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Western Echo

November 2019 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

Community on hand to plant 2600 trees

Around 200 community members joined SOWN for the 25th anniversary community planting at Wittonga Park on Sunday 13 October. More than 2600 local native plants went into the ground along Fish Creek. PHOTO: Nick Rains Story Page 3

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ACCOUNTANT R G Goodman Phone: 3289 1700 pg 12

Keperra Family Practice Phone: 3351 0323 pg 21



Regis The Gap Phone: 1300 998 100 pg 21

Mortgage Choice Ashgrove Phone: 3463 0500 pg 9



Wyatt Automotive Phone: 3300 2077

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BEAUTY The Gap Day & Night Pharmacy Phone: 3300 1555 pg 32 Intune Beauty Therapy Phone: 3300 9710 pg 25

BUTCHER MeatU@Home Phone: 3161 5021 pg 17

CHRISTMAS MARKET The Gap Anglican Church 1 December 4-8pm pg 6

CLUBS/GROUPS Taylor Range Country Club Phone:3366 1560 pg 8

DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE Communify Phone: 3510 2741

Good Deal Mowing Phone: 0439 734 142 pg 29

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

GUTTER VACUUM Big Boys Gutter Vacuum Phone: 0407 737 400 pg 13

HYPNOSIS Brisbane Hypnosis Centre Phone: 3354 4555 pg


LAWYERS Hollingworth & Spencer Phone: 3123 5700 pg 12

MASSAGE Bernard Evens Remedial & Sports Phone: 3366 9997 pg 25

The Gap Piano Studio Phone: 3166 8353 pg 23

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

PHYSIOTHERAPY Physiologix Phone: 3511 1112

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TYRE & MECHANICAL Wyatt Automotive Phone: 3300 2077 pg 11

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POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT Kate Jones Phone: 3554 9100 Julian Simmonds MP Phone: 3378 1599

Cr. Steven Toomey Phone: 3407 1900

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PRINTER CARTRIDGES Cartridge World Ashgrove Phone: 3366 5111 pg 12

REAL ESTATE Harcourts Inner West P h o n e : 3 5 11 0 6 6 6 p g 9 Trish Holliday - Ray White Phone: 0411 825 808 pg 13

SHOPPING CENTRE The Gap Village Shopping Ctr Phone: 3300 3377 pg 16 & 19


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

Walking Football Phone: 0432 967 829 pg 26

SUSHI RESTAURANT Hikaru Sushi Phone: 3511 1541

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

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

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Community rallies for huge planting We l c o m e r a i n a d a y earlier brought around 200 community members to the SOWN 25th anniversary community planting at Wittonga Park on Sunday 13 October. SOWN President John Abbott said more than 2600 local native plants went into the ground along Fish Creek. “It’s wonderful for SOWN to get such a generous show of support from local community members and groups” he said. The planting began with a Welcome to Country by Derek Sandy from Yerongpan Dancers with his bird calls and the rhythmic sounds of his didgeridoo. Community members of all ages then set about planting and watering. This was followed by a sausage sizzle courtesy of the Ashgrove/The Gap Lions who brought along their tucker box trailer and smiling faces. “The sausage sizzle was really enjoyed by all the volunteers at the end of the planting,” John said. At the end of the event SOWN founder and patron Brian Hallinan thanked the community for their support over many years. “The success of SOWN has depended on local residents being prepared to get in and look after sections of the creek,” Brian said.

SOWN president John Abbott and Joan Abbott thank David, Peter, Neil, Ray and John from Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club who ran the sausage sizzle at the 25th Anniversary SOWN planting event on 13 October. PHOTO: Nick Rains

A new habitat group has been formed in Wittonga Park, led by local resident Natalie Contanzo, which will continue to look after the planting. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Natalie via info@ s a v e o u r w a t e r w a y s n o w. or wittongaparkbushcare. The next working bee is on 8-11am Sunday 10 November. Groups supporting SOWN on the day included Balaangala, Men of the Trees, RE Create Client Care, Ashgrove-The Gap Lions, Bardon Lions, the Leos or young Lions, Hilder Road State School, the Wacky Wildlife Sisters and Brisbane City Council.

SOWN Nursery volunteer Tom Pudwell with Niamh at the SOWN planting on 13 October. PHOTO: Joan Abbott


John Abbott gave special thanks to Cr Steve Toomey for supporting the sausage sizzle and refreshments and Brisbane

City Council for all the work on preparing and mulching the planting site.

Inside the November Issue...

Amnesty International....................................................................24 Arana VIEW Club....................................................................27 Art in Bark Association.....................................................24 Ashgrove Forum..........................................................................26 Ashgrove Historical Society.................................................13 Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club..............................................11 Brisbane Tramway Museum..................................................30 Chess T’Minit.......................................................................27 Communify ......................................................................16 Enoggera Historical Society..............................................14 Ithaca Probus Club.................................................................25 JPs in Our Community.............................................................19 National Servicemen’s Association of Aust. (Qld Branch)........25 Newmarket Bocce................................................................31 Newmarket VIEW Club............................................................24 Paten Park Native Nursery (PPNN).............................................28 Principal’s Points...................................................................22-24 Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap............................................9 Save the Children The Gap..................................................16 SOWN (Save Our Waterways Now)...........................................3 and 29 State Update - Kate Jones - Member for Ashgrove.....................5 The Gap Garden Club...................................................................28 The Gap Historical Society...............................................14 The Gap Neighbourhood Watch..........................................8 The Gap Probus Club.............................................................12 The Gap RSL Sub Branch........................................................6 Ward Happenings Cr Steven Toomey.................................4 The Western Echo November 2019 Page 3

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State Update

Kate Jones MP

Member for Cooper

Scouts & Guide Parliament BBQ Our local scouts and guides once again took over Parliament. It was an honour to be scarfed up by our local scouts and take the oath. Having been a girl guide when I was child, I know first hand what an important influence guiding and scouting has on the development of young people. These skills are needed more than ever before. Thank you to all the leaders and parents who helped put this event together and the work that they do locally year round.

Taylor Range Scouts and Guides at Parliament House Photo courtesy Gabriel Dubler

Mt St Michael’s students leading by example Thank you to the ‘Sisters Empowering Sisters’ club at Mt St Michael’s College for inviting me along to speak to you recently. The Year 10s, led by Elora and Sienna, have started up a lunchtime club for the college’s young women, across year levels, to support each other and discuss important issues. It was very impressive to see our future leaders taking it upon themselves to enable other girls to share their ideas and ways that they can make a difference. Can’t wait to see what these students achieve as they enter their senior years of schooling next year.

Being 'scarfed up' by local Scouts and taking the oath

Celebrating World Teachers’ Day As we recently celebrated Worlds Teachers’ Day, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all our local teachers for their continued passion and dedication to our local schools. With the end of the year fast approaching, particularly for our graduating students, it is important to reflect on the significant influence of our teachers. As a local parent, I know how fortunate we are to have great teachers in our local community.

