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John’s passion for our flag and songs

In this edition

INSIDE this issue you will find our regular columns and articles on creative, active and healthy ageing. Whether it’s books to read, places to go, fascinating people to meet and wonderful things to know, it’s all here in the Seniors News pages.

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THIS month our lead story focuses on Australian folk and country singer John Williamson. Certainly, his profile (page 4) shows that he has plenty of passion for issues, such as a unique Australian flag and anthem. At 70-years-old, John is

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still making his muchloved annual pilgrimage to Gympie Country Music Festival. Anyone who has ever seen a John Williamson show will recommend it as something you will never forget. This month in our Live and Let’s Save feature, we share with you a practical and varied list of recycling hints. I’m sure you will find at least one thing that will save you dollars and rid the planet of one more piece of discarded rubbish.

On a more sombre note, we respectfully remember the bravery of our Vietnam veterans this month as they commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. The Seniors Newspaper is now a part of the Central Coast community and its life. We’d like to hear from you, residents who are aged 55+, about the topics, events and issues you would like us to cover as part of our monthly publication. Don’t forget to check

out our website www., where you will find your own area’s local stories, besides those in surrounding areas. Take five and have some fun on our colourful Facebook page. On this page we bring in subjects from surfing to farming, technology and pension payments, and some simply beautiful earth pictures. We welcome news on our Facebook page. Drop in and say hello at seniorsnews.

Repairs finished to Woy Woy Rd underpass

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THE Woy Woy Road rail underpass for vehicles reopened this month, following the completion of emergency repair works by Sydney Trains over the last three months. Sydney Trains has now finished constructing protection columns

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around the rail bridge’s support structures and installing new 2.5m height restriction bars on both sides of the underpass. Central Coast Council put the finishing touches on Sydney Trains’ repair works by installing median strips on the

approaches to the underpass. Motorists especially need to be aware that the underpass’ height limit has now been reduced to 2.5m. Anyone towing a caravan, carrying oversized objects on roof racks or driving a truck must use

an alternate route. Sydney Trains closed the underpass in April 2016 after a large truck became wedged underneath one of the height restriction bars. Both Sydney Trains and council appreciate the community’s patience with these repair works.

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Brush up painting skills BUDDING artists over 50 years of age are urged to pick up their paint brushes, as entries for the prestigious Grandma Moses Art Exhibition are now open. In its 34th year, this long-standing fixture on the cultural calendar takes inspiration from the life and work of Anna Mary Robertson, better known as Grandma Moses, who became famous for her evocative paintings depicting American rural life, after taking up painting in her 70s. Central Coast Council group leader of customer and community relationships, Judy Jaeger, said the essence of the competition was that it was never too late to

learn new skills. “The fact that this competition has been running for more than three decades is a testament to its popularity, both for artists and viewers,” she said. “The Grandma Moses exhibition is more than just a popular art exhibition – it is a celebration of the talents and contributions seniors make to the cultural fabric of our community and highlights continual learning and achievement for people of all ages.” With more than $3000 in prize money on offer, the competition offers avenues for every artistic palette, including open (any medium), watercolour, novice,

Central Coast inspired work (any medium) and a special category for 50+ Leisure and Learning Centre art group members. Prize-winners will be announced at a ceremony on September 13, at 10.30am at the Gosford 50+ Leisure and Learning Centre, 217 Albany St North, Gosford. Paintings will be on display at the Leisure and Learning Centre from September 13–15, between 10.30am–4pm. Entrants must be aged over 50 years of age and be a resident of the Central Coast Local Government Area. Entry is $5 per painting. For more details visit

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Help out needy kids Camp Breakaway searches for retirees to become volunteers CAMP Breakaway on the Central Coast has put out a call for volunteers to support their camps for children with disabilities and high medical needs, and retired people are especially being targeted. Located on 25 landscaped acres at San Remo, Camp Breakaway is one of Australia’s most highly regarded charitable organisations. With a small staff and hundreds of volunteers, its mission is to provide respite care for people with a disability and their families. ‘Holiday’ is a better word to describe the experience of those who attend. To make the camps the

wonderful experience they are, staff and volunteers begin planning months in advance – going over the applications, finding out all the clinical needs, including medication and specialised equipment, organising volunteers, booking entertainers and buses, making sure the catering is right, and conducting student and volunteer training. Camp Breakaway’s general manager Terry Hayes said the camp provided volunteers with training, as well as meals and accommodation. “A police check and a ‘working with children’ clearance are required,” he said. If you’re interested, phone Camp Breakaway on 4390 7624 for all the details.

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Declutter your home by turning your trash into someone else’s treasure CENTRAL Coast Council is encouraging all residents to get involved so the coast can boast the biggest garage sale in Australia on October 22. The Garage Sale Trail is an annual event where thousands of garage sales happen on one day and residents can buy and sell reused treasures. Council is encouraging local schools, community groups, charity groups, sellers, buyers, creators and everyone else to join with hundreds of Australians to think creatively about how we can reuse items that might otherwise be put out for council collection and end up in landfill. Council administrator Ian Reynolds said council

Now we are bigger, we can take the number one spot this year.

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was proud to be involved in this event for the second year running and it was great to see the community support sustainable living. “The former Wyong Shire Council was ranked second in NSW for sale registrations last year and now we are bigger, we can take the number one spot this year,” he said. “This is all about making neighbourhood

and community connections and doing something positive for the environment at the same time. “It is a fun, easy way to declutter your home, make some pocket money and turn your trash into someone else’s treasure,” he said. “Join us on the coast to make this year’s Garage Sale Trail the best in Australia.” Registered sales will receive a free seller’s pack and access to an interactive website to promote their event. Shoppers can visit the website to track what events are on the Central Coast. To find out more on how to register, visit www.


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Always a Mallee boy John reckons he’s mellowed, but he’s singing same songs

AT 70 years old Australian bush balladeer, national treasure and boat rocker John Williamson reckons that, just like most folk his age, he’s mellowed. When it comes to protests in 2016 he says mildly: “I leave that to the younger folks.” Nevertheless, there are

I have dreamed for many years that our nation’s banners celebrate our most important heritage: the nature of our ancient island continent.

— John Williamson

qualifiers. He still wants Australia to be a republic and have its own flag. And at every concert, the voice of his convictions is expressed through his classic songs with the same fervour and beauty. Take the 1990 lyrics of A Flag of Our Own. “Cause this is Australia and that’s where we’re from. We’re not Yankee side-kicks or second class Poms, And tell the Frogs what they can do with their bomb, Oh we must have a flag of our own.” On his website he says: “The nature of Australia being represented on our nation’s flag is something I have always been very passionate about, I have dreamed for many years that our nation’s banners celebrate our most important heritage: the

LEGEND: John Williamson, a folk singer who takes up social issues.

nature of our ancient island continent.” While he is sure of the land, he asks us to think about who we are: the words of True Blue – Australia’s unofficial national anthem, asks the questions: “Hey True Blue, is it me or you, is it Mum and Dad, is it a cockatoo, Is it standin’ by your mate when he’s in a fight, Or just Vegemite, True Blue, I’m asking you.” You see, while Williamson is not only a country music musician, he is a folk singer who takes up social issues. A Flag of Our Own saw the RSL ban him for

disloyalty to the flag, monarchists have attacked his republican viewpoint. His environmental song Rip Rip Wood Chip upset the logging industry. He believes in marriage equality and reckons country singers need to be grounded in Aussie culture, not American, and he welcomes a diverse Australia and reckons the more mingling the better. He is also a big fundraiser for a variety of causes. In 2016 Williamson, the eldest of five boys, who grew up in Quambatook, in the Mallee district of north-western Victoria,


says he still interprets Australia through his unique poetic voice. He states in his newsletter to online fans: “I am writing under a wise old coolibah beside a billabong on the Wilson River on Mt Margaret Station in Western Queensland. “We have two dozen yabbies and still pulling them in for an entrée tonight.” That has to be vintage John Williamson. The man who not only plays to thousands, but also limited numbers on his own property. Williamson and his wife settled on a

