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Gail Forrer Seniors group editor THIS month our cover story features Senior Australian of the Year Dr Suzanne Packer. Our journalist Tracey Johnstone interviewed Dr Packer in her Canberra home and I believe the description of her backyard gives us a special insight into the philosophy that guides her work with children. Her acceptance speech also furthered understanding to what had prompted her ongoing life’s work: “By the current measures our Australian children are not doing as well as they could – middle of the pack, certainly not leaders,” Dr Packer said. “If we want to improve, we adults are the ones who need to change. No more belated apologies, we need to notice children, be curious about their lives – be it our own children, children in the neighbourhood or the children on Nauru. “If our situation in Australia is to improve, then all of us must first learn to truly value all children irrespective of their circumstances, as full members of our society who are learning from all of us. “We are a small but wealthy nation and we already have a reputation for
punching above our weight, surely our children should be our first priority.” Reporter and Gold Coast local Alison Houston also checks out the state of The Old Burleigh Arcade, the article prompts us to think of what buildings such as these mean to us, and if and how we maintain them into the future. I’d love to hear from you, so please if you have some ideas on this subject, drop me an email. This month our double-page feature highlights a new wave of seniors going back to business. Through various programs and grants, the government is supporting people who are looking for fresh ways to live and make a living in 2019. We have several case studies, so have a read – perhaps it will inspire you.
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Dr Packer’s life with kids
Advocate for safety and well-being of children Tracey Johnstone NESTLED in the corner of a suburban garden in Canberra is a magical play place for children to imagine, create and evolve in safety. Its guardian is pediatrician and Senior Australian of the Year 2019 Dr Suzanne Packer AM. In this creative space there are no brick walls, just a little timber path winding its way under the thick brush, a mushroom patch, a fish pond, sandpit and cubby house. For the more active there is a hopscotch grid painted on the brick pathway nearby. The quaint welcome sign encourages the neighbourhood school children to discover what lies within, under the guidance of an adult. “My focus is children in Australia,” Dr Packer said. Her new role of Senior Australian of the Year will
give the children’s guardian a greater voice. This year she will be travelling Australia for the Department of Health sharing her message, “How can we grow them (children) to be the best possible adults for Australia.” “It takes more than the family to do that,” Dr Packer said. And she has grandparents in her sights. “We have kids living very different lives and the role of grandparents in these lives has become more critical,” she said. “Grandparents, despite their busy lives, tend to have more time than parents and they have this one-eyed devotion to these special little people, which is not spoiling them but actually helping the child identify itself as an individual.” During this year, Dr Packer will be encouraging senior Australians to think
how they can enhance the lives of their grandchildren. Those sharing interactions will help to develop the child’s brain. Reinforcement, reassurance, embellishment – each Dr Packer says goes towards their emotional and cognitive development. Her previous work with the Child at Risk Unit at Canberra Hospital exposed her to many vulnerable and damaged children and their families. “I followed up a number of these kids until they were adults,” she said. “You cannot underestimate the value of caring, involved grandparents.” She cautions that you can’t assume all grandparents will be great carers. Some of them are part of the pathology, she says, potentially looking for what the kids can do
RECOGNITION: Dr Suzanne Packer AM with Prime Minister Scott Morrison. for them rather than what they can do for the kids. We’re sitting at Dr Packer’s kitchen table, which looks out to an array of colourful hanging baskets and the play area, as we chat about her national award that celebrates her contribution to the well-being and safety of children. The guardian is retired from her pediatric practice
but that’s about the only retiring the 76-year-old is doing. Dr Packer is vice-president of the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and chair of the Mr Fluffy Asbestos Response community group. In retirement she has plans – and here Dr Packer has a chuckle – to write children’s booklets
about her time as a little girl when there wasn’t plastic or television and the milk was delivered by horse and cart. Within her vibrant and complex life and with the background sounds of children joyfully playing in her secret garden, Dr Packer retains her ethos: “No adult can say, ‘Oh yeah, kids, nothing to do with me.’ Kids are to do with everybody.”
Celebrating survival and mateship this month Men find support in shared experiences
Alison Houston KEN Walker is a 95-year-old ex-World War II fighter pilot, proudly from New Zealand. Peter Sweet is a 71-year-old Australian Army Vietnam War veteran, as Aussie as they come. Despite their differences, the two have become mates through a chance meeting at Nerang’s Liberty Community Connect, a shared love of poetry, losses and horrors
experienced as young men at war, and a dry sense of humour. Peter said he had begun learning poems to entertain his kids on long car trips, but now has an anthology of Aussie bush poems in his head, and is sought-after to entertain clubs and groups. It was while he was performing at Liberty Connect that Ken revealed he was “a bit of a poet” himself, penning “a ditty” each week for the group. In the true spirit of Anzac, Peter has arranged
for Ken, a member of Runaway Bay RSL, to be guest of honour and lay a wreath in Carrara at this year’s Seachange Emerald Lakes Veterans’ Group Anzac Day service, at which Peter will do the reading. Liberty Connect community development officer Anita Ryan let Seniors newspaper know the pair had a story to tell. BECOMING A WORLD WAR II FIGHTER PILOT Born in New Zealand in 1924, Ken described a tough childhood, having
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SOLDIER’S SPIRIT: Peter Sweet displays his Vietnam War medals, which he will wear with pride again this Anzac Day. little clothing to cope with the harsh Dunedin winters, and losing his father when he was just 11 in 1935 “as a direct result of the Depression”. He recalled with emotion his older brother waiting four years to marry in order to let Ken finish his secondary education. But the family couldn’t afford university, and Ken started a career in bookkeeping in 1941, joining the Air Training Corp, before enlisting in the air force at 18. As a Lancaster pilot in Bomber Command, operating out of Spilsby in northern England, he and his crew survived 30
operations over Germany, primarily at night. They were hit at least once, returning to England on just three engines, and Ken’s voice still breaks as he recalls seeing his best mate Buzz’s plane blown up before his eyes and other “friends going down in flames”. More than 55,000 of the 125,000 aircrew members of Bomber Command were killed in action. It was in the Panama Canal, while on board a ship bound for Wellington to join the Pacific war effort that Ken learnt of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki which
ended the war. “It was very hard getting back to ‘civvy street’, as you’d know after your tour in Vietnam,” Ken said to Peter. “Service life was very intense, and it occupied your entire being...” Despite that, and going on to jobs in bookkeeping, managing shops, the fire brigade and taxi driving, Ken said those who fought remained reluctant to talk about their experiences. “But I’m glad I wasn’t over there … (Vietnam),” he said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 5
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The bonds of battle FROM PAGE 4 VIETNAM: THE UNEXPECTED ENEMY While it was a very different war, and for Peter the fighting much more immediate than from the air, he sees many similarities in their experiences. “They were young men, average age 19-24, over there with quite limited training because the war needed them now,” Peter said of Ken’s experiences. “That’s what we had; all our officers were very young and I was an old man at 21 or 22.” He was still 21 in February 1970 when his Eighth Battalion, known as the Grey Eight, fought the little-known but
CONTENTMENT “Tis better that I e’er should stay quite happy with what comes my way. Each storm must pass by leaving calm to gently lay sweet nature’s balm.” A stanza from Contentment by Ken Walker
influential 13-day Battle of Long Hai in which 11 Australians died and 59 were wounded. “I didn’t think I was going to have another birthday,” Peter said with a shake of the head. They fought at night in the jungle, peppered by unseen snipers, across land littered with mines, against an enemy who could be soldiers or Viet Cong sympathisers whom they had known during the day simply as villagers; teenagers, shopkeepers, the high school headmaster. It is little wonder these men generally found it hard to settle, impossible to talk about their experiences to anyone but fellow soldiers, and many suffered post-traumatic stress disorder on returning home. It’s a diagnosis Peter still denies, despite saying he can’t even look at words containing the letters V, i and e without reacting. “But they say denying it is a sign you have it … so you can’t win with these people,” he laughed shakily. Four of his mates have committed suicide. He recalls soldiers
being advised back in Australia to get out of their uniforms and not tell anyone where they had been, and being challenged even at a family barbecue as to whether he should have been fighting. For Peter, Anzac Day is “not about celebrating war, it’s about celebrating surviving … coming back”. “I wear my medals with pride,” he said. “We saw the worst of life, the worst of a lot of things, but it made me who I am today.” If this story has affected you, phone Lifeline on 131 114 or Open Arms for veterans and families on 1800 011 046. ❚ The story of the Grey Eight is told in Combat Battalion by Bob Hall. ❚ To find out about the friendship and services at Liberty Community Connect, phone 07 5578 1668. ❚ The Dawn Service at Currumbin is at Elephant Rock at 5am, or for details of Anzac Day services being held near you, go to goldcoast.qld.gov.au and search Anzac Day, or contact your RSL
AGAINST THE ODDS: World War II fighter pilot Ken Walker has penned his story, and will commemorate Anzac Day this year with a new mate and fellow-survivor, Vietnam veteran Peter Sweet.
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A century of memories
Centenarian reflects on 100 years of life and offers advice Alison Houston CELEBRATING his 100th birthday with friends and family at the Anglican Southport Respite Centre recently, Maher Wassef counted himself lucky to have lived more than half his life in Australia. Originally from Egypt, Maher came to Australia at 49 after his home was transformed into the frontline of battle in the Six-Day War in June 1967, the final straw for him after decades of Arab-Israeli unrest. With friends having already emigrated south, Maher, his wife Margaritte and five children caught “the first ship to Australia”, smuggling a little money through to set up a home for the family. “Here, from the first day I arrived, I had no more worries,” he said. Before retiring to the Coast, they lived in the Sydney suburb of Sylvania, Maher working
as an accountant and Margaritte running a milk bar at the front of the house. Some of his nicest memories, he said, were of rowing and fishing – enjoying the peace, quiet and fresh air. Describing Australia as a loving and caring community, he said he had never wanted to return to Egypt because it just brought back bad memories. He loves the activities he does twice a week and friendships he has made through the Anglicare Southport Respite Program, which he has attended since 2006, originally with his late wife. His advice for those younger than himself, he said, was to “control your life wisely”, not allow others to influence you to take a bad course, and simply to enjoy what you have. “It is a good life,” he said.
SPECIAL MILESTONE: Four generations of Maher Wassef’s family, right down to his great grandsons, unite to celebrate his 100th birthday at Anglican Southport Respite Centre.
