The Western Echo October 2021

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Temporary Gresham Street Bridge Now in Place

Hon. Julian Simmonds, Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner and Cr. Steven Toomey at the building site. Photo courtesy Lord Mayor's OfficeStory Page 3

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R G Goodman Phone: 3289 1700 pg 8

The Gap Piano Studio Phone: 3166 8353 pg 23

AUTO AIR CONDITIONING Wyatt Automotive Phone: 3300 2077

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MUSICAL PRODUCTION Cloudland the Musical P hone: 13 62 46 p g 15

Steve Froggatt Phone: 0402 730 177 pg 10

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



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

BRICKLAYING PAVING Inness Green Phone: 3300 1555 pg 25

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

COMMUNITY SERVICES Communify Phone: 3368 3723

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COMPOUNDING PHARMACY Keperra Compounding Pharm. Phone: 3355 3905 pg 17 FITNESS STUDIO One Body Studio Phone: 0408 883 121 pg 19

GARDENING Good Deal Mowing Phone: 0439 734 142 pg 25

GUTTER VACUUM Big Boys Gutter Vacuum Phone: 0407 737 400 pg 10

LAWYERS Hollingworth & Spencer Phone: 3123 5700 pg 8

MASSAGE Bernard Evens Remedial & Sports Phone: 3366 9997 pg 20

MEDICAL CENTRE Keperra Family Practice Phone: 3351 0323 pg 16

MORTGAGE ADVISOR Mortgage Choice Ashgrove P h o n e : 3 4 6 3 0 5 0 0 p g 11

Physiologix Phone: 3511 1112

Jonty Bush Phone: 3554 9100

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Cr. Steven Toomey Phone: 3407 1900 pg 4

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PLUMBER Pandanus Contractors Phone: 3300 3934 pg 25 Plumbers We Are Phone: 3351 0016 pg 24

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TYRE & MECHANICAL Wyatt Automotive Phone: 3300 2077 pg 8 VETERINARIAN The Gap Veterinary Clinic Phone: 3300 1533 pg 14

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St John's Wood - Gresham Street Bridge Rebuild

Aerial view of the temporary bridge (left) alongside the 100 year old Gresham Street Bridge. Photo courtesy: City Projects

A temporary bridge has been installed by the Schrinner Council to allow residents of St Johns Wood Ashgrove access during the construction of the new permanent replacement bridge at Gresham Street, St John's Wood. The original bridge, first constructed in 1931 and almost 100 years old, will now receive a complete replacement. The investment in infrastructure in our suburbs and this bridge replacement ensures community access into the Woods for generations to come. The temporary bridge, installed parallel to the existing bridge, installed by a crane which lifted the 133-tonne steel structure into place. The temporary bridge has two lanes and a shared pedestrian and cycle path. The construction of the new bridge is due for completion

Inside the October Issue...

Alderley Verterans Op Shop and Lounge...........................................16 Amnesty International..............................................................23 Arana VIEW Club....................................................................25 Ashgrove Forum.......................................................................24 Ashgrove Historical Society....................................................10 Ashgrove Rangers Athletics Club................................................6 Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club.................................................12 Brisbane Tramway Museum.....................................................31 Chess T’Minit.......................................................................27 Ithaca Probus Club..................................................................26 Mitchelton Garden Club..........................................................29 Newmarket Bocce.....................................................................30 Newmarket VIEW Club..........................................................26 website:

in mid-2022 and will have an improved road tonne limit from 22.5 tonne to 42.5 tonne limit and an increased flood immunity and improved safety for all users. This project will have a 100-year life span. Once the construction of the new bridge is complete, the temporary bridge will be unbolted packed up and shipped off to its next location. The Schrinner Council is committed to reuse and recycle and the construction methodology for the Gresham Street Bridge aligns with this methodology. The Gresham Street bridge replacement project is jointly funded by The Schrinner Council and the Federal Morrison Government as part of the Bridges Renewal Program, with a $700,000 Federal contribution to Council’s $24.1 million project.

Norths Hockey Club..................................................................27 Older Women's Network Mitchelton...........................................24 Paten Park Native Nursery (PPNN).............................................28 Picabeen Community Association..............................................25 Principal’s Points..............................................................22 & 23 Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap.............................................23 Seranata Singers........................................................................31 SOWN (Save Our Waterways Now)...........................................29 State Update - Jonty Bush - Member for Cooper.........................5 The Gap Football Club Miniroos...............................................26 The Gap Garden Club..............................................................28 The Gap Historical Society......................................................24 The Gap Probus Club.................................................................11 The Gap RSL Sub Branch...........................................................6 Ward Happenings.........................................................................4 The Western Echo October 2021 Page 3


Cr Steven Toomey

Councillor for The Gap Ward First Women’s Shed in Ferny Grove

The first Women’s Shed in Brisbane was announced in June by the Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner and I am very pleased that it will be located in The Gap Ward. What a great opportunity for women looking to up-skill, socialise or gain confidence in a space for women from all backgrounds and ages to learn more about the timber and the tools and tricks of the trade! This Women’s Shed is the first in Brisbane and has evolved from the Men’s Sheds, which Council has supported since 2008. The Women’s Shed was allocated $50,000 is this year’s budget and is located at the Brisbane Tramway Museum in Ferny Grove, which also houses the Men’s Shed. It’s equipped and ready to go with a range of timber and metal work power tools, welding and wood turning machines. No experience is required in metal or wood work as it will be supported by the Men’s Shed members and talented women from the community. Almost 50 members have registered and are ready to get into the space and work on projects including home improvements, wood working, furniture repairs, hobbies, and craft.

Green Happenings in The Gap Ward Environmental Waste Award It was a great pleasure to present the Student Council Leaders Certificate and my ward caddy gift pack at Ashgrove State School assembly. I was impressed by the students’ dedication to the Waste Free Wednesday initiative. This initiative brings awareness to reducing the use of plastic at the school. It is encouraging to see students thinking and acting in ways they can make our local community cleaner, greener and more sustainable.

The Shed comprises 12 workspaces and the Women’s Shed will access the area on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm. Since the announcement we’ve received overwhelming interest from women in the community. To become a member, applicants must complete an induction, a membership form and pay a joining and yearly membership fee. Find out more about how to join our first Women’s Shed by emailing them on and follow them on Facebook, Women’s Shed at Ferny Grove.

L-R: Womens Shed Committee members, Cr Steven Toomey and Mr Peter Hyde, President Brisbane Tramway Museum

Ashgrove State School

Scone Sunday Saturday 7 November 2021

Mark your diary Sunday 7 November for our next outdoor event at the Yoorala Street Community Garden, The Gap. With the support of the Garden members and Karen Browne, owner of Come and Cook, a locally run kitchen business in The Gap, we are hosting ‘Scone Sunday’. The members of the garden will be conducting tours of the Garden and passing on their tips for growing seasonal fruit and vegetables. We’ll be using ingredients from the garden and making sweet and savoury scones that will be prepared and cooked onsite! Look forward to seeing you there!

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State Update Reduction in Bardon Speed Limit In October, the 600-metre stretch of Macgregor Terrace and Jubilee Terrace (between Fernberg Road and Coopers Camp Road) will have its speed limit permanently drop from 60km/h to 50km/h. Reducing the speed limit in this area will benefit our local shops, pedestrians and cyclists, as well as reduce the risk of crashes for drivers. We know that road trauma is completely avoidable. The 10km/h drop will protect our kids, our senior citizens, local residents with disabilities and visual impairments to get across the street safely in an area busy with local shops and cafes. With 77 crashes on the stretch recorded between March 2017 and March 2019, it’s great to see this change. We know that even a small speed limit reduction can make a big difference and will help locals to get home to their families safely.

