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HANDEL’S Messiah Excerpts will be performed at the City Tabernacle Baptist Church, 163 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane on Saturday 11 December at 7.30pm and on Sunday 12 December at 6.30pm. The Sinfonia of St Andrew’s Orchestra which encourages young musicians to perform alongside experienced professional players and to represent the church as part of a ministry and a augmented choir of 50 singers of the City Tabernacle Baptist Church Choir will be involved in this year’s presentations, with singers gathered from Churches from Ipswich to Bracken Ridge. The program will comprise Part 1, and sections of Parts 2 and 3 of Messiah, culminating in the
triumphant Hallelujah Chorus Finale, which the audience are invited to join in singing. The conductor will be Fiona Gough, Organist Len Ryan and Soloists are Soprano Alison Saunders, Counter-Tenor Ron Morris, Tenor Bernard Hull and the Bass is Timothy Grantham. Entry is free, and an offering will be received on both nights. The offering on Saturday will go towards the restoration of the Church’s 1915 Whitehouse Pipe organ, and the offering on Sunday night will be towards the expenses of Messiah Presentation. Free parking will be available on both nights in the multi-storey car park at 41 Astor Terrace (off Upper Edward Street)
The New Face of Aspley Village Shopping Centre We invite you to come and see the new look Aspley Village Shopping Centre. Itâ€™s exciting, all in one place and easier to access, what more could you ask forâ€Ś Our Centre now has more variety and shops with the new mega â€˜Pattons Fresh Food Marketâ€™ big gun store selling outstanding, meats, fresh fruit and veges, cheese and lots more. But wait thereâ€™s moreâ€Ś opening next week is the new â€˜Fish on Ice Seafoodâ€™ they will be selling outstanding fresh and cooked seafood. Shhhâ€Ś two more surprises to open just around the corner. Keep your eyes open for these!
Coles have a larger variety and are looking forward to celebrating Christmas with you. Specialty tenants and service providers (physio, podiatry, child early learning centre) canâ€™t wait to see you this Christmas shopping period. With grand openings across the Centre over the next few weeks (gym, seafood, and the extraordinary fresh food market) all offering fantastic deals this can only mean more savings for you! Specials, discounts and great variety all under one roof - you just canâ€™t go wrong at Aspley Village Shopping Centre. Come visit us today!
Dulcie Crouch a 60 year resident from Aspley and Lynda Regazzoli from Caboolture with Manager Sarah Vievers of Pattons Fresh Food Market.
â€œItâ€™s exciting, looks quite good with lots of varietyâ€?, Lynda says â€œitâ€™s fantastic and all under the one roof.â€?
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Tsunami disaster planning goes into operation OFF the west coast of New Zealand at 8.45am EST on Thursday 18 November a powerful, magnitude 8.7 undersea earthquake was recorded. At 9.13am EST, a tsunami land warning message was issued, throwing Redland Cityâ€™s Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) immediately into action. Thankfully, this was a fictional scenario as part of a disaster management training exercise called â€˜Operation Argusâ€™. For several hours, LDMG members enacted Redlandâ€™s Tsunami Plan to protect people and property in the Redlands before the waveâ€™s impact, having been given only four hoursâ€™ warning. Next, the LDMG planned what would happen in the recovery stage after the impact of the hypothetical two metre wave, comparing the scale of damage to that from a Cyclone Larry-type disaster. Council was well represented at the training exercise, with key input from the LDMG Coordinator, Nick Clarke; Council CEO Gary Stevenson;
and LDMG Chair, Mayor Melva Hobson. Also on hand were senior staff from emergencies services agencies. The exercise demonstrated how all agencies work closely to coordinate disaster management at local level; which is the purpose of the LDMG. Council CEO Gary Stevenson said that while tsunamis represent a very low risk, they can have catastrophic effects, as borne out by the lessons from â€˜Operation Argusâ€™. â€œGiven the limited time we had to act, it was essential that information reaching people was clear, consistent, accurate, and communicated as effectively as possible.â€? Mr Stevenson said it had been a busy year for disaster management in the Redlands. â€œWe launched the Redland City Disaster Management Plan in August; work continued on the award-winning Seniors Emergency Preparedness Project; and a storm season awareness campaign for residents is currently in full swing,â€? he said.
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Support needed for grandparent carers NATIONAL Seniors is urging all levels of government to not merely acknowledge the significant role of grandparents but to address the legal and financial shortfalls that a growing number of grandparents are facing. National Seniors chief executive Michael Oâ€™Neill said that Queensland had taken a step in the right direction by having the first day set aside to honour Grandparents this Sunday 7 November. â€œGrandparents are a national treasure and deserve to be honoured and thanked for their contribution to the community on so many levels,â€? Oâ€™Neill said. â€œBut the days of grandparents as the elderly couple who handed out sweets and read bedtime stories to the
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grandchildren are no longer the norm for many.â€? An emerging issue in intergenerational relations in Australia is the significant number (14,000 in 2006) of grandparents raising their own grandchildren. â€œLegal ambiguities mean that grandparents often have the day to day responsibility for caring for their grandchildren yet lack the authority to make significant decisions on their behalf,â€? said Oâ€™Neill. National Seniors is calling for the establishment of respite designed specifically for carer grandparents, a central point for grandparents to readily access information and support, plus measures that will address legal and financial obstacles.
SENIORS NEWS Christmas under the Stars and by the lake
Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor, Allan Sutherland and local band, Freak Morice get tuned up ahead of next week’s Christmas under the Stars festivities at Centenary Lakes.
