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Sing Hallelujah

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. It’s exciting, all in one place and easier to access, what more could you ask for‌ Our Centre now has more variety and shops with the new mega ‘Pattons Fresh Food Market’ big gun store selling outstanding, meats, fresh fruit and veges, cheese and lots more. But wait there’s more‌ opening next week is the new ‘Fish on Ice Seafood’ they will be selling outstanding fresh and cooked seafood. Shhh‌ 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) can’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 can’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.

“It’s exciting, looks quite good with lots of variety�, Lynda says “it’s fantastic and all under the one roof.�

Dulcie’s very happy with the new offer at Aspley Village Shopping Centre.

Noel Towne and wife Jane from Aspley with Dan Beutel of Nextra Aspley Village. Noel and Jane both commented “it’s a great place to shop with friendly happy service, making it convenient shopping all in one place.�

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 City’s Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) immediately into action. Thankfully, this was a fictional scenario as part of a disaster management training exercise called ‘Operation Argus’. For several hours, LDMG members enacted Redland’s Tsunami Plan to protect people and property in the Redlands before the wave’s impact, having been given only four hours’ 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 ‘Operation Argus’. “Given the limited time we had to act, it was essential that information reaching people was clear, consistent, accurate, and communicated as effectively as possible.� Mr Stevenson said it had been a busy year for disaster management in the Redlands. “We 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,� 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 O’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. “Grandparents are a national treasure and deserve to be honoured and thanked for their contribution to the community on so many levels,� O’Neill said. “But 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.� An emerging issue in intergenerational relations in Australia is the significant number (14,000 in 2006) of grandparents raising their own grandchildren. “Legal 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,� said O’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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products so much easier. The gift finder can also help stick to a budget too, as you can select items for your wishlist by price,” said Mr Daynes. “We are trying to find ways to make Christmas as fun and stress free as possible, by providing gift solutions, hassle free shopping and quality gifts at affordable prices.” For kids, new and interactive toys are popular choices with the iPod touch a must-have, while the classics such as Lego and Barbie are still on every wish list. For her, indulgence is the key, with beautiful scented bath and body items, delicious foods, cocktails sets and beautiful modern homewares.

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

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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 .

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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meetings we have monthly social outings – coffee mornings, movie days and luncheons – with an occasional bus trip. Our next formal meeting will be on February 22nd but in the interim members

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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. 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.

Redcliffe Peninsula VIEW Club

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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easy steps: challenge yourself to take up a healthy activity for the month (for example, walking half an hour each day); feel the health benefits of this change and ask your friends and family to sponsor you online and raise funds to help Mater provide exceptional care to patients and conduct world-class research into diseases like cancer and diabetes. Some healthy start initiatives could be walk for 30 minutes a day, cycle 5 km a day, swim 500 metres a day, drink 2 litres of water a day or eat two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables each day, quit

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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

Abbott & Costello

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 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

Joan Donald

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

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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.

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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 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 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.

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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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who have hearing issues. Another issue is for parents who are hearing impaired not being able to hear their child cry so they can render immediate assistance. Hearing dogs can be trained to alert parents when children cry as well as many other routine roles. The Lions Hearing Dog project resulted after a visit to the United States in 1980 and as a consequence, Lions set up a training facility in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia in April 1992. All dogs for Australia are trained at that location. The facility has 1 part time and 8 full time trainers. Dogs selected for Peter Massey (left), ‘Sandy’ and Lance Roberts training range from 6 from Rochedale-Springwood Lions at the Mt months to 2 years old. Gravatt Men’s Shed meeting The cost of training a pic by Dick Bennett dog is around $30,000. confidence to their of the restrictions when A delivery fee of $1500 owners. is involved with you are hearing We read about Guide placing the dog with impaired. Noises such Dogs for people with the hearing impaired as smoke alarms, sight impairment and recipient. The dogs are normal alarm clocks, assistance dogs for provided free of charge kettles, microwaves, people needing help to telephones (TTY), door to approved applicants. do their day to day Lance Roberts from the bells and knocking, tasks around the home mobile phones (text Rochedale-Springwood but many people do not messaging) all create Lions Club who acts as realise the implications problems for people a representative of the



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project in Queensland said that he appreciated the assistance of Virgin Airlines in Australia who assisted with the air transport of dogs being placed with recipients across Australia. One hearing dog is being placed across Australia about every 16 days. Lions Clubs across Australia raise funds through the sale of Xmas cakes, Lions mints and special events which fund ventures like the Hearing Dogs as well as many other worthy community projects. Donations and bequests are welcome. Donations over $2 are tax deductible. Please contact your local Lions Club to make donations, join or support the work that Lions does in Australia. Donations and enquiries specifically about the Lions Hearing Dogs project can be directed to the South Australian facility on 08- 8388 7836. The website is www.hearing

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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.

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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, 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 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

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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 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. “Christmas in the Park� 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 district’s premier parks would be the sole focus of the evening’s activities. “It’s ideal that people can come to the one venue and all the events will be held right there,� 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. “There also will be performances from our own lo-

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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 – 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 - it’s going to be a memorable occasion for everyone,� Mayor Sutherland said. “One of the highlights of Christmas in the Park will be the inaugural Tinsel-aTree decorating competition which is open to community groups and businesses. “It 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. “There’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. “A spectacular fireworks display will finish the evening with a big bang. “Pine Rivers Park is really the place to be this year, it’s going to be a magical place to celebrate Christmas together as a community.�

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 Theo’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. or call 3205 0555.

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AS the year comes to a close Caboolture VIEW Club committee would like to thank all of our members for their contributions towards fundraising for the year and to our sponsors who have supported the club in 2010 which has resulted in another successful year. The final social day for 2010 was our Christmas Party which was held on Thursday 2 December. Each Christmas members place a donation in an envelope and hang it on the ‘Tree of Hope’. These donations go to the Smith Family for its Learning for Life Program for disadvantaged children. The next monthly luncheon will be held on Thursday 20 January 2011 at the Caboolture RSL Club at 10.30am for an 11.15am start. There will be a ‘Bring and Buy’

table plus lucky door prize and raffles. At this meeting the election of Office Bearers for 2011 will be decided. The next Social Day will be held on Thursday 3 February 2011 with a breakfast barbeque to be held at Centenary Lakes at 8.30am. If there are any ladies in the Caboolture area who wish to learn more about VIEW (Voice, Interests, Education of Women), are looking for fun, friendship and social interaction while contributing to fundraising for disadvantaged children, we invite you to attend our January luncheon or next social day in February as a visitor so you can decide if Caboolture VIEW is for you. Please phone Esther on 3888 2558 for further information.

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THE Club always meets on the third Wednesday of each month for Dinner at the Boulevard Gardens. We would like to invite all interested women to enjoy our activities, be better informed and contribute to those around us during our 20th Anniversary year which is also the 50th Anniversary of VIEW Clubs of Australia. Kenmore VIEW welcomes new members and visitors to our meetings. There are a range of activities organised each month as well as the special interest groups which include Books, Movies, Mahjong and Walking. VIEW is a National, self- governed women’s organization with 21,000 members in 400 communities and is a valued part of the Smith Family. VIEW stands for Voice, Interests and Education of Women. Members contribute significant fundraising initiatives and volunteering support, to help give disadvantaged children the step up they need through education to achieve their goals as adults. Kenmore VIEW, through their activities are supporting a number of Learning for Life students through their school years. These children live in financially disadvantaged households and this sponsorship ensures they have educational support through The Smith Family. For further information please contact Nan on 3878 7448.

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SENIORS NEWS Friends of the Hound – adoption not destruction

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‘FRIENDS of the Hound was inspired by a gorgeous, timid blue Greyhound...’ found at an animal pound by Lisa White and family in December 2002. ‘Spying a sad but beautiful dog in one of the enclosures’, Lisa made a positive remark about the appealing animal. Overhearing Lisa, a staff member commented, ‘Oh don’t look at her, she’s a Greyhound; here to be destroyed.’ Stunned, Lisa then spent half the night reading and researching UK, USA and the handful of Australian internet Greyhound adoption sites, amazed at the plight of this placid and

affectionate breed. With determination, persistence and luck, Lisa was able to rescue the shy blue—to be named Zada, ‘lucky one’—the first Greyhound to be adopted from that pound. The White family went on to adopt another Greyhound and to foster hundreds more, many of which might have been cruelly and tragically disposed of otherwise. The noble Zada inspired Lisa and, in 2003, Friends of the Hound Greyhound Adoption Group was formed with help from Friends of the Pound (Tweed, NSW). Now called Friends of the Hound Inc, this stand-alone entity, operating throughout NSW and southeast Queensland, is dedicated to the rescue and re-homing of Greyhounds. Since its inception, more than 300 Greyhounds have been successfully re-homed. The organisation’s mission is not only to create public awareness of Greyhounds as pets (including ‘pets for therapy’) and companions, but to advocate ‘Adoption Not Destruction’ through a program of promotion and education. Over 20,000 Greyhounds are bred in Australia yearly, with thousands surplus to the racing industry destroyed. Most racing Greyhounds are put down by the age of 4 years, when racing careers end. Friends of the Hound Inc is volunteer-based (with volunteers, particularly foster carers, always needed) and not-for-profit (donations help with veterinary care; food and transport for fostered dogs). The dream is to eventually have a Greyhound adoption centre. See; call 0416 194 864; write to Friends of the Hound Inc, PO Box 5065, Murwillumbah South, NSW 2484. For Sunshine Coast enquiries call Katrina on 0423 840 448. Pictured is Babette Angell with Gypsy and foster dog Max. Babette believes retired ex-racing Greyhounds make perfect companions for Seniors because the dogs have calm and sympathetic natures; are perfect to walk on the lead at hip height; rarely bark, and do not take up much space. What more could anyone want?

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SENIORS NEWS Probus Club of Everton celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

Foundation Members about to cut the cake. L-R Tom Murphy, Bill Peel, Pat Dunphy, Ed May

AT its November 2010 meeting, the members of the Club celebrated 25 years of friendship and fellowship. It was in late 1985, when a group of men decided that there was a

need for a club of retired professionals and businessmen in the Everton Park district. Through a contact with the Rotary Club of Mitchelton, the initiative was acted upon.

At its second meeting on Monday 11th November 1985, the decision was made to form the Club and a constitution was accepted. The office bearers were selected at that meeting but it was proposed that regular meetings would commence in the New Year. Thus the Probus Club of Everton was formed. At this anniversary meeting, four of its Foundation Members were able to participate and were given the honour of cutting the specially designed cake. The fabulous four were Bill Peel, Tom Murphy, Ed May and Pat Dunphy. Ed May then gave a short speech recalling some of the more memorable

events but also stressed that the History of all Clubs should be recorded. The Everton Club had already documented its short history up to 2002. Ed encouraged members to add to that document and that he would volunteer to help in that process. Other Special Guests invited to the celebrations were Col Dash, Rotary District 9600 Probus Chairman, who presented President Maureen Egan with a Certificate from PCSP, Bill Buhmann, President of PAQ who also presented the President of the Everton Club, Maureen Egan, with an Anniversary Certificate from PAQ and. Also

Probus Club of Wynnum & Manly

THE Probus Club of Wynnum & Manly meets at the Moreton Bay Trailer Boat Club at Manly on the second Thursday of each month at 9.45am, drawing its membership from the Wynnum Manly area, Birkdale, Capalaba and Cleveland. Probus is an association of those who are retired or approaching retirement who wish to join a club, the basic purpose of which is to provide regular opportunities to keep their minds active, expand their interests and enjoy the fellowship of new friends. Cost is minimal ($20 per year) and clubs are non-political, non-sectarian and non-fundraising. The Wynnum

& Manly Club was established in 1984 and is a male club with lady affiliate members. Club activities fall into two parts; a formal meeting comprising of a club business session, a coffee break, followed by a guest speaker and/or discussion on a topic of mutual interest and outings (between meetings) to local places or organizations of interest to members. At least two extended tours are also offered each year (this year to Lightning Ridge and Tasmania). Anyone interested in joining the Club or seeking more information, should ring the President (Ralph Surtees) on 3207 5544.

present was Les Irvine representing the President of the Rotary Club of Mitchelton, the sponsor Club of 25 years ago. At its meeting, the Club also gave OBE Certificates to Gwen Burguez and Brian Egan on reaching that young age of 80. It also inducted a new

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EIGHTEEN months ago, when John Madders was told by his GP that wife, Shirley would need full time care for her advancing dementia related health issues, he made the decision to move to Milford Grange Retirement Community. “I had been following the progress of Milford Grange Retirement Community development at Eastern Heights, (Ipswich) since RSL Care bought the land a few years ago,” John said. “The doctor thought Shirley still had another 12 months before she needed full time care; I wanted us to be settled in our new home so the transition would be easier for both of us,” he said. “Construction of the villas at Milford Grange was complete at just the right time for us to move and with the onsite residential care and the support of RSL HomeCare services available, the decision to move to Milford Grange was easy.” “It has amazed me at how much more enjoyable life is since making the move to Milford Grange. When

Shirley got sick, I started taking care of all the domestic duties as well as caring for her, which was a challenge. The villas are really well laid out so it makes everyday tasks so easy,” John said. John couldn’t be happier that they made the move when he did. Having put Shirley into residential care at Milford Grange in February this year, John felt the transition was as easy as it could have been because he had the support of staff as well as new friends at Milford Grange. “Being a new retirement community, we (the residents) have all enjoyed getting to know each other and finding out who enjoys the same activities,” he said. “I am very involved with my bowls so we decided to introduce an indoor bowling competition between the independent living and residential care residents which is a bit of fun for everyone,” he said. “The next stage of retirement living is under construction at the moment and quite a few people I know from the bowls club

John Madders receives the bowls trophy on behalf of the retirement village team

are moving here too which is exciting,” John said. With the residential care located on site, John is able to see Shirley everyday, taking her out for a walk, or home to their villa for a cup of coffee and a chat without having to provide 24 hour care, which is a weight off his mind. “I can be there in a matter of minutes if Shirley wants me, but I can also go out and live without worrying

about her all the time,” John said “Even if you don’t have health issues, Milford Grange is a great place to live. We enjoy each others company when social activities are organised and the villas are exactly what you need,” John said. RSL Care Milford Grange Retirement Community at Ipswich is master planned to include 120 residential aged care places and 61 independent living villas.

Stage two independent living, comprising 22 villas, is due for completion in early 2011 with villas selling fast from just $294,000. For more information about retirement living at RSL Care Milford Grange Retirement Community or to make an appointment with our sales consultant, please call Colleen Renshaw on 07 3281 8042. Browse a virtual tour of Milford Grange at www.rslcare.

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IT is just two weeks until rising Australian star, Jessica Mauboy, performs live at Redland City Council’s free Christmas by Starlight concert at Norm Price Park – Redland Showgrounds on Saturday 11 December. Jessica has come a long way since first appearing on Australian Idol in 2006 and she’ll be leading a fantastic line-up of local Redlands talent including Jal Joshua, Craig Martin, Sarah La Sala, Redland Rhapsody, Bayside Harmony and Redland City Band. Redland City Mayor Melva Hobson said seeing these artists perform for free, was an incredible opportunity for Redland residents. “Planning for Christmas by Starlight started in January to ensure we could organise high caliber entertainers, both local and national, for Redland resident’s to enjoy,” Councillor Hobson said. Festivities for Christmas by Starlight kick off at 3pm with an afternoon full of fun free rides, activities, demonstrations, live entertainment and a huge range of food – sold by local community groups to raise funds. At 5.30pm, The Boogie Woogies Superhero Band will perform a special high-energy Christmas show for the kids, which will be followed by the traditional carols concert at 6pm starring Jessica. Celebrations will culminate with a fireworks display around 8pm. Three courtesy buses will be available throughout the Redlands for Christmas by Starlight. Timetables are available on Redland City Council’s website Seats will be limited so residents are advised to call 3829 8288 to book. Sponsors for this year’s Christmas by Starlight include Bayside Bulletin, 97.3FM, Stradbroke Flyer, J.J. Richards, Koala Graphix, ANZ, Pacific Resort, Cleveland Signs, Allconnex Water and Veolia Transport.

