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6 • 1 cup plain flour (all purpose flour) • ▢1 cup rolled oats • ▢1 cup desiccated coconut, unsweetened • ▢3/4 cup white sugar , preferably caster / superfine • ▢150g unsalted butter • ▢4 tbsp golden syrup • ▢1 tsp baking soda (bicarbonate soda) Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F (160°C fan forced). Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Mix flour, oats, coconut and sugar in a bowl. Place butter and golden syrup in a saucepan over medium high heat and stir until butter has melted. Add baking soda and stir to combine - it will fizz up, this is normal. Immediately remove from heat. Pour butter mixture into flour and mix until just combined. Roll level 1 tablespoon mixture into balls, flatten into patties. Place balls, 2.5 cm apart, on prepared trays. Bake for 15 minutes or until deep golden. (Bake 12 min for chewy biscuits!) Stand on trays for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool - they harden as they cool! ANZAC BISCUITS Anzac Biscuits are a cherished treat in Australia, adored for their rich buttery caramel taste, satisfying crunch, and the ease of their recipe—not to mention the profound historical significance they hold. These biscuits are traditionally baked by Australians in honor of ANZAC Day. The acronym “ANZAC” refers to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. ANZAC Day, observed on April 25th each year, is a solemn day of remembrance for Australians, commemorating the anniversary of the initial significant military engagement undertaken by Australian and New Zealand forces in the First World War, a battle marked by substantial losses. Legend has it that soldiers’ wives invented the original Anzac Biscuits, carefully choosing ingredients that would ensure the biscuits remained edible over the long journey to their husbands abroad. The original versions were reportedly so tough that soldiers sometimes ground them into porridge. 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7 Introducing the 2024 Junior Mayors The Gold Coast’s 2024 Junior Council Executive Committee have been sworn in to their new roles as future leaders as part of the City of Gold Coast’s Junior Council. Nevindu Dammannagoda from AB Paterson College was announced as the 32nd Junior Mayor and Rihanna Patel from Queensland Academies Health Sciences Campus as the Deputy Junior Mayor. Mayor Tom Tate congratulated the students on their appointments on the Gold Coast’s Junior Council Executive Committee. “The Junior Council program provides young Gold Coasters the platform to have a voice,” Mayor Tate said. “The program provides an opportunity for students to learn about the role of local government, develop skills in public speaking, networking and most importantly leadership.” The Junior Council comprises of 140, Year 10 and 11 students from 37 Gold Coast high schools. The Junior Council is led by the Junior Mayor, Deputy Junior Mayor and the Junior Council Executive Committee. Junior Mayor Nevindu Dammannagoda said: “It is an honour to have been named the 2024 Junior Mayor. “I am very passionate about youth involvement and service. I look forward to working with the Junior Council this year.” The 2024 Junior Council Executive Committee comprises: • Yanyan Zhang – Queensland Academies Health Sciences Campus • Thomas Pentland – St Michael’s College • Madison McGregor – Varsity College • Henrietta Stahelin-Hall – Rivermount College • Abigail Brinkworth – Somerset College The City is pleased to welcome Kings Christian College and Men of Business Academy to the program in 2024. April is National Heartworm Awareness Month FIVE FACTS ABOUT HEARTWORM DISEASE THAT WILL SHOCK YOU ... It’s everywhere! Heartworm disease has been diagnosed in Australian states. They look like spaghetti. Mature heartworms look like long strands of spaghetti. Dogs are more susceptible. Dogs can have hundreds of heartworms in their bodies. We need to act fast. In most cases, the treatment often comes too late to cure the animal fully. Decreased appetite might be a sign. If your cat or dog is not eating well, it might indicate heartworm disease. Heartworm disease, a perilous condition affecting both cats and dogs, is caused by a parasitic worm dwelling in the heart, lungs, and associated blood vessels. Its insidious presence can lead to severe lung disease, heart failure, and damage to vital organs in these beloved pets. Dogs are a host of heartworms, meaning they can grow and reproduce in the animal, while cats are a dead-end host, meaning the worms cannot reproduce in the animal. Most cats are infected with only a few worms and may not be fully mature, though the disease can be just as deadly for cats as it is for dogs. Transmission of heartworms occurs through mosquitoes, which acquire larvae from the bloodstream of infected dogs during feeding and subsequently transfer them to other animals. Once transmitted, these larvae develop into adult worms, perpetuating the cycle of infection. Preventative measures are paramount, including monthly oral medications that target immature worms. Strict adherence to preventive schedules is crucial, as heartworm larvae can mature rapidly, rendering prevention ineffective within as little as 51 days. Detecting heartworm disease early is pivotal for successful treatment. While dogs may exhibit symptoms such as coughing, fatigue, decreased appetite, and weight loss, many remain asymptomatic initially. Regular blood tests are indispensable for diagnosis, preferably during routine veterinary visits. However, detecting heartworms in cats proves challenging due to the low worm burden and absence of definitive symptoms. Antigen and antibody tests, supplemented by imaging techniques like x-rays and ultrasounds, aid in diagnosis. Treatment for heartworm disease in dogs necessitates a multifaceted approach. Upon confirmation of diagnosis, strict activity restriction is imperative to mitigate further damage to the heart and lungs. Stabilizing the dog’s condition may be requisite, particularly in cases with underlying health issues. Treatment protocols typically involve several steps, followed by post-treatment testing to ensure complete elimination of parasites. Unfortunately, effective treatment options for heartworm-infected cats are lacking, underscoring the critical significance of preventive measures. In conclusion, heartworm disease poses a grave threat to the wellbeing of companion animals, emphasizing the need for proactive prevention, early detection, and appropriate treatment. Consultation with a veterinarian is indispensable to tailor preventive strategies and ensure timely intervention in cases of infection, safeguarding the health and longevity of cherished pets.