SANTA is coming to town, and to celebrate Moreton Bay Regional Council will host its annual Christmas under the Stars festivities at Caboolture’s Centenary Lakes on Friday, December 10. Families and people of all
ages are invited to celebrate the jolly season by bringing a picnic blanket and cushions along to the free council event. Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor, Allan Sutherland said the traditional venue for Christmas under the Stars had
changed this year because of construction work for The Hub Caboolture’s $25 million library, learning centre and art gallery in the Town Square. “But some things never change, Christmas under the Stars is still the perfect way to kick off the
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“Christmas is a time for joy, hope and love and at Target we want to help spread that message in the lead up to the festive season.” With affordable, unique and quality gifts for every member of the family, Target has cemented itself as a one stop destination for Christmas, with an online gift finder being the first port of call for most shoppers. By logging on, customers can search through and view over 600 gift ideas online, to save themselves the hustle and bustle of searching through the store. “Customers can compile their list from the comfort of their home, so when they are ready to purchase, they simply need to bring it with them into store to make finding the
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festive season with family and friends,” Mayor Sutherland said. “It all gets underway from 4pm with everything from free rides, face painting and crafts workshops to an interactive nativity scene with live baby animals. “A line-up of South East Queensland’s best budding musicians including Freak Morice will herald the start of Caboolture’s festive season before Santa and Mrs Claus drop in to take note of any last minute Christmas wishes. “6pm will signal the beginning of the live stage entertainment set to get underway with a traditional Christmas story before the Combined Churches of Caboolture lead us in the carolling of all the Christmas favourites. “Come 7.45pm a fireworks spectacular will light up the sky before a special outdoor screening of Alvin and the Chipmunks – The Squeakquel (rated G) is shown at 8pm. “This is the perfect opportunity to round-up the kids, pack up a blanket and head down to the lake to enjoy a great night
of local, festive fun.” On Saturday, December 11, Santa and council’s Christmas festivities
move to Strathpine’s Pine Rivers Park. For more information about Christmas activities
in the Moreton Bay region phone 3205 0555 or visit www.moretonbay. qld.gov.au/Christmas
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SENIORS NEWS Two sides to a good story
SOUTH East Queensland seniors can now turn two cards into one with the new Seniors Card +go. Transport Minister Rachel Nolan launched the new combined card in November, which has a Seniors Card on one side and TransLink’s go card on the other. “The new card gives holders access to a range of
government concessions and business discounts, as well as the option to store money on the card to pay for concession fares on TransLink bus, train and ferry services in South East Queensland,” Ms Nolan said. “The new convenient, double-sided card is free, easy to get and easy to use, with all the usual
savings available with the current Seniors Card. Seniors Card +go gives seniors access to concession fares and off-peak discounts on TransLink public transport services, with the option to carry one card instead of two, and they don’t have to pay a go card deposit.” Ms Nolan said the Queensland Government
is also providing further incentives for senior and pensioner groups who prefer to use public transport several times on one or two days a week rather than travelling every day. “Many seniors and pensioners rely on public transport as a convenient way to travel and from 17 January 2011, those using a Seniors Card +go, a ma-
roon seniors or green pension go card will pay for the first two journeys they take in a day and then go card will allow them to travel for free for the remainder of the day. “Seniors Card +go is an optional upgrade for new applicants, and existing Seniors Card holders can also convert to the combined card.”
TransLink CEO Peter Strachan said using a go card on public transport is easy—you simply touch your card to a card reader at the beginning and end of each leg of your journey and the correct fare will be deducted. “You don’t need to know how many zones you are using—the go card system works it out auto-
matically and you can register the go card to protect your card balance from the moment you report your card lost or stolen.” For more info about using the new card or to apply for a Seniors Card +go, call 13 QGOV (13 7468) or visit w w w. c o m m u n i t i e s . qld.gov.au/seniorscard.
Change someone’s life with Mater Healthy Start OLYMPIC Volleyball player Natalie Cook will be joining the line-up of participants in this year’s Mater Healthy Start program to help raise funds
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Queenslanders can do something life changing this January by taking up a healthy habit, or give up a bad one, for one month and ask their friends and family to sponor them online. “Mater Healthy Start is a great way to start 2011 on the right foot. “As a professional athlete I watch what I eat pretty closely. However, after a hard day of training I can’t go past a piece of chocolate with a cup of tea and when I get a chicken salad I have French fries too. I’m NOT going to eat chocolate and French fries for all of January!” Natalie Cook
said. “You never know when you or your family will need the services of Mater. You hope you never will but there are 500 000 people each year that do, so I encourage everyone to participate in January just like me.” It can be hard to make a healthy lifestyle change, but the benefits are certainly worth it. Increasing exercise or improving your diet can have huge health benefits including reducing your risk of lifethreatening and lifechanging illness like cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Participants can feel better this January in three
Newmarket VIEW Club NEWMARKET VIEW Club meets on the 4 th Tuesday of the month at the Gaythorne R.S.L. Club, 534 Samford Rd, Mitchelton, 10.30 a.m. for 11.00 a.m. start. We have a guest speaker at most meetings, raffles, lucky door prize and a bookswap. Two course luncheons with tea/ coffee is $22. We are a small club and welcome new members and visitors with a warm, friendly atmosphere which encourages social interaction. In addition to our
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will meet on December 14 for the Club’s Christmas luncheon at Des Alpes Restaurant. We resume in February. For further information please contact Carol – 3289 3480, Val 3857 1962 or Margaret 3252 4800.
smoking, or give up alcohol or coffee for the month. Mater Foundation Executive Director, Nigel Harris said, “Mater Healthy Start is a fun way to start a healthy lifestyle change and raise funds that will benefit patients and medical research at Mater. So please join me in Mater Healthy Start and support our lifesaving work.” Other ambassadors include Network Ten sports presenter Bill McDonald who has had all his children born at Mater and received care for the birth of their latest son in Mater Mother’s Neonatal Critical Care Unit.
If you’re keen to make a healthy change, visit www.materhealthystart. org.au to register today and help Queenslanders in need or call 1800 440 155 for more information. You can also hear some of the inspirational stories of Queenslanders helped by Mater on the Mater Healthy Start website. Mater Foundation links community and philanthropic support to Mater Health Services and Mater Medical Research Institute. Mater is a notfor-profit provider of health services which operates seven hospitals and a medical research institute.
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REDLIFFE VIEW is holding its Christmas luncheon on Thursday 9th December, 11.30am for 12.00pm start. In the Beatson room at the Redcliffe Leagues Club, Ashmole Road, Redcliffe. Please bring a Secret Santa gift to value of $10. For bookings or cancellations please advise Robyn on 32936003.
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ARE you planning retirement or semi-retirement in 2011? If so membership of Probus Club could be the answer of what to do with some of your spare time. Probus Club of Jindalee will meet for the first time in 2011 on 11th January at the Jindalee Golf Club. The meeting follows morning tea at 10am and president Barry Lack will present “Rumble in the Jungle” an insight into his recent trip to Borneo. Each month the club meets on the second Tuesday and has an outing or activity on the fourth Tuesday. If you would like to come along or need more information ring Annette on 33761888.
