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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
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Helping kids grow up well
Dr Packer’s life is dedicated to next generation Tracey Johnstone NESTLED in the corner of a summer-dried garden in Canberra is a magical play space for young ones to imagine, create and evolve in safety. Its guardian is pediatrician and Senior Australian of the Year 2019 Dr Suzanne Packer AM. There are no brick walls, just a little timber path winding its way under the thick brush, a mushroom patch, a fish pond, sandpit, touches of folk art and a boisterous cubby house. For the more active there is hopscotch painted on the brick pathway nearby.
The quaint welcome sign calls the neighbourhood school children to discover what is within, under the careful 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. 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.” What we do to them, for them and with them Dr Packer will be encouraging senior Australians to think how they can enhance the lives of their grandchildren. Those sharing interactions will help to
WONDER LAND: Dr Suzanne Packer AM in her Canberra garden. Photo: Tracey Johnstone
develop the child’s brain. Reinforcement, reassurance, embellishment – each she
says goes towards their emotional and cognitive development. Dr Packer’s work with
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Dr Suzanne Packer AM with Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Asbestos Response community group. What’s next ? In retirement she has plans – to write some 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. “It’s about getting the kids to think that there was good and bad in history,” she said. It’s what she
encourages other grandparents to do, to record memories from their youth and share them with younger generations – how else will they learn what it was like for their grandparents? Dr Packer is also a carer for her sister, Prue, 75, who has dementia and is confined to a wheelchair. And much to her delight, she is heavily involved in the lives of her
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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 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, which 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
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Aged care submission Federal member releases his report at Seniors Forum
THE Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien has handed his submission to the Aged Care Royal Commission after compiling input from hundreds of Sunshine Coast residents. Mr O’Brien used his annual Seniors Forum, attended by more than 120 people, to publicly release his 20-page report to the commissioner. He said the Federal Government was proud of its legacy supporting older Australians but acknowledged there was room for improvement. “My Fairfax submission to the commissioner is primarily based on feedback from annual Seniors Forums and more recently from the specific Aged Care Forums I hosted for service providers, workers and families on behalf of their loved ones,” Mr O’Brien said. “It was quite apparent that older Sunshine Coast
residents and their families are worried about the availability and quality of aged care places and information services. “Their stories were upsetting and highlighted problems with the aged care system and also the fears of senior citizens about getting older and how they will be cared for in facilities.” Mr O’Brien said his submission encompassed four key areas: ■ Availability of service packages – there are long waiting lists for home care packages, people fear being placed in residential facilities and delay seeking help and there is poor transitioning from home to aged care ■ Communication – the MyAgedCare website and phone line is too confusing and technical, especially for people without computer skills ■ Models of care and sustainability – the aged care system should meet people’s needs.
ACTIVE LISTENING: Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien and attendees at his annual Seniors Forum.
Seniors should not be placed in inappropriate levels of care and facilities, for example non-dementia patients should not be in the dementia ward
■ Staffing – this includes staff-to-patient ratios, staff qualifications and suitability for the job. Mr O’Brien said the problems raised were
systemic but, on a personal note, he said Australia also needed to undergo a “cultural shift” in the way we treated our elderly. “There is no rational
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Your chance to gain new skills at Craft Cottage Tracey Johnstone WINTER ARTS: Buderim Craft Cottage Winter Arts School committee members Gaye Cook and Kay Weber.
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FROM the talented to aspiring creative, the Buderim Craft Cottage’s Winter Arts School has courses to capture the imagination and inspire the Coast’s senior community. Running from July 6–14, the cottage is bringing together 11 of Queensland’s top artisans to share their insights and skills into their field of endeavour. On offer will be painting and drawing, pottery, textile and fabric art, silversmithing, embroidery, printing and photography. Each of the 14 one or two-day courses is short and intense. From 8.30am–4pm, attendees will be treated to the personal touch of the course presenter. Group numbers are limited but the level of talent is not. Anyone with any level of enthusiasm and passion will be welcomed, cottage member Jan Nelson says. Brisbane painter Penelope Gilbert Ng will host a Master Class in Impressionism Using Acrylics and Painting Pastel over Watercolour. Ms Gilbert Ng was a
Each of the 14 one or two-day courses is short and intense finalist for the Archibald Prize and has undertaken many teaching assignments in Australia, including the prestigious McGregor Summer School and the Flying Arts program. Silversmith Nick Murray will conduct the Basic Silversmithing Skills and Locket Making with Hinges courses. Rich Johnston will lead attendees through Photography: Getting the Basics Right and then Creative Exposures. Ceramicist Dianne Peach will hold a Master Class in Hand-Built Ceramic Vessels with Hinged or Screwed Lids. Ms Peach has had many international and Australian exhibitions, including nine solo exhibitions. She is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, most state galleries and many
regional public and private collections. Other courses on offer are: Machine Embroidery – Diamond Delight Table Centre with Rhonda Chandler; Using Palette Knife Skills in Acrylics or Oils with Todd Whisson; Natural Dyeing Techniques on Fabric and Paper with Lara Stone; Snippets and Embroidery with Jennifer Clouston; Life Drawing – Gesture as a Finished Art Form with Louise Corke; Learn the Dynamics of Drawing with Christine Clark, and; Colour and Reductive Lino Printing with Kim Herringe. The Buderim Craft Cottage runs 13 craft groups during the year. Ms Nelson said men and women of all ages could enjoy the ongoing creative experience of the cottage. Many of them displayed their works at the cottage and made them available for sale. Other cottage members enjoyed sharing their art with favoured charities, which used the works to raise funds. For more details, registration and costs, go to www.buderimcraft cottage.com.au/ 2019-winter-school or email winterschoolbcc@ bigpond.com.
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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.
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STROKE touches people of all ages and from all walks of life. It strikes the brain and its impact can be devastating and life changing, not only for the individual but for those who love them most. While time-critical treatments have improved stroke outcomes significantly in recent years, there is no doubt recovery from stroke can be a long, challenging
and at times isolating journey. For some people this means learning how to talk and walk again, while others experience hidden disabilities and mental struggles. Fatigue, anxiety, sensory issues and depression can challenge stroke survivors. The adjustment to life after stroke can also be tough for families and carers. With more than 56,000
strokes in Australia each year, I wanted to remind anyone struggling after stroke there is help available. StrokeLine is a free telephone service, staffed by health professionals, who provide information on stroke prevention, treatment and recovery. The team provides confidential advice and can find the support and services you need, whether you are a stroke
survivor, carer or family member. You do not have to navigate the recovery journey alone. Phone StrokeLine on 1800 787 653 if you need to talk about how stroke is impacting your life and want some guidance on managing your health and living well. StrokeLine operates Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm (Eastern Standard Time). For crisis support,
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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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More funds for Coast veterans A HUGE injection of new funds to Maroochy RSL will help the organisation continue its charitable role in the community. Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien said the additional $81,616 brought the Federal Government’s contribution for the Eternal Flame project to more than $119,000. Mr O’Brien said he went after the additional funding, in part, to support the RSL with its program assisting local community groups. “Building the Eternal Flame to mark the centenary of the armistice took a huge chunk out of the RSL’s bottom line but this additional funding of $81,616 will help cover those costs and that means surplus funds can
WORTHY CAUSE: Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien announces an extra $81,616 to members of Maroochy RSL at Cotton Tree Park cenotaph. go back into supporting local schools or community groups,” Mr O’Brien said. “It is very hard for community organisations to stump up the funds for big projects like the Eternal Flame, so after
the Federal Government’s initial grant of $37,429, I am pleased to announce this second grant, which is more than double the first.” The total federal contribution now stands at $119,045.
