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Western Echo

September 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

St Peter Chanel Concert Band Wins GOLD!

The St Peter Chanel School Senior Concert Band won Gold at the Queensland Catholic Colleges Music Festival (QCCM) in mid August, which is the single-largest festival of its kind in the Asia-Pacific Region. Concert Band students are pictured with Assistant Principal Tim Cotter (top left) and Band Master and Music Teacher Neil Wickham (top right). Story Page 3


Please join me to enjoy a FREE screening of How to Train your Dragon – The Hidden World and a range of fun activities!

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Saturday 21 September Upper Kedron Reserve (Upper Kedron Road, Upper Kedron) Activities begin at 4:30pm Movie will start at 6:15pm

This event is proudly supported by the Councillor for The Gap Ward through The Lord Mayor’s Community Fund. In case of wet weather please call BCC Contact Centre on 3403 8888.

Cr Steven Toomey Councillor for The Gap Ward website: DL_MovieInPark_TrainURdragon_v1.indd 1

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ACCOUNTANT R G Goodman Phone: 3289 1700 pg 14

Keperra Family Practice Phone: 3351 0323 pg 18



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 21

BUTCHER MeatU@Home Phone: 3161 5021 pg 17

CLUBS/GROUPS Taylor Range Country Club Phone:3366 1560 pg 8 CONCERT GRIPPS 2019 Thursday 19 September pg 25

DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE Communify Phone: 3510 2741 pg 12 & 20

ELECTRICIANS Pearson Electrical Phone: 0409 623 970 pg 10

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

GUTTER VACUUM Big Boys Gutter Vacuum Phone: 0407 737 400 pg 10

Good Deal Mowing Phone: 0439 734 142 pg 10

MUSIC TUITION 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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PLUMBER Pandanus Contractors Phone: 3300 3934 pg 16 Plumbers We Are Phone: 3351 0016 pg 16

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Cr. Steven Toomey Phone: 3407 1900

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PRINTER CARTRIDGES Cartridge World Ashgrove Phone: 3366 5111 pg


LAWYERS Hollingworth & Spencer Phone: 3123 5700 pg 14

MASSAGE Bernard Evens Remedial & Sports Phone: 3366 9997 pg 20



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 16

Young Minds Youth Dev. Net. Phone: 3857 0074 pg 18



Winning with Food Phone: 0403 085 640 pg 21

Dept. Defence - Enoggera Barracks Phone: 3332 7455 pg


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SPORTING GROUP Walking Football Phone: 0432 967 829 pg 24

SUSHI RESTAURANT Hikaru Sushi P h o n e : 3 5 11 1 5 4 1

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We urgently need more volunteer drivers. It can be for as little as a few hours each month. We deliver each morning, Monday to Friday, from around 9.30am until noon. Can you help us? If you are interested, please phone Carolyn on 3366 4299 between the hours of 8.00am and noon.

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HYPNOSIS Brisbane Hypnosis Centre Phone: 3354 4555 pg

Mortgage Choice Ashgrove Phone: 3463 0500 pg 13

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TYRE & MECHANICAL Wyatt Automotive Phone: 3300 2077 pg 11

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

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St Peter Chanel Music Students Shine at QCCM Festival Students from the St Peter Chanel School Senior Concert Band have shone at the recently held Queensland Catholic Colleges Music Festival, which is the singlelargest festival of its kind in the Asia-Pacific Region. Since it first began in 1991 the Queensland Catholic Schools and Colleges Music Festival has been organised and hosted by Villanova College, Coorparoo, beginning with 12 local Catholic Schools participating. This year the festival drew 581 ensembles, providing the young performers with an opportunity to showcase their talent. Under the leadership of their teacher and conductor, M r N e i l Wi c k h a m , t h e ensemble was awarded Gold. Such an achievement is given if an ensemble's performance is outstanding in terms of the musical and technical achievement displayed, including an excellent level of control and consistency. Along with this fantastic achievement, four students were presented with Awards of Excellence. Lead Clarinet p l a y e r, M a d d y H , L e a d Trumpeter Alex C, Lead Trombonist Sabine L and Lead Euphonium player Ben F received high praise from the adjudicators who recognised these musicians outstanding performances. In acknowledging the performance of the band, the judges, amongst other comments, noted that overall the band delivered an awesome program and generally a fantastic concert. The musicians' attention to detail, confidence, phrasing, dynamics, contrast and articulation received praise, and it was noted how wonderful it is to see young musicians playing great music! It was so positive for these students, their families and the members of staff who attended, to witness this fantastic performance.

St Peter Chanel Concert Band students, under the direction of teacher and Band Master Neil Wickham, celebrated following their Gold winning performace at the Queensland Catholic Colleges Music Festival 2019 - the largest festival of its kind in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Needless to say, the Senior Concert Band students, who range in age from 10 - 12 years, are thrilled with their achievements. They all began the introduction to their instruments through the Junior Band program, which commences in Year 4 as an extra-curricular activity. Students receive small group tuition for either a brass, woodwind or percussion instrument, as well as weekly band instruction. Both bands enjoy performing for the school community at the likes of assemblies, arts showcase nights and fetes, as well as at wider community events. Principal Ms Margo Carwardine spoke of the strong uptake that this activity has within the school community and of the high esteem with which it is held. Band Master Mr Neil Wickham is delighted with the dedication and progress of the students, particularly their capacity to play a suite of technical and diverse pieces to such a high degree. To all those involved in attaining the recent Gold Award, it seems appropriate to take a bow.


Inside the September Issue...

Amnesty International....................................................................21 Arana VIEW Club....................................................................17 Art in Bark Association...........................................................30 Ashgrove Forum..........................................................................26 Ashgrove Historical Society.................................................10 Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club..............................................27 Brisbane Tramway Museum..................................................24 Chess T’Minit.......................................................................27 Communify Bus Timetable......................................................................20 Enoggera Historical Society..............................................20 Ithaca Probus Club.................................................................29 Mitchelton Garden Club....................................................28 National Servicemen’s Association of Aust. (Qld Branch)........31 Newmarket Bocce.....................................................................31 Paten Park Native Nursery (PPNN).............................................28 Principal’s Points...................................................................22,23 & 24 Reflections..........................................................................30 Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap............................................25 Shed Happens for Men at The Gap/Ashgrove................................26 SOWN (Save Our Waterways Now)...........................................29 State Update - Kate Jones - Member for Ashgrove......................5 The Gap Garden Club...................................................................28 The Gap Historical Society...............................................14 The Gap Neighbourhood Watch..........................................16 The Gap Probus Club.............................................................27 The Gap RSL Sub Branch...................................................31 West Brisbane Orchid Society...........................................29 Ward Happenings Cr Steven Toomey.................................4

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

Meals on Wheels Lunch

On Wednesday 28 August 2019 I attended Ashgrove Meals on Wheels (AMOW) National Meals on Wheels Day. The celebration ‘AMOW Ta s t e P l a t e s L u n c h e o n ’ showcased a wide selection of their delicious and nutritious meals and desserts. AMOW is a long-standing, nonprofit organisation, deeply committed to the provision of high-quality food and community care. Every day they cook hundreds of fresh, home-style meals using only the best ingredients and produce. Those meals are then delivered right to the door of their valued customers by their caring drivers. Contact AMOW 3366 4299 to find out more!

Children’s Bridge Building Competition - Let’s build a Bridge!

I’m challenging all primary and secondary students to build a bridge in preparation of the Beech Street Bridge construction in Ferny Grove. Your model bridge needs to be made using paddle-pop sticks, matchsticks, or kebab sticks. Bridges need to sit on a DL flyer and support 1kg. The winner will win a iTunes

voucher. Good luck everyone I look forward to seeing your ideas!

Sunlit Sounds

Brisbane City Council is proud to sponsor the Sunlit Sounds Festival again on the 14th of September at Hilder Road State School from 2pm -9pm. The event is gaining a cheeky reputation as “Splendour in the Gap” with six bands and DJ’s Nowhere to Run providing the entertainment between bands. Bring a chair, blanket and gather your friends and family to enjoy some great music. Twelve food trucks will be there to provide a delicious dinner. There will also be kids' art sessions. Come along and support our young musicians and

bands. Search ‘sunlit sounds selector 2019’ in Spotify for a listen to this year's line-up. 14 September 2019 from 2pm to 9pm, Adults $5, kids free. See you there!

Habitat News

Over the past few years I have funded the installation of habitat boxes in the ward. The boxes are placed in parks and adjacent to our local creeks and are designed specifically for fauna native to the local area. Recently three boxes have been installed at the new habitat site on Ithaca Creek at Nathan Avenue Ashgrove. Further to this a new innovative approach to managing the risk of dead trees on public land is starting

in The Gap Ward. Rather than removing dead trees in parks, Council will turn the trees into wildlife habitat. These habitats are carved into the dead trees; micro bats are one of the species that are attracted to this type of habitat. I am always looking for new opportunities to plant trees. If you would like a tree scoped for outside your property or a whole street tree planting, please contact me at the ward office and arrange an inspection.

