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Halcyon Sunshine Coast Marathon team and supporters
A Bli Bli senior who has had Polio since childhood has proved age and illness are no barriers to fitness after walking the 5 kilometre event in the Sunshine Coast Marathon recently. Nola Dunbar, 75, was one of 137 home owners and staff from four Halcyon over 50s communities who competed across the five kilometre, ten kilometre, half marathon and marathon events on Sunday. Mrs Dunbar, who lives at Halcyon Landing, has had Polio from an early age and wears a calliper to aid her walking. “I knew a large group from Halcyon was
competing so I started training a couple of months ago to be able to walk with them,” Mrs Dunbar said. “With the help of a support crew I was thrilled to have walked the entire distance half an hour faster than my goal time of two hours. “The camaraderie of the Halcyon team was very encouraging.” In a show of the group’s community spirit, Mrs Dunbar was presented with a guard of honour as she crossed the finish line. Halcyon Landing community manager Donna Osborne said the Halcyon team, who all donned blue
Halcyon shirts, was a crowd too big to be ignored. “The team was competing across various events but our blue shirts and white caps dotted the entire course,” she said. “We were one of the biggest groups on the day and the efforts of the entire Halcyon team should be commended. “To see the home owners embracing the challenge
and competing in such high spirits proves age is no barrier to fitness.” Halcyon home owners from across South East Queensland have competed in numerous Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast marathon events over the past several years. Halcyon is a developer of over 50s communities and has created a revolutionary template for the retirement sector. As well as in-
spiring community integration, Halcyon has championed a transparent financial model and does not charge home owners exit or deferred management fees. Halcyon is currently developing three new projects in South East Queensland including Halcyon Landing at Bli Bli, Halcyon Glades at Caboolture North and Vision by Halcyon at Hope Island.
Caloundra Family History Research Inc SPECIAL interest groups are held in our rooms each month for members, with access to the internet, and these are: Germany 1pm to 3pm on first Thursday; Scotland 12 noon to 2pm on second Thursday; England & Wales 1pm to 3pm on fourth Thursday. The third Thursday is reserved for the monthly general meeting and the next meeting’s guest speaker will be Jocelyn Morgan. Visitors are welcome to attend at 1.30pm on Thursday 16th October. Jocelyn is the proud owner of an amazing collection of WWI family memorabilia and her Powerpoint presentation will be “J G Martin Postcard Collection”. The research facility, accessed through Gate 2 at the Corbould Park Racecourse, Pierce Avenue, Little Mountain, has plenty of parking and wheelchair access. The group will be conducting a major event on Saturday 6th December, a Seminar entitled “An Afternoon with Lady Mary Teviot”. Lady Teviot is an author, a lifetime Vice President of the Federation of Family History Societies, a genealogist and researcher for over 40
years, and an excellent speaker with a great knowledge of all things British - not to be missed by everyone who has an interest in English research. The Seminar will commence with Registration and a Cuppa from Noon, conclude at 4pm and be held at the Caloundra District Indoor Bowling Assoc. Inc hall at the western end of Burke St, Golden Beach. Cost is $20.00, includes afternoon tea, and
bookings are essential to secure your seat before the closing date of Thursday 27th November. All enquiries about the group and events held are welcomed by contacting Valerie on 5437 3879, Roz on 5493 1197, or Dawn on 5492 2208. Email address is caloundrafamilyres @y7mail.com Website is www.caloundrafamily history.org.au and has a map to locate the building.
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OLDER Australians have welcomed a blueprint recently launched in Canberra which casts population ageing as a business opportunity rather than a national problem. The long awaited Blueprint for an Ageing Australia, first envisaged by former National Seniors chairman Everald Compton three years ago, faltered late last year with government funding cuts. However, after finding private backers and many months of consultations, the Blueprint’s panel of prominent minds finally launched its completed strategy at the National
Press Club. Panel chairman Everald Compton said: “Every nation has a choice: you can turn ageing into a crisis or you can turn it into an asset. “The ageing market is a growing industry and astute businesses will want to be part of it,” he said. Everald, 83, vowed to lobby every politician and business leader with his last breath to ensure the Blueprint didn’t end up gathering dust. Acting National Seniors chief executive Sarah Saunders said the project was refreshing in turning the rhetoric around and casting ageing as something positive.
“The document highlights that the $8 trillion spent by the over 60s globally will, by 2020, almost double to $15 trillion. “If Australia embraces the business of ageing, and does it well, the potential to export and capitalize on our knowledge in this area is huge,” she said. The Blueprint highlights that Australians aged 50 to 69 hold more than 40 per cent of the national wealth. It focuses on the contributions seniors can make in philanthropy, entrepreneurship and the labour market, but emphasises that their efforts must be supported by a dedicated Minister for Ageing and
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Buderim Men’s Shed Open Day THE Buderim Men’s Shed is busily planning a spectacular open day to showcase why it is so popular with the Buderim community. With 276 members it is by far the largest in Australia. The shed is a runaway success because it meets a community need for men to enjoy the camaraderie of other men while participating in any of over 21 activities. It is equally popular with wives and partners because it enables them to get their men from “under their feet.” Making the open day fun and interesting for visitors will be free entertainment, static displays, demonstrations and a range of food and craft stalls. You can purchase individually crafted turned wood, woodwork, metalcraft, leadlight, leatherwork, furniture, art, toys and plants for yourself or as a special gift. This event is open to all, so join the fun from 9am to 2pm, Saturday 14 November at 53 Mill Road, Buderim. Entry is free. To enquire call Doug 0401 466 575.
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OUR National Seniors, Buderim Group, recently had our AGM, we farewelled 3 retiring Executive Committee members, Jenny Williams, Max Percival and Dallas Hopping. The new Executive Committee was elected, Graham Kruck, Joe Pilarski, Pam Chadwick and Jacqui Lollback. Our guest speaker was Colin Dunkerly, The iPad Man, who spoke about how to use the iPad. It was well received by all and we are not too old to learn new technology. All over 50s are welcome to join our group. Phone John 5456 1370.
Trivia with Allan Blackburn 1. Niagara Falls form part of the border between what two countries? 2. A person doing a slalom is most likely engaging in what sport? 3. What colour is cerise? 4. Who hosted the TV show Countdown which debuted in 1974? 5. Colloquially, what is a person’s “gob”? 6. Which artist’s studio was referred to as The Factory? 7. After oxygen, what is the most abundant element in the Earth’s crust? 8. Which substance is commonly released by the body during an allergic reaction? 9. What is the capital of Mexico? 10. Dogs see only in black and white. True or false? 11. Which device is Thomas Crapper erroneously accredited with inventing?
12. In Greek mythology who was the God of the Sea? 13. According to the Guinness Book of World Records which song is most frequently sung in the English language? 14. What is the birthstone for a person born in October? 15. What is the only continent without active volcanoes? 16. There are only four words in the English language that end in “dous”. Name one. 17. Which sport has the highest ratio of officials to players? 18. What doers SPF stand for in skin care? 19. What constellation is referred to in Advance Australia Fair? 20. What body of water is the saltiest on Earth? Answers on page 8
community news Currimundi Combined Probus as Ann Denning spoke enthusiastically about Nancy Wake (The White Mouse) renowned for her work as a prominent figure in the French Resistance during WWII. Ann met Nancy in London and became a personal friend and Nancy referred to her as Ann of Green Gables. Ann revealed some of Nancy’s dangerous wartime exploits and said Nancy is credited with saving over 1000 allied soldiers and airmen from capture. Several books and a movie are available on the life of Nancy Wake. Our speaker for next month’s meeting will be local historian Ann Wensly. The club has Guest speaker Ann Denning (centre) with Probus another busy month ahead with various members Alex Rangman and Henry Francis activities such as tennis, AT a recent Currimundi meeting, nearly 100 golf, walks as well as Combined Probus guests listened intently many social outings.
Hope for aged care residents to tap into cheaper water AGED care operators says changes to the way water is charged across the Noosa, Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regions will deliver huge savings for consumers. From October 2014, Unitywater will introduce a new pricing system based on meter size in 87 retirement facilities. Amanda Mather from Season’s Private Aged Care says the savings will be a welcome relief for residents struggling with daily living costs. “From the first of October they’re going to be reducing the amount of money we’re charged and we’ll be
able to pass that saving directly onto our residents,” she said. “Retirees are really struggling to make ends meet generally and saving as much as $15 per week will make a huge difference to their daily living and weekly living costs. “We estimate in our Mango Hill community alone our residents could save up to $15 per week. “People in retirement communities are on pensions and are generally self-funded retirees, so $15 a week is going to go a long way towards helping them meet their weekly bills.” Courtesy: abc news
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Cooroy Noosa Family History Group COOROY-Noosa Family and Local History Group held a very successful “Show and Tell” morning in September. We heard great stories resulting from our members research and delightful family stories such as “How Swimming Put Tewantin on the Map”, a tale about a mother-inlaw’s rolling pin but a member’s collection of her grandmother’s undergarments had us amazed. The Honorary Office Bearers were elected at the AGM, President, Bev Warner; Vice President, Margaret Rickard; Treasurer,
John, Trish, Win, Madeline, Helga, Robyn, Edna and Joan all had stories to tell
Georgina Day; and Secretary, Julie Kinloch were all reappointed. All members thank them for their hard work, endless enthusiasm and dedication to keep the Group functioning. The
October meeting will be at 1.00pm on Saturday, 11th at 41 Miva Street, Cooroy. Bev Warner will conduct a Q and A workshop before the meeting, it is a chance
to solve some of those tricky computer site problems or research brickwall. To find out more about the Group phone 5442 5570 or visit www.genealogynoosa.org.au
Are you looking for Computer Help? ARE there times when you ask for help with your computer or tablet and the helper goes click, click, click and says “That is it” and you have no idea what they did? If you want help where you can follow all the steps and see it over again if you did not follow, then the support and encouragement of peers at a Sunshine Coast Computer Club meeting may be just what you want. The Club have great Meetings where members benefit from hands on help and presentations of the latest technology updates and releases. Weekly meetings at Caloundra and Buderim and a monthly meeting at Yandina for North Coast members cover a wide variety of topics, including Club news, computer news, and interesting tips and tricks
for getting more value from your computer. They are also a great place to meet people and to make new friends. Sunshine Coast Computer Club welcomes visitors to come to a meeting to see just what happens at these meetings to see if what is on offer will help them if they become members of the Club. Meetings provide tea and coffee and time to chat with other members. To find out more about when and where the Club meetings are held and how you too can join the Club and get help – Telephone the Club Information Line 5492 1005, Visit the Club Web Site – http:// www.sccc.org.au (View a video on the Club) or e mail the Club at email@example.com
community news Glasshouse Country VIEW Club ‘Memories of the Past’ There is one question I wish to ask the ladies who went on our outing to the Caboolture Historical Museum on 3 rd September, 2014. “How many ladies could remember some of the items on display?” I am sure that quite a few would have had many “Memories of their past” on seeing this magnificent display of Old Time Wares. The highlight of the morning was the Flag raising ceremony as there were 100 school children and a school band there. The suffrag-
unteer organisation and support network that empowers women to have their voices heard on issues of importance for the future wellbeing
of Australian society. We also sponsor disadvantaged students with their education. The Glasshouse View Club now sponsors 4 children
with their schooling needs. If you wish to join our club please contact Elaine on 5493 3935 or Margaret on 5435 2172.
Members on their recent outing to the Caboolture Historical Museum
ette ladies told many stories of the times in the 19th and early 20th century where women were cam-
paigning for their right to vote in elections. A great morning was had by all recalling their childhood
years. VIEW stands for the Voice, Interests and Education of Women. It is a leading women’s vol-
Hearing health crisis in Aged Care A lack of formal training for carers has created a hidden crisis in hearing health in Australia’s aged care system. According to the Deafness Forum of Australia, despite the high proportion of aged people requiring hearing care, their needs have been largely ignored. For many years, hearing assistance has been given minimal attention in pre-service training for both community in-home and residential carers. Staff with limited knowledge of hearing impairment may not sufficiently recognise hearing assistance needs when drawing up personal care plans that describe the scope of care that will be provided to a person. Deafness Forum said the result is wide-spread under-recognition and under-management of hearing loss in both community and residential aged care settings. Even a mild hearing loss can create difficulties in conversation, leading to social isolation and serious anxiety. Left uncorrected hearing loss may also increase depression and dementia. The Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council determines the training given to future aged
care staff in TAFE and private colleges across Australia. The Skills Council is currently reviewing these training requirements but has resisted calls to include adequate instruction in hearing assistance in the relevant Direct Client Care Training Package. Deafness Forum wants an elective unit for students which allows for deeper study of hearing assistance. Over time, this would create a cadre of staff who can help lift the quality of hearing assistance in aged care. Hearing assistance includes: techniques to use when communicating with a hearing impaired person; knowledge of hearing aids and assistive listening devices (ALDs) and assistance to signing Deaf people; management and basic troubleshooting of hearing aids, ALDs and cochlear implants. Deafness Forum of Australia is the national representative of all Australians who have a hearing impairment, a chronic disorder of the ear, are Deaf or deafblind, and the families who support them. It recently launched a public campaign to make Hearing the next National Health Priority in Australia. Source: Deafness Forum of Australia
Email scam warning AUSTRALIA Post continues to warn customers about emails which advise that a “courier” was unable to deliver a parcel to their address. The email then requests the customer to view and print information about their package and to go to their local post office to collect the package. These emails are similar to a scam Australia Post warned customers about in November 2013, February and July 2014, which required the customer to remit a payment first in order to be able to print the article label. The emails have not originated from Australia Post and appear to be targeting customers. Australia Post does not request customers to remit a payment for parcel collection nor does it charge customers for holding a parcel. If you receive this email,
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community news ‘Four-legged Friends Meet for Morning Tea’ ON Wednesday 15th October, visitors to the next ‘Community Connect’ morning tea will find themselves surrounded by ‘furry’ friends. Three wonderful organisations, Smart Pups, Pets for Life and Adopt a Greyhound are coming together to share information about how we can support man’s best friend and how they support us. Smart Pups is an Australian charity organisation training Assistance Dogs for Special Needs Children. The Smart Pups are task-specific Assistance Dogs trained to improve the quality of life for children with Autism and Seizure related syndromes. As well as unconditional love, the dogs provide increased independence for the children and much needed help to their families. PETS FOR LIFE offers older people free assistance to care for their pet with the help of local a volunteer. Senior citizens who dearly love their
pet sometimes find it more difficult to look after them. Keeping up with regular exercise with our pets, for example, can become more and more difficult. Rather than giving our much loved animal away, a Pets for Life volunteer can help with these tasks. Adopt a Greyhound (Friends of the Hound) are committed to saving the lives of greyhounds no longer used in the dog-racing industry by finding suitable homes for these wonderful animals who make delightful pets and companion dogs. Come and find out about these amazing organisations, the committed people who work in them and meet some of their four-legged friends. Wednesday 15th October, 9.30am – 11.00am. Located at Lawson Shed, Memorial Avenue, Pomona. Cost is just a Gold coin donation includes light morning tea. Bookings please call 5485 2427.
Seniors Enquiry Line launches Seniors Info Chat SENIORS Enquiry Line is a statewide information and referral service. For the cost of a local call, Seniors Enquiry Line gives Queensland seniors, their family, friends, grandparents and carers access to information on topics of interest to seniors. Seniors Info Chat is a service that Seniors Enquiry Line will now be providing as an extension of its current service which will provide you with regular updates across Queensland. The friendly staff will call seniors who are registered with the service to provide them with information about current scams, government and community announcements or events in your local area. Often information becomes available to our staff through calls and other outlets that we believe would be beneficial information for our clients. It is
important that seniors can access this information sooner rather than later. Seniors Enquiry Line staff would keep an eye out for interesting and important announcements from a variety of services such as government, community and other services that will be useful and can be passed on to seniors. Our mission is to provide seniors with relevant information so if you are interested in registering for Seniors Info Chat, please contact Seniors Enquiry Line on 1300 135 500. The service operates Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm. All information we obtain is confidential. If you are calling from a mobile phone, please let us know when you ring and we will call you back. The Seniors Info Chat service is a 6 month trial due to be reviewed in March 2015.
