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Bits ‘n Pieces A FREE Community Newsletter for the Upper Ross July/August 2017 Upper Ross Community Centre 1/43 Allambie Lane, Rasmussen, 4815 Ph: 4774 0144 Fax: 4774 0909 Email: A division of NQ Community Services Inc


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Volume 12, Issue 4

2017 Community Expo one of the best ever Feedback from people attending this years Community Expo was that it was a great family day out and the event was one of our best ever Expo’s. We would like to give big thank you to Keriba-Mina Zenadh Indigenous Corporation who partnered with NQ Community Services to put on such a great community event. The traditional activities and games were a hit with all ages and it was great to see everyone coming together to participate and enjoying themselves. The cultural ‘Island Night’ held on the Saturday night at PCYC was a great night with several hundred people attending. Everyone attending were treated to a night traditional food, song and dance.

A big thank you also to the fantastic business who donated prizes for the days giveways: Billabong Sanctuary, Bunnings Northshore, Cheesecake Shop (Kirwan), Gelatissimo, Harvey Norman, Harold’s Seafood, Hogs Breath (Cannon Park) Joyce Mayne, Kirwan Ten Pin Bowling, Kmart (Cranbrook), Redback Archery, Riverway Pharmacy, Ross Hair Studio, Sandwich Express, Townsville Mini Golf, and Woolworths (Rasmussen).

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REGULAR EVENTS @ the Upper Ross Community Centre Wednesday Upper Ross Mens Support Group - Delivering mentoring and 12.00 pm Weekly guidance. Transport available. Call Karl McKenzie 0417735336 to 2.00 pm


NEW TIME 4th Wed of Butterfly Foundation Support Group for people with eating the month disorders. Sessions are guided by professionally trained

5.00 pm 6.30 pm


6.00 pm 7.00 pm


9.00 am 12.00 pm


counsellors and are recovery focussed. 1st Tues of Upper Ross Community Voice - Community action forum the month Come along and voice your ideas/concerns about issues in the

Upper Ross. NEXT MEETING 1ST AUGUST Every 2nd Bubba Jab Vaccination Clinic for Indigenous children Thursday Come along and speak to the QLD Health staff about your

children’s vaccinations to make sure they are up to date. 20th July, 3rd, 17th & 31st Aug, 14th & 8th Sept Wednesday After school children’s activities 3.00 pm & Kids bored after school? Bring them along to our after school Arts 4.00 pm Thursday & Craft and fun activities. Let them have some fun in a safe and supported environment. Afternoon tea provided. Every third Deadly Choices visit - FREE health checks for Aboriginal and/or 12.00pm Thursday 3.00 pm Torres Strait Islander. No appointments needed, just come in. Every 12.00 pm NEW - Art Workshop. Mon 2.00 pm Open to budding artists who are interested in learning new skills Tue and sharing their skills with other artists. Come one day or every Fri day. Great space to have a yarn. See pg 8 for details


Free Free

Other Events 1st Sept

8:30am PALM ISLAND DAY TOUR - Contact Sealink Tours for info. Enjoy a day tour of the Palm islands, see stunning scenery along 5:45pm way and glimpse humpback whales. Get to know the locals and learn about the islands stories from local guides. Have a go at traditional painting or weaving with experienced artists. Leaves from Breakwater Terminal 7.30 am, returns 5.45pm

Adults $149 Child $129

Community Garden Update If you attended our recent Community Expo you may have noticed the Torres Strait Islander Community cooking a Kup-Murri in the Community Garden. Kup-Murri is a traditional method of cooking, using a hole dug in the ground. A large fire is lit in the pit and allowed to burn down. Large stones are then laid over the hot coals and palm leaves or paperbark are used to line the heated pit. The meats and vegetables are wrapped and placed in the pit and covered with leaves and dirt. About 5-6 hours later the food is removed and eaten at traditional feastings. After the EXPO the pit was filled in however we decided that the pit should be re-dug and made available for community use. A big thank you to the youth from Community Justice who re-dug and fenced the pit. If you would like to use the pit please contact the Community Centre.

