Pittwater Life September 2017 Issue


Michael Robothan, When Crime Does Pay. Fair Trial. Greens With Envy. Keep Calm, Vote Wisely.

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NB Council Election 2017






Stay calm and vote wisely...

Far be it from us to tell you

who you should vote for

on Northern Beaches Council

election day on September 9.

That’s not how we do things.

That said, there are some

things we think you should

consider to help you make

your decision... Our cover line

says it all: Stay calm and vote

wisely. We believe the passion

and hype surrounding the

amalgamation of May 2016,

and whether or not the former

Pittwater is returned, should be

taken out of the equation.

Be wary of investing in

candidates who want to take

us backwards, irrespective

of their good intentions – if

de-amalgamation is to happen

it will happen, but it’s a wholly

different matter to the one

at hand: electing the office

bearers we need who will take

a seat at the table of a new

business that turns over nearly

$1 billion a year, and who will

be charged with driving our

local community forward.

Our advice? We need

progressive thinkers and good

communicators on the new

Council to ensure we have our

hyper-local issues and concerns

managed appropriately. We

cannot afford to allow our

voice to be muffled; we will

be represented by just six of

a total 15 councillors across

the 254 square kilometres

from Palm Beach to Manly to

Davidson to Belrose (see our

Dummies Guide on p25).

We need individuals sensitive

to our environment, both built

and natural, who possess the

business acumen (that doesn’t

mean business professional)

and the savvy required to not

just deal with other councillors,

but also negotiate with the

government of the day to

deliver the additional essential

and other services we require,

above and beyond seeing our

bins emptied on time.

Pride is an honourable trait;

just be careful what you wish


– Nigel Wall

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COVER: The first Northern Beaches Council election is

on September 9 – we introduce you to all 41 candidates

for our two local wards to help you decide who you

will trust with your vote... and our future (p21). Plus

we detail everything you need to know about voting

in our ‘Dummies Guide’ (p25). Read about the NSW

Government’s on-demand Pittwater transport trial (p6)

and the amazing private golf holes hidden in our midst

(p16). Plus we sit down with award-winning Avalon

author Michael Robotham to discuss his ‘life of crime’

(p34). COVER IMAGE: Jack Fontes / Narrabeen pool.

also this month

Editorial 3

Pittwater Local News 6-19

2017 Northern Beaches Council Election Special 21-28

Community News Briefs 30-33

Life Stories: Author Michael Robotham 34-35

Art Life 36-39

Surfing Life 40-41

Health & Wellbeing; Hair & Beauty 42-49

Money & Finance 50-52

Local Call 54-55

Law 56-57

Food 64-66

Gardening Life 68-69

Travel Life 73-74

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On-demand transport

It's access

for all areas


The State Government’s

on-demand transport trial

for the upper northern

beaches, aimed at improving

access to main road bus stops

from the outer reaches of the

peninsula, will utilise a fleet of

eight four-seater cars, Pittwater

Life can reveal.

The government hopes

uptake of the super low-cost,

Uber-like service, timed to coincide

with the commencement

of the B-Line later this year, will

prove a success and help solve

the problem of congested car

parking along the new rapid

transport route.

Cars have been chosen to fulfil

the Pittwater trial due to the

difficult geographical nature

of parts of the peninsula that

would prove challenging for

mini buses to negotiate.

Local MP Rob Stokes said the

on-demand pilot – which will

run for an initial six-month

period and may be extended

for up to two years – would

allow commuters from Palm

Beach to Narrabeen to book a

ride by phone call or online, or

through a custom-built app.

Customers would be dropped

off at the nearest transport hub

– and could arrange a return

journey from the bus stop

home if required.

“We want to make it as easy

as possible for everyone to

access public transport – so

it’s entirely appropriate for

the government to be trialling

something that’s a little outside

the square,” Mr Stokes said.

The pilot is crucial to fulfilling

the important ‘first and last

mile’ component of the new

local rapid transport set-up.

The standard one-way fare

will be $3.10, with a 50% discount

for seniors and pensioners,

apprentices and students.

Its operating hours are Mon-Fri

UBER-LIKE: Your personal chariot awaits…

6am-10pm, Sat 7am-7pm and

Sunday 7am-5pm; bookings can

be made at least 30 minutes before

and up to one month prior

to the required pick-up.

The on-demand trial will be

operated by the partnership

of Keolis Downer, Australia’s

largest provider of multi-modal

public transport (Keolis are

70% owned by SNCF, the French

national rail operator) and

regulated by Transport NSW.

The partnership operates the

Yarra Trams in Victoria and

also the Gold Coast Light Rail

in Queensland.

Keolis Downer entered the

bus market in 2015; they currently

run 930 buses on 91

routes in South Australia, Western

Australia and Queensland.

The Group have partnered

with car share company Go Get

who will provide the vehicles

for the trial.

“There are many elderly

members of our community

who live in areas that aren’t

easily accessible by traditional

buses,” Mr Stokes continued.

“This is an additional option

that could help support their

transport independence.

“This trial will not replace

any existing bus services – but

will complement the range

of transport opportunities

already on offer.”

Minister for Transport

and Infrastructure Andrew

Constance said the Pittwater

trial would transform the daily

commute for workers.

“This trial is just the start of

our transport future in NSW


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– imagine not having to check

a timetable because you know

your service will be there when

and where you need it,” he said.

Local community spokespeople

welcomed the trial but maintained

their concerns about the

new B-Line service.

CABPRA president David

Owen described the trial as an

interesting experiment.

“But it completely misses the

issue we have in northern

Pittwater and that is the majority

of residents should be within

walking distance (400 metres)

of fast and reliable public

transport services that will take

them into the city on an express

basis throughout the day without

changing buses.

“Until these express bus

services are in place, the ondemand

transport trial is very

much misdirected.”

PBWBA president Dr Richard

West said his membership supported

the trial and would be

keen to see its results.

“However, its introduction

does not negate the necessity to

continue an express bus from

Palm Beach to the city in peak

and off-peak hours,” he said.

“This trip to the city is the

longest commuter bus trip in

Sydney. There should be no

necessity to change buses.

Changing buses will make the

trip from Palm Beach to the

city even longer.”

Newport Residents Association

president Gavin Butler said

any initiative that made public

transport more accessible had

to be looked on positively.

But he was surprised at the

‘eleventh hour’ announcement.

“Transport experts say the

most essential aspect of rapid

transport is what they term the

‘first mile/last mile’ component

– the services which feed

into the core route,” he said.

“So here we have an announcement,

barely two

months prior to the revised

launch of the system, which

only now addresses the local

aspects that should have been

the first stage of the planning


“As an established local

residents association, our

problem is not with the B-Line

per se – it is with the abysmal

lack of planning and community

engagement that becomes

more evident as the juggernaut

rolls on.” – Nigel Wall

Plan to wipe eyesore Pasadena

Locals have supported a joint State Government and Northern

Beaches Council initiative that would see the derelict former

restaurant Pasadena at Church Point purchased in the public

interest to remove a stumbling block to the waterside suburb’s

much-needed community infrastructure expansion.

Opened in 1930, in its time Pasadena was a vibrant ambassador

for Pittwater but since winding up operations in 2009 it has

become little more than a waterfront eyesore, wedged between the

public carpark and the commuter wharf hub.

President of the Clareville and Bilgola Plateau Residents

Association David Owen said residents would approve the

acquisition if the purchase price was reasonable to ratepayers.

“It would fit in well with a low key, iconic community precinct

concept,” he said. “The last thing we would want to see on the site

is more car parking.”

Local MP Rob Stokes said he was delighted the State

Government was continuing its financial support to Council

for the Church Point precinct, having already chipped in for the

car parking, boardwalk and pedestrian improvements being


“The site is literally the missing piece in the puzzle – its location

in the centre of the community precinct is prohibitive in enabling

Council to proceed with broader landscaping, recreational and

community infrastructure improvements,” he said.

Negotiations will continue with the property owner; if

unsuccessful the site will be compulsorily acquired.


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Maz turns ‘life fails’

into successful read

Avalon gym owner Maz

Compton says she’s

crammed all the news that’s

fit to print about her career

in music and entertainment

media – all the positive news,

at least – into her new e-book,


The former MTV Australia

host and breakfast radio star

said the concept came to her

while she was writing a blog.

She noticed some stories

garnered more interest than

others – usually celebrity

encounters and confessions

on her “life fails”.

“The idea was for a collection

of my best and worst

moments and put them into

one hilarious read,” Maz says.

“It took about a year to write

and about a decade to do all

the stuff that I have written


She said anyone mentioned

in the book was included because

she has a great memory

with them – including an

unusual encounter with ‘Iron

Man’ star Robert Downey Jr.

“Yes, he called me a piece

of s*** – but if you read the

whole story and not just the

out-of-context quote in the

online news, you’ll see it

was a hilarious and playful

exchange,” Maz said.

“I’d like to think that anyone

I encountered during my

career, on and off the air, had

a good experience with me.

“The stories I want to share

are with people worth sharing

about – it goes completely

against my core as a person to

write an expose or to gossip.

I’ve chosen to reflect on my

time in media with a positive

energy and light.

“I’ve learnt a lot along the

way and I felt it was important

to include not just the

celebrity moments, but the

fabric of life stuff as well.”

Maz, who operates F45 at

Avalon, says she isn’t in a

hurry to return to the industry

she left two years ago.

“I am enjoying a new pace

of life, helping people on their

health journey and I am finding

day by day is a great way

for me to do life, as opposed

to interview by interview –

and I’ve already started writing

‘UnEdited 2.0’.”

And the three most relaxing

things in her life now?

“I live across the road from

the beach and I love it! My

husband just started baking

his own sourdough bread and

I love it! I can wear sneakers,

all day, every day… and I love

it!” – Nigel Wall


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Logo or loco? Beaches get a new

identity packed with symbolism

Like it or not, prepare to be swamped by the

Northern Beaches Council’s new logo as

it’s rolled out to brand garbage trucks, street

signs, boundary signs, uniforms and caps,

rates notices and Council correspondence –

even merchandise like mugs and

pencil cases – over the coming

months and years.

Our new ‘Identity’ – a State

Government requirement

of the interim council

prior to the September 9

election – was revealed

in August, along with its

$42,000 price tag, following

six months of community


The swirly, wave-like logo

combines key elements of the

three former Council regions in

a new united symbol for life on the

Northern Beaches.

The artwork includes depictions of a collection

of flora and fauna, plus man-made elements

synonymous with the Northern Beaches.

There’s a humpback whale, Norfolk pine,

pelican, weedy seadragon, Bluetongue lizard,

references to sailing and surfing plus other elements

relating to culture and heritage, music

and creativity and community and nature.

One of the key drivers of the project, local

arts identity Lorrie Morgan, says the identity

“speaks about everything we are and brings

everybody together”.

However, feedback received by Pittwater

Life to date has been mixed.

While many people gave the artwork

the thumbs-up, just as

many said they believed the

logo was “too complicated

and busy” and described it

as “an ink blot”.

Council General Manager

Mark Ferguson said more

than 2000 locals, including

residents, businesses,

Indigenous representatives, a

community advisory panel, staff,

members of the Implementation Advisory

Group (IAG) and Local Representative

Committee (LRC) participated and provided

insights during extensive workshops, interviews,

pop-ups and online exercises.

The new identity was developed in conjunction

with the new website.

* What else can you see? Turn to p55 for an

explanation. Do you like what you see? Tell

us at readers@pittwaterlife.com.au


is a fete


Organisers of the Avalon

PS Fete on Sunday September

10 say they are taking

the biennial event to a

whole new level.

"We've flipped the traditional

fete program and

added cool and creative

bohemian workshops,

competitions and stalls

that blend with our unique

Avalon vibe... your vibe

attracts your tribe!"

There'll be a giant tipi

filled with kids' tribal

workshops as well as

yoga, music and movement

and drumming

sessions, an epic skate

course, comps for all ages

(c'mon dads) and a mechanical

surf competition.

In a nod to tradition, all

classes have been working

on activities and stalls including

tombola and show

bags. You'll also find artisan

stalls and amusement

rides. From 9am-3pm.


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IHAPs corruption clampdown

The state government has

clamped down on possible

corruption in the approval

process for large scale development,

with Sydney councils

stripped of their power and decision-making

instead handed

to mandatory Independent

Hearing and Assessment Panels


New legislation passed will

see the independent bodies

consider applications valued

at between $5 million and $30

million as well as a range of

high-risk development types.

Significantly, property developers

and real estate agents

will not be able to sit on the

new panels.

Minister for Planning and

Housing Anthony Roberts

says the IHAPs will bring

transparency, integrity and a

high degree of probity to the

development application (DA)

assessment process and give

communities and ratepayers

greater certainty about planning


“Most importantly, local

councils will be able to focus

on preparing the strategic

plans and development

controls that will identify the

range and location of development

types for their local

area,” he said.

The panels will comprise

three independent expert

members and a community

member; the community

member, to be selected by the

Council, will represent the geographical

area within the LGA

of the proposed development.

IHAP members, who will

be chosen by Councils from a

pool managed by the Department

of Planning and

Environment, will have to be

an expert in at least one of:

planning, architecture, heritage,

the environment, urban

design, economics, traffic and

transport, law, engineering,

tourism, or government and

public administration.

The Chair must also have

expertise in law or government

and public administration.

Local councils will still

process most applications for

individual houses.


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Life skill opportunity. Young

people 17-25 can learn how to

support someone in a crisis at

a workshop which introduces

core counselling skills and draws

on the experience of Lifeline

Australia. Accidental Counsellor

Training participants will receive

a statement of attendance at the

completion of the course in Mona

Vale on Wed 6 from 5-9pm. Cost

$20 – the usual $150 cost is being

subsidised by Lifeline Northern

Beaches and NB Council.

Bookings essential 9970 1600.

Off with the birds. Join a

guided bird walk with Pittwater

Natural Heritage Association on

Sun 17 at Irrawong Reserve from

8-10am. Wear a hat, comfortable

shoes and bring a water bottle

and binoculars. Meet corner of

Irrawong Rd and Epworth Rd.

More info pnhabirdwatching@

gmail.com or 0402 605 721.

New cultural space

workshop. Take part in a

workshop to shape Pittwater’s

new Cultural Space on Tues 19,

2-4pm at Newport Community

Centre. Book by Sept 12. Contact

Zoe Johnson on 9970 1171.

Sniff and pick. Get along to

Mona Vale Garden Club’s 46th

Spring Flower Show on Sat 23

and see displays of flowers,

vegetables, herbs and floral

art. All entries will be judged.

Refreshments, cakes, crafts and

white elephant goods for sale.

Adults $2; children free. At the Ted

Blackwood Hall Warriewood.

Get jazzed up. Experience the

celebration of sound, great food

and good vibes of the Manly Jazz

Festival, marking its 40th year on

Sat 30 – Mon 2 Oct with a variety

of international and local guests

performing in multiple indoor and

outdoor venues.

Peta Credlin visit. Like a good

back-story to politics? You might

find an event on Oct 12 of interest

when the Palm Beach Liberal

Party Branch and Jason Falinski

host guest speaker Peta Credlin

(Tony Abbott’s former COS) at

a Spring Dinner at Moby Dick’s,

Whale Beach. Tickets $150

available now, online.nsw.liberal.

org.au/events/2017 or phone

8356 0300 and ask for events.


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Private golf

designs are a

hole lot of fun

Pittwater boasts some of

the finest members-only

golf courses in Sydney – but

the region is also witnessing

a growing trend in private

golf holes maintained with

meticulous care on large-acre


It’s both the ideal

compromise if you can’t spare

five hours to play 18 holes –

and the prefect addition for

golf-mad home owners.

The smattering of custombuilt

‘backyard’ holes use

the best turf, practices and


Local turf care specialist

Liam Ash has overseen

maintenance of a few holes

(locations withheld for

privacy reasons) since 2015.

One is a downhill par-3

built by two construction

professionals in 2010; it

measures 105 metres with

four tee boxes and comprises

the finest quality Santa Ana

couch on its fairway, plus poabent

greens that are closely

mown and rolled to run

extremely fast.

“It is like managing any

hole on a regular golf course,”

says Liam, who was assistant

superintendent at Monash

Country Club prior to starting

his business, Platinum Turf


“There is a fleet of

equipment that was purchased

for the maintenance of

the green, tee, fairway and

surrounding areas. We deal

with the same pressures of

pests and diseases that all fine

turf growers do, which means

that in summer we have staff

here every day.

“This place is tournamentready

every day,” he

continued. “In summer, we

do around 10 hours a week,

dropping in winter to around

6-7. There is also a lot of

garden maintenance.”


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The hole even has its own

‘Country Club’ logo for its flag

and tees, plus a sandstone

sign that directs golfers to the

adjacent billiard room that

also serves as the 'clubhouse'.

Liam said the hole provided

hours of ‘home’ entertainment

– with A-list celebs and PGA

professionals among those to

have teed it up.

Liam began his private

greenkeeping journey after

work hours and quickly realised

a business opportunity.

“The Northern Beaches

offers city living but five

minutes up the road there are

5-acre blocks with amazing

lawns,” he said.

“There is definitely a

market for private golf holes

on the beaches – plus it

increases land value, creates

an entertainer’s dream and is

downright amazing!

“It’s all about building to

your budget. If you didn’t

want to outlay as much you

could look at just a putting

surface – we specialise in

tailoring projects to meet all

different needs.”

Liam said building his

business (details p27) had

been tough, but rewarding.

“I was told I was too young

to take on management role

in the golf industry – now I

manage multi-million-dollar

projects and I maintain

properties worth millions of

dollars,” he said.

“My regular clients are

really seeing the benefits of

employing a greenkeeper to

maintain their properties.”

– Nigel Wall


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Clubby, lifeguard battle


Local surf lifesaving

heads say they expect

the service provided

by their members and paid

lifeguards to continue as a

‘status quo’ following the

election of the new Northern

Beaches Council.

It follows assurances given

by outgoing council administrator

Dick Persson and Your

Northern Beaches Independent

team (YNBIT) head

Michael Regan that there

were no plans to change or

expand the existing arrangement

which sees professional

lifeguards currently

employed at beaches in the

former Manly and Warringah

regions, alongside volunteer

SLS members.

Surf Life Saving Sydney

Northern Beaches (SLS SNB)

CEO Steve McInnes said fears

of a push to further dilute

the status of the volunteer

club members appeared


At the same time, he confirmed

SLS SNB’s own plan to

expand their responsibilities

on the beaches, saving ratepayers

money by delivering

wholescale lifesaving services

free; such a move would see

the number of paid lifeguards


“We acknowledge that the

YNBIT has written to our

Clubs advising that it has no

plans to expand the current

paid lifeguard service for the

upcoming season which is the

same commitment we have

received from the Administrator,”

Mr McInnes said.

