Est. 1989 | P: (07) 5527 0314 | M: 0411 134 507 info@localnewsletters.com | www.localnewsletters.com January 2024 No. 104 Gold Coast FREE! WIN! CONCERT TICKETS, GIFT CARDS, Book Giveaway! Comedy Chaos Returns to the Gold Coast in 2024 The Gold Coast’s premier comedy extravaganza, GC Laughs Festival, is back – bigger, bolder and funnier than ever before with a whopping line-up of 40 shows to have you doubled over in laughter when it returns to HOTA, Home of the Arts this year. Promising two weeks of laugh-outloud hilarity, the GC Laughs Festival 2024 will boast a staggering bill of the best in comedy from March 15 – 23. From home-grown Aussie heroes to some of the biggest international comedic sensations to grace the stage, audiences can expect absurd stories, lewd humour, complete nonsense and ridiculous skits, all wrapped up in one epic celebration of comedy on the Gold Coast. In its sixth year, Festival Director Josh Armstrong promised the Gold Coast’s only comedy festival would be more outrageous than ever before. “It’s unbelievable that we kicked off our first festival at HOTA back in 2019 and it’s clear that Gold Coast audiences love a laugh, with every year we keep adding to our line up and GC Laughs keeps getting better,” Mr Armstrong said. continued page 8 > Homeworld Helensvale 5502 7227 Tweed Mall 0414 570 839 Logan Hyperdome 0438 997 250

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8 “We’ve been able to bring some of the biggest Australian and international names in comedy to the Coast, and in 2024 we have 37 acts already locked in with plenty more to be revealed so stay tuned for more!” The 2023 Festival drew over 10,000 comedy fans to HOTA, with 2024 set to attract even bigger crowds at the Gold Coast’s arts and culture hub. Early release of the festival program outlines a killer line up, with more shows to drop. Kicking off the festival antics is crowd-favourite, the GC Laughs Comedy Gala on Friday 15 March. Set to showcase a ‘chocolate box’ of surprise acts to delight audiences and provide a taste of what’s to come during the festival line-up. Festival highlights include the return of radio legend Tommy Little, with his eponymous show Tommy Has a Small Deck. Tommy’s razor-sharp wit, wild stories and infectious energy are guaranteed to deliver an hour that will leave you in stitches. Saturday 16 March will see awardwinning comedian Geraldine Hickey, TV personality and funny-man Dave Hughes making a GC Laughs comeback with his brand-new show Fully Furnished, He Huang and Heath Franklin(aka. Chopper) also take to the stage. Everyone’s favourite online ‘mum’ Mel Buttle will make her festival debut, as part of a national tour for her show called Not Here to Put Socks on Centipedes, where she promises to let loose on life and all its awkward moments. Network 10’s The Project co-host Sam Taunton is bringing his show How to Tie a Tie. Brace yourself – it’s literally about why he couldn’t tie a tie, and how if he did ever wear one, he looks like a teenager on his way to court. Ray O’Leary, best known for his plain yet iconic grey suit and deadpan humour, will leave you in stitches with his show Your Laughter Is Only Making Me Stronger. A star on the up-and-coming Australian version of TV show, The Office, Felicity Ward is on home turf for the first time in five years with an hour-long show, I’m Exhausting! Hailing all the way from Scotland, Fern Brady is back in Australia to showcase a brand-new show, I Gave You Milk to Drink on Thursday 21 March. With a stacked calendar of events by the best in comedy and more to be announced, the GC Laughs Festival 2024 will have audiences in stitches as it delivers a healthy dose of kneeslapping hysterics set to have you giggling for nights on end. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased www.gclaughs.com.au or via the HOTA Box Office – (07) 5588 4000. For more information, visit www.gclaughs.com.au GC Laughs Festival cont. H Lawn Mowing H Gutter Cleaning H Rubbish Removal H General Maintenance H Irrigation Installation H New Lawn Laying H Yard Clean Ups H Tree Removal H Weed Control H Fertilizing H Pruning FREE, FIXED NO OBLIGATION QUOTES Need it done? Jim’s the one! 131 546 INSURANCE COVER Satisfaction Guaranteed! T E L E P H O N E H Lawn Mowing H Gutter Cleaning H Rubbish Removal H General Maintenance H Irrigation Installation New Lawn Laying H Yard Clean Ups H Tree Removal H Weed Control H Fertilizing H Pruning TransitCare is one of Australia’s largest and most experienced Community Transport Providers. We assist seniors, people with disabilities and the socially isolated to travel to their appointments and social activities. Our services include Community Transport, Social Support and Residential Aged Care (RAC) Transport to enable people to live independently in their own homes and remain connected to their communities. We are a pre-booked and door-to-door service and our friendly, caring drivers collect clients from home and take them to wherever they need to go. People need to be registered with TransitCare as clients before they can access transport or social support programmes. Bookings should be made at least two days before transport is required. Please call our Contact Centre on (07) 3422 7900 between 7.30 am and 5.00 pm for all bookings and enquiries. TRANSITCARE IS NOW OFFERING SERVICES TO OUR GOLD COAST COMMUNITY Come Along for the Ride! Email: intake@transitcare.com.au www.transitcare.com.au Scan here for further information

