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“You are lucky to grow old”
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AT 74-years-old media legend Ita Buttrose is loud and clear on this point. "If you are lucky, you get to be old," she said. "My brother was dead at 62, he would have loved to get old.” Story page 4
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Adding life to years not years to life
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DESPITE statistics (ABS 2012) showing the number of Australians living to 100 and beyond, is about 235 per cent higher than two decades ago, I agree with 74-year-old Ita Buttrose’ sentiments: “You are lucky to get old.” A study by centenarian expert John McCormack from La Trobe University, Melbourne, also dispels the stereotype that older people are frail, decrepit and totally dependent. In his study of more 130 centenarians, more than 60 per cent said they were happy and satisfied with
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life. That said, it’s a pleasure to have Maren Hansen as page 3 girl. Although, I do not personally know Mrs Hansen, I thought her face portrayed a certain gentle and happy acceptance of life. As former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser once famously said: “Life
wasn’t meant to be easy.” But through medical improvements and better education choices, it has become better for many and we are living longer to prove it. Luck also has its place in the ageing equation. John McCormack’s study showed that most were non-smokers and those who did smoke gave up at an early age. Most worked in physical jobs when they were younger, all were in a healthy weight range and more than half still lived in the community, rather than in a nursing home.
All those surveyed had lost loved ones during their lives, often including their partners and their own children, but they had become experts at handling loss. Finally some words of wisdom from Mr McCormack “We do not just want to add years to life,” he said “We want to add life to years.” Here, here, I say and happy birthday to Mrs Hansen. Source:http://www. australiangeographic. com.au/topics/history
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THE now annual Felton Food Festival is a celebration of all that is good in the Felton Valley and a reminder of all that could have been lost. Such a story holds poignancy for many farming communities in Australia engaged in their own battles with coal and gas companies. Prior to the Felton victory, no community group in Queensland had ever stopped a coal mine. The Felton district is 30km south-west of Toowoomba, well-known for its fertile black soils.
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Toowoomba woman turns 108 AGE FACTS - WHY WE’RE LIVING LONGER
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Maren Hansen turns 108. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED
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their married life. After Mr Hansen died at the age of 82, Mrs Hansen moved to Toowoomba where she lived with her sister for a
number of years. She became a resident at Salem in 2010, at the age of 102.
CBD Shuttle Bus Service
The Free CBD Shuttle Bus service has been extended until March 2017. The service is available to the wider general public to use. Hours of operation are Monday to Saturday (excluding public holidays) 9:30am-2:30pm. The service cannot be booked and will run on a 30 to 45 minute loop. Updated designated stop locations are: 1. Toowoomba City Library 2. Duggan Street and Lamb Lane – loading zone 3. Grand Central Shopping Centre rooftop carpark taxi rank- near the Coles travelator 4. Ruthven and Russell Street Taxi Rank 5. The Bus Station Facility located on Neil Street, Platform 4, Stop 4a 6. Toowoomba Post Office (Margaret Street – the taxi rank outside Fitzy’s Hotel) 7. Empire Theatre – taxi rank just north of the Neil Street crossing.
First Coat Street Art and Music Festival
Toowoomba’s walls and laneways will transform into art murals during the third annual First Coat Street Art and Music Festival from May 20-29, 2016.
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There will be no Regional Youth Advisory Committee or Regional Access and Disability Advisory Committee meetings until further notice from the new Council.
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To report illegal graffiti and for removal and prevention tips call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or TRC on 131 872. Free graffiti removal kits can be collected from Council Customer Service Centres.
Council is trialling a cab service to help older people and those with a disability travel to their local shopping centre. The cab picks you up from your home and takes you to your local shopping centre once a week. The service will need to be pre booked by calling 1300 811 394 before noon on the day before your trip. You will travel in a shared taxi. It then takes you home at a set time a few hours later. It costs $2 per person, per trip (which is $4 there and back). Council subsidises the rest of the cost of the fare.
Community Drought Support
Drought-breaking rain might be off the radar but some financial relief is at hand for community groups across the Toowoomba region through the Community Drought Support grant program. Funding for eligible groups has been provided by the Queensland Government’s Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability in an arrangement with Toowoomba Regional Council and other drought-affected Councils. Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said applications must be lodged with Council by May 13. For more information please call Council on 131 872. TRC_0516_SN
She’s always been a very positive person and very independent which is why she’s lived as long as she has I think.