“It’s also important that we recognise Maroochy RSL for its passion and foresight to build such a meaningful commemoration for the Sunshine Coast,” he said. Mr O’Brien said the
Eternal Flame at the Cotton Tree Park cenotaph was unique in Australia as it was believed to be the only one outdoors that operated on LED lights. “I am told it is the most environmentally friendly Eternal Flame in the country as most other versions use gas to keep the light burning,” he said. Maroochy RSL president Michael Liddelow thanked Mr O’Brien and the Federal Government for the generous grant. “The funds will go back into our donations to the community and to veterans,” Mr Liddelow said. “Every month we get requests from all sorts of organisations, like
schools, sporting bodies and local groups, for things like bursaries and awards. “We also help cover veteran-related activities such as outings or diggers’ retreats. “Last year we donated more than $1 million to the community and when you look at what we support it is very diverse.” The Eternal Flame was a joint funding project, with Mr O’Brien on behalf of the Federal Government contributing $119,045, Sunshine Coast Council $65,000, Queensland RSL $50,000, State Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson donating $2500, with the Maroochy RLS making up the remainder.
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UNIVERSITY of the Sunshine Coast Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill has announced he will retire next year after leading USC through a decade of rapid expansion. Professor Hill, who has transformed USC from a single campus on the Sunshine Coast with 9000 students in 2011 to a multi-campus institution that will have more than 18,000 students in total this year, will finish work in late 2020. He was appointed to the role when founding Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Thomas retired, after having previously served as USC’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor for five years. “When I was appointed Vice-Chancellor, I made a commitment to grow the university by broadening its footprint,” Professor Hill said. “That’s what the USC Council wanted me to do – and I’ve pretty much done that. “Since I’ve been here, there hasn’t been a year that we haven’t opened a new building, and that includes new campuses at Gympie in 2013, Fraser Coast in 2016 and Caboolture last year.” Add to that the establishment of the Sunshine Coast Health Institute (of which USC is a partner), the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute, Clinical Trials Centre and
expansion of USC’s sporting precinct to accommodate three elite national sporting teams, and you get some idea of how busy he’s been. Professor Hill said with the USC Moreton Bay campus opening at Petrie next year, the time was right to hand over the role to another leader. And he has no regrets: “While I’ve been doing the things I believe were important, there were obviously some things I’ve neglected – but you can’t do everything. “As well as growing the campus footprint, I’m proud to have maintained the inclusive culture we’ve got at USC, and that includes doing our bit for Indigenous Australians and for disadvantaged people in the community. “If you look back at why this place was established, it was about servicing the local community. I’d like to think I’ve maintained that. What’s changed during my term as Vice-Chancellor is we’ve broadened our view of what is our community. It’s now a much larger community that takes in Fraser Coast, Gympie and Moreton Bay. “The things that have changed are the size and scale. There was a real fear among some staff that as we grew, people would no longer care as much about colleagues and students. But the way we’ve done things has demonstrated that how
Professor Greg Hill. physically big the university gets doesn’t really matter. “I realise I’ve been remarkably fortunate to have worked with such a collegial group of people at USC. It’s one of the things that makes this university such a special place and I haven’t experienced this sort of culture anywhere else.” While guiding USC through the Federal funding freeze of recent years, Professor Hill has also chaired the Regional Universities Network – an organisation he says has convinced both sides of politics that different funding models are needed for metropolitan and regional unis. He said although some decisions made during his
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term had been difficult, he was always guided by what he believed was best for USC. “It might not have been very pretty at times, but we always seemed to get the right result,” he said. “And I think that’s the case with all our new initiatives, including our new degrees. “We have recently put our toe in the water with Drama, and it’s been quite a success for us, and Music is proving a similar one.” While his retirement is still 18 months away, Professor Hill said he was looking forward to spending more time with his family, enjoying some fishing and seeking out some new intellectual pursuits.
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 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 all honesty, I probably still derive more pleasure from the battered/tomato 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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CALOUNDRA FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH INC.
OUR next general meeting will be held on April 18. Guest speaker will be the very well known Shauna Hicks and will be sharing her knowledge on the topic - Soldiers in the Family. Whether you are a beginner or have been researching your descendants for years, there is always something to learn and be amazed by the knowledge of the monthly guest speakers and the various small group outings to local museums and libraries that the group is associated with. Rooms open Thursday and Saturday from 9am-12.30pm for people who want to use our resources (library, computers and onsite expert advice). Go to caloundrafamily history.org.au or phone Cathy Meyer on
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FRIENDSHIP FORCE SUNSHINE COAST
FOURTEEN Friendship Force International visitors from Cornwall UK, were hosted last month. Cornwall co-ordinator Jane Parker said that over seven days the group enjoyed a variety of activities on the beaches, rivers and hinterland of the region. She said the warm hospitality of local home hosts always provides a unique experience not available to regular tourists. New members are welcome. Phone Carol on 5471 7338 or go to FriendshipForceSunshine Coast.org.au.
SUNSHINE STATESMEN BARBERSHOP CHORUS
TONY Eccles, who turns 87 on April 1, was
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running a free voice coaching program, starting on may 1 and running for four weeks, with a concert for family and friends on the fifth week. The group rehearse every Wednesday from 7.30pm at the Buderim Uniting Church Hall, cnr Gloucester Rd and King St. Phone Peter Hall (secretary) on 0477 559 205 or go to sunshinestatesmen. harmonysite.com.
ST PETER’S ANGLICAN CHURCH MAROOCHYDORE
IN THE Anglican Churches Year of Generous Hospitality Rev. Tania Eichler and St Peter’s Parishioners invite you to participate in our Easter Services. On April 18 at 7pm we share a communal meal embracing Jesus’ command to Love one another. April 19 Good Friday at 9am we have a meditational journey with Jesus to the Cross. April 20 at 7pm Easter Vigil, a service of Light. April 21 Easter Day at 7am and Traditional Easter Day Service at 9am, a friendly less formal Easter
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PROUD GROUP: Cooroy-Noosa Genealogical & Historical Research Group happily display their Centenary Medal. FROM PAGE 16 Phone Ute Woods on 0412 804 499.
TRIVIA NIGHT POMONA
HAVE a fun and sociable night with the Lions Trivia night at the Lion’s Den, Mountain Street Pomona. Saturday, April 6. Doors open at 6pm, first question at 6.30pm. Entry $15 per person includes table nibbles and door raffle tickets. Bring extra food if you wish. Bar available. Phone (07) 5485 1028.
JOIN us under the shade of the Casuarina trees anytime between 8-10am for our dune care activities (planting natives and removing weeds) on April 9 at Beach Access 206 on Pacific Blvd, Buddina. All provisions, tools, plants, conversation and morning tea are provided. We are welcome new volunteers and visitors. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month. Follow us on Facebook.
SUNSHINE 60 & BETTER GROUP INC
THROUGH the Older People Action Program we support older people to develop and manage healthy aging programs in their own communities. Our service aims to promote the mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing of all senior citizens on the Sunshine Coast. Activities held at Hall at the rear of McDonald’s car park, Civic Way, Nambour. We have a guest speaker once a month. On April 5, $5 game. Includes morning or afternoon tea. Phone (07) 5444 5833 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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DYING WITH DIGNITY
AT THIS time, submissions are being sought by the Health Committee into the Rights of the Terminally Ill in Queensland. We feel that a Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill is an important step and submissions close on April 15, 2019. Our next meeting is at 2pm in the CWA Hall (opp Maroochy RSL) Maroochydore on April 17, 1.30pm for 2pm start. Adults welcome.
COOLUM LIONESS CLUB A CENT Auction and raffles will be held at the
St Peter’s Church, Elizabeth St, Coolum on Friday, April 12. Cost $3 with morning tea, doors open at 8.30am, draws start at 10am. Lots of vouchers and prizes for all. Phone 0484 573 633.
THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY SUNSHINE COAST
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along for discussions and talks on things that matter.
CALOUNDRA GARDEN CLUB INC
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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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Money for Jam program member Sharon Carroll.
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
good for the environment, it aligns with the heart and stays in the black.” Her success, she said, was in starting small and keeping the business tight. “If I grow it, I will then need to go into the grant space,” Ms Machin said. Not everyone has the capital like Ms Machin to pursue a new business
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Money for Jam seniorpreneur pilot program members with ribbons printed by Sharon Carroll.
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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Some of the beautiful Buderim VIEW club members at their monthly lunch meeting, where the theme was International Women's Day.
Caloundra Evening VIEW Club founding members, Carol Kahl, Bev Walker and Claire Seddon were guest speakers at the club’s March dinner.
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SOCIAL SINGING AND MUSIC CLUB
THE St Vincent de Paul Cent Auctionwill be held on Monday, June 3 at St Peter’s Catholic Church, Elizabeth St, Coolum starting at 8.30am. Around 200 prizes and hampers will be won at the draw. Guests pay an entry fee of just $4, which includes a scrumptious morning tea and door prizes. Sheets of auction tickets are then available for a dollar a sheet – participants then can view the array of prizes and choose which ones they’d like to win. All prizes will be won before noon.
MELANOMA PATIENTS ASSOCIATION
WE ARE a support group for people with melanoma. If you have melanoma, we are there to help you. Friends and family welcome at our get-togethers. There is no cost so come and enjoy a cuppa with a group of friendly, happy people. We meet on the third Friday of each month in RSL House, 106 Memorial Dr Cottontree, (next to the RSL parking building). The meeting starts at 10am on April 19 at 10am. Phone Christine on 0412 689 546 or go to melanoma
FUN and Fellowship Club activities along with a great mix of music and songs from the ’50s and ’60s eras along with songs from well known musicals plus selected songs from more recent years. This mix ensures and interesting and fun morning and everyone is welcome to come along, join in the fun, or just sit and listen to the music. A cuppa and some great fellowship rounds off the morning. This all happens every Wednesday from 9am at the Palmwoods Girl Guides Hut, cnr of Lingara Ave and Palmwoods-Montville Rd. Phone Warner on 0429 066 164.
WORKSHOPS FOR WOMEN
INSIDE/ Outside Feeling Great will be hosting morning tea, together with two wonderful workshops for women. The first session, presented by Deb, a Louise Hay Life Coach is about discovering happiness now, to feel positive and uplifted on a daily basis. The second workshop presented by cat, a personal stylist is about choosing clothes that will allow you to step
out each day feeling confident and happy with your appearance. The event is both inspirational and practical, and is being held on Saturday, April 27 at 9.30am-1pm at the Tait-Duke Community Cottage at Tewantin. Phone 0436 104 237 or email insideoutsidegreat @gmail.com.
SUNSHINE COAST ARTS AND CRAFTS
THE Sunshine Coast Arts and Crafts Community Fair is on again, just in time to purchase that unique and one of a kind Mother’s Day gift. On April 27 and 28 from 9am-4pm at Montville Village Hall. We will have a huge range of locally made crafts available that have been lovingly hand made by our members and members of the local community.
BUDERIM INDOOR BOWLS
WE ARE looking for new players. The club meets on Saturday afternoons in the hall of the Buderim Mountain State School. Fee $5 including refreshments. For more information, phone Virginia on 0428 885 055 or Ruth on (07) 5450 7046 or go to buderimindoor bowls.org.au.
Buderim OUR April Lunch & Meeting (with guest speaker re Package Tours around Rockhampton Yeppoon areas) is on Wednesday, April 3 (next May 1) at 11am for a 11.30am start at the Buderim Tavern. Cost: $28. RSVP Pat Cooney on (07) 5445 6329. Caloundra Evening AT OUR March Dinner meeting, an interesting, entertaining and informative talk was provided on the history of the club by three founding members, Bev Walker, Carol Kahl and Clare Seddon. They touched on the history of VIEW, its formation in 1995, difficulties therein and its growth to 122 members over the past 24 years. We meet for Dinner on the second Tuesday of the month at the Caloundra Power Boat Club. Phone Sue on 0403 504 408. Glasshouse OUR lunch meeting will be at Glasshouse Sports Club on April 17 at 11am when our guest speaker will be a representative of Story Dogs. Anyone interested in joining us would be most welcome, phone Trish on (07) 5493 0026 or Janet on 0448 845 303. Maroochydore WE RECENTLY
celebrated International Women’s Day with a “Picnic in the Park” at Cotton Tree Park. Guest Speaker at our next meeting is Pauline Cass. The joy of genealogy is discovering not just the names of those long-forgotten ancestors, but also their life stories. You can learn more on how you can discover your own family stories at our lunch on Friday, April 26 at the Maroochydore Surf Club. Phone Sandi on 0429 022 033.
COOLUM HEARTS TAI-CHI
TAI-CHI class with Ian Cameron will change time to 9-10am in the second term beginning Friday, April 26. This class is $5 for members of Coolum HeARTs and $10 for community members who would like to join us for a gentle workout with a very experienced Tai Chi teacher. Phone Jackie on 0423 002 498.
PEER support group for people living with depression/anxiety. All welcome. Friday 12.30-2.30pm at Coolum HeARTs Centre, cnr Elizabeth & Sunrise Ave. Phone Barb on 0476 528 992.
NOOSA ARTS & CRAFTS QUILTERS
WE WILL be having a very special Trunk Show in April where one of Australia’s leading quilt makers and published author, Margaret Sampson George, will show many of her own quilts explaining how she created the magnificent designs and their history. In her quilts Margaret combines vintage, reproduction and contemporary fabrics that reflect her life overseas in several different countries as well as her own unique personality. This special event is being held at Wallace House, 1 Wallace Dr, Noosaville on April 16 from 10am-noon. Cost $5pp. Tickets available at the door or go to noosa artsandcrafts.org.au.
SOCIAL BALLROOM DANCING AT POMONA
EVERY Tuesday evening from 7-9.30pm Pat and Norm Young organise a social evening at the Pomona Memorial School of Arts Hall. Cost is $5, which includes supper. It is a very enjoyable evening as Pat and Norm provide New Vogue as well as Old Time Dancing. Come and be a Spectator, CONTINUED ON PAGE 21
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LIFE AWARD: Tony Eccles (right) receiving his Honorary Life Membership from Sunshine Statesmen Barbershop Chorus President Mal Woods.
and see if you will enjoy it. Everyone is welcome. Phone (07) 5485 2007.
COOROY-NOOSA GENEALOGICAL & HISTORICAL RESEARCH GROUP
IN recognition of over 20 years of tireless work and fundraising by our members to build their dream of a Heritage Centre in Cooroy, the President of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland, Stephen Sheaffe presented the Group with the Centenary Medal. The Medal is awarded to those who in the opinion of the Society, have made an exceptional contribution to the history and heritage of Queensland. All past and present members are proud of their magnificent achievement and importantly of the stimulating, friendly and resourceful group they have become. Go to genealogy-noosa.org.au to find out more or phone (07) 3129 0356.
AGLOW INTERNATIONAL SUNSHINE COAST
WE NEXT meet on Friday, April 12 at 9.30am at Flame Tree Baptist Church hall, 27 Coes Creek Rd, Burnside. Entry $8 includes morning tea.
Come along and enjoy worship and an inspirational message. Women and men are all welcome. Come along and bring a friend. Phone Melva on (07) 5443 5752.