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Talk 'n' thoughts
Oz pension lift preferred to UK
IT IS always appreciated that someone is willing to fight a battle for pensions and although I applaud Jim Tilley – spokesman for British expatriates, I feel as an expat myself I have to disagree with him that we should receive the small annual increments that the residing British pensioners receive. We no longer live in the UK or pay taxes, nor do we
THANKS goes to the authors of the letters we have published here. If you would like to have your say, you can email me: Gail.Forrer@ seniorsnewspaper. com.au.
help the British economy by spending any of our pension there (unless we go there for a holiday). I paid taxes for the years I worked there and I appreciate the pension that those years generated. I believe what should happen is that the British Government should scrap any agreement it has made with the few
countries that their pensioners receive the annual increments to bring them in line with the majority of countries where no agreement exists. I admire Jim Tilley for his dedication and only wish we had someone like him to fight for a rise in the Australian pension, which we have not had for a number of years.
Yes, we do get two little increments a year: March and September. But these barely cover the cost a loaf of bread and carton of milk. At the end of the day, no sooner do we receive these increments than prices rise and we are back to square one – on the poverty line. — Iris Riches Mudgerraba
Concession and Commonwealth health cards I USED to work in the area of pensions, tax and concession cards and would like to comment. Re: Noel Whittaker article on dividend imputation, he provides an example of a couple, having $75,000 in the bank, share portfolio of $710,000 delivering an income of $47,700 a year, including $19 a fortnight Age Pension.
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What’s the value of landmark buildings? Old Burleigh Theatre Arcade up for sale and perhaps changes
Alison Houston WHAT makes a building of heritage significance? That’s the question many are asking following news that the Old Burleigh Theatre Arcade is for sale after 45 years and, given its prime position opposite the beach, likely to be redeveloped. Starting life as a movie theatre and dance hall, the De-Luxe was opened by William Fradgley in 1930, and the red-brick building is a Burleigh landmark, with numerous people taking to Facebook sharing memories and calling for it to be saved. It is on the market via expressions of interest, together with the adjoining single-storey building at 1823 Gold Coast Highway (including a café, barber and Mexican takeaway). Joint selling agent, Steven King from Colliers International, told the Courier Mail the Goodwin Terrace property was “an icon in the local community”. The building was identified as of “historical and aesthetic significance” in Gold
Coast City Council’s 2010 Burleigh Heads Heritage and Character Study. ■ IN ITS HEYDAY According to the Council’s Local Studies Library website, as well as showing movies under William Fradgley’s ownership, the De-Luxe was “the venue of balls, dances, celebrations, singing, meetings of local organisations, roller skating competitions and indoor sports such as hockey”, as well as church services. In December 1930 it hosted the Burleigh Progress Association and Nerang Shire Council dance and euchre party “to celebrate the switching on of electric lighting in Burleigh Heads”. During World War II, after the establishment of local Australian and American army convalescent camps, films were shown seven days a week, instead of just twice a week. Thams Brothers ran the De-Luxe from February 1945, and retained it until about 1970. According to Council’s 2010 study, “The theatre
changed ownership in 1947 and again in 1969, with substantial alterations undertaken in 1980 that saw the removal of the interior and conversion of the theatre to retail space. “The Deluxe Theatre is today known as the Old Burleigh Theatre Arcade, and is recognised as a landmark feature of Burleigh Heads.” Beverley Elliot remembers attending movies at the De-Luxe in its heyday in the late 1940s-50s, including Sons of Matthew, which celebrated its 70th birthday this year with a screening at HOTA. “They had the slingback canvas seats and it was very popular – that was the days before television,” she said. “We would go a lot to the Saturday matinee and it was a very tough decision when the concrete skating rink was built across the road which one to go to.” Stephen Fleay worked there as a schoolboy in 1958-59 assisting the projectionist Mr Dowd to thread movies, and dreams of the theatre being restored and re-imagined as The New Deluxe and showing films again. He recalls lugging the
The arcade is now home to a variety of shops, restaurants and other businesses. heavy 35mm films up two flights of steep steps, with a B-grade movie followed by an interval before the main attraction, featuring stars like Peter Sellers. He explained that the new front and back of the building were added in 1955 to repair damage from the cyclone of 1954 (although the theatre operated as a ‘semi-open-air’ venue four days after the storm) and to allow installation of widescreen CinemaScope movies with stereophonic sound. Both the front and back of the building were holiday flats – hence the number of windows on the façade. It is this new addition, plus its change of use to a retail and commercial arcade which cause confusion in knowing if and how the building should be conserved. ■ HERITAGE SIGNIFICANCE The Burleigh Heads Heritage and Character Study notes: “Character is often linked to the history and heritage of a place, and is what gives a place its identity”. It further states: “The best way to protect these places is to ensure they remain in use and are valued by the community”. Its “recommendations
LOCAL LANDMARK: Old Burleigh Theatre Arcade started as the De-Luxe, pictured circa 1932.
for the protection of local heritage places within the study” included: “Consider inclusion of all identified local heritage places in the local heritage register maintained by GCCC and inclusion of a heritage schedule within the Burleigh and Burleigh Heads LAPs, and formal adoption by GCCC ….” But the theatre is not heritage listed. Architect Jacqueline Pearce is Gold Coast Open House chair and has over 20 years’ experience in heritage and conservation services in Australia. She fully supports the City of Gold Coast considering inclusion of additional buildings on its heritage register to give them a level of protection, but admits the register “is not well populated with all the buildings that could be on it”.
While alterations to the original De-Luxe potentially detract from the building’s significance, she said it was necessary to establish carefully what was significant. “Heritage is inherent: whether a building is on a list or not,” she said. “I certainly strongly support further investigations to identify what is of heritage importance and then to protect any established elements of significance.” Both Jacqueline and fellow architect Philip Follent pointed to the possibility of “adaptive reuse” in keeping with the building’s history, or inclusion of elements of that history in any new development, as in the case of The Pink Poodle. Council’s Local Studies Library website, go to goldcoaststories.com.au.
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Boys put the jukebox on Ready to sing and tap along to hit songs you know and love? FOLLOWING on from their 2018 sellout concerts and celebrating iconic artists of the 20th century, internationally acclaimed group Boys in the Band is excited to announce its brand new concert experience, “Jukebox Revolution… every record tells a story!” performing at Twin Towns Clubs and Resort on Friday, May 24. Launching at the iconic Adelaide Fringe Festival on March 1 to five-star reviews and voted as the number two “must-see show” of the festival by 2AA’s Jan Reilly, the group is now on a 40-date national tour visiting capital cities of Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Canberra, plus regional theatres. The “feel-good show” travels through 50 years of classic music hits from artists such as Elvis, Queen, The Beatles, The BeeGees, Jackson 5 and Australian icons including John Farnham and ACDC. The cast warns audiences: “You better
warm up your voices and polish those dancing shoes because there’ll be lots of singing and toe tapping!” Australia’s most talented leading men, Hugh Barrington (We Will Rock You, Ch7 All Together Now), Damon Grebert-Wade (Grease Arena Spectacular), Keane Fletcher (Ten Tenors) and Justin Rynne form a powerhouse cast that sings, dances and fronts a sensational live band. Seasoned performer Keane Fletcher says: “It’s a non-stop high-energy show that has something for everyone. It’s all the hits you know and love, just like any good jukebox should be!” Boys in the Band has just returned from performing at the 2018 F1 Singapore Grand Prix, a return performance for the group, which over the years has supported Bon Jovi, Maroon 5 and Pharrell Williams at the prestigious event. Other
POLISH THOSE DANCING SHOES: Sing along to 50 years of classic music hits from artists such as Elvis, Queen, The Beatles, The BeeGees, Jackson 5 and Australian icons including John Farnham and ACDC. highlights have included performances in Johannesburg, Jakarta, Wynn Casino Macau and Australian venues, and events such as Arts Centre Melbourne, The
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Back into business for seniors
Older people riding a fresh career wave Tracey Johnstone WHICHEVER title you want to use – silverpreneur, olderpreneur, seniorpreneur or just simply entrepreneur – these seniors are growing into an economic force in Australia. They’re the innovators, job seekers and risk takers of the over-50s who want, need, dream of building financially viable businesses whether they are sole operators or become small or large-scale employers. La Trobe University Professor of Entrepreneurship Dr Alex Maritz said these senior entrepreneurs were essential to the Australian economy. “People are living longer,” Dr Maritz said. “Straight away, what does that say to you? We can work longer, we can be active in business for longer and they want to be.” He reports senior entrepreneurs are contributing about $11.9 billion per annum to the Australian economy. The Benevolent Society’s Older Australians campaign director Marlene Krasovitsky said the senior entrepreneurship phenomenon was not limited to Australia. “It’s one we are watching with great interest,” Ms Krasovitsky
said. “The Federal Government is starting to recognise that entrepreneurship is not only about young people, there is a very significant role for older people to play as well.” In January the Federal Government poured money into the further development of its Entrepreneurship Facilitators network across Australia. The funding is for the network of 20 professionals tasked with helping mature-age Australians prepare for self-employment. Ms Krasovitsky said through the work of The Benevolent Society’s EveryAGE Counts campaign, they had evidence that ageism often happened in the work environment. “It’s in that context that we look at a range of initiatives,” she said. “Certainly, self-employment or starting up a new business is an attractive option for many older people to continue contributing to the workforce in the economy and to continue to get that sense of meaning and purpose that work brings.” Why start-up? Becoming an entrepreneur is often driven by necessity, opportunity or passion. “Traditionally people think as a retiree they
have stopped work,” Dr Maritz said. “So what do they do now? They go get themselves a little sideline job to supplement their income. That is true but that is not your stereotype senior entrepreneur.” They are more often serious entrepreneurs, with their age irrelevant to their work choice. Entrepreneurship is often a high-risk environment. It requires a person to be proactive, innovative, opportunityobsessed, willing to draw on their life experiences, learn on the run and use whatever resources there are at hand, including their business and friendship networks. Having enough money to start up a business is one of the biggest hurdles for entrepreneurs. “Senior entrepreneurs in Australia start 14,000 new businesses each year,” Dr Maritz said. Anecdotal evidence says about as many close down each year. A hobby that pays Maree Machin’s business, Telltale Designs, bucks that trend. Her “cottage” business is a year old next month and still in the black. The Sunshine Coast home-based business owner has experienced past start-up failure, so this time she did her numbers to ensure the
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LaTrobe University professor Dr Alex Maritz, professor of entrepreneurship. business was going to make money. She had a clear picture in her mind of what she wanted to do and how to go about it. “I also got my supply chain organised and did some market testing,” Ms Machin said. Her success came from limiting the amount of money put into getting the
business going and in using her small business background and personal network to grow the business, which up-cycles yacht sails into bags. “It puts together everything I love – the ocean, up-cycling and it feels good and has a great story,” Ms Machin said. “I am doing something
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Telltale Designs owner Maree Machin is celebrating being in the black after the first year in business.
