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Western Echo

September 2017 ISSN 1327-676X

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

Bush Care Group Celebrates 30 years

Ashgrove’s Corbie Street Park Bush Care Group recently celebrated 30 years of bush restoration by volunteers and residents which has created a refuge for native wildlife and turned this area of Enoggera Creek into a vibrant waterway. On hand to celebrate the milestone were Trevor Ozanne, Sallyanne Atkinson & Cr. Steven Toomey. (Photo by Emma Beasley) Story Page 3.


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HAIR DESIGN DHS Hair Shack Phone: 3300 4200

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George’s Barber Shop Phone: 3366 7435 pg 6 Men’s Studio Keperra Phone: 3351 2655 pg 17

Specialized Handyman Services Phone:0419 437 470 pg 22



Hollingworth & Spencer Phone: 3123 5700 pg 18

Blooms Beauty Salon Phone: 3300 1555 pg 19


Intune Beauty Therapy Phone: 3300 9710 p g 19

Bernard Evens Remedial & Sports Phone: 3366 9997 pg 18



MeatU@Home Phone: 3161 5021 pg 10

Keperra Family Practice Phone: 3351 0323 pg 32



Taylor Range Country Club Phone:3366 1560 pg 16

Good Deal Mowing Phone: 0439734 142 pg 22



G.R.I.P.P.S. Thursday 14 Sept pg 8

The Gap Piano Studio Phone: 3166 8353 pg 25

CRAFT FAIR - RNA World of Craft Fair 8-10 September pg 13

DENTIST- DENTURES Denture Square Phone: 3189 7085 pg 20

DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE Communify Phone: 3510 2707

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ELECTRICIAN Pearson Electrical Services Phone: 0409 623 970 pg 6

GIFTS/HOMEWARES Oliver & Rose Phone: 0435 073 123 pg 17

GUITAR TUITION Rob’s Guitar School Phone: 3289 8020 pg 25

GUTTER VACUUM Big Boys Gutter Vacuum Phone: 0407 737 400 pg 4

NATUROPATHY Keperra Day & Night Chemmart Phone: 3351 7600 pg 32



Brisbane 7 Day Physiotherapy Phone: 3351 4388 pg 18 Physiologix Phone: 3511 1112 p g 21

Department of Defence Enoggera Phone: 3332 7455 pg 14

PLUMBER Pandanus Contractors Phone: 3300 3934 pg 22 Plumbers We Are Phone: 3351 0016 pg 22

Samford SS P&C Festival Sept 9 10am-7pm pg 23



Allsports Podiatry P h o n e : 3 3 0 0 6 0 11 p g 1

Ashgrove Literacy Clinic Phone: 3366 6933 pg 25


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POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT Kate Jones Phone: 3366 6000 Jane Prentice, MP Phone: 3378 1599 Robert Sherman

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Phone: 0438 533 838 pg 11 Cr. Steven Toomey Phone: 3407 1900 pg 4

PRINTER CARTRIDGES Cartridge World Ashgrove Phone: 3366 5111 pg 14



Blooms The Chemist The Gap Phone: 3300 1555 pg 21

Proactive Phone: 0411 036 297 pg 18

Keperra Day & Night Chemmart Phone: 3351 7600 pg 32


TRAMWAY MUSEUM Brisbane Tramway Museum 28 September 5pm pg 27

TYRE & MECHANICAL Wyatt’s BP The Gap Phone: 3300 2077 pg 12

VETERINARIAN Ferny Hills Veterinary Surgery Phone: 3351 2122 pg 14 The Gap Veterinary Clinic Phone: 3300 1533 pg 15

WANTED TO BUY Rags n’ Bones Collectibles Phone: 0403 907 926 pg 17

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Corbie Street Park Bush Care Group Thirty Year Celebration

On Saturday 26 August Corbie Street Park Bush Care Group celebrated thirty years involvement by residents and volunteers in turning grassed expanse and virtual drain that was Enoggera Creek into a vibrant waterway, a refuge for native wildlife and a well used recreational space for residents and visitors. To list all the residents and volunteers who have made Corbie Park into what it is today would be exhaustive. We would like to acknowledge those who met the challenge in 1987 and are still in the locality today, Sallyanne Atkinson (Lord Mayor in 1987), Trevor Ozanne, Michael Scheer, Bob Whiteman and Graham and Margaret Moss. In 2005 Boeing Corporation provided nine Hollow Log Homes habitat boxes for the park as part of their community involvement program. This number has now grown to forty-nine with the support of Brisbane City Council, local businesses and residents. Due to the age of the trees in the park, there are few natural hollows that provide refuge and nesting opportunities, the habitat boxes fill this role. Rainbow Lorikeets, Australian Wood Ducks, Native Bees, Squirrel Gliders and Ringtail Possums are now calling Corbie Park home.

Martin from Geckoes Wildlife enthralled children and adults alike with his presentation on the fauna of the park. To be able to hear about and touch a carpet snake and a green tree snake, see a Tawny Frogmouth up close and become acquainted with the elusive Squirrel Glider will be remembered by all. All except those with arachnophobia enjoyed the presentation on spiders by Robert Whyte. Catriona Holland entertained the children throughout the afternoon with craft activities themed around birds and bees. The Corbie Street bake-off fuelled the energy levels for the children to make the most of all the activities for the afternoon. Corbie Street Park Bush Care Group is supported in their efforts by The Gap Ward Office, Habitat Brisbane (BCC Community Conservation Program), Save Our Waterways Now (SOWN), street residents, local businesses and community volunteers. Corbie Park Group holds a working bee on the last Saturday of the month for one hour, depending on the time of year, the hour will either be spent weeding, watering or in new plantings. The groups current project is to rehabilitate the bank of Enoggera Creek located

Meeting the local residents (Photo: Emma Beasley)


Making the Birds and Bees with Catriona (Photo: Emma Beasley)

behind the caravan park on Ashgrove Avenue. If you would like to join us in the continuing efforts to provide a sustainable habitat for inner

city wildlife please Email: Scott Thornton at info@ or phone/text Ross Kelly on 0411746 215.

Inside the September Issue... Amnesty International..................................................................31 Arana VIEW Club..............................................................20 Ashgrove Historical Society................................................23 Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club..........................................16 Brisbane Tramway Museum......................................................27 CCIQNWB Chamber of Commerce.......................................................18 Chess T’Minit.......................................................................28 Enoggera Historical Society..............................................29 Federal Update - Jane Prentice........................................7 Mitchelton Garden Club....................................................26 National Servicemen’s Association of Aust. (Qld Branch)........14 Paten Park Native Nursery (PPNN).............................................26 Principal’s Points....................................................24 & 25 Qld. Family History Society.............................................22 Reflections..........................................................................30 Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap.....................................8 Save the Children The Gap Branch........................................26 Shed Happens ..................................................................31 SOWN (Save Our Waterways Now)...........................................29 State Update - Kate Jones - Member for Ashgrove......................5 The Gap Ashgrove National Seniors Assoc................................31 The Gap Garden Club............................................................26 The Gap Historical Society...............................................14 The Gap RSL Sub Branch....................................................9 Voices of Birralee................................................................10 Walton Bridge The Gap Girl Guides........................................28 Ward Happenings Cr Steven Toomey..................................4 West Brisbane Orchid Society..................................................29 The Western Echo September 2017 Page 3

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

Some of the beautiful quilts made by the quilters of the Happy Patches Sewing Circle, and Sergeant Roger O’Malia Indooroopilly Police Station receiving the donated quilts

The Happy Patches Sewing Circle On Wednesday 9 August, I was invited to the St Peter Chanel Parish Hall to view the quilts and blankets produced by volunteers of the The Happy Patches Sewing Circle. This is a wonderful group of ladies who work all year to ensure these essential warm items are ready for distribution via The Queensland Police Service. This year materials were funded by the Lord Mayor’s office via the Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund. Congratulations to everyone involved in this worthy project.

Vinnies Community Sleep Out

On Tuesday 15 August, it was a privilege to join other volunteers for the annual St Vincent de Paul Community Sleep out at Ashgrove Sportsground. This event aims to bring awareness to homelessness and to those who sleep on the street. Their goal is not just to service the homeless but to bring about an end to homelessness. Funds raised this year will support homeless service in the Brisbane West Region. If you would like to donate to this very worthy cause please visit

St Peter Chanel Traffic Management Plan (TMP) An independent parking taskforce, established in June 2014, recommended Brisbane City Council request Brisbane schools to develop and implement their own traffic and parking management plans. Council recognises that each school is unique and that one plan does not fit all. For this reason, Council provides assistance to complete the application. Upon completion of a School TMP, Council is pleased to offer enhanced ‘drop and go’ signage as well as other incentives.