KEY FACTS ❚ Iconic singer- songwriter John Williamson is returning to the Gympie Music Muster to celebrate 35 years of mates, music and making a difference. ❚ He performed at the muster in 1983 and has performed every second year since. ❚ With an incredibly distinguished career as a songwriter of more than 350 songs and 40 albums, the humble farmer has a lot to celebrate. Throughout his career Williamson has won more accolades than he cares to mention, including: 3 ARIA awards, 4 APRA awards, 8 TSA awards, 8 MO awards and 26 Golden Guitar awards. The ARIA Hall of Fame member has sold more than four million albums in Australia earning numerous gold and platinum records. ❚ Watch for his new single, Aussie Girls, a tribute to Australian sportswomen. Springbrook property on the Gold Coast hinterland and for the last two years have hosted the Willoshed Concerts there, with a

limited number of tickets. You can see John Williamson at this year’s Gympie Country Music Muster.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Learning’s on agenda

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U3A keeps over-50s active and interested Errol Smith

MANY older and retired Central Coast residents have discovered a new public speaking voice and renewed interest in learning since joining Tuggerah Lakes U3A. The non-profit association provides a variety of adult educational activities at minimal cost for members. It was formed in 1998, and is part of a national and international adult learning movement that provides opportunities for over-50s who seek intellectual stimulation among like-minded people. No qualifications are required, and there are no exams, homework or attendance requirements. The wide range of activities includes music appreciation, a readers’

group, a discussion group, cryptic crosswords, play reading, mah jong, “keeping your marbles rolling” (brain games), singing for pleasure, film appreciation, conversations, creative writing, talks and, to keep your body as fit as your mind, a walking group. Locations for these activities include The Entrance, Long Jetty, Killarney Vale, Berkeley Vale, Toukley and Canton Beach. Members report great benefits for their wellbeing from participation in U3A. Betty Siegman said since joining U3A she nearly always had a reason to get up each morning. “So many things to do, so little time,” she said. “Talks, crosswords, music, conversation group, singing, brain games – all the things I

enjoy, plus meeting lots of new people and having fun.” Anyone is welcome to attend any U3A activity as a visitor, before deciding to join. President Pam McGlinn said the association offered friendship and stimulation to anyone wishing to explore their own interests and capabilities. “When I began, I had never spoken in public at all in my entire life,” she said, “But I now find myself giving talks regularly and have probably made more than 20 presentations.” Mrs McGlinn has even had several books published as a result of attending U3A writing courses. U3A’s program is available online at Inquiries to 4390 2451.

CLASS ACT: Tuggerah Lakes U3A members with president Pam McGlinn (standing) at a writers’ workshop. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

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of new resorts at Cooroy–Noosa and Toowoomba, Palm Lake Resort has just released a set of fun stickers, perfect for the back of your car, caravan, RV (or anywhere for that matter). In conjunction with Seniors Newspapers, Palm Lake Resort is also giving away a Majestic Caravan valued at $69,990. For your chance to win the Garoova 19’6 semi off-road caravan, simply take a creative and fun photo that features an official Palm Lake Resort sticker, then log on to to fill in an entry form and submit your photo entry. Seniors Newspapers general manager Geoff Crockett said the paper was excited to be partnering with Palm Lake Resort on such a fitting competition and he was looking forward to helping judge a lucky winner. “We are looking for the most fun and creative uses of the official Palm

BE IN IT: You can win a $69,990 caravan just by getting creative with one of these new Palm Lake Resort stickers. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

Lake Resort sticker,” Mr Crockett said. “Don’t just think you have to stick it to your car’s bumper. Think outside the square. Make us laugh.” Official competition

Hall sale funds new precinct park PLENTY of nature-play opportunities and grassed areas, along with modern play equipment and sculptures are now ready for local families to enjoy at the new $370,000 Narara Valley Precinct Park. The new park and playground on Willari Avenue, in Narara, was opened by Central Coast Council on July 28, with a community get-together and barbecue. Council’s group leader of customer and community relationships,

Judy Jaeger, said it was pleasing to see that the Narara Valley community now had access to the kind of precinct park it deserved. “With the new Narara Valley Precinct Park funded from the sale of the area’s old community hall, this is a great example of how council is reinvesting funds back into vital community services and facilities,” Ms Jaeger said. “The spacious, multi-use playground is located in a large reserve

with plenty of open space for recreational and group activities. “We’re very proud of the playground’s strong focus on nature play and the highly vegetated environment the park provides for children to explore.” Narara Valley Precinct Park offers great accessibility for a broad range of ages and capabilities, as well as fantastic complementary facilities, including public amenities, barbecues and picnic furniture.

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Readers welcome this home delivery of books IT HAS been around for donkey’s years but the Central Coast Home Library Service is undergoing a remarkable resurgence. No longer does the big blue bus visit homes across the region – instead trained library staff closely watch members’ reading habits and deliver their chosen books, audio books, DVDs and CDs direct to their door every fortnight. Residents who are unable to visit the library due to illness, frailty or disability are eligible. People with temporary conditions, such as recuperating after an operation, are also eligible for a temporary service. A doctor’s certificate or referral by an eligible care provider is required. More than 120 people currently use the service in the Wyong region and a similar number in Gosford. Bob Brearley, of Gwandalan, has been using the service for several years and said he would be lost without it. Mr Brearley, 83, is vision-impaired and listens to audio books.

SOCIAL SERVICE: Council’s Krystal Cox and Bob Brearley with some of the audio books. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

“I have a special sun room where I sit back and listen to some of the greatest stories ever written,” he said. “My wife Pat is glad to see the tail of me on occasions.” Mr Brearley said he preferred listening to crime stories but was “open” to other forms of

good writing. “It’s wonderfully relaxing and the library people who visit me, like Krystal Cox, are absolutely fantastic,” he said. “They help with the selection of my audio books and have not once let me down with their choice.”

Central Coast

Monday, August 22, 2016

talk n’ thoughts

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Hurdles, highjumps and solutions

Self-funded and forgotten

MANY self-funded retirees are finding it difficult to come to terms with the Reserve Bank’s policy of continually lowering the official cash rate as a tool to stimulate the economy. While this may help home loan borrowers and business, it has an adverse effect on self-funded retirees. Retired accountant Norm Barrington, 87, has dubbed self-funded retirees “the forgotten race”. “These are the people who went through a recession, saved diligently, were the backbone of Australia’s

progress after World War II and contributed much to the advancement and security of the nation,” Norm said. He feels that more consideration could be given to those investing in term deposits, the interest of which is dramatically affected by the current policies of the Reserve Bank. “You can change your investment strategy by taking up shares or investing in property but these options can be questionable in uncertain times with fluctuating markets,” he said. A bank oversight is the

effect its current policy is having on the Federal Government’s revenue-raising capacity, and the many other self-funded retirees find their incomes drastically reduced. “Unless the Reserve Bank Board, with the co-operation of the Federal Government, can ease the negative effect its current policies are having on self-funded retirees, I can see some divesting themselves of liquid assets, and acquiring million-dollar homes so they too can take advantage of the welfare system,” he said.

BIG ISSUE: Norm Barrington details the plight of self-funded retirees.


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CASH IN: Seniors save at auto service and repair centres across NSW. PHOTO: MINERVA STUDIO

Say goodbye to servicing blues SENIORS travelling short distances, who need car servicing before the required mileage is reached, can benefit from a range of discounts through auto repairs, parts and accessories outlets participating in the New South Wales State Government Seniors Card Scheme. Here is a quick cheat sheet to find the closest service centre near you. Alternatively visit www.seniorscard. to find one that suits you best. Autobarn: 15% off in store, excluding GPS, gift cards and sale items. 12 Brewster Street, Lismore. Lismore Automatic Transmission Service: 10% off servicing of auto transmissions and 5% off overhauls. Exclusions apply. Phone 02 6621 3112. 41 Elliott Rd, South Lismore. Lismore Automotive Service: 10% off labour only. Phone 02 6622 8833. 17 McLennan Lane, Lismore. Ultra Tune: 10% off the local retail price of an Ultra Manufacturers

UPCYCLE compiled by NICKY NORMAN HERE’S some innovative tips. Turn CDs into coasters – stick two together and paste felt underneath. Melt the remains of a lipstick together with a small pot of lip balm – makes a great lip gloss. Grandkids love a tin can phone. Take off the lids and tie together two coffee tins with a long piece of string. Create ice blocks for your esky – fill up old milk cartons with water and freeze them. Want to keep the kids amused? Use empty roll-on deodorant bottles as paint pens for small children. Wash the plastic ball and bottle, fill with paint and replace the ball and lid. To store, keep it upside down with the lid tightly fastened. Get a worm farm and feed all of your food scraps. One kilogram of worms can eat and recycle 1kg of food every day, giving nutritious worm castings for plants and vegies. Put your steel bottle tops and jam jar lids into an old steel can. When the tin is half-full, squash the top together so the contents are compacted before recycling. Open the bottom of a used milk carton and plant a tree seedling

