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The

Western Echo

February 2019 ISSN 1327-676X

Published by: Hot Metal Publications Phone: 3300 1846 - Email: editor@westernecho.com.au Over 15,700 Copies delivered each month to homes, businesses and clubs in the Western Suburbs

2019 Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!

The Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap hosted, for the 25th consecutive year, an Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony. In 2019, 34 candidates from 16 countries were welcomed as new Aussies at a community celebration in The Gap State High School’s, J A Robertson Hall, surrounded by family, friends and the local community. Story Page 3 more photos on pages 24 & 25

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ADVERTISER’S DIRECTORY ACCOUNTANT R G Goodman Phone: 3289 1700 pg 12

AUTO AIR CONDITIONING Wyatt Automotive Phone: 3300 2077

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

BEAUTY The Gap Day & Night Pharmacy Phone: 3300 1555 pg 32 Intune Beauty Therapy Phone: 3300 9710 pg 18

BUTCHER MeatU@Home Phone: 3161 5021 pg 16

CLUBS/GROUPS Taylor Range Country Club Phone:3366 1560 pg 13

DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE Communify Phone: 3510 2707

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ELECTRICIANS Pearson Electrical Phone: 0409 623 970 pg 8

FINANCIAL ADVISOR Taylor Financial Advice & Solutions Phone:3510 1333 pg 19

FLORIST Woody Pear Florist Phone: 3300 0777 pg 9

HOME CARE Communify Phone: 3128 0110

KINIESOLOGY Grania Kelly Phone: 3857 0074 pg 17

LAWYERS Hollingworth & Spencer Phone: 3123 5700 pg 12

GUTTER VACUUM Big Boys Gutter Vacuum Phone: 0407 737 400 pg 16

Harcourts Inner West P h o n e : 3 5 11 0 6 6 6 p g 8

PHYSIOTHERAPY

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PLUMBER Pandanus Contractors Phone: 3300 3934 pg 14 Plumbers We Are Phone: 3351 0016 pg 14

POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT

Bernard Evens Remedial & Sports Phone: 3366 9997 pg 18

Kate Jones Phone: 3554 9100 pg 5 Jane Prentice, MP Phone: 3378 1599 pg 7 Julian Simmonds, MP Liberal Candidate for Ryan pg 13

MEDICAL CENTRE Keperra Family Practice Phone: 3351 0323 pg 21

MORTGAGE ADVISOR Mortgage Choice Ashgrove Phone: 3463 0500 pg 6

MUSIC TUITION The Gap Piano Studio Phone: 3166 8353 pg 22 Vicky Englund Piano Tuition Phone: 3300 1701 pg 22

Cr. Steven Toomey Phone: 3407 1900

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PRINTER CARTRIDGES Cartridge World Ashgrove Phone: 3366 5111 pg 12 PSYCHOLOGIST Young Minds & Minds4Health Phone: 3857 0074 pg 17

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

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TYRE & MECHANICAL Wyatt Automotive 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 14

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Local Ceremony Hosted by Rotarians Welcomes New Aussies on Australia Day 2019 Local residents gathered on Australia Day January 25 to celebrate the receiving of Australian Citizenship by 34 - 32 adults and 2 children candidates who pledged their allegiance to Australia in a moving ceremony conducted by The Gap Ward’s Cr Steven Toomey who was the Presiding Officer. The Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap hosted the event, the 25th successive year it has done so, held this year at the JA Robertson Hall at The Gap State High School. The 2019 Australian Citizenship Candidates come from 16 countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Germany, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States of America. To c o m m e n c e t h e c e r e m o n y, f l a g b e a r e r s marched into the hall and placed the flags on stage. Flag bearers were: Lily Caperon, Rotary Young Leader Award 2018 carrying the Main Australian flag; Katie Karthik THSHS Interact Club carrying the Rotary International flag; Lara Hinton, THSHS Interact Club carrying the Aboriginal flag; Claudia Cuttriss, THSHS Interact Club, carrying the City of Brisbane flag; Ayden Montgomerie, Rotaryspronsored to The Science Experience 2018, carrying the Queensland flag and Emma Lugge, Mt St Michael’s Interact Club and National Youth Science Forum 2018, carrying the Lead Australian flag. Following a brief introduction from MC Ritchie Callaghan, Ashgrove /The Gap President Francine Hinton gave an official welcome. Cr. Steven Toomey and Hon. Kate Jones addressed those assembled for the ceremony. Cr Toomey

then read a message from Minister Hon. David Coleman MP, to the candidates and then proceeded to administer the oath/affirmation to each candidate individually or as a family. Entertainment was provided by the Royal Bounty Bush Band, who have participated in many of the ceremonies over the past 25 years. Guests included Rotary District Governor Wendy Protheroe, Past District Governors John Lane, Dai Mason and Bill Waterfield, Joyce Arnold and Sue Cohn, Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club, Stewart Wallace, Probus Club of The Gap and Anne McLaughlan Principal The Gap State High School. Attending for the 25th year was former Cr. Brian Hallinan, who was instrumental in assisting the Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap to be successful in hosting the very first local community Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony at Wilcannia Park. Brian was accompanied by his wife Coral. The vote of thanks, on behalf of all candidates, was given by Christine Schapdryver. Christine said she moved to Brisbane six years ago for work and and it very soon became the place to call home. She fell in love with Australia straight away - espcially because of the warmth of welcome, friendship and mateship which was extended to her. “I’m proud to stand hre today, when our dreams have come true, I am so proud to be an Aussie!” she said. Following the ceremony candidates, their families, guests and members of the local community enjoyed a morning tea which featured many Aussie staples - including vegemite and lamingtons!

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Former Councillor for The Gap Ward, Brian Hallinan with wife Coral and Rotarian Bob Newey following the ceremony

Inside the February Issue... Amnestty International...............................................................20 Arana VIEW Club....................................................................18 Art in Bark Assoc........................................................................17 Ashgrove Historical Society.................................................12 Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club..............................................8 Australia Day Honours Award - Bernie Hoesman.........................13 Brisbane Tramway Museum..................................................22 Chess T’Minit.......................................................................26 Clean Up Australia Day..........................................................27 Communify.................................................................................10 Enoggera Historical Society..............................................31 Federal Update - Jane Prentice........................................7 Ithaca Probus Club.............................................................26 Mitchelton Garden Club....................................................28 National Servicemen’s Association of Aust. (Qld Branch)........26 Newmarket VIEW Club..................................................14 Norths Hockey Club.......................................................................16 Paten Park Native Nursery (PPNN).............................................28 Qld Family History Society................................................20 Reflections..........................................................................30 Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap......................................3, 18 & 19 Serenata Singers...............................................................22 SOWN (Save Our Waterways Now)...........................................29 State Update - Kate Jones - Member for Ashgrove......................5 The Gap Ashgrove National Seniors........................................20 The Gap Historical Society...............................................14 The Gap Probus Club.............................................................21 The Gap RSL Sub Branch..................................................6 Ward Happenings Cr Steven Toomey.................................4 Yooralla Street Community Garden........................................29 The Western Echo February 2019 Page 3


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

Pillars of The Gap Corner Jevons St & Waterworks Road, The Gap

Annual Rotary Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony 26 January 2019

As part of Lord Mayor Graham Quirk’s commitment to the refurbishment of Walton Bridge Reserve, the final upgrade of the new ‘Pillars of The Gap’ is completed. Reinstated into a section of parkland on the corner of Jevons Street and Waterworks Road, the new pillars are made of concrete with colourful themed cut outs reflecting an individual theme on each pillar. One such pillar celebrates the contribution of gap residents to our suburb. I look forward to receiving more nominations for this pillar, please email my ward office or call on 3407 1900 if you know someone who deserves such recognition. I hope you enjoy visiting this new sculpture that has been designed by local artist Catriona Holland.

The first official engagement of the year is the Australian Day Citizenship Ceremony hosted by Ashgrove/The Gap Rotary at The Gap State High School on Australia Day. This year 32 adult residents and two children became Australian citizens witnessed by family members, friends and well-wishers. Our new Australian friends took their ‘Oath of Allegiance’ and were presented with their citizenship certificates in an informal and friendly setting. This was my fourth Citizenship Ceremony as Presiding Officer and the 70th anniversary of Australian citizenship. The local citizenship ceremonies have proven very popular over the years and enable new citizens and their communities

to come together and celebrate this occasion. Congratulations to all those residents who received their Citizenship on Australia Day!

