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Jumpers and hot jazz heat up Warwick’s winter arts festival By JIM BOWDEN

Award-winning tree jumper artist Margaret Armstrong of Warwick who won the open artistic division in 2014 with this entry

‘Tuning up’ her knitting needles . . . Edna Westman in her home at Allora prepares Merino wool fabrics for the Warwick Jumpers and Jazz Festival

Award-winning Warwick textile artist Sue Marshman was instrumental in the development of the yarn-bombing project at the Jumpers and Jazz Festival

“NOW, Jim, you know it’s not polite to ask a woman her age.” That was the goodhumoured response from Edna Westman of Allora, who will be spinning wool – and yarns – at what many describe as Queensland’s quirkiest event .. the Jumpers and Jazz Festival in Warwick from July 16 to 26. We pressed on: “It’s the Seniors Newspaper, and we’re looking for people who have stories about the festival and what they do there.” “Seniors? Do I qualify? I’m still under 90,” Edna shot back. In fact, this sprightly daughter of the soil, former grazier’s wife, bush post office manager and World War 2 nurse turns the big Nine-0 in November. “Don’t let that worry you,” she said. “I’ll be knitting in the ‘Yangan Shop’ in Warwick’s main street during the festival, driving there each day in my car. I might have to use a walker now, but it’s a different story when I get behind the wheel.” Edna is one of the multi-generation artists and performers who make the festival special, some aged as young as eight, others in their mid-90s.

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community news Jumpers and hot jazz heat up Warwick’s winter arts festival Continued from Page 1 The festival – also known as Warwick’s ‘Yarn Bombing’ Festival – is a platform for the arts as the community celebrates all that is wonderful about winter, inspired by vibrant music and artistic talent. The witty art form of yarn bombing was thought to have started in the US 10 years ago with knitters finding a creative way to use leftover yarn and unfinished projects. “It is a form of graffiti without socio-political commentary or advertising,” said Tracy Vellacott, CEO of Warwick Tourism and Events. “The first festival was in 2004. Since then its growth and appeal have been remarkable. The number of trees ‘wrapped in art’ has more than doubled.” For many local schools and community groups entering a tree jumper is a major project for the year. “We receive entries from textile artists all over Australia. Every year a beautifully knitted entry arrives from Lincolnshire in England, so how good is

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that?” Tracy said. The jazz program brings together musicians performing Dixieland, swing and mainstream jazz and an abundance of free entertainment with a Stroll-n-Swing on the Saturday and a Picnic in the Park on the Sunday. When we visited Edna at her Allora home on the Darling Downs, 25 km from Warwick, she was ‘tuning up’ her knitting needles for the festival. Samples of her craft filled her front room. She’s been knitting and weaving for more than 50 years and one of her favourites is a knitted white-wool king-size bed spread. “I had to spread it out on the floor to finish off the crochet work around the edges,” Edna said. “The alpaca and cashmere fibres are nice, but give me pure Merino wool anytime,” said the sheep farmer’s daughter. Tell me about Allora, a town I haven’t visited since I covered the annual show there for Queensland Country Life in 1958, I asked Edna. “I guess it all started at Mungallala on

a property in western Queensland taken up by my father when he came to Queensland from Victoria in 1908. I grew up there with my sister and five brothers,” she said. “We cleared out the dingoes and ran Merinos, but later turned to cattle. Members of the family still own the block.” Edna joined the Australian Army Medical Service training as a nurse in 1939 working at army hospitals during World War 2, including a stint at the Greenslopes Hospital in Brisbane where she helped nurse wounded soldiers returning from Singapore. “It was heart-breaking work, tending to those broken men,” she said. One of her brothers was killed during the fall of Singapore in 1942. Edna volunteered for war nursing service overseas, but at 18 was told she was too young. After the war, she took

up positions as a post office worker in many western Queensland towns and it was at one of these that she met her husband, Jim, who had returned from war service in New Guinea. “We moved around a bit and finished up in Roma because our two boys who worked on the oil rigs had married Roma girls. I was invited to be help with the cooking at Roma hospital over a long weekend – but stayed on for 14 years!” Edna lost Jim about 20 years ago and when her brother took ill at Allora she moved to the town to care for him. “All my brothers have passed on, but my older sister lives comfortably in a home for the aged,” she said. A dislocated disc and the loss of movement in the third finger on each hand have not prevented Edna from knitting, driving her car and visiting the Warwick RSL Club almost daily for lunch and a chance

to play the pokies and deal 2-card stud poker with her mates. The secret to her active longevity? “Genetics, for sure, but you must keep the mind active,” Edna said. She’s a historian, too, and can recall a lot of Queensland’s political and agricultural past. “You know, my husband’s great uncle was Ned Kelly – it’s a well-known fact,” Edna said. “Jim, who was descended from IrishSwede stock, insisted Ned was greatly misjudged. “If a policeman tries to bed your wife, it can get the Irish dander up.” Seniors Newspaper intends to catch up with Edna and a lot of other seniors at the Warwick festival in July. Details on the Jumpers and Jazz Festival are available from Tracy Vellacott, Warwick Tourism & Events on (07) 4661 9073 or visit www.jumpers

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community news NSA Garden City

GARDEN City members and guests enjoyed a fun morning while they raised money for their annual Big Cuppa for Cancer on May 18th. Scott Tweedie provided musical interludes, Drayton Bowls Club members served a delicious morning tea and there was a well-stocked Bring and Buy Stall and multiple raffles. The theme of the day, ‘A Day at the Races’ was popular judging by the number who came dressed for the occasion. Winners in the ‘Fashions on the Field’ were Lorna McGarry and Mavis Loring for the ladies and Adrian Reimers and John Geddes for the gents. The ‘bookies’ on the door did not take bets but collected the entrance fee, half of which will be combined with the other takings from the day and donated to the Cancer Council. Guest speaker, Mark Munro of the Toowoomba Hospice, gave an interesting address on the workings and financing of the Hospice. Our branch was pleased to make a donation of $2,000 from funds to support the continued operation of the Hospice. The fun event of the day was the running of The Big Cuppa Cup with jockeys on hobby horses performing to the race call of Spike Jones. Predictably the winner was Beetle Bomb ridden by Len Penrose. Next meeting of Garden City National Seniors will be on Monday June 15th at Drayton Bowls Cub commencing with morning tea at 9.30am, cost $7. Guest speaker will be Patrick Pickett, Director/Conductor of the Queensland Pops Orchestra whose subject is ‘Marching to the Beat of a Different Drum’. The orchestra will be performing at Toowoomba’s Empire Theatre on October 11th. Because of its

closeness to the shortest day of the year our next bus trip, on Tuesday June 23rd will be to the nearby Peacehaven Gardens at

Highfields for a hot morning tea and then on to the Hampton Motor Museum before lunch at Cabarlah’s Farmers Arms

Hotel. All inclusive cost for the day $50. For more information about Garden City National Seniors contact Hazel on 4635 4519.