Turn Food Waste into Funding Did you know that half of most household bins are filled with food and garden waste? When we send our food and green waste into landfill it creates more methane gas which contributes to climate change. We can all do our bit by turning this waste into products like compost, soil and mulch. The Queensland Government is swapping food waste in schools for funding! Our Minister for Environment Meaghan Scanlon MP has just announced a new $500,000 grants program to help schools turn schoolyard food and garden rubbish into compost, worm farms and circular food waste systems. This is an announcement I know our local schools will get behind given their incredible work already in our war on waste. You can contact our office for details on how to apply

Jonty Bush MP

Member for Cooper

Voluntary Assisted Dying option for terminally ill Queenslanders

In the most recent sittings, members of the Queensland Parliament participated in a conscience vote in relation to an important piece of proposed legislation, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021. Earlier this year I wrote to all households to advise that while I had a personal view on this bill and the broader voluntary assisted dying scheme for Queensland – it was paramount that my vote reflected the views of people in our community. With this, Queensland will now join other Australian states and territories, in passing legislation which offers a safe, compassionate and monitored voluntary assisted dying scheme for terminally ill people. Queensland’s voluntary assisted dying scheme will provide people who are suffering and dying, and who meet strict eligibility criteria, the option of requesting medical assistance to end their lives. Implementing a voluntary assisted dying scheme in Queensland will be complex and resource intensive, and the scheme is anticipated to commence on 1 January 2023. In Parliament, I spoke of the importance of drawing from the stories of those with terminal illness, as well as evidence gathered from those jurisdictions with operational schemes. My speech can be viewed on my facebook page.

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The Gap RSL Sub-Branch The speed of the spread of the Taliban and the collapse of the Afghani government shocked most observers, including apparently the Taliban themselves . 39,000 members of the Australian Defence Force , including many women, served in Afghanistan: 41 were killed, 261 were wounded and 500 subsequently have taken their own lives. As former Prime Minister The Hon Tony Abbot noted, it ” ended not with a victory, not with a defeat but with an Afghanistan that ,we hope, Is better off for our being there…”

Brave Afghani women protesting in the streets of Kabul

Well, is it better off? Was it all worth it or was it all a waste of time ? As one resident of The Gap with a military background whose two sons fought in Afghanistan , when asked if it was all worth it , replied ” If they treat one woman better than they treat their dogs, it was “ ! After pledging a softer version of their brutal and repressive regime of the 1990s, the Islamic fundamentalists are tightening their control of women’s freedoms one month after seizing power. Female members of the Australian Defence Force especially must be bitterly disappointed that the rights of women that we were fighting for seem to have been lost . In spite of reports of women being publicly whipped, mutilated and humiliated, we all hope that the Taliban will not revert completely back into their barbaric past but some progress gained in the past 20 years will remain, on the basis of ” three steps forward, two steps back “ means at least some progress has been made. This hope might lie with the brave

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Evacuees boarding an RAAF C 17 Globemaster

Afghani women who have staged demonstrations in major urban areas to demand their inclusion in government, their right to work, and their right to attend schools and university. Some apparently are flouting the Taliban’s strict Islamist code of dress . We can only hope and pray for all Afghanis, especially their women. We Will Remember Them LEST WE FORGET

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Ashgrove Rangers Athletics Club News Ashgrove Rangers Athletics Club was founded in 1962. The club has a proud tradition in athletics in Brisbane and has produced many competitive athletes. The philosophy of the club is to assist members to achieve their goals at their own pace. The club caters for all levels of athletes from the casual runner to the elite athlete. Our main emphasis is on participation, having fun, and developing friendships. Club members are encouraged to be as competitive as they desire. There is no pressure applied to members to progress to the elite level but this option is available should the athlete wish to achieve this. The club has many support systems in place to assist members to achieve their goals. This includes fully qualified coaching staff, access to high quality physiotherapists, sports doctor, podiatrist and strength/conditioning coach. Valuable advice is also available from a wealth of competitive experience gained by club members, some achieving 30-40 years. For further information about training times etc you can contact Dick Dunstan: (07) 3300 5719 , John Purcell: 0417 075 292 We hold a cross country event called the Flying 4. The Flying 4 is held monthly. It is open to any runner and encourages family participation. The event begins at 8am and is held at the GPS grounds Yoku Rd Ashgrove. The distances are 4km for open runners, 2km for Under 14 runners and 1km for Under 10 runners. For futher information on when the next event will take place. Please visit our website and click on events.


What if we said that selling is not the answer? Many people dream of life in a luxury home, driving extravagant cars, experiencing opulent holidays and living an indulgent lifestyle. TV shows, magazines and online sites are full of those that do, and it’s easy to get caught up in unrealistic aspirations. In fact, if believing that the grass is greener elsewhere is your reason to sell up and move, then maybe you should consider whether your current home is in fact perfect, and that it is time to start loving it for what it is, rather than what it isn’t. Here are some points to help you nurture more positive thoughts around the sanctuary that is your own home. 1. Shelter and safety – so simple, but this is an incredible gift, and in these times of uncertainty perhaps the biggest reason to be grateful. 2. Your homes heritage and story – Who was there before you? What would your walls say if they could talk about positive memories? Your home’s story becomes a part of your story. 3. It supports you and your family – Think about the times and areas of your home where you’ve shared events and think of them fondly. 4. The light change – Do you enjoy watching the seasons and light change in your home throughout the year? Does it reflect in different areas of windows and compliment the seasons and how they make you feel? 5. Unique quirks – These are the ones only you and your family know about. Perhaps it is a creaky board upstairs that lets you know when the kids are awake, or perhaps a special area of the house where the local birds love to flutter to? 6. Metaphor of a home – Homes teach us that life does not have to be perfect to be beautiful. They remind us that beauty is more than surface deep. Homes remind us that how crazy the world gets, you can always have a place all to your own. Do you need help falling back in love with your home? Want to know where we get our inspiration from? A big thanks goes to Erica Layne from the Life On Purpose Movement for these great tips on how to love our homes again.

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Debbie called to support prisoners for two decades

It takes a special person to enter a prison – by choice – and spend time with convicted criminals. Debbie Glasson did it for two decades. As a volunteer prison chaplain with Carinity’s Inside Out Prison Chaplaincy service, Debbie passionately supported hundreds of women and men inside two southeast Queensland correctional centres. Up until she recently finished up as a prison chaplain with the Gaythornebased organisation, Debbie would visit people ‘on the inside’ twice a week for 21 years. Debbie never felt apprehensive while visiting correctional centres. She was just thrilled to be a “willing vessel” through which prisoners could make a connection with Jesus. “I didn’t find prisons daunting at all; I just knew I was meant to be there. Some

other people go in and they never return because of the clanging and the banging of the gates and the doors. I never had any fear,” she said. A survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Debbie developed a strong rapport with prisoners who had also been abused. “The women who were victims of abuse could relate to me and also the men who were the transgressors but ultimately were victims in their childhood,” she said. “A lot of prisoners, particularly women, were returning to prison but a minority stayed out, pursued God and they’re living for the Lord. That’s the most exciting thing to see.” Inside Out Prison Chaplaincy Coordinator, Myles Waldron, praised Debbie for her dedication to prison chaplaincy. “We thank Debbie for her 21 years of sacrificial service

Debbie Glasson - continues a life of service

in showing the love of our Lord Jesus Christ to those in the prisons she visited. We wish her every blessing in the days ahead and the writing of the next chapter in her heart’s missional story,” Myles said. Debbie isn’t lost t o c h a p l a i n c y, h a v i n g commenced supporting former prisoners post-release. “My life is the Lord’s. I gave Him 21 years inside and now I want to give Him 21

years on the outside.” Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer prison chaplain can contact Inside Out Prison Chaplaincy on 3550 3789 or visit