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

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The Gap RSL Sub-Branch News NULLAGUNDI Happenings

the memory of those who, in the Spirit of the ANZACs, have sacrificed their health, We are now open Tues 11-2 their strength, even their lives, pm and Thursday we have a to try to bring peace to the couple of hours of chat and world. chew from 1.00pm to 3.00pm Whilst the tradition - or thereabouts.  of the poppy symbolising The chat speaks for itself. remembrance began soon The chew is simply “chewing after WW1, today it is worn the fat” where a few stories to commemorate the service may be told, discussions about and sacrifice of all who have what is wrong with the world served their country in times and what you would do if you of conflict. were World President! The Gap Sub-Branch RSL Oh, we also have a dart and The Gap community board up and waiting for those will be commemorating with crossed rifles, or crossed Remembrance Day at the eyes, whichever fits you…. Walton Bridge Reserve, Come along and be part of Wa t e r w o r k s R o a d , T h e what is happening.  You just G a p w i t h a s e r v i c e o f might enjoy yourself – we will commemoration beginning at certainly enjoy your company. 10.40 a.m. on 11th November REMEMBRANCE DAY 2019. The President and November is poppy month, Members of the Sub-Branch the time of the year when, invite you to participate in by the wearing of a simple emblem, a red poppy, we salute the service and to lay a floral tribute at the Memorial, if you

wish. Afterward, we invite to join us for a light luncheon at our new Sub-Brunch rooms in Nullagundi, 34 School

Road, (corner of Waterworks Road) The Gap. Ample offstreet parking is available via entrance on Waterworks Road.

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.

Community Christmas Carols & Twilight Market 4-8 pm Sunday 1 December, 2019

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Rising Star of Australian Track & Field Gap girl Chloe Griffin’s rising star is shining as bright as her trophy cabinet after the Year 6 St Peter Chanel dynamo returned from School Sport Australia’s national Track & Field Championships in Darwin last month with two silver medals. Representing Queensland, Chloe placed second in the gruelling and competitive Tetrathon event which challenges athletes across four disciplines: 100m, 800m, long jump and shot put. Chloe then closed her thrilling adventure to the Northern Territory with a second in the 11 Year Old Girls Medley Relay. “It doesn’t really feel too different,” Chloe said, reflecting on her achievements. “I just know that I want to be there again next year which means that I need to keep training hard so I can keep performing as well as I did this year, as the competition is very tough.” For all of her stunning athletic achievements, Chloe said she still runs for the sheer fun of it. “I don’t think of it as a sacrifice because I enjoy seeing my friends and running with them,” she said. “I would have to say that meeting lots of new people would definitely be one of the stand outs, as well as having the opportunity to be a part of, and represent, the Queensland team.” Chloe is a dedicated member of The Gap Little Athletics club and Ashgrove Rangers juggles her running commitments with soccer training two times a week. Off the track, there’s always no place like home for the local champion. “My favourite place away from the track would just to be relaxing at home with my family and my dog, Bambi.”

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

Telephone: 3366 1560 A.C.N 009 818 277

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On Sunday, October 13th we had our first Bunnings Sausage Sizzle! We had a beautiful sunny day and got to meet some great locals who came to say hello and enjoy a sausage. We want to say Thank You to all our wonderful volunteers who helped out on that day and to our community for coming out to support us! Ben and Hudson, Kerry, Robyn and Callum, Andy & Jo, Carol, Bruce and Geraldine, Tammy & Jasmine, Peter, Colin, Mollie and Ash. All proceeds go towards running our volunteer program including; future special events for the community, newsletter distribution, community initiatives such as our Local Schools Watcher and Watchling program which we hope to get up and running by early 2020. On Sunday, October 20th we had a small local event called “Meet Your Community- Park, Picnic, Play” where we had one of our local police officer providing us a Cyber Security talk to help you and your family stay safe when you are Online as we were taking part in “Get Online Week”. Get Online Week brought together partners, volunteers and communities to ensure everyone can take part in our increasingly digital world. It is estimated that 2.5 million people are currently not online in Australia with 4 million people that have limited digital skills.

Holiday Season Reminder As we head towards the silly season we want to remind you to remain vigilant and lock all doors and windows when you are not home and even when you are home. Many people will start buying gifts and storing them at home and thieves know this and find more opportunities for Break & Enters or Burglary. If you haven’t already met your neighbours, why don’t you head over for a friendly hello and introduce yourself. The more eyes and ears you have on your home the better, especially when you are on holiday.

Volunteer Opportunity We have welcomed a few more volunteers into our great community here at Neighbourhood Watch The Gap and as always we welcome any newcomers who would like to contribute with ongoing duties, helping to spread the word of our initiatives and casual help when required. Please visit the link here for a Volunteer Application Form if you would like to get involved or email us: Thank you, Jo & Ash website:

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Ashgrove /The Gap Lions Club The Ashgrove/The Gap Lions have been extremely busy this month with several projects on the go.

BARBECUES First, we conducted the Bunnings Queens Birthday Holiday BBQ at Keperra. This was one of the busiest days for us with 16 members, participating in various shifts, to feed lots of hungry local residents. Thank you to all local residents who bought breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea snack with one of our sausages. Second, we provided our Tucker Box Trailer to feed all the participants at the SOWN 25th Anniversary planting of 2500 trees and scrubs along the creek beside Wittonga Park. More than 150 community like-minded people helped plant the trees including our young Leos, Lions Club members, local kids and parents, and local community organisations. Congratulations to John Abbott of SOWN who organised this event. Third, On Saturday 19th October we provided our BBQ and club members to assist Hear and Say with their Annual Fundraising for the charity. This was well attended and supported by Billy’s Meats who donated their famous sausages for the occasion.

You're never too young, or old, for a sausage sizzle & BBQ

CHRISTMAS CAKE SALES Our club will be selling Lions tasty Christmas Cakes, and Plum Puddings, at various outlets including the Princess Alexandra and Wesley Hospitals. Prices range from $13 for small cakes and puddings and $17 for large. All monies raised will be donated to the Wesley Hospital Kim Walters Foundation and The Lions Medical Research Foundation. Help support a good cause by buying a cake for Christmas.

DAFFODIL DAY CANCER COUNCIL APPEAL This appeal raised in conjunction with other clubs in the Q3 District in excess of $89, 000. Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club raised in excess of $6, 500. Thank you to all of you who purchased a bunch of Daffodils to support this worthy cause.

GARAGE SALE Our Annual Garage Sale was held in conjunction with the P & C of the Hilder Road State School. This was a resounding success and hopefully it will become a bigger and better event for our community in the future. Thank you to the P and C for joining with us to make this such a successful day. website:

Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club members cooked up metres and metres of sausages during October

ENQUIRIES If you would like to know more about our Lions Club and have an interest in supporting projects that benefit your local community please give Lion Peter Cooper a call on 0488 069 089. We would love to hear from you. The Western Echo November 2019 Page 11

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A milestone was reached this month: as the club approached its 30th birthday next March, Life Membership was awarded to Ed and Jean Coxon, who are both charter members, having been lively in the club since the very first meeting in 1989. Both are living embodiments of “an active retirement”, the PROBUS motto. John Pitman awarded them life membership pins. Well done Ed and Jean, an example to us all!

