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Prostate Breakfast attracts speakers PATRONS at this month’s Southide Sport & Community Club Prostate Cancer Breakfast will be treated to an all-star lineup of speakers. Headlining the breakfast on Saturday, November 26 is Dr Michael Gillman, who opened the first private men’s health clinic in Queensland in 1993. That practice focuses on male sexual health, prostate disorders, weight management techniques and any men’s health problems. The focus of Dr Gillman’s clinic has always been providing the highest standard of medical care for men. In doing so, he has given freely of his time to speak at seminars organised by the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. The foundation’s Queensland Manager Graeme Higgs is in awe of Michael’s ability to communicate a difficult subject with empathy and humour. “Let’s face it, cancer is not an easy subject to talk about,” Mr Higgs said. “The fact that Michael can do it and have everyone laughing at the same time is testament to his entertainment skills.”

Dr Gillman has presented at every international conference that the foundation has organised as well as their men’s health seminars and a multitude of prostate cancer support group meetings. Dr Gillman, who received his medical degree from the University of Queensland in 1988, continues to support medical education in Queensland as a previous examiner for the Fellowship component of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, by teaching senior general practice training registrars and teaching doctors undertaking the Family Planning Course in Queensland. He also coordinates one of Australia’s largest continuing professional development programs for general practitioners. Dr Gillman has developed a comprehensive men’s medical check-up that all males over 40 should have every five years whether they are symptomatic or not. There are many men’s health problems that are initially non-symptomatic but are more easily treatable the earlier they are detected. Also on the bill on November 26 is super-Impressionist Danny

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McMaster, who has taken the entertainment scene by storm with his astonishing repertoire of more than 100 characterisations of some of the world’s bestknown celebrities. Audiences are mesmerised by Danny’s remarkable ability to replicate even the most subtle gesture and nuance in his exciting performance, which has gained nationwide and international critical review. McMaster, who will also act as MC for the morning, is a one-man entertainment phenomenon. He is hailed as one of the finest in the business today. He keeps any audience in stitches with characterisations

of stars such as Bill Cosby explaining cricket to the Americans; Dean Martin musing on drinking as an everyday health hazard; Dr Phil pontificating that “there are rules men wish women knew”; politicians from around the world bunking down in the Hotel California and Sean Connery and Michael Caine wishing there were A Few More Good Men.

With a target amount of $40,000 has been set and all proceeds of the event will be donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and Beyond Blue - the National Depression initiative. The Breakfast will also feature door prizes and a Super Monster raffle with 50 fabulous prizes. For those guests with children, The entertainment does not stop there is a child care zone which includes face painting, there with original Wickety Wak entrainment, breakfast and members Rob Rosenlund and Tony qualified minders for a $5 Jeffrey also donating their time. donation.

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From the General Manager WELCOME to the November edition of the Southside Community News. After months of planning, the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia Big Breakfast is finally upon us. One of the features of the breakfast will be the entertainment with well-known local comedian Danny McMaster, as master of ceremonies and music performed by Rob Rosenlund and Tony Jeffery from Wickety Wak. Dr Michael Gillman, who specialises in men’s health, will be the keynote speaker and I am told he is very entertaining and he will have a very important message to deliver. The Monster Raffle has now turned into a Super Monster Raffle with local businesses still donating some wonderful prizes so bring some extra cash with you for raffle tickets. There will be 50 draws and every prize is well worth winning. If you cannot attend the breakfast, raffle tickets can still be purchased from the Southside Sport and Community Club, Southern Cross Sports Club or the Mt Gravatt Bowls Club’s receptions for just $2 per ticket. The breakfast will conclude with an auction. This auction is special and one for the sports fans with signed jumpers from the 2011 Broncos, and from games one and two of the 2011 rugby league State of Origin series. What makes this really special is 2011 was Darren Lockyer’s last season. The debate over the Federal Government’s proposal to introduce mandatory pre-commitment for

poker machines continues and it has been regularly quoted in the media by the anti-poker machine lobby that clubs only return 2.7% of their “profits” to the community. We have no idea where these statistics come from but last financial year Southside Sport and Community Club returned $638,239 in the form of donations, grants, community services and sponsorship to the community, which represented 53% of our net trading surplus. The remaining 47% goes toward the upgrading of the organisation’s three venues and member services and not to individuals or the shareholders of major corporations. Next time you hear this misinformation spruiked in the mainstream media give some thought to the above information and make your own mind up about the contribution your local club makes to your community. The year has flown by. We are now into November, Christmas is around the corner and soon we will be into the New Year. That means the Australia Day Community Awards Breakfast is coming up very quickly. If you know of an individual or group who has made an outstanding contribution to the community, then contact your local Councillor, State or Federal Member and nominate them for the awards. The participating local representatives are: State Member for Mansfield The Hon. Phil Reeves State Member for Sunnybank- The Hon. Judy Spence Federal Member for Bonner Mr Ross Vasta Councillor for Wishart Ms Krista Adams Councillor for Holland Park Mr Ian Mackenzie This event keeps growing every year and I am always in awe of these very special people who give of their time so freely to make our community a better place. See you at Southside, Graham Chattin

