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Merry Christmas readers, IN the spirit of Christmas, your local journalist Jenny Graham has shared the stories of people who have found time in their lives to volunteer in positions that do a great deal to help and support others. They’re certainly not the only people who do this, but they are great representatives. You can’t help but notice they all seem to find a good deal of happiness in giving back. More happiness is on the way with what is coined the jolliest fun run of the year. The Rotary Club of Toowoomba South and the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation have teamed up with Variety – the Children’s Charity of Queens-

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You can’t help but notice that that all seem to find a good deal of happiness in giving back. land, to bring this event to Toowoomba for the very first time. Up to 1000 Santas of all shapes and sizes will be tak-

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ing part in this familyfriendly event, with proceeds helping sick children in our local community. Variety – the Children’s

Charity is encouraging participants to get active and fundraise for Queensland kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs. The event is being held on Sunday, December 13 and will commence at The Ridge shopping centre and finish at Toowoomba Plaza. The entry fee includes a five-piece Santa suit, with families encouraged to walk, run or skip the 5km route. Both Jenny Graham and I wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year. And keep your eye out on our website and Facebook for seniors news. www.seniorsnews.com.au, https://www.facebook. com/seniorsnews/.

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IN THIS edition Southport QCWA secretary Carol Morgan shares a favourite recipe with our Toowoomba readers. Carol continues the fine tradition of the association by being a pretty good cook. “I’ve been a member of QCWA Southport for four years but have been baking since I was a young girl,” Carol says. “I had heard that CWA was involved in craft, cooking, dressmaking, etc, which is something I had done since a young girl. “Mum passed on her skills to me and I picked up lots along the way.” Southport members, apart from cooking, are involved in community-based projects such the women’s shelter, Angel’s Kitchen and Gold Coast University Hospital. “I find all aspects of our work very satisfying,” Carol said.

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Try this delicious pavlova with caramel sauce for Christmas lunch.

At Christmas, this recipe is a favourite. CHRISTMAS PAVLOVA 8 egg whites 315g (1.5 cups) caster sugar 200g slivered almonds 1 x 300ml cream 2 tablespoons brown sugar Icing sugar, to dust Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries Method Preheat oven to 150°C. Line two 20cm cake tins with non-stick baking paper. Use an electric beater and whisk the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl until firm peaks form. Gradually add the caster sugar, 1 tablespoonful at a time, until the

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a cake stand or serving plate. Spread with half of the cream mixture. Top with half of the berries. Continue layering with the remaining meringue disc, cream and berries. Drizzle with caramel sauce. Dust with icing sugar to serve. Caramel Sauce (optional) 1 cup cream 1 cup CSR brown sugar 1/4 cup CSR golden syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract Method Combine all ingredients in a pan and stir over heat until sugar has dissolved. Boil for 5 minutes or until slightly reduced and a rich brown colour and leave to cool before serving. www.seniorsnews.com.au


Lapidary Club’s 50year anniversary By JENNIFER GRAHAM

IT IS safe to say that back in the early 1960s, lapidary – the art of engraving, cutting, or polishing stones and gems – was not as wellknown in Toowoomba as it is today. As a 24-year-old shop assistant at TT Hardware, Selwyn Genrich would field the occasional inquiry, including such questions as, “What do you know about this lavatory hobby?” Things have changed somewhat since then, with the Toowoomba Lapidary Club having just marked its 50th anniversary. As its original publicity officer, Mr Genrich shared his insights into the early days of the club and his role in its development. Born into a dairy farming family at Highfields, Selwyn moved to Toowoomba aged eight and attended Newtown Primary School. With 40 children in a single class it was something of a change from Highfields where there were 32 children in the entire school. Nonetheless, he did well enough to go on and complete his scholarship year, later securing a five-year carpentry apprenticeship with George Strohfeldt and Son. After eight-and-a-half years in the carpentry game, Selwyn then moved into hardware and this is where the lapidary connection began.