Fashions on the Field entrants, Lorna McGarry, Honor Stevens and Margie Dowe parade

Vietnam Veterans’ children receive education funding

FIFTY-SIX students from across Australia (20 of them Queenslanders) have been selected to receive funding under the Long Tan Bursary scheme to help meet the cost of their tertiary education. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, congratulated recipients. ‘I am honoured to award these

young men and women, the sons and daughters of our Vietnam veterans, a Long Tan Bursary,’ he said. ‘The sacrifices their parents made during the Vietnam War should never be forgotten or underestimated. Supporting the children of our Vietnam veterans to gain a tertiary education is just one of the ways the Australian

Government can continue to honour their service.’ Each student will receive financial assistance worth up to $9,000 over three years. Applications for each academic year open on Vietnam Veterans’ Day, 18 August, and close on 31 October. The Long Tan Bursary scheme is administered by the Australian Veterans’ Children Assis-

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THE free shuttle bus in Toowoomba’s CBD has been opened up to the

community news Free shuttle bus for the community general community, following a three-month trial. The Regional

Council’s environment two new stops near the and Community Commit- Post Office in Margaret tee also endorsed adding Street and the rooftop travelator at Grand Central Shopping Centre. During the first three months of operations nearly 600 trips were taken by patrons on the service with feedback being used to determine the new route, extra stops and the recommendation to extend the service to the general public. The city’s aged and disabled patrons would still get preference at pick-ups, but general feedback from CBD workers is that they would like to access the service to the library during their lunchbreaks. Environmental Health and Parks and Recreation portfolio leader Cr Sue Englart said that allowing broader patronage would not only maximise the usage of the service, but also promote better access to the CBD for a whole range of people. ‘We want more people to interact with the CBD and change their perception of what the area holds in terms of entertainment,’ she said.

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Trivia ‘By opening up the service we are taking a longer term view to accessing the CBD. I am sure visitors to the city from our regional areas would also take advantage of an expanded service to help them find their way around. ‘Patronage was always the key to the service,’ Cr Englart said. ‘It will now continue through to the opening of the new library in February next year and its future will then be reviewed again.’ The two new stops have been added based on patron feedback and will help accessibility issues for elderly and disabled residents. Cr Englart said the service was still a ‘toe in the water’ when it came to subsidised transport services through Council. ‘If this prove popular, we may look at introducing other loops and services,’ she said. ‘Sustainable transport is a big issue for the future of the city as it grows. Council is very aware that public transport needs to be improved and creating a stress-free, low-cost way to access the CBD is beneficial to everyone.’

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community news Darling Downs National Seniors hold successful conference in Dalby

PRESIDENT of National Seniors Australia Dalby Branch, Alan Henschell, welcomed representatives from other Darling Downs branches to the annual 109 Zone Conference hosted by Dalby on Wednesday May 20th. He then introduced well known Dalby retired businessman Jim Buckley who opened the conference. Zone chair, Hazel Gillies, called for branch reports which were delivered by Warwick, Chinchilla, Toowoomba, Garden City, Lockyer Valley, Highfields and

L-R: Neville Fry (Toowoomba) Carmel McQueen (Warwick) Hazel Gillies (Garden City) Betty Atkin (Chinchilla) Alan Henschell (Dalby) Neville Kilah (Lockyer Valley) Maurice Josey (Highfields)

Federal Budget: More choices for older Australians

THE 2015 Budget is changing aged care in Australia to reduce regulation and allow home care funding to follow the individual to provide greater choice over their future. $73.7 million over four years has been allocated to improve the way home care services are delivered to older Australians, enabling people to have more control over choices that impact their lives. Government funding will allow the $7.5 billion provided over four years for home care packages to be used by older Australians to pay for the services they need to remain in their own home for longer. In 2013-14 more than 80,000 Australians received a Home Care Package, and almost 776,000 received Home and Community Care Services. The new funding will open up competition in the home care sector with an opportunity for enhanced quality, innovation and

service delivery. From 1 February 2017, older Australians receiving Home Care Packages each year will have control over their funds and will be able to direct them to the providers of their choice. Currently, funding for Home Care Packages goes directly to the service provider and the individual has to find a service with an available package. The Government also intends to establish a single integrated care at home program, combining the Commonwealth Home Support Program and Home Care Packages from July 2018.

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Dalby Branches. An apology was received from Roma Branch. The Zone Chair gave a comprehensive summary covering all zone activities and finances. Guest speaker Kieron Chiverton, the founder of Ozcon Industries a service company to the coal and gas industry, gave an inspiring account of developing a business in a highly competitive and often unpredictable environment. National Branch and Zone Relationship Manager, Mark Furness, brought

us up to date on budget changes affecting seniors and urged us to be more active in letting local members know our concerns about issues such as the proposed 0.05% levy on Bank deposits. Mark then took questions from the sixty attendees and facilitated discussion about the activities of National Seniors Australia. Hazel Gillies President of Garden City Branch was re-elected Zone Chair and Dawn Wagland secretary of Toowoomba Branch elected secretary

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Planning for your future – Taking care of Seniors THERE can be a considerable difference between a Solicitor who will take the time to really get to know your situation and one who might simply offer you a “standard” Will. In planning for how your estate will be dealt with when you die there are many variables to consider including some that can be easily overlooked if your situation is not carefully considered. A comprehensive estate planning process begins by carefully assessing your own circumstances to make sure your affairs are managed properly. Spending a little more time to incorporate your wishes into your Will is well worth the effort. Once your wishes are recorded you can relax safe in the knowledge that your affairs will be properly managed when the time comes. Avoiding disputes or any misunderstanding will ensure, where possible, that disappointed beneficiaries and others affected by your Will do not

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Toowoomba Hospital to open Endoscopy Unit THE Toowoomba Hospital Endoscopy Unit Expansion was opened on May 15th by the current Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, the Hon. Cameron Dick. Mr Watts, Member for Toowoomba North today stated that it is fantastic to have the Minister visit this city to open such a significant facility for the Toowoomba Hospital. “The expansion of the endoscopy unit will deliver greater services to the broader community thus ensuring the delivery of better health services for those in need.

