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Dairy collection sparks memories at Downs Co-op Reunion

By Jo Marsh ALMOST a life time of collecting by Ken Dunn was on display at Highfields Pioneer Village on Australia Day for the Downs Co-operative Dairy Association reunion. During his 40 years with the company, Mr Dunn collected as much memorabilia as he could and was instrumental in setting up the comprehensive, permanent exhibition at the Pioneer Village. The Co-op Dairy, also known as Unity in later years, opened in November 1905 and was a major employer in the region until its closure in April 2006. “The factory started with butter and cheese,” Mr Dunn said. “It also sold ice and in 1940 they started processing pasteurised milk. Continued on Page 2

The Downs Co-operative Dairy Association operated for 100 years in Brook Street, Toowoomba manufacturing butter, cheese, milk, ice and other dairy products. Courtesy of: Local History and Robinson Collections, Toowoomba City Library

Former Unity chairman of the board Ivan Vonhoff OAM and his wife Joan share their memories at the company’s reunion

Harold and Shirley Newton’s dairy farm at Westbrook supplied milk to the Co-op Dairy for 65 years

Former dairy farmers from Ravensbourne, Irene and Trevor Taylor, had a long involvement with Downs Co-op Dairy

Fastest butter wrapper on the Downs, Don Bailey, and his wife June, had plenty of stories to share at the reunion

Reunion organiser Ken Dunn shows some of the memorabilia he collected during the 40 years he worked at Downs Co-op Dairy

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Graham Shelley & Norm Hassum from the Warwick East Bowls Club at the end of play

Catching up for coffee at Rose City Shoppingworld are Blanche Gilmore of Warwick & Peter & Kaye Mikkelsen of Yangan

Dairy collection sparks memories at Downs Co-op Reunion Contnued from Page 1 “At its peak in the 1960s it employed more than 300 men and women. It would have been one of the major employers in Toowoomba.” More than 100 of those former workers, and dairy farmers who supplied the milk, attended the reunion and shared their memories. Most dairy farmers remembered well the time before tankers collected the milk from the farm dairy – days of growing muscles filling and lifting milk in 10 gallon cans. By the 1950s, one pound pats of butter were machine wrapped but former employee Don Bailey took pride in wrapping the half-pound pats manually and his skill was such that he was known as the fastest butter wrapper in the company. Sitting quietly on the sidelines at the reunion was a lovely 89-year-old lady (who declined to be named) who remembered clearly her time working as the assistant to the general manager in the late1940s. Today, the factory in Brook Street is a shell of its former self – just a reminder of an era when there was pride in manufacturing a product made on the Downs.

community news Green thumbs needed to help create garden haven for young people and it is hoped that members of the community can volunteer some time to help, be able to

donate gardening items or take a trailer load of rubbish to the tip. If you can help in any

way please contact Rotary by email or phone 0448 431 763.

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IMAGINE being unable to walk through your garden and pick a flower or delight in the smell of some fresh herbs? This is a reality for many children in foster care who either don’t have access to gardens or have no-one to show them the joys a garden can bring. In Toowoomba, Mercy Family Services has a vision to provide a garden that would be

available for foster children in the area. The idea is to create a sensory garden – a nurturing, relaxing place where children can learn to grow plants and vegetables, where they can taste fresh herbs, smell flowers, watch nature unfold and enjoy the experience of getting their hands into the earth. Of course, bringing their vision to fruition is the biggest

challenge and it’s a challenge that has been embraced by the members of the Rotary Club of Toowoomba Garden City. Club president Tiffany Hardy said the Club is keen to be involved. “We are helping to turn a great idea into a reality,” she said. “Our club is coordinating the project and handling the fundraising.”

Joining the project is Steve Kite, president of Rotary Club of Toowoomba North, and owner of local landscape business, The Green Gardener. Mr Kite will act as project foreman – designing and overseeing the actual garden installation. A working bee is being organised for March to clear the intended site and prepare it for planting

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Readers! We need your help DO you enjoy reading your new local over 50s newspaper? If you do, we want to hear from you. Tell us what you like about your paper, and give us your ideas on what types of articles you would like to read about in the future. We really value your feedback and input, and believe if we all work together, we are on the road to making the paper an important voice for the growing over 50s population in the region. A true community newspaper produced and written by over 50s for over 50s, which informs, educates, entertains and links us together. Proudly continuing to provide employment for mature aged people, Toowoomba & Darling Downs Seniors Newspaper would like to welcome Jo Marsh aboard. After reading our first edition back in November, Jo contacted us and asked if ever a position came up, would we consider her as a candidate to join our mature aged team. We are very fortunate to have Jo’s journalistic experience, local knowledge and commitment to reporting on relevant local senior specific news, social events and information relating to the many local community groups and associations.


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community news NSA Toowoomba Branch

President Neville Fry (right) with special guests Rev Dr Jonathan Inkpin (left) and Mark Furness (centre)

NATIONAL Seniors Toowoomba Branch brought its 2013 activities to a fitting close with a memorable Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 5. Our special guests were Rev Dr Jonathan Inkpin, Rector of St Luke’s Parish, Toowoomba, and Mark Furness, Branch and Zone Relationship Manager, National Seniors Australia with his wife Robyn. Proceedings got under way with a round of formal toasts, during which Mark Furness spoke of the impact National Seniors Australia was able to achieve during the lead up to the Federal election through lobbying of both parties on seniors issues such as mature age employment, age discrimination, aged care, out of pocket health care costs, superannuation and

retirement savings. Committee member Val Corcoran then presented Banjo Paterson’s moving 1906 poem Santa Claus in the Bush which reminded us that the needy person at the gate should be taken in and treated well rather than being turned away. After the singing of some traditional carols, Rev Inkpin took up the theme with his story of a little girl wanting to find God at Christmas time without success until she discovered that God was in everyone around her and in her own heart. Having enjoyed a traditional Christmas dinner followed by a delicious slice of Christmas cake with our coffee, we were treated to more Christmas poems from Branch members Eunice Lloyd and Val Corcoran. Yvonne Stein sang

several delightful songs accompanied by the Timeless Duo of Patti Whitehouse on keyboard and John Cosgrove on saxophone. A dance troupe, Committee Plus Two, rounded off the entertainment with a stirring rendition of Singing in the Rain which some audience members remarked was more like an All Blacks rugby team Haka than a Broadway musical hit. The afternoon ended with the drawing of a splendid array of lucky door and raffle prizes, the singing of Auld Lang Syne and a moving Irish Farewell. Our thanks go to our dedicated Committee members for organising the event, our special guests and entertainers for their contribution to our enjoyment, and our excellent caterers who look after us so well

throughout the year. For our next bus trip on Thursday, February 20, we will be heading to The Summit for morning tea and a live demonstration at LawDogs Australia where we will see some amazing canines being trained in protection, detection and agility. Lunch will be at the Stanthorpe RSL and we will call in at the Granite Belt Dairy and Farmhouse Cheese Factory on our way home. Departure time is 7.00am and we expect to be home by 5.30pm. The cost for the day will be $50, with payment due by February 14. Our next morning tea meeting will be

Performing in Singing in the Rain are front (L to R) Neville Fry, Jan Hill, Noreen Fry and Desma Lindenbauer, with (rear) Ray Smythe wielding the umbrella

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NSA Garden City Branch AT the first meeting for the year members of Garden City Branch of National Seniors received a calendar of events for the coming six months. First guest speaker on the list, for our meeting on Monday February 17, Brian Shackelton, will tell us about the wonderful work of the Life Education movement in the Toowoomba area. This group works tirelessly and quietly to prepare our children for life and to avoid the many pitfalls they will encounter in later life. This meeting will be at

Hazel Gillies President Garden City Branch

the Toowoomba South Bowls Club Hume St starting at 9.30am with morning tea. Cost $6. Visitors welcome. Our first bus trip for the year will be to Taromeo Station, in the Blackbut

Range area, on Thursday 27. A tour of this fascinating station property will be followed by a camp oven lunch at Taromeo Camp Ovens. There may also be time to visit Taromeo Museum to view their collection of old farm machinery. This will be an exciting day for all and especially those of our members who were familiar with area in their younger days. They have many stories to tell. For further information, contact Hazel on 4635 4519.

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HELLO, from the newest member of the Toowoomba & Darling Downs Seniors Newspaper team. My name is Jo Marsh and I’ll be working as your local journalist covering stories that hold an interest for those of us over 50 and writing about ways we, as seniors, can help ourselves and our community, whether it is through volunteering, taking up a new hobby, a personal challenge or a health initiative. Although a relative newcomer to Toowoomba, having only lived here for 17 years, I have a long connection with the region, as my grandparents moved here in 1937. I have very happy

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memories of visiting in school holidays and catching butterflies in Queens Park with homemade butterfly nets – such a simple pleasure. I’m sure many of you have wonderful memories of growing up here, or working for one of the region’s long-established businesses. If so, we’d love to hear from you. To share your memories with our readers please contact me by email at toowoombaseniors, Mobile 0408 858 849 or through head office on 1300 880 265 or mail to, Jo Marsh, Toowoomba & Darling Downs Seniors Newspaper, PO Box 1062, Tewantin Qld, 4565.

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community news Australia Day celebrations at Highfields Pioneer Village Trivia with Allan Blackburn 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Celebrating Australia Day at Highfields Pioneer Village are (from left) Helen Kennedy, Rob Agnew and June Lovett

10. 11. Since moving from Wee Waa in NSW, Jim Flood spends much of his time volunteering at Highfields Pioneer Village

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Margaret larke enjoys working in the seamstress shop at Highfields Pioneer Village

What event is depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry? In what country is the city of Mandalay? What colours are mixed to get purple? Which NSW town was the scene of an escape attempt by Japanese prisoners-of-war in 1944? On what hill in Canberra is Parliament House situated? What kind of creature is a terrapin? To what part of an orchestra does a timpani belong? Which singer songwriter is known as “The Boss”? What name is given to long, deep sea inlets gouged by glaciers in such places as Norway? Who created the character Bilbo Baggins? What is the traditional source of power for a rickshaw? According to a popular saying, what does “red sky in the morning” indicate? What are the bones of the spine called? What large building in Washington DC is the HQ of the Defence Department? What is the name for a vessel that travels on a cushion of air? Is the average temperature on Mars higher or lower than on Earth? In the Christian calendar, what is the period before Easter called? In what city was John Lennon shot dead? “Nomophobia” is the fear of what? What musical and movie was loosely based on Elvis Presley’s draft into the US army?

