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Western Echo

March 2018 ISSN 1327-676X

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

Dedication of St Mark’s Ministry Centre

Reverend Kenneth Hopper with St Mark’s Anglican Church The Gap youngest member of the congregation, Rafael Geldenhuys, 7, with Doreen Hicks, 88, the eldest member, cutting the dedication cake, made by the multi-talented Caroline Morrissey at the official dedication of the new Ministry Centre. Story Page 3 and more photos page 26 & 27



+ New Specialty Stores The Gap Village Shopping Centre 1000 Waterworks Road, The Gap website:

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BARBER George’s Barber Shop Phone: 3366 7435 pg 6

BEAUTY Blooms Beauty Salon Phone: 3300 1555 pg 32

Intune Beauty Therapy Phone: 3300 9710 p g 17

BUTCHER MeatU@Home Phone: 3161 5021 pg 18

CHOIR AUDITIONS Queensland Choir Phone: 3895 8188 pg 6

CHURCHES St Mark’s Anglican Church Phone: 3300 1502 pg 3

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

COURSES Young Minds Minds4Health Phone: 3857 0074 pg 12

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

HAIR DESIGN DHS Hair Shack Phone: 3300 4200

Denture Square Phone: 3189 7085 pg 10

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

GUITAR TUITION Rob’s Guitar School Phone: 3289 8020 pg 25

SHOPPING CENTRE The Gap Village Shopping Ctr. Phone: 3300 3377 pg 1 & 21


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LAWYERS Hollingworth & Spencer Phone: 3123 5700 pg 14

MASSAGE Bernard Evens Remedial & Sports Phone: 3366 9997 pg 17

MEALS ON WHEELS Meals on Wheels Ashgrove Phone: 3366 4299 pg 3 & 6

MEDICAL CENTRE Keperra Family Practice Phone: 3351 0323 pg 12

MUSIC TUITION The Gap Piano Studio Phone: 3166 8353 pg 25

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


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

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

Cr. Steven Toomey Phone: 3407 1900

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PRINTER CARTRIDGES Cartridge World Ashgrove Phone: 3366 5111 pg 14

PSYCHOLOGIST Proactive Phone: 0411 036 297 pg 25 Young Minds Minds4Health Phone: 3857 0074 pg 12

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

WEIGHT LOSS Winning with Food Phone: 0403 085 640 pg 12

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT Young Minds Minds4Health Phone: 3857 0074 pg 12

Dept. Defence Phone: 3332 7455 pg 13

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The Gap Anglican Church of St Mark Dedication and Blessing of Ministry Centre The Gap Anglican Church invited members of the community to join with members of their congregation to celebrate the official opening of the new Ministry Centre at St Mark’s The Gap on Sunday 18 February. After 12 long years and $1.35 million the Ministry Centre was officially opened by the Most Reverend Dr. Phillip Aspinall in a ceremony of dedication and blessing witnessed and celebrated by many members of the congregation and community. Following the service and blessing, those attending were invited to partake of afternoon tea and enjoy musical entertainment provided by the Westside Orchestra. For many years the Westside Orchestra has used the “Old Hall” for their practices. The hall was originally situated on the corner of Kaloma and Settlement Roads and then moved to its final destination on the corner of Waterworks and Kullaroo Street. Being a social centre and place of worship for the community, it was modified to accommodate the needs of the congregation and the community at large. The new Ministry Centre provides a state-of-the art building with modern facilities and will prove to be a sought after venue for events and meetings within the local community.

Unveiling the plaque commemorating the opening

Gap Community Eagerly Awaiting Opening “ALDI is eager to bring our unique shopping experience to more Queenslanders, offering high-quality products at permanently low prices.” “We are pleased to confirm that plans for our new store at The Gap are on track, and we expect it to open mid 2018. We look forward to updating the community with an opening date as our plans progress.” said an Aldi spokesperson The new ALDI store, located at The Gap Village Shopping Centre - entrance via Glen Affric Street, will have both an elevator and a ramp for those with mobility issues. It will also be directly connected to the main shopping mall for ease of access. Once open, The Gap ALDI will be supported by a team of 1520 permanent full and part-time employees, providing a unique career opportunity in retail. website:

Most Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall, Archbishop of Brisbane, officially blessed and opened the new Ministry Centre, which has been 12 years in the planning and building, with The Gap Anglican Church of St Mark’s Rev. Kenneth Hopper

Inside the March Issue... Arana VIEW Club............................................................................22 Amnesty International The Gap...............................................17 Art in Bark Association.........................................................23 Ahsgrove 500 Club.........................................................12 Ashgrove Forum..................................................................6 Ashgrove Historical Society................................................8 Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club..............................................16 Ashgrove/The Gap Men’s Shed.................................................20 Brisbane Tramway Museum.................................................22 Chess T’Minit.......................................................................29 Communify....................................................................................9 Enoggera Historical Society..............................................14 Federal Update - Jane Prentice........................................7 Hear and Say........................................................................10 Mitchelton Garden Club....................................................28 National Servicemen’s Association of Aust. (Qld Branch)........31 Paten Park Native Nursery (PPNN).............................................28 Principal’s Points............................................................24 Qld. Family History Society.............................................17 & 24 Reflections..........................................................................30 Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap.....................................21 Shed Happens for Men of Ashgrove/The Gap.......................................23 SOWN (Save Our Waterways Now)...........................................29 State Update - Kate Jones - Member for Ashgrove......................5 The Gap Garden Club............................................................28 The Gap Historical Society...............................................14 The Gap Probus Club.............................................................12 The Gap RSL Sub Branch..................................................18 Vo i c e s o f B i r r a l e e . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 9 Ward Happenings Cr Steven Toomey..................................4

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

Plan Your Brisbane Over recent months Council has spoken to thousands of residents across the city to understand what we love most about Brisbane and how we can shape our future. Important choices regarding how we can ensure housing remains affordable, lifestyle opportunities are created as our city grows, ensuring getting around Brisbane is easier not harder and how to create green-space and leisure areas for all of us to enjoy. More than 5000 residents have completed the initial online survey and I invite you to have your say and play the online game or attend a series of engagements across the city to create a Charter of Principles that will guide Brisbane’s future. Plan your Brisbane interactive game available until mid-April. Register to keep in touch with the project via www. search Plan Your Brisbane. A hard copy of ‘Plan Your Brisbane Survey’ is available from my ward office, please call if you require a copy posted or if you would like to discuss this next exciting chapter for our city.

New Transport Plan for Brisbane Council is currently preparing a new transport plan to guide how our transport network will grow and adapt over the next two decades and beyond to make Brisbane Australia’s most liveable city. In addition to Plan Your Brisbane, we are seeking your feedback on the transport plan until 30 March 2018 to ensure everyone has the opportunity to ‘have your say’, visit www. search New Transport Plan.

Waterworks Road Ashgrove (Trout Street to Betheden Terrace Ashgrove) The upgrade to Waterworks Road between Trout Street and Betheden Terrace s one of 90 congestion-busting project across the city to improve traffic efficiency, reduce congestion and improve safety for all road users. Two information sessions will be undertaken to discuss the project with the community and seek feedback about the proposed design. I will be attending both of these sessions and look forward to

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hearing your feedback. When: Thursday 8 March 2018 – 5-7pm and Saturday 10 March 2018 – 9-11 am Both sessions will be held in front of Woolworths, Ashgrove Shopping Centre on Ashgrove Avenue Ashgrove. Visit the council website to view the plans and scope of the project au search Waterworks Road Upgrade or contact my office to receive a plan in the post.

The Gap Neighourhood Plan In 2016 council commenced community led consultation for The Gap neighbourhood plan. As a result, a neighbourhood plan draft strategy has been developed through a combination of community feedback. Council is in the process of preparing the draft neighbourhood plan that will go before a full council meeting then to the Qld Govt. for a review of the plan. After the Qld Govt. approval, the neighbourhood plan is adopted and will form part of City Plan. I expect the completion of this process by late 2018.