Clean Up Australia Day 3 March 2019 Join a local clean up Australia day site in the ward – visit https://www. cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/ to find a local site. Full details of this and other local events are on my facebook/TheGapWard and www.steventoomey.com.au

Waterworks Road Upgrade – Ashgrove Work will commence February 2019 in Stewart Road as part of the Waterworks Road upgrade. To find out more about this project visit www.brisbane.qld.gov. au – search Waterworks Road.

Community Catch-Ups The Gap Ward Saturday 2 March 2019 9.00 -10.00am The Gap Waterworks Road The Gap – outside The Gap Village 10.30am-11.30am Ashgrove – Harry Street at the intersection of Stewart Road Ashgrove 12.30pm-1.30pm Ferny Grove – Ferny Grove Shopping Village outside Coles Saturday 6 April 2019 9.00 -10.00am The Gap Waterworks Road The Gap – outside The Gap Village 10.30am-11.30am Ashgrove – Harry Street at the intersection of Stewart Road Ashgrove 12.30pm-1.30pm Ferny Grove – Ferny Grove Shopping Village outside Coles

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State Update

Kate Jones MP

Member for Cooper

Welcome back to School I want to wish all our students and teachers returning to school all the very best for the year ahead. In particular, a special welcome to all our new preppies, including my daughter Grace, who are starting school for the first time. This year our Year 11s will start the new curriculum for senior students in all Queensland Schools, including independent, catholic and state. Many years of hard work by teachers and educators have ensured that this will be a modernised and relevant curriculum for our children. This is the most significant investment in senior schooling in more than 40 years. We want to ensure that all of our young people have the skills, knowledge and values they need to succeed today and into the future. I also look forward to meeting all of the new student leaders in the coming weeks.

New STEM Centre ready for school year Builders have been working throughout the school holidays to ensure that the new, stateof-the-art STEM centre at The Gap State High School is ready for the school year. This $10 million facility will provide our students with the best possible opportunities through new robotics and science labs as well as more dedicated classrooms. I can’t wait to see what our young people can build and achieve with this new facility and all the opportunities it brings.

Checking out the new facility while it was still under construction with (at rear) Marty and David, site Manager, from Wiley & Co, Leigh Passfield, President of TGSHS P&C Assoc and (front) Gayle Walters, parent and President of the Queensland P&C Association

Assistance available at Electorate Office As we start the new year, I would like to take the opportunity to remind community groups that my electorate office can provide the following services to support the great work you do locally 3mx3m Marquee available to borrow Black and white printing and copying Folding of flyers Grant information and sessions Raffle prizes and support for events If you would like to take advantage of any of these services, or if there is anything else I can help with, please contact me on 3554 9100 or at cooper@parliament.qld.gov.au

If there is a local matter you would like to discuss with me, please contact me. Australia Day 2019 Citizenship Ceremony - celebrating with Dr. Angie Knaggs and her son Thomas

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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The Gap RSL Sub-Branch Happy New Year everyone! All of us here at The Gap RSL hope you had a safe, happy and relaxing break. Firstly this year, we would like to announce the launch of the new Health and Wellbeing module from RSL Education. We all know the importance of physical and mental resilience, particularly in kids and young people, but how can we make sure they stay strong and healthy in both mind and body in such a complicated and demanding world? RSL Education’s new Health and Wellbeing module provides a number of unique and free resources ranging from bootcamp for kids, to strategies for enhancing mental and physical health and resilience, to emphasising the importance of compassion and empathy. Best of all, all of the resources support Queensland’s HPE curriculum. You can find all the free resources available at rsleducation.com.au In mid-December, the President of The Gap RSL,

Cathy Sweet, was extremely proud to cut the ribbon and officially open the Walton Bridge Memorial Space. Many of you would have already experienced the new memorial space on Remembrance Day in November or taken time to reflect in the gardens since. Rest assured, we are still working hard to raise the funds we need to get the memorial gates built. On 18 December, Cathy presented at cheque to Miss Gemma West, a student at The Gap State High School, to assist her with costs involved with participating in the Brisbane Birralee Voices choir tour of France. The tour involves performing a number of military and civilian functions in April 2019, including the ANZAC Day 2019 service at Villers-Bretonneux. Good luck Gemma! On the topic of ANZAC Day 2019, we at The Gap RSL have already started planning this year’s event. Last year’s event was huge, and now

with the upgraded memorial space, we have the ability to plan a really accommodating layout. ANZAC Day is only just over two months away, so we will be keeping everyone updated with what’s happening through the Western Echo and local Facebook pages. Any community organisations wishing to participate in this year’s commemoration should contact the RSL as soon as possible on the details (phone or email) below. On 22 January The Gap RSL Widows Group held their first afternoon tea for 2019 at St Mark’s Anglican Church. The afternoon teas provide an opportunity for current

and ex-serving members and their spouses to come for fellowship and support from like-minded and experienced RSL members. We’d love to see you at the next one. To keep up to date with all The Gap RSL’s activities and events, please follow us on Facebook (@TheGapRSL). For enquiries, please contact us via any of these details: Ph: (07) 3300 9439; Email: gap_rsl@bigpond.com; Post: The Gap RSL, PO Box 122, The Gap QLD 4061; Facebook: @TheGapRSL Lest We Forget

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Hon. Jane Prentice MP Federal Member for Ryan

Federal Update Welcome to 2019 The start of a New Year is always a good time to remind you of all the ways I can assist community groups and schools. Below I have detailed some services that may be of interest when planning your year. If you are interested in any of these services please send an email to jane.prentice.mp@aph. gov.au. Marquees: I have marquees available to borrow for your school fetes and community events. Make sure to call my office well in advance to check availability and list your event on my ‘Community Calendar’ on my website (www.janeprentice.com.au). Ry a n C o m m u n i t y Service Awards: We have many wonderful volunteers in our community and it is important to ensure their hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed. If there is someone in your community who you feel deserves recognition, nominate them for a Ryan Community Service Award (nomination form available on my website). Flags: If your school or community group’s flag/s need replacing, I am happy to come and present you with new ones and explain their history and significance to school students. Social Media: Our community is very supportive and inclusive. I like to share

details of upcoming events on my Facebook page to let residents know what is happening locally. If you have an upcoming community event and would like some extra promotion please email my office.

Australia Day Once again, Australia Day in the Ryan electorate was busy with several events and activities. I had the pleasure of attending many Citizenship Ceremonies and welcoming a number of new Australians. The day celebrated not only individuals, but also their families, parents and children, who have uprooted

their lives in their country of birth to begin a new chapter in our great country. I know that our new citizens, who pledged their commitment to our country on Australia Day, will make a wonderful contribution to our community. As a result of the dedicated work of members of the Rotary Clubs of Paddington, Ashgrove/The Gap, Kenmore and Mitchelton, and the Probus Club of Indooroopilly these events were very special and memorable occasions for our newest Australians.

“My Health” Scam The beginning of 2019 is an opportune time to remind

everyone to be careful when dealing with anyone over the telephone. My office has recently seen an influx of scam reports from concerned constituents. There have been a number of telephone calls from people claiming to be “My Health”, predominantly targeting seniors in the area. THIS IS A SCAM CALL. Be vigilant and report any suspicious phone calls. Please warn friends and family to spread awareness. If you receive one of these telephone calls please report it to Scam Watch at www. scamwatch.gov.au.