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Noticing an interest in the art form, Selwyn wondered if there might be a business opportunity in stocking lapidary-related items. With the blessings of his boss, Mr Hermann, Selwyn set about contacting lapidary supply firms with the aim of stocking the Toowoomba store with items such as grinding wheels, tumblers, diamond saws and prospector’s sieves. The 1965 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers provided an opportunity to showcase lapidary to the public via displays and demonstrations at the store. So well were these sessions received, that a meeting to gauge interest in developing a local club was held with 120 members of the

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public in attendance. When asked why there was so much interest, Selwyn said: “I think it was just the fascination of being able to pick up a piece of rock and see the possibilities.” Indeed, Selwyn himself, had not been fossicking prior to his involvement with the hardware store, but upon joining his initial field trip to Murgon, said he was “hooked”. Although now retired from the lapidary scene, one of the highlights for Selwyn has been the growth and continuation of the club. “There is a sense of satisfaction seeing the club start from nothing and build and knowing that the club is continuing on in good hands.”

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Susan defies her life’s challenge Now she and her mates make blankets for charity

By JENNIFER GRAHAM

FOR some people, a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis might have spelt the end of active engagement with the community. The often-painful and debilitating disease can make it very difficult to go about one’s normal day, let alone partake in outside activities. But for Blankets for the Homeless co-ordinator, Susan Berghofer, MS was just another challenge to overcome. Originally from Brisbane, Susan settled in Toowoomba twenty years ago and spent eighteen years working in corporate information management at the then Toowoomba City Council.

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Although Toowoomba’s climate was much kinder to her medical condition, Susan was still impacted by the effects of MS and eventually had to leave her job. However, as the old adage goes, when one door closes, another opens. “Retirement came sooner than planned because of a relapse of MS. Following a period of personal readjustment and taking advantage of a regime of medical interventions, I looked around for an activity to fulfil my need to think, plan or do something.” It was a chance reading of a newspaper article in August 2013 that led Susan to the new “something” she was seeking. The article related to a pro-

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ject being undertaken by the East Creek Community Centre in Toowoomba to supply blankets to the homeless through the recycling of existing materials. Constructed from preloved fabrics – old jeans, fleeces and off-cuts – the patchwork creations provided comfort and relief from Toowoomba’s sometimes harsh winter climate. Although her manual dex-

terity was not what it used to be, Susan, who had previously sewn her own children’s clothing, thought: “I can do that” and went off and purchased a new lightweight sewing machine. Fast forward to 2015 and Susan is now co-ordinating a dedicated group of volunteers who pump out a regular supply of blankets for the needy, thanks to a regular supply of good, clean fabrics and a council grant that has funded the purchase of additional sewing machines. To date, four hundred blankets have been created, helping both local charities

and international causes such as the cyclone-hit population of Vanuatu. Indeed, on the day I visited the group, the back room of the East Creek Community Centre was a hive of activity with vibrant fabrics squares being carefully measured and cut and colour combinations and designs being discussed and decided upon. The busy hum of sewing machines provided the perfect acoustic accompaniment and the fellowship and sense of purpose among the assembled group was palpable. For Susan, the group has truly been a blessing on many levels. “My wish to be involved with doing something useful has been fulfilled together with having the pleasure of working with a lovely group of like-minded ladies.

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“My enjoyment is not just the sewing, but being creative with colour and texture and then just giving it (the finished product) away. Volunteering is very worthwhile, benefiting others by using skills which you already have either from employment or hobbies.”

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Peter proves a very versatile volunteer

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commence learning German without prior knowledge. “I had a good knowledge of the basics, so I started tutoring elementary German, even though I had no experience as a teacher. “My aim was to send these members to the higher class when they became sufficiently proficient”. That is exactly what happened, with a core group of students moving on to a deeper study of the language. Around the same time, an acquaintance pointed out to Peter that there were a number of older people in the community who had been keen tennis players in their youth and would be enthusiastic about getting back into the sport but lacked a club through which to do so. Having had previous experience with the sport and not being one to shy away from taking the initiative, Peter established a U3A

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ON THE face of it, tennis, sudoku and the German language may appear to have little in common, but in Peter Sheridan’s world, these are but three strings in his quite impressive volunteering bow. Born in Toowoomba in 1930, Peter worked in various capacities during his professional life, ranging from a role with the Main Roads Department, a spell as shire engineer in Mitchell and Oakey, and eventually as the owner of a pet goods wholesaling business. Upon retirement in 1995, and wishing to “make myself useful in the community”, Peter joined U3A as a student of German language. His mother’s side of the family emigrated from Germany in 1863, so there was a little family history involved in his choice of subject. Peter enjoyed the classes immensely and rapidly built up his skill in the language thanks, in no small part, to the efforts of his tutor. Aware that others were keen to set off on their own language learning paths, but were perhaps a little nervous, Peter decided to step up and help out as a first-time German tutor. “I continued learning German in an intermediate class, but became aware that there was no class for anyone who wished to