Congratulations to St Peter Chanel Primary School in The Gap for completing their School TMP. As part of this plan, the school enhancement zone with a speed limit of 40kph will be extended to the corner of Pangela and Glenella Streets.

Brisbane City Grants The following grants are open now for applications. To view these grants online go to au/grants • Building Stronger Communities Grants Program • Community Development and Capacity Building Grants • Men’s Shed Grants Program • Brisbane History Grants If your group is resident in The Gap Ward and seeking a letter of support for any of these grants, please do not hesitate to contact me at the Ward Office.

Are your GUTTERS ready for the storm season? Don’t risk your safety by climbing on your roof!

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State Update

Kate Jones MP

Member for Ashgrove

Farewell Mr Pollock This month saw The Gap State High School’s Mr Pollock deliver his last Principal’s Address. Since 2006, Russell Pollock has seen the school transform from just 800 students to now more than 1400. The Gap State High School has also developed a well deserved reputation for excellence. Mr Pollock will now be working for the Queensland Department of Education and Training as an Assistant Regional Director. I have enjoyed every moment of working with you Russell and I am proud to call you my friend.

Cheaper Public Transport Since December last year, our changes to public transport fares have saved South East Queensland commuters about $33 million. Locally, you could save up to $320 a year on public transport. The Fairer Fares policy, combined with our major investment in Cross River Rail, will take more than 18,500 cars off our roads and remove 21.9 million tonnes of carbon pollution yearly.

Vinnies Community Sleepout Thank you to everyone who slept out as part of the 2017 Brisbane West Vinnies Community Sleepout. I am always heartened to see the amount of people who are willing to give back and support some of the most vulnerable members of our community. In particular I would like to thank the teams from Payne Road State School, Marist College Ashgrove, St Finbarrs’ School Ashgrove, St Ambrose School Newmarket, St Joseph’s School Bardon and YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament. Because of all of your effort and commitment we achieved our goal of raising more than $50,000.

GPS Rugby Grand Final It was a sad end to a wonderful season for GPS rugby with the Premier team just beaten by the University of Queensland. The team played with heart, no doubt boosted by the great support, and had were in the game right to the final moments. Congratulations to the Premier Reserve Grade who did take out their Premiership 47 - 12. If there is a local matter you would like to discuss with me, please contact me.

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The Gap State High School Celebrates National Science Week

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150 primary and high school students attended the Biggest Science Experiment at The Gap State High School

On Thursday August 15, The Gap State High School celebrated National Science Week by hosting the Biggest Science Experiment that had ever been seen in the Gap. The celebration involved approximately 150 students, grades 5 to 7, from both The Gap State High School and local primary schools. The aim of the activity was to highlight the importance of sustainability in our environment and to explore how science is making this happen. Students were treated to two guest speakers, Mrs Vicki Brady, Vice President (Australia) of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand, and Dr Padma Narsey Lal, Director of Youth Services for Rotary Club of Ashgrove/ The Gap. They both spoke about why they love science, their experience of working within STEM industries and the importance of environmental sustainability. Students were then able to explore the creation of clean water through a water filtration experiment and consider how they could improve on the experiment to create a more efficient filter. The Gap State High School received a grant for the Australian Science Teachers Association to run this amazing activity. #natsciwk #ashgrovethegap #EIANZorg; https://www.facebook. com/EIANZorg/ ;

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Students from The Gap State School creating fresh water


Hon. Jane Prentice MP Federal Member for Ryan

Federal Update Brisbane Paralympic Football I recently spent a Sunday afternoon with an amazing group of people at the Brisbane Paralympic Football Program (BPFP). Started more than 10 years ago by Head Coach, and all-round legend Jay Larkins, the programme now has close to 100 athletes of varying ages and abilities. They are proud to have several of their seniors playing at a representative level. These players are within the ‘Paralympic’ & ‘Special Olympic’ systems. BPFP was originally set up for children with cerebral palsy, but now welcomes children with any disability

and of any ability. They have also established a ‘Mini’ squad for children as young as 2 years old. This mini squad is not only for the benefit of the children but also to create socialisation and a support network for their parents. The sessions are run by enthusiastic volunteers with professional experience working with people with disabilities. They include Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers and Teachers who can provide as much or as little support as needed. Jay and his team provide the type of environment where children with disability can thrive. They are always looking for support whether it is through sponsorship,

equipment donations or funding. If you would like to find out more please send an email to bpfootball@hotmail. com.

Be wary of NBN Scams Local residents may have recently heard about people being targeted by scammers purporting to be representatives from the NBN. Everyone is susceptible to the antics of scammers and, in this particular instance; scammers were requesting gift cards to ‘connect’ households to the NBN. This simply is not the case. The NBN will never contact households directly via telephone and request payment of any form to finalise connection to the NBN.

The Brisbane Paralympic Football Program

As this is the time of year when taxpayers are completing their tax returns, scammers will be in full force. I encourage everyone to be cautious as to the details they hand out via the telephone or internet. For more information about protecting yourself from scams, or a list of current scams please visit S c a m Wa t c h a t w w w. Information about the NBN specific scam is available at https://www. watch-out-for-nbn-scams

R U OK Day R U OK Day on 14 September asks people to think about their friends and loved ones and start conversations about how they are feeling. We need to Ask, Listen, Encourage Action, and Check in. If someone you know or care about seems to be behaving differently to normal or you feel that they do not seem themselves it is important to let them know you care. Starting a conversation can be the first step to helping a family member, friend or workmate. R U OK?’s purpose is to create a world where we are all connected and are protected from suicide. Their goal is to inspire and empower everyone to support the people they care about.

... Real Action for Ryan

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GRIPPS - An Evening with Young Music Makers GRIPPS (Gap Region Instrumental Primary Performers School) will present a night of music featuring primary student music makers in The Gap State High School Auditorium on Thursday 14 September. The concert will run from 6.30pm to 8.30pm with drinks and barbeque available from 5.00pm. This year 159 children from local state and private

primary schools have been selected to perform after completing a four day music camp under the tutelage of professional musicians. GRIPPS is growing each year and your support by attending the GRIPPS concert encourages the young people to hone their musical skills.’ Students from years 5 and 6 from Ashgrove State School, Bardon State School, The Gap State School, Hilder

Road State School, Ithaca Creek State School, Marist College Ashgrove, Oakleigh State School, Payne Road State School, Rainworth State School, St. Joseph’s and St Peter Chanel Primary School are involved this year together together with a stellar staff of tutors and conductors. The Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap gratefully acknowledges the support and sponsorship of these local businesses: Arana Leagues Club; Councillor S t e v e To o m e y T h e G a p Ward; Harcourts Solutions Inner West; Hon.Kate Jones State Member for Ashgrove; Hon.Jane Prentice - Federal Member for Ryan; Ryan Civil

Contracting; Stuart Pullar – Mortgage Choice Ashgrove; The Gap Physiotherapy Centre; The Gap Tavern; The Gap Village Shopping Centre; Wyatt’s bp The Gap and Young Minds – Health and Development Network The Gap & Stafford - who supported GRIPPS in 2015 and who have committed to supporting the school in 2016. Should you wish to become a GRIPPS sponsor, please contact Bob Newey 0416 467 122, or Email bobnewey15@ by Friday 8 September. A concert definitely not to be missed, so mark your diaries and enjoy the extraordinary talent during the evening!

G.R.I.P.P.S. 2016 The Gap Region Instrumental Primary Performers School This event is staged by representatives of State and Private Primary Schools in The Gap, Ashgrove and surrounding suburbs and the Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap Inc.

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The Gap State High School Thursday 14 September 2017 6.30pm • Hamburgers

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Children & Students with School ID - Free

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The Gap Sub-Branch RSL

The Gap Sub Branch commemorated Vietnam Veterans Day on Friday 18th August 2017 with a memorial service attended by around 40 members of the Community. S e v e r a l Ve t e r a n s , t h e i r extended families, members of the Sub-branch and representatives adjourned to afternoon tea and refreshments at The Gap Football Club and spent time socializing and catching up with others keen to hear and share their stories. During the function our President Cathy Sweet presented Mr Gary Forno QC with a sporran in recognition of his long service to the Sub-branch as Piper for our Ceremonial activities.

many years demonstrated their respect for liberty, freedom and belief that all have a right to be represented. Over the next few months we will be contacting community groups and schools inviting them to participate in planning next year’s commemoration of ANZAC Day. We are on a quest to raise the awareness of our community to its rich and diverse military connection

through the service of citizens from the Boer War through to the modern era. We will be meeting each month between November 2107 and early April 2018 to plan community activities and welcome the involvement of all who wish to contribute. Members of the Community may contact the Sub-branch by phone on: 3300 9439, email at: gap_rsl@ or by writing to The Gap RSL, PO Box 122, THE GAP QLD 4061. Our office (downstairs at The Gap Football Club, Glen Affric St) is open from 10am until 2pm each Tuesday.

