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October 2020 ISSN 1327-676X

Western Echo Western

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Giving Day Raises $$$ for Disabled Youth

Emily Burrows, of St John’s Wood, and Luke Kingston volunteering by manning the phones during the first Youngcare Giving Day Thursday 24 September (Story Page 3)

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ADVERTISER’S DIRECTORY ACCOUNTANT

MORTGAGE ADVISOR

R G Goodman Phone: 3289 1700 pg 14

Mortgage Choice Ashgrove P h o n e : 3 4 6 3 0 5 0 0 p g 11

AUTO AIR CONDITIONING

MUSIC TUITION

Wyatt Automotive Phone: 3300 2077

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BATHROOMS Steve Froggatt Phone: 0402 730 177 pg 11

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

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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PRINTER CARTRIDGES Cartridge World Ashgrove Phone: 3366 5111 pg 14

PUBLIC NOTICES

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Dept. Defence Enoggera Phone: 3332 7458 pg 18

Harcourts Inner West P h o n e : 3 5 11 0 6 6 6 p g 8

REAL ESTATE (Contd) Position Property Phone: 0468 571 238 pg 13 Walking Football Phone: 0432 967 829 p26 27

MeatU@Home Phone: 3161 5021 pg 16

Pandanus Contractors Phone: 3300 3934 pg 20 Plumbers We Are Phone: 3351 0016 pg 20

TYRE & MECHANICAL Wyatt Automotive Phone: 3300 2077 pg 12

POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT

VETERINARIAN

Jonty Bush Phone: 0481 718 107 pg 1 Kate Jones Phone: 3554 9100 pg 5 PFLAG Brisbane w w w. p f l a g . o r g . a u p g 1 7 Julian Simmonds MP Phone: 3378 1599 pg 7

The Gap Veterinary Clinic Phone: 3300 1533 pg 15

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DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE Communify Phone: 3510 2741

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EMERGENCY MEDICAL Northside Emergency www.emergencyBNE.com.au pg 6

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

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

LAWYERS Hollingworth & Spencer Phone: 3123 5700 pg 14

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

MEDICAL CENTRE Keperra Family Practice Phone: 3351 0323 pg 6

Cr. Steven Toomey Phone: 3407 1900 pg 4 Trent Wiseman LNP Phone: 0482 468 047 pg 9

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We wish to advise that distribution of the Western Echo can not be legally made to letterboxes displaying ‘Australia Post Only’ ‘Authorised Mail Only’ or ‘No Junk Mail’. For those residents who wish to collect a free copy, we have newstands located at: • Enoggera News - Corner Samford Rd & Wardell St • Stewart Road News Ashgrove • Ashgrove Library • Kate Jones’ State Electorate Office • Cr. Steven Toomey’s Gap Ward Office

Copies are also available at Red Hill APO, Ashgrove APO, The Gap Village, The Friendly Grocer The Gap, Ashgrove Golf Club & Great Western Super Centre Management.

Because of CoVid-19 VOLUNTEER DRIVERS MAY BE NEEDED SHORTLY We are anticipating a 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.

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Giving Day Raises Much Needed Funds Youngcare is a Brisbane-based not-for-profit that supports young Australians with high care disabilities to live with choice, independence and dignity in their own homes. Every morning 5,600 young people with disabilities wake up in aged care because there is nowhere else for them to go to receive the care they need. Youngcare is changing that by building fully accessible and age appropriate homes for these young people, providing funding for equipment and home modifications so they can stay at home, and running a free national support line to help them navigate the disability and health care systems. On Thursday the 24th of September, Youngcare held their first Giving Day. The aim was to raise $300,000 in 24 hours to give Youngcare the momentum to change the disability sector once and for all; achieving NO young person with disabilities living in aged care by 2025. With the support of volunteers like locals Emily Burrows (of St John’s Wood) and Luke Kingston, and the generosity of the community, the initial target was hit within 12 hours. “Luke and I wanted to volunteer our time because we believe Youngcare does amazing work in this space. Appropriate housing is paramount to wellbeing and Youngcare champion this,” Emily said. “Young people with high care needs shouldn’t be ending up in nursing homes. During COVID-19, Luke and I we’re especially conscious of this and were keen to give back as best we could. The Youngcare Giving Day was an incredible initiative and fantastic opportunity to support Youngcare. “We are so grateful to everyone who made a contribution on Giving Day and we appreciate this year has been especially challenging for many due to COVID-19. Thanks to our amazing friends, family and those in the community who took calls from us – you guys all rock!” The not-for-profit is now just $10,000 away from reaching their stretched target of $450,000, with donations still being taken. To donate to Youngcare online, visit www.charidy.com/ Youngcare (you read correctly, with a ‘d’). Or to find out more or give to the cause go to www.youngcare.com.au.

Emily Burrows, of St John’s Wood, and Luke Kingston manning the phones during the first Youngcare Giving Day Thursday 24 September

Inside the October Issue... Arana VIEW Club...........................................................14 Art in Bark Association.....................................................30 Ashgrove Historical Society...............................................18 Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club............................................12 Brisbane Tramway Museum..................................................30 Chess T’Minit.......................................................................26 Communify.....................................................................16 Enoggera Historical Society............................................20 Helen Black Amnesty International..............................10 Ithaca Probus Club...........................................................18 Mitchelton Garden Club...................................................29 Newmarket Probus Club........................................................16 Newmarket VIEW Club.................................................................21 Norths Hockey Club............................................................27 Paten Park Native Nursery (PPNN).............................................28 Principal’s Points..............................................................22 ,23 & 25 Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap..................................8 Shed Happens for Men at The Gap & Ashgrove...............31 SOWN (Save Our Waterways Now)...........................................29 State Update - Kate Jones - Member for Ashgrove.....................5 The Gap Probus Club.............................................................14 The Gap RSL Sub Branch......................................................31 Walton Bridge The Gap Guides..............................................26 Ward Happenings.........................................................................4

Youngcare Giving Day volunteers Jason Borys and Dianne Davey

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WARD HAPPENINGS WITH

Cr Steven Toomey

Councillor for The Gap Ward Kauri Pine Tree Re-dedication

On 5 September 2020 a Kauri Pine was planted and re-dedicated by the Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha. As President of Men of The Trees (MOTT) Queensland it was an honour for me to acknowledge the volunteers of MOTT and our founder Richard St Barbe Baker. We were joined at the Gardens by Greg Adermann Councillor for Pullenvale Ward, Mr Dale Arvidsson Curator of the Gardens and Mr Ross McKinnon AM and Mrs Sue McKinnon. It was Sue’s mother Ngairetta Brennan who attended the first meeting of MOTT in Brisbane with Richard St Barbe Baker in 1980, Ngairetta went on to become MOTT’S longest serving President.

Green Happenings in The Gap Ward Mother Nature was the beneficiary on Father’s day from the Tennis Avenue Bushcare Group. Over 900 small native plants were planted along Enoggera Creek in Ashgrove by the local dads and their families; thank you for your ongoing support at this local bush regeneration site.

Tennis Avenue Bushcare site, Father’s day September 2020

Ward Wednesday Featured Business – Cafe Tara

Pramesh and Asha are the heart and soul of Cafe Tara and their welcoming service to new and old patrons is the secret behind their 15 years of success in The Gap. They offer all-day breakfast as well as vegan and vegetarian options, fresh baked biscuits, slices and cakes complimented with a fresh brew of tea or coffee. Originally from Fiji with Indian heritage their Friday Night Bollywood Takeaway menu is definitely one for lovers of curry. To support small business in our local area, please visit The Gap Ward Small Business Directory at steventoomey.com.au

October Community Corners – Saturday 17 October 2020

Bring along your current or recent rates notice to receive your voucher for two free trees from Paten Park Native Nursery, 57 Paten Road, The Gap. • 9–10am Ashgrove Avenue, Ashgrove – Outside Woolworths Shopping Centre • 10:30–11:30am Waterworks Rd The Gap – Footpath Craig Ray Solicitors, The Gap Village Shopping Centre • 12:30–1:30pm McGinn Road & Archdale Road – Ferny Grove Shopping Centre • 2–3pm Dallas Parade, Keperra

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State Update

Kate Jones MP

Member for Cooper

Thank you As many locals would have heard by now, I have decided to stand down at this election. While this has been a very difficult decision to make, it is the right decision for my family and our future. Thank you for your support throughout the years. It has been my great honour to serve as your local member in the State Parliament for almost 12 years. It has been an honour to serve our local community and work closely with so many dedicated locals in our area, particularly the hundreds of volunteers that work tirelessly in our local community groups and charities. I’m proud of what we have delivered locally, including the Ashgrove ambulance station, improvements to local schools such as the $12 million state-of-the-art STEM centre at The Gap SHS and local sporting club upgrades.

