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Disrupt the rules and do it your way Disruptors welcome! This month our theme focuses on “Age Disruptors” – people who have, in one way or another challenged traditional perceptions of ageing. I use the word “Disruptor” in the modern sense, as a noun with positive connotations. Wizard entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson loves nothing more than a “disruptor” that is, a person who (often) through inventive means, challenges conventions. Indeed his Virgin website has a dedicated page to Virgin Disruptors and explains it as: “Virgin Disruptors – People Creating Change. Virgin is all about inspiration, innovation and creating tangible change across business and the world.” In this edition of Seniors, a Disruptor, is personified by our cover personality, Christine Danton. This 72-year-old is all about “disrupting”

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tbeliefs associated with ther older body. She presents onstage performances, when there are questions over any performance by a woman of a certain age, let alone one with body exposure. But there you go, and rather than keeping quiet about it, Christine has taken up motivational speaking to spread the word about what is and what isn’t inappropriate ageing. Last month, we featured the Eatons, a couple of academics in their 80s, who have written a book putting forth the idea of a new middle age. Seventy-five, they say is middle age and old age about 20/30 years on. They back up their premise, with plenty of

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all workers when offered the chance to grow and advance on the job. Yet, because of ageism, employers constantly use age as a liability and set workers with decades of productive years ahead adrift.” (p.172). How our generation ages is very different to other generations, yet often we are stuck with the same beliefs, prejudices, stereotypes that result in ageism. An example of a brand new phenomenon is the “Grey Nomad” the retired generation who have departed from a quite life at home to seek out adventure, new knowledge and friendships on the road. The “Grey Nomad’ is all about a curious spirit and of course the know-how to stay on the road. I hope the profile, news and views in this edition, blow a fresh breath of air and disrupts the dust of ageism. — Cheers Gail

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longevity statistics. In a sense they, too are disruptors as they challenge the traditional idea that 50 year old is way past middle age. This Chair Rocks: A MANIFESTO AGAINST AGEISM by American author, Ashton Applewhite is another book that disputes conventional thinking. Applewhite writes: “The myth that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, plays out punishingly in many arenas. Beliefs that older workers are not worth training because they are slow learners and computer-illiterate are stubbornly persistent, despite high marks from employers on both performance and skills (p.67), “Abundant data show that older workers are dependable, punctual, committed to quality, exhibit good judgment, have low absenteeism and accident rates, and are the most engaged of

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The Hellenic dancers Intergenerational dancing at the Greek Festival since 1976 Ann Rickard

EXPECT more Zorba than usual at the Paniyiri Greek Festival (May 20 and 21) as members of the Hellenic Dancers celebrate their 40th anniversary. The Hellenic Dancers are multi-generational family members of Greek Australians. Senior’s Newspapers spoke to some of the Hellenic Dancers’ families.


MICHAEL Penklis Snr and Esta Penklis have volunteered at Paniyiri since 1976 and have done everything from manning cash registers to assisting guests, often while their children slept under tables. Their son, Kon Penklis, was a member of the first Hellenic Dancers Academy Group in 1977 and joined the Hellenic Dancers in 1980 aged 24. He is now head teacher of the group.


MANOLI Kalligeros is a member of the Hellenic Dancers and father to two young boys (7 and 5), the youngest, Noni, the face of Paniyiri this year. Both Manoli and his wife have grown up in the Hellenic Dancers group and are ambassadors for Paniyiri and Greek Australia.


NIA Ikonomou came to Brisbane with her parents when she was just seven and has been an active member of the Greek Orthodox Community of St George Ladies’ Auxiliary for more than 20 years. The women of the Ladies’ Auxiliary spend weeks planning the festival and each cook their favourite Greek biscuit or dessert.


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BEAUTIFUL: Anastasia ready to dance. In the background, Michael Snr, Nicholas and Michael Jnr Penklis. PHOTO: JARED VETHAAK

members in 1977. Helen set up and facilitated the Hellenic Dancers Academy classes and helped to raise funds to source new costumes. In 1997, she took on the role of

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CHRISTINE Danton is bending over backwards to convince us that ageing, just ain’t ageing – not the way it used to be anyway. At 72 years’ young, Christine’s voice and viewpoints are stable and convincing. She stands firm as she challenges traditional thinking, but she ‘bends it like Beckham’ when she shows us why we should believe her. Yet the truth is, when it comes to bending, Beckham wouldn’t come close to this amazing lady who has spent a lifetime performing as a contortionist and now into her seventh decade, has no intention of stopping. Right now, the native South Australian who lives on 90 acres, by a lake and entertains regularly in the ‘The Spud Shed Barn Theatre’ on her property, is in America following an invitation to appear on a major television station. The appearance is just one of the engagements that have acknowledged Christine’s unique skills Monday, May 8, 2017

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72-year-old stretches her spine to extend an extraordinary timeline and in particular their longevity. Christine sees it as a chance to break the glass ceiling of ageist attitudes. Christine describes her amazing ability to fold into two, to master seemingly impossible physical positions as rather like doing yoga, a matter of training, and a refusal to stop doing what she loves. “The same as yoga,” she said. “You have to concentrate and focus on a pose.” It is obvious that mind control has its part to play, as it harmonises with this incredibly elastic body. A human body that can stretch, unlock, roll and unroll in half with grace and suppleness borders on the freaky. But Christine is far from an outlandish circus act. She describes herself as an artist performing a

skilled craft that requires enormous dedication and training. When Christine developed her techniques, there were no schools teaching circus skills and contortionists were rare. “I was the only one in Australia for many years,” she said. Without a mentor, she went onto develop her own original material. “I was driven to create,” she said. She believes her natural gift may have been inherited from her mother, who ensured her children never missed a circus, and particularly enjoyed the acrobatic and trapeze acts. When Christine was about 4 and her sister Jo 2, she recalls her mother taking them into the backyard and showing them how to back bend with their hands on the floor, behind them – like a bridge. “That was the moment,

HOW DOES SHE DO IT! Christine Danton doing the splits.

I understood that I knew that’s what I was going to do,” she said. “And I never wavered.” While there were no acrobatic lessons in the 1950s, there were dance classes and by 1956, at 13-years-old, her natural ability had gained her a two-year contract as a Channel 7 television dancer in the regular Tonight shows.

After that, at 17-years-old she made her way to Sydney and launched herself at the circus. “It was a way to hone in and perfect the act,” she said. With this experience behind her, she went onto perform in cabaret shows in Asia and Europe. She said she never expected to be performing

at this stage of her life, but in a way she had no choice. She said she went to retire in her mid-50s, but felt like a blob, and went back to her training. These days Christine says she has adapted to her own body constraints with a training regime that includes three sessions a week, together with swimming.

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FROM one of Australia’s great playwrights, Michael Gow, comes Once in Royal David’s City, a story that is epic and intimate at once, tumbling from the 50s to the present, from West Berlin to Byron Bay, from brief encounters to the cycles of history. It’s about mothers and sons, lost innocence and facing mortality; about faith, rage and the brilliant possibilities of life and art. Making his eagerly anticipated directorial debut with Queensland Theatre with this wonderful new Australian story is the new artistic director, Sam Strong. Most recently, Sam directed a sold-out production of Jasper Jones for the Melbourne Theatre Company, gaining a five star review in The Age and six Green Room Award nominations, including Best Director and Best Production. Once in Royal David’s City is the fourth

production in Sam’s inaugural season for the company, which has broken season ticket and single ticket records. And completing the triple punch is an exceptional ensemble cast led by acclaimed Brisbane force of the stage Jason Klarwein (Macbeth), and featuring some of the country’s most experienced actors in Penny Everingham and Kaye Stevenson, Adam Booth, Toni Scanlan, Adam Sollis and Steve Turner. The play deals with the death of a loved one. It is intriguing, moving, and ultimately, life-affirming theatre. The Story: Will is a theatre director. His father passed away six weeks ago. He wants to give his widowed mother a relaxing and restorative Christmas by the ocean at Byron Bay. But when she arrives at the airport it becomes evident she is ill herself. Spending Christmas by her bedside, Will tries to

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artists I admire greatly. Describe Once in Royal David’s City in a paragraph. An intense collision of ideas within a man who is experiencing his greatest emotional loss. Do you have any pre-show preparation rituals? Every night, in my warm up, I almost always hear the voice of my NIDA voice tutor (with whom I had a fraught relationship – but it’s fair to say I learnt so much from).

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friend and a wonderful writer. Describe Once in Royal David’s City in a paragraph. You don’t need me to tell you what the play is about... I agree with all the positive blurb ... universal themes, honesty, warmth and poignancy. Once in Royal David’s City, runs at the Playhouse, QPAC until May 14. Bookings at queenslandtheatre. or phone 1800 355 528.

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Talk ‘n’ thoughts Ideas wanted for age-friendly future FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK GAIL FORRER

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A GLOBAL spotlight is flashing on the growing ageing population and governments around the world are responding with various age-friendly initiatives. In Canada, this month, census data revealed that for the first time in census history, Canadians over 65-years-old outnumbered those under the age of 15.

In America, since 1963, May has been assigned as the Older Americans Month, a time to recognise the contribution seniors make to society. In 1963, there were only 17 million Americans aged 65 years or older, compared to some 46 million today . In 2005, a Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics held in Rio de Janeiro, first conceived Global Age-Friendly Cities. By 2007, WHO produced a Global Age-Friendly Cities Guide, with advice on how to make urban communities age-friendly through

community development, policy change and advocacy. The guide described the meaning of age-friendly: "An age-friendly city encourages active ageing by optimising opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age.” In practical terms, an age-friendly city adapts its structures and services to be accessible to and inclusive of older people with varying needs and capacities. This month, Qld Government Seniors Minister Coralee O’Rourke

launched The Advancing Queensland: Age-friendly community grants program, which consists of a range of grants, from $25,000 up to $100,000 to help councils, various not-for-profit groups and the community turn big ideas into action to help make life better for seniors. This first round of grants will focus on transport, housing and outdoor spaces Applications for the first round of grants close at 5pm, Friday, June 16. More info at agefriendlygrants.

