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3 Queenslanders can now choose to have a Digital Licence stored in their phone Queenslanders have been assured their personal information will be kept secure if they switch to the new Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) digital licence. TMR Deputy Director General, Customer Services, Safety and Regulation Geoff Magoffin said Queenslanders could now carry their driver licence, marine licence or photo identification on a mobile device. “This will provide convenience for the thousands of Queenslanders who already have everything else in their phone, including their loyalty cards, bank and credit cards,” Mr Magoffin said “Queenslanders can leave their wallet at home and enjoy the benefits of carrying their digital licence on their phone, safe in the knowledge their personal information is secure and private.” He said the Queensland digital licence met international standards for verifying, authenticating and keeping personal information safe, secure and private. “You can choose how much information you share and with whom you share it,” Mr Magoffin said. “This means your private data remains safe and secure while sharing only the necessary information to meet specific requirements. Additionally, the app incorporates robust security protocols which have been rigorously tested. These security measures safeguard your private information from identity theft and fraud.” The digital licence is optional and all Queenslanders will still receive their physical cards in the mail, even if they choose to go digital. “TMR recognises people have different preferences and not everyone may be ready to embrace the digital licence,” Mr Magoffin said, “so physical driver licences and other photo cards will continue to be issued.” The digital licence is free and accessible by downloading the Queensland Digital Licence app from your app store. “You don’t need to wait for your physical licence to expire before getting the digital licence,” Mr Magoffin said. “One of the big advantages of the digital licence is that information updates instantly. So, if you change your address or upgrade your licence class, you will see that information straight away.”

4 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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6 Dental Health and Dentures How Are Dentures Made? The denture development process takes a few weeks and several appointments. Once your dentist or prosthodontist (a dentist who specialises in the restoration and replacement of teeth) determines what type of appliance is best for you, the general steps are to: Make a series of impressions of your jaw and take measurements of how your jaws relate to one another and how much space is between them. Create models, wax forms, and/or plastic patterns in the exact shape and position of the denture to be made. You will "try in" this model several times and the denture will be assessed for colour, shape, and fit before the final denture is cast. Cast a final denture. Adjustments will be made as necessary What Do New Dentures Feel Like? New dentures may feel a little odd or loose for a few weeks until the muscles of the cheeks and tongue learn to keep them in place and you get comfortable inserting and removing them. Also, it is not unusual for minor irritation or soreness to occur and for saliva flow to increase when you first start wearing dentures, but these problems will diminish as the mouth adjusts. Will Dentures Make Me Look Different? Dentures are made to closely resemble your natural teeth so there should be only a small noticeable change in appearance. In fact, dentures may even improve your smile and fill out your facial appearance. Will Eating With New Dentures Be Difficult? Eating with new dentures will take a little practice and may be uncomfortable for some wearers for a few weeks. To get used to the new denture, start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth. As you get used to new dentures, add other foods until you return to a normal diet. Be cautious with hot or hard foods and sharp-edged bones or shells. And, avoid foods that are extremely sticky or hard. You should also avoid chewing gum while you wear the denture. Also, don't use toothpicks while wearing dentures. How Are Denture Adhesives Applied? Here are some tips to consider when applying denture adhesives: • Use the minimum amount necessary to provide the maximum benefit. Apply less than you think you need, and then gradually increase the amount until you feel comfortable. • Distribute the adhesive evenly on the tissue bearing surface of the denture. • Apply or reapply when necessary to provide the desired effect. • Always apply the adhesive to a thoroughly clean denture. Remember adhesives work best with a well-fitting denture. For more information on dentures please contact us or for this article please visit www.webmd.com http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/dental-health-dentures See Noble Denture advert front cover 5525 3595 | 0417 634 795 www.idealpools.com.au Qld Lic No: 1028908 Expert Pool Builders Gold Coast We Design We Innovate We Create Family Owned & Operated Gold Coast Pool Company With Over 30 Years Experience. DEAL DIRECT & SAVE!