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SENIORS NEWS Queen Street Mall: smoke-free and safe for shoppers
Whatever happened to Abbott & Costello? By Kevin Trask
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ABBOTT and Costello were one of the great American comedy teams in radio, film and television. During the 1940’s they were amongst the most popular and highest paid Hollywood film stars. During the 1940’s and 1950’s almost every child in Australia saw them at the Saturday afternoon pictures and laughed at their comedy routines. Louis Francis Cristillo was born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1906. Bud Abbott was born in 1895 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Bud came from a show business family, his parents worked for the Barnum and Bailey Circus. The pair first teamed together in 1937 at a burlesque theatre on Broadway. Abbott was the perfect straight man and Costello was a clever comic. They performed their famous sketch Who’s on First on radio in The Kate Smith Hour in 1938. I remember interviewing the famous singer Alan Jones (Donkey Serenade) many years ago and Alan told
me that Abbott and Costello virtually stole a film from him. The comedy pair we signed to make a cameo appearance in One Night in the Tropics but the director loved their work and kept asking them to film more sketches – by the time the film was released Abbott and Costello were the stars and Alan’s role had been heavily reduced. Their next film Buck Privates, for Universal Studios in 1941, was a huge blockbuster at the box office. The Andrews Sisters hit song The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B was included in the film and Abbott and Costello became international stars. Their thirty six films over the next twenty years included; In The Navy, Hold That Ghost, Naughty Nineties, Rio Rita, Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein and Jack and the Beanstalk. They were both family men but Lou was grief stricken when his young son died in a swimming pool accident in 1942. During 1952 they filmed a successful television series. Lee Gordon brought Abbott & Costello to Australia in 1955 for a national tour and it was a disaster. Bob Horsfall recalls being summoned to The Palais Theatre in Melbourne to sing on the Abbott & Costello Show with the Tunetwisters. When he got there, Bob was told that the show had been cancelled because the ticket sales were appalling. Abbott & Costello did not see eye to eye on several issues during their partnership and in 1956 they were both almost made bankrupt over unpaid taxes. As their popularity faded they went their separate ways. In 1959 Lou made his first film without Bud, The Thirty Foot Bride of Candy Rock and he also played a dramatic role in the television series Wagon Train. Lou Costello died of a heart attack later in 1959 whilst performing in Las Vegas and Bud Abbott passed away from prostate cancer in 1974. I really enjoyed Abbott & Costello and I have many of their films on DVD. Tune into The Time Tunnel - Thursday at 10.00 pm and Memories Are Made of This - Mondays at 10.00 pm on 4BC with Walter Williams. To listen on the internet go to www.4bc.com and follow the prompts.
CANCER Council Queensland has welcomed the Lord Mayor’s decision to introduce a total ban on smoking in Queen Street Mall, hailing the decision a milestone for tobacco control in Queensland. CEO of Cancer Council Queensland, Professor Jeff Dunn, joined the Lord Mayor to make the historic announcement. “A ban on smoking in the mall will provide a breath of fresh air for the heart of Brisbane city and further discourage people from continuing a potentially lethal habit,” Prof Dunn said. “There is no safe level of smoking or passive smoking and we applaud Lord Mayor Campbell Newman and the Brisbane City Council for taking progressive action on tobacco control.” Prof Dunn said Brisbane City Council’s consultation process confirmed the strength of community sentiment for creating smoke free cities and towns. “Making Queen Street Mall smoke-free will protect people from the toxic effects of tobacco smoke, creating a more pleasant environment for shoppers, tourists, and retailers. “It will also help to reduce the prevalence of smoking in Brisbane and prevent tobacco related disease, disability, and death in the future. “We also expect the ban will eliminate cigarette litter in the Queen Street Mall and deter young people from smoking in social groups that meet on the mall.” Queensland Health figures estimate that 32,000 Queensland school children aged 12 to 17 smoke weekly. “Even small amounts of exposure to tobacco smoke can be harmful, particu-
larly for children and adolescents. “Today’s announcement by the Lord Mayor sends an important signal to young people that smoking is not a habit worth taking up,” Prof Dunn said. “We are tremendously pleased that more than 80 per cent of respondents supported a total ban of smoking in the Mall, consistent with other studies that have reported increasing public support for bans on smoking in public places.” Prof Dunn said a total ban on smoking in the mall would encourage smokers of all ages to quit. “Those who are motivated by the news to quit smoking will certainly have our full support through the Quit program with Queensland Health. “We congratulate Brisbane City Council for delivering on its commitment to Brisbane residents and tourists and look forward to collaborating with Brisbane City Council to create education and awareness of the ban.” Prof Dunn said he hoped Brisbane City Council’s leadership would pave the way for the introduction of uniform statewide laws by the Queensland Government.
“Recent Federal and Queensland Government progress on tobacco control has been significant, but we need to take tougher action on tobacco control to save lives. “With the full cooperation of the Queensland Government and local councils, we can create a smoke free Queensland and end the tragic toll of nearly 3,500 tobacco related deaths each year.”
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SENIORS NEWS Blue Care celebrates loyal staff
BLUE Care celebrated long-serving staff who have reached a career milestone of 20 years or more continuous service
at the Blue Care Staff Recognition Night in Brisbane recently. Sixty Blue Care staff from across Queensland and
northern New South Wales received a special award for their commitment and loyalty to the not-for-profit organisation. More than 150 guests attended the event at Rydges South Bank Hotel including award recipients who work across a variety of caring and support roles. Blue Care Acting Executive Director Robyn Batten said each individual has made an outstanding contribution to the organisation. “These extraordinary individuals come from across the state, working in a variety of roles including cooks, maintenance workers, managers, personal carers and nurses,” Ms Batten said.