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A start of a new year it is often a time of reflection and an opportunity to plan for the year ahead. Ashgrove/The Gap has been operating as a community services club for over 55 years. In that time it not only has raised many dollars to give back to those in need but has also offered support and f r i en d s h i p t o i t s members. Therefore it is not just what we do but the people that voluntarily provide that support and offer up some of their free time to help those less fortunate than themselves that makes the club what it is today. Ashgrove/The Gap Lions club is fortunate to have a wonderful group of people as its members and one of those is Lindsay Wilkin Lindsay was born in Toowoomba 83 years ago. He moved to Brisbane and worked as a merchant banker. It was here that he met his wife, Denise. They were married in 1961 and had three children. In 1981 the family moved into The Gap. Knowing very few people, a friend of his suggested he joined the local Lions club. Becoming a member allowed Lindsay to meet many local people and their families and involve himself in the community. For the next 37 years, he took on nearly every position offered in the club, from president through to being the club’s newsletter editor. Despite his ageing years and the occasional health problems, Lindsay continued to play an active role in the club and always had a kind word and a smile on his face. Unfortunately, due to family commitments, Lindsay has had to relocate to Northern NSW and so is unable to continue as a regular member of our club. It was to show the club’s appreciation of the service he has given over the years that he was awarded a lifetime membership of Lions, which is the highest accolade a club can give, at our recent Christmas dinner. Luckily there are many other enthusiastic members of the Ashgrove/The Gap Lions who are able to continue with the good work that we do. However, if you are thinking that you would like to do something different this year why not join our club? You do not have to be any particular age and both males and females are more than welcome to become full members For further information please check out the website: www. lionsclubs.org.au you can also look at us on our Facebook page; or contact membership chairperson: Peter Cooper : 0488 069 089. website: http://www.westernecho.com.au


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Back in 1978 a group of passionate community members had a vision of a unified, supportive community. For over 40 years, Communify has grown in response to the diverse range of needs and interests of our community. We are currently looking for interested community members who are over 65 and are looking to engage with some fun and social activities throughout the week. Activities include Gentle Exercise Classes, Coffee & Chat, Social Bus Trips, Cultural Club and more! Communify QLD is planning their 2019 calendar and we want to hear what interests you! If you would like to join us for a free forum to discuss ideas over lunch or to give us some suggestions over the phone, please contact Emily Dare on (07) 3510 2700.

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Ashgrove Historical Society The Ashgrove Historical Society meets at Ashgrove Library 10am – 12 noon on the first Saturday of the month. Visitors are always welcome. The complementary morning tea that follows the monthly presentation provides an opportunity to share memories and chat to the guest speaker. The program of speakers and topics for 2019 can be found on the society’s website and Facebook page. If you would like to join, come along to a meeting or contact the secretary, Julie, (ahs.secretary@bigpond.com) and she will send you the EFT details. The fees are $10 single per annum, or $15 couple/family and include the bi-monthly newsletter, Tram Stops. Income from memberships and book sales assists the society in its aims of researching, preserving, recording and publishing Ashgrove’s history. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Brisbane tramway system closing. On 2 March, AHS will not be meeting at the library. Instead, members will be visiting the Brisbane Tramway Museum at Ferny Grove. This is a private event for AHS members only. However, the museum is open to the public on Sundays 12:30pm-4pm (unless it is raining). Visitors can ride on the restored trams and enjoy the various displays. Check the museum’s informative website or its Facebook page for further details including special events such as night runs.

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World day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement led by Christian women who welcome you to join in prayer and action for peace and justice. It has a long history beginning in the 19 th century when Christian women of the USA and Canada initiated a variety of activities in support of womens involvement in mission at home and other parts of the world. In 1926 a worship service was distributed to many countries and partners in mission. The response worldwide was enthusiastic: the call was issued for a World Day of Prayer. Today World of Prayer, led Christian women of many traditions, involves in a common day of prayer in over 170 countries on or near the first Friday of March each year. Each years worship service has a special annual theme prepared by an eucumenical committee in a different country. In this way those who take part in the prayer services come to know how people of other countries, cultures and languages understand the Biblical passages from within their cultures and circumstances. They hear of the joys, concerns and needs of other people and pray with and for them. In Australia the prepared service is used in about a thousand communities. For many years the World day of Prayer has been observed in The Gap, hosted in various churches. This year the service will be held at St Mark’s Anglian Church, 1073 Waterworks Road, The Gap at 10 am 1st March 2019. The service has been prepared this year by the women of Slovenia, a small , but very beautiful country, as I have been told by people who have visited there. Please come and join us to learn more about this country and its people and to stand with them in prayer. website: http://www.westernecho.com.au


Bernie Hoesman OAM

Among the 1,127 Australians honoured in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List was local identity and acclaimed musician, Bernard (Bernie) Jan Hoesman of Ashgrove. Mr. Hoesman received an OAM for service to music through brass and concert bands. Bernie Hoesman’s musical career began in Music education and brass bands. After serving as a primary classroom music specialist with Education Queensland, he joined QUT in 1976, where he became a lecturer in Bernie Hoesman music and music education. Since leaving QUT in 1995 Bernie has maintained his involvement with music through conducting, teaching and adjudicating. Throughout his career he also worked in professional music with a focus on conducting. His conducting experience includes Brass Bands in concerts and competitions, Symphonic Bands. He founded and conducted the Brisbane Symphonic Band. (1976-1997) High school bands and orchestras as guest conductor and clinician, The Topp Brass (1980-1987), a brass septet which broadcast regularly on ABC radio, Pit orchestras for musicals and light operas. St.Lucia Orchestra (1994-2000) Brisbane Concert Orchestra (2000-2014) bco. org.au Adult Starters Bands Bernie has conducted at almost all G.R.I.P.P.S music camps from 1992 up to 2009. Mr Hoesman is an Accredited Judge - National Band Council of Australia, and he has been awarded Life Membership with both the Brisbane Symphonic Band and the Brisbane Excelsior Band.

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The Gap Historical Society Inc. Est. 2000 As the transfer of the lease of our meeting place and museum, “Nullagundi”, to the R S L nears completion, it seems particularly appropriate as this year, 2019, we celebrate the centenary of the Enoggera Soldier Settlement at The Gap. Soldier settlement was very significant in the history of The Gap. It led to the first large increase in population of the district and to the extension of the school from one to two rooms, with an enrolment of 103 students by 1923. Under the Discharged Soldiers’ Settlement Act,1917, every discharged member of the armed forces was entitled to apply for land and financial assistance. Applications were assed using criteria such as war service, farming experience, personal attributes, evidence of thrift and financial responsibility and marital status. Forty- two blocks of approximately ten acres were made available for Soldier Settlement at the Gap in the area north of Waterworks Rd from Hilder Rd. to just east of Settletment Rd. Thirty- two of the blocks were to the west of (now) Settlement Rd and twelve to the east. Selection of the blocks by ballot was completed by 30th September 1919. Poultry farming was encouraged Settlement Rd was known locally as Myall Rd for many years. The first record in the school register of “Settlement Road” was in 1943 but the name was not officially recognised until 1950. For new-comers to The Gap, our Society has a range of small publications telling various stories relating to the history of our suburb. These are available from our Secretary by phoning on 0408 012 689, or better still – come to our next meeting and look before you buy!! (The next meeting will be held on Saturday 23rd February commencing at 2,00 pm at the Nullagundi Centre, 1176 Waterworks Road).

Newmarket VIEW Club ‘Voice, Interests and Education of Women’ Lunchtime meetings on 4th Tuesday of month, 10.30am for 11.00am start at the Gaythorne RSL Club, Samford Road, Mitchelton. A new year and a new Committee!! 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 young Australians. We would welcome you as a visitor to our Lunch Meetings ($25 for a two-course lunch) and so perhaps become a member of our Club. VIEW was founded by the General Secretary of The Smith Family, George Forbes, in 1960 to support the charitable work of The Smith Family. If you wish to know more about the Newmarket VIEW Club and also join us for lunch, please ring Estelle on 3356 7598. website: http://www.westernecho.com.au


The “C” Word

Cancer is the most common natural cause of death in dogs in Australia. And while the diagnosis is one that every pet lover dreads, the fact is that canine cancer is more treatable than ever before. Genetic factors lie at the heart of causing most cancers, and viruses often play a part. Unfortunately, we can’t yet do much about those factors yet, but we can help with other influences. To reduce the risk of cancer in your pet: Make sure your dog has good nutrition, weight-management and plenty of exercise. Help your dog to maintain a fit body for life. A fit dog will have a wasp-like waist and a tucked-in abdomen. Feed your dog a high-quality diet made by a reputable company or a home-prepared diet prepared with the help of your veterinarian. Start with the amount of food recommended for your dog and adjust accordingly with how your pet’s body responds. Cut down on extra calories and help ensure good oral hygiene by substituting carrots as treats or by adding volume to meals with green beans. Consider adding omega-3 fatty acids (eg “Megaderm”) to reduce the risk of developing cancer, improve skin condition and joint function. Add regular exercise, and you and your dog will benefit with greater health and a closer bond. Desex your dog early in life. Speying and neutering have been shown to be an effective method of preventing cancer. Speying will almost totally prevent mammary cancer if it is done before a bitch has her first season. Choose clean living for your dog! Eliminate exposure to parasites (internal and external), environmental carcinogens such as old fashioned pesticides, passive tobacco smoke and asbestos. Each one of these factors has been suggested to increase the risk of cancer in your dog (and in you). You may do everything and still end up with a cancer diagnosis for your pet. Don’t despair. Cure rates and quality of life are improving every year. Cancer: Symptoms of disease • Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow. • Sores that do not heal. • Bleeding or discharge from any body opening. • Weight loss. • Offensive odour. • Loss of appetite. • Difficulty eating or swallowing. • Persistent lameness or stiffness. • Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina. • Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating. If you notice any of these symptoms, don’t waste any time getting your pet to your vet to have the problem checked out.

