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February 2020 ISSN 1327-676X

Western Echo Western

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Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!

The Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap hosted, for the 26th year, the annual Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony. Over 90 local residents received their Australian Citizenship on the day and celebrated the occasion along with hundreds of family, friends and other guests. Cr. Steven Toomey officiated at the ceremony which saw individuals and families from over 29 countries - representing every continent on earth, except Antarctica and Australia - become Australians. This event has become a popular local occasion and an Australia Day tradition in The Gap. Full story Page 3 more photographs on pages 18 and 19

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New Aussies Receive Citizenship at 2020 Australia Day Ceremony Hundreds of local residents gathered on a hot and steamy Australia Day January 26 to celebrate the receiving of Australian Citizenship by over 90 candidates who pledged their allegiance to Australia in a moving ceremony conducted by The Gap Ward’s Cr Steven Toomey who was the Presiding Officer. New citizens came from 29 countries and represented ever continent with the exception of Antarctica and, of course, Australia. The Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap hosted the event, the 26th successive year it has done so, held again this year at the JA Robertson Hall at The Gap State High School. To c o m m e n c e t h e ceremony, flag bearers marched into the hall and placed the flags on stage. Flag bearers were: Alex Jefferd, TGSHS Interact Club President, carrying the Lead Australian flag; Hannah Lupton, TGSHS Interact Club Secretary carrying the Queensland Flag; Jasper Joyce, TGSHS Interact Club Treasurer carrying the City of Brisbane Flag; Hannah Kenway, TGSHS Interact Club Vice-President and Community Captain carrying the Aboriginal Flag; Ethan Donnelly, TGSHS Interact Club Vice-President and Community Captain carrying the Rotary International Flag and Tahnee Logan, TGSHS Student and RYPEN carrying the Main Australian Flag. Following a brief introduction from MC Ritchie Callaghan, Ashgrove /The Gap President Padma Lal gave an empassioned welcome to those attending, but especially to the new Australian citizens. Cr.

Steven Toomey, MP for Ryan Julian Simmonds and State MLA for Cooper, Kate Jones addressed those present. Cr Toomey then read a message from Minister Hon. David Coleman MP, to the candidates and then proceeded to administer the oath/affirmation to each candidate individually or as a family. Official guests also included Anne McLaughlan, Principal of The Gap State High School, former Cr. Brian Hallinan and his wife Coral; Stewart Wallace President Probus Club of The Gap and Margo Wallace; Mr Tony Molloy, President of the Probus Club of Ashgrove, with Mrs Molloy; Mr. Neil Phillips, President of the Lions Club of Ashgrove/The Gap, PDG Dai Mason and Sue Mason and PDG Russ O'Mally and Dianne O'Mally. Entertainment was provided by the Royal Bounty Bush Band, who have participated in many of the past ceremonies. Each new citizen received their official certificate of citizenship, along with a commemorative certificate from the Rotary Club of Ashgrove The Gap. As a unique reminder of the day, each also received a native Australian plant, kindly provided by the Paten Park Native Nursery, The Gap who also provided the extensive stage decorative plants. Organisers thank Cr. Steven Toomey for sponsoring the event, and to Kate Jones and Julian Simmonds. Following the ceremony candidates, their families, guests and members of the local community enjoyed a morning tea - featuring many Aussie staples, including Vegemite and lamingtons.

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Flag bearers Alex Jefferd, Hannah Lupton, Jasper Joyce, Hannah Kenway, Ethan Donnelly and Tahnee Logan More photos of the ceremony on pages 18 & 19

Inside the February Issue... Amnesty International..................................................12 Arana VIEW Club....................................................................24 Art in Bark Association.....................................................24 Ashgrove Forum..........................................................................6 Ashgrove Historical Society................................................17 Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club..............................................10 Brisbane Tramway Museum..................................................30 Chess T’Minit.......................................................................24 Enoggera Historical Society............................................30 Ithaca Probus Club.................................................................25 JPs in Our Community.............................................................16 Mitchelton Garden Club......................................................28 National Servicemen’s Association of Aust. (Qld Branch)........10 Newmarket Bocce................................................................31 Newmarket VIEW Club...........................................................27 North's Hockey Club........................................................12 & 20 Paten Park Native Nursery (PPNN).............................................28 Principal’s Points...................................................................22-23 Queensland Family History Society.................................................30 Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap..................................3, 18 & 19, 27 Save the Children The Gap Branch...........................26 Seranata Singers............................................................25 SOWN (Save Our Waterways Now)...........................................29 State Update - Kate Jones - Member for Ashgrove.....................5 The Gap Historical Society...............................................14 The Gap Laughter Club..................................................8 The Gap Probus Club.............................................................14 The Gap RSL Sub Branch......................................................10 Ward Happenings Cr Steven Toomey.................................4 The Western Echo February 2020 Page 3

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State Update

Kate Jones MP

Member for Cooper

Back to school in 2020 Once again, it has been an exciting start to the year seeing all the preppies begin school. It’s such a busy time for everyone to ensure we have a smooth start to the school year. I want to thank all the principals, teachers and school staff who work hard in the lead up to day one so our children can hit the ground running. With our record investment in school infrastructure, this year more quality buildings will come on line in our community. New infrastructure includes: • A new multimillion-dollar building with additional classrooms at Milton State School • New classrooms and a playground Red Hill Special School • New classrooms at Ithaca Creek State School and Petrie Terrace State School Having good quality classrooms for teachers and students is critical to providing excellent education for our children.

Rotary Citizenship Ceremony Attending the Rotary Citizenship Ceremony at The Gap State High School each Australia Day is one of the absolute highlights of the year for me. Seeing how emotional our new citizens and their families are about not only becoming Australians but also being a part of our local community is always heart-warming. Congratulations to all of the new Australian Citizens that we’ve welcomed into our local community in 2020 and a massive thank you to all the Rotarians that put together this event.

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If there is a local matter you would like to discuss with me, Celebrating with Brian and Charmaine Foster and their son Jack at the Citizenship Ceremony on Australia Day 2020 please contact me. Shop 2/230 Waterworks Road, Ashgrove Q 4060 t 3554 9100 e cooper@parliament.qld.gov.au f www.facebook.com/katejonesqld

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2020 marks the 60th year for Ashgrove Forum Communicators Club which was established in 1960 under Foundation President Judith Morwood. Ashgrove is now the oldest existing Forum Club in Queensland. Forum was established to train women in correct meeting procedure and to become confident public speakers. To celebrate this milestone, Ashgrove Forum is holding a Diamond Anniversary Dinner at the Ashgrove Golf Club at 6.30pm on Wednesday, 4 March 2020. Cost per head is $45.00. Booking Enquiries: Tel: 0409 615 514 Past Members, partners and guests are welcome to attend, as are any members of the public who would like to know more about Forum. Enjoy a fun night out with a delicious two-course dinner while being entertained by original speeches on the theme “Diamonds are Forever”. Glam up wearing your diamonds, genuine, fake, rhinestone or plastic, and join us for a great night. The first monthly Meeting of Ashgrove Forum for 2020 was held on 15th January. In the regular “Seldom used Word” segment, Ann Davies explained the old northern English word “wuthering”. Wuthering means to blow with a dull roaring sound or characterized by strong winds, e.g. “it’s a wuthering day on the moors today” in Emily Bronte’s novel “Wuthering Heights” it is used to describe the atmospheric tumult to which the place is exposed in stormy weather. The next meeting of Ashgrove Forum will be held in the Ashgrove Library, 87 Amarina Ave, Ashgrove, at 6.30pm on February 19th. Visitors most welcome to attend. For more information call Pat Pepper: 0458 696 267.