Community Catch-Ups The Gap Ward

Saturday 5 October 2019 9.30am-10.30am Harry Street at Stewart Road Ashgrove 11am-12noon Waterworks Road The Gap outside The Gap Village 1.00pm-2.00pm - Aqua Park Upper Kedron Road Keperra

Movie in the Park Gather the family for a free screening of How to Train Your Dragon - The Hidden World and a range of fun activities. Saturday 21 September at Upper Kedron Reserve. Activities commence at 4.30pm, movie will start at 6.15pm. Food Truck and Free barbecue from 5pm. Please note this is a plastic-free event. The Western Echo September 2019 Page 4


State Update

Kate Jones MP

Member for Cooper

SENIORS MORNING TEA Thank you to all our local seniors who came long to my complimentary morning tea celebrating the start of National Seniors' Week. We had a great morning hearing from the Office for Seniors and Communify about what support is available in our local community followed by a wonderful performance from the Mt St Michael's Junior Choir. Because we had so many people interested, I am hosting a second morning tea for those who were unable to attend the Seniors' Week event. DATE: Friday, 20 September 2019 at 11am LOCATION: Ashgrove Bowls Club (Yoku Rd, Ashgrove) If you wish to attend this event please RSVP to 3554 9100 by Wednesday, 18 September.

THE GAP NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH I recently caught up with Joanne, one of the new Area Coordinators of The Gap Neighbourhood Watch and it was great to hear about all their ideas for engaging with our local community. However, to do this they need our help. If you are interested in volunteering and getting involved in a local community group, you can visit Jo and Ashley at their stall during the Sunlight Sounds festival, email or you can contact them on their Facebook page

Thank you to all the local seniors who joined me for morning tea celebrating National Seniors’ Week

GRANTS FORUM On Tuesday, 10 September, I will be hosting a grants forum for all our local community groups to ensure they have the most up to date information about Queensland Government grants. DATE: Tuesday, 10 September 2019 TIME: 7pm LOCATION: Lavalla Centre (58 Fernberg Road, Paddington) This will be a great opportunity to ensure your club knows what funding is available and find out the tips that will give you the best chance of success. If you would like to reserve a place please contact my local office on 3554 9100.


The captains from Marist College and Mt St Michael’s joined myself and Minister Furner for lunch at parliament

In August I welcomed the Captains from The Gap State High School, Marist College Ashgrove, Mt St Michael's Ashgrove and Kelvin Grove State College into Parliament for lunch. I always appreciate the opportunity to hear from some of our young leaders and find out their plans for the future. I look forward to following their journey and all that they accomplish.

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Gaythorne organisation Carinity thanks its valued volunteers



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Residents to areas surrounding the Enoggera Close Training Area are warned that it is a Defence live firing range and to expect periods of heightened noise volume. Defence training includes firing practices with live ammunition, explosives, simulation devices and lasers that generally occur daily between 0700h – 1600h. Night time practices also occur and are generally completed before 2200h. During these core operating hours, residents in the surrounding areas may experience louder than normal noise levels. This could be due to a change in weather conditions or wind direction, or due to the type of munitions or simulation devices being employed to achieve a training outcome. Defence now has the capability to notify residents of increased periods of noise volume on the training area via an SMS alert. These alerts are intended to advise residents of an increased level of forecasted training area noise over a prescribed period of time. If you wish to be included in this notification process, please contact range control on (07) 3332 7455 and provide your name and mobile number. For any other enquiries regarding the Enoggera Close Training Area, please contact the Enoggera Close Training Area, Range Control Officer on (07) 3332 7455. 02497

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Gaythorne-based community care organisation Carinity has almost 300 volunteers across Queensland who support the delivery of our aged care, education, community, youth, disability and chaplaincy services. The hard work and dedication of the unsung heroes of Carinity – our volunteers, chaplains and supporters – were recognised at a special Thank You luncheon held at Toowong on August 23. The event, which also celebrated the generosity of our donors and acknowledged the 70th anniversary of Carinity, an outreach of Queensland Baptists, featured the presentation of awards to some of our outstanding contributors. Del Baxter, who has devoted herself to creating beautiful gardens at the Carinity Kepnock Grove aged care community in Bundaberg, was named the Volunteer of the Year. David Briddock, pictured above, a volunteer prison chaplain with Carinity’s Inside Out Prison Chaplaincy service for five years, was named the Chaplain of the Year. Alderley-based radio station 96Five is the Supporter of the Jill Patrick of 96Five Radio Year in recognition of granting Carinity air-time to spread the word about raising funds for our chaplaincy programs. Staff from Carinity Shalom, which provides maintenance assistance to Carinity sites in Rockhampton, Gladstone, Yeppoon and Mt Morgan, were awarded the Team of the Year award. If you would like to volunteer to assist Carinity and the people we support visit or phone 3550 3737. website:

SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS COMMUNITIES ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM Community organisations can now apply for funding to help improve our local environment. Projects like tree planting, litter clean up and restoration works for our creeks and waterways. If you’ve got a project I can help with – get in touch!

STRONGER COMMUNITIES PROGRAMME Local community organisations can now apply for funding to help improve their facilities and increase community participation. If you’ve got a project I can help with – get in touch!

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Bev & Ken Celebrate 60th Anniversary by Janelle Gayler

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

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A bridal waltz down memory lane this month for third generation Gap residents Beverley and Kenneth McMullin celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. The western suburbs have been home to Bev and Ken for over 75 years and their lives are deeply ingrained in the history of the local area and surrounding suburbs. Both are lifetime members of The Gap Historical Society and inaugural members of The Gap Past Time Club. Bev, the only daughter of George and Violet Hordern from St John’s Wood and Ken, the eldest son of Arthur and Florence McMullin of The Gap were married on September 26, 1959 by district Methodist Minister Reverend Ivan Alcorn at the West Ashgrove Methodist Church. Walking down the aisle in a princess line gown of angelskin satin, trimmed with trails of lace roses, Bev exchanged her vows with Ken in front of 100 guests before continuing celebrations at the reception held at the Ashgrove Memorial Hall. Although both attended Ashgrove State School, it was a chance meeting at the Square Dances held in Ambassador Hall, St John’s Wood in 1953 that saw the blossoming of a 60-year love story. Three years later Ken, while undertaking National Service with the RAAF in Rathmines and missing his sweetheart, wrote a letter to Bev’s father asking for her hand in marriage. The rest they say is history. The home they built together in leafy Riaweena Street once formed part of a 365-acre land holding owned by Ken’s grandmother and generous local benefactor, Bertha McMullinAlthouse. Regarded as an astute businesswoman, successful in share cropping and dairy farming, Bertha at one point owned the land on the south side of Waterworks Road, from the Uniting Church to the PreSchool and was honoured by The Gap Historical Society naming the bridge in School Road, the ‘Bertha McMullin/ Althouse Bridge’. Ken reflected on the main changes to the suburb in his lifetime, noting the growth from a quiet rural farming district to the surge in high-density housing and population growth. Their fondest memories of living in The Gap are the relationships of community, family and lifelong friendships of neighbours. The couple look forward to a quiet celebration with family this year. No doubt talk across the room will reminisce about history and share stories of their beloved ‘Gap’. website:


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Hoadley, MacRobertson and Sweetacres were once household names, and rolling Jaffas down the aisle was the highlight of a young baby boomer’s life. Join historian and world expert on lollies, Dr Toni Risson, as she explores the products that put the magic into Australian childhoods throughout the twentieth century and the companies that created them. The presentation will be held at Ashgrove Library on Saturday 5 October at 10am. Visitors are welcome to attend. The morning tea that follows at 11am provides an opportunity to share memories, chat to the guest speaker and purchase publications such as Lost Ashgrove ($25) which is the Society’s best seller and makes a great gift. There will be a historical display at the Oakleigh State School Fair 11am – 3pm on Saturday 14 September. There’ll be artefacts from bygone school days such as old school readers, text books, report cards, and exercise books showing school work. Other momentoes from the 1940s and 50s will also be on display and are sure to trigger many memories. Come and browse through the folders of school photos and other information from the 1930s to 1970s. Check out the old estate maps and see if you can find your house. Come with your grandchildren and share some stories of your school days! The next stall outside Woolworths Ashgrove will be on Friday 18 October 10am – 5:30pm. There will be books and cards for sale, a photo display and a raffle. Membership fees support the researching, preserving, recording and publishing of Ashgrove’s history. Fees are $10 single per annum (1 July – 30 June), or $15 couple/family. Fees. 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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There’s a new Street Library in Ashgrove! It’s conveniently located at the West Ashgrove 385 bus stop. It was built by Cal Hanton using specifications on the official Street Library website. The exterior design, featuring local birds, was painted by Ashgrove wild life artist, Glenyth McKenzie. If you’d like a quiet place to read, come and sit in the new Reflective Garden which is adjacent to the Street Library and has been created by members of the Ashgrove West Uniting Church. Everyone is invited to the official opening of the Library and Garden on Saturday 14 September at 12:30pm. The short ceremony will be followed by a barbecue which will raise funds for Frontier Services, an organisation which supports people who live in remote Australia. There will also be some home-made jams, preserves and baking for sale so be sure to bring some cash with you. How does a Street Library work? Books come and go; no-one needs to check them in or out. You simply reach in and take what interests you. When you’ve finished the book, you can return it to the Street Library or pass it on to friends or family. You may also give or swap books into the Library that you think others may be interested in – children’s books are particularly welcome. Street Libraries are all over Australia to spread the love of books. To find one near you, go the Street Library website. The aim is to have 5000 around Australia by 2021. You could help and become a community focal point.