Industry offers trial BETTING limits on poker machines could be trialled in selected pubs and clubs after the licensed club industry offered to fast-track negotiations to prove the reforms will not work. Clubs Australia has written to Families Minister Jenny Macklin offering to help organise a trial of mandatory pre-commitment technology. "A proper trial of mandatory pre-commitment is the only way of showing whether or not the technology can help problem gamblers, and the other effects it will have in the community and on the industry," Clubs Australia CEO Anthony Ball said. "Andrew Willkie's experimental technology should be subject to testing and examination before billions are spent and permanent damage is done." A trial would assess how a mandatory pre-commitment system would impact on both recreational players and problem gamblers. These features could then be modified in the final arrangements from 2014 and would consider rules for punter registration, betting limits and default settings for the length of time gamblers would be excluded after they reached their limit. Ms Macklin said the Government remained interested in a trial to help "shape the final features and technical details of the mandatory pre-commitment system to be implemented in 2014". "But a trial requires the cooperation of all venues, and the state or territory government, in a region or state," Ms Macklin said. A Canberra trial may extend to Queanbeyan, NSW, if agreement can be reached to ensure gamblers don't simply cross the border to avoid having to register to play high-intensity machines. Conducting a trial of the technology

was a key recommendation of the Productivity Commission report into gambling reform, but has not been delivered to date due the problem of getting states, industry and Federal Government agreement in a jurisdiction that will not allow gamblers to simply go to the next suburb. Clubs ACT CEO Jeff House said that as long as the Government paid for the technology that was to be trialled, he was happy to participate. "It's a genuine offer and we hope the Commonwealth takes it up," he said. The Tasmanian Government has previously signalled a willingness to trial the technology, but the Federal group, which holds a monopoly licence in the state, would not agree to terms. Meanwhile, reports about the impact of mandatory precommitment on Queensland clubs has ignored crucial data that confirms an expected decline in gaming profit of between 33 per cent and 44 per cent. The forecast impact shows that the adverse impact on clubs with 100 machines will be a 33 per cent reduction and a 44 per cent reduction for clubs with 280 machines.

Clubs Queensland CEO Doug Flockhart said a reduction in gaming profit of between 33 per cent and 44 per cent would devastate local clubs. “This report confirms many of the independently forecast impacts of Andrew Wilkie’s proposed pokie licence,” Mr Flockhart said. “Deutsche Bank, one of the world’s leading international banks, has predicted a drop in revenue of between 30 per cent and 40 per cent. Andrew Wilkie himself has admitted the fall in revenue could be as high as 40 per cent. “The Productivity Commission has been calling for a trial for 15 months, yet Andrew Wilkie is continuing to demand that the Government support his experimental technology sight unseen. “Clubs Queensland endorses the independent predictions of a 30 to 40% downturn in gaming revenue as calculated by the Deutsche Bank report. "These calculations show exactly why a trial of mandatory precommitment technology must happen." Anthony Ball

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Disability Scheme needs support MOMENTUM is building in the community for support of a National Disability Insurance Scheme. The Southside family of clubs has been joined by the Federal Member for Bonner, Mr Ross Vasta, in backing the introduction of such a scheme. Southside Sport & Community Club General Manager Graham Chattin said he had asked the Club’s Management Committee to support the campaign and to raise awareness. “Each year we support a considerable number of individual charities and community organisations with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia being one of our very special projects because of the impact prostate cancer has had on our organisation one way or another,” Mr Chattin said. “This is not about supporting an individual charity or some medical research, it is about a

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right every Australian deserves to have available. The NDIS will be like Medicare or Superannuation which every Australian has a right to access. “The Parliament is currently considering the Productivity Commission Report into the proposed NDIS and therefore we currently have the best opportunity to convince our legislators to introduce this revolutionary scheme and to make sure this becomes a reality – just as Medicare and the Superannuation Guarantee were in their time.

fails to deliver essential services. “They know how often desperate families are left to fill the gaps. There is also huge inequity – people receive different levels of support depending on how, when and where their disability was acquired.

“And the situation will only grow worse in the future. As the population ages, the number of people with a disability will increase. At the same time, the number of unpaid carers – family members and friends – willing and able to provide support will decrease. It is time to take stock “Most people in the community and plan for the future.” would have no idea of what this A National Disability Insurance is all about and it is only when Scheme represents a fundamental someone in your family is either reform to the way services are born with or acquires a disability, funded and delivered. through accident or illness, that the shock of finding out you are It is a social reform on the scale of the introduction of Medicare and on your own hits home.” compulsory superannuation – two Mr Vasta said that it was hard safety nets now taken for granted to believe that in a democratic by every Australian. country as wealthy as Australia The National People with that people with a disability and Disabilities and Carer Council their families were still left to released a report in 2009 called struggle alone every day. Shut Out: The Experience of “Most Australians assume that if People with Disabilities and their people are born with a disability or Families in Australia. acquire one later in life, that some The product of an extensive system, somewhere, will take nationwide consultation process, care of them,” he said. “Nothing the report highlighted the everyday could be further from the truth. struggle of people with a disability, “People with a disability, their their families and carers to access families and carers know only too basic services the rest of the well the daily struggle for services community takes for granted as and support, how often the system well as their daily battles against

exclusion, discrimination negative social attitudes.

and that they do not want to be seen as victims or recipients of welfare that and charity.