“Staff Recognition Night is about recognising, not only the work they do, but the spirit and manner in which they contribute to the health and wellbeing of frail aged and vulnerable Australians every day. “Together, they have spent more than two million hours delivering care or support to Australians in need and for that Blue Care says a very big thank you.” Long-serving staff received a certificate, Honour Booklet and specially commissioned ‘blue star’ badge, which signifies their extraordinary commitment to Blue Care. Since the annual award ceremony began in 2008, 331 Blue Care employees have received the Staff
Recognition Award for 20 years or more service. Among the recipients was registered nurse Joan Donald, 78, who retired from Blue Care Nowlanvil Aged Care Facility at Ipswich in June, after 32 years service. “What I enjoyed the most was making every resident feel at home, in a place filled with kind and compassionate people who ensure they are happy, comfortable and loved,” she said. “I did what I did at Blue Care because of the example set by other dedicated people who went before me.” Blue Care started as the Blue Nursing Service in 1953 and has grown into one of Australia’s leading not-for-profit provider of
Dying Queenslanders a low priority “CARING for dying Queenslanders must be a very low priority for the Queensland Government if the planned closure of 10 palliative care beds at Canossa Hospital on Brisbane’s Southside proceeds”, says Palliative Care Queensland President, Associate Professor Rohan Vora. “As promised by Health Minister Paul Lucas, these beds must not close until the 10 replacement beds open at QE11. Associate Professor Vora, a palliative care physician from the Gold Coast, advised that only two days ago in the Federal Senate, a motion had been moved to enshrine the right of all Australians to access
quality, modern palliative care when required. He is appalled that at the same time, Health Minister Paul Lucas tried to justify the closure of 10 publicly funded palliative care beds to cover up a hole in the budget. “We know that closing palliative care beds does not save money. It only results in dying people clogging up emergency departments and acute medical ward beds where staff are already too busy or inadequately trained to provide the specialist palliative care that these people deserve. According to Associate Professor Vora, dying Queenslanders are suffering more and more because the Government
has no end of life policy, and unlike other states, Queensland has no statewide plan for providing palliative care. He further suggested that Queensland Health needed to invest far more time and money into developing population based policies that will ensure that quality, dignity and comfort are guaranteed in the last 12 months of life. “Because there is a growing apathy on the part of Queensland Health to develop a plan to manage this crisis, many would agree that Queensland is fast becoming one of the worst places to die in Australia”. Associate Professor Vora advised that in 2009,
Queensland Health commissioned a project to review the palliative care sector in Queensland, but the findings of the report were never released to public. He also advised that funding to palliative care services across Queensland has rarely increased over the last 10 years, despite an increase in demand of up to 25% per year, with growing numbers of dying Queenslanders finding it difficult to access specialist palliative care services. Palliative Care Queensland is the peak body for palliative care in Queensland, representing the interests and aspirations of all who share the ideal of quality care at the
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THE branch has continued with its monthly press releases in local newspapers and has been gratified by the response. In yet another bid for new members and promotion of the Association we are about speak to local Rotary and Lions groups. In September, our treasurer Bert Girle addressed a meeting of the Enoggera & Districts Historical Society. While this
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society holds an extensive history of Gallipoli Barracks and of the military presence around Gaythorne/Grovely during both world wars it previously had no concept of the national service schemes. Meetings are held on the third Sunday each month 10am Mitchelton Meals-on-Wheels, enquiries call Dave Livett on phone 3224 1277. The opportunity to be able to examine a real human body is a privilege, and the ultimate gift that someone can give to science and medicine. The QUT Body Bequest Program is a key component of medical education and training at QUT. It is through the generous gift of their body that members of the public play an important role in the training of health professionals such as surgeons, doctors, nurses and allied health workers. QUT needs your support to continue this essential training and ongoing research. More information To request a Body Bequest Kit that will include additional information and registration forms please phone 3138 6944 or email email@example.com.
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SENIORS NEWS Browns Plains National Seniors TIME flies when you are having fun. It is nearly Christmas and our branch has had some great times together with friendship and laughter this year. Our October trip was to Australia Zoo where much enjoyment was had by all. Highlights were the bird and crocodile show and also the elephants and tiger demonstrations. This month we are off to Jacobs Well area with a guided tour of the surrounding cane fields. We will be able to purchase fresh prawns off the trawlers and
then move on to Harrigan’s Hotel and restaurant for lunch. The last event for the year will be a super Christmas party with traditional fare with drinks and raffles galore and entertainment by Rochedale Ramblers. The Browns Plains National Seniors would like to take this opportunity to wish all other branches a Happy and Safe Christmas and Good Health for 2011. For details on how to join our branch, contact Iona on 3208 5219.
Back: L – R: Charles Achilles & Loretta Muenchberger. Front: L – R: Robin Grayson, Patricia Preece & Russell Fawke
NOVEMBER’S Christmas meeting of the Rochedale/ Springwood branch attracted seventy-six members
and guests all eager to see Santa Claus and enjoy music provided by Holland Park Ramblers Jazz Band. Memories were rekindled with some golden oldies of music from the talented band whilst Santa was extremely busy handing out gifts to all attending the day which was the last meeting for the 2010 year. Many of the girls took advantage of a photo opportunity seated on Santa’s knee while the boys settled for a handshake from the man in the red suit. A group of five members led by President Charles Achilles attended the Monday evening November 22 Novotel Hotel farewell dinner to honour Everald Compton and wish him well in his retirement after his sterling service to the National Seniors. On Wednesday November 24 sixty-eight members and guests celebrated the year’s end with a Christmas buffet luncheon at the Glen Hotel. Drawing of the Christmas Hamper Raffle took place and coupled with many the door prizes also on offer during the function many of the members in attendance enjoyed some luck in the draws. Funds raised from the Hamper Raffle are distributed each year to worthy causes affecting senior citizens in the Logan city area. Copies of the Diary of events from January to April 2011 are now available. Enquiries, phone Charles on 3208 2387.
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Browns Plains Branch National Seniors enjoying our monthly coach trip to Australia Zoo. L to R. Ron, June, Roy, Reg, Iona and Bev.
