Pittwater Life October 2017 Issue

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Bill & Alfred. Election Deep Dive. Secret Men's Business. Eyes in the Sky.

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EYES IN THE SKY

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Editorial

Consultation the buzzword

Pittwater Life went to print

the night before the vote

by the 15 new councillors to

determine the first Mayor of

our new Northern Beaches

Council, so we were unable

to garner a message from the

successful individual about his

or her plans for the future.

But we did approach key

individuals to try to get a handle

on how the former Pittwater

Council region might exert

influence on the machinations

of the new Council.

The key phrase we kept

hearing was “better community

consultation”. Which, given

that the protest over our

Council’s amalgamation hinged

greatly on a perceived lack of

community consultation, is

indeed encouraging.

Although, whether or not

that is followed through, is

quite another thing. It’s up to

us, the ratepayers, to keep the

administration accountable.

The run-up to the Council

election was dogged by fears

that party politics would

hijack our local government

but the result was anything

but that. The Liberals had five

councillors elected, the Your

Northern Beaches Independent

team six, plus three unaligned

independents and a Greens.

That’s a pretty good balance

and one that augurs well for

robust debate and some good

outcomes.

(More on the new councillors

and their vision on page 6.)

* * *

Iconic local institution

The Royal Prince Alfred

Yacht Club celebrates its

sesquicentenary this month.

But would you believe it?

It’s also a big year for one

of their passionate sailors

who celebrates 40 years as a

member.

Bill Buckle, 91, he of

significant motor industry

renown, is our ‘Life Stories’

focus this month (p28). What a

life, and what a story!

– Nigel Wall

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COVER: The new Northern Beaches Council has been

sworn in – who are our representatives, what are their

priorities and what does the future hold for Pittwater

(p6)? We update the ongoing squabble over the new

B-Line bus service (p12); read how drone technology

is making our waterfront a safer place (p14); the Royal

Prince Alfred Yacht Club turns 150 this month – we talk

to 40-year member Bill Buckle (p28); and don’t miss our

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Boating Life 33

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Surfing Life 38-39

Health & Wellbeing; Hair & Beauty 40-47

Money & Finance 48-52

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Trades & Services 56-58

Food: Marvellous mince recipes! 64-66

Gardening Life 68-70

Travel Life 72-74

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News

‘Hey Pittwater – we need to talk’

The newly sworn-in Northern

Beaches Council is already

shining the spotlight on the

former Pittwater region as it

looks to create harmony across

its 30-kilometre patch from

Palm Beach to Manly.

And better community consultation

sits atop the councillors’

mutual to-do list.

Pittwater ward councillor

Alex McTaggart said his

approach would be to “not

hit the ground running but

hit the ground listening”

while Your Northern Beaches

Independent (YNBI) team head

Michael Regan wants direct

community consultation to

trigger and drive important

projects like the shelved Mona

Vale Place Plan.

“We want transparency and

accountability at a level we

have not seen before in the

former Pittwater area,” said

Mr Regan.

Mr McTaggart was elected

as an independent in Pittwater

ward along with former Pittwater

councillor Ian White (YNBI)

– but only after 24 recounts,

and a dismissed protest from

the Greens – saw them join

former Pittwater deputy mayor

Kylie Ferguson (Liberals) as the

chosen three.

Mr White acknowledged the

need to make Council “more

accessible” to everyone but

added the greater priority was

to get the new Council working.

“It is so much bigger and has

so much more money,” he said.

However, Mr McTaggart

told Pittwater Life that several

philosophical debates were

required between Council and

community.

“Although I was not part of

the Pittwater secession I was

mentored by the early secessionist

community members,”

he said. “Their message was

clear and simple and stays with

me today: Protect the environment,

be fiscally responsible

and ensure good governance.”

He added that through the

1990s he was part of a Council

that paid off the debt for

the purchase of the Warriewood

wetlands, then acquired

and put into public ownership

important environmental

assets such as the Ingleside

escarpment, Winnererremy

Bay, Currawong and the Warriewood

land release creek

line corridors among others.

“In many cases these assets

were funded by environmental

rate levies, a social contract between

council and community

to deliver specific outcomes,”

he said. “This leads me to the

philosophical debates I believe

this Council and community

should have.

“Is public land to be protected

and enhanced for future

generations, or flogged off to

vested interests for short-term

gain? Should the built form

dominate the landscape or are

ridgelines, wildlife corridors

and tree-lined streets worthy

of protection?

“Should we use debt to

acquire or build assets – not

operating expenses – and pass

on some of the costs to the

next generation who will have

the use of that asset?”

He questioned whether the

Council as a wholly owned

subsidiary of state government

should “blindly accept” what

it was given, or should instead

challenge decisions that were

not in community interests.

“Having these and other debates

requires transparent and

respectful consultation that

gives to the community ownership

of the decision-making

process,” he said.

In all, the 15 new Northern

Beaches councillors comprise

nine independents, five Liberals

and one Greens.

YNBI team head Michael

Regan told Pittwater Life he believed

the representation was

well-balanced, adding he was

heartened to hear the Liberals

had said they would not bloc

vote on issues.

“That is encouraging and

bodes well for all our community,”

he said.

Dog policy across the

peninsula was just one of the

projects that needed atten-

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GROUP HUG: The new Northern Beaches councillors (minus Manly's Pat Daley).

tion, he said.

“All the councillors agreed

to a review… I want to take

that further and ensure it is

an active document that is

constantly reviewed, updated

and the like.”

He confirmed YNBI team

councillors White and Heins

were keen to open communication

channels between the

Council and community and

get to work on “everything

from overseeing section 94

expenditure in Warriewood

to improving basic services”.

“I personally want to see

the Mona Vale place plan kickstarted.

As an outsider to that

project, it looked as if the direct

community consultation

was ignored on certain issues

and no explanation forthcoming

as to why.

“Something needs to be

done, but it has to be backed by

those that live and work there,

otherwise it won’t work.”

In Narrabeen ward, 13

recounts were required before

independent Vince De Luca

claimed the third spot behind

Rory Amon (Liberals) and Sue

Heins (YNIT).

Mr Amon said the election

result was pleasing for the

Liberals.

“Two of the main issues the

Liberals campaigned on were

stopping overdevelopment and

lower Council rates… it is clear

these resonated with the people

of Narrabeen,” he said.

“In terms of my role on

Council, Council will not be a

club. There needs to and will

be robust debate – we need to

hold each other to account and

I will be the first to call a spade

a spade.

“We’ll fight to keep rates

down and focus first on controlling

costs before hitting up

ratepayers for more cash.”

Mr Amon confirmed he

would continue to oppose

overdevelopment “so that the

character of Narrabeen ward,

the old Pittwater Council

and the Northern Beaches is

protected”.

And he promised to drive

the development of a masterplan

for Narrabeen Lagoon to

protect and enhance the natural

resource. – Nigel Wall

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News

Out to make a splash

Swimming is one of those rare sports that go rather than being the fastest… although

can be enjoyed by all the family, says this might not seem the way in some of the

Avalon Bilgola Swimming Club Vice President adult’s races!” Garry said.

Garry Gudmunson.

“The majority of our races are handicaps so

“Living on the peninsula with water on it doesn’t matter how fast or slow you swim,

both sides I have always believed swimming one of our regular events is the 2 x 50m freestyle

relay where parents and kids to swim

is a necessity, not a choice,” Garry said.

“It’s a also a life skill

together.”

– once you know how to

The club also runs

swim properly you can

junior and senior learn

always continue in later

to swim/stroke correction

programs and

life, it’s great for fitness

and it’s a sport you can

members have the

do on three levels – for

opportunity to compete

in interclub meets

fun, to compete… and to

win.”

organised through the

An ABSC Life Member,

Warringah Amateur

Garry, 49, joined the club

Swimming Association.

with his dad in the late

Over the past 18

’70s, continuing the family

tradition by taking

her swimming to the

months Jessica has taken

his daughters Jessica, 15,

next level – qualifying for

and Emily 12, to race at

Metro, State and National

Bilgola Beach Ocean Pool.

events in both pool and

Races from ages 4 and

open water swimming.

up are held Saturday

For more info about

mornings from mid-

local swimming clubs

October until the end of

or competition visit

March.

warringahswimming.

“We focus on having a

asn.au.

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News

B-Line ‘scaremongering’ slammed

Pittwater MP Rob Stokes

has refuted claims being

circulated throughout the

community regarding the

extension of the B-Line bus

service to Newport, labelling

them “scaremongering” and

unhelpful to the understanding

of the $500m project.

However, the Newport

Residents Association (NRA)

has returned serve, questioning

whether in fact the rumours

were wholly misleading.

The developments come as

Transport NSW confirmed Mona

Vale as the initial terminus

point for the B-Line when it

commences in November,

while committing to further

consultation with the Newport

community prior to the

extension to Newport in 2018.

The department said it would

continue to work with the

local community – including

residents, businesses, the surf

club and council – as part of the

ongoing planning process.

There is no suggestion

the NRA or its members are

responsible for intentionally

spreading misinformation.

Mr Stokes said a volley of

bizarre rumours had been

circulating which were

inaccurate.

“To be very clear, no ‘bus

terminals’ or ‘bus depots’ will

be built in the Newport Beach

Car Park; no ‘B-Line toilet

blocks’ will be built in the

car park and no multi-storey

car parks will be built in the

Newport Beach Car Park,” a

disappointed Mr Stokes said.

He confirmed no B-Line

buses would be directed

down Coles Parade, Foamcrest

Avenue, Seaview Avenue, Ross

Street or Bramley Avenue – or

other residential side streets.

“Further, no dedicated ‘B-Line

lanes’ will be introduced

through the Newport shopping

precinct – and the iconic

boulevard of Norfolk Pines

through Newport will stay.”

Mr Stokes said spreading

misleading rumours deprived

the community of the

opportunity to have a genuine

discussion about improved

public transport services.

“Scaremongering doesn’t

help anyone,” he said. “It’s

the oldest trick in the protest

handbook – come up with a list

of frightening rumours and use

these to hijack discussion.”

He stressed every person that

caught a bus was potentially

one less car on local roads.

“The only thing we’re looking

at adding is improved public

transport services and the

only thing we’re looking at

removing is traffic congestion,”

Mr Stokes said.

“Transport for NSW has

consistently said it wants to

work with the community

on a suitable proposal before

progressing. This is a position I

strongly support.”

NRA president Gavin Butler

said residents welcomed the

postponement of the service to

Newport and looked forward

to Transport NSW presenting a

“viable solution to consider”.

“Although, the department

stated this would occur before

the end of September, which

appears overly optimistic given

as of the 22nd we had not

heard from them,” he said.

He added the association did

not have an option for Newport

to put to Transport NSW as

they were “unable to see any

solution that will not have

a huge impact on the iconic

beach nature of Newport or not

create a significant impact on

the surf club car park”.

“Whether or not parts of

the car park are dedicated

commuter spots, the concept

is to make the car park a parkand-ride

facility, which is going

to impact the beach facility.”

Mr Butler said the NRA

took issue with some of Mr

Stokes’ comments about

misinformation and rumours.

“Regarding no ‘B-Line toilet

blocks’ built in the Newport

Beach Car Park, we will have

to take Rob at his word –

as Transport NSW told us

something different as initially

they thought the surf club

facilities would be too far away

and they needed to ensure

there was provision for both

male and female toilets at their

‘Terminus’,” he said.

“Regarding dedicated ‘B-Line

lanes’ to be introduced through

the Newport shopping precinct

– yes, both Rob and Transport

NSW have indicated they have

no plans to commence with a

dedicated bus lane.

“The problem is, as the

Minister says, he can’t

guarantee what a future

Government does and

Transport NSW said they are

still working out the best way

for a Rapid Bus Transit system

to work.”

Regarding confirmation the

“boulevard of Norfolk Pines

through Newport” would not

be removed, he said: “If the

B-line turns around in the

car park we do not see how

they can avoid not taking out

some pines... and Transport

NSW have told us they have

not yet determined what to do

about the trees in the centre

of Newport given a B-Line bus

probably cannot get under

them at their current height.”

He said the association was

not against improved services

but wanted the issue balanced

against “the cost”.

“At our monthly meeting

in September we were almost

packed out, with a lot of new

residents turning up and

expressing their unanimous

deep concerns about the B-Line

extension to Newport, and

calling for action.” – Nigel Wall

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Local chapter

for ‘Blokes

Book Club’

Here’s a ‘novel’ idea – a

men-only book club where

members can meet, share their

thoughts on crime literature

and broaden their friendship

bases.

And before anyone cries “discrimination!”,

consider it comes

with the blessing of partners

who are only too happy for their

gents to participate.

The all-new ‘Blokes Book

Club’, which meets for 90

minutes at Beachside Bookshop

at Avalon the first Monday of

every month, is chaired by store

co-owner Michael Armstrong.

Michael said the idea for the

club, which numbers up to

eight participants per session,

came after a few male customers

commented that their wives

were in a book club “… and

wouldn’t it be good to have a

club where blokes could chat

about books”.

“The advantage of a club is

that it forces the members to

read authors and topics they

may not normally choose to

themselves,” said Michael.

“Given the shop’s focus on

promoting Australian authors,

we are introducing members to

their favourite crime genre.”

Michael said proceedings

were very relaxed and that the

group discussion was stimulating.

“We start with a beer and

chat about overall impressions,”

he said. “Although discussion

is informal, we do follow an

overall framework to make sure

we cover off all aspects of the

book including structure, plot,

characters etc. We typically end

with whether we would recommend

this book, and to who.

“Now we are three books

along, we also compare the stories,

their plots, and characters

from the earlier authors.”

To date the group have chewed

over ‘Crimson Lake’ by Candice

Fox; ‘The Girl on Kellers Way’ by

Megan Goldin; and ‘The Twentieth

Man’ by Tony Jones. Their

current book, which will be

dissected in early October, is

‘The Rules of Backyard Cricket’

by Jock Serong.

Michael said members came

with their own experiences and

perspectives on life and this

fostered a good discussion and

the chance to learn.

“For example, Tony Jones’

book covered events in the early

1970s and it was great to have

some members describing their

own experiences of the era and

Not secret men’s business: Michael Armstrong (rear) with Blokes Book Club

members Andrew Blake, Ian Hallett, Geoff Payne, Ray Drury and Peter Peine.

how accurately the author captured

the feeling of the time.

“Personally I have found the

benefit of being involved in the

club is the discipline of having

to read a specific book a month,

widening my horizons and generally

being a more interesting

person to talk to!”

Local Geoff Payne said he

joined because it was just for

‘blokes’.

“My wife goes to two groups

in the area and there are no

males in either group,” he said.

“A male group with a narrow

focus on crime thrillers seemed

a good way of getting involved.”

He said he is enjoying the

informal catch-ups which involve

a general introduction by

Michael followed by overview

comments by most members.

“It is good to meet with

a male group of locals. It’s

not high-brow… it’s a pretty

spontaneous discussion of

impressions and summary of

the book’s strengths and weaknesses,”

Geoff added.

“The group session offers

some social contact and

the discussion is reasonably

lively – the group has a wide age

range… mid-40s to mid-70s.

“I’ve found people are serious

about the responsibility to read

the book, form a personal view

and be active in contributing.

“I find the differing views

stimulating and it has forced

me to look closer at how I am

influenced to form an opinion.”

Fellow member Peter Peine

said he looked forward to the

meetings of “like-minded men

with common interests”.

“It’s easy to make acquaintances,

an entertaining evening

and a great way to widen your

social network and meet people

from your neighbourhood.”

Want to know more? Call

Beachside Bookshop on 9918

9918.

– Nigel Wall

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Eye in the sky, looki

News

Drone technology has

a new application in

Pittwater – as an eyein-the-sky

security guard

patrolling Newport’s western

waterfront.

Specialist John Morrison

from Morrison Aerial Robotics

has been assisting childhood

mate David Rowell with

surveillance of the Rowell

Marina adjoining The Newport

entertainment precinct,

utilising drones as deterrents

to would-be mischief and

trespass.

In just a few months, the

results have been impressive.

“After messing about with

security cameras at the Rowell

Marina, David came to me with

the idea of covering the entire

East Bayview mooring area

with cameras and drones – he

called it ‘Baywatch’,” John said.

“I was already doing lots of

drone flying in the area, so it

was a good fit. From the very

first security flights we were

amazed at what the camera

catches from above. You

wouldn’t believe it!”

Added David Rowell: “John

and I had been talking about

security for a while – the

stretch of water between The

Newport wharf and Bayview

sand spit is a very busy patch.

“The drone footage gives the

eagle eye of Rowell Marine and

its surrounds. We will also

use drones during the festive

times and undertake regular

night flights to set a pattern of

cover from the air, providing

peace of mind for us and our

tenants.”

John, a licensed pilot who

first started flying 40 years

ago, said security work with

a drone was much like the

work a regular security guard

would do, complete with a

similar ‘authoritative’ look.

“It’s the perfect security

tool and it really does work,”

he said. “Deterrent is the first

order – that’s why security

guards wear a uniform and

have little cars with a flashing

light on top… they want to

look like the police, of course.

“You just can’t miss our

drone – it sits up there

buzzing away with flashing

lights and you know it’s

looking down on you.”

As well as serving as

a deterrent John said his

surveillance had also helped

panicked dog owners find

their missing pets at the dog

park, kept an eye on kids who

had swum out too far from

the wharf, helped other people

track down where they had

parked their car, documented

speeding boat drivers, picked

up bits and pieces of rubbish

floating in the water, and

reported boats that were

found to be listing or leaking.

“And of course, we’ve seen

a few people who were listing

and leaking,” said John with

a smile.

He added privacy was an

important consideration.

“I completely understand

that the ‘eye in the sky’

idea makes many people

feel uncomfortable and

you always have to respect

people’s privacy,” he said. “We

never film or fly over private

property – our MO is to keep

public areas secure and safe.

“Any ‘listing or leaking’ you

do in your own backyard is

your business!” he said.

Random timings of flights

are seen as key to successful

prevention.

“Good security companies

randomise their movements

so you can never predict when

a sweep is happening,” he

said. “The best security is in

place when a would-be ‘rascal’

realises that it’s just not worth

trying.”

He said the biggest

difference between a regular

security guard and drone

security was that, “… they

can only see what they can

see from a car – we have a

helicopter.”

John currently pilots his

drones but has no doubt

autonomous flight will be

approved in the future.

“Technology experts now

predict that drone technology

will be the most disruptive

technology in human history –

remember that a driverless car

is also just a drone,” he said.

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ng at you!

“At the current time

CASA does not allow fully

autonomous flight… much like

all modern airliners, a drone

can already fly itself easily

once programmed correctly

but there has to be a ‘pilot’ in

case something goes wrong.

“People will travel in

driverless cars for a long

time before they will be

comfortable flying in pilotless

aircraft – but it will happen.”

John said drones promised

further widespread benefits

for society.

“I remember a great story

in the local paper last year

telling how our water police

used a drone to find lost

bushwalkers up in the West

Head area,” he said. “They just

took off from the police boat,

flew up into the hills and

found them in no time. It was

on the front page. The first

good local story about a drone

helping to save someone’s life.

I believe there will be many

more.

“Disruptive technology will

always invoke fear that will

one day be laughed at. The

best way into the future is to

just keep laughing!”