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A reader addresses seniors housing plight I STARTED free Seniors Share Houses Facebook groups to help seniors find a solution to the affordable housing crisis. But sharing isn’t for everyone. Particularly the many Seniors suffering PTSD from the stress of their experience with homelessness. The States appear to be reluctant to continue their role as providers of public housing. If Scott Morrison proposes to scrap the funding for public housing to the States in favour of an aggregate model he needs to ensure that there is a timely process to expediently supply an adequate alternative. The census will not provide the real and accurate numbers of homeless people in

Australia because they have only counted people that access homeless services. So many people that know there is no point, particularly after the Homeless Hotline rings out time and time again without even a call back message, and just give up. They continue to couch surf, sleep in their cars, if they have one, or end up sleeping rough on the streets. There are 1800 members in my Seniors Share Houses groups and the numbers are growing daily. Even within my groups, the demand is greater than the supply. Government needs provide affordable homes for people immediately. — Linda Mina

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ANN RICKARD checked into the sprawling high-tech hotel, Atlantis the Palm in Dubai, and found everything from fun to fine dining, to shopping, culture, exploration, even education.


TALK about a grand entrance. The lobby is the first glimpse of this Atlantean-themed destination, with eight imposing columns giving the impression of fish scales. Then there is the 60m wall of windows with an infinity view over blue waters of The Palm. In the centre a 9.75-metre high blown-glass sculpture surrounded by a reflection pool brings the essence of the ocean to life. Lic No TAG 1446


FLOOR-to-ceiling views from the master bedroom into an aquarium create an illusion of being beneath the sea. Sleep with the sea creatures swimming all around you.


IT PROVIDES the best view towards the cityscape of Dubai as well as first class view of The Palm. Refreshments are available all day around the pool and at The Edge and The Shore food outlets.


ENTER the expansive spa

and be greeted by a water wall, then be guided along a streaming water pathway to one of 27 treatment rooms. The treatment menu is as extensive as it is exciting, with offerings ranging from spa journeys to body therapies, as well as full salon services for his and hers beautifying sessions.


YOUR inner child will thank you for taking him to these 42 acres of joyful water experiences. Get on the river ride action with its cascades, tidal waves and rapids, then dare to take to the Tower of Poseidon reaching 40m into the sky.

(Heart-stopping, be warned.)


DISCOVER the mazes of underground tunnels and passageways of The Lost Chambers, bringing them into close contact with the myth and the advanced inventions of the ancient Atlanteans.


SWIM with 65,000 marine animals, including sharks, fish and many species of rays, in this underwater exhibit. This habitat focuses on

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AN OUTPOST of his London establishment with a British European menu. An eclectic environment from day through night, the bar at Bread Street Kitchen with its imaginative mixologists is an integral part of the space.






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Toowoomba bursts into Spring with magnificent and colourful floral displays. Explore the prize winning gardens and fall in love with the Garden City and surrounding region on this 5 day short escape to the Garden City & Darling Downs. 16 September 2017

Celebrate the arrival of Spring at the annual floral spectacle; Canberra Floriade. See Canberra from Mr Ainslie, Telstra Tower, Lake Burley Griffin. Visit the War Memorial, Parliament House and enjoy the Floriade and Nigh est celebra ons. 24 September 2017


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In 2018, join a Made Easy Remembrance Tour and mark the final year of the ANZAC Centenary. Follow in the footsteps of a family member, mark a date of remembrance or just learn about the Australian experience at war in the Somme, Flanders or Gallipoli. Made Easy Ba lefield Tours have been coordina ng individual and group tours to Turkey, France, Belgium, Libya, Egypt, Israel and Vietnam for over 20 years and we are now taking bookings and enquiries for 2018.

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TRAVELLING to the US in the future? You might be put off by their domestic flight system and in light of the recent United Airlines kerfuffle, Rail Plus has reinforced the benefits of rail travel in the US. Commercial director Ingrid Kocijan says it is well-known that train travel is much less stressful than air travel, with bonus factors including the luxury of space, comfortable seats with legroom and no set baggage limits adding to the stress-free experience. While best suited to

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travellers with the luxury of time, train travel is also an undeniably great way for visitors to see the vast and varied landscape of the USA during a relaxed journey, something that more Australian and New Zealand travellers are appreciating. The most popular point-to-point destinations and journeys being booked include: ■ New York City – Washington DC – 3 hours. ■ New York City – Boston – 4 hours and 30 minutes. ■ Seattle – Vancouver – 4 hours. ■ Los Angeles – Grand Canyon – 12 hours. ■ Universal Studios: Miami – Orlando, 7 hours

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The islands of Tahiti celebrate 50 years of over-water luxury Tahiti’s striking natural beauty more than her over-water bungalows. This luxurious style of accommodation blends seamlessly with the islands’ crystal-clear lagoons, laid-back culture and French sophistication. Over-water villas are a huge part of what makes Tahiti so remarkable and why it has been the

world’s pre-eminent island destination for five decades,” Mr Thompson said. For more info: follow Tahiti Tourisem on Instagram (instagram. com/tahiti tourismau and Facebook (www.facebook. com/TahitiTourismAU or visit: ahiti-tourisme.

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destination’s dazzling lagoons. Originally built as traditional stilted coral homes, over the past five decades the Islands of Tahiti’s over-water bungalows have evolved into palatial suites boasting private terraces, infinity pools, hammocks, spa baths and in-room glass floors – fondly referred to as Tahiti TV. The iconic Hotel Bora Bora, the first hotel built on Bora Bora, which is set

to reopen as an Aman Resort in the coming years, added over-water suites in 1970 and now 11 Bora Bora resorts from the St Regis to the Four Seasons and the Sofitel, all offer the picturesque style of accommodation which has helped to make the island a popular playground for honeymooners and celebrities alike. The first two-storey villas were introduced by the Hilton Bora Bora (now

the Conrad) in 2009 and made famous by the Kardashians in 2011, with the Intercontinental Bora Bora Thalasso currently constructing its own split-level suites which are set to open later this year. Tahiti Tourisme director Australia New Zealand Robert Thompson said Tahiti’s popularity as a high-end destination could be traced back to the introduction of over-water villas half a century ago. “Nothing compliments


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TAHITI Tourisme is celebrating 50 years of over-water bungalows, the striking over-the-water accommodation that helped put the Islands of Tahiti on the map. In 1967, Tahiti became the first destination in the world to take accommodation into uncharted waters, building suites over its islands’ beautiful blue lagoons in a move that cemented the Society Islands as one of the world’s most sought-after holiday destinations. The first humble over-water bungalows were built in Raiatea and Moorea by the “Bali Hai Boys” – Americans Don “Muk” McCullum, Jay Carlisle and the late Hugh Kelley – who travelled to the region after being swept away by James Michener’s South Pacific. Fifty years on, there are now nearly 900 over-water bungalows spread across eight of Tahiti’s 118 islands, with the picturesque accommodation becoming as famous as the


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CLOSE your eyes and imagine slipping gently along, skippering your own boat on the Canal du Midi in southern France, exploring the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pause along the way to taste the local food, savour the wines, visit medieval villages and take in the glorious scenery. Monday, May 8, 2017

QUIET BEAUTY: Gliding by the Penichette ruins in Ireland.

Now open eyes and start to plan, making your dream holiday a reality. Australian company Cruise Traveller is offering the answer for a perfect boating holiday. “Locaboat is suitable for all adult ages, and the leisurely pace of the whole product makes it a very relaxing experience,” managing director Craig Bowen said. “If you have even basic

boating experience it will be easy, however even as a first-timer the operational side of the vessel is extremely simple. “The instructions made available by the departure base are excellent, and the written information provided is comprehensive. “I’m in my late 50s and I found the experience not only straight-forward, but

one of the most enjoyable, relaxed and great value holiday experiences I have had.” Locaboat is a long-established French company that owns a fleet of 380 top-quality Penichettes and canal boats. It offers 200 different cruises to enjoy in 24 regions across Europe. You don’t need a licence to steer these fully

equipped and certified craft around and through canals and waterways. All equipment, crockery, cutlery, bed-linen and towels are supplied, along with gas bottle and a captain’s handbook. “You’ll receive boat handling instructions and orientation on the departure day to make sure you understand essential cruising rules, which are pretty simple,”

Mr Bowen said. In case you are concerned, technical assistance is available every day. You can hire a Locaboat from 642 Euro per person twin share for seven days. That price is based on a Penichette P935W in France, ideal for a couple. Larger Penichettes are available for bigger groups with a P1107W from only 243 Euro per person for


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Highlights From stunning Cape Town, we head north to Fish River Canyon and the amazing sand dunes of Sossusvlei in Namibia. Enjoy game viewing in Etosha and Chobe National Parks and explore the Okavango Delta in traditional mokoro. Finish in Victoria Falls with the ‘Flight of the Angels’ helicopter ride. Plus breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 18 dinners.

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Canal du Midi, 11, Aude, in France.