Senior entrepreneurs are contributing about $11.9 billion per annum to the Australian economy. idea, nor the business skills to bring the idea to fruition. However there are support networks, grant opportunities and organisations, such as the government’s EFs, that are available to seniors. Help is at hand One of the EFs, Phil Daly of BuildGrowRun, said there was a huge demand for the EF program.
It’s free and open to anyone, no matter why they want to set up a business or whether is it going to be micro, small or medium-sized. “I think a lot of people may have an idea and may have even started the business but often they don’t have all the skills to run the business themselves,” Mr Daly said. “In Australia we have a
IT consultant JC Shin with the Parkapiki team Adrian Adams (middle) and Neil Mackenzie (right). failure rate up around 75 per cent in businesses in the first three years. “Often there isn’t sufficient support there for people going into small business. “They need assistance in planning and organising things, marketing and having a general vision of what they are trying to achieve by developing
their business.” Micro steps to battle homelessness Some people, such as Sharon Carroll, are pushed into entrepreneurship. She was retrenched from her job, suffered depression as a result and then found herself homeless. Ms Carroll had worked
in many places but hadn’t acquired any specific work skills. Throughout this tumultuous period, Ms Carroll kept hold of a ribbon printing machine she had purchased several years before but had been unable to work out how to use properly. When the Victorian Government’s think tank Per Capita offered her the chance to join its Money for Jam program, she leapt at it. The program’s goal is to empower older women to earn as they age through micro-enterprise. Project leader Myfan Jordan explained that through class-based learning and a smartphone app, the pilot program members – all of whom had experienced homelessness – were given training in core business skills and personal growth. Money for Jam gave Ms Carroll sufficient business skills and confidence to unpack the old printing machine and use it to create a micro-business that is helping her rebuild her financial base. “I got so much more out of doing the course than I thought I would,” Ms Carroll said. “What has been achieved since the course has been amazing. There haven’t been any great sales but I have got my ribbons out there.” She has started to get orders and is in the process of developing a website. Just as importantly, Ms Carroll has found the confidence to get out among the community talking up her micro-business, happily handing out her unique business card printed on a ribbon. “It’s been small steps – no leaps and bounds but it’s all been extremely positive and all forward steps,” she said. Passionate about well-being Neil Mackenzie and colleague Adrian Adams
were pulled into their enterprise as a result of Mr Mackenzie discovering there wasn’t a single website with information on outdoor activities around Adelaide. It sparked his passion for developing a go-to answer. Mr Adams was the obvious partner. They received seed funding from the South Australian Government through its 2017 D3 Digital Challenge, which was run through the Office of the Ageing. The outcome was the challenge-winning website Parkapiki.com, which lists parks, outdoor places and events promoting health and well-being for older South Australians. “We wouldn’t have done it if there wasn’t an opportunity to make money,” Mr Mackenzie said. “The original business model didn’t work. “The underlying reason is we invested all the funds and time into developing the platform. It was a conscious decision to do that rather than providing a cheap product. “We wanted a quality product but now we have no money to market it. We have got to think of ways to earn money that we can reinvest in telling people this product actually exists.” Is it for you? Mr Daly said not all people in their 60s wanted to go into graceful retirement. “I like working in doing what I’m doing,” he said. “Dealing with entrepreneurs and people in small business, there is a lot of positive energy around that. “Research indicates that a lot of baby boomers don’t want to retire.” Dr Maritz concluded: “Entrepreneurship isn’t for everybody. Going out on your own can be very stressful. “Entrepreneurs don’t fail, their ventures do. It’s not about failing. It’s about learning failure.”
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THERE’S a new Facebook page with the sole aim of putting together events for our seniors to socialise and get together. Seniors Socials Gold Coast has just arrived online.This groupis for anyone that is a 50+ senior who lives on or near the Gold Coast (or is visiting) and would like to meet other seniors, in a safe environment, for lunches, coffee, local group walks, cinema visits, day trips, theatre outings and other social activities. To get started, Admins will create the first few events and social gatherings, then we’ll be inviting our new members to help with more. We’d love lots of seniors who may not be getting out and about often enough to join in, enjoy and have fun in this group. Our four admins have already planned a monthly lunch on the Gold Coast for the last Monday of the month. Details/info for this will appear in a post on Seniors Socials Gold Coast around the middle of the month. As it says on our new page “Meet New People : Make New Friends”. We’d love to meet you. facebook. com/groups/ 356557988287029/.
FRIENDSHIP AND TRAVEL CLUB FRIENDSHIP Force
International is a home hosting and travel organisation with over 360 clubs worldwide. Travel is with a group of members who live for one week with members of a club somewhere different and interesting. If you love travelling and meeting new friends join us on April 14 at Bavia House, 18/12 Kalimna Drive, Broadbeach Waters. Afternoon Tea is at 3.30pm followed by a general meeting. Visitors and prospective members welcome. Our 2019 Journeys: May to Sydney, June to Winnipeg and Saskatoon, Canada and ChicagoUSA. September from Alabama USA. November from Salisbury, SA. Go to Friendship ForceGoldCoast.org.au, email friendship forcegoldcoast@ gmail.com or phone Mary 0433 917 779 or John 07 5562 2644.
HINTERLAND COMMUNITY BAND
DRUMMERS, tympani, kit, percussion and wind instrument players are wanted for the band. The band’s new director of music Dave Underwood invites players young and old. If you can read music and would like to experience the fun of playing and performing in a community band, give Dave a call. The concert
HAPPY CHAPPIES: 2019-20 Management Committee for Burleigh Waters Probus Club. band rehearses Thursday nights at the Mudgeeraba Music Centre, Firth Park. We also have a Rookies band for novice, lapsed or rusty players rehearsing Mondays at 4.30pm. Phone Dave on 0433 458 023. For more details, go to hinterlandband.com.au.
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THE Gold Coast North branch of the National Servicemen’s Association of Australia (Qld) Inc welcomes all Nashos and partners to their meetings held on the second Tuesday of each evennumbered month commencing at 9.30am followed by a social BBQ lunch at our club rooms located at the Light Horse Museum precinct adjacent to the Mudgeeraba Showground, 8 Worongary Road, Mudgeeraba. For more details, phone Brian Handke, President, 07 5630 8071 or Jeff Wootten, Publicity Officer on 07 5546 6888.
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Burleigh Waters FOR our monthly outing we had a tour of the Brisbane Town Hall, followed by lunch at Breakfast Creek Hotel. Election of Officers for 2019/20 were held at our last meeting, followed by a Changeover Lunch. Retired or semi-retired men are invited to join us at club meetings, 10am on the third Monday each month at Burleigh Waters Community Centre, 131 Christine Ave. Burleigh Waters. Nominally a men’s club, but wives are very welcome to share the club’s fellowship, friendship and fun at all club meetings and outings. Phone Brian on 07 5520 6332 or Des 0434 873 626. North Gold Coast LOOKING for a new and progressive club with a dynamic membership? Join the North Gold Coast Probus Club. Membership is open; all are welcome. We meet the first Monday of every month and have a speaker and activities calendar that is varied, exciting and offers something for everyone. Join us for coffee and cake and meet some of our fabulous, and raring to go, members. Phone Michele on 0418 900 387 for details. Palm Beach
AUSTRALIA Day was a double-barrelled celebration when members enjoyed a lunch at a local sports club in recognition of Australia Day and the passage of 35 years since the meeting at which the club was formed. The table centrepiece, a faux cake featuring both events and being built around a jigsaw puzzle, appropriately of the Bicentennial Celebrations on Sydney Harbour, was taken home as the door prize by the lucky winner. It all contributed to the enjoyment at one of the Club’s activities held in addition to the regular golf, cards and beach walk/ breakfast events. Membership is open to male and female retirees and a meeting is held at Currumbin RSL at 10am on the second Thursday of each month. Phone Jim on 07 5534 7292 for more details. Runaway Bay WE WILL next meet at Paradise Point Bowls Club on the April 15 at 10am. A guest speaker and morning tea is enjoyed with friends. New members welcome. Phone Marilyn on 0407 758 854.
SOUTHPORT MILITARY HERITAGE
THE Southport Military Heritage Museum will again open on May 5 from 9am-12pm. Our display, honouring some of Our Forgotten Anzac’s, and more renovations, have been favourably received thus far, by every visitor. Our newest display honours WW1 General Sir John Monash, and his WW1 allied Commanders. Groups of 6-20, will be gladly accommodated, phone Noel on 0437 732 575 and organise a time and day during any week. The Southport Military Heritage Museum is located in the Qld Naval Brigade Drill Hall at Owen Park, Mick Vievers Way, 201 Queen Street, Southport. (Next to the Southport Primary School). Entry is free and there is free parking.
SOLACE is for people grieving the loss of a partner. We meet every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 10.30am at Broadbeach Senior Citizens Centre, TE Peters Drive, Broadbeach. For more details phone Betty 07 5580 7034.
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WE ARE a voluntary euthanasia group that meets quarterly. Meetings are held at the Robina Community Centre. Attendees must be Exit Members. Further information on our website, go to exitinternational.net or phone Elaine 07 5580 8215 or 0421 796 713.