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Are you 65 and over in age? Jump on the Communify Connector bus to get out and about with a friendly group Small costs apply Call  3510 2741 to discuss eligibility (Seetimetable timetableon onreverse page 20) See The Western Echo September 2019 Page 12


Homeless Women benefit from our spring cleaning

The Ashgrove Baptist Church annual Springtime Rummage sale will be happening again this year. On October 5 come along to help us raise funds to support Anglicare’s Homlessness services supporting women and children fleeing domestic violence. Thousands of items including collectables, clothing, accessories, kitchenware, children’s items, plants and books will be available at bargain prices. Barista coffee, a sausage sizzle and bake sale will also be available. All funds on the day go towards supporting this great cause. The church works together for weeks to ensure the day is enjoyable for one and all, raising over $10 000 each year for the past 4 years. Please come along to support this worthy cause. Ashgrove Baptist Church 7 Firhill Street Ashgrove, 7am till 12 midday on October 5.

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There are signs that the handover of our lease of the Nullagundi Centre to the RSL is finally going to hap-pen. It has taken some 16 months for this seemingly simple changeover to be achieved. All existing renters will continue to have access to the centre after we hand over the lease. Meanwhile, the society held its 19th Annual General Meeting on 24 August, with Jack Proctor remaining as President, George Stoddart as Vice President and Don Willsher as Hon Secretary/Treasurer. The meeting decided to reduce the size of the Management Committee for the coming year and Maureen Proctor and Ken Hanrahan were elected as the other members. Our main history project - ”The Gap Time Line” - is progressing well, with several hundred items now recorded. We invite all community groups and individual readers to send us any information relating to the history of The Gap specifically or even relating to The Gap in some small way. If readers would like to find out more about the project, please ring Don Willsher on 0408 012 689. The society is still considering the best way to present the final product. We are also looking at providing access through our Web-site: The society was pleased to receive a unique gift from a former Gap resident in the form of a large photo of the Jacaranda tree which stood at Walton Bridge, and which was removed to enable the widening of Waterworks Road. We have a Lowrey electronic organ and a large glass-fronted display cabinet available at very reasonable prices. If readers are interested, please contact the Secretary. The Society continues to meet every month on the 4th Saturday commencing at 2.00 pm, and visitors are always welcome.

Phone: (07) 3123 5700

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The Gap Historical Society was given a donation of a beautifully framed photograph of a large Jacaranda tree which stood at Walton Bridge prior to being removed to enable the widening of Waterworks Road


The Microchip Mess and the Mystery Pet About 30 years ago, the technology for implantable microchips for animals was developed, and despite the potential for the creation of a single national database with government oversight, the opportunity was lost through a lack of imagination and cooperation. Thus today we have a disjointed and frustrating group of private and quasi government database registries to deal with when searching for an animal’s owners. Add to that, the fact that a very large number of microchip owner details have never been maintained, makes it very difficult to find the owners of wandering animals in good time. Having a microchip number is useless unless it can be linked to an owner’s phone number, or a suitable secondary contact person. We implore everyone who has a microchipped pet to make sure the data held by the appropriate registry is current and accurate. If the microchip number is unknown, we are happy to scan your pet and retrieve the number for you. From there, a website called “Pet Address” can allow you to find where your pet is registered and the company’s contact details. Mostly the details can be updated over the internet for free or sometimes for a small fee. We have a lot of lost dogs presented to us each week, and will do our best to help them back to their families. We are not permitted to act as a refuge by the City Council, and cannot hold strays, especially overnight. Please help us get these poor dogs home by making sure they have a functioning microchip that is linked to a correct phone number.

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The Gap Neighbourhood Watch Committee News Road Safety During the week of August 26th – 30th 2019 Queenslanders hosted & participated in events, shared road safety tips and stories and helped create awareness around all things Road Safety. Queenslanders are still speeding or driving distracted and risking their lives, so Queensland Government with help from Dr Lucia Kelleher who is a behavioural neuroscientist and the forward-

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thinker behind the new campaign which targets drivers being on ‘auto-pilot’. Dr. Kelleher’s research is on optimising human behaviour which helps people understand how the brain’s processing ability has changed as a result of sensory overload. This overload presents as constant distraction, which has eroded people’s ability to stay focused. In a world first, Queensland Road Safety has created a series of neuroscience-based experiments to help drivers make a positive change. I am sure most of us have been guilty of slightly speeding without being aware of the fact, or driving distracted (this doesn’t necessarily mean on your mobile phone which is most definitely a no-no!). Some of our favourite ideas from the campaign: 1) Acknowledge Other Drivers (this does not mean rage-fists or other ‘hand gestures’) If you see someone trying to merge – let them in with a wave or a nod. This not only proves you are focused on the road, but it will give the other person a dose of positive vibes and they will likely pay it forward!

2 ) Wa n d e r i n g M i n d Broadcast – Nearly everyone has heard the catch phrase ‘mindfulness’ or being ‘in the moment’. This uses the same philosophy; Imagine there’s a broadcasting device connected to your mind that plays your random thinking on the radio and all your friends are listening (“oh look at that car”… “What’s for dinner tonight?”....”I have to get that deadline in by 4 today”). While you’re imagining this, feel the steering wheel and pay attention to your speed while driving, to prevent your mind from wandering and being distracted. Both of the above will make you a better and more aware driver. To learn more awareness exercises visit: https://streetsmarts.initiatives. From the Neighbourhood Watch The Gap Committee: Events: Sunlit Sounds 14th September – Hilder Road State School Volunteers & Donations: Get Involved and become part of our team, or donate to keep our volunteer run newsletter and events going. E m a i l : neighbourhoodwatchthegap@ As always; Your Suburb, Your Home, Your Family, Your Community Ashley & Jo Neighbourhood Watch The Gap 4061

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Arana VIEW Club October Meeting The Arana View Club meeting is on Wednesday 2nd October at the Arana Leagues Club, Dawson Parade, Keperra. Doors open at 10.30am for the meeting to commence at 11.00am Cost is $30.00 and this includes a 2-course lunch as well as tea and coffee. Our guest speaker for October is Diane Carter, Brisbane author of “Dare to Live - Trust Yourself”, a

collection of inspirational stories, which show how the human mind can rise above adversity. Diane is certain to leave us all inspired to be better at our lives. Our next Pop up Fashion shop will be held at our October meeting so bring along those summer fashions no longer wanted in your wardrobe to go into the shop. We will also have our usual raffles and lucky door prizes,

the proceeds of which go towards supporting our 14 Smith Family “Learning for Life Students.” Just a reminder that our November meeting is our last “make, bake and grow” table for the year and the theme is Christmas goods.

Please phone Carol by 12.00 noon on Monday 30th September on 33555349 to book. New members and guests are always welcome.

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With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. - Eleanor Roosevelt

LET US COOK FOR YOU For those days or nights when you are just

not able to find the time to prepare a meal for just yourself or for the whole family, we can help you with our range of Heat and Eat options at the store. All of our meals, pies, pastries etc are home made right here on the premises and we stand behind our products 100%. DID SOMEONE SAY ROAST??? Recently we have been selling ready to eat hot PORK ROASTS and they have proved to be an extremely popular choice by many of our wonderful customers so we have decided to increase the choices to include Lamb and Beef as well!! As with the current system, any roasts required for Mon - Thurs nights need to be pre-ordered by simply calling the shop on 3161 5021 before 1pm to have your roast ready by 4pm onwards. Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons we have Pork Roasts ready to collect and go without the need to pre order but we require Beef and Lamb to be pre-ordered (you can pre-order your pork if you don’t want to risk missing out). Just speak to any of our friendly team and they will assist you all the way. PIES We also do a range of pies in both single and family size and again they are made right here on the premises. You can choose from – • CHUNKY BEEF – Beef cubed and slow cooked for 8 hours. • BEEF CHEESE AND BACON – Our slow cooked beef with the addition of diced free range bacon and grated cheese. • LAMB AND ROSEMARY – Slow cooked diced free range Tasmanian Lamb with fresh Rosemary & Mint and mixed veggies (but not too many). • CURRIED BEEF AND VEGGIE – Slow Cooked beef chunks, flavoured with good old fashioned Keens curry and the addition of some mixed veggies. • CURRIED GOAT – Boneless Goat pieces slow cooked for 10 hours with curry and onion. • CREAMY CHICKEN AND VEG – Tender lean chicken cooked with mixed vegetables in a creamy white sauce. • BEEF AND POTATO – Our chunky beef topped with a thick layer of creamy mashed potato. HOME MADE LASAGNE My proudest moment was recently one of our wonderful customers (from Italian descent) complimented me on my lasagne by telling me it was ”pretty damn good for a non-Italian!!” It was a comment I’ll never forget! Once again, made here on the premises using our own grass fed mince and we only use Maleny milk in our bechamel sauce to ensure quality. Available in single serve or family size. QUICHE Also made here are our delicious Quiche. Available in Cheese and Bacon or Spinach and Feta, they also come in a family size or single serve. Made with Free Range eggs and bacon, fresh spinach and Maleny milk and cream they are delicious! RISOTTOS Choose from Pumpkin and Feta, Mushroom and Tarragon or Salmon and Dill for a taste you will not be disappointed with. Hopefully these meal ideas can help make your busy life a little bit easier when it comes to meal planning. Until next month, eat well, stay healthy and we hope to MEAT U @ The Gap sometime soon! THE GAP