Handbook Service; Ultra Minor Service and Ultra Major Service. Discount does not apply to any other services or repairs or in conjunction with any other offer and excludes payment by Diners and Amex. Seniors Card membership disclosed upon booking. 3/14 Machinery Drive, Tweed Heads South. Global Auto Spares: 10% off retail price; excludes sale items. Phone 07 5576 5757. 103 Pacific Highway, Tweed Heads South. Coast Line Panel and Paint: 10% off all bar repairs. Phone 07 5524 9355. 1/39 Machinery Dr, Tweed Heads. Cheapa Auto Spares: 5% discount, excludes certain sale items. Phone 07 5524 2555. 13A Machinery Drive, Tweed Heads South. Ballina Automatics: 10% off service and 5% off overhauls. Phone 02 6686 0511. 27 De-Havilland Cres, Ballina. Gibbos Auto Spares: 10% off on regular shelf price of goods excluding special promotions. 57 Wyrallah Road, Lismore.


inside. The carton will protect your seedling and then degrade as it grows. Going on a picnic? Bring home your cans and bottles to recycle. Save your corks to use them as a paint stamp, or glue them to some timber to make a corkboard. Place clear plastic lids under oil jars or aerosols to prevent oil and rust marks on shelving. Make your own gift wrap: Wrap your presents in the comics pages from your local newspaper, magazines or comics. Kids (and even adults) love it. Temporarily store food scraps in an old icecream tub, before putting them on to your worm farm or compost. Pour old cooking oil and fat into a used milk carton or jar and put it out in the rubbish. It clogs the drains if put down the sink. Old wet-wipe boxes make great string dispensers – try it out. Get creative making greeting cards from old ones, or postcards, photos, stamps, pretty paper and more. For more card recycling ideas, visit Festive Use old jeans to patch other jeans. Save old lip balm pots and small toiletry containers. Refill from your everyday toiletries for travelling. For more information on recycling activities for home or work, visit www.RecyclingWeek.

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CHUTNEYS, pickles and relish are the flavour of the month. Chutneys and relishes are wonderful addition to a steak dinner, sandwiches or even the humble sausage. The most important way to start is with good quality produce, clean jars and lots of spices. Adding spice can change the flavour – use curry powder, mustard seeds, coriander or turmeric. Relish is cooked, pickled, or chopped vegetable or fruits, usually enjoyed as a condiment. Chutney, an Indian sauce, can vary from a tomato relish to a ground peanut garnish or a

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Monday, August 22, 2016

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and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until they begin to pop. Add tomatoes, onions, chillies, vinegar, sugar and spice, and stir to combine. Increase heat and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 2 1/4 hours or until excess liquid evaporates and mixture thickens. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon hot chutney into clean sterilised jar and seal immediately. Turn upside down for 2 minutes. Turn upright and set aside until cooled. Label, date and store in a cool, dark place until ready to use.

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Healthy and thrifty habits in home-made shampoo Emily Black

HAVE you ever thought about making your own shampoo? Not only will you save money, but it is better for you as well. As with most things, home-made shampoo is far cheaper than what you can buy at shopping centres, and it is far better for you as well. Swap isopropyl alcohol and propylene glycol for castile soap and coconut oil. Making your own shampoo is safer for you and, while this may be highly subjective, some claim homemade shampoo works far better than store brands. When you use natural shampoo, what goes down the drain? Natural ingredients. Commercial shampoos and conditioners contain chemicals, which go right into the water system so, natural shampoos are

better for the environment too. This means home-made shampoos are way better for your plumbing. The harsh chemicals in these shampoos can cause major damage to your pipelines and could cost a small fortune when your pipelines need replacing. CASTILE SHAMPOO – 1/4 cup water – 1/4 cup liquid castile soap (available to buy online from – 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil Method Mix all the ingredients into a plastic or glass bottle and you’re good to go. Like commercial shampoos, different recipes will suit different hair types. If this one doesn’t work for you, just search online and you’ll find many different recipes designed for different hair types.

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Apps have changed the way the world plays games. It goes back to the times of Snake on the old Nokia phone. WordBrain is one app that’s great for challenging your literacy.

Bunnies dominating internet TWO bunnies are taking Instagram by storm. Alfie and Biscuit are minilop twin bunnies that live in London. Visit our website to watch the adorable pair.

How to extend your smart phone’s battery life SMART phones allow us to connect with our families 24/7, have a digital encyclopaedia at the touch of a button and ensure we will never get lost again with the help of Google Maps. With all the many wonderful things smart phones can do – why doesn’t the battery last longer? Here’s a few things you

TECH TALK TAYA SWEENEY can do to provide an extra couple of hours of battery life each day. ■ Re-calibrate your battery meter: Completely drain your

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SALTY breeze hits your face as the ocean carries you to shore – these are the memories of the silver surfers. Australia was first introduced to the longboard in 1912 by Hawaiin Olympic swimmer Duke Kakanamoku. Monday, August 22, 2016

battery. Connect your iPhone to your charger and charge 100% without using your phone. Re-peat. That’s it. Do this once a month for accurate percentage readings. ■ "Kill" background apps. To do this on iPhones, double tap the home button and swipe the apps to the right to make

them disappear. ■ Flight mode is your friend When your phone warns you that you’re low on battery and you know you will need to take or make a call in the next few hours, put your phone on flight mode. Flight mode should extend your battery life for a few hours in dire need.

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Shape-shifting metal Scientists at Melbourne's RMIT University have announced a "critical step" towards extremely malleable electronics, opening the door for futuristic liquid robots. Researchers say the experiments yielded some promising results. By exposing droplets of gallium to a water tank and changing the pH levels, scientists found that highly conductive metal moved by itself and even changed shape. "Putting droplets in another liquid with an ionic content can be used for breaking symmetry across them and allow

them to move about freely in three dimensions," said Melbourne researcher, professor Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh. "Simply tweaking the water's chemistry made the liquid metal droplets move and change shape.” Read the rest of this article on www.seniors


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CENTRAL Coast Council has restored part of the Budgewoi Lake foreshore in direct response to community concerns about local erosion. Buff Point residents approached council about the severe erosion problem over the nearby popular shared pathway. Central Coast Council’s manager waterways and assets,

Peter Ham, said because foreshore works were already identified in the Tuggerah Lakes Management Plan, council and the community were able to deliver a great outcome. “The area at Buff Point was severely eroded, with trees and a large section of foreshore lost over the past few years,” Mr Ham said.

“To address this, our staff reshaped and graded the foreshore and installed a stabilising rock wall to stop any further erosion. “More than 195 tonnes of rock and sandstone were used in the works to ensure long-term stability of the area. The regrading of the foreshore area also improved access for pedestrians.”

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community COMMUNITY NOTICES HELLO readers, to enable us to respond to your request for publication of more Community Notices, we ask that you keep your notices short and to the point (100-word maximum). If you would like to submit a photo, please ensure the quality is at least 180dpi, it is of people’s faces and nice and bright. Club Notices deadline for the next issue is September 14. Inquiries to Nicky or Chris via email communitynotes@ seniorsnewspaper.


MEET up with friends at the Long Jetty Seniors Club for a bootscootin’ session Tuesdays, 2.30-4pm. Line dancing or bootscootin’ is a great form of exercise for body

New VIEW team guides future of active club

server, Tkt No.0373. 4th prize/jewellery set; Tkt No.0523. 5th prize/porcelain vase; Tkt No.0157. A very big thank you to all the art show committee, all the Lionesses and partners, Leo’s and Tidy Towns guys who worked so hard and helped to make the art show such a success.


LET’S TALK: Halekulani VIEW’s enthusiastic 2016 committee members in a meeting.

and brain. There is no pressure to perform and teacher Norma is always happy to review the steps until we get it right. The group dances to all types of music – pop,

country, waltz and swing. New people are always welcome. You will find us at 6 Thompson St, Long Jetty (between traffic lights and lake). Phone 4332 5522 for details.


HAS held another successful art show with all profits going to Camp


Breakaway. Winners, of the raffle prizes were: 1st prize/painting, Tkt No.0379. 2nd prize/painting, Tkt No.0314. 3rd prize/pottery

IS A friendly, informative group that meets every Tuesday in room 5, Wyong Neighbourhood Centre, Rankin Court, Wyong. We regularly have guest speakers and morning tea at a cost of $4. We would like to boost our numbers so, if you would like to join us, please phone Anne 4353 5177 or Heather 4352 1713.


