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The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

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Editorial<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>’s healthy start to 2018<br />

It’s fair to say health and<br />

transport are the subjects that<br />

matter the most to locals – and<br />

this month <strong>Pittwater</strong> has met<br />

with significant developments<br />

on both fronts.<br />

In a first for our area, a new<br />

private hospital at Warriewood<br />

is nearly ready to start accepting<br />

patients, with an opening<br />

scheduled for February.<br />

Arcadia <strong>Pittwater</strong> will offer an<br />

opportunity for locals to access<br />

much-needed rehabilitation and<br />

recovery services near their<br />

homes and families.<br />

We spoke to several local<br />

medical providers who agree<br />

the new private hospital will<br />

complement the health needs of<br />

our community (see p10).<br />

In Mona Vale, <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Day Surgery is embarking on<br />

massive expansion that will see<br />

its rooms quadruple, with more<br />

operating suites allowing for a<br />

wider range of services – which<br />

will negate the need for patients<br />

and their carers to travel out of<br />

area (see p48).<br />

The B-Line and its associated<br />

on-demand transport trial has<br />

hit the streets (well, in the case<br />

of the B-Line, the main road),<br />

with increased parking, new<br />

routes and revised services (see<br />

p18). Will it be a hit or a miss?<br />

We’d like to hear from readers<br />

about their new commuting<br />

experiences.<br />

Meanwhile the extension<br />

of the B-Line to Newport<br />

remains on the government’s<br />

wish list for 2018 – a red rag to<br />

some community groups. The<br />

Newport Residents Association<br />

remain in consultation with<br />

Transport NSW and have tallied<br />

more than 1000 signatures<br />

on their petition opposing the<br />

extension until a detailed and<br />

workable plan is submitted and<br />

given the green light by locals.<br />

Many thanks for your<br />

support and kind words over<br />

the past year; we’re looking<br />

forward to continuing to<br />

celebrate our incredible<br />

community in 2018. Merry<br />

Christmas all! – Nigel Wall<br />

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the established <strong>Pittwater</strong> Day Surgery rooms at Mona Vale<br />

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store regarding new transport and parking infrastructure<br />

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<strong>Pittwater</strong> Local News 6-31<br />

<strong>Life</strong> Stories 32-33<br />

Local Christmas Events 34-35<br />

Christmas Gift Guide 36-39<br />

Boating <strong>Life</strong> 40<br />

Art <strong>Life</strong> 42-45<br />

Surfing <strong>Life</strong> 46-47<br />

Health & Wellbeing; Hair & Beauty 48-55<br />

Money 56-57<br />

Law 58-59<br />

Food: Edible Christmas gifts 68-70<br />

Times Past 71-72<br />

Gardening 72-73<br />

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4 DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong><br />

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News<br />

Testing times for humpback whale research<br />

The Palm Beachbased<br />

conservation<br />

group Living Ocean<br />

is undergoing a major<br />

refocus, launching a<br />

new website that shares<br />

information on upcoming<br />

projects, how to get<br />

involved and fundraising<br />

for a vessel to enable vital<br />

research to continue.<br />

Founded in 2010,<br />

the group’s work cuts<br />

through all levels of the<br />

community from the ‘No<br />

Plastic Please’ campaign<br />

in partnership with our<br />

local schools, to youthled<br />

beach clean-ups, film<br />

nights, lectures and scientific research.<br />

Its major research project occurs<br />

every year during the whale migration<br />

season when scientists and volunteers<br />

from Living Ocean’s Centre for Marine<br />

Studies study humpback whales that<br />

migrate along the east coast.<br />

The study – licensed by State and<br />

Commonwealth agencies including<br />

an Ethics Committee – continues an<br />

innovative program that began in 2004<br />

recording the whales’ migratory tracks.<br />

Recently, Living Ocean made national<br />

headlines when its data, collected<br />

though a ground-breaking app designed<br />

by member Bill Fulton, was used to help<br />

halt a gas company’s plan to conduct<br />

seismic testing in waters 40 kilometres<br />

south of Newcastle.<br />

Living Ocean President Robbi Newman<br />

said the proposed area of testing would<br />

have covered about 208 kilometres and<br />

was scheduled during the peak time for<br />

the southern migration of humpback<br />

whales and their calves.<br />

“This testing time and<br />

location would have been<br />

devastating had it gone<br />

ahead as our extensive<br />

research shows this is<br />

within the peak time<br />

(August-<strong>December</strong>) of the<br />

southern migration of the<br />

humpback whales and<br />

the proposed location of<br />

the seismic survey is also<br />

directly in their path,”<br />

Robbi explained.<br />

After taking the data on<br />

board, the Perth-based gas<br />

company Asset Energy,<br />

now plans to conduct<br />

its testing in January/<br />

February 2018, when there are very few<br />

whales about.<br />

“This is an enormous plus for the<br />

whales and the ocean environment,”<br />

Robbi said.<br />

The team is urgently seeking<br />

donations or access to a boat to ensure<br />

Living Ocean can continue whale<br />

research off our shores.<br />

Go to livingocean.org.au to learn<br />

more about how you can get involved.<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

6 DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991


Forced landing for Airbnb?<br />

News<br />

Northern Beaches<br />

Councillor Rory Amon<br />

has led opposition to<br />

a push by Council staff for a<br />

mandatory registration system<br />

for Airbnb and Short Term<br />

Holiday Letting owners, as<br />

well as what he describes as<br />

staff’s agenda to allow owners<br />

corporations to implement<br />

strict by-laws – including<br />

possible Airbnb bans.<br />

In July this year, the NSW<br />

Planning & Environment and<br />

NSW Fair Trading released its<br />

Short-Term Holiday Letting<br />

in NSW Options paper,<br />

calling for any submissions<br />

in response by 31 October<br />

<strong>2017</strong>.<br />

In October, Councillors<br />

refused to endorse staff’s<br />

submission to the NSW<br />

Government, with Narrabeen<br />

Ward Councillor Amon<br />

quickly taking up the fight<br />

against the submission<br />

which included that: ‘Council<br />

does not oppose various<br />

initiatives for strata and<br />

industry regulation as well<br />

as registrations. Council<br />

supports strata title reform<br />

giving owners corporations<br />

the power to determine and<br />

better manage short term<br />

holiday lettings under bylaws<br />

including trial periods<br />

and enforcement of by-laws<br />

that are associated with<br />

moderating the impact of<br />

use.’<br />

Councillor Amon said<br />

he would not support the<br />

submission prepared by<br />

Council staff.<br />

“There was no community<br />

consultation undertaken<br />

in relation to short term<br />

holiday letting, Airbnb and<br />

the options paper, there<br />

was no briefing given to<br />

Councillors regarding<br />

this issue, the options<br />

paper and the submission<br />

are based on little to no<br />

empirical evidence, and<br />

this submission takes<br />

Council down the path of<br />

more red tape for families<br />

and households trying to<br />

make their lives a little<br />

better through the sharing<br />

economy,” he said.<br />

“Council needs to be<br />

getting out of the way of<br />

private enterprise, not<br />

putting up road blocks.”<br />

The debate was had in the<br />

absence of Councillors Daley,<br />

McTaggart, Regan and Sprott<br />

whom all declared pecuniary<br />

interests.<br />

Councillor Amon argued<br />

the possibility of ‘party<br />

houses’ was not cause for<br />

strict regulation of Airbnb or<br />

Short Term Holiday Letting.<br />

“That is a matter for police<br />

and council to penalise<br />

owners and occupiers, as<br />

they are already entitled<br />

to do under law. Further,<br />

no-one has presented one<br />

shred of evidence to show<br />

that Airbnb or Short Term<br />

Holiday Letting is leading<br />

to increased instances of<br />

tourist party houses or<br />

increased noise complaints.”<br />

He noted that in <strong>Pittwater</strong>,<br />

there were 1,100 active<br />

listings on Airbnb, with the<br />

typical listing hosting 16<br />

nights per year. Nearly one<br />

fifth of those listings were<br />

a private room, with the<br />

remaining being the entire<br />

home/apartment.<br />

“With the typical host<br />

receiving income of about<br />

$9,000 per annum, <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

is the Airbnb capital of the<br />

Northern Beaches,” he said<br />

“It is important that<br />

we are alive to this issue,<br />

as the State Government<br />

looks at possible State-Wide<br />

reforms, and as Councils<br />

look at whether there are<br />

negative impacts of Short<br />

Term Holiday Letting which<br />

need to be addressed,” said<br />

Councillor Amon.<br />

* Jennifer Harris addresses<br />

the legal issues – see page 58.<br />

What do you think?<br />

Tell us at readers@<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>life.com.au<br />

8 DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong><br />

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The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 9


News<br />

Warriewood’s new hospital<br />

In a first for <strong>Pittwater</strong>, a new<br />

private hospital is set to<br />

open in Warriewood early<br />

next year providing an opportunity<br />

for locals to access<br />

much-needed rehabilitation<br />

and recovery services near<br />

their homes and families.<br />

Promoted as the next<br />

generation in healthcare, the<br />

purpose-built 85-bed Arcadia<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>, is designed for patients<br />

requiring short to longer<br />

hospital stays for recovery<br />

after surgery or for medical<br />

conditions.<br />

Set to accept patients from<br />

February, the site at 4 Daydream<br />

Street will specialise<br />

in rehabilitation, medical and<br />

geriatric care, liaising with<br />

GPs, specialists and allied<br />

health professionals to develop<br />

holistic treatment programs.<br />

With the aim of delivering a<br />

new benchmark for sub-acute<br />

hospital care, the boutique facility<br />

is the first developed by<br />

new private hospital operator<br />

Acardia Health Care.<br />

Co-Managing and Medical<br />

Director Dr Harry Pannu said<br />

there was a pressing need for<br />

a service of this kind in <strong>Pittwater</strong>.<br />

“Arcadia <strong>Pittwater</strong> will<br />

provide a much-neglected link<br />

in a patient’s recovery journey<br />

from an acute illness or surgical<br />

procedure in a standard<br />

hospital, to being sufficiently<br />

well enough to return home,”<br />

Dr Pannu explained.<br />

“Many patients can and<br />

should return home after a<br />

three-day recovery from an<br />

acute event, but there remains<br />

a significant number of patients<br />

who would benefit more<br />

from an extended stay in a<br />

specialised recovery hospital.”<br />

The hospital will also be<br />

available to patients continuing<br />

their recovery at home and<br />

operate as a community<br />

“wellness hub”, with plans to<br />

provide education and preventative<br />

programs to those who<br />

want to proactively manage<br />

their own health and wellness.<br />

A first look behind the scaffolding<br />

last month revealed a<br />

modern-multi-level building<br />

with oversized ‘super single’,<br />

single beds and double<br />

bedrooms which will boast<br />

ensuites and discrete hightech<br />

inclusions.<br />

The light-filled space will<br />

feature a rehabilitation and<br />

physiotherapy centre including<br />

hydrotherapy pool, gymnasium,<br />

occupational therapy<br />

and treatment rooms.<br />

And there will be other<br />

hotel-style inclusions such<br />

as local artworks, conciergeassisted<br />

parking and food<br />

created by a former 5-star<br />

hotel chef.<br />

10 DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong><br />

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“Our research has shown<br />

the quality expectations from<br />

patients have grown significantly<br />

– Arcadia <strong>Pittwater</strong> will<br />

deliver a unique holistic care<br />

model, high quality facilities<br />

and amenities,” Dr Pannu said.<br />

“Empathetic nursing care is<br />

supplemented with dietitiansupervised<br />

and executive chefdesigned<br />

menu choices, with<br />

room service options throughout<br />

the day.<br />

“There will be a range of<br />

lounges and open-air balconies<br />

for sunshine and garden<br />

breaks, all to encourage mobilisation<br />

and socialisation to enhance<br />

the patient’s recovery.”<br />

Local GPs and care providers<br />

welcomed the addition of new<br />

community-based care on the<br />

beaches.<br />

Currently the choice is limited<br />

to public rehabilitation at<br />

Mona Vale Hospital, with those<br />

requiring short- to long-term<br />

rehabilitation accommodation<br />

either travelling to Dee Why or<br />

to Lady Davidson, North Turramurra<br />

or further, explained<br />

Mona Vale GP Dr Ethel Gilbert<br />

(who has no affiliation with<br />

Arcadia Health Care or associated<br />

businesses).<br />

“The population of The<br />

Northern Beaches continues to<br />

age and robust geriatric care<br />

and support is an essential<br />

integrated service which requires<br />

further expansion,” Dr<br />

Gilbert said.<br />

Of course, all ages required<br />

rehabilitation, and outpatient<br />

care near to patients’ homes<br />

was also going to be particularly<br />

welcomed as it would reduce<br />

travel times for families<br />

and patients alike, she said.<br />

“People often forget that it<br />

is elderly relatives or spouses<br />

who bear the burden of many<br />

hospital visits,” Dr Gilbert<br />

added.<br />

Managing Director of aged<br />

Continued on page 12<br />

News<br />

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DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 11


News<br />

Continued from page 11<br />

care planning advisor New Way<br />

to Stay Louise Mace agreed,<br />

observing many of her clients<br />

and their families were struggling<br />

with busy lives and fitting<br />

in a commute as well as a visit<br />

to their loved ones.<br />

“Many husbands and wives<br />

experience separation when<br />

one has to spend time in rehab<br />

before coming home,” Mrs Mace<br />

said. “The elderly spouse is<br />

often unable to drive long distances<br />

or afford the taxi fares to<br />

make regular visits.<br />

“A new option in <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

means older couples will have<br />

easier access to each other, and<br />

it should alleviate some of the<br />

burden of younger adult children<br />

being relied upon to take<br />

them back and forth.<br />

“In our experience a critical<br />

aspect of recovery for our<br />

ageing clients is regular close<br />

contact with their loved ones…<br />

I can already think of clients<br />

who would love to have access to<br />

this,” Mrs Mace said.<br />

Angie Kelso of Carers &<br />

Companions said: “I am looking<br />

forward to the opening of<br />

a hospital to provide a more<br />

personal service and recovery in<br />

a caring environment… it seems<br />

to me this hospital will provide<br />

a lifestyle-driven approach.<br />

“By providing professional<br />

medical care, high-end services,<br />

luxury accommodation and a<br />

restaurant, the patients will enjoy<br />

the level of comfort they are<br />

used to in their own home.<br />

“This will result in better patient<br />

outcomes in a more relaxed<br />

environment, rather than the<br />

structured traditional medical<br />

facility,” Ms Kelso said.<br />

* <strong>Pittwater</strong> Day Surgery<br />

expands facilities – see page 48.<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

12 DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991


5THINGS<br />

THIS MONTH<br />

News<br />

Gifts made with love. Snap<br />

up some beautiful hand-made<br />

Christmas gifts at the Avalon<br />

Craft Cottage Christmas show<br />

at the Rec Centre on Fri 1 and 2<br />

from 10am-4pm. Also, The Mona<br />

Vale Hospital Auxiliary will have<br />

a lovely assortment of knitting,<br />

sewing, craft and jams for sale<br />

at stalls outside the ANZ Bank in<br />

Avalon on Fri 8 and in the hospital<br />

foyer on Fri 15 from 9am-3pm.<br />

Discover a hidden treasure.<br />

Take a stroll down Pelican<br />

Path, Lake Path Rd North<br />

Narrabeen and check out the<br />

Coastal Environment Centre.<br />

The community learning space<br />

that focuses on protecting our<br />

precious area is holding an Open<br />

Day from 10am-2pm on Sun 3<br />

when the team will be celebrating<br />

Ocean Care Day and Narrabeen<br />

Lagoon’s many wonders with<br />

face painting, native animal<br />

displays and free kayaking tours.<br />

Ocean Swim. The <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Ocean Swim Series kicks off at<br />