tennis group, co-ordinated it for three years and is happy to say that it “continues to the present day”. As if that was not enough, Peter then went on to teach sudoku for a year in 2014, proving yet again that variety is indeed the spice of life. When asked why he took on such diverse tutoring roles, Peter replied: “Just so I can help others … there is nothing more satisfying”. “For me, it goes without saying that we have an obligation to share our knowledge and skills with others”. U3A Toowoomba recently held a Volunteers Christmas luncheon at Regents on the Lake. The purpose behind the luncheon was to say thank you to the small army of volunteer tutors who give of their time and efforts throughout the year to provide a wide variety of classes and activities to members. Well done and thank you. There will be an open morning on Monday, January 25. The aim of the morning is to allow prospective members to check out the classes and activities that will be on offer in 2016. The event will take place at the Philharmonic Performance Complex, 7 Matthews St, Harristown, with doors open to the public from 9.30–11.30am. Additionally, the U3A office will be open on January 13 to 15, 18 to 22.

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Big Bike Tours offer fun, friendship and a joy of life apply only to ‘prescribed persons’ of ‘prescribed groups’ … we [Big Bike Tours] are ‘riders in free association’; not a club or a group”. There are no “leaders”, no fees and people coming and going as they wish. If you would like to find out more about Big Bike Tours, or even organise a private tour, give Lynnsay a call on 0428 960 480.

By JENNIFER GRAHAM

LYNNSAY Fryer is something of a jack-of-all trades with just a dash of Renaissance man thrown in for good measure. With a wide and varied career portfolio, it is not surprising that his “retirement” activities are equally diverse. Mr Fryer variously divides his time between water colour painting, writing poetry and playing guitar in his band. But it is a love of the open road, a passion for BMW motorcycles and the enjoyment of others’ company that drive his current passion – Big Bike Tours. Centred in the township of Pittsworth, Big Bike Tours involves people from a variety of backgrounds, age groups and professions who just happen to share the joy of motorcycle riding.

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Lynnsay explained: “This is really all about the company of good folks … Joie de vivre (a joy of life) … everyone looking out for and caring about each other”. Short rides (100–300km) are alternated with longer rides (up to 600km) with an ever-changing sche-

dule of routes and each ride typically includes time for “smoko and a gossip” and lunch at a country pub. Contrary to what some might think, this social gathering of riders is not impacted by Queensland’s so-called “Bikie Laws”. Lynnsay said: “Such laws

■ Every Monday at Chatters Coffee Lounge, Pittsworth, at 10am for 100–300km ride. ■ First and third Sunday of the month, 100–600km ride to event/lunch. ■ Second and fourth Wednesday of the month, dirt road ride, 100–300km. ■ Second Monday of the month is veteran’s day – bring your “old project” for discussion/show.

COTA offers chance for you to educate, help your peers “VOLUNTEERING as a peer educator for the past six years with COTA Queensland has been a wonderful and worthwhile experience for me”, said Alison Taylor, a resident of Hervey Bay. “I have been trained in three different programs now, each relating to important issues for older Australians.” COTA (Council on the Ageing) Queensland is a state-based organisation committed to advancing the rights, needs and interests of people as they age in Queensland. They work to create a more just, equitable and caring community in which older people are actively involved and have access to appropriate support, services and care. “The opportunity to deliver a message of hope and educate my peers to access help when required offers me a great deal of satisfaction as well as sense of worth to be actively involved in the community in my retirement years”, Alison said. “The sharing of stories has great value and each peer education program provides for some of

this exchange of experiences and ideas.” The COTA Queensland Peer Education Program trains seniors to deliver free information sessions for their peers within their community. The program is currently offering free sessions on the changes to the aged care system and the introduction of a new Home Care Packages system. The sessions aim to increase the knowledge of older Queenslanders so they can maintain control of their own lives and become active partners in their own health care. COTA Queensland is looking to expand in south-east and northern Queensland. If you are interested contact COTA Queensland on 1300 738 348 (toll free) or email education@cotaqld.org.au. To have a COTA Queensland Peer Educator deliver a session with your senior’s group in south-east Queensland and northern Queensland, call COTA Queensland on 1300 738 348 (toll free) or email education@cotaqld.org.au.

