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August 2020 ISSN 1327-676X

Western Echo Western

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

The Gap State High School Sisters Share Strong Leadership Dedication

A first for The Gap State High School! Three members of the same family are serving the school as 2020/2021 Leadership Team members – sisters Ella - Junior School Captain; Jessica – current School Captain; and Tahlia Ruhle incoming 2021 School Captain have embraced the opportunity to serve their school and fellow students

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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



Wyatt Automotive Phone: 3300 2077

pg 13

BATHROOMS Steve Froggatt Phone: 0402 730 177 pg 10

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

pg 19



MeatU@Home Phone: 3161 5021 pg 17

Pandanus Contractors Phone: 3300 3934 pg 21 Plumbers We Are Phone: 3351 0016 pg 21

CLUBS/GROUPS Taylor Range Country Club Phone:3366 1560 pg 12

COMMUNITY GARDEN Yooralla Street Community Garden w w w. y s c g . c o m . a u p a g e 2 9

DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE Communify Phone: 3510 2741

pg 16

ELECTRICIAN S&R Electrical Solutions Phone: 1300 007 737 pg 11

GARDENING Good Deal Mowing Phone: 0439 734 142 pg 21

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

GUTTER VACUUM Big Boys Gutter Vacuum Phone: 0407 737 400 pg 11

LAWYERS Hollingworth & Spencer Phone: 3123 5700 pg 14

MASSAGE Bernard Evens Remedial & Sports Phone: 3366 9997 pg 18

MEDICAL CENTRE Keperra Family Practice Phone: 3351 0323 pg 19

PRINTER CARTRIDGES Cartridge World Ashgrove Phone: 3366 5111 pg 14

REAL ESTATE Harcourts Inner West Phone: 3511 0666 pg 10

SPORTING GROUP Walking Football Phone: 0432 967 829

VETERINARIAN The Gap Veterinary Clinic Phone: 3300 1533 pg 15 WEIGHT LOSS Winning with Food Phone: 0403 085 640 pg 18


WOMEN'S HEALTH Pause and Smell the Lavendar Phone: 0487 090 321 pg 19

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TYRE & MECHANICAL Wyatt Automotive Phone: 3300 2077 pg 13

Kate Jones Phone: 3554 9100 pg 1 & 5 Julian Simmonds MP Phone: 3378 1599 pg 7

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

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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.

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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COPYRIGHT: All advertisements appearing in The Western Echo are subject to copyright and may not be reproduced except with the written consent of the owner of the copyright. No guarantee is given to the positioning of the advertisements and the publisher takes no responsibility for errors or omissions or theWestern accuracy ofEcho articlesAugust published. The Western to 15,700 homes and businesses in: Ashgrove, The 2020 Page 2Echo is delivered, by private letterbox distribution, website: http://www.westernecho.com.au Ashgrove West, St. Johns Wood, Dorrington, The Gap, and selected areas of Bardon, Red Hill, Enoggera, Keperra and Mitchelton

Enoggera & Districts Historical Society Inc. Home Sweet Home Recently the Society posted a special Happy Birthday message on our Facebook page to local resident Keith Smith – who turned a wonderful 90 years of age! The post prompted a flood of congratulatory messages and feedback, and a number of comments relating to the actual length of time Keith and his lovely wife Audrey have lived in their home. Keith and Audrey were married at Nundah in October 1951. They moved into their house at Royal Parade, Alderley the following year: 1952. And they have been there ever since! That’s nearly 70 years! It got us thinking at the Society: who out there has lived in the same home for a significant period of time? Over 50 years? 60 years? More? Feel free to send us your story and share your memories. Visit our Facebook page or email enoggerahistory@gmail. com We’d love to hear from you. Any pics you have of your house when you first moved in would be most welcome, too. And don’t forget: the Society has just re-opened its local 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 ? Take care, everyone. Andrew McMicking - President

Keith and Audrey Smith on their wedding day 1951

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Keith and Audrey Smith 1987

Inside the August Issue...

Amnesty International............................................................12 Arana VIEW Club...........................................................17 Art in Bark Association.....................................................14 Ashgrove Forum..........................................................................21 Ashgrove Historical Society...............................................20 Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club............................................10 Brisbane Tramway Museum..................................................31 Carinity Chaplaincy................................................................31 Chess T’Minit.......................................................................26 Communify.....................................................................16 Enoggera Historical Society............................................3 Ithaca Probus Club...........................................................17 Mitchelton Garden Club...................................................28 Newmarket Bocce.................................................................30 Paten Park Native Nursery (PPNN).............................................29 Principal’s Points...................................................................22 - 24 Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap..................................27 Seranata Singers...............................................................13 SOWN (Save Our Waterways Now)...........................................29 State Update - Kate Jones - Member for Ashgrove.....................5 The Gap Historical Society...............................................26 The Gap Neighbourhood Watch.......................................7 The Gap Probus Club.............................................................14 Valley Hockey Club.................................................................24 Ward Happenings.........................................................................4 The Western Echo August 2020 Page 3


Cr Steven Toomey

Councillor for The Gap Ward Ashgrove Village Precinct Project

This year’s budget has allocated funding to complete the Ashgrove West Village Precinct Project. These projects create liveable places with vibrant neighbourhood centres for the community and visitors to enjoy. They aim to contribute to the commercial vitality of a precinct by providing accessible, safe walking spaces, seating, artwork and tree planting. Detailed designs have been developed from community feedback and will be available for comment at two kiosks held in early August within the Ashgrove West precinct. Contact my office to view the plans and dates for kiosk sessions.

Community Networking Event - 9 September 2020

We invite local business owners to attend The Gap Ward Community Networking Event. The Deputy Lord Mayor, Cr Krista Adams, Chair of City Planning & Economic Development Committee will be speaking about programs Council is offering to support local business. Also attending will be Ms Terri Cooper, Council Small Business Liaison Officer, Economic Development who will be available for a future one on one meeting with business owners. Date and Time: 6-8 pm, Wednesday 9 September 2020 Location: The Local Larder - 479 Waterworks Rd, Ashgrove Numbers for this free event are limited, to RSVP visit www.steventoomey.com.au/network

Green Happenings in The Gap Ward Council’s Free Native Plants Program offers a range of native plants to assist the community to green and help grow our city’s urban forest and support local wildlife. For more info visit www. brisbane.qld.gov.au

While there was no official public planting this year for National Tree Day 2020, you can still make a difference to your local environment by planting a tree in your garden. Free Native Plants Program is now available to residential tenants as well as ratepayers.

The Gap Ward Small Business Directory

The Gap Ward Small Business Directory is up and running. Search for local businesses on this directory and support our local community, or apply for a free listing for your business. Visit www.steventoomey.com.au and click on the “Directory” tab, business owners click on “Create a Listing” on this page.

McGinn Road Park tree planting

August Community Corners Saturday 29 August 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


What a tough year it has been for everyone throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been really distressing to see the loss of life not only here in Australia but around the world. Queenslanders have done a great job ensuring we keep each other safe by listening to the health advice and social distancing. This has enabled local businesses to reopen and keep people in work. While the government has a strong plan to help rebuild our economy, we know that we are not out of the woods when it comes to the health crisis. We need to remain vigilant. If you have symptoms, please make sure you get tested and if you are sick please stay home. To help with social distancing on public transport, from 10 August there will be an increase of 960 buses and 105 train services per week. That’s an extra 58,000 seats. Also, don’t forget, the Care Army is still able to help vulnerable seniors during this time if you need a hand. Please call 1800 173 349. Social distancing – make sure you keep it up!


