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PRESENT and future accommodation is on the minds of many people our age. We might have made a decision to downsize, modify our present home for future requirements,check out granny flats or taken a look through retirement villages. To support your decision making, this month our big read looks at the new wave of retirement villages, in particular, the vertical village. The name hardly denotes the architectural leaps that have changed the face of this accommodation style from the usual sprawling, one storey plan to buildings that have grown to, as I see it, holistic living centres. It seems to me to make a lot of sense to keep facilities such as medical, beauty care, dining, leisure under one roof, but importantly to share appropriate facilities with the general public. As you will see in this edition, there are various articles outlining contemporary studies which prove how human beings thrive on a diverse range of companionship. Indeed it is with others we figure out what's going on, compromise and exchange information and while that’s happening, share a few laughs, feel empathy and the joy of good

company. I hope you find good information in our double page feature on Singapore’s new style retirement village, which recently gained the World Architecture prize award together with news of what is happening in this area in Australia I have also written a tribute to my newspaper colleague of 25 years, Seniors News reporter (Brisbane and Sunshine Coast) and travel writer Ann Rickard. It’s difficult coming to terms with losing my friend and it will leave a hole in our travel pages. So I’ve decided to do what Ann would do – ask everyone who can, to chip in and share a pic or two or a long or short story on your travel adventures. In return, I will endeavour to publish in print or online. You can email directly to me: Gail.Forrer@ There’s plenty of personality, health, wealth and happiness in this edition. Enjoy Gail

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THE Australian Government is helping seniors stay in their home for longer after announcing a $15 million boost to support independent living. Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt said the commitment would offer “greater certainty, more options and more independence for senior Australians”. It will also help Commonwealth Home

Support Programs deliver better services to their customers. “This $15 million is a significant increase to help meet the growing demand for home-based services,” Mr Wyatt said. “This means many more people will be able to live safely at home, secure in the knowledge they can remain in the communities they know and love for as long as possible. “We know senior

Australians want as many choices as possible to keep them at home in a secure environment that supports healthy living, especially if they are recovering from surgery or injury.” Approximately 1600 providers deliver the CHSP to about 800,000 senior Australians across the country, delivering services such as domestic assistance, meals, transport, home maintenance, nursing and

respite care, physiotherapy, podiatry and speech pathology. It also includes services for prematurely aged people on low incomes who are 50 years or older and are homeless or at risk of homelessness. “The CHSP delivers high-quality services tailored to individual circumstances, with a focus on maintaining wellness and supporting rehabilitation,” Mr Wyatt said.

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HE’S BACK: Leo Sayer is touring Australia this year with his Just A Boy At 70 show from February to March before heading to the UK. Photo: Ed Fielding

FANTASTIC, wonderful, the best, no fears looking forward, proud to be 70. Leo Sayer brims with enthusiasm on the eve of his tour of Australia and New Zealand. He’s just a boy. It’s always been his thing; his song and now his tour, Just a Boy at 70. “I think I am boyish in my ways,” Sayer told Seniors News. “Everyone looks on me as this eternal youth. Michael Jackson took the title first, but I am the real Peter Pan.” Well, if you take the crazy hair, the lively music, his energetic stage presence, a wardrobe of loud jackets and a youthful attitude – yes, for him being boyish even at 70 is just fine. “I never grow up,” he joked. He’s been working up a storm in his barn-sized studio at his home in Sydney’s southern highlands, readying

himself for up to two hours of music, if the management allows him to go over time, with a medley of everything old that remains in the memories of the ‘forever young’ - still exciting, entertaining and evocative. “People really come to see me because of the music of the past more than the music of today,” Sayer said. He has 13 albums to choose from. In that catalogue, there are plenty of songs audiences know word-for-word. You couldn’t help yourself sing along as Sayer belts out You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, More Than I Can Say, Train, Dancing The Night Away, and the song he wrote for Roger Daltrey, One Man Band. “Things that weren’t the biggest hits, but at the same time, things that the audience know already and songs which are all part of the story,” Sayer said.




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His story – and ours. “A song like Moonlighting, or Thunder In My Heart or Orchard Road will trigger memories for people about what they were going through at that time. “We have shared experiences of that time.” In between preparing for his tour, Sayer has been scribing his memoir. “I am writing it by myself,” he said. “I tend to be the kind of person who does everything by himself.” His career launched in 1972 but he has got as far as writing to the end of 1978. But there is a lot to pack in when reviewing a life lived in the spotlight. “It’s already 77,000 words,” he said. “It’s going to be quite a tome. There is so much work going into it. I have had such a busy life. “I get to a point when I am talking about a particular moment like when I did my first TV series in England, and

Every day that you are doing this and really mobilised and you are motivated, it’s just fantastic.

during that time there a little marks in the diary that I kept and some postcards that I wrote to my mum and dad. “Then more events come out. “Suddenly, oh my god, there I was the night Keith Moon of The Who died. My god, we were together that night and then I saw him off after a party we were at. “He gave me a hug and said, ‘I will see you in a couple of weeks’. The next thing he was dead. “I was one of the last people to speak to him.”

Sayer swore he is on the home run to getting the book finished. There is also new album in the works, but it won’t be out before the tour starts. He is living a busy life, but Australian highland life in a sleepy village surrounded by English foliage where “you don’t need to know how to reverse park”, suits the 70-year-old who has blended into the little community. Since moving to Australia in 2005, he has taken to eating organic foods, staying fit and enjoying a life, free of city pressures, with his Italian wife Donatella. “Every day that you are doing this and really mobilised and you are motivated, it’s just fantastic,” he said. “Standing still is the most dangerous thing for me, so I keep moving.” Just a Boy at 70 tours across Australia from February. For tickets visit

ON TOUR: Leo Sayer is touring Australia this year with his Just A Boy At 70 show from February to March before heading to the UK. Photo: Michael Palmer


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EMPTY NESTERS: Bob and Carol Bursill, Josie Ginty with mother Prue Weaver and father David Ginty. Carol was the dissenter. “I didn’t really want all my kids out of the house,” Carol said. “I would have loved for them to stay home another four or five years.” Most survey respondents, some 74 per cent, said they had more time on their hands. “The difference was not that the kids were there or not there, it was that that they weren’t at school anymore,” Prue added. When it comes to finances, life is much better, to start. “But we still forked out a lot of money for them, even though we didn’t have the day-to-day expenses,” Carol said.

All agree that even now, they are still handing out money to help their children. “It’s on a needs basis,” Bob said. But both Carol and Bob wonder, are they now spending more on the children then they used to, but just in larger, lump sums? There are you see, house deposits and grandchildren costs to be considered. However, Prue and David predicted the their time as a the financiers of their children’s lives wasn’t over just yet. “We made a deal with them that if they go into university we would either pay their fees or accommodation. We were

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scrapbooking. Bob spends more time in the garden and tinkering with boats. Prue and David are travelling overseas to fascinating places, but always on a tight budget. Downsizing is another outcome of becoming empty nesters. While they have retained a spare room in their small apartment, David and Prue are happily out of the much larger family home. “Well, nobody was using half the house!” David declared. Bob and Carol are like about 30 per cent of the ASIA survey responders who have turned a spare bedroom into a hobby space.

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“Because we had children who had the grandchildren straight away, we wanted to keep room in the house for them,” Carol said. Downsizing, however, will soon be on the cards for them. Allowing any of the children to return home indefinitely isn’t an attractive idea for these empty nesters. “They come with attachments,” Carol said. “They come with husbands or wives who you may, or may not, get on with. And the children who you may or may not like the way they are being raised.”

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THE house is a lot quieter, there are less dishes in the sink and washing on the line, the bills are less and so too the cleaning; the kids have finally left home, the nest is empty. According to research from the Australian Seniors Insurance Agency (ASIA), empty nesters are embracing their freedom from day-to-day family responsibilities and many are rediscovering financial and social freedom. Two couples in their early 60s who have seen their children out the door are Prue Weaver and her husband Dave Ginty, and Bob and Carol Bursill. Both watched their children willingly head out within about two years of finishing high school. And, like like 51 per cent of those surveyed by ASIA, the reactions to the children’s departure is mostly one of joy. Prue and Dave fully supported their son and daughter quickly departing the family home. “I was delighted,” Prue said. “It gave them the chance to do what they wanted to do on their own terms, and I was still available if they needed backup or financial support. “But basically they were on their own to spread their wings and suffer the consequences, if there were going to be any.” Bob noted he was thrilled to see his three kids happily gain their independence and know what they wanted to do.

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Adieu Ann: We farewell Travel writer Ann Rickard lived her perfect life.