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community news Former Wies’ staff reunion

GETTING together at the Southern Hotel for morning tea, Weis Restaurant former Staff Reunion, 2014. What is so special between these Staff Members is a total of 210 years worked. Left back row: Dawn Galvin, Ruth Kratzman, Majorie Carter, Rosalyn, Janette & Merv Muir, Middle Row: Trish Backman, Debbie Garstang, Sue Lyman. Maree Barnes, John Chapman. Seated: Daphne Plumb, Jan Aldridge, Lgloria Macketti, Sandy Bionchi

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Grandparents pulling their weight at home

GRANDPARENTS play a key role in the modern Australian family with new research showing that almost the same proportion of children are being cared for by their grandparents as are in long day care centres. The report, Trends in Maternal Employment and Child Care, by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) found that nearly half of children under three years old of employed mothers were cared for – at least part of the time – by their grandparents.The AIFS said the report provided the first comprehensive analysis of trends in childcare in Australia from 1984 to 2011 with a particular focus on children with employed mothers. The report showed that in the early 1980s about four in 10 mothers were employed,

compared to more than six in 10 in 2011. AIFS senior research fellow Dr Jennifer Baxter said grandparent-provided care was used by a large proportion of Australian families as mothers sought to find ways to manage childcare while holding down paid jobs. She said four in 10 children under three years old were cared for by a grandparent at some time during the week – almost the same proportion of children who spent time in a long day-care centre (47 per cent). Similarly, one third of children aged between three and five years were cared for by a grandparent, which again was roughly the same proportion as those attending a preschool or a long daycare centre. “Grandparents were still busy even when

children reached school age, with around 16 per cent of children with employed mothers being cared for by a grandparent, only slightly fewer than the 18 per cent of children who were in outside school care.” Dr Baxter said that opting for informal care was often a matter of preference among families with young children. “Involving grandparents is something we know that many parents seek out as a childcare option because children are still being cared for by family in a home-based setting,”Dr Baxter said. Families were looking for family-based solutions so they could maintain the care of children themselves where possible, squeezing in work around caring for children or by bringing in grandparents, Dr

Baxter added. Responding to the research, National Seniors said it undermined claims that older Australians were a drain on the economy. “The report touches on the vast contribution – from volunteering to childcare – that older Australians are quietly making across the economy every day,” said National Seniors chief executive, Michael O’Neill. “Older people play a vital role in today’s working family: they’re providing childcare for their adult children and helping them into their first homes to the tune of $22 billion a year. “Most older Australians are already working beyond pension age – they’re just not getting paid for it. Put simply, when it comes to family, and their grandkids, seniors would not have

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community news Charge of the 11th Light Horse earned place in history

IN the night of 24 September 1918, “B” Squadron of the 11th Light Horse Regiment, consisting of 200 men from the Darling Downs, made history when they took part in the last mounted infantry charge of World War I, and possibly the lastever charge in which horses were used. Major E. Costello from Warwick at the head of “B” Squadron led the charge, which wiped out a machine gun nest and spearheaded an attack on the following day by the combined forces of the 11th ALH that captured the town of Semakh, on the edge of the Sea of Galilee, its railway station building, the German and Turkish defenders, and a 12-pounder gun that had hammered the advancing troops at point blank range. The battle cost the 11th Light Horse Regiment 14 men killed and 29 wounded, but the toll on the horses that took part in the charge was heavier, with 61 killed and 27 wounded. The 11th Light Horse Regiment was made up of three squadrons, “A” and “B” from Queensland (men and horses from Warwick and

The gun captured by 11th Light Horse Regiment AIF at Semakh in 1918 with (L-R) Vaughn Collins, Terry Hinton, Dennis Smith and Sgt Tony Millers of QMIHT (Queensland Mounted Infantry Heritage Troop). Taken at 2/14th Light Horse Regiment Barracks Enoggera (2001)

surrounding districts including Montrose) and “C” from South Australia. Almost 100 years later in July 2012 the 11th Light Horse Warwick Montrose Troop was formed to celebrate the traditions and history of the gallant Australian Light Horse Regiments. Their objective is to operate as a re-enactment group to honour the Australian Light Horse Regiments in particular the 11th ALH. In 2012 a group of members visited Semakh and its newlybuilt railway station. Back

in September 24, 1918, as the 11th Light Horse Regiment neared Semakh they suddenly came under fire from enemy rifles and machine guns. The order was given to “Form lines and charge the guns!” and in seconds the 200 men and horses of “B” Squadron with Major Costello at their head, supported by a second squadron under Major Loynes, were galloping hard through the darkness. The German machine guns were soon taken but fire from de-

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fenders in the nearby railway buildings, aided by shelling from a (previously unsuspected) 12pounder gun was taking a heavy toll on horses and riders who were clearly visible in the moonlight. The two squadrons closed on the buildings and many fell until the order was given to dismount and take whatever slight shelter offered itself. The two squadrons split up with Major Costello covering the eastern and southern sectors of the town and Ma-

jor Loynes staking out the railway station. The sporadic exchange of fire went on until dawn of the 25th when the two squadrons rushed the garrison. The ensuing battle was bitter and bloody. While Costello’s troop was fighting among railway carriages and earthworks, Loynes’ men broke down the doors of the railway station building and in the room-to-room, handto-hand combat with fixed bayonets that followed they captured the building and its defenders. The 12-pounder gun captured by Major Costello and “B” Squadron was brought back to Australia, and is now in the Museum of the 2/14 Light Horse Regiment Qld Mounted Infantry at Gallipoli Barracks in Enoggera, Brisbane. Information from: “Official History of Australia in the War of 19141918” Vol.VII Sinai and Palestine. By H.S.Gullett. Ref pp730-734. Victoria Barracks Historical Society Brisbane Magazine. Compiled by Leo Walsh, Museum Curator. Website of 11th Light Horse Warwick Montrose Troop.

Salute to the Waler

THE Waler horse was bred from the original traditional Australian station horse for the Australian Army, which used this type of mount exclusively. Overseas they were known as “Walers” because their association with New South Wales. These horses had a good temperament and even temper, were smart and easy to teach, very adaptable and strong enough to pull a gun or cannon; their size varied so at 14.2 they could be small enough for a scout or at 15.2 big enough for an officer. They could be taught to be silent when required but they could also signal the presence of an enemy by twitching their ears. Trish Kuhn, secretary of the 11th Light Horse Warwick Montrose Troop and a breeder of Waler horses, says while they might not be the prettiest horses they have the kindest eyes. The Walers were taken to the war zones by ship. The soldiers looked after them during the journey. Conditions were harsh, with quarters so cramped that the men walked the horses on deck for exercise.

Singing for pleasure

SING Australia is for everyone who enjoys the sheer pleasure of singing. Our Toowoomba group is a diverse mix of people with a few talented singers, but most of our members have never sung in a group before and some can’t read music. It doesn’t matter as all are welcome to come and join us. We employ a professional conductor and accompanist. We meet in St David’s Church Hall on the corner of Mary and Alford Streets at 6.30pm, singing from 7pm to 9.00pm, and pay $6 each. We are also very community minded and like to promote Toowoomba. We volunteer our services at a variety of places, from house warming parties, aged care complexes, retirement villages, birthday and breakup parties and Christmas events. There is no pressure on anyone to sing in public, but those who do get quite a buzz out of it. For those who enjoy singing and like to volunteer in a different way our group could be the place for you. Everyone is welcome so come and join us. For more information phone Gwen on 0402 158 456 or visit

community news U3A Open Day

U3A members Peter Bright and Rosemary Kennedy discuss the courses on offer at U3A’s open day

No extra GST to be added to moveable homes The ATO has considered comments on its draft ruling and decided not to change the GST treatment of moveable home estates. The draft ruling has now be withdrawn and moveable home estates will continue to be treated as commercial residential premiseswith the same GST rules for long-term accommodation. “We have carefully considered the legal arguments and practical implications and decided that we don’t need to change the existing GST treatment of these

estates. “Our preliminary view had been that moveable home estates were not sufficiently similar to caravan parks to be commercial residential premises. “With the benefit of submissions, it is evident that while moveable home estates have changed, they are still similar enough to caravan parks to receive the concessional treatment. In particular, both involve letting of sites separately to the building, and provide communal facilities to residents. “Our draft ruling process

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New changes to Super accounts take effect in 2014 AUSTRALIAN workers should check their superannuation accounts to ensure they have adequate insurance cover under new reforms that came into effect on1 January, 2014. It is now compulsory for superannuation funds to provide death and total permanent disablement (TPD) insurance as part of the new MySuper scheme. MySuper is the new super account that most funds will offer as the default option. Slater & Gordon Superannuation Lawyer Andrew Weinmann said in his experience most people do not have adequate TPD insurance to cover them in the event they can no longer work. “TPD insurance is the forgotten part of superannuation. A lot of people do not know they are able to access insurance through their super funds if they have to permanently give up work because of injury or

illness. For that reason many people are not adequately covered,” MrWeinmann said. Research commission by Slater & Gordon in 2010 found only 47 per cent of Australia had heard of TPD insurance as provided through superannuation funds. Under the MySuper scheme, employees will be offered minimum levels of death and TPD cover on an opt-out basis. “Now is a very good time for you to review the insurance offered through your super fund and to ask yourself whether you have enough insurance to cover your debts if you are unable to work again. “Having the right amount of insurance provides peace of mind and, in the event you need to use it, can protect you and your family from financial hardship,” MrWeimann said.

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community news U3A offers fun, friendship and inspiration

By Jo Marsh

NORMAN Holcombe is the perfect example of why we should never be defined by our age. Articulate, quickwitted and physically active, it’s hard to believe Mr Holcombe has just turned 99. He can tell a good yarn, share a joke, discuss investing or work out the number of pixels needed for a good photograph – and that’s just for starters. As he enters his 100th year, Mr Holcombe continues to be an active member of U3A in Toowoomba, an organisation he is passionate about. “It’s perfect for retired people; you can have a new life,” he said. “You soon get to know a lot of people and if you have any skills, you can use them to An active member of U3A in Toowoomba, teach other people.” Norman Holcombe, aged 99, Mr Holcombe has is an inspiration to all enjoyed U3A’s weekly and enjoys beating discussion group for valued participant in opponents in the the investment group 35 years. He is a

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scrabble class. President of U3A in Toowoomba Rhonda Weston sees benefits of being a member every day. “U3A offers older adults the opportunity to realise their potential by learning new skills or expanding on topics and hobbies they already pursue,” she said. ”The social connection that is generated by friendships formed in the small groups is incredibly important to the overall wellbeing of our members. ”In U3A you can be a tutor of one class and a student in another. “You are never too old – your age is your advantage.” There is still time to sign up for some of this year’s classes or put your name on a waiting list for something that captures your imagination. To find out more about U3A go to their website www.u3atoowoomba.comor phone 4687 7659.

Free seniors’ exercise program at Millmerran, Pittsworth, Crows Nest

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SWEATING it out at the gym is not for every age group. Toowoomba Regional Council has devised a free exercise program for senior citizens at Millmerran, Pittsworth and Crows Nest in conjunction with Willows Health and Lifestyle Centre. A personal trainer will offer tips and instruction at an initial health assessment and consultation at each centre. This will be followed by an initial workshop where the instructor will lead participants through a basic warm-up routine and simple exercises and stretches. All exercises are designed to be performed at home and a review session will be held after six weeks. Bookings are required. For more details and to reserve a place, please call 131 872. Session details are as follows: Pittsworth: Community and Technology Centre, 40 Hume Street, Pittsworth. Initial consultation: 10-11am on Tuesday, February 4. The first workshop is from 10-11am on Tuesday, February 18 with a follow-up workshop from 10-11am on Tuesday, April 1. Crows Nest: Crows Nest Community and RSL Centre, William Street. Initial consultation: 1-2pm on Thursday, February 6. The first workshop is from 1-2pm on Wednesday, February 19 with a follow-up workshop from 1-2pm on Thursday, April 3. Millmerran: Millmerran Indoor Sports Centre, 40 Commens Street. Initial consultation: 1-2pm on Tuesday, February 4. The first workshop is from 1-2pm on Tuesday, February 18 with a follow-up workshop from 1-2pm on Tuesday, April 1.

