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Western Echo

June 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

Claire’s Cottage Becomes a Reality!

A long time in the planning and finally Claire McCourtie’s dream of opening a respite and life skills training centre for young people with disabilities is a reality. Claire’s Cottage staff, Douglas McCourtie, Andrea McCourtie, Claire McCourtie, State Member for Ashgrove Kate Jones, Hana McCourtie and Storm Saggers were on hand to celebrate the official opening on Saturday 13 May. Story Page 3


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BARBER George’s Barber Shop Phone: 3366 7435 pg 8

BEAUTY Blooms Beauty Salon Phone: 3300 1555 pg 23

Intune Beauty Therapy Phone: 3300 9710 p g 19

BUTCHER MeatU@Home Phone: 3161 5021 pg 17

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

DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE Communify Phone: 3510 2707

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

MEDICAL CENTRE Keperra Family Practice Phone: 3351 0323 pg 32

MOWERS / REPAIRS Mitchelton Mower Service Phone: 3355 9599 pg 1

MOWING / GARDENING Good Deal Mowing Phone: 0439734 142 pg 27

MUSIC TUITION The Gap Piano Studio Phone: 3166 8353 pg 25

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



Blooms The Chemist The Gap Phone: 3300 1555 pg 23

Pearson Electrical Services Phone: 0409 623 970 pg 11

Keperra Day & Night Chemmart Phone: 3351 7600 pg 32



Body Mind Awareness Expo Samford 1st July pg 19

Brisbane 7 Day Physiotherapy Phone: 3351 4388 pg 19 Physiologix Phone: 3511 1112 p g 23

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

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

HAIR DESIGN DHS Hair Shack Phone: 3300 4200

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Urban Chic Phone: 3366 9200

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HANDYMAN Specialized Handyman Services Phone:0419 437 470 pg 27

IRONING Mobile Ironing Service Phone: 0416 157 201 pg 18

LAWYERS Hollingworth & Spencer Phone: 3123 5700 pg 14

PODIATRIST Allsports Podiatry P h o n e : 3 3 0 0 6 0 11 p g 2 1


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

Cr. Steven Toomey Phone: 3407 1900

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PRINTER CARTRIDGES Cartridge World Ashgrove Phone: 3366 5111 pg 14

PSYCHOLOGIST Proactive Phone: 0411 036 297 pg 18

PUBLIC NOTICES Department of Defence Enoggera Phone: 3332 7455 pg 7

REAL ESTATE Harcourts Inner West P h o n e : 3 5 11 0 6 6 6 p g 11


PLUMBER Pandanus Contractors Phone: 3300 3934 pg 27 Plumbers We Are Phone: 3351 0016 pg 27

The Gap State School P h o n e : 3 5 11 3 3 3 3 p g 7

STUDENT HOMESTAY UQ Homestay Phone: 3346 6737 pg 21

THERAPIST / SPECIALIST Ashgrove Literacy Clinic Phone: 3366 6933 pg 25


We urgently need more volunteer drivers. It can be for as little as a few hours each month. We deliver each morning, Monday to Friday, from around 9.30am until noon. Can you help us? If you are interested, please phone Deborah or Jason on 3366 4299 between the hours of 8.00am and noon.

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TYRE & MECHANICAL Wyatt’s BP The Gap Phone: 3300 2077 pg 13

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

VOLUNTEERS Meals on Wheels Phone: 3366 4299 pg 3

WANTED TO BUY Rags n’ Bones Collectibles Phone: 0403 907 926 pg 8 WEIGHT LOSS Winning with Food Phone: 0403 085 640 pg 18

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Claire’s Cottage Respite Care Grand Opening

Claire’s Cottage has been the dream of Claire McCourtie who’s twin daughters were born with epilepsy and Cerebral Palsy. Claire’s goal was to create a safe environment that enables her daughters to grow into independent women. Having spoken to many parents in similar situations she explored the options which would provide a safe and fun environment for children and adults with disability. Knowing that she wouldn’t be around forever to provide care and support for her daughters, Claire understands the importance of giving them the skills they need to live a full life without her support. Every member of Claire’s Cottage staff are there to provide your child/adult with care that is tailored to their specific needs. Each participant is a partner in the service that he/she receives and will be consulted regarding all decisions which affect them in all areas of their life. C l a i r e ’s C o t t a g e provides short term, shared accommodation; midweek and weekend community and social activities; independent living and life skills programs; low level support services and is funding approved. Claire’s Cottage can help enable your son or daughter to live and interact socially without you. Their structured social and life skills programs

put your child/adult on the path to becoming independent. A t C l a i r e ’s C o t t a g e your son or daughter will participate in a range of social and independent living skills activities in a safe, small group environment. Life skills include meal preparation, housekeeping, shopping, gardening, fitness and nutrition and learning about public transport. A range of personalised learning and social events are offered, ranging from learning to cook and do the washing, to participating in sleepovers, magic shows and community events. Their services are usually available seven days a week in The Gap and give your son or daughter a chance to grow and learn in a safe environment. The Cottage is a modern two storey home with huge activities space and new kitchen. Participants visit local groups and clubs and cultural experiences include ballet, musicals, orchestras and sporting events. At Claire’s Cottage you will find a loving place where no one stands alone. For more information visit the Cottage at 1298 Waterworks Road, The Gap or email admin@clairescottage. or visit the website


Inside the June Issue... Amnesty Internaltional..................................................................18 Arana VIEW Club..............................................................14 Ashgrove Forum...................................................................25 Ashgrove Historical Society................................................12 Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club..........................................22 Ashgrove/The Gap Men’s Shed...............................................26 Boomerang Bags The Gap & Surrounds................................................16 CCIQNWB ...............................................................................11 Chess T’Minit.......................................................................28 Communify.................................................................................10 & 20 Enoggera Historical Society..............................................22 Federal Update - Jane Prentice........................................6 Kidney Support Network........................................................27 Mitchelton Garden Club....................................................26 Mitchelton Probus Club................................................................20 National Servicemen’s Association of Aust. (Qld Branch)........31 Newmarket VIEW Club.............................................................22 Paten Park Native Nursery (PPNN).............................................28 PowerTalk Brisbane Central....................................................29 Principal’s Points....................................................24 & 25 Qld. Family History Society.............................................18 Reflections..........................................................................30 Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap...................................31 Save the Children The Gap Branch.......................................................21 Shed Happens ..................................................................29 SOWN (Save Our Waterways Now)...........................................29 State Update - Kate Jones - Member for Ashgrove......................5 The Gap Garden Club............................................................26 The Gap Historical Society...............................................14 The Gap Probus Club..............................................................31 The Gap RSL Sub Branch....................................................7 The Rev - Chris Perona..................................................19 Ward Happenings Cr Steven Toomey..................................4

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Ward Happenings with Councillor Steven Toomey Cr Toomey can be contacted at The Gap Ward Office on Phone: 3407 1900 Neighbourhood Planning T h e G a p Wa r d is undertaking two neighbourhood plans. The Ferny Grove-Upper Kedron (FG-UK N/Hood Plan) is currently being updated and the preparation for a new plan for The Gap (TG N/Hood Plan). C o u n c i l o ff i c e r s a n d members of both communities have come together to formulate draft strategies for plans to encourage neighbourhood planning that reflects the views of Community Planning Teams, the residents and the local communities.

The Ferny GroveUpper Kedron Neighbourhood Plan In 2015, as part of the call in of Cedar Woods Development in Upper Kedron, a direction was given to update FG-UK N/Hood Plan. The FG-UK N/ Hood Plan was signed off by the Community Planning Team and consultation completed with the community over a number of sessions in Ferny Grove, Upper Kedron and The Gap. In December 2016, Council passed the Draft FGUK N/Hoof Plan to the State Government to declare State Interests before being released

for further public consultation. I was very disappointed the Minister’s original April direction 2017 for this Plan included significant changes that altered the possible density on the site at the Cedar Woods Site in Upper Kedron and increased pressure on the National Park. This could have resulted in 1000 new dwellings over the 480 dwellings already pre-approved by the Minister. As a result of strong community objections and a petition with over 300 signatures in the first 24 hours the Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning rescinded the original direction. In May 2017 Council received further notice from the Queensland Government with revised conditions for Council to adopt prior to public notification. These have now been incorporated and include: • replace the Vegetation Rehabilitation Plan (VRP) for the area with a plan prepared by the Queensland Government; and • replace the bushfire hazard mapping with that prepared by the Queensland Government I will be reviewing these changes against the original VRP to determine if they reduce the quality of the environmental corridors and visual amenity. The Community Consultation period will open on the 1st June for submissions and will

remain open until 5:00pm 14th July. A lot of interest in the FG-UK N/Hood Plan has been generated throughout the whole ward and I urge each and every one of you to consider making a submission and being part of a community that drives their neighbourhood plan.

