The Western Echo June 2022

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June 2022 ISSN 1327-676X

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The Gap LOCO Celebrates 10 Years

The Gap Local Organic Cooperative Ltd. (The Gap LOCO) was officially formed in January 2013 however began as a local organic buying group in October 2012. Pictured above are Co-Op workers Lesley, Rose, foundation member Rob Gaines and Laura, supporters and volunteers at the Co-Ops pop up shop open on Mondays between 10am and 5pm at the Oakleigh Scout Shed, Ashgrove. Story page 3

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Located at BP The Gap, 850 Waterworks Road, The Gap 4061 website:


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ACCOUNTANT R G Goodman Phone: 3289 1700 pg 6

AUTO AIR CONDITIONING Wyatt Automotive Phone: 3300 2077

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The Gap LOCO

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PHARMACY The Gap Day & Night Pharmacy Phone: 3300 1555 pg 32


Steve Froggatt Phone: 0402 730 177 pg 7

Colin Bushell Photography Phone:0409 107 079 pg 8

The Gap Day & Night Pharmacy Phone: 3300 1555 pg 32

La Belle Vie Phone:0435 200 282 pg 11


St Peter Chanel School Phone: 3300 1202 pg 21

Olivia Rogers Phone: 3515 0176 pg 13 Jonty Bush Phone: 3554 9100

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REAL ESTATE Harcourts Inner West P h o n e : 3 5 11 0 6 6 6 p g 7

PHYSIOTHERAPY Physiologix Phone: 3511 1112


Pandanus Contractors Phone: 3300 3934 pg 14 Plumbers We Are Phone: 3351 0016 pg 14





SHOPPING CENTRE The Gap Village Shopping Ctr Phone: 3300 3377 pg 17 TYRE & MECHANICAL Wyatt Automotive Phone: 3300 2077 pg 10


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Inness Green Phone: 3300 1555 pg 14

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CLUBS/GROUPS Taylor Range Country Club Phone:3366 1560 pg 6

COMPOUNDING PHARMACY Keperra Compounding Pharm. Phone: 3355 3905 pg 17

EMBROIDERY EXHIBITION Qld Embroiderers Guild 11 - 1 8 J u n e 2 0 2 2 p g 2 5

HEARING /SPEECH Hear and Say Centre Phone: 3850 2111 pg 19

HISTORICAL SOCIETY Enoggera Hist. Soc. Open Day Phone: 0475 353 550 pg 21

HOMEWARES/GIFTS Loot Homewares The Gap Phone: 3300 6769 pg 11 LAWYERS Hollingworth & Spencer Phone: 3123 5700 pg 6

MEDICAL CENTRE Keperra Family Practice Phone: 3351 0323 pg 16

MUSIC TUITION The Gap Piano Studio Phone: 3166 8353 pg 23

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Reflections on The Gap LOCO's first 10 years The Gap Local Organic Cooperative Ltd. (The Gap LOCO) has now been operating for over 10 years, supplying certified organic produce to The Gap and surrounding suburbs. They are a social enterprise trying to develop a new model of doing business, based on community and sustainability. The LOCO is a registered worker co-operative which means the co-op is run by the workers. At the same time they have the rules of ‘not for profit’ organisations which means the workers do not own the capital of the cooperative. All the profits and assets stay in the co-op and so it is effectively owned by the community. Over the years, there have been many practical and financial challenges for the co-op, but the passion and commitment of the workers and great support from its customers has enabled it to keep afloat. They hope one day to build up to having a permanent shop somewhere in the community. Currently they operate on Mondays, doing home deliveries and with support from the

Oakleigh Scout Group, have a pop- up shop at 15 High St Ashgrove. The co-op has only been able to survive for 10 years because of the on-going support of a very loyal group of supporters/customers. Rob Gaines was a foundation member of the co-op. He is pictured below with Co-op workers Lesley, Rose and Laura. When asked about why he supports the LOCO Rob said, “I like the LOCO because it’s a community- owned group supplying fresh, nutritious, good tasting organic veggies. There is a very nice casual relaxed atmosphere. It’s great to be able to chat with like-minded people who are very happy to discuss current events and issues while I’m doing my shopping. I buy certified organic produce as I want to make sure I am avoiding harmful chemicals from artificial pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers. I also want to support the hard work of organic farmers who go the extra distance in growing food organically.” When asked about the pop

— VALE — NURDON SERICO The funeral of The Gap Historical Society's late member Nurdon Serico was held on Thursday 12th May, where he was farewelled by a large gathering of his family, friends and colleagues, including several members of our Society. Nurdon was remembered for his outstanding achievements not only in radiography but also in sports and community involvement. Nurdon was awarded the Lord Mayor ’s Cultural Award in 2018 and he was created a PILLAR OF THE GAP in recognition of his standing in the community in 2019. Nurdon was a longstanding member of The Gap historical Society and served as President for the 2013/14 year. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. website:

up shop, Rob said, “It’s a nice open air market set amongst native trees. Much better than shopping in a closedin, artificial environment”. He encourages other local people to support this small community-based enterprise and other similar social enterprises. “We need other businesses like the Gap LOCO”.

For a current price list and details about ordering visit the Co-Op's website: or email Deliveries are made on Mondays and the pop-up shop operates at 15 High Street Ashgrove (Oakleigh Scouts car park) between 10am and 5pm on Mondays.

Inside the June Issue...

Amnesty International..................................................................15 Ashgrove Historical Society..............................................................6 Ashgrove Rangers..........................................................................6 Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club....................................................8 Brisbane Tramway Museum...........................................................30 Carinity Chaplain Appeal................................................................12 Chess T’Minit.......................................................................26 Enoggera Historical Society.......................................................18 Hear and Say........................................................................19 Ithaca Probus Club...............................................................10 Mitchelton Garden Club..........................................................28 Newmarket Bocce Club.......................................................................31 Newmarket VIEW Club...............................................................21 Older Women's Network Mitchelton...........................................16 Paten Park Native Nursery (PPNN).............................................28 Picabeen Community Association..............................................27 Principal’s Points....................................................................22 & 23 Repair Cafe The Gap..................................................................14 Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap .......................................................24 Seranata Singers..............................................................................13 SOWN (Save Our Waterways Now)...........................................29 State Update - Jonty Bush - Member for Cooper.........................5 The Gap Historical Society......................................................26 The Gap LOCO..................................................................................3 The Gap Probus Club.................................................................24 The Gap RSL Sub Branch...........................................................7 The Gap Sustainability Initiative ...............................................................4 Vale - Nurdon Serico.....................................................................20-21 West Brisbane Orchid Society............................................................29 The Western Echo June 2022 Page 3

Positive community engagement: Working group forum held on 24 May 2022 The first working group meeting of The Gap Sustainability Initiative (TGSI) was attended by our State Member for Cooper Jonty Bush, representatives of local groups such a SOWN and Yooralla Community Gardens, local schools, content experts such as electrical engineers, and ecologist, and interested residents keen to contribute to our local environment. Each group tackled one topic: 1) How to enhance exiting capabilities: ideas included how to raise memberships and volunteers for local environmental groups; help the High School to increase its sustainability footprint; create interest by developing virtual reality immersion games; counselling to reduce energy waste;

2) How to bring the Platypus back into The Gap: discussed and all the many activities around creek habitat that would be necessary to achieve this, such as determining what suitable platypus habitat looks like; barriers/what needs to change in Enoggera/Fish Creek to make viable habitat; how platypus habitat impacts local communities (both positive and negative) and build a business case; 3) Energy Independence: such as how to achieve environment and community determined objectives from energy sources that could also generate financial returns that could be re-invested in sustainability-focussed activities in The Gap. There were lots of magnificent ideas raised and each group will continue to progress these workstreams over the next few months. Please come along and share

your views with one of the groups. Upcoming Dates Next fundraising event will be on Saturday the 18th June at Bunnings Keperra. We are looking for volunteers to help in two hour shifts between 7.15am and 3.30pm. Please contact us if you can help with the barbecue or if you have any questions or suggestions on thegapsustainability@gmail. com.