Pre Covid-19 April 2019 with Darren Lockyer and Darius Boyd and kids from Wests Brisbane Junior Rugby League Club

While COVID-19 resulted in community sport being cancelled, because Queenslanders have done such a great job fighting this pandemic, we’re now able to encourage children to get back on the ground. Unfortunately, for many families in our local community that’s easier said than done. To help parents cover the cost of sport, our government is offering $150 Fair Play Vouchers. More than 4500 clubs have registered to receive the vouchers including many in our community. If you need a hand covering the cost of sport for your son or daughter, apply online at qld.gov.au/ fairplayvouchers.

LAST STRAW FOR SINGLE USE PLASTICS In another great win for our environment, plastic straws, cutlery and plates will soon be a thing of the past in Queensland. I was very proud to vote in Parliament last week to make history by banning single-use plastics from 1 July 2021.

This ban is the next stage of our plan to cut waste following the success of the plastic bag ban last year. This policy was developed in consultation with the broader community and our disability sector.

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Neighbourhood Watch The Gap 4061 Many wonderful changes are occurring in and around our community which is meaning our lives are getting busier. Our 4061 NHWQ Group are continuing to work on getting our Safety Bag Tags out to schools to help our 4061 kids stay safe in and around our community.

Other News: We’d love to have you as a member and these memberships are available for $15. Our memberships let you access any special deals we are offered by wonderful local businesses. P l e a s e v i s i t w w w. nhwq4061/shop/ and contribute if you can to any of our fundraising efforts. An important message from Acting Sergeant Paul Bagnall Source: My Police Brisbane West On many occasions members of the public and local businesses are witnessing criminal offences, suspicious activities and acts of anti-social behaviour

occurring within their r e s p e c t i v e I n n e r We s t suburbs and these activities have only been reported or discussed on social media sites, community chat rooms or to their respective council or state members etc and not to the police. Unfortunately, on these occasions, police have not been advised of these occurrences and have subsequently been unable to respond or attend to these issues in a timely manner or have knowledge of these matters. Inner West Police are urging their residents and local business owners to report police related matters directly to them, rather than by other means, so that they can deal with these occurrences in a timely and efficient manner. Listed below is the correct method of reporting police related matters to Police: Call Triple Zero (000) Emergency • If a crime is happening now, • When a life is threatened; or • When the event is time critical Call Police Link (131 444) Non-Urgent Assistance • For all non-urgent police assistance; or

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• Report a non-urgent Police Matter Online Reporting (police.qld.gov.au) Non-Urgent Assistance If you have the internet, you can submit an online report for: • Non-urgent police assistance; or • Non-urgent police matter Our kids are spending more and more time online to keep in touch with friends and loved ones they can’t visit in person. Here is some important information from ThinkUKnow Australia to keep our kids safe when online. Parents and carers need to be aware of potential challenges and equip

themselves with the tools needed to protect their child from online child sexual exploitation. To help families have these important discussions at home, ThinkUKnow have created a resource to guide you and your child through learning about online interactions, identifying suspicious behaviour and online grooming. For your copy, visit https:// www.thinkuknow.org.au/ index.php/for-parents-andcarers

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Queensland Family History Society ”Researching your family history has never been more assessable or popular, says Susie der Kinderen, Publicity Officer, with Queensland Family History Society. “During this Covid 19 time, people are staying close to home and getting into the fun of researching their family. For the seniors in our community this has provided a challenge in their technology skills and has given them a confidence to communicate with others if they are travel restricted or housebound.” August is Family history month in Australia and many people are getting onboard with attending live online sessions on how to research their family. During August QFHS is delivering online sessions to members and non-members throughout Australia. The quality of the courses, the variety of content and the professional delivery and experience of the tutors makes these sessions invaluable to the beginner and experienced family researcher. Special interest group meet the needs of those researchers with an Irish, Scottish or central European connection. All the sessions are delivered online. Contact the convenors of the SIG groups and ask to attend one of their meetings. Contact QFHS or visit our website for more information. www.qfhs.org.au website: http://www.westernecho.com.au


MOBILE OFFICE Come along and hear from your local LNP Team about our plan for our community.

DATE: Sat 15th August TIME: 10 - 11am LOCATION: The Gap Village, 1000 Waterworks Rd, The Gap

DATE: Wed 19th August TIME: 10 - 11am LOCATION: Loaded Co Cafe, 200 Settlement Rd, The Gap

Julian Trent SIMMONDS WISEMAN Federal Member for RYAN

LNP Candidate for COOPER

Let’s get QLD working again! Authorised by J. Simmonds MP, 636 Moggill Rd Chapel Hill, QLD 4069.

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Saturday Playgroup Returns to MPC Mitchelton Pre-Schooling Centre (MPC) is a wellestablished community kindergarten which offers 2 and 3 day programs for 4 year olds and a unique 2 day program for 3 year olds. Children attend with the same group of children and highly qualified and experienced teaching teams who provide a wonderful play based learning environment. It has two very shady playgrounds with many natural spaces to explore. We open our gates to families with 0 to 5 year old children in the community to come and play at our Saturday morning Playgroup.

Playgroup ground to a halt in Term 2, however the gates will be open every second Saturday in Term 3. Although many families use this time as an opportunity for their child to become familiar with the kindy environment that they will attend the following year, it is open to all and not restricted to MPC families. MPC Playgroup offers a stimulating, safe and friendly environment for families to come together to play and build relationships. The lovely Jo, an Educator who wears many hats at kindy, is there to welcome and

interact both with children and parents. It is a very relaxed

At MPC, we help your child develop a love of learning 2 or 3 day kindergarten programs highly qualified and experienced staff Before and After Care available Visit us on a Virtual Tour at mpc.net.au

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morning where parents use our beautiful playgrounds to engage and explore with their children. Some children bundle in very eagerly to take a look and get into playing while other families take their time to have a quiet wander just by themselves quietly taking in the surroundings and chatting together about what they see. Children build their selfconfidence in learning to talk with different children of various ages as well as adults and begin to feel a part of a little group. Playgroup parents and grandparents also build connections and enjoy their time in this relaxed safe place to play with their child and chat with other adults. Jo supports children as they explore and encourages play possibilities. Some parents have had lightbulb moments as they hear the positive way Jo listens and responds to children. A set of grandparents commented on the changes they have seen in their grandchild’s confidence around new people: “He doesn’t hide anymore.” They have attributed this new behaviour to practising talking to Jo and other new people at Playgroup. Playgroup began again on July 18th. Please email admin@mpc.net.au so we can be ready to welcome you.

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Trent WISEMAN LNP Candidate for Cooper

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.

As part of the LNP Team I will Build new and better roads Back business and local jobs Protect our local environment Deliver cheaper electricity and support green energy



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Let’s get QLD working again! Authorised by L Folo, Liberal National Party of Queensland, 281 Sandgate Road, Albion QLD 4010.

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Ashgrove The Gap Lions Club - Still Offering Support

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Sometimes life throws up many challenges. The covid19 pandemic is certainly one of them and then just when you thought it was safe to venture outside the westerly winds arrived sending us all scurrying back inside! However, for some people these challenges take on a whole new perspective. One such group is the young men patiently waiting for their application for asylum to be accepted and another such group are the homeless men and women. In our small way, Ashgrove/The Gap Lions club has recently had the opportunity to help both of these groups. There is a hostel within our local community, which houses a small number of young men who have come to Australia to seek refuge, leaving behind family and friends. There are many organisations that are able to offer them support but with the various restrictions brought on by covid19 many of the services that are usually available have had to be put on hold, especially those that involve face to face contact and which is often the one thing that is much needed. This had resulted in these young men being stuck in a room with nothing to do and nowhere to go. To help ease the boredom and to enable them to do something that they felt was worthwhile, it was suggested they be given the materials that would allow them to make jewellery that reflected their culture, which could then be sold at a local market. Ashgrove/The Gap Lions club was approached to make a donation to go towards the purchase of the materials needed for this project and this was willingly given. Another local project that offers much needed practical support is Street Swags. It is always very upsetting to know that in an affluent country such as Australia there are people who, for one reason or another, find themselves homeless and having to sleep rough, protecting themselves from the elements as best they can. Our local area is home to a number of homeless people. With the colder nights it is important that these men and women can have some level of comfort and warmth. Last year the CEO of Street Swags was a guest speaker at one of our meetings and so it has been decided that Ashgrove/The Gap Lions club will donate ten of these swags to the homeless people that we know are living in our immediate community. Despite the fact that we are still unable to get involved in any fundraising activities and our meetings have to be held via Zoom, Ashgrove/The Gap Lions are still able to offer some support to those who are particularly challenged at this present time. If you would like more information about what we do please look at our website or Facebook page or contact our membership chairperson: Liz Baldacchino: 0412471869

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Brisbane City Hall reopens to the public Are your GUTTERS ready for the storm season? Don’t risk your safety by climbing on your roof!

