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Olympics medal winner still 'one of the best'

Tweed Heads resident and former Olympic swimmer Nancy Welch will take her place as a baton-bearer for the Queen’s Baton Relay.

Nancy's swimming talents have opened up incredible opportunities.

Top 15 record-breaking attractions of Latin America

TRAVEL: Driest desert in the world - Atacama Desert, Chile.

Check out the top attractions across South and Central America.

Here's some festive ideas to spoil the grandchildren

The age of a child you're buying a Christmas gift for will have a bearing on what you go shopping for.

Gift vouchers are the current favourite request from the older ones.

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Fast food outlet accused of underpaying worker, 71

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Fair Work Ombudsman commences legal action against outlet

Elderly man accused of strangling his carer

The elderly man has no criminal history, but was been in prison since May awaiting trial.

Man accused of choking his carer and wrapping a cord around her neck

'Digital divide': Seniors being left behind in modern age

New research has found 1.3 million Australians have committed insurance fraud. Picture: Jason/Busch

"There is a growing digital division among older people themselves."

Toowoomba Motorcycle Toy Run

The Downs Motorcycle Sporting Club held their annual Motorcycle Toy Run.

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Onus on council to attract variety of holiday-makers

There are campers with tight budgets parking overnight in illegal places for want of just the basic facilities.

Bundaberg spirit leaves good impression

Bundy 4 Breakfast CMCA director Richard Mainey

Grey nomads give the tick of approval

Canine camping: Tips to keep your pet safe over Christmas

PETS: Take proper precautions to ensure the wellbeing and comfort of your canine companions when travelling these Christmas holidays.

Ensure your pet's safety by planning before travelling.

Camp in luxury for less than $30 a week

Owner Adam Bailey at WOW Campers and Trailers Superstore wants people to be able to holiday affordably.

New Lismore camping shop has options for family or solo adventurers

Elderly nomad called this bus a home for more than 30 years

For years, she lived in this converted Toyota Coaster bus, that used to seat 30 passengers.

"I’ve lived on the road like a gypsy since 1987."

Grey nomads sick of being called camping 'free loaders'

Grey nomads are sick of being called free loaders.

"We don't want to stay in caravan parks that charge over $25"

RECIPE: Gluten Free Plum Pudding

THIS Gluten Free Christmas pudding combines some classic Christmas flavours', including fruit, nuts, cinnamon, ginger, brandy and lemon.

RECIPE: White bean dip

Healthy , delicious white bean dip.

This white bean dip is a play on a dish called musabaha.

What will it cost to run your air conditioner this summer?

HOT SUMMER: Check out and think about your cooling needs before you turn on.

Check out and think about your cooling needs before you turn on.

RECIPE: Watermelon and Mozzarella Salad

Beautiful refreshing watermelon.

Beautiful refreshing watermelon in a salad.

Grandma's cookbook: Recipes to spark taste buds, memory

The best recipes straight from your grandmother's kitchen.

RECIPE: Mez's Cauli Salad

Surprisingly lovely cauliflower salad.

I have had this salad many times and it's healthy and tastes great.

RECIPE: Delicious BBQ Prawns and Garlic Mayo

BBQ marinated prawns are a simple addition to the meal.

These BBQ prawns are so easy to make.

Ten important things to do before you turn 70

IT'S surprising how many retirees have no idea of the amount they spend each year, or how long their savings will last. Do you know?

Downsizing comes with high costs and pension issues

DOWNSIZING ADVICE: Downsizing without proper advice, could be a bad financial move.

Downsizing without proper advice, could be a bad financial move

Take control of super non-concessional contributions

MONEY: Expert advice on managing exceeding NCC super contribution limit.

Expert advice on managing exceeding NCC super contribution limit.

You may be better off retiring with less savings

SAVINGS ADVICE: If you play your cards right  you may be able to retire seven years earlier than you thought.

Play your cards right and work the rules to hit a savings sweet spot

Expert reviews secure retirement income choices

MONEY: Peter Lambert ponders how to source a safe retirement income in the current low interest environment.

Learn about income options to fund your retirement.

What is the impact of gifts on the age pension?

MONEY: What are the consequences for my age pension if I give a gift?

There are limits as to how much you can gift.

Spouse super giveaway could be tax break for many

MONEY: The spouse tax offset is designed to help boost the super of people who take time out of the workforce, particularly women.

The spouse tax offset can help boost super for millions of people.

What's On: Sunshine Coast

THE 14th annual Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade is on December 16 along the Mooloolah River.

Seniors, children enjoy a day out on the farm

Research shows time spent together benefits both generations.