“We welcome this, as the

nine Pittwater SLS Clubs (Warriewood

to North Palm Beach)

have managed their beaches

for the past 20 years without

the need of assistance from a

paid lifeguard.”

He said SLS would work

closely with the newly elected

Council to review the three

different models that currently

exist regarding beach

management (lifesaving

services), security of tenure

(leases) and funding to SLS

clubs, and hoped to have the

situation resolved for the

2018/19 season.

Meanwhile he confirmed

SLS SNB president Doug Menzies

had written to council

candidates seeking pledges

and support on several issues,

including a review of the current

arrangements for beach

management, based on a

risk-based appraisal of needs

and potential savings to the


Also, in the new Council’s

first term, the SLS SNB is

seeking replacement 20-year

leases for all Clubs on Council

or Crown land (the majority

of current leases expire in

2020); plus increased funding

for their 21 SLS Clubs and

Branch “based on the value

we provide to the community

– currently less than 3.5% of

our operating expenditure is

met by Council”.

Mr Menzies added they

would pass on to their membership

“the names of all candidates

who sign this pledge

prior to the election”.

Mr McInnes continued:

“Our SLS Clubs are essentially

a service provider to

Council and the community,

providing a voluntary rescue

service year-round (we are on

call 24/7) but more evident

in the summer months when

volunteers patrol the beaches

on weekends and public


“Last season we invested

more than 150,000 volunteer

hours patrolling the beaches

between Manly and North

Palm Beach and an estimated

similar number of hours in

training for new awards and

maintaining skills.”

Pittwater ward independent

candidate and Avalon Beach

SLS office bearer Robert Hopton

said he was in favour of

the objectives.

“Our clubs are important

community hubs which

build better communities;

they need to be encouraged

and allowed to grow their

members, not become fearful

about disappearing into the


YNBIT head Michael Regan,

who has nominated to run in

Curl Curl ward in the Council

election, said he had been

forced to quash “malicious

rumours swirling around various

Surf Lifesaving circles”.

He confirmed that if

elected, he would lobby for

existing lifeguard contracts

to remain in place and if possible,

renewed where need be


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– with no plans for expansion

into beaches of the former


“Surf Clubs play a vital role

in the service to our community

alongside either Council

Lifeguards, or in the former

Pittwater council area, alongside

the contractor Monday to

Friday,” Mr Regan said.

“We confirm that we have

no plans to change anything

or alter any existing arrangements

in regards to the provision

of lifeguard services.

YNBI team are committed to

enhancing the service, and to

working with each club and

group of clubs to maximise

community benefits.”

He said every beach and

every club was as unique as

the community it served.

“There is no ‘one size fits

all’… it is our intention to

sit down with all surf clubs

– both through the branch,

and separately – to see what

can be done to ensure the

relationships are enhanced,

strengthened and aligned to

community expectations.

"If elected, we will address

what was done well – and

what wasn’t – and find solutions

to existing problems.

"The Council has a unique

chance and more resources

than ever before to deliver for

our entire community – that

includes surf clubs.”

– Nigel Wall

Paving the way for walking

More residents and visitors

will soon be able to walk

to bus stops, wharfs, beaches

and village centres safely

with footpath improvements

at Palm Beach, Careel Bay and

Clareville set to get underway.

Local member Rob Stokes

recently announced the state

government would provide

Northern Beaches Council

with $1 million to support

foreshore and pedestrian access

helping to accelerate the

delivery of approved plans

and community-initiated


The projects include the

Palm Beach (South) Landscape

Masterplan, Careel Bay

Foreshore Masterplan (Stage 2

– Stage 1 pictured above) and

the extension of the Hudson

Parade Footpath Project

between Clareville Beach and

Taylors Point.

The improvements have

been strongly endorsed by

residents associations.

Palm Beach & Whale Beach

Association President Dr

Richard West said the plans

preserved the iconic nature of

Palm Beach while at the same

time providing vastly improved

pedestrian access and

enjoyment in the iconic area.

“This is particularly so

for the elderly, disabled and

young families with prams,

strollers and toddlers, via

appropriate walkways and

thoughtful placement of street

furniture,” Dr West said.

The plans also provide for

the stabilisation of the sea

wall at the northern end of

the beach to prevent further

collapse of the wall.

Work on the Careel Bay

foreshore and footpaths along

Hudson Parade Clareville will

expand upon work done a few

years ago.

Extensive footpath improvements

were introduced

along Hudson Parade during

2014 – but there’s a missing

link that’s been identified by

the community that until now

hasn’t been funded, explained

Mr Stokes.

“With the Government soon

to increase the frequency of

public transport services operating

through the Clareville

area – completing this footpath

project will have multiple

benefits for surrounding

residents,” Mr Stokes said.

Clareville and Bilgola

Plateau Residents’ Association

President David Owen said

this was “fantastic news” for

the community.

“It’s great to see the Council

and State Government

increase their emphasis on

pedestrian safety, linking

communities, and access to

destinations as opposed to

the previous ‘town-centric’

footpath strategy,” Mr Owen


“Now residents, both old

and young, can safely walk to

bus stops, beaches, wharfs,

Avalon and even Whale Beach

– and leave the car behind.”

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NB Council Election – Pittwater Ward

LIBERALS: Kylie Ferguson (right), Dale Cohen

and Allan Porter want a focus on long-term

investment rather than short-term gain.


Stone and John Lettoof want to see a cap on

building heights in the Pittwater ward.


Team head Michael Regan with Pittwater candidates

Ian White, Katinga Schroeder and Bill Gye.

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LABOR: Hamish Tilley, Barbara Butt and Richard

Pearse offer youth and experience; they support

the B-Line being held in public ownership.

Time to


The first Northern Beaches Council

election is on September 9. The former

Pittwater Council region comprises two

wards; here's your guide to the total 41

candidates and what they stand for...


Dr Suzanne Daly, Peter Middleton, Marcia Rackham

and Lorrie Morgan offer experience and passion.

GREENS: Miranda Korzy, Pru Wawn and Andrew

McIntosh want an end to 'tokenistic' consultation

and true community liaison restored.

INDEPENDENTS: Alex McTaggart, Joss Stewart

and Margaret Makin are opposed to a return to

the 'bad old days of developer-driven culture'.

INDEPENDENTS: Robert Hopton (centre) with

Tony Blackie and Christine Hopton aim to ignite

the passions of the younger generation locally.


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Alex McTaggart: Elected to

Pittwater Council in 1999 on

a platform of “community

consultation” and served from

1999 to 2008 Including mayor

2005-07) and 2012-16; member

for Pittwater in State Parliament


Joss Stewart: Former financial

planner now retired;

worked for community helping

to build classrooms in

Mongolia and helped establish

indigenous scholarships in

the NT.

Margaret Makin: Former

Elanora Heights and Bilgola

Plateau school teacher now

retired; former president of

Bayview-Church Point Residents

Association (currently


Their pitch: “There are three

key issues challenging the Pittwater

Ward – protecting and

enhance the natural environment

and our village lifestyle;

managing the spectre of

housing and population density

being forced on us by the State

Government; and opposing a

return to the bad old days of

developer-driven culture,” said


“How Pittwater residents

deal with the ‘new reality’ of

the amalgamated council will

be crucial… confrontation

will lead to chaos and another

administrator. Firm, articulate,

vigilant representation should

ensure a fair deal.

“We must demand good

governance from the mayor,

councillors and council staff

and insist on an open, consultative

council which involves community

and gives ownership of

the decision-making process to

the community.

“The Government’s Greater

Sydney Commission 20-year

population increase with 3,400

dwellings in the first five years

is a moving projection, not a

target – that’s not good enough!

We will work to ensure realistic

numbers are set.”

NSW Liberals

Kylie Ferguson: Former deputy

mayor of Pittwater; was

actively engaged in the new

Northern Beaches Council.

Dale Cohen: Mona Vale

resident; longtime worker in

the internet industry with

ninemsn and Telstra.

Allan Porter: An original Pittwater


Their pitch: “It is critical that

experience is carried forward

so that the potential benefits of

a larger Council are not lost to

Pittwater,” said Kylie. “My experience

and commitment will

ensure we get our fair share.

“We are pro-Pittwater and

all things aimed at maintaining

and enhancing the region’s

wonderful mix of community,

environment and unique beauty

– both natural and built.

“We promote long-term

investment rather than shortterm

financial gain. We welcome

and encourage those who

bring to the peninsula a vision,

which is aligned to Pittwater’s

existing qualities and evolving

them respectfully for future


“We aim to help facilitate

ongoing improvements in infrastructure

in Pittwater, while

fighting against inappropriate

over-development that may

be proposed as a result. “It’s

crucial that we consult with the

community on big issues and

sustainability should be at the

centre of everything we do."


for Pittwater

Selena Griffith: Former Pittwater

councillor; academic.

Dr Suzanne Daly: Family

doctor on Northern Beaches

for 38 years; supports retaining

Mona Vale Hospital with

all essential services.

Peter Middleton: Rotarian;

former member Pittwater

Council Community Reference


Marcia Rackham: President

of the Mona Vale Residents


Lorrie Morgan: Arts advocate;

Pittwater Citizen of the

Year 2012.

Their pitch: “We are experienced

community leaders

with a proven track record of

listening to, and advocating for,

community across the Northern

Beaches Council Pittwater

Ward on Environmental, Social,

Development, Eco Tourism,

Health, Sustainability, Transport,

Culture, Arts and Heritage

issues,” said Selena.

“We are the only truly

independent team running in

Pittwater Ward. We are dedicated

to ensuring the people

of Pittwater are heard in the

new, larger council and are

unencumbered by political or

party ties which means we only

answer to, and represent, you,

the community, and promise to

do so once elected.”


Hamish Tilley: Trainee train

driver; lives Newport. Represents

the voice of youth.

Barbara Butt: School teacher

40 years; recently retired.

Active in community organisations,

including Catholic Care.

Richard Pearse: Teacher and

academic; former president

of Bayview Church Point Progress


Their pitch: “Labor’s position

on amalgamation is that its

communities should have the

opportunity to opt out of an

organisation if it does not meet

the needs of the community,”

said Hamish.

“Our candidates will also

work to achieve an effective

Northern Beaches Council. The

position is to make the new

council live up to the goals

of being more efficient and

remaining responsive to the priorities

of different communities.

“The practice of creating

place plans based on community

needs initiated by

Pittwater Council – and applied

to Mona Vale – has great value

compared with ad hoc growth

by individual developments

or growth legislated by State


“The place plans for Mona

Vale and being developed for

Avalon should be continued

and adjusted to community

concerns to find workable compromises,

in particular between

building heights and affordable


“The current program to

improve road congestion,

alignments and footpaths in

the Newport areas has to be

extended to other critical roads

in the area like in Church Point.

“The use of narrow streets

for trailer/boat parking is a

transport and safety issue that

has not been controlled by

recent state government legislation

and needs Council action.

“We’re running at the local

level because increasingly statelevel

government policies are

major drivers of what happens

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at the local level – as shown by

the B-Line bus project, the redevelopments

at Frenchs Forest

and the need by local government

to respond to housing targets

set by state governments.

“We believe in the development

of the community and the

protection of the environment

rather than over-development

and privatisation; in the advance

of community facilities

rather than of private interests;

and in being accountable to the

community as a whole, rather

than to a particular interest.”

Your Northern


Independent Team

Ian White: Former deputy

mayor of Pittwater; teacher at

Newport PS.

Katinga Schroeder: Event

manager; actively involved

with local not-for-profit organisations.

Lives Terrey Hills.

Bill Gye: President Scotland

Island Residents Association.

Their pitch: “We’re a team

of active locals and former

councillors who have banded to

take on the major political parties,”

said Ian. “We are all nonaligned

independents and all

votes will be conscience votes.

“We want to take the best

things about the former Pittwater

Council and bring them to

the new council. For example, I

would like to see more innovations

like the rotational energy

fund (where savings in electrical

costs by using new energysaving

technology was banked

and the money used to fund

more energy savings).

“I would also like to see the

Ingleside escarpment (that was

purchased by Pittwater Council)

linked via a wildlife corridor to

the National Park.

“We will address the infrastructure

deficit in the Pittwater

Ward. Pittwater Council,

although well run, struggled to

pay for much of its infrastructure.

Low housing density and

poorly constructed 1940s cutand-fill

roads meant that much

of the infrastructure budget

had to be spent on road repair

rather than building footpaths,

gutters, cycleways and other

basic infrastructure.

“My team believes that

limited strategic high-density

housing should be considered

as a solution for areas along

the beaches that attract more

business and new residents,

but accept that the natural

environment north of Mona

Vale should be preserved for

everyone to enjoy and high-rise

should not dot the skyline.

“Being nonaligned independents,

we look forward to

working with the State Government,

but won’t let it impose its

agenda on us. We need to work

with all levels of government to

ensure the best outcomes.

“Our challenge is to work to

build an inclusive council where

all residents feel they belong

– I know many residents are

worried the new council could

be remote and impersonal. It

will be important that the new

Council maintains the level of

intimacy that residents have

come to expect.”


Miranda Korzy: Local

resident and journalist 15

years; former vice president

Barrenjoey HS P&C; helped set

up ‘Protect Pittwater’ to regain

Pittwater Council.

Pru Wawn: Visual arts

teacher, member of numerous

community groups.

Andrew McIntosh: Accountant;


Their pitch: “Top of our list

is making local government

open to the people it is meant

to serve,” said Miranda. “We

want the voices of ordinary

people rather than tokenistic

consultation. Accountability,

transparency and community

involvement will be of primary


“We will ensure we have a

‘clean’ Council. Climate change

is a serious threat to us in

Pittwater, with the increased

likelihood of sea-level rise,

flooding, bushfires and stress

on local native flora and fauna.

The Climate Council has recently

found that 1 in 5 councils

across the country are aiming

for zero emissions and we can

be amongst them.

“Closely related to this is our

commitment to environmental

protection and sustainable

development. Housing in Pittwater

should not be beyond

the means of our young adults

and ordinary workers. And we


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must face the reality that over

the next 20 years, the over 65s

will grow to 40 per cent of our

population and will need homes

suitable to their needs. The

Greens on council will ensure

that those homes are built to a

human scale, without threatening

the precious green spaces

and character of the area we

are entrusted with.

“We will advocate to retain

one of our most important community

resources, Mona Vale


“We would continue building

and maintaining appropriate

walkways, tracks, bike paths

and promoting public transport

that works for Pittwater.

And we would investigate the

viability of a public pool heated

in the colder months.

“We have the greatest respect

for independent candidates and

their integrity. However, relying

on a councillor’s conscience in a

critical vote can be a gamble.”


Robert Hopton: Design and

architecture specialist; active

member of Avalon Beach SLS

Club since 2000.

Tony Blackie: Journalist and

PR business owner; former

head of Media for the ABC;

beaches resident 35 years.

Christine Hopton: Former

President and life member

Avalon Beach SLS Club; independent

director for Surf Life

Saving Australia since 2011.

Their pitch: “It’s time for

renewal – we need to ignite

the passions of our younger

generation to preserve and

enhance our unique natural

environment,” said Robert.

“Council looks after 270,000

people, with an $800 million

turnover – we need serious

candidates and not individuals

using Council as a political


“Our elected councillors need

to have a strong and articulate

voice at the ‘boardroom table’

to ensure that the community

voice is heard and to ensure

that there is a continuity of

the best processes and policies

from the ‘old’ council.

“We are firmly against height

restrictions lifted to accommodate

six-storeys; and for the

renewal of our major business

hubs in Mona Vale, Newport

and Avalon Beach, so they can

retain and attract businesses.”

Added Tony: “Our council

needs to be represented by

people who have the community

to heart and have the

business acumen to be able to

make decisions that improve

our environment and protect

our beaches.”

Friends of Pittwater

Peter Bosley: High school

teacher on the Northern

Beaches for 35 years, now

retired; member of Avalon

Preservation Association and

Friends of Mona Vale.

Jenny Stone: Lived on the

beaches 57 years, past 30 in

Mona Vale; supporter of community

groups including Narrabeen

Lagoon Committee.

John Lettoof: High school

English teacher; patrol member

Bilgola SLSC and member

of Avalon Community Garden.

Their pitch: “Pittwater is a relaxation

and rejuvenation destination

for people from all over

Sydney, as well as international

tourists – but we are now under

threat from State Government

planning laws working for developers

with the aim of forcing

further population, high-rise

buildings and traffic density

into our already full-to-capacity

and congested environment,”

said Peter. “We have only one

road in and one road out.”

Jenny said she wanted to see

building heights limited to no

greater than four storeys in Pittwater

Ward and supported the

development of a communitybased

alternative to the Mona

Vale ‘Place Plan’.

“I oppose any further

development of Mona Vale Village

Park, Kitchener Park and

other Crown Lands in Pittwater

Ward, support the campaign for

the return of Pittwater Council,

reject any development in

Pittwater’s wildlife corridors,

including Bayview Golf Course,

and support the retention of

emergency, maternity and

other critical public facilities at

Mona Vale Hospital.”

John said: “It is local

representation that must be

paramount in the policies and

deliberations of our local council.

Selfish, self-earning agenda

must bow therefore to local

concerns and consensus.”

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Dummies Guide to the Council Election

When is the Council election?

The first election for the new Northern

Beaches Council will be held on Saturday

9 September.

Why are we having an election?

On May 12 last year, the Northern Beaches

Council was formed when the state

government merged the former Pittwater,

Warringah and Manly councils. In the leadup,

Warringah council had fiercely advocated

for the three councils amalgamating,

while Pittwater and Manly had fought to

stand alone within existing boundaries.

Later, Manly and Pittwater proposed a

plan that would see Warringah carved up,

with Pittwater and Manly expanding their

boundaries to take in new territory. However,

the Government under then Premier

Mike Baird chose to amalgamate Manly,

Warringah and Pittwater councils as a single

entity. The resulting Northern Beaches

Council covers an area of 254 sq km with

a population of approximately 266,000

(based on latest Census). The government

appointed Dick Persson and Mark Ferguson

as Administrator and interim General

Manager respectively.

The election is your chance to have a say

on who will be the council’s first councillors

and who will represent the interests of

the area where you live.

Northern Beaches Council is divided into

five new wards – Manly, Frenchs Forest,

Curl Curl, Narrabeen and Pittwater. Residents

in each ward will elect three councillors.

There will be 15 councillors elected

to run the new council and the head of the

council – the mayor – will be elected annually

by the councillors.

Do I have to vote?

Yes. Voting is compulsory for all residents

18 years of age or older enrolled to vote.

Fines apply for not voting. The penalty for

failing to vote at a Local Government election

is $55.

Where can I vote?

There is no absent voting at this election.

You must vote in a polling place located

within your council ward. Polling places at

local schools and community centres are

open 8am-6pm on election day.

What happens if I can’t make it on

election day?