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A recent visitor to BCH sent us this photo of the Lego model currently on display in the City Hall's foyer

Brisbane City Hall has reopened to the public. City Hall and Clock Tower tours recommenced on 20 July. The Shingle Inn café reopened on 15 July and the Museum of Brisbane reopened on 17 July. The 50 Plus Centre and Red Cross Café, will remain closed until further notice. For information on What's On at the Brisbane City Hall, visit the website https://www.brisbane.qld. gov.au/things-to-see-and-do/council-venues-and-precincts/ brisbane-city-hall/city-hall-events

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Amnesty International 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 cooler weather now upon us there is no need to give up those early morning laps or weekend family BBQ’s. The Taylor Range 18-metre pool is covered overnight and the gas heater combined with the covers ensures that a comfortable swimming temperature is 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 * Delivery via UberEats app a cool beverage. 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.

Amnesty International is a global organization with more than 7 million supporters, members and activists in over 150 countries and territories. We continue to advocate for an end to serious abuses of human rights. We believe that every person should be able to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. Over the past two years, we have highlighted the situation of asylum seekers Nadesalingam Murugappan, and Kokilapathmapriya Nadesalingam, and their two Australian-born daughters Kopika, 4, and Tharunicaa, 3, who had been living in the central Queensland town of Biloela until they were transferred by immigration officials to a Melbourne detention centre in 2018 and subsequently to Christmas Island. The family has been battling since then to remain in Australia with strong support from the Biloela community as well as many others around Australia. As outlined by the ABC news,Kokilapathmapriya (known as Priya) was flown to Perth over the weekend for medical treatment after experiencing severe abdominal pain and vomiting. Priya remains in Perth separated from her young family, and Amnesty International is calling on Peter Dutton for his immediate support in returning the family to Biloela for not just medical but also emotional and psychological support. 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.

Membership is strictly limited by Club Constitution. Contact Club Manager Michael Wilson for details today.

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Quote of the Day

We all have ability. The difference is how we use it. - Charlotte Whitton website: http://www.westernecho.com.au

Serenata Singers Persevere in 2020!

The Serenata Singers, a community choir based in The Gap, entered 2020 with high expectations. The choir, which sings a variety of popular, traditional, spiritual and show tunes, is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary and, in addition to a packed concert schedule, had planned a special reunion function. It kicked off the year with a successful recruiting drive, but then, just as rehearsals were getting into full swing, the Covid crisis hit. The Serenata Singers have been particularly hard hit for several reasons. Choir singing is a particularly risky group activity during a virus pandemic and there have been a number of cases of Covid outbreaks in choirs in the USA. Furthermore, a significant number of choir members are in the “high risk” category due to their age. Finally, the choir generally performs for people in retirement and age care

The Serenata Singers performing in Better Times

facilities – visits to which have of course been curtailed. As a result, all of the choir’s scheduled concerts for 2020 have been cancelled and it is unknown when rehearsals can recommence. We are holding out hope that we will still be able to have a 50th anniversary celebration of some sort and of being able to sing Christmas carols at selected venues. Though 2020 has not panned out as expected, the choir has risen to the

challenge – publishing a weekly email newsletter for members that contains links to various on-line performances, articles and activities, news and jokes; updating the choir history pages and rehearsal tracks on the choir’s website, and holding fortnightly Zoom rehearsals (which take a bit of ingenuity and patience to say the least). The choir is looking forward to the future and expects to enter 2021 stronger than ever. If you can hold a tune and are interested

in joining us, you would be most welcome. You can check out our website https:// serenatasingers.org.au/ for news on when rehearsals are likely to recommence or drop us an email at serenatasingersthegap@ gmail.com. You can’t keep a good choir down. As an old hymn puts it: “how can I keep from singing?”. John McCollow - PR Officer Serenata Singers

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Probus Club of The Gap “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” Is this some modern radical trying to undermine our moral foundations? No, it’s Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Where is the good in the present dire situation? Well it has brought out the best in the members of the Probus Club, as we strive to stay connected and look after each other at a time when human-to-human contact can be limited. With electronic communication, a newsletter and careful meetings in person we are still fulfilling our aims of “Fun, Friendship and Fellowship”. The umbrella organisation the Probus Association of Queensland is being very helpful with newsletter material etc. After the success of last month’s picnic at Walton Bridge we are meeting informally for lunch at the Broncos Club to ensure continuity of the relationships we have built up over the years. Obviously the current restrictions will affect the conduct of the gathering, but the essential element of community will prevail. Queensland is in a very fortunate position compared to some southern states, and we are determined that we won’t be the ones that spoil this: we are being very cautious, and not only because we represent a particularly vulnerable demographic. We are using the communications methods available to us to reinforce the public health messages of social distancing, hand hygiene, and staying at home if unwell. We can’t offer new members a formal physical meeting yet; it could be months but there is reason to hope it could be sooner. If you would be interested in joining, 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 put you on the mailing list and include you in the clubbishness!

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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 July but has been postponed until Saturday 19, Sunday 20 and Monday 21 September. Also cancelled - the Glebe Garden Club in August at Booval/Ipswich, Wandi Moomba, Esk. The Brisbane Royal National Show the ‘Ekka’ have cancelled their show for this August. Well things are getting better, we are allowed to go out and visit people and they can visit us. For more info Joy M. 0407 178 064 – Barbara 3271 2130 –   Hazel M. 0408 157 117 website: http://www.westernecho.com.au

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The Paddington Centre is back! The Paddington Centre has re-opened their incentre day respite and are welcoming back seniors for social activities at the centre. The Centre moved their social groups to online video sessions in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to help seniors stay socially and physically active while in self-isolation. Following advice from the Queensland Government, The Paddington Centre re-opened in early July, returning their services to normal, however there are limited numbers and strict guidelines are in place. The Paddington Centre is also a finalist in the Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) Excellence in Age Services Awards 2020. Winners will be announced on 7 August to coincide with Aged Care Employee Day. If you’d like to find out more about The Paddington Centre and services offered

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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. Home Care Packages Housework Door-to-door transport Centre-based respite Exercise programs for older people Meals on Wheels Personal care and inhome nursing services Home maintenance and modifications

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Arana VIEW Club News As yet our monthly meetings have not recommenced. However, the committee has been working behind the scenes and keeping in touch with the members. At our last committee meeting we decided on some gettogethers in the park until usual activities are again in place. So, for July we had “Coffee in the Park” at

Teralba Park near Brookside. It was an enjoyable morning of catching up with everyone. Our next outing is planned for Wednesday 12th August at Arthur Davis Park at the Sandgate Foreshore Promenade (next to the Aquatic Centre). We will have a sausage sizzle for lunch but bring your own drinks and morning tea.