Shut Out demonstrates people with a disability, their families and carers are among the most disadvantaged groups in the nation.

At the same time, there are many barriers to their full inclusion in the community and their participation in the social, economic and People with a disability are less cultural life of the nation. likely to complete their education, As Bill Shorten, the Assistant less likely to be employed and Treasurer and Minister for more likely to be poor and Services and dependent on income support. Financial Superannuation, said on Q &A Many families with a member with on ABC1 on Monday, October a disability struggle daily with high rates of physical, emotional and 10 – “the NDIS is 110 years too late”. financial stress. People with a disability, their Let’s not let this scheme wait families and carers made it clear another 110 years.

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Leonie drives group on stroke strategies SUNNYBANK’S Leonie Sweetman was totally paralysed on her left hand side after a stroke in 2007 at the age of 51. She says now she felt like she “came from another planet” for the first two years. “The panic attacks were some of the hardest moments,” she said. In 2008, she joined a stroke support group and found some comfort in the company of people who were also living with stroke. Regular outings and the opportunity to share experiences gave some relief to her new life. She stayed with that group for about two years before she started a stroke support group closer to home in Sunnybank at an RSL sub branch. The group, which meets for two hours on the first Wednesday of every month, has now attracted many members of all ages. “It’s a social outing for us,”

Leonie Sweetman, second from the right with State Member for Sunnybank, Judy Spence at the Sunnybank RSL SubBranch for Stroke Week in September this year

Leonie said. “We don’t dwell on the things that are bringing us down although there’s always someone to talk to if you need it.” Leonie believes that stroke support groups are an important tool in stroke recovery. “Life changes after a stroke and we all need new strategies to learn to cope with those changes,” she said. A registered nurse before her stroke, Leonie is passionate about de-stigmatising stroke

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Computers Made Easy by Phillip Heibloem

On Apple Computers I was lying in bed the other night and my wife Irene was next to me surfing the internet and checking out Facebook. She said to me “take a look at this” and proceeded to show me a cartoon with Steve Jobs in heaven next to an angel and another old man in robes. The caption read “Moses, this is Steve and he’s going to upgrade you tablets!” I had a laugh but also a reflection of how Apple has continued to have success after success in the market place and is now the second largest company in the world and briefly ranked No 1. ahead of Exxon (in market capitalisation). The Apple success story has some lessons for all of us. Steve Jobs was often interviewed and asked “What’s the secret of Apple’s success” and he listed a few things that sharply differentiate Apple from other IT vendors. • Range. In the late 1990s when Steve returned to Apple they had 350 products. He cut it back to around 10 and would say “We had to cut out the crap and focused only on a few machines that were meticulously perfected”. He would say:”People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying ‘no’ to 1000 things.”

and support is poor, Apple stuck to its quality model and maintains normal sustainable margins. While Dell and Toshiba make a margin well under 10%, Apples make a margin closer to 30%. The margin allows Apple to provide excellent support and helps the customer “keep faith” with the brand. The lesson for us is that if you buy a cheap laptop you get a cheap laptop, just like a car or cosmetics or vacuum cleaners. Apple products cost more but deliver much more. • Loyalty. Apple do all they can to convert you to Apple and keep you. This loyalty and zeal is obvious with iPhones, iPads, iPods and computers. I used to refer to it as “the dark side of the force”, but maybe it’s us nonApple users embracing the “dark side”? My wife recently has issues with her iPhone and she attended the Apple store at Chermside and without kicking or screaming was offered a new phone … just like that. Yes, loyalty is earned, a lesson HP Acer and Lenovo are yet to learn. So as I edge ever closer to my first Macbook laptop, I bid you all happy computing and suggest you apply the Steve Job’s philosophy to your own lives. Cut down and focus on the most important things in life (eg family), look at value in life and lastly engender loyalty in others by acting ethically.