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THE GAP

Join the Eagles’ nest: Norths hockey sign-on

Meat U @ Home are now serving a whole new community with the opening of our second shop at Beerwah Market Place in December 2018. If you have family or friends on the Sunshine Coast, they can enjoy the same fantastic range and service as you do here in The Gap. If you are travelling to the Sunny Coast for holidays, ring ahead and place your order and we’ll have it ready for you to collect, we even cryovac it into meal size serves for your holiday or camping trips.

Mikey’s Aussie Bilton!

We are pleased to introduce a new line in both stores Mikey’s Awesome Biltong - you can check out their story www.mikeysbiltong.com.au – available in 5 fantastic flavours @ $19.99 for a 225g pack. The biltong is made here in Brisbane using quality free range beef. Change your snack to something better! Low carb - No added sugar, Low fat - High Protein - AND makes a great snack for school lunchboxes.

Other New Products & Lines Try our delicious ‘ready to heat and add’ Creamy Chicken, Bacon and Mustard (pasta/rice) sauce. Made with free range chicken breast, our naturally wood smoked bacon, seeded mustard and fresh cream. Easy, quick and super DELICIOUS! Summer heat is seeing many of us cranking up the BBQ or grill and we have super scrumptious Jalapeno and Haloumi Burger Patties, Chicken Rissoles to add flavour and a change to your meal planning. Our ‘Heat and Eat’ cooked Italian Meatballs are proving popular too! Plenty of choice for that easy dinner especially with the kids now back at school. Don’t forget to check out our range of ‘Nitrite Free’ Ham, Bacon and Silverside now sourced from Sun Valley Smallgoods, Sunshine Coast. We also stock their range of delicious Kabanas and Cheerios and are adding to the range every week. Until next month, eat well stay healthy and Meat U @ The Gap Village soon! from Julie & Gary Read & the friendly Team at MeatU@Home

The Gap Village Shopping Centre, 1000 Waterworks Road, The Gap

Ph: 3161 5021 The Western Echo February 2019 Page 16

Northern Suburbs Hockey Club at Ashgrove – nicknamed the ‘Eagles’ – is set to reach new heights in 2019. Players will commence training for the hockey season on a new artificial turf practice pitch, a $350,000 facility partly funded by the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. Norths is the only hockey club in Brisbane with its own grass fields, artificial turf practice pitch and clubhouse, with a bar and canteen facilities for social functions. The family-oriented club caters to boys, girls, men and women in teams from Under 7 through to Masters level. Hockey is a sport that all members of the family can play – from five years to 75 years. Norths is a social and inclusive club where people of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to elite, can play in a friendly atmosphere and with competitive spirit. Junior and senior players have the opportunity to represent Brisbane, Queensland and Australia at all age levels. Whether you are interested in a social sporting experience or the competition of high-level hockey, there is a Norths team waiting for you. Northern Suburbs Hockey Club will hold its sign-on day at Dorrington Park, Mirrabooka Road, Ashgrove on Saturday February 2 from 10am to 2pm. Be amongst the first to play on the new practice turf during our come and try session from 10am to 12pm. Players can also sign up to play for Norths by phoning 0403 587 587. Visit www.northshockey.org.au or search for Norths Hockey on Facebook.

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Restore your balance Kinesiology treatments suitable for all ages

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Would you like more calmness, vitality and joy? Be in better control of your health and fitness? Improve your relationships? Or find life purpose? Kinesiology is an effective way to achieve health and wellbeing goals. New to Young Minds at The Gap, Grania Kelly practices goal-based kinesiology. That means you are ‘balanced’ around the goals you want to achieve. Based on the body’s innate ability to heal and maintain homeostasis, a kinesiology balance can bring tremendous physical and emotional relief, insights, clarity, vitality and peace. Through muscle monitoring (gentle pressure to the body), Grania will gauge where you are holding stress or trauma and correct the underlying energy imbalances. Acupressure, counseling, brain integration therapy, guided visualizations and gentle muscle massage are some of the techniques used to restore balance to the biofeedback loop between the brain, nervous system and muscles. To boost your start to 2019, Grania is offering special halfprice treatments until March 31: $45 for an hour and $60 for 1½ hours. For an appointment please call 3857 0074 or visit Young Minds, Level 1 The Gap Village, 1000 Waterworks Road, The Gap.

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Art in Bark Association

Art in Bark have started their Workshops every Monday from 4th February 9.30am – 11.30am at the Brisbane City Hall, Adelaide Street, Brisbane 50+ in basement. Lessons are $10 - Kit and bark provided. All are welcome to come and have a go. For more info phone, Joy M. 0407 178 064 – Barbara 3271 2130 – Hazel M. 0408 157 117. Art in Bark will have an Exhibition of Bark pictures at the Brisbane Garden & Plant Expo which will be held on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th March at Doomben Racecourse, Hampden St Ascot Entry Fee:- $12 Adult $10 Concession (card) Free entry for children under 15 years of age. Display of Paper Bark framed & unframed pictures, Jewellery, cards, bookmarkers etc. all made from the bark of the Melalecua tree, and of course beautiful display of flowers, plants etc. For more Info phone Joy m. 0407 178 964 – Barbara 3271 2130 – Hazel m. 0408 157 117. website: http://www.westernecho.com.au

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Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month Conflict and violence displaced more than 68 million people in the past year, and half of those are children. Rotarians refuse to accept conflict as a way of life. Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts. One of Rotary’s most significant programs aimed at directly improving peace and conflict resolution is the Peace Fellowship program.

Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 professionals from around the world to receive fellowships to study at one of our peace centres. Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centres program develops leaders who become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.

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In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centres have trained more than 1,000 fellows for careers in peacebuilding. Many of them are serving as leaders at international organizations or have started their own foundations. Each year, the Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 50 for certificate studies at premier universities around the world. Master’s degree programs: Last 15 to 24 months and require a practical internship

of two to three months during the academic break. Professional development certificate program: For experienced professionals and lasts three months with two to three weeks of field study.

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Arana VIEW Club Members enjoyed hosting a Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings Keperra on Sunday 13 January

Arana VIEW Club meets on 6th March at the Arana Leagues Club, Dawson Parade Keperra, 10.30am for 11.00am start. Cost is $30.00 for the 2-course lunch and we will be having our usual lucky door and raffle prizes. All proceeds go towards supporting our “learning for Life” students and the Smith family. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Our guest speaker for March is Gillian Nastro who has had an extensive career in nursing. We will be having our first “Make, Bake and Grow” table in March so bring along all your goodies to sell. We had our Annual General Meeting in February and all positions were filled so we are ready for an inspiring and active year. Bookings are required by 12 noon Monday 4th March. Please contact Carol on 33555349. website: http://www.westernecho.com.au


- Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap - Working with the Community (Continued from Page 18)

The Peace Centre at the University of Queensland’s, School of Political Science and Political Studies is one of 6 Rotary Peace Centres. The UQ Peace Centre is into its 16th year. Michelle Helman calls Portland, Oregon home. Her journey to become a Rotary Peace Fellow formalised after earning a BA in Anthropology from the University of Illinois in 2005. Practical application of her studies constituted joining the Peace Corps where she served as a Youth Development Volunteer in Peru. Thereafter, Michelle directed an academic enrichment program through the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization in Portland and led gap-year study abroad programs for university students. Through

these challenging and rewarding experiences, she realized the importance of fostering communication skills to build community. In 2012, Michelle began studying communication and conflict resolution and learned to apply mindfulness and trauma-informed leadership techniques to create an advocacy program for Latinx immigrants. She then trained to volunteer as a small-claims court mediator and holds additional certifications as an advanced yoga instructor, scuba diver, and Wilderness First Responder, and is an award-winning career coach. Michelle recently worked in Nicaragua installing compost toilets with farmers in the Bosawás Biosphere Reserve and as a Spanish medical interpreter and

tutor in Portland. Currently, Michelle is researching how the neuroscience of emotions is an integral and often overlooked component of effective peacebuilding and conflict resolution. Her vision

is to apply this concept by creating leadership training utilising experiential education pedagogy to improve organizational development outcomes and impact.

