May 2018 - The Western Echo

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Western Echo

May 2018 ISSN 1327-676X

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Record Attendance for ANZAC Day 2018

The Gap Sub Branch RSL planned for unprecedented attendance at the 2018 ANZAC Day commemoration service and the local community turned out in their thousands at both the Dawn and 9am service, held at the Walton Bridge Memorial in Glen Affric Street, The Gap to applaud the marching veterans. Story page 3 - more photos on pages 20 & 21


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DHS Hair Shack Phone: 3300 4200

Bank of Queensland The Gap Phone: 3300 1044 pg 1

Communify Phone: 3128 0110

Wyatt’s BP The Gap Phone: 3300 2077



LAWYERS Hollingworth & Spencer Phone: 3123 5700 pg 25



Blooms Beauty Salon Phone: 3300 1555 pg 32

Bernard Evens Remedial & Sports Phone: 3366 9997 pg 16

Intune Beauty Therapy Phone: 3300 9710 p g 16



Meals on Wheels Ashgrove Phone: 3366 4299 pg 3

Taylor Range Country Club Phone:3366 1560 pg 10

DENTURES Denture Square Phone: 3189 7085 pg 13

DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE Communify Phone: 3510 2707 pg 12/24/31

ELECTRICIANS Pearson Electrical Phone: 0409 623 970 pg 8

EXERCISE for Over 65s On The Move - Communify Phone: 3128 0110 pg 31

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

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

Blooms The Chemist The Gap Phone: 3300 1555 pg 32




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George’s Barber Shop Phone: 3366 7435 pg 6

MeatU@Home Phone: 3161 5021 pg 18

ORGANIC PRODUCE The Gap LOCO Mon & Fri 9.30-5pm

MEDICAL CENTRE Keperra Family Practice Phone: 3351 0323 pg 17

MORTGAGE ADVISOR Mortgage Choice Ashgrove Phone: 3463 0500 pg 9

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

Pandanus Contractors Phone: 3300 3934 pg 22 Plumbers We Are Phone: 3351 0016 pg 22


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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

REAL ESTATE Harcourts Inner West P h o n e : 3 5 11 0 6 6 6 p g 9

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GUTTER VACUUM Big Boys Gutter Vacuum Phone: 0407 737 400 pg 8

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

VETERINARIAN Ferny Hills Veterinary Surgery Phone: 3351 2122 pg 14 The Gap Veterinary Clinic Phone: 3300 1533 pg 15 WARDROBES Specialized HS Phone:0419 437 470 pg 22

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The Gap RSL Sub-Branch ANZAC Day 2018 The threat of rain was evident in early hours of ANZAC Day, but the weather improved in time for the Dawn Service, which was attended by approximately 1000. The 9am ANZAC Commemoration service began with a march from The Gap State High School - led by Captains Lilli Corrias-Smith and Lachlan Varley, Trent Wiseman and followed by two vehicles carrying “Kiwi” (Marco) Gibbons and The Gap RSL’s longest serving member Vic LeFeuvre, driven by Chris Goopy and Craig Wilsmore. Singing Nurse Lisa Smith delighted the crowd already seated in Walton Bridge Reserve, prior to the arrival of the veterans and those participating in the march. Locals stood up to five deep in places along the march route along Waterworks Road, applauding the veterans and children marching towards Walton Bridge Memorial in Glen Affric Street. The reviewing officer and salute was taken by Lt. Joel Martin of the 2/14th Light Horse Regiment, with Gap RSL Sub Branch President Cathy Sweet. Anticpating record attendancei for the service, organisers arranged additional stadium seating which catered for over 400 additional seats. Despite this, the memorial park was full to overflowing with

local schools, guides, scouts and other representatives of local and community groups. The Catafalaque Party comprised Cpl. Garrard; LCPL Van-Wezell Troopers Tai, Hilbert, Brewer. The Gap State High School Choir, conducted by Ms R Dargusch and accompanied by Mrs J Collins gave a moving rendition of In Flanders Fields. Following the ANZAC address and laying of wreaths, the choir sang the Australian and New Zealand national anthems. The Last Post and Rouse were performed by bugler Mr. C Hodgkinson of The Gap State High School. Pastor Gary Rucci gave the prayer and reading and at the conclusion of the service, the Lord’s Prayer and Benediction. The Gap RSL Sub-Branch thank The Gap community and in particular the Brisbane City Council, Federal and State governments, local community organisations and businesses for their ongoing support in the conducting of the Service of Commemoration. Many thanks are also extended to Alex Gow Funerals for the provision of water during the services, as well as acknowledging the generosity of shoppers at The Gap Village Shopping Centre who purchased badges and merchandise in the lead up to ANZAC Day 2018. Lest We Forget

Reviewing Officer Lt. Joel Martin with Gap RSL Sub Branch President Cathy Sweet


David Esler (Vice Pres); Trent Wiseman (PR); Sgt. Matt Bright (Vice Pres); Doug Parry (Sec); Helen Wilson; The Gap RSL’s longest serving member Vic Le Feuvre (front); John Pepper; Dick Dunstan; Douglas Clendinen and Arthur Clendinen.

Inside the May Issue... Amnesty International The Gap...............................................16 Arana VIEW Club....................................................................31 Art in Bark Association.........................................................24 Ashgrove 500 Club........................................................17 Ashgrove Forum..................................................................13 Ashgrove Historical Society................................................9 Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club..............................................22 Balaangala Community Group................................................13 Boomerang Bags The Gap and Surrounds......................................27 Brisbane Tramway Museum.................................................29 Chess T’Minit.......................................................................26 Communify...............................................................12/24/31 Enoggera Historical Society..............................................14 Federal Update - Jane Prentice........................................7 Hear and Say........................................................................23 Ithaca Probus......................................................................26 Mitchelton Garden Club....................................................28 National Servicemen’s Association of Aust. (Qld Branch)........31 Newmarket VIEW Club.....................................................16 Paten Park Native Nursery (PPNN).............................................28 Principal’s Points............................................................25 Qld. Family History Society.............................................24 Reflections..........................................................................30 Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap.....................................17 Shed Happens for Men of Ashgrove/The Gap.......................................13 SOWN (Save Our Waterways Now)...........................................29 State Update - Kate Jones - Member for Ashgrove......................5 St John’s Wood Community ...................................................10 The Gap/Ashgrove National Seniors...........................................31 The Gap Garden Club............................................................28 The Gap Historical Society...............................................14 The Gap RSL Sub Branch..................................................3 & 6 Ward Happenings Cr Steven Toomey..................................4 The Western Echo May 2018 Page 3

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

ANZAC DAY 2018 In the lead up to ANZAC Day 2018 schools across The Gap Ward hold their own special ANZAC Day ceremony. It was an honour to attend the services at Ferny Grove High School, Bardon State School and Hilder Road State School. The commemorative services

were hosted by the school captains and I was impressed and moved by their readings and songs. It is reassuring towards the end of the ANZAC century that the Australian spirit is very much alive and understood by the students. On ANZAC Day I attended four services held at Ashgrove, The Gap and Bardon. Each of

the services has its own unique style and were well attended. This year the Ashgrove State School and Marist Choirs sung at the Ashgrove RSL service at Stewart Place Ashgrove. On ANZAC Day we not only remember the young volunteer soldiers of Australia & New Zealand who fought at Gallipoli, but all those soldiers,

sailors and airmen who have fought in subsequent wars and peacekeeping deployments.

It’s A Wrap Calling on the creativeness of The Gap ward residents to produce a design that will be hung on the wall outside The Gap Ward office at Ashgrove West. A small panel of local residents will shortlist applications and then it’s over to the residents of the ward to vote on what poster design will be wrapped and hung to bring life to a barren brick wall. Entries are open until 30 June 2018, for resolution please supply artwork portrait on A3 paper. The winning design will be enlarged to approximately 1.5x2.5metres. I look forward to your submissions show casing the talent that lies within our boundaries!