“These substantial improvements are as a result of the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service Board’s diligent efforts to manage our health services on a sensible and sustainable basis.” Mr Watts said. “I am very proud of the substantial improvements that have been achieved at the Toowoomba Base Hospital under the former LNP government and I trust that under the direction of the DDHHS that the Toowoomba Hospital will continue to benefit and deliver greater outcomes for the community.

community news Warwick Combine Probus Club WHEN members of the Warwick Combined Probus Club arrived at the gates of the RAAF Aviation Heritage Centre at Amberley, we were greeted by an officer who checked our photo identification against the list we had previously provided. He then guided us to the complex of hangars which house the collection of aircraft and equipment which is maintained by a group of volunteers. For two hours we roamed free between the displays with volunteers on hand to provide information and answer questions. The displays include a Sabre Jet which still bore the scars of an encounter with a power line near Beaudesert, a Canberra bomber, A Mirage fighter, and a Caribou freighter. The helicopter display featured a Huey which was in service during the Vietnam conflict. Another hangar housed a Blierot, similar to the first plane to fly the English

Marburg weekly dances MARBURG Show Society run a weekly dance in the Show Hall at Marburg. The next one is on Sat 6th June at 7.30pm. It has an OT/NV programme, and while all ages attend, it is mostly patronized by middle to mature aged people. The band, White Heather, will be there on the 6th June. A variety of bands are used for other nights. There will be a great supper on these nights with the best of country cooking and hospitality. A raffle and dance with a lucky spot are always on the programme. Marburg, on the Warrego Highway, is ½ hour from Oxley and 3/4 hour from Toowoomba. Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for High school students.

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fought. The gunner sat alone astride a hard bicycle seat for several hours during each sortie. The F111c which was recently retired from servicattracted great interest. It was displayed together with its ejector capsule and the parachute which automatically deployed when the pilot abandoned his aircraft. After lunch, we were conducted on a tour of historic Ipswich led by a volunteer guide from the Ipswich Visitors Centre. Within a space of 60 minutes we were treated to history and legend of some of the finest homes in Ipswich and paid a brief visit to the St Mary’s Catholic Church.

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community news Seize the season – 10 jobs for your garden this month THE days are growing shorter and the temperature is dropping fast but don’t let that stop you from giving your garden some extra loving care this month. The start of Winter is the perfect time of year to whip your garden into shape so you’re a step ahead for when the warmer months eventually arrive again. Here are 10 jobs to get you started. 1. Smother winter weeds by laying down sheets of newspaper and mulch. If you tackle weeds now they will cause less trouble later. 2. If you trim those garden edges now you will enjoy good-looking edges for the rest of Winter. 3. In the vege garden, now is the perfect time to improve the soil structure by composting, mulching and growing green crops in fallow beds to get ready for your spring plantings. 4. Thin the growth of dense evergreen shrubs and small trees to allow more light into the garden. Prune autumn-flowering banksias and shape sasanqua camellias when flowering finishes. 5. Fallen leaves are nature’s

RSPCA Volunteers Recognised

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ing sure the review/expiry day can be read. You must show it to a police officer if they request it. You do not need to do anything with the rest of the Medical Certificate for Motor Vehicle Driver form, but you are encouraged to keep it for your own records. You do not need to lodge your medical certificate with the Department of Transport and Main Roads unless (a) you develop a permanent or long-term

Budget savings made mostly off the back of pensioners THE Coalition’s second budget comes at the expense of older Australians, says consumer lobby National Seniors. The 2015 federal budget slashes $2.4 billion from pensions; cuts over $50 million from aged care; and shifts to a single general pool 2014’s flagship mature age employment subsidy. It even ditches a small wound management scoping study for the frail elderly announced in 2013. “Pensions are being slashed to the tune of $2 billion, without corresponding reforms in other areas,” said National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill. “The downgrading of vital mature age employment initiatives suggests there’s no plan for seniors beyond cutting their pensions”. “Older Australians are bearing the brunt of budget cuts, and they have every right to be disappointed”. “To ensure fairness, any changes in the pen-

sion must be done within a clearly articulated retirement income strategy that also considers the interplays of tax and superannuation”. “Announcing pension cuts, without first convincing retirees of their merits, is likely to backfire within the electorate,” said O’Neill. National Seniors’ research shows that the over-45s informally contribute $65 billion a year to the economy. “Older Australians are looking after grandkids, volunteering in hospitals and helping their children into their first homes – they’re lifters not leaners,” O’Neill said. Key seniors budget measures include a tightening of the Age pension assets test, Mature age Restart Allowances changed, changes in the time age pensioners who’ve lived in Australia for less than 35 years from age 16 can be overseas and increases in the PBS safety net threshold.

medical condition that is likely to adversely affect your ability to drive safely; (b) you have a permanent or long-term change to an existing medical condition that is likely to adversely affect your ability to drive safely; (c) you apply for or renew your driver’s licence at a transport and motoring customer service centre. Medical Certificates are

valid for a maximum of 12 months. This means that if you are 75 or over and want to keep driving, you must go back to your doctor every 12 months for a new certificate. In some cases your doctor may want to undertake more regular checks and your medical certificate will be issued for a shorter period. If you doctor issues a certificate

for longer than 12 months, you may only use it for 12 months from the issue date. If you are turning 75 and hold a current licence, you may receive a letter from the Department of Transport and Main Roads approximately six weeks before your birthday to let you know you need a certificate to continue driv-

ing. If you lodge your medical certificate with the Department, you will receive a reminder around six weeks before it is due to expire to let you know you will need to get a new medical certificate. This reminder is sent as a courtesy, so you should not rely on it as your only reminder to get a new certificate.



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community news Home safety - Protecting your home THERE is no exact definition for the type of person that burgles a house. However, there are often some typical circumstances that

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ing your home broken into and your possessions stolen. External doors of your home should be solid and fitted with quality deadlocks. Fit security screen doors, designed and installed to Australian Standards to provide additional protection. Install a door viewer at allows you to see the person before you open the door. Fit windows with secure locks that meet Australian Standards. Do not

leave keys in window locks as an intruder can break the glass to unlock your windows. Ensure security grilles/shutters are properly installed and allow exit in case of an emergency. Install an intruder alarm system that covers all external doors, windows and garage and is installed to Australian Standards for domestic applications. Ensure trees and shrubs are trimmed to allow visibility

to your property. Lock away items of value, such as bikes, lawn mowers and garden implements such as ladders. Keep your garage door closed and locked. Install perimeter security lighting including sensor lights. Mark, engrave or microdot your property with serial numbers and record them. Join a Neighbourhood Watch Group. Homes with windows or doors left open or

unsecured, curtains closed during the day, or mail and newspapers left to accumulate in the letter box are more likely to attract a potential burglar. A burglar is usually looking for cash or small valuable items such as jewellery, DVD players, mobile phones, laptops, MP3 players and other small electronic items that can be quickly sold for cash.