Coolangatta/Tweed OUR next meeting will be held at the South Tweed Sports Club on April 18. Join our friendly ladies for coffee and chat 11am -11.30am start. We meet on the third Thursday of the month and have interesting guest speakers each month. If you are new to the area and would like to join our ladies, phone Elaine on 07 5524 4461 by Monday prior to our meeting. Currumbin Elanora WE ARE a social club for women supporting The Smith Family learning for life programme. We meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 10am at
Currumbin RSL. We have social outings on the second Tuesday of each month and interesting and informative guest speakers at our monthly meetings. Rodney Clark, The Pines Elanora has generously offered to host a fashion parade at the monthly meeting of Currumbin Elanora VIEW club at 10am on April 23 at Currumbin RSL club. Great raffle prizes, yummy morning tea all for $12. For bookings and details, phone Pam on 07 5576 7989. Twin Towns Day WE WILL be celebrating our 51st. Birthday at the South Tweed Sports Club on May 2. Entertainment
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difference in your community. STAR Community Services is inviting community-minded local residents from Logan, Ipswich and Gold Coast areas to join our fleet of owner drivers. Applicants must own a 4-door, late model sedan (less than 10 years old). Full training and support provided. Flexible hours. Work around your family and work commitments; All expenses related to police checks and other compliance requirements are covered by STAR. Supplement your income and give back to your community. STAR Community Services is an award winning, non-profit community organisation operating in Brisbane for over 23 years. We support aged, frail and people with disability to live independently and achieve their goals. To join STAR and for more details, phone STAR Transport Manager Warren on 07 3821 6699.
by the fabulous ROMAIN and the theme for the day will be ‘The Merry Month of May’. Phone Freda on 07 5524 1357 for bookings. Runaway Bay WE MEET every second Wednesday of the month. Come and join us for lunch, make new friends, listen to interesting speakers and have fun. Phone Dinah on 0428 911 077. Surfers Paradise WE SUPPORT The Smith Family plus nine Learning For Life Students and hold our meetings and lunch on the second Tuesday of each month at Southport Golf Club. Meeting at 11.30am for lunch at 12pm. Always with an interesting guest speaker. New members and visitors are always welcome . For an opportunity to meet new friends and join in our social activities and really enjoyable outings, phone Nancy on 0412 639 574 or 07 5592 6730.
ROBINA BRANCH OF AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS
MEMORIES of many hours of service to the community were shared at the celebration of 25 years of Robina Branch of Australian Red Cross. President Toula Singer OAM welcomed past and present members from Palm Beach/Currumbin to Brisbane and local supporters of the branch who attended the lunch at Palmer Colonial. Past President Margaret Jamieson took her audience through the branch history from the first meeting in November 1993, detailing the many services the group has provided over the years, accompanied by a rolling video of memories. Colin Sivalingum, Acting Director of Red Cross Queensland, and Manager of Queensland Red Cross State Emergency Services told of the work Red Cross Volunteers have done and will continue do in Central
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Cuttings and trading tables will commence selling at 8.15am, so come along and snap up a bargain. Cost $4 entry fee paid at the door, which includes morning tea. Remember if your benching it closes at 9.15am. Raffles, lucky door prizes and much more. Bring a friend and a coffee mug to help save the planet. For more details, phone Monika Ross on 0412 638 373 or go to twintownsgardenclub. com.
Twin Towns PLAY darts, cards, upwords, board games and mah-jong on Fridays between 10am-2pm at 4 Boyd Street Tugun. Players at all levels including beginners are welcome. To join this group or for more details phone Rudi Voss, 0418 219 773 or U3A Twin Towns on 07 5534 7333. Tugun U3A Twin Towns play darts, cards, upwords, board games and mah-jong on Fridays between 10– 2 pm at 4 Boyd Street Tugun. Players at all levels including beginners are welcome. To join this group or for more details phone Rudi Voss, 0418 219 773 or U3A Twin Towns on 07 5534 7333. U3A Broadbeach We welcome new members who are over 50 and looking to continue their learning in a fun and social group setting. Take a look at our web site U3A Broadbeach.com to see our range of courses, activities and excursions and advice on how to join us. Our activities are centred at Merrimac State High School and opportunities include languages, history and memoirs, mah jong, yoga, art, choral singing, lunches and excursions. We are also always delighted to have volunteers to tutor new courses.
GOLD COAST JAZZ AND BLUES CLUB
A JAZZ Journey will be held on May 1 at the Paradise Room, HOTA. MusoMates 8 Jazz Octet & Friends. Hear some of the great jazz songs from the twenties to the sixties including the best songs of today. The lead vocalists on the night will be Dr Kristina Kelman along with Natalie Chuchill and Nicole Parker Brown.
ANZAC DAY TWIN TOWNS
GUEST SPEAKER: Colin Sivalingum (Acting Director of Red Cross Queensland and Manager Red Cross State Emergency Services Queensland) speaking about the work of volunteers in the recent weather events in Central and North Queensland. The group includes the finest Gold Coast jazz musicians including pianist Wil Sargisson. They will play the full spectrum of Jazz music, ranging from Trad to Dixieland to the swinging standards from the 20’s onwards. This is a line-up of our best local talent and you will be fortunate enough to see them all in one show. Take a Jazz Journey with this amazing group of performers. Tickets $25 Members, $30 Non Members.
TWEED Area Computer Tuition Club is a well-organised learning facility for people wanting to gain more skills needed for the modern day computers EG basic knowledge of the keyboard, Program shortcuts. Photo Management can be rewarding for the photographers who love to explore our beautiful scenery with their cameras or mobile phones. In this class you are taught how to transfer
your photos from your device to your computer also how to manage the captures you have taken. A wide variety of classes are available Monday to Friday. For more details, phone 07 5524 9212 or go to tact.org.au. TACT is located at the South Tweed Sports Club, 4 Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads South.
TWIN TOWNS & DISTRICT GARDEN CLUB
OUR next meeting is on May 13 at South Tweed Sports Club, Minjungbal Drive, in the downstairs auditorium. Guest speaker for May to be announced but worth a visit. April guest speaker will be club member John Bennett speaking about ‘successfully growing roses in our sub tropical climate’. We also held a morning tea for Tamborine Mountain Volunteers which was a great success. The hall opens at 8am (NSW) or entry and benching, with the general meeting commencing at 9.30am.
Dawn Service: Assemble in Wharf Street near the children’s statues in Chris Cunningham Park at 5.45am, with the march off commencing at 5.55am. Veterans who wish to be seated are asked to form up at the front of the March. Dawn Service commences at about 6am. Wreath Laying Service Qld: A short wreath laying service will be held in Goodwin Park Coolangatta at 6.35am. Gunfire Breakfast: Directly after the Dawn Service, breakfast is served at Twin Towns for Sub-Branch members/families and public. Tickets $10. Breakfast only available to those who have prepurchased a ticket by 23 April. Book at the SubBranch office (hours Mon-Fri, 9am-12pm) or Twin Towns Show Bookings desk, call 1800 014 014 or online at twintowns.com.au Main Service: Commences at 11am. Parade Marshals will be in attendance to direct all personnel. For those unable to walk the March and want to use the buggy service, please meet in Wharf Street near pedestrian crossing and overhead walkway. March Route: Main Parade will march off at 10.30am. Children’s
Parade will march off at 10.35am. Assemble in Jack Evans Boat Harbour Tweed Heads (corner of Boundary and Coral Streets) from 10am. The Parade will turn left into Wharf Street Tweed Heads and proceed to the Memorial at Chris Cunningham Park where the ANZAC Day Service will commence at 11am. ANZAC DAY LUNCHEON A luncheon will be held at Twin Towns for Tweed Heads & Coolangatta RSL Sub-Branch members, carers and invited guests from 12pm to 3.30pm. Tickets must be pre-purchased from the RSL Sub-Branch. Cost is $25 per person. ORDERS OF DRESS FOR ANZAC DAY Members are requested to wear shirt with collar, slacks, shoes and medals. Coats optional. Dress code applies for the breakfast and after the March. Patrons attending Twin Towns will need to be dressed in smart neat attire. Men: long pants or dress shorts, covered shoes and collared shirt. Women: smart, respectful attire, no shorts. ANZAC Day March Route: Assemble in Jack Evans Boat Harbour Tweed Heads (corner of Boundary and Coral Streets) from 10am. Main Parade will march off at 10.30am. Children’s Parade will march off at 10.35am. Parade will turn left into Wharf Street, Tweed Heads and proceed to the Memorial at Chris Cunningham Park where the ANZAC Day Service will commence at 11am.
BURLEIGH HEADS FITNESS
Men and women over 50 are invited to group classes to improve fitness, strength and balance, on Tuesday's and Thursday's at 9am. Cost is $5. Meet at Maher Hall, 42 Matilda Street, Burleigh Heads. Phone Caroline 0402 812 227.
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VICTORIA’S high country producers are dressing their dining tables in readiness for the annual Feast High Country Festival on May 3–19. The very best of the high country’s food and drink will be showcased in a program that celebrates the natural beauty of the mountains, valleys, vineyards and villages of the region and the talented folk who bring the fine fare to your table. Feast High Country Festival offers a perfect excuse for a road trip. Ride a horse, pedal a bike, take a hike and even paraglide to more than 40 delicious events at cellar doors, village cafes, hatted restaurants, among the vines and by the light of blazing bonfires from Mansfield to the King Valley, Beechworth to Bright, Rutherglen to Mount Beauty, Corryong to Falls Creek. Highlights of this year’s festival program include: ■ Patrizia’s Harvest Forage with foodie royalty Patrizia Simone – forage for ingredients for your lunch then get the low-down from this celebrated chef on how to turn your found produce into a five-course Italian feast. ■ Fermentation Degustation – Bridge Road Brewers Beechworth founders Ben and Maria Kraus host a four-course matched dinner with a difference, where fermentation is the hero of the night. Each course made by and introduced by local experts: Louise Ritchie (Silver Creek Sourdough), Kimchi from Hatted chef, Michael Ryan (Provenance of Beechworth), incredible, authentic Austrian strudel
HIGH COUNTRY FOOD: Join our table at this year's Feast High Country Festival. from Maria Kraus and of course Ben’s own lovingly brewed beer. ■ In Merrijig, join winemaker David Ritchie in a toast to the 50th anniversary of Delatite Wines, including a five-course degustation dinner paired with some very special wines. ■ Lunch with Three Italians at Pizzini Wines in the King Valley – Italian food, wine and opera are on the menu, with food by Adam Pizzini of Rinaldo’s Casa Cucina, Pizzini’s own Italian varietal wines and opera courtesy of the amazing Catherine Pendelich and Ced Le Medelo. ■ The Tweed Ride in Rutherglen, where the theme is vintage – clothes, bicycles and wines – and the easy pedal includes outstanding food and wine experiences along the way, including lunch at Stanton and Killeen. Info: www.feasthigh country.com.au.