Community Corners The Gap and Ashgrove Saturday 19 May 2018 9 - 11 a m Wa t e r w o r k s R d Footpath (Outside Craig Ray Solicitor) The Gap 12-2pm Harry Street Ashgrove (intersection of Stewart Rd) Bring your latest rates notice to receive your two free tree voucher. Mr Ron Ward, resident of The Gap, Major Robert Shearman resident of The Gap, Cr Steven Toomey and Sergeant Matt Bright Vice President of The Gap RSL Branch

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State Update

Kate Jones MP

Member for Cooper

103rd Anniversary of ANZAC Thank you to all of the locals who attended ANZAC services right across our community in April. There were some truly moving services and the numbers of people who attend seem to get larger each and every year. It is important that we thank the RSLs for their hard work putting these services together. 2018 brings the centenary of ANZAC to a close with this year marking 100 years since the end of the First World War. While we must never forget the service and sacrifice of the original ANZACs, it is also vital that we remember our service men and women who have served in conflicts and peacekeeping missions all across the world including those currently serving. However, when they return too many of our veterans struggle with physical and mental health conditions that have a dramatic impact upon their lives and the lives of those around them. It is incumbent on the rest of us to do what we can to help those who sacrificed for us. If you are able to assist I would encourage you to consider donating to Wounded Heroes, a local charity that works directly with veterans. You can donate or find out more by visiting www.

With Vic LeFeuvre at The Gap RSL Sub Branch ANZAC Day Community Commemorative Service

Upcoming Community Events As we move into a busy time of year for school fairs and community events, I wanted to take this opportunity to remind those hardworking volunteers of the support my office can provide for their event. The main ways we can assist are by providing marquees, raffle prizes, donations and volunteers to help make the organising of your event that little bit easier. To organise this assistance, or if there are any other ways I can help you, just get in touch with my local electorate office on 3554 9100 or at If there is a local matter you would like to discuss with me, please contact me.

The students at The Gap State School displayed rosemary marked with the names of locals lost during war

100 Indigenous Rangers The Queensland Government recently announced that the Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger program has been increased to 100 positions, marking a major milestone for this important environmental and cultural initiative. These rangers will work with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service to rehabilitate land and water systems, restore natural landscapes, implement programs to control weeds and pests, help manage marine habitats, and protect cultural heritage values. This latest increase means extra rangers for seven regional communities including the Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation on Fraser Island and the Yintjingga Aboriginal Corporation on Cape York.

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ANZAC Day 2018 It was touch and go with the weather in the early hours of ANZAC Day, but luckily the rain cleared up just in time for the Dawn Service. It was brilliant to see that even though we ordered two additional 200+ seat pavilions, the memorial area was still filled to capacity for both services. The after service event at The Gap Football Club was no different, with plenty of food, drinks, displays, two-up and even some Morse code being enjoyed. It was a great privilege for us at The Gap RSL to host our longest serving member, Mr Vic Le Feuvre, pictured above, who was recently awarded for 50 years’ service to the RSL. Vic travelled from North Lakes just to be in the march and to attend the Main Service. It was great to have you with us Vic, and a big thank you to all his family for helping make it happen. Thank you again to all of The Gap and surrounding community for being so supportive. A lot of people contributed to making the service what it was, and for that we are very grateful. We look forward to hosting you all again on Remembrance Day in November, with this year marking the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice,

when at 11:00am on 11 November 1918, the hostilities of World War One ended. Medal entitlement research / Justice of the Peace (JP) service Just a reminder that The Gap RSL is still providing a medal entitlement research service, where we assist former Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and their families to find and apply for outstanding service medals. A d d i t i o n a l l y, i n conjunction with the Department of Justice and The Gap Village Shopping Centre, The Gap RSL is providing a weekly JP service, as part of our ongoing assistance to The Gap and surrounding community. The service runs from 10am – 12pm every Tuesday and will be located outside Coles (The Gap), near the Fancy That boutique and Sushi Dream. Contact us To keep up to date with all The Gap RSL’s activities and events, please follow us on Facebook (@TheGapRSL). If you have any enquiries, please contact us via the details below: Phone: (07) 3300 9439 Email: Post: The Gap RSL, PO Box 122, The Gap QLD 4061 Facebook: @TheGapRSL Lest We Forget website:

Hon. Jane Prentice MP Federal Member for Ryan

Federal Update Jobs and Economy

We m u s t w o r k t o k e e p o u r economy strong, to generate the jobs Australians need today and tomorrow, and to help hardworking Australian families get ahead. That is why the Coalition Government has a plan that is building a stronger economy by: creating more and better paid jobs; backing small business; boosting exports; delivering reliable and affordable electricity; and building roads, rail and other vital infrastructure. Jobs growth in 2017 was the best year on record with more than 420,000 jobs created (on average, more than 1,000 jobs a day!). These record jobs growth figures demonstrate that the Coalition Government is delivering the right economic conditions to facilitate businesses, like those in Ryan, to create more jobs for more Australians.

Cheaper Medicine

The Coalition continues to work to improve the health of Australians. Since 2013 we have subsidised more than $8.2 billion worth of new medicines. New and expanded listings to treat a range of conditions including diabetes, arthritis, asthma, high blood pressure, depression, eye disease, ulcerative colitis, epilepsy and certain types of cancers are now available. From 1 May, we have also drastically reduced the cost of life-saving immunotherapy medicines to treat certain cancers such as Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which will save patients more than $200,000 over the course of treatment.

These price reductions benefit patients when the total cost of the script drops below the maximum PBS payment of $39.50 with concessional patients paying just $6.40. For more information, visit

Flu Season

This year, the Coalition Government has provided two new, free flu vaccines to give stronger protection for Australians aged 65 years and over. Flu vaccinations are available at most pharmacies across the electorate and are a vital way to ensure we stay healthy over the winter months. Make sure to book yours in today!

Fatality Free Friday

Fatality Free Friday is held on the last Friday in May every year to raise awareness of the dangers that occur on our roads. It is a national campaign to educate road users on the vital role individuals play in reducing the devastating impact of road crashes. Last year these crashes claimed the lives of more than 1200 Australians. Road users are encouraged to demonstrate their commitment to reducing the nation’s road toll by taking the pledge at, and please – make every day of the year fatality free.

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The Gap LOCO Looking for a New Home In 2014, The Gap Local Organic Co-Operative (The Gap LOCO) opened their social enterprise shop in the old pony club shed at Yoorala St, with the support of Councillor Geraldine Knapp and local environment group, S.O.W.N. Over the last four years the co-op has been supplying the local community with certified organic produce, supporting organic farmers, producers and small businesses, creating employment, and supporting local schools and community organisations including the Nepal Australia Friendship Association and Balaangala Community Group. Being located between the Yoorala St Community Garden and the Balaangala Indigenous Garden, The Gap LOCO has been able to contribute to the sense of community that exists there and has created a hub where people of all ages and walks of life get to meet and know one another. However, the new shed lease holders have other plans for the shed and have asked The LOCO to vacate the building. The last day of operating the shop from Yoorala St will be the 18th June. At this stage, the LOCO does not have anywhere else to go. The Gap LOCO is not your everyday business. It is an ethical business, based on the values of co-operation and environmental sustainability. As well as being a member of the Qld Social Enterprise Council, it is one of only three worker co-operatives registered with the Queensland Department of Fair Trading. A worker co-op is one where the workers are also the directors and everyone is paid the same hourly rate, set at the minimum wage. Directors only have a $10 share in the co-op and if they leave, they are only refunded their $10. So “ownership” of the co-op is retained by the community. Therefore the Gap LOCO feels it ideally belongs in a community facility. The Gap LOCO acknowledges and is grateful for the assistance the Brisbane City Council has given the co-op over the last few years. The co-op is hopeful this assistance will continue in its search to find a suitable and affordable venue for their shop front. Co-op director Colin Peile said “We are very proud that we have been able to operate an ethical social enterprise in The Gap for the past four years. We have been able to do this because of the dedicated group of supporters who appreciate and share our goals and values. “Hopefully, with their support and assistance from BCC, we can find a new venue where we can continue to provide a local, ethical way to shop, and a way people can support organic farmers, and the environment.” Colin added.

