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What are we doing for next generation HELLO READERS, This month three high-profile, straight-talking elders (Warren Mundine, Dame Quentin Bryce and author Hugh Mackay) issue some thoughtful insights and challenges to our demographic. While each of these leaders has chosen different life paths, their common ground covers working towards a more fair, just and equitable society. Indigenous leader Warren Mundine talks about his early life as a political activist and his current view that change occurs over a series of battles, not a war. At 61 years old, he has gathered the experience of his past and, despite serious health issues, is using it to fashion fresh initiatives to push for an improved future. Former GovernorGeneral Dame Quentin Bryce pulled no punches when she spoke at a forum at the recent WOW (Women of the World),

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Festival in Brisbane. She said it was the duty of our generation to support younger women as they live and engage within the community. She also offers her considered thoughts on care for the grandchildren. In his latest book, 80-year-old Hugh Mackay is calling for nothing less than a social revolution. He believes it’s the only way to reshape our contemporary society which is plagued by social isolation, disillusionment and distrust. Human beings, he said, are herd animals and as such, need to live as social beings. And it’s up to us, the over 55s, the ‘tribal elders’ to once again take the lead in social change by saying “let’s get

...it’s up to us, the over-55s, the ‘tribal elders’ to once again take lead in social change by saying “let’s get engaged, be visible and make connections with each other”

engaged, be visible and take connections with each other” in order to shore up our communities. He quotes a survey that that notes just 35 per cent of Australians say they trust their neighbours – which, to him, means we haven’t taken the time to get to know them. “We need to start smiling, say hello or be a listening ear, acknowledge each other and show respect and kindness towards each other,” Hugh said. I believe the voice of

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Cover Story: Warren Mundine

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Mundine the tireless and fearless disruptor Economic empowerment not political jousting is his answer Tracey Johnstone

DISRUPTIVE. A changemaker. From his early adulthood Nyunggai Warren Mundine AO has been intensively involved in championing changes to the quality of life of his mob, his fellow Aboriginals. Through his recently released candid memoir Warren Mundine: In Black + White I met a man who as a teen knew he wanted to be in public life. He watched Lionel Rose win the 1968 boxing world championship and that win shaped his life pathway. In the 80s he believed activism was the best way to achieve change. Soon after he became an insider, using his astute learning of big business,

politics and the media to be heard across all of Australia and all its generations. Many have not agreed with Warren’s ideas for changing the younger generation’s choices. He firmly believes in moving away from welfare centricity to economic centricity, in creating real economies within Aboriginal communities, in creating jobs and facilitating education, and in better access to health services. The road ahead to achieve these changes he admits remains uphill. The Federal Government’s target of halving the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by 2018 isn’t on track.

A group of Aboriginal Australians at a rally lead by Warren Mundine, chairman of the Justice Before Games support group, demonstrating in front of the Queensland Tourist Bureau office in Grenfell St, Adelaide in September 1982. PHOTO: JOHN GUSTER

The Closing the Gap targets, 2017 analysis of progress and key drivers of change report states, “the lack of opportunities is an issue on the demand side of the labour market, the lack of skills is an issue on the supply side, and logistical reasons a market barrier to potentially matching workers with jobs”.

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role and was national president of the Australian Labor Party in 2006/7. He chose not to renew his party membership in 2012 and went on to vote Liberal - and that’s only part of his extraordinary story. Warren has earned the ear of the politicians and of the mainstream media. This allows him to keep pushing out his message of economic participation where outcomes rather than activities are the measure of the success of change within the Aboriginal communities. “Giving a person a job, it deals with a lot of issues like mental health, substance abuse and people’s living style with better housing, and access to better finance to have a better lifestyle,” Warren said. Warren has survived many political upheavals and five prime ministers. In February last year he stepped away from the chair of the Indigenous Advisory Council. “Malcolm Turnbull asked me stay on the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council, but I said I was more interested in economic development and doing something at the coal face rather than advising on policy and hoping governments take it up,” he said. Instead, there’s another hill that he is climbing. “I’d been around the political process for long enough to understand that achieving change is not a war but a series of battles,” Warren said. “You have to go out to battle for what you want every single day.” So, he’s back at the coal face, working 24/7 on two new businesses,

continuing his advisory roles for public groups, serving on boards for private businesses and charities, and delivering in a variety of written and broadcast media roles including his own business show on Sky News. The two companies he has bought into have 16 offices across Northern Territory, NSW and West Australia. Their focus is on getting Aborigines into work and creating employment opportunities within community. He also spends about 14 days each month visiting Aboriginal communities – talking to people, and listening to them. Tapping into the power of social media is another of his battles. “I am very vocal on social media which I want to expand, plus looking at more blogs and more media approaches,” Warren said. His lengthy memoir is an easy read. Designed to engage a broad audience, it includes a deeply researched history of his family and of the cultural connections that have help to develop his passion. “I wanted to tell a story of Australia and use my family and myself as a vehicle for that,” Warren said. The book smoothly crosses between family history, personal experiences and Australian political history. “The vast majority that have read it liked it, even though some of the political comments in it they may not agree with them. I had one bloke who said he totally disagrees with my politics, but he enjoyed it because of the story it told. He actually said it should be high

Cover Story: Warren Mundine school and university reading as it shows a history of Australia which most people wouldn’t know about or don’t remember it,” Warren said. Facing up to reaching his 60s has been tough for Warren. He already has three stents, courtesy of his mother’s genes. “I wish they told me this when I was 18 that what you are doing at 18 does affect you when you are in your 60s and 70s,” he said. While he now has to watch what he eats and drinks, he isn’t physically slowing down nor looking at retiring. “In fact, I probably couldn’t think of anything worse than retiring,” Warren said. “No offence to anyone who is. “I am very focused on doing things which is something I got from my father who worked until he was 72.” Look. There’s another hill. Warren hasn’t climbed that one, yet.

WORKING HARD: Warren Mundine in the Sky Studio at News Corp offices in Sydney before the launch of his Sky News Sunday television program Mundine Means Business. PHOTO: BRITTA CAMPION THE AUSTRALIAN

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Profile Story: Dame Quentin Bryce

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HER grandchildren call her Dee Dee, a name that evolved from Gee Gee, a reference to her former position as Governor General. In 2008 Dame Quentin Bryce became Australia’s first female to hold this position. Right from the first official photo shoot she signalled a fresh approach to the illustrious office, when she spared us the ubiquitous suit-and-tie affair and presented the picture of a sophisticated woman decked out in a fiery red dress amidst a gaggle of grandchildren in suitably matching red attire. At 75, Dame Quentin has engaged in a life-time of community work together with holding down senior national and international positions which have allowed her to campaign and shape a generation of gender and family politics. While she has officially retired from her public roles, she sees her

position as a role model to future generations as of the utmost importance. “There is responsibility in being an elder,” she said “And it is a serious responsibility.” As patron of the recent WOW (Women of the World) festival in Brisbane, Dame Quentin spoke on a panel which included indigenous leader Lisa Mumbin who was born and raised in Katherine and now leads her community on cultural maintenance, support for women and youth. The panel also included Agnes Titus, a mother of the Bougainville Women’s Movement who has held many roles in local level government and with organisations promoting women leadership and peace building, including as UNWomen co-ordinator for Bougainville. The panel was complemented with the inclusion of philanthropist and pastoralist Gina Fairfax who, along with her husband Tim, has made

FAMILY: Granddaughters Georgette Parkin, Claudia and Alexandra Browning hugging Dame Quentin Bryce after her swearing in as Governor-General at Parliament House in 2008. PHOTO: ENGLAND DARREN

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torch of the wonderful Australian women’s movement,” Dame Quentin said. “We must support our young women to be engaged and involved in the community.” She also recognises her part in the lives of her 11 grandchildren. “Our knowledge of brain development shows how incredibly important the early years are for learning,” she said. Dame Quentin admits she had no idea of what challenges lie ahead, but believes resilience and strength will always help and those qualities can be built through a rich cultural life and accompanying reflection. For the Bryce grandchildren, quality time with the grandparents can include art gallery and museum trips, listening to music and reading poetry. One thing not mentioned in this conversation is retirement. These women, leaders in their communities, have a life-long commitment to their roles as teacher, mentor, mother and grandmother.

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AUSTRALIA has become a more socially fragmented, anxious, depressed, stressed, overweight, medicated, debt-ridden and addicted society than ever before. It’s not a pretty picture the country’s most respected social researcher, Hugh Mackay. paints. And it’s up to each of us to take steps to change it. Twenty-five years on from his groundbreaking book, Reinventing Australia, Hugh has penned Australia Reimagined: Towards a More Compassionate, Less Anxious Society. At 80 he says it is the last book he will write which paints the big picture of the state of the nation. But the man who wrote his first book at 55 and has been involved in social research for more than 50 years, sounds every bit as engaged and eloquent as ever. He believes there are two major facts about

contemporary Australia which we all understand exist but which we have failed to make a valuable connection between. Firstly, we are more socially fragmented than ever. More people are feeling isolated and loneliness is a major problem. This is the result of a number of factors including divorce, shrinking households, how busy we are, mobility (moving house on average every six years) and our reliance on information technology, all of which have cut us off from our neighbourhoods and communities. Secondly, we have a mental health crisis with an epidemic of anxiety (two million Australians diagnosed last year) and depression. While job losses, relationships, budgeting or even the state of the planet can affect our outlook, Hugh said when anxiety is affecting so many people, there is an undeniable underlying social factor. He believes our poor

REIMAGINING: Hugh Mackay paints a picture of an anxious and unhappy Australian society, but says the remedy is not difficult. PHOTO: ALAN BENSON

mental health has been brought about by social fragmentation and the accompanying lack of a sense of belonging. “We are herd animals; we need to live as social beings,” he said. “When we shut ourselves off, we’re

denying our humanity.” While 68% of Australians still believe in God or some higher power, a paltry 8% are regular churchgoers, shutting the door on another traditional sense of connection, meaning and belonging.