Carindale National Seniors THE last meeting of the year, held on the 9th of November was well attended, with some 110 members attending. It was a fitting end to a successful year for the Carindale National Seniors. This great day also saw our annual bring and buy event, with great amounts of fun had by all who participated. As with every one of our meetings a guest speaker entertained the crowd. This meeting we heard from Mr. Arthur Page, speaking on the history of yellow cabs. We were given information on how early driver training was conducted, and also future methods of training for drivers. In summary it was a very interesting and entertaining presentation. “The Melbourne Cup Country Race Day” was a total success with the costume varied and exceptional, from jeans and check shirt to well dressed with hats to match. For those who have attended country race days most find it a wonderful day to wear their “glad rags”. 86 mem-
bers attended and a suc- hesitate to contact Eddie cessful and a most enjoy- on 3395 3337 or Maureen able day was had by all. on 3398 4236. The final bus trip of the year is a part mystery tour and a visit to the parrots Answers of paradise. So an interesting day is sure to be from page 4 had. Many more enjoyable 1. Philippines events are in the planning 2. Number 96 phase for next year. The 3. Bachelor of final event of the year is Medicine, the Christmas luncheon Bachelor of at the Carina leagues club, Surgery to be held on the 7th of 4. Swine flu December. As usual this 5. Four will also be a celebration 6. Surfer/board rider of a successful year, with 7. Chickpeas great food, raffles and 8. Lalor plain old great fun and 9. Richard companionship. The first Hammond, meeting of the new year Jeremy Clarkson, will be held on the 10th of James May February 2011. Carindale 10. Fighter Attack National Seniors meets 11. Sponge the first Tuesday of ev12. East ery month, with the excep13. Hong Kong tion of December and 14. Dawn French January. Meetings are 15. Improvised held at the Clem Jones explosive device Sports Center. We wish all 16. Two a very happy and harmo17. Minister of nious Christmas and a religion successful new year. 18. Pearl For further information 19. Bird on the Carindale National 20. 100 Seniors, please don’t
SENIORS NEWS As you get older where will you live? AS time goes on and the body ages, we may not have the option to stay in our own home. The publication called ‘Accommodation choices for older Australians and their families: what older Australians and their families need to know’ provides practical advice and options relating to a large range of issues concerning accommodation choices for older people. It contains practical information about the many accommodation options available at and beyond retirement, and information on finances and how living arrangements may impact on pension payments. It also provides practical advice on selling the family home whilst on the pension, as well as the implications of renovating, moving in with family or having to live apart from a spouse. The guide includes help for families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as help for Indigenous Australians. Copies are available by calling the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs on 1800 050 009, going to the Department’s website at www.fahcsia.gov.au or contacting you local Centrelink office.
Gallipoli Lone Pine collectors’ items available
THIS month a second series of collectors’ items made from a branch that fell from the Lone Pine Tree during a storm two years ago has gone on sale at the Australian War Memorial shop. The story of the Lone Pine tree is an interesting one. On 6 August 1915 a great offensive was launched from ANZAC on Gallipoli. The opening attack, by the Australians on the Turkish positions at Lone Pine, developed into a brutal battle that continued for three and a half days. At the end of it, the Australians held Lone Pine, but their losses had been dreadful. Among the dead was a soldier from the 4th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force. His brother, having gone to Lone Pine shortly after its capture, sent their mother in Australia a cone from one of the pine logs used by the Turks as overhead cover for their trenches. Many years later, the Australian War Memorial acquired a sapling grown from a seed that she had taken from the cone. On 25 October 1934, with only the Memorial’s foundations laid, Prince Henry, the Duke of Gloucester (and later Governor-General of Australia), planted the sapling in the grounds of the Memorial. The ceremony was barely over when a severe thunderstorm struck Canberra. A bridge over the Molonglo River was washed away, but the sapling remained standing. It became known as the Lone Pine. On 27 December 2008, a branch fell from the tree during a storm. The timber was saved, and the ingenious idea was formed to use some to make collectors’ items. Go online to www.awm.gov.au to view the range of items in the shop.
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Christmas with The Outlaws Christmas just past. Jack and Ethel are both in their mid-eighties and naturally have slowed down a lot in recent years.
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they are on each other. During the year my wife sensed a change in their letters and phone conversations but was not sure what it was. When we arrived we were greeted with great enthusiasm: bone-breaking handshake from Jack and a bearhug from Ethel - not quite what I had been used to on previous visits. We were hardly in the house when Jack said, “Come on, we’re going for a short walk and you can join us.” They both had lycra outfits on, bright new joggers, sunglasses and jaunty caps. I thought “What the heck is going on here?” The short walk turned out to be four kilometers at a rapid pace. We were puffing to keep up, they hardly raised a sweat. My wife asked what had caused the change of lifestyle. “It’s all in the mind,” she was told, “You’re only as old as you feel.” In the past, meals had not been an Outlaw highlight as Ethel was what I considered a fairly ordinary cook. That evening we were served up a huge pile of vegetarian dishes. “We’ve gone off meat,” explained Jack, “Not healthy for you.” That did not sound too good to me as I like my meat. I have to admit that the vegetarian fare was very nice and I was flat out getting through it all. It was followed by pureed fruit juice with a soy cheese platter and fresh fruit. “No dairy food in this house either,”
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commented Ethel, “You need to flush all those free radicals out of your body - make you feel a lot better.” I was just a tad skeptical but the cheese and fruit were rather good. Next day was Christmas Day. At 6 am Jack had us out of bed. “Come on you two kids, out to the pool for a few laps before brekkie.” I groaned and looked at my wife in dismay, “I think I liked the old Outlaws better!” Jack and Ethel churned up the water in vigorous competition as we bounced up and down on the spot in pretence of exercise. After 20 minutes I was tired just from watching them. Normally Outlaw breakfast consists of cornflakes and piles of bacon, eggs and sausages on white toast. “We don’t eat processed food anymore,” said Ethel as she served beetroot juice, homemade muesli with soy milk and homemade yogurt, followed by tofu scramble and a banana smoothie. Blimey, I thought what a turn around. Again it was very tasty. Then it was time to distribute the presents. There were the usual “oohs” and “aahs” as each was delivered to its recipient. I have come to depend on getting a yearly supply of socks, hankies and the occasional shirt at this time. Not this year. The first parcel was a yogurt maker with a recipe book and the second was a book entitled Eat Your
Way to a Longer Life. My wife got a lycra outfit and a book called Take Better Care of Yourself. It wasn’t long before Jack had us going again. “Time for a quick ride around the block. We will take it in turns as we only have two bikes.” I couldn’t understand why they only had two bikes last time they had none! The ride around the block was in reality a slog of around 10 kilometres and I was stuffed at the end. Ethel was busy preparing Christmas dinner. I wasn’t looking forward to it without roast chicken and ham. Once again I was pleasantly surprised at the variety offered: tabouli, vegetable risotto, ratatouille, lentil hot pot, vegetable lasagne and a delicious traditional pudding. I was expecting Jack to lead us in calisthenics after lunch but even he submitted to a post-lunch nap - thank goodness for small mercies. The week went quickly probably because we were seldom sitting still. We were dragged along to indoor bowls, croquet, tai chi and a dance night
plus the daily cycling, swimming and walking thrown in. I could not remember engaging in such physical activity since my much younger days. After even a week I had to admit I felt better and more invigorated. Perhaps it was a wake up call for us - we too could be young again like the Outlaws. Maybe a New Year’s resolution could come from this. Now we are back home again and absorbed in our usual routines. Did we stick to the fitness regime and change our diet? Our intentions were good but, sadly, things have slipped just a tad. We do go for a walk now and again - well maybe once a fortnight. We still eat meat but not so much of the fatty variety and we try to eat more fruit and vegies. I am still delaying getting a bike - just waiting for the price to come down a bit more. And I never was much good at croquet or indoor bowls! Worst of all, next Christmas is getting closer and soon we will have to face those pesky Outlaw fitness freaks again!