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14 Seniors Central Coast HALEKULANI VIEW CLUB

IS A valued part of The Smith Family and we are proud to support their educational program Learning For Life. We meet on the third Friday of each month at Halekulani Bowling Club, Budgewoi. VIEW is an an acronym for Voice, Interests, Education of Women and at every meeting we always have interesting guest speakers. This month our speaker will be Lisa O’Sullivan from Captioned Telephone. Why not come along and see what we are all about. You will be made most welcome. For inquiries phone Chris on 4396 5631.


KINDNESS from the heart freely given to warm chilled senior bones. Angie from Kincumber travel agency (soon to be renamed helloworld), while working inside her warm office with working partner Sue, noticed a group of senior people from Brentwood Village waiting for their overdue bus in the freezing cold wind on the coldest day of winter. Although no one from the seniors group is a client of this travel agency, Angie and Sue made them all welcome inside out of the cold, offering hot drinks, chairs for all and comforting words. Angie phoned Brentwood to let the bus driver know that a thawing group of seniors was safe inside the travel agency. This act of kindness was very much

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Hear Bob’s story!

Hear a personal story from Bob Newey at the Green Point Community Centre.

DAY OUT: Brentwood Village residents (from left) Marie Gaven, Moyra White, Angie, Doris Hart, Heather McIntyre, Joyce Oliver and Dorothy Cowper. PHOTOS: CONTRIBUTED

appreciated because not only was the group extremely cold, some had ailments that, being in that cold state, could trigger a more serious condition.

for Area 24 Toastmasters is the Humorous and Table Topics Contests being held on September 3, at the Ourimbah RSL Club, Ourimbah. The contests start at 1.30pm and all visitors are warmly welcomed. There is no charge for the afternoon.


BRISBANE Water Breakfast Club recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. This event was at the Erina Leagues Club. It was an opportunity for members of the five clubs in the area, together with other clubs, to celebrate. The ladies pictured have known each other for more than 20 years. The evening was an opportunity to catch up. Toastmasters is an organisation which assists members of all ages with their selfesteem, self-confidence and presentation. For the seniors, it is a


Central Coast Toastmasters Jeanette Anderson, distinguished Toastmaster; Carol Williams, Area 24 director; and Jan Cummings, distinguished Toastmaster.

great way of keeping mentally active. Members share stories, tall tales, make speeches

about past travels. This is all done in a friendly and supportive group. The next important date

IN RECOGNITION of National Stroke Week starting September 12, Green Point Community Centre is holding an information workshop on how to stay healthy but act FAST (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) should a stroke happen to you. Hear a personal story from Bob Newey, a StrokeSafe ambassador for the Stroke Foundation. Make sure you know how to act FAST.

A speedy reaction not only influences the treatment path for a person having a stroke, but aids their recovery. Come along on Friday, September 16, at 11.30am, located at 96 Koolang Road, Green Point. For information phone 4367 7591.


CURRENTLY we have on offer: ■ A tax help volunteer on Mondays and Fridays (by appointment) to help eligible residents complete their tax returns. You are eligible for tax help in 2015–16 if your income is around $50,000 or less for the income year and you did not: work as a contractor, for example a contract cleaner or taxi driver; run CONTINUED ON PAGE 15

True: we are what we think TARAJI JOURNEY THERESE AHERN THIS phrase is rapidly becoming a cliche in the field of parapsychology. From my experience yoga, as we know it in the west, maybe one of the great promoters of such parapsychology phrases. This is one of the main reasons I have been such a huge devotee of the late Dr Hiroshi Motoyama and have named the branch of Yin Yoga that focusses on the intersection of the meridians and chakras as Himalayan Yin. Dr Motoyama was born to a mother who was an accomplished yogini with advanced psychic ability and he was an ordained Shinto priest with many

vibutis (powers gained through true knowledge). However his brilliance was not limited to his psychic abilities. He also held two PhD degrees and through western science he created instruments that measured subtle energies found in channels such as meridians and chakras. At the other end of the spectrum was Rene Descartes, who in 1641 published his belief that the realm of the physical and the spiritual are alien, non-communicating realms. His published beliefs were called Meditations on First Philosophy and through his work he declared his hypothesis concerning the disconnection between the realms of the physical and spiritual to be the infallible truth. This declaration has led

many of us to believe that our bodies have a specific realm address and our spirits have a completely different discrete realm address. According to Descartes never the twain shall meet. He deduced the mind operates under the rules of the spiritual realm and body operates according to the mechanical world of physics. It is fascinating so many of us have fallen hook, line and sinker for the theory of a 1641 philosopher and choose to discard the knowledge of the ancient wisdom traditions as rubbish. The belief our thoughts have no influence on the ageing and longevity process of our body is a great example of this illusion. Could it be the power of fear embedded in this illusion is too seductive to resist?

An illusion has been described as that which persists even though we know or even suspect there is much more to the story. Challenging an illusion based on some archaic belief may be too confronting for some of us to even attempt. Or could it be that taking responsibility for what happens in our thought processes would discard the ability to say “but the doctor said”. Many scientist now believe both the mind and body are expressed in the physical world, so why is it that we don’t live our lives according to these insights. Our behaviours look suspiciously as though we are under the spell of an illusion. Fear not. Our sense of separation and dualism is the illusion. Important to our ageing and longevity,

the knowledge our sense of dualism is just an illusion is very important to our wellbeing. An eminent German psychologist, Thomas Mussweiler’s recent lab studies showed those who have a stronger belief in dualism tend to be less healthy. Why? Dualists believe their body is just a shell that is far less important than the mind. From this perspective, whether the body is taken care of or not matters little for the life of the mind. This perspective is profoundly flawed. Mussweiler proved the mind is part of the material world and because the mind is part of the material world, the health of the mind is intimately linked to the health of the body. The amount of sleep, exercise, and healthy food

you expose your body to has a tremendous effect on the life of the mind. So even if it feels like minds and bodies are separate, we would be wise to remember this is just an illusion. My observation is that fear is both useful and destructive. Fear is a vital response to physical and emotional danger –if we didn’t feel it, we couldn’t protect ourselves from legitimate threats. But often we fear situations that are far from life-ordeath and thus hang back for no good reason. Traumas or bad experiences can trigger a fear response within us that is hard to quell. Yet exposing ourselves to our demons is the best way to move past them. If you’d like to know more, please contact Tara at or

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MONEY TALKS Tax refunds Superannuation Investing

Plenty of cash up for grabs THINK MONEY PAUL CLITHEROE THE reward for tackling this year’s tax return is the prospect of a juicy tax refund. With a total of $27 billion refunded to individual taxpayers last year, there’s plenty of cash up for grabs. Last financial year saw Australians each receive an average tax refund of about $2000 – not a bad windfall.

But no matter how much you get back from the tax man, there are lots of ways to make the money work harder. A survey by comparison site Finder found 40% of us plan to save our refund. One in four (24%) will use the money to pay bills, and 11% will use their tax refund to finance a holiday. Only a small proportion of people will use the cash to splash out at the shops. Tucking your tax refund into a savings account can be a smart move – especially if you use the

money to launch a personal savings plan. It’s possible to earn up to 3.4% on cash at present. By depositing a tax refund of $2000 into a high interest saver, then adding an extra $50 each week, you could accumulate $4712 in just 12 months. Check the fine print of your account, as the top rate may only apply for the first few months. Or, you could deposit the same $2000 refund into a term deposit. By shopping around your money could earn up to 3% on a 12-month term.

materials, at 11am. ■ We are also hosting a free, green living workshop on August 27, from 9.30am to noon, on chemical-free cleaning. ■ We also have appointments available to access the Energy Accounts Payment Assistance (EAPA) scheme, which provides help for people who are struggling to pay their energy bills. The EAPA scheme helps people experiencing a short term financial crisis or emergency to pay their electricity or gas bill. The scheme helps people stay connected to essential energy services during a financial crisis. This scheme is not available on an ongoing basis. EAPA is only one type of assistance available and should not be considered as the only option for those unable to pay their electricity or gas bill. To book an appointment with an EAPA representative, phone 4323 7483. To find out more information visit www.resourcesand energy-consumers/ financial-assistance/ stay-connected-through -financial-crisis. Phone 4323 7483 or visit www.gosford Located at 147 Maidens Brush Road, Wyoming.