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Ashgrove /The Gap Lions

It is hard to believe that we are, once again, at the beginning of a new year. I am sure you have heard many people say that being 2020 everyone should have a clear vision but it is worth repeating, especially when it comes to our leaders around the world, as there seems to be a lot of chaos around at the moment! However Ashgrove/The Gap Lions club’s vision always is clear, which is supporting and being part of our local community as well as assisting others throughout Australia and the world with financial donations in times of trouble. One thing that comes to mind immediately is the terrible bushfires that have affected so many people in our southern states. Despite the fact that there have been no meetings, due to the

Christmas break, our board has still been active and, in the past 3 months, Ashgrove/ The Gap Lions Club have donated over $6500 to the fire appeal. This money was raised in various ways throughout the year by our club. It is important to remind everyone that ALL money collected by Lions clubs goes back into the community. None of it is used to pay for the administration of any of the clubs. Now plans are in place to continue raising funds. Already we have a few major events in place such as the ever popular Garage Sale and now, due to the success of the inaugural Welcome Dinner last year, we are a planning another event for the middle of the year with a name change to ‘Community Dinner ‘.

We will no doubt also run the successful Melbourne Cup trifecta and will be regularly spotted cooking up delicious sausages in various places around the local area, including Bunnings. Once the club is back in full swing after the Christmas/New Year break more details of these and other events will become available. So watch this space!!! However the very first event in our calendar is the Lions Youth of the Year. This is an annual event that is not so much about raising funds but supporting our youth. As usual, the club level of this competition will take place at the end of this month and will

be well supported by The Gap State High School; Marist Brothers Ashgrove and Mt St Michaels College. We wish all the competitors the very best of luck. So welcome to 2020. Ashgrove/ The Gap Lions Club hope that is it a wonderful year for everyone and that you will continue to support us to help others. If you would like to make a donation or would like more information regarding Lions Clubs please check the website www.lionsclubs.org. au or contact our membership chair: Peter Cooper on 0488 069 089. You can also find us on Facebook .


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

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The jolly sound of ‘hohoho’ continues to echo through The Gap long after Santa’s retreat to the North Pole. The Gap Laughter Club meets every Saturday at 9am in Walton Bridge Reserve, Waterworks Road, practising laughter yoga – a unique exercise regimen that combines the deep breath of yoga, gentle stretches and playful laughter exercises, without jokes. Developed by a doctor in India in the 1990s, laughter yoga has community clubs like The Gap’s ‘Kookaburras’, in more than 110 countries. “Laughter is as natural as breathing and yet so many of us leave laughter to chance in our everyday, waiting for something funny to occur,” says The Gap Laughter Club coordinator, HeatherJoy Campbell. “Laughter Yoga harnesses the act of laughing as an exercise. It’s a mood booster, stress buster, a light cardio work-out and a great social connector. “We’re making our community’s mood brighter one laugh at a time.” As a non-profit activity, laughter clubs have no joining or membership fees and are run by trained volunteers who have completed an international laughter yoga certification. Gold coin donations from participants are donated back to community projects. “Those gold coins become a further giveback. We were able to contribute $500 to Communify’s pantry at Christmas time, we’ve donated to the drought appeal in the past, and most recently, in response to the fire disasters sweeping Australia,” says HeatherJoy. The Gap Laughter Club meets in the Walton Bridge Reserve park on Waterworks Road, opposite Jevons Street. The laughter session starts at 9am and runs for about 40 minutes. “The exercises are adaptable and accessible, all ages come along, and all abilities can participate: all you need is a smile and willingness; no jokes or punchlines required,” says Heather Joy. For more information, check out The Gap Laughter Club on Facebook or phone HeatherJoy on 0412 742 593. Photo caption: The Gap Laughter Club is Queensland’s most active hub of joy practising laughter yoga. website: http://www.westernecho.com.au

MSM: Love of Learning Devoted to the love of learning, Mt St Michael’s College (MSM) is a Catholic secondary school for girls, nestled in the heart of Ashgrove. Under the Stewardship of Mary Aikenhead Ministries, as a College we come together each day in ‘Faith and Love’ to share the gift of learning and extend our values of hope, justice, love and compassion to each and every student under our care. Our graduates are recognised as exceptional and principled young women with a passion for life, a commitment to justice and the courage to live out the teachings of Jesus. Their continued success in all aspects of life and the greater community, is living proof that education at Mt St Michael’s College is more than one’s own accomplishments. From the moment your daughter joins our College, she will eagerly embrace our vision for the MSM graduate: Young Women of Compassion, Conscience, Commitment, Competence and Confidence. This vision, often referred to as the MSM 5 C’s, is materialised in everything we do as a College. Complementing our academic offerings is our Positive Education program which is tailored to meet the specific needs of our students in each year level, helping shape student holistic growth during these formative years. We encourage and warmly invite you to visit MSM Open Day to meet the very people who proudly form our extraordinary community. For enrolment registration or enquiries visit www.msm.qld.edu.au or email enrolments@ msm.qld.edu.au.

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The Gap RSL Sub-Branch News

The formal entry to the memorial area of Walton Bridge Reserve has been in place for almost twelve months, this article has been written to inform the local community of the genesis and significance of the four pillars which are prominent at the intersection of Waterworks Rd and Glenaffric St. In January 2018 the members of The Gap RSL Sub-branch were inspired to add a formal entry to the refurbished Walton Bridge Reserve to enhance the existing Memorial in Glenaffric Street. The initial concept was for a ‘Memorial Gate’ to lead into the area used for future Community memorial services such as for ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day. The project was seen to enhance a major redevelopment funded by the Brisbane City Council which included gardens, tiered seating, stairs, access deck and drinking fountain. The

Sub-branch acknowledges the funding contribution from The Department of Veteran’s Affairs through the Armistice Centenary Grants Program and the fund-raising efforts of past service members and their families whose accumulation of resources enabled the project to be completed within budget. The location of the site, adjacent to a busy main road, presented a compelling reason to take a bold approach. The Walton Bridge Reserve, within which the memorial park sits, is split in two by Waterworks Road. The two halves are connected by a pathway under Walton Bridge, with the main pedestrian route, playground and amenities situated on the opposite side of the road. Considering several design submissions, the Sub-branch selected Hour of Long Shadows after considerable discussion with veterans from various

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

National Servicemen’s Association of Australia (QLD) Inc. Brisbane North West branch Branch meetings have resumed for 2020 and will be held on the third Sunday of each month commencing10.15am (next on Feb 16) at Gaythorne RSL. Visitors and new members are very welcome. After the meeting you can join fellow members for lunch in the bistro bar. The association exists for the welfare and benefit of Australian nashos who served in either oft the two schemes operating between 1951 and 1973 and their wives and widows. Conscripts who served for countries other than Australia are welcomed as associate members. To be made aware of the benefits of joining the association; to apply for the two medals available to former Australian nashos or to locate a branch close to you, phone 3324 1277 or scroll website www.nashoqld.org.au. For information on Brisbane North West branch phone Dave on 3366 3191. The Western Echo February 2020 Page 10

periods and commissioned the artist, Cameron Eaton to oversee construction. The unconventional design approach was conceived as an innovative way to remember the fallen, whilst keeping the traditional aspects of alive. Cameron Eaton, the winning artist is a local resident who took design inspiration from a poem, “For the Fallen” by Robert Laurence Binyon. “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.” Severely cropped portions of Service Insignia projected in black onto monolithic concrete columns, like shadows cast from a single light source, evoke the solemn hours of remembrance from Binyon’s poem. The Memorial Entrance is therefore known as ‘The Hour of Long Shadows’. The fourth stanza of Binyon’s poem is poignant and its broad adoption as an Exhortation for Ceremonies of Remembrance is apt. The reference to dawn and dusk in the third line calls to mind an image filled with long shadows, distorted and abstract, cropped and incomplete as shadows can often be, and opens an avenue to explore bold and dynamic shapes.

