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WELCOME to our June edition. This month we spoke to the much-loved Maggie Beer whose attitude to life exudes all the qualities I see as belonging to our demographic, that is diverse, down-to-earth and informative, and she exudes them in bucket-loads.

In this story we focus on her mission to improve nursing home diets. This effort has far-reaching effects, we all feel better to know our closest family are getting the most nutritious food possible. Maggie also supports the work of Gold Coast dietician Cheri ... and you can read about her efforts on page 5. In this edition we present our first Live and Let’s Save feature. If you agree with the old saying a “Penny saved is a dollar earned” then I think you will find plenty of

penny savers in this list practical tips and hints, including the rewards that are often hidden behind our everyday transactions. Other new features include our online page, where we share practical technical advice and let you know what’s happening on our website (page 15). On the natural side of life, close encounters with Australian wildlife are among the greatest thrills on the Gold Coast, at places like David Fleay’s wildlife park and Currumbin Sanctuary. This time of the year

until October, whale-watching is also in full swing off the Queensland coast. And there’s no better place to take a whale-watching boat trip than on the Gold Coast. And we’d like to hear from you, residents aged 55 and over, about the topics, events and issues you’d like our writers to cover in our monthly publication. ■ Seniors reporter Yvonne Gardiner can be contacted on 0411 622 720 or email yvonne.gardiner

Peter Beattie named as Games chief FORMER Premier of Queensland Peter Beattie now heads the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Board as chairman. Mr Beattie, who served as Premier from 1998 to 2007, was joined on the GOLDOC Board in mid-May

by former editor-in-chief of Gold Coast Publications, Bob Gordon. The former premier also served as Queensland’s Trade Commissioner to North and South America based in Los Angeles from 2008 to 2010.His latest appointment to another plum job has raised

accusations of the Labor Party handing out “jobs for the boys”. “Whether you love me, or hate me, I absolutely love this state ... and I look forward to delivering the best Games ever,” Mr Beattie told reporters on the Gold Coast after the announcement was made.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said both appointments would ensure the 2018 Commonwealth Games would maximise value for the Gold Coast and Queensland. To be held from April 4-15, 2018, the Games will attract 6600 athletes.


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80-year-old set to run his final leg

I didn’t start running seriously until I was 57. he said. “The full marathon will be between six and seven thousand. “It’s a great day – that’s why I enjoy it so much.” Reg has had a good “run” in the sport he loves. “I kept a little diary of my training,” he said. “I have done more then 42,000km in the last 20 years. I’m quite happy to have run for 22 years.” The 38th annual Gold Coast Airport Marathon will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3. Its course runs next to the Gold Coast’s surf beaches and broadwater and has a reputation as one of the flattest and fastest courses in the world. The event received an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Road Race Gold Label n 2014. There’s a race tailor-made for everyone, with events including the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Wheelchair Marathon, ASICS Half Marathon, Wheelchair 15km, Southern Cross University 10km Run, Suncorp Bank 5.7km Challenge and Zespri Junior Dash (4km and 2km).

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EIGHTY-year-old Reg Hogan, of Broadbeach, will put his considerable running experience to good use in next month’s Gold Coast Airport Marathon. He has been competing at this event since the 1990s, and will be using his course knowledge to help runners in the ASICS Half Marathon to reach a goal time as one of Pat Carroll’s “Online and Onland Pacers”. Pat Carroll is a four-time winner of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon and an event ambassador. His runners do their best to maintain an even pace throughout each race. This will be Reg’s last marathon run – he’s soon to have a knee replacement and his doctor is encouraging him to stick to cycling in the future. “I didn’t start running seriously until I was 57,” Reg said. “I’d always kept active and fit, played a few sports. I was a teacher and used to ride my bike to school. “When I did complete a marathon (42.2km), I thought I could do another one. “A couple of times I won my age category in the half-marathon and 10km races.” Reg will be one of an estimated 10,000 runners in the Gold Coast half marathon. “We all start together,”

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Maggie’s vision for aged care

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MAGGIE Beer has a recipe for keeping folk in aged care happy and contented – flavoursome, nutritious meals, served in pleasant surroundings. And Australia’s favourite chef is doing more than just talking about providing food with that touch of home cooking. She started her Maggie Beer Foundation – A Good Food Life for All – in May 2014 and it is now providing benchmark best practice in many of Australia’s aged care homes, transforming the way we look after our elderly and giving them a better quality of life. The 71-year-old entrepreneur will be in Brisbane next month to conduct cooking demonstrations at the Regional Flavours Festival on July 16-17 at South Bank and in an exclusive interview from her home in the Barossa Valley she told Seniors, “I will take

the chance to talk up the Foundation while I’m there”. Maggie’s first became interested in 2010 when she was named Senior Australian of the Year and asked to speak in Tasmania at a conference of aged care leaders.

I’ve had good food all my life and to me the greatest gift everyone should have is the gift of a life of good food. “I did my research into a lot of facilities and, while I saw some wonderful things, I also saw some terrible things at places where the quality of food didn’t count,” she said. “Everyone has the right to a good meal every day. “I’ve had good food all

my life and to me the greatest gift everyone should have is the gift of a life of good food. “It’s not just sustenance, it’s pleasure.” She described how she approached the then Federal Government with the idea that they find the best aged care exponents across Australia and see what they were doing to de-institutionalise food. “There was a lot of interest but no money. I knew I had to do something so I started the Foundation. “So far we’ve managed to get a TAFE course with eight different components of specific instruction in aged care and two masterclasses each giving grants for 30 cooks and chefs in aged care facilities. “We bring in the experts and the chefs then go back to their homes where they are looking after 50-300 people and so it becomes a movement.”



A happy meal is shared with family and friends MAGGIE Beer’s vision of the ideal aged care facility, large or small, country or city, is one that not only feels like home but needs to be the home of the person who is in it. “I see it as bringing people around the table

enjoying a lovely outlook, conversation and a really good meal,” she said. “Pleasure, nutrition, conversation, all the things that should be there.” She is also a proponent of kitchen gardens. “It’s important to have

food for the kitchen as well as activities like gardening for residents to allow them to do the things they are used to doing.” Food author, television chef, restaurateur, and food manufacturer Maggie said she has to

compartmentalise her business life to have the Foundation “make the biggest impact in the shortest possible time”. “When I was young I was never told I couldn’t do something,” she said. “I was never given any constraints and so I never

accepted any. “I still believe that because the one thing I’ve always had going for me is that I’m a lateral thinker. “I always see a way to do something better. “I am, however, very aware that the people who work so hard in the very

complex area of aged care should not to be diminished in any way. “There are very few organisations who don’t want to do better and if we can give them the tools and share work information and ideas then that’s wonderful.”

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DIETITIANS, chefs and nutrition experts throughout the country are working together to ensure that fresher, healthier meals are served up to aged care residents. Gold Coast studies have found that more than half of aged care residents are malnourished – a figure borne out at a national level. Two years ago, when The Lantern Project was launched, that figure was up to 80%. Project founder and dietitian Cherie Hugo, as part of her PhD studies at Bond University, set out to improve the food served up to residents in aged care. After 15 years of working with the elderly, she had a desire to see food become a part of the day elderly residents looked forward to. “If someone is

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If anyone has tried to change account details for their telephone, electricity, Foxtel or any other common service provider on behalf of a friend or relative, you will have experienced the icy response of “I’m sorry we cannot discuss that account with you because of privacy laws”.

CURRUMBIN RSL Memorial Club is on the hunt for memorabilia to be displayed in a “pop-up” museum commemorating the 50-year anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan in August. A grant from the Commonwealth Government’s Saluting Their Service Commemorations Program (Vietnam War) will help create the display. The club’s marketing and communications manager Laura Prout said Vietnam Veteran Sub Branch Board members would assist. “We are now putting a call out for anyone who can lend any memorabilia – uniforms, weapons, artefacts – for inclusion in the museum,” Laura said. “The pop up museum will also have a photographic exhibition of photos taken by Vietnam veteran Richard McLaren, who uses photography as a form of therapy to cope with PTSD.