Remembrance Day 11 November 2017 The Gap Sub-branch RSL will be holding a Memorial Service at Walton Bridge Memorial Park commencing from 10.40am on Saturday 11th November, followed by light refreshments in The Gap Football Club. Poppies will again be provided to schools for distribution to students and will also be on sale from our stand in The Gap Village Shopping Centre in the week prior to Remembrance Day. Members of the Community are invited to join us in remembering those who died or suffered in all wars or armed conflicts.

ANZAC Day Commemoration 25 April 2018 2018 is the hundredth year since the end of WWI (the great war). We invite residents of The Gap to participate in the ANZAC Day parade as part of a school, sporting team, community group, family group, church group or as an individual. The Gap Community acknowledges and cares for Veterans of all conflicts, along with their families and friends who may be affected by despair, depression and loneliness. People of The Gap have for website:

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Choir Off to Belgium! THE GAP

Spring is just around the corner and the warmer daytime weather heralds BBQ time! We have all the requirements to make your BBQ a great success with a huge choice of steaks, chops, sausages, chicken or beef kebabs and so much more. The nights are still a little cool, we can also help with roasts, casserole meats, cuts for your slow cooker etc. We’ve been chatting with our customers and learning a lot about our customers needs! Starting this week, home delivery is available every Tuesday and Thursday, free of charge for orders over $50. Call in or Phone the shop to place your order by 5pm the day prior and your order will be delivered in a refrigerated van direct to your door. Don’t worry if you won’t be home, just leave an esky out. Forget socks and undies for Dad on Fathers’ Day, give him the gift of a delicious prime Rib on the Bone, a beautiful pork roast or a juicy leg of lamb with all the trimmings! As the old saying goes, “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach!” And we’ve got heaps of delicious ideas to show your Dad how much you love him! Don’t forget MeatU@Home stock grass-fed, freerange beef, pork and lamb, as well as free-range chicken raised on the Sunshine Coast. For those of you pressed for time, stock up on our oven-ready meals (always available) – Lasagna, pulled pork, Moroccan lamb, risotto, home-made pies and more Phone ahead to place your order and it will be ready for pick up if you’re in a hurry. Alternatively, you can also email us your order: Looking forward to seeing you soon! Julie & Gary Read and our friendly Team at MeatU@Home

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The Bardon-based Voices of Birralee is getting ready to send its next touring choir to Europe, where 16 choristers will perform at the Centenary of the Battle of Polygon Wood, Belgium in late September. This trip marks Voices of Birralee’s first venture into Belgium, of the organisation’s five-year commitment to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to perform at First World War Western Front centenary commemorations from 2015 - 2019. The community is invited to be a part of this incredible effort by getting their quizzical caps on for Voices of Birralee’s Postcards Trivia Fundraising night at 6.30pm Saturday 9 September at Birralee HQ Bardon. The event (for over 18s) is co-hosted by the Ashgrove - the Gap Lions Club and will feature a performance by the touring choir, with raffle prizes and community hospitality. The choir will also perform its repertoire the next day, 3pm Sunday 10 September at its Dedication Service and Concert at St Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Spring Hill. Tickets for both events are available from wspConcerts.aspx

Carmen Briggs

Principal Justice of the Peace

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Robert Shearman’s Cooper Catchup My name is Robert and I am very humbled to be the local LNP candidate for Cooper in the upcoming state election. This is the first of a series of newsletters that I will write in the Western Echo to talk about issues important to the local community. For those who may not yet have met me, I live locally in The Gap with my wife Fran, my son Cameron and daughter Bella. I am committed to serving the community, as I have done throughout my life as a former member of the Defence Forces.

To better understand this issue I have spent several mornings observing travel along Jubilee Terrace. What I saw was concerning. In just a few hours I witnessed many near misses at Coopers Camp Road / Jubilee Terrace. Many involved pedestrians and cyclists who were forced to mix with semi-trailers and buses. For a route that is comparatively well serviced by public transport, many still choose to use their cars. This is completely understandable. People use their cars for many reasons; to carry groceries or sporting equipment, traveling with children, a preferred approach to managing a disability, or to use their car for work.

Robert with his family I now work in a local manufacturing business, and my drive to serve the community remains strong. It is this that motivates me to stand for parliament, and strive to create a safer and more liveable community. I believe that the most important part of my role is to listen to you in the community. This goes to the heart of what it means to be a representative, and I have been working hard to listen to your views. From community corners, to door knocking, market stalls to phone calls, I have heard one issue loud and clear. Traffic! People are fed up with sitting in a car rather than being with their families. They have seen too many near misses with pedestrians or cyclists, and want something done. It astounded me to learn that the latest Council traffic surveys show that Jubilee Terrace is now the second slowest road corridor in Brisbane in the evenings. Every day almost 27,000 trips are made through this old stretch of state road, with many also using local roads as a ratrun.


Robert chatting about the issues facing local businesses While I am a regular public transport user, I recognise that it does not cater for everybody. It is important that we continue to maintain our suburban roads. To me it is clear that Metroad 5 (Jubilee Terrace) no longer safely and efficiently serves the community. It has become the forgotten road. Given the road safety issues involved, I don’t want to wait for a change in government to see things get better. There is still time for the current Member for Ashgrove to use her position of power to deliver this important upgrade. I would be very happy to see the current Labor government commit to upgrading the dangerous intersections along Jubilee Terrace. Until this happens I will continue to work hard on your behalf to raise awareness of this issue, and push to make it a priority for the state government.

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An Expo to Appeal to all the Crafty People! Love all things creative? The World of Craft Expo is coming to the Exhibition Building, Brisbane Showgrounds on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 8 – 10, 2017. Experience all your favourite craft suppliers under one huge roof. Featuring the long standing and very popular, Paper Craft Festival, Mad Quilters Gathering & Gem and Bead Show. Together with exhibits of textiles, fabric, yarn, doll & bear, and an array of arts, crafts & hobbies and so much more! Supercharge your next project with inspiration! Be it scrapbooking, card making, mixed media projects to beading and jewelry making, quilting, sewing, embroidery and knitting there is something exciting for everyone. Discover new products

and trends. Learn the latest techniques and grab a bargain. Participate in fabulous Wo r k s h o p s , L i v e S t a g e Demonstrations and get handson with the make ‘n’ takes. Visit the Paper Tole, Quilting and Machine galleries. There are lots of prizes to be won. Bring your friends and get inspired! This is one Brisbane craft event you definitely don’t want to miss!


$12 Entry. Concession $10. Kids and committed husbands FREE. 10am – 4.30pm Daily. There is easy access to allday parking at the Brisbane Showgrounds for only $13 For more information visit Facebook www.facebook. com/worldofcraftevents/

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The Gap Historical Society Inc.


Established 2000


TRAINING AREA/RANGE NOISE NOTICE Residents to areas surrounding the Enoggera Close Training Area are warned that it is a Defence live firing range and to expect periods of heightened noise volume. Defence training includes firing practices with live ammunition, explosives, simulation devices and lasers that generally occur daily between 0700h – 1600h. Night time practices also occur and are generally completed before 2200h. During these core operating hours, residence in the surrounding areas may experience louder than normal noise levels. This could be due to a change in weather conditions or wind direction, or due to the type of munitions or simulation devices being employed to achieve a training outcome. Defence now has the capability to notify residences of increased periods of noise volume on the training area via an SMS alert. These alerts are intended to advise residence of an increased level of forecasted training area noise over a prescribed period of time. If you wish to be included in this notification process please contact range control on (07) 3332 7455 and provide your name and mobile number. For any other inquiries regarding the Enoggera Close Training Area please contact the Enoggera Close Training Area, Range Control Officer on 07 3332 7455. 0433SM

The Gap Historical Society will hold its Annual General Meeting on Saturday 23 September at 2pm. All positions on the executive and steering committees will be declared vacant and new board members will be elected. Following the AGM a regular meeting will take place including screening of a movie. The Gap Historical Society meetings are held at 2pm on the fourth Saturday of each month at the Nullagundi Centre, corner of School and Waterworks Roads, The Gap. Visitors are most welcome. For information on joining The Gap Historical Society, or to arrange hall hire, local historical talks etc. please contact the secretary Fran on 3300 1755 or email

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

Brisbane North West branch meets at Gaythorne RSL on the third Sunday of each month commencing 10.15; next September 17. Visitors and new members are welcome. After the meeting take the opportunity to lunch in the pleasant surrounds of the RSL bistro bar. Membership of the association is open to former Australian nashos who served in the two schemes operating between 1951 and 1973 and wives and widows thereof. Conscripts who served for countries other than Australia are welcome as associate members. For advice about the benefits of joining the association or to apply for the two medals available to Australian nashos, phone 3324 1277, email or write to Box 7014 Holland Park East Qld 4121. For further information about Brisbane North West Branch, phone Dave on 3366 3191.