TOOWOOMBA’S Maren Hansen will celebrate an amazing milestone on Tuesday, May 3, when she blows out the candles on her 108th birthday cake. Mrs Hansen is a resident at Salem Lutheran Rest Home in Toowoomba and will be joined by staff, residents and members of her large extended family for a celebratory morning tea. She has three children, 15 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren and 11 great, great grandchildren. Her eldest child Elsi Wieck, 80, said her mother remained in great health and high spirits. “She’s always been a very positive person and very independent which is why she’s lived as long as she has I think,” Mrs Wieck said. “Whenever people have asked her in the past what her secret to long life is, she’s said it’s because she never eats cake but I’m not so sure about that because she used to bake beautiful cakes, including the most beautiful sponge cakes I’ve ever tasted.” Mrs Hansen was born in Denmark and emigrated to Australia in 1936. She married her Danish-born husband Emil a year later. She and her husband owned and operated dairy farms on Queensland’s Darling Downs most of
The Number Of Australians living beyond the age of 100 is higher than ever before. The latest demographics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reveal more than 4250 centenarians (people aged 100 years or older) and super-centenarians (people aged 110 years or older) are currently living in Australia. This number is about 235 per cent higher than two decades ago, although the national total population grew by just 31 per cent during that time. As of 2012, Australia has one of the highest rates of centenarians per capita, behind Japan, France, the US, Canada and the UK. According to centenarian expert John McCormack from La Trobe University, Melbourne, there are plenty of good reasons. We’ve got a good health system, we’ve got good clean water, and we control a lot of infections that once led to premature death, John says. Over the past decade, John has surveyed 130 centenarians and super-centenarians to learn more about healthy ageing and to discover the secrets of longevity. The general conclusion is that there’s no single magic bullet, he says, more a combination of factors, such as having a good diet and not taking too many risks. About three-quarters of Australian’s centenarians are female, while more than half were born abroad. Of the people John interviewed, most weren’t smokers and those who did smoke gave up at an early age. Most worked in physical occupations when they were younger, all were in a healthy weight range and more than half still lived in the community, rather than in a nursing home. “We have this stereotype that older people are frail, decrepit and totally dependent,” says John. But that’s not the case. More than 60 per cent said they were happy and satisfied with life. All the centenarians surveyed had lost loved ones during their lives, often including their partners and their own children. John says the ability to deal with loss is an important part of reaching a very old age. As more and more people reach old age each year, John says it is important that we speak to today’s centenarians to learn about healthy ageing. How to live longer: 1. Avoid smoking; 2. Eat a balanced diet; 3. Work in a physical occupation; 4. Maintain a healthy weight range; 5. Remain positive about life. source:http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/history-culture/ 2012/11/australian-centenarians
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ITA Buttrose is loud and clear on this point. “If you are lucky, you get to be old,” she said. “My brother was dead at 62, he would have loved to get old.” In 1988, this doyenne of media received an Order of Australia for service in the health care areas particularly in HIV/AIDS education. In 2013 she was named Australian Senior of the Year for work in dementia. The award also gave her a platform to talk about age discrimination. Today her ambition is to make Australia an “Alzheimer-friendly” country, bust out ageing myths and see that mature-age people are treated fairly in the workplace. But she believes change must come from the top. “It’s all about
leadership, we need enlightened leaders, management, trailblazers to show the way” she said. “Look at Bob Hawke, John Howard – we need more people like them to speak up.” The 74-year-old television personality and Alzheimers Association advocate said she saw examples of ageism every day, but remembered clearly the first examples. “When I had ITA magazine, we would talk to potential advertisers and say our magazine was geared towards women over 40 and 50-years-old. “At the mention of that age, their eyes would glaze over. “It wasn’t until the babyboomers reached 50, that people realised this age group was fit, active and contributing.” She said there was definitely age discrimination in the
workplace and advised employers to take off their blinkers. “In Sydney, I see signs asking for waiters, baristas, people in the service industry. “If there’s a shortfall in the service industry, why not take on older people. “It’s a myth that older people take more sick leave or have less commitment or can’t adapt. Older people can learn and adapt as well as anyone.” Ita believes that the key to good health is through preventative measures. “Regular exercise, eat properly, participate socially.” Her health advice also extends to fall prevention. She warned of the prevalence of falls and noted a number of celebrities who had recently sustained injuries from falls. “Look at Molly Meldrum and just recently
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weights a couple of times a week. “But I have a terrible dilemma at the moment,” she confessed. It turned out to be a freezer full of delicious ice-cream samples, she was finding hard to resist. “I love ice-cream,” she laughed. In her role as an advocate for Alzheimers, she notes that brain health is as important as body health. “There is a misconception,” she said. “That dementia is a normal part of ageing, it’s not, it often comes with ageing, but it is a chronic disease.” She said with dementia
sufferers we needed to be kind and recognise the person inside. Her own journey with the disease started with her father’s diagnosis and learning to live with him and make him comfortable. For years now, she has been speaking to groups about this devastating disease and encouraging government to better their health policies and nursing services. Ita intends to keep fighting for change and she invites you to join the battle. “Kick down that door,” “And say that you demand respect, work and employment.”