Community Corners Ashgrove and The Gap - Saturday 24 March 2018 The Gap: 9-11am Footpath Waterworks Rd, outside Craig Ray Solicitor Ashgrove: 12-2pm Footpath Harry Street, Corner of Stewart Road Ashgrove.


State Update

Kate Jones MP

Member for Cooper

Congratulations to our 2018 student leaders

Energy efficient appliance rebate now open

It has been a privilege to attend student leadership ceremonies right across our community and see so many of our young people ready to take on the responsibilities of being a leader of their peers. At many of these ceremonies, I’ve had the opportunity to speak on leadership and the important qualities that will help you be a great leader. One of the most vital is the ability to listen and to understand that everyone has something to contribute. The best leaders don’t take on problems by themselves – they build teams. Once again, I congratulate you all on your selection and wish you well for the year ahead.

Energy efficient appliances often cost more upfront but lead to long-term savings as well as being better for our environment. That’s why the Queensland Government has now opened a rebate of up to $300 if you buy an energy efficient appliance. As long as the appliance has a minimum 4-star energy rating you can apply to receive $200 for a washing machine, $250 for a refrigerator or $300 for an air conditioner. If you have bought one of these appliances since 1 January 2018 then you are still eligible to receive the rebate as long as you apply before 20 March 2018. To apply for the rebate visit appliancerebate This rebate is another part of our $2 billion Affordable Energy Plan which also ensures electricity prices do not rise past inflation and a direct reduction of $50 for every household bill for the next two years.

Just a month to go until the Commonwealth Games

Mt St Michael’s College Captains Talea and Sophie with Kate Jones and Ms Volp

The school captains of The Gap State High School (left to right) Lachlan, Robert, Ailsa and Lilli

We are getting closer every day to the largest sporting event Australia will see this decade. The 2018 Commonwealth Games will see the Gold Coast host more than one million spectators, around 6600 athletes and team officials, 50,000 workers and volunteers, and 3500 accredited media representatives from more than 70 Commonwealth nations. The games are on time, on track and on budget and I know that many locals are volunteering, attending or even competing (shout out to Cedric Dubler who officially qualified for the decathlon in recent weeks). For all information about the games, including transport details and purchasing tickets, make sure you visit

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Forum Communicator’s State President Joy Martin presenting Una Liu with flowers after Una’s recent Induction into Forum as a member of Ashgrove Club

The Ashgrove Forum Communicators Club held its second meeting for the year in February. This was the 926th monthly meeting of the club. Since 1960, Ashgrove Forum has filled at need for those who wish to become confident public speakers and/or wish to learn correct procedure to run efficient and productive meetings, in a friendly, supportive environment. Forum’s State President, Joy Martin, visited Ashgrove for the February meeting. At this meeting Ashgrove Forum again agreed to donate funds to support the state-wide Forum Communicators Bursary. The Forum Communicators Bursary is part of the National Council of Women’s Bursary Program and is awarded to: A female resident of Queensland enrolled in a tertiary course, such as university or TAFE Able to demonstrate a record of achievement in the communication field, either through school or tertiary studies, or through involvement in a public speaking or debating groups Able to demonstrate commitment to leadership within the local community Applications for the 2018 Bursary program will open on Monday 16 April 2018. If you meet the criteria above and wish to apply email for more information. The next Ashgrove Forum meeting will be held at 6.45pm on Wednesday 21 March 2018 in the meeting room at the back of the Ashgrove Library, 87 Amarina Avenue, Ashgrove. Visitors and prospective members are always welcome to attend. For details please call Pat on Mob: 0458 696 267. For more information please visit the Forum website www.

Quote of the Day

Blessed are the young for they shall inherit the national debt. - Herbert Hoover website:

Hon. Jane Prentice MP Federal Member for Ryan

Federal Update More support for Ryan families

The Coalition Government’s new Child Care Package will deliver support for more families in Ryan. We are providing an additional $2.5 million in funding support for genuine childcare reform which will benefit 70.5 percent of families in Queensland. The annual rebate cap will be removed for most families, which will free them up to work as many days as they choose without a looming limit on their child care subsidies. The Coalition Government is increasing child care subsidies for those Australians working the hardest but doing it the toughest, to allow them to work more hours or take more of their wage home each week. Families can increase their childcare support by increasing their hours of working, training, studying or volunteering. Parents can use the online estimator to find out how the new Package impacts them at ChildCarePackage.

Connect with Jane

To stay up to date on all that is happening in Ryan, you can sign up for my e-Newsletter and other publications at www., or follow my Twitter and Facebook at @JanePrentice_MP and I am always interested to hear what matters to you, so please get in touch with my office at 07 3378 1599 or jane.prentice.

Stay Cyber Smart

I hosted a Cyber Security Business Forum on Wednesday 21 February in Toowong. It was an informative occasion with a presentation delivered by cyber security membership organisation CREST ANZ. The Government is leading the way with the $230 million Cyber Security Strategy, however it is important that we all take action to protect our own security by following these tips: 1. Limit what you share on social media – check your privacy and security settings. 2. Use strong passwords on all accounts, and use two-factor authentication where possible. 3. Back up your files – this way you will not lose anything if an incident occurs. 4. Install anti-virus software on all your devices, and keep all software up-to-date. 5. Watch out for scams – think twice about clicking on questionable links or attachments. For more information, visit or call (02) 6141 6666.

World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), Wednesday 21 March 2018, is an opportunity to show support, fundraise, and recognise the contribution of people with Down Syndrome in our community. For more information on WDSD, visit https://

Congratulating some of our Local Sporting Champions with an afternoon tea

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Ashgrove Historical Society Inc. At the monthly meeting of the Ashgrove H i s t o r i c a l S o c i e t y, Saturday April 7, Dr John MacKenzie-Smith will present a talk about his father, entitled AG Smith. Ashgrove Banker and Soldier. Alfred Greig Smith lived in Waterworks Road, Ashgrove from 1939 to 1957 except for the duration of World War 11. He was a member of the 2/15 Battalion and took a leading part in the siege of Tobruk. On returning home, he established the Canungra Jungle War Training Camp, the toughest training course in the world for some time thereafter. After discharge from the Army, he re-joined the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, establishing the Ashgrove branch as manager in 1954. He was involved in the local community as President of the Ashgrove RSL and Vice President of the Ashgrove Bowls Club. Members and visitors are most welcome to attend what promises to be a most interesting presentation and discussion. We look forward to hearing about the deeds and far-reaching influence of a local identity. The meeting is held in the Ashgrove Library from 10am to 12 noon, followed by morning tea. All are welcome to stay and chat. The Society will hold its first display stall outside Woolworths Ashgrove on Friday May 18. The Society’s publications are on sale as well as a raffle. Copies of ‘Lost Ashgrove’ will be available. At any time anyone wishing to purchase a copy can contact the Secretary, Julie Moorhouse, on 3366 4621. A reminder that annual membership of the Society is $10 per person or $15 per family. Membership extends throughout the financial year from July 1 to the following June 30. The Society’s webpage contains a variety of information and may be accessed by going to

Quote of the Day Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. Margaret Mead

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Communify - Find out what is happening in your community and get involved! All the world’s a stage... including Communify! Our new drama group is starting on March the 15th at Jubilee Hall at Bardon. Come join the fun of drama, theatre sports, creative play and laughter in a supportive environment. This group is suitable for people of all levels and experiences. When: Thursday 1:30-3:30 (March 15-May 3) Where: Jubilee Hall, Jubilee Tce Bardon Contact: Bella 0400 158 700

Get Involved! The Free Range Library Our cupboards are bare! Can

you help? The Pantry at our Bardon Neighbourhood Centre is accepting donations of nonperishable food items to fill up our empty shelves. Donations go to those to those in financial hardship. If you can spare some grocery items please bring them during office hours to 180 Jubilee Tce, Bardon. The Free Range Library needs your help! We’re looking for donations of good quality books and volunteers to help pack, sort, and deliver books. This excellent initiative provides books to those who otherwise would not have easy access to them. Do you have books to spare or time to give? Contact Mish on 3510 2700 or email mishb@communify.