Pre-Poll Locations

Many locals have contacted my office to find out how they can vote early ahead of Election Day. The Electoral Commission has confirmed there will be an Early Voting Centre in the Cooper Electorate where you can vote ahead of the October 31 election. For the first time, because of COVID-19, Early Voting Centres will be open for two weeks with extended opening hours.

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW TO VOTE EARLY: Cooper Early Voting Centre 20 Harry Street, Ashgrove (under Aldi) Open from Monday 19 October to Friday 30 October including Saturday 24 October but not Sunday 25. Opening hours: 9am - 6pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am - 9pm Tuesday and Thursday 9am - 5pm Saturday October 24 It is also important to know that if you have applied for a postal vote but have NOT yet voted then you can choose to vote at the Early Voting Centre instead of completing your postal vote.

Introducing Jonty Bush At this election I am not contesting the seat of Cooper and I’ve encouraged Jonty Bush to run. As a mother and throughout her working life in business, public service and charities, Jonty has seen first-hand how important it is to have access to good quality local services. For the past decade, Jonty has advocated for the rights of victims of violent crime. In 2009, she was recognised nationally as the Young Australian of the Year, when she developed Queensland’s One Punch Can Kill campaign. I know Jonty will put our community first by making sure that our local schools are world class, our sports clubs and community groups get their fair share and strong infrastructure investment continues in our area. As we begin economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, Jonty will be our community’s strong voice within the State Parliament, making sure that we have a seat at the table.  If you would like to get in touch with Jonty, please contact the campaign office on 0481 718 107 or jonty. bush@queenslandlabor.org.

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BECAUSE YOUR FAMILY’S HEALTH IS VITAL

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Local agricultural shows such as the Brookfield Show Society are now eligible for federal support under the Morrison Government’s $39 million Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program. The Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency FAMILY PRACTICE & SKIN CANCER CLINIC Management, the Hon David Littleproud MP announced the Government’s initiative to provide federal funding for agricultural shows that have been cancelled as a result of Our team of doctors and COVID-19. health professionals provide you with ongoing and Federal Member for Ryan, Julian Simmonds MP advocated comprehensive medical care. for federal assistance on behalf of the Brookfield Show Society as they were forced to cancel their show this year. Childhood “The Brookfield Show Society is an integral part of the Immunisation Ryan electorate and their annual show remains a highlight now available among our local community” Mr Simmonds said. “I personally advocated to the Minister that the Brookfield show, which has faced challenges as a result of COVID-19, be • Same day appointment guaranteed included in the federal support package” Mr Simmonds said. • Open 7 days • Online bookings on our website Agricultural shows can apply for up to $70,000 of funding • Bulk billing for children & concession card holders between now and 9 October 2020 to facilitate financial losses as a result of COVID-19. Agricultural show societies and field day organisers will have until 9 October to apply. Cnr Settlement & Samford Roads, Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program Phone: funding is being provided under the $1 billion Relief and Recovery Fund, led by the Deputy Prime Minister, which www.keperrafamilypractice.com.au communities and industry sectors Half page – 175mm is H xhelping 120mmregions, W disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

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Only the LNP will get Queensland Working Again

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The Rotary Club of Ashgrove The Gap 2020/21 New Board by Mitch Koroloff - President

2020/21 President Mitch Koroloff, Hon. Kate Jones and District 960 Rotary District Governor Neil Black The new Rotary board for 2020/21 (from left to right) Bob Newey, John Donaldson, Cliff Weder, Peter Kamau, Dr Padma Lal, Mitch Koroloff, Conrad Almeida & John Russell

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Rotary 9600 District Governor Neil Black visited our Club on Wednesday, September 16th and during his visit informed the club of Rotary International’s status in the worldwide community and the current activities being undertaken. He highlighted the polio situation, now only two countries Afghanistan and Pakistan continue to suffer with wild polio virus, a great achievement. The COVID pandemic caused the suspension of meetings for a time, so the Club took the opportunity to have DG Neil officiate at the delayed club Changeover Dinner. The Club's 2019/20 President Dr. Padma Lal was ceremoniously relieved of the President’s Sash of Office and DG Neil formally handed over the Sash and the Presidency to Dmitri “Mitch” Koroloff for the coming year. The Club Board for the 20-21 year is Mitch Koroloff - President, Cliff Weder - Vice President, John Donaldson – Secretary, Conrad Almeida – Treasurer, Dr Padma Lal – Immediate Past President, and Directors: Bob Newey – Club, John Russell – Community, Peter Kamau – International, Dr Padma Lal – Youth, President Elect – Peter Kamau. The Club will continue with our programs for the coming year as the COVID restrictions allow. Should anyone wish to find out more about Rotary, the Club meets at the Ashgrove Golf Club on Wednesday evenings 6.15pm for 6.45pm. Guests are always welcome. More information at rotaryashgrovethegap.org.au

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Don Willsher receiving a Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary District Governor Neil Black for his work supporting Rotary in the acquisition and construction of a Rotary shed on the Brisbane Tramway Museum site

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Rebuilding our local economy As a young Dad, raising my family here in The Gap, I’m passionate about making sure our community is supported and can bounce back from the challenges of COVID-19. Having served 20 years in the Army, I know the importance of standing up for what you believe in. And having run my own small business, I understand first hand the challenges our local businesses face. With your support, we can get our local community working again.

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This month, Amnesty International is bringing attention to the law that Peter Dutton is proposing that seeks to remove mobile phones from people in immigration detention centres. We are genuinely concerned that removing phones from these very vulnerable people will not only further isolate them from contact with friends and family, but also will remove an important means of keeping the outside world aware of their situation. The Australian government is required to ensure access to mobile phones under its commitment to the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Mandela Rules). Dr Graham Thom, the Refugee Coordinator of Amnesty International Australia says, “To take away such a vital form of communication from refugees is a fundamental breach of their human rights and once again chips away at their mental and physical wellbeing. At a time when independent oversight bodies are not visiting immigration detention facilities due to the risk of Covid-19, the Government should not be attempting to further remove transparency.” Amnesty is calling on the Australian government to withdraw the bill and to act in the best interests of the refugees, instead of removing their human rights. The Helen Black Amnesty International group meet between 9-11am on the second Monday morning of the month in The Gap and would love to hear from anyone interested in joining the group. Please contact Di on 33001861. The Ashgrove Amnesty International group meets on the first and third evenings of the month and can be contacted by calling Sally on 3366 2046 or 0476 006 990.

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Jonty Bush a strong voice for Cooper Hi everyone, my name is Jonty Bush and I’m humbled to have Kate Jones’ support and encouragement to run in the seat of Cooper in the October 31 State election. People have asked me if I’ve always wanted to be a politician. The answer, strangely, is no. Growing up I wanted to be a veterinarian actually, drawn to the idea of helping out these creatures who are usually voiceless and vulnerable. Those dreams ended when during a biology class I realised I was too squeamish to cut up an ox’s eyeball - so I shifted my focus towards a career in human resources, something I pursued and loved for the first seven years after graduating. For the past twenty years however I’ve been an advocate for community safety and violence prevention, as I believe we all have the right to feel and be safe in our homes and in public spaces. Like many advocates, my interest in this area came through a

personal and tragic experience. When I was 21 my sister and father were murdered through domestic homicide. It was absolutely shocking to me, that the lives of people with so much vitality and so many dreams could end that suddenly. My entire perspective focused, and I decided I wouldn’t waste a moment of my one and precious life. I dedicated my time towards improving the lives of other victims of crime. I joined and later went onto become the CEO of a statewide victims support group, working with thousands of individuals and families throughout the state experiencing violence. I learnt some incredible lessons in that time, the most critical one being this; that the human spirit is fundamentally resilient and hopeful, but without local and coordinated service responses even the strongest person has a breaking point. It’s my belief that our Members of Parliament have an important

role in ensuring this type of response is delivered. For the past decade I’ve worked in the public service, managing large teams across the State to deliver frontline services to people during some of the most difficult times in their life. It’s this collective experience gained from the private sector, not-for-profit, and public service that will help me be a strong voice for our suburbs. I’d be honored to have, and I’m asking for your support on October 31. Jonty Bush