Caloundra 86 MEMBERS participate in a monthly walk and talk, games afternoon and a general meeting with guest speaker at Pelican Waters Tavern. To join our friendly group of retired or semi-retired men and women, phone membership officers Dorothy and Bill on (07) 5492 6721. Coolum Beach Combined WE ARE a club for retired and semi-retired people looking for friendship and fun. Next meeting is on Tuesday, April 2 at 9.15am at the Uniting Church, Elizabeth St, Coolum Beach. Visitors are welcome. A guest speaker entertains us each month and organised lunches, bus or car trips. Phone 0429 516 788. After the meeting is closed, we meet at the Coolum Beach Hotel for lunch (at own expense). Kawana Waters WE HELD our AGM and are ready to embrace a new club year with active committee members lead by president Michael
Matthews with Brian and Julie Knight as treasurer and secretary respectively. The many club activities are ready with new programs. The general meetings are held at Venue 114, Sportsman’s Pde, Bokarina on the second Tuesday of each month. Visitors are welcome. Phone the Registrar Jan Rowe on (07) 5491 9287 or 0450 717 447. Noosa Tewantin OUR club is all about friendship and mental stimulation for retirees. There are weekly outings such as coffee mornings, lunches, dinners and visits to places of interest. Meetings are usually on the fourth Monday of each month at 9.45am at the Tewantin Noosa RSL. Visitors are welcome. A donation of $5 covers morning tea. Our April meeting is on April 29 because of Easter. The guest speaker will Senior Sergeant Ben Carroll from the Noosa Police. Phone Geoff Bailue on 0418 145 034.
SUNSHINE COAST COMPUTER CLUB INC
IS TECHNOLOGY whizzing past too quickly for you to keep up? We can help. Hands-on help is available at club meetings. You can also receive assistance with
help telephone lines, weekly information bulletins and a monthly magazine. Reasonable membership fees and a small weekly charge for attendance at meetings. Meetings are held weekly at Caloundra on Saturdays and Buderim on Thursdays. Membership entitles attendance at any club meeting held on the Coast. Visitors welcome. Phone (07) 5492 1005 or go to sccc.org.au.
18 at Cooroy Memorial Hall, 23 Maple St, Cooroy (third Thursday of each month). Doors open at 6pm. We share surplus home grown produce and plants by giving, exchanging or selling. Entry is a $5 donation for non-members. The meeting begins at 6.30pm and the night is complete with a “bring a plate” shared supper at or after 8.30pm. All welcome.
CALOUNDRA SENIOR CITIZENS’ CLUB
NAMBOUR GARDEN CLUB
HERE you can learn to Line dance to Latin music and other music from the ’60s and ’70s. No partner required. Tuesdays 2.30pm. Phone Maribel on (07) 5492 2805. Also we have tai chi exercises (standing up) that are easy to do following the teacher. And an excellent musical show, indoor bowls, bolivia, whist, 500, hoy and mah jong. Annual sub is $10. Entry for members $5 for each activity (visitors $6). For a copy of the weekly program, email raymoni @optusnet.com.au or phone (07) 5438 1403. Uniting Church hall, 56C Queen St, Caloundra.
OUR next meeting will be held on Thursday, April
ON MONDAY, April 1 at Uniting Church Coronation Street, Nambour. Parking at Donaldson St entrance, 8.45am for 9.30am start. “Honouring Members”. Speaker: Marjorie Van Roy. Visitors welcome. Phone Karel on 0490 415 067.
GET active while seated! Our seated dance sessions promote fitness and wellbeing through inspiring music and wonderful world dance styles. No experience needed. Come along and give it a go; bring a friend. Classes every Thursday at the Freemasons Hall in North St, Yandina, 10.30-11.45am. Phone Philippa on 0417 780 016 or email pippambc@ hotmail.com.
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NEXT Lecture: Venerable Venues on April 8 at 6.30pm for 6.45pm start at the Drama Theatre Matthew Flinders College, Stringybark Rd, Buderim. For bookings phone Brian on (07) 5445 4439. Visitors cost is $25. Bookings essential. Email sunshinecoast @adfas.org.au.
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What's on EASTER CONCERT
THE Caloundra Chorale present its 2019 Easter Concert with conductor Kim Kirkman. An afternoon of fabulous music featuring the Chorale’s Queensland Eisteddfod Programme with special guests Hot Ginger at 7pm Friday, April 12 and 2pm on Saturday, April 13 and 2pm Sunday, April 14. Adults $24, Concession $21, Groups, Members & FOC $18, Children $10. Includes supper/afternoon tea. CCTC Theatre, 3 Piringa St, Wurtulla. Bookings, phone 0490 329 912. Caloundra Chorale and Theatre Company 2019 Easter Concert, go to caloundrachorale.com.au.
SUNSHINE COAST UKULELE FESTIVAL 2019
THE Festival is set to bring the 6th annual ukulele festival to the beautiful Mary Valley town of Kenilworth from April 11-14 at the Kenilworth Showgrounds. Artists from the UK, US and all around Australia will be
‘VOYAGE’ BY NEO VIDA DANCE COMPANY
performing and teaching their own unique styles of fabulous music and songs all played on the little ukulele, now the most popular instrument to play worldwide. The Festival’s special event this year is the Mary Valley Rattler train ride to Gympie and back, playing ukuleles and singing all the way. The Festival will be presenting lots of great workshops to suit all standards of ukulele playing and workshops on singing, dancing and drumming. There’ll be plenty of merchandise to buy including music books, CDs and new ukuleles, because we can never have enough ukuleles. Our annual songwriting competition with great prizes, open mic sessions at the Kenilworth Hotel and spontaneous jam session will be popping up all over the festival site. Everyone welcome to come along. Bring your tent or caravan, For ticket and site bookings go to sunshinecoast ukulelefest.com or email Lynne White at
NEO Vida’s upcoming production Voyage uses well-known paintings as the background to its dance interpretations. The concept of Voyage translates the subject matter or narrative content of varied paintings into an expression of dance choreographies. The paintings are the inspiration and storyline for the production. Costumes and characters within the dance will evoke the figures, landscapes and emotions in the paintings and will faithfully refer to the textures and colours of the chosen artwork. By celebrating painters and combining the definitions of artists across media and performance art, Neo Vida’s performance of Voyage has begun. This event will promote the growth of Neo Vida as an independent dance company and will showcase local talent. At The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6 at 6.30pm. Tickets: $30 Adult / $25 Pensioner,
Senior & Students / $20 Child 12 and under. To purchase tickets, go to thej.com.au or phone (07) 5329 6560.
THE SONGS OF DOLLY PARTON
FROM rags to riches, Dolly’s life story has remained humble and honest in her performance. After 60 years she continues to be America’s sweetheart of country music. This new and uplifting show celebrates the decades-long success of Dolly Parton, the most honoured female country performer of all time. Starring Brooke McMullen, who at just 23 is a superstar in the making. After huge success as June Carter in the hit show Leaving Jackson, Brooke is thrilled to now pay tribute to one of the biggest names in music. The Songs of Dolly Parton will feature all of her popular hits, from 9 to 5, Jolene, Rocking Years, Islands in the Stream, Blue Smoke, Apple Jack, I Will Always Love You and many more. At The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction on Friday, April 12 at 7.30pm. Price: $59 Adult, $52 Concession (pensioner, senior, student), $29 child 15 years and under, $52
MULTI-TALENTED: Victoria Davitt, known as Victoria Vox, will be performing at the Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival from April 11-14. Photo: Drew Neerdaels Groups of 6+. For tickets, go tothej.com.au or phone (07) 5329 6560.
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HAVING debuted his show to a sold-out season at the 2018 Adelaide Cabaret Festival and two sell-out shows at Palms At Crown Melbourne (for which he attracted a standing ovation each night), Johnny’s real wild nephew – the multi-talented Andrew O’Keefe – delivered an extraordinary performance in Andrew O’Keefe “Shouts” Johnny O’Keefe.