“When we become more individualistic and live more within our own bubble, we become less trustful of people in general, as well as of our institutions like the church, our politicians, business and banks,” Hugh said. “We have become a more disillusioned, less trusting society.” Hugh described over-55s as today’s “tribal elders”. He said it was up to these social pioneering Baby Boomers, once so impatient to shake off the values and attitudes of their parents, to once again take the lead in social change by saying “let’s get engaged, be visible and make connections with each other” in order to shore up our communities. Presently, he said, just 35% of Australians said they trusted their neighbours – which, to him, means we haven’t taken the time to get to know them. “We need to start smiling, say hello or be a listening ear, acknowledge each other and show respect and kindness towards each other,” Hugh

said. “It doesn’t sound revolutionary, but it goes against the current trend … it’s the revolution we need.” Hugh said reconnecting did not need government or community group leadership, it’s something every individual can do by simply reaching out across the generations, being engaged in clubs or other groups, holding a street party or just saying hello to neighbours or people down the street. And if we don’t? “The future is quite bleak,” Hugh said. The problems of loneliness and social isolation will get worse, levels of trust will fall and levels of anxiety will rise still further. He hopes his book acts as a wake-up call that our mental health and social crisis is no accident, but something we have brought on ourselves by our failure to connect. However, he also sees the book as optimistic. “I think we are going to do this. There is so much disenchantment now that it’s beginning to dawn on us that we have to do something … this is my contribution,” he said.

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Assoc calls for a ‘rightsizing’ Government’s downsizing policy needs additional measures JULY 1 is the start date for the Federal Government’s new downsizing policy that was introduced in last year’s budget. However, a survey undertaken by National Seniors Association reported that 82 per cent of older retirees preferred an alternative policy proposed by National Seniors organisation. The government’s policy allows Australians aged 65 and over to sell their home and divert up to $300,000 a person into superannuation. However, National Seniors Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said the policy has not been well received by most older Australians. He said the organisation’s Rightsizing proposal would exempt up to $250,000 of home sale proceeds from the Age Pension means test. “The government’s initiative is too narrow,” Mr Henschke said. “We’re not saying it should be abandoned. But our Rightsizing proposal would benefit more seniors and for this reason, we’ve included it again in this year’s budget submission. “It would enable up to $250,000 of the proceeds from a home

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sale to be quarantined from the Age Pension means test,” he said. “Older Australians could move to more age-appropriate and suitable housing without losing their pension, and have funds to cover health and other costs in their old age. “Many live in housing that is inappropriate for their needs, for example with stairs and unsuitable bathrooms. This increases the risk of injury and hospitalisation. It can also bring on early entry

into residential aged care.” Many older people cited maintenance issues as a key motivation for downsizing, while others were keen to stay in the home where they raised their families or an area that was familiar. “But if they could sell without losing their pension, there’s no doubt many would,” Mr Henschke said. “This would free up homes for families and promote the construction of purpose-built homes for

older Australians, as another key barrier to downsizing is a limited supply of ‘accessible’ housing stock with universal design features. We’re urging all political parties to back a Rightsizing initiative to help ensure older Australians can find the type of housing they need in the communities they know and want to live in. At the same time, we believe the government’s initiative that will come into effect on July 1 should be maintained.”

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On show for 20th year Plane and car show gears up for another classic year By Alison Houston

EACH year organisers of the David Hack Classic find something a little bit different to bring in the crowds and, for its 20th anniversary, it’s an RAAF C130 Hercules. The C130 – built by Lockheed Martin, is a tactical air-lifter measuring 34.4m in length, 10.1m in height with a wingspan of 40.4m, which can deliver cargo to short unsurfaced runways and airdrop cargo and paratroops by parachute and, depending on configuration – carry up to 128 passengers, 74 paratroops, 97 stretcher patients and two medical attendants or eight pallets of cargo. This one is fitted out as a medivac plane and will be open for walk-throughs, organiser and Rotary Club of Toowoomba North president Robyn Jeffery said.

ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW: The David Hack Classic will this year feature a Mustang P51-D conducing paid joy flights among about 30 aircraft and 300 classic cars, bikes and other vehicles. PHOTO: MARK GREENMANTLE PHOTOGRAPHY

It is one of about 30 planes expected to attend the day, a number of which, including two World War Two fighters – a Mustang P-51D and Yak-3 Steadfast – will conduct paid joy flights courtesy of fighterpilot.com.au. Over 300 classic, vintage and modern cars, convertibles, race cars, historic motorbikes, trucks and military vehicles are also expected. “Every year we get some pretty spectacular cars from Model T Fords to Lamborghinis, Porsches, historic Holdens, Fords and Minis,

to race cars and army vehicles,” Robyn said. “The enthusiasts really get behind it, and they are so passionate about their cars and aircraft, it’s great to be able to go and talk to them about them.” The classic, which attracts up to 5000 people, is named in honour of David, whose passions were cars and photography, and whose life was cut short in 1998 by Non Hodgkins Lymphoma (Leukaemia). The original event had been planned as a celebration for this 28th birthday at Toowoomba’s Aerotec Hangar, but he

All cars from Model T Fords to Lamborghinis, Porsches, historic Holdens, Fords and Minis.

didn’t make it, and the Rotary Club decided to go on with the event as a fundraiser in his memory, with proceeds going to the Leukaemia Foundation, Blue Care and other charities. David’s mum Anna still presents the Public Choice Trophy, one of about 20 show categories, each year.

There is also a giant $5 raffle, with this year’s first prize being a flight in the Boeing Stearman, donated by Aerotec and the Rotary club. The David Hack Classic is on Sunday, May 20 at the Aerotec Hangar, Toowoomba Aerodrome, Spitfire Street, Wilsonton and is open to exhibitors from 8am and the public

from 8.45am–2.30pm. Tickets are adults $15, children under 12 free and a family of two adults and two teenagers: $40. Exhibiting costs $10 a vehicle. To find out more, find them on Facebook or at www.therotaryclub.com.au or call Robyn Jeffery on 0414 965 870.

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Community TO ALLOW for readers’ requests for the publication of more neighbourhood news, please keep notices short and to the point (100 word maximum). If you would like to submit a photo please ensure it is at least 180dpi or 500kb to 1mb in size and of faces, in a nice bright setting. The deadline for the June issue is May 30. Email editor@seniors newspaper.com.au

on Tuesday, May 29. For more information phone Hazel on 4635 4519.

VIEW CLUBS ● WARWICK DAY

TOOWOOMBA CALEDONIAN SOCIETY & PIPE BAND INC

WE ARE holding our first Ceilidh for the year on Saturday, May 26 in the Drayton Hall from 7–10.30pm. Come along and enjoy an evening of community Scottish dancing (all dances are called and no need for experience), watch displays of Highland dancing and instrumental band players, and a soloist singing Scottish songs. Some of the dances are Dashing White Sergeant, Strip the Willow, Gay Gordon, Pride of Erin, Haymaker’s Jig and Virginia’s Reel just to name a few. Cost of the evening is $10pp, children under five free entry; over 13 $5 and a plate of food for supper. For larger groups please phone Marg on 0429 700 217 for a table reservation.

MARKET DAY

OUR Saviour’s Lutheran Church is holding a market day on Saturday, June 30 from 7am–1pm at the church hall, corner West and Alderley Sts. There will be cakes, preserves, clothes, craft, plants, books and garage items. Come for breakfast or lunch sausage sizzle. For details phone Shirl on 4630 1104.

SEMINAR FOR SENIORS

FOR many people, the thought of getting older and facing the possibility of losing their independence is emotional and stressful with a major concern being the absence of choice and the complex nature of aged care options. Briese Lawyers has teamed up with many aged care service providers to deliver you a free seminar that will

TIME TO CELEBRATE: Members of the Warwick VIEW Club. This year marks their 16th anniversary and will be celebrated with a special theme.

empower you with an understanding of and choice in the areas of: retirement and aged care options – independent living; assisted living and residential aged care services; how to access Aged Care Assessments/ Commonwealth Home Support Programs and Home Care Packages; transitioning from home care to aged care; funding strategies when planning for aged care; key considerations to choose the option that's best for you; downsizing/ granny flats and family arrangements; and impact on estate planning. Maintaining Choice In Your Senior Years seminar on Tuesday, May 15, 9am arrival for 9.30am start. Event finishes at 12pm at Humeridge Church, 461–469, Hume St, Toowoomba. Phone: 4638 4833. RSVP: May 11 to Margaret Lyons, Briese Lawyers.

HAMPTON FESTIVAL

ORGANISERS of this year’s Hampton Festival are anticipating strong crowds in May thanks to an expanded Festival program and the ability to pre-order tickets on line. Held on Sunday, May 20 at Chapman Park, just 32km north of Toowoomba, the festival is known for its celebration of fresh regional produce and

diverse creative culture. This year’s event will feature a three-day program of food and art workshops, masterclasses, live entertainment and cooking demonstrations with renowned chef Ash Martin, of Homage Restaurant. Sunday’s festival program will feature cooking demonstrations by Ash as well as live music, a fresh produce market, art exhibition and more than 60 market stalls and food and wine exhibitors. Hampton Festival tickets are available at the gate for $12 per person and children under 12 free. $10 priority entry tickets can be pre-ordered now via Toowoomba Tickets and includes entry into the draw for a weekend retreat for two to Tweeters Country Getaway. For further information regarding the Hampton Festival program or to book a workshop or masterclass, visit hamptonfestival.com.

NATIONAL SERVICEMEN’S ASSOCIATION TOOWOOMBA

ON SUNDAY, June 10 all widow’s of National Servicemen will be honoured at a luncheon at the Irish Club Hotel, Russell St, Toowoomba. The lunch will start at 12pm and all Nashos as

well as the widow’s are invited to attend. There will be lucky door prizes, and during the afternoon a donation to the Hospice will be made. Contact us before the end of May for more information regarding this lunch. Our social lunches are held on the third Friday of each month at the City Golf Club, we hope to see you there on Friday, May 18 and June 15. Those Nashos who turn 80 this year are asked to give their name to the secretary before the end of July. We have a special “birthday party” for these men on Sunday, August 12. For more information contact Joan on 4633 2564 or 0417 660 464.