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Ashgrove The Gap Lions Club

YOUR LOCAL BUSHLAND LEISURE RETREAT If you are new to the area or haven’t visited us before why not come and have a look around the Taylor R a n g e C l u b . Yo u won’t believe that this oasis set on 5 acres is on your doorstep, and the membership rates are very reasonable. Taylor Range is a non-profit community orientated club that has a great deal to offer local families. There’s no better place to visit for escaping the stresses of work or simply for providing the whole family with enjoyable leisure times and treasured memories. With the warmer weather now upon us there’s no better way to start the day than with a revitalizing swim. The 25-metre pool and 18-metre pools are still covered overnight to ensure that comfortable swimming temperatures are maintained. With the Taylor Range you don’t just get a quick swim or hit of tennis, you have the total leisure experience for the entire family. After the kids have had a splash around in one of the 3 pools you can challenge them to a game of tennis or squash. Alternatively let them tire themselves out on court leaving you to cook the lunch at one of the many BBQ areas whilst enjoying a cool beverage. * Delivery via UberEats app You don’t have to take part in physical activity to enjoy the Taylor Range. The club is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life by relaxing with a cappuccino on the deck with a newspaper or a good book. If you’ve got a birthday or special occasion coming up how about booking the Taylor Range function hall as an excellent option to house parties or expensive nights out. Rates are very reasonable and there are many catering options available to suit your needs. If you are a member of a club looking for a new home the Taylor Range Club also has a limited number of long-term booking slots available. Taylor Range Club prides itself on offering its members an affordable quality leisure experience in a safe and relaxed environment. Membership is strictly limited by Club Constitution. Contact Club Manager Michael Wilson for details today.

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With the end of the Lions year being on 30thJune it is usual for the changeover of office bearers and the installation of a new president to happen just prior to this date. However, with 2020 being the problematic year it is, this didn’t happen. However, after many delays, Ashgrove/The Gap Lions club were able to hold this year’s changeover at the end of August. It was officiated over by Roy Craig, who is a Lions past District Governor. This event not only installed Susie Green as our president for the coming year, along with her team of office bearers, but it was also an opportunity for the past president to present various awards to Lions members and wives who have given exemplary service over the past year and beyond. Amongst the honours handed out this year were two Melvin Jones awards, which were presented to Lions Peter Cooper and Ray Pascual. This award, named after one of the founding members of Lions International, is the highest accolade given to Lions members throughout the world; congratulations to both members. Congratulations also to David Hall who was awarded our “Lion of the Year” award. David has worked very hard this year to ensure that Ashgrove/The Gap Lions will soon have their very own storage shed, something that has been much needed for many years. The changeover was well supported by Lions members and their partners, who ensured that social distancing was adhered to. We wish Susie and her team all the best for the coming year and, despite all the challenges we are currently facing, no doubt this will be another great year for Ashgrove/The Gap Lions. Congratulations must also be extended to a Bardon gentleman, who was the happy recipient of our Fathers’ Day raffle prize! This was the first fundraiser we have been able to hold for many months because of the covid 19 restrictions and we were humbled by the amazing response from those who supported us by purchasing tickets. We were able to raise $2,500, which will now go towards helping others in our community. Thank you to everyone who took part. Finally, we have recently been able to hold our first sausage sizzle at Bunnings in Keperra. Although we have been cooking sausages for many years, the covid 19 restrictions, currently in place to keep everyone safe, presented us with new challenges. Despite this, we enjoyed a wonderful day and it was lovely to have some level of normality back into our lives and all those who brought a sausage from us would surely agree!! If you would like more information regarding Ashgrove/ The Gap Lions please check us out on Facebook or contact our membership chairperson: Liz Baldacchino: 0412 471 869. website: http://www.westernecho.com.au


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Probus Club of The Gap At the time of writing the Queensland restrictions prevent the informal gettogether in the park, the picnic, which was the alternative to a formal meeting in our usual Baptist Church meeting room. However, because the Baptist Church has proper Covid arrangements and the Probus organisation has the template for a plan that each club can adapt for its own use, it appears likely (cross fingers) that we will soon be able to meet there. The word “meeting” could be a little misleading: it conjures up images of a convivial chat, mingling with friends to swap family stories and the latest news shake hands and slap backs. None of that, of course, is going to be possible. People will have to sit in separated family groups – and many of the families are singletons. No mingling, no afternoon tea. But, most importantly, it is a major step forward from purely electronic or paper-based community. We will get to see one another and talk at the respectful distance of 1.5 metres, and plan for the next stage of relaxation. For the newest members it will be the first time they will have met most of the club in person. What this amounts to is “baby steps to the new normal” – and real progress towards the Probus mantra of “An Active Retirement”. Of course, all this depends on the rules not being tightened further in response to community transmission. We can all do our bit towards keeping this from happening. If you would be interested in joining Probus, or just giving it a try, we would welcome your enquiry. Just call our secretary Jan on 0448 965 459. Places are available – no waiting list – and we’d love to put you on the mailing list and include you in the clubbishness!

Arana VIEW Club Arana VIEW Club is planning on having our first formal meeting since early in the year on Wednesday 7th October at the Arana Leagues Club, 10.15 for 11.00 am start. Due to the present Covid19 restrictions are numbers are limited to 50. It will be the first 50 to book who will attend. For this reason, it is important that anyone (casual or permanent) MUST contact Carol on 33555349 before Monday 12.00 noon Monday 5th November. Preferably earlier as first in wins a place! Cost is still $30.00 and tea and coffee will be provided if you ask the staff as there will be no tea and coffee self-serve. Our guest speaker will be Tim Brinums and his support dog, speaking about the role of support dogs. We also have some social activities planned. Lunch at the Samford Tavern on Wednesday 21st October,11.00am. Numbers are limited to 30 so contact Bonnie if you wish to attend on 3264 4184 or 0401 941 522. Please leave a message if no answer. We are continuing to support our Learning for Life students with the proceeds from our raffles and the Sausage sizzle at Keperra Bunnings on the 20th September, our trial one with the new health requirements. So, come along and say hello and have try one of the best sausage sizzles in Brisbane! website: http://www.westernecho.com.au


Cats and Kidneys Chronic kidney disease is a common problem in cats, affecting approximately 40% of felines over the age of 10. Disease is characterised by a persistent loss of kidney function over time. Healthy kidneys perform many important tasks in the body, including maintaining hydration and electrolyte balances, and removing waste products from the blood. Progressive loss of function can therefore have wide-ranging effects. Most cases of chronic kidney disease in cats are idiopathic, meaning they have no known cause, but some cases may be secondary to cancers such as lymphoma, infections, toxins, or inherited conditions such as polycystic kidney disease. Common signs of chronic kidney disease in cats include weight loss, decrease in appetite, lethargy, increased thirst, and increased urination. Cats may also develop bad breath, vomiting, or weakness. Some will develop high blood pressure as a result of the disease, which can lead to blindness, heart disease, or further damage to kidneys. These signs are, however, not specific to kidney disease. Testing of blood and urine is therefore required for diagnosis. Prognosis for cats with chronic kidney disease is variable. Once damaged, kidney cells cannot regenerate, so disease is not curable. However, with careful management, progression of disease can be slowed and well-being can be improved. Management requires regular and careful monitoring, including thorough physical exams, blood and urine testing, and blood pressure monitoring. Depending on the stage and clinical signs, treatment may include medication to lower blood pressure and decrease protein content of urine; administration of fluids and electrolytes to maintain hydration and correct abnormalities; and switching to a specialty ‘renal diet’ with restricted protein and phosphorus content. Chronic kidney disease in older cats is relatively common, with a wide range of presenting signs and differing rates of progression. If you have an older cat or you are concerned about changes in your cat, we recommend bringing them to the vet for a check-up. The sooner disease is recognised and managed, the better the outcome for survival time and quality of life.