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Work starts on new waste management facility WORK has started at the Greenfield O’Mara Road site for the Greater Toowoomba Waste Management Facility that promises to make future tip trips a far easier, cleaner, safer and greener experience. Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said the $13 million construction project was part of an overall $20 million project which included design work, development approval, land purchases and plant purchases. It would be a major advance for waste management. Council purchased the 25-hectare site fronting O’Mara Road at the Toowoomba Enterprise Hub – Charlton

Wellcamp as a long-term solution for the city’s waste needs. A section of the Bedford Road facility has been acquired as part of the infrastructure corridor for the Toowoomba Second range Crossing. ‘This move was brought on by necessity due to the Second Range Crossing project, but it has allowed Council to achieve some strategic goals by building a state-of-the-art facility which will be easy to access as the city continues to grow,’ he said. Toowoomba Regional Council Water and Waste Projects portfolio leader, Cr Nancy Sommerfield, said Toowoomba construction firm McNab De-

velopments (Qld) Pty Ltd had started construction work. ‘Council is pleased to see activity in full swing on the site following the March announcement that McNab would build the facility,’ she said. Construction should be completed by the end of November this year. The site will be easier to reach off the Warrego Highway or Toowoomba-Cecil Plains Road. The relocated Lifeline Smart Tip Shop will be greatly enhanced to ensure people have more opportunities to recycle, reduce, reuse and buy back household goods which would otherwise end up in landfill. The new facility will replace the existing ‘front

of house’ areas at the Bedford Street Waste Management Centre. Cr Sommerfield said Bedford Street will continue all its normal operations until further notice. ‘The new facility at O’Mara Road will operate as a transfer station and not a landfill site. Landfill operations will continue at Bedford Street.’ ‘Efficient waste management is one of Council’s most important services and it is vital new facilities cater for a growing population with improved options to divert as much waste as possible from landfill,’ she said. ‘This not only has environmental benefits, but can have real cost savings.’

community news Do you wish for a healthier lifestyle?

HELEN Ruby of Toowoomba said that by attending the two month course of the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) her life changed dramatically for the better. Helen said: “I struggled with a weight problem all through my 71 years – spending thousand of dollars and losing hundreds of pounds over many years. Although always being successful at the time, my weight returned. “I heard of the CHIP course that educated, encouraged and demonstrated how to live a lifestyle using plant based foods. Unlike previous programs I had tried, there was no calorie counting, weighing or measuring food portions and I lost 5kgs in the first two months.” Helen said, “On a plant strong diet I am never hungry, because my body receives all the good nutrition it needs.”

The CHIP course is about guiding you into how to restock your pantry with plant based foods. It also includes cooking demonstrations. Every session explores the nutritional benefits of each food and how meals can be simply prepared. Helen continues: “You don’t miss out on the tastes you may have craved, even if you are a sweet tooth. Most people like cream as a treat, but there are lots of healthy alternatives. The foods are delicious, filling and varied - you don’t eat just salads and celery sticks.” Another benefit of the program is the educational DVDs that inform participants on the latest research about insidious health issues such as heart disease, obesity and type 2 Diabetes and how these diseases can be controlled and even reversed. Included in the registration cost are a comprehensive textbook,

a workbook and an excellent full-colour recipe book – along with the delicious tastings at each cooking demonstration. “The fellowship and ongoing support of the CHIP facilitators are invaluable too,” Helen said. Helen will be involved in

a support capacity at the next CHIP course and encourages anyone who wishes to change their lifestyle and feel more healthy and vibrant, to come to the information session and find out more on Wednesday 1 st July from 10am till noon –

come for the full time and book your place soon. Helen says: “A satisfying lifestyle is all about choice and the education which CHIP provides gives you that. There are no rules with the CHIP course. You are educated and encouraged and then the choice is yours.” The course will be provided on each Wednesday from 22nd July till 16th September. Each gathering will be from 10am till 2pm (lunch is provided). It will be presented at the Glenvale Seventh-day Adventist Community Centre, 669 Greenwattle Street Toowoomba. For further information and to book your place at the free information session contact: Melinda Archer 4697 5151 or 0419 266 300 email or Sr. Pat Quinn on 0422 462 678 email; Numbers are limited so book soon!

Expanded diabetes service at Toowoomba Hospital PATIENTS needing specialist treatment for diabetes now have access to an expanded service at Toowoomba Hospital. Dr Sheila Cook, Consultant Endocrinologist, said the appointment of an extra consultant and registrar was good news for patients. Dr Cook welcomed new consultant Dr Durgesh Gowda, and new registrar Dr Sandya Jalapu. Dr Cook said the service also benefitted from having a medical student as part of the team. “Educating future doctors is a very important part of what we do,” Dr Cook said. “Being closely linked with the University of Queensland Medical School has allowed us to also develop a research program, which is something we’re very excited about. “Diabetes is becoming increasingly prevalent so it’s great to have the staff numbers to allow us to undertake this type of work.”

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community news Quilters collaborate to help aged care at Pittsworth RECENTLY, Beauaraba Living’s Care Coordinator, Kim Solomon, approached the Toowoomba Quilters Club to provide some bed runners for their new aged care rooms, due to open in June. Kim says, “I saw their work at the Quilting Expo and was so impressed, I thought they might be able to help us continue our ‘country theming’ in our new aged care beds, due to open

soon.” In true giving spirit, Lyle Yantsch, from the Toowoomba Quilters Club, coordinated with Sew Creative Community Quilts Group from Gatton, to produce over 36 handcrafted bed runners. All fabrics used are donated by the respective communities to the groups so that they can continue to sew for good causes. President of the Beauaraba Living Residents Forum, Col Polzin,

accepted the beautiful gifts and was moved by the effort of the two groups saying, “I cannot believe how much work has gone into this. I am quite overcome. We are so grateful for the effort you have put in.” Needless to say, Col got in early to choose his favourite quilt for his room, a beautiful piece reflecting all the country charm rural Queensland has to offer. Col is a long-

term resident of Beauaraba Living, and an advocate for the home and those that volunteer to help. Beauaraba Living have their new aged care wing opening on the 11th June, where 26 new beds will be unveiled, including respite care beds in secure dementia and high care. Beauaraba Living is located at 10 Weale Street, Pittsworth or for more information please phone on 4619 8422.

SENIOR CITIZENS DAY RESPITE CENTRE Caring for our guests Enhancing their lives Providing respite for their carers The Centre provides centre-based care for people who are: • HACC eligible • Frail Aged • Younger people with a disability • Qld Veterans under 65 years The centre offers morning tea and a two course lunch as well as programmed activities focused on providing opportunities for social interaction and enjoyment with peers. Activities include board games, card games, bingo, musical activities, gentle exercise, indoor bowls, craft, picnics, outings, information mornings and many more. Transport, including wheel chair friendly is available to guests living within the Toowoomba City region. Referrals may be made through health professionals, Carers, relatives, friends and other service providers. Self-referrals are encouraged. Personal care and mobility assistance are available for those who need it. The Centre operates Monday to Friday Flexible hours can be arranged for Guests and Carers. The cost for HACC eligible people is $15 per day, all inclusive.

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Kim Solomon (Beauaraba Living), Lyle Yantsch (Toowoomba Quilters Club, Coordinator), Janice Becker (Toowoomba Quilters Club, President) & Jenny Harch (Owner, Sew Creative Community Quilting)

Cent Sale THE Missionary Sisters of St. Peter Claver are holding their Cent Sale on Wednesday 8th July at All Seasons Function Hall, cnr. North and Tor Streets. $5 entry gives you free sheet of tickets, entry into Lucky Door and buffet morning tea. Doors open at 8.30am for 9.30am start. For further information contact Sr. Miriam on 4632 1818.