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1. Canada and USA 2. Skiing 3. Red 4. Ian Molly Meldrum 5. Mouth 6. Andy Warhol 7. Silicon 8. Histamine 9. Mexico City 10.False 11.Flushing toilet 12.Poseidon 13.Happy Birthday 14.Opal 15.Australia 16.Hazardous, horrendous, stupendous, tremendous 17.Tennis 18.Sun Protection Factor 19.Southern Cross 20.Dead Sea Disclaimer for Trivia quiz Answers are correct to the best knowledge of our quizmaster Allan Blackburn. Sometimes people may have different views and some answers considered correct by Allan may be considered incorrect by others. While all care and attention is taken with these answers, mistakes can happen. If you find one, please live with it! No correspondence will be entered into regarding Trivia Quiz answers.
community news Maroochydore VIEW Club Maroochydore VIEW Club’s next luncheon meeting is on Friday, 31st October, at 11am at the Maroochydore Surf Club. The theme will be Melbourne Cup, so wear your best or fun hat! The cost is $22.00 for 2 courses. Newcomers are always welcome. If you would like to attend this luncheon, or hear more about the activities of our VIEW Club, please call Val on 5450 0717.
Kawana Waters VIEW Club THE next social outing for Kawana Waters VIEW Club will be on Wednesday 8th October 2014. This will be an “Eco Explorer Cruise” in Pumicestone Passage leaving from Pelican Waters Tavern at 9.45 am and includes morning tea. For costs and more details contact Jan on 07 5479 0205. The next Luncheon Meeting will be on Wednesday 22nd October 2014 at Headland Golf Club, Golf Links Road, Buderim. Time is 11.00 for 11.30 am. This meeting will include the election of office bearers for 2015. A Melbourne Cup function will be held at Kawana Surf Club on Tuesday 4th November. All ladies welcome to attend. For details, contact Jan
on 07 5479 0205. VIEW stands for Voice Interests and Education of Women. Kawana Waters VIEW Club is part of VIEW Clubs of Australia and is a friendship club that supports the work of The Smith Family with their Learning for Life Education Program. Learning for Life assists disadvantaged children with their schooling and enables young people to get the opportunities they need to fully participate in their education. Kawana Waters VIEW Club is a happy and friendly club. There are monthly luncheon meetings, usually with a guest speaker, and social outings to a variety of interesting places. Information Sandra on 5493 7138.
Left: Lassies at our last luncheon, the guest speaker was a Scottish Bagpiper
Age pension increase A welcome boost to pensions will soon help pensioners keep up with rises in cost of living expenses. Single age pensioners will gain an extra $11.50 a fortnight after the September indexation figures were announced. Couples on pensions will get up to $17.40 a fortnight extra. Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews said Australia’s 3.7 mil-
lion pensioners are getting their second pension increase this year, after an earlier increase in March. “This means total pension payments for people on the maximum rate will be $854.30 a fortnight for singles, and $1288 a fortnight for couples,” Mr Andrews said. This will start on 20th September 2014.
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community news Postage stamps help children to walk
Grandparents Day in Queensland
GRANDPARENTS’ Day will be celebrated in Queensland on Sunday 26th October. The day is a chance for grandchildren, children and the community to thank grandparents for their love and support. It will be the middle of spring for the annual day, hopefully perfect for a family picnic in the park! Break out the blanket and basket and get the kids to pack their favourite snacks and sandwich fillers.
ARPQ assists residential parks home owners ARPQ specialises in assisting home owners living in residential parks and will soon include all retirement venues in the State. Since ARPQ first formed in September 2012 it has grown to the largest home owners association in Queensland with a membership of just over 3,600 members, and growing! Much of our success is due to the running of Expos in residential parks where our Sponsors (including multinational companies) bring their services to the home owners direct. This means that home owners do not have to leave the park to access services, can ask questions and be informed about the products that are available to our age group. At these
Expos, ARPQ provides a morning tea and gives residents an opportunity to get to know ARPQ committee members, who all have a professional background or skill sets. In addition to this we run workshops for our members to give them a greater understanding of the legislation and to discuss residential parks life in general. Last year the Queensland Government carried out probably the most comprehensive survey ever, giving home owners the opportunity to have their say about park living. A copy of this valuable survey and analysis is available from the Department of Housing and Public Works website or the ARPQ website on the Special Bulletins page.
SINCE 2005 the Lions International Stamp Club (LISC) has been collecting used stamps and unwanted collections from clubs and individuals in Australia and overseas and selling them to raise funds for the Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation. (ALCMF) Year after year, kilo after kilo, collection after collection the search goes on. Yet many clubs and individual Lions still don’t know of this project. At the recent Australian Lions convention in Tamworth, a cheque for a record $7000 was handed over representing the results of stamp sales over the previous 12 months. This brings the total since 2005 to almost $30,000. The club handles in excess of 200 kilos of clipped stamps every year and each year the project grows a little larger as more and more clubs and individuals join in. The money donated is used to purchase walking frames for children born with cerebral palsy. Stamp Club Australian secretary Ross Paine coordinates the project. “We ask people sending stamps to clip around the stamp leaving no less than an eighth of an inch and no more than a quarter of an inch of paper. Not too close and not too much paper either. Every stamp donated is sent to auction and every cent raised is passed on to ALCMF. “We ask that the stamps are clipped neatly as the buyers purchase by the kilo and they will not bid on a lot if they see too much paper left on the stamps, and unfortunately we just don’t have the time to clip any more stamps after we do the ones we obtain ourselves.” We will also happily accept old accumulations and collections, first day covers etc and sort these for the auctions. “We recently sold the donated collection from a deceased estate and received $800 towards the project,” said Ross. If you would like to contribute to this project, or have an unwanted collection, Sunshine Coast resident Ross Paine would love to hear from you. He can be contacted on 5448 1592 or you can send your stamps direct to him at 10 Balgownie Drive, Peregian Springs. 4573.
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THE theme of this year’s 24th commemoration of the International Day of Older Persons on1st October is “Leaving No One Behind: Promoting a Society for All”. Not addressing older persons means not addressing 20 per cent of the global population by 2030, when there will be more people over 60 than children under 10, with the most rapid change in age structures occurring in the developing world. If our ambition is to “Build the Future We Want”, we must address the population over 60 which is expected to reach 1.4 billion by 2030.
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community news RSL Care celebrates Seniors Week with Senior Snapshot events RSL Care communities opened their doors and invited residents and community locals to take
part in a family snapshot session to celebrate Queensland Seniors Week.
The Senior Snapshots events took place at RSL Care’s Moreton Shores, Milford Grange, Fair-
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ways, Fernhill, Fairview and Chelsea communities, and provided an opportunity for families to celebrate the older Australians in their lives by capturing special memories through keepsake photographs. RSL Care Chief Executive Officer, Craig Mills said the event embraced the theme for Seniors Week, “It’s on for young and old”, by encouraging community connections with people of all ages. “As an organisation whose passion is guiding people to make the most out of life we want to create opportunities for family, friends and the wider commu-
nity to come together and celebrate older Australians,” Mr Mills said. “This is why we invited not only our residents and their families but also community locals to visit a number of our communities and spend time together, with the added bonus of having a family photograph taken by a professional photographer.” “It’s so important we recognise the valuable contribution of older Australians in our communities and participating in Seniors Week is just one of the many ways we can show our appreciation.”
Project Manager for the Senior Snapshot events, Hannah Reed, said the photo sessions were a chance for family and friends to connect and enjoy a fun-filled experience. “Families play such a vital role in supporting older Australians and it was wonderful to see a wide range of ages take part,” Miss Reed said. “We invited participants to bring along props to personalise their photos which added to the sense of fun and made for some beautiful images.” Robyn Waterman, daughter of Milford Grange resident Dorothy Feltham, said
the event was perfect timing as it coincided with another important family occasion. “My mother turned 95 in the same week and it’s not often the entire family get together for a photo,” Mrs Waterman said. “It was such a positive experience and not just about a photo, my Mum laughed and really enjoyed it – we all did.” “I came away with a smile on my face – RSL Care really made it an event and did a great job.” To find out more about upcoming RSL Care events, go to www.rslcare.com.au.
Resort style retirement living SITUATED on the beautiful Sunshine Coast Little Mountain Home Park offers resort style retirement living for the over 50’s. This hillside village located only minutes from Caloundra’s town centre and beautiful beaches, and with its relaxed and secure environment is the perfect place to call home. The park has grown over the past 15 years and is now complete. The active retirees who reside in this village of 192 quality one, two and three bedroom homes, each with their own individual character, and set in delightful garden surrounds, enjoy a quality of life second to none. The village facilities include a large swimming pool and spa, a full size grass
bowling green with their own club house, two communal barbeque areas, and a large community hall which is the venue for many social activities. There is also a gymnasium, a library and an arts and craft centre. The park also has their own 22 seater bus which takes residents to visit shopping centres as well as to luncheons and sightseeing trips. Preloved homes in the park are available and range in price starting from $180,000. If you are planning an active retirement within a caring community, Little Mountain Home Park could be just the place for you! For more information on “Little Mountain Home Park” phone 54925600 or go to www.lmhp.com.au
community news Caloundra Evening VIEW celebrate 19 years of Service
THE Caloundra VIEW Club celebrated its nineteenth birthday at a ‘Royal Ball’ held at the Power Boat Club, Golden Beach on Tuesday 9 September, 2014. Eighty-five ladies dressed for the occasion and enjoyed a night of fun and friendship. President, Sandra Harding, welcomed all Caloundra members, their guests and visitors from Glasshouse and Kawana VIEW clubs. Maggy Hickey (National Councillor) and Lorraine Sumpton (Zone Councillor) also offered their congratulations for a job well done over many years. New members, Clodagh Barwise-Smith and Kendra Stevens received their badges and were inducted into the club. The cake was cut by members Jill Ryan and Chris Keates who also celebrated September birthdays. Members and guests were then entertained with performance of ‘Cinderella’ which was presented in the context of a reality television show. VIEW is always looking to welcome more positive, skilled and motivated women into the
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Housing price boom hits dreams of baby boomers
THE housing price boom is dashing the retirement dreams of baby boomers. This once asset-rich class, which has long been blamed for outbidding Gen Y house hunters, is now struggling under the weight of record property prices. The Baby Boomer Housing Lifestyle Report, by realestateview.com.au, has found that 39.7% of baby boomers in New South Wales 50 to 69 are uncomfortable with the level of house prices. And 20% feel they are being priced out of the market. Realestateview.com.au
general manager Petra Sprekos said baby boomers were unable to afford the retirement homes they had been planning to buy. “By the time they sell the family home and move into somewhere where they want to live – something a little closer to the city and close to restaurants and shops – they’re not getting a lot of money because of the rising prices and the competition in the market place,” Mr Sprekos said. “Also, their children are staying at home longer, so they are funding the kids that little bit longer. What that means is they’ve got
the same bills to pay as when they were working full time, despite being semi-retired.” The report shows a majority of baby boomers (63%) are looking for property in the lower to mid-price ranges, under $600,000. Only 19.4% are looking for property in the higher price ranges of $800,000 to $1 million and above. Baby boomers either need to change their expectations for retirement, or look outside of cities for affordable options. Traditionally, retirees would sell their home and move to regional areas. But it appears there is cur-
rently very little movement. Market watchers say it’s a combination of things – baby boomers don’t want to move away from the lifestyle that is on offer and secondly, the cost of relocation is not cheap.
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community news Workers should not be forced in retirement to take their superannuation savings as periodic payments WORKERS should not be forced in retirement to take their superannuation savings as periodic payments, says First Super chief executive Bill Watson. Speaking to an audience of fund managers in Melbourne recently, Mr Watson said he was very concerned by the “kite flying” by the Financial Services Council on denying retirees the option of a lump sum and forcing them to take a pension of some description”. Referring to the council’s push to require retirees to use part of their savings to buy a product that makes periodic payments, such as an annuity, Mr Watson said there was no evidence to support the myth that workers waste their super on luxuries such as trips and boats. Someone who is near retirement and earning $45,000 a year probably has less than $100,000 in super, Mr Watson claimed. He said retirees would not have had the spare cash during their working lives to prepare for their retirements. It is not until they retire that they use some of the money to pay off debts, make repairs to their home, replace whitegoods and buy a new car. Advertisement Mr Watson said the council, which represented the banks, fund managers and insurers, wanted retirees to be compelled to buy
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annuities so that its members could earn more in fees from retirement savings. The council was influential in the decision taken by the Coalition government in the Budget to increase the age pension qualifying age to 70 by 2035. Under Labor, the pension age was to gradually increase from 65 to 67. The council is also pushing for an increase in the age at which superannuation savings can be accessed – the ‘preservation age’ – from 60 to 65. John Brogden, the council’s chief executive has said these changes are needed because Australians are living longer and it is important that “future generations of taxpayers are not burdened with the cost of an ageing population”. Mr Watson said savings could be better made on other fronts, rather than imposing “income management’ on retirees and that superannuation tax concessions to highincome earners should
be restricted. He also said that the tax concessions on super contribution should cease for people who have saved more than seven times the annual non-concessional limit of $180,000. That equates to super
savings of $1.26 million, which is more than enough to support a comfortable standard of living in retirement. Earnings on super savings in retirement above this amount, Mr Watson said, should be taxed.
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National Seniors Buderim NATIONAL Seniors Buderim Branch monthly meeting will be held in the Buderim Bowls Club, Elizabeth Street, Buderim at 9.30am on Monday 3 November ,a week later than normal due to a previous bowls club booking. Cost is 4 dollars per person and morning tea will be served. We will be doing another “Believe it or not” where 3 members tell 3 different “Truths” and we have pick which one is true. All over 50’s are welcome to join our group of happy seniors who enjoy each other’s company. We have regular outings to places of interest, restaurants and picnics. Contact John 5456 1370.
Sunshine Baden-Powell Guild
THE Guild invites interested persons to attend their next outing which is a morning at Moffat Beach Park on Friday 24 October 2014 – at 10am for a BYO morning tea and lunch. (We will supply the muffins for morning tea) The Guild is famous for Fun and Fellowship mixed in with Service to Scouting and Guiding on the Sunshine Coast. You may have seen our monthly promotion for Scouting, Guiding, and Guilding in Kawana Shoppingworld where we are currently selling biscuits for the Girl Guides. Membership of the Guild is open to present and former Leaders and their partners. Monthly outings /meetings are held in various locations from Bribie Island to Noosa. Contact is Irene and Neville Underwood on 5492 7337 or Roger Roberts on 5448 5126. You will know us by our blue shirts and navy blue scout scarves. www.seniorsnewspaper.com.au
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WHAT will happen when you die? It’s one of those questions people of all ages tend to avoid but these days, there are more things to consider than whether you want to be buried or cremated; like who you want invited to your funeral (not that guy!), and how your family will gain access to your Facebook and other social media pages (where did she keep her passwords?) after you pass on. Lisa Herbert, an ABC journalist and radio presenter, has published The Bottom Drawer Book to make the conversation a little less confronting. Featuring comical illustrations and humorous text, the book offers thought-provoking questions about death and provides space for readers to leave their own ideas and plans. “Then when you go there’ll be no squabbling over how much to spend on your casket, who’ll tell stories at your funeral or which footy jumper you’ll be buried in,” said Ms Herbert. She started writing the book after stumbling across a cardboard coffin during a suburban street fair.
“Who knew you could get your own photos and artwork printed on an environmentally friendly casket?” she said. “It’s something I want to be buried in, so I started writing down ideas for my own funeral. Sixty-nine pages later I had a book’” If you’ve ever wanted to know..... What is the most popular item people request in their coffins? Details about the ever increasing types of farewells. The ins and outs of a natural burial, where there are no headstones and your burial site is marked with GPs co-ordinates! Managing your digital afterlife such as websites and email accounts “Sure, death can be a dark topic but it doesn’t have to be,” says Ms Herbert. “The Bottom Drawer Book is your after death action plan. Your ideas, plans, and your life’s reflections will sit quietly in its pages until they’re needed.” “The Bottom Drawer Book: The After Death Action Plan by Lisa Herbert - $16.95. To order a copy or for more information visit www.thebottomdrawer book.com.au.