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DELICIOUS & HEALTHY 'FAST'FOOD Hello and welcome to what is becoming increasingly close to the end of this very trying year – hard to believe that we are about to launch into the final school term and with it the loads of extra activities that accompany end of term, school breakup, Christmas Parties, planning family get together and the list goes on. I think this is a great time of the year to take advantage of the benefits of FAST FOOD – and before you get horrified at the thought of the over processed, unhealthy and highly nonnutritional options available out there, I am talking about FOOD you can prepare FAST but not compromise on taste, quality and most importantly made from healthy ingredients cooked the way YOU prefer. Throughout the year we cater for a lot of families who, through nothing more sinister than family life, leaves them one, two and sometimes many nights per week wanting to stay within the boundaries of good, nourishing food for the family but just don’t have the time to spend on preparation - between school pick up, Dance, Sport, Mum and/or Dad working late, Shopping etc. its really hard to not be tempted to go for something easy for dinner. At Meat U @ Home we are always looking for new and exciting dinner options for you to have that FOOD on the table FAST. Currently we have a number of options for you to choose from – Chicken Enchiladas – Free Range chicken Breast mixed with Mexican Salsa, Beans, Capsicum and Cheese then rolled into a delicious Burrito wrap and topped with Salsa, ready for you to pop into the oven for 20 mins and serve either on their own or with rice or salad. Chicken Mignons or Mini Roasts – in a variety of different flavours these little guys are extremely popular and easy to prepare – straight into the oven or air fryer for about 15 – 20 mins and they’re done! Pastry and Capri parcels – these are where my wonderful butchers love to show me their artistic side in creating some amazing tastes and wrapping them in a light flaky pastry ready to bake for 30 mins and serve with your favourite sides, You have many choices with our pastry lines and we rotate the flavours regularly to keep it interesting Ready to Heat and Eat stir fries are also another family favourite – all made right here with fresh veggies. Then of course there is always the selection of home made pies, quiches, risottos and meatballs to choose from. All in all, we are happy to offer you a selection of FOOD that’s FAST to help you through those busy times with the family. Call in, phone ahead or order for home delivery and we will look after your every need. Until next month, eat well, stay healthy and stay safe. Regards, Julie and the entire team at Meat U @ Home

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Newmarket Probus Club Our Birthday meeting was held at the John Goss Park in West Chermside in August. It was well attended and we all enjoyed the Birthday cake. Members were asked to wear a mask (to mark this incredible year) as the attached photo shows. Our first meeting back at the Red Hill Community Sports Centre went well with all the COVID requirements in place. We managed to converse across the 1.5 metre distances and it was most enjoyable to catch up with everyone. Our speaker for the day spoke on “Downsizing” – specifically as it related to preparing a property for sale. It was most informative, and especially useful for those selling properties. The outing this month was a Mystery Morning Tea, at 2 different venues. One group met at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, and the other group at Café 63 at Enoggera. It’s always a good morning, with time to chat to different members, and this time was no exception. Next month’s outing is a Day Trip Cruise to the Gold Coast – just for something different! Next month’s meeting is on October the 14th at 10am. at the Red Hill Community Sports Centre, Red Hill Please contact the Membership Officer on 3353 1234 if you would like to attend as a guest.

Are You Feeling Crafty?

Crafternoon is a new activity Communify is providing to residents who are aged over 65. The program at The Paddington Centre offers seniors the opportunity to get crafty in a social setting while enjoying a cup of tea. Local artist Dominkia Deska will be taking the 6 week class held every Monday at 2 – 3-30pm starting on the 12 October at 132 Latrobe Terrace. Cost is $5. Dominkia engages participants in naturebased activities including

coiled basket making, natural dyeing using plant materials and utilising her floristry background -a floral corsage/comb making to tie in with the Melbourne Cup. These weekly classes focus on stimulating the senses, memory, motor skills, and social interaction. Are you interested in making new friends over a crafty afternoon with a cup of tea in one hand and fabric in the other? Contact Communify on 3368 3723. We also have community transport that can help you get there.

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BEFORE YOU VOTE on OCT 31 HERE ARE A FEW THINGS TO CONSIDER if you have a loved one who identifies as LGBTIQ+ Who expunged homosexuality as a crime? Who lowered the Age of Consent? Who removed the Panic Defence? Who legalised Adoption for same-sex attracted couples? Who introduced Surrogacy for same-sex attracted couples? Who reintroduced Civil partnership when the LNP removed it? Who recognised LGBTIQ+ couples from interstate and overseas? Who introduced assisted reproductive therapy? Who improved the workplace legislation for LGBTIQ+ people? Who improved the rights of LGBTIQ+ school students to be themselves?

Will Deb Frecklinfton, should she become Premier, be as supportive of LGBTIQ+ people, or will she do as Campbell Newman did; who deliberately MADE THEIR LIFE HARDER!

Remember what happened when the last LNP government was in power:

1. They defunded every LGBTIQ+ community organisation in Queensland, including the QLD AIIDS Council.

2. They closed the only gender clinic in Qld, the Gender Clinic at Biala. Fortunately, thanks to private funding, it was relocated.

3. The Civil Partnership legislation was repealed and renamed the ”Relationship Register” The Register was considered sterile and insulting and very rarely used.

So once again I strongly suggest people think carefully before voting — Don’t elect a government that’s divisive and demeaning of people. Queenslanders need stable, progressive leadership that’s inclusive of all minorities regardless of gender and sexual orientation, colour, culture and creed. Authorised by Shelley Argent OAM National Spokesperson PFLAG+ www.pflagbrisbane.org.au Address: 30 Helen St. Newstead Qld 4006

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Ashgrove Historical Society

The Ashgrove Historical Society monthly speaker program is currently in recess due to the Covid-19 restrictions at Ashgrove Library. For information about Ashgrove’s history or the Society and its publications, please visit our website or contact the secretary, Julie, at email: ahs. secretary@bigpond.com or ph: 3366 4621.

The Three Mile Scrub Part 1 The Three Mile Scrub was 80-100 hectares of rainforest unique and specific to Brisbane on Enoggera Creek from Kelvin Grove to Newmarket. It was considered one of the most beautiful areas of lowland vine forest and wet scheropyll in Brisbane. The forest had towering hoop pine, mahogany, ironbark, cedar and fig trees plus many plants including vines, creepers, orchids, passionflower and black bean. The diverse environment provided a cool haven with the creek and dense canopy and offered indigenous people an ideal habitat to source plant medicines as well as hunt, fish and gather food. It was a site for harvesting, fermenting and processing black-bean paste and macrozamia (cycad) kernels. By the late 19th and early 20th century, it had become popular with the European

settlers for family picnics, overnight camping and other recreational activities. The forest was close to the city and had the advantage of being easily accessible by train, bicycle and later, by tram. The rainforest provided the name for Three Mile Scrub Road, the stretch now known as Ashgrove Avenue, which connects Waterworks Rd, Ashgrove to Enoggera Rd, Newmarket. Three Mile Scrub Road was renamed Serpentine Road in the late 1880s, until the original name was restored in 1904. The road was given its current name – Ashgrove Avenue – about 1925. The Three Mile Scrub was also of particular interest to Frederick Manson (F.M.) Bailey, the second government botanist. From 1881 until his death in 1915, he, and a team of volunteer collectors, conducted scientific exploration of Brisbane and SE Queensland. During this time, F.M. and his team recorded 190 species in the Three Mile Scrub including fungi and mosses which are now housed in the Queensland Herbarium at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. Find out what happened to this immensely beautiful area next month. Meanwhile, enjoy the images described in this poem written by ‘Frederick’ in 1851 and published in the Moreton Bay Courier that year.

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Frederick, Brisbane, Feb. 18,1851. Moreton Bay Courier, 22 February 1851, p4 I know a dell, where weeds grow rank The noisy strife of babbling men Breaks not the quiet of this glen; Along a streamlet’s shaded bank; Here-far from man’s discordant prate, A lonely, wild, sequestered glen, The wild dove cooeys to his mate. Far from the dinning noise of men.     The trees above their branches twine, To this lone spot I oft repair, When torn with town’s distracting care, And tendrils of uncultured vine Clasp the rough bark, in that rude spot, And in its solitude profound, I tread at once on holy ground. With grace which art surpasseth not,   In close companionship are seen And dearer far that spot to me The varied shades of nature’s green, Than crowd or gay festivity;And dwarfish shrubs and giant trees With nature holding converse sweet, Together woo the fresh’ning breeze. I love this shady, calm retreat.     So dense their foliage, scarce a ray Of summer’s sun can downward stray; Oh! long to me this love be given, Communion high with nature’s heaven! And, while the other world is bright, Here dwells the sombre shade of night. Love of the solemn, calm, and free, Soft notes of spirit melody!  

