June 2021 ISSN 1327-676X
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Balaangala Commemorates Sorry Day
On the 23 May over 130 local residents gathered in the Balaangala Community Garden space to commemorate Sorry Day. During the commemoration, the crowd lit candles in remembrance and experienced a beautiful version of “The Sorry Song” by members of The Gap State High School choir. Story Page 3
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PLUMBER Pandanus Contractors Phone: 3300 3934 pg 25 Plumbers We Are Phone: 3351 0016 pg 25
POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT Jonty Bush Phone: 3554 9100 Julian Simmonds MP Phone: 3378 1599
The Gap Veterinary Clinic Phone: 3300 1533 pg 15 WALKING FOOTBALL
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PRINTER CARTRIDGES Cartridge World Ashgrove Phone: 3366 5111 pg 12
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Balaangala Commemorates Sorry Day On the 23rd May, over 130 local residents gathered in the Balaangala Garden space to commemorate Sorry Day. This special day acknowledges the on-going pain and trauma caused by the systematic forced removal of First Nations children from their parents, community and Country. As one of many local custodians, Derek Oram Sandy provided a welcome to Country on behalf of his clan, the Yerongpan people. Derek took the crowd on a journey through Yuggera Country, north, south, east and west – by acknowledging ancestors and sharing information about significant sites, plants and animals. Other clans including Turrbal, Jagera and Yugarapul were also acknowledged. The guest speaker was Deanne Matthews, a Boorooberongal woman and senior leader from the Darug Nation. Deanne lives on Yuggera Country and shared her experiences working with the Teralba Park Stolen Generations Support Group. She also shared her family’s story of forced removal and placement at La Perouse mission. Deanne said it is very important for people to understand how being removed from parents, community and Country still impacts on the lives of most, if not all, First Nations families. The inter-generational trauma continues but having commemorations like Sorry Day contributes to the healing of not just stolen generation families, but the nation as a whole. While the crowd lit candles in remembrance, they listened to a beautiful version of “The Sorry Song” by members of The Gap State High School choir. The afternoon finished with conversation over lemon myrtle tea. Balaangala is most grateful to State member for Cooper, Jonty Bush for her attendance and financial contribution to the event. There are many different ways people can be involved in Balaangala – from attending events; helping look after the Garden Space; being part of small working groups; helping with the education programme or becoming a financial member. For information, email email@example.com
Inside the June Issue...
Arana VIEW Club...........................................................26 Art in Bark Assoc......................................................................12 Ashgrove Forum..................................................................21 Ashgrove Historical Society...........................................10 Ashgrove RSL Sub-Branch...........................................................8 Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club...........................................9 Balaangala Community Group................................................3 Brisbane Tramway Museum..................................................31 Chess T’Minit.......................................................................26 Enoggera Historical Society............................................24 Ithaca Probus Club...........................................................26 Mitchelton Garden Club................................................28 Newmarket Bocce Club...........................................................30 Newmarket Probus Club.....................................................19 Newmarket VIEW Club..................................................27 Norths "Eagles" Hockey Club.............................................19 Paten Park Native Nursery (PPNN).............................................28 Principal’s Points..............................................................22 - 24 Probus Club of Stafford..........................................................13 Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap..................................13 Ryan Update - Julian Simmonds..............................................7 SOWN (Save Our Waterways Now)...........................................29 State Update - Jonty Bush - Member for Cooper.....................5 The Gap Garden Club..............................................................29 The Gap Historical Society...............................................16 The Gap Neighbourhood Watch.............................................6 The Gap Probus Club.............................................................12 The Gap RSL Sub Branch......................................................11 Trek2Health.....................................................................14 Ward Happenings.........................................................................4 The Western Echo June 2021 Page 3
WARD HAPPENINGS WITH
Cr Steven Toomey
Councillor for The Gap Ward
Ross Road Park - Nature Reserve Upper Kedron
Previously to Council’s purchase of Ross Road Park (Park) in Upper Kedron the property was owned by five generations of the Marshall family and operated as a dairy farm until 2004. In 2010 the property was acquired through Brisbane City Council’s Bushland Acquisition Program because of the high level of biological diversity, ecological integrity and significant native corridor linkages including Cedar Creek that runs along the edge of the Park. The initial tree plantings are now over 10 years old and the site was selected to receive restoration through the environmental offset program in the 2019/20 financial year. This work has continued this year because of the interruption of the COVID19 pandemic. As a result of the previous land use, exotic pasture grasses, weeds and vines can be found in the Park and weed management activities continue to control weed species and facilitate regeneration of native plant species. Council has undertaken the restoration of the Park by using a method called mosaic, a method endorsed by Birds Queensland. The mosaic method entails clearing small sections of weeds that enables the local fauna to remain in situ whilst the rehabilitation is undertaken and new native plants are planted and established before removing the weeds.
Green Happenings in The Gap Ward Solar Installation at Ashgrove Library Over the past four years we have increased our solar panels by a factor of 10 on Council buildings to reduce our carbon footprint. The Schrinner Council continues to be the largest carbon neutral government in Australia and through these solar initiatives pumps 2.2-megawatts back into the grid. Ashgrove Library has installed of the newest panels in the network and contributes 18-kilowatts back into the grid.
The total rehabilitation area of the Park is 15.38 acres and to date over 34,000 native plants have been established into the habitat. Recently Council partnered with Kawana/Bellbowie Rotary Club to plant another 2000 plants and I would like to thank all the Rotarians from other Clubs who joined us in this mass planting. Ross Road Park adjoins Bellbird Grove Picnic Facility within D’Aguilar National Park. The Park is another great example of Council’s commitment to the environment, you can read more on this program via Council’s webpage www.brisbane.qld.gov.au search Clean and Green. Council has formed partnerships with bush care groups and residents who are passionate about rehabilitation and volunteer their time to improve our local environment and would like to acknowledge the commitment of these residents.
L-R David Kearney Rotary Tree Planting Co-ordinator, Alannah Valentine President Kawana Bellbowrie Rotary & Cr Steve Toomey
Community Nature Trek
Trek2Health is a not-for-profit organisation located at The Gap, providing services to support the mental and physical health of our frontline workers and veterans. Show your support by joining a community trek hosted by Ritual HQ, an 8.5 km Enoggera Reservoir Circuit Walk with extra physical challenges created by Ritual HQ Personal Trainers to test you! As an Ambassador for Trek2Health I believe that it is important to support those who have sacrificed their own physical and mental well-being for a safer community. Join us for this worthy fundraising event on Sunday 18 July by registering here trek2health.org.au/ritualhq
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State Update Voluntary Assisted Dying At the time of writing, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 has just been introduced into Queensland Parliament by the Hon Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. I will be writing to everyone in our electorate on this important proposed bill, however if you would like to urgently speak to me you can contact my office on 3554 9100.
National Volunteer Week and P&C Day Each year, Australia celebrates National Volunteer Week in May. I have been lucky to work with so many amazing volunteers and organisations throughout my life, including recently in our suburbs. There are around 700,000 volunteers across Queensland and over 3 million throughout our country – you can only imagine the hours contributed by these men and women towards the many wonderful community groups. If you do have time to spare, or would like to register your volunteer role you can do that through www.volunteeringqld.org.au
Congratulations to the Ashgrove State School P&C for another successful Mother's Day Fete
Jonty Bush MP
Member for Cooper
Save the Date - Eco Forum As your local member I am keen to work with you to act on climate change and to identify local opportunities to reduce our environmental impacts. I am excited to announce that our electorate will host its first Eco Forum on Saturday 17 July, at The Gap State (Primary) School. It will be an opportunity for us to share and celebrate some of the exciting things that our electorate is already achieving in protecting and restoring our planet. We have some exciting speakers locked in to share their ideas and achievements and we would like locals to also showcase the work they are doing to address climate change. This could include: • Businesses who have shifted towards sustainable practices • Community groups working towards a cleaner future • Families who have gone plastic-free and would like to share their story • Small or micro businesses with relevant products for show or sale While our program is filling up, we are also interested to hear from any local workshop facilitators or educators who would like to present on the day. To express interest simply get in touch with my office on email@example.com
Arts Funding Last month we had artists from across the electorate meet at the Paddington Substation for an Arts Queensland briefing. On the agenda was current and prospective funding opportunities for artists. The Palaszczuk Government has announced a $22.5m arts recovery package for the sector, including the Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP) funding. If you would like to know more about the program or arts funding in Queensland, please get in touch. I would like to send a huge thank you to Karen, Mish and Jeff from Hands On Art at the Paddington Substation for hosting us at this amazing local venue!