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Rosenberger descendants gather to celebrate 160 years at reunion ON Saturday, November 21, there was a reunion of the descendants of Georg

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Opinion MR BRITTENDEN seeks the advancement of Australian Eastern Standard Time by 30 minutes on a permanent basis and the abandonment of DST on the east coast of Australia. He said it was a question that has never been asked before and the Queensland State Attorney-General has challenged him to collect a meaningful reaction from the people of Queensland. Please send your comments to: Editor@seniorsnews paper.com.au. “DID you know there is a sector of the eastern seaboard between Rockhampton in the north and Wollongong in the south which has never been part of any standard time zone in Australia since universal time zones were adopted by our forefathers in 1892? Between 10–11 million people (43% of our population) presently live in this sector. In an attempt to correct

DAYLIGHT SAVING PERSPECTIVE this anomaly, a rather illconceived and confusing practice was introduced into the national landscape in October 1971 – the concept became known as Summer Time in state legislation. It has continued in some eastern states and the ACT ever since. Clocks were adjusted by 60 minutes (an over-kill by 30 minutes) every six months or so. The practice was also known as daylight saving time (DST) – defined in an article by Mike Corones [Reuters, November 26, 2014] as “the greatest continuing fraud ever perpetuated on the American people”. It is not unreasonable to refer to DST in Australia in the same terms. Geographic factors mean that not all eastern states can justifiably advance

LET’S DEBATE GST COSTS OLDER Australians are welcoming a national debate on increasing or broadening the GST as part of a major rethink of the

whole tax system. National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill said tax reform was imperative for system simplicity.

their clocks by as many as 60 minutes every October. As a result the partial observation of Summer Time on the east coast has become fragmented and is causing chaos and confusion at some state borders,

Queensland, the extra costs to the state economy are $4.35 billion per annum. At an average rate of 25 cents in the dollar, the best part of $1 billion is not reaching the federal tax coffers.

IDEAS: Change the clocks altogether, forever.

confusion in our domestic airline timetables and extra costs in doing business between states. According to a 2010 report by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in

This proposal will assist in rectifying this situation – it makes sense and is realistic. Here is my proposal: Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and

“Australians want a serious debate about tax revenues and efficiencies and that includes the GST.” But O’Neill said the discussion would have to encompass compensation

models for people on low, fixed incomes. “The carefully planned household budgets of retirees very much centre on basic essentials like food, utilities and health. “They have little capacity

Tasmania amend their respective legislation so that standard time in each of those legislatures is 10.5 hours in advance of GMT/ UTC. Summer Time/ DST on the eastern seaboard becomes a thing of the past. Australia reverts to three time zones on a permanent basis. The benefits to the national economy would be considerable. All clocks on the eastern seaboard would be synchronised year-round – a much better way of carrying on business between the major states – which encompasses 80% of the nation’s population. The six-monthly adjusting of clocks would cease. To implement this proposal the following needs to be done: the premiers and the chief minister on the to adjust to sharp increases in these areas,” he said. “As part of a complete package, everything should be on that table. For example, stamp duties might be a bonanza for state governments but

eastern seaboard need to agree that these changes would benefit the state and national economies. Relevant legislation in the eastern states and the ACT needs to be amended. I have asked my federal members to convince our PM that he should prevail upon the relevant state leaders to agree to have their legislation amended as soon as possible, either directly, or via a COAG resolution. The necessary legislation would then be in place so that, at 2am on Sunday, October 2, 2016, or prior if thought appropriate, all clocks in Queensland, NSW, the ACT, Victoria and Tasmania would be advanced by 30 minutes and never changed again. I have been researching this matter over the last four years. I have addressed numerous governing bodies. It’s about time we fixed our clocks forever. Graeme Brittenden they’re a huge disincentive for older people who want to downsize. “Let’s consider where everything fits and interacts, and do away with the waste and inefficiencies,” he said.