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It’s here the Anzac Day dawn service originated
SOLEMN BEGINNINGS: King George Sound at Albany, where the Anzac troop ships left from on the way to Gallipoli in World War I.
Photos: Erle Levey
Albany honours the In honour of Anzac Day, we publish Erle Levey’s account of his visit to Albany, believed to be the place of the first Anzac dawn ceremony
YOU CAN STILL HEAR THE SOUND OF SOLDIERS MARCHING THE small West Australian coastal town of Albany has a big Anzac history – it’s here the Anzac Day dawn service originated. Atop of the town’s Padre White Lookout is the perfect place to stand at dawn or as the sun sets and reflect on those who have gone before. In the spring of 1914, thousands of men and hundreds of horses gathered at the town’s railway station, coming there from all points of the country. They marched down to the jetty to join those on the ships already anchored in the harbour, ready for their grand adventure, their journey across the seas to fight for king and country against the oppressor. These were young, free-spirited men from a sparse continent on the other side of the world. The Australians and New Zealanders responded to the clarion call of the British Empire. It was Europe’s war but
these young men and a handful of women serving as nurses of this newly formed federation of states answered the call with “Australia will be there”. The first and second convoys carried the Australian Imperial Force and the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Twenty-six Australian and 10 New Zealand transport ships assembled in King George Sound and departed on November 1, 1914, escorted by three warships. The second convoy of 15 Australian and three New Zealand ships departed unescorted on December 31, 1914. Today you can stand on the headlands of Albany and look across the waters of King George Sound, the site where 30,000 Anzac soldiers and horses were gathered aboard a fleet of 40 ships before setting sail for Gallipoli in World War I – just as they had gathered at this magnificent harbour before heading off to the Boer War in 1899. Just as they would
The grounds of the National Anzac Centre on Mt Clarence at Albany, WA. again for World War II. If someone said spend a day at the Anzac Centre, you would wonder why you would spend a day at a war memorial and museum. But you can. It’s like a walk through time and history. Everywhere you look it’s a reference to someone’s life. Stand up there on the top of the hill and virtually picture the scene – the departing ships. You can do that at sea level as well, at the replica jetty on the edge of
Princess Royal Harbour, next to Anzac Peace Park. Among the men and women who gathered in Albany before departing to serve in World War I were the troops who landed at Gallipoli, including the Light Horsemen, who fought on the battlefields of the Middle East and who entered Jerusalem and captured Damascus. Soldiers also fought in France and Belgium as part of the eight-month campaign. Anzac Peace Park was
opened in 2010 and pays tribute to the Australians who served in World War I and all those who have served the nation in conflicts and peacekeeping missions since. As well as the Pier of Remembrance, the park features an Interpretive Walk and the Lone Pine Grove. Each departing ship is represented by an engraved panel on the Pier of Remembrance as well as the HMAS AE2 submarine plaque that sits at the end of the pier. The AE2 was one of two submarines commissioned for the fledgling navy and she joined the second convoy of AIF troops in King George Sound at Albany on December 31, 1914, going on to serve in the Dardanelles. The Lone Pine Grove provides a major focus for the theme of peace within the park. The memorial was planted in 1974 to commemorate the departure of the first contingent of troops 60 years earlier.
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The grounds of the National Anzac Centre on Mt Clarence.
The monument to the Desert Mounted Corps at Mt Clarence, Albany.
The old railway station at Albany, WA.
The grounds of the National Anzac Centre on Mount Clarence at Albany, WA.
The monument to the Desert Mounted Corps at Mt Clarence, Albany.
history of the Anzacs
It expresses a direct and living connection between Gallipoli and Albany. The Battle of Lone Pine was between Australian and Turkish forces on the Gallipoli Peninsula and the ridge provided a vital position. When Australian troops landed at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915, they saw a stunted pine grove growing on the commanding position of 400 Plateau. It was held by the Australians until December 1915 when Allied troops were evacuated from the peninsula. Two Australian soldiers collected pine cones from the Lone Pine Ridge in 1915 and from them seedlings were propagated. The pier is a stretch of boardwalk, which curves into Princess Royal Harbour. It provides a site for respite and reflection of those lost in the war. The National Anzac Centre on Mount Clarence takes two to three hours to go through.
You can explore the outside, including great views of the ocean where the troops left Australia for the last time. The old gun emplacements and ammunition storage areas are dug into the hill. Walking tracks lead up to the peak and from here you can look over the whole city, including Anzac Peace Park. The Garrison bar restaurant beside the Anzac Centre also gives a great vantage point of King George Sound in comfortable surrounds. Perhaps the most touching monument is that to the Desert Mounted Corps – so gallant in the Middle East. That and the Padre White Lookout, a memorial to the man regarded as the instigator of the Anzac Day service. The 10th Light Horse Regiment was the only regiment of mounted infantry recruited in Western Australia during World War I. It formed part of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade and served at Gallipoli as infantry in the Australian
St John’s Church, Albany. and New Zealand Army Corps. The regiment participated in the disastrous charge at the Nek on August 7, 1915, and their courageous actions were immortalised in the Peter Weir movie Gallipoli. After Gallipoli, the regiment served in the Middle East as part of the Anzac Mounted Division and later the Australian Mounted Division. The 10th Light Horse Regiment was largely supplied by the waler
breed of horse that originated in NSW, hence the name. The horses possessed amazing courage and endurance in harsh desert conditions, remaining alert and dependable even when short on rations. The Light Horse combined the mobility of cavalry with the fighting skills of infantry. They fought dismounted, with rifles and bayonets. However sometimes they charged on horseback, notably at Magdhaba and
Beersheba. On October 31, 1917, the Australian Light Horse bravely charged head-on into the machine guns to take Beersheba. Never would history see such a full-scale charge again. Horses usually need to drink about 30 litres of water a day. However during the campaign they often went for up to 60 hours without water while carrying a load of almost 130kg comprising rider, saddle, equipment, food and water. At the end of the World War I, Australians had 13,000 surplus horses that could not be returned home for quarantine reasons. Of these, 11,000 were sold, the majority as remounts for the British Army in India. Of all the walers that served in World War I, only one made it back. Sandy was one of Major General Sir William Throsby Bridges’ mounts. The gelding accompanied Bridges to Gallipoli but was not landed. After Bridges was killed
by a sniper, Sandy remained in Egypt until transferred to France in 1916. At the request of the Australian Government, Sandy returned to Melbourne in 1918 and was turned out to graze. Similarly, only one New Zealand horse that had served in the Middle East returned home. That was a mare named Bess. From 1916–18 Padre White served as an army chaplain with the 44th Battalion and, upon his return to Australia, delivered sermons in remembrance of locals who died in World War I. He led parishioners from St John’s Church to the summit of Mt Clarence at dawn on April 25, 1932 – the site where he, along with so many others, gathered to watch the convoys depart in 1914. Today the Padre White Lookout is the region’s most visited lookout and serves as an enduring place of reflection: a lasting monument to Ernest White and Australia’s first dawn service.
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Fishing the crater lakes in the Victorian district Anglers travel here in winter and summer
IN THE last of my six-part fishing series, I want to introduce you to a truly unique part of Australia to visit and fish – the crater lakes district in Victoria. A short drive to the west of Melbourne will have you in the midst of an ancient landscape that was shaped by our last volcanic era. There are a few lakes in the area but the most notable are Purrumbete and Bullen Merri. These lakes are found in the area around Camperdown. These dams are circular and very deep, having been formed by violent volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. Today they are filled with cool waters and plenty of brown and rainbow trout, salmon and redfin perch.
Victoria’s Lake Bullen Merri.
The trout and salmon fishing is first class and many anglers travel here in winter and summer to sample the fishing. The pick of the fishing occurs in winter and the changeover seasons. Popular techniques include fly-fishing with bait fish profile flies around the weed edges of lakes, particularly in Purrumbete. Bait fishing with live baits under floats is popular in both Bullen Merri and Purrumbete. Many anglers opt to troll lures around these dams and fare well on some very big trout and salmon. Trolling lures behind attractors and down deep on downriggers is a popular pastime here. Standard trout lures such as bibbed hard-body minnows and winged options such as Tasmanian Devils are
worth packing. Standard trout spinning equipment will cover most options – 2–4kg weighted rods with 2500-sized thread line reels and 4–8lb braided or fluorocarbon lines. There are boat ramps on these dams and 4m-plus boats are perfect for navigating these waterways. There are plenty more locations that I could write of but I am afraid I have run out of space. My next big trip is planned to the beaches and rock headlands to the west of Port Lincoln towards Yalata, which is another remote fishery I have heard should be on the bucket list of anglers. Nige Webster works for AFN Fishing and Outdoors and presents and produces The Fishing Show on 7Mate. Search Facebook: “AFN The Fishing Show”.
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A dive into Tangalooma Holiday fun ranges from feeding dolphins to snorkelling
IT STARTS the moment you step off the ferry, stand on the jetty and take in that view. Your gaze immediately falls on the golden sands stretching from the resort in front of you to the snorkelling haven known as “The Wrecks” at the extreme far left. You’ve taken the scenic route and arrived at this island haven. You’d swear you’ve been teleported to the Whitsundays or North Queensland. Then your eyes turn back to the calm, jewelled waters that graduate in colour – deepening from aquamarine to sapphire. Time-poor but fun-loving over-50s can discover a tropical getaway virtually on their doorstep and feel as though they’ve had an exotic holiday in just one or two days. Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island – the world’s third-largest sand island after Fraser and North Stradbroke
islands – is only a 75-minute ferry ride from Pinkenba in Brisbane’s north. It’s so close, yet a world away from the everyday. While we’d visited Tangalooma before, it had been in the colder months for some winter sun – a time of year when having a scenic water view is enough. Today, it’s all about frolicking in the 23C water on a 26-degree day under cornflour-blue skies. And we’re not going to waste this opportunity, having taken the first ferry at 7am and cramming as much island time into our overnight itinerary as possible. For our 10am booking with Tangatours on the Wrecks Snorkel Tour, we mosey up the garden path, where palm fronds and pandanus leaves cast shadows over bottle-green lawns, to be suited up in wetsuits and decked out with snorkel and fins. Before the mandatory safety briefing, we strike up a conversation with two Swiss travellers who
Snorkellers of all ages enjoy the wrecks.