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Hear and Say to help Queensland students to ‘Hear to Learn’ Queensland not-for-profit charity, Hear and Say’s ‘Hear to Learn’ School Hearing Screening Program is helping students to get the best from their education. Now in its fourth year, ‘Hear to Learn’ has proven very popular with schools, students and parents, reaching far beyond initial expectations. Chris McCarthy CEO Hear and Say said, since commencing in March 2015

we have screened the hearing of more than 19,000 students across 250 school visits across Queensland. “To date the program has identified 23% of students, on the day of our visit, were experiencing a hearing or ear health issue. This figure includes 14 percent who required further investigation from a GP or a hearing test. What is troubling is that 38 students were later found

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to have a conductive hearing loss and 16 were diagnosed with a sensorineural or permanent hearing loss,” Mr McCarthy said. Babies born in Australia receive a New Born Hearing Screen while still in the hospital, however even if a child has passed the screening as a new born, hearing loss can still occur in childhood. While some children born overseas may never have had a hearing screen. Mr McCarthy went on to explain, if a hearing health issue or hearing loss is not detected then the child may experience speech and language delays, educational difficulties and behavioural problems. “The ‘Hear to Learn’ screen is a simple nonintrusive screen conducted at the school and takes less than 7 minutes per child. It is for all students, but recommended mostly for Prep students to start their education on the right track,” Mr McCarthy said. There has been strong demand for Hear and Say’s school hearing screening with over 90 primary schools having rebooked for their students to be screened this year, and a further 22 having secured an annual screening date for 2019. Chris McCarthy is encouraging schools to book their students for school hearing screening to avoid missing out, by calling the team at Hear and Say on 07 3850 2111or email hearing@hearandsay.

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THE BODY PROJECT The Body Project is a four-session group program that aims to help young women, aged 14-17 years, feel better about their bodies. The program has been found to improve body satisfaction, reduce the risk of eating disorders and improve school and social functioning in young women. 14-17 years.

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The Body Project A program for 14-17yr old young women Has your daughter had body image concerns? Is she able to discern the media coverage of body beautiful? The Body Project has been developed and evaluated at Stanford University after 16 years of research. (Research has not yet been completed for young male participants) The program consists of verbal, written and behavioural activities in which participants voluntarily critique the thin beauty ideal promoted for females. The program runs for 4 x 1hr sessions, run weekly. These activities have been shown to result in decreased subscription to the “thin beauty ideal” and consequent reduction in body dissatisfaction, negative mood, dieting, and eating disorder symptoms, as well as decreased risk of future eating disorders, and improved psychosocial functioning. Young Minds and Minds4Health at The Gap are pleased to be able to offer this program. The program is being offered at The Gap Clinic for four weeks during Term 1, and also during Term 2. Term 1: Beginning Saturday 10th March for 4 weeks 8.30am to 9.30am Term 2: Beginning Saturday 5th May for 4 weeks 8.30am to 9.30am Please see advertisment at left, for booking contact details. Young Minds and Minds4Health Team

Ashgrove/The Gap 500 CARD CLUB Yes we are back playing 500 cards, we had a very enjoyable

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

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The Probus Club of The Gap Enjoying the Benefits of the GOOSE Group 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. So what does a GOOSE Group do in such a club? Well, it stands for Group Organising Outside Social Events, and they work to extend the range of entertainments and events for members of the club. Once a month we have a general meeting, with an invited external speaker. The talk will be on a topic of particular interest, such as local history or health-related for older people. We have regular dine-outs, theatre trips, bus trips to interesting places, book group and coffee mornings. But besides the “regular” things, GOOSE group exists to add one-offs for the club, like a picnic, or a showand-tell of family history material, an Australian poetry recital, even a Mad Hat dress-up competition – something different from time to time, in pursuit of our motto “Active Retirement”. If you would be interested in joining, or just giving it a try, we would welcome your enquiry. Just call our secretary Jan on 3366 2998. We meet at 2pm on the first Thursday of every month, at The Gap Baptist Church, by the traffic lights at the junction of Waterworks and Settlement Roads – handy to lots of buses, and with some spaces for car parks. Places are available – no waiting list – and we’d love to meet you.


TRAINING AREA/RANGE NOISE NOTICE Residents to areas surrounding the Enoggera Close Training Area are warned that it is a Defence live firing range and to expect periods of heightened noise volume. Defence training includes firing practices with live ammunition, explosives, simulation devices and lasers that generally occur daily between 0700h – 1600h. Night time practices also occur and are generally completed before 2200h. During these core operating hours, residence in the surrounding areas may experience louder than normal noise levels. This could be due to a change in weather conditions or wind direction, or due to the type of munitions or simulation devices being employed to achieve a training outcome. Defence now has the capability to notify residences of increased periods of noise volume on the training area via an SMS alert. These alerts are intended to advise residence of an increased level of forecasted training area noise over a prescribed period of time. If you wish to be included in this notification process please contact range control on (07) 3332 7455 and provide your name and mobile number. For any other inquiries regarding the Enoggera Training Area please contact the Enoggera Close Training Area, Range Control Officer on 07 3332 7455. 0643SM


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

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

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The Gap Historical Society Inc. Established 2000 Firstly, let us join the ranks of those congratulating our dedicated member Philippa on being awarded the OAM in recent Australia Day Honours – it is great to see community service being appropriately recognised. Also we congratulate two other members on being recognised for their community service – Richard Speechley received The Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Achievement Award and Nurdon Serico received the Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Cultural/Arts Award. At present, the Society is working on its program of speakers and outings for the year. Among possible speakers are Dr James Lergessner – noted speaker and author of “My Brisbane Rediscovered” - published in January this year. Ed Coxen from Probus is another likely speaker in the near future. We need more!!! Possible trips/outings include the Telstra Museum, Fort Lytton, Police Museum, Caloundra Air Museum and the Tramway Museum. On a lighter note, we congratulate our Life Member Beryl Hogan on receiving her 50 year Membership of The Gap Garden Club Inc – Well Done Beryl!! And finally – our sincere thanks to Ferny Grove Mens’ Shed, members of which have restored our piano stool and member Barry Giddings has made a great Gavel and Block for use by meeting chairpersons. Many thanks, fellows.

Enoggera & Districts Historical Society Inc. by Dave LIvett.

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You of Welsh & Irish descent, celebrate St. David’s and St. P a t r i c k ’s D a y s i n style! At EDHS we are preparing for our AGM and the publication of our first newsletter for 2018. Our monthly bus trips are underway, to venues throughout the great South East. During February our guest speaker programme began at Emanuel Uniting Church in Laurel Street. As the year progresses, we will honour the deeds of our fathers and grandfathers at the great battles of 1918 and 1943. Our presentations to local schools and community groups will continue. Our research library in Enoggera Memorial Hall is open for inspection each Thursday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Visitors and new members are welcome. For further details phone Dave on 33663191. website:

Diagnosis, Diagnosis, Diagnosis When it comes to lumps on and under the skin of our pets, just “keeping an eye on it” may be a sensible approach if the mass is benign. But therein lies the problem. While some lumps can be identified as benign based on their appearance, location and “feel”, others are nondescript and potentially malignant or invasive. The older our pets become, the more lumps and bumps they develop. To make matters more complicated, some malignant masses may behave in a benign fashion for months or years, but then quickly spread to other organs (metastasis) or become so large at their site of origin that they begin to cause a functional problem. Early surgical intervention in these cases will usually be curative. My university lecturer in dermatology used to say that there were only three rules when it came to lumps and bumps – “Diagnosis, Diagnosis, Diagnosis”. So how can we be sure about the nature of a lump? Fortunately, the identity of most of masses located on, in or under the skin can be revealed by performing a non-invasive procedure known as a fine needle aspirate biopsy. Most often this can be performed without the use of sedation or anaesthesia, and causes very little discomfort. Cells from the mass are harvested via a fine needle and spread on a microscope slide, air dried and stained for microscopic examination. Many experienced (and lumpy) veterinarians are well versed in the microscopic appearance of the common benign and malignant tumors, and a cost-effective diagnosis can often be made during the consultation. If there is any uncertainty, the smears can be sent to a Veterinary Pathologist for a specialist opinion. Occasionally this biopsy procedure is unhelpful and a very small piece of the tumor needs to be removed and sent to a pathologist. This is known as an incisional biopsy, and often requires sedation or general anaesthesia. Lumpy pet? A stitch in time saves nine.