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Neighbourhood Watch The Gap 4061 Creating Safer Communities
Recently the Neighbourhood Watch Australasia held their International conference with the theme of the conference being “Creating Safer Communities”. There were many references from both police members, including Katarina Carroll –the Commissioner of the Queensland Police and from Neighbourhood Watch board members quoting from Sir Robert Peel’s work on the principals of policing in that: “The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.” What does this mean for our community? It means that by working together through prevention, disruption and reporting we can continue to keep our crime rate low, and if persistent with our commitment, even lower this further. For strong communities to emerge it takes community members stepping up so that all community members feel valued, respected and supported. Much of our crime prevention happens from our homes and businesses so you don’t have to go anywhere to contribute to keeping our community safer. Follow our tips, keep your home and vehicles locked and report suspicious behaviour and try and get to know your neighbours is a great way to start. We are working to plan out the next few years for NHW The Gap and we want to ensure we are delivering to what our community wants. We want to know how you feel about living in The Gap and how safe you feel so that we can focus on areas that matter to you. We are conducting a 10 question survey to help direct our efforts here at Neighbourhood Watch The Gap, so we’d very much appreciate you taking 5 minutes to contribute. Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ KWGSW3T
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Ashgrove RSL ANZAC Day
The Bugle Sounded and the Piper Played - Ashgrove Has Not Forgotten
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Ashgrove RSL wish to sincerely thank The Ashgrove Citizens Anzac Day Commemorative Committee and the all who contributed to and attended this Anzac Day service. The Band of the 1st Field Regiment Royal Australian Artillery once again performed magnificently leading the march and the Colour Party made up of members of the St Johns Wood Scout Group. National Flags of Australia and New Zealand together with the service Ensigns followed the Band ahead of marchers. The services in Ashgrove have demonstrated that not only are contributions of those who served remembered, but that they are being ever increasingly recognised and honoured by a new and younger generation of Australians. Near 700 people attendance at the Dawn Service in Stewart Place exceeding all expectations as did the march and Commemoration Service with upward of 4,500 in attendance. The ever increasing number of young people was more than pleasing and the dignity and respect they demonstrated
was truly a tribute to “all who served”. Master of Ceremonies was Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Humphries (Retired) and the main commemoration service was addressed by Major General., Professor John Pearn AO RFD (Retired). A special mention should go to the Mater Dei School Choir for a very moving rendition of “I Am Australia”. We would like also to welcome those new members of the Sub-Branch who joined us at Memorial Park and at the Red Hill community Sports Club after the Services for refreshments. We trust that you and your families will enjoy being a part of the activities of the Sub Branch for many years to come.
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Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club Lions supporting medical research We sometimes find that we have more spare time than usual and during the various restrictions due to covid19 this happened more often than usual. Many of us had good intentions of using this ‘free’ time to do something different, whether that be to learn a new language or musical instrument, or to become more creative. Di Briscoe, pictured right, a member of Ashgrove/The Gap Lions, decided she would like to ‘have a go’ at watercolour painting, spurred on by the ‘100 Day Project’. Although Di has always been active in the world of creativity, painting was a new venture. The idea of the 100 Day Project is to create something once a day for a hundred days as a way to ‘awaken and sustain your creative spirit’. Di did this, with amazing results; but then had the dilemma of what to do with 100 small, but delightful artworks? Being a Lions member, she was aware of the Lions Medical Research Foundation (LMRF) that sponsors our local medical researchers in the initial stages of new research projects. We are all aware of the importance of research. As they quote on the LMRF website, ‘Today’s research is tomorrow’s cure”, which helps not only those in our local area but worldwide. Currently there are two researchers receiving support from the LMRF one is Dr Olivia Holland, who works out of both QUT and Griffith University and the other is Dr Carlos Salomon based at the University of Queensland. The former is looking into the impact of diabetes on pregnancy and the latter is endeavouring to find a better way of diagnosing ovarian cancer.
Sadly due again to the restrictions that were recently in place to control the spread of covid19 it has been hard for all Lions clubs to raise the money needed to support these and other potential researchers. Thus Di decided to donate her artworks to the Ashgrove/The Gap Lions club to auction on-line with all proceeds going to the LMRF. The auction commenced on June 1st and will close on June 14th. If you would like to donate to such a worthy cause and at the same time own one (or more) of Di Briscoe’s amazing original paintings go to Facebook/100 day project – Fundraiser and place your bid. Please help us to support our medical researchers.
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Ashgrove Historical Society Denis O’Connor and the O’Connor Boathouse
The Commercial Rowing Club boathouse 1905. Trove Images. Accessed 23.01.18
The hulk of the barque Beatrice circled in red queenswharf.org. Image accessed 21.01.18
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One of the many landmarks in Brisbane lost to fire was the O’Connor Boathouse on North Quay. The boathouse was named after Denis O’Connor who lived in Ashgrove. His home, Hernsdale, was built on Three Mile Scrub Road, now known as Ashgrove Avenue, in 1879. [The house was moved to Brookfield in the early 1980s and the land is now occupied by the Highgrove unit complex situated on the corner of Bott Street and Ashgrove Avenue]. O’Connor took a great interest in sport and participated and supported a number of sports such as walking, rifle shooting, riding and horse racing. However, his favourite was rowing which he began in his youth in Ireland. He migrated to South Australia in 1877, moved to Sydney that year then onto Brisbane in 1879 where he joined the staff of Finney Isles. In 1887 he built a hotel at Stones Corner which began his long association with the hotel business. He was very active in the Commercial Rowing Club, taking part in many regattas and competing successfully in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. In his seventies, he kept himself fit by rowing a number of times a week on the Brisbane River. Denis O’Connor was 80 years old when he died suddenly in January 1937. At the time of his death he was chairman of directors of the Queensland Brewery, a position he had been elected to in 1919. He was one of the most prominent and popular business figures in Brisbane. O’Connor was also president and patron of the Commercial Rowing Club at various times. After the boatsheds were washed away in the 1893 floods the club purchased the hulk of the barque, Beatrice, for £100 and it served the club till 1896. Denis O’Connor assisted with the funding of a new boathouse which opened in 1905. Many older Brisbane residents have happy memories of dances and functions held at the boathouse. The building would rock to its foundations! However, it became the victim of arson in 1968. The arsonist also set fire to the nearby Supreme Court building on the same night. The ruined boathouse was demolished a few years later to make way for the Riverside Expressway which was opened in July 1976.