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community news Message from the Minister – Support for seniors at Christmas

paring for Christmas lunch and organising festivities can add up quickly As a government, we understand the impact that cost of living pressures can have on older Queenslanders. Which is why this Christmas, we are encouraging seniors to take full advantage of the savings on offer through the Seniors Business Discount Scheme. The scheme is available to Queensland Seniors aged 60 and over, and offers discounts at more than 6200 participating businesses. Savings can be nabbed from goods and services to accommodation and holiday attractions. Some discounts are even extended interstate. The Palaszczuk Government is committed to pro-

viding concessions to help ease the household budget. My department administers $242.9m in concessions and rebates on electricity, life support, reticulated natural gas, water and rates. The full list of concessions also includes motor vehicle registration, medical aids, public transport and much more. To see the full list of concessions available visit www.qld.gov.au/seniors/. The website also includes useful information and resources including financial advice and support, as well as consumer protection guidance. If you wish to speak to someone, please call the Seniors Advisory Line on 13 74 68. On behalf of the Palaszczuk Government I wish all Queensland seniors a safe and happy holiday. The Honourable Coralee O’Rourke MP, Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors, and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland.

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community news Hello Readers, to enable us to respond to your request for publication of more Community Notices, this month, we are presenting your contributions in a format that allows a more equal sharing of news space. Generally this means everybody will be able to access more information. However, we also require your help to achieve this objective. We ask that you keep your notices short and to the point (100 word maximum would be great – less is more.) Please email your community notice to editor@seniorsnewspaper.com.au Thanks Christine and Nicky - Editorial Assistants Seniors Newspaper.

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CLUBS Christmas Down Under 2015 It comes around every year yet many of us seem to be always taken by surprise! Not, however, a group of Warwick senior parishioners from the city’s

Christian Churches who since last August have been planning an event that is now in its 12th year. December sees a frenzy of activity in much of the community with lists made for decorations and presents Volunteer parishioners from the Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Wesleyan Methodist and Uniting Churches offer a way for the families of the region to say Happy Birthday Jesus which is the reason for the season. A Free event, Christmas Down Under uses themed craft, face painting and story-telling with figurines to tell the Christian story of the first Christmas. FREE family photos can be taken around the Nativity Scene. These are printed on site and mounted on a card which also has a Christmas story this year from the perspective of the animals in the stable – and Christmas puzzles. It makes an ideal souvenir to share, perhaps with grandparents who may live in other places. Christmas Down Under Tuesday to Friday 15-18 December, 9:30am to 1:30pm outside Coles/BI-LO, Rose City Shopping World, Warwick. For more information: Sue Nalder 0427 962 281 or email sue.nal-

The Toowoomba Christmas Tree Festival is held at Middle Ridge Uniting Church.

der@gmail.com or Dianne Cahill on 4661 3527 or 0427 000 887. 2015 Toowoomba Motorcycle Toy Run Organised by the Downs Motorcycle Sports Club, the 2015 Toy Run departs Picnic Point, Toowoomba, at noon on Sunday 20 December. The riders, gathered from across the Darling Downs, will collect

donated toys for distribution to children in need. Members of the public can support this cause by joining the ride, contributing toys or making a cash donation. For more information, contact committee president, Nathan, on 0437 335 124 or visit http:// www.dmcsc.org.au/. Support for Carers Being a full-time or part-

time carer can be a challenging undertaking. It is often a thankless and underappreciated role and one for which there is often no training. Carers Queensland recognises this fact and offers a suite of services to assist those in this position. Operating Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm is their Care Advisory Centre which can offer information, support,

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Dalby Soup Kitchen The Western Downs Outreach Project was formed to help reduce the impact of poverty on the local community. With special focus on those without a home, various programmes have been established to feed, clothe and generally assist those in need. As part of this initiative, a mobile Soup Kitchen has been established, operating every Thursday night. If you are in need or would like to assist, the Western Downs Outreach Project can be found at 1 Hunter St, Dalby. Contact can be made

via (07) 4500 6251 or 0490 375 562. Darling Downs Model Railway Club Inc We are pleased to announce that we will be opening our Model Railway Museum and Display Centre during the Farmers Market Days in the Toowoomba Showgrounds. Opening times will be 9am to 12noon. Our operating displays are sure to intrigue with layouts in N and HO/OO scales operating, displays showing how to build your own model railroad, free Magazines, including the latest copies of Model Railways in Australia, you can see the beginnings of the clubs large permanent HO/ OO Scale layout, colouring in for the children, a uDrive HO Scale layout just for the kids and constant screening of railway subjects on a big screen TV. Entry is Free, though we always appreciate any donations to enable us to continue our work and present it

to you. The Farmers Markets are a monthly event, generally on the last Saturday of the month. For info: email: info@toowoombafarmersmarket.com.au website: www.toowoombafarmersmarket.com.au facebook: www.facebook.com/Toowoombafarmersmarket National Seniors Australia Toowoomba Thoughts of Peace at Christmas Time - Next time you are travelling to Brisbane along the Ipswich Motorway, do as we did on our recent National Seniors shopping trip and take a break at the beautiful Pan Pacific Peace Gardens at Redbank. The 7 hectare park is a surprisingly quiet area and serves as a sanctuary to many waterbirds and is part of a wildlife corridor along Goodna Creek linking the old Redbank Rifle Range through to the Brisbane River. The gardens were created to commemorate