We have all had this situation occur, even when it is an electricity account that you have had as a couple for more than 20 years. We had a recent example where a couple had lived at the same address for 30 years with the same electricity provider and when the husband had a stroke and went into care, the electricity company refused to deal with his wife of 30 years purely because the electricity account had been taken out in his name prior to them being married. You can imagine the ongoing problems that family members face when their parent, spouse or child is unable to conduct their own affairs due to loss of capacity caused by illness or injury. It is a very frustrating experience and usually in the middle of the stress and anxiety of having to deal with the sudden onset of illness or injury to your family member. Whilst it is also wise to have your Will in place to cover the ultimate contingency of death, in these times of modern medicine and accessible medical treatment, it is more likely that, statistically, you will survive a significant illness or injury but the downside of this is that you could be left with a lack of full mental capacity (or loss of speech and/or use of your limbs etc.). It is therefore probably more appropriate to hold an Enduring Power of Attorney so that your appointed attorneys can manage your financial and health affairs in the event that you are unable to attend to these matters yourself. What is an Enduring Power of Attorney? Many people confuse a Power of Attorney with being an executor in a Will. A Power of Attorney is a document that appoints someone or more than one person to basically sign any documents and attend to any financial or legal matters on your behalf as if they were you. Although you can impose any restrictions and/or conditions in relation to the Power of Attorney, the most common form of Enduring Power of Attorney that people sign is basically an unlimited attorney which has immediate effect. This means that as soon as you sign an Enduring Power of Attorney in favour of someone, they could basically walk straight down to the bank and withdraw all of your funds from your accounts! Some Powers of Attorney do not come into effect until such time as the person making the Power of Attorney has lost mental capacity (to be certified by a medical practitioner). This can cause problems due to disputes concerning whether the person has in fact lost mental capacity to satisfy the precondition of the Enduring Power of Attorney coming into effect. Most people who suffer from Alzheimers or dementia do not realise that they are losing their capacity and can be very stubborn in relation to agreeing that someone else should attend to the handling of their financial affairs and/or their medical treatment and living conditions (e.g. putting someone into a nursing home or a care facility). Many people think that it is an easy exercise to download the appropriate Government form from the website, fill it out and attend upon a Justice of the Peace in a shopping centre in order to sign the document. This is a dangerous exercise and is similar to filling out a do it yourself Will kit. Many people do not realise the true power of an Enduring Power of Attorney and the dangers that can flow from appointing one person to be immediately in charge of all of their financial affairs. Unfortunately we have many cases of sole attorneys being appointed who are trusted family members and who subsequently abuse that trust and use the funds for their own purposes. Anyone considering completing an Enduring Power of Attorney should carefully consider who they are going to appoint as their attorneys and take the following into consideration:Be careful about who you appoint as your attorneys. It is unwise to appoint one person to be the sole person in charge of your affairs. It is better to appoint joint attorneys and ensure that they must operate together. Try not to appoint two people who might collude or work together to defraud your assets. Try to make sure that you have two independent people who can keep an eye on each other;


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Make sure that you carefully consider the terms and conditions of the Enduring Power of Attorney. For example, you may wish to ensure that it does not come into operation until after you have lost capacity.You should also make sure that you make provision for any special circumstances that exist (e.g. making provision for certain family members and/or gifts to children etc.);


You should carefully consider the dynamics of your family and the attorneys that you are appointing. It is no use appointing a brother and sister as joint attorneys if they do not get on with each other and will argue over decision making issues. By the same token, try not to leave out relatives from your appointed attorneys. If you have 3 children it is wise to appoint the 3 of them jointly or at least a majority of 2 out of the 3 in order to keep the peace amongst your family members. If there are irreconcilable differences amongst your preferred family members, you should consider appointing independent professionals as your attorneys;


Appoint someone who has the time and is smart enough to handle your affairs. It’s no use appointing who is unfamiliar with business matters as an attorney or someone who is not very good with paperwork and dealing with authorities and companies. The role as an attorney can be very time consuming and demanding – make sure your chosen attorneys are up to the job at hand;


Many people who do not have relatives they can trust appoint their lawyers and/or their accountants to handle their affairs in the event that they lose capacity. There will be legal and accounting fees associated with this exercise but sometimes this is preferable than having someone misappropriating your funds or not looking after your affairs properly. At least professionals have compulsory indemnity insurance, fidelity cover for their trust account, and are regularly audited by authorities.

REMEMBER THEM: Vietnam veterans (from left) Gordon Armstrong, Ron Workman and Roger Collins help set up a pop up museum to commemorate the Battle of Long Tan. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

These are just some of the issues that you need to take into account when you are thinking of making a valid and appropriate Enduring Power of Attorney. You should seek proper legal advice in relation to the terms and conditions of the Enduring Power of Attorney and carefully take into account your overall family situation and your assets.You should also be careful to take into account any companies, trusts or business entities that you control as any loss of capacity will also affect your ability to continue with these entities.

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Please note that in Queensland an Enduring Power of Attorney has the financial and health matters contained in the one document. In New South Wales, there are different laws applicable and there are separate documents for financial and property matters (Enduring Power of Attorney) and an Enduring Guardian for health and lifestyle issues. It is advisable to ensure that you are covered in relation to these issues, no matter what your age or circumstances are. Your circumstances can change literally in a heartbeat and the consequences of not having an Enduring Power of Attorney in place are that your family members could be put to the cost and stress of applying to QCAT or NCAT for Orders that they be appointed as the attorney and/or financial manager of the person who has lost mental capacity. These applications take precious time and are not always granted in favour of the person applying for the Orders. Once again, you do not want to be in a position of having to make formal applications to a Tribunal in circumstances where your beloved family member is in urgent need of assistance.



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“Palm Beach Currumbin High School Arts Excellence students are creating some pieces focussing on the anniversary which will also be on display. “There will be a short documentary with Vietnam veterans which includes interviews with club president Ron Workman, Keith Payne VC, Normie Rowe, among others. “There will also be interviews with the wives and partners of Vietnam veterans and the effects PTSD has had on them. These interviews have been undertaken by Kym Melzer as part of her ‘Ripple Effect’ series.” The pop up will run from August 15-19, which takes in Vietnam Veterans Day on August 18. If anyone would like to donate or loan items for display, contact Kristy Oswald from Currumbin RSL on 5534 0927 or at execsec@currumbinrsl.

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HUNDREDS of possums have wildlife carer Robyn Cox to thank for their survival. In the 12 years Robyn has volunteered with Wildcare Australia on the Gold Coast, she has rescued and cared for about 700 possums. It’s not a job for the faint-hearted, she stresses, with three-hourly feeds the norm for up to eight weeks when caring for the cute young possums.

“It is a huge commitment,” Robyn said. “I go out anytime, all over the Gold Coast, and do a rescue.” The group is always looking for volunteers, not only to care for animals, but also a whole range of other tasks. For all wildlife emergencies on the Gold Coast, phone Wildcare on (07) 5527 2444. This service operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


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THE Federal Government’s Objective of the Superannuation System paper calls for comment. The Association of Independent Retirees (AIR) said the system needs to embrace certainty and support the maintenance and protection of income producing assets needed over the many years in retirement to produce a self-sustaining and equitable retirement income. “AIR fully supports the government in seeking a broad political and community agreement to enshrine in legislation the Objective of Superannuation,” AIR Queensland Division president Bernie Treston said. “It is critical that this objective reflects the position for those who now, and in the future, will self-fund their retirement and that it clearly reflects the need for improved and increased self-sufficiency in retirement. “AIR members are

seeking a reassurance that the impact on those who will be most affected by any change to the operation of the superannuation system (i.e. those who now self-fund their retirement or have planned to do so on the basis of current understandings) are specifically considered in the determination of this important objective.” AIR proposes the adoption of the following definition: “To enable Australians to have a sustainable and self-managed income stream in retirement that will adequately support a comfortable and active retirement lifestyle”. Bernie emphasises that key considerations in framing the objective should be self-sufficiency and the need for self-managing assets and investment strategies to generate the retirement income stream. This may be done via self-managed superannuation or by using an industry or retail

superannuation fund but with no government involvement in specifying the detailed management of an individual’s assets and investments. Government does, however, need to strongly manage on behalf of consumers the activities, risks and fees charged by industry or retail superannuation funds. A strong set of rules needs to be developed to underpin the objective and operation of the superannuation system. For further information, phone Bernie Treston on 0424 615 083. ■ The Association of Independent Retirees (AIR) Ltd is a memberdriven national, not-forprofit, non-political organisation which works to advance and protect the interests and independent lifestyle of Australians in retirement. AIR seeks to secure recognition and equity for Australians who, through careful management, fully or partly self-fund their own retirement needs.

