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Grants work wonders NEW State Members have seen first-hand the work of Southside Sport & Community Club in their local community. The Member for Mansfield, Ian Walker, Member for Greenslopes, Ian Kaye, and Member for Sunnybank, Mark Stewart attended a morning tea last month at which $55,000 was handed over by the Club with its Community Benefit Funds Grants. Also present were the Federal Member for Moreton, Graham Perrett, and Brisbane City Councillors Stephen Huang, Ian McKenzie and Krista Adams. “Dozens of cheques were handed out by the Club,” said Kevin Schneidewin, committee member that processed a total of 78 applications. “The new state parliamentarians were all amazed as they handed out the cheques to the various

associations at the amounts being dispensed and it worked out a very successful morning tea. “Unfortunately we do not have enough in our budget to cater for all the applications so quite a few organisations would have been disappointed. “Where possible we tried to support smaller local organisations that had not applied before. They generally do not have access to government funds. “We would love to give grants to all who qualify, however we endeavoured to give to as many as possible by stretching the funds by making partial grants.” The scheme is designed to provide financial assistance to charitable and community organisations in the local area, including postcodes 4122, 4121, 4109 and 4113. Mr Schneidewin said among the newcomers was Xavier Children’s

Support Network, who received a cheque for almost $3500 to buy a custom bed for sick children. The Brisbane Orchid Society received a cheque for $1300 to buy a laptop while the Leukaemia Foundation and Diabetes Australia – Queensland each received support to the tune of $3000. Mr Schneidewin said Mansfield Neighbourhood Watch Association revealed it would use its $700 grant to award prizes for essays on road safety by students at various local schools. Among the other organisations which received backing were sporting clubs, kindergartens, child care groups, P&C associations and recreation clubs. More than $4 million has been distributed to local community and sporting organisations by Southside since the Club’s inception.

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From the General Manager SADLY, this July edition of the Southside Community News will be the last. We have decided that after three and a half years we needed a change and starting in September this year we will be publishing a new glossy magazine which will be distributed on a bi-monthly basis. The magazine will still provide a voice for the community with our journalist Myles McIvor to continue to write articles based on information submitted by our community representatives and organisations. We will also continue to provide advertising opportunities for local business and we will be introducing a new “classifieds” section for local tradies and small business to advertise at very affordable rates. If you are considering advertising in the magazine please contact our publisher Paul Crooks Advertising on 3264 2988 or on email to paul@ paulcrooksadvertising.com.au The magazine will continue to provide up to date information on everything happening at the Club including promotions, entertainment and dining and it will be a high quality publication that will not be out of place on your coffee table or sideboard. Many people will remember our fundraising breakfast that raised $50,000 for prostate cancer research last November. We had planned to go one

better this year and hold the breakfast in the bingo auditorium but unfortunately this will not be possible because we will have started the stage 5 redevelopment project that will impact on our ability to hold the breakfast. That does not mean we will not be fundraising for prostate cancer this year. Quite to the contrary, the story on Page 3 explains what we will be doing this year to support the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and our target for 2012. Too many people in our community have still not got the message on how we can prevent untimely death from this insidious disease through a simple blood test and an annual visit to the family doctor for a check-up and that is why we at Southside are so passionate about supporting awareness and research into prostate cancer and men’s health. The proposed stage 5 redevelopment is well advanced in the planning and design stages. Once the Management Committee has signed off on the project, it will go to the Brisbane City Council for development approval, and if things go to plan, we will start construction in October this year. The project is timed to take around seven months with completion scheduled for MarchApril next year. The project involves a significant extension to the gaming room and an upgrade in facilities and décor that will provide a new standard for a club gaming room in Queensland. A new food and beverage service facility for the bingo auditorium is also included in the project, which will be something to look forward to for our loyal bingo patrons. My thanks to everyone who has read and enjoyed the Southside Community News over the past three and a half years. I hope you will all enjoy the new magazine when it comes out in September. See you at Southside, Graham Chattin

Rotary covers books and art show THE Mt Gravatt Showgrounds was the venue for two recent fund-raising activities for the Rotary Club of Wishart. The bi-annual book sale, which is always popular with people from all over Brisbane, was once again a huge success with more than 4000 books sold over the weekend. At the low price of $2 a book you can see why so many were sold. If you missed out on the May book sale remember the next one will be held on October 20-21, so put

this date in your diary. The following weekend was the inaugural Community Art Show, and to the delight of the many artists who exhibited more than 260 paintings, the show was a huge success with 20 paintings sold during the event. Some exciting paintings were on show such as Aboriginal art, landscapes, portraits and modern art as well as the traditional still life. Parents were able to take their time browsing while their

children were kept entertained with a special activity area set up especially for them. The opening night cocktail party was a big hit with all who attended. Councillor Krista Adams opened the art show on behalf of the Lord Mayor and mentioned what a great opportunity this show had provided for local artists to showcase their work. The art show will now become an annual event for the Rotary Club of Wishart.

