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Love of singing and performing makes High Altitude Harmony a standout chorus By Jo Marsh THERE is something about singing that transcends all ages and High Altitude Harmony gives credence to this, bringing great voices and a love of singing together through members ranging in age from 15 years to their early 70s. HAHis an all-male entertainment chorus whose singing style is “a capella”, that is singing without musical accompaniment. The group started in 2008 with a traditional barber-shop singing style but has developed its own persona and sings a wide range of music from traditional to contemporary numbers.President Peter Devey said the chorus currently has around 40 members and the young ones in particular are very enthusiastic. “Four of our members are under 20 years old,” Mr Devey said. “They are very performance driven and have joined up through their own interest in singing and performing. They have great support from their parents, and the older members of the group are there

Age is no barrier for members of popular entertainment chorus High Altitude Harmony who thrive on singing and performing for audiences locally, nationally and internationally.

to provide mentorship and act as role models.” Mr Devey says it’s the performance side that differentiates a chorus from a choir. It’s their interaction with the audience as well as their great harmonies that has made them such a popular

group – both to be in and to watch. One of their most popular productions is the annual singing restaurant which gives members the opportunity to really get into their parts and interact with the audience. In past years they have worked as singing

waiters and barmen, feeding and entertaining more than 200 people at each event. With this year’s singing restaurant expecting to attract up to 300 people, a new venue had to be sourced. “We outgrew our previous venue,” Mr Devey

said. “This year we are moving to the Cathedral Centre. It will be a bit easier for us, as previously we’ve had to do all the setup as well as the serving and performing.” When I spoke with Mr Devey, the chorus was rehearsing to perform at

Singfest 2014atTweed Heads, and will then travel to Wellington New Zealand in August for the Pan Pacific titles. “HAH aims to be the premier entertainment chorus on the Darling Downs, as part of that process we sing in bar-

bershop competitions locally, nationally and internationally,” he said. “We compete to track our own progress and to benchmark ourselves against other choruses.”

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Continued from page 1 We compare our competition scores over the last six years to ensure we keep on improving. We also receive valuable feedback from the judging panel that we incorporate into our performances.” A recent marketing drive has attracted somenew members but Mr Devey said there is certainly room for more. “We are looking for men who love to sing and have some singing ability,” he said. “Men who are interested in furthering that singing ability. We can provide training and assistance from within the group, and we also bring in professional coaches.” High Altitude Harmony performs at a number of events around Toowoomba including the Council’s Summer Tunes series, the winter camellia show at TAFE, Australia Day celebrations, the Hospice Christmas carols concert and more. The singing restaurant will be held on October 11 with profits going to the group’s chosen charity, the Toowoomba Hospice. Bookings for the singing restaurant will be open later in the year. If you are interested in finding out more about High Altitude Harmony go to http:// haharmony.groupanizer.com.

Downsizing not a priority for most seniors MOST seniors are reluctant to downsize to smaller residences, with an increasing number of older Australians preferring to live in homes with at least three bedrooms, according to new research. The National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre (NSPAC) study of 2000 National Seniors’

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members aged over 50 examined the proportion of seniors who downsized in the past five years, or who were considering downsizing in the future, and the motivating and discouraging factors affecting their decision to downsize. Only one quarter of people living alone in houses with three or more bedrooms were considering downsizing. Of those seniors who had downsized in the past five years, 43 per cent had moved into a three bedroom house, compared to only 17 per cent who had moved to an apartment/unit. National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill said the results showed seniors had a strong preference to remain in larger homes. “Policy-makers talk of seniors downsizing and freeing up family-sized homes but it seems older Australians aren’t so keen to do so,’’ O’Neill said. “Considering the lack of policy incentives to downsize, and the strong emotional attachment all Australians have to their family home, these findings are hardly

surprising.” The factor that discouraged the most people from downsizing was that it would “take too much effort” (44 per cent), especially for people aged over 75. The cost of stamp duty was reported as a disincentive by 33 per cent of people; and only 28 per cent of homeowners on the Age Pension said the previous Federal Labor Government’s proposed pilot scheme to encourage downsizing, which has since been scrapped, would have influenced them to move. O’Neill said it was clear there were still too many disincentives for seniors to downsize. “There have been no real measures to encourage seniors to downsize,’’ he said. “Policy interventions to reduce financial barriers such as cuts to stamp duty and a commitment to address the lack of age-appropriate housing in Australia could increase people’s incentive to downsize.” O’Neill added there was also a growing need for seniors to keep spare living space available to provide care for grandchildren or parents.

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community news Seniors information expo brings lifestyle choices together under one roof

Take advantage of the free entry into this year’s Seniors Information Expo to find out about travel, finances, lifestyle choices, hobbies and much more.

IT’S TIME to make a note in your diary or calendar,for Wednesday, August 20, that there’s only one place to be in Toowoomba – the Seniors Information Expo. Organised by U3A in Toowoomba,the expo is a one-stop shop for

seniorswith 80 information booths, interesting speakers, plenty to see and do, people to talk to and much food for thought (as well as for the belly). Best of all it is free to attend, thanks to sponsorship from Toowoomba Regional Council. There

will be information from government departments, social clubs, service groups, sporting clubs, about travel, hobbies, health, legal, finance, and of course, educational groups such as U3A. Organiser Irene Bridgeman said the event

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is designed to give seniors an opportunity to gather a diverse range of information relating to lifestyle choices during retirement. “The event is planned to encourage people to enjoy information gathering in a relaxed and friendly environment,” she said. “The information provided may be technical, social, practical or just fun things to do.” As well as information booths, there will be handmade jewellery and quilts for sale, and visitors can take a breather and enjoy the ever-popular Devonshire teas, morning tea or a light lunch.The expo has something for everyone – pensioners, seniors, retirees, those looking to retire, and those looking for help for their parents and grandparents.Take time to meet some of our local, friendly police officers, or find out exactly why the Red Hatters are always smiling and happy.Keep an eye out for the health check booth where you can have your blood pressure taken in a quiet room, or discuss dietary requirements or issues around

prevalent diseases such as diabetes.The team from Toowoomba & Darling Downs Seniors Newspapers will be there too, so

please stop by and say hello – we’d love to meet you. The expo will be held at HumeRidge Church of Christ, 461 Hume Street,

between 8.30am and 2.30pm. There is plenty of parking and easy access for walkers or wheelchairs. See you there!

Del Babington, Dulcie Bramley and Eunice Johnstone have been members of Inglewood’s 60s and Better Healthy Ageing Program since it began 20 years ago.

INGLEWOOD retirees Dulcie Bramley, Del Babington and Eunice Johnstone are a testament to the notion of living a healthy and active lifestyle. The trio came together at the end of May to mark 20 years since the inception of Inglewood’s 60s and Better Healthy Ageing Program. All three have participated in the group since it began in 1994. “We’ve had our exercise group for about 15 years,” Eunice said. “We go along three mornings a week, and do gentle exercise for about 35 minutes. There’s also tai chi, a dance group and an indoor bowls club.” Eunice said when members weren’t participating in group activities, they could often be spotted going for walks around Inglewood. The Inglewood 60s and Better group has approximately 40 members and was instigated by a forward-thinking committee who sought government funding during the 1990s. “The program started under the auspice of the Inglewood Community Welfare Group and was only supposed to last three years,” 60s and Better Healthy Ageing Program co-ordinator Monique Forster said. “But was such a success www.seniorsnewspaper.com.au

that it has been refunded every three years. The program is now funded by the Department of Communities and auspiced through the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service.” Monique said the program was based around the local Community Health Centre, and within the community. “The program supports older people to develop and manage healthy ageing programs in their own community focusing on increasing older people’s awareness of healthy lifestyle options, decreasing social isolation and improving linkages with other agencies,” Monique said. “The program supports seniors to be safe, independent, involved and informed members of the community. The program also aims to strengthen community recognition of the contribution of seniors.” The 20-year event was held at the Inglewood Civic Centre with approximately 40 members attending for a celebratory lunch, exercise demonstration and certificate presentations. The celebrations were emceed by Goondiwindi Regional Councillor Joan White. July 2014 - Toowoomba & Darling Downs Seniors - Page 3


community news Public forum will discuss impact of coal dust on human health

A PUBLIC forum to discuss the impacts of coal dust on human health will be held at Dr Price Rooms, Little Street, Toowoomba on Monday, July 14, 2014 starting at 7.30pm.The forum, hosted by Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE), will feature Mr Michael Kane from Clean Air Queensland. Every year 3500 uncovered coal trains carrying

nine million tonnes of coal rumble through Toowoomba on their way to the Brisbane port in uncovered coal wagons polluting residential neighbourhoods with a cocktail of carcinogenic particulate matter and coal dust. The State Government plans to expand this amount of coal to up to 20 million tonnes a year. If the expansion of the Acland coal mine goes

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ahead Toowoomba residents will be exposed to an extra three million tonnes of coal trucked through our suburbs every year. Clean Air Queensland spokesman, Michael Kane says the serious health effects associated with coal dust pollution will also increase. “Uncovered coal trains and stockpiles release significant amounts of particulate pollution into the air and there is no safe

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level of exposure to particulate pollution,” Mr Kane said. “The World Health Organisation has recently classed particulate pollution like coal dust to be a class one carcinogen and particulate pollutions kills more Australians then car accidents. Nearly 3000 deaths are attributed to particulate pollution in Australia every year.” Global studies indicate ingesting fine particles like those in coal dust

could lead to increased health risks including stroke, heart attack, lung cancer and respiratory problems. Mr Kane is calling on the industry to cover coal trains with hard lids, move stockpiles away from residential areas and implement best practice dust mitigation at every stage in the coal mining process. Drew Hutton, national president of the Lock the Gate Alliance said: “Coal dust pollution could be reduced by putting lids on wagons, by limiting the number of trains coming through Brisbane and by covering the stockpiles. I don’t think people’s health should be compromised so multinational mining companies can make a few more bucks.” A Federal Government inquiry has recommended tighter regulations, better health assessments and that all coal trains be covered but so far the industry has failed to clean up and governments are not acting on the Federal Government’s recommendations. For further information and/or to reserve your seat at the forum, please contact the HOPE office on 4639 2135 or email: office@hopeaustralia.org.au.

HELLO, from 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 memories of visiting in school holidays and catching butterflies in Queens Park with home-made 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 newspaper@gmail.com, 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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NEW VENUE - NEW TIME Tuesday Talks has moved. We are now being well looked after by Cafe Forte’ at 201 Margaret St on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Due to the cafe schedule, we now start our talks at 10.30 am. Please arrive from 10am onwards to organise your drinks and settle in. Our July speaker, Yvonne Shaw is a Integrative Breathwork Specialist and will speak on Breathwork, incorporating the link through the brain to spirituality via the Pineal gland. Our August speaker Ryan Seeto will explain the makeup and uses of BioAktiv, an organic additive that can benefit plants, soil, water, production and profits, which is very beneficial to our overall health and wellbeing. I look forward to seeing you at Cafe Forte’ 201 Margaret St Toowoomba. Barb Free. 0414 999 714 or barb@liveinsynergy.com.au

Concessions decision good news for vulnerable pensioners COTA Queensland has welcomed the announcement by the Queensland Premier to maintain funding for pensioner and seniors concessions. “It was a good Queensland Week present for the 435,000 aged pensioners who would have been significantly worse off if the cut in household and transport concessions had gone ahead,” said Mr Mark Tucker-Evans, Chief Executive of COTA Queensland. “It is also good news for other holders of a Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card, such as veterans, people with disability, carers, and single parents who rely on state government concessions for access to electricity, water, and transport.” The announcement by the Premier to continue the current level of concessions

without the Australian Government’s annual contribution is recognition of the anxiety and confusion which many pensioners were feeling after the recent Federal Budget. “The Queensland Government needs to work with the Australian Government, as well as other states and territories, to forge a lasting agreement about the Pensioner Concession Card and the role of government in maintaining a safety net for people on fixed, low incomes. “COTA Queensland will continue to work with the Queensland Government on finding ways to simplify and improve access to concessions for those pensioners and low-income Queenslanders who do not receive adequate assistance.” www.seniorsnewspaper.com.au


community news Men discover friendship, sharing and creativity at Toowoomba City Men’s Shed and running for about a year and it’s a place where men can get together to work on whatever projects they like. The atmosphere is open, friendly and welcoming and that’s the way member Murray Trewavas likes it. “That’s part of the ethos of this place,” Murray said. “Anyone can just turn up.” “Some people come here just to sit and enjoy the smell of the wood and to watch what’s going on.” With about 60 members and two sheds (one in Glenvale Road and a larger one in James Street) the Toowoomba group is a part of the Australian Men’s Shed Association, which aims

to encourage and support men of all ages to live full and active lives, and to be independent in a space of their own. It’s about making friendships, sharing experiences and learning new skills in a positive and encouraging environment. Twice a week Toowoomba members gather to work on either their own projects or projects the group is undertaking. Current projects include making traditional wooden toys, such as pull-along toys, cars and trucks, tractors and jigsaws to larger items such outdoor chairs made from pallets. Many of the items are earmarked to be sold

through school and church fetes, other items are made for specific community needs. Not all shed projects are about working with wood. Currently, some members are fixing bicycles for Clifford Park Special School while others are repairing motor mowers which will be sold to raise funds. Murray Trewavas said no special abilities are required to join the Toowoomba Men’s Shed – beginners are as welcome as those with trade-level skills. For more information about Toowoomba City Men’s Shed call 0455 245 950 or go to www.theshedonline.org.au/ tcms.