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“TRIED and true” seemed to be the approach taken by voters at the recent local government elections with all seven sitting Toowoomba Regional Councillors returned to office. Local media personality, James O’Shea, businessman and former councillor Joe Ramia together with optometrist, Megan O’Hara Sullivan clinched the remaining Council spots on offer. Speaking at the recent Declaration of Office ceremony at the Toowoomba City Library forecourt, Mayor, Paul Antonio, reflected upon the achievements of past Councils and what lay ahead. “The people of this region have endorsed the work and direction of this Council by voting all of the previous Councillors back into office…It is my ambition that this term of
COUNCILLOR RESPONSIBILITIES: • Cr Carol Taylor – Infrastructure Committee chair • Cr Nancy Sommerfield - Water and Waste Committee chair; • Cr Chris Tait - Planning and Development Committee chair; • Cr Geoff McDonald - Environment and Community Committee chair; • Cr Mike Williams – Finance and Business Strategy Committee chair; • Cr James O’Shea – Infrastructure Committee portfolio leader • Cr Bill Cahill – Water and Waste Committee portfolio leader • Cr Anne Glasheen – Planning and Development portfolio leader • Cr Joe Ramia – Environment and Community portfolio leader • Cr Megan O’Hara Sullivan – Finance and Business Strategy portfolio leader Council will build on the momentum of the previous four years, remain open for business, but importantly, engage with our communities about the legacy we are leaving for future generations”. Residents of the
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Many baby boomers face considerable age-related barriers in the workplace... “Interestingly, amid organisations’ anxieties on the cost implications for healthcare with an ageing workforce, baby boomers are in fact three times less likely than Gen Y to use up all their sick leave each year. In addition, baby boomers typically take three days sick leave on average per year, which doubles for Gen Y’s at an average of six days,” said Mr Hovell. .The research also deflates perceived issues with hiring older workers in a modern workplace, including lack of adaptability and traditional skill sets. A sizeable 77 per cent of
baby boomers adapt well to technological innovations, and 73 per cent are actively seeking training opportunities. “Considering the baby boomer generation witnessed and participated in some of the largest social and political upheavals in Australian history during the 1960s and 1970s, including the Women’s Movement and the Vietnam War, this myth seems even more dubious. Baby boomers grew up not only seeing change, but driving it,” said Mr Hovell. Looking at comparative skill sets and values between baby boomers and Gen Y, the former proves stronger in almost all surveyed talents, while the latter felt more technically savvy by a moderate margin (10 per cent compared to 27 percent, respectively). “The findings point to what many organisations, academics and economists have known all along – baby boomers are a real asset to the workplace,” said Mr Hovell. The full report and supporting data is available on the Australian Seniors Insurance Agency website: http://www.seniors. com.au/news-insights/ ageism-in-the-aussieworkplace-are-wemissing-out
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AT THE April meeting of the NSA members and supporters enjoyed a most interesting talk on the ‘new’ Albany War Museum WA. Carmel O’Sullivan was the guest speaker and several members thought they would just have to take a trip to the west to see it for themselves. Thank you Carmel. Our May meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 10 at 7pm at the Irish Club Hotel. All Nashos are most welcome. Dinner is available from 6pm. At this meeting arrangements will be made for our Annual luncheon held to honour
widows of deceased National Servicemen. This luncheon will held on Sunday June 12 at the Irish Club Hotel at noon. We encourage all Nashos to attend to show their respect for their late members and friends. Please let the secretary know by June 1 if you are attending this luncheon, phone 4633 2564. Social lunches are held on the 3rd Friday of each month at the City Golf Club at noon, the next one is Friday May 20. We were very pleased to welcome a ‘younger’ Nasho to our social lunch in April. All Nashos, wives and widows are very welcome at these social lunches and it is a great opportunity to meet other National Servicemen of both the 1st scheme beginning in 1951 and the 2nd scheme which finished in 1972. Congratulations must go to one of our members, Keith Shepherd, on his achievements in the wood working section at the recent Toowoomba Royal Show.