Next education seminar will be held on the 21th June at The Gap State Primary School. Our guest speaker will be Justine Ohlrich (BSci in Zoology and Ecology, First Class honours) who will speak to us about the Platypus. Justine is passionate about all egg-laying mammals and intends to focus her PhD on these animals. Next project working group meeting will be on the 19th of July at The Gap State Primary School.

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State Update Funding secured for our community

The votes are still being counted, but it would appear that we now have an Albanese federal government in Australia. This is great news on multiple levels, with one highlight being our ability to deliver a number of local initiatives. These include having a community solar battery in The Gap, funding towards the rebuilding of the Scouts Hall, necessary lighting for Valley’s Cricket Club and funding towards the restoration and repair of our local waterways. I look forward to working with the federal government to deliver those commitments over the next term.

Register your interest in flood recovery assistance

If your home experienced damage as a result of the recent flooding event you can now register your interest for the $741 million Resilient Homes Fund. Funding will be used to repair, retrofit, raise or buy-back eligible properties. The program recognises there is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Different options for homeowners will be considered according to your level of flood damage, future flood risk and property type. Register your interest at: https://

Come visit Queensland Parliament

Jonty Bush MP

Member for Cooper

Welcome Theo our Youth Parliamentarian for Cooper

Since 1996, the QLD government has partnered with the YMCA to deliver the Queensland Youth Parliament, where young people aged 15-25 from across Queensland have the opportunity to represent issues important to them while learning about government processes in a mock parliament context. This year’s Youth Parliament Member for Cooper is Theo Dickey, a student at Brisbane Grammar School, and someone with a keen interest in ensuring the voices of young people are heard. It’s going to be great working with Theo this year.

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in Australia and can develop without any symptoms. However, if detected early, approximately 90 per cent of cases can be effectively treated. The good news is, there is a simple test that can help find bowel changes early. If you are between the ages of 50 and 74 you will be sent a free kit in the mail, to complete in the privacy of your home. Contact our office if you’d like to know more.

Did you know that our office can help organise tours of the Queensland Parliament for small groups including school students? Last week I joined Mater Dei year five and six students on their parliamentary tour around the precinct. They were able to check-out the parliamentary chambers, the speakers green (where the Premier often conducts her press conferences) and a few other hidden gems. I also welcomed senior students from Marist College Ashgrove, and Ithaca Creek State School to lunch in the dining room, where we spoke about the role of politics (and politicians!) If you’d like to learn more, please contact our office.

If there is a local matter you would like to discuss with me, please contact me. Shop 2/230 Waterworks Road, Ashgrove Q 4060 t 3554 9100 e f

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Ashgrove Historical Society Inc. The Ashgrove Historical Society meets at the Ashgrove Library on the first Saturday of the month 10am-noon. Visitors are most welcome. Our meeting topic for Saturday 7 July is entitled Going Home: Tales from the Days of Sail and Steam. For many of the early British migrants to the Australian colonies, ‘home’ was where they came from. For the vast majority of migrants, returning to land of their birth would not be possible. It could never be their physical ‘home’ ever again and for them, ‘home’ lay irrevocably in their adopted land. F o r s o m e , h o w e v e r, returning ‘home’ was a possibility. People such as the sons of wealthy families who came temporarily to make their fortunes, those

who were wealthy enough to return ‘home’ periodically on business or for pleasure and for some who, having achieved independence, decided to return ’home’ to die. Our guest speaker, Dick Paten, will relate a few tales of such travellers, gleaned from diaries and letters of their day. Everyone is welcome to attend. There will be a shared morning tea after the presentation. Our latest publication, Local Government in Ashgrove: A History by John Laverty was launched at the June meeting. It is available for purchase at meetings or by contacting the secretary, Julie Email: ahs.secretary@

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The Great Britain amongst icebergs off Cape Horn - source State Library of Victoria or Phone: 3366 4621. The price is $30 for Ashgrove Historical Society members and $35 for nonmembers. If you would like to become an AHS member or purchase membership as a gift, fees are $10 single per annum (1 July - 30 June), or $15 couple/family. Membership includes the

quarterly newsletter, Tram Stops. Please contact the secretary, Julie, (ahs. and she will let you know the EFT details or come along to a meeting. Funds raised from memberships, raffles and sale of our publications supports the research, preservation and recording of Ashgrove’s history.

Ashgrove Rangers

Late April/early May saw two major relay events for Ashgrove Rangers. On ANZAC Day, the Criterium Relay was run at the bike circuit at the Albert Bishop Park, Nundah. Our Under 13 Girls team of Laura Bray, Eliza Preston and Dylan Barry won their category and the Under 13 Boys team of Seb Croke, Nick Bray and Pat Collins were 2nd with Seb Croke recording the fastest lap time of the whole junior race. We had four mixed teams in the Seniors category and some swift running right near the 90 minute cut-off by 3 of our teams meant they managed to squeeze in an extra lap. On Monday of the Labour Day long weekend we were out at Kingaroy second running of the South Burnett RailTrail Relay. The Ashgrove A Mixed Team were first in the Mixed Category and 3rd overall after some terrific performances from our young athletes Daisy Carter, Cara Jardine, Montana Mitchell-Lepper and Finn O’Keefe and ably supported by the experienced Mark and Peter Lepper. The Ashgrove S Mixed team was 5th in their category while the Ashgrove R Men’s team was 3rd in theirs. Lockyer Legends took out the Men’s Category while Toowong Harriers took the Women’s. With a bitumen surface and facilities along the way at changeovers, the RailTrail is an ideal off-road course. A big thanks to all teams, organisers and volunteers who were involved. Also a big thank you to the Bunya Scouts who again provided the BBQ and Frank Stephens who was our First Aid Officer. website:

The Gap Sub Branch RSL


We’re thankful every day for the role Volunteers play in our communities. We recently celebrated National Volunteer Week; the theme “Better Together” , which we know from experience is certainly true . Volunteers are the heart and soul of RSL , certainly at our local community level. They underpin the work that we deliver and enable RSL to continue to exist, but more importantly to function effectively .

Steve Froggatt Bathroom Renovation Specialists

And so, we say thank you to the thousands of people – RSL members, non-members and partners – who support Veterans and their families in our community. We also congratulate and offer our thanks and appreciation to all those many others who volunteer in so many other areas which keep our community ticking. We Will Remember Them Lest We Forget


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Ashgrove / The Gap Lions Club Fund Raising Recently we had the pleasure of having Johnny Danalis as a guest speaker of our club, who spoke about the Star of Taroom which is an Aboriginal Groove Stone and through very hard work how it was returned to its rightful owners in Taroom. If you would like to read more please follow the link https:// On 24th May our Guest Speaker was Colin Bushel, Colin is a local in our community and is a professional photographer and amongst other things, spoke to us at length about the dramatic change in photography from the Box Brownie to the Digital Age On 21st & 28th May, Ashgrove-The Gap Lions held a huge plant sale on 2 days at Paddington and The Gap as a fundraiser for our club to help and assist in our community. The event was a huge success and we would like to thank all members and partners who assisted but particular all the community that supported this great event Upcoming Events On 16th June our club will be supporting The Gap State School Stem Expo where we will be providing a BBQ at the school On 28th June 2022, Ashgrove-The Gap Lions

21 May - Federal Election Day 2022 Plant Sale at Paddington

Club will be conducting their club changeover where a new Board of Management will be installed for 20222023. This will provide new opportunities for our club in supporting our local community over the next 12 months If you would like to find out more about Lions and the involvement we have in your community or if you would consider joining Lions or become a friend of Lions please email Susie Green at or call 0407 750 781.