Highly applauded by the critics for his song interpretation and his storytelling, Andrew intertwines his own experiences with legendary stories of The Wild One, and takes audiences on a very personal journey through JOK’s 25-year career, belting out classics like Wild One, Sing Sing Sing and Shout with an intensity topped only by Johnny himself. On Friday, November 1 at The Events Centre Caloundra. Go to the website theeventscentre.com.au or phone (07) 5491 4240.
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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 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
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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WITH the redevelopment complete, Queensland’s Daydream Island is ready to welcome guests to its 277 rooms and suites. The food and beverage offerings have been expanded, with three restaurants and three bars, including an exciting new Asian fusion restaurant that joins the buffet and modern Australian restaurants. The revitalised pool landscape, with its poolside bar, allows you to enjoy the stunning views across the Whitsundays. Info: www.daydream island.com.
the fine fare to your table. Feast High Country Festival offers a perfect excuse for a road trip. 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. ■ 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
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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 Trail. Brisbane local Brian Eales, who will celebrate his 71st birthday on the trail, and Dennis Frost, 65, from the Sunshine Coast, were unknown to each other before they embarked on this ultimate trekking experience. 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
The trail itself triggers inspiring stories
INTREPID: Dennis Frost, with Mt Warning in the background, during a training walk. 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 4500km through the
Himalayas from Bhutan to Pakistan. “As well as being an incredible adventure, the trail itself triggers the most inspiring stories of determination, achievement and personal growth,” World Expeditions chief executive Sue Badyari
said. The Nepal section begins in the country’s far east. It crosses to the high plateaus on the Tibetan borderlands in the far west, along the way encountering some of the wildest and most remote mountain environments on the planet.
Trekkers can see all eight of Nepal’s 8000m peaks and visit villages where traditional culture has remained intact for centuries. “A thousand words cannot describe how absolutely amazing the Great Himalaya Trail was and always will be,” Ray Mustey, also of Brisbane, who trekked the full traverse in 2014, said. “I am often asked if I would do it again. The answer is always yes.” Brian and Dennis will join a select list of just 21 people who have completed this trek. World Expeditions has divided the Great Himalaya Trail into seven treks that can be completed individually or together. Find out more at worldexpeditions.com.
Wedding of the year and you’re invited to celebrations
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BECOME a guest at a traditional Indian wedding this November when Wendy Wu Tours takes an intimate tour group to one of the pinnacle experiences of cultural India. The special tour includes all the highlights, sights and sounds of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, with the added exclusive opportunity to take part in a real-life Indian wedding. The tour starts in Delhi, where you will stay for two
nights to experience its chaos and charm. Explore the colossal Red Fort and India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid, before heading on a delicious food tour. Next is Agra and the magnificent Taj Mahal before moving to Jaipur. On arrival in Jaipur, travellers will participate in the sangeet. It’s the pre-wedding celebration, usually on the night or day before the wedding, where the entire wedding party comes
together for an event full of song and dance. It’s often in pre-choreographed moves set to traditional tunes and usually followed by a night of thumping Bollywood numbers. The nine-day tour departs capital cities on November 5, 2019, and is limited to 28 people. For more information or to book, phone 1300 128 738 or go to www.wendywutours. com.au/an-indianwedding.
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The Villas in a park-like setting.
Tangalooma Island is the world’s third-largest sand island
NATURAL BEAUTY: Wild dolphin feeding off Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island.
Birdlife abounds Tangalooma.
A dive into Tangalooma Shirley Sinclair
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 like 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 on to 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 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.that the State Government deliberately sunk on this beach to provide a breakwall safe anchorage spot for recreational boat owners on the eastern side of Moreton Bay. It has also served to create the snorkelling and diving wonderland so close off the beach. The first ship was sunk
TANGALOOMA TIPS DO Tangalooma operates launch transfer services from Holt Street Wharf, Pinkenba in Brisbane. Passengers travel in comfort across Moreton Bay aboard one of three high-speed catamarans – the Tangalooma Jet, Flyer, and Express. PLAY Many activities are free, while Tangalooma Island Resort also has plenty of paid tours including helicopter joy rides and kayaking. We can also highly recommend quad biking, and the desert safari tour with sand tobogganing. STAY Stay longer than a day in a range of accommodation to suit any budget, including hotel rooms, units, villas and apartments, most with a bay outlook. DEAL Tangalooma Island Resort three-night Island Escape from $299pp twin-share. Enjoy up to 40 per cent off when you book a three-night island escape, plus receive 20 per cent off experiences offered by TangaTours. Valid for travel from February 20 –April 4 and April 28 –August 31. Call 1300 652 250 or see www.tangalooma.com to book. Subject to availability. Further conditions apply.
in 1963 and had a good amount of coral growing around it in three years. Four more ship scuttlings followed in the 1960s, then five each in the 1970s and ’80s, with the last in 1984. Sandy tells us the mostly finger coral found here is very slow growing, averaging 6cm every three years. Over 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. Sandy introduces us to wrecks including the Remora and shows us why Trevally Alley and Coral Gardens are so-named, as well as the Fish Tank – where one side of a ship’s hull has collapsed, allowing
smaller fish to successfully hide from predators. He even tells us where to dive down to observe gropers in their hidey-hole in the hull of a ship. Butter bream, golden trevally, yellow and black-striped sergeant majors, kingfish, yellowtail and a kaleidoscope of tropical coloured fish including lionfish catch our eye or surround us inquisitively. But the highlight is when Sandy points out a napping wobbegong, camouflaged beneath a steel panel. The snorkelling reminds me how the simple things in life are often the best. So I’m feeling like a new woman over sunset drinks and traditional spicy Sichuan cuisine at the “Fire” side of Fire and Stone (the “Stone” is a la Carte dining with Modern Australian cuisine), where we share a Prawn Mixed Mushroom (garlic prawns stir-fried with Chinese mushrooms), and the Chef’s Special Porcupine Barramundi (deep-fried baby barramundi dressed in a coat of crunchy pine nuts and served with a sweet and sour sauce) – a food art surprise. 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). Silhouette – so-named because of her perfectly formed dorsal fin – has another calf: four-year-old Betts. We are instructed to crouch over, elbow bent with fish in the water at snout height for ease of acceptance. She is eating for two, so that’s probably why Silhouette is so eager. Her maternal instincts and motherly nature are on display as she ever-so-gently approaches us, keeping her left eye on me at all times, slowly opening her mouth to reveal her tiny teeth and gracefully accepting her dinner. It’s a night-time ritual Silhouette gladly and enthusiastically repeats throughout the year. And after one big day on Tangalooma, I realise she’s not the only one who wants to come back for more.
The writer was a guest of Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island:
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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 departed from on their way to Gallipoli in World War I.
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Albany honours the In honour of Anzac Day we publish Erle Levey’s account of his visit to the place believed to have held the first dawn Anzac cerceremony.
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 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 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 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 again for World War II. If someone said spend a day at the Anzac Centre, you would wonder why
At the grounds of the National Anzac Centre on Mount Clarence at Albany, WA. Photo: Erle Levey spend a day at a war memorial and museum. But you can. It’s like a walk through time and history. 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. 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
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The grounds of the National Anzac Centre on Mt Clarence.