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10 Frangipani’s are making a colourful splash this summer. There’s a rainbow of flower colours and lovely lush green foliage. As trees they make great shade, and the smaller varieties can be kept fairly bushy with a bit of careful pruning. One enemy of Frangipani’s is rust! The leaves are prone to a specific rust fungus Coleosporium plumeriae which causes brownish/yellow pustules. It often starts after rain or during humidity and worsens as the summer months extend into autumn. It is worth inspecting your Frangipani regularly in order to start control early. If the yellowish pustules are spotted early it may be possible to effectively control with careful plant hygiene. Remove rust affected leaves and pick up leaves from under the tree. These fungal spore covered leaves are not for the compost bin! Wrap them and put in with the garbage. There are specific fungicides that target Frangipani rust, and a quick browse of labels at the garden centre or hardware store will show the diseases that each is registered to control. There is a highly concentrated organic potassium bicarbonate and also a copper Gardening by Kate Heffernan Honorary Life Member Friends of GCRBG, Botanic Garden Consultant Frangipanis based fungicide which are also useful. Alternatively there are stronger systemic fungicides that are absorbed into the plants system. A healthy tree is less likely to fall prone to disease. Frangipani trees prefer slightly acidic, fertile free draining soil, pH around 6 to 6.5. They flower best in full sun (but will grow in part shade, sometimes with reduced flowering.) Once established they don’t require great amounts of water, the roots should be kept cool with a light application of mulch kept well away from the trunk. Regular applications of seaweed soil conditioner will help strengthen cell walls to aid in disease resistance and organic fertilisers will keep your tree healthy. Prune them to shape, but first stand back and assess the shape required. Use a sharp pruning saw and cut away from a branch join to promote wider branching, or flush with the branch join to prevent branching and promote height. Try to make the cut slightly angled to the ground so water runs off to avoid disease entry points. Frangipani’s are a beautiful symbol of summer and are very long lived. There are specimens still around which were planted well over a century ago. Look after them and they will reward you. 0417 294 778 A Touch of Grass Garden Care GARDEN CLEANUPS / REJUVENATION & MAKEOVERS A SPECIALTY We offer an experienced, professional and reliable service Call Jeremy on ... Est. Gold Coast since 2001 Let us create your new and rejuvenated garden where you can sit back, relax and enjoy your tranquil surroundings ... Specialising Garden Makeovers & Rejuvenation * Garden Care * Plant Selection * Soft Landscaping

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12 DRIVE QUEENSLAND North Stradbroke Island is the second largest sand island in the world and located just one hour from the Coast. It is the perfect destination for a getaway and more than suitable for a self drive tour. Unlike other sand islands, Straddie – as it is affectionately known by the locals – is easily accessible with a conventional vehicle as the townships are networked with bitumen roads. The island is renowned for its natural beauty and there are a diversity of beautiful spots, pristine beaches and National Parks. Book your car on to the vehicular ferry for a 45-minute trip from Cleveland to North Stradbroke Island. On arrival at Dunwich, the first excursion into nature is only a five minute drive away. Brown Lake is located 4 kms east on the Trans-Island Road. Around the edge of the lake are walking trails from which different types of native wildlife in the surrounding bush land can be spotted. It is also suitable for swimming and has amenities. From Dunwich it is only 5 kilometres along East Coast Road to Myora Springs, which is located on the left hand side of the road. These springs have been a source of fresh water for thousands of years and still have an abundance of wildlife in the surrounding forest. If you are a nature lover and feeling a little more adventurous you shouldn’t miss Blue Lake. Blue Lake is located 8.5kms from Dunwich but the lake itself is only accessible by foot or 4WD. A 5.2 km return walk from the car park will take you to the lake. Keep an eye out for wildlife and don’t forget to bring your swimmers. Just make sure you are carrying enough water with you as there are no facilities at the lake or car park. Amity Point, which is 8.5km from Dunwich, is a quaint