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Ashgrove Historical Society Inc. The Society’s next photo display and stall outside Woolworths Ashgrove will be on Friday 18 May 10am – 5:30pm. Following on from the success of the Society’s publication Lost Ashgrove, the theme for the display will be The Changing Face of Ashgrove. Copies of Lost Ashgrove ($25) will be available for purchase along with the Society’s other publications, cards and the perpetual calendar which is ideal for recording birthdays and anniversaries ($7). On Saturday 2 June, Gerard Benjamin will talk about the first novel to be written in Queensland. Tom Hurstbourne or A Squatter’s Life tells the story of a young man who, faced with losing the family fortune, heads to Australia. Written in 1865, the manuscript of 600 hand-written pages was found by Gerard, the great- great- grandson of the author, John Clavering Wood. Gerard will speak about how he rediscovered the manuscript then edited and published it. The book was given critical acclaim as a valuable contribution to Australian Literature. The presentation will be held in the Ashgrove Library meeting room at 10am. Visitors are most welcome. The complementary morning tea following the talk provides attendees with the opportunity to socialise with other people interested in Brisbane and Ashgrove’s history. Membership of the Society is $10 per annum, $15 couple/family which includes the bi-monthly newsletter, Tram Stops. The Society has extensive resources that can assist with local family history and can be accessed by contacting the secretary, Julie, on 3366 4621 or email:

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ANZAC Day - St John’s Wood Community In a first for our Community, neighbours of St. John’s Wood gathered on ANZAC Day to honour those relatives and friends who served for our Nation. The Clifford Hopgood Memorial Stone, in the park on Royal Parade, was a fitting location; with some neighbours briefly speaking about their relatives and afterwards sharing a plate for morning tea. About thirty neighbours attended this inaugural event.

Acclaimed Author Mike Coleman has recently published a book, which took him six years to research and write, about the stories connecting the crewman (of which Hopgood was killed) of an RAAF bomber shot down over France in World War II. He writes, “It is 1997 when I first notice the tree. With two restless youngsters in the back seat and some time to kill, I turn off Waterworks Road at Ashgrove in Brisbane’s inner north­west and cross the bridge that leads to St John’s Wood. A left turn into Royal Parade and I find what I am looking for a playground. As my daughters entertain themselves on the equipment, I step away and spot a large rock in front of a giant kauri pine. On the rock is a small silver plaque held in place by four chrome-plated plugs ...” The tree was planted across the road from the Hopgood’s

house in 1947 and the giant boulder brought down from Mt Coot-tha. “CREW- The Story of the Men Who Flew RAAF Lancaster J for Jig” by Mike Coleman is now available. Do you have memories of growing up in St. John’s Wood? We would love to hear from you. Please complete the form on the community website www.stjohnswood.


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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Shed Happens for Men at The Gap and Ashgrove Our ANZAC Special Meeting on the 18th April 2018 was the perfect time to listen to two interesting stories. One about the history of the Montevideo Maru, a Japanese ship sunk by the Americans in World War II while carrying allied prisons of war to Japan, and the story of a Vietnam Veteran of his time in Vietnam and the army. Phil Ainsworth, our first speaker of the night, detailed the fate of the Montevideo Maru. On 22 June 1942, some weeks after the fall of Rabaul to the Japanese, a large number of Australian prisoners were embarked from Rabaul’s port on the Montevideo Maru. It was unmarked as a POW ship, and was proceeding without escort to the Chinese island of Hainan when it was sighted by the American submarine Sturgeon near the northern Philippines coast on 30 June 1942.

Sturgeon pursued, but was unable to fire, as the target was traveling at 17 knots. However, it slowed to about 12 knots around midnight, and was to rendezvous with an escort of two destroyers. Unaware that it was carrying Allied prisoners of war and civilians, Sturgeon fired four torpedoes at Montevideo Maru before dawn on 1 July 1942, causing the vessel to sink in only 11 minutes. The sinking is considered the worst maritime disaster in Australia’s history. A nominal list made available by the Japanese government in 2012 which revealed that a total of 1054 prisoners died on the Montevideo Maru. Phil is a founding partner and long-serving Managing Director of King and Co a leading Queensland commercial and industrial property company. He has spent many years in Papua

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New Guinea and is the President of the PNG Rifle Association. David Magee shared a fascinating and vivid story of his wartime stint in Vietnam during the 1960s. David was involved in a range of incidents in this war torn country and was serving in the main Australian Base of Nui Dat at the time of the Battle of Long Tan which took place on the 18th August 1966 in a rubber plantation near Long Tan in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam. The action was fought between the Viet Cong and the People’s Army of Vietnam from North Vietnam and elements of the 1st Australian Task Force shortly after its lodgement in Phuoc Tuy. After his time in the army David like Phil worked in Real Estate and operated mainly in Ashgrove and The Gap.

Many thanks to both Phil and David for the fabulous interviews and the knowledge you imparted. The next Shed night will be held on the 16th May 2018 in the usual place, the Scout Den in Paten Rd, The Gap. For further information please call – Craig (0417 736 897) or Lionel (0417 786 542) or visit our Website – www. or Facebook Page –

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Ashgrove Forum The Ashgrove Forum Communicators Club held its 928th monthly meeting on Wednesday 18th April 2018. The speaking session was “Would I lie to you?”. The purpose was to extend vocabulary. Pairs or trios of speakers spoke on a word of their own choosing. One speaker gave the true meaning and etymology of their word (2 minutes per person) and the other/s gave a false, but plausible, meaning and etymology: Members voted on which was correct. Some of the words used were retrices, ostraconophobia, and palimpsest. A reminder to students that applications for the 2018 Forum Communicators Bursary are now open. APPLICATIONS CLOSE on MONDAY 4 JUNE 2018. The Forum Communicators Bursary is part of the National Council of Women’s Bursary Program which offers 33 bursaries in a wide variety of fields (for more information visit au). Students wishing to apply should email for more information. Ashgrove Forum Club members are looking forward to joining members from other Forum Clubs at the forthcoming Palm Beach Currumbin Convention on 26th May for what should prove to be an entertaining day of great speeches and fellowship. Copies of “Never Be Silent… the story of 76 years of speaking up”, a history of Forum by Maureen Whitehead have been placed in four prestigious libraries, the National Library Canberra, the State

Library of Queensland, Fryer Library at The University of Queensland and State Parliament Library. Email for enquiries on how to purchase a copy. The next Ashgrove Forum meeting will be held at 6.45pm on Wednesday 16 May 2018 in the meeting room at the back of the Ashgrove Library, 87 Amarina Avenue, Ashgrove. Visitors and prospective members are always welcome. For information call Pat on Mob: 0458 696 267 or please visit the Forum website

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Every year communities across Australia come together in May to remember and pay respect to members of the Stolen Generations. This day is called Sorry Day. The Balaangala Community Group invites everyone to attend a local Sorry Day ceremony on Sunday, 27th May at 4pm. The ceremony will be held in the Balaangala Garden which is situated at 98 Yoorala St, The Gap - near Yoorala Street Community Garden. All welcome. For more information email website:

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The Gap Historical Society Inc. Est. 2000 The highlight of last Saturday’s general meeting was an entertaining meander over Brisbane’s history since the 1950’s, guided by our Guest Speaker Dr James Lergessner, noted historian and author. James highlighted the major events that occurred over those years – some for us to be proud of and others best put behind us – all of them historic. It was a real “Do you remember” session!! – And most of did!! Picture shows James (Centre) with President Jack Proctor on his right and Vice President George Stoddart on his left holding some of then more than 20 books he has written on local history. The Society was represented at The Gap Anzac Service, with President Jack laying a floral tribute on our behalf. Those members present were impressed with the way in which the service was conducted,and felt that numbers were greater than at last year’s service. Meanwhile, we continue to discuss our lease with the Brisbane City Council. Our newly-created website: has attracted a few enquiries from members of the public. We look forward to many more enquiries to ensure the site is put to good use. Our thanks to Kate Hunter for her efforts in making this site come to life. The next meeting of the Society will be on Saturday 26 May at 2pm at the Nullagundi Centre, corner of School and Waterworks Roads, The Gap. For more information on joining the Society, historical talks or hall hire, please call Jack Proctor, President, on 3300 3996; Don Willsher, Secretary, on 0408 012 689 or email Don

Enoggera & Districts Historical Society Inc. by Dave LIvett.

