Cruise the stunning islands of the Torres Strait

EXPLORATION CRUISING: Experience the southern emerald islands of the Torres Strait on one of five newly-introduced yacht-cruise being run by Ahoy Buccaneers.

Book before April 30 for a discount on this small-group adventure.

Big problem with new pension pay rise

Retirees receive a slight pension boost from this month.

Pensioners will receive an extra $13.20 a fortnight from this month

Can you help? Research needed in caring for aged parents

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Help researchers develop tools for families helping older adults.

Help researchers develop tools for families helping older adults.

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Zuckerberg breaks his silence amid Facebook crisis

Mark Zuckerberg is facing calls to appear in person in front of politicians. Picture: Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Facebook founder comments on Cambridge Analytica scandal

CRACKDOWN: Snap audits on aged care facilities

Being depressed is not part of being old ... one of the myths the new training aims to dispel. Picture: iStock

"Every senior Australian deserves to be treated with dignity."

Labor’s $338k election rort revealed

Victoria’s Labor Party breached guidelines in $338,000 election rort

Kingaroy house fire

Emergency services at the scene of a fatal Kingaroy house fire.

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Revised plan released for $1.1 million Rattler RV park

The park will be built next year and finished by September, weather permitting

Dreaming in Kenworth SAR

"Peggy Joy” in its purple glory.

Custom SAR heads out on its maiden voyage.

Sign up for handy health records online

Doctor writing a medical prescription in hospital

Seniors and "grey nomads” are being urged to register

Book in for a unique grey nomad experience

UNIQUE ENCOUNTER: Grey nomads are invited to stop by RSPCA Brisbane's Wacol, to stay in its low-cost accommodation and lend a helping hand.

Combine volunteering and pets with this Brisbane visit experience.

Beaches for 'everyone' to enjoy not just free campers

FREE RIDERS: Local surfer Bryn Goode wants no camping at busy beach car parks on the Coffs Coast. Coffs Harbour City Council said there were signs at its beaches prohibiting free camping.

Local surfer sick of free campers leaving 's****y toilet paper'

Jillaroo Jess' tips for caravan drivers

Jillaroo Jess shares tips for caravaners to drive around trucks

How caravan drivers can drive around trucks

Australians to be hit with shopping tax

THE cost of online shopping could be about to skyrocket thanks to a new government plan targeting parcels sent from overseas.

Maggie Beer's tips to perfect your baking

Maggie Beer

If anyone can answer your curly baking questions, it’s Maggie.

RECIPE: Ginger ripple cakes with choc-coated strawberries

Ginger ripple cakes with choc-coated strawberries

New twist on classic dessert is the perfect end to dinner.

Sugar, spice and everything nice

Sugar, spice and everything nice-ly organised.

IS YOUR pantry nicely organised or a little on the messy side?

RECIPE: Sweet and sour chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken

A tasty dish straight from a mother's cookbook.

For the love of food: Explore your taste buds

Delicious,  Janice's baked cheesecake.

My father was well before his time as he loved cooking.

RECIPE: Semi dried tomatoes

Semi-sundried tomatoes

Grow your own tomatoes and bottle for later in the year.

Beware the smartphone! 'Convenience' can prove costly

IN TODAY'S digital world, there’s a mobile phone app for just about everything. It can make life easier but convenience can come at a cost.

New dividend rule will hurt where it shouldn’t

WORRIED RETIREES: This hit on incomes is likely to damage the lifestyles of many retirees.

This hit on incomes is likely to damage the lifestyles of retirees.

Ditch or keep? Tips to reviewing an investment portfolio

GOOD ADVICE: Find out what retirees should look for when reviewing a portfolio.

Find out what retirees should look for when reviewing a portfolio.

Money: Doing nothing could turn out costly

SMART MONEY: Action can pay off both for saving and making money.

Action can pay off both for saving and making money.

Money: Downsizing proceeds into super

SUPER CHOICES: Can we put family home sale proceeds into our super?

Can we put family home sale proceeds into our super?

Money: Are annuities attractive enough?

FUNDING RETIREMENT: There is a strong push to make annuities a better investment choice.

There is a strong push to make them a better investment choice.

Make financial wellbeing your top priority

FINANCE CONTROL: Women's Day is a good time to review your finance planning.

It's time for women to take control of their own financial wellbeing

Embracing the culture within your community

David Williamson believes seniors can play a vital role in the development of culture in a community and at the same time gain enormous personal rewards.

The benefits of Volunteering

Fay Beutel is 82 years young and has been a volunteer with Coolum Meals on Wheels for over 19 years.

Volunteering helps loneliness by having regular contact with others.