If you’ll be away from your ward, you must

vote early in a pre-poll venue or via postal

vote. Pre-poll voting is open from Monday

28 August to Friday 8 September at Mona

Vale Pre-Poll, 1 Park St Mona Vale; Northern

Beaches Returning Officer’s Office Unit

2, 192 Harbord Rd Brookvale; Manly Library

and Sydney Town Hall. You can apply

for a postal vote online at votensw.info (applications

close 5pm September 4). Postal

voting packs can be sent to any address

you nominate in Australia or overseas.

Completed postal votes must be received

by 6pm Monday 11 September. There is no

online voting for this election.

What’s my ward?

The fact you are reading Pittwater Life

means it is highly likely you will be voting

for candidates in the Pittwater Ward or the

Narrabeen Ward.

Pitttwater Ward covers the northern

end of the council territory including Terrey

Hills, Mona Vale, Bayview, Newport,

Bilgola, Avalon Beach, Whale Beach and

Palm Beach.

Narrabeen Ward covers north-central

parts of the council including Collaroy,

Narrabeen, Ingleside, Elanora Heights and


You can get a clearer idea of the boundaries

of the ward you live in by visiting the

council website.

How do I fill out the ballot paper?

Carefully read the directions on the

ballot paper. You can vote for a group by

filling in squares above the line – known as

'voting above the line'– or you can vote for

individual candidates by filling in squares

below the line. If you choose to vote above

the line, you will be voting for that whole

group of candidates in the descending order

they are listed below that square. That

is all you have to do. If you vote this way,

you do not put numbers in any squares

below the line. If you do not want to vote

for a whole group but for individual candidates

in any order, you may choose to

Sources: NB Council Website, Electoral Commission NSW and Australian Electoral Commission.

vote below the line. To vote, you must put

a number ‘1’ in one of the squares below

the line and then put choices, starting with

the number ‘2’. The directions on the ballot

paper will tell you how many choices you

must show for your vote to be counted. You

can then show more choices, after that,

if you want. If you vote this way, you do

not put any numbers in any squares above

the line.

Who are the candidates?

Candidates in the Pittwater and Narrabeen

wards in this election are grouped as

Independents, Liberal, Labor, The Greens

and Your Northern Beaches Independent

Team. Candidates are (mostly!) locals

(check!); some have many years of local

government experience having served on

previous councils; others are community

leaders taking their first step into subpolitics…

and there are some new faces,

too. In the Pittwater Ward there are 26 candidates

in 8 groups (ordered A-H, based

on pre-determined ballot… so there could

be some good stuff down the bottom!)

In the Narrabeen Ward there are 15 candidates

in 5 groups (A-E). Regular readers

would have seen stories on many of the

candidates in previous issues and we’ve

brought them all together in this issue.

When will we find out the results?

Results will be available as they are counted

once polls close at 6pm on election

day. The first results are estimated to be

available about 6.30pm and most election

night results by 10pm.

What next?

The first meeting of the newly elected

Northern Beaches Council will be held in

the chambers in Dee Why on 26 September

at 6.30pm when the Mayor and

Deputy Mayor will be elected by the 15

councillors. An agenda will be available on

the council website. Council meetings are

usually held on the fourth Tuesday of each


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NB Council Election – Narrabeen Ward

INDEPENDENTS: Conny Harris, Stephen Baldwin

and Jayden Walsh have the Narrabeen catchment

at the top of their agenda.

LABOR: Pam Ward, with Sean Sotheran-Campbell

and John Ward, support appropriate development

and change, with a focus on affordable housing.

NSW LIBERALS: Rory Amon (right) with Neil Stronach

and Vicky McGahey, aim to bring down rates,

cut costs and set up a Narrabeen masterplan.

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TRUE INDEPENDENTS: Vincent De Luca (centre)

with Tammy Cook and Tony Biasi will work to deliver

more services at better value to ratepayers.


Sue Heins (centre) with Rohan Fisher and Matt

Nicholson will push for meetings with residents.

Your Northern Beaches

Independent Team

Sue Heins: Former deputy mayor of

Warringah; businesswoman and strong

advocate for local business. In 2015, Sue

received the Minister’s Award for Women

in Local Government.

Rohan Fisher: Former president of the

South Narrabeen Surf Life Saving Club

and current Duty Operations Advisor

for Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern

Beaches; heavily involved with the Dee

Why Lions Rugby Club and is passionate

about council’s provision of youth


Matt Nicholson: Former Australian and

NSW cricket representative; lives North


Their pitch: “We need to create a solid

and sound foundation for our new council

based on transparency, good governance

and respect,” says Sue. “If we don’t get it

right now, we will face endless problems in

the future.

“We believe the Northern Beaches

Independent Team is the right platform

to find solutions for our community,

within our community. We want common

sense and transparency to be reflected

in a new council, along with financial

sustainability to provide the services and

infrastructure needed right now and for

future generations.

“We regard community consultation

as vital and, believing that compromise

can only be reached when different

perspectives are put forward, we would

like to introduce a regular meeting point

where residents can bring their concerns,

ask questions and be heard.

“Our wish list to work through if

elected includes giving the business

community a voice at council, determining

a firm direction for more sporting

fields; protecting our biodiversity;

supporting local lifesaving and its 12,000

members; facilitating a stronger voice

for local youth; and upgrading council


True Independents

Vincent De Luca: Solicitor; former Warringah

councillor; awarded OAM in 2004

for service to the community; lives North

Curl Curl.

Tony Biasi: Local small business owner;

former President of St Paul’s College,

Manly Parents and Friends Association.

Tammy Cook: Full-time working mum;

member of Narrabeen Beach Surf Life

Saving Club since 2007 where she currently

serves in Administration Support.

Their pitch: “The amalgamation so far

has delivered few cuts to the highly paid

and bloated bureaucracy while there has

been a huge reduction in services, with

increases in development,” said Vincent.


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“We believe that only political

parties and developers have

gained from the amalgamation.

“We will fight to protect

the needs and interests of all

our residents, our environment

and community; stop

pushes for increased high rise

development; ensure Mona

Vale Hospital is not privatised

or sold off; build a cultural

centre, aquatic centre, community

centre hubs with

actual essential services; have

a review for more off-leash

dog walking and swimming

areas; widen the Narrabeen

bridge; ensure free parking

for ratepayers at beaches and

parks is maintained.

“At Warringah Council I opposed

the waste of over $500k

of ratepayers’ money being

spent on the aggressive amalgamation

campaign and felt it

was just a quest for power.

“Council should not be used

as a training ground for aspiring

parliamentary aspirants

but a place for people who truly

care about people, our local areas

and are prepared to stand

up and fight for the interests of

residents as opposed to developers,

party leaders, lobbyists and

party donors.”


Pam Ward: Educator; leader

in swimming education in

NSW as teacher in charge of

the NSW Department of Education

school swimming and

water safety program. Lives


John Ward: Former Principal

of Barrenjoey High and

Director of the Narrabeen

Sport and Recreation Centre;

currently Hon. Treasurer of

Pittwater RSL. Lives Elanora.

Sean Sotheran-Campbell:

Working in the Labor movement

as a staff member of

parliamentarians and an active

member of Young Labor;

lives Narrabeen ward.

Their pitch: “Our candidates

combine leadership experience

in community organisations

and the viewpoints of youth

and a gender balance,” said

Pam. “We are not developers

or associates of developers

(and have signed declarations

to that effect) – but we do support

appropriate development

and change.

“We will support the implementation

of the amalgamation

process and give it a go…

but we will also support any

future Labor state government

legislation to enable

de-amalgamation by way of a


“Affordable housing for

rental and for purchase is vital

to maintain social cohesion in

families as well as to provide

opportunity for people of

average incomes. Councillors

will advocate that provision

of affordable housing should

be at the level of 10-15% in all

new developments in housing

complexes, apartments and

estates, and should apply to

new seniors’ accommodation

and retirement villages.

“We support the continuation

of Mona Vale Hospital’s

emergency, maternity and

theatre facilities as a major

public facility, and we support

continuation of the B-Line bus

service in public hands.

“We believe in the development

of the community and

the protection of the environment

rather than over-development

and privatisation; in

the advancement of commu-

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nity facilities rather than of

private interests; and in being

accountable to the community

as a whole, rather than to a

particular interest.”

NSW Liberals

Rory Amon: Commercial

litigation lawyer, lives in Narrabeen;

President Davidson

Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade,

active rugby union referee.

Vicky McGahey: Local

school teacher, Doctor of Education,

Rotarian and author.

Neil Stronach: RAAF pilot

veteran and retired financial

controller; active in the War

Vets Narrabeen RSL Sub-

Branch, Probus.

Their pitch: “Under the

Independents, the former

Warringah Council voted to

increase rates by 26%. If they

are elected to this Council,

they will do the same to the

residents of former Warringah

and the residents of former

Pittwater,” says Rory. “A Liberal

Party council will work to

bring rates down and cut costs

before hitting rate-payers.

“We need to fight over-development

and provide better

infrastructure and public

transport. We will oppose new

developments which do not

have adequate infrastructure

in place to cope with any

growth in population. We will

work with the NSW Government

to ensure continued

investment in infrastructure

and public transport. Labor

and the Greens are opposed to

the B-Line and Beaches Link,

vital projects, and will cancel


“We need a masterplan for

Narrabeen Lagoon to make

this a recreational and tourist

hub. This is a resource which

can be shared by all, but

needs proper management.

“We cannot make a success

of Northern Beaches Council

by trying to drive it through

the rear-view mirror. Irrespective

of your views on amalgamation,

we now need to make

this council work.

"Ultimately, this election

comes down to who do you

trust? Who do you trust to run

a half a billion dollar a year

organisation? Independents

who will increase your rates

by 26%? Labor and the Greens

who don’t want to give us any

new roads or public transport?

Or, the Liberal Party,

who are sound economic

managers and whose State

Government is delivering record

infrastructure and public

transport investment to the

Northern Beaches.”


Conny Harris: GP who

worked in emergency at Mona

Vale Hospital for five years;

former deputy mayor Warringah

Council; lives Belrose.

Stephen Baldwin: Lives


Jayden Walsh: Lives in


Their pitch: “We need capable,

independent councillors.

Our priority is protecting our

environment – we have wonderful

beaches and bushland

and once they are gone we

cannot get them back,” said


“Protection of our natural

areas together with wildlife

corridors that make it possible

for wildlife to get from one

area to another will allow our

area to keep its outstanding

character and qualities. This

is especially important given

the significant road building

projects going on around us.

“Linked to that is our

commitment to stop

inappropriate development.

Dee Why will get more highrise,

Frenchs Forest is going

to join this unfortunately

with the new hospital and its

surrounds. All of this is being

planned without thinking

through the consequences for

traffic, public transport or


“Good planning with

protection of the natural

environment is paramount.

The Frenchs Forest development

must be kept at bay

and not overspill to make our

iconic Northern Beaches a

second Chatswood. Dee Why

and Manly must not become

the Gold Coast.

“As chair of the traffic committee

during my previous

term as councillor, I understand

the problems associated

with our roads and the extra

demands which will arise from

increased population and the

new hospital, in particular for

Wakehurst Parkway.”


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Pittwater News

Scotland Island

wastewater study

Wastewater services on

Scotland Island are in the

pipeline following the

announcement of State

Government funding for a

Council-led feasibility study

into the long-standing issue.

Consultants will be engaged

to assess the viability of the

project and advise on service

provision models. “Providing

wastewater services to

Scotland Island has been

proposed for decades – but

without a detailed feasibility

study it’s never been able

to be properly considered

or progressed,” said local

MP Rob Stokes. Council has

already provided funding to

the Scotland Island Residents’

Association to introduce a

modern, automated water

booking system to better

distribute and manage

residents’ access to emergency

water supply – often used

to help top-up personal

household water tanks.

Get inspired about

sustainable building

If you’re planning to build or

renovate, or just have an interest

in sustainable building design,

be informed and inspired

at the free Building Sustainable

Homes information night on

September 21. The Council initiative

is designed to support

home builders and renovators

considering sustainable options,

with a goal of reducing

reliance on non-renewable resources

and minimising home

running costs.

Sustainability professionals

will offer expert advice

and information at the

two-hour event, which also

includes a Q&A session. Building

Sustainable Homes will

be held at Manly Town Hall.

Bookings are essential via


More info 9976 1664.


Locals push on for mental health

Terry Finch cycles to fight

his personal demons.

It’s a challenge he’s been

battling most of his life.

Cycling is his answer to a

disease that affects almost

half of Australians. From

September 16-23, Dee Why

resident Terry is joining 65

riders (including 23 cyclists

from the Northern Beaches)

in a relay ride from Perth to

Broome to raise awareness

about mental health and

funds for the Black Dog

Institute, an organisation

that researches, diagnoses

and treats mood disorders

and depression. It was

only after he visited his

local GP, who recognised

his disease, that he was

referred to the Black Dog

Institute. “The Black Dog

Institute helped me to

understand how important

it is to talk openly about

a condition that affects

48 per cent of Australians

– we often think of

individuals suffering from

mental illness as people

committed to psychiatric

wards, not ordinary people

who have families and

good jobs. Nothing could

be further from the truth,”

he said. More info tourxoz.



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Ocean swims

are just around

the corner

The popular Pittwater Ocean

Swim Series is on again

this summer, with Bilgola

kick-starting proceedings

on Sunday 10 December.

There will be an ocean swim

every Sunday in January,

starting with Newport (7th)

followed by Avalon (14th),

Mona Vale (21st) and the

Big Swim Palm Beach to

Whale Beach (28th). Series

co-organiser Rob Berry says

the swims will bring more

than 4,500 swimmers to the

Pittwater region from all

over Australia, providing

a boost to local businesses

while raising much-needed

funds for the participating

surf clubs. “Many in the

local business community

support the series through

sponsorship and prizes,”

Rob said. “Our feedback tells

us that swimmers and their

families love the area, with

many staying for lunch and

a browse through the shops.

“Local Avalon Beach travel

agency Travel View have

also been wonderful with

their continuing support

for the series providing

the prize of air fares for

two to Byron Bay and Bay

Royal Apartments provide

luxury accommodation

for three nights and entry

into the Byron Bay ocean

swim in May this year,” said

Rob. “Ocean swimming is a

wonderful sport that is good

for the mind and body and,

we have swimmers from all

age groups, young and old,

taking part." Most of the

clubs have shorter swims to

encourage those who would

like to get started in the

sport. All funds raised go to

the surf clubs enabling the

purchase of essential life

saving equipment as well as

maintenance. "That means

everyone using the beaches

benefits from the Pittwater

Ocean Swim Series,”

Rob added. Full details


Female stars focus for

Rotary Spring Concert

Sing and swing along to an

exciting program of popular

music classics at the Rotary

Club of Upper Northern

Beaches’ eighth annual

Northern Beaches Spring

Concert from 7.30pm on

Wednesday 20 September in

the Grand Theatre at United

Cinemas, Warriewood. This

year brings back the popular

local symphony, the Northern

Beaches Orchestra, playing

for the first time with the

ARIA nominated Australian

country singer/songwriter

Melinda Schneider. The

show is an eclectic selection

of enduring songs made

popular by Doris Day, Dolly

Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Dusty

Springfield and others, plus

Melinda’s own award-winning

hits. Proceeds go to the

projects of Upper Northern

Beaches Rotary, including

the Palliative Care Centre

at Mona Vale Hospital. The

was formed in 2008 to give

talented local musicians

a chance to excel and to

enhance our community

cultural life. Tickets $50

(deluxe); $40 (regular). Book

early to avoid disappointment;


org or phone 9913 2800.

Northern Beaches Orchestra Continued on page 32


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Continued from page 31

Golden anniversary

for Community Aid

MWP Community Aid is

marking 50 years of assisting

many elderly and disabled

clients on the Northern

Beaches with a celebration

on September 2. The nonprofit

organisation based

in North Narrabeen, which

has helped thousands of

people to live independently

in their own homes, wishes

to gratefully acknowledge

its dedicated volunteers and

their generosity. Over the

years, many of its volunteers

have been recipients of local

and state awards for service

to Community Aid and the

community. The group also

wishes to thank the local

councils, churches and

other organisations for their

support over the years. “The

challenge for tomorrow is to

keep the wonderful heritage

of community-based services

supported by our strong base

of volunteers and qualified

staff,” said MWP Community

Aid CEO Kevin Reid. More info

9913 3244.

Fund floodgates

open on closures

The fast-approaching opening

of the new Northern Beaches

Hospital has seen the NSW

Government address the

ongoing issue of Wakehurst

Parkway road closures due to

flooding with the release of

up to $5 million to support

the introduction of flood

mitigation measures. Earlier

this year Northern Beaches

Council began investigating

environmental measures to

help address intermittent

flooding caused by the

overflow of Middle Creek.

An interim report presented

to Council late last month

concluded that making

changes to Middle Creek, and

removing vegetation, may be

able to reduce road closures

in smaller but more frequent

flood events. The new

funding from government

will support Council’s

detailed investigation and

the implementation of any

practical actions to reduce the

frequency of flooding.

Vintage cars focus

for PROBUS meeting

Vintage cars will be the focus

of an interesting talk at the

next Pittwater Men’s Probus

Club meeting on Tuesday

September 12. Club member

Kim Russell will speak

about specific makes and

models of vintage vehicles

manufactured from 1919

through 1930. Meeting starts

at 10.30am at Mona Vale Golf

Club; visitors welcome. More

info Bill Marshall 9999 5226.

Dee Why RSL

giving back

More than 115 local

organisations will benefit

from Dee Why RSL Club’s

Community Support Program

this year, with $1.65 million

worth of assistance allocated

through cash and in-kind

donations. Some of the local

groups who will benefit include

Be Centre, Zonta, Fight For

Cure and Life Saving Northern

Beaches. Executive Manager,

Community at Dee Why RSL

Club, Sheila Malone said the

support program was made

possible through all those who

utilised the club’s facilities

and services. Applications are

open during February and

March and the community

support year commences at the

beginning of each September.


No ‘Indian’ summer

ahead for Avalon

The collapse of a large chunk of

the cliff at the north headland of

Avalon Beach has left locals with

the task of coming up with a new

name for the landmark. Before

the rock collapse last month

the headland was sometimes

known as ‘Indian Head’ due to its

resemblance to the distinguished

profile of a Native North American

(not exactly PC we know).

Terrey Hills skatepark

a moveable feast

Local school student

Matthew Plunkett is the

toast of his mates following

Northern Beaches Council’s

announcement of plans to

build a $200,000 skatepark at

Terrey Hills Oval – on 11-yearold

Matthew’s suggestion.

The skatepark will be built

using a flexible system of

prefabricated skate elements

on a concrete slab that can

be relocated or expanded


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Time to strike up the

bands in Mona Vale

Northern Beaches Council has come up with an

initiative that will allow residents to contribute

tax deductible donations to a Charitable Trust,

with funds accumulated going towards the

construction of a new indoor performing arts

facility within the grounds of Mona Vale Public

School. The new Mona Vale Performance Space

would be run by Council (with permission from

the Department of Education) and used by

all local schools and the broader community.