The Gap Neighbourhood Plan The Gap Neighbourhood Plan has gathered valuable information from The Gap Community Planning Team (CPT). This team, made up of 25 residents, was established to understand the issues affecting residents, businesses and community groups in The Gap. CPT will meet one more time before a Draft Strategy Neighbourhood Plan is released for public comment. Please ensure you have you say to help guide future planning for the area. This draft strategy will set the frame work for environmental protection, development and investment. Community responses on the draft strategy, together with technical reports, will enable the development of the draft The Gap Neighbourhood. It will then be sent to the Queensland State Government before proceeding to community consultation. Yo u c a n r e c e i v e u p to date information on Neighbourhood Planning by subscribing to email: neighbourhood_planning@ or via the Brisbane City Council website: https://www.brisbane.qld. planning-guidelines-tools/

neighbourhood-planning/ neighbourhood-plans-otherlocal-planning-projects/gapneighbourhood-plan

Bushland Preservation Levy The bushland levy was introduced in 1990 to protect Brisbane’s most significant natural assets. Over the past 3 decades over 3,000 hectares (30 square kilometres) of bushland has been acquired across Brisbane. Council has continued to invest in the protection of the Keperra Saddle corridor which links habitat at D’Aguilar National Park and the Enoggera Military Reserve. Council has now acquired an additional 46 hectares of bushland at Levitt Road, Upper Kedron for protection. This will expand the Keperra Bushland Reserve, preserving important habitat for a variety of native species and maintaining our areas biodiversity. If you want to view what we have acquired across Brisbane go to this link http:// environment-waste/naturalenvironment/bushlandparklands-wetlands/bushlandpreservation-levy

Quote of the Day Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson The Western Echo June 2017 Page 4


State Update

Kate Jones MP

Member for Ashgrove

Upper Kedron Update

Fete Season

I know there’s been a lot of confusion over the past few weeks about development in Upper Kedron, including about whether the State Government directed Brisbane City Council to increase density. There are no State Conditions on Brisbane City Council’s Draft Local Plan that increase density. The only State Condition that impacts upon the draft local plan is a standard update to bushfire mapping. I did not support Brisbane City Council’s approval of 980 lots in 2014 and without the State Government’s call in, those houses would be being built right now. I am concerned that Brisbane City Council are now talking about 1500 houses as a way to present a ‘reduction’ to a development on the same scale as 2014 as some kind of victory. In parliament last week, the LNP were interjecting that we shouldn’t bother to do anything about Upper Kedron because 980 houses was a ‘done deal’. The last thing I want is for Brisbane City Council to change the current local plan to allow a development we all fought against three years ago. This decision will affect our community for decades to come and I encourage you to make a submission to Brisbane City Council when public consultation opens on 1 June 2017.

Congratulations to Bardon Community Kindergarten, Ashgrove State School and Bardon State School for hosting fantastic local events. It was great to see the months of hard work by volunteers rewarded with good weather, a large turnout and by raising plenty of funds.

State Budget

School Captains visit Parliament It was a pleasure to host the captains from The Gap State High School and Kelvin Grove State College for lunch during a recent week of parliament. They got an inside view of parliament and participated in a media event about the One Million Stars to End Violence Project. Both school communities should be very proud of their young leaders.

With the State Budget to be released on June 13, my next State Update will be a special edition focusing on the local impacts.

If there is a local matter you would like to discuss with me, please contact me.

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Federal Update Securing better days ahead for all Australians On Tuesday, 9 May the Treasurer, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP, delivered the highly anticipated 2017 Budget. The Coalition Government has committed itself to making the right choices to ensure our nation’s remarkable economic growth story continues, so that we can secure better days ahead for all Australians. The 2017 Budget is all encompassing and ensures essential services for Australians; tackles the cost of living pressures; preserves our AAA credit rating; and focusses on a stronger economy to deliver more and better paying jobs. Importantly the 2017 Budget is based on the principles of fairness, security and opportunity.

Celebrating 30 years at the Ferny Grove Bowls Club From humble beginnings the Ferny Grove Bowls Club celebrated their 30th Anniversary on 7 May and I was privileged to join in the festivities. Once a small place of congregation over a game of lawn bowls, the Ferny Grove Bowls Club boasts some impressive offerings for young and old alike. Whether it is a meal or listening to some live music on a Sunday afternoon I encourage you to visit the Club the next time you are looking for something different.

from Jane Prentice MP Federal Member for Ryan

Congratulations Ferny Districts Cricket Club

Cedar Woods development proposal

During my attendance a t t h e F e r n y F i r e b a l l ’s trophy presentation day I congratulated the cohort of passionate cricketers and volunteer parents for being awarded a High Commendation runners up in the Community Cricket Club of the Year by Cricket Australia. Everyone involved in the Club should be proud of their contribution and efforts towards their place at the forefront of cricket in Queensland.

Do you feel aggrieved by the Queensland Government’s proposal for the Cedar Woods site? Show your objection by signing Cr Steven Toomey’s, Councillor for The Gap Ward, petition by following http:// petition/view/pid/432

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Submissions open for Inquiry into military honours The Battles of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral will always remain significant contributors to the pages of Australia’s military history book. To d a t e n o o f f i c i a l recognition has been afforded to those individuals, sub-units or units involved in the Battles of Coral and Balmoral. I encourage all of those former members, their families and those with an interest in these matters to take advantage of this opportunity to make a submission to the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal. Submissions are open until 16 June 2017 with further information available at

With Cr Steven Toomey, The Gap Ward, and Andrew Middleton, President of the Ferny Districts Cricket Club

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The Gap Sub-Branch RSL The Sub-branch is continuing research into the soldier settlers of the Gap and we have now identified 37 soldier settlers granted land in the Mt Nebo area and an additional 17 soldier settlers from the Settlement Road allotments and we are in the process of verifying their service so they can be recognised as part of our Memorial Contingent. In this year’s Anzac Day march the memorial contingent formed up behind the Community Link Banner for the first time. Participants wore RSL Community Link badges in honour of over 100 veterans, including 40 from WWI, 60 from WWII and one with United Nations service. The Sub-branch has formed a Citizen’s Auxiliary, membership is open to persons who share the ideals of the RSL, service in the Armed Forces is not a requirement for membership. Please contact us if you wish to join other like-minded supporters of the RSL in supporting our work in the community. Your RSL is available to help those families and members of the Community who have a connection to the defence of Australia and who are in need of assistance of any kind. More than that, the RSL is working to remind people of all ages and from all countries and walks of life that we are here because of what our forebears have done for us. Many have or had family who worked at home in ways which were no less vital a contribution to the way we live in Australia today. We can be contacted by email at: or by writing to The Gap RSL, PO Box 122, THE GAP QLD 4061, messages may also be left on our office phone: 3300 9439.


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Generous Garden Grant$ for Little Green Thumbs Schools can build their dream garden or outdoor classroom with the help of the Yates Junior Landcare Grants for Gardens program, which is now open for applications. 15 grants valued at $2,000 each are available for schools, youth groups and childcare centres, who will benefit from $1,500 in funding, $500 of Yates garden products and a growing consultation with a Yates gardening expert. Yates is excited to join groups for

a consultation to help them uncover the joy of the garden, and wants to arm kids with the tips and tricks to help their garden thrive. Interested groups are invited to submit a design for their dream garden within their school grounds or communities. Yates and Junior Landcare are looking for young imaginations to run wild, and think about the kind of garden they would love to grow. Veggie gardens,

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Students from Agnes Water State School 2016 Grant recipients

butterfly gardens, bush tucker and sensory gardens are just some of the projects that have been previously funded. Angie Thomas, Yates Horticultural Communications Manager, is excited to be offering this program again. “I am thrilled that this program is offered to schools and groups around Australia. There is nothing better than planting your first seed, growing your patch and pulling out your first carrot. Last year’s program saw 1,100 students and 100 volunteers get grubby on 13 fantastic, creative projects. I can’t wait to see the applications this year,” she said. Te s s a J a k s z e w i c z , Landcare Australia CEO, is encouraging schools to think about the benefits of outdoor learning for students.

“There are over 1,000 gardens in Junior Landcare schools across Australia, and the benefits of projects like these for students are vast. They educate our young people about the importance of caring for our natural environment, where our food comes from, and provides opportunities to link outdoor learning projects with curriculum subjects,” she said. The Yates Junior Landcare Grants for Gardens program is currently open for applications via the Junior Landcare website. Applications close on Thursday 29 June; stories from previous Junior Landcare grant recipients are online to provide inspiration. For more information, guidelines and criteria, and to submit an application, please visit www.landcareaustralia.

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


After successfully building her Ashgrove West hairdressing salon over the past 12 years into the vibrant, iconic and well respected salon it is today, Amy Gaudie - pictured above - has again given the salon a brand new look. While the Urban Chic salon regularly has major makeovers, the top quality products and exceptional service remain the same. Urban Chic prides itself on delivering exceptional work to clients with a high level of customer service and fulfilling their clients hair dreams. This has ensured that the clientele are always delighted and continue to return and recommend to their friends and family. Amy and the team – Senior Stylist Jess, who has been with Urban Chic since 2008, Stylist Fiona,

Emerging Stylist Phoebe and school-based apprentice Lucy – can do whatever you need and they guarantee to do it right first time, every time! The well known and respected brands are still part of Urban Chic – old favourites such as Wella are now joined by newer brands such as Urban Tribe and Milkshake, which are favoured by clients wanting organic and sulphatefree products. Being at the forefront of new design trends and styles, ongoing training in and out of the salon means clients are treated to the most up to date trends. Earlier this year Amy, who has over 20 years experience in the industry, attended New York Fashion Week and assisted on the Zimmerman Show. In May she was off to Sydney to take part in the Mercedez Benz Fashion Week and in June Amy is jetting off to New York again to assist in another Zimmerman Show! Urban Chic has seen

massive changes since it opened in 2005 when it had just four chairs. Twelve years later the salon has expanded, now has 10 chairs and is a hub of activity. Keeping abreast of new techniques and innovation, Urban Chic was one of the first salons to provide iPads and wi-fi for clients. The latest boon for clients is the fully reclining, lumbar massage chairs now at the basins! The heated chairs, which no doubt will be a big hit in the coming cooler months, will easy any back aches while you lay back and enjoy a wonderful wash and scalp massage! Urban Chic are open

9am to 9pm Wednesday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm Friday and from 8am to 3.30pm Saturday. Bookings can be made by either calling the salon on 3366 9200 or you can book online by visiting the website www.urbanchic. Amy and the team look forward to welcoming you to the new-look Urban Chic and hope you will join their tribe of extraordinarily satisfied customers, whether it is an amazing hair cut or outstanding colour, you will have the perfect look to suit you and your lifestyle.