FOR your chance to WIN a copy of this book, please send your entry to the Bottom Desk Drawer, Sunshine Coast Seniors Newspaper, PO Box 1062, Tewantin 4565 with your name, address and phone number on the back of the envelope no later than Wednesday 15th October.
community news Caloundra & District Model Railway Assoc Sale & Display Day ) opposite the *Oaks Oasis Resort*. On display will be train layouts that have been admired at recent model train shows complete with buildings and scenery. It will bring back some childhood memories to many visitors. The Club has an added attraction on
our Display Day with the Display Locos from the Sunshine Coast Railway Modellers Soc (Nambour) being on show . A new attraction will be the new “Ttrack” modules under construction by Club Members, making up a large layout. Also on show will be a Thomas
Train set-up and a Lego Display. An assortment of preloved railway rolling stock, engines, track, buildings and electrics will be on Table sales. This exhibition has been staged over many years and attracts a wide range of visitors from enthusiasts to beginners as well as families. Club
memberd will be on hand to offer friendly advice. Light refreshments available (very good sausage rolls and drinks). Raffle of a choice of Dinner at the Oasis, or a Model Train Set. Admission is free. If you need further information phone 5445 1225, 5491 9213 or 5499 6572.
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Nominate a local hero for Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards IF you know a person, community group or organisation making a difference to life on the Coast, nominate them now for the 2015 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards. Mayor Mark Jamieson said the Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards are an opportunity to publicly recognise and honour the achievements of locals who have made an outstanding contribution to the region. “There is no doubt we have heroes in our midst making a difference to life on the Sunshine Coast. So it is important that we not only celebrate their contribution on Australia Day but also publicly acknowledge them via a formal, highly respected, awards program,” he said. Nomination categories include: Citizen of the Year sponsored by Seven Local News, Young Citizen of the Year sponsored by University of the Sunshine Coast, Senior Citizen of the Year sponsored by Maroochy RSL, Community -Group or Organisation sponsored by Sunshine Coast Daily. Nominations close Friday, December 12, 2014. Entries can be completed online, downloaded from council’s website - www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au - or picked up from council’s Customer Service Centres and library branches. The seventh annual Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards will be announced on Friday, January 23, 2015. The event will include performances by local musicians, special guest speakers and the presentation of awards by the Mayor.
A.I.R. Noosa Branch
A.I.R. is a not for profit organisation working for the interests of self-funded and partially self-funded retirees or those about to retire. It has over 7,000 members in 60 branches across Australia. The Noosa Branch has served the local community for over 20 years and is one of the largest branches in Queensland. Next General Meeting will be held on 9 October, 2014 at 9:45 am for 10:00 am start at the South Pacific Resort, 179 Weyba Road, Noosaville. Speaker will be Mathew Augur (Stockbroker, Morgans Noosa) - Topic: The Top Ten Blue Chips, the Outlook. $5 pp inc morning tea. Visitors very welcome. Please call 0407 590 262 for further information or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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community news Opening the doors to older workers: the age-friendly movement is on the march! WITH increasing numbers of over-55s in the workforce, it is time to turn the spotlight on the contribution of older workers and the concept of retirement. “The baby boomers revolutionised every aspect of society and are still doing so as they reach what was traditionally considered retirement age,” says Janet O’Hehir, research assistant at the Centre for Work + Life, University of South Australia. “Don’t expect these rebels to sit gently rocking in their arm chairs, reading the daily paper in their older years. “They are more likely to be travelling the world, caravanning across Australia, chasing after grand-
children, caring for their elderly parents, and juggling their work-life balance.” Janet has a background in social policy, community development and change management. She has worked for national and international charities, global corporations, and state and federal government ‘start-up ‘programs. “Policies that enable older workers to transition to retirement by working part-time, or to take time off to establish volunteering routines, travel or learn new hobbies will be far more appropriate to modern-day retirees than the traditional ‘golden handshake’ their parents embraced,” Janet says.
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As the proportion of older people participating in the workforce increases, so too will the demand for age-friendly workplaces. The age-friendly movement is an initiative of the World Health Organisation. Originally aimed at identifying the features of cities that help or hinder people as they age, the concept has spread to all domains of community life. More than 200 cities in 26 countries have signed up to Global Network of AgeFriendly Cities and Communities. Central to the concept of being ‘agefriendly’ is the principle that an environment designed with older people in mind will benefit people of all ages and abilities.
Age-friendly elements include public transport that is easy to use, accessible buildings, public toilets and ample resting places. Just as important is the social environment – how inclusive a community is and whether it has opportunities for people to participate in civic engagement, paid employment and volunteering. “The age-friendly concept is now spreading to the workplace,” says Janet. “An age-friendly workplace is one with culture and policies that are inclusive and supportive and ensures that workers are not treated differently because of their age. “An employer who offers flexible working conditions, such as compressed weeks or flexible hours, working from home, job-share arrangements, and flexible leave provisions will appeal to workers of all ages. “The desire to learn new skills does not stop when you reach the age of 40. Workplaces that offer development opportunities to all staff are more likely to attract and retain a diverse pool of talent.” Janet says aAdvertisement n age-friendly workplace also considers the physical working environment. This includes accessible toilets, step-free access to buildings, easy-to-read
signage, large-print materials and user-friendly technology. Many of these features will also benefit younger workers with limited mobility and physical or sensory impairments. Viewing a workplace through an age-friendly lens means any adjustments will benefit the entire workforce. A Deloitte report suggests a 3% increase in workforce participation of those aged over 55 would result in a $33 billion boost to Australia’s GDP. “Yet, this resource is often lost to employers,” says Janet O’Hehir. A 2012 survey of human resources professionals by the Australian Human Resources Institute found that almost half agreed the departure of older workers resulted in a loss of key knowledge and skills for their organisations.The Australian Bureau of Statistics also found many older people report barriers to employment such as a lack of vacancies, too many applicants or being considered too old. “Like it or not, many of us are going to have to work for longer,” Janet says. “This fact has been reinforced by the raising of the future pension age and the government’s offer of a financial incentive of up to $10,000 for em-
ployers to hire an older job-seeker. “These initiatives might open the door to older workers, but keeping
them requires a greater cultural shift within workplaces. We all need to ask, how age-friendly is my workplace?
Kawana Senior Citizens THIS year’s Kawana Senior Citizens $500 Donation went to Bloomhill Cancer Care at Buderim. The Senior’s specialty, Cup Cake Day, comes up at the end of October prior to the Melbourne Cup. Then it is the run down to Christmas with lots of things planned and all can be seen on Eileen’s Travel Table at the Club on Thursday mornings. Cost of being in this Friendly Seniors Club is just $4.00 per morning & yearly subs of $5. Join this very Friendly Senior’s Club, who meet at the Kawana Community Hall, just behind the Kawana Shopping World in Nanyima St. Buddina, near the Kawana Library. Please phone their new President, Selima Taylor on 5452 5979 for any enquires, about this very active Seniors Club of Kawana Waters. If you are lonely, come along and meet other local seniors and join in the fun.
community news Frank and Roz happy seniors who enjoy their jobs every day WHEN Frank Fenech lost his job at Ansett after the airline collapsed in 2001 he fought off depression and straight away started looking for work, supported by the love and support of his family. But hundreds were not so fortunate. “Many fell into dark holes, marriages broke up and some took their own lives,” recalled Frank, 62, who now enjoys his job at Bunnings Warehouse at Albion. The Albany Creek resident served Ansett for 24 years, but in the early hours of September 14, 2001, the airline went into administration. Everyone had been told that flights would continue on schedule, but when employees showed up for work at dawn that day it was all over – thousands of passengers were left stranded and more than 16,000
Bunnings is continuing to increase as retirees look to return to the workforce, either because they are bored at home or are searching for greater financial security. Retaining workers who are past normal retirement age is also a priority. Among the Bunnings workforce are employees in their early 80s.
“We are not fearful of having older workers,” Mr Gillam said. “We find they have patience and a depth of knowledge, and they love teaching the younger workers. The older workers generally command more respect.” Roz Knight, 64, of Macleay Island, who also works at Bunnings at Albion agrees.
“I enjoy my work and respect my customers, especially the seniors who come in and are working on all kinds of DIY projects at home,” said Roz, who is happy to catch a ferry from her island home, travel across Moreton Bay and pick up her garaged car at Redland Bay to drive to Albion each day. JIM BOWDEN
Left: Service with respect .. Frank Fenech and Roz Knight are happy seniors working at Bunnings Warehouse at Albion
people were out of a job. Now Frank is a Bunnings ‘team member’ – one of more than 2000 employees aged over 55, which makes the company one of the biggest employers of older Australians. Chief executive John Gillam says the rate of hiring older workers at
Sunshine Coast Travel and Cruise Expo FOR one day only, Maroochy RSL will transform in to the Sunshine Coast’s largest travel & cruise marketplace. Showcasing over fifty brand name and boutique travel providers, the Sunshine Coast Travel and Cruise Expo held on Sunday 19 October, is an essential stop for first time or experienced travellers in the planning stages, and those poised to pounce on exclusive expo deals and discounts. Research, compare and shop – all in the one place: Cruises, air travel, escorted tours, freewheeling holidays, packages, insurance and travel accessories. More than sixty Travel Specialists head up information booths, while free travel talks and film presentations screen throughout the day to reveal your perfect holiday. Lucky Door prizes include a Queensland Rail ‘Railbed’ excursion to North Queensland, three night resort stays in Bali, Fiji or Club Med Resorts – and even Return Air Tickets to Asia. Travellers tempted by exclusive expo specials on the day can secure an entry in two major prize draws, just by placing a $100 ‘Plan to Go’ Deposit. Holiday giveaways include a luxury Mekong River Cruise with Travelmarvel and Singapore Airlines, or a Canadian winter escape at Silver Star Mountain Resort, flying Air New Zealand. ‘Plan to Go’ Deposits made on Etihad Airways also have a chance to win Return Air Tickets to Europe and First Class Eurail passes, compliments of Etihad and specialist rail wholesaler, Rail Plus. Doors open from 10am, with optional Gold Coin entry donations supporting Bloomhill Cancer Help. Jump the queue and pre-register online at www.sunshinecoasttravelexpo.com or phone 131415 for an Event Programme. The Sunshine Coast Travel & Cruise Expo is presented by helloworld, the new name and fresh new look of Harvey World Travel Noosa Heads, Buderim, Kawana Shopping World, Caloundra and Caboolture, and Sun Coast Travel Maroochydore. Individually and locally owned and operated, we have been servicing the Coast for more than twenty years. Event Information: Sunshine Coast Travel & Cruise Expo. Sunday, 19 October. 10am-3pm Maroochy RSL, Memorial Ave, Maroochydore Enquiries: Ph. 131415 Email. firstname.lastname@example.org Web. www.sunshinecoasttravelexpo.com www.seniorsnewspaper.com.au
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Laguna Estate - a lifestyle choice IS ‘grandma’s ghetto’ your idea of a retirement village? If so, stop right there! There is nothing further from the truth. In the past, most residents entered these villages aged in their seventies as part of a move to downsize, decrease maintenance responsibilities, experience a greater sense of safety and security, or for health and lifestyle reasons. Today, younger retirees from age 55 are seeing the benefits of relocating to a retirement village, with the emphasis on lifestyle and making the move a liberating experience. To those who say that they are not ready for such a move, many of the residents at Laguna Estate say that they wish they had made the decision earlier. It has given them the freedom to travel, visit family or just pursue new hobbies without any of the worries they previously had with the upkeep and security issues of their previous home. Combining outstanding resort facilities with stylish homes in a fully landscaped environment, this village strikes the perfect balance between privacy and independence whilst encouraging a vibrant and rewarding community in which to live. There are spacious villas and serviced apartments from which
to choose, all in a quiet, peaceful location yet so close to all the vibrant action of Noosa. The range of facilities is cleverly geared towards anyone over the age of 55, whether you are physically active or prefer a quieter lifestyle - and the grandchildren are welcome here. So what will sell you on your decision to make Laguna Estate your home? It is a combination of many things – particularly the smart community facilities and the activities which cater for all lifestyles, but also the quality finish of both the new and the refurbished villas, the resort-style feel, the professional and hugely cheerful staff and the low monthly fees. At some time in the future you may need living assistance but this too is catered for at Laguna Estate with assisted care apartments available. Three meals a day, cleaning, weekly towel & linen changes and 24 hour on-call emergency staff are all part of the service. Laguna Estate is a class act – phone 1800 012 049 for lots more information and an appointment to view this special retirement estate at 21 Lake Weyba Drive, Noosaville. You could soon be making the best choice of your life!
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community news Good Mates DRIVING homeward after a school pick-up, I decided to fake a cough – it was really too cold to go swimming and I needed a good reason to give it a miss. I explained that it would not be sensible to go in the pool (heated though it is) but a few minutes later, a little voice came from behind - “I don’t hear much coughing, Gill.” It was hard to keep a straight face as I contemplated how hard it is to fool a five year old. Memories are made of moments like these! Caladen is not technically my grandson and I am not a real grandmother but we have never let that get in the way of our relationship. We have shared a bond across the generations for almost all his life. From the age of two, when he attended day care, he has loved coming to “Gill’s house” once a week and we play with LEGO and play dough, swim in the pool and even occasionally
skills (he is already quite a competent swimmer and loves the water). Caladen’s mum, Saskia says, “My parents live interstate and his other grandparents both still work so it’s great that he has this inter-generational time with Gill.” I know that as he and I both become older, he may not want to spend as much time with me, but for now I cherish his enthusiasm for life, curiosity about the world and delightful conversation. Gill MacDonald
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Twin Waters VIEW Club The Twin Waters VIEW Club (Voice, Interest and Education of Women) is a friendship club for omen of all ages, will hold their next monthly luncheon meeting at The Loose Goose, Twin Waters at 11.00am, on Thursday 9 October 2014. You are assured of a warm welcome so come along and have some fun and make new friends. Our Guest Speaker is Penny Hegethy, from Community Gardens, subject “Annual Floral Festival, Singapore”. Guests Welcome $27.00. RSVP: Before 5.00pm on Monday 6 October by calling 0487 182 644 (leave a message) or email email@example.com.
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A new video awareness campaign aimed at highlighting the value of older workers was launched recently at the Australian Human Rights Commission. The Power of Oldness, launched by Age Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan and Minister for Employment, Senator Eric Abetz, exposes the stark difference between the skills and strengths mature workers offer employers and organisations, with the discrimination they face when trying to gain or maintain jobs. “We are living through a massive demographic change,” said Commissioner Ryan, “yet community attitudes, employer practices and business strategies seem to ignore where we are now.” “The Power of Oldness campaign will, we hope, prod everyone to recognise and act to stop age discrimination.” Senator Abetz said the campaign is a way of getting the message about the value of older workers, to people of all ages around Australia. “The video juxtaposes reality and perceptions in what I consider to be an active, pacey and poignant presentation,” he said. View the Power of Oldness campaign at http:// www.powerofoldness.com.
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community news Father and son create family heirloom
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John Duff (left) and his son Alex, share a love of working with gemstones. Toowoomba’s Gemfest will be held on October 25 and 26 at Centenary Heights High School.