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9 SOCIOPATH A Memoir By Patric Gagne ‘Your friends would probably describe me as nice. But guess what? I can’t stand your friends. I’m a liar. I’m a thief. I’m highly manipulative. I don’t care what other people think. I’m capable of almost anything.’ Sociopath: A Memoir is at once a mesmerizing tale of a life lived on the edge of the law, a redemptive love story and a moving account of one woman’s battle to create a place for herself and the 5% of the population who are also - like her - sociopaths. Ever since she was a small child, Patric Gagne knew she was different. Although she felt intense love for her family and her best friend, David, these connections were never enough to make her be ‘good’, or to reduce her feelings of apathy and frustration. As she grew older, her behaviour escalated from petty theft through to breaking and entering, stalking, and worse. As an adult, Patric realized that she was a sociopath. Although she instantly connected with the official descriptions of sociopathy, she also knew they didn’t tell the full story: she had a plan for her life, had nurtured close relationships and was doing her best (most of the time) to avoid harming others. As her darker impulses warred against her attempts to live a settled, loving life with her partner, Patric began to wonder - was there a way for sociopaths to integrate happily into society? And could she find it before her own behaviour went a step too far? ISBN: 9781529094909 | Format: Trade Paperback | Pub Date: 09/04/2024 Category: Memoirs, Autobiography: General, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs | Imprint: Bluebird | Price: $36.99 JAMES by Percival Everett From the Booker Prize-shortlisted author of The Trees, comes an enthralling and ferociously funny novel that leaves an indelible mark, forcing us to see Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in a wholly new and transformative light. The Mississippi River, 1861. When the enslaved Jim overhears that he is about to be sold to a new owner in New Orleans and separated from his wife and daughter forever, he decides to hide on nearby Jackson’s Island until he can formulate a plan. Meanwhile, Huck Finn has faked his own death to escape his violent father who recently returned to town. Thus begins a dangerous and transcendent journey by raft along the Mississippi River, toward the elusive promise of free states and beyond. As James and Huck begin to navigate the treacherous waters, each bend in the river holds the promise of both salvation and demise. With rumours of a brewing war, James must face the burden he carries: the family he is desperate to protect and the constant lie he must live. And together, the unlikely pair must face the most dangerous odyssey of them all . . . 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Cutters, Nerang Congratulations to our winners! We receive hundreds of entries for our competitions each month so keep on entering, you might be the next lucky winner! • 50g butter • 2 leeks, trimmed, thinly sliced • 2 garlic cloves, crushed • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped • 1/4 cup plain flour • 3 cups milk • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil • 800g chicken thigh fillets, trimmed, cut into 2cm pieces • 200g cup mushrooms, sliced • 8 flour tortillas • 60g baby spinach • 1 3/4 cups tasty cheese, grated • Fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves,to serve Preheat oven 200C/180C fan-forced. Grease a 5cm-deep, 20cm x 30cm ovenproof dish. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add leek, garlic and thyme. Cook, stirring, for 8 to 10 minutes or until leek has softened. Add flour. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until combined. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly, until combined. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer for 5 minutes or until mixture has thickened slightly. Season with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until just cooked through. Add mushroom. Cook for 5 minutes or until mushroom has softened. Add 1 cup leek mixture. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until well combined. Place 1 tortilla on a flat surface. Top with 1/2 cup chicken mixture. Roll up to enclose filling. Place, seam-side down, in prepared dish. Repeat with remaining tortillas and chicken mixture. Add spinach and 1 cup cheese to the remaining leek mixture. Stir to combine. Spoon over tortillas in dish, spreading to cover evenly. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden. Serve sprinkled with parsley. CHICKEN, MUSHROOM & THYME ENCHILADAS 20m prep | 45m cook | 6 servings

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Pam Probert 0410 505 740 pamseye@hotmail. com or Peter Probert 0490 467 032 peterprobert@ hotmail.com iSpeak, KIDNEY SUPPORT GROUP - We’re a Kidney support group that meet 3rd Tuesday of the month 9.15-11.30am at Varsity Sports House, 3377 Christine Ave, Varsity Lakes in an informal setting away from hospital to learn and hear about people’s experiences being on dialysis, the different forms, dedicated discussion topics, along with invited speakers from greater GCHealth precinct. As a trial venue we will also be hosting joint meetings at Helensvale Library Room, Sir John Overall Drive. BREAK AWAY MUSIC SOCIETY - Social gathering first Sunday of each month at 12 noon at Nerang Country Paradise Parklands, main entrance 231 NerangBeaudesert Rd, down to the building called the