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June Events from Communify Wrap up for Winter

Enjoy a warming winter soup and make your wardrobe extra snuggly at Communify’s free winter clothes event. We are seeking donations of unwanted clean clothes, shoes, accessories and books so if you’ve been meaning to de-clutter your wardrobe now’s your chance. Donations can be dropped off at Jubilee Hall during business hours. Wrap up for Winter is a free event and everyone is welcome. Limited transport is available. Wednesday 14 June 12-2pm. FREE. Jubilee Hall, 180 Jubilee Terrace Bardon. For more information phone 3510 2713, for assistance with transport phone 3510 2741.

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

Call Maurie on 0407

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The Paddington Centre

Let’s talk about mental health Herston

You are invited to a free community information session to open up the conversation about mental health and recovery. Listen to real life stories from mental health consumers about navigating services, and how they’ve found hope and resilience throughout their recovery journey. Presented by Metro North Mental Health & Partners in Recovery on Thu 15 Jun 2017 from 1:00pm 4:00pm.

Duration - 3 Hours Venue - Victoria Park Golf Complex - Herston Q 4006 To register for this session please call 3114 0803

Ashgrove/The Gap 500 Card Club

The 500 Card Club meets every Wednesday night, come join us for a fun filled night with folk who enjoy the game playing cards and a chat, a very friendly group who make new comers welcome. Meet Wednesday nights 6.45pm until 10.00pm. Ashgrove Bowls Club, Yoku Road, Ashgrove. Cost $4.00 with supper included. Further information phone Joe 3366 2458, Wednesday evenings.

A thriving hub for active seniors Book your day with us and enjoy: Free door to door transport Delicious morning tea and lunch Choose to join: Music therapy and art classes Reminiscence and memories sessions Exercise classes to keep you strong and active Sing-a-longs Guest speakers Current affairs discussions Monthly bus trips Daily fee $16. Hairdressing and podiatry by appointment.

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Greg Pearson 0409 623 970 Kyra Williams, owner of 12 Round Fitness Ashgrove, CCIQ NWB President Stuart Pullar and Stacy Stahel Marketing Manager of 12 Round Fitness

Our feature business this month is 12 Round Fitness in Ashgrove West. Kyra has been a Personal Trainer in the Ashgrove area since 2014 and has been the owner of 12 Round Fitness for a little over a year. Business is growing strongly with a dedicated membership base who love this short, efficient and fun approach to fitness. 12 Round Fitness provides the ultimate ‘total body’ workout – high intensity group workouts, designed by professional athletes and trainers, to help you reach and then smash your fitness goals. The Chamber has a number of free trial vouchers so contact us today if you want to have a go. In 2017 for all local small businesses, the Chamber can offer your business the opportunity to be in front of hundreds of potential customers. The Gap Farmer’s Market is now weekly, so there’s plenty of opportunity to be a part of this great initiative. About the Chamber The North West Brisbane Chamber of Commerce represents businesses in Ashgrove, The Gap, and parts of Enoggera, Alderley, Newmarket, Red Hill, Bardon, Mitchelton and Keperra. We provide networking opportunities, compliance advice and protection, and a powerful voice for businesses in our region. To join the Chamber, please contact Craig Stampfli on 0400 439 871 or Stuart Pullar on 0414 408 535. For more information on how to be a part of the Chamber as well as our upcoming events, see our website: www., or our Facebook page: www.

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Winter offer you will only have to pay $150 (plus the cost of share)! This will enable your family to swim, play tennis & squash then relax at one of the gas BBQ areas. This offer is strictly limited in that once the club reaches its capacity of 600 share holders the offer will no longer be available. So don’t miss out, contact the club today!

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Opportunities for social and competitive squash

Taylor Range facilities include 3 swimming pools, 2 tennis courts, 4 glass-backed squash courts, function hall, half-basketball court and numerous gas BBQ areas for club members and their guests to enjoy.

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

Telephone: 3366 1560 A.C.N 009 818 277

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At the monthly meeting of the Ashgrove Historical Society, Saturday July 1, David Earley will talk about his book, Beneath Blades. Flying at the Ends of the Earth: a pilot’s journal. David has led an extraordinary life, spanning 45 years in aviation followed by a business career, in which he was Chief Executive Officer of a large Australian helicopter company. His flying took him from the north of Australia to Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, USA, Irian Jaya and Russia. His narrative recounts numerous adventures and cultural exchanges with different groups across the world. His presentation promises to fascinate and thrill all who love to hear of amazing personal exploits. The talk is held in the Meeting Room of the Ashgrove Library between 10am and 12 noon. Morning tea is included and visitors are most welcome. The Society’s display stall in front of Woolworths Ashgrove on Friday 19 May was successful, thanks to local patronage. There was considerable interest in the theme of the display, Floods in Ashgrove, and many had stories to tell of their experiences and advice on the location of some of the photos. Copies of Lost Ashgrove, popular since the first print in late 2016 and second in early 2017, have sold out. However, we continue to sell copies of other excellent books on local history: Ashgrove and The Gap. Aspects of History 1849 – 2003: Land, Access, Institutions and People. $25. Ashgrove 150 Timeline which complements the plaques placed chronologically on the bike path at the Ashgrove Sportsground. $6. Brisbane: People and Places of Ashgrove a Brisbane History Group Inc. Publication, now reduced from $40 to $15. Further information about the Society may be obtained by contacting the Secretary, Julie Moorhouse. Tel 3366 4621: email Website: website:


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The Gap Historical Society Inc. Established 2000 Members were pleased to receive a grant from the Ellendale Neighbourhood Grants Program 2017. Established as a goodwill gesture by the Huntsman Property Pty Ltd group, it is most appreciated by the Society and will contribute to our new lease of the Nullagundi Centre. After many years of gathering information on local early settlers, artefacts in the history annexe and an incredible number of photographs, many now enlarged and captioned, the coming months will have many being transferred to digital format and will be available to view on I-Cloud thanks also to a Brisbane City Council Grant to carry out the work. Interested locals are most welcome to attend our next meeting at 2pm on 24 June with our guest speaker being Dr Nevill Buch, member of the Professional Historians Association of Qld, director of Brisbane Southside History Network and Q.ANZAC Fellow (2014-15) at the State Library of Queensland. Dr. Buch will present a talk on mapping Brisbane’s history with the Brisbane Northside History Network (BNHN) the main theme with our members keen to assist on local historical sites as names by and know to, The Gap Historical Society Inc. The Mapping Brisbane’s History workshop for Brisbane Northside will be organised in February 2018 thanks to a special grant to record such history by the Brisbane City Council. Please contact President Richard on 3300 1425 for talks on local history or hire of the Nullagundi Centre; or contact Secretary Fran on 3300 1755 or email

Arana VIEW Club

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Our Commercial team has expertise in:

• Advice on business structuring • Partnership and shareholders agreements • Commercial & Retail Shop Leases • Setting up companies and trusts • Sale and purchase of businesses and commercial premises • SMSF Borrowing • Franchising Contact Adam Robinson or Georgina Vlahos

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Arana VIEW Club meets on Wednesday 5th July 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. We recently held another successful sausage sizzle at Bunnings and raised more funds to support our “Learning for Life students” Our July Guest speaker will be Lyn Masters, View National Councillor. It is also the meeting when we have our Annual Cent Auction. So bring along any suitable auction goods (and Money for your tickets) and have fun in the lucky draw for items you like. New Members are always welcome. Booking: Heather 33003733 by 4pm Monday 3rd July.

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Exciting Advances in Treating Ear Disease One of the most common reasons for pets to need veterinary attention is for ear infections, especially in dogs. About 15 % of consultations involve ear problems, often with concurrent skin disease. In “the bad old days”, many dogs ended up having their ear canal’s outer wall surgically removed , a painful procedure that aided in prevention but did not cure the problem. Two decades ago it was realised that a new approach was needed, and research revealed that most “ear infections” were actually “ear allergies with secondary yeast and/or bacterial infection”; which explains why so many were concurrent to allergic skin disease. The development of better anti yeast antibiotics also lead to surgery becoming rarely needed nowadays. The recent availability of Apoquel tablets to block itchiness has also aided many dogs. Two new treatments are now available which are showing great results, and relieve the client from having to medicate their dog’s or cat’s ears. The first is poloxamer, an interesting compound that is a liquid when cold, but solid when warm. It is used as a carrier of antibiotics and cortisone drugs, and is injected down the ear canal after cleaning, forms a plug and remains active in there for 2 weeks, when it can be repeated if necessary. The newest product is also a gel but doesn’t solidify but contains two novel antibiotics and cortisone, and is also applied after cleaning the ear canal. It persists for one week when it needs to be repeated. The initial ear cleaning required for both these treatments is performed under sedation or anaesthesia due to the pain a thorough ear clean causes. After the ear inflammation and infection are settled, an attempt can be made to identify the initiating allergy, which is usually an inhaled allergen like pollen or dust, and sometimes food allergy, perhaps leading to long term prevention strategies. Call us if we can help,

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Boomerang Bags The Gap - one community, one needle and one stitch at a time