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28 May Plant Sale at Glenella St The Gap



Corporate events Christmas in July parties Weddings Anniversaries Birthdays On-site parking available



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Ithaca Probus Club soldiers on through rain and viruses

Memberships available! Quality Family Recreation in a Safe, Relaxed Environment 3 Swimming Pools

2 Floodlit Tennis Courts

4 Glass-Backed Squash Courts

Numerous Gas Barbecue Areas

Don't Miss Out! Contact the Club today

(07) 3366 1560 28 Greenlanes Road, Ashgrove

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The new Probus year, which began with high hopes of returning to a near normal program of activities, is still rather disjointed. After the inconvenience in April of major roof work being undertaken on our meeting venue, hopes that it would be completed for our May meeting proved to be in vain. Even the work done so far proved deficient with several major leaks during heavy rain on meeting day. Then a week later a planned picnic in the park had to be cancelled because it was too muddy. Even COVID has not gone away, and now a flu outbreak threatens further interruptions, and reminds us of the ongoing need for vaccinations. But it is good to be mostly back. Club member Helen-Mary Blake reprised her “Stay on your Feet” talk in May. Very much audience participation with members frequently on their feet trying various stability tests. A timely reminder – this issue becomes increasingly more important as we all get older. Bob Walker (Qld Office of Fair Trading) will talk on “Avoiding Scams” in June. The club outing will be a visit to the Police Museum, followed by lunch in the CBD. The cards group and the poetry group are each holding monthly meetings in members’ homes, and the book exchange table is back in full swing at our monthly general meetings. Our monthly newsletters continue keeping members connected. We are delighted that we will be welcoming new members in coming months. New members are always most welcome at our meetings at 9.30am 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.

Support local businesses

Over the last 27 years - has it really been that long? - The Western Echo has brought you information about local clubs, organisations, businesses and services. In all those years there has never been a more important time to support our local businesses. The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted everyone across the world in ways we never would have imagined possible. Our local businesses have taken a massive blow and we should all do what we canto support and patronise them. If you can source a product or service locally, please endeavour to support a local business - they support and nourish our community in ways we can sometimes fail to appreciate, until they are no longer there to do so. So please, think local, shop local and support local. Please keep safe however and maintain social distancing guidelines during potential breakouts to ensure the spread of Covid-19 is kept at bay.






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Support the chaplains who support Queenslanders

Each year, chaplains from Gaythorne-based notfor-profit Carinity support hundreds of people in hospitals, schools, aged care communities and prisons across Queensland. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Carinity chaplains have played a vital role in supporting aged care residents, their families and staff. When aged care residents

seek guidance or simply wish to have a chat with a trusted friend, they can call upon experienced chaplains such as Gill Johnson. “Our residents have complex needs: physical, psychological, social, and spiritual. I listen to residents give voice to things that are on their minds,” Gill says. “My role is to listen to their life stories, acknowledge


In the hearts & homes of Australians for more than 60 years

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frustrations and fears, share in their joys, and help them to find hope and explore their spirituality.” Sonia Davies is the chaplain at Carinity Education Southside, a special assistance school in Brisbane for young women who have faced barriers to education. “Support is a huge part of my role. Seemingly insignificant interactions can have a profound impact, some deeply significant to our students and some we will never know,” Sonia says. Students such as Georgia are benefitting from Chaplain Sonia offering holistic support to the young women. “Sonia is there for me. I can talk to her and feel comfortable. She helps me a lot with my mental health and my friendships,” Georgia says. Carinity chaplains also provide support to hospital


Chaplains APPEAL 2022

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Chaplain Sonia Davies offers support to Carinity Education school students

patients experiencing feelings of helplessness, while the demand for spiritual guidance in prisons increased once visits resumed following the height of the pandemic. Vo l u n t e e r p r i s o n chaplains from Carinity’s Inside Out Prison Chaplaincy service, such as Myra, help prisoners begin their journey of transformation. “People in prison know we really care ... and they know that they can trust us. They say our smiles light up, as they say, the ‘dark place’,” Myra says. Your support of the 2022 Chaplains Appeal will enable Carinity to place more dedicated and passionate chaplains in schools, aged care communities, hospitals, and correctional centres across Queensland. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. Donate online at donations or phone 3550 3737.

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PILATES at On Tuesday 17 May, the Serenata Singers were invited to sing for the National Seniors at Arana Leagues Club. Being our first concert of the year, we were a little nervous but after a warm-up and introduction from our President John McCollow, we sang as if no one was listening, and still got very positive feedback from our audience. Thankfully we are getting back into the swing of audience performance with three concerts in June and more planned later in the year. This shortened concert featured Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and an Irving Berlin selection including “There’s No Business Like Show Business”, followed by “Sounds of Silence”, “The Banana Boat Song”, and tunes from “Fiddler on the Roof”. If you would like to join this friendly community choir, please contact us at - no professional skills required, just a willingness to listen, learn and enjoy!!


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What do you do with a broken toaster? Or a bike with a wobbly wheel? Or a pair of trousers that has shrunk in the cupboard? Repair Café The Gap is giving residents of The Gap and surrounding suburbs an opportunity to get their broken items repaired, instead of tossing them away into landfill. Once a month, you can bring your broken items to be fixed by experienced and qualified volunteer repairers, at Repair Café The Gap’s repair workshop, held at The Gap Scout Den. The service is offered for free, however you may be required to purchase parts. Donations are always welcomed to help us pay for basics such as insurance, venue hire and consumables. In the three months since its establishment, 72 items have been brought along to Repair Café The Gap for repair. Around 60% of these items have been successfully repaired, and a further 12% partially fixed. This has kept a whopping 156kg of waste out of landfill, lowered the carbon footprint of those items by extending their life, and reduced the demand for new resources from Earth’s limited supply. There has been a wide variety of items - garden tools, bicycles, lawnmowers, toys, clocks and even a Spiderman costume! But the category in the highest demand, accounting for 35% of all “patients”, is electrical items - lamps, battery chargers, slow cookers, CD players and toasters, to name just a few. While we currently have nine experienced repairers with specialized skills volunteering with us, who can fix many different types of items, we only have one licensed electrician. Under the Queensland state law, all electrical repairs must be checked and signed off by a licensed electrician for safety reasons, which puts a lot of pressure on our lone sparkie, and limits our capability to repair more items. Do you know an electrician with a current restricted or full license, who can diagnose and fix minor problems with household appliances, and who could be available just one Saturday morning a month to volunteer with us? In return, they will get more than the satisfaction of resurrecting seemingly dead appliances. They are sure to also get the adoration of the owner whose item they save; the chance to collaborate and learn from other like-minded volunteers; and they may even forge new friendships. They would also have the opportunity to advertise their own business (if applicable). Our volunteers are also well looked after with free tea or coffee and tasty treats from the café kitchen! If you would like to get involved, or know of a sparky who may be interested in volunteering with us, please send us an email or contact us via our Facebook page. The next repair workshop event is Saturday, 18th June.