The plan came about after Council’s Strategic

Reference Group for Arts and Culture

identified the clear need for a performance

space to support the many performance

ensembles across Northern Beaches’ schools

and the broader community. “Building such a

space at Mona Vale Public School would be a

great opportunity to utilise existing space for

the broader community benefit,” said outgoing

depending on the outcomes

of the proposed Terrey Hills

Oval Landscape Plan and is

scheduled for 2019.

Final film screening

The last work of former

Bayview resident, political

candidate and veteran

filmmaker John Davis, who

died in a helicopter crash in

November 2015 while trying to

expose damage caused by the

Shenhua coal mine, will screen

at Avalon Primary School

on Friday September 15. The

late filmmaker’s family and

friends completed the film in

his memory. It’s bound to be

an emotional evening, with

administrator Dick Persson. “This would

include creating a community organisation/

trust whose principal purpose is the promotion

of literature, music, performing arts, craft,

design, film, video, radio, community arts or

television.” A Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR)

Endorsement will be explored along with all

other options for funding. The project would be

similar to the collaboration between Council,

sporting groups and the State Government in

the late 1990s which led to the establishment of

the Northern Beaches Indoor Sports Centre.

the film depicting invasive

coal expansion near our farms

and forests and revealing the

effect on the land and the air

we breathe. It also documents

some of the inspirational

people who have dedicated

their lives to stopping the

mining. Tickets are $5 on the

door; screening from 6.30pm.





Dr Ben Brown

We all know how important

tick prevention is for

our dogs as the weather

warms up but what about

heartworm disease? Is your

dog adequately protected?

Heartworm in dogs is

a potentially fatal disease

that is transmitted from

infected to uninfected

dogs by mosquitoes. These

mosquitoes inject a tiny

worm into the dog’s body

(microfilaria) which then

mature into adult heartworm

over about 6 months inside

the chambers of the heart.

Adult heartworm then cause

heart failure which can result

in serious illness and death.

Heartworm disease is very

difficult and expensive to treat

so prevention is much better

than cure!

According to the Australian

Heartworm Advisory Panel,

year-round heartworm

protection is recommended

for every dog Australia

wide. Therefore, just as we

vaccinate pets against deadly

viral diseases, heartworm

prophylaxis is an important

cornerstone of preventative

care. Whilst monthly

heartworm preventatives

have been demonstrated

to be effective, when given

every month, any lapse in

treatment puts patients at

higher risk of heartworm

disease. Recent research

showed that complacency

around heartworm prevention

has resulted in dogs testing

positive to heartworm, in

fact around 40% of dogs

diagnosed with heartworm

disease are on ownergiven

monthly heartworm


The easiest way to avoid

forgetting heartworm

medication is to use annual

heartworm prevention at the

time of vaccination. Give us

a call to discuss your dog’s

heartworm prevention to

make sure they are adequately

protected leading into the

warmer months.


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Life Stories

When Michael Robotham was

a 24-year-old journalist with

Fairfax’s The Sun newspaper he

came up to Pittwater to stay in a house

that his then girlfriend, Vivien, was

housesitting. The house had a view in one

direction over Pittwater and in the other

over the ocean. He said to Vivien, “If I ever

achieve my dreams of being a full-time

writer I want to live in a place like this.”

Fast forward 30-odd years and Michael

Robotham is a renowned international

crime writer. His 12th novel, The Secrets

She Keeps, was released in July. His books

have been translated into 23 languages,

and made into films. Michael and Vivien

Robotham have three daughters, Alex,

Charlotte and Bella, and live in a large,

open plan sandstone house in Avalon.

But, despite the dream life, this couple

are very down-to-earth. When I arrive

Vivien is unloading the dishwater, and

putting a pile of obviously much-loved

plates, on which are faded images of African

animals, into a drawer.

“We bought them when we lived in

Harare for a year,” she explains, “while

Michael was ghostwriting a book there.”

Beyond the swimming pool is what

their daughters call the “Cabana of Cruelty”

where Michael pens his novels. He

seats himself on a worn red swivel chair

in front of his desk, on which is a large

Apple iMac, and I sit on a sofa.

He was born in Casino. His father was

a school teacher, and Michael was one

of four children. The family moved to

Gundagai when he was four, and Coffs

Harbour when he was 13. He describes his

upbringing as “idyllic and poor, but we

didn’t want for anything”.

When he left school Michael was one of

6,000 applicants to apply for 16 cadetships

with Fairfax.

“The newspaper said it would send me

a telegraph by the following Monday if

I’d got a position (my folks didn’t have

a telephone),” he recalled. “Monday and

Tuesday went. I gave up hoping. That Friday

I was at cricket practice when I looked

up and saw my mother running down

the road, waving a telegram. She had run

more than a mile from home.”

Vivien and he moved to London in 1986.

Michael was a senior features writer for

the UK’s Mail on Sunday, until in 1993

he left the newspaper with the idea of


“Vivien was pregnant with our first

child. We were living in Shepherd’s Bush

and our house was in negative equity. It

was a scary time. I was freelancing and

hoping to pick up ghostwriting work. That

first year I earned a tenth of what I had

been making as a journalist.”

The first book he ghostwrote was Empty

Best-selling author Michael Robotham

enjoyed a globetotting journalism career

before settling on his dream ‘job’

– and settling in his dream location...

Story by Rosamund Burton

Cradles about the Nottingham social

worker, Margaret Humphreys, who uncovered

the child migrant scandal, the British

Government’s program of forcibly sending

children from unwed mothers and orphanages

to Commonwealth countries such as

Australia and New Zealand. Over the next

10 years he was ghostwriter for 15 books

including the life of the singer, Lulu, and

Geri Halliwell of the Spice Girls.

The Robothams came back from London

in 1997 when Vivien was pregnant with

their second daughter, Charlotte. “A week

after arriving home we drove up to Pittwater,

round the Bilgola Bends, and I had to

pull over because Vivien was morning sick.

Afterwards, we sat in a café in Avalon and

decided this is where we wanted to live.”

It was while ghostwriting for Paul

Britton, the forensic psychologist whose

work inspired the BBC series Cracker, that

Michael became intrigued by criminal

psychology. In between ghostwriting projects,

he started writing a crime novel.

He had written 117 pages of the novel

when he had lunch with the publisher

to discuss a ghostwriting project. She

demanded to see the partial novel, and

afterwards “made an offer that I couldn’t

refuse” for the UK and Commonwealth

rights. Several months later word leaked

out and a bidding war broke out at the

London Book Fair.


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“The phone rang at three in the morning.

There were six American publishers

bidding, and five German publishers

bidding, and the French had offered this

and the Italians that. In the space of three

hours every dream I’d ever had of being a

full-time writer came true.

“By 7.30 in the morning Viv and I had

spent the money, by 8 o’clock we’d cast

the Hollywood film, and by 8.30 the terror

set in. It was a part-finished manuscript

and I had no idea how it ended. It

was like being backed into favouritism for

the Melbourne Cup never having run the

two miles before.”

That first book, The Suspect, which was

published in 2004, sold more than a million

copies. His latest page-turner,

The Secret She Keeps, a story told

through the voices of two pregnant

women, has been endorsed by crime

writer, Stephen King, and highly acclaimed

by the New York Times.

However, despite his phenomenal

international success as a writer Michael

admits he suffers from what is known as

‘imposter syndrome’.

“Every time I deliver a new book I

believe that this will be the book that exposes

me for being a complete fraud. And

no matter how many I’ve written when I

start a new one I feel like I’ve never done

it before, and I’m learning all over again

how to do it.”

The Robothams moved to their current

house five years ago. It was a home that

Vivien had admired years earlier. Michael

saw it was for sale two hours after it was

meant to have gone to auction. Vivien

rang the agent and was told it hadn’t been

auctioned, but there were three interested

parties. At four o’clock they were looking

around the house, and the following day

Michael put in an offer.

“When I bought it, my girls thought I

was having a mid-life crisis. They were

embarrassed to bring their friends here,

because they considered it to be ostentatious,

but they love it now.”

Michael Robotham is not a surfer, fisherman

or sailor, and admits he doesn’t even

get to the beach much. But as he writes all

his books in longhand, he is often found

sitting scribbling away in various Avalon

cafes. It’s at those times that he might

write a paragraph portrait of a fellow coffee

drinker for a character in a book.

“At the end of the day I’ve been very

fortunate to be one of the few people

who can make a living out of what I do,”

concludes this unassuming, hard-working

author. But when I walk down to Avalon

Village and into Bookoccino, its owner

Margaret Hutchings gives credit where it’s

due. “Michael Robotham is one of the best

crime writers in the world,” she says. “His

books keep getting better and better, and

he’s one of the most undervalued Australian


Life Stories

CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE: Leafy surrounds outside the ‘Cabana of Cruelty’ where

Michael Robotham pens his novels; autumn in the UK with Vivien in 1986; ‘Indiana’

Robotham in Africa in 1994; on holiday in Amsterdam last year with Bella, Alex, wife

Vivien and Charlotte; sharing an adventure with Vivien in the 1990s; celebrating the

birth of first daughter Alex in 1993.

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Art Life

Art Life

Plenty of Space to

satisfy your creativity

Sydney Art Space at Mona

Vale has linked with The

Manly Arts Festival to offer a

variety of interesting events

and workshops in September.

First up there’s the ‘From

Trash to Treasure’ weaving

workshop which will be held

on site at the Space at 64

Darley St on Sunday 17th from


An experimental sound and

drawing night – ‘Sonic Moves

IV’ – will be held underground

at Newport’s Kave Bar on

Wednesday 20th from 6-10pm.

Set aside the evening of

Friday 22nd – SAS convenor

Christine Simpson will stage

her ‘Noise Pagoda: Recent

Works on Paper’ art exhibition

and fundraiser for the

upcoming Newport Sculpture

Trailblazers 2017; venue is the

Kave Bar from 5.30-8pm.

Live Painting Performances

will be held on Sat 23rd in the

BWS Arcade at Newport from


The arcade will also be

the location for two Mural

Painting Workshops for kids.

The first one on Sunday 24th,

for kids aged 7-13, will be for

drawing and painting; it will

be followed by a drawing and

stencilling workshop for ages

14-18 on Sunday October 1.

Plus, the Sydney Art Space

School Holiday Art Program

is now up on their website

sydneyartspace.com, with all

sorts of creative experiences

for all ages.

Places are limited and bookings

essential; more info 0402

532 957 or email info@sydneyartspace

– Lisa Offord

Mia celebrates her

‘coastal aquarium’

ellyfish are

“Jmy organised

chaos,” says artist

Mia McLean with a

laugh, “they are my

playful, favourite

subject matter.”

‘Spindrift’ – a

collection of Mia’s

works drawing

inspiration from

the coastline and

waterways that

form her Australian

‘backyard’ – opens

at Re:Publik Café at

Ettalong Beach this

month, exhibiting

through to early



seahorses and the

floating tentacles of jellyfish are beautifully captured by Mia in

watercolour and multimedia on canvas.

Mia explained she travelled across Australia for nearly 12

months to beautifully capture ‘our backyard’, as she refers to

her paintings.

“We camped along the way, setting up market stalls and

selling watercolour originals of varying seascapes, all the time

drawing inspiration from the surroundings,” she said.

“My work is an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ take on realism, with

the colours and the placement slightly warping the truth.

“The Re:Publik Café exhibition is a celebration of the tranquil

beauty that exists in our own coastal aquarium.”

Amid the underwater ‘chaos’, Mia says whales were also a

favourite, representing ultimate calm and the solitude of the


Café owner Catherine McDonald said she was delighted to

help support the local arts scene.

“We do not take a commission on any sales and purely

support the artists and their works,” she said.

“The café walls become their space to show the art they

choose. With more artists signed up, our art schedule now

extends until the 2018 – it’s very exciting.” – Nigel Wall


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Win cool cash as a local Insta hero

What does the Northern Beaches mean to you?

In September, Northern Beaches Council is

running a photographic competition asking you

to showcase your images. To win one of four $200

prizes, take a local snap, share it on Instagram and

hashtag #northernbeaches2017. Entries are limited

to 10 per person. Photos should illustrate the Northern

Beaches’ lifestyle: heritage, culture, events,

music, technology, sports, arts, etc. Selected entries

will be included in a free exhibition at Mona Vale Library

on October 24, when the competition winners

will also be announced. More info 9970 1607.

‘Grand’ idea for kids

September may be the month

for Father’s Day but grandparents

will be the focus of one

of two great children’s holiday

workshops conducted by Meredith

Rasdall Visual Art at the

Avalon Recreation Centre.

The ‘My Grandma or Grandpa’

portrait-on-canvas painting workshop

on Wednesday September

27 will see children work from a

photograph of their grandparent

to create a unique keepsake using

expressive paint techniques

and mixed media such as buttons,

fabric and wire.

A second ‘Clay Masks’ workshop,

on Thursday September 28, will

encourage children to look at primitive

masks as inspiration for their

own creations that they will fashion

from clay, feathers, wire and cane.

Both workshops run 10am-

12pm; cost $50. Bookings essential

– phone 0402 121 184 or email


On the Trail

to connect

and collect

In October, don’t miss

the opportunity to

spend a day (or even two)

discovering original works

by a band of talented

Northern Beaches artists.

On Saturday the 14th and

Sunday the 15th, from

10am – 5pm, witness the

renewed and expanded

network of inspiring

studio locations on offer

in this years’ Pittwater

Artists Trail. Organisers

encourage you 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 with

trail visitors. For a map

and artist details visit


Art Life

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Art Life

Art Life

Bound to

make an


Specialist book maker Gwen

Harrison has worked in collaboration

with Sue Anderson

in the production of finely

bound, limited edition Artists

Books for the past decade.

Motivated by a shared

respect for the integrity of

each process involved in the

making of an artist book, its

means of traditional labour, its

materiality, form and content,

their works are respected and

highly regarded.

The pair will exhibit a collection

of their prints and wall

works at Eye Doctors Mona

Vale (20 Bungan St) throughout

spring, with viewing during

business hours.

Gwen and Sue were recently

guest speakers at the ‘Codex

Symposium for Artists Books’ in

San Francisco as well as the ‘San

Francisco Centre for the Book’.

All but one of their book

series have full page, original

etchings or collagraphic

prints, researched and written

by the artists, with the text

hand-set letterpress type.

The books are large, with

images as substantial as 55cm

x 60-72 cm wide, gate-folded

within the volumes.

The stunning works are held

by the Australian National

The 50th Birthday celebrations

of the Artists &

Craftsmen of Pittwater continue

this month with a three-day

Spring Exhibition and Sale at

Mona Vale Memorial Hall.

Featured art from Thursday

28th to Saturday 30th (9am-

4pm each day) includes both

contemporary and traditional

styles in oils, acrylic, water

colour, pastel and mixed media.

Plus, multi award-winner

Linda Joyce will have a collection

of framed prints and art

cards available for sale.

In a new development,

ACOP’s Kathy Dallamico says

visitors will be invited to

take part in both the People’s

Choice Art and People’s

Choice Craft Awards.

“Voters will be eligible to

go into a draw for a $200 Gift

Voucher that can be redeemed

on Art or Craft items at ACOP

Exhibitions,” said Kathy.

“These Art & Craft Awards

have proved to be a big hit

Library for their Special collections,

the NSW State Library

as well as the British Library,

collectors from the US Codex

Foundation in San Francisco

and Boston, Stanford University,

University of California

Santa Barbara, Berkeley and


Gwen and Sue’s work can

also be viewed from September

7-9 at ‘Sydney Contemporary’

at Carriageworks in

Sydney. – Nigel Wall

with customers as they peruse

the collections, sometimes

surprising themselves by

choosing a piece that they

wouldn’t have normally

thought would inspire them.

“This is a great way to engage

directly with the Artists

and Crafters and have a better

appreciation of the stories be-

Pieces of

Silver Plus – the peninsula’s

longest-formed cooperative

of jewellery makers – are

celebrating their 30th year

with an innovative exhibition

this month.

‘The Shape of Things’, to be

held over the weekend of September

16-17, will showcase

the work of 12 members in

their stunning studio setting

at Ingleside.

“A shape is determined by

the outline or external boundary

of an object,” explained

Silver Plus member Susan

Peacock. “With jewellery however,

the curves and movement

of the body, and the

body language of the wearer

themselves, also inform our

perception of the piece.”

She said members had chosen

this time of year to stage

their exhibition, to capitalise

on their exquisite bush setting,

which will be bursting

with spring colour.

“We hope people will enjoy

ACOP offers two bites

at People’s Choice awards

hind the people and the pieces

presented for sale.”

She said hand-made goods

continued to attract customers

looking for unique style and

craftsmanship in pieces for


“The craft section includes

Kim’s ever-popular hand-made

jewellery pieces, including a

limited number of stunning

baroque pearl necklaces – and

she can also help you put

together a gorgeous personalised

bracelet for your children.”

Other collections to be showcased

are patchwork, handembroidered

baby gifts and

towel sets, children’s summer

dresses, silk scarves, screen

printed tea towels and aprons,

felt toys, hand painted cards,

wooden burls, paper tole,

quilling, hand knitted toys,

enamels, cushions made from

French and English fabrics,

mosaics and glass terrariums.

More information acop.com.

au or facebook. – Lisa Offord


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Silver take ‘Shape’

meeting the makers, viewing

the unique jewellery pieces

and breathing in the fresh air,”

Susan said.

The work on display will

include a huge range of metal

working techniques including

Kuem Bu – fusing

gold-leaf and silver

(Susan Peacock);

and Mokume – melding

metals to create

a water-like pattern

(Heidi Francis).

Other pieces are

patterned using a rolling

mill (Margot Ryan);

decoratively pierced

(Brenda Coleman),

forged (Lesley Mountford,

Hanne Kambro)

or twisted (Christine Sadler).

Unique chain designs from

Bobbie Winger and Gail Jenner

will feature, along with

bracelets from Cilla Cross and

Margaret Illy in sterling silver.

Colour is introduced with semiprecious

stones (Hanne Kambro,

Brenda Coleman,

Margot Ryan) and

enamel (Irene Garran).

The exhibition is open

10am-4pm on both days;

all are invited to attend the

launch on Saturday 16th

(morning tea supplied).

More information Silverplus.

studio@gmail.com or phone

0405 561 718.

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Surfing Life

Surfing Life

What a ‘Lady’: chilling out

on a surf trip that isn’t...

Nothing glossy about this Great Barrier Reef location but it shines nonetheless

As the plane circles, I

gaze down, thinking

just how completely


There, a hundred metres

below, lies a coral sand

island, encased from the east

by a perfect semi-circle of

reef. You can see the ins and

outs of a doubled-up surf

zone, a left on one side, a

right on the other – a pretty

good right by the look, exit

point and all.