Charter Members Jean and Ed Coxon with John Pitman who awarded them Life Membership on behalf of the Club

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The Club continues its history of attracting good speakers, with Judith Miekeljohn from Orange Sky Laundry telling us about the work of this admirable organisation. Orange Sky started with one innovation: a single van fitted out to bring laundry facilities to homeless people. Now, O.S. has gone from one Sudsy to 25 vans including 18 dedicated laundries, some have showers (these hold two water tanks underneath for fresh and waste water). – Judith is the Programme Manager for Remote Indigenous Services (which also includes Oral Health), researches emerging issues, and focuses on homelessness. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders comprise 25-30% of clients. The November speaker will be of interest to all, especially those looking down the barrel of getting the NBN. Ray Krebs, of NBNCo, will explain what’s involved and answer any questions. If you would be interested in joining us, or just giving it a try, we would welcome your enquiry. Just call our secretary Jan on 0448 965 459 or email on secretary.probusthegap@gmail. com. We meet at 2pm on the first Thursday of every month, at The Gap Baptist Church, by the traffic lights at the junction of Waterworks and Settlement Roads – handy to lots of buses, and with some spaces for car parks. Places are available – no waiting list – and we’d love to meet you.

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Ashgrove Historical Society

If you watched the TV series The Bletchley Circle or the movie The Imitation Game you will probably enjoy Ashgrove Historical Society’s final presentation for this year. During WW2, Australia built a large and sophisticated intelligence network from scratch. Australian code-breakers cracked Japanese army and air force codes, and played a vital role in the battles of Midway, Milne Bay, the Coral Sea, Hollandia, and Leyte. It’s a little known part of Australian military history as it was kept under high security for more than 30 years. Ashgrove resident, Ross Gwyther, will talk about his father Evan’s part in the wireless units collecting and code-breaking Japanese communication. Evan was part of the initial recapture of the Philippines by General Douglas Macarthur and his US troops in 1945. Ross’s presentation will take place at 10am on Saturday 7 December at Ashgrove Library. Visitors are very welcome to attend. The morning tea that follows at 11am provides an opportunity to share memories, chat to the guest speaker and purchase AHS publications and cards. Stalls outside Woolworths Ashgrove will be on Fridays 10am – 5:30pm 22 November and 6 & 13 December. There will be books and cards for sale, a photo display and a raffle – a basket of goodies kindly donated by Kate Jones MP, Member for Cooper. Our books and membership make great Christmas gifts for current and past residents of Ashgrove. Choose from Lost Ashgrove: The Changing Face of a Brisbane Suburb (2016) $25, Brisbane: People and Places of Ashgrove (2010) $15, Ashgrove and The Gap Aspects of History 1849-2003: Land, Access, Institutions and People (2010) $15 and Ashgrove 150 Timeline $6. The Ashgrove Heritage Tour, originally published in 2006, has been revised and the new edition should be available in December. Membership fees support the researching, preserving, recording and publishing of Ashgrove’s history. Membership includes the society’s newsletter Tram Stops which contains

articles on the local history of Ashgrove, Brisbane and surrounds. AHS fees are $10 single per annum (1 July – 30 June), or $15 couple/family. Fees can be paid at a meeting, at one of our stalls or by EFT. A form can be downloaded from the society’s website or by contacting the secretary, Julie, on 3366 4621 or email: ahs. The society also has a Facebook page where you will find the topics for the monthly meetings and historical events and displays that may be of interest. Nyrambla (21 Henry Street, Ascot) is a grand home built in the 1880s. It was the headquarters of Central Bureau during WW2 with hundreds of Allied code breakers involved in top secret work there 1942-1945. The male and female staff intercepted and deciphered Japanese radio communications, supporting General MacArthur’s South West Pacific Area command. They were governed by the Secrets Act and were unable to speak about their work during the war and for 30 years afterwards. Some chose never to speak of it and took the secret to their graves.

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The Gap Historical Society Inc. Est. 2000 The big news for this Society is that, after some 18 months, we have finally been relieved of the lease on the Nullagundi Centre. It is hard to imagine that what was a seemingly simple request turned into such an extended and time-consuming and expensive exercise. However, that is now behind us and we are simply renters with The Gap Sub Branch of the RSL as the lessee. Our main historical endeavour over the past few months has been adding to our project – The Gap Timeline. We now have over 250 entries, starting from 1851, recorded with many more on hand to be added. We have categorised entries under 11 headings to make it easier to isolate individual topics eg, schools, churches and so on. Once entries have been checked for accuracy, we intend to add this project to our website so that the data is available to everyone – particularly to interested historians. We invite other Gap organisations and Gap residents to send us dates of historical interest (such as date they were formed, any major events in their history etc) which can then be added into the listing for that group or organisation. Meanwhile we welcome visitors to our meetings, which will continue to be held at the Nullagundi Centre, 1176 Waterworks Road on the fourth Saturday each month commencing at 2.00 pm. Our Guest Speaker at our November meeting (the last for 2019) will be Julie Nichles who is well known for her dedication to Save The Children The Gap Branch.

Enoggera & Districts Historical Society Inc. 1994-2019 by Dave LIvett.

In December we will cap off a successful silver anniversary year by unveiling a commemorative plaque in our research library in Enoggera Memorial Hall. We then go into recess for a month before our 26th year opens on Thursday January 16. For those keen to visit our library we will be open every Thursday between 9-1.30 until November 28. Contact us any time during our recess period by phoning the number below. Enoggera Memorial Hall is located at the corner of Wardell and Trundle streets; Enoggera; entry via Trundle Street. Limited parking is available, accessed from either Pratt Street or Glenalva Terrace. Council bus routes 350 361 390 598 and 599 stop near the hall and Enoggera Station on the Ferny Grove line is a short walk. Looking for a suitable Christmas gift? Our range of local history books is available at the hall. Contact can be made through our web site or face book pages. or by phoning Dave on 3366 3191 or by email website:

Ocular Disease in our Pets - Keep an Eye on Things Our dogs and cats suffer many of the same eye conditions or diseases as people do: surface scratches (ulcers), pinkeye (conjunctivitis) and increased fluid pressure (glaucoma), to name a few. Most eye conditions develop spontaneously, but some can be prevented. Different breeds are often predisposed to certain diseases. For example, Burmese cats are at risk for tear gland prolapse (cherry eye). Young Siberian huskies can quickly develop cloudy lenses (cataracts). Dogs with prominent eyes (Pugs, Shih Tzus and Boston Terriers), because of skull shape, are at increased risk for disease on the surface of their eyes (corneal ulcers). Cocker Spaniels and Basset Hounds are at risk for inherited glaucoma. Terrier breeds often develop glaucoma after the lenses in their eyes move (lens luxation). Sudden changes in vision, evidence of discomfort (squinting) and increased redness, cloudiness or drainage of the eyes is abnormal. If you see these signs, seek medical assistance. Dogs with glaucoma can lose vision in the affected eye within 12 to 24 hours, if untreated. A corneal ulcer can quickly become infected and then require surgery. The necessity for a safe environment seems obvious, but little things can be overlooked. Thorns can penetrate or rupture the eye of dogs rummaging in bushes. It’s fun to watch a pet with a toy in its mouth shake it vigorously, but this isn’t good for breeds prone to retinal detachment (Shih Tzu, for instance), for dogs with deep corneal ulcers or dogs recovering from delicate eye surgery. Finally, don’t guess at medicine for eye conditions for your pets. Giving expired medication is bad, but giving the wrong medication is even worse. Many eye medications contain cortisone (for example, hydrocortisone and dexamethasone). Application of cortisone to an eye with a corneal ulcer will delay healing, increase the risk of infection and may cause damage.