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SENIORS Minister Coralee O’Rourke said the campaign ‘There’s no excuse for elder abuse’ was launched to create awareness around this unacceptable behaviour and ways it could be addressed. “Sadly, older people can be vulnerable to abuse, with more than 1350 new elder abuse notifications in Queensland in 2015 – up from around 1280 in the previous year,” Mrs O’Rourke said. “That is why we have stepped up the fight against elder abuse and are encouraging family members, friends, neighbours and

Sadly, older people can be vulnerable to abuse, with more than 1350 new elder abuse notifications. members of the community to come forward. “Research shows many cases have been committed by a family member, with the most common offences being physical or emotional intimidation, financial abuse such as bank skimming, and transfer

of assets. “This campaign makes it absolutely clear there is never an excuse for elder abuse by highlighting the types of excuses perpetrators commonly use and what actions the community can take to prevent it. “Throughout June, this important campaign will be promoted in shopping centres, licensed venues and medical centres, on buses, and via digital.” People who are concerned that an elderly person is being abused can call the Elder Abuse helpline on 1300 651 192 or visit noexcuseforelderabuse.


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THE extent of the diversity of Australia’s population is such that it is difficult to quantify how many older Australians may face barriers in accessing aged care services and who may require additional, different or tailored approaches in order to access the services they need. However, the available information shows that: ■ One in 10 Australians over 65 years lives with cognitive impairment or dementia ■ Over half of older Australians experience some sort of disability ■ More than one in 10 Australians have diverse sexual

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Be creative and do the upcycle BE THRIFTY AND THRIVE NICKY NORMAN

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UPCYCLING is a fun and innovative way to reuse materials and reduce your carbon footprint. The beauty of upcycling is saving - saving dollars, saving waste and ultimately saving the planet. We all talk about making the world a better place - well here is one way we can make a personal contribution. Take your time, plan the project and perhaps you can join up with neighbours, friends or family to complete the job. Upcycling can work well as a group project as the old saying goes: “The more the merrier.” Through clever repurposing or giving an unused or possibly discarded item a second life and new function, we are helping to save the world’s resources and keeping down the landfill. ■ UPCYCLING is the opposite of downcycling, which is the other half of the recycling process. ■ DOWNCYLING involves converting materials and products into new materials of lesser quality, upcycling adds quality. ■ LOOK around your home or garage for some inspiration, starting small to begin with. A common household item such as a glass jar is perfect.

■ BE sure to save your empty food jars for future projects. Give you jar a good clean and get your supplies ready. ■ GET creative and think of how your item could be improved and more practical. There are many ideas to give your glass jar a new lease on life. ■ PAINT or decorate your jar with a ribbon and add some fresh flowers for a vase. ■ ADD a tea light candle in the base for a simple lantern effect. ■ MELT some soy wax and add a wick and a little essential oil for a scented candle. ■ MAKE some jams or chutney and give to family or friends (keep for some special festive occasions.) ■ KEEP leftover coffee grinds until you have enough for a homemade skin exfoliate. ■ ADD an old soap dispenser pump to a lid by screwing a hole in it and securing with adhesive glue, creating your own soap or moisturiser dispenser. ■ MOST items to get your project started should be on hand. Take a look around and find your unused paint, ribbon, string, glue. For larger projects you may require: a hammer, nails, drill, and old timber. Some items like an old timber crate or pallet can be transformed into a coffee table, bench sit or vertical garden. ■ BE inspired, repurpose and reuse. Happy Upcycling!

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HOME brewing can save money. A good quality wine can cost as little as $4 a 750ml bottle and beer can be as low as $1 for 750ml bottle after set-up costs. Beer is not the only drink you can brew at home. You can make your own wine, sparkling wine, beer, ginger beer (alcoholic and non- alcoholic), cider, stout, cordials, spirits are a bit more involved, but the list goes on. ■ CHECK out your local brew shop or online. Not all stores carry all products but you can pick

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CHEAP EATS, NO TRUFFLES CHRISTINE PERKIN their brains. Home brew shops or supermarkets carry kits/ingredients and brewing supplies. ■ SOURCE bottles. Buy new bottles at home brew shops or ask your friends and family to save them for you. ■ GLASS is best for wine or stubbies for beer

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Hello readers, There seems to be one thing that all happy people share – it’s a glass-half-full attitude. Gratitude and appreciation for what you have has proved to be an important ingredient in longevity. In this new feature page the tips, hints and ideas

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and stout. You can use empty PET bottles from soda water or mineral water or coke, nothing that leaves a strong residue in the bottles for wine and bubbly drinks such as ginger beer or cider. These bottles can also be reused in your next batch. ■ CLEANING the bottles is very important. Brew cleaner is available at home brew shops/online, etc, and dry the bottle if not used straight away as they can go mouldy. ■ KITS are the easiest way to make home brew

for your first time so you have all the ingredients together to start with. You will also need a hydrometer, about $15, to check the alcohol levels. ■ ONCE you have your bottles, decide what type of home brew you want and equipment you need to use. It all depends how much you want to invest. ■ Good quality water from the tap is ok (if it tastes ok) or you can use filtered water. ■ Join a home brew club in your area for tips and support. Happy brewing!

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100-year-old model HARVEY Nichols is throwing out the new and celebrating the old. Breaking with the traditional youth-obsessed fashion industry conventions, the British department store is featuring a 100-year-old model in an ad to align with Vogue’s century anniversary magazine. The model is Bo Gilbert, who was born in 1916 and the ad will run in the June edition of Vogue. This is the first time Vogue has run an ad featuring a model of this age and that’s one of the reasons Harvey Nichols said that the ad aims to highlight and challenge

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IN THE corner of an old-fashioned antique store, aptly named Old Codger’s Antiques sits a man with more tales to tell than the iconic ornaments lining the shelves.


Retiring after 65 increases life MANY are pushing back retirement, choosing to continue with work and save more, become more active and engage with the world around them – before taking the leap. technology. The truth is it’s not easy, everyone has different capabilities when it comes to technology and it might take 10 explanations or it could be constant reminders of the same process. Facebook is something lots of people struggle

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The jar: it’s my nemesis SNAPSHOTS OF LIFE ANN RICKARD

ONE of our lovely Seniors Newspaper readers emailed me suggesting I write a column about the conspiracy to kill off us seniors by slow starvation. While most of us enjoy a conspiracy theory, this one might be a bit much. And while I can’t really believe our manufacturers and producers are out to kill us oldies, it’s worth giving the theory an airing. It is death by the inability to open a bottle top, unscrew a lid or operate a can opener. This one has crept up on me over the years. Where once I had no trouble with my big hands and strong wrists to wrench the top off a jar of pickled onions and dive in,

now I need to cry for help to achieve this small task. Any jar now poses an insurmountable problem for me. From the raspberry jam jar to the chutney jar to the humble peanut butter jar, I am defeated by them all. “Buy one of those super gadgets especially made for silly old people who can’t open jars,” I can hear you say. I already have one. In a fancy red colour. It looks like an old-fashioned bottle opener but it is all modern moulded plastic stuff. You put it on top of the jar lid, press down until you hear a pop noise and then the lid should come off easily. Not so. At least not for me. Whenever I am confronted with a jar lid, I do give it a go first, and then raise my head to the heavens and shout: “Why is everything so difficult?” Fortunately I live with someone who has bigger

hands, stronger wrists and more patience than me. But for those who live alone it is a question of going into the neighbours with your jar of gherkins or going without. It is the same with can openers. Thankfully most cans now come with a ring pull and even I with my weak old hands can manage that, but the ring-pull-less can that requires a can opener, forget it. My feeble and almost arthritic hands can no longer turn a can opener. Cans and jars and lids are now my enemy. But here’s the puzzling thing... no matter how difficult I find a jar, lid or can to open, I have never once been unable to get the cap off a wine bottle. They come off with just a delicate twist. A champagne cork poses no problem either. I can’t explain this phenomenon, but I don’t question it.