– Nigel Wall

Politics & Peta Credlin

on Spring dinner menu

Liberal Party identity Peta Credlin says

she’s looking forward to supporting

the Palm Beach branch as guest speaker at

their sold out Spring Dinner at Moby Dick’s,

Whale Beach, on Thursday October 12.

“Grassroots involvement in policy

development is critical to both good

policy, and the health of our democracy,”

Ms Credlin said. “As a new Sydney

resident, I’ve only just started to get to

know the Palm Beach area but I think Pittwater in particular

is unique with the bushland setting and waterways.”

Ms Credlin said she was keen to hear from supporters and

small business owners about what government – both state

and federal – could do to “better reward effort”.

“As Liberals, we’ve got to be the party that gives

aspirational Australians hope that the system works for

them and not against them.” – NW

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6THINGS

THIS MONTH

News

Give blood. The mobile blood

service is visiting Avalon Beach,

Bowling Green Lane Car Park

on Tue 3 and Wed 6 from 9am-

2pm. The Australian Red Cross

Blood Service says every blood

donation can save three lives. To

make an appointment call 13 14

95 or visit donateblood.com.au

Family fun. Trafalgar Park at

Newport will come alive from

10am-3pm on Sat 14 with an

inflatable obstacle course,

entertainment, carnival rides

and sideshow alley games and

delicious food and coffee from

Sotto Sopra and Zubi. All profits

will go to Newport Public School

P&C to fund support education

and playground improvements.

Join a band. Dust off your

tuba, trombone, percussion or

woodwind instruments – the

Northern Beaches Concert Band

wants you! If you are a musician

Grade 3 or above interested in

playing a varied repertoire and

performing with a “mixed bunch”

aged 18-88 go to nbcb.org.au

for info.

How to get rid of stuff

online. Learn how to use

websites Gumtree, eBay and

Facebook to sell and donate

stuff that’s too good to chuck

out, at a free workshop at

Warringah Mall Library on Mon

16 from 5.30-7pm. Bookings

essential through Northern

Beaches Council website.

Support local theatre.

Described as a ‘star-spangled

theatre rock party’ Sunny Ray

and the Magnificent Moon is a

production for kids aged four

and up, taking the audience on

a journey of what it would be like

to stay up all night and party with

the moon. Sat 21 and Sun 22 at

11am; Glen Street Theatre. Ages

4+. Tickets $22 or Family Pass of

5, $85. Bookings 9975 1455 or

glenstreet.com.au

Be a trailblazer. Newport

Sculpture Trailblazers 2017

curated by Sydney Art Space

commences Fri 27 for two weeks

with sculpture, live painting,

performance, music and

dance celebrated throughout

Newport village. Full program at

newportsculpturetrailblazers.com.

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$1m for Currawong renovation rescue

Co-ordinating a meeting

with the top brass of our

local council and state and

federal governments is no

mean feat, especially when the

venue is offshore.

But the effort in getting

NSW State Member Rob Stokes

and Federal Member, Jason

Falinski and council heads

to Currawong Beach to see

first-hand both the challenges,

but more importantly

the opportunity and potential

of the site, has certainly paid

off with the NSW Government

announcing it will provide $1

million to support Northern

Beaches Council with the

refurbishment of the iconic

holiday cottages.

Currawong State Park

Advisory Board Chair Romilly

Madew said she was pleased

the visit this time last year

had culminated in government

funding which would

help in refreshing the nine

1950s cottages to make them

more comfortable and inviting

for guests.

“Currawong is a gem in Pittwater,

however the cottages

are in need of a refurbishment

due to their age,” Ms

Madew said.

“The Advisory Board has

been working closely with

Council for a number of years

developing plans to refurbish

the cottages with sustainability

and heritage at the heart

of their considerations.

“We are committed to maintaining

the simplicity and

accessibility of the cottages,

so that all visitors can appreciate

and explore the natural

beauty of Currawong and its

surrounds.”

Currawong was purchased

by the NSW Government in

2011 following a hard-fought

community campaign against

residential subdivision plans

by a private owner.

The area was afforded protection

from developers and

a guarantee it would continue

to be a place the wider community

could enjoy when the

NSW Government announced

the creation of Currawong

State Park in 2015.

Midholme, the original

Currawong homestead dating

from 1911, was carefully

restored in 2014 through collaboration

between Council,

Pittwater Environmental

Foundation and Friends of

Currawong.

And over the last year

Northern Beaches Council,

which manages Currawong

State Park, has been planning

essential improvements to

the heritage-listed cottages to

enhance their functionality

(such as creating bathrooms

inside), provide greater

comfort for guests (knocking

through internal walls to

increase living spaces) and

ensure their longevity.

In announcing the $1

million funding Rob Stokes

described Currawong State

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SIMPLE PLEASURES: The quaint 1950s Currawong cottages are ripe for a

sensitve renovation. Credit: Michael Mannington Volunteer Photography.

Park as one of the most iconic

areas of our community.

“Currawong holds a special

place in the hearts of many

local residents – so I’m

delighted Northern Beaches

Council is planning essential

improvements that will

enhance visitor opportunities

and preserve its history,” Mr

Stokes said.

“Anyone that’s visited

Currawong knows its key

drawcards are its simplicity,

tranquillity and pristine surrounds.

“I commend Friends of Currawong,

Pittwater Environmental

Foundation, Northern

Beaches Council and the

Chair of the Currawong State

Park Advisory Board, Romilly

Madew, for their ongoing

support and guardianship of

Currawong.

“It’s fantastic the NSW

Government is continuing

to work with these groups to

see necessary improvements

introduced and the unique

character of Currawong preserved.”

– Lisa Offord

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News

All the

right

‘moves’

Fitness expert Lizzy

Williamson, who devised

the cheeky ‘Wine Bottle

Workout’ has shared her

personal story and wellness

tips in her first book written

for women struggling to “put

on their oxygen mask first”.

Nine years ago, the Bilgola

mum to Stella, 10, and Ruby,

9, was diagnosed with postnatal

depression.

“I was stuck and in an

overwhelmed place when my

doctor gave me the advice

to put my ‘oxygen mask’ on

first,” the 40-year-old said.

“So, even though it was the

last thing I felt like doing – I

was tired, unfit and not in a

good headspace – I thought I

should try to start exercising

again.”

Lizzy began doing little

workouts at the kitchen

bench and realised that even

though she only seemed to be

able to manage two minutes,

it still felt “incredibly

worthwhile”.

She filmed her ‘Two-Minute

Moves’ and now thousands of

women access her YouTube

channel, Instagram and

Facebook to get their daily

inspiration on easy ways they

can give their body, mind and

spirit some love.

“I think ‘Two-Minute

Moves’ resonates so much

because it feels achievable

and can easily fit into

what you’re already doing

throughout your day,” Lizzy

said.

Her new book demonstrates

how little moments add up to

big changes.

“I wrote the book for those

women who are finding it

hard to make that first step

or keep going,” Lizzy

said.

“I also know that

when someone shares

their story in a honest

way, it helps others feel

less shameful about

what they’re going

through and know they

are not alone.”

Lizzy said she hoped

readers would prop

up the book on their

kitchen bench and when

they’re cooking dinner

follow the easy moves.

“I imagine them

following the ‘brushing

teeth’ workout or seeing

the moves they can do

at work to give them a

whole lot more energy

throughout the day…. or

before they open a wine

bottle they lift them up and

use them as their dumbbells.

“There are so many little

suggestions of moments

you can take in your day to

get back your sanity and

energy so instead of putting

themselves last, I hope that

my reader begins to make

themselves a priority,” she

said. – Lisa Offord

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Book Reviews

Two Minute

Moves

Lizzy Williamson

Affirm Press,

$29.99

Who can’t find just

two minutes to move?

Better yet, you don’t

need to make the

time, just use the time

you have already put

towards brushing

your teeth, waiting

for your coffee

or unpacking the

groceries.

Followers and

friends of local Lizzy

Williamson who love

her online workouts,

including the famous

Two Minute Wine

Bottle Workouts, have

been eagerly anticipating

Lizzy’s first book Two Minute

Moves. Her beautifully

photographed and styled

debut will not disappoint, as

she has managed to channel

so much of her signature

energy and charm into this

motivating charter.

A lead Christmas title for

her Australian publisher,

Lizzy’s story of how exercise

saved her from a dark place

will resonate with many, and

her workouts and recipes for

a healthier life will inspire

all.

– Libby Armstrong

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Comment

News

The threat to our native

flora and fauna is real

Threatened Species Day

2017 was on 7 September,

which happened to

be on a sitting day.

At Parliament House, I joined

a number of my colleagues,

including Minister for the

Environment Josh Frydenberg,

to announce new initiatives

the Liberal Government is

putting in place to protect our

native wildlife.

Having the honour of representing

the Northern Beaches

in Parliament, one of my duties

is bringing environmental

issues to the fore in Canberra.

We are incredibly privileged

to live in such a beautiful part

of the world and our beaches,

waterways and bush should be

preserved.

In 2014 the Government

appointed Australia’s first

Threatened Species Commissioner,

Mr Gregory Andrews.

Since then we have spent

$228 million on more than

1,000 projects supporting our

threatened species.

In September, we announced

19 new grants – worth more

than $3 million – from the

Threatened Species Recovery

Fund to help community

groups fight extinction of

endangered Australian native

wildlife.

The Threatened Species

Strategy we have been

implementing since its 2015

launch, shows our commitment

to protect and recover

some of our most precious

and endangered animals and

plants. Under the strategy,

we have targeted 20 birds, 20

mammals and 30 plants for

recovery by 2020. The habitat

improvements to support

these species will protect

many more.

In New South Wales, we

spent $250,000 to protect wild

populations of Magenta Lilly

Pilly in the Great Lak es area by

improving its habitat and that

of eight other threatened species

in the area.

We are allocating $205,000

to support efforts to protect

populations of golden

bandicoot and the brushtailed

rabbit-rat from feral

cats and other threats in the

Dambimangari and Uunguu

Indigenous Protected Areas of

Western Australia.

Marvel

at ‘Little’

rascals

If you know what you are

hearing it’s not uncommon to

experience the sounds of Little

Penguins calling or splashing

off our western foreshores as

they venture from their colony

on Lion Island.

A few lucky residents

also boast coming face

to face with the cheeky

creatures while swimming

off Clareville.

A spokesperson for the

NPWS said Lion Island was

home to around 130 pairs of

Little Penguins.

“This colony is highly

protected as this little

creature is vulnerable to many

threats and access to the

areas where these colonies

live is restricted,” she said.

We are spending almost

$50,000 in a partnership

between school children and

farmers to grow seedlings and

create new habitat for Australia’s

rarest cockatoo, the

south eastern red-tailed black

cockatoo in South Australia.

On Threatened Species Day,

I saw first-hand the Turnbull

Government’s commitment to

working with conservation and

community groups, scientists

and other governments to

deliver the on-ground actions

required to save species.

In Mackellar we have 26

threatened species, which

include birds, turtles, sharks

and whales that pass through

our water and land as part of

their migration.

Six of these species are

specifically targeted in the

Threatened Species Strategy:

the Caley’s Grevillea, Regent

Honeyeater, Swift Parrot,

The primary purpose of a

Nature Reserve is the care,

preservation and conservation

of natural environments

and natural phenomena and

landing on Lion Island without

permission is prohibited and

is an offence under NPWS

legislation.

Natural predators of the

Little Penguins include

snakes, goannas, fur seals

and sea eagles. Penguins are

also often killed or injured

by boats, being tangled in

fishing debris or ingesting

By Jason Falinski

Federal Member for Mackellar

Eastern Curlew, Australasian

Bittern, and Magenta Lilly Pilly.

More than $1 million has

gone towards supporting

threatened species in Mackellar

through the Green Army

Program.

The only place on earth you

can see the Caley’s grevillea is

an 8km2 area around Terrey

Hills, which includes the Baha’i

Temple grounds. We are working

on a program that will

introduce the Caley’s grevillea

into nurseries so the community

can help protect them

against extinction.

For regular updates of

what’s happening to protect

our local fauna and flora send

me an email jason.falinski.

mp@aph.gvo.au, so I can add

you to my mailing list. You

can also ‘Like’ my Facebook

page for automatic community

updates in your own Facebook

feed.

plastic rubbish.

“For those boating on

Pittwater, if you see or

hear penguins swimming

near your boat, turn off the

engine if possible and just

watch for a while,” she said.

“They are very acrobatic in

the water and the skill they

display while chasing down

fish is something to see.”

Anyone who finds a dead

or injured penguin in the

Pittwater area is urged to

report it to their local NPWS

office. – Lisa Offord

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Pittwater News

War historian

Probus talk

War historian Peter Sweeney

will deliver a detailed talk

on the Battle of the Coral

Sea at the next Pittwater

Men’s Probus Club meeting

on Tuesday October 10. Last

May represented 75 years

since American warships,

aided by Australian forces,

turned the Pacific War

around by preventing the

Japanese from invading Port

Moresby, in this historic

battle off the Queensland

coast. The meeting at Mona

Vale Golf Club starts at

10.30am and visitors are

welcome. More info Bill

Marshall 9999 5226.

Drive for more

sustainable living

Permaculture Northern

Beaches have two great

initiatives in the coming weeks.

First up, if you are interested in

‘Greening’ your home – from

retrofitting to clean energy

innovations, to being chemicalfree,

attend the Permaculture

‘Green Home’ launch on

September 28, when guest

speakers (architect Joanne

Gillies of Archisoul Architects

at Manly who specialise in

sustainable building design

on the Northern Beaches

and John Caley, mechanical

engineer, founder of Ecological

Design in 2004 which

provides residential building

thermal modelling, BASIX

assessments, water balance

modelling and design of

rainwater harvesting systems)

will talk from 7.15pm. Venue

is Nelson Heather Centre,

Banksia Room, 5 Jacksons Rd,

Warriewood. More info www.

permaculturenothernbeaches.

org.au/events. There is also a

two-day course (October 28-29)

at the Coastal Environment

Centre, Narrabeen (9.30am-

4.30pm), where participants

will learn how to include

News

Palm Beach takes a walk

Construction on the

long-awaited walkway

from Palm Beach Wharf

to Governor Phillip Park

is expected to commence

before Christmas

following the awarding

of the tender to northern

beaches company Lloyd

Drilling. NB Council

funded the project

under the $32.6 million

Connecting Northern

Beaches program,

utilising funds provided

to Council as a result of

the merger under the NSW

Government’s Stronger

Communities Fund. With

the help of a communitybased

working group,

Council developed concept

designs for a walkway

from the Palm Beach

Ferry Wharf to Governor

Phillip Park, which

forms part of the larger

Connecting Northern

Beaches iconic coastal

walkway from Palm Beach

to Manly. The walkway

will be a combination of

suspended walkway and

concrete path. Palm Beach

Whale Beach Association

President Dr Richard West

said the community was

delighted the walkway

was progressing.

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permaculture design in

your own home and garden.

Teachers include biologist

Margaret Mossakowska

and international ecologist

Michelle Sheather. Cost is

$290 for members, $330 for

non-members; concessions

available. More info elle232@

gmail.com with the subject

heading ITP October 2017.

HSC library Lock-In

Local HSC students who enjoy

pizza and good company

are invited to attend special

HSC ‘Lock-In Study Sessions’

at Mona Vale Library on

Wednesday nights (6-9pm)

throughout October. The

popular Council initiative is

designed to support young

people through the stress

of the Year 12 study period.

The HSC Lock-Ins offer a

safe, supervised and social

environment where students

can study with their friends

or tutors. Library members

can show their card for free

entry. Non-members can bring

identification and join on

the night or simply pay $5 at

the door. It’s first-in, bestdressed

and entry will close

15 minutes after start time to

minimise interruptions.

‘Save’ date for

Surf Open Day

Want to be a part of Surf Life

Saving? You can check out

what happens at a surf club

when their Open Day is held

at clubs across the northern

beaches on October 15.

Participating clubs will host a

range of activities, including

lifesaving demonstrations,

clubhouse tours, barbecues

and displays – plus watch

the Nippers participating in

beach and water activities.

Organisers say there are many

roles that you can take on

which can make a difference

to the safety of our beaches

and make you feel part of the

Surf Life Saving family. These

include putting on the red

and yellow and patrolling the

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beach; helping train Nippers

into lifesavers; officiating

at sport events; training

fellow members; supporting

governance; fundraising or

running the barbeque;

running social events; and

undertaking skilled project

work within the club. More info

phone SLS Sydney Northern

Beaches on 9913 8066.

Alcohol-Free Zones

Northern Beaches Council

wants community feedback

on existing and the planning

of future alcohol-free zones

in Pittwater. Existing zones

and amended existing zones

currently on exhibition for

community feedback include:

Church Point (from the cargo

wharf in McCarrs Creek Road

to the eastern end of Church

Point car park); Newport

residential (from Barrenjoey

Road to Pittwater and

bounded by Gladstone Street

and Beaconsfield Street);

Newport Beach; Avalon Beach;

Mona Vale (reduced – but now

includes the main shopping

Tony Milat remembered

Avalon is mourning the passing of respected community

member Tony Milat. A local optometrist for more than 30 years,

Tony passed away peacefully and surrounded by his family on

August 26; he was 62. A celebration of Tony’s life was held at

the Avalon Beach Village Church, with his family, friends and

patients gathering to commemorate his life. Tony was a beloved

husband to Robyn, father to Jane and Karla, and a friend to

many on the Northern Beaches. “He was a wonderful, clever,

generous man, with a positive attitude and a cheeky smile,”

said Robyn, who along with her daughters thanked locals for

their thoughts, support and kindness.

centre and is bounded by

Darley/Pittwater Rd, Surfview

Road to the east and Mona

Vale Road/Pittwater Road). A

new zone is proposed at Palm

Beach (Ocean Road from the

rock pool end to the junction

with Palm Beach Road).

Feedback via the Council

website until October 2.

Hospital fundraiser

The Mona Vale Hospital

Auxiliary will hold a

fundraising fashion parade

on Tuesday, October

24 at Newport Bowling

Club. Morning tea will be

available from 10.30am

followed by a Donna

Lou affordable fashions

parade. There are raffles

and lucky door prizes and

funds raised will help to

purchase equipment for the

hospital and rehabilitation

units. Entry $10 at door; all

welcome.

2017 sporting grants

Local groups are being

encouraged to apply for funds

under this year’s Local Sport

Grant Program. Grants up to

$20,000 are being awarded as

part of a $10 million sports

grants package announced

by the NSW Government.

The focus this year will be

to encourage more girls and

young women into local

sporting programs. Around

half of all Australian boys

are active through a sports

club during their childhood

compared with just 33

per cent of girls, and the

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Surf Club funding

Mona Vale and Newport Surf

Clubs will receive a total of $1.5

million in state government

funding to support upgrades,

refurbishments and planning

works. Local MP Rob Stokes said

Mona Vale would be the major

beneficiary of the latest round

of grants, with a new clubhouse

in the pipeline. “It will not

only provide more suitable community

amenities but will also help cater for the

club’s increasing membership whose core

role is keeping beachgoers safe,” Mr Stokes

said. Meanwhile a six-figure sum will assist

Newport SLSC develop better links between

its facilities and the nearby all-abilities

playground at Bert Payne Reserve. In August,

participation rate for girls

drops sharply after they turn

12. Applications close October

6; sport.nsw.gov.au

Zonta Annual Dinner

The Zonta Club of Northern

Beaches and Mackellar ZClub

dinner is on Thursday October

26 with the theme ‘Women,

Work & Family’. Guest speaker

Dr Marian Baird – Professor

of Gender & Employment

Relations at the University of

Sydney Business School – will

talk on her work researching

women’s working lives and

advocating for improved

policies. The dinner (7pm,

Dee Why RSL) is a fundraiser

to support Zonta projects for

local women in need on the

Northern Beaches. Tickets $65

(by Oct 10) with students $50.