Last month Emmanuel Uniting Church put into our care trophies from Enoggera Eisteddfod that they no longer had room for. Why would they not? After all, items such as these are part of our district social history and deserved to be kept. This set me thinking. Is there anyone out there, be they individuals, veteran’s associations, community groups, sporting clubs, whatever; who have mementos they can no longer keep? Photos, books, documents, small trophies; we are not a museum so we have not the space for bulky items such as bikes, recording equipment, musical instruments etc. Flags and honour boards are welcome. Please do not scrap them. Such items from the past must be retained. EDHS opens every Thursday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and is located at the Enoggera Memorial Hall on the corner of Wardell and Trundle Streets, Enoggera. Enquiries Dave on 3366 3191. The Western Echo May 2018 Page 14


You can teach an old dog new tricks. But can he be bothered? Cognitive behaviour issues include difficulties with spatial orientation (a sense of direction while moving around); problems with memory, learning, housetraining; and difficulty in recognising and reacting to human family members. Pet owners have long been frustrated by age-related behaviour changes, including house-training problems, apparent memory loss, disorientation, confusion, staring, wandering, getting stuck in corners, sleep disturbances (waking at the wrong time, sleeping unusually deeply, night pacing), restlessness, barking, separation anxiety, panting, drooling, obsessive licking, etc. Progression of clinical signs is so gradual that most owners fail to recognise the early stages. These changes are often written off as being due to normal ageing. A recent study at the University of CaliforniaDavis School of Veterinary Medicine demonstrates how common these observations are: out of 69 dogs participating, 32% of the 11-year old dogs were affected by this syndrome and 100% of the dogs 16 years of age older were affected. Still, the high frequency with which the syndrome is seen in older dogs does not make the behaviours normal. Treatments that may help improve cognitive dysfunction include selegiline, dietary changes, SAM-e, environmental enrichment, and cerebral perfusion drugs. Just because they’re old doesn’t mean your dogs can’t learn new things. Use their intelligence to improve the quality of their lives. If your old dog’s vision is still good, teach hand signals. This will serve as a back-up if hearing fails, which it often does. Signals are fun for dogs and are a more natural language for them than words. Grooming and massage will help your dog cope with vision and hearing loss. Your touch will help guide your dog. In a laboratory study of older dogs over a 2-year period, environmental enrichment (e.g., housing with another dog, playing daily with toys) was shown to be an effective tool for task learning. In fact, the combined effect of a special diet and enriched environment provided the greatest improvement in learning ability when compared to the dogs who did not have either. In summary, our advice in helping your ageing dog, if you can, get a puppy! Speaking of old dogs, Dr Chris will be missing for awhile from The Gap Vet, as he recovers from spinal surgery, but plans to be back on deck as soon as possible.

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‘Voice, Interests and Education of Women’ Lunchtime meetings on 4th Tuesday of month, 10.30am for 11.00am start Venue - Gaythorne RSL Club With Anzac Day coming up on 25th April, 2018, our luncheon meeting was held on the 17th with a very interesting talk by Major Bryan Bunney on the activities to be held this year (100 years since the cessation of hostilities of World War I). Gaythorne RSL is conducting a morning ceremony and march from their premises. An outing to the new Newmarket Reading Cinemas for Tuesday, 24th April was good with lunch at one of the many eating places near the complex. A further outing tripping up the river to Northshore Harbour Cafe is booked for 8th May. Why not come and join us!! The Smith Family’s sponsorship program supports a child throughout the education journey – starting in primary through to secondary and onto tertiary studies. The program provides students with financial support for education essentials, access to out-of-school learning programs and support from a local Smith Family worker. “We have seen firsthand how sponsorship is making a life-changing difference to the students we sponsor”. The Newmarket VIEW Club, Brisbane, is a small, friendly club seeking community-minded women. VIEW members come from all walks of life, and we would be delighted if you could join us in our mission to provide better educational opportunities for disadvantaged young Australians. We would welcome you as a visitor to our Lunch Meetings and so perhaps become a member of our Club. We support the Smith Family’s Learning for Life program and our club currently sponsors five school students. If you wish to know more about the Newmarket VIEW Club and also join us for lunch, please go to the website www.view., email us on or ring Estelle on 3356 7598. ToxicTwitter: Violence and abuse against women online, which examines how Twitter is failing to respect the human rights of women and outlines what the company can do to become a safer place for women online. Amnesty International is calling on Twitter to put its own rules into practice to stop violence and harassment of women online from happening. This means consistently enforcing their policies that explicitly say violence and abuse against women has no

place on Twitter. Because women want to be on Twitter – without fear of being shut down by prejudice and hate. 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: amnestyashgrove@gmail. com.


Rotary District 9600 Conference Each Year every Rotary District throughout Australia and the World holds a District Conference. This year has been special for Ashgrove-The Gap Rotary Club as one of our members, John Lane, leads the District as Governor and is responsible, amongst many other things, for organising the Conference. His Conference was held at the Maroochydore RSL Event Centre from 20 to 22 April 2018 on the Sunshine Coast. As readers would know Rotary is a Service Organisation of Volunteers helping people and communities in need both locally and overseas. The conference is an opportunity for Rotarians (Rotary members), partners and guests to meet and socialise with members not only from Queensland, but also Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Nauru, New Zealand and Taiwan. In addition to displays of projects, new ideas and inspiring speakers the conference allows celebration of the District and Rotary Clubs achievements. Some of the speakers included Professor Frank Gannon, the CEO of QIMR Berghofer, Sarah Brown, Outback Nurse of the Year from Alice Springs, talking about mobile dialysis units and Dr

Emma Leslie, who runs a Peace and Conflict Resolution Centre in Cambodia, and was recently in North Korea as part of a Peace building Committee. Other presentations included Cricket for special needs children, research in mental health, the peace process in Mindanao, safe water for every child, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Alzheimer’s and an innovative approach to homeless persons in the City. Of course there are also fun times, which included the Saturday Dinner with its Hippy Theme carrying on the Conference theme of Peace and International Understanding (see if you can recognise anyone in the photo above). Of course Ashgrove-The Gap Rotarians were out in force acting as Sergeants, making sure everyone was in the right place supporting John and wife Bo who also presented Rotary’s latest Public Image Campaign.


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! website:

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Krystel’s mum Karen has always been her pillar of strength, her confidant and her greatest fan. So when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Krystel says it was a moment when the ‘tables turned’ and she needed to be there for her mum. “For a lady who was the strongest woman I’ve ever met, seeing her on the lounge after her first chemotherapy was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to face,” says Krystel. “She was so physically unwell that it broke down not only her strong motherly presence but her entire character. I was upset for her, for my sisters and for my stepfather who had absolutely no idea how to make it better.” Diagnosed at just 48, Karen had no family history of breast cancer and her diagnosis was a shock for the entire family. Today, following treatment, she is well and enjoying life with her children and grandchildren. “We know the treatments mum received and benefitted from are thanks to breast cancer clinical trials research,” says Krystel. “Mum and I also know there are many other women, other mums perhaps, who need our help because better treatment options for their type of breast cancer have not yet been discovered.” Krystel and Karen are sharing their story to support the annual Mother’s Day Research Appeal conducted by Breast Cancer Trials. They’re encouraging people to donate to Breast Cancer Trials as their Mother’s Day gift for their mum. Supporters can choose a beautiful Mother’s Day card to give their mum which acknowledges their special gift. “Mum says her family are her life – she loves her children and grandchildren so much and was just glad it was her and not them dealing with this horrible disease,” says Krystel “It’s another example of mum’s selflessness, a trait of mothers everywhere, that she feels this way. But the reality is – it could be me, or one of my sisters, or our children one day. That’s why research is so important.” Please visit or call 1800 423 444 to make a donation and choose a card in time for Mother’s Day. Because the gift of life would be the best Mother’s Day gift of all. website:

P&C of 2018 Awards Open 25 May 2018

P&C Day and the P&C of the Year Awards are launched each year in National Volunteer Week, to acknowledge the generous personal time and effort of Queensland parents and citizens. P&C Day on 25 May is the time to publicly thank hardworking P&C members for the tireless work they do each year to improve educational facilities, resources and student outcomes in Queensland state schools. P&Cs Qld CEO Kevan Goodworth said, “In our 2017 member survey, results indicated that P&Cs have approximately 30,000 volunteers working in state schools across Queensland, with executive committees who spend more than 10 hours every week, to help add value to all aspects of their children’s education.” “This year, we are again thrilled to announce the Commonwealth Bank’s generous sponsorship of the P&C of the Year Awards, supporting nominees from across Qld as they profile the contributions made to their school community. Video presentations articulate the strength of P&Cs and how they have successfully engaged parents and school community members.” Prizes of $1000 will be awarded to a P&C in each of eight P&Cs Qld Area locations across Queensland. From these Area winners, one exceptional school will win an additional $4000 and the title of “Queensland P&C of the Year”. Commonwealth Bank’s Head of School Banking and Youth, Veronica Howarth, said: “We have always been a strong supporter of Australia’s school community, and helping the next generation learn valuable life skills through our School Banking Program. Our sponsorship of the P&C of the Year Awards is just another way we’re showing our support. The award program represents an opportunity for parents and citizens’ associations to profile the important work they do to support their state school communities. We’re proud to be able to celebrate their generosity and commitment through the P&C of the Year Awards.” Nominations open on P&C Day 25 May 2018 and close 20 July 2018. Join the celebrations for the P&C of the Year Awards 2018. Winners announced at P&Cs Qld State Conference, 8 September 2018 Nomination forms are available through the P&Cs Qld website P&Cs Qld State Office: (07) 3352 3900 or visit Get Super Smart Before the End of Financial Year Want to boost your retirement savings while potentially saving on tax? Here are three of many potential strategies to consider before the end of the financial year. 1. Convert your savings into super savings One way to invest more in your super is with some of your after-tax income or savings, by making a personal non-concessional contribution. Although these contributions don’t reduce your taxable income for the year, you can still benefit from the low tax rate of up to 15% that’s paid in super on investment earnings. This tax rate may be lower than what you’d pay if you held the money in other investments outside super. 2. Get a super top-up from the Government If you earn less than $51,813 in the 2017/18 financial year, and at least 10% is from your job or a business, you may want to consider making an after-tax super contribution. If you do, the Government may make a co-contribution of up to $500 into your super account. 3. Boost your spouse’s super and reduce your tax If your spouse is not working or earns a low income, you may want to consider making an after-tax contribution into their super account. This strategy could potentially benefit you both: your spouse’s super account gets a boost, and you may qualify for a tax offset of up to $540. Need advice? You’ll need to meet certain eligibility conditions before benefitting from any of these strategies. If you’re thinking about investing more in super before 30 June, call Taylor Financial Advice and Solutions on 3510 1333. We offer free initial appointments without obligation, and our next free workshop on maximising retirement income will be held on the 9th of May at 10am.


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The Gap RSL Sub Branch ANZAC Day

Kylie and dad Tom Elliott - Kylie wore her grandfather, Stanley Skene’s WWII medals

Dick and Katrina Paten, The Gap

Kate Jones, Vic LeFeuvre and Vic’s daughter Julianne Sherwood

Gap State School Captain Lilli Corrias-Smith with her mum ‘Singing Nurse’ Lisa Smith

The Gap Historical Society Inc President Jack Proctor, Maureen Proctor and Richard Speechley

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Commemoration Service 25 April 2018

Longest serving member of The Gap RSL Sub Branch Vic LeFeuvre with his family following the ANZAC Service

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Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club Most people are aware that Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club supports the local community in many ways; sometimes by making a monetary donation, other times by offering hands-on practical assistance. However there is one area of support that many people, outside of Lions members, may not be aware of and that is the Lions Medical Research Foundation, which is committed to improving the quality of life for the present and future generations.

The Foundation was formed in 1963 with initial funding from 40 Lions clubs. The original idea was to establish a laboratory at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane to conduct research into kidney disease. Since that time the area of research has expanded into other medical areas such as diabetes, immunology, cancer and many others. The current funding supports research into: improving the quality of life for those

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with incurable brain diseases, such as Parkinson’s and Dementia; Perinatal research, investigating injuries in newborns that can cause seizures and brain injuries; and research into the early diagnosis and treatment ovarian cancer. Undoubtedly the most wellknown researcher, who was supported early in his research by the Lions Medical Research Foundation, is Professor Ian Frazer. In 1985, with funding from the LMRF, Professor Frazer was able to continue his research, which culminated in a world first vaccination against cervical cancer. Lions clubs within Queensland and Northern New South Wales regularly make donations to the Lions Medical Research Foundation to enable this vital source of funding to continue benefiting not only those in their local communities but worldwide. Last year Ashgrove/ The Gap Lions Club alone donated just under $5000 to this worthy cause. Of course there needs to be strong leadership in any Foundation to enable it to function and continue with its valuable work and fundraising. Currently it is a member of Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club, Allan Turner, who has taken on the voluntary role of Chairperson of the Lions Medical Research Foundation. Allan joined our club in 2000 but then a move to Melbourne necessitated a change of clubs and so he joined the Essendon Lions club, where he was president in 2004. After returning to Brisbane he transferred back to the Ashgrove/The Gap club and was president for

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two years in 2015 and 2016. Despite playing a very active role in the running of both these Lions clubs Allan has always maintained a great interest and involvement in the Lions Medical Research Foundation and was offered the role of Chairperson for 2017/18. Now, in recognition of his exemplary voluntary contribution and support, both for the Lions Clubs and the LMRF, Allan has been nominated for the Queensland Volunteer of the Year Award 2018. The Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club congratulate him on his nomination; it is well deserved. It is the hard work and dedication that people, like Allan, willingly give that result in the continuing success of organisations such as Lions Clubs and the Lions Medical Research Foundation, to the benefit of all. If you would like more information about either of these organisations please go to their websites:; or https// lionsmedicalresearch or ring our membership chairperson, Peter Cooper: 0488 069 089

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:

$500,000 grant to unlock more potential for children like Chloe One year ago, parents Melanie and Tory struggled to imagine what their daughter Chloe’s future would be like after having been diagnosed with a profound hearing loss in one ear. Chloe Saro was diagnosed with a severe to profound hearing loss in her left ear as a part of newborn hearing screening, and is a regular visitor, along with mum Melanie, to Little LEAP playgroup and speech and language therapy lessons. One year on, and thanks to their hard work along with the team at Hear and Say, Chloe was full of smiles as she celebrated a special announcement with cake. The exciting announcement was a half million-dollar funding grant from the state’s Masonic Charity, Hand Heart Pocket, more children with hearing loss in Queensland will be empowered to reach their full learning potential. Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland will cover the funding gap to deliver critical early intervention services, ensuring continuity of support for deaf children throughout Queensland for the next year. Hear and Say Chief Executive Officer Chris McCarthy said that without this funding, Queensland children could miss out on vital services and programs that build their potential. “We are extremely grateful for this funding from Hand Heart Pocket, which has come at a critical time to help cover our funding gap as we await the full financial impact of the National Disability Insurance Scheme roll-out later this year,” Mr McCarthy said. “More children and their families are turning to us than ever before, and this funding is vital for continuing

our services, delivering the essential listening and spoken language therapy required to enable a child to hear, speak and live to their potential.” “It can take up to six years to teach a profoundly deaf child to listen, process language, and speak, using the latest technology and an Auditory-Verbal Therapy approach, so it’s vital that our services remain accessible – for children to be ready for mainstream schooling,” Mr McCarthy said. Hand Heart Pocket’s generosity will mean that 200 children across the state will continue to have access to Hear and Say’s Audiology Services, and 300 children can take part in the Early Intervention Program at their centres in Brisbane, Townsville, Toowoomba and on the Sunshine and Gold Coasts. Hear and Say Vice-Patron and rugby league legend Wally Lewis whose daughter JamieLee Lewis, was one of the first six children to be supported by the organisation, attended the funding announcement, to highlight the importance of improving life outcomes for these children. “It’s amazing to think just how many families will be touched by this significant contribution. Jamie-Lee is living proof that it is possible for deaf children to go on to lead a normal life and take on whatever they put their mind to,” Mr Lewis said. Brisbane Freemason Gary Golding similarly approved, having supported the service along with Enoggera Masonic Lodge at a local level for many years. “Our granddaughter Audrey was born profoundly deaf and with the support of Hear and Say, at three-and-a-half, had mastered the language skills of a five-year-old,” Mr Golding said.


Chloe and her mum, Melanie, were at the announcement

“As Freemasons we are incredibly proud that this grant has been made on our behalf, to impact children with hearing disabilities right across the state.” Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said providing sustainable support to organisations that have limited access to other funding sources was their focus.

“The commitment shown by Hear and Say to give deaf children the precious gifts of sound and speech aligns with Hand Heart Pocket’s values which are about empowering people to lead better lives,” he said. “We are delighted that this partnership will ensure more children in Queensland have a future which will not be limited by their hearing loss.”