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Floating along in Port de Plaisance. PHOTO: ERICH SPIEGELHALTER

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seven days, based on six people. There are multiple departure dates and bases to choose from. “The itinerary is up to you. You’re the skipper,” Mr Bowen said. “The Canal du Midi is a prime prospect; it’s near the heart of the Camargue, an amazing region on France’s Mediterranean coast, famous for its wildlife,

Medieval villages, Roman churches, abbeys and isolated monasteries; all of them can be visited from the self-drive canal boat. Across France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland your self-drive boating holiday will be punctuated by beautiful landscapes and charming towns, castles, wine cellars and historical sights.

white horses, black bulls and pink flamingos. “The Canal du Midi is also close to the Etang de Thau and its fantastic oyster beds.” Every part of the journey is exceptional such as the area around Carcassonne with its towers and battlements complete with fortified towns of white stone and historic villages like Trèbes and Puicheric.


In France, options include Midi and Camargue, the Southwest, the Lot Valley, Brittany, the Ardennes and Alsace-Lorraine, Burgundy and Saône, the Loire and Nivernais. In Germany, Müritz and Mecklenburg beckon, or Brandenburg and Berlin. Another choice is the Netherlands where you can cruise either north or south Holland.

Cruise Italy’s Venetian Lagoon where the great renaissance maritime city of Venice crowns this enclosed bay of the Adriatic Sea in northern Italy. Poland’s Masurian Lakes offers countless lakes dot verdant, undulating landscapes, embellished by villages, tracts of forest and thriving farms. Green Ireland’s

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What’s on Top 10 things to do in May ENJOY what Brisbane is offering in May with all sorts of entertainment, historical outings, tours, free lectures and more.


WALK around Brisbane Powerhouse with award-winning actors Therese Collie and Tim Mullooly as they tell the fascinating story of Brisbane as captured in the words of its great writers. At Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington St, New Farm, on from 10–11am on May 10, 17 and 24. Tickets are $30.


A CONCENTRATED presentation of Australian collection highlights is on

seminar to help with some of the challenges tracing a family, on June 3, starting at 9am at the Queensland Baptist Conference Centre, 53 Prospect Rd, Gaythorne. Bookings required and there is a small cost. Website: qfhs-seminars.


display during QAG’s collection storage upgrade. This stunning salon hang includes some audience favourites – iconic paintings by Rupert Bunny, Vida Lahey, R Godfrey Rivers, Russell Drysdale and Nora Heysen, and many others. For details, go to:


FREE morning concerts on Thursdays. On June 1 at 11–11.50am, performers are the jazz singers Raised Voices. On Thursday, July 6 at 11–11.50am, performers

WAR QUILTS: Intarsia with Soldiers, c.1760-1780, wool, intarsia at the Ipswich Art Gallery. PHOTO: TIM CONNOLLY, SHOOT STUDIOS

are students from the advanced performance program. At St John’s Anglican Cathedral, 413 Ann St, Brisbane. More details at: or phone 3835 2222.


VISIT Albert River Winery on May 31 for a guided tour of the homestead, sheep dog demos, boomerang throwing, whip cracking and feeding the


farm animals. Cost is $55 and includes bus, morning tea, lunch and guide. Departs 8.15am from Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, Appleby Road, Stafford. For more details contact Julia on 3355 6560 or Carolyn on 3356 8223.


FREE technology question and answer session on anything to do with technology, computers, cameras, mobile phones, iPhone and iPad, etc, on the first Wednesday of each month, from 9.30am–12pm at the Logan Central Community Centre, 9 Jacaranda Ave, Logan Central. Bookings essential. Phone LACOTA on 3290 0088.


remaining wrecks in Moreton Bay on May 29 at 2pm at The Museum, 150 Rainbow St, Sandgate. Bookings essential. Phone Museum on 3869 2283 or Pam on 0410 327 095.


THE Million Paws Walk is on May 21. This is the RSPCA’s flagship fundraiser. The walks starts at the cultural forecourt, South Bank Parklands. Registration is open at 8.30am. Free-range barbecues, competitions, loads of exhibitors, food stalls and coffee cart, entertainment, RSPCA stalls, Special 500 Club activities. For more details, go to


THE Queensland Family History Society is holding a German Research


WORLD renowned UK philosopher and theologian Dr Peter Vardy is giving a free lecture at St Peters Lutheran College, Indooroopilly on May 15 at 6.45pm for a 7pm start. He will be addressing the topic The relevance of Martin Luther past and present. This is the first in a series of lectures being hosted by the Christian churches of Indooroopilly to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. For more details, go to: petervardy.


THE history of military conflict and the soldier’s life is retold through the war quilts of this very rare collection curated by leading quilt historian Dr Annette Gero. On during May at the Ipswich Art Gallery, d’Arcy Doyle Place, Ipswich. Open 10am–5pm daily. Phone 3810 7222 or au/allevents/war-timequilts.


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Be curious and explore life far off the well-beaten path Hello travellers, This year’s edition of our dedicated Grey Nomads feature is jam-packed full of colourful stories that will surely inspire you to veer off the beaten path to a special camping site, travel solo or get up close and personal in Australia’s wildlife parks. A huge factor in a successful trip is precise planning and preparation. As the old saying goes: "Foretold forewarned " and this certainly applies to caravanning. Caravan towing


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courses rate just as highly as ensuring your home security and packing sufficient camping materials. For instance, RV parking can be a nightmare, and towing requires plenty of skills. If you are not sure, or are feeling a little daunted, it’s a good idea to learn the tricks of the trade before

starting the trip. There are a number of driving school lessons available including RACQ’s popular Caravan and Trailer Towing Workshop, which will equip you with the knowledge and skills to safely tow a caravan, horse float, goods trailer or whatever other type of recreational trailer you plan on towing. In this edition, we talk about reverse parking and the best way to achieve a painless and perfect park. I trust you enjoy the read and perhaps try a night out with the big animals! Happy trails to you, Gail

10 best things to take on the road Christine Perkin


ke a COOL OFF: Ta refreshing dip.

Must-have Camps Australia Manual is probably the most useful item you will buy for your trip, which includes maps for all over Australia and it is always safe to have hard copies of maps just in case


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you can’t get a signal for your phone or GPS. You can use the map as a way of mapping your trip as well so you know where you have been and where you want to go. A GPS is also a necessity to help get where you want to go. Go for details.


Writing where you have been and what you did is a great way to keep track of your trip. When you move to a different location you don’t always remember where and what you have experienced. Great way to reminisce down the track with your journal.


If you have a phone with good quality pics or a camera for the higher resolution pics, either is a must.



You can buy a cheap white bucket with a lid make sure the lid is tight and fill halfway with water a bit of washing powder and fill with clothes so they can move around and when you are on the road let the motion of the road do the work for you. When you stop, drain and rinse and dry as per normal. Clothes horse is a handy clothes line.

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Either a wood or gas lidded BBQ can be very handy to cook a roast, veggies etc., outside the van/RV.

■ 8. BIKE

Bikes are a great way to see small towns and take a bike tour. If you are in a RV you can be limited to travel once you set up your camp and you need something down the shops that are a few kms away hop on a bike and do a bit of exercise at the same time. Saves having to pack up.


Let’s face it, you need a charger for everything these days, from your phone to laptop to tablet and kindle to list a few. If you have a multi-charging station you can charge multiple items at once and not have to run around trying to find the right charger. Save space and time.

For the TV watcher, the Satellite TV is a fantastic addition to your trip. You can watch good quality tele out in the middle of nowhere. Sat Plus call 07 5443 5517 or 07 5443 5513 or email



Vital to have one of these as you can’t always be in the right place at the right time. If you wear hearing aids, it’s good idea to take a little emergency kit with extra batteries and tubes and don’t forget your drying kit.

Very important to have spare keys. If you lose them out in the middle of nowhere you would be in big trouble. Not always easy to get replacement, and when you do, you will probably have to wait for the keys to arrive, which can be costly.

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Follow the spa trail

and relax

LUXURIATE your way across Australia as you enjoy relaxing, recuperating or repairing your tired body in mineral and artesian baths. Spa Trekking is the latest travel fad that really should have taken off a long time ago. Imagine arriving into town, loaded down with travel aches and pains, and being able to slide into a natural experience that will probably have you purring with relief by the end of a session. Whether it’s the soothing minerals or the outback surrounds that draws people in, hot springs and mineral baths seem to be the ultimate source of relaxation. Geothermal and natural mineral waters are believed to have effective physical and mental benefits. They are used in many locations around the world for therapeutic reasons as users enjoy the natural healing process of soaking in a pure experience which contains various concentrations of minerals. Visiting these spas is becoming a popular tourist activity for people wanting authentic health and lifestyle experiences based around geothermal and natural mineral water resources and which may include such services as saunas, mud baths, hydrotherapy and massage.