1. Norman conquest of England 2. Burma 3. Red and blue 4. Cowra 5. Capital Hill 6. Turtle 7. Percussion 8. Bruce Springsteen 9. Fjords 10. J. R. R. Tolkien 11. Human 12. Warning 13. Vertebrae 14. Pentagon 15. Hovercraft 16. Lower 17. Lent 18. New York 19. Having no mobile phone contact 20. Bye Bye Birdie 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 Toowoomba’s swap meet proves a treasure trove for collectors and car lovers By Jo Marsh

FROM vintage cars to porcelain thimbles, there was something for everyone at the recent Toowoomba swap meet. It was easy to see why it is billed as the largest swap and flea market in Queensland with an estimated crowd of between 15,000 and 20,000 attending on the Saturday alone. Around 2000 exhibitors set up their wares across the Royal Toowoomba Showgrounds, in the pavilions, the equestrian centre, and everywhere in between. Trevor and Carolynne Anderson of Highfields proudly exhibited their immaculate 1949 Austin among the cars on display around the edge of the show ring. While cars were the central theme, with everything available from racing memorabilia to rusty exhaust pipes, stall holders capitalised on the sunny weather and brought out a huge array of antiques and collectables. A spare $12,000 would have bought you a top-notch vintage car in perfect working condition, or for as little as $5 you could

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THE University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is partnering with the University of the Third Age (U3A) to deliver a new series of community-focused lectures for local seniors. The ‘Community Futures Series’ lecture program will start February 3 and will run for nine weeks as part of U3A’s Term 1 course program. A variety of topics will be covered including: In Search of the Everyday: Memory and Life Writing; Perceptions of volunteering – passing on the valTrevor and Carolynne Anderson of Highfields arrive at the swap meet in ues to younger generatheir immaculate 1949 Austin A40-GS2 tions; andStrength through Difference: Unwalk away with a silkyderstanding Australian oak chair, albeit in need of Refugees, Past Present some minor repairs. Carol and Future. The lectures and Jean-Marc Baudin will be presented by USQ from Provence, France came to Toowoomba from staff Professor Michael their holiday at Mt Cuthill, Professor Lorelle Tamborine, just for the Burton, Dr Robert Mason, swap meet. “It is a bit difDr Andrew Hickey, Dr ferent from the antique Eidin O’Shea, Dr Lisa markets we are used to but McDonald, Ms Joanne because we are on holiDoyle, Mrs Sylwia Wood days we can’t carry anyand former staff member thing home,” Mrs Baudin Ms Marlyn McInnerney. said. They did however, USQ Professor Michael buy some locally-made Cuthill said the collaborajam. The swap meet is held tion is part of the USQ annually at the Royal mission to work more Toowoomba Showclosely with community grounds, and is growing larger and more popular Nancy and Rod Forrest’s model cars were popular and both organisations with those who couldn’t afford the real thing would benefit from the each year.

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partnership. ”U3A gains a strong link to our university and its members gain access to the specialised knowledge of a team of USQ academics,” he said. ”Meanwhile, the academics’ research projects will benefit from the discussion generated at the sessions, and the relationship we develop with U3A and its members.” U3A Toowoomba President Rhonda Weston said the program was developed to provide an academic lecture series that would challenge U3A students. ”It’s something that will prompt questions and debate,” Mrs

Weston said. ”The series will offer a more in-depth look at current issues new topics and new perspectives thanks to the USQ presenters. “I’m very happy with this new partnership with USQ and I’m looking forward to good things in the future.” U3A is an international group that aims to provide educational and leisure courses to local retired or semi-retire people over 50. For more information on the lecture series, visit or call Rhonda Weston on 4613 6559. Booking is essential.

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community news At Parrots in Paradise the birds are number one IF you are looking for a new and exciting experience, Parrots in Paradise is the place to be! There is nowhere else you can see birds such as these, behaving in the most natural way, socialising, feeding each other, playing, nesting and bringing up their chicks! They also are very happy to get involved in our wonderful parrot show. All parrot species are intelligent. Alexandrines especially have intelligence which is underestimated by most people; theirs is the equivalent of a 6year old child. Being so bright they need stimulation and activities and this is where the parrot show comes in. The tricks the Alexandrines perform are an extension of their natural behaviours, it gives them a chance to play and think creatively in a fun environment. We use positive training techniques and the stars are never punished or asked to do something they don’t want to do. During the shows you can see them eager to perform and volunteer for their favourite tricks! These include ballet, running an army assault course, fighting fires and

much, much more! The goals and philosophy of Parrots in Paradise is to educate people about the intelligence of parrots, both physical and mental, through entertainment and interaction with our birds. Parrots in Paradise want to encourage people to look at conservation and preservation. As well as being a sanctuary for surrendered and rescued birds, we also are a breeding, grooming, and boarding establishment. As we are a non-profit organisation we have a little shop full of birdy goodies, all the proceeds of which go towards the care of the birds we look after. When you come for a show or tour you may explore our grounds and enjoy a picnic by our dam, make friends with our chickens, geese, turkeys, swans, ducks and cats! Bookings are essential to come for this amazing and unique experience and you can do this by calling us on 07 5438 7719. For more information, photographs and fun videos go to Whoppa looks forwards to greeting you!

Need information on aged care?

THE Australian Government is making it easier for older Australians, their families and carers to access information about aged care through a new national phone number. By calling 1800 200 422 or visiting, you can find information on a wide range of aged care services available locally and nationally including: Household help, transport, home modification and maintenance; Personal and nursing care; Continence assistance; Assessment, including Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACATs); Carer support and counselling; Community Aged Care Packages; Aged care homes; Allied health care such as podiatry, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. You can also receive help to access respite and carer support services. Phoning 1800 200 422 is a freecall except fro mobile phones.

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BRIAN Aldridge of North Toowoomba received a surprise when he found this unusual looking carrot growing in his veggie patch. Is this the beginning of a new art form? Veggie Art? Brian said it looked like a lady crossing her legs to him.

If you have any photos of unusual vegetables or fruit, humorous signs you may have seen in your travels, or any photograph that bought a smile to your face, please send them in so we can share them with our readers. Write a brief description of what the picture is, where it was taken and your name. Photos can be emailed to Please type TWBA Funny Photos and your name in your email’s SUBJECT line. Photographs can also be posted to Funny Photos, Toowoomba & Darling Downs Seniors Newspaper, P O Box 1062, Tewantin Q. 4565 (If you require your photograph returned please enclose a stamped self addressed envelope.)

Access a JP in Toowoomba

A JUSTICE of the Peace (JP) will be available for public consultation at Toowoomba City Library each Wednesday from 9.30-11.30am, at Grand Central shopping centre, level 2, outside Medicare,on Thursdays 3.00-7.00pm and Saturdays 9.00-11.00am, and at The Ridge shopping centre Mondays from 10.00am-12 noon.

APOLOGY TOOWOOMBA & Darling Downs Seniors Newspaper sincerely apologises for the article which appeared on page 17 of our December issue, which incorrectly stated that Mr. Cliff Fuller was still working at Sid’s Place. Mr Fuller is in fact retired, after over 50 years of service. The paper apologies to Mr Fuller for any hurt or embarrassment which this article may have caused.

Our next edition of the Toowoomba & Darling Downs Seniors Newspaper is March 6th Copy deadline is February 26th.

community news Free computer classes help keep brains active

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RECOGNISING the need for a second Probus Club in Warwick, the two local Rotary Clubs (The Warwick Rotary Club & the Warwick Sunrise Rotary Club) jointly sponsored our Probus club in April 2012. The urgency of the need for a new club was evident by the fact that it is virtually unheard of for a Probus Club to be sponsored by two Rotary Clubs. We commenced with 40 foundation members & now have over 70. In our short life, we have organised a Darling Downs District Probus Information Day & recently organised a joint meeting of the Tenterfield, Stanthorpe & our two Warwick Clubs to meet the newly appointed Rotary District 9640 Probus Chair Loraine

Pearce. We have a friendly club with members ranging in age from 60 to 97. Besides monthly meetings, many tours & social events are organised. The interest in our meetings is keen because excellent Guest Speakers are arranged on a regular basis. Our meetings and many functions are held in the Warwick Christian College Dining Hall attached to the historic Slade House. I have attached a photo of the front of this house. The Christian College was for many, many years owned by the C of E Church & was well known as the former Slade School. For further information please contact Don McKechnie (Hon. Secretary ) on 4661 3151.

TOOWOOMBA resident George Matile is a prime example of keeping your brain active in your senior years. At 95 years of age, his life-long love of learning is fuelled by the challenge of keeping his computer skills up-to-date. Mr Matile has become a familiar face at Toowoomba City Library’s Digital Hub At 95, George Matile fuels his love of learning at Toowoomba City Library’s where he says Digital Hub he can learn new skills and keep upstudy, especially the how to use the internet screen. The Digital Hub to-date with technology. photo editing courses. I and email, how to use an offers group and “I was completely lost communicate with my iPad, word processing individual lessons each with the new computer family here and overseas and spreadsheets, week with friendly and systems and was happy and also use the comFacebook and family experienced trainers. To to learn again,� he said. puter for my international history, plus much more. find out more about “I’ve always taken a real estate dealings.� Those who have never what’s on offer at the great deal of pleasure Funded by the federal used a computer can get Digital Hub phone 131 from learning new skills Department of Communi- started with Computers 872, ask at your local and staying up-to-date cations, the Digital Hub for the totally terrified, library or go to the with technology. provides a variety of free where you can learn the council’s website “The Digital Hub classes courses to suit everyone basics such as how to have provided good – from beginners to more turn it on, how to use a facilities-and-recreation/ instruction in a number advanced students. mouse and keyboard, and libraries/digital-hubof topics I wished to Courses cover learning to understand the libraries.

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community news Make your New Year’s Resolution to support your ageing loved ones

AS we celebrate our Christmas holidays and New Year period gathering with family and friends, many will be surprised to notice a decline in the physical or mental health of elderly loved ones. These changes can be upsetting, but you are not alone. According to Seasons Group CEO Nick Loudon, there is a significant increase in the number of enquiries for care for ageing parents during the holiday season. “Being able to identify that it is time to access care is an important step in securing your loved one’s future and the start of the year is a great time to develop a New Year’s resolution with your loved ones to plan for their future care needs. Mr Loudon said this resolution may be difficult at first but talking to loved ones about their plans for the future is extremely important and should include estate planning, wills, advance care plans and aged care options. “With ageing, mental and physical problems eventually will appear, but it’s often up to family members to help recognise the warning signs that mum or dad might need to seek medical help,” Mr Loudon said. “It is a daunting responsibility to try to determine whether your loved ones can remain safely at home, how to evaluate the circumstances and what to do once the decision has been made. “But one thing is certain; the Aged Care Sector in Australia faces a significant amount of change in 2014. Mr Loudon said the Australian aged care system is complex so knowing the options, understanding the changes and planning ahead can make all the difference. “I urge relatives to act now to understand the impact of these changes, rather than leave it another year before they consider the health, welfare and living support needs of their elderly loved ones. “Knowing what to do, where to start, what is available and how much it costs is important to make an informed decision about your future. According to Mr Loudon Seasons Private Aged Care provides a surprisingly affordable alternative to government funded nursing home beds by allowing

people to maintain personal independence in modern self-contained private residences, while enjoying a great community and having the convenience of full service Private Aged Care provided in their apartments if and when it is needed. “Moving to a Private Aged Care Community such as Seasons while still independent is a smart choice for couples and people who are currently living alone as well as people who are concerned about future health needs and would like to avoid moving into a nursing home,” Mr Loudon said. To find out more about your options, visit or contact Seasons on 1300 506 116. Mr Loudon suggests seven signs which may indicate that it is time to consider additional assistance or a move into supported living or aged care: Condition of house: The house has become cluttered and the yard is in disarray. Physical appearance: They no longer take care in dressing and might wear the same clothes for several days. Mail and bills: Mail has piled up and is unorganised; bills are not up-to-date. Eating habits: The refrigerator is empty or contains spoiled food; they are losing weight. Change in decision-making: They occasionally forget to turn off a burner on the stove. Physical decline: They are exhibiting physical problems such as hearing and eyesight loss, (dragging a foot or exhibiting difficulty getting out of a chair). Increased confusion: They appear confused about time and place; questions are often repeated in a short time; there’s a struggle to find the correct words.