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RESEARCH shows that as people age, their bodies become more fragile and, as a result, they are more likely to be hurt or killed in a car crash. Whilst impairment can happen at any age, there is a general correlation as people age. Most older people are perfectly capable of driving safely; however, many physical and mental changes that accompany ageing can diminish the capabilities of older drivers. Many medicines, both prescription and non-prescription, can influence driving ability. Side effects of medicines can include sleepiness, nausea, blurred or double vision, dizziness and shaking, all of which could make driving both difficult and dangerous. These side effects may be worse in combination with alcohol. If you’re taking a new medicine, check warning labels indicating the influence medicines can have on driving, and if you’re not sure make a list of the medicines you take and check with your doctor or pharmacist whether it is safe to drive after taking it. Get regular eye checks to ensure safe driving. Diseases like glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and diabetes can affect vision. If you suffer from any of these conditions check with your doctor to ensure that you are safe to drive. Remember that these factors can also influence your safety as a pedestrian. All new cars sold in Australia must meet safety standards known as Australian Design Rules (ADR) which set minimum levels of required performance. Over the years, the safety of new cars has continued to improve. However, even the latest car designs don’t set the highest levels of safety that can be achieved. This means that not all new cars are safer than older models in the same vehicle class. To find out more consult the RACV’s ‘Make the right choice - vehicle safety advice for older drivers’ at It is a guide for essential vehicle safety and a checklist of important features that you should look for when buying a car.

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SENIORS NEWS The QCWA Awarded Federal Community Heritage Grant

Mrs Norma Lovelace, QCWA State Archivist receiving the grant from Mr Warwick Cathro, Acting Director-General of the National Library of Aust.

THE Queensland Country Women’s Association has been awarded a $4,000.00 Federal Community Heritage Grant to have archival material held by the Association assessed for its National Significance. The Grant was announced at the National Library of Australia, Canberra on Tuesday 9 November 2010. In addition, Mrs Norma Lovelace, Archivist, for the Q C W A attended a three-day intensive preservation and collection management workshop held at the National Library, the National Archives of Australia, the National Museum of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra. Mrs. Marian Mudra, State President, said the grant was important in supporting the effort to preserve the Queensland Country Women’s Association history since 1922. “While the grant provides the funds, the workshop offered the expertise to help us protect our collection and make it accessible”. During the presentation of the Grant to representatives of 35 organisations the Acting Director-General of the National Library of Australia Warwick Cathro said the CHG program showed the commitment by the National Library, along

with its partner institutions and the Federal Government, in encouraging communities to care for the nation’s heritage, be it in small country towns or capital cities. “It is all about working together to help spread the message that if we don’t preserve our history now, it could be lost forever,” he said. “Through sharing this knowledge, the information can be taken back to the communities where it is most needed to ensure that local heritage collections are still there for future generations.” This particular Grant is to be used for assessment of QCW A’s collection for its National Significance. In 2010, grants worth $418,563 were distributed to 70 community groups and organisations from around Australia to assist in the identification and preservation of community owned but nationally significant heritage collections. The Community Heritage Grants Program is managed by the National Library. It is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for the Arts; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive; the National Museum of Australia and the National Library.

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SENIORS NEWS Enoggera & Districts Historical Society

EUROPEANS first entered Enoggera and districts as far back as the 1840s the name is a corruption of an Aboriginal word translated as either place of waters or meeting place. Gold was mined in what is now Brisbane Forest Park and among the area’s early industries were

grape growing, dairy farming and market gardens. How hard is it to reconcile the current Brookside Shopping Centre or Korea Park with the former Chinese market gardens? The area is also well known for its military connections, not only as the home of the current

Gallipoli Barracks but also for large camps in the Gaythorne and Grovely areas during both world wars. But wait there’s more, much more than that. It has been the privilege of this society over the past sixteen years to show how Enoggera and districts has progressed to

the thriving suburbs we are today, from Newmarket to Upper Kedron. Thank you all for the support you have given us during 2010 and we look forward to commencing our seventeenth year on Thursday February 3. We have not quite finished for 2010, Enoggera

Historical Society will open each Thursday up to and including December 9 between 9.30 and 1.30 and on Saturday December 4 between 1-4pm. Our venue is the historic and attractive Enoggera Memorial Hall corner Trundle and Wardell Streets Enoggera (UBD refidex 139 A10). The so-

ciety also welcomes visitors to its members meeting to be held at the hall on Sunday December 5 commencing 2pm, our guest speaker will be Brisbane archaeologist Dr Thom Blake. The hall is a short walk from Enoggera Rail and bus routes 350, 361, 390, 598 and 599. Street park-

ing and wheelchair access are available. For further information phone Dave 3366 3191, email dlivett@optusnet. or snail mail PO Box 200 Alderley Q4051. Enoggera Historical Society wish you all a happy but more importantly a safe festive and holiday season.

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MINISTER for Fair Trading Peter Lawlor is again warning people to be scam smart with the Office of Fair Trading receiving more than 2000 complaints about scams already this year. “Over the past few weeks there seems to have been increased media attention on scams which is good because it raises awareness about particular scams going around,” Mr Lawlor said. “Unfortunately these scams are nothing new. “The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) works with police and other fair trading agencies to educate people about the risks. “Every year the OFT receives complaints from Queenslanders who have received scams through the mail, online or by telephone. These complaints cover a wide variety of scams targeting Queenslanders including invoice fraud, fake lotteries and sweepstakes scams, fax back scams, tax or bank refund scams and fake inheritance scams. “Most scams play on emotions and entice the interest of their targets with the promise of money or “super” products, before requesting payment to cover ‘administration fees’.” Mr Lawlor said some scams have telltale signs, such as poor spelling and grammar, or international return contact

details, however many do look legitimate. “They might carry legitimate looking logos and wording to give the look of authenticity, or they might be personally addressed to you to make you think you have dealt with them before,” he said. Offers that don’t request payment can still ask for personal information, which could be used for the purpose of identity fraud. Details like credit card numbers, home addresses and birth dates can be used to set up fake bank accounts and take out financial loans in your name. Please remember the cardinal rule - if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. The best thing to do with a letter or offer you believe could be a scam is to throw it in the bin. Remember to use common sense and be sceptical about offers from overseas, particularly from entities you are not used to dealing with or who cannot provide basic assurances about the delivery of a product or service,” Mr Lawlor said. Once money is sent outside Australia, it becomes incredibly difficult to regain it. The best defence against scams is awareness, for more information on protecting yourself from scams, visit or www.fair

Looking for a lifestyle resort for the over 50s? THOSE who want to en- enough capital to enjoy joy the benefits of an enviable lifestyle need downsizing, freeing up look no further than Claremont Resort Park Ridge, Logan. It offers the best in all aspects of over 50s resort style living, dispelling the major fears that over 50s want to avoid when considering resort living. In the fully fenced Claremont Resort, there We pride ourselves on being professional, approachable, are no Deferred Manageefficient & caring ment Fees and no Exit Couples welcome Fees, and 100% Capital Gain goes to the Home1 bedroom units owner at Claremont. Rent Furnished with fridge, microwave & washing machine assistance is available to eligible home-owners. What we offer Setting Claremont aside from the competition are • Accommodation • 3 full meals daily (optional) • Linen exchange (optional) features which include an • Emergency 24/7 call response (optional) accent on spaciousness • Afternoon Bingo, Cards, Crafts, Movies, Happy Hour on Friday evenings & in every aspect of the reGames afternoon on a Saturday sort. • Chemist who collects & delivers prescriptions At Claremont, the roads are wider, the blocks are • Spititus Clinic on Tuesday mornings bigger, and the superior • Walking distance to Morayfield Shopping Centre & doctors or catch a bus quality homes are much that collects seniors from the Village in the morning & then drops them off bigger (up to 211m2) than again just before lunch typically found in over 50s resorts. There are no duplexes at Claremont, only larger free standing steel framed homes (up to 197m2) on bigger (306-350m2), fenced, pet friendly blocks. Existing recreational facilities are large, and additional facilities now under construction include

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SENIORS NEWS Bracken Ridge and Central Lions right on track

Families enjoy a Lions Club miniature steam train ride at Braken Ridge. Photo by Dick Bennett

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THIRTY-two boarded the coach and headed north to the Glass House Mountains area and our wonderful stop at Parrots in Paradise Dail was an excellent commentator and tutor for the birds. Dail had a white cockatoo there which had been moulting badly but had also been mistreated before coming to ‘Paradise’. Well, that girl “Angel” sure let us know she wanted to go back to her cage instead of being on show - the loudest screeching I have ever heard. Parrots in Paradise have been in operation for 7 years. The demonstration was under shelter but with open sides - no birds ever looked like flying away. This place is well worth the visit. We moved on to the Cobb & Co museum at Glass House where Steve and his offsiders had prepared a real Aussie lunch. Cobb & Co was started in Australia by 4 Americans but Aussie James Rutherford was responsible for the company reaching the heights it did over the 70 years of operation. Coaches were modified for Australian conditions in Bathurst, Brisbane and Charleville where the Australian designed coach was built. The first services in Queensland commenced in 1865 and provided gold escorts, royal mail services, passenger and freight services. Sir Sidney Kidman held a franchise on many of the western district coach services to Western Australia. The last coach service in Queensland was from Yeulba to Surat in 1924.

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THE Bracken Ridge and Central Lions Club as part of fundraising for community projects run monthly miniature train days at McPherson Park off Denham Street, Bracken Ridge from 10am-3 pm. Bring along the kids, grand children and family for a fun filled day with train rides, entertainment and stalls. Food and drink is available. Also, pick up a scrumptious Lions Christmas cake in time for Xmas. Upcoming train days are Sunday 19 December; 23 January, 27 February and 27 March 2011. Proceeds from the day and other Lions fundraising activities go back into community projects. Spokesperson for Bracken Ridge Lions Graham Titman said that Lions clubs welcomed new members, volunteers and support for their projects. Trade skills are also highly valued in some specific community projects. Lions clubs began in the United States in 1917 when a group of independent clubs responded to a call from a young Chicago insurance agent Melvin Jones. Jones wanted to launch a club that had community service as its primary aim and so Lions was born. Worldwide, the International Association of Lions Clubs has a membership exceeding 1.3 million in more than 200 countries and geographic areas thus making it the world’s largest and most active service organisation. The first Australian Lions Club was formed in 1947 in Lismore, NSW. There are over 1400 clubs in Australia with over 30,000 active members. Local, national and international Lions initiatives include sight conservation work with the blind, community help, hearing and speech action, programs with the deaf, drug education, environmental preservation and regeneration and recreational activities and services. Youth initiatives include living skills programs, International Youth Exchange program, National Youth of the Year Quest and Leo Clubs. Most Lions Clubs meet about twice a month. Some

meetings involve dinner whilst other clubs have lunch meetings and others are breakfast clubs. Meetings often involve interesting guest speakers. Lion’s membership and regular participation is a great way of meeting new people. For more information about the Bracken Ridge Lions Club, joining or supporting some of their projects, contact Rod Chiapello on 0411 729 888.



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SENIORS NEWS Commemorative stamp issued EARLIER this year H.E. the Governor General dedicated the national memorial to national servicemen in Canberra, the event was commemorated by Australia Post with a 60c stamp. Next year Australia Mint will mark the sixtieth anniversary of national service in Australia with a 50c coin. At Brisbane North West Branch we have held our final meeting for the year; it is time now for us to get together for one final celebration before joining our families and loved ones for the upcoming festive season, pausing momentarily perhaps to be thankful for the opportunity to do so and also to remember those who are serving their country right now. Come the third Sunday in February (20th) we ex nashos will resume our monthly meetings and social ‘cuppa’ and continue to do so through to November. Once again the venue will be Mitchelton Meals on Wheels recreation room in Tel El Kebir Street opposite Gaythorne RSL. If you are a former national serviceman and enjoy a good social life come join us. As a widow of a nasho we welcome you as a supporter; as a former overseas nasho we welcome you as an associate member. For information about the Association and how to join consult web site or phone 3224 1277.

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Two new gems in over 50s resorts

RUBY Developments Pty Ltd, a major Queensland creator of Active Over 50’s Lifestyle Resorts since 1982, has especially designed for the baby boomers two new gems to choose from, says Dennis Ring, a representative of the Living Gems company’s corporate marketing division. Sunstone Gardens Resort is located in the quaint township of Maleny and surrounded by the tranquillity of the world renowned Glasshouse Mountains. It comprises only 139 homes set on 14 picturesque acres perched high on the range above the Sunshine Coast’s pristine beaches with spectacular vistas of mountains and valleys. The resort’s amazing five star facilities include a state-of-the-art three rink bowling green, partially covered heated lap swimming pool and spa, alfresco barbecue pavilion, fabulous country club with grand 300-seat ballroom and full theatrical stage, plus bar and 23seat luxury media theatrette. The community indoor and outdoor dining areas, cocktail/snooker parlour, private fitness gym, ladies arts & crafts room, board meeting room, separate library and fully equipped men’s workshop ensure that all residents enjoy life to the full. Sunstone Gardens Resort home designs range from 115qsm to 179sqm and the homesites provide for single, tandem and RV parking. The homes are priced from $298,000. Dennis Ring is recognised as possibly the best sales and marketing agent of the Over 50’s manufactured homes industry. Now based on the Sunshine Coast, Dennis is excited at being in-

volved in the marketing of Sunstone Gardens and Ruby Gardens Exclusive Resort developments. Ruby Gardens Resort, the flagship of Queensland’s Active Over 50’s Lifestyle Resorts, is set amongst twenty landscaped hectares and located on the Gold Coast in the leafy suburb of Eagleby is recognised as a world class resort by providing the largest facilities and offering the best choice of spacious home designs, ranging from 125sqm to 167sqm, from $298,000. The centrepiece of Ruby Gardens is a 4000sqm lake surrounded by the incredible facilities incorporating, million-dollar country club, competition bowling green, tennis court and massive swimming pool. Dennis reports that the rapidly growing trend of grey nomads means there is a strong demand for these popular Over 50’s Lifestyle Resorts. Sunstone Gardens, Maleny and Ruby Gardens, Eagleby, are fully fenced complexes, secured by electronic gates, with on-site management and both resorts offer a big bonus of not having to pay entry or exit fees, stamp duty, general council rates, body corp or legal fees with NO renters permitted. Plus you retain 100% capital gain when you decide to move on. Your pets are most welcome as are your family and your friends when invited for short stays. Inspect both resorts 7 days a week from 10am to 4pm or call now for your free information sales kit and DVD. Call Dennis Ring at Sunstone Gardens Resort on 1800 193 177 and Colleen Short at Ruby Gardens Resort on 1800 458 177 or view both resorts.

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Governor Ms Penelope Wensley AO and the Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Cr. Allan Sutherland, an occasional address by Ms Noeline Brown – Ambassador For Ageing, performances by the Probus – Queensland Choir, a recital by the Clontarf High School Band and an impressive opening flag ceremony was popular with all registrants. Generous support from local sponsor Azure Blue (Blue Care), the Moreton Bay Regional Council and others provided an outstanding opportunity for sponsors to showcase their services and highlight Redcliffe as a retirement and recreation destination,” he said. The picturesque Bramble Bay Bowls Club venue overlooking the bay was ideal and is the only venue in the region able to accommodate a gathering of this size. The staff and members of the Bowls Club combined to produce an outstanding outcome for the occasion. Probus is a non-profit organisation which comprises retired men and women from professional

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Redcliffe City mixed Probus Club OCTOBERFEST at Caloundra RSL what a punctual group. It was amazing that when the coach departed from Woody Point at the scheduled time of 8-30 a.m. everyone had been sitting ready to go at 8-15 a.m. Bravo ! The trip to the Caloundra R.S.L. was uneventful and we arrived at 9-30 a.m. Like the previous time we were there, everything was well organized by the friendly staff – full marks. As a starter we had Schwartzwalder Kirsch Torte with tea and coffee. At 1100a.m. an Ump Pa Pa band commenced to play, limiting to some degree, the real Oktoberfest held in Munchen Germany. At 12-00 noon we all enjoyed a very nice lunch of schnitzel, sauerkraut and potato. In between times some of us

tried our luck on the pokies. As a matter of interest Oktoberfest is one of the most famous events held in Germany and is the world’s largest fair. The original was held at Munich on 12th October, 1810. For the public commeration of their marriage, which took place five days earlier, the then Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese organized a great horse race. The event was so popular and successful that it was decided to renew it in 1811, and so it has continued to this day. Well, we were all safely back to our cars at Woody Point by 3-30 p.m. after another successful outing arranged by our Tour Director, Daryll – a big thank you.

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THE Fish‘n Chips in the Park were enjoyed in perfect weather and members were very grateful to the Weather Bureau for such ideal conditions – at least until late afternoon by which time we were all safe at home. We certainly are a lucky lot! Our excursion for November was to Joan’s home where we all enjoyed a fabulous Melbourne Cup party. The program was filled with exciting activities, delicious food, and a wonderful atmosphere was created by our very own ‘Barry, the Bookie’. Who said you have to go to Melbourne to experience the excitement of the race that stops a nation! Murray Jenkins, a Youth Leader who works with an organization called “Compassion”, was our guest speaker for this month. Murray, along with the Catalyst Church in Ipswich, provide

means of basic support to enable the Grace Centre at Bahar dar in Ethiopia to continue their support of some of the least advantaged people in the world. It was a wonderful story of hope and joy! Our luncheon this month was at The Grove, Ashgrove and we thoroughly our meal there accompanied by a nice glass of vino. The Book Group is reading the last book for the year - ‘The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox”, the Tai Chi class has only two more classes for the year while the 500 Card, Indoor Bowls and Music groups are also saying good- bye to 2010. Our final get together is the Christmas party which is always a fabulous farewell to the Probus year. If you are interested in trying a visit to Newmarket Probus in the New Year please call Jude on 33663715.