Armed with Steve Lambert’s Great Thermal Way, grey nomads can spend their travel time moving from one spa to another; such as – ■ Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs in Tasmania, ■ Francois Peron National Park Homestead near Monkey Mia, West Australia, and ■ El Questro in Kununurra in the heart of the Kimberleys, ■ Innot Hot Springs in Queensland’s Atherton Tablelands, ■ Peninsular Hot Springs on Mornington Peninsular in Victoria, ■ NSW’s Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre, Hot Springs Pools & Units, and Gwydir Carapark Motel & Thermal Pools, ■ North of Moree at Boomi’s Co-Op Hot Artesian Spa Pool & Caravan Park, ■ Lightning Ridge’s Bore Baths in western NSW. “There are 50 currently identified hot springs, bore baths and natural springs in Australia,” Mr Lambert writes. “They are detailed in this revised new edition which also includes updated and new material. “This includes information pertaining to the early pioneers and the drilling methods they used to tap this great resource.” Mr Lambert’s book is available online through

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GREY NOMADS Tracey Johnstone

HEADING out on the Australian road as a single woman, towing a caravan for the first time and with a heavy heart after the recent death of her husband, Betty Quinn has proven she has the drive to continue living a full life. She travelled 19,756km around Australia in convoy with three couples, with an average age of about 70, taking just under five months to discover that outback Australia is “simply gorgeous”. “Why would you want to go anywhere else when you have Australia,” Betty said. During June to October they travelled from the Sunshine Coast across western Queensland and into Northern Territory, along the West Australian coast and then across South Australia, into Victoria before heading back up the East Coast to Queensland. She fell in love with West Australia’s coastline and Broome in particular, the Bungle Bungles, and her must-see recommendation of Katherine Gorge. Fiercely independent, 68-year-old Betty took to the challenge of the road trip with great delight and a little bit of cheek. “They generally put me in the middle of the pack; they didn’t trust me at the end in case I picked up a stray along the way,” Betty said with a smile. “I did get to lead a few times, once when we went into the Northern Territory.” The whole idea of the trip happened almost by accident. Her brother Randall was chatting about how he, his wife, and two other couples were planning another caravanning trip around Australia. “I just said, ‘can I come’ and he said if I bought myself a caravan and a decent car to pull it, I could come along,” Betty said. Being determined and self-sufficient character, Betty didn’t delay in putting a plan into action. She found the car first, choosing a second-hand diesel, automatic 4WD Hyundai ix35. Then it was time for finding a 14-foot, pop-top caravan with single beds, which is what her brother recommended. “I was researching on Gumtree for a while, but then one of the guys travelling with us saw a caravan on the side of the road down near his place,” Betty said. “Next morning my brother, sister-in-law, daughter and I jumped in the car and went to check it out. “I made an offer on the spot.” Preparing for the big journey involved doing several short trips away in the company of her brother, and then with her daughter Stacey. She didn’t take any driving lessons, preferring to learn along the way, except for reversing. “One of the guys would park it for me. “But for hooking up and unhooking, putting the annex out and putting it away, I did that by myself.”

A single girl’s tale of outback adventure

heavily on the app Wiki Camps to find free camp sites which Betty said she would recommend to anyone doing a caravanning trip. The trip proved a happy experience and an Enjoying the magnific affordable ent view over Lake Arg yle, near Kununurra, West one. She Australia. spent about PHOTO: BETTY QUINN $45,000 on the car and caravan, and a s at e of the working vehicle then another Betty Quinn beside on Australia. $2500 for the mine in Dampier, West PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED diesel. With free camping at Adjusting to living in a confined space faithful friend, Amber, which meant that several places she saved a lot so her was relatively easy for Betty as she had when it came time to visiting national accommodation and food costs came spent the previous eight years living on a parks, she would leave her poodle with down to under $8000. power boat with her husband. one of the couples who would visit the Back home, Betty has her caravan “One thing about living on the boat park on another day. safely parked in a free caravan parking and living in a caravan, you know when “That was the only drawback from area within her retirement village while you use something, you put it away; you travelling with a pet,” she said. she plans her next adventure. can’t leave stuff lying around,” she said. While her brother and his friends “I would love to do the trip again, but At her side throughout the trip was her planned the trip, on the road they relied take a shorter time,” Betty said.

Now here’s a little caravanning secret worth sharing WIKICAMPS is a camping and caravanning companion you don’t leave home without, even if you are only planning on a weekend away. It’s a free app for smart phones, tablets or Windows computers. The app information states it has the largest and most up-to-date database of camp grounds, caravan

parks, backpacker hostels, day use area, points of interest, information centres, public dump points and more. The database is kept up-to-date by users so you can contribute to its knowledge as you travel the length and breadth of Australia. It also works offline which is great if you are somewhere that doesn’t have

a wi-fi signal. To start using the app, download its content to your device before you go away so you have it with you right from the start of your happy travels. To find the app, go to


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10 best camp spots in Australia Compiled by Christine Perkin

HERE are a few of my picks of great stays around Australia.


BAY of Fires is one of the most beautiful low-cost camping spots locations in Tasmania. Tasmanians have flocked to the Bay of Fires over Christmas, Easter, long weekends and on school holidays to soak up the beauty of the area, including the white sand and azure sea. St Helens is only a short drive away, where you can buy food, petrol and showers at council-operated facilities. Please remember that dogs are not allowed in national parks and most reserves. Details go to


A VERY pretty camping area that is set alongside the St Patricks River, which boasts to have trout and platypus. They offer unpowered sites and good amenities, and the area is suitable for large caravans, motorhomes and big rigs. Located in the small town of Targa, halfway between Launceston and Scottsdale on the Tasman Hwy (A3). Bookings are recommended for those wanting to reserve a site with a fireplace. Free hot showers, free electric barbecue. Phone: 03 6399 3368. Cost from $10 per person per night. Located at 38250 Tasman Hwy, Targa TAS 7259.


NOT a free camp but very cheap fees. Wangi Falls Campground is one of six campgrounds located within the Litchfield National Park. Non-powered caravan camping sites are only available at Wangi Falls. 4WD camping areas (dry season only) are at Tjaynera Falls (Sandy Creek), Surprise Creek Falls and downstream from Florence Falls. Walk-in camping sites are available along Walker Creek (dry season only). Camping fee per night: Adults: $6.60. Bookings are essential. Generators are not permitted in Litchfield National Park. Swim only where recommended, observe warning signs. Pets are not permitted. Check access by calling 08 8976 0282 and go to for details.


THIS is a must-stop Outback Pub. A lot of fun in the middle of nowhere. The beef ‘n’ barra barbie every night between April and October is to die for. It is so popular that you need to book. Free entertainment nightly. Accommodation available. Powered camping sites with prices starting from $16 per person per night. Located Stuart St, Daly Waters,

Northern Territory. If you are travelling south from Darwin approximately 600kms. Turn right off the Stuart Highway 3kms to the pub. Travelling north from Alice Springs approximately 900kms. Turn left off the Stuart Highway. Phone: 08 8975 9927, email or go to


THE beauty of these springs will surprise you. Discovered by surveyors for the overland telegraph line in the latter part of the 19th Century, the Bitter Springs are located two kilometres from Mataranka in the Katherine region. Set amongst palms and tropical woodlands in the Elsey National Park, these spring-fed thermal pools are an ideal place to relax and unwind. Non-powered campsites are available at Jalmurark Campground. Phone: 08 8975 4560. There are also privately run campgrounds near the park. Located Martin Road, Mataranka.


BERRY is lucky to have one of the best showgrounds in New South Wales. With its superb well-maintained lawns, shady areas and many historic buildings on site, it is a fantastic place for alia. Broome, Western Austr tent, trailer or caravan SCENIC: Roebuck Bay, camping. Pet friendly. The railway station is immediately behind the Showground so you can catch the train Heritage Fraser Island. The Pacific Ocean up to Sydney for the day. is on the eastern side and the Great Located at 35 Alexandra Street, Berry Sandy Strait is on the western side. NSW 2535 Phone 0427 605 200. Inskip Point Camping Ground is a nature-based recreational area. INSKIP POINT CAMPING All Inskip Point Camping Grounds GROUND – RAINBOW BEACH SE require valid camping permits. You can QUEENSLAND obtain these permits by: booking Online ENJOY the beauty of Inskip Point or by calling Camping Ground which is located 13 74 68 or by booking in person at opposite the southern tip of World number of locations in Rainbow Beach.


ROEBUCK Bay Caravan Park enjoys an idyllic location with uninterrupted views over Roebuck Bay. Roebuck Bay Caravan Park is not what you would call a low-cost park with fees for a small powered site starting around $36, but it is the most popular park in Broome and is located right on Town Beach, Roebuck Bay. Broome is Western Australia’s secret getaway – right on the Indian Ocean’s doorstep and the gateway to Australia’s last frontier of pristine wilderness – the Kimberley. Contact details 08 9192 1366.


ONLY metres from the beach in a beautiful location with state-of-the-art facilities to make your stay all the more enjoyable. Pet friendly. Reasonably priced at $29 without power a night with specials available. Located at 149 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove QLD. For details contact 07 4055 3824 or email


Genoa Rest Area is located at the bank of Genoa River with site suitable to caravans, motorhomes, and big rigs. The area is large and grassy with accessible amenities and has lots of large trees for shade. Genoa River is 14km West of the Victoria/NSW border on the Princes highway. The Genoa Campground is located on the old Princes Highway (4 Park Road) just North of the Genoa River bridge. There is no charge for the use of this facility, however, donations are requested to upkeep the area.

THE PUB WITH NO Did you know the “Cosmopolitan” Hotel, Which locals refused to pass Is now a noted landmark, For every creed and class For the pub one day ran out of beer, A bloke wrote of it’s fate another bloke made it a song, Its known world wide now mate.

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‘Bucket list’ glamping destinations not to be missed Compiled by Nicky Norman

Rare bush camp site locations BUSH Heritage Australia has opened a range of protected reserves that are perfect to experience nature in its purest form. Here are some locations: NEW SOUTH WALES ★Naree Station – guided tour, September 8–10. Must be booked in advance. Spend a long weekend travelling through Naree’s 14,400ha patchwork of woodlands, grasslands and ephemeral wetlands Two nights, Base camp with day tours. Vehicles: AWD/4WD. Cost: $220/adult. QUEENSLAND ★Carnarvon Station Reserve – camping (May–September). The reserve features rugged sandstone hills, narrow valley floors and high escarpments. It’s located about 900km west of Brisbane. TASMANIA ★Liffey Valley Reserves – day trip (self guided). The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage wilderness 130ha reserves is a wonderful area to walk in. VICTORIA ★JC Griffin Nature Reserve – uided visits, September 16 or October 15. Some of the trees in this reserve are thought to be more than 300 years old. It’s a haven for bushland birds, reptiles and mammals Booking/more info: Contact Bush Heritage’s Katrina Blake on (03) 8610 9124.



