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Western Echo

June 2019 ISSN 1327-676X

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“Sweet Freedom Singers” Receive Funding

Communify’s Karen Dare and Mish Burkett receiving the Harcourt Foundation grant of $5,500 for Communify’s “Sweet Freedom Singers” with Carmen Briggs of Harcourts Inner West and founding member of Communify Champions program. Story Page 3

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ACCOUNTANT R G Goodman Phone: 3289 1700 pg 16

AUTO AIR CONDITIONING Wyatt Automotive Phone: 3300 2077

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The Gap Day & Night Pharmacy Phone: 3300 1555 pg 32 Intune Beauty Therapy Phone: 3300 9710 pg 16

BUTCHER MeatU@Home Phone: 3161 5021 pg 17

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

COMMUNITY GARDEN Yooralla St Community Garden w w w. y s c g . c o m . a u p g 2 8

DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE Communify Phone: 3510 2741 pg 12 & 20

ELECTRICIANS Pearson Electrical Phone: 0409 623 970 pg 16

GUITAR TUITION Rob’s Guitar School Phone: 3289 8020 pg 23

GUTTER VACUUM Big Boys Gutter Vacuum Phone: 0407 737 400 pg 6


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MEDICAL CENTRE Keperra Family Practice Phone: 3351 0323 pg 20



ZIBA Hair Phone: 3300 4200

Bernard Evens Remedial & Sports Phone: 3366 9997 pg 14

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LAWYERS Hollingworth & Spencer Phone: 3123 5700 pg 16

Mortgage Choice Ashgrove Phone: 3463 0500 pg 7


PLUMBER Pandanus Contractors Phone: 3300 3934 pg 10 Plumbers We Are Phone: 3351 0016 pg 10

POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT Kate Jones Phone: 3554 9100

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Cr. Steven Toomey Phone: 3407 1900

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PRINTER CARTRIDGES Cartridge World Ashgrove Phone: 3366 5111 pg 14

Good Deal Mowing Phone: 0439 734 142 pg 10



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The Gap Piano Studio Phone: 3166 8353 pg 23

PHARMACY The Gap Day & Night Pharmacy Phone: 3300 1555 pg 32

Physiologix Phone: 3511 1112

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 10

WEIGHT LOSS Winning with Food Phone: 0403 085 640 pg 19


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COPYRIGHT: All advertisements appearing in The Western Echo are subject to copyright and may not be reproduced except with the written consent of the owner of the copyright. No guarantee is given to the positioning of the advertisements and the publisher takes no responsibility for errors or omissions or the accuracy of articles published. The Western Echo is delivered, by private letterbox distribution, to 15,700 homes and businesses The Western 2019 PageThe2Gap, and selected areas of Bardon, Red Hill, Enoggera, Keperra website: in: Ashgrove, AshgroveEcho West, St.June Johns Wood, Dorrington, and Mitchelton

Communify Queensland Receives Sweet Freedom Funds On Saturday the 18th May 2019 all of Harcourts Queensland’s big hitters were dressed up to the nines for their annual awards held at the “W” Hotel in Brisbane – Karen Dare and Mish Burkett were in attendance to receive probably one of the loveliest awards of all – a $5,500 community grant to fund Communify’s “Sweet Freedom Choir”. Carmen Briggs who was awarded number two real estate agent in Queensland on the night is the founding member of the Communify Champions program and she worked with Harcourts charitable arm, The Harcourts Foundation towards the funding of this grant. The Harcourts Foundation programme helps Harcourts team members to give back to their local communities throughout Australia through donating a portion of every commission they receive. Grant Round 41 announced recently awarded charity grants giving local community groups and charities throughout Australia a total of $43,857 towards their local efforts. We are thrilled there were two Queensland charities in this round of funding including Communify. Based in Newmarket, C o m m u n i f y ’s “ S w e e t Freedom” is an all-abilities choir whose 30 members include people who are visionimpaired, have a neurological or learning disability or who use a wheelchair. The choir write and

perform their own original compositions, many of which celebrate the joy and empowerment that they derive from being part of the choir, which provides a vital social and creative outlet for members, and a sense of purpose and connectedness.Despite the logistical challenges involved, choir members are excited at the prospect of showcasing their talents in two popular public events this year – The Queensland Music Festival on 27 July (one of the state’s premier cultural events), and their Carols by Candlelight performance (Ashgrove & The Gap) in December which attracts an audience of over 4000. This grant will specifically enable Communify to: • fund additional hours for specialist staff to enable choir members to attend rehearsals and performances outside standard working hours and • employ a musical therapist for up to an hour per week for the remainder of the year, to increase the therapeutic benefits of musical activity, as well as covering the costs of their accompanying musician and the performance costs of the two events. If you would like to join Sweet Freedom Singers call MK on 3198 4412. For more information about Sweet Freedom Singers visit the website communify.


Sweet Freedom Singers - an all abilities choir for people from all walks of life who love to sing

Inside the June Issue...

Amnestty International...............................................................16 Arana VIEW Club....................................................................14 Ashgrove Historical Society.................................................13 Ashgrove/The Gap 500 Club...........................................................13 Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club..............................................12 Boomerang Bags...............................................................25 Brisbane Tramway Museum..................................................27 Chess T’Minit.......................................................................24 Communify Bus Timetable......................................................................20 Enoggera Historical Society..............................................20 Ithaca Probus Club.................................................................26 Mitchelton Garden Club....................................................28 National Servicemen’s Association of Aust. (Qld Branch)........6 Newmarket VIEW Club....................................................16 Northern Suburbs Hockey Club........................................18 Paten Park Native Nursery (PPNN).............................................28 Principal’s Points...................................................................22-24 Queensland Family History Society.......................................................31 Reflections..........................................................................30 & 31 Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap............................................10 Seranta Singers..................................................................8 Shed Happens for Men at The Gap/Ashgrove................................26 SOWN (Save Our Waterways Now)...........................................29 State Update - Kate Jones - Member for Ashgrove......................5 The Gap Garden Club...................................................................29 The Gap Historical Society...............................................14 The Gap Probus Club.............................................................25 The Gap RSL Sub Branch..................................................6 Walton Brudge The Gap Guides..........................................17 Ward Happenings Cr Steven Toomey.................................4 The Western Echo June 2019 Page 3

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

Clean, Green Brisbane

Council’s first female Mayor under the liberal administration of Sallyanne Atkinson introduced the bushland acquisition program in 1990. The first acquisition was Mt Coot-tha at the end of Whitehead Road in The Gap. Since 1990 over 4,000ha of vital natural area has been secured for preservation for future generations. In 2016 Council committed to a target of 750ha, to date over 700ha has been secured with 69ha acquired from The Gap. Preserving the City’s lungs has been only one aspect of Council’s plan to improve our environment, Council has also taken steps to improve the air quality by the street tree planting, boulevard program and the 2 million tree program continues to grow in benefit to our city. The trees planted as part of the 2million tree program in the ward, formerly a dairy farm are now over 4metres in height and

are providing a rich habitat for small birds, reptiles and marsupials. Council has converted its fleet to a mix of electric vehicles and hybrids. Council’s diesel vehicles meet the lowest CO2 emission and the lowest atmospheric particulate matter (European Emission Standard - Euro 6). Brisbane has a reputation as clean city amongst visitors and tourists. However micro waste is a difficult problem to resolve and requires a change in behaviour, Council took a leadership role to ban single use of plastic straws, water bottles and helium balloons at all Council run events, we have also introduced the 104 or more program encouraging residents to pick up two pieces of litter a week for 52 weeks. Food waste makes up one third of our general waste and food thrown away has an impact of the on the cost of living. Council’s research determined the average Brisbane household throws

away approximately $3,600 of food a year, that’s a holiday! To help Brisbane households get their food budget and food waste under control the Love Food Hate Waste initiative educates residents on how to shop and dispose food waste. In The Gap Foodie and educator Karen Brown from ‘Come and Cook’ offers a cooking program that teaches important core cooking skills. Council’s ‘Love Food Hate Waste program’ provides simples changes to make Brisbane a cleaner, greener city with less landfill. Search for more information. Habitat Brisbane volunteers have contributed $28 million in labour to the rehabilitation of our urban environment, supported by Council with equipment and grants these volunteers have freely given their time, their ongoing commitment is making significant improvements to our natural areas. The Lord Mayor last year announced plans to increase Brisbane’s

biodiversity across the city and Habitat Brisbane play a big part. Brisbane has the highest level of biodiversity of any capital city in Australia and Council is focused on improving our natural assets. At the last federal election people were dismayed by the amount of plastic film. Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has a strong environmental agenda and successfully moved a motion to ban single use plastic film at the next Council election. This comes on the back of his commitment to build five new green bridges across the river to improve bus connectivity, pedestrian movements and cross river cycle access. The LNP Council has been leading the way forward when it comes to the environment and I am pleased to part of a team that recognises the value of our bushland and green spaces.

