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Bits ‘n Pieces A FREE Community Newsletter for the Upper Ross January / February 2014 Upper Ross Community Centre 1143 Riverway Drive, Rasmussen, 4815 Ph: 4774 0144 Fax: 4774 0909 Email: communitycentre@nqcs.org.au A division of NQ Community Services

Volume 9, Issue 1

HAPPY NEW YEAR CONTENTS Ÿ Child Health Ÿ Community

Courses

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Happy 100th Birthday Maud

Ÿ First Aid Course Ÿ Free Computer

Access Ÿ Free Legal

Advice Ÿ HIPPY Ÿ JP Ÿ No Interest

Loans Ÿ Puzzle

Maud Hammond turned 100 on 18 November 2014 and celebrated with the Craft Group at the Upper Ross Community Centre. Maud is pictured with staff member Tina Glenwright.


No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) Provides individuals and families on low income with access to safe, fair and affordable credit. NO Fees; NO Charges; NO Interest.

What are the loans for? Household items like fridges, freezers, washing machines, stoves, clothes dryers and some furniture; Some medical and dental services; Educational essentials such as computers and text books; Some other items as requested.

How does NILS work? As the diagram on the right shows, there is an application process. Successful applicants then make repayments which go back into the bank, making funds available for others in the community to borrow.

Riverway Snack Bar Only the best @ The Gumvale Shops Burgers, Large Mackerel, Family Packs, Sea Food, Tasty Snacks Great Range of Drinks Hours: Tuesday 4.00pm - 8.00pm Wed/Thur/Fri 11.00am - 2.00pm, 4.00pm - 8.00pm Sat-Sun 11.00am - 8.00pm os le

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New Community Involvement Programs Please come along and learn more about 2 new community activities for 2014

The Upper Ross Community Centre will hold a ‘Meet and Greet’ morning tea to introduce HIPPY (Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters) and Upper Ross Indigenous Reference Group. When: Where: RSVP:

10.30am Wednesday 19th February Upper Ross Community Centre 1143 Riverway Dr, Rasmussen Q 4815 Please RSVP by Monday 17th February Ph. 4774 0144 or email. communitycentre@nqcs.org.au

HIPPY Ÿ This is a two year in-home

program that works with parents and carers to be their child’s first teacher. Ÿ Tutors, who are part of the local community, are also participating parents. Ÿ Children are required to be 4 or turning 4 yrs of age. Ÿ The program is free. We welcome you to be part of this exciting new program. We need: Ÿ 2 Tutors to work with families; Ÿ 25 Families with 4 yr olds; Ÿ Members for an Advisory

Group. Disclaimer: This newsletter is produced with assistance and contributions from the community. The contents of this publication do not, therefore, necessarily reflect the views of the organisation.

Indigenous Reference Group Department of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs is inviting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who live in the Upper Ross to join the Reference Group. Joining the group means: Ÿ Identifying what your

community needs; Ÿ Being a voice for your community; Ÿ Informing government of your community needs. We need: Your involvement.


Holiday Activities at Upper Ross Community Centre Photos above and right: Children from Captain Teddy’s had fun during the recent holiday activities.

FREE LEGAL ADVICE Free Legal Advice Clinic every Tuesday from 4pm. Starts back on 11th February 2014. Bookings are essential. Phone 4774 0144

RASMUSSEN MECHANICAL Repairs and Tyres (Next to BP Servo)

Guaranteed Mechanical Repairs to all vehicles Unit 2, 1231 Riverway Drive Rasmussen

Ph: 4789 1299 Fax: 4774 0980

CHEAP 2ND HAND BOOKS NOW ON SALE AT THE UPPER ROSS COMMUNITY CENTRE PRICES START FROM 50c


At the Upper Ross Community Centre..... Centacare Courses For bookings ph: Centacare on 4772 9000

Course

Course Overview

Date & Time

Focus on A session to assist in stress/Time for me managing stress and 1 x 2 hour session creating balance in your life.

Wednesday 5 Feb (10am to 12noon)

Budgeting 1 x 2 hour session

Wednesday 12 Mar (10am to 12noon)

Free

Practical tips for budgeting effectively.

Playgroups

Dad’s Playgroup Mondays 9.30am

Parent’s Playgroup Tuesdays 9.30am

UPPER ROSS MEDICAL CENTRE 1199 RIVERWAY DRIVE, RASMUSSEN BULK BILLING for all patients Open 7 days, extended weekday hours, female Doctors available. Services include, Mental Health Nurse, Physio, Dietician, Skin and Health Checks and Chronic disease management.

Phone 4774 0299 for an appointment, We accept walk ins!


FIRST AID COURSE First Aid and CPR Refresher with Anaphylaxis and Asthma course will be held at the Upper Ross Community Centre on Saturday 22nd February, 8am - 2pm. In just one day learn how to administer first aid and perform CPR in an emergency situation. Just think, the life you may save could be a family member or friend. Senior First Aid Course - $100 CPR Refresher - $50 Anaphylaxis - Asthma - $40 Bookings are essential as there are limited places available. Prepayment is required. To reserve your place phone the Upper Ross Community Centre on 4774 0144 or email communitycentre@nqcs.org.au

Upper Ross Child Health Clinic From 9am on Thursdays at the Upper Ross Community Centre. Qualified community health nurses are on hand to answer questions and offer support on: Ÿ New baby health

checks Ÿ Breastfeeding Ÿ New mum’s support

No appointment needed

FREE Computer Access at the Upper Ross Community Centre

Bits ‘n Pieces is a Department of Communities supported initiative.


MEN’S SHED

Melbourne Cup Winners

Behind PCYC Allambie Lane

We welcome men who like to come together to apply their skills (or learn new ones) for the good of the Townsville community.

