P: (07) 5527 0314 M: 0411 134 507 info@localnewsletters.com read online: www.localnewsletters.com JUNE 2022 Local Newsletter ewsletter Div 1 - City of Gold Coast Est. since 1989 Your CITY NEWS & CR HAMMEL UPDATE Pages 4 & 5 Book Giveaway! Win a Gift Card! See Inside YOUR LOCAL AGENTS RESIDENTIAL SALES-ACREAGE SPECIALISTS- LAND SALES Fixed Selling Fee Commission of $9,500 + gst We are a Full Service Real Estate Agency offering Lower Commission Charges GREATER VALUE, OUTSTANDING SERVICE THAT’S THE BPG WAY Achieving: Amazing Sale Prices Outstanding reviews from happy sellers Saving seller’s money, with a Fixed Fee Commission of $9,500 + gst. Compare our sales prices, level of service and commission fees with other agents David Blench 0409 576 557 Danielle Blench 0407 780 887 PROPERTY MANAGEMENT 5.95% Covering Pimpama, Ormeau, Yatala, Canowindra, Jacobs Ridge, Jacobs Well, Norfolk Village & surrounds jmoproperty.com.au | 0404 050 620 your local agent Morgan Oliver Residential & Prestige Sales SEE PAGE 3 INSIDE FOR FULL DETAILS from Division 1 Councillor Mark Hammel Local news from Cr Hammel page 4 & 6 Advertisement funded by Mr Mark Hammel @MarkHammelDiv1 Community efforts driving results

2 Monday to Saturday 8am - 6pm Phone: 5670 8971 Pimpama City Shopping Centre 102 Pimpama Jacobs Well Rd, Pimpama www.tambvet.com.au • like us @ TCYVet Hills Food Prescription Diets Flea & Tick Products Puppy Preschool Consultations Vaccinations Desexing Dentistry Soft Tissue Surgery Orthopaedics Digital Xray Dental Xray Ultrasound In House Laboratory Arthritis season is here Arthritis means inflammation or swelling of one or more joints. This inflammation occurs when the smooth cartilage surfaces within the joints become damaged and no longer allow a ‘frictionless’ joint motion. It often occurs as a result of injury but generally is seen as a degeneration of joint surfaces due to wear and tear. Arthritis is more likely if your pet is over-weight, getting older or has a history of joint damage or surgery. Many dogs and cats over the age of 7 years will be affected by arthritis. Pets with arthritis may; • Suffer pain or discomfort when getting up or lying down. • Find jumping up on to elevated surfaces difficult. • Reluctant to climb stairs. • Be stiffer in the mornings, especially cold mornings, but then get better throughout the day. • Have difficulty grooming themselves. Thereare threemain factors toconsiderwhenapproaching the treatment of arthritis; • The use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories to relieve the pain and reduce the inflammation. • Diseasemodifyingproducts such as 4-Cyte to stimulate joint lubrication and repair damaged cartilage. • Any excess weight that pets are carrying will exacerbate arthritis so weight control is essential. If you think your dog or cat seems stiff or sore please contact us to book an assessment. Friends of Nerang National Park creates new homes for Greater Gliders on the Gold Coast The future of endangered greater gliders on the Gold Coast looks much brighter thanks to the installation of new homes by the Friends of Nerang National Park. The nest box/artificial hollow installation project, funded by the federal government’s Landcare Led Bushfire Recovery Grants program, has seen 48 artificial hollows installed in Nerang National Park, one of the last areas where this threatened species occurs on the Gold Coast. “There are only two places on the suburban Gold Coast where greater gliders still occur in good numbers”, says Jessica Lovegrove-Walsh, founder of the Friends of Nerang National Park. “Currently one of these locations is being cleared for the SkyRidge housing development, which makes the survival of the Nerang National Park population vital if we want to keep greater gliders on the Gold Coast.” Greater gliders are the largest gliding marsupial in the world, and resemble tree-dwelling teddy bears with their huge fluffy ears and long furry tails. They rely on tree hollows for survival, with individual gliders often using more than ten hollows within their small territories of one to five hectares. “We’re extremely fortunate to have this species in Nerang,” says Jessica. “Many populations were wiped out in the catastrophic bushfires of 2019/20, with up to a third of all greater glider habitat in eastern Australia badly burnt.” Listed as endangered under both state and federal law, greater gliders not only face the looming threat of widespread bushfires under climate change, but are still being impacted by widespread land clearing. “We’ve seen several urban populations of greater gliders disappear in the past decade,” says Paul Revie of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, who is assisting with the project. “Because tree hollows are a precious and diminishing resource, we need to make up for their loss with artificial replacements if we want to keep not just gliders, but also other threatened species like powerful owls and glossy blackcockatoos around the Gold Coast.” In February and March this year, a team from Arborspec spent several days installing the artificial hollows in Nerang National Park. The project will explore how greater gliders use two different kinds of artificial tree cavities – rear entry nest boxes from Hollow Log Homes and Habitec moulded plastic hollows from Habitat Innovation and Management. “Because of the dire need to replace natural hollows, the design of artificial nest boxes is evolving rapidly,” says Paul. “These artificial hollows will last for decades and provide a home for generations of greater gliders.” The nest boxes have been in place for over a month now, and it is nearly time for the first monitoring session. The anticipation of seeing whether any greater gliders have moved into their new homes is building. “We use a ten metre long pole with an infrared camera attached to check for glider guests,” says Jessica. “While it can take some time for the gliders to become used to their new accommodation, any greater glider in a nest box would be a huge triumph, and proof that the project has been a success.” About the Friends of Nerang National Park The Friends of Nerang National Park is a conservation-focused community group that provides opportunities for volunteers to take part in environmental management, citizen science, and educational activities in Nerang National Park. Their aim is to build a closer connection between the national park and the local community. The group hosts a bush regeneration and education session on the second Sunday of every month, and holds a broad range of other events throughout the year. 