A New Dawn at Ithaca Probus Club September saw a new beginning on two fronts for Ithaca Probus Club. Under very careful safety precautions the club held its first general meeting for the 2020/21 Probus year. It was also the first meeting in our new venue at the Red Hill Community Sports Club in Fulcher Road, Red Hill. It was almost a home-coming since the club began life twenty years ago just across the park at the Broncos Club. Over 80 percent of Club members turned out to resume old friendships, enthusiastically participating in an impromptu round of short personal presentations. Earlier in the month our first full day outing since the long break – the postponed bus trip to Ipswich, was fully booked and a great day out was enjoyed by all who were able to go. Club activities are nearly back to normal, with the cards group and the poetry group, each holding meetings in members’ homes. . Our monthly newsletters have been keeping members connected and are again carrying the usual round of club news. New members are always most welcome. If you would like to give us a try, 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 please see our web site: www.probussouthpacific.org/microsites/ithaca

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The Physiologix Corner Women’s health week was last month and we want to remind you about just some of the things we work with at Physiologix, that so often women out there just think they have to live with. 1. Weak Pelvic Floor - this can be at any age. Poor pelvic floor has been shown in teenage athletes......and it is an issue that becomes more common as we move through the different stages of life. Our physios use ultrasound imaging which is put onto the lower part of the tummy and angled down so that we are able to see the base of the pelvic floor. We can then assess what happens when you do a pelvic floor contraction - does your pelvic floor lift as it should or does something else occur. This can help guide how we can then. progress to help you. It is also a brilliant reassessment tool, to see how you may have improved over time. 2. Pregnancy - having literally just had my second child, I know first hand how much preparing your body in pregnancy, and then making sure you get into the right exercises after birth, is vital to helping support your body both at the time of pregnancy and birth, but also for the long term future. This is something I am hugely passionate about. Younger women assume things will work out ok … they don’t prioritise this small but essential part of their future well being. Our physios will assess any issues, specific exercises will be set, and we have the most incredible pilates program for those that are able to commit a little more time. No matter what your situation, how much time you have, and what constraints life is throwing at you, we can tailor something specifically for your needs. 3. Healthy ageing - as we age, and especially as we travel through and into post menopause, there are so many changes that our bodies have to endure. And there is so much you can do to help age well. No matter if you want to continue as you are and work on prevention, or you have never done a thing and think it is time to start we can help. Dont leave it too late. Osteoporosis, balance and falls prevention, maintaining muscle mass these are all things you can work on with hugely effective results. You can work through an individually designed program, specific to your needs, in our small pilates equipment classes in the beautiful Physiologix private rehab area. Or we can design a program that you can take with you to the gym, or do from home. So ladies, spread the word about women’s health awareness, and that means, girls its time to think about yourselves, your health and your future. At Physiologix we look forward to helping support you, no matter what your journey.

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Click, Clack! Click, Clack! Pictured is the Enoggera tram on its final day – travelling to Chermside on Sunday, 1 December 1968. While the very last tram journey took place in Brisbane the following year on 13 April 1969 (over 50 years ago!) – this would be the last service that took place to the Enoggera area. Who out there remembers when trams were an iconic feature of Brisbane’s transport network and way of life? Who still has some memorabilia from those days – such as photos, tickets, an old timetable or other? Feel free to share your memories with us. Visit our Facebook page or email enoggerahistory@gmail.com We’d love to hear from you. And remember: you can still re-live such memories from yesteryear by visiting the wonderful Brisbane Tramway Museum in Tramway Street, Ferny Grove – next door to the Grove Sports Club. The centre is open to the public every Sunday from 1pm to 4pm. For enquiries phone 3351 1776. And don’t forget: the Enoggera & Districts Historical Society Inc. has just re-opened its history display to the local community each Thursday morning from 9.30am. Just visit the Enoggera Memorial Hall in Wardell Street (parking in Trundle Street). Social distancing and COVID-19 rules apply, but you are most welcome to drop in for a look and a cuppa ? Finally, thank you to the late T V Gall of Alderley for donating to the Society the accompanying photo of the last Enoggera tram Take care, everyone. Andrew McMicking - President

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Newmarket VIEW Club TRAINING AREA/ RANGE WARNING NOTICE Residents and visitors to areas surrounding the Enoggera Training Area are warned that it is a Defence live firing range and to expect periods of heightened noise volume.

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Venue - Gaythorne RSL Club As the Gaythorne RSL, following COVID restrictions, is allowing social lunches in the Bistro until at least January 2021, only a total of 40 members are able to attend, each purchasing their own meals but, at least, are able to get-together and socialise. Hopefully, these get-togethers can be continued until normal life returns. Our lunch on 22nd September was attended by 37 members and was enjoyed by all. Raffles and donations are being used to raise funds to continue to sponsor the six students following The Smith Family’s Learning for Life Program. The Newmarket VIEW Club, Brisbane, is a small. friendly club with members coming 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. If you wish to know more about the Newmarket VIEW Club, email us on newmarketview@gmail.com or ring our president, Heather, on 0437 343 163 or vice-president, Jean, on 0438 177 176

The Training Area is generally described as the area to the northwest of Gallipoli Barracks bounded by Gimba St, Mitchelton, Yarrabee Rd, Keperra, Ashgrove Golf Course and Scenic Reserve, The Gap and Enoggera Creek, Ashgrove. The area is fenced with range warning signs displayed on the boundary. Defence training includes firing practices with live ammunition, explosives, pyrotechnic devices and lasers that generally occur daily between 0700h – 1600h. Night time practices may occur and are generally completed before 2200h. A notification service for high noise periods is provided via text messaging. Please contact Range Control to register. Unauthorised entry to the area is prohibited and exposes any trespasser to serious injury or death. Unexploded ordnance from Defence activities is extremely dangerous and should not be handled. Persons found trespassing within the TA/range boundary will be prosecuted. For inquiries regarding the Enoggera Training Area please contact the Range Control Officer on 07 3332 7456. 1301JD_1063

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.....Principal's Points.......Principal's Points...... Marist College Ashgrove 2020 CyberTaipan Competition Marist College Ashgrove had three teams participated in the 2020 CyberTaipan Competition. The teams placed 6th, 10th and 11th with the top ten teams moving onto the National Finals. This competition requires students to examine Windows Servers, Linux Servers and Windows 10 images to find vulnerabilities within the systems. This is the second time that Marist College Ashgrove has taken part in this competition they were a part of the pilot in 2018/2019 with all three teams made it to the National Final in 2019. Congratulations to all of our teams: 11th Place Team 445 – Liam Morris and Michael Nolan 10th Place Team 444 – Ben Hartfiel; Luke Nisbett; Will Johnson and Zac Apelt 6th Place Team 090 – Aiden Ortizl; Michael Gormley; Will Jennings; Chadd McCoy and Hugh Torpie

2021 College Captain Congratulations to Henry Thomasson (pictured right) who yesterday was announced as the 2021 College Captain of Marist College Ashgrove. Henry follows in his brother William’s footsteps, who was College captain in 2011. Henry is a boarder from Emerald. He will take over from current College Captain James Clarke. Peter McLoughlin Headmaster

St Peter Chanel Primary School Term 3 at St Peter Chanel school was a feast of great teaching and learning! Our Year 6 students have hosted an exciting and actionpacked Fab Fair day as they raised funds to support 13 charities that they nominated from across the community. In the absence of many events across broader community life this year, it was fabulous to see our children enjoy so many fun and inventive activities, all in the name of worthy causes. The grand total raised was $1361.30, meaning that each of the charities will receive over $100.00. It was exciting to see the Business and Economics