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Donations Sought for Communify's Christmas Market Day Communify will be holding their annual Christmas Market Day at the Newmarket Hall again this December, and they need your help to support local families in need this Christmas. Communify is committed to supporting the local community on all sides throughout the year, with neighbourhood centres, asylum seeker support, a weekly food relief pantry and much much more. Christmas Market Day is a special oncea-year opportunity for families and individuals supported by Communify to come together and recieve Christmas hampers of food items, gifts, toys, toiletries and more. If you would like to help support local families in need this Christmas, you can donate nonperishable food items, yummy Christmas goodies, new gifts, toys, and toiletries. Please bring your donations to 180 Jubilee Terrace, Bardon, between 9am-5pm Monday – Friday until the 6th December 2019. For more information, or to get in touch about supporting Communify please contact 3198 4410 or bardonnc@

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THANK YOU! The Gap Branch

The members of The Gap Branch of Save the Children wish to thank all those people who supported their 2019 Morning Tea. The response was, yet again, most heartening. Many thanks to the staff and volunteers of the St Peter Chanel Church, who’s readiness to be of as much assistance as possible, is most appreciated. Guest speaker, Dr James Leggesner, was very well received and the proceeds of the day will go to two valuable Save the Children programmes, Play to Learn and one of the Domestic Violence refuges. Branch membership is small and aging. However, thanks to the commitment of our membership together with the help of friends and family, as well as the generous donations from members of The Gap community, the Morning Tea was most successful. Save the Children was established in England in 1929 and it was also established in Queensland later that same year. In 2019, Save the Children celebrates 100 years in Australia. website:

Something for everyone at The Gap Anglican Church Twilight Christmas Market There’s something for everyone at The Gap Anglican Church of St Mark’s first ever twilight Christmas markets. From craft and food stalls to live music and activities for the young and young at heart, it’ll definitely be a crowd pleaser. Starting at 4pm, it’s an opportunity to browse for something really special for loved ones for Christmas while the 7pm Carols and Lessons are an opportunity for people to re-connect with the reason for the season. “We really look forward to greeting and welcoming members of the wider community,” said Reverend Ken Hopper.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to reach out and provide a great community event, while also answering questions people often have about Christmas and the real reason we celebrate - the birth of Jesus Christ,” he said. “What’s more, you will be helping to support the invaluable work of local school chaplains, who provide much appreciated pastoral care for students at The Gap and beyond.” Where: The Gap Anglican Church of St Mark. Cnr Waterworks Rd & Kullaroo St The Gap When: 1 December 2019 Time: 4-8pm

Guess who is gearing up to leave the North Pole? ...and along with our old mate comes the annual decisions to be made on what do we need for our Christmas Celebrations? This year we will be stocking all of your traditional (and some not-so) Christmas food requirements so if you are struggling for ideas, don’t hesitate to give the store a call or pop in and have a chat to our team of knowledgeable butchers and staff to assist with your choices. We will gladly offer meat choices, cooking advice and recipe ideas to help you through the festivities, whether you are cooking for 1 or 100. You can choose from the following but there is always more – you just need to ask.

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A secret offer for Western Echo readers, we can cook a limited number of Pork Roasts for collection on Christmas Eve - but numbers are limited, so if you want us to cook your roast for you, you will need to order early, as when numbers are filled, orders will be closed off. Call the store - 3161 5021 - or pop in and order to avoid disappointment. As always, if there is anything we can do to assist you, or there that special product you want and can’t find it, please don’t hesitate to ask and we will do what we can to get you what you need. Until next month, stay healthy, eat well and hope to Meat U @ The Gap soon! Kind regards, Julie and Gary Read THE GAP

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The Gap JPs in the Community Signing Centre is part of the “JPs in the Community Program” an initiative of the Justices of the Peace Branch in the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney General. Volunteer JPs and Commissioner of Declarations (CDecs) operate the service, sponsored by The Gap RSL, to give the public consistent and easy access to witnessing services and is becoming better known and busier as time goes on. The Gap Village Shopping Centre kindly hosts the Signing Centre and you can find us in the main centre area outside Coles Supermarket beside Sushi Dream and Fancy That Boutique. We operate every Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and you can be assured of a warm welcome from our friendly and helpful volunteers. It is an interesting and rewarding experience to be able to assist members of the community by volunteering your time, skills and knowledge. If there are any JPs or CDecs interested in becoming involved in the service and can spare a couple of hours on a Tuesday morning every few weeks please contact Michele Rice, Site Co-ordinator, JP in the Community Service, The Gap on 0409 550 969 or email


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The Physiologix Corner Osteoporosis: Are You Doing the Best for Your Bones – Physiologix Has Some Advice. What is osteoporosis: Osteoporosis is a bone disease which weakens bones and increases the risk of fracture. This occurs when bones lose more minerals such as calcium faster than the body can replace them. Bone is in a constant state of regeneration, removing old bone and replacing it with new bone. As we get older the body’s ability to replace bone slows down, therefore bones become weaker and thinner. The most common bones affected are the hips, spine and wrist. Who is affected – although more prevalent as we age, this is a condition that can affect all ages. Certain other groups can also be affected, such as those with absorption issues, for example Crohn’s and celiac disease. Young female athletes

are at particular risk due to the hormonal affects that heavy training can create. Bone density is therefore a life-long commitment. From childhood, through adolescence focus needs to be on performing regular exercise that includes impact loading, such as gymnastics or squash. If neither of these appeal then impact aerobic based exercise is good such as step or grit classes run in many of the gyms. As we go through our 20s, 30s and 40s it is important to continue with this regular impact loading. It should be noted that running is not considered a high impact activity. It does indeed have a greater osteogenic (bone creating) affect than walking, but it is not as good as jumping

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This helps to support the bones should you fall and can directly help in maintaining bone density. Balance training becomes integral – this must be done safely. However to have best results the balance exercises must be challenging. The International Osteoporosis Foundation website has some great reading if you would like to arm yourself with a bit more information. At Physiologix, join our classes to build on exercises essential in helping with osteoporosis, either for management or prevention. We can also write a home program using a video app if you are up to the technology this allows you to watch your home exercise videos as often as you want in your own time at home, ensuring you have got the exercise right. Miriam Dillon (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist), working here at Physiologix, has a special interest in this area so for more complex situations you can book in with her to learn more. Call us on (07) 3511 1112 or contact us from our website

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.....Principal's Points.......Principal's Points...... Hilder Road State School We are very fortunate to have a wonderfully supportive community that dedicates time, energy and money to making Hilder Road SS a place where everyone ‘embraces life and learning with curiosity and confidence’. A dedicated band of parents refurbished our Junior Toilets over the vacation as part of the School Toilet Transformation Project. The toilets are now freshly painted and decorated with inspirational quotes. Their efforts have been well received by our boys and girls who were extremely excited to see the transformation upon their return to school for Term 4.