Boomerang Bags - Ta c k l i n g P l a s t i c Pollution at Grass Roots Level Residents of The Gap have come together in an effort to reduce the use of plastic shopping bags by starting a Boomerang Bags community in their local area. This grass roots community-building initiative will be launched in July at The Gap Farmers’ Market to coincide with Plastic Free July. In Queensland, 16 million single-use plastic bags, which represent about two percent of all plastic bag usage in the state, enter our rivers, coasts and coastal waters. These plastic bags take over 600 years to decompose. In the meanwhile they, and other plastic rubbish, directly or indirectly kill animals, such as turtles and birds when they get entangled in them. People’s health can also be affected by eating marine organism from areas with high levels of plastic pollution. We must act now to reduce the use of single-use plastics to protect and conserve our environment and human health. Many in society believe that we should ‘back to future’ by using and reusing shopping bags made from recycled fabrics, just as our forebears did. Boomerang Bags: The Gap & Surrounds (BB-TGS) In response to a Facebook inquiry from Marlene Fegan,

a small group of women, Erin DeBrincat, Padma Lal and Nynke van der Burg-Gensmer, and Gill Lilley came together in March 2017 to start a project, Boomerang Bags: in The Gap & Surrounds. The concept is based on the Aboriginal notion of a boomerang - to be used, returned and reused. Today, there are several dedicated people, mainly women, who meet regularly to cut, screen print, iron and sew bags. In less than two months, women have made almost 100 boomerang bags either on their own or coming together forming working bees in their own homes. These bags will soon be made available through local business outlets in the Gap and surrounds for use. Robert Gallagher, one of the owners the local Newxpress The Gap in the Gap Village, and the GAP LOCO, the Gap Local Organic Cooperative have kindly agreed to house our bags and make them easily accessible by the Gap residents. A small gold coin donation will help offset the costs of main consumables. Come join Boomerang Bags The Gap & Surrounds and meet new people, make new friends and become part of a conscious connected community. Work with us by: Donating clean secondhand materials, preferably in cotton or linen. Old bed linens, fabric offcuts, curtains

Padma Lal, Gaylene Barnes Gill Lilley and Erin De Brincat

are ideals. Working with us to help make bags; sewing skills not essential as people who can cut and iron, or screen print logos are also very much needed! Spread the word, talk to your family and friends. Follow us on facebook. com/boomerang bags the gap 4061. About Boomerang Bags: The Boomerang Bags concept was originally started in 2013 by Tania Potts and Jordyn de Boer from Burleigh Heads, NSW. It has now spread across Australia and globally, with more than 300 Boomerang Bags community projects now underway worldwide. Collectively, the initiative has resulted in

the creation of over 70,000 community-made Boomerang Bags, replacing 18 million plastic bags, and diverting 14 tonnes of waste from landfill. See

Padma Lal, Erin De Brincat, Marlene Fegan, the initiator of the BB Gap and Nynke van derBurg-Gensmer at their first meeting in March in The Gap

Jo, Erin and Padma busy sewing at a working bee at Jo’s house

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Same... Same... But Different! Regular shoppers at The Gap Village Shopping Centre who have been buying meat and poultry from Meixner’s since June 2011 will have noticed that the popular butcher has recently changed hands. New owners, Gary and Julie Read of Dayboro have taken over the helm but the top quality products, excellent service and friendly staff are still the same – thus same, same... but different. With 42 years experience as a butcher, he started his apprenticeship in 1974, Gary and Julie having managed and owned retail shops in the past, with a combined 70 years experience they are well prepared to provide the excellent range of top quality products while providing the highest quality customer service which discerning shoppers expect. If you think you may recognise them, perhaps you have met them at the Kelvin Grove or Bardon Farmers’ Markets where they have, and continue to operate, Meat Trucks on a weekly basis/ The new name of the butcher will reflect the same brand as their Meat Truck business, MeatU@Home and new signage will be appearing soon. MeatU@Home will provide home cooked, home style ready prepared meals for busy families to take home and heat. Select from a range of popular Steak & Kidney, Gary and Julie Read Braised Steak & Onion, Chilli Con Carne, Potato Bake or delicious Curried Sausages. Julie is currently reviewing the international delicatessen lines and is looking to expand the current range to include other cuisines and products not generally or readily available in supermarkets. If there are certain lines or products you have been trying to sourse have a chat to Julie or the team and they will do their very best to stock them for you. Included in the new range and now available at MeatU@Home is the delicious range of gellati from “Gellista” as well as sauces from locally based Samford business “Chilli Effect” a range of Indian gluten free, sugar and dairy free curry sauces. Shoppers can be assured that MeatU@Home are 110% nut free – there are no nuts in any of their (meat or poultry) products. In addition MeatU@Home offers home-style catering for parties or events from 1 to 150 people, either hot or cold, entertaining, finger food or a sit down meal. For more information on catering packages and prices please call Julie direct on 0466 280 073. For the best quality meat and poultry and delicatessen lines you need look no further than MeatU@Home at The Gap Village Shopping Centre – pop in and give Gary and Julie a warm Gap welcome!


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On selected Fridays of every month, the Queensland Family History Society holds mini-seminars on an aspect of family history research. These short and economical sessions highlight some of the lesser known aspects of research or showcase some of the facilities available at QFHS. We know that there is a wealth of family history information available on the internet, but learning how to sort through the data and understand it, is of critical importance. On Friday 23 June 2017, our not to be missed session will be on Life Notes: recording people and their stories. Sam Davison will present a workshop on how to develop and record life stories, drawing on his experience doing this professionally, as well as his general background in storytelling and communications. Sam will show the importance of recorded life stories as historical records, and in the techniques for curating and capturing these stories. Paul Sutton will run a seminar on How to research a World War 1 digger on Friday 14 July. Paul will go through the sources that will help to piece together the digger’s military service, and provide interpretation and context. Paul will also include official histories, maps and photographs. Both sessions begin at 10.00am and finish about 12.00 noon, and are held at the QFHS Library and Resource Centre at 58 Bellevue Avenue, Gaythorne. There is a small cost to attend and bookings are essential. Book online at You can also find information about QFHS on our website www. For enquiries, contact the Secretary at secretary@

Amnesty International Amnesty International has called on the Indonesian government to fulfil its commitment to establish a Task Force to investigate abuses against workers in Indonesia’s palm-oil industry. Research by Amnesty International shows widespread abuses have occurred on Indonesian plantations owned by suppliers and subsidiaries of Wilmar International, the world’s largest palm oil trader. These abuses include children as young as eight doing hazardous and hard physical work and workers suffering injuries from toxic chemicals used in plantations. There have also been reports that Wilmar International has used intimidation tactics against workers and trade union members in an attempt to get them to deny the organisation’s findings. Amnesty International is also calling on the EU-based countries to make sure that domiciled companies – including many of Wilmar International’s European buyers – are meeting international standards when it comes to their purchasing practices. “Responsibility for ending labour abuses lies with everyone involved in the palm oil trade, where it is Wilmar International or the companies that buy from it. Human rights abuses cannot be ignored just because there is an intermediary involved,” said Josef Benedict. The Helen Black Amnesty International group meet between 9-11am on the second Monday of the month in The Gap and would love to hear from anyone interested in knowing more about Amnesty International, or joining our group. Please contact: Di on 3300 1861. For details of the Ashgrove Amnesty evening group please contact Sally on 3366 2046 . website:

Finding comfort Psalm 23:4 and Luke 7:11-16

Fear, like petrol, is an effective propellant. It is easily set alight by the tiniest spark and it burns with rapid heat. In the Gospel of Luke, there is a story of a widow whose only son had died. I wonder how much fear was mixed in with her sorrow as they carried the coffin to the cemetery. Would she ever be free of the weight of her grief and of the void that her husband and son had left? How could she not fear that her life would be anything but sorrow and toil? Fear, like petrol, is also volatile. Anger is never very far away from fear, whether it pushes God and people away or withdraws from everyone. Christ, with his disciples, encounter the funeral procession, and he walks right into her ‘valley of the shadow of death’ without fear. He has compassion on her. Touching the coffin, he called for the son to rise from the dead and the son sat up and started talking. Christ restored the risen son to his mother. What this means to me is that even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I don’t have to fear evil because Christ is with me (Psalm 23:4). Nor do I have to let my fear turn to anger towards God and those closest to me. His compassion and power can raise someone from the dead. There was once a funeral procession of mourners that Christ turned into a crowd which celebrated God’s goodness. When I’m feeling down or when I’m feeling like a match is about to light up my fear, it is a comfort to me when I remember that Christ is with me. He is willing and able to turn death into life and sorrow into joy. My goal is to be like Christ for my family, friends and community. When I encounter someone who is hurting, who is filled with sorrow and fear, I want to encourage and help them with the same compassion Christ had for the widow.  the Rev (Chris Perona) email:

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The Probus Club Of Mitchelton Inc.

It is hard to believe we are almost half way through the year. Where does the time go? Looking back a little, we laid a wreath t the Gaythorne RSL Anzac Day Service, again well att3ended. Then in May, we took a one day trip to “The Fox & Hounds” situated at Wongawallan, which is situated in the Gold Coast Hinterland, about 15 minutes from Coomera and half way up (or down) Tamborine Mountain. They were advertising a Highland Luncheon for the month of May, so we left by coach at 9.00am, and then we went via Tamborine Mountain, where we stopped on an escarpment to have our morning tea. (See photo). It was a beautiful day and the view we had was magnificent, looking over the valley. There was another little “bay” around a piece of land jutting out to our left and there was a group of hang gliders enjoying the view from where a Piper was waiting to pipe us into the Tavern, which made a slightly higher altitude for a while before gliding into the valley. quite a statement. At the doorway was a figure in full armour which must have “weighed a ton” so to speak, then on into the Then we proceeded down the mountain to our destination, dining room which certainly had atmosphere. We were served a delicious luncheon to the accompaniment of our Piper who moved in and out of the room, playing requests if we had any, but the music was mostly familiar. It was a great day and with the surprise of visiting Tamborine on the way. Then, the Guest Speaker at our meeting the same month was Evon Anderson, who usually has a good tale to tell. This time, her topic was Prince Charles which, as expected, included details not commonly known. I must admit my ideas about Diana were severely shattered, but then again, Royalty has never been squeaky clean I guess. Evon’s talk was accompanied by a power point presentation which was also very interesting. If you would like to join us for some of our adventures, or for further information on any of our activities, please contact our Secretary, Claire Henderson by e-mail: au or by phone on 3355 1214. We meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at The Gaythorne bowls Club, Prospect Road, Artist’s impression of the new-look building Gaythorne. Visitors are always welcome. With some regrets the old ‘historical’ (but beyond the scope of ongoing maintenance) hall at St. Marks Anglican Church was recently removed. A new ‘Multi-Purpose’ activities hall is now under Communify Childcare in Bardon currently has vacancies for construction, financed by the local Anglican Community and 2 year old children in our long day care program. their benefactors; coordinated and Blessed by St. Mark’s Rector, This small, multi-age centre has an emphasis on celebrating The Reverend (Lt.Col.) Ken Hopper. childhood by encouraging exploration, curiosity and play. This hall is planned for church activities, but will also Read more about how we do things on our website - http:// be available on request for other community events; and it is envisaged the wider community can benefit from this To register your interest or to find out more about our beautiful little community contact development. Kim or Jo on 3510 2711.