Bilgola on Sun 10. Two courses;<br />

an 800m swim in the morning<br />

and the 1500m main event.<br />

More details about this season’s<br />

program see page 48.<br />

Technology drop-in<br />

sessions. Who doesn’t get<br />

flustered with their laptop, iPad<br />

or mobile phone? Get some free<br />

help at Mona Vale Library on<br />

Tues 5 and 12 from 4pm-5pm<br />

when Duke of Edinburgh Award<br />

Scheme volunteers will give<br />

advice. And put a note in the diary<br />

– these wonderful young folk<br />

will be helping out next year too<br />

at the same time every Tuesday<br />

during school terms. More info<br />

9970 1600 or mary.anderson@<br />

northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au<br />

Stressing about stuff? Take<br />

a load off your shoulders, pack<br />

up all those unwanted belongings<br />

you have been meaning to sell<br />

and book a spot at the first car<br />

boot sale of the new year. The<br />

next Avalon Car Boot Sale will be<br />

held in Dunbar Park on Sat Jan 20<br />

from 8am-2pm. Spaces usually<br />

sell out way before the day so dig<br />

out the ‘stallholder’ fee (curious<br />

amounts of $37.57 per car or<br />

$48.02 for car and trailer site) and<br />

lock in via the council website.<br />

14 DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991


It’s Indie rock ’n’ ro<br />

News<br />

Trailblazer Brynn Davies<br />

not only has a passion<br />

for Australian music,<br />

it runs through her veins.<br />

So last April, when the then<br />

23-year-old sensed a gap in<br />

the industry, she followed<br />

her heart and launched an<br />

innovative start-up to shine<br />

the spotlight on our homegrown<br />

talent.<br />

Brynn designed a media<br />

platform and shared<br />

‘LunchBox’ with the world<br />

– the first online music<br />

publication dedicated entirely<br />

to showcasing Australian<br />

musicians.<br />

With a comprehensive<br />

appreciation of the arts<br />

(mum is Tonia Kelly, former<br />

principal dancer at the<br />

Sydney Dance Company, dad<br />

is multiple ARIA-winning<br />

musician Iva Davies, and<br />

Brynn too was headed down<br />

the entertainment career<br />

path before being drawn to<br />

journalism), the northern<br />

beaches native has witnessed<br />

how difficult it can be for<br />

budding artists to be heard.<br />

“I realised that there was<br />

this huge gap in the market<br />

for an Australian-centric<br />

music publication and I was<br />

completely surprised that noone<br />

had thought to cater to the<br />

established triple j audience<br />

who so passionately support<br />

and celebrate local music,”<br />

Brynn explained.<br />

BIG IDEA: Brynn Davies is living her dream working on her own innovative<br />

online music site Lunchboxtv (interviewing band Dear Seattle at BIGSOUND).<br />

“I was also determined<br />

LunchBox would exist to<br />

support the local scene by<br />

bringing journalistic integrity<br />

and storytelling back to music<br />

journalism.”<br />

Clearly others are on the<br />

same page – within eight<br />

short months LunchBox has<br />

garnered a loyal following<br />

and a growing respect in the<br />

industry with updates around<br />

the clock from contributors<br />

Australia-wide breaking<br />

stories, writing features,<br />

honest reviews, producing<br />

interviews, live reviews, live<br />

galleries and music video.<br />

The Lunchbox team is<br />

youth-run and youth-oriented<br />

so there is no holds barred<br />

when it comes to what and<br />

how things are discussed; no<br />

surprise then readership is<br />

predominately 18-34.<br />

That’s not to say the site is<br />

‘too cool for school’.<br />

“We also have a solid<br />

following of parent-age<br />

readers… lots of people who<br />

grew up watching INXS and<br />

Crowded House who want to<br />

know what the next gen of<br />

Aussie musos are creating.”<br />

Australia’s premier music<br />

writer Kathy McCabe is a<br />

fan, telling <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>:<br />

“While many music sites<br />

seem hellbent on clickbait<br />

plagiarism, Lunchbox is a rare<br />

treat of an online destination<br />

for those with a passion for<br />

homegrown music.”<br />

When covering music<br />

industry issues Kathy<br />

observed “Lunchbox straddles<br />

that fine line between<br />

entertaining and informing<br />

the reader with an admirable<br />

balance.<br />

“But most importantly,<br />

they achieve that most<br />

noble of goals by turning us<br />

onto new Australian music,<br />

an important distinction<br />

when homegrown music<br />

is struggling to score<br />

mainstream airplay or wider<br />

media coverage.”<br />

Talk to Brynn and you’re left<br />

in no doubt she possesses the<br />

creativity, drive and purpose<br />

to achieve her aim of making<br />

LunchBox the destination for<br />

Australian music and evolving<br />

into a fully fledged media<br />

business.<br />

And local musical talent<br />

is lucky to have her as its<br />

champion, as up until the age<br />

of 15 Brynn was preparing to<br />

be a dancer, studying full-time<br />

in the city and completing<br />

her school work via distance<br />

education on the bus to and<br />

from home.<br />

However, injury put an end<br />

to Brynn’s dancing dream and<br />

she returned to traditional<br />

schooling, graduating as DUX<br />

of Freshwater Senior Campus<br />

all the while interning “on the<br />

side’ in radio at the ABC.<br />

Brynn completed a<br />

Communications degree<br />

at UTS and her work<br />

as an investigative and<br />

entertainment journalist and<br />

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ll for she!<br />

presenter has been published<br />

and broadcast widely.<br />

Buoyed by the huge ‘mosh<br />

pit’ of interest in live music<br />

and local talent, Brynn backed<br />

herself and left her job as<br />

assistant magazine editor<br />

to focus full-time on her<br />

LunchBox start-up.<br />

In keeping with its shoestring<br />

budget, Brynn’s team<br />

dedicates time voluntarily<br />

“subsisting on passion”,<br />

looking out for each other<br />

while also pooling resources.<br />

As the team prepares to<br />

launch into LunchBox’s first<br />

festival season Brynn provided<br />

a little insight into the<br />

operation.<br />

“One of our toughest slogs<br />

was in September when myself<br />

and head camerman Dane<br />

Filmer (honestly, that's his last<br />

name) headed to Jindabyne<br />

and spent three days and<br />

nights filming back-to-back<br />

interviews at a festival.<br />

“We drove home, and flew<br />

the ‘redeye’ to Brisbane where<br />

we spent the next week at the<br />

biggest music industry event<br />

of the year – BIGSOUND – with<br />

three other team members.<br />

“The whole week we probably<br />

got between three to five hours<br />

of sleep, and our schedule was<br />

so packed out with interviews,<br />

conferences, meetings and<br />

editing that we started<br />

measuring our time in minutes.<br />

"It was ‘I finish this<br />

conference at 2pm, and we've<br />

got an interview at 2:05… if<br />

you sprint the five blocks and<br />

it takes three minutes, you'll<br />

be in the door at 2:03 with<br />

time to pee’.<br />

“No exaggeration, when we<br />

got back home the concept of<br />

time was so skewed it took a<br />

while to readjust… I thought<br />

in seconds, minutes, not<br />

blocks of time.”<br />

Brynn said taking a leap of<br />

faith to launch LunchBox with<br />

no prior business experience<br />

was and still is “completely<br />

terrifying”.<br />

“But learning on the fly is<br />

one of the most rewarding<br />

experiences of my life.<br />

“I’d love to say I’m totally<br />

nailing being an entrepreneur<br />

but some days I find myself<br />

questioning everything,” she<br />

admits.<br />

“But then I see the posts from<br />

bands absolutely overjoyed<br />

with their feature; watch my<br />

amazing team grow from a<br />

handful of contributors to over<br />

40 nation-wide; and take in the<br />

opportunities for LunchBox<br />

to film and review the biggest<br />

events in the country.<br />

“I’ve realised the biggest<br />

challenge isn’t financial,<br />

or stress, or motivation or<br />

support; it’s patience and selfbelief.”<br />

* Check out Brynn's ARIAs<br />

wrap at lunchboxtv.com.au<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 17


News<br />

B-Line shifts into gear<br />

The transformation of<br />

public transport on the<br />

Northern Beaches has<br />

commenced, with the start<br />

of turn-up-and-go B-Line<br />

services between Mona<br />

Vale and Wynyard, targeted<br />

improvements to the local<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> bus network plus<br />

an innovative on-demand<br />

transport trial to ‘feed’ into the<br />

B-Line.<br />

The revitalised system has<br />

been both eagerly welcomed<br />

and vehemently opposed by<br />

sections of the community<br />

since it was first touted in 2015.<br />

It features more than 3,200<br />

extra weekly services across<br />

the Northern Beaches including<br />

2,000 weekly B-Line services<br />

– featuring new purpose-built<br />

double decker buses – aimed at<br />

making it easier for customers<br />

to travel both locally and to<br />

and from the Sydney CBD.<br />

Although an inconvenience<br />

of late, to help traffic flow<br />

better in the long term and<br />

make bus services more<br />

reliable, Transport NSW have<br />

been installing new bus bays<br />

to help keep buses and traffic<br />

moving, tidal flow systems<br />

and extended turning lanes to<br />

maximise traffic flow in the<br />

peak directions.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> has been told<br />

works will continue into 2018,<br />

with the proposed B-Line<br />

extension to Newport still<br />

under community consultation<br />

and the subject of engineering<br />

studies.<br />

Here’s an update of what’s<br />

happening in your suburb, with<br />

completed and planned works.<br />

Mona Vale<br />

Roadworks on <strong>Pittwater</strong> Road,<br />

Golf Avenue, Park Street<br />

and Barrenjoey Road will<br />

include pedestrian crossing<br />

adjustments to improve<br />

safety across Golf Avenue and<br />

Barrenjoey Road, the extension<br />

of turning lanes, pedestrian<br />

fencing, pavement work and<br />

line marking.<br />

The mound between Village<br />

Park and Barrenjoey Road – the<br />

subject of heated community<br />

protest when removed earlier<br />

this year – has been restored<br />

as planned and planted out<br />

with a mixture of juvenile<br />

casuarina and eucalyptus<br />

(swamp mahogany) trees, plus<br />

sympathetic ground cover (left).<br />

An indented bus bay for<br />

outbound traffic to improve<br />

congestion through this area<br />

has been created while the<br />

existing 74-space car park has<br />

been upgraded with additional<br />

security and lighting.<br />

Narrabeen<br />

A new commuter car park will<br />

provide an additional 40 car<br />

spaces while the new B-Line<br />

stop can been accessed via<br />

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the completed bicycle and<br />

pedestrian links, as well as the<br />

Lagoon trail.<br />

The right turn bay at Mactier<br />

Street has been extended and<br />

a new right-hand turn bay has<br />

been created at Wetherill Street,<br />

while the median strip has<br />

been closed at Clark Street.<br />

(The popular basketball<br />

courts and outdoor gym will be<br />

relocated and ready for use in<br />

early 2018 as part of Northern<br />

Beaches Council upgrades in<br />

the area.)<br />

Warriewood<br />

Work is underway to deliver<br />

more active transport links<br />

and car spaces for customers,<br />

with the new commuter car<br />

park due for completion in<br />

early 2018.<br />

A new signalised intersection<br />

is also being created, providing<br />

easy access to the car park,<br />

direct access to North<br />

Narrabeen Reserve and a direct<br />

exit to the Northern Suburbs.<br />

Newport<br />

The extension of the B-Line<br />

route to Newport is expected<br />

to take place in 2018 subject<br />

to further community<br />

consultation and planning<br />

approval.<br />

On-demand Trial<br />

As reported by <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

<strong>Life</strong> in September, the ondemand<br />

service will provide<br />

personalised travel feeding<br />

into B-Line stops.<br />

Customers can book a vehicle<br />

(car or 4WD) to pick them up<br />

from their home, designated<br />

pick-up point or nearest bus<br />

stop and take them directly<br />

to the closest B-Line transport<br />

hub. (The pilot will operate in<br />

addition to existing bus services<br />

that currently service the area.)<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> is split into two<br />

operational on demand zones:<br />

Zone 1 – North Narrabeen to<br />

Mona Vale; and Zone 2 – Mona<br />

Vale to Palm Beach. Cost is<br />

$3.10 one way (concession fares<br />

of 50% for seniors and students<br />

also apply). The fare doesn’t<br />

include the onward journey<br />

from the transport hub. The<br />

on-demand service operates<br />

weekdays 6am – 10pm;<br />

Saturday 7am – 7pm; and<br />

Sunday 7am – 5pm.<br />

If you don’t have a<br />

smartphone you can book<br />

a trip by calling operator<br />

Keoride on 1800 536 743 or<br />

online at Keoride.com.au;<br />

payment is by credit card only<br />

(not Opal card).<br />

One of the benefits is its<br />

booking system allows you to<br />

book multiple trips at once,<br />

enabling forward planning for<br />

several weeks in advance.<br />

Tell us what<br />

you think?<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> wants to hear<br />

from readers about their<br />

experiences with the new<br />

B-Line bus system, parking<br />

arrangements and ondemand<br />

transport trial.<br />

Why and how has it made<br />

your daily commute, or your<br />

occasional trip, better or<br />

worse? Email your story to<br />

readers@pittwaterlife.com.au<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 19


Village Park to come<br />

alive with stalls aplenty<br />

for Mona Xmas Market<br />

Organisers, stallholders and locals will be<br />

hoping for blue skies when the sixth annual<br />

Mona Vale Xmas Market kicks off at 9am<br />

at Village Park on Sunday <strong>December</strong> 10.<br />

With inclement weather putting a dampener<br />

on the local Chamber of Commerce’s market<br />

in November, the Xmas Market provides<br />

another chance to grab a unique and bargain<br />

gift in the run up to <strong>December</strong> 25.<br />

“We’re really looking forward to a great event<br />

this year, it’s a great opportunity to get your<br />

last minute Christmas shopping done,” said<br />

founder Jeremy Drayton.<br />

“This year, the focus is on the vibrant Mona<br />

Vale community… there will be a lot of local<br />

stallholders and businesses getting involved in<br />

the day, both long-term operators and startups.<br />

It’s a great opportunity for these local<br />

fledgling businesses to start their journey and<br />

grow to bigger and better things in the future.”<br />

Jeremy said an eclectic mix of market stalls<br />

would ensure everyone’s tastes were catered for.<br />

“There will be live music all day from local<br />

artists, plus rides for the kids and non-stop<br />

entertainment, all conveniently located in the<br />

heart of Mona Vale.<br />

“The event is accessible to everybody – with<br />

parking in surrounding streets and a hub for<br />

public transport, Village Park is a great venue<br />

for this Christmas event.”<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 21


News<br />

New Macca’s<br />

table service is<br />

tray magnifique!<br />

There’ll be no more<br />

waiting for your number<br />

to be called to collect your<br />

meal when you dine in at<br />

McDonald’s Warriewood this<br />

month, with the popular fast<br />

food restaurant relaunching<br />

its expanded site with allnew<br />

table service.<br />

Franchisee Warwick<br />

Hokins said construction<br />

work at the new-look<br />

restaurant would be<br />

completed soon with a<br />

relaunch scheduled for mid-<br />

<strong>December</strong>.<br />

Among the feast of<br />

improvements will be more<br />

indoor seating, a new party<br />

room, all new décor, plenty<br />

of alfresco dining, plus new<br />

restrooms.<br />

And with 60 more seats,<br />

an additional 15-20 local<br />

staff will be employed.<br />

The biggest change is the<br />

introduction of Bluetooth<br />

technology that will allow<br />

employees to identify diners<br />

and their tables, allowing<br />

speedy delivery of meals.<br />

Diners will receive a table<br />

number unit with in-built<br />

Bluetooth, enabling them<br />

to take any seat they wish,<br />

relax and wait for their meal.<br />

“We decided that it was<br />

time to give the restaurant<br />

the facelift our community<br />

deserved,” Mr Hokins said.<br />

“We’re delighted to give our<br />

customers the same great<br />

service but with a fresher<br />

look and new facilities, and<br />

we think diners will love it.<br />

“We strive to give<br />

our customers the best<br />

and adopting Bluetooth<br />

technology to help with<br />

speedy table delivery ensures<br />

our restaurant provides<br />

truly state-of-the-art dining<br />

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options,” Mr Hokins said.<br />

“I’m excited for <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

residents to come and try<br />

out our new and exciting<br />

restaurant feature for<br />

themselves, which we know<br />

will add to their Macca’s<br />

experience!”<br />

Other improvements<br />

include a dedicated drivethrough<br />

coffee pick-up<br />

window and digital drivethrough<br />

signage.<br />

* Find out more about the<br />

local job opportunities at<br />

apply.McDonalds.com.au<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 23


A lot of bottle!<br />

News<br />

If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed<br />

running your<br />

eyes over a restaurant’s<br />

extensive wine list, spare a<br />

thought for Jonah’s new head<br />

sommelier Niels Sluiman –<br />

not only is he responsible<br />

for overseeing the boutique<br />

hotel and restaurant’s awardwinning<br />

wine list, he also has<br />

to track down your selection<br />

from a cellar of more than<br />

1600 bottles.<br />

With the peninsula gearing<br />

up for its annual influx of<br />

holidaymakers, Niels and his<br />

international team of Riccardo<br />

Molfetta (Italy), Christian Baeppler<br />

(Germany) and Miyuki<br />

Morimoto (Japan) are checking<br />

stocks and making sure all is<br />

ready for discerning palates.<br />

Dutchman Niels, who grew<br />

up in the south of France and<br />

started his wine journey in<br />

a restaurant in Ireland while<br />

taking a break from university<br />

studies, has worked at<br />

several world class establishments<br />

in Europe including La<br />

Cote St Jacques in Burgundy<br />

and Le Pre Catelan in Paris<br />

(each 3 Michelin stars).<br />

Niels is enjoying introducing<br />

new wines to match the<br />

dishes created by new Executive<br />

Chef Matteo Zamboni.<br />

“Tasting wines and food<br />

together is really enjoyable,”<br />

said Niels. “I always try to<br />

have a few different wines on<br />

hand to taste when there is a<br />

new dish coming up… it is all<br />

about balance but also keeping<br />

it exciting for the sommelier<br />

team and of course the<br />

guests.”<br />

He said Jonah’s cellar was<br />

undoubtedly one of the greatest<br />

in Australia.<br />

“Rating a cellar is always difficult<br />

but I am not afraid to say<br />

that our current level is reaching<br />

a really high quality… and<br />

of course I keep adding wines<br />

to the list. Mixing diversity and<br />

traditionalism is the key part<br />

of a great wine list.”<br />

Niels said keeping track of<br />

more than 1600 Australian<br />

and international labels was a<br />

day-to-day task.<br />

“It is all about being accurate<br />

on your cellar mapping,<br />

being organised and<br />

extremely tidy,” he said. “As<br />

well as spending a lot of time<br />

in the cellar.”<br />

Although a knowledge of<br />

wine is the foundation stone<br />

of his vocation, Niels said<br />

a strong appreciation of all<br />

types of drinks was imperative<br />

in his role.<br />

“Beers, spirits, teas and<br />

sake are also drinks that a<br />

sommelier should be able to<br />

recommend to a guest – it<br />

makes our job really diverse<br />

and fun.”<br />

And his tip for the perfect<br />

glass of wine on its own?<br />

“An Assyrtiko-Hatzidakis<br />

from Greece, with that beautiful<br />

tension and minerality,<br />

or even a great Pinot Gris<br />

from Garagiste winery on the<br />

Mornington Peninsula, showcasing<br />

vibrant, summery fruit<br />

in the glass.” – Nigel Wall<br />

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What goes with what?<br />

N<br />

iels says the palate is such a personal<br />

thing that ‘rules’ shouldn’t apply when<br />

pairing wine with food. However, he offers<br />

this advice (using Jonah’s summer dishes<br />

as a guide):<br />

Black Angus beef (served with roasted<br />

turnips and barberry jus) – “Goes<br />

perfectly with a medium-bodied Shiraz<br />

from the Mudgee region of NSW. Beautiful<br />

limited release Shiraz ‘The Kinnear’ 2014<br />

made by the Robert Stein Winery, shows<br />

a great ripe black fruit expression with a<br />

great spicy character. This combination<br />

is driven by that balance between meat,<br />

fruits and spices.”<br />

Lamb Rump (slow cooked with linseed<br />

and baby peppers) – “Pair with a Cabernet<br />

Sauvignon from the Wrattonbully region<br />

of SA. Terre a Terre Cuvée ‘Crayeres’,<br />

made by husband-and-wife team Xavier<br />

Bizot and Lucy Croser. This wine holds<br />

lots of smooths tannins cutting through<br />

the powerful meat but also helps emphasise<br />

the peppers hints by bringing mint<br />

and capsicum flavours.”<br />

Jonah’s Seafood platter (fresh seafood<br />

varieties sourced daily) – “Match with<br />

an extremely precise and pure Riesling<br />

made by Grosset ‘Cuvée Polish Hill’ from<br />

the Clare Valley in SA. This great wine is<br />

showcasing some beautiful lime and lemon<br />

hints with a great savory aftertaste.”<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 25