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THIS branch meets for morning tea the first Thursday of each month at All Seasons Function Centre, cnr North & Tor Sts, Wilsonton, starting at 9.30am. Our June morning tea will be on the 7th and we will be entertained by Dennis and Kathy Sankey. Come along for a sing along and there will be lucky door prize and raffles to be won. For information and bookings, phone Desma on 4613 6750.

● WARWICK

WE HOLD general meetings at 11.15am on the second Monday of every month (except January) at the Condamine Sports Club. Lunch is available after meeting at your own expense. On Wednesday, May 23 our coach trip is to Lavender at Liston and Law Dogs at the Summit with bookings open at Suncorp Warwick April 24 to May 15. A coach trip to Mt Mee is on Thursday, June 14. Lunch at Pitstop Mt Mee is a quirky style cafe in a corrugated shed with stunning vistas, motorcycle and automobile memorabilia, craft shop selling matchbox cars, collectables and local craft. Bookings open May 15 and close at Suncorp Warwick on June 7. Scenic drive back to Warwick. For more information phone Carmel on 4661 3136.

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WE MEET on the third Monday of the month at Drayton Bowls Club at 9.30am. Monday, May 21 is the date of the next meeting when historian/ author Don Talbot will tell us some tales from his recent book Toowoomba Teddies and Bell Street Ghosts. Visitors are welcome. Cost is $7, includes morning tea. Next bus trip is to Pohlmans Nursery and tour of UQ Gatton College

WE HAVE a small but enthusiastic club. Our community does not have access to any Learning for Life programs or other Smith Family initiatives, so all our energies are focussed on supporting our student. Every second month we raise money through our special imaginative raffles where all members donate an item or two for the multi-draw eg Pamper Me; Mystery Box/ Bottle (contents undisclosed!) on a particular theme such as In My Pantry. Sue’s Super Soup Day and a Melbourne Cup meet have become annual events and are included as some of our friendship days. The fourth Wednesday of each month provides the opportunity for ladies to introduce a friend to VIEW by joining us on an outing for lunch or morning tea (and a raffle). At the beginning of each year, members are allocated a month when they are responsible for organising some fun activities as well as the lucky door and raffle for the meeting. Our major fundraiser would be our birthday in October when visitors from Toowoomba and east of the range towards the Gold Coast join us in celebration. This year marks our 16th anniversary with a theme (yet to be decided) – and of course a multi-draw raffle! We have represented VIEW at the bi-annual local Seniors Expo with an information table and found this useful for networking and finding possible contacts for outings and guest speakers. For the last three years we entered into the spirit of the Jumpers & Jazz in July festival by entering a decorated tree downtown. This year instead we have organised to participate in the Suitcase Rummage – hand-made plus pre-loved items for sale. We have found that our members prefer to be quiet achievers so we use our collective skills to provide a friendly atmosphere whilst supporting The Smith Family in our own special way. We are raffle experts.


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A veteran says volunteering is no solo performance

Award recognises outstanding contribution by senior volunteer Alison Houston

VETERAN tuba player Mike Gowdie said it was no solo effort which earned him the Order of Australia Association’s Senior Volunteer Award. Mike was one of just three winners of the award statewide this year. He was nominated by fellow Harlaxton RSL member Felix Parker OAM for his compassion and dedication to the RSL and the community and his “total commitment to expose people to the benefit of music and for development of the Toowoomba Regional Youth Orchestra”. Mike’s wife Dawn was in on the secret, filling in the details of all Mike’s involvements – an impressive list – but for Mike the phone call

telling him he had won came “completely out of the blue”. “I was really chuffed, but I’m only part of a group of people – members of the bands and the RSL – that do things for the community and they are part of the award too,” he said. Mike, who has been secretary of the Harlaxton branch RSL since joining in 1991, except for one term as president, takes time to visit aged and unwell members as well as organising funeral attendance on top of his duties. He is also a founding member and president of the branch’s brass band, was instrumental in formation of the youth orchestra which has quadrupled in size since its inception

three years ago, and also plays in the Toowoomba Municipal Band and the Jim Miller Big Band, which regularly perform at community events. Involved in brass bands since he was about nine years old, Mike was a member of the army cadets in school and went on to be part of the Citizen Military Force (now the Reserves) before being called up for National Service in 1967 and staying in the military for 23 years, training as a Post Master General technician. In those days the PMG controlled not just the post but telephone, ABC radio and TV, and his job, first with the army and then as a civilian, took him throughout Queensland before his retirement in 2007. Throughout it all, bands have remained an ongoing labour of love. “It’s a community thing

really,” he said simply. When he and others in his military band were approached about forming the Harlaxton RSL Brass Band on leaving the army, it just took a few more instruments and a few old faces to come on board before it became a reality in 1991 and has never looked back. Mike said playing on Anzac Day remained particularly special to him, both for its solemnity and as a time to meet up with other former military musician mates. The Senior Volunteer Award recognises and rewards outstanding continuing voluntary contributions made by senior Queenslanders to their communities. Perhaps Mike’s contribution is best summed up by a small quote on his certificate, which states that he is “almost irreplaceable”.

CHUFFED: Mike Gowdie with his Order of Australia Association Senior Volunteer Award for dedication to the RSL, music and the community.

THE MEANDARRA ANZAC MEMORIAL MUSEUM The regional community of Meandarra on the Western Downs, just under three hours west of Toowoomba, is home to one of the most impressive collections of ANZAC military history you will find in Australia. The Meandarra ANZAC Memorial Museum is in fact one of just two of its kind in the country, and is set apart by its incredible pieces of huge historical significance to Australia and to historian enthusiasts of all backgrounds. Among the most significant pieces are equipment from the Light Horse Brigade, a completed Canberra Bomber aircraft, a Grant Tank in North African colours and a Water Buffalo tank from the South West Pacific Campaigns. The museum also houses a unique collection of artefacts

from our Australian ANZAC veterans who represented the three Armed Services of Navy, Army and Air Force for our country. Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development Councillor Kaye Maguire said the centre was a truly exceptional collection. “Walking alongside the personnel carriers, the tanks and amphibious craft you can really imagine the sacrifice they made for their community,” she said. “They were so willing to represent their country and community and you feel very proud to be an Australian as you wander through this collection and read their stories.”

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Wellbeing Men’s Health: Is the chassis getting rusty? Now is a good time for a wear and tear check-up Tracey Johnstone

WHETHER you are in your 60s, 70s or older, it’s a good time to check out the chassis for wear and tear, and maybe be some rust. You can use the following check list from Foundation 49 for some of the items you should consider talking to your GP about and to find out more information. ■ Arthritis (ball joint lubrication)

– www.arthritisaustralia.com.au ■ Falls Prevention (stability control) – www.myagedcare. gov.au/getting-started/healthyand-active-ageing/preventingfalls-in-elderly ■ Osteoporosis (chassis rust) – www.osteoporosis.org.au/men The good advice from men’s health group Foundation 49 is: ■ Find a GP you are happy with. ■ Have an annual check up with your GP. ■ Know your body and what is

normal for you. ■ Promptly check out any concerns or health issues with your GP. ■ Know the health risks for your age group and what to do to reduce them. For more men’s health information, go to www.malehealth.org.au. CHECK-UP: That chassis of yours might need an overhaul.

Recognising the cues for good hydration and what your body needs thirst and keep us healthy. “Your body is finely tuned to regulate your fluid and you need to respond to the cues that your body initiates,” Professor Dwyer said. Some of those variables are age, weight, gender, amount of activity, the climate where you live in and the presence of one or more diseases or disorders. People with health problems such as chronic liver disease, cardiac disease or diarrheal issues - all need

to have their fluid intake considered on an individual basis. The cues for needing to drink more can be you feel thirsty or a bit dizzy, or have a headache, you are hardly going to the toilet during the day or your urine is dark yellow. The cues for drinking less may be that you are running to the toilet many times during the day or your urine is clear or light colour. Water only? When working out how much water your body

needs, don’t forget to consider all the different forms water comes in – tea, coffee, and through rice and pasta, fruit and vegetables, for example. While the base amount of water you need each day is probably around two litres, while consuming these drinks and foods you are taking in a lot of that recommended fluid amount. Water will always be the first and prime recommendation. However, “A cup of coffee or tea is still a significant

amount of fluid that is being replaced,” Professor Dwyer said. “And yes, you will wee some of that out due to the mild diuretic effect. You are unlikely to become dehydrated just by drinking coffee, for example.” Why drink water? Since 60 per cent of our lean body mass is made up of water, it’s a very important to our body’s functions. When you become dehydrated you will lose fluid initially

from outside the cells, but eventually the cells will also lose fluid and that’s when your body stops working properly. Our kidneys keep busy The kidneys regulate the salt content in our blood. “If you reduce your fluid intake, the kidneys will concentrate and not wee out so much fluid so that you maintain this concentration in the blood,” Professor Dwyers said. “If you take a heap of fluid in, it’s going to wee it out.”

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PALLIATIVE CARE WEEK

What matters most when the horizon is getting closer? Talking about your end-of-life care is important Tracey Johnstone

HAVE you thought about what are the most important things in your life that you want protected if you are faced with a life-limiting illness or something untoward happened to you? These are tough questions for many of us to answer. It’s a confronting concept to be planning for the end of our life but by having the conversations now, we can trust in our wishes being implemented at a critical time when it may not possible for us to voice what we want and how we want it done. What matters most to you? Writing down or recording your thoughts will help you to start the process. Consider travel, food, laughter, pets and music, mementos, family trinkets, experiences, your funeral, medical support, Power of Attorney, finances, substitute decision makers, friends,

family and anything else you want to add to your list. Getting your thoughts recorded and then verbally sharing them with others could turn into an interesting journey as you reveal to yourself new elements of your character, perhaps challenge yourself to re-prioritise your choices and goals, and even revive long-repressed wishes. Palliative Care Australia’s chief executive officer Liz Callaghan said where a person talks openly to their family and doctors they are more likely to get the care they want. “If you don’t have these conversations, we believe you can end up receiving care you don’t necessarily want because you haven’t been asked or you haven’t volunteered that information for yourself, or not receiving the care you do want,” Ms Callaghan said. Don’t wait until it’s too late It’s not about waiting

until the end of your life that Ms Callaghan is advocating; she wants you to start planning the details now so you can use those plans to start a conversation with your significant others and then get on with living life to the full. You can then return to those conversations over time as circumstances change. “There is a very strong consensus among Australians that talking about their end of life care is important, should something happen, but most haven’t had the conversation,” Ms Callaghan said. Anything can happen to anyone at end time, she reminds us. “You might see something on the television and say ‘I would love to experience that one day’ or ‘I would never want to live like that if that happened to me’,” Ms Callaghan said. “Continually exploring those ideas with your family is the first step.