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SOUTHSIDE Sport & Community Club has dedicated itself to raising funds for prostate cancer research. Starting from humble beginnings in 2009 with a barbecue breakfast on the terrace at the Southern Cross Sports Club, the event last year attracted a record 480 guests to breakfast at Southside where they were treated to entertainment, guest speakers and a full breakfast menu. A staggering $50,000 was handed over on the day to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, a figure boosted by a generous $18,612 donation from Southside Bingo players. Organisers had not counted on

that injection of funds, which helped the tally eclipse the $20,000 raised at the 2010 event. The Club also was overwhelmed by support from businesses for a monster raffle, which was drawn at the breakfast in November, with more than 100 donations received. It was announced last year that the breakfast would be held in the bingo auditorium with a target of 700 guests and $70,000, but unfortunately, the new Stage 5 redevelopment will impact on the use of the auditorium and so the event will be not be able to proceed as planned. But the Club is not relinquishing its grip on raising funds for this most

deserving cause.

It is running multiple raffles on Friday and Saturday nights at Southside with the staff dressed in Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia polo shirts and blue wigs. Southside Bingo also will be running a special sheet and the Club will stage auctions for signed football jumpers from State of Origin, the Broncos and this year’s Brisbane Roar A League team that won back to back premierships. Raffles will also be run at Southern Cross and the Bowls Club.

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College produces outcomes SETON College, a co-educational Catholic high school on Cavendish Road, Mt Gravatt East, is the only Brisbane Catholic Education specific purpose school on the southside of Brisbane. The college was founded in 1964 and is a Year 8-12 school offering the QCE and VET pathways in the senior years of schooling. The college provides niche educational experiences for students who have experienced learning difficulties in their earlier education. Students benefit from smaller class sizes, very favourable teacher to student ratios and a strong core curriculum offered at different levels of learning. Individual strengths and abilities are identified and developed while simultaneously targeting specific academic areas where additional assistance is required. This focused teaching and extensive

learning support give these students the opportunity to “do their best, whatever their best may be”. Many students have been able to realise their potential at Seton College having graduated as confident young people able to pursue further education in Years 11 and 12 elsewhere or to enter the workplace with all the skills to become willing, capable and successful workers. College principal Chris Raju said: “Seton College is a vibrant and happy community of parents, staff and students. “Each person has a unique part to play in this educational environment as we continuously endeavour to provide the best learning opportunities and outcomes for these students through the provision of specialist teachers, modern buildings and facilities and up-to-date modern teaching resources and practices.”

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Forget about weight loss and start living THAT’S what the YMCA personal trainers at Mt Gravatt are educating their members to do. “Every day we are bombarded with the message of weight loss. Ladies are putting more pressure on themselves to be thin, men are falling into states of depression because they feel weighed down, and our teenagers’ self-esteem is at an all-time low because of the body beautiful message in the media,” said Michael Tsiamis from the YMCA. “At the YMCA we focus on gradual lifestyle changes that set our members up for success” Step 1: Start a gradual exercise program that meets your needs and has you working to a level you are comfortable with while challenging yourself so that you can make a change to your body. Step 2: Support from your YMCA coach and your fellow class participants. At the YMCA you are not on your own like a normal gym. Exercise classes are small (maximum of 12) and conducted by a qualified YMCA coach every visit. Other participants in your group are there for the

same reason and the key to our approach is that you need to have fun. Step 3: Education! Every time you attend a class you have the opportunity to talk with your trainer. Eating; injuries … whatever is on your mind and will assist you leading a healthier lifestyle, talk about it. We have even developed a Healthy Living Eating plan for those who need a plan. Step 4: Results. With the focus of weight loss removed and put more on regular movement and balancing your eating, the results will come. You will lose centimetres from your waist, hips or wherever the body needs to drop from. If you don’t lose weight, who cares. Losing centimetres is more important anyway.

The YMCA is a not-for-profit organisation that was established in Brisbane in 1864. Portions of membership fees go back to supporting youth programs in the Brisbane community. The Mt Gravatt Studio is located at 52 Freda Street, Upper Mt Gravatt. Right next door to Southside Community Sports. Contact the YMCA on 3349 8646.