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Lions Club of Ashgrove/The Gap Ashgrove/ The Gap Lions started off the year well with the induction of three new members, Elizabeth Baldacchino, Ray Compton and Marnie Ward. All were welcomed into our club at our first official meeting of the year. Every member brings to our club their own individual skills and abilities and these new members are no exception. However, one of our new members, Ray Compton, has already shown himself to be a valued member of our community and, in recognition of the work he has done in the past, he has been given the honour of being part of the team that is carrying the Queen’s Baton for this year’s Commonwealth Games. His list of achievements is amazing, amongst them are: He was the founding member of the Moggill/Mount Crosby Lions Club as well as for the local cricket club.

He established the Sidewalk program for the Cerebral Palsy League, which is now sponsored by Australia Post He was a member of Rotary and whilst there was a major instigator and fundraiser for the rural family accommodation, adjacent to the Wesley Hospital, as well as being the instigator of the Rotary Club fundraiser, “Opera in the Vineyard”, which is now in its 25th year The list of his achievements is endless but Ray is not one to ‘rest on his laurels’, as

Ray and Bronwyn Compton

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Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club’s newest members Marnie Ward, Ray Compton and Liz Baldacchino

he has been the Chaplain of the Wesley Hospital and is currently the Chaplain of St Andrew’s Hospital in, Ipswich and has recently helped to raise funds for the restumping and building of ramps at the Frontier Services Church in Cunnamulla. He certainly gets around! Despite all this activity, he has raised three children with his wife of 53 years, Bronwyn, at his side. These days you will find Ray selling Valentine’s Day roses at the airport on behalf of the Lions Medical Research Foundation, alongside other Lions club members, and no doubt cooking sausages at one of our popular sausage sizzles!! We a r e v e r y h o n o u r e d to have Ray as one of our new members and, with the assistance of other members of the Ashgrove/The Gap Lions club, we are sure he will continue to serve the

community as he has done in the past. He is a well-deserved recipient of the honour of being one of the Queen’s baton carriers. Well done Ray!! However one does not need to be such a high achiever to become a member of Ashgrove/ The Gap Lions. Although a lot of time and effort is put into raising funds to assist various organisations and individuals in our local community, a large part of the Lions ethos is in fellowship and in being part of an international organisation that helps to bring understanding and tolerance throughout the world. If you would like to find out more about what it is to be a Lion and what we do, we will be holding an information evening soon after Easter and everyone is invited to come along and meet with us. There will be refreshments available and the opportunity to meet some of our members, who will be happy to share with you the benefits and the fun of being a Lion member. More information regarding this event will be in the April edition of Western Echo. However, if you are keen to find out more about becoming a member now then please contact our Membership Chair, Peter Cooper (3856 2390), who will be more than happy to talk to you and invite you along to one of our regular meetings.


Helen Black Group Amnesty International

With the support of Amnesty International supporters in Australia and around the world, Amnesty International continues to work towards protecting human rights and transforming the lives of people and communities globally. With Syria’s civil war stretching into its seventh year, Amnesty International works tirelessly to help those caught up in the conflict and those forced to flee their homes. This is done through Amnesty International researchers who are on the ground in Syria, exposing the horror of everyday life and giving a voice to those affected, as well as campaigners and supporters who are calling on governments to protect civilians caught in the conflict. Fighting between the Syrian Government and rebels has so far killed over 300,000 people and created more than 5 million refugees. Amnesty International calls on governments around the world, including the Australian Government to ensure that civilians are not targeted during the conflict and that those fleeing Syria are resettled quickly and safely. Tirana Hassan, Amnesty Crisis Response Director says, “Syria can feel overwhelming because of the enormity of the conflict. However, when Amnesty International’s researchers tell us another human rights activist in the country has been disappeared, when a doctor calls to tell us another hospital has been targeted in an airstrike, my team does not have the option to be overwhelmed.” The Helen Black Amnesty International group meet between 9-11am on the second Monday of the month in The Gap and would love to hear from anyone interested in knowing more about Amnesty International, or joining our group. Please contact Di on 3300 1861. For information about the Ashgrove Amnesty group please email

Queenslnad Family History Society Do you think you have family connections in India during the period of the British Raj? Or perhaps you are looking for family in India and want to know how to begin? Please join us for the Beginners’ guide to researching family history in India presented by Dette Glenday Dette will cover topics including: British rule, military records, churches, civilian occupations, and different nationalities. Dette will explore various websites including findmypast, Ancestry, FIBIS, and FamilySearch, and show examples of births/baptisms, marriages, and death records Date: Friday, 9 March 2018 at 10.00 am - 11.30 am Location: QFHS Library and Resource Centre 58 Bellevue Ave Gaythorne, QLD 4051 Cost: Members $11 and nonmembers $15 Book your place online at www. or call us on 3355 3369. See you there! website:


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MU@H was able to enter the AMIC annual ‘Sausage King and Best Butchers Beef Burger competition’ for the first time this year and proud to walk away with 3rd place in the Brisbane North Region for Best Butcher’s Burger!! Gary and Max are extremely proud of this achievement (as we all are) so if you are yet to try these burgers, do yourself a favour and pick one up next time you are in the centre. They sell for $2.50 each and are packed with fresh veggies and beautifully lean grass fed beef – great on a roll for a healthy burger with your favourite salads or served with your favourite veggies for a delicious dinner option. Have you entered our Facebook competition to win a $50 meat voucher? All you need to do is like and share our page and you are instantly in the draw to win! Are you on our email list? Leave your details either at the shop, when you are at the markets, on FB or drop us a line at info@ to receive our monthly email newsletter, commencing March. Did you know???? Did you know that goat meat contains low levels of saturated fat and cholesterol so combined with its high iron and protein content it is a good choice for anyone looking for a healthy red meat. In order to maintain its tender consistency, goat needs to be prepared on a lower heat and longer cooking time which makes it perfect for casseroles and slow cooking. We have fresh goat in stock at the shop for $18.99kg so be sure to have a look at this great alternative next time you are in. We look forward to seeing you at the Village soon, Julie & Gary Read & the friendly Team at MeatU@Home

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National Servicemen’s Remembrance Day On the 14th of February, three members of the Sub-branch attended the National Servicemen’s Remembrance Day at Wacol. The Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, addressed the service and acknowledged the contribution of National Servicemen called up to serve between 1952 and 1972.

Congratulations! Mr Vic Le Feuvre has been awarded the RSL Long Service Award for an incredible 50 years of service to the RSL. Neil De La Rue was presented with the Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Achievement Award Silver medallion. Congratulations to both long-serving members of the Sub-branch. The Sub-branch would also like to congratulate Philippa Wightman on her well-deserved award of OAM in the Australia Day Honours & Awards for 2018.