Harlaxton RSL Women’s auxiliary HARLAXTON RSL Women’s Auxiliary hold a monthly Hoy party and mini cent sale at the North Toowoomba Bowls Club on the corner Lemnos and Elworthy Streets, The next one is on at 9.30am on Monday 8th June 2015. Morning tea provided, admission is $2. All welcome, for further information please contact Grace on 4615 4783.

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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.

LAW, FINANCE and YOU Older Australians to the rescue! AS the Federal Government prepares to cut access to the age pension, a new report reveals that rather than draining the economy, older Australians are putting in 1.4 times more than the entire 2013 budget deficit. Calculating the dollar value of their volunteering, grand-parenting, caring and company loyalty,

the National Seniors report Appreciating value: measuring the economic and social contributions of mature age Australians has found that the over-45s contribute $65 billion each year. This is 4.2 per cent of GCP. National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill said, ‘These findings confirm that older Australians are

a highly productive, essential part of the modern economy. They are volunteering in art galleries, schools and hospitals. They’re looking after grandkids so mum and dad can work; and, in many cases, they’re quietly caring for their own husbands and wives. ‘In the paid workforce, their loyalty and low rates of

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs office in the Darling Downs region is located at 99 Russell Street Toowoomba and is open from 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Our office can provide information on the complete range of DVA benefits, pensions and allowances and if necessary, personalised assistance with one on one interviews . We also provide a regular on base advisory service to the nearby Oakey and Cabarlah Defence bases.You are very welcome to visit our office but for more complex matters requiring an interview such as pension claims, aged care assets assessments and financial updates, please phone ahead to make an appointment, this will avoid delays with your enquiries. 07 4638 1555. Our friendly and experienced staff will be happy to assist you.

absenteeism are worth, in human resource terms, around $27 billion to employers. Simply put, older Australians paid their way through their working years and, now, are more than paying their way in retirement,’ he said. Key findings of the report are: the uncosted social and economic contributions of the over 45s amount to $65.7 billion or 4.2% of GDP per annum. This is five times aged care expenditure of $13 billion (Commission of Audit 2014). $1.5 billion is in grandparent care – grandparents provide 937,000 children (age 012) care for an average 8 hours a week. $20.5 billion is as informal carers

– 541,000 over 45s provide care for people with profound limitations, and 1,166,000 provide care for others with mild limitations. $16.3 billion is through volunteering – 1,632,677 mature age Australians volunteer for an average 6.09 hours per week. $27.4 billion per annum is net human resources benefits – older workers remain with employers 3.7 times longer than younger workers resulting in calculable recruitment, training and absenteeism benefits. The report was written for the National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre by Swinburne University Associate Professor Elizabeth Brooke.

Brain Fodder A mountain goat attempts to scale a cliff sixty feet high. Every minute, the goat bounds upward three feet but slips back two. How long does it take for the goat to reach the top? Answer: Fifty eight minutes. Although his net progress each minute is one foot, he reaches the top on the fifty-eighth minute just before he would normally slip back two feet.

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FEELING GOOD BEAUTY and health experts have long promoted the benefits of moisturisers for the skin; the face and the whole body need the right amount of moisture to keep them healthy and avoid possible skin problems. But as people age, there are many factors that rid the skin

dent n e p e d In g in y a t S and Revolutionary moisturiser is based on natural ingredients

of moisture. Some beauty products cause dryness while eating habits may also contribute to the quality of skin. Vegesorb, a revolutionary moisturiser based on natural ingredients that “actually work” – and won’t break the bank – has earned the support

of the Eczema Association of Australia. Vegesorb is a light, nongreasy moisturiser based on natural almond and apricot kernel oil. Apricot kernel oil does not repel water as strongly as mineral oils, so Vegesorb is able to penetrate the upper epidermis to provide

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quick, effective moisture to the skin – and it’s safe to use on all skin types, even sensitive skin. Kym Volp, a director of Vegesorb, specifically designed the natural, unfragranced, vegetable-based moisturiser drawing on her extensive academic and scientific expertise.

She graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 1997 with a First Class Honours degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry and was awarded the university medal for outstanding academic achievement. After teaching clinical microbiology to

undergraduates, Kym took up a position as a research assistant in biotechnology before utilising her knowledge to establish her own business, manufacturing natural therapy products for hospitals and aged care facilities. Vegesorb is also animal friendly as it has not

been tested on animals nor does it have any animal content. Vegesorb is available in health food shops and most Queensland pharmacies. Contact Neale Scott on (07) 3885 2882. Email or visit

Is vitamin D a magic bullet? IF your New Year’s resolution is already a distant memory, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute has a research resolution you can stick to. QIMR Berghofer’s D-Health trial is calling on the community to make a commitment to medical research, as it looks to establish the role vitamin D plays in preventing a range of diseases. Associate Professor Rachel Neale says that Australians aged between 60 and 84 can join the study and make a positive contribution to medical research – a New Year’s resolution worth pursuing. “We currently have over 18,000 participants involved in the study, however we’re aiming to recruit over 20,000 people,” Associate Professor Neale said. “We are calling on as many people to become involved and make a difference. It requires very little of their time but will make an enormous difference to our understanding of the role of Vitamin D in preventing disease. “Vitamin D is often considered a ‘magic bullet’ for everything from cancer and heart disease, to multiple sclerosis and mental health, but the jury is still out in terms of proven benefits.” The D-Health trial will be recruiting participants until early May 2015. Those involved will take a supplement or a placebo – they won’t know which – once a month for five years. They will receive regular updates from the

study about how their contribution is making a difference. To see if you’re eligible to join the study, call the D-Health helpline on 1300 735 920 or visit D-Health is funded by a research grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). For more information about QIMR Berghofer, see

Asbestos Disease Support Group THE Asbestos Disease Support Group invite members of the public to join us at the UNURA Conference Centre, Toowoomba Base Hospital on Friday 19th June from10am-12 noon. Our guest speaker will be David Abraham who is a volunteer worker for Cancer Care Toowoomba. Come and join us for a cuppa and sandwich and discuss your concerns about asbestos related diseases with people who are sufferers and can relate to your concerns. For more information phone Ted on 4633 1490 or Mob 0407 699 228.