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Ann always made herself available to speak at art openings or any service club that asked her. Indeed, she was a polished public speaker. Her book launches at various places, including Berardos restaurant, were a treat with the audience held captive as Ann, cool as a cucumber, with mike in hand, cruised the stage and entertained with stories of her great adventures. But above all else, Ann was a wordsmith, twisting, turning and painting words into vivid, clever and very, very funny descriptions. But it was her propensity for honesty, her ability to make fun of herself, that let us find a little bit of ourselves in her. Ann wrote about being a wife, a parent a grandparent, about sagging bodies, about botox, about wearing a two-piece bathing suit at 70, about the importance of little black dresses, good manners and bad taste – she shared all of that and so much more with grace and a big smile. During the seven years of Noosa’s de-amalgamation battle, Ann, Peter Gardiner and myself held the Noosa News fort. It was a fraught time with many challenges, but my memories are of Ann who constantly kept our heads above water with her good spirits, loyalty and love of Noosa. Gardiner, a Noose News journalist, remembered meeting Ann in the early 1990s when they were working at the Noosa Citizen newspaper. “There was a grumpy boss at the time who tried to ban laughter in the office, largely because of Ann’s personality,” he

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WITH Ann Rickard’s passing an era has ended in Noosa and the Sunshine Coast at large. For more than 30 years Ann’s hysterical columns, witty anecdotes, personable profiles and views on life, graced the pages of Noosa News, Sunshine Coast Daily including past publications including Noosa Entertainer, Noosa Magazine and more lately, Seniors News (Sunshine Coast and Brisbane). The bigger world knew Ann as an author of six books and a travel writer recognised with prestigious awards. In 2017, she was honoured as APN’s feature writer of the year. Besides that, Ann and her husband Geoff ran yearly tours to France. Ann was formidable, complex, loving and a ridiculously talented person. I know, because I have worked side by side with Ann for more than 25 years. On a daily basis, I witnessed her tremendous work ethic, her kindness, her brashness and more than anything, her brilliant, upbeat, offbeat, hilarious take on life. The serious side of Ann shone through when she talked about the great loves of her life, her husband Geoff, her three children Steven, Jessica and Dallas, their partners and, over the last decade, the birth of her much-loved grandchildren. Serious too, was her

love for Noosa, Noosa News and Noosa people. Ann lived and breathed Noosa. Since the 90’s, Ann celebrated with the best of them in Hastings St and beyond and she brought Noosa’s unique world of personalities, business and events into the lives of every Noosa News reader. In the days of snail mail, reader’s letters piled high on Ann’s desk and she loved receiving them, often sharing the contents with me. Ann’s readers seemed to connect with her simple, joyful and casual style. But the truth is, it is not easy to write like that, indeed it takes insight and natural flair, and that’s what Ann had in bucket loads. Ann edited the lifestyle section of the paper and her own culinary skills, preference for fine dining and good champagne, meant she was the perfect restaurant reviewer – and perfect for a town with a reputation built upon a unique dining scene. Ann’s appreciation of the good life was balanced by her appreciation of Noosa’s natural beauty – I recall her beautiful descriptions of the blossoming red Poinciana trees in Tewantin, the everglades and Noosa River’s marvellous mirroring qualities that made you feel like you were travelling through a liquid sky. Yet, it seemed to me that a family boating trip up the river meant as much to Ann as touring the soaring Alps of Switzerland or visiting the Louvre in Paris. Ann loved art too, she attended many openings to support local artists and, when something really took her fancy, she purchased it.



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FAREWELL: Ann Rickard the first one that she found was this: Ann writing about death – her own specifically. “My funeral music of choice is Elvis (Are You Lonesome Tonight), Frank Sinatra (My Way) and Shirley Bassey (Big Spender),” she wrote in the column dated August 17, 2015. “These songs hold a special place in my heart as I have performed them often at two in the

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morning on the top of my staircase after a night of champagne-induced rollicking (My friends have appreciated this muchly).” And in true, classic style, Ann was always thinking of others: “I have told my husband to harvest as many organs from me as anyone deems worthwhile, apart from the liver. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.” Farewell Ann.

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recalled. “Her laughter and love of life used to bounce off the walls. “Later the editorial team of the Noosa News, editor Gail Forrer, Ann and I would share quite a few misadventures together, not the least the ill-fated camel races on Melbourne Club Day out in a rain-soaked and flooded Doonan paddock, complete with over-flowing toilets, watery wine, cranky camels and mud-splattered frocks. “Ann always made me and many others laugh with her amazing take on life in Noosa and beyond and there is no greater gift. She also took one of my favourites photos of my young son Ben and I in the Noosa News office which I still cherish. “Ann was a Noosa one-off and sadly we won’t see her like again.” But the last words must indeed come from my friend Ann and, in one of those quirky turns of our fate, last Friday when, long time Sunshine Coast Daily editorial assistant Roz Hoolihan, looked through Ann’s columns,





Right man for the job Retirement plans put on hold to help save struggling town

Tracey Johnstone IT WASN’T former Queensland Police assistant commissioner Andy Henderson’s intention to do any more work after 45 years in the force, but then he was headhunted for a contract that needed his empathic character and particular people skills. Andy, 67, and his wife Lyn, 62, both retired from the police force five years ago. They spent two years before that planning what they wanted to do in retirement. Once out of the force, they took up sailing, camping, overseas travel, keeping fit and enjoying an active social life. Andy also accepted a board position with the Police Credit Union, now Q Bank, and the couple were recruited to Crime Stoppers Queensland. Lyn helped with fundraising activities while Andy became chairman on the board. The police force had been an important part of Andy’s life for so long and he was pleased to retain an ongoing casual connection – even after retiring. This was their retirement. Active. Enjoyable. Body and mind fit. But just over six months ago, the Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships needed the right person to work with the Cherbourg Aboriginal Council and residents to identify community issues and their vision. Andy’s time as the Far North District assistant police commissioner and his experience helping

with indigenous community challenges were key to his appointment to the role of Senior Government Co-ordinator for Cherbourg. “I worked with a lot of government departments in the north to get good outcomes and I think that is why the phone call came,” Andy said. The Cherbourg community was described as “the most disadvantaged” local government community in the 2016 Census. The town of 1269 people, living three hours north-west of Brisbane, is fraught with poverty, unemployment, alcoholism, violence and a great deal of sadness. However, residents envision a brighter future for the town and Andy’s ready to lend a helping hand. “The community is going forward and there is a lot of pride, but every now and then some issues come out and that is what I am there for,” Andy said. Andy said his work entailed helping restore community wellbeing, create community cohesion and harmony. He emphasised it was also about ensuring government agencies were successfully working together, and funding was being allocated to the right areas. “(I am) co-ordinating government departments, ensuring they are not working in silos within the community,” he added. “A lot of government departments provide funding to non-government agencies.” Travelling from his

BACK IN SADDLE: Andy and Lyn Henderson at their home on the Sunshine Coast. home on the Sunshine Coast, Andy jas been on site each week, appreciating the opportunity to work in this critical role. He cited the set-up of the PCYC Restart program for at-risk school children, with the help of Assistant Inspector Scott Stahlhut and Department of Eduction co-ordinator Simon Cotton, as one of the highlights of the job. “I am not expecting to solve the problems of the world there,” he said. “There are historical issues. It’s a generational change, but it is going in the right direction. There are a lot of good ideas being pushed forward. The important things are for the children to feel safe, go to school and get an education.” Andy and Lyn talk of a long bucket list that includes seeing as much of the world as possible,

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annals of time. This is a wonderful stand up New Orleans-style band that is sure to get your feet tapping, featuring all local Sunshine Coast musicians. Jo Simons vocalist, Rob Roy mandolin, John Withers banjo, Brenda Withers bass ukulele and Mark Seamon guitar. John Withers the leader, on banjo, is well known worldwide and has played with such notables as Aker Bilk, Bob Barnard, Frank Johnson, Neville Stribling, Tom Baker and Ade Monsbourgh ... the list goes on. We are talking jazz big time. Me And My Chauffeur also includes Robert Roy McKeown on mandolin, Brenda Withers on bass ukulele, vocalist Jo Simon and guitarist Mark Seaman. Special guest John Murray, on trombone, will be included in the line-up when the band performs for the Sunshine Coast Jazz Club on February 18 at 2pm at the Caloundra Power Boat Club, Golden Beach. Me and My Chauffeur is a collection of masterful Sunshine Coast musicians providing a wonderful style of foot-tapping jazz. This music will have you up and dancing all afternoon. Don’t miss this one. For further information contact Julie 0412 789 957 or Meredith on 0427 782 960. Members $20, Seniors $22.50 and non members $25. Email suncoastjazz2 We are a non profit organisationendeavouring to bring to the members and jazz lovers the Best of the Best. The show will be an afternoon of

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THE very embodiment of the folk singer, Luka Bloom has that deep sense of social justice with an uncanny ability to distil contemporary life into the pithiest and most alluring combinations of lyrics and melody lines. His latest album, Refuge, put a finger on the fractured nature of so much of what’s happening in our world today, from homelessness to war to climate change. His voice is still as open and honest as it was more than 30 years ago, and his guitar finds chord combinations that are all his own. Passion, playfulness and pause for thought: a hearty combination in any gig. For 40 years, Luka Bloom has been making records and travelling the world singing his songs. Since 1992, Luka has toured Australia 12 times. In February/March Luka will bring his 13th tour to the land he loves. Along with all the favourites, Luka will perform songs from his 23rd album Refuge for which the tour has been named. There is also a live CD coming on-stream. MIG in Germany are releasing a live Luka concert from Radio Bremen in 2001. Luka Bloom – The Refuge Tour on Wednesday, February 27 from 8pm at The J, 60 Noosa Dr, Noosa Junction. All tickets $56.90. Book online, go to Box office at 60 Noosa Dr, Noosa Junction or phone 07 5329 6560.