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TOOWOOMBA Day VIEW Club will have a luncheon on Tuesday 11th February 2014 at 11am for 11:30am start at the Regents on the Lake. Valentines Day Theme. 2 Course Meal $20.00 plus raffle and lucky door. Bookings by Sunday 9th February to Marlene on 4636 1311.

community news Still Valentines after 40 years

Valentines Cheryl and Barry Jensen will celebrate 40 wonderful years of marriage this year

THIS year is a special one for Cheryl and Barry Jensen as they notch up 40 years of marriage and both turn 60. To celebrate they are throwing a party – a big rock and roll party, with plenty of dancing. It’s a fitting way to mark these special events, as they first met at a dance and both love rock and roll music. What they didn’t know when they met was that Barry worked with Cheryl’s father, Ian Luchterhand at Downs Co-op Dairy. Mr Luchterhand started at the dairy about 1958 and was a milkman for more than 20 years while Barry’s 34-year tenure,which started in 1972, overlapped Mr Luchterhand’s time there. Although Barry worked in a numberof sections he often helped out delivering the milk, a job he said he “didn’t particularly like”. That didn’t stop him pursuing the young Miss Cheryl Luchterhand though, and their decision to marry was obviously the right one as they are very happy together. Barry is still Cheryl’s valentine and she has no intention of that ever changing. “It’s worth hanging on to the good ones,” she laughed.

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Chinese migrants became early settlers on the Downs By Margaret Johansson

CHINESE immigrants among the earliest pioneers in the Darling Downs made a valuable contribution to the amenity and economic development of the area as shopkeepers and business owners, large-scale market gardeners and financial supporters of the hospital. The nucleus group of 56 arrived in 1847. It is probable that they were recruited as indentured labourers as this was a prevalent practice in those times when skilled workers were hard to come by. At any rate they were quickly snapped up by the squatters who badly needed shepherds and shearers. Immigration must have continued steadily because by 1856 the Chinese presence had increased to 227 and it was around this time that reports began to surface that Chinese were living in cottages on the outskirts of Drayton. This indicates that women were likely to have been among the migrants, which also infers the Chinese who came here intended to stay and settle. The Chinese were expert market gardeners, using time-honoured yet inexpensive irrigation methods to ensure a constant supply of fresh vegetables to supply the growing community. By the late 1860s market gardens were flourishing along the creeks, in the area bounded by Ruthven and Bowen Sts, and another on the corner of

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James and Kitchener Sts. Another Chinese man (name unknown) established a peanut garden in Hume St. John Van opened the first store, a butcher’s shop in James St in 1868 and then a grocer’s shop opposite, on the present site of the Federal Hotel. A few years later Chinese stores were trading in Russell St and other areas of town. One sold fruit as

well as a handy sideline in shaving and haircutting. Hock Sing opened a store in Ruthven St in 1883. It was called Kwong Sang and Hock Sing later changed his name to Kwong Sang. As reported in DOWNS FOLK... Lives and Times of Folk in Toowoomba & the Darling Downs “ The store became a centre for Chinese activity in town and


a Buddhist temple was set up in the store. “Kwong Sang, followed by his son Diamond Lum, carried out all kinds of social work for his countrymen.” Queensland Governor Lord Lamington was a regular customer at the store when in Toowoomba. Kwong Sang’s closed in the 1950s and the altar was moved to Diamond Lum’s home in

Phillip St. Chinese market gardeners and shopkeepers were also substantial contributors to the hospital which at that time relied on financial support from local people. Today as in all big cities Toowoomba has many Chinese restaurants, and many Chinese students are undertaking studies at the University of Southern Queensland.


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community news Out & About . . .

Jan Butler of Kearneys Spring & Gwen Green of Yukana Retirement Village enjoy a catch up at Jamaica Blue, Grand Central

on’s birthday are Celebrating Wendy Swans tured right) (pic ndy We ne, bor Sylvia Os e Dal and her daughter

Pat Giles of Middle Ridge & Bill Purcell of Hume St, Sth Toowoomba enjoy a coffee at The Coffee Club Grand Central

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A Greener New Year

HOUSEHOLDERS’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) invites you and your family to think about building a greener future for all, by making a conscious decision to support the good works of environment, conservation, landcare and animal welfare groups in the region. This is an exciting opportunity for you and your family to build the future you want and a world that is still rich with life and beauty for future generations. There are three levels in which your family can get involved - you can participate at any or all levels, personal – at home, at work, at school, at recreation; in a group – contribute time and energy; and supporting environmental events. Where to start? Have a look at the Planet Ark website http://, as it offers specific local solutions for almost every item that you may need to recycle or safely dispose of. Either enter a location or choose a product from the drop-down box to be taken straight to information about local sites. There are contact details of charities and ‘reuse’ centres, drop-off recycling facilities for items such as paper and cardboard, aluminium and steel cans, glass bottles and plastic container. Collection points for hazardous items such as gas bottles, paints, asbestos, tyres, vehicle and appliance batteries and contaminated fuels are also listed. The Planet Ark website also has details about local council services and contacts, along with links to educational resources and publications. With this wealth of knowledge you can begin your greener year by discovering what positive steps you can readily undertake. Brush up on the responsibilities of pet owners. For example, by fitting a cat collar with two working bells and keeping your cat inside at night pet owners help protect our native wildlife (many are only active at night). Why not go to this wonderful website: and see what else you can do around the home to promote and protect wildlife? Mr Frank Ondrus, President of HOPE, asks “Why not join a local group and help them with some of their planned projects. For instance, the Friends of the Escarpment Parks have regular working bees at several sites along the Toowoomba escarpment and volunteers are always welcome.” Residents are also invited to support/promote/contribute to important environmental observances such as Clean Up Australia Day, World Environment Day, Landcare Week and National Recycling Week” said Mr Ondrus. These events provide an excellent opportunity to gain extra knowledge on your special interests, meet like-minded people, make friends for life and of course make a real contribution to protecting and maintaining our unique Australian backyard. An Environmental Events calendar, listing international and Australian national events is available on request from HOPE by emailing or phoning 4639 2135. We look forward to hearing from you and getting to know you at our events.

App helps rescuers zero in on emergency callers

SUNSHINE Coast residents and holidaymakers planning on bush walking or travelling to Fraser Island or to any isolated location should take the time to download an app that could help save their life. Member for Fisher Mal Brough welcomed the launch of the Emergency+ smartphone app by the Australian Government. The app gives people in trouble the ability to provide their exact location, as determined by the GPS functionality built-in to their smartphone. Mr Brough said more than 65 per cent of 000 emergency calls were made from mobile phones. “Sometimes, callers don’t know their exact location — a critical piece of information required by emergency call-takers,” he said. When activated, the free app provides users with their GPS reference which they can verbally provide to an emergency call taker to pinpoint their physical location. “It will make it quicker and easier for emergency services to reach you if you find yourself in trouble,” Mr Brough said. “This can also save the limited resources of our emergency services.” Emergency+ is available free on iOS and Android devices through the Google Play store and the Apple App Store. Development of the app was funded by the Australian Government through a National Emergency Management Project grant.

Social Card afternoons SOCIAL card afternoons at the QCWA centre 263 Margaret St have recommenced for 2014 and are held on the first and fourth Tuesdays of each month. If you are looking for company and enjoy an afternoon of card playing and afternoon tea, all for a cost of $5, call 46328312 for more information.

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Opera House walk a breeze for Laurette, 96, the matriarch of famous Toowoomba Hereford family Her husband Berry Reynolds died on June 20, 1969. “We had a service for “SORRY, I missed your Berry and on the same call. Been out all day we asked the stud morning and all aftergroom to put down and noon. It’s a busy life.” bury a very old and The precise and well tired Vern Ivan.” modulated tones that Mrs Reynolds is came as I answered the pleased that Australians telephone were, are celebrating the unmistakably, those of International Year of Laurette Reynolds, Family Farming in 2014. matriarch of the famous “It’s the family unit beef breeding family that’s the backbone of that established rural Australia,” she Moorlands at Rosalie said. “Country people Plains, one of are the salt of the earth, Australia’s most and our family has successful and promialways reached out to nent Hereford studs. connect with our city This grand lady was cousins.” born at Augathella in Mrs Reynold was one western Queensland of the first to set up and married into the family holiday farm Reynolds family after stays in Queensland. meeting her future “Guests, many of them husband the late Berry from the cities, were Reynolds at the taken on horse rides Brisbane Royal Show and on tours of the stud beef arena. property to find wildlife, She turned 96 on and, in season, it was February 2. common to come across And she says she will Grand occasion . . . Laurette Reynolds presents the English Hereford Society Cup for grand champion Hereford bull at newborn calves.” be at the RNA again Brisbane Royal Show in 2012. Here she awards the trophy to Julie Nixon of Weetalabah Stud, Chinchilla, who paraded Moorlands Hereford this year to present the Weetalabah Fanta. Presenting the grand champion sash is Richard Wilson of Gladstone. Weetalabah stud was founded in stud wound up in a English Hereford 1988, beginning with bloodlines selected from Moorlands Stud. Photo – Queensland Country Life blaze of glory in the Society Cup for grand 2002, amassing $1.15 champion Hereford bull, a task she has perproperty Rosalie Plains, and environment of the million from a two-day RNA after each subject foremost in this trouble getting there,” dispersal. The sale was formed many times. property.” she said. “But the gym Moorlands covers presentation. agile mind when we made up of 313 females “What a grand cup it The Reynolds bought “I was having a drink in spoke to Mrs Reynolds instructor picks me up, about 2200 ha of is,” Mrs Reynolds twice a week. I guess I picturesque undulating Vern Ivan from Captain and bulls, and 35 lots the Members’ Bar a few at her apartment in comprising semen said. “We were the must be a good adverplains and bushy R.S. de Q. Quincey of years ago and saw the Toowoomba. first to win it and took cup there. I thought, The Vern at Bodenham, packages and semen tisement.” ridges. “We heard you had containers. it home many times, We talked about her “My husband took Hereford, England. In well, that’s been at the completed a walking Powerful buying of the but it was such a big husband and their over Moorlands from the 1920s, by careful homestead a few times.” tour of the Sydney Hereford lots by Poll trophy that they magnificent imported his father and after four selection of breeding But the story of the Opera House,” I Hereford breeders was a eventually decided it Hereford sire Vern Ivan, generations the stock and a fusion of magnificent silver inquired. should remain at the property is still with the the best strains, he laid strong indication that a trophy was not the “You’re well informed,” who had a tremendous merger of the two family,” Mrs Reynolds the foundation of the she replied. “Yes, that’s influence on the breed breeds was probably said. Hereford breed’s right, a few months ago, in Australia. inevitable, despite Moorlands was “A lovely couple has greatness. with my daughter rejection of such a founded in 1944 and leased part of the “We visited The Vern Juliana. It was a property and runs a fine many times. The captain move, mainly by wonderful experience, a today the family Hereford voters. properties include a Red herd of Holstein was a superior cattle one-hour walk up and breeder but he was also Laurette Reynolds said Friesians. They have under the famous sails, Angus stud operated by Mrs Reynolds’ painted the old homea great collector of birds goodbye. She was off right to the top and to meet some friends for and even had them in grandson Berry and his stead and guests can what a view. cages in his bathroom,” lunch. stay to enjoy the “Everyone should do it. wife Bella. Mrs Reynolds recalled. A juicy steak I’d wager. But I had to hang on to Together with its sister wonderful atmosphere the rails. “After the walk, my daughter suggested we take a taxi to our hotel. I told her no, let’s walk beside lovely Sydney Harbour.” Did she have a photo of the event? “Yes, but I can’t email it – I know very little about electronics. What I do know I have learned from my neighbour – she’s 101 and into computers!” Mrs Reynolds was well prepared for the Opera House walk; she attends gym classes atFitness Works in Toowoomba twice a $270,000. week. “I handed in my driver’s license a couple of Memories . . . Laurette Reynolds with a photo of years ago and told the her late husband Berry Reynolds of Moorlands gym I would have


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LAW, FINANCE and YOU Who will your super go to? FOR many of us, retirement may seem a long way off and our superannuation may not get the attention it deserves. The reality is that in most instances, super is second only to the family home as your biggest asset, (and in some cases it may even be number one). That makes it essential to take an active interest in it, but as Jeff English* of RI Toowoomba cautions, it is not only the retirement aspect of super that deserves our attention. “Many people have not considered what happens to their super if they die prematurely. It’s not a pleasant thought, but such an event can cause a lot of unnecessary stress for those left behind, so it should be dealt with,” he said. “The assumption by many is that whatever has been built up in our super fund over the years will automatically be paid out to whoever is surviving, but it is not always that simple.”