More info Julia 0419 122 987;

zontacnbdinner@gmail.com

Northern Beaches Council also allocated

$554,500 to the Mona Vale Surf Club project,

as part of the NSW Government’s Stronger

Communities Fund and Northern Beaches

Council’s own Merger Savings Fund. Other

local surf clubs to benefit under this joint

initiative include South Narrabeen ($203,500)

and Warriewood ($337,500).

Who's next Lion King?

Avalon Beach SLSC will

host the 12th Lion Island

Challenge from Station

Beach (Pittwater side of Palm

Beach) on Saturday October 7.

Participants have the option

of covering two distances

– 14km and 8km – in ocean

racing skis, SLSA spec skis,

SUPs and outrigger canoes.

Info contact avalonbeachslsc.

com.au

Vet

on

call

with

Dr Ben Brown

Owning a new puppy can

be a very exciting (and

busy!) time for owners. There

are some crucial health care

measures that need to be

taken to ensure your puppy

gets the best start in life.

Puppies need a balanced,

premium puppy food. Puppies

grow and develop rapidly and

have very different nutritional

requirements to adult dogs.

For example, puppies require

additional calcium and energy

to facilitate proper growth of

bones and muscles; this ratio

of calcium and energy can

be different for small breeds

to large breeds. It’s essential

that you discuss the best

nutritional plan with a trained

veterinary professional.

Parasite control is also very

important for puppies as they

are more likely to be carrying

gastrointestinal worms at

this stage in their life. An

all wormer tablet should

be given every two weeks

until 12 weeks, every month

until six months and then

every three months for life.

Heartworm prevention is even

more important – the best

way to prevent heartworm

is with injectable medication

administered by your vet; this

removes the possibility of

forgetting to give a dose. Tick

prevention on the Northern

Beaches is a must. The

newer oral tick preventatives

and tick collars are highly

effective and very safe.

Vaccinations are also

imperative to prevent deadly

infectious diseases such

as parvovirus, distemper,

hepatitis and infectious

canine cough. During the

consultation the vet will

complete a full physical to

ensure your puppy is healthy

and fit for vaccination.

We are currently offering

free puppy health check-ups,

free pet insurance for one

month and a free heartworm

injection for puppies. Drop

into our hospital at Newport

or Avalon with your new pup!

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‘Alfred’

& Bill

While the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht

Club celebrates its sesquicentenary in

October, Bill Buckle is celebrating

40 years as a club member.

Life Stories

Story by Rosamund Burton

Bill Buckle has driven to the yacht club

in his silver Tesla Model S electric

car. “When I first drove it I knew I

had to have it,” he says, extolling both

its performance and efficiency. On a full

battery it can travel 450 kilometres. “It’s

a beautiful, refined, extraordinary motor

car.” Coming from someone, who over his

life-time career is considered to have done

more for the Australian motor industry

than most others, I realise this is an

exceptional vehicle.

Bill has been a member of the Royal Prince

Alfred Yacht Club, which celebrates its 150th

anniversary this month, since 1977. “The

club was nowhere near as big as this 40

years ago,” he reminisces, sitting on a leather

sofa in the Edinburgh Lounge Bar on the

first floor, and looking out over Pittwater.

The Prince Alfred Yacht Club was formed

on 15 October 1867, when the Mosquito

Yacht Club, which had been established in

1856, called a meeting of boat owners at

Punch and McGrath’s Hotel in King Street.

In 1911 the club was permitted by King

George V to use the prefix ‘Royal’ and

became the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht

Club. By 1919 the club’s committee decided

that Sydney Harbour was becoming too

congested for racing, so this land at Green

Point was purchased. For nearly 20 years

it was barely used until a group of Jubilee

class yacht owners built a boatshed, slipway

and pontoon. The Governor of New South

Wales, Lord Wakehurst, officially opened

the current premises in 1938 and in 1968

His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, the Duke

of Edinburgh, came to lay the foundation

stone for the present clubhouse. And the

royal connection continues as the RPAYC is

the organizing authority, with the support

of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and

the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, for

the sailing events in Prince Harry’s Invictus

Games, to be held in Sydney in 2018.

“This has to be considered a world class

yacht club on probably one of the best harbours

in the world,” Bill reflects. “It’s better

than Sydney Harbour for pleasure boating,

because it’s non-commercial, not full of ferries

and liners. We’re very lucky.”

Bill lives with his wife, Alvia, at Church

Point. His grandfather built the first big

house on the hill above Church Point, and

a boatshed in the bay below. “I’ve got the

boatshed now,” says the sharp and spritely

91-year-old, “and it’s still in beautiful nick.”

Bill’s father owned Buckle Motors in the

city. He was gassed during World War I, and

in his early 50s got cancer of the oesophagus

and died when Bill was 19. Bill junior

was doing an engineering apprenticeship,

but he never finished it as he immediately

joined the family business.

In the early 1950s Bill persuaded the

other directors of Buckle Motors they

should make a fibreglass-bodied sports

car, and in 1957 the first Buckle Coupe was

manufactured. “At one stage that thing

held every hill climb record, and every lap

record for GT cars at tracks across the East

coast, including Bathurst and Orange,” he

says with a grin.

In the late 1950s when the economy was

down, and import taxes on fully assembled

foreign cars were high, Bill went to Bavaria

to visit Hans Glas GMBH. Despite having

no German, and not much English being

spoken in country Bavaria, he explains, he

reached an agreement with the company

that he would import the chassis, engine

and running gear, and the bodies of the

cars would be made in Australia at the

Buckle factory in Punchbowl. The result was

a Buckle version of a Goggomobil, a basic

car for two adults and two kids.

“Lots of people bought it, because it was

cheap,” he explains.

Then Bill designed a little sports car –

the Goggomobil Dart – now considered an

iconic Australian vehicle, and a van called

the Goggomobil Carryall.

In the 1960s Bill set up Bill Buckle Auto

Conversions in Brookvale, converting

American cars like Buicks, Cadillacs and

Mustangs from left- to right-hand drive. He

went on to become one of the first Australian

dealers for Toyota vehicles. “Cars and

boats are my passions,” Bill admits.

He started sailing as a boy in a heavy

clinker dinghy, which was the tender for

his father’s motor launch. Also, setting sail

for the first time was Bob Oatley, another

long-time member of the RPAYC, who had

converted a canoe to a sailing craft using a

garden stake as a mast and a sheet as a sail.

Both lived at Mosman and became friends

because of their mutual love of sailing.

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They went on to sail 12ft skiffs together

and raced out of Middle Harbour, but

irritated that they were paying the same

subscriptions and entry fees as the 16ft

skiffies, but only receiving a fraction of

the prize money, they decided to start

their own club. A concrete slab was laid at

the southern end of Balmoral Beach, they

bought an ex-Army Nissen hut for the skiffs

– and that was the start of the Balmoral 12ft

Sailing Club. It later became the Balmoral

Sailing Club, and in 2015 Bob Oatley and

Bill attended its 70th anniversary.

In 2014 within weeks of one another Bob

Oatley was appointed an Officer of the Order

of Australia (AO) for his distinguished service

to the Australian wine and tourism industries,

to yacht racing, and as a supporter

of medical research and the visual arts.

Bill was awarded the Medal of the Order of

Australia (OAM) for his service to the motor

vehicle industry as a designer and retailer.

Then in November 2015 the pair were

honoured with Lifetime Achievement

Awards by Yachting Australia for their contribution

to sailing. That was Bob Oatley’s

last public appearance before he died in

January 2016 aged 87.

Bill admits that they were always competitive

when it came to sailing and went

to great lengths to outdo one another. Soon

after Bob Oatley commissioned the first

Wild Oats, a Farr 43 in 1983, “I decided to

build something that would blow Bob’s boat

away,” says Buckle.

The result was ‘Buckle Up’, a super light

40-footer. The construction material he

used was instrumental in revolutionising

the building of light displacement yachts

around the world. This boat had a seven-foot

beam on the waterline and a 15-foot beam

on the deck. It had an asymmetric kite, and

three trapezes, so was like a giant skiff.

“Nothing could catch Buckle Up. It was

very radical. Downwind it really took off.

We used to single-ski waterski behind it.”

As Bob Oatley acquired bigger boats and

set his sights on winning longer races Bill

admits he never had any interest in the long

offshore races.

“I never wanted to go to Hobart. My saying

was ‘Round the buoys in the daytime,

round the girls in the night time’.”

After he sold Buckle Up, he bought a

little 23-foot trailer boat, which he named

‘Buckle Up Again’. It was a very quick little

boat, and seeing the potential of the design,

he became an early enthusiast for what is

now known as ‘Performance Sports’ class.

These days Bill is sailing on his old

friend’s boat, Wild Oats X, in the Wednesday

afternoon races.

“I’ve sailed most of my life, but as you get

towards where I am now it gets a bit harder,”

Bill admits. “Wild Oats X is a powerful

66-footer. It jumps about a fair bit, and you

need to be able to hang on.”

Bill admits he doesn’t get to the club as

often as he would like to as there are too

many other things to do. His innovative,

creative mind is still bubbling with ideas.

“Presently, I’m designing with another

guy a radical type of wing sail. It’s for

everything from a dinghy to a freighter. It’s

in the early stages, but it could be a big deal

in the future.”

* The RPAYC was recently awarded

Marina Industry Association ‘Club of the

Year’ and Yachting NSW Club of the Year for

2017; for more info about the RPAYC and its

sailing calendar go to www.rpayc.com.au

Life Stories

CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE: Bill Buckle, in his element, at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club at

Newport; the 40-foot ‘Buckle Up’ streaks across Pittwater in the mid 1980s; Bill at the tiller of his first

sailing boat off Clontarf in 1940; Prince Alfred, after whom the Club is named; Bill at the wheel of a

Cole 43 in the 1980s; ‘Oh, What A Feeling!’ – jumping for joy with Australia II designer Ben Lexcen; the

RPAYC site back in 1960; Bill poses proudly with a 1959 Goggomobil Dart at a show in 2000.

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Art Life

Art Life

Beaches society’s

Avalon exhibition

The recently ‘retouched’ Northern Beaches Art Society will

hold their 71st Annual Art Exhibition on the weekend of

October 7-8 at the Avalon Rec Centre.

The talented artists of the NBAS (until recently known as

North Shore Art Society), cover all media – oils, acrylics, watercolour,

mixed media and pastels. Their free exhibition will also

include the beautiful paintings of Liz Curman. All the works on

display are original and are in both contemporary and traditional

styles.

This year their judge will be respected artist Geoff Buckle,

who will have the daunting task of awarding the top three prizes.

All the entries will also be in the running for the ‘Northern

Beaches Council Award’, as well as the ‘People’s Choice Award’,

selected by the viewing audience. A Raffle for a beautiful acrylic

painting by Annette McCrossin will also be held.

With the variety available, there will surely be something for

everyone – it’s a great opportunity to shop early for Christmas.

New members are always welcome to join the society; information

will be available at the exhibition or check out their

website – northernbeachesartsociety.org – where you can also

download a membership form.

Age no barrier in Space courses

Broad-focus art and a special teens’ ‘Art Club’

are two new offerings among the collection

of exciting Term 4 courses kicking off this

month at the Sydney Art

Space in Mona Vale.

Tutor Rachel Carroll is

looking forward to nurturing

participants in her

eight-week ‘Expression

to Abstraction’ course

commencing Thursday

October 12.

“Artists will learn to

think laterally about new

mark making ideas,” said

Rachel. “This class explores

still life, interiors

and landscape with a

move toward abstraction.

“Mixed media is the

focus, with acrylic being

the main component in

any artwork – this is a

great way to move beyond

your comfort zone

in art and explore new possibilities.

“Students are also invited to bring their own

projects to class that I can help them complete.”

Classes run 12.45pm-

3.45pm; beginners welcome.

Meanwhile Christina

Frank says she is looking

forward to tapping the creative

minds of the region’s

emerging teens when she

hosts a special Saturday

morning ‘Art Club’ (10am-

12pm) for eight weeks

starting October 14.

“Students will explore

drawing, painting, mono

printing and hand building

in clay,” she said.

Ages are 11-15; all art

materials supplied.

For more info on

courses or to book visit

sydneyartspace.com

– Nigel Wall

Locals

‘in the

frame’

Local specialist arts

business Peninsula

Reflections are ‘in the frame’

as the recently announced

winners of the coveted 2017

National Picture Framing

competition.

Operators Bill and Linda

Roberts say they are thrilled

with the accolade, which saw

them best a competitive field

from across Australia, based

on the couple’s excellence

in design and quality of

workmanship.

A record number of

entrants were given the same

image to frame – a copy of

a lithograph of Snowy Owls

– with entries judged by a

panel of experts and peers

within the industry based on

originality, creativity, design

and craftsmanship.

Bill said the pair spent

countless hours working

on the perfect design to

complement the print, and

focused on delivering 100%

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Hit the Trail,

connect –

and collect!

It’s on again in October – the

Pittwater Artists Trail, celebrating

the alliance of talented

artists who collectively open

their studios to the public on

two weekends each year creating

a ‘Trail’ for art lovers.

Visitors can engage with

the artists, see how they work

and what inspires them, buy

beautiful, original artworks or

perhaps enroll in one of the

courses offered by several of

the artists on the Trail.

The PAT’s inaugural Open

Studio weekend was held

in 2011 and the group have

been going from strength to

strength ever since.

This month, don’t miss the

opportunity to spend a day (or

even two) discovering original

works on Saturday 14th and

Sunday 15th, from 10am-5pm.

You are encouraged to plan

your own route from Elanora

to Clareville and Terrey Hills to

Newport. Enjoy the day by engaging

with multiple makers

who are ready to share their

stories and spaces.

(If you are an artist who

lives on the Northern Beaches,

have visited the Trail and

would like to apply to join in

2018-2019, check out their

website – it also contains a

map and artist details.)

More info pittwaterartiststrail.com.au

– Nigel Wall

Art Life

quality in workmanship –

“much the same as we do

with any of our clients”.

“Our entry used a high

grade of preservation

materials including an antireflective

glazing which is

almost invisible and is highly

sought after by our clients,”

said Bill.

“When it comes to

design solutions, we frame

to suit the artwork and

ask questions and listen

attentively to our clients

relating to matters like taste,

decor, likes and dislikes.”

Bill and Linda’s work

ethic is reflected by their

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continuing education and

professional affiliations.

Bill is a Master Certified

Picture Framer with the

Professional Picture Framers

Association and is affiliated

with the Australian Institute

for the Conservation of

Cultural Materials, the

Australian Institute of

Professional Photographers

and the Cultural Heritage

Preservation Foundation of

Australia.

Find their studio at Suite

2102, 4 Daydream Street,

Warriewood; open Monday

to Friday 9am-5pm or by

appointment. – Nigel Wall

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Boating Life

Life’s a

breach

The southern migration of

humpbacks and southern right

whales will reach its peak late this

month, with great viewing expected

off the coast of the upper northern

beaches in the next few weeks.

Having travelled from the

feeding grounds of Antarctica to

the warmer waters of Australia to

breed from May to September, the

whales are now migrating back to

Antarctica.

(Thank you to reader William Hall

who sent us this photo of a sighting

by a yacht off Palm Beach in late

September.)

Local operator Fantasea have

three dedicated Sunday cruises

out of Palm Beach scheduled for

October, offering an unforgettable

close-up look at these amazing

creatures – and a whale watching

guarantee.

Not only will you get the chance

to get up close and personal

with these charismatic creatures,

but your cruise also includes an

experienced marine biologist on

board, giving expert explanations

about the whales and their

behaviour.

The enthusiastic and

knowledgeable crew will perform

guidance and commentary,

explaining the history and wildlife

of Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

If you have a question, they can

answer it!

Plus there’s plenty of room for

viewing – they limit capacity so

everyone gets front row views.

Dates are October 1, 8 and 15;

more info 9974 2411 or fantasea.

com.au

Sailing volunteers call

Summer presents a great opportunity to enjoy the

twilight hours on Pittwater – and the Royal Motor

Yacht Club is calling for keen locals to join their sailing

volunteer group.

Club Sailing Master James Hill said it was a one-off

opportunity to be part of a great bunch of people and

great club. “The job entails helping to run races, including

the very popular Monday and Friday Twilight series,

plus there’s sailing events on the weekend as well,” he

said.

Whilst having a salty-sailor background is an advantage,

complete landlubbers are welcome – providing

they’re keen to “learn the ropes”.

There are positions aboard the starter’s boat such

as time-keeping, signal flags and time recording which

non-sailors can pick up with training. The club is constantly

up-skilling its volunteers so they become more

effective in their role; participants can gain valuable

qualifications as a Race Officer, boat driver or radio

operator.

Volunteers will be part of various club functions and

gain a few perks too – including free drink/food vouchers,

and tickets to the RMYC annual Sponsors and

Volunteers Dinner Night.

This year the RMYC is needing extra hands as it takes

on the exciting role of hosting the Pantaenius Newport

to Coffs Coast Ocean Race starting December 27.

More info 9997 5511 or email jaz@royalmotor.

com.au

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Seize the

season

Spring is the season of renewal and

a time to clear out, downsize and

lighten your load. Here’s a guide

to help you deep-clean and spruce

up your home. And if a move to a

smaller place is on the cards check

out our local experts’ tips to help

you get your head around the task

at hand. Compiled by Lisa Offord

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CLEAN SWEEP

Preparation is key.

Might sound obvious but

before you start anything

make sure your essential

equipment and tools such as

a ladder, brooms, dustpan,

mop and vacuum are in good

order. Create a cleaning kit

by filling a bucket with the

basics you’ll need to use room

to room, such as cleaning

sprays, rags, sponges,

brushes and rubber gloves.

Make a to-do list. Schedule a

day and break it up into a few

cleaning sessions of two to

three hours. Identify the jobs

that absolutely need doing

and tackle those first, treating

every other task you manage

to complete within the allotted

time as a bonus. The aim is

to not get overwhelmed by

chores so at the end of the

day when you put your feet up

you can do so with a sense of

accomplishment.

Inside general. Start

from top to bottom. Dust

ceilings and corners of walls

and vents. Dust and clean light

fixtures. Replace light bulbs

and change the batteries in

smoke detectors. Clean the

blades of ceiling fans. Clean

windowsills. Wash walls and

wipe down doors, light switch

plates, clean skirting boards

and touch up with paint. Wash

all your windows. Clean blinds.

Wash curtains. Beat clean

or wash rugs, shampoo and

vacuum carpets. Clean sliding

door tracks. Scrub and mop

hard floors. Replace anything

broken.

Kitchen. Declutter and

clean out fridge and freezer.