Free Learn How Sessions @ Upper Ross Community Centre by CityLibraries Townsville

Intro to Email Wednesday 9th August 10am - 12pm Learn how to create an address book, send emails to multiple people, set up groups, organise emails into folders, avoid junk emails and when to use CC and BCC (learn the difference)

Cyber Safety Wednesday 13th September 10am - 12pm Learn what can go wrong on the internet, what types of online threats there are and how to protect yourself with internet security software.

Session numbers are limited so Bookings are essential. Call 47740144 to book a place.

Tax Time - do you need help lodging your tax return? The Tax Help program is a network of ATO trained and accredited community volunteers who provide a FREE confidential service to help people complete their tax returns online using myTax. Tax Help runs from mid July through to the end of October. Volunteers can help you lodge your return or claim a refund for franking credits, or help you complete a non-logdement advice if you do not need to lodge a tax return. They cannot help with amendments of previous years returns however they can assist with the lodgement of previous years tax returns.

Are you Eligible for Tax Help? You are eligible for Tax Help if your income is $50,000 or less and you did not: * work as a contractor * run a business (including sole trader) * own a rental property * have partnership or trust matters * sell shares or an investment * have a capital gain * receive royalties * receive income from a trust other than managed funds * receive foreign income, other than a foreign pension or annuity Tax Help appointments are available at the Upper Ross Community Centre. Bookings are essential. Call the Community Centre to book an appointment: 4774 0144. Please ensure you bring your MyGov login details with you to your appointment.

Thursday Mornings 9:30-11:30am @ the Upper Ross Community Centre

Play. Share. Connect. Grow Our Playgroup is an informal session where mums, dads, grandparents, carers, children and babies come together in a relaxed, safe and supportive environment. Playgroup is a great place for children to learn through fun, educational and interactive activites such as outdoor and free play, art, craft and imaginative play. No child is too young for playgroup - children from 0 - 5 years of age (yes babies) all love new experiences and benefit from developing sensory, social and communication skills through playgroup activities. No need to book just come along and join in our Playgroup. We provide a healthy morning tea to mums, dads, grandparents, carers, and children. Cost: Gold Coin Donation. We also provide FREE pick-up and drop-off transport (transport bookings essential). Contact Jean, our Family Hub Support Coordinator for more info. To book transport call the Community Centre Ph 4774 0144

C & K Kelso Community Kindergarten Kickstart your child’s education with a QLD Government approved kindergarten program. Ÿ Subsidy for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children Ÿ Health Care Card Subsidy Ÿ Daily cost could be as low as $1.56 per day Contact us today to enrol your child OR visit our website now and complete our online waitlist form! P: 4774 0097 E: W: 5 Gower St, Kelso Situated at the Kelso State School Contact Fran to see if you are elgible for $1.56 per day fee

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Funky Frames Workshop During the Jun-July school holidays we held a number of fun children’s craft workshops at the Community Centre. The Funky Frames session was a hit with both parents and kids. Like our facebook page to keep up to date with what fun after school activities we have planned each week and also to see whats on during the school holidays.

Our families having lots of fun making awesome funky frames from old toys. They really let their imagination and creativity loose and created some beautiful frames.


Mon - Fri 8 - 8 Saturday 9 - 3 Sunday & Public Holidays 9 - 1 Ÿ Locally Owned and run business Ÿ Easy access and plenty of parking at front and rear

Cnr Riverway Drive and Gollogly Lane, Rasmussen Phone: 4755 4654 FREE LEGAL ADVICE SERVICE Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ

Who Should Come and see the Reparation Officer? If you answer YES to one of the points below then you should make an appointment to come in and see Marika Akee-Masina about the current Reparations Scheme or call 0457541454 to book an appointment. Ÿ You received a reparations payment in the first round of the Indigenous Wages Savings Reparations (IWSR) process. Ÿ You did NOT apply in the first round of the IWSR process but want to be considered in this round Ÿ You are a NEW applicant (you were born between 1957 and 1959) Ÿ You wish to inquire about reparations for someone that was paid in the first round but is now deceased. Ÿ You are assisting a family member to either complete a form or find out more about the current reparations process. All persons attending on the day should bring any supporting documentation that can prove their date of birth such as a driver’s licence, birth certificate, health care card or pension card or ID as well as any bank account details (ie. bank statement or confirmation letter from Centrelink) to prove that you are the account holder. If you want to get more information about Reparations Scheme please contact the Reparations Unit on Freecall 1800 619 505 or go to the website:

Tuesday’s from 4pm Face to face or phone appointments Bookings are essential

Contact the Upper Ross Community Centre to book Ph. 4774 0144

Justice of the Peace (JP) Service available at the Upper Ross Community Centre Wednesday mornings 9.00 - 11.00 am No appointment needed

Providing safe, affordable and fair credit to low income earners to buy essential household items, including car repairs and registration. Unlike payday lenders and rental hire agreements, you ONLY pay back what you borrow. No Interest, No Fees, No Charges. Loan repayments are made through affordable fortnightly Centrepay Deductions. Call the Upper Ross Community Centre Ph. 4774 0144 for more info. For some great information, money saving tips and budgeting tools visit: Ÿ Ÿ Too many debts, don’t know what to. Talk to us about seeing a Financial Counsellor.

Thurs 24th & Fri 25th Aug Held at RSL Stadium, Murray Lyons Cres, Annandale This is a FREE event held as part of National Seniors Week. It is a celebratory luncheon to honour the lives, achievements and valuable contributions made to the community by our older residents. A catered lunch is provided, along with entertainment. Tickets are essential and available to Townsville residents aged 60+.

NILS is based on TRUST and RESPECT

Get started Vouchers help with the cost of sport & recreation activities.

Up to $150 per child is available for children and young people who can least afford or may otherwise benefit from joining a sport or recreation club. Parents can apply for a voucher to help pay for club membership and/or participation fees. Round 10 Funding Key Dates: Applications open 12th July 2016 and close on 27th Sept 2016 or earlier if all vouchers are allocated. Vouchers must be presented by 13th Nov. Tickets available by phoning TicketShop For more info or to apply go to: 47279797. Free transport to/from the event is available 70 years and over. game/getstarted/apply Disclaimer: This newsletter is produced with assistance and contributionthe organisation.

UPPER ROSS MEDICAL CENTRE 11 9 9 R I V E R W AY D R I V E , R A S M U S S E N - P H . 4 7 7 4 0 2 9 9 Open 7 days - Extended weekday hours

PINNACLE MEDICAL CENTRE 9 7 5 R I V E R W AY D R I V E , C N R G O L L O G LY S L A N E - C O N D O N - P H . 4 7 7 3 5 1 7 0 Open 5 days (Monday to Friday) 8am to 5pm FAMILY ORIENTATED - BULK BILLING FOR ALL PATIENTS Female Doctor available, experienced GP's Special interests include - Skin & Health Checks, Women's Health, Chronic Disease Management, Aged Care Other services provided by - Mental Health Nurse, Physiotherapist, Phone for an appointment – walk in's also accepted

Child Health Drop-in Clinic Thursdays 9am - 12pm at the Upper Ross Community Centre A qualified community health nurse is on hand to answer questions an provide support Ÿ New baby health checks Ÿ Breastfeeding advice Ÿ New mum’s support Ÿ Nutrition Ÿ Child growth and development

Drop-in clinic. No appointment needed


Bubba Jab Vaccination Clinic at the Upper Ross Community Centre The Bubba Jab clinic (run by QLD Health) aims to ensure indigenous children are up to date with their vaccinations. This is a drop in clinic no appointment needed. Fortnightly on Thursday mornings 9.00 am to 12pm Next clinic 20th July

Mon, Tues & Fri 12 - 2 pm @ The Upper Ross Community Centre

Get creative. Classes are relaxed, informal sessions where you can learn new skills or maybe share some of your skills and knowledge with other budding artists The group hopes to provide artists the opportunity to sell their artwork at an exhibitions to be held at the Community Centre at the end of the year. Unfortunately child minding is not available. Contact Sharon Banjo 0410 866 743 or the Community Centre on 4774 0144. Answers: Which car do the drivers drive: 1 H, 2 F, 3 F, 4H, 5H, 6N, 7F, 8 H, 9 H, 10 N. Trivia: 1. Jimmy Barnes & James Reyne 2. Jamie Whincup, Nine 3. Dunlop (2009), Sucrogen (2010-2013), Castrol/TAFE (2014), Castrol Edge (2015-2016) & Watpac (2017). 4. Scott McLauchlan & Jamie Whincup. 5. 2009