Opening Times: 8am 12.30pm Monday, Wednesday & Thursday.

Lorraine, Joyce, Maureen and Anne attended Melbourne Cup celebrations at the Upper Ross Community Centre.

Melbourne Cup Fun Facts: The cup was run on a Tuesday for the first time in 1875; No horse has won from barrier 18 since barriers were introduced in 1924.


Footy Tip Winner Community Care Transport

Carol receiving the winning cheque from Jan for the Upper Ross Community Centre Footy Tipping Comp.

The UnitingCare Community Transport Service provides transport for Home and Community Care (HACC) eligible individuals (such as frail, aged or younger persons with a disability and their carers) in the Townsville area.

Providing access to: Ÿ Doctor appts Ÿ Seniors groups Ÿ Shopping centres Ÿ Visiting friends & family Ÿ Social occasions -Wheelchair accessible bus is available. -24 hr notice is required. -Cost is $4 per one way. PH: 4775 9137

Justice of the Peace (JP) Available Upper Ross Community Centre

Wednesday 9am to 11am


JOKE TIME

Colouring In

Bob wants everything to be perfect for his anniversary trip to the hotel where he and his wife honeymooned 30 yrs earlier. So he gets there a day early to make all the arrangements. That night he emails her, but misspells the address and it goes to a recent widow. The next day the widow’s son finds his mother passed out in front of her computer. On the screen is the email: “My darling wife, I’ve just gotten here and everything’s set for your arrival tomorrow. I hope your trip down here will be as pleasant as mine. P.S. It’s really hot!”

Quick Crossword

Solution over the page ........


Kelso Country Music Club Inc. Function Dates : January to June 2014 Sunday Country Thuringowa RSL Club Kelso 2pm - 7pm (Walk-Ups)

Friday Night Country Thuringowa RSL Club Kelso 7.30pm - 11pm

19th January

24th January (Walk-Ups only)

16th February

28th February (Showcase - selected members, followed by Walk-Ups)

16th March

28th March (Walk-Ups only)

20th April 18th May

23rd May (Walk-Ups only)

15th June

27th June (Showcase - selected members, followed by Walk-Ups)

Sunday Country Functions are held on the 3rd Sunday of the month; Friday Night Functions are held on the 4th Friday of the month (unless otherwise notified).

“ Specialising in the Upper Ross”

9 Connemara Course, Kelso www.rossriver.com.au

Community Computer Training by Citylibraries Venue: Upper Ross Community Centre, 1143 Riverway Dr, Rasmussen When: 1st and 2nd Wednesday of the month. Cost: Free February Classes: Facebook A, Set up your own Facebook account. *Must have an email account. Bookings essential, Ph: 4774 0144

Crossword Answers Across: 1. grill; 4. dig; 6. our; 7. again; 8. ant; 9. dime; 11. snow; 14. can; 15. olive; 17. owl; 18. tar; 19. jolly Down: 1. guard; 2. IRA; 3. long; 4. drain; 5. get; 10. minor; 12. weedy; 13. roll; 14. cat; 16. ill


Opportunities ahead for 2014 I hope everyone has got over the Christmas and New Year break. I enjoyed some time with the family and am now looking forward to the great opportunities 2014 brings. For some it means going back to school or doing other study and training to be better equipped in the workforce. For the Upper Ross Community Centre it means a new home. Plans are on track for the new Community Hub where the Community Centre will join with Upper Ross PCYC and the Men’s Shed, opening up many more opportunities for the residents of the Upper Ross. Big thanks go to the Board of NQ Community Services Inc and to Susan Perry for their ongoing efforts in the co-location process. I’ve said before that the Upper Ross has some great natural attractions, with Ross River, the Pinnacles and the bush in the west. Last month I raised publicly the possibility of opening up the Ross River Dam to other recreational activities such as kayaking, fishing and restricted motor boats. This isn’t about building new facilities, it’s about inviting individuals and community groups to have their say about what activities they might like to see on the Dam. Contact the Townsville City Council and give your feedback on opening up Ross River Dam so more people can enjoy the outdoors. As part of the State Government and a resident of Thuringowa, I see it as my role to make Townsville a great place to work, rest and play.

OPEN 7 DAYS Mon - Fri 8 - 8 Sat 9 - 3 Sun & Pub Hols 9 - 1 Ÿ Locally Owned and run business Ÿ Easy access and plenty of parking at front and rear

Cnr Riverway Drive and Gollogoly Lane, Rasmussen Phone: 4755 4654


WHAT’S ON AT THE UPPER ROSS COMMUNITY CENTRE January / February Activities Mondays

Ÿ 8:30-10:30am Community Garden Ÿ 9:30am Craft Ÿ 9:30-12:30pm Free Computer Access

Tuesdays

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9:00am 9:30-11:00am 9:30-11:30am 4.00pm 5.00pm 5.30pm

Gentle Exercise Playgroup Timeout Legal Advice Walking Group Fit Camp

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8:30-10:30am 9.00-11:00am 9.30am 10.30-12.30

Community Garden JP Service Seniors Computer Kiosk Computer Classes

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9:00am 9.30am 9:30am 5:00pm 5:30pm

Wednesdays

Thursdays

Child Health Clinic Social Cards Seniors Computer Kiosk Walking Group Fit Camp

WHERE TO PICK UP YOUR COPY OF BITS ‘n PIECES You can download the Bits’n Pieces newsletter online at our website http://www.nqcs.org.au OR you can grab a copy at the following places: *BP Rasmussen *Kelso Fish Shop *Riverway Snackbar *UR Medical Centre *Gumvale Mini Mart *Carlyle Gardens *Riverway Chemist *McDonalds Rasmussen *Woolworths Rasmussen OR you can always call into the Upper Ross Community Centre and say hello while picking up a copy!

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