Photod: Shirley Sinclair
NATURAL BEAUTY: Wild dolphin feeding off Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island. couldn’t pass up the one chance they had to swim around 150 types of coral and 100 species of colourful tropical fish, as well as the possibility of sighting bottlenose dolphins, green sea turtles, wobbegongs and dugongs. Our instructor, the aptly named Sandy, expertly guides us on a tour beside, around and through the 15 wrecks. For the next 75 minutes we are mesmerised by nature. While I’ve snorkelled all over the world, this is my first wrecks dive and it’s a titanic experience. Nothing can quite describe the feeling of following tiny colourful fish through the bones of a sunken hull of a ship, kicking past portholes and floating above decks. The tour snorkels with the current, the length of the shipwrecks from end to end. The snorkelling reminds me that the simple things in life are often the best. And with that in mind, we head off to enjoy a
half-hour relaxation massage. The climax of our day on Moreton Island is its world-renowned wild dolphin feeding. Guests on selected accommodation and day cruise packages can feed dolphins once per person per stay. But anyone can sit in the stands and
observe this nightly heartwarming human/dolphin encounter. The grateful recipient of our tasty herrings is pregnant 14-year-old Silhouette. Her calf now named Comet made its first appearance on January 13 – the fourth generation of
the same family to turn up at Tangalooma and the 12th member of the Moreton pod to frequent the jetty. * The writer was a guest of Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island: a 75-minute ferry ride from Pinkenba in Brisbane's north.
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The veteran adventurers
Gokyo Lake, Himalayas, Nepal.
Photo: Ray Mustey
Practice walks up Mt Coot-tha whip Brian Eales into shape for a Himalayan adventure Kerry Heaney TWO senior trekkers have set off on a five-month journey along the world’s highest and longest alpine walking route, the 1700km Great Himalaya
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Brian, who has travelled to the Himalayas 15 times, prepared for the trek by regularly walking different routes up Mt Coot-tha, down the other side, up again and back as his morning exercise. He followed that with a 50-minute walk to his local shopping centre for lunch. His anticipated tour highlights include abseiling off the West Col and traversing the high passes in Dolpo. Dennis loves the contrast between the excitement and vibrancy of Kathmandu and the serenity and natural beauty of the mountains and their people. He previously completed the Snowman Trek, crossing 11 high passes on the mountainous borders that define Bhutan and Tibet. Organised by adventure travel specialist World Expeditions, the Great Himalaya Trail carves a path of more than
The trail itself triggers inspiring stories
“A thousand words cannot describe how absolutely amazing the Great Himalaya Trail was and always will be,” Ray INTREPID: Dennis Frost, with Mt Warning in the Mustey, also of Brisbane, background, during a training walk. who trekked the full traverse in 2014, said. begins in the country’s far “I am often asked if I 4500km through the east. It crosses to the would do it again. The Himalayas from Bhutan to high plateaus on the answer is always yes.” Pakistan. Tibetan borderlands in the Brian and Dennis will “As well as being an far west, along the way join a select list of just 21 incredible adventure, the encountering some of the people who have trail itself triggers the wildest and most remote completed this trek. most inspiring stories of mountain environments World Expeditions has determination, on the planet. divided the Great achievement and Trekkers can see all Himalaya Trail into seven personal growth,” World eight of Nepal’s 8000m treks that can be Expeditions chief peaks and visit villages completed individually or executive Sue Badyari where traditional culture together. said. has remained intact for Find out more at The Nepal section centuries. worldexpeditions.com.
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Looking for a cure husband didn’t have
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Quinn Jones ROBYN Hilton just had to grin and bear it. There she stood, halfway around the world, next to her husband as he openly flirted with a woman on the side of the road in Africa. “Peter thought he’d been married off to a lovely lady selling beautifully painted fabrics,” Robyn says. “She made it clear she liked Peter. It took some talking on my part to convince her that he was spoken for. “He did have lovely blue eyes, and a cheeky smile, so I could well understand her attraction.” She recalls the tale with fondness – “it’s important to try to maintain a sense of humour” – but it’s a poignant reminder of the couple’s life with dementia. “Peter was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in February 2000 at the age of 66,” Robyn says. “The impact of that diagnosis was profound. “Some time after the initial shock I felt pretty helpless because there’s no known cure, there’s no timetable for the inevitable decline and there’s little effective medical treatment.” Peter died in 2011 and that “helpless” feeling inspired a passion to raise awareness for dementia research, culminating in Robyn
Robyn Hilton, founder of the Peter Hilton Fellowship at the Queensland Brain Institute. starting the Peter Hilton Fellowship at the Queensland Brain Institute at The University of Queensland. The fellowship currently supports an outstanding early-career researcher based at Queensland Brain Institute’s Clem Jones Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research and is celebrated this month at the premier event, the Hand Heart Pocket Gala Evening. The Hand Heart Pocket Gala Evening, generously supported by Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemason Queensland and Morgans Financial, is an entertaining, cocktail-style function held in one of Brisbane’s most iconic buildings – Queensland Parliament House.
Some time after the initial shock I felt pretty helpless … there’s no known cure, there’s no timetable for the inevitable decline. — Robyn Hilton
“The gala, our fifth, showcases extraordinary musical talent in an historic venue,” Robyn says. “Funds raised at this event are used to further that research and support the outreach services provided by Dementia Australia.” However, the gala’s true purpose is to highlight the important work being conducted by researchers at the Queensland Brain Institute. “(The gala) allows us to inform the community of the valuable research being undertaken at QBI to unravel the mystery that is dementia,” Robyn says. “Recent internationally recognised break
UNITED: The late Peter Hilton and his wife Robyn Hilton. throughs have given hope to people with dementia, their families and carers. “And speaking from personal experience, I know how eagerly awaited that is.” Gala tickets are $160 (including GST) per
person, including a one-hour musical performance headlined by soprano sensation Natalie Christie Peluso in the historical Red Chamber. The performance will be followed by drinks and canapes served on the
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WOMEN are told that ageing well involves getting physically active, but do they know how to make the right clothing choices when doing recreation and competition activities? We asked Berlei’s head designer innovation, Adele Kershaw, to share her tips for choosing the right bra whether we are striding the streets or hitting a competition field. What type of active bra best suits women 60 and over? As we age, our tissue becomes softer and our skin less firm. It’s natural for the Cooper’s ligaments that support the breast to stretch out over time, becoming less effective. The skin also becomes more sensitive and prone to irritation, making close-to-skin comfort of active bras even more important to ensure the skin is not damaged from chaffing or ill-fitting support. For these reasons it’s particularly important for this demographic to ensure they are wearing the correct size and support level for their activity. Should we get fitted for a bra? The bra will only provide the level of support advertised if you are wearing the correct size and so it’s crucial that you get fitted and understand your breast size and shape. It’s important to get professionally fitted every six months because
solution is really in support for prevention. What to look for in selecting a bra? Consider the type of activity you will be using the bra for and therefore what support factor you will need: ■ In a sports garment a contour cup will provide more shaping and modesty. ■ Underwire helps separate the breasts and anchor the bra to the body, while a wire-free garment offers more relaxed comfort and freedom to move. ■ Wider straps help distribute the weight of a heavy bust and relieve any pressure you feel through the shoulder. ■ Material should have a strong stretch and feel. When you stretch it in your hand, you should see it return. And as always – fit, fit, fit! Will one bra do? Our research shows that breasts move differently depending on the sport or activity women are doing, however an astounding 76 per cent of women admit to wearing the exact same sports bra no matter what the activity is. A sports bra for yoga will not be the same sports bra for running. Most women are conscious of how their breasts feel during exercise because they can bounce around, feel uncomfortable and painful, however they are often unaware of the damage that can happen below the surface to the soft tissue and delicate Cooper’s ligaments inside their breasts. It is important to wear the correct sports bra during exercise activities and we encourage women to prioritise their breasts by choosing the correct support when it comes to sport.
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Probus chairman finds the perfect community The motto is ‘retire from work, not from life’ BRAND INSIGHTS HALCYON Greens at Pimpama has enticed Probus South Pacific Limited chairman Douglas Geekie and his wife Suzanne with its active and social lifestyle offering. As the chairman of a 125,000-member organisation that promotes active retirees, and provides support services to clubs through friendship, fellowship and fun, Mr Geekie quickly identified that the Halcyon lifestyle would align with his sociable and energetic outlook. Mr Geekie said he and his wife Suzanne decided to move to Halcyon Greens last year after living in their large home at Hope Island Resort for 17 years. “We wanted to downsize because the
house we had placed increasing demands on our time as we grew older,” Mr Geekie said. “Halcyon Greens was the perfect fit for us because of its sense of community and the opportunities it provides. The community’s frontage to the 18-hole Gainsborough Greens Golf Course was a big drawcard for the former competitive golfer, who is looking forward to playing socially. While Probus commitments currently take up much of Douglas’ time, he and Suzanne have found it easy to connect with their new neighbours at Halcyon Greens. “We really enjoy going for walks here, which often turns into 15 minutes of actual walking and 45 minutes of talking because of the friendships that exist
here,” Douglas said. “It’s an amazing characteristic of the Halcyon communities – we talk to all sorts of people we’ve never met before.” Douglas very much subscribes to the Probus philosophy that people retire from work, not life. He believes it’s vital for seniors to broaden their horizons as much as they can and become even more active in retirement. Probus is for retired and semi-retired people and involves regular get-togethers and activities such as morning teas, movie clubs, lunches, bus trips, walking groups, card playing, travel and guest speakers. Its members are eligible for insurance and other benefits, and receive the monthly magazine, Active Retirees.
DOWNSIZING DECISION: Douglas and Suzanne Geekie have found a supportive community and lifestyle at Halycon. Photo: Murray Rix Now in the final year of his role as chairman, Douglas is eager to start two clubs in the rapidly growing Pimpama area, which he believes will ultimately support four clubs.