No real swell, but that’s

not so strange. Not even the

sight itself is strange – coral

sand islands with fringing

reefs are pretty familiar to

a surfer’s eye. Heck, I’ve

probably seen a hundred

of ’em. But I’ve never seen

such a sight without having

a board nearby. THAT feels


Lady Elliot Island is like that

– a surf trip that isn’t, kinda. I

was tipped off to it by surfer

mates who’ve visited, yet they

all talked about it like surfing

was secondary.

The island sits in clear

water on the southernmost

fringe of the Great Barrier

Reef, some way north of

Fraser Island. It marks one of

the east coast’s big transition

points, from the sandisland

deposits off southern

develop the island’s original

tree species. They also run

an airstrip and a very downhome

little eco resort facing

out to the eastern lagoon,

with daily SCUBA and snorkel

runs off the outer waters and

along the western side.

Spend a few days there and

it feels like you’ve fallen off

the edge of the world. Not

even in the Mentawais can

you escape mobiles these

days, but there’s no reception

on Lady Elliot, and no TVs in

the simple but comfortable

units. You can buy internet

time but really, why would

ya. Instead we collected fins,

masks and snorkels, dived off

boats near the non-breaking

with Nick Carroll

REEF-RINGED: Lady Elliot Island offers time to look at a tropical ecosystem in recovery. PHOTO: Wendy Carroll.

Queensland to the enormity

of the reef.

Its modern history is a

near perfect reflection of

Queensland’s oscillating

priorities – mining, or

tourism? In 1960, strip-mined

a century ago for its guano

deposits and since gnawed

flat by goats, Lady Elliot

was a desert. It was slowly

re-greened, first by keepers

of the island’s lighthouse,

then by a succession of

tourism lease-holders who

gained the rights from the

Commonwealth of Australia.

(Yep, we all own it!)

The current lessees have

accelerated the re-greening,

working out of a nursery to

left, and swam the lagoon at

high tide, when blacktips and

green turtles cruised over

the reef, looking for this and


Humpback whales are everpresent,

sometimes circling

the island, breaching and

carrying on. Go down near

the bottom outside the reef

line, where the water density

carries sound for kilometres,

and you’ll hear them singing

and squeaking away.

At night, with a clear sky,

the stars explode out of the

blackness the way they never

do in a town. You might as

well be in Tahiti.

Like I said, there’s nothing

glossy about Lady Elliot.


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6-17 Sept: Hurley Pro and Swatch Women’s Pro, WSL CT,

Lower Trestles, CA USA

Back into the double headers at pro surfing’s pointy end. All the top

men and women spend two sunny weeks in San Clemente, trying

to show off in front of their endorsements’ CEOs. This is actually a

critical event for the men’s and women’s world title races, both of

which are closing up into the last third of the tour, but Lowers isn’t

nearly as great a CT venue as we’ve seen so far this year – it’s not

a patch on Jeffreys Bay, for instance – and it doesn’t pose much

of a challenge to this level of surf skill. All one can hope for is a

freak storm swell, a hurricane or some such; or maybe for the entire

event to decamp 250 miles north to Kelly Slater’s new wave pool for

a demo session. That’d be weird, but it’d definitely be entertaining.

26-29 Sept: BL’s BlastOff!

The most eagerly awaited grommet surfing get-together of the year

bar none! Divisions from 6 to 14 years of age, girls and boys, get to

surf, compete, and take on heaps of advice from a judging panel

whose mission is less to sort out winners and losers, and more on

helping kids get to be better surfers. Venue: Whale Beach, with

Avalon and Palm Beach on standby. So much happens in a short

time. BlastOff! Idol is an eagerly awaited part of the deal, as is a

twilight carnival at Beach Without Sand and a Coastalwatch Grom

Summit where kids can learn about everything from sponsorship to

surf forecasting. Plus… showbags! Look it up online for late entry –

there’s not much space left!


First the bad news. The water’s not gonna warm up. Inshore water

temps dropped by two degrees in late July, dipped a tiny bit more

in mid-August, and while it’s fairly warm well offshore, Northern

Beaches surf zones will be tingly for some time yet. Sorry! Next, the

slightly better news – surf-wise I think maybe we are in for a pretty

active start to Spring. Southern Hemisphere air pressure charts

have shown a distinct early trend toward broken-up air masses, with

colder southerly air leaking up into the tropics and warm equatorial

air being sucked toward the temperate zones right around the globe.

This air mixing, often a sign of a very strong monsoon to come,

makes for a dynamic surf outlook on east coasts like ours. Watch

for sudden southerly gales, early season nor-easters, and warmer

days of variable winds and quite a bit of swell – often from the south

and south-east, but also from the direct east angle thanks to the air

mixture in the south-west Pacific. Seize the day! Etc.

Nick Carroll

Surfing Life

The food’s good, it’s quiet.

The clientele aren’t flashy

sorta people: some European

tourists, and a lot of repeat

customers who come to

dive or chill. Yet the island

contains one extraordinary

luxury: Time. I know the

surf here does actually

pump on occasion, I’ve seen

the photos, but with the

obsessive pursuit of waves

out of the picture, there’s

time to have a close slow

look at a tropical ecosystem

in recovery – at a time when

almost all the news about the

Reef is bad.

Further north, with the

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Abbott Point loading

extension and the billiondollar

railway to nowhere,

Queensland might be

turning the clock back to

mining. Ironically, the reborn

Lady Elliot generates

way more income than it

ever did from guano, just by

being itself.

Nick Carroll is a leading

Australian and international

surf writer, author, filmmaker

and surfer, and one

of Newport’s own. Email:



Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

Spring into the

school holidays

The weather is warming

up and Spring School

Holidays are almost here –

time to start planning how

you are going to keep the kids


Here are a few ideas to

keep kids active during the


Goodwin’s Tennis


With years of local knowledge

and experience Joel Goodwin

and the team have got kids’

school holiday tennis camps

down pat.

Held at Mona Vale and

Narrabeen for ages 4 and up,

Joel offers parents and carers

great flexibility with full-week

or daily bookings available

and free before camp care

from 7.30am and after camp

care until 5pm.

Qualified coaches ensure

the kids learn and/or improve

their tennis in a relaxed environment;

there’s lots of fun

and prizes – and free Maccas

on the last day of each camp!

For details and bookings

go to goodwinstennisacademy.com.au

or call 9979 6772.

Coastal Environment


Parents and carers in-theknow

book kids into the CEC’s

Kids On The Coast holiday

programs early to avoid disappointment.

There’s a range

of fully supervised activities

available during the holidays,

teaching kids the value of our

natural environment. Below is

a taste of what’s on the activity


Running Wild – kids will learn

about bush tucker and how to

make tools out of what they

can find in the bush, how

to make fire with hands and

make a fish hook out of shells.

Race Around the Headlands

– a day-long treasure hunt

where kids follow the clues at

the CEC and surrounding area

on a trail to fun and adventure.

Survivor Challenge – a great

activity for those wanting to

learn how to build a shelter

and survive on what they find

in the great outdoors.

Rock Platform Rambles – oldfashioned

outdoor fun by the

sea where the kids peer into

rock pools, build sandcastles

and fly kites.

The CEC is on Pelican

Path, Lake Park Road, North

Narrabeen. Kids must be 6

years and over and enrolled

in school. Activities run from

10am-3pm (no before or after

care). Cost $61. More info

online or 1300 000 232

All on board

No need to tell you when it

comes to water based activities

in Pittwater we are spoilt

for choice.

For starters check out

the school holiday sailing

camps at The Royal Prince

Alfred Yacht Club rpayc.com.

au and Avalon Sailing Club


and Manly Surf School will

be running four-day learn to

surf courses at Palm Beach;

call 9932 7000.


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Trusted advice still close

There’s no doubt navigating

the complex health,

disability or aged care

systems is confusing – which

is why it’s important to know

there are services available

that can provide fast, free,

unbiased information, advice

and guidance.

For almost a quarter of a century

the not-for-profit, non-religious

organisation Community

Care Northern Beaches (CCNB)

has been supporting older

people, people with a disability,

mental illness and dementia,

indigenous people – and their

carers to maximise their independence

and wellbeing.

Now settled into new premises

just up the road in Frenchs

Forest, the CCNB team are assuring

Pittwater residents they

will continue their mission to

enable people to live independently

in their own home

and get the most out of life

by providing impartial advice,

information, guidance, referral

and support covering:

n Home (aged) Care;

n Dementia Care;

n NDIS Support Coordination;

n Mental Health; and

n Families and Carers

CCNB’s care coordination

service helps to match and

connect people to the right government-subsided

and privately

funded support services and

helps them get the best out of

the disability, health and aged

care systems.

The organisation also

hosts a number of free events

throughout the year to help

arm the community with the

latest information on health

issues including mental health

and dementia (CCNB is highly

regarded for its expertise in

memory loss and dementia

and its impacts on the individual,

partners, family and

friends) and changes to health

and social care systems such

as the NDIS and aged care.

It also provides wonderful

support to the carers in our


See the website ccnb.com.

au for more info and the ad

on this page for the new office


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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

Why modern dentures are

something to smile about

If the very mention of the

word dentures conjures in

your mind a full set of pictureperfect

false teeth protruding

from a lived-in face, you’re not


But what you may not realise

is dentures are not only for

the elderly and there are many

different denture types to help

improve a smile, the way a person

eats and their confidence.

Dental prosthetist Anthony

Boyle of Pittwater Denture

Clinic says it is a common

myth that not many people

wear dentures anymore.

“A surprising number of

people wear dentures and the

good dentures look so lifelike

that it is often difficult to tell

the difference between someone

with natural teeth and

someone who wears dentures,”

he said.

Anthony said that if you

don’t wear dentures you can

thank fluoride, which was

added to Sydney’s drinking

water in 1960 subsequently

reducing tooth decay, tooth

loss and the number of people

who required dentures.

“People have missing teeth

for a variety of reasons,” Anthony


“The most common reason is

lack of fluoride in the water;

the next most common is

smoking which adversely

affects the condition of the

periodontal ligaments causing

healthy teeth to become loose

and drop out.”

Anthony, who has also

taught hundreds of students

and was the NSW Secretary of

the Australian Dental Prosthetists

Association, has witnessed

several advances since

his father started Pittwater

Denture Clinic more than 40

years ago.

He said by utilising technology

and modern materials,

dentures could now be

custom-made to fit accurately,

were stronger, remained

cleaner, were easier to clean

and were healthier, as bacteria

was less able to cling to the


For more information visit


or phone 9979 7590.

For a good


n Local band RockGear

will shake the house at

Collaroy Beach Club on

Saturday September 30

in a fundraiser aimed

at increasing awareness

of the ongoing

battle against breast

cancer. Tickets are just

$10, with all proceeds

going to the McGrath

Foundation. The event

is supported by Peninsular

Cricket Club – head

along in pink and join in

for a good cause. More

info Kay 0429 268 138;

book online at facebook.


n Home Sweet 2017 – at

Freshwater SLSC on

September 15 – is a new

‘sleepover’ fundraiser

which aims to raise at

least $100,000 to support

homeless youth on

the Northern Beaches.

Held on Friday 15th

September at Freshwater

SLSC also aims to raise

awareness. There are

currently an estimated

200 homeless young

people on the Northern

Beaches, many are

‘hidden homeless’ –

sleeping in cars and on

couches. All funds go to

The Burdekin Association,

providing housing,

counselling and access

to employment and

training for vulnerable

youth for over 30 years.

More info homesweet.



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Stay in your home as you age

Clareville resident Louise

Mace founded a business

dedicated to helping people

in the later stages of life after

she experienced the emotional

and logistic struggles families

faced when the desire to age

independently at home is compromised.

Louise said her elderly father,

like many Australians, never

wanted to move into aged care

so when his health took a turn

and his independence faded,

the prospect of leaving the

safety of his home was more

stress than he needed.

“Like many my father didn’t

qualify for a government-subsidised

home care package;

his options were limited,”

Louise said.

Louise left her job to care

for her father full-time; however

within weeks he passed

away in hospital.

“I found myself in this position

of grieving not only for

the loss of my dad but for the

way his final weeks turned

out,” she said. “It seemed obvious

in hindsight that what he

needed was a way to not only

be able to receive the care he

needed at home, but to fund

that care by using his wealth

that was tied up in his home.”

Driven to act, Louise, who

has more than two decades

working in the health and

aged care industries, and

husband Les, a veteran of the

Australian financial industry,

created New Way To Stay – a

service that develops personalised

in-home care packages.

New Way To Stay is hosting

an Empowerment In Ageing

information evening at the

Royal Motor Yacht Club on

November 9; speakers include

specialists in estate planning,

a dedicated aged-care

experienced financial planner

and MP Jason Falinksi (who

has a career background in

health care products used in


More info newwaytostay.


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Health & Wellbeing

High blood pressure: the

possible effect on eyes

High blood


can damage

blood vessels in the

retina – this is called

hypertensive retinopathy.

The retina or film layer of

the eye has infinite delicate

blood vessels that can be

affected by various medical

conditions and eye diseases.

Detrimental changes in

the retinal blood vessels

can occur when high blood

pressure is not controlled,

which may cause a loss

of vision that can become

permanent. The higher the

blood pressure and the

longer it has been high, the

more severe the damage.

Symptoms may include

double vision or dim

vision, headaches, visual

disturbances and

sometimes sudden

vision loss. Sudden

symptoms can be a

medical emergency.


most people with

hypertensive retinopathy do

not have symptoms until late

in the disease.

However, some may report

decreased or blurred vision

and others experience


Some of the signs a

comprehensive retinal eye

examination will detect

include retinal arteriolar

narrowing, arterio-venous

crossing changes, retinal

with Rowena Beckenham

haemorrhages and exudates,

retinal microaneurysms,

macular and optic disc


Your optometrist should be

asking you for a full medical

history in relation to current

medications and any personal

or family history of high

blood pressure and refer back

to general practitioners for

review if signs are detected in

the eyes.

Comment supplied by Rowena Beckenham, of

Beckenham Optometrist in Avalon (9918 0616). Rowena

has been involved in all facets of independent private

practice optometry in Avalon for 16 years, in addition

to working as a consultant to the optometric and

pharmaceutical industry, and regularly volunteering in

Aboriginal eyecare programs in regional NSW.


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Creating a positive place for teens

New research suggests

small daily acts of creativity

can bolster mood – and

that those positive changes

could be enduring.

Counsellor Shar Votano

(pictured) first observed the

power of the artmaking process

and how it transformed

students when she was a high

school visual arts teacher.

“It brought about critical

thinking and contemplation in

some, a focus and calmness in

students who perhaps were not

in other classes, whilst others

were energised and empowered

by creating,” Shar said.

As a qualified counsellor

and Director of Good Counsel

Northern Beaches, Shar has

created a serene space in Warriewood.

She incorporates art therapy

practices for some clients to

help express themselves, trigger

conversations and boost


Art therapy studies support

the notion that creative

expression is good for us.

“Research underscores what

artmaking can do for us in

terms of ‘feeling better’… and

tells us that art therapy is conducive

to producing positive

health outcomes,” Shar said.

Cognisant of the issues

facing young people, Shar has

teamed with teachers and artists

to present another series

of school holiday workshops

where teens can unwind, create,

express their feelings and

emotions, learn how to maintain

healthy boundaries and

adopt good coping strategies.

The art-based therapy

workshops, which also include

yoga, meditation and some

light-hearted activities, are

designed to allow young

people aged 13-17 to explore

their creativity and help build


Designed to be positive and

thought provoking, the workshops

will also address relevant

concerns for teens such

as self-esteem, body issues,

anxiety and depression, social

pressures, how to reach out for

support when they need it and

how to build resilience.

Sessions will be held on

Mon 25 to Fri 30 September

and Mon 2 to Thur 5 October

from 9am - 4.30pm at Good

Counsel Retreat Space, 6a

Prosperity Parade, Warriewood.

Cost $60 per day includes

art materials and resource

books, personal journal to

make and keep for reference

and support, a healthy lunch

and snacks and yoga and

meditation facilitation.

For info email info@

goodcounsel.net.au, visit

goodcounsel.net.au or phone

0409 253 277.

– Lisa Offord

* Interested in finding out

more about art therapy?

UNSW is hosting a festival

of arts + science + people

called The Big Anxiety,

Australia’s largest mental

health festival, with 60

events across Sydney. More

info thebiganxiety.org.


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Hair & Beauty

How pulses of light can

provide skin rejuvenation

with Sue Carroll

Every human cell contains

organelles called

mitochondria, which

generate the energy that the cell

needs to survive, as well as help

cells communicate with each

other to work more efficiently.

The process of generating the

energy can be stimulated and

enhanced by providing energy

to the cell in the form of light

energy. This is called

Light Emitting Diode (LED)

therapy, which uses pulses of

visible therapeutic light over

many wavelengths that deliver

energy to the various layers of

the skin.

The science of light therapy

started in Europe around 40

years ago. It has also been used

extensively in the USA by the

NASA space program to aid

in the rapid healing of cuts,

scrapes and bruising (when in

space the lack of gravity limits

the body’s healing capacity).

It has been shown in studies

using LED light, that the visible

light works by changing the

molecular structure of a gluelike

layer of water on elastin, the

protein that provides elasticity

in skin, blood vessels, heart

and other body structures.

Figuratively speaking the

light strips away those water

molecules that are involved in

the immobilisation of elastin,

gradually restoring its elastic

function and thus reducing

facial wrinkles.

Other benefits of LED light

therapy that have been studied

and reported include:

n increased vascularity (relating

to fluid carrying vessels);

n stimulated collagen

production (a protein found

in skin, bone and connective


n increased adenosine

triphosphate (ATP) release

(fuel for cells);

n increased RNA and DNA

synthesis (essential for protein

synthesis, ATP production and

cell repair);

n increased lymphatic drainage

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(a fluid containing white blood

cells that is drained from

tissue spaces – in the course

of healing, it often carries

away bacteria, viruses and

cancer cells);

n stimulated fibroblastic

activity (connective tissue that

secretes collagen and elastic


n increased phagocytosis

(a process of cleaning the

blood stream and tissues of

bacteria, waste and other

foreign particles);

n it is anti-inflammatory, which

will assist in reducing red

capillaries, and rosacea; and

n its purifying and antibacterial

effect will assist with

reducing, calming and healing


For those looking for a

non-invasive and no-downtime

treatment, LED is a safe and

effective treatment for the

rejuvenation of skin, the healing

of jaundice in babies, and the

reduction of acne and rosacea.

Treatments can take from 15-30

minutes per session. Depending

on what is to be treated, several

sessions may be required over a

few weeks.

