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The Western Echo March 2024 | Page 2 WWW.WESTERNECHO.COM.AU MarchEcho Published by: Meglara Pty Ltd PO Box 669, the Gap Q 4061 | 0409 440 501 | Editor: Melanie Grevis-James | Designer: Kym Bierenbroodspot Printed by: Printcraft | Distribution: IVE Distribution Advertiser'sDirectory WesternEcho THE TheWesternEcho thewesternecho New Art & Eats Event in The Gap ............................... 3 Col's Chat ................................................................. 4 From The Editor 4 News from The Gap Ward .......................................... 5 Where am I Photo Quiz? ............................................ 6 Norths Hockey Club 6 State Government Update .......................................... 7 The Brisbane Tramway Museum ................................. 8 The Gap RSL Sub Branch 8 Libby's Latest ............................................................ 9 Rotary Club Ashgrove The Gap ................................. 11 Hills & District Chamber of Commerce 11 Ashgrove The Gap Lions Club ................................... 12 Brisbane Art In Bark Assoc. ...................................... 12 Red Hill Bowls Sport Community Club 13 The Gap Probus Club ............................................... 14 Ashgrove Forum ...................................................... 14 Serenata Singers 15 Ben Long For The Gap ............................................. 16 Out & About ........................................................... 17 Ashgrove Rangers 17 Newmarket Probus Club........................................... 17 How to Safely & Ethically Manage Non-Native Animals ... 18 Mitchelton & Districts Garden Club 20 Arana View Club ...................................................... 20 Brisbane Seniors Online ........................................... 21 Carinity 22 Ashgrove Historical Society ...................................... 23 Trek2Health ............................................................ 23 The Gap Sustainability Initiative 24 Brisbane North Cake Decorators ............................... 24 Enoggera & Districts Historical Society ...................... 25 Paten Park Native Nursery 25 Boomerang Bags The Gap & Surrounds .................... 26 Local Sporting Success ............................................ 26 The Gap Repair Cafe 27 Newmarket Bocce Club ............................................ 28 The Gap Pioneer & History Group Inc ....................... 28 Walton Bridge The Gap Girl Guides 29 The Gap She Shed .................................................. 29 Ithaca Probus Club .................................................. 30 For the Love Of Books ............................................. 30 Principal's Points ..................................................... 31 You can read The Western Echo online at: Enjoy the read! Links included online – for more information about our advertisers and editorial contributors. BUILDING, TRADES & SERVICES A&C Property Detailing | P: 0401 210 038 8 Inness Green | P: 0414 564 520 ........................................ 29 Lone Star Hire | P: 0418 238 005 19 COMMUNITY Brisbane Seniors Online | P: 3393 2225 21 eWaste Connection ........................................................... 13 TriCare Ashgrove | P: 1300 874 2273 ................................. 15 FOOD, DRINK & ENTERTAINMENT Arts & Eats - Showcasing Local Artists ................................. 3 La Belle Vie Bistro & Bar | P: 3180 8851 ............................ 10 LAWYERS Hollingworth & Spencer | P: 3123 5700 ............................. 30 MECHANICS & AUTOMOTIVE Wyatt Automotive | P: 3300 2077 ........................................ 1 MEDICAL, HEALTH & WELL-BEING Body Wellness Place | P: 0403 085 640.............................. 22 Doves Counselling | P: 0406 501 841 22 The Gap Day & Night Pharmacy | P: 3300 1555 ................. 32 Wenatex | Ph: 07 3667 7800............................................. 19 POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT Cr. Steven Toomey | P: 3407 1900 ...................................... 5 Jonty Bush MP | P: 3554 9100 7 Elizabeth Watson-Brown MP | P: 3378 1599 ......................... 9 Ben Long For The Gap ...................................................... 16 REAL ESTATE Harcourts Solutions - Carmen Briggs | P: 0418 742 511 ...... 15 Ray White - Jack & Stephen Dangerfield 19

New Art & Eats Event inThe Gap

Free local community event showcasing local artists

Thursday 21 March from 5pm - the event will take place at the corner of Kullaroo and Romea Sts in The Gap, including at St Mark’s Anglican Church.

Set your calendars to attend our first major arts event of the year that will inspire and thrill you with the creative offerings available right here in The Gap. In conjunction with Ruby Red Jewellery who is launching their Gallery and charity partnership with Trek2Health, members from The Gap Creative will be exhibiting and selling their work so that you can find something unique, local and handmade with love. Nothing brightens up a home more than an artwork inspired by our beautiful surroundings and it’s the perfect opportunity to get a jumpstart on Mother’s Day.

If you’re a local artist and would like to sell your art at this event, then head to The Gap Creative website to become a member, where you will find other creatives ready to support you in your career.

Arts and Eats is not just a feast for the eyes, it is a treat for all the senses, with a food truck, dessert table, live music, and a complimentary bar supplying bubbly, beer and soft drinks, thanks to our friends at Loyle real estate.

Trek2Health will also be raffling off two of their incredible Aussie Eco-surfboards with original artwork by our very own local legends, Sam Matthews and Natarscha Schneider. You could win one of these stunning surfboards for $10 a ticket. With only 300 tickets being sold for each board, the odds are certainly in your favour. All proceeds go to Trek2Health.

Keep watch on The Gap Creative Instagram and The Gap Creative Facebook for updates. With thanks to our gracious hosts, St Mark’s Anglican Church, we look forward to meeting you and enjoying a fun-filled, entertaining evening in the beautiful hills of The Gap.

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showcasing local artists

Complimentary bar thanks to our friends at Loyle, food truck, dessert table, music, cool vibes, and an amazing art raffle in support of Trek2Health.


Cnrs. Kullaroo and Romea Streets The Gap

Art and Eats invite you to join us!

• Food Truck – That Greek Truck

• Dessert Truck – J’adore Les Crepes

• Live Music – Aliya Grace, Amanda Thomas, and Fiona Wright with Gary Nathan

• Bar sponsored by Loyle

• Surfboard raffle - $10 tickets – to WIN this amazing board!

• Art, art and more art…




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Cover photo: Colin Bushell Photography

COL’S CHAT Locals through my Lens

Monique Clare

During my insightful and delightful chat with Monique Clare, there was an enormous sense of emotional connection between the musician and her audience.

“I’m constantly searching for more compelling reasons to keep up this strange dance that is working in the music industry. I’ve had incredible opportunities and moments of success, but I’m also often on the verge of quitting because of the challenges behind the scenes. Recently though, I’ve been so fuelled by a mutually cathartic style of storytelling and sharing where my audiences have proved to be so open-hearted and receptive the more I open up to them. That’s been sustaining me lately.”

Bardon local, Monique is a classically trained cellist, singer, songwriter and educator. She has travelled the world, and accompanied artists as diverse as Eminem and Kate MillerHeidke.

As a child, classical music was the air that her family breathed. Despite an early dalliance with the piano, it was the cello –jumping from the airwaves of ABC Classic - that grabbed the young Monique.

“Classical music dominated my childhood and musical training, but once I was in high school, I started listening to more diverse genres: Radiohead, Angus and Julia Stone, Björk etc. I was classically trained and loved art-pop, but the bridge between those styles turned out to be traditional folk. It was an absolute relief to discover a style of music that was non-competitive and to be immersed in that scene.”

Folk allowed Monique to travel to America. On her return, she could not be harnessed by the playing of traditional songs. “I had so much emotional experience that I felt the only way to express that was to write and play my own songs.”

Monique’s positive attitude led her to teach at the Afghanistan International School of Music in Kabul, in 2016. “I think it’s a wonderful thing to not always think through something before you do it, because otherwise you can get bogged down by fear. I was so lucky to get to go before the Taliban took over”.

Monique’s debut album, Sight, is a complex, yet hauntingly beautiful body of work. “I wanted each track of the album to be like stepping into a different room. The album’s journey; starts with a reflection of joy, then highlights the low point of people’s experiences, before returning to the world’s beauty again”.