The Gap Movie Night

Steve and Julian Simmonds– playing giant games at the April 2019 Movie in the Park

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I would like to thank the families who came out to the first ‘movie in the park’ in Wittonga Park on 6 April 2019. It was a plastic free event with ‘can’ refunds supporting Hilder Road State School. Our footprint for the evening was 30 litres of waste and I’d like to congratulate the whole community for embracing this initiative. I look forward to hosting another plastic free movie night later in the year.


State Update

Kate Jones MP

Member for Cooper

Ashgrove Kindy turns 70! It’s amazing to think Ashgrove Memorial Kindergarten has been around for 70 years. This kindergarten has been at the heart of our community for generations educating our little ones. Two people that have made the kindy such a special place are Carol Braunak and Brenda Wakeling, who together have worked there for more than 65 years! Thank you to all the parents who have supported the kindergarten over the years and particularly to the parents who organised the 70 year celebration.

Ashgrove Mother's Day Fete ‘Celebrating Mums’ The Ashgrove Fete has been a standout in my calendar for many years – long before my own children attended the school. With more than 400 volunteers involved in hosting this event, it’s become a testament to the pride and strength of the school and also the broader local community. All funding raised at the Fete is used to support programs and resources at the school.

Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Community Welcome Dinner I am proud to sponsor the inaugural Lions Club Community Welcome Dinner. This event is all about introducing new residents to

Brenda Wakeling and Carol Braunak with myself and Federal Member for Brisbane, Trevor Evans MP

our community and lending a helping hand to our neighbours. The dinner will be held in the JA Robertson Hall at the Gap State High School at 6pm on Saturday 8 June. I congratulate the Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club for their leadership in organising this new event in our local community and hope that it can be a long-term annual event. Tickets are available through Eventbrite (Google “Eventbrite Ashgrove Lions”) with all proceeds given to The Lions Medical Research Fund. It will be a great way for new (and not so new) residents to connect with other locals in our community. More info available at www.ashgrovethegap.qld.

Another wonderful Ashgrove State School Mother’s Day Fete thanks to the hard work of more than 400 volunteers

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The Gap RSL Sub-Branch - ANZAC Day

RSL Working Bee

As you may be aware, The Gap RSL recently moved to a new headquarters located just up Waterworks Road. Previously we were located at The Gap Football Club clubhouse on Glenaffric Street, however, in early March we packed up our headquarters and moved to the Nullagundi Centre located at 5 School Road, The Gap (parking is off Waterworks Road). On 15

June, the RSL will be holding a working bee from 0900h – 1600h to tidy the grounds and do some general maintenance. If any members wish to help out, we look forward to seeing you on the day.

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programs. We are your local conduit into a vast support network that can assist with things such as transitioning support and getting a job, rehabilitation programs, crisis funding and accommodation, scholarships for ex-Defence members and their families and help with DVA claims, amongst many other things. If you or anyone in our wider Defence family needs help or support, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can also visit and use the helper

to see what services the RSL can offer. 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 any of the details below: Phone: (07) 3300 9439 Email: Post: The Gap RSL, PO Box 122, The Gap QLD 4061 Facebook: @TheGapRSL Lest We Forget

National Servicemen’s Association of Australia (Queensland) Inc

The association caters 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 discover the benefits of membership, phone 3324 1277 or visit website Brisbane North West branch meets on the third Sunday of each month (next June 16) commencing 10,00 at Gaythorne RSL: visitors and new members are welcome. After the meeting join fellow members in the bistro bar for lunch. For further details about Brisbane North West branch phone Dave on 3366 3191.

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Mortgage Choice Opens New Ashgrove Office

Mortgage Choice Ashgrove is now open in our new premises. Come and see us at 229 Waterworks Road, Ashgrove. We have great coffee, so feel free to drop in for a chat! The Federal election result, I think it is fair to say, took most people by surprise. The Labor Party proposed a significant number of changes that would have dramatically impacted the property and lending sectors – changes to negative gearing; capital gains tax; and changes to how mortgage brokers get paid. Now that we have more certainty about what the market will look like for the next three to five years, it is a great time to take your plans off the backburner and think about your financial and lifestyle goals. At Mortgage Choice Ashgrove, we don’t just help you with finance. We are passionate about helping clients understand where they

are on their wealth journey and how well you are setting yourself up for retirement. If there is a gap between what you want and what you are on track to get – and this is the stark reality for over 90% of Australians – we can help you put in place practical plans to

bridge the gap. You don’t have to take on undue risk. Smart use of finance and property is a proven strategy to create wealth and choice for your future. There is a huge amount of development happening in

Queensland and population growth is being fuelled by net migration from New South Wales. This will surely flow through to the property market in due course. If you would like to learn how you can take advantage of this, give us a call on 0414 408 535.

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Serenata Singers Win Grant from KedronWavell Community Investment Grant Program!

On Wednesday 1 May, the Serenata Singers was presented with a cheque for $1,000 from the Kedron-Wavell Community Investment Grant Program. The Kedron-Wavell Services Club Community Grants Program is an annual program that provides financial assistance for the improvement of community organisations. This year the Serenata Singers was fortunate to be a successful applicant for a grant. Kedron-Wavell Services Club noted that there were a record number of applicants and that it was a very hard decision for the Committee to make a decision regarding successful recipients. The choir’s application noted that it met the following key criteria for a grant as set out by the Services Club: “Support initiatives that increase and broaden the scope of the scope of arts, music and cultural participation and development within the community”. “Provide support to projects or service providers that improve the health or

Serenata Secretary Paul Beckmann (left) and President Lyn Orchard (right) accept grant cheque from Kedron-Wavell Services Club’s Vice Chairman Philip Lilliebridge (centre)

welfare of less advantaged community members.” “Provide support to community groups that deliver local community events”. The choir will use the grant money to purchase new music as their current stock of music is limited due to factors

such as the culling of sheet music that was outdated and damaged or non-compliant with copyright rules. Because the choir performs at most of its venues every year, there is a requirement for them to keep their repertoire fresh, so as not to be repetitive.

Serenata Singers President Lyn Orchard and Secretary Paul Beckmann, who both attended the presentation ceremony, expressed their gratitude to the Kedron-Wavell Services Club for the grant. “The club can be assured that the grant moneys will be put to good use”, said Mrs Orchard.