Send your grandchild a letter from Santa
THE Riverside Lions Club Santa Letters Project is very popular in the community and a great fund raising project to benefit sick children. It is being run again this year and you are invited to participate. All information provided is kept in strictest confidence by Riverside Lions Club’s Project Director, and will not be used for any other purpose. Only $3.00 per letter, applications close on 10 December with letters posted during the following week. Please include the following information: Child’s preferred name; address; your contact details in case of query including phone/email details. Post together with your money order or cheque made payable to Santa’s Helpers, C/- Riverside Lions Club, PO Box 4258, Gumdale 4154 (Please do not send coins through the mail). Proceeds will be donated to community work for children, research into children’s cancer and other medical conditions. www.riversidelions.asn.au
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THE holiday season is supposed to be a festive time of year filled with merrymaking, gift giving, and fond recollections. A time of greetings from faraway friends and a season that brings loved ones home for the holidays. Yet for many seniors Christmas can be a time of sadness, longing for days gone by, and ultimately, depression. All of us know of someone who will be lonely this season, so enter into the real spirit of Christmas by reaching out. If you are one of those with more happiness than sadness this coming Christmas Day, try to share some of it with those who need it most.
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SENIORS NEWS Lions show we’re all ears for the hearing impaired
AS part of the Mt Gravatt Men’s Shed November activity, a guest speaker on the Lions Hearing Dogs project attended. Peter Massey attended with his dog ‘Sandy’ and showed a group of around 80 men shedders how hearing dogs can be invaluable
for people with a hearing impairment or totally deaf. Peter can speak and lip read but cannot hear. ‘Sandy’ is an 8 year old de-sexed female kelpie terrier cross which was selected as suitable from the RSPCA animal shelter. Dogs can be of any breed and from
small to large. They are selected by trainers based on their suitability and also the personal preferences of the receiver of the dog. Hearing dogs are identified by their bright orange collar and lead. Hearing dogs give or restore the independence and
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THE team at Brisbane Seniors Newspaper would like to wish all our readers and advertisers a peaceful and safe Christmas and New Year. May there be good food on the table to share with loved ones, plenty of love and laughter and time to remember those less fortunate. May the New Year bring you good health and fill your heart with hope for the future. Just a reminder – send in your community notices for our first edition of 2011 before 26 January 2011.
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SENIORS NEWS Acacia Ridge 50 & Better
NOVEMBER has seen the 20th anniversary of Acacia Ridge 50 & Better. This seniors’ activity centre was originally a university project for Prof. Colleen Cartwright, who joined forces with local seniors and an Acacia Ridge Church to kick off what finished as 23 centres around the state from Thursday Island to the Gold Coast. Many thriving centres are based in country towns. All programs began under the 60 & Better umbrella but some have changed their names. Anniversary celebrations brought 100 past and present members together to hear Prof. Colleen Cartwright speak about the founding years and tell a few longlost stories. Other guest speakers were Judy Spence, Graham Perrett, and Steven Griffiths. Facilitator for the day
was Judi Donnelly, Manager at Acacia Ridge. The catered event was full of hugs and great food, provided by Hazel Hillier. Many thanks to Acacia Ridge Bendigo Bank and Steven Griffiths’ office for their donations towards the celebrations. Acacia Ridge 50 & Better is funded by the Department of Communities and managed by Inala Community House. It is comprised of 300 members who come together to share activities, learning experiences and social events. Regular activities include Aqua Aerobics, Bus Trips, Computer Lessons, Craft, Darts, Games, Gentle Fitness, Jazzercise, Forum, Indoor Bowls, Men’s Group, Out & About, Tai Chi, Theatre and Trivia Night.
Events, outings and activities are being planned for next year, which will be on offer to anyone in the local area who wishes to come along and make new friends while having fun.
Acacia 50 & Better can be contacted on 3277 0632 or by coming to the office at 29 Chardean Street, Acacia Ridge. The group can be found at www.brisbane stories/ roundtheridge.com
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10th Anniversary ADFAS Brisbane River celebrations
10th Anniversary celebrations of ADFAS Brisbane River (L-R) Trich Roche Greville - National FAS Chairman, Jim Burrow - Vice-Chairman and Terry Cronin - Chairman ADFAS Brisbane River
THE Brisbane River branch of the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society (ADFAS) celebrated its 10th Anniversary by funding the Queensland Art Gallery purchase of a suite of nine watercolours by Elizabeth Coxen Gould. A presentation, followed by a short trip down memory lane, was made after the Society’s October lecture. Members and guests then enjoyed a celebration cake and morning tea. ADFAS Brisbane River provides a yearly programme of eight illustrated lectures given by six overseas and two Australian lecturers chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge in their fields. As well, three special interest events are held where topics are examined in more detail and two excursions are arranged to places of historic, cultural or artistic interest. An annual membership fee provides access to the eight lectures, which include morning tea, and to the special Christmas Morning Tea. The three special-interest events are limited in attendee numbers and charged separately, the cost covering the lectures and morning or afternoon tea. Excursions are also limited in numbers and charged separately. Lectures and special interest events are held on a Friday morning at 10.30 at The State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane. Guests are welcome to attend a lecture for the modest fee of $25. For further information, please contact chairman, Terry Cronin, on firstname.lastname@example.org, or 3870-8799.
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SENIORS NEWS Kelvin Grove Newmarket Senior Citizens Club program organised for the 2nd Thursday and have also planned quite a few bus trips on the 5th Thursday of some months. If you would like to get out of the house and meet some like age friends and are over 50, you are more than welcome. Please phone Doug or Valmai on 3856 4275 or 0419 701 249 for further information.
OUR next club meeting will be on December 9th and we will be having our Christmas Party and Concert by Sylvia Harrison. Members are asked to bring a plate to share. The New Year will begin on the 10th February 2011 and we will continue to meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month at Enoggera Memorial Hall. We have a full
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Salisbury Senior Citizens OUR October bus trip was very interesting. We had our morning tea at a park near the river at Eagle Farm, a beautiful spot. We then headed to St. John’s Cathedral for a guided tour. It was really amazing. Our tour guide knew every detail of the Cathedral inside and out, from the beautiful glass window to all the different sandstone bricks and where they came from. We then headed for lunch at the Paddington Hotel. After lunch we had another guided tour, this time at QPAC. We were split into two groups. Visited the Lyric Theatre, also where the orchestra was set up for a concert. There were so many interesting areas.