Where: The Gap Scout Den, Paten Park, Paten Road, The Gap When: 9am – 12pm on the third Saturday of each month. Email: Facebook: website:

So, What Does Amnesty International Achieve? If you are reading this you may be curious to know about some of Amnesty’s recent achievements. First of all, you need to know that Amnesty campaigns on both domestic and international human rights issues. Read on to know more about only a selection of campaigns which have been highly successful in the past few months, thanks to Amnesty’s involvement and commitment. For instance, domestically you will have read or heard about the release of refugees who had suffered unwarranted detention for years. Amnesty led a successful campaign for the release of the remaining long-term refugees, including those detained in the Park Hotel in Melbourne. Many of them will now be settled in New Zealand. Amnesty was highly involved in encouraging the government to increase by

thousands the numbers of refugees fleeing war-torn Myanmar and Afghanistan and now Ukraine. Internationally, thanks to Amnesty’s work, many individuals have been released. To name only a few recent cases, individuals like Bernardo Caal Xol, who was released from prison in Guatemala where he had been detained simply for speaking out against river destruction. Or Magai Nationg . He was 15 years old when sentenced to death in Sudan. He was finally released in March after a concerted AIA campaign. Australians wrote 21.000 actions on his behalf. O r w o m e n ’s r i g h t s activist Atena Daemi who was released from detention in Iran after 5 years. More than 22,000 Australians took action for Atena and sent solidarity messages.

The Helen Black Amnesty International group meets between 9.30-11am on the second Monday morning of the month in The Gap and would love to hear from anyone interested in joining

the group. Please contact Di on 33001861. The Ashgrove Amnesty International group meets on the first and third evenings of the month and can be contacted by calling Sally on 3366 2046.

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On Wednesday 22nd June Mitchelton Library will be letting us know all the BCC Libraries can do for us. They just don’t lend books. Our upcoming events are: Tuesday 7th June 10am - Coffee/Techno Morning at Arana Leagues Club Saturday 11th June 12pm - Lunch Arana Leagues Club Tuesday 14th June 10am - Casual Coffee - Cafe Lagarto, Samford Valley Saturday 18th June 10am - Casual Coffee - Birds & Bees, Everton Hills Tuesday 21st June 10am - Coffee/Techno Morning at Arana Leagues Club Wednesday 22nd June 10am – Mitchelton Library – What they can do for Us, Panthers Den (upstairs from reception), Arana Leagues Club (Cost $5) Tuesday 5th July 10am - Coffee/Techno Morning at Arana Leagues Club Saturday 9th July 12pm Lunch Arana Leagues Club Tuesday 12th July 10am - Casual Coffee - Cafe Lagarto, Samford Valley The aim of our group is to provide information to women relating to a healthy outlook on ageing and to meet in a friendly, social atmosphere. OWNQ Mitchelton is part of a state-wide organisation with groups in 3 states of Australia, as well as a National Branch. There are also Older Women’s Networks in the UK and the USA among other countries. We are a part of a great organisation. For more information about Mitchelton OWNQ ring Judith on 0431 159 921.


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LAST DAY ENOGGERA TRAM Going to Chermside 1/12/1968 Photo: Late T. V. Gall Alderley

Showcasing the history of our local area Enoggera Memorial Hall 36 Trundle St, Enoggera Sunday 31 July 2022 10.00am to 3.00pm • Photos, memorabilia and information from the Enoggera & Districts Historical Society and other history and community groups • Refreshments will be served • Gold coin donation for entry • Contributions to our local history collection are always wellcome!

The hall is adjacent to Enoggera train station, it is accessible via bus services 350, 598 and 599 – and it is wheelchair friendly. For enquiries phone Andrew McMicking on 0475 353 550. The Western Echo June 2022 Page 18


A World of Sound for Mateo One-year-old Mateo is a social butterfly, he loves playing in water, with his animal toys, and reading books. When he was just two weeks old his parents, Lauren and Francisco, found out he had profound hearing loss. “A million thoughts ran through my head, and it was a couple of very emotional days, followed by a couple of months of trying to get our heads around his diagnosis,” said Lauren. During this whirlwind time, the family also moved to Brisbane, and upon arriving Lauren and Francisco explored the options available for Mateo, meeting with multiple providers before deciding to come to Hear and Say for specialist speech therapy and audiology services.

“The choice was simple, we needed to go to Hear and Say to ensure Mateo learnt the skills to hear and speak the best he can,” said Lauren. “Everyone I associate with is hearing, my whole family is hearing. Spoken language is our family’s first language and knowing there was technology and therapy available to get Mateo to learn to hear and speak, how could I not do it? I knew being able to hear would open up opportunities in his future.” Mateo started wearing hearing aids from eight weeks old, and since then he has received cochlear implants, an exciting next step in their journey. Reflecting on their experience at Hear and Say, Lauren says she feels supported in many ways.

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Reflections... by Richard Speechley - 2018 I first wrote of my lifelong friend in the February 2010 issue of The Western Echo and it is now appropriate to update his rich heritage to his community, particularly in light of Nurdon receiving the Lord Mayor’s Cultural Arts Award in the 2018 Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Awards. It is from a very strong ethnic legacy and loving family background that I write this story of a lifetime friend, so much admired and known to many in this area and far afield. Nurdon Horace Serico was born the second child, brother of sister Evelyn, to parents Maurice and Evelyn Reen (nee Monkland-Olsen) Serico on 21 May 1933 at the Lady Bowen Hospital, Wickham Terrace, Brisbane. Maurice was a member of the Fungallu people of the Taroom district and Evelyn Reen, who had been born on the banks of the Mary River at Tuchekoi, near Gympie, was a member of the Gubbi Gubbi people who are inter-related with our district’s Turbal aborigines. In 1939 the family moved to their home in Empress Te r r a c e B a r d o n , f r o m

where Nurdon and his sister became the first aboriginal children to be enrolled at the Ashgrove State School. Nurdon was to spend all his primary education years there and though not stop of the class’, he was into all the sports offered – athletics, cricket, football etc. and was to become the school’s first State Title holder when, in 1945, he won the Broad Jump (now called Long Jump) at the state’s Primary School Boy’s Championships. Still under 14, he also won three sprint titles in the 50, 100 and 200 yard sprints (these events are now raced under the metric system). Following Grade 7 , N u r d o n ’s s e c o n d a r y schooling was at the State Industrial High School in Edward Street, Brisbane. Here his sporting prowess saw him not only win the 100 yard State Secondary School title, he set a new State record in the 200 yards and during his time at S.I.H.S. he was awarded blue pockets for rugby league, cricket and athletics. One occurrence, while at high school still brings a smile to his face. It was decided at this boys-only school, to teach the lads the fine social graces of dance. Calling in the (then) wellknown dancing instructor Sandy Robertson, classes were soon underway. One thing Nurdon resented most was dancing with another boy. How on earth could he learn under those conditions? He took it upon himself to approach the head teacher and suggested that the girls from nearby State Commercial High should be invited down to learn. While still in the head teacher’s office, he Nurdon Serico - Patron of was to be witness to a call the Balaangala Community Group placed to the head teacher at The Western Echo June 2022 Page 20

Nurdon H. Serico – A Rich Heritage 21/5/1933 - 3/5/2022

SCH and within a week the boys were learning to dance properly – with girls. As his father Maurice was a strapper and masseur at West Leagues Club, it seemed only natural that Nurdon should join the under 14s and played A Grade with Wests for the next 15 years. Maurice, who was known as “the man with the golden hands”, served not only his local club but State, Australian and visiting overseas teams in that capacity. He was also an active member of the Bardon R.S.L. and was founder and trainer of the Bardon Athletics Club. On leaving high school before the final year, Nurdon obtained an apprenticeship in fitting and turning with the Brisbane City Council’s Tramways at Boomerang Street, Milton. He stayed a number of months before moving to Central Purchasing at City Hall, then after eight months, moved to a cadetship in Radiography at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. This career change was to see the State Health Department have a dedicated employee for the next 49 years. Nurdon completed his course at Queensland University, graduating in 1954 in the presence of his very proud parents.