We return to the subject of creative sustainability. “It’s about balance. I’m getting there by teaching again, playing for other artists, whilst still planning my own tours and shows. I never want to give the impression that I’m ungrateful for this life, but I do think it’s important for folks to see the reality of this job since it’s often seen as a cruisey, dream lifestyle. The reality is I spend most of my time on a laptop sending emails! I’d love more people to know just how hard musicians work, and to see that truly valued in Australian culture.”

Pop along to to learn more of Monique’s inspiring journey, and listen to the stunning Sight.

Author and photographer:

Colin Bushell / Colin Bushell Photography

From theEditor

Dear Readers,

Welcome to our March edition!

We hope you enjoy reading our articles, community news, and ads from our local business supporters. We would love feedback – if you have any suggestions for articles please email or call us.

Don’t miss our monthly Photo Quiz: join in the fun of guessing where Colin Bushell (photographer) has been this month with his camera – see page 6 to try and spot where the local location of the photo is. Enter your answer via our website www. or email: editor@westernecho.

A few people got the answer right for last month: St Paul’s Anglican Church in Ashgrove. The first correct answers were received from Nick W, and Helen C. Well done!

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Cr Steven Toomey Councillor for The Gap Ward

Celebrating our school leaders

As a Councillor, one of the best parts of the role is visiting local schools and engaging with the future leaders of our community.

I am continually impressed by the passion and initiative exhibited by our youth. It has been great to kick off this busy school year with the inductions of the new school leaders across the whole of The Gap Ward. As they continue through the school year and take up the mantle by organising events and representing their peers, these experiences help foster skills like communication and team work that will serve them well beyond their school years

In the first weeks back at school, I've been sizzling snags at welcome barbecues and attending various P&C meetings across local schools to engage with the school community and relay their feedback to Council. The dedication of our local school volunteers is remarkable, evident in the great events they organise throughout the year. I encourage you to join in on the action, it’s the perfect opportunity to make local connections and work in partnership with the school community.

Joy turns 100!

It was a privilege to present Joy with a letter from Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner for her invaluable commitment and lifetime of contributions to our community. Here's to a century of wisdom, strength, and most importantly... joy!

Thank you to The Gap RSL Sub-Branch for organising a great morning tea to celebrate their long-time member.

The event served as a poignant reminder of the profound impact one individual can have on their community.

Bigger and Better Rebates for Composting and Food Waste Recycling

Our newly launched Strategy Towards Zero Waste has introduced bigger and better rebates for households looking for effective ways to reduce the amount of food waste that is going to landfill and produce rich compost for their gardens. Brisbane City Council is making it more affordable to get started on composting and food waste recycling at home with our compost rebate program.

For more information and to apply please visit the Brisbane City Council website and search for Compost Rebate Program.


per household)

$100 - for the purchase of eligible composting equipment made on or from 1 January 2024 for those joining the program for the first time.


$200 - for the purchase of food waste dehydrator system or in-sink food disposal system made on or from 1 January 2024 for those joining the program for the first.

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Summer success for Norths hockey players

Two players from Norths Hockey Club in Ashgrove have made history by competing at the inaugural Hockey 5s World Cup in Oman.

Holly Gilbar and Jessica Moffat represented the Australian team which finished 11th in the 16-team five-a side competition. Norths players recently brought home gold medals from the Australian Indoor Hockey Championships in Canberra.

Brayden Naess, Zali Gough and coach Triston Parker helped Queensland win both men’s and women’s Australian Under 21 titles. Zali was named Player of the Tournament for the women’s competition.

Luke Keir is also a national indoor hockey champion, after helping his Queensland Spurs Under 13 team win gold at the Australia Cup.

Jessica Moffatt (Open women); Hayden Scholes, Quin Carey, Max Mackley, Harley Woodall, Quintyn Laskey-Vella, Allan Afonso

(Under 18); Tayt Nichols (Under 15); Grace Petersen and Laura Thirgood (Under 13)

Jaren Maddocks umpired at the Australian Under 18 men’s championship, including the bronze medal game.

Attention now turns to the outdoor hockey season. Diarmid Chappell, Oliver Harding and Will Ready will represent Queensland at the Australian Under 21 Championships in Newcastle in March. Nick Keir, Quintyn Laskey-Vella and Savannah Trapp will play for Northern Territory.

Interested in playing hockey? Whether you seek a social sporting experience or the competition of high-level hockey, there is a Norths Eagles team

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state government update

What's happening within State Parliament

New Emissions Reduction Legislation

you're invited

I hope you're all doing great! I've got some exciting news to share with you Back in mid-February, the Queensland Government introduced the Clean Economy Jobs Bill 2024 to Parliament By taking this step, we're not only looking after our environm sustainable future for everyone

Now, let me break down what this bill means for us It's The bill sets emissions reduction targets for 2030, 2035 by 2035. Interim targets for 2040 and 2045 will ensure long-term planning and accountability Additionally, it mandates the development of sector plans tailored to each industry's needs Progress will be reported annually to Parliament, enhancing transparency, while an expert panel advises on progress and identifies opportunities for job creation and economic growth

Ensuring Homes for All Queenslanders

I'm excited to share some important updates regarding h significant steps to tackle housing challenges and ensur homes We're rolling out new initiatives to speed up buil buyers, and invest in social housing to fight homelessne

With a $350 million investment, we're incentivising home construction near underutilised infrastructure to meet the growing demand for housing Additionally, measures like portable bond schemes and increased grants for first-time homebuyers will make homeownership more accessible. We're also committing $1.25 billion to deliver 53,000 new social homes by 2046, while orts to combat homelessness

tives underscore our commitment to building strong, inclusive es here in Cooper Together, we're making strides towards ensuring or all Queenslanders.

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The Brisbane Tramway Museum

Unfortunately, due to a major breakdown of vintage equipment in our sub-station, we will still be unable to run trams for another couple of months. Our small electrical team are working on the problem but, as with many volunteer organisations, these things take time.

The big news is that the museum will host community markets on a 3-month trial basis starting this month. The markets will be held on the museum grounds on the first Saturday of April & May (from 6.00am to 11.00am) to complete the trial and then we will review the situation to see if it will continue.

And introducing COMMUNITY CARPENTRY – a new service provided by Ferny Grove Men’s Shed. If readers need any help cutting, drilling, surfacing, sanding, or assembling a project, the FERNY GROVE MEN’S SHED can help. Our recently extended carpentry workshop has an extensive range of equipment and skilled volunteers to provide a comprehensive service. Let us lend a hand and simplify your projects.

Call in to the Tramway Museum any Tuesday morning and see how we can help.

Next year marks the centenary of the formation of Brisbane City Council, and more importantly for the museum, the centenary of the council taking on the responsibility of running trams in Brisbane. One of our Drop Centre trams was also built that year – the first of its class. Hopefully, it will be restored by next year. The museum is planning to celebrate that anniversary with a gala day, most likely in September.

Meanwhile, other activities within the museum are ‘business as usual’. Our 1950’s Streetscape is continually being added to, trams are being restored and maintenance goes on. Thanks to a further donation of sleepers from Queensland Rail, we can now complete the relaying of a section of track that has been a problem for some time. We are even working to get the place sewered!

The Brisbane Tramway Museum is proudly supported by the Brisbane City Council.

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The Gap RSL Sub Branch

The Gap RSL sub-branch had the privilege of hosting a morning tea to celebrate the 100th birthday of long-time member Joy Harvey. Joy’s husband Mick served in New Guinea with 39th Inf Bn and he played cricket for QLD and went on to a career as an umpire. The members were delighted to join Joy to celebrate such an important event.

The morning tea was held on Tuesday 13 Feb at Nullagundi which is the RSL building at 34 School Road, The Gap.

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Rotary Club Ashgrove The Gap

We have to report the sad news of the death of our Past President Stewart “Stewie” Wallace. A member of the club for many years, and latterly with The Gap Probus Club, Stewie is well-known to many in The Gap, apart from everything else, because he owned and ran the Mitre 10 store in The Gap Shopping Village for twenty years.

A very long-serving Rotarian Stewie was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF), the highest honour that Rotary worldwide can bestow. As soldiers say, “they don’t hand these out with the rations”.