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Family Search CHESS T'MINIT with The Gap Chess Club Play in the Flood Cup continues at The Gap Chess Club and will continue through May. At the conclusion of this tournament, the annual “Hour” tournament (where each player has one hour to play all moves) will commence. Anyone interested in playing should contact the club. The Gap Chess Club (affiliated with the Chess Association of Queensland) meets at 8.00pm on Friday nights at Room B6, The Gap State High School. New members are welcome. All standards are catered for, whether you wish to play socially, or in our tournament play. For further details contact Andrew Robinson on 3862-8178 or visit the club’s website at: http://www. . The position for this month’s problem comes from a correspondence game won by Paul Keres in 1933. In this game, moves were communicated by post, with games taking at times many

years to play. White to play and win. For a solution for this months and many previous chess puzzles, visit the club’s website.

Solution to last month’s puzzle: 25 … Qd3 was one of the great world championship moves. If white attempts to queen the pawn the king is lost ( 26. a7 Qe3+ 27. Kg2 Bxf3+! 28. Nxf3 Qe2+ 29. Kg1 30. a8=Q+ Kg7 31. Qxc6Qf2+ 32. Kh1 Qf1+ 33. Ng1 Nf2#). The alternative played loses material ( 26. Kf2 Bxf3 27. Nxf3 Ne4+ 28. Ke1 Nxc329. bxc3 Qxc3+ 30. Kf2 Qxa1 31. a7 h6 32. h4 g4 and white resigned.

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Are you finding what you are looking for in FamilySearch. org? Come along to this seminar and find out how to find more information on your ancestors. When: Saturday, 2 June 2018 - 9.00 am - 12.30 pm Where: Queensland Baptists Conference Centre, 53 Prospect Road, Gaythorne Cost: $25.00 members and $40.00 non-members (includes morning tea) Discovering more in the record vault. Cessation of the circulation of FamilySearch’s 2.4 million rolls of microfilm occurred in September last year. This session demonstrates how to access the 1.3 million newly digitised records that are being added on line each day and are viewable for free. From search to research with FamilySearch. Paul will show that using the research tools in FamilySearch will broaden search results. Our Research Wiki provides links to global resources which can be used to ensure Genealogical Proof Standards are achieved. FamilySearch Family Tree. Learn why using the unique collaborative features of Family Tree will bring more success to your research, provide links to our key partners and provide free private permanent storage for your own GEDCOM file On behalf of Queensland Family Society this seminar will be presented by Paul Parton, a presenter for FamilySearch in their Outreach program. He also gives technical support to 145 Family History Centres Australia-wide. He has had an interest in family history for more than 45 years. Paul was a professional trainer prior to his retirement as Pacific Area Director of Information Technology Services with FamilySearch’s parent organisation Don’t miss out! Book online at: qfhs-seminars/familysearch/

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


Principal's Points...... The Gap State High School Welcome to Term 2, a busy term with Parent Teacher Interviews, NAPLAN testing for Year 7 and 9 students and of course our Open Evening as well as Year 8 and 9 Camps. It is always encouraging to see the number of parents who take advantage of the opportunity to come and see their child’s teachers at the parent teacher interviews to gauge their student’s progress. On Tuesday 24 April the school held its own ANZAC Day Service and on Wednesday 25 April the ANZAC Day Service of Commemoration commenced with an assembly at The Gap State High School at 9.00 am, followed by the march to Walton Park at 9.15 am, with the commemoration commencing at 9.30 am. The Gap High School Captains led the march, our singers led the congregation and the School Captains had the duty of reading the resolution and ode during the service of commemoration. On Thursday 24 May The Gap State High School is holding an Open Evening from 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm. Parents who are considering a future high school for their children are invited to come along to see what The Gap High has to offer their children when they begin their high school life. We are now processing enrolments now for Year 7 2019. Until next month Anne McLauchlan - Principal

The Gap State School The Gap State School Readers’ Cup Year 5 and 6 students from The Gap State School competed in a ‘House’ competition with a difference. Rather than running, jumping or swimming for house points, they answered questions about several chapters of books by Australian author, Morris

Gleitzman. The books were Once, Misery Guts, Toad Rage, Boy Overboard and Two Weeks with the Queen. Congratulations to the students of Endeavour house, who were declared the winners. The students achieved excellent results, with the competition going down to the wire. The top five individual scorers will now be invited to represent The Gap State School in the Brisbane West District Readers’ Cup to be later this year. Congratulations to the following students, who qualified to be part of The Gap State School Readers’ Cup team: Harry Medlin, Kaija MacLean, Bella Woodhouse, Amy Land and Beth Pullar It was a close competition and other students, who also received outstanding results, deserve a special mention: James, Liam, Jade, Louie, Amelia, Wren, Marcus, Lizzie, Lily, Harry Amelia, Darcy, Ava and Maxine Cross Country Our school held our cross country day on the 19th April. Congratulations to all students for their enthusiasm participation and sportsmanship. Despite having to postpone some of our junior races because of the rain we are able to announce the following age champions: Charlotte, Louie, Lyyli, Marcus, Hannah, Jarrah, Eila and Ryan. 16 of our students recently participated in the Middle School Problem Solving Challenge. Our students showed outstanding skill in the Mathematics section and our teacher Mrs Beaumont was impressed with their conduct and co-operation. Well done to Sonny, Carson, Maxine, Saathvika, Catriona, Rosa, Harry, James, Milla, Alejo, Riley, Natasha, Zoe, Aaron, Abhirami and James. Joanne Nicholls - Principal


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Purple reigns as Australian artists join forces to support people with epilepsy

Art for Epilepsy 1st – 31st May 2018

From 1st May 2018 art-lovers across Australia will once again have the opportunity to get their hands on a beautiful collection of original masterpieces by Australian artists, when Art for Epilepsy opens for bidding. Now in its third year, Art for Epilepsy is an online art auction that sees artists from around the country donate original works that incorporate the colour purple – the internationally recognised colour for epilepsy awareness – with all proceeds going to support the work of Epilepsy Action Australia. Donated pieces come from a broad spectrum of visual art disciplines, and include intricate illustrations, detailed portraits, enormous abstracts, eye-catching photography and even some examples of digital art. While for some artists embracing the colour purple may be challenging, for Art for Epilepsy’s 2018 Ambassador, world-renowned Melbourne abstract artist Kirsten Jackson, it felt completely natural. “I adore bright colours in my work,” explained Kirsten, “I can’t bear to produce anything that’s dull or understated! I’m known for my vibrant, colourful designs, so incorporating some purple into the piece I’m donating was easy.” Ashgrove artist Anne-Marie Zanetti has donated an oil on canvas titled “Anemone”. “I chose to paint this piece specifically for Art for Epilepsy. I thoroughly enjoy painting beautiful, sunlit subjects and this Anemone was very inspiring with it’s wonderful details and gorgeous deep purple!” Carol Ireland, CEO of Epilepsy Action, said, “There are currently around 250,000 people with epilepsy in

Australia who are in need of specialist services. Our mission is to enable people living with epilepsy to unlock their true potential, manage their condition more effectively, and to ultimately lead happier lives. Art for Epilepsy plays an important role in helping us to raise enough funds to be able to continue doing that effectively.” Epilepsy Action is the largest provider of education and support services to children and adults with epilepsy across Australia. Funds raised from Art for Epilepsy will go towards supporting vital and life changing programs i n c l u d i n g Te d - E - B e a r Connection, MyEpilepsyKey and the Epilepsy Action Online Academy. The first two Art for Epilepsy auctions raised a combined $80,000 for Epilepsy Action, and the organisation hopes that this year will be the biggest and best yet. “ We a r e a m a z e d a t t h e magnificent pieces being donated by these fabulous artists,” continued Carol, “the collection has to be seen to be believed. This year we have more artists involved and more artworks available for auction than ever before, with pieces starting from $50, right up to many thousands of dollars. For art-lovers across Australia, it’s an opportunity not to be missed!” T h e a u c t i o n s i t e w w w. A r t F o r E p i l e p s y. c o m . a u opened for bidding on Tuesday 1st May 2018. Bidding will close at 9pm on Thursday 31st May 2018. WHAT: Art for Epilepsy online art auction WHY: Raising funds for life-changing programs and services for people with epilepsy Online at www.