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Ashgrove Historical Society Ashgrove Historical Society’s next meeting will be held at Ashgrove Library on Saturday 6 November at 10am. To avoid disappointment, please reserve your seat with the society’s secretary, Julie, at or call 3366 4621. At the time of writing, due to Covid-19 restrictions, only 35 people are allowed in the library meeting room so it’s important to book via the society. Also, please bring your own morning tea to eat. Tea, coffee & milk will be provided. You may like to bring your own mug. The guest speaker at the November meeting will be Professor John Pearn who has written a book entitled A World in a Street - Banks Street: Newmarket, Alderley, Dorrington, Ashgrove which chronicles the history of the street since 1864 and the life of the man for whom the street/ road was named. Banks Street is 1465m in length. It connects Enoggera Road to the east and Wardell Street to the west and is identified with the suburbs of Newmarket, Alderley, Dorrington/Ashgrove. It is named after James Matthew Banks, a Scottish sea captain and investor. He bought three extensive blocks of land along the track that was to eventually to bear his name. The book records the history of the area and its residents and businesses in an easy-to-read format. Estate and other maps plus photos (old and current) provide interest and context. Professor Pearn’s talk promises to be very interesting. The book will be available for sale at the meeting ($15) or can be purchased at Fountain of Youth & Float Centre, 126 Banks Street, Alderley for the same price. A great Christmas gift idea! If you have photos and memorabilia of the Banks Street area, please bring them along to the meeting and share your memories. Alternatively, a Facebook group has been created called Banks Street Neighbourhood Memories where you can share your memories of Banks Street and surrounds.

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The Probus Club of The Gap Thankfully, we were able to hold our general monthly meeting in September, and people were very happy to be out and about and talking to friends. There was plenty to talk about as our speaker, Sean Lues, whisked us off to Tanzania – at a time when even getting to Tasmania is difficult. The wildebeest and zebra migration is one of the most spectacular event that even Africa can provide, as millions of the large mammals travel across the incredible scenery, following the seasons. Sean is a photographer and tour operator, so was well placed to present this migration in all its glory. The Blind Tiger at the Village shopping centre proved most popular for the September lunch, and their consideration for a group that wasn’t necessarily happy with electronic menus was much appreciated. The reasons behind QR codes everywhere may be well understood, but people are not always happy with technology when a traditional menu is more familiar. Thank you the Tiger! The October speaker is Sgt Anthony Venados – Scenes of Crime and Forensics. At a time when half the dramas on TV seem to be about forensic detective work, and forensic science is a frequent choice for aspiring university students, this should be a popular talk. The rest of the year will see a soirée for new members, a tour of Macarthur Chambers, a Melbourne Cup event, a tour of Christmas lights, a Christmas lunch and beyond that


Australia Day next year. That’s in addition to more guest speakers, outings, dineouts, and small social events. More information at https:// 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!

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It’s the people… Like all other clubs and organisations, Ashgrove/The Gap Lions club is not just about what we do but about our members as well. It is the people who belong to the club that allow us to not only pursue activities that enable us to raise money to help those in need but also to do it in a fun and supportive environment. Our membership numbers have remained constant New Lion Don Smith for many years but there are times when we, sadly, have to farewell a long standing and well respected member. Just recently Lion Ron Osborne has felt he needed to retire from being an active club member due to age (he is 92 years old) and ill health. Although he grew up in Papua New Guinea and had a family there he and his wife moved to Brisbane in 1964. Not long after Ron joined The Gap Lions club (that amalgamated with the Ashgrove club in 2007). During his time in the club he took on many roles and positions within the club and was always a ‘true gentleman’. We wish Ron all the best for the years ahead. But ‘as one door closes another one opens’ and at the same time we have inducted a new member into our club. Donal (Don) Smith was also born overseas, in Ireland. He and his family arrived in Australia when he was 10 years old, settling in Cairns. After growing up in Far North Qld, starting his career in flying and marrying local girl Cheryle, they made the decision to move down to Brisbane; not only as a career move but also to escape the humidity of the tropics. Don is now a commercial pilot, flying out of Brisbane airport. The Lions family extend a very warm welcome to both Don and Cheryle. However it is not only club members that make Ashgrove/ The Gap Lions club who we are but the community in which we serve and the support they give us. A good example of this was the recent Father’s Day raffle where we collected over $1200. (The first prize was won by an Ashgrove resident). Without this support, both from the general public and local businesses, we would not be able to continue with the work we do. A big “Thank you” to everyone. If you would like more information regarding our activities or becoming a member please email our secretary: lionatg19@ or check us out on our Facebook page. website:

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Tick Paralysis in Dogs & Cats The Australian paralysis tick (Ixodes holocyclus) is prevalent along the east coast of the country, where it parasitises a variety of native animals. Kangaroos, possums, bandicoots and even snakes can be laden with these arachnids, yet experience few ill effects due to a lifetime of exposure to the toxin. Many of these animals are not strangers to our backyards or local parks, and are of course found in the bushland and creeks that adorn our leafy suburb. To put it more succinctly, ticks are potentially everywhere. They climb to the end of a long blade of grass, hold out their arms, and wait to grab the first thing to walk by. Not uncommonly, this is a dog or cat. Signs that a dog or cat is succumbing to tick paralysis are varied, but commonly they will experience weakness in the hind limbs, lethargy, refusal to eat, gagging, vomiting and/or altered bark or meow. If you notice any of these signs in your pet, either individually or in combination, it is important that prompt veterinary assessment is sought. Untreated tick paralysis can result in death from paralysis of the muscles needed to breath. Once the offending tick is removed, patients can deteriorate for up to 48 hours and need special care during this time. Drinking or eating presents a hazard to an animal with paralysis, as they cannot swallow effectively; they may inhale food or water, making it even more difficult to breathe. The sooner treatment is started, the better the chance of an uncomplicated recovery. Fortunately, there are options for preventing tick paralysis. Topical (spot-on) treatments are available for dogs and cats, and oral treatments are available for dogs. The ideal product for your pet should be discussed with your veterinarian, as some medical conditions may necessitate careful product selection. While ticks are present all year round, they are particularly plentiful in the spring and summer months. We have started seeing cases in the clinic this season; we implore all pet owners to confirm that their pets are up to date with their chosen prevention.

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‘Cloudland the Musical’ Written, Produced & Directed by Paul Hayman For over 40 years, an iconic building sat high on top of Bowen Hills overlooking Brisbane. A venue that could hold over 5,000 people and that was, in Australia, an integral part of the most defining decades of popular music. From before the birth of Rock’n’Roll to the post punk ‘New Wave’ movement. From the 1940’s to the early 80’s, Cloudland Ballroom played host to a multitude of national and international acts. The building was the social hub of not only Brisbane, it attracted regular partygoers from regional areas throughout Queensland, New South Wales and beyond. The overnight demolition of Cloudland Ballroom in 1982 stunned not only the local residents, but people from all corners of the globe who had attended the venue during its lifetime. The culmination of a decade of research and development, “Cloudland the Musical” is a story filled with drama and controversy. If there was ever a Musical to be written based on real events, this is it. After all, Cloudland played host to many of the music icons that other musicals have been written about! With a stunning cast of over 30 world-class singers, actors, musicians and dancers and exquisitely choreographed by Kylie Wall, “Cloudland the Musical” is a visual feast. Each song has been carefully selected from the vast array of Australian and international bands that played at this venue.

Featuring the music of: The Bee Gees, Buddy Holly, Dragon, The Angels, Jerry Lee Lewis, UB40, Cold Chisel, Johnny O’Keefe, Midnight Oil, Australian Crawl, Normie Rowe, Mental as Anything, Bill Haley, The Stray Cats, Split Enz and more. The score comprises predominantly Australian songs, which have been specially arranged for the band in this production. “Cloudland the Musical”, is the story of how this iconic venue impacted the youth of Queensland and beyond for over five decades. Cloudland was no ordinary venue and this is definitely no ordinary Musical! The use of 21st Century technology and masterfully created digital images bring to life this important part of the rise of the Australian Music scene. This is Australia’s Greatest Musical, based on real events!