Members enjoying Coffee in the Park during July

Have you looked at the alternatives to expensive cuts for your recipes? Of everything we are asked by our customers, one of the most asked questions is – “my recipe calls for “X” but it is so expensive – so I’ll have to make something different will I?” The answer is a resounding NO – use an alternative cut. Many recipes traditionally use a particular cut as this is how it has been forever but the truth is, with the available appliances and cooking methods we have today, just about anything can be turned into a delicious and healthy meal for the family that doesn’t have to cost you a fortune – and as we know, with the present market conditions, meat is expensive! Here some examples of alternative cuts to think about using next time you are meal planning and as long as you are prepared to maybe do a little extra preparation, you will still produce a meal fit for a king! LAMB Often times, we have requests for Lamb Backstrap for a particular dish, but at a cost of roughly $70 - $80 per kilo, who is willing to pay that?? The alternative is just as tasty, lean and very much cheaper so try using LAMB RUMPS. The lamb rump, although not quite the same shape, is a delicious cut and can be used for the same dishes as backstrap and cost you way less. On its own as a mini roast or sliced, diced or cubed it is a really great alternative to the frighteningly expensive backstrap. BEEF ROAST Remember the good old pot roast?? Well its still around and as delicious as ever. As your butcher for a Rolled Rib Roast and believe me you will not be disappointed. Oyster Blade – Another example of a well priced, but still delicious, alternative to the more expensive cuts. Although it contains just a thin seam of gristle (which a lot of people actually enjoy eating) it is simply a beautiful, lean and tasty roast beef. THE GAP

CURRIES, CASSEROLES, SLOW COOKER DISHES Nothing says yum more than a delicious home cooked curry or casserole with deliciously tender chunks of beef and loaded with flavour and fresh veggies – and it doesn’t have to cost a lot to achieve. If your recipe calls for beef strips/chunks/dice, consider the way you’re cooking it and if a pressure cooker, slow cooker or slow oven is an option, then think about using cuts like gravy beef, chuck, beef neck or shirt (flank) steak. Although traditionally used only for “stewing”, these meats are deliciously tender and tasty if you prepare them well and cook them long and slow. The biggest tip I can give you is to sear it well before you add it to you cooking vessel of choice and if you are using other flavours (onion, garlic, chilli, curry paste etc) then give it a quick sear in the pan juices from the meat, scrape it all into the dish with the seared meat and go from there! All of these make a great shredded steak and of you don’t know what flavour to make your shred, just cook your meat with beef stock and a little seasoning, remove and shred, store in meal sized containers then simply add your sauces when you are ready to serve it – you can do flavours like Mexican, BBQ, Teriyaki – the list is endless and in one cook you potentially have 3 or 4 meal options. You are only limited by your imagination!! I hope you find some of these tips handy and we have plenty more to offer you, either by phoning the shop, asking our friendly team or messaging us on Instagram or Facebook. Until next month stay safe, eat well and Meat U soon @ The Gap Village! from Julie & Gary Read & the friendly Team at MeatU@Home

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Further Revival of Activities at Ithaca Probus Club Following the very successful outdoor morning tea at Iron Bark Gully in June club members were delighted to be able to do it again in July. And with indoor activities still rather restricted we will be back there again in August, this time for a sausage sizzle lunch. About half of our members enjoyed catching up over lunch at The Gap Tavern in July and will probably be

doing that again in August. Some of the small group activities are also resuming in August – the cards group and the poetry group, each held in a member’s home. With COVID-19 risks not quite over everyone is still very conscious of physical distancing. Our postponed bus trip to Ipswich will now be held in September, but with slightly limited numbers.

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In the midst of all the pandemic problems our club has had the additional challenge of having to find a new home. After a comprehensive search of possible venues Ithaca Probus Club will be holding its future meetings in the Red Hill Community Centre, commencing with the September general meeting. We are still welcoming new members and are delighted that we have five potential new members considering joining. There are great benefits for our generation, both mentally and physically, in being part of a social group. All our usual activities are gradually resuming. Meanwhile, getting our monthly newsletters would let you see how we run.

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, including a map on how to find us (not needed just at the moment), please see our web site: www.probussouthpacific. org/microsites/ithaca

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Ashgrove Historical Society The Society’s guest speaker program, usually held monthly at Ashgrove Library, continues to be in recess due to COVID-19 restrictions at the library. The society’s books can be viewed on the AHS website and can be purchased by contacting the secretary, Julie, on 3366 4621 or email: ahs.secretary@bigpond. com. They make great gifts for current and past residents. There are also articles and photos on the website.

Ashgrove Electrical Substation - 242 Waterworks Road The development of Ashgrove was strongly linked with the tramline being extended from Red Hill to Ashgrove in 1924 and then to West Ashgrove in 1935. The Ashgrove substation, at the intersection of Waterworks Road and Stewart Road, was constructed in 1948-49 as a combined tramway and electricity substation. This economic measure was necessitated by post-war shortages of material, land and plant machinery plus the increased demand for electricity. Considerable attention was given to the design of the substations serving Northern – Waterworks Road - side of the tramway system. Their fine design has seen many of them heritage listed. the Ashgrove electricity substation which The architecture was marked by the stylistic preferences of the architects, Roy continues to be used by Energex Rusden Ogg (Brisbane City Tramways 1927-1940) and later BCC architect, Frank Gibson Costello. Costello created much more utilitarian buildings to his predecessor. The Ashgrove substation was one of the substations designed by Costello in the 1940s as City Architect (1941-1952) with the Brisbane City Council Works Department, Architects’ Section. Costello was responsible for all Council buildings. For this reason, he designed two of his six substations as joint tramways and electricity department substations. These substations at Hamilton (1947) and Ashgrove (1952) saw the cooperation of three departments including the Parks Department as public toilets fell under its jurisdiction. Other substations Costello designed include Eagle Farm (substation and pumping station 1947) and Alderley (1948). The Ashgrove and Hamilton substations continue to be used by Energex. The Alderley substation at 360 Enoggera Road has been converted into a luxury residence. The Ashgrove sub-station is an outstanding example of the Inter-war Functionalist Western side of the Ashgrove style. Typical of this style is the simple details such as the brickwork forming an architrave electricity substation which continues to be used by Energex around the window, a simple dentil course at the parapet, and in the careful placement of vents. Other characteristics of this style include the attention to massing (structure in three dimensions ie. form) and emphasis on vertical and horizontal lines. This is expressed by the flat roof and the elongated windows. Of particular importance to the design in the Ashgrove structure is the symmetrical arrangement of the building with small public amenities blocks incorporated into the design as two pavilions, which balance either side of the main facade and project forward to the street alignment. [The public toilets were closed some years ago]. Many residents recall the Brisbane tram service with great fondness and bemoan the end of the tramway era in 1969. The Ashgrove/Grange service was chosen as the first closure of the Brisbane system due to the start of construction of the Hale Street underpass (a section of Musgrave Road had to be excavated for the construction of the road tunnel). The service was planned to finish on Sunday 4 August but due to a Departmental hiccup it wasn’t able to be organised for that day. However, special trips still took place on the Sunday. A normal/regular tram service operated on Monday 5 August and 25 passengers enjoyed a chilly final trip to Ashgrove that night. The last car, number FM469, left Ashgrove for the Light Street depot at 25 minutes after midnight on Tuesday During these trying times 6 August 1968. - shop local - buy local & The Brisbane Tramway Museum website has a wealth of information about the trams in Brisbane. The museum, at please support your Ferny Grove, is again operating on Sundays 1pm-4pm, within local businesses COVID-19 restrictions. Check the BTM website or Facebook page for special events and other information. The Western Echo August 2020 Page 20

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The 954th General Meeting of Ashgrove Forum was held via Zoom Conferencing on 15th July 2020, as the Club’s usual meeting room at the Ashgrove Library was still unavailable. Members are becoming very experienced with the use of this online platform, and all enjoyed the meeting. The highlight was a most interesting speech by the Secretary, Ann Davies, who spoke for 10 minutes on the topic “Forward Thinking”. Ann covered the 7-Up English documentary television series, which followed the lives of fourteen British children, chosen from different socioeconomic backgrounds. The first episode aired in 1964, when the children were all seven years old. To date the series has had nine episodes, one every seven years, until the last one, titled 63-Up was aired in June 2019. In the beginning, the series was made with the explicit assumption that each child’s social class would predetermine their future. Ann gave fascinating insights on this premise and the lives of the individuals involved.