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Learn how to assist a young person in a mental health first aid situation

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Youth MHFA Course offered by Young Minds Network in The Gap The Youth Mental Health First Aid course was created by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia, who offer award-winning training in 25 countries. MHFA training is associated with improved knowledge of mental illnesses, their treatments and appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with mental illness. The training helps to raises awareness and decrease the stigma associated with mental illness. The course covers signs and symptoms of mental health problems including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, psychosis and substance use problems and equips participants with skills to assist adolescents who are showing signs of mental illness. Participants will learn how to approach a young person and begin a conversation about mental health concerns, and to assist in the following crises: suicidal thoughts and behaviours, non-suicidal selfinjury, panic attacks, traumatic events, severe psychotic states, severe effects from alcohol or other drug use, and aggressive behaviours. Completing a Youth Mental Health First Aid course is beneficial for anyone spending time with young people, whether professionally, or family and friends. Participants will also learn about adolescent development, where and how

Jo Cole, MHFA course leader

to get help for a young person, and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective. Young Minds Network offer the Youth Mental Health First Aid course across different locations in Brisbane. Yo u n g M i n d s p r o v i d e s individual and group services with well qualified and highly experienced psychologists and allied health clinicians. Cost $270 per person; includes training sessions and course manual. Dates: 11 Sept, 18 Sept, 25 Sept, 2 Oct Location: Young Minds Network, The Gap To book & further details: www.youngmindsnetwork. or Call: 3857 0074

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The Physiologix Corner Some Questions for the Physio

PILATES at The PHYSIOLOGIX studio space has expanded! Our bigger and well equipped pilates studio offers custom programs for individuals or small group classes, with all sessions run by a highly qualified physiotherapist. See you there! We offer a variety of classes including:

What are some of the questions people want to ask the physio. Thanks to the clients from the Physiologix small group physio supervised classes. These were a few things they wanted to know

“How do I know if I have nerve pain and that it isn’t from the muscle?” Nerve pain can sometimes have other things accompanying it, for example, pins and needles or numbness - these symptoms are usually a bit of a giveaway that nerve is the problem. Nerve pain often is hard to describe. People often struggle to say where exactly their pain is, in a way maybe sounding a bit vague. Nerve pain can be over quite diffuse area making it hard to describe. People can find it hard to say exactly what aggravates and irritates as it can be later in the day or even the next day before the pain starts. Apart from an immediate zing or shooting pain, nerve pain that goes on for a while, often is described as a deep unrelenting toothache type pain. And frequently basic medications such as Neurofen or Panadol don’t feel like they can touch it. So as physios, we ask you a lot of questions, and this really helps us to start to form a picture of what we think is sign on. If it is nerve pain, then we have to figure out if it is coming from the root of the nerve, somewhere in the spine, or is the nerve more trapped as it runs along its course. Again more questions, but also a whole garage of tests will help us confirm what we think is going on. Only then can we decide what treatment is best

“I have flared my back up a bit in the last 2 days after doing some gardening - should I do the same exercise that I was doing last week?” Strength and stability exercises have been used for years to successfully help strengthen and protect the back. But when you are in pain the muscles of your back tighten up - this is a natural response to pain and is the back trying to protect itself. So if you do exercises that are a bit too heavy then you will overuse already working muscles. This becomes too much muscle tightness and can just aggravate the back. One of the reasons for doing our physio supervised classes, or our pilates classes, is that you have a skilled therapist that can help advise you on this and change your program on a week by week basis, depending on how your pain fluctuates, but in a way that as you have pain fluctuations, you continue to keep moving forward. website:

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Pacing is important at home as well. Reduce how far or fast you walk, do 2 smaller walks in the day rather than one longer one. Do a bit of cleaning or gardening each day, rather than too much in one go. In the world of physio we call this load management, a very important consideration, no matter if you are injured or at the top of your game and trying to prevent injury. If you have any issues or questions please contact the friendly staff at Physiologix, upstairs at the Gap Health and Racquet club on Settlement Road, on (07) 3511 1112, or contact them from their website

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

On July 27 EDHS took part in GaythorneTraders Community Group display at the Community Festival held at Gaythorne Village Precinct. As usual we showed some of our historical collection of photos and memorabilia relating to the suburb named after a house in Gaythorne Road, built in the 19th century by the pioneer Bliss family.

After much lobbying by local residents the former district within Enoggera, was elevated to suburb status in 1985. Should you wish to view our historical collection, not just of Gaythorne, but of seven other suburbs between Newmarket and Upper Kedron, come visit us any Thursday between 9am and 1pm or at

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other times by arrangement, in the wheelchair friendly Enoggera Memorial Hall, Trundle Street(refidex138 A10) Limited parking is available in Trundle Street, approached by way of Pratt Street or Glenalva Terrace. Regular buses stop adjacent to the hall and Enoggera Station on Ferny Grove line is just five minutes walk towards Samford Road. On Sunday September 22, commencing 2pm, the society will hold a members and visitors meeting at the hall, all are welcome. Guest speaker Caylie Jeffery will talk of treasure found “Under The Lino” when renovating her house. Of particular interest to residents of southern Enoggera, Alderley and Newmarket,

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local resident and well known medico, Professor John Pearn has written “A World in a Street” a history of Banks Street leading from Enoggera Road to Wardell Street. John begins by delving into the geology of the area going back hundreds of millions of years and acknowledges the part played by the indigenous first owners before telling of European settlement beginning in the 1860s. Banks Street is named after Capt James Matthew Banks the first land owner. In this its silver jubilee year Enoggera & Districts Historical Society is pleased to have assisted both authors a n d G a y t h o r n e Tr a d e r s Community Group.

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL LOCAL GROUPS MEET IN ASHGROVE AND THE GAP Amnesty groups meet regularly in The Gap and Ashgrove to write letters advocating for the rights of political prisoners worldwide. Amnesty International provides heaps of support to letter-writing groups in the form of regular mail-outs to the group coordinators. The cases all relate in some way to the illegal detention of people around the world, ordinary people who have been protesting about human rights violations and have been imprisoned for speaking out. All the necessary background information is supplied for each case, as well as model letters that can be copied or used as a basis for your own letter. All the correct forms of salutation and postal and email addresses are also supplied. The Gap group meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 9am. The Ashgrove group meets fortnightly at 7.00pm on Thursdays. These are friendly occasions where attendees can get ideas and support from each other to get letters written, and enjoy refreshments as well. In addition to these regular meetings, there are guest speakers and film screenings. To get further information about these activities, or the regular letter-writing, phone Di on 33001861 at The Gap and Sally on 0476006990 in Ashgrove, or email


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.....Principal's Points.......Principal's Points...... Mt Nebo State School We were in preparation for our Celebration of Our Renovation last issue and time got away for this Teaching Principal. A wonderful morning of celebration included all students showcasing their dancing and singing prowess to the community members who were able to attend. This term our school is no longer a construction zone but a fully functioning place and a hive of learning with wonderful new learning spaces for our students and staff. Students continue to do well in their academic pursuits. All Year 3 and 5 students achieved very well in the recent NAPLAN assessment tasks with students achieving 100% above the National Mean Standard in 9 out of 10 areas. Our numbers continue to increase and we welcomed another student to our small school early this term. From the beginning of the year, our school numbers have grown by a third. Our Open Day will be over by the time you read this, however we are expecting at least 5 Prep enrolments for 2020 which is great. On a regular basis we are receiving enrolment requests for the New Year and welcome new students to our small school in all year levels. Having been successful in obtaining a grant from Flying Arts, we will be welcoming two artists to our school in the coming weeks. These artists will work with teachers during our scheduled Forest School time to create some art pieces in fitting with the Science area of the curriculum. This term we welcomed our music teacher, Miss Sarah. We have had a huge take up for instrumental music with 20 students enrolled in group learning. Everyone is very excited that music is back on at Mount Nebo.