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The Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education ICTE Homestay Every year between September and December approximately 1100 Japanese students arrive in Brisbane to participate in the ICTE-UQ short stay program. These students’ studies range from marine studies and flower arrangement to veterinary nurse sciences. Up to four students (over 18 years old), requiring daily transport to and from The University of Queensland, are hosted in ICTE-UQ homestays for two to four nights in twin accommodation. Breakfast and dinner are provided by the homestay family. Here is what our homestay hosts say about their experience hosting the students: “The students are usually very excited to be in Australia and keen to learn all they can about our country and culture.” Christie, who has been hosting short-stay Japanese students since 2006. “We understand that it may be quite daunting for the kids to be away from home so strive to make their stay as comfortable and as homely as possible. As a result, we have found the students opening up and appreciating our hospitality but more importantly, it is certainly rewarding to see that we can be a part of their life, even it is only for a very short stay.” write Rose and Eddie who have hosted short-stay students since 2005. “We spent a fabulous two days being personally guided around temples, palaces and other unique sites. The girls’ fathers had insisted on the girls buying us lunch as a gesture for looking after them in Brisbane.” Peter, a host for this program since 2012 writes about his trip to Japan. “Being a homestay family for ICTE-UQ is a privilege. For us it’s all about sharing and learning.  Saying goodbye is sometimes the hardest part of being a homestay host family.  However, we often receive emails from students telling us about their lives back home.  It’s wonderful for us to know that we were part of their Queensland adventure.” Charmaine, who has been hosting students since 2016 For further information on the short-stay program at ICTE-UQ, please visit or contact the ICTE-UQ Homestay team on 07 3346 6737 or

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Morning Foot Pain The members of Save The Children The Gap Branch would like to thank all those people who supported our Craft and Raffle Stalls at the Keperra and The Gap Village shopping centres. The winners were Gwyneth from Samford, Denise from The Gap and Fiona from The Gap. Despite the ageing of the branch members, it has been decided that the branch will continue with its fund-raising activities because we believe in the work that Save The Children does both abroad and very importantly here in our own state of Queensland. The Playscheme Vans and Women’s Refuges are two programmes that support vulnerable and disadvantaged children and women in crisis. We understand the community is continually being asked to support so many worthwhile charities and that is why we do appreciate the support that Save The Children receives. If you would like more information about Save the Children Gap Branch, or would like to join us, please contact Julie on 3844 7523. website:

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Lions Club of Ashgrove/The Gap

President’s Changeover Michael Pope has been elected as President of the Lions Club of Ashgrove/The Gap for the 2017/18 Year commencing in June 2017 and he officially took office on the 13th June 2017 at a dinner at Ashgrove /The Gap Golf Club. Our Congratulations go to Michael and all new members of the Club Board. Fundraising with Flowers - On Saturday 13th May Val Campbell and Susie Green hosted a fundraising champagne afternoon tea and ‘’Bring and Buy’’ Sale. Narelle Richter, who is well known in the floral industry, also gave a demonstration of flower arranging techniques and all guests were able to participate, making their own

floral centrepiece to take home. We thank Val, Susie and Narelle for this lovely event. Picnic Shelter Refurbishment - One of the Centennial Projects for our club is the refurbishment of the picnic shelter at the park behind the Ashgrove Library. This facility is used by many mums, dads and children from our local community and will add to the comfort and enjoyment of all. Work is progressing well so next time you visit the Ashgrove Library take a look at the progress refurbishment in the park. Million Coins Collection for Childhood Cancer Research - As a District Centennial Fundraiser we also hope to raise more than $80000 for the Australian Lions Childhood

Cancer Research Foundation by way of collecting over one million coins. If you have any old 1 cent or 2 cent or 5 cent coins (yes they are all still legal tender) put them towards this worthwhile project. Please drop them into one of our collection boxes displayed in the local area shopping centres. Leo Clubs - The local Leo Club established at the Gap State High School for students, and another for young adults known as the Omega Club in the Ashgrove /The Gap Areas are in their 3rd and 4th year of operations respectively. Membership continues to grow for both clubs with our local youth taking control of community activities and fundraising for good causes within the community.

Barbecue At Science Expo - Lions will be offering a cheap dinner night Bar B Q for parents and students at this year’s Science Expo at The Gap State School. Former Principal Peter Cooper will present awards to students as a member representing the local Lions Club. Congratulations to all students who participated in this year’s event. Interested In Joining Lions? If you want to meet likeminded people who have an interest in supporting your local community and organisations within our community, and enjoy the social aspects of this, then Lions may be just right for you. Give us a call we welcome all enquiries from our local folks. Contact our Lions Representative Denis Wogan on Ph 33004773 for further information.

Enoggera & Districts Newmarket VIEW Club Historical Society Inc. ‘Voice, Interests and Education of Women’ by Dave Livett

Among our members there is life beyond EDHS and it was really special that after twenty three years of the society’s existence, history was made when the first offspring was born to society members; not only that but another one is on the way. However! back to business. Having held our Anzac Day service and two public displays, at Lanham Park fair and Hillbrook Anglican School’s Sustainability Day the society now looks forward to a bus trip to Mt Tamborine. Beyond that lies our next quarterly meeting and publication of the next issue of Enoggera & District Times. Beyond that again is our June quarterly meeting and our open day on July 15 where two hundred years of history home and away will be commemorated. Busy busy busy! At our quarterly meeting on Sunday June 25, commencing 2pm, we welcome visitors and potential new members to join us and see what a local history society is all about. Boring? Not on your life! Come and see for yourself EDHS’ research room is in Enoggera Memorial Hall on the corner of Wardell and Trundle Streets (refidex 139 A10), using Trundle Street entrance. The wheelchair friendly facility is open for inspection and use every Thursday from 9.30 until 1pm. Visits at any other time can be arranged, using contact details below. Individuals or small groups are very welcome as are new members. By car, the hall is accessible via either Glenalva Terrace or Pratt Street. Council bus routes 350 390 598 and 599 stop nearby and Enoggera station on Ferny Grove line is just a short walk in the direction of Samford Road. To arrange a visit, to become a member or to purchase our publications, phone Dave on 3366 3191 or email The Western Echo June 2017 Page 22

We will be celebrating our 9th birthday on Tuesday 27 June with a Winter Racing theme. Would you like to join us? 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 would like to join us in our mission to provide better educational opportunities for disadvantaged young Australians. We would welcome you as a visitor to our Lunch Meetings and perhaps in time you may like to become a member of our Club. We support the Smith Family’s Learning for Life program and our club currently sponsors five school students. If you may be interested in attending a lunch meeting and learning more about the activities of our VIEW Club, please make contact with the Treasurer, Heather on 0437 343163, by the Friday prior to our meeting. We need to make a booking for catering purposes. Our Lunch Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Gaythorne RSL Club, Mitchelton. VIEW Club meetings are held upstairs and the doors open at 10:30am for an 11:00am start. We would welcome new guests and members. If you wish to know more about VIEW Clubs, please go to the website

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Pilates is for everyone, no matter age, ability or injury. Michelle Klaassen Physiotherapist at Physiologix (based at The Gap Health and Racquet Club) explains further: “Pilates was initially developed by German, Joseph Pilates, during the First World War, to rehabilitate injured soldiers. It then became popular with dancers and performers as a way to stretch and strengthen the body, through a gentle but effective workout. Pilates has continued to become increasingly popular, due to its focus on posture and good alignment. Physiotherapists now widely use Pilates as an enjoyable and extremely effective way to prevent, and rehabilitate from injury”. Michelle outlines that the key to Pilates is core stability. “The core is essential to ensuring a strong and stable body” she says. “The core is the trunk and pelvis. There are deep muscles that should preset before you move to keep the spine and pelvis stable. Injury, pain and prolonged periods of rest or sitting can result in dysfunction in these muscles. The deep muscles work at very low levels of effort but they stay on continuously while you are moving. The transversus abdominus is like our natural corset, wrapping around our trunk. It works like the walls of a cylinder. Below we have the pelvic floor, supporting the trunk and holding the pelvis together internally. At the back we have the multifidus, a small muscle that sits between the spine: this will often work with the transversus. Above forming the roof of the cylinder is the diaphragm. Breathing is essential to allow the trunk to move and not become too rigid. Breath holding causes over contraction of the abdominal muscles and can put strain on the back and pelvis. It is the coordinated effort of all these deep muscles, working together, to provide stability to the trunk, back and pelvis. This forms one of the key components of Pilates”. Physiologix is now offering a much larger range of sessions. All the Pilates is run and supervised ONLY by highly qualified and experienced physiotherapists. Firstly they will ensure you are able to activate your deep muscles correctly using ultrasound imaging, cutting edge technology. This is essential if you are to gain the full benefit of Pilates. They will then set up an individualised program specific to your issues, injuries, weaknesses and concerns. You then have a range of options again depending on your confidence, ability and affordability. Physiologix offers Pilates classes (max 6 people), smaller 3 person groups, or one to one sessions. The sessions utilise specialised equipment and exercises to ensure recovery and strengthening of muscles essential to having a stable, strong body. To find out more check out our website at physiologix. or call us on (07) 3511 1112. website:

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.....Principal's Points.......Principal's Points...... Hilder Road State School Congratulations to recent winners of special awards - Hilder Heroes: Erin J, Elizabeth O, Sara R, Owen T, Lucia B, Georgia H, Roy W, Jerome P and Olivia L; and Mathletics Gold Certificates: Jillian M, Sufia K, Justin W, James Z, Amelia N, Charlie N, William S and Ashlyn H. In sport, well done to the following students on their selection in representative teams: Carmen O (District Te n n i s ) a n d B r o d i e D (Regional Soccer). The recent P&C Trivia Night was a roaring success with around 200 guests, all wearing fabulous costumes, enjoying a fun filled evening. Many thanks to the parent organising committee – Jen, Jenn and Susanna. A special thank you to staff members, Mrs Paterson and Mrs Parker, for their exceptional organisation of our recent ‘Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea/Brekkie’ which is an annual event at Hilder Road to raise funds for cancer research. Thanks also to our wonderful team of Teacher Aides and Administration Officers who volunteered their time and hospitality expertise, as well as visitors who supported fundraising efforts by purchasing raffle tickets. On 17 May, we celebrated early years schooling with a special Under Eights Morning. Children in Prep to Year 2 had a wonderful time near Fish Creek playing games, participating in craft activities and interacting with our visitors and their displays. Many thanks to Mrs McComiskie and Mrs Paterson for organising the program with the help of early years teachers and teacher aides. The support provided by Fresco’s Fruit Barn, Queensland Fire Service, The Gap Health and Racquet Club, Camp Australia, and many parents and local citizens was much appreciated. It was wonderful to see some

of our 2018 Prep families attending the morning as well. Our Year 6 camp was held in the fifth week of term at Coolum. The generally fine weather, a diverse program of activities (flying fox, medium ropes, raft building, bush walking, bush dance and talent show) and a positive attitude by all students combined to make the camp a memorable experience. A big thank you to teachers and parents who accompanied the groups. The recent Junior and Senior Concerts were wonderful occasions which showcased the exceptional talent, know-how and teamwork of approximately 300 students involved in our choral and instrumental music programs. A big thank you to our music teachers – Mrs Bryant, Mrs Dinnis, Mrs Forgan and Mrs Collins; accompanist Kerry Beaumont; student music leaders (Cody, Hannah, Sophia, Clarissa, Arabella and Magnolia); all performers; and parent supporters for their dedication and hard work in preparing for the concert. Best wishes, John Collins - Principal

Marist College Ashgrove Marist College Ashgrove celebrates the following students for their recent sporting success. John Downes on his 1st place in the Qld State Youth Weightlifting Championships. John won the 94kg youth class and was overall best lifter. His effort means he will represent Australia in the Oceania Youth Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast later this year. X a v i e r We i e r o n h i s selection in the Met North Baseball team to compete in the National titles in Adelaide starting on Saturday Tyler Galligan on his selection in the 13-15 years Met

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North AFL team to compete at the State Championships in Maroochydore from 25-28 May. Jordan Brooks on his selection in the 16-19 years Met North Basketball team to compete at the State Championships in Cairns from 11-14 May Peter McLoughlin Headmaster

The Gap State High School May is a hive of activity at The Gap State High School. Here are just a few of the activities our students have been involved in during the month of May: Students participated in District and Regional Cross Country Instrumental students performed at the Ashgrove State School Fete O u r Ye a r 1 0 a n d 11 students participated in Study Workshops Year 7 and 9 students participated in the NAPLAN tests over three days. NAPLAN – National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy has now become a way of life in our schooling system. One of the most important elements that NAPLAN brings to our education system is the National Minimum Standard (NMSS) of attainment for all students. Year 4 and 5 students from our cluster schools attended our annual Outreach Week to give them the taste of high school life. Instrumental students participated in the Junior Ensemble Camp held over two days, finalising with a concert to showcase what they had learnt. Our Open Evening was held on Thursday 25 May. This is an important opportunity for primary students to come along with their parents to

see what The Gap High has to offer, particularly for those who are still considering a future high school for their children. Our Year 10 students attended a Year 10 Career’s and Transitions to help them in their decisions about future studies and careers. Ye a r 9 l e a d e r s h i p students attended an Altitude Leadership Day O u r Vo l l e y b a l l s participated in the Intermediate Schools Cup in Toowoomba As well as the many excursions that supplement classroom learning Rehearsals for our first musical in over ten years have progress in preparation for the shows on Thursday 1, Friday 2 and Saturday 3 June. In the school’s tradition of supporting the local community, every year our school presents a ‘Christmas in July’ Concert for our senior citizens. At this free concert our special guests are entertained by our students, provided with afternoon tea and a small gift from Santa. This year’s concert will be held on Saturday 22 July from 1.00 pm to 3.30 pm in the J A Robertson Hall. Darren McGregor - Acting Principal

The Gap State School Sporting Success Congratulations to Amber Norton and Lyyli Mclean who have also attained North West District representation for Cross Country. Amber as a keen multi-disciplinary sports person has once again excelled to achieve representation, whilst for Lyyli in her first year of opportunity, has committed h e r s e l f w h o l e h e a r t e d l y, achieving outstanding success. Music Success Congratulations to our

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choirs and their conductor Mrs Katherine Ruhle and accompanists Mrs Linda Richter and Mrs Kerry Beaumont who competed with distinction at Creative G e n e r a t i o n Vo i c e s .   N o t only was our standard of performance high but behaviour and student conduct exemplary, as it expected from students who represent The Gap State School.  Results achieved were, Senior Choir – Gold, Girls Choir – Silver, Junior Choir – Gold. The Senior Choir then performed in the Queensland Youth Music Awards. We received a Gold Award and were given first place. We are so very proud of our students and music program. The Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) competition Results in the CAT often enable a talent to be discovered that is not always apparent or sought in normal classroom activities. Some questions test the ability to accurately perform procedures; others require logical thought, while the more challenging problems require the identification and application of algorithms. Congratulations to the

following students from our school: Distinction: Jacob H e r n a n d e z a n d C r e d i t :  Natasha Reynolds, Wren Dodd-Hickling, Elizabeth Kvyatkovska, Abhirami Sasinanda, Daniel Casey and Noah Elliott. Thank you school chaplain Our Chaplain, Mrs Jocelyn Hayes is committed to encouraging students in the development of life skills and coping strategies that will enable them to make good choices and maximise their school and life experiences.  Mrs Hayes’ goal is to build strong relationships with students and parents through active participation in school activities and events. Wo r k i n g w i t h o t h e r members of the school’s support team, Mrs Hayes cares for students struggling with issues that impact on their relationships and learning at school.  Mrs Hayes makes time for parents and staff and provides a listening ear and practical help when needed.  There is no doubt that our school is a stronger community because of the work of Mrs Hayes. She plays an integral role in the social and emotional wellbeing of our students and is much loved by all. Joanne Nicholls - Principal


Helping one another to be confident to speak in public, to write and deliver compelling and inspiring speeches, to chair effective meetings, and to network with poise. The 917th General Meeting of Ashgrove Forum Communicators, was ably Chaired by current President Carmel Towler. Pam Nugent presented an enthusiastic report on Gympie F o r u m ’s 5 0 t h B i r t h d a y celebration lunch at “Gunabul” Homestead which she and four

other members of Ashgrove Forum attended. The Title of the Speaking Session for the meeting was “The Price Of ...” As usual the speeches varied in their subject matter. The main speaker, Jayne Krieger, spoke for ten minutes on the price of caring for people who have developed dementia and the price of living with the consequences. Four speakers followed the main speaker and delivered inspirational five minute speeches on: The Price of


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Tangible Things versus the price of Intangible Things; The Price of Love; The Price of Truth; The Price of the Love of Worldly Goods over the Love of God. An invitation was received from Joy Martin, President of Bayside Forum for Ashgrove members to join in celebrating the 34th Anniversary of Bayside next month by making a happy speech or sharing a joke or a happy experience. The Chairman closed the

meeting at 8.00pm and invited all present to join her for dinner at the Ashgrove Golf Club. Ashgrove Forum Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 6.30pm in the meeting room at the back of the Ashgrove Library, 87 Amarina Avenue, Ashgrove. Visitors are always welcome to attend. For more information please call 0409 615 514 or visit the website

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Mitchelton & Districts Garden Club Inc. The next meeting of the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club at the Enoggera Memorial Hall, corner of Wardell and Trundle Streets. Enoggera, is on Thursday, 6th July. The guest speaker is Wendy Skelton who will talk about Pests and Diseases. You’ve probably noticed how the weak is often overpowered by the strong, e.g. a lame bird is tormented and attacked by the other birds, or a child with a disadvantage is the victim of bullies. Well in the plant world a similar thing happens. If plants are undernourished or have the wrong conditions, they become weak, which can result in an attack by pests and diseases. Just a simple precaution like disinfecting the secateurs in Methylated Spirits or bleach before proceeding to the next plant, will prevent the spread of disease from one plant to

another, or care with watering will prevent attack by fungi. With Wendy’s vast knowledge and expertise, she will be able to advise what to do or not to do. Now that it is winter, remember to water the garden between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Herbaceous perennials may be lifted and divided. Large limbs may be removed from trees while they are in less active growth. Bare-rooted roses will be on sale. Choose a variety that has proved it is suitable for a warm climate and do not delay planting it in a well prepared spot. Also don’t delay in planting winter vegetables, and potatoes can go in now. The meeting commences after morning tea which is served at 9.45 a.m. Visitors and new members are most welcome to these meetings which are held on the first

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Our first meeting at our new venue, River City Church, The Gap was well attended with ninety eight members present to enjoy our new surroundings. Guest speaker, Dale Ardvisson spoke about native plants and also gave us a brief history about Brisbane’s Botanical Gardens and future plans for the Mt Coottha Gardens, and urged us all to visit these wonderful venues. Entries in our monthly ‘Bench’ competition were excellent with eighty five entries in the floral art, horticulture and produce sections, all vying for points for our end of year trophies. There are certainly some wonderful gardeners in our club. Our field trip for June will be on Saturday 17th, when a trip is planned to the Esk Garden and Lifestyle Fair at the old Esk railway station. There will be 35 stalls and guest speakers and food stalls. Entry is by gold coin donation, and cost of the trip is $35. Plans for our July trip are also being arranged on Friday 7th July to the Qld Garden Expo in Nambour - members please put these dates in your diary, as they are great trips and a chance to meet other members. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 27th June when the guest speaker will be Viola Hamilton speaking about Salvias and Perennials For further information, our website is w.ww. The Western Echo June 2017 Page 26

Thursday of the calendar month. The hall is wheelchair accessible and close to public transport, viz. Enoggera rail and bus routes 599, 590, 350 and 390. For more information, please phone Pat, the president, on 3356 1256.