Where: 45 minutes from the Gold Coast, beside the crystal-clear tumbling headwaters of Christmas Creek and Queensland’s ancient Lamington National Park rainforests. Highlights: Redefining luxury through architect-inspired, hand-built, permanent safari tents, sumptuous fire-cooked cuisine, secluded wilderness, rotating in-tent fireplace, vintage baths, rain-head showers and more. Only three guests tents ensure privacy and delicately positioned to minimise impact on the camp's sensitive Australian wilderness surrounds. Cost: Tents from $445.


Where: Overlooking Uluru (Ayers Rock) is located in the Red Centre of Australia. Highlights: Luxurious air-conditioned tents welcome private views of Uluru – Australia’s best-known natural icon – and comprise of king or twin beds, lounge, spacious bathroom and balcony with daybed and fireplace. Other features include complimentary in-suite bar, music system, wireless internet, climate control, premium amenities, bathrobes, safe, telephone and twice daily housekeeping. Cost: Luxury tent from $1350 per person per night inclusive (min. two night stay).

ar and Snore, Sydney.



Where: Taronga Zoo, Mosman, Sydney. Highlights: Taronga Zoo Sydney’s ultimate sleepover experience. Enjoy refreshments and nibbles at the zoo's harbourside campsite, followed by an opportunity to get up close with some of the zoo’s friendliest creatures with a 1.5 hour night safari. Camp in safari style tents in the heart of Taronga Zoo and wake up to spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, with a continental breakfast in the morning. Cost: Roar and Snore accommodation is from $300 per person per night.

Where: Wilpena Pound Resort, Ikara Flinders Ranges National Park, 429km north of Adelaide. Highlights: Fifteen luxury safari tents. Two-person Ikara safari tents are suitable for singles or couples wanting a luxury “glamping” getaway. Each tent has a modern ensuite bathroom, a luxe king-size bed, reverse cycle air-conditioning and its own private deck and fire pit. The two family safari tents sleep up to four people and have all the luxuries of the couples’ tents with an annex added for the extra people. Costs: Tents from $320 a night, including breakfast.



Where: Three kilometres from the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, about 2.5 hours from Melbourne. Highlights: An exclusive bush retreat nestled behind the cliff tops and rock formations of the world famous Twelve Apostles. Six spacious luxury tents with luxurious king-size beds with a natural latex mattress and all your linen and towels supplied and spacious ensuite bathrooms. Also a shared BBQ, tea and coffee facilities, camp kitchen with fridge and offering a range of recreational opportunities and natural experiences. Cost: From $145 per night.


Where: Ranelagh, Huon Valley. About 50 minutes south of Hobart.

Where: Karijini National Park, in the nature-based destination of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Highlights: Stay in one of the eco tents for a comfortable and natural glamping experience within the national park. These tents are semi-permanent structures that incorporate ecologically sustainable principles and can easily be erected and dismantled in remote areas with little impact to the natural environment using recycled materials wherever possible. Each tent has its own private ensuite bathroom, front and rear deck, spacious stylish interiors, king-size bed or two single beds, and quality bedding and linen. Cost: From $315 including breakfast.

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Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay, New South Wales.

LOVE nature but also love a few creature comforts?... then glamour camping, or “glamping” as it is better known, might be perfect for you. It allows you to commune with nature in the comfort of a luxurious tent and experience Australia’s nature in glorious, eco-friendly style. You get the simplicity of the great outdoors combined with the opulence of fresh linen, private bathrooms, spa treatments and gourmet meals prepared for you. Here are some of the top glamping locations throughout the country.

Highlights: The deluxe teepee have a timber and canvas construction, built within the natural bushland without major clearings, giving a privacy and a close connection with the peaceful surroundings. Teepees include a sofa bed, towels, bedding, wood fired heater, balcony and outdoor furniture, shared shower and outdoor two person bath. This Tasmanian glamping experience combines comfort and nature at a low price. Cost: From $100 per night or less for long stay.


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Get animal WOW factor into your next holiday

Tracey Johnstone

WHEN you head out to have fun on the road, have you ever thought about pitching your tent close to where you can drop in on some of Australia’s fantastic animal encounter parks? Right around Australia there are some amazing animals to meet in venues that are well-known and others that are luckily still not on the main tourism radar. So, let’s pack the tent, the caravan or camper home and get discovering just a few of the many animal encounters on offer. Sleep with a lion tonight in Canberra ■ Jamala Wildlife Lodge is on Lady Denman Drive in Canberra. ■ Park your caravan outside and indulge yourselves for just one night, at least. ■ The park boasts the most dangerous and endangered wildlife and aquarium experiences. ■ There is a choice of three accommodation venues, with the cost including exclusive park tours, all food and night-time drinks. ■ The rooms are quite snazzy with each featuring African themes and many have wildlife sleeping with you, albeit on the

other side of some safety glass. ■ Get in early to enjoy amazing encounters with red pandas, white lions, owls, sharks, tigers, otters, giraffe, tree kangaroos, meerkats, sunbears and cheetahs. Roar ‘n Snore in Melbourne ■ Melbourne Zoo is located in the heart of Melbourne. ■ It offers guests, between September and May, the chance to stay overnight within its grounds with camping equipment provided; you just need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow. ■ Dinner is in the historic Elephant Exhibit. ■ Once dinner is done, guests get to wander around the zoo, enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the nocturnal creatures before bedding down for the night. ■ In the morning, the local residents will wake you for breakfast and a full day of amazing up-close animal encounters. ■ The cost includes camping equipment, meals and Zoo day ticket. Have a wild night out in Sydney ■ Walkabout Wildlife Park is located just north of Sydney on Darkinjung Road at Calga. ■ There are various accommodation

choices on site; bush survival with no creature comforts and lots of bush survival skills to be learnt, evening and morning ranger-led animal encounters and eco-cabin luxury so you can wake up with the animals, a ranger-led tour with comfortable camping, including just a few luxuries, or chose grown-up cottage accommodation with comforts and bush outlook. ■ The park has many different types of animals in its bushland setting: koalas, dingoes, Tasmanian devil, python, emus, wallaroos, skinks, turtles and many more. Mingle with the Meerkats in South Australia ■ Monarto Zoo is located on the Old Princes Highway in Monarto. ■ The park is over 1000 hectares zoological park and natural wilderness sanctuary. ■ It also has a centre for conservation and enjoyment of wildlife and nature. ■ The park boasts 500 animals and 50 species of exotic and native mammals, birds and reptiles and plays a major role nationally and internationally in rare breeding and endangered species programs. ■ Visitors can book in to sleep under



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the stars in your tent, caravan or sleeping bag on special dates during the year. Volunteer in Northern Territory ■ Nina’s Ark Wildlife Sanctuary is an outback wildlife sanctuary located near Litchfield National Park. ■ Access to the private park and veterinary clinic is limited to April through December. ■ Tours, which are not self-drive, are available once booked. ■ It’s a refuge for orphaned or injured native animals. ■ The volunteers come from all over the globe to work with orphaned and injured wildlife. ■ The park is host to many animal species, including brush tailed possum, wallaby, wallaroo, black footed tree rat, bandicoot, northern quoll, partridge pigeon, brumbies, cockatoos, curlew and black-necked stork. ■ Basic, clean accommodation for a maximum of two nights is available on site with the $150 per night fee, including pick up from the entrance, three meals both days and torch. ■ At night guests join in a BBQ by the camp fire and feed some of the animals.

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CARAVANNING: Master the art of reverse parking before you head off on holiday.

Reverse parking your van REVERSE parking your caravan for the first time, particularly when one or more people are watching, has to be one of the most stressful experiences in your life. Luckily RACQ has the following top tips to help you look like a professional, once you have mastered these tips. ■ Spend time getting familiar with the basics of reversing a caravan before you set out on a trip. ■ Get yourself a person to help guide you into the parking area. ■ Find a large space, such as an empty car park, and try reversing the caravan into one of the spaces. This will help you to get a handle on which direction to turn the steering wheel. ■ Remember – when reversing a caravan is that to move right you need to turn the steering wheel to the left and vice versa. ■ Before reversing into a site, take a moment to look around the area for low branches or other debris that could get in the way. ■ One of the easiest ways to swing the caravan into a site is to ensure that the site is on the right-hand side of the car. ■ If you are not feeling confident and don’t have a fellow traveller to give you directions, you could try asking another caravanner for assistance. ■ Reversing cameras are a great help when reversing; we use them every day in cars so why not with your caravan?

10 things to know

before setting off in your RV

Compiled by Nicky Norman

What is an RV? RV STANDS for Recreational Vehicle and is basically a home on wheels. They can also be referred to as motorhomes or camper vans. The main features on-board are a kitchen, a bathroom, beds and TV, some even have a washing machine. An RV is different from a caravan because it is a self-driving vehicle and has an engine, steering wheel and a driver’s seat, whereas a caravan is towed behind another vehicle.


BUYING an RV can be an excellent investment and a great way to have the flexibility to travel without depending on hotel reservations and airports. You can cook for yourself, keep all your clothes hanging in a closet rather than in a suitcase, and generally make yourself at home. In some cases, people live in their motorhome, meaning no mortgage or rent to pay. For the most part though, RVs are used as vacation homes.


THERE are a wide range of RV’s available to buy or rent, so it is important that you have some idea of your needs. Keep in mind your required levels of comfort, privacy, security, where you want to travel and what is within your budget.