Stewie was a Kiwi soldier, and then a qualified electrician. Even in his mid-seventies he could be found high up a ladder installing, testing, and tagging the electrical works for Carold by Candlelight. He never stopped contributing to his community of The Gap. We send our deepest condolences to Margo.

By pure coincidence, but fittingly enough, at the very meeting where the club learned of Stewie’s passing our guest speaker was Sabrina Cleghorn of Karuna Hospice Services, who specialise in end-of-life care, more particularly in-home care for as long as possible.

Karuna is run on Buddhist principles (the word is from Buddhist scripture and means “compassion”) but looks after people of all faiths and none. Sabrina explained the workings of Karuna’s clinical and family support, telehealth, biography program and spiritual care, all provided locally. It is funded partly by Queensland Health and partly by donations (often bequests).

Those who shop at The Gap Shopping Village or the Marketplace by Woolworth’s in Ashgrove will soon see Rotarians selling raffle tickets (to win a Bunnings' garden trolley and all the goodies it contains) to raise funds for our local and global projects. Rotarians pay to belong, and so all admin costs are covered

by club members themselves – all money publicly raised goes straight into good causes so you can be sure it’s doing the maximum amount of good in the world.

Looking forward a bit, we will hold an Information Night on Wednesday 24 April at the Ashgrove Golf Club (6:45pm to 8:00pm) where anyone interested in what Rotary is and does can come along with no obligation or charge and find out. For more information call or text Tim Boyd on 0411 141 304.

Hills & District Chamber of Commerce

The Seniors Committee Of the Hills and District Chamber of Commerce are proud to announce:

That, after the huge success of their 2023 "Twilight Years Expo" and on the request of exhibitors, that the Expo will become an annual event with the 2024 event being held on 17th May at PCYC Everton Hills.

The theme of "When the Sun Goes Down the Fun Begins" will be even further promoted. Community organisations will be there to make Seniors even more aware of what is available for them, to get the maximum enjoyment and satisfaction out of their years in retirement.

Volunteering roles will be presented, demonstrating to Seniors how important their knowledge and experience is, to keeping our great country going.

Keep your eye out for further announcements and, above all, be there and share the celebration!!

Contact: Carolyn Hohnke

0448 328 914, Senior Committee Chair, The Hills & Districts Chamber of Commerce

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Ashgrove The Gap Lions Club

Ashgrove The Gap Lions Club News

17 February: Ashgrove The Gap Lions Club conducted a BBQ at Bunning’s Keperra.

27 February: Youth of the Year Club Final was held at Ashgrove Golf Club with students participating from Marist College, The Gap State High School, and St James College. Our Youth of the Year program is designed to encourage, foster and develop leadership in conjunction with other citizenship qualities in our youth, at a time when they are about to enter the fields of employment or higher education and provides students with incentive to pay greater attention to general qualities like contribution to the community and school, public speaking, academic skills, sporting and cultural involvement, which aims to bring forth the next generation of outstanding Young Australians. Our club continues to support Trek2health with regular BBQ’s to support First Responders and Veterans in our community.

3 March: Lions Awareness BBQ in conjunction with Bunnings was held at Settlement Road in Keperra Save The Date

23 March: Collection of eWaste at The Gap State School Car Park in conjunction

with eWaste Connection who are a not-for-profit providing skills, support, and friendship for people, mostly youth, experiencing disadvantage and or disability. This is achieved through a program of workshops operating six days a week to refurbish or recycle electrical waste thus significantly reducing e-waste disposal through land-fill. We currently operate out of two locations in Brisbane, Kenmore Hills and Yeronga. eWaste Connection is registered as a NDIS provider in the Innovative Community Participation registration group.

26 March: Ashgrove The Gap Partners & Friends meeting will be held at the Ashgrove Golf Club commencing at 6.30pm where our special guest speaker will be Joe Brumm, an Australian Animator & Writer who, after working on multiple British animated children’s shows, created the Australian animated television series Bluey.

If you would like to find out more about Lions and the involvement we have in our community or if you would consider joining Lions, please email Allan Turner at or call 0400 210 357.

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Art In Bark Assoc. Are you bored? Looking for something new to do? Come and join us and learn to do a paper bark picture from the bark of the Melaleuca tree at our Workshops in the city. Location: at the Brisbane City Hall in the basement, on Adelaide Street side. Workshops occur on Mondays from 9am - 12pm. Lesson $10; Kits $10 - we supply board, bark, glue etc. We also have a class on Saturdays at the Apostolic Church Hall, 43 Robinson Road, Nundah. For more info: please call Barbara 3271 2130; Dipti 0468 548 600; Hazel 0408 157 117. Please give us a call to make a booking. You can read The Western Echo online at: Enjoy the read! Links included online –for more information about our advertisers and editorial contributors.


Drop off your unwanted or unused electrical items (working or broken)

This includes anything which plugs into a powerpoint, uses a charger or is powered by a battery. You will be supporting a social enterprise for the community which provides opportunities to recycle, volunteer, train and empower people of all abilities. Enquiries: call 0488 069 089. More information at

When: Saturday, 23 March, 8:00am - 1:00pm

Where: The Gap State School, staff car park. Enter from Waterworks Rd. This project is a partnership between EWaste Connection and the Lions Club of Ashgrove/The Gap

Red Hill Bowls Sport Community Club

Summer Pennants is in full swing at the moment, where bowlers from our club play in a home away season, our District bowlers are competing with other clubs in the Bowls Premier League as well. Currently bowlers are also participating in Club Championship Singles, Pairs & Fours over the next few months.

Each Wednesday from 12.30pm to 4.30pm and Friday from 3pm to 5pm our club plays social bowls for prizes with an opportunity


to win raffle prizes and on the First Sunday of each month we play Turkey Triples social bowls starting at 9.30am, with lunch and prizes as well. If you would like to come and play please contact the club by phone or message our Facebook page.

Our club would like to sincerely thank Councillor Clare Jenkinson from the Paddington Ward for kindly donating a pop up Street Library.

‘’Home on the Green” is a dog friendly café, now fully operational and run by Home Café in Ashgrove. The café opens Tuesday through to Sunday from 6am to 12noon with great coffee and food, so please come along and enjoy the vibe and ambience whilst you are walking the dog.

On the 3rd Sunday of each month Red Hill Bowls Sports & Community Club will be having Music on The Green from 2pm to 5pm for only $10.00. Drinks will be available at bar prices and tickets can be purchased at the door or on Eventbrite. Details are on our Facebook Page.

Our club also has a 100-seat entertainment hall with full AV equipment and an attached full commercial kitchen which can be utilised for parties, receptions, corporate functions and other meetings for community groups

For further details contact or ring 0412 765 805.

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The GapProbus Club

It has been a busy month at the Probus Club, with current events and planning for the year ahead.

Walkabout Creek is our chosen venue for a coffee morning, with those just wanting a chat (and a coffee and maybe cake or biscuits) joining those who specifically discuss travel past and future. We Probians are a well-travelled lot for the most part, and there are interesting stories told.

No doubt there were interesting stories of one kind or another at the Mount Coot-Tha Botanical Gardens Café during the lunch held there on the 15th. Probians, again “for the most part”, are quite keen on good food and company, and that is what these lunches provide.

At our general meeting of the club sergeant José Sarmiento of the Queensland Police gave a very interesting and informative talk on security, scams, personal safety, and fraud. He is part of a police group that has mainly a preventative role in these areas. His main theme was personal safety in the home. He stressed the importance of locking up the house even when we are home as most robberies are opportunistic, occurring when a house or car are left unlocked, when garage doors are left open and doors are not locked with a key. He reassured our members that The Gap is in general a safe suburb as it is not on a train line. He stressed the importance of reporting any suspicious activity to the police on 131 444, the non-emergency police number.

Given the older demographic of Probus, people are most unlikely to fight off an intruder physically, and are most unwise to try, this was very valuable advice from an expert.