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strong memories of times past. When you walk into the THERE’S a distinct smell Toowoomba City Men’s in the air when timber is Shed you feel immedibeing cut that is hard to ately surrounded by that put into words. It’s fresh heady, cut wood smell. but pungent and for The Toowoomba City many people evokes Men’s Shed has been up

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Stress less and support Lifeline on stress down day LIFELINE are encouraging businesses, schools and community groups to support Stress Down Day on July 25, 2014. Stress Down Day is a fun and easy initiative to reduce stress and raise awareness for Lifeline. Get involved on July 25 and have fun by helping us raise funds through the power of laughter. Did you know that 98% of Australian’s agree that laughter has a large impact in reducing stress? That’s why this year’s theme focuses on laughter. We are encouraging you to laugh more to stress less and help raise funds for Lifeline. Did you also know that 91% of Australian’s have reported being stressed at work in 2014? So why not be one of Lifeline’s Stress Down ambassadors and organise your own stress down activities at work or with your friends? Register today by calling Suzie Washington on 1300 991 443 or email swashington@lifelinedarlingdowns.org.au.

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THERE was surprise and general approval at the June meeting of Garden City - Toowoomba Branch of National Seniors, when committee members paraded in their new royal blue T-shirts emblazoned with the logo, “Be Heard”, and orders were taken for more. So, it will be easy to spot our members on promotional stands like the Seniors Expo on August 20 at Hume Ridge Church organised by U3A. We gained an amazing in-

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Hazel Gillies President, Garden City National Seniors

sight into the early settlement of Dalby and it’s surrounding districts,

when we visited the Pioneer Park Museum on June 26. We were astounded by the extent of the ‘treasures’ held there - everything from household items, clothing, spanners, a hearse (with space for two coffins), tractors and stationary engines, just to name a few. This amazing collection had the males and females in our group enthralled, with many saying they would enjoy another visit to take it all in. On the return journey we

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explored some back roads and visited the ‘tidy town’ of Mt Tyson which still maintains its tidy look. This was a nostalgic journey for many of our members as old family farms were recognised, the butter and cheese making industries remembered and more developments noted. On the final leg home we noted history in the making as we drove slowly past Wagner’s airport development. Committee members displaying their new TShirts - From left: Deniece Dean, Next meeting is scheduled Elina Mikkonen, Raylene Packer, Lorna McGarry, Margaret Schwerin, Nevill for Monday, July 21 at Redding, Len Penrose, Pauline Hennessy, Hazel Gillies and Ted Lewis Drayton Bowls Club at 9.30 am. Cost for the morning tea is $6. There will be a bring and buy stall and a raffle. Guest speaker will be local counsellor and therapist, Steven Mayers, who will speak on the subject of Happiness. Nomination forms for the 2014-15 year for the committee are to be handed in at this meeting. There will be no bus trip for Garden City Branch in July. Instead, on Wednes-

day July 30, we will be lunching at Downs Steam Railway in the old Drayton Railway Station. This is an opportunity to lunch out with friends in the old world atmosphere and marvel at the restoration work done by the volunteers belonging to the group. Cost for lunch will be $30. Bookings need to be made for catering purposes. For more information phone Hazel on 4635 4519.

Feathered crew put on a show!

Parrots In Paradise are delighted to celebrate their 7th Anniversary during the month August with everyone. We have built and added over the years so if you haven’t been for a couple of years much has changed, more to see, and there are many more birds as well. Dail and the gang invite you to come during the month of August and help us celebrate with the show, stroll through the aviaries and the freedom flight, check out our Paradise Island our new rain forest walk or just relax and enjoy the water birds while you enjoy a cuppa in our picnic area. As a Thank You for everyone’s support helping our abandoned and rescued birds we are offering a 10% discount on admission during August and as a further bonus we are offering a 5% discount on any bookings made during August for shows between September 1st and December 31st. (special offer applies to bookings made in August only and will not be repeated) Our goals and philosophy at Parrots in Paradise are to educate people about the intelligence of our beautiful residents through entertainment and interaction. Enjoying the walk through with the birds landing on your shoulder, or head and talking to you is a treat. Come along and see just how smart and playful our feathered friends are, bring a group, bring the grandkids, bring a picnic or ask us about catering (10 or more). Just come and enjoy all our feathered crew have to show you! www.parrotsinparadise.net or phone 5438 7719.

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community news Good times of fun, fellowship and food recalled at reunion David Lowe took those interested on a tour of the well planned, new building complex and all appreciated the planning and possibilities for the future in this new complex. A barbecue lunch raised $150 for the church.

“About 63 people were there when a group photograph was taken by Julieanne Clark of Westridge Photos,” Mrs Grenfell said. “The mounted photos were delivered 2 hours later. Great service, thank you Julie.

It was a great day and the organising committee and workers are to be congratulated.” Before departing,”out of towners” were given a small jar of Toowoomba Mountain Air as a memento.

A reunion of the Young People’s Fellowship from the 1950s to 70s saw former members come together to share memories and renew friendships. Photo credit: Westridge Photos

THROUGHOUT the 1950s, 60s and 70s, Toowoomba was home to a vibrant youth group – Young People’s Fellowship (YPF).Held on Friday evenings after work at the Margaret Street Church of Christ, it was a training ground for young people, learning to take part in devotions and for further Christian service. Former member Beverley Grenfell said they used to meet with other youth from Churches of Christ through outings and week-end exchanges. “Very few owned cars, so coming direct from work was most suitable and the hot meal worth the wash up chores,” she said.

“The custard was often burnt and on these nights it was called ‘international flavour’. “We never knew whether we would be serving 40 or 75 persons, but the food eked out. It was a great time of fun, fellowship and food.” In March this year, a reunion was held at Toowoomba North Church of Christ facilities in Harlaxton. Mrs Grenfell assembled an enthusiastic committee comprising David and Gillian Lowe, Arthur and Joan Thurrowgood, and Loretta Gome, and together they organised a day to remember. “More than 80 people at-

tended coming from Buderim, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Chinchilla, and of course, Toowoomba,” Mrs Grenfell said. “People were excited to come and renew friendships. Although all had aged considerably, with the help of name tags we were soon remembering!” Former youth director Allan Male chaired the event and opportunity was given to remember and share lasting memories of the youth group. Kamp Stacey at Cunningham’s Gap featured fondly in many memories for youth group camps as did Camp Cal at Caloundra for state camps and family camps

each Australia Day.Some old home movies were shown and there was music and singing. “It was wonderful to have ‘The Joy Tones’ (reconvened), provide great music and we sang heartily from ‘Something to Sing About’ books,” Mrs Grenfell said.”It was agreed we could not (and must not) underestimate the influence of this YPF group throughout the Churches, Missions and Ministry. We participated in sports days and drama festivals organised by the State youth department. Many members have been, and are presently, involved in inter-denominational activities.”

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community news Revamped bus station becomes hub for local and long distance travel THE new look Toowoomba Bus Station was opened by Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Cr Paul Antonio and State Member for Toowoomba North Trevor Watts. The

facelift has turned the bus station into a central hub for local, regional and long-distance bus services. Toowoomba Regional Council Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr

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businesses,” she said. Toowoomba Bus Station will be a one-stop shop for customers travelling around Toowoomba, the Darling Downs and to a host of other destinations throughout Queensland,” Mr Watts said. Greyhound spokesperson Kristy Stevens said having Greyhound Australia coaches based at the bus station would provide great benefits for long-distance passengers. ”The bus station will be the launching point for services to major destinations including Brisbane, Sydney, Mt Isa, Darwin and Melbourne,” Ms Stevens said. The bus station is also the hub for 10 qconnect bus routes that run throughout the city, provided by local operator Bus Queensland. Bus Queensland General Manager David Toohey said the upgraded facilities would deliver some great benefits to customers. The refurbished bus

station features new drop off zones, updated signage, taxi rank with telephone access, improved waiting facilities and lighting, non-slip surfaces, and upgraded toilet facilities for people with disabilities. As part of the refurbishment, the Neil Street frontage has been upgraded to allow twominute pick up/drop off parking and 10-minute disabled pick up/drop off parking. Temporary bus stops near the intersection of Neil and Margaret streets have now closed.

The refurbished Toowoomba Bus Station has reopened and offers access to local, regional and long distance bus services.

SENIORS WEEK CALENDAR Are you holding a Seniors Week activity or event? Toowoomba & Darling Downs Seniors Newspaper is running a Calendar of Events in our next edition to let all of our readers across the region know what is happening between 16 - 24 Aug for Seniors Week celebrations. It may be that you are having your usual craft get together, or a special event, which you can place in our Calendar of Events. Your listing is free, so please tell us about your event, when (time and date) and where it is being held. If it’s free or has an entry fee and please provide a contact phone number. Email: editor@seniorsnewspaper.com.au marking the Subject as “TWBA Seniors Week Calendar” Fax: 5474 0475 Post: P. O Box 1062, Tewantin Q. 4565

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community news QCWA Darling Downs QCWA Darling Downs divisional president Elaine Kieseker (left) was pleased to pass on a $600 donation to QCWA state president Robyn McFarlane for the QCWA’s Public Rural Crisis Fund. The donation was a result of fundraising efforts of the Toowoomba Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. The Order of the Eastern Star is one of the largest fraternal organisations in the world to which both women and men may belong.

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community news NSA Toowoomba EDITORIAL DEADLINE for the August edition of Toowoomba & Darling Downs Seniors Newspaper is July 30th, 2014

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Road Safety for Seniors No-one at Toowoomba National Seniors’ morning tea on June 5 would have envied Senior Constable Alvyn Servin his role as a Senior Forensic Crash Investigator. Senior Constable Servin shared with us details of some of the road crashes he has had to attend and described the meticulous analysis he undertakes of each accident scene in order to establish the cause and prepare evidence for the magistrate’s or coroner’s courts. The road death statistics for 2013 confirmed the “Fatal Five” as the most common causes of road fatalities - speed; driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; fatigue; inattention/ distraction; and failure to wear seatbelts. Amongst drivers in the 60 to 69 age group, 37% of fatalities involved speed and 25% inattention, whilst for those over 70 years, almost all fatalities were put down

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to inattention or distraction. The latest statistics also revealed that the number of road deaths per year as a percentage of licensed drivers aged over 70 was on the increase. Senior Constable Servin noted that age not only affected physical abilities such as vision and movement, but mental abilities such as the speed of processing information and reaction times which are also essential to safe driving. Sometimes these capabilities can change very quickly. The person best able to determine whether they are still fit to drive is the driver him or herself. As mature drivers we need to be prepared to make the hard decision ourselves when the time comes.

used in road construction over the years, the Heritage Centre has historic recordings of stories told by former road workers, and even a brake reaction test simulator on which present day drivers can test their reaction times. Following lunch at Crazy Gallagher’s we were privileged to be given a glimpse of transport in the future with a guided tour of the new Wellcamp Airport construction site. Our bus was able to take us around the full length of the 2.87 km runway, passing the 8000 sq m terminal building where installation of the external glass panels

Coming Events We will be celebrating Christmas in July at the Drayton Bowls Club on Thursday July 17 commencing at 11.30am. Members will need to arrange their own transport. The cost for a generous three-course Christmas luncheon is $40. Our morning tea meeting on August 7 will be our annual general meeting where we review our activities for the past year and elect our executive committee to serve for the year ahead. Our morning tea meetings cost $10. Enquiries and bookings

Transport Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow During our Toowoomba Branch bus outing on Thursday June 19 our thoughts turned to the transport of yesterday, today and tomorrow. As we experienced transport today by driving along the length of James St twice, the number of big trucks reminded us why the Second Range Crossing is such an important element of transport for the future. After a morning tea of deliciously light scones with generous lashings of jam and cream at the Picnic Point Café, we went on to the Main Roads Heritage Centre to take a look at the transport of yesterday. As well as displaying some of the machinery

National Seniors’ Kathy Smythe tests her skills on the Brake Reaction Test simulator at the Main Roads Heritage Centre.

was under way. We were also able to view two of the quarry pits from which all of the crushed rock needed for the site is being sourced, and the concrete plant where Wagners’ Toowoombadesigned Earth Friendly Concrete is being produced for the construction of 36,000 sq m of taxiways and aprons.

for any of our activities may be made by phoning June on 4635 9796 or Yvonne on 4638 5252.