“It’s really about understanding and thinking about what you want.” To find ideas on how to start the conversation, go to www.dyingtotalk.org.au where there is a range of tools to help you put together your ‘what matters most’ list. What is palliative care? “It is about helping people live their life as

fully and as comfortably as possible when living with a life-limiting or terminal illness,” Ms Callaghan said. “Part of that is caring for them at the very end when they do die. “The majority of care is provided for those who can still achieve many things.” The care, which is available to anyone of any

age, is often also provided to family members and carers. “The aim of palliative care is to help people live as long as they can in a quality way,” Ms Callaghan said. Palliative Care Australia’s website has fact sheets and videos on www.palliativecare.org.au to help you start the conversations.


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Slow down ageing skin TAKE the advice of an expert and use these tips for women and men for slowing down your skin’s ageing process. Melbourne dermatologist Dr Michelle Rodrigues reminds us to have on hand sunscreen, cleanser and moisturiser, but we don’t need to spend a lot on them to get a result. She recommends talking to your healthcare professional for help on navigating your way through the mire of cosmetic treatment choices for your face, because everyone’s skin is different. “Creating a regime is not a one size fits all,” Dr Rodrigues added. The best approach is always individualised.” Sunscreen ●There’s no surprises when you hear the sage advice; “it’s never too late to start with a good sunscreen”. ●Aim for sunscreen with a SPF factor of 50 or more, and a label saying high UVA protection. ●The key here is UVA which does a lot more damage to the second layer of the skin. “With regular sunscreen, we can to a degree, decrease the amount of sun spots and decrease the amount of pigmentation on the face,” Dr Rodrigues said. “It is over time going to actively improve the skin.” Add an active ingredient ●For your morning skin moisturising regime, and under your sunscreen, add niacinamide which comes in pharmacy over-the-counter products such as serum, gel and in creams. ●It should be in a

concentration of five per cent or more. “It can actively provide antioxidants to the skin and actively try to prevent further UV damage, and help with pigmentation and small blemishes,” Dr Rodrigues said. Include Vitamin A It’s only available by prescription from your GP or dermatologist, but a Vitamin A derived tretinoin-based cream is another item to add to your skin repair shopping list. “There are a lot of over-the-counter products that claim they contain retinol and vitamin A for anti-ageing, but the only one that has been proven scientifically to reverse the signs of ageing over about a six-month period is the tretinoin,” Dr Rodrigues said. “It decreases fine lines and wrinkles, helps with pigmentation and increases luminosity of the skin. It is a proven anti-ageing method that’s simple and effective, and

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SPOTLIGHT ON THE SENSES: ARTHRITIS

Take an active role in managing your arthritis Osetoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common Tracey Johnstone

COMING to terms with what arthritis is and how it can be managed will greatly help sufferers to live a well life. Out of the 100 forms of arthritis, which affects the body’s joints causing pain and stiffness, the two most prevalent for ageing Australians are osetoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis It’s the most common form of arthritis, with two million Australians living every day with the incurable condition. Once considered a ‘wear and tear’ condition, Arthritis Australia policy manager Franca Marine said there has been a significant shift in knowledge and approach to osteoarthritis. It is now considered a breakdown in the normal repair processes of a joint. “There are lots of micro-tumors in the joint and it’s constantly repairing itself,” Ms Marine said. “It’s when that repair process either gets overwhelmed, such as when you have had a traumatic injury to the joint or the constant onslaught of minor things, that’s when you start to get osteoarthritis.” Osteoarthritis is usually diagnosed clinically by your GP. Treatments:

■ Reduce your weight to take pressure off your joints. “Every extra kilo of weight you carry puts an extra four kilos of load on your knees,” Ms Marine said. “Even minor weight loss has been shown to reduce the symptoms and pain.” ■ Keep physically active. “It encourages blood flow to the joints which nourishes the joints and strengthens the muscles around the joint to give them extra support,” Ms Marine said. “Research shows physical activity has the same benefits as taking anti-inflammatory medicines or other pain killers, but without any of the side effects.” To find out what exercise you should be doing, Ms Marine recommends you talk to a physiotherapist or exercise physiologist. Rheumatoid arthritis The auto-immune, inflammatory and incurable condition is commonly diagnosed before the age of 50. While reducing weight and keeping physically active are part of the treatment program, so too are medications. “The sooner you treat this condition, the better your outcomes are going to be in terms of reducing the severity of the condition in the longer term,” Ms Marine said. “If someone over 60 is

ARTHRITIS UPDATE: Don’t assume it’s just old age.

experiencing stiffness in their fingers, especially if it’s in both hands equally, or both feet equally, and they are particularly stiff for a long time in the morning for more than 30 minutes and their hot and swollen, they should go and see a doctor as soon as possible to eliminate the possibility of rheumatoid arthritis. “Don’t assume it’s just old age.” The risk factors for this condition are smoking, which can also impede its treatment, and possibly genetics. Diagnosis usually starts with a visit to a GP who

will then refer you to a rheumatologist. Ms Marine said there is no evidence to support a particular food being an arthritis trigger, but once you have the condition, turning to a healthy diet can help you manage both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Knowledge advancements There is newly started research looking at the microbiomes, which are the communities of bacteria in the gut, and their possible impact on inflammatory arthritis. Ms Marine expects it take up to five years

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before the researchers can determine if there is a link. Researchers are also looking at how the treatment of arthritis can be personalised. The first step is the establishment of a biobank to collect specimens from people with arthritis so that researchers can search across the specimens for markers that may impact on the development or progression of the condition. “The data will then be matched with clinical data for that person so that you know how severe the condition is when they

developed it, what the risk factors were, how they were treated, what their response to the treatment was, so that you can then try to find what is the best treatment pathway based on a person’s own physical make-up,” Ms Marine said. “At the moment we don’t really know which of the medicines available are going to best for a particular person. It’s a bit of trial and error.” Arthritis Australia’s updated website has extensive resources on arthritis diagnosis and treatments. Visit arthritis australia.com.au.

Keeping a steady focus on maintaining your eyes AS WELL as having regular eye tests and wearing the correct glasses, you can do several things to keep your eyes as healthy as possible: ■ Eat well ■ Wear sunglasses ■ Quit smoking ■ Stay a healthy weight ■ Use good lighting – to see well, your eyes need three times as much light when you’re 60 as they did when you were 20. Increase the daylight in your home by keeping

windows clean and curtains pulled back. Make sure you have good electric lighting too, especially at the top and bottom of stairs so you can see the steps clearly. For reading or close work, use a direct light from a flexible table lamp, positioned so the light is not reflected by the page and causing glare. ■ Exercise ■ Sleep well As you get older, you become more likely to get certain eye problems:

DIFFICULTY READING – eye muscles start to weaken from the age of 45. It’s a natural ageing process of the eye. By the time you’re 60, you’ll probably need separate reading glasses or an addition to your prescription lenses (bifocals or varifocals). FLOATERS – these tiny specks or spots that float across your vision are normally harmless. If they persist, see an optician as they may be a sign of an underlying

health condition. CATARACTS – easily detected in an eye test, this gradual clouding of the eye’s lens is very common in over-60s. A simple operation can restore sight. GLAUCOMA – this is related to an increase in pressure in the eye that leads to damage of the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain. Left untreated, glaucoma leads to tunnel vision and, ultimately, blindness.

AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION (AMD) – this is the name given to a group of degenerative diseases of the retina that cause progressive, painless loss of central vision, affecting the ability to see fine detail, drive, read and recognise faces. Although there is no cure for AMD, there are treatment options that can slow down its progression, depending on the stage and the type of disease (wet, dry and other forms). The earlier

the disease is detected, the more vision you are likely to retain. Regular checks and eye tests including the macular are recommended to reduce the risk or slow down the progression of AMD. DIABETIC RETINOPATHY – people with diabetes may develop a condition called ‘diabetic retinopathy’ which can lead to serious loss of vision. If you have diabetes, you should make sure that you have regular eye tests.


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ORAL HEALTH: The evidence suggests that powered brushes do as well or better than manual brushes.

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Healthy teeth top tips

Taking a look at why dental hygiene is so important WHETHER you think you have healthy teeth or not, reviewing your oral health between visits to the dentist by following these expert tips from Australian Dental Association Oral Health Committee chair, Professor David Manton, can help keep you smiling.

WHICH TYPE OF TOOTHBRUSH MANUAL VS ELECTRIC?

A soft brush is best, with the head not too large. For those people with dexterity difficulties, the handle should be as thick as possible. The evidence suggests powered brushes will do as well or better than manual brushes. The powered brushes also tend to have a larger and thicker handle, that may be of some advantage. The downside to most powered brushes is the cost of them.

WHEN TO BRUSH

Teeth should be brushed twice per day with a fluoridated toothpaste.

HOW SHOULD WE BRUSH?

Brushing should cover all tooth surfaces in a gentle rotating motion, with the brush at 45 degrees to the gum line – avoid a scrubbing action.

WHAT SHOULD WE BRUSH WITH?

Adult toothpaste should be used in individuals who are not at high risk of decay. For those who are at high risk, your dentist may recommend a highstrength toothpaste such as a 5000 parts per million fluoride paste (Neutrafluor 5000®), and a crème that helps strengthen teeth such as Tooth Mousse®.

SHOULD WE BE USING MOUTHRINSE?

A mouthrinse containing fluoride can decrease decay rates, but if it is being used in conjunction with other fluoridated

products, its efficacy may not be great. Your dentist can advise you about this. Other mouthrinses, such as those with an alcohol base, may have some benefits in the short term, however, be cautious about long-term use. Specific mouthrinses, such as chlorhexidinebased rinses, have targeted uses, such as if you have a gum infection. Once again, these mouthrinses should only be used short term as they can eventually stain the teeth and often change taste perception with long-term use. Mouthrinses have specific uses, so they should be used according to need. Your dentist can advise on their use.