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4 CITY NEWS MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR Batteries don’t belong in bins Dead batteries don’t go in your household bin. They can start fires either in your bin or recycling trucks when they are crushed or damaged, and when they end up in landfill they leach toxic materials. It’s estimated that 90 per cent of Australia’s used batteries end up in landfill, and yet nearly all of the materials in batteries can be reused like lithium, cobalt and manganese. But where should they go? B-Cycle has you covered! Just collect your used batteries and drop them off at one of the over 60 locations across the Gold Coast Pop some clear sticky tape over the ends and store them. Try reusing a glass jar for storing them before disposing of them safely. You can also take them to a City Recycle Street facility at your nearest City Waste and Recycling Centre. Find out more, visit https://bcycle.com.au/ For City recycling locations go to cityofgoldcoast.com.au/recycling The 2022-23 City Budget has several key focus areas including safety, transport and sustainability. As Mayor, I am acutely aware of the cost-of-living pressures we all face. These pressures are driven by inflation and are impacting every Australian. The 2022-23 City Budget is my tenth as Mayor and I’m confident it will continue our city’s record of ensuring any rate increases are capped at, or below, CPI (Consumer Price Index). A focus next financial year is on ensuring greater community safety through further investment in CCTV, street lighting and community infrastructure including disability-compliant change rooms and park facilities. Since 2011, we have increased our city CCTV network from 110 fixed cameras to a fleet of more than 700 units today including mobile CCTV and anti-hoon cameras. Safety starts at home and the City and Queensland Police are currently running a camera network trial, known as the Community Camera Alliance (CCA), in Varsity Lakes and Yatala. The trial will provide police with great visual footage, should an incident occur in streets around those two suburbs. The program is confidential and helps keep our streets safe. Access to information greatly assists police and as we all know, visual footage of potential offenders is vital when someone is acting suspiciously in your neighbourhood. I applaud the Queensland Police Service for launching this initiative and we hope more suburbs are included later this year. Details are at: https://bit.ly/3FgFzYN TOM TATE MAYOR The cost of water leaks Leaking toilets, taps and leaking underground pipes can waste a lot of water, leading to high water bills. Leaks can also cause structural damage to your property and even attract termites. We recommend regularly reading your water meter to detect any unusual variation in water usage between readings. Learn more about detecting water leaks and what to do if you find a leak at cityofgoldcoast.com.au/waterleaks

5 JUNE 2022 COUNCILLOR NEWS Councillor Mark Hammel Division 1 P 07 5581 6754 E division1@goldcoast.qld.gov.au PO Box 5042 GCMC QLD 9726 @MarkHammelDiv1 W cityofgoldcoast.com.au LORDS petition Thanks to a petition from Lutheran Ormeau Rivers District School (LORDS), the Wharf Road and Pimpama Jacobs Well Road intersection upgrade has been fast tracked. This is an intersection where significant delays and queuing happen regularly around school time. Last year, the school community and I worked together to get a petition with more than 300 signatures into Council. Now, I am very pleased to see design works will be happening in 2022-23 and construction in 2023-24 and 2024-25 to signalise this intersection. This is years sooner than it was expected to be done, and it is a great outcome. Computer Road and Pearson Road upgrade A critical section of Pearson Road is being upgraded to 'industrial collector' standard for the trucks and traffic passing through. This means it will meet a certain standard on width, gradient and ability to bear heavy weight. Importantly, this upgrade will also reduce ongoing maintenance costs because the road will be better prepared to support heavy vehicles. There will also be a new roundabout installed at the intersection of Pearson Road and Computer Road, which will make movement through there with the 30 metre vehicles much safer and more productive. The Yatala Enterprise Area is a key jobs and goods supplier to the Gold Coast and wider Queensland. If we want to attract and keep the best companies, we need the roads and infrastructure to support them. This is an overdue project but, once completed, it will positively impact safety and productivity for decades to come. Poppys to honour local ANZAC heroes The sign on Peachey Road now features a poppy, to honour the sacrifice of the local Peachey family in World War 1. We also have one on the Stewarts Road sign to honour the Stewart brothers: Private George, William and Robert Stewart who all sadly lost their lives in World War 1. Peachey Road sign with ANZAC poppy Our community was born out of the sacrifice of local families like the Stewarts and Peacheys and this is a fitting reminder of how blessed we are to live the life we do here. Grant writing information session If you’re a part of a local community group or know someone who is, this grant writing session on 7 June might be for you. The session will take place at Pimpama Community Centre from 12pm-1.30pm. This will help groups develop their grant writing skills and find out how to apply for sources of funding. If you are interested, please register your attendance online at cityofgoldcoast.com.au/workshops or by phoning 5581 6642. Naturally GC Green Day Out Celebrate World Environment Day this year by coming out to Cedar Creek conservation area for our annual tree planting event. This year on 4 June we are looking for volunteers to help us plant 1500 trees along the Albert River. All materials are supplied and the holes are pre-dug. If you enjoy being outdoors and being a part of our community then this event is for you. Have a look at the event on my Facebook page for more information. Replacing Bollards at Jacobs Ridge Estate Recently, I had approximately 1000 redundant timber bollards removed from Jacobs Ridge Estate. After 15 years, most of these were no longer required or functional as the vegetation had reached a certain size. It was also a bit of an eyesore for people driving through the area. We are continuing to replace the old and worn-down bollards in the remaining parks, which is all part of the plan to give Jacobs Ridge Estate a refresh and improve the feel of the area. New bollards at Jacobs Ridge Estate