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PROBUS Club of Jindalees’ final event for 2010 will be a Christmas lunch on Tuesday 14th December. This will be held at the Jindalee Golf Club, cost will be $22 and musical entertainment will be provided by Cathy Sunners. This promises to be a fun day and a great way to wind up the year. Probus invites retired or semi-retired men and women to come along and see the range of activities available. For more information ring Annette on 33761888. December 2010 - Brisbane Seniors - Page 31

SENIORS NEWS Two years away from normality

POST WWII NS was introduced into the UK in 1948 whereby youth of 18 and over served for 18 months later increased to two years full time plus some time in reserve. It resulted from the worsening world situation brought about by the cold war, the catalyst being the Berlin Airlift of 1948/49. National Service-

men faced combat in Korea, Malaya, Cyprus, Kenya and Suez. An alternative to conscription was three years in the regular army. On 2 April 1959, two weeks prior to my 20 th birthday I reported to 2nd Training Battalion RASC, Blenheim Barracks Aldershot for two weeks basic training, no longer

an individual just a name and a number it could be said that I went through something of a cultural shock. By the end of those two weeks I was supposedly competent in drill and could fire a low calibre rifle in the general direction of a target. Here came a temporary halt to proceedings while I assisted in the registration

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Gulf) Bahrain, a significant improvement. Bahrain is an island adjacent to the coast of Arabia, then ruled by your typical Middle-Eastern despot, some might say benevolent, others might not, with the help of British forces. It was at the time I think, the second largest producer of oil and petroleum and a stage on air routes between Britain and Australia that back then took nearly two days to complete. Between 1959 and 1961 the island was free of serious insurrection; any unrest was confined to an area on the mainland known as the Trucial Oman States, a former part of the Ottoman Empire, now the UAE. As a further indication of the cold war situation, the Americans saw fit to launch a U2 spy plane on a mission across Soviet territory whereby the plane was detected and brought down and its pilot taken prisoner. About to attend a four-power disarmament conference, Soviet leader Khrushchev went ‘ballistic’ and a situation developed that was a huge worry for us young conscripts. Another cause for concern was the worsening situation in The Congo where British troops were committed to a United Nations force sent to restore order. During those two years it was possible to reach the rank of sergeant or even to gain a commission but I was not cut out to be a soldier and it would be false to say I enjoyed national service. I did not take kindly to being shouted and sworn at and disciplined to the nth degree and I found it hard to mix well in the barrack room with the collection of Mancurians, Scousers, Geordies, Scots and Welsh who seemed to have it in for Londoners like myself. Beyond my clerical duties it often took me two attempts to gain the proficiency required in soldiering so I was never going to be promoted. But I did it and 50 years later I still look upon it as an achievement. To be honest, away from the parade ground, the orderly room and the discipline there was still scope for larrikinism befitting lads of two-score years and whilst we sometimes landed ourselves in bother, we took advantage of that scope. Half way through my service I went on two weeks recreational leave in Mombassa, Kenya; this chance to visit such parts of the world, plus the flying around in various types of aircraft, I regard as the big plus of those

two years. In early 1961 I returned home for ‘demob.’ In so doing I had passed the age of majority then 21 and had not yet been given the vote. In theory I was placed on reserve until the age of 40. Months later the then Iraqi dictator threatened to invade the British Protectorate of Kuwait. To counter this threat, the government moved to call up ready trained nashos for six months service. Fortunately it all came to nothing-or at least not for another 30 years and the closest I came to serving again was as a civilian attached to the New Zealand army following my emigration. That I do not regard those two years as having any future bearing on my life may well be admitting that

I did not make the best use of my opportunities. What I do not condone is its reintroduction. I don’t see it as being relevant in today’s world except perhaps its use in a humanitarian manner such as diaster relief or SES (State Emergency Service). I was pleased for Australian ex ‘nashos’ when their government finally awarded them a service medal; it is a pity the British Government does not do the same. I now am a member of the National Servicemen’s Association of Australia, that association having recently opened its doors to former conscripts from other countries. I look forward to an enjoyable social life amongst persons with whom I have something in common.

SENIORS NEWS New QUT scholarship has global reach possible thanks to the generosity of the Leonards, who have made their home in Brisbane. The inaugural Mary and Carl Leonard International Relations Award was presented at a ceremony in November at QUT’s Gardens Point campus. Mikaela and Chrissie will each receive $5000 to fund their overseas volunteer work. Mary and Carl Leonard, aged 99 and 86, themselves spent about 50 years living and working in developing countries. They are making a donation of nearly $1 million so that QUT students and early career researchers in many years to come will receive funding to travel to developing countries for research, work experience and volunteer work. During the ceremony, the Leonard’s memoirs, entitled Leaning Toward the Window, were also launched. Mikaela and Chrissie received a copy of the memoirs, as will all future recipients of the award. The title of the book refers to Mr Leonard’s habit of “leaning toward the window” during periods of his life when he was stuck in an office, dreaming of exotic places he would like to visit. “We are pleased to see the donation we have made come to fruition,” Mr Leonard said.

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CAMBODIAN orphans and Romanian gypsies are the first groups of disadvantaged people who will be impacted by a new scholarship program at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), funded by philanthropic American couple Mary and Carl Leonard. Students Mikaela Shorter and Chrissie Churchill are first in a long line of students who will travel overseas on an international relations scholarship made

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SINCE taking over Goodyear Autocare Clayfield in 2008, Scott and Rachel Lawrie, have seen their clientele grow rapidly. Their store, a local ‘one-stop-shop’ for car maintenance, mechanical repairs, inspections, logbook servicing and tyres, has recently appointed two new team members. Ensuring they continue to offer first class customer service to the local community. “I believe it’s a testament to our level of customer service that during these tough economic times, our business has continued to grow. Making it possible for us to employ an additional two team members.” Scott said. “Our new team members have a combined 58 years in the automotive industry. They’ll allow us to continue to offer our customers service that’s friendly, helpful and second to none. Jasen Galbraith will manage the day-to-day running of the store, and our new mechanic Peter McIntosh is a European vehicle specialist.’’ Rachel said. “The Goodyear Autocare brand’s biggest priorities are to provide clean, comfortable surroundings for customers, but also provide value for money automotive services. “Our fully qualified staff can service vehicles to the manufacturer’s handbook specifications at very competitive prices. “And right now when you book in for an express service with a 20 point safety check for $99, you will receive our $50 customer privilege card for free.” Scott said. With savings of over $597*, the card entitles you to discounts on servicing, tyre rotations, punctures, repairs and much more. Simply present this ad in-store to collect your free privilege card. Goodyear Autocare Clayfield is located at 489 Sandgate Rd, Clayfield. You can contact Scott, Rachel or any of the team on 3262 8000. December 2010 - Brisbane Seniors - Page 33

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SENIORS NEWS Strong rural women, strong rural communities THE Queensland Rural Women’s Network (QRWN) and Queensland Country Women’s Association (QCWA) are working together with the Queensland Government’s Office for Women to deliver a workshop that will ensure women across Queensland are more effective in their leadership roles. A result of the Office of Rural Community’s Rural Women’s Symposiums held in 2008 and 2009, the Brisbane workshop on Wednesday 16th February 2011, will give women from all regional communities the opportunity to hear from other women in leadership roles and gain new skills. Women are being invited to put in an Expression of Interest to attend the workshop, which will include a diverse group of regional, rural and remote Queensland women. QRWN president Georgie Somerset explained that the workshop was designed to provide examples of strong women who are making a difference for others, as well as passing on tools. “We know that women gain a great deal from meeting with each other and exchanging ideas and hearing about new ways of working on issues,” Mrs

Somerset explained. “This workshop will provide a bit of inspiration, a lot of information and a chance for the women to network together to strengthen their links across Queensland. The workshop will give the women an insight into how Government policy is developed, how influence can be achieved and how best to present themselves when in positions of leadership. “Both the QCWA and QRWN believe that by strengthening the women in our communities, we strengthen every aspect of community life, and with this workshop we want to invest in women who have taken some steps in leadership and wish to gain new skills.” The workshop is being provided free of charge and includes dinner on Tuesday evening, as well as accommodation. Expressions of Interest are the first step to participating in the workshop. The Expression of Interest form is available on both websites – and or contact Roxy Borchardt on 0427 653366, or email

Merry Melodies EXPERIENCE the sound of Christmas throughout Brisbane City with the Merry Melodies pop-up music program performing in various locations. Feel the spirit of Christmas whilst on

your way to work or as you prepare to hit the shops! Till Friday 24 December 2010, daily at 8am, 8.30am & 9am, various locations, Brisbane CBD. visit for information

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2 8 AMALGAMATE: Combine (key) to play (anagram indicator) the Malaga team 2 9 USER: Exploiter (user) is presumed to be upset (reversal indicator) Down 1 NAVIGATION: Surprise (anagram indicator) Giovanni at the plotting of a course (key) 2 CLEANSES: Doctor (anagram indicator) Lee scans then purifies (key) 3 MINESTRONE: Italian soup (key) contained (hidden indicator) halloumi nest, Ron explained 4 PRIG: Goody-goody (key) can be a right p.ig 5 STOA: Greek portico (key) is oddly (alternate indicator) juxtapositional 6 ATTUNE: Harmonise (key) at the melody (tune)

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SENIORS who did not have a problem with gambling in the past are vulnerable to becoming compulsive gamblers – Why? It used to be socially unacceptable for women in particular to go to gambling establishments or pubs on their own. Now, the local pokies venue is considered a safe place for women who are on their own to go and spend time, but they are not quite as safe as previously thought. People are often unaware of the very real risks of gambling addiction. According to Nick Xenophon, the independent senator voted into South Australia on a no-pokie platform, almost 1 in 20 people who play pokies will become problem gamblers. Can you take that risk? The poker machines have an anaesthetising quality that can temporarily release the gambler from emotional and even physical pain. Many gamblers experience an addictive, mood altering euphoria from the hypnotic effect of the gaming machine. Some seniors face plenty of pain: loss of a spouse, boredom,

loneliness, chronic pain, geographic relocation, retirement, loss of identity, fear of death, dwindling finances, problems with children and grandchildren. While at the poker machine, the gambler does not think about their problems or their reality. Sometimes continuing this escape until the money is gone. Although winning money is usually a secondary motivation. Gamblers may see gambling as a way to solve financial difficulties or become financially independent. When working is no longer an option to regain losses, gambling can subject seniors to poverty, debt or even homelessness. What can you do? If you or someone you know is struggling to control their gambling, the Gambling Help Service at Relationships Australia offers free, confidential counselling and support groups for both gamblers and their family and friends. They also offer free financial counselling for those people who have got problems with their finances due to gambling addiction. Call them on 07 3808 9235.

THE current lot entitlements system provided under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 has caused a great deal of anxiety for many lot owners in Queensland. The government is therefore moving to ensure there is as much certainty around body corporate costs as possible by introducing a new lot entitlements system. The Body Corporate and Community Management Amendment Bill 2010 proposes to amend the Act to provide several principles for the setting of contri-

bution schedule lot entitlements and limiting the ability to adjust contribution schedule lot entitlements. For community titles schemes established before the commencement of the Bill, it is proposed to provide lot owners with an opportunity to revert the contribution schedule lot entitlements for each lot in the scheme to their original settings prior to any adjustment orders. Owners in community titles schemes and other interested individuals and organisations can access the draft bill at

Medicare claiming made easy BRISBANE residents are being encouraged to adopt an easier way of claiming their Medicare benefits, Human Services Portfolio General Manager Hank Jongen said today. “More than a quarter of people who pay to see a doctor in the city now claim their Medicare benefits electronically at the doctor’s,” Mr Jongen said. “This means that thousands of people are being saved a trip to a Medicare office each month. “And more than a third of the city’s doctors and specialists are offering this claiming choice.” Mr Jongen said electronic claiming was a great choice that suited people who didn’t have time to go to a Medicare office and wanted a benefit paid directly into their bank account. “When you claim your Medicare benefit electronically, the medical practice lodges your claim with

Medicare through either an EFTPOS terminal or a secure internet connection,” Mr Jongen said. “Your benefit is paid into your nominated bank account either instantly or in two to three working days, depending on which system is used.” “Ask about Medicare electronic claiming next time you’re at the doctor’s and register your bank details with Medicare Australia to ensure your Medicare benefits can be paid quickly and conveniently.” Phone 132 011 or visit to register your bank details. E:

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Would you like to see some impressive gains in your Super Fund? Then consider a highly effective investment strategy which a significant number of people over the age of 50 are doing. Purchasing investment properties through your Self Managed Super Fund (SMSF) provides you with a way to leverage your super to grow assets and gain some impressive tax benefits too. Eg. If the members of a SMSF have reached the age of 55 and are in pension phase with their fund, then the sale of real estate assets in their SMSF attracts no tax at all in the SMSF. When these profits are distributed to members over the age of 60 years and who are in pension phase in their fund, the members pay no tax either. This means a strategy can be created where the profits from the sale of real estate assets in a SMSF can be entirely tax free in the hands of its members. Change in rules for borrowing against SMSFs In September 2007, the rules governing self managed super funds changed so that you could use your super funds to borrow to invest in an asset, such as property. Up until then, if you wanted to buy property, your fund had to purchase it outright, but now you can borrow anywhere from 60-70% of the property value depending on the type of property and lender. The members of a SMSF do not need to have their borrowing capacity assessed ie retirees who are no longer working can borrow to purchase property in a superfund and continue to accumulate properties in their SMSF. What are the benefits of borrowing for property through your SMSF? • The property is growing in value on it’s full value ie both your deposit and borrowed funds are attracting capital growth • Property is one of the safest investments

• It is a condition of the purchase that the rent must be greater than all outgoings on the property so that someone who is not working can expect no cash flow problems • Tax savings can be considerable. 10% capital gains if you hold the property for more than 12 months, and potentially nil if the property is sold when the fund is in pension stage. • The bank or lender has no access to other assets in your SMSF. • Rent generated from the property does not count as a taxed contribution. • If you are working, your super guarantee is a second stream of income, in addition to the rent. If you have questions you would like answered, Jeff Borg is able to explain how this investment strategy can benefit you. You can have him make a personal visit to you in Brisbane , as well you are very welcome to attend one of his free monthly seminars in Woollongabba or an initial telephone call, email, or information sent by mail can be organised. Also if you contact Jeff now you won’t pay fees for his services. Ask him how he can arrange this for you. Jeff Borg is a fully qualified Financial Planner and Property Investment Advisor. He is a Developer, Investor in residential real estate, and Educator who is formerly Head of School in secondary education and a Mentor to his clients assisting them to develop multiple property portfolios. Please telephone 02 6568 3029 or mobile 0415 554 385 or email Jeff Borg B.A.(Maths); B.Th.(Hons 1); M.A.; Dip. Ed.; Grad. Dip. Arts(Hons). Dip. Fin. Services (Formerly) AMACEA, MACE.

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HEAL TH HEALTH WHO research supports Cancer Council’s call for statewide smoking bans CANCER Council Queensland has renewed its call for the Queensland Government to introduce uniform statewide bans on smoking in public places, following the release of research by the World Health Organisation (WHO) highlighting the dangers of second-hand smoke. The research found that in the Western Pacific Region A, including Australia, Brunei, Japan, New Zealand, and Singapore, 10,400 deaths in 2004 were caused by exposure to second-hand smoke, with more than 40 children dying from respiratory infections and asthma due to second-hand smoke. Cancer Council Queensland’s Director of Public Affairs, Anne Sav-

age, said much more could be done in Queensland to protect people from the harmful effects of passive smoking. “The research confirmed that smokers are not only putting themselves at risk, but they are also risking the lives of 1.8 billion non-smokers. “It is estimated that 51 per cent of children and more than 50 per cent of adult non-smokers are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke in our region, increasing non-smokers’ risks of tobacco related disease, disability, and death. “We fully endorse the WHO’s recommendations to create complete smoke-free environments in all public places, supported by educational

strategies, like voluntary smoke-free home policies.” Under current Queensland legislation, local councils have the power to introduce bans on smoking in public places. “We call on the Queensland Government to introduce uniform statewide bans on smoking in public places, to help create a smoke free Queensland and end the tragic toll of nearly 3,500 tobacco-related deaths in Queensland each year.” The WHO research found more than 600,000 deaths per year worldwide are caused by second-hand smoke – equal to more than 1 per cent of all deaths. 165,000 of these deaths are among children.