Nominating our community champions achievers who are creating netball at all levels is making 2019, with one winner from

It’s time to shine a light on outstanding locals with nominations now open for the 2019 Australia Post One Netball Community Awards, recognising champions in local communities who develop inclusive netball environments. In its sixth year, the Awards celebrate our community champions in clubs and associations across the country who go above and beyond to ensure that everyone, of all backgrounds and abilities, are welcome in netball. Australia Post General Manager Community & Philatelic, Andrea Pearman, said the Australia Post One Netball Community Awards highlight a positive change underway across Australia that tells the stories of passionate quiet

more inclusive communities t h r o u g h n e t b a l l . “ Wi t h inspirational and empowering stories each year, we will again celebrate unsung heroes who are helping change our local communities through netball,” said Ms Pearman. Australian Diamonds and Melbourne Vixens player, and Australia Post One Netball Ambassador, Caitlin Thwaites, said that the Awards were helping transform communities, with volunteers supporting activities and initiatives that break down barriers. “This is a positive change that affects the fabric of local communities and it’s fantastic to see that first hand when I visit regions across the country.” Netball Australia CEO, Marne Fechner, said that

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an important contribution to building a more inclusive Australia. “Netball continues to break down barriers, and we’re seeing brilliant programs implemented in communities across the country; programs that ensure our sport provides a safe and welcoming environment for all people regardless of race, religion or gender,” she said. “There are so many inspiring stories of clubs, associations and individuals who make a difference. In sharing their stories, we hope we can motivate other clubs and communities to find their own ways to create inclusiveness,” said Ms Fechner. Nominations are now open until Sunday 30 June

each State and Territory to be chosen and announced on Thursday 15 August 2019. Each winner will receive prizes worth more than $1,000 including an Australia Post Gift Card for the winners’ club or association, a netball signed by the 2019 Australian Diamonds Team, and a visit from an Australia Post One Netball Ambassador to the club or association. To nominate for this year’s Awards go to onenetball. Australia Post is the Community and Social Inclusion Partner of Netball Australia. Together they have delivered the Australia Post One Netball Program (One Netball) since 2014.



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With Hugh McDermott at the 2019 Australia Day Citizenship ceremony

Each year at the end of June, Rotary Clubs around the world induct new leaders from the International President, District Governors and Club Presidents. For Rotary Ashgrove/The Gap this will happen on 21 June, when we will induct or new President for 2019-20, Padma Lal. As I come to the end of my year as President, I am taking a little time to reflect on the last 12 months. It has been an honour and a pleasure to work and learn from such and enthusiastic group of people from so many walks of life. Many of you have participated in our activities over the last 12 months. The Gap Regional Instrumental Primary Performers School (GRIPPS), Santa Sleigh, Carols by Candlelight, the Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony and for the first time in many years our Vocational Excellence Awards, where we recognised the service and commitment to community demonstrated by many local businesses. We all enjoy the opportunity to chat with you when selling raffle tickets and at our various BBQ’s. Some of our members are actively involved in programs in our local schools. Interact Clubs, Rotary Junior Community Awards at The Gap State School, Rotary Best All Rounder Awards to students in approximately 11 schools, supporting students attending the National Youth Science Forum, Conocophillips Science Experience, Rotary Education Assistance Program. Students from Hilder Road State School participated in the Solar Buddies Program, designed to reduce energy poverty in developing nations, by making Solar Lights for students in Kwaio, Solomon Islands. Students from Mt St Michael’s are also participating in the program. There are many individuals and businesses who have supported us with donations of food for our Santa Sleigh helpers, printing of Citizenship Ceremony Programs, Carols, and in so many other ways. There are too many of you to list individually but you know who you are and on behalf of the club I thank you for your continued support. Thank you to all members of the club for the hard work, support and great friendship. The buzz in the room when we get together each week is always amazing. I am fortunate to have had a leadership role in such a wonderful and active club. The theme for the 2018-19 Rotary Year is “Be the Inspiration”. The members of Rotary Ashgrove/The Gap have been an inspiration to me and are an inspiration to their community. I would encourage you to come along to our meetings on Wednesday nights and find out for yourselves, what a great group of people we are. Francine Hinton - President 2018/2019 website:

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Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Giving the gift of sight Most people, when they think of Lions and what we do, think of sausage sizzles and Christmas cakes. However there are many other activities in which we are involved that you may not be aware of. One of these is the ‘Recycle for Sight’ program and recently some of our members paid a visit to the recycle centre in Clontarf and, at the same time, were able to donate 124 pairs of spectacles collected from our local community. Although this program is worldwide and part of the larger Lions International family there are only a couple of countries that actually process unwanted spectacles. This centre is one of three in Queensland and receives donations from many other countries. It is run by volunteers, those on ‘work for the dole’ programs and also those doing community service. Each person is trained to work the various machines that allow the donated

spectacles to be sorted, washed and graded. The ‘Recycle for Sight’ program has been running for over 26 years and in that time has delivered over 7 million pairs of refurbished quality spectacles to men, women and children in many third world countries including those in Africa, Asia and the Pacific Rim. There is no cost to the recipients and the spectacles enable them to study, get work to support their families and lead happier and more useful lives. Many Lions clubs, Rotary clubs and other humanitarian o rg a n i s a t i o n s o r d e r t h e refurbished glasses from the centre for distribution to those who otherwise would not be able to purchase them. Also, in the past 10 years, several members from the Marine Branch have also been able to use their ocean going vessels to reach villages in remote areas;

testing the eyesight of the local people and then giving them appropriate spectacles, thereby giving them back their sight. If you are interested in donating your unwanted spectacles, Ashgrove/ The Gap Lions Club is a strong supporter of this program and has various drop off points for them. These can be found at: The Ashgrove Golf Club; OPSM in The Gap and The Gap Day & Night Pharmacy

(formerly Blooms). Otherwise you can send them directly to the recycling centre: PO Box 3021, Clontarf MDC, 4019. Please remove the spectacles from their cases as these are not required and if you are sending them in by post please wrap them in bubble wrap or use a padded mail bag. For more information on this program or Lions clubs generally please go to our website at https://

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Door to Door Transport and Activities

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Ashgrove Historical Society Brisbane football: the early history Our next meeting will be held on Saturday 6 July 10am - noon at Ashgrove Library. Society member, Peter Eedy, will outline the origins of the four major football codes, how they evolved in Brisbane between Brisbane Football Club 1879 the 1860s and 1920s and the ‘Battles of the Codes’. He’ll also discuss some of the related social aspects, significant personalities and places of the time. Visitors are very welcome to attend. Check our website for the list of topics for the remainder of the year.

Oakleigh State School is 85 years old this year

Oakleigh State School official opening 3 March 1934

Oakleigh State School was officially opened on 3 March 1934. Photos, correspondence and other Oakleigh State School memorabilia will be on display at the Enoggera and District Historical Society’s Open Day, Saturday 13 July 9am – 3pm in the Enoggera Memorial Hall. Come along and share some memories. Refreshments will be available. Wheelchair and pram friendly.

Honouring novelist Thea Astley OAM, AO (1925–2004) After our meeting on Saturday 3 August, the library will host a celebration honouring Thea Astley, an award-winning novelist who lived in Ashgrove for the first twenty years of her life. Ms Astley won Australia’s most prestigious literature prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, four times and in 1989, the Patrick White Award for services to Australian literature. The public is invited to attend the celebration which will take place at approximately 11am. Presentations on Ms Astley by AHS member, Rod MacIver, and her biographer, Karen Lamb, will take place in the meeting room at 12 noon. Check the BCC library July/August What’s On and the July edition of the Western Echo for further details. Everyone is welcome to attend the celebration and presentations. website:

The year-round Club for the whole family Ta y l o r R a n g e i s a family recreational Club which offers leisure and recreation in the western suburbs for 12 months of the year. As well as a gas-heated swimming pool for use Swimming pools for year-round enjoyment in the cooler months the Club also has numerous gas barbecue areas that you can relax at during these beautiful clear days. Instead of spending a fortune on a gym membership that you rarely use why not join a Club that encourages a healthy lifestyle for the whole family whilst creating lifelong memories? Two Day/Night tennis courts Facilities include 3 swimming pools, 2 day/night tennis courts, 4 glass-backed squash courts, function hall, kiosk, half-basketball court and barbecue areas. Taylor Range also offers squash for all ages. “We have a junior academy run in conjunction with Squash Australia and this gives boys and girls the opportunity to join one of our junior teams”, said Club manager Michael Wilson. Junior Squash Academy “We have squash players aged from 5 to 75 years of age at the Club, so whatever your standard there are opportunities here to play socially and or competitively,” added Michael. This is the ideal time Ideal for birthday parties and barbecues to join a Club that offers you and your family healthy outdoor leisure opportunities, in a safe relaxed environment. Don’t miss out - contact the Club today! Membership is strictly limited by Club Constitution. Contact Club Manager Michael Wilson for details today.