SHOULD WE USE FLOSS?

Interdental cleaning is important and can be done using floss, interdental brushes and interdental sticks. Often the easiest way to floss is to buy flossettes – these have a small length of floss attached to a plastic handle, often with an interdental stick at the other end. The floss should be moved between the teeth gently, so as not to damage the gum tissues – once between the teeth, the floss should be moved up and down against the tooth surfaces. Flossing once a day is fantastic, but less frequently can also have a positive effect on gum health and decay rates – just don’t do it only when something gets stuck between your teeth.

WHAT SHOULD WE ASK OUR DENTIST TO DO?

Your dentist should give you a thorough check each recall examination. This should include teeth, gums and the soft tissues (tongue, cheeks, etc), as well as checking your saliva, especially if you feel as though you have a dry mouth.

GENERAL DENTAL HEALTH TIPS

Two main issues arise with oral health – dental caries (decay) and periodontal disease (gum disease). Regular brushing and flossing, eating a diet low in sugars, limiting snacking and regular dental check-ups can limit the effects of these two diseases, however, there are other potential problems that should be looked out for – ■ Oral cancer (especially among smokers and drinkers), ■ Tooth erosion caused by drinking or eating acidic foods and drinks, and ■ Dry mouth (often caused by medications) is important as it increases decay risk greatly, and can also mean foods stick around in the mouth for a lot longer.

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Living

LOVING LOCAL: Produce is at the centre of the Hampton Festival, which also focuses on local art, craft and music.

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Spotlight on local fare Hampton Festival produces wonders for locals and visitors IT TAKES more than 100 volunteers, seven months, and a whole lot of great food, art, music, love and dedication to the High Country to make the Hampton Festival the huge success it is each year. And this year you can get priority fast-lane access to the main festival day on Sunday, May 20, as well as a discounted price and go in the draw for two nights at Tweeters Country Retreat just by buying your tickets for $10 online before the

event. Festival organiser Wendy Allen is excited about the festival’s 16th year, with a program which, for the second year runs over three days, with the sold-out Farmers La Femme celebration of High Country Dinner on the Friday night and workshops and the art exhibition preview on the Saturday, culminating in the Hampton Food and Arts Festival on Sunday. “We have a really wide demographic, because we appeal to everyone from

older visitors to young foodie couples and families,” Wendy said of the more than 4000 people expected to attend this year. The aim is to give people “a really nice experience in the High Country and encourage them to stay or to come back and explore”. “We have a lot of niche produce in the Hampton area, including blueberries, walnuts, persimmons, passionfruit, limes, rhubarb, olives and olive oil and, of course, it’s a big avocado area,” Wendy said. “It’s all about coming and trying things you may

never have experienced, like persimmons which, unlike the original astringent variety, today are beautiful and sweet with cheese and you can eat crisp like an apple or keep till they are softer. “Even the blueberries, which you can buy a version of in the supermarket, are not a patch on what you will taste here freshly grown straight off the farm.” You can learn more from the farmers at their stalls or speaking at the Celebrity Chef Cooking Demonstrations, this year featuring Ash Martin, executive chef at Homage Restaurant, Spicer’s

Hidden Vale. There’s also beer appreciation sessions with the guru of beer Matt Kirkegaard, and a host of tastes at stalls run by local restaurants and wineries. Away from the food, the festival also aims to foster arts in the community, with the Hampton Art Exhibition open to the works of artists within a 50km radius of Hampton. There are four artists in residence on Sunday – Barbara Scott’s fluid acrylics, Marie Kruger weaving, Julie Sweeney eco-printing on natural fibres and Margaret Shaw’s mosaics – carrying

out demonstrations of their skills to give visitors an insight into different mediums and crafts. And, Wendy said, you have to make time to sit back among the blue gums and enjoy the music, which this year has a Blues theme. And if you’ve missed out on workshops this year, don’t forget to get in early for next year’s event, and for this year’s Winter Harvest Long Lunch on August 11, bookings for which will open soon. Tickets at the gate on the day are still just $12 per person, with children under 12 free, for more go to: hamptonfestival.com.

The doll, bear and craft show has new heart RUMOURED to be up to 50 years old, Toowoomba’s Doll, Bear and Winter Craft Show is being given a wintery, upbeat makeover for 2018. In danger of extinction after last year’s show, it’s been taken on by the ladies behind Country Heart Events, who also run the Fairies and Flower Fantasy during the Carnival of Flowers and Country Heart Christmas in December as part of their wish to “give back to the community”. Barb Nimmo, a bear-maker, and fellow craftie Deb Dieckmann, whose love is textiles and beads, have put together

HEART-WARMING: Barb Nimmo, of Country Heart Events, with her display of unique bears at last years Doll, Bear and Craft Show, reborn this year with a winter theme on May 19.

the Winter is Coming-themed show at the St Paul’s Lutheran Church on Saturday, May 19. You’ll see the difference from the

moment you pull up, with stalls outside the hall as well as inside, and a Hogwarts Railway Station-style entry foyer. Even old favourites like

the doll and bear exhibition have been given new stuffing, to be judged this year by the visitors, rather than professional judges, and include cloth, wooden and art dolls as well as porcelain. There’s a new event in the shape of a mannequin competition, with $300 to the winner of the best winter themed dress. Barb said there were at least 10 entries, including a mannequin in 1800’s dress, waiting at the train station with her valise, and a wintery mermaid. Puppeteer Jamie Colvin is coming to town, doing a

cable-operated puppet workshop on Friday, May 18 as well as showing a variety of puppets on the Saturday. This is also the first year the craft section has been winter-themed, including winter textiles, fabric toys and children’s jumpers, and there’s a miniatures section, including doll houses and room vignettes. But for Barb, the creator of Barbery Lane Bears, you just can’t go past the bears, which she has been making for about 18 years. Each is handsewn – no machines here – using washable synthetic fur, with each seam

triple-sewn and the handpainted eyes sewn, glued and clamped in for safety. They take 18–24 hours to make and each has its own name and story “because they’ve all got their own personality – no two are the same,” Barb explained. She said she and Deb hoped to create a “feel-good atmosphere” at the show, proceeds from which go to Toowoomba Hospice. It runs from 9am–3pm and entry costs just $5. To learn more, find them on Facebook, go to countryheartevents.com or call Barb on 0409 895 584.


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Money

Financial advice in the spotlight FINANCE TONY KAYE THE harrowing tales of gross financial misconduct emanating from the Royal Commission into the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry have once again raised huge concerns about Australia’s financial advice industry. They’ve included sensational revelations of big banks and financial institutions such as AMP providing questionable if not fraudulent advice, charging for advice not given, and even charging fees to the accounts of deceased customers.

Then there’s the case of a high-profile financial planning firm that provided misleading advice to a member of the Fair Work Commission (after impersonating her to gain personal details from her superannuation fund) that, if acted upon, would have resulted in a $500,000 loss. The motive was pure and simple – the ability to earn large fees and commissions. Don’t be unduly surprised. It’s clear that the efforts aimed at cleaning up the advice industry, including the government ban on product commissions and volume-based payments introduced in 2015, have only scraped off the tip of the iceberg. There are still major flaws in the advice

system, especially in the quality of advice being delivered. But, let’s face it, it would be wrong to tar all financial advisers with the same brush. There are many very good advisers out there that do act responsibly and in the best interests of their clients. What can you do? If you use the services of a financial adviser, or are planning to, the cornerstones of your relationship should always be based around transparency and trust. Transparency is all about the adviser explaining how they operate, and exactly why they are recommending a specific investment strategy or financial products. There has to be very clear reasons, and there should

never be unanswered questions around fees and commissions. ■ If your adviser will not charge a flat fee for their service, walk away. And don’t be afraid to ask them about their own financial plan, including the level and types of insurance held. ■ A good strategy should be very detailed and take all your financial goals and needs into account. ■ If the adviser is recommending you buy direct shares, you need to be sure you are comfortable with the degree of risk involved, and how this might impact you over the long term. If they are recommending a more passive investing approach through exchange-traded funds, ask for an explanation of the risks and benefits

over the medium to long term. ■ Don’t establish a self-managed super fund just because your adviser recommends you do. The fact is that not everyone needs their own fund, and most people can get the investment control they need without having one. Financial adviser Theo Marinis said one strategy is to appoint an adviser who is around five years younger than you, which makes sense if you are close to retirement. “Remember, super is tax-free from 60; so if your potential adviser is aged 59, they may harbour a plan to retire very soon,” Mr Marinis said. “You may wish to know who will be left behind to help you if you intend to stay on until age 67. Are there competent younger

people working with your adviser?” Your first step should be to call and book an initial appointment, and tell the financial adviser you have prepared a list of questions you would like to send them via email. Do this at least a couple of weeks before your meeting. You should be able to get a sense of how appropriate your potential, or existing, adviser is for you, based on their response. If they don’t respond at all, that’s obviously a bad sign. If they don’t answer all your questions, ask for more clarification. And if you’re still not satisfied, it’s probably time to seek another adviser. Tony Kaye is the Editor of InvestSMART. www. investsmart.com.au

Comprehensive credit reporting kicks in from July – so be prepared THINK MONEY PAUL CLITHEROE PAYING bills on time always makes good financial sense, but with comprehensive credit reporting due to kick off from July 1, it has just became a lot more important. Whenever you apply for credit – and this can include opening a new mobile phone account or gas/electricity account – the service provider is likely to take a look at your credit history.