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Avoiding disputes and ensuring a smooth transition No doubt most people have a fairly good idea as to who they would like their super benefits to go to if they die, but it takes more than good intentions to make this happen, it is something that needs specific attention to ensure that loved ones are not unnecessarily delayed in obtaining the cash or burdened with the extra worry at a difficult time in their lives”. “The goal is to have as smooth and quick transfer as possible, without any ambiguity over who is entitled to payouts from the deceased’s super fund. Money issues can often drive a wedge between families and can magnify personal disagreements out of proportion, which is another reason to get the paperwork in order as soon as possible,” Jeff emphasised. “What many don’t realise is that control of super monies after the

death of a fund member will initia lly pass to the trustee of the super fund. In most cases, where dependants can easily be identified, the trustee will pay funds to them, but without express written instructions from you, it may take quite a deal of time for the money to actually come through. This could leave your family without adequate cash resources just when they need it most.” Make a beneficiary nomination. The key is to make sure you complete a nomination form to specify who you want your super paid to. Jeff points out that there are two common types of nomination available. “The most definitive and direct way to ensure your chosen depend ants get your super money quickly is to make what is called a ‘binding nomination’. This is a simple form that may only take a minute or two to complete, but can save your loved ones a lot of angst. The form allows you to nominate your spouse, your children or any other permitted beneficiary and because it is binding, the trustee is obligated to pay the money to the nominee unless it is invalid. You may also choose to make a binding nomination to have your super fund proceeds paid to your legal personal representative, who will then distribute the funds according to your will.” One alternative is to make a non-binding nomination. In this case, your nomination form will indicate who you want money paid to, however, there may be

no obligation on the trustee to comply with this, they have the right to make the final determination. “This is an especially important issue if you want money to go to someone who is not a dependant,” said Jeff. “The trustee may overrule your non-binding nomination if there are other dependants involved.” An important point to note if you are making a binding nomination is to consider the needs of all your dependants when it com es to distributing your assets. The trustee cannot overrule a valid nomination, so if some dependants have inadvertently been left out then they may not benefit the way you intended. Jeff stressed the need to keep your binding nominations up to date. “It may come as a surprise, but a binding nomination is not an indefinite one. In most cases, your wishes need to be renewed or reconfirmed every three years, otherwise your nominations may lapse. Keep in mind that if funds are not left to a person who is a dependant for tax purposes such as a spouse or child under 18 years old then there may be up to 31.5% tax liability and Medicare levy on the payout figure, which a financial adviser can discuss with you in more detail.” Too much money to leave to chance. Jeff pointed out that the amounts of money involved can be very large, making it a very important financial decision . “There may be life insurance benefits held in the fund, as well

as super accumulation from personal and employer contributions. The last thing you want to happen is for your family to have those valuable funds languishing in limbo, waiting for the trustee to make decisions. In an age where divorce and blended families are common, the situation can become quite complex and this will delay the trustee u ntil they are satisfied all avenues have been explored . All the more reason to make sure you have a current nomination completed. “ If you have concerns about whether your nomination is current and in order, then contact RI Toowoomba to discuss your situation confidentially and with no obligation. To find out more about the options available with your superannuation, contact RI Toowoomba on 07 4639 3733 or at enquiries@ri *Jeff English is an Authorised Representative of RI Advice Group Pty Limited (ABN 23 001 774 125), Australian Financial Services Licence 238429. This editorial does not consider your personal circumstances and is general advice only. You should not act on the information provided without first obtaining professional financial advice specific to your circumstances. The taxation information contained in this editorial is provided as a guide only and should not be relied upon. You should seek independent tax advice from a qualified tax adviser.

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.

LAW, FINANCE and YOU Seniors oppose weakening of finance sector protections OLDER Australians are opposed to the Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos’ moves to reverse consumer protections introduced under the Future of Financial Advice reforms (FOFA). In particular, National Seniors is concerned about proposals to remove the opt-in requirements so that advisers no longer need to seek their client’s agreement every two years, and to remove the retrospective application of the fee disclosure requirement.Moves to reverse consumer protections introduced under the Future of Financial Advice reforms are concerning. This means that advisers will not need to provide fee disclosure statements to clients who entered into a fee arrangement before the mandatory 1 July 2013 start date of FOFA. “What this says

is that consumers do not have support for ensuring basic accountability for the services financial advisers are paid to provide,” said National Seniors chief executive, Michael O’Neill. “These amendments are being pushed through without proper consumer consultation. “If cutting red tape means creating a murky environment in which the hardearned savings of working Australians end up in the hands of financial advisers, you can leave it.” Research conducted by Rice Warner Actuaries in 2013 found that the FOFA laws would boost private savings under advice by $144 billion by 2027; and reduce the average cost of financial advice from $2,046 to $1,163 by 2026/27. Media release: National Seniors

Is income from a feed-in solar tariff taxable? THERE doesn’t appear to be any specific taxation legislation dealing with income derived from feed- in tariffs. Whether it is assessable income depends on the income producing nature of the activity. If it can be demonstrated that the system was installed with a view to making a profit, then receipts under the feed in tariff would be considered assessable income while all expenses associated with the income generating activity would be deductible (eg depreciation). In most cases, systems installed at domestic sites. If the system is installed at a commercial site, it will most likely be considered taxable. However, system owners should consult their accountant for advice or can also request a private ruling from the ATO. According to a May 2010 announcement from Centrelink, feed- in tariff credits where applied as a credit on an electricity account are not included in Centrelink’s income test for pensioners, but credits converted to cash payments such as a cheque or direct deposit will be. The adjusted policy has applied from 14 May 2010 and is relevant to not just pensions, but all Social Security income support payments such as NewStart. However, it is still unclear if this applies to payments such as Family Tax Allowance and Parenting Payments. People who may be affected should consult with their local Centrelink Office. Source:

Toowoomba’s most convenient Wills & Estate Planning Service THE latest step in the march of consumer convenience has arrived with a Wills and Estate Planning service that comes to you. In a first for Toowoomba, Gray Lawyers will meet with clients in their home, office or even in a coffee shop to take their instructions for the preparation of wills, enduring powers of attorney and other estate planning documents. The service is the brainchild of Gray Lawyers Principal Sheelagh Gray. Sheelagh explains, “Preparing a Will is one of those legal tasks that most people put off and many find inconvenient.” “By offering a mobile service we reduce the difficulty of people finding the time to make it into a lawyer’s office.” “To add further to the convenience we can see clients after hours and even on weekends so they don’t have to worry about getting away from work.” “My husband and I both work full-time so we appreciate the difficulty for couples in matching schedules for the usual two appointments necessary to discuss their wishes then review and sign the documents.” “By taking advantage of our mobile service, and our after hours appointment times, they can find the time and place that best suits them.” “Our mobile service is also very much driven out of our understanding of the needs of the senior members of our community.” “We are happy to visit clients in retirement villages and aged care facilities for estate planning advice and also for any Elder Law issues they may wish to discuss.” “Our plain English, independent advice on retirement village leases is something that many seniors

take advantage of before taking the major step of moving out of their own home.” Gray Lawyers Consultant, and husband to Principal Sheelagh, John Gray Gray Lawyers Principal said, “All too Sheelagh Gray, with trusty pink often this laptop, offering the convenience area of law is of a mobile Will service undervalued because of the availability of Will kits and cut price Will services.” “Poorly prepared Wills can result in significant loss in the value of the estate through complicated administration, unexpected tax consequences and family infighting.” “Gray Lawyers was founded with a clear intention. To offer the focussed, quality advice the Toowoomba community needs in the areas of Wills & Estates and Elder Law.” “We hope to provide the expert advice necessary to get a Will done properly – but at a price that suits the individual’s needs.” “We are also available to give free presentations for senior living residents, community groups or other clubs and associations that would like some free information in the area of wills & estates.” Gray Lawyers Toowoomba phone 07 4613 5794.

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TOOWOOMBA Landcare Group was formed in 2000. The group started out hosting localised community events FOR more than 30 years flooring, all ranges of such as National Tree Day and have Ron Lindenberg has ceramic and porcelain now grown to manage several large and worked for floortiles, timber and timber small sustainable farming and covering retailer laminates, blinds and biodiversity projects in the surroundAndersens and that is shutters. Their main ing areas. because of “the way warehouse and head they look after you”, he office is still in Gatton, so Toowoomba Landcare Group was said. they don’t have far to go formed by a group of people interested in seeing the community of He started as an installer for stock. Toowoomba become more responsible when the business, then As well as growth in owned by Jack product, Andersens has and involved in looking after our natural resources. The group now provides Andersen, was based in expanded to more than opportunities for the community to beGatton. 50 stores across come involved in local projects and for Each weekend,Jack Queensland and NSW, Landholders to undertake sustainable Andersen would send up and boasts the largest farming and biodiversity projects on a ute-load of carpets warehousing facility in their properties. from the Gatton wareQueensland. Our slogan “Get Your Hands Dirty”!!! house to be installed in Undoubtedly, the We are always looking for more people and around the biggest challenge Mr to become involved and welcome evToowoomba districts. Lindenberg has faced Mr Lindenberg proved during his 30-plus years eryone to our events. Landcare is a well recognised and respected concept with the company was himself a valuable Ron Lindenberg has spent more than which is non-political, but rather, foemployee laying most, if the inundation of the 30 years installing carpets and selling not all, of the product store during the January cuses on giving all community memflooring for Andersens overa weekend. 2011 floods when he was bers the opportunity to take responsibility for their environment in a practihe said.”I like talking to Eventually, a retail store within Andersens responsible for getting cal way. Toowoomba. He now has people and helping opened in Toowoomba, the staff to safety. The group provides a focus for raising two other invaluable reps them.” so he moved across to He then had to get out awareness of environmental issues and He has seen the busiAndersens full time as a helping him to manage himself through the promotion of practical action. It will also ness grow and also many thigh-deep flood water, sub-contractor installing this ever growing provide the opportunity for community commercial division. changes with the ever all ranges of products. no easy task with the Twenty-one years ago he Mr Lindenbergis now the increasing technology water pouring in behind members to “get their hands dirty” in looking after the natural resources in longest serving staff that goes into the making him. Now he says if he decided to become a of carpets and vinyl. sales rep and for the last member in the ever sees water coming Toowoomba store and Andersens have a 19 or so years he has up to the posts outside massive range of carpets, the store he’s heading headed the very prosper- clearly likes his job.”I vinyls, stocking bamboo straight for home. ous commercial division enjoy what I’m doing,” SUPER FRESH Bags keep your fruit and vegetables fresh from the day you buy them to the day you eat them. One of the simplest ways we can save money is by reducing our own food wastage. Throwing out just $10 worth of food a week is $520 a year in the garbage. So, how do you take advantage of buying in bulk without the fruit and vegetables going off before they are eaten? Super Fresh Bags are a new food storage system that is easy to use, efficient, relatively inexpensive and take up little space in the refrigerator. They are made

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Toowoomba and surrounding areas, and provides links to other like-minded groups. The group manage on-ground works and skills and knowledge projects involving Landholders and other partners including Local Government, Main Roads, Regional Bodies and other environmental groups. Activities include local animal and plant investigation, tree planting, bush regeneration, weed control, native animal habitat restoration, erosion control, streambank management and establishment of pastures. The group has a number of subgroups, including the Highfields Cooby Catchment Landcare Group and the Ravensbourne and District Landcare Group. Come along and listen to our informative speakers. Would you like to know more about: Weed and their control? Steps to take in fire prone areas? Attracting wildlife to your property? Native plants? Planning your property for nature and lifestyle? Funding available for Lantana control and Native plants. To find out about workshops, up coming events or inquire about how you can contribute, please contact Kym Campbell, Coordinator, Toowoomba Landcare Group, PO Box 1773, 310 Anzac Avenue, Toowoomba Qld 4350. Phone 4620 0114 or Website:

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Toowoomba Knit and Natter

TOOWOOMBA Knit and Natter meet on the second Tuesday of every month at 17 Podd Street, Wilsonton. Knitters and crocheters of all ages welcome, bring your work. 10am to 3pm. Come and stay as long as you like. Beginners welcome but you should know how to knit or crochet basics. Refreshments. Free to all. Phone 07 4634 0492 for more information.