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Canberra Floriade, Bowral Tulips & Spring in the Highlands

JOIN us on one of our Canberra Florida, Bowral Tulips & Spring in the Highlands coach tours departing in September 2015. Some of the destinations and tours included on this tour are: Port Macquarie, Bowral and the Tulip Festival , Don Bradman Museum, Canberra Floriade , Cockington Green, Parliament House, Museum of Australian Democracy, Canberra War Memorial, Gosford, Gloucester, Captain Thunderbolts Grave, Gostwyck Chapel, Manor at Cotswold Gardens, Armidale, Glen Innes, Tenterfield , Stanthorpe and the College of Wine and Tourism. and much more. Great Value Holidays have a comprehensive 8 day coach tour with two different dates of departure being the 16th or 24th September in 2015. The tour departs and returns to Brisbane Roma Street. We currently are taking bookings and will be delighted for you to join us on tour to these fabulous destinations with us. We limit the number of guests traveling on the tours to ensure personalized attention from your tour host/ Coach Captain. The cost of the tour is y $2,199per person twin share .We recommend securing your place by calling Ian, Robyn or Craig at Great Value Holidays on: 1300 722 661 to save disappointment. Alternatively you can send us an email on and will send you a brochure. The tour can also be viewed on website under subheading Coach Tours.

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Handy apps HOW many times, in your travels have you looked at the price of something, done some quick mental arithmetic, thought “What a bargain!” , then snapped it up, only later to realize that you had converted from euros instead of pounds, or baht instead of rupees. And you have been ripped off! Whether you are travelling across multiple countries or going on a quick overseas holiday this app allows you to instantly access live currency exchange rates. XE Currency Converter is highly recommended for every traveller as it allows you to calculate your

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Travel TALES How many yarns have you begun with ‘I remember once when we were in...’? We all have our favourite travel stories we love to share, especially the funny ones you can back up with a photo or two. Don’t just save them for family and friends. Send them in to us here at your favourite Seniors Newspaper and share with us. We’d love to hear all about your adventures or maybe a handy travel tip or two that will save fellow readers a lot of hassle. You can email them to us at, with the heading Travel Tales and remembering to include your name, address and daytime phone number. Or post it to us at Travel Tales, Shop 2, 12 Project Avenue, Noosaville 4566. Don’t forget a stamped self-addressed envelope if you want your photos returned! All we ask is that you keep the story short and the photos be in high resolution.

Come on – we’re longing to hear those great travel tales.

An eloquent expression of one man’s dream

In the words of the tourist brochure, Olveston, an early 1900’s Dunedin, New Zealand hom e is “an eloquent expression of one man’s dream”. It reflects a lifestyle enjoyed by a select few and is a mus t viewing for all tourists. The building consists of 45 rooms and was home to a family of four with 8 servants to look after them. Reminiscent of “Upstairs Downstairs” the house was the very epitome of gracious and privileg ed living. Rooms were constructed using oak , kauri and jarrah, each having not only a fireplace, but cen tral heating. The mag nifi cen ce of the furn ishi ngs , pai ntin gs and collections was breathtaking. The Grea t Hall was superb, a room in which dances were held whilst the older generation watched through a Juliet wind ow from above. A sweeping, carved staircase was prefabricated in England and assembled using wooden pins. I guess members of my family may hav e been at work in the scullery or the garden!

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A STILL IC R E M A IN T IS LA T LIST? E K C U B R U IN YO NEW FULLY ESCORTED TOURS ON OFFER Departure February 16 Mexico - Guatemala & Cuba Departure April - June - October Peru - Brazil - Argentina Here is your opportunity for a trip of a lifetime in a small fully escorted group. We will guide you to places only locals know in a safe and friendly environment. Expressions of interest are open.

Contact us: 5492 5274 or 0400 193 040

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Is Latin America still on your bucket list? WOULD you like to go but are concerned about safety or believe it’s going to be too hard? Latin America Group Tours can make it all happen in a smooth way because we know where to go. But let the passengers do the talking for us I have just completed my third trip with Latin America group Tours having visited with them 8 different countries. My experience is that Stella and Horacio always help us to understand the proper culture of the different places, prepare the groups in a brilliant way and give value for money as the groups are small and we have our own private transport and local guides most of the time. Frances. Nambour I heard about Latin America group Tours from a colleague that has done a tour with

them. It was a good idea because they ticked a lot of places out of my bucket list. It was a good idea to meet as a group before departure day to know each other better. Stella was always trying for us to experience as much as we could but keeping always safety in mind. She also help us on our free day with proper advice to where we could go on our own. Kathy. Bli Bli. I heard about Latin America Group Tours form a friend that have used them before. I always wanted to go

there but found too hard to do it on my own. What I was always looking forward was Machu Picchu and I really enjoyed having time for a second visit because I was more prepared on the second day. I was also particularly impressed by Rio de Janeiro as it was friendlier and easy going as it is normally portrayed. Gillian. Melbourne. Contact us to make your dream come true 5492 52 74 or 527 0400 193 040 latinamericagroup


CANADA is the second largest country on the planet covering approximately 10,000,000 square kilometres. It is a geographically diverse nation with extensive coast lines abutting the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific Oceans, large mountain ranges in both the Eastern and Western parts of the country, and a scattering of lakes large and small the most significant of which, the Great Lakes serve as the gateway to Eastern Canada and the USA. Capital City: Ottawa Languages: English (official), French (official) Currency: Canadian Dollar (CAD or C$) Country Telephone Dialing Code: 1 20V 60Hz Electricity: 110-1 0-120V Weights & Measures: Metric Population: ~ 33 million (estimate as of July 2007) ar Political System: P arliament arliamentar aryy Democracy National Emblem: The Maple Leaf National Animal: Beaver National Sports: Ice Hockey and Lacrosse

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Affordable luxury tours AFFORDABLE because all travel, accommodation, events plus all meals – breakfast, morning/afternoon tea, midday and evening meals – are included in our tour price. We stay in quality motels and eat at the best restaurants where our guests choose their meal from the menu. The only reason you’ll need extra money is for alcohol and souvenirs. Our tours have a maximum of 24 people. Smaller numbers mean more fun and better value for money for everyone. Now, where to go? Your choice, short or extended tours! We have one and twoday short tours or our regular 10-day Longreach/Winton Tours, travelling by coach one way and 1st class sleeper train the other. Our other regular extended tour is a 4-day all-inclusive coach tour, ‘Gem Fields, Experience of Lightning Ridge’. For people who would love to come on a holiday of a lifetime, but feel finding the full fare is beyond them, we have a secure layby system. Yes, you decided where you would like to go and pay a deposit. Then pay the balance as, when and what you can afford. There’s no locked-in contract, just so long as the full amount is paid by the due date. Please ask us for details. Your reaction will be: ‘Yes please, let’s go! What do I do now?’ To secure your seat with like-minded people who just want to have fun and learn to enjoy our beautiful country, please either phone us on (07) 4696 1857 or Free Call on 1800 009 092 and ask for details. You can also check us out on the web at www.getaway

