April 2018 The Western Echo

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Western Echo

April 2018 ISSN 1327-676X

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Father & Son Adventures at Walkabout Creek

Marist College Ashgrove and Fatheing Adventures held a Father & Son Adventure Day at Walkabout Creek recently. Enjoying advtivies such as kayaking, paddle-boarding and mountain biking, the day was an unqualified success. Story page 6

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Wyatt’s BP The Gap Phone: 3300 2077

QUT HEALS Study Phone: 0401 858 636 pg 17

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BARBER George’s Barber Shop Phone: 3366 7435 pg 10

BEAUTY Blooms Beauty Salon Phone: 3300 1555 pg 32

Intune Beauty Therapy Phone: 3300 9710 p g 17

BUTCHER MeatU@Home Phone: 3161 5021 pg 19

CLINICAL TRIAL QUT HEALS Weight Loss Study Phone: 0401 858 636 pg 17

CLUBS/GROUPS Taylor Range Country Club Phone:3366 1560 pg 10

DENTURES Denture Square Phone: 3189 7085 pg 13

DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE Communify Phone: 3510 2707

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ELECTRICIANS Pearson Electrical Phone: 0409 623 970 pg 9

FINANCIAL ADVISOR Taylor Financial Advice & Solutions Phone:3510 1333 pg 18

GUITAR TUITION Rob’s Guitar School Phone: 3289 8020 pg 24

GUTTER VACUUM Big Boys Gutter Vacuum Phone: 0407 737 400 pg 9

INFORMATION EVENING Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club Phone: 0488 069 089 pg 12

LAWYERS Hollingworth & Spencer Phone: 3123 5700 pg 14

MASSAGE Bernard Evens Remedial & Sports Phone: 3366 9997 pg 16

MEALS ON WHEELS Meals on Wheels Ashgrove Phone: 3366 4299 pg 3 & 16

MEDICAL CENTRE Keperra Family Practice Phone: 3351 0323 pg 6

MUSIC TUITION The Gap Piano Studio Phone: 3166 8353 pg 24

PHARMACY Blooms The Chemist The Gap Phone: 3300 1555 pg 32

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TRAMWAY MUSEUM Brisbane Tramway Museum 13 April 2018 5pm pg 20


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POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT Kate Jones Phone: 3366 6000 Jane Prentice, MP Phone: 3378 1599

Cr. Steven Toomey Phone: 3407 1900

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PRINTER CARTRIDGES Cartridge World Ashgrove Phone: 3366 5111 pg 14

PSYCHOLOGIST Proactive Coaching.net Phone: 0411 036 297 pg 24

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We urgently need more volunteer drivers. It can be for as little as a few hours each month. We deliver each morning, Monday to Friday, from around 9.30am until noon. Can you help us? If you are interested, please phone Carolyn on 3366 4299 between the hours of 8.00am and noon.

Ashgrove Meals on Wheels 524 Waterworks Road

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TYRE & MECHANICAL Wyatt’s BP The Gap Phone: 3300 2077 pg 11

VETERINARIAN Ferny Hills Veterinary Surgery Phone: 3351 2122 pg 14 The Gap Veterinary Clinic Phone: 3300 1533 pg 15 WARDROBES Specialized HS Phone:0419 437 470 pg 23

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SHOPPING CENTRE The Gap Village Shopping Ctr. Phone: 3300 3377 pg 1

Pandanus Contractors Phone: 3300 3934 pg 23 Plumbers We Are Phone: 3351 0016 pg 23

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The Gap RSL Sub-Branch ANZAC Day ANZAC Day 2018

The 25th of April is ANZAC Day, and The Gap RSL members have been working hard with our community partners towards this year’s services. The Gap ANZAC Day Dawn Service will commence at 5:40am at The Gap Memorial (cnr Glen Affric St and Waterworks Rd). At 9:00am, The Gap ANZAC Day March will commence, marching from The Gap State High School, down Waterworks Rd, and ending at the memorial for the start of The Gap ANZAC Day Main Service at 9:30am. Following the Main Service, everyone is invited to The Gap Football Club for entertainment and refreshments. This year we are requesting a gold coin donation from each person, with all proceeds going to the Scouts and Guides who are kindly assisting us with marshalling and catering. The RSL will also be out in the community selling ANZAC Day badges and tickets for our ANZAC Day raffle! Details of the amazing prize is on our Facebook page (@ TheGapRSL).

The Community Link Initiative

The Community Link initiative is designed to ensure that veterans from the community continue to be recognised for their service to the nation. Sadly, statistics show that after three generations everyone is forgotten by family. In the case of our veterans, it means that medals can be lost and their significance f o rg o t t e n . T h r o u g h T h e Gap RSL, Community Link provides veteran’s families with a remembrance badge displaying the veteran’s name, regimental number, unit and medals awarded. With the help of a number of community groups in The Gap, The GAP RSL has seen the number of badges issued grow to 205

this year, with all recipients encouraged to show their pride by marching in the ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day marches. If you believe you can help with our veteran research, please contact us.

Streets of Remembrance

The Brisbane City Council is running the Streets of Remembrance project for its fourth year in 2018, which commemorates the spirits of the ANZACs by placing the Australian Army Rising Sun badge or the Royal Australian Navy badge on those streets who share the same name as people, places or events of historical significance to the ANZAC campaign of 1915. The Gap RSL has already submitted one entry, which is currently under consideration. If you believe you know of a street in The Gap that meets the requirements, please let the RSL know, or make a submission directly to the BCC team. It’s another way we as a community can give thanks to those who sacrificed for us.

Donating to the RSL

Do you have any military memorabilia or literature that you would like to loan or donate to The Gap RSL? We are always looking to expand our military museum and library, which is on display in the foyer of The Gap Football Club. If you have books or items you would like to loan or donate, please contact our curator Tony. Medal entitlement research / Justice of the Peace (JP) service The Gap RSL is currently providing a medal entitlement research service, where we assist former Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and their families to find and apply for outstanding service medals. Our 13th of March service was able to identify a number of medal entitlements for two

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ex-National Servicemen. A great result! Our next medal stall will be at The Gap Shopping Village on the 17th of April 2018. Additionally, in conjunction with the Department of Justice and The Gap Shopping Village, The Gap RSL is providing a weekly JP service, as part of our ongoing assistance to The Gap and surrounding community. The service runs from 10am – 12pm every Tuesday and will be located outside Coles (The Gap), near

the Fancy That boutique and Sushi Dream. Contact us To keep up to date with all The Gap RSL’s activities and events, please follow us on Facebook (@ TheGapRSL). If you have any enquiries, please contact us via the details below: Phone: (07) 3300 9439 Email: gap_rsl@bigpond.com Post: The Gap RSL, PO Box 122, The Gap QLD 4061 Facebook: @TheGapRSL

— Lest We Forget —

Inside the April Issue... Art in Bark Association............................................................26 Amnesty International The Gap...............................................21 Art in Bark Association.........................................................26 Ahsgrove 500 Club.........................................................13 Ashgrove Bowls Club Inc............................................................22 Ashgrove Forum..................................................................23 Ashgrove Historical Society................................................13 Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club..............................................12 Ashgrove/The Gap Men’s Shed.................................................9 Brisbane Tramway Museum.................................................20 Catholic Bushwalkers...........................................................22 Chess T’Minit.......................................................................26 Communify....................................................................................8 Enoggera Historical Society..............................................20 Federal Update - Jane Prentice........................................7 Hear and Say........................................................................25 Ithaca Probus......................................................................26 Mitchelton Garden Club....................................................28 National Servicemen’s Association of Aust. (Qld Branch)........27 Newmarket VIEW Club.....................................................16 Paten Park Native Nursery (PPNN).............................................28 POWERtalk Brisbane Central................................................27 Principal’s Points............................................................24 Qld. Family History Society.............................................29 Reflections..........................................................................30/31 Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap.....................................18/19 Shed Happens for Men of Ashgrove/The Gap.......................................22 SOWN (Save Our Waterways Now)...........................................29 State Update - Kate Jones - Member for Ashgrove......................5 The Gap/Ashgrove National Seniors...........................................26 The Gap Garden Club............................................................28 The Gap Historical Society...............................................14 The Gap Probus Club.............................................................29 The Gap RSL Sub Branch..................................................3 Ward Happenings Cr Steven Toomey..................................4

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Ward Happenings with Councillor Steven Toomey Cr Toomey can be contacted at The Gap Ward Office on Phone: 3407 1900

The Gap Neighbourhood Plan Council endorsed the draft The Gap Neighbourhood Plan on 13 March 2018 and has referred the draft plan to the State Government for their first review. While under review the State will declare their interests to be included in the draft plan before the Minister will approve to proceed to formal public consultation. The draft Plan recognises The Gap as a low growth suburb and protects the traditional suburban character by maintaining predominantly a leafy suburb with low residential housing. The draft Plan also guides the lot sizes of the remaining

emerging community blocks existing in The Gap. These blocks will fall into three categories, very low density with houses with a minimum density of one dwelling per 1000 squares metres, low density dwelling houses with a minimum lot size of 400 square metres and emerging community blocks that allow for a mix of houses and townhouses with a minimum lot size of 400 square metres. Some emerging community blocks near waterways will be rezoned environment management to protect the ecological significance of the area from future development. Future infrastructure around The Gap Village will include

design outcomes for improved pedestrian access to Walton Bridge Reserve and bikeways as well as vehicle and pedestrian access before any development proceeds. Any future residential opportunities around the Village will transition exiting residential homes currently zoned low density to low/medium density and not exceed three storeys. Over 1500 submissions and ideas were proposed during the draft strategy period and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on The Gap draft neighbourhood plan when it proceeds to consultation. To read more on the plan visit: https://www.brisbane.qld.gov. au/ search The Gap N/Hood Plan

A New Website for The Gap Community The Gap Historical Society has long been the trustee of the early photographic collection that preserves the history of the founding families that settled in The Gap. Funded by a history grant from Brisbane City Council, this new webpage is a wonderful

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resource and available for students and residents who are interested in The Gap local history. O n l i n e n o w a t w w w. thegaphistory.com

Community Corners The Gap and Ashgrove Saturday 14 April 2018 9 - 11 a m Wa t e r w o r k s R d Footpath (Outside Craig Ray Solicitor) The Gap 12-2pm Harry Street Ashgrove (intersection of Stewart Rd) Bring your latest rates notice to receive your two free tree voucher.