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WHEN you have your RV, be sure to pay particular attention to all the features. Ensure that everything is in a proper working order and good condition if not new and that all the safety features are present within the vehicle.


INSURANCE coverage is always a good idea because you never know when you may need it. Just like your car or home, it’s important to have the peace of mind.


BEFORE you head out on the open road, get to know your vehicle by practising a few manoeuvres around the car park. First-timers often struggle with reversing and parking and it will also take some time to get used to driving the vehicle itself. Giving it a test drive will also allow you to test out the features and ensure that you are a confident driver.


YOU can pack light and leave the extra space for items on the go or be fully prepared with everything planned out to the last detail and stocked up ready for long distances.

7. BOOK CAMPING GROUNDS IN ADVANCE PLAN ahead and get to know the best

camp grounds in the areas you are wishing to stay. By booking in advance you will be guaranteed a place to stay for the night and you will get the pick of RV sites. When you leave the camp site, make sure you have your aerial down, hatch closed and windows up.


BEFORE you head off, make sure everything is put away in cabinets and cupboards, to prevent them flying around while you are driving. Ensuring the weight of your load is distributed evenly, will also aid with wind resistance and make your journey a smoother one.


WITH over 66,000 members, Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australa is the largest RV Club in the southern hemisphere. As a CMCA member, not only will you have access to numerous benefits but the security of travelling Australia, knowing you are never alone.


YOU will have a lot of free time, so make sure you keep busy with crosswords, playing cards, board games, reading, music and creative activities like painting, knitting and sewing.

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Top beauty tips for the mature woman Ann Rickard

LISTENING to an interview on Radio National with Fran Kelly and a Dr Greg Goodman – dermatologist, Associate Professor, Monash University and chief of surgery, Skin and Cancer Foundation – would have made many an Aussie woman perk up and listen closely. According to Dr Goodman, a team of international scientists has found that Australian women’s faces are ageing faster than those of women in the UK, the US and Canada. The study of more than 4000 women from around the world found moderate

to severe signs of ageing 20 years earlier in Australian women compared to women in other countries. This is not good news even though Australian women have long been aware of the sun’s damage to the skin. Dr Goodman stressed that skin care and skin protection from a very young age is one way to help prevent this premature ageing. One of Australia’s most respected beauty columnists, Stephanie Darling, is also one of the country’s loudest advocates when it comes to anti-ageing and agrees wholeheartedly that the consistent use of

sunscreen is essential for everyone, no matter the age. Stephanie has spent her entire career chasing beauty in her work at some of the world’s biggest and most luxurious magazines and interviewed countless celebrities. She has even compared cosmetic surgery with Jane Fonda and discussed pelvic floor exercises with Dame Edna. In her book, Secrets of a Beauty Queen, Stephanie shares some of the tips she has learnt trialling every new product that hits the market. ★“I am a big believer in sunscreen,” she said. “We look 10 years older than

our European sisters, living in this crazy climate. “Whether we are talking about a toddler or a 100-year-old, sunscreen is a must. “It should be used on the face, neck, décolletage and back of hands. “I know people say ‘not that message again’ but it is the one beauty tip that will help everyone appear younger. That, and a smile. That sounds corny but it is not. ★“The greatest beauty accessory is a simple smile and it lifts your mood.” While good regimented skin care is an essential beauty tool, Stephanie says it is not necessary to

BEAUTY SECRETS: Australian women’s faces are ageing faster than those of women in the UK, the US and Canada. PHOTO: WAVEBREAKMEDIA LTD

spend a fortune on a jar of moisturiser just because it looks beautiful or bears a big brand name. “Find a counter person (in the department store) who you can trust, who is good,” she said. ★“Some women find Sorbolene amazing or Neutrogena excellent, which are brands available in supermarkets. As long as it has SPF 50 plus in it, that is the key.” Stephanie admits that most beauty advice is aimed at women 50 and younger and many advisors seem to forget that women are still

interested in beauty and glamour in their 60s and 70s, and going into their 80s and even 90s. “There is that awful thing of invisibility (for older women) that a lot of people don’t address,” she said. “Look at Jane Fonda at 74, an amazing actor and celebrity and very beautiful. I think women get more beautiful as they age and become more powerful, wiser.” Secrets of a Beauty Queen by Stephanie Darling is published by Penguin. It’s RRP is $34.95.














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including hip replacement, colonoscopy, cataract removal and skin tumour removal. ■ Detailed information on how procedures work, how to prepare, what to expect during admission, and what after-care is needed. ■ A cost indicator guide including a breakdown of key costs for a procedure in a private hospital, including the surgeon,

and other specialists. ■ 3D animations and videos explaining procedures. What does this mean for your next surgery? PFH breaks down the costs to show how much a person will pay, how much their health fund will cover, and how much is covered by Medicare. It also provides a more detailed cost breakdown

Why did HCF create PFH? “It’s our responsibility as a health fund to ensure we are supporting Australians as best we can when they need to go to hospital,” chief benefits officer Cindy Shay said. “Knowledge is a powerful tool and we want to ensure people have a more complete picture of the costs associated with their medical and surgical

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Over 50s can live longer, healthier

MEN’S HEALTH: Valuable health tips for men who are in their 50s and want to live a happier and healthier life. PHOTO: AJR_IMAGES

LIFE at 50 is probably still in full speed ahead, but that’s no reason for any man to ignore the state of his health. In fact, it’s a very good time to take stock and review where he is at and what he needs to do to ensure the ageing path is smooth, happy and healthy. The Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute men’s health group Foundation 49 has put together a to do list of health checks for men who are into their 50th year. First up is, if you don’t

have a GP, find one that you feel comfortable with discussing openly your health issues. Those issues may be physical strength, energy, sex drive and sense of masculinity. Set yourself a target of meeting with your GP at least once a year; maybe use your birthday as the date you make your annual appointment. Next up is using the following 50s health check when meeting with your GP: ■ Weight and waist measurement.

■ Blood pressure. ■ Cholesterol and glucose levels. ■ Eye checks. ■ Bowel cancer screening. ■ Tetanus booster every 10 years. ■ Blood test for kidney and liver function. ■ Mental health – talk about any issues or concerns with your GP or a counsellor. ■ Hearing check. ■ Sexually transmitted diseases. There is the ongoing Foundation 49 DIY Tips for over 50 and over –

■ Keep fit by exercising at least three times each week for 30 minutes – try a brisk walk or try cycling. ■ Time Out – enjoy your friends and family. ■ Drink moderately; are you having at least three-alcohol free days each week? ■ Laugh lots and loud. ■ Talk about any problems or concerns you may have with your friends or family or talk to a GP or counsellor. In our next edition, we will take a look at: Your 60s.

Ignoring your prostate, what it might cost you ONE in three men over 50 have benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) commonly known as an enlarged prostate; this number rises to nearly 80% of men when they reach 70. While BPH is not fatal like prostate cancer, it can cause pain and inconveniences. Common symptoms are

frequent and painful urination, and for some cases sexual performance is affected. It is no wonder that we have reached epidemic proportions, yet so few men talk openly about it. According to Mr Indra, spokesperson for Graminex Australia, a company that specialises in developing prostate

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Emergency card for pets at home alone PETS left alone when a person is suddenly removed from their home by emergency services or is too ill to cope with the responsibility of the animal, is a concern for many older Australians. The solution offered by volunteer organisation Pets and Positive Ageing and the Animal Justice Party is a wallet-size card on which a person can record emergency contact numbers and vet name. The Pets and Positive Ageing card was developed after consultation with vets, pet support advocates and ACT Ambulance Service operations manager Mark

Molloy. He recommends the cards be available through vet surgeries, pet shops and GP surgeries. “They can be given be out like medication or alert cards for the patient,” Mr Molloy said. “If this is a matter that causes anxiety and potentially make someone think twice about calling an ambulance for themselves, it can be part of a person planning ahead.” Mr Molloy recommends people keep the emergency pet contact card together with their medications list so that they can found easily in an emergency.

WHEN the time comes for a person’s life to approach its end, Jane Harriss is there voluntarily supporting people who have a life-limiting disease or condition. She gives them the support they need to ease their journey, not as a carer but as a palliative care volunteer. “I see my role just to support the person, just to be there for them, or for their family,” Jane said. “We are not trained counsellors; we are just friendly ears. My role is very different.” There are about 140 volunteers in the ACT with most of them retirees. Palliative care volunteers need good communication skills, to be non-judgemental and, importantly, build quickly a rapport with clients. “You don’t need medical skills because you are surrounded by people who’ve got all of that,” Jane said. Her 27 years of working in the Federal Government as a media manager and then three years as an

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empathy for a client’s situation is another key skill for this role. “You might be meeting people and then losing those people very quickly,” she said. Jane’s choice of