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Gatton COTA Seniors News A GRANT from The Lockyer Valley Regional Council was very much appreciated to purchase new chairs for the foyer of the Gatton Seniors Citizens Centre. Members had a busy month starting with a visit to Rosewood, Euchre on Mondays , then the Hoy and games morning. Thirty eight visitors from Kingaroy joined us on Social day. Colleen and Katie Sempf provided great entertainment including some of their own original songs like “There’s a spider in my gumboots” written just after the recent floods. The cooks did a great job serving one hundred hot meals. July activities will include Eu-

chre, Hoy and games, and a visit to the Empire Theatre. Social Day is on the 15th with entertainment from Bazza and friends and a hot two course meal. All seniors are welcome. Cost is $12. The Gatton Show is on 17th -18th July and several members still participate as stewards etc. There will be a Country Music Concert on August 9th to raise funds for a new air con system for the Centre. There will be activities every day of Seniors Week 16th – 25th August. The Gatton Seniors Centre is 13 North St and visitors are welcome to join our activities. Contacts Margee Ellis 0439 621 798 or Irma 5465 7127.

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lobby group for the over 50s National Seniors Australia, said today that there was too much ‘doom and gloom’ surrounding the impact of ageing on the economy and the community. “What some commentators are largely failing to

understand is that the growing numbers of people who are seniors present a huge opportunity for business, for the community and for government,” O’Neill said. “In a country as wealthy as ours, older Australians should be celebrated for their massive contributions as carers, as volunteers, for the time they devote to civic and social duties and in the workplace – as well as their substantial spending power,” he said. “Instead they are too often demonised and regarded as a burden. “They want to contribute

to their own retirement and would live without government involvement if it was in their power to do so. “But governments have to provide certainty in superannuation and investments and not give banks and financial advisers an unfair advantage by reducing consumer protection.” O’Neill was speaking at the National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre’s free public forum today at the State Library of Victoria. He was one of a line-up of leading experts from Alzheimer’s Australia, the Stroke Foundation, beyondblue and other organisations

who shared their insights and healthy living tips for over 50s. Topics covered include Alzheimer’s disease prevention and support for carers, stroke prevention, depression and anxiety in older people, physical activity for health living, healthy eating and health and employment. Awardwinning science and medical journalist, presenter, speaker and academic Dr Gael Jennings, was the Master of Ceremonies. For further details and to view the program please visit www. productiveageing.com.au.

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community news Men’s art group puts colour in life and brings unexpected rewards GEORGE Green always had a general interest in art so when the chance came to take up drawing lessons at TOMNET, he accepted the opportunity. George joined other TOMNET members at weekly lessons where they learned how to express themselves through art. “It has really been quite a journey and one which seems to have no limit,� George said. “I just had to accept the offer and Life has changed dramatically for George Green take that first vital step. It since starting drawing lessons with TOMNET. He was so good to hear that has gone on to sell one of his paintings and now there is no mistake that has a private commission to fulfil – all because could not be fixed somehow.� he had the courage to take that first step.

George and the group of emerging artists now work from the Wilsonton Community Art Gallery, where they are joined by some women artists which he says provides balance to the group. The TOMNET men have done more than just take up a new pastime – they have garnered their courage, gone out into the community and put their artwork on public display. “Nothing is like the first time you are asked to hang your work publicly,� George said. “Yes it is scary inviting others to see your efforts but appraisals have always been informative.�

Changes to Home and Community Care services for new clients FROM July 1, 2014, new ‘Community Care’ or ‘Commonwealth Home and Community Care’ (HACC) clients will be asked to make a financial contribution towards the services they receive. Existing HACC clients will not be affected by the charges. Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service HACC manager Mark Savill said the changes brought the local health service into line with other service providers, as well as other state and territory organisations, which currently charge for services. “It is important to note that the contribution will be

based upon the client’s individual income, means-topay, circumstance and type of service,� Mr Savill said. Assessments, to determine what and how many types of services to provide to each client, will not incur a fee. Contributions will start at $7 per hour or per occasion (depending on service) and will be capped per week, according to income. Existing clients, who are not required to pay, will be welcomed to make a voluntary contribution for the services they receive. For more information contact 4699 8868.

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community news Lifeline bookshop reopens above Emporium in Ruthven Street

Taisoo-Kim Watson and Lifeline bookshop manager Laraine May have been working hard with other volunteers to setup in the new location in Ruthven Street above the Lifeline Emporium.

WITH one third more room than its old Duggan Street premises, the new Lifeline bookshop is spacious, with a library-like atmosphere. Located upstairs at the Lifeline Emporium at 302 Ruthven Street, near Chalk Drive, the bookshop is now open to the public and manager Laraine May and her friendly volunteers invite you to drop by and

have a look. “There something for everyone’s reading preference,” she said. “We cater to everyone, from babies to 100 year olds; there is almost every category you could think of.” From fiction to nonfiction, books and magazines, modern and classic, old and interesting, and collectables, the fully airconditioned

bookshop is a booklovers haven. “As well as books there are cds, dvds, audiobooks, cassettes, sewing patterns, gift cards, jigsaw puzzles, computer games and more,” Laraine said. For those who aren’t able to negotiate the stairs, the staff offer a personalised service where they will bring books downstairs for selection. A lounge chair or two will soon be in place for those who like to take their time making their selection, and browsers are welcome. Some street parking is available on Ruthven Street and there are dedicated parking spaces at the rear of the building off Ann Street, as well as general parking in surrounding streets. The shop is a 10 minute walk from the Sports Club and 15 minutes from the town centre. Opening hours, coinciding with the Emporium, are 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 2pm on Saturdays.

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Australia from the time of Federation and promises to be an interesting account of this part of Australia’s history. The widows of National Servicemen were honoured with a lunch at the Irish Club Hotel recently and all thoroughly enjoyed the day. Our branch is asking any man who was called up for National Service and who is 80 this year to contact them on 4633 2564 as we are planning a special day to honour them. Social lunches are held on the 3rd Friday of each month at the City Golf Club, no booking is required and you don’t have to be a member, as long as you’re a Nasho or a widow of a Nasho, come along and enjoy a chat with your fellow Nashos over lunch. Joan O’Sullivan, assistant secretary Toowoomba branch NSAA(Qld) Inc. Phone 4633 2564

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LAW, FINANCE and YOU Seniors beware: borrowing against your home comes at a hefty price RETIRED Australians are dipping into the equity in their homes to help fund their lifestyles after work. But experts have warned taking out a reverse mortgages comes at a price, and should be done with caution because it will eat away at their wealth. Latest figures from the John Thomas .. more professional services retirees are tapping firm Deloitte show more into the equity of their than 42,000 senior Australian households have homes

a reverse mortgage with balances totalling $3.5 billion. Retirees who are often limited from accessing other forms of credit are turning to their primary asset in retirement to access funds, but financial services firm Canstar’s research manager Mitchell Watson says it comes at a price. “The main driver for them to tap into their home is if they are equity rich but

financially poor, they are looking for something to subsidise their quality of life or quality of living potentially,’’ he says. “The interest rates on reverse mortgages are significantly higher than a standard home loan. The fees can also be high at about $10 a month, but it’s really the interest rate that is the one that’s going to hurt.” Mr Watson says reverse mortgages appeal to many retirees because once they are taken out, the homeowner is not required to make any payments back — so it’s effectively out of sight, out

of mind. He says the compounding interest costs associated with reverse mortgage loans mean they bite into the equity quicker. Canstar data shows the interest rates on reverse mortgages hover around the 6.8% mark. Senior Australians Equity Release Association independent chairman John Thomas says reverse mortgages are continuing to grow in popularity as more retirees become comfortable with tapping into the equity in their homes. “Reverse mortgages have been around for 30

Reverse mortgages appeal to many retirees – but they come at a cost or 40 years but there was prudent or sensible thing a psychological resis- to do and not as a failure tance to them,’’ he says. in life.’’ “The Australian way of Mr Thomas says reverse life was really to build or mortgage payments can to buy a house and pay be in a lump sum or inoff a mortgage and not cremental payments with put another one on and the total home equity keep it as an inheritance. that can be accessed “But it’s now seen as the capped at 40%.

Lock it or lose it – remember to secure your vehicle 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.

TOOWOOMBA Police are urging residents to secure their vehicles when at home and when out and about. Recently a number of vehicles have been entered throughout the city and unfortunately most of them were not secured. Whilst mostly coins and small personal items were targeted, Police are concerned that personal papers and other items usable for identity theft are often left in vehicles. In Queensland, the majority of stolen vehicles are used for joy riding, transport or for use in another crime. The remainder are stolen by professional car thieves for monetary gain, and are either given a new identity and resold, or stripped down and sold as separate parts. With the onset of the cold weather, it is a natural tendency to want to get home and inside a warm

house, sometimes neglecting to shut vehicle doors and lock them. Please take a minute to ensure you’ve removed all valuables and personal items from the vehicle, and that the vehicle is secured. Further information on vehicle security can be found on the Queensland Police Service website w w w. p o l i c e . q l d . g o v. a u / p r o g r a m s / c s c p / propertySecurity/vehicle/. Anyone with information about vehicle theft can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours a day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service. For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or Policelink.qld.gov.au 24 hours a day.

Everyone in the region knows Graham Healy Born and raised in Toowoomba, Graham knows the area better than most • He talks to locals about local issues • He invites you to call in on a range of topics • He interviews the stars • He has regular lifestyle segments • He plays fun contests and the best hits

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LAW, FINANCE and YOU Federal Budget Update – What does it all mean for me?

THE Federal Government hopes to change superannuation, taxation, social security (including the Age Pension age) and family assistance payments. But, remember, these are proposals – they have to pass through Parliament before they become law, and they may change. What’s the Temporary Budget Repair Levy? Treasurer Joe Hockey is proposing that for the next three years, until 30 June 2017, the top marginal tax rate for individuals will increase by 2% to 47% (or 49% including the Medicare levy). If you earn more than $180,000, this may affect you. However, you may be able to offset this tax increase using strategies such as salary sacrifice and negative gearing. Are there any changes to Fringe Benefits Tax? Yes, Fringe Benefits Tax will go up from 47% to 49% from 1 April 2015. This increase will apply for three years. You’ll need to check with your adviser whether this affects your FBT arrangements. I’m a mature-age worker. Does the Budget

affect me? Yes. The mature age worker tax offset of $500 will be abolished from 1 July 2014 if you were born before 1 July 1957.The new Restart Program will pay employers $10,000 over two years to employ qualifying workers over 50, full or part time. We’re waiting for clarification on how many hours constitute part time. However, you may be able to use salary sacrifice and transition-to-retirement strategies to reduce your tax. Check with your adviser. How will my superannuation be affected? The Government is delaying the rate at which super contributions will rise. Your employer will contribute 9.5% for the next four financial years. Then, this will begin to increase, gradually rising to 12% in the 2022–23 financial year. It’s a good idea to ask your adviser to check your retirement projections to ensure you’re on track with your super savings. I’m making nonconcessional contributions to my super. Are there changes? If the non-concessional contributions you made

after 1 July 2013 breach your non-concessional contributions cap you now can withdraw the excess, together with any associated earnings. You may not pay excess contributions, and earnings will be taxed at your marginal tax rate. It’s important to check with your adviser as soon as you can about this issue. I’m confused about qualifying for the Age Pension. What’s going on? If you were born before 1 July 1958, the changes won’t affect you. For people born after that date, the qualifying age will rise by six months every two years. So by 1 July 2035, the qualifying age will be 70. Has the deeming threshold for the Age Pension changed? From 1 September 2017, deeming thresholds for the pension assets test will drop to $30,000 for singles and $50,000 for couples. You may have a higher assessable income for Centrelink purposes – so your Centrelink payments could drop. However, it’s still unclear whether this change ap-

plies to assets tests in general or just to pensioners. Will I pay to see my doctor? The changes to Medicare mean that you could be paying $7 each time you visit a general practitioner who bulk bills. But concession cardholders and children under 16 will only pay $7 for the first 10 visits each year. It’s likely you’ll also pay more for prescription medicines through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. What’s happening with the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card? Qualifying income limits for the card will be indexed from September 2014, based on CPI. From 1 January 2015, any taxfree income from your super will be included in that income limit. If you are eligible for the card and you have an account-based pension in place before 1 January 2015, your income will be exempt from assessment. It’s important to check with your adviser about the ‘grandfathering’ of your account-based pension and your eligibility

for the card. Is the Medicare levy increasing? From 1 July 2014, the government will increase the Medicare levy rate from 1.5% to 2% of taxable income. Low-income earners will continue to receive relief from the Medicare levy through the lowincome thresholds for singles, families, seniors and pensioners. I’m concerned about the changes. What should I do? If you have questions or concerns about the effect of the Budget on your finances, then contact your financial adviser or taxation specialist. They’ll provide personalised advice and tailored strategies to ensure you’re in the best possible situation. This information does not consider your personal circumstances and is general advice only. You should not act on any recommendation without obtaining professional financial advice specific to your circumstances. For more information, or to arrange an obligationfree appointment, contact RI Toowoomba on 07 4639 3733.