Federal grant a step in right direction for orthotics

Member for Fairfax Ted O'Brien MP, Employment Minister Senator Michaelia Cash and Sunshine Coast podiatrist Dan Everson at the Marcoola factory Kinetics Orthotics.

Research shows that losing mobility leads to a decrease in health.

Grandparents Day an event for the whole family

Lisa Wilson and Ashlea Heisner - Teddy Bears' Picnic.

BRING the whole family to celebrate national Grandparents Day

Sunshine Coast family take STEPS to better education

Noosa mother Sue Arnold, 53 and her two daughters Lisa, 32 and Lauren, 25.

The family that studies together stays together.

Who said people don't read books anymore?

Volunteers Lachlan and Aidan Stone from Toowoomba who helped set up the Bookfest and serve the many customers.

That myth was de bunked at the 4th Annual Quota Bookfest.

Internet star: Senior wins hearts in beautiful picture

Who says seniors aren’t the leaders of the pack?!

Charming Christmas-time reading

TWO weeks 'til Christmas is a festive and charming Australian Christmas romance.

Language barrier: Author Don Watson a wordsmith at heart

Author, satirist and former political writer Donald Watson.

Authors laments language no longer has ‘a sense of the sacred’.

The secret is out! Travelling solo is no longer a taboo

WOMEN'S TRAVEL: Classic Safari Company's Classic Vietnam one of several tours on offer in the company's Secret Women's Series.

Solo women travellers have lots of tour options available to them.

Famous Birthdays this week: Don Johnson

Don Johnson, right, and Kelley Phleger arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Hateful Eight" at the Cinerama Dome in 2015.

Johnson has had four wives in five marriages, three were very brief.

Coping with grief: Understanding more about loss can help

GRIEF: Grief is our response to loss. It is the normal, natural and inevitable response to loss.

Learn about acknowledging loss as the first grief recovery step.

Deb draws on passion to celebrate milestone at Retreat

ARTIST Deb Gilmartin has seen the McGregor Summer School from both sides - as student and teacher - and delights in both roles.

Lights, music, action .... Christmas Wonderland

BEYOND THE LIGHTS: Roaming minstrel David Gwynne.

DAVID Gwynne is among 47 entertainers taking to the stage

More need than ever this Christmas

HELPING OTHERS: Toowoomba Hospital Foundation chief executive Alison Kennedy (left) and Annie White from Parisienne Patisserie get ready for Toowoomba's Neighbourhood Christmas Luncheon.

THIS year Lifeline and the Salvos are joining forces.

Dietitian has tips for life and partying

THINK FRESH: Dietitian Ruth Logan says quality and quantity are important in eating well.

EATING well helps us to age well, according to Ruth Logan.

Cully Fest 'more than you imagine' at new home

MUSIC MAKERS: Among a huge line-up of artists at this year's Cully Fest are Dezzie D and the Stingrayz.

THE 2017 Cully Fest is bigger and more jam-packed than ever.

The genius of Da Vinci at Cobb+Co

GENIUS: Some of the inventions on show at Cobb+Co Museum include the airscrew, bicycle and robot drummer, while artistically, you can see actual-size digital prints of his self-portrait and, of course, the Mona Lisa.

YOU don't have to travel to Italy to see the genius of Leonardo.

Foster carers are many dogs' best friends

BUNDLE OF FUN: Judy Kuhn with Spike, the runt of a litter of 13, fostered for Toowoomba RSPCA, and now in a new forever home.

JUDY and Carl Kuhn have been animal foster parents for 10 years

Baton bearer epitomises the Rotary motto

IF ANYONE deserves accolades, it's longtime volunteer Daryl "Saint" Sanderson.

Australian pioneers inspire Gold Coast author

LOVES TO WRITE: Gold Coast author Joanne Herkes delves into the way the past has such an influence on the present in her book Grace Under Pressure.

Joanne is currently half-way through a collection of short stories.

What's On: Gold Coast

MAGIC GROUP: Mackay-born actress Jodi Anasta, 2017 Magic Millions Ambassador Mike Tindall, Patron of Magic Millions Racing Women Zara Phillips, Group One winning jockey and ambassador Kathy O'Hara and 800 Words star Melina Vidler at the Gold Coast Turf Club for the 2017 Jeep Magic Millions Raceday.

The festive season is offering a variety of events to enjoy.

Community Notices: Gold Coast

ALL ABOARD: Burleigh Waters Probus club members ride a tram at Rockhampton Heritage Village.

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

Golden heart Buttrose in festive mood for pet program

Golden Hearts ambassador championing a better life for pets.