The future events planned include more lunches (unsurprisingly), a Brisbane scenic cruise, and a three-day/2-night bus tour as far as Ballina via the Scenic Rim, wineries, the Tropical Fruit Orchard, Byron Bay and other delights.

If you are interested finding out more without commitment, we would be delighted to talk with you, and invite you to our meetings (first Thursday of every month, 2pm, at the Baptist Church, corner of Waterworks and Settlement Roads).

Just call Rhoda on 0409 484 219.


Ashgrove Forum Club held its monthly meeting on Wednesday 21st February at 6.30pm in the Ashgrove Library.

Members were invited to deliver a 5 to 6-minute entertaining speech. An entertaining speech may be either humorous or dramatic, with the goal of stirring an audience's emotions. It must captivate the audience’s attention and either regale or amuse them while delivering a message. As with the more traditional informative or persuasive speeches, entertaining speeches must communicate a clear message, but the manner of speaking used in an entertaining speech is typically different and the speaker must be very careful to tailor the speech to their specific audience and be responsive to that audience.

At the next meeting of Ashgrove Forum to be held on 20 March, our President Carmel Towler will deliver a 10-minute speech on the topic "Resilience". Other members will then be invited to give following 5-minute speeches on the same topic should they wish to do so.

Ashgrove Forum Club meets in the Ashgrove Library Meeting Room at 6.30pm, on the 3rd Wednesday of each month except December. Visitors are always welcome to attend and observe without obligation to speak, though they may do so if they wish. The purpose of Forum Communicators Inc is to train its members to become confident speakers who are capable of delivering a speech for any occasion, whether it be in the workplace or in a social setting, by providing them with a safe and supportive environment in which to learn and practice.

For more information, contact Secretary Pat on 0458 696 267.

Westside Business Heart is a local business networking group in Ashgrove/The Gap.

For information on Forum Communicators public speaking association, please visit the website You can

Our monthly breakfast meetings are a great opportunity to meet local businesses, find out what’s happening in our community, build business relationships, and share business tips and news. We also work closely to support our local community and NFP groups.

All local businesses are welcome to come along to our networking events, usually held at a local café on the 2nd (or sometimes 3rd) Thursday of each month from 7-8.30am. No membership fees – just the cost of your breakfast.

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Sing with Us!

The Serenata Singers is a friendly community choir based in The Gap New members are always welcome No audition is necessary. The choir performs a variety of popular and show tunes, spiritual and folk songs in four part harmony

The choir rehearses every Monday starting at 6:45 for a 7.00 pm start at The Gap Uniting Church auditorium, 1050 Waterworks Road, The Gap.

If you can hold a tune and love to sing, the Serenata Singers may be for you!

For further information, check us out at:

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Ben Long — Your Labor candidate for The Gap Ward

The Brisbane City Council Election is just around the corner. This is your chance to have your say on the kind of Council you want shaping Brisbane’s future. I believe it’s time for a change.

I love this city and feel very lucky to be part of a community that has so much going for it. The Gap Ward is not only home to the D’Aguilar National Park and Enoggera Reservoir, it also has incredible local schools and a vibrant community, sporting and arts scene.

However, it faces a number of challenges. Brisbane’s population growth over the next decade is eyewatering and the pressures this will place on our roads, schools, public spaces and council services will be extraordinary. Councils across the world are having to adapt, they are more than rates, roads and rubbish – they are huge players in climate change reduction, community safety and finding solutions to the global housing crisis.

We need a Brisbane City Council administration that is up for this task.

I believe a Labor team, led by Tracey Price will use the power of Council to address important issues we face like housing and homelessness, traffic congestion and inadequate public transport and will work hard to transform Brisbane into a climate resilient city. Some of our initiatives include delivering:

• $20 million to crisis housing and homelessness support over four years

• a planning scheme that provides clarity and certainty to residents and developers

• Concentrated efforts to make our public and active transport more functional, with 50% off Zone 1 and 2 bus fares, a completely free overnight service, and connecting our bike paths

• reinvestments into greater stormwater and drainage systems to mitigate flooding

• a focus on strengthening and rewilding our waterways and native corridors

• Planting 2 million trees across Brisbane’s suburbs

• revitalising King George Square as a subtropical space

• full and comprehensive Food Organics, Garden Organics (FOGO) waste management system, diverting 100% of organic waste from landfill

• additional funding into our local sporting groups

To read these policies in full go to:

We don’t have a lot of time, and there is so much at stake. I am confident that with your support we can create the change that The Gap so desperately needs. I’ve hit the ground running and look forward to meeting you while I am out and about in The Gap Ward. Please get in touch if there is anything you would like to raise with me.

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Out &About

NAIM - 14 Collingwood St, Paddington

As someone who is new to Brisbane and this magazine, I am spending my weekends out and about, exploring the western suburbs and all they have to offer. I visited NAIM in Paddington on Sunday for brunch.

NAIM (pronounced nye-eem) is said to mean “pleasant” in Hebrew and “happiness” in Arabic, and I can attest that this restaurant is full of both pleasantness and happiness.

The customer service is efficient and positive, and the restaurant space is light and airy, with carefully-chosen artwork to help transport you to the menu’s origins.


The Ashgrove Rangers are your local running group catering for all levels and ages. There really is something for everyone!

Check us out at the monthly Flying Four event, which has three distance options: 1km (Under 10’s), 2km (Under 14’s) and 4km (Open). Our next Flying Four event is the special Lincoln Winch Memorial handicap race, which will be held at 7:30am on Sunday 24 March 2024. This special event commemorates Lincoln Winch, a longtime Club stalwart and Flying Four participant. Entry is free!

Or to come along to one of our training sessions held in various locations, including The Gap High School, University of Queensland, and Arana Hills. Training is not just for elite athletes – we can all benefit from learning to stretch and ensuring that we have good technique.

All details are on the Ashgrove Rangers website. A special shout out to our Club members who competed at the Joanna Stone Shield and the Norma Croker Shield in February. We placed 6th out of 36 clubs at the Norma Croker Shield, and 6th out of 47 clubs at the Joanna Stone Shield!

We hope to see you at one of our events, training sessions or social runs soon. Find out more at

Their menu is based on traditional flavours of the Middle East and Mediterranean, reimagined and married together. Offering both a plant-based and classic menu with gluten free options, it has something for everyone.

We shared a subtle and refreshing pineapple yuzu spritz cocktail jug, and I ordered the Harissa Meatballs. They’re comfort in a bowl. There was a depth of flavour in the sauce from the grilled capsicum and harissa which wrapped me up like a doona. The beef and lamb meatballs were crunchy on the outside yet melted in my mouth, the perfect meat-fat ratio. The meal was freshened by rocket and shaved ricotta salata, and the toasted focaccia was a much better way of scooping up the sauce than using a spoon. You can visit NAIM Tuesday-Sunday, for breakfast, lunch or dinner, with hours varying slightly depending on the day. You can also try their new wine bar, The Hamsa Room, located around the corner on Latrobe Terrace.

Author & image: Evie Drinnan

Newmarket Probus Club

The Newmarket Probus Club meets on the second Wednesday each month, except for December and January. The meeting addresses Club business and a lucky door prize. Followed by morning tea, a catchup with friends, and a guest speaker. The topics are varied and interesting. The February speaker was Lisa Mead (Celebrity Chef).

The club has a range of regular activities, including Book Group, Mah Jong and a Walking Group. Other activities like bus trips and visits to places of interest are arranged through the year. These are usually held on a Wednesday.

The meeting is held at the Red Hill Community Sports Club with easy access and ample parking behind the club. There is a cafe just outside the meeting area and the Bronco’s Club is a short distance away.

The club provides an environment for friendship, fellowship, and fun in retirement.

Meets second Wednesday each month, 10am to 12 noon. Red Hill Community Sports Club, 22 Fulcher Road, Red Hill.

Please call Judith on 3353 1234 or 0438 335 314 for any enquires

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How to Safely & Ethically Manage

Non-Native Animals

Non-native animals are not only annoying for us, but can significantly impact our local native wildlife and harm our pets. It is important to actively manage them safely and ethically. Here are some tips on managing the top three non-native animals in the Western suburbs:


Preventative measures include keeping food, pet food, compost and rubbish tightly sealed, burying your compost at least 30cm underground or investing in a rat-proof compost tumbler, sealing any holes into the house, and not leaving your pet’s food out for more than 20 mins.