HELLO readers, to enable us to respond to your request for publication of more Community Notices, we ask that you keep your notices short and to the point (100 word maximum). Club Notices deadline for the next issue is July 1. Enquires to Robyn, Nicky or Chris via email communitynotes@ seniorsnewspaper.


We are on again June 12 at South Tweed Sports Club starting at noon. It’s always a great afternoon of entertainment with a variety of artists and enjoyed by dancers as well. If you wish to have a sing, just bring 3 chorded copies along for “Sandfire” to back you on the day. Remember entry is free, for more information please give Gail a call on 0419 282 471.


At their recent Showcase, U3A Gold Coast members and guests were entertained by various classes, including the tap dancing class. Dressed in sparkling finery, the Tap Class performed routines which demonstrated both beginners and intermediate steps. The

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Many family historians can trace their ancestry to a Scottish heritage but Scotland is more than pipe bands, haggis and family tartans. To explore more of our Scottish heritage, the Queensland Family History Society is presenting three eminent speakers at our next seminar, researching your Scottish ancestors on Saturday, July 2. The first presentation by Rosemary


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Auditions for ‘Songs for a New World’ will be held at the Javeenbah Theatre Rehersal room Cnr Stevens and Ferry Sts, Nerang on Sunday, June 19 at 9.30am-noon. Music & Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, Directed by Trevor Love with Musical Director Rachel Love. Rachel will also be in the cast. Individual Auditions 9.30am-noon. Bring a song of your choice to show range. Bring your own CD or USB. Call

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The Quilting group which is incorporated into The Embroiderers’ Guild of Queensland (Southport Branch) is holding a show of quilts both for display and for sale. This event is happening on Friday and Saturday, August 5-6 from 10am-4pm in the Dr John

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Never Alone Friendship members were made very welcome when they visited the Gold Coast & Hinterland Historical Society recently. After walking around the gardens and taking in the variety of items from the history of the Gold Coast, they were treated to a wonderful morning tea and a talk on the history of the site and items of historical significance. They all enjoyed the trip down “Nostalgia Lane” and could relate to many of the exhibits. The Never Alone Friendship Centre is located in the Masonic Hall, First Ave, Burleigh Heads. Open each Wednesday 9am-noon. Phone 5562 2993.

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Keys to happy retirement INSPIRING AND RETIRING EVA BENNETT EVEN when financially prepared for retirement, many people are unprepared for the psychological and social changes that occur. Here are some tips for retaining a sense of purpose and pleasure in life after work, especially as we are living 20-30 years longer than people did 100 years ago. They say 70 is the new 50. I like that! 1. Make a bucket list: This helps to give you a sense of purpose and a reason to get up every morning. It is never too late to start a bucket list but, the earlier you start one, the better. Studies have shown that less than 40% of people retire when they planned to. I have found, time and time again, that the

people who had a bucket list of a variety of interests while they were still working transitioned into retirement more smoothly than those who didn’t have one. 2. Use your money wisely: When you know what you want in this new stage of your life, your financial planning will be more effective, especially as we are living longer. One thing I have learnt, both through other people’s stories and my own experiences, is that as we get older, using our money for experiences rather than material things becomes more meaningful and adds to our quality of life. Ask yourself – do you want to be rich or live a rich life? What is more important – health or wealth? 3. Keep your mind fit: Just because we stop working, doesn’t mean we need to stop learning. We don’t “lose our marbles” because we are getting older, especially if we keep using our brain.

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Gold Coast & Hinterland Historical Museum, 8 Elliott St, Surfers Paradise, just off Bundall Rd near the Ashmore Road roundabout. You can relax in the beautiful grounds and then soak up the history of the Gold Coast and the surrounding Hinterland contained within the different buildings. There is the heritage listed studio with new display text and stories about Vincent Sheldon, a well-known artist in his day; Dolan’s Barn packed with farm equipment and tools; a replica of the cottage where the first white baby was born on the Gold Coast; an Aboriginal display, ambulance memorabilia and a new collection of photographs featuring mineral sands exploration, early hotels, early fishermen, Surfers during cyclones and much more. Plans under way for a special function to be held at the Museum on Sunday July 17. The Museum is open from 10am-3pm every Sunday and the cost is just $5. Children under 10 are free. Phone Colleen 5529 1962 or visit Facebook.


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Southport Day View Club members had a great time at the 29th birthday celebration.

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happy occasion with colourful outfits and table decorations. National VIEW Councillor QC Annette Thiedeke presented 10 and 20 years’ membership badges to club members. The Burleigh/ Palm Beach VIEW Club meets on the third Tuesday of the month at Treetops Tavern. Info phone Ros on 5520 5821. A great time was had by all who attended the 29th birthday luncheon of the Southport Day VIEW Club held recently at the Southport Yacht Club. The theme was ‘Masquerade’ and members joined in

the celebrations by wearing masks. Ladies also enjoyed a fashion parade by In Style, Q Centre at Mermaid Waters.


The club meets on the third Wednesday of each month for a delicious luncheon at the picturesque Southport Yacht Club, Macarthur Parade, Main Beach overlooking the Broadwater. Time: 11.30am-noon. Each month there is an interesting guest speaker or entertainer. The first

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Friday of each month is Social Day when various ‘get togethers’ are organised. New members and visitors are most welcome. For an opportunity to meet new friends and join in our social activities and really enjoyable outings, please phone Robin on 5537 4593.


Our ladies meet on the first Wednesday of each month 9.30am for a 10am start for morning tea at the Robina Bowls Club, Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina. We have

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Gold Coast were so inundated with requests for membership which could not be accepted since both clubs boasted full membership, that a new Probus Club has been formed to cater to the ever-increasing need. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hope Island, conducted its Charter Meeting on Tuesday, April 26, and boasts 52 (fully financial) foundation members. Given that the requirement for starting up a new Probus Club is a membership of 20, this is a true indication of the need for such projects in the area. President (and founder) of this new club, Lorraine Moyes extends an invitation on behalf of all 52 foundation members and the new committee of 9 to come along and check us out. We meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month, at the Hope Island Tavern, for morning tea. All inquiries Lorraine at 5514 2196 or 0414 878 062.


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Our members have had a busy month. Firstly a Picnic at Santa Barbara late April, enjoyed by all in attendance. President Brian inducting Annette Hillman, at the May meeting. Shirley Hanlon had a morning tea with her sewing ladies with Margaret Alsopp on hand to receive the many offerings. From the feedback, The combined trip to the Stanthorpe region recently, was a overwhelming success story. The Wednesday morning Majong group continues to flourish, including the interest in the theatre. The final outing for the month, was a huge success with a Cruise on the Tweed River, We were indulged with magnificent weather, just magical, plus wonderful company, and views to die for, arriving at the Tumbulgum village for a brief period. A hearty luncheon was served on

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Meets on the third Wednesday of the month at Burleigh Heads SLSC. Morning tea is enjoyed at 10am for a 10.30am meeting, followed by an interesting speaker. On the fourth Wednesday bus trips are made to many and varied destinations. Visitors are welcome and an enjoyable morning is assured, lunch can also be ordered and enjoyed. For more information, phone Glenda on 5576 0303 or Peg on 5576 3715.


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We are a new young club looking for active retirees who may be looking to meet new friends. Lunches, themed dinner nights, outings, also interesting guest speakers each month. Meetings held on the First Tuesday of each month at 9.30am for 10am. Burleigh Heads Surf Club (Mowbray Park) Burleigh Heads. Phone Lesley on 5520 2070 or Marlene on 0424 590 470.

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exhibitions. In 2004 ‘The Doyles’ as it is now colloquially known was established to focus on the Legacy that this magnificent artist left. With the original prizemoney of $3000 to present day of $18,000, ‘The Doyles’ is now a highly recognised art exhibition. It has opened the door for many artists to display their talents and has seen local artists being taken up to display their art with commercial art outlets. Three of the exhibitors from last year’s festival were taken up by private galleries to display their talents on a commercial

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Meet every second Tuesday of the month at Kurrawa Surf Club, Broadbeach, 9.30am. Visitors and prospective members are most welcome. Phone Patricia on 5575 5284 or Christa

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Is for active people who have retired from work, not life. It is non-political, non-sectarian, non-fundraising and provides regular

opportunities to progress healthy minds and wider interests while enjoying the fellowship of new friends. Meetings are at the Robina Community Centre, San Antonio Crt at 9.30am on the third Wednesday of each month. Phone Kathy on 0414 714 103.