This strategy has led to the world’s most valuable brand with sales of almost $100 billion per annum. Just like Steve, we also should choose our IT products carefully. • Price. While others continue to cut prices and produce ever cheaper products where quality



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Boost for bus routes COMMUTERS using route 180 can throw away their timetables with a major upgrade to Mansfield and Wishart bus services as part of a $4 million bus improvement package from October 31. State Member for Mansfield Phil Reeves said the package would add 62,000 new weekly seats via a substantial off-peak upgrade of route 180 (Garden City-City) and improvements to route 170 series buses. “A total of 534 new weekly offpeak services will be added to route 180 and I welcome the massive upgrade as a major boost for Mt Gravatt, Mansfield and Wishart residents,” Mr Reeves said. “Route 180 will receive a big increase to off-peak services with running hours widening across the weekend, particularly on Sunday. “Mansfield electorate residents who join route 180 will really notice the difference with route 180 soon to be Brisbane’s 16th high frequency service. Services will run at least every 10 minutes in peak and every 15 minutes off peak between 6am and 11pm, seven days a week.” Mr Reeves also announced additional services on the following routes in his area: Route 111 (Eight Mile PlainsCBD via the South East Busway): Three extra, outbound, late-night Saturday services at 11.44pm,

11.59pm and 12.14am Route 170 (Garden City-CBD via Newnham Rd): Extra outbound trip from city at 4.15pm Route 174 (Garden City-CBDvia Logan and Newnham roads): Extra weekday inbound trip from Garden City at 5.08am, extra weekday outbound trip from Fortitude Valley at 3.35pm Route 175 (Garden City-City-via Logan Rd): Two extra weekday inbound trips from Garden City at 5.30am and 6.25am; extra weekday outbound trip from Valley at 3.43pm; extra Sunday inbound trip from Garden City at 7:28am; extra Sunday outbound trip from Valley at 8.30am Route 590 (Garden City-Airport 1, via Carindale): Timetable adjustments

the go card retailer network and offers commuters a full range of go card services. “This is great news for locals who catch public transport,” Mr Reeves said. “As well as selected retailers, customers can access go card services from ticket offices and fare machines at train stations, busway stations and major bus interchanges. “Using a go card is the easiest and cheapest way to get around Brisbane with go card fares 30 per cent cheaper than paper tickets and there’s also frequent user and 15 per cent off-peak discounts. “TransLink is continuing to expand the go card retail network, which has more than doubled in two years, with go card facilities Mr Reeves said the upgrade now available in more than 570 would also provide high frequency locations throughout south east Queensland. services for staff and students of the Metro South Institute of TAFE, “With more than two million Mount Gravatt and Cavendish go cards issued across the Road High School for the first time. TransLink network, go cards are now used for more than 80 per This latest bus package followed cent of all weekday trips.” the 103,590 weekly seats added to the network via the Eastern Ms Sharon Jiang, the owner of Busway package from August 29. Sunshine News, said the new Upper Mount Gravatt and Mount top-up machine was fantastic. Gravatt East commuters can now buy top-up and change the expiry date on their go cards at the Mount Gravatt Plaza shopping centre. Mr Reeves said Sunshine Newsagency at Mount Gravatt Plaza was the latest addition to

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Garden idea grows fast A three-year-old passion has borne fruit for Sam Chiodo with the creation of a community garden at Wishart. The shared garden project in Abbeville Street Park was the inspiration of Sam, who believes gardening can create and develop community spirit. Members pay a fee for a small plot in a garden bed, with a number of working bees already held to install a low wire fence, sleepers and soil brought in. Although Sam is based at Brighton, he said the Grow for Life organisation had up to 70 members on its books with a committee headed by Max Van Vugt elected. “We are in fact running out of plots,” Sam said. “We need money to put in more beds and are looking for corporate backing. Councillor Krista Adams has been great with helping us through all the red tape and paperwork. “My dream through Landmark Education was to start the Grow for Life project, get it up and running and then hand it over. The committee will either grow it bigger or move on to something else. “It’s not hippiville and we are still a not-for-profit organisation.” Sam, wife Lisa and family are moving to Italy in the next few months to undertake the next phase in their life with renovations of homes there. “My hope is that more gardens will come under the Grow for Life banner,” he said. “When we have greater numbers, we can attract sponsorship and become more commercial. “It is not actually about growing

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vegetables. It is about boosting community spirit like what happens in Italian culture.” Sam said most members were locals with others from a 5km to 10km radius. “We would have 30 to 40 active members who pop in whenever time allows,” he said. “Some of the plants are already three feet tall and doing amazingly well. “You can grow whatever you like in your own plot while there are also communal plots with plans for a herb garden. “Among the vegetables being grown are tomatoes, cabbages, lettuce, peas and even bok choy. We would like our gardens to be very local so that the people in the neighbourhood can walk down to the gardens and get to know each other and the kids can learn about growing food.” “We’d like to thank everyone for their support and contributions. The garden is thriving.” Brisbane City Council has upgraded facilities in the park and held a festival there in August which served as a launch for the garden project.

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Thank You for supporting us! Southside Sport & Community Club would like to acknowledge and thank the following organisations for their generous donations towards the Monster Raffle. All proceeds are going directly to the Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia to help fight this insidious disease. It’s because of their generosity that we are on our way to raising the $40,000 target. Tickets in the Monster Raffle can be purchased at Southside Sport & Community Club, Southern Cross Sports Club & Mt Gravatt Bowls Club Reception for only $2.00 each. The raffle is drawn on the morning of the Prostate Cancer Breakfast Saturday 26th November 2011, however you do not need to be present for the draw. We need you to help us make a difference!