THE Warwick Branch is holding its next General Meeting on Monday May 9 at 2pm at Williams Hall.
Our Zone 109 Conference for National Seniors will be held on May 23. Our guest speakers will be Michael O'Neil, CEO of National Seniors Australia, Tracy Dobie Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor, Cameron Haidley, of Haidley's Panoramic Coaches, and a representative from the Warwick Tourist Information Centre. On Wednesday June 15 there will be a coach trip to Nobby to Sister Kenny Museum, craft shop and entertainment by Gary Fogarty and lunch at Rudd's Pub. Bookings open at Suncorp from May 9 to June 7. Departing 9.30am from SDRC administration building, Fitzroy Street. For more information please phone President on 4661 3136.
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KINGSTHORPE QCWA are hosting a fun fundraiser with an antiques display by Bruce Weedon. Also there will be musical entertainment by Les Weedon on button and piano accordion. Join us at Kingsthorpe War Memorial Hall on Thursday May 19 at 9.30am for a delicious morning tea. Admission is $8 and includes morning tea and a lucky door. Multi draw raffles at $2 per ticket. Bring along your antique items for ‘Show and Tell’ and have a chat with Bruce. For enquiries, phone Marie on 4630 0159, Del on 4630 0048 or Betty on 4637 0229.
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live in Chinchilla. This reunion has been held each April since 2004 so it is something everyone enjoys and looks forward to. There were a number of people who had not been before to one of these reunions, some of whom had not seen each other for a number of years. We were pleased to have a couple, Peter and Margaret Cameron, drive up from Brisbane to join in the reunion.
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VETERAN pedal steel guitar player Jim Priebe, from Dalby, displayed why he is one of the leading exponents in the country as he had the crowd in attendance wanting more when he appeared as special guest artist on Sunday April 10. "Priebs"
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STRONG Crowds enjoyed a trip back in time at the Laidley Heritage Festival, held recently. Visitors and locals flocked to venues across Laidley for the two-day event. For the first time, horse and carriage rides were on offer and they proved to be a great hit, with hundreds enjoying the experience. With crowds from as far afield as Springfield, Ipswich and Toowoomba, the event is undoubtedly growing in popularity each year. At the Laidley Pioneer Village, activities like sheep shearing, milking demonstrations, vintage car rides and the animal farm kept everyone happily occupied.
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Superfoods, by definition, are nutrient-rich foods considered to be especially beneficial for your health and wellbeing. A well-balanced diet, rich in superfoods, will ensure you get the antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals you need to stay feeling energised, healthy and happy. They are readily available, delicious and affordable. Here are my top five tips: 1. Quinoa: This protein-rich grain contains all the essential amino acids that your body needs to repair itself. It is easy to cook, tasty and adaptable. Add half a cup into your favourite salad, stir through a breakfast smoothie or a bowl of oats, or include in protein balls. 2. Broccoli: This leafy vegetable is a perfect staple to add to your diet. Green vegetables like broccoli contain a range of
phytochemicals to help benefit the immune system and reduce inflammation. Steam your broccoli lightly for a healthy addition to any meal or add raw florets to salads. 3. Blueberries: A nutritional powerhouse whether eaten fresh or frozen. Blueberries are very low in kilojoules, but high in all the right nutrients and antioxidants. Just a handful of these delicious berries will leave your body feeling energised. 4. Chickpeas: As part of the legume family, chickpeas are widely used in culinary dishes around the globe. Chickpeas are an excellent source of vitamin B6, folate, fibre, protein, thiamine and potassium. For a gold coin, a can of chickpeas is worth adding to your weekly shopping list. 5. Spinach: Long established as a highly-nutritional food, spinach and silverbeet are particularly high in fibre,
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iron, folate and magnesium. Compared to other vegetables, these leafy greens are also high in vitamin K, which is essential for a healthy circulatory system.