JAZZ fans love Kristin Berardi and James Sherlock. As individual artists, they are among the best in the wider jazz community. He is a master guitarist, one always sought after by singers, and she is probably the brightest star in the dazzling constellation of Australian vocalists. Both award-winning artists (Kristin won the 2006 Montreux International vocal competition and James has been awarded the Ike Isaacs International Jazz Guitar Award), as a duo they have established a partnership of rare intimacy and honesty, taking songs and stripping them down to the bare essentials, the core. This partnership has taken them around the world, performing in North and South America, Japan, Indonesia and Europe with a highlight being their performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival opening for George Benson and Al Jarreau. Kristin and James have been making music together since 2004 and they have released four albums. Their latest release I’m Glad There Is You comprises a series of wonderful jazz standards including the classic What A Little Moonlight Can Do as well as Charlie Haden’s First Song. Kristin Berardi and James Sherlock – I’m Glad There Is You from 3.30pm on Saturday, February 23 at The Jazz Sessions at The Bison Bar, 2-64 Currie St, Nambour. Tickets: $20, go to or phone 0403 152 397.





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WE ARE conducting Bridge classes for beginners starting February 6-April 10. $30 fee includes 10 lessons from 9am to 11.30am, textbook, handouts, morning tea, six weeks of supervised bridge and membership fees. Contact Jean Thompson by phone 07 5445 4618 or email jeanthompson1 Education Centre, Hibiscus Resort. Lakehead Drive, Chancellor Park.


SOME Australians are pleased to discover a convict ancestor who was maybe a bit of a rebel, strong willed and who resisted authority. Faye Patrick presented her convict ancestor at a family reunion, explaining his life experiences in Van Diemen’s Land. Using documents from convict Basic Conduct Records held by the Tasmanian Archives Office, Faye compiled a record of the grim life convicts led in the penal colony. A film has been produced, All for a Hat and a Handkerchief which is a graphic account of British Government policies towards convicts and the dark history of convict life. Her film covering five generations, will be presented from 1pm on Saturday, February 9 to Cooroy-Noosa Family and Local History Group at the Heritage Centre, 17 Emerald St, Cooroy. For more, go to or phone 07 3129 0356.


WE MEET every Thursday from 7pm at the Croquet Club, Syd Lingard Drive, Buderim. Donation $4 to cover hall hire. Join us on February 14 with a

“bring a plate of vegan food” to share. Dinner at 6pm for the launch of the weekly 2019 program of inspirational talks, study and sharing to explore in a non-sectarian inclusive way, the mysteries and meaning of life according to the ancient wisdom, alive still today. Tim Boyd’s 2018/19 International Convention address follows. February 21 is “The Impact of Compassion”. Then on February 28 members brainstorm for programming wishes for this year.


WE ARE entering our 35th year as a community choir, and this year will be particularly exciting with renovations happening at the Palmwoods Memorial Hall including the final revealing of the beautiful Poppies in Flanders Fields window overlooking Piccabeen Green. This year the singers are planning to launch the Little Village Choir, which will focus on the many physical and emotional benefits of singing in a group. A wonderful voice is not a requirement, but for anyone who is seeking fun, companionship and good health, come along and enjoy the benefits of singing as a group. The Little Village Choir will meet on Monday afternoons at the Palmwoods Hall. Pone Pat Atkinson on 0404 980 222.


NOW that we are into a new year, it is fun to enter into some new activities. Square dancing is a fun activity that keeps us active and fit and we dancers all enjoy it very much. Suncoasters Square Dance Club is situated at 260 Dixon Road, Buderim. Tuesday, February 19 at 7pm is the time for new dancers to come and

MONEY SIZZLER: During December the volunteers of the Coolum and District Red Cross Branch held a sausage sizzle at the Maroochydore Bunnings and raised more than $1000. start this great new activity. Please come along with a friend or friends and I am sure you will enjoy yourself.


AGLOW –Sunshine Coast will meet on Friday, February 8 commencing at 9.30am at Flame Tree Baptist Church hall, 27 Coes Creek Road, Burnside. Entry $8 includes morning tea. Come along and enjoy worship and an inspirational message. Guest speaker: Tony McLennon – Australia for Jesus. Women and men are welcome. Come along and bring a friend. For more information, contact: Melva 07 5443 5752 or Dorothy 07 5476 4190. Aglow is a world-wide non-denominational Christian organisation with Branches in 172 Nations on 6 Continents.


OUR next General Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 21 at 1.30pm The guest speaker will be one of our very active and knowledgeable members Kerry McGrath, who will be presenting “Australia and the Oscars”. 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 with which the group is associated. Our rooms

are open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 9am12.30pm for people who want to use our resources (library, computers and onsite expert advice). We welcome new members and visitors. For more, go to caloundrafamily, email us on hello@caloundrafamily or phone Cathy Meyer on 0411 881 745.

Journey” and will outline international permaculture work he has been involved in. Our second speaker, Wayne Oldham’s presentation will be about medicinal herbs.


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, and see if you will enjoy it. Everyone is welcome. Phone 07 5485 2007 for more or come and visit.

JOIN us under the shade of the Casuarina trees anytime between 8am to 10am for our dune care activities (planting natives and removing weeds) on Tuesday, February 12 and Tuesday, March 12 at Beach Access 201 on Pacific Blvd, Buddina (opposite La Balsa Park). All provisions, tools, plants, conversation and morning tea are provided. Buddina Coast Care is a small community volunteer group and new volunteers and visitors are welcome. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month. Follow us on coastcare/.




MONTHLY meetings are held at Cooroy Memorial Hall, 23 Maple St, Cooroy on the third Thursday of each month. Doors open at 6pm. A market takes place where we share surplus home grown produce and plants by giving, exchanging or selling. Entry is a $5 donation for non-members. The meeting starts at 6.30pm and the night is complete with a “bring a plate” shared supper at 8pm. At our January meeting, keynote speaker Tom Kendall’s presentation is titled “My Permaculture

IT’S art, it’s under $80 and it’s going to fly off the shelf. As we get into the new year, artists at the Buderim Craft Cottage are selling off last year’s work to make way for this year’s creations. They’re taking their original pieces off the shelf and out of the studio and offering them at great sale prices –for three days only. The buyer will be the winner with a huge variety of work including landscapes, abstracts, portraits and still life. Whether you’re looking for something that will spice up a special corner, or

something to remind you of a special holiday, chances are you’ll find it at the right price. The mixed and multi media group artists at the Buderim Craft Cottage work in many different styles and materials, so there will be no shortage of variety. There will also be artists on hand to talk about the works. A commission from each piece sold will go to the Craft Cottage to fund ongoing improvements and towards supporting original artists in the area. Buderim Craft Cottage, 5 Main St, Buderim from 10am-2pm on February 22-24. Everything under $80. Refreshments for sale. Go to buderimcraft or phone 07 5450 1714.


THE Royal Australian Air Force Assoc. Kawana branch is currently seeking membership for both male and female ex members of the RAFF. The aim is to promote and maintain welfare and benefits of serving members. Ex members of the RAAF and Her Majesty’s Air Forces and their dependants. The branch also conducts monthly subsidised lunches. Membership is $25 per calendar year. Bus tours of an interesting nature and many other types of social activities. The branch meets every second Saturday of each month at the Kawana Waters Life Saving club house at Pacific Blvd, Buddina at 10am. If you are an Ex Air Force person living in our CONTINUED ON PAGE 16


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SING with one of these SATB A Cappella choirs this year to have fun, meet new people, and create beautiful music. Starting again this year around mid February. St Andrews Singers sing in Tewantin on Mondays at 10.15am popular songs. St Andrews Drive. Air-conditioned. Good Vibrations sing in Cooroy on Mondays at 7pm. Popular songs. Anglican Church Hall, Miva Street, Cooroy. Spiritsong Chamber Choir sings in Tewantin on Wednesdays at 7pm. Mostly classical sacred. Some experience very useful. Uniting Church Hall, Poinciana Ave/Werin Street, Tewantin. New year, new songs. Now is the time to join. Email Andrew, choir director and arranger of songs at andrewjemmet or phone 07 5474 1498.


NEWCOMERS/Absolute beginners with little or no experience. A fun activity and exercise for mind and

NEW FRIENDSHIPS: Some of the 16 new Caloundra Evening VIEW Club Members for 2018 pictured here enjoying new friendships, while helping to raise funds for disadvantaged students through the Smith Family Learning for Life Program. body. Mondays 12.15pm Sport and Recreation Centre, Cnr Currimundi Rd and Ilya St. Currimundi. Saturdays 9am Uniting Church Hall, 6 Milwell St Maroochydore. Cost $10. Contact Ute Woods on 0412 804 499.


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7pm and Wednesdays 9am. At Woombye Hall on Mondays 9am. Keep your mind active and body fit with dance. Fun fitness, friendship and great music. Phone Barbara on 0407 733 280. Classes for this year start February 4.


COME and try sessions are now available free, every Friday 2.30pm. Phone 07 5476 5527. For other times phone 07 5443 3339. Follow-up coaching is available. Caters for competitive and social play all year round. Offers gentle exercise with great mental stimuli plus it’s great fun. We’re a very friendly club and would love to have you

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LOOKING FORWARD: It's a busy month and year ahead across many sectors of seniors lives. Photo: Vesnaandjic


There must be a federal election on the calendar, soon.