At present this shows any applications you’ve made for credit as well as negative information such as unpaid bills, overdue accounts and loan defaults. These details can stay on your history for years, potentially making it difficult to secure a competitively priced loan. Yet people often don’t know they have a tarnished credit record until they’re knocked back for a loan. This system is set to change from July 1, when

“comprehensive” credit reporting starts. The proposed legislation calls for big financial institutions to provide details of positive as well as negative events, and up to 24 months of debt repayment history can be recorded on your personal credit file. It may all sound a bit “big brother”, but the new credit reporting changes will give lenders a more rounded picture of your credit history. Paying bills and loan repayments on time will

reflect favourably on your credit report and hopefully make it easier to secure credit. On the flip side, consistently dragging the chain with bills can make it harder to get a loan. Positive credit reporting has been in place overseas for some time and, anecdotally, borrowers often use a strong credit rating to negotiate a lower interest rate. The big banks have already begun compiling details of your repayment

history in readiness for the new system to come into effect on July 1. That makes it more important than ever to pay bills on time. Setting up an automatic direct debit can help, or if you have a credit card debt it can be worth asking your bank whether an automatic payment system is available. These autopay systems usually let you choose between paying the closing balance of your card, the minimum payment or a set sum

each month. If you regularly struggle to meet bills for utilities such as power and gas, ask your energy provider about “bill smoothing”. This is where you work out your total power bill for the past year, divide it by 12 and then pay a monthly sum into your energy account. Paul Clitheroe is a founding director of ipac, chairman of the Australian Government Financial Literacy Board and chief commentator for Money Magazine.

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WINTER is nigh, and while temperatures in Queensland and Northern NSW are friendlier than those down south, it still gets cold enough to chill the bones of seniors and retirees who can indulge in a long escape to climates more agreeable. Ann Rickard tells of some of her favourite escapes and gives tips on how to enjoy winter sunshine on a budget. 1. COOK ISLANDS COASTAL lagoons and reefs, lush hinterland and volcanic mountains mean paradise around every corner. That’s not counting the warm welcome from locals. Street food and

places to escape winter public buses will keep you on-budget for a long stay. A must-do; attend church. The melodic and harmonious singing of the parishioners will give you goose bumps. 2. ELLIS BEACH, QUEENSLAND JUST north of Cairns, this beach is home to a friendly caravan park/camping ground right on the water. You could stay here for the entire winter in a caravan or rent one of the self-contained beach-front bungalows. It’s a laid-back, dreamy place, and there is the iconic pub across the road serving hearty food at cheap prices. 3. PORT DOUGLAS GUARANTEED warmth without the humidity, this luxury escape can be done on a budget if you do your research. A self-contained apartment for a

long-term stay is good for those who like space and home cooking, but there are a number of camp-sites that will welcome you and your tent/campervan at senior-friendly prices. 4. DARWIN NO-ONE wants to be in Darwin in the summer, but the winter months? A different story all together. A self-contained apartment is best. You have space and comfort and can shop at the Mindil Beach Night Markets for produce to cook or better still eat at the food stalls. 5. GREEK ISLANDS A LONG way to go but if you want day after day of sunshine, blue skies and warm sea-water, this is your stuff. Some of the lesser known islands (Karpathos, Samos, Skiathos) are budget-friendly, especially if you seek modest family run

establishments willing to give discounts for long-term stays. 6. TOWNSVILLE DRIER than its northern counterpart Cairns, it still has a magical tropical ambience. It’s a perfect town/city place to base yourself throughout the winter. There’s the Esplanade to browse and wander and all the sandy beaches of Magnetic Island just a ferry-ride away. 7. VIETNAM YOU get so much bang for your buck in Vietnam it’s almost embarrassing. Luxury hotels are a fraction of the cost in other Asian countries and the choices are many. Food, if you eat at the myriad street stalls, costs next to nothing. With three different weather systems you are best to plan carefully. There is plenty to enjoy in this vibrant country.

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Asia in relaxed luxury Enjoy a personal adventure with small group tours

SMALL group touring is exploding in popularity. The ideal compromise between having everything organised for you and still remaining an intimate, personal adventure, it makes perfect sense particularly if you are going to a place for the first time and expect to make the most of it. One of the world’s leading small group tour specialists, Back-Roads Touring takes it a step further by deliberately venturing off the main roads and freeways and taking you into the heart of the destinations it visits. You really do get to experience a place like a local when you get away from the massive tour coaches that generally can’t access where Back-Roads will take you. And now, you can add the highlights of Asia to the company’s adventure list with a recently announced

suite of tailored tours lead by experienced drivers and tour leaders. One of the new feature itineraries is the 12-day Vietnam and Cambodia Discovery. Limited to a maximum of just 14 guests a departure, this spectacular journey begins in French-influenced Hanoi where dinner on the first evening is at KOTO (Know One, Teach One) – a social enterprise restaurant founded by Vietnamese-Australian Jimmy Pham. After a day spent touring this amazing city with entrance included to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, it’s time to prepare for the majesty of Halong Bay where’ll you’ll enjoy an unforgettable overnight cruise (included). The journey continues to Da Nang and Hoi An and onward to Ho

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Chi Minh City. Internal flights are included in the fare. In vibrant Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll visit stunning pagodas and markets, enjoy skyline cocktails and even take in a performance at the Opera House. Heading toward Siem Reap in Cambodia and the jaw-dropping Angkor Wat, you’ll first enjoy a discovery tour of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta canals. Enjoy more sightseeing cruises at Siem Reap including a trip through the mangroves to an isolated Khmer community where the houses are all built on stilts. This amazing trip also takes in the fascinating Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. With so many inclusions and unique experiences, it would take you months to organise a trip like this on your own. Why not join a small group tour and have it all done for you? For more information: https://backroadstouring. com/asia-destination.

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Rarotonga tells its story

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HE ARRIVES looking menacing in traditional tribal cloak and headdress fashioned from jungle materials. A proud warrior. Larger than life. But we soon discover he is simply a fierce protector of history, family and the community he holds dear. He puts us all at ease with his funny anecdotes and friendly demeanour, telling us that despite his long-winded tribal name “you can call me Danny”. Animated in his storytelling, he takes the United Nations-like audience on an enlightening cultural journey. His family. His heritage. His story. Rarotonga’s Highland Paradise Cultural Centre Sunset Cultural Night is much more than a glimpse into a 600-year-old Cook Islands village. The dancers, musicians, chefs, barmen and guides are all

CULTURAL EXPERIENCE: The Drums of Our Forefathers show.

descendants of Ariki (High Chief) Tinomana – the last highland king – and his four wives. Together, they ensure his spirit, his descendants and this special mountain paradise remain at the forefront of island storytelling through Drums of Our Forefathers. The great warrior and cannibal was much-feared until one of the first Tahitian missionaries to the country converted the king to Christianity. Tinomana’s epiphany and complete

transformation saw him put down his weapons and seal them in a cave, choose only one true wife and command his tribe to come down from the mountain and live in harmony by the majestic turquoise lagoon. The passionate, colourful and energetic production tells the story of the ancient hill-top tribal settlement, sometimes known as “the lost village”, abandoned in the early 1800s. The sanctuary lay forgotten for 150 years until one man

decided to reclaim his rights as a descendant of the hill tribe, and subsequently work began to restore maraes and rebuild this sacred place nearly 40 years ago. As well as on the on-stage presentation in music, song, dancing and narration, the night includes a warrior welcome, Maungaroa village cultural tour, sacred marae visit, umu (underground oven) feast and audience participation, including

The majestic Cook Islands.

the presentation of each table’s visiting “chiefs”. The award-winning Highland Paradise Sunset Cultural Nights are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. In Rarotonga, phone

21924, see local travel desks or go to the website highlandparadise.co.ck for bookings. Transfers are available from your accommodation, find out more when you book.

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#19 Take a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia, Turkey.

The World’s ultimate Discover the best destinations set to inspire and captivate WELCOME to the world’s best bucket list ever assembled – a diverse collection of hidden gem locations and exhilarating activities from every stunning corner of our planet. To create the World’s Ultimate Bucket List for 2018, Flight Network has consulted 800+ of the world’s leading travel journalists, agencies, bloggers and editors – the people who do this for a living – to gain insight from their opinions and expertise. By consulting the world’s top travel professionals, Flight Network has produced the most reliable and precise bucket list for the modern era – meant to captivate and inspire travellers all

over the world. But don’t just take our word for it – dive into this list yourself. Pack your bags and book a flight to the wonders of an African safari, the gorgeous purple night skies of the Sahara, ancient ruins infused with power, and crystallised waters begging you to dive in. This comprehensive list will transport you from the otherworldly landscapes of Iceland to the sensational views of French Polynesia, Bali, Melbourne, New Zealand, Fiji, Greek Islands, Singapore, South African capes, Oceania, Europe, Asia, Africa, USA, Australia, Caribbean, and everywhere in between.

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of the best 1. Take a wildlife safari in Africa. Gambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Africa. 2. Embark on an expedition to Antarctica. 3. See The Northern Lights, Iceland, Sweden, Canada, Norway, Africa. 4. Trek to Machu Picchu, Peru. 5. Sail the Galapagos Islands, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. 6. Lose yourself in the streets of Paris, France. 7. Stay in an over-water bungalow, Maldives, French Polynesia, Fiji. 8. Gorilla trekking in Central Africa, Virunga National Park, Rwanda, DR Congo. 9. Explore otherworldly Iceland. 10. Go island hopping in Greece, Europe. 11. Visit the Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States. 12. Explore Western Cape, South Africa.


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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The Great Wall of China, Huairou, China; walk around Historic Havana, Cuba; trek to Machu Picchu, Peru; take in the sights in Rome, Italy; and stay in an over-water bungalow in the Maldives, French Polynesia or Fiji.

bucket list for 2018 13. Dive and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Australia. 14. Walk around the ruins of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia. 15. See the Taj Mahal, Agra, India. 16. Tour vineyards in Bordeaux, France. 17. Sleep under the stars in the Sahara Desert, Morocco. 18. Experience amazing Bali, Indonesia. 19. Take a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia, Turkey. 20. Take an Alaskan Cruise, Alaska, United States. 21. Visit the Pyramids in Giza, Egypt. 22. Swim with whale sharks, Mexico, Rangiroa, Bora Bora, Isla de Mujeres, Donsol, Tahiti, Fakarava, Philippines. 23. Soak up city life in the Big Apple, New York City, United States. 24. Visit Petra, Jordan. 25. The Great Wall of China, Huairou, China. 26. Volunteer at an elephant sanctuary, Hohenwald – Tennessee, Chiang Mai – Thailand, Kenya –Africa.