Bid to make palm oil a listed ingredient

SENATOR Xenophon has introduced the Food Standards Amendment (Truth in Labelling - Palm Oil) Bill 2010 to Federal Parliament that would make it compulsory for manufacturers to list palm oil as a specific ingredient if it has been used in their food, or to make the food. Many everyday products contain palm oil. It is found in ice cream, chocolate, biscuits, crackers, chips, margarine, fruit juice, batters, soap, toothpaste, laundry powders, detergents, cosmetics and pet food to name but a few. It is also found in a wide array of products sold in natural food stores. The average Australian consumes about 10 kilograms of palm oil every year without even knowing it, Senator Xenophon said. Food labelling laws allow palm oil to be listed as “vegetable oil” on packaging even though it is a fruit, and is high in saturated fat, which increases the risk of heart disease, he said. The bill would also allow manufactur-

ers who use certified sustainable palm oil to list “CS Palm Oil” as an ingredient in order to show consumers they source their product from sustainable plantations. The bill would encourage the adoption of sustainable practices, and give consumers the information they need to make an informed choice, he said. The single greatest threat facing orangutans today is the rapidly expanding palm oil trade. The equivalent of 300 soccer fields are deforested every hour for oil palm plantations in South-East Asia alone, when existing degraded land could be used. Debate on the Bill was adjourned in late September 2010. If you are concerned about the plight of orangutans you can be part of Melbourne Zoo’s “Don’t Palm Us Off” campaign and add your name to the list of those asking for change in labelling requirements at

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Don’t ignore your health this Christmas JUST because the festive season is upon us doesn’t mean you should ignore your health! Follow these tips to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Many seniors make New Year’s resolutions to diet and exercise more because they have overeaten and ignored exercise during the holidays. But if you maintain a healthy lifestyle during the festive season, you may not need to make resolutions that are hard to keep. Exercise every day. Get out of the house for a walk to view the Christmas lights and decorations in the evening. Be sure to dress for the weather and take along a flashlight to illuminate your path. Be very careful to avoid falls. Here are the facts: Exercise can help older people feel better and enjoy life more, even those who think they’re too old or

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Henry Medland Ridge, formerly of Brisbane, celebrated his 100th Birthday on 27 October with family and friends in Townsville. Henry lives with his wife Victoria, who will turn 97 in December. Henry has very good health, and helps to look after his wife, taking her for walks in her wheelchair every morning. He enjoyed three parties, the last one for 95 family members, who traveled from all over Queensland and Sydney to join in his wonderful day.

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have hearing aids that are fitted with a T-switch or telecoil. The technology can also assist people without hearing aids, if the person is provided with a loop receiver device. This enables the person to listen to others who are speaking at the meeting or listen to what’s happening more clearly, especially if there is background noise. The hearing loop at Capalaba Place hall operates through the PA system. Signage and instructions are provided along with assistance from Council staff. Capalaba Place hall is located in the same building as the Council Customer Service Centre and Library, 14 Noeleen Street, Capalaba. Anyone interested in finding out more about the hearing loop at Capalaba Place hall, should contact the Venue Coordinator on 3829 8471. Other Council facilities with a hearing loop are: Council Chambers (RCC Administration Building, Cleveland), Redlands Performing Arts Centre, Council libraries at Victoria Point, Capalaba and Cleveland and the Customer Service Centres at Capalaba and Cleveland.

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chocolates from Brussels, even china from England. There were also many food stalls with produce from all over Europe. On the Sunday the main street was closed off with crowds enjoying the festivities. Bergamo has an excellent museum, tracking the history from pre-Roman times. There were information boards in English, and information on the exhibits in Italian. I guess that Bergamo attracts more Italian than International tourists, although the people I met over meal times at the hotel certainly were International. On the Sunday, I took a local bus to Lovere on Lake Iseo. When I arrived at lunchtime the old town was well and truly closed down. I enjoyed a meal right beside the lake. At least the bus trip showed me the suburbs of lower Bergamo and the countryside towards the lake. Later that Sunday afternoon, back ‘home’ Bergamo Alta had be-

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May, July, Aug 2011 Day 1 Departure Day 2 Arrive to Airlie and onward to Long Island Day 3 Long Island Tropical Paradise Day 4 Daydream Island Discovery Day 5 Farewell Airlie Beach, Train to Cairns Day 6 Taste of Tablelands & Kuranda Skyrail Day 7 Port Douglas , Mossman Gorge, Daintree River cruise, Cape Tribulation Day 8 Cape Tribulation, Daintree Discovery Centre Day 9 Depart the Tropical North by The Sunlander Train Day 10 Arrive Home


P/P TW IN SHA RE plus A pplica ble Rail FA RE

Ph: Ian or Robyn



April - Nov 2011

April - Nov 2011

Day 1 Depart by Sunlander or Tilt Train Day 2 Cairns welcome arrival & Night Markets Day 3 Taste of Tablelands & Kuranda Skyrail Day 4 Port Douglas , Mossman Gorge , Daintree River Cruise ,Cape Tribulation Day 5 Cape Tribulation , Daintree Discovery Centre Day 6 Tropical Island Cruise Day 7 Depart Cairns Day 8 Arrive Home

Day 1 Departure by Tilt Train Day 2 Arrive to Airlie and onwards to Long Island Day 3 Long Island Tropical Paradise Day 4 Daydream Island Discovery Day 5 Eco River Cruise & Wildlife Safari Day 6. Airlie Beach & Proserpine Bus Tour Day 7 Arrive Home


P/P TW IN SHA RE plus A pplica ble Rail FA RE


P/P TW IN SHA RE plus A pplica b le Rail FA RE

1300 722 661 OR YOUR LOCAL TRAVEL AGENT Page 46 - Brisbane Seniors - December 2010


Inclusion – Accommodation, all meals, (breakfast, lunch & dinner), excellent day tours, transfers, friendly tour host


each individual. We offer a full range of Xmas & New Year tours to most destinations. And if you’re looking for something with a little more of a twist then check out our treasure trove of specialist tours such as the Egyptian sun festival at Abu Simbel, the Harbin Ice festival in China, the Perseids Meteor Shower in Wadi Rum, Jordan and Migration of the Berbers – trekking alongside the Berbers in Morocco to name a few. Jewel of the Nile 10-days: This premium tour offers a five star Egyptian adventure! Stay in one of Cairo’s smartest hotels

and cruise the River Nile in style aboard a 5 star Nile cruiser. Relax and unwind, enjoy the serenity of the Nile Valley, whilst discovering the very best of ancient Egypt! From $1899 per person; based on 4 nights aboard luxury 5 star Nile cruiser (twin/dbl cabin with en suite bathroom) full board and 3 nights 5-star accommodation B&B and 2 nights aboard a sleeper train, some meals, airport transfers and an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology. Enquiries phone Escape Travel Strathpine on 3205 3244.

Let New Zealand bowl you over

This special package includes a 13 night Aranui 3 cruise in a Standard A cabin, with economy class airfares to/from Papeete, 3 nights pre/post cruise accommodation in Papeete, airport and ship transfers and all pre-payable taxes.

The Small Ship People

5 star accommodation with breakfast daily and some additional meals, airport arrival and departure transfers, local tour leaders and/or siteseeing with qualified local guides. Family holidays travel at a slower pace allowing time for all the family to settle into their new environment and include a range of culture, historical and hands-on active experiences to capture the attention of juniors. Tailor made itineraries allow you to travel at your own pace on your own private adventure, and can be designed to suit the time frame and purse string of

NEW Zealand has been described as ‘the world in miniature’ - yet there is nothing small about it. From North to South the experiences, sights and sounds are wide and varied. Undeniably and breathtakingly beautiful, the country is a fusion of history, tradition and culture complemented with a modern infrastructure. New Zealand offers a great array of exciting activities to experience and, being largely untouched, provides its visitors with postcard perfect scenery all year round. Grand Pacific Tours, the New Zealand Luxury Coach Holiday Specialist, is recognised as the market leader for providing a comprehensive range of all inclusive, value for money coach holidays. Following the success of their previous Lawn Bowls Tours, they once again invite you to join them on this exclusive tour in 2011. Beginning in Christchurch, discover the delights of the South Island over 10 wonderful days. Experience historic Larnach Castle in Dunedin, enjoy a cruise on the majestic Milford Sound and take in spectacular adventure filled Queenstown. Also relax onboard the TranzAlpine Railway, which is world renowned as the Great New Zealand Railway Adventure. You will also spend 8 days touring the North Island, visiting cultural Rotorua where you will experience an entertaining and traditional Maori Hangi and concert. Visit the amusing Agrodome and travel to the Skyline Gondola & Luge and explore the stunning Bay of

Islands onboard a luxury catamaran before concluding your tour in the impressive city of Auckland. Providing a great balance of quality touring around New Zealand with four friendly bowls games against local members in Christchurch, Queenstown, Rotorua and Auckland, this tour will suit all like minded bowls enthusiasts. The exciting itinerary includes airfares & pre paid taxes, quality accommodation, transfers, most meals and an extensive range of pre

paid activities to ensure the best of each region is experienced. Travellers will depart on 6th April 2011 and this special departure will be accompanied by Grand Pacific Tours’ experienced Lawn Bowls Sponsorship Co-ordinator – Barrie Jackett. Be sure to book early as this tour is popular amongst the bowling fraternity throughout Australia and their friends. For further information visit www.grandpacific tours. com or call 1800 622 768.


ALL COACH TRAVELLERS December Holiday Season

Sydney Harbour lunch cruise (25th December) Blue Mountains - Jenolan Caves Hunter Valley and New England 7 Days: Thurs 23rd - Wed 29th December 2010 $1,450 Includes: • good motels, breakfast & dinners, lunch 25th, boat cruise Sydney Harbour, Sydney tour • all admissions - Blue Mountains, Jenolan Caves, Hunter Valley Gardens (home pick up and return) Brisbane, Redcliffe, Redlands, Gold Coast & Tweed Area

Ballina - Gold Coast Hinterland Marina Quays International Hope Island 3 Days: Fri 24th-Sun 26th Dec $575

Includes: • quality motel - Marina Quays International • full buffet breakfasts, (2) buffet lunches, (1) dinner

Adelaide Explorer

Great Ocean Road, Kangaroo Island Murray River, Barossa Valley Glenelg & Victor Harbour 16 Days: Sun 13th - Mon 28th March 2011 $2,650 Home pick-up & return Brisbane, Gold Coast & Tweed area Will mail Itinerary on all tours, Please Phone Brisbane: 3343 6722 Gold Coast: 5520 1499

Coastal Variety Tours




Japan since 1983. Toursgallery offer 3 different fully escorted springtime tours to Japan priced from $7,988. “We mix thatch roof villages and forested mountains with famous city gardens, in order to give people a complete Japanese experience.” said Osetroff. Guests can watch sunset on Mt Fuji whilst relaxing in an outdoor spa pool, receive a blessing from a Shinto priest at a colourful shrine and stroll around picturesque little country villages. Another highlight is to visit a local flea market that sells everything from second hand wedding kimonos to antiques at bargain prices. Japan has far more to offer than cherry blossom gardens in April. English speaking guides, buffet dinners and banquets of fine Japanese cuisine, private charter

CHRISTMAS TOURS This year we have 10 tours from 2 -8 days Starting from just $125 Check out our new look website: p: 07 55 99 3092 f: 07 55 99 2541 e:

DON’T WAIT TILL IT’S OVER TO WISH YOU HAD GONE! coach transportation and accommodation in a selection of spa resorts, five star western hotels and picturesque Japanese Inns are all included in every Japan tour from Toursgallery. Photos of Japan at cherry blossom time can be seen on the internet at For brochures phone toll free 1300 307 317 or send an email to

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13 Days fully inclusive from $3095

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Cherry Blossom & Garden Tour

Ancient & Historical Egypt

14 Days fully inclusive from $5580

13 Days fully inclusive from $3788

Around Taiwan Island Tour

Vietnam & Cambodia delights

10 Days fully inclusive from $2295

16 Days fully inclusive from $3380

Taiwan & Japan Highlight


14 Days fully inclusive from $4680

10 Days fully inclusive from $3250

2011-2012 New Brochure coming soon!

Include Int’l& Domestic flights with tax and fuel surcharge from Brisbane, meals, 4-5* hotels, sightseeing & transfers , English Speaking Tour Guide. * Compulsory travel insurance, tipping are extras.


1300 842 688 or your nearest travel agents for bookings and enquiry.

Want MORE travel

for your dollar? 12 Day JUST AROUND THE CORNER CHRISTMAS 20 - 31 December 2010

North America - all over! Grand America and Canada, the ultimate escorted tour of a lifetime!

A “once in a lifetime” tour with the mature traveller in mind. 60 days on the North American continent, each day something new & different experience the spectacular scenery of the Canadian Rockies – Niagara Falls – The Glaciers – The Mounties – The Canyons – The National Parks – Adobe Villages – The Great Cities – The Highways and the Byways ! Mickey Mouse !! – make your dreams come true with a visit to the magical kingdom of the famous mouse. Movies !! - Tour Universal and see how the movies are made Castles !! Tour the legendary Hearst Castle Mexico !! – Go “south of the border” to the Mexican town of Tijuana National Parks!! - Grand Canyon – Monument Valley – Yosemite - Jasper and Banff – Giant Redwoods - Lake Louise and ride the Ice Explorer on the Columbia Icefields.- Mt Rushmore Carlsbad Caverns. Ghost Towns !! Cross the Mojave Desert to the ghost town of Calico ! Nashville !! Music City USA – General Jackson Showboat – “Shotgun Red” Memphis !! Martin Luther King Jr National Civil Rights Museum

NEW ZEALAND By popular demand we have 3 tours With 10 departures starting from October • 9 Day North Island from $1095 • 11 Day South Island from $1150 • 19 Day Panorama from $1995

Best time for cherry blossom gardens in Japan

JAPANESE cherry blossoms only last for about 2 weeks, then they drop. The trick is to know where to go and when to see the best blooms, considering that unpredictable weather governs the opening of buds, full bloom and falling of the petals. Sakura is so important to the Japanese that most weather forecasts on the nightly TV news include a report on the percentage of blooms that day at specific locations around the nation. April is the correct month to see Sakura in bloom, but planning to visit only one city can lead to disappointment. Toursgallery has solved this problem by taking its guests to five different climatic zones on each tour, in order to guarantee that Sakura blooms will be seen at their best somewhere during the tour. “Guests on this year’s Ultimate Japanese Experience Tour saw cherry blossom covered with snow.” said Ken Osetroff, director of Toursgallery “A sudden cold snap even caught the cherry trees by surprise.” It is not uncommon to see country riverbanks and tiny rural villages festooned by swathes of pink and white cloud-like trees. Brisbane based small group tour specialist Toursgallery has been creating exclusive tours to

Bus Deluxe

Elvis Presley !! Graceland the Presley mansion and the “ Garden of Rememberance. New Orleans and all that Jazz !! Bourbon Street – the French Quarter – Honky Tonk and Jazz – experience the fascinating world of Creole and Cajun and the mighty Mississippi – Visit Oak Alley Plantation Great Cities !! Los Angeles – San Francisco – Vancouver – Chicago – Ottawa – Montreal - Boston – New York – Washington DC – Orlando – New Orleans - Nashville – Memphis – San Antonio - Las Vegas Landmarks !! Golden Gate Bridge – Fisherman’s Wharf – Butchart Gardens – Lake Louise – Mt Rushmore - Bear Park USA – Niagara Falls - Wall Street – Empire State Building – Statue of Liberty – Manhattan – The Bronx – Harlem – The White House – Kennedy Space Centre – The Alamo –- “ The Strip “ Be part of this epic tour that will leave you with great friends , wonderful memories and “ stories that will last a lifetime “ The Tour departs on 31 August 2011 -. For more information or a colour brochure please contact World Discovery Tours on 1 800 645 055

« Christmas at Lake Crackenback

Resort, Snowy Mountains « Mt Kosciuszko, Sapphire Coast « Killer Whale Museum, Pambula Lake Cruise

$4 000pp Twin Share

$1 100 s/sup


« Lunch on Stradbroke Island « Australian Outback Spectacular

dinner and show « Gold Coast shopping « Lunch at the Sharks League Club


Twin Share $85 s/sup

3 Day O’REILLY’S RAINFOREST RETREAT 22 - 24 February 2011

« National Lamington Park « 4WD tour « Night walks « Bird watching « All meals included


Twin Share $95 s/sup

6 Day CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TOUR 23 - 28 December 2010

Pokolbin, Hunter Valley Hunter Valley Gardens, including $1 995pp Twin Share « the Christmas Lights display « Wyndham & Golden Grape Estates $650 s/sup « Newcastle & Grafton «


« Over 2 000 events & 130 venues « Many free admissions « Featuring the “who’s who” of country music! « Coach travel only : $275pp



$150 s/sup

4 Day EASTER IN BIG RIVER COUNTRY 22 - 25 April 2011 « Discover

Northern NSW Big River Country: Ballina, Iluka, Yamba, Casino & the Richmond Valley « Featuring Squatter’s Rest Museum, Rodeo Heritage Centre and more

$1 295pp Twin Share

$250 s/sup

Tour price is per person, twin share. Prices and dates correct as of 16 November 2010 and are subject to change. Polleys Travel - Licence Number - TAG1306

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Drive Away Holidays – Peugeot Leasing Europe

WHAT better way to discover and experience Europe than behind the wheel of a brand new tax free Peugeot.