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WHO would have thought that a family camping trip to the New England highlands would be the start of a hobby embraced by both father and son? Doing the ‘tourist’ thing, John Duff, and son Alex, took off one day to try their luck in the sapphire fossicking fields. When they actually found some sapphires, they had them cut by a local gemstone cutter. What they also found out was that they could learn how to cut precious gemstones themselves. There are Lapidary Clubs dotted all over Australia and some of those club members volunteer to teach a range of cutting styles. “I joined the Toowoomba Lapidary Club in 2005, and I’ve learned how to cut semi-precious stones like jasper, agate, rhodonite and petrified wood,” John said. “Over the years, I’ve also been taught other aspects of gem cutting and jewellery making.” After John learned how to facet, he bought himself a faceting machine, and now he is cutting his own gemstones. John, a recent graduate into the ‘Seniors Club’ now has a skill that he can perfect into his retirement years. He has already entered faceted stones in two Australian competitions, to have his techniques critiqued by other judges, and receive helpful feedback on areas for improvement. Alex, now 16 and in Grade 11, recently joined the Toowoomba Lapidary Club to learn the art of silver jewellery making. “Yes, he’s quite creative. He gets that from his mother,” Dad smiled. The club offers monthly ‘Silversmithing for Beginners’ courses on a Saturday and any club member can attend. Alex has taken to silver jewellery making like a
‘duck to water’ and he is amassing quite a little collection of “I made this myself” pieces. Using a 6mm yellow faceted cubic zirconia that John cut in the round brilliant design, Alex is crafting a silver ring with a claw setting to house the solitaire. This is one piece of jewellery that is destined to become a family heirloom. Although you may not be skilled to cut and create a gorgeous ladies ring, you can create your own unique piece of jewellery. Come to Gemfest – Gem and Jewellery Show on 25-26 October, at the Centenary Heights High School, Ramsay Street, Toowoomba. Here you can choose from a variety of ring, pendant or earring settings, then select an already-faceted gemstone and have it set while you wait. If you’ve lost a stone from a piece of jewellery, bring it along and match up a new gemstone. Gemfest has been hosted by the members of the Toowoomba Lapidary Club since 1981.Come and see a kaleidoscope of colours in gemstones, jewellery, mineral specimens, crystals, beads, carved giftware and fascinating fossils – all for sale. If you live in Toowoomba or nearby, or you are just visiting, Gemfest has something for everyone, young and old – bring the whole family. Buy that special gift you’ve been looking for. Gemstone testing is also available both days. Fabulous raffle prizes and hourly lucky door prizes to win. Food and drinks are available at Gemfest. Open Saturday, October 25 from 9-5 and Sunday, October 26 from 9-3. Admission $5.00 for adults and teens 13 years and over. Children under 13 are free. Come and be surprised.
community news 25 years since notorious prison closed
September 1989 - the beginning of the end of “The Road.” Number One Division was next, in 1992 (the official closure date). The last section to close was the Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre shut in 2002, only 12 years ago. Heritage-listed Number Two Division is today the only remaining section of “The Road”. Since December 2012 Boggo Road Gaol Pty Ltd has been conducting historical tours,
events, re-enactments & experiences at this historic site. Leighton Property will soon reveal their plans for the future of Gaol and its surroundings - as part of the Boggo Road Urban Village. During October 2014 Boggo Road Gaol is holding special events, tours and experiences including prisoner graffiti tours, ex-officer/ ex-inmate tours and book launches to acknowledge the 25th anniversary.
The Female Division Tour & Re-enactment will be held on Sunday 26 October 2014 Boggo Road’s historic Number Two Division - notorious as a men’s prison in the 1980s was originally a women’s prison. H M Prison for Women opened 111 years ago - intended to replace the often overcrowded Fortitude Valley police-lockup and Toowoomba Gaol. www.boggoro adgaol.com
Pictured with their trophies and winning plants are (L to R):Fred Lenz, Aileen Hall Trophy for Reserve Champion, with Cym. Australian Midnight. Nev Douglas, SCOSC Trophy for Champion, with Cym. Khanebono. Patrick Dunne, Charlie & Gina McMonagle Trophy, with C. amethystoglossa
THE beautiful time of Spring brought with it an abundance of wonderful blooms for the Sunshine Coast Orchid Society’s “Pelican Waters Shopping Village Spring Orchid Show”. By 9:00am, members in the plant sales area were rushed off their feet as so many keen orchid growers descended on the shopping centre to purchase that special plant. We were fortunate to have a vacant shop available to house the plants for sale, as well as the Novice plants. Challenging the
judges was the very pleasing sight of a good number of orchids in this area of the show, and we congratulate all our novice members, as well as their mentors, on making this an interesting competition and the selection of place getters so difficult for the judges. Congratulations to the Pelican Waters Shopping Village Management, our members, judges, visitors and everyone who made this another very successful “Pelican Waters Shopping Village Spring Orchid Show”.
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Top tips for protecting yourself from elder abuse Consider the following before appointing an attorney under an Enduring Power of Attorney: don’t sign the document until you fully understand the document and its power. You can choose when the power starts, and it does not have to begin immediately. Once the financial power starts, the attorney has full control over all of your assets eg: the power to sell your house. Once the personal and health decisions power starts, the attorney has the power to place you in a nursing home. Choose an attorney you trust implicitly. Consider appointing two attorneys to act “jointly”, i.e. they both have to agree before a decision is made and it is more likely to safeguard you from abuse. Join a group and keep fit and healthy. Stay active and keep in contact with friends, neighbours and extended family. A risk factor for elder abuse is social isolation. Speak up! If you suspect elder abuse of yourself or a neighbour or friend call Seniors’ Legal and Support Service on 3214 6333. Source: “Queensland Focus”, Elder Abuse Prevention Unit
Buderim East Combined Probus Club THE Buderim East Combined Probus Club meets at the Headland Bowls Club, Mooloolaba Road, every second Tuesday of the month at 10.00 am. The club offers to seniors many interesting social activities, such as dine out groups, coffee and chats, footlight events for those interested in plays, Mah Jong and 500 card group, ten pin bowling and breakfasts. A Carorama will be held in November. Morning tea and lunch. Cost $20 pp. A coffee and chat is third Tuesday of every month at 10.00 am. We are always looking for new members. For general enquiries about joining phone Winsome at 5445 6176.
Life as a retiree For retired people how many days in a week are there? 6 Saturdays, 1 Sunday When is a retiree’s bedtime? Three hours after he falls asleep on the couch. What’s the biggest gripe of retirees? There is not enough time to get everything done. Why don’t retirees mind being called Seniors? The term comes with a 10% percent discount. Among retirees what is considered formal attire? Tied shoes and with their teeth in. Why are retirees so slow to clean out the basement, attic or garage? They know that as soon as they do, one of their adult kids will want to store stuff there. What is the best way to describe retirement? The never ending coffee break. What do you do all week? Monday to Friday- nothing. Saturday and Sunday I rest! Old age is when former classmates are so grey and wrinkled and bald, they don’t recognise you. www.seniorsnewspaper.com.au
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DON’T give your PIN to anyone. Don’t give your internet banking details to anyone. Don’t permit a friend, carer or family member to register your account for internet banking. If you need assistance, make sure you keep your password a secret. Before loaning money, giving any money, moving in with family, allowing family to move in with you……get independent legal advice. Independent legal advice is: not a lawyer chosen by a family member and is advice provided to you alone and not in the company of a family member. Consult Centrelink before loaning or gifting money, property, or moving in with a family member as your aged pension could be affected. Make a Will and review it every 2-3 years. The Public Trustee of Queensland offers a free Will service. Prior to reviewing your Will, obtain a capacity assessment from your GP and keep it with your Will. Make an Enduring Power of Attorney and review every 2-3 years. The Public Trustee of Queensland also provides this service.
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AS prisoners sat on the tin roof of F Wing Cellblock in Number Two Division for a fifth day in March 1988 Corrective Services Minister Mr Cooper announced Brisbane businessman Jim Kennedy would chair an inquiry into the chaos that was Queensland’s prison system. Boggo Road Gaol was a national embarrassment with rolling riots, hungerstrikes, bashings, allegations of corruption, and roof-top protests by inmates. The Kennedy Report, delivered in 1988, recommended extensive and sweeping reforms a complete cultural change - away from punishment and retribution - to correction and rehabilitation. Kennedy also controversially recommended the closure of Brisbane Prison - Boggo Road Gaol. Notorious Number Two Division - scene of so much trouble in the 1980s - was the first part to close a quarter of a century ago, on 25/26th
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community news Currimundi Probus Club
Colin Dunkerley, the iPad Man, (second from right) with Henry Francis, Ed Kitchener (President) and Rod Munro.
THE Currimundi Probus Club August meeting was well attended with 108 members and several guests. Our guest speaker was Colin Dunkerley and his topic was the iPad, a topic he was very knowledgeable about. He had the audience enthralled with his enthusiastic presentation and explained how easy and convenient it was to use compared to a desk top computer and it would not be surprising to see a large number of Probians converting to an iPad very soon. Also at the meeting the winner of the club’s first photographic competition was announced. It was Brian Watman with a photo of Hangzhou’s famous West Lake near Shanghai in China. This competition will be held bi-monthly.
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“To embrace a lifetime, we give you time” Drysdale Funerals was established in 1989 by Don and June Drysdale to provide a special level of care for the residents of the entire Sunshine Coast. We place the very highest priority on meeting the specific and personal wishes of those involved in arranging funeral services either immediately or in the future. They are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
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Planning ahead gives peace of mind It is a good idea to plan ahead by completing your personal profile record. It ensures your family or close friends have the answers they will need should anything happen to you. As a community service, Drysdale Funerals have prepared a small booklet in which you can record these details. It is yours free, without obligation, upon request. Just complete the coupon and send it to us or phone 5449 9383. A member of the Australian Funeral Directors Association.
Send this coupon today to Drysdale Funerals. 27 Butler Street, Tewantin - PH: 5449 9383 Also 86 Maud Street, Maroochydore - PH: 5479 1055 EC Thomas Chapel 33 National Park Rd, Nambour - PH: 5441 1366 Please send me, free of charge, without obligation Personal Profile Record/s Name:..................................................................................................................................................................... Address:.................................................................................................................................................................. ........................................................................................................................Postcode:........................................ Page 24 - Sunshine Coast Seniors - October 2014
WHEN the Blanch family arrived in Bli Bli in 1912, ti-tree covered many parts of the flat country, while on the ridge hardwoods flourished. Frederick William Blanch purchased land on the banks of the Maroochy River from Wharf Road to the boundary of Edgewater as well as along the banks of Petrie’s Creek opposite Edgewater. In 1913 Fred Blanch was joined by his brother Edgar James, known as Jim, and his young family. Together the brothers erected a saw-mill. Timber was being transported from Eudlo Creek to their mill and when the timber supplies ran short, the brothers decided to start a pineapple juice cannery. Farmers delivered their pineapples to the cannery. The Blanch Brothers cannery was on the site of the present Bli Bli Riverside Caravan Village. Fred and Jim Blanch had wanted to use their own label, which carried the letters “B.B.B.” standing for Blanch Brothers’ Best, instead of Brabant and Company, a Brisbane company, which retailed the tinned pineapple product. To cut costs they permitted the use of the Brisbane label, showing a pile of pineapples on the sands near the sea and also trees bearing bunches of fruit. Was the artist il-
lustrating strange pineapples or coconuts? The Blanch families and other locals were employed to work in the cannery. A steam driven machine peeled them, with a knife fixed to the spindle, which went in a circular motion and also operated a corer. Mrs. Blanch and her sister sliced the pineapples and placed them in a can about the size of a small standard fruit can. Cans were sealed and placed in large containers of water and boiled. They were removed when cool and labeled. The tins were packaged and taken to the train station at Nambour by buggy and consigned to Brisbane for sale. Increasing costs led to the closure of the cannery in 1926. One of the large flywheels is on show at the Maroochy Wetlands at the end of Sports Road. Although not the first local attempt at canning pineapple in the Maroochy Shire, the Blanch Brothers Best Pineapple Cannery is a unique part of our local farming and industrial history. Meetings of the Bli Bli on Maroochy Historical Society are held in The Old Church, Willis Road, Bli Bli at 9.30am on the first Monday of the month. Phone Anne on 0400 913 443.
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community news Got too much stuff in the garage?
IF you answered ‘yes’ you’re not alone! Two thirds of Australians admit to having too much stuff at home and not enough space for it all, according to a recent Newspoll survey. The good news is there’s a fun and easy way to de-clutter and earn some cash – the National Garage Sale Trail on October 25. Now in its fourth year, the event is a day of simultaneous garage sales across the country and encourages Australian households, schools and community groups to clean up, reuse, meet their neighbours and make
some money. Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the Garage Sale Trail had proven very popular with Sunshine Coast residents. “Last year the Sunshine Coast had the second highest number of registered garage sales in Queensland for this event and the highest number of community groups participating anywhere in Australia,” she said. “All up there were 194 registered garage sales in our region, including 18 community groups, five schools and six local businesses.
items on the day which equated to around 1552 shopping trolleys in total of items that were redistributed. “Approximately $90,000 was spent locally and each seller had conversations with around 20 new people on the day, which meant around 17,500 community connections happened locally on the day. “So this event enabled us to divert resources from landfill, reinvest some money into our local community and meet new neighbours “Each seller sold an average of eight shopping trolleys full of
Buderim VIEW Club Buderim VIEW Club’s Meetings/ Lunches are held on the first Wednesday of the month, at 246 Petrie Creek Road, Rosemount (Bli Bli) at 11am. The next meeting/lunch is on Wednesday 1st October. There are always interesting guest speakers and a social activity on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Instead of a Guest Speaker, there will be a ‘Fashion Parade’ by Portofino Clothes. All VIEW Clubs are an important part of The Smith Family and the funds
raised are used to assist ‘The Learning for Life’ program for children from underprivileged families. If you have not been to any of our meetings, please consider coming to one. Have lunch with a friendly group of ladies and make new and lasting friendships. Please call Sylvia at 5441 6049 to make a reservation. For luncheon bookings or cancellations, please call by 6 pm on the Sunday before the luncheon.
for the first time.” National Garage Sale Trail co-founder Daryl Nichols said more than 350,000 Australians were expected to take part in this year’s event. “This is a day where we can all have some fun, make a few dollars and play a very active role in living more sustainably,” he said. For more information about the National Garage Sale Trail or to register for this year’s event, visit www.garage saletrail.com.au
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community news Just you wait Mr Higgins!
Garden Club welcomes new members
My Fair Lady, dubbed the perfect musical by the critics, comes to the CCTC Theatre this November. Imaginative direction from Grant Marks will do justice to this great show. MFL has it all. Memorable characters, great music, humour and social comment. Neil Booth and Ken Kelly on keyboards, coupled with Sarah Sullivan as Vocal Director will provide the musicality that this show demands. Spectacular costumes by Merryl Terrey and imaginative sets by Grant Marks and Barry Rodger will add to that Wow! factor. Grant Marks - Professor Higgins, Helen Duffy -
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Eliza Doolittle, Colin Butcher - Alfred P Doolittle and Peter Voigt - Freddy Eynsford-Hill head this strong cast. Higgins, a linguists professor, bets NAMBOUR Garden Club which has more than 250 members, welcomed more that he can transform Eliza, a common flower seller, new members to the club at a morning tea at ‘Jatlen Park’, the garden of into a lady. He has absolutely no concern for her members Glen and Terry Sheanan, at Palmwoods. From left, Peter Aston, feelings, this “creature of the gutter”, all he’s Yvonne Astill, Carol Barbato, Rick Hill, front, June Norris, Anne Hocking, interested in is winning the bet. Much of the Maggy Hickey. humour emanates from this situation which is further complicated by Eliza’s father, Doolittle, a wastrel, who sees the chance of a financial windfall. CCTC Theatre, 3 Piringa Street, Wurtulla on November 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 at 7.30 pm and THE Salvation Army Family Stores across the Coast need your help, they are in 8, 9,15,16, 22, 23, 29, 30 at I.00 pm. Tickets: need of volunteers, to assist with various role. If you have some spare time and Adults$29, Conc $27, FOC $25, Children $15. would like to give a little something back in your local community, call 5443 8248 Bookings. Phone 5437 2719. and speak to Libby The Salvation Army Family Stores have many roles that you can assist with, here are a few but not limited too, Clothes sorter, Retails sales, Cleaning, Pricing and THE highly anticipated history series ‘Plantagenets sizing, Truck off sider for collections and many more roles to assist in the day to in Peril’ begins at U3A. Discover how the upheaval day running of the stores. of an English king being deposed by his queen and You can be part of giving help to those in need in your local community, by her lover plus a regicide causes the unbroken dynas- giving your time each week and volunteering at one of Salvation Army Family tic line to split. Mondays, October 13th to December Stores across the Coast. Salvation Army Family Stores are located at Caloundra, Warana, Maroochydore, Coolum, Noosa and Nambour. 1st at 9.30-11.30. Book 5440 5500.