ANZAC Day 2018 The Gap’s commemorative activities for ANZAC Day this year include the Dawn Service from 5.40am, the Community March from 9.15am followed by the Commemorative Service at the Walton Bridge Memorial Park commencing at 9.30am. Based on community feedback from last year, a larger PA system has been hired to ensure that all attending the Services can fully participate in the ceremony. Refreshments will be available at The Gap Football Club, on Glenaffric St, after each Service. Tea, Coffee, ANZAC biscuits and a sausage sizzle for gold coin donations. All proceeds will go to The Gap Scout Group and The Gap/Walton Bridge Guide Group. The Sub-branch will be out in the community conducting fundraising activities prior to the day, so if you see us please come and say hello.

How has The Gap served Australia? Throughout 2018, the Sub-branch will be seeking feature stories from The Gap community on community members who have served in the Australian armed forces. It could be about yourself, your parents, even your great-grandparents. You might know a veteran in the community who might like to have their story told. We’d like to share with the community a little about who they are and how they served, particularly if they have lived in or around The Gap. If you would be interested in helping put an article together please contact Trent, the Sub-branch PR manager, via the contact details below.

Contact us Members of the community may contact the Sub-branch by phone: 3300 9439, email at: or by writing to The Gap RSL, PO Box 122, The Gap QLD 4061. To keep up to date with what the Sub-branch is doing, follow us on Facebook: @TheGapRSL. We’d love for you to become one of our members. Whether you are a current or ex-serving member, or supportive member of the community, contact us for more information.

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Farewell Voices of Birralee’s choristers singing for the ANZACS

Voices of Birralee will this month farewell 30 young adult choristers leaving for France to sing at the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Australian National Memorial. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, which will also mark the Centenary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux, arose from a nationwide bid with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs where Voices of Birralee was selected to provide choral services for First World War commemorations on the Western Front from 2015 - 19. The touring choir will be conducted by Paul Holley OAM, and the experience will be enhanced for many choristers who have discovered they have relatives who served on the Western Front on or around 25 April 1918.

Voices of Birralee’s ANZAC Day Commemoration Choir will sing at the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Brettoneux, France. Farewell them on 18 March

The community is invited to witness the beautiful and moving music this choir will take on its tour, with a Dedication Service and

Concert held at 3pm Sunday 18 March at The Great Hall, Brisbane Grammar School. Tickets are $20 for adults /

concession and $5 for children and can be booked via Voices of Birralee’s website - www.

Boost retirement income when you downsize If you have a property that you’re considering selling, and a retirement that would be improved by more income, then a new option is available. From July 1st, 2018, individuals 65 and over may be able to contribute proceeds from the sale of one eligible property to superannuation. This superannuation money can be used to boost your retirement income. Before this many people would not be able to contribute this capital that they had unlocked from their house to superannuation, because they were no longer working. If you’d like to learn more about the conditions governing downsizer contributions, or how you could enhance your income in general, please call us on 3510 1333, or email We offer a complimentary, obligation-free initial appointment to discuss every individual’s situation. We are also running a free one-hour workshop on improving retirement income at 10am on Wednesday the 14th of March. Please contact us if you’re interested in attending.


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Multiple Birth Awareness Week 11 - 18 March AMBA launches annual Multiple Birth Awareness Week to raise awareness of the importance of providing information and support to multiple birth families. The Australian Multiple Birth Association (AMBA) today announced the theme for this year’s Multiple Birth Awareness Week (MBAW), running from 11th to 18th

March 2018. The annual week-long event centres around running community events to raise awareness of the important work done by AMBA and local clubs around Australia in providing vital support to multiple birth families. In 2018, AMBA is focusing on raising awareness around the importance of the support network for families and individuals.

Ashgrove/The Gap Men’s Shed

This year is refurbishment year for the Yoorala Street Men’s Shed facility. The building the old Pony Club clubhouse is in need of a major makeover and this is about to happen. The Men’s Shed is using substantial funds from Brisbane City Council, the State Government and private benefactor grants to refurbish the Council-owned facility. In the past two years, Council has upgraded the public parking area, built new pathways and installed a new roof - all necessary and very welcomed improvements. Now the interior of the building will get the makeover it badly needs. For the first time, there will be disabled access and disabled and female bathroom facilities. Other improvements, all architect designed, include a new kitchen, an enlarged and enhanced main meeting room, two smaller meeting/ breakout areas, new ceiling and insulation and air-conditioning throughout. The end result will be a greatly improved meeting facility for the growing Men’s Shed community and for other current and potential community group users of the building. Subject to Council approvals, we expect the building works to commence in early March and to be completed in two stages of a few weeks each. Our residential neighbours and users of Corramulling

Park - the dog leash-off area for instance - may experience the usual noise and parking inconveniences associated with an urban building project, but certainly no worse than usual. Men’s Shed will keep our neighbours informed by letterbox drop when the works are to commence. We ask for patience and understanding with any disruption that may be experienced. And a reminder. This is a Council facility which the Men’s Shed as licensee/head tenant currently uses only two mornings a week. If you are a community or similar not-for-profit organisation in need of a meeting place, there may be the opportunity - subject to the normal approvals - to use this newly refurbished facility. If you want to discuss this possibility, please see our website (www. for contact details. Send us an email or phone our Secretary on 0449 144 826 or Community Liaison Officer, Bill on 0419 845 251.

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The theme for Multiple Birth Awareness Week (MBAW) 2018 is ‘Strength in Numbers’. AMBA Chairperson, Ashlee Tenberge said: “To AMBA, strength in numbers represents what the group is all about. It’s about giving families with twins, triplets or more, strength by providing information and support. It’s about connecting these families with a community of over 5000 other families of multiples so that they know they are not alone.” Many families with multiples have travelled, or still are travelling, a long and difficult road. The task of carrying, delivering and raising two or more children at once is extremely demanding with many associated risks and challenges. 4,375 total multiple births in 2015 Up to 65% of all multiples are born preterm (80% if triplets or more) Low birth weight occurs

in 50% of all twin births, and 95% of triplet and higher order multiple births 15% of identical twins are affected by Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome These are the numbers that unite multiple birth families. These are the numbers that give strength to AMBA’s cause. A cause about providing more support to families with multiples across Australia. ‘Support from those who know’. We e n c o u r a g e f a m i l i e s , schools and support organisations to discover more by visiting au and lianMultipleBirthAssociation. AMBA has a growing list of events for MBAW around Australia; we invite you to contact us or go to www.amba. to find a contact for your local AMBA club or to organise a photo of a local family with twins, triplets or more.

Ashgrove Baptist Church Annual Easter Art Exhibition

Ashgrove Baptist Church is holding its annual Easter Art Exhibition and Easter Presentation again this Easter. This event showcases community artists who love to find expression through their artwork. All levels of artistic experience will be on display, as the artists throughout the community create and contribute art of mixed genre and medium . This year they will be creating a personal expression of the theme “PROMISE” The Art Exhibition will open with a viewing, meditation and prayer space on Thursday 29th March from 6-9pm and again at the Easter services on Friday 30th at 9am and Sunday. April 1 at 10am. The Exhibition and presentation is one of highlights of the year. All are warmly invited and welcome to attend the Ashgrove Baptist Easter Art Exhibition, at 7 Firhill Street and any further enquiries can be made through the Church office on 33662066 or Artist enquiries can be made to Kerri Sweetman on 33662066. website:

The Gap Village News Kids Easter Entertainment Parents, save the date! The Easter Bunny will be visiting The Gap Village on Easter Saturday, 31 March, from 10-2pm, bringing along a basket of mini eggs for the kids to enjoy. To help keep the little ones entertained over the school holidays, local Gap resident Glen Rhodes will be visiting the centre with his famous BUBBLE SHOW! Two shows only will be held in the centre on Tuesday 10th April, with times to be published on The Gap Village facebook page, so please follow us on facebook to stay up to date!

Construction Update Thank you to customers and staff for your ongoing patience during our extension construction work. Projects of this scale do unfortunately result in unavoidable inconvenience in the short term, however we are confident the finished result will be well worth the effort! As the works are now moving into the final stages, more information will be coming soon on what to expect in the exciting new extension!