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Recently elected 2021 Marist College Captain Henry Thomasson with current Captain James Clarke

component of the Year 6 curriculum learning unfold this way. Congratulations to all involved. Last month, our community took time to honour National Child Protection Week. Amongst other things, we welcomed our new Adopt-A-Cop, Detective Sergeant Greg Bishop, at a school Assembly where he spoke about child protection related matters, as we continue to put our children first with child protection. Our staff have enjoyed a pupil free day where we focused on two important matters in the life of our school. Firstly, we devoted time to moderating student work samples to ensure consistency in teacher judgment. Secondly, we engaged in our internal review which cultivates a collaborative culture for improvement by fostering staff engagement with the strategic direction of the school in learning, teaching and well-being. I enjoy visiting classrooms for Learning Walk and Talks and do this frequently. In recent weeks it has been inspiring to see Prep children engage in their focus text, Giraffes Can’t Dance, as well as use scales to determine which object

from a collection was the heaviest. In Year 1, at the time of my visit, the children were simultaneously learning about 2D and 3D shapes, whilst integrating their knowledge of coordinates. In Year 2, students were reviewing the last three books that they had read and choosing their favourite character. This involved them writing about this character, drawing from justifying actions in the text. One of the Year 3 classes visited were in the midst of their Literacy block, with focus learning including guided reading and targeted spelling. Our Year 4 students have been very busy working in teams to create diorama scenes depicting an element of time related to the First Fleet and connected events. Not only were the children’s designs well planned and meticulous in their construction, their attention to detail and accompanying commentary was nothing short of inspirational. During my visit to Year 5 classes, the students were exploring financial planning, with one group of students creating a budget for an excursion. I was pleased to learn, in one Year 6 classes, more about lights and lighting as a group of students presented information to the class about features of electrical devices. (Continued on page 23)

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.....Principal's Points.......Principal's Points...... St Peter Chanel School (Continued from page 23)

The second Year 6 class were engaged in Teams meetings with their Pen Pal buddy from Milpera State High School. During these conversations, our students learned more (from a primary source), about life as a child in the likes of Eritrea, Afghanistan, Samoa, Thailand, The Conga and China. Incredible inspirational learning is happening across our school! Each term we formally recognise students who have displayed one or more of the CHANEL Virtues of Charity, Hope, Acceptance, Nurture, Excellence and Love to the highest level. Congratulations to the students who were recently honoured: Prep Blue - Lachlan M, Prep Maroon - Lincoln J-B, 1Blue - Ned H, 1Maroon Amelia McK, 2Blue - Archer H, 2Maroon - Fletcher J-B, 3Blue - Preston R and Sebastian C, 3Maroon Abe P and Asha F, 3White - George H and Tia M-S, 4Blue - Marissa T, 4Maroon - Molly N, 5Blue - Evelyn C, 5Maroon - Ashleigh P, 6Blue - Chloe P, Maroon - Almira R. The children in Years 3 - 6 have been attending coaching sessions with AFL QLD, Cricket Australia, Netball Australia and Touch Football Australia. In the first two weeks of Term 4 the children will put their new skills into practice and compete in a friendly round robin competition. Students will be placed into teams within their cohort and play a number of mini matches on the day. Our final day of term involved an Active Fun Day for the children. Each cohort rotated through a variety of enjoyable physical activities

such as Vortex, Horse Race Relays, Ruckman’s Treasure, Octopus, Line Tiggy and Cross the Ocean. Congratulations to the children who have recently received the Sacrament of Confirmation – a special time in their faith journey. Many of our children are also preparing with the parish to celebrate their First Communion in the coming weeks. Following our highly s u c c e s s f u l A u t h o r- i n Residence with Mr David Lowe, we are excited to announce that our very own publication, written and illustrated by all our students during their time with David, has been launched. Families may purchase copies of ‘Hidden Talents’ for just $10. We have commenced welcoming to school our Prep 2021 children and their parents, spending time considering readiness for Prep. I am regularly asked, “Is it too late for an interested family to contact the school about a place for Prep next year, or any other year level?” It is certainly not too late, so if you know of anyone who may be interested in a place with us, please encourage them to give our office a call. 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 on 3300 1202 or by emailing pthegap@bne. catholic.edu.au. We currently have limited vacancies across year levels for 2021 and interested families are welcome to book in a time for a guided tour through our modern teaching and learning spaces and spacious grounds. Margo Carwardine – Principal

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CHESS T'MINIT With Covid-19 restrictions now being relaxed, physical tournament and social play at The Gap Chess Club has recommenced with Covidsafe play rules in place. Game night starts 7.30 pm on Friday nights at Room B6, The Gap State High School. The club has a Facebook Page, “The Gap Chess Club”, with updates on club play, local chess news and puzzles. The Stuart Wilson Trophy tournament, is close to completion, and a report of the results will be in next month’s column. With the completion of this tournament, 3 shorter tournaments will be held to finish the year. This month’s problem comes from a game on lichess. com, which is often featured

on the club’s Facebook page. The position seems quite blocked, but black (to move) has a nice way to force a quick win. Solution to last month’s puzzle. 1 … Qg3 wins white’s queen as the pawn on f2 is pinned

Solution: 1 … Qg4 2. Qxg4 hxg4 3. Kg3 Rh3 is checkmate

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Although no one in his family is a journalist, Year 12 Marist student Ben Roden-Cohen, pirctured above, has his heart set on a writing career. He recently won the Independent Education Union of Australia Literary Award for nonfiction for a well-argued article on “cancel culture’’, which has reinforced his ambitions to make a living out of writing. “I wanted to write about the defacing of Winston Churchill’s statue and included quotes from (George Orwell’s book)1984 as I felt the historical ignorance underpinning these incidents are damaging to us as a society,’’ Ben said. He wants to study western civilisation at the University of Queensland and one day work in journalism or write historical prose. website: http://www.westernecho.com.au


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

In August our Year 11 leadership team held a free dress day to raise funds for the Alive Organisation as part of Mental Health Week. They encouraged students to come in their favourite outfit paired with the silliest socks they could find. By wearing their favourite outfit they hoped students would feel extra happy and confident in their own skin! Over the long weekend in August four of our students very bravely represented The Gap SHS in the QUT High School Mooting competition. For those that don’t know a moot is a legal argument or mock trial, a bit like a debate. We had two teams in the competition, both teams received high praise from their judges for their preparation, well drafted submissions and confident presentations. One of our teams won the grand final which was an amazing achievement. Our Year 11 and Year 12 students finished term 3 with a two week block of exams. For our Year 12 students we tried to simulate the external exams process that they would experience in November. The processes for the end of the second year of the first iteration for the new QCE system has school leadership reflecting and reviewing on almost a daily basis to ensure our students are set up for the best and most positive experience possible. Our Science department celebrated National Science Week (17-21August) with a variety of activities. Their aim was to encourage an interest in science and STEM and to inspire students to become fascinated by the world in which we live. Undoubtedly

the highlight of Science Week was the Big Watermelon Experiment. Our Year 11 UQ Science Ambassadors dressed in their protective coats and glasses conducted an experiment that the whole school could enjoy. The aim was to see how many rubber bands could be placed around a whole watermelon before it exploded. The result was 438 bands which caused a lot of trepidation and laughter. Anne McLauchlan – Principal

The Gap State School During Term 3, students at The Gap State School were offered a variety of extra lunchtime activities in which they could choose to participate. Some of the highlights were: Music - We are very proud of our Music program at The Gap State School. Engaging classroom music lessons build the essential foundations, with strong choral and instrumental programs that further grow the skills and knowledge of our students. We were feeling the impact of COVID-19 and the loss of our performance opportunities, so for Term 3 ‘Thursday Beats’ was implemented. With assistance from all our Music Leaders, students signed up to sing or play during lunch break on a Thursday. From our huge list of enthusiastic performers and working with our Technology Leaders, our team of helpers put together weekly programs of five performances including individuals, duets or small groups. We have had beautiful singing as well as piano, flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin and viola playing. Some performances came directly from the instrumental music lessons, others from lessons at home and some sang enthusiastically. At all times we experienced

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the most amazing sense of support and respect from our student-filled audiences. This has been a wonderful way to build the feeling of community at The Gap State School. Robotics - Proving that learning is loads of fun, students have been programming robots to overcome a series of obstacles relating to water management. Using a game board created for the First Lego League robotics challenge, students from Years 2 to 6 have designed EV3 robots capable of completing various missions and are learning how to control the movements of these robots. Through this design process, students are developing crucial problemsolving skills and resilience in the face of adversity. Missions ranging from the collection of rainwater to the irrigation of plants encourage students to reflect on current water utilisation practices and highlight the importance of conserving this valuable resource. STEAM Kids - Students from Year 1 all the way up to Year 6 are enthusiastically involved in STEAM kids.