Featuring the music of: The Bee Gees, Dragon, Buddy Holly, INXS, The Angels, Jerry Lee Lewis, Split Enz, Cold Chisel, Johnny O’Keefe, Midnight Oil, Madness, Australian Crawl, Normie Rowe, Stray Cats, Mental as Anything & more

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The Veteran’s OP Shop The Veteran’s Op Shop at 29 Samford Road, Alderley opened in December 2020 and has successfully navigated through this pandemic to remain open and provide a valuable service not only to the veteran community, but to the community at large. Proceeds from the Veteran’s Op Shop go to help Wounded Heroes provide vital financial and housing support to veterans and their families in crisis. People have come from far and wide to seek out that special item they have been looking for. Our shop motto is “We have a treasure for all - your job is simply to find it!” We have been wonderfully surprised by the generosity shown by our community with the constant donations they have provided to our shop. We are delighted to be the conduit to find these donations new homes. We provide immediate clothing packages for those in


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crisis – no forms to fill out, just a unique understanding from our staff who have seen the hard times and know what it is like to go with-out – just ask and we can help. Our shop is open Tues-Fri: 9am – 4pm and Saturday 9am – 1pm. Donations can be dropped off at these times or you can call Op Shop Manager, Peter Thatcher, on 0401 625 353 to arrange an out of hours pickup or drop off. Visit our Facebook Page: to check out our sales or upcoming events. Please drop by to snap up a bargain there is plenty of free parking is available at the rear of the building. The Veterans Lounge welcomes veterans and their families to come together with our Gaythorne Legacy Care Group Volunteers over a brew - a combined 17,500 years of lived military experience to share. We have created a relaxing new space, without alcohol or pokies, to allow veterans and spouses to draw on the experience of others who have navigated the challenges of contemporary military life. The Veterans Lounge aims to address the alarming high rate of mental illness, homelessness and suicide amongst the veteran community. The Lounge, co-located with the Veteran’s OP Shop at 29 Samford Road Alderley, opened on 16 March 2021 and is open Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm and Saturday 9am – 1pm. The Veterans Lounge reflects Wounded Heroes current objectives to assist our Veterans and their families in immediate financial crisis. Wounded Heroes are first responders to provide veterans and their families’ with critical financial and housing assistance. We can navigate to the other community services that are readily available, without duplication. Since our opening in March, the Veteran’s Lounge has provided a safe environment for veterans and their families (with plenty of room for children) to relax with a hot cuppa or cold drink, read the paper, watch TV, use the computers or just rest and recuperate. All we ask in return is a gold coin donation for tea or coffee. We have recently conducted an eight week Art Class – this was an introduction to Pottery Making. We are planning another Art Class to commence on Thursday 13th October this year. For more info call the Manager Peter on 0401 625 353. We are now conducting regular community activities at the Veteran’s Lounge: Board Game Days, Card Club Days, Weekly Morning Teas, Craft Days, Book Club, Tell “Your Story” day and a Monthly Sausage Sizzle. Veterans and their families are welcome to join us. To register for these activities call 0401 625 353.


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Running is ranked as one of the top 3 activities that adolescents (10-19 year olds) partake in. There is a lot known about running related injuries in adults, but unfortunately often this research is then applied to adolescents. Yet they are very different to adults and need to be treated as a specialist subgroup. One of the problems is that “maturation” needs to be considered rather than age. You can have two 14 year old’s whose bodies are at two very different points of development – specific questioning will help your professional gauge where they are at in this maturation process - the outcome of this can mean quite different management. Overuse injuries rank highly, particularly to the bone and soft tissues (eg tendinopathies) in this age group. Boys and girls can differ slightly. Girls can be more prone to bone stress related injuries – image and weight can put external pressures on girls and increased training loads in an undernutritioned state can cause major issues. A key issue in this age-group can be growth. Growth spurts mean bigger, heavier, longer bones. The strength in the muscles can take a long time to catch up to the new bone structure. The tendons that attach the muscle to bone take time to adjust to the new forces going through them – in adults this takes time, but in adolescents this time is much greater. Recovery, rest, sleep, good nutrition, careful increases in levels of exercise are so essential. Single sport involvement has risks – mixing things up is important, it allows kids to develop all round better coordination, strength, balance, endurance etc. Research on strength in runners and its benefits in injury prevention is mixed, but neuromuscular control appears important. This puts a focus on how the person runs, their technique etc. A careful assessment of how a person runs, their step rate and so on is extremely important. Running related drills would then also seem to be helpful rather than just strength, although hip and knee strength does have some evidence for helping if indicated on some functional tests. At Physiologix, we have had a long interest in running related injuries and working with adolescents as a specialist group. When you book an appointment, make sure to bring runners with you. We will look at shoe wear as well as run technique. Your physio will run over all aspects from how much, how often, recovery, technique changes, to other components you need to integrate –a multi-factor approach is often what is needed not just to ensure recovery this time but prevention long term. And one last thing, trying to keep an adolescent this age involved with their sport is essential: it is not only a physical health but also a mental health need, as well as often being an important part of their social network. Beware of stopping this age group totally from their chosen activities!!! Physiologix is based upstairs at the Gap Health and Racquet Club. Call us on (07) 3511 1112 or email from the webpage website:

Yin and yang – One Body Studio bridges the gap between fitness and mindfulness One Body Studio in The Gap is a boutique fitness and wellness space that makes exercise easy to integrate into our busy lives. Founded by local interior stylist and ex-Ashgrove State School mum of three, Vanessa Cribb had a dream to create a space that made exercise enjoyable and non-intimidating. This stunning studio looks as good as you’ll feel, even after just one class. Using a small, group fitness model with highly-trained and inspiring instructors, One Body Studio focuses on all-over body balance and strength with two purpose-built workout spaces. The Yin room holds classes in Reformer Pilates, Yoga and Barre, and the Yang room is for high-energy workouts like HIIT, boxing and functional training. With access to both, you’ll get a balanced exercise program, helping you feel fitter and stronger, physically and mentally, in the room and out. An exciting recent addition to the studio is The Gap Wellness Hub which provides specialised wellness

practitioners to further support the community. You can now book sessions with PT and accredited dietitian Odette Raiti, naturopath Trudy Cadoo from Wellness for Women Clinic, and kinesiologist, Healing with Cherie from nearby Ferny Hills. One Body Studio is the first fusion fitness gym in Brisbane’s West dedicated to making exercise fun, beautiful and transformational – for everyone – no matter their age or ability. Even when launching during the toughest of years in early 2020, Vanessa and her team have managed to create a space with a thriving, diverse community – from the extremely fit to the very beginner. “Whether you’re wanting to increase your strength, lose or maintain your weight, work on injury rehab, or are just looking to start out with slow movement and mindfulness – we can’t wait for you to feel amazing with us.” - Vanessa Cribb, Founder. One Body Studio are located at 5/858

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Judy Celebrates 30 Years at The Gap Village Judy Dewar is an iconic presence of The Gap Village Shopping Centre and has recently commemorated 30 years of dedicated service – in her role as manager of the centre - to the Village’s many and varied shopkeepers over the three decades. The mother of 2 children and grandmother to 6 grandchildren, started her career in retail in 1973, owning Balmoral Drapery for 10 years, selling everything from pins to an evening gown. Judy’s career in Shopping Centre Management began in late 1980’s at the Sunnybank Plaza Shopping Centre. When Sunnybank Plaza sold Judy then became the Centre Manager at Oasis at Broadbeach, on the Gold Coast. Moving back to Brisbane to manage a portfolio of

Shopping Centres for King and Co. Property Consultants was Judy’s introduction to The Gap Village Shopping Centre. She then commenced managing The Gap Village during due diligence period starting August 1991. Highlights during her many years at The Gap Village include working for long term owners of the Centre, Village Fair Shopping Centre Pty Ltd. The directors of this company, Rick Abrahams and Harold Marshbaum, are exceptional landlords and are extremely aware of the difficulties retailers face, never more-so than at the present, particularly with the pandemic during the past year or so. Over the 30 years The Gap Village Shopping Centre has built McDonald’s and Blind Tiger Building (originally built for the Coffee Club. The

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Centre extended to include Little Hoi-an tenancy. Then extended the Centre to include Financial Planner, Sport First, Podiatrist, Post Office and Nail Bar precinct. Bringing together other businesses nearby, the Centre then purchased 970 Waterworks Road. And the Bank of Qld Building, then purchased the C.B.A building. Judy says other highlights of the last 30 years have been working with many long and shorter term excellent retailers. These businesses include many long term tenants.