LOOK up and out is my motto for the rest of the year. Already, and with only one month under our belt, the news has had the power to drag me down. Our dear friend and travel writer Ann Rickard was taken from her family and friends with far too much haste. In late December, the vivacious actress Penny Cook also died. She was only 61. Seniors News had the pleasure of talking with Penny in August in what was possibly her last interview. Penny’s farewell was as enthusiastic as the woman the Australian public came to know and love. Songs, hilarious stories, video snapshots of her various acting roles

and words of great wisdom from her husband, David Lynch, were all part of the celebration in front of a packed audience at her alma mater, NIDA. Tributes flowed for both these exceptional women as we all struggled to know how to contain our sorrow and turn the memories of their vibrant lives into a positive. It hasn’t taken long for our minds to turn back to the present as the onslaught of political commentary and promises fire up. There must be a federal election on the calendar, soon. The Federal Government announced last month the roll out a further 10,000 high-level home care packages to be allocated by June 30 and new regulations for the use of restraints in Aged Care. The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has started. The stories will be difficult to hear and read.

We are preparing for at least 18 months of hard news. Hopefully, the outcomes of overdue changes to the industry and to improving the training and working conditions of the industry’s carers bring some comfort to those families who have fought to achieve a supportive and caring time for their loved ones resident in Aged Care. Those retirees with self-managed super funds, along with many finance industry advisors, appear to be gearing up for a Labor government and a change in franking credits. There are plenty of people trying to discourage Labor from this move, but only time will tell if they can change that party’s stance. Proving age is great fun creatively, Clint Eastwood is back on the big screen at 80 in a new movie. Joining him in movie theatres, soon, will be an impressive Australian and British cast in The Chain

Breakers. James Cromwell (78), Dennis Waterman (70), Jacki Weaver (71) and Jack Thompson (78) will star in this comedy about four Vietnam veterans, famous for escaping out of a POW camp, who find themselves in a new hell; the Hogan Hills Retirement Home for Returned Veterans. February is the month of love so be prepared for news about ways to get closer to the ones you love, finding new love and staying safe from dating scammers. It’s also the month for getting better on the internet. We are being encouraged to develop four critical skills – respect for yourself and for others; being responsible for your actions and taking a stand when you see something wrong; questioning what is real; getting back up from tough situations – all good discussion points for your next community chat.

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The design also set out to encourage different generations to interact.

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BIODIVERSE DESIGN: The Kampung Admiralty complex in Singapore has an extensive green footprint on the new site. Photo: Patrick Bingham-Hall

PCA’s Retirement Living director, Ben Myers. Photo: Anthony Burns

Kampung Admiralty architect Pearl Chee.


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RETIREMENT living design has been thrust into the international limelight as height and style head towards the sky. Late last year, Singapore’s innovative Kampung Admiralty project won World Building of the Year. It isn’t an office tower. It’s not a flashy hotel. Nor is it a cultural centre. It’s a showcase of the latest in vertical biodiverse retirement living design with its social housing, large green footprint, health services, cross generational hub and vibrant community spaces supporting integration, not isolation, for its residents. Kampung architect Pearl Chee, of the Singapore firm WOHA, said the aim of the government-sponsored pilot project was to integrate an independent living seniors’ community within an accessible and vibrant public space. The unique design is layered. At the lowest levels are a public plaza with a food court and neighbourhood retail shops. In the middle is the medical care centre with specialist rooms. On top of that is the quieter activities of an elder care centre next door to the childcare centre, and landscape terraces. Above that again is the social housing. “About 80 per cent of Singaporeans live in social housing,” Ms Chee

said. As they age, most of them look to downsize. Kampung has 104 apartments sized either 35sq m and 45sq m, each with an open kitchen, one bathroom and one bedroom. The design also sets out to encourage different generations to interact. “The idea was to have a mix so the community was more vibrant,” Ms Chee said. “It’s not a closed-up project. This is a very public building where everyone can access 24 hours. There is no fence.” The terraces are designed to encourage exercise, social interaction among the residents and spending time with young visitors. “The operators of the care centres have arranged for combined programs so on a weekly basis the young and the old are actually interacting in arts and craft programs or meals together,” Ms Chee added. For some residents, their grandchildren attend the Kampung childcare centre. Australia is there alongside the Singaporeans in design and innovation. Its models may vary because of the needs of this country versus those of Singapore, but when it comes to smart downsizing, Australia is on-trend. Australia’s Retirement Living Council executive director Ben Myers said there was a range of design innovations, including mixed-used developments and multi-generational

connections such as in Kampung, being seen in Australia and which were changing the concept of retirement living away from the horizontal villages in gated communities. Two of the newest vertical retirement living choices are Adelaide’s U City and Brisbane’s Aveo Newstead. The 2018 PwC/Property Council Retirement Census reports only 4 per cent of Australian villages are now vertical, and this number isn’t likely to change soon. Firstly, there are some significant hurdles to overcome. “One of the challenges is certainly the planning schemes that exist around Australia that in some instances, make that really hard,” Mr Myers said. “In West Australia, for example, the planning laws preclude the villages from carrying out anything other than retirement accommodation. “In the minds of many planners, retirement living and aged care are one and the same. But, they’re not.” It’s the community support and facilities that are not being included in planning schemes Mr Myers said. “The other challenge is the investment side and getting the capital. “Retirement villages can only take intentions to buy into account. “They don’t have that binding deposit to help finance (a project).” A horizontal village can be built in several stages.

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A vertical village has to be in one. “There is a transition away from the traditional financial models, which have helped the industry to grow, to now the operators saying if they are going to go vertical, which is what many people are desiring, particularly in capital cities, then they need the capital to build that all in one stage,” Mr Myers said. “It’s a riskier proposal and requires great confidence that the operator can turn intention to buy into residents.” Brisbane’s Newstead Mr Myers sees the Aveo development, which won the Award for Design Excellence at the 2018 National Retirement Living Awards, as a great example of the new thinking in mixed-use development. The 19-storey, inter-city tower ticks the boxes for retail, community dining, aged care and retirement living. “It’s a new concept in an urban renewal area,” Mr Myers said. “I think that is going to be something we see more of over the next few years.” Aveo Group chief executive officer Geoff Grady talks with great pride about what has been achieved with Newstead which opened last year. “It’s the future of retirement living in this country,” Mr Grady said. The secured upper levels of the layered complex have brought together three distinct accommodation and care products.

It has about 150 one, two and three-bedroom independent living apartments. It also has more than 50 apartments for low to medium care clients plus an aged-care facility with nearly 100 residential bedrooms. Mr Grady noted this structure “enables residents to transfer seamlessly between those offerings when their care needs are elevated”. On the lower levels there is a hotel unit for overnight rental by family members and 4000sq m for a resident recreational facilities area that includes a large community garden, gym, day spa, library, movie theatre, a-la-carte restaurant, bar, business centre, beauty salon, sky bar and private dining room on the top floor. All of this is wired for the technology of today and into the future, including Google Home. On the bottom level and open to the whole community is a supermarket, coffee shop, pharmacy and medical centre. Mr Grady was finding the age group buying into the building were mostly in their 70s, which was consistent with the PPCRC report finding that the average entry age was 75. “Why they are buying is because of the integration of their care,” he added. Adelaide’s U City South Australia’s Uniting Communities U City has taken a similar approach to Aveo’s Newstead with its development, but with a few key variations. The inter-city layered

development is on an existing UC-owned site and opens mid this year. It is central to many of the amenities its new residents will require and want. The 20-storey building incorporates 41 independent living apartments, 21 specialist disability independent living accommodation, 18 short-stay serviced apartments suitable for people with disabilities, open access indoor and outdoor recreational areas and public access retail including a bar and food outlets with the balance taken up by a 420-seat function and convention centre plus commercial tenancies. Its chief executive officer Simon Schrapel AM believes U City reflects the organisation’s commitment to providing social services and an inclusive and integrated, dynamic community in the city, in a financially viable model. The site, both retail and its short-stay accommodation, will be run 24/7. Its entrance is designed to welcome the public with the doors able to be pushed back to facilitate flow to and from the street frontages. The Baby Boomers’ needs have taken a high priority in the design of the centre. Internet savvy, wanting better health options, ability to mix with other demographics –they are showing a great deal of interest in U City. “It’s indicative of the group that want to continue to explore new horizons and territories, and I think that is what we are offering in many

VERTICAL LIVING: Uniting Communities U City development in Adelaide, due to open in mid 2019.

The top floor bar area in the new Aveo Newstead retirement living complex in Brisbane. Photo: Graham Philip senses is the opportunity to do that rather than feel this is the last stage of your life,” Mr Schrapel said. The vertical living innovations are being driven by the retirees’

desires said Mr Myers. Some, but not all want cross-generational spaces. Others want high interaction with the wider community. “This comes in so many

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WOMEN of all ages can connect at the Coolum Women’s Shed which will provide a place for women to learn, create and share skills. The idea came from a variety of discussions among women in the Sunshine Coast community said shed president Fiona Sykes. Women’s sheds are popping up across Australia.

They are taking on a variety of forms often focusing on young or senior women. The Coolum Women’s Shed is designed to be allinclusive across ages and backgrounds. “It’s everything; mental health and socialising,” Ms Sykes, 55, said. “For seniors; my mum has just moved into an aged-care facility and it’s been a huge learning curve for me.” Since Ms Sykes has been visiting her mother she has met “some



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sudden become mums and have been given a year off from work, and they are alone at home. They are stumbling, not really knowing what to do with their time and don’t have family support. “We discussed the idea of how beautiful it will be to have a space where we can have an art class going on where there are the mums with their babies and there is grandma; with everyone supporting and helping each other in that space.” Ms Sykes also talked

about how women in their 60s who have moved to the Coast and don’t know anyone can get involved, and women who have lost their partners and aren’t used to dealing with many of the household maintenance problems can receive support. With the help of the Coolum Men’s Shed the women’s club will offer some practical DIY courses. They have a meeting place at Coolum Beach’s Quanda Park industrial area available three days a week.