To control small numbers of rats, try using old-fashioned manual traps or electric traps. These traps only affect the rat, and if a pet or wildlife (e.g. kookaburras, owl, raptor, snake) happens to eat it, they will not be poisoned.

If you are going to use bait, choose baits labelled “Caution”,

not labelled “Poison”. While those labelled “Poison” are effective, they pose a huge risk to any animal that may eat the poisoned rat. An animal only needs to eat one “poison”baited rat before it dies, whereas that same animal would have to eat quite a few “caution”-baited rats to die. “Caution” baits give our pets and predator wildlife a second chance.

Cane Toads

Preventative measures include creating barriers e.g. moulded plastic or metal fencing at least 50cm high, hedges of dense shrubs/native grasses without gaps, rocks and logs.

To humanely kill cane toads, the RSPCA recommends placing each toad in a container or plastic bag in the fridge at 4°C for 12 hours to anaesthetise them. Ensure there is sufficient air around each toad to cool them. Then, place the toads in the freezer for 24 hours to painlessly kill them. Make sure each toad is dead before disposing of them. Use gloves when handling toads.

Stray and Feral Cats

Domestic, stray and feral cats significantly harm native bird, insect, reptile and small mammal populations. They can also carry and spread diseases, including toxoplasmosis which can be deadly to humans, livestock and wildlife.

The most effective thing we can do to prevent wildlife losses due to cats is to keep our domestic cats inside or secured outdoors, particularly at night. Even if it may not seem like it, cats have a deep instinct to hunt; it is part of who they are. We have to reduce their opportunities.

If you witness someone feeding stray cats, releasing cats, or notice a stray cat in your area, please call Brisbane City Council on 07 3403 8888.

For more information on managing feral and non-native animals, please visit the Brisbane City Council webpage, “Invasive Plants and Animals”

( natural-environment-and-water/biodiversity-inbrisbane/wildlife-in-brisbane/invasiveplants-and-animals).

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Mitchelton & Districts GardenClub

Autumn Gardening in the Sub-Tropics

As the sweltering heat of summer begins to wane, gardeners in the sub-tropics eagerly welcome the arrival of Autumn—a season that brings relief and an opportunity to revitalize outdoor spaces. This month, we bring you ideas to help embrace the beauty of change in your green haven.

Choosing the Right Plants:

The milder temperatures and reduced humidity (thank goodness!) of Autumn in South-East Queensland create optimal conditions for certain plant varieties. Consider introducing flowering plants such as marigolds, pansies, and snapdragons, which thrive in the moderate climate.

Soil Enrichment:

Autumn presents an excellent opportunity to nourish the soil in preparation for the upcoming growing season. Adding organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure, will enrich the soil and improve its structure. This soil preparation sets the stage for vibrant and flourishing gardens in the months to come.

Embracing Autumnal Colours:

While the sub-tropics may not experience the dramatic colour changes of deciduous trees, Autumn still brings an opportunity to introduce a spectrum of hues to the garden. Choose plants with vibrant foliage or flowers in shades of red, orange, and yellow to create a visually stunning display. Popular choices include crotons, coleus, and ornamental grasses.

Autumn gardening in the sub-tropics offers a unique and rewarding experience for enthusiasts. By selecting appropriate plants, enriching the soil, and embracing the vibrant colors of the season, gardeners can create a lush and thriving haven that celebrates the beauty of change in this distinctive climatic region.

Our next meeting at The Enoggera Memorial Hall (entrance via Trundle St) will be on Thursday 4 April at 9:30am for a 10:00am start. Entry is $5.00 and morning tea is provided. Visitors are most welcome. Feel free to contact us via email at mitcheltongc@ or find us on Facebook @mitcheltongardenclub.

Image: Club member Gwyneth Pitt in her vibrant garden.



Arana VIEW Club is on the lookout for new members who want to give back to their community and make new connections with woman in the area.

VIEW which stands for Voice, Interests and Education of Woman is a network of close to 300 clubs and over 14,000 women throughout Australia. It provides a place for woman to connect to the community, enjoy social activities, and develop lasting friendships – all while supporting the work of children’s education charity, The Smith Family.

Our Club President said this year is the perfect time to join VIEW as social events are truly back on the calendar and our guest speakers are booked in for the year. Our events and activities are a way that we raise funds to support the education of children and young people experiencing disadvantage through The Smith Family.

VIEW is the largest sponsor of The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program, which provides students with financial and personal support our president says this is crucial, particularly in the current economic climate.

“We have all been hit by the rising cost of living, be it power prices, food, or petrol. But these rises have had an even greater impact on those already doing it tough”.

“Parents shouldn’t have to choose between putting dinner on the table or buying their child’s uniform for school. This is why it is so important that we can help children experiencing disadvantage with their education."

VIEW nationally supports the education of over 1720 students through the Learning for Life program, ensuring that they have educational support and what they need for the school year.

Arana VIEW Club currently supports 14 students.

We are always looking for women of all backgrounds and ages to join and look forward to welcoming new faces at our next monthly meeting which is on the first Wednesday of the month 10.30am for a 11.00am start at Arana Leagues Club, Dawson Parade, Grovelly. A two course lunch is provided for $35.00 including tea & coffee.

Anyone interested in becoming a member can call Carol on 3355 5349 by 12.00 noon the Thursday before the meeting for further information or to advise your attendance.

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Brisbane Seniors Online BRISBANE SENIORS


Brisbane Seniors OnLine provides affordable oneon- one tuition for seniors and over 50s in your own home using your own computer.

We can help you:

• Learn how to send emails and photos

• Keep in touch using social media apps like Facebook

• Become more confident with your computer, tablet or smart phone

• Ensure your computer is secure and much more!

An initial joining fee of $20 and an annual membership of $45 covers 12 months support (12 hours of home tuition) by a BSOL volunteer mentor.

To find out more, contact our office on :

07 3393 2225

Brisbane Seniors Online seeking new Learners and Volunteer Mentors

Brisbane Seniors Online (BSOL) has been operating and helping vulnerable seniors and the over 50s with their computers and the internet in the Greater Brisbane area for 23 years. We welcome new learners as well as more volunteer mentors. The ABS Census in 2016 showed 692,155 over 50s in Greater Brisbane area and in 2021 the updated figures showed 806,918. This huge increase is a result of seniors living longer and an ageing population. These people need assistance to improve their online skills. Lessons are provided in the learner’s own home on their own device by an empathetic male or female volunteer mentor.

During Coronavirus residents were more confined to their homes, this resulted in the greater uptake of computers and the internet to undertake online transactions. This has continued since the relaxation of restrictions. With the closure of shopfronts like banks and other businesses, the expansion of online shopping and home delivery, seniors and over 50s need to be confident to use technology and be able to identify scams and fraudulent activity that has cost Australians hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Unfortunately, scammers have become more skilled at developing sophisticated scams through phone calls, emails and text. Computer and internet users should not be deterred by this as BSOL mentors can teach learners how to detect these scams and avoid being caught.

There are no paid staff with BSOL and this keeps operational costs down and tutoring costs affordable.

Brisbane Seniors Online is divided into 9 hubs each managed by a hub coordinator who matches learners to a suitable mentor. The home training coverage area extends to Redlands, Moreton Bay, and Brisbane. New mentors and volunteers are always welcome, also to help arrange promotional and community group speaking opportunities for BSOL. In some areas BSOL requires more learners and in other areas mentors are desperately required. Mentors who can confidently teach any of the following systems or devices, Windows, Android, Apple and smart phones are welcome to apply. After an induction process, mentors (if deemed suitable) will be allocated a learner by the hub coordinator. All mentors and learners must normally be a minimum age of 50. The average age of learners is currently 76.