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State Update

Kate Jones MP

Member for Cooper

The games are finally here The countdown to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games started 5 years ago and we are now about to experience the largest event in Queensland’s history with the opening ceremony to be held on April 4. This is truly exciting time for Queensland with some of the world’s best athletes competing in world class venues. Keep your eyes out for Cedric Dubler in the Decathlon and Ariarne Titmus in the Swimming, two locals who have worked incredibly hard ahead of the games. Over one million tickets have already been sold but there are still some available. If you are interested in being part of history visit www. gc2018.com Make sure that you also check out ‘Festival 2018’ – 12 days of free events and activities, the largest arts and culture program in Queensland’s history. All the information about the Commonwealth Games can be found at www.gc2018.com

New STEM Facility for The Gap State High School Construction on the new STEM building at The Gap State High School will soon be underway with tenders being closed in March. The new building will include seven classrooms, four science laboratories, two robotics laboratories and three flexible learning areas with works set to be completed in time for the start of the 2019 school year. This is a major investment in our local community and will ensure that The Gap State High will continues to provide a high quality education for our local students.

Towing sharks outlawed During a recent sitting of Parliament, we passed new legislation for the towing industry that makes changes to licence requirements, fees, signage, privacy, education and enforcement. I have heard directly from locals who have experienced shady practices, intimidating tactics and excessive fees being charged by some towing operators. This behaviour was not acceptable and our new legislation will overhaul the towing industry. These changes mean: Queensland is the first state in Australia to cap towing fees from private car parks Maximum penalty increased to $10,092 We can consider a person’s entire criminal history when assessing whether they should be granted a licence or certificate The new legislation takes effect from April 2018.

ANZAC Day Services ANZAC Day is an opportunity to reflect on the extraordinary service and sacrifice of our defence force personnel, both past and present. This year marks 100 years since the signing of the Armistice on 11 November 1918 and I would strongly encourage you to attend one of our local services on Wednesday, 25 April 2018. 7:30am at Ithaca Memorial Park, Paddington 7:45am at Stewart Place, Ashgrove 9:30am at the War Memorial on Glen Affric Street, The Gap

If there is a local matter you would like to discuss with me, please contact me.

Shop 2/230 Waterworks Road, Ashgrove Q 4060 t 3554 9100 e cooper@parliament.qld.gov.au f www.facebook.com/katejonesqld

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Fathers affirming their sons at the Marist College Ashgrove Father Son Adventure Day

Marist College Ashgrove and Fathering Adventures conducted a Father Son Adventure Day at Walkabout Creek recently. Fathers and their sons enjoyed quality time together participating in some adventurous activities such as kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding, Segway and Mountain Biking. The activities were managed by Walkabout Creek Adventures. Facilitator Darren Lewis, 2011 Queensland Father of the Year who founded Fathering Adventures in 2008, ran multiple professional development sessions for the fathers on how they can be even better fathers for their beloved sons. Approximately seventy fathers and their sons participated in the experience, many reporting that it was ‘life-changing’ and ‘a wake-up call’. Fathering Adventures aim is to partner with parents to raise the next generations of more whole & healthy men and women, having been fathered intentionally, leading to stronger & healthier relationships, families, and Nations. For more information please visit Fathering Adventures website https://fatheringadventures.com.au/

Fathers and sons enjoyed quality time together at Walkabout Creek during the Adventure Day

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Hon. Jane Prentice MP Federal Member for Ryan

Federal Update ANZAC Day 2018

In 2018, we continue to mark the centenary of the First World War, in particular the series of battles along the Western Front that turned the tide of war in favour of the Allies. For more than a century Australian servicemen and women have become renowned for their bravery, sacrifice and skill. From the Boer War, to the present day, Australians have continued to answer the call of democracy and freedom in the defence of our nation. As Australians attend ANZAC Day Services this year, we commemorate the service and sacrifice of all Australians who have served our country with distinction and honour. To learn more about the ANZACs, visit anzacportal.dva.gov.au. Poppy wreaths made by Legacy volunteers, are available through RSL Queensland.

ANZAC Day Services

Each year I distribute my ANZAC Day Brochure for constituents in Ryan. Keep an eye out for your ANZAC Day Brochure in the mail, which includes information on local Service times. I encourage you to attend a Service hosted by your local RSL on 25 April to commemorate ANZAC Day. For information on ANZAC Day and Services, visit www. rslqld.org.

LAND 400 Investment

I welcomed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to Gallipoli Barracks to announce our investment of more than $5 billion to supply the ADF with Australia’s newest Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles. The 211 new vehicles, produced by Rheinmetall, will enhance the safety, security and protection of Australian troops for the next 30 years. This investment in new Army capability is a key part of the Government’s commitment to a safe and secure Australia. For more information, visit www.defence.gov.au/casg/ equippingdefence/land400.

Poppy Wreaths

I am often asked why I choose to lay RSL Queensland’s poppy wreaths on these occasions, instead of fresh flower wreaths. Following the tradition set by the disabled British veterans of WWI; the wreaths I lay at memorial Services across Ryan are made by volunteers in The Brisbane Laurel Club, with membership comprising of Legacy widows, many of whom are widows of war. Legacy provides the raw materials and the Club makes the wreaths which are then sold to RSLs and the money raised goes to Legacy’s general funding which supports widows, families, defence personnel, veterans, and assists with defence members’ and veterans’ health. The purchase of these wreaths also provides funding towards RSL Queensland and their work providing assistance to veterans and their families. These wreaths are also very resilient in both hot and wet weather and the RSL can recycle them after the event.

At Gallipoli Barracks to announce Australia’s newest Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles.

... Real Action for Ryan Jane Prentice MP Federal Member for Ryan | 636 Moggill Road, Chapel Hill Qld 4069 | Ph: (07) 3378 1599 | E: jane.prentice.mp.aph.gov.au

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Communify – find out what’s happening in your community and get involved! On the Move

Interested in gentle exercise in a friendly group setting? Communify is hosting classes for those aged 65+ at the Kenmore Uniting Church every Wednesday from 10am12pm. Groups will be led in Tai Chi and stretching exercises to encourage balance and

prevent falls, support those with arthritis, and increase movement. Pricing is $5 for subsidised participants and $15 for nonsubsidised participants. Ask about your eligibility for subsidised rates when you book. Bookings are required – if interested, please contact

3368 3723 to find out more. Transport is available upon request. Morning Tea is provided following the exercise session. Where: Kenmore Uniting Church, 982 Moggill Road, Kenmore When: Wednesday 10am12pm

Commences: April 11 Cost: $5-$15 (depending on eligibility) Contact: 3368 3723 - Booking required

Supper Club

Join us at Sunset for Supper Club – an evening of wine and music at the Paddington Centre. Held the second Thursday of each month. Supper Club is a wonderful evening of music, nibbles, wine and laughter with both old friends and friends you’ve yet to meet. A fabulous night out all for only $5! Everyone 65+ and their adult children are welcome to attend and transport is available to those to need it. We’d love to see you there. Each event has an entertainer and we offer supper and a glass of wine/beer Where: The Paddington Centre When: The second Thursday of each month Commences: May 2018 Cost: $5 (for eligible clients) Contact: The Paddington Centre on 3368 3723.