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Bowelscan saves lives AUSTRALIANS participating in Rotary’s lifesaving bowel cancer awareness initiative will benefit from the inclusion of faecal immunochemical tests (FIT) in all Rotary branded bowel screening kits in 2016. The tests are available in participating Australian pharmacies or on line at bowelscanqueensland. org.au. from the May1. The program will see over 120,000 faecal immunochemical tests (FIT) used as part of the Rotary Bowelscan programs in 2016 across Australia. The FIT is one of the most effective and easiest ways to reduce the risk of bowel cancer. Gastroenterologist, Dr Howard Hope said the national inclusion of the faecal immunochemical tests was an important next step for the already successful program. “Bowel cancer is the second most common newly diagnosed cancer in Australia, but it is treatable if diagnosed
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For two days last June I lay on the floor of my home of 42 years, in horrific pain, unable to pick myself up, unable to call for help, unable to feed myself, unable to make it to the bathroom, unable to determine just how injured I was. Not a single soul knew I was in trouble. I’d never felt so afraid. Never felt so ashamed and I’d never felt so helpless than I did during those 48 hours. I’d always prided myself on being able to take care of myself but I quickly realised just how vulnerable I was. Lucky for me, my story has a happy ending, I was thankfully found and given the care I needed. But the whole episode was traumatising. I didn’t know during the
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SADLY I can’t dementia proof you…as no one really knows what causes dementia and there is no cure. There is however some lifestyle choices we can all make on a daily basis to keep our brains active and healthy. Everywhere you turn at present, people are banging on about physical exercise but what about we try some mental exercise? The good news is that brain exercises are often activities we are already
doing or wish we were doing for pleasure. They don’t involve wearing Lycra or large amounts of sweating, they are activities such as: ■ Crosswords or Sudoku in the morning sunshine ■ Taking a dance lesson to do the tango or tap dance without the pressure of ever having to perform ■ Barista course for the perfect coffee ■ Learning French or Spanish for your next overseas venture ■ Painting or pottery classes ■ Join Facebook, track
down lost school friends ■ Volunteer, offer your ear for reading at your local school ■ Listening to the radio or joining a choir ■ How about playing the saxophone or piano for the very first time ■ Reading poetry or why not try writing poetry Recent research suggest that combining mental, social and physical components in leisure activities offers the greatest benefits in terms of reducing dementia risk. So get out there and enjoy.
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Wall-to-wall comfort as a kaleidoscope of Europe’s charms glides past your panoramic window Ann Rickard
IF EVER there was a holiday designed specifically for us mature folks, it would have to be river cruising. There are many reasons for this, more about them in a minute, but the top one would surely be: no children on board. We love children, most of us seniors are doting grandparents, but we don’t love the little tykes when they are running amok around the decks and lounges on a ship. River cruising is not designed for children, there are no facilities for them, they’d be bored. River cruising suits those of us who enjoy
the ease of being moved smoothly from one place to another, those who love to unpack just the once, who adore being pampered and wined and dined to the brim. Those who love a no-bingo-orextravagant-theatre policy, those who are more the gather-around-the-piano type. Avalon Waterways’ newest river ship, Imagery II, has just been launched on the Rhine, formally christened by “godmother”, New Zealand personality, Judy Bailey. It now awaits your pleasure. You are going to love this spanking new ship with its Suite Ship policy: two entire decks of roomy suites with marble
bathrooms complete with L’Occitane products, and more space than any other ships cruising Europe’s great rivers. What you are going to love beyond all the many loveable details on board Imagery II, is the wall-to-wall windows in your suite, a whole wall that slides back to transform your suite into one large alfresco balcony and – this is luxury without measure – the bed faces the window. Think about that. You wake up each morning in a comfortable wide bed beneath a floaty white doona to lazily watch a kaleidoscope of Europe’s charms glide past your panoramic window.
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If you (or better still, your mate) has padded quietly to the elegant lounge at the aft of the ship, where a gleaming coffee machine will dispense any coffee style of your choice, and he brings it back along with a big home-baked cookie to enjoy in bed, well, you are going to be in holiday heaven aren’t you? And your exciting day hasn’t even started yet. The unprecedented growth in river cruising has astonished everyone in the travel industry, even Avalon Waterways’ management who are frantically building more ships to keep up with demand. Avalon Waterways does not let its ships age.