Wipe down the front and the

top of whitegoods and clean

underneath and behind if

possible. Clean microwave,

oven, and cooktop and

exhaust fan. Remove

everything from the pantry

and throw out expired food. A

must: clean out the food trap

in the dishwasher.

Bathroom. Take

everything out from under

the sink and discard expired

cosmetics and products.

Clean and wipe down. Clean

the showerhead and taps.

Clear out drains. Give shower

screens and/or curtains a

good scrub. Touch up any

cracked grout or tiles.

Laundry. Clean behind

washer and dryer, remove

and clear lint filters and wipe

down.

Bedrooms. Replace

pillows and rotate and/or flip

mattress if necessary. Change

bedding from cold weather

to warm weather and wash

before storing. Go through

cupboards and sort through

your winter clothes, discard,

donate or sell what you won’t

wear next year. Vacuum

cupboards and arrange your

spring and summer clothes.

Family/living

rooms. Remove books and

knickknacks from shelves and

tables, donate or sell items

you are ready to let go, dust

before replacing the things

you want to keep onto clean,

polished surfaces. Change or

replace cushions and throws

to lightweight fabrics.

Outside general. Get

rid of cobwebs. Wipe down

flyscreens and security

grills. Wash the windows, the

house and paths (or hire a

specialist). Clear out gutters.

Check fencing. Consider

oiling the deck. Tackle the

shed and the garage. Treat

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continued from page 35

your home to a new front

door mat.

Specialist help

If any part of your spring

cleaning seems like ‘too

much’, refer to our specialist

providers whose ads are

sprinkled throughout the

magazine and in this feature,

as well as our Trades &

Services section (page 56) to

locate local professionals to

do the job for you.

ADDING VALUE

A professional exterior clean

and a fresh lick of paint will

always help add value to your

home. Other value-added

details include:

n Super-tidy garage spaces

with built-in storage.

n A remote control garage

door.

n An outdoor kitchen.

n New blinds and/or curtains.

n An automated louvre

roof to define an outdoor

entertaining area.

n New all-weather cushions

for outdoor seating.

n A safe and tidy garden

(check trees and fencing are

in good order).

n Beautifully presented

interiors that champion

a natural, lived-in feel

(check out our wonderful

local small businesses for

furniture, linens, fittings

and accessories that reflect

the Northern Beaches

lifestyle).

n Air conditioning.

n New carpet or polished

floorboards.

n A new bathroom (keep it

neutral but add some ontrend

accessories such as

indoor plants).

n A new kitchen with highquality

appliances such as

built-in water filters and the

latest cooking innovation

– induction cooktops with

extractors built into the

benchtop (see Bora ad

page 37 – could this be

the beginning of the end

to grease-filled overhead

extractor fans?).

SPRING INTO

DOWNSIZING

Whether you are an empty

nester or a retiree moving

to a smaller home, making

the move to downsize is far

from easy.

Here, downsizing expert

Angie Kelso from Nannies &

Helpers shares some tips to

help with the process.

Prepare. First, think about

what you have, what will fit

into the new house and get

rid of what you don’t need.

Draw a floor plan of your

new house to ensure your

furniture will fit in the new

space. Don’t clutter the new

house with old furniture that

needs repair or paint.

Enlist help. Get your

family and friends on board,

ask if they want any of your

things.

Plan. Take your time, attack

one room at a time, and clean

the inside of cupboards and

wardrobes as you go.

Love it or leave it!

Make a list for each room, put

a coloured tag on furniture

i.e. blue to keep, green to

give away to family or friends,

red to charity, yellow for

dump/council disposal day.

Get rid of what you don’t want

as quickly as possible. Out of

sight... out of mind.

Get quotes. When you’ve

made decisions about keeping

or disposing of major furniture

items get several quotes from

removalists.

Stay focused. Write a daily

or weekly schedule so you are

really organised and have a

good plan of action. It is very

satisfying to cross items off

the list!

Assess. If you have items you

think might be valuable – get

them professionally assessed

and then decide if they should

be sold at auction or if that

valuable painting should hang

on the wall in the new house!

Sell. Make money from your

move. Have a garage sale, sell

items on eBay or a local online

website.

Don’t be sentimental.

Make a decision and stick to it.

Do you really need three sets

of china, nine wooden spoons

or two irons?

Reduce your load. Give

your children their school

projects, baby book, school

reports and photographs.

Tackle paperwork.

Keeping all your old paperwork

is a waste of space. Scan

documents to your computer

and file the important papers

to keep them safe.

Stop buying food.

Use-up the pantry items by

incorporating in meals and eat

the food in the fridge.

Storage. Think about the

new house – have you enough

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Vault locks in better storage

Fed up with working or living in a confined space and frustrated

by a lack of decent storage for all your extra stuff?

A solution is on the way – ‘The Vault’ Storage Centre at

Cromer due for completion in 2018.

The strata-titled, storage units will range in size from 20m2

to 103m2 with each having a five-metre ceiling. ‘The Vault’ will

feature 24-hour, back-to-base security with pin code access, plus

lighting and power for each unit. Each storage unit can comfortably

fit a car and there are different shapes and sizes to suit all

storage requirements.

Shore Commercial leasing agent David Falvo said investors

could expect around a six per cent return on units which start at

$95,000.

“Storage space is in great demand on the Northern

Beaches, from small- to medium-sized businesses as well

as families,” David said. “Business operators, such as

tradesmen and home-based entrepreneurs, need secure

space for equipment, stock, stationery and other items.

“The big difference with this release is that the storage units the garage or simply de-clutter their homes but don’t want to

are strata titled and they have a five-metre high clearance which throw stuff away.”

will be ideal for many businesses and families,” he said.

He added the fact that space would be rented on a squaremetre

basis and not by the cubic metre, as is normal in the

“With an increasing number of people living in apartments

there is strong demand for somewhere to store extra furniture storage industry, would be a big plus.

and other items. Then there are the families who want to clear More info 9938 3122 or email david@shorecp.com.au.

storage? Buy transparent

storage bins in the same size

so they will stack on top of one

another and when packing,

label the contents of each box.

Use plastic boxes in the space

under the bed for storage.

Clean out wardrobes.

Use the 12-month rule – if you

haven’t worn it in a year, you

probably don’t need it.

Connect. And when you

are done and make the move,

make an effort to get to know

your new neighbours, invite

them to your house to meet

and greet.

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Surfing Life

Surfing Life

Strangely powerful duo

driving a tricky transition

The top end of professional surfing is in for a seismic shift... and not everyone’s happy

Yes, sorry gang! This month

we veer from the bliss of

the Reef to the harsh reality

of Money.

It’s tricky times at the top end

of professional surfing. Three

weeks ago in Dana Point, California

– many thousands of Ks away,

yet oddly, at almost the exact

opposite latitude to Pittwater! – a

very rich man stood up in front

of the world’s pro surfers and

told them the truth.

The rich man was Dirk Ziff, a

New York-based private equity

investor who for four years now

has been pouring his cash into

the sport, underwriting the world

championship tour to the tune of

about US$30 million a year.

Now Dirk, by all accounts a

quiet man who carries a big

stick (he is currently worth about

US$4.8 billion), was there to

explain that something had to

give. That in 2018, the world

tour would undergo a massive

re-vamp, designed both to save

some money and to focus closer

on the handful of surfers at the

very top of the rankings.

Iconic events like the Pipe Masters

in Hawaii would be shifted

or dropped. In their place would

be a shortened Championship

Tour – less events, and down the

track, less surfers – and a single

World Champion Showdown

event as a climax, featuring just

BUYING UP: Dirk Ziff is now the majority shareholder in the KS Wave Co.

the top six men and top four

women, battling it out for the

title at a remote Indonesian location,

far from prying eyes.

The surfers were – well, they

weren’t all stoked. But they

have little choice. Their wealthy

benefactor is on the move. He’s

acquired a majority stake in

the Kelly Slater Wave Company,

whose central California wave

pool was last month’s biggest

surfing news, and hopes to turn

it into pro surfing’s new Chocolate

Factory.

And in his quiet way, he’s

hired a couple of serious guns

to do it.

First, there’s Englishwoman

Sophie Goldschmidt, who has replaced

former CEO Paul Speaker.

with Nick Carroll

In the past 16 years, Ms

Goldschmidt has assembled

one of the most formidable CVs

of anyone in world sport. She

played pro tennis briefly before

working at adidas in the US as

a sports marketing manager.

Then came a fascinating series

of increasingly big gun jobs:

running the US National Basketball

Association’s overseas

programs in Europe, the Middle

East and Africa; backing up

with the Women’s Tennis Association;

chief of commercial

and marketing at the English

Rugby Union; then a stint at

CSM Strategic, a British sports

management group chaired by

Lord Sebastian Coe. (Olympics.)

She’s also active in sportsbased

youth welfare programs,

sits on the advisory board of

the British E-Sports Association,

and is a close friend of Maria

Sharapova’s.

Then there’s Joe Carr. On

August 15, the day Ms Goldschmidt

began her job, the WSL

announced that Joe, a former

senior vice-president and head

of content at UFC, had been

hired to oversee “strategy, corporate

development, execution of

international operations, sales,

events and athlete development”,

and to “spearhead further

integration with the Kelly Slater

Wave Company”.

Joe Carr is a Boston native

who lived in Las Vegas while

working for UFC; prior to UFC,

he worked in real estate private

equity. More to the point is his

record at UFC, where he helped

drive the organisation’s international

growth, was a big part of

the famed Ronda Rousey/Holly

Holm fight in Melbourne in 2015,

and was key to developing its

Fight Pass program: a worldwide,

highly successful live/on

demand pay-per-view subscription

system. (Read it again:

Pay-per-view.)

You’ve gotta wonder: how’d

these two find their way into pro

surfing?

Well at the bottom of the Joe

Carr PR, there’s a hint of how. It

says that for more information,

one should contact a person

named Holly Zhao. And Holly’s

email suffix is “teneostrategy.

com”.

Whooo!

This is the first and only acknowledgement

I’ve seen of the

WSL’s extremely discreet advisor.

Teneo Strategy is an arm

of Teneo Holdings, one of the

world’s least-written-about yet

most effective corporate handholders.

Founded in 2011 by

former US diplomat Declan Kelly

and two partners, with impeccable

connections across the top

end of Western moneyed society,

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PL’s OCTOBER SURF CALENDAR

WSL: Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro, Hossegor, France

7-18/10; MEO Rip Curl Pro, Supertubos, Portugal, 20-

31/10

Big events pushing nearer to what seems like a classic Hawaiian

showdown for both men’s and women’s world titles. The World Surf

League’s proposed changes will change everything about these

tours when they take effect.

56th Mattara Classic, Bar Beach, Newcastle 21-22/10

At the other end of the scale is this event, which has been running

longer than almost any other surf contest on Earth. The Mattara

was once one of Australia’s big three – Bells and the national titles

being the other two – and the names on its winner’s list are legion

and legendary. It’s a lot smaller in rep these days, but it’s still got a

lot of heart and it’s still going.

NICK’S OCTOBER SURF FORECAST

September turned the seasons around so fast we didn’t know where

we were going. Crazy bombing south swells and cold SW winds, then

the spring switch flicked back and forth so quick even the whales

didn’t seem too sure what was what. Nutty, but good. We like rattly

times of year, they always mean surf, and I bet October has its share.

Watch for a couple of southerly shifts, some periods of onshore winds

and rain, and a few magical days as the sand off our beaches rearranges

itself after all the big swells of late August and early September.

Only drawback, the water is likely to stay in the 18-degree range for a

little while yet, so don’t hang up the rubberwear.

it’s “a one-stop shop for CEOs

to get advice on a wide range of

issues”. (Quoting The New York

Times.)

You won’t hear much about

Teneo. They’re damn good

at keeping quiet, particularly

about their clients. In 2015, for

instance, when Huma Abedein,

one of Hillary Clinton’s aides,

was being vetted by the US

Senate Judiciary Committee

over her simultaneous employment

by the US Government

and Teneo, the company was

requested to appear before

the Committee. Teneo politely

declined, saying they’d already

provided the US State Department

with all the information

required.

Imagine that! You’re so underground,

yet so gnarly, that you

can say No to the US Senate.

Nonetheless, Teneo advises

very rich people, including Ziff,

on many things: capital, risk,

foreign investment, corporate

crises, leadership, recruitment…

and sport. They’ve consulted to

NASCAR, FIFA, various Olympic

bids, the WTA, and the Billie Jean

King Leadership Initiative. Add

to that our very own little field

of dreams!

You do not have to be Sherlock

Holmes to see how these

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big guns of world sport were

recruited.

As for Goldschmidt and

Carr, I’ve got no clue yet as to

what they know about surfing

and surf culture.

But the fact is that there’s

been times in pro surfing

when everyone involved

would have cut off their right

arms for access to the likes of

this crew. Pro surfers used to

talk wistfully about things like

Mark McCormack’s IMG, or

Rupert Murdoch’s CSI – elite

sports superpowers, people

with clout beyond surfing,

who could drag it into some

stratospheric future, far far

away from its scuzzy surf

bum origins.

Well, here they are. For real.

Someone with Sophie Goldschmidt’s

track record and

contacts list? With Joe Carr’s

UFC pay-per-view success?

With Teneo’s connections?

If they can’t build Dirk Ziff’s

Chocolate Factory, who can?

Nick Carroll is a leading

Australian and international

surf writer, author, filmmaker

and surfer, and one

of Newport’s own. Email:

ncsurf@ozemail.com.au

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

Holistic approach a grey matter of choice

There’s plenty of advice on

how to keep your brain

sharp and healthy but with so

much information out there it

can be confusing to work out

what’s best for you.

There are a few simple

things you can do to help

maintain overall health,

including the health of the

brain, said Delia Schaffer

of Home Care Assistance, a

provider of in-home caregiver

services and in-home nursing

services.

“Coming from an epidemiology

background, and having

written systematic reviews

of healthcare evidence for 18

years, I can see this is an area

that doesn’t have fast-andready

conclusive answers

and I often hear exasperated

comments ‘what I was told to

do 15 years ago is the exact

opposite now!’” she said.

“Despite all the scientific

research and clinical data that

exists today, I believe that

trial and error is a ‘skill’ that

everyone still needs to do for

themselves, especially when it

comes to one’s brain health.”

Delia explained when

trying new “health things”

she followed a concept from

epidemiology called an ‘N of

1’ trial.

“When I am trying a new tip

or product – for example eating

a high protein or low-fat

diet – I often set a time frame

of three months.

“I buy a notebook to jot

down how I feel daily plus any

other observations that help

me to decide at the end of the

three months if I am benefiting

in ways that are meaningful

for me,” she said.

Home Care Assistance

health advice and education

is based on the research findings

from the population in

Okinawa, Japan, where more

people live to over 100 years

old than any other place on

earth, Delia said.

It is thought that living a

long and healthy life in this

population is influenced twothirds

by modifiable lifestyle

habits – the other third is

genetics.

“Okinawans have low cholesterol

levels, low homocysteine

levels, clear arteries,

suffer from dementia at less

than half the rate of Western

populations, have a low incidence

of cancers and experience

slower rates of bone

density loss,” Delia said.

Home Care Assistance’s

‘Balanced Care Method’ to

maintain overall good physical

and mental health involves:

1. Following a diet that is

plant-based, high in fibre,

low protein, high omega-3

fatty acids and high in

flavonoids;

2. Eating until only 80% full;

3. Moderate physical activity

that involves flexibility,

strength building as well as

aerobic activity;

4. Mind exercises;

5. Low stress, socially rich

lifestyle;

6. A mind-calming routine or

activity (e.g. meditation,

mindfulness); and

7. Consciously spending a

significant part of the day

doing things that have

meaning and purpose for

you.

Some clients are offered

formal science-based brain

exercise called Cognitive

Therapeutics Method (CTM).

Delia explained the aim

of the program was to help

clients maintain and sometimes

even improve cognitive

function so that they could

remain at home with as much

independence as possible.

“CTM accomplishes this

goal by engaging clients both

mentally and physically with a

variety of activities that target

the five primary domains of

the brain.

“Our caregivers are trained

to deliver CTM one on one as

part of their in-home visits.

“It is a social activity and the

caregiver typically plays 15 to

30 brain games with a client

for an hour, systematically

targeting the planning, attention,

visual-spatial perception,

language, memory and coping

functions of the brain,” she

said.

Clients can also step up to a

CTM program specifically tailored

to their cognitive needs.

This program is delivered by

more specialised staff.

More info phone 8052

3255. – Lisa Offord

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

Slow down the clock

Slowing down the ‘ageing

clock’ is the pursuit of

most people the wrong side of

40 – but few realise that exercise

is one of the best ways to

achieve it.

Rachel Cohen from

Xperteze Fitness & Nutrition

says she sees people over

40 who have spent too many

years being sedentary, and

now struggle with simple

functional activities such

as balancing on one leg or

getting up and down off the

floor.

“They start their ‘exercise’

journey by telling me all the

things they believe they can’t

do rather than focusing on

what they can do, and believe

that exercise is a difficult activity

involving gym machines,

heavy weights and lots of pain

and sweat,” said Rachel.

“That’s a myth that should

be dispelled... exercise is

doing any type of physical

movement, and the days of

‘go hard or go home’ are long

gone.”

Rachel said walking,

cycling, swimming, jogging,

gardening, even doing the

housework, dancing, or playing

sport were all forms of

exercise.

“Then there’s our tendency

to over-complicate things –

what do we do and how long

do we do it?” she said.

Rachel said the key to maintaining

vitality was simply to

move – and move often.

“Research shows that just

30 minutes a day can add significant

years to your life and

quality of life... while being

obese and inactive is proven

to decrease life spans by up to

eight years,” she said.

She said there were undeniable

truths to the new saying:

“Sitting is the new smoking.”

“It’s time to stop making excuses,

stop making the process

too hard, stop thinking it has

to be in a gym, stop feeling

you’ve failed if you miss a day

– and please stop looking for

short-term ‘instant results’.”

Rachel advised there were

four key components over-40s

should incorporate into their

fitness regimes:

CARDIO

“It will strengthen your cardiovascular

system, reduce

the risk of type 2 diabetes,

lower cholesterol and blood

pressure and improve your

immune system – aim 10,000

steps a day.”

STRENGTH

“Increase muscle strength,

prevent loss bone loss,

improve balance and stability

– perform squats, lunges,

push-ups, plank and balance.”

STRETCHING

“To keep muscles, tendons,

joints and ligaments as flexible

as possible, avoid stiffness

and injury and improve

mobility – try pilates, yoga, or

Tai Chi.”

MINDFULLNESS

“To calm the mind, reduce

stress, reduce cortisol, improve

cognitive function and

sleep, improve digestion and

the immune system – again

pilates, yoga or Tai Chi, plus

meditation.

“Amazing results and improvements

are achievable at

any age, Rachel said.

More info call Rachel

on 0409 241 297; www.

xperteze.com.au – NW

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Consider surgery solution

to reduce prominent ears

scraping technique. Each

part of the ear is corrected.

Surgery is performed

through an incision along

the back of the ear, close to

the scalp, ensuring scars are

well hidden. Timing of the

surgery is important. It can

be performed at any age,

from children to adults, but

usually after five years of

age, or in the early school

There are two main

factors contributing

to prominent ears: an

excess of cartilage in the

bowl of the ear (near the

ear canal); and an unfolding

of the ear folds. It is also

common for the ears to be

uneven.