Tomato plants are particularly susceptible to pests and diseases - “Bird’s Eye lesions on ripe tomato fruit

Ashgrove/The Gap Men’s Shed The current projects involving two local kindergartens have almost had their last hammer, nail and touch of finish applied. The last of the restored chairs, boxes and toys will be delivered very soon.This free service is an ongoing service offered by ATGMS to all eligible local organisations. It is one of our contributions to the local community, so we invite eligible organisations to approach us. Improved weather conditions allowed a small group of the more intrepid members of the walking group to engage in the challenging Warrie Circuit walk in Springbrook in early May. The walk was especially rewarding, but challenging after the rains following cyclone Debbie.The waterfalls were amazing. Apart from the usual leech problem, the odd snake, a tumble of two or three, and some navigational uncertainty which pushed the total walk out to 20k, it was a great experience. The Men’s Shed provide a regular guest speaker at our weekly meetings. We are so lucky to have such a rich and amazing resource of speakers within our own membership. Today we were entertained and informed by our member, Mike C. Mike is a wizard on IT, and addressed a very large group of a very keen and also informed audience.Mike spoke on the traps, trials and tribulations of the progressive technology of the smart phone. In response to many ongoing questions, Mike spoke of how best to access and maximise the use of this very advanced piece of technology, with it’s seemingly limitless possibilities. The interest was enormous. On June 9th, the beautiful boat the ‘Lady Brisbane’ will float a large group of Shed members and partners on a cruise up the Brisbane River. They will all sit back and enjoy the highlights all the way to the junction of the Bremer and Brisbane Rivers, enjoying very enjoyable morning and afternoon teas, and a special lunch. The ATGMS pride themselves in being environmentally friendly, maybe or maybe not totally green. However, I am not sure where this closing note is going. At the last count a group who loosely call them selves the ‘carbon neutral group’ have taken to riding bikes! At last count the number was up to eleven, both pedal and battery powered.The Gap- you have been warned.They are out there! website:

Calling on Locals to Support Local Charity

Did you know that the cute little Kidney Support Network Op Shop in Dallas Parade Keperra, raises essential funds to directly support people impacted by Chronic Kidney Disease? Kidney Quick Facts ............ Please have Your Kidneys Checked Today • Healthy kidneys process and clean 100% of the body’s blood supply every 5 minutes!!!! • A person can lose 90% of kidney function before symptoms are noticed • One in three Queenslanders have increased risk of kidney disease • One in seven Queenslanders has early stage Chronic Kidney Disease • End-stage kidney disease is five times more prevalent in Australia’s First Peoples and Pacific Islander communities • Most transplanted organ in Australia is the kidney • Patients on dialysis, need to visit a renal ward 3 times per week – every week - with each session lasting up to 5 hours, plus travel time. As a result, patients are financially impacted and suffer emotionally *  Ambulance transport to dialysis is expensive and can divert Queensland Ambulance resources away from emergency needs • Risk Factors impacting kidney health  include diabetes; high blood pressure; smoking; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Pacific Islander ancestry; family history of kidney disease. • Kidney Disease can affect any person, at any age and without healthy kidney function, we may die. Your donations of clean saleable preloved or new items and of course your shopping dollars, help KSN to continue helping adults and children who suffer from the many forms of kidney disease and renal failure. The Kidney Support Network receives no Government funding to support kidney patients and we are a not for profit, registered charity. All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible. If you want to learn more about the Kidney Support Network, call us on 1800 358 797 or email, check our website at or just call in to 10 Dallas Parade Keperra. website:

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The winner of this year’s Flood Cup, The Gap Chess Club’s premier tournament, is Cameron de Vere with a perfect 7 points from 7 games played. Tony Morris was 2nd on 5 points and Andrew Robinson ½ point further adrift. A handicap tournament (based on player ratings) is held in conjunction with the Flood Cup and Cameron was again the winner, a rare double. Mark Pendrith took second place in the handicap. The Stewart Wilson (hour) tournament is now underway and will run until August. 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. .

The world champion Tigran Petrosian was renowned as a great defender but in this game, played against Pachman in 1961, he won with a nice combination. In this month’s puzzle, White to play and win. The first two moves are relatively easy to find, the third is the important one. 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. Solution to last month’s puzzle. 1. e7 is obvious and correct ( 1 … Bc6 2. Bd5 then pins the bishop and allows the pawn to queen



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The Leichhardt tree (Nauclea orientalis), named after the explorer Ludwig Leichhardt who first saw the tree during his first expedition from Moreton Bay in 1844, is also known as the cheesewood tree. It is found from sub-tropical to tropical regions of Eastern Australia and South-east Asia, particularly along creek banks. A medium-tall tree, it has large heart-shaped leaves that have a glossy green upper surface and raised, prominent yellow venation on the lower surface. Throughout spring and early summer the tree produces spherical clusters of fragrant flowers. Each yellow-orange flower in the cluster is tubular with protruding white stamen. These are followed by an aromatic, globular compound fruit about the size of a golf ball. Although edible, the fruit is bitter-tasting. This does not deter birds and flying foxes that play a significant role in spreading the tree through the forests when they void the seeds. This is a lovely ornamental shade tree for the garden. Although it prefers alluvial soils, it will grow in most soils where the annual rainfall exceeds 800mm and the daytime temperature is usually above 15oC i.e. throughout the Brisbane area. During very dry periods the Leichhardt tree becomes deciduous. It is an important land restoration tree where it acts as a pioneer species for further trees to develop. Since they can tolerate seasonal flooding, they are significant in stabilising creek banks. The Leichhardt tree has a number of traditional uses both in Australia and Asia. The young leaves and tender shoots are steamed and eaten as are the fruit. The bark is used to make an infusion that has a variety of uses – from inducing vomiting, to treating stomach-aches, toothaches and animal bites, as a fish poison and for producing yellow dye. Chemicals (indole alkaloids) that have been extracted from the bark have been tested and shown to have antimalarial and anticancer potential. The wood is easily cut and has a distinctive yellow colour. Although not durable to weather exposure, it is used for internal structures and canoes. It is also used in wood carving and paper manufacture. website:

Watercress Farm creates communnity and a rainforest

The local community at Watercress Farm estate has created a riparian rainforest park along a 600-metre stretch of Enoggera Creek at The Gap. When Mick Bruhwiller moved to the new estate in 1993, he and his neighbours realised the potential of mown creek bank along Allamanda Street. “We wanted to create a buffer zone of trees between the creek and the footpath. We decided to do a plan for

Council to get their support,” Mick said. Wi t h B r i s b a n e C i t y Council backing the project and a staged approach planned out, the whole community got behind the project. At the first work bee the whole estate turned out to plant more than 700 trees. Running work bees every 6 weeks or so, Watercress Farm bushcare group took 15 years to complete stage one. Trees and other native plants were

Shed Happens for Men The Gap/Ashgrove Inc. On Wednesday 17th May we were fortunate enough to have as our interviewee, Roly Sussex. He was interviewed by our master interviewer, Ross McKinnon. Roland (Roly) Sussex OAM is an emeritus professor of Applied Language at the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies of the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. He hosts a talkback program on language and linguistics on ABC radio in Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory and writes a weekly column, “Wordlimit”, for the newspaper The Courier-Mail. Roly is a specialist in comparative linguistics, particularly of the European languages, and takes an interest in the Slavic languages within this group. He is also keenly interested in the changes experienced by different languages, such as the influence of American English on Australian English. He is also the chairman of the State Library of Queensland and Patron of the Institute of Professional Editors.

Roly shared with Shed members his extensive knowledge of the English language, how it has changed over many years and interesting anecdotes on his life and his love for languages. He speaks somewhere in the vicinity of 15 languages and is currently learning Chinese. There were numerous questions from among the 40 or more men who attended which demonstrated the interest he generated in his chosen field of endeavour. There was so much interest generated it appeared that many would have stayed much longer into the evening to glean more insights into this topic. Many thanks Roly for the fabulous interview and the knowledge you imparted to an appreciative audience.


Group leader Mick Bruhwiller at the Watercress Farm bushcare site PHOTO: Anne Jones

well established along the creek bank and the site was looking good. Then the Gap storm caused major havoc in 2008. “There was no foliage on the trees. The weeds came up. It kept us pretty busy cleaning up,” Mick said. Since then the group has worked to keep the weeds under control and extended the site all the way to Payne Road. Mick estimates they’ve revegetated the creek bank with between 8,000 and 10,000 native plants. These days the core group

is five local families who work hard weeding and planting, and then enjoy a get together after the work bees. Mick said working with his neighbours to create a rainforest park had been extremely rewarding. “ I t ’s t h e s a t i s f a c t i o n it brings you to look at the bush, to have your grand kids running through the bush. Here we are living in a city and right on our front doorstep is bushland flora and fauna. “It’s good to get out there in the bush. I love doing it,” Mick said.