The loading dock is enormous. The Cremorne Theatre is not very large. Lovely atmosphere looks over South Bank area. At 3.30pm we headed back to the club very satisfied with or day out. We would like to advise the readers that Salisbury Senior Citizens Club has a new fully air conditioned conference room with all modern facilities available for hire at a reasonable price. We have a free large space parking area around the building. For further information contact Jeff Phillips on 0412 482 599. Or email email@example.com. All enquiries welcome. Come and join us, open for people 50 years and over at 87A Cripps Street, Salisbury. Ph 3275 3218.
Annerley/Moorooka Senior Citizens’ Club IN October and November it seems as though the second Tuesday of these months, rainy weather prevailed. However, the rain did not stop our members from enjoying their days out. Although the Ferryman Cruise had to cancelled, a visit to the Museum at Bribie Island as an alternative was very interesting. In November Noela’s Garden was visited and this trip was enjoyed by
all. The Bribie Island Bowls Club was the venue for lunch on both days out and is proving a popular choice. We will be celebrating Christmas at the Salisbury Bowls Club on the 15th December and the Club will resume on Tuesday 1st February 2011. Why not start the New Year by coming along to the Club. For further information President Colin Butler can be contacted on 3848 6371.
Mitchelton & District Senior Citizens Club Inc. OUR Indoor Bowls Club hosted its final 5-Game Day Competition for 2010 on Sunday, 31st October. Bowlers from the surrounding districts played on seven of our available eight mats – room for two more teams of four. The teams play under an alias for themselves and not for their home club. This allows players of any age, from any association or club to compete in a friendly social competitive days play – much better than sitting at home by yourself. We host four of these type of days per year when a fifth Sunday occurs in the month. Give the club a
ring for more information if you are interested. The main club caters for seniors who enjoy a concert and lunch on a Monday morning and various other entertainments during the year such as bus trips, Easter Parade, Mannequin Parade, Melbourne Cup etc. our recent Melbourne Cup day was a huge success. The club is closed for Christmas from 10th December, 2010, to 18th January, 2011. “Seasons Greetings” to all. Phone 3355 0358 or 3355 0240 or join us at Mitchelton & District Senior Citizens Club Inc. 30 Tel-el-Kebir Street, Mitchelton.
Carina Senior Citizens Club OUR main function for the festive time will be on Monday 6th December when we will be entertained by Bill and Robyn Alexander, Elizabeth Rose and Mr. Music followed by a traditional Christmas lunch provided by Jobs Daughters, a really worthwhile charity group. For full details on when our club activities cease in 2010 and begin again
in 2011 ring 3395 4636 each morning except Wednesdays or 3390 6039 in the afternoons or visit the club at 1 Edmond Street, Carina just over from the Carina Library. Remember club membership is only $3 a year and activities are from $3 to $4 a session. A community bus is available for $4 from home and back for those who need it. Another contact for the club is www.yoursuburb.com.au.
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SENIORS NEWS Wellington Point Seniors
MEMBERS enjoyed a nice afternoon tea with on the 11th January 2011. Year to all. For more depicnic at Wellington Point lots of Christmas festivi- A very Merry Christmas tails of this club please then some members went ties. The club will reopen and a prosperous New phone Edith on 3390 3196. for a stroll along the foreshore. We will celebrate Christmas with a lunch at the Redlands Sporting Club on the 6th December 2010 and then our break up at the hall on the 14th December 2010. We will have a Wellington Point Seniors in good company
Samford Museum express their thanks CHRISTMAS Greetings to all the seniors groups who visited throughout the year. Thank you for making 2010 a very busy year for Samford Museum members. Santa visited members last year but will he come this year? We’ll have to wait and see. Even before this year closes planning is well under way for the first event of 2011- Australia Day, 26th January. Booked for a guest appearance this year is a vintage steam driven steam roller, Albaret No 1636 made in France in October 1952. This machine has a travel history prior to its current ownership. I’m sure there are readers who will enjoy seeing this machine in action. Our men will have some of the machinery which they have so proudly restored during our Wednesday working bees, on display. For sure the Fordson and ‘little grey Fergie’ tractors will take pride of place with the hand pump petrol bowser. As usual there will be lots of additional attractions with historical Australian and Samford relevance as well as features from the Museum’s collection of artefacts and photo-
graphs. Assistance will be available for researchers and we welcome Samford reminiscences and photographs for inclusion in Samford Museum’s collection. Samford Museum will close on Wed 8th December until Australia day 2011when an admission fee will apply. Want to know more? Please phone 3289 2743 or 3289 1259 .
Pine Rivers VIEW Club OUR Christmas breakup for the year will be held on 8 December at the Kallangur Bowls Club, Anzac Avenue, Kallangur commencing at 11.00 a.m. We will be entertained by the Red Hot Mammas. Christmas lunch will be served at a cost of $22, There will be a raffle and a lucky door prize. Please Contact Eileen on 3285 1947 or Val on 3264 2772 if you wish to attend. Our next meeting will be on 19 January, 2011.
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Recalling the good old days of the steam train THOSE days of more than 40 years ago when we travelled by ‘puffing billy’ have long gone but the memories for many are still vivid. Ron Singleton of Strathpine actually worked on the railways at the time and he has put pen to paper and written to us of his time working the old iron horse (see his story on this page). Pen us an email or letter if you would like to share your memories of those good old days. We would also love to hear from any other readers who actually worked on the railways. Write to PO Box 1062, Tewantin, Q 4565 or email to email@example.com. Photos are also welcome.