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Once they have assessed the situation, they can send emergency assistance or contact a friend or family member depending on the nature of the situation. When is it time for a medical alert system? 1. If you’re a senior living alone 2. A fall has occurred or there is a history of falls 3. Unsteady gait or weakness 4. You worry a lot 5. There is no one nearby to help 6. Your medications have side-effects Paul Joseph, from Emergency Medical Services Pty Ltd advocates the safeTwear medical alert system because it has automatic fall detection and safeTcare 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week emergency monitoring, by a
The safeTwear pendant has a built-in SIM card and speaker. Essentially it is a mini mobile phone. Photo: Contributed professional call centre with trained emergency responders. “This is not at all like the old systems (a box that connects to your home phone),” Mr Joseph said. “The safeTwear pendant has a built-in SIM
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Hotline part of national plan to stop elder abuse supported in their later years,” Mr Porter said. By 2056 it is estimated that 22 per cent of Australians or 8.7 million people will be aged over 65, up from 15 per in 2016. “There’s no doubt that a key benchmark of any society is how it treats and protects its older citizens, particularly those who may be vulnerable to abuse in whatever form it takes – emotional, physical or financial,” Mr Porter said. “This national plan provides a framework for co-ordinated action across federal and state/territory governments over the
next four years and reflects the commitment of all governments to act now to support older Australians dealing with elder abuse.” The Attorney-General also officially launched a new national, elder abuse freecall number. 1800 ELDERHelp (1800 353 374) will connect callers from anywhere in Australia to a state or territory phone line where they can discuss potential or actual elder abuse and get the information and referrals they need to protect themselves. “Getting assistance or advice is an important step in empowering older
units ■ health-justice partnerships ■ case management and mediation services,” the Attorney-General said. Every state and territory will have at least one trial site starting before the end of June this year. “We have all heard through media or directly, stories of vulnerable older people being subject to financial abuse, all too often by family members,” Mr Porter said.
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New ferry service FOR about the price of a good cup of coffee you can enjoy a 50-minute round-trip on the Gold Coast’s new ferry service. Gold Coast City Ferries is very much in its infancy, having launched in early February, and currently only taking passengers from Isle of Capri to Evandale Park (HOTA) and Appel Park (Tiki Village), Surfers Paradise and return. You can choose to hop on or off at any of the stops, or make a morning of it and do the complete return trip and treat yourself to lunch or morning tea at Capri on Via Roma. That’s what a group of four on our trip were doing. The ferry, touchingly named Doris after owner Francis Burgess’s grandmother, had attracted a lively namesake – Doris Bergin, who had brought along sister Coral Niethe (who she’s trying to introduce to retirement life), 97-year-old mum Mary Mogenson and her friend Joan Clarke, 91. The four were all smiles throughout the trip, enjoying a short burst of speed by skipper Wayne Summerhayes,
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followed by the slow smooth waters, which allow you to check out some of the huge houses along the canals, jet skiers and other water-users. We didn’t meet any dolphins on our trip, but Wayne and co-skipper Paul Matthews, also a former Harbour Master, said they and stingrays jumping were a regular sight. “It’s a good sign the waterways are in good condition,” Paul said. A number of his passengers, he said, had commented that they’d never been on the water before.
ALL ABOARD: Coral Niethe, mum Mary Mogenson, Doris Bergin and Joan Clarke enjoy seeing a new side of the Gold Coast aboard Doris. “People know we have beautiful waterways here on the Coast, but the average person doesn’t use them; it’s a shame,” Wayne agreed. “Every trip is different.” Having begun life 30 years ago as a water taxi in Port Macquarie, Doris is just 7.8 metres long, and has had a full overhaul for her new job, making for a safe, quiet and comfortable ride. Still she’s a far cry from the ships the Master Mariner skippers have been at the helm of in their combined experience of about 100 years on the water, including 25-metre 250,000 ton ships. As a passenger, you certainly feel like you are in good hands – even more so with the knowledge that Francis is a maritime lawyer, “so every i has been dotted and every t crossed”. Most customers so far have been older residents, keen to check out the experience, and families or grandparents
Wayne Summerhayes reckons he's got "a pretty good office" as he steers Doris along the canal. with kids, who both men agreed loved being out on the water, as well as a few backpackers and other tourists. While it has taken almost three years to get the service into operation, there are now big plans ahead, provided residents and visitors get behind it. It’s hoped to introduce another four vessels and more stops over the next 6-12 months, rolling
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Canned Heat fired up for Blues on Broadbeach Alison Houston IT IS 50 years since Canned Heat headlined at the iconic Woodstock Festival in 1969, and this May they are headlining Australia’s biggest free music festival, Blues on Broadbeach. Founding member and drummer Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra laughed as he told Seniors much of their audience was the same, “they just don’t look the same”. However, the band known as one of the greatest white Blues bands of all time for its take on electric blues, rock and boogie has also attracted a new generation. Fito estimates 20-25 per cent of fans weren’t even born when Canned Heat was at its height. “Most have been turned onto us by their parents or even their grandparents,” he said. Having played with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Who at the famous 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, and collaborated with Little Richard and John Lee Hooker, Fito said the band had never expected to become famous. What compelled them was teaching people the joy of Blues music, and he believes it is the power of the music that has kept them going for so long, despite many line-up tragedies and changes. He said they never tire of playing old tunes or new, including No.1 hits On the Road Again, Let’s Work Together and Going Up the Country. “One of the wonderful
GOING STRONG: Canned Heat is founding members Fito de la Parra and Larry Taylor, plus long-standing members John "JP" Paulus and Dale Spalding. things about Blues music is you can play whatever your heart tells you so you play it differently every time,” Fito said. Now in their 70s and with 38 albums behind them, he said Canned Heat was still “having a great time on stage”. “Playing music is the best thing we do … the music is free, what we charge for is getting there,” he laughed. Canned Heat actually played one of Australia’s
first major music festivals, the Rock Isle Mulwala Festival, on the NSW-Victoria border over Easter 1972 (just months after the more famous Sunbury). The festival was described by its other overseas star Steven Stills as “mud and complete chaos”, but despite a shaky start, Fito said he “really fell in love with Australia”. In fact, he applied unsuccessfully for
citizenship back in the 1980s, and believes the tour they did last year, which included the Byron Bay Blues Festival, is one of the best they have ever done. Last time they played Blues on Broadbeach in 2007, the festival was half its current size – last year it attracted more than 170,000 people – and Fito said he was looking forward to seeing how it had developed. Among the 2019 line-up
are Grammy Award nominee Eric Bibb, funk-soul band The Bamboos, Tami Neilson, Harts, Eric Steckel Band and The Lachy Doley Group. The free festival is held over four days – May 16-19 – with 70 acts doing 150 performances involving more than 200 hours of music across 20 different stages. To find out more, go to bluesonbroadbeach.com.
BAND NAME THE name Canned Heat comes from a 1928 recording by Tommy Johnson. It refers to a heating fuel used as a replacement for alcohol during Prohibition. While it could get you drunk, it could also kill you or leave you blind.
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Could your home be a financial lifeline in your retirement? Paul Clitheroe AUSTRALIAN retirees are sitting on an estimated $500 billion in home equity but the options for using this resource are tightening up. A number of lenders have bailed out of reverse mortgages, a product that lets over-65s borrow against the value of their home to generate extra income. With lenders like the Commonwealth Bank and Bankwest jumping ship, seniors looking for a reverse mortgage are left with a choice of just IMB, Heartland Seniors’ Finance, and P&N Bank. However, other strategies to harness home equity are available. The Pension Loans Scheme (PLS) run through the Department of Human Services, works in a similar way to reverse mortgages. Your home equity acts as security for the loan, and the amount borrowed
is repaid when you sell up or pass away. Right now, the PLS is only available to age pension recipients, and the payment received is a top-up to the maximum pension payment. That’s about to change. The government has just passed a Bill, which from July 1 this year will see the PLS become open to all retirees including self-funded retirees, with the maximum payment worth 150 per cent of the full age pension. At present the PLS comes with an interest rate of 5.25 per cent. This compares favourably to commercial reverse mortgage rates. P&N Bank’s loan for example, comes at a rate of 6.24 per cent. Lump sum payments aren’t available through the PLS, but it’s still a welcome opportunity for seniors to increase their regular income. Another option for older Australians is downsizing their home to take
advantage of the new downsizer super contribution. A couple aged 65-plus can make combined contributions of up to $600,000 using proceeds from the sale of their home. All of these choices can mean leaving a smaller estate. The MoneySmart website has a calculator that shows the possible impact on home equity of taking out a reverse mortgage. But after years of paying off and maintaining a home, it seems only fair that older Australians should be allowed to use their equity to fund a decent lifestyle rather than focusing on what they can leave for their adult children. The possibility of using home equity is also far more palatable than throwing money into a dodgy “get rich quick” scheme in a desperate bid to generate some extra cash.
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The main point is that as we age, every legitimate resource is worth looking into. After years of service providing a roof over your head, your home could be a financial lifeline in retirement.
Paul Clitheroe is chairman of InvestSMART, chairman of the Australian Government Financial Literacy Board and chief commentator for Money Magazine.
Be aware – don’t get caught out with an SMSF a professionally managed super fund is that each member of an SMSF is also a trustee. That means every member is responsible for the way the fund is run. And it turns out that not all SMSFs meet the mark. A recent speech by Dana Fleming, the Tax Office’s Assistant Commissioner of Superannuation, identified some of the traps that SMSFs get caught up in. One of the biggest
pitfalls is using an SMSF to access super savings ahead of retirement. It’s what the ATO calls ‘illegal early release’ (IER). Apparently, several hundred newly established SMSFs have been caught out for IER this financial year. The main reasons for dipping into nest eggs prematurely were found to be financial stress or a desire to spend retirement savings on presentday benefits like funding a holiday or buying a home.
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WITH Gold Coast Film Fest and the Bleach* Festival both in full swing over the coming month, there’s lots of free and ticketed once-off entertainment on offer, so go to gcfilmfestival.com and bleachfestival.com.au for full details, but we have chosen a few highlights.
GOLD Coast Film Fest is now halfway through its season, running until April 14. There’s a Seniors Morning Tea at 10.30am on Tuesday, April 9 at BCC Coolangatta (free for Cinebuzz Seniors) before screening of Romantic Road. It’s a fun documentary following a London couple’s adventure motoring across rural India in their battered 1936 Rolls-Royce. This season the Film Fest boasts three world premieres, 10 Australian and four Queensland premieres for the 107 films shown across 13 locations, including pop-up events.