6 Community Efforts Paramount to Local Works By Councillor Mark Hammel I am a big believer in working with the community to drive results in our area. Recently, our local Lutheran Ormeau Rivers District School (LORDS) and I were able to work together to achieve a positive result at the Wharf Road/ Pimpama Jacobs Well Road intersection. This intersection sees traffic approaching from four different directions and it isn’t signalised. On top of this, the volume of traffic is steadily increasing, which includes both cars and thousands of additional heavy truck movements every day. Around school time, this traffic puts drivers under a lot of stress and that’s when accidents can happen. After speaking with locals about this intersection, and hearing their concerns around safety, I looked into the timelines for an upgrade here. It quickly became clear that improvements weren’t even on the ten-year horizon! Considering the crash history here, that was too long to wait for this to happen. We came together and launched a petition, which attracted over 300 signatures from locals, and took the issue up with council. We were pleased to see the petition, which called for the Gold Coast City Council to undertake an urgent review into improving the safety and congestion issues at this intersection, was supported unanimously by all councillors. As a direct result of the petition we now have fully funded design and construction phases of the intersection upgrade. It has been fast-tracked from over a decade down the line, to now commencing the design phase in 2022/23 and starting construction from 2023 onwards. For a project that wasn’t even on the ten-year horizon, this is a great outcome. With that being said, the month of June is significant in council. This month is when the City’s budget is finalised and on June 14th, when the budget is adopted, we will know exactly what projects we have funding for in division 1 for the 2022/23 financial year. We will also get an insight into the projects that are coming to our area in future years. Through strong community consultation, I will be looking towork with other parts of our community to bring more of these future projects to our area sooner. I use the example of the LORDS petition to demonstrate how important it is for you to have your say on the future of our area. When I reach out to you over the comingmonths, it would be great to get as much feedback as possible to ensure your voice is heard when it comes to ratepayer dollars being reinvested back into your community. I am always open to ideas and feedback from the community, so if you have any suggestions on improving our area please let me know. It is only by working together that we can achieve real results and drive change for the future. 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A close friend of Devine’s, Sarah Ewes, is the first victim and the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death at Cowl and Comely compel him to investigate further. As he digs deeper, he discovers strange coincidences and unnerving truths. As the deaths pile up, and the major players show their hands, he must question who he can trust and who he must fight. ISBN: 9781529061963 | Format: Trade Paperback | Pub Date: 28/06/2022 Imprint: Macmillan | Pages: 432 | Price: $34.99 THINGS WE BURY by Matthew Ryan Davies Three siblings, reunited in their home town, are struggling to deal with the fallout of a car crash that almost killed their father. This, on top of everything else life is throwing at them. Josh is trying to save his marriage and hardwon TV career in the wake of a painfully public sexual harassment scandal. But is he really as innocent as he says? Jac, perennially single, is getting married - unbeknownst to her family. 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8 YOUR LOCAL AGENTS (Teal colour as per our logo) RESIDENTIAL SALES-ACREAGE SPECIALISTS- LAND SALES We are a Full Service Real Estate Agency offering Lower Commission Charges David Blench on 0409 576 557 or Danielle Blench on 0407 780 887. If you are looking to sell your home, then take advantage of our Fixed Selling Fee Commission of $9,500 +GST +Advertising* with Blench Property Group. Join other home owners who have saved thousands of dollars in commission fees and obtained fantastic prices on the sale of their homes. Compare our commission charges against other agents charging 2.5%-3.00% + GST. What are people who have sold their homes with BPG saying? They are first class agents without the BS. We interviewed the agent of the year and the agency of the year in our area when we sold and both quoted sale prices were less than David's by up to $80000 from our eventual sale price. I think they get their awards on turnover to the detriment of the seller. David's low fixed price is another bonus. We will use them again. Craig S Ormeau Well done David. It just goes to show there is no need to pay ridiculous fees some agents charge to obtain the sale of your house in an un-stressful manner. Due to the nature of the sale it took longer than normal but at no time was there any pressure from David to reduce the price to make it easier for him, much appreciated. We would have no hesitation in joining him again in another sale. Jacqui & Scott S David and Danielle were amazing, our sale ended up being in the middle of the Coronavirus outbreak which was unfortunate, but David and Danielle helped us from start to finish and made everything go as smoothly as possible. Thank you so much for all your help with the sale of our house, we could not have done it without you. Alison S. 