In 1959 Nurdon married Pat Thrower, a girl from Goondiwindi, moving to The Gap with their three children, Maurice, Michael and Melinda who were to attend both primary and secondary state schools in The Gap. Nurdon and Pat’s granddaughter, Emma Jane, is also a muchloved member of the family. Working the early or late shifts, at times ‘on call’, saw Nurdon’s appointment as Senior Radiographer and in 1968 became this state’s first Neuro Radiographer, setting up the first unit. In 1970 he was appointed Technical Officer, an advisory position being responsible for the establishment of all units throughout the state of Queensland. In 1976 Nurdon was awarded a Churchill Scholarship to further his career in radiography, which saw him spend time in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States while on his study tour. Throughout his many years with Queensland Health, he spent a great deal of time travelling the state setting up training programmes for regional systems in country hospitals – now extended (Continued on page 21)


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– and also facilitating conferences to bring city and country together, often over three days in centres such as Cairns, Townsville and Mackey, bringing staff from the country to the coast. His retirement in 1999 was a sad loss to the department at the Royal Brisbane Hospital – he had served for 49 years and yet, in that time, he had served many years on other committees of great worth. A warmly felt departing gesture was the naming of an x-ray facility in the Orthopaedic Department in his honour. As a member of the Advisory Council on Aboriginal life, times and traditions at the National Museum Canberra, his role included the design of that aspect of the building. After 20 years on the Board of Aboriginal Health Service here in Brisbane, he was made a Life Member. Playing cricket for The Gap Pastime Club for a period of 24 years, at times Nurdon served as Chairman of the Cricket Committee.

A keen interest in photography, especially of a historical nature, many in our local area, Nurdon has served on the committees of both the Ashgrove and The Gap Historical Societies and has also been VicePresident and President of The Gap Historical Society and at present is Patron of the Balaangala Community Group which aims to bring together indigenous and nonindigenous Australians through sharing creative practices. Both of Nurdon’s parents lived well into old age, Maurice passing in 1998 (aged 99) and his mother aged 96 in 2005. At the time of Evelyn Neen’s death she had been Senior Elder of her Gubbi Gubbi people for a long period. Nurdon’s sister Evelyn is now the senior spokesperson. Within his own family, Nurdon’s wife Pat was to pass away in 2014 after 58 years of marriage with daughter Melinda coming home to look after her Dad.


Nurdon giving a history of the area to a gathering at Glen Harding Park, The Gap

Elder son Maurice is keenly involved in Aboriginal affairs, being CoChair of the State Aboriginal Reconciliation Council and Chair of our local Balaangala Community Group. Nurdon is also extremely proud of his granddaughter Emma Jane (daughter of Melinda) who teaches English and History in Secondary Education at the Murgon State High School, both subjects close to his heart. A most pleasing aspect of his contribution to the community during retirement, is the ten years spent with the Murri Court. In this regard, he counselled offenders and advised the Magistrates of Aboriginal Lore and Laws and is now retired from this position.

Nurdon Serico passed away peacefully on Tuesday3rd May 2022, aged 88 years.

Loving Father of Maurice, Melinda, & Michael. Adored Grandad of Emma-Jane. Treasured Brother of Evelyn. Family and friends were invited to celebrate Nurdon’s life at the Lakeview Chapel, Albany Creek Memorial Park on Thursday 12th May 2022

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.....Principal's Points.......Principal's Points...... Payne Road State School Becoming an ‘Inquirer’ is considered a ‘Learning Asset’ at Payne Road SS this requires that students engage in their learning by being distinctly: Curious, Courageous and Critical For example in our Science Curriculum we are seeing some great examples of curiosity and inquiry from Prep to Year 6. In our Prep classrooms students have been inquiring about changes in the weather. Prep L were provided with an object as a provocation (refer picture). After predicting, investigating and experimenting, students concluded that this was actually a type of early thermometer. In fact, one morning they turned their air conditioning down very low and observed both the purple and pink balls actually floating to the top! They further inquired by looking in library books as well as Google – together they discovered that this is the ‘Galileo Thermometer’! Our Year 6 students have been inquiring about how they could courageously live on the moon one day! They intentionally asked What, Why and How questions and came up with a long list of requirements that would keep them alive and well over time. To further engage in critical thinking, their teachers ask them to rank their requirements in order of importance and to justify their answers. One class presented their inquiry and justifications at our assembly, in true dramatic form they engaged all the audience in such wonderings and potentiality! Recently one of our EcoMarines, represented us at the Gap Sustainability Initiative Inc meeting. He was curious

about the Platypus Project and reported on assembly: Platypi in Enogerra Creek are threatened and Prof Possingham tells us that there is only a 20% chance that by conserving this freshwater environment we can actually regenerate their population. However this project can still have an umbrella affect and support a whole range of other species! So we are staying posted for critical developments! If you are genuinely curious, courageos and critical in your approach to learning, then Payne Road SS is the school for you! Nicky Brazzale – Principal

St Peter Chanel School Naplan - The weeks are certainly passing by at a rapid pace and the students and their teachers are deep into the teaching and learning for Term 2. A special thank you and congratulations to the Year 3 and Year 5 students and teachers who have successfully completed 2022 NAPLAN online testing. By ensuring our students across the school are always assessment capable learners, experiences like NAPLAN allow students to display their knowledge and skills capably and confidently. 50th Anniversary Celebrations - We continue our 5oth Celebrations with our ‘All That Glitters & Glows Cocktail Party’ Saturday, July 30. The venue is Charity Hall here at school. All former staff and other community members with an association to the school are most welcome to attend. If you’d like to discuss sponsorship opportunities or provide items for the auction or raffle, please contact the Event Coordinator, Jasmin Forsyth on 0403 136 681 or

The Western Echo June 2022 Page 22 Classroom News - Some of the learning occurring across the school recently included: The Year 6 students are learning to investigate and understand how physical conditions of the environment affect the survival of living things. In recent experiments they placed some seeds in a ‘sprout house’ for a couple of weeks and observed how the sprouts grew in the different water environments. Some of these environments were organic water, acidic water and salty water. Interestingly, the students found that there was a different rate of growth across the environments and within the different environments! The Year 4 students have been busy constructing a Visual Art Mobile. Focusing on working with shape, the students firstly drew an example of a geometric shape and an organic shape in their Visual Art Diary. They then had to explain their drawings. From here the students used their knowledge of organic shapes to construct a mobile. At the end of construction, the students were asked to answer the question ‘what mood do you think is expressed in your artwork and why? In Guided Reading sessions the Year 3 students have been practicing the skill of Visualizing. During this short 15-minute session with their teachers, each group has read a text chosen at their level of comprehension, so that they can successfully understand how to use prior knowledge and experiences to create images in their mind. This important skill allows the book to come to life while the students are reading. By having focused sessions with

students each day, the Year 3 teachers can monitor each student’s progress closely and tailor future Guided Reading sessions to meet their students’ reading goals. In Prep, the students have been enjoying contextualised play. During this daily routine, they have been participating in experiences such as choosing a sight word to ‘have a go’ at writing on their whiteboards, counting to 13 with coloured discs, rolling playdough to make lower case letters and working with their teachers to write about what bears look like, what they eat and where they live. Contextualized play draws from curriculum planning and allows the Prep students the opportunity to build upon the students rich and diverse prior knowledge and experiences. Every day there are numerous examples of great learning moments occurring across all classrooms in our school. North West Districts Cross Country - Congratulations to all our cross country athletes who represented our school at the North West Districts Cross Country Carnival held on Friday, May 6. A special mention must go to Eliza P who placed 5th in the Under 11 age group. Once again, thank you to all staff involved for their coaching and supervision on the day. The next opportunity for our runners to represent the school is at the Catholic Zone 4 Cross Country which is being held on June 3, at Teralba Park. Paul McGlone – Acting Principal

