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Vol 14 No. 3 April 2009

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Q150 Bridge Naming project

The Department of Main Roads is looking for names that mean something special in describing our structures across Queensland. Possible names can honour an individual or group that has been integral within the community's success and wellbeing. They can be explorers or pioneers, sports people, civic leaders, successful performers or artists who have a link to the local area. The names don't have to relate to people; they can be Indigenous, fauna or flora species or historical events. The scope is open.

Your support and suggestions to name the Susan River Bridge on the Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road is being sought. The local knowledge you can bring to this project, as well as your position within the community will be invaluable.

For more information contact 4154 0246 or email q150bridges@mainroads.qld.gov.au


We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.

Helen Keller


Web Sites of Interest

U3A Groups with members from India and South Asia may like to alert them to the monthly U3A Patrika newsletter. http://u3aindia.org/patrika/up2.html

For details of the World U3A Conference February 2010 organised by the Indian Society of U3As see http://worldu3aconference2010.org/

BEGINNERS: What's a Byte http://www.whatsabyte.com/ - was recently featured on the BBC as one of the "Best Sites on the World Wide Web"


In Youth we learn; in age we understand.

Marie Von Ebner Escheneavch


Senior Citizens Concert

Senior Citizens' Centre, 333 Alice Street, Maryborough

Cost $3.00

Wonderful Entertainment - Delicious Afternoon Tea



Volunteers, Management and Staff hope all readers enjoyed a Happy and Safe Easter.

Full $8.50 package available as Lunch, Tea or Weekend meals; including Soup, Main Meal, Dessert and Juice.

Special $5.00 package also available as Lunch, Tea or Weekend meal; includes smaller serving of Main meal, soup and dessert. Delivered to your door Fresh cooked daily, Monday to Friday hot, and cook/chill for weekends. For more information about this service, contact Vicki on 4121 4297.



At about 10pm on Anzac Day the old digger, a bit the worse for wear, climbed onto the courtesy bus to get him back to his residence. Sitting opposite to him was a Salvation Army officer.
"Wat'cher regiment soldier?" the digger asked.
"I don't have a regiment, I'm a soldier of the Lord" was the reply. "I fight the devil. I fight him in Cairns and I fight him in Townsville and in Mackay and in Rockhampton. I fight him wherever I find him."
"Goodonyer mate," said digger approvingly, "keep heading the old b..... south".

Mark Anthony returned to Egypt after years of fighting the Hittites and the Babylonians.
"Where's Cleopatra?" he demanded of his slave.
"My lord, she's in bed with hepatitis".
Out came Mark A's sword. "I'll kill that infernal mischievous Greek," he yelled.

soup bowl


I enjoyed this wholesome soup on a damp cool day in the Scottish highlands. My friends had to convince me first that it was not LIZARD soup! I found the recipe when I returned home and it has joined my list of favourite hot lunch recipes. It's a typical Scots meal. Every good bit of the fish is used. I don't even try to buy Finnan Haddock but use what is available. A dash of Asian fish sauce adds to the flavor .. but don't tell the Scots!

  • 1 large Finnan haddock
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • lb mashed potato
  • 1 pint full cream milk or buttermilk
  • 1 oz butter Salt and pepper

Place the haddock in a large pan with sufficient water to cover.
Bring to the boil, add the chopped onion and simmer for 10-15 minutes until the fish is cooked.
Remove the fish, retaining the stock, and flake the flesh from the bones and skin.
Set the flesh to one side and return the bones and skin to the stock. Boil for 30 minutes.
Remove from the heat and strain the stock into a clean pan. Add the flaked fish and return to the heat.
Add the milk and salt to taste and bring to the boil for a few minutes.
Stir in the mashed potato, butter and pepper to taste, and serve immediately.

Serves 4.

A hearty fisherman's soup traditionally always made with Finnan haddock.


Anzac Biscuit History

Anzac biscuits (originally called Soldiers' biscuits) came into being around 1915 (during World War I) when soldiers' wives and/ or mothers would bake and send the biscuits to the troops stationed overseas. The biscuits were ideal because they were cheap to make (remember that it was the Great Depression), non-perishable (Anzac biscuits contain no eggs or milk) and so didn't need refrigeration, and gave the men some added nutrition and sustenance. As a bonus, the Anzac biscuit recipe is also really quick and easy.

After the now-famous landing of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) in Gallipoli, the biscuits were renamed in honour of those brave soldiers who landed that fateful 25th day of April on the coast of Turkey, now known as Anzac Cove.

Today, Australians and New Zealanders alike pause and reflect on Anzac Day, and take time to remember those fallen soldiers - as well as those who served - in times of war in service to their country, their flag, their people, their customs and traditions, and the freedoms that we enjoy today as a result of those efforts. There are dawn and memorial services held all around the country on Anzac Day which hundreds of thousands of people attend to pay tribute to their forebears.

Now, almost 100 years after their conception, Anzac biscuits are still hugely popular, and are even available to buy commercially in supermarkets. But, as always, the best tasting Anzac biscuits are those you bake at home.


Anzac Biscuit Recipe


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 125g (4oz) butter
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tablespoon boiling water


Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C)

  1. Mix oats, flour, sugar and coconut together.
  2. Melt syrup and butter together.
  3. Mix soda with boiling water and add to melted butter and syrup. Add to dry ingredients.
  4. Place 1 tablespoonfuls of mixture on greased tray (allow room for spreading).
  5. Bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Loosen while warm, cool on trays. (makes about 35)



Our apologies for the error in the phone number for the Uniting Church Office. I hope nobody missed out on the LiveAloners Luncheon as a result of our mistake. We also apologise for any inconvenience to the resident whose number we accidently listed.



The Parent Aide Program is a service for parents who may also be feeling the effects of one of the following:

  • Feeling isolated from family and friends, either emotionally geographically
  • Experiencing grief as the result of bereavement, separation or divorce
  • If you have a disability or live with a child or children with a disability
  • Exposed to, or affected by, physical, emotional or sexual abuse.

The Parent Aide Program provides in-home assistance and support to parents of children under the age of eight years.

The Parent Aide Program is seeking suitable volunteers. If any reader is interested in volunteering contact:
P O Box 1584, Hervey Bay Qld. 4655
Phone 4124 5144
Fax: 4124 5788
email famctr@hbfc.org.au
web site www.communityconnect.org.au


National Disability Services

On Wednesday, 29 April 2009 National Disability Services (NDS) will be visiting Maryborough to present a full-day workshop at the Senior Citizens Centre in Alice Street, Maryborough.

The afternoon session commencing at 1pm will focus on engaging stakeholders in continuous improvement and service delivery.

While the morning session from 10am will focus on workforce issues and exploring sustainability and is open to people working in your service and management committee members, we would like to extend an invitation for the afternoon session to anyone who uses your service (people with a disability and their families and carers.

Please rsvp to catherine.goodall@nds.org.au or cate.houston@nds.org.au by Thursday 23rd April.

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