Rotary ‘Fresh Ideas’ networking events ‘Fresh Ideas’ is an initiative of Ashgrove/The Gap Rotary, which has been happening monthly since March 2017. Young business, professional and community leaders have been getting together in a relaxed environment to make new friends and business connections. It is an opportunity to come up with ‘fresh ideas’ that could make a difference to themselves, or to the community. Aimed at 25-40 year olds and hosted by experienced Rotary club members, it also gives participants access to a world of Rotary expertise and contacts. Rotary is a worldwide vocationally-based Service Club with over 1.2 million members. It provides community service locally, nationally and internationally. Have a look at our website for more details. The next ‘Fresh Ideas’ group will be on Thursday 22nd March, and runs from 7.30 until 8.30pm or so. There is no cost to attend, but the location will have a cash bar. If you’d like to come along, ask for an invitation through our website (, or phone Paul on 0450 605 375.

MEET THE EASTER BUNNY! The Easter Bunny is visiting The Gap Village on Easter Saturday 31 March with a basket of mini Easter Eggs! Come along and say hello!

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Arana VIEW Club 21st Birthday Celebration 4 April Arana VIEW Club’s April meeting is our 21st Birthday so some celebrations are planned. Please wear Black/White and Gold to fit in with the celebrations. Our April meeting is on the4th April, 10.30 for 11.00am start. We meet at the Arana Hills Leagues Club, Dawson Parade Grovely. We will have our usual lucky door and raffles, the proceeds of which goes towards supporting our students in the Smith Family Learning for Life programs. Visitors and new members are always welcome and we have many extra social activities each month apart from our meeting. Please contact Carol on 3355 5349 before 4.00pm on Monday 2nd April if you wish to attend.

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Communify’s activities for seniors offer intellectual stimulation and activities in a social setting for the young at heart. Whether it’s learning how to make pasta from scratch, sushi basics, scrapbooking & craft, over 50s fitness, gentle exercise classes or transport to shopping centres, there’s something for everyone. Transport may be available to activities for eligible people. For enquiries and bookings phone us on 3510 2700.

Got a green thumb? Green Corner Community Garden a looking for new gardeners to join our friendly group 

You can choose your own plot to grow herbs and vegetables and can join our working bees when we tend the whole garden, share garden wisdom and plant some shared crops. Green Corner also has established

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Brisbane Tramway Museum Society and Ferny Grove Mens’ Shed 2018 is really starting to pick up momentum at the Tramway Museum & Ferny Grove Mens’ Shed. The mens’ shed has just received a grant from BCC of $16700 for the purchase of new machinery which will enable us to manufacture parts to keep the trams rolling. A new lathe and a milling machine are the major items to be bought. All members will undergo training in fire safety in the near future and also in the correct, safe use of machinery in the various workshops on site. Ferny Grove State High School Art students are soon to begin painting 2 murals for the Museum, depicting the history of trams as a major public transport system in Brisbane. We will award prizes to the 2 students whose concepts we use in the murals. We are getting closer to commissioning our new sub-station, replacing the existing facility which has served well for many years, but which is showing its age. A number of smaller structural projects will also get under way this month, and we are gearing up for birthday celebrations later in the year. April will be a big month for the museum – we commemorate the running of the last tram in Brisbane on the 13th with a special NIGHT RUN. More on this event next issue.

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

Shed Happens for Men at The Gap/ Ashgrove Another year begins. Our first Shed Happens night for 2018 was held on 21st February at the Scout Den in Paten Rd, The Gap. Although the number of attendees was not as good as usual, the guys who did attend were treated to a very interesting evening. The weather was probably the main factor that caused the lower numbers as a storm was threatening. Thankfully, the rain held off until all the proceedings were finished. Our interviewees were Gabriel Dubler and Pastor Thomas Bohmert. Both had extremely interesting stories about their travels throughout the world. Gabriel born in Switzerland, spent about ten (10) years of his life just travelling the world. He also spoke of his family and how one of his sons, Cedric, through hard work and determination came to represent Australia in the Decathlon at the Rio Olympics. Pastor Thomas was born in Dresden, East Germany in 1965. After twelve months in prison for trying to escape Communism and an oppressive regime, he left family and East Germany in 1983, living with relatives and friends in West Germany until 1989 then migrating to New Zealand. He then eventually moved to Australia. The interviewees for March 2018 are yet to be finalised. Watch this space for further details. Our next Shed night is to be held on the 21st March 2018 in the usual place, the Scout Den in Paten Rd, The Gap, commencing with a BBQ at 6.00pm. For further information please call – Craig (0417 736 897) or Lionel (0417 786 542) or visit our Website – or Facebook Page –

Brisbane Garden & Plants Expo Where:- Doomben Race Course, Hampton St. Ascot Gate 4 & 5 Entrance. ART IN BARK will have a Exhibition of Bark Art (paper bark) framed and unframed pictures, Jewellery, Cards, bookmarkers etc. For Sale When:-Fri. 16th & Sat. 17th March Time:- 8am – 5pm Admission Adult $10 Concession $8 Children Free under 15 years. For more Info: – Barbara 07 3271 2130 Joy M. 0407 178 064 Hazel M. 0408 157 117


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.....Principal's Points.......Principal's Points...... The Gap State High School Our school enrolment has again increased this year to 1457 students on Day 8 count. Our school is an extremely busy place, building will commence soon on a new three storey STEM building at the front of the school, this new building will house our Maths and Science teachers, state of the art Science Lab, Robotics labs and some flexible learning spaces to cater for our student enrolment growth. Our Year 7 students are all settling in well and are settling into the new routine of high school life and teachers and students alike are very happy and comfortable starting on the same daily schedule as the whole school. In February there have been two school camps, the Music Camp in early February and the Year 7s camping adventure at Camp Leslie, Warwick, in late February. Students and staff enjoyed the annual Twilight Swimming Carnival, with a selection of our students going onto the District Swimming Carnival, a Chess Competition for both junior and senior students was held. Important Information Evenings to inform parents of our Year 7 students and Senior Students (Years 11 and 12) have been held. Excursions for Year 11 and 12 Drama, Year 11 Physics and Year 12 Legal Studies has made it an exceptionally busy start to the year. At the beginning of each year, our Year 12 Senior Leaders visit primary schools they attended to participate in their Leaders’ Investiture ceremonies. At these ceremonies our student leaders have had the opportunity to talk about their experiences of leadership, the responsibilities they have in their individual roles and shared some words of wisdom to upcoming new leaders. If you live in the catchment and you are intending to enrol your

child at our school for 2019, we are now accepting enrolments, please contact our Enrolment Officer or download our school Enrolment Application from our website www.thegapshs. Anne McLauchlan - Principal

The Gap State School It is my pleasure to acknowledge our school leaders for 2018. Congratulations to all our school leaders who are a fine group of young people that are committed to making a difference in the school community and serving their fellow students. Our School Captains for 2018 are Ella Ruhle and Alejo Luongo Ruiz and our Vice Captains are Zoe Young and Wren Dodd-Hickling. Our Senior Leaders are: Aya Weston, Elsa Link-Hassall. Tommy Hollingdale, Aaron Mathews, Lily Dudgeon, Lilly Carmichael, Ethan Boult, Claire Guthrie, Riley Dudgeon, Leilani Ridsdale, Oscar, Cooper Durham, Harry Duncan, Charlotte McDade, Ethan Timms, Illaria D’Amico, Tayla, Amelia Markson, Marcus, Amy Land and Louie Duffy. We had eight students represent The Gap State School at the North West Swimming Trials. I was impressed with the behaviour of our students and their support of each other as they raced.  The students who represented our school were: Vianne Cope Hanna Headey Nicholas Humphries Mathew L’Enfant Ethan Boult Beth Pullar Charlotte McDade Sonny Adams

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We also had 2 students who qualified to make the NWD team to compete at the Met North Regional trials. They are Hanna Headey and Charlotte McDade. Week 5 was a very busy week for our school captains who joined from neighboring primary schools to the cluster’s

annual Leadership Camp. Deputy Principals coordinated the event and lead the school leaders through a series of activities to develop their team building skills and leadership capabilities. Best Wishes, Joanne Nicholls - Principal

Queensland Council of Garden Clubs Garden A-Fair Following a very busy 2017, during which was celebrated the 50th year of operation, committee members have met to get 2018 under way. Wi t h t h e A G M p l a n n e d for Monday 5 March, and the always well attended "President's Morning Tea" on 28 March, planning is well under way for the Annual Garden A-Fair on the weekend of the 14-15 April. Following the success of last year, this event will again feature free entry, floral displays in advanced,

intermediate and novice categories, together with mass displays by Associated Member groups and the big horticultural competition. In addition, a number of Garden Clubs will be conducting stalls selling a wide range of goods including plants, cakes, jams, sweets, woodwork plus a large variety of knick-knacks and collectibles. Mark the weekend of 14 & 15 April to attend this yearly event in the Auditorium at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha.