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Riverside Expressway under construction 1973 Transport Main Roads archives. Accessed 21.01.18
The Gap Sub-Branch RSL Prevention of mental health issues, especially Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and suicide have long been a major concern in the Veteran community. These concerns have been accentuated by mental health problems in the general community at large arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. In February last year the Prime Minister, The Hon Scott Morrison MP, announced the creation of a new National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention. This announcement recognises that too many Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and veterans take their own lives, and that serious action is needed to ensure that everything possible is done to prevent these deaths. The National
Commissioner will work closely with coroners to support a better mutual understanding of the systemic issues, trends and relevant risk factors The key to the success of an exercise such as this are the insights, stories and understanding about the impact of the loss of a loved one suffered by the families and others that are left behind. In other words,family involvement will be critical. Drawing on these experiences will help the National Commissioner to develop future preventative strategies. Participation by affected families will be entirely voluntary. The response to the concept of a National Commissioner has been so great that the Prime Minister has announced a Royal Commission into Defence
and Veteran Suicide. It is still being established but already widespread feedback has been received. In the meantime the Office of the National Commissioner continues to hear stories from families, serving and exserving members who have been affected by defence member and veteran deaths by suicide. The Gap RSL SubBranch is totally supportive of all these moves and is itself investigating a project to install a memorial plaque in the Glen Affric St Memorial Gardens as a gesture of support to those loved ones left behind following a
Shoulder to shoulder, Always
suicide , just as we do to those lost in active service If discussion of these topics cause concern to anyone, they are encouraged to contact The Gap SubBranch. Support agencies are available.
Quote of the Day The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. - Mark Twain
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The club has been active this month, with travel being one of the themes. A group took the trip to St. Helena, and went to prison for the day. On a fine autumn day, with smooth sailing, we arrived at this famous bay island and toured the National Park ruins of the old maximum-security gaol. Some took the short tour, some the full 4 Km, and all found it most interesting and photogenic. How lucky we are to be living in more enlightened times (as we like to think of them). The other “travel” was less conventional. Although not a formal Probus event, a prominent Probus member (in her late 80’s, mind you) organised for her family and some friends (met through Probus) to join her on a hot-air balloon flight over the Scenic Rim. This perfectly illustrated how the benefits of Probus re not limited to the official events, but include widening one’s circle of friends and being introduced to some new activities. Twenty-three members enjoyed a lunch at the Newmarket Hotel – good food and good company. On a more sombre note, our next guest speaker, Marlene Ottman from the Australian Institute of Biomolecular Sciences, will talk on Stroke Prevention, so relevant to our demographic. The club program for the year includes more guest speakers, outings, dine-outs, and small social events. More information at https://www.probussouthpacific.org/microsites/ thegapc/ If you are interested in joining Probus, or just giving it a try, we would welcome your enquiry. Just call our Membership Officer Rhoda on 0409 484 219. Places are available – no waiting list – and we’d love to put you on the mailing list and include you in the clubbishness!
Art in Bark Brisbane City Hall Workshops Art in Bark Will be open at City Hall for workshop on Monday 21st - 28th June 9am - 11am in the basement. (Closed on the 7th &14th June - floors repaired) Skylarkers at Inala on Thursday 3rd-10th-17th-24th June 9am –11.30 am. Nundah Apostolic Church Hall, Saturday 12th June 9.30am Monthly Meeting first, and workshop afterwards. We had a display at Toowoomba in March and Ipswich in May which was very good Our Next Show is at Nambour Showgrounds Garden Expo Friday 9th-10th-11th July. Brisbane Ekka Show 7th-15th August, it will be so good to display there. For more info Joy M. 0407 178 064 – Barbara 3271 2130 – Hazel M. 0408 157 117. website: http://www.westernecho.com.au
Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap Mitch Koroloff - 2020/21 President
As my year as Club President comes to an end on June 30, I would like to thank all the members of our communities in The Gap and Ashgrove for their support through the year. It is your generosity that enables the Rotary Club to assist in many community projects, Santa Sleigh, GRIPPS, Carols in the Park and help local community groups, Meals on Wheels Ashgrove, St. Johns Scout group, The Gap RSL Sub-Branch ANZAC Day march and BBQ and the Tramways Museum at Ferny Grove to name a few. Our BBQ trailer and expertise are used by several groups throughout the year. This last year was certainly very different to previous years with the COVID restrictions, however, the Club together with The Gap Neighbour Watch Group created “The Safety Bag Tag Initiative” for school children for their safety. Giving them ready at-hand contact details in case of emergencies, bullying, feelings of depression or life difficulties. This project has been taken up by schools outside our immediate area. The continuing support for our Raffles was much appreciated and my congratulations to the lucky winners of those raffles. One of the aims of our Club is service to the community. I will hand over the “Reins of Office” to our incoming President, Peter Kamau, on Friday June 25. Once again thank you for the privilege of serving as Club President for the 2020-21 year.
Probus Club of Stafford Members of the Stafford Probus Club come together for a regular meeting on the 1st Thursday of each month at the Gaythorne Bowls Club The meetings are lively with interesting guest speakers, discussions about upcoming activities and feedback from the many interest groups. A break for morning tea allows for mingling or booking for the varied selection of activities in the activity calendar. After the meeting, many members choose to move on for lunch at a pre-arranged venue – a good opportunity to chat and to better know your Probus friends. There are a number of interest groups such as the book group, movie group, craft group and many others. Other activities are arranged though out the year, often on a Thursday. Dining out is popular and outings are organised for trivia, theatre, walking and day trips. There are also overnight or extended trips. In August, members will enjoy a 3 day excursion to Hervey Bay. They will ride the Mary Valley Rattler, see the whales and visit other attractions along the route. There is plenty of fun and friendship to be enjoyed, so if that is what you are looking for, you will be warmly welcomed as a visitor to our meetings to see what our club can offer you. To visit us, or to find out more about Stafford Probus, phone our Secretary on 0419 917 019 or visit our website at https:// www.probussouthpacific.org/microsites/staffordcombined website: http://www.westernecho.com.au
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TREK2HEALTH and LIONS
Bruce Barker, CEO of Trek2Health, was the guest speaker at Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club Partners and Friends Dinner in May. Bruce outlined his work career, which involved significant periods of time working in travel and tourism over many years, in different contexts, and situations, including leadership roles in large hotels, resorts and airlines. This career was the foundation for Bruce’s current role as CEO and Operations Director of Trek2Health. It was through his work-life that Bruce became involved in adventure tourism and fund-raising for not-for-profit organisations. While trekking The Kokoda Trail, Bruce became aware of how sustained physical effort, while surrounded by the beauty of the natural environment, can have significant positive outcomes for mental health of individuals, particularly p e o p l e s u ff e r i n g f r o m depression and anxiety. This revelation became the catalyst for establishing Trek2Health and Bruce’s motivation to support those who have made sacrifices in their line of duty, namely first responders, emergency workers, military personnel and veterans. Bruce has been working on establishing this not-for profit charitable organisation for the last 3 years. Trek2Health now has headquarters, being the Trek House, located on Waterworks Rd near Enoggera Reservoir. The Trek House has been restored from a state of disrepair to a clean and welcoming base with reception area, offices, medical room and communication facilities. The renovation of the Trek House was achieved through support of local businesses,
Lion Peter Cooper; Bruce Barker CEO Trek2Health; Lions President Susie Green
which donated materials; and voluntary labour from off-duty army personnel from Enoggera Barracks. Trek2Health offers a range of treks to develop “Resilience via Earth” and “Strength via Community”. An exciting new initiative in progress is a Memorandum of Understanding, due to be signed in coming weeks, with Australian Catholic University, to provide advice and research support in studying the effect of trekking in nature on mental health and well-being. Trek2Health also offers charity treks around the Reservoir for businesses and not-for-profit organisations. Thes e are fund-rai s i ng activities so that first responders and emergency workers can participate in treks without charge. A recent trek open to the public, left ANZAC Square at midnight, 24 April. The trekkers walked 20 kilometres through the night, over Mt Coot-tha and arrived at The ANZAC Memorial in Walton Bridge Park for the ANZAC
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Day Dawn Service. It was indeed a moving and memorable sight, when over 50 trekkers arrived in the cold light of dawn, 2 by 2, lit by their torches and the dim rays of the rising sun, with the dark outline of Mt Coot-tha as a back-drop. Significant funds were raised to support the work of Trek2Health by this event. Ashgrove/The Gap Lions
Club and Trek2Health share the values of community service and caring for those in need. The Club is proud to partner with Bruce, his staff and the Board of Trek2Health in providing programs to support those in our community who have supported us. Details of treks can be found on the Trek2Health website: trek2health.org.au
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Age at Desexing - New Perspectives In the last few years, many clients have been asking about the best age to desex their puppy. The renewed interest stems from a 10-year study at the University of California, Davis, examining 35 dog breeds. The study concluded that vulnerability from desexing varies greatly depending on the breed. The study was published in the journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science. Researchers analysed 15 years of data from thousands of dogs examined each year at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital to try to understand whether neutering, the age of neutering, or differences in sex when neutered affect certain cancers and joint disorders across breeds. The joint disorders examined include hip dysplasia, cranial cruciate ligament tears and elbow dysplasia. Cancers examined include lymphoma; hemangiosarcoma, or cancer of the blood vessel walls; mast cell tumors; and osteosarcoma, or bone cancer. The study concluded that there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to health risks and the age at which a dog is neutered. Some breeds developed problems, others didn’t. Some may have developed joint disorders but not cancer or the other way around. In most breeds examined, the risk of developing problems was not affected by age of neutering. The researchers produced a guideline for pet owners and veterinarians for each of 35 breeds to assist in making a neutering decision. We recommend that you discuss this issue with our veterinarians during your puppy’s vaccination appointments. The recommendations that came out of study are very breed specific, and there are significant financial, medical, logistical and ethical considerations.