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Bill Simpson & Brian Wheeler Mt Gravatt Men’s Shed

Jackie Lowe & Jenny Hourigan from St Agnes P&F Assoc with Ian Kaye MP

Ian Walker MP & Ann Cureton Mansfield Neighbourhood Watch Association

Janet McGhee & Philip Page Mt Gravatt PCYC

Nick Pippos & Barbara Bardon Wishart North Neighbourhood Watch

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Maryann Webb from Sunnybank Physical Culture Club with Cr Steven Huang

Aymara Shultz from Holland Park Kindergarten with Cr Ian McKenzie

Southside Community Grants 2012 SOUTHSIDE Sport & Community Club has handed out more than $4 million to local community and sporting organisations since the Club’s inception.

The latest instalment of the Club’s generosity came last month with the handing of grants of up to $4000 under the Community Benefit Fund Grants scheme,

which is now in its seventh year. Dozens of delighted recipients attended a morning tea in the Ena Carson Room at Mt Gravatt Bowls Club at which cheques were

handed over by federal, state and local politicians. The scheme is designed to provide financial assistance to charitable and community organisations

in the local area, many of them smaller organisations that generally do not have access to government funds.

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Illegal Dumping WHAT you can do to stop illegal dumping in Brisbane? Never allow people to use your vehicle to illegally dump. If your vehicle is used to illegally dump, you can be fined or prosecuted. Always ask for a transfer station receipt: • If you have employed a gardener, landscaper or builder to remove your waste • If someone borrows your vehicle to move house or clean up their yard • If you have employees using your vehicles to remove waste Fines and prosecution for illegal dumpers On-the-spot fines are issued to individuals for the following amounts of waste: • Less than 20 litres (such as cigarette butts, drink cans) $200 • Up to 200 litres (approximate volume of a wheelie bin) $400 • Over 200 litres (such as fridges or couches) $1600 On-the-spot fines are issued to corporations for the following amounts of waste: • Up to 200 litres (approximate volume of a wheelie bin) $1600 • Over 200 litres (such as fridges

or couches) $6400 Serious offences will result in prosecution, with fines up to $16,500. Council will use this option for: • Repeat offenders • Hazardous waste dumpers (such as asbestos, medical waste or sharps) • Commercial/small business operators Illegal dumping of household rubbish, garden waste, building and commercial waste or other materials damages Brisbane’s natural areas. This includes the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay. Illegal dumping damages Brisbane Dumping costs you money. Every year, half a million dollars of ratepayers’ money is spent on cleaning up illegally dumped waste. More money is spent on fixing infrastructure and natural areas impacted by dumping. Dump sites can lower property values and also attract other illegal activities. Dumping harms the environment. Illegal dumping causes chemical and physical pollution in our neighbourhoods and waterways. It also spreads pests and weeds,

including fire ants and lantana. Even dumping old furniture is a problem because it may encourage others to dump more dangerous waste. Dumping causes health and safety risks. Risks include sharp objects, asbestos, toxic substances, nappies and medical waste. There is also the serious threat of children suffocating in refrigerators that still have doors attached. Illegal dumps are fire hazards. Tree stumps and tyres left on the road can cause accidents. Dump sites can block stormwater drains and be breeding grounds for flies, mosquitoes and rats. Subhead below Important safety information Your safety in a situation where someone may be illegally dumping is very important to us. Please: • Do not approach the vehicle or individuals who are illegally dumping • Do not let the illegal dumpers know you are there • Do not touch the illegally dumped material Sgt Michelle Mullen, officer in charge, district crime prevention coordinators, South Brisbane District.

Fun abounds for dancers THE dancers from the Petrea Gibbins School of Highland Dancing at Sunnybank Hills are preparing for the Macgregor championships and titles on September 8-9. Dancers from all over Australia will come to compete. Petrea’s school has male and female students from as young as three through to adults. Children learn for fun but also can compete and undertake examinations. It is also a great way to keep fit and learn traditions from Scotland. The dances performed are

traditional flings, strathspeys and reels, hornpipes, jigs and even a cakewalk. At the Macgregor titles there will be a special choreography section that will be entertaining for everyone. Classes to learn highland dancing are available at Sunnybank Hills. All inquiries to 3273 1535 or petrea_doherty@ hotmail.com In the third term the school is forming a group for boys only, called Braveheart Highlanders. No previous dance experience is necessary.