As your local MP I have been persistent in making strong representations on these major issues affecting our 2017-2018 State Budget Handed community. Down! As the state member for Thuringowa, I Direct quote from my Budget a m v e r y p l e a s e d t o h a v e s e e n Speech: significant infrastructure funding of “ $ 6 8 9 m i l l i o n c o m m i t m e n t i n $689M allocated to Townsville for our i n f r a s t r u c t u r e p r o j e c t s f o r long term water supply and security. Townsville… All of these Palaszczuk Gov't This means our voices have been initiatives are jobs building! We will heard! see some 3,300 jobs created for The breakdown is $225M which has Townsville.” been allocated for water security. We are weeks away from receiving the 'Anyone who wants to oppose this Intergovernmental Water Taskforce budget: go to Townsville and tell report of which local residents had direct 200,000 people that they do not input at the Upper Ross Forum. This deserve $689 million worth of $225M is committed to solving our water infrastructure that is going to connect electricity and give them issues. A further $386M has been allocated for water security for the rest of their our powering North Queensland Plan. days.” The breakdown is $100M for proposed hydro-electric station at the Burdekin Warm Regards Falls Dam including $136M for the Aaron Harper improvement works and importantly this State Member for Thuringowa. will create thousands of jobs.

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V8 SUPERCARS BATHURST FORD MOTORSPORT SUPERCAR BURNOUT FUEL PODIUM WATPAC FLAG HOLDEN SAFETYCAR WHINCUP Challenge: How well Do you know the V* Supercar Drivers and the car they drive? Ford (F) / Holden (H) / Nissan (N) 1. Jamie Whincup 2. Mark Winterbottom 3. Chaz Mostert 4. Garth Tander 5. James Courtney 6. Rick Kelly 7. Fabian Coultard 8. Shane Van9. Craig Lowndes 10.Michael Carusso

Townsville 400 V8’s Trivia 1. Who performed at this years Sat Night concert event . ............................................................ 2. Who has won the most V8 races at T400 & how many . ............................................................ 3. Name the 6 sponsors of the event since inception . . .................................................................................... 4. Who won the 2017 T400 V8 Supercar races: Fri: ...........................Sat: ....................... 5. What year was first T400 held ............... Answers on pg.9

WHAT’S ON AT THE UPPER ROSS COMMUNITY CENTRE Our Regular weekly Activities Mondays


9:30 - 12.00pm 12:00 - 2:00pm

Craft Group Art Class



9:30 - 11:30am 12:00 - 2.00pm 12.30 - 3.30pm 4:00 - 4.30pm

Timeout - Games/Cards Art Class Free Computer Lessons Free Legal Advice Clinic


9:00 - 11:00am 9.30 - 3.30pm 3:00 - 4.00pm

Free JP Service Free Computer Lessons Free Kids Activities



9:00 - 12.00pm 9.30 - 12.00pm 9:30 - 11:30am 3.00 - 4.00pm

Child Health Clinic Social Cards Playgroup Free Kids Arts & Craft



10:00 - 12.00pm 12:00 - 2:00pm

Jewellry Making Group Art Class



Centre Opening Hours Monday - Friday 9.00 am to 4.00 pm

WHERE TO PICK UP YOUR COPY OF BITS ‘n PIECES Our Bits’n Pieces newsletter is available online at our website OR you can grab a copy at the following places: *Kelso Fish Shop *Carlyle Gardens *Thuringowa RSL *Gumvale Mini Mart *Riverway Chemist *Riverway Snackbar *McDonalds Rasmussn *Woolworths Rasmussen *Salvation Army Beck Rd *Upper Ross Medical & Pinnacle Medical Centres OR you can call into the Upper Ross Community Centre to pick up a copy and stay for a chat.

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