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The Gap Historical Society Inc. Est. 2000 The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn’t just how you like it, think back to how things used to be. Here are some interesting facts about the 1500’s :Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odour. Hence the custom of carrying a bouquet when getting married. Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying: Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Houses had thatched roofs – thick straw – piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became
slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying: It’s raining cats and dogs. There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That’s how canopy beds came into existence. The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying: Dirt Poor. The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway. Hence the saying: Thresh Hold. (Getting quite an education, aren’t you?) In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they
LIFE IN THE 1500’s A few extracts gleaned and prepared by George Stoddart from an article by an unknown author, which was sent to The Gap Historical Society Inc.
lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and start over the next day. Sometime stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme: Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old. Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man “Could bring home the bacon”. They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and “chew the fat”. Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach into the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous. Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle and guests got the top: or the upper crust. Lead cups were used to drink ale or whiskey. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along
the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and see if they would wake up. Hence: the custom of holding a wake. England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and re-use the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realised they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift) to listen for the bell; thus someone could be “saved by the bell” or was considered “a dead ringer”. And that’s the truth . . . Now, who ever said History was boring!! Would you believe some people lament the passing of ‘the good old days’. Despite bush fires, droughts and considerable setbacks, our country and specifically our suburb live a lifestyle of great comfort. Remember – always to love and ‘Mind The Gap’. . .
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Norths stalwart’s lifetime in hockey Northern Suburbs Women’s Hockey Club is celebrating its 50th season in 2021. Judy Lobley has been there from the beginning – and she is still playing for her beloved Eagles. Currently a member of Norths’ DP4 women’s team, Judy has played for the Ashgrove-based club each of the past 40 seasons – and a few more on top of that. When she was 15, Judy started playing hockey for the now defunct Ashgrove Methodist club located right near her family’s home. “One day Mum wanted us to get out of her hair. She said, ‘Go over the road and see what those girls are doing in the park.’ My sister and I both went over, and we were playing that afternoon,” Judy recalls. After the Ashgrove Methodist club folded, Judy briefly played for Easts. When Norths women’s hockey started at Dorrington Park in 1972, Judy joined the fledgling club as its inaugural A-Grade goalkeeper. Following a few years away from hockey to have children, she re-joined Norths in the early-1980s and has played every season for the Eagles since. Every Saturday the 70-year-old, who does not drive, takes a 1.5 hour train journey from Ormiston to Windsor, then
Norths hockey goalkeeper Judy Lobley before a game at Downey Park in 2020
gets a connecting bus to Downey Park to play hockey. Such is Judy’s dedication to her club that last season the popular goalkeeper played three games back-to-back on the same day. “Hockey is all about mateship, enjoying the teams that you play in and trying to help anybody that you can,” Judy said.
“It’s my social outlet because I’ve had a daughter with a disability all this time. Hockey is keeping me alive.” Judy was awarded the Deniece Quine Memorial Trophy for the 2020 season, in recognition of being the most dedicated Norths senior women’s player and club supporter.
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Bringing hope to those who feel forgotten Gaythorne-based not-forprofit Carinity goes inside Queensland’s jails to bring messages of love, faith and support to people who often feel far from God. Carinity’s Inside Out Prison Chaplaincy service provides faith based pastoral care, bringing the light of Christ into where there is darkness. Sammy’s story highlights the vital role prison chaplaincy can play in transforming the lives of people in prison. Sammy grew up in a violent home and was abused on a regular basis until, at the age of 15, he finally left home. By that stage he was already addicted to drugs and pornography. By the age of 18 he was drinking a cask of wine a day to try and drown out the voices that tormented him. Before long, his addictions and the need to fund them led him to commit a number of armed robberies and he was imprisoned. Prison chaplains became a breath of fresh air in a dark place for Sammy. During his second visit to prison, he handed over his life to God. “Finding God in prison was the best thing that ever
happened to me. He had been walking with me the whole time and led me to a place of repentance,” Sammy explains. To d a y, S a m m y i s “outside” and studying a Diploma of Counselling so he can fulfill his calling to shepherd others. He is in a positive relationship and is looking forward to fulfilling his dream of marriage and family. Without the intervention of prison chaplains, Sammy’s story may have ended quite differently. By donating to the Carinity Chaplains Appeal, you can help fund the work of Inside Out Prison Chaplains in 14 correctional centres across Queensland. Your donation helps our chaplains continue bringing Jesus to people in prisons, ensuring they know they are not forgotten by society. Please donate to the 2021 Carinity Chaplains Appeal at carinity.org.au/donations. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. ABOUT CARINITY Since 1949, Carinity as an outreach of Queensland Baptists has been making a real difference in people’s
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Inside Out Prison Chaplains were a breath of fresh air in a dark place for Sammy
lives through comprehensive and integrated community services. These include caring for the frail aged in their homes or in integrated seniors’ communities, helping families and young people through difficult
times, and supporting people with disability. Carinity also provides shelters for homeless youth, alternative education for teenagers who struggle in traditional schools, and prison and hospital chaplaincy.
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The Newmarket Probus Club (in Red Hill) Well it’s been a very busy month with the usual activities and a couple of good outings. At the end of last month a group of members met for an interesting tour of the MacArthur Building at the edge of the Queens St Mall. We saw MacArthur’s office with its beautiful panelled walls, and heard the history of the building, especially as it related to him. There was also a movie of Brisbane during World War II, plus many still shots of Australia at that time which were most entertaining. After that we roamed at our own pace through the museum’s collection of war memorabilia. It was remarkable how many of the group had family war time “recollections” to share with rest of us. The group enjoyed lunch together in the Mall to finish the day off nicely. Our second outing was to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. The weather was delightful with the river sparkling in the distance and, needless to say, the koalas were very cute. The raptor demonstration was terrific, with six or so different birds of prey performing very swift flypasts. And the cassowary was really amazing. For those of us who have never seen one up close, it was easy to imagine its links to the dinosaurs. It was a very pleasant day with good friends. If you would like more information about our club or would like to join, please feel free to contact Judith on 3353 1234 – she would love to hear from you.