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Discover the World WHAT’S on your ‘Travel Bucket List’? Have you ever dreamt of a White Christmas, or a cruise on the crystal blue seas of The Great Barrier Reef; fossicking for precious gems in Outback Queensland; exploring Hong Kong or tasting Tasmania’s delicious gourmet foods & liqueurs? We can make your travel wishes come true as we travel to many fabulous destinations in 2015 and 2016! Why not come on tour with us to the British Isles and Europe which includes a Luxury Danube River cruise. Our ‘’Winter Wonderland’ tour will be an awe inspiring experience you will never forget, travelling from London to Budapest in Hungary see what the other side of the world has to offer at this beautiful time of year. For those who love exploring, culture & shopping, don’t miss out on our ‘Explore

Hong Kong’ tour! Hong Kong has transformed from a small fishing village to one of the world’s most exciting cities – you will find many restaurants to tempt your tastebuds, from traditional Chinese food, Western and other Asian cuisines. Hong Kong is a shopper’s haven – from the big department stores to the many night markets that are dotted around the city. A visit to Shenzhen China is a must and you can test your bargaining skills at the multi storied market and come home with anything from electrical goods, cameras, handbags, shoes, clothing and more. Did you know Stonestreet’s Travel can book your individual holidays to anywhere in the world? From International and Domestic air fares, accommodation, coach tours, car hire & cruising! Let us save you the worry of

putting together your itinerary so you can relax and enjoy your holiday. Whether your desired destination may be The Outback, Coast Regions, Wine Country or Overseas, Stonestreet’s has it covered. We invite you to browse through our list of tours for 2015 & 2016 in Stonestreet’s Coaches Destinations Catalogue or on our newly improved website www.stone If you require further information, please don’t hesitate to call our friendly travel team on (0 7) 468 7 5555. (07) 4687

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THE 4 art@st.mark’s promises to be the best ever and continues as an official program partner of Warwick’s popular Jumpers and Jazz in July festival. The art@st.mark’s organising committee made up of senior parishioners, has been encouraged by the number of artists who wished to enter their work and the 600 local and out of town visitors last year, to extend the opening hours of art@st.mark’s for 2015. View and Buy with Free entry and on site Art Café, Friday 17th July 9:30am-6pm, Saturday 18th July 9:30am-3pm and Sunday 19th July 9:30am2:30pm. One of the aims of art@st.mark’s is to provide an outlet for previously unsung artists, alongside the more experienced, to showcase their talent by displaying and potentially selling their work. The old timber parish hall is transformed into a warm and welcoming art gallery with the artwork displayed on professional screens that artists are pleased to report show their work to advantage. “It is such a relaxed and happy atmosphere…” and “it is such a pleasure to exhibit here….” were some of the comments from

participating artists last year. There is no charge to enter but a 25% commission is deducted from the sale price of sold artwork. Proceeds go to the St. Mark’s Restoration Fund. Our heritage listed church will be 150 years old in 2018 and is still sound but needs repair. Entry Forms and Conditions of Entry are available from St. Mark’s Church or Office, by visiting warwick and going to the Church Notices page or from sue.nalder The venue is wheelchair accessible with toilet facilities. Free entry will allow Visitors to view the artwork while enjoying soft background jazz music and then take a break in the onsite Art Café. Home-baked goodies, hot soup, sandwiches, wine, cheese or pate plates and

duced last year and there will be handmade cards along with plenty of eye catching winter warming beanies and scarves on

offer at very competitive prices. For further information email Sue at or phone 0427 962281.

National Servicemen’s Association Toowoomba Art Café – visitors enjoy some hot soup

hot and cold beverages including warming hot chocolate will be offered at affordable prices for the whole family. There will be some vegetarian and gluten free options available. The popular Meet the Artist function will be held from 4-6pm on Saturday 18th July. Priced at an affordable $10, the function incorporates the Official Opening by the Bishop for the Western Region, Bishop Cam. Wine, juice,

and hot and cold savouries will be served accompanied by live jazz from Yangan’s Sue Needer. Exhibiting artists receive a complimentary ticket to this event allowing them to chat to fellow artists as well as buyers of the art. Tickets can be purchased by contacting calling 0427 962 281, from the Sales Desk during the weekend or at the door. The art@st.mark’s Com-

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mittee looks forward to welcoming artists to display their artwork with a reminder that entries must be received by 6th July for catalogue preparation. Everyone is encouraged to come and support the artists and to consider a purchase of an original piece of art. Prices range from $20 to upwards of $300 and credit card EFTPOS facilities will be available for purchases. A Handicrafts Stall was intro-

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ALL widows of National Servicemen are invited to attend a luncheon at the Irish Club Hotel on Sunday 14th June at 12 noon. This day is held to honour the memory of deceased Nashos and the widows, friends and current National Servicemen and supporters are all most welcome. If you intend to come please let Joan know by phone 4633 2564 by 4th June so that numbers can be given to the caterers. We have a night at the Rep. Theatre on Thursday 18th June, Carol on 4614 1238 has tickets for that evening. Our monthly lunch at the City Golf Club is on the 3rd Friday of the month June 19th at 12 noon, so come along and enjoy a chat with your fellow Nashos. We look forward to seeing you at some of these events.

Unfortunate headlines from around the world Stolen painting found by tree Lung cancer in women mushrooms Dealers will hear car talk at noon Miners refuse to work after death Milk drinkers are turning to powder Panda mating fails; veterinarian takes over Safety experts say school bus passengers should be belted Two sisters reunited after 18 years at checkout counter Grandmother of eight makes hole in one Red tape holds up new bridge Squad helps dog bite victim

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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Mary Poppins - a family favourite

Fact or fiction? NO harm in doublechecking but it’s said that an ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain and that tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur. The muzzle of a lion is like a fingerprint and no two lions have the same pattern of whiskers. Donald Duck’s middle name is Fauntleroy. It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open. There is a seven-letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters and that word is ‘therein’. The ten words are: the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein. The combination ‘ough’ can be pronounced in nine different ways and the following sentence contains them all: ‘A roughcoated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.’

at times, the ability to es- fabulous.” For more infor- Office on 1300 655 299 or cape reality and enjoy this mation or to purchase visit www.empire feel good story will be tickets, contact the Box

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AFTER months of rehearsal, the talented cast and crew of the 2015 Empire Theatres major production, Mary Poppins, are ready to raise the curtain on one of musical theatres family favourites. The Empire Theatres seven show season of Mary Poppins, proudly sponsored by Heritage Bank, opened on Thursday 28th May and runs until Sunday 7 th June. Leading the large cast is talented local singer Shannon Gralow as Mary

Poppins and former professional dancer Justin Tamblyn as Bert. Director and Choreographer, Alison Vallette said the excitement of opening night was starting to kick in for the entire cast and crew. “As with any show, there reaches a time where the audience response is vital to give the company something to respond to… and we are ready now!” Ms Vallette said. “This production is uniquely ours. The set design is outstanding,

lighting will as always be a Tim Panitz masterpiece, costuming is spectacular and the cast without exception bring their own energy and talent to the show,” she said. Ms Vallette said the past few months of rehearsal had been a greatly enjoyable process. “The talent of the cast involved in this year’s Empire production is, I believe, second to none. “Mary Poppins is a classic story of hope. In this day and age where daily life can be difficult