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DIANTHUS ‘Memories’, a perfumed plant with a pure white bloom, has been bred by Plants Management Australia to support dementia research – $1 from the sale of each plant goes to the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation. The plant has a perfumed pure white bloom and shares many of the characteristics of the modern dianthus plant including long flowering, sturdy stems and dry tolerance. It is the perfect gift, performing equally well in garden beds, containers or long lasting cut flower displays. Dianthus ‘Memories’ has proved to be a very popular addition to the ‘magnifi-
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Caloundra City National Seniors Guests at Caloundra City National Seniors included Mayor Mark Jamieson, Ken O’Flaherty of Sunshine Coast 104.9 and the Treasurer Elaine Bryant and President Fran Sutton
CALOUNDRA City National Seniors celebrated Seniors Week with a High Tea for over 200 people on the 19th August. As a result of the High Tea our group have had 15 applications to join National Seniors. The Caloundra City branch meets at the rear function room Currimundi Hotel, Buderim Street, Currimundi every 2nd Tuesday of the month at new start time of 10am. Ample parking is available. Phone Elaine on 0438 579 948 or Fran 5444 8347.
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community news Get ready for a fun day on the greens!
Representatives from Goodtime Golfers, Coolum Bowls Club, Coolum Croquet Club, Meals on Wheels and St Vincent de Paul, Environmental Management Contractors prepare for the 12 October event.
COOLUM Golf Croquet Bowls Charity Day for 2014 has sponsorship from a variety of sources for this year’s gala event. Come and join us in celebrating twelve years for this popular, fun day organised by Goodtime Golfers, Coolum Beach Bowls and Coolum Croquet Club. Event Coordinator Roscoe Baldwin said: “This is our twelfth year
and it has all the makings of a bumper day. The Charity Day gives the opportunity for locals in Coolum to support local charities that in turn support the local community.” Proceeds from the Day will go to the Coolum Meals on Wheels, the Coolum Salvation Army and Coolum Conference of St Vincent de Paul. All three charities have served the local commu-
nity for many years. Want to become a sponsor? Contact Roscoe Baldwin 0409 592 4 9 1 E m a i l : firstname.lastname@example.org Donate a prize for the raffle or auction or donate a package or product from your business. Put a team or two together - sledging encouraged! Want to be involved? Play golf at Noosa Par 3, or croquet at Coolum Cro-
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quet Club followed by bowls at the Coolum Beach Bowls Club and a scrumptious BBQ lunch at the Bowls Club. After lunch we are holding a Monster Raffle plus a charity Auction. We have some really great prizes this year donated by local businesses. Full bar facilities available at the Bowls Club. On Sunday 12 October 2014 - 6:30 am Golf Ambrose format or 7:00 am Croquet; 10:00 am Bowls; 12:00 pm BBQ lunch; 1:00 pm Monster Raffle / Charity Auction. Teams of 3 – supply a team or just go into a draw. Golf/Croquet and Bowls with lunch: $25 per player. Bowls and lunch: $15 per player Can’t play? Come and spectate! Join us for lunch for only $10. Vegetarian and GF food available. Stay for the raffles and auction. This is a fun day – no experience necessary – free introduction to Croquet on 5 October 2:00 pm. Further details and nomination forms: contact Roscoe 0409 592 491 or Margaret 5448 2985
WITH Spring in the air, it is once again time for “Edgewater’s Annual Spring Fair” which attracts hundreds of people from all over the coast. On 18th Octobar from 6.30am to 12.30pm (official opening at 9am) at the Edgewater Village, 171 David Low Way in Bli Bli. The village will be transformed into a hub of activity as over 50 stall holders display their wares. BBQ Breakfast by the Bli Bli RFB, homemade produce, craft, trash and treasure, bric-abrac and plants to name just a few. We will have over 40 raffles operating and if you can guess the name of the doll – it’s yours!! Of course the ladies will once again be providing their magnifi-
cent morning tea with home-made cakes etc. – at a reasonable price. Entertainment will be from our own” Edgewater Singers” who will be joined as usual by the Bli Bli School Choirs. This is always a feature of the morning’s activities. The Bli Bli Rural Fire Brigade will be manning the BBQ –with some assistance from Blazer the Bear. Have a hearty BBQ breakfast, or simply a sausage on bread. It’s all part of our day!! Bookings are now being taken for stalls. Cost is $20. If you are interested please Phone 5450 4950. Keep this date free – all the fun of the Fair at Edgewater on October 18th.
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LAW, FINANCE and YOU The calm before the storm? WE remain in a time of historically low interest rates around the globe but this scenario can’t remain for ever. At a recent conference in Sydney we were shown a term deposit rate chart for the “Platinum Clients” of the Bank of America and these investors were being offered between 0.1%-0.2% to invest. It is no wonder that the US sharemarket has reached record levels when these term deposit rates are the alternative. It is not only in the US where interest rates are near zero, Japan has had very low rates for a long time and rates in Europe
are not too dissimilar. You may remember that not that long ago the front page news contained nothing but stories of European countries facing significant debt problems. We had numerous countries such as Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Ireland just to name a few that were on the brink of going broke. There is almost an eerie silence now in terms of mainstream news about this problem that still exists. It may well be that in this low interest rate environment the servicing of these very large debts is affordable and as a result
we don’t hear of it at the moment. What happens however when interest rates inevitably increase again? The obvious implication is that the cost for these countries to continue to service their debts increases and the front pages of the newspapers will tell us all about it again. Here in Australia our rates are well above zero but are still historically low and are possibly creating problems that we will face in the future, particularly with our housing market. The Reserve Bank is in no rush to hike interest rates despite its concerns about rising house prices. The central bank made particular mention of soaring capital city prices at their latest monthly meeting, deciding the risks associated warranted “close observation”. “Additional speculative demand could amplify the property price cycle and increase the potential for property prices to fall later,” the RBA said in the minutes of the meeting. Such a fall in prices could spark a bout of caution among households, and cause a slump in consumer spending” the bank said. “But the minutes reiterated the RBA’s stance that it won’t be changing the cash rate any time soon. It is widely expected that a rise will not come until mid-2015, almost two years since its last move, which was a cut of a quarter of a percentage point to 2.5 per cent in August 2013.
This delaying of interest rate rises may be detrimental according to some, including Queensland University of Technology financial economist David Willis who said the RBA must increase the cash rate in October or November. “Leaving rates on hold through the Summer will allow the housing market to potentially enter into a full boom, which would need significant monetary policy change to bring it from the boil,” he said. “I think the RBA will realise they need to act before it’s too late.” Dr Willis said it was also important to lift the cash rate to reduce inflationary pressure as the Australian dollar falls below 90 US cents. A lower exchange rate would deliver a potential spike in inflation as the cost of imported goods rises, Mr Willis said, and higher interest rates would allow the economy a smoother adjustment. The RBA minutes indicated the central bank was more confident about the economy and an improvement in non-mining investment in the coming quarters. Low interest rates continue to support the economy and encouraged more risk-taking investment, the bank added. “Investors continued to look for higher returns in response to low rates on safe instruments and were accepting more risk in doing so,” the bank said. It’s going to prove to be a balancing act for those in control of interest rate policy and while we may
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IN the 1930s our family spent our holidays at Caloundra. At one time my brother Tom, my mother and I spent many weeks there because both Tom and I had caught every known infectious childhood disease. I even had scarlet fever. Driving up was an eagerly awaited adventure. My father drove of course. Before starting he would fill up a canvas waterbottle which he hung on the front bumperbar. There was no other water supply and it could be needed for the radiator which tended to boil. In case anyone wanted a drink the water was lovely and cold. Along the side of the road were milestones, these were chunks of rock with the initial of the next settlement and how far away it was in miles. We usually stopped at Landsborough. There was a tiny brown slab hut there known as the log cabin where two ladies made sandwiches with tomatoes they picked from the vines at the back, on just-baked
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gone. For years I had a rusted piece of the Dicky’s hull. The famous Caloundra lighthouse was still operating at that time. It was a great time to be a kid. Tom and I swam and played for hours in the rock pools and at what is now (I think) called Golden Beach or maybe Bulcock Beach, although not known by those names then. All day we ran around wearing little in the way of clothes and liberally slathered with coconut oil; a good tan was considered healthy. Sun damage? Never heard of it. At low tide the rock pools were inhabited by starfish and crabs, with tiny fish and other watery creatures that you could poke with a stick and watch them scuttle away and hide, until the tide came in and ended their torment. Tom was innovative, using a wide-mouthed jar with a string around the neck, which he baited with bread and immersed in the sea. Small fish would investigate but fled when he pulled the string. He kept trying though. The beach was a place of great social activity. More than building elaborate sandcastles with moats and channels for the incoming tide to flood, we entered sand garden competitions and joined the groups of kids at the open air Sunday Schools. Dad taught us to fish and I have used a handline as he did ever since. I can’t remember a time when I did not know how to bait a hook and take a fish off the hook. We fished in Pumicestone Passage, hiring a boat from “Old” Bill Seib for the time we stayed
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at Caloundra. We had one with an in-board motor which would have been very cool at the time. We caught whiting, which remains my favourite fish to this day. I also caught trumpeters and filleted them for the stray cats that always seemed to be around. We stayed a few times at Harmony Court. I asked mum a few years ago if it was run by Ma and Pa Bendel and she said it was but I do not remember them at all. I doubt if the dates stack up. They were well-known early surfies. The building was demolished a few years ago much to the regret of local residents. It was one of the few remaining links to Caloundra’s wonderful past. Should you have a story or photo of your earliest memory of Caloundra, please forward to editor@seniors newspaper.com.au no later than 15th October and in the subject matter place “Memories of Caloundra”. Article to be no more than 150 words and photo to be supplied as high resolution in jpeg format.
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white bread. They were memorably scented with fresh tomato. Whether or not they sold other refreshments is immaterial because the tomato sandwiches, in my mind at least, were the only thing on the menu. Today there is still a building called the Log Cabin but it’s not the same one and maybe tomato sandwiches would not cause much excitement among today’s travellers. Coming into Caloundra there was an endless paddock on the left covered with the indigenous pink boronia and in summer red and yellow Christmas bells. We roamed through this paddock not worrying about snakes and gathered armfuls of flowers. They smelt beautiful. I believe there is a school on the site now. There were few houses scattered throughout the bush and the only shop was Tytherleigh’s, a general store in the main (only) street which was unsealed. The house we stayed in was in the bush then, surrounded by banksias and soft white sand. The baker used to call daily carrying a wicker basket covered with a cloth. He sold finger buns with icing and we always got a “baker’s dozen”. Although the house was small we seemed to have many visitors, judging by the family photos of that time. We were not allowed to swim at Dicky Beach, too rough mum thought, but walked there through the beautiful bush to see the wreck of the “Dicky” which was high and dry on the beach although the superstructure was almost
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IN the howling gales of February 4, 1893, the schooner-rigged steamer “Dicky” was driven onto the beach that now bears its name. Three attempts to refloat the ship failed and some days later it was abandoned and sold for the salvage rights. More than 100 years after the event little or nothing remains of the “Dicky”. She was built in Germany in 1883 as a sailing ship with a supplementary coalfired steam engine meant to be used when wind power dropped. The “Dicky” was delivered to Brydon Jones & Company of Brisbane and for the next 10 years she carried freight mostly between Wide Bay and Bowen with occasional trips to Brisbane. However fate caught up with her in January 1893 when in the face of torrential rain prefacing a developing
cyclone the ship’s master Captain Halsden was ordered to Brisbane immediately, without his cargo. He refused to sail until the weather improved, whereupon the company engaged Captain John Beattie. The “Dicky” left Rockhampton on January 28 without loading extra coal for fuel, an oversight that left the vessel a disaster waiting to happen in the rapidly deteriorating weather conditions. Captain Beattie’s sailing plan held until February 1, when rough seas forced him to anchor off the mouth of the Fitzroy River. The drama of that night was starting to unfold. At 9pm under full sail the “Dicky” passed Cape Capricorn where the engineer informed the captain there was only three tons of coal left, barely enough for calm conditions assisted by wind power, unlike the wild
weather they were about to encounter. As the battered Dicky passed Inskip Point she ran into the cyclone, and passing Double Island Point the pumps sucked in sand; the captain put the boat into reverse and burning the last of the coal the “Dicky” cleared Laguna Bay. It is probable the captain turned the ship into shallow water because he mistook Moffat Headland for Caloundra Headland; he tried to tack out to sea and to avoid being blown onto rocks he turned the bow into the wind and the “Dicky” was blown stern-first onto the beach. Two seamen swam ashore and fixed a line enabling all the crew to come ashore, except the captain who stayed on board. They were given food and clothing at the nearbyWilson’s “Sea Glint” boarding house and the next morning bullock teams loaned
by Tom Lachsman and Harry Westaway pulled the ship free, only to have it washed back onto the beach. Two subsequent attempts also failed and finally the ship was sold for salvage. The engine was refitted in the “Lady Norman” where it was in use for 50 years. The propellor became a monument at Dicky Beach although it was not the original prop (which had been damaged previously) but a larger replacement that might have affected the vessel’s operation. At the subsequent Marine Board inquiry Captain Beattie was found to be at fault with his navigation and for leaving port without sufficient fuel. His certificate was suspended for three months. Based on “WreckCollections. Ships and Shipwrecks in Queensland Waters” vol 1. By Lance Peterson.
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CALOUNDRA Memories Get into flight mode at the Air Museum OLD aeroplanes never die - they simply live out a dignified retirement at the Queensland Air Museum at Caloundra Aerodrome. The most recent addition to the mothballed squadrons of 70 or more civil and military is an F1-11 (that’s the one whose afterburners lit up Riverfire) but a Caribou, a Fokker Friendship and a legendary Dou-
glas DC-3 are among the exhibits that can be inspected at leisure. The Air Museum is open every day except Christmas Day from 10am-4pm. Housed in two hangars, the exhibits can be viewed on one level with wheelchair access, except to “above ground level” displays. Admission is adults $12, concession $9, children $7.
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Life’s a beach at Caloundra A STRING of beautiful beaches, grassy picnic spots, an oceanfront saltwater swimming pool at Kings Beach, fishing and boating make Caloundra a great place for a holiday. The Caloundra Coastal Path is a walking pathway with fantastic views that runs from Moffat Beach, past Kings Beach to Bulcock Beach. Locals recommend a walk along the path at dawn to watch the sun rise across the Pumicestone Passage. Golden Beach is a sheltered beach with lawned picnic areas with barbecues, tables and seating, shelter sheds, toilets and bench seats for enjoying
the view. Boats and kayaks are for hire here as well. At Shelly Beach between Moffat Headland and Kings Beach a plaque remembers the wartime sinking of the hospital ship “Centaur” off Cape Moreton in 1943 with the loss of 301 lives. A short boardwalk runs from Dicky Beach to
Currimundi Lake for good fishing and a picnic lunch under the trees. Or you could try your luck from the fishing platform of the Bulcock Beach boardwalk where seating, rod holders, fish cleaning tables and a tangled line receptacle to protect wildlife has been provided for anglers.
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ON Boxing Day in 1948 a young man was fatally mauled by a 10ft (3.5m) shark at Kings Beach. Eric Keys, 28, of Ashgrove was swimming in 3 metre-deep water when he called “shark!”. Lifesavers gave the alarm and rushed into the water but the victim died almost immediately from massive blood loss. The tragic event was recorded in the Nambour Chronicle and North Coast Advertiser on December 31 whose reporter interviewed Jack Clark, the secretary of the Metropolitan Life Saving Club, who was surfing nearby. Mr Clark did not see the attack but he heard Keys call and signalled to the beach. A large shark was spotted off Kings Beach in the late afternoon; surfing was banned until 2pm the following Monday. Mr Keys had been camping at Caloundra with his wife and was due to return home the next day.