Ongoing training is available to allow mentors to upskill and a mentor support group helps with any technical issues mentors experience. In addition, three other special interest groups operate monthly that all BSOL members can attend. These are Senior Shutterbugs digital photography, Linux, and Apple groups. Applications for learners and other positions can be done online via the BSOL website or by contacting the BSOL headquarters.

Brisbane Seniors Online is appreciative of the ongoing support and funding provided by the Gambling Community Benefit.

Contact Brisbane Seniors Online on 3393 2225 or |

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Top reviews for Kelvin Grove aged care community

Carinity Hilltop in Kelvin Grove has been recognised as one of the best performers in the Health Services category of online comparison website ProductReview’s annual awards.

ProductReview is an independent review site where customers can share their honest feedback about Carinity’s services based on their real-life experiences.

It’s a valuable resource that enables families to hear from residents and their families about what life in a Carinity aged care community is like.

The Carinity Hilltop aged care community has been scored with a 4.8 stars out of 5 rating.

“Feedback is incredibly important to us at Carinity, so we are grateful to all the families whose reviews have combined to deliver us such a high rating,” said Executive Manager of Carinity Residential Aged Care, Kane Singh.

Kane said the ProductReview award is a recognition of the incredible commitment and care shown by the teams in all Carinity aged care communities.

“At Carinity, we’re always working to deliver the best care possible, and that will only continue throughout 2024,” Kane said.

As well as recording an average 4.7-star rating for all its residential aged care sites across Queensland, Carinity has scored 5-star reviews of its home care and community services. For more:

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AshgroveHistorical Society

Visitors are encouraged and very welcome to attend the Ashgrove Historical Society meetings held at the Ashgrove Library on the first Saturday of the month (except January) from 10am-noon. Topics and guest speakers can be found on the Society’s website under ‘Meetings’. The topic on 6 April 2024 will be Hilligei –photographer and naturalist presented by Julie Lake.

Hilda Geissmann-Curtis was one of the early Queensland bestknown naturalist/photographers. Her studies of birds and orchids of Tamborine Mountain during the first decades of the 20th century brought her fame around Australia. However, whilst male natural historians of that era received due recognition, Hilda and her work are virtually unknown.

Julie Lake became interested in Hilligei, as Hilda was known to her friends, after hearing about her through a friend. Hilda, born in 1890, grew up on Tamborine Mountain, one of eight children,


Midnight to Dawn ANZAC Service Trek 2024

In its fourth year, the Midnight to Dawn ANZAC Service Trek 2024, hosted by Trek2Health, is an extraordinary event that combines physical challenge with solemn remembrance. The trek will commence at the stroke of midnight, leading participants on

and explored the rainforest and eucalypt woodlands with her siblings. In her 20s, this extraordinary, petite woman lugged a heavy, cumbersome Thorton-Pickard camera through the areas on Tamborine Mountain that she had become so familiar with as a child. Hilda began submitting articles and photographs to newspapers and was soon in demand as a regular contributor, writing mostly about birds and plants. Though her tertiary education had been limited to a fine arts diploma she was able to write with charm and style about the plants and bush creatures that she loved. She treated them as sentient beings in a manner all her own, that charmed readers and editors alike. This, and the fame of her ability as a rainforest guide, brought her into contact with many leading naturalists of the era, both in Australia and overseas.

Proceeds from the sale of Julie’s book, Hilligei, are donated to Landcare. The book can be purchased for $20 at the meeting or by contacting Julie at

A shared morning tea will follow the presentation which will provide the opportunity to chat with the guest speaker and other people interested in local history.

If you would like to become an AHS member or purchase membership as a gift for someone, fees are $10 single per annum (1 July - 30 June), or $15 couple/ family. Membership includes the quarterly newsletter and discount on our publications. Please contact the secretary, Julie, ( and she will let you know the EFT details or you can join at a meeting. Funds raised from memberships, raffles and sale of our publications supports the research, preservation and recording of Ashgrove’s history.

a 20km journey through the night, culminating in the poignant Anzac Day Dawn Service at Walton Bridge Reserve War Memorial, corner of Waterworks Rd and Glen Affric St, The Gap.

Limited to just 100 participants, this exclusive trek offers a rare opportunity to engage in a powerful act of remembrance while supporting a vital cause. Trek2Health, a Brisbane-based charity, is dedicated to improving the mental and physical well-being of frontline workers and veterans. Funds raised through the trek will directly support their invaluable services.

Participants will traverse scenic routes, reflecting on the sacrifices of those who have served. This unique event is not only a test of physical endurance but also a deeply moving experience that honours the ANZAC legacy, and a statement of support for those who continue to serve our community.

We invite you to be part of this memorable experience. Whether as a participant or a donor, your involvement will contribute significantly to the well-being of our frontline heroes. Join us in making the Midnight to Dawn ANZAC Service Trek 2024 a beacon of hope and remembrance.

Please visit to register or donate to a trekker.

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Brisbane North Cake Decorators The GapSustainability Initiative

Our first educational seminar of the year, held on January 16th, featured esteemed guest speakers from the QLD Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing, and Water. They delivered an insightful presentation on the ongoing Moreton Water Plan Consultation. The Gap Sustainability Initiative prepared a submission for the public consultation, aiming to address crucial aspects including:

• Assessment of environmental flow needs, particularly focusing on biodiversity in Enoggera Creek and the future Platypus population.

• Concerns about the right to extract water from Enoggera Creek.

• Enhancing flood resilience, considering the escalating likelihood of intense rainfall periods.

• Evaluating the impacts of developmental activities and surface sealing for roads, industries, or housing on water flow dynamics, and the management of stromwater.

• Modeling of various climate scenarios on water availability, with a specific emphasis on drought conditions.

A copy of the presentation and our submission are available for review on our website.

Our next community seminar will take place on March 19th at 7 pm, hosted at The Gap State High School Library. This seminar will center on the theme of energy independence and will welcome two guest speakers who will discuss practical household modifications to reduce household energy consumption and a new app for better understanding energy usage around the house.

For additional information, seminar announcements, and newsletters, please visit our website or follow us on Facebook. Email:

Brisbane North Cake Decorators is a branch of the Queensland Cake Decorators Association Inc., and we meet monthly on the third Saturday of the month (except December) at the Arana Hills Community Centre, 291 Dawson Parade, Arana Hills at 1.00pm.

Our aim is to encourage the love of cake decorating in all its aspects and we love to share our knowledge with everyone. Our next meeting is on Saturday, 23rd March. This is a date change due to our venue being used for the Local Government Elections. This will be a short business meeting followed by a demonstration on some of the different ways that the base boards used for our cakes can be covered and recycled. Of course, our delicious afternoon tea will be served.

We are in the throes of preparing for a workshop on decorating sugar Easter Eggs in conjunction with the ladies at the Samford Bowls Club on Sunday 10th March. Each participant will take home decorated eggs created by themselves during a fun afternoon.

Details are on our Facebook page if anyone is interested, Brisbane North Cake Decorators Association QCDA or via email

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Enoggera & Districts Historical Society

History Day

Sunday 26 May 2024

The Enoggera & District Historical Society

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Native bauhinia

If you are looking for a drought-tolerant plant to take pride of place in your garden, the native bauhinia (Lysiphullum hookerii) is worth considering. This shrub or small tree (growing

Presents a full programme of interesting, informative & amusing speakers:

Memorial Hall, 36 Trundle St Enoggera.

Welcome at 9 am to 3 30 pm. $20 includes lunch.

Reserve your seat now & book online thru Humanitix!

Programme for the day includes:

• Toponymy - the science of street names. Professor John Pearn, RHSQ

• Robert Cribb and his home Dunmore at Milton - Lee Bull Toowong & District Historical Soc.

• Bundy, Boolbunda and Beyond - prepared for and on behalf of the Mt Perry community

• Enrolment No 502 - submitted by Lewis Smith of Mt Perry

• The Americans at Mount Coot–tha during WWII - Allan Tonks on behalf of the Annerley/Stevens group.

