and Opera House tour included. Then join a coach trip stay-

ing overnight in Coffs Harbour before heading on to Brisbane. Get to know the vibrant Queensland capital with a three-night stay including breakfast plus a city tour and cruise. Board the new Spirit of Queensland train for the 1681km overnight trip to Cairns, enjoying a RailBed seat that staff convert to a comfy flat bed at night with linen and pillows. All main meals are served directly to your seat and there is a licensed club car. During a three-night stay in Cairns at the Double Tree by Hilton visit both reef and rainforest and enjoy an indigenous cultural evening experience at Port Douglas. A full-day Green Island tour gives the opportunity to snorkel over the Great

Barrier Reef or marvel at the coral and marine life from a glass bottom boat or semi submersible. Fly to Darwin for four nights at the Double Tree by Hilton with breakfast and enjoy a sunset dinner cruise. The third great train journey then commences with a transfer to the famous The Ghan travelling to Adelaide. The two-night trip showcases the heart of the continent as the train heads south from the Top End, through the Red Centre. This package is priced from $6449 per person twin share or from $7479 for solo travellers. Phone Holidays of Australia on 1300 854897 or see



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Best of British, Pops concert series St. Luke’S theatre Presents their

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THE Queensland Pops Orchestra prides itself on its versatility and never more so than in the highly anticipated Best of British concerts, which have been entertaining Brisbane audiences since the 1980s. The music of the British Isles is ever-powerful, evermoving, and ever entertaining and be assured that the feast prepared for 2016 is all that and much more. This concert series is a favourite of not only the orchestra, but also of our many “Friends” and supporters. Lining up for this one will be a spectacular cast of singers, musicians and dancers to thrill and delight in the Pops’ inimitable, magnanimous way.

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There’ll be sing-a-longs and tributes to some of Britain’s best-loved composers. Headlining Best of British will be special guest artists Elizabeth Lewis and Jason Barry-Smith, who return to strut their stuff with a glittering selection of Best of British favourites. Be treated to the soaring purity of Elizabeth’s soprano and Jason’s expansive baritone – their combined experience and on-stage C L U B


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Redlands’ program set to surprise, delight REDLAND Performing Arts Centre is proud to launch their 2016 season offering excellence and diversity in all styles of performance with more than 30 performances already on sale for this year. If you are looking for drama, there is the much-loved classic Educating Rita and the epic new work of historical fiction, Motherland. Shakespeare fans can look forward to Bell Shakespeare’s Othello and Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble’s comedic production of Twelfth Night. Don Juan is a feast of music and adventure and Patsy Cline features her iconic music. Then in The Divine Miss Bette, Catherine Alcorn is just as fabulous as the original. Comedy fans will be excited to see the return of the

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Festive food swaps to help you keep the kilos at bay this Easter

Try these tasty low-carb options

FOR many Easter often means too many eggs, hot cross buns and family feasts – which we unfortunately pay the price for well beyond the long weekend. However, Easter is actually the ideal time to swap carb laden dishes for tasty lowcarb meals. “Contrary to popular believe, Easter is an ideal time for low-carb eating, particularly with plenty of sumptuous seafood on top of the menu. “With a little pre-planning and some savvy switchouts the whole family will love, you can finish the holiday without feeling heavy,” said Colette Heimowitz, vice-president of Nutrition and Education at Atkins Nutritionals.

Follow these simple swaps to get set for a scrumptious Easter which won’t wreak havoc on your waistline. These easy low-carb Easter recipes might soon become family favourites: Atkins Easter Buns Makes 8 buns, 5.7g of carbs per bun Ingredients: ¾ cup (72 grams) almond flour ¼ cup (57 grams) coconut flour 3 eggs ¼ teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt 1/3 cup almond milk ½ teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon mixed spice 2 teaspoons grated orange peel 1 Atkins Endulge Milk Chocolate bar Method: Pre-heat oven to 175°C and line a flat baking tray with grease proof paper. Sieve the almond flour

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Rediscover Bowen Hills on walk

Queensland Women’s Historical Assoc guides THE Hills are Alive: Rediscovering Bowen Hills, Saturday, 16 April, 10.30am to noon. JOIN us in a walking tour of Bowen Hills. Your guide, from the Queensland Women’s Historical Association will point out features and regale you with stories of bygone days - taking in grand houses, the Twelfth Night Theatre, the site of Cloudland and the landmark church, Our Lady of Victories. The price also includes a tour of Miegunyah House Museum. The tour winds up at the Booroodabin Bowls Club (the Boo), Brisbane’s oldest operational bowls club. Lunch is available for purchase at the Boo on completion of the walk. Information on other places to visit will be provided

for those keen to continue walking the area unguided. This tour is also part of the 2016 National Trust Heritage Festival, Discovery and Rediscoveries. Cost: $10.00 BLHN/ QWHA/NTAQ Individual Members, $15 Non-member (incl GST and BF). Please indicate your interest by Monday, April 4, maximum 15 participants. Tour physical rating: Moderate (a mix of footpaths as well as some uneven terrain, some uphill walking, may cover some distance, may be crossing roads) Bookings: walking-tour-the-hills-arealive-rediscovering-bowen-hills-tickets-22144567999 Participants will be sent full tour details after their booking is confirmed.

