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Accidents that kill

by John Carlyle
Elderly male died whilst crossing Guineas Creek Road near Pines shopping Centre last Wednesday-it is a timely reminder that unfortunately a lot of elderly people do not have the speed to cross busy roads in the area so they should take the trouble to cross at the traffic lights – because the lights are timed to give the a slow walker the opportunity to cross safely.
significant old tree

Saving Protected Trees – Uphill battle in Elanora.

by Kitty Jellinek
The western side of Simpsons Road in Elanora is not on the sewer. Therefore most of the big trees were planted around the borders of these properties, leaving the central spaces for drainage. This puts most of the significant usually protected trees in the area in jeopardy, because a protected tree within three meters of a neighbor’s property can be cut down if the neighbor doesn’t like the tree. Since the bad PR for fig trees on the Burks Backyard show, many believe their properties can be damaged by these trees massive invasive roots and insist on having them removed. […]
Francin's Flowers

Francine

by carney
  Click on the link below to read a short story by Helen Carney Francine
Noisy Miner

HoneyEaters & Figbirds seen in Elanora, QLD

by ianw3
Noisy Miners are probably the most common HoneyEaters seen in Elanora. They are common in most of Eastern Australia and are aggressive and boisterous. They will mob larger birds including Kookaburras that share their territory.   Less frequently seen are the BlueFaced Honeyeaters that seem to  pass through my area only at certain  times of the year. Like the noisy miners, they seem to appear fairly noisily in groups, but they seem quite shy and do not remain for long near my house.     The juveniles are sometimes seen and have a yellowish-green patch around the eye.   Figbirds […]

Medium – Large Birds commonly seen in Elanora

by ianw3
Probably the most well known Aussie bird, the Laughing Kookaburra, is common in Eastern Australia. These birds, if not seen, can often be heard ‘laughing’ around day break. They have a varied diet including lizards, snakes and will happily pinch goldfish from gargen ponds. The Australian Magpie is common over most of Australia. The Pied Currawong is generally found on the Eastern side of Australia.                       The Pied Butcherbird is common throughout most of Australia. These birds are certainly not shy – with their juveniles, picture to follow, they will […]
Canola Oil

Oils Ain’t Oils

by Kitty Jellinek
Canola – Animals and insects avoid it in nature, here’s why you should too… There is no such thing as a canola in nature. Canola oil is actually a modified version of rapeseed oil. Asian and Indian cultures used rapeseed oil for centuries, but it was never consumed in the large quantities that Americans do. The rape plant (in the mustard family) contains cyanide-containing compounds and wild animals and even insects avoid it in nature. The refining process of deodorizing and bleaching to become canola oil involves exposing rapeseed oil to high heat, which greatly reduces the omega 3 content […]

Parrots commonly seen around Elanora

by ianw3
The parrots illustrated below are commonly seen and were photographed in Elanora, QLD. Australia. Getting them to smile is not always guaranteed — they are wild and free. The first featured is probably the best known Rainbow Lorikeet. They are a favourite in the local wildlife parks and are fairly used to being around people. Some locals attract them to their verandahs by regularly putting out small trays of seeds. My favored local supplier of pet needs and advice is Enrique of Pets Wonderland in Currumbin Creek Road. The Galah is common throughout Australia. They have a reputation for clowning […]
Palm Beach Coastline

Conditions On Palm Beach Today – Live

by Kitty Jellinek
Before packing up to go to the beach, you may want to make a quick check on the beach conditions. Click on the link below to get a birds eye view of Palm Beach conditions via web-cam. Beach Conditions – In Palm Beach Today Live Remember to swim between the flags and protect against too much sun exposure.
Polio Victim

New Polio Outbreaks

by Jim Wilkinson
2013 Wilko Report November 2013   The Taliban and Polio – how stupid can you get ??   One of the last infectious scourges to be conquered has been poliomyelitis. As a child in the 1950’s,  I saw many people with limps – some were returned servicemen with limbs injured or amputated but many were also polio victims with shortened, deformed and lame legs from polio. Vaccination has eradicated this disease in almost every part of the world. Yet it has re-appeared in Syria thanks to the civil war.   Polio is an caused by an enterovirus – like cholera, […]
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School Holiday Fun Activities

by Kitty Jellinek
Want to know what’s on offer for school holiday fun activities? Many businesses are providing some great entertainment for our kids in our local area. The Pines has listed these on their facebook page, so if your stumped for ideas or just want to know what’s on offer go to: The Pines Facebook