Among the memories Denise Falsay – Started as Harvey World Travel now Discover Travel for over 29 years, Stewart and Alison Patterson – South Family Jewellers for 20 years, Ziad Habchi - Frescos Fruit for 20 years and the Gallagher Family - NewsXpress. For 23 years. Congratulations Judy on achieving such a milestone and for adding to the wonderful Gap community and facilities as well as encouraging new retailers to make The Gap their home.

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.....Principal's Points.......Principal's Points...... The Gap State High School Our Year 12s have just completed two weeks of mock exams. We tried to simulate the external exams process that they would experience in November. The purpose of these exams is to show the students how they are progressing and what they can do in order to improve. In recent weeks our Head of Year team and Headspace hosted two free online sessions aimed at helping parents build their mental health toolkit to help support their young people. With the changing landscape of Covid19 restrictions we were unable to invite parents to our school so we gave parents a zoom link so they could participate. In September our Executive Leadership Team put on a morning tea for staff to acknowledge R U OK day. There was a sausage sizzle, homemade brownies and cupcakes all decorated in yellow. The staff really enjoyed chatting and checking in with colleagues. Our sports department held a Volleyball Gala Day for primary school students from our local area. We had five schools visit and they played volleyball all day, it was such a fun day, the students played with great sportsmanship and competed until the very end. There was lots of cheering and excitement in the final matches. Our Year 10 students from our Specialist Volleyball Program helped out with refereeing and timekeeping which was much appreciated. Two students from The Gap SHS were recently announced as winners in the 2021 Chinese Online Speech Competition organised by Chinese Language Teachers’ Association of QLD. Both students are the top

performers in their year levels and have demonstrated excellent speaking skills and amazing pronunciation of Chinese. In August our school celebrated the diverse groups across our school with Wear it Purple Day. We strive to foster a supportive, safe and inclusive environment and to acknowledge this our students and staff were encouraged to wear purple accessories such as a tie, ribbons or socks. It was a very colourful day. Anne McLauchlan – Principal

The Gap State School As term 3 concludes, our school has once again enjoyed exciting learning challenges across a wide range of school community experiences and activities. At the end of July, our school’s Track & Field team competed at the North West District trials, with many great results and personal bests achieved on the day. Well done to all the students involved. A special mention to our Girls 11 years and 12 years relay teams who finished first and second, respectively,in the finals. Congratulations also, to Charlotte H, Erin S, Josie, Isabel E and William on qualifying for a place in the district team. Congratulations also to Year 6 student Josh W recently who represented our school at the North West District Cricket trials. Josh was selected in the North West District team and will now compete at the Metropolitan North Regionals trials. Over recent weeks we have also consulted with an Indigenous artist who will be responsible for the creation of a mural that will be a significant feature of our Year

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6 legacy project area. School leaders and our Indigenous students had the opportunity to meet the artist and share ideas regarding what symbols and designs could be painted on the mural. It was a pleasure to facilitate a process that allowed for collaboration between students. The sharing of ideas and creative process was impactful for all who attended. Allowing our Indigenous students to have a voice was a priority in this project and I am thankful for the contribution they made. We are all looking forward to the continued development of this project. D u r i n g S e p t e m b e r, students of the Sustainability Club were proud to showcase all of their hard work over the past 12 months by holding the Grand Opening of The Market Garden. Each Wednesday, students work together to propagate plants, recycle pots and give our plants a drink. With the goal of making the school more sustainable, students care for the environment as they consider optimum conditions to grow and care for plants. Additionally, the Market Garden project provides students with the opportunity to analyse which items sell and make decisions based on patterns and trends. What an opportunity! Our Market Garden was a success as our wonderful community came down to purchase gifts for friends and family! The Market Garden will be open on the first Friday of each month, next to the school café! September also brought the return of our Musical Soiree. Our hard-working Music Supporters’ Group, a sub-committee of the P & C once again brought to fruition a memorable evening of quality entertainment and refreshments, held in the MPB. With support from

sponsors including the Lord Mayor’s Community Fund the MSG hosted local talents The Vocalise Duo, Brisbane Folk Quartet, Duo Key, Slade Gibson & Melissa Gill, Tessitura Acapella and MINT. It was a fabulous night and an event that will now be on our annual calendar of events. In addition to providing a community musical highlight, all proceeds will be used to support our high quality instrumental and choral music program for which our school is well known and justifiably proud. In September 20 students from our school participated in the 2021 Maths Tournament at Albany Hills State School. This event aims to foster an interest in mathematics and creative problem solving by providing intellectual fun in a scholarly environment. Four teams of our Year 5 and 6 studentscompeted against 44 other teams from across the North West District. All of our students worked very hard to solve these highly challenging problems and showed great determination and resilience. A huge congratulations to all the students for their fantastic efforts! Year 5 team members were Ayil G, Rafael G, Lachlan S, Alex, Sebastian C, Olivia, Ava C, Alexander P, Emma and Bethan W. Year 6 team members were Samuel L, Adalita, Rachel, Ridhima M, Cooper, Loughlan P, Elliott, Joshua W, Reiss H, Tej N. Celebrating children’s literature was once again a highlight of term 3 as our library was transformed with colourful displays for Book Week. Students shared and voted for their favourite titles from the Children’s Book Council of Australia shortlisted titles for 2021. Two book character dress up assemblies were held (Continued on page 23)


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in the MPB during which buddy classes of older and younger students shared their shortlisted highlights before a year level parade and the announcement of this year’s winning titles. Prep – year 3 students thoroughly enjoyed an author visit from Cori Brooke, whilst year 4 – 6 students gained detailed insights regarding the journey to publication by author Samantha Wheeler. This fun and festive day of celebration was enjoyed by students and staff as we shared our love of reading, creativity and storytelling. The latter weeks of term 3 allowed our school-based day camp for year 1 students to proceed, followed by the offsite Bunyaville day camp for year 2 students. The final week of term saw our year 3 and 4 cohorts enjoy their first overnight school camps at Mt Tamborine sites engaging in the physical challenges of outdoor activities, team

building and social, emotional learning. All returned weary but with many stories to tell, having achieved their learning goals. On the first weekend of the school holidays our year 6 school netball team travelled to the Gold Coast hinterland to compete in the Primary School Cup Challenge. The two - day carnival brought out the best for our development squad who enjoyed wins and close competition in their division. Congratulations to Isabelle E, Laura, Ayla R, Amarlie D, Charlize H, Lola R, Molly D, Emma S and Adalita for not only their achievements at the carnival but also for their dedicated training and skill development during the term. Special thanks also to Ayla’s Mum, Wendy for umpiring over the weekend, coach Teacher Librarian Mrs Lotte ten Hacken who prepared the team over the winter months and PE teacher Mrs Lisa Beasley who also managed the team. Warm regards, Joanne Nicholls - Principal