Eat your greens! A three-step guide to ethical inves�ng Like many kids I was taught to eat everything on my plate. Now I'm making more healthy decisions about what I choose to eat and what I choose to leave on the plate. A similar discussion has been evolving around environmental, social and governance (ESG) inves�ng. 1) Define your goals Approaches to ESG inves�ng can vary widely depending on investors' age and background. Some investors may take a purely financial approach by targe�ng companies with favourable ESG prac�ces to enhance returns or reduce risks. Other investors may make a values-based judgement to exclude exposures to industries like tobacco, gambling or muni�ons. 2) Understand your op�ons Por�olio screening can take two main forms—'exclusionary', which removes stocks or sectors, or 'inclusionary', which up-weights 'good actors' and down-weights 'bad actors'. It's the difference between removing all the unhealthy food from your plate or reducing the por�on size. Advocacy seeks to influence posi�ve change through the power of vo�ng rights, rather than removing yourself from the conversa�on by dives�ng. Advocacy can be an effec�ve way of maximising financial returns without compromising diversifica�on. ESG integration incorporates risk exposure into the investment process. A company may be subject to a high degree of ESG risk, but if the price reflects that, then it may s�ll form part of an investment por�olio. Impact investing involves alloca�ng capital to generate both a social or environmental impact and a financial return. It carries more complexity in the form of niche funds accessed through private investment vehicles. 3) Assess your strategy regularly The ESG investment landscape is far from sta�c. Not only are investor preferences changing, investment op�ons are rapidly evolving, supported by a growing recogni�on that it's possible to do well while doing good.

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Taking Your Australian Research Further

Are you researching your family history and want to know more about your Australian ancestors? Where and how they lived? Queensland Family History Society is holding a seminar on - Taking your Australian Research further. When: Saturday, 2 March 2019 - 9 am - 12.30 pm Where: Queensland Baptists Conference Centre, 53 Prospect Road, Gaythorne Cost: $25.00 members (QFHS and GSQ) and $40.00 non-members (includes morning tea) Book online at : www.qfhs. org.au/events/qfhs-seminars/

Presenter/s: Shauna Hicks and Janice Cooper Shauna Hicks Session 1: What’s in the archives for Australian family history that you don’t know about? Session 2: What other resources are you not using for your Australian family history research? Shauna will discuss lesser known, as well as more easily accessible resources, for Australian family history research. She will include examples from across all Australian states. Janice Cooper Session 3: How can you place your families in their local communities and historic times? Janice will outline how she extends knowledge of her Australian ancestors

Amnesty International Brave people all around the world are risking their freedom and lives to protect the rights of others. But they are being targeted, attacked and even killed. If we don’t stand with these human rights defenders and protest their treatment, our world will be less fair and equal. One of these people that Amnesty International is seeking action for this month is Vietnamese mother of two, Tran Thi Nga. She was arrested in 2017 for protesting a huge environmental disaster, and was sentenced to prison for 9 years, and house arrest for five years. During her time in prison, she has been beaten and threatened by other inmates, and banned from seeing her family as punishment by guards for spurious reasons. Vietnam frequently jails peaceful activists, subjecting them to solitary confinement for long periods, beatings and not allowing access to medical treatment. Amnesty international is calling for Tran Thi Nga to be released immediately and unconditionally. She is a prisoner of conscience and has been jailed peacefully exercising her rights to freedom of expression and assembly. Amnesty is also calling for her to be granted access to her family and medical treatment. The Helen Black Amnesty International group meet between 9-11am on the second Monday morning of the month in The Gap and would love to hear from anyone interested in joining the group. Please contact Di on 33001861. The Ashgrove Amnesty International group meets on the first and third evenings of the month and can be contacted by emailing Sally on 3366 2046 or 0476 006 990. The Western Echo February 2019 Page 20

by learning more about the communities and times in which they lived. About the Presenters: Shauna Hicks is a Fellow of the Queensland Family History Society. She was awarded a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Australian Society of Archivists and in 2009 Shauna received the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations award for Meritorious Services to Family History. She has been tracing her own family history since 1977. Janice Cooper is an experienced family historian with a primary interest in

researching her Australian ancestry since the first family members arrived in 1791. With an academic background in Australian history, she is interested in placing families in the contexts of time and place. Her publications include local history books and articles, as well as a One-Place Study website.

The Gap / Ashgrove National Seniors Australia

The Gap/Ashgrove branch of NSA started the year with party to celebrate our 29th birthday. Our chocolate birthday cake was cut by three of our original members, Bev Lambert together with Ed & Jean Coxon. These members still attend all our meeting and Bev organizes our bus trips. We plan an exciting year ahead, introducing monthly “Havea-Chat” morning teas at the Gaythorne RSL and lunches at The Gap Tavern. We have some great speakers & entertainers lined up for this year. New members & visitors are always welcome. We meet at the Ashgrove Bowls c l u b a t Yo k u Original members Bev Lambert and Ed & Road Ashgrove Jean Coxon cutting the 29th birthday cake

At 9.30am. Any queries or for more information please phone Helen 0409 878 089. website: http://www.westernecho.com.au


Gap Author Launches Anthology at Avid Reader Bookstore

Resident of The Gap, Michelle Beesley launched the Romance Anthology – Destination Romance on the 20th December at Avid Reader in West End. Michelle and two other Brisbane authors included in the anthologyTanya Kean and Melanie Page were in conversation with bestselling author T.M. Clark. Michelle is a much loved local supply teacher and

regular columnist for online magazine She Society and this is her first foray into romance writing. Michelle’s story ‘ Escape to D’Amour’ is set in Provence. Her main character Lavender Jones, owner of the Tea Lady Café, heads to Provence from the little town of Heart Springs in New South Wales. She is researching the latest gastronomic tours for her friends at J’ Adore Travel. When she meets the handsome, yet maddening, chocolatier Thierry sparks fly. Will the healing power of the lavender mend her broken heart? Over sixty keen readers joined the authors to learn more about the anthology which showcases exotic destinations like the Greek Isles, London, Paris, New Zealand and Thailand. In Destination Romance

ten travellers with escape on their mind enter the doors of J’adore Travel to book their trip of a lifetime not knowing that reaching their destination would only be the beginning. The lively crowd enjoyed drinks and canapés plus

delicious macarons from A s h g r o v e ’s M a r c h e d u Macaron before having their books signed by the authors. Destination Romance was published by Serenity Press in Western Australia, which champions Australian authors.

Michelle Beesley, Tanya Kean and Melanie Page at the launch

The Probus Club of The Gap New Year – More Fun and Games! How are your New Year Resolutions getting on? If you made a resolution to get out more, meet interesting people and do interesting things, even if no longer capable of rock-climbing and marathon races, then The Gap Probus could be just the club for you Probus is a group of social clubs devoted to an “Active Retirement”. We cater for many special interests and levels of mobility. We’re non-political and non-religious – and we’re devoted to having an Active Retirement. The plans for 2019 are well set, with outings, lunches, dinners and, at the general meetings, speakers on every topic from medical research to Dame Joan Sutherland, Reconciliation to bush poetry, the Orange Sky mobile laundry for the homeless to music from the Jam Tarts trio. What a year it’s going to be – and you could be part of it! 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. website: http://www.westernecho.com.au

BECAUSE YOUR FAMILY’S HEALTH IS VITAL

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Brisbane Tramway Museum

Individual piano tuition Mariella Farrugia MTAQ (prof) LLCM, ALCM, 30 years teaching experience

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Love to Sing? The Serenata Singers want YOU!

