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February 2021 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

27thAnnual Rotary Citizenship Ceremony Welcomes 30 New Aussies in 2021

New Aussies were welcomed in a heartfelt ceremony at the JA Robertson Hall, The Gap State High School, on Australia Day 2021. The local community, restricted in number due to Covid-19, ensured that the new Aussies had a warm welcome during the ceremony, hosted by the Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap. Full story Page 3

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ACCOUNTANT R G Goodman Phone: 3289 1700 pg 14

AUTO AIR CONDITIONING Wyatt Automotive Phone: 3300 2077

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Hollingworth & Spencer Phone: 3123 5700 pg 14

MASSAGE Bernard Evens Remedial & Sports Phone: 3366 9997 pg 17


BATHROOMS Steve Froggatt Phone: 0402 730 177 pg 10

Keperra Family Practice Phone: 3351 0323 pg 8



Pandanus Contractors Phone: 3300 3934 pg 25 Plumbers We Are Phone: 3351 0016 pg 25

The Gap Veterinary Clinic Phone: 3300 1533 pg 15

POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT Jonty Bush Phone: 3554 9100

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Cr. Steven Toomey Phone: 3407 1900 pg 4



Cartridge World Ashgrove Phone: 3366 5111 pg 7

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

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




Inness Green Phone: 3300 1555 pg 25

The Gap Piano Studio Phone: 3166 8353 pg 23


CLEANING/HOUSEKEEPING Jane's Cleaning Service Phone: 0450 754 363 pg 17

CHILD CARE One Tree Defence Child Care Phone: 1800 270 640 pg 23

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

COMMUNITY GARDEN Yooralla Street Community Garden w w w. y s c g . c o m . a u p a g e 2 8

COMMUNITY SERVICES Communify Phone: 3368 3723

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

PHYSIOTHERAPY Physiologix Phone: 3511 1112

Harcourts Inner West Phone: 3511 0666 pg 10 SIGN ON FOR SPORT Arana Ascot Hockey Club w w w . a r a n a a s c o t h o c k e y. c o m . a u p g 1 3

TYRE & MECHANICAL Wyatt Automotive Phone: 3300 2077 pg 6

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EMERGENCY MEDICAL Northside Emergency www.emergencyBNE.com.au pg 8 HEARING/HEARING AIDS Hear and Say P h o n e : 3 8 5 0 2 111 p g


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


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30 New Aussies Enjoy Australia Day Celebrations at Annual Citizenship Event The Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap welcomed 30 new citizens at an Australia Day citizenship ceremony on Australia Day. This was the 27th consecutive year that this local club has hosted such a ceremony; indeed this club originated the whole idea of community ceremonies. Our new citizens came from El Salvador, Britain, Brazil, Japan, South Africa, the Irish Republic, Italy, Colombia, Sudan, the Russian Federation, and India: 11 countries in all, from four continents, with ages from 9 to 69. COVID-19 guidelines on hotspot restrictions, gathering sizes and social distancing resulted in fewer citizenship ceremonies than usual in 2020. Numbers at this ceremony were limited because of COVID restrictions. On Australia day almost every member of the club, and many partners, pitched in to host the club’s 27th consecutive Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony. After MC Ritchie Callaghan opened the proceedings, Club President Mitch Koroloff welcomed all. Councillor Steven Toomey was the presiding officer, and the newly elected member for

Cooper, Jonty Bush, gave an elegant speech. Convenor Tim Boyd thanked the High School for the use of the hall, and said that despite some challenges, 30 conferees were all welcomed as new citizens, and they were vocal in praise of the club’s way of conducting the ceremony. The Royal Bounty Bush Band and the morning tea (albeit COVID-affected) all contributed to the relaxed atmosphere in which this serious business was carried out, he said. Brisbane City Council provided a native plant for each new citizen, via the Paten Park Native Nursery, who also kindly lent plants to decorate the stage, further adding to the atmosphere. One of the new citizens Pedro Luis Fornazaric, spoke eloquently in response, thanking those present and expressing gratitude to Australia for accepting him. The Home Affairs official present to check that the ceremony was conducted in accordance with the Code and the law expressed himself fully satisfied, and the proceedings closed with a COVID-compliant morning tea supplied by local catering firm Why Cook? More photos pages 18 & 19

Pedro Luis Fornazaric gave the vote of thanks to organisers on behalf of the 30 new Australian citizens

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Councillor Steven Toomey was the presiding officer, officially conducting the Citizenship Ceremony on Australia Day 2021

Inside the February Issue...

Arana VIEW Club...........................................................20 Arana Ascot Hockey Club..........................................................13 Art in Bark Association.................................................... Ashgrove Forum................................................................26 Ashgrove Historical Society...........................................16 Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club...........................................14 Boomerang Bags The Gap and Surrounding Suburbs...........27 Brisbane Tramway Museum..................................................31 Chess T’Minit.......................................................................31 Enoggera Historical Society............................................24 Ithaca Probus Club...........................................................17 Men of the Trees..............................................................30 Newmarket Bocce.............................................................30 Norths "Eagles" Hockey Club.............................................16 Paten Park Native Nursery (PPNN).............................................28 Principal’s Points..............................................................22 - 23 Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap..................................3 Serenta Singers..........................................................................26 SOWN (Save Our Waterways Now)...........................................29 State Update -Jonty Bush - Member for Cooper.....................5 The Gap/Ashgrove National Seniors Assoc.....................................27 The Gap Historical Society.......................................................14 The Gap Neighbourhood Watch.............................................10/11 The Gap Probus Club.............................................................12 The Gap RSL Sub Branch......................................................7 Ward Happenings.........................................................................4 Walton Bridge The Gap Guides.......................................23 The Western Echo February 2021 Page 3


Cr Steven Toomey

Councillor for The Gap Ward Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Awards 2021

Congratulations to the winners of the Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Awards 2021, which pays tribute to Brisbane’s unsung heroes in our community. This year Leo Lee from SOWN was recognised with the Green Heart Award for an independent project to identify and rehabilitate native fish populations in Cedar Creek, Upper Kedron, one of the most important local creek systems feeding into Moreton Bay. Mr Ron Ward of The Gap received the Joint Senior Citizen of the Year for dedicating his life to supporting a number of community organisations close to his heart. The inaugural Spirit of Brisbane Award 2021 was awarded to The Gap brothers Tudor and Wesley Vasile who established ‘Walk for Awareness’ in 2010, an event that encourages mental awareness through participation, movement and the sharing of experiences. To view all the winners visit brisbane.qld.gov.au and search ‘Australia Day Awards’.