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New Venue shines IT stands out like a beacon and that’s its intention. The 6-metre pylon sign pinpointing Mt Gravatt Bowls Club and its newly renovated Carson Room is up for all to see on Logan Road. Motorists and passers-by in both directions now have no excuses for not finding the club. “We have received a few comments since the sign went up from people who originally didn’t know where the club was,” said Manager Jeff McLennan. “They certainly do know now and this brilliant sign is creating awareness of the venue and picking up our profile.” After months in the planning process, the pylon was erected last month and started operating a short time later.

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Australian ingenuity is to the forefront with the prominent LED display screen built in Brisbane and the overall project constructed by Singleton Moore Signs of Sydney. “One of the reasons we did this was so the electronics can be easily serviced,” said Southside General Manager Graham Chattin. “This is truly 21st century technology as the signage works through a computer in the bowls Club’s office linked to the sign via Bluetooth. “We can change the signage whenever we like or have it run for various events on different days. The bowlers also love it as it defines the entrance to the club in the evening.”

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at Mt Gravatt AFTER months of planning and preparation, the Carson Room at Mt Gravatt Bowls Club is open. This multi-purpose room is a godsend for residents of surrounding suburbs, long starved of a first-class facility for wedding receptions, special events, shows and occasions. Conveniently located in the heart of Upper Mount Gravatt, the Carson Room is the ideal venue for your up and coming event. Able to seat up to 200 guests, the Carson Room is fully air-conditioned and boasts one of the biggest parquetry dance floors in Brisbane. The Carson Room functions team

understands that planning a wedding can sometimes be an overwhelming and financially daunting experience for any couple. Hidden costs can double or even triple original quoted amounts. The Carson Room can alleviate this occurring by presenting an upfront complete wedding package. Any or all options within the packages can be negotiated into a tailored package to suit your needs and/or budget. A Carson Room wedding operates on the premise of keeping costs low and clients happy. Our experienced events team will assist you with every detail to ensure your wedding is successful and enjoyable.

The Carson Room also offers a variety of options and services to the business community. Our experienced functions team will assist in the organisation of your event and ensure success by operating in a professional, efficient and precise manner. Set packages are available for your perusal however the Carson Room team is renowned for tailoring packages to suit your taste, budget and/or needs. Room hire includes use of projector and screen, white board, private amenities, wireless microphone and wi-fi. Contact Jeff or Rita for more information on 3349 6303 or 0437 152 410 from Tuesday to Sunday.

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PATRONESS Ena Carson plays down her part in Mt Gravatt Bowls Club’s success. Patroness for the past eight years, Ena has been associated with the club since she had a dairy farm in Klumpp Road and the club was formed. “Whatever we’ve have done is for the benefit of the club,” said the resilient Ena, who is closing in on 96. When the Southside Community News caught up with a vibrant Ena, she was preparing to bake a fruit cake for the President’s At Home at the club. She played down the role she and her late husband Roy played in the club’s formation and progress, however she conceded that the sign carrying her name on Logan Road outside the club was “very nice”. “I see the name every time I go past and I’ve had that many phone calls about it,” she said. Ena can concentrate on the scenery as she no longer drives, although her 13 children – six boys and seven girls – ensure she is never bored. Ena has not confined her interests to lawn bowls. She has been on the Mt Gravatt Show Society committee for 60 years and tied up with the Girl Guides for 22 years. “I haven’t bowled much at the club this year as I had a cancer cut out of my ankle and I was sidelined for a few months,” she said. “But I’ve still got a good brain.” Originally from Killarney on the Darling Downs near the NSW border, Ena, Medal of the Order of Australia, proudly confesses to being a farmer’s daughter. “I used to milk the cows in the morning, got to school and then milk them when I came home,” she recounted. “And I still cook and wash for myself and live in my house overlooking the bowls club.”

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Bush tucker for winter colds By Michael Fox Mt Gravatt Environment Group www.megoutlook.wordpress.com

“RASPBERRIES will cure a winter cold. “If we make them into a coulis and serve it over waffles with vanilla bean ice cream, that will cheer you up as well.” My wife is a great believer in the power of winter berries full of vitamin C and I am a sucker for tasty desserts. Raspberries are part of the genus (plant group) rubus, the Latin name for bramble, originating from ruber meaning “red”.

The same genus as our garden roses, raspberries share the same spiky nature. So if you are picking the fruit, long sleeves and jeans are important to avoid being scratched to pieces. Australia has eight species of native raspberries. Sweet or large fruiting native raspberries rubus probus (pictured) are widespread in Queensland and grow well in Brisbane, producing large tasty fruit. Even the leaves have been used as a bush medicine with a “tea’’ made with the astringent leaves being used in cases of diarrhoea. Native raspberries are also an excellent pollinator link plant. I

discovered three different species of butterflies, dozens of honey bees and stingless native bees the day I went picking berries for the coulis. Easily propagated by cuttings, these attractive plants may not be suitable for planting in the average backyard as they sucker and spread aggressively. However, they will grow well in large pots on a sunny balcony, bringing butterflies and native bees to your backdoor. Train on to a trellis and you will have easily harvested sweet bush tucker that will also clear up your winter colds.