“This is happening; it has its own legs,” Ms Sykes said. The club Open Day is on February 10, from 11am to 5pm, at 904 Research Street, Coolum Beach. It will give local women the opportunity to find out what the club has on offer, to make suggestions for other courses, and to become a course presenter. Club membership will cost $25 per annum. Info: coolumwomensshed

It’s time to take a Life Check DO YOU want to live a longer life? Then it’s time to take a Life Check. That’s the advice of the Federal Government after it launched the Life Checks website in its ongoing campaign to help Australians live a longer and healthier life. Minister for Seniors Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt said taking a Life Check was “one of the best New Year’s resolutions you can make in 2019”. “Taking a Life Check means having more choices for a longer life,” Mr Wyatt said. “Average Australian life expectancy is now 82.5 years and it is projected by 2050 there will be more than 40,000 centenarians.

“We’re already living 25 years longer than we did a century ago and we owe it to ourselves, our families and the nation to live the best we can.” The minister said the Life Checks website was “designed to help your health, wealth, work and social well-being” – including your finances. “An important aspect of Life Checks is assessing people’s financial preparedness for the future,” he said. “Four in 10 Australians over the age of 55 do not have a financial plan for the next five years, with even fewer people having a plan that extends beyond that. “Options for employment are also included, whether the

focus is to keep earning or to stay involved in the community. “With so many types of work available and flexible working arrangements, retirement is no longer the only choice.” The Life Checks website is private, it stores no personal information and can help prepare you for the next stage of life. “Just taking the quiz is a positive step, offering encouragement and accessible resources to improve things you may want to change to realise your dreams and help futureproof your life,” Mr Wyatt said. To take a Life Check, go to



Buderim WE ARE currently inviting interested women to join the club that raises funds for the Smith Family learning for life program. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month at the Buderim tavern for lunch and a guest speaker. A social function is held on the third Wednesday of each month. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, February 6 at 11am for a 11.30am start. Cost: $28. RSVP: Pat Cooney on 07 5445 6329 by previous Sunday. Caloundra OUR members meet regularly to share their passion and experience, build lasting friendships and make a tremendous difference in the lives of the young students we support. We welcome women from all walks of life to join us and make a difference now. Sixteen new members joined the club last year and are now enjoying the welcoming atmosphere at our many social events. We meet on the second Tuesday of every month at the Caloundra Power Boat Club at 6.15pm for 6.45pm commencing with the AGM Dinner on February 12. Visitors and guests are welcome and anyone interested in attending the club, phone Sue on 0403 504 408. Glasshouse Country WE WILL be enjoying morning tea and games at Skippy Park Landsborough on February 6 at 10am. In the event of wet weather the venue will be the Coffee Club in Beerwah. Our lunch meeting will be at Glasshouse Sports Club on the February 20 next at 11am when our guest speaker will be Vanda from the Koala Action Group who will talk to us about koala rescue and helping them to survive in the wild. Anyone interested in joining us would be most welcome and for more information about our club, phone Trish on 07 5493 0026 or Lynda on 07 5494 7875. Maroochydore OUR next luncheon will be held on Friday, February 22 at the Maroochydore Surf Life


OUR Monday program has started with Tai Chi exercises (all standing up) that are easy to do following the teacher. Also Indoor bowls, Bolivia, Whist, and 500. Tuesdays Latin dance class 2.30pm. Beginners welcome. Partner not needed. Wednesdays music show, Hoy, Indoor bowls, Mah Jong, 500. Thursdays a second Tai Chi exercise class. Annual sub $10. Entry for members $5 for each activity (visitors $6). Phone 07 5438 1403 for details, or for a copy of the program with times, email raymoni Uniting Church hall 56C Queen Street Caloundra.


ADFAS is a not-for-profit organisation providing superbly illustrated monthly presentations on diverse topics within the arts and related disciplines. The goal of ADFAS Sunshine Coast is to enable members and guests to learn more about the arts in a friendly, welcoming environment – plus to enjoy meeting like -minded people – and chat over supper. Our monthly raffles raise funds to support local young art projects. The lecturers are recognised specialists in their fields drawn from a variety of professional backgrounds. Next


INTERESTING TALK: Ken Wishaw will share his experiences of “Rescue and retrieval medicine, how it all started,” at the Maroochydore VIEW Club on Friday, February 22.

Lecture: The Importance of Being Oscar- The Life and Works of Oscar Wilde. The first ADFAS presentation for 2019 will be on Monday, February 25 at 6.30pm for 6.45pm start at the Drama Theatre Matthew Flinders College, Stringybark Road, Buderim. Susannah Fullarton discusses Oscar Wilde’s extraordinary life, his fall from grace and the creation of his great works of literature. We welcome you to our first lecture of 2019. For bookings, phone Brian on 07 5445 4439. Visitors cost is $25. Bookings essential. Full annual memberships are available. Email sunshinecoast or go to s/queensland/sunshine -coast/.


THE workshop will be covering information on T2D, self-management practice, healthy lifestyle behaviours, and how to access further support in the local community. The workshop is free and runs from 9am-1pm

at Gympie Thursday, February 21, Maroochydore Wednesday, February 27 or Caloundra Wednesday, March 6. Carers and family members are welcome to attend. Loads of information and a great way to get motivated. Bookings are essential phone 07 5479 9670.


DURING December, the volunteers of the Coolum and District Red Cross Branch held a sausage sizzle at the Maroochydore Bunnings and raised over $1000. Fund raising is an important aspect of our Branch activities and we thank the public who supported us. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, February 13 at 10.15am at Coolum Surf Lifesaving Club, Coolum Beach. Come and join us for a coffee and find out what we do. Visitors very welcome. Phone Leonie on 0411 248 505 for more.


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Noosa RSL. Visitors welcome. Morning tea is $5. Our February meeting is on Monday, Febraury 25. Guest Speaker will be Carol Raye, a director of Katie Rose Cottage hospice charity which provides free 24/7 end of life care for guests with a terminal illness. For further information, please phone Geoff Bailue on 0418 145 034. Email your ‘Free 4 sale’ classified to advertising@seniors - the maximum price of your item to sell is $500 and only one item can be advertised per month. Max 20 words supplied please. GARDEN/Patio/Indoor Vintage chairs x 2. Square design with oval earth coloured mosaic and the another inspired by French cafe settings. Wrought iron, matt charcoal finish. Ex cond. Neg $85. Ph 0419 737 461. Noosa Heads. SHOWER SEAT PRquip brand solid waterproof seat, side hand grip, aluminium non-slip legs, adjust height. Ex cond $45. Ph 0407 359 111. Marcoola.

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for 2019 and the club would welcome new members. Our General Meeting is on the third Tuesday of the month at 9.30am at Pelican Waters Tavern, next is the 19th February. Other activities throughout the month mainly on Tuesdays are a Walk, Talk and Coffee, lunch at a Sunshine Coast restaurant and a games afternoon plus a bi-monthly day outing. To join this friendly group of retired and semi-retired men and women, contact the Membership Officer Terry on 0418 749 042 for more information. Combined Coolum Beach THE next meeting is on March 5 at the Uniting Church, Elizabeth Street, Coolum Beach, from 9.15am. Visitors and Guest are Welcome. Tewantin Noosa OUR club is all about friendship and mental stimulation for retirees. There are weekly outings such as coffee mornings, lunches, dinners, theatre nights and visits to nearby places of interest. Meetings are on the fourth Monday of the month commencing at 9.45am at Tewantin

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All welcome from 9am-noon. Wear sun-smart clothing, sensible closed-in footwear and your big smile. Morning tea will be provided. RSVP to See you at 2 Monak Rd, North Arm. Go to or phone 07 5472 7280.

Saving Club. The cost of the two-course meal is $30. Newcomers are always welcome and if you would like to attend a meeting, phone Sandi on 0429 022 033. Guest Speaker is Ken Wishaw who will share his experiences of rescue and retrieval medicine, how it all started. Riding the wire, swimming through shark infested waters and undertaking a rescue in the path of a bush fire – for Ken Wishaw this action and adventure was all part of his work as Australia’s first full-time helicopter doctor. For more than 14 years Ken performed an integral role in breathtaking life-or-death rescue missions. He worked with helicopter crews, in often extreme conditions to make a very real contribution to the quality of treatment and the continuance of so many lives.Ken will share his experiences of rescue and retrieval medicine, how it all started.




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MAGIC mushrooms could soon move from the party drug culture into the palliative care wing of Australian hospitals. The drug it contains, psilocybin, has been used for centuries by various religions and spiritual groups. It is naturally occurring and belongs to a group of drugs known as psychedelics which cause changes in a person’s, mood and thought. A new study is set to monitor the effect of this drug to help a person facing a life-threatening disease and receiving end of life care. A group of 30 palliative care patients will be given psilocybin. The trial is looking to alleviate a patient’s anxiety while they are

Psilocybin is a naturally occurring hallucinogen that can affect “perception, mood and thought”.

receiving treatment at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne. It has taken a year for the trial to be given the go-head after researchers battled with the ethics committee and state and federal authorities. “I think it’s fantastic this study has been able

NATURAL WAY: A new study is set to monitor the effect psilocybin has on helping a person facing a life-threatening disease and receiving end of life care. Photo: yacobchuk to obtain the requisite approval,” Vice President of Australia’s Psychedelic Research In Science and Medicine Association, Dr Stephen Bright, told 9News. “There have been multiple attempts to use psychedelics which have all been knocked back. “The fact that this has

been able to secure approval is very encouraging.” During the six-month trail period patients will receive a single dose of the drug and then be examined for their reaction to anxiety, fear and depression. Medical professionals

will monitor the patients on “dose day” while therapists will also be on call. The trial applicants will be screened and will require a State Government permit to take the medication. The Australian Drug and Alcohol Foundation report,

“...what is evident from the current trials is that psilocybin has the potential to break an individual’s habitual patterns of thought, which can help produce a change in their outlook – what some people are referring to as ‘resetting’ the brain”.