LED treatments may also

be included in other skin

treatments in order to speed

the healing and rejuvenation

capacity of the skin. Most

people will see results after the

first application of LED, where

the skin is calm, hydrated

and has a healthy and radiant

glow. LED treatments may be

performed while lying on an

LED bed – similar to a sunbed

– in a clinic, or even at home at

your own leisure.

It is very important to know

the true efficacy of the actual

LED, knowing that it is of the

correct wavelength and not just

a coloured light globe, which

will not produce a beneficial


The science of skin

rejuvenation can be as easy

as LED therapy. The light

treatment is beneficial for both

men and women of all ages,

skin types and conditions.

Sue Carroll of Skin

Inspiration has been a qualified

Aesthetician for 33 years.

Sue has owned and

operated successful beauty

clinics and day spas on

the Northern Beaches.




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Business Life: Money

Business Life

Mortgage stress: Same

old story, different day

This month we look at a

topic that is becoming

somewhat of a recurring

theme in financial markets.

Last month ABC’s flagship

‘Four Corners’ program

screened an episode

titled ‘Betting on the House’,

presented by Michael Brissenden.

The report dealt with

the topic of mortgage stress

and the linked question of a

bubble in house prices. Aside

from entitlements granted to

politicians and bank bashing I

can’t think of a more popular

topic and proof of that was

the blanket press coverage

the next day as every major

paper and plenty of regionals

ran with the story. Part of

the reason why this particular

issue carried far and wide was

the use of clever graphics that

depicted mortgage stress by

postcode and showed, not

surprisingly, that our regional

areas were carrying more than

their fair share of the burden.

This is not to say we are immune

from mortgage stress

here on the sunny northern

beaches. The same data used

in the Four Corners report

suggested the following statistics

for our local area:

Stressed at current rates:

Avalon (17% of 2,277 properties);

Newport (33% of 1,440);

Mona Vale (0% of 1,393); Warriewood

(11% of 1,292); and

Narrabeen 0% of 2,669).

Stress rates with a 2% rate

increase would see each of

those suburbs hike to 51%,

40%, 52%, 58% and 36% duress


It dawned on me a few

minutes after I saw the Four

Corners report that this is

old news. So I dug back a few

years, 13 to be exact, and

there it was – my Pittwater Life

column from November 2004

titled ‘Interest Rates on my

Mind’. Here’s the first couple

of paragraphs:

with Brian Hrnjak

‘You can tell you’re living

in Sydney when the number

one read article on the Sydney

Morning Herald website

concerned forecast changes to

interest rates (SMH: 18 October

2004). Scrolling down the page

you could see that in Victoria,

readers of the Age newspaper

were far more concerned

about issues of child welfare,

followed by Shane Warne and

then finally interest rates which

ranked a distant third.

So what’s the big deal about

interest rates in Sydney? Clearly,

rates are the number one

concern in the mortgage belt

– which is the rather tight belt

around the necks of so many

homebuyers in our community

and control, or, perceived

control, over where these rates

may go will get you elected to


Here is the fourth paragraph:

‘The article in the Herald

quoted research from economic

forecasters BIS Shrapnel

who say that Australia’s long

period of moderate growth,

low inflation and low interest

rates can’t last. Fair enough,

nothing lasts forever. The

researchers argue that as a

consequence of skills shortages

and subsequent wages push

inflation, interest rates would

rise in their estimation by 2 to

3 per cent over the next three

years. You can almost hear

that mortgage belt tightening

at the thought.’

BIS Shrapnel did a great job

forecasting, standard variable

home loan rates peaked at

9.60% in July 2008.

So when rates rose to their

peak in 2008, did disaster

befall the property market? No

it didn’t and it’s worth looking

at a wider history to see what

did occur at certain times –

bearing in mind that we can

only talk about averages as

the data for the Sydney area is

from the ABS.


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In the six-year period following

Australia’s last recession in

1991, Sydney home prices grew

23.6% between 1991 and 1997,

an average of 3.9% per annum.

Variable home loan interest

rates at that time fell from

highs of around 17% to 6.7%.

For the seven-year period

between 1997 and 2004 Sydney

home prices more than

doubled their value while rates

were relatively flat: 6.7% –

7.05% p.a.

For the 13-year period

between 2004 and 2017 Sydney

home prices more than

doubled again as standard

variable rates fell to around

5.6% p.a.

So, do Sydney house prices

ever fall? Well, yes they do, as a

deeper look into the statistics

would show and recall again

these are averages which may

mask some wild swings. During

the period of the last recession

around 1989 to 1991,

prices were flat to negative.

Prices stagnated for nearly four

years between 2003 to 2007

in response to a fairly modest

rate rise in late 2003 which

went on to become the start

of a rate rise cycle. During the

tail end of the GFC in 2010/11,

prices also stagnated or fell in

response to extreme volatility

in financial markets.

Is the Four Corners report

justified in putting a negative

spin on the incidence of

mortgage stress and talking up

fears about a housing price collapse?

I suspect that mortgage

stress is a sad but incidental

part of trying to establish

oneself in Sydney, a world class

city. What we know about the

housing stock in our area is that

around 40% is owned outright

and around 38% of homes are

in the process of being bought

with a mortgage. So could 3%

of our local housing stock be

under mortgage stress as the

Four Corners figures suggest?

Sure, there are always going to

be buyers who overextend or

through other circumstances

become stressed. I’m not,

however, convinced that a rate

rise, when it comes, will necessarily

lead to a collapse in home


History has shown that prices

in our area are more likely

to stagnate while people try

to ride out the cycle. Anyone

who has to sell at that time,

usually because of the three

ds – death, divorce, da-bank

– may cop a hiding if buyers

happen to be on strike. The

other people that should make

themselves scarce once rates

start to move north are mums

and dads with retirement savings,

otherwise known as the

lenders of last resort.

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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

Getting to the pointy end

of your dream retirement

When I talk to people

about retirement

planning, the

conversation invariably starts

with numbers. Managing

our client’s life savings for

a living, I am aware of the

importance that money plays

in a successful retirement.

But it is incomplete to look

at figures without taking into

consideration what purpose

money will serve: your

quality of life and sense

of emotional wellbeing.

Numbers alone don’t

provide emotional wellbeing

and quality of life. There is

a need for an approach that

fuses both realms into one

conversation – which we call

Financial Life Plan ning.

All of us face the challenge

of developing a retirement

plan that (ideally) will see

us run out of breath before

we run out of money. There

are many ways to approach

this issue but one that seems

to really work is based on

20th century psychologist

Abraham Maslow’s

‘Hierarchy of Needs’. Here

is my version of ‘Maslow’s

Pyramid’ (pictured).

Maslow teaches that we

are motivated by unmet

needs, and that lower needs

must be satisfied before

the higher needs can be

addressed. We must meet



our most basic needs (like

physical survival) before we

can address our higher needs

(like belonging).

Let’s look at the different

levels of the Pyramid.

Existence Money

Existence Money makes ends

meet. How much do you need

to wake up each day and have

food and shelter? Is it $5,000

a month, or $10,000? If you

stripped away the frills and

thrills and just paid for your

existence, what would it cost?

Most people I meet haven’t

taken the time to answer this

question. They might know

how much they spent last

year, but that is a different

number (more like the whole


Security Money

Security Money is money

we must have to meet life’s

unexpected turns. What if

everything doesn’t work

out as you hoped and

imagined it would? This

is money set aside for

things that don’t turn

out as planned.

Things such as the

risk of outliving

your money,

suffering poor


returns in

the early

years of

retirement, or having to help

family members financially.

Freedom Money

Freedom Money is money to

pursue interests, hobbies and

things that bring fulfillment

to our lives. The cost of the

activities (and indulgences)

that bring pleasure and

relaxation into your life is

different for each household.

Some people engage in

low-cost relaxation activities

(like walking on a beach) and

others engage in high-priced

activities (like walking after

a golf ball). Travel, adventure

and personal growth/

education are also some

of the considerations to

include when calculating the

amount needed to fund your



Giving Money is money for

the people and causes that

we care deeply about. Having

with Darren Johns

met our basic needs of

survival, safety and freedom,

our money can be utilised for

a higher purpose. Many of us

would love to do something

for our parents or children

or to support causes close to

our heart. The money needed

here is your giving money.

Dream Money

Dream Money is money for

the things you’ve always

dreamed of being, doing, and

having. What do you want to

be? What do you want to do?

What do you want to have?

Putting a number on Dream

Money is vastly different

for each of us. The time

and money cost to do/be/

have the things that bring

meaning into our lives can

vary greatly. One of our

clients wants to write a book,

which requires a lot of time

but relatively little money.

Another client wants to spend

a year sailing around the

world, which requires a lot of

money and a lot of time.

How to Get Started

Doing this exercise not

only produces clarity, it can

bring you hope. View your

retirement income not as

just a way to pay the bills

but as a means of funding

a life. To get started, visit


resources/ and download

your own worksheet. It’s

quick and easy and will help

to give you a clear picture

of what it costs to live Your

Ideal Life.

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. His writing, thinking,

speaking and questioning have made him one of Sydney’s

most trusted resources for people who realise that time is

finite and that more money doesn’t equal more happiness.

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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Local Call

Local Call



for ‘Av


Avalon Fabrics & Craft’s big birthday celebration

this month has been a quarter

of a century in the making.

Owner Carolyn Saunders and her daughter

Rachelle Braund say it has been 25 wonderful

years since the little store grew with the modernisation

and refurbishment of the arcade

into a treasure trove of colour and texture,

brimming with creative inspiration.

Over the years Carolyn has placed great importance

on the ability to source a wide variety

of beautiful natural yarns and fabrics for creative

clients while providing value for money.

“The expertise of the staff – Jan Cristaudo,

Judy Porter, Sue Logan, Kathleen Bain and Laurellen

Symonds – is truly remarkable,” Carolyn


“They assist in so many ways to ensure projects

are completed and enjoyed.”

While our community’s enthusiasm for

visiting the store and appreciating the tactile

approach to sourcing materials and face-to-face

advice has never waned, Avalon Fabrics has also

MILESTONE: Sue, Carolyn and Rachelle.

embraced technology with a nationally recognised

online source of inspiration and ordering

through their online store, Instagram and

Facebook pages.

As well as materials, Avalon Fabrics stocks

Janome sewing machines and services all

brands of overlockers and sewing machines.

“We also offer a fortnightly scissor and knifesharpening

service, clothing alterations and

home decorating needs,” Carolyn said.

Other services include access to Avalon

Curtains, Blinds and Screens (avalonscreens.


And for those inspired to learn how to knit

or crochet, Avalon Fabrics & Craft hold group

lessons once a month.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all

the enthusiastic, delightful customers who help

us ensure a visit to the shop is a unique, positive

experience,” Carolyn said.

“Thank you to all the great work of the girls

behind ‘the counter’ – with a special mention to

Ted, the man behind the scenes.” – Lisa Offord

New NB Council Identity explained


agent for


An increasing number of first

home buyers, busy professionals,

investors and downsizers

are engaging professionals

to do the leg-work for them to

help secure their property.

Having co-owned a high-end

real estate agency before working

as a buyer’s agent for the

past four years, local property

professional Anita Borgnis has

launched northern beachesbased

‘Your Home Buyer’.

Anita explains a buyer’s agent

advocates for the buyer, providing

objective and independent

advice to ensure any property

purchase is sensible, affordable

and suitable – while still being

the buyer’s “dream home” or


“This offers real value in a

property market where buyers’

emotions, the sales strategies of

the real estate agent and tactics

by auctioneers all converge to

drive up the price of properties,”

Anita said.

Anita says there is a real need

locally for buyer’s agents who

have access to off-market and

pre-market properties, due to

shortages of stock and people’s

lives getting busier.

“People need someone on the

ground to put them in the best

possible position to purchase a

home,” she said.

Anita said she loves understanding

buyers’ unique dreams

and goals and helping them find

their special place.

“I basically turn a stressful

experience into a comfortable

journey home.”

Anita said a buyer’s agent

in Sydney typically charges a

commission rate; however fee

structures could also come as a

fixed fee.

“As long as you choose a

buyer’s agent who is transparent

about their fees from the

outset and you do your research

to choose someone who has a

number of years experience and

understands your brief, in many

cases your cost savings in negotiating

an excellent purchase

price will surpass the fees of a

buyer’s agent,” she said.

More info see ad p6. – LO


The Local Voice Since 1991

Book Review

The Twentieth


Tony Jones

Allen & Unwin $33

Take yourself back to the

1970s when we feared

communism, the Whitlam

government had just been

elected and the state of

Yugoslavia still existed.

Tony Jones uses this as

background to tell the

story of a terrorist plot by

the Croatian fascist Utasha

organisation aimed at

unseating the communist

government in that country. It is a young ABC journalist (of

course!) who, while following the plot, begins to unravel the

myriad motivations and connections between Utasha, and

the Australian ‘establishment’ including the former Liberal

Government and ASIO.

While the overall story runs at a cracking pace, the power

of this book is Jones’ ability to take us behind the scenes of

political and journalistic life in the Whitlam years, including

his detailed depiction of Attorney-General Lionel Murphy’s

planning and execution of the infamous ASIO raid in 1973.

The dialogue involving George Negus, Murphy’s press secretary,

is particularly amusing and provides the reader with a

colourful view of how political power works in this country.

* Beachside’s Blokes’ Book Club (first Monday night of the

month) is discussing The Twentieth Man for September;

more info 9918 9918. – Michael Armstrong


Reading Hour


he Australian Reading

Hour on September 14 will

encourage people to embrace

the benefits of reading for one

hour and help them either

rediscover their love of reading

or introduce them to the joys

of storytelling and learning.

In children, reading has

been shown to help with

identity formation, setting

them up for success in the

future. In adults, reading has

been shown to reduce stress

by 68% more than listening to

music, going for a walk… or

even having a cup of tea. (More

info readinghour.org.au)

Join Beachside Bookshop

for Reading Hour from 5pm

on September 14 and enjoy

listening to the team and guest

stars read from fantastic new

picture books, junior and

middle fiction releases.

Participants will have the

chance to purchase these

books. Bookings essential (each

child accompanied by an adult

will receive a goodie bag).

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Business Life: Law

Business Life

Open Banking: interest

grows on pending relief

Issues of concern to the

public (despite media claims

to the contrary) which

our pollsters rate include

electricity prices and the role

and functioning of the four

major banks.

Calls for a Royal

Commission into the banks

are becoming more insistent

as announcements of profits

in the billions are made

and revelations by Austrac,

the government’s financial

intelligence agency, of

systematic breaches of

anti-money laundering

laws by the Commonwealth

Bank come to light.

Against this

background it was a

surprise when your

correspondent received a

document titled ‘Review

into Open Banking in

Australia – Issues paper


It would appear that in

the budget in May this year,

the Treasurer announced

that “the Government will

introduce an Open Banking

regime that will increase

access to banking products

and consumer data by

consumers and third parties,

if the consumer consents.

And that the government will

commission an independent

review to recommend the

best approach to implement

the Open Banking regime in

Australia to report by the end

of 2017”. The Open Banking

Issues paper was released on

August 9.

Open Banking is said to

give customers greater access

to and control over their own

banking data. Open Banking

enables the customer to

direct that they, or third

parties chosen by them, be

provided with pre-determined

parts of their banking data in

a secure environment and in

a prescribed way, so that it

can be used to offer new or

better services – for example,

more competitive banking

products that better suit their

needs, or banking products

that would otherwise not

have been available to

them, or better financial

management, accounting,

tax and budgeting tools. The

term is also used to refer

to enabling open access to

banks’ data on their products

and services.

Open Banking is underway

in jurisdictions overseas. Last

March the United Kingdom

began a progressive rollout of

access to banking data under

a mandated Open Banking

standard. The standards

and sharing of customer and

transaction data via open

Application Programming

Interface (API)s are required

with Jennifer Harris

to be in operation by January

1, 2018. While progress has

and is being made, the policy

development process is

reported to have encountered


The European Union is

moving towards an Open

Banking regime which should

come into force in 2018.

Elsewhere, the United States,

Singapore and Japan

are all committed to

adopting and are moving

towards an Open Banking


In recent years in

Australia there have

been several reviews

and inquiries which have

recommended expanding

customers’ access to data.

In 2014, The Murray

Inquiry – The Financial

System Inquiry – argued

for the development of

standards for accessing

and formatting data and

product information,

and addressed consumer

privacy concerns to

strengthen confidence and

trust in the use of data.

In 2015, The Harper

Review Competition Policy

Review recommended that

the Government consider

ways to improve individuals’

ability to access their own

data to inform customer

choices. As a result of the

Harper recommendations, the


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Productivity Commission was

commissioned to examine the


The Productivity

Commission recommended in

its report – Inquiry into Data

Availability and Use – that

a new right for consumers

across the economy to direct

data holders to transfer

the consumers’ data in a

machine-readable form to the

consumer or their nominated

representative be introduced.

Finally, late last year the

House of Representatives

Standing Committee on

Economics’ Review of the

Four Major Banks – the

Coleman Report – while

disagreeing with much of the

Productivity Commission’s

recommendations and

conclusions, agreed that

there was a strong case for

increasing consumers’ access

to their banking data and to

banking product data. And

it recommended that banks

be required to provide open

access to customer and small

business data by July 2018.

The current Review into

Open Banking is therefore

tasked with making

recommendations to the

Treasurer on the following:

n The most appropriate

model for Open Banking in

Australia; and

n A regulatory framework

under which an Open

Banking regime should

operate, and a roadmap

and timetable for its


The Coleman Report noted

that in 2013, the McKinsey

Global Institute estimated

that increasing access to data

in consumer finance could

add between $210-$280

billion a year to global GDP,

with up to 50% of this total

flowing through to consumers


n Enhanced price

transparency; and

n Tailored product offerings,

and consumers’ ability to

actively shape the products

that they consume.

There is in these inquiries

and reports a recognition of

the inequity of the banks,

not consumers holding

data which give the banks a

substantial amount of power.

In the United Kingdom, the

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Competition and Markets

Authority (CMA) found that

both Small and Medium

Enterprises and consumers

find it difficult to understand

the cost and quality of

bank products as compared

with products from other

suppliers. The CMA found

that 92% of consumers

could be around 92 pounds

(approximately $A150) better

off per annum by changing

their current account.

However, this is the issue.

How often have your heard

a politician proclaim you

should “change banks where

you can get a better deal”?

The cost of banking

products is generally unknown

and unknowable which makes

switching costly as to time

and charges. But Data sharing

through Open Banking should

increase price transparency

with the consumer able to

assess precisely the cost of a


The Coleman Committees’

recommendations include

“… there is a strong case

for increasing access to

what the banks themselves

regard as, customers’ data.

This includes, for example,

a customer’s transaction

history, account balances,

credit card usage, and

mortgage repayments”. And

“each data sharing participant

should also release the terms

and conditions for each of

their banking product in a

standardised and machinereadable


This is an important

review – particularly for small


* Should you wish to make

a submission to the Review,

the closing date is 22

September; email: OBR@

treasury.gov.au or mail

to Open Banking Review

Secretariat, The Treasury,

Langton Crescent, Parkes,

ACT 2600.