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community news Bags of savings KEEP it fresh 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 refrigera-

tor. They are made from food grade materials designed to keep fruit and vegetables fresh as the day they were bought. In most cases, vegetables can be kept 2 - 4 weeks and longer, depending on the type of vegetables. Kept in the refrigerator, they are washable and reusable and last for over twelve months. The bags come in three sizes and are sold in packs. Free delivery Australia wide. Super Fresh Bags can be purchased online at www.superfreshbags.com.au or call 07-5529 7743 for telephone orders.

Do you want to know how to store your vegetables in your fridge, so that they stay fresh for two to four weeks or more? It’s so simple, and it will save you lots of money like I have! Recently I came across a product called “Super Fresh Bags”. These bags store food in the fridge for freshness and longevity. I’m sure most of us Villagers waste fruit and vegetables because they “go off” before we get to use them up completely. Well, this need not happen anymore and the proof is in the pudding. Prior to Christmas I put various items in these bags to test. On returning from holidays some three weeks later, all of my vegetables were as I left Roslyn Roberts of Hammond Village, Coombabah, QLD them in the refrigerator – fresh and ready to eat. In fact, I now have had some spring onions stored for over six weeks and they are still fresh. My personal experience with these bags has been nothing short of fantastic and for what it is worth I want to share this with you. The bags pay for themselves in no time. And the best part is the bags are washable and reusable over and over again. I have been using my bags for over 12 months now and they are still going strong. You will find that these bags have a myriad of uses and it is just a matter of experimenting. The bags have a very minimal cost and are posted free all over Australia. Go on line and visit www.superfreshbags.com.au for more information or to make a purchase or if you don’t have access to a computer call

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Real estate agent goes the extra mile for clients WHEN you are looking for a real estate agent, you need someone you can trust, someone who will help you achieve your goals, and someone who will go that extra mile to make things work. Shaun McCulloch of Realpoint Property believes in honesty and working with people to achieve longterm goals, not just a quick sale and thanks very much. He’s also prepared to do that bit extra, and is pretty handy with a vacuum cleaner. “I’m looking for a happy outcome for the buyer and the seller. It’s important to work with people to achieve a mutual happiness,” he said. “That’s when the deal happens and that helps to keep the whole deal together.” For Shaun, it’s more than just getting the deal firmed up. “It’s important to follow up after the sale and after settlement,” he said. “I’m there to help get people through the inspections and while they are organising their finance.” Shaun is the only agent we know who carries a vacuum cleaner in his car

boot and isn’t afraid to use it. “I’ll run the vacuum over the floor and wipe the place over with a chux if I don’t think it is clean enough to move into,” he laughed. One of the favourite parts of his job is meeting people. “I treat everyone like friends, not like clients,” he said. “That means I work for them like I would for my friends. I have a huge amount of seniors return to me, time and again.” For the past five years, Shaun has been successfully selling properties at Glenfield Grange in Middle Ridge and currently has three quality villas waiting for new owners. Glenfield Grange is unique in Toowoomba being the only retirement village with strata titles. That means you actually own the unit and the land it is built on. Glenfield Grange villas are spacious and well appointed, and

Shaun McCulloch of Realpoint Property works with people to achieve mutual happiness.

set in a quiet, peaceful location off Spring Street in Middle Ridge. If you are interested in having a look at Glenfield Grange,

Shaun would be pleased to show you around. Call him on 0403 296 007 and have a chat about what’s on offer.

Sharing the story of Australia’s military history THIS year, Australia and the world began commemorating the Centenary of the First World War. For Australia, this occasion marks a significant period in our history. The actions of the brave Australian men and women during the critical years of 1914 to 1918 will not be forgotten – they helped to shape the nation we are today. The Royal Australian Mint is proud to play a part during this significant period, partnering with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Australian War Memorial for the Official Anzac Centenary Coin Program. This five year program honours the courageous men and women who served and sacrificed for our country in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. The coin releases from this program are thoughtfully designed to mark significant events and dates from over a century of Australian military service, from the Boer War and the First World War to Post-

1945 conflicts, including Iraq and Afghanistan. One of the special releases to date includes the fine silver The Victoria Cross for Australia coin. Befitting the beauty and prestige of Australia’s highest military honour, this coin commemorates all Australian Victoria Cross recipients and those who served beside them. It serves as a tribute to everything the Victoria Cross stands for; selflessness, courage, mateship and above all, valour. Whether they are cherished as a memento of history, loved as a piece of art or sought after as an investment, these beautifully crafted, inspiring and meaningful coins will help Australians share their story of sacrifice, preserve their legacy and help honour their memory. To secure your piece of this commemoration, visit eshop.ramint.gov.au. For more information regarding our Official Anzac Centenary Coin Program and the current coin releases, visit www.ramint.gov.au.

Seniors home care information just a phone call away FROM July 1 there will be changes to the way government funded home care is delivered to Queensland seniors. UnitingCare Community’s Seniors Enquiry Line can provide information to help explain how the changes may affect you. Funded by the Queensland Government, the Seniors Enquiry Line has available a helpful guide to assist seniors access government funded home care packages under the new changes. The Home Instead Senior Care Booklet, The Home Care Solution, explains what home care is, how to identify if you or a family member needs help at home, where and how to find home care services, and respite options available for family members. “For older people, their carers, and family and friends, it can be difficult to know where to go or what help is available,”

Seniors Enquiry Line Coordinator Julie Argeros said. “The Seniors Enquiry Line regularly receives calls from people in the community wanting to know more about the services available to them or a family member so they may continue to remain living independently at home. “Sometimes it may be difficult to accept that you need help or that a loved one does, and having someone outside the family to talk to can be useful to help determine what options are available.” For a copy of The Home Care Solution or to access a range of other useful publications and information on services available to Queensland seniors, phone the Seniors Enquiry Line for the cost of a local call. This UnitingCare Community service can be contacted on 1300 135 500 from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm. www.seniorsnewspaper.com.au


community news Warwick warms up with jumpers and jazz in July

Margaret Armstrong

WINTER comes alive in Warwick from July 17 to 27 with the 2014 Jumpers and Jazz in July festival. With more than 100 handmade artworks installed on the bare winter trees, the CBD is transformed into a living gallery. Jazz at the Gallery, will be held on Saturday July 19 from 9.30am to 2.30pm with a program of live jazz, boutique artist markets, sausage sizzle and coffee van. Other key events include a vintage car display on Sunday, July 20 from 9.30am2.30pm; Women’s event on July 20, from 1.30pm, tickets available from Warwick Visitor Information Centre; Saturday Stroll ‘n Swing July 26, 9.30am to 3.30pm Town Hall main stage with roving entertainment and suitcase rummage; picnic in the park at Leslie Park Sunday, July 27, 9am-3pm – bring picnic blankets, chairs

Equipment and building materials appeal for Highfields Pioneer Village

Get to know and understand diabetes IS DIABETES a part of your life? Then come along to the Toowoomba Diabetic Expo, on Saturday, July 12 to find out how you can know and

understand your diabetes better. The expo will be held at HumeRidge Church of Christ, 469 Hume Street, from 9am to 3.30pm. Entry is free, but

a donation towards morning tea and lunch would be appreciated. Please register by phoning 0427 306 215 or 0428 487 540.

Did you know that swimming is one of the best exercises for seniors? and chill out to jazz tunes, wander art and craft markets; ‘Exposition’ and ‘Knitchen’ exhibitions at Warwick Art Gallery July 17-27 10am-4pm; learn knitting, embroidery and fabric embellishing at the textile workshop program at Warwick Art Gallery July 17-26; live jazz events at various restaurants, hotels and clubs; art exhibition, café and meet the artist event at art@stmarks, St Mark’s Parish hall July 18-20, plus so much more. For a full run down on what’s happening go to http:// jumpersandjazz.com/.

It is important to remain physically active as we age. If you are not used to exercising, high impact exercise can have a detrimental effect on our bones and joint muscles. That’s why swimming is a perfect exercise for over 50’s to get in shape and improve overall well being. Come along and exercise in our fantastic 25m heated pool • Great for all year round swimming • Easy ramp access • Lap swimming, walking and group classes available • Fantastic gentle exercise to help you keep fit

Phone Jodie for further information on 0429 465 316 Baillie Splash Lifestyle Centre Cnr Tor and Hogg St., Toowoomba

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Our readers want to know more information about your business! Hello, My name is Liz! I am the Advertising Consultant for the Toowoomba and Darling Downs Seniors Newspaper. I have been working for the paper since our first issue last October and each month I have enjoyed watching the paper grow. Our readers love it and the feedback has been overwhelming. I have also enjoyed helping our loyal advertisers get great results from their advertising.

Donations of building materials and equipment are sought for building restoration and maintenance at Highfields Pioneer Village.

THE Highfields Pioneer Village Museum and Park is seeking the community’s support for their major appeal for equipment and building materials. The pioneer village is a community based, non-profit organisation established in April 2000 to support, maintain and give voluntary assistance to a functioning pioneer village at Highfields. There are a number of buildings at the village that require restoration and maintenance, and donations of second hand/recycled materials are being sought. Following is a list of items needed for projects: • Bakery project: cement mixer, second hand bricks, weatherboards, nails, screws, nuts and bolts, old bakery memorabilia, timber floor boards, and lacework and panels • School building: second-hand readers, inkwells and slates, antique desks and school seats, display cabinets or materials to build one, antique cupboards, corrugated iron water tank, outside toilet (dunny or thunderbox for display purposes only), metal roofing- corrugated iron, gutters, ridge-capping, roofing screws, veranda posts, www.seniorsnewspaper.com.au

and coat hooks • Library: bookshelves, carpet, linoleum and tiles, timber bench-top, and timber skirting and architraves • Ambulance museum: old display cabinets, photo frames • Carnival garden display: donations of seedlings, unwanted plants, cuttings, hanging baskets and terracotta pots, garden stakes and mesh, and windmills • Personal protection equipment and tools for use by volunteers: safety glasses and face shields, hard hats, ear muffs, gardening gloves, traffic cones and safety signs, first aid items, drills and other battery or electric operated power-tools, axes, tomahawks and chainsaw, and antique tools such as hammers, saws, wrenches, anvils, crowbars, jacks, spanners The village also has a recycling program where volunteers recycle newspapers, telephone books, soft-drink cans and car batteries. If you have something donate, please contact the Highfields Pioneer Village by phoning 4696 6309, email highfields pioneervillage@hotmail.com or simply drop off the goods at the village, 73 Wirraglen Road, Highfields.

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THE Toowoomba Day VIEW Club will be holding a luncheon on Tuesday 8 July 2014 at 11am for 11:30am start at the Regents on the Lake. Christmas in July Fun and Friendship Day - 2 Course Meal $20.00 plus Bring and WHEN you meet Pat Hughes you can’t help but be Buy Table. Bookings by Sunday 6th July to Marlene on 4636 1311.

swept up with her enthusiasm for life, and her absolute passion for her work as an occupational therapist. Her joy at working in a field where she can bring help to those who need it is palpable, and it’s that passion for helping people which drove her to open Downs Pain Clinic in Mylne Street, Toowoomba. “I feel privileged to do this job,” she said. “I like to make a difference from the very first meeting.” Originally from Roma, Pat followed a nursing career until a life-threatening accident changed her life forever. Surviving a plane crash in her mid-thirties, Pat was hardly expected to recover let alone walk or work again. Fixing her broken body and face was only the beginning of the long journey ahead of her, but it was a journey that proved inspirational. It was while working with an occupational therapist that she realised a new calling, one which she set about achieving in the years following the traumatic accident. Pat understands first-hand how debilitating pain can be but with new insight and direction she has become a master of her own pain management, and is now focussed on helping others suffering from chronic pain. “Occupational therapy is about the whole person,” she said. “It’s about working with that person, their environment, their community and finding out what they need.” She points out that while there is no cure for chronic pain, there are a number of methods and different strategies that can be used to help manage pain and these can bring significant results for many people. She is well versed in the latest findings about neuroplasticity and retraining our

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brains to work for us not against us. “Mindfulness is a powerful tool,” she said. “Education about pain is the best treatment for pain.” As well as persistent pain management, her work sees her involved with stroke rehabilitation where she is seeing good results through her holistic approach. Pat’s experience in aged care, mental health and with the hearing impaired has given her a Pat Hughes has good skills base – she established Downs can relate to issues older Pain Clinic in people are undergoing, Toowoomba to help she can sign in Auslan people manage and she knows the persistent pain. importance of listening. “Everyone has a story to tell, and everyone’s story is different,” she said. “Every person’s pain is individual and that’s how it’s treated at this clinic. Together we can work at making it better.” Downs Pain Clinic offers a range of approaches to managing persistent pain including relaxation therapies, stress management, sleep management, education and practice regarding healthy lifestyle and appropriate physical activities, cognitive behavioural therapy, and the latest in non-invasive neurostimulation techniques. For more information about Downs Pain Clinic call 4638 0506 or email pat@downspainclinic.com.au.