And shadows themselves invite a range of interpretations. A person of great stature or standing, could be said to cast a long shadow. Tragic events, deep loss, unfortunate circumstance and ongoing suffering all cast a shadow over our lives. The interpretation is open. Individuals will respond to the work depending on their own experience and recognition (or lack) of the symbology employed. The four pillared gate is not an uncommon feature of memorial spaces in Australia. There is a similar entry structure to a park just a few short kilometers away at Des Connor Fields, Ashgrove in Brisbane’s inner west. And the Memorial itself has a set of pillars which include plaques commemorating service personnel from the region. The challenge, for the architect was to develop an idea that was unique, reflecting artistic purview and aesthetic, while somehow fitting inside the rigid constraints of the pillared form with all the historical and social recognition which it carries. The Gap Sub-branch RSL thanks Cameron Eaton for his design and inspiration, also, The Gap community, The Department of Veteran Affairs and Councilor Steven Toomey for their continuing support to our cause. Lest we Forget.

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Get hooked on hockey at Norths Eagles Hockey is a sport that all members of the family can play – from five years to 75 years. Northern Suburbs Hockey Club at Ashgrove is seeking new players to join its “nest” in season 2020. The family club nicknamed the ‘Eagles’ caters to girls, boys, men and women of all ages and skill levels. Norths is a social and inclusive club where people of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to elite, can play hockey in a friendly atmosphere and with competitive spirit. Players also have the opportunity to represent Brisbane, Queensland and Australia in all age levels – in junior and senior divisions. Norths is the only hockey club in Brisbane with its own artificial turf practice pitch, grass fields and clubhouse with a bar and canteen for social functions, located at picturesque Dorrington Park. Whether you’re interested in a social sporting experience or the challenge of high-level competitive hockey, Norths has a team for you! Sign up to play hockey today by phoning 0403 587 587 or visit www.northshockey.org.au or search for Norths Hockey on Facebook.

Amnesty International

Recent times have been unsettling internationally with the rising tensions in the Middle East, trade wars between the US and China, the on-going protests in Hong Kong, and devastating nationally for those affected by bushfires. It is in times that these that we all realize the importance of coming together in support of individuals and communities facing threats, be they environmental, social or political. Amnesty International is one organization fighting for the human rights of people around the world facing threats to their freedom of expression and rights of assembly. It is also fighting for governmental action on climate change. Amnesty sees this as a human rights issue “not only because its devastating impacts affect the enjoyment of human rights, but also because it is a man-made phenomenon which can be mitigated by governments” according to Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General of Amnesty International. To stop the harmful impacts of climate change on our rights to life, health, food, water, housing and livelihoods (all basic human rights) Amnesty is calling on governments and corporations to be accountable and take responsible climate action. Amnesty Ashgrove are showing the film ‘We don’t need a map’ at Ashgrove Library on February 13th at 7pm.  More details at the link below. https://facebook.com/events/s/we-dont-need-a-mapfilm/652092171982659/?ti=icl The Helen Black Amnesty International group meet between 9-11am on the second Monday morning of the month in The Gap and would love to hear from anyone interested in joining the group. Please contact Di on 33001861. The Ashgrove Amnesty International group meets on the first and third evenings of the month and can be contacted by calling Sally on 3366 2046 or 0476 006 990. website: http://www.westernecho.com.au

Voices of Birralee turns 25! Brisbane-based community choir, Voices of Birralee, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year - a wonderful milestone f o r o n e o f A u s t r a l i a ’s finest child and youth arts organisations. Voices of Birralee evolved from humble beginnings when in late 1994, Julie Christiansen formed The Westside Youth Choir to perform at the Ashgrove / The Gap Christmas Concert.  The community reaction to the choir was so encouraging that Julie officially established the choir with its first ‘official’ concert in June 1995. In 2000, the choir was renamed Brisbane Birralee Voices and this remains the name for their signature children’s choir.  As with all evolutions, the organisation grew further to form more ensembles including the Birralee Blokes and Resonance of Birralee, becoming the umbrella organisation, Voices of Birralee, in 2008. Significant performance highlights for the organisation include First World War Centenary Commemorations on the Western Front, Europe (2015 – 2019), 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Queensland Ballet’s The Nutcracker and QPAC’s Spirit of Christmas. Artistic Director and Founder, Julie Christiansen

The Voices of Birralee in concert - photograph Anwen Towne

OAM, comments “the one thing that has remained the same during our journey is our commitment to our young people and their musical development. We believe every child can and should sing and this philosophy remains at the core of our organisation.” “I am so proud of all the young musicians and artistic masters who have been part of our story. I can’t wait to see what the next 25 years will bring and look forward to continuing our love of music in Brisbane and further afield.”

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Registrations are now open to sing with Voices of Birralee in 2020.

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The Gap Historical Society Inc. Est. 2000 The start of this new year also signals the start of a new era for The Gap Historical Society. For the first time since the society was established some 20 years ago, it will meet in a different venue. All ties with its traditional home – The Nullagundi Centre – have effectively been severed. That venue is now the home of The Gap RSL. The Historical Society will now meet each month in the Resource Centre at The Gap State School. The school has kindly made this venue available to us. Its main advantage is the much more user-friendly access. This is of particular interest to our ageing membership, several of whom need assistance to be mobile. This year we will be concentrating on gaining more members, and on further work on The Gap Time Line project. At some stage, we will decide on a format for putting the time line onto our website -www.thegaphistory.com.au. Currently, we are upgrading the website by removing some of the lesser-quality photos and replacing them with better versions. Our meetings are still to be held on the 4th Saturday of each month (except December) commencing at 2.00 pm, usually with an interesting guest speaker. Visitors are most welcome.

The Probus Club of The Gap Isn’t it a long hot summer? Isn’t it nice to have a refreshing shower and change into clean clothes after sweltering? How are you going to manage either of those if you are homeless on the streets of Brisbane? The answer is: Orange Sky helps by bringing mobile laundry and shower vans onto the streets. The Probus Club used its Christmas lunch to raise funds for Orange Sky, and hundreds of dollars went their way. We are not a fundraising or advocacy group, but once a year we like to help out. Our principal purpose is fun, or “an active retirement” as we like to call it, and the rest of the lunch certainly lived up to that with men’s versus women’s choirs, a visit from “Zsa Zsa Gabor”, the electric dog mascot, good food and conversation. We are eagerly looking forward to our first meeting of 2020. The plans for 2020 are well set, with outings, lunches, dinners and, at the general meetings, speakers on every topic between outer space and the ocean depths. If you would be interested in joining, or just giving it a try, we would welcome your enquiry. Just call our secretary Jan on 3366 2998. We meet at 2pm on the first Thursday of every month, at The Gap Baptist Church, by the traffic lights at the junction of Waterworks and Settlement Roads – handy to lots of buses, and with some spaces for car parks. Places are available – no waiting list – and we’d love to meet you. website: http://www.westernecho.com.au

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

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Popular JP Service Keen to Expand The increasingly-popular JPs in the Community Program at The Gap Village Shopping Centre is hoping to expand its services to local residents – it just needs more volunteers. A core group of eight Justices of the Peace rotate through a roster on Tuesday mornings at The Gap Village, where they witness certain legal documents free of charge. Site coordinator Michele Rice, who has served the community for 35 years as a JP, would like to introduce a Saturday morning session to cater for people who work during the week. “We’ve had a number of people say to us that it would be great if the service was available on the weekend, so we are looking into it,” Ms Rice said. “We just need a few more JPs to get involved in the to legal documentation and that there was a high level of program to allow us to staff two rosters.” State manager Damien Mealey said JPs provided an responsibility attached to the role. “We now have 250 community sites around the State important service to members of the general public in regards and they are proving particularly popular for local residents seeking assistance,” Mr Mealey said. “The community sites are easily accessible and cater for people seeking to have documents signed such as Statutory Declarations, Affidavits, Enduring Powers of Attorney, Land Title Transfers, Wills and other documents that community members need to have witnessed.” The Gap community signing team is based inside the shopping centre outside Coles near Sushi King and Fancy That boutique and is easy to find. There is the added benefit of photocopiers and printing services at the nearby Gap Village Newsagency. Any JPs in the local area interested in joining the community program are asked to contact the Community Engagement Team on 1300 301 147 or email jp@justice.qld.gov.au. Anyone interested in becoming a Justice of the Peace or Commissioner for Declarations should see the ‘How to become a JP’ section at www.qld. gov.au/jps.

