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Bits ‘n Pieces A FREE Community Newsletter for the Upper Ross Sept / Oct 2017 Upper Ross Community Centre 1/43 Allambie Lane, Rasmussen, 4815 Ph: 4774 0144 Fax: 4774 0909 Email: A division of NQ Community Services Volume 12, Issue 5


Child Health Clinic


Community Courses


First Aid Course

Shop Local and support small businesses Local residents and workers are being encouraged to shop local and support local small businesses. The disruption caused to local businesses as a result of the Riverway Drive roadworks will continue to impact on businesses at the Rasmussen shopping precinct, with the expected completion date for the roadworks around Dec 2018 we need to help our local small business through this challenging time.

Local residents are feeling the frustrations of traffic congestion in Free Computer peak hour, especially with traffic turning into the shopping precinct. With a number of rear end accidents occurring in this Access section of the roadworks, Police and Transport and Main Roads Ÿ Free Legal (TMR) are reminding drivers that it is legal for drivers to turn Advice across a single white line when turning into the shops) and drivers should stay alert to avoid rear end traffic mishaps. Drivers Ÿ Community are encouraged to use the Allambie Lane access to the shops calendar where possible.



After school activities


JP Service


No Interest Loans



The next major traffic switch will occur in November when traffic is switched to the river side and access to the shops from Riverway Drive will be further impacted. Subscribe to TMR email to receive roadworks updates. Speak to a Community Engagement Office on 1800 625 648 or email

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

Every third Thursday

Every Tue Every 2nd Friday

6.00 pm 7.00 pm

Upper Ross. NEXT MEETING 3rd October . see pg 4 for more 3.00 pm After school children’s activities Kids bored after school? Bring them along to our after school Arts 4.00 pm & Craft and fun activities. Let them have some fun in a safe and supported environment. Afternoon tea provided. 12.00pm Deadly Choices visit - Conducts FREE health checks for 3.00 pm Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander at the Upper Ross Community Centre. No appointments needed, just drop in. Contact the Upper Ross Community Centre for date of next visit 12.00 pm Community Art Connection. Artists of all Open to budding artists who are interested in learning new skills 2.00 pm and sharing their skills with other artists. see pg 8 for details Women’s Group - a social group getting together to chat, have a cuppa and do a range of craft activities. Child minding is provided. see pg 8 for details

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COMMUNITY EVENTS Friday 13th October Wednesday 8th October

Family Mental Health Fun day Heatley Park, Corner of Mill Drive and Charles St, Heatley. Lots of fun and informative activities for the whole family. The Big Breakfast - Join the staff from the Upper Ross Community Centre at the Big Breakfast for Anti-Poverty Week.

4 - 9pm


8 - 10am


Do you need support in finding information or linking to appropriate services. Not sure where to go for help. Come and have a chat with Topsy, the Community Connect Worker at the Upper Ross Community Centre or give her a call on 4774 0144.

Good Guys Doing Good Through their programs of support and giving, The Good Guys helps thousands of Australians across the country every day. Their ‘Doing Good’ activities support the development of the local communities in which they operate in. And, because they are ‘Good Guys’, they are always trying to find ways of assisting local community organisations. Through this program, the local Good Guys store recently chose NQ Community Services to be the recipient of a brand new fridge for the Upper Ross Community Centre. This in turn enabled us to donate our existing fridge to a local person in need.

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

Social Media Wednesday 11th Oct, 10am - 12pm Learn about Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Skype. and how Social Media can be used for many things: staying in touch with friends and family, promoting your cause, and keeping up with trending topics and news.

Make the most of your Tablet Device Wednesday 8th November, 10am - 12pm Bring along your device and learn how to make the most of your iPad or Android tablet in these friendly relaxed sessions. .

Sessions numbers are limited so Bookings are essential. Call 47740144 to book your place.

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 and provide support. Ÿ New baby health checks Ÿ Breastfeeding advice Ÿ New mum’s support

NILS - 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. 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.