The monument to the Desert Mounted Corps at Mount 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 Mount Clarence, Albany. Photo: Erle Levey
Anzac Centre also gives a great vantage point of King George Sound in comfortable surrounds. Perhaps the most touching monument is to the Desert Mounted Corps who were 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
Middle East as part of the Anzac Mounted Division and later the Australian Mounted Division. 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. Having served as an army chaplain from 1916-18, he led parishioners from St John’s Church to the summit of Mount Clarence at dawn on
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December 1915, when allied troops were evacuated from the peninsula. Two Australian soldiers souvenired pine cones from Lone Pine Ridge in 1915 and from them seedlings were propagated. The pier is a stretch of boardwalk that 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 also 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
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Western Australia during World War I. It formed part of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade and served at Gallipoli as infantry in the Australian 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
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Fishing the crater lakes in the Victorian district Anglers travel here in winter and summer Nige Webster 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.
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
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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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Kerry Heaney STANDING in a queue with a sick family member at a busy pharmacy was the inspiration for two Brisbane dads to develop an app that makes it easier for people to get the medication they need. Guy McKenzie and Adam Gilmore said personal experience showed it needed to be easier for older members of the community, including those with limited mobility or who could not drive, to get their medicine. “In a world where you can get almost everything delivered, including food, groceries and online shopping, it should also be possible to get medicine brought to your door,” Adam said. “After standing in a long line with a sick person, we saw the acute need for greater convenience when
it came to accessing prescription medication.” The Tonic App allows users to scan a photograph of their script to order prescription medication and over-the-counter items like vitamins, hearing aid batteries and painkillers, and nominate a time and place for the products to be delivered. For 65-year-old Rod, who lives on Brisbane’s northside, the service keeps his medications up to date and on tap. Rod takes a multitude of preventative cardiovascular disease medications, as well as blood pressure medications, and has used Tonic since September 2018. His scripts are on file and Tonic ensures the medication is ordered and delivered before his supply runs out. “Pharmacy Guild of Australia stats show 43
per cent of medicine users aged over 50 take five or more medicines, and that’s why we’ve designed the app so seniors can order multiple products at the same time,” Adam said “It also means those with a vulnerable immune system aren’t exposed to a greater risk of infection by having to leave home and wait in line at a pharmacy.” One of the advantages of the Tonic App is users who have repeats on their scripts can set up automatic delivery, meaning they will never run out of the medication they need. “The scripts are stored in the app, so you don’t have to worry about finding them, and an alert is sent when those repeats are getting low as a reminder to return to the doctor,” Adam said. Info: tonicapp.com.au.
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Top tips for a good fit The right bra makes being active more comfortable Tracey Johnstone
BREAST HEALTH: Always consider the type of activity you will be using the bra for and therefore what support factor you need. Photo: Berlei
women’s breast sizes change over the course of their lives: ■ Our bodies change all the time as we gain and lose weight, and as we lose muscle tone. ■ There are many health risks in not wearing the correct size bra. Scarring under the breast is a common problem if the bra is far too tight, which
causes it to dig into and rub on flesh. ■ Lack of support in the bra frame adds extra pressure on the shoulders and chest, which can cause complaints in the back, shoulder and neck, especially in women with large breasts. ■ Breast pain due to tight-fitting bras that are uncomfortable with
underwire poking out can also lead to blisters on the skin due to rubbing. ■ Breast sagging can result from wearing a loose bra that fails to support the breasts and help keep them in shape. We recommend being open-minded about your size. It’s just a number and the proper fit of a bra is the most important
part. How important is breast bounce? Breast support is important for all women when active. Women with softer tissue are particularly prone to pain and damage when active. It’s not possible to cure the damage to breasts once they have been impacted and so 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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Robyn inspired to find a cure Quinn Jones ROBYN Hilton just had to grin and bear it. There she stood, halfway round 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 living 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
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dementia research, culminating in Robyn 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 (CJCADR) 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. “The gala, our fifth,
UNITED: Peter Hilton and Robyn Hilton as they faced dementia. Robyn Hilton, founder of the Peter Hilton Fellowship at the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI).
Some time after the initial shock I felt pretty helpless; there’s no known cure, there’s no timetable for the inevitable decline. showcases extraordinary musical talent in an historic venue,” Robyn said. “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 invaluable work being
conducted by the 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 said. “Recent internationally recognised breakthroughs
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
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Support for driving decisions ARRIVING at the decision to cease driving after being diagnosed with dementia, before that decision is taken away from you, is being helped through a free guide. Dementia and Driving: A Decision Aid, developed by Australian Catholic University occupational therapist Catherine Andrew, empowers those people who have been diagnosed with dementia to understand why they need to make the decision, how to make it and how to deal with choosing to no longer drive. “There is going to be those people who want to be tested and go and do a driving assessment regardless,” she said. “And there are those that won’t have the insight to stop driving. But the
guide is making a difference for the people that are thinking about it. “The most important difference it makes is to get that conversation started early. Someone who is diagnosed may still have the capacity to drive if they are diagnosed early enough. “Dementia is a very progressive, it happens over time. Someone might be safe to drive for six months, 12 months, two years. It’s very useful if used early to get people thinking about what to do.” Driving requires a range of cognitive and visual competencies, including short and long-term memory, concentration, reaction, quick decision-making, planning, judgment and visual-spatial awareness.
Ms Andrew has been assessing the competency of older drivers with dementia for about 30 years. She has found many of them are unwilling to accept her recommendation to cease driving. As a result, she developed this guide where the person can be part of the conversation around competency. It can be also used in conjunction with a person’s GP, carer and family members. The guide takes the user through four steps – help clarify your decision, what you need to make your decision, weighing up your options and what’s next. “The people from Dementia Alliance International, which is for people diagnosed with
DRIVING DECISION: Help is at hand for self-determination on whether to keep driving, or not. Photo: photobac dementia, think this is important because it empowers those people to be involved in the decision-making,” she said. “The guide gives that person control of their
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Wellness, lifestyle, security BRAND INSIGHTS THERE really is no limit to just how much you can be involved in at Palm Lake Resort Cooroy-Noosa. Just ask resident Ruth Hutchinson who joined the community 16 months ago and has not looked back. After losing her husband, Ruth felt it was time to move out of their Tewantin home of 29 years. She attended the resort’s grand opening in 2016 and loved everything about it. The homes had the space she required to set up a sewing studio and
the security of a gated community. “When I brought my daughter to see the resort the following April, she insisted I put a deposit down immediately,” Ruth said. Since moving to the resort Ruth admits she has come out of her shell. “My family say I am a totally different person,” she said. Ruth gets involved in yoga, aqua aerobics, tai chi, swimming, billiards, ten-pin bowling, art and mosaic classes and gym five mornings a week. “I have to force myself to leave the resort!” she said. And why would you want
ACTIVE RESIDENT: Ruth involves herself with yoga, aqua aerobics, tai chi, swimming, billiards, ten-pin bowling, art, mosaic classes and gym five mornings a week at the Milon gym. to, with so much on offer? Steve Moon, a Noosa local of 26 years and grandfather of four moved to the resort last October. He remembers the upkeep on the two acres he lived on was such a chore it took him away from doing all the things he loves. One such passion is playing pool. Steve participates in the resort’s Monday night
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86-year-old gymnastics instructor teaches fitness EMBRACING the “healthy body, healthy mind” philosophy espoused by the Australian Brain Foundation, Gymnastics Queensland celebrated Brain Awareness Week with a Fitter for Life class in King George Square during March. Developed specifically for the 8.3 million* Australians over the age of 50, Fitter for Life is a “gymnastics for all” program that aims to help improve mobility, strength and co-ordination. Having already benefited more than 400 Australians since 2017, 86-year-old Fitter for Life instructor and ambassador Doreen Wilson says the program is a fun and easy way to maintain physical and mental fitness. “Research shows that an active body helps lead to a healthy mind so programs like Fitter for Life can really make a difference to an older person’s quality of life and independence,” Ms Wilson said. “Human beings are integrated creatures so it’s important that we meet our mental, social and physical needs, no matter what age we are. “Fitter for Life classes include activities to stimulate the brain and create new neural pathways that may never have been used before. “I teach five classes each week and have seen the very real benefits exercise can have for participants, particularly in maintaining their independence for as long
ON THE BALL: Doreen Wilson (front) leads a Fit for Life class. as they can. “Simple things like being able to get in and out of bed or up and down from a chair means that people can stay in their own home longer. “I must stress that we’re not talking cartwheels, vaults and trampolines. Fitter for Life is created to suit the needs of those over the age of 50 and can be adapted to meet the physical needs of all participants.” The Department of Health’s Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Australians (65 years and
older)** recommends that older Australians should accumulate at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day, doing a range of physical activities that incorporate fitness, strength, balance and flexibility. Gymnastics Queensland chief executive Kym Dowdell said Fitter for Life helped over-50s achieve these physical activity goals as well as improved their mobility in other sports and daily activities and provided a local and social outing. “As we get older, the
physical abilities we take for granted when we’re young can become more and more challenging so Fitter for Life classes aim to keep people active and functioning as well as they can,” Ms Dowdell said. “The program is designed to build specific muscle strength to stay mobile and to keep doing the things we do daily – like tying our shoelaces, hanging out the washing and walking up and down stairs. “It’s not a daunting program, we don’t use specific machines or equipment and it can be
tailored to any level of physical ability – so it really is gymnastics for all. “We encourage anyone who might be interested in the program, or who might be thinking of a parent or friend who could benefit from the activities, to visit the website and contact their closest club.” Ms Wilson is a shining example of the benefits of the Fitter for Life program and is passionate about encouraging others to get involved. “Every day is a reward for me teaching Fitter for
Life,” she said. “Seeing people getting up and getting active, being able to have fun and enjoy some great social interaction is what it’s all about. “I just love to help make people’s lives better.” For further details on Fitter for Life and the participating gymnastics clubs, please got to, www.fitterforlife.org.au. ** www.aihw.gov.au/ reports/australiashealth/australiashealth-2018/contents/ indicators-of-australias -health/physical-inactivity.