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Headaches in kids and young adolescents is sadly something that we now see frequently at Physiologix. Many things can cause headaches but this includes being neck related. We commonly see issues that result after contact injuries, usually in sport where two kids have collided, or from falls. A concussion or head injury always has to also be ruled out in these situations. However many neck related headaches seem to come on from no reason. It may well be that poor posture may exacerbate issues. Kids are doing less and. Less sport - their spinal support muscles are therefore. Not being. Given the opportunity to. Strengthen. As they may have in the. Past. Screen time is on the increase. With kids. Adopting all sorts of weird and wonderful positions to chat with friends and play games. And many kids generally have a poor desk set up when doing their homework. As a parent trying to help your child what are some key things you can do? Here are a few suggestions of things that we would go through as physios. if we were treating your kids. If your child is not very active, get them active. What do they like? This could be as simple as a trampoline in the back yard, going to the park for a short time each evening after school/work, dance offs at home, kids yoga online – there are loads of options that can be easily fitted into the family routine and at no cost. Get them playing games and doing homework where they can adopt better posture, encouraging them to sit straighter using their spinal and abdominal muscles. Limit how long they sit, getting them up frequently. Limit screen time. Although school bags haven’t been linked to pain, if your child neck pain and headache are the same side as the side they carry their bag, you may want to try to get them to use a backpack, carrying the weight evenly to see if this might make a difference. Lastly just like adults kids can carry tension due to anxiety in their shoulders. Make sure emotional issues are considered, and where they are relevant, that they are addressed. Our physios will go through an extensive assessment of your child, with many questions – it would be great if you are present to help answer some of these often tricky things….. But also let your child speak for themselves – this helps them take ownership of their problem. Give us a call at Physiologix any time on (07) 3511 1112. Or contact us from our website physiologix.com.au
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Applications are currently open for the 2021 Forum Communicators Bursary valued at $1000.00 which is offered through our affiliation with the National Council of Women of Queensland (NCWQ). The bursary is for a female resident of Queensland enrolled in their first or second year of tertiary studies at university or TAFE who can demonstrate a record of achievement in the communication field, either through their studies, public speaking or debating. Full details are available on the NCWQ website at ncwq.org. au/bursaries. Applications will close on Monday 2 June 2021. Forum celebrates its 80th year as a public speaking organisation this year, This important milestone will be celebrated with a lunch attended by members of all clubs and their guests at Cleveland on Thursday 29th July 2021. This is sure to be an enjoyable occasion which will showcase excellence in public speaking. At Ashgrove Forum’s
last meeting on 19th May, all members took part in a lively and entertaining group conversation expressing their point of view on Meghan and Harry’s relationship and the effect it has had on the Royal Family and the Monarchy. All members participated and spoke spontaneously for 2-3 minutes each, expressing a diverse range of opinions. The next meeting of Ashgrove Forum Club will be held on Wednesday 16th June at 6.30pm, in the Ashgrove Library meeting rooms at 87 Amarina Avenue, Ashgrove. This meeting will be the Ashgrove Forum AGM, where the Annual Reports will be presented and Office Bearers for the coming year elected. Visitors and prospective members are always welcome to attend Ashgrove Forum meetings without obligation. For enquiries, please ring 0409 615 514. For more information on Forum Communicators public speaking association, please visit the website www. beconfident.org.au
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.....Principal's Points.......Principal's Points...... Hilder Road State School At Hilder Road State School, our focus is on providing a range of opportunities for students to experience and excel, with an emphasis on sports and performing arts. Our Soccer Development Squad came out on top in last term’s North Brisbane Primary Schools Futsal Titles with all U12 boys’ and girls’ teams progressing through to the next level. And, the pinnacle of our Performing Arts Program, the school musical ‘Rock Bottom’ is well underway with rehearsals as students excitedly anticipate performing three shows on the weekend of July 1718. The Saturday evening performance will be live streamed, so stay tuned for a Trybooking link. We are now taking incatchment enrolments for Prep 2022, and our waiting list for out-of-catchment enrolments is also open. Outof-catchment enrolments are accepted in the order they are received, so it is important to have your child on the list if you are considering HRSS. To support the transition process into Prep next year, we are offering a number of events over the coming months. The first will be an opportunity to come and see ‘Prep in Action’ in early August. Places will be limited. A Trybooking link will be available soon. To find out more about our wonderful school, please follow our school’s Facebook page. Jodie Watts – Principal
Payne Road State School CURIOSITY AND CREATIVITY ABOUND O u r ‘ T h r e e To w e r s ’ Curio-City Project were showcased at the Brisbane CurioCity Festival – we
were one of three schools in Queensland to have have awareded this showcase! 44 of our students from Years 4, 5 and 6 were active participants in the design, installation and purposeful coding of each of of tower installations: The Tower of Light (student curiosity and creativity led to stained glass style designs of local environmental and indigenous images, featuring 3D designs that were printed before their eyes, and coding that enabled bright lights to pulsate) The Tower of Movement (student curiosity led to a creative depiction of the night sky as batik art, with flickering lights, and coding of the base for 360 degree rotations) The Tower of Sound (student curiosity led to environmental recordings and coding that played a series of natural and instrumental sounds) At the Southbank our students met with Lord Mayor Adrian Shrinner and were interviewed by the ABC as they shared their experiences from design, to construction, to artistic expressions, to coding for functional display! The integration of Design Thinking, Art, Mathematics and Computational Thinking were at the heart of this creative STEAM project. At the Southbank Three Towers display, our students forged strong links with students from Leichardt State School, whose installation was a traditional style Gunyah featuring videos and recordings, and posing the brave question – “What if they had co-operated?” (when the early settlers had met the indigenous peoples) . This is a critical and curious consideration for Payne Road students, particularly as the
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2021 NAIDOC theme is ‘Heal Country’. Our collaborative inter-school engagement will now see indigenous students from Leichardt SS visit us during NAIDOC and together they will engage in authentic dialogue and dance around ‘Heal Country’! Our Three Towers have now returned to pride of place in our creative garden, is situated outside our STEAM Hub, and in 2021 authentically named YUGARI MUK (Turrabal words for ‘spirit of creative energy’). This garden was recently and proudly open by Maroochy Songwoman (local Turrabal tribal woman) and is strategically connected to our Bush Tucker Garden. At Payne Road SS, our students take advantage of our indoor and outdoor creative spaces that stimulate and stretch their natural curiosities and creative expressions. Wi t h C U R I O S I T Y a n d CREATIVITY as two of our core values, our students are continually inspired to ‘Aim Ever Higher’! We will be installing the 3 Towers permanently in our Yugari Muk Garden (aptly resonating with the ‘Spirit of Creative Energy’) – a ‘3 Towers Party’ is in order for our STEM Club CurioCity participants! Nicky Brazzale – Principal
St Peter Chanel School This May, like children from around Australia, our students in Years 3 and 5 participated in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). For the first time (except for the Year 3 writing task) students sat the tests online. Congratulations to our students for their focused efforts, and to our teachers and school officers who have developed our students’
skills to succeed in external assessment. Our students and staff enjoyed gathering to celebrate literature and literacy through a shared reading of the National Simultaneous Storytime book ‘Give Me Some Space!’ The audience loved the antics and courage of our PE teacher Mrs J Rock, who was supported by numerous staff members and a variety of props. During National Volunteer Week we acknowledged the significant contribution of the many people in our community who assist us. Our school would not be the rich community it is, without the support of our volunteers. We have parents and past parents, carers, grandparents and past grandparents, parishioners and friends who generously give their time in many and varied ways around our school. We are very grateful for their assistance in the tuckshop, stop-dropgo, supporting reading, groundwork, coordinating friend-raising and fundraising events to name but a few, we are very grateful. We have also recognised National Reconciliation Week, including National Sorry Day. Reconciliation is more than a word - it takes action, to which we are committed. Our recent fundraising endeavours mean that our school can contribute $868.95 to the 2021 Project Compassion Campaign. Well done to students and staff! Our efforts will make a genuine and positive difference to people in need. Congratulations to the students who represented St Peter Chanel School at the North-West Districts Cross Country Carnival. All our young athletes ran strongly, (Continued on page 23)
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were great sports and made us all very proud of their efforts. Training continues early every Wednesday before school for all runners who are in our Zone squad, and for those who wish to keep their fitness levels up. A number of our students have nominated for the Premier’s Reading Challenge. This annual, state-wide initiative for Queensland students aims to improve literacy and encourage children to read for pleasure and learning. I encourage all our children to read and record their book titles in their reading log. It is with much excitement that we have recommenced Café Chanel on the occasional Friday afternoon. This is a great opportunity for the children to have afternoon tea and a play with their friends, and for parents and friends to catch up once again on school grounds. Our Parents and Friends Association is also busy organising our Spring Fling Dinner Dance to be held in August. This will be one of our biggest social events and fundraisers for 2021, with parents and carers marking August 21 on their calendars. In May and early June, we welcomed several new and existing families to our Open Days, where the morning discovery tours were led by some of our Year 6 student leaders, who proved to be excellent ambassadors! Our next Open Morning will be Thursday, August 26. Please spread the word around your neighbourhood and with friends who live in the area. Registration is available via our website or through our school Facebook page. Principal-led tours are also available, on request.