• The Brown Snake Affair - Diana Hacker Eidsvold & District Historical Soc

• The Samford District Historical Museum Society Inc 1984/2024 - Mrs Eileen Kemp

• William Pettigrew’s Davenport - Qld Furniture of significance. Robyn Wallace QWHA

• The Formation of the Windsor & District Historical Society - Rob Price

• Recollections of Burpengary - compiled by Evelyn Bancroft nee Wain, formerly of Burpengary and Viv Tucker of Deception Bay

• Charlie Broughton’s Trunk - Ian Taylor, Enoggera & District Historical Soc.

• Amity - Don Hacker Enoggera & District

• Round a Roundabout - Mrs Bev Isdale, Chermside Historical Assoc.

• Padre Brown - Enoggera & District Historical Soc.

to 12m high) has a trunk about 50 cm in diameter with a spreading crown. It is predominantly evergreen, although in very dry conditions can shed many of its leaves. The natural distribution of this plant is from Central to Northern Qld in habitats ranging from rainforest to open forest. In its natural environment, the Indigenous people used to harvest the gum and the flower nectar as a sweet treat. Due to its resilience and attractive appearance, it has been cultivated widely throughout Australia.

Like all bauhinias, Lysiphyllum hookerii has compound leaves with a single pair of leaflets, the arrangement looking like the wings of a butterfly. White flowers with long red stamen and a delicate perfume, that occur at any time during the year after rainfall, form a spectacular display. Flat, brown pods containing many seeds follow. It is a leguminous plant and as such is important in fixing atmospheric nitrogen into nitrates, which promotes better plant growth and general soil fertility.

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Boomerang Bags The Gap & Surrounds

Seven years of Sustainable Sewing & Friendship

In March, Boomerang Bags The Gap and Surrounds celebrates its seventh year of sustainable sewing and friendship! Starting with the goal of providing an alternative to single-use plastic bags whilst also reducing textile waste, the not-for-profit group has also become a catalyst for new friendships and well-being. Each Friday morning during school terms, the members meet to sew, chat, laugh and support each other. Together, they make various kinds of bags, as well as other practical and decorative items like aprons, bunting and foot stools from donated, unwanted materials that might have otherwise ended up in landfill. Some of the more unusual materials they have upcycled include animal feed bags, hessian coffee sacks, insulated chiller bags, foam offcuts, umbrellas and outdoor marquee canopies!

If you enjoy sewing or would like to learn, or if you’re interested in meeting like-minded people who care about the environment, why not join us! We meet in The Gap Baptist Church hall, 1125 Waterworks Rd, The Gap from 9.30am – 12.00pm on Fridays. All fabric and thread are supplied. Bring your own sewing machine or use one of our spares. We’d love to see you there!


Local SportingSuccess

WORLD CUP Champions

I have written before praising the performances from 2 local cricketers, but they have just gone to another level in the U19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa where 16 teams from around the world competed.

Captain Hugh Weibgen and opening bowler Callum Vidler were integral members of the Australian side who are now the U19 Cricket World Cup Champions. They easily defeated India in the final posting 256 runs off their 50 overs (Hugh 48 runs & 2 catches) Callum (2-35 off his 10 overs and a catch). This was the highest score ever for a final and India were bowled out in the 44th over for 174.

Overall Hugh was the 3rd highest run scorer for the tournament with 304 runs at an average of 60.6. Callum was the 5th highest wicket taker with 14 dismissals at an average of 18.5.

Both boys play at Valleys Cricket Club and went to Ashgrove State School.

Not only are they great cricketers but anyone who meets them would agree they are both outstanding young men who represented their country and local area with pride and distinction.

If you have any


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The GapRepair Cafe

Toss it? No Way? Celebrating Two Years of Fixing in The Gap.

The third Saturday in March marks the second anniversary of Repair Café The Gap – a monthly pop-up workshop staffed by volunteers, who are keen to help our community save money,

save the environment and learn new skills. Each month, people bring along their broken household items, ranging from the practical to the precious, in the hope that our skilled repairers can help give them another chance at life.

In two years, 574 community members have brought in 695 items to repair! Of these, 56% have been electrical or electronic, with lamps, kitchen mixers and coffee machines being the most common suspects. 11% were textiles, where trousers and handbags featured strongly. The sharpening of knives, scissors and gardening tools was in high demand, representing 9% of repairs. The balance comprised furniture, mowers, bikes, toys, and anything that could be carried in! The most common item overall was clocks, which were often very sentimental possessions, passed down the generations.

Repairing an item, instead of discarding and replacing it, has a hugely positive environmental impact. We weigh each item that is diverted from ending up in landfill, and the combined weight over the two years is about 1500kg. According to a calculator developed in the UK, this has saved 13.28 tonnes of CO2 emissions, or the equivalent of driving a car over 88,000km! We are very grateful to have a wonderful team of skilled and dedicated volunteers - the repairers, kitchen crew, triage team, repair assistants, our photographer, the front-desk folks and the coordinating team all work together to bring you this free service.

Thank you to The Gap community for embracing this concept! If you’d like to know more about attending or volunteering, please visit, or email

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Newmarket Bocce Club News

Friday 9 February. What a great day for our club. I call it the French connection. Jean-Yves Peromet, National Director of France Federation and Coach, with his wife and son. And the World and European champions Frederic Marsens and Pauline Gouilloud are in Australia and their first port of call was our club.

We had a welcome lunch at the club followed by two games of bocce. Representing our club in the first game was Silvio Rotili and Silva Piotto. The score 13-4 to the French. Second game was Natale Zaini and Nadia Lazzarin. The score 13-0 to the French. The club is very proud of our players, playing the best in the world.

10 February. Another great day with the French Connection. This time at Redlands Bocce Club. Bill, Carmelo and I attended the International Coaching seminar.

The mixed teams of Lewis Sciortino and Nevia Deklic: and Mario Menelli and Luz Van Hemmen played against the French team of Pauline and Frederik. France won the first game 13-0 and the second game was nail biting. The team of Mario and Luz lost by 1 point: 9-8.

11 February. Continuing with the French connection. Sunday we had France v Australia Redlands Bocce Club. They played 3 disciplines, the Bowl/Throw mixed, Precision mixed and Rapid mixed doubles.

Chiara Tomasi and Anthony Parlato AUS. The Precision was 18-2 to France Barbara Jones and Enzo Tomasi AUS and the Rapid 54 hits for France and 32 hits for Australia, Daniel and Nicole Samsa AUS.

Chief referee was Joe Masalli assisted by Mario De Marco, Joe Reitano and Neil Parlato.

They will be heading down to Sydney and Melbourne as well. You can catch all the action on the Bocce Australia home page. Remember: there are no losers in bocce, we are all winners.

Please contact: Mario 0403 257 325; Tony 0418 731 423; or Bill 0431 458 481.

The Gap Pioneer & History Group Inc

The Ashton Slaughterhouses and Yards in The Gap

This article was prepared by Jeff Hilder and contains historical information from the manuscript of local historian the Late Colin Francis Bennett Fanning (1912-1983). The article describes a very early business enterprise in The Gap and covers the period 1887 to 1930.

William Harwood Ashton, a butcher, acquired a 149-acre property identified as Portion 852 in 1887 and established a slaughterhouse and holding yards. Later, in 1893, he purchased the 53-acre adjoining property identified as Portion 842a.

Colin’s manuscript extract- It has been said that the Government made W H Ashton move from behind the Waterworks because of fouling the water in the reservoir. I just do not see eye to eye with that statement. The water that fell on his side of the track (Mt. Nebo Road 2024) could not drain into the Waterworks area.

I think by the time the horses pulled a load of meat over that first hill in The Gap and then on to Paddington, it was a trying and long journey. Whatever the cause, W H Ashton bought four (4) properties described as Portions 170, 179, 180 and 181 from J.F. McDougall and moved into The Gap about 1906-7 only to have the ground resumed by the Government for the establishment of a Soldiers Settlement after WW1.