Parkrun groups to increase across country GENERATIONS Project is the buzz around Parkrun Australia enthusiasts after being told the project would be funded under Sport Australia’s Move It AUS Better Ageing government grant. It’s primary purpose is to increase nationally Parkrun Australian’s participation by people aged 65 and over by 5000 over the next two years. To do this, Parkun Australia will create 65 new locations to help older Australians experience connecting with their local community. These new members will be encouraged to run, walk, volunteer or simply
be a spectator. The Generations Project funding of $1.8 million will be used to both create new weekly Parkrun events in areas that have a high older population and provide more older Australians with the chance to take part in free and fun physical and social activity to help improve their overall health. Inactivity, isolation and loneliness are major concerns for Australia’s ageing population. Through the Better Ageing grants, Sport Australia aims to reduce cardiovascular and metabolic problems, control weight, combat
chronic disease and help prevent falls. Move from inactive to active in a group activity is important to an older person’s health and to socialisation, peer-support, conversation and reducing the possibility for loneliness related physical and mental illnesses. A further 26 organisations including golf, netball, basketball, football, gymnastics, bowls, tae kwon do, water polo and surf life saving are receiving under the Better Ageing grants. For more information about Parkrun Australia, go to parkrun.com.au.
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RSL extends hand of giving Seniors News RSL Queensland has launched a new website and new branding as it works towards making its services more relevant to the changing face of Australia’s defence force personnel. The organisation has been part of the Queensland community since 1916. The name is recognisable, but as the organisation has come to realise, few understood what RSL Queensland actually does. Even more challenging, only 30 per cent of the defence family thought RSL services were relevant to them. “There are so many facets to RSL Queensland – from the support our sub-branches provide at a local level to the broader statewide initiatives that have been introduced to tackle issues like employment and homelessness,” the
Veterans Phillip Cawthan and Claire Baldwin star in a new RSL Queensland campaign. organisation stated. It reached out to members, clients, those not involved with RSL and the frontline staff who work with defence personnel on a daily basis. What emerged was the common theme of veteran support and the recognition that it took many forms, whether it was the volunteer base
who keep the organisation afloat, the connections between veterans, camaraderie, a helping hand here and there, a qualified advice or more in-depth wellness casework. “There were essentially two core ideals that underpin the RSL Queensland brand – gratitude to our service personnel and a commit-
The impetus behind the campaign is to be more inclusive.
ment to support them when they needed it,” RSL Queensland noted. “These ideals were the inspiration for our new brand promise: support that empowers.” As a result, RSL Queensland has revitalised its visual identity, which it has launched through a new cross-generational campaign: Shoulder to
Shoulder, Always. The campaign centrepiece is a 45-second cinema commercial that unites two real-life veterans – 88-year-old veteran Phillip Cawthan and naval veteran Claire Baldwin. All the other people on screen, including the extras, are veterans. “The new campaign clearly focuses on this
idea of connection to our defence family, ongoing support provided, and subtly reinforcing our history – we’ve been here for our defence family for 103 years and we’ll always be here for them, regardless of how their needs change,” RSL Queensland added. For a list of Anzac Day events, visit rslqld.org.
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Is ‘grandma’s ghetto’ your idea of a retirement village? If so, stop right there! There is nothing further from the truth. In the past, most residents entered these villages aged in their seventies as part of a move to downsize, decrease maintenance responsibilities, experience a greater sense of safety and security, or for health and lifestyle reasons. Today, younger retirees from age 55 are seeing the beneﬁts of relocating to a retirement village, with the emphasis on lifestyle and making the move a liberating experience. To those who say that they are not ready for such a move, many of the residents at Laguna Estate say that they wish they had made the decision earlier. It has given them the freedom to travel, visit family or just pursue new hobbies without any of the worries they previously had with the upkeep and security issues of their previous home. Combining outstanding resort facilities with stylish homes in a fully landscaped environment, this village strikes the perfect balance between privacy and independence whilst encouraging a vibrant and rewarding community in which to live. There are spacious villas and serviced apartments from which
to choose, all in a quiet, peaceful location yet so close to all the vibrant action of Noosa. The range of facilities is cleverly geared towards anyone over the age of 55, whether you are physically active or prefer a quieter lifestyle - and the grandchildren are welcome here. so what will sell you on your decision to make Laguna Estate your home? It is a combination of many things – particularly the smart community facilities and the activities which cater for all lifestyles, but also the quality ﬁnish of both the new and the refurbished villas, the resortstyle feel, the professional and hugely cheerful staff and the low monthly fees. At some time in the future you may need living assistance but this too is catered for at Laguna Estate with assisted care apartments available. Three meals a day, cleaning, weekly towel & linen changes and 24 hour on-call emergency staff are all part of the service. Laguna Estate is a class act – phone 1800 012 049 for lots more information and an appointment to view this special retirement estate at 21 Lake Weyba Drive, Noosaville. You could soon be making the best choice of your life! 6184687ab
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How do downsizer contribution rules work? Money
Make choice on facts Andrew Heaven UNDER the downsizer contribution rules, individuals aged 65 or older are now able to make personal super contributions of up to $300,000 using the proceeds from the sale of their home. Conventional super contribution rules for people aged 65 and older, that is the need to meet a work test for those aged 65-74 and no contributions for those aged 75 and over, do not apply to Superannuation Downsizer Contributions (SDC). Additionally, the restriction on non-concessional contributions for people with a total super balance above $1.6 million will not apply. Both members of a couple are able to take advantage of the SDC cap. Meaning that a couple could contribute up to $600,000 ($300,000 each) to super. There is no obligation for you both to have been on the property title. There are limited restrictions on the type of property being sold houseboats, caravans or mobile homes are specifically excluded. While there is a maximum cap of $300,000 per person, the amount able to be contributed is limited to the value of the property sale. So, if you sold the family home for $540,000, the limit would be $540,000 for the couple, provided no more than $300,000 was
contributed per person. If an individual sells a property for $160,000, then $160,000 would be the limit. To qualify, individuals must have owned their property for a minimum of 10 years, although they are not obliged to have lived in the property for the full 10 years. Having said that, the property must be eligible for at least a partial main residence exemption. You are also not obliged to make a subsequent property purchase. In order to take advantage of the SDC the contract of sale on the qualifying property must be entered into on or after July 1, 2018. Extended settlements entered into prior to July 1, 2018 would not qualify. Further, there are timing and administrative requirements that must also be met. SDCs will not be eligible for a tax deduction and are treated in much the same was as a non-concessional contribution. As to whether using the SDC will benefit you will largely depend upon your personal circumstances including your income needs, your taxable income, the scale of your current super investments and your estate planning needs. It should also be noted that selling your home and freeing up capital in this way may impact on your Centrelink entitlements. How do I make a SDCs? When making a SDC you need to complete an Australian Taxation Office