Under 8’s Day this year celebrates the Diversity of Languages within communities. We will be celebrating from 8.45 - 11.15 on Monday 16 September. If you would like to come up and see our school on this day with your Under 8’s we would welcome you. Our whole school will be involved in some way. Activities will include bubble blowing, story time, Forest School Art, obstacle course, music, wand making and loads more. We will have a picnic morning tea and it should be a lovely occasion. Our wonderful mural, created by local artist Trav, also known as DRAPL, continues to evolve. Trav plans to speak to students soon about his work and how he came to do the work he does and loves. Students are excited every time Trav makes an addition to his work on our ‘�Hit up wall’. It looks amazing. Another reason to visit our school. Mount Nebo - A small school where each student is encouraged to reach his or her potential in a safe, supportive and unique environment. Robyn Burke - Principal

St Peter Chanel Following the highly successful visit by awardwinning children’s author Ms Aleesha Darlinson to our school community in March, as our Writer in Residence, I am delighted to announce the launch of our very own 2019 publication. Aleesha worked with our students in Term 1 this year. After a presentation from Aleesha, students from Prep to Year 2 were invited to write one fact and an opinion about their favourite animal and then illustrated it. Students in Years 3 to 6 collaboratively created a fractured fairy-tale with an orientation, a complication and a resolution, which needed to have an ending in the style of ‘and they lived happily ever after ’. The result is

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Happily Ever After. This very enjoyable and creative read is on sale from the school office at the quite reasonable price of just $10 per copy, with many families appreciating the publication as a great gift idea for Christmas. Fine weather was the perfect welcome for our Prep - Year 2 Athletics Carnival. The students were so excited as they donned their house colours and gave of their best throughout the day. It was heartening to see their joy in participating in a range of events and activities, from vortex throws, high jump leaps to long jumps. There was lots of fun to be had at the obstacle course, egg and spoon race, sack races and even a rubber chicken relay, as well as the sprint races. Rush House came in first at the Junior Carnival. Combining the Junior and Senior Carnival points the overall winner was Rush House, who were presented with the Athletics Trophy at our school assembly. Further in the sporting arena, congratulations to the 61 students who have been selected to join the Zone 4 Athletics Team for 2019 and best wishes as they compete in the upcoming carnivals. Thomas C in Year 4 has discovered what a great sport Orienteering is. Thomas recently competed in the Queensland Schools Orienteering Championships and in the three events he achieved a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the 11yrs Boys class. Well done Thomas! This year we are also continuing our involvement in the Jump Rope for Heart program, with our Prep - Year 2 students honing their skipping skills and increasing their fitness simultaneously. I extend a huge congratulations and well done to our Senior Concert Band and their teacher and conductor, Mr Neil Wickham, for being awarded Gold at the Queensland Catholic

Colleges Music Festival. In addition, accolades to our Lead Clarinet player, Maddy H, Lead Trumpeter Alex C, Lead trombonist Sabine L and Lead Euphonium player Ben F who were presented with Awards of Excellence. During Book Week, we unleashed another secret power in our students - that of reading. It was exciting to welcome to our school children’s writers Ms Lucia Mascuillo and Mr David Lovegrove, who shared with our students their love of reading, writing and literature, and literacy in general. Our first Book Week character 'dress up’ in many years was a big success and it was inspiring to see so many students rise to the challenge of keeping their costume simple and / or using recycled items. Many of our students enjoyed me sharing my personal story of how reading became one of my secret powers, beyond reading to learn and embracing reading for enjoyment. We have extended our efforts with recycling and are now collecting all plastic bottle cap lids with a recycling number of 2 or 4 (that’s any HDPE or LDPE plastic). This focus is not just about helping the environment; it has a dual purpose of supporting disabled children. The bottle caps will be processed and the plastic recycled for 3D printing of prosthetic limbs for children. Margo Carwardine - Principal

The Gap State High School A tremendous joy of being part of a school community is seeing students achieve amazing things. “The Wiz” was performed spectacularly recently and performers, members of the orchestra and back stage crew should be rightly proud of their performance and highlighted the many talents we have here at The Gap State High (Continued on page 23)


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School. Such a wonderful performance only happens due to the dedication of the staff, students and parents who have wholeheartedly supported this incredible production. The whole school came together for our annual NAIDOC ceremony. Our school leaders, Laura, Levi, Caroline and Darcy welcomed our special guests, staff and students and invited Aaron Thompson to acknowledge the Welcome to Country. A video ‘Mother Earth” by Wavaney Yasso was played and following this Deanne Matthews spoke on ‘Voice, Treaty and Truth’. Aaron Thompson then performed the didgeridoo to conclude the ceremony. “The Symphonic Winds”, our advanced concert band, performed in the Queensland Youth Music Awards and were awarded Gold for their finely tuned, emotive and cohesive performance. Our wonderful junior choir, “The Gap Voiceworx”, performed as a finalist in the Metropolitan Region Finals of Choral Fanfare. Our singers stood out because of their talent, youth and enthusiasm and also because they were the only unauditioned choir in the finals. Our Athletics Carnival this year was held on a glorious winter ’s day and it was wonderful to see the House spirit of students on display, putting the hard yards to get points and encourage their fellow competitors all day. The House which claimed victory for 2019 was ORION - a Trifecta for 2019 having also won the Swimming and Cross Country Carnival. Congratulations to Ellen Francis, our 2019 100 metre ‘Gap Gift’ winner - and to all our Age Champions. Year 9 Chinese students are exploring Chinese culture and had a fabulous opportunity to learn a key part of Chinese

food culture: learning how to make Chinese dumplings. They learned the art of folding and cooking dumplings and of course the art of eating them. Year 8 students went on an excursion to Chung Tian Temple. They rang the blessing bell, witnessed a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony, drank a cup of Chinese tea and then went to one of the most famous Chinese restaurants in Brisbane and had an amazing traditional Chinese lunch. A fantastic 3 days for our 6 teams at the Queensland Senior Schools Volleyball Cup at the Gold Coast with all teams playing well with very successful results. Thank you to all our coaches, parents and of course the talented and hardworking students who represented our school with so much pride and sportsmanship. Our Year 9 Debating team competed in the first round of QDU finals. Our speakers; Emily Khan, Zahri Day and Douglas Kirkland battled it out with the three speakers from the opposition. The debate was remarkably evenly matched however The Gap State High School debaters managed to pull ahead and win by a 1 point margin and have now advanced into the second round of finals. Anne McLauchlan - Principal

The Gap State School Debating Team Success We have two debating teams coached by Miss Annie Pope and Miss Lucy Godfrey, supported by Mrs Danika Branford. These teams are made up of Year 5 and 6 students who train with their coaches during lunch breaks each week. Preparation time at home was also required and our students regularly demonstrated the qualities of commitment and persistence throughout the preparation and participation in their debates. Quality preparation gives our students the confidence to do their best. Their resilience


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more info on: was highlighted through their courage to lose with grace and congratulate their competitors after the first debate. Having a narrow loss for both teams in their first debate, I am pleased to share that they bounced back and both teams won their second round. Their teamwork, public speaking skills and well-developed arguments were outstanding and they received very positive feedback from the adjudicator. A true team effort worth acknowledging and celebrating. Congratulations Hugh, Abigail, Eila, Luca, H a r r y, J a m e s , M i a a n d Avienda. 2019 Environmental Leaders Workshop On Friday 2nd August, 7 students passionate about a sustainable future leaped at the opportunity to partake in the Mt Coot-tha Cluster 2019 Environmental Leaders Workshop held at Payne Rd State School. The workshop included informative sessions by SEQ Water, Brisbane City Council, SOWN, Paten Native Nursery, Boomerang Bags

in The Gap and Oz Harvest. The students participated in sustainable activities such as making bees wax wraps, planting native seedlings, making boomerang bags out of an old t-shirt and learning how to look after our local creeks. With all of this inspiring information, students wanted to share what they learnt and their thoughts for the future. I learned many worrying and exciting things during my experience at the environmental workshop. I am so grateful to have the chance to participate in the activities people generously offered to do with us here at Payne Road. I�ve learned how to create plastic free wraps and how to plant a sprout. I also hope to share the information we have been told about saving water, protecting creeks and eating everything on your plate. Overall, I had a fun day and would highly recommend participating in the event next year. Annika I partook in a wonderful workshop about sustaining (Continued on page 24)

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Brisbane Tramway Museum Society & Ferny Grove Men's Shed In the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, the latest Brisbane trams were hailed worldwide as leaders in design. This was the FM Class - so named because for the first time, trams had Four Motors (FM) instead of the usual one at each end. The BCC started building this class in 1938 and over 150 were built over the fol-lowing 3 decades . Together with their predecessors - the Drop Centres - these became the backbone of Brisbane’s growing tram fleet. They carried 110 passengers (as did the Drop Centres), 64 being seated. The design featured sharply curved ends to facilitate passing on curves, air brakes, wind up/down windows and canvas doors/ blinds at each entrance.