Music Group

Love to play music, or learning to play? Maybe you used to play but haven’t for ages? Communify runs an open Music Group for those who want to play in a fun supportive environment together. This is a collective space where people can enjoy jamming, playing some covers, or playing each other ’s songs. We’ve got instruments to use and free tuition for new guitar players. Come along on a Friday from 10am-12.30pm to give it a go. Where: Spring Hill Hall, Love St Spring Hill When: Friday 10am-12.30pm Contact: Craig 0413 003 698 The Western Echo April 2018 Page 8

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Ashgrove/The Gap Men’s Shed

The Shed has been back in business since mid January and off to a busy start. The heat wave saw some members wilting but hopefully that is behind us and we welcome autumn. We especially look forward to the air-conditioning that will be installed in the major refurbishment of the Shed this year. The steady influx of new members continues, reflecting the attraction and need for the range of activities the Shed offers to members. We have had three monthly BBQs, all well attended, with our in-house chef Malcolm (aka) “The Pieman” regularly expanding the menu. The card tables have had a workout, as have the pedestal fans cooling the players. The usual game is 500. The walking group has been active on their weekly walks in a different part of Brisbane and surrounds each week. Details of the walks are on our website. The Book Club is off to a great start and continues to feature classic Australian novels. Tai Chi classes are held every Thursday morning commencing at 9.10 AM under the big tree in the park. It is a good way to spend time doing the best exercises for health and well being. The Discussion Group meets every Thursday, reflecting on current affairs, solving the problems of the world - although not too seriously - and sharing humour. The work shed - aka bottom and lower shed - has been kept busy on a range of restoration projects and the regular toy repair service. A reminder - if you have a toy or related item in need of repair, either drop it off at the Shed (98 Yoorala Street, The Gap) between 9 and 12 on a Tuesday or Thursday morning, or contact us (details below) to talk it through. Last but not least are the members who like to sit and chat on the Shed verandah, enjoying a tea or coffee and a cream between. This is an important aspect of Shed life - the opportunity to simply meet and socialise with like-minded men in a friendly and agenda-free environment. Quite a few of our valued members regularly engage and enjoy at this level only. For enquiries about the Shed: The Shed’s website at ashgrovethegapshed.com gives details of our current activities, meeting times and contact details for key people. And you can follow the day to day Facebook posts on facebook.com/ AshgroveMensShed. Anyone with a comment or query about Shed activities, please contact either our Secretary Murray on 0449144826 or our Community Liaison Officer Bill on 0419845251 or email bbconry@ecn.net.au.

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To celebrate Environmental Leaders Day, Payne Road teacher Leah Emblen recently invited representatives of eight local schools to a workshop on environmental issues. SOWN Nursery, represented by past president Leo Lee (pictured above) was one of a number of contributors. Due to the wet weather, students were unfortunately unable to do the fish netting and testing of water quality in their local creek as planned. Instead, the enthusiastic class of eleven year olds learned about creek catchments and the importance of water quality. Leo demonstrated how the horiba he brought along was used to measure the water quality of creeks, essential for the fish and other life which make their homes in our waterways.


Whether it's swimming, tennis, squash or barbecuing that takes your fancy this Autumn the Taylor Range Country Club has the lot. Nestled away on the Enoggera Creek, Ashgrove you won't find a better location to spend quality time with friends and family. A limited number of memberships are currently available at very reasonable rates, so get in quick to avoid missing out. The club also has a function hall that can be booked out for a variety of occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, fitness classes and work conferences.

For more information contact Mike or Serena at the Club, we look forward to hearing from you.

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Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Youth of the Year

The Lions Youth of the Year is the main non-fundraising event that Ashgrove/The Gap Lions club holds each year. This is a National program which every state participates in and the club competition is the first step of many, which culminates in the National final held at the annual Lions National Convention (this year this is being held in Townsville) The Youth of the Year (YOTY) program was the brainchild of Lion Sid McDonald, who was a member of the Brisbane Lions Club, in 1964. Sid Mc Donald later became a member of the Ashgrove club and was the first Multiple District Chairman for the program. Initially, the competition was only for young men aged between 16 and 18 years old but in 1980 young women were included. Gradually every other state in Australia became involved leading to the National competition that we see today. The aim of the YOTY program

is to foster, encourage and develop leadership skills in our youth. Hence academic and sporting ability, involvement within the community and public speaking are all part of the judging criteria. There are three schools within in the Ashgrove/The Gap area that each year elects two students to take part in the YOTY program: The Gap State High School, Marist College Ashgrove and Mt St Michael’s College. The club final was held at the end of February and was well attended by the participants’ families and representatives from each school as well as the Lions club members and their partners. This year we were also honoured to have Kate Jones MP as our special guest. She spoke of her own experience of the YOTY program in 1996 when she competed in the program. The evening is always one that engenders a feeling of inspiration and amazement

Ashgrove/ The Gap Lions Club • Do you want to help others? • Would you like to contribute to our local community? • Do you enjoy working with other like-minded women and men in a common cause? • Would you like to be a member of a club which promotes community service and enjoyment?

Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Youth of the Year Leo Oglecevac and Courtney Cummings - The Gap SHS; Riley o’May and Ben Howard - Marist College Ashgrove; Talea Burke and Rachel Shashani - Mt St Michael’s College

at the high standard that the participants bring to the competition. At each level of the competition there are two prizes awarded; one for public speaking and the other for the overall winner, who then goes on to represent their respective Lions club at the next level of the competition. This year the same student, Leo Ogelcevac from The Gap State High School, won both awards. Whilst we congratulate Leo on his achievements it is important to also acknowledge the other competitors. Sadly there can only be one winner but I am sure that everyone who attended the club final would agree that all of the young people that participated in the YOTY 2018 program were winners. Ashgrove/The Gap Information evening. The YOTY program is just

one of the ways in which Ashgrove/The Gap Lions support the youth in our local community. If you would like to find out about other ways Lions members work within the community and beyond, why not come along to our information night and meet members of the club? This will be held on Thursday 19th April, starting at 6pm until 7pm in the Ellis Room at the Ashgrove Golf Club. Refreshments will be served and this would be an excellent way to see if becoming a Lions member could add something extra to your life whilst allowing you to meet others as well as support your community. For more information please see the advertisement in this edition of the Western Echo or telephone the membership chair: Peter Cooper: 0488 069 089

Membership of Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club could be for you. Find out more…

Lions Club Information Evening When: Thursday 19 April, 2018 Where: Ashgrove Golf Club Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm For more information contact Peter Cooper 0488 069 089

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Winner Leo Ogelcevac from The Gap State High School with Member for Cooper, Hon. Kate Jones

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Ashgrove Historical Society 2003 - 2018 Ashgrove Historical Society will be celebrating its 15th anniversary with a lunch gathering being held in lieu of the normal monthly meeting in May. The event will be held at The Gap Tavern on Saturday 12 May. A presentation will take place from 11:30am-noon of the Society’s achievements over the past 15 years, in particular 2013-2018. Lunch and shared memories will take place noon-2pm. The lunch is two courses (main and dessert) and includes tea/coffee for $20. Pre-paid bookings are essential. Please contact the secretary, Julie, on 3366 4621 or email her on: ahs.secretary@bigpond.com if you would like to attend. The Society has its roots in The AshgroveThe Gap Heritage Association which began in 1999 with the aim of preserving the historic Walton Bridge. After successfully achieving this aim, a decision was made in December 2002 to focus on the history and heritage of Ashgrove. In May 2003, formalities were finalised and Dick Paten was elected as the President of the newly

formed Ashgrove Historical Society Inc. The next stall and photo display will be in the breezeway outside Woolworths Ashgrove on Friday 18 May 10am – 5:30pm. Books, including the very popular Lost Ashgrove, greeting cards, perpetual calendars and raffle tickets will be available for sale. Please drop by and say hello to the volunteers who love to hear the local community’s memories of Ashgrove. Except for the celebration mentioned above, monthly meetings are held at Ashgrove Library at 10am on the

Ashgrove/ The Gap 500 CARD CLUB Yes we are back playing 500 cards, we

had a very enjoyable Christmas/breakup party at The Arana Leagues Club a lot of fun had by everyone, ended the evening with trivia and a Christmas gift to take home. This is a very friendly group who enjoy playing 500 cards come along and join us. Meet every Wednesday night at 6.45pm until 10 o’clock at Ashgrove Bowls Club, Yoku Road, Ashgrove, cost $4 (no joining fee) supper included, just come along or ring Joe on 33001982 for further information. This is a very friendly group of people who enjoy playing 500!

first Saturday of the month. Visitors are most welcome. A thirty minute guest speaker presentation is followed by a shared morning tea. Upcoming topics can be found on our website at ashgrovehistoricalsociety.org.

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The Gap Historical Society Inc. Est. 2000 Our General Meeting of Saturday last, 24th March, was reasonably well attended and several items of interest were aired at the meeting. Firstly, we have secured the services of 2 speakers for the April and May meetings. Dr James Lergessner will speak at our April meeting on 28th April. James is the author of several books on matters historical relating to Brisbane and will be known to many readers from previous speaking engagements. James will talk mainly on his recent publication – My Brisbane Rediscovered. He will be followed in May by David Jones, who will deliver a talk on the SS Koopa, mainly known as the ship that provided day trips to Bribie Island before the bridge was built. David spoke at the Ashgrove Historical Society Meeting recently. Visitors will be welcome to attend these most interesting talks. Another post-meeting activity being considered is the showing of some old Musical Movies from the1930’s era featuring such stars as Jeannette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy. We will be taking part in ANZAC Day services again this year, with President Jack Proctor to lay a wreath. The Management Committee is going to consider a couple of ideas intended to gain more interest from younger members of the community in our activities. These include the feasibility of having students paint some murals and also the recruiting of Junior Historians. Our Society was pleased to add support to the Langford family in their quest to have their grandfather and grandmother, James & Bridget Barnes recognised for their contribution to the community. James spent some 31 years as caretaker of Enoggera Reservoir and, with Bridget, was well known for their community involvement. Finally, readers may be interested to learn that the Seven Pillars of the Community, currently in Walton Bridge Park, Glen Affric Street, are to be re-furbished and re-located to the park on the corner of Jevons Street and Waterworks Road.