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IT’S AWARDS time once again, we have great pleasure in presenting the D’arcy Doyle 2016 Art Awards. This year’s awards are shaping up to be better than ever, the prize money has been increased to make it even more attractive to our participating artists. Local and Interstate entries are being received indicating that the popularity of ‘The Doyles’ is forever increasing. D’arcy William Doyle had lived in Mudgeeraba for almost 30 years until his death in 2001. Starting out as a sign writer he developed great

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Buy ing Now Mike Cornish and Bryan Hunsberger will be in the Gold Coast area from this Tuesday, June 21 for 5 days only and are wanting to buy your unwanted items as pictured and listed below. Please visit us at one of the venues shown at the bottom of the page for an on the spot appraisal. Fully licensed Antique, Numismatic and Precious Metal Buyers with over 30 years of industry experience. These events are often compared to the ‘Antiques Road Show’ on TV. Don’t miss this opportunity! Gold is at a high price right now, so the timing is in your favour to sell those bits of jewellery that are no longer in use. Also, many collectors are seeking banknotes and coins for their collections and you may have one that’s worth a surprising amount! Vintage watches and military medals are also in high demand at the moment.

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Are you no longer collecting? Do they sit in a drawer or cupboard? Are the family not interested? Are you worried about security? Are you downsizing or moving? Would the money be of more use to you? Tuesday 21 June BROADBEACH 8:30am – 12:30pm Broadbeach Senior Citizens Club 23 T E Peters Drive

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Time to experience beauty of whales TOURISTS hoping to see whales at the start of the “watching” season will surely be in for a treat. The first whales to make their way up the east coast of Australia were spotted towards the end of May off the Gold Coast. Mother whales and their calves were the first to make an appearance. One whale-watcher described the experience as “wonderful”. “Our entire family enjoyed the great hospitality from the crew,” the passenger said. “The whales are lovely giants and we are glad to have such up-close encounters with them.” Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching boasts a 99% success rate finding whales on its voyages in the past 20 years. It’s also the only company to have sighted famous white whale Migaloo for three consecutive years (2003-2005). “Our friendly and professional staff are

AMAZING CREATURES: Whales thrill spectators as they frolic off the Gold Coast. PHOTO: SPIRIT OF GOLD COAST WHALE WATCH

dedicated and passionate about the gentle giants,” a spokeswoman said. “They are here to guarantee you the journey of a lifetime.” One passenger described the whale-watching day as “fantastic”. “To be able to see the

majestic whales so close performing tricks, coming up to the boat and breaching over and over was a sight we will never forget, truly amazing,” the passenger said. Whale watching boats and their crews are on the lookout for the majestic creatures along the

Queensland and NSW coastline from June to October. In just the last week of May, whale-spotting website Wild About Whales reported 168 sightings off the NSW coast... and those whales were heading to Queensland.

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Retired or not, find a fresh, new lease on life After spending most of her adult life moving around Central Queensland for her late husband’s career, Pam Hill, 69, decided a Lendlease retirement village would be her final move. The decision to move closer to her children and grandchildren was made and Pam promised herself she would always remain active and connected to her community. “When I moved here I didn’t know anybody other than my family. I was immediately made to feel welcome into the village, but at the same time I felt it was equally important that I made an effort to be included too,” Pam said. Pam thoroughly enjoys being part of the village life and lives for her morning ‘water ballet’ and her community. “I really enjoy being part of something bigger, like a tribe where we’re all connected in some way, whether it be an activity in the lovely community centre, quiet cup of tea or heading out to the theatre together,” she said. For more information about Lendlease Retirement Living please phone 1800 550 550.

Happy Lendlease resident Pam Hill. PHOTO: FILE

TIPS AND HINTS When is the best time to make the move? Just because you want to enjoy a retirement village lifestyle doesn’t have to mean you don’t work. In fact more and more people are moving to our villages while still working in some capacity. For them, the lifestyle on offer in our villages is too good to wait around for. Naturally, retirement is a good time to consider a change of lifestyle. It usually means you have more time and freedom. A fresh new change could be just what you need.


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VIEW RETIREMENT DIFFERENTLY Generously proportioned and designed to an exceptionally high standard, The View Apartments at The Gardens on Lindfield will be a place you’ll be proud to call home. The interiors are simple yet restrained with neutral colour palettes throughout plus vinyl planking to the open plan living and dining and wool carpets to the bedrooms and study. Ample garage space and private parking are just a few of the other conveniences you’ll enjoy at The View Apartments. Retire to an elegant gated community in the heart of Helensvale just a short stroll from shopping centres and the Gold Coast light rail.

Now selling from under $500,000* call 1800 550 550 THE VIEW APARTMENTS The Gardens on Lindfield 101 Lindfield Road, Helensvale Qld 4212 Pricing and availability advertised are correct at the time of printing but subject to change without notice. Information about the services and facilities provided in the village is correct at the time of printing but may change as the needs of residents change. Photographs are for illustrative purposes. Some images may depict items not provided by Lendlease within the units such as furniture and other decorative items. May 2016 Published by Lendlease RL Realty (QLD) Pty Ltd ABN 25 138 535 814. QLDtvagi0516

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Tecnological breakthroughs have added a whole new level of assistance to the mature-aged person. Check them out and see how they can improve your life.

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ADVANCES in hearing technology in both performance and cosmetics has resulted in greater acceptance with hearing impaired users. Some of the advances contributing to this increase are: Wider frequency response In the past the tonal range of hearing aids was marginally better than a telephone, recent advances provide enhanced high tones making them sound more natural and less muffled. Better performance in noise Advanced noise reduction systems make listening in noisy environments much easier and more effective. Advanced hearing instruments can actually detect speech in noise and direct their

THE Jury is in, safeTwear is a winner of the prestigious reddot design awards, held in Germany in 2015. Awarded for its 2-way communication, fall detection capabilities, GPS accuracy and recognised for its suitability for seniors. safeTwear is a winner in the communications category alongside other world top brands, such as the Apple iPhone 6S, NEC’s curve phone and Sony’s Xperia waterproof mobile phone. Judges publicly quoted on the reddot website: "The device is ergonomically simple to operate, Elderly persons and persons in need of help as well as children who travel unaccompanied involve a great deal of responsibility – the system provides


microphones for follow the speech signal you’re listening to. Connectivity to personal devices Many people are enjoying their mobile phones and tablets these days. Modern hearing aids can connect to your portable devices via Bluetooth and stream the audio directly to your hearing aids. Improved cosmetics Hearing aids have become much more discreet in recent times, the days of bulky and noticeable instruments sitting behind the ears have passed. Tiny behind the ear units with very thin tubes are the norm now as well as mini in the canal hearing aids that cannot be seen at all. Phone Entire Hearing Care on 5575 8999 to arrange a free hearing assessment and advice on the best devices.

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Don’t waste time, get peace of mind and drop in to the skin clinci for an annual checkup.

Stay safe and not sorry Experts in skin cancers are inviting you to their clinics for a thorough examination of your skin WITH age, an individual becomes more prone to various diseases. As we age every organ of the body needs some special and extra care to ward away diseases or deformities. Heart problems, arthritis, osteoporosis, sun-damaged skin, diabetes, are all conditions that can be managed with professional help. The Tweed Health for Everyone Super Clinic would like to invite you to our dedicated skin clinic. At The Beach Skin Cancer Clinic you will find Dr Chris Wetherall and Dr Greg Cusick. Chris has a Masters Degree in Skin Cancer from UQ and has Fellowship of both the

Australian College of Skin Cancer Medicine and the Skin Cancer College of Australasia. He is also a lecturer with the UQ School of Medicine, the University of Woollongong Graduate School of Medicine, the University Centre of Rural Health in Murwillumbah, as well as lecturing in Dermoscopy for the Skin Cancer College of Australasia. Greg has a Diploma in Skin Cancer Surgery and Medicine with the Skin Cancer College of Australasia and is looking to complete his Fellowship with the Australian College of skin cancer medicine. Both doctors have been working in the local area for many years so be sure

to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Tweed Health for Everyone Superclinic, 33-35 Corporation Circuit, Tweed Heads South. Phone (07) 5589 7555 or website What is skin cancer? Skin cancer occurs when skin cells are damaged, for example, by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. There are three main types of skin cancer: ■ Basal cell carcinoma ■ Squamous cell carcinoma ■ Melanoma – the most dangerous form of skin cancer Both basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are known