WOMAN AT WAR: Part of the Gold Coast Film Fest, Woman at War tells the story of Halla, a late 40s choir leader, beloved by all in her small Icelandic town, who is also an undercover eco-warrior, battling the growing spread of corporate mining interests. It is showing on Saturday, April 13 at HOTA at 11.30am and BCC Coolangatta at 6pm. Photo: Contributed
FILM FEST HIGHLIGHTS
THE Sapphires director Wayne Blair’s new film Top End Wedding has a gala screening on Friday, April 12. You can do a half-day tour of Gold Coast movie locations on Saturday, April 13, including shoots of Aquaman, Kong, San Andreas, Pirates and Thaw. The closing night world premiere at HOTA on Sunday, April 14 is Australian war film Escape and Evasion. Directed by Storm Ashwood and filmed in Currumbin Valley, it explores the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on a lone surviving soldier. To find out what’s on go to gcfilmfestival.com.
MOVIE PORTRAIT EXHIBIT
STARSTRUCK: Australian Movie Portraits is at HOTA until Sunday, April 28. This is the only venue in Queensland for
the exhibit which includes portraits, costumes, movie posters and casting books from 100 years of Australia’s filmmaking history – many previously unseen. It features famous Australian actors and iconic films, as well as highlighting the lesser-known early years. Costumes include iconic films like Picnic at Hanging Rock, My Brilliant Career and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Phone HOTA on 07 5588 4000 or go to hota.com.au/gallery/.
ON SUNDAY, April 14 at Coolangatta’s Queen Elizabeth Park, you can dive into three surfing films that explore the conversations, challenges, community and conservation around surfing and our coastlines while relaxing under the stars. Films are Proximity –
featuring some of the most exotic locations in the world and talking to the world’s best surfers, at 6.30pm, Never Town at 7.30pm and Under an Arctic Sky’s search for perfect surf in Iceland at 8.15pm. Go to gcfilmfestival.com.
IF YOU never quite wake up early enough on the weekend to support your local farmers’ market, Currumbin Community Markets could be for you. Held every Thursday from 6–11am, the markets have fresh, seasonal produce direct from local farmers, and you don’t have to lose your weekend sleep-in or deal with weekend crowds. Created by two local Gold Coast mums, it’s on again on Thursday, April 18 directly across from the Currumbin RSL.
WHETHER you are looking for something different to do with the grandkids these school holidays or are just interested yourself, David Fleay Wildlife Park at West Burleigh is opening its doors after dark for a Twilight Experience. The Yugambeh indigenous group will take you on a journey of storytelling, song and dance. You can also hear ranger talks and explore the park after dark, including the nocturnal house, and wander the forest to see koalas feeding. Phone 07 5669 2051 or find tickets on Eventbrite. It’s from 6- 8.45pm on Thursday, April 18 or Saturdays April 13 and 20. Tickets $39 adults, $25 kids or $99 family.
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is at Currumbin RSL at 6.30pm on Tuesday, April 23. Some of Queensland’s most highly regarded songwriters have worked with women – including 160 soldiers’ wives from the Gold Coast branches of the Australian War Widows of Queensland – whose partners have served in conflict to tell their stories. They share similar themes of love, loss, existence and, most of all, resilience in a perfect lead-up to Anzac Day. Roz Pappalardo, Emma Bosworth, Kristy Apps, Jackie Marshall and Deb Suckling will be accompanied by the HOTA Choir. Tickets $21.53-$26.64 (includes booking fee). Bookings and full program, go to bleachfestival.com.au.
BY OPERA Queensland, featuring the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, this concert under the stars at HOTA is the major event of Bleach* 2019. The promo says it is an invitation to gather and look within ourselves as the music invites us to reflect and have hope. When Verdi’s friend, poet and national hero Alessandro Manzoni died, he was too grief-stricken to attend the funeral, so he composed a requiem to honour his memory. It is on at HOTA’s Outdoor Stage, with gates opening 5.30pm and general admission tickets from $40 Pensioners to $85 A Reserve. Go to hota.com.au. Full program, go to bleachfestival.com.au.
Knowing the difference between upward and downward dog Graeme Wilson GeeDubWords MY hamstring was burning, my breathing was laboured and I was fighting a desperate desire to expel wind. My belated introduction to yoga was definitely not proving the relaxing experience I’d been promised. To make it worse, I was surrounded by universally lithe yogis (definitely all smarter than this average bear!) effortlessly contorting their bodies as I simultaneously suffered in a world of pain. As I grappled with the challenge of sending my legs in opposite directions, the irritatingly calming voice of the instructor urged us all to breathe deeply through
each stretch. While those around me comfortably inhaled and exhaled with long and soothing breaths, I was huffing and puffing like a steam train negotiating a mountainous pass. And who knew such strength was required to survive a yoga class unscathed? Certainly not me. My quivering quads silently screamed a united protest each time I attempted an extended squat, and it became increasingly difficult to resist the urge to just stay prone on my mat until the session came to a merciful end. I know it’s not supposed to be about comparing yourself to others, but a furtive glance around me confirmed that this newbie had a long way to go. My more experienced classmates were all moving seamlessly
POSITIVE EXERCISE: A stretch with benefits. through imitations of cows, cobras, cats and any number of other animals, while each pose I attempted more closely resembled a clumsy baby elephant. I thought I’d made a breakthrough when the instructor requested we all take up the "Child’s
Pose", but apparently sitting with arms crossed, scowling, with your bottom lip drooped was not what was required. This yoga baptism of fire could have left me literally bent and broken, but I’m proud to report that practice does makes perfect (well, not perfect
but at least better) and my perseverance is starting to pay off. I now know the difference between a Downward Dog and a Dagwood Dog (although in honesty still derive more pleasure from the battered/sauce-drenched one), and have mastered
many of the basic poses. I’ve even done some research and have added my own personal touch to classes with the introduction of an occasional sneaky Wind Relieving Pose (seriously, it’s a thing…Google it!). But let’s keep that our little secret. Namaste!
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The challenge is to rearrange a crossword which has been broken into 25 sections. One letter has been given to get you started. Work out which 3x3 square ﬁts in with that letter and write in the letters. You can also shade the black squares if you ﬁnd it helpful. After completing the ﬁrst 3x3 area, work out which square joins on to it, and continue until you have made a complete crossword.
N D S U T H I
A L D
I V D O
U G A L
R A L Y I
S R A E R M
C C H T E
A R E D O S
U P A N O N
N D G U O U T
N T D C A C H
D E R U S I N
A R O W U E N
B S E
T V I D E N
M A C A O I N N
O B E U O S T
R A Y E O B Y
R H V E E A R
M A D A R R A I
E E C K O
N E T O S M
T M O
I N G
O U G
QUICK CROSSWORD Down 1. Strange (5) 2. Mergers (13) 3. Unbiased (9) 4. Dives (6) 5. Vehicle (3) 6. Explanation (13) 7. Appears (7) 11. Rented garden (9) 12. Conversation (colloq) (7) 14. Be quiet! (4,2) 17. Long-limbed (5) 19. Man (inf) (3)
Across 1. Tires (7) 5. Pedal (5) 8. Unsuitable (13) 9. Excavate (3) 10. Restoring (9) 12. Carry out, execute (6) 13. Lashes out (6) 15. Intelligence (9) 16. Weaken (3) 18. Daydreaming (13) 20. Windy (5) 21. Power (7)
Can you complete these four words, using the same three-letter sequence in each?
Fill the grid so every column, every row and 3x3 box contains the digits 1 to 9.
I O R L E D
O N C E U N I T
D I S A R R A Y
G E T S A G U E S A C S
L E A S E
I S L E
A C T O R
A N E M E N P P E R A M U L A B G A S E P A D V A C E M I I L T L O E L Y D C O U N T E R
8 LETTERS DISARRAY DOORSTEP PONYTAIL UPPERCUT
W A D E I C O N N E O N R U A S S I E A T O R E N I P P S C A R P O N Y A D O T E N
7 LETTERS COUNTER SAVELOY
1. In the 17th Century, European explorers named Australia what, after their home country? 2. In mythology, who supported the Earth and the heavens on his back? 3. In land area, which country is larger, Canada or China? 4. Who did Sheriff Pat Garrett kill on July 14, 1881? 5. What was the surname of the man who founded the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company in 1906? 6. Junko Tabei was the ﬁrst woman to do what: climb to the summit of Mount Everest, take a space walk or eat 17 pies in 60 seconds? 7. Does the starling hop along or walk along when on the ground? 8. Which opera was written to celebrate the opening on the Suez canal?
6 LETTERS AMUSES ASSIST SCARCE VACATE
1. New Holland, 2. Atlas, 3. Canada, 4. Billy the Kid, 5. Kellogg, 6. Climb Mount Everest, 7. Walk, 8. Aida.
5 LETTERS ACTOR CITED ENEMA ENNUI ERASE LEASE NEPAL
L A B
4 LETTERS AEON AGUE ANON CANE CODE DYED EARL EDAM EMIR GETS ICON ISLE NEON OMEN ONCE OSLO RELY RUIN SACS SARI SPAT TRIO UNIT WADE
Across: 1. Wearies 5. Cycle 8. Inappropriate 9. Dig 10. Replacing 12. Commit 13. Flails 15. Intellect 16. Ail 18. Woolgathering 20. Gusty 21. Potency. Down: 1. Weird 2. Amalgamations 3. Impartial 4. Swoops 5. Car 6. Clariﬁcation 7. Emerges 11. Allotment 12. Chinwag 14. Belt up 17. Leggy 19. Guy.
Fit the words into the grid to create a ﬁnished crossword
3 LETTERS ACE ADO AGE AMP DUO EAT GAP ILL INN IRE LAB LEG NIP OLD ORE PAD PAL PRY RUB SAG SIC TEN WIN
Good 18 Very Good 22 Excellent 26+
TODAY no plurals ending in s.
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D E R U S I N G A L D O B E U O S T B O S U E G R H V E E A R
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N I M A D V I A R R A I D O R A T V L Y I D E I N N D I S R G U A O U T E R M C E C H E C K T E O N E A R E T D O S M O S
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, e.g. he burns with anger.
M A C A R O O W A I N N U E N D E N U I D S T H I N G A T U P A N Y M O O N R A Y U E O G B Y A L E T R I O N C T D C A C H E
WORD GO ROUND
WORD GO ROUND
Solve the anagrams. Each solution is a one-word anagram of the letters beside it, and the ﬁve solutions are sequential. For example, if the ﬁve-letter solution starts with J, the six-letter solution starts with K, and so on.
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Seniors News Gold Coast is a monthly newspaper written for the over 60s living and loving life on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.
Published on Apr 5, 2019
Seniors News Gold Coast is a monthly newspaper written for the over 60s living and loving life on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.