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The Changing World of Business Amongst the many changes occurring in the world today, is the spreading corporatisation of the professions. For years the invasion has spread through accountancy, law, dentistry, medical practice and now veterinary clinics. The same process has happened overseas, and in the US, where they are about a decade ahead of Australia, there has been a recent cannibalisation of the veterinary companies, where the Mars corporation (the major pet food manufacturer in the world) now owns thousands of veterinary practices across the country. Corporations have advantages over independent vets, in terms of advertising, marketing and buying power to reduce overheads. But consider the motivation of corporate businesses, i.e. profit via the exploitation of the assets, in the case of veterinary practice, this includes the exploitation of the emotional bond between pet and owner. This is leading inevitably to higher fees to the pet owner, and poorer real service and value. It is very simply that a small business owner-operator is more motivated to give value to the customer. It is very sad that the meaning of being a professional has in recent decades has changed, from putting the client’s interest ahead of the practitioner’s interest, to just being technically competent. We at The Gap Vet Surgery are proudly independent, and intend to stay more than a glorified pet shop, where the vets are given financial targets to meet (which leads to over-servicing), told what products to use and what not to use, and made to “up-sell” every product and service, disregarding what the patient actually needs. Our measure has always been to put ourselves in our clients’ shoes, and genuinely treat their pets like we would our own. Regards, Scott and Chris

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Newmarket VIEW Club ‘Voice, Interests and Education of Women’ Lunchtime meetings are held on 4th Tuesday of month, 10.45am for 11.00am start - Venue Gaythorne RSL Club Our luncheon to celebrate International Women’s Day was attended by 15 members who all partook of the delicious a la carte menu at The Gap Golf Club’s Zegatos Cafe. These get-togethers of our members make for an enjoyable outing, either for lunches, morning teas or visits to different events, such as the Li-Cunxin Exhibition at the Museum of Brisbane. Why not come and join us!! The Smith Family’s sponsorship program supports a child throughout the education journey – starting in primary through to secondary and onto tertiary studies. The program provides students with financial support for education essentials, access to out-of-school learning programs and support from a local Smith Family worker. “We have seen firsthand how sponsorship is making a life-changing difference to the students we sponsor”. The Smith Family has identified more than 4,000 children who are urgently in need of a sponsor. For these children, having someone believe in them and support their education can make a lasting difference to their lives. The Newmarket VIEW Club, Brisbane, is a small, friendly club seeking community-minded women. VIEW members come from all walks of life, and we would be delighted if you could join us in our mission to provide better educational opportunities for disadvantaged young Australians. We would welcome you as a visitor to our Lunch Meetings and so perhaps in time become a member of our Club. We support the Smith Family’s Learning for Life program and our club currently sponsors five school students. If you wish to know more about the Newmarket VIEW Club and also join us for lunch, please go to the website www.view. org.au, email us on newmarketview@gmail.com or ring Estelle on 3356 7598.

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Communify’s activities for seniors offer intellectual stimulation and activities in a social setting for the young at heart. Whether it’s learning how to make pasta from scratch, sushi basics, scrapbooking & craft, over 50s fitness, gentle exercise classes or transport to shopping centres, there’s something for everyone. Communify also provides services to seniors including: Home Assist Secure, Door to Door Transport, Meals on Wheels, Domestic & Shopping Support, Allied Health Services, In-Home Nursing and Care and Home Care Packages. For general information on any of these services please call 3510 2700 Transport may be available to activities for eligible people. For enquiries and bookings phone us on 3510 2700.

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Research Participants Needed for Healthy Eating & Living Study

Managing one’s weight is a difficult task. Largely, scientist have failed to provide clear guidance on how to achieve optimal weight for health and well-being. One difficulty with optimizing weight is that the needs of individuals are very different. Some respond well to nutritional advice, some to exercise and others to both. Lifestyles of individuals also vary greatly. Some living in very complex social structures whereas others live on their own. Perhaps there never will be guidance, which suit all but at the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at QUT we try to understand what makes it easy or difficult for individuals to manage their weight in our Health Exercise and Active Living Study (HEALS) clinical trial. We are currently recruiting individuals for this 8 week nutrition and exercise program where we will monitor what helps individuals to succeed and sustain their weight management activities by making their exercise and nutrition program easy and accessible. All who are eligible to participate in the HEALS study will be provided with a comprehensive scientific assessment of their health. This includes assessment of their physical fitness (using a so called graded exercise test), body composition, and blood health. In addition all participants will be asked to participate in an 8 week structured exercise program. This exercise program will be

Quote of the Day We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology. - Carl Sagan

implemented with the support of trainee clinical exercise physiologists and get a free membership at the Health Stream gyms for the duration of the study at Kelvin Grove and Gardens Point Campuses of QUT. This is a registered

randomised controlled trial. This means that some of the participants will randomly allocated to a group where they will be provided with pre-prepared meals, whereas others will be given guidelines to maintain a healthy diet.

If you are interested in learning how to manage your weight and fulfil the criteria for enrolment in the HEALS trial please give the researchers a call (0401 858 636) or send them an email (heals@qut. edu.au).

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What should you expect during the study? Eight weeks of exercise & nutrition program. Pre- and post-study tests. All participants can request their test results in a form of a health report. Altogether the tests, the gym membership, and the exercise program will be provided for free for all recruited participants. Who Qualifies? Age 18-50 Men, Women, & Couples, living in Kelvin Grove or inner city area Untrained – Not participated in regular exercise/training in the past 6 months Women who are NOT pregnant, breastfeeding or menopausal Have a Body Mass Index between 27-35 Kg m-2 Free of injury or illness.

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Rotary Club of Ashgrove The Gap Easter Raffle Winners In the weeks leading up to Christmas shoppers visiting The Gap Village Shopping Centre had the opportunity to support the Ashgrove/The Gap Rotary Club’s annual Easter Raffle. Congratulations to the winner of the Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap Easter Raffle, William Whiting of the Gap. Congratulations also to the second prize winner was Rosa Muller. John Donaldson and Tim Boyd delivered the first prize following the drawing on Saturday 31 March. For all those who supported the Easter Raffle a big thank you!

The Gap’s William Whiting, with Rotarian John Donaldson

Rosa Muller was delighted by the delivery by Ashgrove/The Gap Rotarian John Donaldson

A new path for super contributions In the past, it was a rarely possible that a salary earner could make a superannuation contribution for which they claimed a personal tax deduction. Unless they had an employer who was agreeable to salary sacrificing, claiming a tax deduction for superannuation contributions was typically only available to people running their own business. However, from July 2017, anyone can claim a tax deduction for contributions they make to superannuation from their own money. Though this is capped at $25,000 per year and any contributions made by an employer will also use up that limit, the new arrangement does open up some new opportunities. This may be of benefit to those people who are unable to make salary sacrifice contributions through their employer Have you ever seen how much tax you’ve paid on a bonus, and wished you’d put some of it into super as an extra salary sacrifice contribution? Have you ever reached the end of the financial year with more cash than anticipated, and wondered if there is any way you can contribute it to super and reduce your personal tax bill at the same time? If so, the new path for deductable super contributions means it’s time to think differently. Instead of fixating on new limitations to super, it’s time to explore the new rules that help those still saving to put more into their super account with the best possible tax treatment. Previously, there were only two ways for most people to voluntarily make extra superannuation contributions - salary sacrifice contributions through their employer or as contributions that are not tax deductable. The new arrangements make tax deductable superannuation contributions more widely available and easier than ever. If you want to learn more about how this could apply to you, call us on 3510 1333 for your free initial consultation.

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The University of Queensland Rotary Peace Centre


Wow – who can believe it is already the end of Term 1? It only seems like a couple of weeks ago we were sending the kids off to school after the long Christmas break!! This also means that the time is drawing nearer for the arrival of our first grandchild, due at the end of April so there’s going to be some great excitement around the place for the big arrival! Watch our Facebook Page and in-store for some competitions surrounding Baby MU@H in the coming weeks!!! Rotary President, John Russell, Shaughn Forbes and Brenda Russell with Peace Fellow Students at the Rotary Peace Fellow Seminar

The University of Queensland’s Rotary Peace Centre is part of a global program to advance research, teaching, practical training and knowledge on issues of international relations, peace studies and conflict resolution. Following an intensive international search by the Rotary Foundation, the University of Queensland was selected from over 100 universities expressing interest in establishing a program for Peace and Conflict Studies. Other programs are based in Thailand, the U.S A, Japan, England, and Sweden. Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of our Peace Centers. Over 18 months, the Rotary Peace Fellows study for a Master of Peace and Conflict Resolution, including compulsory Applied Fieldwork Experience, which is an important element of the program. Fellows work for a range of organisations, that operate in their area or region of interest. Peace Centre students graduate with the knowledge and practical skills they need to engage in conflict analysis and resolution, peacekeeping and peace building in the contemporary global context. Dr. Melissa Curley is the current Director of the Rotary Peace Centre within the School of Political Science and International Studies, while Shaughn Forbes is the current Rotary Host Area Coordinator. The Annual Rotary Peace Fellow Seminar was held at Women’s College, University of Queensland on Saturday 24 March 2018, with the theme ‘Peace in Action: Pushing the Envelope’. The Class XV presenter’s left their audience mindful of the plight of Refugees both from conflict and natural disasters. Check the program out at https://rotary.centre.uq.edu.au

BYO With all the controversy surrounding the ban on plastic bags later in the year, MU@H is pleased to provide our customers the ability to BYO containers to transport your goods home in. This does entail a few Health and Safety requirements however, namely the containers must be brought in clean, with a sealable lid and no trace of any food. The containers will be rinsed by our staff and given a light spray with a food grade sanitiser and filled with your purchases. A lot of our customers are taking advantage of this already so if you think this is a good option for your shopping then please feel free to BYO.