When they are only just past juvenile stage, they are sold or sent off to ship graveyard. Hence, all Avalon’s long sleek river ships are modern and fresh. None more so than Imagery II. The decor is contemporary and restful with tasteful and luxurious object d’art and contemporary art works at every turn. The lounges and dining room are fitted with up-to-the-minute furniture with exquisite fabrics. On the expansive top open-air deck, the sun lounges beckon, and a small spa sits beside a giant deck chess set. The chef even grows his own herbs in pots up on the deck.
You will never be short of something exciting to do on Imagery II as her itinerary stops at some of Europe’s most beautiful cities, towns and villages. And the ship docks right in the heart of things. You have only to walk off to have Avalon’s private buses with local guides waiting a few steps away to whisk you into the heart of Europe’s excitement, history and culture. Comfort is what most of us prioritise for our travels as we age. Followed by ease of getting from A to B. Imagery II provides the lot. The writer was a guest on board Imagery II.
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Tree of Knowledge Learning from Barcaldine’s rich sheep history Erle Levey
THERE is one thing Outback Queensland offers apart from its well-known bush hospitality, the country air and big skies of a night … it’s history. Barcaldine Shire mayor Rob Chandler sums it up well when he says “We are Australia’s history ... Australia grew from inside out when it opened up the outback.” There are few better places to understand a chapter in Australia’s history than at the Tree of Knowledge in this town that was built on sheep. And there is no better way to fit into the laid-back way of life than pronouncing the name of the town correctly ... Bar-call-dun. Not Barkle-deen and certainly not Barkle-dine.
The Globe Visitor Information Centre at Barcaldine, formerly the Globe Hotel. PHOTO: ERLE LEVEY
In 1891 the ghost gum directly in front of the railway station witnessed a divisive confrontation that threatened to plunge the nation into civil war as striking shearers stopped non-union labourers arriving by train to fill their jobs. The strike was a bitter campaign fuelled by lowering of shearers’ conditions by sheep station owners.
Now, 125 years later, a dramatic reconstruction of the seven-metre high tree stands outside the station where visitors are welcomed with tourism being an integral part of the Barcaldine Shire’s economy. Celebrations, including a town party and street parade with a special visit from former PM Bob Hawke were held this month on May 1.
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Hmong honey chicken with sesame and lime
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HOME COOKING CHRISTINE PERKINS THIS is a beautiful healthy recipe with wonderful succulent chicken pieces. Try and use free range chicken, it’s tastier! The finer you cut the ingredients for the marinade the less you have to pound in the pestle and mortar so it will save you time in the long run. Serves 4 Ingredients: Chicken Marinade 1.5 kilos chicken pieces skin on (you can discard before eating)
½ cup golden shallots peeled and finely diced 2 stalks of lemongrass very finely chopped 2 Tbls ginger or galangal peeled and finely grated 3 Tbls fish sauce 3 Tbls honey 4 kaffir lime leaves 1 large red chilli Garnish 3 kaffir lime leaves very finely shredded 2 tbls honey 2 tbls toasted sesame seeds Method Place chicken in a large bowl. In a pestle and mortar pound the shallots, lemongrass, galangal/ginger, and chilli to a paste. Add the fish sauce,
honey and torn kaffir lime leaves and stir to combine. Pour the marinade over chicken pieces and toss to coat. Refrigerate and allow to marinate for several hour preferably overnight if possible. To cook Pre heat oven to 180c. Pre heat barbecue. Cook chicken on a barbecue grill until golden turning regularly then place in a 180c oven for 20-25 minutes depending on size of chicken pieces until cooked through. Place on a serving platter when cooked drizzle with extra honey, sprinkle sesame seeds and finely shredded kaffir lime leaves.
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IF you’re anything like me, you’ll know that a little bit of chilli can bring to life any meal. It’s not everyone’s favourite food, especially children, but this sweeter alternative to chilli’s traditional hot flavour, could spell a brighter future for this pepper. As we come into Australia’s winter months, it’s a nice idea to make and store some chilli jam for when your family needs a hot kick in the taste-buds. The juxtaposition
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HEAT UP: Chilli jam is the perfect accompaniment to winter weather.