SKIN CHECK: Dr Chris Wetherall with a patient and staff member from Tweed Health for Everyone Superclinic. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

as non-melanoma skin cancer. Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70, with more than 434,000 people treated for one or more non-melanoma skin

cancers in Australia each year. Non-melanoma skin cancer is more common in men, with almost double the incidence compared to women. Excluding non-melanoma skin

Preventing malnutrition among seniors VERY few seniors notice that their dietary requirements change with age and as a result, they could be unknowingly malnourished, underweight, or increasing their risk of chronic disease. Not only is it increasingly a concern for the ageing population, but there are few effective solutions to assist the elderly in turning their health around and preventing malnutrition. Most seniors strive to

stay at home independently for as long as they possibly can – but this could in fact be their undoing. Moving into a care facility with staff preparing meals daily is not necessarily the answer either, with studies showing up to 80 per cent of elderly people in aged care are in fact malnourished themselves. Fortunately, the solution is simple – seniors stay at home where they want to be, and have wholesome and healthy meals

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It’s never too late to get on top of your health issues. Call the people who can help you today and know there is plenty of support available for you.

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ONE in four Australians aged over 15 is incontinent. And they’re not all infirm and elderly; those most at risk are women who’ve ever had babies, men with prostate

disease and overweight people. World Continence Week (June 20-26) is a timely reminder that incontinence is a significant, yet treatable

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CERTAINLY, balance and muscle strength decline with age and can have disastrous consequences. But it’s never too late to improve both. We can help ourselves to remain independent. It’s easy to make excuses, I’m too tired, too old, too fat, too lazy. If you want to change your life, even at 90 it’s possible to improve your leg muscle strength. It may still be possible to maintain or regain your balance and live the life you want. Every year, one out of three people aged 65 and

over has a fall. A few simple exercises can help reduce your risk of falling and keep you independent longer. For those less active or with mobility problems, seated exercises can achieve results amazingly quickly. Simple Aircycle leg exercises are effective, relaxing and enjoyable. Information and Aircycle orders to or post $44.90 to Aircycle, PO Box 148 Wynnum, 4178, Qld. Phone 0412 329 450.

Want to feel better? Your health is important to us! Come and see the professionals at The Tweed Health for Everyone Super Clinic.

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2016 Budget surprises TREASURER Scott Morrison’s 2016/17 Budget contained a number of important changes to the superannuation system, including retirement income streams and tax changes. Depending on your perspective the announcements were a mix of both good, and bad, news – with a couple of surprises thrown in for good measure. Note: These measures are proposals only and

Big changes to super, including retirement income streams will need passage of legislation to become law. Some key “super” announcements: ■ Catch-up concessional contributions: For people who have not contributed their maximum allowable concessional contributions in any one year – they will now be able to catch up by contributing any unused amounts. Unused

amounts can be carried forward for a period of up to five years. ■ This will apply from July 1, 2017 and will specifically benefit those who take career breaks, but will be limited to individuals who have less than $500,000 in superannuation. ■ Contributions for older Australians: Currently – people aged between 65 and 74 wishing to make

Know the risks of buying a used car

THINK MONEY PAUL CLITHEROE SOME say there’s nothing like the feeling of driving a brand new car out of the showroom. Personally, I am in tears just thinking of the depreciation. I reckon we tear up about 25% of the car’s value as we drive out of the showroom! Many agree with me. Some 1.2 million Australians will buy a used car in the next 12 months, and it can be a money-saving option. Consumer group Choice estimates new cars lose around 14% of their value in each of the first three years and I reckon 14% in year one is very conservative. Motorists spend on average of $14,000 on a used car, so it’s a major purchase. But it’s not something most of us feel comfortable with. A study by, the automotive arm of credit reference agency Veda, found less than one in three motorists are

If a car you’re interested in buying does have money owing on it, it’s important to be aware of the risks. When a car has been used as security against a loan, the financial institution involved has ownership rights over the vehicle.

confident about buying a used car. Along with the risk of buying a lemon, there are financial issues that can be harder to pick that patched up bodywork or a dodgy diff. One trap to be aware of is vehicles that still have finance owing on them. In 2015, 12.8% of used cars on the market had an encumbrance, meaning money was owed on the vehicle. If you’re buying through a car yard, dealers are


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contributions to their super must meet the requirements of an annual work test. ■ The work test requirement will be removed from July 1, 2017. This will benefit those who wish to make contributions to super – even when they are not working. ■ Low-income spouses: Effective from July 1, 2017, the current low-income spouse

superannuation tax offset (of up to $540) will be enhanced. The income threshold for the spouse for whom a contribution is being made will go up from $10,800 to $37,000. For more Information, contact Tim Maher at Maher Digby Securities Pty Ltd - Financial Advisers – AFSL No. 230559.The information contained in this article has also been

devised from the 2016 Federal Budget Papers, Ministerial statements, associated materials, and our interpretation of them.This document is to be used as general information only and should not be considered a comprehensive statement on any matter and should not be relied upon as such. . For more Information contact Tim Maher at Maher Digby Securities Pty Ltd Financial Advisers – AFSL No. 230559

Making your will: What it doesn’t cover for you EVERYDAY MATTERS CAROLYN DEVRIES CEO of New Way Lawyers

THIS month’s article marks the halfway point of our eight-part series focussing on things to know when making a will. ■ 4. Your will doesn’t cover all your assets Many people believe that if they have a will, it then covers all their assets. However, some assets aren’t automatically covered by your will; superannuation is one of these assets. Your superannuation is held by the trustee of your superannuation fund and there are special rules that govern how a trustee can distribute your superannuation after you die. Your superannuation fund may permit you to make what is called a binding death nomination,

When making or reviewing a will it is important to review any nominations that you may have made... which allows you to determine who will receive your superannuation after you die. In a binding death nomination you can nominate for your superannuation to be paid to your estate, in which case your superannuation will then be distributed in accordance with the terms of your will. Alternatively, you can make a binding death nomination nominating a spouse, child or other dependant to be the beneficiary of your superannuation, in which case your superannuation will simply be paid directly to the nominated beneficiary. If your superannuation fund does not allow you to

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make a binding death nomination or you choose not to make a binding death nomination, then the trustee will decide whether to pay your superannuation to your estate, to then be dealt with by your will, or whether to pay your superannuation directly to a spouse, child or dependant. When making or reviewing a will it is therefore important to also make or review any nominations that you may have made with respect to your superannuation. ■ This information is intended as general legal information only for people living in Queensland and is not a substitute for individual legal advice.

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Portugal’s royal jewel delights, yet when you’re on a busy itinerary it may be all you IF Portugal is on your travel can manage, so here are some agenda, there’s one special of the highlights that should not place close to Lisbon that no be missed. visitor should miss, whether for a Palacio National de Sintra few days or just an easy day trip. Although there was an ancient This is the historic town of Moorish castle on this site, the Sintra, a World Heritage Site present building dates back to which has been the site of the 14th century and is an human civilisation since interesting mixture of Moorish, Paleolithic times, evidenced by Gothic and Manueline styles. fragments of ceramics and Castelo dos Mouros utensils discovered by Set among the forests, this archaeologists. castle was built by the North More visibly interesting is the African Moors to protect their town’s history as a retreat for fertile agricultural lands, but was Portuguese royalty and wealthy conquered by the Crusaders in Lisbonites, with fine palaces, the 12th century. extravagant mansions and Palacio de Pena decorative gardens. The pine Extravagant and colourful, the covered hills and maritime palace was commissioned by climate are ideal for resort-style King Ferdinand II in 1842 activities. following his instructions to Added to that is today’s funky “create a scene from an opera”. town centre with traditional Palacio de Monserrate buildings and cobblestone Designed and commissioned streets (ladies beware: forget the in 1858 by an Englishman, Sir heels) lined with cafes, Francis Cook, this palace is the restaurants and boutiques. smallest but arguably the most A day trip from Lisbon is hardly beautiful, set among romantic enough to enjoy all of Sintra’s subtropical gardens. By Phil Hawkes

DE PENA: On a clear day, it’s seen from Lisbon.