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The Gap Historical Society Inc. Est. 2000 Local historian Duncan Richardson was our guest speaker at the April general meeting, and he gave members an insight into what he terms “1864 – The Worst Year in Brisbane’s History”! That year saw the fledgling town ravaged by fire, flood and disease. Duncan has researched this subject deeply and has written a novel based on that year. He will return to talk more about the people who figured greatly during that time, for our June meeting. Meanwhile, David Magee will speak at our May general meeting. David is well known throughout The Gap due to his many years’ involvement in real estate and is well-placed to comment on how the real estate scene has changed over the years. George Stoddart’s Chronological Listing of historical events in The Gap is proceeding well. Other organisations have started to provide significant dates in relation to those clubs etc to help give a depth of historical data. Any local Gap organisation or club of any description is invited to contribute historical facts about that body for inclusion in our listing. Please ring Hon Secretary Don Willsher on 0408 012 689. By date of publication, repairs on the Nullagundi Centre should be completed. The newly-painted roof stands out and the exterior security lighting is again operational, thanks to the Brisbane City Council. We even managed to rescue the possum trapped inside when the builders closed off his private entry!!

Arana VIEW July meeting Arana VIEW Club will meet on 3rd July at the Arana Leagues Club,10.30 for 11.00am start. The cost for the 2-course lunch is $30.00 and tea and coffee is provided. Our guest speaker for July is Deb Frecklington, who is the leader of the opposition in the Queensland State Parliament. Deb will no doubt give us an insight into life as a parliamentarian, wife and mother, who lives in Nanango and strongly believes that regional communities offer endless opportunities for Qld. We will have our annual Cent Auction as well as our regular lucky door and raffles prizes which provide funds for us to support our Learning for Life students through the Smith family. Please phone Carol 3355 5349 by 12 noon on Monday 1st July to book. New members are always welcome.

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6 Safety Tips for The Dog Park  Visit your veterinarian. Your dog should be current on vaccinations, and flea and intestinal parasite preventives before running around with other dogs at the dog park. Discuss your dog’s temperament and whether he’s ready to engage with other pets and people in an off-leash environment. If your pet is intact, discuss neutering since intact dogs are more likely to fight. Signs of oestrus (“heat”) aren’t always obvious so it is never a good idea to take an intact female to a dog park. ‚ Know commands. You need to be able to control your dog if a problematic situation arises. Make sure your dog knows some basic obedience commands- “come,” “sit,” “stay” and “leave it” - to get him out of trouble. ƒ Find the right spot. If you visit a park and it’s too congested or you see overly assertive or aggressive dogs, or owners who aren’t watching their dogs, keep looking. „ Be prepared. Take these essentials with you: bags for cleaning up messes; a leash; a mobile phone, in case you need assistance. It’s also a good idea to take something to break up an aggressive situation between dogs, such as a veterinarian-recommended animal deterrent spray or a compressed-air horn. … Be watchful. When you first arrive, wait until no other dogs are at the gate. Once it’s clear, you can take your dog off the leash and let him run through the gate. Watch your dog, but also keep an eye out for overly excited or aggressive dogs near him. Some dogs can be very aggressive around toys or treats, so don’t give these to your pet if other dogs are around. If your dog starts acting fearful or overwhelmed, use a basic command in an upbeat voice to call him back. † Know when to intervene. Playful dogs bounce around, wag their tails and have relaxed postures and facial expressions. Be watchful for signs of aggression - growling, a stiff posture, raised hackles and tail, a closed mouth or a stronger focus. Don’t yell if your dog and another dog start growling at each other, because that could trigger a fight. Instead, use a basic command in an upbeat tone to call your dog back to you and move to another spot. If a fight does break out, don’t grab your dog’s collar - you could get hurt. Instead, use your deterrent spray or an air horn, or toss coats over the dogs to break up a fight.

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Newmarket VIEW Club invites you to attend lunchtime meetings on 4th Tuesday of month, 10.30am for 11am start at the Gaythorne RSL Club, Samford Road, Mitchelton. The Club is celebrating its 11th Birthday at the June Meeting (25th June) with a Pretty in Pink theme. Come and join us! 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 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, email us on newmarketview@gmail. com or ring our president, Estelle, on 3356 7598.

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In a time when Indigenous children in Australia are 24 times more likely to be imprisoned than non-Indigenous children, Amnesty International is calling for justice for Indigenous Australians. Children as young as ten are being locked up across Australia in efforts to curb youth crime. However, the majority of evidence points to the fact that locking kids up causes irreparable damage, with kids in prison less able to access education, mentoring and community support. On the contrary, health experts, Indigenous leaders and human rights organisations such as Amnesty International have found that Indigenous-led community programs and solutions have resulted in better outcomes for Indigenous youth than prison. Amnesty is calling for raising the age that kids can be locked up to at least 14 years old, and also for the government to fund Indigenousrun community programs for at risk youth. In this way, better outcomes can be achieved for children and the wider community. 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 calling Sally on 3366 2046. website:

Come and Try Guides on 27 July @ 3pm Walton Bridge The Gap Girl Guide District will celebrate their 60th year with a “Come and Try Guides” afternoon which commences at 3pm on Saturday 27th July 2019.There will be lots of outdoor activities in the park at our Guide hut in Paten Road, The Gap.Girl Guiding welcomes girls and women from 5 years through to 99 years.Our youngest members meet on Monday afternoon and then we have Brownies 7-10 years on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon,Guides 10-13 years

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Congratulations to Our Lady Of The Assumption school in achieving their centenary. We look forward to taking part in their celebratory fate on Saturday June 8. EDHS looks forward to marking its silver anniversary on July 13 The society’s historical photographic and manuscript collection is open for inspection and research each Thursday between 9am and 1pm or at other times by arrangement. Community groups wishing to visit us should ring the number below or refer to our website or Facebook page. EDHS provides guest speakers and readily attends school, church and other fetes. Visitors and new members are always welcome at our library in Enoggera Memorial Hall, Trundle Street; a venue that has welcomed generations of residents of Enoggera and districts through depression war and continual social change for a century. For further information phone Dave on 3366 3191 or email au

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.....Principal's Points.......Principal's Points...... Mt Nebo State School Just over half our students attended the ANZAC services at The Gap this time last month. They proudly marched alongside fellow students and citizens to remember the fallen. Earlier in the week, we were thankful to hear from RSL member, Mr Arthur Clendinen who addressed our students on Parade on the 24th April. We were thankful for Mr Clendinen’s address as he spoke to the students about the perils of war, the friendships made and the importance of teamwork, as well as highlighting the origins of the term ANZAC, which students found enlightening. District sports saw two students compete in the recent cross-country event. Both boys, Yahli and Ishmael gave their all competing against a very competitive field. Both boys did their very best and we were proud of their efforts. In celebration of all Mount Nebo mothers, we held an afternoon up at Forest School to thank them for everything they do. Our wonderful staff organised the campfire, pumpkin soup, student made damper as well as billy tea. Children presented their mothers with presents and cards and everyone enjoyed the serenity of the bush for the afternoon as well as some fun in cubbies and the low ropes. Last week we held our first of several “Bike Days” in conjunction with “Walk to School Safely”. This was a wonderful time for all students. Organised by school leader, Aviv, local identity Bruce came to assist students in ensuring their bikes were safe, well-oiled and ready for cycling. Thanks Bruce for your time. In the last week of May, two of our student leaders, Aviv and Linkin will be part of an exclusive group of senior students, enjoying

the opportunity to attend the Mount Coot-tha Young Writer’s Festival at Rainworth State School. I am confident that both boys will enjoy their time and learn a lot from the guest author, as well as excelling at a craft, which interests them. My thanks to the team at Rainworth S.S., in particular Mrs Butler, for organising the event, which many students in our cluster will enjoy. I am thrilled to report that our community was able to support our recent fundraiser during the election and the result was approximately $1000 which the P and C will put toward school projects. We recently have elected a new P and C executive and everyone is excited about the support parents have shown for our school, in particular to ensuring we can provide wonderful opportunities for all students at Mount Nebo. Lastly, building work has been delayed again, in many ways due to the complexity of the site at Mount Nebo, which certainly has had its challenges. The builders have been very mindful of ensuring there is as much conservation to the environment, including the preservation of the beautiful Bunya trees, therefore some architectural plans just had to change. Anticipation of completion of the outdoor learning area is now June 30. If you are driving past, you will notice the fences still up, so wait until early July and we are sure you will be pleased by what you see. Until next time….may I remind you…..Mt Nebo – A small school where each student is encouraged to reach his or her potential in a safe, supportive and unique environment. Robyn Burke - Principal