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Hot surprises and cool delights “The other end of the foodie spectrum was Eat Me, a modern fusion restaurant owned by Australian siblings and where I tried street food cocktails like Laab-Moo”

Kathleen Clare SA WAH Dee Ka! The Banyan Tree welcome letter was itself a delight, listing the many free things offered with our five-star hotel package – breakfast buffet, daily club lounge, laundry and cocktails. Hard as it was to leave the hotel, Bangkok proved a delightful place to visit. Quintessentially smoggy, concrete and high density, it’s surprisingly clean, with smiling people and a deep sense of history that you don’t really feel in Australia. With Google map downloaded and Luxe Guide aboard, my sister Mary Bridget and I went out for a two-hour Thai massage at Health Land, a 15-minute walk from the breakfast buffet. Side by side in a room, we were gently squidged and stretched into our holiday. Total price, $52. Limping the streets afterwards, we visited an art gallery in a gorgeous heritage home and marvelled at the quirky curves of the laneways and post-modern mess of

BANGKOK SURPRISE: Traveller Kathleen Clare shares a great way see this delightful city. overhead wires creating a canopy in every street. Later at the hotel’s famous Moon Bar we joined an Aussie friend and her journalist mate from Brisbane who has lived in Bangkok for 30 years. Moon Bar cocktail, $20. I love both Thai food and a bargain, so my favourite meal of the trip was at the MBK shopping centre – mushroom soup,

fried spun egg and rice. Cost, $2.50. The other end of the foodie spectrum was Eat Me, a modern fusion restaurant owned by Australian siblings and where I tried street food cocktails like Laab-Moo, garnished with a slice of crispy bacon. Cost, $17. The prize for best dinner experience, however, went to Flying Chicken.

Our Brisbane-Bangkok friend, Mr Andrew Biggs, as the Thai people call him, took us there and we were greeted like celebrities. We were seated at a choice table right next to a catwalk which cut curiously through the restaurant. The smiling staff brought us fans. Andrew ordered barbecued chicken, deep fried whole fish, som tam

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(green papaya salad – the Thai national dish), kai jeow (omelette) and kra pao (minced pork and basil). Then suddenly, commotion. A man on the catwalk is ringing a bell and holding a roast chicken aloft. Another enters on a unicycle, wearing a helmet bearing a unicorn-style spike. Unicycle man wheels off stage as the

chicken is placed on a catapult device. Excitement builds and the bell rings again. The unicycle speeds towards the stage and the catapult clunks. The roast chicken flies through the air and is expertly speared on the helmet. Dinner cost, don’t know as Andrew paid. It’s hard to briefly encapsulate everything Bangkok offers including Wat Po (golden reclining Buddha), the Grand Palace and Chatuchak markets. Head to the Mandarin Oriental river jetty where a porter can arrange a long scenic boat tour of the river and canals, providing an intriguing view of Bangkok life - cost, $45. I could spend two weeks in Bangkok. Actually, a month, a year.



Top spot for the grandfamily Fun and convenience all together Tonia Dynan MY FAVOURITE place to take a toddler on the Gold Coast is Sea World Marine Park. I have experienced it as a little girl and now as a parent, so I can recommend it as a great place for grandfamilies to visit. Getting there and back by car is my least favourite part so staying at Sea World is a good choice. No traffic, relaxing ocean and pool views from a gorgeous, grandfamilyfriendly resort room and buffet breakfast are at the top of my list, as well as the convenience of not having to do my best “the camel that carries everything around the park” impersonation. What have I found children like best? The monorail. I’m sure they will also enjoy all the rides and attractions in Nickelodeon Land, the

WONDER FOR ALL: Sea World is a great place to holiday for young and hold, especially if you stay at the resort. seal and dolphin shows and even the interactive splash zone at The Reef at Castaway Bay. Then there are chocolate dolphin cupcakes, feeding a sting ray and seeing the sharks at Shark Bay. It’s so much easier

staying at the Sea World Resort and that was the biggest plus for me. You can carry very little and leave everything back in the room, making your day more comfortable and enjoyable. It also helps having a bed for that afternoon toddler (or

granny) nap. You can take advantage of the resort’s pool and restaurants if the park facilities are getting overcrowded. You can even duck back to your room to use the toilet if there’s a big queue in the park. The convenience does

come at a cost though, so I went outside of school holidays to save a little extra. There are park packages to help save some money. You can choose from accommodation and park entry packages, which can also include breakfast

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HONG KONG: One of the great cities on the planet showing ancient history and a vibrant, exciting, non-stop culture show.

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The Xiqu Centre in West Kowloon is a platform for the conservation, promotion and development of Cantonese opera

The Xiqu Centre in West Kowloon is a platform for the conservation, promotion and development of Cantonese opera and other genres of Xiqu (Chinese traditional theatre) in Hong Kong and beyond. There are performances to enjoy inside the striking building which blends traditional and contemporary elements. Down at Tsim Sha Tsui the Avenue of Stars has a new collection of celebrity handprints and statues on display. Visitors will be able to step back in time and relive the successes of past Hong Kong movies, set with the backdrop of the stunning Victoria Harbour.


A traditional performance at the Xiqu Centre. The Mills project has seen the former textile mills turned into a destination for innovation, business, experiential retail, arts, culture and learning. The former mills have been transformed into a single complex incorporating The Mills Fabrica, The Mills Shopfloor and the Centre for Heritage, Arts and

Textile. The Peninsula Hong Kong is the first luxury hotel in Hong Kong to offer a trinity of deluxe transportation options – the existing fleet of Rolls-Royce Phantoms, a customised helicopter and now a yacht. The Sunseeker Manhattan 60 is a 19-metre cruiser that can

carry up to 15 guests each evening on a two-hour evening cruise featuring the Symphony of Lights on the mesmerising Victoria Harbour during the Harbour Sunset Cruise. Join the grandchildren, or go alone, and step into popular Disney stories at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. It has new

Japan’s ramen noodle champion Hayashi Takao and a leading specialist in Japan’s national culinary artform, Matsumura Takahiro, have launched Ramen Cubism at a chic basement venue in Wellington St, Central. Daarukhana, a contemporary concept delivering a new take on Indian food, has opened in Wan Chai. It features lofty interiors while the kitchen shrugs off convention by using ingredients rarely seen in Indian cooking. Guests can indulge in pairings including chilli honey glazed French langoustine with South Indian beans as well as other culinary innovations. Former three Michelin Stars chef Bruno Ménard has joined the Junon, a establishment that combines live musical performances with fine-dining cuisine. Bruno crafts seasonal menus supported by premium quality, fresh



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Chef Bruno Menard's kitchen, lightly Tasmanian trout, chlorophyll jelly, wasabi.


The exterior of the new traditional performance space, Xiqu Centre.

Hong Kong ingredients sourced from Hong Kong and around the world. Mokutan, a Japanese Izakaya, is open in Tsim Sha Tsui at Empire Prestige. It has a repertoire of high-quality, seasonal specialties, highlighting three affordable Omakase menus. Peking Garden in Star House, Tsim Sha Tsui, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. It offers dishes inspired by Beijing’s imperial cuisine, characterised by its elaborate detail and craftsmanship. Occupying a multi-storey complex in Kowloon City, Sanwa Jo has five master chefs at the helm, the curators of Japanese gastronomic classics sushi, teppanyaki, robatayaki and washoku. Celebrity Japanese pâtissier-chocolatier Hironobu Tsujiguchi has opened four Super Sweets Galleries in Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, Causeway Bay and Shatin. The celebrated Iron Chef confectioner introduces a range of his

signature cakes, roll-cakes, desserts, pastries, truffles and chocolates with a French twist.


Fans of holistic tea purveyor Basao tea can now enjoy a cuppa of its exceptional single-origin clean-grown brews at the brand’s first dedicated teabar located on Moon St, Wanchai. Taiwanese drink maestro Angus Zou has partnered up with Tasting Group’s Antonio Lai to unveil the city’s first cocktails on tap bar concept, Draft Land.


Mojo Nomad Central, a ground-breaking concept that turns the traditional hotel model completely on its head, is now open on Queen’s Road Central. It features exceptional food and beverage offerings and 24-hour facilities including a contemporary fitness centre, laundry area and an expertly appointed co-working space.

A mont-blanc cake from Japanese pâtissier-chocolatier Hironobu Tsujiguchi.

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Stop dreaming of doing The Blue Train journey and book it in this year. * For travel in May, June or July this year The Blue Train is offering a 50 per cent discount on the costs for a traveller’s partner. This offer is open until February 28 and is only applicable to new bookings. Experience an overnight Cape Town to Pretoria (or vice versa) route covering 1600 kilometres of some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery on the African sub-continent. Elegant high teas, fine dining and pure nostalgia – a step back in time.