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Principal's Points...... The Gap State High School (Contd.) (Continued from page 22)

Maroon Outdoor Education Centre near Lake Maroon. The theme for Year 8 camp is “Independence and Initiative” and there will be many opportunities throughout the 4 days for students to demonstrate these skills. Students will participate in a range of adventure based experiences including: high ropes, canoeing, aquatic activities and a team-building night activity. Students will camp out in tents for one night and sleep in cabins for the other two nights. We hope they have a lot of fun and look forward to hearing about their adventure. In May our junior choir, Voiceworx, participated in the Queensland Youth Music Awards (QYMA) and placed second! The adjudicator was very impressed with how beautifully the students sang. Our senior choir competed in a hotly contested division pf QYMA and were awarded gold. This was the first time our students had competed in three years so they were thrilled to just be able to perform, let alone receive such amazing results. Our Year 10 students attended the Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo at the Convention Centre in South Bank. The Expo hosts over 120 organisations and employers with career opportunities for all ages. The excursion will support our students to consider a range of career pathways to inform their Senior education and training planning in term 3. Our senior and intermediate instrumental students attended music camp at the Sunshine Coast Recreational Centre at Currimundi. The students

really enjoyed the opportunity to come together and play music in their ensembles, perfecting their repertoire for their upcoming performances in Fanfare. They loved working in sectionals to refine their parts and felt proud perfecting some really tricky music. Anne McLauchlan – Principal

The Gap State School It has been over three years since our school’s high performing choirs have had the opportunity to participate in choral competitions, so it was with great anticipation that our Junior Choir attended the Queensland Youth Music Awards on the 23rd of May. Our Junior Choir is made up of 53 enthusiastic Year 3 and Year 4 students and is an un-auditioned choir. On the night we competed against 10 other choirs from the south-east corner. The Choir performed two pieces, Fire and Oh Moon, conducted by Katherine Ruhle and accompanied by Linda Ritcher. I am pleased to celebrate our choir receiving a GOLD award for their performances. We are also thrilled to receive the 1st place trophy, a win that was celebrated with delight from students, parents and staff alike. Our school community supported a recent swim-athon, with funds being used to purchase a shade cover for our playgrounds. Congratulations to the following students who were the highest fundraisers. Cadence M, Liam C, Zara B, Laura H, and Lauren G. We had a very strong performance by our students who represented the school at the North West District Cross Country competition in May.


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more info on: I am pleased to announce that The Gap State School placed third overall in the district for the team results and third overall in A school’s division. We had number of students who finished in the top 8 in their age group thus making the North West District Cross Country team. Congratulations to the following students: Ellie M (10 years), Faye C (10 years), Sebastian G (10 years) and Josie M (12 years). Michela S in Year 6, recently participated in Queensland State School’s Golf Championships. Michela battled the challenges of heat and an unknown course but upheld the school’s values, showing resilience and persistence. We are incredibly proud of Michela who won the Nett Event for the girls 1012 years, finished overall in 6th position on gross and was selected as one of the shadow players to represent Queensland at the national championship to be held in November. Congratulations also to Year 6 student, Isaac M for his selection in the North West District Rugby Union team to compete in the upcoming Met

North trials. Also, to Levi G in Year 6 for his selection in the Met North Hockey team. Well done, students. Enrolment interviews have commenced for our 2023 Prep intake. Interviews will continue be held throughout June. We invite on families with 2023 Prep eligible children, who reside inside the catchment area, to visit our school’s website to register an expression of interest for enrolment. Expression of interest are also accepted for enrolment in Prep to Year 6, for children who reside outside of the school’s catchment area. Our Soiree is an event not to be missed. Taking place in our MPB on Saturday evening, 4 June, our hardworking Music Supporters’ Group, a sub-committee of the P & C, has planned a memorable evening of quality entertainment and refreshments. Tickets are available for purchase online or at the door and all proceeds are used to support our high quality instrumental and choral music program. See the school website for details. We hope to see you there! Warm regards, Joanne Nicholls - Principal

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The Probus Club of The Gap The weather and the pandemic have presented the club, and indeed everybody, with challenges lately. Although we don’t have Premier on TV every morning telling us about it, the virus has not gone away, and we still have to be careful. And the Probus club is extremely careful: we don’t believe we have had a single case of transmission vis the club in the whole of the last two years. That has been even after resuming our program of excursions and general meetings wit guest speakers. And weren’t we well rewarded for our persistence in May! Our speaker was Caylie Jeffery, the author of “Under the Lino: The Mystery, The History and The Community”. Caylie vivaciously engaged members to solve the mystery of money

found in their first home on Heussler Terrace, Milton in 1996. The 1912 Federation Queenslander was not in a liveable state until totally cleaned. Cash and three CBA Bank books (1955-1958) at different Branches were found under the lino in the kitchen stove recess. Over 1000 people responded on FB to suggest / guess its origins – Caylie named it “the world’s biggest detective agency online”. Caylie deftly led us through the stages of the investigation, inviting educated guesses at every point. The owners turned out to be Arthur and Eleanor Webster, and included their son Morgan, a Commonwealth Bank employee, with no descendants. Extended family and historic photos were discovered at Ipswich. An incredible find was Arthur



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and Eleanor’s wedding gift, a lounge suite, from Arthur’s parents. Caylie purchased it and returned it to their Milton home 104 years later! Arthur’s dad was the founder of Webster Biscuits. Members were most appreciative of this fascinating tale and its interactive style; it was a real talking point. If you are interested in joining Probus, or just giving it a try, we would welcome

your enquiry. Just call 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!

Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap Our Rotary year is almost over! On June 24th. we hold our Changeover Dinner where we farewell our President Peter Kamau who has led and inspired us through the past year, and welcome in our new President – Tim Boyd, and his fresh, new board of directors. As we look back at the year that’s been, - we can, despite the limitations that the Covid Pandemic placed upon us - feel proud of our many achievements. These consist of the popular tried and true activities that our club has finely tuned over many years. Among these are: • The Santa Sleigh • Carols by Candlelight • Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony • GRIPPS • Junior Youth Awards .. and • Rotary Junior All-rounder Awards – now supported by 11 local schools. As well, we have attended numerous functions and helped out with our famous sausage sizzles! Money raised from these events and from our several yearly raffles have helped support many worthy projects, both within our community – and Internationality. Our regular club meetings have hosted a kaleidoscope of informative, entertaining, and interesting invited guest speakers who have shared with us, a wide range of engaging topics about which they are passionate. We gratefully appreciate their time and energy! Rotarians enjoy the friendly camaraderie of both the club members - and the members of the public we interact with along the way. If you are interested in learning more about us - and what we do, please ring Tim Boyd on 0411 141 304.

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THINGS YOU PROBABLY DON’T KNOW ABOUT OUR COUNTRY This is the third of four articles detailing some little known facts about our country. The information is reproduced from a 2016 article by John Minness. 45. The average Aussie drinks 96 litres of beer per year. 46. 63% of Australians are overweight. 47. Australia is ranked second on the Human Development index (based on life expectancy, income and education). 48. In 2005, security G u a r d s a t C a n b e r r a ’s Parliament House were banned from calling people ‘mate’ – it lasted one day. 49. In Australia, it is illegal to walk on the righthand side of the footpath.