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. During Term 3, students in Year 4 and above worked in the school Makerspace on projects of interest, including programming Lego EV3 robots to complete complex challenges and working through the design process to create objects using the school’s 3D printer. Younger students developed their programming skills to create animations using block-based coding apps, Scratch Jr and Pyonkee. We a r e i n c r e d i b l y proud of the progress and achievements of all our students in Term 3. We have provided rich extension tasks, opportunities for inquiry learning and an explicit teaching focus on writing. We highly value our partnerships with our families and have had a successful term with the P&C and School Council making significant decisions to further improve our school. I wish everyone a wonderful spring break and look forward to a busy and productive Term 4. Warm regards, Joanne Nicholls - Principal

Quote of the Day

You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smater than you think. - A.A. Milne

Term 4 2020

Begins Tuesday 6 Oct

Please keep an eye on local schools during the holidays

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Walton Bridge The Gap Girl Guides

Saturday 19 September was a perfect spring afternoon for the Walton Bridge The Gap Girl Guide District Awards Presentation hosted by Sylvia Ringrose Trefoil Guild. The event celebrated Emma Wheeley who received her Queen’s Guide Award. The Queen’s Guide Award is the peak achievement award for youth members of Girl Guides Australia and provides an opportunity for extraordinary personal development and greater selfawareness. For her Queen’s Guide Award, Emma completed challenges across the seven fundamentals of Guiding: deepening her understanding and commitment to the Guide Promise and Law; examining Guiding Traditions; participating in 41 hours of service volunteering with 5 different organisations (some of which still continuing); enjoying the Outdoors planning and leading a camp on one extremely wet weekend in January; researching about World Guiding; and developing her Leadership. Emma has been a Junior Leader with a unit of girls aged 14+. She also met challenges related to the Arts, developing her own skills in music and creating a multimedia Arts project for youth members. The Queen’s Guide Award was presented to Emma by Amanda Nicholls, Assistant

State Commissioner, Girl Guides Queensland. Emma and other award recipients will also be recognised at a ceremony at Government House. The afternoon provided the opportunity to recognise and thank 20 local women with more than 400 years of membership and service to Girl Guides; enabling girls and young women to grow into confident, selfrespecting, responsible community members. We have women involved in Trefoil Guild and also those who volunteer as leaders and unit helpers to make sure that our girls and young women learn leadership, teamwork, develop resilience and become confident young women. We are part of an organisation with over 10 million members worldwide. Guides are involved in a wide range of exciting activities, from outdoor challenges and camping, learning new skills, to community service and travel. The membership awards ranged from one year for some of our newest leaders and adult members to a 50year membership award for Pam Ross-Smith. The awards were presented by our Girl Guide Region Manager, Cr Steven Toomey, Hon Kate Jones MP and Mr Julian Simmonds MP. We were delighted to have our family and community join with us on this special day.

Sylvia Ringrose Trefoil Guild, host of the awards presentation

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Emma Wheeley, Queen’s Guide Award recipient

2020 Award recipients: 1 year awards: Benardine Jeffrey - 2nd Guides/Ranger leader; Sharon Willoby - 2nd Guides/Ranger leader 5 years awards: Juliana Crombie - Gumnut Guides; Sophie Gates - 3rd Guides Heidi Von Kistowski Gumnut Guides 10 years awards: Marsha Perrie - 2nd Brownie Guides & Trefoil Guild member 15 years awards: Wendy Bell – Trefoil Guild member; Shirley McNeil – Trefoil Guild member;Roslyn Raleigh – Trefoil Guild member; and Lucy Thompson - 2nd Guides/Ranger leader 20 years awards: Barbara Leis – Trefoil Guild member 25 years awards: Helen Ede - Trefoil Guild member; Barbara Laidlaw - Trefoil Guild member; Lyn Orchard - Trefoil Guild member; and

Judy Skelly - Trefoil Guild member 30 years awards: Elaine Va r l e y - Tr e f o i l G u i l d member; Marie Yamamoto Trefoil Guild member 40 years awards: Margaret Murray - Trefoil Guild member 45 years awards: Jennifer Connell - Trefoil Guild member 50 years award: Pam RossSmith - Trefoil Guild member Girls and women from five to 105 enjoy fun, friends, and adventure! Guiding is a great experience for adults as well as girls and we are actively seeking women to join our leadership team. There are a range of roles to suit different strengths and availabilities. Please contact Elizabeth Wheeley, District Manager Walton Bridge The Gap, if you are interested in joining us: e.wheeley@gmail. com or 0410 449 282.

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Norths Eagles enjoying hockey success

The shortened Brisbane hockey season is drawing to a close and Northern Suburbs Hockey Club is enjoying onfield success with a number of premiership trophies in the bag. The Ashgrove-based club’s DP3 senior women’s team won its premiership at Downey Park, beating Commercial 3-0 in a shootout after the grand final was tied 0-0 at fulltime. The Norths Under 13A junior girls team won its Minor Premiership, for finishing on top of the competition ladder at the end of weekly fixtures, before defeating Kedron-Wavell 1-0 in the grand final. Norths Under 11A girls completed an unbeaten season – and didn’t concede a single goal – on the way to winning the Minor Premiership and a shared premiership by drawing 0-0

The premiership winning Norths DP3 senior women’s hockey team. Photo by Andrew Blanchard

with Commercial in the grand final. T h e c l u b ’s M o n d a y Masters 3 senior women’s

side also won its Minor Premiership. At the time of going to print, two Eagles junior boys

teams were preparing to play in grand finals and five Norths senior men’s teams remain in contention for the semi-finals. Contact us Ph: 0432 967 829 walkingfootballbrisbane.com.au info@walkingfootballbrisbane.com.au

Storm Quine-Schouw of Norths, left, in action against Commercial in the Brisbane DP3 hockey grand final. Photo by Andrew Blanchard

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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Of the 86 recognised species of tea trees (Leptospermum sp.), 83 are found in Australia and 81 of these are native to this country. They grow in a variety of habitats from coastal dunes to mountain peaks but are more commonly found in poorly drained, wet, acidic soil that is nutrient poor. This group of plants has fine, narrow leaves that decrease evaporative water loss and thus make them ideal plants for water wisegardens. The common name (tea tree) comes from the practice of early settlers making a tea substitute by soaking leaves in boiling water.

The prickly tea tree (Leptospermum juniperinum) grows in near-coastal swamps, heath and sedgeland and on sandstone cliffs between Fraser Island in Queensland and Ulladulla in New South Wales. It is a variable, broom-like shrub that is upright (to less than 3m) or spreading with thin, rough bark. The leaves are narrow and sharply pointed. Although this makes them quite prickly, it also ensures the shrub is an ideal habitat for small birds. The prolific white flowers in spring and summer are pollen and nectar rich and attract native insects including bees and butterflies. The stems are used for tea-

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wildlife plant. Additionally, it is a useful low-level cover in windbreaks, particularly on poorly drained sites and, due to their soil-binding fibrous roots that help to control erosion, for revegetating swampy areas. This species also makes attractive bonsai specimens.

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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

tree fencing and for plant stakes, whilst indigenous people made implements from the stems, including pegs for kangaroo skins and hunting spears (e.g. for eels). This hardy plant is a lovely ornamental species for a sunny spot in the garden as well as being a valuable

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 www.yscg.com.au yscgsecretary@gmail.com www.facebook.com/yooralastreetcommunitygarden

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The Valley Hockey Club will be celebrating its 100 years in 2021. To commemorate its centenary the Club will be hosting a number of events throughout the year. Any past players or supporters, both men and women, who would like to be advised of such events should contact the VHC Secretary at secretary@valleyhockey.com.au or contact Alex Granlund on 0404 463 733

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Enoggera Creek Catchment Plan Save Our Waterways Now (SOWN) is currently in the process of creating a new catchment plan to identify threats and opportunities for the Enoggera Creek catchment area over the next ten years. An online survey has been created and several workshops were held in collaboration with the Brisbane City Council on August 22. For anyone who would like to have their say, the survey is still open and accessible via the SOWN website. President of SOWN, John Abbott, said the plan will be used to establish achievable policies and identify priority actions for SOWN. “Over the coming months, we will be collecting and mapping new information and consulting our members, partner organisations and the general community about what should be in the plan. “We are hoping that through this process we will receive honest feedback and new ideas,” he said. Results of the survey so far have shown that there is a lot of interest in our catchment area.

SOWN planning workshop at Walton Bridge Reserve on 22 August. PHOTO: Anne Jones

Many participants highlighted the importance of community participation and the engagement of local businesses and schools. Other issues such as introduced species, weeds and resilience against natural disasters were also of concern to respondents.