With the 4 motors in operation, these trams were quite fast and folk-lore has it that one left Chermside Terminus (where the major shopping centre is located) and arrived at Light Street Depot (in Wickham Street about 1 kilometre beyond the Valley Baths) in just 11 minutes! The museum has the very first FM to be built - #400 which is still undergoing restoration and 429 which sees regular service on our normal open days. Several other trams of this model are in our storage shed. Meanwhile, restoration of Dreadnought 136 and Trolley Bus 34 continues as and when members are available.

Contact us Ph: 0432 967 829

Our Tram Simulator is up and running technically and Men’s Shed members are building the driving cabin in which it will be installed. Soon, the Men of The Forest will re-commence the upgrading of our gardens, planting species which would have been native to our land ‘˜back when’ . The museum has recently played host to the local SES group for their Chain-Saw accreditation program being well away from houses etc. The noise factor is no problem on our grounds. The museum would like to have more crew members being trained. Anyone interested can contact the museum on 3351 1776. The museum is open to the public every Sunday

afternoon from 12.30 (Weather permitting). Tickets are Adult $14.00, Concession $11.00, children $7.00 and family $42.00, providing unlimited rides on six different trams.

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

the environmental and casual parts of a good life. In my point of view, the things that I learned the greatest about were animal/plant ecosystems and how to sustain them. With this new knowledge came my new desire to add new bins, better waste disposal and the spirit of sustaining to our school. Paikea Music Success The following band students attended the The Western Echo September 2019 Page 24

Intermediate Band Camp at The Gap High on Monday 5 August and Tuesday 6 August. These students are: Harry, Zoe, Charlotte, Levi, Matilda, Rufus, Elliott, Ruby, Harmon. Isabel, Cooper, Ridhima, Rachel, Oliver, Alexander, Harry, Amelia, Elizabeth, Joshua, Sasha, Tatiana, Ethan Abby, Ryan, Julian, Mischa, William, Lily, Paige, Mia, Judah, Zion, Willoughby, Darcy, Callum, Nathaniel, Andre, Mia, Evie, Elizabeth and Felicity. Joanne Nicholls - Principal


Share the Fever! A concert not to be missed! GRIPPS (Gap Region I n s t r u m e n t a l P r i m a r y Performers School) will present a night of music featuring primary student music makers in The Gap State High School J A Robertson Hall on Thursday 19 September. The concert will run from 6.30pm to 8.30pm with drinks and barbeque available from 4.30pm. This year 153 children from local state and private primary schools have been selected to perform after completing a four day music

camp under the tutelage of professional musicians. Students from years 4 to 6 from Ashgrove State School, Bardon State School, The Gap State School, Hilder

Road State School, Ithaca Creek State School, Marist College Ashgrove, Oakleigh State School, Payne Road State School, Rainworth State School, St. Joseph’s and St Peter Chanel Primary School are involved this year together together with a stellar staff of tutors and conductors. The Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap gratefully acknowledges the support and sponsorship of these local businesses: Arana Leagues Club; Ashgrove Golf Club; Bank of Queensland The Gap; Broncos League Club; Councillor Steve Toomey; Guitar Brothers Red Hill;

Harcourts Solutions Inner West; Hon.Kate Jones State Member for Ashgrove; Hon. Julian Simmonds - Federal Member for Ryan; Ryan Civil Contracting; Meat @ Billy's; Milk Cafe Ashgrove; Mortgage Choice Ashgrove; The Gap Physiotherapy Centre; The Gap Tavern; The Gap Village Shopping Centre; Young Minds – Health and Development Network; The Gap Vet; Simply for Strings; and Wyatt's Automotive - who are supporting GRIPPS 2019. A concert definitely not to be missed, so mark your diaries and enjoy the extraordinary talent during the evening!

G.R.I.P.P.S. 2019 The Gap Region Instrumental Primary Performers School Supporting young music students since 1992 This event is staged by representatives

of State and Private Primary Schools in The Gap, Ashgrove and surrounding suburbs and the Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap Inc.

A Concert not to be missed hoir Mass C Bands Concert nsembles E String y Orchestra n Sympho

The Gap State High School Thursday 19 September 2019 6.30pm - 9pm • Hamburgers

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Shed Happens for Men of The Gap/Ashgrove Our August meeting was both interesting and stimulating in that our guests were former Gap resident and accomplished musician David Deakin who graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium and was then quickly appointed to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as the youngest musician in the ensemble. David’s interview brought everyone’s attention to the importance of music in our lives. David is now head of strings at St Peters Lutheran College and values the importance of providing education around music to the youth of Queensland. Our second speaker was Dr Aaron Ghiloni. Aaron is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Religious Studies at the University of Queensland and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Public and Contextual Theology at Charles Sturt University in Canberra.

Aaron has recently published a book in relation to Islam called ‘Islam as Education’. This is one of several books written by Aaron, including one which discusses the seven major religions. A a r o n ’s d i s c u s s i o n was both intellectually and spiritually interesting. He also touched on the difference in cultures between the United States of America and Australia. Shed Happens for Men will reconvene in September on Wednesday evening, 18 September 2019 at 6:00pm. We have the Queensland Police Service attending to provide advice in relation to home security and general policing and safety instruction as well as Evan Maloney who will talk about a variety of subjects including the Pilbara and the Philippines. Our meeting in October which will be on 16 October 2019 will be an evening of



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great entertainment in that our local historian and prominent Gap resident Jeff Hilder will be a guest speaker. In November we will be holding our Annual Community Shed Evening on Friday 29 November 2019. This promises to be a very interesting evening in that we have professor Roly Sussex, a great linguist regular radio personality, as one of our guest speakers and the other speakers will be Ms Karyn Walsh AM and Mr Ian Leavers, both who are members of the Domestic Violence Council. Karyn is the Chief Executor Officer of Micah Projects which provides a range of

support and advocacy services to individuals and families. She also holds an AM. Ian Leavers will be well known to our local community as he is the General President and Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Police Union of Employees, a role which he has had since 2009. Their main focus of discussion will be in relation to domestic violence.

Ashgrove Forum Ashgrove Forum Communicators Club members have been very active recently. Members attended the 78th Anniversary Lunch of Forum at the Wynnum Manly Leagues Club where Ashgrove Forum member, Ronda Nix OAM, entertained with an informative, humorous, but thoughtful post-prandial speech on the theme “The World is Your Oysterâ€?. Several Ashgrove members served on National Council of Women Queensland’s Bursary Evaluation Panels to decide the winners of NCWQ state-wide bursaries in many fields of endeavour, including the Forum Communicators Bursary. The winner of the Forum Communicators Bursary for 2019 was Anekah Hinchliff, a first-year student studying for a Bachelor of Nursing at James Cook University. Anekah has excelled in the communication field winning awards such as the South Burnett Rostrum Voice of Youth and Hilary Powys Memorial Shield Speaker of the Year (Nanango State High School). From 13 – 15 September members will be attending the Biennial State Forum Conference where the winner of the Most Memorable Speech at Ashgrove Forum, Ann Davies, will compete against representatives from other Forum Clubs for the Ruth Don Forum Speaking Grand Champion Award. SELDOM USED WORD - PARAPROSDOKIAN A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect, sometimes producing an anticlimax, making it extremely popular among comedians and satirists, e.g. “I haven’t slept for ten days .....” because that would be far too long.” Next meeting Wednesday 18 September at 6.30pm, Ashgrove Library Meeting Room, 87 Amarina Avenue, Ashgrove. New Members and Visitors always welcome. For more information on Forum Communicators please visit the website For more information call Pat Pepper: 0458 696 267. website:

Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club Our annual Garage Sale is just one of the many ways in which Ashgrove / The Gap Lions Club raise money. We are always looking for new and innovative ways to do this, hence this year ’s collaboration with Hilder Road State School in running this very special event. As is often stated, all money raised by Lions clubs goes back into the community. At the end of each financial year, which is also the end of a Lions Ashgrove/The Gap Lions member year, any monies still Michael Pope with CEO of Street Swags Adrian de Maria in the account have to be allocated out to various charities and organisations. Some of the recipients of these donations are directly connected to Lions, such as the Lions Medical Research Foundation, based at the Princess Alexander Hospital and the Royal Brisbane Hospital, whilst others are organisations and charities who work ‘at the coal face’ with those within our community. In this latter group, some of these are local organisations that we support on a regular basis, such as Ashgrove/The Gap Men’s Shed and the Ashgrove Meals on Wheels, whilst others are randomly selected, such as: The Halwyn Centre in Red Hill, which is a unique residential facility for those with profound and complex disabilities. This year Ashgrove/The Gap Lions club also made a donation to Story Dogs. This is program that assists children who are finding difficulties with reading, for a variety of reasons. It has been found that allowing these children to read to specially trained dogs improves their reading ability significantly. Many schools throughout Australia are using this program and Hilder Road State School in The Gap is one of these. Yet another donation this year went to Street Swags. This is a Brisbane based charity that provides portable shelters to homeless people across Australia. Despite some problems with a previous CEO of the organisation, this charity is still going strong under the guidance of their current CEO, Adrian de Maria. Not only do they provide much needed warmth to people who find themselves homeless and having to sleep ‘rough’ but most swags are made at the Woodford Correctional Centre, thus providing worthwhile work for many of those prisoners who have often been homeless themselves. Thank you to everyone who supported our 2019 Garage Sale either by donating goods for sale or for coming along on the day and taking home some wonderful pre-loved bargains. website:

CHESS T'MINIT Play is well underway in The Gap Chess Club’s Stuart Wilson hour tournament, With Tony Morris on 4.5 points with 1 game to play, a point ahead of Andrew Robinson and John Nothdurft. When play in this tournament is concluded the annual Allegro tournament, where players have 15 minutes each, will commence. The Gap Chess Club (affiliated with the Chess Association of Queensland) meets at 8.00pm on Friday nights at Room B6, The Gap State High School. New members are welcome. As well as tournament play, the club encourages social chess among all age groups. Members of the club contribute to providing a good social atmosphere that is welcoming to new players of all levels of chess competency. For further details contact Andrew Robinson on 3862-8178 or visit the club’s website at: http://www. . The

club now has a Facebook Page, “The Gap Chess Club”, with updates on club play, local chess news and puzzles. This month’s problem comes from the excellent chess website, Black is threating checkmate in this grandmaster game played in 1929. However, it is white’s move and a sacrifice can turn the tables. Solution to last month’s puzzle. Solution: after 1. Kf7 surprisingly black has no good queen moves, and after the queen is captured on move 2 the win is straightforward.

The Probus Club of The Gap This month our member Di Goodwin gave a succinct, to the point talk on “Stroke”, paying attention to risk factors and signs that assist early detection. With generous handouts to backup her points, members were very grateful to be educated by such a knowledgeable former senior Health Worker. As if that weren’t enough, our guest speaker Lisa Maclean showed beautiful photos of Queensland as she spoke on “Queensland Rail Travel and Holidays”. Lisa is herself a keen rail traveller, and obviously an accomplished photographer. And as it happens your present writer leaves today on a Queensland Rail trip. (We do strive to be relevant!) With three Coastal lines and five lines reaching Western areas, experiences and packages available are varied, and available at different prices. Pension Concession Card holders may have four Queensland Rail entitlements each year, while Queensland Government Senior Card Holders may be entitled to concession fares. This is of special relevance to Probus members, given our age range. If you would be interested in joining us, or just giving it a try, we would welcome your enquiry. Just call our secretary Jan on 0448 965 459. We meet at 2pm on the first Thursday of every month, at The Gap Baptist Church, by the traffic lights at the junction of Waterworks and Settlement Roads – handy to lots of buses, and with some spaces for car parks. Places are available – no waiting list – and we’d love to meet you. The Western Echo September 2019 Page 27

The Brisbane Laurel 3300 6304

The Brisbane laurel is only one of several common names for Pittosporum revolutum. Others include the roughfruited pittosporum, yellow pittosporum, and wild yellow jasmine. This variation in name could lead to confusion and this is why it is better to use its scientific name. This lovely, evergreen shrub grows to about 3 metres high with a diameter of about 2 metres and so is suitable for all garden sizes. The leaves are a vibrant green with undulating margins that maintain a lush, dense appearance throughout

the year. Clusters of small, creamy-yellow, highly fragrant flowers in spring are followed by yellow, warty fruit that open to reveal deep red seeds. The flowers attract bees, butterflies and other insects which in turn attract insect-eating birds, whilst the seeds attract fructivorous birds. Thus, if you want a wild-life friendly garden, this shrub is an ideal addition to your landscape. Pittosporum revolutum grows naturally in a variety of habitats (open forest through to rainforest margins) along

The Gap Garden Club Inc. Est 1963 A busy few months lie ahead for the club as the end of year approaches. Our members will be visiting Toowoomba in September for a visit to the Carnival of Flowers, always an enjoyable day. In October, a group of our members will be visiting Adelaide and surrounding areas for a visit to some of South Australia’s best gardens and also a visit to the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale areas. A visit to the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and highlights of Adelaide will also be included. The group will be based in Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills. Special days will be spent in members’ gardens over the next two months, when gardens will be at their best during Spring. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 24 September at 9.30am at River City Church, The Gap. Our meeting will have a Spring theme, with guest speaker Peter Popenko from The Plant Shack at Deception Bay giving us useful tips on Spring Gardening. Currently, we have a waiting list for new members.For more information please visit our website www.thegapgardenclub.

Club Librarians Trish Renton and Suzanne Murphy

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the east coast of Australia from North Queensland to Victoria. As long as the soil is well drained, it tolerates a wide climatic range and either full or partial sun exposure. Although it prefers neutral to slightly acidic soils, it will grow in sand, loam and clay loam conditions. This versatile, fast growing

shrub can be used as a feature plant, grown in a large tub on patios or in groups to form a hedge or screen. Used in revegetation projects it is useful in erosion prevention. As a hardy, low-maintenance plant, it is useful in parks and is playground friendly. The flowers can be used for producing fragrant oils.

Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club It’s spring. The soil is warm

Gerberas is the topic of the guest speaker, Pat Smith, at the meeting of the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club on 3rd October at the Enoggera Memorial Hall in Trundle Street. Pat Smith is a member of the Ipswich Horticultural Society. He has been growing gerberas for many years and has created new varieties through cross pollination. If you want a comparatively low care colourful plant in your garden, a gerbera is the one to grow. It is not prone to a lot of garden problems, is fairly waterwise and has a long life. It is easily propagated through division of the crown or seeds. Given the correct conditions gerberas will flower for many months through spring to winter. They prefer a sheltered position with well drained sandy soil to which plenty of organic matter has been added. For cut flowers, the gerbera is considered to be one of the best, but they need to be conditioned a day or two before going on display. Pat will have lots more to tell and there will be plants for sale at the meeting.

enough to plant evergreen shrubs and trees, and flower and vegetable seedlings, but we must be conscious of the fact that we are experiencing drought conditions and may not have enough water to sustain them. Keep the garden well mulched to prevent evaporation, and recycle the bath and laundry water for use on the garden. September is the time to prune Hibiscus. For established plants one third may be removed, and even more than that if the plants haven’t been pruned for a few years. Hibiscus are gross feeders and will need a granular fertiliser each month right through until May. Remember to apply the fertiliser to moist soil. The meeting commences after morning tea which is served at 9.45am. Visitors and new members are most welcome. The hall is close to public transport and accessible by wheel chair For more information please phone Pat, the President, on 3356 1256.


Cecil Road corner transformed

Driving down Coopers Camp Road in Bardon you can’t miss the beautiful bushcare site on the corner of Cecil Road. For Saba Burns the Cecil Road site started in 2003 when the lady next door lamented how lovely the creek bank used to be when she could see across Ithaca Creek to the lawn tennis courts on the other side. “I said I’ll go and tidy it up. Then it just became bigger and bigger,” Saba said. She started pulling out weeds and rubbish and making a big pile on the side of Cecil Road. The neighbour called Brisbane City Council to remove the rubbish but they only bought a ute. “They returned with a tip truck and bobcat to load. Soon

after, a gentleman from Habitat Brisbane suggested I join SOWN, if I was interested in volunteering,” Saba said. Ithaca Creek along Cecil Road had become a dumping ground with car bodies, old boilers, video cassette recorders, bicycles, bongs and building materials. It was also a mess of weeds. The creek bank was so steep, when she worked on the site Saba had to tie a rope around her waist to save her in case she slipped.

Wide range of interests at Ithaca Probus Club Interesting outings continue for membership of Ithaca Probus Club. Every few years we revisit the fantastic floral display at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. This year we are off again – a first for quite a few relatively new members. Our bus leaves from Ashgrove Bowls Club at 8am. Morning tea is at Picnic Point, lunch at the Engine Room Café, with plenty of time to stroll the gardens. Coming up in the next couple of months are a visit to Nola’s Gardens at Donnybrook, and our traditional Christmas lunch, which this year is again at the Paddo Tavern. 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. Most recent was a very topical and useful talk by a National Broadband Network (NBN) representative. Other topics covered by recent speakers have ranged from health and wellbeing to home security for elders, safety and awareness of scams on the internet, to historical or travel anecdotes. Our members give shorter talks at our meetings, which help us to know each other better. Inclusion of our members in the various activities is the primary focus of the club. Other activities which further promote social interaction are the monthly dine-outs - sometimes lunches but usually dinners, cards afternoons, and a poetry group. If you are interested in joining us as a prospective member, or maybe as a guest speaker, please phone either of our Club Membership Officers Sue Vivian on 0413 544 202 or Janelle Rhodes on 0412 628 646. For more information about our club, including a map on how to find us, please see our web site: website:

Saba Burns at the Cecil Road bushcare site PHOTO: Mark Crocker

Gradually she’s removed all the weeds and replanted with native species provided by both Brisbane City Council and SOWN nursery. ‘I love to see things grow – to plant a tree, then see the birds come,’ she said. Over the years, Saba has pretty much done everything

on her own. She just kept planting. In fact, she says planting has helped to stabilise a very steep section of bank that was in danger of collapsing. Now she has crossed over to the far side of the creek to work there as well as working to maintain her original plantings.