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Elements first birthday party Students Achieve delights young and old tops at Mansfield Elements Retirement Living @ Springwood turned one year old in September and held its first birthday party on Saturday, October 1. It was a significant milestone for this new and innovative retirement community where the residents are as young as 61 years old and the oldest is, well … very young at heart!! Celebrations began in earnest when some of the residents and their grandchildren took to the jumping castle while others happily basked in the sunshine sipping a cold champagne and enjoyed the gourmet barbeque. With all but one house sold in the first stage, enthusiastic depositors are snapping up the remaining 12 homes in the next stage. Stage 1B, which is scheduled for completion in April next year, will also feature an al fresco cafe parkland, where residents can meet to have a cuppa and chat or simply sit in the sun to read their papers. The keenly awaited conclusion of Stage 1B will herald the start of the stunning 1000 square metre community centre. As Chiou See Anderson, Elements’ founder, puts it: “When I started with my vision for Elements, I have always envisaged that our clubhouse will one day be the meeting place for all seniors in the community, a place where they belong and a place which they know has been created for them

specially and specifically for them. “Most retirement communities have fantastic recreational facilities which are often very under-utilised and it is always such a shame that large numbers of seniors in close proximity could not avail themselves of it. “At Elements, it is our belief that everyone should have the opportunity to age successfully and one very important aspect of ageing is social interaction and its resulting mental stimulation.”

Over the next few weeks, Elements will continue to welcome new residents into village, all of whom are looking forward to spending their next Christmas in their new home among new friends. If you would like to visit their display homes and meet some of their happy residents, you are welcome to attend their next chicken and champagne brunch, which will be held in the Zen Garden on Saturday, November 26 at 10am. Elements is located at 224 Dennis Road, Springwood. Elements resident Gwen with village staff Dianne and Therese

A NUMBER of Mansfield High students are taking success to the heights in many areas of academia and the school community is justly proud of their achievements. Year 12 student Klaudia Hautsalo, along with the entire school student body, recently competed in the ICAS Australian English Competition and she attained the highest Year 12 result in Queensland for this international competition. Klaudia will receive her medal during a special presentation at the Brisbane Convention Centre next month. Year 11 student Corneels de Waard was a senior finalist in this year’s Courier-Mail Spelling Bee. At the exciting final at DreamWorld, he came a very close second, being pipped at the post by a second. Both finalists spelt the same number of words correctly. This was a very thrilling final and Corneels is a great ambassador for Mansfield High. The national chemistry quiz is conducted each year with 122,814 entries from 1567 schools.

Year 12 students Joel Khouri and Christine Choy and Year 11 student, Corneels de Waard received a plaque each for Excellent High Distinctions in the national chemistry quiz, achieving in the top 2 per cent of the nation. Year 12 student Matthew Khong has won a medallion for his winning performance in the Business Educators’ Association of Queensland accounting competition. Matthew is the overall state winner for this competition. As well, Matthew this year elected to study the first year university accounting subject BSB110 at QUT through the Accounting in High Schools Program and achieved the highest possible result of 7 and has now one tertiary subject in credit towards his future university course. The school has many other students who attained excellent results in these and other national and international competitions, however these students’ achievements are truly outstanding.

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New website hits the spot WEBSITES are a vital component of any business today. Southside Sport & Community Club recognises that fact and has undertaken an upgrade to its website for members and patrons. Club General Manager Graham Chattin said the statistic that 80 per cent of all adults used the internet helped motivate the Club in its decision. “More than 10 billion searches are conducted on Google every month with 30 per cent of consumers spending three or more hours online every week,” he said. “About 70 per cent of all Australians have internet access at home.” Mr Chattin said the Club’s new website would contain additional features including: On-line Community News where patrons can read the Community News. A separate Southside Bingo site where patrons can access via the Southside Sports & Community Club site. Up to date information on entertainment, food and dining, special events, major and weekly promotions and community events and information. The site

will be updated with information in the Club News section every week and sometimes every day. The site will link to other clubs including Southern Cross Sports Club and Mt Gravatt Bowls Club. You will be able to use the website to download information such as restaurant menus, event details and courtesy bus information. The site will have direct links to Social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Regular E-newsletters will continue to help inform members of the latest news, events and specials. You can subscribe to ENews on the new Club website. The website will have other interesting features like an on-line tour where you can tour the club from the inside. “As the world continues to become more connected the internet will become more and more relevant to our lives,” Mr Chattin said. “The new Southside Sport & Community Club website keeps the club at the cutting edge of technology with a view to provide members with a great on-line service and all the information they need at the click of a mouse.”