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Lake, 87A Perth St commencing at 9.30am. The cost is $12. For enquiries or bookings, phone June on 4635 9796 or Yvonne on 4638 5252. Garden City One of the popular features of the monthly meetings of the Garden City branch of National Seniors Australia is the regular flow of guest speakers who speak on a variety of subjects, leaving us entertained and informed. This November, as in previous years, we have sought our enlightenment nearer to home and tapped into the wealth of experience within our own ranks. Committee member Bob Campbell was our lead speaker giving us some insights into his life as an electrician and TAFE teacher, mainly in Mt Isa and Gladstone, before retiring to Toowoomba. Other speakers on the day were Glenda Reimers, Yvonne Lewis and Ken Gillies. Our monthly bus trip was also dispensed with in November in favour of a self drive visit to something close at hand: the Wellcamp Airport. Some of our members had already flown out of the airport but they were hap-

Garden City National Seniors enjoy a conducted tour of the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport.

py to join those who had not even visited, admiring this wonderful facility, enjoying a conducted tour and a delightful morning tea with scones and cream. We all marvelled at the pleasant and effective facilities and at the wonderful

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the thousands of Australian and American soldiers who passed through the Redbank Army Staging Camp during The Second World War. Many of those who trained at the Camp lost their lives during the war. In these troubled times, we can but endorse the words on the memorial post: My Peace Prevail On Earth and wish all readers a joyous Christmas and a happy and peaceful New Year. Our first event for 2016 will be a Laid Back Summer Luncheon on Wednesday, January 20 at Regents on the Lake with songster Ron Fraser commencing at 10.30am. Morning tea on arrival. Superb luncheon of cold meats, salads and dessert. Lucky door prizes & raffles. Cost is $35. This special function is in support of our commitment to the Adopt-ARoom program at the Toowoomba Hospice. Normal monthly activities resume with morning tea on Thursday, February 4, when the guest speaker will be Sara Hales, Community & Tourism Manager at Wellcamp Airport. Our morning tea meetings are held at Regents on the

example of private enterprise, investing in and developing the project in such a short time, and what a boon it must surely be to the future of this region. Some stayed on to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere as they yarned and watched a

plane or two come and go. A Christmas luncheon on December 3 wrapped up the years activities for Garden City, however, we will be all together again on Monday January 18, when we resume our monthly meetings at Drayton Bowls

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Downs & South West Qld Ltd, Toowoomba Hospital Foundation and Toowoomba Hospice. Hospice Trivia night is a FUNdraiser! The Toowoomba Hospice is holding their annual Clifton trivia night at the Club Hotel Saturday, December 19 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Hospice Promotions and Fundraising Manager Mr Mark Munro said it’s all about putting the ‘Fun’ back into FUNdraising “We have a few laughs as we are playing for fun and not a sheep station so to speak, we tend to find those who come on the night are there for fun and to support the Hospice”. Cost is $15 per person (6 people to a team) only 10 teams competing on the night. Arrive early have dinner and a few drinks before. There will be a few Christmassy questions said Mr Munro “There will be 6 rounds with an interval after the 3rd which a light supper will be served. As it is Christmas I have arranged some Christmas questions & prizes!” The Toowoomba Hospice is located in O’Quinn Street and provides free quality care in partnership with the community for those with a terminal illness. To book

your team; call the Club Hotel Clifton on 07 46973336. 2015 Christmas Tree Festival Bigger and Better than ever NOW into its twelfth year, the Toowoomba Christmas Tree Festival held at Middle Ridge Uniting Church promises to be bigger and better than ever. The event offers visitors from throughout the Darling Downs the opportunity to view an array of beautifully decorated Christmas trees and listen to festive music courtesy of community bands, Choral groups, ensembles and individuals. Refreshments will also be available at the event, as will a craft display and children’s story book corner. In addition to providing a joyful experience for visitors, the event also seeks to help those in need. As committee member, Alan Pennington explains, “Visitors are asked to make a gold-coin donation, the proceeds of which this year will be donated equally between “Buy-a-Bale”, a charity designed to assist struggling farming communities on the Darling Downs, and Kairos Prison Ministry, an organisation offering counselling to residents of the Wacol Re-

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adoptees, Chodus has been desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed and flea treated. Interested? Call the RSPCA Toowoomba shelter on 4634 1304.