Hear stories of bygone days on Bowen Hills walking tour.

An extraordinary woman’s life At the Drop of a Veil/ Marianne Alireza IN THE 1940s a pretty, young, Californian university student fell in love and married a fellow student. Nothing unusual here, except the fellow student was from a Saudi Arabian royal family and her marriage made her the first western woman to marry into a high-ranking Saudi Arabian family. Ali Alireza was majoring in business and the young woman was studying romance languages when they met in a paleontology class at the University of California at Berkeley. They married in 1943, the year Marianne Alireza graduated. Alireza says she had no illusions of what it would be like to wear a veil and a long gown constantly. “Ali was very honest about what my life would be like. On my engagement night he went all over it again and made sure I knew.” In 1945 the couple moved back to Saudi Arabia and suddenly Marianne found herself veiled and cloaked, living in another culture and listening to a foreign language. “There were no roads, no hotels, no stores, no

tricity. We didn’t go out, and we didn’t do things. We lived together,” she said, referring in particular to the women of the family. For twelve years Marianne Alireza lived within a female group composed of her mother-in-law, sisters-in-law, and various children and servants. During that time she experienced a range of emotions as she struggled within primitive housing conditions, tasting new food, adjusting to a desert environment and in particular the strict rules for female behaviour. Love can lead you through unexplored territory and in this case Marianne Alireza’s personal commitment to her marriage gave her courage and strength to overcome the obstacles of life in a foreign civilisation A reading of this book in 2016, not only exemplifies the contrasts and similarities of different worlds, it takes into account the fluid role of women, social

changes in the last 50 years, and the effects of oil wealth on Saudi Arabia. Marianne chronicles her early perceptions, her choking anger at female confinement, living conditions and her diplomat husband’s long work-enforced separations. Equally, she describes her wonderful experiences as she and her family travel abroad on the Queen Mary and spend time in posh hotels in London and apartments in Paris. All the time, her love grows as she gives birth to her five children and develops a firm, lasting and respectful friendship with her mother and sister-in-laws. Her privileged position allows her to attend Europe’s great gatherings of royal weddings and funerals. After 12 years of marriage, a friend’s phone call to her while she is staying in New York advises that her husband has taken a second wife. At this point

her life takes another unexpected turn as she successfully fights to stay with her children. Today Marianne lives in the United States, she is the matriarch of five children, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. She calls her children global citizens, who move easily between the two worlds and she promotes international cultural understanding. While she acknowledges the limitations on Saudi Arabian women. She has said: “Women there have rights - of course they do. They also have great power and they exercise it behind the scenes, many running the administration of very large families.” In 1990 in a newspaper interview she added: “While many Western women look on the veiled Muslim women with pity. “If you want the truth, Saudi women feel sorry for Western women. They see beauty contests and girlie magazines in the West, and they say, ‘Women in your world are sex objects.’ To them it’s abhorrent.” Review by Gail Forrer

Love affair with food shines through recipes Autumn Harvest – recipes by Maggie Beer Lantern, an imprint of Penguin Books MAGGIE Beer’s love of food is infectious. The passionate foodie first shared her joy in 2007 with the original Maggie’s Harvest edition. It has since evolved into four seasonal paperbacks – Harvest Winter, Spring, Summer and now this edition Autumn. In her signature detailed and descriptive style, you will find a collection of more than 90 of Maggie’s autumn recipes. She writes evocatively of some her favourite ingredients including crabapples, guinea fowls, quinces, walnuts and partridge. This goes beyond a retail outlet and often traces sources back to the farm, the growing, harvesting and finally the making of a beautiful recipe and the dinner party where it was enjoyed. Former Coast restaurateur Christine Perkin followed the Fig and Walnut Tart recipe and delivered a memorable dessert. Maggie said it is one her most requested desserts – “which is almost embar-

rassingly simple.” Christine agreed it was a pleasantly easy creation. “Firstly, I cooked small tarts which came out crispy and then I made the larger one which was beautifully moist. “I thought it would be much sweeter, but it came out quite lovely with an unusual texture.” The book takes you back to the roots of food. It is a simple, yet complex work from a committed lover of food. Her own words best purvey the tantalising zeal that runs throughout the book: “My passion for food has given me so much in life – a sense of purpose, a delicious anticipation of each new day and gifts of much deeper kind than financial,” she said. Review by Gail Forrer

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