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JOAN Benbow’s fine memory still holds a fabulous collection of stories from her past as a nun, nurse and teacher, living a life of faith, drama, disappointment and joy. Over the years Joan has recorded her life experiences, filling many exercise books. She is currently working on her fourth book, due for release later this year, which she said will provide a rich history of outback and native nursing case histories covering almost 62 years, starting from the early 1950s. “I had nothing in the 1950s, just a bottle of Dettol and a bottle of cod liver oil. They were the only medicines I had,” Joan said. The 93-year-old crisply recounts one of the most dramatic stories within the long list. “The principal matron of Papua New Guinea asked me to come there to train nurses in public health and tropical medicine,” Joan said. “The administrator drank all night with the intention of killing me next morning. “He screamed and yelled at me as I walked towards the people’s market, where people were saying ‘let him touch her and we will kill him’. “As he was a breath away, I called out the name of God. “Two orderlies

rushed out and grabbed his arms. “The administrator was a nice man and we kissed the next morning.” Later in her time in PNG, she was stalked by a local who left a love letter in her mailbox. “The cottage was on a lonely hill. We three staff members locked ourselves in by 4pm as then the rascals came with their bush knives, poking through the louvres. “At other times we received heavy breathing on the phone.” Joan’s extraordinary life journey started well before she was born. Her grandfather was one of Sydney’s first dentists and another relative, Dr Burchell, was an African explorer, while another was a famous opera singer. She grew up during The Depression and then joined Our Lady of the Sacred Heart convent in her early teens. Throughout her 25 years with the convent, Joan said she pushed herself and her superiors to achieve the best at every mission, but not always with good outcomes. She left after a tumultuous time in the 1970s, after overseeing the construction of a hospital in PNG which the church then deemed “too good for natives” and being attacked by a priest. “I was a good boxer; I

learnt to box with my brothers, so I gave him a good box and told him to reform himself,” Joan said. Because she left the convent of her own accord, signing out of her vows, her actions were considered “disgraceful” and she was rejected by many of her family members. She had $600, no home, but she felt someone was looking over her. “At one stage I was homeless with no roof over my head and having to go begging around until I got work,” she said. Luckily, Professor Black from the University of Sydney offered her a nursing position near Sydney in a facility for Aboriginal health. From there, she returned to PNG as a matron and tutor. “I think God was looking after me,” Joan said. “I think they (the church) might have learnt a few lessons now. I think they have learnt that cruelty and punishment and penance is a bit old fashioned now. I did my share of it.” Her work with the Aboriginals on Bathurst Island and in the Northern Territory made up for so much of the sadness of her time with the convent. “I loved it. As I came to each mission I used to look at it and think of the potential; now what can I

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do here,” Joan said. “I went back to the mission I helped found, the Arltunga, for their 50th anniversary. “They found out I was still alive so they invited me back. “They wept and cried because they didn’t think I was still alive. I did the rain dance for them; they had forgotten it. The sky was blue, but it rained.” Joan has to dash now, leaving her carefully

nurtured jungle garden behind her. She’s already had a busy day, starting with her daily 6am swim in the retirement village pool. Then there is more writing to be done and an hour’s piano practice in the village hall. To finish the day, she has been called to the bedside of an elderly member of Joan’s local parish, where Joan will continue to practise her

life-long compassion for others in need. She’ll then stop to watch SBS because “they are all broad minded” . Finally, in the quiet hours of the evening, Joan said she will return to her piano to play her nightly lullaby to all her friends, present and past. Tomorrow, she will back to work on her nursing history, sharing more of her extraordinary life.

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How to prepare your own retirement plan A SUCCESSFUL retirement is about more than just organising your money. If you don’t manage the lifestyle challenges that retirement brings, you might be financially secure, but you may not be having much fun. The secret to a happy and satisfying retirement is to appreciate that you’re not retiring from work – you’re retiring to the next stage of your life. This next stage of your life is a blank page and you have dozens of opportunities that could fill this space. Now is the time when you can do some or all of the things you wanted to do, but had to postpone due to work or family commitments. Just relaxing and doing very little is fine for the first few months after leaving work. You probably need time to recharge the batteries. However if doing very little and just “going with the flow” becomes the norm, you’re heading towards boredom, ill

Like most things worth having, you have to work at it”.

TUNED UP FOR THE THIRD AGE PAUL McKEON health and unhappiness. If you want to have a happy and successful full or part time retirement, you need to be active and fully involved with life. This rarely happens just by magic. Like most things worth having, you have to work at it. If you don’t plan for your future happiness and wellbeing, no one else will do it for you. ★What do you want to do with the next 20 years? ★Where do you want to travel? ★Will you be healthy enough to enjoy these freedom years? ★How will you and your partner handle being together 24/7? ★Where are you going to live? ★Will you have enough

money to be financially secure? ★Do you plan to do some volunteering? These are just a few of the questions that most retired people have to manage. Ignoring them won’t make the major challenges and opportunities go away. Because so many people have told me that it’s hard to prepare a retirement plan, I decided to use my own experience to make the whole process a lot easier. The result is a retirement planning work book that guides you through the major issues that most people need to consider as they approach the next stage of their life. For details on ‘Your Retirement Lifestyle Plan’ visit:

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OVERSEAS and gradually in Australia, there are more a over-50 models being used to promote a whole range of products. Brigitte Warne, director of specialist over-50 Silverfox Management modelling agency, said older models were increasingly popular for marketing and advertising. “We are seeing it in Australia, particularly as we have an ageing population with a lot of people in the baby boomer category who are probably more style and fashion conscious than ever before,” Ms Warne said.

“They are starting to speak up and they want to be noticed, and (they want to) see marketing that relates to them and is appropriate to where they are in their life stage.” The type of over-50 models most sought after are “relateable” and aspirational. It’s not just a pretty face that Ms Warne said is the deciding factor. “We are looking for someone who has confidence, maybe they have had careers, maybe they have specialities in niche areas, maybe they are doing their own thing on the side,” she said. “A lot of our clients are really looking for people who bring something to

the table, a different element that is not necessarily skin deep.” Age, size or height aren’t barriers for Silverfox Management. Its oldest model is 96 years old. Over-50 models are appearing in a diverse range of advertising jobs. To get into modelling Ms Warne said a person needed confidence, their own sense of style, resilience as jobs are not regularly available and a good portfolio which Silverfox can arrange for an aspiring model. Silverfox Management has offices in Melbourne and Sydney and will, in May, open an office in Brisbane.

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Good service not age is what counts

COMMITMENT, customer service and quality delivery of their job are the benefits employer Diann Weightman has discovered since taking on two staff members older than 50. Both of her staff members have been employed under the government Restart program. The 72-year-old employer, who has built her business Simply Stylish Fashion and Lingerie into a respected community operation, has been suffering with Parkinson’s for the past 10 years. “I needed staff urgently so I turned to Tursa to help fulfil the requirements of the shop,” Ms Weightman said. “I wanted someone who was sensible as we do fittings for bras and a lot of styling for people who don’t know how to dress themselves.” Restart program employment agency Tursa’s Sunshine Coast

region cluster manager, Joanne Hickey, recommends that anyone older than 50 looking to re-enter the workforce should read these tips before starting their search: Resume ■ Make sure your resume is up to date. ■ Ensure the style of the resume is correct. ■ Usually use no more than two pages. ■ Stick to the most recent or 10–15 years of work experience. ■ Only include the relevant job experience. ■ You don’t need to put in your education from years ago, unless it is relevant to the job. ■ The resume must tell a story, not just provide a list of job titles and dates. ■ Highlight your biggest achievements for each job that is most relevant to the desired position you are applying for. ■ Always do a spell check. Networking ■ Use your network to help you find a job. ■ If there is a particular

industry you are interested in, join an association connected with it or even seek out volunteer opportunities to get your foot in the door. ■ It might be scary or daunting to have an online presence but it is easier than you think and you can have a professional LinkedIn profile which will give you a chance to link in with potential employers and recruiters, as well as create a positive first impression. Skills ■ Update your skills. ■ Show that you are tech-savvy; know the Microsoft suite – internet, email, word and spreadsheets. ■ Keep up-to-date with technology and if necessary, take a workshop. ■ Update your required service qualifications and licences, depending on the job you are looking to apply for. Age as an asset ■ Don’t focus on your age; view your age as an asset.

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WE ARE holding a Market Open Day on Saturday, May 20 from 7.30am-1.30pm at the Club Hall at 122 Shore St Nth (near the Grandview Hotel). Free admission and fun is provided for all ages. All money raised will benefit the Redland Special School Student Technical Equipment

Program. For all inquiries, including stall site availability, contact Josephine Wilcox on 382 15184.


JOIN US on the first Tuesday of each month at 10am at Geebung RSL Club. Bus and rail transport is virtually at the door and there are adequate car parking facilities. We welcome active retired and semi-retired singles or couples as new members who are interested in fun, friendship and fellowship, participating in monthly meetings with a guest speaker. Local day tours, picnics and theatre outings are part of the club. For info: phone Bev Worthington on 3359 2056 or Kay Davidson 3263 8072.


WE MEET in the Bowls Club at Hall Avenue in Corinda on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 9.45am. We have our monthly meeting with a friendly chat over morning tea, followed by a guest speaker covering a wide and interesting range of topics. Members also get together for regular outings, a garden group, a walking group, theatre visits, a book swap and other activities. We welcome retirees retired from Chelmer to Oxley and all surrounding suburbs. Phone Coral on 3379 7540.


THE members of the North lakes Probus Club held their AGM on March 13, followed by a lunch. A motion was passed to increase membership numbers as many prospective members have been on the waiting


ALL ABOARD: Arana VIEW Clubs 20th birthday celebrations were held at their April meeting. The ‘Just Cruising’ theme was extended to the table decorations.

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MAY Munchies – Come join us for our next meeting. This month our activity is sharing recipes for a

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THE Oxley branch of QCWA is holding a cent auction on Wednesday, May 17 at 10am at QCWA Hall in Cawongs Park, 76 Lincoln St, Oxley. The $6 entry includes light lunch and one sheet of auction tickets. Extra sheets are five for $1. All are welcome to assist good causes. Branch meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at 12.30pm at the same venue for those interested in joining a caring group. Contact: Pat 3379 1318 or Norma 3375 5160.