Keen teens making waves<br />

News<br />

Veteran Avalon Beach<br />

sweep Rick Millar<br />

gets a real buzz out of<br />

developing juniors – but his<br />

is a no-kid-gloves treatment,<br />

even if they are new to the<br />

sport of surf boat rowing.<br />

Under his wing now are<br />

the ‘Puddlemakers’ – four<br />

young northern beaches<br />

locals who could pass for<br />

Rick’s grandkids. Regan<br />

Dale, Charlie Lewis (both<br />

15) and 16-year-olds Jordan<br />

Hawke and Lachie Mills<br />

forged a friendship through<br />

Avalon Beach nippers and<br />

have even a closer bond<br />

these days.<br />

Only Lachie attends<br />

a different high school<br />

(<strong>Pittwater</strong> House) to the<br />

others who are students at<br />

Barrenjoey High School.<br />

The boys have quickly<br />

discovered how tough Rick<br />

can be: “I am not here to<br />

be your friend. I am your<br />

coach. If you want to train,<br />

make sure you are on time.<br />

‘PUDDLEMAKERS’: Rick Millar with his boys (from left) – Regan Dale,<br />

Jordan Hawke, Charlie Lewis and Lachie Mills.<br />

No excuses. You have to be<br />

willing to work together,”<br />

was the first message he<br />

delivered.<br />

While Rick says he wants to<br />

impart as much knowledge as<br />

he can to the boys about the<br />

vagaries of the surf, he also<br />

wants to teach them about<br />

lessons in life.<br />

The Avalon Beach mentor<br />

was pleasantly surprised<br />

how they performed when<br />

they raced for the first<br />

time at the opening Sydney<br />

Northern Beaches Branch<br />

carnival at Bilgola in<br />

November.<br />

“I was really proud of how<br />

they handled the surf for<br />

the first time,” Rick said. “‘It<br />

was a big surf for them…<br />

they had only been training<br />

for just over two months<br />

and had never been in a boat<br />

before.”<br />

Rick, who has been around<br />

surf boats for more than 50<br />

years, sweeping for 40 years<br />

and won numerous titles,<br />

says it’s rare to have a group<br />

of boys who are eligible to<br />

row juniors for four years.<br />

“If they stick together they<br />

could become a definite<br />

force in rowing,” he said.<br />

Andrew Mills, the father of<br />

Lachie, knows the boys from<br />

nippers. “I have already seen<br />

a confidence and maturity<br />

in them since they started<br />

rowing surf boats,” Andrew<br />

said. “‘They have responded<br />

beautifully to Rick and are<br />

totally committed to the<br />

sport. They’ve had a heavy<br />

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training schedule but can’t<br />

wait to go to training. On<br />

race days they help move the<br />

other boats. They are really<br />

involved and it’s confidencebuilding.”<br />

Director of Surf Sports<br />

Nick Sampson says Avalon<br />

Beach could take as many<br />

as 15 crews to Aussies in<br />

Scarborough next year.<br />

While Nick said there<br />

wasn’t a drive to increase<br />

rowers, somehow it has just<br />

happened.<br />

“We wanted to get a crew in<br />

every division if we could,”<br />

Nick said. “‘It has been a big<br />

step up with 10 brand new<br />

rowers – eight juniors and<br />

two colts. The growing team<br />

is largely because all our<br />

juniors have come from our<br />

own club. They have come<br />

up through our fantastic<br />

cadet program. We also have<br />

rowers returning after a few<br />

years off.<br />

“We strive to create<br />

a one-club atmosphere<br />

with everyone helping out<br />

everyone, with juniors filling<br />

in for the A’s at training.<br />

“We have guys from the<br />

reserves and open men’s<br />

crews learning how to sweep<br />

because of the big training<br />

load we have.”<br />

Avalon already have<br />

Nathan Wellings, Rick Millar,<br />

Pete Carter, Hector Heathcote<br />

and Jean Harper as sweeps.<br />

“Without their dedication<br />

the team at Avalon Beach<br />

would not exist,” said Nick.<br />

“A huge part of our club and<br />

training program is through<br />

Brent and Maree Williams<br />

at CrossFit Avalon Beach.<br />

They do a fantastic job with<br />

training programs and<br />

motivation of all our crews,”<br />

he explained.<br />

“And not forgetting the<br />

man who leads us – our boat<br />

captain Matthew Mayall.<br />

Where would we be without<br />

him?”<br />

It’s going to be a very tough<br />

season for Nick watching<br />

things unfold from the beach<br />

as a spectator. He normally<br />

rows for one of the club’s top<br />

crews, Pinkies, but is waiting<br />

to have a knee reconstruction<br />

following a freak accident in<br />

a game of touch football only<br />

days before the first carnival<br />

at Bilgola.<br />

– John Taylor<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 27


No hassles on the highway<br />

News<br />

School holidays are almost<br />

here – for many families,<br />

that means packing the<br />

car, hitching the caravan or<br />

boat trailer and heading on a<br />

vacation road trip.<br />

But hit the highway unprepared<br />

and you could be<br />

asking for trouble.<br />

Mal Graham from British &<br />

Swedish Motors in Narrabeen<br />

and John Godley from Battery<br />

Business in Warriewood<br />

offered these tips to ensure a<br />

hassle-free holiday by car.<br />

“If the car is not quite due<br />

for a service, a good check over<br />

and top up of levels is usually<br />

enough for a vehicle that’s serviced<br />

regularly,” Mal said.<br />

“Make sure the cooling<br />

system is in good order, with<br />

no loose or leaking hoses. If<br />

tyres are low replace them –<br />

some tyre sizes these days,<br />

you might be stuck in a country<br />

town for a week waiting<br />

for a replacement!<br />

“If the air conditioning isn’t<br />

feeling as cold as it should be<br />

after winter, get it checked<br />

out – the more passengers,<br />

the hotter it will be.<br />

“Last, the biggest problem<br />

with trailers are tyres and<br />

wheel bearing maintenance –<br />

especially boat trailers.”<br />

John Godley said many<br />

people didn’t realise that new<br />

engine technology was affecting<br />

battery longevity.<br />

“There’s a bewildering<br />

amount of information and<br />

folklore about batteries, and it<br />

can be hard to sort fact from<br />

fiction – that’s where we come<br />

in,” John said.<br />

“Car batteries in regular<br />

use should last about five<br />

years, and the good ones have<br />

a three-year warranty. But batteries<br />

in cars with stop-start<br />

technology get a hard life – up<br />

to 13 times as many engine<br />

starts on average.<br />

“If your car has that technology,<br />

make sure that any<br />

battery fitted is suitable. A<br />

standard car battery will not<br />

do the job for long…”<br />

He said boat batteries<br />

would last a similar time, typically,<br />

although the deep cycle<br />

batteries on a boat might last<br />

less, especially if they were<br />

worked hard every day, or not<br />

kept fully charged.<br />

John said Battery Business<br />

offered a free on-site car battery<br />

test “on the spot, every<br />

day of the week, no appointment<br />

necessary”.<br />

“For boat batteries it’d be<br />

unreasonable to expect the<br />

boat or batteries to get to our<br />

store so we will come to the<br />

marina and test them, free of<br />

charge,” he said.<br />

“We’re happy to make appointments<br />

to do this, and<br />

we’re Marine Card Holders<br />

with the Boating Industry Association,<br />

which is important<br />

reassurance for boat owners<br />

and all the marinas that we<br />

visit.” – Nigel Wall<br />

28 DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong><br />

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Mobile wildlife<br />

clinic fundraiser<br />

Sydney Wildlife are $50,000<br />

closer to securing their<br />

first mobile wildlife clinic<br />

following a successful<br />

fundraiser at the<br />

International College of<br />

Management at Manly last<br />

month.<br />

More than 170 people dug<br />

deep to add to the $70,000 the<br />

organisation already has in<br />

its coffers earmarked for the<br />

clinic, which is expected to<br />

cost $200,000.<br />

Readers who would like to<br />

donate to help them achieve<br />

their goal can visit www.sydneywildlife.org.au<br />

and press<br />

the donate button (indicate<br />

that the donation is for ‘clinic’<br />

so the funds go to the right<br />

Sydney Wildlife project).<br />

Meanwhile volunteers are<br />

calling out to mobile home<br />

companies to come to the<br />

party and possibly donate a<br />

vehicle, which Sydney Wildlife<br />

would then fit out with their<br />

funds pool... any takers?<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 29


<strong>Pittwater</strong> News<br />

Macquarie Park on<br />

bus strategy radar<br />

A report outlining progress<br />

on the NB Council’s new<br />

Transport Strategy will be<br />

tabled early in the New Year.<br />

Announcing the strategy in<br />

November, Mayor Michael<br />

Regan said it would provide<br />

a clear plan for improving<br />

public, active and road<br />

transport and would<br />

transform the way people<br />

moved about the beaches. He<br />

said a key focus was rapid<br />

public transport connection<br />

between Mona Vale and<br />

Macquarie Park. “Macquarie<br />

Park is the fastest growing<br />

major employment centre in<br />

Sydney. A one-hour-and-20-<br />

minute journey on the 197<br />

bus route to travel 20km is<br />

unacceptable.” He said the<br />

concept of the ‘30-minute<br />

city’ could be achieved with<br />

rapid transport solutions.<br />

New walking and cycling<br />

paths are already being<br />

delivered across the Northern<br />

Beaches to encourage<br />

increased active transport<br />

and will be linked within the<br />

transport strategy.<br />

Cash boost for<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> schools<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>’s 11 public schools<br />

will receive more than<br />

$3.8 million from the NSW<br />

Government for additional<br />

learning initiatives. The needsbased<br />

funding, the result of<br />

the government signing up to<br />

the Gonski funding agreement,<br />

represents an increase of more<br />

than $580,000 on last year’s<br />

allocation. Local MP Rob Stokes<br />

said priorities for spending<br />

would be left solely with school<br />

principals, for things such as<br />

employing specialist teachers<br />

or purchasing extra resources<br />

to respond to the unique<br />

requirements of their students.<br />

overhaul, with slabs laid<br />

to the road edge providing<br />

wider footpath access. The<br />

shared paths provide an<br />

off-road cycling link between<br />

Dee Why and Warriewood.<br />

Australia Day awards<br />

deadline extension<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

has extended the closing<br />

date for nominations for<br />

the Northern Beaches 2018<br />

Australia Day awards to<br />

Monday <strong>December</strong> 4. Mayor<br />

Michael Regan is urging<br />

residents to look around<br />

and nominate someone who<br />

deserves to be recognised.<br />

This year, a Senior Citizen<br />

of the Year Award is being<br />

added to other categories. .<br />

More info northernbeaches.<br />

nsw.gov.au<br />

News<br />

Make a splash in Bilgola swim<br />

The popular <strong>Pittwater</strong> Ocean Swim Series will make its<br />

first splash for 2018 at Bilgola on Sunday 10 <strong>December</strong>.<br />

Thereafter there will be an ocean swim every Sunday in<br />

January, starting with Newport (7th) followed by Avalon<br />

(14th), Mona Vale (21st) and the ‘Big Swim’ Palm Beach to<br />

Whale Beach (28th). The 2018 series will bring more than<br />

4,500 swimmers of all ages to the <strong>Pittwater</strong> region from<br />

all over Australia, providing a boost to local businesses.<br />

Plus all funds raised go to the surf clubs, enabling the<br />

purchase of essential life saving equipment as well as<br />

maintenance. Full details oceanswims.com.<br />

New Mona Vale<br />

footpath complete<br />

Pedestrian safety and<br />

access along <strong>Pittwater</strong> Road<br />

at Mona Vale has been<br />

bolstered by the completion<br />

of a comprehensive<br />

concrete footpath as part of<br />

Northern Beaches Council’s<br />

‘Connecting Northern<br />

Beaches’ program. Motorists<br />

and pedestrians experienced<br />

disruptions for a few<br />

months as the one-kilometre<br />

section on the western side<br />

of <strong>Pittwater</strong> Road between<br />

Coronation St and Vineyard<br />

St underwent a complete<br />

Help your teenage<br />

'Learner' driver<br />

Is your teenager about to turn<br />

16 and get their ‘L’ plates?<br />

Then consider attending<br />

Northern Beaches Council’s<br />

‘Helping Learner Drivers’<br />

workshop at the Dee Why<br />

Civic Centre on <strong>December</strong> 6<br />

from 6.30pm-8.30pm. The<br />

workshop aims to increase<br />

the confidence and knowledge<br />

of supervisors who oversee<br />

learner drivers. It will<br />

provide practical advice<br />

about: changes to the Learner<br />

Driver Licensing Scheme<br />

(which started on November<br />

30 DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong><br />

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2018 Barrenjoey<br />

Week of Golf<br />

The Barrenjoey Peninsula Week of Golf<br />

is on again in February – and in 2018 it’s<br />

turning 36! One of the largest amateur<br />

women’s golfing tournaments in the<br />

southern hemisphere, the event is played<br />

on the fairways of beautiful Bayview,<br />

Cromer, Long Reef, Manly, Mona Vale,<br />

Monash and Wakehurst Golf Clubs. It’s<br />

also a Jean Derrin event, which attracts<br />

many low handicap golfers. The format<br />

begins on Monday 12 and Tuesday<br />

13 February with individual stroke<br />

for Divisions 1 & 2 and stableford for<br />

Division 3. On Thursday 15 February the<br />

Foursomes are held in four divisions.<br />

On Friday 16 February a four-person<br />

Best Ball v Par event, with shotgun start,<br />

completes the tournament. Players can<br />

20; log book apps approved<br />

by the Roads and Maritime;<br />

completing the Learner driver<br />

log book; understanding the<br />

benefits and safety aspects<br />

of supervised on-road<br />

driving experience; and the<br />

understanding of licence<br />

conditions for learners and<br />

provisional licence holders.<br />

Interested? More info<br />

roadsafety@northernbeaches.<br />

nsw.gov.au<br />

Portable defibrillator<br />

funding for clubs<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>’s sporting clubs are<br />

being encouraged to apply<br />

for defibrillator funding<br />

assistance under the NSW<br />

Government’s new Local Sport<br />

Defibrillator Grant Program.<br />

Up to 2,500 Automatic<br />

External Defibrillators (AEDs)<br />

will be rolled out across the<br />

state over the next four years<br />

under the $4 million program.<br />

More than 33,000 Australians<br />

experience cardiac arrest<br />

every year and early access to<br />

CPR and defibrillation within<br />

the first eight minutes are<br />

critical and can influence<br />

survival rates by up to 75<br />

per cent. The program will<br />

fund up to 50 per cent of the<br />

defibrillator cost, along with<br />

training and maintenance<br />

support. “This fantastic<br />

technology has been proven<br />

on beaches, sporting fields<br />

and in shopping centres – the<br />

more defibrillators we have in<br />

our community, the greater<br />

the chance we can assist<br />

someone with life-saving<br />

intervention,” Local MP Rob<br />

Stokes said. Applications<br />

nominate to play on all four days or play<br />

in one, two or three events. Entries are<br />

now open – and it’s great value, with any<br />

three or four days $100 (postal $110), any<br />

1 or 2 days $70 (postal $80). More info<br />

barrenjoeyweekofgolf.com<br />

close 20 <strong>December</strong>; more info<br />

sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants<br />

Loosely Woven<br />

charity concert<br />

Local music group ‘Loosely<br />

Woven’ is back with a free<br />

concert at Avalon Baptist<br />

Church from 4pm on<br />

Sunday Dec 10. Led by<br />

Wayne Richmond, the group<br />

includes an impressive 21<br />

instrumentalists and singers.<br />

Wayne and his musicians<br />

have been contributing to<br />

Amnesty International’s<br />

great work for more than<br />

20 years and helping those<br />

who suffer injustice, unfair<br />

imprisonment, torture, and<br />

other human rights abuse. Free<br />

entry; free supper provided<br />

(donations welcomed). More<br />

info 0417 069 472.<br />

Vet<br />

on<br />

call<br />

with<br />

Dr Ben Brown<br />

Just like in humans, this is<br />

the time of the year our pets<br />

suffer the most with allergies.<br />

Allergies can manifest in a<br />

variety of different ways,<br />

however the most common<br />

symptom of allergies in pets<br />

is itchy skin – under the arms,<br />

in the groin, on the neck<br />

and in the flanks. Common<br />

triggers of skin allergy in<br />

pets are fleas, environmental<br />

factors such as air borne<br />

pollens, moulds and dust<br />

mites, contact allergies caused<br />

by grasses, and even some<br />

foods can cause allergies<br />

and itchy skin. In many cases<br />

this problem is seasonal and<br />

develops at the same time<br />

(spring and summer).<br />

Symptoms of allergies<br />

can be varied, but generally<br />

consist of excessive licking,<br />

chewing, biting or scratching<br />

of the skin, restlessness and<br />

difficulty settling, dragging<br />

belly or back along the<br />

ground, chewing and sucking<br />

of the feet, head shaking, ear<br />

scratching and recurrent ear<br />

infections, hair loss, sores and<br />

darkened or red patches of<br />

skin, and excessive ‘doggy’<br />

body odour usually caused by<br />

secondary fungal infections.<br />

Food reactions account for<br />

up to 15–46% and 10–23% of<br />

inflammatory skin lesions in<br />

dogs and cats respectively.<br />

The most common ingredients<br />

that cause this problem in<br />

dogs are beef, milk, lamb,<br />

wheat, corn, egg, soy and<br />

chicken, and adding tuna and<br />

salmon to the list for cats.<br />

There are new medications<br />

available that are much safer<br />

for long-term treatment of<br />

itchy skin in pets and special<br />

diets that can effectively<br />

diagnose and treat food<br />

allergy whilst maintaining<br />

nutrition.<br />

If you’re concerned about<br />

your pet’s skin drop into one<br />

of our hospitals at either<br />

Newport or Avalon for a free<br />

skin, ear, teeth and weight<br />

check by one of our qualified<br />

staff (through <strong>December</strong> 31).<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 31