little fishing village. It is popular with families, fishermen and anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the mainland. After continuing back to the main road it is another 6.5kms to Point Lookout, the holiday destination of the island. The “Point” is only 4kms in distance with East Coast Road being the link between all the accommodation, attractions and beaches. From Dunwich, it is 18km to Point Lookout. The North Gorge headland walk is a must do at Point Lookout. The walking track offers spectacular views across the South Pacific Ocean and is the perfect spot for viewing abundance of marine life that frolic in the waters off the headland. Turtles, dolphins and manta rays can be seen all year round, with the Humpback Whales making an appearance from June to November. There are several beaches at Point Lookout, however the two that are patrolled are Cylinder Beach and Main Beach and both are popular with surfers, swimmers, sunbathers and fishermen. A trip to North Stradbroke Island would not be complete without a visit to the famous Straddie Pub now known as the Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel Spa Resort. This is the perfect way to finish the perfect day trip to Straddie. With the ferry services operating as late as 6pm on weekends and 7.45pm on a Sunday you can really take the opportunity to make the most of what the island has to offer. North Stradbroke Island Tyre & Auto Services Have your Motor Home or Light Truck Serviced without any Fuss! 1-b Gateway Dr, Harbourtown PH: 5529 0827 Bosch Auto Service www.boschautoservicendm.com * LIGHT TRUCK, BUS, MOTORHOME & VAN SERVICING - UP TO 8 TONNE * LARGE 4X4’S * CARBON CLEANING OF ALL DIESELS Bosch Car Service Nationwide Warranty $300 save over ON LABOUR COSTS GET YOUR VEHICLE BACK SOONER! Simple things owners can do to minimise repairs and running costs 1. Keep your tyres pressures UP to 10%-20% above manufacture manufacturer-suggested pressures. This will give better tyre life, and lower fuel use age. Better handling and higher load carrying . 2. USE the BEST possible fuel, Premium Fuel where possible. This helps avoid expensive repairs and reduces carbon build up in engine and systems. 3. If you keep your engine oil levels halfway between Add and Full marks on levels, it reduces the need for catch cans 4. Every 80-100,000kms give your engine a carbon clean to reduce carbon build up in engine DPF, EGR. (from $580) Keep your filters clean and change them regularly so the engine can operate efficiently. What are the DO's • Keep your tyre pressures up with your pressure gauge, do not trust servo gauges they are usually wrong. • Keep using the best quality fuel. • Keep AdBlue levels correct. • Keep your vehicle service clean filters and fresh oil. • Have your mechanic always use engine flush before changing oil. I have done this for 30 years and have not had to repair any of our regular clients engines in 30 years. • Carry out a battery, starter motor, and alternator test with every service.

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14 HEALTHY EATING MADE EASY Call now 1300 112 112 www.gourmetmeals.com.au HOME DELIVERY OF READY MADE MEALS New Customers use the code word INTRO and receive a FREE MEAL Minimum order applies, one per customer l3 Gluten Free l3 Wholesome and nutritious l3 Convenient ready-made frozen meals l3 Australian owned and operated l3 Tastes like home cooking l3 Home delivered or available in stores Minimum order $49.00 (excl delivery of $7.50) Full range of meals available at Booval Newsagency, 38 South Station Road, Booval Advertorial Meals snap frozen to retain all freshness, nutrients and flavours WHEN compared with their fresh alternatives, frozen meals are still wrongly misconceived to be the unhealthier option, says Gourmet Meals owner Daniel Wuthrich. “However, research continuously suggests that it’s quite the opposite,” he said. “A common misconception is that frozen foods lack the same levels of nutrition, but in actual fact, frozen meals can retain even more nutrients than fresh food.” Mr Wuthrich said that with every day that fruit and vegetables sat at the shops or in a fridge, more and more nutrients were lost, while freezing those foods kept their valuable vitamins and nutrients intact. “If you’re after a calorie-controlled diet that’s not only convenient but also maintains its nutritional integrity, why not try some of our frozen ready-made meals?” he said. “Gourmet Meals provides a wide range of healthy and portion-controlled meals that are high in fibre and protein, and reduced in salt and fat. “Our meals are snap frozen in order to retain all their freshness, nutrients and flavours. “They go straight from the pot to the blast freezer in order to stay fresh without the need for any added preservatives, flavours or colours.” Mr Wuthrich said all Gourmet Meals were free from gluten and additives, and the act of freezing simply left the goodness intact ready for people to take advantage of once they were heated up to eat.