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debut novel Boy Swallows Universe, has recently modelled and mentored our Year 6 students in support of developing their writing techniques. With a captive audience of young writers, Trent interviewed Margaret, a refugee from Somalia. The students are using this invaluable experience to hone their own interviewing techniques as they prepare to write and enter a piece in the Young Journalist Award competition where this year’s theme is “The journey of a family”. More than fifty students have enthusiastically entered into before and after school cross-country training as they prepare to represent our school at the Zone Carnival. In other sporting news, congratulations to Ella, Sophie, Abby and Zander from Year 6, Orlando, Lyndon and Lucas from Year 5, and Matthew and Isabelle from Year 4 who ran with grit and determination at the recent District CrossCountry meet, with Isabelle and Sophie now taking a place in the Metropolitan North Cross-Country Team. We also have students competing in the District Track and Field Carnival and wish Isabelle (Year 4), Eimer (Year 5) and Caitlin, Sophie, Chloe and Tara (Year 6) every success. Within our physical education program this term we are fortunate to have a coach from Brisbane Roar FC attending Year 4 PE lessons. In addition, they are running Roar Active coaching sessions after school. As part of our commitment to the environment, this term we have commenced a compositing initiative. All classes have access to a composting bin, kindly provided by our Brisbane City Councillor, Steven Toomey. At school assembly we have spoken about the sorts of foods that can be put in the collection bin… essentially (from the children’s perspective) fruit and vegetable scraps, as well

as egg shells. The students understand that the scraps from the individual class bins are then deposited in our larger composting containers where, over time, soil for our garden beds will be generated. The soil will in turn help sustain our fruit and vegetable gardens, affectionately known as Peter’s Patch. These garden beds are looking very healthy at present, thanks to the many students who join our Gardening Club, which meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at lunchtime. To top it all off, the produce from Peter’s Patch, such as lettuce, tomatoes and herbs, supplements the food produced in Peter ’s Pantry – our tuckshop. This environmentally friendly and high interest initiative is thanks to the dedication of a group of staff members, who give freely of their time to nurture not just our vegetable gardens, but also our enthusiastic students. Our Parents and Friends Association is gearing up for our biannual Family Food and Fun Festival being held on Saturday, August 3, commencing at 12 noon. Local families are encouraged to save the date! Any families in the local community who are interested in knowing more about what our school has to offer are warmly invited to contact our school office … Tel 3300 1202. Margo Carwardine - Principal

The Gap State High School Our Student Leaders with Mr Murphy’s guidance facilitated a solemn and respectful whole school ANZAC service to begin the term. Our school, students, choir and staff also had a strong presence in our local community service and we are always grateful to be part of this service where we honour those who have fallen to ensure we have the lives we (Continued on page 23)


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lead today and into the future. Students then donned their running shoes, house colours and some fancy dress to run the 2019 Cross Country where ‘Orion House’ proved too strong on the day taking out the Cross Country Cup. A wonderful cloud of colour marked the conclusion of this year’s Cross Country with the first ever Colour Run. During the April holidays, 27 students skilfully represented The Gap State High School at The World Scholars Cup. Congratulations to all students on their outstanding effort, achievement and behaviour, with many accolades awarded to The Gap State High School competitors. O u r Ye a r 9 , 1 0 , 11 and 12 debating teams have had success with all teams’ performances being commended. Speakers were highly scored for their arguments and manner and providing challenging cases that created engaging debates. All students are looking forward to their next round of debates. We are very excited to introduce The Gap State High School Community to the Year 11 University of Queensland Science Ambassadors.  The team includes Rosie Walker, Hannah Kenway, Daniella Lee, Iona McMillan, Jessica Ruhle and Ethan Donnelly. Across the year, the team will be promoting STEM experiences within our school through information, events and updates. Our string ensembles and their conductor Mrs Zhang performed at the Queensland Youth Music Awards at St Peter ’s Lutheran College Chapel and enjoyed it’s wonderful, resonant acoustics. The Amadeus Strings set the bar extremely high with beautiful intonation and lyrical

playing and were awarded Silver. The Paganini Strings also wowed the audience and the adjudicator and were awarded Gold. The Vivaldi Strings, our youngest string players performed beautifully. The adjudicator commended the ensemble on their commitment to the performance and the overall lovely blend and balance. They were awarded Silver for their first ever performance as a group, so watch this space – big things are in this ensemble’s future! Congratulations to Ms Dargusch and her wonderful ensemble. Over 50 students from The Gap State High School competed at the North West District Cross Country Carnival. Despite the rainy conditions, the students produced fantastic results with many impressive performances. It is great to see the athletes our school has to offer shine in a competitive region. Annelies, Monique and Saskia Jones are three Brisbane sisters from The Gap State High School all playing Volleyball at the National level. Recently they competed at the Australian Beach Volleyball Titles in Western Australia, where Annelies won Gold in the U18 event and Silver in the U23 Women’s, while Saskia was a quarter finalist in the U16 event and Monique won Gold in the U15s. Saskia also represented Metropolitan North at the annual State Volleyball Championships held in Caloundra, where she was selected in the Queensland Team to travel to South Australia in August for the National Titles. Recently, three students from The Gap State High School, Tristan West, Maddy Roos and Finn Davies attended the Queensland State Under 15 AFL Championships on the Gold Coast. Congratulations to Finn who was selected to represent Queensland in the Under 15 AFL Team and will


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The Gap State School The Gap Community ANZAC Day Service Thank you to all students and families for supporting our school’s participation at the recent community ANZAC Day march and service. We had approximately 60 students proudly represent our school as they joined The Gap community members to commemorate this national day of significance. Every year I receive compliments regarding our students’ commendable participation as a reflection of the highly valued and strong bonds our school enjoys with our broader community. Such is not possible without the commitment and support of our student and parent body which is very much

appreciated by all involved. Middle School Problem Solving Challenge Last month sixteen of our year 5 and 6 students participated in the Middle School Problem Solving Challenge held at Wavell Heights State High School. Our two teams participated against with over 300 students from 20 schools in Brisbane. I am incredibly proud of all our participants for their willingness to attend many practices during their lunch breaks, and their strong team spirit on the day.  Special congratulations must go to one of our teams, whose outstanding effort resulted in winning the challenge! Members of the winning team were – Sonny, James, Carson and Rosa. Other participants were Eila, Ruby, Abigail, Nathan, Zac, Charlotte, Zion, Paikea, Amelia, Saathvika, Maxine and Catriona. (Continued on page 24)

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Ashgrove/The Gap Men’s Shed Talk Tech Besides its diverse range of regular activities, Men’s Shed conducts many other activities at and away from the shed to keep members engaged. The last few months have been particularly busy and interesting: A new activity, “Talking Technical”, has commenced at the welcomed suggestion of a new Shed member. This is a fortnightly group that discusses any technical subject, for example, electronics, 3d printing, micro controller boards, programming, solar power, autonomous cars, robotics. So far the group has explored the intricacies of Arduino micro controllers, the NBN, mobile coverage and hearing aids. Our guest speaker program has included talks on dementia, heart health and

the details and advantages and disadvantages of Australia’s various voting systems (this series of fascinating talks from a Shed member). A special guest speaker too was famous local author Hugh Lunn who, at the invitation of our Book Club, talked about his book Vietnam: a reporter’s war (which was the Book Club’s book of the month). We were grateful also to have on short notice the Greens, Liberal and Labor candidates for the Ryan electorate separately address the Shed on a number of prearranged issues. And there have been various “away” activities, all - as usual - including wives and partners: an informative guided tour of Brisbane airport seeing the new runway developments and other behind the scenes locations and activities not usually seen or known about;

CHESS T'MINIT FLOOD CUP RESULTS With only a couple of games remaining to be played in the Flood Cup, Tony Morris and Cameron De Vere tied on 5.5 points from 6 games played, and will meet in the final round. Associated with this tournament is a handicap prize, with handicaps determined based on player ratings. Mark Pendrith is presently narrowly leading and will prevail if Tony and Cameron draw their game. In Play in the Stuart Wilson hour tournament, where each player has one hour to make all of their moves, will continue over the next months. 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. As well as tournament play, the club encourages social chess among all age groups. Members of the club contribute to providing

a good social atmosphere that is welcoming to new players of all levels of chess competency. For further details contact Andrew Robinson on 3862-8178 or visit the club’s website at: http://www. . 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 is for White to play and checkmate. Solution to last month’s puzzle. 1. Qg8+ Rg7 2. Qe8+ Rf7 (if 2… Kg5 Qh5 is checkmate) 3. Qe4+ and 4. Qxc2.