We also have a lovely neighbour who has volunteered his expertise, time and money to upgrading a section of our front garden, which had previously been impacted by erosion. The use of native plants and mulch has really lifted the frontage of our school, and we plan to work collaboratively next year to extend the rejuvenation to adjacent sections. Last month, our school celebrated 40 years with a Party in the Park. Our school patrons, Jeff and Ann Hilder, attended the celebrations which included student performances, burying of a time capsule, a colour fun run, food trucks and carnival rides. It really was such a marvellous day, and we extend a huge thank you to our P&C Association led by President, Sarah Poppy and her team. Kind regards, Jodie Watts – Principal

Mount Nebo State School A wonderful night was had by all who attended the presentation of the awards at the Moreton Bay Youth Art Awards. Our small school won 4 of the 19 awards on the night. How wonderful! Special congratulations to Miss Healion for the teaching and learning with our students throughout the year, enabling half our students to contribute pieces of art. Genevieve (Year 4) and Benni (Prep) came 2nd in their categories and Aviv (Year 6) came 3rd in his category. Of particular mention was the ingenious design from our Prep- Year 2 teacher, Mrs Louise Stewart and her class who took out the prestigious Collaborative entry, which won $1000 toward The Arts and a beautiful trophy. The work is incredible. The lovely idea of having the students portrayed at Forest School, reading mini books was spectacular. The judge particularly noted the use of mixed media in the collaborative piece and she said she it made her want to come to this school. That says a lot about the work. The framed pieces really looked great on the walls, thanks to Mrs McDonald. Once again, a wonderful team effort, with Mrs Hurrell assisting Mrs Stewart displaying the artwork in the gallery. Although the collaborative piece “Bellbird” did not take out an award, it certainly was a spectacular piece which will be showcased in our foyer for some time. Our school continues to grow in numbers and the outlook for 2020 is great with 6 Prep students enrolled and a number of others in the Year 1-6 classes. We have increased in size by one third throughout 2019, which is wonderful, yet we are happy to accommodate more students. Our Transition to Prep program invites anyone interested in enrolling to experience classes over the

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next 8 weeks. If you are interested, here are the dates:Forest School – Monday 28th October 8.30-9.30 P-2 Classroom Visit – Wednesday 6 November 8.3010.30 Music Session – Wednesday 13 November 11.15 – 11.45 Art Session – Thursday 7 November 1.30-2.30 (Change of times for classes this week) Students at Mount Nebo State School continue to experience success with their learning every day. If you want to experience the difference, please check out our website or phone our office to arrange a tour. Robyn Burke - Principal

St Peter Chanel Primary School Recently our Year 6 student Chloe G travelled to Darwin to represent Queensland at the National Track and Field competition. We warmly congratulate Chloe for placing second in the Tetrathon (100m, 800m, Long Jump and Shot Put), as well as second in her Medley Relay, bringing home two silver medals! Our Year 4 students have recently enjoyed a two day camp at Mapleton. A major focus of the camp was on courage and how it relates to self, others and the world around us. The students were challenged to find courage and make the most of every opportunity presented to them. Activities included team building initiatives, the flying fox, the giant swing, canoeing and archery. These activities were physically and mentally demanding for each student, as well as their group (and the adults too!). By all reports the children were inspiring to watch as they rose to each new challenge. Our teaching staff have hosted two nearby Catholic

schools and engaged in conversations around consistency of teacher judgement, in relation to student work. These valuable conversations enable us to achieve uniformity in terms of understanding the levels of student achievement across a number of areas of the curriculum. This term we have secured funding for a Gymnastics program for our Year 3 and 4 students. The children and teachers are very excited about this new opportunity. Classes will attend several one hour sessions with Gymnastics Australia approved coaches. Many thanks to our Parents and Friends Association for hosting an evening of fun and entertainment at the recently held Trivia Night. It was wonderful to see parents, carers, friends and members of staff share their knowledge and skill in all things trivial. We are gearing up for our school Christmas Concert, Peace on Earth in late November. All classes will be involved in leading the singing of Christmas carols and our Junior and Senior Concert bands will also be performing. Prep 2020 Orientation activities have already commenced. That said, it is not too late to explore enrolment for Prep next year. We also have limited vacancies in other year levels in 2020. Any families in the local community who are interested in knowing more about what our school has to offer are warmly invited to contact our school office call 3300 1202. Margo Carwardine – Principal

The Gap State High School I would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the achievements of Charlotte Headey who recently attended (Continued on page 23)


Principal's Points......

Well done students! Last week, our very excited Year 5 students left The Gap (Continued from page 22) bound for QCCC Mapleton, in the national track and field the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. competition at Darwin to Anticipation was high as participate in the long jump students finally got to see event.  I am very pleased that who was in their activity and Charlotte came fifth overall.  cabin groups. An outstanding result. We are On arrival, there was very proud of her dedication no time for rest. Bags were and commitment to the sport.  stored and we were off to Charlotte also represented Qld the first activity! Stomachin the 100m relay team, who dropping thrills and for many, came in 3rd! overcoming a fear of heights Last term I had the pleasure were all experienced as part of attending the GRIPPS (Gap of the flying fox and giant Regional Instrumental Primary swing. Precision was tested Performers School) concert.  at archery and rock climbing; An annual event for the last and cold water splashes during 27 years, GRIPPS provides canoeing and ball games were an auditioned opportunity all part of the fun!  Team work for our highly able music skills and problem solving students to attend a week of strategies were needed for a music tuition.  Facilitated number of camp activities. by our cluster instrumental A major highlight was the music teachers and a number Monday night ‘Triballink’ of experts in the field, our e x p e r i e nce, when an students mastered a number indigenous story teller had all of pieces that were performed students captivated with stories on the night.  A massed choir of the Dreamtime. Afterwards piece was also taught with all GRIPPS students participating toasting marshmallows and in this opening number.  The drinking lemon myrtle tea performances were nothing (leaves picked straight from short of outstanding.  An the bush) left everyone feeling absolute proud moment for warm and ready for bed. I was immensely proud of parents, family members and I.  It was a pleasure to see our all our year 5 students.  They students shine and display showed resilience as they their talents after a week of attempted new activities and showed immense respect to intensive teaching.  I recently attended the camp staff and teachers. Their presentation of the Mt Coot- kindness and care for each tha Young Writers 2019 other was evident in each of Anthology.  This year four of the activity groups. our students, Eleanor, Jasmine, Anne McLauchlan – Principal Nathan and Ruby attended the writers’ workshop.  A The Gap cluster initiative, the State School workshop provides talented and motivated young writers I would like to take this with the opportunity to work opportunity to celebrate the through the writing process achievements of Charlotte under the guidance of a Headey who recently attended published author.  This year, the national track and field and back for his third year, a competition at Darwin to renowned Australian children’s participate in the long jump author, Brian Falkner, shared event.  I am very pleased that his skills and passion for his Charlotte came fifth overall.  craft with the young writers.  An outstanding result. We are His ability to instill these ideas very proud of her dedication and processes was amazing.  and commitment to the sport. 