POWERtalk Brisbane Central Celebrates Success The year is almost half gone, but the fun is far from over for POWERtalk Brisbane Central. This month we are celebrating success with members gaining prizes in National Writing awards, and having progressed to the National level in Speaking competitions. Our members are varied and range from high level professionals, to business owners, to retirees. But they all have one thing in common - they like to improve themselves by continuing to learn and grow. Some members started being afraid to speak. Others came along because they wanted someone to listen. Several love to write and have had success in that field. Meetings are a supportive and fun space for growth, and all interested adults are welcome to attend and see what the meetings are like at no cost (limit 3 free meetings). So, pop along and see why we love it so much! We meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 6.45 for 7pm til 9.15pm at the Community meeting room, Grange Library, Evelyn St, Grange. The Western Echo June 2017 Page 29

Reflections... In some Reflection articles of recent times I have written a personal opinion or observation on something that turns me off or of which I hold a strong view, which may be in disagreement with some readers. I have even been told I’m getting to be a ‘grumpy old man’. The word “old” delights me as this year marks the 20 year anniversary since my kidney transplant and every day I celebrate the fact I have had all this extra time to grow “old”! With shows on television such as “Grumpy Old Women” and “Grumpy Old Men” and “What Turns Me Off” I am always thankful to those readers who comment on this column – at times in complete agreement or have an opposing view! Attending a recent meeting at which the intended guest speaker had to cancel, I decided to ask those in attendance, in their view, “What irks you most?” Surprise! Surprise! Over 80 percent had very firm views, all to do with traffic in the local area. Here are some of their opinions, in no particular order: • Drivers who park in or across driveways preventing car movement for the resident. • Parking where a yellow line is marked (indicating, clearly NO PARKING)

• Parking on both sides of narrow streets, often immediately across from one another, forcing cars using the road into a ‘slalom’ circuit and restricting traffic to one lane only • Near misses (and sometimes hits/dingles) as cars and trucks scoot through a red light • Vehicles that park on footpaths – especially when a concrete footpath has been installed • Parking in a Disabled bay without the necessary permit/ disabled sticker • Roundabouts and speed bumps/traffic calming measures • Cyclists shouting at each other on morning training – often before day-break • Bus stops. The flurry of activity prior to the last Council election as stops without a shelter were extended (some to twice their size) with a new seat. Told a shelter was under way.... but they seem a long time coming • The noise of some trucks and motor bikes way beyond an acceptable level A visitor from England said that many of the comments were equally applicable in her country. Something else which irks me. The growing number of promoters for events and shows who seem to think that many of the population

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An Interesting Discussion...

by Richard Speechley

and millionaires, or so well heeled they will just pay any ticket price told at the time of booking. This is particularly evident when some overseas pop star is performing. The price paid by some patrons would almost pay for the deposit on a house! Why not put the price in the advertisement promoting the event? In the past I have written about idiot or hoon drivers (and not always men!) who feel there is no difference to the open road and driving in a shopping centre. Unfortunately the cost would be too much to have management controlling this problem. A recent incident when a young boy of about three years of age decided to clear out from his mum as she stood chatting to her friend for too long, led me to a sudden, heart-wrenching stop. Had I been a fast driver I shudder at the result. What happened to those restraining reins used in days gone by? Or would they be too damaging to a child’s mental health – albeit a lifesaving device? The recent arrival of more mobile scooters enables those with a disability or mobility problem to be out and about is always great to see. Sometimes when I see someone get up and walk to a counter I jokingly call a ‘miracle’. The number of these vehicles used by customers at the Keperra Shopping Centre seems to be increasing which is great, with many travelling carefully and responsibly at a slow speed. But here I must caution of one driver who I have christened Queen Boudica the Celtic Iceni Queen who led her troops into battle on her chariot with knives or blades on the wheels while urging their horses at breakneck speed.

The driver may even have been one of our early women’s racing car operators. She does come around the corner like the late Jack Brabham and I only hope I’m not around when her fast approach has the automatic sliding doors to the centre being too slow to open or fail to open and she crashed through causing mayhem. Once inside she still travels too quick and is a menace in the supermarket aisles. Now THAT is a problem! “reat news! They are going out of fashion!” Recently I wrote of fashionable jeans with the knees moth-eaten or cut out and one pair I spotted last week even had a diamond cut-out to the rear section which highlighted the colour of the underwear being worn. Travelling on a bus this last week, a stylish lady had the whole knee out! She was nursing a little boy about 18 months old who was wearing a Wiggles outfit which caused me to think what a great Aussie he will grown to become. Accompanying my wife into a Rockman’s store, she had gone into a change cubicle as I chatted (as you do) to the assistant. Seeing a rack of fully legged jeans nearby I offer to go and get scissors to cut the knees or get a dog to tear them out. The assistant delightedly told me those wearing jeans/ pants with the knees out were now hopelessly out of fashion! After my wife’s purchase for a forthcoming function I also walked out happy. Bother – too late again! I have a lagoon blue pair of jeans from my teens, around 70 years old I was about to take scissors to and put on the market for $150! What irks many of the group was the so-called g e n d e r- n e u t r a l f o r m o f greeting. “Hello guys”, (Continued on page 31)


Rotary in Action - Rotary Youth Program T h e R o t a r y Yo u t h Leadership Award’s (RYLA) was established in 1959, when the Qld Government, invited local Rotarians to help plan a festival celebrating it’s upcoming centenary. Princess Alexandra, the Queen’s cousin, attended the celebration, influencing local Rotarians to plan activities specifically for the princess’ age group. RYLA seeks to train young people aged from 18 - 26 in character, leadership, personal development, and

good citizenship. RY L A s u b s e q u e n t l y expanded to all Rotary districts in Australia and was approved as an international program by the Rotary International board at the 1971 RI Convention in Sydney, Australia. B y 1 9 9 8 , RY L A h a d become an established program in more than half of the 521 Rotary districts worldwide. Rotarians with different RYLA experiences meet regularly to update and improve RYlA through regional training workshops.

Each year the Ashgrove/ The Gap Rotary Club sponsors a young person to attend the RYLA training camp. Our candidate this year is Chanel Levinson, pictured with the Club’s Youth Service Director, Russ O’Malley (left) and club president John Donaldson. The Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap is proud to announce that Past President John Lane, will be elevated to the position of District Governor of Rotary District 9600 at the District changeover dinner on the

1st of July. District 9600 is one of Rotary International’s largest districts, having clubs in Northern Brisbane areas, The Sunshine Coast, Papua New Guinea, Nauru and the Solomon Islands. John will hold that position for the next 12 months, as will the Club’s President elect, John Russell, when he is appointed to succeed the current President, John Donaldson, at the Club’s Changeover Dinner, on the 23rd of June.

The Probus Club of The Gap

At our most recent meeting in May, members were deeply impressed by a very moving presentation on the centrebased care of children under 18 years of age who experience life-limiting disease. Dr Fiona Hawthorne from Hummingbird House, Chermside, described the accommodation and comprehensive programmes that are provided for both families and their children.

Not so serious, however, was our day’s trip to Bribie Island. We enjoyed lunch in the interesting and pleasant surrounds of Sandstone Point Hotel, as well as a productive browse through the Bribie Island Community Arts Centre. Also in May, but closer to home, members gathered for our pleasant monthly dineout held at The Gap Tavern. Apart from general


An Interesting Discussion...

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“Hi guys” or “Have a nice day guys”. A male person can be known as a boy child, boy, a lad, a guy, a teenager, a bloke, a young man, a married man or na old man, or as a term of respect, my mate, palk or cobber. While girl child, girl, lass, young lady, maiden, matron, married or old woman also apply for females. As many American trends continue to invade our country, I have been known to tell the person serving in the shop when greeting my wife and I with “Hi guys, what can I get you?” giving him a quick talk on the physical difference between a human male and female we are now greeted

with “How has your day been?” Surely his Dad had given him a talk? To some with a similar greeting I can be quite curt and say “I am a gent and she is a lady!” All oldies unite and we can stamp out this stupid greeting! Or should I just stay a Grumpy Old Man? Unsolicited phone calls was also a very touchy subject discussed and found to be most annoying, particularly around dinner time. “What Irks You?” I’d love to know so please let us know your gripe or even kudos of something by jotting a line to ‘What irks me” The Gap Historical Society, PO Box 479, The Gap Q 4061.


meetings and outings, we also have coffee mornings, theatre bookings, occasional bowls and golf carnivals, trivia competitions and trips away. Many members delighted in our friendly and interesting weekend from 5 – 7 May at The Celtic Festival in Glen Innes. Staying at a Tenterfield Motel, the travellers enjoyed

gourmet food, beautiful tourist spots, and the sights, action and music that were in full swing on the Saturday in Glenn Innes. Each month, on a personal level, we keep track of members’ welfare. Members of The Probus Club of The Gap would like to have more members and anyone who wishes to come and sample our meetings is most welcome. Meetings are held at 2.00pm on the first Thursday of the month at The Gap Baptist Church on Waterworks Road. For more information, please call our Secretary, Jan, on 3366 2998, or 0448 965 459.

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

Meetings of Brisbane North West branch of NSAA (Qld) Inc are held at Gaythorne RSL on the third Sunday of each month commencing 10.15hours, next on June 18. 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 all former nashos who served in the two schemes operating between 1951 and 1973 and wives and widows thereof. Conscripts who served countries other than Australia are welcome as associate members. For information on 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. The Western Echo June 2017 Page 31






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Western Echo June 2017  

Independent community newspaper for The Gap, Ashgrove, Dorrington, Red Hill, Enoggera, Alderley and Keperra

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