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The inaugural Talking Technical meeting was a great success on Thursday 18/04/19, and it covered a range of subjects from Arduino type microcontrollers, the NBN, mobile coverage, hearing aids etc.

attending Senior Moments A Comedy Revue at Queensland Performing Arts Centre; camping at Charlie Moreland campground near Imbil; and an autumn walk in the rainforest at Mount Glorious.

For enquiries about these activities or about Ashgrove/ The Gap Men’s Shed generally, please see our website (www. for contact details. Send us an email or phone our Secretary.

Principal's Points...... The Gap State School (Continued from page 23)

A special thank you to coaches Melinda Peters and Shannon Beaumont. Metropolitan North Squash Representatives I would like to acknowledge the success of two of our students in being selected for their sporting success in squash. Orla in Year 5 has been selected to represent Met North at the State Squash Championships in Bundaberg at the end of this month and Zac in Year 6 who has also been selected to represent the Metropolitan North Region at the 10-19 Year old Girls and Boys State Squash Championships.  Congratulations to both Orla and Zac and on behalf of the school community, we wish you both all the best at the championships. Metropolitan North Regional Trials Congratulations to the

following students who have been selected for the Metropolitan North Regional Trials: Tully, Charlotte, Ryan and Nathan. The students will participate in a variety of events including the 100m run, 200m run, 800m run, 1500m run, Long Jump, Shot Put and Tetrathlon. Good luck to all of our students. Royal Life Saving Primary School Championships TGSS Life Saving Team recently competed at the Pool Life Saving Championships held at Somerville House. Our Students trained hard refining their Pool Life Saving Skills and competed in the 8m Line Throw, 100m Individual Medley, 50m Rescue Race, 4 x 25m Team Survival Medley, 100m Individual Life Saving Race and the 4 x 25m Fins Relay. Congratulations to our participants Georgie, Xavier, Paikea, Ryan, Isabel, Charlotte, Hanna, Matthew, Eila, Lyyli, Annie, Erin, Lucy, Tully, Ellie and Madeline. Joanne Nicholls - Principal


Boomerang Bags The Gap & Surrounds: Reducing more than just our plastic footprint

A little over two years since its establishment, the grassroots Boomerang Bags The Gap and Surrounds is evolving into doing more than reducing our plastic footprint. It is helping to reduce people’s isolation, improving individual mental wellbeing and building a stronger community. The BBTGS was started in March 2017 by a group of volunteers in The Gap to raise awareness and promote action on plastic pollution by making and encouraging the use of recycled handmade bags through community engagement. Since then, our Boomerang Bags community has sewn and sold over 2500 bags from fabric donated from residents of The Gap and surrounding suburbs. Through the initiative, people are now making decisions about the use of alternate methods of covering and preserving foods or repurposing some packages that would normally have been sent to landfill. But wait, there is more!. While volunteers initially joined the local Boomerang Bags group because of their concern about the plastic footprint, they quickly found that coming to BBTGS sewing bees gave them much more. At a recent meeting, many volunteers highlighted the mental health benefits of belonging to the BBTGS group. Comments such as the following were made: ‘BBTGS gives me “me time” away from things on the home front and business’; ‘It helps me connect with the outside world and get a sense of normality back in my life’; ‘I can engage with other women who actually care about my feelings, who are non-judgemental and who weren’t afraid to share their feelings’; and ‘BBTGS gives me some purpose to my life, and reduces my isolation’. Volunteers said things like, ‘one can do as little or as

much as one likes to on any particular day’; ‘there is no shame in doing nothing on any one day’; ‘There is always a warm friendly face, always a hug if you needed it and laughter that keeps on cheering us up.’ ‘BBTGS has given me back what I needed - a safe place to share my issues as well as teaching me a new skill’. Thus, whether ripping material to make bags becomes therapy, when someone drops off a doona and ‘never leaves’, or when a volunteer no longer needs her medication to treat depression, Boomerang Bags volunteers are building social capital. BBTGS is helping to address growing issues of isolation, anxiety and mental wellbeing challenges in our community. Australia-wide almost 1 in 5 persons have been reported to have experienced some form of depression and anxiety in 2016. As noted by Hugh MacKay, renowned social researcher, people are socially more fragmented, more isolated, anxious and more depressed and for some even more medicated. To overcome such social malaise, we need to get to know our neighbour and build stronger support networks and communities. The BBTGS is an inclusive and non-judgemental group, welcoming people regardless of their background, personal circumstances or their level of sewing skill. One volunteer said, “BBTGS has given me back what I needed - a safe place to share my issues as well as teaching me a new skill.” Anyone is welcome to join, and there is no pressure. BBTGS, is always open to welcoming people from all walks of life – women with kids in school, young mums needing some respite, retired or elderly people feeling isolated, domestic violence victims, migrants, and the


unemployed men struggling with mental issues. Boomerang Bags The Gap & Surrounds volunteers are building our local social capital, as much as making a difference to our natural environment.

For more information email or visit www.boomerangbags. org or find us on facebook ‘Boomerang Bags The Gap and Surrounds”.

The Probus Club of The Gap

Our speaker last month was Maurice Serico, of the local Aboriginal community. He told us of the nature of the Reconciliation process that has been going on for years now, and his hopes for a more harmonious relationship between aboriginal and other Australians. He also told us how the local area was used by the original inhabitants: did you know there used to be a Bora Ring down by the end of Jevons Street? Apparently the construction of the dam in the 1860s changed everything for the locals even before farming settlement: the abundant fish and other food in and around the creek disappeared. This month we will hear from James Lergessner, the wellknown author: but he may switch media and treat us to music instead! Wish us all the best for our inter-club trivia battle with other Brisbane Probus clubs: we’ll let you know the result next month! If you would be interested in joining us, or just giving it a try, we would welcome your enquiry. Just call our secretary Jan on 0448 965 459. 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.



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Shed Happens for Men of The Gap/Ashgrove On Wednesday, 15th May 2019 we were very fortunate to again have two extremely interesting interviewees/ speakers at Shed night at the Paten Rd, Scout Den. There was another great roll up to this event. Our speakers were Greg Reed, a well-read author and our local MD Dr Shane Sondergeld. Greg Reed (Interviewed by Ross McKinnon) Greg writes under the nom de plume of C T Mitchell. He is an Amazon bestselling author of mystery eBooks and novels with a thriller edge. He is a multiple 5 star recipient of the Reader’s Choice Awards for his novel Murder Secret. He is Australian born and has travelled the world in his business dealings as a real estate agent and has had brushes with many interesting characters including some who live outside the law. He

has used these experiences in his mystery thrillers as well as his love of writing short stories and novels. He has had a very interesting and varied life and it was great to hear of some of his adventures and life experiences. H e i s a v e r y, v e r y interesting person to learn about and listen to. Dr Shane Sondergeld (Interviewed by Craig Ray) Shane is a doctor from the Smart Clinics (formerly Wa l t o n B r i d g e M e d i c a l Centre) and spoke about his life and how he came to be a doctor. He also provided some information on men’s medical issues. He was born in Brisbane but spent his early years growing up in the country town of Texas, Queensland. Shane is a highly qualified, experienced doctor who has studied in Australia, the USA and the UK. He holds