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I RECKON there’s a lot to celebrate about getting older – the joy of watching our kids grow up, having plenty of life experience to draw on, and surprisingly, valuable savings on insurance premiums. Let me explain that last point. A colleague recently turned the big 5-0. It wasn’t a milestone she particularly relished, that is until her comprehensive car insurance renewal arrived. The annual premium was considerably lower than in previous years thanks to the driver turning 50. Interestingly, age-based discounts are also becoming available on life insu-

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er funds is often less than $200,000. For many families that wouldn’t be enough to pay out a home loan let alone provide long term financial security. Buying life insurance outside of super lets you tailor the policy to the needs of your family, so you can be quite sure you have adequate and appropriate protection. Directly held life policies can also have extras like a funeral benefit. Ratings group Canstar recently reviewed directly held life insurance and found ANZ and Insure Me Now offer good overall value. However it’s a question of comparing insurers and policies to see what works best for your family. You can download Canstar’s life cover report from www.canstar.com.au. Or speak to your financial adviser. Paul Clitheroe is a founding director of financial planning firm ipac, Chairman of the Australian Government Financial Literacy Board and chief commentator for Money Magazine.

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Visiting the beautiful, crazy city of New York By GAIL FORRER

A FLASH of falling yellow leaves make a beautiful carpet across the wide footpath of Riverside Drive, Manhattan. It’s the beginning of October, crisp blue skies, comfortably cool weather and a city dabbed with the colour of falling autumn leaves. I look up towards the swirl of leaves, but before I can take in the trees, my vision is caught up in the spectre of magnificent, mighty buildings reaching, pushing into the blueness. And there it is, all at once – New York – a city of nature, nurture and big ideas. The juxtaposition of so much unspoilt nature growing amidst the densest concrete jungle is the world is a sight to behold. Manhattan Island is bounded by the Hudson, East and Harlem rivers. These rivers frame a crazy beautiful city that arguably attracts the biggest, the boldest and most wildly divergent lifestyles in the world. It’s a city where the skyline provides an understanding of its past, future and people. Up high, the cathedral style facades, modern blue

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The leaves fall on Riverside Drive.

Manhattan’s Central Park is an island of calm in a frenetic city.

glass, turrets, baroque design, Greek columns and pale green spirals pierce the heavens. It’s a showy exhibition mirroring the vision of architects, men of money and construction workers. A built environment that, since its inception has echoed the collective imagination of an audacious tribe. Talk about having your head in the clouds – in New York, it has to be, or you miss out on the marvels of sky-high beauties. At around eight-and-a-half million, the city boasts one of the country’s biggest populations. Additionally,

the tourism industry is booming with a record high of 56.4 million visitors in 2014. The New York City mayoral office attributed visitor numbers to: “Quality of life, low levels of crime and dynamism”. Two months ago I became one of the 56 million, after trip that took about 24 hrs. I exited Brisbane Qantas airport with a couple of hours stopover in Los Angeles and arrival at JFK airport. From JFK airport, depending on the traffic, it takes a couple of hours to

The Chrysler Building was surpassed by the Empire State Building as the tallest building in the world. But its art deco beauty is the focus.

drive to Manhattan. Be it day or night, it is a fast, flash trip past the highs and lows of urban city life. Our

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of Broadway. The hotel is managed by the most hospitable of staff. Not for a moment is the street noise a problem. My friend and I loved it, the strange, different sounding sirens of NYPD (New York Police Department), the accent of hipster Afro Americans and were delighted with people who raise their voices to argue with partners, sing with mates or loudly declare a point of view. It’s New York, we’re there to see and hear it all. Everyday is an adventure – but here’s a few highlights; In the front of the magnificent facade of Museum of Natural History you are met with the words of President Theodore Roosevelt – knowledge, truth, vision. The President’s environmental values prompted the construction and focus of this mindblowing museum. The mission statement of the American Museum of Natural History is: “To discover, interpret,

hip-hop dancers doing their thing on the sidewalk in front you, or the notes of a random blues singers are playing just a little ahead of you.