Green Happenings in The Gap Ward Community Clean Up Australia Day Sunday 7 March 2021 7-8am Every year thousands of Australians take part in cleaning up Australia. Last year over 36,000 volunteers across Brisbane removed an estimated 741 tonnes of rubbish from our precious environment. Come and join me for this year’s Clean Up at The Gap Ward site on Enoggera Creek at the intersection of School & Payne Road, The Gap, assembling on the School Rd bridge. Or to find your nearest clean up site visit: cleanupaustraliaday.org.au

L to R: Tudor Vasile, Leo Lee, Ron Ward, Wesley Vasile, Cr Toomey

Community Networking Event - 30 March 2021

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 Council’s Business Liaison Officer, who will be available for a future one on one meeting with business owners. Date and Time: 6-8 pm, Tuesday 30 March 2021 Location: Wine & Larder Bistro - 479 Waterworks Rd, Ashgrove West Numbers for this free event are limited, to RSVP visit www.steventoomey.com.au/network

Community Corners Saturday 20 February 2021

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

Jonty Bush MP

Member for Cooper

Back to School 2021 It was a very special morning for me on Wednesday 27 January, as I welcomed students and their families at Hilder Road State School, arriving for the beginning of the new school year. I would like to wish every single student and the broader school community in Cooper, all the very best for 2021. And to kickstart the new school year, I am pleased to announce that applications are open for Round 4 of the FairPlay vouchers (available until the 17 March, unless exhausted prior). This program supports eligible Queensland parents and carers with a $150 voucher towards the cost of sports registration for young people aged between 5-17 years. For more information and applications: https://www. qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/fairplay/apply

Budget Update 2020-21 Some great local announcements include: Schools and Sporting Facilities Over $10m for Ithaca Creek SS - six new classrooms and two specialist learning spaces. And $450,000 to upgrade the school’s swimming pool amenity block. $10.1m for The Gap SHS - 12 new classrooms and $500,000 for the tuck shop upgrade. $1.85m for Petrie Terrace SS - four new classrooms. $200,000 for Ashgrove SS - modernize and upgrade existing classrooms. $200,000 for Hilder Road SS - upgrade prep classrooms. $156,000 for St Joseph’s Primary School in Bardon - a new playground and tennis court resurfacing $2.5m for a significant upgrade of the GPS Rugby and Valley District Cricket Club clubhouse. Natural Environment $974,000 to upgrade visitor infrastructure in D’Aguilar National Park. $250,000 to upgrade visitor infrastructure and wildlife facilities at the Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre State Parliament Update In December, Parliament also passed the Disability Services and Other Legislation (Worker Screening)

Announcing FairPlay Program with Eddie and Josh at The Gap Football Club

Amendment Bill – an important bill that will create additional safeguards for Queenslanders with a disability. I will be hosting information sessions about these amendments. If you are interested in attending, please get in touch with us. I have secured a seat on the Legal Affairs and Safety Committee currently considering the Consent and Mistake of Fact Bill and the potential tightening of legislation in relation to Coercive Control (within a DFV context). I have been doorknocking and calling Cooper residents about our proposal to ban additional single-use plastics. Last year, Queenslanders strongly supported the proposed ban on singleuse-plastics starting with straws, stirrers, cutlery and plates. It has become clear there is significant support for extending the ban to include polystyrene products such as takeaway cups and containers. Consultation closed on 15 January 2021. Ahead of the conscience vote on the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, I will be doorknocking widely seeking your views. Your views are important to me so I’ve also setup a survey for your responses at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/cooperVAD If you would like to discuss anything you have read here or other state issues, please email my electorate office at: cooper@parliament.qld.gov.au or call 3554 1900.

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Safety Bag Tags Initiative - Have you “Tagged” your child’s school bag? Safety Bag Mates are produced under our community-based non-profit Safety Bag Tag Initiative of the Neighbourhood Watch Queensland, The Gap and The Rotary Club of Ashgrove /The Gap. The objective of the Safety Bag Tag Initiative is to provide a Safety Bag Mate to every student in The Gap, in Brisbane, and beyond, and for you as parents, to know that there is always someone your child can contact in times of need, no matter what they are feeling. The Safety Bag Mates contain hotline phone numbers of age appropriate welfare agencies that students can call in confidence about any safety concerns they may be experiencing now, or may experience in future. See what the children have to say about

Safety Bag Mates: https:// fb.watch/37IPLMSboV/. We already have three schools “Tagged”, Payne Road State School, St Peter Channel Primary School and the Gap State High School and have 1719 Tags on school bags since the start of the Initiative in 2020. Many families and all our government representatives, Cr Steve Toomey, Gap Ward Councillor, Ms Jonty Bush, our member for Cooper, and Mr Julian Simmons, our Federal Member for Ryan are supporting this initiative to

help keep our kids safe. We’d love it if you too could join us in this initiative and purchase a Safety Bag Mate to attach to your child’s, grandchild’s, niece’s or nephew’s, friend’s children …… school bag to help keep them safer, while you wait for your child’s school to be officially “Tagged”. For a cost of a coffee, $5, you can purchase and attach a Safety Bag Mate to your child’s school bag (both Primary and Secondary Tags available), or donate to help us “Tag” more Aussie children’s school bags. For the many ways to donate or purchase a Safety Bag Mate, please head to: https://safetybagtags.org.au/ shop/ For all the information, please head to the Safety

Bag Tags Initiative website: https://safetybagtags.org.au/. If you need further information, or you can help us fundraise, please contact Jo Ingram of NHWQ The Gap and Dr Padma Lal of RATG via our initiative’s email address: safetybagtag@ gmail.com. Follow us on Facebook; www.fb.com/ safetybagtags, and keep up to date.

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The Gap Sub-Branch RSL The year 2020 was one we all hoped to forget we all looked forward to a return to normality but 2021 is now shaping up as a year of possibly even more uncertainty and instability Nevertheless the SubBranch, ever optimistic, resumed its activities and held its first 2021 meeting on Jan 15 at the Branch’s HQ at Nullagundi House in School Rd, The Gap It is a good time to reflect on our membership There are no surviving Veterans from the Great War and the ranks of the WW11 Veterans are thinning quickly. Those who served in the Vietnam War now assume the mantle of our “ Senior Veterans “ and we are aware there are many living in the Western Suburbs. They certainly make up the bulk of the Sub-Branch’s Seniors

Their stories are many and varied; different units, different ranks, different roles and different experiences too numerous to summarise here but all served with distinction. However, it’s worth mentioning just one example , long term resident of The Gap, Mr Ray De Vere MC OAM Ray joined the Army in 1955 and held a number of crew positions in armoured vehicles from driver to sergent commander and various instructor postings until commissioned as a

lieutenant in 1966 . He served in Vietnam as a cavalry troop leader in 1969 and later in a variety training postings including as a tank squadron commander. Other overseas service included stints as CO of NZ School of Armour and a brief diplomatic tour in Fiji. After retiring from the Army in 1982 he led an equally illustrious career in academic and civilian life with a special interest in Veterans Affairs through the RSL and has held a number of prestigious ex-service o rg an i z a t i o n p o s i t i o n s , such as State Secretary of the Vietnam Veterans Association, State President of the RSL and various state and national appointments .Ray is a Life Member of the RSL and Vietnam Veterans Association and an Honorary National Vice President of the RSL’. Ray was chairmen of RSL War veterans Homes Ltd (RSL Care) from 2002 to 2008 before retiring to

introduce new blood into the nations largest ex-service care provider. Ray was awarded the Military Cross for operational service in Vietnm in 1970 and the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1997. More details of Ray’s interesting career are available in his book “ Three Zero Alpha “, available through Amazon Australia or Amazon America His portrait hangs in the Tank Museum in Puckapunyal Lest We Forget

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Are you ready to try something new at BrisAsia Festival 2021? Celebrate Asian culture and heritage with BrisAsia Festival from 1–28 February. There is something for everyone to enjoy with a range of COVID-Safe events across Brisbane that celebrate the diversity of food, music, dance and art within Asian culture. FAMILY PRACTICE & SKIN CANCER CLINIC This year’s exciting and diverse program includes : BrisAsia Sound; Food Festival; Holi - Festival of Colours; Summer Party; BrisAsia Stories; BrisAsia Bazaar; Cyber Our team of doctors and Night; Lunar New Year; Rare Voices amd BrisAsia Business health professionals provide Workshops. Browse the full program of events online: http:// you with ongoing and bnecouncil.cc/396G21t comprehensive medical care. Please note, while the majority of BrisAsia Festival events are free, some require tickets and/or booking. Be sure Childhood to book early as Immunisation places are limited now available due to Queensland Health guidelines around COVID • Same day appointment guaranteed safe events. • Open 7 days • Online bookings on our website Check out the • Bulk billing for children & concession card holders full program of events for further information. Visit Cnr Settlement & Samford Roads, w w w. b r i s b a n e . qld.gov.au and Phone: search BrisAsia www.keperrafamilypractice.com.au Festival Half page – 175mm H x 120mm W