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War Veterans: Now stronger, fitter, healthier and happier

Vets continue healthy lifestyle at no cost While the official heart health program for War Veterans has wrapped up at the YMCA Wellness Studio, seven of the 10 starters are keen to continue exercising at the studio, at no cost to them. This means there is availability for several more gold card or white card holders to take advantage of free group exercise physiology classes. If you served in any of the defence forces, and would like more information on how you may be eligible to obtain free exercise and rehab classes, please refer to the front page advertisement before calling the studio on 3349 8646. During the year-long program, the veterans lost an average of

7.3kg and took an average of 5cm off their waistline. The course is designed to teach veterans about a lifestyle change, rather than a quick fix to weight loss, which almost never lasts. Ian Hotschilt lost 14.6kg throughout the year and has managed to keep off the kilos. “Besides the fact that I’m carrying a lot less weight, I have heaps more energy throughout the day, sleep better at night and my balance has improved significantly,” he said. Another veteran, Peter Morgan, diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung capacity of just 40% before the course, attended the classes consistently for the 12 months.

Now, his lung capacity has reached 100% and he does not need to have regular check-ups by his GP. The term “mateship” was constantly thrown around by the guys when asked about what they got out of the program. Exercise physiologist Shane Gorman said the social aspect of exercise was a huge part of committing to the long term. “It’s great to see the boys having a laugh while their doing something good for their health,” he said. “They catch up twice a week and talk about anything, from old times to current holidays. They have made some great mates out of the program, which is the best part I think.”

QSAC joins initiative QUEENSLAND Sport & Athletic Centre’s new away from home recycling systems have been launched at a running pace, coinciding with the Queensland Track and Field Championships and in readiness for the National Recycling Week (November 7-13). Funded by the Packaging Stewardship Forum of the Australian Food and Grocery Council and QSAC, and in partnership with

Stadiums Queensland, 154 new waste and recycling turbo lids and bins have been installed throughout the venue, each carrying the national call to action to Do The Right Thing, Use the Right Bin. The new recycling systems will provide away from home recycling opportunities for up to 170,000 visitors to the venue annually and divert up to 20 tonnes of aluminium cans, PET and glass bottles from landfill each year – enough to fill

almost 2800 household wheelie bins. QSAC venue manager Patrick Oxley said the venue was eager to be involved with the recycling initiative and encouraged everyone attending events to make use of the new recycling bins. “This is a great opportunity for Queensland Sport & Athletic Centre visitors to play a part in recycling and we are proud to be involved,” Mr Oxley said.

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The speed camera photo is imprinted with information such as the date, time, a location code, the posted speed limit and the speed at which the vehicle was allegedly travelling. Each photo is carefully examined by specially trained adjudicators to determine whether a speeding ticket will be issued. If you receive a speeding ticket, it will include a photograph and relevant details of the offence, including the fine and the number of licence demerit points allocated for the offence. Speed camera revenue Distribution of revenue from camera-detected offences is restricted by the Transport

Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995. This requires that all money collected from camera-detected offences (after paying administrative costs) be used for: • Road safety education and awareness programs • Road accident injury rehabilitation programs • Road funding to improve the safety of the sections of state controlled roads where crashes happen most frequently. Supplied by Senior Constable Michelle Mullen District Crime Prevention Coordinator, South Brisbane District

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The Fabulous Beach Boyz The original Beach Boys had thirty-six U.S. Top 40 hits (the most of any U.S. rock band) and fifty-six Hot 100 hits, including four number one singles. According to Billboard, in terms of singles and album sales, The Beach Boys are the No. 1 selling American band of all time. The Beach Boyz is a dedicated 100% live, five piece band that faithfully recreates the wonderful good times and summer feelings of all the Beach Boys hits and more!

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Master Chef Stephanie Alexander, with the State Member for Greenslopes Cameron Dick and State Member for Mansfield Phil Reeves meet Mansfield State School students

Students get a helping hand to a healthy life MANSFIELD State School was at the centre of the culinary universe when celebrity chef Stephanie Alexander joined Education Minister and State Member for Greenslopes Cameron Dick and Member for Mansfield Phil Reeves for a special announcement. “Mansfield State School is one of 42 Queensland schools participating in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program,” Mr Dick said. “Under the program students learn how to grow and prepare

food. It is all about students rolling up their sleeves and learning about where good food comes from and why it is good for you. “Stephanie Alexander has helped many Australians improve their cooking skills and now she is helping inspire a new generation of kitchen maestros. “This is why the Bligh Government is providing a total of $1.82 million to help schools build gardens and kitchens where student can grow fruit,

vegetables and herbs and prepare healthy meals. “Schools participating in the program have already grown vegetables like zucchinis, eggplants and capsicums as well looking after chicken coops for fresh eggs and I look forward to seeing what the students at Mansfield State School produce. “The program is fully integrated into the curriculum to support literacy, numeracy and science studies as well as encouraging teamwork.”