50. Australia is the only continent in the world without an active volcano. 51. Aussie Rules footy was originally designed to help cricketers to keep fir during the off- season. 52. The name ‘Kylie’ came from an Aboriginal hunting stick similar to a boomerang. 53. 91% of the country is covered by native vegetation. 54. The largest ever victory in an international football match was when Australia beat American Samoa 31 – 0 in 2001. 55. T h e r e a r e 6 0 designated wine regions in Australia. 56. Melbourne has been ranked as the world’s most liveable city for the past three years (Back from 2016) Contact us Ph: 0432 967 829

57. If all the sails in the Opera House were combined they would create a perfect sphere. The architect was inspired while eating an orange. 58. Australia is home to 20% of the world’s poker machines. 59. Half of these are found in New South Wales. 60. Moomba, Australia’s largest free festival, held in Melbourne, means ‘up your bum’ in many Aboriginal languages. 61 No native Australian animals have hooves. 62. The performance by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the 2000 Olympics opening

Est. 2000 ceremony, was actually a prerecording of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. 63. T h e w i n e c a s k (goon sack) is an Australian invention. 64. So is the selfie. 65. Durack, Australia’s largest electorate, is larger than Mongolia. 66. The world’s first compulsory seal belt law was put into place in Victoria in 1970. Remember to Love and Mind The Gap

CHESS T'MINIT With the are relaxation of restrictions, physical tournament and social play has recommenced with Covid-safe play rules in place. The Flood Cup is underway, and following its conclusion, the Stuart Wilson Tournament will commence on 24 June, where each player has one hour to make their moves. Anybody interested in playing in this tournament should contact the club through its webpage. Game night starts 7.30 pm on Friday nights at Room B6, The Gap State High School. The club has a web page, au/ with updates on club play, local chess news and puzzles. A further puzzle this week from - the site which the club has used for online games during Covid (and the floods). White to play and checkmate black.

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Have you visited Yoorala St Community Garden? Picabeen Community Centre is located in Mitchelton on 22 Hoben St. We run a range of activities and services for the local community. We are so thankful for the many volunteers who give their time at Picabeen each week. Without them we would not be able to deliver as many programs as we are currently. We have Yoga in centre on Monday 9.30am $8 Tuesday BBQ 12pm gold coin appreciated Wednesday LQBTQI+ High school drop-in 3.30pm Many more programs are on our Website: au and Facebook: Picabeen Community Centre We are seeking volunteers for our Playgroup, BBQ group and Op Shop. If you have some hours to spare or know someone, we would love to hear from you. Phone: 3354 2555 Email News from the Change Room Op Shop 65 Gilston St., Keperra Well, the change of seasons has come upon, us with lots of the wet windy cool weather. So be ready for the cooler months with lots of beautiful pre-loved clothing in our op-shop. Drop in and browse our great range of winter clothing for all the family. We have everything to keep you and your family warm, from jackets, jumpers, through to boots and sleepwear. See you soon.

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

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Historic Oakleigh State School Bell Stolen Can YOU help us bring it home? The Oakleigh State School community arrived at school recently to discover their school bell had been stolen. The cherished bell hung high and proud in its bell tower. It is believed the bell and tower originally came from the Sherwood Fire Station sometime between 1953 and 1955. For nearly seventy years it has rung to signal school start and finish times, recess times and special events. It continues to be of service today and was restored to its former glory in 2018 - see photo at right. Its familiar peal would resound across neighbouring Ashgrove streets informing the local community of the time of day. What stories this bell could tell! The Oakleigh students, staff and families are deeply saddened by the loss of their treasured bell. They are appealing to the wider community for help to restore the bell to its rightful home. Please contact Policelink on 131 444 or https://www. with any relevant information. website:

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Whilst an advocate for growing all bush food plants, a large number of them only produce food that is palatable after processing and cooking as, for example, jam, sauce or chutney. This is not the case for the fruit of the native gardenia (Atractocarpus fitzalanii), that may be enjoyed raw on their own or in salads or cooked in tarts and other desserts. An alternative name for this plant is the yellow mangosteen since the round fruit is the same size (4 – 7cm

diameter) and flavour of its Asian counterpart. The native gardenia is indigenous to coastal forests and beaches from far North Queensland to Mackay and is a hardy dry rainforest species that grows well in subtropical regions out of its natural range. This large shrub or small tree is a beautiful addition to a garden as a specimen or screen plant. It has large, ovate and dark glossy green leaves although the new growth is a wonderfully contrasting lime green. Between September and November, the plant is covered in small (2.5 cm) star-shaped white flowers that have the intense fragrance of gardenias. These ae followed by round, green fruit that gradually turn orange-brown as they ripen between April and June. Removal of the hard outer coating reveals

the pale segments of soft and sweet fruit with white seeds. Native gardenia is best suited to a shady position in the garden, however once established they will tolerate both full sun and part shade and are very hardy. This is achieved by ensuring that the young plants are protected from harsh afternoon sun and strong winds using tree guards. It requires a well-drained soil (tolerating sandy conditions) but does need warmth and moisture. Mulching around plants in spring and watering in dry

periods provides the required conditions. With its lush, evergreen and bushy foliage, the native gardenia is an attractive plant grown in a pot for an outdoor patio or in well-lit indoor spaces. The plant can be pruned to maintain its size and shape, making it a good candidate for hedging. In addition to human enjoyment, the native gardenia is a good wildlife species. In spring, when the flowers open in the afternoon, moths visit them for their nectar as do bees and other insects. In winter, birds feast on the fruit.

Mitchelton & Districts Garden Club Provided there are no Covid restrictions, the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club will meet on Thursday, 7th July, at the Enoggera Memorial Hall (entrance to the hall is at 36 Trundle Street, Enoggera). The guest speaker is Kate Stumer who will talk about Cordylines, an upright easycare shrub that grows with its leaves coming from a central stem. There’s a huge variety, each one with particular colours, and there are even Australian native Cordylines. At the May meeting Geoff Robinson dealt with natives that were drought resistant. He explained the properties of the saltbush. There are different ones, all with edible foliage to add flavour to food.

One of the club’s senior members with allergies to garden sprays, was happy to share the result of an experiment. Insect damage was preventing her from using foliage for the show bench. In desperation she sprayed her Acalapha with Mortein, and it worked. She was able to show a cut of a foliage plant, free of holes or chewed edges. Another member encourages birds to visit her yard - magpies, crows, kookaburras, butcher birds, myna birds, etc - and they eat the caterpillars and grasshoppers, minimising damage to her foliage plants. This month (June) there’s lots to do in the garden. The last crop of winter vegetables - carrots, cauliflowers,

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broccoli, celery, garlic, onions, peas and beans may be planted. Formative pruning of young fruit trees will help develop a strong framework of branches. Those growing japonica camellias who want quality blooms, should remove some of the plump buds by gently twisting them off to leave a couple in each cluster. This will let the plant provide more nutrition for the buds that are left. Herbaceous perennials may be lifted and divided this month. Bare root rose plants are becoming available. Don’t delay planting these. However, westerly winds could burn the new shoots, and some gardeners prefer to wait until later in the season to buy new rose plants.

This club meets on the first Thursday of the calendar m o n t h e x c e p t J a n u a r y. Meetings commence after morning tea which is served at 9.45 a.m. Visitors and new members are welcome. The hall is close to public transport and accessible by wheelchair. For more information, please phone the president, Pat, on 3356 1256.