Peugeot Leasing is a great alternative to car rental in Europe and the UK when you need a car for more than 21 days. The program

allows you the opportunity to take temporary ownership of the latest model Peugeot, registered in your name for the pe-

riod you have booked. At the end of your contract period, simply return the vehicle back to Peugeot and your responsibility ends there! All vehicles are left hand drive (including London) and models are equipped with ABS brakes, airbags, anti-theft, radio/CD player, MP3 fittings, central locking, air-conditioning, electric windows, power steering, cruise control and speed limiter. All wagon models have luggage covers. To qualify for Peugeot Leasing, you must reside outside the European

Union, stay in the European Union for no more than 185 days in any consecutive 12 month period, not carry out any paid activity during your stay (no working visas permitted) and be an Australian resident. Travellers who book and pay for a minimum 21 days by 31 March 2011 will receive the Earlybird Special of 7 free days and 50% off European delivery and return fees. There is also a loyalty bonus of 3 extra free days if the registered driver has leased a vehicle with

Escape on a rail tour THE Australian Railway Historical Society (Queensland Division) is about to enter its 54thrd year of operating rail tours. Over 900 excursions operated by both steam and diesel hauled trains to many destinations in Queensland have been run by the Society since 1957, of course the steam hauled tours are very popular and give passengers a nostalgic

tour in travel of a bygone era – travelling in style in the heritage carriages. The excitement of a day out by steam train commences at Roma St as you go walk along the platform to find your carriage with a reserved seat. It is then a quick walk to the head of the train to inspect the great “Iron Horse” which is simmering away quietly waiting for the grand departure. Final boarding

announcements are made , the guard blows his whistle and waves the green flag and the engine bursts into life with it’s whistle blowing to signal departure and steams out of the platform heading for the day’ destination. The steam crews take a well earned break in January so join us for our annual boat cruise on the MV Queenslander – cruise from the city to a

mystery destination with morning tea and lunch included. It will be a great day out with numbers limited to 55 for passenger comfort onboard the boat. Looking for a week end escape in early 2011? Book now for the Summer Winelander – a two day air conditioned rail tour to the Granite Belt. Wine tasting and lunch on the train both days is included as well as a visit to some of Stanthorpe’s finest wineries with dinner at Thunderbolt Farm and accommodation with breakfast at motel also included in the tour package. Join us for a six day rail cruise behind steam in

March as we head to the industrial hub of Gladstone and out to Biloela in the Callide Coalfields region. Overnight stops are planned at Bundaberg and Gladstone with accommodation and most meals included in the fare. This will be the first steam train to Biloela since the demise of regular steam trains in 1969 and will be a very historic occasion. Sunshine Express Rail Tours look forward to welcoming you aboard, phone our office on 3252 1759 between 10am and 3.00pm Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays for a brochure.


Saturday 15th January 2011

MYSTERY CRUISE Our annual boat cruise on the Queenslander will be to a mystery destination with morning tea and lunch included and will be a great day out.


Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th February 2011

Still seats available for The Ultimate Alaska & The <RX)DUHLQFOXGHV: Accommodation Onboard Meals Fitness Centre Kids Rockies Tour departing Brisbane 16th May 2011 dining program Kids Activities Onboard gratuities Fantastic Value from only $8990* Spectacular Entertainment *Conditionsapply  ENQUIRENOW–THISSPECIALCANNOTLAST DON’T MISS THIS GREAT OFFER AMEX CARDMEMBERS!! - We can convert your Reward Points to any Travel.


WINELANDER Two day tour to the Granite Belt region 17th-22nd March 2011

BILOELA & GLADSTONE Six day extended steam tour

SUNSHINE EXPRESS RAIL TOURS P.O. BOX 1119, TOOWONG, 4066 Phone 3252 1759 Fax 3252 1767 Australian Railway Historical Society Queensland Division ABN 74 009 767 579

Peugeot since 2005. New vehicles for 2011 include the sleek and sporty RCZ and the styl-

ish 508 model. For more information contact your local Travellers Choice travel agent.


USA 24 DAYS - PANAMA CANAL CRUISE Dep: 10 April or 24 Sept 2011 or earlier if visiting more places See USA & finish up with a 15 night cruise on “Norwegian Star” From Miami through the Caribbean, Panama Canal & Mexican Riviera. Visit Las Vegas, Anaheim (Los Angeles) or New York, more if you want it! Grand Canyon, New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville OR Orlando, Washington , New York. Fares from: $5395 including Air Fares & taxes 12 DAY TASMANIA TOUR Dep: 1st March 2011 & 6th March 2012 From $2795 Bris, $2595 Syd, $2495 Melb, $3995 Perth Dinner, Bed & B’fast & Sightseeing. Also 11 Day AIR Tour available, similar dates & price. 31 DAYS - ENGLAND - SCOTLAND - WALES & IRELAND Dep: April 2011 – Return air fares – 4 nights London – 21 day tour – 23 breakfasts & 10 dinners. Add: 15 day European Cruise $6000 4 Extra nights in London $995 with sightseeing. Fares from: $6995 for Early Booking 24 DAYS LONDON & EUROPEAN CRUISE Flights to London with stop-over seach way & 15 day European Cruise Amsterdam to Budapest. Most meals & sightseeing. Dep: April 27 2011 Fares from $8995 Other dates available at adjusted prices 10 DAY ALASKA CRUISE TOUR Dep: 13 May - Fares from: $2995 Return Airfares & 7 Day Alaska Tour 1 Night Vancouver. Tour departs weekly Later departures dearer USA COUNTRY MUSIC TOURS Dep: 31 May & 5 October 2011 Gold Seats 16 Days Las Vegas, Branson & Nashville from $6995 21 Days as above + Memphis & New Orleans from $7995 (CMA Fan Fair May only). 27 Days Branson, Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans Monument Valley, Grand Canyon & Las Vegas from $7495. Airfaire & taxes inc (October only) Gold Seats CMA Fan Fair 39 DAYS GRAND CIRCLE YELLOWSTONE to ALASKA Dep: 12 June 2011 From: $10,995 Las Vegas, Zion & Bryce Canyons, Salt Lake City, Jackson, Grand Teton N.P. Yellowstone N.P. Rockies, Alaska Hwy, Fairbanks, Denali N.P. Anchorage, Prince William Sound, Valdez, Haines, Skagway, Inside passage Cruise, Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Yosemite N.P. Includes: return air, taxes, accom, sightseeing, b’fasts, 5 dinners & 2 lunches. Other Alaska Tours: 17 Days from $7995, 24 Days from $8995, 25 Days from $8950 inc 7 day cruise 60 DAYS GRAND AMERICA & CANADA Dep: 31st August 2011. From: $14,495 Visiting LA, USA Westcoast, Yosemite, SFO, Victoria Vancouver, Canadian Rockies, Mt. Rushmore, Niagara Falls, Autumn Leaves, Boston, New York, Orlando, Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, Grand Canyon and Las Vegas. Includes: Return Airfares, 56 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches & 8 Dinners 32 DAY NATIONAL PARKS OF USA & CANADA Dep: 31 Aug 2011 $7595 inc return air Visting Yosemite SFO Victoria, Vancouver, Rockies, Yellowstone, Monument Valley, Bryce, Zion & Grand Canyon National Parks, Sedona, Las Vegas & much more 17 DAY NATIONAL PARKS OF USA Dep: 15 Sept 2011 $4659 inc return air Visiting Bryce, Zion, Yellowstone & Yosemite National Parks, Monument Valley Grand Canyon Sedona & Las Vegas & much more 14 DAY NEW YORK & NEW ENGLAND CRUISE Dep: 22 Sept - Fares from: $3995 Return Airfares & 7 Day New England Cruise & 5 Nights in New York - Add more of USA & Canada if you want!

WORLD DISCOVERY TOURS FREECALL 1800 645 055 Licence No TAG 3192839

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New Zealand 16 DAY HIGHLIGHTS OF NEW ZEALAND TOUR Over $650 pre paid activities & attractions. Offering quality touring at an affordable price, this tour includes 21 of the iconic attractions of the North and South Islands combined with quality accommodation, four 2 night stays and 30 superb meals with breakfast daily plus pre paid activities such as the spectacular Milford Sound Cruise, the world famous TranzAlpine rail journey and much more.


Price includes tour $3699 plus taxes from $120.




19 DAY GRAND NEW ZEALAND TOUR Over $750 pre paid activities & attractions. Discover the best of New Zealand’s North and South Islands on this comprehensive but well paced tour. Visit 24 of New Zealand’s iconic attractions but also experience some of the lesser known regions such as Napier & the Wairarapa. Enjoy deluxe accommodation including four 2 night stays and 38 superb meals with breakfast daily.


Price includes tour $4399 plus taxes from $120.




19 DAY RAIL, CRUISE & COACH HOLIDAY Over $1050 pre paid activities & attractions. Discover the breathtaking scenery of New Zealand by rail, sea and road! This fully escorted tour offers deluxe accommodation, six 2 night stays, 41 superb meals including breakfast daily & 4 specialty dinners, the variety of 5 spectacular rail journeys; an array of scenic cruises including an EXCLUSIVE overnight cruise in the Bay of Islands.


Price includes tour $4899 plus taxes from $120.




All tours include airfares, taxes, meals, sightseeing & attractions Valid for Departures throughout 2011


Book by 31 December 2010 with the agents listed below & receive: FREE

Extra night’s accommodation.


Grand Pacific Tours Jacket OR Vest.


Grand Pacific Tours Cap.


Eyewitness Travel Guide to New Zealand.

BONUS $50 per person discount.


sJETSET KIPPA RING 07 3283 1799 sNZ TRAVEL & INFO CENTRE, BRISBANE 07 3221 3388 sTRAVELWORLD BURPENGARY 07 3888 3621 sHARVEY WORLD TRAVEL BRIBIE ISLAND 07 3410 0111 sDIPLOMA TRAVEL, FORTITUDE VALLEY 1300 888 999 sCABOOLTURE TRAVEL CENTRE 1300 365 833 *Conditions apply. Prices valid for travel ex BNE until 31 May 2011 and include pre paid taxes, correct at time of print but subject to change. Single supplement available. **Free night is pre tour, room only. Jacket or Vest is one per person. Cap is one per person. Eyewitness Travel Guide to New Zealand is one per household. For Probus and Regional Departures the Free night is already included in the tour. Not valid on Special Group departures. No other special offers or discounts apply. Applies to new bookings only. Quote “Rippa” when booking. Lic No 32046

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Airport Security & Luggage AIRPORT security: Today all airports have tightened security so allow extra time for your check in and immigration. Should you have an artificial knee or hip you will most likely set off alarms. Whilst most orthopaedic surgeons give patients a special card to travel with, airports are likely to still ask you to go to one side, take your shoes off so they can be put them through the X-ray again and they may ask you to stand legs apart arms outstretched whilst they run over you with a hand held metal detector. A’ muffin top’ or visible bulge around your middle can also lead to your being asked to go to one side for a closer inspection to ensure you are not carrying anything suspect around your middle. If you are searched or asked to stand to one side whilst they run the metal detector over you, your handbag and hand luggage may be left unattended, as you are not allowed to remove them from the conveyor belt. Always travel with shoes that you can get on and off easily at airports as there will not be a chair to sit on should you be asked to remove them If you have a pace maker it is also wise to advise security before you pass through the scanning machine. Remember not to have things in your hand luggage that are considered dangerous such as scissors, metal nail files and knives of any sort and be sure that makeup, toothpaste etc. is in small containers packed in a see through plastic bag. Have this ready for inspection as you pass through security. You may also be

asked to open you hand luggage if something is seen that cannot be readily identified. Just remember these precautions are for the safety of all travellers. Luggage: Make sure that your suitcase is easily identified, as much of the luggage seen at airports is identical. Colourful ribbons on the handle, and a bright strap around the case will assist you to identify your case in an arrivals hall. A label should be on both the outside and the inside of the case with your name and address. Always put a home address on the inside lid of the case. The latter is important should your luggage go astray. Make sure that you take any old stickers and baggage tags from your case. Some airlines have increased the baggage allowances for the various classes of travel. Check what your allowance is for your checked case and also hand luggage. Always keep your bags locked and never leave unattended. If someone asks you to carry something for them, decline, as it could contain drugs or prohibited goods. When choosing luggage for a trip, make sure it is something you can manage easily. Check that the towing handle can be locked down into position so that it does not get caught and snapped off as it travels on conveyer belts around airports. Larger wheels on suitcases do make towing them much easier. With hand luggage, should you be doing a coach tour, check the type allowable on coaches. Often trolley bags with wheels are not

allowed as hand luggage on coaches. When travelling in some countries, particularly the Middle East, porters may be by the luggage carousels with trolleys and will try to assist with your luggage. If you wish to use their services and there is no set charge displayed for this, negotiate a price before they start loading your cases .You will need to have local currency or low denomination USD notes. In some Middle East countries there is a fixed price for their service. Travel light: Start by making a list of the things you would like to take making sure that you can mix and match outfits. Get the clothes out and practice packing. What can you really do without? Never pack something ‘just in case’. If a special event does eventuate you can always buy something. Ideally travel with a neutral colour – black or navy are good basic choices that you can build around. Ladies can always use a bright scarf or earrings to change the look of the outfit. Make sure that all other clothes co-ordinate with your basic colour pallet. When packing, roll your clothes as this way they take less room and will not wrinkle. Pack small items, such as underwear and accessories inside shoes and place the shoes in light plastic bags. Don’t forget to pack a small folding umbrella. It is a good idea to wear your heaviest shoes on the flight and to carry on board your jacket or coat. This will save weight, as you will want to leave some space and kilos for souvenirs and gifts that you purchase. It is wise to mail back home any

Be amongst the privileged few at ANZAC COVE in 2011!


by the Galloping Granny

souvenir guidebooks that you buy whilst away as these can add a lot of additional weight. Today travelling with a digital camera makes life very easy but it is a good idea to travel with more than one memory card. If you

are doing more than one coach tour when in Europe, use a different card for each tour. This way if you lose your camera you have not lost all your photos. If you are really computer savvy you can probably download the

photos onto a memory stick. Today many hotels have a business centre where you can do this. Avoid packing too many shoes, as these can be heavy. It is more important to be comfortable, as you will be doing a lot of

walking when travelling. Today’s airports are also large and you will walk quite a distance from disembarkation to immigration. Look out for my next article on ‘ Arriving Fit & Rearing To Go’



After a taxi pickup from your home we will head for the North coast. Enjoy the views of the Glasshouse Mountains and the Pacific coast from the Blackall Range. Traverse the Upper Reaches of the Mary River enroute to Imbil. After Lunch board THE MARY VALLEY RATTLER for train ride to Gympie. Board the coach for Tin Can Bay. Return to Brisbane travel on the Wide Bay Highway Via Kilkivan to Goomeri. Lunch at a winery in the Lake Barambah District.

Fare: $390 per person twin share includes Dinner, bed and breakfasts, lunches, morning teas, admissions, rail fare and transfers

New Year & Australian Day Tours selling fast! Contact our office for brochures on all above tours Enquiries: 599 Oxley Road, Corinda - PO Box 200 Corinda, 4075

Phone: 3379 6255



Parkside Inn, located in Geelong, Victoria offers the ultimate holiday experience. Taking in highlights of Geelong, The Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island, Melbourne, Ballarat & much, much more.

Licence No 8

Great Ocean Road & Victoria Getaway Tours TOUR INCLUDES • 5 Star Luxury Coach Travel • Experienced Coach Driver • 4 Star Accommodation • All Cooked Breakfasts & 3 Course Dinners • All Entrance Fees


27th March, 2011 12 days @ $2,550 p/p t.s Tour Includes- Murray River Paddlesteamer Cruise, Hanging Rock-Mount Macedon-Daylesford, Colonial Tram Car Restaurant, Geelong Botanical Gardens, Otway Fly Tree Top Walk, Bay of Islands, Melbourne Aquarium, Old Melbourne Gaol, Williamstown Ferry Cruise, Fort Queenscliff Museum, Warrnambool, Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum, Light & sound show, Milawa Cheese Company, Brown Brothers Winery, Corio Bay Boat Cruise, Cowra Japanese Gardens and more! Pick up Points- Gympie, Maroochy, Roma Street, Ipswich, Warwick.