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Ashgrove artist Anne-Marie Zanetti has donated “Anemone” a stunning oil on canvas painted especially for the Auction

Ithaca Probus Club

Now that the excitement of the AGM is behind us and we have a newly elected President, Secretary and Management Committee for 2018, the Ithaca Probus Club can continue to pursue the club’s theme of “Fun, Friendship, Fellowship and Fine Food’.. We have already hosted two excellent guest speakers, Bardon Optometrist, Julie Newport speaking on the three major diseases of the eye and also club member and Psychologist, Charles Knoke with his topic “Understanding People”. Charles and Julie were the first two of the many quality guest speakers who will entertain and inform us during 2018. The May Guest Speaker will be journalist and author Chris Adams speaking on “Grave Tales of Brisbane”. These tales, derived from cemetery headstones, capture our history and feature people who became participants in events that made headlines. The May outing will take us on a tour of three dams – the Wivenhoe, Somerset and the North Pine Dam. We will also have a short tour of Woongooro Estate Winery followed by lunch at the winery. Ithaca Probus Club is a very active club, well known for our regular high quality guest speakers, our great monthly outings and our welcome for visitors and potential new members. The Club draws its members from throughout the western suburbs of Brisbane. Our Club meets every second Thursday of the month at 9.45am at the Ashgrove Bowls Club for a meeting with morning tea, talks on member’s interests and a variety of guest speakers. The club currently has vacancies for new members and there is no waiting list. If you are interested in joining us at our next meeting on Thursday 10 May or any other meeting in 2018 as a guest or as a prospective member, please phone our Club Membership Officer, Anne Evans Ph (0402) 630 993. website:

Boomerang Bags The Gap & Surrounds Welcomes GSHS Student Chapter

An exciting partnership forged between Boomerang Bags The Gap and Surrounds and The Gap State High School. What do Queensland, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu have in common, apart from the Pacific Ocean and relaxed lifestyle? They have all banned the use of plastic shopping bags because of their concerns about the environmental impact of plastic. Such concerns are widely shared. Local community group, Boomerang Bags The Gap and Surrounds (BBTGS) and the students of The Gap State High School (TGSHS) are amongst those who share this concern about plastic pollution and are taking tangible steps towards changing our communities’ plastic footprint. Plastic is a fossil fuel-based product, which, once produced, does not go away even after decades if not centuries. All the plastic made since its first production in the 1950s is still around in the world. The volume of plastic in the environment is huge, and growing. In the Pacific Ocean, for example, a rotating garbage patch is found, over 78,400 tonnes of plastic waste is packed into an area almost

BBTGS volunteers and TGSHS students @ their first sewing bee on 22nd April, the World Earth Day (L-R: Cameron, Chelsea, Kerry, Gina, Tahlia, Angus, Jess, Gill, Erin, Kathleen, Marlene, Ashlin, Melisa Handley (TGSHS teacher), and Padma)

the size of Queensland and growing. Each year, globally we add about 4.8 to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic into the environment, majority of which is single-use shopping bags. In Queensland alone, 900 million plastic shopping bags are used annually, of which 16 million bags enter our rivers, coasts and coastal waters, according to CSIRO research. Plastic directly or indirectly kills animals such as turtles and birds when they get entangled in them. In the open environment, they disintegrate only very slowly. Disintegrated microplastics are often mistaken as fragments of food and are harming some seabird and

Tahlia and Chelsea Rhule with their finished products


turtle populations; even coral seem to prefer microplastic as food. Ultimately microplastics enter the human food chain, with the potential to affect our health. Students at TGSH are concerned enough that they felt they needed to do something about it. As they looked for practical solutions, sisters, Tahlia and Jessica Ruhle met some volunteers of the local community group, Boomerang Bags The Gap and Surrounds. Their discussion about plastic pollution and what could be done about the problem led them to start a junior chapter of BBTGS at the high school. The BBTGS-J team had their first sewing bee on Sunday 22nd April, which also happened to be World Earth Day. This year’s theme for World Earth Day is End Plastic Pollution. BBTGS volunteers spent the afternoon with the students, teaching them the art of making boomerang bags from scratch. Students focussed on cutting donated fabric using patterns and then sewing the fabric into bags. There was such a buzz in the air as students embarked on this venture! After the sewing bee Ms Gina Hale, a Year 9 participant noted, “The BBTGS-J sewing bee was a great opportunity for students to learn new skills and understand how we can help the

environment!, She found that, “it connected two generations through something we all have in common (caring for our environment!); spreading the legacy of Boomerang Bags and raising awareness of the impact plastics have on the environment. The students had fun “I really enjoyed myself and I know lots of others did too”, said Tahlia. “It was a really fun experience and I learnt so many new things. It also gave me a [big] chance to be mentored by those older than me as well as connect in with others in the school I may not usually have spoken too. All round an incredible four hours”, said Tahlia. Through the partnership, BBTGS volunteers and TGSHS students together will emphasise the need to take tangible action individually and collectively to address this urgent issue. The BBTGS and TGSHS plan to host many different activities in the future. Youth are our future in creating a sustainable world, says Dr Padma Lal, the Secretary of the BBTGS. Ms Melissa Handley, Head of the Department of Student Growth at TGSHS, concurred and added that it is through involvement in initiatives such as the BBTGS-J project that TGSHS hopes to support student development and growth and to help them fully realise their potential to make a difference in life.

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Trees are a wonderful adjunct to any garden. They provide a focal point and shade during the heat of the day, are wind breaks and attract wildlife. Many modern gardens, however, are too small for a large number of our beautiful native trees. The fine leafed tuckeroo, Lepiderema pulchella, is an ideal specimen tree in these situations. The natural habitat for this attractive tree is along creeks and rivers of coastal and dry rainforests from northern NSW to Nambour. Although it may reach 15m in the wild, it is rarely larger than 8m in cultivation. This tree has been placed on the vulnerable list in NSW – clearing of land for development, habitat fragmentation and invasion by

introduced weeds are the main causes of risk to its survival. The fine-leafed tuckeroo is a low maintenance tree that grows well in acid to neutral soils of a variety of types that are relatively well drained and from full sun to half shade. Its trunk is grey and smooth while the base is usually flanged. The delicate, fine foliage is made up of glossy, light green leaves that are subdivided into narrow leaflets with a wavy margin. Flushes of pink are seen in new growth. Spring flowers of yellow to orange tones are followed by a smooth, orange fruit in the form of a capsule in December. Since none of the plant parts are toxic or have irritating hairs, it is an ideal tree for young families.



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This tree is well worth considering if you have a space in your garden.

The Gap Garden Est 1963 Club Inc. Our members enjoyed our participation at the Qld Council of Garden Club’s event in April, the Garden A- Fair. Our stand, selling plants, cuttings and baked goods was very successful, and members competing in the exhibits section won prizes, including Pat Speechley, Narelle Richter and Lesley Chmiel, who also won the Dr Jarvis Nye Trophy for the highest number of points for home grown produce. Thank you to all the members who assisted in making the weekend such a success. Our May field trip will be to Samford and surrounds, with a visit to a bromeliad nursery, a lovely garden at Samsonvale, a produce nursery, lunch in Samford and a visit to retail outlets in the area. The date for this trip is Tuesday 8th May. Plans are well under way for our Friendship day in July to celebrate out 55th Birthday, when we will host visitors from many other garden clubs in SE Qld. Our next meeting is at 9.30am on Tuesday 22nd May, when the guest speaker will be Cec Crees giving advice about growing Orchids. For more information please visit our website www.

Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club

The Club will be hosting Michael O’Dea as its speaker at the meeting on 7 June. Michael will be talking on garden pests and diseases and how to deal with them, especially using home made recipes. Morning tea will be served at 9.45 am at the Enoggera Memorial Hall, corner Wardell & Trundle Streets. Visitors are most welcome. 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. website:

The Quandongs are Coming Trevor Ozanne has been working to rehabilitate Enoggera Creek for more than 30 years. He is group leader of the Ashgrove Avenue Bushcare Group which works on the creek next to the old Newmarket Bowls Club. Back in December 1986, Enoggera Creek was an eyesore. With head-high Cane Grass, it was a dumping sight for car bodies and household waste. “The creek hadn’t been cleaned up after the 1974 flood. It was a mess. Someone complained and a public meeting was held at the Anglican Church Hall,” Trevor said. The first Enoggera Creek catchment association was formed. This would later morph into Save Our Waterways Now (SOWN). “I was teaching horticulture at TAFE and planting my own block of land [which backs onto the creek],” Trevor said.