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Jacqui & Scott S David and Danielle were amazing, our sale ended up being in the middle of the Coronavirus outbreak which was unfortunate, but David and Danielle helped us from start to finish and made everything go as smoothly as possible. Thank you so much for all your help with the sale of our house, we could not have done it without you. Alison S. LOOKING TO SELL YOUR HOME? DONATE BLOOD, SAVE LIVES. Do something special. Give blood. Call 13 14 95 download the app or donateblood.com.au 1 in 3 Australians will need blood in their lifetime. Only 1 in 30 people currently donate. Whether you have an appreciation of classic cars, love watching live music or enjoy celebrating and paying homage to the lifestyle of years gone by, Cooly Rocks On 2022 has it all. As Cooly Rocks On gets set to descend on Coolangatta on the Gold Coast from 8-12 June, in what is a truly spectacular time of the year, the festival will showcase the very best of the motors, music and lifestyle of yesteryear across five action-packed days. A highlight of this year’s program will be The Johnny O’Keefe Story starring Vicky O’Keefe, which will headline Saturday night in the Elvis Precinct. The festival will offer a range of free live entertainment options from rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly and swing performances across a variety of outdoor stages and venues, along with a limited number of ticketed experiences, including the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist (UETA) Contest. Cooly Rocks On has something on offer for everyone More than just music, Cooly Rocks On will see over 1,000 vehicles head to the Coolangatta precinct as car enthusiasts show their most prized possessions off. The annual Show ‘N’ Shine is a sight not to be missed. Attendees can get up close and personal as they admire the vehicles of yesteryear, including classics, customs, hot rods, and muscle cars just to name a few. Plus, kustom culture enthusiasts will rejoice at the return of Kustomville – a precinct dedicated to showcasing the best lowbrow art, kustom bombs, sleds, hot rods, and coupes from across Australia and beyond. Once you’ve finished checking out the vast array of cars on display, festival goers will have the opportunity to dance the night away at the Harvest Moon Swing Ball, a 1940s inspired shindig. For those wanting to try their hand at dancing there’ll be Dance Workshops across five days on the festival’s doorstop at The Strand. Celebrating the fashion and style of eras gone by, the 2022 Cooly Rocks On Pin-up Pageant combines the traditional classic and rockabilly styles that attendees have come to know and love over the years. This year will see renowned rockabilly/rock ‘n’ roll artist, Ella Fontaine hosting the pageant, helping to guide 12 Pin-up finalists through the three rounds of competition. Whether you’re looking for more event information, wanting to check the schedule or find your way around the festival precinct, the Cooly Rocks On Mobile App is the pocket gizmo for all your festival needs.

9 Since 2005, Paris Miki Optical has been servicing the Helensvale and surrounding community for eyewear needs. Our Store Manager Michael has over 29 years’ experience as a qualified Optical technician and has been working in the area for 21 years. We have an onsite workshop for quicker spectacle making, so you don’t have to be without your own frames for week’s if we are using your own frame for new lenses; repairs can be done onsite and same day service is available on in store stock lenses. Paris Miki aims to deliver spectacles for the individual and give optimal vision for each person’s lifestyle. Whether you need reading, distance, bifocal or progressive lenses we can accommodate the whole family including children to Veteran’s affairs. Here at Paris Miki, we offer a large range of contact lenses; including multifocal, toric, 1 day, fortnightly to monthly lenses. Michael is able to customise lens shapes for rimless and Semi rimless frames to suit customers various needs. We can also create prescription polarised sunglasses for most sunglass frames. Regular eye testing is important for early detection of health problems such as Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration and even Pterygiums, that’s why we recommend yearly check-ups. Bulk billed eye testing is available with retinal photography. Health fund claiming for most funds can be done on the spot. To make an appointment please call on 55 80 5010. See advert back cover Convenient onsite workshop available at Paris Miki Optical Rotary Club of Gold Coast is once again proud to present the Botanical Bazaar - the Gold Coast’s premier Gardening and Sustainability Festival where naturally wild, urban gardeners and nature lovers connect - making this festival a truly community driven day, with profits raised going back into the community. This event is organised and run by volunteers from Gold Coast Rotary and the community. After the gut-wrenching lastminute cancellation of the 2021 Botanical Bazaar due to an unexpected COVID-19 lockdown announcement, Botanical Bazaar 2022 is back, and tickets are on sale now! Botanical Bazaar 2022 has been locked and loaded for Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August at the stunning Country Paradise Parklands, Nerang. This years' theme is "Butterflies". The butterfly symbolizes spiritual rebirth, transformation, change, hope and life … a very timely theme! This year, the Butterfly Art Project was launched, and entries have been 'flying' in. These butterfly entries will be displayed around the festival grounds and ticket holders can vote for their favourite! Sponsorship is also available for business to sponsor a butterfly. This project is raising funds for a Garden & Sustainability Festival Where naturally wild, urban gardening and nature lovers of all ages connect 'People Mover’ for the Friends of the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens which aims to provide an inclusive mobility service for the less fit, the elderly and those with limited mobility around the GC Regional Botanic Gardens. Already locked in are over 80 exhibitors, food vendors and entertainment for the 2-day gardening and sustainable living festival. "We can't wait to have The Vegetable Plot on Saturday and the incredible Kate Leopold (& Treats) on Sunday to entertain everyone under the Musical Tree. Along with wandering buskers and artists – we also have an action-packed itinerary for the kids in the Kid's Hub," said Nikki Murphy, Co-Creative Director. Botanical Bazaar is proudly sponsored by Cr Peter Young and 94.1FM. The Country Paradise Parklands provides such a stunning setting for the Bazaar … full of native flora and fauna … and for this reason, there are no dogs allowed (assistance dogs accepted.) Tickets are on sale now, with concession and family tickets also available. Get in quick for the Early Bird prices – and thank you gifts and prizes! For safety reasons, there are limited tickets available, and they must be pre-purchased online from www.botanicalbazaargc.com.au Beloved gardening festival Botanical Bazaar is back after a COVID-curse in 2020 and 2021.

