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Vol 15 No. 5 June 2010

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Keeping Up with Local News!!

The "Oracle" (Talking Newspaper) for print impaired person. News from the Fraser Coast Chronicle is recorded onto CD's by volunteers and posted to clients every Wednesday, courtesy of Australia Post.

If you require any information about this service or know of someone who would benefit Phone: 41 23 15 54 Ann-Maree (Project Coordinator)

Reading Paper

Putting your bed against the wall means you'll always get out the right side


Free "Seniors" Broadband Training

Contact: Mike 41 29 01 09 M'Bro Computer Users Group Inc.

All Seniors Welcome!!


Free Safety and Fire Awareness Inspection

What is Safehome?

Safehome is an initiative designed to assist householders to conduct a safety and fire awareness inspection of their home. You will be assisted to recognise fire and safety hazards in and around the home. Once the hazards are identified you can then take steps to eliminate them.

Who is Safehome available to?

All people who are concerned with improving safety in their home.

What is the cost to the householder?

This is a free service provided by Queensland Fire & Rescue Service in the interest of developing a safer community. All homes have different requirements but a visit should take no longer than 45 minutes.

How to book a visit

If you would like to take the opportunity to invite a firefighter into your home for a visit, do so by phoning 1300 369 003.

When you book your safehome visit before the 14th of July, you can ask for a free "fire blanket" to be sent out.

Fire Engine

J o k e

All eyes were on the radiant bride as her father escorted her down the aisle.

They reached the altar and the waiting groom; the bride kissed her father and placed something in his hand. The guests in the front pews responded with ripples of laughter. Even the priest smiled broadly.

As her father gave her away in marriage, the bride gave him back his credit card.


Chronic Pain - Help Line 1300 340 357
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Many people think that pain goes away when an injury or surgery heals. For a large number of people this is the case. However for one in five Australians the pain does not go away.

The impact of chronic pain can be severe & disabling interfering with daily functions. The pain is felt physically but also impacts personally and socially.

The following are only some of the medical conditions that may lead to chronic pain are:

  • Musculoskeletal condition e.g. back or neck pain or osteoarthritis
  • Pain associated with stroke
  • Cancer
  • Headaches & migraine
  • Complex regional pain syndrome

On-going pain alters nerve pathways so that the nervous system becomes overactive. Normal mechanisms that block or reduce pain stop working so that chronic pain can become a disease in its own right.

Often there is no cure for chronic pain. However, it can be managed and the Australian Pain Management Association Inc provides support for those living with chronic pain and their families.

"It really helps to talk to someone who understands!"


The Maryborough and District Committee on the Ageing Inc.

Mission: To protect and promote the well-being of all older people in our local community.
Aim: Increase older people's social participation in the community to strengthen their sense of community connection and enhance quality of life. Promote strategies to increase the health and well-being of seniors.


Internet Hire (Seniors Citizens Hall)

Internet: Monday Thursday
Time: 8.30 am 11.30 am
Cost: $1.00/hr pensioner, concession card holder and Seniors.
$3.00/hr general public
Printing: 10 cents a copy and colour 20 cents a copy


Pumpkin Soup Recipe


  • 1kg pumpkin
  • 500g potatoes
  • 2 chicken stock cubes
  • 2 tablespoons French Onion Soup Mix
  • Garlic
  • 5 cups water
  • Pepper
  • Chives


  1. Roast the pumpkin and garlic until cooked.
  2. Place pumpkin, garlic and potatoes into a pot with the 5 cups of water. Boil until the potatoes are very soft. (Do not drain)
  3. Add stock cubes, French Onion Soup and pepper to taste.
  4. Blend all together whilst still in the pot.

Garnish with chives.

Try some sweet potato and carrot for the half pumpkin. The more water you add the thinner the soup is. The stock cubes are salty so don't add salt.

Soup Tureen

Care for "Carers"
Counselling Support and Information Services for Carers

Carers are relatives or friends who are caring for people with disability, mental illness/disorder, chronic illness or who are frail.

There is no typical carer. They come in all ages, all socio-economic backgrounds and from all walks of life.

The role of a carer can be challenging, balancing the demands of one's own life with that of caring for another.

Through the Care for Carers Program, STEPS provides advice and counselling to improve the carer's quality of life.

Are you eligible?

Are you a carer of a person with a disability or frail person in the Wide Bay area? Are you without support and consider placing the person in long-term residential care?

If in doubt contact STEPS for further information as you may be able to get help Phone: 41 50 19 57.


Coming Events And Date Claimers


Trash and Treasure Sale

Dearest item $3.00

Date: Saturday 1st and 3rd every month
Venue: Blue Care Curio Shop, 63 Churchill St.
(behind the Respite Centre)
Time: 8.00am 10.30am

Good Quality Adult and Children Clothing,
Toys, Bed Linen, China, Books etc.


RSL Logo RSL Women's Auxiliary Tombola RSL Logo

Proceeds to Charity

Date: Saturday 26 June 2010
Venue: RSL Heritage Room (Lennox Street)
Time: Doors open noon for 1.30 pm Start

Great Tombola Prizes
Lucky Door and Raffle


Maryborough & District Senior Citizens
"Monthly Concert"

Lucky Door Prize

Venue: Senior Citizens' Centre,
333 Alice Street, Maryborough
Date: Tuesday 15 June
Cost: $3.00
Concert: 1.30 pm Afternoon tea supplied


ESA International Alpha Zeta Branch
Morning Tea

Date: Wednesday 21 July
Venue: Parkview, Lennox Street
Time: 9.30am
Admission: Prepaid Tickets $8.00
To book contact: Christine Phone: 41 21 01 87

Proceeds Cancer Related and Local Charities

slice of cake

Date Claimer

  • Sat 17 July Tombola Catholic Women's League, M'Bro Branch
  • Sun 25 July Tombola M'bro Computer Users Group Inc.
  • Tues 17 Aug Mayoral Morning Tea - Seniors Week


Thought of the Month:

If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don't,
If you'd like to win but think you can't,
it's almost a cinch you won't,
Life's battles don't always go
to the stronger or faster man,
But sooner or later the man who wins,
Is the man who thinks he can?

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