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more info on: Charlotte also represented Qld in the 100m relay team, who came in 3rd! Last term I had the pleasure of attending the GRIPPS (Gap Regional Instrumental Primary Performers School) concert. An annual event for the last 27 years, GRIPPS provides an auditioned opportunity for our highly able music students to attend a week of music tuition.  Facilitated by our cluster instrumental music teachers and a number of experts in the field, our students mastered a number of pieces that were performed on the night.  A massed choir piece was also taught with all GRIPPS students participating in this opening number.  The performances were nothing short of outstanding.  An absolute proud moment for parents, family members and I.  It was a pleasure to see our students shine and display their talents after a week of intensive teaching.  I recently attended the presentation of the Mt Coottha Young Writers 2019

Anthology. This year four of our students, Eleanor, Jasmine, Nathan and Ruby attended the writers’ workshop.  A cluster initiative, the workshop provides talented and motivated young writers with the opportunity to work through the writing process under the guidance of a published author.  This year, and back for his third year, a renowned Australian children’s author, Brian Falkner, shared his skills and passion for his craft with the young writers.  His ability to instill these ideas and processes was amazing.  Well done students! Last week, our very excited Year 5 students left The Gap bound for QCCC Mapleton, in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Anticipation was high as students finally got to see who was in their activity and cabin groups. On arrival, there was no time for rest. Bags were stored and we were off to the first activity! Stomachdropping thrills and for many, (Continued on page 24

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‘Voice, Interests and Education of Women’ Lunchtime meetings on 4th Tuesday of month, 10.30am for 11.00am start at the Gaythorne RSL Club, Samford Road, Mitchelton. The Newmarket VIEW Club, Brisbane, is a small, friendly club seeking community-minded women. VIEW members come from all walks of life, and we would be delighted if you could join us in our mission to provide better educational opportunities for young Australians. We would welcome you as a visitor to our Lunch Meetings and so perhaps become a member of our Club. If you wish to know more about the Newmarket VIEW Club and also join us for lunch, please ring Estelle on 3356 7598.

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The Art in Bark Association have Workshops to make Bark Pictures (from the bark off Melaleuca Trees). Workshops are held every Monday from 9am – 11am Where:- Brisbane City Hall, Adelaide Street, Brisbane 50+ in the basement. Lessons $10 kit, (board and bark provided.)  All are welcome to come and have a go. Phone to make a booking please. For more information phone Barbara 3271 2130, Hazel 0408 157 117 David 0428 742 378. Also, Workshops are held every other Saturday at NUNDAH Where:- Apostolic Church Hall, 43 Robinson Rd. Nundah. For more information phone Barbara 3271 2130. Hazel 0408 157 117 David 0428 742 378 Please phone for a class booking at Nundah and for class dates and details.

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

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The Helen Black Amnesty International group meet between 9-11am on the second Monday morning of the month in The Gap and would love to hear from anyone interested in joining the group. Please contact Di on 33001861. The Ashgrove Amnesty International group meets on the first and third evenings of the month and can be contacted by emailing Sally on 3366 2046 or 0476 006 990.

Principal's Points...... (Continued from page 23)

The Gap State School (Contd) overcoming a fear of heights were all experienced as part of the flying fox and giant swing. Precision was tested at archery and rock climbing; and cold water splashes during canoeing and ball games were all part of the fun! Team work skills and problem solving strategies were needed for a number of camp activities. A major highlight was the Monday night ‘Triballink’ experience, when an

indigenous story teller had all students captivated with stories of the Dreamtime. Afterwards toasting marshmallows and drinking lemon myrtle tea (leaves picked straight from the bush) left everyone feeling warm and ready for bed. I was immensely proud of all our year 5 students. They showed resilience as they attempted new activities and showed immense respect to camp staff and teachers. Their kindness and care for each other was evident in each of the activity groups. Joanne Nicholls – Principal


Festive Season Activities at Ithaca Probus Club In addition to the regular monthly activities conducted by Ithaca Probus Club, located in Ashgrove, the period leading up to Christmas sees our members enjoying a few extra treats. We enthusiastically take up the Brisbane City Council’s invitation to join in the Lord Mayor’s Seniors’ Christmas party at City Hall. Another popular outing is a BCC evening bus tour of the more spectacular Christmas lights. And of course there will be our traditional Christmas lunch, again booked at the Paddo Tavern. Our October outing was a bus tour to Noela’s Gardens at Donnybrook. And in November we will visit the Queensland Police Museum in Roma Street. The series of interesting and informative guest speakers continue at the monthly general meetings held at the Ashgrove Bowls Club on the second Thursday of each month. Denis Wayper, our November guest speaker, will take us down memory lane recalling the career of Joan Sutherland. Our member’s interest short talk will summarise the way Australia remembers the ending of the first World War. Social interaction through the various activities is the primary focus of the club. Other activities which further promote social interaction are the monthly dine-outs - usually dinners but a November lunch at Litse Lounge restaurant at Keperra, cards afternoons, and a poetry group. Monthly club newsletters keep members informed of all these social opportunities. If you are interested in joining us as a prospective member, or maybe as a guest speaker, please phone either of our Club Membership Officers Sue Vivian on 0413 544 202 or Janelle Rhodes on 0412 628 646. For more information about our club, including a map on how to find us, please see our web site:

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Branch members will be at Coles & Woolworths at Everton Park in early November selling poppies and badges prior to Remembrance Day. Collectors will find plenty of new releases available. Our final meeting for 2019 will be held on Sunday November 17. Resuming on January 19, meetings will be held throughout the year at Gaythorne RSL on the third Sunday of each month commencing 10.15. Visitors and new members are welcome. Further enquiries from Dave Livett 3366 3191 or email dlivett@ optusnet.

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Ashgrove Members attended the recent National Council of Women, Queensland, Bursaries Fund-raising Morning Tea and Fashion Parade at Tattersalls on 10 October. They were thoroughly entertained during the morning by the delightful singing of 17-year-old University student Leah Lever, one of the 2019 NCWQ student bursary winners, who has a bright future in music ahead of her. The annual inter-club debate between Ashgrove and Bremer Forum Clubs was held at the Ashgrove Gold Club on the evening of Wednesday 16 October. The adjudicator was Pam Tranter from Cleveland Forum. The topic on this occasion was “that Political Correctness is a Threat to Free Speech�. Titleholders Ashgrove were narrowly defeated in a hard-fought contest of ideas. Their team was gracious in defeat but are determined to win back the trophy nest year. The next meeting of Ashgrove Forum will be held at the Ashgrove Golf Club at 6.45pm on November 20th. All members will speak for 5 minutes on a topic of their choice which they must have researched and for which they must provide sources of information. Visitors most welcome to attend. For more information call Pat Pepper: 0458 696 267. For more information on Forum Communicators please visit the website

Ashgrove/The Gap 500 Card Club

The 500 Card Club meets every Wednesday night, come join us for a fun filled night with folk who enjoy the game playing cards and a chat, a very friendly group who make new comers welcome. Meet Wednesday nights 6.45pm until 10.00pm. Ashgrove Bowls Club, Yoku Road, Ashgrove. Cost $4.00 with supper included. Further information phone Joe 33662458 , Wednesday evenings.