School intersection receives safety upgrade COUNCIL has begun work on a vital safety upgrade for a busy Klumpp Road intersection near Clairvaux MacKillop College and St Bernard’s Primary School at Upper Mount Gravatt. Local Councillor Krista Adams said the project would ensure safer trips to and from school for both motorists and pedestrians after upgrades to traffic signals and pedestrian crossing facilities at the intersection were complete. “The upgrade will improve access and safety for southside road users and is just another way Council is delivering vital infrastructure for local suburbs,

improving the city’s road network.” "It is also envisaged that improving the access for parents to these two schools will reduce the congestion at the Logan Road and Klumpp Road intersection that results from this." The project will involve reconstructing the current Clairvaux MacKillop College, St Bernard’s Primary School and Parish driveways to form a T intersection and will reduce traffic congestion in and out of the schools, especially during peak periods. Council will also signalise the driveway as an intersection, making it entry only from Klumpp

Road, install a right turn pocket on Klumpp Road and complete kerb and channel, footpath and landscaping works. Cr Adams said she was committed to making it easier for her local residents to embrace active travel by walking, cycling and carpooling and this upgrade was just another way Council was providing the infrastructure to support this goal. “With this project, parents picking up and dropping off their children each morning will be able to do so safely and more quickly,” she said. The project is due to be completed by the end of this month, weather permitting.

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LORD Mayor Graham Quirk is encouraging Brisbane residents to prepare their yards ahead of storm season with free green waste disposal at Council’s tips this month. “Severe storms can occur anytime from now until around March, and can result in property damage, power outages, isolation due to fallen power lines and debris, and flash flooding,” Cr Quirk said. “It’s important that residents are not complacent, which is why we are providing an incentive to encourage them to clear their yards of green hazards. “Loose tree branches and lightweight items in your yard can become damaging missiles in high winds and bring down power lines or cause property damage, while blocked gutters will cause water to build up in your roof cavity and leak through your roof.” Cr Quirk said residents could prepare for storms by trimming overhanging or loose tree branches away from their home and clearing gutters and drainpipes of leaf litter. “Bushfires are also a risk over the coming months, and residents

can prepare by clearing and removing undergrowth near buildings and raking up bark, leaves and twigs,” he said. “Council is doing everything it can to make sure Brisbane is prepared for any severe weather conditions that may head our way this summer, including spending $50 million on storm water drain upgrades and $2.5 million on supporting local SES volunteers. “I also encourage people to sign up to Council’ s free EarlyWarning Network or order a green waste recycling bin to assist with the clean-up.” Council’ s tips are open 365 days a year between 6.30am to 5.45pm and are located at: • 1402 Nudgee Road, Nudgee • 360 Sherbrooke Road, Willawong • Upper Kedron Road, Ferny Grove • Tilley Road, Chandler (opposite the Sleeman Sports Complex) For more information on preparing for storm season and bushfires, visit or phone council on 3403 8888.

Smoother and safer travel for Mt Gravatt motorists COUNCIL has undertaken work on a major road upgrade on Mt Gravatt East’s Broadwater Road, delivering residents a safer and smoother run on the busy road. Local Councillor Krista Adams said the $240,000 project reaffirmed Council’s commitment to improved safety across Brisbane’s road network. “Council is committed to delivering increased safety, traffic congestion reduction and improved access across the city’s

road network for the benefit of all Brisbane roads users,” Cr Adams said. “With the completion of this project, motorists will experience a much better ride along Broadwater Road between Wardle and Hillgrove Streets.” The upgrade project resurfacing, asphalting marking works along between Wardle and Streets.

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A MANSFIELD resident has been residents to become involved in awarded Neighbourhood Watch’s NHW. top award for Queensland. “Over the years we have seen a In Cairns last month for the reduction in crime in this area. Neighbourhood Watch State There will always be crime about, conference, Alex Wright knew but we seem to be doing pretty that he was to receive his well.” regional member of the year Alex also prepares the biaward for Metro South, however monthly newsletter for his NHW there was a surprise in store. and plans to stay involved with From a field of seven other regional winners, Alex was presented with the State NHW Person of the Year for 2011 Award by Police Assistant Commissioner Katarina Carroll.

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Alex, 71, has been living at Mansfield since 1975 and retired from fulltime work in 2008 after “It was a bit of a shock,” Alex more than half a century in said. “I have been area co- banking and finance. ordinator for the Mansfield NHW Since July 2009, he has also (aka Holland Park 1) for 10 years been the internal auditor for and we look after just over 800 the Southside group of clubs homes. (Southside, Southern Cross, and