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WHEN the colony of Queensland separated from New South Wales in 1859 the stone lighthouse at Cape Moreton was the only one along the state’s 3236 miles of coastline. A temporary timber tripod with a light was erected in the Caloundra vicinity in 1893 following the wreck of the “Dicky” and replaced soon after by a weatherboard structure that lasted two years. Although the colony had little money to spare for a lighthouse it was decided to go ahead and build one on land in Canberra Terrace donated by Robert Bulcock. The Superintendent of Public Buildings, F.D.G. Stanley recommended a sturdy composite timber and iron structure with concrete foundations and galvanised iron sheeting on a frame of massive local hardwood tree trunks. Construction began in 1896, the composite tower design proving to
be quicker and cheaper to install. The frame could be prefabricated in Brisbane, the concrete foundation placed the timber framework out of the reach of white ants and the building allowed greater use of local materials and builders. Both the design and materials used were innovative, and this new type of lighthouse became the model for all successive Queensland lighthouses between 1873 and 1900. The original light was a kerosene lamp but later in 1910 an incandescent vapour (acetylene) installation was fitted. Its 5000 candlepower white light was visible to 19 nautical miles and the red light for 9 nautical miles. A lighthouse keeper’s residence was built alongside for the first keeper, Walderman Edlundh. In 1897 a post office was
opened in one of the bedrooms and the residence also the local school, although by 1910 the school had outgrown the residence and was moved to another house nearby. The post office continued until 1934. Initially the lighthouse stood alone but gradually encroaching development reduced its field of view and it was decided, reluctantly, to move the lighthouse to Golden Beach. In 1968 it was replaced by a $38,000 signal station with radar and radio equipment. Today the lighthouse is back in its original Canberra Tce position and features as a local icon. In 2010 it was entered on the Queensland Heritage Register. From the collection “Old Caloundra Lighthouse” in Sunshine Coast Regional Libraries Kawana branch.
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dent n e p e d In g in y a t S and Wheatgrass is good for you – that’s a promise
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When taken orally, wheatgrass is a potent immune stimulant which can, if taken daily, significantly improve one’s wellbeing, energy levels and help protect you against viral and other infections. But did you know that wheatgrass also has powerful healing properties? For instance it can help relieve many of the aches and pains of ageing. Being in that age group myself, I
can safely vouch for the fact! As well as healing and assisting the recovery of damaged skin as in venous ulcers, injuries, anticoagulant-caused bleeding and the like. It can also help with cramps, dry, scaly or thin skin, muscular and joint aches and pains. Simply apply a little wheatgrass over the affected area(s) once or twice a day or when required. It is important to note
that wheatgrass acts as a healing catalyst, so you don’t need to use much for it to work. So always apply it sparingly and save money! Remember, a little wheatgrass goes a long way. It is also perfectly safe, and side effects are virtually unknown. If you are keen on adding a bit of bounce to your step, having more energy and a strengthened immune system, take wheatgrass every day. You
can take the “green stuff” you see in the juice bars, or do it the easy way and take Dr Wheatgrass Supershots. Just half a teaspoonful a day – and hold it in your mouth for a couple of minutes before swallowing for maximum health benefit. Wheatgrass is good for everyone. Dr. Chris Reynolds. M.B.,B.S., Medical Director, Wheatgrass Pty. Ltd. Qld.
Kiwi Invention Reaching Aussie Seniors THE New Zealand invention which is a boon to arthritis sufferers in NZ was launched in Australia in July. It is already helping people here manage not only arthritis but diabetes, Parkinson’s, aching legs, sore feet and aiding stroke rehabilitation. It is a great circulation booster, helps relieve joint and muscle pain, strengthen leg muscles to help
support and protect joints and improve balance and mobility. Night cramps and swollen ankles are relieved. It’s useful for anyone on diuretics to help get rid of accumulated fluid. The Australian distributor, Tess Rowley, a well known author of children’s books, is excited about her new venture. She has already visited some retirement villages and is available to speak to groups and demonstrate the Aircycle. Tess can be contacted on 0412 329 450 or by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org The Aircycle keeps you moving while you watch TV, chat on the phone, or sit at your office desk. It’s simple to use and relaxing. If kept by a comfortable chair and used several times a day, results are quickly noticeable. The exercises not only work foot, knee and hip joints but also move the lower back and core muscles. By placing the Aircycle on the knee, fingers, wrists and shoulders can be exercised too. It is soothing and relaxing for arthritic fingers, OOS and carpel tunnel
problems. The Aircycle has a lifetime guarantee and is used or demonstrated by arthritis and diabetes educators, podiatrists, physiotherapists and some hospitals in NZ. It is washable and folds up to pop in your pocket to take anywhere with you. It’s great for using in the car or on long flights for boosting circulation and avoiding ankle swelling. More information and direct orders : Call 0412 329 450 or visit www.aircycle.co.nz. For mail orders see advert on page 37.
MPA Support Group MELANOMA Patients Australia (MPA) is a support group for anyone who has been diagnosed with Melanoma, their family and their friends. The Sunshine Coast Branch meets at 10 am on the 3rd Friday of each month at the Cancer Council Office, Shop 4, 54 Baden Powell St, Maroochydore. The next meeting will be held on Friday 17th October at 10.00am. For more information about our meetings or to talk to someone from our group please phone Christine on 0412 689 546.
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Carers Week - the added burden of incontinence IT’S Carers Week (October 13 – 17) - a fitting time to acknowledge the carers who have it particularly tough – the ones who care for someone with incontinence. In fact, a person becoming incontinent is often the tipping point for the carer relinquishing their care to a nursing home, particularly if combined with dementia or mobility issues. Continence Foundation of Australia chief executive Barry Cahill said incontinence had a widespread impact on the community, and particularly
on carers. He said people could order many resources from the Helpline, including the Department of Health and Ageing’s book, Help for people who care for someone with bladder of bowel problems. The Continence Foundation of Australia is the peak national organisation working to improve the quality of life of all Australians affected by incontinence. For more information, go to continence.org.au or contact the Helpline on 1800 33 00 66.
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Arthritis Qld Sunshine Coast Support Group AS we age we often find that we are missing conversations or background noise is interfering with our hearing. Are you or do you think you are having hearing difficulties. Meah Whelan, Hearing Health Promotions Officer can help – her topic – Hearing Management, Practical Advice & Tips to Maintain Good Hearing.
The Arthritis Queensland Sunshine Coast Support Group meeting will meet on Thursday 2nd October, 12.45pm- 2pm at the Maroochydore RSL Sub-Branch, RSL House, 106 Memorial Ave, Maroochydore; cost $3.00. Contact – Mary 5441 2259, 0403 339 057 or Jeanette 5443 7446.
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Sunshine Coast MS Self Help Group THE Sunshine Coast MS Self Help Group meet every 4th Saturday of the month at 2.00pm at the Suncare Day Respite Centre, George Street, Maroochydore. Further information can be obtained by phoning Maureen on 5443 2215. There is no cost and partners/carers are also welcome. Future meetings for the rest of the year will be held on the 25th October & 22nd November (Christmas Lunch). No meeting in December.
Pilates classes for the over 50’s PILATES is a gentle, low-impact exercise system that focuses on conditioning the whole body to improve balance, muscle-strength, posture and breathing. It is particularly beneficial for older people. I run classes from my home in Tewantin. There is a maximum of six people in each class so it is a comfortable size in comfortable surroundings. For more information phone Mary on 5470 2178 or Mob. 0408 919 030.
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FEELING GOOD IN October there are many fund raising and also awareness raising activities to bring breast cancer into the public eye. These much valued and needed funds will go towards cancer research and to support women as they
dent n e p e d In g in y a t S and Are you Breast Cancer aware in the month of October?
progress through their treatment for breast cancer. Although many women will throw their support behind these activities, how many will forget to look after their own breast health? Breast cancer remains the
most common cancer affecting women in Queensland and the second most common cause of cancer death. 9 out of 10 women who get breast cancer don’t have a family history of the disease and most breast cancers
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occur in women over 50. It is important for women of all ages to be breast aware. This means they should be familiar with the look and feel of their breasts. If a woman finds they have a breast lump, a watery or bloodstained
nipple discharge, or any breast changes that concern them, they should talk to their doctor as soon as possible. The other important step that all women over 40 can take to keep on top of their breast health is to participate in a regular two yearly screening program. Breast cancer screening remains the most effective way to detect breast cancer. Although screening doesn’t stop breast cancer developing, finding it early does give women the best possible chance of successful treatment and well-being. The BreastScreen
Queensland program is a crucial public health service for the women of Queensland that has detected thousands of cancers over a proud 20 year history, helping save and prolong the lives of numerous women. This is a free service to all women aged 40 years and over with women aged 50 – 74 years particularly encouraged to attend. No doctor’s referral is required. BreastScreen Queensland provides high quality breast cancer screening services from various permanent sites on the Sunshine Coast including Caloundra, Caboolture,
Gympie, Maroochydore, Nambour and Noosaville. The mobile service also visits various sites throughout the year. Convenient early morning, late afternoon and Saturday appointments are available. Appointments are one-on-one with a female health professional and BreastScreen Queensland uses the latest digital mammography technology.So get behind the Pink October activities but don’t forget to look after yourself and your breasts as well. To arrange an appointment or for more details call 13 20 50.
A Grandmother’s breath of fresh air! ALI, Brenton, and Byron were grandchildren on a mission to change their Grandma Mae’s life FOREVER! Mae, diagnosed with COPD - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease was to become potentially house bound, and loose total quality of life due to this insidious disease. 3 years later the Grandchildren had designed & given Mae their first portable oxygen device. Today the trio improve the lives of millions of oxygen therapy users like Mae with their devices. Two great Aussie blokes inspired by this story contacted the trio and won not just the respect but rights to the exclusive Inogen license in Australia/New Zealand, creating an expert respiratory division of Independent Living Specialists – Called Oxygen Solutions. Owners Peter Reid and Ian Farquharson knew the Inogen product was a catalyst to supporting respiratory issues and expanded into the hearts of their clients and wider communities, where they then coined their ‘Circle of Trust’. A Circle of Trust achieved by providing an unsurpassed service that extended past the point of sale! An absolute and
phenomenal ‘game changer’ in the lives of so many. An awe-inspiring partnership, brothers in arms so to speak, their now 60 strong staff are celebrating over 10 years! Starting purely with a respect and passion for those in need, in a garage at Ian’s home no less, these two Entrepreneurs had an extraordinary insight, vision and drive to build a business that was first, foremost and refreshingly still is ‘people/customer focused’! Coupled with their formidable customer service, trusted ability to alleviate
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A Travel Experience During our stay in Hoi An (Vietnam), we hired from the hotel a car, driver and guide for a day tour of the local tourist sites.Towards lunchtime, our guide made a phone call then turned to us and said,”It’s all arranged; you are to come to my house for lunch”. We spent a very pleasant one-and-a-half hours with his parents, brothers, sisters, wife and baby daughter while enjoying a large Vietnamese banquet. We were made most welcome and they would not accept remuneration of any kind. It was most moving to be drawn into, and accepted by, this warm and friendly family, and added another wonderful memory of our holiday in Vietnam. Mr Geoffrey Andrews
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mini bus tour from I have just travelled on Groovy Grapes e days all inclusive Adelaide along the Great Ocean Road, thre and a great driver $425 to Melbourne. A pickup service, rteen of us: three so informative, fun, and a good cook!Fou one German, two Canadians, two Dutch, one Austrian, three Aussies – Cambodians, one French, one Korean, and We climbed the all friendly, and mostly young (I’m 68). koalas, kangaroos Grampians, fed local native birds, saw y new-born lambs, (including white ones), friendly emus, man off the road (after and an echidna which our driver carried the way we walked holding it up for photos).Stopping along Apostles, watched in ancient natural forest, saw the eight London Bridge surfers in the swell and riding in, and saw catered for. A selfwith its delicate legend. All meals were meat for wraps, serve breakfast, lunch was salad and night was hot stew burgers or sandwiches. Tea on our first ies swim in the in front of a log fire, while watching Auss night was pizza in Commonwealth Games, and the second dough bread, he a pub. When the driver heard that I eat sour meal!We slept cosy went and bought me a loaf for the next nt!I can thoroughly in dormitories, and no single suppleme and am off next recommend this recharging three-day trip, then bike around month to ride the Indian Pacific and want to buy my Rottnest Island with the quokkas!Anyone rocking chair?
Death on the Nile
I became a registered nurse as a mature aged student during the years 1989-1990-1991. I worked in the operating theatres of hospitals in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. I was always fascinated during my school years of Egypt in our ancient history classes and while employed in Saudi I took holidays in Egypt. Doing a trip down the Nile on a cruise ship and seeing the Cataract Hotel featured in Agatha Christies story and later feature film of “Death on the Nile” and of course the famous pyramids of Karnak. On all my trips home from Saudi I always had a stopover in Singapore. I always found it to be one of the safest and cleanest places of my travels, with first grade hotels and services. I believe learning how to travel, what to pack and financial situations are a learning experience like most things in life. “The more you do it the better at it you become”. Cataract Hotel by Kathleen Cleary
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TRAVEL tip EVEN if you don’t intend to drive when you travel overseas you should always carry an International Driving Permit. An International Driving Permit (IDP) is a requirement for renting a motor vehicle in many countries and is helpful for tourists who find themselves in need of identification or assistance.The Permit is not a stand alone document or a substitute for a valid driving licence - you must carry your Australian state/territory licence with your IDP at all times if you wish to drive overseas. Even if you don’t intend driving when you travel overseas, carrying an International Driving Permit can be helpful as an extra form of identification. They are officially sanctioned by the United Nations and accepted worldwide (in over 150 countries) as a recognisable form of identification. A permit can be very useful if you are ever asked to surrender your passport, which can happen under certain circumstances in some countries. If you have a current Australian drivinglicence an IDP can be issued from selected RACQ branches (both RACQ members and non-members) for $39. Page 42 - Sunshine Coast Seniors - October 2014
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Freak Street revisited
FORTY years ago. Kathmandu. Exotic, neurotic. Freak St., Durbar Square, Pie Alley. The Camp Hotel. Dylan and headbands. Hash candy and ganga pie. Embroidered Afghan sheepskin jackets. Battered VW vans arriving overland from Europe. The daily DC3 coming from Patna. And, to escape, the back of a truck bound for the Indian border, 8 hours away. Then, the travellers. Real travellers, genuine pioneers. “Hippy, hippy” cried the children. “Come my place, good stuff” insinuated the older ones. “Change money, good rate” muttered the shopkeepers. Through it all, the passing parade. Kennedy’s children. A time for changing the world; changing one’s self. Self discovery amongst a movable commune, caught between Est and yoga, between Erhard and Rajneesh. A remarkable town, a remarkable time. Thankfully, the fundamentals haven’t changed. But we have. The children of a different era. A time of designer jeans and Reeboks, of more assured minds and spirits, of Empowerment seminars. White water rafting and trekking and
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Swayambhunath Temple insurance policies. A GPS phone. The pursuit of style and a global identity; taking time out from an MBA. Not so much the naïve idealism of the Peace Corps, but the orchestrated business break. The certainty of getting back to it all; a computerised reservation. Kantipath giving way to a career path. The Grateful Dead transformed into the gracious living. But the moon still rises high over the Himalayas. Nagarkot still welcomes the first rays of daylight. And the temples continue to go about their ancient business, third eye watchful as ever. Kathmandu is still what you make of it, what you want it to be.
Relive your travels in the 60s and 70s IT’S been said that if you remember the 60s then you weren’t there. But if you grew up in the 60s and 70s and were into backpacking, there is actually a whole lot to remember. We were creative and intrepid and we had virtually no money but we saw a lot of the world. Some of us went overland from London through Afghanistan to India and on to Australia. We slept on the beaches or café rooftops in Greece, or worked on a kibbutz in Israel.We came of age in the 60s and 70s; we were rebellious and restless, we hitchhiked or bought an old campervan and threw an extra pair of jeans in a backpack and just took off, usually with no real plans. We would love you to share your early travelling days with our readers. So send in your backpacking stories (limit 150 words) and photos of your early travels and relive those heady, magical days. Mail them to ‘Relive your travels’, Sunshine Coast Seniors Newspaper, PO Box 1062, Tewantin, Q 4565.
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The Stunning Heartland of New Zealand
NEW Zealand is a country filled with incredible gems that will strike awe into even the most intrepid of visitors, making it an unbelievably rewarding holiday experience. A stunning heartland of Maori Culture and history, this natural landscape is a patchwork of soaring Alps, immense glaciers and sandy beaches. Imagine waking each morning to a view over the ocean or Alps, watching the time slide away as you let the road take you wherever it leads with a 7 Day Summer Motorhome Package. If you prefer a little more structure to your holiday and the stress-free option of having all accommodation and sightseeing pre-booked in advance, then a self-drive journey is the option for you. Discover the spectacular Coromandel Peninsula on New Zealand’s North Island, with a 6 Day Coromandel Coast Self-Drive. Beginning in Auckland, this package takes you on a journey around the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula and its golden sand beaches.