27. Trek to Mount Everest Base Camp, Kathmandu, Himalayas, Nepal. 28. Ignite your senses in Tokyo, Japan. 29. Visit New Zealand’s South Island, New Zealand. 30. Drive the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia. 31. Visit the Amazon Rainforest, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia. 32. The Canadian Rocky Mountains, British Columbia, Banff Alberta, Canada. 33. Hike Through Volcanoes in Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii. 34. Explore the Australian Outback, Flinders Ranges, South Australia, Alice Springs, Australia. 35. Swim in the Dead Sea, Israel. 36. Soak in the Salt Flats in Bolivia, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. 37. Visit Tiger’s Nest, Paro Taktsang, Bhutan. 38. Watching Polar Bears roam, Canada, Norway, Greenland, Russia. 39. Visit The Mayan Ruins, Mexico, Guatelama, Belize.

40. Take in the astonishing Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. 41. Walk around historic Havana, Cuba. 42. Take a slum tour in India, Delhi, India. 43. Soak up the sun in Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Australia. 44. Marvel at nature on the Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii, United States. 45. Ride The Glacier Express, Switzerland, Europe. 46. Take in the sights in Rome, Italy. 47. Watch a centre court match at Wimbledon, United Kingdom. 48. Drink a beer at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. 49. Stay in an Ice Hotel, Sweden, Canada, Finland. 50. Experience Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Visit the Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States; visit the pyramids in Giza, Egypt; take in the astonishing Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe; and soak up city life in the Big Apple, New York City, United States.

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THAI TRAVEL: The stunning spa at Banyan Tree in Koh Samui, Thailand.

PHOTO: PHIL CLARK, HELICAM

10 simple reasons to love grand Banyan Tree Samui Stay cocooned in the lap of luxury at Thai resort Ann Rickard

SOMETIMES indulgence is called for; a holiday where you don’t have to leave the luxurious arms of your resort if you don’t want to. Such a place is Banyan Tree Samui on Thailand’s tropical island of Koh Samui. I have 10 reasons why you will come to love this special place. ■ We’ll get to the resort’s myriad charms in a minute but it is the welcome of the staff that tops our list. The wide smiles, the cold towels and refreshing drink, the warm Sawasdee greeting and the gentle nod with the raising of both hands with palms together that makes you feel like visiting royalty and you deserve it. ■ The resort tumbles gently down a steep and verdant hill surrounded by controlled jungle and lush gardens in the private Bay of Lamai overlooking the magnificent Gulf of Thailand. We need say no more. ■ All villas have their own infinity pools and ocean or part-ocean views, apart from spa villas which are nestled among lush gardens. High ceilings, tasteful Thai furnishings,

king-sized beds, robes and slippers, flat screen televisions, and a pillow and bed-linen menu, all add to the sense of luxe. Spacious terraces have sun beds and if you want to take the kids or your mates, two-bedroom villas are available. ■ Every guest has their own villa host who will arrange everything from dining or spa reservations, to buggy pick up and drop off. But there’s more…call your host any time on the personal phone given to you at check-in and use the same phone to make free calls to anyone anywhere in the world. ■ Banyan is home to the sumptuous rainforest/ hydrotherapy experience. This is like a mini-visit to the Daintree Rainforest but with lots of pampering. Inside this watery sanctuary (swimsuits necessary) with is bamboo and greenery, you are guided through a wet and wonderful journey by a dedicated therapist. First a walk through a mini jungle drenched in soft rain, then a quick steam and shower, then a fun bucket drench followed by a Swiss

The stunning spa at Banyan Tree in Koh Samui, Thailand.

shower, sauna, ice mountain experience, sole therapy and finally into the vitality pool with built-in lounges, high- powered jets and rain showers to ensure every part of you is massaged and soothed. Finish by the pool on a curved-to- your-body warmed day bed. ■ A fitness and yoga centre, kid’s club, spectacular main pool, dedicated kid’s pool, a calm and soothing library, water sports galore… didn’t we say you may never want to leave this resort? ■ Dining…very important

…and Banyan Samui has it all covered. We love lunch at Sands overlooking the beach where fresh seafood competes with enormous steaks, or for the lesser appetites, zingy salads and the always-right pizzas and burgers. International fare is served with views at The Edge, and for a true Thai epicurean adventure, dinner at Saffron is the go. In-villa dining works for those days when you don’t want to step outside your gorgeous space, and for the ultimate in romantic

dinners staff will set up a private place for you on the beach beneath a floaty marquee surrounded by candles. ■ Private beach, true indulgence. Giant boulders form a rocky surround for the calm and warm water of the Gulf of Thailand, which means safe swimming and snorkelling. Giant sun-beds, shaded sun-lounges, swinging hammocks and oval lounge chairs for two… which to choose for a day on the beach? ■ If you must leave the resort - and it’s unlikely

with its immaculate grounds brimming with water features, floating lilies, lush growth and orchids - a shuttle bus will zip you into town in a jiffy. ■ Location, location, location. Sitting aloof away from the madness of Chaweng, Banyan Tree Samui in Lamai is far enough away from the bedlam to give you a memorable stress-free break. It is also close enough to have you in the bright lights if you seek that. For more detail go to w: banyantree.com/en/ thailand/samui.


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Indian Pacific “Gold Class” & WA Adventure, 8 Days, 12 Sep $4750* PP*

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WINTER WONDERLAND

THIS event isn’t on until June 22 to July 15, but bookings for skating sessions are already open. The idea is Toowoomba’s civic precinct will be transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with a skating rink, nightly outdoor Christmas-themed movies, carols, food and entertainment and beautiful lights. The ice rink will open on the grassed area behind the library (cnr Herries and Victoria Sts) with 11 skating sessions per day at up to 160 skaters per session. To find out more, go to the events page at www.tr.qld.gov.au.

LADIES’ GOLF DAY

NOW this sounds like the sort of golf I can handle. The Toowoomba Hospital Foundation is hosting its first Ladies Golf Day with a twist at the City Golf Club. Enjoy a day out with friends and colleagues – no golfing experience required! Each team will play half a round of golf (nine holes) with each hole boasting activities and freebies like a neck massage, yoga class, pop-up bar and cupcake decorating. It’s on Friday, May 18 from 11am at a cost of $75 per person. Phone 4616 6166.

RELAY FOR LIFE

RELAY for Life is a chance for the Toowoomba community to celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise money to help save more lives. It’s on from 2pm Saturday, May 19 to 8am Sunday, May 20, with the Candlelight Ceremony at 5.45pm on Saturday. Last year’s relay broke records with more than 1410 community members in 150 teams raising more than $124,000. The aim this year is to raise $152,000. Registration on the day is $40 and you can either come as part of a team or join one when you get there, or just be a supporter in person or by donating online. To find out more, there’s an information night from 5.30–6.30pm at Toowoomba City Library, 155 Herries St, on May 16, find them on Facebook or phone Jillian Huth on 0457 384 961.

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HIGH TEA AND FASHION

THE Salvation Army Individual Lifestyle Support Service is holding a High Tea and Fashion Parade to raise money for the Red Shield Appeal. The Service provides support to people with a disability and the fashion parade will showcase some of these amazing people on Saturday, May 19 from 10am–12.30pm at the Salvation Army Church, cnr Russell and West Sts, Toowoomba. Cost is $50 per person. Phone 4639 4026.

MILLION PAWS WALK

RIBBON CUTTING: Face of the 2017 Toowoomba Relay for Life, Ally Chant, starts the relay in Queen's Park last year. PHOTO: BEV LACEY

GET your walking shoes on and your best mate in tow for the annual Million Paws Walk on Sunday, May 20 from 8.30am–1pm at Queens Park. There will be market stalls, live music and entertainment, and food for walkers and their pooches. There’s prizes for the best dressed dog and the one with the waggiest tail, and you can choose to walk 1.2km, 3.5km or 4.5km. The walk itself starts at 11am. Adult cost is $21.25 online or $25 on the day. Visit millionpawswalk.com.au/ locations/qld/toowoomba for more information or to register.

CALLING ARTISTS

TOOWOOMBA Regional Art Gallery is inviting applications from South-east Queensland artists for the Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artists Award and Exhibition. Entries close 5pm Thursday, May 24. This is an acquisitive award and touring exhibition which has been going since 2000, with Toowoomba Regional Council providing up to $15,000 for acquisitions. For details, go to galleries at www.tr.qld.gov.au.

SCOTTISH CEILIDH

ON SATURDAY, May 26 you can enjoy a night of Scottish entertainment courtesy of the Toowoomba Caledonian Society & Pipe Band at Drayton Hall. Listen to the music, watch Highland dancing displays and join in

Sandy and Wayne Huston with Barry and Bruno attended on of the Million Paws Walk last year. It’s on this year on Sunday, May 20 from 8.30am–1pm at Queens Park. PHOTO: CHRISTIAN BERECHREE

Scottish country dancing. No experience is required as all dances are called. Cost of the evening is $10, with under-13s free and over-13s $5. Call Margaret Bond on 0429 700 217.

JAZZ IN THE GARDENS

IF YOU’RE up for a drive in the country on Sunday, June 3, you’re invited to swing into winter with an afternoon of jazz in the Meadowbank Gardens, Irvingdale from 12–3pm. The annual Dalby Regional Arts Council’s Jazz in the Gardens offers “a relaxing afternoon in tranquil surrounds” with music made famous by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett Harry Connick Jnr, Diana Krall and Michael

Buble and performed by the Alison Tryant Quintet. You can enjoy the music with a picnic lunch and stroll through Meadowbank, a 4ha country garden on the banks of the picturesque Myall Creek. Cost is $25 non-members, with under-18s free and proceeds going to the Life Flight Foundation.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

ALWAYS a favourite, Fiddler on the Roof is being presented by Toowoomba Choral Society from June 7–10 at Empire Theatre. Cost is $34 for Adults. Go to empiretheatre.com.au or phone 1300 655 299.

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

TOOWOOMBA World Environment Day Committee is again planning a special celebration to mark the United Nations’ international awareness day on Sunday, June 3. Started in 1976, it’s a free annual event which has been attracting crowds of up to 3000 for more than 40 years with its mix of environmental, peace, social justice, and cultural messages and stalls, international food and entertainment, international and indigenous dance and music, demonstrations and children’s activities. It runs from 10am–4pm at Lake Annand Park, cnr Mackenzie and Long Sts.