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Ashgrove Historical Society

In 2006, the society conducted a bus tour of Ashgrove and produced the Ashgrove Heritage Tour as part of the 150th anniversary since the first land sales in the area. Research has continued during the past 13 years and access to some streets has changed so the guide and map was updated last year. The new edition costs $10 and can be purchased at meetings, from our stalls outside Woolworths Ashgrove or

by contacting the secretary, Julie, at 3366 4621 or emails: ahs.secretary@bigpond.com. The Ashgrove Historical Society meets at Ashgrove Library 10am – 12 noon on the first Saturday of the month. Visitors are always welcome. The complementary morning tea that follows the presentation provides an opportunity to share memories and chat to the guest speaker. The program of speakers and topics for 2020 can be found on the society’s website and Facebook page. If you would like to become a member, come along to a meeting or contact the secretary, Julie, (ahs.secretary@bigpond. com) and she will send you a membership form and EFT details. The fees are $10 single per annum, or $15 couple/family and include the quarterly newsletter, Tram Stops. Income from

HAPPY 2020 TO ALL OF OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS!!!!! The  whole team here at MeatU@Home The Gap wish you all a safe, happy and healthy year ahead and once again thank you for your continued support of our local business.

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memberships, book sales and raffles assist the society in its aims of researching, preserving, recording and p u b l i s h i n g A s h g r o v e ’s history. 7 March meeting - The book BJELKE BLUES: Stories of the Repression & Resistance in Joh BjelkePetersen’s Queensland is a collection of stories, articles and memoirs by those whose lives were shaped by the Joh era. Join author and editor, Edwina Shaw, and contributing author, Matthew Wengert, for a lively

discussion about the good old, bad old days under Joh Bjelke-Petersen (1968-1987). Books will be available for purchase.

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

Home Cooked Meal Options Remember, we have a great selection of easy to prepare homemade meal options for the whole family. Choose from Lasagne, Pies (family and single), Italian Meatballs, Quiche (family and single),ready-to-bake pastries, heat and eat Stir Fry selections and many more choices to make your dinner preparation just that little easier. Maybe the kids will even have dinner ready for you when you get home from work! Talk to Eddie and the team to see what we can provide you to make dinner just that bit easier (washing the dishes excluded – sorry!!!). Until next month, stay healthy, eat well and hope to Meat U @ The Gap soon! Julie and Gary Read THE GAP

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2020 Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony

Bram Verrupt with daughters Lore and Marie

Francesco Schiavi

Emanuel Kunz

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Liam Cushen gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the new Aussies

Mili and daughter Rachel Chawda

Charti Siriwattanarungsri

Dr Danielle Schultz

Marco van Winden

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Jaz Alcobar, new Aussie Rebecca Moses, Adam Wakelin and Mina Dang all from The Gap

Oliver Morgan and Kirsty Roberts

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Dr Patrick Harris

Magnus and Grete Hindsberger with daughters Matilde (left) and Tanya (right)

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Norths Eagles stars fly south Norths Eagles players and coaches have been scoring goals over summer while competing at the Australian Indoor Hockey Championships held in Wollongong in January. Tess Henare and Georgina Greig won an Australian championships silver medal with Queensland’s Under 18 women’s team, coached by Lyn Tucker. Roy Tucker, Carter Chappell and Blake Douglas won a bronze medal with the Queensland Under 21 men’s side. Other Norths talents to represent Queensland were Holly Gilbar, Maddie Staff (Open women), Sophie Shirley (Under 21 women), Dylan Pember, Diarmid Chappell and coach Paul Tucker (Under 18 men) and Elise Condon (Under 15 girls).

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Nia Dance All-inclusive Evening is a welcoming, nourishing and inclusive community space for sensing joy and well being, creative self-expressing and somatic bonding to combat isolation! It is a holistic movement healing experience for you to awaken your inner dance artist, inner martial artist and inner healing artist. Entry is FREE or a gold coin donation if you wish! Free entry for seniors, youth in need, teachers and educators, people going through challenges, people with compromised mobility, special needs and disabilities, including their carers and sign language interpreters! The event, held every Thursday 6:15pm-7:45pm during QLD school terms, starting from 30th January, 2020 in the Gap Anglican Church Hall at 1073 Waterworks Road, The Gap, QLD 4061. Nia Dance (Neuromuscular Integrative Action) is a scientifically choreographed dance art practice focusing on gaining healing and holistic wellness through building up your sensory IQ. Nia Dance is adaptable to welcome people with diversified mobility levels. Sitting-down Nia Dance is included and more than welcome! As the host of Nia Dance All-inclusive Evening, Rebecca Wang is a Certified Nia Dance Teacher, a Somatic Educator, a nationally accredited Clinical Hypnotherapist and Strategic Psychotherapist. Rebecca is experienced in hosting Nia Dance events for diversified communities and audiences, including vulnerable communities. She also holds current Insurance, First Aid Certificate and Blue Card. No dance or movement experience required. Please bring water bottles to stay hydrated. The event venue is all-ability-accessible, with sufficient car parking, brightly lit, with timber floor, air-conditioning and amenity facilities. Nia Dance is designed to be best experienced bare-footed. By all means please wear some soft sole shoes if you prefer or for medical reasons. No bookings required.Looking forward to moving, grooving, improvising, healing and creating together with you! If any question about the event, please contact host Rebecca Wang at 0413 499 198. website: http://www.westernecho.com.au

The Physiologix Corner Looking to renew, reform and revive your body – thought about Pilates? PILATES at The PHYSIOLOGIX studio space has expanded! Our bigger and well equipped pilates studio offers custom programs for individuals or small group classes, with all sessions run by a highly qualified physiotherapist. See you there! We offer a variety of classes including:

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Physiologix continues to offer even more pilates classes. Welcome Alice, our new pilates instructor. Alice is a qualified Pilates Instructor (and physiotherapist in Paraguay currently studying to pass her Australian recognition exams) who has combined her background in ballet with her passion for Yoga, Pilates and healthy movement patterns. From the beginning of her career as a Pilates instructor she has dedicated her time to meeting every client’s needs and providing them with the best experience possible. With over 6 years experience running a successful pilates and physiotherapy business in the heart of South America, as well as 10 years of ongoing personal yoga practice, she has decided to make a lifestyle change by coming to Australia and doing what she loves the most: guiding people through healthy movements and breathing techniques, addressing the imbalances and deficiencies of our modern lives, and improving limited movement patterns. After obtaining her degree in Physiotherapy and Kinesiology from the National University of Asunción, Paraguay, she has further developed her knowledge in Pilates by gaining a diploma from the Catholic University of Cordoba, Argentina. Within Pilates she has also specialised in rehabilitation, allowing her to work with both small and large groups of people, obtaining excellent results with people facing a broad spectrum of health issues. Experienced in Pilates Reformer, the Tower, Spine Corrector and Wunda Chair, her small classes (4 people max) are specially planned to enhance wellbeing and adopt healthy movement patterns by learning accurate execution of the exercises. As well as pilates classes, Physiologix also run physio supervised classes. Classes are run in a beautiful, fully equipped, exercise gym which includes a huge range of pilates and other rehabilitation specific equipment. Find out more - call our friendly staff on (07) 3511 1112 or email us from our website at physiologix.com.au. Physiologix is based upstairs at the Gap Health and Racquet Club. website: http://www.westernecho.com.au