GREAT OCEAN ROAD TOUR ANZAC season is soon approaching and On the Go Tours still has availability on a full selection of ANZAC Tours in Turkey for 2011. Their extensive range of ANZAC packages offers you the chance to be present at the evocative Dawn Service at ANZAC Cove and the National Services at Lone Pine or Chunk Bair. With tours ranging from 4 to 14 days, their tours can cater for all budgets and time frames; from short and sweet to exploring Turkey in depth. ANZAC day is a once in a lifetime experience, and with on the go, you will take with you a lasting memory of why we visit Gallipoli.

Escape Travel Special - $100 OFF all ANZAC tours if booked by 31st December 2010 On the go tours are also taking deposits of $250 per person for the 100th anniversary at ANZAC Cove in 2015.

Call us on 3205 3244 Or visit

24th April, 2011 12 days @ $2,550 p/p t.s Tour includes- The Great Ocean Road, 12 Apostles, Phillip Island Nature Park, Ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento, Arthur’s Seat Look out, Ballarat War memorial & Sovereign Hill, Melbourne’s BOOK BEFORE sights, Queen Victoria Markets, National XMAS TO Sports Museum, Eureka Tower, RECEIVE A $100 Werribee Mansion & Rose Gardens, DISCOUNT PER Geelong & Bellarine Peninsula, PERSON. National Wool Museum, Winery visit and more! Pick up Points- Gympie, Noosa, Maroochy, Roma St, Tweed Heads, Ballina, Yamba

For Your Free Brochure, Itinerary & Promo DVD, Free Call 1800 354 356 or 03 5243 6766 Discounts Apply for Small & Large Group Bookings • December 2010 - Brisbane Seniors - Page 51


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a-100-year’ event but University of Southern Queensland climatologist Roger Stone says a repeat is possible. “The rain we’re getting at the moment is just a foretaste, you might say. It’s just a little warning of things to come for the summer.” he said. With hundreds of millions of dollars of flood damage already caused in Queensland this year, being ‘Flood Ready’ has never been more important. By investing in FloodSax, you can safeguard your home against the threat of rising flood waters quickly with ease, while helping fund the work of one of Australia’s most respected not-for-profit organisations. For a sample or more information call (03) 9380 7800, email or visit FloodSax can be purchased from your local Blackwoods, Thrifty Link or Home Timber & Hardware Stores.

Public Transport changes in Queensland SENIORS and pensioners will be eligible for some free journeys under new fare arrangements that come into effect early next year but overall prices for travel will be going up. Under the changes to take place from January next year single paper tickets will be retained to ensure all infrequent users and tourists will be able to easily access public transport; any journey made by ‘go card’ for seniors and pensioners in excess of two journeys in the one day will be free; ‘go card’ fares and single paper ticket fares will increase by 15

per cent as announced in October 2009. While pleased with retaining paper tickets for infrequent users (regional) and a partial win with free off peak travel, the National Seniors Queensland State Policy Group still believes there is an advantage in providing ‘go card’ outlets for regional people (because of the difference in discounts) and to keep seeking free off peak travel for concession card holders. It was agreed to retain these two recommendations in the next Queensland budget submission. Courtesy National Seniors ‘Connect’

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PETS Unleashed is Animal Welfare League Qldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest External Rehoming Centre at Morningside is the newest pet supply store to support the Animal Welfare League of Queensland; and has already helped save a life with three-year-old cat, Kaylee, adopted on Saturday, October 23. For nearly a decade AWLQ has been working with pet supply shops which do not sell cats and dogs; and AWLQ public relations manager Gabrielle Wheaton said she would like to see more stores become ERCs as it would mean more lives saved at the Leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gold Coast shelter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For every animal we can send to an ERC it means more space in our pens here for the animals which arrive every day,â&#x20AC;? Miss Wheaton said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;AWLQ has one of the highest adoption rates in the country, possibly the best; and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thanks to the support we get from businesses like Pets Unleashed and the general public we can do so. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are proud that, because of our innovative programs and willingness to try new techniques to promote pet adoption, we have made Gold Coast the first Australian city to not euthanase a healthy animal simply due to lack of space and resources. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have not had to euthanase a healhty Gold Coast dog since June 2008, or healthy Gold Coast cat since May 2009; and as we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t receive any

government funding we beleive the community that supports us, through donations and volunteering and fundraising, should alsso take pride in this achievement.â&#x20AC;? Miss Wheaton also wished to thank Pets Unleashed owner Sarah Glassford for her dedication to homeless animals and commended her decision to not support backyard breeders by only rehoming AWLQ cats (cats are sold at AWLQ adoption fees, with proceeds helping to care for other animals stilll waiting for homes). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve deliberately never had kittens and puppies in our store; to me it seemed silly to sell them when thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so many already out there,but unfortunately thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no way of controlling backyard breeders or puppy farms,â&#x20AC;? Ms Glassford said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did a survey a couple of years ago becasuse we believed the majority of our customers did not want to see kittens and puppies sold in shops for profit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The result was quite polarising for our customers; with two thirds of people being strongly against the sale of puppies and kittens for profit and only a third of people saying they would be in favour, or not mind.â&#x20AC;? Ms Glassford said customer feedback regarding Pets Unleashed joining forces with AWLQ had been postive once they understood how the relatiionshop worked. For further information please contact PR Manager Gabrielle Wheaton on 5509 9030.

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JOHN and Robyn De Hey own and operate Bribie Bug Busters, servicing North Brisbane up to the sunshine coast. Their motto is “Do it once, Do it right” and Honesty is their Trademark. They are of the old school, and believe if you are going to do a job then do it right the first time. It only not only benefits you the customer, but as Bribie Bug Busters are here to make a living, so the bottom line is if they have to return to treat a problem then the will be no return service from you or any recommendation to your neighbours. Their pest control business is new but they have been part of the Bribie Community for 24 years. John trained for his Cert 3 in Pest control in W.A which has the highest standard of Pest Control in Australia. John was a chippee by trade so he knows about the structure of homes, and knowing your home is one of your biggest assets you need someone who cares about you and your home, or a pre purchase inspection if you are buying another home.

Their aim is to provide you with the best possible service which meets theirs high standards and yours. They use only registered products and follow the Australian standards, but if there is a green option then this will be discussed with you. They listen to their customers and work out the best possible solution to your problem. It may be as simple solution. They don’t just spray everything, each situation is assessed. They treat all types of domestic and commercial properties for Termites, ants, cockroaches and more. They can provide a termite inspection for your home. You can view their web page to see their other services or just to read the amazing facts about pests. Did you know Bees use the sun as a compass Caring for your home is their business so to solve your pest control needs give Robyn a call on 3408 8088 or John on 0428533439.

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Qld facing severe storm season QUEENSLAND Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts says long-term weather forecasts show the state could be facing its worst storm season in years. The State Government has rolled out its response plans for severe weather this summer and Mr Roberts says communities need to work together to prepare. Insurance industry figures for the last four years show one in every three household claims involved storm damage. Mr Roberts says emergency services are bracing for a busy summer. Is your home prepared for storms? Help prevent injuries to people and damage to your home by clearing the yard of any loose materials

that may become wind-blown hazards, for example outdoor furniture, building materials and garden debris. Ensure that gutters and downpipes are clear so water can drain away as quickly as possible. Trim trees and overhanging branches. Make sure that, if a cyclone or severe storm is imminent you have your list of emergency phone numbers, a portable, batteryoperated radio, a torch and spare batteries at the ready. Disconnect electrical appliances and all external TV / radio aerials.If you need assistance during flood or storm emergencies, contact the State Emergency Service on 132 500.

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Firefighters call for seniors’ safety THE Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) is calling for senior citizens around the state to review fire safety in their homes. Assistant Commissioner Peter Beauchamp said seniors were particularly vulnerable to fire risks. ‘Sadly, there have been a number of fire deaths in the past where elderly people have been trapped inside their homes due to heavy security and no pre-planned means of escape. ‘It is important to remember that although properly maintained smoke alarms give an early warning, many people have lost their lives because they haven’t been able to find a safe way out. ‘With an increasing number of homes protected by dead locks and other measures, keys should be kept in an easily accessible place, close to doors and windows, so residents can quickly find them and get out. ‘Alternately, install deadlocks that can be opened from the inside without keys, and window grill bars and screens that open outwards from the inside. ‘We understand that security is a necessary part of life but it can hinder your escape in an emergency, unless you’ve got a plan for getting out. ‘Seniors can improve their fire safety by reducing hazards and preparing and practicing evacuation plans. ‘One way they can receive advice about these matters is through the Seniors’ Fire Ed Program, which is delivered by volunteers from the Retired Firefighters’ Association of Queensland with the support of the QFRS. ‘This program allows retired firefighters to share valued knowledge and skills with people of their own age group in an informal and interactive setting. Organisations such as National Seniors Australia and 60s & Better have taken part in this program over the years,’ Assistant Commissioner Beauchamp said. For more information on Seniors Fire Ed, see seniors.asp.

Broadband for Seniors computer training

THE Australian Pensioners’ and Superannuants’ League Qld. Inc. operates a Broadband for Seniors in a computer kiosk supplied to us under the Federal Government Broadband for Seniors program. The training is carried out at our head office at 174 Boundary Street, West End. All computer training is free of charge. Computer training sessions are provided at the following times: Tuesdays 10.00 – 12.00 and 1.00 – 3.00, Wednesdays 10.00 – 12.00 and 1.00 – 2,00, Thursdays 10.00 – 12.00 and 1.00 – 2.00. I would like to invite any interested seniors to contact us to book a place in our training program. We rely heavily of Volunteering Queensland volunteers to carry out the training. These volunteers have undertaken university training in computer operations and they are able to adjust the training to meet the needs of the seniors. Interested persons should contact the Australian Pensioners’ and Superannuants’ League by telephoning 07 3844 5878.

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The Little Mermaid and Friends

MIRANDA – The Little Mermaid wants to dance and run and play like all the other children but it’s very hard when you only have a tail – and no legs. Her friends Larry the Lobster and Sidney the Shark would like to help her but they’re very frightened of the evil Sea Witch, Gorgonzola – whose favourite snack is Lobster Mornay! Meanwhile at the Palace the very handsome Prince is very lonely with just a teddy bear to keep him company. He would love to find a Princess before his next birthday (He’s not getting any younger you know). Will he find The Little Mermaid in time? Will the evil Sea Witch rule the sea? Come along and see what happens for yourself. In interactive stage show for 3-11 years. Running time 50 mins. Ticket prices $13 pp or $11 groups of 8 or more. Performance held at the Redcliffe Cultural Centre on Saturday 5th January 2011 at 11am Phone (07) 3283 0400 or on line at redcliffe.culturalcentre

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IT’S that time of the year when special treats are the order of the day. Whether it is grandparents looking for a place to visit that they know will be popular with grandkids, or adults who simply want to do something a little different, The Strawberry Farm is the answer! Located at Pimpama, this popular venue offers morning teas, lunches and afternoon teas for people of all ages. There is an extensive menu, the most popular item being the Strawberry Cone which is a giant cone filled with vanilla ice cream, strawberries, fresh cream and topped with strawberry ice cream, more cream and a strawberry! Devonshire teas are on offer all day. A variety of lunches include fish and chips, hamburgers, sandwiches to order and delicious sweets, many homemade. Drinks include Nelli coffee, malted milks and smoothies. The rural location half way between Brisbane and the Gold Coast just 5km north of Dreamworld ensures a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The shop is packed with homemade products and a range of interesting products from around the country. Fabulous food is not all that is on offer. Young people in particular love to visit the Animal Farm (free entry) where they can get up close and personal with a variety of small creatures. Phone (07) 55 466 245 for group bookings or just call in 7 days a week between 8am and 5pm.

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IF your mind were a room and your life’s memories lost in a jumble of old boxes, what forgotten treasures might you find? Enter a fantastical world of magic and illusion in a show that will enthrall the entire family at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) from 4-16 January, and promises to be one of the highlights of the Centre’s Fairytales and Fantasy program of summer family fun. From the creator of the internationally acclaimed productions LaLaLuna and The Shneedles, luminous physical theatre maestro Wolfe Bowart returns with Letter’s End - a whole new box of lunacy that truly pushes the envelope!

With his signature mix of circus and theatre, stage illusion, interactive film and physical comedy, Wolfe Bowart has travelled the world enchanting audiences of all ages and nationalities. Cut the string, tear open the brown paper wrapping and live a wondrous world rediscovered in Letter’s End. Tuesday 4 - 16 January 2011 at the Playhouse QPAC, Cultural Centre, South Bank. Tickets: Single $25 ~ Family (2 adults/2 children) $80 ~ Groups of 10+ $12.50 each. Bookings: or phone 136 246. For more information on Letter’s End go to

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Announcing our Winner THE winner of our Restaurant of the Month competition for last month is David Reid. David and a guest will enjoy a meal at the Brothers Leagues Club compliments of Brisbane Seniors Newspaper. The competition is running again this month so if your would like a chance to win just look for the details of this month’s Restaurant of the Month competition on these pages and you could be the next lucky reader to dine out on us.

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d’Arcy Doyle Art Awards in 7th year homes of the time and earlier boasting at least a copy of one of Doyle’s paintings. Since inception, the d’Arcy Doyle Art Awards and Exhibition have embraced community but, for the first time, Hopewell Hospice and Paradise Kids Charity on the Gold Coast will benefit from sales of exhibited works as well as from proceeds of an exciting Opening Night art auction, set to be a fresh mix of the arts and popular sport. Three local artists, all members of the Royal Queensland Art Society at Broadbeach: caricaturist Ursula Kelly, watercolourist Atsuko Shima, and expressionist Mal Hodges, each painted a portrait of Artists sketches of Karmichael Hunt. From top, sports star and Gold Coast SUNS AFL footy Ursula Kelly; Atsuko Shima holding Ursula’s player Karmichael Hunt. work, and Mal Hodges. Karmichael will be preIT’S the perfect match: the beautiful sented with one of the portraits on Gold Coast area of Mudgeeraba host- Opening Night, while the other two ing the prestigious d’Arcy Doyle Art portraits will be auctioned for charity. Awards 2010, an exhibition of over 300 All three works will remain hanging quality landscape, still life, and portrait/ until the exhibit closes on Sunday 19 December. The d’Arcy Doyle Art figure artworks. Founded by Mudgeeraba resident Earle Awards and Exhibition are presented Hinschen, the non-profit d’Arcy Doyle in the Mudgeeraba Foundation Centre Art Awards first rose from canvases in Gallery, 7 School Street (UBD Gold Coast 58 – C1). Champagne Charity 2004. Though aimed at providing local art- Opening Night starts at 6pm on Thurs ists with an avenue to display their cre- 9 December, with presentations and ative talents, entries today come from auction from 7.30pm. all over Australia, including many from Exhibition hours then are 10am-6pm daily from 10 December, and 10am-2pm the Brisbane area. Born in Ipswich, Queensland in 1932, on 19 December. Everyone is welcome. d’Arcy Doyle called Mudgeeraba home Entry is free. Contact Earle Hinschen, for some 28 years, until his death in Event Director, on 5530-7827; email: 2001. Doyle was Australia’s top-selling; artist between 1986 and 1993, with most see

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Let’s Do LOCATED in Raceview, Ipswich, Brothers Leagues Club is one of Queensland’s premier clubs providing members and guests with an enjoyable and memorable entertainment experience. Whether you are coming in for a delicious steak to share with friends over a few cold beers, trying your luck in the exciting gaming room, holding a function or dining at the Tryline, you can be assured of fast, friendly


Brothers Leagues Club – Ipswich service in a comfortable and exciting environment. Come and enjoy the diversity of foods that are available from our fine food areas in the club. Our chefs work hard to bring you some of the best food in the region! Also, relax or get together with friends at our two bar areas. With competitively priced drinks day in day out, and great atmosphere, you’ll find Brothers Leagues Club an ideal ‘catch up’ venue.

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The Sports Bar is a stateof-the-art, modern, sophisticated but relaxed entertainment venue. This modern facility offers members a large range of beverages and live entertainment that rivals any club within South East Queensland. There are twenty-two beer taps providing members and guests with a selection of 12 different beers to choose from and served at an ice cold temperature. These

include both imported and local beers. Try the sophisticated Coffee Lounge for a great selection of cook to order light meals to compliment any hot or cold beverage of your liking. Or indulge in one of many tempting desserts on display. The Brasserie provides patrons with ready to eat roasts and chefs specials which are available for lunch and dinner. A-LaCarte menu is also available 7 days a week

with cook to order meals such as steaks, chicken, fish and pasta all available on request. Ipswich’s Best Kept Secret, The Tryline is one of Ipswich’s favourite outdoor steak venues. Succulent steaks that make your mouth water, as well as delicious salads and desserts that will make you come back for more. Come on in and enjoy your local community club.