<strong>Life</strong> Stories<br />

Whole<br />

truths<br />

The ancient art of culturing food for<br />

beneficial health has been a focus of<br />

Holly Davis’ life for more than 40 years.<br />

Story by Rosamund Burton<br />

The door of the single-storey<br />

original weatherboard house on<br />

Palm Beach’s Pacific Road is open<br />

and I find the renowned wholefood<br />

chef, Holly Davis, in her kitchen up to<br />

her elbows in a large bucket of finely<br />

chopped red cabbage.<br />

“I hadn’t forgotten you were coming,”<br />

she assures me, “but we’re making<br />

sauerkraut and kimchi. We’ve been<br />

chopping cabbage all day.” Her friend<br />

and co-worker, Belinda Flynn, is still<br />

slicing.<br />

With the setting up of Iku Wholefood<br />

stores, her first book Nourish, her<br />

cooking classes and the many events<br />

for which she’s catered, Holly Davis<br />

has educated thousands of people in<br />

the creation of delicious, nutritious<br />

wholefood. Her new book – Ferment, a<br />

guide to the ancient art of culturing food<br />

– with its exquisite photographs, gives<br />

readers a host of recipes for cultured<br />

food, from sourdough bread to crème<br />

fraiche.<br />

“Take a seat,” says Holly, indicating<br />

a wooden chair beside a narrow desk<br />

in the sitting room. I sit gazing at a<br />

mountain of red and green cabbage<br />

leaves on a trestle table. She explains<br />

that earlier in the week she cooked<br />

dinner for 120 people at Moby Dicks<br />

Whale Beach, hosted by Bookoccino,<br />

showcasing recipes from her book.<br />

“I cooked 21 ducks, using the recipe<br />

from the book, and had a big display of<br />

cabbages, because cabbages are such a<br />

fabulous representation of fermentation,<br />

as everyone knows sauerkraut.”<br />

She places down a pot of tea and two<br />

cups, and sits on the other side of the<br />

desk. On a shelf behind her is a glass<br />

flagon of fermenting apple cider, and<br />

beside it pieces of beetroot floating in a<br />

jar, which she explains are fermenting<br />

to make a beverage called ‘beet kvass’.<br />

Beside it is a jar of jun, a green tea<br />

and honey ferment very similar to<br />

kombucha.<br />

Holly grew up in North London, where<br />

as a teenager she was introduced to<br />

macrobiotics by her best friend’s older<br />

sister.<br />

“I had a cold and she gave me a drink<br />

made with omeboshi [Japanese pickled<br />

plums]. When I asked her later why it<br />

had made me feel better she told me<br />

about the idea of food as medicine,<br />

the power of food to have an effect on<br />

both physical and mental health.” It<br />

made perfect sense to her, and she was<br />

hooked. In her early 20s, Holly worked<br />

at Food for Thought, a well-known<br />

vegetarian restaurant in Covent Garden;<br />

then, fascinated by Japanese culture<br />

and macrobiotics, she travelled to Japan.<br />

She was 24 when she came to<br />

Australia in 1982. Early in 1985 she<br />

was introduced to Willem Venter, an<br />

Afrikaaner. “He became my best friend<br />

and I adored him,” she says, her eyes<br />

filling with tears. “We had this strong<br />

sense that we had met one another for a<br />

purpose.” In 1985, together they opened<br />

Iku Wholefood restaurant in Glebe. “We<br />

didn’t think that we were likely to make<br />

a living out of it. We worked hundreds<br />

of hours a week, and I was so happy to<br />

be doing what I believed in.” Every week<br />

for the first three years the restaurant<br />

did a little better, and after three years<br />

it took off.<br />

Originally, it wasn’t a vegan<br />

restaurant, but vegans quickly made up<br />

a large part of its customer base, and<br />

said they wouldn’t continue coming if it<br />

wasn’t vegan. So Iku and Holly became<br />

vegan, and for Holly that only changed<br />

when she got pregnant. “My body very<br />

clearly wanted dairy products, then<br />

meat, and then chocolate and I have<br />

never looked back.”<br />

Hanging in the hallway is a<br />

photograph of the handsome Willem<br />

asleep. It was in 1988, three years<br />

after Iku had opened, that Willem was<br />

diagnosed with HIV.<br />

“I looked after him, and his partner,<br />

Nicholaas Van Schalkvyk, who died six<br />

months after him. I was 33 when Willem<br />

died. I only knew him for six years, but I<br />

am who I am, because of him, and those<br />

32 DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong><br />

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experiences.”<br />

Holly admits that having her<br />

daughter, India, was another huge<br />

turning point in her life. Holly and<br />

India’s father were together for 10<br />

years until India was six. India went<br />

to Kamaroi Steiner School in Belrose,<br />

where she began learning to knit, and<br />

then on to Barrenjoey High.<br />

“She’s now 24, and works in costume<br />

for film. She recently knitted costumes<br />

for Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet, for the<br />

Disney film ‘Christopher Robin’. It was<br />

through filmmaker and friend Margaret<br />

Sixel that she got this break, to work<br />

under costume designer Jenny Beavan<br />

and she is about to start on her third<br />

film, a remake of Doctor Doolittle.”<br />

A month before Willem died he sold<br />

his share of Iku to Ken Israel. Ken and<br />

Holly were business partners for six<br />

years and opened Iku outlets in Neutral<br />

Bay and Waverley. Now there are 11<br />

stores and Ken still owns Iku today. He<br />

lives in Clareville, and encouraged Holly<br />

to move to <strong>Pittwater</strong>, telling her she<br />

would never regret it. He was right.<br />

“I’ve been pretty much on this hill<br />

for 22 years, apart from short stints at<br />

Whale Beach and Careel Bay. I’ve lived<br />

in three houses on Bynya Road and<br />

four on Pacific Road. I’ve been in this<br />

house for two years. I love its higgledypiggledyness,<br />

and the four water<br />

dragons who scuttle around the garden.<br />

I’ve named them Walter, Wilhelmina,<br />

Wendy and Willow.<br />

“It took me a long time to feel I really<br />

lived in the area, that if I had forgotten<br />

my purse I could come home with what<br />

I needed,” she comments. Most of her<br />

shopping is done at Avalon Wholefoods,<br />

Avalon Organics, and The Beaches<br />

produce market at Warriewood.<br />

Belinda packs all the cabbage leaves<br />

on the trestle table into several large<br />

plastic bags, and a conversation ensues<br />

about worm farms and composting.<br />

Holly wants Ferment to be “useful”.<br />

She explains that every traditional<br />

culture in the world fermented food<br />

in some way, and fermented foods<br />

are delicious, they are condiments<br />

that pique interest and they are also<br />

nutritious and good for our digestive<br />

system and so in turn all body systems.<br />

“I’m really keen for people to have a<br />

relationship with their food, and when<br />

you ferment something you do have a<br />

relationship with it, because it’s not just<br />

you at work, it’s billions of beneficial<br />

bacteria. But first and foremost, food<br />

has to be delicious,” she says, walking<br />

over to the fridge. She scoops a spoonful<br />

of homemade heirloom yoghurt from<br />

a jar for me to sample and she tells me<br />

the culture is over 100 years old. It is<br />

the best tasting yoghurt I’ve ever tried.<br />

Next April she turns 60 and she’s<br />

thinking about what she wants to do for<br />

the next 20 years of her life.<br />

“I’ll continue to teach classes, and I’m<br />

keen to do some classes from home. I<br />

also want to develop a small bespoke<br />

range of ferments, and provide cultures<br />

for people so they can make their own.<br />

Online teaching is another goal. I’ll be<br />

cooking for people until I drop, because<br />

I absolutely love it.”<br />

Friend Belinda deposits a case of jars<br />

on the trestle table, and I leave the pair<br />

pressing the deep pink sauerkraut into<br />

jars ready to sell at the North Sydney<br />

produce market to be held the next day.<br />

And inspired by this unique and gifted<br />

down-to-earth chef I head home to study<br />

her cookbook, and start making my own<br />

sauerkraut.<br />

* ‘Ferment, a guide to the ancient art<br />

of culturing food’ by Holly Davis (RRP<br />

$45) is published by Murdoch Books<br />

and available at Bookoccino and all<br />

good bookshops.<br />

<strong>Life</strong> Stories<br />

CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE: Have<br />

cabbage, will ferment – Holly Davis<br />

seated in the Bible Garden at Palm Beach;<br />

her latest book Ferment is packed with<br />

recipes for cultured food; an Iku staff<br />

meeting in Holly’s home in East Sydney,<br />

circa 1987 (Willem glasses at back); with<br />

Willem at the Iku staff Christmas party<br />

in 1989; getting into the Japanese spirit<br />

with an Iku paper hat; the restaurant on<br />

Glebe Point Rd circa 1986.<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 33


Carols & Church Services <strong>2017</strong><br />

CELEBRATE<br />

THE SPIRIT<br />

Getting together with family and<br />

friends to sing carols and celebrate<br />

the true meaning of Christmas<br />

remains an important part of the year. In<br />

<strong>December</strong> there will once again be three<br />

free major local events to warm hearts<br />

(and vocal chords) and reinforce the bond<br />

of community…<br />

AT THE BEACH<br />

The hugely popular Carols at the Beach,<br />

hosted by Avalon Beach Surf <strong>Life</strong> Saving<br />

Club, will be held on Saturday <strong>December</strong><br />

9. The relaxed event on the grass outside<br />

the club brings our community together<br />

for a night of singing, led by the sensational<br />

Jubilation Choir, celebration and<br />

fireworks all set against the spectacular<br />

backdrop of Avalon Beach. The evening<br />

also includes a market-style food fair<br />

from 4pm, a visit by Santa and other<br />

special guests. This event supports the<br />

club with a fundraising target of $20,000<br />

used to purchase much needed rescue<br />

equipment.<br />

WHAT: Carols at the Beach<br />

WHERE: Avalon Beach SLSC<br />

WHEN: Sat Dec 9 from 4pm carols from<br />

6-9pm<br />

IN THE PARK<br />

The fun begins at 6.30pm in Village Park<br />

Mona Vale on Saturday <strong>December</strong> 16<br />

when it comes alive with music and song<br />

with a line-up of local superstars leading<br />

us in the traditional tunes. Presented<br />

by The Rotary Club of Upper Northern<br />

Beaches in partnership with <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Uniting Church, the annual Carols in the<br />

Park organisers promise a wonderful<br />

evening for the hundreds of families who<br />

choose this event to share the Christmas<br />

spirit. There’ll be food and refreshments<br />

available and free lollies for the kids. And<br />

Santa will make his usual appearance,<br />

arriving in spectacular fashion!<br />

WHAT: Carols in the Park<br />

WHERE: Village Park, Mona Vale<br />

WHEN: Sat Dec 16 from 6.30pm<br />

BY THE LAKE<br />

Now in its 12th year, more than 10,000<br />

people typically flock to Carols by the<br />

Lake which will be held in Lakeside Park,<br />

North Narrabeen on Saturday <strong>December</strong><br />

23. Hosted by Link Church, there will be<br />

the same great music locals expect, glow<br />

sticks, plenty of food stalls, an appearance<br />

by Santa, with fireworks capping off<br />

the evening. Pre-entertainment commences<br />

at 6pm with the main event starting at<br />

7pm. The first 5000 people to arrive will<br />

receive a Carols by the Lake Santa hat.<br />

Donations will be received on the night<br />

to support FoodCare, a local charity that<br />

helps people in need on the Northern<br />

Beaches.<br />

WHAT: Carols by the Lake<br />

WHERE: Lakeside Park, North Narrabeen<br />

WHEN: Sat Dec 23 from 6pm<br />

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CHURCH SERVICES<br />

ANGLICAN<br />

Palm Beach<br />

1079 Barrenjoey Rd<br />

Sun 17th Dec<br />

8pm Lessons & Carols<br />

Christmas Eve<br />

9pm Carols by Candles<br />

Christmas Day<br />

8am Christmas Celebration<br />

Avalon Beach<br />

1 Kevin Ave, Avalon Beach<br />

Sun 17th Dec<br />

9am and 6pm Lessons & Carols<br />

Christmas Eve<br />

5pm Family Celebration<br />

Christmas Day<br />

9.30am Christmas Celebration<br />

St John’s Mona Vale<br />

1624 <strong>Pittwater</strong> Rd<br />

Christmas Eve<br />

8am Holy Communion<br />

10am Family Service<br />

5.30pm Family Service and sausage sizzle<br />

Christmas Day<br />

8am Holy Communion<br />

10am Family Service<br />

Sunday 31<br />

8am Holy Communion<br />

10am Family Service<br />

5.30pm “Ignite” Service and<br />

celebration meal<br />

St. Faith’s Narrabeen<br />

5-9 Clarke St<br />

Christmas Eve<br />

4pm Kid’s Celebration<br />

6pm Family Service<br />

8pm Christmas Service with Communion<br />

Christmas Day<br />

8am Christmas Service with Communion<br />

9.30am Christmas Family Service<br />

St Michael & All Angels Newport<br />

Foamcrest Ave (next to Post Office)<br />

Christmas Eve<br />

6pm Children’s Christmas Play<br />

Christmas Day<br />

8am Holy Communion<br />

9.30am Family Christmas Celebration<br />

www.ststephens.net.au<br />

Warriewood Anglican Church<br />

The Clubhouse Warriewood Brook 6-14<br />

Macpherson St<br />

Christmas Eve<br />

9.30pm Christmas Celebration<br />

Christmas Day<br />

9am Christmas Celebration with Holy Communion<br />

CATHOLIC<br />

Sacred Heart Mona Vale<br />

1 Keenan Street<br />

Christmas Eve<br />

5.00pm Children’s Mass, Sacred Heart<br />

School Grounds<br />

9.00pm Sacred Heart School Grounds<br />

Midnight Mass (Carols from 11.30pm)<br />

Christmas Day<br />

8.00am, 9.30am, 6pm (Croatian Mass)<br />

Maria Regina Avalon<br />

7 Central Road<br />

Christmas Eve<br />

6.00pm Children’s Mass<br />

9.00pm Mass of the Night (Carols from<br />

8.30pm)<br />

Christmas Day<br />

9.00am Mass<br />

St Joseph’s, Narrabeen<br />

21 Lagoon St<br />

Christmas Eve<br />

6.00pm Family Mass. Children are asked to<br />

dress as Angels and Shepherds<br />

Midnight Mass (Carols from 11.30pm)<br />

Christmas Day<br />

9.30am Mass<br />

St Rose, Collaroy Plateau<br />

4 Rose Ave<br />

Christmas Eve<br />

6.00pm Family Mass. Children are asked to<br />

dress as Angels and<br />

9.00pm Christmas Vigil (Carols from<br />

8.30pm)<br />

Christmas Day<br />

8.00am Mass<br />

War Vets Chapel<br />

RSL <strong>Life</strong>care 39 Cutler Circ, Narrabeen<br />

Christmas Day<br />

11.00am<br />

BAPTIST<br />

Avalon Baptist Peace<br />

Memorial Church<br />

2 George St<br />

Christmas Day<br />

9.00am<br />

UNITING<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Uniting Church<br />

Warriewood<br />

10 Jubilee Ave<br />

Christmas Eve<br />

9.30am and 6pm<br />

Christmas Day<br />

9.00am<br />

PRESBYTERIAN<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Presbyterian<br />

Church Newport<br />

Robertson Rd<br />

Christmas Eve<br />

8.00pm Carols by Candlelight service<br />

Christmas Day<br />

9.30am<br />

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DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 35


Christmas guide<br />

GIFT IDEAS<br />

FOR<br />

CHRISTMAS<br />

Our local businesses have come up with some<br />

great ideas for all members of the family…<br />

The Art Shop<br />

Christmas shopping is a pleasure and a delight in The Art<br />

Shop Mona Vale. This colourful space in the arcade on<br />

the corner of Bungan Street and Mona Vale Road is packed<br />

with gifts to inspire and fulfill creative spirits of every age.<br />

For the serious artist, student or beginner there is a wide<br />

range of artist’s materials. Find easels, stretched canvases,<br />

papers, journals, paints, brushes, pastels, drawing and<br />

sketching materials along with books to learn from and be<br />

inspired by. For the artist or crafter there is a large collection<br />

of Japanese papers, handmade papers, art papers and hand<br />

printed papers for collage, print making, card making or gift<br />

wrapping. New in is a range of handmade wool felt toys, dolls<br />

and creatures – these are pure whimsy and loved by all ages.<br />

For creative, offbeat or original gifts this Christmas, call in<br />

to The Art Shop and take time to browse the collection. It’s<br />

peaceful, cool and inspiring inside! Gift vouchers are available.<br />

P: 9979 6559<br />

Utopia Lingerie<br />

Do you need<br />

help with<br />

Christmas gifts?<br />

Then head to<br />

Utopia Lingerie<br />

in Narrabeen<br />

(previously<br />

located in<br />

Warriewood<br />

Square)… their<br />

store is at<br />

2/1238 <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Road opposite<br />

Bunnings (near<br />

The Sands). So<br />

guys – there is<br />

no excuse; it’s<br />

easy to get to<br />

and park and<br />

you’ll get all<br />

the help you need from experienced, trained staff. Plus, they<br />

do Gift Vouchers if you can’t make up your mind. Ladies…<br />

they stock many brands and sizes including Simone Perele,<br />

Freya, Fantasie, Pleasure State, Triumph, Berlei, Fayreform,<br />

Lovable, Schrank, Grosby and many more. They have years<br />

of experience and can make the job of getting a new bra<br />

easy! They cater for all ages: from first bras to sexy lingerie<br />

to comfortable soft cups to Sports Bras to large sizes cups<br />

and backs. They are also prosthesis specialists. Utopia have<br />

gorgeous silk nighties and cami/boxer sets to nighties for the<br />

older ladies. Also swimwear including Moontide. Other gifts<br />

include perfumed flowers, candles and men’s boxers! Free giftwrapping.<br />

P: 9913 7091<br />

36 DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong><br />

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SABI<br />

Japanism<br />

SABI Japanism has now<br />

been in Avalon for one full<br />

year thanks to the support<br />

and patronage of their everincreasing<br />

and loyal customer<br />

base. The word Japanism is<br />

derived from ‘Japonisme’<br />

– meaning the influence of<br />

Japanese art, fashion and<br />

aesthetics on Western culture.<br />

Now comfortably settled into<br />

premises at Shop 5, 25 Old<br />

Barrenjoey Road, owner Yuko<br />

has expanded her product<br />

range to provide locals with<br />

more opportunity to sample<br />

Japanese design at its best. In<br />

addition to a fine selection of<br />

Arita porcelain that is shaped<br />

by ancestral traditions and<br />

techniques refined over the<br />

centuries, SABI Japanism now<br />

stocks Japanese designed<br />

clothing and accessories<br />

including bags, scarves and<br />

origami earrings. Yuko has<br />

recently returned from a trip<br />

to Arita – the oldest porcelainproducing<br />

district in Japan<br />

– with a new selection of<br />

hand-finished plates, bowls<br />

and tumblers which make ideal<br />

and unique gifts for Christmas.<br />

P: 0430 238 850<br />

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Natcha Thai Massage & Spa<br />