Open Night Monday 25 February @ 7.15 pm The Gap Uniting Church Auditorium, 1050 Waterworks Rd, The Gap Check us out at https//: serenatasingers.org.au

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Tramway operations commenced on August 10, 1885 when the Metropolitan Tramway and Investment Company introduced horse-drawn trams such as the one in the picture. Eventually, this service covered some 15 miles (24 Kms) and serviced Logan Road, West End, Breakfast Creek, New Farm and the Exhibition Buildings (near the Ekka grounds). The cars carried 16 seated passengers and could have another 14 standing. The service ran from 1885 until electrification began in 1898 and was terminated in the following year. Our tram (below) is a replica built on an original chassis, and has been drawn by 2 horses on the remaining track at Belmont/ Carina back in 1979 when we celebrated the Queensland Centenary. It underwent further maintenance/restoration in 2012/13 so that it is kept in fully operational condition. Our other big news for the year is that the 13th April marks the 50th Anniversary of the LAST TRAM TRIP IN BRISBANE. On that night in 1969, 554 was driven into its shed for the last time ending some 70 years of electric tram services in Bris-bane. More news of commemorative activities will appear in future editions. Apart from our fleet of operational trams, the museum has a range of books and DVD’s etc on the history of Brisbane’s Trams and Trolley Buses. Why not drop in next Sunday afternoon, have a ride and a browse??

Exams or Leisure - All Ages Welcome Professional Member, QMTA

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Love to Sing? Rob’s Guitar School Professional - Experienced All Ages - Blue Card Rock - Folk - Jazz - Blues

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The Serenata Singers, a friendly community choir based in The Gap, enjoyed a banner year in 2018 and is looking for new members in 2019. Singers can join at any time, but the choir will hold an “open evening” on Monday 25 February for prospective new members – it will be a chance to meet choir members and observe and participate in a rehearsal. No audition is necessary. An ability to read music is helpful, but not required. If you can hold a tune and love to sing, the Serenata Singers may be for you! The choir sings a variety of popular and show tunes. It rehearses weekly on Monday evenings at The Gap Uniting Church and performs regularly, mainly for retirement communities, care facilities and community groups. The choir is particularly interested in adding some male voices. For further information, check out our website: https://serenatasingers.org.au/. website: http://www.westernecho.com.au


The Physiologix Corner A Physio’s Insight to the Australian Tennis Open 2019... and Lessons We Can All Learn

PILATES at 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:

Pilates equipment classes Group classes Individual sessions

Pregnancy classes Sports specific programs Custom Physi-app home program

Workcover/Insurance/DVA/EPC accepted Hicaps on site for immediate rebate

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Kirsty McNab, Sports Physiotherapist at Physiologix, has been working at the Australian Tennis Open for the 12th Year. She is one of four Tennis Australia physios employed each year to work with all of the female athletes in the qualifying rounds and the main draw. Here she draws on a few points with these athletes, what we can learn from them, and ways of implementing our own health changes. A common injury often experienced by the players is a strain to their abdominal muscles, the big muscles at the front of the trunk that they use aggressively to serve. Under their shirts, several of the players will be carrying heavily taped up bodies in an attempt to allow them to serve as best as possible. All these players work hard on their strength but also their control. Many of their exercises are pilates based, working to move the legs, pelvis, trunk and shoulder with perfect control, allowing them to gain maximum power as

they hit the ball. Get it wrong and they will overload an area that will break down with an injury - every athletes fear! This type of exercise, “pilates based movement with control”, is great for anyone, any age, with any ability. All of the physios at Physiologix are highly trained in using their extensive range of pilates equipment. They also have highly trained skills in assessment, specific exercise programming and progression, and rehabilitation. This is where the sessions run at Physiologix differ from a run of the mill pilates studio and is why their individual, small group and large group sessions remain rebatable with private health cover. And this year they have even more class options, making it easier than ever to help you look after yourself. Wo r k i n g d o w n i n Melbourne, watching these incredible athletes perform for us, pushing their bodies to the max, acrobats on the court, you know that most of them will suffer the affects of early

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At The Gap Health & Racquet Club 200 Settlement Rd, The Gap osteoarthritis in their joints, many of them indeed already have early joint changes. T h o s e a ff e c t e d p e r f o r m regular specific exercises to help protect these joint. The GLA:D exercise program for hip and knee osteoarthritis that Physiologix runs is based on international research clearly demonstrating how much the affects of osteoarthritis can be managed with good care later on in life. This is great for these athletes and great for those of us that love our sport. Learning how to move well, which types of exercises are best, and which positions and movements are best avoided, is information we can be easily educated about. GLA:D also provides support in the exercise we do, exercising with a like minded group. Managing osteoarthritis is possible and can be fun! 2019 is an exciting year at The AO - it is the first year in the new, purpose-built player area, a massive new building next to the Rod Laver stadium.

Kirsty has been working out of a huge new treatment area based on the ground floor of this building. Working along side Kirsty and the other physios are a group of massage therapists. Massage is seen as essential in helping recovery for these elite players. For the rest of us ( not so elite athletes) we often see massage as a luxury when in fact this couldn’t be further from the truth. Massage is a great way to manage niggles and knots and help prevent small issues building into big ones. Start your 2019 on the right tract. Massage once a month is a great way to help keep the body happy and healthy. Both our amazing massage therapists at Physiologix are highly qualified and experienced. Enjoy...(well that might not be the best word but the effect sure is good) !!!!! Contact Physiologix on (07) 3511 1112 or email from the webpage Physiologix. com.au

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2019 Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony

Aymee Hogbin, Grace Pegg, Christine Schapdryver, Sandy Nilsen, Janice Chanson, Lisa McMaster, Rafferty, Baxter and Oscar Munro

Francine Hinton with Sophia and Paul Kirkup

Welcome new Aussie Mrs Yael Leibovitch

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Adrit Subedi and Mrs Muna Adhikari

Francine Hinton congratulates Paul Beckworth

Ryan Craven with his mother Mrs Colleen Fleet

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@ J.A. Robertson Hall, The Gap State High School

Proud new Aussie Aditya with Sangeeta and baby Neev Singh Mohsen Modirshanechi with Francine Hinton

President Francin Hinton welcomes Cyrus Tam

MC Ritchie Callaghan with Mialette du Plessis

A very happy Elen Gueorguiev with Francine Hinton

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Rajbir Singh gave a rousing Aussie Aussie Aussie!

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Probus Club Of Ithaca at Ashgrove Welcomes New Members

Over the past year the Probus Club of Ithaca at Ashgrove has welcomed a number of new members who appreciated our great guest speakers and members’ outings. Last year’s speakers included Chris Adams “Grave Tales”, Brendan Minehan “Nerada Tea Story”, RACQ “Road Safety for Older Drivers”. Club members who stepped forward as speakers

included Charlie Knoke “How America Won the West”, Geoff Crane “Evolution of Technology”, Brian Hampton “Remembering Expo 88” and physiotherapist HelenMary Blake “Stay on Your Feet”, avoiding falls for older Australians. Our first speaker for 2019 at the February Club Meeting will be Wanda Gayle, jeweler and silversmith who designs

CHESS T'MINIT Play at The Gap Chess Club resumed at the start of the month with the Lightning Tournament. Following this tournament and some casual play, the club’s premier tournament, the Flood Cup, will commence at the end of the month – any players interested in entering this tournament should come on a Friday night or contact the Club. 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 club now has a Facebook Page, “The Gap Chess Club”, with updates on club play, local chess news and puzzles. This month’s problem comes from the lichess.org daily puzzle which features on the club’s website. Black to move and win neatly. Solution to December’s puzzle. 1. e4 Nf6 2. f3 Nxe4 3. Qe2 Ng3 4. Qxe7+ Qxe7+ 5. Kf2 Nxh1#

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and manufactures her own jewelry and has designed and manufactured an adjustable ring for fingers affected by arthritis. Her presentation is titled “Give Me a Ring”. A number of quality speakers have already been booked for 2019. Outings in 2018 included a walking tour of the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, a trip to the Scenic Rim and Wyaralong Dam, a walking tour of the Araucaria Track at Walkabout Track, a trip to South-East Queensland’s three big dams - Wivenhoe, Somerset and North Pine and also a trip to Canunga, Albert River Winery and the Mount

Alford Micro Brewery. This month’s excursion will be a visit to an historic property “The Manor” in Mt. Tamborine with morning tea at “Duck Park” at Beenleigh, followed by lunch at the Bungunyah Homestead. The trip will also include a visit to the Witches Chase Cheese Factory. If you are interested in joining us at our first club meeting on February 14 at the Ashgrove Bowls Club or any other meeting in 2019 as a guest or as a prospective member, please phone our Club Membership Officer, Anne Evans Ph (0402) 630 993. At the Probus Club of Ithaca at Ashgrove there is no waiting list for new members.