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MASTER Pastellist Penelope Gilbert-Ng has been a professional artist for 40 years, including a finalist in the prestigious Archibald Prize for portraiture. Resident of Brisbane and past Queensland president of the Royal Queensland Art Society, Penelope recently exhibited a range of her abstract works at the RQAS at Broadbeach. ‘Four Seasons’ burst into colourful life behind Penelope

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THE Topologists celebrate two blockbusters of the chamber music repertoire. Christa and Therese feature in Beethoven’s fiery Kreutzer sonata, followed by the perennial favourite, Schubert’s Trout quintet. Sunday December 12 at 6pm at the Holy Cross Heritage Hall, 12 Chalk St Wooloowin. Suggested cash donations at the door $22 / $14. Enquiries 3160 7317 / 0421 477 700 December 16 at 6pm for 6:30 Topology Quiz Night Rooftop Terrace, Brisbane Powerhouse. Bookings

F-111 exhibition launched at Ipswich Art Gallery ARTS, Community and Cultural Services Committee Chairperson, Councillor Charlie Pisasale said “The exhibition commemorates Australia’s fleet of F-111 swing-winged fighter bombers which have been in service since 1970 and retire from military service this year. “Most of Australia’s F-111’s have been based at Amberley RAAF Base and have enthralled the public at a host of public events with their spectacular ‘dump and burn’ manoeuvres. “Sponsored by TAE, F-111 is an exhibition of legendary components of this technical marvel accompanied by many of the stories of the dedicated men and women who have maintained and flown in them.” Cr Pisasale said the exhibition would continue until Sunday February 13, 2011. The Ipswich Art Gallery is open daily from 10am to 5pm (Closed Christmas Day to January 3 inclusive) and entry is free. For more information about what is happening in the Ipsich Art Gallery visit .

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TO be held on the third Friday of the month. Friday 17 December 2010, Ipswich Showgrounds at the Greyhound Racing Club, Cnr, Salisbury Rd and Warwick Road, Ipswich. This month there is no guest artist just a Christmas breakup. The venue is licensed with hot meals available from 6pm. The show starts at 7pm and ends at 11pm. Enquiries to Rev Maurice on 3282 1245 / 0438 069 422.

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BRISBANE’S CBD will host Australia’s best known circus performers and the nation’s hottest swing band as part of this year’s Christmas entertainment program delivered by Brisbane City Council. Set amid the backdrop of

the dazzling 20 metre Christmas tree in King George Square, Christmas Tights will feature nightly from 20 – 23 December, thrilling audiences with a mixture of free live theatrical, circus and music performances. Brisbane’s favourite

youth circus, Flipside Circus, kick starts the fun at 6pm. These talented youngsters will deliver an energetic mix of traditional and contemporary circus from spinning plates and balancing chairs to slapstick acrobatics and

dynamic group juggling. The night’s entertainment heats up when internationally acclaimed Lady Torpedo and the Big Swing Brothers perform heart-stopping circus with a nod to vaudeville and a wink to the future. Miguel, Australia’s hottest swing band, will provide a high energy soundtrack for the evening. Miguel will continue the festive cheer with their very own set of crooning Christmas classics to see the night out. The perfect outing for the whole family, Christmas Tights will be a welcome sideshow to late-night Christmas shopping. Nightly from Monday 20 – Thursday 23 December. Flipside Circus commence at 6pm, followed by Lady Torpedo and the Big Swing Brothers at 7.30pm and Miguel at 8.30pm Cost: Free For more information about Brisbane City Council’s Christmas Tights program, visit christmas or phone Council on (07) 3403 8888.

South Bank Christmas Lights

IT isn’t officially Christmas until the lights come on and you can be sure to find some of the most spectacular Christmas lights and decorations in Brisbane at South Bank. Expect plenty of colour and festive cheer when the Parklands, Little Stanley and Grey Street light up this Christmas. The Christmas lights will no doubt at-

tract thousands of people throughout the festive season. Nightly till Saturday 25 December 2010, throughout the Parklands, Little Stanley and Grey Sts, South Bank, Information contact: South Bank Visitor Centre, email or phone 07 3867 205, web www.visitsouth

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Timothy Molony Park to provide venue for New Year Celebrations TIMOTHY Molony Park, opposite St Mary’s Church in Elizabeth Street, Ipswich will again provide the venue for the Ipswich City Council New Year’s Eve celebrations on Friday, December 31, 2010. Mayor Paul Pisasale said last year’s event at the same venue attracted approximately 10,000 people who rode the rides, saw the movies, danced to the music and wowed at the fireworks. “Ipswich Events Corporation will be organising the event and St Mary’s Catholic Parish has kindly agreed to again provide the venue for this year’s New Year’s Eve event.” Cr Pisasale said the program for the

evening would be similar to the previous two events with a variety of activities at no cost to the community including a selection of rides and activities for children, two full length free movies and two fireworks displays, the first at 9.00 pm and the second at midnight. “Once again there will be a variety of good food outlets on site and we have again booked the dance party band, Platinum Crush for the second half of the celebrations as they have been so popular with the Ipswich crowd. “This will again be a family-friendly alcohol-free celebration on New Year’s Eve for the Ipswich community.”

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cafe! Come in and say hello to Wendy and the team. Hearty winter meals with daily specials. Coffee, tea and home made cakes. Browse our range of antiques, fine china and unique gifts. Relaxing atmosphere and service with a smile.

Shop 6A 1374 Gympie Rd Aspley 4034 (just north of McDonalds)

p 3263 7705

Itís Not Just a Nursery - Itís a Great Summer Holiday Destination Lorikeet’s Coffee Shop will be open throughout December and January (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day) • Big range of menus to suit the time of day • Mon-Fri from 9am-3.30pm • Sat and Sun from 8.30am-3.30pm • Coffee and Cake Menu available 3.30-4.30pm • Sit in the cool comfort and watch the waterfall Huge array of plants & garden accessories Ideal Gift Vouchers available for the keen gardener OPEN 7 DAYS - SO CENTRAL - SO MUCH EASY PARKING 49-51 BEENLEIGH-REDLAND BAY RD, LOGANHOLME

NIELSEN’S NATIVE NURSERY : 3806 1414 LORIKEET’S COFFEE SHOP: 3806 1313 MARINE MATES AQUARIUM: 3801 4222 Page 60 - Brisbane Seniors - December 2010

Denise & Graham McIntosh of Redcliffe City Mixed Probus Club celebrating their 47th wedding anniversary

WIN a FREE meal at a great restaurant! THIS month our Restaurant of the Month feature continues. On these pages you will find highlights of some of the fine dining to be had in Brisbane. Many of the restaurants have special deals or seniors discounts – and to make it even more tempting, readers have a chance each month to win a $50 voucher to be used at our featured Restaurant of the Month. It’s simple to enter the giveaway - just locate the ‘icon’ in one of the advertisements in our entertainment section pages and write the name of the advertising restaurant on the back of an envelope, together with your name and a daytime contact telephone number. Mail it to ‘Restaurant of the Month’, Brisbane Seniors Newspaper, PO Box 1062, Tewantin, Q 4565 to arrive by 30 December, 2010. The first entry out of the barrel will win someone a delicious meal!

Brain Fodder In olden times in Spain, the barber of Seville shaved all the men in the town. By law, no man living in Seville was allowed to shave himself. The barber of Seville lived in Seville and was clean shaven. Who shaved the barber of Seville? Answer: No one, the barber was a woman

Top Nosh Café & Deli are now offering

IS any other food or drink reported to have as many health benefits as green tea? The Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of green tea since ancient times, using it to treat everything from headaches to depression. Today, scientific research in both Asia and the west is providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea. There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol. To sum up, here are just a few medical conditions in which drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful: What makes green tea so special? The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. The latter takes on added importance when you consider that thrombosis (the formation of abnormal blood clots) is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke. Why don’t other Chinese teas have similar healthgiving properties? Green, oolong, and black teas all come from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. What sets green tea apart is the way it is processed. Green tea leaves are steamed, which prevents the EGCG compound from being oxidized. By contrast, black and oolong tea leaves are made from fermented leaves, which results in the EGCG being converted into other compounds that are not nearly as effective in preventing and fighting various diseases. Harmful Effects? To date, the only negative side effect reported from drinking green tea is insomnia due to the fact that it contains caffeine. However, green tea contains less caffeine than coffee: there are approximately thirty to sixty mg. of caffeine in six - eight ounces of tea, compared to over onehundred mg. in eight ounces of coffee.


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P.O. Box 1062, Tewantin, Qld. 4565 Fax: (07)5474 4975 Email: AIR conditioner portable, 12 mths old. Hot Point $220. Ph 07 3279 9921, m 0437 527 054. Forest Lake. AIR PUMP heavy duty pushpull pump large piston still in box. New price $20 sell for $10 ph 0403 766 959. Taigum. ALLAN Moffat Hardie Ferodo 500, 1971 E65 red Bianti 0707 1/18 scale signed in box $500. Ph 0418 872 835. Bundamba. ANTIGUE washstand, silky oak, on castors, brass towel rail, tiled splash back, 2 door cupboard underneath. $250. Ph 07 3284 4022 or 0401 455 988. Kippa-ring.

ANTIQUE white ironstone chamber pot, patterned pot and handle Johnson Bros. England. $50. Ph 07 3272 4463. Parkinson. AQUARIUM vitapex 18.5L slimline light and filter $35. Ph 3829 3661. Redland Bay. BED Queen size Sealy, firm back support, ensemble on nine castors, easy to move, GC. $200. Ph 07 3278 4772. Graceville. BOOK case 5 shelves GC $25. Ph 07 3286 3978. Cleveland. BOYS bike 30cm. 2. $35 each. Ph 3829 3661. Redland Bay

BREADMAKER Breville exc. cond. $60 ono. ph 0401 442 468. Cleveland. BREVILLE juicer café series 1200W as new used once. $220 new, sell $90. Ph 0421 205 151. Cleveland. BRIEF CASE slimline-solid Samsonite . exc cond $20. Ph 0427 000 110. Logan Village. BUILDING MATERIALS including wall sheeting & white laminate VGC $200 Ph: 3265 6030 Zillmere. CARE alert smart dialer with water-proof remote pendent, as new wit instruction manual. $100. Ph 3851 1432. Ferny Hills.

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at bb’s cafe Aspley Hypermarket Present this voucher when you purchase any regular size coffee & you’ll receive another coffee FREE! Only available at bb’s cafe Aspley Hypermarket. Voucher must be surrendered for offer to be redeemed redeemed. Free coffee must be of equal or lesser value value. Not available in conjunction with any other offer including VIP or Seniors Cards.

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CLASSIFIEDS CASIO digital horn, model DH-500, settings for trumpet, violin, flute, saxophone, clarinet, original hard case. $425 ono. Ph 07 3284 4022 or 0401 455 988. Kippa-ring. CDs Strauss, Mozart, Beethoven & more $1 ea. Ph 3829 3661. Redland Bay. CHAIRS 4 white plastic patio chairs, GC. $3.50 each. Or $10 the lot. Ph 3823 1213. Capalaba. CHILDREN’S DVDs , 3 Little Red Tractor, 1 Sesame St. “Learning about Letters” all in exc. 3350 2974. Aspley. CHOPPING board wood 41cmx24cmx4cm, with stainless steel handles, clean cond. $10. Ph 0403 766 959. Taigum CHRISTMAS light frame 1.5m. Santa on motorbike rope lights appears to ride on road, $200. Ph 07 3272 4463. Parkinson. CONTINENCE mattress protectors, 2, Kylie brand, single tuck in style, new $20 each. Ph 07 3272 4463. Parkinson. CONVECTION oven, round heavy glass, Lumina, fat free, roast, bake, grill, defrost, unused $35. Ph 3345 4283. Sunnybank. COUCH 2 seater, cobalt, exc. cond. Must sell $200 ono. Ph 3880 1856. Scarborough. DINING setting, extension table, 4 chairs(rust colour velour). GC $180. Ph 07 3284 4022 or 0401 455 988. Kippa-ring. DINING table 120 x 90cm solid pine, 4 chairs, upholstered, foam seats and backs. $170 ono. . Ph 3275 1241 or 0424 550 711. Sunnybank. DUCHESS walnut laminex 6ft wide, 9 drawers, mirror, 42" x 42". $50 ono. Ph 5428 3807 Caboolture. ELECTRIC piano with stool. Never needs tuning. 88 weight keys. Mahogany look. $500. Ph 0410 433 701. Kelvin Grove. ELECTRIC lift chair/recliner with remote control. Exc for elderly/frail. Floral fabric. Cost $995, sell $250. Can deliver. Ph 0419 719 788. ELECTROLUX ergorapido upright daily vacuum, charging station, as new 7 months guarantee all documents, tangerine $80. Ph 3814 3584. Redbank Plains. ENTERTAINMENT unit has 2 glass doors each end and open centre low unit GC. $100. Ph 07 3286 3978. Cleveland. EVAPORATIVE cooler 8L 3 speed fan remote con. $35. Ph 3829 3661. Redland Bay GERMAN rock records (3) (Wolfgang Niedeckens BAP) and many others, GC. 3 for $30, ph 0418 190 426. HAYMAN Reece weight distribution hitch 250kg bars in GC $350. Ph 0488 652 621. Boondall.

HIGHCHAIR baby first York deluxe VGC. New price $199, sell for $70. Ph 3343 4816 Upper Mt Gravatt HOME theatre 5.1 channel 120W.PC Dolby pro amplifier technics book & remote $115. Ph 3829 3661. Redland Bay. LAUNDRY TROUGH stainless steel $50 VGC Ph: 3265 6030 Zillmere. LOUNGE 2 seater , azure blue, wooden feet. Like new. Loose cushions, rolled arms. $80. Ph 0413 449 408, 3200 0695. Nth Maclean. LOUNGE suite, 3 seater plus 2 single armchairs. Washable fabric with arm covers. $200. Can deliver. 0419 719 788. MAGIC books and games. Some very old and new. Ph 3886 1386. Kallangur. MANS leather jacket fully lined dark brown. Size mens, perfect cond. As new. $50. Oh 3869 1426. Brighton. NISSAN PULSAR Body in VGC. Unregistered. Needs timing belt and exhaust, owned by pensioner 12 years Ph: 3265 6030 $500 Zillmere. OUTDOOR lounge GC $20. Ph 3286 3978. Cleveland. OVEN Omega portable/ stove, 2 hotplates, oven has glass door, suit granny flat, caravan, exc. cond. $105 ono. ph 0401 442 468. Cleveland. OVER the toilet seat can also use for shower, near new. VGC $75. Ph 3886 1386. Kallangur. PANASONIC electronic typewriter model KX-r305, hardly used, exc. cond. $50. Ph 3392 8191. Yeerongpilly. PICNIC table 1x4 seater folding, new $120 sell $60. Ph 07 5495 2842. Caboolture. PRIMUS two burner stove with stand and BBQ plate GC $25 Ph 3343 4816 Upper Mt Gravatt PRINTER HD lge deskjet F2179 all-in-one, printer, scanner, copier. $49 with cartridges 56/57. Ph 3345 42 83. Sunnybank.

REACHER featherlite long, lightweight, in original packaging, GC $20. Ph 3851 1432. Ferny Hills. REFRIGERATOR Sharp Fresco. Frost free. 5 star rating. H. fridge 96/freezer 50cm x W55cm x D 53cm. VGC $70. Single person use. Ph 3275 1241 or 0424 550 711. Sunnybank. ROCKING horse hand crafted by retired builder. Solid pine suit under 5s. $100. Ph 07 3821 6101. Cleveland. ROCKING horse, fluffy, 41cm high (floor to saddle) $30. Exc.cond. ph 3350 2974. Aspley. SAFEHIP shield, (2) classic, unisex, large, white, energy absorption & dispersion, instructions, new. Cost over $300, sell $75 each. Ph 3395 4896. Carina. SAXON (30 gal) 130 litre hot water system 8 yrs. copper tank. Works well. $100. Ph 3341 4802. Rochedale. SLIDE projector 1960s electric $30. Ph 07 3800 6427. Park Ridge. SOFA-BED 3 seater lounge converts to double bed. Blue, yellow, green tones with cane inserts. VGC $175. Ph 0413 449 408, 3200 0695. Nth Maclean. STAMP collection (Germany, West & Berlin) c 1950 – 1980, complete from private collector. $490. Ph 0418 190 426 . STOCKINGS 1 pr. Opal, 1 pr. T.E.D. anti-embolism, large, knee length, open toe, natural, instructions, as new $25 pr. or $40 Lot. Ph 3395 4896. Carina. STOCKINGS, sigvaris, cotton medical compression, S Plus long, knee length, open toe, natural, instructions, 1pr as new $25, 1pr new $30 or $50 the lot. Ph 3395 4896. Carina STROLLER walker deluxe near new. VGC $75. Ph 3886 1386. Kallangur.