IT’S a time of big-ticket aged care sector reforms, but it’s still the little things that count – like knowing there’s someone to clip your toenails. Anglicare Toenail Clinic at Logan is one year old and proving popular with clients from Rochedale, Wishart, Underwood, Priestdale and Stretton, with numbers doubling in the six months. As well as operating two days each week, Anglicare Toenail Clinic Co-ordinator Farzi Khan makes personal visits to clients. Toenails can be pesky for people with arthritis, decreasing mobility and for those who just can’t bend over any more. “I feel like I am walking on air,” said one client after Farzi soaked her feet, trimmed nails, removed sharp edges with a soft file and then massaged her feet with a moisturising cream. Caring for toenails is more than just doing the occasional clipping. “Each client is assessed by one of our registered nurses who checks on general foot health which is extremely important when one is unable to do this for oneself,” Farzi said, explaining that Anglicare also makes in-home visits. “I do all the bookings myself, and should a client from our area be unable to travel independently to the clinic, I arrange for them to be collected from and returned to home.” In her ninth year of working with Anglicare, Farzi has a wide experience across Anglicare’s

services, including assisting people in their own homes with housework and personal hygiene, household shopping clearly and taking clients on enjoyable outings to places of interest. “I can’t think of working anywhere else,” she said.

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Manly run out narrow winners Poinciana Challenge tussle THE final of the Poinciana Challenge bowls competition was held at Mt Gravatt Bowls Club last month. The competition is run for clubs in the Gateway District for players who played in pennant divisions 6 and below the previous year and

for new bowlers. Despite grey skies, the rain generally held off until only a few ends remained on June 2. The game was able to be completed even though playing in the rain was unpleasant. The final was between Manly and

Springwood clubs and after a total out the winners. of 98 ends had been played the Mt Gravatt Bowls Club organiser score was two rinks each. Bruce Black said the Poinciana Each team then played one end to Challenge was an excellent decide a winner, however this saw competition to introduce new the teams equal with two rinks players to competitive bowls and each. The scoring then reverted to thanked the participating clubs for entering their teams. overall points with Manly coming

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Chinese receive invitation THE Federal Government is inviting members of the Chinese community in Australia to join its new Ministerial Consultative Committee. The invitation came from Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Senator Kate Lundy, Federal Member for Moreton, Graham Perrett and Senator Matt Thistlethwaite of NSW. “The Chinese community has played an important role in Australia, and establishing this Ministerial Consultative Committee recognises the community’s valuable contribution to social, cultural and economic life in our country,” Mr Bowen said. “This new committee will provide a means for the Chinese community to communicate with senior Government ministers about what matters to them,” Senator Lundy said. Mr Perrett and Senator

Thistlethwaite will co-chair the committee. “I am pleased to be co-chairing this Ministerial Consultative Committee, which will foster better people-to-people links between the Government and the Chinese community,” Mr Perrett said. “My electorate of Moreton is vibrant and extremely rich in its diversity and I look forward to working with the rest of Australia’s Chinese diaspora for the benefit of our nation.” Senator Thistlethwaite said he looked forward to meeting Chinese community leaders and hearing their feedback on how the Government can work to address their concerns. “In my time as Senator for NSW I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Australia’s Chinese community on a number of important issues, including through my own campaign on beach safety awareness,” he said.

“The Chinese community is a proud part of this nation. They have enjoyed tremendous success in the professions, media, sport, the arts, politics and academia and I look forward to working to ensure this prolific community continues to prosper in future.”The Ministerial Consultative Committee will comprise approximately 10 members, drawn from Chinese community leaders across Australia. The committee will meet regularly with the co-chairs in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and in Canberra with Ministers Bowen and Lundy. The Government will also hold an annual forum for the committee to facilitate access to the Prime Minister and other senior Government ministers. Email expressions of interest to mcc@immi.gov.au. Expressions of interest close at 5pm on Friday, July 6.

Rewarding outstanding efforts FEDERAL Member for Moreton Graham Perrett has encouraged the people of Brisbane’s southside to nominate local individuals and organisations who deserve national recognition for their work to improve the lives of people with disability. The National Disability Awards are part of the Australian Government’s celebration of International Day of People with Disability, which happens on 3 December each year. “The awards this year come at an exciting time for people in the disability sector,” Mr Perrett said. “The launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in mid-2013, a year ahead of the Productivity Commission’s timetable, will deliver historic reform to people with disability.