Enrolment applications for Prep 2022 are now being accepted and interviews have commenced. Children born between July 1 2016 and June 30 2017, are eligible to enrol. Margo Carwardine – Principal
The Gap State High School In May we celebrated National Volunteer Week, we acknowledged all our wonderful volunteers who give up their time to make our school great. This included our P&C, the tuckshop helpers, PoPArts, Shape, Padma Lal, PEG and the Raise Foundation. The P&C work tirelessly to raise funds to improve our school and its facilities. On Monday 17 May, year 10 students experienced their own mini careers expo at school. Students listened to speakers from Senior Schooling and the Guidance Office, providing them with information regarding their next phase of secondary schooling. They also had the opportunity to listen to the vast range of experiences from some of our past students both in person and via Zoom from New York and London. Students were provided with information from representatives from: QTAC; The Australian Defence Force; The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training; Brisbane North West Trade Training Centre. The information our students received will hopefully make their decisions easier for when they complete their set plan in term three. Our Year 8 students went to the Maroon Outdoor Education Centre for a 3 night camp. The students had a fantastic time, the program engages students in outdoor adventure activities where students are urged to reflect on their experiences to
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held on 14 May. It was such a wonderful night, everyone was very excited to perform as it had been almost 18 months since we had had an audience at our concerts due to COVID-19. O u r Ye a r 9 a n d 1 0 debating teams have been working hard over the last term. Our Year 9s won their first short prep debate of the tournament. The adjudicator praised the team on the quality of their points and their well structured arguments. Our Year 10s competed in their final debate of the QDU season. Despite the loss the students received great feedback and were praised for their arguments and the way in which they developed their case. Throughout the year their public speaking skills and ability to frame a rg u m e n t s h a v e g r o w n immensely. Anne McLauchlan – Principal (Continued on page 24)
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Enoggera & Districts Historical Society Inc. Helping the Local Community Discover its History!
Enoggera State School turns 150!
The Society would like to send a special ‘shout out’ this month to the wonderful Enoggera State School – which turns 150 years young in 2021! With European settlement occurring in the Enoggera district from 1845, the school opened its doors way back in 1871 at a location that was then Great Northern Road (now part of South Pine Road). 26 students were the initial enrolment and the teacher was Mr John Chasely Towell. In the ensuing decades, the school and its grounds became a focal point for local
concerts, dances, meetings and Sunday School picnics. Wi t h t h e l o c a l a r e a population rapidly increasing, and school enrolments rising, it was decided to build a new school building. On 2 September 1916, the new Enoggera State School opened at its current site at 235 South Pine Road.
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The original school building is now located at the back of the Enoggera Memorial Hall in Wardell Street – and houses the collection of the Enoggera & Districts Historical Society ? Enoggera State School has become a much-loved and notable feature of the local community. It is still going strong with a recently completed Performing Arts Centre and enrolment currently standing at approximately 300 students. Do we have any past students, teachers or support staff out there who have
memories of their time at Enoggera State School? We’d love to hear from you. Please visit our Facebook page or email enoggerahistory@ gmail.com Even feel free to drop in to our premises at the Enoggera Memorial Hall any Thursday morning from 9.30am to 1pm to pass on your recollections to our volunteers. We also have our local history display open for public viewing at this time each week. Take care, everyone. Andrew McMicking President
Principal's Points...... The Gap State School 28 students from The Gap State School proudly represented the school in the recent Northwest District Cross Country trials and I am pleased to celebrate the success of Erin S, Isabel E and Josie M for their selection at the trials, into the Northwest District team. The girls went on to run strongly in their events at the Met North team trials held last week, with Josie finishing third in the 11 Years Girls’ event and earning her place in the Met North team. Early this term, four teams from Years 5 and 6 participated in the Middle School Problem Solving Challenge held at Wavell Heights State High School. Students completed challenges with over 200 students from 14 schools in Brisbane. Team members willingly attended many practices during their lunch breaks and their team spirit was strong. An outstanding effort by one of our Year
6 teams who placed third overall in their year level division at the event. Our Year 6 students were our first cohort to embark on camp this year with their teachers, spending three nights away at the Gold Coast Recreation Centre. Students spent their days participating in various activities, including stand-up paddle boarding, abseiling, archery, body boarding, team challenges and braving the giant swing. An adventurous week was had by all! Enrolment interviews for children who are eligible for enrolment into Prep at The Gap State School in 2022, will be held from 31 May - 18 June 2021. These interviews are for children whose primary place of residence is inside the school’s catchment area and for siblings of current students of the school. Expressions of interest for enrolment at the school are accepted online via the school’s website. Joanne Nicholls - Principal
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CHESS T'MINIT With Covid-19 restrictions now being relaxed, physical tournament and social play at The Gap Chess Club has recommenced with Covidsafe play rules in place. Game night starts 7.30 pm on Friday nights at Room B6, The Gap State High School. The club has a web page, https://www. thegapchessclub.org.au/ with updates on club play, local chess news and puzzles. The Flood Cup tournament has been completed, with Harvey Zhu winning with 6 points from seven games played, with Matthew Chippendale 2nd one point behind. Tony Morris and Caiseal O’Donohue tied for 3rd. A handicap prize is also awarded with the handicaps based on each player’s ranking. This year Caiseal O’Donohue won clearly with 8.68 points, well clear of Thomas Worrall (7.53
points) and Owen Shen (7.42 points). In Juhe the Stuart Wilson hour tournament will commence. This month’s problem c o m e s f r o m t h e c l u b ’s webpage, where each day a puzzle from lichess is shown. Black is threating checkmate but white has the chance to turn the tables as it is their move.
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Arana VIEW Club July Meeting
Arana VIEW Club ladies during a visit to the Caboolture historical village
Arana View Club’s next meeting is on 7th July at the Arana Leagues Club, Dawson Parade Keperra, 10.30 for 11.00am start. Cost for the 2-course meal and tea or
coffee is $30.00. We will have our usual lucky door and raffle prizes, the proceeds of which go towards supporting our 14 Learning for Life students.