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Hearing Health a Sound Investment For Don Cave, keeping on top of his hearing health has meant being able to stay connected to the people and hobbies he loves. “I was missing out on so much of conversation with family and friends, and at times felt like an accessory to what was going on around me,” said Dr Cave. Now fitted with hearing aids through the Ashgrovebased Hear and Say clinic, Dr Cave said he was thrilled to find a return to sounds he thought were lost forever. “With my new hearing aids, I can participate in group conversations, watch television without subtitles, and rarely have to ask others to speak louder or repeat themselves,” said Dr Cave. “Getting my hearing back to as near normal as possible has highlighted how the gradual loss of my

hearing was denying me the pleasure of enjoying so many experiences in life.” Motivated by the alarming statistics that one in four Australians are anticipated to have hearing loss by 2050, Hear and Say expanded its hearing services to adults. This unique not-for-profit program supports their charity work with children. Hear and Say audiologist, Georgia Cambridge said that it took an average of 10 years of struggle for most people to do something about their hearing health. “While some people will come in for a hearing test because they feel like they’re having trouble themselves, often it’s their family or friends who have noticed an issue first,” said Ms Cambridge. “Not being tied to any one manufacturer means that

when someone visits Hear and Say, we work with them to understand their history, lifestyle and communication goals to best match the type of hearing technology to their personal needs. “Many hearing aid models can now be paired with a smartphone, meaning calls, music, audio books and even the car navigation system can be streamed straight to your hearing aids. Many people are surprised at how far the technology has come.” Common signs or symptoms that you may have a hearing loss You often ask people to repeat what they have said or

respond with “Pardon?” when someone asks you a question You experience tinnitus – an intermittent or continuous noise in the ears or head You find it hard to hear on the phone You need the volume turned up on the TV, radio or iPad You’re sometimes unsure of which direction sounds are coming from It’s hard to hear in noisy places like a café or at a football game You might get tired from concentrating more than usual during conversations or at events.

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Neighbourhood Watch The Gap 4061 Please support the Safety Bag Tags Initiative; www. safetybagtags.org Just a $5 donation “Tags” a child’s School Bag. Follow o u r j o u r n e y w w w. f b . c o m / safetybagtags

2021 Home Safety Audit Ways to make your home and family more secure. GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS Report suspicious people or vehicles to police. Ensure doors and windows are secured, even when at home. Secure your home when you leave by locking all doors and windows. Ask for credentials from all persons who request entry to your home Make it appear you’re at home (when away) by leaving lights on and music or the TV playing; timers are useful. Keep cash, keys and valuables out of sight and out of reach. Don’t leave notes on the door, or say you’ll be away on social media. Don’t leave a house key in obvious places. Mark valuable property using the Property Identification System. Around the Home: Doors • The external doors of your home should be of solid-core construction and fitted with key-operated double-cylinder deadlock • Install a door viewer that allows you to see the person before you open the door.   • When going away for extended periods of time disconnect the electricity to the electronic garage doors. • If you need to leave a door open for ventilation, consider installing a security screen door.

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Windows • No matter what type of window you have, key operated locks should be fitted and used. • Always lock groundfloor windows and windows that are not visible from the street or are within an easy reach from a drainpipe, roof or wheelie bin as these are more easily accessed. Consider installing security screens. Keys Avoid giving keys to trades persons or people that you don’t know well - copies of keys are quickly and easily made.   If you lose your keys,

consider changing the locks. Do not mark your keys with your name and address. Yards and lighting A house which allows neighbours and people passing by a clear and uninterrupted view makes it less likely to be broken into. Make sure your home is not shielded by trees, so that intruders or people acting suspiciously can be observed. Always lock tools, ladders and garden equipment away so they can’t be used to gain entry to your home. Keep all of your gates locked and in good repair. Consider installing sensor lights. Keep up to date with your

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

President John Pitman, Barbara Tobin and Jean Coxon

It seems a long time ago now, but memories linger of the Christmas lunch that members enjoyed at the Arana Leagues Club. Apart from the usual festivities, we heard a most affecting talk by Sarah Collie of Foodbank Queensland, our chosen charity for 2020. While Probus is not a service club, we do choose one charity each year at Christmas, and this year we were delighted to support Foodbank Queensland to the tune of $760, to go towards the provision of meals to those who desperately need them. Meanwhile we thoroughly enjoyed our own meals and a wonderful “Hello Dolly” skit delivering some of the worst singing for many years: until the “Daisy, Daisy” follow-up, that is. At this event the club was presented with certificates from the Probus Association of Queensland (PAQ) and Probus South Pacific Ltd (PSPL) marking our 30th birthday, which occurred earlier in the year: the

presentation was delayed by you-know-what. The certificates were presented by Barbara Tobin of PSPL and received by President John Pitman and Jean Coxon, a charter member who was present at our very first meeting in 1990. After the holiday break we resumed our “fun, friendship and fellowship” activities with an informal get-together at the Broncos on Australia Day. For many years now this has been the kick-off event for the new year, signalling the resumption of the “active retirement” we strive for. Coming up: a bus trip to Tamborine, and our first general meeting for 2021, at which we hope t welcome no fewer than five new members. If you are 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!

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

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Give hockey a go! Arana Ascot Hockey is a long-established Club that has been local to Everton Hills and Ferny Grove for almost 30 years. They are gearing up for another exciting season for 2021. Hockey benefits a child in a myriad of ways including improving balance, coordination, speed and endurance. It can also help your child develop their social and communication skills. Arana Ascot Hockey fields a number of grass and turf teams ranging from Under 6s through to Under 17s (JT Turf). They are currently seeking boys aged 4 – 8 years old and girls aged 4 – 17 years old to join their Club. Grass teams train at the Ferny Grove Sports Fields (Tramway Street) on Tuesday afternoons and play Saturday mornings at Downey Park. Turf teams train at Burringbar Park (Chermside) on Wednesday afternoons and games are played Friday nights and Saturdays at various locations. Arana Ascot Hockey puts a large focus on player development, providing regular sessions that are optional for players. They have knowledgeable development coaches in the Club and are lucky to have Angie Lambert (Triple Olympian) who plays a big part in the junior turf development.  The Club’s qualified coaches and regular development sessions ensure each child has the opportunity to succeed, with many players making representative teams If your child would like to give Hockey a go, pop down to meet some of the Arana Ascot Hockey members at their Sign On Day: 9am – 12pm Saturday, 6 February at Rebel Sport, Mitchelton. 

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Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club

It is the start of a new year; a year that we all hope will see the end of covid19 restrictions and bring some stability back into all our lives. However Ashgrove/ The Gap Lions club is halfway through the Lions year and so far this year has seen a need for new ideas, which brings with it various challenges. Fund raising has been necessarily sporadic but with such things as the sales of the Christmas cakes reaching record heights those tasks we have undertaken have been well supported. Thank you! Now we look forward to being able to get back out into the community with renewed vigour and enthusiasm. One thing that has ‘lightened our load’ is the completion of our storage shed, which has been an on-going issue for many years. Finally,

with the help of a generous Government grant and an agreement with The Gap Uniting Church, we now have our very own safe place to keep all our equipment in. Thank you to all involved in making this dream a reality. So it’s back to business after our Christmas break. We had to make do with Zoom meetings during most of 2020 but now we are hoping that we can resume with our normal face to face meetings. There is still a lot of uncertainty around what activities and fund raising events will be allowed but we are busy working around

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The Gap Historical Society Inc. Est. 2000 Forwarded by George Stoddart – written by Eric Gramenz for, and reproduced from, The Gap News

In the early 1930’s, my wife and I made a move to get electricity along Payne Road – the road in which we were living. My wife went to see the top officials of the Council and was advised to visit each resident on Payne Road and try to get the required electricity deposit – which in those days was about 2 pounds (£2.0.0). The two of us set out one day – yours truly from the town end and my wife from the other end. Nobody refused to give us the deposit, but I think most of them thought we had Buckley’s chance of getting power for them. My wife handed in all the deposits and the names, and after a little delay, it was approved and a start made. The whole of Payne Road was electrified – right to the far end. It made a lot of work for electricians for house lighting, and milking shed lights etc. One electrician who did a lot of the work was Jim MacMahon of Alderley.