“As we move forward, we want to acknowledge the magnificent work that is done each day to make positive differences in the lives of people with disability.” Locals can nominate a person or organisation in one of the following categories: The Minister’s Award for Excellence in Disability Reform Emerging Leaders Award Excellence in Accessible Communities Award Excellence in Improving Social Participation Award Excellence in Advocacy & Rights Promotion Award Excellence in Improving Employment Opportunities Award Excellence in Improving Personal

and Community Support Award Excellence in Improving Education Outcomes Award Excellence in Improving Health Outcomes Award Nominations close on July 20 and award recipients will be announced at a gala dinner at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra on November 28. The annual event aims to build awareness of disability issues and of the important role people with disability have in their local communities, their country and internationally. To nominate for the National Disability Awards, go to www.idpwd. com.au or call 1800 440 385, TTY users please call 1800 555 677 and ask for 1800 440 385.

Cash to help Moreton prepare for NDIS A DISABILITY service provider at Eight Mile Plains will receive $30,000 from the Federal Government to help get ready for a National Disability Insurance Scheme. Federal Member for Moreton Graham Perrett said Multicap was among 64 successful recipients of grants worth up to $30,000 as part of the Australian Government’s NDIS Readiness Fund.

THE Federal Member for Moreton, Graham Perrett, congratulates Multicap CEO Joanne Jessop on her organisation’s success.

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The NDIS Readiness Fund is part of a $3.1 million investment to help Australian disability enterprises prepare for the reform. “This funding will help Multicap prepare for the changes ahead by helping with the costs of consultant services,” Mr Perrett said. “It’s important for all areas of the disability sector to be ready to make the change, including our Australian disability enterprises which employ more than 20,000 Australians. “We are committed to ensuring the disability sector here in Moreton is well supported as we move towards this historic reform. We want Australians with disability, their families and carers, to start benefitting from an NDIS as quickly as possible. “For the first time, Australians

with significant and permanent disability will receive care and support over their lifetime, regardless of how they acquired their disability.” The Federal Government will deliver $1 billion over four years to start rolling out the first stage of a National Disability Insurance Scheme. “From the middle of next year, people with disability, their families and carers in selected launch sites will start to receive care and support through an NDIS,” Mr Perrett said. “The Government will provide support to about 10,000 people with significant and permanent disability across the country from mid-2013 and this will expand to 20,000 people from the middle of 2014.”

Blue Care Southside office opens its doors BLUE Care began in 1953 as the Blue Nursing Service and has grown into one of Australia’s leading providers of community care, residential aged care and retirement living. The State Member for Sunnybank, Mark Stewart, was present to celebrate the official opening of the new Brisbane Southside office at Eight Mile Plains. The move from Coopers Plains to

Eight Mile Plains was a welcomed one as the new premises are close to all the major arterial roads and the office space has been specifically fitted out for Blue Care’s needs. Blue Care Southside Community Care has more than 200 staff and 90 volunteers who assist more than 2000 people with in-home community services in Brisbane’s south.

Welcoming new police IAN Kaye, Member for Greenslopes, has welcomed the Queensland Police latest recruits as part of the latest graduation which delivered 17 officers for the Metro South district. “These new recruits are a muchneeded resource for the local community,” he said. “I want to warmly welcome them. “I know the residents of the Greenslopes electorate will also welcome these additional police into the area.” The new officers will begin working immediately to tackle issues facing the community,

including law and order. Mr Kaye said the Greenslopes electorate was a diverse community with differing needs and these recruits would assist residents with those needs. As a former front-line police officer, Mr Kaye was pleased that the Government was working hard to honour its election promises to recruit 1100 new officers for the state. “I am part of a government that is focused on better front line services for communities like ours. I warmly welcome these new recruits,” he said.