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.....Principal's Points.......Principal's Points...... Hilder Road State School We are feeling so proud to be a part of the wider Gap community. The support for our performing arts teacher, Mrs Harrison, at the end of last term was phenomenal. Mrs Harrison raised over $10,000 for two charities that support cancer research. A huge congratulations to Mrs Harrison, and a big shout out to The Gap community for getting behind her fundraising efforts. Our musical is going ahead! We are very excited to announce that rehearsals for our HRSS 2020 Musical ‘Porridge’ have resumed, and we anticipate three performances occurring in mid-Term 4. We welcome the return of our performing arts program, as it offers such rich and unique experiences for our students.

Enrolments for 2021 are now being accepted. Although we are still not offering tours of the school, you are welcome to make a time to come and chat with me to find out more about our wonderful school. HRSS is enrolment managed, however, we do anticipate being able to offer some out-of-catchment enrolments for next year. For further information, please call the school office on 3511 3222. Kind regards, Jodie Watts - Principal

Payne Road State School Learning Goals - Our term has commenced with our classrooms beginning new and engaging units of work, with an outline of their intended learnings communicated in our Class Term newsletters – always a

Hilder Road SS Performing Arts teacher Mrs Harrison raised over $10,000 for two charities supporting cancer research

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great communication tool! We are especially re-focussing on writing development across the school as the key focus of our Explicit Improvement Agenda this year. Our students love to talk about their about their reading and writing goals, how they are know they are having success and what their next steps could be! ‘Bump it Up Walls’ are key features of all our classrooms – these make our Success Criteria visible! VIP School Tours for Pre-Prep New Families - We have received great feedback regarding our innovative VIP School Tours for Pre-prep and new families in week 1. This saw groups of 2 or 3 families engage with myself, P&C representatives, Chappy and Head of Curriculum as we walked them through Prep and across the school. A peek and walk inside the Prep classrooms made this experience more real for the young children. A big thank you to all involved who made this a highly personalised experience, and where new connections have already been forged. We really do pride ourselves on our personalised approach! P a y n e R o a d Ty k e s Playgroup - Payne Road Tykes has recommenced with great excitement, so we especially welcome existing and new families to this highly valued experience. One of our experienced teachers, Mrs Gough, has now taken the reigns with this initiative and has very proudly displayed a snappy crocodile artistic collage in our breezeway and this has inspired lots of hands-on work, talk and interaction . Tykes is certainly an important early child pathway with a strong developmental focus on the whole child. An active, caring and

passionate school community – we welcome all parents into classrooms. Nicky Brazzale – Principal

St Peter Chanel School Term 3 has commenced with much excitement. Semester One Reports have been issued and we are currently engaged in Parent Teacher Interviews to discuss student accomplishments as well as future goals for learning. The return of our lunchtime clubs has brought great interest from our students. They enjoy activities including STEM, choir, gardening, SPC Radio, Lego Masters, colouringin, table tennis and board and card games. There is something for everyone. Congratulations to Year 6 student Nick D who has been named as the winner of the prestigious Australian Catholics Young Journalist Award 2020 (Junior Print Journalism Section). This is a wonderful achievement. Nick’s success sits with Daniel P, Ella M and Ivy D who were highly commended for their entries. To give readers some context of this award, The Young Journalist Award is sponsored by Australian Catholic University and is an opportunity for young people to explore the interesting and inspiring stories that are everywhere around them, and share those stories with the wider community. This year’s theme for entries was Living it Up: Stories of Celebration. Each term we formally recognise students who have outstandingly displayed one or more of the CHANEL Virtues of Charity, Hope, Acceptance, Nurture, Excellence and Love. Congratulations to the students who were recently (Continued on page 23)

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.....Principal's Points.......Principal's Points...... St Peter Chanel School

The Gap State High School

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After a very rough start to the year we commenced term three with a Restart, Refresh, Reset attitude, reminding our students of our values: Thinking Big, Stepping Up, Paying it Forward and Being Kind. Our incoming leaders for 2020-2021 were inducted on Monday the 27th of July. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 we couldn’t have a full school assembly, so parents were able watch via a Zoom presentation. The leaders, including School Captains, Arts, Sport, Community and Growth represent aspects of our school to enable all Learners to Flourish. Both Junior and Senior Leaders have stepped up in numerous ways to demonstrate their character strengths and willingness to lead with kindness and integrity. Due to the mid-year change over all our amazing students have the added benefit of being mentored by their outgoing student counterparts. This year our Junior Leaders have changed to a mid-year commencement, so they are now in sync with the senior student leadership. At the end of term two the new leaders took part in a 3 day retreat where they learnt how collectively they can best create a meaningful legacy that reflects their vision. For the first time in The Gap SHS history we have three members from the one family in our leadership team at one time. They are outgoing School Captain Jessica, incoming School Captain - Tahlia and Junior School Captain - Ella Ruhle. On Friday 24 July we held our Athletics Carnival. This will be the last carnival under the current house structure. Many thanks to our Health and Physical Education

honoured: Maggie J, Sam F, Harry D, Mila S, Henry J, Maverick H, Oscar W, Roisin O’C, Nina J, Matilda D, Olivia L, Amelia P, Ned C, Sophie M, Quinton R, Max P, Harlem M, Freya L, Liam D, Tadhg L-C, Sibella C, Leanne M, Phoebe H, Jasmine W, Hamish M, Marcella V, Ruby W, Rose B, Luke D and Ella M. Our Year 1 students have enjoyed an incursion, immersing themselves in the Aboriginal culture with staff from Ngutana-Lui visiting. Ngutana-Lui is Brisbane C a t h o l i c E d u c a t i o n ’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies Centre, based at Inala. It is inspiring to see the students fully engaged in learning about Dreaming stories and artefacts such as spears and boomerangs, musical instruments like clapping sticks and didgeridoos as well as participating in dance. A position exists for a Casual School Crossing Supervisor at our school. Interested members of the community are invited to contact the school office for more information. 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 Tel 3300 1202 or by emailing pthegap@bne. catholic.edu.au. We currently have limited vacancies across year levels for 2021. Our hope is to offer upcoming Open Day information in the coming weeks, but until then interested families are welcome to take part in a guided tour. Margo Carwardine Principal

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Department for making this happen given the current restrictions in place. Anne McLauchlan Principal

The Gap State School We have had a very successful start to Term 3 with our students and staff once again back at school

7am to 9am & 2pm to 4pm for learning. Our thorough curriculum planning allows all teachers to work collaboratively to develop learning programs that suit the needs of our students. Our focus on differentiation provides opportunity for professional conversations to support and extend student learning. (Continued on page 24)

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

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It is with greatest pleasure that I announce to The Gap community that our music teacher, Debbie O’Shea has been awarded the certification of Highly Accomplished Teacher. Through the Queensland College of Teachers, the indepth application process involved the completion of a comprehensive portfolio, lesson observations, referee checks and interviews with Assessors from the Queensland College of Teachers. Debbie has a deep understanding of the Australian Curriculum and highly effective teaching practices. Furthermore, Debbie shares her specialised knowledge and supports the professional development of other teacher colleagues. D e b b i e ’s c o n t r i b u t i o n s to multiple professional networks highlights her genuine desire to support the professional growth of music teachers across the country and her unique expertise. We are very fortunate to have a

teacher of such calibre at The Gap State School. Over the next few weeks we have a number of exciting student initiatives that will take place during the lunch breaks. We currently have an art class that is run by a number of Year 5 students who are passionate and skilled in drawing. Another group of Year 5 students are providing a craft club and have a range of activities prepared for this term. Our student council is busy putting the final touches on our handball competition and we are anticipating over 100 students participating. I would like to extend my gratitude to the parents in our school community. Their continued support, as we make adjustments to our school’s processes due to COVID-19 restrictions, is greatly appreciated. Our parents are thoughtful and respectful of our new school procedures and their willingness to work with the school supports everyone in the school community. Warm regards, Joanne Nicholls - Principal