Waterworks Road Water Main We sold the Payne Road property in the early 1950’s to build on 1126 Waterworks Road. At that time, the nearest water main was at Walton Bridge, so I put an electric motor and pump into Enoggera Creek and erected a high stand and tank and pumped water for our garden. A few years later, a move was made by a few of the residents on that part of Waterworks Road to get the water main extended up School Road. All the residents on that part of Waterworks Road were advised by the Council to make a reasonable investment in the City Council Loan Fund, preferably for 5 years (which we all did). That is the history of the water main from Walton Bridge to School Road. Things did not come easy in the early days. the ‘new normal’ to ensure we are still out there in the community working hard to improve the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves. Our first big event for 2021 is the annual Youth of the Year, which is a national Lions program designed to showcase our youth and the future leaders of this great country. This is also an opportunity to work with the schools in our area: The Gap State High; Mount St. Michaels College and Marist College Ashgrove. It is our main non-fundraising event of the year and always reminds members of the club what wonderful inspiring young people are coming

through to ensure a bright future for Australia. With the start of the new calendar year many of you are thinking about doing something new and different. Why not join us? Ashgrove/ The Gap Lions club are always happy to welcome new members and you are invited to come along to one of our meetings, as our guest, before making a commitment. If you would like more information about Lions and the great work we do whilst enjoying good fellowship please ring our membership chair, Liz Baldacchino: 0412 471 869; have a look at our website www.Lions.org.au or find us on Facebook.

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Is it just a Hairball? Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is relatively common in cats, even in kittens as young as 4 months of age. Many of us own cats that vomit relatively often, and if there is hair in the vomit, we often assume that “hairballs” are the cause. In fact, frequent vomiting of hairballs may be a sign of inflammatory bowel disease! IBD-affected cats have a “slow” stomach and small intestine, which impedes the movement of hair through the gut. Chronic, occasional vomiting is seen in almost 80% of cats with IBD and is frequently the only symptom. However more severely affected cats may experience diarrhea (sometimes with blood and mucus), increased or decreased appetite, weight loss and lethargy. Depression and lethargy are only present in 20% of cases. Inflammatory bowel disease in cats may be a precursor to a bowel cancer known as lymphosarcoma, and this is a well - recognised complication of severe celiac disease in people. So how do we diagnose IBD? How do we know when the family cat is just consuming a lot of hair and bringing it back up, versus a cat whose hair-laden vomit is, in fact, a symptom of IBD? A thorough physical examination is often helpful in narrowing the list of possibilities. Blood tests can be useful, especially in older cats, to rule-out some of the other serious causes of chronic vomiting (e.g. over-active thyroids). X-rays and ultrasound examination of the abdomen may also be helpful in some cases. A trial on high-fibre, hydrolysed or “highly digestible” prescription foods can be worthwhile, while in some patients we may elect for a trial on medication, typically cortisone. Severely affected cats may even require bowel biopsies if these first two measures are unsuccessful and the patient is very unwell. Regards, Scott, Connie and the TGVS Team

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Ashgrove Historical Society Inc. The Ashgrove Historical Society will resume its meetings at the Ashgrove Library in March with the AGM. At the time of writing, COVID-19 restrictions limit the number of people in Meeting Room One to 20. Meeting Room Two is currently unavailable. Registrations for the March meeting have already closed. However, there is a waiting list in the event that restrictions are eased. If you would like to add your name to the waiting list, please register with the AHS secretary, Julie, by emailing her at: ahs.secretary@ bigpond.com or phone: 3366 4621. Following the AGM, Lindy Sugars will talk about Ashgrove’s Historical Timeline. The presentation

will be based on the Ashgrove 150 Timeline book (2015) which follows the plaques along the bikeway at Ashgrove Sportsground. There are limited copies available for purchase but it is available for borrowing at Ashgrove Library. Please be aware that registering your intention to attend our meetings will be necessary for some time to come. Speakers and topics for 2021 will be posted on the society’s website and Facebook page. However, members will be notified first via the newsletter and/ or email. If you would like to become a member contact the secretary and she will send you a membership form and EFT details. The fees are $10 single

per annum, or $15 couple/ family. If you would like to purchase a book (see below), please contact the secretary. (PayPal is no longer supported

on our website). Income from memberships and book sales assist the society in its aims of researching, preserving, recording and publishing Ashgrove’s history.

Ashgrove Historical Society publications Ashgrove Heritage Tour revised edition. (2019). $10 Lost Ashgrove: The changing face of a Brisbane suburb. (2016). Members $20, non-members. $25 Ashgrove and The Gap Aspects of History 1849 – 2003: Land, Access, Institutions and People. (2010). Includes the development of Waterworks Road, a history of Ithaca Creek Bridge, and the growth of Ashgrove 1871-1925. (2010). $15 Ashgrove 150 Timeline. (2015) traces Ashgrove’s history in chronological order as per the plaques on the bikeway around the Ashgrove Sportsground. Limited copies available. $6 Anniversary & Birthday Calendar. A perpetual calendar for recording important dates and events. $7 Brisbane: People and Places of Ashgrove. (2010). Brisbane History Group Inc. $15. Bardon Heritage Tour. Brisbane History Group Inc. (2005). $5.

Join the Eagles nest and play hockey Hockey is an Olympic sport that all members of the family – from five to 75 years – can play. Northern Suburbs Hockey Club at Ashgrove is a social and inclusive club where people of all ages, experience and skill level can play in a friendly atmosphere and with competitive spirit. Nicknamed the ‘Eagles’, Norths is a family-oriented club with teams for boys, girls, men and women from Under 7 to Masters age levels. Katrina O’Neill and her three children all play hockey for Norths. “I love playing hockey and being part of a team, it’s the sport and the people that make it great,” Katrina says. “ I t ’s e x c i t i n g t o b e competitive and go for the win, but we have fun and it improves fitness too. “There is a lot of pride

amongst members of our Norths Eagles. It’s a great club for women, men and families with a strong community spirit from our youngest new players, right through to our Life Members who are still active role models.” As well as playing for Norths, players of all ages have the opportunity to represent Brisbane, Queensland and Australia in hockey. Norths is the only Brisbane hockey club with its own grass fields, artificial turf practice pitch and clubhouse, with a bar and canteen for social functions. The first social function of the year will be a celebration of 50 years of Norths Women’s Hockey Club on March 6. Norths will hold its signon day for the 2021 season at Dorrington Park, Mirrabooka Road, Ashgrove on Saturday

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Al Schweitzer, Katrina O’Neill, Matilda O’Neill and Sierra O’Neill are signing on to play hockey for Norths at Ashgrove in 2021

February 6 from 10am to 2pm. “If anyone is thinking about trying hockey or coming back to the sport, come along to Norths’ signon day and see what a great club we have and how hockey can be a positive part of your life,” Katrina says.