10 Win a $50 GIFT Card (Can be used at Woolworths Supermarkets, selected Caltex Woolworths, Big W, BWS, Dan Murphy’s, Cellarmasters) We have 2 x $50 Gift Cards to give away! Simply complete the Crossword and/or the Sudoku puzzle and post to JUNE CROSSWORD COMPETITION or JUNE SUDOKU COMPETITION PO Box 3302, Burleigh Town City Q. 4220 Write your name and address on the back of an envelope. First correct crossword and first correct sudoku entry drawn will win. Entries close 10.07.2022 Winner notified by post. DID I READ THAT SIGN RIGHT? SU DO KU Instructions: The numbers 1 to 9 must appear in each row, column and 3 x 3 box. Numbers can not be duplicated. No. 159 8 5 9 1 7 3 6 6 1 9 4 6 9 4 2 3 2 1 8 2 5 8 Answer next month TOILET OUT OF ORDER. PLEASE USE FLOOR BELOW In a Laundromat: AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINES: PLEASE REMOVE ALL YOUR CLOTHES WHEN THE LIGHT GOES OUT In a Melboure department store: BARGAIN BASEMENT UPSTAIRS In an office: WOULD THE PERSON WHO TOOK THE STEP LADDER YESTERDAY PLEASE BRING IT BACK OR FURTHER STEPS WILL BE TAKEN In an office: AFTER TEA BREAK STAFF SHOULD EMPTY THE TEAPOT AND STAND UPSIDE DOWN ON THE DRAINING BOARD Outside a secondhand shop: WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING - BICYCLES, WASHING MACHINES, ETC. WHY NOT BRING YOUR WIFE ALONG AND GET A WONDERFUL BARGAIN? Notice in health food shop window: CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS Spotted in a safari park: ELEPHANTS PLEASE STAY IN YOUR CAR Seen during a conference: FOR ANYONE WHO HAS CHILDREN AND DOESN'T KNOW IT, THERE IS A DAY CARE ON THE 1ST FLOOR Notice in a farmer's field: THE FARMER ALLOWS WALKERS TO CROSS THE FIELD FOR FREE, BUT THE BULL CHARGES Message on a leaflet: IF YOU CANNOT READ, THIS LEAFLET WILL TELL YOU HOW TO GET LESSONS On a repair shop door: WE CAN REPAIR ANYTHING. (PLEASE KNOCK HARD ON THE DOOR - THE BELL DOESN'T WORK) CROSSWORD 159 by Mona Elliott ACROSS 1. NEARER 7. CALCULATE 8. JOGS 9. ENTICING 10. BIASED 11. ESTIMATES 14. TAUNTS 18. URBANE 19. OPTIMISTIC 2 3 4 9 11 12 13 15 16 20 21 23 21. COVERED 22. NESCIENT 23. SIFTED DOWN 1. VICTORY 2. SIGN 3. CURB 4. STALK 5. HITS answer next month 1 8 10 14 22 5 6 7 17 18 19 6. POSITION 12. MISTRUSTS 13. SUPERB 15. COLOUR 16. LARVA 17. GRATIFY 20. EASTERN COUNTRY

11 Travel Update by Lisa Leary As our world reopens and travel restrictions lessen, allow me to share some exciting spots close to home on New Zealand’s South Island. The great thing about New Zealand is that is appeals to all kinds of travellers… young, old, adventurous, cautious, wine lovers, beer drinkers, foodies, families, couples, friends, solo travellers. You name it, there’s something for you. It’s impossible to see and do everything in one trip. But being only a few short hours from Australia’s east coast, you don’t need to! You can always come back and visit a different area each time. Moeraki Boulders - Otago. These giant stones are scattered along Koekohe Beach, between the towns of Moerkai and Hampden. They are said to have been formed 65 million years ago and erosion has shaped them into almost perfect spheres. Each boulder weighs several tonne, and there’s something about the way the sparkles off their smooth wavekissed surfaces that makes them so mesmerising to see and photograph. Hanmer Springs – There is so much to do here chances are you are going to want to come back. The quaint town is picture-perfect with buzzing cafes and boutique shops, while the dramatic mountain backdrop casts feeling of pure serenity. Zoom in though, and you’ll find hiking trails, jet-boating, rafting, bungy, quad bikes and even paintball. No matter your age, interest, or season of travel, you cannot visit Hanmer Springs without taking a dip in the mineral-rich hot pools at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa. Stargazing - Renowned for its low light pollution, the South Island is just as beautiful at night as it is in the daytime. When the sun goes down the heavens open and you are suddenly gazing at millions of twinkling lights right before your eyes. Moke Lake – Otago. Off the beaten track but still just 20 minutes’ drive from Queenstown is Moke Lake. Framed by towering mountains, the Moke Lake Loop is a lovely trail for a leisurely walk or bike ride. The approximately nine kilometre loop follows the edge of the lake, which itself is primed for canoeing, kayaking and even swimming in the summer months. Lake Te Anau Glowworm Caves – Southland - When you visit Fiordland National Park you are naturally going to want to see MilfordSoundandDoubtful Sound. But you’dbe foolish to leave out the Glowworm Caves of Lake Te Anau. It’s almost hypnotic – floating through a network of twisted limestone passages of sculpted rock, whirlpools and a roaring underground waterfall. Christchurch Street Art Trail – Canterbury - GivingMelbourne a run for its money, Christchurch is quickly cementing itself as the home of art. Through the rebuilding of the city after the 2011 earthquake, street art has been a feature, turning the many new empty walls, or blank canvases as we prefer, into captivating masterpieces. It brightens your day, to be surrounded