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Ian and Lea Bentley (pictured on right) and their friendly assistants Kelly and Julie (right hand side) welcome everyone to come along to their newly opened Discount Drug Store located at RedEdge shopping centre on the corner of James and Pechey Streets. Customers can expect the same high standards and personalised service that was provided when the pharmacy was located in Gardentown. Ian and Lea look forward to seeing their regular customers again, and would like to invite new customers to come along and experience the benefits others are receiving from the caring and professional team at the James Street Discount Drug Store.

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Dry Up Program aims to improve bowel and bladder incontinence CONTINENCE nurse advisor “Many of the participants Julie Westaway believes are managing other chronic television shows such as diseases such as multiple Embarrassing Bodies have sclerosis, Parkinson’s highlighted the significance disease and heart disease of bowel, bladder and pelvic which can lead to towards floor dysfunction in the bowel and bladder probcommunity. lems. In the course of her work, Ms “It is really important that Westaway has also noticed people who are managing an increase in people referchronic conditions consider encing the UK-based medical taking part in this program.” show when describing their Ms McQuillan said the ailments. common myth that inconti“It is amazing how many nence was a natural part of people tell me they have seen aging or having children their health problem on that was incorrect. show,” Ms Westaway said. “This results in many Although not generally the people putting up with the topic of dinner-table converissue and not seeking help,” sation, Ms Westaway and she said. colleague Janelle McQuillan “The first step towards both agree, urinary and faecal recovery or better manageincontinence is becoming a ment is to raise the issue more widely considered with a health professional. health issue. “We want to help people to “Over four million people in self manage their bladder Continence nurse advisor Janelle McQuillan will lead a Australia suffer from incontiand bowel problems to six-week program aimed at giving people the skills to nence issues,” Ms McQuillan ensure a healthier lifestyle ‘self-manage’ their incontinence issues. said. and maintain their indepenTo help overcome the stigma dence in their own home.” of incontinence, the service will host a six-week Dry Up The Dry Up Program will be held from Monday, February 24 program this month. at the Jacaranda Room, Grand Central Shopping Centre. The free program invites both men and women of all ages to Participants are also invited to bring a family member, carer learn how to “self-manage” their bowel and bladder probor friend to support them during the program. lems before the severity of symptoms increases. Registrations for the free program are essential and can be It is aimed at giving people enough information to avoid a made through Janelle McQuillan or Julie Westaway on 4616 hospital visit or to improve their independence. 6800.

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dent n e p e d In g in y a t S and Improved heart attack prediction for diabetics

AUSTRALIAN researchers have found a simple screening test that boosts the ability to predict heart attacks and death in people with type 2 diabetes. Lead author Associate Professor Graham Hillis, of The George Institute for Global Health and

The University of Sydney, said the study had found that two biomarkers, HighSensitivity Cardiac Troponin T and N-Terminal ProB-Type Natriuretic Peptide, appeared to greatly improve the accuracy with which the risk of cardiovascular events or death

can be estimated in patients with type 2 diabetes. “The addition of either marker improved the prediction of major cardiovascular events within the next five years. Likewise, both markers greatly improved the accuracy with

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which the five-year risk of death was predicted. “The combination of both markers provided optimal risk discrimination.” In contrast, levels of total cholesterol or high-sensitivity C-reactive protein provided minimal additional prognostic information, he said. Diabetes is the world’s fastest-growing chronic

disease. In 2013, 382 million people had diabetes in 2013; a figure expected to almost double to 592 million by 2031. About 956,000 Australians have type 2 diabetes, which is diagnosed in up to 90 per cent of all diabetics. The study is important because the incidence of heart attacks is increased twofold to threefold in pa-

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methods, he said, were imperfect, and classical cardiovascular risk factors were relatively poor predicators in patients with diabetes. The study looked a 3,862 patients who participated in the Action in Diabetes and Vascular Disease (ADVANCE) trial, and was published in Diabetes Care. Source:

Tuesday Talks - Wellness of body, mind and spirit TUESDAY Talks is an informal gathering which is on the 2nd Tuesday of each month and is open to anyone who wishes to attend. New faces are very welcome. The talks are free, with an optional donation which is used to help cover the costs of creating the event. We have a different guest speaker each month with the focus being wellness of body, mind and spirit. Our speakers have included Naturopaths, Kinesiologists, Feng Shui practitioners, Hypnotherapists, Acupuncturists, Food specialists, Yoga teachers and many many more.


tients with type 2 diabetes, to the point that about two in every three patients with the condition will die due to cardiovascular disease. “Simple screening tests that better detect high risk Type 2 diabetes patients would be particularly valuable,” said Associate Professor Graham Hillis. Existing risk prediction

Tuesday Feb 11 Speaker: Glynis Stevenson. Glynis will start the year with a session on “Soul Collage”, a wonderful way of exploring self through pictures and associations. Glynis has a background in teaching, psychology, Shell Essences and Soul Collage. We are in for a delightful session. Due to Platform 9 closing, a venue is still being confirmed, however, Tuesday Talks will continue with a 10am start. Please contact me for information and to be added to the mailing list. Barb Free: 0414 999 714 or email

Too hot to sleep? IF a loved one who is a resident at an aged care facility is restless during summer nights, Ron Grunstein, Professor of Sleep Medicine at Sydney Medical School, may be able to help. “Sleep and body control of temperature are intimately connected. Body temperature follows a 24 hour cycle linked with the

sleep wake rhythm,” he writes. According to Professor Grunstein, body temperature decreases during the night time sleep phase and rises during the wake phase. Sleep is most likely to occur when core temperature decreases, and much less likely to occur during the rises. He adds the hands and feet play a key role in facilitating sleep as they permit the heated blood from the central body to lose heat to the environment through the skin surface. The sleep hormone melatonin plays an important part of the complex loss of heat through the peripheral parts of the body, Professor Grunstein explains. “At sleep onset,

core body temperature falls but peripheral skin temperature rises. But temperature changes become more complex during sleep as our temperature self regulation varies according to sleep stage,” he says. Research has shown how environmental heat can disturb this delicate balance between sleep and body temperature. For instance, an ambient temperature of 22 or 23 degrees Celsius is ideal. Any major variation in this leads to disturbance of sleep with reduced slow wave sleep (a stage of sleep where the brain’s electrical wave activity slows and the brain ‘rests’), and also results in less dreaming sleep (rapid

eye movement or REM sleep). According to Professor Grunstein, during REM sleep, our ability to regulate body temperature is impaired. Restless sleep may contribute to problems with complex memory retention, higher judgement (poorer decision making and increased risk taking behaviour), blood pressure control and regulation of glucose in the body. As we age, our sleep patterns change. In general, older people sleep less, experience more fragmented sleep, and spend less time in stages 3 & 4 and REM sleep (deep sleep and dream sleep) than younger people. Courtesy:


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Set sustainable health goals, not resolutions say health experts AT a time of year when healthy living resolutions are made and broken with almost the same frequency, healthcare professionals are encouraging people to look at more sustainable ways to build their health and wellbeing by attending a new symposium in Toowoomba in February. Darling Downs South West Queensland (DDSWQ) Medicare Local Rural and Remote Clinical Adviser Betti Chapelle said the Health and Wellbeing Symposium would encourage attendees to look at long-term strategies to achieve their goals. “The reason so many New Years resolutions fail is because they are impulsive and emotionally-driven decisions that lack real planning,” Betti said. “There’s no doubt that many people aspire to live healthier, more emotionally-satisfactory lives. “The problem is that longterm change requires planning and commitment and making a quick wish before a new year is often setting yourself up to fail, which then makes you feel worse. It becomes a vicious circle.” A recent Australian consumer study into wellbeing showed that 58 percent of people wish they could spend more time on improving their health and wellbeing; 79 percent of parents with children aged less than 18 years of age wish they could spend more time on improving their health and wellbeing and 83 percent are prepared to pay more money for products or services that enhance their feelings of wellbeing. “We’re aiming to examine a lot of the key issues around wellbeing at the symposium,” Betti said. “What is wellbeing and how do you achieve it? How do you live with intention, practice wellness, play with abandon, laugh a lot, develop and maintain strong relationships with family, friends and across our communities, work in an enjoyable and rewarding work environment and set goals and work towards them?” The Health and Wellbeing Symposium will be held in Toowoomba on 21 and 22 February and will include a range of speakers around the theme Wellbeing: Getting the Balance Right. Speakers will include Dr Toby Ford, Amanda Gore, Sprout Cooking School, Dr Felice Jacka, Dr Rick Kausman, Robert Boyd, Tom Cuddihy PhD, Fiona Cosgrove and Dr Ramesh Manocha. For more information, visit

Vastly different from ordinary nursing homes FREEDOM Total Life Care Communities are not traditional nursing homes, nor can we be compared with any other aged care community, but, as our name implies, unique aged care communities dedicated to delivering unmatched levels of freedom, lifestyle and care. Every aspect of life in a Freedom Total Life Care Community is based around instant access to 24 hours a day nursing care, throughout the day and night. The truly unique and special thing about Freedom is that you never have to worry about the changing levels of care you may need. Caring for you through every stage of the ageing journey is our passion and our promise. If and when your health needs change we will simply increase the level of nursing care you require in the privacy of your own Freedom home. You should never have to leave. Every Freedom community has its own Registered Nurse with a team of highly trained nursing staff at your call every minute of the day and night.

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Freedom also has its own team of Diversional Therapists. On a day-to-day basis, every Freedom resident has their own personal Care Manager and a care plan specific to their individual needs. Each community is a vibrant social centre built on passionate pillars of personal freedom, friendship, and fun. At Freedom couples can live together, even if one partners’ health deteriorates, we simply increase the level of nursing care to the partner requiring more care. And at Freedom you can also continue to live with your pets in your own Freedom home. Every Freedom resident is recognised and respected as part of the Freedom Family. For family it means peace of mind knowing you are with the best aged care service, enjoying all the freedom, fun, friendship and personal care you could ever want. Phone 1800 734 317, Email, Website

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FEELING GOOD Independent and Staying Yoga helps prevent rusting out NO MATTER what your age, you can make positive changes to your life that will bring substantial results with the introduction of yoga into your lifestyle. Lesleigh Camm is the quintessential example of how yoga can help you physically, mentally and emotionally. For more than 50 years, Lesleigh has been involved in yoga and has been teaching its benefits for nearly as long. “As we age, the trend is to become more sedentary,” she said. “If you park the car and don’t use it, it will rust. “Yoga can help you with balance, calmness, breathing, posture and muscle tone.” All of this is particularly important as we age, so Lesleigh is keen to share the benefits with seniors. She is quick to point out that yoga is not about throwing your leg up over your shoulder or trying to achieve strange and seemingly impossible positions.