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.....Principal's Points.......Principal's Points...... Payne Road State School As students engage in their new school year at Payne Road State School, they excitedly celebrate the opening of our new STEAM HUB in our cosy, curious and enticingly refreshed library. Students will be able to meander through our new curved and comfortable lounges, new library nooks and inspirational artworks created by our senior students and student councillors (‘Creating our Future’ paintings showcase) – an authentic use of student voice! Learning in our STEAM HUB is just one way that we will INSPIRE learning in 2020 and stimulate the thinking and the voice of every student! Just recently student voice has emerged with passion in a number of contexts: *The School Captains’ leadership process *Kaleidescope Music evening enhanced by the Creative Visual & Media Arts, Indigenous Cultural Art and STEM (Design Thinking) *Our Eco Ambassadors leading thinking and environmental action in every single classroom We f u n d a m e n t a l l y believe that every student is important, every student has their own unique gifts and every student can learn and reach their potential! Some may find their own voice in art, in drama, in science, in technology, in craftwork, in design, in serving, in cooking, in coaching, in dance, in sport, in mathematics, in inventing, in story writing, in being kind, or in listening! This is why we nurture the ‘WHOLE CHILD’ and celebrate the learning and development of all students at Payne Road SS. We especially whole-

heartedly welcome our new Prep students for 2020 as they begin their primary schooling full of curiosity, creativity and wonder. We aim to integrate these dispositions into our cleverly connected curriculum that aims to INSPIRE learning that is authentic and has purpose. We are acutely aware that we need to gradually develop the Payne Road Learner with the Learning Assets that will equip them to deal with dynamic 21st century demands – and be able to create their own futures of choice! From day 1 our new families will have opportunities to meet, mingle and connect with our existing families – the first being our ‘Tea and Tissues’ morning tea with our P&C once the students are placed in their new classrooms. These critical connections only enhance the existing passion and dedication of our Payne Road community. We understand that the wellbeing of our parents and families, is a strong protective factor for the wellbeing of our students! From the time our families and toddlers engage with our Payne Road Tykes Playgroup each week, they commence their Payne Road learning journey with us– so do come along and become part of our exciting Payne Road Family! Nicky Brazzale – Principal

St Peter Chanel School Happy New Year to all in The Gap community and surrounds! Following the summer holidays, we at St Peter Chanel School have returned to the academic year with many exciting plans already in place. During the vacation period the school took the

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opportunity to undertake improvement works. This included weeding, aerating and top dressing our oval and progressing with the makeover of our Library. We a l s o r e p l a c e d a n d upgraded our solar system, as part of our stewardship and sustainability focus. In addition, annual maintenance checks and services were undertaken on school plant and equipment. The school grounds were an inviting environment for the students to return to, thanks in part to the generous contribution of our families at our end of vacation working bee. The beginning of the school year is always an exciting time in our school community, as the children reconnect with their friends after the holidays and welcome new students to our school. Teachers are full of enthusiasm and highly motivated to help the students in their care achieve outstanding learning and teaching outcomes. Congratulations to our Year 6 student leaders. This amazing cohort of children will lead our school community this year, accepting the challenge of highlighting and actively living our CHANEL Virtues of Charity, Hope, Acceptance, Nurture, Excellence and Love. In 2020 our House Captains are: Benjamin F and Ruby W … DUHIG - (Blue) Aiden A and Almira (Ally) R … RUSH - (Red) Eimer G and Chloe P … O’DONNELL - (Green) Talulah (Tully) G and Oliver E … DUNNE - (Gold) We also have a number of students who will undertake the role of 2020 Speech and Drama Captains. Congratulations to Oliver

E, Isabella C, Luke D and Rose B. We have several areas we will be developing in 2020, as part of our Annual School Improvement Plan. In part, this will include a sustained focus on writing and the reading / writing connection. We will also commence targeted professional development for staff in Mathematics, and Numeracy. Teaching and learning will be enhanced by a strategic increase in technology and devices across the school, with students in Years 1 – 6 having access to iPads or laptops on a 1:1 ratio and Prep students benefiting from one device between two children. This scheme will assist in the range of opportunities we offer our students to develop their digital citizenship and capability. This is just one of a suite of tools we will draw from to build literate, engaged, creative, critical and productive students. Our community will also focus on the strategic development and enactment of a sitespecific Energy Reduction and Management Plan. This will identify energy performance indicators and benchmarks, with associated actions to guide our quest to reduce our carbon footprint, as we answer the call to be responsible stewards. What great opportunities await! Any families i n the local community who are interested in knowing more about what our school has to offer are warmly invited to contact our school office … Tel 3300 1202. In 2020 we will continue to offer open days each term, including tours of our classrooms, facilities and grounds. Margo Carwardine Principal (Continued on page 23)

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Principal's Points...... The Gap State School

(Continued from page 22)

I would like to extend a welcome to all 601 students who started this week at The Gap State School. Along with our returning students we welcome 71 Prep students and 17 new students to our school. I am incredibly proud of the calm and focused start to 2020 with all children settled and engaged in learning from day one. Transition meetings which serve as handovers from one teacher to the next serve a vital role in ensuring teachers have a thorough understanding of their new students. These meetings took place during our Pupil Free Days. Another whole school focus during our Pupil Free Days was our social

emotional learning program, You Can Do It. All staff participated in a full day of training which focused on staff and student well being. Our investiture of our Student Leaders will be held in the Multi-Purpose Building on the 10th March. Our School Captains for 2020 are Ellie Woods and Nathan Niessl and our Vice Captains are Jasmine Edwards and Matthew Casey. Some upcoming events in Term 1 include the ‘Get to Know Your Teacher ’ e v e n i n g s , B e g i n n e r ’s Instrumental Music Camp and North West District swimming trails. I look forward to sharing and celebrating our successes each month. Joanne Nicholls - Principal

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Timely Warning to ‘P Plate' Drivers

Wi t h n e w f i n e s d u e to be enforced as of 1 February 2020, it's probably timely to look at the rules regarding mobile phone use - particularly that of P Plate Drivers. Using a mobile phone, held in your hand, is illegal. If you need to use your mobile phone, pull over and park in a safe place first. P1 Licence holders are not allowed to use: • hands-free kits or Bluetooth accessories • wireless handset • loudspeaker functions These restrictions do not apply to P2 licence holders but they can only use a hand held mobile phone if they have pulled over and parked in a safe place. If you are a P1 licence holder and a passenger is

on a call, they cannot use loudspeaker as this may distract you while you are driving. The Queensland Government has announced tougher penalties for drivers who use their mobile phone illegally while driving. Penalties for illegal mobile phone use increase from $400 and 3 demerit points to a $1000 fine and 4 demerit points as of 1 February 2020. The increased penalties mean that some licence holders, like learners and P-Plate drivers, could lose their licence from just one offence. Double demerit points will apply to all drivers for a second mobile phone offence within 12 months. Bicycle riders will also be fined. Visit www.qld.gov.au website: http://www.westernecho.com.au

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Arana VIEW Club meeting March 2020 Arana VIEW March meeting is on Wednesday 4th March at the Arana Leagues Club, Dawson Parade, Keperra,10.30 for 11.00am start. Cost for the 2- course lunch is $30.00, with tea and coffee provided. Our March meeting is the first Make, Bake and Grow table for the year so bring along those goodies for others to buy. These days raise extra funds to support the Smith Family and we get the chance to buy nice treats, plants etc to take home. We also have a sausage sizzle at Keperra Bunnings on Saturday 21st March, so remind the family to visit Bunnings that day to sample our sausages. Our Guest speaker for March is Caylie Jeffery, author of “Under the Lino”. Her talk is certain to be fascinating, full of history, community and mystery as the describes her story. Please contact Carol on 3355 5349 by midday 2nd March to attend.