by so much talent and inspiration. The murals are ever-evolving, always something new to see. This activity is easily done at your own pace, or you might opt for a walking tour with a local which will give you a better insight into the artworks. There are far more gems on the North and South Islands of New Zealand which can be discovered by organized tours, self-drive and/or cruise. LOOK forward to sharing parts of my cruise to Norway in the following months. Lisa Leary - P: 0402 836 093 e:lisa.leary@travelmanagers.com.au Buddy’s Back! In May 1971, Don McLean released a song called American Pie. Fundamentally, it's about a loss of innocence. The Backstory: February 1959, Buddy Holly was at Clear Lake, Iowa on Day 11 of a winter tour - with a gig every night for 24 days straight. It was freezing cold. Several of the group had come down with colds and flu and one of Holly's band members had frostbitten feet from riding on the tour bus. After many breakdowns, the tour was actually on its fifth worn-out yellow school bus. So Buddy chartered a 1947 Straight 35 Beechcraft Bonanza. The passengers were himself, Ritchie Valens, and JP Richardson, (the Big Bopper) along with the young pilot. The deteriorating snowy weather was overcast, with gusts up to 48 kilometres an hour. This fatal crash, only minutes after take-off, was the Day the Music Died. Until now. Until Saturday night at Twin Towns on the Gold Coast, 63 years later. An energy came on the stage that removed the missing years and presented Buddy’s Back: The Buddy Holly Show. This was a packed house; you could sense these were clearly a “you’d better impress me” crowd. It was evident that Scot Robin (as Buddy Holly) had his work cut out for him. But the man has been doing this for over 35 years, he’s cool, he can strut his stuff. And so he did! While Scot sang and played his iconic red Fender Stratocaster, drummer Geoff Townsley was keeping the beat in the exact period stick-style of Jerry Allison, the original Crickets drummer. The howling sax work by Dave Hoffmann provided awesome authenticity to each Holly song. Never over-powering, but beautifully filling every available gap. Not many bassists are visual stars on their own. Jon Flinn and his double bass were probably the best “duo” I have ever seen and heard. Jon spun his bass and slapped its side like he had a 1960’s dance partner. Well Alright, Scot Robin had a Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On with over 30 songs performed, culminating in the massive audience finale, a singalong of “That’ll Be The Day”! Oh Boy! You just have to see them. www.twintowns.com.au Reviewed by 101FM Radio Presenter Stu Robertson www.101fm.com.au | Photography by Michelle Cop (MC Photography) c t i q e n h r u WordWheel 29 The goal of a word wheel puzzle is to create as many words possible with the letters in the word wheel. You can only use each letter once and every word must have the letter in the centre of the wheel. Answers P 15

12 PEACHEY CG NEWS Peachey has grown abundantly with support from the new Ormeau Progress Association committee………. thank you. Peachey’s Prez Mia Faulks is interviewed by 91.7fm this month on the 2nd & 16th of June at 3.25pm on the Drive Showwith Julie Clift. Below is an excerpt from one of Mia’s interviews. What to do with a soggy garden? With almost a years’ worth of rainfall in one weekend, I can imagine most soils and gardens have had their quota of moisture. I know my yard and the Community Garden is very well watered right now. You may find a lot of your soil nutrients have washed out of our soils. These need to be topped back up again and the best way to achieve this is to : Add some compost, which is filled with nutrients and microorganisms, it will allow the soil to regain some air porosity. Add some dry fertiliser pellets as well, hold back on your liquid fertilizers like worm wee or seaweed solution as they’re more likely to wash through at this point. Your plants will be needing some TLC, so clear out some of your tired summer crops, trim off all the dead leaves and remove any rotting fruit and plant material. Tie your plants up off the moist ground, this will allow air to flow around and help prevent any mold or fungal disease forming. Now you’re ready to start with some fresh seedlings or sow seeds straight into the bed. Planting by the moon The rising moon and the setting moon affect the sap run in plants, which is why different moon phases have more success with certain crops. As the moon rises from a new moon into a full moon (waxing moon), this 2-week period is the best time for your leafy vegetables, first week and fruity vege in the 2 nd week. After the moon starts to descend into the new moon (waning) this week is the best time for your root veggies and the following week is a dormant time for veggies. Ormeau Fair Peachey Presentation Start growing your WOW produce to show at the Ormeau Fair in October, we will give you more clues as to what grows great then. Peachey CG will have on show an array of WOW fruits & Veg and a few “ What is that ?” items to get you guessing. Join in the fun with us. Grow and submit your produce Peachey is bringing back the country