“ Gourmet Meals has a varied menu filled with great tasting meals that are just like home cooking and remind you of the delicious meals mum used to cook when you were growing up,” he said. “Some of our all-time favourites are cottage pie, curry prawns and honey soy chicken as well as all our roasts and casseroles, not to forget our yummy soups and scrumptious desserts. “Ordering ready-made frozen meals is extremely convenient for busy parents and time-poor professionals; they also minimise food wastage, which is not only good for the hip pocket, but also reduces the environmental footprint. “It gives the possibility of having a varied menu throughout the week, every day something different. “Check out our menu today to discover our wide range of healthy meals that can be delivered straight to your door at a competitive price.” Ordering ready-made frozen meals is extremely convenient for busy parents and time-poor professionals; they also minimise food wastage, which is not only good for the hip pocket, but also reduces the environmental footprint. – Owner Daniel Wuthrich Full range of meals available at 46/215 Brisbane Rd, Biggera Waters | Mon-Fri 9am to 4pm. 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15 NaturallyGC helping to support our natural city Affinity 2 Software Serif (Europe) Limited is a UK based company established in 1987, who have developed a suite of NON Subscription Adobe alternatives for PC/Mac. Cherri International are Australian and New Zealand Distributor. Affinity Software will cater for the beginner or the professional. This multi award winning software allows Photo, Design or Publication creation whether for Facebook, Linkedin, newsletters, brochures or books. Affinity Photo works with all photo types whether from a mobile phone, digital camera or scanner. Affinity Software is user friendly, yet powerful; incorporating special effects features, such as moving people, ex partners, animals and objects from a photograph. Affinity Photo is non subscription-based software that has been described as a Photoshop alternative. 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With workshops booking out quickly, the City is exploring options to expand NaturallyGC’s workshops. “NaturallyGC is celebrating 15 years connecting the community with the environment and increasing public understanding of the Gold Coast’s natural environment,” said Mayor Tom Tate. “Over the next decade, the City of Gold Coast is dedicated to taking further measures to restore our environment and protect our wildlife. Community involvement is an integral part of making that happen.” Suggestions for more nature-based recreation opportunities included guided hikes, kayaking tours, snorkelling, nature art courses and environmental education. NaturallyGC currently includes nature photography, nocturnal wildlife spotting, monitoring fauna populations, kids’ wildlife encounters, research, rescue and rehabilitation programs, koala tree planting and indigenous culture experiences. “The Gold Coast is one of Australia’s most biodiverse cities with over 3000 native animal species and around 2500 native plant species – there is so much to explore and discover,” Acting Mayor Gates said. “NaturallyGC gives people an improved knowledge of the environment as well as a sense of achievement and the chance to be out and about making new friends.” Along with community involvement, external environmental partners play an integral role in delivering the NaturallyGC workshops each year. 2022-23 NaturallyGC program achievements: - 236 NaturallyGC educations workshops held - 99 Citizen Science and Landcare activities - 17.913 NaturallyGC and Landcare participants - 52,834 trees planted - 4845 volunteer hours contributed - 49 environmental partners

16 Embracing Freedom: The Liberating Benefits of Owning a Mobility Scooter In a world that constantly evolves, so should our approach to inclusivity and accessibility. Mobility scooters, once relegated to a niche market, are now emerging as powerful tools for enhancing the quality of life for individuals with limited mobility. Beyond the convenience of moving from point A to point B, owning a mobility scooter brings forth a multitude of benefits that contribute to personal freedom, social engagement, and overall well-being. First and foremost, mobility scooters provide a sense of independence that is often compromised by physical limitations. Whether due to age, injury, or disability, individuals facing mobility challenges can regain a measure of control over their daily lives. Unlike traditional wheelchairs, scooters offer a more comfortable and userfriendly alternative, allowing users to navigate various terrains with ease. This newfound freedom fosters a positive mindset, as individuals can actively participate in social activities, shopping, and outdoor adventures without the constraints of limited mobility. Moreover, the social benefits of owning a mobility scooter are profound. The ability to move freely encourages increased social interaction, reducing feelings of isolation and dependence. People who may have once felt confined