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


British & Swedish


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.


Smash Repairs

Call 9970 8207


Re-sprays a specialty, plus

restoration of your favourite

vehicle. Commercial vehicle



Avalon Marine


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.


Eamon Dowling


Call 0410 457 373

For all electrical, phone, TV,

data and security needs.


Blue Tongue Carpets

Call Stephan 9979 7292

Family owned and run. Carpet,

rugs, runners, timber, bamboo,

vinyl, tiles & laminates.

Open 6 days.


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.


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



Platinum Turf Solutions

Call Liam 0412 692 578

Fully qualified specialists in turf

supply & installation, lawn care

& cylinder mowing, full lawn

construction, turf renovations,

maintenance and more.


Avalon Physiotherapy

Call 9918 3373

Provide specialist treatment

for neck & back pain, sports

injuries, niggling orthopaedic


Avalon Beach


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.


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.

Avalon Physiotherapy

& Clinical Pilates

Call 9918 0230

Dry needling and acupuncture,

falls prevention and balance

enhancement programs.

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

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Trades & Services


Nick Anderson Plumbing

Call 0411 251 256

All aspects of plumbing including

gasfitting and drainage.

Competitive rates, free quotes.


Luxafoam North

Call 9999 5567

Local specialists in all aspects

of outdoor & indoor seating.

Custom service and expert


Susan Ottowa

Call Susan 0422 466 880

Specialist in day bed and outdoor

areas. Reliable local service.

Domestic & commercial.


Rob Burgers

Call 0416 066 159

Qualified builder provides all

carpentry needs; decks, pergolas,

carports, renovations and



Call Adrian 0417 591 113

Waterproof under your deck and

turn the area into usable space

all year round.


Call Dustin 0413 737 934


All-aluminium, rust-proof

remote-controlled opening roofs

& awnings. Beats competitor’s


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contained within. Readers

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prior to making any plans

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Trades & Services


Predator Pest Control

Call 0417 276 962


Environmental services at their

best. Comprehensive control.

They provide a 24-hour service.


Water Warehouse

Call 9913 7988


Rainwater tanks & pumps. Irrigation

& filter supply specialists.


Call 0411 956 242

Northern Beaches-based

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and extensions, and new



Sure Security

Call 1300 55 12 10

Northern Beaches-based specialists

in Alarms, Intercoms, Access

Control and CCTV Surveillance;

solutions to fit your needs.


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A heady, complicated ‘Actress’

Poignant comedy

‘The Actress’ is the

next production of

talented amateur group

Elanora Players, with

nine performances from

September 29 through

October 18.

Peter Quilter’s play follows

the events backstage as

colourful, complicated

actress Lydia Martin

makes her emotional farewell

performance, while dealing with

the unexpected arrival of her

provocative ex-husband.

Various people from Lydia’s

life invade her dressing room

to say their goodbyes, declare

their love, roar with laughter,

spit insults, grab a final

embrace, and renew old battles.

Vicki Castorina, who plays

Lydia, says there’s a very

interesting play within the


“Lydia is retiring, with her

last role as Lubov in Anton

Chekhov’s ‘The Cherry

Orchard.’ Audiences are

treated to three excerpts from

Chekhov’s play as seen from

backstage,” she said.

Quilter said of his work: “I

think it’s a very funny play,

so I really want audiences to

come and laugh. But it’s also

romantic and bittersweet,

and I hope that audiences will

enjoy it as a character study of

Lydia and the men in her life.”

Vicki’s most recent

appearance with EP was

as Marge in the January

production of “Hotel

Sorrento”. Audiences will

recognise Jan Adamson

(Katherine), Sue Whittaker

(Harriet) and Robert

Longley (Charles) from

roles in earlier 2017

Players’ productions.

Gillian Cooper as Lydia’s

daughter Nicole, brings a

bright new young talent to the


The season opens at the

Elanora Heights Community

Centre, 49a Kalang Rd,

Elanora Heights at 8pm on

Friday 29 September. Other

performances are at 8pm

on 30 September and 5, 6

& 7 October, at 3pm on 30

September and 1 & 7 October,

and at 11am on 1 October.

– Nigel Wall

Looks magic for the whole family


t’s not called the ultimate magic show for nothing.

Young entertainer Jonas Jost brings his action-packed show

that’s full of humour and mind-blowing magic for kids and adults

alike to the beaches this month for a special school holiday treat.

An Australian Society of Magicians Stage Magic Champion,

Jonas’ show is highly interactive getting the kids involved in all

the action onstage while keeping the adults happy too.

Experience the mystery and fun of the Ultimate Magic Show on

Septmber 28 at Dee Why RSL.

Doors open 10.30am for an 11am show. Tickets from $10.

Book at deewhyrsl.com.au or call 9454 4000.







Dining Guide

Dining Guide

September’s best restaurants, functions, events and reader deals...



Club Palm Beach

1087 Barrenjoey Rd,

Palm Beach


Lunch 11:30am-2.30pm

Dinner 6pm-8.30pm


Lunch and dinner

specials $13.50

BOOKINGS 9974 5566




It’s here! Club Palm Beach,

conveniently located just a

short stroll from Palm Beach

Wharf, is celebrating its

60th birthday on September

30 – and everyone’s invited

to the party!

The Bobby Sox will rock

the house from 7pm – but

you must book your ticket

to avoid disappointment!

They’re just $10 online (see

ad outside back cover of this


And don’t worry about

dinner – there’s a lamb on a

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

It’ll be a huge weekend

– head down on Sunday

October 1 for the NRL Grand

Final on the big screen.

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

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.

The Mirage


at Metro Hotel

Mirage Newport

be hired, along with all the

hotel’s function rooms, for

private and corporate events

of between 60-110 guests.

Bistro 61

Avalon Beach RSL

1 Bowling Green Lane

Avalon Beach


Open 7 days

Lunch 12pm-2:30pm

Dinner 5:30-8:30pm


Modern Aust / pub food


Meals $8-$30

Specials $12-$15

BOOKINGS 9918 2201

Avalon Beach RSL’s new

2 Queens Parade West,

Bistro 61 is a great place


to head for a local meal,


offering tasty modern

Modern Australian

Australian dishes at

affordable prices.


Bistro 61 has been named

to commemorate the opening

Breakfast – $25 adults, of the Club in 1961. The

$12.50 kids (5-12)

kitchen – led by experienced

Dinner – entrees

Northern Beaches head chef

from $7-$17,

Mitch Blundell, boasts all

Mains from $21-$30,

fresh, house-made meals, with

Desserts from $13-$25 locally sourced ingredients

BOOKINGS 9997 7011

used when possible.

Open for lunch and dinner

Local residents are finding seven days, with extensive

the peaceful ambience outdoor dining areas, Bistro

of The Mirage restaurant 61 offers a different special

overlooking spectacular (lunch and dinner) every

Pittwater, the perfect

weekday, including $15 rump

waterfront venue to enjoy steak chips and salad (Mon),

breakfast or dinner.

$12 tacos (Tues), $15 Chicken

Located in boutique Metro Schnitzels (Wed), 2-4-1 pizzas

Hotel Mirage Newport, The (Thurs), and a $20 burger +

Mirage restaurant is a popular beer (Fri).

choice for breakfast from

Seniors are well catered

7-10am seven days a week, for – there are daily Seniors

offering a fixed-price full hot specials, including beerbattered

and cold buffet, including a

flathead – plus

selection of cereals, seasonal they do a $5 kids meals

fruit and freshly made juice, on Sundays! (There’s a

toast and pastries and

playground, too.)

sausages, eggs, has browns, From the menu, chef

bacon and tomato served with Mitch recommends his twist

the Chef’s Special of the day. on nachos – pulled beef and

The Mirage restaurant is blackbeans with chipotle, corn

also open for dinner from chips, guacamole, Danish fetta

Monday to Saturday from and coriander.

5.30 pm – 8.30pm and can Members get discounts on



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meals purchased. Membership

starts from $5.50.

The club is licensed, with

no BYO. Bookings online or

call 9918 2201 – large groups


Head to Avalon RSL for

APL Poker Tournaments on

Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Visit avalonrsl.com.au/


Royal Motor

Yacht Club

Salt Cove on Pittwater

46 Prince Alfred

Parade, Newport


Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Mon-Fri from 8.30am

Weekends from 8am


Breakfast from $8-$18

Entrees from $9-$21

Mains from $16-$26

BOOKINGS 9997 5511




RMYC’s restaurant Salt Cove

on Pittwater’s menu offers

affordable meals and generous

servings including a variety

of starters and share plates,

seafood, burgers, grills, salads,

desserts and woodfired pizza.

Spoil dad on September 3

with Father’s Day breakfast,

lunch or dinner.

Great Friday night

entertainment kicks off in the

Lounge Bar from 7.30pm. Acts

appearing this month include

Marty Stewart (1st), Eric Lewis

(8th), Keff McCulloch (15th),

Geoff Kendall (22nd) and GJ

Donovan (29th).

Trivia is held every Tuesday

night from 7.30pm (great

prizes and vouchers).

There’s a Ladies High Tea

on Wednesday 3rd with Clover

Hill champagne ($65 members,

$70 non-members).

Don’t miss the Madonna &

Cyndi Show on Saturday 2nd

(members $25, non-members

$30), with Susan Smith and

Grace Fagnano recreating the

look and sounds of the famous

1980s songstresses.

Club social memberships

are available for just $160.

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Hong Kong

Chinese Restaurant

332 Barrenjoey Rd,



Dinner Tues-Sun 5pm


Chinese & Asian


Entrees $5-20

Mains $12.90-26.50

*Deliver Whale Beach - Narrabeen

BOOKINGS 9997 4157




Book a table at this popular

Newport eatery for Father’s

Day on September 3 and

your family is guaranteed

a great night out with a

feast for the eyes and the


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

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


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.



Thai Restaurant

4/49 Old Barrenjoey Rd,



Lunch 11.30am – 3pm 7 days

Dinner 5-10pm 7 days




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

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


Located near the corner

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.


Dining Guide

Food Life

Food Life

Cakes and ‘just desserts’ make

for delicious sweet memories

As a young girl, I used to sit on the kitchen bench and bake

on weekends with my grandmother; these are the sweetest

of memories for me – and I guess it’s where my love

for all things sweet comes from. I subscribe to the theory that

life is too short to deny ourselves! Memories created and shared

around a home filled with beautiful baking last forever. So go

on: treat yourself, family and friends…

Lemon brulee tart

Serves 8

6 eggs

1 cup caster sugar

150ml thickened cream

6 large lemons, juiced

Double cream, to serve


2 cups plain flour

¼ cup caster sugar

200g butter, chopped

Janelle’s Tip: Don’t use

plastic as it causes pastry

to sweat, making it more

difficult to roll out. This

pastry – almost shortbread –

is sensational; if it breaks as

you’re lifting it into the tin,

just press it back together

with your fingers.

1. For the pastry, combine the

flour, sugar and butter into

a food processor. Process

until pastry comes together.

Press into a 15cm round.

Wrap in greaseproof paper

(see Janelle’s Tip). Refrigerate

15 minutes or until firm

enough to roll out.

2. Roll pastry out between two

sheets baking paper to a

32cm round. Use to line a

25cm (base) tart pan. Trim

the excess. Refrigerate or

freeze until firm.

3. Preheat oven and a flat

tray, large enough to sit the

tart, to 180°C fan forced.

Line the pan with a sheet

greaseproof paper. Half-fill

with baking beans or raw

rice. Place onto the hot tray,

bake for 20 minutes until

light golden around the

edges, remove the paper

and beans or rice and cook

a further 10 minutes until

light golden all over.

4. Beat eggs, 3/4 cup of the

caster sugar and cream together

with a fork until well

combined. Stir in 3/4 cup

lemon juice. Pour the filling

into the warm pastry case

and bake 25-30 minutes or

until firm in the centre. Set

aside to cool 30 minutes.

5. Sprinkle top of tart with

remaining ¼ cup caster

sugar; use a kitchen blow

torch to caramelise the top.

Refrigerate until cold. Cut

into wedges and serve with

a dollop double cream.


Makes 36

300ml thickened cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbs caster sugar

2 cups pure icing sugar

1/3 cup cocoa powder

3-4 tablespoons boiling water

Choux pastry

1 cup plain flour

125g butter, softened,


1 cup water

4 x 60g eggs, lightly beaten

Recipes: Janelle Bloom Photos: Steve Brown

1. For the choux pastry,

preheat oven 200°C fan

forced. Grease and line two

baking trays.

2. Place butter and water in

a medium saucepan over

medium heat. Stir until

butter is melted. Increase

heat to high and bring to

the boil quickly without

stirring, the mixture should

begin to rise in pan. Remove

from the heat and quickly

add the flour, stirring until

the dough comes together


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

Nan’s cup cakes

Makes 12

with Janelle Bloom

60g butter, softened

½ cup caster sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

1 cup self-raising flour, sifted

¼ cup milk

icing sugar, to serve

Raspberry cream

300ml double cream

1 cup frozen raspberries,

partially thawed

2 tablespoons icing sugar

Janelle’s Tip: For coffee icing

replace the cocoa powder

with 1½ tablespoons instant

espresso coffee powder.

in a thick ball.

3. Transfer to the bowl of an

electric mixer. Add egg

slowly, a little at a time,

until dough is thick and


4. Spoon or pipe into little

eclairs about 6cm long onto

baking trays. Bake for 20

minutes, switch the trays in

the oven and bake a further

5-10 minutes or until pastry

is golden and crisp. Set

aside to cool on trays.

5. Whip cream until thick. Add

the vanilla and caster sugar

and whip gently again until

combined. Use kitchen

scissors to cut eclairs in

half. Fill with whipped


6. For the icing, combine icing

sugar and cocoa in a bowl

(see Janelle’s Tip). Add

water a little at a time until

a thick icing forms. Spoon

icing over eclairs. Allow to

set before serving.

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1. Preheat oven to 170°C fan

forced. Line a 12-hole, 1/3-

cup capacity muffin pan

with paper cases.

2. Using an electric mixer,

beat butter, sugar and

vanilla together until light

and fluffy. Add eggs one at

a time, beating well after

each is added. Fold in half

the flour, then half the

milk. Repeat with remaining

flour and milk until just


3. Divide mixture between

the paper cases so they are

two-thirds full. Bake for 12-

15 minutes or until a skewer

inserted into centre comes

out clean. Stand 5 minutes

in the pan, then transfer to

a wire rack to cool.

4. For the raspberry cream,

whisk the cream in a bowl

until thick. Place raspberries

onto a plate, sprinkle over

the icing sugar. Crush

berries with a fork, then

swirl through the cream.

Janelle’s Tip: To make these

into fairy cakes, cut the top in

half and press the wings into

the cream.

5. Using a small, sharp knife,

cut a shallow disc from the

centre of each cake, 1cm

in from edges and 1½ cm

deep. Spoon raspberry

cream into the hole in

each cupcake and gently

press the top back in place.

Sprinkle with icing sugar

just before serving.

100g dark chocolate, chopped

100g butter, chopped

1½ tbs cocoa powder

½ cup caster sugar

1 egg

¼ cup plain flour

2 tbs self raising flour

1. Preheat oven 180°C no fan.

Grease and line the base

and side of 23cm (base)

New York brownie springform pan with baking



2. For the brownie base,

Serves 10

combine chocolate and

butter in a microwave-safe

750g cream cheese, at room

heatproof bowl. Microwave,


uncovered, for 2 minutes

1 cup caster sugar

on High/100%. Stir until

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

smooth. Add cocoa powder

4 eggs, at room temperature

and whisk until smooth. Stir

2 tbs plain flour

in sugar, egg and flours.

300ml carton sour cream

Spread mixture over the

Cocoa powder, for dusting

base of the pan and bake

300ml double cream and

for 15 minutes (the base will

berries to serve

still be a little soft). Remove

Brownie base

from the oven and set aside

15 minutes. Reduce oven to

160°C no fan.

3. Using an electric mixer, beat

the cream cheese, sugar and

vanilla until just combined.

Add the eggs, one at a time,

beating well after each

addition. Stir in the flour.

Fold in the sour cream until

just combined. Pour the

cream cheese mixture over

the warm base, place on a

baking tray and bake for

1¼ to 1½ hours or until just

set in the centre. Turn oven

off, leave the door ajar, and

allow cheesecake to cool

completely in the oven.

Refrigerate until cold.

4. Dust with cocoa, cut with

a warm knife, serve with

cream and berries.


Food Life

Food Life

In Season


Bananas Food Life

are the world’s

oldest fruit and one of the

most important food crops

in the world. Australians

eat more than 5,000,000 per

day! Bananas are grown on a

palm-like plant (related to the

lily); technically bananas are a

herb, not a fruit (because they

don’t have a strong woody

stem). Once fully grown the

plant produces a single-flower

stem and the banana develops

from the female flower only.

Each banana is known as a

finger; a number of fingers is

a hand and several hands are

a bunch!


Bananas are harvested while

still green; they will mature

off the plant, so it’s safe to

purchase green fruit. As the

banana ripens the starch


coconut bread

converts to sugars,

the fruit softens

and the greenish

skin changes to

yellow, followed

by a honey-gold

colour with splashes

of brown spots and

eventually to brown-black.

To eat immediately, buy fruit

with honey-gold skin and few

brown marks; to keep a few

days buy fruit with yellowgreen

skin; and for baking

cakes and muffins use fruit

that is too soft to eat.


Allow to ripen in a fruit bowl

at room temperature out of

any direct sunlight. When

ripe, store in the fridge to

slow the ripening further;

the skins will turn black but

flesh will be unaffected. To

speed up the ripening process

place a firm green banana in

a brown paper bag at room

temperature with a soft ripe

banana or apple.


Bananas are a healthy

source of fiber, potassium,

vitamin B6, vitamin C, and

various antioxidants and


Also In Season


Grapefruit, Mandarins,

Australian Blood and

Cara Cara Oranges,

Tangelos, Papaya,

Pineapples, Blueberries and

Strawberries. Also Broad

and Green Beans; Beetroot;

Cauliflower; Carrots (look

out for bunches of coloured

baby carrots), Australian

Garlic, Spring Onions and

fresh Peas.

Serves 8

2 cup self-raising flour

2/3 cup raw caster sugar

1 cup shredded coconut

70g (½ cup) pecan nuts,

coarsely chopped

2 tsp mixed spice

1 cup mashed ripe banana

3/4 cup milk

60g butter, melted, cooled

2 eggs, lightly whisked

Butter, to serve

1. Preheat oven to 180°C.

Brush an 11 x 21cm (base)

loaf pan with melted butter

to lightly grease.