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SENIORS NEWS Hard yakka on the old steam engines by Ron Singleton of Strathpine I THINK it was 1959, not long after I had moved to the big smoke, Toowoomba. I had been roaming around in the bush out west, and there I was driving along the street when I saw the head office of the railway department. This was 9am and though there was a lot of sitting around and waiting, by 4pm I had a job as a cleaner. I took a ride down to Willowburn workshops where I came upon a lot of steam engines. I had never seen so many in one place. There must have been 60 of them there. I had no idea what I had to do to ‘clean’ them, but two days later they handed me a bucket of oil, a handful of cotton waste and showed me how to dip cotton waste in the oil and wipe it over the engine then wipe it off. They came up looking like new again. At first I only got cold or dead engines to clean but it wasn’t long before you get engines fired up and ready to work. You were supposed to be looked after as well as tutored. One duty we had was as a ‘call boy’ when timetables were altered or
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another crew was needed. You were given a form to give to the man you were to ‘call in’ and a rickety old pushbike to ride to deliver it to them. Has anyone else seen those hills in Toowoomba? The crews soon trained families to answer the door to say dad was out, but what was the job anyway. If you told them it was 249 to Warwick or a shunt he wasn’t ‘at home’. We soon learnt to say one of the runs most guys like and usually he would step out saying he had just come in the back door. So then you would tell him you made a mistake and give him the job you knew he wouldn’t take on. Once you got him, he had to take it. Later, you moved onto patrol duties; looking after ‘live ones’, lighting up dead ones and putting the fires out as well. Your job entails finding out which ones were alive and which ones would be needed to be lit on your shift, even arranging for them to be watered and coaled. Ones that were alive, you put coal in the fire and water in the boiler and keep barely enough steam up so they were available. You were not allowed to drive them at all. Do the studying, do the exams and the quicker you could get away from what was a dirty filthy place to work. We actually did start a fire in the engine, using a match. After checking there was water in the boiler you got some chips and like a scout you put them in onto some of the cotton waste which was used to clean the engines, it was always saved. Then bigger pieces of wood were put in and so on until you were actually using
cut up old sleepers. Usually an hour of this and hopefully a few pounds of steam pressure showing on the gauge and now you can turn on the blower under chimney that drew air in through the firebox door and a few light shovels of coal. It took two full hours to have a dead engine ready to go out. In Willowburn at least they had a system where coal wagons were pushed up onto a gantry and bottom dumped the coal into hoppers. Drivers drive underneath and open a shute to get coal. Out here in the country depots they have flat wagons of coal and someone has to get in it and shovel it out. You can be there shovelling for two hours, then have two engines come in and empty it all and back you go and start again. You get through the exams and are now classified as ‘Acting Fireman’ this is when you started annoying the roster clerk or Loco Foreman to get out on the road as well, (just in case someone calls in sick). When the wheat season starts, we were rapt, as we were almost full time out on the footplate, now learning to drive the engine as well if the driver allowed. You soon learn to have one foot on the engine and the other on the tender well away from that steel plate between them. As you shovelled you moved your weight from one foot to the other and at the same time one foot going up as the other may be going down, or the other way around at the same time. Get that coal in the firebox where you wanted it to go, as it was important to keep level fire
in that firebox, some drivers usually assuming there was an endless supply of steam for them to use as they see fit, no matter how hard it made his fireman work to keep it up and then he would race in to a stop and whinge about the safety valve screaming its head off. These runs always gave the feeling you ran faster than you did when you were pulling the Westlander one way or the other,(8S or 13DN). Then there were the “yanks” AC16s. If you had one, not long out of the workshops had good quality coal on board as well as a driver who could drive one, it was a good engine to be on, otherwise, you really earned your money. You always had to get a different shovel that was twice the size of the usual shovel to use on them. If the driver and fireman helped each other, the shift could be so much easier. It didn’t seem to matter how badly some of the steam engines were, they did not get into workshops until someone at the workshops decided it was time for it to come in. A sugar season in Mackay hauling sugar cane on PB15s was as good as a six month holiday in the tropics. Highest speed here was 10 mph. but we still pulled big loads out of the cane fields, then helped push the made up train out of the valley we were in. I went on holidays when I came back. Soon, the decision had been made that steam was on the way out and by the time I was transferred to Cloncurry as a fireman, (as Acting Driver) steam was gone.
SENIORS NEWS Celebrate Christmas at Pine Rivers Park
ALL roads will lead to Pine Rivers Park this Christmas when it becomes the hub of festive activities organised by the Moreton Bay Regional Council. â€œChristmas in the Parkâ€? will kick off from 5 pm on Saturday, December 11 and feature first-class entertainment on the centre stage, an inaugural Christmas tree-decorating competition, rides, night markets and craft activities. Mayor Allan Sutherland
said it was fitting that one of the districtâ€™s premier parks would be the sole focus of the eveningâ€™s activities. â€œItâ€™s ideal that people can come to the one venue and all the events will be held right there,â€? he said. The Mayor said former Hi-5 star Charli Robinson would lead Christmas Carols on the night while a visit from Bob the Builder and Santa was sure to delight the youngsters. â€œThere also will be performances from our own lo-
International Fellowship Day
FELLOWSHIP Day is an opportunity for all members of the Baden-Powell Guild to reflect on the actions we have taken, not only to build new friendships, but to bring quality to the friendships we have already established. To help us to reflect, we all met at the Roma Street Parklands and enjoyed the fellowship. During the morning John, our State Guildmaster read the message from the Chairman of the International Scout and Guide Fellowship World Committee, and then had the pleasant task of presenting to Jenny Nelson of Karawa Sub-branch, The Order of the Southern Cross â€“ a national award of the BadenPowell Guild for services to the guild, both national and state, scouting and the community If you have been out of contact with Scouting and Guiding for a little while and still have fond memories and would like to meet new friends or to renew old ones maybe the Guild is for you. Why not give Mal a call on 3841 2896 to find out more details.
cal musicians and dance groups - itâ€™s going to be a memorable occasion for everyone,â€? Mayor Sutherland said. â€œOne of the highlights of Christmas in the Park will be the inaugural Tinsel-aTree decorating competition which is open to community groups and businesses. â€œIt promises to be a spectacular event with around 40 trees about two metres high to be decorated by community groups and it will be up to the general
public to decide who wins. â€œThereâ€™ll be prizes up for grabs and participating charities and not-forprofit groups will receive a share of the proceeds raised from gold-coin donations. â€œA spectacular fireworks display will finish the evening with a big bang. â€œPine Rivers Park is really the place to be this year, itâ€™s going to be a magical place to celebrate Christmas together as a community.â€?
Christmas in the Park is supported by local businesses including Westfield Strathpine, CSR Bradford and Club Pine Rivers. Trees for the Tinsel-aTree competition were donated by Theoâ€™s Garden Centre and Rutters Road Nursery. To find out about more Christmas activities in the Moreton Bay region visit w w w. m o r e t o n b a y. qld.gov.au/christmas or call 3205 0555.
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