In 1920 W.H. Ashton moved to Portion 844a. which was near my parent’s property “Westwood” in Paynes Road. I spent many hours as a boy at that slaughter yard, driving sheep and bullocks, running guts, trimming hearts and livers and other jobs. I knew William Harwood Ashton, his son Artie and his wife, and their son Ernie well. All four are now deceased. (1983)

The Gap Pioneer and History Group welcomes new members- Enquiries

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Walton Bridge The Gap Girl Guides

Membership of Girl Guides Queensland is open to girls from 5 to 17 years of age, and women 18 years and over. Each girl and adult member make a promise which shows their commitment to the principles of Guiding and is her link with the 10 million other Guides worldwide.

WBTG District Coming Events for 2024

• 20 March: WBTG Guides Thinking Day Celebrations

• 22-24 March: Tuesday Guides Pack Holiday and Ranger Rabble Camp at BP Park, Samford

• 25 April: Anzac Day March and Service

• 24-30 June: Snow Trek to Jindabyne & Perisher

• 3 August: Blast Off to Brownie Revels. Kindilan

• 18-20 October: Guides Unite over Qld Camp, Kindilan Redland Bay

• 13-17 January 2025: Turtle Trek to Bundaberg

PLUS: Arts and crafts, cooking, games, music, and dance. Disco nights, video nights, international nights. Gardening, environmental, water fun, badge work. Night hikes, chalk chase, campfires, cook outs. Abseiling, canoeing, low ropes, swimming and more.

Our weekly meetings are held in the Walton Bridge The Gap (WBTG) Guide Hut, which is situated in ‘Paten Park’ Paten Road, The Gap.

Meeting Times

Tuesday Guides (6 to 11 years) ............................ 5pm to 7pm

Thursday Guides (6 to 10 years) 4.30pm to 6.30pm

Wednesday Guides: (10 to 14 years) ................... 6pm to 8pm

Friday Guides (10 to 14 years) .................... 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Friday Ranger Guides: (13 years +) ............ 7.30pm to 9.30pm

Guiding provides an all-female, non-competitive learning environment where girls and women can challenge themselves, find their voice, and meet new friends.

For information about the Girl Guides in your local area please contact our District Manager, Elizabeth Wheeley: Mobile: 0410 449 282. Email:

The Gap She Shed always welcomes new members. We are a community group for women to gather in friendship, to support one another, learn and share. You can join as a community member for free or you can become a financial member for $25 a year.

So, why would we ask you to become a financial member?

Since inception in 2021, The Gap She Shed has grown to over 1800 Facebook members and has become an incorporated entity. This requires us to pay for public liability insurance ($20m) and meet other legal requirements. More members means more activities, events and workshops so our costs (venue hire, resources, etc) for these has increased. Being a financial members entitles you to discounts on any paid events or workshops and other benefits. Copy and paste this link if you're interested in becoming a financial member.

More events for March and April: mosaics, Paverpol Sculpture, walking groups, 500 cards, Shanghai cards, mahjong, ukulele, Book Club, Supper Club, movies, knitting and crochet, sewing, and power tools demo.

Email us for more information or go to our Facebook page. Website: Email:


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Ithaca Probus Club News

A busy start to the year at Ithaca Probus Club

It was back to a full round of activities in February for members of Ithaca Probus Club. At the general meeting we had a very welcome induction of a new member. Then quite a comprehensive discussion about a proposed modification to the club’s name. To keep up with the pervasive internet in today’s world we are keen to make ourselves easier to find on a web browser. The proposed change will be put to all members at the AGM in March. Then after our typically tasty morning tea the guest speaker, who last February, gave us a detailed coverage of estate planning returned to help us tie off all those final details – EPAs, trusts, Advanced Health Directives, Wills, and funeral directions. All essential to ensure ongoing harmony among family and friends after we have gone. Our outing for February was a return to Government House where about twenty members were given a tour of the building, met the Governor, and enjoyed morning tea. The visit brought back fond memories for club member Dorothy James, who had been a flower arranger there for over a decade in the past. Later a few members had lunch at the Bronco’s Club.

New members are always most welcome at Ithaca Probus Club. Just type Ithaca Probus Club into your browser to see our range of activities which follow the themes of Probus – Friendship, Fellowship and Fun.

We meet at 9.30am on the 2nd Thursday each month except December and January at the Red Hill Bowls and Community Club in Fulcher Road, Red Hill, or come on any of our outings. 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 the Love Of Books

As a book lover, I often wonder what others are reading. Are they lovers of true crime, romance, horror or literary fiction? I decided to contact a few prominent locals to find out.

Councillor Steven Toomey was all too happy to share his current read. He is working his way through non-fiction “Cesar’s Last Breath” by Sam Kean. Cr Toomey says “it delves into both science and the history of something I think we take for granted, the air that we breathe.” He is finding it “a very enjoyable read that includes anecdotes about historical figures and their beliefs, thought to be truth at the time. Kean walks us through the periodic table of our atmosphere, and how it has shaped our existence on this little bubble we call Earth.” It might not be for everyone, but it certainly sounds interesting!

The Ashgrove Library staff are all voracious readers as you would expect. Librarian Rebecca Day shared her current read, the classic ‘Pride and Prejudice’. “I am finally reading Pride and Prejudice since it's so beloved and a favourite of several librarians here.” Great choice Rebecca, and probably a good career move too!

Over at The Gap State High School, English Teacher Aroha Berry is reading Trent Dalton’s latest novel, ‘Lola in The Mirror’ and is “loving it!” Aroha loves “all of the familiar Brisbane references within his novels” and is finding Lola “devastating but beautiful!”.

Unbeknownst to Aroha, School Principal Anne McLauchlan is also reading Trent Dalton. She chose his first novel (and now TV Series) ‘Boy Swallows Universe’ “because firstly, I love reading, secondly I am always keen to support local authors, and Trent’s book is so uplifting in so many ways!” says Anne. “Eli is incredibly resilient, empathetic and a gorgeous son”. Anne also enjoys “being able to have conversations with students about reading and great books, just like “Boy Swallows Universe”. Happy

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Hilder Road State School

We welcome our new and returning students, staff and parents to the 2024 school year. It is with excitement and optimism that we anticipate the opportunities and possibilities of the year ahead!

Our school vision is Embracing Learning and Life with Curiosity and Excitement. This vision beautifully frames our outlook and goals for 2024 and it is a wonderful guiding statement for all of our families and staff members.

Let the journey begin!

The Gap State High School International Women's Day

The Gap State High School is proud to be hosting an International Women's Day breakfast on March 8th. The event promises to be an inspiring and empowering morning, with guest speakers Jonty Bush (Australian of the Year) and Steph Collins

(Basketball Captain) sharing their experiences and insights with attendees. The school is thrilled to be celebrating the achievements of women and encouraging young students to pursue their dreams and goals.

Enrolments 2025

The Gap State High School is excited to announce that enrolments for 2025 are now open. Families are encouraged to visit the school's website to learn more about the enrolment process and the outstanding educational opportunities that the school offers. Additionally, the school is hosting a series of upcoming tours for prospective families to explore the campus and learn more about the school's programs and facilities. These tours are a fantastic way to get a firsthand look at the school and ask any questions that families may have.

Visit https://thegapshs.

for more information

St Peter Chanel Primary School

We welcome Principal Bec O'Connor to St Peter Chanel The Gap. After steering one of Brisbane Catholic Education's (BCE) most regional schools for six years in a variety of leadership roles, Bec a former BCE student turned Principal, now embarks on her next chapter at St Peter Chanel Primary School The Gap.

"My transformative journey at the forefront of St Joseph’s Primary School Gayndah has sculpted my preparedness for any challenge," Bec reflects, acknowledging the profound

impact of her experience working as a Principal in a rural community.

“There’s something to be learned from the warmth and closeness of country towns, an invaluable lesson in community that I carry forward into my new role at The Gap.

“As a Principal, I have the opportunity to create a school culture and environment for our future leaders, which is exciting.”

Bec adds she hopes to support her new “students to become better learners, better at life and better people.”

“I look forward to fostering a positive school culture which upholds the school’s vision and mission and embraces the rich traditions and the work of the former Principals of St Peter Chanel Primary School,” she says.

For more information about St Peter Chanel Primary School The Gap:

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