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a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Queensland and has completed higher qualifications in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Anaesthetics, General Practice and Rural Medicine. He was the Medical Superintendent of the Texas Hospital in southern Queensland for 14 years and is very experienced across the broad range of procedural and non-procedural general practice. He enjoys treating all ages (from children through to the elderly) and has a particular interest in conditions of the outer ear requiring intervention using the operating microscope. He is a published researcher and author and is the only person to have been President of both the AMA and the Rural Doctors Association in Queensland. He was selected

for representative cricket in Australia and played League Cricket in England. He also has qualifications in music and wine appreciation. He is an avid reader and is also a season ticket holder at the Broncos and the Gabba. He is married to Leanne and has three children. Many thanks to both interviewees. The next Shed night will be held on the 19th June 2019 in the usual place, the Scout Den in Paten Rd, The Gap, commencing at 6.00pm with a BBQ dinner. All men are welcome. For further information please call – Craig (0417 736 897) or Lionel (0417 786 542) or visit our Website – www. or Facebook Page –

Ithaca Probus Club The membership drive by Ithaca Probus Club is now under way. Residents in Ashgrove and surrounding suburbs are being provided with information about Probus in general, and the Ithaca Probus Club in particular, and are being invited to come and join us at the Ashgrove Bowls Club. Our very sociable monthly meetings are held on the second Thursdays at 9.45am, and run through to about noon. Club members are enjoying another busy year of activities, complete with all the usual fellowship, friendship and fun. A highlight of the monthly meetings are presentations from guest speakers to entertain and inform us. A recent talk on home and personal security, including warnings about online scams which are often specifically aimed at older people, was very valuable. We also recently learned all about the Bush Kids organization, and in June will be hearing a very personal story about starting out in life in a WW II POW camp in Hong Kong. Our monthly meetings also regularly feature talks by our own members, sometimes about their past careers, and often about recent travels. Other opportunities for social interaction and to spend a pleasant time among friends occur at gatherings of our special interest groups - our card group and our poetry group. And of course there are our bus trips out into the country on most months. If you are interested in joining us as a prospective member, or maybe as a guest speaker, please phone either of our Club Membership Officers Sue Vivian on 0413 544 202 or Janelle Rhodes on 0412 628 646. For more information about our club, including a map on how to find us, please see our web site: website:

Brisbane Tramway Museum & Ferny Grove Men’s Shed Things have settled down after our hectic 50th Commemoration of the last tram trip in Brisbane! However, our normal

routine of restoration and maintenance goes on. The final checks on tram 400 are complete and it will be actually in service in the next week or so. Work on Tram 136 and Trolley Bus 34 goes on as members are available and the various tasks of grounds & works etc are on-going. Our next major project is the painting of 2 timber buildings – by contractors under a State Government Grant. In 1936, the City Council began converting 6 of its opensided “Toastracks” (of c 1925 vintage or earlier) into fully enclosed trams called “Baby Centre Aisle Cars”. These were to become the mainstay of two short city routes— Queen Street to Gregory Terrace and Queen Street to the Botanical Gardens (now the City Botanical Gardens).

Fitness for Over 50s! Walking Football is the latest sensation to get over 50’s plus

active and social again. The group have been going for 18 months now and it has been a great success within this demographic age group. If you require further information please feel free to contact us. What is Walking Football? Walking Football is designed for Over 50’s Our 6 vs. 6 walking football format is a slower version of the World Game (Soccer). It is a Low Impact - fast recovery team game which is ideal for people wanting to be active, more social and more fit without the pain that goes with fast-paced sports. The Benefits of Walking Football Play Walking Football, and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of fair play and great camaraderie with friends. Benefits include: low impact football, healthy outlook on life, great mateship, fun - fitness - friendship, active lifestyle. Venues/Times for Walking Football Brisbane City Indoor Sports Centre - Newmarket Wednesdays 12.30pm – 2:30pm; Brisbane City Indoor Sports Centre Coorparoo – Saturdays 2:00pm – 4:00pm; Brisbane City Indoor Sports Centre - Newmarket Sundays 12.00 noon – 2:00pm Who Do We Provide For? We provide mainly for Over 50 plus age groups but welcome individuals who may not have the fitness levels or a slight disability to play in other competitions. We will always try and cater to all individual needs, within reason. Walking Football is for everyone! Please feel free to contact us for further information 0432 967 829 or info@walkingfootballbrisbane. or visit website:

99 was the last of these to be converted. They carried 32 passengers. There were no conductors on these runs — passengers simply dropped a penny into a glass-fronted box under the watchful eye of the motorman! Both services ran for about 11 years until 14 June 1947. 99 is an active tram within our fleet, and is operational every Sunday afternoon from 12.30 to 4.00 pm weather permitting. Meanwhile, the Men’s Shed is always busy and is engaged in a number of

projects in support of the tram operations and maintenance. It is also currently supporting local sports teams with works for their club buildings. The museum is interested in recruiting more tram crews. If you are interested in learning to become a conductor or to drive trams, by doing a competency-based course, please get in touch. To register your interest, and learn more about the course, please ring 3351 1776 and leave your name and contact phone number. Our training officer will get in touch and give you more details. Contact us Ph: 0432 967 829

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The rusty pomaderris 3300 6304

The rusty pomaderris (Pomaderris ferruginea) is one of the 45 species of this endemic Australian genus, and one of the 12 species found in South East Queensland. It is generally found as an understory shrub on rocky terrain from Queensland to Victoria. Locally it can be found in some gullies on Mount Coot-tha that lead into Ithaca and Cubberlia Creeks, Taylor Range and Springbrook. This upright shrub grows to about 3 metres height with a spread of about 2.5 metres across and has evergreen foliage that is dark green on the upper surface with soft white undersides. The plant’s name is derived from

the short, rusty hairs found along the stems and lower leaf surface. In spring, large heads of creamy yellow flowers, that attract bees, are produced at the branch tips. The rusty pomaderris is a good plant for use in Mediterranean-style and water-wise gardens. Grown as an informal hedge it can withstand both extended periods of dry and constant moisture in well-drained soils. It prefers full sun but will tolerate dappled shade. The rusty pomaderris is the host plant for the yellow jewel butterfly. Unfortunately, the numbers of this plant naturally occurring on Mt. Coot-tha have diminished and this could

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lead to the demise of this butterfly in the region. If a large number of gardeners include the rusty pomaderris in their landscape design, they

will not only have a plant with showy flowers and pleasing foliage but may help secure the future of the yellow jewel butterfly locally.

Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club Many new members have started to exhibit items from their gardens on the show bench and it is evident they are not aware there are rules governing how exhibits should be presented for judging. Margaret Morrow will be guest speaker at the meeting of the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club on 4th July at the Enoggera Memorial Hall, Trundle Street, Enoggera. She will talk about Exhibiting on the Show Bench. When the winners of prize cards is announced, the judge usually gives constructive criticism. While this is helpful, the exhibitors need to know the rules, e.g. the specimen should be fresh, clean and free from blemishes such as insect attack or disease. The exhibit should be exactly what is stated on the show schedule. If one rose is stated, a rose with a bud will be disqualified. The same result would occur if there were two plants in a class for one potted herb. Margaret will have much more to convey, so exhibitors, this is the meeting to attend to gain much knowledge Meetings commence after

morning tea which is served at 9.45am. Visitors and new members are most welcome. The hall is close to public transport and accessible by wheel chair. If you have japonica camellias, early June is the time to gently twist off the flower buds to leave one or two buds in each cluster. This action will let the buds that remain develop into large well formed blooms. Should you find small trees or shrubs are not doing well in their present position, they may be relocated before the really cold weather begins, but this is not recommended for native plants. Herbaceous perennials may be lifted and divided too and it is a good time to do formative pruning of young fruit trees to develop a strong branch framework. Vegetable growers may still plant carrots, cauliflowers, broccoli, onions, peas, beans, garlic, and celery. Also potatoes can go in too. This club meets on the first Thursday of the calendar month except January. For more information please phone Pat, the president, on 3356 1256.