Bringing Up Great Kids is a FREE parenting program that challenges parents to explore and reflect their parenting style and to examine the messages they pass onto their children through their own behaviours, interactions and emotional reactions. Parents learn about the brain development of their children and understand how to meet their children’s growing needs. Through the program, parents are supported to build attentive communication with their children. Parents are also encouraged reflect on and explore the meaning behind their children’s behaviour and develop an awareness of the cues that trigger off unhelpful or ineffective responses. FREE CHILDMINDING PROVIDED WHERE: Upper Ross Community Centre 1/43 Allambie Lane, Rasmussen WHEN: Commencing Wed 25th Oct TIME: 12 - 2pm Every Wed for 4 weeks CONTACT: Jean Barnett 47740144

Free !!

Wednesdays 12 - 2pm

4 week course !

The Upper Ross Community Voice (URCV) is community action group providing Upper Ross community members a forum to voice their concerns and keep up to date with what’s happening in the Upper Ross Community. The group provides residents with a collective and unified voice to address concerns and to help make the Upper Ross a greater community. Since forming in Feb 2016 the group has championed a variety of issues raised by residents, with representatives from QLD Police, QLD Dept of Transport and Mainroads, Townsville City Council regularly attending meetings to address issues raised by residents. URCV Meetings are held 1st Tuesday of each month (excluding school breaks) All welcome to attend The group are holding a talk tent at the ‘Guns & Hoses’ Twenty 20 Cricket Event being held at Riverway on 6th October, from 2.30pm. Come along and have a chat.

Skilling Queenslanders for Work - Get Set for Work Training for real employment outcomes NQ Community Services Inc has partnered with Artius Foundation to deliver Skilling Queenslanders for Work - Get Set for Work Business Administration Certificate III. This program aims to provide young people aged 15 -19 years with nationally recognised training, combined with integrated learning support and core skills to help participants gain employment or to continue with further education and training. The program allows participants to start at anytime throughout the program. Participants can also restart or makeup for any components of the program they miss, working with a dedicated Work Skills Trainer to ensure they reach their potential. SQW projects are achieving real outcomes. In 2015 NQ Community Services partnered with Gtec Training and Development in the delivery of the Community Garden project which was a SQW project called ‘Builidng our Futures�. Of the 19 participants in the program, 16 achieved successful employment outcomes. Bailey Ratcliff (pictured with his daughter Summer) successfully completed the training, achieving a Certificate I in construction and secured employment with Compass at Lavarack Barracks as a cleaner. He quickly proved his commitment to his employer and was successful to moving into an administration role. Bailey has now worked with Compass for over 2 years and his grateful for being given the opportunity to participate in the SQW project, to achieve a qualification and secure employment. How to register for the program... For more information or to register your interest in the program contact the project Coordinator/Trainer, Jane Chester on 0438 823 765 or the Upper Ross Community Centre on 4774 0144

The Skilling Queensanders for Work programs are a Queensland Government initiative designed to help eligible Queenslanders to develop skills, gain qualifications and provide direct assistance to enter and stay in the workforce.

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The Upper Ross Community Centre welcomes U3A Craft Group U3A (University of the Third Age) is a worldwide self-help organisation promoting learning for personal enjoyment and satisfaction. There are about 300 U3A community groups in Australia with groups promoting ageing by sharing educational, creative, leisure activities provided by their own members. The Townsville U3A group currently has 420 members who participate in a range of activities including free online courses, U3A fitness (walking, Tai Chi, seniors circuit, aqua fitness, dancing), singing, creative writing, book club, pottery, scrapbooking, beading, Canasta group, Craft group. Groups meet at various venues across Townsville (the timetable of activities is available in the U3A newsletter on the U3A Townsville website). There is a small fee for most activities to cover the cost of hall hire. tea & coffee. The U3A Craft group meets at the Upper Ross Community Centre on Tuesday mornings, from 9am - 12pm. U3A membership is $30 p.a and the cost of the Craft Group is $3 per session. For more info check out the Townsville U3A group website:

Free 1-on-1 Computer Lessons Just starting out on your IT journey and need some basic help or maybe you have good IT skills but need a refresher. Maybe you have a tablet or smart phone and not sure how to use it. Try our free one hour 1-on1 computer lessons. Use our computer or byo laptop/tablet/phone. Lessons are Tuesday, Wednesday Bookings are essential Call now to book - 47740144