Generations keep active through the 'art of peace'

COLIN Hill is 74; his grandson Shane 'Shano' Dwyer is 17 and every week they send each other head over heels as they practise Aikido

'Veranda post town' will transform with Writers Expo

LITERARY TALENT: Writer RL Aiken (left) caught up with readers Betty Allsopp, of Nambucca, and Nerida Blackford, of Congarinni, at a recent event at Nambucca Library. Fantasy writer Aiken will conduct a workshop on fantastic magic at the Bowraville Regional Writers Expo, November 19.

During November all things books will be celebrated.

Community Notices: Coffs Coast and Clarence Valley

COLOURFUL GROUP: Members of the Probus Club of Coffs City recently had a very enjoyable morning tea amongst the spring time display at Total Gardens.

What's happening in your region for October and November.

What's on: Coffs Coast and Clarence Valley

CANCER GALA: Paul Mercurio, star of Baz Luhrmann's Australian film Strictly Ballroom, will be the celebrity judge of the 2017 Stars of the Coffs Coast Dance for Cancer gala fundraising night at C.ex Coffs on October 28.

What's happening in your region in October and November.

Grafton's miracle child has lived a healthy life

Little Judith Davidson (now Piercy) on her 9th birthday at Grafton Hospital in 1957, wearing her special dress.

Judith (nee Davidson) should not have survived her 9th birthday.

Single and ready to travel? Scandinavia is your destination

Brightly painted buildings are a feature of Nyhavn, a 17th century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in the Danish capital of Copenhagen.

Christine Byrne has worked in the travel industry for 44 years.

Sydney Cognitive: Clinic taking the battle to dementia

DEMENTIA is on the rise but there are ways to combat this degenerative disease.

Check your skin while the sun shines

DEADLY: Getting your skin checked may well save your life.

The sun is out and that means time to check your skin.

'The Rose Lady' still losing herself in art at 84

FORGET YOUR TROUBLES: Helen Davies with one of her works.

Prolific painter continues to produce stunning works.

Time running out for extraordinary war exhibit

AUTHENTIC: It's family fun at the Central Coast Interactive War Exhibit with fascinating war history items on display.

This is no ordinary museum, so go there now.

Teen mentoring program needs your help!

LIFE MENTORS: Warren Stewart and fellow mentor Edith Thomsen, with two of the students who successfully completed the last round of CCSSM mentoring.

In-school mentoring program reaps rewards for all involved.

What's On: Central Coast

UNFORGETTABLE: The New Empire Ballroom Ragtime Dance Orchestra brings you all your classic Christmas favourites at a special Morning Melodies Christmas celebration at Laycock Street Community Theatre from 11am on Wednesday, December 13.

What's happening in your region throughout November and December.

Camera tells a thousand stories of Coast Shelter

INSPIRED: Freelance photographer Noel Fisher has captured images and stories for the Partnerships Ending Hardships exhibit and book marking 25 years of Coast Shelter’s work.

The show will profile the shelter's motto of hope for those in need

Cancer battle: Best Christmas present is just being home

Mackay residents have put up welcome signs across the town to greet Kacey and her family

Outrage over ‘disgraceful’ MAFS contestant

Oh Dean.

THIS contestant brags that women must respect and obey him.

'That's a knife': Paul Hogan takes burger chain to court

Paul Hogan has accused burger chain Grill'd of making false or misleading claims.

'That's not a lawsuit, that’s a lawsuit.’

Yowie? Panther? Community terrorised by mystery creature

A mystery creature is terrorising wildlife and damaging property

Series of animals attacks by mystery creature

NBN will present the elderly with headache

NBN debacle delivered by the Turnbull Government is leaving many elderly and incapacitated people totally stranded

Essential to monitor our aged care providers

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

Representatives need to know what we want

Former Attorney General Nicola Roxon.

How many let elected representatives know what they think or need?

Bad call set to leave elderly high and dry

A reader is concerned that under a new system during a power blackout the phone will not work.

Whenever there is a power blackout the new phone will not work.

Marriage equality no crowning glory or national soul cleanse

Coalition Senator Dean Smith receives a hug from Labor Senator Malarndirri McCarthy after the same-sex marriage bill passed the Senate in the Senate chamber at Parliament House in Canberra, Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

Don't let our pollies spin an abdication of duty into a glorious win

Jingle all the way to Asia

Ditch the at-home celebrations this Christmas and head to Asia with the thousands you save from not having a party.

Would you ditch the fam for a Christmas trip to Thailand?

Celebrity sex scandal: Is our generation to blame?

Harvey Weinstein was rude and bombastic.

Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Don Burke – they are all seniors.