Bringing his valuable knowledge of local plants, Trevor teamed up with Bob Wightman and a Texan named Tom Randall. Together they started the enormous task of rehabilitating the creek. At first they cleared Cane Grass, then they started planting native species. Bob moved to The Gap and Tom went back to Texas, but Trevor kept going at Ashgrove. At first he was helped by students from Grovely TAFE and in the last 12 years Brisbane Boys Grammar School students and their families have been regular volunteers.

Trevor Ozanne, Group Leader Ashgrove Avenue Bushcare Group PHOTO: Anne Jones

Over the years the group has planted thousands of trees. Now there are very few weeds and native plants are starting to regrow naturally. “Self seeding didn’t come as fast as expected but the Quandongs are coming now. The last Quandong had been washed away in the 1974 flood

along with the Staghorns and Elkhorns,” Trevor said. “I love seeing the growth now – look at that Blue Quandong. The density of the shade is the secret,” Trevor said. With help from Trevor and his group, the rainforest is coming back to Enoggera Creek at Ashgrove.

of our operational fleet. Our work of restoration is, of course on-going. Tram 136, built in 1914, is well under way to having bodywork and the interior finished. The picture above shows how the seats are being faithfully restored to original condition before being reinstalled in the tram. Over recent weeks, the carpentry and mechanical workshops have been separated and are now more

efficient workplaces. The lathe and milling machine purchased under a BCC Mens’ Shed Grant have been delivered and installed. New power installations are being looked into to provide the level of safety we expect. Meanwhile, members of the Shed are busy replicating Doll’s Cribs for a local community group, along with other projects. And, of course, we always have room for new members!!

Brisbane Tramway Museum and Ferny Grove Mens’ Shed

Great news for the museum this month—thanks to a grant of $45000.00 (+GST) from The Brisbane City Council, we can now replace the 100 year old roof on our main tram shed. Whilst the walls have been re-clad, the frame and the roof are original. This building

(and its counterpart) housed trams at the Ipswich Road Depot (where the Buranda Shopping Centre opposite the P A Hospital now stands). Unfortunately the years have taken their toll on thr roofing. Currently, we house 12 trams in this building—including all

Men’s Shed members are making replica doll’s cribs


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Reflections... A Grape Gripe Comments from various personalities sometimes record a ‘pearl of wisdom’ passed on by a parent sometime prior to their leaving this planet. With my Dad passing by a sudden heart attack within a split second as I was a young teenager, only a few events stay in my mind which I attribute to him. His comment “Where are you going Tiger?” asked as a 12 year old as I got on my bike to ride to join the Ashgrove Scouts early evening in 1945. Well knowing where I was headed, he was as pleased as I was. With his good singing voice, the family Sunday night hymn singing was always a joy. Some soccer club songs from his youth would have Mum call a halt and yet one rhyme he would recite often did have the moral I now feel could convey “do as you’re told!!”

A child leans up against a jewellers window: If you vant to buy a vatch, Buy a vatch. If you don’t vant to buy a vatch, Then take your snotty nose off my vindow! The boy did as he was told! Readers may ask what this article is about and it’s designed to convey that once upon a time, boys and girls once respected their elders and usually acceded to parents requests. Shopping these days can be a chore, unlike the days now gone where you sat on a stool or chair and read from your list while the person behind the counter gathered up your groceries and providores as requested, often with only one or two types of a particular product or brand available. I recall the smile on the face

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of an elderly aunt when greeted by the floor-walker in a large George Street store with a “Good morning Mrs Chapman,” and proferred a chair for her to sit upon. I’m sure she purchased more material as a result. Times sure have changed as one wouldn’t walk through an upmarket store eating an ice-cream or not dressed for the occasion, to even think about entering. These days, as the little petal or darling sits in a trolley at the supermarket being pushed up and down the aisles, you often hear the question asked, “What would you like darling?” To me this type of request, at such a tender age, only conveys to the child ‘you can have whatever you want’ as he/ she grows up believing it their right which could sometimes lead to bullying in the school ground, when not being given their own way or even divorce, when married to a person who won’t accept their attitude. Those parents who try to advise the best course are often greeted with a tantrum or yelling match, or laying on the floor or with no constraints, run away. Unable to suggest the child might deserve a slap, it’s only the parent knowing that oldfashioned disciplines could be seen as cruel and the parent charged with a crime if used. I sometimes think that the art of effective parenting is becoming a lost art. Many elderly people who I chat with in shopping centres dispair as to where this attitude and behaviour will lead us as a society. Observation within the supermarket where my wife and I shop, can cause annoyance as one observes the action of some shoppers and is probably the reason shop owners have to lift prices to cover losses. Like the

well-dressed little old lady who will sample the grapes, then perhaps take another, move away a distance before returning to take another sample. The child allowed to maul every bunch of flowers someone is destined to buy. Twice as I wait outside, I have observed a person select a bunch, move past the paying counter as if to enter the entrance aisle, then turn and just walk out the western entry. Watch and you will see someone squeeze every avocado in sight, no doubt bruising the insides for another buyer. A good indication if the fruit is ripe is when the brown stem on the tree-end can be picked off easily. The grape saga always calls to mind, prior to my kidney transplant, while on dialysis it was necessary for my wife to weigh and measure every morsel - food and liquid - which passed my lips, from morning to night and recorded in a book. With fruit all containing juice, my intake of grapes was restricted to five. Maybe back then I could have filled my intake at the supermarket! I am aware a major gripe among the elderly is the difficulty in pushing trolleys, especially the ones which want to crab sideways, possibly from being loaded down with not so young children. At the recent opening of Bunnings at Keperra, a mother wheeled past with a child of approximately 12 years of age sitting like a statue. I commented, “Is it a ‘live or dead’ statue, or are you going to paint it when you get home?” My wife was to later see the child prone under the trolley and asked was the child ill or an invalid. Shopping can sure be an education in human behaviour - both good and bad!


Arana VIEW Meeting June 2018

On The Move Gentle Exercise for people 65+ Tai Chi and stretching for movement and balance Wednesday 10-11.30am Exercise until 11am followed by morning tea From April 11th

In April Arana VIEW Club celebrated thier 21st Birthday the Club’s current president Lyndsay - centre of photo with past presidents, cutting the birthday cake

Our June meeting will be held on Wednesday 6th June at the Arana Leagues Club, Dawson Parade, Grovely,10.30 for 11.00am start. The cost of the 2-course lunch, tea and coffee is $27.00. We will have our usual raffles and lucky door prizes, the proceeds of which will go towards supporting our 14 Smith Family Learning for Life Students. We will be having our first fund raising sausage sizzle at the new Bunnings at Keperra on Sunday 17th June so come along and meet us and have a delicious sausage prepared by our volunteers. Our Guest speakers for June are two female NRL referees so it will be an interesting insight to their perspective of this game. New members and guests are always welcome. Please phone Carol by 4.00pm Monday 4th June on 3355 5349 to book.

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

Our thanks to all who stopped at our fundraising stalls at Coles and Woolworths at Everton Park prior to Anzac Day and to the managements of both companies for allowing us to trade there. The Association’s Brisbane North West branch meets on the third Sunday of every month at Gaythorne RSL, commencing 10.15 a.m. Following the meeting there is the opportunity to lunch in the friendly atmosphere of the RSL bistro. NSAA exists for the benefit, welfare and social contact of Australian ‘nashos’ who served in either of the two schemes operating between 1951 and 1973 and wives/widows thereof. Conscripts who served countries other than Australia may join as associate members. To find a branch near you; to learn the benefits of joining the Association, or to apply for both medals to which all Australian former nashos are entitled, phone 3324 1277 or scroll web page For more information on Brisbane North West branch phone Dave 33663191. website:

Kenmore Uniting Church 982 Moggill Road, Kenmore Booking required 3368 3723 Transport Available $5-$15 (depending on eligibility) Includes Morning Tea

The Gap/Ashgrove National Seniors The Gap / Ashgrove Seniors is a local branch of the National Seniors Australia Ltd & is open to anyone 60 years or older, to join. We are a friendly, fun loving group, which meets every third Tuesday at the Ashgrove Bowls Club, Yoku Road Ashgrove at 9.30am. Members enjoy regular bus trips, which include morning tea & lunch. The Club endeavours to support local business when we meet for a chat over morning tea or lunch. On 15th June The Gap/Ashgrove Seniors are meeting at The Broncos Club at Fulcher Road Red Hill for lunch & to “have a chat”. If you want to meet some fun-loving people just phone Helen 0409 878 089


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