SPECIAL ORDERS We are always here to look after your needs for any kind of orders, whether it be portion control servings, preparation of your cut for a special event, even cryovac packaging in meal size packs for your next camping trip! Just call ahead or talk to any one of our friendly staff who are more than happy to offer suggestions to help make your meat buying just that bit easier.

PET FOOD As most of you know we sell a great range of pet food and pet treats both at our shop and at our Farmers’ Markets so if you are looking for a cheap, healthy way to feed your furry friends, please ask the staff for a run down on our frozen meats, bones and offal and our 100% Australian NATURAL pet treats.

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The Night The Trams Died In Brisbane . . . Some 49 years ago, on 13th April 1969, Brisbane witnessed the end of an era. The last trams ran that night ending some 84 years as the major public transport system in the city. From the early days of horse-drawn trams until that date, trams carried the public for all purposes from work, schooling, leisure activities to races and sporting events and concerts. Very few people owned cars in those days and trams provided a reliable and economical means of transport for most of the city’s residents. Services were gradually withdrawn over the preceding months as trams were replaced by buses on an increasing number of routes. The disastrous fire at Paddington Tram Depot some 7 years earlier did not help matters as 65 trams were lost in that one event, creating a severe shortage. Rumour has it that, when the power was turned off from

the tramway grid, there were still several trams out on the tracks and drivers had to find public phones (there were no mobiles in those days!!) to get the power back on so they could finally get to the depot!! The museum commemorates this night with a Night Run with all 6 operational trams

running from 5.00pm. See our advertisement below. Passengers may ride as many times on as many trams as they like. A sausage sizzle will operate and cold drinks are available, as well as tea & coffee. The Ferny Grove Mens Shed is always open to new members

— with or without specific skills!! There is always plenty to do whether you are interested in restoring the trams or simply making some furniture for yourself or painting something or gardening or welding — we can provide for your needs!! Come and check us out any Tuesday till 2.30pm or Friday until 1.00 pm.

Enoggera & Districts Historical Society Inc. by Dave LIvett.

In keeping with our location near a military installation, since 2014 we have endeavoured to commemorate the centenary of World War I, at the same time keeping pace with the 75th anniversary of battles of World War II that saw the Allies on the front foot treading the path towards final victory. We are conscious of having

still in our midst veterans of those WWII battles. Part of the commemoration process has been the holding of an afternoon Anzac Day service. The society will be holding the last of these services on the afternoon of April 25 commencing 1.30 p.m and as usual we invite all who wish to do so to attend. After the service you are welcome to

join us for afternoon tea and a chance to peruse our extensive collection of memorabilia from both world wars and the period between them. If you have an item to share with us - please do so. Venue, Enoggera Memorial Hall, Cnr. Wardell and Trundle Streets. For further information phone Dave 3366 3191.




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The Physiologix Corner


Physiologix: Supporting the Commonwealth Games 2018 Phyisiologix, based upstairs at the Gap Health and Racquet Club, focuses on high level patient care and treatment. All staff are extremely experienced so it should come as no surprise that many of the therapist are well tied up with the up and coming Commonwealth Games 2018. Thibault (Tibo) and Emma, the two highly qualified massage therapists working at Physiologix are working as the massage therapists for the Scottish Swimming and Diving team. The team are based in Brisbane for a 2 week pre competition training block. For many of these athletes, the Comm Games will be one of the main high points of their careers; years and years of hard work are going to wards this moment. Tibo and Emma work with them each day to help these great athletes manage their recovery, and aches and pains, helping to keep them in peak performance as they approach the start of the Commonwealth Games. Gena Wallis, after completing a post graduate degree in Sports Physiotherapy last year has been selected to work as a physio for the Commonwealth Games. She is already based down on the Gold Coast and this week is working with weight lifting. As the competition continues she will cross over to work with the Rugby Sevens, one of the highlight competitions of the Games. Not only does Gena have to have a high level of professional knowledge to be working at this type of event (any injury can present at any time), but also a high level of understanding of each sport is essential. Weightlifting has very specific technique requirements to allow an athlete to lift – keeping each component of the body able to move through the ranges required by the sport, as well as the strength to manage the weights, are key to not just treating the athlete successfully to reduce pain, but also to ensure the athlete can compete effectively and successfully. The same is the case for rugby sevens. Physios and doctors will work closely to ensure the very best treatment regime of a combination of more conservative hands on physio treatment, and medical intervention, can be provided to the athletes to provide best relief, and therefore most chance to compete. We hope you can sit back and enjoy an incredible 2 weeks of great athleticism, across many disciplines throughout the Commonwealth Games 2018 … but don’t forget the hard work of so many people behind the performance of these great athletes. You can contact the friendly staff at Physiologix on (07) 3511 1112 or email from the “contact us” page on their website physiologix.com.au website: http://www.westernecho.com.au

The PHYSIOLOGIX studio space has expanded! Our bigger and well equipped pilates studio offers custom programs for individuals or small group classes, with all sessions run by a highly qualified physiotherapist. See you there! We offer a variety of classes including:

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Amnesty International Local Groups Meet in Ashgrove and The Gap There are two Amnesty International groups in this area, one in The Gap and one in Ashgrove. To contact the group in The Gap, phone Di on 33001861 and for the Ashgrove group, phone Sally on 33662046 or 0476006990. The Ashgrove Amnesty group meets in the evening on the first and third Thursdays of every month, so the next one is on 5th April. The meetings are in a private home and supper and drinks are supplied. The Gap group meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 9am. Letter-writing to advocate for the rights of prisoners is the main focus of the meetings. All the information and help you need is supplied and you can start writing in support of people around the world who Amnesty has found to be illegally detained. There is a special campaign this year called “Brave”, which focuses on obtaining the release of people who have themselves been imprisoned for defending human rights. Regular letter/email writing will continue where the focus is on supporting people who are the victims of government policies which do not respect human rights. In addition to regular letter-writing, there will be a film night in May which is about the death penalty. For more details, phone Sally on 33662046 or 0476006990, or have a look at the Amnesty facebook page. The Amnesty International website contains details on all the campaigns around the world. The Western Echo April 2018 Page 21

Shed Happens for Men at The Gap/Ashgrove Another interesting and thought-provoking evening on the Wednesday, 21st March 2018 at Shed Night. Mikko Makelainen and Craig Humphrey were our two speakers interviewed on the night. They have had very interesting but different callings in their lives. It was extremely interesting to listen to their individual stories about their life so far and their work and other interests. Our first speaker, Mikko born of Finnish immigrants to Australia is a lawyer as well as a Pastor with Hillsong Church. Although not living in The Gap he works as a lawyer as part of Craig Ray & Associates in The Gap Village. He had a very interesting childhood growing up in Mt Isa and other parts of Queensland including Brisbane as his parents’ sort work to provide food, clothing and a good education for their children.

He graduated as a lawyer and progressed very quickly to become a partner in a large firm of solicitors. He was earning a very good income and was well regarded in the legal fraternity until he and his wife were called to go to Japan to teach English. After much deliberation he gave up his lucrative job and together with his wife moved to Japan, initially for 1 year, but this eventually became 10 years. As well as a lawyer he is now a Pastor with Hillsong Church and travels often to

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Asian countries to support the growing Christian churches being established in the region. Our second speaker, Craig was born and raised in The Gap and attended The Gap State School as well as The Gap High School before completing an Engineering degree. He currently works for Rio Tinto. Being an adventurer, he and his partner, attempted to climb Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside Asia, at 6,960.8 metres (22,837 ft), and the highest point in the Southern Hemisphere. It is located in the Andes mountain range in the Mendoza Province, Argentina. He spoke about all the time, preparation and equipment needed for this attempt. He showed pictures of the terrain and the various places they camped on the way

up the mountain. They went extremely close to the top of the mountain but, unfortunately, due to altitude sickness and doctor’s orders they were obliged to abandon the climb. Many thanks to both Mikko and Craig for the fabulous interviews and the knowledge you imparted to an appreciative audience. The next Shed night will be held on the 18th April 2018 in the usual place, the Scout Den in Paten Rd, The Gap. For further information please call – Craig (0417 736 897) or Lionel (0417 786 542) or visit our Website – www. shedhappensformen.com.au or Facebook Page – gapshednight@gmail.com

Ashgrove Bowls Club Elects New Board Ashgrove Bowls Club at their recent Annual General Meeting elected the following members to the Board of Directors: Chairman - Noel Logan; Deputy Chairman - Fran Wheate; Secretary - Diane Treacy; Treasurer - Mitch Koroloff and Greens Director - Bert Rodd. The Ashgrove Bowls Club invites all people interested in Bowls or wishing to learn the game of Bowls to contact the club on 3366 2458 or email - ashgrovebowlsclub@gmail.com . The club plays on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 12.30pm. all welcome and is situated at Yoku Road, Ashgrove - opposite GPS/ Valleys Cricket Clubs.

Catholic Bushwalkers Join the Catholic Bushwalkers in all varieties of walks – city, local bush, mountains, rainforest, and creeks. Some areas are seasonal depending on the weather and time of year. The Club also programmes “beginner’s walks” to let visitors find out if they like walking distances – a bit more than the morning fitness walk around the block. For the beginners, we try to stay near the city. For more information ring Greg on Ph: 3351 4092.