CHESS T'MINIT The Marcus Porter Memorial Tournament was held in November with 29 players competing over 2 weekends and 8 rounds of rapid play. Tom Maguire won with a perfect score of 8 points, with Jacob Edwards in 2nd place on 6 points. Tom also won the prize for the most wins using the Grob (and reversed Grob) opening, with 8 Grob points from his games. The Porter family donated a beautiful clock trophy for the winner. Tournament play at the Gap Chess Club concluded for the year with a five round Swiss tournament, won by Andrew Robinson from Warren Ward on a tie-break, after both players ended on 3 ½ points from their 5 games. Social chess has now recommenced Friday nights, and tournament play starts in March with the annual Flood Cup. 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. As well as tournament play, the club encourages

social chess among all age groups. Members of the club contribute to providing a good social atmosphere that is welcoming to new players of all levels of chess competency. For further details contact Andrew Robinson on 3862-8178 or visit the club’s website at: http://www.thegapchessclub. org.au/ . The club now has a Facebook Page, “The Gap Chess Club”, with updates on club play, local chess news and puzzles. This month’s problem is a lovely one which featured on the Youtube Chess network, and is a problem composed by Lazard in 1935. White to play, what is the best move? Solution to last month’s puzzle. 1. Qg6+ Bxg6 2. Ng5+ hxg5 3. hxg5

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Barbara, Sharon and Denise wrapping Christmas presents at Stafford City Shopping Centre in December

Art in Bark Brisbane City Hall & Local Exhibitions

Good News!!!   Art in Bark will be back at City Hall  for Workshops every Monday from 3rd  February  2020, open: -  9.30am – 11.30am Where:- Brisbane City Hall, Adelaide Street, Brisbane 50+ in the basement. Lessons $10 (Kit and bark provided), all are welcome to come and have a go. For more info phone, Joy M. 0407 178 064 – Barbara 3271 2130 – Hazel M. 0408 157 117 The Art in Bark Brisbane Association will have an Exhibition of Bark pictures etc. at Brisbane Plant & Garden Expo Friday 13th & Saturday 14th March 2020 at the Rocklea Showgrounds corner of Goburra St. & Ipswich Road, Rocklea. Entry Fee:- $10 Adult  $8 Concession (card) Free entry for children under 15. Display of Paper Bark framed & unframed pictures, Jewellery, cards, bookmarkers etc. all made from the bark of the Melalecua tree, and of course beautiful display of Flowers, plants etc. Additionally, a display of bark pictures at Toowoomba Royal Show Thursday 26th – Saturday 28th March. For more information phone Joy m. 0407 178 964 – Barbara 3271 2130 – Hazel m. 0408 157 117. website: http://www.westernecho.com.au

Big Year Ahead for Serenata Singers! The Serenata Singers, a community choir based in The Gap, will be celebrating its fiftieth anniversary in 2020. In addition to a packed concert schedule, the year will be marked by a special reunion function commemorating this milestone and the publication on the choir’s website of photos and documents drawn from the choir’s history. The choir is always looking for new members and 2020 would be an ideal time to join! The choir sings a variety of popular, traditional, spiritual and show tunes. It rehearses weekly on Monday evenings at The Gap Uniting Church and performs regularly, mainly for retirement communities, care facilities and community groups. The choir is particularly interested in adding some male voices. No audition is necessary. An ability to read music is helpful, but not required.

The choir will hold an open night on Monday 2 March at 7.15pm at The Gap Uniting Church auditorium, 1050 Waterworks Road, The Gap. This is a no-obligation chance to meet choir members, find out about the choir, and observe and join in a rehearsal. If you can hold a tune and love to sing, we would love for you to join us in 2020! For further information, check out our website: https:// serenatasingers.org.au/

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Ithaca Probus Club Another exciting year ahead After a great Christmas lunch at the Paddo Tavern, members of Ithaca Probus Club set the new year’s activities off with the popular traditional Aussie Day BBQ at the club’s usual meeting place at Ashgrove Bowls Club. Members caught up after the holiday break, as well as being entertained by a very Australian singalong group. We are all looking forward to regular activities resuming for another year around the Probus theme of Friendship, Fellowship and Fun. There is already huge interest in a proposed visit to the Outback Spectacular on the Gold Coast in February. Social interaction at our monthly general meetings is the primary focus of the club with minimal formality, a short talk from one of our members so we all get to know each other better, then plenty of chatter during the morning tea break before a guest speaker informs and entertains us. Other activities which further promote social interaction are the monthly dine-outs - usually dinners but occasionally a lunch for a change. There are cards afternoons and a poetry group. Monthly club newsletters keep members informed of all these social opportunities. If you are interested in joining us as a prospective member, or maybe as a guest speaker, please phone either of our Club Membership Officers Sue Vivian on 0413 544 202 or Janelle Rhodes on 0412 628 646. For more information about our club, including a map on how to find us, please see our web site: www.probussouthpacific.org/microsites/ithaca website: http://www.westernecho.com.au


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Have you visited Yoorala St Community Garden?

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

It's a place we really dig!

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

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



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The Gap Branch It is with significant regret and sadness that I announce the closing of The Gap Branch of Save the Children. The Branch has existed for over 50 years and through the efforts of the membership over that period of time, has contributed greatly to the organisation. Fund raising, including the Annual Soup Luncheon, Fashion Parades, Stalls (both craft and food), Raffles at Ashgrove, The Gap and in more recent years, Keperra, have raised much needed funds for many worthwhile and much needed projects. When the appeal went out for household linen, toys and clothing, the response was overwhelming. Not only were the donations many in quantity, but the quality was outstanding and those donations filled my car many times over. We were blessed when holding our Annual Soup Luncheons and Fashion Parades by the generosity of The Gap Uniting Church community, St Peter Chanel Church, students at The Gap High School and the incredible efforts of Heather Dent and the Peile sisters as well as many other friends and family members. These events always proved to be much anticipated, always thoroughly enjoyed and very well supported by members of the local community. Even though The Gap Branch membership was small, thanks to their commitment and enthusiasm, the branch’s endeavours were rewarded by the consistent support from people of The Gap, Ashgrove and further afield suburbs. We were always amazeds and most appreciative of the support which in turn spurred us on to carry on ‘… another year’! Sadly, the membership and our supporters have aged somewhat (over the last 20 years, not so surprising) so we took the decision to accept the inevitable and retire gracefully. Our sincere and heartfelt thanks also go to The Gap Historical Society for the use of the Nullagundi Centre for our regular committee meetings. Our sincerest thanks to all those who have supported us in our efforts. Save the Children Queensland continues to grow its programmes for disadvantaged Queensland children – from the Queensland/New South Wales border to Mt Isa, Doomadgee and further. The number of Domestic Violence Refuges has increased from two to seven. During floods and bushfires, Save the Children is there helping where needed and providing support. Please keep Save the Children in mind for any donations or support you may be able to provide, while being a worldwide organisation, Queensland Save the Children works tirelessly for Queensland Children in need. Kindest regards and again, heartfelt thanks, Julie Nichles – Past President

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Life's most persistent and urgent question is "What are you doing for others?" Martin Luther King Jnr. website: http://www.westernecho.com.au