Listen Up! The Hearing Australia Bus is coming to Bunnings Warehouse Keperra

The Hearing Australia bus is stopping by Bunnings Warehouse Keperra to offer free* hearing checks and raise hearing health awareness in the local community.With a 12-strong fleet of Hearing Australia buses, the mobile hearing service has provided over 175,000 free hearing checks in communities across Australia since the first bus service launched in 20091. Hearing Australia buses travel around the country, not only visiting busy city centres, but also smaller regional towns where it might be difficult for people to get their hearing checked. The bus also stops by retirement villages and aged care facilities to The Gap Chess Club’s on 3862-8178 or visit the make it easier for people to have their hearing checked. Allegro tournament, where club’s website at: http://www. The team at Hearing Australia want to help people take players have 15 minutes each, . The control of their hearing health and experience the joy of sound is close to finishing and with club now has a Facebook Page, in all aspects of their life. Healthy hearing is a big part of life. It one night of chess to play, “The Gap Chess Club”, with keeps us connected to the people and life we love. Good hearing Warren Ward is leading with 9 updates on club play, local plays a significant role in helping people stay active, happy and points from 12 games played, chess news and puzzles. involved in the world around them. with Tony Morris in 2nd place This month’s problem An estimated 3.6 million Australians are affected by hearing on 6 points from 8 games. came from the end of a loss, and this is projected to more than double to 7.8 million Following the completion of grandmaster game. White has by 2060, meaning nearly one in every five Australians will be this tournament and the Marcus a nice way to win quickly. All affected. A hearing check is a quick and easy way to help identify Porter Memorial tournament, a other moves are likely to end if your hearing might not be as sharp as it used to be. new 5 round Swiss tournament with a drawn game. Solution As well as having a hearing check, visitors to the Hearing will be played to conclude the to last month’s puzzle. 1… Australia bus can also find information on how to keep their year of chess at the club. bxc3 is a discovered check, hearing in good shape and view a display of easy-to-use hearing The Gap Chess Club and after 2. Nb3 (only move devices for around the home. This includes headsets for watching (affiliated with the Chess to avoid checkmate) cxd2 wins TV and alert systems for doorbells. Association of Queensland) the queen. Not everyone who is experiencing problems hearing may meets at 8.00pm on Friday need a hearing aid. Sometimes people might just need support nights at Room B6, The Gap listening to the TV at normal volumes, hearing at noisy social State High School. New events, or hearing their friends and family on the phone. members are welcome. As well No appointment is necessary. Hearing Australia will provide as tournament play, the club hearing checks to any interested adults over 18 who visit the bus encourages social chess among on the day. The Hearing Australia team is on hand to guide you all age groups. Members of the through what your next steps may be to help you rediscover the club contribute to providing sounds you love. a good social atmosphere Bus Location: Bunnings Warehouse Keperra, 481 Settlement that is welcoming to new Rd, Keperra QLD 4054. Wednesday and Friday 13th and 15th players of all levels of chess November, 9:30am - 3:00pm competency. For further details contact Andrew Robinson


Arana VIEW Club December Meeting

The Arana VIEW Club final meeting for the year is on Wednesday 4th December at the Arana Leagues Club, Dawson Parade, Keperra. Doors open at 10.30 for 11.00am start to our meeting. Cost is $30.00 for the 2-course lunch with tea and coffee included. We will be having our bumper Christmas raffle and our usual lucky door prizes, all proceeds of which go towards supporting our Learning for Life students. The theme for the Christmas meeting this year is “A Beach party”. Come dressed in your casual beach outfits and be ready to enjoy the fun we have planned. We do not have a meeting in January, our year begins with our February meeting and we have lots of activities already planned. So, have a wonderful Christmas and we look forward to seeing everyone in the new year. We welcome new members and guests. Please phone Carol on 3355 5349 to book by noon Monday 2nd December. website:

The Gap/Ashgrove National Seniors Assoc

The National Seniors Australia The Gap/Ashgrove branch are getting ready for Christmas. Earlier this month we had a bus trip to Harbour Town to stock up with good quality and well priced Christmas gifts for friends & relatives. Christmas shopping done! Our next bus trip will be a “Fact or Fiction” guided tour around Brisbane. We will be stopping for Morning tea at the Roma Street  Parklands & lunch at the Breakfast Creek Hotel. To put us in the Christmas spirit we have the Lords Mayor’s Christmas Party at the City Hal, & then  our Christmas Lunch at the Arana Leagues Club. Hopefully Santa will be handing out Christmas presents to us all. It’s going to be a great Christmas. We are looking for new members to join us next year for bus trips, dining out, bar-be-cues & fun filled meeting with great guest speaker or entertainers. We meet at the Ashgrove Bowls Club in Yoku Road Ashgrove at 9.30am on the third Tuesday on the month. Any queries or further information please Phone on 0409 878 089. The Western Echo November 2019 Page 27

The native frangipani 3300 6304

The native frangipani (Hymenosporum flavum) is a fast-growing, evergreen small tree. The sparse branches radiate from the grey-barked trunk in whorls giving the tree a pyramid shape. Naturally found in rainforests from New South Wales along the Qld coast to New Guinea, it is the only member of its genus and is closely related to the Pittosporums. With its glossy green, lanceolate leaves this tree is attractive throughout the year but in spring it becomes a thing of beauty with its canopy covered in masses of highly fragrant, frangipani-like flowers, each about 4cm long, which start off white and gradually become

a deep sulphur yellow. Bees, butterflies and many other beneficial insects are drawn to the flowers which can also be used to make fragrant oils.. Small, pear-shaped capsules containing a large number of winged seeds follow flowering. This tree does not have invasive roots as long as it is planted about 3.5m from sewerage and underground service lines and has bush fire retardant properties. It grows in a variety of soil types that are moderately well drained but prefers acidic to neutral conditions. It readily establishes on flat ground, in gullies and on slopes and is good for erosion control. This is a low maintenance tree

that once established requires water only in extended dry conditions and will tolerate moderate frosts. Although the native frangipani flowers best when grown in full sun, it will grow in partial shade. Light pruning after

flowering encourages a bushier shape whilst old trees can be rejuvenated with a heavier pruning of old wood. Thus, this plant can be used in a variety of sites – in revegetation projects, in parks, most gardens and, when young, in tubs.

The Gap Garden Club Inc.

One hundred members attended our last meeting in October, when our guest speaker inspired us to enjoy our Spring gardens with cottage plants, now that we have enjoyed some Spring rain. Eighty seven entries in our monthly competition made a lovely display for members to enjoy- trophies for the annual winners will be presented at our November meeting. Our Adelaide Garden Tour was a very enjoyable experience, with twenty five members spending six days in the Adelaide Hills,Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Adelaide surrounds, visiting some beautiful gardens both private and public. It was a very special treat to visit ‘The Patch,’ home of Gardening Australia presenter Sophie Thomson at Mt Barker, who made us feel very welcome. The countryside was a picture after winter rain- quite a contrast to our stressed gardens at home.

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Our visit to ‘The Patch’ - Sophie on right with the group

Our club was saddened to learn of the loss of Richard Speechley, who joined the club in 1996, and who sadly passed away recently. Richard made a great contribution to the club, organising monthly field

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trips for twelve years, and also arranging several longer trips to places in Southern Queensland and northern N S W. O u r s y m p a t h y i s extended to Life Member Pat Speechley and family. Our final meeting for the

year will be on Tuesday 26 November at Arana Leagues Club, when the meeting will be combined with a Christmas lunch at 11.30am. For more information please visit our website www.


Anne Jones and Rob Whyte become Life Members of SOWN Long-time SOWN stalwarts Anne Jones and Rob Whyte have been made Life Members in recognition of their outstanding service to SOWN and the environment. When Anne and Rob moved to The Gap in the mid1990s, they brought with them high-level communications, computer and graphics skills and a desire to get hands on with the environment. Together they have run the Walton Bridge Reserve bushcare group since 2003 and, with other group members, have turned an area that was rampant with head-high cane grass and vines into a green, rainforest heart for The Gap. They have restored the ecology of the Walton Bridge Reserve and returned it to being an important meeting place for indigenous people and the community generally. Anne served as Secretary of SOWN from 2005 to 2012, the longest serving Secretary, and in that role organised numerous meetings, submissions, plantings and festivals for SOWN. She has also prepared a monthly SOWN column for The Western Echo since 2010. This year, Anne was the principal author and finder of old photographs for the SOWN 25th Anniversary history book ‘Save Our Waterways Now: Caring for Enoggera Catchment 1994-2019’.