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High Blood Pressure in Our Pets High blood pressure is an extremely important concern in human medicine. A high stress lifestyle, smoking and high salt diet all contribute to this potentially dangerous condition and virtually everyone knows how serious it can be. But what about our pets? They don’t smoke or worry about the mortgage and they don’t deposit cholesterol in their blood vessels. They do, however, get high blood pressure, and here is what you probably should know. The retina of the eye is especially at risk, with either sudden or gradual blindness often being the first sign of high blood pressure. The kidney also is a target as it relies on tiny vessels to filter toxins from the bloodstream. Kidney disease is an important cause of high blood pressure and also progresses far more rapidly in the presence of high blood pressure. High blood pressure also increases the risk of embolism: tiny blood clots that form when blood flow is abnormal. These clots can lodge in an assortment of locations including the brain. There are numerous diseases in pets that are associated with high blood pressure, among them kidney failure, diabetes and Cushing’s disease; and most commonly overactive thyroid disease in cats. In humans, high blood pressure is frequently considered “primary,” meaning there is no underlying disease causing it. In animals, primary hypertension is unusual; there is almost always another disease causing it and if routine screening does not identify the problem, more tests may be in order. Blood pressure measurement is performed similarly to the way it is in humans. An inflatable cuff is fitted snugly around the pet’s foot or foreleg. The cuff is inflated so as to occlude blood flow through the superficial artery. In a person, as the cuff is slowly deflated, a stethoscope is used to listen for the point when the blood pressure is adequate to pump through the partially occluded vessel. In animals, the stethoscope is just not sensitive enough and an ultrasonic probe must be taped or held over the artery. Using ultrasound, the sound of the systolic pressure is converted into an audible signal. It is not possible to measure diastolic pressure in a pet without actually placing a catheter inside an artery so we make do with just a systolic measurement. In pets, this measurement should not exceed 160. Some pets (obviously) are nervous at the vet and this factor must be taken into account when reading blood pressure. To account for the “White Coat Effect,” at least five measurements are taken so that the pet becomes accustomed to the process and understands that no pain is involved.

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Ashgrove / The Gap Lions Club

At a recent club meeting Ashgrove/The Gap Lions had two good reasons to celebrate. The first was the visit of the District Governor for 2017/18, Englebert Krumpl and his wife, Truadi. He had some inspirational thoughts to share with us and it was also an opportunity for us to showcase our past achievements and our future plans for fund raising activities for this coming year. The second reason to celebrate was the announcement that one of our wonderful Leo club members, Grace Walker, had been awarded International Leo of the Year for 2016/17. This award is a prestigious award that honours individual Leos, worldwide, who have demonstrated superior achievement. This year there were only 38 recipients. It is a remarkable achievement and well deserved as Grace works hard as a Leo ambassador, encouraging other young people to take up the challenge to engage in activities that not

only raise money for various charities and causes but also helps to develop understanding and friendship in this country and throughout the world. She continues to be an active and respected member of our Leos Club and we are very proud of her. All of us connected to both the Ashgrove / The Gap Lions and Leos Clubs congratulate Grace on this amazing award. However it is not all back slapping and congratulations for our members as there is always work to be done to support our local community and to raise money to enable us to help those less fortunate than ourselves and this past month has been no exception: For those of you who visit the Ekka you are probably aware that transportation to and from the showgrounds can be problematic and, each year, members of the Ashgrove / The Gap Lions Club do their bit to try and ease the problem as well as do some fund raising at the same time. Two

businesses that are close to the entrance of the showgrounds, the Heart Foundation and the Secret Sounds Group, kindly offer their car parking space to us (on the non-working days) and, for only $25, Ekka visitors can park there all day. So, once again, despite the sun and the wind Lions members were manning the site offering not only a great service but also raising money to donate back to those in need. Another fundraising event we are happy to assist with each year is Daffodil Day, which is run by the Cancer Council, with all funds going towards helping them to continue to support those with this insidious disease and to aid in cancer prevention. Our members willingly gave up some of their time to sell daffodils and merchandise at The Gap Village and also outside Woolworths in Ashgrove. Sometimes it is not money but a service we are able to offer various local

organisations and recently we helped at the Halwyn Centre in Ashgrove by running the barbecue at their sports day. We were also there when the Mater Dei School held a pre Father’s Day barbecue and helped them to set things up. Finally, the Serenata Singers, a local community choir, held a concert at the Uniting Church in The Gap and we were there to assist them with their catering. Next month is our major fundraising event of the year and that is our garage sale, which is due to be held on Saturday 21st Oct. Watch this space for more information in the next edition of the Western Echo. If you feel you would like more information about joining Ashgrove / The Gap Lions or Leos Clubs please go to our website www.ashgrovethegap. or contact: Lion Peter Cooper: 3856 2390 Leo Emily Conn: ashgrovethegapleos @gmail. com. Facebook: atgleos


Whether it's swimming, tennis, squash or barbecuing that takes your fancy this Spring the Taylor Range Country Club has the lot. Nestled away on the Enoggera Creek, Ashgrove you won't find a better location to spend quality time with friends and family. A limited number of memberships are currently available at very reasonable rates, so get in quick to avoid missing out. The club also has a function hall that can be booked out for a variety of occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, fitness classes and work conferences.

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Oliver & Rose has Gifts to for Every Occasion “This is just what we needed!!!” says Mrs Green A gorgeous new gift shop has opened in Keperra!!! Owner of Oliver & Rose Gifts Kathleen Stephens says “We have everyone covered! We have affordable designer women’s clothing, handbags and homewares. The gorgeous Voluspa candles will give your home a beautiful ambience. We also stock Palm Beach and Tilley ranges of candles, diffusers, soaps and much more”. “Special times and people in your life should be celebrated. A beautiful gift means so much, also, remember yourself!” says Kathleen. As an opening special to readers, mention this special offer and receive 10% off all

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Eloise to Trek The Great Wall of China Raising Funds for Youngcare Local Ashgrove resident Eloise Kimpton plans to trek the Great Wall of China to raise funds for Youngcare; to help some of the hundreds of thousands of young people with high care needs currently living in, or at risk of entering aged care because of the lack of age-appropriate housing. The trek is not only a way to give back, but a personal feat of endurance for Eloise to push her to the limits and outside of her comfort zone. “One thing Youngcare has taught is to never take my young active life for granted. Taking on something of this magnitude is incredibly daunting, however I’m really looking forward to challenging myself and facing my fear of heights on the wall,” Ms Kimpton said. Trekkers will be taken out of their comfort zones, hiking up to five hours a day across mountains, up narrow ridges and extremely steep steps – it can sometimes take an hour just to travel 1km. Fitness, interval, strength and endurance training is intense in the lead up to the trek which will take five days from 7th September 2017. According to Youngcare CEO Anthony Ryan, there’s a critical shortage of appropriate housing for young people with high care needs in Australia, with a severe lack of viable solutions for many under the age of 65. “It is vital that the community rallies together to stand up and

create change for these young people living in housing that’s unsuitable and unacceptable for their stage of life. The lack of choice, dignity and independence that they experience every day is just horrendous and is no way for a young person to live”. “This year Youngcare is committed to making a real difference, working with business leaders, developers, investors, banks, government and the community to ensure the National Disability Insurance Scheme and evidence-based housing models can help improve this shocking residential crisis.” Mr Ryan said. All funds raised by trekkers go directly towards helping young people with high care needs transition out of or avoid admission into inappropriate housing, like aged care. To donate to Eloise’s challenge visit or to learn more about Youngcare visit

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Your Local Denture Expert at Arana Hills As the time goes, you might be thinking how you can turn back the hands of time. Can you get back to chewing comfortably? Is there a way to stop using that not presenting denture adhesive? Can you enjoy the taste of food again? In additon, can you have a smile again? Dentures are false teeth made to replace teeth you have lost. Dentures can be complete or partial. Complete dentures cover your entire upper or lower jaw. Partials replace one or a few teeth. Advances in dentistry have made many improvements in dentures. They are more natural looking and comfortable than they used to be (Premium Dentures

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Arana VIEW Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at Arana Leagues Club, Dawson Parade, Keperra 10.30am for 11.00am. Cost is $25.00 for a 2-course lunch. There are lucky door and raffles prizes and monies raised are donated to the Smith Family’s Learning for Life program supporting disadvantaged Australian children. Our October Guest speaker will be Jessica Salmon of Life Flight. New Members are always welcome. Booking: Heather 33003733 by 4pm Monday 2nd October.