When contemplating ear

surgery, the upper, middle

and lower ear is carefully

assessed and measured.

The relative contributions of

the two causes are assessed

to allow accurate surgical

planning.

Excess cartilage is either

sutured closer to the scalp

or a small section cut out.

The fold is restored to

nearly 90 degrees by either

using sutures or a cartilageyears.

Importantly, children

need to be old enough for

ear growth to be complete,

the cartilage strong enough

to hold sutures and the child

mature enough to be cooperative

with the care after

surgery.

The ears are then carefully

bandaged and packed to

maintain the folds, contours

and position. This head

bandage is worn for the first

week. Scratching must be

avoided as this may alter the

position of the ear or even

fold it over. A headband is

then worn at night for six

weeks to prevent the ears

from folding over during

sleep.

Otoplasty is generally

considered to be not very

with Dr John Kippen

painful. Recurrence of ear

prominence is possible

with any of the surgical

techniques used and may

require further surgery.

Our columnist Dr John

Kippen is a qualified, fully

certified consultant specialist

in Cosmetic, Plastic and

Reconstructive surgery.

Australian trained, he also

has additional Australian and

International Fellowships.

Dr Kippen works from custom-built

premises in Mona

Vale. He welcomes enquiries

and questions. Please

contact him via johnkippen.

com.au or by email: doctor@

johnkippen.com.au

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

Thongs a friend for feet

Nothing is more

representative of our laidback

northern beaches lifestyle

than wearing thongs on your

feet as the weather warms – but

did you know the humble yet

iconic rubber footwear can both

benefit and harm your feet?

Avalon Beach Podiatry

operator Evan Johnstone

(pictured) says thongs offer

good foot protection.

“Hot sand and concrete

can often cause blisters,” he

said. “Also, wear thongs in the

showers at the beach – be wary

of changing room showers that

are inside, damp and don’t get

direct sunlight. These showers

are the kind of environment

tinea pedis loves.”

While we all seem to grow

attached to our favourite

summer footwear, Evan advises

changing thongs regularly.

“We often see patients

during summer suffering

from capsulitis of the

metatarsophalangeal joints

(joint inflammation/damage)

or plantar plate tears (ligament

damage in the forefoot),” he

said.

“These conditions could

easily be avoided by throwing

out the old, worn-out thongs

and replacing them with new

ones.”

He added the rubber

material that thongs are made

from compresses and warps

over time, which amplifies the

pressure areas on the soles of

your feet.

“Thongs don’t need to be

flat unsupportive footwear,”

he continued. “At the clinic,

we sell thongs that look the

part and are in the same price

bracket as the usual thongs,

but support the feet.”

Also, with Melbourne Cup

and Christmas parties just

around the corner, Evan

suggests men currently

embracing the ‘no socks’

fashion trend should think

again.

“It might look good but

wearing shoes without socks

is another environment for

tinea pedis to thrive,” he

warned. “And if you have old

trainers that are used as gym

or running shoes, throw them

in the wash or use powder to

soak up any moisture in the

shoe.”

Cracked heels are another

summer “given”.

“See a podiatrist to remove

any hard skin and use heel

balm cream regularly – heel

balms contain urea that helps

with water retention in the

epidermis (upper layer of skin).”

His final advice?

“Put sunscreen on your feet

– everyone forgets about the

feet!”

You can find Evan at 2

Simmons Rd, Avalon (above

Pizzico); call 9918 0070.

– Nigel Wall

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

Staying connected during

Oct Mental Health Month

range of free local workshops and activities

A designed to uplift, educate, build resilience

and help people connect are being held in October

supporting Mental Health Month.

There are events for all ages kicking off with

Odd Socks Week (Mon 2-Sun 8) where we are

all encouraged to pull on odd socks

and to help stomp out the stigma

surrounding mental illness. The Odd

Socks campaign (oddsocksday.org.

au) demonstrates that being ‘odd’

is really ‘normal’ and encourages

people to reach out for support.

Workshops promoted by Northern

Beaches Council (bookings essential

through the council website)

include:

Mental Health Awareness

Workshops. Learn about the

common warning signs of mental

health issues and how to offer support. Wed

4, 6-8.30pm at Dee Why RSL and Wed 18,

6-8.30pm at Coastal Environment Centre North

Narrabeen. Light supper provided.

Cancer Journey Workshops: A Holistic

Approach. Join three-time cancer survivor

Chad Walkaden to learn about a therapeutic

program for people with cancer which is

designed to complement oncology medicine

for a better quality of life. Thur 5, 6.30-7.30pm

at Dee Why Library. Tue 10, 11.30-12.30pm at

Mona Vale Library.

Laughter Yoga Workshops. Enjoy 60

minutes of gentle breathing and

stretching exercises and loads of

laughs, followed by a light breakfast

on Sat 14, 8.30-10am at Avalon

Annexe.

Supporting Students’ Study,

Stress and Memory Workshop:

Feed Your Mind. For students

aged 14 to 25, local naturopath and

clinical nutritionist Layla Metcalfe

will explain how making healthy

food choices can help manage

stress and increase memory and

study performance. Includes delicious

samples. Thurs 19, 5.30-7pm at Mona

Vale Library.

* Mental Health Month promotes the importance

of early intervention for positive mental

health and wellbeing and reducing the

stigma associated with mental illness. For

more info go to mentalhealthmonth.org.au.

Paddle for

breast cancer

recovery

Fire up for the annual dragon

boat regatta at Darling

Harbour and help make a difference

in the lives of breast

cancer survivors.

This year marks the 10th

annual Dragons Abreast

Australia corporate and community

challenge with each

team of between 16-26 people

competing in three heats of

200m races before the finals.

The festival is the major

annual fundraiser for Dragons

Abreast Australia, a national

not-for-profit registered

charity raising breast cancer

awareness through the sport

of dragon boating and giving

hope to those with a diagnosis

of breast cancer.

Support our own Pittwater

Pinks Dragon Boat Club crew

as they compete in the festival

at Cockle Bay on Saturday Oct

21 action starts 8am. More

info dragonsabreast.com.au

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Hair & Beauty

Breakthrough for

the skin barrier

with Sue Carroll

The skin is the largest

A compromised skin barrier

organ of your body. You

and its side effects do not

may not think of your

need to be endured. In addition

skin as being one of the most

to the right combination

important organs – with the

of high-quality ingredients, a

heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas

healthy diet and lifestyle and

taking priority. But our

certain non-aggressive (but

skin is the outer barometer of

result-orientated) techniques

what is happening on the inside

in the treatment room will

of our bodies. If there is

have a hydrated, radiant and

an irritation, dryness, rosacea

healthy skin back to functioning

or any type of rash, our skin

at its optimal level quickly.

is simply letting us know that

our internal homeostasis is

Sue Carroll of Skin

out of balance.

strengthening. Another

Inspiration has been a qualified

Aesthetician for 33 years.

Common signs of a compromised

skin barrier may of a Jet Peel system which

alternative may be the use

Sue has owned and

include dry, flaky, itchy, irritated,

sensitive or red skin. skin hydrated and oxygen-

will exfoliate and keep the

operated successful beauty

clinics and day spas on

When the lipids – which are ated. This is imperative for a

the Northern Beaches.

like the cement that holds the positive outcome for a healthy

cells together – are damaged and hydrated skin. A facial info@skininspiration.com.au

or depleted by environmental massage will not only relax www.skininspiration.com.au

conditions, harsh products, the mind and the skin, it will

handling or treatments, skin also hydrate and soothe when

loses water and becomes ingredients such as hyaluronic

dry and more permeable to acid, organic stem cells, shea

pollutants and irritants. When butter, and epidermal growth

this occurs, an inflammatory factors are incorporated. The

response is triggered.

finishing touch is always with

The skin barrier strength a cooling alginate mask which

will determine the level of will help with a calming effect

protection the skin will receive on the skin, plus the infusion

from external assaults. The of the ingredients used.

skin barrier serves an important

Home care for a compro-

role in protecting us from mised skin barrier is impera-

toxins, bacteria, infection tive to assist in rebuilding the

and other DNA damaging strength and hydration of the

elements. A compromised skin. A few of the points to

skin barrier is more prevalent consider for home care may

today than ever before as a result

include: 1. Avoid irritants

or our environment, over-

and allergen; 2. Avoid harsh

use of skin care products with cleansers and body washes,

harsh ingredients, medications,

either with a high alkaline or

autoimmune diseases, low acid pH level; 3. Exfoliate

as well as overly aggressive by using gauze with toning

professional treatments. lotion only; 4. Avoid extreme

In the treatment room the environmental conditions

aesthetician will ask questions

such as extreme variances in

such as: when did the either hot or cold water, high

changes in your skin appear? heat, dry air and cold winds;

And do diet, medications or 5. Repair the lipid barrier of

stress trigger any changes in the skin with ingredients such

your skin? A corrective facial as rose water, hyaluronic acid,

treatment for a compromised shea butter, epidermal growth

skin barrier may include an factors, mandelic or arginine

enzyme peel which contains acids, and organic stem cells;

amino acids which will soften and 6. Use sunscreen daily,

the skin and digest surface which will protect lipids from

cells, while supporting skin lipid peroxidation.

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Hair & Beauty


Business Life: Money

Business Life

Touching on the murky

‘cryptocurrencies’ world

Let me be completely

up front here: when it

comes to the fine details

about Bitcoin or any other

so-called ‘cryptocurrency’

I have absolutely no idea

what I’m talking about – so

please don’t read further

thinking I’m about to

enlighten you about what

these things are. I’m more

interested in what investors

should be thinking about

when considering the issue

because in practice we

are being asked more and

more about the potential

investability of Bitcoin.

Like many others I source

my general knowledge

about developments with

things like Bitcoin from

the press and a good

example of how and what

the press are writing

about cryptocurrencies is

contained in the following

paragraph from Financial

Review journalist Jessica Sier

in May this year:

“Put another way, you

know how Bitcoin is the

asset that powers the

blockchain? And Ether is

the asset that powers the

Ethereum network? People

are basically now creating

hundreds of new assets

(called coins or tokens) that

might power new, yet-tobe-developed

peer-to-peer

blockchain networks.”

Um, no Jessica as a matter

of fact I don’t know what a

‘blockchain’ is and trust me

Google is no real help in this

regard.

Bitcoin itself has been

around for ages but even

now after many years

of existence I wouldn’t

know what to classify it

as – currency, commodity

or some form of deity? It

basically draws its value

from those who worship it.

What I did glean from this

article and a bunch of others

like it is there is a high

degree of angst amongst

potential Bitcoin punters in

the form of FOMO, or, the

fear of missing out which is

driving up prices – this is an

element of human nature

that I think experienced

investors are easily able to

understand.

In concluding her article

Ms Sier noted:

“No-one knows how the

legality of these things work

and, like any speculative

market, no-one knows which

project will actually get off

the ground.”

This sentence composed

of weasel words at the

end of the article simply

means that all of the views

preceding it are at best

guesses. Like the FOMO

example though it does

give potential investors a

clear signal, in this case

one that says the markets

underlying cryptocurrencies

are speculative and legally

untested.

with Brian Hrnjak

Most of the heady price

gains for Bitcoin have

occurred in the past 12

months, with the internetbased

currency climbing over

US$4,000 per coin. It has also

had some spectacular falls

over the years, the biggest

in 2013 I understand with

some articles pointing to an

overnight price collapse of

70% after a failure of trades at

the largest Bitcoin exchange

at the time.

More recently we saw

reports from CNBC of

comments by JPMorgan Chase

global CEO Jamie Diamon who

called the cryptocurrency a

‘fraud’:

“It’s worse than tulip bulbs.

It won’t end well. Someone is

going to get killed,” Dimon

said at a banking industry

conference organized by

Barclays. “Currencies have

legal support. It will blow up.”

Dimon also said he’d “fire

in a second” any JPMorgan

trader who was trading

bitcoin, noting two reasons:

“It’s against our rules and

they are stupid.”

Diamon’s comments in

early September coincided

with a crackdown on

cryptocurrencies, such

as Bitcoin, by Chinese

authorities – although it’s

still not entirely clear weeks

later what in fact is being

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anned and if so to what

extent. Perhaps the Chinese

authorities know as much

about Bitcoin as I do?

But Diamon’s comments

had their detractors, only

a few days after his strong

views were published Forbes

magazine reporter Laura Shin

basically stuck it right back to

him in an open letter headed

“Jamie Diamon, here’s why

you are wrong about Bitcoin”.

After laying out half a dozen

technical reasons why Bitcoin

is robust, safe, indestructible,

cheaper to use and

overall better than normal

currencies, Shin signs off her

article with these words:

“I’m not saying that Bitcoin

will definitely succeed. As I’ve

written about before, there

are many ways in which it

could fail. But I would be

surprised if cryptocurrencies,

with their many advantages,

don’t prevail over the long

term – especially at a time

when everyday people are

still angry about paying for

the economic crisis caused

by financial institutions while

bankers made off with

bonuses.”

Yep, a whole paragraph

of weasel words with a bank

bash thrown in for good

measure.

In the end, it doesn’t

matter what you read

about Bitcoin or other

cryptocurrencies, no-one

wants to go out on limb and

say without qualification that

Bitcoin will be there in one

year, 10 years or 100 years’

time because they simply

don’t know.

As investors, we define

our risk appetite and then

select investments to satisfy

the need for income versus

capital growth, security

versus volatility. Investing

101 says that you need

to understand what

you are buying – recall

that Collateralised Debt

Obligations (CDOs) were not

thought to be a problem

in the early part of 2007

because no one other than

the architects of CDOs really

understood them.

Bitcoin may very well be

the next big thing; or, it

may turn out to be a great

big fraud; or, it may simply

disappear only to be replaced

by the next big thing. The

range of variables affecting

Bitcoin and other such

cryptocurrencies combined

with their opaqueness make

them uninvestable in normal

portfolios. Until these issues

can be resolved they will

remain nothing more than a

punt.

Business Life

Brian Hrnjak B Bus CPA (FPS) is a Director of GHR Accounting

Group Pty Ltd, Certified Practising Accountants. Offices at:

Suite 12, Ground Floor, 20 Bungan Street Mona Vale NSW 2103

and Shop 8, 9 – 15 Central Ave Manly NSW 2095,

Telephone: 02 9979-4300, Webs: www.ghr.com.au and

www.altre.com.au Email: brian@ghr.com.au

These comments are of a general nature only and are not

intended as a substitute for professional advice.

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Business Life: Finance

Business Life

Big market power means

never having to say sorry

The Amazons, Googles

and Facebooks of our

world remind me so

much of some historical

monopolies that ended up

being broken up by the

Governments of the day

who saw them as companies

that had simply amassed

too much power. The irony

of this is that following the

forced break-ups, the sum

of the parts ended up being

greater than the original.

The best illustration I can

think of is The Standard Oil

Trust, which was formed in

1863 by John D Rockefeller.

He built up the company

through 1868 to become the

largest oil refinery firm in the

world. In 1870, the company

was renamed Standard

Oil Company, after which

Rockefeller decided to buy

up all the other competition

and form them into one large

company.

The company faced legal

issues in 1890 following

passage of the Sherman

Antitrust Act. That also

brought unwanted attention

to the company by Ida M.

Tarbell, a McClure’s Magazine

reporter, who began an investigation.

Following publication

of her report, the Standard Oil

Company was forced to break

up into separate state companies

– the ‘Seven Sisters’

– each with its own board of

directors.

The Standard Oil Trust had

quickly become an industrial

monster. The trust had

established a strong foothold

in the US and other countries

in the transportation, production,

refining, and marketing

of petroleum products. Early

on, Rockefeller and partners

attempted to make money

on the home lighting market,

converting whale oil to

kerosene. Gasoline had been

nearly worthless up to 1911.

However, with a growing

demand for “juice” needed to

power the newly emergent automobile,

Standard Oil Trust’s

moneybags began to bulge.

The Trust broke up in 1911,

which led to the skyrocketing

of the trust’s stock prices.

Some historians contend that

the break-up of Standard Oil

closely resembles the more

modern monopoly breakup of

AT&T and the Bell telephone

system.

Like the telephone industry’s

‘Baby Bells’, many of big

oil’s ‘Baby Standards’ kept the

old company name as they

went into business for themselves.

However, if a company

separated on its own, it was

restricted from using the

‘Standard’ brand. Just as Bell

had accomplished later on in

its history, the Standards soon

rose up to dominate the market,

becoming more valuable

than the original trust.

The impending arrival of

Amazon to Australian shores

has sent the retail market into

a frenzy; tens of millions of

dollars of market capitalisation

has been erased from

the listed Australian retail

sector, just on the back of the

(free) fear mongering – thanks

to the generous Australian

media who are saving the

company millions in advertising

costs and publicity. And

that’s even before Amazon

has stepped ashore (likely

with Simon Bond

2018)!

Just ask Gerry Harvey how

he feels about Amazon and

its impending arrival. Perhaps

top of the ‘probably shouldn’t

say that’ list was the suggestion

that Australia stop

Amazon from coming here

“… like Donald Trump not

letting the Muslims in”. Later

he would refer to Amazon as

“parasites”.

Harvey’s issue focuses on

Amazon’s pricing, which he

believes is part of a long-term

plan to “send everyone broke,

then put up the price”.

However, among Harvey’s

more reasonable concerns is

the fact that Amazon – and

global companies like Amazon

– aren›t paying corporate

tax in Australia. “They pay

virtually no company tax

[globally] and make virtually

no profit in relation to their

turnover. They’re not good

corporate citizens, they send

lots of people broke, they

contribute virtually nothing to

society. They’re not someone

that we’d want around the

place,” thundered Mr Harvey.

Having overwhelming

market power means never

having to say you’re sorry –

even to your owners. Beyond

taxpayer subsidies, Amazon

founder Jeff Bezos can afford

to be a voracious predator

because his Wall Street inves-

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tors have allowed him to keep

operating without returning a

profit. On paper, his revenuegenerating

machine has lost

billions of dollars, yet his

major investors, enamoured

with Amazon’s takeover of

one consumer market after another,

haven’t pulled the plug.

Amazon uses their capital to

buy its competitors and/or

to market its own version of

competitors’ products, which

it then sells at a loss in order

to squeeze hapless competitors

out of business. To many

that’s the very definition of

predatory pricing.

Brad Stone’s book about

Amazon gives a chilling example

of one such predation. According

to the author, Amazon

has its own corporate espionage

team called Competitive

Intelligence that tracks rivals.

In 2009, CIAmazon spotted

a fast-rising online seller of

one particular baby product:

Diapers.com. A Bezos lieutenant

was dispatched to inform

the diaper honchos that the

cheetah was going into that

business, so they should just

sell their firm to it. No thanks,

replied the upstart.

Amazon promptly responded

to the rebuff by marketing

another line of diapers with a

price discount of 30 per cent.

It kept dropping the price

even lower (plus free shipping)

when the smaller firm

tried to fight back. Diapers.

com’s investors grew antsy,

and in September 2010, the

two founders of the company

met with Bezos himself and

surrendered. The final blow

was their discovery that Bezos,

in his campaign to crush them

and control the market of

online diaper sales, was on

track to lose $100 million in

just three months.

Fast forward to where we

now sit with the behemoths.

