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7 Oxenford Neighbourhood Watch How prepared are we for the next weather-related disaster? Keep in mind that city and town planning took place in a different era when fires, floods and cyclones were less frequent, less severe and therefore had the potential to be better contained. Given our greater exposure to these adverse conditions, it has become essential to increase the level of awareness within the community. The Gold Coast has a Disaster and Emergency Centre; information provided at the last meeting was most helpful. Further workshops are planned; there is a wealth of information online. While the debate on the impact of El Niño and La Niña continues, we know that a further event will occur. Planning for the next disaster is regarded as essential. Considerations include arranging adequate insurance (if possible), recognising potential dangers, taking adequate protection, as well as being aware of temporary shelters if a disaster occurs and having an emergency pack. Top of the list of potential dangers are fire hazards; long dry grass being a particular concern, please ensure fuel in the form of dry vegetation is kept at a distance from your property. The emergency pack should include a first-aid kit, a torch, water and basic food items. We need to be aware of neighbours and friends who are more vulnerable within the community; protecting those around us is a vital consideration. Following on from last month’s report, domestic violence continues to be a key issue. The Queensland Police Service (QPS) state that while the work remains complex and challenging, they are committed to providing meaningful outcomes for victim-survivors, ensuring perpetrators will always be held accountable while giving community safety the highest priority. We are again urged to make a difference, reporting on suspicious activity, confident that the QPS will act. Just a reminder that the help lines are: 1800RESPECT (1800 737 7320) and DVConnect: 1800 811 811 (Womersline). QPS also continue to stress the need to: ‘Lock it or Lose it.’ If cars and houses are locked, the level of crime would fall significantly. There is an argument that the ‘opportunistic youth’ can now enter cars without stealing the key by accessing the code embedded in the key. Manufacturers are aware of this more sophisticated form of theft and urge users to take full advantage of software updates designed to counter new methods of gaining access. A further precaution is to keep keys hidden while stored in a signalblocking container, also known as a Faraday accessory. Checking online, this accessory does not appear too expensive and may well become an essential item in the future. SMS scams continue to increase with false reward-based messages proving to be particularly prolific. Well-known brands are impersonated with reference to saving loyalty points. Whatever the scam please remember never to never reveal your account number or password. These days, I do not pick up on calls if the number is not recognised; a genuine caller will leave a message or a text. Our next NHW event will be on the 13th of August 2024 with a 7.00 pm start, location at the Meeting Place (aka the Oxenford and Coomera Community Youth Centre), 25 Leo Graham Way, Oxenford QLD. We will hear from our local community leaders including our Councillor, our community Police Officer, and our State Member for Parliament. As usual, we will close with a raffle and light refreshment. You are assured of a stimulating evening, and we look forward to welcoming you. Martin Mankowski, Area Coordinator Oxenford Neighbourhood Watch PET OF THE WEEK FOR MORE VISIT AWLQLD.COM.AU OR CALL 5509 9000 Creating a brighter future Animal Welfare League Qld Est. 1959 Indiana Animal ID: 5563 | DSH | Age: 12years 8 months | Female | Brown Tabby Hello, I’m Indiana. 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He enjoys his own company, making him an easygoing pet that doesn’t demand constant attention. His gentle demeanor is a balm to the soul, and he has a knack for making everyone around him feel at ease. Despite his independent streak, Ace is also a loyal friend, always ready to lend a comforting presence. He also loves to go for walks and adventures! So he’s the perfect well-rounder! Adopting Ace would mean gaining a companion who brings peace, comfort, and loyalty into your life, so come and meet him today! PET OF THE MONTH PET OF THE WEEK FOR MORE VISIT AWLQLD.COM.AU OR CALL 5509 9000 Creating a brighter future Animal Welfare League Qld Est. 1959

8 WE HAVE 2 X $50 GIFT CARDS TO GIVE AWAY! WIN A $50 GIFT CARD (Coles Supermarkets, Coles Central, Coles Express, Myer, including Myer.com.au, Target, Kmart, Officeworks, Liquorland, Vintage Cellars and First Choice Liquor.) Simply complete the Crossword and/or the Sudoku puzzle and post to JULY CROSSWORD COMPETITION or JULY 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 10.08.2024 Winner notified by post. CROSSWORD 184 by Mona Elliott ACROSS 1. TOIL 8. RETALIATION 9. EFFEMINATE 10. CLIMBS 11. MEAL 12. EARTH 13. COVER 16. FOLLOW 19. THIN 21.DULL WITTED 22. PERMANENT INHABITANT 23. ANTENNA 24. CREATOR 25. SHOUTED DOWN 2. REVIVE 3. CONSERVATIVE 4. BUILDS 5. BREAK UP 6. DECLARES 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 11 12 13 15 16 17 18 20 21 23 1 8 10 14 19 22 24 25 7. CLOSED STATE 13. STARS VISIBLE 14. INSULTING 15. EVADING 17. INNATE 18. TAKE THE LIME LIGHT 20. SOLICITOR Answer next issue 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. 