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Ithaca Probus Club back in full swing May saw members of Ithaca Probus Club involved in a full range of activities. The regular monthly meeting at the Red Hill Community Sports Club was well attended, with a very interesting talk given by club member Brian Blaney on the trials and tribulations of family relationships. The following week a small but enthusiastic group of members visited the Brisbane Opal Museum and Opal Jewellery Shop, then at the end of the month a good roll-up enjoyed lunch at the Blind Tiger restaurant in The Gap. Members are eagerly anticipating a 21st birthday club lunch at the Paddo Tavern in June. Almost all current members will be there, plus all retired foundation members still able to attend. More great social interaction in July with a bus trip to the Lockyer Valley to visit a sheep cheesery, then lunch in Gatton. Other possible outings later in the year include a visit to the Summerland camel farm, and a boat cruise to the Gold Coast with a bus trip back to Brisbane. A three-day tour to Hervey Bay is also being considered. The guest speaker program has been rearranged to provide a varied range of talks in months to come. Our book exchange table was re-introduced in March. The cards group and the poetry group are each holding monthly meetings in members’ homes. We are delighted to be welcoming new members in coming months. Our monthly newsletters continue keeping members connected. New members are always most welcome at our meetings on the 2nd Thursday each month at the Red Hill Community Sports Club in Fulcher Road, Red Hill, and on any of our outings. If you would like to give us a try, please phone either of our Club Membership Officers Sue Vivian on 0413 544 202 or Janelle Rhodes on 0412 628 646. The guest speakers for July Will be Glen Gillard and Amatus Akouboo Douw. Both are from the Free Papua Movement so should provide some interesting and thought -provoking information. We have many social activities each month apart from our regular meeting and a recent one was a trip to the Caboolture Historical Village by some of our members. They enjoyed reminiscing about a different life from a bygone era.
Please phone Carol on 3355 5349 by noon on Monday 5th July if you are attending the Wednesday meeting. It has been wonderful to see new members at our meetings and we always look forward to making visitors feel welcome.
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Ann Rammermath and her cousin, Anne Zafer
‘Voice, Interests and Education of Women’ Venue - Gaythorne RSL Club Anne Zafer was our guest speaker for April: she spoke about her family’s Brisbane history. 10 Greek brothers came to Brisbane, built a house: a lovely house on the Brisbane river, fabulous gardens to the river bank, looking onto the city. The growing families watched the town hall and bridges being built, as Brisbane expanded. Sadly, progress took the house. In mid 1960s. The house and others nearby were resumed to build the state library and the new Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). A very interesting insight into 5he way in which Brisbane was settled by many migrants from other countries. Post COVID lockdown, people are seeking the opportunity to connect with others in the community. VIEW needs to make sure the organisation is in the forefront of the minds of those who are looking to expand their horizons. Make
Have you visited Yoorala St Community Garden? new friends and give back to the community. The Newmarket VIEW Club is part of a network of over 300 clubs and 15,000 women throughout Australia. Our members used raffles and donations to raise funds to continue to support the six students following The Smith Family’s Learning for Life Program, by sponsoring their school activities. These children were among the hardest hit during school shutdowns, as many didn’t have the right tools they needed to learn from home. If you wish to know more about the Newmarket VIEW Club, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Heather on 0437 343 163 or Jean on 0438 177 176
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The peanut tree (Sterculia quadrifida) is a small rainforest tree with unique features. It is also known as the red-fruited kurrajong after its distinctive orangered seed capsule which splits open when ripe in summer to reveal up to ten satiny black seeds. Growing to about 5 - 10m in height in gardens, this bushy tree has ovate to heart shaped leaves,
each supported on a slender stalk. Although the greenishyellow flowers in spring are inconspicuous, they have a delightful lemon perfume which attracts butterflies and birds. Found naturally in rainforests, vine thickets and gallery forests of coastal Queensland, this is a hardy species that is drought tolerant and grows in most
Photo: Robert Whyte
Photo: Robert Whyte
well-drained soils in full sun. It is fast growing and benefits from watering when young and good mulching. This species utilises a fungal association (mycorrhizae) to obtain their mineral requirements in nutrient deficient soils. The peanut tree is a useful accent, filling or screening plant, can be grown in pots and makes an interesting bonsai specimen. In cooler climates it can be deciduous. Once the thin, bitter, black coating has been removed,
the seed is delicious eaten raw or cooked. As its name suggests, the flavour is similar to peanuts. The unripe fruit produce a gelatinous substance which is also edible as is the root of young plants. Although the leaves are inedible, indigenous people crushed them to use as a poultice on wounds and stings. An infusion made from the bark was used to treat eye infections. The bark is fibrous and was used to produce strong twine, baskets, nets and fishing lines.
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The July meeting of the helpful. Buddleia (Butterfly Mitchelton and Districts Bush), Daisies, Lavender, G a r d e n C l u b I n c . w i l l Callistemon (Bottlebrush), take place at the Enoggera Abelia, Leptospermum (Tea Memorial Hall in Trundle Tree). Most of these are Street, on Thursday, 1st July, shrubs, but all flowering provided there are no Covid bushes and annuals could be 19 restrictions. “Plants to on the list. Blue and lavender attract bees” is the subject flowers in particular attract of the guest speaker, Bob bees. Bob Luttrell will have Luttrell, that morning. We lots more to tell on 1st July. are so dependent on bees and Officially the month other insects and creatures of June begins the winter to pollinate the flowers on season. However it’s hard our plants to ensure there are to predict what the climatic seeds for the next crop. conditions will be. For Disasters such as drought, winter, always water the heat waves, bush fires and garden after 9 am and before floods have destroyed lots of 4 pm. This gives the foliage bees or robbed them of their time to dry while there’s life-sustaining materials, so still warmth from the sun. we must grow vegetation that Dampness on foliage after the bees need. Here are some sunset encourages fungus and names of plants that would be disease to attack. Sunshine on The Western Echo June 2021 Page 28
plants on a frosty morning the club, gave a Highly will burn them, so it’s a good Commended Award to Jacqi idea to give the garden and Harwood for a beautiful grass a quick spray with succulent bloom which was the hose to melt away the remarkable, It was a head frost. During the cold months of small yellow flowers on a maintenance in our garden long stem. Jacqi was thrilled will still be needed in the when she found her exhibit form of mulching, weeding had won the award. and watering. Although at the This club meets on the end of April and beginning of May there was heavy rain and firsts Thursday of the calendar storms, our dams have not m o n t h e x c e p t J a n u a r y. reached their desired capacity Morning tea is served at 9.45 and there are still requests for am and immediately after the public to conserve water. that the meeting commences. Please be water conscious at Visitors and new members are most welcome. The hall all times. is close to public transport The May meeting had and accessible by wheelchair. a good attendance and a For more information, wonderful display on the exhibitor’s show bench. The please phone the president, judge, Margaret Morrow, Pat, on 3356 1256. a foundation member of website: http://www.westernecho.com.au
SOWN Joins Paddle Against Plastics SOWN members brought out their kayaks to join the Paddle Against Plastics on Enoggera/ Breakfast Creek on Saturday 15 May. It was a chilly 8 am start at Yowoggera Park as Yuggera man Derek Oram Sandy played his didgeridoo, told stories about the significance of the creek to Indigenous People, and welcomed everyone to his country. Ecologist and SOWN member, Leo Lee, spoke about changes in Enoggera Creek since he was a young boy growing up at Red Hill. ‘Fish populations in the creek have declined dramatically since then but, in recent decades with more regulation, water quality at the mouth of Enoggera/ Breakfast Creek has improved’, Leo said. Event organiser Rachael
Nasplezes from Healthy Land and Water (HLW) welcomed everyone to the event. She said tidal action concentrated rubbish, especially plastics, at the mouth of the creek among the mangroves. ‘HLW has a clean-up boat and does regular rubbish collection’, she said, ‘but it is important to include local community groups, like SOWN and Ocean Crusaders, in the clean-up effort’. After an egg and bacon burger breakfast, it was on to the water for everyone and a bustle of launching more than 50 kayaks began. Retrieving rubbish involved paddling in under the mangroves and climbing up the muddy and steep banks – a tricky balancing exercise. But worthwhile, as a large pile of muddy rubbish was collected and sorted into bottles and
Launching the kayaks at the Paddle Against Plastics
cans, polystyrene pieces, plastic bags, and larger items like crates and tyres. Local Federal Member and Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, Trevor Evans, supported the event and took part with his kayak. He noted the
large amount of expanded polystyrene collected. ‘The Federal Government is phasing out its use by the end of 2022’, he said. Trevor and Rachael thanked everyone for attending. For more photos of the event, look at our website at www.sown.com.au.