Through the workshops, common issues across the catchment were discussed, as well as more specific issues for particular areas such as the management of run off and pollutants. The results will be reviewed and put together into a detailed plan in the coming months. John said the plan was just the beginning of an on-going

process. “ We h o p e t h e p l a n will continue to evolve. We are always opening to feedback and ideas from the community,” he said. Stay tuned for further updates and opportunities to get involved. SOWN website: http:// www.saveourwaterwaysnow. com.au/

Quote of the Day

You can find peace amidst the storms that threaten you. - Joseph B. Wirthlin

Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club There have been so many changes made to Covid-19 restrictions, it’s hard to predict what will be in force a fortnight ahead. The Mitchelton & Districts Garden Club will have their first meeting for many months in October. The President will be in touch with members about this meeting. The Club’s 56th anniversary occurs this month, October, and still has two active Foundation Members. There are reports of dam

levels being below normal and we should do all we can to conserve water at this time. Today’s gardeners should aim at having a waterwise garden which not only conserves water usage but also helps when the water bill arrives. When the term “Waterwise Garden” is used, some people imagine a garden of cacti and succulents and native shrubs, which exist where rainfall is limited, but this need not be the case. A waterwise garden may consist of shrubs, silver and grey furry leaves,

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colourful flowers and fruit and abundant wildlife. You might think ‘How can this be without much water.’ Well the secret is in the preparation of the garden soil. It must contain compost which improves the water retaining ability of the soil and adds nutrients and microbes. It has to contain plenty of humus (decayed vegetable and animal waste) which captures carbon in the soil. Then lots of mulch should be used to prevent

evaporation etc. Deep watering, less frequently, is better than a little more often. Water efficient equipment saves wasted water too. The design of the garden helps. If you can, provide shelter from wind and sun. Plant plants with similar needs in the same area. Direct rainwater with paving and channels to desired spots. Lots more can be done. Just think about it and be resourceful. For more details about this Club, please phone President Pat on 3356 1256.

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Brisbane Tramway Museum and Ferny Grove Men's Shed

When Men’s Sheds were first introduced into Australia in the early part of this century, they were primarily designed to provide a means for men to get together and discuss common issues, particularly relating to health, social isolation and the like. Over a short time, many sheds were established and in 2007 the Australian Men’s Shed Association was inaugurated, based in Newcastle NSW. Today, that association can boast over 1000 sheds as its members, including our shed. In some cases, sheds that started out simply as meeting venues where members could gather to talk, maybe listen to a guest speaker , play cards etc took an extra step and workshop activities were added to their overall range of activities. Workshops provided the means for men to practice their craft skills (often not possible to do in their homes due to the machinery needed

or for other reasons) and to pass on those skills to other members. Woodcraft was a major activity in this area. Normally, membership of a shed will consist of men from the local area. However, because of the unique opportunities offered by Ferny Grove Shed, ie, association with trams, our membership is drawn from all over Brisbane and even from the Gold Coast. Members of our shed play a major role in the restoration and maintenance of the fleet of Brisbane Trams operated by the Tramway Museum at both a technical level and a more general level. Members include electrical spe-cialists, mechanics of various backgrounds, certainly carpenters and other members who clean the trams, paint them or polish the brassware! Overall, they keep the operating fleet operating! The shed is well equipped

to do the jobs required of it. Photos show the carpentry workshop and some of the mechanical workshop, both of which are home to up-todate machines and with the people who know how to use them. Much of the tram regular maintenance , of course, has to be carried out over the inspection pit. In addition to looking after trams, however, shed members are also responsible for maintaining our buildings and grounds and are constantly engaged in projects to improve safety and appearance in the area. F u r t h e r, p a r t o f t h e philosophy of men’s sheds is that they perform some work for the community at large. In our case, we have just completed some ‘fringes’ for the local cricket club grandstand with more jobs in that pipeline; we are currently part way through a project

of re-painting signs for the Scouts camp-ing grounds at Samford and we help out the Tramway Museum with volunteers when required. There is always room for more members and any men seeking to expand their hobbies and craft skills etc are welcome to come and have a look at us. The shed is open every Tuesday from 7.00 am until about 2.00 pm and on Friday mornings from 7.00 am until about noon. Our phone number is 3351 1776.

Art in Bark Assoc. Art in Bark Association have cancelled their workshops at City Hall 50+ in the basement until further notice. • Closed workshops at Skylarkers at Inala till further notice. • Nundah has closed till further notice. The Nambour show was to be held in September, but has been cancelled. Brisbane Quilt & Craft  Fair  at Convention Centre cancelled in October For more info Joy M. 0407 178 064 – Barbara 3271 2130 –   Hazel M. 0408 157 117

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Shed Happens for Men The Gap/Ashgrove Inc. We are back! We are back operating under a strict COVID-19 plan developed by the Scout Association as we hold the gatherings in the Scout Den in Paten Road, The Gap. September 2020 Shed Night was attended by 30 men all practicing social distancing etc. There were two very interesting interviewees. Tim Balaam – Solicitor Ti m h a d s o m e v e r y interesting tales to tell about his life and also about some cases he had worked on over the years (no names of course). It was very eye opening to learn of some of the ways in which people have tried to rort the workers compensation and insurance systems. There were numerous schemes that have been uncovered by

various investigative methods over the years. Some of these schemes were very well thought out, others just obvious lies. Craig McConachy – Retired Army Colonel Craig attended army officer training at Portsea, Victoria and during his time in the army rose to the rank of Colonel. He was serving in Mogadishu, Somalia at the time when two American Blackhawk helicopters were shot down. At the time, the United States was leading a UN mission to end the civil war and famine in Somalia. In October 1993, elite American troops launched a disastrous raid in the Somali capital Mogadishu. Their aim was to capture key allies of the powerful Somali warlord, Gen Mohamed Farah Aideed.

The Gap RSL Sub Branch The Gap Sub-Branch of the RSL is a microcosm of the general community at large and COVID-19 has affected us in the same way it has affected everyone else ,except for one small factor; if anything , our members tend to be in the group cheerfully referred to as “ at risk “ and this has further influenced us to err on the side of caution, to act as good corporate citizens and severely modify our activities . Whilst this has reduced the activities of the general membership, it has not dampened the enthusiasm of the Sub-Branch President and Committee who have kept the administration running smoothly. ANZAC Day 2020 embraced the concept of "Light Up the Dawn" struck a

very responsive chord around the Western suburbs and there are anecdotal reports of over half the residents in some streets standing in their driveways , complete with candles and flags , quietly and solemnly participating in the ceremony with the Apps on their phones. Remembrance Day 2020 is the next major event for the Sub-Branch in 2020 Restrictions and regulations are constantly being reviewed and at the time of going to print there are indications that restrictions are starting to ease. The Sub-Branch has decided to proceed with the annual sale of poppies for Remembrance Day . Many years ago badges were worn for ANZAC Day and poppies for Remembrance Day but

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But US forces met fierce resistance from Aideed’s militia. Two US Black Hawk helicopters were shot down. In the ensuing battle, hundreds of Somalis were estimated to have died. Some 18 Americans and two UN soldiers were killed. However, the sight those present as they fielded of dead US soldiers being many questions from a very dragged through the streets appreciative audience. of Mogadishu was a turning The next Shed night will point in one of the United States’ most high-profile be held on the 21st October interventions in Africa. The 2020 in the usual place, the images, broadcast around the Scout Den in Paten Rd, The Gap. world, outraged many. For further information Craig also spoke of other areas in the world he served please call – Craig (0417 736 897) or Lionel (0417 while in the armed forces. 786 542) or visit our Website It was very evident that – www.shedhappensformen. both our interviewees had com.au or Facebook Page been well received and – gapshednight@gmail.com captured the interest of WE LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING WITH YOU ON OUR NEXT “SHED HAPPENS FOR MEN NIGHT”

In Flanders Fields John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, ny Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foes To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though popples grow In Flanders fields. now both are worn on either “Day “, a matter of personal preference, so the sellers will have plenty of merchandise for those who avidly collect new badges as they are released . Remembrance Day, the eleventh of November falls on a Wednesday. The present plan is to sell merchandise

at The Gap Shopping Centre on the preceding Thursday, Friday and Saturday . You are urged to resume your usual support to allow the Sub-Branch to effectively resume its welfare activities . There is certainly a demand for these services in the present socio-economic circumstances.

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