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Supports F4C (Fuel for Change) in Dhaka, Bangladesh The Ashgrove / The Gap Rotary Club recently donated to a group called F4C” fuel for change” chaired by our late member Derek Jones son Mark Jones, this group works in Bangladesh in the city of Dhaka, where people in the poorer areas rely on wood stoves in the homes to cook on, this means the women and children have a huge exposure to inhaling firewood smoke, plus the smoke inhibits their study. The F4C group has sourced gas stoves and a gas bottle for $50.00 per set each and with our club donating $35.00 towards 30 stoves with the recipients paying $15.00 each per stove. Which as it happens is what they have been spending on firewood per month. Their ongoing cost of gas will be about the same $15.00 that they were paying for firewood. The F4C group with the help of our donation and other donors has raised the funds for and distributed about 200 stoves to date. They have recently received charity status for tax deductable donations, and they can be contacted on ( If you would like any more information regarding our activities please Email secretaryashgrovethegap@rotary9620. org or on our Facebook page. of conscience in Vietnam, I sincerely hope that Amnesty International will continue to fight for their freedom.” It’s wonderful when Amnesty International has the opportunity to share good news too. If you are interested in becoming involved here are our details below: The Helen Black Amnesty

International group meet between 9-11am on the second Monday morning of the month in The Gap. Please contact Di on 33001861. The Ashgrove Amnesty International group meets on the second and fourth Thursday evenings of the month and can be contacted by calling Evelyn on 0413 236 465.

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The Gap Historical Society Inc. Article provided by President George Stoddart from an unknown Author. News on local history either past or current is slow at the moment. We hope you enjoy this lighter natured article. GREEN TREE SNAKES (Dendrolaphis Punctulata) can be dangerous. Yes, tree snakes or grass snakes, not brown snakes or taipans. Here’s why. A couple in Townsville had a lot of potted plants. During a recent cold winter (for Townsville, that is), the wife was bringing some of the valued tender ones indoors to protect them from the cold night. It turned out that a little green tree snake was hidden in one of the plants. When it had warmed up, it slithered out and the wife saw it go under the lounge – she let out a loud scream. The husband (who had been taking a shower) ran out into the living room naked to see what the problem was and she told him there was a snake under the lounge. He got down on the floor on his hands and knees to look for it. About that time the family dog came and cold-nosed him on the behind. He thought the snake had bitten him, so he screamed and fell over on the floor. His wife thought he had had a heart attack, so she covered him up, told him to lie still and called the ambulance. The paramedics rushed in, would not listen to his protests, loaded him onto their stretcher, and started to carry him out. About that time, the snake came out from under the lounge and the paramedic saw it and dropped his end of the stretcher. That’s when the man broke his leg and why he is still in hospital. The wife still had the problem of the snake in the house, so she called on a neighbour who volunteered to capture the snake. He armed himself with a rolled-up newspaper and began poking under the lounge. Soon he decided that it was gone and told the woman, who sat down on the lounge in relief. But while relaxing, her hand dangled in between the cushions where she felt the snake wriggling around. She screamed and fainted and the snake rushed back under the lounge. The neighbour, seeing her lying there passed out, tried to use CPR to revive her. The neighbour’s wife, who had just returned from shopping at Woollies, saw her husband’s mouth on the woman’s mouth and slammed her husband on the back of the head with a bag of canned goods, knocking him out and cutting his scalp to a point where it needed stitches. The noise woke the woman from her dead faint and she saw her neighbour lying on the floor with his wife bending over him, so she assumed that the snake had bitten him. She went to the kitchen and got a small bottle of whiskey and began pouring it down the man’s throat. By now the police had arrived. They saw the unconscious man, smelled the whiskey, an assumed that a drunken fight had occurred. They were about to arrest them all, when the woman tried to explain how it all happened over a little green tree snake. The police called an ambulance, which took away the neighbour and his sobbing wife. Now the little snake again crawled out from under the lounge and one of the policemen drew his gun and fired at it. He missed the snake and hit the leg of the end table. The table fell over, the lamp on it shattered and, as the bulb broke, it started a fire in the curtains. The other policeman tried to beat out the flames, and fell through the window into the yard on top of the family dog who, startled, jumped out and raced into the street, where an oncoming car swerved to avoid it and smashed into the police car. Meanwhile, neighbours saw the burning curtains and called

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the fire brigade, The firemen had started raising the fire ladder when they were halfway down the street. The rising ladder tore out the overhead wires, put out the power, and disconnected the power in a ten-square city block area (but they did get the house fire out). Time passed! The snake was caught and both men were discharged from hospital: the house was repaired; the dog came home; the police acquired a new car and all was right with their world. A while later they were watching TV and the weatherman announced a cold snap for that night. The wife asked her husband if he thought they should bring in their plants for the night. That’s when he kicked her out of the house together with her plants and filed for divorce. However, remember to love and mind The Gap.


For more information on Forum Communicators public speaking association, please visit the website www. Four Members represented Ashgrove Forum Club at the Forum Communicators’ Biennial Conference and AGM in Brisbane on 11th -12th September. They enjoyed instructive speaking workshops and participated in both impromptu and prepared speaking, as well as enjoying speeches delivered by representatives from all Forum Clubs in a competition for the Ruth Don Grand Champion Award for the Best Prepared Speech. This award went to Juliann McCaffrey from Dalby Forum. The recipient of the Annual Forum Communicators’ Bursary, Laura McLennan, was after-dinner speaker at the Conference Dinner. The 966th General Meeting of Ashgrove Forum Club was held on Wednesday 15th September at 6.30pm, in the Ashgrove Library meeting room. The topic for the speaking session was “Old Movies I have Loved”, speakers covering a wide range of genres. The visiting qualified Speech Assessor, Margaret Townsley, gave insightful and valuable feedback on what each speaker did well and how they could improve. Ann Davies then delivered a soapbox address with just the right mix of annoyance and indignation asking why carparks for young mothers with prams outnumber carparks for the disabled in shopping centres and how fed up she is with the disapproving looks and snide comments made by some who do not understand that people with disability parking stickers may park in all carparks, not just those signed for the disabled and elderly. The next meeting of Ashgrove Forum Club will be held on Wednesday 20th October at 6.30pm, in the Ashgrove Library meeting rooms at 87 Amarina Avenue, Ashgrove. Visitors and prospective members are welcome to attend without obligation. For enquiries, please ring 0409 615 514. website:

Seniors Week at Picabeen Seniors Month will be celebrated all over Queensland throughout the month of October. This year’s Seniors Month theme is Social Connection, celebrating the diversities and essential roles that older people play in our lives and in our communities. Connecting with one another has never been as important as it is now during the current global pandemic. Seniors Month celebrations aim to improve community attitudes towards older people, facilitate community participation, and enhance community connections. Picabeen will host three events to celebrate Seniors month, providing positive and engaging opportunities for community to connect with others. Picabeen’s Seniors Week kicks off on Tuesday 12th October with a Scams Awareness Information session presented by Emily Gould from Uniting Care. Followed on Wednesday 13th with accredited dietician Tina Gingell hosting a cooking session based on the theme Cooking for One on a Budget. Our week wraps up on Thursday 14th with local lawyer Tim Henry, of Henry Lawyers, presenting a Wills and Estates information session. All events will be held at Picabeen Community Centre and are free! Events have also been promoted on the Queensland Seniors Month website and flyers have been posted onto our Facebook page. Be sure to call 3324 2555 if you are interested in RSVP’ing and attending any of these events. (Numbers will be capped to reflect current QLD Health restrictions) Picabeen Change Room Op Shop Do you have a fancy dress party coming up or another occasion where you need to find that “ Special Something” to wear?” Our volunteers love helping our customers put together an outfit. In August we had a great time sourcing BOOK WEEK costumes for the kids! Our little op shop with a big heart has fashions and accessories starting from $1 for all the family. Be sure to pop in and say “ Hi”, Monday to Friday 9am-4pm and Saturday 10am-1pm 65 Gilston St, Keperra.