West Brisbane Orchid Society Spring Charity Show

The West Brisbane Orchid Society is conducting their Spring Charity Show on 14th and 15th September at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. The Show is held jointly with The Australian Paphiopedilum Society, whose special orchid interest are the spectacular and unusual “slipper orchids”. There will be hundreds of outstanding orchids on display and hundreds more for sale. This Show raises funds to assist the work of the Samford Support Network.

Quote of the Day Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. - Ralph Waldo Emerson The Western Echo September 2019 Page 29

Reflections... by Richard Speechley

In the penultimate paragraph of my last months’ Reflections column, I mentioned that the progeny of Agnes and Mark Proctor soldier settler and after whom “Proctor ’s Crossing” was named - now numbered one hundred plus. Readers will be pleased to know, according to a family historian, the number of descendants is now 170. As the years into old age gradually slip by one does not recall paying for membership of this downward health regime and often effected with forced periods of immobility, must still be thankful for having a clear-thinking mind, as my wife and I manage to assist each other over the hurdles life tosses at us. Little things like reaching up to the clothesline or reaching the push button on the roll-a-door! Sitting musing, thinking, enjoying the quiet times (as I often do these days) the word ‘nostalgia’ came into my mind which saw a move to the Macquarie Dictionary to find the meaning of the word - “longing and desire for home, family and friends, or the past”. To me, it seems to mean the evolution of life as a human being progresses through the world. As written many times, the brain is a special type of computer, able to recall events with clarity. Among my earliest recollections is falling out of

a persimmon tree when aged about four and living in a house in Moggill Road (‘Moggill’ means place of lizards). I recall over the kitchen table hung a kerosene light which was raised or lowered by a set of chains. The east-side verandah had a sliding window with a row of red glass on the top and green at the bottom. The sun reflected these coloured panes onto the wall and much fun and scaring would have me out of bed as the sun rose and the ‘bad colours’ cam down upon my bed. At around seven years of age, I fell out of my bed and rolled under it without awakening. Laying on seagrass matting, I was there until morning and woke without a clue as to where I was and with well-ingrained marking from the sea-grass. The tale of my reaction was probably well embossed in the retelling by my family. But I do know that from that day forward I’m unable to abide a small area - a problem called claustrophobia. This was very evident a few years back when I had to have a head x-ray and the problem the nurse and I had in getting it done - she also suggested I advise the doctors of this in future! Current health problems saw me scheduled for an MRI of my head and neck at the Princess Alexandria Hospital on 22 August. With my wife coming with me as support,

Nostalgia ... as time goes by we look back & reflect

and after given prior notice, I was told: “not to worry”. Dressing for the occasion, a cannula was inserted in my right arm and a fast-acting pill was administered. Entering the treatment room at 10.50am I saw this machine I could only describe as a ‘whale’. The opening into which your body slides was huge in comparison to those I had seen. Within a couple of minutes, I was ready to go. At the last moment, a frame was placed over my face, and on opening my eyes I saw an angled mirror, from which you could see your body, legs and feet and into the room. No problem! Even with ear-plugs, you can hear the machine performing as the operator tells you ‘like a construction site’. Within a short time, I must have fallen asleep. Coming out I asked the time and was told it was 12.05pm. I now await the results of the MRI. The highest elation of happiness and bliss can never be deeper than on your wedding day or the day on which your child/children are

born. Yet an occurrence I had just on 22 years ago, stays in my mind. For some time I had been reading the series of Roman novels by Colleen McCullough, leading up to my kidney transplant and during recovery. The operation took place on a Saturday evening - 6 December 1997 - and after gaining full consciousness found it impossible to sleep. This seemed to last forever with a night nurse said “Take this,” and stuck a pill in my hand. Hours later I asked if I could have another ‘jelly bean’. Drifting off, the chapter of ‘Caesar’s wars’ began rolling through my memory bank, like on a ‘rolling scroll’ - word for word it went on for some time and to this day, remains a most unusual phenomenon. Editor ’s note: Unfortunately Richard has not been in the best of health recently and is currently undergoing further testing at the PA Hospital. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him return home soon and in good spirits and good health.

Art in Bark on display in October 2019 ART IN BARK will have an Exhibition of Bark Art, at

Brisbane Garden & Plant Expo in the Brookfield Show Ground, Brookfield on Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th October, Day entry:- $10 Adult & $8 Concession (card). FREE admittance for children under 15 years. Display of Paper Bark framed & unframed pictures, Jewellery, cards, bookmarkers etc. All made from the bark of the Melaleuca tree, & of course beautiful display of flowers, plants, etc. ART IN BARK will also have an xxhibition of Bark work at the Brisbane Quilt & Craft Fair , Convention & Exhibition Centre Merivale & Glenelg St. South Bank. Date:- 16th 17th 18th 19th October Open 9am - 5pm. Display of Pictures & unframed, Jewellery, cards, Bookmarkers etc. All made from the Bark of the Melaleuca trees For more information on either of these displays please phone Joy 0407 178 064; Barbara 3271 2130 or Hazel 0408 157 117.

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Let's talk more about (Newmarket) bocce

As I have previously mentioned there is only one bocce club in Brisbane, Newmarket Bocce Club, and the other, Redlands Bocce Club in the Redlands City Council. Do you know of any clubs that do not have sponsors? I would think that most clubs have sponsors and bocce clubs are no different. However, both bocce clubs could do with more sponsors. The only sponsor Newmarket has is Tony Rosa. Unfortunately Tony sponsors both bocce clubs depending who holds the trophy. It is our only corporate sponsor and last year we won the trophy back after not having it for a few years. Redlands won it back this year but we were not disgraced as we came second and third. Now Redlands have a corporate sponsor I.P.C.Q. The two sponsors are Col Mears and Paul Jeffs. I believe it is a construction type company and Redlands have the IPCQ cup. It inaugurated in 2003 and the Abruzzo bocce club won it. They won it again in 2007. However, every other year until 2018 Redlands has held the cup. This year, Newmarket Bocce club went down with 12 players. We played triples and therefore there were 4 teams and we had two strong teams (as in previous years) ready to do battle. We have on previous occasions got second and third placings. Well Newmarket Bocce club came first, second and third this year. The winning team comprised of, Tony Servodio, Mario De Marco and John Tanda. Second place was Silvio Rotili, Gabriele Pasqualini and Natale Zaini. T h i r d p l a c e w a s , To n y Giacoboni, Bruno Cappellone and John Manitta. Its competitive and at the same time fun and the camaraderie is great.

Well not only did we get the trophy but we also won all three raffle prizes! Hopefully we retain the cup next year. Yours in Bocce. Mario De Marco. PS. If you’re interested in playing contact me on 0 4 0 3 2 5 7 3 2 5 o r To n y Giacoboni on 0412 386 617. Newmarket Bocce winning team with the IPCQ Cup

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

The association exists for the welfare and benefit of former Australian nashos called up in either of the two schemes operating between 1951 and 1973 and the wives/ widows thereof. Conscripts called up by countries other than Australia are welcome as

associate members. To find the benefits of joining, to apply for the two medals available to Australian nashos, or to find a local branch near you, phone 3324 1277 or scroll website Brisbane North West branch meets on the third

Sunday of each month (next September 15) at Gaythorne RSL, commencing 10.00am. After the meeting take the opportunity to join fellow members in the bistro bar for lunch. For more information on Brisbane North West branch phone Dave 3366 3191

Shoulder to shoulder at all times

War widows rally to knitting and croquet The Gap RSL war widows have been active in a number of areas this year with their one piece handmade bears. Joy Harvey, Desyl Johnston and Lillian Morcom have combined forces to knit rugs and bears. The recipients of these have been children, abused women, elderly people in retirement villages and local members of our RSL. These woman are 85 - 90 years plus and they also enjoy a chat with a cuppa each month as a group. We are so proud of you all, Thank you for making everyone feel special.

Vietnam veterans We h a d a m e m o r i a l gathering of Vietnam Veterans on Sunday 18 August at 10 am at Walton Park and enjoyed a cuppa and lunch afterwards at Nullagindi our new home on School Road.


Heneritta Bradshaw (Deceased) On Friday 2 August we gathered with family and friends to say farewell to Henerietta Bradshaw who joined our Sub Branch in on 14 Dec 1998 and was a life subscriber to the RSL and the last of our World War 2 veterans. The Gap RSL Sub Branch has new leadership having appointed Rod Adamson President, Ian Minns

Secretary, and Tony Everett Assistant Secretary. For the Citizens Auxillary, Lachlan Paff President, Karen Minns. Vice President We wish them well as they embark on their journey. The RSL The Gap Sub Branch meets every month at Nullagindi currently the third Friday of the month 530-7 pm followed by food and drinks. New members are always welcome. Lest we forget

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A community newsmagazine, A4 format, supporting local businesses, clubs, organisations, schools since 1994.