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Great Start to 2021 at Ithaca Probus Club After a grand finale to 2020, Ithaca Probus Club got off to a flying start to 2021. In December 25 lucky members attended the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Party at City Hall; then an excellent turn-out of most of our members really enjoyed the end of year Christmas lunch at the Paddo Tavern. The new year started with the club’s traditional Australia Day BBQ, which got under way with an hour of Aussie songs from the Verandah Band. Members joined in for the chorus lines with great gusto. T Our February general meeting, the first for the year, will feature a talk on Consumer Rights by a person from the Dept of Fair trading. Activities at Ithaca Probus Club are continuing in line with the now normal safety practices of hand sanitising, spaced seating, no gathering in clusters for chatting and individually packaged morning teas. Club outings will resume in March, and the cards group and the poetry groups are back to normal. Throughout the shutdown the club had been welcoming new members, so numbers are increasing. Our monthly newsletters have been keeping members connected and are again carrying the usual round of club news. New members are always most welcome at our new meeting venue of the Red Hill Community Sports Club in Fulcher Road, Red Hill. 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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Carinity turning around young lives Do you believe everyone deserves to live their life to their full potential? Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to help others in your community? Each year, Gaythornebased not-for-profit Carinity supports hundreds of Queensland families and young people in need who are facing disadvantage. This need might arise from domestic and family violence, relationship or financial stress, or the many challenges placed on us through the pandemic. Carinity counselling services in Brisbane and around rural Queensland support youth experiencing or at risk of homelessness, people living with disability, and families and young people facing difficulty in their lives. Carinity provides psychological therapy to help people through issues such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, bullying, self-harm and suicide, and trauma. With mental health issues

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becoming more prevalent throughout society, Carinity cannot keep up with demand for its counselling services and wellness programs. Carinity has launched the Family Support Appeal, to assist more people like Makhala. Before she sought help from Carinity counsellors, Makhala was reclusive and battled suicidal thoughts. “I was 14 and had been fighting at school. I wasn’t eating properly and was self-

harming. A traumatic event in my life had caused me to become withdrawn and suicidal,” Makhala says. Carinity’s counselling allowed Makhala to turn her life around by teaching her how to cope with challenges. She is now a therapeutic care worker who helps young people with mental illness, and hopes to start an equine therapy program to assist people facing difficulty. A Carinity counsellor

says: “I love seeing the children and young people starting to gain confidence and develop their new skills. “ I t ’s g r e a t t o s e e relationships restored and people thriving and realising their full potential and strengths. I am a big believer in hope.” Please donate to the Carinity Family Support Appeal online at www. carinity.org.au/donations or by phoning 3550 3737.

Arana VIEW Club February Update Arana View Club March meeting is on Wednesday 3rd March, 10.15 for 11.00am start at the Arana Leagues Club, Dawson Parade, Keperra. The cost for lunch is $30.00 for the 2-course meal and tea and coffee. We will have our regular raffles and lucky door prizes with the proceeds going towards supporting our Learning for Life students. Our guest speaker in March will be Clare Blake, who is a broadcaster and media specialist from the Berghofer Medical Institute. Clare is well known for many podcasts relating to medical

issues and is certain to be very informative given the climate in which we now live with COVID19. Our club has different social activities each month so members have a chance to make new friends. Please phone Carol on 3355 5349 by midday Monday 1st March if you are attending the March meeting of if you are interested in coming along to see what VIEW is about. ‘Voice, Interests and Education of Women’ Venue - Arana Leagues Club, Dawson Parade, Keperra

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Beverley Dick, Joan Moore, Jocelyn MacDonald at the Arana VIEW Club Christmas part 2020

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The Physiologix Corner

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At Physiologix we know sports injuries. Three of our physiotherapists have been involved with The Australian Tennis Open, working with international elite athletes of incredible calibre; this is the very highest level of tennis physio. Another of our physios works with Brisbane level Netball. Our sports physios are highly experienced, with post graduate university training. We would like to welcome Maria to our Physiologix Team. She has recently arrived to Brisbane from a year of travel around Australia with her husband and small children. She has worked as a tennis physio contracting for Tennis Australia for the past 10 years. She has been also been involved at the Australian Open Women’s Tennis for the past 7 years. She has worked at the New South Wales and Queensland Tennis Academy and multiple tournaments around the country. Besides being a tennis physio, Maria has also been involved with state Netball, AFL, Athletics and Rugby Union. Maria has a passion to getting her clients back to their favourite activity. She enjoys helping people understand and taking control of their injuries by tailoring exercise programs that can work in each personal situation. Maria enjoys keeping up to date regarding the latest Physiotherapy evidence and she particularly enjoys helping mums return to sports after children. Maria completed her Physiotherapy degree in South America in 2007, Since then she has worked in private practice for over 13 years including Sydney, Victoria and Wollongong regions. Maria Jose and her family enjoy the outdoors, regularly camping and hiking around this beautiful country. She likes to keep healthy by cycling, running, swimming and playing Tennis. We would also like to congratulate Gena Wallis (Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist) who is returning to us after travelling to Dubai as one of only two Tennis Australia physios to be working with the female athletes. She has then been in Melbourne helping with the International athletes progressing through quarantine – what an incredible experience to be working in sport at this extremely complex time. To see any of our tennis physios or sports physios, please call us on (07) 3511 1112, make a booking or email us from our website physiologix.com.au website: http://www.westernecho.com.au

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.....Principal's Points.......Principal's Points...... St Peter Chanel Primary School Happy New Year to all in The Gap community and surrounding suburbs! Following the summer holidays, we at St Peter Chanel School have returned to the academic year with many exciting plans already in place. During the vacation period the school took the opportunity to undertake improvement works. The school grounds were an inviting environment for the students to return to, thanks in part to the generous contribution of our families at our end-of-holidays working bee. Organised by our Parents and Friends Association, it was heartening to see our community spirit remains strong. The beginning of the school year is always an exciting time, as the children reconnect with their friends after the holidays and welcome new students to their class. Teachers are full of enthusiasm and highly motivated to help the children in their care achieve outstanding learning and teaching outcomes. We have been delighted to welcome parents back onto site, under the direction of COVID-19 normal health practices. Congratulations to our

Year 6 student leaders. This amazing cohort of children will lead our school community this year, accepting the challenge of highlighting and actively living our CHANEL Virtues of Charity, Hope, Acceptance, Nurture, Excellence and Love. In 2021 our House Captains are: Ruby G and Hamish M … DUHIG - (Blue) Ava K and Will R … RUSH - (Red) Phoebe H and Morgan J-B … O’DONNELL - (Green) Jessica B and Jack S … DUNNE - (Gold) We also have a number of students who will undertake the role of 2021 Speech and Drama Captains. Congratulations to Jessica B, Ruby G, Ashleigh P and Amelia H. In response to Brisbane Catholic Education’s (BCE) new five-year Strategic Renewal Plan, our school has several areas we will be developing in 2021,. We have also invested time during the pupil free days exploring the affirmations, commendations and recommendations from our 2020 Internal Review, as well as the feedback provided from students, parents and staff through our BCE Listens Surveys. We have much to celebrate as a school and are

looking forward to embracing new ideas within the context of our Annual Improvement Plan. Some upcoming events in Term 1 include our Beginning of School Liturgy and Year 6 Student Leadership Induction, Beginner Band Day Camp, Parent Information Evening, School Swimming Carnival and our Parents and Friends Association welcome event. I look forward to sharing and celebrating our successes each month with Western Echo readers. 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 … Tel 3300 1202. In 2021 we will continue to offer open days each term, including tours of our classrooms, facilities and grounds. Our recently refreshed school website also offers readers a rich suite of information. Margo Carwardine Principal