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Activities of Ithaca Probus Club have settled to a fairly regular routine within the new normal of living with the COVID 19 pandemic. There was a good attendance at the September general meeting, with two new members being inducted into the club. It was noted that this brings the average age of members down a bit! Further new members will be inducted in coming months indicating a vibrant and healthy future for the club. After the usual tasty morning tea guest speaker Tony Brady gave a very well researched talk on the Empire Air Training Scheme, the WW II RAF aircrew training scheme for servicemen from Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Altogether about 40000 aircrew were put through the scheme resulting in British nationals being in the minority in their own RAF. Activities day saw members gather at Ironbark Gully for a picnic morning tea then hot dog lunch. And social interaction continued with the monthly dine-out taking members to lunch at Gaythorne RSL. October

promises more interest and entertainment for our members. Guest speaker Andrew Campbell’s topic “Hearing and Brain Health” is highly relevant to our age demographic. The dineout will be a lunch at the Gap Tavern, and the outing

having members catch buses and CityCat ferries down to Hamilton Reach for lunch. 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.

Miniroos Kick-Off Program at The Gap Football Club We’re thrilled to announce the launch of a Miniroos Kick-Off program at The Gap FC. Are your kids 6 – 8 years old and would like to give football a try, without committing to a full season? Our Miniroos Kick-Off program is the ideal place for those new to football to learn about the sport in a fun and safe environment. Not only will your kids learn about football, but they’ll also: • make new friends and develop social skills • develop values of teamwork, co-operation, fair play, and respect for others develop the ability to make quick decisions and improve reaction time • keep healthy by getting active The program will consist of 8 x weekly 45-minute sessions that build skills through games and simple drills, delivered in an engaging and inclusive environment. Every Miniroo player will receive plenty of time on the ball and really enjoy the relaxed playing environment. When: 12 October to 30 November. Visit our website to register now as places are limited. Contact kickoff@gapfootball with any questions. Trials for the 2022 Season Please see our website and Facebook page for details of trials for the 2022 season for our Komodos, Youth (FQPL Development) and Female (FQPLW, NPLW and SAP) teams. Register your interest now!

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OWNQ NEWS The Mitchelton Branch of the Older Womens Network Qld Inc (OWNQ) meets formally and informally throughout the month and you are welcome to join us for any or all of our get togethers. A couple of noteworthy events coming up are: Wednesday 27 Oct 10am join us for an information session on handling chronic pain presented by the Australian Pain Management Association; and Thursday 21 Oct 12pm is the Seniors Lunch at Arana Leagues Club, jointly hosted by our group and the Hills & Districts Chamber of Commerce Seniors Committee. For information on this function, go to committees/seniors-committee. Our October events are: Saturday 9th October 12pm - Lunch at Arana Leagues Club Tuesday 12th October 10am - Zoom Meeting Tuesday 19th October 10am - Coffee/Techno Morning at Arana Leagues Club Wednesday 27th October 10am - Monthly meeting at the Panthers Den Function Room, Arana Leagues Club. The Panthers Den is upstairs from Reception. (Cost $5.00) 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 an organisation that is State wide 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 organization. For more information about Mitchelton OWNQ ring Judith on 0431 159 921.

Calling all past Norths Eagles!

Northern Suburbs Hockey Club will celebrate its 65th anniversary on October 23

Northern Suburbs Hockey Club will celebrate its 65th anniversary with a reunion of past and present club members on Saturday October 23. The event will be held at the Norths home ground at Dorrington Park, Mirrabooka Road, Dorrington from 3pm. Anyone interested in attending the club function or playing hockey for Norths can contact the club on 0419 145 307 or visit website:

Contact us Ph: 0432 967 829

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. with updates on club play, local chess news and puzzles. The Stuart Wilson (hour) tournament has concluded with Andrew Robinson winning with 5 ½ points from the 7 rounds. Second was Ian Li (4 ½ points), and third Bradley Sachse (4 points). Ian Li won the maiden trophy awarded to the highest placed player yet to win a trophy at the club. Following a short break over the school holidays, and the Marcus Porter Memorial

tournament which will be played over 2 Fridays in early October, the chess year will conclude with the Allegro and Martin Laizans tournaments. This month’s problem is a spectacular end to a grandmaster game. White to move and win.

Solution to last month’s puzzle Solution 1. Qxe5+ wins, as 1… fxe5 2. Bh5+ and mate follows.

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During early spring sunny glades in eucalypt forests, from Brisbane to Bega in NSW, often reveal brilliant displays of the hairy bush pea (Pultenaea villosa). This Australian native pea grows to 2 metres tall, has an elegant weeping shape and bright golden pea flowers. The short leaves, narrow triangles with the acute angle towards the base, are covered in dense short hairs that give the whole plant a greyish bloom. High density flowering, covering the entire shrub, occurs from spring to summer and is followed by small seed pods. The hairy pea bush is one of the more easily cultivated of the 120 ‘pultenaeas’ endemic to Australia. Although it benefits from watering in the first few weeks of planting, once established it

is hardy and will only need supplementary watering in very dry conditions. It is a frost-tolerant plant and is not affected by pests and diseases. It grows best in full sun or in a lightly shaded location in well-drained soil. Flowering is enhanced if the plant is supplied with a feed of slow-release native fertiliser during spring. This species is lovely in rock gardens, Australian cottage and seaside gardens and as a mass, fill-in planting in a bush garden. It is particularly attractive if grown with the purple pea bush (Hovea acutifolia), a shrub of similar dimensions but producing purple flowers at the same time. The flowers of the hairy bush pea are rich in nectar and attract butterflies (such as the fringed blue), bees and small birds.

The Gap Garden Club - Established 1963

At the September meeting of The Gap Garden Club we are holding a fund raising A Spring Affair. Members will be donating all sorts of interesting items for sale – various craft pieces, interesting potted plants, garden ornaments and many things garden related. Also home baked goodies, jams, chutneys, relishes etc will be offered for sale. We are hoping this will be a fun event. T h e To o w o o m b a Carnival of Flowers Field trip was enjoyed by forty-four members and even though the day was very windy and cold everyone thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful gardens and the company of fellow gardeners. On Tuesday 12th October

our next trip is going to a private garden at McDowall for a stroll around the garden and morning tea. From there we go to Neilsen’s Native Nursery and then on to Marcia Rivett’s garden at Logan Reserve for a picnic lunch. Our last stop will be the Nursery of Ross Evans at Morningside. One of our members has organised to have for sale at the September meeting copies of Starting with Bromeliads produced by The Bromeliad Society of Queensland at a reduced price. Another member is organising the sale of bags of compost fertiliser

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which many members are very interested to try. Plans are underway for our Melbourne Cup Party which will replace our Clinic for November. St Marks Anglican Church hall is the venue. The end of the year is also looming . Our Christmas function will be a delicious lunch held at the Arana Hills Leagues Club on Tuesday 23rd November. This is an annual event for us. Also trophies will be presented to winners of the various categories of bench exhibits during the year. The Gap Garden Club meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Rivercity

Church, 59 Settlement Rd, The Gap at 9.30am. For further information about our club visit our website au

“The more one gardens, the more one learns. And the more one learns, the more one realises how little one knows.” -Vita Sackville-West website:

Working together for threatened species

“Working together with groups like SOWN will be key to help our threatened species,” said Dr John Hodgon at a recent talk for Save Our Waterways Now (SOWN). Dr Hodgon presented the new threatened species program launched by the Department of Environment and Science (DES). The program aims to protect and recover threatened species across Queensland. Currently, there are 1020 threatened species statewide and most of these are plants – 784 plants and 236 animals. A threatened species is any plant or animal species that is at the risk of extinction due to human-induced events like habitat clearing, introduced species and climate change, and natural events such as floods, drought and fire. The Department is eager to find opportunities to partner with local groups to recover threatened species. “Awareness of threatened species is a key factor,” said Dr Hodgon. WildNet database on the DES website allows anyone to search for threatened plants and animals in their area.