Rotary Carols by Candlelight Concert 2019 The eleventh annual Carols by Candlelight Concert organised by the Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap was held at Dorrington Park on Saturday, 14 December, 2019, to a very enthusiastic audience. Well in excess of 4000 people of all ages attended. Jenny Woodward, our compere, had spoken to the weather gods and we enjoyed a rain free event for the first time in four years. With the full moon on the night, the switching on of lights could be curtailed to allow huge candle and lighted mobile phone waves to create a quite spectacular Carols by Moonlight. The National Servicemen’s Memorial Pipes and Drums opened the big night with Scottish music and drill routines. Rocus Band then reminded us of many present and past jazz, big band and some Christmas favourites before the visit from Santa created a long trailer of the younger audience as he moved through the crowd. After the official opening and before the Carols got under way, the Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap presented Jenny Woodward with a Paul Harris Fellowship for her commitment to this Rotary event over many years. This is the highest award a Rotary Club can present for service to the community. The Carols segment of the program was then brilliantly performed by the 47 piece Westside Orchestra and 21 Ignite choristers, under the baton pf David Law, which created a very full stage indeed. David and Jenny got the audience involved with great enthusiasm and enjoyment. The JMC Academy were responsible for all the audio visuals and ensured words of the Carols were shown on our big LED screen. We thank all our entertainers and technicians for their unstinting enthusiasm for this event. Our raffle of the Christmas Gingerbread House which was generously donated by the French Patisserie at Toowong was won by Tracey Wishart who has attended the last eight Rotary Carols by Candlelight and who remarked that this was the best Carols Concert the Rotary Club had organised.

During the Carols, the Rotary Club advised the audience of the collection for the Rotary Program – Kids to the Coast from drought affected areas. The collection realised just over $1100.00 which will be forwarded to the program organisers to allow kids from around Roma to Cunnamulla the chance to see the ocean. To finalise the entertainment a fabulous fireworks display by ACE Fireworks sent the audience off for Christmas very satisfied with the night festivities. The Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap would like to acknowledge the great support received from the Brisbane City Council, including Enoggera and The Gap Wards and Councillors Andrew Wines and Steve Toomey. We also thank the community for their support through the range of sponsorships which provided advertisements or Christmas greetings on the LED screen. A special thanks to the members of the public and their families, including our Army friends, who helped with the setup, pull down and pack up before and after the Concert. This was a very welcome gesture so thank you. Hope to see you all again at Christmas 2020.

Newmarket VIEW Club “Voice, Interests and Education of Women” Lunchtime meetings on 4th Tuesday of month, 10.30am for 11.00am start - the next meeting is 25 February 2020. Venue - Gaythorne RSL Club The Newmarket VIEW Club, Brisbane, is a small, friendly club seeking community-minded women. VIEW members come from all walks of life, and we would be delighted if you could join us in our mission to provide better educational opportunities for young Australians. We would welcome you as a visitor to our Lunch Meetings($30 for a two-course lunch) and so perhaps become a member of our Club. VIEW was founded by the General Secretary of The Smith Family, George Forbes, in 1960 to support the charitable work of The Smith Family. VIEW stands for the Voice, Interests and Education of Women. It is one of Australia’s leading women’s volunteer organisations and support networks, and empowers women to have their voices heard in issues of importance for the future wellbeing of Australian society.

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There are several trees that, after rain, exude a fragrance that is immediately recognisable as that of the rainforest. One such tree is the aniseed myrtle (Syzygium anisatum), a beautiful, rare sub-tropical rainforest tree, indigenous to north-eastern New South Wales. Although it may grow to a large size in its natural environment, it is usually restricted to 10m in the garden and responds well to pruning to maintain it as a shrub or small tree. In the latter forms it is great as a gap filler, wind break or as a potted ornamental. Aniseed myrtle prefers a well-drained, nutrient rich soil in a sunny position or in filtered light. Once it is

established, it is relatively drought and frost hardy and so is ideal for low-maintenance gardens. It has a dense crown of lush, evergreen foliage, that starts out soft and pink, and the leaves have a wavy margin. In spring a profusion of fluffy, white flowers creates a stunning and fragrant display. Traditionally the aniseed myrtle was used as a vitalising tonic or a steam infusion to calm stomach upsets. The fresh, dried and powdered leaves of this tree have become a significant adjunct in the food industry and in producing aromatic oil since the 1990s. The popularity is so high that commercial plantations have

been developed to protect the species in the wild whist providing for its everincreasing demand. It is used in bread dough, biscuits, stuffing, glazes, dressings and meat dishes. Apart from its wonderful aniseed flavour in teas and cooking, the leaves of aniseed myrtle have been found to be have a superior antioxidant profile and are

high in vitamin C, vitamin E, folate, zinc, calcium and magnesium. They also have antimicrobial properties, including on the pathogenic Candida albicans. Grow an aniseed myrtle in a pot near the kitchen door. As the leaves grow quickly, you will have a year-round supply of this amazing bush spice.

Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club On Thursday, 5th March, the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club meets at the Enoggera Memorial Hall In Trundle Street. The guest speaker is Debbie Aitcheson from the Chilli Patch at Minden. The benefits of using herbs in cooking is the topic of her talk. One benefit that comes to mind is the intake of less salt in our diet because herbs enhance the flavour. Debbie has cooked using herbs at previous meetings and our members have enjoyed biscuits and other food prepared by her. It is possible she will have some potted herbs to sell. February could be a bit uncomfortable to be outside for long in the garden, so time could be spent on propagating. Layering is a satisfactory way for this time of year. Just take a lower branch of a shrub you’d like to reproduce; make a bend in

it, enough to crack the stem and break the bark about 10 cm from its extremity. Smear some cutting gel or honey over the broken bark; then push the part that’s broken into the soil and anchor it down with wire loops or heavy stones. Keep the soil moist and in about a month, roots will be developing. Wait until you are sure the new plant is growing before

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cutting it away from the parent plant to grow in a pot or somewhere else. If your parent plant has no branches close to the ground, a similar process called air layering may be used, but this time the fractured part is wrapped in a plastic covering containing damp coarse sand and moss (peat or spaghnam). This club meets on the first Thursday of the calendar

month after morning tea which is served at 9.45 am. Visitors and new members are most welcome. There’s a lucky door prize, continuous raffle and plant table. The hall is close to public transport and accessible by wheel chair. For more information, please phone the president, Pat, on 3356 1256.

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Step up to clean up our creek You are invited to the Save Our Waterways Now (SOWN) annual Clean Up Australia Day event on Sunday 1 March at the Ashgrove Sports Ground. The event will start at 8 am and finish at 10 am with a sausage sizzle. The slogan for 2020 Clean Up Australia Day is “Step Up to Clean Up”. SOWN President John Abbott said while the Ashgrove Sports Ground was well known for rugby and bowls, it was also important natural habitat and a lovely area of parkland with a big, shady loop of Enoggera Creek. “We are asking locals to step up and get to know the plants and animals in this part

of the creek and help us clean up by collecting rubbish or weeding and cutting vines,” John said. SOWN will be collecting all rubbish items with a special focus on microrubbish items, such as bottle tops, straws and small pieces of plastic. “ We n e e d r u b b i s h collectors with a keen eye who are ready to venture into the bushy areas to do a really thorough job of finding all the rubbish from the large to the very small,” John said. Interested volunteers should go to the end of Yoku Road, turn into the Ashgrove Sports Ground and park beside the Ashgrove Bowls Club. Look out for the SOWN tent and banner near the footbridge.

Ashgrove Sports Ground will be the site of a Clean Up Australia Day event on 1 March 2020. Photo: Anne Jones

Please wear outdoor clothes, shoes, a hat and bring a water bottle and gloves. SOWN will supply rubbish collection bags and gloves if you need them. For more information and to register your participation, please go to the Clean Up Australia website at www.

cleanup.org.au, go to “Register Here’ and then “Join A Clean Up” to search on Ashgrove postcode 4060. There are events all over Australia – if you can’t make it to Ashgrove, you can look for an event in your local area.