to the country fair. What to plant in June Leafy veg: - radishes, rocket, silver beet, lettuce, kale, all the Brassicas broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower. Fruity veg: -peas, tomatoes, cucumber. Root Veg:- artichoke, asparagus, turnips, carrots, radishes,potatoes. Congratulations to Peachey’s President Mia Faulks on receiving an award for over 10 years of voluntary service to the Ormeau Community . Mia is known for her knowledge on all things green, artistic and creative abilities, storytelling and leadership skills, Mia creates space for all to grow into their skills and skins. Thanks Mia! (pictured above) Tell me more Where: Corner of Tillyroen and McCreadie Road Ormeau When: Members of Peachey CG can visit at their leisure. The crew is on site on Friday mornings from 9ish until too hot. Sunday afternoons from 3ish until too dark How Much: A “wow that’s great” fee of $40 per year will cover you and yours for visiting, all soil, tools and great advice is included in the fee. If you prefer to trade or exchange of equal value, you are welcome to gain membership this way also. Contact: Crew member 0424171019 Email peacheycg@gmail.com What do we do: Host great events and workshops, give busy minds a rest, give weary bodies a restful place to be, grow unmucked around with food, imagine and create the kind of world we want to live in. Who can come: Day care groups, school groups, special needs groups, all embraced. We ask that you hold a current blue card to keep our kiddies safe. Tickets available 5532 2096 www.gclt.com.au 21A Scarborough St, Southport P R E S E N T S An Australian Drama

13 Vicki Richards, Vicki Richards Property Sales PH 0407 146 171 vicki.richards@vrpropertysales.com.au Gratitude and its Role in Happiness My family has grown again with the birth of our beautiful granddaughter, Bella May. All went well with my daughter’s pregnancy and the birth and Mum and Bella were back home just four hours after her arrival earthside. However, the next day Mum realised that she was jaundice and the visiting midwife confirmed and so a trip back to hospital was needed so Bella could sunbake under those lights. Hyperbilirubinemia has a few risk factors but in Bella’s case it is fetal-maternal blood group incompatibility. So, setting aside the science lesson, our lesson was another in gratitude. Thankfulness for the access we have in Australia to hospitals, to vast information and knowledge, to our doctors, nurses and midwives and the medical technologies that are available to us. After months of rain that South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales has endured, I am also grateful for a roof over my head and a road to my door. Sure, the paddocks are soggy, it’s impossible to mow the grass without getting bogged and we have had some temporary road closures, but we are dry and our tanks are full. I was disappointed to read on a Facebook Community Page the amount of people complaining about potholes in our “country” roads. Residents are so quick to blame the council for not fixing potholes, but I have seen them fixed and within a month or so, washed out again. I am sure they will be out again to repair the roads. With so many issues that the prolonged rain event has caused, let’s all be patient and grateful that there is a road to our door and not a Russian war tank standing in the way. The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives and usually recognise that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Study after study has found a robust association between higher levelsofgratitudeandwellbeing, includingprotection from stress and depression, more fulfilling relationships, better sleep and greater resilience. Simple exercises that people can do on their own – such as spending two weeks writing a daily list of three things for which they are grateful have been found to increase life satisfaction, decrease worry and improve body image, with the beneficial effects lasting for up to six months. Gratitude was one of the most powerful variables that personality psychologists could find when it came to predicting wellbeing, over and above most known factors, from wealth and health to other personality traits such as optimism. So without wanting to remind you of a greeting card or a corny saying on a coffee mug, I do embrace the research and will continue to look for the things in life to be grateful for. Luckily for me, they’re everywhere, just like these smiles… so grab one; they’re free! Community Notices FREE FOR NOT-FOR-PROFIT, SPORTING & COMMUNITY GROUPS email your notice to info@localnewsletters.com • Deadline 15 June for next issue UPPER COOMERA LIONS CLUB on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month meet at The Wattle Hotel in the function roomReserve Rd, Upper Coomera. Visitors and newmembers most welcome. Secretary Shirley Henderson 0416 939 804. email: uppercoomera. qld@lions.org.au - Also on Facebook. SIP N SUP CLUB – GOLD COAST Meets every three weeks at a great restaurant around the Gold Coast. All men welcome for beer, wine and food. We critique restaurants, have guest speakers but most of all we have a lot of fun. Generally Thursday