SOWN members with Dr John Hogdon (centre) head of the Queensland Government’s threatened species program PHOTO: Renee McGlashan

Currently the Department is working on numerous recovery programs including the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly Ornithoptera richmondia. These butterfly populations have declined as their host plant Richmond B i r d w i n g Vi n e P a r a r i s t o l o c h i a praevenosa has become diminished and fragmented. While we can help by planting Birdwing Vines, we also need to remove introduced plants like Dutchman’s Pipe Aristolochia elegans which is poisonous

to the butterfly’s larvae. It is also critical to work towards forming habitat corridors to allow populations to move and thrive. Meeting Organiser, Leo Lee, thanked Dr Hodgon for dedicating his time. “It is insightful talks like these that will allow our nursery and bushcare groups to continually find new ways to restore biodiversity, build wildlife corridors and help recover threatened species,” he said.

Mitchelton & Districts Garden Club

Readers of this who are over 75 years old might remember a rhyme from their school days Remember, remember the 5th of November. That was a date for Guy Fawkes night when there’d be bonfires, crackers and fireworks. Well now, “Remember, remember the 4th of November” because that’s when the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club meets at the Enoggera Memorial Hall in Trundle Street. Of course that’s subject to Covid-19 restrictions. The guest speaker, Geof Robinson, will talk about Gerberas. Given suitable conditions - a sunny position in a well drained area (garden or big pot) gerberas are not difficult to grow. They like soil rich in organic material. Their huge colourful daisy-like flowers which bloom on long stems make this plant a good subject for cut flowers which come in single or double form. Geof Robinson will have lots more to tell at this meeting which commences at approx. 10 a.m. after morning tea which is served at 9.45am. Visitors and new members are most welcome, During October keep adding compost, complete fertilizer and manure to your garden. If you prepare your own compost, check the heap and turn it each week to make sure there’s plenty of oxygen going through it. This will also destroy germinating weed seeds and insects. Remove spent flowers on spring annuals. This encourages more to be produced and prolongs the life of the plant. The November meeting is the last meeting in 2021 where visitors can listen to a guest speaker. The club has its own activities for December, President Pat Killoran after which it goes into recess until the first Thursday in 2022. There was an added delight at the September meeting. Two of the Club’s life members were having their 90th birthday that month. They were the president, Pat Killoran, and the 2019 Champion Exhibitor, Barbara Linnett. Both were presented with a bunch of flowers and everyone enjoyed a piece of their birthday cakes and a soft drink. REMINDER: On 7th October Barbara Beerling is the guest speaker for the Club’s meeting that Champion Barbara Linnett month. Barbara’s topic is Roses. The hall is close to public transport and accessible by wheelchair. For more information please phone the president, Pat, on 3356 1256. website:

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

Treasurer Bill presenting prizes to Gabriele and Tony

Newmarket VIEW Club ‘Voice, Interests and Education of Women’ Venue – Alderley Arms Hotel For a social get-together, the Huskks Café in Windsor was a great venue for lunch for our members in September. Margaret McCormack and Sue Sakzewski led the table for a delicious lunch.

Great to talk to you again. If you have any questions about Bocce please give me a call on 0403257325 or Bill on 0431458481. I have previously mentioned that you can hire the courts for your corporate function or birthday or work party etc. We will BBQ for you. BYO food and drinks and I promise you will have a great time. Our friendly members will be there to look after you. On the 12 September we had a competition at the club with 16 players participating. Unfortunately we did not have a sponsor but we still had a great day. As we had 16 players we divided into A & B group with 4 doubles teams in each group. So the winner of group A players the winner of group B in the finals and so on for 3rd and 4th. We had the qualifying 3 games before lunch including morning tea and the finals after lunch followed by the presentation of prizes. The attached photos show what a great day we had. Yours in Bocce, Mario

Newmarket VIEW Club members enjoying luncheon at Huskk's on 14 September

Though we meet monthly for business and lunch at our new venue at the Alderley Arms Hotel in Samford Road, Alderley, these social morning teas or lunches are very special “getting to know you” gatherings for us. It gives us a chance to find out hobbies and talents of our fellow VIEWers and talk over any problems we might have. Post COVID lock-down, people are seeking the opportunity to connect with others in the community. VIEW needs the organisation to be in the forefront of the minds of those who are looking to expand their horizons, make 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 The Western Echo October 2021 Page 30

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 or ring Heather on 0437 343 163 or Jean on 0438 177 176 website:

Brisbane Tramway Museum Dog Goes Electric News and views from a Tramway Muse - David Fryer

When trawling through dusty and musty sepia images (as sad photophiles sometimes do), I am reminded that we are only on this planet for a short time. Take trams for instance; many people did in the early days, but most of the passengers captured on camera have lived their lives and are now long gone. The interesting thing is, a flimsy piece of paper – in this case the sepia photograph – has not only outlived the people portrayed and the trams that carried them, it’s often as good as the day it first emerged from the developing tray. Fortunately, for sad photophiles like myself, relatively few photos were taken in Victorian times. Cameras were incredibly expensive and plate glass images were difficult to handle and store. For these reasons, old sepia photographs are so much more authentic and convincing than the tacky Photoshop fakes that seem to be everywhere these days. Sometimes, if lucky, the subjects are identified; and if a viewer is really lucky, the

photo may even carry a date or location. Unfortunately, animals are rarely identified, let alone acknowledged. This is especially true for the hapless workhorses that worked so hard to haul heavy trams up the steep hills of Brisbane in the unbearable heat of summer. (Thinks: Who knows how many literally died in the tram lines of duty?). Fortunately, pampered pets had an easier life, like the well-fed dog in the photos for instance. He / she / it turns up in a variety of trams over a seven year period: on the steps of an early horse-drawn double-decker; in the horsedrawn Bulimba tram taken in Ann Street in 1890; and in the very first electric tram of 1897. So who was this welltravelled dog who moved from the primitive horsedrawn era to the hi-tech electric? And who was the custodian? Was it the driver’s dog? Or was it an obliging stage prop for the camera operator? Sadly, there is no record, but he / she / it must have been the best travelled

pooch in Brisbane. will see some terrific trams. You may not see too So why not come along and many dogs at the Brisbane celebrate Electric Vehicle Tramway Museum, but you Day on the 22nd of August. Photos courtesy SLQ and BCC. The Brisbane Tramway Museum is proudly sponsored by the Brisbane City Council.

Horse Drawn Tram, Ann St. (BCC)

First Electric Tram, 1897


The Gap Serenata Singers have, like everyone else, had their share of disappointments in cancellation after cancellation of concerts for community groups. The group has been active for more than 50 years engaging with the community. A large part of their existence has been to provide concerts for community groups, particularly Aged Care facilities. The group finally had the opportunity to perform in public again, on Monday 13 September. Fifteen of our members had the privilege of presenting a short repertoire to a senior’s group which meets regularly at The Gap Uniting Church. The performance included a number of regular tunes of the group, four solos by members of Serenata Singers and a community sing-a-long with the seniors, of old favourites like “Pack Up Your Troubles” and “When You’re Smiling”. From all accounts the concert was well received and many a senior wanted the singing to continue. Serenata Singers are now planning other community concerts and are quickly resuming more normal rehearsals website:

while Queensland remains relatively virus free. If you are looking for an outlet and engagement with others, please contact us at and come along and sing with us. by Ken McKeon - PR for Serenata Singers The Western Echo October 2021 Page 31

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