THIS recipe is for a special occasion definitely not an everyday food even though you would like it to be. Truffle salt is a delicious addition if you have it. Ingredients: 1 Kg floury sebago potatoes, cut into 3cm chunks
100grams duck fat (purchase from your supermarket in the Poultry section) pink Himalayan salt or truffle salt to taste Method Preheat the oven to 180°C. Par cook potatoes. Drain, then return to the pan and shake over medium heat to dry out and rough up the edges
(this will help them crisp up when roasting). Place the duck fat in a roasting pan, then place in the oven for 5 minutes to heat. Remove from the oven, add potato to duck fat and gently toss to coat. Return to the oven and roast, turning twice, for 45 minutes or until golden and crispy. Sprinkle with salt - serve.
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Across 1 What spiked metal ball is laid to lame cavalry horses or puncture tyres? (7) 4 What powdered seed pod is used as a substitute for chocolate? (5) 7 What is the irregular shape given to one side of a lawn bowl? (4) 8 What spirited Spanish guitar music is accompanied by singing and dancing? (10) 10 What is the submission of an issue of public importance to the direct vote of the electorate? (10) 12 What religious witchcraft is practised in the Caribbean and the southern US? (6) 13 To which genus do onions, garlic and chives belong? (6) 15 What type of scientists study the structure and composition of the earth? (10) 18 What are Oxford and Cambridge universities called when considered together? (8) 19 The famous garden Sissinghurst is in which English county? (4) 20 Tradition says Rome was built on seven what? (5) 21 What was the name of Roy Rogers’ horse? (7)
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13 14 15
Fill the grid so every column, every row and 3x3 box contains the digits 1 to 9.
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Down 1 What is a trimmed tree trunk tossed in Highland games? (5) 2 A proverb says that a truly wise man never plays what game with a unicorn? (8) 3 What country did Germany invade in September 1939? (6) 4 From a French word for “disguise” what word entered the English language during WWI? (10) 5 What describes the smallest in a litter? (4) 6 What is a flower on a fruit tree? (7) 9 Which branch of physics studies the phenomena that occur at very low temperatures? (10) 11 Which beat generation poet (Allen __) was later influential in the hippy movement of the 1960s? (8) 12 “Starry, starry night” begins a Don McLean song about which painter? (3,4) 14 What word can precede control, deck and path? (6) 16 In mythology, what lustful, drunken woodland creature chases nymphs? (5) 17 In the Bible, who was murdered by Cain? (4)
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.
Note: more than one solution may be possible.
PAGED HE TANS FITNESS INTO JIGS THIN KITES
Across: 7. Reveal 8. Zenith 10. Lurched 11. Hippo 12. Eyed 13. Heart 17. Costs 18. Moor 22. Knoll 23. Spartan 24. Wobbly 25. Dry run. Down: 1. Grilled 2. Oversee 3. Paths 4. Zephyrs 5. Lippy 6. Throw 9. Advertise 14. Worldly 15. Couture 16. Pruning 19. Skews 20. Hobby 21. Parry.
ALPHAGRAMS: GAPED, HASTEN, INFESTS, JINGOIST, KITTENISH. QUICK CROSSWORD
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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 25 Very Good 30 Excellent 35
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Down 1. Interrogated (7) 2. Supervise (7) 3. Tracks (5) 4. Gentle breezes (7) 5. Impudent, verbally (5) 6. Hurl (5) 9. Make known (9) 14. Sophisticated (7) 15. Fashion (7) 16. Cutting back (7) 19. Distorts (5) 20. Pastime (5) 21. Deflect (5)
ACROSS: 1 Caltrop, 4 Carob, 7 Bias, 8 Flamenco, 10 Referendum, 12 Voodoo, 13 Allium, 15 Geologists, 18 Oxbridge, 19 Kent, 20 Hills, 21 Trigger. DOWN: 1 Caber, 2 Leapfrog, 3 Poland, 4 Camouflage, 5 Runt, 6 Blossom, 9 Cryogenics, 11 Ginsberg, 12 Van Gogh, 14 Flight, 16 Satyr, 17 Abel.
Across 7. Disclose (6) 8. Highest point (6) 10. Staggered (7) 11. African animal (5) 12. Looked at (4) 13. Centre (5) 17. Expenses (5) 18. Tie up (4) 22. Small hill (5) 23. Austere (7) 24. Temper tantrum (colloq) (6) 25. Trial before the real thing (3,3)
WORD GO ROUND
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