National Servicemen’s Association of Australia (Queensland) Inc

The association exists for the welfare and benefit of Australian ‘nashos’ who served in either of the two schemes operating between 1951 and 1973 and the wives/widows thereof. Conscripts who served for countries other than Australia are welcome as associate members. To apply for both service medals to which Australian nashos are entitled; to locate a branch near you or to find out the benefits of membership, phone 3324 1277 or scroll website www.nashoqld.org.au Brisbane North West branch meets on the third Sunday of each month (next February17) at Gaythorne RSL commencing 10.15am; visitors and new members are welcome. After the meeting join your fellow members in the Bistro Bar for lunch. For further details on Brisbane North West branch phone Dave on 3366 3191.

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Help Clean Up Bowman Park for people and animals (SOWN) members will be joining the Bowman Park Frog Habitat Group for Clean Up Australia (CUA) Day in March this year. Members of the public are invited to join SOWN and the Frog Habitat Group at Bowman Park, Bardon on Sunday 3 March from 8 am to 10 am. We will be collecting rubbish throughout the park and along Ithaca Creek and weeding and watering in the small frog creek and ponds along Bowman Parade. Bowman Park is a very busy and well used public park but is also an important habitat for plants and animals. Frog Habitat Group leader, Phil Bird, says many species of frog have been found in the creeks in the park, including populations of Tusked Frog, Striped Marsh Frog, Green Treefrog, Eastern Sedgefrog, Graceful Treefrog, and Stoney Creek Frog. Managing Director of Clean Up Australia, Terrie-Ann Johnson, has urged individuals

and groups to continue the impetus created by Clean Up founder Ian Kiernan AO. “Clean Up Australia Day is the nation’s largest community mobilisation event, and 2019 is the perfect time to band together in Ian’s honour, celebrate what has been achieved, show your support for his vision and continue his dream to Clean Up Australia,” said Terrie-Ann. “Ian firmly believed that every single one of us can and should make a difference. Volunteer action was his amazingly simple idea, his dream and his inspiration. His

Eastern sedgefrog Litoria fallax one of several frogs found at Bowman Park PHOTO: Robert Whyte

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Help clean up beautiful Ithaca Creek at Bowman Park PHOTO: Men of the Trees

passion was working alongside his fellow Aussies as we clean up our environment and reduce waste before it becomes a problem. Moving into the future I urge all Australians to take up the challenge – become Ian’s successor and continue the momentum he fostered. “There are so many actions every one of us can take to help reduce the 8 million tonnes of plastic entering our oceans worldwide each year,” she said.

Please come along to Bowman Park at 8 am on Sunday 3 March and help clean up Australia for people and for animals and plants. Wear outdoor clothes, shoes and a hat and bring a water bottle and gloves. We will have bags and gloves available. Look for the SOWN banner on the picnic shelter near the kindergarten.

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Palm lilies, or cordylines, are complimentary to modern landscaping styles. They are often used in background plantings in shaded areas of tropical or Balinese-style gardens where they provide year-round lushness. Grown in a tall planter they provide a striking accent feature at the house entry, on a patio or indoors. Of the fifteen species of this group, eight are indigenous to Australia. Three of these are found locally. The red-fruited palm lily (Cordyine rubra), narrow-leafed palm lily (C. congesta) and broad-leafed palm lily (C. petiolaris) are narrow, upright plants growing to about 3m tall, often with more than one trunk. The long, tapering leaves that radiate from the palm-like trunk are often more crowded at the top. All produce long panicles of lilac to purplish flowers

in the winter-spring period, followed by round red fruit that contrast with their green foliage. The three species can be distinguished by their leaf shape, size and petiole (leaf stalk). The flowers attract native bees and butterflies whilst birds forage on the fruit. Although found naturally in moist areas, such as rainforest, cordylines are fairly hardy plants that can tolerate a range of soil conditions as long as they are in a sheltered, shady position. Although they survive dry periods once established, their growth is impacted. Cordylines flourish if the soil is enriched with compost and they are watered regularly in hot, dry conditions and a 10cm layer of mulch is applied. Pictured right - Cordyline petiolaris Photo: Neil Murphy

Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club On 7 March the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club meets at the Enoggera Memorial Hall situated at the junction of Trundle and Wardell Streets. When information had to be submitted for publication there was uncertainty about who would be the guest speaker. It will be either Bruce Harkness or Peter McCloskey. The guest speaker’s topic is Bonsai. “Bonsai” is a Chinese word meaning “trees in a tray” according to information given in a Reader’s Digest book. It is an ancient art form which came into existence prior to the 13th century. Bonsai is also associated with Japan where there are dwarf living trees over 500 years old. The Brisbane botanical gardens at Mt Coot-tha has a Japanese

garden where many bonsai are featured. Originally age determined whether a miniature tree could be classed as a bonsai, but nowadays the appearance of age is enough to allow it to be called that name. Also, do you know if a bonsai is probogated from an aged subject, the new plant assumes the same age as its parent plant? While a bonsai can enhance a room’s décor, it must not be kept indoors for very long , as bonsai require protected outdoor conditions to survive. If you are thinking of creating a bonsai, information gained at this meeting would be invaluable. Activities this month include watering, mowing and controlling weeds through

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mulching. The mulch thickness should be between 50 mm and 75 mm. If you like to grow your own seedlings, now is the time to plant seeds in punnets kept in a protected area where you can keep a check on them. The seedlings should then be ready to plant out in the garden by April. Don’t forget to nourish the garden beds in readiness for the new plants. Check your roses as black spot is prevalent at this time, and also examine your lawn as lawn grubs are still active. The Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club has vacancies for new members. It meets on the first Thursday of the calendar month except January. There is a lucky door prize, a continuous raffle, a plant exchange table, a show

bench for members to exhibit according to a show schedule, besides a talk given by a guest speaker. Qualified judges judge the exhibits and points are accrued for end of year prizes. An enjoyable morning is assured. The hall is close to public transport and accessible by wheel chair. For more information please contact the president, Pat, on 3356 1256.

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SOWN History Book - Order Now! To celebrate 25 years of caring for Enoggera catchment, Save Our Waterways Now (SOWN) has commissioned an ebook recording the organisation’s history and the magnificent work done by SOWN members to rehabilitate our local creeks. Due for publication in March 2019, SOWN: Caring for Enoggera Catchment 19942019 will also be available in hard copy by pre-ordering at a price of $50 each. See below for how to order. SOWN president John Abbott said writing the book had been a wonderful opportunity to delve into the archives to find old photos and piece together how SOWN started. “Former Alderman for The Gap Brian Hallinan was the driving force. He was very concerned our creeks were little more than drains littered with rubbish and overrun by weeds.

“Together with the group Men of the Trees, Brian developed a plan to apply for Federal Government funding to get an Enoggera Creek coordinator. “The application was successful. In March 1994, the Save Own Waterways Now committee met for the first time,” John said. The SOWN committee brought in the expertise of the Enoggera Creek Committee, led by Trevor Ozanne and Bob Whiteman, which had been planting in the Ashgrove area since 1987. SOWN: Caring for Enoggera Catchment 1994-

Trevor Ozanne with Lord Mayor Sallyanne Atkinson at an early Enoggera Creek planting on 26 January 1987

2019 will cover how SOWN started and profiles of the 30 local bushcare groups including the SOWN plant nursery. The 236-page A4book will be full colour throughout with more than 300 photographs. It’s being prepared by ToadShow’s Anne Jones and Robert Whyte with additional photography by Mark Crocker.

How to order Go to the SOWN website at www.sown.com.au to obtain more information and an order form. When the printed copies are ready for collection, you will be contacted. If you prefer to have the book posted there is an additional $10 postage per copy. Orders close on 1 March 2019.