TABLE Sheraton replica, rosewood, finish nice as centerpiece. Can send photo. $200 ono. ph 3862 9027. Bridgeman Downs. THOMAS the Tank items. 21 DVDs $7 each, 49 books $2 each, and 1 pop-up small tent $10. All items in exc cond. Ph 3350 2974. Aspley TILE cutting machine ‘Supercraft’ and 1 book on tiling and design. $20. Ph 07 5495 2842. Caboolture TOY table & 2 chairs, wooden, blue and white. suit child 2-6 years. VGC $40. Ph 3886 1386. TV Sony 29" VGC book & remote. $35. Ph 3829 3661. Redland Bay. TYRES, rims, wheel trims & nuts (4) all new (4 stud) off Hyundai Getz $350 lot ono. Ph 0427 000 110. Logan Village. VINYL records, classic and rock 1960-80, GC, individually or 50 for $450. Ph 0418 190 426. WALKING frame, folds for easy storage. $10. Ph 3851 1432. Fern Hills. WASHING machine Simpson top loading esprit 450. Medium washing load. Floor area required W600 x D 630 X H1350 from floor. VGC $70. . Ph 3275 1241 or 0424 550 711. Sunnybank. WHEELIE WALKER brand new, cost $100 will sell for $75 ono. Ph 3888 1723 WOK 34cm twin handles Dupont coated GC aluminum $10. Ph 0403 766 959. Taigum. WOODEN drum 44 gallon, with lid, owned over 40 years. Exc. cond. Make great bar table or talking point $250 ono. Ph 0427 000 110. Logan Village. XY FALCON GTHO twin mirrors red 1/18 scale Bianti 2488 in box $500. Ph 0418 872 835. Bundamba. ZIPPO Handilite (Zippo on stand) new, very uncommon collectors item. $60. Ph 07 5539 6811. Ashmore.

FREE for sale classifieds You can write up to 20 words per advert, but make sure that your contact phone number, and the selling price are clearly stated. Items for sale must not exceed $500. Please submit FREE classifieds only by post, fax or email to our office by 30th of each month. (No adverts will be accepted over the telephone.) Conditions apply: Free For Sale classifieds are for individual advertisers only. No business adverts accepted. Three adverts per household are allowed each month. Please print the first word of your classified in capitals, and the rest of the advert should be in lower case. All adverts must be accompanied by the name, address and phone number of the person placing the advertising. The Publisher reserves the right to decline, alter or amend any advertisement. Each advert is for one insertion, but the Publisher reserves the right to run the adverts for longer. POST your adverts to: ‘BRN Free 4 Sale, Brisbane Seniors Newspaper, P O Box 1062, Tewantin Q. 4565. FAX adverts to: 5474 4975 EMAIL: (All emailed adverts must be in lower case, except for the first word, which should be in capitals.) December 2010 - Brisbane Seniors - Page 61

SENIORS NEWS Cryptic Clues Across

by Barbara Gettinby

8 Charlie has everyone to phone (4) 9 Change the irrigation slightly to cause aggravation (10) 1 0 Space station has a long time optical illusion (6) 11 Pass by degree (8) 1 2 Who starts finding and designing silly crazes? (4) 1 3 Menaced with a net - earthed the mongrel (10) 1 7 Conforms but gets convulsions (4) 1 8 Should you give it a bit of thought? (5) 1 9 Lather leaves no sounds (4) 2 0 A French warning perceived out of the blue (10) 2 2 Plant bristles from mown lawns (4) 2 3 Preface to the rebel map is messy (8) 2 7 Chutes from the projector (6) 2 8 Combine to play the Malaga team (10) 2 9 Exploiter is presumed to be upset (4)

1 Surprise Giovanni at the plotting of a course (10) 2 Doctor Lee scans then purifies (8) 3 Italian soup contained halloumi nest, Ron explained (10) 4 Goody-goody can be a right pig (4) 5 Greek portico is oddly juxtapositional (4) 6 Harmonise at the melody (6) 7 Kick then boo the model (4) 1 4 Scoundrel, with small change, can make his cheeks red (5) 1 5 Amazed as Toni shed clothing (10) 1 6 Imperilled but finished concealing anger (10) 1 9 Roomy, but not lent to silly speculations (8) 2 1 Nothing will be restored by mouth (6) 2 4 Crashes into farm animals (4) 2 5 Light bearer (4) 2 6 Turn up late and elsewhere (2,2)

ASPLEY CLASSES FOR SENIORS • Computers • Painting • Languages • Embroidery • Juggling • Crochet/Knitting • Yoga • Needlework • Mah Jong • Writing • Singing • Greeting Cards . . . and much more!

2011 Enrolment morning – Thu Feb 17 at Aspley Uniting Church For 2011 program details: email or phone 07 3263 2068

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Plotting of a course (10) Purifies (8) Italian soup (10) Goody-goody (4) Greek portico (4) Harmonise (6) Kick (4) Scoundrel (5) Amazed (10) Imperilled (10) Roomy (8) By mouth (6) Crashes into (4) Bearer (4) And elsewhere (2,2)

Crossword Answers on Page 34

Operatif! entertains seniors

OUR annual Open Day will be 14th January 2011 at the Strathpine Community Centre in Mechlem St, where a display of courses by tutors and committee will start at 09.30am to 12.30pm. Coffee, tea and bickies provided. All members and interested parties are welcome. To participate membership is required and we aim for those over 50yrs. Further info can be obtained @ 3321 0681 oremail to admin@u3 or our web site on www.u3

FUNERAL SERVICE Why pay too much . . . ? Offering you a very personal service to care for your needs and stay within your budget . . . Price from $3,000 includes: • Celebrant • Memorial book • Return of ashes

“Perfect, just what we wanted & half the price we expected to pay”...Chris W. Cleveland

L – R Pianist John Woods, Baritone Stewart Cameron, Soprano Jennifer Parish, Bass David Hibbard and Piper Joe McGee

Who do you call… Seniors Card 131 304 or 1800 175 500 (free call outside Brisbane) Centrelink: Retirement 132 300 Disability, Sickness & Carers 132 717 Employment Services 132 850 Retirement Village Association of Australia 1800 240 080 Seniors Enquiry Line 1300 135 500 Department of Veteran Affairs 133 254

Pre-arranged funeral plans available from $2000

Veteran Affairs Network 1300 551 918

Phone 1300 311 747 All areas Brisbane & GC Page 62 - Brisbane Seniors - December 2010




• Quality coffin • Chapel service • Cremation

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National Information Centre on Retirement Investments (NICRI) 1800 020 110

FOR many years under the banner of Operatif! professional singers have presented low cost mid-week morning concerts for seniors. The 2011 series has just been launched and can be enjoyed at two venues: British Irish Club and Redcliffe Cultural Centre. The last performance this year, Flower of Scotland at Redcliffe, was a sell out, testament to the popularity of these mornings of good old fashioned singing. The 2011 Series, sponsored by TriCare and Metropolitan Funerals, begins on February10. 2011 with Pick of the Bunch, a pot pourri of much loved songs, March sees Because you’re Mine, a tribute to fine singers of the silver screen era including Mario Lanza, while Juy has The Celts are Coming, a tribute to the songs of Scotland, Ireland and Wales. “It’s quite an achievement to look back on a decade of concerts which have become a regular part of our annual calendar:” soprano Jennifer Parish said this week. “We have some marvellous guest artists booked for 20ll and as usual, our greatest challenge was deciding which songs had to be left out of the 90 minute concerts. Both venues offer morning tea and lunch and bookings are already rolling in. Interested music lovers should phone for a free brochure on 1300 308 385 or visit


Over 50’s Riverfront Gated Community Independent Villa $280,000 neg.

Secure Over 50’s Village Between Sunshine Coast & Brisbane at Burpengary. Perfect cond., 2 brm/builtins, 2-way bathroom, extra toilet. Laundry, spacious living, dining, beautiful 2 pac kitchen, air-con, solar HWS, utility room and pleasant surrounds. Pool, bowls, tennis, only 1 neighbour. Easy walk to bus stop.

Ph: 0412 844 272 $259,000

Sapphire Gardens Retirement Resort

Ph: 3807 1568 / 0419 760 648 $305,000 neg

Taringa Home Unit with Huge Garage

$437,000 - Ph 07 3870 3613

Code: 2354

Secure top floor corner unit. Garage can hold car, poptop van & boat. Perfect NE aspect, 2 dble bdrms, aircon, sep bathroom & toilet, leafy & city skyline views. 11 min walk to rail, 3 to bus. Close to city, Toowong, Indooroopilly & UQ.

Redbank Palms Resort

Ph: 3814 1605 $230,000.00 NEG

Code 2365

2 bdrm, spacious lounge, kitchen/dining. Gas & electric ceiling fans and air-con in lounge and one bedroom. Full security. Electric garage roller door. Club house, library, foxtel, computer, craft, workshop, swimming pool, croquet and bowls. Small pets welcome. Low maintenance backyard.

Ruby Gardens Over 50’s Resort Luxury Living 3 bdrms plus ensuite & WIR. Family bathroom, Aircon & ceiling fans. Modern kitchen with dishwasher. Open plan lounge/dinning. Covered patio. Storage room off garage. Auto garage door plus shed. Built as showhouse. Many thousands spent, 11 months young. Urgent – Moving overseas - Ph Sue 0406 041 361 $333,000

Ruby Gardens, Eagleby

Code 2370

2 db/bdrm, office/craft/sunroom, lge lounge, sep. dining rm., north aspect rear patio. House designed for wheelchair access, ramp to front door, internal hand rails. Full aircon & ceiling fans, secure garage, low maintenance, dog friendly secure yard, generous storage. Facilities – golf, tennis, clubhouse, swimming pool, craft centre. No exit fees.

3 Bedroom Villa, all BIR’s. Large living area. Tiled throughout. 2 toilets, 1 bathroom. Aircon & ceiling fans. New insulation & 2 whirley birds. Secure garage. Water tank, small shed. We have bowls club, tennis, pool, gym, pool room and more. 2km to shops, train and M1

significant sites on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Program dates are April 19th – 30th 2011. Strictly limited places are available! For more information: Freecall 1800 032 501, email to bookings@conservation or visit www.conservation

Code 2368

Ph 3200 8412


Code: 2350

If you have an interest in Gallipoli, or maybe a family connection, check out the 2011 program for volunteers – an amazing opportunity to volunteer and help deliver the Anzac Day commemorative services at Gallipoli. Enjoy a tasty platter like the popular Volunteers will assist with site preparation and crowd Chicken & Beef Sliders, or mouth- management, as well as visiting many of the most watering Garlic Prawn Skewers with Firecracker Fries. Perfect to share or to Macleay Island accompany the Salad Bar. 2 bdrm cottage on Macleay Island For those after something a bit heartier, Sizzler also offers a range of meals fresh If golfing & bowls are your passion, or just fishing, this is from the grill, including steak, seafood, the place for you. Outside entertainment area with bar, ribs and more. This summer sees the bbq, plunge pool & 4 large sheds for the handyman. addition of some tasty new grill meals, This unique house has aircon & open stone fireplace including Grilled Barramundi with Salsa in large living room. Cous Cous & zesty Lime Hollandaise, $260,000 Neg - Ph 07 3409 4482 and tender Petite Fillet Mignon. Finish off your meal with the delicious River Glen Over 50s Resort Sizzler Dessert Bar, including the new Apricot Vacherin, creamy Tiramisu, 3 bdrm, 2 with BIRs, 3 yo, large living/dining/kitchen Apple Pie and more. area, aircon, large bathroom, sep toilet. Sizzler restaurants are open 7 days for Enclosed rear garden area with pergola, Rheem hot lunch and dinner from 11am-9pm. Visit water, ceiling fans, gold insulation batts. or freecall 1800 807 Great village facilities, small dogs allowed 076 for restaurant locations and full $288,000 Neg (moving overseas) menu details.

Code 2366

SIZZLER has been a part of the Australian restaurant culture for 25 years, offering a tasty menu, great value and a friendly relaxed dining experience for the whole family. Sizzler’s famous All-you-like Salad Bar includes fresh salads and fruits, pasta, hot soups, real dairy ice cream and delicious desserts – all for one great value price. In addition, for those guests aged 60 years or over, Sizzler offers even better value with a 20% Senior’s Discount on their meals (conditions apply). This summer experience the flavours of the Mediterranean with a range of delicious new salads fresh to the Sizzler Salad Bar. Enjoy Prawn & Smoked Salmon Salad, Mediterranean Vegetable Salad, Moroccan Chicken & Cous Cous Salad, or the Creamy Chorizo Pasta Salad.

2011 Gallipoli volunteer program

Claremont Resort, Park Ridge Over 50’s Village

Luxury home in one of the best over 50’s resorts. Open plan design, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Large corner pet friendly site, alfresco & paved courtyard. Double garage. Stainless appliances, granite benchtops. Two air-conditioners. Solar generation system. Great on site facilities. All amenities nearby. Ph: 0414 886 017


Code 2371

Spoilt for choice at Sizzler plus discounts for seniors

Brisbane River Terraces Villa, as new, spacious lounge/dining, kitchen, bathroom, two toilets, two bedrooms, sunroom, study, air con, fans, lug, garden shed. Facilities include clubhouse, pool, foxtel, internet, golf, bowls, tennis. Close to amenities and services, public transport – quiet, secure, Over 50s Village.

Having trouble selling your house, unit, villa or relocatable home?

Ph: 3489 3312 $219,000

$249,000.00 (07) 3818 5072

Quiet low set 3 bed luxury unit, outstanding amenities.

Call Kevin or Geoff for inspection 0433 263 318

Conditions apply: This discounted offer is only available to our ‘Senior readers’. Private adverts only.

Suncare Lakes Ipswich Lifestyle Living Over 50’s

The $110.00 must be paid for by cheque, money order or by credit card prior to advertisements appearing. (No refunds given on this discounted rate.)

URGENT SALE $289,000

3 bed, 2 bath, single lock up garage. Open plan living area. Incl. dishwasher, aircon. blinds, curtains, solar electricity, estab. garden, tank, garden shed, auto garage door, paved BBQ area. Onsite facilities incl: bowling green, tennis court, swimming pool, ballroom, workshop, licenced bar, library, gym and cinema.

Priced to sell @ $315,000 Enquiries phone 3804 6363

Ruby Garden’s O/50”s Resort Eagleby Luxury Living on Gold Coast Perimiter

Quiet low set 3 bed luxury unit, outstanding amenities.

Call Kevin or Geoff for inspection 0433 263 318

Code: 2379

Ruby Gardens Over 50’s Luxury Living

Suncare Lakes Ipswich Lifestyle Living Over 50’s URGENT SALE $289,000

$310,000 Phone: 3810 5856

Code: 2383

$335,000 Ph: 3489 3292 or 0418 135 427

Code: 2377

Elevated view. 3 bedrooms, master with walk-in robe. Bathroom shower and bath. 2nd toilet. 2 x r.c. airconditioners. SLUG with remote. Fully insulated. Tinted windows, security screens. Quality drapes & floor coverings. Shopping bus twice weekly. Heated pool, bowling & putting greens, community hall.

3/bdrms, 2 bathrooms, lge remote 4.5 x 7met. garage, lge alfresco & garden courtyard, 2 x a/cons & fans to all bdrms, stainless oven, gas cooktop & dishwaher, quality light fittings, granite benchtops, laundry with bench & overhead cabinets, gas hot water, solar generating system & water tank. Large corner pet friendly block, great on/site facilities & all amenities close by.

Price $365,000 - Contact Bob 0403 257 620

Code: 2389

A one-off discounted outlay of $110.00 inc. GST gives you a (4cm x 6.5cm) sized advertisement - over 4 editions. Approximately 50 words. Post advertisements to Property Section, Brisbane Seniors Newspaper, PO Box 1062, Tewantin. Qld. 4565 by the 15th of each month.

Very spacious near new 3 br with ensuite and w.i.r. Large living area, 2 air-cons, fans in each room, sunny patio. Landscaped with vege patch, 3000lt water tank. Double garage with remote door. Clubhouse with all amenities.

Code: 2380

Consider this, one of our readers may very well want to buy it! You can now advertise your home in the Brisbane Seniors Newspaper’s Property Section.

Over 50’s Village “The Springs”, Silkstone

Code: 2380

If you are ...

Quiet and Secure Over 50’s Resort Park Ridge

Code 2375

2 bedrooms both with fullsize built in robes. Large lounge, kitchen, wall oven, lge pantry. Rear deck. Grab rails in sep toilet & bathroom. Ramps at front & rear. Amenities, bowling green, 2 swim. pools library, gym, village bus. Cool & cosy insulation in ceiling, air-con. Nice garden.

Code 2372

Contact Rod : 07 38185040 - Mob. 0432533403 Further photos on request

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