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Health care when travelling with elderly parents THE holidays are a wonderful time to come together with family and friends young and old. But for adult children taking acre of elderly parents, the holiday season also presents a prime opportunity to assess the needs of loved ones – and to keep a watch out for signs of mental or physical decline. With a little extra preparation you and your loved ones can have a wonderful and worry-free vacation. As a family, everyone’s health should improve while taking a holiday. Travel can be one of the most rewarding experiences in our lifetime, whether the goal is to see the world or to visit long-distance friends and family. However, when we travel with our elderly loved ones, we may be faced with challenges we don’t anticipate – issues that simply aren’t there when traveling on our own. They may not be as healthy or mobile without a wheelchair, or they may have a specific health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease or heart problems; any of these can make vacationing much more complex, regardless of whether you’re taking a plane, cruise ship, or the family car. As with any other vacation, preparation is the key: plan ahead for some of the most common senior needs so that you and your family will be able to enjoy a hassle-free trip that’s memorable for the right reasons. The all-important first step is to be sure your loved one is cleared for travel by his or her primary care doctor, especially if you’re accommodating a health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease. Make sure the chosen destination is appropriate to your parents’ limitations, and ask your doctor for specific medical and travel tips as well as any necessary vaccinations or extra medications. If your loved one needs a wheelchair at the airport, advance boarding of the airplane or train, or special seating in a disabled row or near a restroom, get in touch with the airline personnel or travel company to check these are available upon arrival. Remember the security checkpoints, too: be aware of any surgical implants that might set off metal detectors, and wear

easy-to-remove shoes. Also contact your airline in advance to arrange for special screening if your parents has disabilities or special needs. And contact hotels to check on things like shower bars and easily accessible rooms. Especially if you’re traveling to an unfamiliar area, know where the nearest hospitals and health care centres are, in case of emergency. And take contact details for your own doctors, too, and any necessary insurance information. First, check that the travel documentation is in order: passports, if needed, as well as driver’s license, travel tickets and itineraries – and make multiple copies. You’ll also want to pack medical documentation: Medicare and insurance cards (and photocopies) as well as any prescriptions or physician’s statements. A wearable identification bracelet for elderly parents is always a good idea. Providing your elderly parents with a calling card or a pre-paid cell phone, if they don’t already have one, is a good way to keep in contact at all times. Have your phone number programmed in. Also you can buy cell phones with larger buttons and screens which are perfect for elderly people. If your elderly parent has cognitive impairment, you may want to put your name and phone number on an ID bracelet. Carry a photo of your loved one with you in case you get separated and need help to find them. Always have essentials close at hand: an ample supply of necessary medication, important documents and phone numbers, favourite snacks or drinks, a deck of cards or other entertainment, a light sweater, a hat, sunscreen, a travel pillow. These should be kept in a carry-on bag, or a bag that’s readily available inside the car rather than locked away in the trunk. This is particularly important if you are travelling on vacation with your elderly parents who needs special care. Less in your hands will help give you more attention to focus on your care recipient. Maintaining a routine or a predictable schedule is critical to reducing stress and anxiety for a loved one with cognitive impairment or

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Alzheimer’s. Planning flights and car trips accordingly and will lower the risk of agitation. There’s nothing less relaxing during a vacation with your elderly parents than having to rush from place to place. Quiet time is even more important to your health as a caregiver and to your parents. Plan to arrive for flights earlier than you normally would, so your loved one has plenty of time to get settled. On road trips, plan to take

plenty of breaks, whether it’s taking the time for a full meal or simply a short restroom break. Alzheimer’s patients tend not to do well traveling in the late evening or at night because of Sundowners’ syndrome (a sleep disorder), so take this into account when making your travel plans. Take the trip when your elderly parent is mostly likely to do well, and both you and your family will get much more out of the experience.

Vacationing with elderly parents can be a wonderful experience . . . but be prepared

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Health shuttle provides transport for Brisbane medical appointments

Health shuttle driver John Connor enjoys providing a friendly transport service for clients to travel to important appointments in and around Brisbane.

PEOPLE living in rural and regional areas of Queensland who need medical treatment in Brisbane can find getting around the city difficult and expensive. The St John (Qld) health shuttle offers a reliable and friendly service for transport to various hospitals throughout Brisbane, as well as doctors or specialist appointments and transfers to public transport and accommodation providers in Brisbane. St John (Qld) social services manager Julie Karklis said the health shuttle provides people with the opportunity to travel in comfort during their stay in Brisbane. “The health shuttle is a great service we offer to those who need transport to hospitals, doctors appointments, public transport or accommodation providers,” Julie said. Julie said the Mercedes mini bus meets passengers arriving at Roma Street transit centre, and allows them to relax in style, while they are transported by professional and friendly drivers.

“Brisbane is a large, bustling city and clients find the service is hassle free with convenient door to door service,” Julie said. They also cater for wheelchair access, making the St John (Qld) health shuttle a must-have service for many matured aged and people with a disability. The health shuttle is already a popular service amongst locals, so bookings are essential (subject to eligibility criteria). St John (Qld) also offers taxi vouchers, Airtrain vouchers and concession go cards for travel while in Brisbane. “We can offer a tailor-made transport plan with itinerary for each client whether their stay is for the day, overnight or longer. Everyone is welcome to take advantage of this great service - from solo travellers to small groups,” she said. To book, or to find out more, contact St John (Qld) social services on (07) 4151 0419 or email transportbookings@stjohnqld.com.au.

Tai chi leads to unexpected health benefits AFTER being diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago, and following surgery, Barbara Ward developed lymphoedema in her left arm. While there is no cure for lymphoedema, extensive physiotherapy will help alleviate symptoms, this however, can prove expensive. For Barbara, aged 67 and on a pension, this was not a viable option.When her condition worsened after a bout of cellulitis in December 2013, she knew

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Barbara Ward (front left) is impressed with the health benefits she has received since she started Taoist Tai Chi.

she had to find some way to help herself. “Four months ago I started tai chi. I’d been thinking about it for ages,” she said. “One of the benefits I have already noticed is in my left arm. Lymphoedema causes fluid to build up in my arm thereby limiting movement, strength and

flexibility however, the exercises and movements in tai chi have begun to strengthen my arm and my flexibility is improving. I know that I will never be free of symptoms but the overall benefits I’m getting after just four months means I’m hooked on tai chi for life.” Taoist Tai Chi is available

to everyone. There will be an open house on Saturday, August 2 between 2pm and 4pm at 10-12 Gregory Street, North Toowoomba, and beginner’s classes commencing on August 4. See advertisement this issue of Toowoomba and Darling Downs Seniors Newspaper.

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AS you get older, you may be at greater risk for Shingles — even if you’re feeling great. Even if you’re doing everything your health care professional recommends, the painful, blistering rash of Shingles can happen to you. Because your immune system can weaken as you age, it’s easier for Shingles to break through your defenses. Unfortunately, there’s no way to predict when the Shingles rash will erupt, or how severe the outbreak will be. But when Shingles happens, it can be excruciatingly painful. If you’ve had chickenpox, the Shingles virus is already inside you and it could strike at any time. Your risk for Shingles increases substantially as you get older. The virus that causes chickenpox never leaves your body. Instead, it lies dormant in your nervous system and can re-emerge as the painful rash of Shingles. When you’re young, your immune system is usually strong enough to keep the virus in check. But as you age, the

immune system can weaken, allowing the Shingles virus to break through. You can’t catch Shingles from another person and it cannot be passed on to another person by sneezing, coughing, or through casual contact. You can’t catch Shingles, you can only develop Shingles if you’ve had chickenpox. If you haven’t had chickenpox and you have direct contact with another person’s Shingles rash, you could get chickenpox. That’s why anyone who has an active case of Shingles should stay away from newborns, people who have problems with their immune system, and people who haven’t had chickenpox. Your age is not the only thing that puts you at risk for Shingles. Other factors and conditions can weaken your immune system, allowing the painful rash of Shingles to break through your defenses. For example, physical trauma, surgery, and medicines or chronic conditions that suppress your immune system can also increase your risk for Shingles. www.seniorsnewspaper.com.au


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Lentil, sweet potato & pancetta soup

ONE of the healthiest foods around, lentils are low in fat and very versatile - perfect for salads, soups and sides. Packed with vegies, this hearty lentil soup wins for taste and budget. • 50ml (3 cups) boiling water • 1 teaspoon Massel Salt Reduced Chicken Stock Powder • 2 teaspoons olive oil • 1 large red onion, finely chopped • 2 celery sticks, trimmed, finely chopped • 50g pancetta, finely chopped • 2 garlic cloves, crushed • 500g sweet potato (kumara), peeled, cut into 1cm pieces • 400g can no-added-salt lentils, rinsed, drained • 400g can no-added-salt diced tomatoes • 250g broccoli, cut into small florets • Chopped fresh continental parsley, to serve Combine the water and stock powder in a large heatproof jug. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook the onion, celery, pancetta and garlic, stirring, for 6 minutes or until soft. Add the sweet potato. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until combined. Add the stock mixture, lentils and tomato. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, partially covered, for 15-20 minutes or until sweet potato is tender. Add broccoli. Simmer for 3-4 minutes or until broccoli is tender crisp. Divide the soup among serving bowls and top with parsley.

Top nutrition experts vote worst diets IT’S official – the three worst diets, as voted on by hundreds of Australia’s nutrition experts are the Lemon Detox Diet, SkinnyMe tea, and the Ashy Bines Bikini Body Challenge. More than 200 accredited practising dietitians took part in an online survey run by Australia’s peak nutrition body, the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) on the diets most to be avoided in 2014. From a list of eleven popular diets, the Lemon Detox Diet came out as the ‘worst’ by nutrition experts for the third year running, with more than two thirds (68%) of the dietitians voting against it. SkinnyMe tea was shunned by more than half of the dietitians (55%) while the Ashy Bines Bikini Body Challenge attracted votes from 32% of nutrition experts. DAA Spokesperson and Accredited Practising Dietitian, Melanie McGrice, acknowledges that with rates of overweight and obesity as high as 79% in some areas of Australia, weight is a big concern. However, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. “The problem with fad diets is that they’re all about restrictive eating patterns that you can’t stick to over the long haul and may even undermine your health,” Ms McGrice said. “What you lose on these detox diets, like the Lemon Detox Diet and SkinnyMe tea, is usually fluid, healthy gut bacteria, electrolytes – all the things to keep your body healthy, rather than fat. And you don’t need to go on a severe detox because your body has an inbuilt detox system – the lungs, liver, and kidneys working every minute of the day. If you want to ‘detox’, nourish your body by cutting down on fatty, highly-processed foods, alcohol and caffeine, and eat a balanced diet – making sure you get plenty of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and water.” DAA says Australians should avoid fad diets, which often miss out on whole food groups. Diets such as the Ashy Bines Bikini Body Challenge often demonise certain foods and make it a challenge to meet nutritional needs. “For long-term success, Aussies should choose realistic and achievable goals that they can do every day. For example, including an extra serve of vegetables at lunch and dinner or cutting back your alcohol,” Ms McGrice said.

Psychologists raise concerns over grandparents’ health

THE physical and psychological health of grandparents is worsening due to their caring obligations, according to psychologists. The Australian Psychological Society (APS) says grandparents who take primary responsibility for raising their grandchildren are sacrificing their own physical and psychological health due to their caring responsibilities. Ms Heather Gridley from the APS said given the increase in need for out-of-home care, and the lack of availability of care options, grandparent care should be prioritised over foster care as it is known for higher levels of stability. “Grandparents are overwhelmingly older, female, single, from lower socioeconomic back-

grounds and in poorer health,” Ms Gridley said. “They are often managing strained relationships with birth parents, feelings of being overwhelmed and alone, and mixed feelings of wanting to keep the family together but resentment and guilt about being robbed of their own life or retirement.” National Seniors’ concerns over the health of grandparents was also raised in a submission to the Federal Government earlier this year. In the submission, National Seniors called for more social and financial support for grandparents including legal assistance, respite care and educational and training programs. Read the full submission on the website at nationalseniors.com.au.