Board the iconic Rovos Rail, known as “the most luxurious train in the world”, in Cape Town and seven days later arrive at the majestic Victoria Falls

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winding Andean valleys, traditional villages and tropical rainforests, arriving in Guayaquil – your launch point for the Galapagos Islands – 4 days later.


Hop on the Andean Explorer and take a journey on one of the highest train routes in the world from Cusco, over the Andes to Lake Titicaca and UNESCO World Heritage site, Arequipa, with an optional day trip to Machu Picchu.


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Aboard the Hiram Bingham train depart Cusco in the morning, sink into the armchair of a 1920s-style carriage, take in the stunning Sacred Valley views and arrive at Machu Picchu by lunch time. Explore the awe inspiring ruins of this sprawling Inca citadel, enjoy a fabulous high tea, then return to Cusco in the evening. Experience

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A PLACE every angler has to visit in their lifetime is the Cape York Peninsula. Preferably sooner rather than later as the road north is gradually being sealed the whole way, which in my opinion takes away some of the charm of the adventure. There is something special about heading up the range from Cairns, getting to Lakeland and then turning off on the big trek up through Laura, Coen and on towards places like Weipa. The town of Weipa is a mining town, but a great place to base yourself to explore the area. From here you can head further north to fish rivers such as the Wenlock and further up the west coast to visit towns such as Bamaga and Seisia. While here you have to visit Cape Tribulation or the most northern tip of Australia. The coast and river fishing is second to none in these parts.

Mangrove jacks. There are plenty of fishing charters in this part of the world and if you want to tow a tinny here, there’s plenty of creek and river fishing to be had. This area offers fishing for the likes of barramundi, golden snapper, mangrove jack, queenfish and many, many more. The bluewater options are second to none with the likes of mackerel, tuna, coral trout and species such as sailfish on offer. There is a great caravan park in Weipa and similar options in places such as Seisia. This is 4WD territory and the trip needs to be

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Erle Levey MENTION the town Deniliquin and most people will ask “where’s that?” Some will know that’s where they hold the Deni Ute Muster … the largest gathering of utilities and of people wearing blue shearer’s singlets in the world. All in the same place, all at the same time. It’s held in late September and is a festival to celebrate the country lifestyle. Yet there’s a lot more to Deni than classic utes, blue singlets and big hats. And a road trip to this town in the Riverina region of southern New South Wales revealed just what it had to offer. About three hours drive up from Melbourne and

twice that time from Sydney, it sits on the Edward River. The Edward is an anabranch of the Murray River that forms the border between Victoria and New South Wales. That is it branches off from the main river and rejoins it further downstream There’s a lot of grain and grazing here. Wheat and rice, sheep and beef. They also love their fishing ... and boating on the river. February is the Deni Fishing Classic time. I am kayaking down the Edward. It’s a magnificent way to understand more about the stream that is the lifeblood of the Deniliquin area. Things take on a different perspective from the water. It’s a relaxed way to get a feel for the place, learn about the history of the region and the environment we are gliding through. Along the banks, camps are being set up for the

fishing classic. Held in February, it’s a catch-and-release contest with about $80,000 in prizes. That’s as well as the thrill of catching a good-sized murray cod, the fish that can grow to amazing sizes around here. The Edward River lost a lot of cod a few years back when it flooded. Then there was a black water event in which the leaf litter from the flooded forests took the oxygen out of the water. That also had a big impact on fish numbers. Yet the people of Deni worked with Commonweatlh Water, the body that holds ownership of the environmental water that is stored in dams and decides when to release it into specific areas. There is still some carp problems with the introduced species muddying the water and upsetting cod breeding. But the river and the fish numbers are healthier.

The quality of the water has also been improved by better farming practices. Irrigation is used, especially for the rice crops. Nowadays the water has to stay on the property. Big cod, I’m told, tend to be territorial and lazy. They won’t move up and down the river. So local knowledge or the ability to look, listen and learn play a big part in fishing the Edward. This year the Ironjack and Trelly’s Boats And More Fishing Classic runs from Friday, February 15, to Sunday, February 17. The launch evening is held at the Deni RSL and the final party at the Edward River Oval. RSL chairman John Jansen told me they now expected close to 2000 anglers to take part. On top of that you have families and friends helping set up and camp on the river banks or at the caravan parks for the weekend. As well as trying to

catch the $20,000 prized tagged cod, there is the chance to win thousands of dollars worth of items in raffles and draws at the fishing classic launch party including four fishing boats. There’s a boat for the early bird registrations, then everyone who registers for the classic earns a ticket, there’s a junior boat and a major prize boat. Once the contest gets under way at 6am on Saturday there are prizes for a variety of fish categories, as well as ages of anglers taking part. There is a draw for early-bird entries in which those that register before the event can win a boat without even catching a fish. They close on Monday, February 11, at 6pm. Paddling down the river I see mates working as a team, men with just the company of their dog, fathers showing daughters how to rig a

line, mothers watching young sons with rod and reel. At night there’s the chance to sit around the camp fire and swap yarns about the big one they caught … or the even bigger one that got away. At the final party competitors, friends, family and the Deniliquin community getting together to look back on a great weekend. There’s music, food even yabbie races in which the fresh-water crustaceans are auctioned and the winner takes all. Last year the RSL put more than $250,000 back into the community from the events in which it is involved. So there is more to fishing than meets the eye. Yet I will always be reminded of US stand-up comedian Steven Wright’s quote: There’s a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot.





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Peer support changing bowel cancer experience Tracey Johnstone IN ONE life he is an expert risk manager and in another Victorian Bobby McKeown is a reluctant expert on the impact of bowel cancer. He’s been through the journey twice. As a result, Bobby, 64, has come out with what he describes as “peculiar” allergies, particularly when it comes to food. Onions is one example. It’s amazing how many foods contain onion or onion flavouring. It’s his willingness to be open about his treatments and their outcomes, like his food allergies, that has led Bobby to become a vocal supporter of the work of Bowel Cancer Australia, and to volunteering with

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Julien Wiggins said. “We will be closely monitoring participation rates to see if this funding will have its desired impact.” Already there are 17,000 Australians diagnosed with this cancer each year. But, if the screening participation rates increase to 60 per cent, more than 83,000 lives can be saved by 2040. From the age of 50, the risk of bowel cancer increases. One in 11 men and one in 15 women develop bowel cancer before the age of 85. Symptoms can often be silent, so screening is absolutely critical for early detection. Testing can find the early warning signs even before bowel cancer develops. Research shows that 90 per cent of bowel cancers can be successfully treated through early detection. The new national Bowel Cancer Screening awareness campaign is being boosted by $10 million from the Federal Government. It will target increasing awareness about the benefits of early detection, prompt diagnosis and treatment. For information: about the screening program go to www.cancer-creening.



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Staying independent with help from friends BRAND INSIGHTS COLLEEN Maynard has several reasons why she shouldn’t be living independently. Fortunately, she also has a very simple reason why she is. “There is no way I could continue to live on my own without Feros Care,” the 79-year-old says of the not-for-profit organisation that provides her with crucial in-home support courtesy of a government-funded Home Care Package. “I had my hips and both my knees replaced about 12 years ago and the doctor said I needed some help. Back then I would just get a cleaner once a fortnight but these days they help with so many things. “A cleaner drops by once a week, the gardener visits every fortnight and then there are the big jobs they tackle once or twice a

year like cleaning the carpets and windows and blasting the footpath. “Someone even comes to give me a pedicure every six weeks. I’m properly spoiled.” Colleen is like so many Australian seniors in that she loves where she lives and is in no rush to move into assisted living or a nursing home. That said, she is realistic enough to know she needs a little help and with that help comes peace of mind. “Feros has even set me up with a personal alarm and you don’t know how grateful I am for that,” says Colleen. “I’ve had two very bad falls and having that alarm around my neck was so important. It just let Feros know I was in trouble and they sent someone straight away. “Then there’s the care they’ve given me after stints in hospital – oh, it’s absolutely wonderful. “I just let them know

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When to show support Recognise the signs that point to a need for extra care BRAND INSIGHTS CATCH-UPS with old friends and relatives are a great way to stay in touch but they can also serve as a way to check on health and well-being according to Queensland aged-care provider Ozcare. Ozcare’s Dementia Services state co-ordinator Karen Constant said aged-care providers often received the most calls for assistance from family members and friends who noticed changes in ability for a person they cared about. Key signs an older person may need support: ■ What is the person eating and drinking? Is there food in the fridge and cupboards? Are these nearly empty or packed with spoiled food? What fluid is the person consuming? Check out if they are drinking enough water. ■ Has the person’s appearance changed? Or

is the house uncharacteristically looking a little dishevelled? Does the shower and laundry look as though it is being used? ■ Is the person still involved in their old hobbies for example reading, gardening, playing cards, going out with friends or have they become socially isolated? ■ Is the person still able to make themselves a cup of tea and can they put together a meal for themselves? This is always a simple sign if people can follow instructions, or if they still plan and organise their day-to-day needs. Look for mail piling up around the letterbox, missed appointments or complaints about lost items. ■ Check out medications. Are they being taken correctly and at the right time, are they being forgotten or is the dosage being doubled because the person is not sure if it

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Impact of election and Bank Royal Commission Bruce Brammall WITHOUT what seems an unlikely bounce in asset prices, there’s probably not a lot of joy for DIY super trustees looking into their crystal balls for this year. And let’s face it, few are predicting a rebound in any growth assets this year, with property prices likely to continue to slide and shares showing no promise. So, what’s in store for 2019 for SMSFs? Banking Royal Commission Results from the royal commission are due this month. There are likely to be significant structural changes to parts of the industry that will impact on everyone’s super and, in some cases, specifically for SMSFs. Those areas are superannuation, insurance and lending products. While this is most likely going to impact the major institutions and their

intermediaries (financial advisers and mortgage brokers) the most, there will be inevitable flow-on for all. While Hayne’s interim report was out in November, it will be political reaction to the final report that will be most likely But it will be the reaction and promises from the political parties to the final report where the real impacts come for consumers, including SMSFs. Federal Election Labor has several policies specifically designed to hurt both SMSFs and those who traditionally use SMSFs (wealthier Australians). There’s the banning of franking credit refunds and a possible increase in capital gains tax for super funds. But Labor has recently reiterated their intentions to reduce the threshold at which Australians must pay an extra 15 per cent tax on super contributions,to $200,000.