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Ashgrove Forum The Ashgrove Forum Communicators Club held its 927th monthly meeting on Wednesday 21st March 2018. The speaking session was most enjoyable with a range of informative, thought provoking, entertaining and humorous speeches made on the topic “Now that was a good idea”. A reminder that Applications for the 2018 Forum Communicators Bursary, which is part of the National Council of Women’s Bursary Program, open on Monday 16 April 2018. Students wishing to apply should email bursaries@ncwq.org.au for more information. The Forum Communicators Bursary is awarded to: A female resident of Queensland enrolled in a tertiary course, such as university or TAFE Able to demonstrate a record of achievement in the communication field, either through school or tertiary studies, or through involvement in a public speaking or debating groups Able to demonstrate commitment to leadership within the local community The winner of the 2017 bursary, Taylor Birtchnell, was from the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast looms large for Ashgrove Forum with a Forum Convention being

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.....Principal's Points.......Principal's Points...... The Gap State High School I hope that all the members of our school community are enjoying a relaxing Easter break in preparation for Term 2 which is always an extremely busy term. The term commences with our Cross Country, first school dance, ANZAC Day ceremonies and Parent Teacher Interviews followed by NAPLAN, SET Plan Interviews, many educational excursions, Year 8 and 9 Camps with the term ending on the very important end of semester exams. We f a r e w e l l D r D a r r e n McGregor at the end of Term 1, Darren has been the Senior Deputy Principal at The Gap State High School for the last six years. Darren will be commencing at Woodcrest State College in Term 2 as their Head of Secondary Campus. We wish Darren all the best in his new position.

I would like to invite the community to our Open Evening on Thursday 24 May from 4.00 to 7.00 pm to see the wonderful achievements of our student and the facilities we have to offer. Join our senior students on a School Tour and get their prospective on the school. Interviews for future Year 7 students who live in catchment for 2018 have commenced, if you live in our catchment and are interested in enrolling your child, Enrolment Forms are available from our website www.thegapshs.eq.edu.au or phone the school and we will send one out to you or you can pick one up from the office. Until next month Anne McLauchlan - Principal

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Evie, Harry, Saathvika, Claire, Amelia and Avienda. Congratulations to Riley Petersen, Wren Dodd-Hickling, Lily Dudgeon, Amelia Lynch, Catriona Williams and Jasper Vanstyn who participated in the Honours Music Camp. The Honours Camp provided an outstanding opportunity for our students to rehearse and perform with 110 other choral students across the Brisbane Metropolitan region. They were involved in a 3 day workshop ending with an evening performance at the Old Museum. The group were conducted by the amazing Julie Christiansen and the effervescent Kylie Loss. We have also just recently introduced GOTCHAS at The Gap State School as a fast and frequent way to acknowledge appropriate behaviour in the playground. GOTCHAS are drawn on assemblies and there is much excitement when tickets are drawn. Congratulations to the following students who were acknowledged during recent assemblies: Harper, Isabelle, Charlotte, Maddy, Bronte, Ben, Willow, Hayden, Jack, Blake, Chilli, Ta z m a n , H a n n a h , Z a c h , William, Jed, Ben, Christian, R u b y, C a l i n , M a t t h e w, Claudia, Abby, Ryan, Marco, Amber, Abby, Marcus, Portia and Rufus. Joanne Nicholls - Principal

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Maria to challenge perceptions of hearing loss with our nation’s leaders

Public speaking is a daunting activity for most; very few people would be brave enough to put their hands up to speak in Canberra at Parliament House. Maria Strong, who is profoundly deaf in both ears, is one of four courageous young adults who later this month will travel to Parliament House in Canberra to speak at the annual First Voice Power of Speech event sponsored by Cochlear Limited. The national event, aims to challenge common perceptions surrounding what deaf children and young adults can achieve, and celebrates the remarkable outcomes possible for cochlear implant recipients. At the Power of Speech, Maria will be joining others, all who received cochlear implants from a young age,

from Australia and New Zealand. They will each make a presentation, showcasing their exceptional language skills. More importantly, this event will raise awareness that children with profound hearing loss can learn to listen and speak through a combination of the right hearing technology, the Cochlear implant, and early intervention provided by First Voice Centres located across Australia and New Zealand Seventeen-year-old Maria was born profoundly deaf in both ears, and at 14 months received a cochlear implant in her left ear. At eleven Maria made the decision to get a second cochlear implant. “We have two ears for a reason and listening to my friends in a group was tricky with only one cochlear implant especially when there was lots of noise in

Maria Strong will speak at the annual First Voice Power of Speech at Parliament House Canberra

the background,” Maria said. Parents, Anastasia and Mark Strong fully supported Maria, and decided to speak to the team at Hear and Say as they knew Maria would need help

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to ensure she would benefit from her additional hearing. Mum, Anastasia explained, when Maria received her first cochlear we worked hard with the team at Hear and Say to ensure that she would have speech and language on par with her hearing peers by the time she went to school. “Getting a second cochlear was no different as Maria needed to retrain her brain to cope with the new sound that was coming from her right ear. Both Mark and I were thrilled at how quickly she adapted to her additional hearing, and the difference it has made.” Maria is in Grade 12 at Loreto College Coorparoo, and is following an OP pathway. When she graduates her plan is to study for a Bachelor of Creative Industries at QUT and work in design. Emma Rushbrooke, Clinical Director at Hear and Say said, the team at Hear and Say have watched Maria grow over the years, and were thrilled when she agreed to show off her speaking skills to our nation’s leaders. “Maria has grown into a very confident young lady with amazing aspirations for her future, a future that is not defined by her hearing loss.”

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CHESS T'MINIT with The Gap Chess Club Following the lightening tournament in February, two further one evening tournaments were played. The first of these, held after the prize presentations from 2017, was a handicap lightening tournament won (for the 4th time!) by Andrew Mather. In early March the annual St. Davids Day tournament was held, with Martin Laizans crowned as its 14th winner. This tournament is possibly the only one in the country which uses the Bronstein time controls. Following this, the Flood Cup has commenced with 8 players playing a roundrobin format. After 2 rounds Rex Scarf is leading with Brian Willcock and Martin Laizans in equal second place. The Gap Chess Club (affiliated with the Chess Association of Queensland) meets at 8.00pm on Friday nights at Room B6, The Gap State High School. New members are welcome. All standards are catered for, whether you wish to play socially, or in our tournament play. For further details contact Andrew Robinson

on 3862-8178 or visit the club’s website at: http://www. thegapchessclub.org.au/ . The position for this month’s problem comes from the 2004 World Championship game played between Vladimir Kramnik and Peter Leko. Try to find the beautiful move played by black and consider some of the following moves. For a solution for this months and many previous chess puzzles, visit http:// www.thegapchessclub.org.au/ chess_problems/puzzle_index. htm . Solution to last month’s puzzle: 1. c7 is the winning move, as after the king move, 2. Nd6 and 3. Ne8 wins the bishop and game.

The Gap/Ashgrove National Seniors The Gap/Ashgrove National Seniors celebrated Easter early this year with everyone receiving Easter eggs. On Friday, April 6th we are heading off to Café Tara at The Gap Village for a special morning tea. We would like to congratulate our new Guest Speaker Convenor, Marcia Jenkinson. She has organised a great list of speakers including Michael Beatty, a media consultant & spokesperson for the RSPCA; Carmelo (Charlie) Cacciola, an author & song writer; and Everald Compton who is the author of “Flynn of the Island” & stories of the Flying Doctor Service, plus many more. On 11th May we are also looking forward to a bus trip to see the Strathgordon Clydesdales. They are the gentle giants of the horse world & apparently extremely clever animals. We will then have lunch at Bunkers Bistro Golf Club before heading home. Don’t forget that we meet every third Tuesday of the month at 9.30am at the Ashgrove Bowls Club. Every one is welcome to come along, make some new friends & have a good laugh. For further information, phone Helen on 0409 878 089 The Western Echo April 2018 Page 26

Ithaca Probus Club

Left to Right Mike Perry, new President, Barbara Reading, new Secretary and Dr David Smith, Past President.

Under New Management – That’s the theme for the Ithaca Probus Club this month as the new management committee takes over responsibility for the conduct of the club for the year ahead. A number of previous committee members were re-elected at the AGM of the Probus Club of Ithaca but the club now has a new President and Secretary for the coming year New President, retired marine engineer, Mike Perry who joined our club only two years ago, stepped up to take on the role of Vice President last year and was elected President unopposed this year. Mike is a ukulele enthusiast and has a surprising number of different ukuleles in his collection. The Secretary for 2018, Barbara Reading, has been a member of Ithaca Probus Club since 2012. Barbara is a retired nurse and come from a Stawell farming family in western Victoria. Both Mike and Barbara are “Mexicans” having seen the light and migrated to a place where it is “beautiful one day and perfect the next” They have both pledged to continue to pursue the club’s theme of “Fun, Friendship, Fellowship and Fine Food’. This month’s guest speaker will discuss “Understanding People” while the club outing will be a walking tour of the Mount Coottha Botanical Gardens following coffee at the Botanical Café. The Ithaca Probus Club meets every second Thursday of the month at 9.45am at the Ashgrove Bowls Club for a meeting with morning tea, talks on member’s interests and a variety of guest speakers. The club currently has vacancies for new members and there is no waiting list. If you are interested in joining us at our next meeting on Thursday 12 April or any other meeting in 2018 as a guest or as a prospective member, please phone our Club Membership Officer, Anne Evans Ph 0402 630 993.