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EACH year 1500 primary and secondary school students from across the state come together to stage the spectacular production, Creative Generation: State Schools Onstage. Talented dancers, singers, musicians and actors commit many hours to the audition process and have now spent the past few months rehearsing with professional artists in preparation for what has become known as Education Queensland’s largest performing arts event. Mansfield High will again be well represented at this year’s spectacular with featured vocalists Phoebe Williams and Olivia Bird being supported by the Creative Generation Orchestra, including Ann Carew (violin), Nora Chen (violin), Emily Kuehner (viola), Erin Lyons (saxophone) and Nathan Strating (French horn). The 60-piece symphony orchestra will be directed by Mansfield High

string teacher and conductor Ms Meg Robson. The 630-voice Creative Generation Massed Choir will be led by the core choir, including Mansfield students Ellen Axford, Gabby Diaz, Molly Doherty, Kate Holley, Charlee Swan, Tyler Goes, Blake Peterson, Ranul Thiranagama and Aven Yap. The 2012 extravaganza is providing new opportunities for other Mansfield High students too. Talented pianist Tamara Peacock will be featured as a solo artist playing Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor. Dan Elvery and Erin Lyons will join The James Morrison Creative Generation Big Band and attend a two-day workshop with the jazz legend himself. This year also sees the introduction of a drama component, providing participants with the opportunity to work with the Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre Company. Year 12 student Annalise Hudson

was selected for the Creative Generation Young Artists’ Award in Drama and invited to attend the Young Artists’ Workshop. The entire event will be captured by the film crew, including Jessica Dee, Lucy Mraz and Erin O’Shiel. These three Year 12 students will be involved in either the making of a mini documentary of the rehearsal process or filming during production week, including conducting interviews with participants. As members of the film crew, these students will have the opportunity to work in the Channel 10 editing suites. The three public performances of Creative Generation will happen on Friday, July 20 at 7pm, and Saturday, July 21 at 1pm and 7pm at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank. Tickets are now available through Ticketek (http://premier.ticketek. com.au/).

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Scoreboard keeps count of Mt Gravatt success MOUNT Gravatt Hawks Soccer Club has unveiled its new scoreboard as part of it continual revamp of its facilities at Dittmer Park. Having just completed a complete upgrade of all lighting at the ground, the club last month revealed its fully electronic scoreboard. This was possible through a number of new strategic relationships that the club has formed. The old structure was completely demolished after a recent safety audit revealed that the existing structure had significant rust. A new three-year deal with CocaCola secured the installation of a new scoreboard structure with an exciting new advertisement for Powerade. Veto Sports, one of the Hawks

major sponsors, supplied the electronic scoreboard and the scrolling LED advertising board. Advertising is available on the board, which will be active during all events held at Dittmer Park and will provide exposure to local advertising to thousands of people each week that come through the Dittmer Park complex. Advertising packages are available to local businesses wanting to increase their exposure in the local area. For advertising packages, contact Vince Sciacca on 0419 792 136. The Hawks are steaming up the Premier Division 1 ladder with some solid wins as it moves into the second round of the season. They put on an awesome display of football against Moggill in a match

played on a waterlogged pitch. The Hawks have been playing quality football all season, but while leading most matches, had been failing to put teams away, only to have games snatched from them. But after some tactical changes, the Hawks have been hitting the net with regularity. The Hawks played the conditions against Moggill and come out victors with a solid 4-0 win in a game that was almost abandoned midway through the second half. The long weekend break did little to curb the Hawks’ appetite for more goals and they were keen to avenge their first round loss to Logan Lightning. In an entertaining and attacking match, the Hawks took the Lightning to the knife with a well-

executed 4-1 win. The next couple of weeks will test the side with them playing away to Mitchelton, who are currently league leaders, and then back home to Rocklea United. The team’s clear objective is to avenge a series of one-goal losses that were incurred in the first round with more attacking football and gaining results that are more consistent with the quality of football that has been played. Head coach Jeff Hogan has been pleased with the quality of football, but the first round was frustrating as the club was not getting the results. “At the end of the day, people don’t remember whether you play quality football, they only read about the results,” Hogan said. “But the club set me an objective to take a young squad and develop them for the future and they have a clear strategy to develop players for 2013 and beyond and I’m pleased with the way that is coming along.” The past month has seen the Mount Gravatt Hawks Small Sided Football (under 6 to under 11) go from strength to strength. Smiling faces have been seen on boys and girls gracing the soccer fields on the southside of

Brisbane, both at our home base at Klumpp Road and all of our away venues. Our youngest players in under 6s and 7s are thoroughly enjoying their soccer games played at Mt Gravatt each week and last month were greeted with new goals on each field. SSF director Graham Mapri said these goals were much bigger and aluminium framed, allowing the kids to enjoy seeing goals on a much more frequent basis. With goals not officially counted in Small Sided Football, results are inconsequential but the level of talent shown by our club across all ages is deemed to be of a very good standard and something that the club is very proud of. The Zova Program (football to music) has continued to delight our players as you can hear the music pumping across our grounds during trainings on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Our players’ skills are visibly improving as a direct consequence of the program and their enjoyment is obvious for everyone to see. The next month sees us take a break for the June-July school holidays, allowing the players (and parents) to recharge their batteries and come back bigger and better.