It also opposes the five-year catch-up provisions. These allow members to put extra into super if they didn’t fully use their $25,000 concessional contributions limits in previous years. And it proposes to reduce the non-concessional contribution limit further, from $100,000 to $75,000. The reduction in the CGT discount from 50 per cent to 25 per cent will hit traditional SMSF trustees in their personal names, but Labor is not intending to adjust the current 1/3 reduction for SMSFs themselves. Similarly, the removal of negative gearing provisions (except for new property) is also likely to hit SMSF trustees in their personal names hardest. This is also likely to impact SMSFs, but less so. LRBA loans With the departure of the major lenders from the LRBA market through last year, interest rates

YEAR AHEAD: What's in store for 2019 for SMSFs? from the remaining providers have been trending slightly upwards. Contrary to some commentary, however, LRBAs are not dead. The second and third-tier lenders that remain are likely to now be able to get some scale from a less fragmented market. This might actually have a medium-term positive impact on competition in the market. However, there remains a possibility that LRBAs could be banned. Three-year audits for SMSFs off the table? In last year’s budget, the government announced that it would

allow SMSFs with a good audit history to move to having audits every three years, instead of every year. It is now widely speculated that the government doesn’t have time to get this legislation through the parliament, considering the very limited number of sitting days before the election. Asset returns looking shaky Figures out in recent days confirm returns for most super funds with diversified investments were likely to be sitting very close to 0 per cent for the 2018 calendar year.

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What’s on the radar for this year? Few are predicting any return to strong gains in the growth markets of shares and property, domestically or internationally. Certainly, direct residential property looks almost certain to record further falls in Sydney and Melbourne. But often, market corrections are simply buying opportunities for the patient. Bruce Bammel is a columnist for InvestSMART. To read the full report, go to seniorsnews.

Steady as she goes when looking at your super YOU might have noticed a fall in your super balance in recent months and are wondering what the cause of this is. Share markets around the world have been volatile since September last year, so if your super is invested in the Australian and/or international share markets, it’s likely you would have been affected by this. How much of your super is invested in shares is also important. For example, if you’re invested in a high growth strategy and are not looking to retire any time soon, it’s likely you’ll have more of your super invested in shares. If you’re invested in more conservative strategy, your exposure to the share market and any risks associated with it

may be lower. The best strategy at this time is to stay calm and don’t panic as we are already seeing early signs of growth in markets at the beginning of this year. No one has a crystal ball to clearly see how this year will play out and there are sure to be some challenges for markets along the way. Super is a long term investment, so while investment markets can be unpredictable over the shorter term, over the longer term they typically recover. If you’re approaching, or are in, retirement it’s still important to stay focused on your long term investment strategy and consider all your options before making any significant changes. Keep the following things in mind when

looking at your super and what’s happening in global markets: ■ Stay calm: Over time, the value of your super investment will go up and down, depending on market conditions. Reacting to short term market conditions may mean you’re missing out on subsequent market improvements. ■ Diversification: Most members in super funds are invested in a variety of asset classes, not just the share market. Different asset classes perform differently over time which helps to even out the highs and lows of market volatility in a particular asset class. If you are drawing an income from your superannuation in retirement it makes sense to only use cash to fund

your income stream when markets have fallen. Avoid being forced to sell shares when markets are low, as once they are sold, you will not benefit from the future gains they will inevitably make. ■ Long term investing: Super is a long term investment so many investment objectives focus on a 10-year period. It is expected that there will be periods of volatility but over the longer term markets typically recover from short-term movements. ■ Stick to your plan: It makes sense to understand how much risk you’re comfortable taking when it comes to how your super is invested and build this into your financial plan. You may want to consider regularly reviewing your financial

plan to make sure it still reflects your current needs. For instance, if you’re moving towards retirement and have your super invested in a high growth investment strategy, your level of risk may be too high. ■ Seek advice: If you need assistance with determining the level of risk you’re comfortable taking on, or to determine if your financial plan is still meeting your needs, seek the advice of a financial planner. With a well formulated plan you are better placed to withstand periods of volatility. Contact Mark Digby at Maher Digby Securities Pty Ltd - Financial Advisers – AFSL No. 230559 (see advert Page 3). Phone 07 5441 1266 or

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 advisor.



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An unlikely road trip to save you IN THEIR tiny pale green cottage under the trees, Mallory Cook and her five-year-old son Harry are a little family unit who weather the storms of life together. Money is tight after Harry’s father Duncan abandoned them to expand his business in New York. So, when Duncan fails to return Harry after a visit, Mallory hurries to boards a plane to bring her son home any way she can. During the journey, a chance encounter with three retirees on the run from their care home leads Mallory on an unlikely group road trip across the United States.

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Down 1 What small magnifying glass is used by a jeweller? (5) 2 What hard quartz produces a spark when struck with steel? (5) 3 What small ornament is attached to a bracelet? (5) 4 Which African antelope can leap nine metres? (6) 6/7 Which daughter of grocery shop owner Alf Roberts became known worldwide? (8,8) 12 What is a paid office or post involving minimal duties? (8) 13 What is a composition for an orchestra and a soloist? (8) 14 What is a disorderly or violent crowd? (3) 15 What does “sec” on a wine label mean? (3) 19 What is the opposite of perigee? (6) 21/22 Which blonde starred in Hitchcock’s Dial M For Murder and Rear Window? (5,5) 23 Which golfer (Sam ___) was the first PGA Tour player to shoot his age (of 67)? (5)

Across 5 What is the most common surname in Scotland? (5) 8 Which musical was the first to feature an on-stage death? (8) 9 What is the main ingredient of butter? (5) 10 Which body organ produces insulin? (8) 11 In Oliver Twist, which member of Fagin’s gang is murdered by Bill Sikes? (5) 14 Alfred E Neuman is closely associated with which magazine? (3) 16 An obi is worn around what? (6) 17 What word for a cannabis cigarette originated in the 1930s? (6) 18 What word can precede leaf, window and rum? (3) 20 What is a dealer in stolen goods? (5) 24 Napoleon’s surgeon Baron Dominique Larrey could amputate a leg in how many seconds? (8) 25 Mulligatawny is seasoned with what? (5) 26 From Latin, what is an expression of guilt? (3,5) 27 Which 6th-Century Greek collected fables? (5)

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














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

Solve the anagrams. Each solution is a one-word anagram of the letters beside it, and the five solutions are sequential. For example, if the fiveletter solution starts with J, the six-letter solution starts with K, and so on.















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Note: more than one solution may be possible.





QUICK CROSSWORD Across: 1. Dais 8. Extinguish 9. Martinet 10. Heir 12. Voiced 14. Streak 15. Dilute 17. Scaled 18. Stop 19. Construe 21. More or less 22. Knew. Down: 2. Antagonist 3. Sent 4. Atoned 5. Unites 6. Euphoria 7. Char 11. Inadequate 13. Crumpled 16. Escort 17. Sunder 18. Same 20. Task.



How many words of four letters or more can you make? Each letter must be used only once and all words must contain the centre letter. There is at least one nine-letter word. No words starting with a capital are allowed, no plurals ending in s unless the word is also a verb. TODAY: Good 22 Very Good 28 Excellent 33












Down 2. Opponent (10) 3. Despatched (4) 4. Made amends (6) 5. Joins (6) 6. Elation (8) 7. Burn (4) 11. Insufficient (10) 13. Crushed (8) 16. Accompany (6) 17. Break apart (6) 18. Identical (4) 20. Job (4)

GK CROSSWORD Across: 5 Smith. 8 Oklahoma. 9 Cream. 10 Pancreas. 11 Nancy. 14 Mad. 16 Kimono. 17 Reefer. 18 Bay. 20 Fence. 24 Fourteen. 25 Curry. 26 Mea culpa. 27 Aesop. Down: 1 Loupe. 2 Flint. 3 Charm. 4 Impala. 6/7 Margaret Thatcher. 12 Sinecure. 13 Concerto. 14 Mob. 15 Dry. 19 Apogee. 21/22 Grace Kelly. 23 Snead.

Across 1. Platform (4) 8. Put out (10) 9. Disciplinarian (8) 10. Successor (4) 12. Spoke up (6) 14. Run naked (6) 15. Weaken (6) 17. Climbed (6) 18. Halt (4) 19. Understand (8) 21. Approximately (4,2,4) 22. Was aware of (4)



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