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Cricket plays its part in Sri Lanka AS A group of young Brisbane southside youngsters will testify, cricket speaks a universal language. How else could you describe the sight of the young Queenslanders taking morning tea with the President of Sri Lanka. The juniors were selected for the honour, largely in recognition of the work done by former Sri Lankan Baba Sourjah, a Fairfield resident who left his homeland almost 40 years ago. For the past decade Baba has been taking Australian cricketers on tours of Sri Lanka. This year’s Moreton Cricket touring party consisted of 85, taking in juniors, colts, premier and senior players. ““Having morning tea with the President and his wife was a big honour and thrill for everyone,” Baba said. “I started doing this

as a way of helping out Sri Lanka as the country was going through a dreadful time with the terror campaign being launched inside it. “Our first tour was in 2002 and we have been back 10 times. It’s not all about playing cricket in Sri Lanka, we also want to help out. “We have helped equip a preschool in the south of the country built after the tsunami as well as a cancer hospital in Colombo and 50 computers to two schools in 2003 and 2004 in a village in the south. “We have sent over a lot of cricket gear as a lot of the schools and club teams are under-privileged. Macgregor Cricket Club has played its part in Baba’s campaign, donating second-hand cricket equipment which finds a ready home in the cricket-mad island nation.

“From our club’s point of view, we are extremely grateful to Mr Baba and Moreton Cricket for providing the opportunity that allows some of our players to travel internationally and the play the game they love,” MacGregor Treasurer Greg Bartlett said. “The tour provides not only cricket but also personal development for the players that would be difficult to replicate elsewhere.” A member of the ICC panel of elite coaches, Baba has a rich cricket heritage, having been national coach of Maldives and Bhutan as well as coaching teams in the Asian Cricket Council Trophy. “For a number of years I have been the club coach at Souths but the players who go on the tours come from all over the country, including Melbourne and Townsville. It’s all

word of mouth and I have never advertised the tour,” Baba said. “Some have been to Sri Lanka five, six or seven times and we have had up to 100 on a tour with Queensland cricket coaches coming along to coach the teams. “Chris Lynn and Ben Dunk were two players who toured and they are now playing with the Queensland Bulls while Berrick Barnes the rugby player went on the first tour in 2002.’ Baba, 67, said the two-week tours were held in the April school holidays with the sides quite often playing at Test venues against good opposition. “We stay at five-star hotels and have a wonderful time with friendly people. And what everyone appreciates is the different cultures that all come together.”

Above: Moreton Bay cricket tour members and their coach Brody Grogan from Queensland Cricket and tour manager Athula Unantenne on the lawns of the presidential residence Temple Trees with the President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, and his wife Shiranthi, in Colombo.

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Defiant Hawks kick up their heels THE Mt Gravatt Hawks Soccer Club held its annual Club Gala and Awards Night at the Mt Gravatt Bowls Club on October 1. The event was well attended with more than 140 people attending the gala that included the presentation of awards and live entertainment. “It was a great night, and even though it was not one of our better seasons, the last football has been kicked for 2011 and now it was time to party,” said Club President Vince Sciacca. “We had a tough year in 2011 with our Premier men and women teams both going through a rebuilding phase. “It was not for the lack of effort or determination, but sometimes things just don’t go your way and this was one of those seasons. “With both teams we were able to take something away from the season with many players, coaches and supporters of other teams commenting on our determination to play football rather than what we commonly refer to Route 1 football, which is a long kick and chase game. But

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playing pretty doesn’t always win you games. “With respect to 2012, we have been relegated to Premier Division 1, although there are rumours going around that one or more Premier League clubs may be heading to the Queensland State League, which may give us a reprieve. “But the news is not all bad, because a season in Premier 1 will give us the opportunity to consolidate and rebuild and get some of the basics sorted out with respect to our football management side of the club. “There is no promotion/relegation in 2012, rather all clubs have been asked to submit what effectively is a tender for a new league starting in 2013.’ Mr Sciacca said the club’s focus was and would continue to be the redevelopment of Dittmer Park. He said the club was drawing up plans for the extensions to the clubhouse to accommodate new dressing rooms. “We are going through the funding stages and we hope to have the project under development by the

end of the 2012 season,” he said. “Our other major focus is going to be to continue to invest in our junior development programs, which are an essential component to the criteria for the new league.

Justin Rappolt Premier Reserves, Players’ Player Tim Knoblauch Metro 2, Coach’s Player John Niyomugabo Metro 2, Players’ Player John “Regardless of what transpires for Niyomugabo 2012, we are looking forward with Metro 4, Coach’s Player Ayid great anticipation to being part of Alshaer the new league starting in 2013.” Metro 4, Players’ Player Billy Senior training is expected to start Boyle on December 1 with junior sign-on Metro 5, Coach’s Player Ken in late January. Peters The winners of the awards presented at the Club Gala and Metro 5, Players’ Player Matt Pearce Awards night were: Hawk Achievement Award 2011 Metro 6, Coach’s Player Vince Sciacca Joel “Gus” Bland President’s Award 2011 Brian Metro 6, Players’ Player Jake Bieth Pieper and Richard Calleja Barry Nevin Award 2011 Dave Premier Youth Div 1, Coach’s Player Matthew Pickham Cartmell Mrs Baldassi Award 2011 Kym Premier Youth Div 1, Players’ Player Brent Dawson Kvjatkovskis

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