Clean Up Australia Day 2020 - Step Up! Clean Up Australia inspires and empowers communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment. What was started thirty years ago, by an “average Australian bloke” has now become the nation’s largest community-based environmental events. It is hard to believe that this initiative began as the inspiration of one man, Ian Kiernan. An avid sailor, Ian was shocked and disgusted by the pollution and rubbish that he continually encountered in the oceans of the world. Taking matters into his own hands, Ian organised a community event with the support of a committee of friends, including co-founder Kim McKay AO.

This simple idea ignited an enthusiasm and desire among the local community to get involved and make a difference. And surely if a capital city could be mobilised into action, then so could the whole nation! And so it was that Clean Up Australia Day was born in 1990. Of course, Australia’s waste challenges can’t be solved in just one day, so over the past three decades, Clean Up Australia has evolved into an organisation that works with community, government and businesses to provide practical solutions to help us all live more sustainably every day of the year. Today our focus is as much on preventing rubbish entering our environment as it is removing what has already

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accumulated. Creating a Clean Up is a great way to make a difference for our environment. You can register as an individual, community group, business or school. All you have to do is go through the registration process and we will send you a free Clean Up Kit including bags, gloves, information and promotional materials. Step 1 - Choose a spot near you that you think needs a clean up. Great choices include beaches, parks, bushland, rivers and more.   Make sure your location is safe and accessible and that you have a plan to dispose of the rubbish after the event. Step 2 - Complete the steps to register your clean up location online. You can sign

up as an individual, family, friends, business, local group, school and more! Make sure you leave two weeks between registering and your event day so we have time to post your kit to you Step 3 - Spread the word about your event and get ready to make a difference! You can invite volunteers, share to social media and more to get people involved in your event.  Make sure you read through all your kit paperwork and safety information to ensure it’s a great day for everyone involved.  The last step? Have fun and get out there to make a difference for our environment.  Visit www.cleanup.org.au

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Brisbane Tramway Museum Society For the museum, 2020 got away to a great start – our new attraction is fully operational!! Our tram simulator is now installed in our ticket office/shop where it is easily accessed by kids of all ages who wish to ‘drive a tram’. Based on a ‘Drop Centre’ design (which trams were built from about 1928 to 1938), the simulator features a genuine controller and handbrake from trams of

Including The Ferny Grove Men’s Shed that vintage, together with the bells etc that those trams were equipped with. At present, the tram ‘travels’ our own track only, but we are considering options for longer routes. Meanwhile our restoration programs and maintenance programs continue. Currently, we are restoring a 1915 Dreadnought class tram and a trolley bus from the 1950 era. We are also

Enoggera & Districts Historical Society Inc. The first month of the new decade has past, the recess period is over. Now we are ready to do what we do best; present the 170 plus years of European settlement of all that is between Newmarket and Upper Kedron. Will this present decade have the impact that the roaring twenties had on the 20th century? I will never know. EDHS opens its research centre every Thursday between 9am-1pm. The facility is located in Enoggera Memorial Hall; itself an integral part of our district’s history for most of the past one hundred years. Historian, student or just nostalgic; come on in, we welcome you all. Thursday morning not suitable?; No worries; other times can be arranged. Our local history publications are all still available as are limited numbers of our 2020 calendar; a project that has been fastidiously prepared for almost a decade by our research officer/archivist, Merle Heiner who fills each page with the old alongside the new. Check out our website and our facebook page; if you like what you see, come and visit us or better still, become a member; we are a friendly and efficient team that could do with fresh ideas and new blood; enjoy being a part of it. Further enquiries, ph Dave Livett 3366 3191. The Western Echo February 2020 Page 30

doing a major refurbishment on the Scammel mentioned in the previous Echo. As always, however, we are short of qualified tradesmen, particularly fitters and turners, electricians and electrical fitters and people who can work with light metal. New members are always welcome. This month, another of our gardens will be the focus of a planting session by The Men of The Trees – another local not-for-profit organisation specialising in promoting the planting of species which were native to our area when it was first settled. The first garden they planted is thriving! Another on-going project involves assisting the local cricket club with a few small jobs. The museum opens on Sundays from 12.30 pm to

Chief simulator "engineer' Ken O'Brien at the controls

4.00 pm (unless its raining). Tickets prices are $14.00 for adults, $7.00 for children, $11.00 Concession and a family pass for $42.00. The Brisbane Tramway Museum is proudly supported by the Brisbane City Council.

The time to start your family research is now Researching your family history can be a little daunting. Who do you start with? Where do you start? How far back can you trace them? Does a DNA test make it easier? If you have questions Queensland Family History Society (www.qfhs.org. au) can help. Browse our website and see the events we have coming up. The resources we have available and our helpful links. Here are a few hints to get you started 1. Search the house for info. photos, certificates, diaries, letters, postcards etc. 2. Start with yourself and fill out a family pedigree chart with your family names, birth, marriage & death dates and places. 3. Confirm the above names, birth, death and marriage dates. Don’t know how to confirm names, events or dates? Don’t know what to do next? We do. Come and visit us at our headquarters 58 Bellevue Avenue, Gaythorne, give us a call 3355 3369 or visit www.qfhs.org.au website: http://www.westernecho.com.au

NEWMARKET BOCCE CLUB INC Christmas 2019 from Mario De Marco

Our Xmas party 2019 was held at Abruzzo Club on 24 November and WOW what a day it was. We had a record number of guests, 170 in fact. We were entertained by Fortunato and Sam Zullo on the guitar. (Picture attached). As usual Tina and her staff provided a culinary feast that satisfied all. We had a couple of games that involved all the guests and there were prizes to be won. We did not disappoint with the door prizes and also there were many raffle prizes as well. Tony Rosa was present, one of our sponsors and also Redlands Bocce Club attended the lunch. Accompanying this article are some photos of the event. On the 8 December we had a corporate Xmas party, Westpac, Aspley Branch, family Xmas party. It was a fun day. Our President cooked up the BBQ delights provided by Westpac and we had some fun on the bocce courts. The children in particular had a great time. The Bocce members that assisted on the day were Charlie Parrella, Vince Saggiomo, Silvio Rotili, myself and Tony Giacoboni (photo attached) If you are interested in having a corporate party, birthday party or just a work party contact Tony on 0412 386 617 or Mario on 0403 257 325. You BYO food and drinks. We will cook it up for you and we play some fun bocce. The club's AGM is on 9 February and will be held at the bocce courts. We have had a great committee for a number of years now and hopefully continue. The 2020 bocce calendar has been drawn up and it is going to be an exciting year. Join up, have fun!

NOTICE TO READERS We w i s h t o a d v i s e t h a t distribution of the Western Echo can not be legally made to letterboxes displaying Australia Post Only or Authorised Mail Only. For those residents who wish to collect a free copy, we have newstands located at: • Enoggera News - Corner Samford Rd & Wardell St • Stewart Road News Ashgrove Copies are also available at The Gap Village Shopping Centre, The Gap Ward Office, Ashgrove Electorate Office Ashgrove Library & Great Western Super Centre Management.

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The Gap Day & Night Pharmacy for all your pharmaceutical needs

Michael and Kate Knynenburg

Welcome to a new year & a new decade!

We have many familiar faces and some new ones - come in and say "hello". We offer a wide range of services - here for your pharmacy needs 7 days a week.

Kay & Catherine - familiar faces to our regular clients

Retail Manager Janelle is always available to assist

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

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

Ph: 3300 1555

Naturopath available — Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday


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

Fax: 3300 9020

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

The Gap Day & Night Pharmacy


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The Western Echo February 2020  

The Western Echo is an independently owned and published local community newsmagazine covering some of Brisbane's inner western suburbs, inc...

The Western Echo February 2020  

The Western Echo is an independently owned and published local community newsmagazine covering some of Brisbane's inner western suburbs, inc...