to their homes can now participate in community events, visit friends and family, or simply enjoy a leisurely stroll in the park. This not only enhances their own mental wellbeing but also enriches the social fabric of communities by fostering inclusivity and diversity. In addition to the personal and social advantages, owning a mobility scooter contributes to a more sustainable and ecofriendly lifestyle. These electric-powered vehicles produce zero emissions, making them an environmentally conscious choice for transportation. As society becomes increasingly aware of the importance of sustainability, embracing mobility scooters aligns with the global commitment to reduce our carbon footprint. The benefits of owning a mobility scooter extend far beyond the convenience of personal transportation. These devices empower individuals, enabling them to reclaim their independence and actively engage in the world around them. By fostering inclusivity, promoting social connections, and contributing to environmental sustainability, mobility scooters emerge not just as tools of mobility but as catalysts for a more vibrant, interconnected, and accessible society. Talk to the friendly staff at Adaptive Equipment about which mobility scooter will suit your needs. See advert page 17 Broadbeach Beachfront Markets: 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, 8am-2pm, Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach. Burleigh Heads Beachfront Markets: Last Sunday of each month 8am-2pm, Beachfront off Esplanade, Burleigh Heads. Carrara Markets: Largest marketplace in Australia, over 500 stalls. Variety, bric a brac, fresh food & produce, family entertainment 8am3pm every Sat & Sun, cnr Gooding Drive & Manchester Rd, Carrara. Coolangatta Beachfront Markets: 2nd Sunday of each month 8am-2.30pm, Beachfront Marine Parade, Coolangatta. Emerald Lakes Gourmet Food & Craft Market: (next to Emmanuel College, Birmingham Road). Every Thursday 3-7pm. Food Market specialising in sensationally fresh produce and International Street Foods, Musical entertainment. Plenty of free car parking. Marina Markets: Waterfront Hope Island Shopping Centre, 10 Santa Barbara Rd. Third Sunday of the month from 9am-2pm Miami Marketta: 23 Hillcrest Pde, Miami. Wednesday, Friday & Saturday from 5pm Our community hub 4208 - 1st sunday of the month, 7am - 12 noon. Harrigans Lane Jacobs Well / Harrigans Pub Calypso Cay @ ourcommunityhub4208 Paradise Point Art & Craft Market - Esplanade Park just north of Ephraim Island bridge on the fourth Sunday of every month. artandcraft.com.au Sanctuary Markets: on The Village Green at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. 28 Tomewin St, Currumbin. Every Friday 4-9pm Food Market specialising in International Street Foods, Musical entertainment. Plenty of free car parking. Surfers Paradise Beachfront Market: The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise. Every Wed, Fri & Sun night 4-9pm (except Schoolies) Tamborine Mountain Country Markets: 2nd Sunday of each month 7.30am-1pm, Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds, Mt Tamborine. Tamborine Mountain State School Markets: Last Sunday of the month 7am - 1pm. Pet friendly. Cnr of Long & Curtis Rds, Tamborine Mountain The Village Markets Burleigh Heads: 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month, 8.30am-1pm, Burleigh Heads State School, Lower Gold Coast Hwy farmers markets Beechmont Market: Every third Sunday of the month from 8am to 1pm at the Old School on the roundabout. Bundall Farmers Market: Every Sunday, 6-11.30am, HOTA, Bundall. Burleigh State School: Every Saturday, Lower Gold Coast Highway, 7am-12pm rain, hail or shine. Ample parking. Currumbin Community Market: Every Thursday 7am-11am, 164 Duringan Street, Currumbin. Helensvale Farmers Market: Every Saturday 6-11am. Helensvale State High School. Real Farmers. Real Food. Real Community. HOTA Farmers and Artisan Markets 2023 Every Sunday 6-11.30am. 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise. Marina Mirage Farmers Markets: Every Saturday 7am-noon. facebook.com/marinamiragefarmersmarket Organic Farmers Market: Every Sunday, 6-11.30am Merrimac State High School, 3 Dunlop Crt, Mermaid Waters Lavelle Street Markets: Every Sunday rain, hail or shine. 6.30am12pm, Lavelle Street, Nerang. Palm Beach Farmers Market: Every Saturday, 6-11am, Palm Beach Currumbin High School, Thrower Drive, Palm Beach. Sunrise Farmer’s Market: Sundays 6.30-11am in the Dreamworld Carpark Tamborine Local Producers’ Market: Every Sunday, 7am-12pm, The Green Shed, Tamborine Mountain Showground. car boot sales Helensvale Lions: Helensvale Plaza Carpark, Sir John Overall Drive Helensvale. 1st Sunday of the month (except January). 5.00 am till 10.00 am. No booking required. First in best dressed. For information contact Secretary on 0416877545 or email: helensvale.qld@lions.org.au Carrara Markets - Every Sunday morning 7am to 11am Located in the car park off Gooding Dr. Enq 5579 9388 To list your market for free email: info@localnewsletters.com local markets