The Physiologix Corner Walking Poles are a Must! And Not Just for Trekkers - Lessons Learned From Russia Kirsty McNab, Sports Physiotherapist at Physiologix, has just returned after 2 weeks in Russia, climbing Mt Elbrus, Russia and Europe’s highest mountain at 5642m. Here she talks about using Nordic Walking Poles: It had been 20 years since I had done any mountaineering with crampons and ice boots and set off to scramble up a very high mountain! The big difference this time (from all those years ago) was I used Nordic trekking poles - I could not have done it without them. Nordic poles keep you upright and tall as you walk, helping take strain off your knees, hips, back and neck……and coming downhill - WOW - they save your knees and help your balance. They conserve energy in your legs - to any trekker over distance they are a must. And their use in protecting your joints just in every day tasks is no laughing matter. I have a client in her late 30’s trying to stave off hip surgery - she is totally pain free as long as she walks with the poles. The poles totally change how she walks and therefore the forces through her worn joint. The same happened with another client in her late 50’s trying to put off a total knee replacement - she is so pleased to have less pain that she even uses 1 of the poles to walk around the office. Poles are expensive, hire them (you can hire them from us at Physiologix), or borrow a pair to try them out before spending the money to buy them from a trekking store. Top Tips for Using Nordic Walking Poles: Along with hiring walking poles from us at Physiologix, our staff can teach you how to use them. But here are just a few tips on how to use them to best affect: 1: Stand with your elbows bent to 90 degrees at your side, your hands in front of you - this is the height the pole handles should sit at for walking on the flat. 2: walking uphill, shorten the poles slightly 3: coming down hill, lengthen the poles slightly 4: it is best to hold only the base of the handle and set the wrist straps so you can rest most of your weight on your wrists. As you push through the pole the pressure in then more on the little finger side of your wrist which is much stronger than just gripping the poles. 5: down forget - opposite arm goes with opposite leg. 6: if you use just 1 pole, it must be in the hand on the opposite side to the injury. Physiologix, is upstairs at the Gap Health and Racquet Club. Can them on (07) 3511 1112 or email from their website website:

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Ashgrove Historical Society Inc.

Many of us remember going to the pictures and entertainment at the majestic Regent Theatre in Queen St where, during interval, an organ used to rise up in front of the stalls and the organist played familiar tunes. At the meeting of the Ashgrove Historical Society on Saturday 7 October, Mike Gillies will talk about the fascinating history of theatre based on the book that he has published entitled: The Regent: Brisbane’s Motion Picture Cathedral.  The facade, entrance and marble staircase has been preserved and the foyer now serves as a Visitor Information Centre. The meeting will be held in the Ashgrove Library from 10am to 12 noon. Visitors are most welcome. The complimentary morning tea (about 11am) will give attendees the opportunity to chat with other people interested in Brisbane and Ashgrove’s history. The Society will be having a photo display outside Woolworths Ashgrove on Friday 1 September 10am – 5:30pm. Our publications will also be for sale. Membership of the Society is $10 per annum, $15 couple/family which includes the bi-monthly newsletter, Tram Stops. The Society has extensive resources that can assist with local family history and can be accessed by contacting the secretary, Julie, on 3366 4621 or email:

Queensland Family History Society Seminar - Nineteenth century English research: parish records, workhouses, and quarter sessions. When: Saturday, 7 October 2017 - 9.00 am - 12.30 pm Where: Queensland Baptists Conference Centre, 53 Prospect Road, Gaythorne Cost: $20.00 members and $30.00 non-members (includes morning tea) Bookings are essential and there is a small cost. Book online at Records of the English parish. Parish records give the details of life within the parish. The baptism, marriage, and burial registers are just the beginning. Other records included vestry minutes, payments, and disbursements to the poor, parish apprentices, bastardry examinations, bonds and maintenance orders, pew registers, and so much more. In the English workhouse. The establishment of Poor Law Unions and a workhouse within each Poor Law Union were major components of the New Poor Law instituted in 1834. The New Poor Law ended outdoor relief and the workhouse was meant as a place of last resort for parish aid. As a result it was a feared and dreaded place for our ancestors. Genealogical treasures in Quarter Session records. Since 1388, quarter sessions were held usually four times a year in English and Welsh county and other courts. They heard criminal cases but also granted licences for a variety of occupations, heard Poor Law cases, settlement disputes, civil complaints and issues, granted certificates of dissenters’ meeting-houses, and generally kept the peace in the county. website:

Not Your Average School Fete! Dreaming of a day where the country meets the city – but without the crowds and germs of the Ekka? Well, the Samford State School Spring Festival delivers all of that and more. The beautiful school grounds ringed by hills is the perfect location for fun, food and entertainment. Make a day of it and roll over the range to the beautiful Samford Valley – maybe saunter up the main street for a walk before coming into School Road (imaginative town planning !) and soaking up the vibe of a school which loves who it is. The Spring Festival is genuinely for everyone, yes, there are fabulous rides for all ages and yes, there is sideshow alley – but also a diverse range of activities for all ages. Wonderful home baked cakes and sweets alongside high quality coffee can be your first stop to get a sugar and

caffeine fix. Then have your face painted and go on the really big slippery slide! You might find a great selection of plants to fill your perfect garden bed or pick up a bottle of home- made preserve. The craft stall (read ‘craft filled room’) is a highlight of our festival. There are so many arty and crafty people in Samford who support the school that the Craft Stall is filled to overflowing with beautiful products. Buy a gift (or something for yourself!), maybe start on your Christmas shopping. During the day, we will have all the great festival food, including hamburgers, pizza, fairy floss and sno-cones to name a few. Then from 5pm we have trendy food vans coming to supplement our bar and stage entertainment area where you can kick back, enjoy the professional music and acts for a couple of relaxed hours.


The Snake Sheila (Julia Baker) from Animal Planet will kick off the special late afternoon entertainment getting us all up close and personal with some reptiles and the entertainment continues from there. So, don’t sit at home

warming the TV chair – come out to the Samford State School Spring Festival on Saturday, September 9 from 10am – 7pm - Like us on Facebook (SamfordStateSchoolFestival) to stay in touch with new announcements as they come out.

Snake Sheila will be getting up close & personal with reptiles

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.....Principal's Points.......Principal's Points...... Hilder Road State School Congratulations to recent winners of special awards Hilder Heroes: Ben H, Lydie D, Isabella F, Livingstone P, Eloise S, Heidi D, Martin V, Emily M, Charlie N and Luke S; Mathletics Gold Certificates: Jonathan S, Julian H, Szabolcs P, Attila P, Phoebe M, Amelia H and Erin J; Acts of Kindness: Gabriel G, Zoe S, Isaac S, Olivia A, Annabelle G, Charlie N, Ralph P, Angus G, Timea P, Nicoletta K, Ben S and Anika K; and ICAS Science Competition: Merit – Thomas C, Harrison S, Adelaide C; Credit – Lydie D, Michael K, Lucca K, Leo M, Zeqian W and Brodie D. Our debating team has continued its run of success by winning the Round 2 of the QDU Competition. Well done to all members of the team including Tom C, Arabella B, Clarissa L, Ally W and Renee T. In sport, congratulations to Brodie D on his selection in the Queensland 10-12 Years Boys Football Team and Emma B on being selected for the Regional Girls AFL team. Well done to our Track and Field team on winning the B Division as well as placing 2nd in the percentage category at the North West District Championships. Congratulations to the following students on their selection in the District Team – Olivia A, Feddy B, Quin C, Sophia G, Ryelin G, Connor J, Moses P, Renee T and Jaimee U. We l l d o n e t o o u r Environment Leaders (Carmen O, Mikaela G and Amelia H) for organising and promoting our recent ‘Trash Fashion’ day. Some very creative apparel and accessories were worn by both students and staff on the day. Congratulations and sincere thanks to the P&C’s Carnival Committee (Ingrid D, Karen D and Liz S) for their

dedicated work in organising this year’s carnival. Clear skies and a diverse program including rides, games, food and merchandise stalls, performances, raffles, arts and crafts as well as reading and science activities attracted a large crowd. The partnership with the Farmers’ Market was a novel idea and the army of volunteers including parents, staff and students made our carnival a wonderful day for the entire school community. Many thanks to Hon. Kate Jones MP, Hon. Jane Prentice M P, C o u n c i l l o r S t e v e n Toomey, Kathleen Luck, The Gap Health & Racquet Club, Doyle’s Mitchelton, The Gap Handyman, Angela Dean Dreamtime Travel, Ritual HQ and Flight Centre for their generous support. Our Prep 2018 Information Evening held on 15 August drew a large number of parents. The exchange of information between key teachers and next year’s Prep parents will help our 2018 Prep students get ready for their first year of school. As the end of the term approaches, our choirs and instrumental musicians are busy getting ready for upcoming performances. Our Hummingbirds and Trebles Choirs are performing in Singfest and a number of our more advanced instrumental musicians are participating in GRIPPS during the last week of term. We wish all of our talented performers the very best of luck. Best wishes, John Collins - Principal