Send your special<br />

loved one<br />

back in time this<br />

Christmas with<br />

a Gift Certificate<br />

from Natcha Thai<br />

Massage & Spa<br />

at Mona Vale. Let<br />

them experience<br />

the wonders and<br />

benefits of more<br />

than 2000 years<br />

of Thailand’s<br />

traditional healing<br />

system. Natcha’s<br />

invigorating massage therapies embrace the<br />

most effective Thai Massage techniques.<br />

Their heavenly hands and aromatic oils loosen<br />

tight muscles, improve circulation, soothe the<br />

mind, nurture the spirit and promote overall<br />

wellbeing. You’ll feel your muscles being<br />

Avalon Stand Up Paddle<br />

Give the gift of SUP<br />

with Avalon Stand<br />

Up Paddle! Tony Henry,<br />

from AVSUP, invites you<br />

to experience the many<br />

pleasures of SUP at any<br />

level you choose from the<br />

tranquil and picturesque<br />

location at Clareville<br />

Beach. Achieving a Trip<br />

Advisor 2016 Certificate<br />

of Excellence, Avalon<br />

Stand Up Paddle has an<br />

established reputation<br />

for quality accredited<br />

coaching, equipment<br />

and personal service.<br />

SUP is fun, easy, social<br />

and improves core strength. It makes for<br />

perfect, low-impact exercise. “It’s one of the<br />

few exercises where your body actually calms<br />

kneaded and the<br />

tension seep away,<br />

leaving you in a<br />

state of sublime<br />

relaxation. For the<br />

whole of <strong>December</strong><br />

Natcha is offering<br />

45 minutes<br />

Aromatherapy<br />

Massage – a gentle<br />

massage using the<br />

healing properties<br />

of essential oils –<br />

plus a 45-minutes<br />

deep tissue<br />

massage, all for just $125. Find Natcha in their<br />

quiet space between MGS Physio and The Art<br />

Shop; Shop 11/20 Bungan St, Mona Vale. Open<br />

Monday to Saturday from 9am-7pm (convenient<br />

for after work). And health fund rebates will be<br />

available soon! P: 9979 5318<br />

Nothing Butt Lingerie<br />

This small but inviting<br />

Mona Vale boutique has<br />

lots of beautiful summer<br />

lingerie and sleepwear for<br />

gift-giving this Christmas.<br />

Essence from New Zealand<br />

have delivered gorgeous<br />

floral nighties with matching<br />

robes. New label Envy offers<br />

beautiful print satin nighties,<br />

robes plus silk nighties.<br />

French Country and Victoria’s<br />

Dream cotton nighties and<br />

robes are also set to be very<br />

popular this Christmas. Also,<br />

Simone Perele, Pleasure State<br />

and Heidi Klum have released<br />

beautiful sets in time for the<br />

festive season. Berlei and<br />

Triumph present lovely lace<br />

sets as well as everyday bras<br />

and briefs. “Gift wrapping is<br />

available and we have trained<br />

fitters in store at all times,”<br />

says owner Chris. New label<br />

Palindrome have outstanding<br />

bras, briefs, camis, shots and<br />

robe sets in gorgeous prints.<br />

All-time sleepwear favourites<br />

from Givoni, Florence<br />

Broadhurst, Schrank and Billy<br />

Dream are always available,<br />

as well as silks from Ginia<br />

and Simply Silk. And if you<br />

are undecided about that<br />

special purchase Chris says<br />

she or a member of the team<br />

would be only too happy to<br />

assist with selection.<br />

P: 9999 1462<br />

down, rather than<br />

stresses, as you step off<br />

the shore and reconnect<br />

with nature,” says Tony.<br />

Consider making it a<br />

fresh addition to your<br />

wellness routine – why<br />

not try with a few<br />

friends or join one of<br />

their enjoyable Paddle<br />

Group Sessions? Nothing<br />

beats getting out into<br />

the great outdoors.<br />

Tony is open all year<br />

for SUP hire, lessons,<br />

parties, corporate, team<br />

building, SUP sales and<br />

gift certificates. As he<br />

is so fond of saying: “Happy Days!” More info<br />

tony@avsup.com.au; www.avsup.com.au<br />

P: 0413 363 405<br />

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Christmas guide<br />

Avalon Uncovered<br />

Avalon Uncovered<br />

is a locally owned<br />

independent lingerie &<br />

activewear store which<br />

opened at the beginning of<br />

November <strong>2017</strong> by mother<br />

and daughter Madeleine and<br />

Lauren Petersen. The family<br />

have lived and raised two<br />

children in this beautiful<br />

part of the northern beaches<br />

since 1994. “Our passion<br />

is for personalised service,<br />

style, comfort and highquality<br />

products with an<br />

aim of providing a range<br />

of well-known and unique,<br />

independent labels,” said Madeleine. “We have<br />

a range of services including personalised<br />

in-store fittings for all ages and sizes – from<br />

young girls getting their first bra, through<br />

Manly Surf School<br />

Looking for something amazing to do over<br />

the Christmas holidays? Check out what<br />

Manly Surf School has to offer this summer.<br />

With more than 20 years’ experience and voted<br />

as the Number 1 Surf School in NSW, they have<br />

Antique General Store<br />

If you’re looking for<br />

unique Christmas gifts<br />

this year, and if you<br />

long to avoid crowded<br />

shopping malls, then<br />

head to North Narrabeen<br />

and browse through<br />

the Antique General<br />

Store. You’ll find an<br />

amazing array of diverse<br />

and unique gifts – ontrend<br />

décor pieces,<br />

jewellery, silver, furniture,<br />

collectables, and all<br />

things vintage. Their 10<br />

specialist dealers have<br />

been stocking up for<br />

Christmas so there’s something for everyone,<br />

from traditional to quirky, and at prices to suit<br />

your budget. If you’re expecting house guests<br />

or a large crowd on Christmas Day, you’ll find<br />

to maternity and breastfeeding,<br />

with stock sizes<br />

from 8-20 and cup size from<br />

A-G. For Christmas, we have<br />

a beautiful wide range of<br />

lingerie from Simone Perele,<br />

Palindrome, Lace Affair,<br />

Freya and B’Tempted by<br />

Wacoal, as well as luxury<br />

silk nightwear by Ginia.”<br />

Madeleine said a variety<br />

of pretty and affordable<br />

stocking filler ideas also<br />

featured, including stylish<br />

cosmetic bags, totes and<br />

robes from Sanctuary<br />

Studio, plus minikin lanterns<br />

and rotary candle holders from Koh. “We also<br />

provide free gift-wrapping services as well as<br />

gift vouchers for that special someone.”<br />

P: 0419 822 844<br />

a range of programs to suit all levels of surfing,<br />

from first-timers, beginners to advanced<br />

surfers. Beginner group classes run daily for<br />

the whole family, or private lessons are also<br />

available with their highly trained instructors.<br />

For those Intermediate to Elite Surfers looking<br />

to take their surfing and fitness to the next<br />

level, check out their High Performance<br />

Surf Centre. Elite instructors and Personal<br />

Trainers can coach you at the beach and in the<br />

gym. Fitness classes run daily for kids, teens<br />

and adults. Need to keep the kids busy? MSS<br />

school holiday programs will keep them active<br />

whilst teaching the thrill of surfing. Choose<br />

from one of three locations on the Northern<br />

Beaches. To book, call Manly Surf School or<br />

visit www.manlysurfschool.com to check out<br />

their full range of programs. Give someone<br />

the gift of surfing – Christmas Vouchers are<br />

available online now. P: 9932 7000<br />

all the extra seating,<br />

tables, cutlery and china<br />

you may need. And why<br />

not treat yourself to<br />

that perfect, one-of-akind<br />

piece, which will<br />

give your home that<br />

‘signature’ touch? Make<br />

Christmas shopping a<br />

relaxing experience this<br />

year. Visit the Antique<br />

General Store – whether<br />

shopping for Christmas<br />

gifts or adding to the<br />

décor of your home,<br />

you’ll find something<br />

truly special. Like them<br />

on facebook and stay updated on their latest<br />

stock. Find them at 2 Warraba Road, North<br />

Narrabeen (cnr Powderworks Road).<br />

P: 9913 7636<br />

Beachside<br />

Bookshop<br />

Owner Libby Armstrong<br />

says one of their<br />

favourite pieces of<br />

advice for gift giving is:<br />

“Something they want,<br />

something they need,<br />

something to wear…<br />

and something to read.”<br />

They want: Nevermoor<br />

by Jessica Townsend;<br />

$16.99. “A huge marketing<br />

campaign is wasted if early<br />

word-of-mouth is poor,<br />

but Australia’s answer to<br />

JK Rowling has certainly<br />

delivered the goods,” says<br />

Libby. “Everyone is talking<br />

about this new series<br />

for 9+ in the best way.”<br />

They need: A Thoroughly<br />

Unhelpful History of<br />

Australian Sport by Titus<br />

O’Reily; $34.99. “Not<br />

unhelpful at all, packed<br />

with lots of facts that will<br />

make you the best guest at<br />

parties this season.” They<br />

wear: “Their war-on-waste<br />

with a Love Your Bookshop<br />

Keep Cup. Perfect for all<br />

take-away beverages, and<br />

with many <strong>Pittwater</strong> cafes<br />

offering a discount when<br />

you bring your own cup,<br />

this cup will make money.”<br />

They read: The Extremely<br />

Inconvenient Adventures<br />

of Bronte Mettlestone by<br />

Jaclyn Moriarty; $22.99.<br />

“Our November book<br />

of the month is now in<br />

the wild and it’s more<br />

beautiful and special<br />

than we hoped. It’s the<br />

new Australian classic<br />

every home must have,”<br />

says Libby.<br />

P: 9918 9918<br />

38 DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong><br />

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Northern Beaches Cycles<br />

This Narrabeen business<br />

has been serving locals<br />

for more than 30 years now<br />

(opened 1986), looking after<br />

new bike needs and helping<br />

out with a comprehensive<br />

repair service. Bikes are<br />

always high on the list of<br />

kids’ Christmas wish letters<br />

to Santa and this year NB<br />

can help you out with a great<br />

range – and you can lay-by<br />

now for the big day. Browse<br />

their shop or website for GT<br />

Mountain Bikes, or ‘Fat’ Bikes<br />

– the Go Anywhere Bike for<br />

kids and adults. Just in for<br />

Christmas are the ByK Kids<br />

Bikes; owner Chris advises you<br />

don’t delay and lock yours in<br />

today. “They’re the best kids<br />

bikes on the market – so light<br />

with the best components<br />

and geometry so they fit the<br />

kids for many years,” he said.<br />

Micro Scooters have<br />

also landed – and they<br />

have plenty in stock<br />

for Christmas. For<br />

ladies, check out the<br />

special on the Mongoose<br />

27.5 F Montana<br />

complete mountain<br />

bike, reduced to<br />

$385. You’ll find<br />

them at 5/1<br />

Powderworks Rd,<br />

Narrabeen. Also<br />

on facebook.<br />

P: 9913 8455<br />

Karavan<br />

If you are looking for a<br />

special gift that is a little<br />

different, head to Karavan in<br />

Newport. A walk into Karavan<br />

is to discover a treasure<br />

trove of unique, hand-crafted<br />

merchandise created by skilled<br />

artisans from around the<br />

globe. “A cool Museum and<br />

the ultimate gift shop” is how<br />

one client described the warm,<br />

eclectic space run by coowners<br />

Wendyanne Robertson<br />

and Willi Connor. Browse their<br />

welcoming shop and you’ll<br />

find hand-painted Turkish and<br />

Moroccan pottery, African<br />

basketry and sculpture,<br />

finely crafted model sail<br />

boats, compasses and many<br />

other ‘objects of desire’ that<br />

are both decorative and<br />

collectable. It’s the perfect<br />

venue to pick up something<br />

to style your home. And don’t<br />

miss the bargains on offer<br />

at the Closing Down Sale at<br />

the adjoining Newport Rug<br />

Shop – you’ll find a range of<br />

hand-woven rugs at neverto-be-repeated<br />

prices, from<br />

neutral cool and contemporary<br />

look to bold urban tribal. Find<br />

them on facebook and at 373<br />

Barrenjoey Rd, Newport.<br />

P: 0412 259 268<br />

And something to consider for that home renovation in the New Year<br />

BORA – driven to extraction<br />

No kitchen is complete without a<br />

rangehood extractor. But much less<br />

common is the downdraft – an extraction<br />

system that expels fumes “down”<br />

through a duct, and can be installed<br />

much more discretely than a conventional<br />

overhead rangehood. Popular<br />

in the 1980s and 1990s, downdraft<br />

extractor systems are starting to make<br />

a comeback, with the innovative BORA<br />

team leading the way. Here are five<br />

reasons to incorporate them into your<br />

next kitchen design …<br />

1. Fresh Air<br />

Steam and cooking fumes are part of the package when it comes<br />

to preparing food over a cooktop. While usually these fumes are<br />

drawn away by a range hood, any escaping fumes can linger for<br />

days as particles settle on furniture, curtains and other surfaces.<br />

With a BORA downdraft extraction system, fumes and grease<br />

particles are absorbed at the source – the cooktop.<br />

2. A Clear View<br />

Compared to an overhead rangehood, downdraft extractor<br />

systems allow for far more versatile installation, and allow<br />

complete freedom in an open-plan kitchen or when installing a<br />

cooktop on an island bench. An open-plan kitchen design, without<br />

an overhead rangehood, can also make it easier for guests<br />

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to socialise in your kitchen, and for<br />

you to interact as you cook.<br />

3. Versatility in design<br />

You have control of your kitchen<br />

layout; you can install a cooktop almost<br />

anywhere, and allow for a truly<br />

open-plan kitchen. Or use the extra<br />

space above to increase your kitchen<br />

storage space.<br />

4. Silence<br />

According to BORA, the average extractor hood has a sound<br />

level of over 70 decibels at head height – about the same noise<br />

level as a vacuum cleaner. A BORA downdraft extraction<br />

system, located at the kitchen plinth level, is generally quieter<br />

than a steak being grilled.<br />

5. Easy to clean<br />

An overhead rangehood is nearly always difficult to clean,<br />

and the results aren’t always clear. By contrast, a downdraft<br />

extractor system can usually be taken apart, at the countertop<br />

level, without any hassle. BORA’s appliances can be separated<br />

without the use of tools – and cleaned in the dishwasher!<br />

* Find out more at bora-australia.com.au. Find their showrooms<br />

at 100 Victoria Rd, Drummoyne; for info on cooking<br />

demonstrations call 9719 2350.<br />

DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 39


Boating <strong>Life</strong><br />

Boating <strong>Life</strong><br />

Coffs Race is<br />

looking SWISH<br />

Steve Proud is hoping<br />

it’s fourth time lucky for<br />

his boat SWISH when it<br />

contests the reinvigorated<br />

Pantaenius Newport to<br />

Coffs Coast Yacht Race on<br />

<strong>December</strong> 27.<br />

Off the back of his great<br />

win in this year’s Hamilton<br />

Island IRC Passage Division<br />

1, Steve says the 230-nautical<br />

mile Coffs race is just<br />

long enough to fit neatly<br />

between the Christmas and<br />

New Year holiday period.<br />

“It’s a time when lots of<br />

crew have time off work<br />

and looking to get out and<br />

enjoy an ocean race,” the<br />

Middle Harbour yachtsman<br />

said.<br />

Depending on the speed<br />

of the boat and the wind<br />

direction the race can take<br />

from one to three days.<br />

Entries and info royalmotor.com.au<br />

Small steps to big fun<br />

Looking to combine a love Bay, with trips to Sydney Harbour,<br />

Newcastle and beyond,” on for trips, marine radios,<br />

Marine Rescue app for logging<br />

of sailing with making new<br />

friends? Consider the Small said Astrid. “Many have sailed boat maintenance, anchoring,<br />

Yacht Cruising Club of <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

different regions of the world rafting up techniques and sail<br />

Inc (SYCC) which has about and around Australia. They trim.<br />

35 members and welcomes foster a love of sailing in a “One of the reasons people<br />

both experienced and new safe, responsible and sociable enjoy the club is the sharing<br />

sailors.<br />

manner.”<br />

of knowledge and supporting<br />

SYCC new members secretary<br />

Events are scheduled<br />

the skill development of other<br />

Astrid King said members fortnightly and co-ordinated members,” said Astrid.<br />

included couples, families and by a Trip Leader. Most trips Social events are held on<br />

solo sailors who own mono incorporate an educational land and on water; the club<br />

hull yachts ranging from 24’ component such as boat handling,<br />

owns moorings in <strong>Pittwater</strong> and<br />

up to a maximum of 46’.<br />

emergency procedures, Cowan Creek which enable the<br />

“We enjoy cruising Broken navigation, colregs, using the boats to raft up for small group<br />

gatherings.<br />

“There was a recent raft up<br />

of 15 yachts in Castle Lagoon<br />

for the Annual Progressive Dinner<br />

with a ’70s food and dress<br />

theme,” said Astrid.<br />

Upcoming events include<br />

trips to Sydney Harbour and<br />

Newcastle, Australia Day celebrations<br />

with cricket on the<br />

beach, navigation exercises,<br />

Ladies Day with women at the<br />

helm and men in the galley<br />

and a lunch of fish and chips at<br />

Patonga.<br />

For more info visit sycc.net.<br />

au or phone Astrid King on<br />

0419 224 534.<br />

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Art <strong>Life</strong><br />