Lesleigh Camm is keen to share the many benefits of yoga with seniors

It’s about teaching a practical and sustainable way of improving your health – both physical and mental. “Our motto is ‘you do your best and leave the rest’,” she said. Her studio is a welcoming and calm environment, and one of the best things about attending is that

participants do not need to have had any prior experience. Nor do they need to buy any special equipment or clothing. Lesleigh is looking for expressions of interest in a seniors’ class, so if you are interested please ring 4633 3701 to register your details.

Prostate Cancer Support Group

THE Toowoomba Prostate Cancer Support Group is the local support group for men dealing with prostate cancer, their partners and children. We offer support and information for you to help cope with your diagnosis, or to help that person in your life who is dealing with a diagnosis of prostate cancer. The group meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6pm. Meetings are held in the Cancer QLD building on Herries Street, Toowoomba. For more information contact Mal Haddon 0411 645 191, Bonnie Teschner 0439 913 202 or Mark Forbes 0405 311 780. You do not have to deal with Prostate Cancer on your own. “The more information you have, the more empowered you’ll be”.

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Joan is poster girl for positive ageing AT 82, Joan Murch shows no signs of giving in to the years. True, she has given up belly dancing at least for the time being because of “dicky” knees but she still puts on the CD and dances around the house when the mood strikes. After all she likes to be active, which takes the form of playing and teaching mah jong (“It’s so good for the mind!”), writing a lot, mainly on spiritual themes, joining in with the activities of the local Red Hatters (who are dedicated to growing old disgracefully) and generally taking an interest in what makes people tick. And she is also a clairvoyant. “My philosophy is if each of us could follow just one commandment, that is to love one another, then no one would lie, cheat or steal,” she said. “A sour outlook is no good to anyone. “You have to look for the good, just open your eyes and find it.” Joan is something of a poster girl for positive ageing. She was born in Hemel Hampstead in London; she has been dancing since starting at the age of four as a student of the Rosie Halle School of

Learn a new skill at QCWA craft school HAVE you ever wished to learn needle tatting or wanted to try your hand at hardanger embroidery? How about patchwork, knitting, crocheting or canvas work? Well, now you can with the help of the talented members of QCWA at their three-day craft school to be held on March 17, 18 and 19. Participants can sign up for one of the classes which will run from 9.30am to 3pm each day at the QCWA centre. Classes covered include

Sharing a love of craft at QCWA are (from left) Joy Guymer, Mavis Sage and Rhelma Draydon

basic hardanger, needle tatting, foundation pieced patchwork, knitting and crochet, and creative canvas work. Registration before March 3 is essential and a tuition fee of $15 is payable at the time of booking. A list of requirements for each class is available from the QCWA centre, 263 Margaret Street, opposite Gardentown shopping centre. For more information contact Ruby on 4630 3522.

Dancing. She has worked at the Scottish golf resort of Gleneagles, in Europe on exchange in hotel work, as an “au pair” in America and came to Australia in 1964 with her young family. She liked Australia so much she became an Australian citizen. Much to her surprise she found out at Christmas that she is now a great-grandmother. Over the years she had lost touch with a grand daughter she had last seen 24 years ago when she was three or four. The granddaughter tracked Joan down through Facebook and contacted her renewing acquaintances.

Make 2014 the year to take better care of yourself

IF YOU are a woman aged 40 or over and your 2014 New Year’s resolution is to take better care of yourself then it’s time to book in for a free breast screen. This is the New Year message from Queensland Breast Screen Health Promotion Officer Jessica Hobbs who is urging local women to address any overdue breast health checks they may require. “We all know how quickly time gets away on us and we can tend to neglect the things that are most important, such as our health,” Ms Hobbs said. “We want local women to remember the best time to start taking better care of themselves is now and this is why we want to remind them that a breast screen is the most effective way to detect breast cancer in its early stages, well before a physical examination will detect anything.” Ms Hobbs said one in eight Queensland women will develop breast cancer at some point in their life, but 90 per cent of women who do have no family history of breast cancer. “An absence of family history of breast cancer is certainly not a reason for complacency when it comes to early detection,” she said. “You don’t need a doctor’s referral and it’s free for women aged 40 or over so if you’re due for a breast screen phone 13 20 50 to book an appointment.”

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community news SWQ cancer crusaders receive special thanks SOUTH West Queensland locals are a generous bunch, dedicated to make a difference in the fight against cancer – now it is time to say a special thanks. Five of the region’s most passionate and successful Cancer Council Queensland Hope Ambassadors have been recognised at a special thank you event held in their honour on Saturday, November 30 at Highfields Cultural Centre, Toowoomba Highfields. Hope Ambassadors are given their prestigious titles for their amazing contribution to the fight against cancer and each year they take part in CancerFREE Challenge – an invite only event that challenges individuals, groups and branch members to raise more than $10,000 throughout the year. Only 99 Hope Ambassadors were nominated across Queensland this year to take part in the CancerFREE Challenge. Three cancer crusaders took the South West

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Queensland titles, including Team Winner Kaye Bock’s ‘Kaye’s CancerFREE Challenge Team’, Branch Winner Dalby and Individual Winner Pat Sleba. The highest individual, team

and branch from across Queensland will progress to the State Final in Brisbane on December 12. The State Winner will be announced and awarded with a research grant

named in their honour, or in memory of a person of their choice. This year, branch winner Dalby will attend the State Final as they are in the running to take the title. Other Hope

QRAIL: Hear how it all began Albert Square 1914

ON Sunday February 23 at Sandgate Museum Greg Hallam, Historian with Queensland Rail, will present a talk about the beginnings of Queensland’s first railway, what it meant to the people of the colony at that time and how it came to form such an integral part of the story of Queensland. The Museum is at 150 Rainbow St Sandgate where the talk entitled “History Snippets from Queensland Rail” will begin at 1.30pm followed by a “cuppa” about 3.00pm. Admission is by gold coin donation. Visitors are welcome. Enquiries phone 0408 073 179, email sandgatemuseum or visit the website The talk will take place at an auspicious date as February 25 will mark 150 years since construction work began on the first section of the Southern & Western Railway from Ipswich to Bigges Camp (Grandchester) where the first railway line officially opened in July 1865. Fifty years later in February 1914 Queensland Rail always good promoters of their history -

recognised this achievement with a series of events. Brisbane Market Square (now King George Square) was the site of a special exhibit with a display of what was then the oldest (and smallest) steam locomotive that had survived with Queensland Railways from 1865 and the largest (and most modern) steam locomotive, with carriages. To display the locomotives temporary tracks were laid from Roma Street and the trains were placed side by side on some short track panels. A special display of signalling and “then and now” facts and figures were also on show and the Queensland Railways band entertained the crowds. Greg Hallam is a graduate and postgraduate student of the University of Queensland, a member of the Professional Historians Association of Queensland, and has been employed in the cultural heritage field in Queensland for nearly 20 years.He is also a third generation family member of the Queensland Railways, with a family railway history stretching back over a century.

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Ambassadors recognised on the day included Rookie of the Region Kathy Sankey and Spirit of Challenge Frances Nord. Individual Winner Pat Sleba has volunteered for Cancer

Council Queensland since 2004 and was honoured to be named as a Hope Ambassador. “I used to be an aged care nurse and I saw a lot of people sick with cancer and this inspired

me to do whatever I can to raise funds for cancer research and support,” he said. Cancer Council Queensland Regional Fundraising Coordinator Susan Hickey said South West Queensland’s Hope Ambassadors and local Challenge winners were an inspiration to many in the local community. “Many of our Hope Ambassadors have worked so hard for many years to help us in our fight against cancer, and their dedication and determination as volunteers inspires us all to do and be our best,” she said. “Thanks to the long-term efforts of hard working volunteers like our Hope Ambassadors, Cancer Council Queensland is able to continue to invest in potentially lifesaving cancer research, education programs and patient support services.” For more information about Cancer Council Queensland visit or call the Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20.

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DURING the first term members of U3A (University of the Third Age) will lead a variety of activities to promote healthy ageing. The 28 classes include Tai-chi, birdwatching, and garden visits which are conArthur Maynard, Erica Finegan and Neil Bonnell ducted in outdiscuss the U3A program for the first term of 2014 door locations. Lessons on the use of computers, and sonal development, the of the 19th and 20th cenmobile phones, solving economics and politics of tury. Card games, board cryptic crosswords, knit- China, and Books. Musi- games, and Mah-Jong are ting, card making croquet cians are catered for with available each week. For and mosaics will be avail- tuition and practice within information on activities able to members. Groups three recorder groups, or U3A contact Erica on will meet regularly to dis- and an opportunity to (4667 0848) or email cuss current affairs, Per- meet the great composers

Nola Wade of Millmerran reminisces . . . TOOWOOMBA is etched in my life as THE town of my past, my present, my future. My parents were dairy farmers on various properties on the Darling Downs and Toowoomba was the place to shop for supplies, stock sales and just a day out. This was in the days before outlying shopping centres such as K Mart and Grand Central were in existence. Ruthven Street was the hub of the city and businesses such as Michael’s - a drapery and fruit shop; Oliver Twist Cafe for a pie, peas and mashed potatoes, Londy’s for a caramel milkshake or Palings for a new piano could be located. This is where I attended High School (Harristown) and where I was employed, initially at Toomaroo - a business owned by the

Griffith family to cater for the needs of outlying station properties. I then worked as a clerk at Wyeth’s Hardware store where I operated a mechanism where money was put in a chute, sent to an upstairs office, and returned with the correct change. Finally, I was a private secretary at the State Wheat Board. My life has taken me to different locations in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria and now residing in the Millmerran district. Toowoomba is the place to indulge my wishes for fancy restaurants, unlimited shopping, amazing views, friendliness and many memories. I have travelled to many cities in overseas countries, but in my book, Toowoomba is the cream of the crop and city of the future.

HOLIDAY & Leisure An event-full year for Norfolk Island by Phil Hawkes

THERE are many good reasons to plan a trip this year to Norfolk Island, undiscovered by many Australians yet only just over 2 hours flight from Brisbane. I’ve often been asked “why go to Norfolk when there are so many island options in the Whitsundays, North Queensland and the Pacific. What’s the big attraction?” For a start, if it’s true R&R you want [not the Bangkok kind] you’ll find N.I. one of the most relaxing places on earth. That’s probably one of the reasons people like Colleen McCullough and Helen Reddy have their havens there. You can spend days among the stately pines and observing the seascapes, just communing with

nature if that’s on your current bucket list. Alternatively, there are plenty of things to do if you want some action like golf, tennis, fishing, walking along beautiful trails or horse riding. And if you’re interested in Australia’s colonial past and the saga of the Bounty mutineers whose descendants now populate the island, there’s a rich vein of history with significant buildings, museums and exhibits to explore. Food and wine buffs are well catered for, with everything from “paddock to plate” fine dining to “fish fries” in hotels and other outdoor locations, making use of the island’s excellent fresh seafood and vegetables. There’s also a thriving coffee culture and a distillery producing all-

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too-drinkable liqueurs which make good souvenirs or gifts to bring back, duty-free. Other spirits are available at the town’s duty-free shop. As well as all that, N.I. has a surprising and varied special events

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programme right through the year. One worth noting is the “Christmas in July….Aussie Icons”

series of concerts and other activities 12-19 July, with guest appearances by Normie Rowe,

Colleen Hewitt and Johnny Young. A special highlight will be a lunch and afternoon hosted by acclaimed author Colleen McCullough. A similar event last year organised by Trade Travel was a rousing success. Here are a few other event highlights: First Fleet Anniversary celebrations 3-6 March; Quilting Retreat 7-11 April; Country Music Festival 18-22 May; Bounty Day celebrations 9 June; Rock n Roll Festival 2226 July; Food Festival 22-29 November; Norfolk Island Jazz Festival 6-13 December.