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Seniors Twospeed Crossword

ACROSS 5 Tactful 7 Large container 8 Glue 10 Expression of sorrow 12 Thin connecting layers 14 Bothered 20 Mail 21 Availing oneself of 22 Young bear 23 Choices DOWN 1 Seizure 2 Computer linking device 3 Locating device 4 Sofa 5 Leave 6 Valise 9 Sides 11 Narrow roads 13 Raised platforms 15 Musical composition 16 Gowns 17 Anaesthetic 18 Tussocks 19 Piece of turf

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5 The ambassador in charge is prudent 7 A sort of GST for a barrel 8 An adhesive is over and done with by June 4th 10 An exclamation of grief from topless koalas 12 Patched up mens’ amber pieces of parchment 14 Distressed over being teased in an annoying way 20 Pin something up on a pole 21 The second person to vocalise when operating 22 Incubating a young lion 23 Options from exclusive final examinations

1 An unsolicited Email about James 5th produced a paroxysm 2 A short memo demonstrates an electronic connecting device 3 An acronymically palindromic detection system 4 The couch found in Nadi Vanuatu or thereabouts 5 Some rude participants go away 6 A lawsuit situation

9 One might say it rains heavily on squads 11 The overseas hindmost drones display alleys 13 Organises engineers 15 Production of a work of art 16 Steal from central west flowing garments 17 Highly volatile and flammable liquid Heavens! 18 Bunches of clumps 19 A piece of turf dug up by some Saudi voters

Word Trivia The only countries in the world with one syllable in their names are Chad, France, Greece and Spain.

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Published at eighty one WHAT will you be doing at the age of eighty-one? Not many would boast the celebration and release

Charleville where Mary lived for 50 years. Her maiden name also seemed most fitting. Victoria’s first novel in a trilogy of outback romances, Opal Ridge, has describing it as a novel that covers the joys and trials of living in the Australian outback as well as the inevitable relationships that develop. In its way Opal Ridge is both a romp through

of a self-published book through Australian eBook Publisher. Mary Roberts (nee Capper), Glennie Old Girl from

the vernacular of life in the bush and a story of great depth. “I’m just astounded at the success in such a short time. I really just decided to publish as a means to keep myself busy” says Capper. Capper has received international praise: “Capper clearly has a great feeling and affection for the Australian bush and the details she includes about sheep shearing

are quite interesting, romance in a fascinating setting.” – Kirkus Reviews book-reviews/victoriacapper/opal-ridge Victoria lives in Brisbane and continues to visit her family property for inspiration to complete her series. Fans can follow the progress of these stories via her Facebook page or website www.victorial

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BIGGEST Morning Tea a Huge Hit - It was a great pleasure to welcome Joan Billingsley to our National Seniors Toowoomba Branch Biggest Morning Tea last Thursday. Joan is the Cancer Support Coordinator for South West Queensland based at the Olive McMahon Lodge in Toowoomba. The Olive McMahon Lodge provides a home away from home for regional cancer patients and their carers who travel to Toowoomba for cancer treatment. It helps patient’s access cancer screening, detection, treatment, and support services. During 2014, 850 regional patients and carers were able to stay at the lodge and 1,716 trips to and from treatment were made on the patient bus service. Another 624 people were assisted by cancer support coordinators and volunteers through the lodge and the Toowoomba office. Our other invited speaker, Christine Paroz, was unable to attend in person as she was undergoing surgery in Brisbane, but she and her family had prepared for us an inspirational video entitled Christine’s Journey describing her ongoing battle with breast cancer. Her amazingly positive

attitude and the strength that flowed from it shone through her presentation. Our final guest, Owen Paroz, a distant cousin of Christine’s better known as Owie, entertained us over morning tea with songs from the 60s and 70s as well as some more recent numbers. Thanks to the generosity of those attending we were delighted to be able to present Joan with a cheque for $1500 towards the work of the Cancer Council in Queensland. For further information or support, contact the Cancer Council Queensland’s Toowoomba shop in the High Street Shopping Centre, telephone 4690 5800, or ring the Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20. To make a donation to the Cancer Council, call the Donor Hotline on 1300 663 936 or donate online. Fish and Chips - Everyone loves fish and chips especially by the seaside. If we had any doubts about that, they were dispelled during our recent trip to the Redcliffe Peninsula. After a stop at Decker Park, Brighton, for morning tea and, for some, a paddle in Moreton Bay’s surprisingly warm water, we crossed the Hornibrook Highway to Redcliffe and pulled into the Sutton’s Beach parking area. There

ing a special Golden Oldies morning tea and film session at Regents on the Lake with an early start at 9.00am. We will see a historic cartoon and the hilarious 1937 comedy Breakfast for Two starring Barbara Stanwyck and Herbert Mashall with a great supporting cast. The cost will be $12. For enquiries or bookings, phone June on 4635 9796 or Yvonne on 4638 5252.

Jan Hill, Lorna Austin and Ella Quinn tuck into their fish and chips at Sails Redcliffe

Who do you call… Yvonne Beale presents a cheque for $1500 to Cancer Council’s Joan Billingsley on behalf of National Seniors Toowoomba Branch

was Sails Restaurant overlooking the beach welcoming us to a delightful lunch of fish and chips in a box followed by an ice-cream. Many of us recalled sitting by the beach in our younger days with a big parcel of fish and chips wrapped in newspaper. Growing up in Melbourne, of course, for me the fish was usually “flake” - gummy shark caught in Port Phillip Bay. As kids, we didn’t know the difference, but years later when we lived on the Mornington Peninsula and took our own kids for fish and chips they were spoiled with the locally caught snapper, flathead

or rock cod. Members who grew up in Queensland were even more spoiled and were able to share memories of great fish and chips from the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and further afield. Coming Up - Our next bus trip on Thursday June 18 is a Lockyer Valley Lookabout during which we will call in at Das Neumann Haus in Laidley for a browse and morning tea before making a round trip through the countryside to the Tent Hill Hotel for lunch. Departure time is 8.15am and the cost including morning tea and lunch is $50. On Thursday July 2, we will be hav-

Seniors Card 137 468 or 1800 175 500 (free call outside Brisbane) Centrelink: Retirement 132 300 Disability, Sickness & Carers 132 717 Employment Services 132 850 Seniors Enquiry Line 1300 135 500 Department of Veteran Affairs 133 254 or 1800 555 254 (Regional) National Information Centre on Retirement Investments (NICRI) 1800 020 110 National Aged Care Information 1800 200 422

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Toowoomba & darling downs seniors newspaper june 2015  
Toowoomba & darling downs seniors newspaper june 2015