$300,000 investment in new multi-purpose courts at Tunkuwallin Oval. The need for the new courts was identified in the Tunkuwallin draft masterplan and will cater for basketball, netball and handball as well as an overflow carpark. Administrator Ian Reynolds, who officially opened the courts, said they were the first of many new sporting facilities and other infrastructure planned to meet the needs of the coast’s growing population. “Our population is expanding rapidly, particularly in the north and so too must the services and infrastructure we provide,” he said. “These new courts have been championed by all local sporting clubs, particularly the Summerland Point/Gwandalan Netball Club, who need these facilities to cater for their expanding membership base. “This is a great example of council and interested local groups working together to deliver the facilities our community need, want and value. I am looking forward to more of that to come in this new Central Coast Council.” Other sporting and recreational facilities to be finished soon include a new BMX track at San Remo and the regional skate place at Bateau Bay, as well as the first stage of the Magenta Shared Pathway.


a business, including as a sole trader; have partnership or trust matters; sell shares or an investment property; own a rental property; have capital gains tax (CGT); receive royalties; receive distributions from a trust, other than a managed fund; receive foreign income, other than a foreign pension or annuity. What can volunteers help me with? Volunteers can help you lodge your tax return online with myTax or claim a refund of franking credits. If you don’t need to lodge a tax return, they can help you complete a non-lodgement advice. Volunteers are unable to help you with amendments. If you need help lodging your tax return, you may be eligible for the Tax Help program. Tax Help is a network of ATO-trained and accredited community volunteers who provide a free and confidential service to help people complete their tax returns online using myTax. To inquire further about the tax help program or to book an appointment with our tax help volunteer, phone 4323 7483. ■ The centre is currently running $5 Friday handy home and garden demonstrations. Phone 4323 7483 to book. August 26: Moss ball planters – how to make a hanging moss ball planter, at 11am. September 2: Making twine – how to make twine from fabric and recycled


CENTRAL Coast Council’s northernmost residents are set to benefit from a

However without the option to add to your savings, after 12 months the initial deposit would have grown to only $2060. That said, if you don’t trust yourself to avoid dipping into your savings, it may be an option worth considering. Low to middle income earners who use at least part of a refund to grow their super can really add value to the tax man’s cheque thanks to government co-contributions. If you earn less than $36,021 this financial year, the government will

pay 50 cents into your super for every dollar you contribute using after-tax money, up to a maximum of $500. So adding a $1000 tax refund to your super account can see the government chip in a further $500 – it’s an instant, tax-free return of 50%. The co-contribution reduces as your income increases but you could still be eligible if you earn up to $51,020. Another strategy to get more bang for your tax refund buck is by paying down high-interest debt. Australians owe an

average of $3150 per credit card. By using a $2000 tax refund to pay down the balance, the outstanding balance can be slashed to a more manageable $1150. With a card interest rate of 15%, you’d also save yourself $300 in interest charges in the first year alone.

■ Paul Clitheroe is a founding director of financial planning firm ipac, chairman of the Australian Government Financial Literacy Board and chief commentator for Money Magazine.

The Brexit effect AS A British colony, Australia was heavily reliant on Britain for investment capital and export revenue. Prior to Federation in 1901, Britain bought virtually all of our exports (mainly wool and gold), making Australia one of the richest countries in the world per capita. Britain remained our largest export partner until 1940, when it fell to second behind the United States. After the war our export mix changed dramatically, playing a vital role in the reconstruction and re-emergence of Europe and Japan. By 1967, Japan’s hunger for iron ore and coal made it our largest export partner, remaining in that position until it was superseded by China in 2010. When Britain entered the European Community in 1973, it dismantled its preferential access system for former colonies such as Australia. By that time, however, its impact was relatively minimal given that Britain was buying less than 10% of Australian exports. This was less than the percentage of our exports going to Europe, and less than a third of what Japan was buying. Today, Britain

accounts for just 1% of Australia’s export market and therefore of minimal impact to our trade. The surprise “exit” vote took the global markets by surprise and “risk assets” like shares, high-yield bonds and commodities (with the exception of gold) were gripped in a wave of panic selling. Markets have since calmed, leaving investors to digest what it all means. The implications for Britain in the long-term may well be benign or even positive. An exit would remove a seemingly unnecessary layer of bureaucracy that interferes with every aspect of daily life. A renewed sense of independence and self-determination may well boost spending, investment and employment. As Europe accounts for half of British trade, the lower pound will help British exports. Britain has always been a major source of investment capital for Australia and this may well increase if the Brexit proceeds. On the downside, while Britain negotiates new treaties, short-term disruption and uncertainty will likely cause an economic slowdown and it may also slow growth rates in Europe, which has been stagnant since the GFC.

The Brexit may also cause the disruption of “Great Britain” – Scottish and Northern Ireland voters overwhelmingly voted to remain in the EU, leading to renewed calls for Scottish independence and the reunification of Ireland. There is a possibility of more fragmentation of the EU and Eurozone – there are already movements in France (Frexit) and the Netherlands (Nexit). Further political unrest could delay investment spending, leading to slower economic growth and higher unemployment. Brexit could also be seen as a backward step in the globalisation of trade and investment – since the GFC we have seen increasing signs of protectionism and currency wars between the big players – the US, China, Japan and Europe. It may be time for review of your investment strategy with your financial planner.

Information contact Tim Maher at Maher Digby Securities Pty Ltd - Financial Advisers – AFSL No. 230559 Ph 07 5441 1266.This document was prepared without taking into account any person’s particular objectives, financial situation or needs. It is not guaranteed as accurate or complete and should not be relied upon as such. Maher Digby Securities does not accept any responsibility for the opinions, comments, forward looking statements, and analysis contained in this document, all of which are intended to be of a general nature. Investors should consider the appropriateness of this information having regard to their personal objectives, financial situation or needs. We recommend consulting a financial advisor.

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JOURNEYS -- International -- National - Your backyard ENJOY!

Please don’t eat the daisies


Kerry Heaney

IF YOU want to know what the French eat at home, head to a market, especially Nice’s famed Flower Market in the Cours Saleya, just a few blocks back from the Promenade des Anglais on the shoreline Despite its floral name, this market is bursting with local food and produce and is ranked by France’s National Council for the Culinary Arts as being one of the country’s special markets. The marketplace flows up the middle of the street with two avenues of colourful stalls. Once you’ve had your fill, wander through the tight streets of old town Nice, particularly on the eastern edge, and hunt for

souvenirs in the many shops surrounding the markets. There’s an impressive range of goods on display including wonderfully

authentic marzipan fruits which are almost too realistic. You’ll be tempted by the flavoured and spiced salts, preserved meats and sausages,

fruits and vegetables from the surrounding countryside and Provencale-style pottery. Unlike the markets I’m used to in Australia,

there’s not a huge amount of food to eat straight away, but the area is full of cafes. Be like the French and sit down to enjoy your meal with a coffee.

There’s an age-old shopping protocol here. Put your selection in one of the silver bowls on the stall and the market stall holder will weigh the goods and charge you by weight. After all that market walking, you may want to soak your feet or refresh with a swim in the Mediterranean Sea from the Promenade des Anglais. The water is blue and clean, but you’ll need beach shoes to help navigate the large pebble beach and into the water. Nice is a great base to explore Provence and the Cote d’Azur. *Kerry Heaney was a guest of Trafalgar’s Paris to Provence tour. Travel the world on eatdrinkand

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Relaxing Bali retreat Jan Richards gets pampered and bendy in Bali’s Ubud HURTLING along on the back of a motorbike – one hand gripping the back of the bike, fingernails of the other biting into the shoulder of the young Indonesian man at the handlebars – might seem an unusual activity for a yoga retreat, but it sure was fun. I focused on the pale beam of light illuminating the track between rice paddies – potholed and wet from the storm still rumbling and flashing in the distance. Eventually I relaxed, laughed, possibly even woo hoo’d, as we bounced along towards the lights of Ubud where the convoy halted and we disembarked, pumped, and waited for the remainder of the group who had walked back from the restaurant. This was my fourth Radiance yoga retreat. Jessie Chapman holds retreats in Byron Bay, Uki (near Mount Warning),

Bali, Spain, Italy and France. And has plans for one in New Zealand. At the Byron and Uki retreats, the emphasis is on yoga, and cleansing the system – no meat, wheat, dairy, coffee, alcohol… Bali is about yoga and pampering, and for me became an exercise in indulgence that added a kilo, while still rendering me very bendy and relaxed. Our Bali retreat days began at 6am with a knock at the door and delivery of a thermos of hot water so we could make a pre-yoga cuppa. We started slow – stretching over bolsters, blankets and blocks – opening up, readying ourselves for the poses. Jessie has the ability to read a class, to feel the energy, and matches the overall flow to the day and to the individual. The focus is personal, and caring. Bad day – assistant Haydie will drape you over a bolster,

WITHIN REACH: Bali yoga class.

cover you with a sarong, and regularly check in. On a good day, you find yourself stretching further than you have before, moving into “asanas” you’ve never tried before.