Step into the inviting waters of U3A

Janette Galbraith, with Liz Gleghorn and Annie Lowe in the background.

Janette Galbraith encourages anyone to visit their local U3A branch.

What's on: Sunshine Coast

ALIVE IN COLOUR: Come and see Bolivia dancers and more at the Ocean Street World Festival in Maroochydore on Easter Sunday.

See What's on throughout the Sunshine Coast this month.

Healthy body, mind helping create 'PrYme Movers'

Barry Dutton is moving and grooving with vigour and spirit and he attributes this fine form to regular exercise classes at Caloundra YMCA.

"It’s more than just a fitness club."

Finding zen: Meditation offers relief for chronic pain

Zen Buddhist Master Barry Farrin.

Buddhist Master says sufferers must claim their pain.

What's On: Sunshine Coast

MUSIC AND MAYHEM: The Pirates hit the road again in 2018 for their 21st Anniversary (and final) tour.

What's on in your region throughout January and February.

Famous Birthdays this week: William Shatner

IN HIS seven decades of television, Shatner became a cultural icon for his portrayal of James T. Kirk, captain of the USS Enterprise in the Star Trek franchise.

Queenslanders: are you ready to bin plastic bags?

PLASTIC BAN: What will you use instead of plastic shopping bags?

Start thinking of alternatives to plastic shopping bags as ban looms

Having 'that' conversation with elderly parents

TALKING TRANSITION: Manage the aged care transition conversation with your parents.

Manage the aged care conversation with your parents.

A word of (good) advice about positive ageing

VOCAL ADVOCATE: Dementia awareness and positive ageing advocate, Sue Pieters-Hawke.

Sue Pieters-Hawke wants us to remain active and enjoy a full life.

A new look at chronic back pain

BACK PAIN: Even if don't have pain now, you should be actively managing muscle, joint and bone health.

You should be actively managing muscle, joint and bone health.

Finding new friends: Singles club bringing seniors together

IT'S TOUGH meeting new people and making friends when you're single, over 50 and you move to a new area or lose a partner.

Community Notices: Toowoomba and Darling Downs

CELEBRATING HOPE: Mayor Paul Antonio (left) and Cr Geoff McDonald (right) with Hope Horizons committee members Peter Turnbull, Anna Barrett and Jo Capp.

What's happening at your local club and community groups.

'Proud' dad carries baton for entire community

THANKS DAD: Dan Flanagan with daughter Catherine who nominated him for a place in the Queen's Baton Relay for all he had done for the community, particularly the Laidley Recreation Reserve.

Dan Flanagan will carry the baton in Gatton on Thursday, March 29.

What's on: Toowoomba and Darling Downs

CASH BONANZA: Dave Reynolds will bring the best of Johnny Cash and the stars of his era to Oakey on March 17.

Let's see what local events are on in your region this month.

World-leading experts to shed light on Parkinson’s

Neurologist, Professor Peter Silburn, will talk at the event.

An estimated 80,000 Australians are living with Parkinson’s.

Heal yourself the natural way at expo

Beautiful woman receiving back massage at the spa.

Heal Yourself Expo on from March 17 to 18.

Riding up the Range to support local chartities

C'EST LA VIE: Rod Mills, on the road in France, is still a regular on the Toowoomba Range at 75 and will line up again for this year's Ride the Range.

Going on 75 years old, Rod still rides about 250km per week.

Back for the Games: Volunteer comes out of retirement at 93

DON thought he was done with volunteering but, when Gold Coast was announced as the next Commonwealth Games host, he knew he had to come out of retirement.

103 birthday candles for Jess Westerman

INSEPARABLE: Jess Westerman, celebrating her 103rd birthday in March, holds therapy dog Peaches, her "angel dog”.

Quick wit and fighting spirit lies behind a life well-lived.

Classy way to improve ageing

FORMING FRIENDSHIPS: A happy exercise group at the Southern Gold Coast 60 & Better venue at Elanora.

Seniors are encouraged to get out of the house and keep active.

Community Notices: Gold Coast

PAST & PRESENT PRESIDENTS: Brian Rankin, Bev Houlahan, Judy Mensworth, President Florence Drury, Marie Cawthan and Alan Coleman.

What's happening at your local club and community groups.

Festival of arts shares global spotlight with Games

HEADLINE ACT: Kate Miller-Heidke will perform on the Queensland Music Stage during Festival 2018.

Festival 2018, like the Games, is on a grand scale.

Row into better health says coach

GAYLE Armour, one of four coaches at Iluka Rowing and Aquatic Club, knows what she's talking about, having been an active member for 18 years.

Dog fostering keeps treasured pets alive

FOSTER MOTHER: Dawn McInnes with her rescue dogs and now family members, Louie and Sadie.