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9 Clutter in the home is a source of comfort for some individuals and an annoyance for others. Your idea of clutter, for instance, may differ drastically from your friend’s. We grow in different environments, so conceptions of tidiness and clutter are relative. Many individuals decorate their homes with knick-knacks and a variety of items, but when does it become clutter? It’s not the number of things in the house. It’s the unorganised chaos that’s characteristic of cluttered homes. The definition of clutter references words like litter, mess, and untidy. It isn’t what you have in your home but how or even if it’s arranged. An unkempt home can be an occasional occurrence for some homeowners, while others may be habitually messy. Some individuals can thrive in an unorganised, chaotic environment, but there are many health benefits to be gained by maintaining a clean, orderly home. Creates Self-Confidence And Self-Efficacy Homes can become cluttered with all sorts of belongings. Clothes, furnishings, household items, and various things accumulate over time. Some individuals can function normally in a cluttered home, but the disorder can invariably affect productivity. If you’re not keeping up with general tidiness in your home, chances are you’re lagging in other areas as well. The amount of effort exerted on any task will usually determine its success or failure. Homeowners who live in a cluttered home may be overwhelmed by keeping up with daily responsibilities. Decluttering creates self-confidence and self-efficacy and will restore a sense of order to your life. It’s a great start to improving your coping abilities. Your determination to face challenges and overcome even bigger obstacles will also be strengthened. Improves Your Sleep Getting your home organised and tidy can help you to relax and sleep peacefully. The arrangement of your bedroom is especially important for a good night’s sleep. Many of us are busy with work or school and maybe children too. Our bedroom might become a dumping ground for any and everything at the end of a busy day. It’s important to keep this space free of anything that may ruin the tranquility or keep you awake at night, such as your laptop. Try to deal with bills and anything to do with work in another space and don’t let your clothes pile up anywhere in your bedroom. Decluttering will not only lighten your space, but it will also take a huge load off your mind. Getting a good night’s sleep can improve many areas of your life and decrease your risk of illnesses like heart disease and stroke. Reduces Anxiety And Depression Most individuals think of their home as a haven from the outside world and a place for total relaxation, and a cluttered home is not the best embodiment of a peaceful and serene environment. To the contrary, it may evoke feelings of frustration, guilt, unease, and hopelessness, which can lead to depression and isolation. Some homeowners who live in cluttered homes may also feel embarrassed or ashamed to have visitors in their home, and this can be another source of anxiety and depression. Living in a cluttered home can be very stressful. The daily routine of having to search for things like car keys because of untidiness can become a source of anxiety. Basic activities like getting ready for work in the morning can be a challenge if cosmetic items, clothing, and shoes are strewn about. Searching for items becomes a daily waste of time, and can also cause you to be late for school, work, or other important engagements. Tidying and organising items in your home can do wonders for your peace of mind because it reduces anxiety and depression. Boosts Productivity And Creativity Living in a cluttered home diminishes your ability to be productive and creative, similar to an unorganised workspace overflowing with paperwork. This type of environment is not conducive to getting things accomplished or releasing creative energy. You may have lots of ideas for sprucing up your home, but where do you begin? If there’s a huge, messy collection of items, it will be difficult to keep track of everything. Getting rid of the clutter will give you a fresh start and new ideas. Putting things in their proper place and creating some structure in your home will go a long way towards boosting your productivity and creativity. An untidy or overcrowded space can be very distracting and overwhelming. Small boosts to productivity and creativity will allow your true personality to shine through and improve your emotional health. Reduces Allergens And Toxins In The Home Cleaning and organising items in your home can improve your physical as well and mental health. Cluttered homes are much harder to clean, and they accumulate bacteria and other substances at a much faster rate. There’s so much more to clean in a cluttered home, and it can be very timeconsuming as a result. Individuals with children and pets have even more of an uphill battle keeping their home free of toxins and allergens. Surfaces have to be dusted and cleaned. Children can be especially messy, and pets shed hair and release dander into the air. The combination of all these factors can create an unhealthy environment and increase your risk of illness. Decluttering reduces allergens and toxins in the house and your risk of illness. Regular filter changes and a vacuum with a HEPA filter can also help. Health Benefits Of Decluttering Your Space