It sounds like a lot of yoga, 6.30–9am then 4.30–6pm, but the time flies. Over seven days Jessie turns a bunch of yogis – some with virtually no previous practice,

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others accomplished – into a group who not only know “savasana” from “tadasana”, but who also know and care about each other and the community. Jessie includes all elements of yoga, not just the poses, but also the meditation and “pranayama” or breathing practices, and they combine to give a sense of calm and connectedness, as well as physical freedom. Got a dodgy knee, bad neck, sore lower back – doesn’t matter. Jessie and Haydie will help you work with it, and make sure you don’t hurt yourself. And if, like me, you’re not up to a handstand or a perfect bridge, that’s okay, she’ll still have you doing the 2. The Bay of Islands The Bay of Islands is a stunning subtropical reserve known for its beauty and rich history and is a region that encompasses more than 144 islands by the country’s North Island. Renowned for spectacular sunsets and boasting one of the best left hand surf breaks in the world, Ninety-Mile beach is an almost never-ending paradise – so make sure to take your surf board with you. 3. Rotorua Thermal Hot Pools Rotorua is famous for its geysers, bubbling mud pools, the hot thermals

and of course, ‘that’ unusual smell. Very few locations on earth produce this kind of natural scent which is created by the sulphur that bubbles from the thermal hot pools. 4. Mount Cook National Park Located on the South Island, Mount Cook National Park is the world’s largest international Dark Sky Reserve and is a truly breathtaking location. 7. Franz Josef Glacier A World Heritage Area, Franz Josef Glacier is a magnificent river of ice located about one hour drive west of Christchurch.

Radiance Resort, Ubud Bali. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED


best part. 1. Lake Taupo Situated in the North Island of New Zealand, this lake lies in the caldera of the Taupo Volcano and is the largest lake by surface area in New Zealand. The region

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preparatory positions, and help you push boundaries you have never dared try before. After yoga it’s a big healthy breakfast, well, mostly healthy. I took a liking to the local palm sugar syrup and poured it over pancakes, French toast… The Bali retreat is a yoga, wellness and pampering retreat, and there was no shortage of pampering included. We visited ultra-luxurious five-star spas and indulged in massages, scrubs and even a flower bath. These trips also included a-la-carte lunches, and just plain lounging around the plunge pools, swimming pools, jacuzzis… Afternoon yoga was restorative. Gently opening chests, lower backs, upper backs, shoulders, assisted by blankets, bolsters and blocks, and topped off with eye pads. During the evening there was often yoga nidra – to put us in the mood for relaxing sleep. The author paid for all her costs.*

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travel Monday, August 22, 2016

Caves under Krakow

More to this Polish city than meets the eye Phil Hawkes

KRAKOW, Poland. One of Europe’s most beautiful cities, listed as a World Heritage site. With impressive monuments, churches and fine architecture untouched by war, it should be on every traveller’s bucket list. There’s more to Krakow than meets the eye, however. Just outside the city, deep below ground level is Wieliczka, the site of a 900-year-old salt mine which is, today, open to visitors, in fact more than 1½ million a year. Here are some interesting facts about the Wieliczka Salt Mine: ■ Settlement of the area began in the Neolithic period 5000 years ago, when salt was extracted from brine. ■ In the 13th century, rock salt was discovered and the first shaft constructed. ■ In the Middle Ages salt was a valuable trading commodity (grey gold) used especially for food preservation. Krakow’s wealth and

strategic importance gained. ■ In the last nine centuries, 7.5 million cubic metres of salt have been extracted. ■ The mine today has nine floors from 64 metres to 327 metres underground. ■ Tours reach a depth of 130 metres to the 3rd level, only 3% of the workings. ■ Awarded World Heritage status in 1978, now nearly two million visitors a year. ■ There’s a full-size chapel underground and regular mass is held.

■ The Salt Mine Health Resort offers medical services and a wellness program. Back on the surface, there are so many things to do in a short stay in Krakow that choices are difficult. Schindler’s Factory will bring back memories of the famous movie and is well worth a visit. From daytime touring to nocturnal activities, from shopping to musical events, Krakow is possibly the finest example of a medieval and Baroque city in Europe, whether above or below the ground.


Escape to Margaret River this November MARGARET River Gourmet Escape will showcase an impressive program of new and exciting events from November 18 to 20. It’s the festival’s fifth anniversary, and more than 40 leading food and wine personalities from across the globe will join headliner Nigella Lawson to promote Western Australia’s best at brunches, lunches, dinners, tastings, sundowners and more. It is an opportunity to meet, greet and taste dishes cooked by some of the world’s best chefs including: ■ Joan Roca ■ Isaac McHale ■ Dominique Crenn ■ Peter Gilmore ■ Ana Roš Along with Western Australian locals Aaron Carr, of Vasse Felix, Seth James, of Wills Domain, and Hadleigh Troy, of Restaurant Amusé, Perth. Influential wine personalities, including wine writer and winemaker James Halliday, wine writer Joe Czerwinski and

award-winning mixologist Tony Conigliaro. They will share their knowledge and educate wine lovers and aficionados with world class wines, beer and exclusively brewed spirits from WA. A range of fresh faces this year sees the addition of new and exciting events, including incredible once-in-alifetime dining experiences and chef collaborations with local, national and international chefs, presenting their signature cuisines in stunning locations across the region. A visit to the festival is not complete without a visit to the Gourmet Village, located in the stunning surrounds of the renowned Leeuwin Estate Winery, which comes alive with a vast offering of restaurant dishes, cooking demonstrations, hands-on master-classes, thought-provoking food and wine conversations, live music and book signings.

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Enjoy local and international flavours with a stunning backdrop.

The impressive line-up of chefs and wine experts will join artisan producers, winemakers and brewers as they meet, greet and educate visitors in the world of food and wine. Favourite events returning to the festival will include: ■ Audi Gourmet Beach Barbecue ■ Feast in the Forest at the Safari Club at Leeuwin Estate ■ Fraser Gallop Long

Aaron Carr at the helm, The Vasse Felix restaurant has long set the benchmark for winery restaurants in Australia. Expect the synergy of kitchen talent to produce a sublime dinner with unforgettable Vasse Felix wines. Whatever your passion, indulge in long-table lunches in the vines to once-in-a-lifetime dinners, from world-class wine tastings to fire-fuelled

Lunch and Sundown Soiree ■ Shorehouse aboard Kimberley Quest II ■ Cape Mentelle International Cabernet Tasting and Long Lunch ■ Augusta Seafood Discovery Lunch ■ Brunch with the Best at Voyager Estate Among the most popular events is Audi’s Local Origins being held at Vasse Felix. With executive chef

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forest feasts, the festival provides unforgettable dining experiences, food and wine for every taste. Or simply kick off your shoes and feel the sand between your toes at the best beach barbecue you’ll ever see. The full program is available at www.gourmetescape. and tickets are available through gourmetescape.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

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HISTORY Alison Homestead and Museum Gourmet, Organic food market

Recovered after blaze

Students visit restored historic homestead Errol Smith

AFTER literally “rising from the ashes”, one of the Central Coast’s most historic buildings was the venue for an important “young meets old” tree-planting ceremony to celebrate National School Tree Day. Students from Wyong High, Wyong Primary, Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College and St Cecilia’s Catholic Primary School visited Alison Homestead and Museum where they were met by president Greg Denning and a group of longstanding members including brother and sister Bob Trigg and Leone Frame. Both are pioneers of the

district who have worked tirelessly with many others to restore the homestead after it was gutted by fire in late 2011. “It devastated the whole community,” Mrs Frame said. “Many priceless historic items were lost and we wondered if we would ever recover. “Five years on though we’ve risen from the ashes and now boast a beautiful building that has retained many of the qualities of the original homestead.” Students who attended the tree-planting day were in awe of the significance of the building to the Central Coast community and enjoyed casting their eye over old-fashioned

HISTORY LESSON: Wyong High School students meet with Alison Homestead community volunteers Bob Trigg and Leone Frame.