The Gap State High School Happy New Year. This year is going to be another exceptional year at The Gap State High School and we are very excited to welcome all our returning and new students back to school. It’s always great to see students

reconnecting with their friends after the holiday break. A special welcome to all our new students and teachers joining us in our flourishing learning community here at The Gap SHS. On Wednesday 27 January we welcomed over 1760 students, which included 312 year 7’s which is one of our largest cohorts to date. The Gap State High School community celebrates all the achievements of the graduating class of 2020. Our students have proven that they are Learners Who Flourish. The year 12s stepped up in 2020 like no other that has gone before them in a year like no other. Every graduate should be proud of what they have achieved academically and what they learned about themselves and how they prevailed during their final year of High School. Our school acknowledges the outstanding achievements of our school dux and leader, Hannah Kenway, who is one of only 30 students in the state to achieve the top rank of 99.95. The Gap State High School is one of four state high schools in Queensland that had a student reach this exceptional ranking. (Continued on page 23)

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The Gap State School Happy New Year and welcome back to another school year. I would like to extend a welcome to all 609 students who started last week at The Gap State School. Along with our returning students we welcome 74 Prep students and 26 new students to our school. During our three Pupil Free Days, our staff engaged in a range of professional development opportunities that included transition meetings, Professional Development - whole

school response to student need through a multi-tiered system of support, Calming the Crisis professional learning from Metropolitan Behaviour Support Services and a session on using data to inform differentiation strategies. All our work in the three days was focussed on knowing the students in our new classes and responding to their needs. Staff were well rested, rejuvenated and very enthusiastic for the year ahead. I am incredibly proud of the calm and focused start to 2021 with all children settled and engaged in learning from day one. It was also wonderful to welcome back our parents into the school grounds and classrooms. It is my pleasure to acknowledge our school captains for 2021. Congratulations to Aden, Erin, Hana and Samuel who are committed to making a difference in our school community and serving their fellow students. Warm Regards, Joanne Nicholls - Principal


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Enoggera & Districts Historical Society Inc.

Goodbye to the Telegraph newspaper ‘TE-LE! PA-PER!’ was a popular cry heard on our local streets for decades by news sellers touting Brisbane’s Telegraph newspaper. ‘The Tele’ was a local institution, an afternoon newspaper that was published for 116 years. The first edition from the paper’s Queen Street premises came out on 1 October 1872. It contained 4 pages and had a print run of 200 copies. In 1963 the Tele’s base moved to 41 Campbell Street, Bowen Hills. The final Telegraph came out on Friday, 5 February 1988 – so 33 years ago this month. Its demise was hastened by a tougher business environment, and much restructuring and rationalisation going on at the time in Australia’s media sector. The final front page headline was ‘$6 pay rise for all’. The sports pages at the back covered stories about Wally Lewis and the Brisbane Broncos, who were about to play their very first match in the then NSW rugby league competition (now the NRL). In the TV section, shows broadcast at the time included ‘MacGyver’, ‘Carroll at 7’, ‘Sale of the Century’ and ‘Highway to Heaven’. On the movie pages you could check out session times for ‘Dirty Dancing’, ‘The Princess Bride’ and ‘Fatal Attraction’. We’d love to hear memories from Western Echo readers about the Telegraph. Does anyone out there still have copies, including of the final edition from February 1988? Please get in touch. Visit our Facebook page or email enoggerahistory@gmail.com And please note the Enoggera and Districts Historical Society’s local history display is open for public viewing each Thursday from 9.30am to 1pm. Location is the Enoggera Memorial Hall with access via Trundle Street. Take care, everyone. Andrew McMicking - President The Western Echo February 2021 Page 24

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Sustainability in The Gap - A New Community Group in the Making by Monika Janda, Craig Ray and Padma Lal

A group of residents in our suburb, The Gap, have joined forces to form a new community group, Sustainability in The Gap, to foster increased sustainability in our community. Our suburb as we all know is valued for its unique areas of environmental significance, diverse and beautiful fauna and flora, as well as its progressive people. But the suburb is under increasing threat. There are growing concerns about the impacts of recent developments and lifestyle choices on longer term sustainability of our environments and people’s well-being. Building on The Gap Neighbourhood Plan, this new group has a number of aims, including to work with the community to minimise waste, increase re-purposing and reusing of products, create sustainable, reliable and low-cost green energy, and undertake environmental actions such as, increasing forested areas, limiting urban development, decreasing sealed surface areas, reducing soil erosion, and increasing the health of local creeks. Sustainability in the Gap recognises the great work already being undertaken by several local community groups, such as SOWN, Yoorala Community Garden, Boomerang Alliance and Boomerang Bags The Gap & Surrounds. We are looking forward to complementing their actions and working together to help generate a greater momentum towards achieving increased sustainability in the Gap. For more information, please contact Craig Ray of Craig Ray & Associates, at mail@craigray.com.au

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Sing with Serenata in 2021!

Make 2021 the year you take your singing beyond the confines of the driving seat of your car or your shower stall. The Serenata Singers, a community choir based in The Gap, is holding an Open Night at 7.30pm on Monday 22 February in the auditorium of The Gap Uniting Church, 1050 Waterworks Road. This is an excellent, COVID-safe opportunity to learn more about the choir, observe and join in a rehearsal, and meet the choir members. Can’t make the open night? Don’t worry, the choir welcomes new members at any time. After a rough 2020, which saw the choir cancelling all performances due to the Corona virus pandemic, the choir is looking to bounce back strongly in 2021. The choir, which sings a variety of popular, traditional, spiritual and show tunes, had entered 2020 with exciting plans and high expectations. In addition to a packed concert schedule, a special 50th anniversary reunion function was planned and a special “history page” was added to its website. Then, just as rehearsals were getting into full swing, the COVID crisis hit. The Serenata Singers were particularly hard hit for several reasons. Choir singing is a particularly risky group activity during a 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 aged care facilities – visits to which were, of course, curtailed. But you can’t keep a good choir down. Throughout the year members were kept informed and entertained through a weekly email newsletter, fortnightly Zoom rehearsals were instituted and, late in the year, COVID-safe “live” rehearsals re-commenced. Choir members finally got a performance opportunity when they participated in Christmas carols at the Samford Christmas Markets. 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. For more information, you can check out our website https:// serenatasingers.org.au/ for more information. or drop us an email at serenatasingersthegap@gmail.com.

What: Serenata Singers Open Night When: Monday, 22 February 2021, 7.30pm Where: The Gap Uniting Church Hall, 1050 Waterworks Road Love to Sing? Serenata Singers, Annual Open Night, come and check us out! Monday 22 February, 7.30pm, Uniting Church Auditorium, 1050 Waterworks Road, The Gap. Further information: https://serenatasingers. org.au/. The Western Echo February 2021 Page 26

Ashgrove For more information on Forum Communicators public speaking association, please visit the website www. beconfident.org.au Forum is an organisation that helps people improve their skills and confidence to speak or present in public. Becoming a more confident and proficient speaker gives you an edge at work and in life. The first Ashgrove Forum monthly meeting for 2021 was held at the Ashgrove Library on Wednesday 20 January. Members were excited to be able to meet Face-to-Face once again, instead of meeting via Zoom videoconferencing. Because of the unavailability of a suitable meeting room for public speaking due to Covid-19, all 2020 meetings from April onwards were held on Zoom. While this technology allowed us to continue to function, public speaking really requires the speaker to have a live audience to gauge the impact of their speech. The topic for the speaking session for the evening was “Humorous Poetry”. Speakers covered many aspects which included: An analysis of “what makes humorous poetry?” illustrated by excerpts from

two Australian Poems: Banjo Paterson’s “Bush Christmas” and “Turbulence” by Murray Hartin The poetry of Pam Ayres, whose wistful, funny, and perceptive verse highlighting the absurdity of everyday life, captures both its joy and unfairness The composition of Limericks, their history and development with examples from each period since the first known poem of this genre in 1125. This speech ended with an original limerick about Forum, viz. The rules of our Speaking Club Forum Demand we all show some decorum Our speeches should be Educational you see Inform, inspire, but don’t bore ‘em. The next meeting will be held at 6.30pm on 17 February 2021, in the Ashgrove Library meeting rooms at 87 Amarina Street, Ashgrove. Visitors and prospective members are always welcome to attend without obligation. For enquiries ring 0409 615 514.