A Place for Wildlife on Ithaca Creek On Ithaca Creek between Lugg Street and Dean Street footbridges, the Lugg Street bushcare site is being revitalised with a fresh burst of enthusiasm from local volunteers. This stretch of creek was dominated by cane grass before SOWN organised a largescale community planting in 2005. The cane grass was removed and thousands of native species were planted. The staff, parents and students of Ithaca Creek State School community came out in force, forming a connection to the site which continues to this day. SOWN members maintained the site for many years but little work had been done recently until a new group started October 2018 Group leader Murray Oke has been pleased to get plenty of locals volunteering. ‘We had six or seven people at the first working bee now we are getting up to 10 to 25 with good support from Ithaca Creek State School and the local Scouts,’ he said.

Murray has promoted the group by utilising the signs around the creek encouraging those interested to contact him. He then provides the volunteers with detailed information about the plans for the site which is to build on the existing plantings to increase the structural diversity and make a hyper-resilient habitat. He said the early plantings had done well despite floods and infestations of weeds such as Singapore daisy and ruellia. ‘The priority now is the next succession of rainforest plants, particularly those more typical of the region such as crow’s ash, rough-leaved elm and cryptocarya. ‘We are filling in the gaps. We need to plant right on the toe of the creek with species like juncus and schoenoplectus,’ Murray said.

Lugg Street working bee February 2019 L-R Murray Oke, John Rohde, Robin Ham, Allen Bundock, Jo Byatt and Paul Beckman PHOTO: Mark Crocker

The goal is to improve the local vegetation mosaic to provide further foraging, nesting, shelter and roosting sites for local fauna.

If you live in the Lugg Street area and would like to volunteer contact Murray Oke on 0474 211 682.

The Gap Garden Club Inc. Est 1963 Our members have enjoyed another busy month and our gardens are blossoming with the cooler, showery weather resulting in some beautiful entries in our club ‘Bench’ competition. A pleasant day was spent travelling south to Yatala, Mudgeeraba and Wongawallen to visit beautiful gardens and nurseries in May, and next month we will be visiting the Esk Garden and Lifestyle Fair presented by the Valley of the Lakes Garden Club on Saturday 15th June.

Plans are well under way for our interstate trip to Adelaide in October, with visits to some beautiful gardens in the Adelaide Hills , Barossa Valley and Adelaide area. The highlight will be a visit to ‘The Patch,’ the garden of TV presenter Sophie Thomson at Mt Barker. Our next meeting is on Tuesday 25th June at 9.30am at River City Church, The Gap. The guest speaker will


Members enjoying our visit to Mt Coot-tha Gardens

be Ian Wintle whose topic is ‘Bizarre and Beautiful Botanicals.’ We c u r r e n t l y h a v e a

waiting list for new members. More information is available on our website www.

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People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do. Isaac Asmiov The Western Echo June 2019 Page 29

Reflections... by Richard Speechley

This month, in continuing with articles relating to the Soldier’s Settlement at The Gap following WWI, we feature the stories of two families who took part in the scheme - Ray and Mabel Harrison and Gil and Kate Inwood. Lots 116 and 117 had been won by W. McDonald and W. T. Fernlighs respectively and like many soldier settlers in The Gap settlement, they too had walked away. Back in Yorkshire England was Ray Harrison who was born on 25 August 1884 and after his schooling worked for the Postal Department. On 2 September 1912 he married Mabel Bustard of Malton, who was the daughter of William and Mary (nee Harrison) Bustard. While being cousins they were to enjoy a long and happy marriage and their first child was born in October 1913. The outbreak of WWI saw Ray enlist in 1915 becoming a member of the Royal Army Medical Corps and posted to a military hospital in Egypt. For almost four years he was away with no periods of home leave. Sergeant Ray Harrison was awarded the King George V Medal for meritorious services. On returning home their second daughter Kath was born on 21 September 1921.

A long-held wish to migrate to Australia saw the family board the “Sophocles” a ship of the Aberdeen Line, arriving in Australia in November 1923. Staying with an uncle and aunt at Highgate Hill, they successfully applied and took up Lot 117 which contained 8 acres 29 perches. This area is at the lowest part of Kaloma Road, subject to flooding and often boggy preventing access. A number of homes later built in that area had brickwork cracked due to sinkage. I’m aware of one particular home which settled down 8 inches/ 20.5 cms. Taking over Lot 116 which contained 8 acres, 1 rood, 36 perches with frontage to Settlement Road. Setting up their house and sheds on higher ground, the family operated a successful poultry farm, eventually buying the property freehold. An avid student of poultry, Ray exhibited at the R.N.A. and was also a respected judge. In the late 1960s the property sold as Grant-Lea Estate. The 10 blocks fronting Settlement Road sold for a total of $20,000. The full story of Ray and Mabel can be read on pages 74 - 76 of Reflections 1 Memories of The Gap. Added reading is of Ray calling army folk from the public phone box at the Settler’s Government Store “The day

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Centenary of the “Soldier’s Settlement” Trials and Disasters Pt 2

Gil and Kate pictured prior to settling at The Gap

the big guns fired” pages 120121 Reflections I. Lot 123 in Woomara Road, containing 8 acres 14 perches at an annual fee of POUNDS 4 4 shillings a 1 pence, was won by Gilbert Edward Inwood, whose family was to remain most active in our area for many years. Both very much in love and shortly after both turning 20, Gilbert Edward Inwood of Gravesend, County Kent, was to marry Catherine - better known as Kate - Field of Harlow, County of Essex, in St Luke’s Church, Bethnal Green London on 9 September 1914. The couple left England five days later on the “Paparoo” to commence their new life in Australia. They were to work on a number of cattle stations in the Longreach area until the arrival of their first daughter, Elsia Catherine on 27 April 1917. On 27 November 1917

Gil was to enlist in the Light Horse A.I.F. ready to defend his homeland. The completion of his training and travel to the front meant he never saw active service as the war had ended and he was discharged on 30 December 1918. On 13 September 1919, Gil was successful in obtaining Lot 123, which contained 8 acres 14 perches in Woomara Road at an annual rental of POUNDS 4 4 shillings a 1 pence. Moving on to the block with their second daughter Lily Rose born on 1 January 1919, they were to call the place “Burtondale” and set about with firm resolution to be a success. Writing and sending photos home to his family, he records on the back his thoughts such as “the area is very hilly with lots of rocks” and “the dog in (Continued on page 31)


Centenary of the “Soldier’s Settlement” Trials and Disasters Pt. 2 (Continued from page 30)

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this photo is always close to Kate to keep the snakes away” and “there are many dingoes” The arrival of daughter Maud Field on 31 July 1921 and sons Stanley Charles on 16 August 1024 and Charles William in 1926 kept Kate busy from morning until night, however she took over the running of the property while Gil became a telephone technician with the P.M.G. Kate’s efforts at growing all her own vegetables, making jam and pickles, her own bread and dressmaking skills were a legend among Gap residents of that era. Always busy at home, Gil was to sink a 10 metre well down on the flat and dabbled in breeding Australian Blue

Cattle dogs and exported some to America. He also imported gladioli bulbs from Belgium and for many years Burtondale was ablaze with colour prior to the blooms being sent to the flower market. Kate was noted for her love of fuschias, which grew in her bush-house at the rear of the home. All the family attended The Gap School. Kate was to pass away on 19 August 1974, just prior to their 60th wedding anniversary. Gil was to depart this life on 9 February 1983. Following cremation, both their ashes were spread over their beloved Burtondale. The full story of Gil and Kate Inwood can be found on pages 38-42 of Reflections III - Memories of The Gap.

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The Western Echo June 2019  

A community newsmagazine published monthly since 1994, servicing Brisbane's western suburbs including: The Gap, Ashgrove, St John's Wood, Do...

The Western Echo June 2019  

A community newsmagazine published monthly since 1994, servicing Brisbane's western suburbs including: The Gap, Ashgrove, St John's Wood, Do...