The Gap Garden Club - Established 1963 We are really getting back The guest speaker for the to normal at The Gap Garden April meeting was Shirley Club while observing Covid Dance from the Queensland Safe practices of course. Rose Society who spoke on Last month we had a a range of details in regard to bumper Trade Table, certainly growing roses. the largest number of plants Each month a member and pots we’ve had for a opens their garden and invites long time. We all enjoyed members to morning tea and purchasing and discussing an inspection of their garden. the offerings and being given All sorts of advice is shared advice on how to care for our and many interesting tips purchase. and ideas picked up. It’s a The Exhibition Bench wonderful experience to be also looked really good. The invited into someone’s loved judges commented on the and cherished space. high quality of the exhibits Our Field Trip last month and gave helpful hints on went to Samford, Rosevale how to present them. One of Homestead, Samsonvale, our long term members also Redcliffe for lunch and the delivered a talk on how to Plant Shack at Deception present flowers, plants and Bay. produce on the Exhibition The Queensland Council Bench and very much of Garden Clubs advised that encouraged us to have a go! their Garden-A-Fair will be A n o t h e r m e m b e r held on the weekend of June informed us about a wonderful 19-20 at the Auditorium, Mt fertiliser she has been buying. Coot-tha Gardens. It is composted cow manure Our Garden Club – odourless. website: http://www.westernecho.com.au
meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Rivercity Church, 59 Settlement Rd, The Gap. The May meeting is on Tuesday 25th and the following
meeting on Tuesday 22nd June. For further information about our club visit o u r w e b s i t e w w w. thegapgardenclub.org.au
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NEWMARKET BOCCE CLUB INC Submitted by Mario De Marco, Secretary of the Newmarket Boce Club
Hello again and welcome to my world of Bocce. There are so many sports out there and I can understand how difficult it can be to keep members motivated. It may be just a matter of giving them new challenges. No different with Bocce. Bocce Australia, in conjunction with a Bocce club in Victoria, decided that to entice new members to bocce and keep old members challenged they would develop a new strategy and the Precision Bowling game was developed. In the photo below you can see the succession of three large rings and a small ring where the Kitty/Jack is placed. Now that outer circle is about 2 meters wide, plenty of room to bowl a ball in: well think again. So you can play singles, doubles and even triples. Each player has 4 bocce ball and bowls into the circles. The point system is 1 point, 3 points and 5 points from the outer circle. If you move the jack and your bocce bail remains in that small circle its 10 points. It is very difficult to achieve. A player plays all 4 bocce balls and it is possible to hit one of your balls which can add or lower your point score depending where it travels. So, on each bocce rink/court you play two ends. Your team score is added and recorded. As we have 4 bocce rinks/courts we play 8 ends in total. I hope you got all this! The winning team, of course is the team that has the most points. Note the photo with our treasurer Bill and you will see some great bowling. There is also a group shot of the club players. We played this as a
Newmarket Bocce Club members
competition a couple of weeks ago and all members enjoyed the game and can’t wait for the next one. Of course we had a BBQ beforehand which went down well. To give you an idea the winning team achieved 134 points, second 122 points and third 102 points. Remember, if you want a go at bocce or just want to come have a look, give me or Bill a call on 0403257325 or 0431458481.
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Club Treasurer Bill was delighted with his great bowling
Brisbane Tramway Museum A Sunbeam in the Sunshine State News and views from a Tramway Muse - David Fryer
Mention ‘Sunbeam’ to most people and utilitarian kitchen appliances probably come to mind: food mixers, toasters, coffee machines, electric jugs and more. Or maybe you have a Sunbeam iron, as I do; an unremarkable but essential item for a modern metro-man who cares about his crumples. (There are high standards to uphold at the Ferny Grove Men’s Shed). But mention Sunbeam to a vintage transport enthusiast and kitsch kitchenalia will not get a mention. Sunbeam - the “real” Sunbeam - was once the hallmark of top-end transport. The name was synonymous with high quality bicycles, motorcycles, luxury cars, aero-engines and even worldrecord race cars for Malcolm Campbell. But Sunbeam also built a wide range of trucks and buses at their sprawling 4.5 acre factory in Wolverhampton, England. It all started in 1887 when John Marston, a keen cyclist from Shropshire, began making quality bicycles for discerning buyers. Legend has it that his wife, Ellen, suggested the tradename of Sunbeam. It soon caught on and the rapidly expanding factory was christened Sunbeamland. The bicycles featured a unique “Little Oil Bath” for the gears and they were guaranteed to last a lifetime. Early attempts to fit an engine to a bicycle were abandoned after a test rider was tragically killed. The unfortunate incident discouraged production of motorcycles for some time, so Marston turned his attention to motor cars. The first production model, a basic “cycle-car”, appeared in 1901. It was designed by Maxwell Maberly-Smith and
called the Sunbeam-Mabley. (Unfortunately, Sunbeam managed to misspell his name). Renowned French designer Louis Coatalen joined the company in 1909 and the legendary Sunbeam 12/16 appeared a year later. Sunbeam produced a range of successful vehicles t h r o u g h o u t t h e 1 9 2 0 ’s including a sporting twincam model, but they were complicated and expensive. The company failed to negotiate a way out of the 1930’s depression and they inevitably went bankrupt. Motoring entrepreneur William Rootes stepped in with a successful takeover bid, but quality deteriorated. Several new models appeared after WW2 and Stirling Moss drove a Sunbeam Alpine to become the outright winner in the 1955 Monte Carlo Rally. And who can forget Carry Grant and Grace Kelly with her Alpine in the blockbuster movie To Catch A Thief? S a d l y, I h a v e n e v e r owned a Sunbeam, but in 2020 I helped repatriate an important Sunbeam back to Australia. The 1935 sedan was originally purchased by the Bank of NSW for their General Manager. And only
a few weeks ago I helped import a 1914 Sunbeam for a NSW buyer. (My contribution was procedural advice and contacts. Being retired, I do not charge for this work). But my favourite encounter was helping push the twinengine 1000-horsepower “Slug” - a 1927 world landspeed record Sunbeam at Brooklands Racetrack on their 100th anniversary. So, what has all this to do with the Brisbane Tramway Museum? Well, they have a rare original Sunbeam trolleybus – old NumberOne. The chassis may be British, but the grand old
lady’s silver body was built right here in Brisbane at Charles Hope Body Works. The interesting thing is they also made “Cold Flame” refrigerators, so there’s a kitchen connection after all. It’s No.1’s Platinum Birthday (her seventieth) this June, so why not climb aboard Brisbane’s very own Silver Bullet for a virtual trip in time? David Fryer - maximalist@ bigpond.com
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