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Ashgrove/The Gap National Seniors Assoc. Welcome to 2021. Our new committee is President Helen Morris; Vice president Eric ; Secretary Denis & our Treasurer is Rod. We have just celebrated Ashgrove/The Gap National Seniors Association’s 31st Birthday with a special meeting at the at the Red Hill Community Centre & a talk on “Keeping safe” which was presented by the Queensland Police. Exciting things are planned for 2021, including a BBQ at Slaughter Falls; Morning tea (maybe lunch) at the Gaythorne R.S.L and a trip to North Stradbroke Island which includes a Picnic lunch at the North Gorge Boadwalk and a tour of the island. We are looking for new members (60years+) to join our happy & adventurous club.

BBTGS continues to give a helping hand to young and old “Who would have thought when a few of us in The Gap came together four years ago to help our environment that one day we’d find ourselves also helping so many others in our local communities”, said Dr Padma Lal.. When COVID19 descended upon us, we widened our focus beyond just environmental benefits. We donated over 300 boomerang bags to various frontline health workers to transport and wash their uniforms separately, keeping them and their families safe. We began making high quality reusable face masks to ensure our local people were prepared. Our masks surely became handy when Brisbane went into lock down in December. We could not keep up with the demand. But these were not the only benefits. With funds raised through

the sale of our bags and masks, BBTGS gave out several grants to help many local groups, benefiting young and old. The Payne Road State School purchased much needed updated readers for their Preppies. The Wilmore Kindergarten purchased a large sound absorbing rug, improving the room’s acoustics for the children, particularly those with Cochlear implants. The Gap She Shed used our grant to create an Art & Craft Library for art and craft supplies. BBTGS is also very proud to support interactions between children and senior citizens, much needed particularly during COVID restrictions. With one of our grants, the Newmarket State School saw its Year I and 2 students, involved in their Intergenerational Pen Pals initiative, attend an art workshop. They went on to

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make high quality cards and Xmas messages (like this picture); without doubt these brought much joy to the new Pen Pals. A small grant to the Ashgrove Meals on Wheels helped establish a community herb garden, helping their elderly and disabled ‘clients’ to interact with one another, reducing their loneliness. Gillianne, a carer of a nonverbal disabled client, Kathy, said, “The garden gives Kathy and others a peaceful space to interact and socialise.” “The herb garden also provides the satisfaction, to both clients and volunteers, of seeing the fruits of their labour being used in the meals that they help produce”. Such benefits wouldn’t have been possible without our many volunteers, who also gain a lot from their social interaction at our

sewing bees. Thank you to all who have donated fabric, helped make bags and masks, or those who have bought our products, through Café Tara and U Create Studio in the Gap. Come and join us for a ‘bit or me time; or to help make BBs, or masks or other products we are planning for 2021. Regardless of your level of sewing skills, we have jobs for everyone. We meet each Friday at The Gap Baptist Church, 9.3012.00 pm. Send us a message through our Facebook page, boomerangbagsthegapand surrounds, or an email to bbtgs4061@gmail.com.

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The lilly pillies are members of the genus Syzygium. Worldwide there are over 1000 species of this genus growing in tropical and subtropical rainforests, with 50 of these being native to Australia. They are a diverse group ranging in height from shrubs to towering trees with fruits the size of a sultana or as large as an apple, and textures that are mushroom-like to crisp and juicy. What they do have in common is their pink flushes of new growth, their delicate flowers with small petals and long stamen and their edible fruit. Whilst the fruit is edible, in most species it is often not palatable in the raw state or at best needs an acquired taste. Made into condiments, however, most are delicious. The magenta lilly pilly (Syzygium paniculatum) is found growing naturally along a narrow coastal strip in central NSW in a variety of soil types. Although it has been widely cultivated in other areas, it is declared endangered in its natural habitat and vulnerable elsewhere. This is a small to medium-sized rainforest tree, with evergreen, bushy foliage, clusters of white flowers from Spring through to Autumn and fleshy magenta (or reddish-purple) fruit with a tart, apple-like taste. Captain Cook, during his visit to Australia in 1770, recorded the Cadigal and Eora people eating the fruit at Botany Bay. It was also one of

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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! 

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the few native plants (along with Warrigal greens) eaten by the early European settlers where it was prized for making jams, jellies and summer drinks. An 1889 publication (The Useful Native Plants of Australia) records the similarities between the juice of the magenta lilly pilly and that of red grapes and its fermentation to produce a pleasant wine. This fast-growing plant is suitable for all gardens – it grows well in large pots or as a bonsai, it can be kept small by regular pruning or topiary, it forms lovely hedges, wind breaks and effective erosion control or, given enough space, can be left to grow naturally. The magenta lilly pilly will grow in a range of soil pH and types (sandy through to clay loam) that are well or moderately drained, in both full sun and light shade and areas with moderate frosts. In addition to the human benefits of producing a quality fruit, the magenta lilly pilly attracts a variety of wildlife to the garden such as bees, nectar- and seed-eating birds and butterflies.

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

Leo wins Green Heart Award Leo Lee, active member and former president of Save Our Waterways Now (SOWN), has won the Lord Mayor’s Individual Green Heart Award for his outstanding voluntary contribution to identifying and rehabilitating native fish populations. SOWN President John Abbott said Leo’s award was richly deserved. “Leo has a passion for our native fish and this has led him to becoming a champion for preserving our waterways,” John said. The award citation makes particular mention of Leo’s recent work on Cedar Creek which is a tributary of Kedron Brook. “Leo also oversees the Enoggera Catchment Creek Health Monitoring Program, supported by Brisbane City Council and Seqwater, to learn more about the health and function of our waterways and

inform ongoing management practices.” John said Leo backed up his passion for native fish with detailed scientific knowledge about his subject. “SOWN is very lucky to have a scientist of Leo’s calibre leading our Enoggera Creek monitoring program,” he said. The monitoring program collects data at several sites throughout the Enoggera Creek catchment and needs volunteers to assist in the data collection. If you are interested to find out what is living in our creeks and how abundant our native and exotic

Leo Lee receives the Green Heart Award from Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner

species are, contact info@ saveourwaterwaysnow.com. au. Training is provided i n s a f e t y, e q u i p m e n t and use, fish and other species identification and documentation.

Clean up our creeks Clean Up Australia Day

is being held on Sunday 7 March this year. Please join SOWN at the Ashgrove Sports Ground bikepath from 8.00 am until 10.00 am. We will be collecting rubbish and weeding along Enoggera Creek. For more information, please go to the SOWN website at www. sown.com.au.

Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club Coronavirus restrictions permitting, the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club meets at the Enoggera Memorial Hall, in Trundle Street on 4 March. The guest speaker for March is Debbie Aitcheson from the Chilli Patch in Minden and she will talk about herbs in conjunction with alternatives to use when what the recipe requires is not available. Sometimes when these plants are going to seed or are out of season, dried or frozen substitutes do not give the desired flavours and Debbie has advice about solving this problem. At past meetings Debbie has delighted those present with samples of her cooking. Who knows if she’ll have more tasty morsels to sample. The main activities for February are mowing and

controlling weeds. Most areas around this district are receiving some rain so watering is needed only when necessary. Keep up mulching the garden to save evaporation. Tip prune Hibiscus and other shrubs that were pruned heavily last year, and if you prefer to raise your own vegetable and flower seedlings start preparation now. Pansies, cineraries, petunias, allysum and snapdragons are some annuals to consider In the vegetable line there’s beetroot, cabbage, sweet corn and celery. The Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club meets on the first Thursday of the calendar month immediately after morning tea which is served at 9.45am. Visitors and new members are most welcome. The hall is close

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to public transport and accessible by wheelchair.

For more information please phone the president, Pat, on 3356 1256.

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NEWMARKET BOCCE CLUB INC Submitted by Mario De Marco, Secretary Newmarket Bocce Club

To all our readers, the Newmarkett Bocce Club hope you and your family have a happy new year. As we look at another year we hope it will be better than last year for all sports. Something we do well is have a great time. In 2020 on the last Wednesday of each month we celebrated the birthdays for that month. Some antipasto and a beer and throw in a happy birthday

tune, is a recipe that we enjoy always. Last year, because of COVID, the club did not have a Christmas party, however on Wednesday 16th at our usual 'birthday bash' the club committee decided to also include Christmas cheer and a bite to eat for all the bocce players. Well did that go down well? Pictured at right, is club member Fausto Ceccato on the accordion. Fausto is a professional accordion player and for about an hour he played some beautiful songs for all to enjoy. We all had a great time.

TREES FOR LIFE Professional accordionist Fausto Ceccato entertained Club members during our annual Birthday Bash held in December

Site preparation at Paten Park, The Gap

The Men of the Trees Qld (the bush revegetation group) began the year with the first event (a field day) cancelled due to the 3-day Covid-19 lockdown - but of course MOTT were not the only ones affected in this way. In the subsequent Saturdays of January (our more laid-back month due to it usually being the hottest), volunteers enjoyed days of seed-collection, nursery work, and an exploration of Sherwood Arboretum. Here is a basic outline of the MOTT Calendar for the month of February, in case you would like to join the group for any of these activities - you would, of course, be most welcome, at any time:

February Calendar Sat 13 Bunya Riverside (Wongan Creek) Bunya Crossing on South Pine River, UBD Map 107 Q20 - PLANTING/WEEDING with MBRC Sat 20 Westside-Grovely Soccer Club, 32 Hanran Street, Keperra - PLANTING Sat 27 Paten Park Native Nursery, Paten Road, The Gap, NURSERY WORK All of our scheduled working-bees are on Saturdays from 9am to approximately 12.30pm, with shared morning tea at 10.30. For those who like to get their hands into the soil, some special plantings are coming up later in the year. In May for example, MOTT will be

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working with the Moreton Bay Regional Council and members of the community to plant 1000 trees and other natives at the Old Bunya School site, Bunya Road, Bunya. We look forward to two plantings in Samford, and plantings at Upper Kedron, Ferny Grove, and Keperra, and one perhaps at Ipswich - while National Tree Day on the last Saturday in July (for MOTT), will certainly see some bushland extended somewhere. Interspersed with

MOTT’s planting days are the maintenance days - looking after our sites with weeding, watering, mulching, etc, and helping the nursery (Paten Park Native Nursery in The Gap) produce more trees. Get involved with all this green activity! It’s fun - and It’s never more needed on planet earth than right now. For more information, please contact Marion (A/MOTT Liaison) on 0 4 11 8 3 8 3 9 9 o r J o h n (Plantings Coordinator) on 0477 799 218.

Cr Steven Toomey with a Christmas gift from the Croll family

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Brisbane Tramway Museum Tram Sandwiches News and views from the Brisbane Tramway Museum. by David Fryer

Talk about a rock and a really hard place! The two ten-tonne trams may have got off lightly in this unfortunate bingle, but the same can’t be said for the crumpled car. The remarkable incident occurred in Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, during the busy morning rush-hour on June 4th, 1935. Fortunately, the car driver - Alan Palmer Wynne of New Farm escaped without injury, but his motor car was a write-off. Two tram passengers were also mentioned in contemporary newspaper reports: Mary Griffith, 10, of Bowen Street, Fortitude Valley, was on her way to school and seated at the front of the tram with Miss Mary Kenneally, a domestic worker from Spring Hill. Both suffered shock as a result of the collision and they were treated by ambulance bearers at the scene. Mary junior was later taken home and rewarded with a day off school, but Mary senior was admitted to the Royal Brisbane Hospital for further treatment. Look closely at the press photo and you can also see a man with a bandaged hand surveying the wreckage. Was he a fellow passenger, an unreported casualty? Is he the driver, Mr Wynne? Or was he a tram worker injured during the recovery? Research failed to turn up any clues, so we can only speculate. The make of car is also a mystery; all attempts to identify it have so far failed. However, we do know that Mr Wynne assisted in dragging

his crumpled wreckage off the tracks. As for the trams ‘Californian Combination’ No. 57 (on the left) was constructed in Brisbane in 1903 using an Americanmade chassis. Colloquially called a “Matchbox Tram”, it was already old hat by 1935, so it’s hardly surprising that it was scrapped after colliding with another tram in 1939. The body was last seen languishing behind a shop in Paddington some time later, but its purpose and fate are unknown. The other tram remains unidentified. If you want to sample a tram sandwich, then head out to the Brisbane Tramway Museum at Ferny Hills where there are plenty of tasty examples on offer. “Matchbox Sister” - tram 47 - is there (made in 1901), but there are also “Toast-Rack” trams, “Dropcentre” trams, “Baby Dreadnoughts” and more. You can ride a genuine Matchbox most Sunday afternoons, but don’t expect to see any crumpled cars on the tracks when you arrive. These days, you are more likely to see a tram tastefully sandwiched between classic cars or snap-happy trippers. Now that would make a cracker for the album. Don’t forget to say cheese........... © David Fryer The Brisbane Tramway Museum is proudly supported by the Brisbane City Council. Photo courtesy State Library of Queensland (Copyright free).

Quote of the Day

Before anything else, preparation is the key to success. Alexander Graham Bell website: http://www.westernecho.com.au

Offering No.1 - Crunch Time for the Morsel of Fortitude

Vintage Car Club of Queensland members at the Brisbane Tramway Museum during 2020

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 P age, “The G ap Ches s Club”, with updates on club play, local chess news and puzzles. 2021 commences with rapid and lightning play in February, with the club’s most prestigious tournament, the Flood Cup, being played from 5 March. This month’s problem again comes from the Netflix series, The Queen’s Gambit,

based on real grand master chess game. Find the move (and follow up) that wins spectacularly for Beth as white against the world champion.

Solution to last month’s puzzle. Qxg6+ Kxg6 R1f6+ Kg5 Rf5+ Kh6 R7f6+ Kh7 Rh5+ Kg7 Rg5+ Kh7 Bf5#

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The Gap Day & Night Pharmacy for all your pharmaceutical needs

Our pharmacists are on hand 7 days a week to answer any queries you may have regarding your medications. Steph, Chung, Theda and Hannah are just part of our wonderful team. The Gap Beauty Salon are stockists of these skincare products -

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The Western Echo February 2021  

A community newsmagazine, A4 format, delivered free to homes and businesses in Brisbane's western suburbs - The Gap, Ashgrove, St John's Woo...

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A community newsmagazine, A4 format, delivered free to homes and businesses in Brisbane's western suburbs - The Gap, Ashgrove, St John's Woo...