A musical interlude during the students’ visit.

items such as toys and farming equipment. Some even took part in a lesson conducted in an old Yarramalong school wooden classroom that was transported to the site following the school’s closure a few years ago.

The European history of Alison Homestead began with William Cape Snr who was granted three parcels of land between 1825 and 1828. In 1875 William Alison Snr bought the three Cape properties and others in the district that now encompass 10 suburbs and about 36,000 residents. Over the years Alison Homestead has been a private home, boarding house, dairy farm,

orchard, plant nursery and now a museum. In 1988 Wyong Council bought the property from the Department of Main Roads after it had fallen into disrepair and it’s been administered and managed ever since by Wyong District Museum and Historical Society. In 1993 a timber carriage house constructed by the Alison family and used as a packing house was

carefully rebuilt on site and set up as a blacksmith’s shop in the grounds of the museum.The museum reopened in October last year and and now hosts regular visits by individuals, groups and organisations. Alison Homestead is located at 1 Cape Rd Wyong (opposite the old Wyong Dairy). Inquiries: 4352 1886 or www.alison

Rain, hail or shine, markets trot out fresh organic treats IT WAS a hive of activity at The Entrance late last month with a new weekly fresh food market kicking off. Experienced operators Organic Food Markets said the new weekly market would run every Saturday from 9am to 2pm. Locals and visitors will be able to satisfy their food shopping needs, pick DRAWS A CROWD: Buyers search for bargains at the new-look up a tasty breakfast, Saturday Entrance markets. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED catch up with old friends

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or meet new ones, while enjoying a variety of family entertainment in this magnificent location. The markets, which have operated in the past, were particularly well patronised by the retired and the elderly who were able to grab food bargains as well as enjoy a day out on the waterfront. Organic Food Markets’ Stephen Choularton said The Entrance was a great site for the markets.

“We’ve been working really closely with the local community. “It is a wonderful opportunity to make The Entrance Market the first choice for people to do their weekly fresh food shopping and support local business at the same time,” he said. “We had over 50 stalls for our first day including fresh fruit and vegetables, seasonal produce from the farmer, whole foods,

artisan gourmet produce as well as hot food, entertainment and other delicacies and non-food products ... all the goodies you love to eat, as well as non-food stalls at the markets, every week, rain or shine.” Inquiries about the markets to The Entrance town centre management office on 02 4333 5377. Stallholders can direct their inquiries to 02 9999 2226.

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GOOD READS - Kick back - Relax & - Unwind

The Grazier’s Wife

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BEFORE the Fall by Noah Hawley records how fate intervenes in Scott Burrough’s life in two ways. The first when Maggie Bateman offers the struggling artist a seat on her husband’s private plane from Martha’s Vineyard to New York. On a foggy summer night, eleven people – ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter – depart Martha’s Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs – the painter – and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul’s family. Amid pulse-quickening suspense, the fragile relationship between Scott and the young boy glows at the heart of this novel. Published by: Hachette Australia RRP $32.99

This book by Barbara Hannay journeys through three generations of Australian women, and shows how becoming a grazier’s wife has meant very different things. For Stella in 1946, it was a compromise in the aftermath of a terrible war. For Jackie in the 1970s, it was a Cinderella fairytale with an outback prince. While for Alice in 2015, it is the promise of a bright new future. Decades earlier, Stella was desperate to right a huge injustice, but now a long-held family secret threatens to tear the Drummond family of Ruthven Downs apart. On the eve of a special birthday reunion, with half the district invited, the past and the present collide, passions are unleashed and the shocking truth comes spilling out. The era covers from glamorous pre-war Singapore to a vast cattle property in Queensland’s far north RRP: $32.99 Penguin

A legendary WILD ISLAND war journalist THE definitive biography of Phillip Schuler, one of Australia’s greatest war correspondents, from the Melbourne Age, covered the Gallipoli campaign alongside Charles Bean. His bravery was legendary. His dispatches were evocative and compassionate. He captured the heroism and horror for Australian newspaper readers in ways the meticulous yet dry prose

of Bean never could. Gallipoli would also propel Schuler on a collision course with his former friend and Age colleague Keith Murdoch, who made his name lobbying against the campaign after a brief visit to Anzac. After his classic account of the campaign, Australia in Arms was completed in early 1916, Schuler abandoned the relative safety of a correspondent’s job and

❚ RRP $32.99 ❚ Allen & Unwin joined the AIF as a humble soldier. In June 1917, he was killed in Flanders. He was 27 years old. Mark Baker’s meticulously researched account of Schuler’s brief but extraordinary life gives us a true insight into the man. As a correspondent, he left an indelible mark on all he encountered.

WILD Island is an historically accurate novel intriguingly linking Sir John Franklin’s tale of explorations and empire with Jane Eyre’s iconic love story, questioning the relationship between between history and fiction. “My name is Harriet Adair, and 40 years ago on that ship I was Jane Eyre’s companion. That voyage also brought me friendship with another intrepid Jane: Lady Franklin. “Her husband, Sir John, the Arctic Lion, was

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Harriet Adair has come to Van Diemen’s Land with Mrs Anna Rochester, who is recovering from years of imprisonment in the attic of Thornfield Hall. Sent to the colony by Jane and Rochester, they are searching for the truth about Anna’s past, trying to unearth long-buried secrets. Captain Charles O’Hara Booth, Commandant of Port Arthur Penal Settlement, fears some secrets of his own will be discovered when Sir John Franklin replaces Colonel Arthur as Governor.

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Wellbeing Cheat ageing with good food EVERYDAY food choices have a great influence on the course of ageing and, in some cases, there are misconceptions as to what the right choices might even be. Some great advice on how to cheat ageing and help the body meet those challenges as we age comes from dietitian and author Ngaire Hobbins. In her books Eat to Cheat Aging and Eat to Cheat Dementia, Hobbins hopes to stave off dementia, diabetes, frailty, cognitive decline and to stay healthy, active and independent longer. Hobbins is passionate about encouraging people to relish great food in order to get the most out of life. Having worked in various areas of nutrition, including hospitals and in private practice, Hobbins spent many years within the food industry developing clear communication with producers to teach consumers about quality and value of their food products. She says too many seniors are unwittingly starving themselves into ill-health and physical decline, with many older


Australians lacking sufficient protein and vital nutrients. “Too little protein especially, when combined with a sedentary lifestyle, is slowly robbing too many older Australians of muscle leading to frailty and disability,” Hobbins explains. “That, combined with too few antioxidants, vitamins and minerals in real food is hampering their brains and other body. “As a clinical dietitian advising older patients, I have seen it too many times – people 65 years plus with diets more in keeping with people 20

Keep Dad on his toes MEN are not as diligent at taking care of themselves as women, according to health practitioners around the world. Every hour an Australian man dies from a preventable disease. Yet most Aussie blokes wait until something goes wrong before seeking help. Lifestyle choices can prevent or delay the onset of many health problems. So men, what about some time spent on preventative maintenance for your body, as you would give your car? And how can women encourage men to care for themselves? When medical

years younger. “They present with atrophied, wasted muscles and live within an endless, vicious loop – they lack strength so they do less physically which leads to even less strength and a seemingly endless array of complaints and illnesses that result from inadequate diets. “Muscles are the key to healthier old age and muscles depend on exercise and an adequate intake of protein – which means more, not less, protein when you are older to remain strong and effective. “That’s not negotiable, but is all too often overlooked.” According to Hobbins, the burden of poor eating extends into the already overstretched health systems. “That burden includes: longer hospital stays, extended healing and recovery times, increased chance of infection, general illness and falls,” she says. “Many of these problems can be reduced by just getting people to eat what ageing bodies really need.” And, as Ms Hobbins

notes: “Eating well might not be able to save everyone from dementia, but it will certainly help minimise the weight and muscle loss that makes the illness worse.” Top 10 affordable protein sources Too many seniors are unwittingly starving themselves into ill-health and physical decline, lacking sufficient protein and vital nutrients. ■ Canned tuna ■ Eggs ■ Pork mince ■ Chicken breasts ■ Fresh or frozen ■ Salmon ■ Peanut butter ■ Greek yoghurt ■ Full cream milk ■ Canned asparagus ■ Whey protein

conditions such as diabetes, arthritis or stiff, aching joints are a problem and we spend more time sitting, it’s important to find an easy and enjoyable way to keep moving. Whether watching TV, reading the paper, or talking on the phone, an Aircycle circulation booster can help you keep active, even while sitting. So if you’re looking for a Father’s Day gift to help keep Dad on his toes, we can send an Aircycle anywhere in Australia. It will help relieve pain, keep his blood pumping and muscles strong. Post $44.90 to Aircycle, PO Box 148, Wynnum, Brisbane, 4178, or order online More information RIGHT MOVE: Relax and boost circulation, keep joints moving 0412 329 450. and muscles strong. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED Monday, August 22, 2016