Sweet corn fights macular degeneration A NEW Australian variety of sweet corn could help fight age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness in the western world. Peak national vegetable industry body Ausveg said the recently-developed ‘Supergold’ variety of sweet corn was high in zeaxanthin - a naturally-occurring pigment that gives corn its distinctive deep yellow colour. Ausveg spokesman Jeremy Story Carter said University of Queensland studies had shown a link between high intakes of foods containing zeaxanthin with a www.seniorsnewspaper.com.au

lower incidence of age-related macular degeneration. Story Carter said that ordinarily, people would need to eat an unfeasibly high amount of sweet corn to achieve the levels required to battle macular degeneration. “This new ‘Supergold’ variety will contain enough of the pigment (20 micrograms per gram) in half a cob to help improve eye-health,” he said. Findings from the research have been published in leading industry journal Vegetables Australia July 2014 - Toowoomba & Darling Downs Seniors - Page 23


WHAT’S ON Tea with Mozart JOIN Lance Clarke on Sunday, July 13, from 3pm to 4.30pm at St Luke’s Church, Herries Street, Toowoomba, as he presents the fourth in a series of concerts featuring the works of the great composer, Mozart. The concert will be followed by afternoon tea. Tickets are available at the door – adults $15, concession $10, children under 13 free. For enquiries, please phone Lance on 4613 1379.

A sacrificial anode is a vital part of your hot water system, and having it inspected can be the difference between an efficiently working system or a costly replacement. Manufacturers recommend that you maintain the anode in your system in order to prevent damage from rust + corrosion. After its 5th birthday warranty expires. THE ANODE IN YOUR SYSTEM SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO CORRODE AWAY WHATEVER TYPE OR BRAND OF SYSTEM YOU HAVE. SOLAR - Electric, Gas or Heat Pumps. FOR A LIMITED TIME we will check your anodes free of charge. “REMEMBER YOU CAN’T LOSE, NO ANODE REPLACEMENT NO CHARGE” Comes with a 5 year warranty Make your Hot Water System last for up to 30 years without replacement.

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Astronomy at twilight brings stars and planets to life ASTRONOMICAL research has revealed many hundreds if not thousands of planets orbiting stars other than the Sun, and hints at a vast population of billions of planets orbiting the stars of our home galaxy the Milky Way. The study of planetary systems and their host stars offer insights into the origins and evolution of our solar system, and enables a search for planets that may be suitable places for life. Join USQ’s astronomy guru, associate professor Brad Carter as he offers an insight into the origins and evolution of our solar system, the study of stars and planets, and the ongoing quest for new planets. The talk will take place on Wednesday, July 23, from 6pm to 7pm at the USQ Arts Theatre, and will be followed by a reception in the Arts Gallery where refreshments will be served. Cost: $22 adult, $18 concession/group 10+, $15 student, $10 child. Book online, by phone 4631 1111 or in person at USQ Artsworx.

Singing and humour go handin-hand at comedy concert THE Toowoomba Philharmonic Society presents a Night of Laughs on Sunday, July 20. A collection of humorous choral pieces designed to delight everyone. With works from as early as the 1600s, and jokes that will outlast time itself, it is sure to be a concert enjoyed by all. Tickets: adults $18, concession $15 and children under 12, $10. The concert will be held at the Toowoomba Philharmonic Society, 7 Matthews Street, Toowoomba starting at 2pm. The concert will be followed by a lovely afternoon tea and a raffle. If you have any enquiries please call 4636 3072.

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Advertising Sales Representative Casual Position An exciting opportunity is available for a mature minded sales person to join the growing team at The Toowoomba and Darling Downs Seniors Newspaper. This position will ideally suit a retired or semi-retired person who is wondering what to do with their spare time and would enjoy the challenge of cold calling on businesses in the Toowoomba and Darling Downs region. If you are an enthusiastic person who is a team player with great communication skills and enjoy having a home office, then you may very well be the person we are looking for. The successful applicant will: • Have a friendly outgoing personality and a great sense of humour • Be highly self-motivated and successful in generating new business sales • Have the ability to build rapport with people quickly • Have good organisational skills • Have a good understanding of Word and Gmail and Scanner • Have good knowledge of the needs of the over 50’s market • Be confident in making face to face calls • Be dynamic and passionate about providing good service and innovative ideas to clients and assist them in achieving the best results from their advertising dollar Based in Toowoomba the successful person will be paid an hourly rate plus expenses as well as training. You will also feel a sense of achievement for being part of a great team who produce this paper for its Senior readers each month. If you answer yes to all of the above then we would love to hear from you Applicants 50 years and over are encouraged to apply especially if you have experience in the print media but this is not a condition of employment.

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Winter camellia show supports Toowoomba Hospice THE 2014 Toowoomba Hospice Camellia and Winter Market Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20 at the Toowoomba TAFE horticultural centre (entry via Campbell Street). The show runs from 9am to 4pm each day and entry is $5. Come along to see a stunning range of camellia blooms or enter your own in an open competition. There will be displays of other winter plants, natives, salvias, geraniums and herbs, floral art, musical

entertainment, craft and jewellery, and much more. Gourmet products will be available at the winter

market festival and celebrity chefs will battle it out at with a Ready, Steady, Cook cook-off.

Calling former students and staff of Freneau Park College FRENEAU Park College (Our Lady of the Sacred Heart) operated from 1947 to 1964 at Hursley Road, Newtown, and was a junior college to Downlands. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the closure of the college, a reunion of alumni will be held

on Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31 at Downlands College. Dinner will be held on Saturday evening, followed by Mass on Sunday and a tour of the college. For more information contact Melanie 4690 9501 or Peter 0411 755 569.

USQ Bookcase – a festival for readers, writers and book lovers THE inaugural USQ Bookcase will showcase various forms of writing from novels, poetry and playwriting to eBooks, blogs and much more. Join USQ alumni bestselling fantasy author Kylie Chan and award-winning playwright David Burton for a day of workshops, panels, readings, book signings, chats with authors, stalls and more. Budding authors will be sure to benefit from the one-day festival which will feature informative writing workshops and panels on playwriting, children’s books, travel, how to get published, digital publishing, illus-

Free seed to feed videos FOLLOWING the popular Seed to Feed workshops recently conducted in Toowoomba and Highfields, a series of free videos by local horticulturalist Brian Sams are now available online providing hints and tips about setting up your own backyard vegetable gardens, patches or pots. Topics include soil testing, choosing potting mix, growing vegetables from seeds, using gypsum and choosing plants. To view the videos go to www. toowoombarc.qld.gov.au/ community-services/educational-resources/ healthy-living-projects/ eat-well/10512-seed-tofeed

tration, poetry and fantasy. Beyond workshops, there’ll be plenty to keep festival goers entertained throughout the day with stalls, food, book signings, poetry readings and lucky door prizes as well as a kid’s corner with storytelling. USQ

Bookcase will be held on Saturday, July 19 from 9:30am till 4:00pm in the USQ refectory. Entry is by gold coin. For further information, contact the USQ Alumni & Advancement Office on 07 4631 5391 or send us an email alumni@usq.edu.au.

Trivia for seniors

KEEP that grey matter active with trivia for senior organised by Toowoomba Regional Counci throughout July. Get together a team of four and register by phoning 131 872. Trivia afternoons wil run from 1.30 to 4pm at Cecil Plains Town Hall on July 11; Clifton F.E. Logan Hall, July 14; Yarraman Seniors’ Hall, July 16; Oakey Community Centre, July 18; Highfields Cultural Centre, July 21; Toowoomba Laurel Bank Hall, July 23; Newtown Progress Hall July 25; and Cambooya Hall, July 28.

Toowoomba Stamp Club monthly meeting

THE July meeting of the Toowoomba Stamp Club will be held on Saturday, July 12, starting at 1pm, at the Salvation Army Hall, cnr West Street and Anzac Ave. The visiting club will be Ipswich, and John Laker will be the dealer in attendance. A stamp auction will be held, with approximately 100 lots available. Come along to the largest stamp club meeting in Queensland. The August meeting will be on Saturday August 9, with a guest speaker from PSQ, and Craig Chappell as the visiting dealer. www.seniorsnewspaper.com.au


HOLIDAY & Leisure Where’s Wally?

Band Rotunda and Old Fire Station Walhalla

IF you’ve lived in Victoria you’ve probably heard of a certain historic gold mining village, in a pretty valley hidden in the mountains of Gippsland. But if you’ve never inhabited the Deep South, this may be news to you. Walhalla is known to locals as “Wally” and in fact, that’s the name of the local pub. But the official town name Walhalla has different connotations. The mythical home of the Valkyries, Valhalla was ruled by the god Odin and populated by warriors killed in battle…and now it’s in Victoria, not Scandinavia. How lucky are we Australians! Actually, luck is the reason Walhalla exists. Originally called Stringers Creek, the village grew on the

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back of a fortuitous discovery of gold in 1862 by a prospector, Ned Stringer. Word soon got around and by 1900, the township’s population numbered over 2,500 miners, families, shopkeepers and an entire support system including Chinese vegetable farmers. There were 10 hotels, 7 churches and 3 breweries and by 1910 a railway line from Moe was completed. Walhalla’s luck ran out soon after. By 1914 the gold ran out [there’s still plenty in “them thar hills”, but too difficult to extract] and over the next 50 years it became more like a ghost town. Today the only spirits you’ll find are at the Wally pub and the Star Hotel…and on regular ghost tours conducted by enthusiastic volunteers like Michael Fozard who also runs the small but impressive museum and “corner store”. In fact today there’s a permanent population of less than 20, plus weekend property owners and over 100,000 casual visitors per year. Walhalla certainly has its devotees who come back time after time. The surrounding hills embrace ruins of satellite settlements with names like Happy Go Lucky and Maiden Town and there are remains of an old copper mine at nearby Cooper’s Creek. You can visit these areas on an exciting 4WD tour with Ron Camier of MountainTop Experience, fording rivers and negotiating impossibly slushy tracks with ease. You wouldn’t want to try it in your own vehicle unless you feel like a long walk to get help. Best of all, several accommodation options apart from camping are now available, particularly since the rebuilding of the historic Walhalla Star Hotel and the conversion of the old Windsor House to an attractive B&B. The Star has 14 comfortable ensuite rooms behind the carefully re-created 1890s exterior, plus a top class dining room with “Star” cuisine and a wine list to match. Genial host Michael Leaney, whose love of the town resulted in his more than $1 million investment to rebuild the Star, is a fountain of knowledge and a passionate advocate of tourism for the area. He’s doing his best to make “Wally” a must-see on Victoria’s tourist map, less than 3 hours from Melbourne by car but a million miles from modern city life. www.visitwalhalla.com w w w. m o u n t a i n t o p experience.com www.starhotel.com

Where in the world is this? DO YOU know where this photograph was taken? If so, write to “Where Is This?”, Toowoomba & Darling Downs Seniors Newspaper, PO Box 1062, Tewantin Q. 4565 or email editor@seniorsnewspaper.com.au Please type TWBA Where is This and your name in your email SUBJECT line. The answer will be published in next month’s Seniors Newspaper.

Top ten travel tips for travelling overseas 1. CHECK the latest travel advice for your destination and subscribe to receive free email notification each time the travel advice for your destination is updated. 2. Take out comprehensive travel insurance and ensure it covers you for the places you plan to visit and the things you plan to do. 3. Before travelling overseas register your travel plans and contact details online or at the local Australian embassy, high commission or consulate once you arrive so we can contact you in case of an emergency. 4. Obey the laws of the country you’re visiting even if these seem harsh or unfair by Australian standards. Don’t expect to be treated differently from the locals just because you’re Australian. 5. Make sure that you have the right visas for the countries you are visiting or transiting and check any other entry or exit requirements. 6. Make copies of your passport details, insurance policy, travellers cheques, visas and credit card numbers. Carry one copy in a separate place to the originals and leave a copy with someone at home. 7. Check with health professionals for information on recommended vaccinations and other health precautions. Remember that vaccinations can be an entry requirement for some countries. Also find out about taking medication overseas - certain medicines aren’t allowed in some countries. 8. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to Australia. Carry extra passport photos in case your passport is lost or stolen and you need to replace it while you’re away. 9. Keep in contact with friends and family back home and give them a copy of your travel itinerary so they know where you are. 10. Check to see if you’re regarded as a national of the country you plan to visit, and whether dual nationality will have any implications for your travel plans. For more information go to www.smartraveller.gov.au. www.seniorsnewspaper.com.au

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Building Buses and Tours for everyone HOW do you take people to the best places in Australia when some of the best places can’t be reached by conventional tour coach? The answer Stonestreets Coaches came up with was to get a luxury 4x4 tour coach built. After many months of careful planning,

Stonestreets ideas of the perfect 4x4 off road tour coach were submitted to Coach Design, a Brisbane based coach builder who transformed those ideas into reality, supplying Stonestreets a few months later with a brand new luxury off road tour coach. That new coach has

now done its inaugural journey travelling throughout the country over a 3 month period and is back in Toowoomba getting ready for its next stint “out the bush”. The next set of tours will be started off in July with the 11 day DIAMANTINA DRIFTER tour travelling