For those interested in rail travel, the 14 Day Auckland to Christchurch Adventure allows you to combine self-drive and rail travel to explore New Zealand across two islands. Beginning in Auckland, board the Northern Explorer Train for the trip down to Wellington. Cross to the South Island on the Interislander Ferry, and upon arrival, board the Coastal Pacific Train for your journey through to Christchurch. Next, board the TranzAlpine Train, known as one of the most spectacular train journeys in the world. Travel through the heart of the Southern Alps and across to Greymouth on the wild West Coast. From here, pick up your rental car and make your way down to Dunedin, taking in the alpine scenery, before taking a cruise on Milford Sound. Contact your local Travellers Choice consultant on 1300 78 78 58 or visit www.travellerschoice.com.au to book your Kirra Holidays New Zealand escape today.
Ucango Travel & Cruise - ABOUT US ESTABLISHED in 2007 Ucango Travel & Cruise Centre is a 100% locally owned travel agency with branches in both Maroochydore and Pelican Waters. We pride ourselves on having real people planning good quality holidays. While our website does have some online booking functionality we prefer to speak to our clients so we can tailor travel that will suit their needs. We’re the best in the business. All our staff are well travelled and regularly sample the product we sell. Someone can search the net as much as they like for information on their next holiday, but it’ll never match the experience of a qualified travel consultant. We are part of the Travellers Choice buying group, a network of more than 150 travel agents that has been operating for over 30 years. What this means is that regardless of how much the ‘Big Boys’ spend on marketing to tell you what great deals they have, we’re right there with them. We sell any travel product including, but not limited to, Scenic Tours, AAP, AAT Kings, Evergreen, Cunard, Avalon Waterways, Cosmos, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Insight Vacations, Uniworld, Trafalgar Tours, Silversea, Tauck, Seabourn as well as all Airlines and Rail Journeys. We are about providing a full travel experience. So even if you are not planning a holiday right now, you can always check out our website and Facebook page for latest travel tips, videos, photos, news and plenty of inspiration for your bucket list. OUR CREDENTIALS • We are a Queensland Licensed Travel Agency (Nos. 3181 385) and a member of the Travel Compensation Fund • We are a Travellers Choice’s ‘Gold Agency’ and are in the top 10 of the 200-odd agencies of the group. • We were named one of 5 finalists for the Travellers Choice Brian Pateman Award for Excellence and were a highly commended finalist in the Sunshine Coast Excellence in Business Awards. Contact us on Maroochydore 5451 8600 or Pelican Waters 5437 4000
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POSTCARDS Travel for over 50s
Rail tours and excursions
THE excitement of a day out by steam train commences at Roma St as you go walk along the platform to find your carriage with a reserved seat. It is then a quick walk to the head of the train to inspect the great “Iron Horse” which is simmering away quietly waiting for the grand departure. Final boarding announcements are made, the guard blows his whistle and waves the green flag and the engine bursts into life with it’s whistle blowing to signal departure and steams out of the platform heading for the day’ destination. Like the sound of the above? The Australian Railway Historical Society (Queensland Division) is now in it’s 57th year of operating rail tours. Over 990 excursions operated by both steam and diesel hauled trains to many destinations in Queensland have been run by the Society since 1957, of course the steam hauled tours are very popular and give passengers a nostalgic tour in travel of a bygone era – travelling in style in the heritage carriages. On Saturday 25th October the Sunshine Coast Hinterland will come alive with the sounds of steam and BB 18¼ locomotive 1079 and the 1910 built heritage carriages steaming through the forests and fields. Local excursions for Sunshine Coast and Hinterland area residents will be available from Glasshouse Mountains to Mooloolah and return. Departure time from Glasshouse Mountains will be 10.55am. There will be also a shorter local trip from Landsborough to Glasshouse Mountains at 1.00pm. Bookings are necessary and tickets are now on sale at the Landsborough Museum or you can phone the tours office on 3252 1759. Looking for an escape to the north? In November we are running a 5 day daylight rail tour from Brisbane to Mareeba on the Atherton Tablelands. Heritage diesel 1620 will haul this special farewell tour to the Lander series air conditioned carriages which are being withdrawn from traffic later this year. What a great way to see Sunshine Route all the way from Brisbane to Cairns in daylight travel with overnight stops at Bundaberg, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns. And of the course the Tablelander continues up the Kuranda Range – great views of country Queensland and coastal scenery from the wide window of an air conditioned train. Not only will Santa be celebrating the arrival of Christmas - the Australian Railway Historical Qld Divn will celebrate its 1000th tour in December so join Santa aboard the Christmas Excursion on Saturday 6th December. To book or order a brochure phone our office on 3252 1759 between 10am and 3.00pm Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays. A recorded message operates at other times. Ray Edser (Tour Manager)
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BUDGET or BOUTIQUE WHERE: LONGREACH LONGREACH,, Qld WHA T : WHAT Gateway to the Outback WHY WHY:: Australian Stockmans Hall of Fame, Qantas Founders Museum, Great Outback experiences
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BUDGET EA T EAT The Woolshed restaurant – Thai from $10. SLEEP Longreach Tourist Park unpowered paddock site $26 per night or bamboo hut for two $98 per night. DO Learn about outback weather forecasting and help launch a weather balloon at the Longreach Bureau of Meterology, head to Iningai Nature Reserve for bird watching, drive to Starlight’s Lookout (4wd recommended) for legendary views.
BOUTIQUE EA T EAT Harry’s Restaurant – Local wild barramundi $30, Moet champagne $110. SLEEP Coopers on Cassowary– price on application. Modern, self-contained three bedroom cottage with private, shady garden. Centrally located only a short walk to the town centre. DO QANTAS Museum platinum package $155 per person, includes a personal guide and VIP toursof 707 and 747 jets with wing walks, access to the flight deck and restricted areas, and souvenir photograph.Sunset paddleboat river cruise with two-course dinner and show, seniors $85 per person.
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Saturday 25th October GLASSHOUSE COUNTRY FESTIVAL Steam train Glasshouse Mtns to Mooloolah or Landsborough to Glasshouse Mtns Tuesday 4th to Sunday 9th November THE TABLELANDER 5 day daylight diesel hauled rail tour Brisbane to Mareeba (this tour operates in reverse also 7-13 Nov) “Book early as seats are limited”
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A travel network created by women for women
GREAT rock icon of the 80’s Annie Lennox couldn’t have said it better when she was penning her lyrics to her legendry rock anthem “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” the mantra behind the new online business venture “Broads Abroad Travel Network” the brainchild of Australian psychologist and artist Mandy Rowe. After spending two years in the UK, then seven years in Saudi Arabia, Mandy returned with her RAAF pilot husband and two children to establish a boutique bed & breakfast on an idyllic property in rural Australia. Mandy’s free spirit and love for adventure found her captivated and intrigued by the ancient Bedouin tradition of offering unconditional hospitality to desert wanderers for a maximum of three days: her inspiration to start a network of free beds around the world. From this Broads Abroad Travel Network was born. Broads Abroad Travel Network is a femaleonly online membership-based social network listing opportunities for members to visit and/ or stay with women around the world. The Travel Network has been designed as a “sisterhood” to foster friendships between women worldwide, who are willing and able to provide free accommodation for up to 3 day for short visits on a reciprocal basis. Mandy said “We see this as a way to help meet the needs of independent minded women wishing to travel to locations where they lack sufficient friends, family or personal contacts. Through the network they will find like minded women with matching interests who can provide suitable
accommodation, time for fun or just a friendly face with bags of local knowledge when they first arrive in an unchartered location.” The Network will
considered worthy for any genuine reason will be nominated by members for a Broads Abroad travel grant.” Broads Abroad will be a revolution for solo
Sisters are Doin it for Themselves
simplify and give greater confidence to women planning national and overseas travel and accommodation arrangements in over 1,000 destinations in countries in which English is the first language including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the USA, the UK and Ireland. As the network grows we anticipate non-English speaking countries will jump on board. A proportion of the net income raised by Broads Abroad Travel Network will be used to provide short holidays for women who are in need of respite. This branch of the Network is called Broads Abroad Philanthropy. Mandy’s vision to be able to offer assistance to women in need to make their travel dreams come true is a major driver of the Broads Abroad philosophy and the opportunity it provides for helping women for whom travel of any kind is virtually an impossibility. Rowe said “We envisage that carers of sick, disabled or elderly relatives; women whose financial circumstances definitely preclude travel or women
indulges an unshared passion, or just gals who want to interact with other like-minded individuals in a semistructured setting: they will have found their spiritual home. Put simply, BATN is set to make travel more affordable and attractive to a very large number of potential end-users internationally. It will revolutionize the way women travelers, women travel. Broads whether they be businesspeople with a Abroad Travel Network launched its website few days to explore a on the 22nd July 2013. city at the end of a Website: www.broads conference, women travelling with partners abroad.net or www.faceb but wanting some “me” Facebook ook.com/ time while their BroadsAbroad significant other
Travel for over 50s
12 nights from $4,680* per person twin share - Departing 22nd March 2015 Tour Includes: • 11 night hotel accommodation • 1 night Ryokan accommodation • Breakfast daily & other meals as per itinerary • 7 day Japan Rail pass • Transport in air-conditioned vehicles • Small group touring with entrance fees • Local English-speaking guides for some day tours • Escorted by Deanne Scanlan from MTA Travel
*Conditions apply. Prices are per person (pp) twin share. Prices are correct as at 20 September 2014 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Book by 31 October 2014. Prices based on EUMC15: 5 March 2015 (Cat. E), EURC15: 5 November 2015 (Cat. E), & EUPDCLM14: 25 July 2015 (Cat.E). Prices include port charges. Offers are not combinable, available on new bookings only and subject to availability. Offers may be withdrawn at any time. A limited number of offers are available on set departures. 1st non-refundable deposit of $1,000 pp is due within 7 days. 2nd deposit of $2,000 pp is due by 31 October 2014. Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure. Flights must be booked by APT. Flights are in economy class with Singapore Airlines (or an airline of APT’s choosing). Airfares are valid departing MEL/SYD/BNE/PER/ADL. Subject to availability of airline and booking class. Deposit cancellation cover is an additional cost of $75 pp. FLY FREE: Includes air taxes to the value of $950 pp. Fly Free offer valid on a selection of cruise/tours departing in 2015. Available all year round on selected departures in suite Category E & D. Available in all other suite categories for departures in March and October to December 2015. AIR CREDIT: Cannot be redeemed for cash and not transferrable. Air credits are only available on set airlines and booking classes. †Complimentary beverages exclude French Champagne, premium spirits and selected wines. #Selected suites only. ^Selected tours only. Australian Pacific Touring Pty Ltd ABN 44 004 684 619. ATAS Accreditation #A10825. APT1162
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What’s new with airlines out of Brisbane?
DID you know that effective 26 October 2014 Virgin will be flying daily to Los Angeles? Effective June 2015 Etihad will fly their new Dreamliner daily to Abu Dhabi with connections to Europe and Africa. Premium economy - What Is It? Premium economy seating is usually maintained in a separate cabin on international flights. While not on par with business class, you will get slightly more comfort, like more legroom, wider seats, further recline and larger seat-back monitors. Upgraded services, like access to power outlets, better food and drink options and occasionally wireless access, round out the improvements over standard economy. In general you can expect 5 to 7 inches of additional legroom, seats 1 to 2 inches wider and an additional 2 to 3 inches of seat recline. Three seats or a couch? Check out Air New Zealand’s new Skycouch. Whether you’re a couple who’d like a bit of extra room or a parent with a young, you’ll find the Skycouch as the ideal solution. Try it out on the Auckland/Los Angeles/ Auckland long-haul sectors for approximately $700 per couple. There
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the Skycouch different to other Economy seats is the way the trio of
seats transform. With a touch of a button, a footrest will come out from under each of the three seats which you can pull up to create a flat, flexible space for you to use. By booking this three-wide seat space, you really can get the most from your long-haul flying experience. The Economy Skycouch is available on Air NZ 777-300 long-haul services. Contact Suncity Travel when next you travel – 5491 8311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for Premium Economy fares or mixed class fares information.
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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . THE MEETING PLACE
Women Seeking Men
Women Seeking Men
SC Lady, widow, petite blonde, active, FS, NS, SD, SOH. Interests are sailing, camping, squash and bird observer. Would like male companion over 65, FS and NS to share interests. Ref No: 2121 Divorced Lady, NS, ND, NG, varied interests including reading, music, dance, WLTM sincere gentleman 58-68 for friendship /outings. Must have GSOH. Ref No: 2122 Lonesome Caloundra In her 70’s would like to meet a gentleman in 70’s. Walking on the beach, going for drives or a cup of coffee. Ref No: 2125 An intuitive lady educated and well-read seeks a similar man 70’s healthy, NS SD FS. She lives southern Hinterland, gardens, reads, enjoys good films, but needs her brain oiled and kept in working order with some lively conversation. Ref No: 2126 Kings Beach Happy, Caring, Honest , well presented 64yr young widow, NS, GSOH, SD, WLTM kind respectable gentleman who enjoys the simple things in life. Love to meet over coffee. Ref: 2127 Lady near Maroochydore WLTM a genuine happy chap, likes live music, not shy to get on the dance floor, dine out, a little travel, can dress up or down for occasions. I am NS, SD, GSOH, DTE. Contact if you can share some interests, we may connect for the happy times. Ref: 2128 Birtinya Lady They say for every body there is a special someone. I am 69 and am yet to find someone who will be courteous, kind, NS, GSOH, affectionate, hold good conversation. If this is you why not contact me? Ref: 2129 Are you aged between 70-78 and have a GSOH, active, honest, sincere. I am seeking a friend/companion to share walks, chats, movies, dining out, dancing, travel, camping, watching sports. I am a fit, active DTE 72 yr old looking to enjoy life and laughs. Share exps. Ref: 2130 Sunshine Coast Lady would like to meet an active caring gentleman 70 -80 to share pleasant times. I am 73 well
presented friendly and enjoy the beach walking, driving, dancing weekends away and much more. Ref: 2133 Buderim Merry Widow Am aged 70 and wish to meet a genuine Mr. Nice Guy for happy fun times. I enjoy most activitiees and entertainment, have travelled overseas and hope to see more of Australia. Am self funded, NS, SD and a good sort. Someone to share and laugh with would be the go. Ref: 2134
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Tuesday Night 2 for $25 (Members) Wednesday Night Roast Night with all the Trimmings Thursday Night Rump & Ribs (Members) with a glass of House Wine $18 Sunday Night Winter Warmer - Curry Night
MONDAY & TUESDAY 12-2pm Purchase any $12 Meal from our 5 Specials “OLD TIME CHOOK RAFFLE” Mondays & Tuesdays for Seniors Bingo on Tuesday - Eyes down at 9.15am The Maroochy Surf Club has just installed a brilliant new till system that allows all members to receive great discounts on all purchases throughout the pub
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Bingo on Tuesday Mornings with Courtesy Bus pick up (must be booked)
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Information for Members & Bonafide Visitors
How to Reply Place your reply in a sealed STAMPED envelope (please don’t write on this envelope). Enclose this envelope inside another envelope and write the reference number advertisement you wish to respond to and post it to “Seniors Meeting Place”, P.O. Box 1062, Tewantin. Qld 4565. We will then forward your message on to the person who placed the advertisement. To place a FREE ad Send your free advertisement (up to 40 words) with your name, address and phone number to “Seniors Meeting Place”, P.O. Box 1062, Tewantin. Qld 4565. (No names, addresses or phone numbers are printed in the advertisements, only a reference number). Abbreviations: NS non smoker, SD social drinker, WLTM would love to meet, GSOH good sense of humour, VTPR view to permanent relationship, FS financially secure. Meeting Place Abbreviations: DTE down to earth, FS financially secure, NS non smoker, ND non drinker, NG non gambler, SD social drinker, SOH sense of humour, GSOH good sense of humour, VGSOH very good sense of humour, Affect – affectionate, Hon – honest, Med – medium.