Valley Hockey Club Celebrating 100 Years in 2021 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

or mail: PO Box 270, The Gap Q 4061

The Deadline for the SEPTEMBER 2020 Edition Tuesday 18 August 2020

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Young artist’s stand against bullying recognised in Australia’s first virtual competition Ithaca Creek State School student recognised as a finalist, amongst 5000 entries, in national Say No To Bullying poster competition Despite a global pandemic bringing the world to a stop, Interrelate’s annual Say No To Bullying Poster Competition has continued to encourage young people to express their feelings through art in a supervised and safe environment. Local student Pip Anderson from Ithaca Creek State School has been recognised as one of the 41 finalists in a special online event broadcasted nationally in June 2020. With personal distancing restrictions and closed borders, the planned annual Awards Ceremony at NSW Government House could no longer go ahead, leading Interrelate to turn to online measures to bring the finalists; Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of New South Wales; the Honourable Sarah Mitchell, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning; Patricia Occelli, CEO Interrelate and competition sponsors, Faber-Castell together in a special online event that was broadcast on YouTube Premiere on 26th June at 1pm. “Helping young people to develop respectful relationships, with self, others and their environment is one of our key concerns and the driver for us creating this competition seven years ago,” says Patricia Occelli. “In times of stress, it becomes even more important to help our young people develop strategies to manage difficult situations

and ensure that they are able to respond with respect and understanding.” “Our poster competition helps children express themselves through art, which can get them to start talking and open the door for further conversations,” she adds. Pip’s poster was one of just 41 artworks chosen as a finalist from the 5000+ posters received from over 100+ schools around the country. The theme for this year’s competition was “Celebrate our differences and make our world a more colourful place”; Pip went on to say “The rainbow and tree on my poster are made with lots of different colours and patterns. It stands for all the differences between people. When you put them all together, it makes something beautiful. Our differences should be celebrated.” As the world had to adapt quickly to social distancing, home-schooling and working from home, Interrelate acted quickly to ensure that this important message could still be carried to Australia’s primary students. “It was imperative to our team that we maintained the engagement of schools and students in this important message,” says Jared Ingle, Head of Social Enterprise and Business Development, Interrelate. With the support of Her Excellency, the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning and event sponsors, Faber-Castell, the children have been able to participate in an exciting new experience that has reached students across Australia through online technology.

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The Say No to Bullying poster created by finalist Pip Anderson, an Ithaca Creek State School student Would you like to get involved in your local community and help the Girls develop skills for life? Bardon Girl Guides are looking for Women aged 18 years and over interested in Leadership. No previous Guiding experience necessary just a willingness to be part of a fun team! We also have spaces for girls aged 10+ to join our Guide units and 13+ to join our Ranger Guide Units. For more information please contact Heidi via email: girlguidesqldbardon@gmail.com for more information

Quote of the Day Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world. George Bernard Shaw The Western Echo August 2020 Page 25

The Gap Historical Society Est. 2000 – by George Stoddart Vice President

James Cook and Early Gap Developments Current articles appearing in the Courier Mail rightly refer to James Cook’s rank as Lieutenant. Cook joined the Royal Navy at age 26, in 1754. He became an expert navigator and map maker, first gaining prominence by charting the St. Lawrence River in Canada. This feat allowed the English to obtain a significant victory in a battle with the French for Quebec in 1759. By 26th August 1766 when Cook was sent on his first voyage, he had been promoted to the rank of

Lieutenant, despite the fact that he was in charge of the ‘Endeavour’ and therefore its Captain. When Cook returned to England on the 12th of July, 1771 he was promoted to Commander, a rank still less than Captain. Cook never achieved the rank of Captain, but in 1775 was promoted to the higher rank of PostCaptain. Cook undertook three voyages of discovery which he captained because he was in charge of the vessels involved.

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 8.00pm 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. Before face to face play resumed, Bullwinkle Chess Club took on The Gap in a 2-hour Arena Battle on Lichess.org in what may have been the first online club chess match played in Queensland. Each club fielded 10 players. The games were rapid and players were re-paired at the conclusion of each game. Any games that went beyond the 2-hour limit were not counted towards team scores. B u l l w i n k l e e m e rg e d victorious by a score of 127-

47, although this was inflated by the ‘Arena Streaks’ function, which assigns bonus points to winning streaks. In terms of actual game scores, Bullwinkle won by 95-42. This month’s problem involves two strong Queensland players, Brodie M c C l y m o n t a n d Ty s o n Walker. White finds a nice way to quickly win the game (always useful in these rapid games).

Solution to last month’s puzzle. 1 … Qh4 threatens checkmate and after 2. g3 Qc4 white’s rook at a2 is lost.

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1766 – 1771 Vessel Endeavour to Australia 1772 – 1775 Vessels Resolution and Adventurer 1776 – 1779 Vessels Resolution and Discovery James Cook was born in Morton-In-Cleveland, Yorkshire on 27th October, 1728. He died in action on 14th February, 1779 at Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii. James Cook married Elizabeth Batts on 21st December, 1762 and had six children. Three died in infancy, two at sea serving in the Royal Navy and one at college. None of the children married nor had children, so there were no direct descendants. James Cook’s sister, Margaret, married James Fleck and they produced children and descendants from this source spread around the country. Cook was formally buried at sea on 21st February, 1779 in Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii. It is now, 250 years since Cook first set foot in Australian soil. This prompted the British Government to institute colonisation under the control of Captain Arthur Phillip on 26th February, 1788. Early days Brisbane, Queensland and The Gap, to 1875. In 1825 a penal colony was established on the Brisbane River. This followed an earlier settlement at Redcliffe. Originally named Edenglassie, it was renamed Brisbane in 1834. Then governed by New South Wales.

In June 1851 the whole of what is now known as The Gap was leased by Darby McGrath and utilised as a sheep station. This finished in 1858. September 1st, 1858 free settlers Messrs Adsett, Paten and McDougall acquired freehold land. This was followed on April 6th, 1859 by Messrs Brockhurst, Cribb, Payne and Hilder. By 1856 only 6 homes existed between Hale Street and The Gap. December 10th, 1859, Queensland separated from New South Wales. In 1864 Enoggera Dam construction commenced and was completed July 3rd, 1866. December 10th, 1873, the Primitive Methodist Church was open in Waterworks Road. 1910 The Gap population was 50. 1921 - 130. 1933 – 269. 1947 population reached 584. 1954 – 1330. 1961 – 3082. 1966 – 5764. 2016 – 16692. The above is a thumbnail outline of the slow internal progress as The Gap changed from small rural allotments to became today a thriving and escalating hub of suburbia. Small pockets of larger allotments still remain to be developed into dense residential areas, but the farms and chicken runs, typical of The Gap’s early years have been swallowed up by higher density urban, town house and units. The Gap has always been a unique address, much loved by residents lucky to be part of its culture. In the words of British rail ‘MIND THE GAP’.