HOW GREEN IS YOUR THUMB? Do you already have a green thumb? Or would like to develop one? The Yo o r a l a S t Community Garden may be just the perfect place for you! The garden is keen to encourage members of our local community to get involved. We love visitors and welcome the community to come and see what we do. You don’t need any gardening experience to join in. Our friendly green-thumbed members have a wealth of gardening knowledge and experience that they happily share. The garden provides a family-friendly and welcoming space for our community to come together, enjoy the outdoors, make new friends, and learn about gardening and growing fruit and vegetables. Yoorala St Community Garden is made up of communal members areas and individually leased plots. The garden operates website: http://www.westernecho.com.au

under organic gardening principles, as required by Brisbane City Council. We are always keen to welcome new members, and anyone can participate in our activities. Please just bring your hat and a smile. Note: we also have raised garden beds which are accessfriendly. Please pop by on any Sunday afternoon in February/ March from 4-6pm; or starting from 1 April on any Sunday morning between 8.30-10am – and join us after for a cuppa! Address: 98 Yoorala St (the old Pony Club site), The Gap. For more information email: yscgsecretary@gmail.com Visit our website: www.yscg.com.au or check us out on: www.facebook. com/yooralastreetcommunitygarden The Western Echo February 2019 Page 29


Reflections...

Readers will recall my article of November 2018 recalling the 10th anniversary of The Gap Megablast and the ongoing problems for many of those with damaged homes and properties and the frustration caused by those who had the work of repairing the damage. Not greatly know that local historian, the late Eric Gramenz, writing articles published by The Gap News in the late 1970s, told a story entitled “Our Worst Hailstorm” which appears to follow the same path as the megablast in December 2008. Eric was the third youngest of 10 children of parents who settled in Payne Road in 1872. A friend who occupies part of Eric’s family farm was also to get damage to some of his stock. Eric’s article is as follows:“Our Worst Hailstorm” by Eric Gramenz Although before my time, I did hear plenty of stories about that storm from my older brothers and my parents. It was in the early 1900s. The storm came from the Brookfield area across to The Gap, cutting a path about 100 yards wide. It tore all the leaves and small branches off all the trees, leaving a completely bare strip. The hail was the size of cricket balls. Our old family barn near the family home had gaping holes bashed into the corrugated iron roofing. The iron on the family home must have been better quality, but the huge dents were there for everyone to see for quite some time. We had an old family photo, taken by the Hughes family after the storm. it was taken from their verandah the house is still there on the corner of Moggill Road and Payne Road - looking west up Payne Road to the property that I once owned, and at that time was the Clark family property. The road fence at

that time was all palings to keep out wallabies and hares (like most of the properties round about in those times). The photo clearly showed the hail was three feet deep against the fence. Our family had a lot of cows and horses badly knocked about in the storm. One horse had to be destroyed. it was cut to pieces in a barbed-wire fence. Our family home had a wide verandah all round and this probably saved the windows from being smashed. During my life I have seen a few hail storms, and the largest hail I’ve seen was the size of ping-pong balls. The Gap has always been considered a fairly safe area from hailstorms. But we have had some very dry years at times. One such year in my time was about 1918; the creeks were almost dry, and my Father had to ask help from the then Water Board to put water into the creek for the cattle and horses. On 16 December 2008 I was asked by the office of the Lord Mayor, Campbell Newman, via Cr. Geraldine Knapp, if I would say words of thanks at a civic reception being presented by Premier Anna Bligh and the Lord Mayor to over 1000 volunteers who assisted in the postmegablast cleanup. These volunteers included: SES, Police, Army, Fire Brigade, Salvation Army, Red Cross, insurance and many welfare groups under State and Local Government control. Australia Day 2009 saw a great “thank you” functioned arranged here in The Gap at Wittonga Park (a ‘place of reeds’) at which I again had the honour of saying thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who assisted in the aftermath. I will share with you the speech I gave at this event.

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Australia Day 2008 by Richard Speechley

Wittonga Park - Australia Day 2009 It is most fitting that we meet here in Wittonga Park on this Australia Day to pay tribute to those voluntary workers and organisations who came to the aid of many of you here today - following what we now refer to as “The Big Storm” here in The Gap and surrounding areas on Sunday 16 November 2008. Those early settlers who founded white settlement here in Australia would be very proud that the spirit shown by them in overcoming the many problems they faced, is still alive and well in Australia and especially here in The Gap. I know the storm had hardly passed when our local Councillor, Geraldine Knapp, on the way home from a function, took a call from one of her staff, telling of the devastation. As Cr. Knapp was responsible for handling such events, she continued out to our suburb and quickly had action from Council and State Government underway. The sound of chainsaws began in the darkness of early Monday morning with all types of services pouring in all day Monday. I recall as I left home at 5.20am on Tuesday to walk down Waterworks Road to see what damage was done to The Gap Historical Society’s Nullagundi Centre, trucks, graders and men and women were all the way along the road ready to get to work. Unfortunately, our ‘under construction’ new annexe had been flattened by massive gums falling on it. The speed with which local church and government agencies had a relief centre set up in Firhill Street, St John’s Wood, is something we can all be thankful for. The presence of insurance companies also assisted in making claims easier. On 16 December, I had the pleasure of expressing the thanks on behalf of all of you to a 1,000 volunteers at a City Hall function hosted by our Lord Mayor and Premier - this I hope, I adequately carried out on your behalf. Today, some of you with damage have your repairs underway, or like some of us, still await repairs. My new roof cannot come quickly enough. Please pay special thoughts to those who have lost their homes completely and also give thanks no lives were lost, however the loss to our bird life was huge. The many acts of kindness from neighbour to neighbour, from strangers one has never met and the cheerful manner in which all who came to assist, carried out their various jobs, only reinforced the Aussie spirit. Stick together and help everyone in need. Today I invite you all to join me in thanking, on behalf of victims, a rousing three cheers to our heroes - the Volunteers!

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Local Snake Wranglers A result of the extremely hot weather recently has resulted in a number of snake stories reported in the media and on social media. On 9 January, at the end of a very hot, humid day, it was time for elderly couple, Carole Cragge and her husband Ken Hanrahan of Waterworks Road, to retire to their bedrooms around 10.30pm. As Ken was drifting off to sleep he was awoken to hear his name being called in a rather urgent plea from Carole in her room. Answering her with “What’s wrong?” she advised him she felt something brushing up against her left arm. Photo: Wildlife Queensland Turning on the light revealed the tail of a snake beside the bed with its body up the wall as Carole stared straight at its head just below her arm. Willing herself to ‘keep calm and carry on’, she suggested to Ken to bring a couple of towels and between them, the reptile could be removed. The snake slid onto the floor, went behind a bookcase and some files. Agitated as it was and lifting its head in a striking action, Carole, with a towel wrapped around her hand, suddenly a reversal of fortune took place as the snake found itself in a near-death throttle hold. Holding firmly onto the snakes tail, Ken led the way down the hall, opened the door and the duo made their way down the back steps to ground level where, on the order of ‘one, two, three’ the intruder was hurled into the bushes. Carole has since identified it as a common tree snake Dendrelaphis punctulatus (also called green tree snake and Australian tree snake) - the venom having little or no effect on humans. Whoever said “Going to bed can be exciting!” had not imagined this scenario!

Enoggera & Districts Historical Society Inc. 1994 - 2019 The society’s research library

is up and running in this, our silver anniversary year. Whether your visit be motivated by research, curiosity or plain old nostalgia for bygone days, let us show you the history of some seven or eight generations, dating back to the 1840s, between Newmarket and Upper Kedron, including Everton Park. Like its predecessors, our 2019 calendar shows the present day alongside the old. Our wheelchair friendly research centre, known as Kate Perry Library is in the hundred year old Enoggera Memorial Hall on the corner of Wardell and Trundle Streets, completed between 1916 and 1925 as a memorial to the folk from the Shire of Enoggera who served in World War I. The library is open between 9am and 1pm each Thursday or at other times by arrangement. More information? Pay us a visit; come and see our fascinating collection for yourself. Phone Dave on 3366 3191. Become a society member, you’ll be welcome. website: http://www.westernecho.com.au

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