Stratechery.com writes about

‘Aggregation Theory’, which is

about how business works in

a world with zero distribution

costs and zero transaction

costs; consumers are attracted

to an aggregator through the

delivery of a superior experience,

which attracts modular

suppliers, which improves the

experience and thus attracts

more consumers, and thus

more suppliers in the aforementioned

virtuous cycle. It

is a phenomenon seen across

industries including search

(Google and web pages),

feeds (Facebook and content),

shopping (Amazon and retail

goods), video (Netflix/You-

Tube and content creators),

transportation (Uber/Didi and

drivers), and lodging (Airbnb

and rooms, Booking/Expedia

and hotels).

The first key antitrust implication

of Aggregation Theory

is that, thanks to these virtuous

cycles, the big get bigger;

indeed, all things being equal

the equilibrium state in a

market covered by Aggregation

Theory is monopoly: one

aggregator that has captured

all of the consumers and all of

the suppliers. This monopoly,

though, is a lot different than

the monopolies of yesteryear:

aggregators aren’t limiting

consumer choice by controlling

supply (like oil) or

distribution (like railroads) or

infrastructure (like telephone

wires); rather, consumers are

self-selecting onto the Aggregator’s

platform because it’s a

better experience.

It’s my long-held view that

in time the new Standard Oils

– aka the Internet guys – will

incur the wrath of Governments

globally and will also be

broken up.

And then, yet again the

sum of the parts will be worth

more than the whole.

My view of Amazon and Jeff

Bezos is complete awe; I believe

he is the businessman of

our generation – but gee these

guys really do scare me!

So, as Andy Grove of Intel

continually said: “Only the

paranoid survive.”

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NewportNet co-director Simon Bond has been actively involved in

all aspects of Stockbroking since 1987. Simon’s area of expertise

includes equities, portfolio management, short-term trading,

long-term strategies, derivatives and fixed interest. His focus is

on how technology is changing the investment landscape, demographic

trends and how they influence equity markets.

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Business Life: Finance

Business Life

Suddenly single: how to

cope and move forward

Whether it is buying a sudden took all of my energy. I

house, planning an

was in no shape to make major

overseas holiday or deciding financial decisions on my own,”

to accept a new job offer, most said Irene when asked about

major financial decisions are the weeks that followed her

made with the help and input husband’s passing.

of someone else. But that

The good news for Irene, and

can all change when death or others like her, is that many

separation mean that you are significant financial decisions

now faced with making these are not nearly as time critical

decisions alone.

as they are perceived to be. By

“I could barely cope with following the steps below and

daily life, things like cooking getting professional advice,

and grocery shopping all of a Irene was able to work her way

Kay offers First Class help

Ask any small business operator and they’ll tell you a quality

bookkeeper is an important asset and not an expense

when it comes to running a productive enterprise.

After a successful career in finance and accounting, Kay

Godfrey has set up a business radiating from Mona Vale.

“You need to grow your business but you also need to live

better and not be stressed by doing record-keeping,” Kay said.

“I am dedicated to helping clients run businesses more efficiently…

I understand the time and effort required to run a

small business and offer flexible, local and compliant bookkeeping

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Kay can assist with accounting software, identify where you

can improve procedures and show you ways to save time and

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“No matter how well you are running your business, you

may find yourself playing ‘catch-up’ if your records are not up

to scratch,” she warned. “It is important to stay on top of cash

flow and keep track of expenses so when BAS time arrives,

there will be no hiccups.”

Kay is fully trained in accounting software such as MYOB,

Xero and Reckon One; call First Class Accounts on 0438 529

439 for a free, no-obligation assessment on your business.

through adapting to her new

life.

Keep or form routines

If you have always paid your

credit card off by cash on the

first Tuesday of the month,

keep doing it. If things are

working, there is no need to

change.

Beware of ‘helpers’

There will likely be people

around you that will want to

help. By all means accept their

generosity, but be sure to

seek professional advice when

it comes to financial or legal

matters. There is no shortage

of half-truths when it comes

to death, divorce and money. I

have heard on many occasions

that “… if you want to stop

your child contesting your will,

leave them a specific amount,

like $1,000. This way they can’t

challenge your will”. This is

simply not true.

Create a Decision-free Zone

It’s OK to leave some space for

your emotions and perfectly

normal to feel like you need

time to grieve, so don’t feel

like you need to be on top of

everything straight away. By

creating a DFZ, you give yourself

an exemption from making

major financial decisions. For

some people, it can be as short

as three weeks. For others, 12

months is needed. It is different

for everyone.

Define ‘Urgent’ & ‘Important’

Write down all the things or

decisions you think you must

make and then mark them as

either important or urgent.

Urgent might be getting cash

from the ATM. Important might

be advising the Tax Office

about the passing of your

partner. By doing this, you will

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feel more confident in your

Decision Free Zone as you are

aware of what has to be done –

and by when.

It is not a race

I have seen people rush into

making decisions to try to

make things ‘normal’ again. But

what they soon come to realise

is that it takes time to adjust;

and making financial decisions

in a hurry can have disastrous

consequences.

Stay organised

It is likely you will be faced

with a reasonable amount of

paperwork and be asked for

the same thing over and over

(eg a death or divorce certificate).

By staying organised and

having a file where important

documents are kept, you will

feel more in control.

Cash up

Arrange for your living expenses

for six months to be

covered by cash in the bank.

This way you can feel free to

contemplate long-term decisions

without the fear that you

might run out of money.

Seek Financial Advice

A financial adviser with experience

in this area can help at

this early stage and take the

stress out of making financial

decisions alone, along with

helping facilitate the legal

aspect of things. By adopting a

collaborative approach, a good

financial adviser can make sure

all aspects of your financial

life are co-ordinated and that

all your professional advisors

are working towards the same

goal: YOURS.

For more detail, download

our eBook on being Suddenly

Single at alignfinancial.com.

au/resources.

Darren Johns is the current AFA Adviser of the Year, a SMSF

Specialist and one of Australia’s only Financial Life Planners.

He is the Principal Adviser at Align Financial, an independently

owned financial planning business. Email: adviser@

alignfinancial.com.au or call 02 9913 9995.

These comments are of a general nature only and are not

intended as a substitute for professional advice.

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Business Life: Law

Business Life

Mutual Wills: a binding

contract or otherwise?

Over a lifetime it

is not unusual to

make a Will several

times, as life unfolds. For

example, a couple making

wills on marriage and the

purchase of assets such

as a first property, or on

the birth of children and

added responsibilities, or on

becoming grandparents, or as

one ages and contemplates

making more final

arrangements for the care

of a husband, wife, partner,

children and grandchildren

and the allocation of assets.

The first Will is likely to be

what is often described as a

‘simple Will’ by which all your

estate is left to your spouse

or partner.

The second reflects the

first but makes provision for

children, guardianship for

infant children, and perhaps

a trust for them until each

reaches a nominated age.

In middle-age

circumstances may have

changed and the Will may

reflect a divorce and or

remarriage and a blended

family.

Finally, as one becomes of

a more mature age, a final

Will reflects as noted above

arrangements for the family

and the allocation of assets.

There are of course many

differing circumstances which

bring about one creating or

revising a Will and the general

categories outlined here are

but that general.

A mirror Will is one

where the parties, husband

and wife, have identical

documents in which they

appoint each other as

their executor and leave

to each other the whole of

their estate, both real and

personal.

A mirror Will can be

revoked at any time and

replaced by another

document that is it can

be adapted to a change in

circumstances at any time.

There are many variants

in estate planning – and

interestingly a form of quite

ancient Will is surprisingly

modern and adaptive to the

times today.

In 1769, in a novel case

(that of Dufour v Pereria)

consideration was given

by the courts of a joint Will

which was also ‘mutual’. It

was unknown in English law

until this time. The family

involved were probably

French Huguenot refugees

who married in England and

remained there for the rest of

their lives. When they made

a Will it was expressed to

be “their mutual testament”

which was a form used in

France but new to England. It

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reflected the civil law and was

witnessed by a Notary Public

as was civil law custom.

The Wills provided for a

life interest in each other’s

property and a scheme for the

distribution of what remained

on trust on the death of the

survivor.

In terms of the Will, the

daughter was left the whole of

the residue and the trustees

were to pay her a specified

income for herself and her

children; the balance of the

income was to be divided

in equal portions among

the children of the daughter

on attaining 21 years, but

meanwhile they were to

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have an allowance to be

maintained.

On the death of her

husband the wife in the Will

revoked the original Will and

made a new Will with various

legacies and arrangements,

the effect of which was to cut

out the residuary gift to the

grandchildren.

The grandchildren sued

their mother, who under the

new Will was the beneficiary.

They claimed that their

mother and stepfather

(Pereira) had “converted,

applied and disposed of

the personal estate of their

grandfather” – in other words,

they had been cheated out of

their inheritance.

The issue in the case was

the right of the grandmother

to leave her property contrary

to the mutual Will and give to

her daughter and not to her

grandchildren.

It was found that a mutual

Will was a mutual agreement

expressed in a contract.

The consideration for the

agreement was the reciprocity

of provisions each made in

consideration of the other. A

binding agreement had been

established.

It was therefore determined

that all the bequests in the

original mutual Will between

husband and wife, where the

residue was to be divided

into two equal parts for the

grandchildren, belonged to

the granddaughters as agreed

in the mutual Wills.

Mutual wills arise where

two or more people make

an agreement as to the

disposal of their property

through Wills, and each has,

in accordance with their

agreement, executed a Will.

The doctrine is based on the

mutuality of the obligation

of the two testators each to

make provision for the other.

What makes mutual Wills is

a specific agreement that the

provisions for the distribution

of property set out in the Wills

are to be binding and are

frequently expressed that they

should not be revoked.

A common arrangement

where mutual Wills are used

is where a husband and wife

marry and each has children

from an earlier marriage.

They may agree that whoever

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survives the other is to inherit

the estate of the other, but

on the death of the surviving

spouse, his or her entire

estate is to be divided, for

example, equally amongst

all of the children of both of

them.

During the life of the

husband and wife if one of

them changes or makes a new

Will without obtaining the

consent of their partner, this

is a breach of the agreement.

It may be that one partner

alters the Will and leaves the

whole of his/her estate to

his/her children. The partner

who learns of the change

can make a new Will because

the breach of the agreement

discharges he/she from

having to comply further with

the agreement.

There are limitations in

a mutual Will arrangement

where, for example, one

spouse has died and the

estate has been inherited

by the survivor. While the

survivor will not be able to

make a new Will which could

operate to give away the

estate other than according

to the scheme of the agreed

mutual Will. Unless the wills

are precise and clear with

matters particularized, for

example, listed as to:

n The trusts on which the

property is to be held;

n The property to be

included;

n What happens during the

lifetime of the survivor; and

n The nomination of the

trustees and their powers.

It may be difficult to

prevent the survivor from

doing what is known as

‘white anting’ the agreement

by giving away assets during

his/her lifetime.

There are many other

matters to be considered in

relation to mutual Wills, which

should be the subject of

advice and elaborated on in

conference.

Comment supplied by

Jennifer Harris, of Jennifer

Harris & Associates, Solicitors,

4/57 Avalon Parade,

Avalon Beach.

T: 9973 2011. F: 9918 3290.

E: jenniferha@pacific.net.au

W: www.jenniferharris.com.au

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Trades & Services

Trades & Services

AUTO REPAIRS

British & Swedish

Motors

Call 9970 6654

Services Range Rover, Land

Rover, Saab and Volvo with the

latest in diagnostic equipment.

Narrabeen Tyrepower

Call 9970 6670

Stocks all popular brands

including Cooper 4WD. Plus

they’ll do all mechanical repairs

and rego inspections.

Barrenjoey

Smash Repairs

Call 9970 8207

barrenjoeysmashrepairs.com.au

Re-sprays a specialty, plus

restoration of your favourite vehicle.

Commercial vehicle specialist.

BOAT SERVICES

Avalon Marine

Upholstery

Call Simon 9918 9803

Makes cushions for boats,

patio and pool furniture,

window seats.

KB Marine

Call Pami 9913 3522

New owner; one-stop shop for

sales, service and repairs of

outboard and inboard Mercury

engines, boats and trailers.

ELECTRICAL

Eamon Dowling

Electrical

Call 0410 457 373

For all electrical, phone, TV,

data and security needs.

FLOOR COVERINGS

Blue Tongue Carpets

Call Stephan 9979 7292

Family owned and run. Carpet,

rugs, runners, timber, bamboo,

vinyl, tiles & laminates.

Open 6 days.

GARDENS

Graham Brooks

Call 0412 281 580

Tree pruning and removals.

Reports regarding DA tree management,

arborist reports.

Precision Tree Services

Call Adam 0410 736 105

Adam Bridger; professional tree

care by qualified arborists and

tree surgeons.

CLEANING

The Aqua Clean Team

Call Mark 0449 049 101

Quality window washing,

pressure cleaning, carpet

washing, building soft wash.

Martin Earl House Wash

Call 0405 583 305

Pittwater-based owner on site at

all times. No travellers or uninsured

casuals on your property.

House Washing

Northern Beaches

Call Ben 0408 682 525

Family-run housewashing –

exteriors, high-pressure cleaning

and soft washing; 18 years

on the Northern Beaches.

LAWN CARE

Platinum Turf Solutions

Call Liam 0412 692 578

Specialists in turf supply &

installation, lawn care & cylinder

mowing, full lawn construction,

turf renovations, maintenance.

MASSAGE & FITNESS

Avalon Physiotherapy

Call 9918 3373

Provide specialist treatment for

neck & back pain, sports injuries,

orthopaedic problems.

Avalon Physiotherapy

& Clinical Pilates

Call 9918 0230

Dry needling and acupuncture,

falls prevention and balance

enhancement programs.

Avalon Beach

Chiropractic

Call 9918 0070

Professional care for all ages.

Treatment for chronic and acute

pain, sports injuries.

NJF Exercise Physio

Call 0449 713 472

Increase mobility. Entitled

Department of Veterans Affairs

(DVA) clients may be referred for

clinically necessary treatment

on a valid D904 referral form.

Francois Naef/Osteopath

Call 9918 2288

Diagnosis, treatment and

prevention for back pain and

sciatica, sports injuries, muscle

soreness and strain, pregnancyrelated

pain, postural imbalance.

PAINTING

Contrast Colour

Call 0431 004 421

Locals Josef and Richard offer

quality painting services. Tidy,

reliable, they’ll help consult

on the best type of paint for

your job.

Modern Colour

Call 0406 150 555

Simon Bergin offers painting

and decorating; clean, tidy,

quality detail you will notice.

Dependable and on time.

Painting & Decorating

Call 0418 116 700

Andrew is a master painter with

30 years’ experience. Domestic

and commercial; reasonable

rates, free quotes.

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Trades & Services

UPHOLSTERY

Luxafoam North

Call 9999 5567

Local specialists in all aspects

of outdoor & indoor seating.

Custom service and expert

advice.

Susan Ottowa

Call Susan 0422 466 880

Specialist in day bed and outdoor

areas. Reliable local service.

Domestic & commercial.

RENOVATIONS

Rob Burgers

Call 0416 066 159

Qualified builder provides all

carpentry needs; decks, pergolas,

carports, renovations and

repairs.

Underdeck

Call Adrian 0417 591 113

Waterproof under your deck and

turn the area into usable space

all year round.

Advertise your

Business in

Trades

& Services

section

Phone

0438 123 096

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of Pittwater Life and

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taken for the accuracy

of the information

contained within. Readers

should make their own

enquiries directly to any

organisations or businesses

prior to making any plans

or taking any action.

PEST CONTROL

Predator Pest Control

Call 0417 276 962

predatorpestcontrol.com.au

Environmental services at their

best. Comprehensive control.

They provide a 24-hour service.

SunSpec

Call Dustin 0413 737 934

sunspec.com.au

All-aluminium, rust-proof

remote-controlled opening roofs

& awnings. Beats competitor’s

prices.

Trades & Services

PUMPS & TANKS

Water Warehouse

Call 9913 7988

waterwarehouse.com.au

Rainwater tanks & pumps. Irrigation

& filter supply specialists.

Askerrobertson

Call 0411 956 242

Northern Beaches-based

specialists in residential alterations

and extensions, and new

houses.

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Hats off to Cocker

If you love the music of Joe

Cocker you won’t want to

miss this ultimate tribute show

by Australia’s greatest soul

voice Doug Parkinson.

And if you act quick, you can

still snap up seats at Dee Why

RSL this month before the show

lands at Sydney’s State Theatre.

With seasoned backing singers

and a tight eight-piece band,

Doug Parkinson Honours Joe

Cocker has earned rave reviews

from audiences Australia-wide,

with Parkinson’s powerful and

unique smoky voice doing Cocker’s

interpretations of American

classics proud.

Cocker is most famous for

his treatment of other people’s

works including Hitchcock

Railway, Delta Lady, You Can

Leave Your Hat On, She Came in

through the Bathroom Window,

The Letter, You Are So Beautiful,

Up Where We Belong and Cry Me

A River… just a few of the songs

Parkinson has included in this

new show.

Parkinson too is often described

as a master of interpreting

other’s songs – like his huge

hit, The Beatles’ Dear Prudence.

In this show Parkinson includes

his own hit records plus

interpretations of other legendary

artists such as Ray Charles,

Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and

Michael McDonald.

Doug Parkinson Honours Joe

Cocker is at Dee Why RSL on

Oct 14 at 8pm. Tickets are $38.

Book at dyrsl.com.au or call

9454 4000.

Enjoy evening of elegant

& engaging French music

The next Peninsula Music

Club concert in early

November will feature

wonderful melodic French

music.

Ensemble Aspherical (pictured)

is a new and exciting

chamber group formed by four

leading Sydney classical musicians

who enjoy performing

elegant and engaging music.

The group, all long-standing

members of the Sydney Symphony

Orchestra, features sisters

Marina and Justine Marsden

(violin and viola), Louise Johnson

(harp) and Jane Web (flute).

“The vibrancy and warmth of

the violin and viola strings combine

with the ethereal qualities

of the flute and harp to create

sounds and evoke images for

the listener both congenial and

colourful,” said PMC’s Janice

Tuynman.

They will perform works by

Vivaldi, Ravel, Ibert, Debussy,

Piazzolla, Mahler and more.

“It’s a largely French program

which should be beautiful,”

Janice said.

The concert will be on Friday

November 3 at 8pm at St Luke’s

Grammar School Bayview Campus.

Tickets are $25 (available

from 7.30pm at the door).

Children’s

hospice

concert

Enjoy an evening

performance at a

fundraising concert

for the children’s

hospice Bear Cottage.

The concert of

celebrated songs

from opera, oratorio,

art song and music

theatre has been

organised by soprano

Sarah Clark with

mezzo-soprano Judith

James, tenor Michael

Butchard, baritone

William Moxey and

piano accompaniment

by Ben Burton. The

concert will be held on

Wednesday October 4

from 7pm at New Life

Church 28 Fisher Rd

Dee Why. Adult $25,

conc $20. More info

0402 667 126.

A supper will be held after

performances where concert

goers can mingle and meet the

musicians.