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The Gap State High School Trivia Night The Gap State High School will be hosting their annual fundraising ‘Trivia Night’ on Friday evening, 9 March at the J. A. Robertson Hall. This will be the school’s 16th consecutive event and all proceeds will go to the PopArts program. This year teams are asked to dress up in a Commonwealth Games/sporting theme and decorate their table accordingly. Details are as follows: • Up to 8 in a team; either adult or student tables can be formed • $15 pp for adult teams; $10pp for student teams • Family of 4 - $40 • Table of 8 - $80 • Doors open 6.15pm for a 7pm start • Great prizes on offer including for best dressed adult table and best dressed student table. Host for the evening will again be Andrew McMicking - who recently became to first Queenslander to win the ABC television quiz show ‘Hard Quiz’. To book, go to or email amandajanegillard@

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Dedication and Blessing of the Ministry Centre of The Gap Anglican Church of St Mark - Sunday 18 February 2018

Reverend Kenneth Hopper and Most Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall, Archbishop of Brisbane inviting those attending the dedication to enter the Ministry Building

Member for Ryan, Jane Prentice with Reverend Hopper

Members of the community joined with members of The Gap Anglican Church congregation at the Dedication and Blessing

Bob Brumm, President of Ashgrove/The Gap Men’s Shed with Councillor Steven Toomey

Westside Orchestra provided entertainment following the dedication - having been using the previous hall for practice sessions

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Caroline Morrisey MC for the Dedication with Wardens Daniel Green, De Wet Geldenhuys, Rev. Ken Hopper and Building Committee Neville Robinson and Cliff Weder

Members of the congregation and community have been instrumental in seeing the building of the new Ministry Centre Dianne and Rev. Ken Hopper

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Long time member of the congregation Nancy Corcoran with daughter Fiona Evens

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Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club On Thursday, 5th April, a representative from Rocky Point Mulching, will be the guest speaker at the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club meeting at the Enoggera Memorial Hall, at the junction of Wardell and Trundle Streets, Enoggera. The guest speaker will talk about Rocky Point mulches, growing media products and fertilizers. Last October the club engaged

a guest speaker from this company which is passionate about partnering gardeners with quality products to grow fresh healthy food and to beautify this world for generations to come and it was a very interesting morning. Those attending the April meeting will receive a discount voucher for the purchase of Rocky Point Mulching products from named stores.

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Frogs are an important part of the ecosystem and yet their numbers are dwindling. They are carnivorous animals, eating a large variety of insects, spiders, small reptiles and fish. Different species live in different habitats - in trees, among grasses and in rock crevices. Thus, many species can live in a small area. What they all need, however, is water for breeding. Their eggs, laid in water, hatch into aquatic, herbivorous tadpoles that gradually change over 1-12 weeks into frogs. The sloping terrain of many Brisbane gardens provides an opportunity to increase frog numbers. Hollowing out an existing low-lying part of the garden that normally collects rainwater, lining it with a waterproofing substance like clay covered with soil, is the start of your own ‘Frog Hollow’. The planting around this area is as important as providing a water-filled breeding place for the frogs. Thick edge planting of several types of medium height sedges and grasses discourage cane toads from the rain garden. Tall sedge (Carex appressa) is a hardy plant that survives well in both wet and dry conditions. Its lime-green upright foliage contrasts well with common tussock grass (Poa labillardierei) with

blue-green leaves. Another clumping species, the creek matrush (Lomandra hystrix), with its strap-like leaves grow naturally along creek banks and are renowned for erosion control. Two plants that like root immersion in water are the woolly frogmouth (Philydrum lanuginosum) and the triangular mat club rush (Schoenoplectus mucronatus). The lovely yellow flower of the woolly frogmouth resembles the open mouth of the frog. It forms clumps along the margins of waterways and boggy areas. Its lime-green leaves develop reddish tones as they age. The triangular club rush has triangular leaves and forms attractive clusters of seed heads on its rigid stalk. Both assist in oxygenating the water for the tadpoles and provide an exit point for the newly metamorphosed frogs.

Woolly frogmouth

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This month, March, is a busy one for gardeners. The garden soil needs to be revitalised for spring blooms and winter vegetables by adding organic material such as old cow manure and compost, and suitable fertilizers. Beetroot, broccoli, carrots, silverbeet, kale, are some vegetables to consider. It’s time to plant strawberry runners which like a rich well drained soil in an open sunny position. Consider planting flowers,

herbs and vegetables in the one plot. Garden pests will be confused with this interesting mix. When planting seedlings always water them in with a seaweed solution such as Seasol, and apply mulch but don’t let the mulch touch the plants. You’ll find the mulch helps control the soil temperature and also preserves moisture. Always provide shade for the little plants too. The Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club meets on the first Thursday of the calendar month. Visitors and new members are most welcome. Meetings commence after morning tea which is served at 9.45 am. The hall is accessible by wheel chair and close to public transport. For more information, please phone Pat, the president, on 3356 1256.

The Gap Garden Est 1963 Club Inc. The club resumed activities in February with a varied schedule of activities planned for the coming year. March sees the return of our field trips, with a day in Toowoomba planned for Tuesday 13th with visits to gardens and nurseries included. Our April project is a stand at the Qld Council of Garden Club’s April Affair at Mt Coot-tha on 14th and 15th, when we will be selling plants and home cooked ‘goodies’ to raise funds for the club and for QCGC. Members are asked to start potting plants now for our stall, and to support the event, by either visiting on the weekend or placing their names on the roster of helpers for the weekend. There will be no guest speaker at our March meeting as it is our AGM, but photos will be shown from our Christmas party last year. Our next meeting is at River City Church, Settlement Road, The Gap at 9.30am on Tuesday 27th March. For more information, please visit our website www. website:

Join us to plant the Glenella Track

Come along to a community planting 10 am-12 noon on Saturday 7 April at Glenella Park 77 Glenella Street The Gap to help us plant the Glenella Track and learn more about cool bugs and spiders. In addition to the planting, there will be a walk with spider expert Robert Whyte and the Bug Kidz Insect Show. The Glenella Track runs along the banks of beautiful Fish Creek between Glenella Park and Lochinvar Lane. The Glenella Park Bushcare Group formed in 2011 to restore the northern side of Fish Creek. On Saturday 7 April we will start at 10am planting native trees, shrubs and grasses. At 10:15am Robert Whyte author of A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia will lead a nature walk looking for native animals such as the worldfamous Alien Butt Spider which can sometimes be found near Fish Creek. At 11:00am there’ll be morning tea, followed at 11:15am by the Bug Kidz Insect Show which winds up with a display of live and preserved insects. The Bug Kidz Insect Show features a musical storyline incorporating insect puppets. The kids will develop an understanding of the role insects play and their environmental significance. There will also be an opportunity to buy the Bug Kidz Composting book at a special price of $10 (RRP $20). The book comes with free email support to help you start composting. Robert Whyte’s book A Field

Planting the Glenella Track in November 2016 were Kamran and Rana Mozaffari PHOTO: Mark Crocker

Guide to Spiders of Australia will also be on sale for $40 (RRP $49.95). The event is supported by the Lord Mayor’s Suburban

Initiative Fund and The Gap Ward Councillor. Follow us on www.facebook. com/glenellabushcare.