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into the Diamantina Lakes National Park, crossing the border into the Northern Territory and following the Sandover Highway south westerly to Alice Springs. Another tour, an 11 day DESERT SANDS tour will then begin in Alice Springs following one of outback pioneer, Len Beadell’s tracks, the Gary Highway, right across the Great Sandy Desert to the West Coast of WA to Marble Bar and Port Hedland then travelling north alongside the Eighty Mile Beach to Broome. The KIMBERLEY & TANAMI tour 3 of this series of 5 tours begins in Broome before setting off to Kooljaman on picturesque Cape Leveque, then into the fascinating Kimberley region exploring gorges and waterfalls along the Gibb River Road. This tour will spend two nights in beautiful Kununurra then two more nights in the awesome Bungle Bungle National Park Stonestreets first ever tour to stay in this park. From Halls Creek the tour will continue to Wolf Creek Meteorite Crater then down the dusty Tanami Track past Rabbit Flat to Alice Springs. Yet another tour, INTO THE RED ZONE will

begin in The Alice and explore the MacDonnell Ranges, visit beautiful Palm Valley – only accessible by 4x4 vehicles, stay on a real working cattle and camel station at Kings Canyon then into the hauntingly beautiful Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. Of course there will be a visit to the huge monolith and the chance to capture a colourful sunset picture of Ayres Rock during this visit. Cross the Painted Desert and the Moon Plains to Coober Pedy staying in underground accommodation then to William Creek and Lake Eyre South, Woomera to Port Augusta and Adelaide. The final tour in the series, PIONEER SPIRIT travels north to Marree the along the infamous Birdsville Track to the frontier town of Birdsville. Take a look at Australia’s largest shearing shed at Cordillo Downs and the remote settlement of Innamincka. It was near here that Burke and Wills ended their journey and lost their lives beside the Cooper Creek. I visit to the Dig Tree will show where these famous Australian explorers spent their last few hours. Travelling east, cross the longest fence in the

world, the Dingo Fence at Hungerford then explore the Currawinya National Park prior to sampling date wines in Eulo. The tour will visit St George on the Balonne River before finishing back in South East Queensland on the 15th September. Not everyone can afford the time or the money to travel for 50+ days on a tour and that’s why Stonestreets have designed these tours so you can travel on just one or many sections. And this doesn’t just apply to the 4x4 tours, Stonestreets have another tour travelling by luxury tour coach in 5 sections right around Australia which can also be split into 5 sections, 1. Cruises Along The Pristine Coast, Brisbane to Airlie Beach 2. The Whitsunday Coast & Tablelands, Airlie Beach to Cairns 3. Across the Top, Cairns to Broome 4. The West Coast, Broome to Perth 5. Best of the West in Springtime, WA wildflower time Perth to Brisbane Call Stonestreets Coaches on 4687 5555 today if you would like a brochure on any or all of these fantastic luxury coach or 4x4 coach tours.

If you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel THAT might sound a bit harsh, but organising insurance is an essential part of preparing for your overseas trip. If you’re uninsured you (or your family) are personally liable for covering any medical or other costs resulting from unexpected incidents or accidents. Comprehensive travel insurance should cover all medical expenses for injury or illness, as well as theft of your valuables and cancellations or interruptions to your flight plans, baggage damage and more. It also saves you the worry and financial burden if you have an accident or illness overseas – medical costs can reach tens of thousands of dollars. Shop around, including online, to find the

policy that best suits your individual needs – check the policy’s exclusions including how it deals with pre-existing illnesses, make sure your insurance covers you for all of your activities for the entire length of your trip, and be aware that some policies do not cover refunds for changes in safety and security environments overseas. Whether you are entitled to a refund when Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade changes travel advice levels will depend on the terms and conditions of your policy – it varies from policy to policy. Always read the fine print. For more information go to www.smartraveller.gov.au. www.seniorsnewspaper.com.au


HOLIDAY & Leisure A Cruise with a Difference by Allan Blackburn

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foyer, to a huge decorated tree and, of course, the mandatory visit from Santa for the kids. Any cruiser will tell you that the food is a highlight. A Christmas cruise is appreciated even more since there are no hassles on the day. You just roll up to the restaurant and have a feast fit for royalty. A four-course meal with each course having a Christmassy flavour is just wonderful. If the menu offerings are not quite to your liking, the staff go to great lengths to accommodate all re-

quests. And to top it off, there is no washing up to do. All you have to do is waddle back to your cabin and have a snooze. Of course, if you really want

Brain Fodder ADD the number of guns in a Tower of London royal salute to the number of days that rain fell on Noah’s Ark; subtract the number of wives of Henry the Eighth; add the number of the British Prime Minister’s residence in London; subtract the number of wise men; add the number of pennies in a pound. Answer: 62+40-6+10-3+240 = 343

HOW would you like to get away from the holiday hordes doing their last minute Christmas shopping? What about not having to get all that food together. Even better, not having to cook Christmas dinner, or for that matter, any meals at all. The icing on the cake is not having to do any cleaning or housework of any kind. The solution is a Christmas cruise. With some of the popular lines like Princess, P&O and Cunard including Brisbane in their itineraries, you don’t even have to fly to Sydney. It is a simple matter of driving to Eagle Farm, leaving the car at one of the storage facilities, and you are on your way. While the Port of Brisbane passenger terminal is not the flashest around, it is functional and quite efficient – it has to be to enable the larger ships to offload over 2000 passengers and their luggage, re-provision the ship with fuel and all sup- ellers, all within about joyable but a Christmas ship, from the little decocruise is one to remember. rations on the cabin door plies, and then board the eight or nine hours. next complement of trav- Any cruise is fun and en- A festive air pervades the to carol singers in the

to you could have a game of table tennis or shuffle board, or hit a few golf balls – all things are possible. Specific destinations vary with the cruise line. Most offer a Pacific islands package which may include Mystery Island, Isle of Pines, Port Vila, Port Denarau and Suva. New Zealand may also be a possibility. There is only one snag to all this – with cruising growing rapidly in popularity, bookings for Christmas cruises will be heavy. If you are interested in pampering yourself for this year, you need to get moving. So what are you waiting for? Just get on the Internet or go and see a travel agent.

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HOLIDAY & Leisure What help is available from the Australian Government when you are overseas

THE Australian Government will do its best to help Australians in difficulty overseas, but it pays to be realistic in your expectations of what it can do. When you travel you should be aware that you’re leaving behind Australia’s support systems, emergency service capabilities and medical facilities. There are limits on the level of consular service that can be provided in other countries. The Australian Government can help with: • providing assistance during crises such as civil unrest and natural disasters • providing advice and support in the case of an accident, serious illness or death, or if an Australian is a victim of a serious crime, and arranging for nominated contacts to be informed • visiting or contacting Australians who are arrested and arranging for their family to be informed (if they wish) • contacting relatives and friends on an Australian’s behalf and asking them to assist with money or tickets • providing access to a repayable loan (up to a maximum of $150) in real emergencies to cover the cost of a replacement travel document

• providing information on possible government financial assistance for eligible Australians to help with legal costs overseas • providing a list of doctors, lawyers and, if available, interpreters • issuing passports, including emergency passports. They cannot help with: • giving legal advice, investigating crimes overseas or intervening in court proceedings • getting Australians out of prison or obtaining special treatment for Australians in prison • providing medical services or medication • arranging visas, work or residence permits for other countries or helping Australians obtain them • paying or guaranteeing payment of hotel, medical or other bills • acting as a travel agent, bank or post office, or storing luggage • providing translation, interpreter, telephone or photocopy services • becoming involved in commercial disputes or taking complaints about local purchases. For more information go to www.smartraveller.gov.au.

Local travel agencies unite under new name A NUMBER of leading, local travel agencies have taken on a new persona as helloworld arrives in Toowoomba. Headed by four separate franchisees, To o w o o m b a ’s helloworld offices are strategically located around the city. Formerly, Harvey World Travel and Jetset Travel, the agencies now form helloworld Toowoomba City, Toowoomba Range, Toowoomba Ridge and Toowoomba Town Hall. Under the new banner they will continue to provide expert service and the best value, tailormade holidays to residents. “With collective experience of more than 150 years, we are Toowoomba and districts leading travel experts. Whether you’re traveling locally, domestically or overseas, helloworld is

your one stop travel shop,” said franchisees Bernie Freyling, Leah Fuller, Jill and Eddie Murphy, and Hellyn Goodman. “As a proud local business, we’re large enough through our helloworld network to access great travel deals for our customers in Australia and overseas and yet small enough to provide high quality, personalised service to our customers – that’s why people keep coming back to us.” helloworld offers flexibility for travellers to take their travel plans home with them and continue their experience, anytime and anywhere, via helloworld.com.au. helloworld has been creating lasting travel memories for more than 40 years through the Harvey World Travel, Jetset Travel, Travelworld and Travelscene American Express brands. helloworld is a nationwide network of independently owned and operated stores, offering Australian travellers unparalleled convenience, industry-leading service and

The medieval city of Colmar in Alsace is just one of Europe’s treasures that helloworld can help you discover.

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Negotiating strange towns creates more stress for caravanners than car drivers By Johnny Damn Van

MY MOTHER used to refer disparagingly to caravans as ‘snails’, a natural enough description of homes being dragged around on one’s back. She gave the impression that, given half a chance, she would lay giant snail baits along highways to get them out of the way. But my mum had it all wrong. Caravanners are

not smug road hogs who delight in holding up scores of vehicles behind them or who deliberately cause traffic chaos in the middle of towns. In fact, a caravanner is someone who has a lot on his or her mind, especially as an unfamiliar town is approached. Do we want a coffee stop here, where can I stop, do I want a

Tips for driving in other countries

AUSTRALIANS should learn about their destination’s road conditions and traffic culture before getting behind the wheel. It is important to be aware of local laws and security conditions when driving overseas. Driving under the influence of alcohol can have severe criminal penalties in many countries. In some countries drivers must have no quantity of alcohol in their system. The penalties for traffic infringements in some countries can be severe by Australian standards. They can include hefty on-the-spot fines, immediate confiscation of drivers licence, immediate impounding of vehicle, detention, deportation or imprisonment. For more detailed information, the Association for Safe International Road Travel offers regularly updated road reports for approximately 150 countries. Available via e-mail or download (fees apply), each report covers general road conditions, local driving style and the realities of dealing with the police, public transportation and emergency situations. Other useful features include summaries of especially dangerous roads and phonetic translations for use in unsafe or emergency situations. Motorcycle accidents involving Australians are very common in South-East Asia, particularly in areas such as Bali, resort areas of Thailand and in Vietnam. Australian travellers should ensure they wear helmets, preferably full-face helmets, and other protective clothing when riding motorcycles, scooters and mopeds overseas in order to minimise the risk of serious injury. If you’re renting a car, before you start driving, make sure it’s equipped with appropriate safety features (including seat belts, air bags, and if required child restraints), and check the tyres, headlights, seatbelts and wipers before you leave the lot. In some countries it is compulsory to carry a break down kit in your car - check with the hire company. Many countries require Australians to have an International Driving Permit (IDP) in addition to a valid Australian driving licence to legally drive a car, or ride a motorbike. An IDP is a widely recognised document that can be issued by associated members of the Australian Automobile Association. Before driving overseas, Australians should contact the appropriate foreign mission in Australia for information on drivers licence requirements. Ensure the IDP allows you to drive or ride the vehicles you intend to use. Some insurance policies will not cover you if you have an accident using a vehicle you are not licensed to drive. IDPs are issued through state and territory motoring clubs such as RACQ. Always insure yourself to drive a vehicle overseas and carry the insurance papers with you. Check your vehicle insurance to see if you are covered for breakdown recovery, accidental damage and medical expenses for injuries suffered in an accident. If driving a friend’s vehicle overseas, check first that you are appropriately covered by their insurance policy to drive their car. When hiring a car carefully read the insurance document to determine your level of cover. In some countries, the legal minimum for insurance cover may be low, leaving you responsible for claims over this limit. In some countries it is an offence to drive a vehicle if you are not named on the insurance policy as the driver. For more information go to www.smartraveller.gov.au. www.seniorsnewspaper.com.au

wee, where are the blue street signs pointing to public toilets, do I want fuel, where is the nearest servo (somehow it’s never on the exit road from town), why has the GPS put us on the truck bypass, will the van negotiate the next tight roundabout, why is there nowhere to park with a van, will I end up in a narrow cul-de-sac with nowhere to turn? So, with ballooning bladder, darting eyes, sweaty palms and too many signs to read, a van

driver can easily lose it. Calm. I must be calm. Think peaceful thoughts. Mistfilled meadows. Waterfalls. Flowers waving in the breeze. Politicians rendered mute. Ahh. Peace, love and brown rice, as they say. Sadly, by the time I am focussed and relaxed enough for strategic thinking, we are already on the other side of town, fuel tank near empty, heading in the wrong direction, and the GPS and co-driver shout-

ing at me to do a U-turn. Ever notice how vans congregate in unremarkable side streets of country towns, around roadhouses and in out-of-theway van parks? They’re the dispossessed, the downtrodden, the refugees of the road, looking for temporary sanctuary...or maybe just a toilet. Van people clearly have a lot more to think about than other drivers; it helps to have thick skin, to have completed a seven-year course in re-

Finding a parking spot is never easy with a caravan. Photo credit: ww.caravantravels.co.uk

laxation therapy and to assume that whatever you do to accommodate other motorists in a strange town, it probably will be wrong. At the end of the day, it’s up to the

world at large, not caravanners, to understand that the poor sap dragging a snail really does have a weight on his or her shoulders. See, mum did have it wrong.