De Monserrate, the traditional resort of Portuguese court.

Castelo dos Mouros was constructed during the 8th and 9th centuries.


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Honour the stockman Stockman’s Hall of Fame pays tribute to the outback pioneers, passing on their legacy Erle Levey

NOT everyone gets the chance to pass on some history of the nation. Yet that’s just what Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame CEO Lloyd Mills gets to do every day. The former Caloundra RSL business manager considers it a privilege to be able to help pay tribute to the pioneers of the outback and pass that legacy on to the coming generations. “Australians understand that the bush built the city,” Lloyd tells me as we walk through the landmark at the eastern entry to Longreach. “Everyone carries a bit of bush in them. It’s bringing that out in them.” After 22 years at Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast, Lloyd moved to Outback Queensland Tourism as general manager and after two years in that role the CEO position at the Hall of Fame came up. He asked the family what they wanted to do:

Stay in Longreach or move back to Caloundra? They knew it would be for three to five years. But as Lloyd says, the answer was easy considering their youngest child has been in Outback Queensland longer than he was at Caloundra.

Lachie Cosser performing in the Outback show.

“It’s got everything you need but not everything you want,” he says of Longreach. Lloyd’s biggest change in the move from coast to country was leaving friends, especially after surfing for 35 years. Yet the beauty is a barbecue on a Sunday. “There is not much chance of being rained

out,” he says with a grin. Professionally, one of greatest business challenges is that nothing is quick, nothing is easy in the bush. Yet Lloyd reflects that it is a bit like life. “I could rely on the internet on the coast, it was not a problem,” he said. “Here, it can be the way you do business that is different. “It’s definitely not 9–5 Monday to Friday.” In that regard, Lloyd believes he has brought with him an understanding of people in the city. “It’s a great advantage knowing how they think … it’s a way of getting people out here,” he said. “They come from all over … from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne. “The most exciting part is the numbers of families coming out. “The thing about out here is it is not as manufactured as some other places. You are dealing with real people,

RURL HISTORY: The Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame at Longreach attracts visitors from around the world.

real life issues.” And in the outback, where you get used to the unexpected, Lloyd without hesitation says the most unusual thing he has seen was a German traveller with his worldly goods in a wheelie bin, and he was

350km down the Birdsville Track. Yet the grey nomad market is very strong throughout the outback, Lloyd says, with the demand for camper trailers enormous. A highlight of a visit to

the Hall of Fame is the Outback Stockman’s Show, a light-hearted but informative look at caring for stock horses and sheep dogs. The big attraction was the brahman bull walking through the foyer.

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Fairytale train ride

Curtis Stone’s SHARE sails into the Harbour

Wilhelm Tell Experience through Lake Lucerne

ABOVE: A rail journey through Switzerland makes a unique experience. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

AUSTRALIANS can finally enjoy a taste of chef Curtis Stone’s cuisine close to home with his first local restaurant arriving down under on Princess Cruises’ superliner Sun Princess. While Australians are familiar with the Melbourne-born chef, SHARE by Curtis Stone is the first opportunity to taste his cuisine locally. By the end of this year, two of Curtis’ restaurants will operate in local waters with SHARE also featuring on Emerald Princess, which arrives in Sydney in November. SHARE offers an exclusive speciality dining experience for guests with a menu of fresh and seasonal signature

just for a few days to explore and enjoy a night of unforgettable entertainment in the architecturally wondrous KKL Theatre on the edge of the lake. It’s is one of the finest theatres in the world with perfect acoustics. You’ll pinch yourself. Are you really on this blue and lovely Lake Lucerne? It’s beauty overload. More regal mountains

DIVINE DINING: SHARE by Curtis Stone is the first opportunity to taste the chef’s cuisine locally. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

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to look up to, more serene lakes to comprehend, more impossibly beautiful landscapes to gape at. Because you have travelled from the middle of Switzerland down to the balmy Italian border, the scenery changes: snow-capped peaks give way to swaying palms as you cross spectacularly tall bridges, pass cascading waterfalls, and zoom through mountain

tunnels. And the best part? You enjoy all this natural beauty in absolute comfort and arrive at yet another of Europe’s lovely destinations for on-going adventure. *The writer travelled courtesy of Switzerland Tourism and Rail Europe. Full details of the Wilhelm Express experience are on

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APART from breath-sapping scenery around every picturesque corner and up every majestic mountain, Switzerland is efficient, friendly and above all, safe. And almost everyone speaks English. It’s a senior’s dream travel destination, and the easiest, most effortless way to see it all is by train. Trains depart on time (to the minute) and glide you smoothly to your destination through scenery so outrageously gorgeous it leaves you gasping with awe and disbelief. One of many dazzling panoramic trips in Switzerland is the Wilhelm Tell Express experience, part paddle-steamer through magnificent Lake Lucerne, part train ride through sweeping mountain ranges. It begins in Lucerne, a beautiful cosmopolitan city on the lake you will want to linger in before your Wilhelm Tell Express experience, even if it is

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Retail therapy in Big Apple

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Glitz, glamour on Madison Ave Gail Forrer

IN NEW York City, there is diverse and different architecture, mind-blowing museums and people with attitude. But there’s also something else – cheap, expensive, different and thoroughly enthralling shopping experiences, wrapped up in a satin-ribboned box of history. Yes, stretching between the marvels of Macy’s to the glitter of Tiffany’s and notoriety of Bloomingdales, is an eclectic range of curiosity,

retro, vintage and everything-else stores, many in the boroughs. The lure of visiting what’s known as the world biggest department store was too big for me to resist. And if you’re going to Macy’s you must act like an American and wear your running shoes. Macy’s in Herald Square covers an entire city block, has 11 levels, and encompasses more than two million square feet of retail space. You don’t want to be caught out with the wrong shoes. Macy’s Herald Square

building was the first in the district to have a modern-day escalator. So, if you can’t face the shopping, there’s plenty of history to get in touch with. Thanks to the ladies from Sex in the City, Bloomingdales was on my bucket list. I can tell you it felt good to be part of this upmarket store and know that my refined taste was shared with global celebrities.

As it turns out Bloomingdales, founded in 1861, is a chain of luxury department stores owned by Macy’s. And there’s Tiffany & Co. This time it was visions of the gorgeous, elfin -like Audrey Hepburn in the classic movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s that drove me into this magnificent granite and limestone, art deco-inspired establishment. The world-renowned

Tiffany & Co store is at the corner of Fifth Ave and 57th St. It opened its doors for business October 21, 1940 and its style is as timeless as ever. In Chelsea, a neighbourhood on the West Side of Manhattan, another side of the diverse New York life, is presenting itself in the form of op shops, vintage stores, art studios, curiosity and costume stores.

Of late Chelsea has also attracted the bigger stores – Barneys CO-OP – which replaced the much larger original Barneys flagship store Comme des Garçons, and Balenciaga boutiques, as well as being near Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Christian Louboutin. And between the Chelsea shops there are more than 200 art galleries waiting for your visitation.






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Melbourne treasures Lygon, Rathdowne Sts provide the ingredients for relaxation AUSTRALIA’S warm summer weather can keep you locked in closely to the coastlines. But when it comes to experiencing a little bit of our cool, cosy climes, Melbourne is the place to rug up and enjoy. The sharp nip of a frisky breeze whisking around a warm body is always a lovely surprise. If you have a chosen a short getaway, this cosmopolitan city has so much to offer it’s wise to have your discovery agenda in order. I’m a regular to the southern city and love all of it, but this time around I decided it was all about the inner city suburb of Carlton, in particular Lygon St and a certain section of shops in Rathdowne St. My favourite modernhistory landmark is Alice’s Bookshop in nearby Rathdowne St. Luke Terbutt and Selina Braine took over the shop in June 2015 and this

month (June) they are celebrating the shop’s 30-year history. This tiny, four-roomed bookstore houses a collection of about 18,000 books and is perfectly located among the eateries, boutiques and bakeries known as Rathdowne Village. As their website says: “Browsers, thinkers, readers, dreamers – all are welcome.” Alice’s Bookshop smells like a bookshop, acts like a bookshop. For me Alice’s Bookshop is about surprises. I walk in there expecting anything and usually come up with everything. I pick up a favoured author on the outdoor stand and take it to the counter. “I’m surprised this book didn’t go sooner, it’s been outside for two weeks,” owner Luke says. “It was waiting for me,” I dare to tell him. And for me that’s what Alice’s Bookshop is made of – moments of pure

COSMOPOLITAN DELIGHTS: Carlton boasts a plethora of historic and cultural landmarks as well as many fantastic eateries. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

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cooked in a tin or on the stone?” the baker asks. The organic quality of a stone lures me in and that’s the one I take home. I return to the

apartment’s snug environment, slice up the loaf, get out my books. I breathe in the peace of a Saturday afternoon and I know that I have found my sweet place.