Phone 4634 7693 for details.

WARWICK ARTISTS’ GROUP

WARWICK Artists’ Group is welcoming back Kiwi artist, Maxine Thompson, by popular demand to the Willi St Studio on the June 9–10 weekend. The workshop is called Pastels with Maxine Thompson – Still Life, Landscapes and Seascapes. You are promised individual attention, which means the course is suitable for beginners or advanced artists. Check out her website out, go to: maxine thompsonartist.com. Cost is $265 non-members. Email warwickartistgroup @gmail.com.


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Reviews

Love and loss in Eleanor’s Secret

THE story of Eleanor’s Secret is at once a surprising tale tangled with compelling love, an engrossing wartime mystery of past deceptions, family secrets and long-lasting love. It’s London in 1942. Art school graduate Eleanor Roy is recruited by the War Artists Advisory Committee and she comes one step closer to realising her dream of becoming one of the few female war artists. But breaking into the art establishment proves difficult until Eleanor meets painter, Jack Valante, only to be separated by his sudden posting overseas. Go forward to Melbourne in 2010. Although reluctant to leave her family at home, Kathryn can’t refuse her grandmother Eleanor’s request to travel to London to help her return a precious painting to its artist. When the search uncovers a long-held family secret, Kathryn has to make a choice to return home or risk her family’s future. Eleanor shows her that safe-guarding the future is sometimes worth more than protecting the past. Written by Australian author Caroline Beecham. Published by Allen & Unwin. RRP $29.99.

Freedom, love, rage and regret

FROM the best-selling author of Still Alice comes a powerful and heartbreakingly moving exploration of regret, forgiveness, freedom – and what it means to be alive. An accomplished concert pianist, Richard’s inspired performances received standing ovations from audiences all over the world. Every one of his fingers was a finely calibrated instrument, dancing across the keys and striking each note with exacting precision. That was eight months ago. Richard now has ALS, and his entire right arm is paralysed. The loss of his hand feels like a death, a loss of true love, a divorce – his divorce. As poignant and powerful as Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You, Every Note Played is a masterful exploration of redemption and what it means to find peace inside of forgiveness. Published by Simon & Schuster. Paperback RRP $32.99 and ebook RRP $12.99.

Panic room secrets?

PANIC Room is Robert Goddard at his nerve-shredding best. A sliver of a mystery kicks off a juggernaut of a thriller. Layers of secrets, half-truths and lies must be peeled back to reveal what really lies within. Sometimes the danger is on the inside. High on a Cornish cliff sits a vast uninhabited mansion. Uninhabited except for Blake, a young woman of dubious background, secretive and alone, currently acting as house sitter. The house has a panic room. Cunningly concealed, steel lined, impregnable – and apparently closed from within. Even Blake doesn’t know it’s there. She’s too busy being on the run from life, from a story she thinks she’s escaped. Her remote existence is going to be invaded when people come looking for the house’s owner, missing rogue pharma entrepreneur, Jack Harkness Published by Bantam Press. RRP is $32.99.

Carnival set to blossom with fresh faces and events

FOREVER FLOWERS: Artist Anna Bartlett with the painting she has been working with horticulturists on to capture exactly what Queens Park will look like in full bloom. It will be auctioned at the Qantas Gala Dinner on September 20 under the stars in Laurel Bank Park. PHOTO: MATT EDWARDS

YOU may think you’ve seen it all if you’ve been present for many of Toowoomba’s 68 prior Carnivals of Flowers, but somehow organisers always seem to come up with something new. At the recent launch of the 69th carnival, at which the first of 176,030 seedlings and bulbs were planted in the Botanic Gardens at Queens Park, Mayor Paul Antonio referred to it as “a breathtaking 10 days of flowers, flavours and sounds”.

New to this year’s event, which runs from Friday, September 21 to Sunday, September 30 is the Night Garden, with floral and lighting displays and experiences, to be held over five nights in Queens Park from September 26. Also new, the Chef’s Brunch, featuring one of two special guest chefs at the carnival, Julia Busuttil Nishimura, will be held in the leafy gardens of Gip’s Restaurant. The other guest chef is Adam Liaw,

author, cook, host of Destination Flavour and winner of MasterChef Australia 2010. When it comes to garden experts, you can’t get much bigger than multi-award-winning garden designer, author and commentator Jim Fogarty, who has more than 30 internationally recognised design awards and 15 gold medals. And on the entertainment front, there’s quite a bit for the older generation, with The Dusty Springfield

Show, The Church and Choir Boys among other entertainers. There’s five months of work ahead for Toowoomba region’s horticulturalists and gardeners, readying for more than a quarter of million visitors from September 21, but local contemporary artist Anna Bartlett, has been secretly working with them to capture in paint exactly what Queens Park will look like in full bloom. For more information, go to: tcof.com.au.


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Coriander…love it or hate it?

IS IT tasty or terrible... and before you answer, remember looks can be deceiving. Coriander is a green leafy herb also known as cilantro or chinese parsley. It’s used in a variety of meals and adored by some and despised by others. I’m definitely in the latter on this one! All parts of the plant are edible but the fresh leaves and the dried seeds are the parts most traditionally used in cooking. The leaves have a different taste from the seeds. Some people find the leaves to have a pleasant citrus taste, while a small percentage experience a soapy taste. This has been linked to a gene which detects

BE THRIFTY AND THRIVE NICKY NORMAN aldehyde chemicals, which is also present in soap. Others experience an unpleasant aroma, like sweaty socks. The health benefits of coriander can include: the treatment of skin inflammation, high cholesterol levels, diarrhoea, mouth ulcers, anaemia, indigestion, menstrual disorders, smallpox, conjunctivitis, skin disorders, and blood sugar disorders, while also benefiting eye care. Unfortunately, some people (like me) have a severe reaction to

coriander. In fact, it has spoilt many an evening out, not knowing what was causing the pain. Sometimes unbearable …. not dissimilar to childbirth. How is it so, that a small healthy looking herb could be a villain in disguise? I believe it is the seed more so than the foliage that is the real issue for me, but none-the-less it’s horrible either way. A coriander allergy is an immune system reaction to parts of the coriander plant, including the leaves and the whole or ground seeds. It may be caused by oral allergy syndrome. Many spice allergies are a result of oral allergy syndrome, or a pollen-food allergy. Coriander is related to the birch tree,

so people allergic to birch pollen may experience a mild and brief allergic reaction, such as itchy or tingling lips, severe stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and constipation. It may also affect the respiratory system, causing wheezing and trouble breathing. Like most allergies, it may take some time to discover the cause and then realise that avoidance is key. For me, that means being vigilant and on coriander alert! Facebook has a page dedicated to the passionate people who can’t stand the humble herb. Love it or hate it, the “I hate coriander page” is a good laugh. Check it out, go to: facebook. com/ihatecoriander/.

NOT SO HAPPY HERB: Coriander is used in food as a condiment, flavour enhancer and even as a garnish. PHOTO: KITZCORNER

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SEED OF THE MONTH: Yates Sweet Pea Bijou. Sow gorgeous sweet peas during May for a beautiful spring display.

YATES SWEET PEA ‘BIJOU’ BIJOU can mean something delicate and elegant, which certainly describes the beautiful flowers on Yates’ Sweet Pea Bijou, which has masses of brilliantly coloured white, pink and mauve fragrant blooms. It’s a low-growing semi dwarf variety, about 60cm tall, that can be grown in either a garden bed or in pots. It can create a lovely border planting or spill wonderfully out of a window box or hanging basket.

Sow seeds 25mm deep, 5–7cm apart, in a sunny spot with well-drained soil or in a pot with good drainage holes filled with a good quality potting mix like premium potting mix. Moisten the soil or potting mix before sowing and don’t water again for a few days. Too wet soil can lead to the seeds rotting. Seedlings will emerge in 10–14 days and flowers will appear in 12–14 weeks. Bijou has long, flowering stems, ideal for a vase. Pick flowers regularly to encourage flowering.

BRILLIANT BROAD BEANS BROAD beans, sometimes referred to as faba or fava beans, are a great source of fibre and protein as well as containing vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Broad beans (Vicia faba) are a fantastic bean to sow during May that will yield heavy crops of beans in about 4–5 months. Yates® Broad Bean Early Long Pod is a vigorous variety that produces long 20–25cm well filled pods. In a sunny spot in a

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Supports can be constructed from tomato stakes or bamboo poles and strong garden twine. To encourage a great harvest, as soon as the broad bean seedlings are established start feeding each week with plant food. Young and tender pods can be harvested, sliced and cooked as a green veggie or allow them to develop until you can feel the beans swollen inside the pod. To “extract” the beans, boil the full pods for a few minutes, cool and then slice the pod lengthways and pop out the beans.

Tasty chorizo and broad bean bruschetta TRY growing some broad beans in your own garden. Some of nature’s best gifts are in abundance right now, so enjoy them in this fresh dish. Ingredients ★ Sourdough baguette ★ Two tablespoons extra virgin olive oil ★ One garlic clove, halved ★ Two chorizo sausages, thinly sliced diagonally ★ 200g fresh or frozen broad beans, skins removed ★ One tablespoon sherry vinegar ★ 50g soft feta, crumbled

★ 1/4 cup small mint leaves Method Step 1 - Heat a char-grill on high. Use a serrated knife to cut the baguette into 1.5cm-thick slices. Brush each bread slice lightly with half the oil. Cook the bread slices on the char-grill for 1-2 minutes each side or until lightly charred. Remove from heat. Rub the hot bread with the cut side of garlic. Set aside. Step 2 - Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the sausage and

cook, turning occasionally, for 5 minutes or until golden brown and heated through. Add the broad beans, vinegar and remaining oil and gently toss until well combined. Remove from heat. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Step 3 - Spoon the chorizo mixture onto the toasted bread slices. Sprinkle the bruschetta with feta and mint leaves and serve immediately. For more recipes, go to: taste.com.au.

SIMPLE AND TASTY: Impress with a delicious chorizo and broad bean bruschetta.


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