Payne Road State School

One of the most powerful lessons that the children at Payne Road State School can learn is persistence. You may not always succeed the first time but effort and the will to keep trying is very important. If you are tempted to say “I can’t” have the courage to add “yet”. The Western Echo September 2017 Page 24

A big congratulations to all these students and classes who have demonstrated this power of persistence and the will to use their talents along with hard work to gain success: Our netball team who competed in the Northside District Netball grand finals; Ky, Jayden, Elizabeth and Jessica who made it into GRIPPS; Our winners in the School Talent Quest; Our Regional Athletics Representatives – Jude and Joel; A Third place for our Ekka Garden competition; The children and teachers of 2M, 2/3G & 3H designed, planted and decorated two sensory gardens for this year’s School Ekka Garden Competition. They used two upside-down recycle lamp shades and our trolley from last year. They were supported with many gardening items and special plants from their families, SOWN and our local Gap Handyman Centre. The whole design proved to be very heavy but with a team approach it was successfully installed in the Old Museum ready for this year’s EKKA competition. Well done also to year 3 and 5 students in NAPLAN this year: Our year 5s this year scored higher than the Nation, the State and Like Schools in all areas of NAPLAN. Our year 3s scored higher than the Nation, the State and Like Schools in Reading. A big focus on reading is having an impact. Teachers have also got in on the act. Check out their efforts in the Book Week Character parade on Twitter @PayneRoad_SS. It is a little hard to tell them apart though. Stephen Rowe - Principal

The Gap State High School We are nearly at the end of Term 3. This is an important and busy time at the school especially for the Senior Students. Recently our Senior Percussion group Asymmetry flew to Sydney to compete in the Australian Percussion Eisteddfod at The King’s School. Over two days, several of the members of the Ensemble competed in solo and duet sections on mallets, snare drum and drum kit, with excellent results all round before the final part of the competition – the Percussion Ensemble section. Our students played their repertoire, Marching Season and Modern Life, with enthusiasm and personality in a highly engaging and joyous performance to become National Champions. Also congratulations to our dedicated Volleyball students, teachers and parents! The senior school’s cup was a huge success with a number of team medals, including a Silver in the U16 Boys for Honours Division. This is our best result to date in this competition so well done to those boys involved. Our senior girls also did extremely well with Gold in Division 1! As the Year 12 students are eagerly awaiting their Formal on the last day of term our Year 10 students are eagerly anticipating their camps. Year 10 students were given the choice of sailing hiking on Fraser Island, canoeing on the Nymboida River, cycling the Brisbane Valles Rail Trail, walking the Sunshine Coast Great Walk, horse riding at Ocean View, sea kayaking or sailing on Moreton Bay. Students not attending a camp will be going to work experience or completing community service with a charity organisation. (Continued on page 25)


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Fundraising for RSPCA Congratulations to the grade 5 Students Sophie, Elsa (Continued from page 24) and Alicia who orginised the I am sure you will agree cupcake stall to raise money that students at The Gap State for the RSPCA. They raised High School are given a wide $1000 to help all the animals range of choices to cover many at the shelter. Thank you to all parents who baked goodies for areas of interest. Darren McGregor - Acting the day! Kindness Awards Principal We celebrate the following students who have received The Gap State School recent kindness awards. Congratulations Junior Zion de Jager Smith for his Choir! kindness on the handball court, It was with much Emily Wood for helping excitement that our Junior Choir students travelled to the someone when they are hurt Queensland Conservatorium Isaac Mastenbrock for and performed at the Creative kindness in the playground Generation Voices Queensland Isabel Mathews for her final.  What an honour to be one of six primary schools special kindness making others in the competition.  While happy. we didn’t come away with Georgie Gillies for many a win, our choir performed acts of kindness to others, good admirably.  In particular their friend, helper and spreads harmonies were on point and happiness their tone was outstanding. William Mann kindness A lot of work behind the to others making them happy. scenes ensured a successful Rufus Swan for helping experience for all involved.  others in the classroom An outstanding effort by Mrs Madeleine Woods for Deb O’Shea who was well supported by conductor, Lou being a kind friend. Wall and accompanist, Linda We celebrate the following Richter.  Mrs Ruhle who was staff who have received recent overseas has also played a kindness awards. significant role is shaping Mrs Sharon Rogers our students’ musical talents Mrs Kylie Speirs to enable them to compete in Mrs Debbie O’Shea such a competition.  Miss Carolyn Dunn Joanne Nicholls - Principal

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Sea Celery

The common name of this plant, sea celery or parsley (Apium prostratum), is apt. Not only is it found growing along the coastal areas of eastern Australia but it has stems that taste like celery and leaves similar to that of parsley. This biennial herb grows to about 30 cm tall but can spread to about a metre across. It has divided leaves, that may be

narrow or broad, on slender stems that grow directly from a long tap root. During spring and summer, it produces clusters of tiny white flowers followed by prolific seeds from which it self propagates. The flowers attract butterflies. Although coastal in origin, the plant will grow in any moist, well drained soil either in direct sunlight or dappled shade. It can recover from light drought and frosts. It, like its close relative the European parsley, makes an excellent

potted specimen or as a cascade down an embankment. Sea celery was a significant survival food during the early days of colonial settlement. Both leaves and stems can be eaten. The stems when lightly

blanched provide a pleasant base to a salad. The leaves give a slightly peppery zing to flavour soups, white sauce and stews or as a garnish to meats. The dried leaves and seeds can be used in spice mixes.

The Gap Garden Club Mitchelton & Districts Est. 1963 Our last meeting was well attended with eighty nine members and three visitors attending. Our competition bench received over eighty entries, the beautiful displays certainly made it feel like Spring had arrived early. Our next field trip also has a Spring theme, we will be visiting ‘Springtime on the Mountain’ organised by the Tamborine Garden Club on Friday 22nd September. There will be some wonderful gardens on display, please contact Noela if you haven’t already booked your seat for this great day out. A date for your diary- our Christmas Lunch and presentation of trophies and awards is on Tuesday 28th November at Arana Leagues Club, cost of tickets is $30 and will be available at our next meeting on 26th September and at our October meeting. Guest speaker for the September meeting at 9.30am will be Ian Wintle who will be giving tips on ‘Clever Gardening.’ For further information about the club please go to our website:- www.the

The Gap Branch of The Gap Branch of Save The Children will be holding a Devonshire Morning Tea on Wednesday 11th October at 10.30 am at the St Peter Chanel Church Hall cost $20. We are very fortunate in having as Guest Speaker the well-known ABC weather presenter Jenny Woodward. Bookings before 1st October can be made by ringing Julie on 3844 7523 The Western Echo September 2017 Page 26

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On Thursday, 5th October, a representative from Rocky Point Mulching, will be the guest speaker at the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club meeting at the Enoggera Memorial Hall, corner of Wardell and Trundle Streets, Enoggera. Rocky Point Mulching and Growing Media Products is the speaker’s topic The vision of Rocky Point Mulching is to create a healthy way of life, and that company is passionate about partnering gardeners with quality products to grow fresh healthy food and to beautify this world for generations to come. Their products include all types of mulches, potting mix, growing media, sand, animal bedding and terra firma fertilizers, etc. September is a busy month for gardeners. Chrysanthemums need lifting and dividing; Hibiscus, poinsettias, and other shrubs that have finished flowering, need pruning; Lawns need attention; and gardens need applications of fertilizers and mulch. Always apply fertilizers to moist soil and water in well. Marigold, Phlox and Petunia seedlings planted this month will be in bloom for Christmas. Spring annuals should be coming into bloom now and if you want to prolong the life of these plants, remove the spent flowers. When this is done the plant puts its energy into making more blooms and not seeds. Many orchids flower at this time of the year, so enquire about local shows where you could go to appreciate their beauty. The Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club meets on the first Thursday of the calendar month. Visitors and new members are most welcome. Meetings commence after morning tea which is served at 9.45 a.m. The hall is accessible by wheel chair and close to public transport. For more information, please phone Pat, the president, on 3356 1256.