HEALTH AND WELLBEING Choose your food wisely Be happy and healthy Enjoy the moment

Happy in harmony TUNED UP FOR THE THIRD AGE PAUL McKEON Healthy and happy retirement The answer that most thinking people will give to the question “What do you want to achieve in retirement?” would probably be “To be healthy and happy”. Today I’d like to expand a little on what this answer involves. First, to be healthy for most over-60s largely depends on three things – good genes, good lifestyle and good luck. There’s not much we can do about our genes and it’s probably too late to sue our parents if they have given us a poor set to work with. There’s also not much we can do about good luck. Some fit and healthy people have car accidents that leave them seriously disabled. Others have good luck and avoid injuries and illnesses. Lifestyle is the one area where we are in charge and our choices will probably have a significant effect on our long-term health. A healthy lifestyle involves a combination of a well-balanced diet, regular exercise, avoiding or managing anxiety and stress, plenty of sleep and a positive attitude. If you can tick all of these boxes, you’re probably doing a good job of looking after both your mind and body. If you can’t tick many of these boxes, it’s never too late to start living a healthier lifestyle. Achieving happiness is probably most people’s number one objective, yet we often don’t understand what happiness is and regularly act in a way that makes it difficult to achieve. Lasting happiness comes from within us and can’t be achieved as a result of external events. A new car or expensive outfit will make us happy for a while, but the novelty wears off and we soon need another happiness “fix”. Unfortunately a simple definition of happiness is

not that easy to agree on. There are hundreds of definitions and hundreds of books about the subject. Here are a couple of definitions you might like to think about – Happiness is a way of interpreting the world, since while it’s difficult to change the world, it’s always possible to change the way we look at it. Happiness is being in harmony with the world and with ourself. These two attempts came from a book simply called “Happiness” by Matthieu Ricard. It’s an interesting read. Sidestepping the tricky task of finding the ideal

A healthy lifestyle involves a combination of a well-balanced diet, regular exercise, avoiding or managing anxiety and stress. definition of lasting happiness, a more practical approach is taken by Professor Tim Sharp, the founder of The Happiness Institute. He suggests that by following the following six strategies, we will bring more happiness into our lives – CLARITY of life goals, direction and purpose HEALTHY LIFESTYLE I’ve covered that earlier. OPTIMISM a positive attitude about yourself, your future and the world. GOOD RELATIONSHIPS especially with those close to you. STRENGTHS go with your strengths rather than worrying about your weaknesses. ENJOY THE MOMENT live in the present, have fun, appreciate what you’ve got. If you’re interested in being happier and healthier, you’ll find lots of good information and advice in our book titled “How to stay Healthy, Active and Sharp in Retirement”. It is available on the home page of our web site at www.mylifechange.


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ACROSS 5 What are buyers of shares in a new issue with a view to selling at once for a profit? (5) 8 Who did experts from Wisden name as Indian Cricketer of the 20th Century? (5,3) 9 Olfactory refers to which sense? (5) 10 A wound by a sniper resulted in what Moshe Dayan trademark? (8) 11 Which Middle East country has cities Ebla and Aleppo? (5) 14 A roundish lump of coal (3) 16 What Spanish dish is made from rice, shellfish, chicken, and vegetables? (6) 17 The marine type of which lizard is the only lizard that regularly ventures into the sea? (6) 18/20 In the mid-1960s, which US singer made more money selling pictures of the Beatles than from his own records? (3,5) 24 Caviar comes from what fish? (8) 25 What fungal disease includes ringworm and athlete’s foot? (5) 26 What loose white linen vestment is worn over a cassock by clergy and choristers? (8) 27 What is molten rock in the earth’s crust? (5)







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Insert the missing letters to make ten words — five reading across the grid and five reading down.

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13/8 DOWN 1 In which shooting sport is a clay target thrown from a trap? (5) 2 Americans Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed as what in 1953? (5) 3 Which biting insects make up the order Siphonaptera? (5) 4 What did Georges deMestral invent after studying burs on his jacket and dog? (6) 6 Used in warfare, what was conceived by John T Thompson? (5,3) 7 What golden-yellow Italian liqueur is flavoured with herbs? (8) 12 What highly decorated tin-glaze earthenware delighted Queen Victoria? (8) 13 At which palace was Sir Winston Churchill born? (8) 14 What word can be preceded by ice and percussion? (3) 15 What is the copper head of a soldering iron? (3) 19 Who did Dudley Moore play in a film of the same name? (6) 21 What is a fleshy fruit with thin skin and a central stone such as a plum or olive? (5) 22 Which African country was formerly named Dahomey? (5) 23 According to Francis Bacon, which emotion “makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor”? (5)




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Across: 6. Gadgets 7. Donor 9. Die 10. Hypnotise 12. Constructed 15. Make headway 17. Deceitful 19. Sly 21. Tiers 22. Defiant. Down: 1. Rapid 2. Age 3. Stay 4. Mortician 5. Dossier 8. Snared 11. Forebears 13. Svelte 14. Javelin 16. Blind 18. Uses 20. Pip.



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How many words of four letters or more can you make? Each letter must be used only once and all words must contain the centre letter. There is at least one nine-letter word. No words starting with a capital are allowed, no plurals ending in s unless the word is also a verb. TODAY: Good 16 Very Good 22 Excellent 28















Down 1. Swift (5) 2. Become older (3) 3. Remain (4) 4. Undertaker (9) 5. File (7) 8. Trapped (6) 11. Ancestors (9) 13. Slender and elegant (6) 14. Spear (7) 16. Unseeing (5) 18. Purposes (4) 20. Narrowly defeat (3)

Across: 5 Stags, 8 Kapil Dev, 9 Smell, 10 Eyepatch, 11 Syria, 14 Cob, 16 Paella, 17 Iguana, 18/20 Pat Boone, 24 Sturgeon, 25 Tinea, 26 Surplice, 27 Magma. Down: 1 Skeet, 2 Spies, 3 Fleas, 4 Velcro, 6 Tommy gun, 7 Galliano, 12 Majolica, 13 Blenheim, 14 Cap, 15 Bit, 19 Arthur, 21 Drupe, 22 Sepia, 23 Anger.

Across 6. Contraptions (7) 7. Giver (5) 9. Expire (3) 10. Entrance (9) 12. Built (11) 15. Gain ground (4,7) 17. Untrustworthy (9) 19. Cunning (3) 21. Levels (5) 22. Insubordinate (7)

















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WIN A $69,990* CARAVAN Celebrate the modern-day retirement lifestyle. Palm Lake Resort has just released a set of fun stickers perfect for the back of your car, caravan or RV (or just about anywhere!) and to celebrate Seniors Newspapers is giving away a Majestic Caravans ‘Garoova’ valued at $69,990* inc GST. For your chance to win, simply take a creative and fun photo that features an official Palm Lake Resort sticker in it, log on to to fill in an entry form and submit your photo entry.

Stickers are available with your Palm Lake Resort ‘Spring 2016’ magazine, for collection at any of the Palm Lake Resort sales offices, will be available in selected Seniors Newspapers during the month of September 2016 or can be posted to you by emailing before 18.11.16. The competition closes 25.11.16, will be drawn on 28.11.16 and a winner will be announced on 30.11.16. Keep your eye on the Palm Lake Resort Facebook page during the competition period for some of the latest entries. Good luck!

Visit for full competition terms and conditions. Promoter is ARM Specialist Media Pty Ltd of 2 Newspaper Place, Maroochydore QLD 4558. Promotional period 15.08.16 – 25.11.16. Competition drawn 28.11.16 at 30406/9 Lawson St, Southport QLD 4215. Winners announced in Seniors Newspapers: Brisbane and Sunshine Coast 05.12.16, Gold Coast and Toowoomba 12.12.16, Wide Bay and Northern NSW 19.12.16, Central Coast and Coffs & Clarence 19.12.16 and online at 30.11.16. Total prize value $70,397 inc GST. Open only to residents of QLD, VIC and NSW.

Central Coast, August-September 2016  
Central Coast, August-September 2016