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SWELL on the way States largest outdoor art exhibition is coming THE iconic shores of Currumbin Beach will be transformed into a breathtaking open-air gallery of interactive and inspiring public works of art as the SWELL Sculpture Festival returns to the Gold Coast later this year. Queensland’s largest, free outdoor exhibition takes place from September 9-18, with more than 250,000 visitors expected to revel in the celebration of beach culture and artistic spirit that has become a key part of the city’s cultural identity. Now in its 14th year, SWELL features 50 dynamic sculptures created by 55 selected local, national and international artists whose works range from the minuscule to the monumental and are constructed from distinctive and wide ranging mediums. Open all hours, SWELL is a dynamic event certain to enlighten and delight every member of the family, with a full program of free live entertainment,

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EVERYTHING IS SWELL: The SWELL Sculpture Festival comes back to the Gold Coast this year. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

kids’ activities, artist talks, masterclasses, yoga experiences and more, complementing the one-kilometre beachside display of installations. Through lighting and visual shifts, a selection of works will impart a new quality once the sun sets, allowing a new and alternative view to how

they are seen in natural light. Artists will vie for a range of awards valued at more than $32,000, including the coveted $15,000 SWELL Sculpture Award sponsored by The City of Gold Coast and the very popular $3000 Currumbin Beach Vikings SLSC People’s Choice

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Award and $3000 Currumbin RSL Kids’ Choice Awards. SWELL Sculpture Festival Date: September 9-18 Location: Pacific Parade, Currumbin Beach Cost: Free Website: www.

AN INTIMATE concert of romantic Russian works is on show in early June for south east Queensland audiences. The perfect program to welcome winter to the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Maleny on the Sunshine Coast. Orchestra members are excited to be playing this generous, moving program, bringing stories of wonder and connection to life. The full program includes Tchaikovsky ■ Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48; Arensky ■ Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky, Op. 35a; Borodin ■ Nocturne Andante

from String Quartet no 2 in A major; Tchaikovsky ■ Andante Cantabile for Cello and Orchestra (featuring cello Soloist Louise King); and Shostakovich ■ Romance from the Gadfly, Op. 97a (featuring Soloist Michael Russo) Tickets are $25 with students 18 and under offered free admission. Tickets can be purchased from 4MBS by phone (07) 3847 1717 (credit card facility) and can also be booked through Trybooking on the orchestra’s website ( or at the door. Gold Coast Chamber Orchestra sound samples au/past-performances.

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Music + Surf

Broadbeach Country Music Festival SPRUCE up your cowboy boots and round up your posse for the free Broadbeach Country Music Festival on June 17-19. Set next to the pristine beachfront of Queensland’s Broadbeach on the Gold Coast, the festival will see a perfect mix of board shorts and banjos, surf boards and steel guitars as country B E E N L E I G H

artists including Bill Chambers, Simply Bushed, Harmony James, Kirsty Lee Akers, The Viper Creek Band, Deep Creek Road, Christie Lamb and more. The festival celebrated its inaugural year in June 2013. There are no charges, no booking fees and no tickets. Festival streets are “no drinking zones”.


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TO SAY prepare your petals, ready your ears and cleanse your palates is an understatement. In a major floral design coup, Carnival will this year host three of Australia’s leading names in Charlie Albone, Annita Bokobli and Bart Hassam. Musically, the line-up is the envy of festivals nationally with Australian music royalty set to perform over three days. The internationally acclaimed Tim Finn; The Whitlams with the Toowoomba Concert Orchestra in what will be a spectacular concert

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Across 1 Who wrote the play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead? (3,8) 8 What is the longest river in the Republic of Ireland? (7) 9 Who was the fat clumsy boy tortured and killed in the novel Lord of the Flies? (5) 10 What is an informal name for the drug LSD? (4) 11 Which state produces over half the US’s copper? (7) 12/13 Who convinced Anthony Benedetto to shorten his name to Tony Bennett? (3,4) 15 What pigmented layer of the eye includes the iris? (4) 17 Used in battle, a twibill was a double-bladed what? (3) 19 What small passenger vehicle is attached to a motorcycle? (7) 20 What struck thing is a tam-tam? (4) 23 What common word evolved from “a napron”? 24 Manama is the capital of which country? (7) 25 Sculptor Grinling Gibbons (1647-1721) is best known for what particular skill? (11)




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11/6 Down 1 What sea lies between New Zealand and Australia? (6) 2 Where are you heading if your bag label says MIA? (5) 3 What circular construction is a yurt? (4) 4 Which province in NW India was divided between India and Pakistan in 1947? (6) 5 In what ornamental needle-work are pieces of fabric attached to a larger piece of fabric? (8) 6 Growing wild in hedgerows in Britain and Europe, what is Rosa canina better known as? (3,4) 7 George Town is the capital of which Caribbean islands? (6) 12 What is a lyrical style of operatic singing using a full, rich, broad tone? (3,5) 14 Which American bourbon was the first to be aged in charred oak casks? (3,4) 16 Which Middle East country has almost 100% literacy rate? (6) 17 The words albatross and gazelle came originally from what language? (6) 18 What drink consists of alcohol mixed with beaten egg and milk? (3-3) 21 What is the giraffe’s closest relative? (5) 22 Thursday is named after which god? (4)




Fill the grid so every column, every row and 3x3 box contains the digits 1 to 9.












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

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 fiveletter solution starts with J, the six-letter solution starts with K, and so on.






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Across: 1. Commandment 8. Unmasks 9. Cross 10. Hack 11. Errands 12. Hid 13. Cede 15. Lied 17. Ewe 19. Epigram 20. Ague 23. Credo 24. Realist 25. Temperament. Down: 1. Caught 2. Mimic 3. Also 4. Dashed 5. Encircle 6. Trounce 7. Obsess 12. Heirloom 14. Eminent 16. Tetchy 17. Emerge 18. Sextet 21. Guile 22. Data. Tee up 22. Term.

How many words of four letters or more can you make? Each letter must be used only once and all words must contain the centre letter. There is at least one nine-letter word. No words starting with a capital are allowed, no plurals ending in s unless the word is also a verb. TODAY: Good 10 Very Good 14 Excellent 18

Solution opposite



Find a finished crossword by deleting one of the two letters in each divided square.




5x5 H A S T Y


Across: 1 Tom Stoppard, 8 Shannon, 9 Piggy, 10 Acid, 11 Arizona, 12/13 Bob Hope, 15 Uvea, 17 Axe, 19 Sidecar, 20 Gong, 23 Apron, 24 Bahrain, 25 Woodcarving. Down: 1 Tasman, 2 Miami, 3 Tent, 4 Punjab, 5 Appliqué, 6 Dog rose, 7 Cayman, 12 Bel canto, 14 Old Crow, 16 Israel, 17 Arabic, 18 Egg-nog, 21 Okapi, 22 Thor.




Down 1. Snared (6) 2. Imitate (5) 3. As well (4) 4. Sprinted (6) 5. Surround (8) 6. Soundly defeat (7) 7. Be preoccupied about something (6) 12. Part of an inheritance (8) 14. Prominent (7) 16. Irritable (6) 17. Appear (6) 18. Group of six (6) 21. Trickery (5) 22. Information (4)




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Note: more than one solution may be possible.


Across 1. Decree (11) 8. Reveals (7) 9. Annoyed (5) 10. Slash (4) 11. Assignments (7) 12. Concealed (3) 13. Yield (4) 15. Misled (4) 17. Female sheep (3) 19. Maxim (7) 20. Fever (4) 23. System of beliefs (5) 24. Pragmatist (7) 25. Disposition (11)




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