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Brisbane Tramway Museum Society ‘Paddington’ Night Run at the Tramway Museum Each year the Brisbane Tramway Museum at Ferny Grove commemorates the disastrous fire that destroyed 65 trams in the Paddington Depot Fire of 1962. Special night runs will be open to the public on Thursday 28 September with all 6 historic trams available for rides, and static displays of modern and historic buses and other vehicles. The Tramway Museum, 49 years old this year, devotes its energies to the restoration and preservation of the only remaining trams from the days when they formed the mainstay of public transport in this city. From the horse-drawn era of the 1890’s until the last tram ran in 1969, trams were an integral factor in the growth of

Brisbane and reliably carried millions of passengers each year. The museum’s role is to maintain this facility so that future generations of Brisbane families can continue to access and appreciate and experience live this special chapter in the city’s history by actually riding on trams some of which are now over 100 years old, and still running!! The museum relies solely on its dedicated volunteers to restore and maintain the fleet of trams, and apart from the 6 operational trams at present, 2 more are undergoing restoration with another group waiting for their turn. The museum has the original BCC trolley bus, with another undergoing restoration. The volunteers also maintain about

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CHESS T'MINIT with The Gap Chess Club The 9 round Stewart Wilson (hour) tournament is close to completion, with Tom Morris on 7 points from 8 games played, one point in front of Cameron De Vere and Tony Howes. At the conclusion of this tournament rapid play will be in order with the annual Allegro tournament commencing in September. Anybody interested in playing should contact the club. The Gap Chess Club (affiliated with the Chess Association of Queensland) meets at 8.00pm on Friday nights at Room B6, The Gap State High School. New members are welcome. All standards are catered for, whether you wish to play socially, or in our tournament play. For further details contact Andrew Robinson on 3862-8178 or visit the club’s website at: http://www. .

In this month’s puzzle, white has 3 possible moves. Two lose, one draws. Take your pick. For a solution for this months and many previous chess puzzles, visit http:// au/chess_problems/puzzle_ index.htm . Solution to last month’s puzzle. 1 Qxb8 Rxb8 (otherwise Rc8 ), 2. Rc8 Qd8! 3. Rxd8+ Rxd8 4. Nc6 Rb8 (otherwise Ne7+ and Nc8 allow queening) 5. Nxb8 then 6. Nc6 and 7. Nxa7 lead to an easy win.



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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 makes a promise which shows their commitment to the principles of Guiding and is her link with the 10 million other Guides worldwide. Our weekly meetings are held in the Walton Bridge The Gap (WBTG) Guide Hut, which is situated in ‘Paten Park’ Paten Road, The Gap. District Manager is: Faye Lawson. P O Box 574, The Gap 4061. We need Girls and Women…. 5 years to 95 years. Were you a Brownie or a Guide, a Gumnut or a Ranger Guide or maybe none of these? Would you like to join us and become a Guide or a Leader? Guiding in Queensland was established in 1919 due to the demand from girls wanting to become Girl Guides. Today Girl Guides Queensland is the largest youth organisation for girls and young women in Queensland with almost 6000 youth members and more than 1100 volunteer Leaders and adult Members. Girl Guides Queensland welcomes and actively seeks members from all racial, ethnic, religious and socioeconomic groups. Girl Guides provides a non-formal education program that is a dynamic, flexible and values-based training in life skills, decision-making and leadership. It is supported by trained volunteer Leaders who are committed to Girl Guides Australia’s mission statement: To enable girls and young women to grow into confident, self-respecting, responsible community members. Gumnuts (5/6 years): Monday 4pm to 5.30pm Brownies (7/10 years): Tuesday 5pm to 7pm Thursday 4.30pm to 6.30pm Guides: (10/13 years: Monday 6pm to 8pm Wednesday 6pm to 8pm Friday 7pm to 9pm Ranger Guides: (13 years +) Friday 7pm to 9.30pm Throughout this year… Girls enjoyed our Thinking Day Celebrations, Seventy five Guides and Leaders enjoyed a two day camp at Kindilan, Redland Bay, ice skating at Ice world, Acacia Ridge, Sky Zone, Disco Party plus lots more. What are we doing for the remainder of 2017… October - Kindilan’s ‘Adventure Fun Days’ Camp at Redland Bay November - Remembrance Day. Walton Bridge Park. November: All Sections Christmas Break Up: Newmarket Pool. January 2018 – Phillip Island Experience. Victoria. Plus many unit activities which include:- badge work, night hikes, chalk chase, camp fires, cook outs, abseiling, canoeing, low ropes, swimming, arts and crafts, cooking, games, music and dance, disco nights, movie nights, international nights, gardening, environmental, water fun PLUS: Heaps of Fun, Friendship and Fellowship. For information about the Girl Guides in your local area please email… website:

Bush Reborn at Walton Bridge In 2003 Robert Whyte, along with Mark Crocker and Anne Jones, decided to do something about the rampant weeds at Walton Bridge Reserve, The Gap. “When we first started you couldn’t get to the creek, there were so many weeds. “There was head-high Cane Grass at the Rita Huggins’ Memorial. Upstream near the bridge there were masses of Elephant’s Ears. Then there were vines over everything,” Rob said. Balloon Vine, Devil’s Fig, Caster Oil Plant, Chinese Elm, Privet, Camphor Laurel and Ochna – Walton Bridge had all the bad weeds. Rob and the group started clearing Cane Grass along the creek bank, working a few hours every day for four months. “Once the weeds were gone, a natural sandy beach reformed. We discovered remnant bush that had never

save our waterways now been fully cleared. That meant we could learn more about the local native plants,” Rob said. After six years Walton Bridge was recovering well, but that’s when the drought ended. “The biggest challenge was the flooding. We were innocently planting with no understanding we needed to be looking at flood maps. We learnt a lot,” he said. The plants which couldn’t survive flooding were lost but replaced with more floodtolerant species. About 10,000 plants have been planted at Walton Bridge since 2003.

Anne Jones and Robert Whyte at Walton Bridge Reserve. PHOTO: Mark Crocker

“Now the site is manageable. It’s very fertile. There is a lot of weed recruitment but also native vegetation comes back,” he said. For Rob, restoring Walton Bridge started a personal journey to become a scientist. “I wanted to know the names of the plants and animals. There was good information about plants

but little information about invertebrates. So I began looking up scientific papers myself,” Rob said. In 2017, Rob published “A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia”. Rob’s partner, Anne Jones, is the current group leader at Walton Bridge. There is a regular crew of about 10 people who work closely with the adjoining Glenella Park

West Brisbane Orchid Enoggera & Districts Society’s Spring Show Historical Society Inc. by Dave Livett

Following a successful dinner at The Gap Tavern in July, Members of The West Brisbane Orchid Society are busy preparing for their annual Spring Charity Show. T h i s y e a r ’s Show will be presented jointly with The Australian Paphiopedilum Society (TAPS), and will be a rare opportunity to see a massed display of these unusual and exotic orchids. The Show is raising funds for the Samford Support Network. Visit the Show at the Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, on 9 September from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, and on 10 September from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. The photograph above shows part of the display from last year’s Show. The Society meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at The Gap Baptist Church, Waterworks Road, The Gap. Visitors and new members are always welcome. website:

At our research centre we are continually hearing from visitors about collections of historical photos and manuscripts being tossed out as rubbish; please do not do this, give them to us to keep in our archives. The bulk of our collection is made up from what members of the community give us and we value it highly, especially when each photo is identified on the back. Researchers, students, visitors, potential new members or the simply curious; all are welcome to visit us on Thursday morning between 9.30 and 1pm either as individuals or in small groups. New members who sign up between now and December 31 will not be required to renew their membership until January 2019. Enoggera Historical Society is located at Enoggera Memorial Hall on the corner of Wardell and Trundle Streets, Enoggera (refidex 139 A10). Our wheelchair friendly research centre is open every Thursday between 9.30 and 1pm. Other times can be arranged by phoning or emailing the number below. Drivers should approach the hall either via Glen Alva Drive or Pratt Street; buses 350, 390, 598 and 599 pass the door; Enoggera rail on the Ferny Grove line is a few minutes walk towards Samford Road/Wardell St intersection. For more information phone Dave on 3366 3191 or email edhs.secretary@

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Reflections... Enoggera Creek by Richard Speechley