More info 9999 1937 or

0407 441 213, or visit peninsulamusicclub.com.au

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Dining Guide

Bistro 61

Avalon Beach RSL

1 Bowling Green Lane

Avalon Beach

OPENING HOURS

Open 7 days

Lunch 12pm-2:30pm

Dinner 5:30-8:30pm

CUISINE

Modern Aust / pub food

PRICE RANGE

Meals $8-$30

Specials $12-$15

BOOKINGS 9918 2201

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Avalon Beach RSL’s new

Bistro 61 is a great place

to head for a local meal,

offering tasty modern

Australian dishes at

affordable prices.

Don’t miss the 5th annual

Octoberfest on Saturday

October 21 with specialty

beers and souvenir steins.

Book now for ‘Melbourne

Cup by the Park’ on Tuesday

November 7 with a threecourse

lunch including

bubbles and canapes on

arrival ($65 members; $69

non-members).

Happy Hour is now every

Monday, Tuesday & Friday

from 4-6pm.

Bistro 61 has been named

to commemorate the opening

of the Club in 1961. The

kitchen – led by experienced

Northern Beaches head chef

Mitch Blundell, boasts all

fresh, house-made meals, with

locally sourced ingredients

used when possible.

Open for lunch and dinner

seven days, with extensive

outdoor dining areas, Bistro

61 offers a variety of specials

(lunch and dinner) during the

week, including $12 tacos

(Tues), $15 Chicken Schnitzels

(Wed), 2-4-1 pizzas (Thurs),

and a $20 burger + beer (Fri).

Seniors are well catered

for – there are daily Seniors

specials, including beerbattered

flathead – plus

Pinch me – I’m in Italy!

Family-owned Pizzico Italiano in

Avalon will further live up to its

name when it introduces relaxing

‘Aperitivo’ summer dining sessions

from October 28.

With its name meanings ‘a pinch

of Italy’, the cosy restaurant located

in Simmonds Lane will offer extended

hours Friday through Sunday, from

2pm-6pm, with a light tapas-style menu

inspired by summers on the Amalfi

coast and accompanied by Aperol

spritz, cocktails, Italian wines and

imported beers.

Brother and sister Elena and

Mauritzio and their mamma Giovanna

have a successful background in Italian

cuisine in Italy, France and Sydney.

“Our family moved to Sydney in 1979

with the opening of Alberto trattoria

on Bondi Rd, followed by Il Puntino

and later Marina Piccola at The Spit.,”

explained Elena. “We slowly moved

north and we all now reside in Avalon.”

Elena said that since opening in July

last year, the family had focused on

offering customers the experience of

being transported back to Italy through

great authentic food served in a cosy,

buzzing Italian atmosphere full of

amazing aromas.

“The local support has been

fantastic,” says Elena. “Many have

shared their enthusiasm and

appreciation of having authentic cuisine

and a true Italian atmosphere.

“We often hear how Pizzico Italiano

transports them back to Sorrento,

Amalfi and many other towns they have

visited in Italy and this of course gives

us great joy.”

The Pizzico menu sings with

traditional treats and flavours including

Elena’s favourite pasta offering,

pappardelle with slow-cooked lamb

ragu, topped with parmigiano reggiano.

There are no pizzas on the menu,

although they serve a street food called

pizzette (like a small calzone) – housemade

dough filled with prosciutto

ricotta and mozzarella.

Other offerings include Nonna’s

house-made gnocchi baked and served

in a clay pot, Spaghetti barcaiola with

fresh local seafood, lamb scottadito,

stuffed zucchini flowers, while the

specials menu regularly features duck,

quail, fish and house-made pasta.

“Our special Aperitivo sessions are

inspired by the flavours of the south

of Italy, summers in Sorrento and

Amalfi coast where we spent time

with our family as kids,” said Elena.

“The flavours transport us back to

childhood; the magic happens when

fresh quality produce meets traditions

and recipes passed down from

generations.”

The restaurant team and family

sought to reflect their Italian heritage

by referencing how they remember

eating when growing up – communal

seating with food at its centre.

As part of the Aperitivo by Pizzico

menu, expect house-made fried bread

with a selection of cured meats and

they do a $5 kids meals

on Sundays! (There’s a

playground, too.)

From the menu, chef

Mitch recommends his twist

on nachos – pulled beef and

blackbeans with chipotle, corn

chips, guacamole, Danish fetta

and coriander.

Members get discounts on

meals purchased. Membership

starts from $5.50.

The club is licensed, with

no BYO. Bookings online or

call 9918 2201 – large groups

welcome.

Head to Avalon RSL for

APL Poker Tournaments on

Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Visit avalonrsl.com.au/

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cheeses, fresh buffalo ricotta and

mozzarella, antipasto platters, sardines

scapece, Burrata cheese, and traditional

street food from Napoli.

While Italian wines by the glass as

well as an organic selection of wines

are available, Aperitivo by Pizzico is

the perfect time to try a classic Italian

drink, like an Aperol Spritz, Campari,

Americano, Negroni and Bellini.

The Pizzico dinner menu will

continue as normal Tuesdays through

Saturdays from 6-10pm, with the

restaurant closed Mondays.

More info facebook.com /

pizzicoitaliano or phone 9918 8717.

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Barrenjoey

Bistro

Club Palm Beach

1087 Barrenjoey Rd,

Palm Beach

BISTRO OPENING HOURS

Lunch 11:30am-2.30pm

Dinner 6pm-8.30pm

PRICE RANGE

Lunch and dinner

specials $13.50

BOOKINGS 9974 5566

LIC

All

P

Club Palm Beach,

conveniently located just a

short stroll from Palm Beach

Wharf, celebrates its 60th

birthday on September 30.

The Bobby Sox will rock

from 7pm – but you must

book! Plus there’s a lamb on a

spit from 5-8pm ($15pp).

Head down on Sunday

October 1 for the NRL Grand

Final on the big screen.

Book now for their

Melbourne Cup celebration on

Tuesday November 7 with a

Bucket of Prawns and glass of

champers (for $26.50pp).

The Members’ lucky badge

draw is held Wednesday and

Friday night (every 30 mins

between 5pm-7pm), and

jackpots by $100 each week.

Wednesday and Sunday

are meat raffle nights, with a

whopping 14 trays to be won.

Enjoy Trivia Night from

5.30pm on Wednesdays, plus

Bingo at 10am on Fridays.

The club’s Barrenjoey

Bistro is open for lunch

(11.30am to 2.30pm) and

dinner (6pm to 8.30pm) seven

days. The Bistro serves topvalue

a la carte meals plus

daily $13.50 specials of roasts

(Mondays), rump steak with

chips and salad (Tuesdays),

chicken schnitzel with chips

and salad (Wednesdays),

homemade gourmet pies with

chips and salad (Thursdays)

and fish and chips with salad

(Fridays), except public hols.

Entrees on the a la carte

menu range from $10.50 to

$17.50 (mains $14.50 to $25).

The club has a courtesy

bus which meets the 11am

ferry from Ettalong at the

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Palm Beach Wharf at 11.20am

daily, returning on request.

It also makes regular runs

Wednesdays, Fridays and

Saturdays from 4.30pm to

9pm. Ring to book a pick-up.

Royal Motor

Yacht Club

Salt Cove on Pittwater

46 Prince Alfred

Parade, Newport

OPENING HOURS

Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Mon-Fri from 8.30am

Weekends from 8am

PRICE RANGE

Breakfast from $8-$18

Entrees from $9-$21

Mains from $16-$26

BOOKINGS 9997 5511

LIC

All

RMYC’s restaurant Salt

Cove on Pittwater’s menu

offers affordable meals and

P

generous servings including

a variety of starters and share

plates, seafood, burgers,

grills, salads, desserts and

woodfired pizza.

Great Friday night

entertainment in October kicks

off in the Lounge Bar from

7.30pm. Acts appearing include

Jesse (6th), James Naldo (13th),

Geoff Kendall (20th) and Keff

McCulloch (27th).

Don’t miss The Elton Jack

Show on Saturday October 21;

Lance Strauss is celebrating

25 years of performing this

awesome tribute to Elton John.

Book now for the Melbourne

Cup Luncheon in the Top Deck

Function Room with a threecourse

lunch plus champagne

on arrival and Fashions on the

Field for $75 per member ($80

non-members).

And save the date for the

2017 Timber Boat Festival on

November 4-5.

Trivia is held every Tuesday

night from 7.30pm (great

prizes and vouchers).

Club social memberships

are available for just $160.

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Dining Guide

Dining Guide

Hong Kong

Chinese Restaurant

332 Barrenjoey Rd,

Newport

OPENING HOURS

Dinner Tues-Sun 5pm

CUISINE

Chinese & Asian

PRICE RANGE

Entrees $5-20

Mains $12.90-26.50

*Deliver Whale Beach - Narrabeen

BOOKINGS 9997 4157

LIC

BYO

All

Book a table at this

popular Newport eatery in

October and your family is

guaranteed a great night

out with a feast for the eyes

and the tastebuds.

Order ahead for their

wonderful Peking Duck which

is offered as a dine-in-only

special Thursdays through

Sundays in Spring.

There are two traditional

P

courses: Peking Duck

pancakes & duck sang choy

bow (bookings essential;

mention the ad when you call).

This long-established

restaurant on the eastern

side of Barrenjoey Rd has

an extensive menu based

on traditional flavoursome

Cantonese with touches of

spicy Szechuan and other

Asian dishes and fresh

seasonal vegetables.

Entrees start at just $6

while mains are great value

too, starting at $16.80.

The menu ranges from

adventurous, like a Sizzling

Szechuan-style Platter of

king prawns and fillets of

chicken, to contemporary,

featuring spicy salt and

pepper king prawns, to

traditional, with favourites

including Mongolian lamb,

Honey king prawns and

Honey chicken.

New dishes are introduced

regularly so make sure you

check out the blackboard

specials.

The team are only too

happy to home deliver your

meal, with a range that takes

in Narrabeen to the south to

Palm Beach in the north.

Fully licensed or BYO.

Sabiang

Thai Restaurant

4/49 Old Barrenjoey Rd,

Avalon

OPENING HOURS

Lunch 11.30am – 3pm 7 days

Dinner 5-10pm 7 days

CUISINE

Thai

PRICE RANGE

Entrees from $8

Mains $15-$28

BOOKINGS 9918 3292

Sabiang Thai is Avalon

Beach’s newest dining

destination – and if you’re

craving some traditional

Thai ‘street food’ fare as well

as hearty curry favourites,

you’ll come away licking

your lips at the menu

View and value at Spring Wed

Future brides and grooms

will find everything

they need to create their

once-in-a-lifetime wedding

experience when waterfront

reception venue Metro

Mirage Hotel Newport hosts

its Spring 2017 Wedding Expo

on Sunday 8 October from 12

noon to 3pm.

Overlooking picturesque

Pittwater, the Bridal Expo

will include live music,

sparkling wine and canape

menu tastings and a range of

suppliers.

Marriage celebrants,

event stylists, florists,

photographers, wedding

stationers, make-up artists,

music and entertainment

specialists, vintage car hire

and more will be available

on site for couples to speak

with, either to discuss their

own ideas for their wedding

or to find out what the

experts recommend.

Couples will also be

given opportunity to view

a function room fully set

for a wedding to enable

them to picture exactly how

their reception could look,

and to discuss with expert

function and catering staff

the different decorating and

catering options available.

It’s the perfect place for

the bridal party to stay and

prepare for the wedding,

and for couples to spend

their wedding night – when

you book a package you’ll

receive a complimentary

one-night stay on your

wedding night, with

French champagne and full

breakfast in the morning!

The Hotel offers wedding

packages from $99 per

person. Couples who book

their reception at Metro

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formulated by co-owner Mint

and team.

Chef’s specials include

‘Angry Seafood’ (a spicy

seafood stir-fry), Pad Cha

Duck (stir-fried with wild

ginger, basil, red chilli and

green peppercorn), and

‘Heavenly’ Sizzling Beef

(marinated in sesame oil with

oyster sauce, onion, shallot

and roasted sesame seeds).

Enjoy Larb Chicken Mince

– which features chicken,

chillies, toasted rice, onion

and mint – or the Kana Moo

Grob, which is a stir-fry

broccoli dish with oyster sauce

and garlic. For street food you

can’t go past the crispy skin

pork stir fry with green beans,

red chilli, kaffir lime leaves

and prik khing sauce.

Or try their delectable

seafood dishes including

whole fried baby barramundi,

crispy soft shell crab or salt

and pepper squid.

Fried rice, noodle dishes,

curry, and soups are also

favourites...

Located near the corner

ding Expo

Mirage Hotel Newport at

the Wedding Expo and pay

a 10% deposit will receive

a complimentary round of

canapes for their big day.

Metro Mirage Hotel

Newport is a boutique

waterfront hotel and event

centre boasting magnificent

views from Pittwater to

Ku-ring-gai National Park.

It offers three stunning

waterfront wedding ceremony

venues – for couples looking

for something unique and

spectacular for their wedding.

The hotel also offers an

intimate wedding chapel for

those that prefer an indoor

ceremony venue. The hotel’s

experienced functions team

is well-equipped to help

couples plan their perfect

day, while the catering is

handled through the hotel’s

restaurant.

For further information

on hosting a wedding at

Metro Mirage Hotel Newport

phone 9997 71011 or visit

metrohotels.com.au

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of Old Barrenjoey Road and

Avalon Parade, Sabiang

boasts a smart, industrialstyle

interior with soft

colours and soothing blackand-white

wall prints.

There’s outdoor seating

too – perfect as the weather

heats up. Open seven days;

takeaway pick-up or delivery.

The Mirage

Restaurant

at Metro Hotel

Mirage Newport

2 Queens Parade West,

Newport

CUISINE

Modern Australian

PRICE RANGE

Breakfast – $25 adults,

$12.50 kids (5-12)

Dinner – entrees

from $7-$17,

Mains from $21-$30,

Desserts from $13-$25

BOOKINGS 9997 7011

Bookings are now open

for Christmas lunch at the

waterside Metro Mirage

Hotel at Newport.

Local residents are finding

the peaceful ambience of The

Mirage restaurant overlooking

spectacular Pittwater, the

perfect waterfront venue to

enjoy breakfast or dinner.

Located in boutique Metro

Hotel Mirage Newport, The

Mirage restaurant is a popular

choice for breakfast from

7-10am seven days a week,

offering a fixed-price full hot

and cold buffet, including a

selection of cereals, seasonal

fruit and freshly made juice,

toast and pastries and

sausages, eggs, has browns,

bacon and tomato served with

the Chef’s Special of the day.

The Mirage restaurant is

also open for dinner from

Monday to Saturday from

5.30 pm – 8.30pm and can

be hired, along with all the

hotel’s function rooms, for

private and corporate events

of between 60-110 guests.

The restaurant also offers

dinner six nights a week

(Mon-Sat) from 5.30pm.

Christmas lunch enquiries

on 9997 7011.

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Food Life

For more recipes go to www.janellebloom.com.au

Food Life

Recipes: Janelle Bloom Photos: Steve Brown; Benito Martin

There’s really so much more

to mince than ‘meats’ the eye!

It’s no surprise mince is the

most popular ‘cut’ of meat

purchased from supermarkets.

Mince is quick to cook,

cheap – and very versatile. The

Pittwater Life team challenged

me to come up with great new

ideas using mince that hopefully

will replace the bolognese

and appear on your dinner

table over the coming weeks.

Meatballs

Serves 4

600g beef mince

½ cup dried breadcrumbs

30g parmesan, finely grated

2 tbs shredded fresh basil

1 egg, lightly beaten

3 garlic cloves, crushed

1 tbs plain flour

3 tbs olive oil

1 cup long grain rice, rinsed

1½ cups water

1 brown onion, finely chopped

700g jar tomato passata sauce

1 cup beef stock

1 cup basil leaves & extra

grated parmesan, to serve

1. Combine mince, breadcrumbs,

parmesan, basil,

egg and half the garlic in a

bowl. Season and mix until

well combined. Roll level

tablespoons of mixture into

balls with damp hands.

2. Scatter flour on a plate, season.

Roll meatballs in flour

to coat. Heat one tablespoon

oil in a large frying pan

over medium heat. Add half

meatballs, cook, shaking

pan often 4-5 minutes until

browned. Remove to a plate,

cover keep warm. Repeat

with oil and remaining meatballs.

3. Meanwhile, put the rice and

water in a medium saucepan.

Bring to the boil. Reduce heat

to low, cover and simmer

for 12-15 minutes until small

craters form in surface of

the rice. Remove from heat.

Stand covered for 5 minutes.

4. Heat remaining oil in a large

saucepan over medium heat.

Add onion and remaining

garlic, cook, 5 minutes until

soft. Add passata sauce and

stock, bring to the boil.

Simmer 10 minutes until

thickened slightly. Add the

meatballs, cook 5-8 minutes

or until meatballs cooked

through.

5. Stir the rice through the

meatballs and sauce. Stir

through basil leaves and season.

Scatter over parmesan

and serve.

Mexican chicken and

tomato quiche

Serves 6

1 tbs olive oil

300g chicken mince

1½ tbs taco seasoning

1 leek, halved lengthways,

thinly sliced

1 large tomato, diced

1 tbs chopped coriander

¾ cup grated tasty cheese

3 eggs

300ml carton pouring cream

Fresh coriander & lime to serve,

optional

Pastry

1½ cups plain flour

125g butter, chilled, cubed

1 egg yolk

2-3 tbs chilled water

1. For the pastry, combine flour

and butter in a food processor.

Process until mixture

resembles breadcrumbs. Add

egg yolk and 2 tablespoons

water. Process until pastry

just comes together in one

ball, adding remaining water

if necessary. Turn onto lightly

floured surface. Knead gently

until smooth. Press into a

15cm round. Wrap in greaseproof

paper. Refrigerate until

firm enough to roll out.

2. Preheat oven and large flat

tray to 200°C fan forced.

Roll the pastry out between

baking paper to fit base and

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sides of a 2½ cm deep 25cm

(base) fluted loose-bottom

tin. Trim the edges. Pierce the

base of the raw pastry with a

fork 6 times. Line with baking

paper. Half fill the pastry with

baking beans or dried rice.

Place the tart onto the hot

tray, bake 15 minutes until

set. Remove the paper and

weights and bake a further

15-20 minutes until light

golden. Reduce oven 180°C.

3. Meanwhile, heat oil in nonstick

frying pan on mediumhigh

heat. Add the mince

and seasoning, cook stirring

4 minutes until mince has

changed colour. Add leek and

cook a further 2 minutes until

leek is soft. Set aside to cool

completely.

4. Spread mince mixture over

pastry base. Top with tomato,

coriander and cheese. Beat

eggs, cream and salt and

pepper in a jug with a fork.

Pour over cheese. Bake 25-30

minutes or until set in centre.

Stand 10 minutes before cutting

into pieces. Serve with

coriander and lime.

Janelle’s Tip: You can use

frozen shortcrust pastry

sheets if you don’t want to

make your own pastry.

Meatloaf

Serves 4 (with leftovers

for lunch)

1 cup couscous

½ cup water

12 slices prosciutto

1 tbs olive oil

1 brown onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

400g veal mince

400g pork mince

1 carrot, grated

1 zucchini, grated

100g roasted capsicum,

chopped

60g semi dried tomatoes, finely

chopped

¼ cup chopped stuffed olives

Tomato or beetroot relish, to

serve

1. Place the couscous in a large

heatproof bowl. Pour over

½ cup boiling water. Cover

and stand for 5 minutes until

couscous has absorbed water.