Anne Jones and Robert Whyte. PHOTO: Mark Crocker

In 2003, Rob commenced work on the award-winning SOWN website which grew into an enormous data base of photos and information about local, native plants. Rob has been Vice President and Director of SOWN, Coordinator of the Ithaca Intact project, and SOWN nursery manager. He was the author of ‘The Creek in Our Backyard’. Through his involvement with Walton Bridge Reserve and SOWN, Rob has transformed himself into an expert field scientist and published ‘A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia’ in 2017.


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John Abbott, President of SOWN, congratulated and thanked Anne and Rob and said, ‘We look forward to

many more years of inspiration and productive involvement with SOWN’.

Have you visited Yoorala St Community Garden?

What we love about our garden: Grow your own fresh produce Make new friends An active community group Enjoy family-time outdoors Learn gardening skills & tips No gardening experience required Access-friendly raised garden beds Social events & on-site workshops Private plots available for lease

It's a place we really dig!

Community open times: Please come and see our garden for yourself. You are welcome to visit us during the following community times: Dec-Mar:   Sundays, 4.00-6pm Apr-Nov:    Sundays, 8.00-10am Just turn up, bring your hat, water bottle & gloves. One of our members will meet you, show you around, and provide information if you'd like to get involved. And join us for a cuppa afterwards. Hope to see you soon! 

Visitors welcome! 98 Yoorala St, The Gap

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Brisbane Tramway Museum Many Brisbane residents do not know that the city had a Trolley Bus system operating from 1951 until 13 March 1969, just one month before the last tram operated.. Initially, the trolley buses took over from the small trams that ran from Queen Street to the Gardens and from Queen Street to Gregory Terrace (see Western Echo June 2019), but the system was extended to provide services from Prospect Terrace to Carina, Seven Hills and Cavendish Road via the Story Bridge, and through the city via Elizabeth Street. A special trolley bus depot was established on Milton Road and this site has been absorbed into Suncorp Stadium. Because the buses used electricity it was a natural match for them to become part of the TRAMway system. They were licensed to carry 78 passengers. The first trolley bus was built in Brisbane by a company specialising in domestic goods such as refrigerators etc – Charles Hope - on an imported Sunbeam chassis. A new style seat was trialled – the aisle seat being set back from the window seat, the theory being that it was easier for the window passenger to pass the aisle passenger!! It didn’t make a scrap of difference!! This firm subsequently built a number of trolley buses for BCC. The buses underwent several changes of colour, originally

Green Trolley Bus. Photograph courtesy of Richard Jones

being painted in BCC silver and finally in a pale apple green colour. Ultimately a total of 36 trolley buses were in service. Today, only 2 remain in the Muse-um – No 1 and No 34 which was the last one delivered and which is under restoration particularly in respect of bodywork. It was one of a number built by another well - known Brisbane Bus Body-Builder – Athol Hedges. In fact, 34 was the last trolley bus to enter service anywhere in Australia.

Alderley home’s link to history of Queensland aged care

A heritage-listed home at Alderley played a prominent role in the development of one of Queensland’s first aged care communities. Built for biscuit empire owner Frederick Wilson in 1882, Farrington House in David Street was the original home of the Baptist Union of Queensland – now known as Carinity. Just after World War II a small group of Christians launched a public appeal to raise funds to refurbish Farrington House – and open it as a home for the elderly. Two-hundred money boxes were donated in anticipation of producing “a good sum” of donations. Benefit concerts and a refreshment stand at the Royal Queensland Exhibition also contributed to the fundraising. Farrington House was renamed Clifford House and opened as a home for the aged in 1949 with three residents. It would later accommodate 16 elderly men and women.

As demand for the service grew, the building ceased being a residence for the aged in 1956. Carinity Clifford House twice relocated to larger premises and is now located in Wooloowin. Listed on the Queensland Heritage Register in 1992, Farrington House is now a private residence. After starting as a small regional service for the elderly, last year Gaythorne-based not-for-profit Carinity helped more than 16,000 people in 15 communities across Queensland. Seventy years after starting at Alderley, Carinity now operates 11 residential aged care communities, five retirement villages, five schools and home care, youth, disability, chaplaincy and community services. “From a handful of dedicated people seven decades ago, we now employ almost 1,400 people who are supporting Queenslanders of all ages,” Carinity CEO Jon Campbell says.

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Residents and staff of Clifford House aged care, now called Farrington House, in 1949

“We continue to make significant strides in delivering our mission: to make a real difference to people in need

and to create communities where people are loved, accepted and supported.”


Welcome to my world of Bocce from Mario De Marco

Newmarket Bocce Club has been around for about 45 years and one thing we do well, other than play bocce is have a bit of fun. Yes, we do have competitions throughout the year. We also send a team of players to the National Titles, but we also have social events for our members. This year was no different. A bus trip was organised to Tropical Fruit World, about 117 Km south of Brisbane. This is a family working farm and throughout the year it grows about 500 different tropical fruits. There are fruits there that I never heard of. We left from the bocce club with 49 passengers, mostly members and other than a subsidised fee for the farm tour members had no other costs, other than picking up a bargain at the fruit shop, like a 1kg Avocado. Like all our bus trips its BYO morning tea, so all the expresso and biscotti came out and to enjoy this culinary extravaganza we stopped at a beautiful park on the way down. On arrival at the Farm, we boarded a tractor train for a farm tour. All had fun, especially when we stopped at this macadamia nut tree. There were three nut cracking contraptions which were easy to use, so we all had a feed of

Newmarket Bocce Club members and friends off to Tropical Fruit World, Duranbah NSW

macadamia nuts. We moved on to a rest area where there were some delights and maybe not so delightful, like a sour plum. Onto the canal cruise (just a small one) and we arrived at an animal farm. So for $1 you could purchase a bag of feed and let me tell you we had a bit of fun. Well not all of us (see picture). Now as I was feeding a goat, I turned around to pose for a photo with my wife Maria. You would not believe it, this goat took my bag of feed, ate the feed and the paper bag. Can you believe that!! Anyway, it was lunch time and to the restaurant we go. Lunch was great (prearranged). Choice of fish, chips and salad or a burgers, chips and salad. Now, if you think that was

Mario and Maria De Marco at the animal farm


All aboard the tractor train for a tour of the farm

all, you’re wrong. We had the tropical fruit tasting to go yet. We had a workshop with a great host that explained the fruits that had been prepared. After that we were all invited to the table to taste all the fruits and jams. Fantastic and everyone enjoyed it. It was time to go home, but not before we brought some souvenirs and fruit. It was a great day out and our host Margaret from Red and White Coach Australia was fantastic. So, become a bocce member and enjoy the social events, as well as Bocce. Ciao for now Mario De Marco This greedy goat helped himself - eating the feed AND the bag it came in!

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The Gap Day & Night Pharmacy for all your pharmaceutical needs

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The Western Echo November 2019  

Community newspaper servicing Brisbane's inner western suburbs of The Gap, Ashgrove, Bardon, Red Hill, Dorrington, St Johns Wood, Enoggera,...

The Western Echo November 2019  

Community newspaper servicing Brisbane's inner western suburbs of The Gap, Ashgrove, Bardon, Red Hill, Dorrington, St Johns Wood, Enoggera,...