CHESS T'MINIT with The Gap Chess Club Chess at the Gap in 2018 has recommenced with social play and the annual lightening tournament, where players only have 5 minutes to make all of their moves. Tony Morris was this years winner, with 7½ points from 8 games played over one evening. Following social play and informal tournaments, the Flood Cup which is the club’s premier tournament which will be played from March to May. 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. The position for this month’s problem arose in a grandmaster game between Anand and Gerber played in 1988. White to play and win with a simple but effective tactic. For a solution for this months and many previous chess puzzles, visit http:// au/chess_problems/puzzle_ index.htm Solution to last

Quote of the Day Weather forecast for tonight: Dark George Carlin month’s puzzle: 1 Qa1 leads to checkmate next move by 2. Qh8 for any of black’s replies. Note that black is unable to castle queenside as their last move had to be with the king or castle (both pawns have not moved)

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H. Serico Reflections... Nurdon - A Rich Heritage by Richard Speechley

I first wrote of my life-long friend in the February 2010 issue of The Western Echo and it is now appropriate to update his rich heritage to his community, particularly in light of Nurdon receiving the Lord Mayor’s Cultural Arts Award in the 2018 Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Awards. It is from a very strong ethnic legacy and loving family background that I write this story of a life-time friend, so much admired and known to many in this area and far afield. Nurdon Horace Serico was born the second child, brother of sister Evelyn, to parents Maurice and Evelyn Reen (nee Monkland-Olsen) Serico on 21 May 1933 at the Lady Bowen Hospital, Wickham Terrace, Brisbane. Maurice was a member of the Fungallu people of the Taroom district and Evelyn Reen, who had been born on the banks of the Mary River at Tuchekoi, near Gympie, was a member of the Gubbi Gubbi people who are inter-related with our district’s Turbal aborigines. In 1939 the family moved to their home in Empress Terrace Bardon, from where Nurdon and his sister became the first aboriginal children to be enrolled at the Ashgrove State School. Nurdon was to spend all his primary education years there and though not ‘top of the class’, he was into all the sports offered - athletics, cricket, football etc. and was to become the school’s first State Title holder when, in 1945, he won the Broad Jump (now called Long Jump) at the state’s Primary School Boy’s Championships. Still under 14, he also won three sprint titles in the 50, 100 and 200 yard sprints (these events are now raced under the metric system). Following Grade 7, Nurdon’s secondary schooling was at the

State Industrial High School in Edward Street, Brisbane. Here his sporting prowess saw him not only win the 100 yeard State Secondary School title, he set a new State record in the 200 yards and during his time at S.I.H.S. he was awarded blue pockets for rugby league, cricket and athletics. One occurrence, while at high school still brings a smile to his face. It was decided at this boys-only school, to teach the lads the fine social graces of dance. Calling in the (then) well-known dancing instructor Sandy Robertson, classes were soon underway. One thing Nurdon resented most was dancing with another boy. How on earth could he learn under those conditions? He took it upon himself to approach the head teacher and suggested that the girls from nearby State Commercial High should be invited down to learn. While still in the head teacher’s office, he was to be witness to a call placed to the head teacher at SCH and within a week the boys were learning to dance properly with girls. As his father Maurice was a strapper and masseur at West Leagues Club, it seemed only natural that Nurdon should join the under 14s and played A Grade with Wests for the next 15 years. Maurice, who was known as “the man with the golden hands”, served not only his local club but State, Australian and visiting overseas teams in that capacity. He was also an active member of the Bardon R.S.L. and was founder and trainer of the Bardon Athletics Club. On leaving high school before the final year, Nurdon obtained an apprenticeship in fitting and turning with the Brisbane City Council’s Tramways at Boomerang Street, Milton. He stayed a number of months before moving to Central Purchasing at City Hall, then

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Maurice and Melinda with Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Nurdon Serico, Lady Mayoress Anne Quirk and Cr. Steven Toomey at the presentation of the Lord Mayor’s 2018 Australia Day Cultural Arts Award

after eight months, moved to a cadetship in Radiography at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. This career change was to see the State Health Department have a dedicated employee for the next 49 years. Nurdon completed his course at Q u e e n s l a n d U n i v e r s i t y, graduating in 1954 in the presence of his very proud parents. In 1959 Nurdon married Pat Thrower, a girl from Goondiwindi, moving to The Gap with their three children, Maurice, Michael and Melinda who were to attend both primary and secondary state schools in The Gap. Nurdon and Pat’s granddaughter, Emma Jane, is also a muchloved member of the family. Working the early or late shifts, at times ‘on call’, saw Nurdon’s appointment as Senior Radiographer and in 1968 became this state’s first Neuro Radiographer, setting up the first unit. In 1970 he was appointed Technical Officer, an advisory position being responsible for the establishment of all units throughout the state of Queensland. In 1976 Nurdon was awarded a Churchill Scholarship to further his career in radiography, which saw him spend time in the United Kingdom, Europe and the

United States while on his study tour. Throughout his many years with Queensland Health, he spent a great deal of time travelling the state setting up training programmes for regional systems in country hospitals - now extended - and also facilitating conferences to bring city and country together, often over three days in centres such as Cairns, Townsville and Mackey, bringing staff from the country to the coast. His retirement in 1999 was a sad loss to the department at the Royal Brisbane Hospital - he had served for 49 years and yet, in that time, he had served many years on other committees of great worth. A warmly felt departing gesture was the naming of an x-ray facility in the Orthopaedic Department in his honour. As a member of the Advisory Council on Aboriginal life, times and traditions at the National Museum Canberra, his role included the design of that aspect of the building. After 20 years on the Board of Aboriginal Health Service here in Brisbane, he was made a Life Member. Playing cricket for The Gap Pastime Club for a period of 24 years, at times Nurdon served as Chairman of the Cricket Committee. (Continued on Page 31)


Reflections... Nurdon H. Serico - A Rich Heritage

(Continued from Page 30)

A keen interest in photography, especially of a historical nature, many in our local area, Nurdon has served on the committees of both the Ashgrove and The Gap Historical Societies and has also been VicePresident and President of The Gap Historical Society and at present is Patron of the Balaangala Community Group which aims to bring together indigenous and nonindigenous Australians through sharing creative practices. Both of Nurdon’s parents lived well into old age, Maurice passing in 1998 (aged 99) and his mother aged 96 in 2005. At the time of Evelyn Neen’s death she had been Senior Elder of her Gubbi Gubbi people for a long period. Nurdon’s sister Evelyn is now the senior spokesperson. Wi t h i n h i s o w n f a m i l y, Nurdon’s wife Pat was to pass

away in 2014 after 58 years of marriage with daughter Melinda coming home to look after her Dad. Elder son Maurice is keenly involved in Aboriginal affairs, being CoChair of the State Aboriginal Reconciliation Council and Chair of our local Balaangala Community Group. Nurdon is also extremely proud of his granddaughter Emma Jane (daughter of Melinda) who teaches English and History in Secondary Education at the Murgon State High School, both subjects close to his heart. A most pleasing aspect of his contribution to the community during retirement, is the ten years spent with the Murri Court. In this regard, he counselled offenders and advised the Magistrates of Aboriginal Lore and Laws and is now retired from this position.



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March 2018 Western Echo  

March 2018 issue of The Western Echo - community newspaper servicing Brisbane's western and north western suburbs.

March 2018 Western Echo  

March 2018 issue of The Western Echo - community newspaper servicing Brisbane's western and north western suburbs.