Art <strong>Life</strong><br />

Project brings emotion to a Head<br />

orth Head Project’ is an<br />

‘Nenthralling and diverse<br />

exhibition of new work by 10<br />

artists – including Avalon locals<br />

Susan Milne and Chris Langlois<br />

– that is sure to invoke emotion<br />

when it is displayed at the<br />

Manly Art Gallery & Museum<br />

from <strong>December</strong> 8.<br />

Senior Curator Katherine<br />

Roberts explained the artists<br />

were invited to consider the<br />

entirety of the North Head precinct,<br />

including its complex Indigenous<br />

and cultural heritage,<br />

environmental significance,<br />

military history, and unique migration<br />

and quarantine stories.<br />

“Bringing the artists together<br />

at the camp on North Head<br />

in February <strong>2017</strong> created a<br />

real and palpable energy and<br />

frisson among the group,”<br />

Katherine said.<br />

“Everyone understood this<br />

project was an opportunity to<br />

create something meaningful<br />

about a place within a universal<br />

context. It was driven by<br />

genuine artistic endeavour and<br />

provided an opportunity for<br />

the artists to explore ideas,<br />

share knowledge and experiment.”<br />

Katherine said the North<br />

Head Project artists immersed<br />

themselves in the site, initiated<br />

their own research and enquiries,<br />

and learned from scientists,<br />

educators and historians<br />

about the unique stories of the<br />

area; its geology, biodiversity,<br />

Aboriginal cultural connections<br />

and artistic heritage.<br />

Those who came to the<br />

site for the first time found it<br />

deeply evocative and moving.<br />

“Karla Dickens and Susan<br />

Milne made connections<br />

between migration, death<br />

and displacement,” Katherine<br />

said. “Hobie Porter portrayed<br />

the distinctive geography and<br />

cultural connections of North<br />

Head; Helen Earl explored the<br />

site and the role it played in<br />

19th century medicine; Craig<br />

Better photos in a flash<br />

Professional photographer Peter<br />

Sedgwick says the best way to achieve<br />

better photos, and to enjoy photography<br />

more, is to learn how to use your camera<br />

properly.<br />

“If you own an SLR camera, or one of<br />

the amazing compact cameras that are<br />

available today, then you have the ability<br />

to control every function that the camera<br />

uses to create an image,” Peter said.<br />

“Why own such a wonderful camera, but<br />

not use all of its capability? If you are<br />

taking photos with the camera settings<br />

left on Auto mode, then you are missing<br />

out on the pleasure of participating in<br />

the making of a beautiful image.”<br />

Peter runs one-on-one photography<br />

tuition courses on the northern beaches.<br />

It’s a full day of learning, conducted<br />

at a pace that suits you, and caters to<br />

your individual photography needs.<br />

‘Understanding your Digital Camera’ is<br />

suitable for beginners and intermediate<br />

photographers who love photography<br />

but are not using the settings available<br />

on their camera. There is also an<br />

Advanced Course for those who already<br />

understand the settings, but would like<br />

to delve further into the art of Photography.<br />

And for those who would like to<br />

experience something special, Peter runs<br />

two- and three-day workshops, away to<br />

beautiful locations outside of Sydney,<br />

where you can completely immerse yourself<br />

in nothing but photography.<br />

“These trips have taken us to the Blue<br />

Handley and Chris Langlois explored<br />

the built environments<br />

overlaying ideas of introduced<br />

species and containment, and<br />

Tamara Dean reflected on<br />

a new narrative for the site<br />

through her photographic<br />

series.”<br />

Susan Milne’s contribution<br />

‘Souls on Board’ (right) represents<br />

the 572 recorded deaths<br />

at the Quarantine Station.<br />

“As part of the disembarkation<br />

method for a yellowflagged<br />

ship moored in the<br />

waters off the station, the<br />

travelers were protected and<br />

isolated, incubated and infected,<br />

sealed and preserved,” said<br />

Susan. “Each soul was in limbo,<br />

in a hospital where fumigation,<br />

steam and lime were the salving<br />

agents.”<br />

Dressing these souls in<br />

gauze, the artwork “unrolls<br />

memories, swathing the skin<br />

shifting in the air”.<br />

‘Wet’ your appetite for January<br />

The ethereal landscape paintings<br />

of local artist Cathie Anderson are<br />

bound to draw big crowds among the<br />

Summer Art Space exhibits at the Avalon<br />

Recreation Centre in January.<br />

Art lovers in NSW will be presented<br />

with a unique opportunity to view and<br />

purchase Cathie’s mood-instilled ‘Wet’<br />

series works for 10 days only, from 10am-<br />

5pm on January 6-14.<br />

Mountains, the South Coast or to the<br />

beautiful waterfalls and rainforests of the<br />

mid north coast,” he said.<br />

Tuition is one on one, but should you<br />

wish to bring along a friend or partner,<br />

they can come along at half price.<br />

Peter is currently displaying his<br />

Landscape Photography at Centro Warriewood,<br />

in front of the Quiksilver Surf<br />

Shop, through to Saturday <strong>December</strong> 24;<br />

Gift Certificates available.<br />

More info threepeaksphotography.<br />

com.au<br />

Save the date of Friday, January 5 – it’s<br />

opening night with the artist, with music,<br />

wine and nibbles from 6-9pm at the<br />

rooms at 59a Old Barrenjoey Rd.<br />

Or to preview and pre-purchase<br />

Cathie’s ‘Wet’ series before the event<br />

contact the artist on 0401 161 737 or<br />

cathiealexander.com.au<br />

(Pictured is ‘Wet’ 3 Acrylic on Canvas,<br />

120cm x 120cm.)<br />

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Many of the souls onboard<br />

were never noted because they<br />

had never arrived, she said.<br />

“This artwork responds to<br />

the ardour of the journey with<br />

an enforced segregation once<br />

arrived and for many, an unrecorded<br />

death, nowhere.”<br />

The exhibition runs from<br />

<strong>December</strong> 8 through February<br />

18; a special ‘Artists in Conversation’<br />

session on Sunday <strong>December</strong><br />

10 will see the artists<br />

discuss the exhibition concept<br />

and their creative approaches.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

Michael draws on land for inspiration<br />

Northern beaches artist and pioneering<br />

experimental filmmaker Michael Glasheen<br />

is holding his first solo art exhibition over<br />

three weekends in <strong>December</strong>.<br />

‘Drawing on the Land – GARIGAL COUN-<br />

TRY’ celebrates the art and science of the<br />

indigenous people of the northern beaches.<br />

Michael said the exhibition will feature an<br />

installation of large panoramic drawings and<br />

paintings done at major rock engraving sites<br />

in the Kur-in-gai National Park.<br />

“All drawings and paintings are done with<br />

multiple vanishing points, so that they can<br />

be viewed in 3D 360-degree virtual reality<br />

– re-enacting the original Aboriginal rock<br />

engraver’s ‘drawing on the land’ itself, which<br />

is a unique Australian Aboriginal contribution<br />

to the history of art,” he said.<br />

Michael has dedicated his exhibition to the<br />

memory of Boin Bungaree (c.1802-1853), a<br />

Garigal man who lived in <strong>Pittwater</strong> and was<br />

murdered in early <strong>December</strong> 1853 by bushrangers<br />

– “… probably from Bushranger’s Hill,<br />

which rises behind the Newport Community<br />

Centre, the venue for the exhibition,” he said.<br />

The exhibition is being held in the Newport<br />

Community Centre (11-13 The Boulevard)<br />

on the weekends of <strong>December</strong> 2 & 3, 9 & 10<br />

and 16 & 17 (hours are 8am-6pm). It will be<br />

officially opened at 2pm on <strong>December</strong> 2 with<br />

a smoking ceremony by a local Yuin man. The<br />

opening will be accompanied by live Jazz music<br />

from Matt Hall, with paintings and prints<br />

available for purchase.<br />

Art <strong>Life</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 43


Art <strong>Life</strong><br />

Art <strong>Life</strong><br />

Something old… something blue<br />

Scotland Island artist<br />

Carolyn Hampson<br />

has drawn inspiration<br />

from many aspects<br />

of the Australian<br />

environment and<br />

its flora and fauna<br />

throughout the years.<br />

Currently though,<br />

she admits to being<br />

obsessed by whales.<br />

“I’ve been lucky to<br />

have seen many of<br />

them in my lifetime,”<br />

said Carolyn. “They’ve<br />

been worshipped, loved,<br />

hated, hunted to the<br />

brink of extinction…<br />

these quiet guardians of<br />

the deep, they fascinate me.<br />

“Despite everything they’ve<br />

gone through, they are still<br />

here, just quietly going about<br />

their business, being whales.”<br />

Carolyn’s latest works form<br />

an exhibition that will be on<br />

display at Eye Doctors Mona<br />

Vale over summer.<br />

“This collection of works is<br />

inspired by them and combines<br />

my love of old things and<br />

reused items,” she said. “I have<br />

always been a lover of nature,<br />

and basically anything green.<br />

The waterways and ocean have<br />

featured heavily in my psyche.”<br />

Carolyn says she is<br />

particularly inspired by the<br />

beauty of aged and vintage<br />

things.<br />

“I love kerb-side<br />

clean-ups, op shops<br />

and items that invoke<br />

memory,” she said. “I<br />

take great pleasure in<br />

taking something that<br />

has been discarded<br />

and turning it into<br />

something beautiful,<br />

giving it a new phase<br />

of life.<br />

“We love Scotland<br />

Island and that ‘feel’<br />

it has; like when you<br />

were a kid... freedom<br />

and dirt roads and<br />

nature. Living here and<br />

building the house has<br />

also been a big inspiration.<br />

“My artistic philosophy is to<br />

create pieces that invoke the<br />

past, that soothe and comfort,<br />

that feed the imagination. I<br />

believe art is for the artist, it’s a<br />

bonus if others enjoy it.<br />

“I’m happiest working away<br />

with a pencil or a jigsaw, a<br />

sander or a paint brush in my<br />

boatshed by the sea, or in<br />

the back yard in the bush…<br />

allowing the recycled ply to tell<br />

me what shape and colour it<br />

should be – and enjoying every<br />

new whale that appears!”<br />

View ‘Whales’ at Eye Doctors<br />

Mona Vale, Level 3, 20 Bungan<br />

St, Monday to Friday from<br />

<strong>December</strong> 1. – Nigel Wall<br />

Creatives<br />

Unleashed in<br />

time for Xmas<br />

With Christmas fast<br />

approaching and with<br />

so many wonderful artworks<br />

made on site this year, the<br />

good folk at Sydney Art Space<br />

felt it would be a great idea to<br />

hold a ‘Creatives Unleashed’<br />

art market on Sunday<br />

<strong>December</strong> 10 from 10am-4pm<br />

at their studio at 64 Darley St,<br />

Mona Vale.<br />

Roll up to find a unique<br />

art treasure which includes<br />

sculptures, paintings,<br />

weavings and drawings and<br />

help them celebrate a great<br />

year of creativity!<br />

Convenor Christine Simpson<br />

reminds art lovers their<br />

January Endless Summer<br />

Art Workshops kick off on<br />

Wednesday the 10th for adults<br />

and children.<br />

“Workshops include<br />

sessions for handbuilding in<br />

clay, watercolour painting, En<br />

Plein Air painting, soapstone<br />

carving, weaving using natural<br />

materials, soft sculpture<br />

making; printmaking and<br />

collage; outdoor sculpture<br />

using paly-tiya, polymer clay<br />

modelling and glass, resin<br />

and ceramics,” she said.<br />

“Something for everyone to<br />

enjoy!”<br />

Liz eyes the beautiful ‘imperfect’<br />

Having been included at<br />

a gallery in the Gateway<br />

Building in Mona Vale for<br />

the past 12 months, Liz Muir<br />

is now settling back for the<br />

Christmas period in her<br />

studio at 19 Catalina Crescent,<br />

Avalon Beach.<br />

Liz is excited at the evolution<br />

of many of her new works<br />

throughout <strong>2017</strong> – and she is<br />

also fielding plenty of compliments<br />

following the launch of<br />

her new website.<br />

Liz’s paintings start with a<br />

small watercolour, which become<br />

a map of composition,<br />

tone and line.<br />

Beaches, creeks, rock pools<br />

and headlands of the Northern<br />

Beaches, Careel Bay and<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> have been given the<br />

Muir treatment of impressionism<br />

– recognisable but not<br />

exact.<br />

Liz says they take the viewer<br />

into the world of Wabi-Sabi.<br />

“This is the Japanese acceptance<br />

of nature in all its imperfect<br />

ways,” she said. “The love<br />

of simplicity, solitude and liberation<br />

from a material world.<br />

These paintings will give<br />

you many years of joy and<br />

thoughtful contemplation.”<br />

The large beach works that<br />

Liz is well known for are available,<br />

as well as smaller works.<br />

Her studio is bursting with<br />

paintings and is open from<br />

11am to 3pm or anytime by<br />

appointment.<br />

View the new website<br />

(desktop and mobile devices)<br />

at lizmuir.com.au; more info<br />

9918 7438 or 0414 505 450.<br />

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Newport local in<br />

Botanic residency<br />

When you visit one of Julie<br />

Hickson’s Open Studios<br />

over summer, be sure you ask<br />

about her 2018 artist residency<br />

at the Australian Botanic Garden,<br />

Mt Annan.<br />

Julie’s fascination<br />

with<br />

Australian plants<br />

led her to view<br />

this botanic<br />

garden, situated<br />

near Camden,<br />

as it showcases<br />

around 2000 species of Australian<br />

native plants.<br />

While on this photography<br />

trip she visited the Australian<br />

PlantBank for the first time.<br />

(The PlantBank is a seedpod<br />

paradise, as well as being a<br />

major scientific research and<br />

conservation centre for NSW<br />

flora.)<br />

Next year Julie will have the<br />

pleasure of exploring the collections<br />

and interacting with<br />

scientists in their architectural<br />

award-winning building.<br />

“At the heart of the PlantBank<br />

is the seed vault which is one of<br />

the most biodiverse places on<br />

the planet,” said Julie. “It holds<br />

seed collections<br />

of many<br />

of the 25,000<br />

plant species<br />

that grow in<br />

Australia.”<br />

The offices<br />

and education<br />

areas host<br />

many visitors who will now<br />

include Julie on a regular basis.<br />

The new work that Julie<br />

develops during her many<br />

visits to the gardens and seed<br />

collections will form an exhibition<br />

at the PlantBank in late<br />

2018.<br />

Also, Julie intends to stage a<br />

few stencilling workshops on<br />

site during the course of the<br />

year – for more details check<br />

her website www.podandpod.<br />

com.au – NW<br />

Art <strong>Life</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 45


Surfing <strong>Life</strong><br />

Surfing <strong>Life</strong><br />

Off the rails? Welcome<br />

to the Aldi apocolypse<br />

Could your wacky Christmas gift destroy the surfboard industry?<br />

Ahhh, <strong>December</strong>! Many<br />

people look forward<br />

to this time of year.<br />

None more so than my many<br />

surfboard-making mates. For<br />

them, it’s all about the Christmas<br />

rush – four weeks that may<br />

make or break their entire <strong>2017</strong>.<br />

Surfboards aren’t quite the cottage<br />

industry of the past, but<br />

honestly, despite the modern<br />

high-end price tag of $800 or<br />

so, they aren’t making anybody<br />

a fortune. Boardmakers NEED<br />

Christmas.<br />

Which is why a few of my<br />

mates were in shock recently at<br />

the news that Aldi, the wonderfully<br />

disruptive Little Supermarket<br />

That Could, is selling<br />

surfboards. Just in time for the<br />

summer rush. At $99 a pop.<br />

The boards are not superglossy<br />

Mick Fanning pro models<br />

or whatever. Aldi’s product is a<br />

plastic softboard straight out of<br />

the container terminal.<br />

Still… $99!<br />

Within days the news was being<br />

shared on social media by<br />

boardmakers across the nation,<br />

touchingly oblivious to the free<br />

ads they were supplying to Aldi<br />

in the process, but obviously<br />

concerned they were about to<br />

be left high and dry at the only<br />

time of year that counts.<br />

Are their fears justified? Well,<br />

as a matter of fact, we can<br />

make a call on that,<br />

because there is a recent<br />

test case: Costco’s<br />

Wavestorm.<br />

Costco has just a<br />

couple of stores in Australia,<br />

but in the USA,<br />

it’s a behemoth. Once<br />

known as the Price<br />

Club, it’s the original<br />

“big-box” store, the<br />

place that really got<br />

Americans used to<br />

serious consumption.<br />

You go to Costco to<br />

buy 120 toilet rolls, six<br />

chickens, and jars of<br />

salsa bigger than your<br />

eldest child.<br />

A decade ago Costco<br />

began selling Wavestorm<br />

surfboards. Soft<br />

eight-foot things, safe,<br />

simple, easy to paddle: the ideal<br />

board for a family or a beginner,<br />

or if you just surfed a few<br />

times in summer (which is what<br />

most surfers do). But the key<br />

was its price point: $99.<br />

The Wavestorm took off. It’s<br />

undoubtedly the most popular<br />

single board model in the<br />

world right now, and probably<br />

ever. Up to 500,000 have been<br />

sold. “People would just go into<br />

Costco and buy five of ’em – like<br />

one each for every member of<br />

the family,” says a US colleague<br />

of mine who keeps a close eye<br />

on the industry. Five boards for<br />

the price of one “name” highperformance<br />

board.<br />

So what has happened to<br />

normal US surfboard sales in<br />

the same period? The numbers<br />

have bounced around a bit,<br />

especially in the immediate<br />

wake of the GFC, but for eight<br />

of those years the sales arc<br />

has basically been upwards.<br />

Wavestorm was just one factor<br />

in a dynamic period of change:<br />

new materials like carbon fibre<br />

and lightweight foam cores<br />

gave boardmakers new things<br />

with Nick Carroll<br />

to throw at the market.<br />

Plus the ever-increasing<br />

effectiveness of<br />

CAD shaping machines<br />

allowed a handful<br />

of bigger labels to<br />

dramatically expand.<br />

Finally they could sell<br />

near-identical craft, not<br />

just across the US, but<br />

the world.<br />

The past two years,<br />

though, have been a<br />

different story. Traditional<br />

surfboard retail<br />

has been slammed.<br />

Some big and mediumsized<br />

labels are doing<br />

a fraction – somewhere<br />

between 30% and 50%<br />

– of what they were<br />

turning out in 2014.<br />

There’s been a lot<br />

of blame hurled around behind<br />

the scenes. Kelly Slater released<br />

a hugely successful first-time<br />

range through his co-owned<br />

Firewire label, drawing a pile<br />

of Aldi-style criticism in the<br />

process. Some embittered<br />

boardmakers went so far as to<br />

call him a traitor to his roots.<br />

But that’s a bit too easy a call.<br />

What was really happening,<br />

according to my US colleague,<br />

was the arrival of a tipping<br />

point for the surfboard retail<br />

method. Americans’ shopping<br />

habits have changed faster than<br />

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anyone in surfing expected.<br />

Starved for time, they’ve turned<br />

from the mall toward online.<br />

This, plus increasing rents,<br />

has toasted quite a few surf<br />

stores and chains, who’ve been<br />

reducing the floor space once<br />

given over to boards. “(The<br />

shops) are lucky to make 10%<br />

on boards,” says my colleague.<br />

“They can’t afford to support<br />

that the way they used<br />

to.” Thus the bigger labels,<br />

who’ve been pouring boards<br />

into shops and boosting their<br />

apparent sales in the process,<br />

have run out of growing room.<br />

If you want to check the true<br />

health of the core US surfboard<br />

market, have a look at<br />

the custom makers, especially<br />

the high-end guys. There’s<br />

evidence they’re doing better<br />

than ever. Album Surfboards in<br />

San Clemente, California, which<br />

sells expensive hand-finished<br />

surfboards through an online<br />

portal, is doing record figures.<br />

And boardmakers with top gun<br />

pros on board, like Pyzel Surfboards<br />

with John-John Florence,<br />

are doing just fine.<br />

So, it’s variable. Some people<br />

are up, some are down, the<br />

good ones are doing OK. But<br />

there’s no real evidence that a<br />

half million Wavestorms have<br />

dented the market.<br />

You know what I wonder?<br />

Maybe these cheapo softboards<br />

are necessary. A good board is<br />

a daunting thing for a beginner,<br />

even sometimes for an OK<br />

surfer; you look at its beautiful<br />

lines and curves and its hard<br />

exterior and think, “It’s too<br />

good! I’m not ready for that!”<br />

A Wavestorm, or an Aldi<br />

Thing or whatever, helps you<br />

catch your first wave. In some<br />

percentage of cases, it’s what<br />

gets you to the point where you<br />

feel you ARE ready. It’s not a<br />

competitor, it’s a recruiter.<br />

Nick Carroll is a leading<br />

Australian and international<br />

surf writer, author, filmmaker<br />

and surfer, and one<br />

of Newport’s own. Email:<br />

ncsurf@ozemail.com.au<br />

PL’s DECEMBER SURF CALENDAR<br />

8-20/12: Billabong Pipe Masters<br />

The big end of year title showdown event to end all events. Two surfers<br />

are pretty much in a points lock going into this: John-John Florence,<br />

who grew up surfing the joint and is probably a slight favourite to<br />

win, and Gabriel Medina, the Brazilian 2014 world champ, who unlike<br />

Johnny has actually won a world title at Pipe under pressure. Pipeline<br />

closes out a World Surf League tour year fraught with imminent<br />

change, as the League prepares a transition to a new style of tour<br />

beginning in 2019. The new tour will be shorter and more intense, and<br />

for the first time since 1992, it won’t feature Pipe as the final event location.<br />