Art in Bark - Nundah Wanting something new to do ? Come and join us Art in Bark at Nundah! We meet at the Apostolic Church of Qld. Hall - 43 Robinson Road, Nundah where you can learn how to do a bark picture. Cost per person is $5 class Kits are available for $5. Workshops 9.30am – 11.30 am Meetings are held on Fridays. Phone Ros 3374 2378 or Hazel 0408 157 117 for more details. website: http://www.westernecho.com.au

Queensland’s Lost Battalion to Finally Receive Recognition

This year, as we commemorate the end of the Great War and the significant Australian victories of 1918, the legacy of one battalion will finally be recognised. The 52nd Battalion, formed in early 1916, was initially comprised of men from South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia. From mid1916, its reinforcements were predominantly Queenslanders. It first fought at Mouquet Farm in September 1916, losing half its strength in bitter fighting. Then it took part in the Ypres offensive in 1917, fighting through the mud at Messines and Broodseinde Ridge, taking even more casualties. By early 1918, the 52nd had received over 1,300 reinforcements from Queensland. And it was to play a key role in two important battles in that year – Dernancourt and VillersBretonneux. The battle to re-take VillersBretonneux on the eve of Anzac Day 1918 has become synonymous with Australia’s involvement on the Western Front. Nearly 500 Queenslanders fought with the 52nd Battalion at

Villers-Bretonneux. These men were part of Queenslander Brigadier-General William Glasgow’s 13th Brigade. They were from all over Queensland - Brisbane, Toowoomba, the Sunshine Coast, Gympie, Maryborough, North and South Burnett, Barcaldine, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns. Yet the 52nd does not have a memorial in Queensland. So, the Redlands RSL Sub-Branch and the Friends and Relatives of the 52nd Battalion AIF are dedicating a new memorial, 100 years to the day since the 52nd attacked and helped turn back the enemy at VillersBretonneux.

If any readers have connection/s to the 52nd Battalion, organisers would love to hear from them and have them present at the dedication. For more information contact either Dale Chatwin 0413 598 352 or John Wadsley 0417 487 289 Visit the 52nd Battalion AIF Facebook site at: https://www. facebook.com/52BnAIF/

National Servicemen’s Association of Australia (Queensland) Inc by Dave Livett

The Association’s Brisbane North West branch meets on the third Sunday of each month (next April 15) at Gaythorne RSL, commencing 10.15 a.m. NSAA exists for the welfare and benefit and social contact of Australian ‘nashos’ who served in either of the two schemes operating between 1951 and 1973 and wives/ widows thereof. Conscripts who served countries other than Australia are welcome as associate members. To find a branch near you; to discover benefits of joining the association or to obtain the two medals to which all Australian nashos are entitled phone 33241277 or scroll web page www. nashoqld.org.au. For more information on Brisbane North West branch phone Dave 33663191. On the days leading up to ANZAC Day look for our members outside Coles and Woolworths at Everton Park collecting for the Association’s welfare fund. Stop and have a chat. website: http://www.westernecho.com.au

Australian War Memorial Image E03203 52nd Battalion AIF Picardi, France 1918

Dedication Ceremony for 52nd Battalion AIF Memorial Plaque 24 April 2018, 10.30 am start

(30 minutes for formal ceremony) WW1 crypt under ANZAC Square, Adelaide Street, Brisbane Main speech by His Excellency The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland Unveiling of Memorial Plaque, wreath laying, historic photographs, family groups with medals, placing of poppies, 52nd sweethearts brooch Representatives of the 52nd Battalion AIF friends and relatives group Many descendants of 52nd battalion soldiers

POWERtalk Brisbane Central Powers Forward 2018 has started well for POWERtalk Brisbane Central with new members enjoying the growth that membership has offered them and longer term members reaping the rewards of their success. Our members will be representing the State in New Zealand in May in the National Speech contest following member, Mary Wong’s win in the State Championships held in Acacia Ridge in March. Club members have put their skills to good use in a wide array of areas including speaking at Business Networking Events, at church, in the community as community events and one member discovered her speaking skills were of great benefit when she had to speak at a family funeral. You never know when or where being able to speak in public will serve you. Our club members range from beginners to very experienced international speakers, and we love to share our knowledge and expertise. You are invited to attend meetings free of charge [limit 3 free meetings] at Grange Library meeting room on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 6.45 for 7pm – 9.15pm. Our upcoming meeting dates are 3rd April, 17th April, 1st May and 15th May. Enquiries call Mary 0438 624 667. The Western Echo April 2018 Page 27

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There are about 200 different species of Hoya in tropical and subtropical regions of the world and seven of these occur in Australia. They are climbing plants with fleshy leaves. As with other members of their family, the milkweeds, their stems contain a sticky, white latex. Hoya australis is found growing naturally north from Grafton (NSW) along the Queensland coast to Cape York in rainforest margins and exposed, rocky areas. It is commonly known as the wax vine due to the wheel-like clusters of up to 40 exquisite porcelain-like flowers on each long stalk that appear in spring and summer. Each flower has five triangular petals and a central star-like crown and is delicately fragrant. The flower stalks originate from a knobbly spur on the stem and the same spurs produce the next season’s flower buds. There are five recognised subspecies of Hoya australis, each differing slightly in leaf shape. The flowers of each sub-species also differ in colour from white or cream, with a pale pink blush or tinted with light green. The centre of each petal often presents a darker pink overtone. All Hoyas grow exceptionally well in cultivation provided good drainage is available. The vine is often trained to grow on trellises and fences although they the form a beautiful display in containers or hanging baskets. In frost-prone areas, they are best kept as an indoor plant. In all situations they flower most prolifically in good, filtered light conditions.



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Hoyas need little care – the soil should be kept moist during spring and summer (decrease watering during winter) and fertilised with a balanced liquid food every four weeks during the growing season. They have few pests. Aphids are known to feed on their sweet juices but these are easily controlled using Eco-oil. Hoyas are a food plant for the caterpillars of the Queensland and common Australian crow butterfly while the flowers are pollinated by the southern-dart butterfly as it comes in to feed on the abundant nectar.

The Gap Garden Est 1963 Club Inc. Another busy month lies ahead in April for the club, after a new committee was elected at our AGM in March. The outgoing committee was thanked for all their hard work over the past year and their efforts to make our club activities so informative and enjoyable. Our biggest activity will be our involvement at the Qld Council of Garden Club’s event at Mt Coot-tha on 14th and 15th April when we will have a stall selling plants, cuttings, baked items and crafts at the April A-fair. Members are reminded that they can still make donations at our stand over that weekend, and come and enjoy the events over the two days. Entry is free, so come along and enjoy the efforts of Brisbane garden clubs. Our field trip on 10th April is to the Sunshine Coast to visit gardens including a herb farm,nurseries, lunch in Nambour and enjoying a day meeting other members. Our next meeting is on Tuesday 24th April when our guest speaker will be Neil Murphy from Paten Park Native Nursery. His topic is ‘Native Plants in our Area’ Which will give all our keen gardeners some useful tips for their gardens. For further information about the club please visit our website: www.thegapgardenclub.org.au

Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club The Lifestyle Nursery is sending a speaker to the Mitchelton & Districts Garden Club on Thursday, 3 May. The talk will be on plants in general, with emphasis on pot plants, and there will be plants for sale. Be at the Enoggera Memorial Hall (corner Wardell & Trundle Streets) at 9.45 am for morning tea followed by the 10.00 am meeting. Visitors are very welcome. Please phone 3356 1256 for more information. website: http://www.westernecho.com.au

Transforming Wittonga Park Since 2000 Kath and Bernie Stockill have been working in Wittonga Park to restore native vegetation along Fish Creek and its tributaries. One of their biggest early projects was to revegetate an open drain running through the middle of the park. “Council helped us. They dug out the drain with machinery and then mulched. Then we started planting lomandras in the thousands and lots of trees,” Bernie said. After one planting, there was concern that vandals had pulled out some of the lomandras but it wasn’t vandals of the twolegged kind. “It was the cockatoos,” Bernie said. “We’ve learned to live with the white cockatoos – and the brush turkeys. We even encourage them,” he said. One of their great successes was growing native raspberries.

“One lady used to come from Toowoomba to pick raspberries to make native fruit jams. Kids used to fill up dog poo bags with raspberries,” Bernie said. While Kath and Bernie have been the mainstays of the group, they’ve had other regular volunteers over the years including the late Clif Bell. “Clif was always part of the team but he liked to sleep in. He was always late. We’d be just about ready to finish a working bee when Clif would

Genetic Genealogy Presenter: Dr Maurice J Gleeson Maurice Gleeson is Education Ambassador for the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG), a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and organiser of Genetic Genealogy Ireland, the annual national conference on DNA and genealogy. He was born in Dublin where he trained as a medical doctor. He is currently a psychiatrist, a pharmaceutical physician, and a part-time actor as well as a genetic genealogist. Managing your Matches This talk focuses on a step-by-step approach to managing your matches so that you can potentially identify the common ancestor you share with each match, which in turn will allow you to break through those brick walls in your family tree. Marrying DNA and Irish family tree research Researching in Irish records can be challenging and brick walls tend to impede our progress beyond the 1800-1830 timepoint. However, DNA testing can be a useful tool to complement Irish research. This talk will explore how to use your DNA results to augment your use of Irish records. When: Saturday, 19 May 2018 - 9.00 am-12.30 pm Where: Queensland Baptists Conference Centre, 53 Prospect Road, Gaythorne Cost: $25.00 members (QFHS and GSQ) and $40.00 nonmembers (includes morning tea) Book online at: https://www.qfhs.org.au/events/qfhs-seminars/ genetic-genealogy/

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Kath Stockill, leader of the Wittonga Park Bushcare Group PHOTO: Anne Jones

turn up. So we’d have to keep going,” Kath said. In 2018, Wittonga Park has now mature revegetation along the waterways. “We haven’t stop working but there’s less to do,” Kath said. Bernie still looks out for infestations of Glycine vine, one of the worst weeds at Wittonga Park.