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Many sheds to explore with various collections of items from a bygone era. ie stationary engines, water pumps, antiques, old tractors and heritage vehicles, a fully restored Steam Roller along Heritige Print. Refreshments available. Exit 49 of the M1. Take Rifle Range Road, 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. A great family day out. Something for everyone. Free entry PIMPAMA MEN’S SHED - 15 Clark Way, Pimpama, behind the School of Arts opposite Pimpama State School open from 8am to 12 noon Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The shed is equipped with excellent woodworking and metalworking 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. Contact Secretary sec.pms@outlook.com.au. HINTERLAND MODEL FLYING CLUB (HMFC) – Ever wondered what it’s like to fly a model plane or helicopter? Come and join us and learn new skills of building, repairing and flying! Club open every day at William Guise Foxwell Park, Shipper Dr, Coomera; best days to meet members is on Saturday or Tuesday morning. If you’re a newcomer to the sport members can offer advice and our instructors can help from start until you get your first licence. Being with a club allows you to use a purpose built facility, take excellent training and be part of a team. HMFC is associated with the MAAA and so you’re covered by insurance when flying at the field. More info: www.hmfc.com.au or contact the Secretary on hmfchonsec@gmail.com. (Front gate end of Shipper Dr, Coomera, opp. Coomera Houseboats site). GUANABA SOUTH COAST COUNTRY MUSIC CLUB, Heritage Park, 193 Rifle Range Road, Pimpama (Exit 49). Monthly Socials - 3rd Sunday at 12pm. Entrance fee $6.00 visitors, $5.00 members. Canteen, Licenced Bar & Afternoon Tea available. Great afternoon of talented Singers for your entertainment OR if you would like to sing with the band yourself, there are 3 practice sessions before the social to polish your songs for your performance. Contact Noelene (Secretary) 0419740756 or Peter (Music Coordinator) 0427293858. Find us on FB. Hall hire also available. FOR LOVERS of THE ARTS: ADFAS GOLD COAST invites you to join our series of monthly Saturday morning lectures on a wide variety of arts-related subjects presented by national and international specialist speakers. Be entertained and informed then join us for morning tea. Bookings essential. For lecture/ membership enquiries call Bernadette on 0484227065 or email bmurray079@gmail.com. ADFAS GOLD COAST https://www.adfas.org.au/societies/gold-coastbundall/ 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. Facebook and search for @sipnsupgc and/or phone Michel on 0412 757 535 or e: michel_44@bigpond.com ATTENTION MEN! 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 group. There is no business or church behind it. It’s about social engagement. Wednesday catch up - Paradise Point Bowls club @ 9:30 am. Friday catch up - Boutique Cafe @ 9:30am. Salacia Waters cafe precinct Paradise Point. Anthony 0413 806 179. HELENSVALE PROBUS CLUB is a mixed club of friendly retirees. We meet at Helensvale Seniors Club, 37 Discovery Drive, Helensvale, at 10am on the second Friday of each month (except Dec and Jan).Visitors are welcome to join us at our meetings or on our outings and activities. Contact us by email at helensvaleclub@ gmail.com or our Secretary Marion by phone on 0413 247 469. Check our website at www.southpacific.org/ micrisites/helensvale BLUECARE VOLUNTEERS are needed urgently Monday to Friday at all BlueCare Residential Aged Care sites across the Gold Coast, from Kirra to Coomera. Volunteers assist the Diversional Therapy team to provide fun, social and recreational activities for residents 9-12noon Mon to Fri and/or a friendly visit and chat with residents who may be feeling isolated or lonely. No previous experience in aged care is needed, people from diverse backgrounds are welcome to apply. *Please note that BlueCare requires all volunteers to have a Covid Vacc., incl. a minimum of one booster. Screening checks also apply, these are free to volunteers and BlueCare will assist with the application. Contact BlueCare Gold Coast Volunteer Coordinator Team Lorraine (Nth GC) 0418 184 230, Kelly (Sth GC) 0448 670 928. NORTH GOLD COAST PROBUS CLUB is a friendly mixed club for retired and semi-retired men and women. We meet 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 and many stay for at lunch at the club bistro following the meeting. is all about FUN, FRIENDSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP for seniors. Club activities are arranged each month and may include: Outings, Bus trips, Walking Group, Book Club, Dining, Theatre and Movies, Picnics and BBQ. Contact Paul 0424 243005 or Wendy 55806224 for more info. 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. QCWA - COOMERA BRANCH - The Queensland Country Women’s Association (qcwa.org.au) is for women of all ages, from all walks of life and with different life experiences. We enjoy getting together monthly on the 2nd Wednesday for friendship, sharing and developing skills in healthy cookery, knitting & crochet, public speaking, photography, floral art as well as fundraising for local community, state and international causes. Check us out on Facebook (qcwa Coomera), come to our Craft day on the 3rd Wednesday monthly, or call 0456625776. Children Welcome. 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.

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