I hope you have heard about our recent State Government budget of $690M for key infrastructure in Townsville. It allocates $225M for water infrastructure Hello to Everyone, and the rest for Burdekin Hydroelectricity scheme and works around Powering North Queensland update the Dam to enable this. Works have We know the cost of electricity is an already begun. issue. Under our Government, assets stayed in Governments hands which Importantly we will build our own North has kept price increases at 3.3% Q u e e n s l a n d Tr a n s m i s s i o n l i n e compared to other States that have connecting 17 renewable projects in seen double digit increases up to 19%. N o r t h Q u e e n s l a n d f o r N o r t h We will not allow this in Qld. Queensland! This will create another We are in a renewable energy boom in Thuringowa! Preliminary works have begun on the Ross Solar Farm. It is a $225M investment into the area, which will generate enough energy to power 50,000 homes. Importantly it will create 250 jobs. This is part of the reason why our Government has created 94,500 jobs since the 2015 election.

3000 jobs. By doing this we will increase local supply therefore place downward pressure on wholesale prices. We will keep working hard to keep electricity prices down. Warm regards, Aaron Harper State Member for Thuringowa

Community Visitors Scheme Do you have one spare hour a fortnight and would like to visit the elderly in the local Aged Care Homes in Townsville? Why not make this a family outing, where the children can get involved with visiting someone special. The Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) is a national program funded by the Australian Government. CVS aims to enrich the quality of life of residents of aged care homes who are socially isolated or lonely, and would benefit from a friendly visitor. As a community visitor, you need to be committed to visiting your resident friend at least once a fortnight and become their special friend. You can enjoy walks, reading the news, joining in the homes activities or even go on an outing. The visitor is matched with a resident with similar interests. The funding provides for reimbursement of fuel costs. For more information please contact the program coordinator, Tina Glenwright on 47740144 or email Tina on

Free Phone, Computer & Wifi Access at the Upper Ross Community Centre

Printing, faxing, scanning, laminating, emailing service available at the Community Centre. Costs apply. Ask our friendly staff.

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


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 COMLINK – Social Activities & Transport assistance Are you lonely, wanting to meet new people or simply want to get out and about and do something new? Then maybe CommLink’s regular social outings might be just what your looking for. They offer a wide range of activities including visits to museums & theatre shows, morning teas and lunches. Cost is $12 for transport plus the cost of the activity. Priority is given to age 65+ however people aged 50-65 can join outings if spaces are available. Bookings are essential. Contact COMLINK for a copy of outings schedule or to book Ph 44171700

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

RASMUSSEN “Specialising in the Upper Ross” MECHANICAL 3/1219 Riverway Dr, Rasmussen

Repairs & Tyres

Unit 2 / 1231 Riverway Dr Rasmussen


Next to Puma Servo



Ph: 4789 1299


Guaranteed Mechanical Repairs to all vehicles

PHONE: 0429 648 399 Electrical Contractor No. 69820

Disclaimer: Ths 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.

Spring Time

Try this on your family and friends ... 1.. Pick a number between 2 and 9 (it can include 2 & 9) 2. Multiply your number by 9. 3. Now you have a two digit number. Add the two digits together 4. Subtract 5 5. Now find the letter of the alphabet that matches with your number e.g. A =1, B = 2, C = 3


6. Think of a country that begins with your letter. e.g. “’C” might make you think of Canada or “F” could be France. 7. Take the 2nd letter in the name of the country and think of an animal. 8. Now close your eyes and think of your animal whiIe I read your mind. 9. Say “I didn’t know that there were elephants in Denmark”

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





9:30 - 12.00pm 9.00 - 12.00pm 9:30 - 11:30am 12.30 - 3.30pm 12.00 - 2.00pm 4:00 - 5.00pm

Craft Group U3A Craft Group Timeout - Games/Cards Free Computer Lessons Art Connection workshop Free Legal Advice Clinic


9:00 - 11:00am 9:30 - 3.30pm

Free JP Service Free Computer Lessons


9:00 - 12.00pm 9.30 - 12.00pm 9:30 - 11:30am 9.30 - 3.30pm 3.00 - 4.00pm

Child Health Clinic Social Cards Playgroup Free Computer Lessons Free Kids Arts & Craft


Wk 1 Ÿ 10:00 - 12.00pm Wk 2 Ÿ 9.00 - 11.00am


Jewellry Making Group Women’s Group (see page 9 for dates)

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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A Free community Newsletter for the Upper Ross

Sept-Oct Bits 'n Pieces Newsletter  

A Free community Newsletter for the Upper Ross