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ANOTHER myth that we often hear when we first meet with a client is that each person should be placed in the same financial position at the end of the relationship as they were at the start, and should therefore take out the same assets and liabilities that they brought into the relationship. This myth is attractive because of its simplicity, however, separation, divorce and property settlement is rarely this simple. Over the course of a relationship, particularly long relationships, the

initial assets that were brought into the relationship may be sold for a profit or loss, with the sale proceeds applied to purchase new assets. Additionally, original debts and loans may have been paid out or paid down or alternatively increased and new debts and loans may have been incurred. In fact, there are many things that can occur during a relationship that may result in a change in the make-up of the original assets and liabilities. While there is no rule that each person takes out the same assets and liabilities as they brought into the relationship, there is a recognised legal principle that considers the contributions that each party has made to the assets and liabilities and the relationship generally.

Risk and returns AS INVESTORS, we all want to earn high returns. However, big gains go hand in hand with increased risk – something that’s especially important for the thousands of Australians who hold their retirement savings in a self-managed super fund (SMSF). A recent report by AMP Capital found SMSF trustees expect their super to earn an average return of 10.9% this year. Yet only one in five SMSFs have made changes to their portfolio to achieve this result. In fact, 55% of SMSFs have switched to lower risk investments out of concerns about market volatility. With these findings in mind, it’s worth looking at the two main types of investments to see how

THINK MONEY PAUL CLITHEROE returns are impacted by risk. Income assets, also known as conservative investments, include cash-based investments like term deposits, which provide income on a regular basis. The drawback is that the return on cash is typically low because there’s less risk of losing your money. Right now for example, you’d be lucky to earn 3% on a term deposit. That’s not to say income assets aren’t worth having. What you need to consider is how much of your money you should

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OUR Trading Table for our April meeting was a great success with all proceeds going to the family in New South Wales who tragically lost three of their members during the floods. An Easter theme was held at our member’s meeting where we had Easter Basket Raffles and a very nicely decorated Easter Cake for Morning Tea. Browns Plains National Seniors hope all branches enjoyed their Easter Break. If you would like to join our group, our meeting are held the second Tuesday of the month at the Greenbank RSL at 10am. For further information, contact Ron or Bev on 3809 0697 or 0402 094 887.


THIS club meets on the first Thursday of the calendar month, starting with morning tea at 9.45am at the Enoggera Memorial Hall, corner of

Wardell and Trundle Sts, Enoggera. Visitors and new members are welcome. For information phone Pat, the president, on 3356 1256.


A SOCIETY for those who love floral design and flower arranging. Meetings include a floral design demonstration or workshop as well as bench work of floral art designs exhibited by members. The next meeting will be held on Monday, May 22 at 9.30am, at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Auditorium. Admission of $7 and includes tea or coffee before the meeting. Inquiries: Heather Prior 0412 735 483 or email:


OUR guest speaker for May is Clair from Flower Heart Designs at Chermside. Clair will explain to us the mysteries of Kokedama. She will also show us how to maintain various kinds of terrariums from desert to rainforest. The club meets on Thursday, May 20 at the OES Hall cnr

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Kitchener and Bohland Sts, Kedron. The ladies will have their usual trade table. Come at 9.30am for a cup of tea and a chat before the meeting.The meeting starts at 10am. For info: phone Gloria on 3355 4703 or Kaye on 3357 7660.

Mile Plains, on Monday, May 8 at 6.30pm for 7pm. Anyone interested in attending should call Sue on 3343 2218 if they would like to attend and we will ensure they have a very enjoyable night. The speaker at the May meeting is Mr Darren Bennett, head of Business and Technology at Calvary Christian College who has over 25 years’ experience as a teacher and leader, and whose key passion is to see people of all ages thrive and have a lifelong love of learning.


OUR next events include attending a training session of the Mounted Police Unit followed by lunch at Bellbowrie Tavern on Wednesday, May 17 and a hoedown and morning tea with bush poet, Noel Stallard, and country music entertainer, Hugo Fitz-Herbert, on Monday, July 10. Admission is $25. Lunchtime meetings of the club are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 10.45am for 11.30am. Phone Bev on 3279 2819 if you would like to attend one of our functions or email the Club for more info at:


OUR April speaker was Jenny Woodward from ABC, who gave us a very interesting talk on her life as the weather lady of ABC — what a fun, varied and fascinating time she has had. Mary also

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IN BLOOM: Floral Art Society of Qld member Eleanor Lydon with her beautiful floral design.

presented our new member, Rosina Scuderi, with her membership badge and some welcoming pamphlets. Our next luncheon meeting will be held on May 17 at the Murrumba Downs Tavern on Dohles Rock Road at 11am. The speaker will be Joanne from Maverick Travel who will be talking on “Travelling Tips”. We

shall also be holding a bring and buy table. For more details, phone Elizabeth 3886 4937 or Sandra 3425 2738.


OUR May dinner meeting of the Sunnybank Evening Voice Interests and Education of Women (VIEW) Club at The Glen Hotel, Logan Rd, Eight

WE WILL be supporting “A Walk with VIEW” departing from The Maritime Museum at South Bank and walking across the Goodwill Bridge to the Botanic Gardens on Thursday, May 11. This will offer an opportunity for our members to catch up with ladies from other clubs in our zone. Our history and architecture buffs will be able to see some of the great houses of Ipswich on May 13. Each month, we welcome a guest speaker to our dinner meeting held on the third Wednesday of the month. May coffee CONTINUED ON PAGE 36

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WE ARE a small, friendly club seeking community-minded women. VIEW members come from all walks of life, and we would be delighted if you would like to join us in our mission to provide better educational opportunities for disadvantaged young Australians. We would welcome you as a visitor to our lunch meetings and perhaps in time you may like to become a member of our club. If you may be interested in attending a lunch meeting and learning more about the activities of our VIEW Club, please make contact with the treasurer, Heather on 0437 343 163 by the Friday prior to our meeting. We need to make a booking for catering purposes. Our lunch meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Gaythorne RSL Club, Mitchelton. VIEW Club meetings are held upstairs and the doors open at 10.30am for an 11am start.


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THE May monthly dinner meeting will be on Monday, May 15, one week later than usual. Meetings are held at McLeod Country Golf Club, 61 Gertrude McLeod Cres. Middle Park, 6.30pm for 7pm, cost is $35 and bookings are essential. As Mother’s Day will have been celebrated the day before, this will be the theme of the meeting. The guest speaker will be Ann Vitale, an education adviser and consultant who also has experience in humanitarian work in post-conflict countries. A bring and buy stall will be

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set up on the night. This month ladies will also enjoy a coffee and chat morning and a dinner where partners and friends are also invited. If you wish to attend or require more information, email centenaryeveview or phone Di on 3202 9757 before noon Friday, May 12.


ARANA VIEW Club will hold our monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 7 at the Arana Leagues Club, Dawson Pde, Keperra. Our guest speaker for June is Betty Vann, who will be giving us a humorous insight into “body language”. There will be a two-course lunch, cost is $25 and there will be raffle tickets to purchase. For bookings, please contact Heather on 3300 3733 by 4pm Monday, June 5.


WE AT the North Brisbane branch of the Association of Independent Retirees meet monthly at the Wavell Heights Community Hall in Edinburgh Castle Rd on the righthand side on the top of the hill going east past the bowls club for our normal social meeting on the third Friday of most months at 9am till

noon. We are a national group with a regular monthly newsletter and access to our website is available. We do not advise on the financial matters but discuss matters of interest. Membership is low and our age group goes from the 50s to the upper area and are all partially self-funding or wholly independent of the full pension – thus ways of living better financially are of interest. Contact: Carl on 3881 1820 or 3351 4126 up to 5pm or by email:


WE MEET on the third Friday of the month at the Lions Richlands Club, Pine Rd, Richlands at 10.30am. Date claimers for the next two meetings are Friday, May 19 and Friday, June 16. For more information on the club and its activities, please contact Leonie (President) on 0427 846 057 or Les (activities officer) on 3279 9449 or 0466 377 618 to register your interest, email New members welcome.


WE WILL be holding their monthly social and information day on Friday,

June 16 at Bray Hall, Cnr Cooke and O’Loan Sts, Petrie gathering at 9.30am for a 10am start, finishing at noon. The guest speaker will be Dale Lorna Jacobsen author of a book called “Why Antarctica? A Ross Sea odyssey”. Dale will talk of her adventures in Antarctica and will have copies of her book with her for sale. Free admission – members and visitors are welcome. Morning tea is available for a gold coin donation and there is always a raffle. Phone the Kallangur Centre on 3880 6677.


DO YOU have an interest in tablets, pads, smart phones, laptops or desk-tops or have a need to learn more about your device? Have you a device that does not appear to work correctly? Then perhaps SOCCC may be able to help. The club meets twice monthly at the RSL Hall, Fernhill Village, 103 King St, Caboolture. Devices may be brought along for survey. Classes and courses are also available to members. Contact Jim via email: or 5433 1074.

CITIPOINTE SENIORS WE HAVE had some very interesting and talented guest speakers including an occupational therapist who was very interesting and helpful, a speaker from beyond blue talking about depression including how to spot the signs of depression. On June 14 our speaker will be from the Office of Fair Trading. We meet every Wednesday at 10am followed by a light lunch. We have a different program for each week of the month. For more information, phone on 0402 013 427 or seniors@citipointe

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Time to ‘ban the bag’ BE THRIFTY AND THRIVE NICKY NORMAN from July 2018. NSW, Victoria and WA are currently not committed to the ban. Single-use plastic bags have been used in Australia for 40 years, so it’s time to ban the bag or in the meantime, use an alternative. ■ What can we do: ★Try and take the plastic bags or paper bags you have, back to the supermarket to reuse. ★Not all your fruit and vegetables need a plastic bag, they can go straight into the trolley. ★Some retailers save cardboard boxes, so use these to pack your

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