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Cryptic Clues ACROSS 2 Dare to move round others being caught 6 Refusal we follow with good sense 7 Very bad return in paydirt upset 10 Make an act null about sound of a bell 11 Fish on foot 12 Makes amends for trouble some pets can cause 15 Coupon company leaves on top 18 Single draw on marijuana right for one tending the furnace 20 Sip her concoction and pass on 21 In good arrangement like cattle 22 Enraged with spice finally burned

10 Get back losses 13 Tie up boat 14 Be in plenty 16 Mexican worker 17 Pretty 19 Ardour

Word Trivia The longest words that are reverse images of each other are stressed and desserts.

DOWN 1 Born with single part of skeleton 2 Resting peacefully as skin returns 3 Replaces what is missing about her sleep-ins 4 Thus models become big drinkers 5 Sinful, vile, untidy 8 Scion’s basal part of tooth 9 Harder to teach when more compressed 10 Recover losses about takeover 13 Firmly fix in space returned 14 One jump - that’s enough to proliferate 16 Sty holds nothing for Spanish labourer 17 Quite pleasant in French city 19 Ardour displayed melancholy way

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Stunning blooms on display at winter orchid show orchids, bromeliads and foliage on display as well as plants for sale, potting mixes, raffles with orchids as prizes and other stalls of craft. There will also be plenty of experienced members on hand to offer advice and maybe help solve any problems you may have with an orchid at home. “The best way to have orchids blooming for most of the year is to

Available Sunday to Thursday this JULY

Fabulous Bonus Come celebrate the opening of our NEW Lawn Bowls Green Each Tuesday we will conduct singles Knockout comps for men and women with fabulously inexpensive trophies for the winners!

Head to the Winter Orchid Show on July 19 for stunning displays, plants for sale and expert advice on growing these elegant blooms.

FOR almost two centuries orchid growing has been considered the domain of the aristocracy and growing them was not possible without fancy climate controlled houses. John Terry president of Toowoomba Orchid Society said nothing could be further from the truth. “People who take the trouble to find out how

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buy a few at different times throughout the year,” Mr Terry said. “So come and see us on July 19. We promise a great experience.” The Winter Orchid Show will be held on Saturday, July 19 from 8.30am to 4pm at St Paul’s Lutheran Church hall, Phillip Street. Admission is a gold coin. For more information contact Val 0439 542 240 or Murray 0439 953 629.

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are coming to that conclusion,” Mr Terry said. “Orchids are easy to grow.” The most common introduction to orchids at the moment seems to be the gift of an orchid in flower. “These flowering gifts, usually Phalaenopsis or ‘moth orchids’, while truly beautiful, are often raised in hothouses in the warmer parts of the state and brought to our area when in flower,” he said. “Not saying that they can’t be grown here but there are many other easier options.” His advice is to buy orchids that are growing well in the local conditions and you’re off to a great start. These plant types are available at local orchid shows. The Toowoomba Orchid Society holds four shows per year with the next show being the winter show on July 19. There will be masses of www.seniorsnewspaper.com.au


‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Festival of talent for Noosa Long Weekend CULTURE-LOVERS from across Queensland and beyond are celebrating the release of the full 2014 Noosa Long Weekend Festival program, which includes more than 80 events across the 10day event. Festival Director Ian Mackellar said the festival - presented by Bendigo Bank - was set to deliver an array of eclectic and diverse events including music, dance, theatre, comedy, literature, forums, supper clubs, visual arts and some sensational themed food events. “The 2014 program covers everything from burlesque and ballet to cabaret and cocktail capers,” Ian said. The program includes a range of both ticketed and free events. The pre-opening Carnevale

the 10-day festival. It’s sure to be a family favourite. Australian entertainer Rhonda Burchmore, cabaret performer Catherine Alcorn, soprano opera singer, actress and cabaret performer Ali McGregor; and Michael Griffiths (of Jersey Boys) join the starstudded festival line-up. All festival event tickets are now on sale and as in previous years are on Friday, 18 July from bound to sell fast. 5pm-6pm on Hastings To view the full program Street is one of the free or purchase festival events featuring Linsey tickets please visit Pollak and his band of www.noosalong 22 street performers and weekend.com. musicians, known as Check inside for our ‘The Unusual Susfree ticket giveaway to pects’. ‘Forbidden Broadway, The Hastings Street Greatest Hits Vol.1’, a Tree will also be satirical send-up of officially lit with festive Broadway musicals lighting at this event, from Les Miz to Mamma which will remain in Mia, Wicked to The place for the duration of Phantom of the Opera.

Millmerran program improves balance and strength THE Steady Steps program provides weekly exercise classes to improve functional strength and balance to reduce risk of falls amongst older adults. Classes cost $4 and are held each Monday 10am to 10:15am at the Uniting Church Hall, Florence St, Millmerran. For more information contact Michele on 0428 951 242 or ele_agg@ hotmail.com.

course is an opportunity for residents to learn and develop new skills to assist others. The course will be held at the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre on Saturday, July 12, from 9am to 4pm. To book a place contact the settlement officer Sam Elzanati on (07) 5466 3514 or SElzanati@lvrc.qld.gov.au.

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ON SUNDAY, August 3, Peter Cullen of the Toowoomba Historical Society will lead a special tour of Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery under the theme “Commemoration of the start of WWI”. The tour will start at 10am and tickets are available at the Local History Library in Ruthven Street. Participants should gather at the cemetery five minutes prior to starting time.

LOCKYER Council, in conjunction with the Adult Migrant English Program, will hold a free volunteer tutor training course in July. This training is aimed to tutor English as a second language (ESL) to support migrants and refugees in the community. This free

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Moving to Toowoomba brings family together JILLIAN BEATTIE is a member of U3A’s Rainbow Writers group and writes about how life has brought her to Toowoomba: We moved to Toowoomba from New Zealand 18 months ago. It was a big move for us as we’re in our 70s and have lived in New Zealand all our lives. With two children married to Australians and both now living and working in Toowoomba, it seemed a logical move, but nevertheless it was with some trepidation that we landed in Brisbane in November 2012. The city of Toowoomba was not entirely new to us, as we’d had several holidays here, but a permanent move was something quite different. We need not have worried. Everything fell into place quite easily, even to the purchasing of a house before that first Christmas. Of course, having two families here made it so much simpler. We had accommodation ready and waiting and free, plus family members willing to take us to places we needed to go or to aswww.seniorsnewspaper.com.au

sist us with all the paperwork required. And what a joy to get to know two lots of grandchildren! Both of us have commented often on the friendliness of the people in Toowoomba. Arranging banking, obtaining Australian driving licences, enrolling in medical schemes, joining the library – without exception we’ve been met with courtesy and helpfulness. I knew I’d miss friends from New Zealand, and determined that I would join activities in Toowoomba so that I could meet people of my own age and interests here. I’ve been amazed at all the possibilities open to older people. I go twice a week to an exercise class funded by the city council, to four of the many classes offered by U3A and I even participate in Sing Australia. Without exception, people in all of these groups have been friendly and welcoming. Yes, I do miss New Zealand in some respects, but we both agree that Toowoomba is an outstanding city for friendliness and courtesy!

What’s on at the Empire Theatre in the next month July 17: 8pm Managing Carmen – Managing Carmen takes a satirical look at the characters behind the nation’s favourite sport: greedy sports managers, champion footballers, bimbo girlfriends and notorious tabloid writers. July 18: 8pm Alex Williamson – Dumb Things I’ve Done – After sell-out seasons across Australia and the UK in 2013, Alex hits Toowoomba with a hot new show. As always, it’s irreverent and caustic, featuring music, stand-up and unseen videos. July 19: 7.30pm Graeme Connors: North, 25 Years On – Australia’s greatest storyteller, Graeme Connors live on stage with his legendary band, in a special two act performance, celebrating 25 years since the release of his landmark album North. July 21: 8pm Celtic Illusion – Witness the Magic – Celtic Illusion combines a fusion of contemporary Irish dance and music with grand scale illusions, thus making it a unique performance concept that

sets it apart from all other dance shows. July 23: 7.30pm Confessions of a Control Freak Frances is caught in the rat trap of this multitasking, multi-vitamin, multi-media modern era. When she attempts to trade now now now for a little namaste, her carefully controlled existence rapidly unravels, revealing the virtues of procrastination and the joys of mixing yoga and alcohol. July 31: 7.30pm Paul Hogan – Hoges: One Night Only! - After the huge success of last year’s capital city tour of ‘An Evening with Hoges’, Paul Hogan returns to Australia for 25 regional performances with his even bigger one-man show - HOGES: One Night Only! August 7: 7.30pm Kate Miller Heidke – Kate MillerHeidke has the critics raving with her fourth studio album, and first independent release, O Vertigo! For more information go to www.empiretheatre.com.au or phone the box office on 1300 655 299.

Broadway Spectacular 2014 is evolving as one of the most significant years in the history of The Pops. With the 30th Anniversary and Celtic Celebration Concerts behind us, we now look forward to ending the season with Broadway Spectacular and the iconic Best of British. Introducing the Queensland audiences to Silvie Paladino and Kane Alexander, will continue to raise the bar of amazing Australian talent presented this year. The Broadway Spectacular will include music from Chorus Line, Chicago, West Side Story, as well as some of the greatest hits of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Brisbane Sings Choir and dancers from Morton College will add the zing to the spectacular part of this production. Fresh and talented voices will join with the power and energy from Morton College to present a real Broadway event. In October the Best of British will finish this year of celebrations. Mark Vincent now with his 5th Album at No1 on the Aria Classical charts and Elizabeth Lewis who is currently performing with Victorian Opera will sing some of your best loved last night at the proms songs as well as the wonderful music of the British Isles. Lisa Lockland-Bell will join Mark Vincent in “Best of British” at The Events Centre, Caloundra on Sunday 12 October 2pm. Joining the Pops for the first time will be Choir of Mansfield State High School who will join the QPAC Choir who featured so magnificently in 2013. Conductor Patrick Pickett has been delighted to lead the revival of this magnificent orchestra. As the other professional orchestra in Queensland, the Pops has grown in size and stature over the last 12 months and continues to evolve as an orchestra that provides great entertainment with outstanding production and stylistic diversity. The final concert for this year is the New Year’s Eve Concert and will be on sale in mid July. Following the triumph of this event in 2013, audience goers will be encouraged to secure tickets early for both performances to avoid disappointment. Tickets are on sale now contact The Events Centre, Caloundra on www.theeventscentre.com.au or phone 5491 4240.

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Our agency has a buyer looking for a number of properties in the region and we have been commissioned to find these properties for them. Realpoint Property is a locally owned and operated real estate agency with 22 years of experience in the industry and a wealth of local knowledge. This group are paying our commission to find the properties for them and they will look at all properties no matter what condition they are in. This means there is no commission to pay when you sell. The group are interested in all property, house and land and vacant land.

HARRISTOWN - 3/6 PHYLLIS STREET (walk to Clifford gardens) 4 x 2 BR unit, 1 bath with single lock up garage. $310,000

LD O S SOUTH TOOWOOMBA 34 Stephen Street (unit 2 available)

GLENVALE - 35 Balaroo Drive (Duplex Units) no body corp fees 1 x 2 Bedroom with ensuite and single garage. $310,000

2 BR unit all built in, spacious with single remote garages. Now finished, brilliant location and price $295,000 each.

MIDDLE RIDGE - Collingwood Close Lot 27 & 28 3 BR, Ensuite, Office Nook & Double Garage. Under Construction, to be Priced $420,000 to $440,000)

MOUNT LOFTY - Sidney Street 2 X 2 BR , Ensuite , Single Garage $330,000 - $340,000 (Under Construction)

HIGHFIELDS - Close to Shopping Centre and Sporting Fields. 1 X 3 BR and 3 X 2 Bedroom Units all with Ensuites. From $320,000

We also have 2 and 3 BR units to be constructed in Middle Ridge, East Toowoomba, South Toowoomba and Highfields. All will be completely TURN KEY and will include blinds, screens, landscaping and fencing. Buy and rent or move in immediatelly.

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