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Walton Bridge News Closes Walton Bridge News has long been a wonderful and much appreciated business by many members of the local community. Rod and Marion Bowe became ‘newsagents extraordinaire’ since July 2006, earning a strong customer base because of their excellent customer service, friendly and cheery smiles. Walton Bridge News was the couples first foray in embarking on owning their own business, having a background in administration at a Toowoomba university. It has been a great 14 years but sadly Rod and Marion closed the agency on 26 July and will be sorely missed. Sports was often the main topic of conversation, mainly the Broncos and the Roar! Rod and Marion loved meeting and talking to their customers every day, getting to know many well, especially their individual needs. The many regular shoppers who buy their morning newspapers will be greatly missed. Rod and Marion would like to thank all of the lovely people who supported them over the years – they’ve laughed and cried with customers over the loss of husbands, wives, pet dogs and cats and made many friends over the last decade and a half. They are hoping to catch up with some much needed sleep (no longer having to get up at 3.30am each morning to be at the agency by 6am!) and when the Covid-19 virus is under control they are looking forward to going to Melbourne to get to know first hand, their first granddaughter who is now three months old … and having lots of Nana & Grandpa cuddles! We wish Rod and Marion a happy, relaxing and long retirement and thank them for their service to The Gap community over all those years.

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Ashgrove/The Gap Rotary Club – a New Rotary Year Each year, June 30 sees the close of the Rotary year and a changeover to a New President. Normally the Club holds a ‘formal’ changeover dinner event, attended by members, supporters, including our local representatives at all levels of government and District level dignitaries. Sadly, the Changeover dinner even has been put on hold due to COVID 19 restrictions. Nonetheless, from July, 1st, I,Dmitri “Mitch” Koroloff has taken over as the Club’s new President, together with his new Board. I do hope to spell out the

key strategies and programs for my Rotary Year, some of which will be a continuation of what was implemented last year. I wish to thank Padma for her stewardship of the Club over the 2019-20 Rotary year. Several new initiatives were activated especially t h e D o m e s t i c Vi o l e n c e program support, which I am looking forward to growing in strength in partnership with our volunteers and local community supporters. I am saddened to advise that COVID has put a question mark over some

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of our signature events – GRIPPS, Santa Sleigh and Carols in the Park. We are hoping that as restrictions ease so may the staging of these much loved projects of ours. Social distancing is restricting Club meetings, which under the current situation is restricted to a maximum of 50 persons maintaining 1.5 m distance. If you would like to

learn more about Rotary and our club please contact us through our facebook page, https:/www.facebook.com/ ashgrovethegap/ or email to secretary.ashgrovethegap@ rotary9600.org . Or come long to our regular meetings on Wednesdays e at the Ashgrove Golf Club, Ellis Room, at 6.15 pm. During these COVID times please do let us know via email or contact us through the Facebook about your interest to join us. Visitors are most welcome. The Western Echo August 2020 Page 27

Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club

The Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club is making arrangements to resume monthly meetings on Thursday 3 September at the Enoggera Memorial Hall, Trundle Street, Enoggera. Should anything occur to prevent this the President will contact members. Intending visitors should phone 3356 1256 for information. A guest speaker, Barbara Burling has been engaged and she will talk about Tropical Diseases and Pests in the garden. Barbara, a qualified horticulturalist, holds the positions of President of the Sub Tropical Fruit Club and Brisbane Coordinator for Heritage Roses in Australia. For 11 years she worked at Perrott’s Nursery and then for another nine years she worked at Nova Gardens, The Gap. She is a professional prose pruner and for 30 years she has been looking after

private gardens. In addition, she gives consultations on preparing gardens and helps with garden problems. The meeting is scheduled to commence after morning tea which is served at 9.45am Visitors and non-members are welcome. The Hall is close to public transport and accessible by wheelchair. It is only a few weeks from Spring – 1st September! Already some shrubs and roses are producing new growth and the weeds are growing like crazy – particularly after the recent rains. Keep a watch for Bindii seedlings in the lawn and remove them before the prickles in the centre of the plant develop. Many years ago a guest speaker gave members some recipes for making inexpensive remedies for garden problems. Here are some of them you might like to try:

Have you visited Yoorala St Community Garden?

Aphids are an all too common garden pest

A l l - p u r p o s e insecticide – to eradicate

caterpillars, beetles, mites and other insects. Roughly chop four onions, four hot chillies and 2 cloves. Add half a cup of Lux (laundry) Flakes or grated pure soap (eg: Sunlight) and place in a bowl. Cover with water and leave to steep for 23 hours. Strain off the liquid which is a concentrate, dilute with 5L water to make a spray to cover your plants. Use within 2-3 weeks. The strained residue can be added to your compost.

Scale, Aphids and Mealy Bugs Spray Mix well – using an electric mixer or blender if available – 2 cups vegetable oil and ½ cup dish washing detergent. Dilute one tablespoon of this with 1L water to make a spray.

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

It's a place we really dig!

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

Visitors welcome! 98 Yoorala St, The Gap www.yscg.com.au yscgsecretary@gmail.com www.facebook.com/yooralastreetcommunitygarden

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Fungicide for powdery mildew Mix 1 part full cream milk to 10 parts water. Spray leaves of affected plants. This mixture can not be stored, just make enough for your immediate use.

Snail Repellent Spread used coffee grinds and fine sawdust (sourced from local timber yard or hardware shop) on the ground around plants to be protected. Snails cannot glide over this type of surface. While every precaution will be taken to comply with Covid-19 restrictions, it is suggested that those attending the meeting bring their own pen and cup/saucer to prevent delays. For more information please phone 3356 1256


We wish to advise that distribution of the Western Echo can not be legally made to letterboxes displaying No Junk Mail, Australia Post Only or Authorised Mail Only. 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 • Walton Bridge News Copies are also available at The Gap Village Shopping Centre, The Gap Ward Office, The Friendly Grocer The Gap, Ashgrove Electorate Office, Great Western Super Centre Management Keperra, Red Hill APO, Ashgrove APO, and the Ashgrove Library. website: http://www.westernecho.com.au

Beetles of Brisbane With 1,000 different species of beetle living in Brisbane, a new publication called Beetles of Brisbane: A photo-guide to common species provides a fascinating introduction to these hardy insects commonly found in our gardens and parks. Beetles truly rule the animal kingdom, according to the guide published by Colleen Foelz. “Worldwide beetles may number more that 1,000,000 species. That means there are more beetle species than any other animal order on the planet,” she said. Colleen said that beetles were successful because they are heavily armoured. “Their wing covers protect the more delicate flying wings folded underneath. This enables them to conquer challenging habitats such as soil and wood and makes them very ‘crush proof’,” she said.

Brisbane’s largest beetle is the three-horned rhinoceros beetle Haploscapanes australicus which is whopping 53 mm long. Only slightly smaller at 45 mm is the common rhinoceros beetle Xylotrupes ulysses. It makes loud hissing squeaks when threatened and the grubs live in compost heaps. A Brisbane favourite is the Christmas beetle Anoplognathus porosus so called because it is commonly seen at Christmas time. It is just one of 35 Anoplognathus species, all called Christmas beetles, found in Australia and South Africa.

Tiger Longicorn beetle Aridaeus thoracicus PHOTO: Robert Whyte

The 16-panel glossy foldout guide includes around 100 beetle images and covers 29 families. The guide is intended to help people identify beetles they find or photograph in South-East Queensland and then assist the user to then use additional resources to progress their identification further if needed.

Beetles of Brisbane is available from the Queensland Museum Shop or can be purchased direct from Colleen Foelz through the Entomological Society of Queensland (ESQ) web site. Go to www.esq.org.au to download the PDF order form on the ESQ website homepage .

Golden Satinash 3300 6304


The highlight of most gardens is a beautiful specimen tree. Although a large number of Australian trees fit this category, many are not suitable for the home garden. In suburban areas, the size of the building block is often quite small and this limits many trees as they are too large. Similarly, due to invasive root systems, some trees have to be grown large distances from buildings or underground infrastructure. Some of our native trees, however, are ideal for small gardens. The golden (or myrtle) satinash (Thaleropia queenslandica) is one such species.