184 7 8 1 6 2 9 4 4 5 8 3 9 3 4 8 5 6 9 7 9 5 2 3 Answer next month 1. During which year of the 1980s was it first possible to spend a $1 coin? 2. Which Australian City was the first to host a Summer Olympics? 3. In 1968, which US fast-food chain became the first to open a branch in Australia? 4. The first Australian lifesaving club was founded on which Aussie beach? 5. Which sport was first played at Ballarat goldfields Australia in 1855? 6. Who in 1984 became Australia’s first female heart transplant recipient? 7. On what occasion was Advance Australia Fair first played internationally as the national anthem? 8. A small town in which state was the first to ban plastic shopping bags in 2003? 9. What is considered to be the first BIG thing in Australia? 10. Where in 1823 was Australia’s first Gold Rush? 11. Name the first horse to be a three-time winner of the Melbourne Cup? 12. What did the Australian treasury introduce in 1973? v i a l a o t u n WordWheel 54 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 11 Answer P 11

9 Botanical Bazaar now in it’s 9th Year Tickets are now on sale for The Botanical Bazaar – the Gold Coast’s Garden & Sustainability Festival held at Country Paradise Parklands by The Rotary Club of Gold Coast. The event which is now in its 9th year is held on the first weekend of August, with dates for this year’s event being Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August. From 9am to 4pm on Saturday and 9am to 3pm on Sunday, visitors will be able to indulge in all things gardening with over 100 green inspired exhibitors, industry experts, garden walks + talks, workshops + demonstrations, botanical art, community groups and plants galore. There’ll also be food trucks and live music and entertainment for the whole family. The theme for this year is the Dragonfly and to support the festival, local artists have painted and submitted over 70 pieces of dragonfly art. During the coming weeks these will be displayed in over 20 sponsor businesses in Broadbeach to promote the festival and locals and visitors to Broadbeach will be encouraged to choose their favourite to go in the draw to win over $2000 of prizes. Speakers already confirmed for this year’s event include Gardening Australia’s Sophie Thompson; Phil Dudman the horticultural editor of ABC Gardening Magazine and ABC Radio talk back host; ABC Brisbane Radio presenter and Horticulturist Claire Bickle; World renowned Permaculture Queen and global permaculture ambassador Morag Gamble; Peter Gash, MD and Custodian Lady Elliot Island and Botanical Bazaar’s foraging expert John Palmer OAM. Tickets are now on sale and this year there’s a $20 weekend pass so avid gardeners have the opportunity to attend as many workshops and demonstrations as they like over both days. TICKETS - Day Pass: $15.00, Concession Pass $10.00, Weekend Pass $20, Concession Weekend Pass $12, Kids under 12 Free. Ticket link: https://www.trybooking.com/CPEMZ For information on Botanical Bazaar visit www.botanicalbazaargc.com.au. Book now 5539 4255 or online www.spotlighttheatre.com.au 185 - 187 Ashmore Road, Benowa Bookings: www.javeenbah.org.au Phone 0417 004 466 • Email info@javeenbah.org.au CNR STEVENS & FERRY STREETS, NERANG

10 Help us bring hope to those who need it most by becoming an organ donor. One person’s organ donation can save up to seven lives. Sign up in just one minute at donatelife.gov.au The Gift Of Life Community Notices FREE FOR NOT-FOR-PROFIT, SPORTING & COMMUNITY GROUPS email your notice to info@localnewsletters.com • Deadline 23 July for next issue Tugun Theatre Company Inc presents 15th-31st August The Cemetery Club Written by Ivan Menchell Directed by Judy Neumann TUGUN THEATRE COMPANY | 414 Coolangatta Rd, Tugun e: tuguntheatrecompany1@gmail.com BOOK ONLINE NOW! www.tuguntheatre.org A.R.A.G.C. CAR CLUB - We welcome new members to our very friendly light minded and small group of classic car lovers. We have monthly weekend runs to various points of interest monthly mid-week lunch runs at different venues. Also meet most Saturdays 7am at Espresso 25 at 1 Boatworks Drive Coomera. We have a mid year weekend away and a end of year Christmas Party. We attend as a group to various Vintage and Classic car events. General meeting is held Bi-monthly at a designated place and time. Phone Peter 0493092341 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. 16 meetings per year. Info on FB and search for @sipnsupgc and/or phone Michel on 0412 757 535 or e: michel_44@bigpond.com MEN’S COFFEE & BS GOLD COAST. Guys need an outlet to get together ‘shoot the breeze’, talk a bit of BS, and make new mates. Whether you’re 40 or 80 this group is for you. It’s a small friendly informal group that catches up weekly to give men an opportunity to get out of the house. This is NOT a business networking or church group. It’s about social engagement. Fantastic camaraderie. Call Anthony 0413 806 179. Monday catch-up - Southport Bowls Club, Queen St, Southport - Wednesday catch-up - Serengeti Cafe, Cnr Grice & Bruce Av Paradise Point. @ 9:30 am. Friday catch-up - Boutique Cafe @ 9:30am. Salacia Waters cafe precinct Paradise Point. “SING SING SING”(Paradise Point) - Free Community singing group every second Wednesday 9.30am at Paradise Point Uniting Church building, 126 Paradise Parade, Paradise Point. No fees or auditions, no matter what your singing voice, just a love of music is required. If you can talk, you can sing. Come and feel the magic of singing many popular songs with a great group of people. Singing is wonderful for your mind and body and elevates your soul. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS – A ladies meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous is held every Thursday at 5pm - 6pm at the Ormeau Community Centre, 3 Curthbert Drive Ormeau, Meeting Room 6. The Ormeau Women’s Living Sober Meeting is a safe place for women to learn about the disease of alcoholism and a solution to aid them in living a happy, joyous, free sober life. Doors open from 4:30pm. HELENSVALE PROBUS CLUB is a mixed club of friendly retirees. We meet at Helensvale Seniors Club, 37 Discovery Drive, Helensvale, at 10 AM on the second Friday of each month (except December and January). Visitors are welcome to join us at our meetings or on our outings and activities. Contact us by email at helensvaleprobusclub@gmail.com or Kay by phone on 0478 095 802. Check our website at www. probussouthpacific.org/microsites/helensvale NEW MONTHLY ACTIVE MINDS GROUP Trivia, fun and games. Come along and challenge your mind. First Thursday every month 10am-12.30pm. $5 morning tea included. Phone Jasmin 0412364669 or Marilyn 0481480274. OXENFORD COOMERA VIEW CLUB - Raising Funds for The Smith Family Learning for Life Students. Meetings held on the 3rd Friday of the month at the Oxenford Tavern with Lunch and interesting speakers. Social Events are held on the 1st Friday of the month. Call Susan on 0448120091. HELENSVALE SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB INC. is open Tuesday to Friday and welcomes people over 50 who would like to join in our various activities or simply come in for a cuppa and a chat. We offer a full programme of activities including Pool, Table Tennis, Tai Chi, Mah Jong and various card and board games as well as bus trips and outings to places of interest. Shirley 04480 030 359. PROBUS CLUB HOPE ISLAND meets every third Wednesday of the month at 9.30am at Club Helensvale, Discovery Drive, Helensvale for fun and fellowship in retirement. We are a friendly, mixed club and welcome visitors to join us for the range of activities we provide. Contact Lynne at lynne_j@bigpond.com THE OXENFORD BOSOM BUDDIES BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP meets the first Thursday of every month at 10am at the Oxenford/Coomera Community and Youth Centre, 25 Leo Graham Way Road, Oxenford. A group for breast cancer people, their family, friends and supporters, everyone welcome. A morning tea is supplied by the Oxenford Bakers Delight. Lee 0439 754 180. 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 THE ELDERS GOLD COAST. Looking for friendship? Welcome all. The Elders meet for lunches on a Wednesday and 10am every Friday for morning tea at Runaway Bay Shopping Centre (long table in the food hall). Our age group covers from 50 plus. Theatre, arts & crafts. Email: theeldersgoldcoast@gmail.com or PH Bob 55633623, 0407 793 739. BLOKES LOUNGE is a social group where blokes aged 50 plus from all walks of life, can meet new people and make new mates. Members gather informally and for lunch meetings fortnightly on Tuesdays at Club Musgrave, cnr Musgrave & Kumbari Ave, Southport. No need to book, just drop in and check us out. In between we cycle, beach walk, play cards, darts,tennis, table tennis and golf, do barbecues and outings. For more information go to blokeslounge.org.au or call Johny 0418557611. NORTH GOLD COAST PROBUS CLUB is a mixed club that meets at 10am at the Seagulls Leagues Club Morala Ave Runaway Bay on the first Monday of each month. Members enjoy a variety of guest speakers, morning tea coffee, door prizes at the meeting. Other club activities are conducted each month and may include: Outings, Bus trips, Walking Group, Book Club, Dining, Picnics and BBQ. Contact Paul 0424 243005 or Wendy 55806224 for more info. SOUTH COAST RESTORATION SOCIETY Sat 27 & Sunday 28 July South Coast Restoration Society Annual Vintage Rally. South Coast Restoration Society Vintage Display will be open both days 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 collections of items from a bygone era. ie stationary engines, water pumps, antiques, old tractors and heritage vehicles inc. fully restored Steam Roller working as well as visit Heritige 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 follow the road up to the top of the hill. GOLD COAST STAMP AND COIN CLUB INC (previously Southport Afternoon Stamp Club) meets second Saturday of each month from noon to 4pm, at Helensvale Community Centre (South Hall), 31 Discovery Drive, Helensvale. Everyone welcome. Each month we have dealers, bargain tables, sales by tender, exchange books and some exhibits or talks, finishing with afternoon tea. Enquiries please phone 0409 765 060 or 0417 987 441. 50 AND OVER? JOIN US FOR INDOOR BOWLS & CARDS- Join our friendly club at Runaway Bay Community Hall Now playing euchre! $3 entrance fee. $3 yearly fee. Wed & Fri, 12-3pm. Don’t know how to play? No worries, we’ll teach you. If you play 500 or Canasta please join us. Ample parking next to library. Ring Gordon for bowls 0428751292, Doreen for cards 0450301377.

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