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VISITING Vietnam, China and Japan are often high on the list for clients at My Personal Travel Planner although some are a little unsure of how to approach these culturally different destinations. The first thing I do is hand over one of Wendy Wu Tours beautiful destination brochures. ASIA specialist tour operator Wendy Wu Tours offer travellers more than 50 fully inclusive escorted itineraries across Asia including China, Mongolia, Tibet,

Vietnam, India, Cambodia, Laos, Central Asia, Thailand, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Borneo, Sri Lanka, South Korea and Japan. Their main endeavor is to not only provide tour members with the ‘must see’ attractions in each country, but to create innovative programs to previously unreachable areas, continually servicing clients’ ongoing needs. With such an extensive range of packages there is one to suit every type of traveller from rail buffs, cruise lovers & culinary learners to

active-paced exploring & beachside relaxing. The popular 16-day Indochina Delights tour covers Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Highlights include an overnight aboard a Junk boat in Halong Bay, attending a Buddhist ceremony in Luang Prabang and exploring the temples of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. Vietnam beach stay packages and Borneo short stays are also featured in Wendy Wu Tour’s 2014 Vietnam brochure, which also covers Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar,

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Former Officer Marty Kreisch entertains visitors on the Ex-Officer/ Ex-Inmate tour

OLD “screws” and “crims” stories are soon to be preserved under the plans of Boggo Road Gaol Pty Ltd. Over the next 12 months, Jack Sim and his team of Researchers, will begin interviewing and recording the incredible stories and tales of those who were part of the history of Boggo Road. “People often ask me, how did I become fascinated with Boggo Road. I count among my friends a number of former Officers and Prisoners who have a wealth of memories and tales which are impossible not to become fascinated by. Some of their information has made it into the tours that we run through the Gaol, but we would like members of the public to be able to access this living history outside of tours. We will digitally record these men and women, and make their tales available

online to everyone. It will be a great way for people to learn about the Gaol, and promote its value to Queensland”. As well as regular guided tours, the Gaol also runs Ex-Officer / Ex-Inmate Tours taken by a former Warder and a Prisoner. “Many of the people who we are interviewing are either retired, or close to retirement, and the tours we offer give them the opportunity to come into contact with younger generations and make them aware of the changes that have taken place regarding Crime, Justice and Society.” Over the past 12 months, Boggo Road Gaol has been visited by many Seniors Groups and Social Clubs. Discounts apply for large groups. Tea and coffee is provided complimentary.

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Is South America on your bucket list?

IF so, why not join Jan McSweeney from Travelscene Jan McSweeney on a specially designed tour, departing Brisbane on 5th September 2014. This comprehensive 24 night tour, which includes international and all internal flights, begins in the Chilean capital, Santiago, after your flight from Brisbane. Here, a special treat is our visit to Fundación Origen, in the Maipo Valley, an organic farm and agricultural school, which educates more than 300 underprivileged children, between 13 and 17 years of age, from low income areas. They are provided full time free education and meals to earn a 4-year degree in Agro- Ecologic Agriculture. Among the many other tour highlights Jan has crafted, including several not available in most South American “brochure-based’ tours, is the unique Lakes Crossing from Puerto Varas in Chile to the scenic town of Bariloche in Argentina. This is the most exciting way to travel between Chile and Argentina, offering views of spectacular alpine landscapes. From the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires (the city of ‘Good Air’), we venture out of town, visiting a cattle ranch to experience first-hand the romantic world of the working gaucho, traditional cowboy of the Pampas. In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s most spectacular city, we take a cog-wheel tram ride to the top of Corcovado

visit the lake with its unique artificial reed islands, home to the Uros people. The highest altitude of the tour, this area has been left until last, so that travellers can acclimatise gradually. Jan has previously escorted tours to Bangkok, Hong Kong and Shenzhen, Vietnam and Cambodia, China, the Somme (France) in conjunction with a European River Cruise and, in 2013, a tour to Russia, Warsaw and the Baltic States. If you are seeking a spectacular holiday where your travel agent accompanies you and

Mountain and visit one of its most widely known landmarks, the famed Statue of Christ the Redeemer. From there we can enjoy exceptional 360’ views of the city and its famous beaches, including Copacabana and Ipanema. The Iguaçu Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage site often compared with Africa’s Victoria Falls, are located between Argentina and Brazil, against a backdrop of exuberant rainforest and clouds of soaking mist. They present visitors with a once-in-a-lifetime experience of the rain- forest, overlooking the sacred Urubamba Valley. This ‘Lost City of the Incas’ lay undiscovered for centuries, until it was revealed to the modern world by American archaeologist, Hiram Bingham, in 1911. Yet another once-in-alifetime experience is the journey back to Cuzco on the luxury ‘Hiram Bingham’ train. The rail awesome power of nature. We see the falls from both the Argentine and Brazilian sides, to appreciate the full extent of their grandeur. One of the unexpected highlights of this area is a visit to the Parque das Aves (Bird Sanctuary), a conservation project in the biodiverse Atlantic Rainforest, providing a safe home for birds under threat from animal trafficking, or those no longer able to survive in the wild. Their philosophy is that birds should be free to fly, have a

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to fit the locks. There is barely one metre to spare on either side of the ships so navigation while entering them is critical. Huge doors close off the lock and pumps move the water, raising or lowering the ship to the next level. Traversing each lock takes about 20 to 30 minutes. While in the Svir River, a stop is made at the tiny village of Svirstroy to allow passengers to visit a typical Russian house and sample the local customs. The waters along the rivers and canals are totally sheltered and passengers are barely aware of the movement of the ship – even the most seasickprone person should be able to cope! The trip then enters Lake Onega, second largest in Europe. This lake is dotted with over 1600 islands. Located in the rugged northern region of Karelia, it is renowned for its severe storms which can generate swells as high as five metres – maybe not the place for the seasick! For over half of each year the air temperatures are below zero. The timber industry is a major employer of people living around the lake. A visit is made to Petrozavodsk, a city of about one quarter of a million and only a short distance to the border with Finland. While this city has little to offer visitors, we did get a guided tour and sampled a Russian

Orthodox Church service – unusual in that the congregation stands for the entire duration. A visit was also made to see a display of Karelian folk dancing, a lively and energetic performance with some strange musical instruments. One of the most interesting visits of the trip was to Kizhi Island, almost in the geometric centre of Lake Onega. This was one of the most ancient inhabited sites of Russia. The island is about one kilometre wide and six kilometres long and has a collection of historic wooden buildings that comprise a national open-air museum. Some of the structures date to at least the 15th Century. The amazing 22-domed Church of the Transfiguration towers over the site. The thousands of silvery shingles of the domes were handmade from aspen. Nearby was the 10-domed Church of the Intercession, built in 1764 without nails. It is still in use. The oldest building was the 14th Century Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus, reputed to miraculously cure illnesses. More than 80 other buildings made for an enjoyable and informative visit. At various times throughout the cruise the Russian crew presented talks on different aspects of Russian culture, including drinking vodka, the participation in World War II, Russian cuisine and also entertained with

fairy tales and the Liar’s Club. The cruise continued through a succession of rivers, lakes and reservoirs. In the town of Goritsy we were taken on a tour of the largest monastery in the world, KirilloBelozersk, covering 25 hectares. A lake next to the monastery was supposed to have restorative waters, but, judging by some of the swimmers, it was not working! In the Volga River we called at Uglich and wandered around the waterfront. The Church of St Dmitry on the Blood commemorated the murder in 1591 of Ivan the Terrible’s 10-year-old son. A bizarre story was told of a large bell that tolled when the murder occurred. It was flogged, had its clapper removed and was exiled to Siberia! The final stage was through the Moscow Canal, a 128km structure built by prisoners during the Stalin era. It surpasses both the Suez and Panama canals as an engineering feat and provides a vital economic link between the Russian capital and major waterways including the Baltic, Caspian and Black Seas. The appearance of awful boxy high-rise apartment buildings heralded our approach to Moscow. The six-day cruise was thoroughly enjoyable and the Russian crew delightful. Many cruise lines offer similar trips so the choice is wide open.

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why not join the club’s members for meetings and practice from 10am

to 5pm on the second Sunday of each month, except May. BYO lunch on these days. Our next Everyone is welcome to come along to enjoy the club’s social music days from 12 noon to 5pm on first Sunday of each month, except January and September. It’s only

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QCWA Tombola morning QCWA Darling Downs Division are holding a Tombola morning on Monday Febuary 17 at 263 Margaret Street. The morning will commence with morning tea at 9.30. Admission is $5 which also includes a lucky door ticket and one strip of tombola numbers. Multi draw raffle tickets and further tombola numbers, will be available for purchase. Everyone welcome.

McGregor Summer School

Longyard Country Music Club welcomes you!

OUR next Social is the 2nd March, 2014. If you play an instrument, then

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$5 admission with free coffee and tea all day and raffles. Call Nola on 4635 2754 for more information or just come along and enjoy great country music at the Longyard Country Music Club Inc., Wyreema Hall, Umbiram Road, Wyreema.

THERE are lots of people who have been attending for over 20 years. Meryl Greet from North Qld has attended for 30 years. This year she did cloisonné enamelling and said she likes to come because of the friendly people “We meet up and sit at the same places every year”. Pictured right is Art tutor Michael Winters of the McGregor Summer made art and craft works thing from jewellery, School showing some of by students have been sculpture and woodwork his art. Some of the hand- put up for sale. Every- etc have been displayed.


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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Empire Theatre welcomes the Phantom in April THE Phantom of the Opera will come to Toowoomba’s Empire Theatre on Thursday April 3-Sunday April 13. Andrew Lloyd Weber’s well-loved musical will feature Brendon Walmsley as the Phantom, with Lisa Skerman as Christine and Zachary Denman as Raoul. In the lead-up to the opening the allprofessional production team headed by John Sencjuk is working with a company of talented members of the local community. Brendon Walmsley, who is better known as a singer of country music, has made the transition into musical theatre. John said it was great to see someone already recognised in one area of the industry trying something new. “He’s fantastic,” John said. “Using your voice in country music is different to the operatic demands of Phantom of the Opera. “He’s going to be terrific.” John said members of the cast were performers of a very high standard who have worked hard. He said most of them could readily step into professional roles if they were not otherwise engaged being geologists or farmers or in other occupations.

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From page 34 Fit the Word: 1. Pad 2. Oft 3. Ion 4. She 5. Lad Spot the Sum: 28 (12+16) Mind the Gap: Whippet, Smuggle, Primary, Chapati, Shekels, Firkins, Renewed, Nosegay. The shaded word is: PUMPKINS.

Brendon Walmsley as the Phantom of the Opera Photo courtesy Empire Theatre

Most did two or three shows a year which is much more than many professional performers. Zachary Denman is appearing in his first

major show since graduating from the Conservatorium. Every year the Empire Theatre presents a country engagement which is

always a big show. John said one of the joys of coming to Toowoomba is that the building is actually a restored heritage theatre, and there are not many of these left. “The audience is really lucky,” he said. “The theatre has a beautiful

auditorium in a style that provides a fantastic ambience and that really helps to engage an audience.” During more than 30 years involvement in the theatre industry from Perth to Sydney John Sencjuk has produced in excess of 300 productions, among them “Oklahoma!” “Sound of Music” “Into the Woods” and “Irene” for which Debbie Reynolds (who originally starred in the title role in the Broadway production) came to Perth to play a supporting role. He has directed and designed plays and cabarets, the most recent being “Madam Ballet” a play about the life of a Russian dancer, and he also does some writing for the theatre. He is shortly moving to live in South-East Queensland and says the opportunity to produce the musical here was a chance too good to pass up.

Paddy’s in the bathroom and Murphy shouts to him. “Did you find the shampoo?” Paddy says, “yes but it’s for dry hair and I’ve just wet mine.”

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