So watch this one if you can, there may never be another quite<br />

like it. www.worldsurfleague.com<br />

NICK’S DECEMBER SURF FORECAST<br />

So the Bureau and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric<br />

Administration (wow! mouthful!) have declared this a La Niña summer.<br />

Well done! Theoretically this means a better than average summer<br />

for surf along our fair shores – La Niña typically spikes the southwest<br />

Pacific with warm surface water, leading to winds and storms and<br />

cyclones and all sorts of wave-making hullabaloo. I dunno, though.<br />

The southwest Pacific has been overheated for several years straight<br />

without the help of La Niña, and we haven’t had a solid cyclone swell<br />

since TC Winston in February 2016. I think <strong>December</strong> will be a wobbly<br />

month for surf, cloudy and cool at times, with a lot of wind switches,<br />

persistent cool-water upwellings, and nothing consistent in the way<br />

of swell. None of which rules out some freak occurrence. If there were<br />

one, I bet it comes from the south-east, with a lot of bluebottles.<br />

Nick Carroll<br />

Surfing <strong>Life</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 47


Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Operation go as Day Surgery expands<br />

While most of us are<br />

enjoying a relaxing break<br />

over summer, local specialists<br />

will be working hard to create<br />

a state-of-the-art day surgery<br />

in the heart of Mona Vale.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Day Surgery inside<br />

20 Bungan Street is preparing<br />

for a rebuild, with its new facility<br />

set to open in March 2018.<br />

The surgery will continue to<br />

see patients until <strong>December</strong> 22<br />

before closing for the rebuild.<br />

Since 2002 more than<br />

17,000 patients have visited<br />

the day surgery for ear nose &<br />

throat, ophthalmology, plastic<br />

and cosmetic surgery and<br />

dental operations.<br />

The expanded facility on<br />

the original site will be four<br />

times bigger (from 250m2 to<br />

1000m2) and allow for other<br />

services including endoscopy,<br />

urology and gynaecology<br />

surgery to be provided in the<br />

medical hub where more than<br />

50 specialists are located.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Day Surgery<br />

founder and CEO Dr Frank<br />

Elsworth (pictured on site)<br />

said key features of the<br />

build included a complete<br />

refurbishment of the<br />

existing consulting rooms,<br />

comfortable waiting space<br />

and construction of a new<br />

day surgery which would<br />

result in the expansion from<br />

one operating theatre to<br />

three, incorporating the latest<br />

technology and equipment.<br />

“The new facility will<br />

ensure <strong>Pittwater</strong> Day Surgery<br />

will continue to provide the<br />

best in medical care for the<br />

community with minimal<br />

need for residents to leave<br />

the northern beaches for day<br />

surgery and post-operative<br />

care,” Dr Elsworth said.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Day Surgery is<br />

fully licensed with the NSW<br />

Department of Health, holds<br />

full ISO accreditation and is<br />

also accredited against the 10<br />

National Quality Standards,<br />

he said.<br />

“The specialists who work<br />

here are our neighbours, highly<br />

trained and very experienced<br />

surgeons and anaesthetists also<br />

operating at the top private<br />

hospitals such as The San, The<br />

Mater and North Shore Private.<br />

“Investing in this new facility<br />

in Mona Vale ensures people<br />

on the northern beaches will<br />

get the very best care close to<br />

home – from local people they<br />

can trust.”<br />

For more information contact<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Day Surgery<br />

9979 3888 or admin@<br />

pittwaterdaysurgery.com.au<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

48 DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong><br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 49


Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Get a handle on<br />

tick prevention<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> residents are acutely<br />

aware of the problem of<br />

ticks and the importance of<br />

prevention but there are still<br />

those of us putting ourselves at<br />

risk of side effects.<br />

According to Professor Sheryl<br />

Van Nunen from the Tick-<br />

Induced Allergies Research<br />

and Awareness group (TiARA)<br />

the numbers of people suffering<br />

allergies or anaphylaxis<br />

caused by ticks on the<br />

peninsula was higher than<br />

anywhere else in the world.<br />

It has been estimated at<br />

least 1200 people are living<br />

with the life-threatening conditions<br />

on the peninsula.<br />

Experts believe that killing<br />

the tick and preferably allowing<br />

it to fall out naturally may be<br />

the best way to minimise the<br />

risk of severe allergic reactions.<br />

The Australasian Society<br />

of Clinical Immunology and<br />

Allergy (ASCIA) says forcibly<br />

removing the tick is likely to<br />

disturb it and cause the critter<br />

to inject more of its allergencontaining<br />

saliva.<br />

According to TiARA<br />

“household tweezers are tick<br />

squeezers”.<br />

TiARA recommends if you<br />

are bitten by a tick, kill the<br />

tick where it is.<br />

n For small ticks (larva and<br />

nymphs), use permethrin<br />

cream available from<br />

pharmacies. For adult ticks,<br />

freeze them with an ethercontaining<br />

spray, again<br />

available at pharmacies.<br />

n Wait for the tick to drop off<br />

or remove it, taking care not<br />

to compress the tick as this<br />

will squirt allergen, toxin<br />

and possibly infection into<br />

you. – Lisa Offord<br />

Top tips<br />

for staying<br />

protected<br />

Ticks have a distinct seasonality<br />

– reaching full maturity during<br />

the warmer early summer<br />

months. Ticks are most active<br />

during periods of high humidity,<br />

especially after rain. To<br />

reduce the risk of tick bites:<br />

1. Wear light-coloured clothing<br />

when outdoors so you can<br />

see small ticks;<br />

2. Check your body, children<br />

and pets thoroughly when<br />

you return from outdoor<br />

activity – this includes behind<br />

the ears, in the hair and back<br />

of the head;<br />

3. Once home, place your clothing<br />

in the dryer on high heat<br />

for 30 minutes to kill any<br />

ticks;<br />

4. Cut grass and trim shrubs<br />

and small trees around your<br />

home regularly;<br />

5. Grow insect-repelling plants<br />

in your garden such as<br />

chrysanthemums, citronella,<br />

lavender or garlic<br />

Source – the Karl McManus Foundation<br />

50 DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong><br />

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Hands-down solution to<br />

severe sweat problem<br />

Primary axillary hyperhidrosis<br />

(severe underarm sweating)<br />

is a medical condition that<br />

involves overactive sweat<br />

glands. Sweat is your body’s<br />

temperature regulator. In severe<br />

primary axillary hyperhidrosis,<br />

sweating significantly exceeds<br />

the body’s normal requirements<br />

for cooling.<br />

Many people with this<br />

condition cope by:<br />

n Changing clothes frequently;<br />

n Putting absorbent materials<br />

under clothing;<br />

n Avoiding certain fabrics<br />

colours and styles of clothes;<br />

and<br />

n Seeking medical attention<br />

and treatment.<br />

While many people with<br />

severe underarm sweating<br />

may choose different<br />

antiperspirants, in some<br />

instances those products do<br />

not work very well to control<br />

their sweating. When clinical<br />

strength antiperspirants do<br />

not work well enough, sweatminimising<br />

injection treatment<br />

may be the right option.<br />

Sweat-minimising injection<br />

treatment helps control<br />

the symptoms of severe<br />

underarm sweating when<br />

topical medicines do not<br />

work well enough; they do<br />

this by temporarily blocking<br />

the chemical signals from the<br />

nerves that stimulate the sweat<br />

glands.<br />

When the sweat glands don’t<br />

receive chemical signals, the<br />

severe sweating stops.<br />

It’s important to understand<br />

sweat-minimising injections are<br />

expected to temporarily stop<br />

the production of excessive<br />

sweat in the treated areas<br />

only. These injections will not<br />

stop sweating altogether, just<br />

reduce it.<br />

Sweat continues to be<br />

produced elsewhere. The rest<br />

of your body still produces<br />

with Dr John Kippen<br />

moisture normally.<br />

If you have further questions,<br />

please contact our rooms<br />

to make a consultation<br />

appointment.<br />

Our columnist Dr John<br />

Kippen is a qualified, fully<br />

certified consultant specialist<br />

in Cosmetic, Plastic and<br />

Reconstructive surgery.<br />

Australian trained, he also<br />

has additional Australian and<br />

International Fellowships.<br />

Dr Kippen works from custom-built<br />

premises in Mona<br />

Vale. He welcomes enquiries<br />

and questions. Please<br />

contact him via johnkippen.<br />

com.au or by email: doctor@<br />

johnkippen.com.au<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

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DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 51


Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Hearing tips for<br />

the festive season<br />

The festive season is upon<br />

us – but not everyone looks<br />

forward to the inevitable catchups<br />

with family and friends.<br />

When you have hearing<br />

loss, this time of year can<br />

be challenging because of<br />

difficulties communicating<br />

said audiologist Emma van<br />

Wanrooy.<br />

“While planning Christmas<br />

celebrations, one thing you<br />

probably aren’t thinking about<br />

is how many hearing-impaired<br />

people you will be socialising<br />

with,” Emma said.<br />

“One in six people in<br />

Australia have a hearing loss<br />

and most of the time you<br />

wouldn’t realise because only<br />

about a third of these people<br />

use hearing aids or a cochlear<br />

implant.”<br />

Emma, from <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Hearing in Avalon, explained<br />

hearing devices were only part<br />

of the solution for hearing well.<br />

“When people find it difficult<br />

to follow conversation in<br />

large groups, or have trouble<br />

hearing above background<br />

noise, effective communication<br />

requires your help.”<br />

Here are some things<br />

that you can do to make<br />

communication easier when<br />

talking to someone with a<br />

hearing loss:<br />

Reduce the background<br />

noise. Choosing a venue that<br />

isn’t too loud or reducing<br />

the volume of music or other<br />

noise will help. Hard surfaces<br />

and high ceilings make<br />

sound reverberate more,<br />

making it noisier and harder<br />

to hear. Small rooms with<br />

soft furnishings have better<br />

acoustics and outdoor garden<br />

settings with fabric shades<br />

are also preferable.<br />

Reduce the distance between<br />

you. The further your voice<br />

has to travel to reach the<br />

listener, the more distorted<br />

or degraded the sound can<br />

become. A hearing-impaired<br />

person should be seated in<br />

the middle of a long table,<br />

rather than at the end. This<br />

will increase their chances of<br />

being able to follow a group<br />

conversation.<br />

Face the listener. Even though<br />

none of us would consider<br />

ourselves lip readers, we all get<br />

some clues about what is being<br />

said from watching people’s<br />

faces, particularly when we are<br />

in noisy situations.<br />

Rephrase. If someone hasn’t<br />

understood what you said, or<br />

missed something, repeating<br />

exactly the same words may<br />

not make it easier because<br />

there may be certain speech<br />

sounds they can’t hear. If<br />

you can find another way of<br />

saying the same thing they<br />

will have a better chance of<br />

understanding, Emma said.<br />

Speak slowly and clearly.<br />

Shouting doesn’t make it easier<br />

for you to be heard. It only<br />

makes your voice distorted and<br />

harder for a hearing impaired<br />

person to understand you.<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

52 DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong><br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Avoiding shoulder injury<br />