2. Line the base and two

opposite sides with

non-stick baking paper,

allowing the sides to


3. Place the flour, sugar,

coconut, pecans and mixed

spice in a large bowl. Stir

until well combined. 4.

Make a well in the centre.

5. Combine the banana,

milk, butter and eggs in

a medium bowl. Add to

the flour mixture and stir

until just combined. Spoon

mixture into the prepared

pan and smooth the


6. Bake in preheated oven

for 50-55 minutes or until

a skewer inserted into the

centre of the bread comes

out clean. Remove from the

oven and set aside for 5

minutes. Turn onto a wire

rack to cool. Serve at room

temperature or toasted

spread with butter.


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Pittwater Puzzler

Compiled by David Stickley

use (8)

23 Slightly salty (8)

24 On a ship or train (6)

25 The smallest possible quantity (7)

26 Zubi Bar or ShotLab Espresso

may be described as this type of

establishment (4)


1 Beach north of the entrance to

Pittwater beyond Lion Island (5)

2 Kitchen garden favourite (generally)

used to flavour food (3,4)

3 Northern Beaches resident and

author of The Secrets She Keeps (7,8)

4 Native animal threatened by foxes

on the Northern Beaches, _____

wallaby (5)

5 Shock absorber (7)

6 Maz Compton shares part of this in


1 Small edible shellfish (4)

3 Play with much song and dance like

Hot Mikado put on by the NBCS in 2016


8 A cocktail based on light rum,

curacao, and fruit juices (3,3)

9 Put into a category (8)

10 Very short-stemmed plant with thick

leaves with soothing mucilaginous juice


11 Father John Joseph Therry, who at

one time owned all of Avalon and

much more, was one (6)

12 Complicated situation (9)

14 A sheltered and secluded place (4)

15 Forthwith; immediately (4)

17 Large inlet that has its entrance

between the northern Box Head and

Barrenjoey Head (6,3)

19 Spanish rice dish that is a specialty

of catering company Food Stuff (6)

21 Fallen into disuse, or no longer in

her new e-book, ‘UnEdited’ (4,5)

7 Swoop down and attack like a

protective magpie (4-4)

12 Social network that must be

used to enter the Northern Beaches

council’s current photographic

competition (9)

13 In a foreign country (8)

16 Path that must be taken to reach

the Coastal Environment Centre in

North Narrabeen (7)

18 Starting point of the first Pittwater

Ocean Swim this summer (7)

20 A recognised truth (5)

22 Number of councils that

amalgamated the form the Northern

Beaches Council (5)

[Solution page 70]

Pittwater Puzzler

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Garden Life

Garden Life

It’s not hard to care for

flowering ‘living stones’

Not everyone has either

the time or the space

to garden; for busy

plant lovers the tiny lithops,

commonly known as ‘living

stones’, are the ideal window

sill plant that looks after itself.

Lithops grow wild in the deserts

of South Africa, thriving

in the small cracks between

rocks and stones. They are

drought-tolerant and store

enough water in their fleshy

leaves to last for many months.

There are 35 known species of

lithops and they come in all the

desert colours – greys, greens,

pinks and purples, all designed

to give them camouflage on

the sandy desert floor.

They are so easy to look

after – just make sure not to

overwhelm these tiny plants

with too much TLC. They grow

in coarse sand mixed with fine

gravel plus a small amount

soil. Let the soil dry out completely

before watering again.

Through the winter months

these tiny stones will survive

for 3-4 months without water.

If they are over-watered they

become greedy and the plants

will burst. Keep them in a

bright sunny spot inside the

window or outside.

Lithops love hot, dry

conditions but, as desert

plants, they are very tolerant

of over-night cold. As the

weather warms they grow

their new leaves. The outside

pair begins to wither as a new

pair slowly emerges from the

centre. At this point, hold

back water until the outside

leaves have completely shrivelled

and fallen away. Lithops

flower infrequently, producing

bright yellow or white

with Gabrielle Bryant

daisy-like flowers that open

each day and close at night

once the tiny succulent has

rejuvenated in spring.


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Jasmine is


to bee-hold!

If you have a wall, a bank,

a septic tank or water

tank that you want to hide,

the bright yellow Primrose

Jasmine (sometimes known

as Chinese Jasmine or

jasminium mesnyi) is the

perfect answer.

Unlike the heavily

scented white jasmine that

twists and turns delighting

us in spring with its heady

scent, this jasmine is completely

controllable and

grows with long arching

canes that can be trimmed

or trained into shape. It

can be hedged as a privacy

screen, clipped or just be

left alone to ramble.

The bright, cheerful

flowers develop along

the stems of the previous

year’s growth and flower

from spring until summer.

And bees love it!

Primrose Jasmine is

fast-growing and will grow

in any average garden

soil with little attention; it

loves the morning sun or

part shade. Hot wind and

afternoon sun can burn

the flowers but will not

affect the foliage.

It is an old favourite that

can be seen growing in established

gardens around

the peninsula. This is a

plant well worth growing

in difficult situations.

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Stunning giant alcantarea the

landscaper’s tropical delight

If you are looking for

a stunning plant that

will take your breath

away, consider planting

a giant alcantarea – one

of the largest and most

majestic bromeliads.

Alcantareas have in

recent years become

the landscaper’s delight

for planting in tropical

gardens as an accent

plant. They grow in full

sunlight or part shade

and look brilliant mixed in with palms, gingers,

cordylines, aloes and agaves.

It will be just a small plant about 30-40cm

wide when you buy it, but give it space. This

Jerusalem the

pick of the


Jerusalem artichokes are an

amazing vegetable that produces

flowers you can pick in

summer and tubers that you

can eat in winter.

Also known as Sunchokes

they are members of the

sunflower family. They grow

tall, with huge yellow ‘daisy’

flowers. They love the sun,

growing to a height of 1.5m.

Plant the tubers now about

5cm deep and 20cm apart in

good soil that has compost

and fertiliser added; once

planted they are easy to grow.

They are quite droughttolerant

but regular water will

ensure good-sized tubers.

Buy your first crop from the

garden centres, then once you

get them going, leave a few

behind in the soil and they will

pop up again next spring.

They make delicious soups

– or you can use them just as

you would use potatoes.

huge swirl of colour

will grow to a height

of 1.5m and 1.5m

wide! There are many

colours and cultivars

available but the

easiest to find is the

alcantarea imperialis

rubra. The soft, grey/

purple leaves turn to

deeper purple in the

colder months.

Alcantarea Silver

Plum has silver foliage

on top, with soft purple backs. Alcantareas need

little water. Usually natural rainfall is enough.

Plant them in free-draining soil and feed with a

slow-release fertiliser in spring.

Magnificent magnolias

add vibrant spring colour

Every garden should have

a spring blossom tree that

bursts into flower as the days

warm up and grow longer.

While our gardens on the

peninsula are too warm for the

traditional peaches and plums,

magnolias will thrive in sheltered

gardens out of the wind.

The huge chalices of pure

white, pink or purple magnolia

soulangeana explode into

colour as winter fades away.

Magnolias are slow-growing

and may take a couple of

years to settle in but once established

they are unbeatable

for spring colour. Plant one as

a shade tree for summer in a

spot where you will enjoy the

sunlight in winter after the

leaves fall.

If you only have a small

space, plant the star magnolia

– magnolia stellate – that

is a beautiful small tree or

large shrub.


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Garden Life

Garden Life

Jobs this Month


As the garden wakes up

from winter there is a

lot to do: this includes

feeding, trimming, planting,

digging and mulching. A

priority is to spray your grass

with a bindii killer to get rid of

the bindies before the flowers

set seeds that will stick into the

soles of bare feet in summer.

And it’s a good month to

repair lawn damage. New turf

will establish quickly and bare

patches can be over-sown with

seed. (Try to get your grass

identified before patching, to

make sure that turf or seed

matches your lawn. Take a

sample to a turf supplier for

identification if you are not

certain of the variety.)

Check systems

Mostly it has been a very dry

winter. Check out your watering

system to make sure that

there are no corners of your-

Crushed eggshell tip

Plant flower seedlings of petunias,

phlox, gazanias, lobelia, nasturtiums,

alyssum, verbena, marigolds,

dianthus, sunflowers and impatiens.

Here’s a tip: crushed eggshells make

great barriers around newly planted

seedlings – slugs and snails can’t

slide over them. Much better for the

environment than snail bait!

garden that miss out on water.

As plants grow and change

shape, watering systems need


Prune hibiscus

Prune back hibiscus this

month. It is hard to cut back

flowering stems but it must be

done now to keep the bushes

compact and healthy. They will

soon grow back. Feed them

with a mulch of cow manure

and a slow-release fertiliser.

Watch out for hibiscus beetle.

Apply some granular Richgro

Bug Killa to the soil; this is

great for ornamentals but

should never be used on vegetables

or fruit that you eat.

Cut back hard

Trim back poinsettias as the

flowers finish. They can be cut

back quite hard, and you will

be rewarded next winter with

additional flowering stems.



Look after your hydrangeas.

Additional lime will increase

the intensity of pink flowers

and blueing tonic enhances

the blues. Cut them back to a

double bud to shape the bush.

Some of the newer varieties

grow thick new shoots from

ground level.

Take it as red

It is tomato time! Plant seedlings

now to have tomatoes

in time for Christmas. There

are so many different ones

available, from yellow, orange,

red to black. Put in stakes at

the time of planting so that

you can support them as

they grow. The smaller cherry

tomatoes are easiest to grow

– and they don’t have the

same fruit fly problem that the

larger varieties have.

Trap pests

Position a leaf miner lure trap

in your garden. This is small

and unnoticeable, and it will

protect your daisies, gazanias,

vegetables, citrus trees and

ornamental plants from the

hideous trails that these insects

leave as they burrow into

leaves. A yellow sticky pad will

help to control the aphids and

Help the bees

Bring back the bees by

planting flowers in the

veggie garden. Scarlet

nasturtiums, orange French

marigolds, purple lavender

and bright blue borage

all help the vegetables to

produce more fruits.

flying insects. Hang the trap

as high as possible; the glue is

so strong that even tiny lizards

will get caught.

Plant out vegies

Sow vegetable seed now!

Beans, cabbage, carrots,

capsicum, chillies, onions,

zucchini, eggplants, tomatoes,

cucumbers, lettuce and silver

beet and radishes can all go

in for great results in coming


Crossword solution from page 67

Mystery location: WHALE BEACH


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Times Past

Myths abound about

Avalon headland hamlet

– the high nest of

a bird of prey, as an

‘Eyrie eagle or of any large

bird; a house built high.’

This definition from the

Macquarie Dictionary seems

to suit the tiny three metres

square structure which stands

precariously on the edge

of North Avalon headland,

almost directly above St

Michael’s Cave.

The Oxford Dictionary

extends the definition to ‘a

high or inaccessible place

from which someone can

observe what is below them’.

Many claims have been

made for activities conducted

in this intriguing and tiniest

of buildings – some real and

some apparently imagined!

The most popular claim that

surfaces frequently is that the

author Paul Brickhill finished

writing his 1951 non-fiction

novel ‘The Dam Busters’ up in

the eyrie. Another and similar

claim is that Neville Shute

completed his novel ‘On The

Beach’ way up there; however

neither of these possibilities

have been confirmed.

According to an article

printed in the ‘Pacific Times’

in the mid 1970s, the eyrie

and the adjacent dwelling

were built in 1938 by an

engineer from Maroubra,

William Lumsden. His wife,

Mrs Winifred Lumsden,

told the paper that “her

husband had used the oneroom

cliff-top house as an

office”. He would retreat to

the office where he could

work undisturbed “while the

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children were growing up”.

When asked about the

possibility of either Brickhill

or Shute occupying the eyrie,

Mrs Lumsden simply replied

“romantic but untrue”. Of

course, the Lumsdens had

occupied the eyrie during (and

after) World War II, the same

period when the authors were

supposed to be “in residence”.

The family was still using

both places on weekends in

the 1970s.

Apparently Brickhill did

own the exclusive Palm Beach

property called ‘Craig Rossie’

for four years from 1960.

Perhaps this was how the

folklore evolved – at least he

was living in the area!

During more recent years it

has been used (temporarily)

as a yoga studio, an artist’s

retreat – and my son rented

it for 18 months in the mid-

1990s as a cinematographic

editing suite.

In view of the recent

massive collapse of the North

Avalon headland and with

one major fracture still very

visible, one begins to wonder

how long the eyrie will be

with us.

TIMES PAST is supplied

by local historian

and President of the

Avalon Beach Historical


Visit the Society’s

showroom in Bowling

Green Lane, Avalon



Times Past

Boating Life

Boating Life

Discover sailing at the Alfreds

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht

aimed at minimising the risk to

Club at Newport – one

the sailors and boats,” he said.

of Australia’s premier sailing

clubs – is holding a ‘Discover

Sailing Information Day’ on

September 24.

Communications manager

Brendan Rourke said the Club’s

sailing program and activities,

ideal for the whole family, were

second to none.

“We take pride in our ability

to host high quality, professional

events in a pristine

environment of Pittwater,” he

said. “Our professional event

administrators ensure that

our yacht racing is innovative,

safe and user-orientated with

a varied program, combining

inshore and offshore racing.”

He said racing was conducted

year-round throughout

the week; during Twilight hours

there’s a Women’s Tuesday Twilight

Series and Thursday open

series which were great social

fun events.

Any age or ability can enjoy

the various classes, divisions,

great sailing locations and

competition. The Club has

a wide and varied range of

sailing activities available,

including training (on-water

and shore-based courses) and

seminars to increase your


“Crew are always welcome to

join races and an online crew

and boat register is available.

The Club actively encourages

safe sailing and actively

pursues a range of initiatives

“Alfred’s Training seeks to

help you achieve your sailing

goals, gain confidence on the

water, whether you are Grand

Prix racing, a day sailor or

cruising up the coast. There

are options for kids through

to adults, dinghies through to

yachts, and high-performance

racing to first aid and sea safety,

we can help you develop

whatever skills you need.

“We specialise in the delivery

of courses for beginner

sailors (and new boat owners),

boat handling skills and

cruising through to racing

skills and shore-based professional


“Our structure allows participants

to move through the

courses at their own pace and

ability in an enjoyable environment.”

More info www.rpayc.com.

au or phone 9998 3700.


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Travel Life

Romantic European

adventure as East-West

cultures are entwined

The heart of Central Europe,

where East and West meet

and entwine in fascinating

cultures and turbulent history,

has long been the focus for

travellers seeking a sense

of adventure – now you can

discover the beauty of the

romantic lower Danube on a

Budapest to the Black Sea river

cruise with Tauck.

Glide past medieval

monasteries, citadels and

villages; discover resort towns

along Romania’s Black Sea

Coast; explore an ancient

Christian necropolis in Pecs;

and visit ‘Dracula’s’ castle in


Along the way, dine in the

Soviet-style People’s Palace in

Bucharest. Share homemade

refreshments in the home of a

Croatian family rebuilding their

lives in post-war Vukovar; and

listen to famous composer Béla

Bartók’s piano music at a recital

in his Budapest home.

Travel View’s Karen Robinson

says you’ll experience authentic

local cuisine, music and dance,

and a wealth of architectural

wonders as your river cruise

winds its way through Hungary,

Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and


“Nights on land are spent at

luxury hotels in the popular

cities of Bucharest and

Budapest (the Paris of Eastern

Europe),” Karen said. “Tauck

offers uncommon access at

every turn – for example your

hotel in Bucharest has an ideal

location next to the Parliament


Other highlights of the cruise

in August 2018 are an exclusive

evening at Belgrade’s Royal

White Palace and a private

evening at Festetics Palace in

Budapest, plus dinner at the

Parliament Palace in Bucharest.

The distinctively inclusive

nature of Tauck provides

value inclusions worth $3,150

in the form of private shore

excursions and experiences.

“When travelling with Tauck

you can look forward to a high

level of service, expertise and

guest satisfaction – with the

highest cruise director to guest

ratio in the industry,” Karen


Tauck’s ‘Budapest to the

Black Sea’ journey includes

airport transfers upon

arrival and departure; 28

meals; service charges; most

gratuities; admission fees; taxes

and porterage; plus unlimited

complimentary onboard

beverages including regional

wine, beer and premium spirits

in addition to specialty coffee.

“This trip will be escorted

(minimum 10) so if you would

like to travel with a small group

of like-minded travellers and

with the added security of your

own escort, it’s an ideal option.”

– Nigel Wall

* Travel View is hosting

an information evening in

conjunction with Tauck on

September 14; to attend

phone Karen on 9918 4444.

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Travel Life

Travel Life

Small ships big

on wow factor

Imagine taking in a painter’s

palette sunset in Santorini

(right), experiencing the

glamourous French Riviera,

the bohemian shores of Ibiza,

culinary delights of Sorrento,

Dubrovnik’s cobbled paths,

the ancient cities of Athens

and Rome, and ultra-luxurious

Monte Carlo (top).

These travel treasures –

and more – can be collected

on Silversea’s Grand Voyage

2018: an extraordinary 42-day

circumnavigation aboard Silver

Muse, Silversea’s newest flagship

vessel, venturing to 38 ports

across nine countries (departing

Venice on June 5, 2018).

Plus, this month you can

take advantage of Silversea’s

incredible ‘Europe Fly Free’

offer – guests making new

bookings until 30 September,

on select European 2018

voyages, will receive free

economy class roundtrip air

fares or for $4,998pp upgrade

to business class (subject to


Guests who opt not to utilise

the Europe Fly Free’ offer will

receive an exclusive savings

offer of $1,300 per guest.

(These special offers are valid

on new bookings and are

capacity controlled; terms and

conditions apply.)

In 2018, Silversea will

embark on 70 voyages through

Northern Europe, the British

Isles, and the Mediterranean,

encompassing over 170 ports

and adding nearly 30 new

destinations to the ultra-luxury

cruise line’s itineraries.

Travel View’s Karen

Robinson says Silversea’s team

of experts enable travellers

to fully immerse themselves

in the idyllic cities and ports

visited, providing gastronomic,

architectural, and historical


“The fleet of Silversea vessels

are specifically designed to

allow guests to disembark

closer to shore, maximising

the amount of time spent

exploring,” Karen said. “Guests

can expect to explore and

discover myriad spectacular

destinations, or simply sit back,

relax, and be mesmerised by

the stunning beauty of the

passing landscapes.”

Silversea’s cruise

fares include all-suite

accommodation with butler

service; gourmet menus

inspired by Relais & Châteaux;

complimentary on-board wines

and spirits; and one hour of

complimentary WiFi per day for

each guest (or unlimited WiFi for

select suite categories), plus all


Silversea Cruises is

recognised as an innovator

in the ultra-luxury cruise line

industry, offering guests

large-ship amenities aboard its

intimate, all-suite vessels.

* For more info contact

Travel View Cruise View on

9918 4444 or 9999 0444.


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