The new scoreboard installed at Dittmer Park.

Premierships beckon for junior Hawks fledglings MT Gravatt juniors have reached the halfway point in their soccer season with some very pleasing performances. More importantly, the development of all players and teams has increased because of the introduction of the Zova program, the increased assistance for coaches and the application of the FFA National Curriculum. Mt Gravatt has junior teams in the U12, U13, U15 and U17 boys, together with the U14 girls competitions. In the under 12 age group, teams two and three have benefited from training together under the watchful eyes of respective coaches Harry Gillam and Terry Stamatiou. Both squads have adapted well to playing their first season on a fullsized pitch and are working hard on holding their positions and making the ball do the work. The boys get a thrill out of playing matches on the main ground at Dittmer Park or under lights for a night game. Team two is currently third in division 4 South while team three is fourth in division 6 South. The under 13 age group continues to shine with so far the division 1 team is undefeated and sitting top of the table. With coaches Mark Power and assisted by Jeremy Janes guiding the team, the most pleasing aspect is the playing style is good to watch and the players are

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learning at each training session and game. The division 4 team sits third in a competitive division with sights set firmly on ensuring a quarterfinals spot. The under 15 division 2 side has come together well this season, welcoming three new players to the team this year which have complemented the existing group well, particularly adding attacking depth. The team is third on the table in a division which has become strongly dominated by the top four sides all vying for table positions, and ultimately the premiership, which appears available to any of those teams. Recent highlights included a dogged 2-all draw against Park Ridge, after coming back from 2-0 down deep into the second half, showing great composure and persistence within the side for the whole game. Playing style reflects high intensity and work rate, creating turnovers and then transitioning very quickly into attack when possession is gained. One pleasing aspect of the team is that the side has benefited from 10 different goal scorers this season. In the under 17 BJL competition, the side has brought together a multicultural team with players from South American, Turkish, Italian descent and Australian heritage to sit mid-table with some

very pleasing performances. Current Junior Director of Development and U17 BJL coach Jeremy Janes, together with a close-knit group of parents and supporters, is starting to see their hard work begin to pay off. Recent results include a hardfought 2-1 win over Souths United 2-1 and a 3-2 loss to Peninsula Power, who are currently second. The under 17 division 2 team started the football season with enthusiasm and vigour. But as Robert Steinhardt commented ‘as a Dad of one of the boys (and coach of the team), I could see them beginning to wonder as uncertainties surrounding the coach, training and the number of players in the team surfaced’. Ok so it's about the boys isn't it? So does someone have to step up and be coach? Yes. Have we sometimes run on to the field with the bare minimum of players and hoped for the best? Yes. But does the ream have goals? You bet. Does the team score goals? Sure do (and some of them are crackers). Will the team win the competition? Well, ask me again in a month or so. And the best thing? They're conducting themselves properly on the field. They're being good sports. They're playing in the spirit of the game. From second bottom at the start of the season to now just outside of the top four, the team is on the move.

Comets aim higher COMETS Netball Club became affiliated with MacGregor Netball Association with one team in 2007 and currently has four NETTA teams, four junior teams and eight intermediate teams competing in the day season competition. There is also one non-competitive team consisting of seven-year-olds preparing for next year by developing and improving their netball skills. Next month five teams will compete in the second senior night season competition with players ranging in age from 14 to 58. Comets last month received $800 from Southside Sport & Community Club through its Community Benefit Fund Grants. Club president Sharyn Tucker said the grant would enable the club to obtain much-needed post padding and training equipment. “We are very proud to acknowledge that 16 players from Comets were selected to represent MacGregor Netball Association this year in various state-run competitions,” Sharyn said. “One of our players, Madison Dargin-Spearim, successfully trialled and was selected into the Under 18 Australian Indigenous

Schoolgirls team this year and competed in Adelaide last month.” Comets have been assisting MacGregor State Primary School with a weekly netball skills program and have offered to prepare two teams for the upcoming Mission Primary School Cup, which takes place in October. Many players from the club have shown an interest in umpiring and coaching and the convenors have been guiding and working very hard with these players to reach the necessary levels. The club was named ANZ Junior Club of the Week in round one of the ANZ Championships and received $2000, equipment and the opportunity for one team to take the court at quarter time during the first Firebirds game in Brisbane. “We are so proud of our players, officials, parents and for the wonderful volunteers we have within our club – all of these people contribute to the success of our club,” Sharyn said. She also thanked Southside Sport & Community Club for its generous support of Comets. ISSUE 38, July 2012 » 15


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