Little Sadie has found a home through the love of a foster mother.

What's On: Coffs and Clarence

DELISH: Tantalize your tastebuds at Taste Woolgoolga food and wine festival.

YOUR local area has lots to see and do.

Maclean author inspires TV mini-series

The book cover for From the Stars Above.

Peter Watt can be writing in the am & fighting bushfires in the pm.

POW's biography reveals emotional pain of WWII

CELEBRATING A SURVIVOR: Terry Tweedie has put on record the testimony of WWII POW Don Tweedie.

The author reveals his father's memories as a prisoner of war.

Author hits perfect note to finish trilogy

Song for Emilia.

Music is the thread that weaves through the delightful trilogy.

Pete's Place ready for Christmas

STEADY HANDS: Dave Tilson, the manager of Coffs Harbour's almost-completed homeless drop-in centre, has worked in homeless services and housing in the UK and Australia for more than 20 years.

The drop-in centre will offer homeless important support.

What's on: Central Coast

THE Central Coast has lots on this month

Creative precinct opens doors and hearts

LOSE YOURSELF: Gosford Community Precinct events co-ordinators Lyn Abbott and Gay Brown encourage everyone to see what's possible.

Gosford Community Precinct is "really going to town" on open day.

Police 'appalled' by callous attack on 77-year-old

A 77-year-old woman was pushed from her mobility scooter in an attack that has "appalled" police.

Woman left with a fractured cheekbone, and broken wrist and ribs.

Meet a poisonous mind for high tea at Ettalong Diggers

Author Gail Bell will be appearing at the Meet The Author High Tea at Ettalong Diggers.

Meet acclaimed author Gail Bell at Ettalong Diggers.

Central Coast's 'Mogul Matt' wins silver at Winter Olympics

Matty Graham celebrates winning silver.

Australian skier wins country's first medal at Winter Olympics 2018.

Tree-mendous fundraiser to help grandparents

ACROSS THE GENERATIONS: Four Central Coast Rotary clubs sold over 1500 Christmas trees last year to help Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, and often it's the kids that get the final say on the perfect tree.

Idea began 10 years ago with the sale of Christmas trees.

Meet the granny fighting for the rights of animals

PASSING IT ON: Longtime animal rights activist June Killington with her daughter Hazel's rescue cat Toby. She's delighted to have passed on her love of animals and their need to be protected.

"I have always had a real love ... for animals since I was little."

'I'm better dead than alive': Told to work despite agony

When Carol Priestly wakes up, she is swarmed by pain throughout her body.

Why unemployed man paid for a pensioner's groceries

THANKFUL: Heather Hale was reunited with Dean Reid, the man who paid for her groceries at Yamanto Woolworths a fortnight ago.

Dean Reid noticed the elderly woman at Woolies and decided to help

WATCH: Massive 6-foot python caught on the loo

Snake Catcher Noosa's Luke Huntley catching a huge 6-foot python in a Mountain Creek family toilet.

Nightly trip to the toilet ends in massive scare

REVIEW: Ed Sheeran charms Brisbane

Ed Sheeran performed with nothing but his guitar and loop box combo.

A SELL-OUT show at Suncorp Stadium still felt like an intimate gig.

Pensioner whose backyard sank into hole robbed

ANOTHER BLOW: Lynn McKay, the Basin Pocket pensioner whose backyard sink hole made headlines around the world in 2016, had her handbag stolen in the Ipswich CBD. She's appealing for the thief to return the bag.

And police give her even more bad news after reporting it

Pensioners feel pinch as pollies set themselves up for life

I understand retiring state MPs in Australia receive an annual pension of $100,000 and I wonder if this is means tested?

Salt is a serious danger to our health

Reducing salt intake is a certain way of living longer.

Salt is a men's health issue.

NBN will present the elderly with headache

WHERE'S THE NET: A worker laying down fibre optic cable as part of the NBN rollout.

Basic service will cost NBN less than the cost of cup of coffee

Essential to monitor our aged care providers

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I think it is essential we monitor our aged care providers.

No longer Nine's No.1? Brand Stefanovic on the slide

Karl Stefanovic all smiles as he leaves Channel Nine following Uber “tape” release. Picture: Diimex

Could this be the end of Nine's golden boy?

RSVPs, and basic manners, are dead

What’s worse? RSVPing and not turning up, or not bothering to reply at all? (Pic: iStock)

Should there be a minimum amount of notice required for cancellations?

Here's to longevity and good hair

NEW DO: You're never too old to have a modern hairstyle, even as a 99 year old 'senior'.

Mother is not happy with a generic one-size-fits-all haircut.