Award recognises plant propagation partnership

Save Our Waterways Now (SOWN) has taken the unusual step of awarding Life Membership to someone who was not previously a SOWN member or volunteer. Yet Kobus Havenga has been responsible for supervising the propagation of more than 840,000 high-quality native plants that have been distributed through the SOWN Nursery and to other bushcare groups throughout South-East Queensland. Kobus made this remarkable contribution while working as the nursery supervisor at the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre (AGCC) which has been part of a very successful nursery partnership with SOWN for more than 10 years. SOWN nursery manager Dick Harding thanked Kobus and congratulated him. “The prison partnership has only worked because we have people on the inside, like Kobus, who are dedicated to helping the prisoners and the environment. Over many years, Kobus has made a huge contribution to the work of SOWN,” Dick said. In addition to propagating plants, the program has also taught prisoners basic nursery and horticulture skills. A large proportion of the plants

Dick Harding presents Kobus Havenga (right) with his Life Membership certificate

propagated are Lomandra species which are in high demand for SOWN planting projects. SOWN volunteers collect seeds from a variety of local native plants. Some of these are germinated at SOWN’s nursery and taken to the correctional centre as seedlings to be transferred to small pots called tubes. Other seed is supplied direct to AGCC to germinate in their greenhouse.

Another chore done inside, to free up volunteer time, is tube washing. During the life of the project, the AGCC workshop has also made native wildlife nesting boxes, bred red-claw crayfish for Australia Zoo, grown koala food plants, and made steel benches and wire mesh trays for carrying tubestock. SOWN provides plant tags and books on native plants for the prisoners to learn about the plants they are helping to grow.

West Brisbane Orchid Society Show 18 & 19 June Following post-Covid resumption of meetings, the West Brisbane Orchid Society is planning a Show, to be held at the Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, on 18 and 19 June. The Show promises a colourful display of native and exotic orchid species and hybrids, plus plant sales. Pots and fertilisers, and cultivation advice. Admission: Adults $4.00, children under 16 free. The Society meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at The Gap Baptist Church, 1125 Waterworks Rd., The Gap. Visitors and New Members welcome.” I have also attached a flyer with details of the Show. For further information please contact Ian at 0418 873 725. website:

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School’s in for The Gap’s newest principal

Paul McGlone, the new Acting Principal at St Peter Chanel Primary at The Gap, says he’s ready for the top job. He has 30 years’ experience in educational leadership and teaching under his belt, and three children of his own. Last year he was Assistant Principal at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Primary at Wavell Heights, a position he held for more than 10 years. “I feel humbled and a great sense of privilege and responsibility,” he said. “St Peter Chanel is a unique school centred around love and compassion. The school is known for its wonderful culture, and I look forward to being a part of this community that has helped make a difference to the lives of young children for 50 years. “Apart from the incredible facilities we have, more importantly we have highly professional staff who are wonderful role models and warm-hearted individuals.” This year, St Peter Chanel Catholic Primary celebrates 50 years of teaching since

the school opened. The school plans to host a golden jubilee celebration with a range of festivities planned to celebrate the history and achievements of the school. Mr McGlone says he will continue to raise the high standards of the educational excellence in literacy and numeracy performance following last year’s strong NAPLAN performance at the school. “I have high aspirations for our school where we seek to provide high-quality learning opportunities for our students to achieve beyond their potential.” Mr McGlone is wellqualified with a Master’s degree in Education Leadership, a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Teaching. “I started coaching childrens’ sport when I was 15 years-old and that really inspired me to pursue the journey of becoming a teacher. Mr McGlone has already taken his new role in stride, playing cricket and handball with students after school

St Peter Chanel’s new Principal Paul McGlone makes a difference to the lives of young students at The Gap

each day and visiting classrooms regularly to get to know each, and every child. “There’s no better feeling in the world than watching kids learn, grow and achieve success, and knowing that you played a role in making a

difference in their lives. “I’m the eldest of eight siblings and my parents instilled in me a love of working with young people, seeing the best in them and trying to nurture that,” he added.

Brisbane Tramway Museum Rags to Riches - Plea for help News and views from a Tramway Muse David Fryer

It would be fair to say that the Ferny Grove Mens and Womens Sheds are well endowed with large and expensive machinery. However, with so many active souls, there’s always a shortage of ‘everyday consumables’: • soft rags nuts • bolts and screws (hitches) • drill bits •paint brushes storage boxes (preferably strong and stackable). The sheds are also well endowed with good spirits, but liquid spirits are always thin on the ground. Things like: • methylated spirits (“Metho”) • turps • cutting fluids • thinners etc. And materials are always in short supply: • decent timber (silky oak, maple, cedar etc.) • steel sections and sheet brass, copper. We also need spray oils (WD40 etc.), spray paint of all types, sanding sheets, paint stripper, metal polish, and anything remotely useful. If you think you may be able to help, the Museum would love to hear from you. We’ll collect of course, though you can drop anything off on Tuesday or Friday mornings. Contact – David Fryer 0418 722 007 for more details The Western Echo June 2022 Page 30


Newmarket Bocce Club News by Mario De Marco. Secretary of the Newmarket Bocce club

Sponsors play an important role in any sport; you only need to look at any major league. Bocce is no different. There have been many sponsors over the years, some major sponsors, but one sponsor in particular is Tony Rosa who has been and is an outstanding dedicated sponsor to Bocce. The Mary and Tony Rosa Perpetual Cup was first played in 1990. Back then there were about 5 clubs that competed whereas today there are only two but the spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie remain the same. The first winners of the cup were Redlands Bocce and since then there have been wins by the Abruzzo Club Bocce, Italian Australian Bocce club Aspley and Italo Australian Centre Bocce Club (now Newmarket Bocce). Redlands Bocce Club has won the cup the most times over the 32 years. This year on 15 May the competition was held at Redlands, as they were the

Newmarket Bocce Club with Sponsor Tony Rosa

holders of the cup. I am happy to say that Newmarket Bocce club achieved 1st and 2nd place with Redlands in 3rd place. Next year the Mary and Tony Rosa cup competition will be held at Newmarket Bocce Club. It was a close competition with all 3 teams winning 3 games each and it came down to for and against points and because our team won well in those 3 games we achieved 1st place. Remember we are all winners in Bocce!

Newmarket VIEW Club ‘Voice, Interests and Education of Women’ Venue – Alderley Arms Hotel At the Zone Conference, The Smith Family Queensland General Manager, Alan Le May, and Learning for Life student, Darien Dikumkana, who is completing her Diploma of Nursing. Darien, originally from Tanganyika, has three sisters, two of whom have completed their nursing studies and another still at secondary level. All the girls have been assisted by The Smith Family. Darien was very articulate and grateful in speaking of

The Smith Family’s help with her sisters and herself. VIEW Clubs call on volunteers to reconnect with community after a challenging year. Newmarket VIEW Club called on members of the community to consider volunteering for children’s education charity, The Smith Family, as part of a National Volunteer Week (16th to 22nd May). Our members use raffles


1st place - Mario, Sponsor Tony Rosa, Tony and Bill

and donations to raise funds to continue to support our seven 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. Newmarket VIEW Club provides a place for women to connect in the community, enjoy social activities and develop lasting friendships – all while supporting the work of the children’s educational charity – THE SMITH FAMILY. OUR STUDENTS ARE: Roudwan (13), Jesse (13), Abbee (17), Tony (11), Mitchell (7), Abigail (8), Amy (10).

If you wish to know more about the Newmarket VIEW Club, email us on

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