Enoggera Creek impacted on my life for a period of 32 years. As you came down School Road to make a right hand turn into Payne Road, the upstream side presented a beautiful vista. Back then there was no bridge, only a concrete dip with a couple of small pipes underneath. About five metres downstream, two solid posts had been concreted in and a long log with an adzelevelled top had been placed across. With a number of upright posts, a thick hawser rope gave support when one needed to cross when the water rose. It was in the beautiful upstream, John Gall, head teacher at The Gap Primary School, took his pupils for a dip on a hot summer day. Good and clean, with a sandy bottom, the bright yellow and dark blue water lilies grew in abundance with water hens, lizards and butterflies to complete such an idyllic place. The area from the dirt and narrow Payne Road to the creek had lawn-like grass and some Sundays became a great spot for entertainment with some locals putting down a tarpaulin, sprinkling themselves with oil and conducting wrestling matches. A piano accordionist, violin or guitar were popular and a smart type, who lived nearby, always was accompanied by women in long dresses and picture hats – one on each arm. A tap for drinking water gave a good setting and a horse trough was located a further 90 metres to the west. The bridge now constructed above the floors is named the Bertha McMullin Althouse Bridge, after a nearby farmer, who, at one stage, owned 365 acres in the area and was a great benefactor to the community. Following a move from a rented property in Moggill Road to live with relatives on

Lot 71 which contained 40 acres and supporting a well set up dairy farm with Jersey cattle, the creek became an even bigger part in passing days. Many dips or swims on hot summer days, sailing small hand-made boats over the many rapid out-crops and in the colder months, digging out rubbish plants including the devil apple and oleander which were poinsonous to cattle. Together with rubbish trees and lantana it was stacked in piles along the creek ready to be fired on Guy Fawkes night - 5th November each year, which was also known as Cracker Night – when we left off our double-bangers, Catherine wheels and sky rockets. Great fun! A vivid recollection whiile living on the farm was a cousin celebrating her 21st birthday in the old Gap Hall when the creek was in flood and wearing our togs to transport food across in wicker baskets and using torches to find our way back around midnight. My Reflection in Memories of The Gap Book II gives a detailed description of this property. The Gap’s second estate of September 1956 and marketed as Ashgrove Park Estate. In the early 1940s my Dad was to become caretaker of the Council Quarry in Bennett Road. We were not there too long before his sudden death and my mother was given his job and lived in the Quarry cottage until, in 1956, Mum saw her four children married and left home with two years. This eastern end of The Gap was to become my local area as I lived in Bennett Road until my marriage in 1956. For a couple of years the travel to school was much further as we remained at The Gap Primary. A track along the creek led to Greenlanes Picnic Ground and also joined up

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A vista of beauty ü A food source ü Pocket money ü Entertainment ü

Australian Lung Fish are still seen in Enoggera Creek

with Royal Parade at St Johns Wood where many of my Scout mates lived. From here I did a short stint at college prior to commencing work as a huge demand for workers was the order of the day. Life was full of activities and one special happening which occurred regularly greatly assisted my expenses. The two shillings (20cents) or two shillings and sixpence (2/6d) for a Saturday morning washing bottles or sweeping and hosing the floors of Mason’s Jam Factory, situated just across the creek from my home, helped enormously. At the end of a very hot day I recall lying in bed with ears strained to hear is a storm was brewing in the west which would result in a very quick flush out of the creek through the golf links causing golf balls lopped there by errant shots, to move with the flow to go through the three pipes of the then crossing and mostly deposit themselves in the slower waters, moving below the crossing and never much further than the first bend. When this occurred it was togs on, grab a bucket and get there quick! Moving slowly, the balls just needed to be felt and scooped up. It was not uncommon to find up to 10 all in the one spot and my bucket would fill quickly. Once when the creek was low I dug a wallow hole on the bend. It was about a metre in diameter

and perhaps 900cm deep. Following the next flush out the hole was filled with sand and as I started to dig it took on the look of a turtle rookery as I had trapped in excess of 100 golf balls, many of which would have only been hit once or twice. Gold Club management frowned on kids being on the links but if one sat quietly and displayed your “for sale” on the upside of the foot bridge just near home you could make what was regards as ‘good money’ – one to two shillings was a good price while the nearly new ones cost a bit more. The few yabbies caught in the creek on the farm gave way to gourmet eating courtesy of Enoggera Creek. While catfish, eels and lung fish were plentiful, the lung fish (Neoceratodus forsteri ) made good eating. After coming through the pipes under the crossing in Bennett Road they tended to lie up against the wall in a quiet way. Slipped into a bag or landing net, a sharp whack to the head killed them quickly. Cutting the skin just below the head and by gripping the skin in two places with pliers as the head was held, pulling downward the skin just folded away. Cut like mackerel steaks and soaked overnight in salted water, the meal provided was always first class.


Shed Happens for Men The Gap/Ashgrove Inc.

Another interesting and thought-provoking evening on the Wednesday, 16th August 2017 at Shed Night. Cliff Farmer, OAM and the Reverend Michael Stalley, Bachelor of Theology, Grad Dip – Ministry (with Distinction) were our two speakers interviewed on the night. They have had very interesting but different callings in their lives. It was extremely interesting to listen to their individual stories about their life so far and their work and other interests. Our first speaker, Cliff is a long-term resident of The Gap. He has been awarded an OAM and has been a highly active businessman and member of the community. Some of his endeavours include – General Manager SEQEB, a Furniture Business, the Scouting Movement, The Huntington’s Chorea Disease Association Queensland and his Church. Cliff was interviewed by one of his grandsons. Our second speaker, Michael was born and raised in The Gap and attended Ashgrove Primary School as well as The Gap High School before completing a Diploma of Applied Science (Podiatry) at QUT. At 21, in 1991 he established the first Podiatry Clinic in The Gap Village Shopping Centre which he then sold in 1998. After marrying Catherine in 1994, he eventually responded to an inner calling to become an Anglican Priest so entered Theological College in 1997. Since being ordained, Michael has moved a number of times throughout the Brisbane Anglican Diocese including Toowoomba, Goondiwindi, Southport and Coomera. Catherine and Michael have two children. Michael is currently the Rector of the Anglican Parish of Chelmer Graceville. Many thanks to both Cliff and Michael for the fabulous interviews and the knowledge you imparted to an appreciative audience. The next Shed night will be held on the 20th September 2017 in the usual place, the Scout Den in Paten Rd, The Gap. For further information please call – Craig (0417 736 897) or Lionel (0417 786 542) or visit our Website – www. or Facebook Page – gapshednight@

The Gap/Ashgrove Branch NSA

The Gap/Ashgrove branch of National Seniors held their Annual General Meeting. The executive committee consists of President Eric Evers; Vice President Joy Milner; Secretary Helen Morris & Treasure Anne Nelson. The members of the working committee agreed to continue in their roles for another year. These included Activities Officer Bev Lambert, with Assistant Activities Officer Margaret Ladewig. Catering is done by Lois Lake & door Monitor is Val Klingberg. Rita Cooper remains our News letter Editor. Raffle convenor is Ros Evers & Jean still organizes our guest speakers. We are now looking forward to High Tea for Seniors hosted by the Ashgrove Baptist Church & our bus trip to the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers where we will have morning tea at the beautiful Queens Park & tour at the prize winning gardens. We are looking forward to lunch at the scenic Picnic Point Restaurant. If anyone is interested in joining us for our bus trip, just phone Margaret on 3300 1358.


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Amnesty International Local Groups Meet in Ashgrove and The Gap There are two Amnesty groups in this area, one in The Gap and one in Ashgrove. See contact details below. Both groups do letter-writing to advocate for the rights of prisoners, which is a core, long-running Amnesty International activity. We sit together and write letters on the basis of the list of urgent cases which is regularly updated by Amnesty and sent out to groups like ours all around the world. You don’t need to prepare anything. Writing materials and refreshments provided! The Ashgrove Amnesty group meets in the evening on the first and third Thursdays of every month. The Gap group meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 9am. In addition to the regular letter-writing work, members of the Amnesty groups in Ashgrove and Chermside will be at the Zillmere Festival on Saturday 9th September. This is an annual, locally-run, multicultural festival with lots of delicious food, handcrafts and stalls like ours which provide information and have petitions on current issues. As this edition of Western Echo goes to press, the Ashgrove and The Gap groups will also be doing the last-minute preparations for our fundraising event at Parliament House on Tuesday 5th September. More information about all these things can be found on the Amnesty Facebook page or website or by phoning one of us: For info on The Gap group, phone Di on 33001861. For info on the Ashgrove group, phone Sally on 33662046 or 0476006990. The Western Echo September 2017 Page 31


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