Barn. Gold coin admission. Everyone welcome, bring friends and instruments to join in the fun with Guest Artists and other performers. Food/drinks available (BYO Alcohol). Society Membership is based on INCLUSIVITYSUSTAINABILITY-CREATIVITY and RECONCILIATION. Info: Facebook Page; BREAK AWAY OPEN MIC or phone Paul on 0412 353 059. Breakawayopenmic@gmail.com GOLD COAST DISTRICT ORCHID SOCIETY meets on the last Sunday of every month (excl. December) from 1:30pm till 4:00pm/5:00pm at the Nerang Senior Citizens Hall, Cnr. Ferry St. and Mylor St. Nerang. Orchid benching display, also a sales table is available for orchid purchases. Visitors welcome, $3 hall hire fee pp. Enquiries Ph 0487648307, e: GCOS22@outlook.com THE HINTERLAND COMMUNITY BAND - Mudgeeraba. If you play an instrument and are interested in playing in a concert band, please contact us. We are seeking- all woodwinds, brass, and percussion players, all ages from teens to retirees. We rehearse every Thursday evening between 6-30 and 8-30, and we perform several concerts each year. Hall Hire- our hall and tearoom is also available for hire to other community groups at very reasonable rates. Contact Michael on 0414 323 997. GOLD COAST CARAVAN CLUB - Prospective new members are invited to attend three rallies as a Visitor, after which they may proceed with their “Application for Membership”. We hold 11 rallies each year at various locations within approx. 200km from Gold Coast. To become a member, you must own an R.V. and be over 18 years of age. Current membership is made up of mostly mature couples who enjoy travelling our country and seeing different places. For information contact Secretary, Estelle James Email: goldcoastcaravanclub@ gmail.com - Ph 0409 632 085. DRAGON BOAT CLUB, ‘BROADWATER DRAGONS’ welcomes all members of the community to come and try one of the most vibrant and inclusive sports you can do at any level of fitness and age. Learn how to paddle in a team, with the opportunity to be as competitive as you want. Broadwater Dragons training ground is at the Arthur Earle Park, Nerang Connection Road, Nerang. Training three times every week, Tuesday and Thursdays evenings at Nerang. Saturday mornings training are at Nerang or Emerald Lakes boat ramp. Come on down, say hello, watch what we do and hop in! If you would like to come and try, please contact us on: recruitment@ broadwaterdragons.com, 0408 065 483, or our website; broadwaterdragons.com GOLD COAST ROSE SOCIETY meets on the 4th Saturday of the month at the Robina Community Centre at 2pm. We are passionate rosarians who grow beautiful roses on the Gold Coat and Northern NSW and invite anyone with a love of roses to attend a meeting for some afternoon tea. Email goldcoastrosesociety@gmail.com CARRARA LIONS CLUB Join us to meet new friends, do lots of feel-good works, enjoy great social and fundraising activities and much more. We welcome new members or come along to a dinner meeting with no obligation. Looking forward to hearing from you. Mob: 0468 724 531 Email: carraralionsclub@gmail.com NERANG VIEW CLUB - Meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Nerang RSL, 69 Nerang Street. (Meeting and lunch). Lucky door prizes as well as a raffle, guest speakers when available. A trade table is also available with some homemade delicious goodies with proceeds going to our Learning for life sponsorship for disadvantage children through the Smith Family. Ladies we would love you to come along for an enjoyable afternoon. Carolyn on 0412 643 621 or Marie on 0405 089 094. MUDGEERABA BRIDGE CLUB welcomes players to join us for an afternoon of bridge and to make new friends. We meet on Monday and Friday at the Mudgeeraba Foundation Centre (cnr School & Regency Place), arriving at 12 noon for a 12.15 start and ending around 4pm. Contact John on 0412576101. TIME4FRIENDS meets every Friday at 9.30am at the Nerang Uniting Church, 5 Nerang River Drive, Nerang. Come and enjoy morning tea followed by a Joke & Thought and Trivia, followed by a game of 500 or Rummy King or join a crocheting crocheting group. Ring Judith 55294806. 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 email michel_44@bigpond.com HINTERLAND TENNIS CLUB INC, Cnr Price & North Street, Nerang. If you enjoy playing tennis, come and join our friendly mixed social tennis community group. Enjoy some outdoor exercise and a chat with new friends. We meet every Wednesday and Friday 8am to 10am, Wednesday 6pm to 8pm and the first Sunday of every month for Tennis & BBQ at 8am to 10.30am. See you soon. Enquiries phone or text Joan 0407 631 999 PROBUS CLUB OF NERANG meets 2nd Wednesday of Month at Nerang RSL from 10.30am. We are a small mixed club looking for members. Join us for meetings with interesting speakers or activities followed by lunch and outings each month. email:nerang594@ gmail.com NERANG SENIOR CITIZENS INDOOR BOWLS - 50 and over and would like to join a friendly indoor bowls group? Tuition given if you are not sure how to play the game. Annual fee $7.00, entrance fee $3.00. Great morning tea Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8.30am-noon. Ample parking, Cnr Ferry St and Mylor St Nerang Ph Thelma 0405548252, Dennis 0410570689, Val 0418728820. NERANG J.P. SERVICE – My Centre, Nerang. Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 11am-1pm; Saturday:10am -12 noon. ROBINA J.P. SERVICE – Robina Town Centre. Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 9:30am-1pm; Tuesday & Wednesday: 9:30am- 4:30pm. 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