afternoons, however, some evening events. There are 23 meetings per year. More info on facebook, search for @sipnsupgc and/or phone Michel on 0412 757 535 or email michel_44@bigpond.com PIMPAMA MEN’S SHED, 15 Clark Way, Pimpama, behind the School of Arts opp. Pimpama State School, open 8.30am to 12.30pmon Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The shed is equipped with excellent woodworking andmetalworking equipment. Members can work on personal tasks, help with community projects, or just sit and have a cuppa and a chat. Social, health and welfare programs, specialty visits, and presentations are also offered. Come along, have a look and decide if you would like to join. PH Jeff 0418 796 555. STANDBY SUPPORT AFTER SUICIDE is Australia’s national service supporting people bereaved or impacted by suicide including families and friends who have lost someone to suicide, First responders who have attended a suicide, and Members of the public who have witnessed a suicide. StandBy is accessible 24/7, providing free face-to face and/or telephone support at a time and place that is best for each individual. Phone 1300 727 247 ORMEAU AND DISTRICT GARDEN CLUB meets on the second Saturday of each month at various members gardens. We are a relaxed, social club with meetings from 12noon, with a trade table, competitions, raffles and a shared lunch. There is usually a guest speaker on assorted garden related topics. PH: 0456842606 or email dok@bigpond.com TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL is a non-profit educational organisation that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Membership exceeds 300,000 in more than 15,800 clubs in 149 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people fromdiverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders. The Upper Coomera clubmeets every 2nd, 4th and 5th Thursday of the month at 31 Reserve Road, Upper Coomera. Contact donna.toastmasters@gmail.com SOUTH COAST RESTORATION SOCIETY OPEN DAY: Vintage Display is open second Sunday of the month. Come and step back in time and experience the technology of yesteryear on display at South Coast Restoration Society Living Museum. Many sheds to explore with various collections of items from a bygone era. ie stationary engines, water pumps, antiques, old tractors and heritage vehicles. Fully restored steam roller working as well as visit Heriaige Print and see the printing presses at work. Food and refreshments are available on site. Directions: Exit 49 of the M1. Entry is via the Pimpama Sports Hub entrance at the traffic lights. First left then follow the road up to the top of the hill. Free entry unless a special event is advertised. A great family day out. JP SERVICES AVAILABLE at Coomera Police Centre, 11 DeBarnett St. MondayFriday 8-11.30am, every Monday &Wednesday & Friday 1-4pm. No appointments required. SOUTHPORT MILITARY MUSEUM will open on the first Sunday of every month from February to December, 9am – 12pm with the exception of Long Weekends, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day.Museum located in the Qld Naval Brigade Drill Hall, Owen Park, Queen Street, Southport next to the Southport Primary School. Entry and parking is free. Groups of between 6 & 20 will be catered for any time or day, just contact Noel on 0437732575 PROBUS CLUB OF PIMPAMA, meets at 10.15am, 4th Thursday eachmonth at Pimpama Tavern, 102 Jacobs Well Rd, Pimpama. Monthly guest speaker, along with a morning of fun. We are new, enthusiastic and looking forward to welcoming visitors and newmembers. Activities include bus trips, outings, theatre experiences, etc. Come along and help create a greater Club in your community. Contact: Kaye 0433 268 693 or Dawn 0411 404 311 ARUNDEL – FREE STROKE SOCIAL GROUP held twice monthly on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month 10am till 2pm. A relaxed social gathering, with guest speakers, monthly topics, activities and tips and tricks to help support those who are a stroke survivor. The Hopewell Centre 11 Dunkirk Close Arundel. Contact Julie on 0422191146 or email jhowe@ wmq.org.au for more info. WOMENS CANCER SUPPORT is for women going through some formof treatment for cancer. We meet regularly for coffee, lunches, and educational events and pamper days. We have lunch at Norfolk Tavern, Ormeau on the 3rd Wednesday of eachmonth from 11:30am. We have a library of bras, prosthesis, books, wigs, head wear, ponchos for mastectomy patients and can deliver care packs to lovelies in hospital. See Facebook page Women’s Cancer Support - GC for more info. (We also have a PRIVATE GROUP.) Email: womenscancersupport@icloud.com for more information. ARE YOU EXPERIENCING DOMESTIC ABUSE? If you or someone you know is experiencing by domestic, family or sexual violence DVConnect can help you find a pathway to safety. DVConnect provides free emergency transport (taxi, train, bus or plane) and safe accommodation for your entire family, including pets. DVConnect also provides safety planning, crisis counselling and referrals to other services. We believe everyone deserves to life a life free from violence. Call 1800 811 811 anytime 24/7, or www.DVConnect.org