Originally used as cattle fodder, Glycine is a hangover from the days when The Gap was a dairying farming area. “Lots of people walk past and tell you what a great job you’re doing,” Bernie said. If you would like to volunteer for your local Habitat Brisbane group, phone Brisbane City Council on 3403 8888.

The Probus Club of The Gap The Club’s first guest speaker of the year was an absolute cracker! Barry Collis is an Angel: he flies for Angel Flight, a group of private plane owners who donate their time and expertise to fly patients from remote locations to appointments. He was able to share, and illustrate, some of the excitement and satisfaction of helping out in this way: many of the patients could not get advanced treatment at all if it were not for these dedicated people. So moving was Barry’s talk that the club did something almost unique in its history, and had an informal “pass the hat”, raising a most handy $400 towards fuel etc. for this volunteer service. In April we ae going on a trip to see the Leonardo da Vinci machines at Toowoomba: this is material you won’t be getting in Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne. A real coup for Toowoomba and a wonderful opportunity to further the Club’s aim of “an active retirement”. If you would be interested in joining, or just giving it a try, we would welcome your enquiry. Just call our secretary Jan on 3366 2998. We meet at 2pm on the first Thursday of every month, at The Gap Baptist Church, by the traffic lights at the junction of Waterworks and Settlement Roads – handy to lots of buses, and with some spaces for car parks. Places are available – no waiting list – and we’d love to meet you. The Western Echo April 2018 Page 29

it Easy? Quite Reflections...Takea Retirement! by Richard Speechley

A s a recipient of an award of excellence in our Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Honours list, I have been prevailed upon to write some form of the various and varied activities that have given me much pleasure and satisfaction throughout my life. During the past 20 years of writing the “Reflections” column, I have at times touched upon items of a personal nature, so please forgive me if you have “heard it before”! Born on 22 September 1932 in the Lady Bowen Hospital I have vague recollections of living in a home in Moggill Road (Moggill meaning ‘place of lizards’) The Gap. Having no electricity in the area back then, lighting was by lamps that were raised and lowered. Commencing at The Gap Primary School, then situated on the corner of S c h o o l a n d Wa t e r w o r k s Roads, in August 1937 just prior to my fifth birthday, I was a pupil there until 1946. This was interspersed with correspondence school when away camping with my father and family on a work project. Completing Scholarship year I commenced my secondary schooling at the (then) State Commercial High School in George Street, Brisbane. A school also attended by my mother where it soon became apparent that my primary schooling had not quite prepared me for – algebra being one such subject lacking from my schooling. Following WWII labour was in short supply and a friend’s accountant father offered me a job as an office boy with his workplace in the COD or Committee of Direction of Fruit Marketing. This included taking lunch orders, collecting and delivering which saw daily visits to Coles/Penny’s lunch bar, collecting and sorting mail and invoice, notices and mail outs.

I was then appointed Cashier, issuing receipts and collecting banking from the five retail outlets scattered throughout the Roma and Turbot Street Markets. It was also the exciting time as Northgate Cannery was getting underway. With the passing of my father I really wanted to join the Air Force to which my mother would not agree, so at the age of 16 I became a Police Cadet and spent the next three and a half years at the Petrie Terrace Barracks working with the recruitment and education branch. This did have me at night college until a certain speed of typing and shorthand was achieved – there were no voice recorders back then! Throughout this time I was always on the move with Scouts*, Bardon Athletic Club and dancing. At 19½ it was time to become a Probationary Constable and I fell just short of the (then) minimum height requirement of 5ft9ins. (165cm) and so resigned on a Tuesday, which was accepted, and my Inspector presenting me with a Conway Stewart pen and pencil set on the Friday I left in a most disappointed manner. Applying for a position with a major builders office on a Monday, I commenced work the next day and remained there as paymaster, with up to 200 employees, for the next 10 years. Moving from Commercial builders to home construction, I made trips to Papua New Guinea setting up home construction in the Brisbane and surrounding areas for those moving to Australia. A health breakdown at 40 bought a change to becoming account supervisor with a medical group and on its takeover, saw me spend the last 10 years managing our local Taylor Range Country Club. When my family joined this local facility in 1973 I became

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Pat and Richard Speechley with Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Lady Mayoress Anne Quirk and Cr. Steven Toomey at the presentation of the Lord Mayor’s2018 Australia Day Awards

Secretary until 1977, then as President for 10 years prior to management and subsequent retirement in 1997. Not too long after leaving the Police Cadets I joined the Royal Australian Naval Reserve as a sick berth attendant. Nowadays known as a paramedic, this had four of us attending lectures with Dr Arthur G. Harold at HMAS Moreton, Alice Street; practical and emergency at the Mater Hospital and Royal Women’s and Brisbane Hospital as well as three weeks annual continuous training in an allocated ward at Base Hospital “Penguin” Balmoral, Sydney. In addition and where possible, at least 7-10 days at sea each year. After nine years of marriage with three children, my wife no longer had to launder my whites! At 18 I purchased a block of land at 68 School Road at a cost of £215 ($430) from the late Bill Proctor on which my wife and I were to build our first home following our marriage on 6 October 1956. I had met up with Pat Bell of Enoggera when I had joined the ADVACS Concert Party. By 1961, with two sons we were active in preparing my old two school rooms to become a kindergarten. The approaching birth of a

third son saw us buy land and build our existing home on Waterworks Road – our home for the past 54 years. Our boys all attended The Gap Primary and The Gap High School. Following the opening of The Gap State School Swimming Pool by Bill Lickess on 31 August 1968 – 50 years ago this year – at a P&C meeting I became secretary of the newly formed Swimming Club. As Club Swimming and Carnival Director and my wife Pat as Team Manager & Recorder, it is an understatement to say the family lived and breathed swimming, along with involvement with the then Leander Swimming Club. Most Friday nights had carnival programs being typed and run off at school early on Saturday morning for the afternoon carnival. Monday evening mostly had a group of ladies at home as a selection panel of who was to swim what event. Many a meeting of the Brisbane Amateur Swimming Association and Queensland Amateur Swimming were attended. In 1976 I was presented with Life Membership and in 1979 Pat was also to receive Life Membership. All our boys became swimming teachers (Continued on Page 31)

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with two serving time at The Gap Swim Club as coaches with Cameron being made a Life Member after being a coach for many years. When son Randall joined the music class at The Gap High School as a doublebass player, he quickly progressed and became a member of the Junior Strings, a section of the Queensland Youth Orchestra, which as a parent, you also assume an interest. When he moved up as a player with the 3rd Youth Orchestra, I was to become administrator of the group, along with another local father who became the librarian. I also became a member of Council. This was an exciting few years arranging music camps, recitals and getting the group into concert uniform. Leading into 1976 and the 1st Orchestra tour to Edinburgh, Scotland, all groups worked hard to raise funds and as a member of the fundraising group, my time with such a wonderful organisation was most rewarding. Still dialysing every second day and following my retirement at the age of 65, I was most fortunate to receive a kidney transplant on 6 December 1997 and after a period of adjustment to a new way of life, so began a lot of new interests. Kidney Care meetings, talks at hospitals, s c h o o l g r o u p s , R o t a r y, Lions etc my commitment to “Reflections” in this paper as well as my editor and I producing Book 1 of “Reflections – Memories of The Gap” which subsequently led, in 2000, to the formation of The Gap Historical Society Inc, of which I am a foundingand Life Member. My wife had been a member of The Gap Garden Club from 1979 to 1988, leaving to look after my medical requirements. While at work and having Monday

and Tuesday off in lieu of the weekend, Pat and I joined The Gap Garden Club. In 2005 we went as delegates to the Queensland Council of Garden Clubs Inc., where the following year I became Vice-President serving until 5 March 2018. Pat was to be Conservation Officer for 10 years to 5 March 2018. In June 2017 we were honoured to be presented with Life Membership of the Q.C.G.C. By the Governor of Queensland. Circa 1995 the call went out by the Queensland P e r f o r m i n g A r t s Tr u s t for volunteers to assist in preparing items donated to set up in the Queensland Performing Arts Museum – now known as the Tony Gould Gallery. A small group spent half a day per week doing all types of tasks – repairing costumes, sorting programs and photographs and records of Brisbane entertainment since the formation of the city. A great time was had by our group and a Certificate of Appreciation on 10 December 1998 saw the task completed. Pat was to receive Life Membership of The Gap Garden Club in 2013 and this, together with my recent Lord Mayor Award, surely conveys that retirement – for us at least – does not imply we vegetate! * A record of Scouting service shows me holding a Wa r r a n t i n v a r i o u s capacities from 1 May 1951 to 6 September 1968, in both Taylor Range and John Oxley Districts.

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