Imagine stepping out of your home in early summer to be greeted by a profusion of golden flower clusters, at the ends of the branchlets comprising the canopy, that are luminescent day and night. All of the tiny blossoms have long, protruding stamen, each of which carries an anther tipped with a large oil gland that produces a special glow. Out of flowering season, this plant continues to stand proud with new growth giving the plant a dark apricot hue to its older green leaves. Although its natural range is the rainforest of the Atherton Tableland, the

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golden satinash will grow as far south as Sydney along the east coast. In cultivation, the species does not reach its potential size and is restricted to a small tree with a rounded canopy. Being a rainforest species, it prefers a deeply cultivated, well-drained soil to which compost is regularly added. Flowering is enhanced by planting in an open, sunny position. After the first year, watering is only necessary in exceptionally dry periods. This versatile plant can be grown as a shrub or a tree. In both cases, tip pruning ensures a dense canopy and pruning back about one third after flowering once the plant

has reached its desired height, maintains a good, rounded shape. If a tree is desired, all but one of the shrubby stems should be removed in the first few years of growth to develop the single trunk.

Quote of the Day

Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them. A. A. Milne The Western Echo August 2020 Page 29

Submitted by Mario De Marco, Newmarket Bocce Club

Umberto Granaglia, (20 May 1931-13 December 2008) was considered the best bocce player ever and was named “Player of the 20th Century” by the Confederation Mondiale des Sport de Boules in 2005. Over a 23 year career, he won 13 world championships, 12 European and 46 ltalian championships. I would like to share with you his 10 commandments of bocce :-

UMBERTO GRANAGLIA’S TEN COMMANDMENTS National Library of Australia CARO Number and ISBN O 9595148 O 5

1. Never underestimate your opponents; respect them; never fraternise with them during competition play.

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2. Always concentrate totally on the game and do not lose concentration by chatting with the spectators; pay close attention, particularly when your opponent bowls, because observation of his bowling position can help you to decide your own. 3. Be very precise in marking the position of bowls on the court, both to avoid unnecessary arguments and being subject to irregular shots. 4. If you can, take five steps when throwing, trying to synchronise your steps with the movement of your arms and your whole body. 5. It is advisable to make a bowled delivery from a stationary position to achieve the best balance. 6. During play on the court show complete trust in your captain, even when he makes a mistake. Avoid post mortem discussions about wrong play. 7. On the evening before any competition, go to bed early so as to be well prepared and have your reflexes working quickly. 8. Meals should be very light; drink as little as possible during a competition and particularly avoid swallowing cold drinks which could provoke dangerous stomach cramps when you are under pressure. 9. Never have long training sessions between matches in order to avoid wasting your energy; six or seven throws and bowled deliveries are sufficient. 10. Never make impolite gestures if you miss a throw; learn to accept strokes of bad luck without batting an eye-lid so as not to reveal your own nervousness to your opponent; remain calm and do not show your pleasure openly if you happen to bring off a lucky shot. website: http://www.westernecho.com.au

Brisbane Tramway Museum

and Ferny Grove Men's Shed

This was our Tram 135 years ago!


METROPOLITAN TRAMWAY AND INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED 1883 - 1895 HORSE TRAMWAY 1883 – Only 24 years after Queensland was formed, the MT&I Company was formed and immediately placed a proposal before the Brisbane Municipal Council for a tramway system. 1884 – Council accepted the company’s plan and very soon after construction began in earnest. 1885 – 10th August was the official opening of the first tramway route from the Victoria Bridge to the Val-ley and out to Breakfast Creek Bridge with lines branching to New farm and to the Exhibition Building in Gregory Terrace. Other routes were opened from the Woolloongabba Fiveways to the south side of Victo-ria Bridge. The tramline was finally put across the Victoria Bridge the following year, and this led to more extensions to West End and from Breakfast Creek line to Bulimba Ferry terminus at Newstead. The initial fleet of 18 horse drawn cars was supplied by two USA companies, Brill and Stevenson. These cars were either single deck or double deck with the latter being opentopped. Early experience with these open-topped cars led to the company issuing warnings to its drivers not to raise the whip too high as the passengers on the top deck could just as easily become victims! One year after the tramway opened, the system was

operating 39 cars and 370 horses on 19¼ route miles and carrying 54,000 passengers each week. By the early 1890’s the company was carrying 1 million passengers each year but was in financial trouble with the 1890 depression and the high cost of running the tramway. In 1895 the company was finally sold to a group of Londonbased investors which formed the Brisbane Tramway Limited. There will be a special commemoration on Sunday 9 August at the Brisbane Tramway Museum from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm, with unlimited rides on our 100 year old trams, static displays of the latest BCC bus and a vintage BCC bus, joy rides in a vintage BCC bus and special events including The Inaugural Tram Pulling Competition between local teams! Ashgrove The Gap Rotary Club will serve a Sausage Sizzle!! FARES: ADULT— $15.00 CONCESSION - $12.00 CHILDREN - $8.00 AND FAMILY PASS - $46.00 NO BOOKINGS ARE REQUIRED ADDRESS: 50 TRAMWAY STREET FERNY GROVE The Brisbane Tramway Museum is proudly supported by the Brisbane City Council

Francesca on song with noteworthy initiative

A Brookfield aged care worker is bringing a smile to the face of the seniors she cares for and supports – in ways beyond her job description. Francesca Ruxton had not picked up her saxophone for 25 years but resumed playing the instrument to entertain and bring joy to residents of the Carinity Brookfield Green aged care community. Each week the Diversional Therapist performs “whatever the residents want to hear”, playing along to musical backing tracks she makes herself. . “Residents will tell me of songs that were played at their

weddings, when they first met their future husbands/ wives or at any time from their childhood. These songs encapsulate very important memories.” Francesca says.. Francesca says the therapeutic benefits of live music are enormous. “Some residents with advanced dementia will sing entire songs word for word yet be unable to hold a conversation with anyone. The look of happiness on their faces is so rewarding,” she says. Francesca performs “almost anything”, from jazz standards, classical, country and Celtic tunes, to rock ‘n’

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roll, bossa nova, hymns and Christmas music. A multi-talented musician who has also played instruments such as oboe, recorder and bass guitar, Francesca has been bringing music to Carinity Brookfield Green residents for more than a decade. She started a small recorder group teaching music as a volunteer after her mother moved into the aged care community 14 years ago, then trained to be a Diversional Therapist. “I love to bring joy to the residents. They are such a remarkable group of people and working with them is

inspiring and so rewarding,” Francesca says.. Francesca Ruxton is a saxophone-playing Diversional Therapist at the Carinity Brookfield Green aged care community.

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The Gap Day & Night Pharmacy for all your pharmaceutical needs

Michael and Kate Knynenburg

The Gap Health & Beauty Salon The Gap Health & Beauty Salon is now able to offer you the range of Payot Paris products. Payot is a 'Salon Only' range which combines scientific technology, skincare expertise and unique skincare treatments. Along with our existing ranges - Clarins and ASAP - we have a treatment and product to enhance all skin types and which will suit all clients. Call Janine today 3300 1555 to discuss your skincare needs or to make an appointment

Beauty Salon Opening hours Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday — 9am - 4pm Thursday — 10am - 8pm Saturday — 8.30am -3pm Appointments with Janine are available 5 days a week

Open 7 Days 8:30am to 8pm Undercover Parking available under Aldi Glen Affric Street is available if parking spots in our centre are fully occupied Providing all your pharmaceutical needs including :-

• Blood Pressure Checks • NDSS Agent • Ear piercing • Webster Packing

Ph: 3300 1555

Naturopath available — Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday


The Gap Day and Night Pharmacy 974 Waterworks Road, The Gap QLD, 4061 thegap@thegappharmacy.com.au

Fax: 3300 9020

Available Monday to Friday You’ll see us coming in our new delivery vehicle!

The Gap Day & Night Pharmacy


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