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and disseminate—through scientific research and education—knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe.” And while this museum tells a big story, close by the story of Central Park is alive and well. In the middle of Manhattan an area of 840 glorious, thriving, blooming, spacious acres provides a peaceful sanctuary for the busy New Yorker. This oblong slash of green is parted in the middle with a beautiful flowing

lake. It’s home to thousands of squirrels who bounce throughout the trees. As we walk through Central Park, little somethings splatter on our heads and we realise it these tiny bushy tailed creatures breaking chestnuts above us. No matter where you go Times Square, Wall Street, Grand Central Station, there is always a spare, quiet seat in Central park to revive yourself. On the clear blue day, we gazed down from the Empire State building and

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*The Cloisters museum and gardens, the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe, was assembled from architectural elements, both domestic and religious, that largely date from the twelfth through the fifteenth century. The building and its cloistered gardens—located in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan—are treasures in themselves, effectively part of the collection housed there. The Cloisters’ collection comprises approximately two thousand works of art. *High Line: (also known as the High Line Park) is a 2.33 km linear park built in Manhattan on an elevated section of a disused New

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The very best way to make the change is to find a unit you like and then sign a contract subject to the sale of your home. This means that if your home does not sell, you are not obliged to buy the unit until the home does sell. This provides you with protection from ever being in a situation of having nowhere to live. Your real estate agent and your solicitor can help you with this. Most new units can be purchase this way, it is hassle free for the buyer who has to sell to buy. If you have a question regarding units/duplexes please Email: sales@realpoint.com.au and I will answer your questions.

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GLENVALE DUPLEX: 2 Bed & 3 Bed, Ensuite, Single Garages. Buy one or Both. 9 Taragon Street. From $315,000 GLENVALE: 3 Bedroom, Ensuite, Single Garage. $335,000, Ground Level Duplex units (off Greenwattle Street near Bowling Alley) 5 Taragon Street. DARLING HEIGHTS: 2 and 3 bedroom, ensuites, double garage, $319,000 & $369,000. Two ground level, one townhouse. Complex of just three. 3 Harrison Court. NEWTOWN: 2 Bedroom, ensuite, single garage. $319,000 18 Teesdale Avenue. (SOLD OUT) NEWTOWN: 2 Bedroom, ensuite, single Garage. $310,000 240 Bridge Street. (SOLD OUT) HIGHFIELDS: 2 and 3 bedrooms, ensuites, single garage. Close to major Shopping. From $315,000 HARRISTOWN: 8 X 2 Bedroom Units, 6 Phyllis Street. SOLD OUT NEWTOWN: 6 X 2 Bedroom Units. 337 Bridge Street. SOLD OUT

All units include: Air Conditioning - Dishwashers - Blinds - Insulation - Loads of Storage - Flyscreens Private Courtyards - Landscaping & Fencing and a 6 year builders Warranty period. Low Body Corp Fees some have no body Corp. If you have to sell your property to buy a unit, no problem, call to discuss how. Call Lynn anytime for an inspection 0419 650 370.

NO COMMISSION TO BE PAID BY YOU! Whether you’re selling land, a home needing repair or well-maintained READ ON... Our agency has a buyer looking for a number of properties in the region and we have been commissioned to find these properties for them. Realpoint Property is a locally owned and operated real estate agency with 22 years of experience in the industry and a wealth of local knowledge. This group are paying our commission to find the properties for them and they will look at all properties no matter what condition they are in. This means there is no commission to pay when you sell. Attention Agents if you have a property you think may work you also pay us no commission.

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The buyers have already purchased a number of properties and these have settled already. The group is now looking for properties in all suburbs and they are qualified to go straight to contract. The group can arrange settlement to suit the needs of the seller. So if you would like to sell, but would like time to move or would like a quick or a long settlement, no problems. We can accommodate all situations. As you can see, no matter what your needs may be we can usually get what you need in order to make the sale as stress free as possible. If you are selling and want the best possible price and pay no commission call me straight away.

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Seniors Newspaper, Toowoomba & Darling Downs, December, 2015  
Seniors Newspaper, Toowoomba & Darling Downs, December, 2015  
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