Men seeking Women
73 active Gent looking for a Lady 70, slim, active, caring love and cuddles to be a friend and companion. Ref No: 2123 WLTM tall slim, NS, SD, 60’s Lady who lives in the Noosa area. She will like travel, music and outdoor activities and just sharing fun and quiet times. Ref No 2124 Sunshine Coast Gent A healthy positive gentleman youngish 74 yr old, seeking a younger passionate girl with zest for life, who loves music, travel, outdoors, and having fun. VTPR. Ref: 2131 VeryActive Slim, fit, NS NG SD FS, caring honest, VGSOH well presented gent who likes kayaking, cycling, camping, have an offroad van and overseas travel. WLTM honest, active, slim well presented lady in her sixties to share life together. Ref: 2132
A Carnival of Music THE next “Morning Melodies” concert will be on Thursday 2nd October. It will highlight the season of Spring. With a ‘Spring Carnival’ theme the Buderim Male Choir has selected some very popular songs, including, ‘Oh What A Beautiful Morning’; ‘Younger Than Springtime’; We Still Call Australia Home’; ‘You Raise Me Up’ and many others. This Variety Concert will also feature popular Soloist, Kay Ebenezer, a regular with Queensland Opera. A special event at this concert will be the introduction of a rising star to Buderim audiences. Mattahn McNair is a young classical guitarist who has already thrilled audiences at events across the Sunshine Coast. The “Morning Melodies” concerts continue to be very popular. Held in the Buderim Memorial Hall, the audience is welcomed with a free morning tea from 10 am. Entry is only $10 available at the door. A group reservation may be made by contacting Rod 5456 4473.
‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Qld Pops Orchestra returns to Sunshine Coast FOLLOWING their acclaimed return to Caloundra in early 2014 the Queensland Pops Orchestra will again return to Caloundra with its most popular concert theme from the last 30 years on Sunday 12th October 2014. As the culmination of the year of celebration for the 30th Anniversary the Pops will bring “Best of British” to The Event Centre Caloundra. Featuring Aria chart toping artist Mark Vincent and highly renowned Brisbane artist Lisa Lockland-Bell this concert will bring some of the music that has made the “Last Night of the Proms” a must attend event.
In the Pops ongoing commitment to “Integrated Learning” local musician Nick Russell (runner-up in the Caloundra Events Centre Youth Scholarship for Performing Arts in 2014) will perform with the orchestra in this concert series. Currently studying at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music Nick will join the violin section. Featuring music from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales there will be Irish dancers, a massed choir from Mansfield State High School and QPACChoir as well as the QPAC Organ and sixty member orchestra this will be an event not to miss.
Conductor and Director of the Pops Orchestra Patrick Pickett is committed to expand the orchestras performances to regional centres and has this year toured the orchestra to the Gold Coast, Caloundra, Maleny, Gladstone, Yeppoon and Rockhampton. Patrick says “we are focused on entertainment, music people know and importantly music they are connected to.” The concert will include traditional “Proms” music like “Land of Hope and Glory” and “Rule Britan-
nia” and the dynamic and fun “Sea Shanties”. For the first time we will include Welsh Male choral singing alongside the dynamic Irish dancers. This performance will also be the final performance of Julie-Anne O’Reilly who has been the Concertmaster for more than 25 years. A local Buderim resident Julie-Anne has provided outstanding musicianship and leadership and has been a major contributor to the artistic output of the orchestra.
Last P.S.A. for 2014 OCTOBER 5th is the last Pleasant Sunday Afternoon (PSA) concert for the year, and also the last one for Bev and Aart.It promises to be a good one with Instrumentalists (Leith and Jarvis Miller boys on violin and cello), Neil Booth on the grand piano and Ken Kelly on keyboard), Singers (Dani Heraud, Bev Gourlay and Aart Schouten), a Singing group without Instrumentalists (the Cadenza group singing “a cappella” style), a Singer accompanying himself on guitar (namely Alan Winter), a couple of quartets (one “Barbershop” variety and another singing about “Christmas shopping Blues”), and duets by Bev and Aart. Back by popular demand are another couple of young dancers from En Pointe Dance group, and a unique reciter (namely
Marilyn Davies).Familiar, popular songs will be sung eg Lullaby of Broadway, Moonriver, It Might As Well Be Spring and By The Light Of the Silv’ry Moon. These afternoons are always a lot of fun, and wonderful entertainment for $9 (payable at the door), and this includes afternoon tea. Friends and Members of the Caloundra Chorale only pay $5. So, as usual, there will be an excellent group of local artists sharing their talents and personalities with their community. The PSA concert will resume in 2015, starting in May and again finishing in October Check out the website www.caloundrachorale.com.au Enquiries to Bev Gourlay (Schouten) 5444 8675
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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . The Ten Sopranos – a must see
POSSIBLY the most powerful all-female group in Australia are coming to Caloundra this October…They are 90 percent flawless and 100 percent awesome. With meticulous detail spent on every note sung and more than 250 concerts in over 80 theatres, The Ten Sopranos is an event once seen, never forgotten. The Ten Sopranos’ debut CD and DVD release included “Oh Danny Boy” which reached #3 in the US, #5 in the UK and #1 on Australian Classical ITunes charts. Musical highlights include Broadway and Neapolitan Medleys, Tributes to Peter Allen and John Denver, Nessun
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Dorma, Summertime, The Prayer, Amigos Parra Siempre, La Donne Mobile and much, much more! “The Ten Sopranos are The Real Deal”…..Griffith Regional Theatre. “The finest show ever to come to Port Macquarie”…The Pictorial. “If you only see one show this year, this has to be it”. The Advertiser. A Vocal Revolution…Giant Music Group. At The Events Centre, Caloundra on Saturday 4th October 2014 at 7.30pm Show Tickets: Full Price: $54.00 / Concession & Groups 10+: $49.00 Bookings: Call 5491 4240 or visit www.theeventscentre.com.au
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Noosa Community Radio History Project
NOOSA101.3FM, Noosa Community Radio, is creative, diverse, fun and passionate: dedicated to connecting and inspiring people through music, information and entertainment. Our mission is to broadcast the music and viewpoints that others don’t, won’t or can’t. To promote and support local talent, community activities and participation through the medium of radio. Noosa Community Radio started broadcasting in 1995 – 20 years ago next year – and in preparation for this anniversary two long time members, Andrew Tucker and Brian Panisset, have been compiling the history of these years. They have tracked down and interviewed many members and are now looking for anyone who wishes to add to the history: old members or the general public. Andrew and Brian want to include: The history of the years and the struggles.
The decisions made and, importantly the debates and reasons behind the decisions. The great people (and the not so great!). The achievements of people who simply helped but did not get thanked. The great wins…and some that got away to be tried again at another time. The pitfalls we found, the pitfalls that other stations found –and we avoided! The anecdotes of crazy, funny, terrible, or amazing things that happened. The lives enriched, empowered, helped, changed. If you have something you would like to see in the Noosa Community Radio History then please write it down and send it via email with the subject heading ‘Andrew Tucker – The History Project’ to Reception@noosacommunityradio.org Or drop it into the station, beside The J, in Noosa Junction.
Another Year, Another Major Update ON the 18th September the latest update to Apple iPads® and iPhones® was released. The update is called iOS8, the 8th version of
software that runs iPads and iPhones. Thankfully, when you first upgrade you may not see many changes, keeping it very familiar with
last years version however with a little digging you can find some fantastic new features that will benefit a lot of seniors.
One of the best new features is an extension of making the text bigger added to last years’ software. Now the iPad can not only enlarge the text but scales all the menus with Apps like Mail making everything easier to read and touch. Safari, the App used to browse the internet, has been simplified and the Photo App, well there is not enough room here to write about how many great changes they have made to edit your photos. Apple also added a new “Tips” App which provides animated instructions to help you learn the new features they added to this update. Each week Apple adds a new animated tip so you can continue to improve your skills. And of course the iPad and iPhone are very secure and still don’t get viruses like the Windows PCs. I would recommend updating your iPad and iPhone to this latest software at your earliest convenience! If you have any questions about the new update contact the author Colin Dunkerley of iPad Lesssons for Seniors email@example.com
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Straight Clues ACROSS 6 Hill climber 9 Consumes 10 Took to the air 11 Amuse 12 Cutting 13 Horse stables 15 Lift with effort 17 Former singing group 18 A cocktail 19 Depend 20 Diminutive suffix 22 Revoke an order
DOWN 1 Type of dog 2 Greek letter 3 Call on 4 Jeer at speech 5 Stop 7 Efts 8 State as cause 13 Copies 14 Shelled fruit 15 Women’s quarters 16 As a cat 17 Aids 21 Attempt
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Rhonda Burchmore - Up close and personal
RHONDA Burchmore will perform as part of The Events Centre’s 2014 star studded Sunshine Melodies line-up with her ‘Up Close and Personal’ per-
formance on Wednesday 15th October. Acclaimed by the Sydney Morning Herald as “totally embraceable” and “larger than life”,
Cryptic Clues ACROSS 6 Unite or mean to change a noted climber 9 Consumes the pea, best pieces last 10 Smoke passage in chimney heard as passed quickly by 11 Amuse as player does with ivories 12 Shell of pastry sharp to the taste 13 Setter with directions for sets of stables 15 The male with feet to lift heavily 17 Former singing group from left or right 18 Drink on a famous beach in US 19 Put trust in a learner leaving, really! 20 Suffragette’s finishing part is shortening suffix 22 Call back order from shop table fellow first delivered
DOWN 1 Some miner has no right to a dog 2 Letter in the talk of Greece 3 Call on six to take a seat 4 Partly check lewd speech to harass a speaker 5 One right with the others put in custody 7 Salamanders strewn around without right 8 Characteristic of a token testimonial 13 Little girl catches both ends for copies 14 Shade of brown, edible hard-shelled fruit 15 Run fast before male in women’s part of Moslem palace 16 Feel in replacement of cats 17 Helps commit crime as wager retained 21 Even parts of stormy rugby score
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Rhonda has been regarded as one of the major stars of Australian Theatre for the past three decades. She began her professional acting career in 1982 when she was cast in the original role as Kate in The Pirate Movie. As her career progressed, she worked alongside internationals such as Mickey Rooney, Anne Miller, Broadway performer Eddy Bracken and Anthony Newley in Stop
the World I want To Get Off. She also performed with Australian star of stage and screen, Gary McDonald. In her own cabaret spectacular Red Hot & Rhonda, she played to over 60,000 people, and was a regular guest on Darryl Sommer’s Hey Hey It’s Saturday. She has also performed in many best-loved Musicals, including Mame, Annie Get Your Gun,
Guys & Dolls and Mamma Mia, and has even ventured into the classics, performing in Iolanthewith the Victorian Opera. At The Events Centre, Caloundra on Wednesday 15th October 2014 from 11.00am. Show *Complimentary morning Tea at 10.00am*. Tickets: Full Price: $17.00, Group 10+: $15.50. For bookings call 5491 4240 or visit www.theeventscentre. com.au
“Top Hats and Tiaras” Dance EXPERIENCE a fantastic night of entertainment, as the Sunshine Coast Concert Band presents the “Top Hats and Tiaras” dance at the Kawana Community Hall, Nanyima St. Buddina on Saturday the 11th of October, 7:30pm. Get the group together and make a night of it! Be part of the excitement as under the baton of Music Director Ken Chadwick, the Sunshine Coast Concert Band plays plenty of Quicksteps, Waltzes and Foxtrots, along with favourites such as Gypsy Tap, the Merilyn, Pride of Erin, and of course plenty of rock ‘n roll.
Dress to fit the theme and dance the night away or sit back and enjoy an enchanting evening of live entertainment. Bookings essential. Tables can seat groups up to 12 people, or book individually at $15 per person. Call Helen Winter on 07 5477 1037 or email@example.com book. BYO drinks and nibbles. At this price it is an evening not to be missed. Come along and enjoy an evening with Ken Chadwick and his 40piece band. Find us on Facebook and check out the band’s website www.sccb.org.au
Would you know what to do in a medical emergency? IF someone was injured, had a heart attack or suffered an allergic reaction in your presence, would you know what to do? How would you react? Do you know the first steps of first aid? People are often hesitant to get involved in an emergency situation not so much because they don’t want to help but they’re worried they won’t know what to do. Emergencies can happen anywhere — at home, on the street, in the pool or at the supermarket. So what should you do? To gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to successfully react and possibly save a life you need to complete a first aid course. An Allability Training course in first aid, providing nationally recognised training, will have you feeling confident to assist should there ever be an emergency. Allability is owned by Sunshine Butterflies Inc
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Jazz at its best THE Sunshine Coast Jazz Club Inc will present a one off show, Braben/Jenner Hot Five. All are top professonal musicians. Their love of the Great Masters has bought them all together for Saturday evening on October 4th 2014. The show starts at 7.30pm 10.30pm at the Currimundi Hotel Motel Function Room, 32 Buderim Street, Currimundi. Featuring Andy Jenner - Soprano Sax & Reeds, John Braben Trumpet, Wally Furst – Banjo & Guitar, Peter Freeman D/BAss, Jo Bloomfield – Piano. Early 20 Century America - The Ragtime Music of Scott Joplin, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Mortan, Louis Armstrong (Satchmo), Sidney Bechet, Johnny Dodds, King Oliver, to Bix Beiderbeck and other classic jazz greats. Played with plenty of passion, skill and respect for the Originals. Book early – A once in a lifetime. Doors open 5pm & meals to 8pm. All bookings to Jennie 5476 7154. Members $20, Seniors,U3A, $22.50, Public $25. Make up a table or 2. Info phone Ted 5491 6017. No tables on the dance floor. Please Pay Cash at Door. Our proud sponsors 104.9 Sunshine FM, Sunshine Coast Daily, The Weeklys, and The Seniors.
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True wartime stories brought to life
IF you enjoy wartime adventures, make sure you see Michael Veitch’s moving play Flak for two performances only at Sunshine Coast Council’s Nambour Civic Centre on Wednesday, October 29 at 10.30am and 7.30pm. The performance is based on two best-selling books, Flak and Fly, written by well-known writer and performer Michael Veitch. Michael made his name as part of the ABC’s cult hit The D Generation, followed by Fast For-
ward, Full Frontal and is now a presenter on ABC radio. He also has an academic background in history, and has had a lifelong obsession with the aircraft of the Second World War. This obsession led Michael to conclude that every single person who flew in a WWII aircraft had at least one extraordinary story to tell. This is their story. This performance is the retelling of those stories, complete with voices and
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characters, as Michael takes on the roles of former airmen recounting their extraordinary true and largely untold stories of combat in the air war of 1939 to 1945. Projected images and sound enhance the storytelling and atmosphere of the play. Michael Veitch interviewed more than fifty airmen, almost all of whom had never revealed their wartime adventures to anyone, including, in some cases, their own families. And the stories they told are truly amazing. Tickets are $32 for adults, $28 for concessions, groups and fulltime students, $26 for SCvip members, $25 for Veteran Affairs cardholders and $15 each for school groups. To book please call the Nambour Civic Centre on
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5475 7755 or visit www. scvenuesandevents.com.au The Nambour Civic Centre is located on the upper level of the Centenary Square complex, located at 52 – 64 Currie Street, Nambour. Parking is available via Mill Street across from the new Coles Supermarket. Review: “This is a play for anyone who loves great stories and storytellers, these moving tales will stay with you long after the show is over...” Dr Mark Williams RMIT University.
String quartet to perform at Caloundra MUSIC lovers are invited to An Afternoon Affair With Strings, a classical music concert to be held in Caloundra on Sunday, 19 October. The fundraising event for Buddies Refugee Support Group will feature the talented Laurinum Quartet, which consists of Glen Murray and Anna McPherson on violin, Eddie Whiting on viola and Alex McPherson on cello. The diverse program of music is designed to enchant and delight and will include pieces by Mozart, Arriaga, Turina and Grieg. Tickets are just $20 for adults and $15 for pensioners and afternoon tea is included. Students can attend the concert for free, although a gold coin donation is appreciated. The concert will be held at the Caloundra Uniting Church, 56 Queen St, from 2pm on 19 October. Tickets are available at the door or by phoning 5476 8910 or 544 7181. Proceeds from the concert will assist the work of the Sunshine Coast’s Buddies Refugee Support Group, which advocates for the fair and just treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.
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