Remove the cover, drizzle

over 1 tablespoon olive oil

and stir gently with a fork to

separate the grains. Set aside

to cool.

Janelle’s Tip: The

couscous absorbs all

the meatloaf juices,

preventing meatloaf

from tasting dry.

to a large bowl, set aside 5

minutes cool slightly.

4. Add the mince, vegetables,

olives to the couscous; season.

Use clean hands to mix

until well combined. Press

mixture into loaf pan, folding

the prosciutto over to cover.

Bake for 40-50 minutes or

until firm in the centre. Stand

in the pan for 10 minutes

before turning out. Slice and

serve with chutney.

Pizza Scrolls

Makes 10

1 tbs olive oil

½ small onion, grated

150g beef mince

1/3 cup pizza sauce

80g thinly sliced mild salami

1/3 cup pitted olives, chopped

1 cup grated tasty cheese

Extra finely grated tasty

cheese, to serve

Dough

2¼ cups self-raising flour, plus

extra for dusting

1 tsp sea salt flakes

75g cold butter, chopped

½ cup finely grated parmesan

¾ cup milk

1. Preheat oven 180°C fan

forced. Grease and line a

22cm round cake tin. Heat

oil in a small frying pan over

medium heat. Add onion,

cook stirring 3 minutes until

soft. Increase heat to high,

add mince, cook stirring 5

minutes until mince changes

colour. Transfer to a bowl, set

aside to cool.

2. For the dough, combine

the flour, salt and butter

in a large bowl. Use your

fingertips to rub butter into

flour to form fine crumbs. Stir

in parmesan. Make a well in

the centre. Add milk. Gently

stir with a butter knife, until

dough comes together, adding

more milk if necessary to

form a soft dough.

3. Turn out onto a lightly floured

bench. Gently knead until

dough is smooth. Roll out

to a 25cm x 35cm rectangle.

Stir the pizza sauce into the

mince mixture then spoon

over the dough, leaving a

1cm border around edges.

Top with salami, olives and

cheese.

4. Starting from one long

side, roll up dough firmly to

enclose filling. Trim ends.

Cut into 10 equal slices. Arrange

in the cake tin. Bake for

about 35-40 minutes, or until

golden. Serve warm or at

room temperature sprinkled

with extra cheese.

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2. Preheat oven to 180°C fan

forced. Grease the base and

sides of a 7cm deep, 7cm x

25cm (base) loaf pan. Line

the pan with prosciutto,

allowing slight overhang on

both long sides.

3. Heat oil in a small frying pan

over medium heat. Add onion

and garlic and cook 3-4

minutes until soft. Transfer

Janelle’s Tip:

Scrolls are best

eaten on the day

they are made.

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Food Life

Food Life

In Season

Passionfruit

Whether eaten straight

from the shell or

drizzled over a sweet pavlova,

nothing says warm weather

like passionfruit. Australian

passionfruit thou available

all year, peaks at the start of

winter and summer.

Buying

Ripe passionfruit should feel

heavy for its size and the skin

should be slightly soft to the

touch. Avoid those with mold

forming around the stalk or

really wrinkled.

Storage

Keep the fruit in a bowl out

of direct sunlight for 1 to

2 days, as they dehydrate

quickly. They will keep in

the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

You can also freeze the pulp

or the whole fruit for up to

12 months.

Nutrition

Passionfruit are a good

source of fibre and vitamin

C. They are low in KJ only

55kj per serve.

Also In Season

October

Bananas, Blueberries,

Strawberries, Grapefruit,

Australian Valencia

Oranges, Passionfruit

& Pineapples. Also

Avocado, Asparagus,

Asian Greens, Broad and

Green Beans; Beetroot,

Cucumber, Australian

Garlic, Fennel, Peas and

Zucchini.

Grow your own

Many factors contribute to the

development of plump and

luscious passionfruit. Here

are some top tips for transforming

passionfruit flowers

into tasty fruit (from Aussie

Passionfruit grower Nick

Hornery).

n Fertilise your plant with

Seasol or granular fertiliser

approximately every 6-8

weeks.

n Hand-pollinate your passionfruit

to encourage the

fruiting process. This can

be done using a paintbrush

by collecting pollen from

the stamen of one flower

and spreading it to the pistil

of another flower on the

vine.

n Plant fragrant flowers such

as lavender near your vine

to attract more bees to help

pollination.

n Plant your vine in a sunny

spot, and run the vine from

north to south to ensure

optimal sunlight.

n If you’re planting a purple

variety, do so in spring so it

has time to grow stronger

before the winter chill sets

in.

n Passionfruit vines can take

anywhere between 5 – 18

months to fruit, depending

on variety and conditions

however they usually develop

fruit within a year.

passionfruitaustralia.org.au

Passionfruit cream sponge cake

Serves 8

1 cup wheaten cornflour

1 tsp cream of tartar

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

4 eggs, at room temperature

¾ cup caster sugar

300ml thickened cream,

whipped

1 passionfruit, halved

Passionfruit icing

1½ cups icing sugar

2 tsp butter

1 passionfruit, halved

high speed in a mix master

until thick and creamy,

about 5 minutes. Using a

large metal spoon, gently

fold in sifted flour mixture

until just combined. Divide

mixture among cake pans.

Bake for 15 minutes or until

a skewer inserted into the

centre comes out clean.

Stand in cake pan 5 minutes

before turning onto a

wire rack to cool.

3. Place 1 sponge cake onto

serving plate or cake stand.

Spread over the cream,

drizzle with passionfruit.

Sandwich together with

remaining sponge.

4. For the passionfruit icing,

sift icing sugar in a small

1. Preheat oven 180°C fan

forced. Grease and line

bases of two 22cm round

cake pans. Sift the cornflour,

and enough passionfruit to until icing is a spreadable

cream of tartar and bicarbonate

forms a thick paste. Place consistency. Spread icing

of soda together twice.

bowl over a saucepan of over sponge and allow to

2. Beat eggs and sugar on

heatproof bowl, add butter simmering water and stir set before serving.

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Pittwater Puzzler

Compiled by David Stickley

25 The YC in RPAYC (5,4)

27 Swag; book by British writer Roald

Dahl (7)

28 The ability to endure prolonged

physical or mental strain (7)

29 Beach at the lower end of the

Northern Beaches (4,4)

30 Draw back, as with fear or pain (6)

ACROSS

1 Bill, a 40-year member of the RPAYC (6)

4 Important people in the business

world (8)

9 A person who grows, makes or

invents things (7)

11 Essential breakfast appliance for

some (7)

12 Newport _________ Trailblazers 2017

will be curated by Sydney Art Space

starting the end of October (9)

13 Quick-moving, nimble, active (5)

14 An account of one’s education,

qualifications, previous occupations,

etc. (6)

16 The leading or most impressive

element in an enterprise or

organisation (8)

18 Newport and Newport Beach’s is

2106 (8)

21 Of first importance; fundamental (6)

24 Name given to roads Capri, Elgata

and Coral in Avalon Beach (5)

DOWN

1 Piece of lamb no doubt available

from Avalon Village Meats (9)

2 Witten orders directing a bank to

pay money (7)

3 Ease off (3,2)

5 A greyish-fawn colour flecked with

brown (7)

6 A family fun day will be held at this

park on October 14 in support of the

Newport Public School P&C (9)

7 Whiskery, slimy, eel-like sea creature

(7)

8 Shot on show at the Kitchener Park

Tennis Courts (5)

10 A mixture of fat (especially butter)

and flour used in making sauces etc.

(4)

15 Australian electoral division that

covers the Pittwater area (9)

16 A fixed charge for a privilege or

for professional services (3)

17 The northern start of Sydney’s

Great Coastal Walk (4,5)

19 Abbreviate (7)

20 Service provided by Making a

Difference at Oceana, for example

(3,4)

22 A thousand thousands (7)

23 High cards usually (4)

24 A light yellowish-brown colour (5)

26 The next open studio weekend

by The Pittwater Artists _____ starts

October 14 (5)

[Solution page 70]

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Garden Life

Garden Life

Looking further afield to

inspire and excite senses with Gabrielle Bryant

Every gardener loves the

challenge of something

new. A trip to a garden

centre can be frustrating; the

plants are the same, week in,

week out – ditto the hedging,

bordering and potted colour.

To find something different

make sure that you go to

garden shows and open days.

There you will find plants that

are almost forgotten. They

may not be perfectly presented

and uniformly grown but

they will be the plants that are

grown by small growers in an

old-fashioned way. It is always

fun to find something new.

Last month I went to the

Rosehill Garden Show and was

delighted to find a plant that I

had never come across before.

It is planted in my garden

and I am longing to see the

results. Syneilesis aconitifolia,

commonly called the Shredded

Umbrella Plant. I have planted

it in the garden in a shaded

position under a tree.

This is a plant that comes

from Korea. It grows to about

40cm. It is a shade-loving

member of the aster family

and has a white flower

in autumn but I am growing

it for its foliage, a clump of

pale dusty grey leaves that

will fill out under the shade.

Herbaceous, it will die down

in winter to reappear bigger

and better next spring. (Look

carefully through stalls and

you will always find something

that will take your attention!)

Banking on Royal Mantle

Roadside banks can be hard to cover. No plant will do the job

better than a prostrate grevillea. Grevillea Royal Mantle is an

old favourite that is hard to beat.

It will grow in full sun or semi-shade, it will tolerate dampness

and it thrives in the dry. It flowers in spring, spot flowers

throughout the summer and carpets the ground with thick dense

dark green leaves that complement the bright crimson toothbrush

flowers.

Other prostrate grevilleas are Bronze Rambler that has dark

bronze new foliage; the fast-growing Gaudichaudi that has more

height; the smaller-growing, softer-leaved Mt Tambouritha with

delicate pink spider flowers; and obtusifolia Gingin Gem whose

bright green grassy foliage shows off the scarlet flowers that

appear in late winter and early spring. There are many more new

wonderful varieties that have been developed by plant breeders,

but these older varieties are sure to thrive.

Local Giant Spear Lily

Doryanthe is a family unique

to the east coast. There

are two varieties: doryanthus

excelsa (Gymea Lily), and doryanthus

palmerii, the Giant Spear

Lily. Both grow in huge rosettes

of tall, spear-shaped leaves that

can reach two metres.

These majestic plants have

become a landscaper’s delight

for pots, rockeries, feature

plants and main road median

strips. They may take up to 10

years to flower from seed, but

the wait is worth it. The Gymea

lily grows naturally around the

Hawkesbury coastline and up

into the Central Coast district,

while its cousin the Giant Spear

lily grows further up the coast in

warmer climates.

It can be seen in Sydney but

will not take any frost or cold

winter temperatures. The flowers

are loved by florists and

home decorators alike. Until

they flower the plants are very

similar. The Gymea Lily sends up

a tall rosette of hot red trumpet

flowers on a single stem that

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Easy ball

hanging

baskets

This summer, we are

told, will be hot and dry.

Hanging baskets will need

a lot of water and care. So,

try making a hanging ball of

succulents that will be easycare

and drought-tolerant.

Use the smallest hanging

baskets, as the weight will

be considerable. Fill both

baskets’ rims with goodquality

potting mix. Add

some slow-release fertiliser

and some sphagnum moss to

hold the moisture, and water

well. Wet soil will stay in the

basket better when you join

the two halves together.

Once full, cover one basket

with a sheet of baking paper

or plastic wrap. Very carefully

turn the basket and place it

upside down over the other

one. Once in place, slide the

paper or plastic from the

middle. With cable ties or

wire, join the two halves of

your ball. The soil inside will

compact down, so cut a small

hole in the top and carefully

fill the cavity with additional

potting mix. (A chopstick is

the ideal implement to pack

it in.)

If the hanging chains

provided are not long

enough reconnect them on

wires that are at the top side

of the ball.

Now you are ready to

plant. With a sharp knife, or

a Stanley knife, cut a small

hole in the fibre liner where

you want to insert a cutting

or seedling. The fibres are

tough; once you have made

a hole cut a “V” shape with

small scissors above the

hole, just large enough

to poke the seedling into

its new home. Use your

chopstick to firm it in. The

top half is easy but the

lower seedlings need to be

supported with thin wire

until the roots take hold.

The plant selection is up

to you. If you have time to

water daily, you can choose

from sun-loving seedlings

of lobelia, petunias, seaside

daisies, white alyssum,

violet scaevola, pink

nemesias or other trailing

plants. In semi-shade try

impatiens or dichondra,

native orchids or native

violets… although nothing

is easier than a succulent

ball that will not mind if you

miss a day of watering.

Hang your new basket

where it can be admired

by everyone – and watch it

grow.

A month of maintenance

for beautiful bottlebrush

Long sunny days and still

no rain as I write. Spring

has arrived with strong

winds and clear blue skies

and our wildflowers and

native shrubs are bursting

into colour. October is

the month that the bottlebrushes

(callistemons)

flower in every colour, from

the palest cream to pinks,

lavenders, scarlet and deep

burgundy. Bottlebrushes

have been bred and hybridised

so that there is one for

every situation.

There are tiny dwarf plants

that grow no more than

50cm, to tall, weeping street

trees that fill with lorikeets

as the brushes open. Some

weep with bright green new

growth and others are stiff

and erect in form.

All bottlebrushes respond

to regular pruning; they look

good as individual trees

and specimen shrubs or

clipped into hedges. Once

the brushes fade remove the

spent flowers otherwise the

stems will have bald lengths

between the leaves. A word

of warning: take care to keep

the earth under the branches

clean and clear of litter, as

this can harbour ticks.

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can be 6m high.

The Giant Spear lily produces

a huge, single stem that droops,

displaying a long bough of

glorious red trumpets that can

be easily seen from below. Every

gardener will be thrilled to see

the flower after a wait of many

years. Doryanthes require little

maintenance. Remove any old

woody spent flower spikes and

wait as the new side shoots

increase the size of the clump.

(Thanks to Trilby Bond from

Mona Vale who sent this amazing

pic of a nine-year-old doryanthes

palmerii in her garden.)

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Garden Life

Garden Life

Jobs this Month

October

It has been a long cold dry

winter. Check hoses and

sprinklers to be ready for the

summer to come. Rejuvenate

the garden by turning the soil,

trimming plants as you go.

Then mulch with cow manure

or garden compost. Water in

with a wetting agent to let the

water and fertilisers penetrate

the dry earth.

Ṫhink ahead

Dahlia and hippeastrums are

on the bulb and perennial

stands now. Nothing is more

fun than watching dormant

plants appear as the weather

warms up. Also, it is hard to

find plants that like it hot and

dry. Look for a grafted Emu

bush, Eremophyla nivea, the

pale silvery foliage and lilac

flowers will be a highlight in

any seaside garden.

Set a bait

Hang a Cera Trap fruit fly bait

in the veggie garden to protect

your tomatoes and fruit crops.

You can buy them at garden

centres or on line from Organic

Crop Protectants.

Seek protection

Leaf miner can totally disfigure

your citrus trees; hang a

leaf miner trap in the tree and

Beekeeper

spray regularly with Eco Oil.

Time spent with protection

now will be well rewarded in

summer.

Be fire ready

Clean gutters and clear away

litter from the house, keep a

hose handy and be prepared

for the bushfire season ahead.

Xmas planning

Plant pots and borders with

colourful seedlings to flower

in time for Christmas. Petunias,

marigolds, dianthus, lobelia,

nasturtiums, ageratum,

vinca, alyssum, verbena and

zinnias can all go in now.

G

one are the days of arsenic and DDT

to control insect damage that not only

killed harmful insect life but beneficial

bugs and bees as well. Now it is the job

of every gardener to encourage back the

bees, insects and as a consequence the

birds, lizards and wildlife as well.

Every year new products are released to

improve the sustainability of our gardens.

The most outstanding new one is ‘Beekeeper’,

made by Amgrow. Beekeeper is a

liquid spray that will entice the bees back

into your garden. It is made of Honey

Bee-attractant fragrances and controlledrelease

formulation aids. It will attract the bees who will in turn

improve the pollination and yield of all flowering crops.

On trend at

Wirreanda

While screening and

hedging plants are

always in demand, the trend

over the past few years has

been for growing natives,

especially the long flowering

hybrids now available.

Tropical gardens and the

more traditional Bush

Tucker plants are also proving

popular.

You’ll find all needs at

Wirreanda Nursery, a traditional,

family-owned and

operated nursery situated

just off Mona Vale Road in

Ingleside. Uniquely run as

both a retail and trade nursery

and established over

30 years ago, they are well

known for growing quality

plants, giving professional

advice and providing friendly,

personalised service.

Specialising in natives,

but also stocking a full

range of exotic plants, horticulturists

are available seven

days a week to help with

advice on plant care and

selection. A plant sourcing

service is also available

(more info ad p19). – NW

Crossword solution from page 67

Mystery location: BILGOLA HEAD

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Times Past

From

‘Farrells

Beach’

to 2106

The story of early

Newport and the Farrell

family is so closely

enmeshed as to be almost

inseparable.

In his excellent book ‘The

Newport Story’ Guy Jennings

regarded the Farrells as

Newport’s founding family.

Some early locals and writers

even referred to the beach

as ‘Farrell’s Beach’ and the

lagoon, which flowed to the

beach behind the eastern side

of Barrenjoey Road and under

the present Bramley Avenue

car park, Farrell’s Lagoon. In

fact, there were three Farrell

family members, all called

John – and none of them had

a middle name!

John Farrell arrived in June

1813 on board the ‘Fortune’

as a convict to serve 14 years’

transportation for “knowingly

having a forged banknote in

his possession”.

The second John Farrell was

known as John Junior and the

third simply as Johnny.

Governor Macquarie

granted John Farrell a ‘ticket

of leave’ and he promptly

married Martha Hughes in

the first St Mary’s Church on

March 1821. John and Martha

bore four children: Hannah,

Daniel, Mary Ann and John

junior.

Farrell purchased a 30-acre

grant in Newport in July

1822; at the time it was in the

possession of Martin Burke.

Two years later he added

an adjoining property of 40

acres. At the end of October

1826, Farrell had 18 acres

cleared, nine of those planted

out with wheat. He had 93

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head of horned cattle, two

mares, two colts, 18 pigs and

a ‘logged house’ (photographs

show it as a vertical slab

building) worth about 40

pounds.

Surprisingly, the family

spent much of the early 1820s

in their house in Macquarie

Street, Sydney (valued at

the time about 100 pounds).

Farrell had several assigned

convicts taking care of his

Newport Beach property.

John died in November

1851 and left the farm to his

son John junior, who in turn

left it to his son Johnny in

1889 who ran the farm until

he died (from a stroke) in

1933.

Early locals recalled the

‘cow cemetery’ as the early

name given to the Avalon

Beach golf course. Farrell’s

cattle were free to roam ‘far

and wide’ and took a fancy

to the pineapple-looking

fruit of the Burrawang Palms

(Macrozamia), especially in

Bilgola Valley. By the time

they reached the golf course

Rickets (also known as the

‘Zamia staggers’ in cattle) had

deprived them of the use of

their back legs and there they

perished.

TIMES PAST is supplied

by local historian

and President of the

Avalon Beach Historical

Society GEOFF SEARL.

Visit the Society’s

showroom in Bowling

Green Lane, Avalon

Beach.

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Travel Life

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Travel Life

Travel Life

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