SUPER ADVICE: There may be important consequences when downsizing your family home. (ATO) Downsizer Contribution into Superannuation form and submit this with your contribution to your super fund. Alternatively, your super fund may have their own approved form. The form includes your personal details and Tax File number. SDCs must be made to a super fund within 90 days of settlement of the property. Extensions to this deadline may be sought from the ATO. You may make multiple SDCs within the 90 days provided that in aggregate the contributions are within the $300,000 individual limit and you
meet all other criteria. You are obliged to submit a separate ATO form for each contribution. Further, even though you may make multiple SDCs within the 90 days of settlement, SDCs are limited to using the proceeds from the sale of one property only. In submitting your SDC form you are confirming that you have met all eligibility requirements. SDCs subsequently identified as being ineligible will either be returned to you or, if the fund was otherwise able to accept the contribution, will be re-reported as a
non-concessional contribution which may result in you exceeding your non-concessional contributions cap and render you liable for administrative and tax penalties. Before you decide to make an SDC, you should confirm you meet the eligibility requirements. Contact your super fund to confirm that they accept SDCs. If you don’t have an open account with a super fund, you will need to open a new super account to make your contribution. There may be important additional consequences when downsizing your family home that you may
wish to take into consideration. For example, any money invested into super would count as an asset for Age Pension Asset Test purposes. You should seek financial advice in relation to this matter to ensure you understand any consequences and how appropriate the strategy will be for you. This article first appeared on wealthpartners.net .au. Any general advice in this story doesn’t take account of personal objectives, financial situation and needs.
Centrelink allows more income for pensioners A MORE generous “Pension Work Bonus” was announced in the May 2018 Federal Budget and has now passed into legislation. The change is aimed to help pensioners and other retirees remain employed, active and independent. Currently the Work Bonus allows people over pension age who receive income from employment of $250 a fortnight or up to $6500a year without it being assessed by Centrelink’s Age Pension income test.
This applies to employment income earned inside and outside Australia, paid leave while still employed and directors’ fees. It currently does not apply to other sources, including self-employment income, investments and superannuation income. However two changes will take effect on July 1, 2019: 1. The amount that can be earned from work without affecting eligibility for the Age Pension will rise to $300 a fortnight (or
$7800 a year). 2. Self-employed pensioners will also qualify for the Work Bonus for the first time. Pensioners will continue to accrue unused amounts of the fortnightly Work Bonus, which can exempt future earnings from the pension income test. The maximum accrual amount will increase to $7800 a year. Pensioners do not have to apply for the Pension Work Bonus but must tell Centrelink about changes
to their income. “If you get income from work, we’ll apply the Work Bonus to your income test,” the Department of Human Services said. A partner’s assessable income is also reduced if they are a pensioner of pension age and earn money from work. You can’t use your Work Bonus for your partner’s wages. However applying the Work Bonus to your wages will affect your combined income, which means your partner may still benefit.
For more Information contact Mark Digby at Maher Digby Securities Pty Ltd – Financial Advisers – AFSL No.230559 (see advert Page 3). Phone 07 5441 1266 or go to www.maherdigby.com.au. This document was prepared without taking into account any person’s particular objectives, financial situation or needs. It is not guaranteed as accurate or complete and should not be relied upon as such. Maher Digby Securities does not accept any responsibility for the opinions, comments, forward-looking statements and analysis contained in this document, all of which are intended to be of a general nature. Investors should, before acting on this information, consider the appropriateness of this information having regard to their personal objectives, financial situation or needs. We recommend consulting a financial adviser.
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IT’S 1920 and at 17 years of age, Maddie Bright takes a job as a serving girl on the Royal Tour of Australia by Edward, Prince of Wales. She meets the prince’s young staff and the prince himself – beautiful, boyish and godlike. Maddie might be on the adventure of a lifetime. Her talents soon earn her the respect of Helen Burns, the prince’s vivacious press secretary, and Rupert Waters, his most loyal man. And Maddie is in awe of Edward himself, the people’s prince. What starts as a desire to help her family devastated by the recent war, becomes a chance for Maddie to work on something that matters. When the unthinkable happens, it is swift and life changing. Sixty-one years later, Maddie Bright is living a small life in a ramshackle house in Brisbane. She has Ed, her drunken and devoted neighbour to talk to, the television news to shout at, and door-knocker religions to join. But an unlooked-for letter arrives in the mail and there’s news on the television from Buckingham Palace that makes her shout back at the screen. Maddie Bright’s true story may change. In August 1997, London journalist Victoria Byrd is tasked by her editor with the job of finding the elusive MA Bright, author of the classic war novel of ill-fated love, Autumn Leaves. It seems Bright has written a second novel and Victoria has been handed the scoop. Written with real warmth and wit, these evocative strands twist across the seas and over two continents, intersecting with
the lives of Edward and Princess Diana, two of the most hated and loved figures of the 20th century. Australian author
Mary-Rose MacColl’s The True Story of Maddie Bright considers the inescapable ties of mothering, friendship, duty and love.
Published by Allen & Unwin, The True Story of Maddie Bright is available now. RRP$29.99.
Go Swimming with Men for a refreshing mid-life crisis flick FEEL good with the laugh-out-loud Swimming with Men movie, which is in theatres this month. Coming to terms with a mid-life that includes a cheating wife, boring job and boringly grey daily commute, accountant Eric, played by Rob Brydon, dons goggles and hits the water at the local swimming pool. Nearby are a group of group of men with similar life challenges, but they are at the bottom of the pool and wearing nose
clips. Brydon and his new pool friends soon find self-worth and purpose in the most unexpected way – through amateur synchronised swimming. The all-male, middle-age physiques may not be quite up to speed, but their enthusiasm is strong as they come under the guidance of coach Susan (Charlotte Riley) who helps them prove they have what it takes to be a whirling, twirling, scissor-kicking
aquatic “dream team”. Laughingly they set their sights on the world championship. But soon the competitive spirit is awakened in all of them and the group of dull men are transformed into a team. The rest you will have to see for yourself. Be prepared to find a bid of sadness and a lot of laughs in this quirky British movie. Check your local movie guide for screening locations and times.
IN THE SWIM: A scene from the movie Swimming with Men. Supplied by Icon Films. Photo: Alex Bailey
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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.
LEERS, MoDELS, NoURISH, oPTIMIST, PACEMAKER.
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
REELS SELDOM IN HOURS MOIST TIP CREAM PEAK
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.
aids ails aims amid amiss dais dial dials dims dismal dismiss DISMISSAL diss ilia laid maid mail mails midi mild mislaid miss missal missis sadism said sail sails salmi sild sisal slid slim slims
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