The overhead medicine ball throw is a common<br />

and popular strength exercise undertaken<br />

at the gym – but it could also be doing<br />

you harm.<br />

Avalon osteopath Francois Naef said he had<br />

recently noted many patients presenting with<br />

immobility and shoulder<br />

pain linked to throwing a<br />

medicine ball.<br />

“Many patients experienced<br />

shoulder pain when<br />

raising their arm above 90<br />

degrees,” he said, adding<br />

ultrasounds had shown<br />

tendon inflammation, bursitis<br />

or tears of the rotator<br />

cuff.<br />

“These patients were all in their mid-40s,<br />

often had sedentary jobs and were recently<br />

involved in some sort of intense gym workout,”<br />

he continued. “The common cause of their pain<br />

was exercises involving repetitive overhead<br />

movement, such as throwing a medicine ball.”<br />

Francois said this common exercise required<br />

specific technique to minimise injury.<br />

“Starting from the lower back, it requires<br />

lumbar stability and a neutral spine,” he said.<br />

“Going up from here we need a good thoracic<br />

mobility and extension as the trunk contributes<br />

to the movement. The shoulder blades need to<br />

remain stable, while the shoulder joint participates<br />

in most of the throwing and thus needs<br />

to be mobile.”<br />

However, most often poor technique and a<br />

lack of core strength contributed to injury.<br />

“Due to a reduced thoracic mobility – often<br />

caused by a poor posture and from too much<br />

sitting – we initiate the movement with the<br />

lumbar spine, which increases the risk of lower<br />

back injury,” he said.<br />

“And due to a reduced<br />

shoulder mobility – often<br />

caused by a tight and<br />

forward shoulders position,<br />

and again too much<br />

sitting – we compensate<br />

with an increased scapular<br />

movement and a<br />

forward head carriage.”<br />

This caused an increased<br />

pressure on the shoulder joint which<br />

could result in tearing, inflammation and pain.<br />

He added you should not train while injured<br />

or in pain.<br />

“But these conditions can be prevented by<br />

appropriate exercises and are well managed by<br />

manual therapy.<br />

“As an Osteopath, I help to mobilise the<br />

thoracic spine and release shoulder muscles<br />

tightness, allowing a freer movement and a<br />

return to activity. I also prescribe exercises<br />

to retrain the correct movement pattern and<br />

increase stability.”<br />

Contact Francois on 9918 2288 for information<br />

on how to prevent and help shoulder<br />

pain and injury.<br />

PCYC in $100 kids rebate incentive<br />

Local families are set for savings<br />

with PCYC NSW being<br />

listed as a provider within the<br />

state government’s Active Kids<br />

Rebate program.<br />

From the end of January<br />

eligible recipients will receive<br />

a $100 voucher that can be redeemed<br />

towards the payment<br />

of sport and recreation membership<br />

or participation fees.<br />

Rebates are available for<br />

children up to 18 enrolled from<br />

kindergarten to Year 12 with<br />

the aim of increasing participation<br />

of children in sport and<br />

active recreation to reduce<br />

the prevalence of childhood<br />

overweight and obesity.<br />

More than 100 different<br />

activities are available in PCYC<br />

clubs throughout NSW, including<br />

at Dee Why, and the rebate<br />

can be used for programs of<br />

at least eight weeks’ duration<br />

and be applied to registration,<br />

participation and membership<br />

fees and equipment or<br />

uniforms.<br />

More info pcycnsw.org.au<br />

54 DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong><br />

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Hair & Beauty<br />

Vitamin B injections: are<br />

they really worth a shot?<br />

Skin aging comes from two<br />

cells. Found in liver, meat, egg<br />

main factors: the inside<br />

yolks.<br />

(chronological or intrinsic);<br />

Another great way for a lot of<br />

and the outside (extrinsic). Our<br />

outer appearance reflects our<br />

inner wellbeing. We all look to<br />

the next cream or serum to bring<br />

about a youthful glow, but if<br />

the balance of our vitamin and<br />

mineral intake is out of kilter, no<br />

amount of cream will help us.<br />

Vitamins, minerals,<br />

antioxidants, pro and pre biotics<br />

and essential fatty acids all play<br />

an important role in maintaining<br />

healthy skin. Star players on the<br />

nutrition team to keep us healthy<br />

on the inside and the outside are<br />

the B Vitamins, Vitamins A, C, D,<br />

and E, Zinc, Lutein, Magnesium,<br />

Manganese, and Lycopene<br />

to name a few. It is always<br />

important to take nutrients in the<br />

correct combinations in order to<br />

receive the optimum benefits.<br />

The B Vitamins are a complex<br />

group and offer benefits for skin<br />

internally and externally. Even<br />

though the B group Vitamins are<br />

found in many foods, they are<br />

water-soluble and delicate. They<br />

are easily destroyed, particularly<br />

by alcohol and cooking.<br />

There are 8 types of Vitamin B:<br />

Thiamin or B1 – helps to convert<br />

glucose into energy. Found in<br />

wholemeal grains, sesame seeds,<br />

wheatgerm and pork.<br />

Riboflavin or B2 – helps vision<br />

and skin health. Found in milk,<br />

yoghurt, egg white, meat and<br />

leafy greens.<br />

Niacin or B3 – essential for the<br />

body to convert carbohydrates,<br />

fat and alcohol into energy.<br />

Found in meat, fish, poultry,<br />

eggs, nuts and mushrooms.<br />

Pantothenic Acid or B5<br />

– needed to metabolise<br />

carbohydrates, proteins, fats and<br />

alcohol. Found in liver, meat,<br />

yeast, peanuts and legumes.<br />

Pyridoxine or B6 – required<br />

for protein and carbohydrate<br />

metabolism, the formulation of<br />

red blood cells and certain brain<br />

chemicals. Found in leafy green<br />

vegetable, fish and nuts,<br />

Biotin or B7 – needed for fat<br />

synthesis. Found in cauliflower,<br />

egg yolks, peanuts, liver, yeast<br />

and mushrooms.<br />

Folic Acid or B9 – assists with<br />

forming red blood cells, which<br />

carry oxygen around the body.<br />

Found in citrus fruit, liver, yeast,<br />

peanuts, seeds and cereals.<br />

Cyanocobalamin or B12 – helps<br />

to produce and maintain the<br />

myelin sheath surrounding nerve<br />

people to receive their B12 is to<br />

have an injection once a month.<br />

Many people don’t understand<br />

why they are deficient in B12 if<br />

they are eating enough of the<br />

foods containing this vitamin.<br />

A huge part of the problem is<br />

that as we age, there can be a<br />

problem of poor absorption.<br />

Other contributing factors such<br />

as toxins in the environment,<br />

cigarette smoking, a vegan<br />

diet and excessive alcohol<br />

consumption can all play a part<br />

in depleting our B12 supply.<br />

Food or oral B12 supplements<br />

often don’t work because of<br />

the absorption problem. The<br />

body cannot release enough<br />

B12 from the stomach into the<br />

with Sue Carroll<br />

bloodstream; B12 injections let<br />

you skip the absorption issues.<br />

The injection can be delivered<br />

into the muscle of the arm or<br />

into the bottom. (Whatever the<br />

body does not use is excreted in<br />

the urine which may initially be a<br />

pink colour.)<br />

When a clean and balanced<br />

diet is not possible an option<br />

is to include vitamin injections,<br />

infusions and oral supplements.<br />

Sue Carroll of Skin<br />

Inspiration has been a qualified<br />

Aesthetician for 33 years.<br />

Sue has owned and<br />

operated successful beauty<br />

clinics and day spas on<br />

the Northern Beaches.<br />

info@skininspiration.com.au<br />

www.skininspiration.com.au<br />

Hair & Beauty<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 55


Business <strong>Life</strong>: Money<br />

Business <strong>Life</strong><br />

Good reason for going<br />

‘nuts’ this festive season<br />

When writing about<br />

financial innovation one<br />

of the perspectives I<br />

can share with you is from the<br />

inside of a fintech company<br />

which in my case has been<br />

rolling out the fast-growing<br />

Acorns app. Since launching<br />

in Australia in early 2016 the<br />

app now resides on the smart<br />

phones of around 350,000<br />

Australians, that’s roughly 1.5%<br />

of the population.<br />

If you’re in the dark about<br />

what I’m talking about, Acorns<br />

is a micro investment platform<br />

or what’s sometimes called a<br />

‘round-up’ app, the first one<br />

of its kind in Australia. Our<br />

firm along with our partners<br />

brought it out from the US<br />

in 2015 where it had been<br />

established for a few years.<br />

The app works in a couple<br />

of ways: by taking a data<br />

feed from your spending<br />

accounts and rounding up the<br />

purchases you make to the<br />

nearest dollar and investing<br />

these accumulated balances<br />

into a mix of exchange traded<br />

funds listed on the ASX, or,<br />

by you debiting an amount or<br />

regular payment from your<br />

bank account to your Acorns<br />

account. Most users enjoy the<br />

round up feature of Acorns as<br />

it allows them to save while<br />

they spend. As a parent of<br />

teenagers I think I’ve come<br />

to the conclusion that apps<br />

such as Acorns using a blend<br />

of psychology and technology<br />

may be the only effective way<br />

to get modern kids to save<br />

because they sure do know<br />

how to spend.<br />

Acorns works because the<br />

principles underlying its design<br />

are firmly rooted in behavioural<br />

finance: investing small<br />

amounts on a regular basis that<br />

won’t be missed combined with<br />

investing over an extended<br />

period of time to average<br />

into the markets smoothing<br />

out peaks and troughs. Of<br />

course it doesn’t hurt that it<br />

does all of these things within<br />

the framework of a highly<br />

attractive and functional user<br />

interface – fancy words for the<br />

app looks and feels very cool.<br />

While these principles have<br />

proven to be sound over time<br />

Acorns goes on to provide an<br />

indirect benefit to its users<br />

in the form of education and<br />

improved financial literacy.<br />

Get two or more people in the<br />

room who have an account and<br />

you’ll find out what I mean –<br />

when did you start? What are<br />

you saving for? What returns<br />

have you had? It’s inherently<br />

competitive but when it’s<br />

combined with the tools and<br />

information that the app<br />

provides it’s also extremely<br />

informative – as a regular user<br />

you can’t help but become<br />

more informed about the<br />

behaviour of markets whether<br />

you are looking to or not – the<br />

with Brian Hrnjak<br />

balance of your Acorns account<br />

rises and falls in line with the<br />

movements in markets during<br />

the course of the trading day.<br />

One of the challenges<br />

any finance app would have<br />

encouraging young people to<br />

save and invest is to remain<br />

relevant in their eyes. Over<br />

the past year a number of<br />

enhancements have taken place<br />

following user feedback, the<br />

headline ones being:<br />

Found Money partners – users<br />

can shop online with brands<br />

such as Bonds, Dan Murphy’s,<br />

BCF, Uber etc. and these<br />

partners usually deposit bonus<br />

amounts or extra round ups<br />

into the users account;<br />

My Finance feature – uses<br />

artificial intelligence to track<br />

and categorise spending and<br />

calculate free cash flow;<br />

Super fund linkages – allows<br />

users to make deposits to a<br />

range of industry and public<br />

offer superannuation funds;<br />

Emerald Portfolio – a socially<br />

responsible portfolio option<br />

introduced following member<br />

feedback;<br />

Little Acorns – sub accounts<br />

designed to allow investment<br />

on behalf of children or other<br />

dependants under the age of 18.<br />

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The latest upgrade was the<br />

introduction of Little Acorns on<br />

1 November <strong>2017</strong>.<br />

Acorns account holders<br />

must be over the age of<br />

18 but this latest feature<br />

allows parents to invest on<br />

behalf of their children or<br />

grandchildren. Interestingly<br />

we have also seen the reverse<br />

apply where some adult<br />

children have created accounts<br />

for the benefit of their parents.<br />

Assuming you are sticking<br />

with the original idea of<br />

investing for children or<br />

grandchildren a<br />

Little Acorns account is a<br />

subset of an existing adult<br />

account. Using a slider in<br />

the app you allocate the<br />

percentage to be split between<br />

the parent account and the<br />

child account. You can track<br />

performance of the child<br />

account and the software will<br />

offer a projection to the point<br />

when the child turns 18 and<br />

they are able to have their own<br />

account. In the meantime, the<br />

parent is responsible for any<br />

tax issues arising from income<br />

or capital gains as would<br />

normally be the case when<br />

investing on behalf of a child.<br />

In day to day practice one<br />

of the most common requests<br />

we get is how best to invest<br />

on behalf of children. Parents<br />

usually understand the<br />

benefits of compound interest<br />

and investing for the long<br />

term; where the plan comes<br />

unstuck is the complexity of<br />

establishing savings plans and<br />

high starting balances which<br />

can be prohibitive. With an<br />

established Acorns account<br />

you can start immediately and<br />

with as little as a $5 to build<br />

a diversified portfolio of ASX<br />

listed exchange traded funds.<br />

And with the introduction of<br />

Little Acorns only about three<br />

weeks ago it’s just amazing (to<br />

me anyway) that over 24,500<br />

users have already started<br />

using this feature. It says to<br />

me that there is a substantial<br />

unmet need for child savings<br />

products and is being driven by<br />

the parents and grandparents<br />

who know only too well the<br />

future cost of housing and<br />

education.<br />

With cash and gift cards such<br />

a popular choice at Christmas<br />

time, perhaps a gift even<br />

more valuable than money is a<br />

financial education? Loads of<br />

information is available at www.<br />

acornsau.com.au. The Acorns<br />

app is available through the<br />

Apple Store and Google Play for<br />

Android phones.<br />

* Disclosure: The author<br />

holds shares in Instreet<br />

Investment Management Ltd<br />

which is in local partnership<br />

with Acorns US.<br />

Business <strong>Life</strong><br />

Brian Hrnjak B Bus CPA (FPS) is a Director of GHR Accounting<br />

Group Pty Ltd, Certified Practising Accountants. Offices at:<br />

Suite 12, Ground Floor, 20 Bungan Street Mona Vale NSW 2103<br />

and Shop 8, 9 – 15 Central Ave Manly NSW 2095,<br />

Telephone: 02 9979-4300, Webs: www.ghr.com.au and<br />

www.altre.com.au Email: brian@ghr.com.au<br />

These comments are of a general nature only and are not<br />

intended as a substitute for professional advice.<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 57


Business <strong>Life</strong>: Law<br />

Business <strong>Life</strong><br />

Negotiating short stays<br />

and their many issues<br />

Welcome to summer on<br />

the peninsula where for<br />

generations families and<br />

visitors local and international<br />

have migrated for the annual<br />

holiday season.<br />

For the traditional and<br />

established it is the family beach<br />

house, often idle for much of<br />

the year. For others it is the<br />

regular booking of a favorite<br />

rental place and for others still<br />

it is a question of contacting<br />

local agents or friends and<br />

finding what accommodation is<br />

available for the relevant period.<br />

For those who live locally, the<br />

influx of holiday makers can be<br />

overwhelming as villages such<br />

as Avalon and Newport are<br />

inundated with cars and people,<br />

and parking is hard to find.<br />

Some locals take advantage<br />

of the season and give up<br />

their homes for the duration<br />

and lease out their properties.<br />

In recent times the manner<br />

of acquisition of traditional<br />

accommodation through agents<br />

and other accommodation<br />

providers has changed, with the<br />

introduction of online platforms<br />

and the growth of short-term<br />

and online letting.<br />

Short-term holiday letting is a<br />

form of accommodation where<br />

people temporarily rent out<br />

properties for less than 90 days.<br />

In 2011, groups including<br />

holiday letting organisations<br />

together with the NSW<br />

Department of Planning and<br />

Environment and Destination<br />

NSW, developed a draft Holiday<br />

Rental Code of Conduct. The<br />

objectives of the Code, the first<br />

of which commenced operation<br />

in 2012, were stated as:<br />

(a) to establish acceptable<br />

standards of behavior for<br />

holiday rental guests and visitors<br />

to minimise any adverse social<br />

or environmental impacts;<br />

(b) to assist owners and<br />

managers of holiday rental<br />

accommodation to meet<br />

the needs of all participants<br />

including guests, neighbours,<br />

local communities, local<br />

councils and government<br />

authorities; and<br />

(c) to inform the community<br />

of the standards of conduct<br />

expected from holiday rental<br />

owners, managers, guests and<br />

visitors so as to effectively<br />

minimize amenity impacts.<br />

The code was amended<br />

several times before being<br />

relaunched as the national<br />

Holiday and Short-Term Rental<br />

Code of Conduct in 2015.<br />

In 2016, the Legislative<br />

Assembly Committee on<br />

Environment and Planning was<br />

tasked by the then Minister<br />

for Planning and member for<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Rob Stokes to inquire<br />

into and report on the adequacy<br />

of the regulation of short-term<br />

holiday letting in NSW, with<br />

particular reference to:<br />

n the current situation in NSW<br />

and comparison with other<br />

jurisdictions;<br />

n the differences between<br />

traditional accommodation<br />

providers and online<br />

platforms;<br />

n the growth of short-term<br />

online letting, and the<br />

changing character of the<br />

market;<br />

n the economic impacts of<br />

short-term letting on local<br />

and state economies; and<br />

n regulatory issues posed by<br />

short-term letting including<br />

customer safety, land use<br />

planning and neighbourhood<br />

amenity, and licensing and<br />

taxation.<br />

The committee received<br />

research into the estimated<br />

holiday rental premises in<br />

NSW/ACT (215,964); the total<br />

holiday homes owned in NSW/<br />

ACT made available for rent<br />

when not in use by their owner<br />

(108,000) and the fact that<br />

with Jennifer Harris<br />

77 per cent of holiday home<br />

owners used their holiday<br />

home for personal use on an<br />

average of 7.5 weeks a year (BIS<br />

Shrapnel).<br />

The committee was also<br />

provided with submissions as<br />

to short-term rentals not just<br />

confined to holiday letting – e.g.<br />

corporate relocation, corporate<br />

and consulting short stays and<br />

all variations of temporary<br />

accommodation, during<br />

renovations or during medical<br />

treatments or between buying<br />

and selling a home.<br />

Submissions were made<br />

concerning the increase in<br />

the many and popular online<br />

booking services such as Stayz,<br />

Airbnb, HomeAway and Owners<br />

Direct. Property owners can<br />

use these services to advertise<br />

and let their properties direct to<br />

potential guests.<br />

Stayz advised the Committee<br />

of 16,000 holiday home listings<br />

in NSW and Airbnb had 27,000.<br />

Now, millions of hosts and<br />

travellers choose to create a<br />

free Airbnb account so they<br />

can list their space and book<br />

unique accommodation around<br />

the world. Airbnb offers limited<br />

insurance protection to hosts for<br />

damages to property by guests<br />

known as the Host Guarantee.<br />

Under the guarantee:<br />

n hosts are covered for<br />

damages to property of up to<br />

A$1 million;<br />

n not covered are cash and<br />

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personal effects, pets,<br />

injuries, and shared and<br />

common areas.<br />

The Committee reported<br />

in October 2016 and made<br />

12 recommendations to the<br />

government relating to planning<br />

matters and strata laws. The<br />

government responded to the<br />

report which was released<br />

in April <strong>2017</strong> and generally<br />

supported the recommendations<br />

of the Parliamentary Inquiry<br />

and supported putting in a<br />

regulatory framework for<br />

short term holiday lettings.<br />

It therefore sought feedback<br />

from the public and in July <strong>2017</strong><br />

produced an Options Paper in<br />

which people were invited to<br />

respond by October 31, <strong>2017</strong>. In<br />

doing so it said inter alia ‘Short<br />

term holiday lettings (STHL)<br />

has the potential to generate<br />

impacts on the community if<br />

not adequately managed. These<br />

impacts could include noise,<br />

waste, traffic and parking,<br />

safety and security, and the<br />

potential impact on housing and<br />

broader industry in general.<br />

These impacts vary between<br />

regional and metropolitan areas,<br />

and between detached dwellings<br />

and apartments.’<br />

The Parliamentary Committee<br />

recognised that strata properties<br />

present a special case when<br />

compared with detached<br />

housing and recommended that<br />

the management of short-term<br />

letting in strata properties<br />

needs to be complemented<br />

by amendments to strata<br />

management legislation. (Action<br />

by government can’t come too<br />

soon for owners and occupiers<br />

of strata units.)<br />

People wishing to rent out<br />

their units or spare rooms<br />

are finding a lack of clarity<br />

concerning Airbnb rules is<br />

causing frustration.<br />

There have been several well<br />

publicised disputes in strata<br />

units. However, in October<br />

a decision by the NSW Civil<br />

and Administrative Tribunal<br />

overturned a by law which<br />

banned an owner from renting<br />

her Woollahra unit on Airbnb<br />

during school holidays.<br />

This is a very significant<br />

decision and prevents an<br />

Owners Corporation from<br />

restricting people dealing with<br />

their own property. Needless,<br />

a spokesperson for the Owners<br />

Corporation Network and Our<br />

Strata Community, Our Choice,<br />

is reported as campaigning for<br />

the right of buildings to decide<br />

their own stance.<br />

The press release from<br />

the Owners Corporation<br />

Network stated inter alia “This<br />

is an appalling predictable<br />

outcome from a very confused<br />

position of law, and it requires<br />

government intervention to<br />

stop the disempowerment of<br />

apartment residents. Strata<br />

schemes should have the<br />

democratic right to decide for<br />

themselves how they want their<br />

buildings to be used.”<br />

In the meantime, the<br />

government is yet to respond.<br />

So as we await with interest…<br />

enjoy summer and the holidays<br />

ahead on the peninsula. Merry<br />

Christmas all!<br />

Comment supplied by<br />

Jennifer Harris, of Jennifer<br />

Harris & Associates, Solicitors,<br />

4/57 Avalon Parade,<br />

Avalon Beach.<br />

T: 9973 2011. F: 9918 3290.<br />

E: jennifer@jenniferharris.com.au<br />

W: www.jenniferharris.com.au<br />

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British & Swedish<br />

Motors<br />

Call 9970 6654<br />

Services Range Rover, Land<br />

Rover, Saab and Volvo with the<br />

latest in diagnostic equipment.<br />

Narrabeen Tyrepower<br />

Call 9970 6670<br />

Stocks all popular brands<br />

including Cooper 4WD. Plus<br />

they’ll do all mechanical repairs<br />

and rego inspections.<br />

Barrenjoey<br />

Smash Repairs<br />

Call 9970 8207<br />

barrenjoeysmashrepairs.com.au<br />

Re-sprays a specialty, plus<br />

restoration of your favourite vehicle.<br />

Commercial vehicle specialist.<br />

BOAT SERVICES<br />

Avalon Marine<br />

Upholstery<br />

Call Simon 9918 9803<br />

Makes cushions for boats, patio<br />

and pool furniture, window seats.<br />

ELECTRICAL<br />

Eamon Dowling<br />

Electrical<br />

Call 0410 457 373<br />

For all electrical, phone, TV,<br />

data and security needs.<br />

FLOOR COVERINGS<br />

Blue Tongue Carpets<br />

Call Stephan 9979 7292<br />

Family owned and run. Carpet,<br />

rugs, runners, timber, bamboo, vinyl,<br />

tiles & laminates. Open 6 days.<br />

GARDENS<br />

Graham Brooks<br />

Call 0412 281 580<br />

Tree pruning and removals.<br />

Reports regarding DA tree management,<br />

arborist reports.<br />

Precision Tree Services<br />

Call Adam 0410 736 105<br />

Adam Bridger; professional tree<br />

care by qualified arborists and<br />

tree surgeons.<br />

CLEANING<br />

The Aqua Clean Team<br />

Call Mark 0449 049 101<br />

Quality window washing,<br />

pressure cleaning, carpet<br />

washing, building soft wash.<br />

Martin Earl House Wash<br />

Call 0405 583 305<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>-based owner on site at<br />

all times. No travellers or uninsured<br />

casuals on your property.<br />

House Washing<br />

Northern Beaches<br />

Call Ben 0408 682 525<br />

Family-run housewashing –<br />

exteriors, high-pressure cleaning<br />

and soft washing; 18 years<br />

on the Northern Beaches.<br />

LAWN CARE<br />

Platinum Turf Solutions<br />

Call Liam 0412 692 578<br />

Specialists in turf supply &<br />

installation, lawn care & cylinder<br />

mowing, full lawn construction,<br />

turf renovations, maintenance.<br />

MASSAGE & FITNESS<br />

Avalon Physiotherapy<br />

Call 9918 3373<br />

Provide specialist treatment for<br />

neck & back pain, sports injuries,<br />

orthopaedic problems.<br />

Avalon Physiotherapy<br />

& Clinical Pilates<br />

Call 9918 0230<br />

Dry needling and acupuncture,<br />

falls prevention and balance<br />

enhancement programs.<br />

Avalon Beach<br />

Chiropractic<br />

Call 9918 0070<br />

Professional care for all ages.<br />

Treatment for chronic and acute<br />

pain, sports injuries.<br />

NJF Exercise Physio<br />

Call 0449 713 472<br />

Increase mobility. Entitled<br />

Department of Veterans Affairs<br />

(DVA) clients may be referred for<br />

clinically necessary treatment<br />

on a valid D904 referral form.<br />

Francois Naef/Osteopath<br />

Call 9918 2288<br />

Diagnosis, treatment and<br />

prevention for back pain and<br />

sciatica, sports injuries, muscle<br />

soreness and strain, pregnancyrelated<br />

pain, postural imbalance.<br />

PAINTING<br />

Contrast Colour<br />

Call 0431 004 421<br />

Locals Josef and Richard offer<br />

quality painting services. Tidy,<br />

reliable, they’ll help consult<br />

on the best type of paint for<br />

your job.<br />

Modern Colour<br />

Call 0406 150 555<br />

Simon Bergin offers painting<br />

and decorating; clean, tidy,<br />

quality detail you will notice.<br />

Dependable and on time.<br />

Painting & Decorating<br />

Call 0418 116 700<br />

Andrew is a master painter with<br />

30 years’ experience. Domestic<br />

and commercial; reasonable<br />

rates, free quotes.<br />

UPHOLSTERY<br />

Luxafoam North<br />

Call 9999 5567<br />

Local specialists in all aspects of<br />

outdoor & indoor seating.<br />

Custom service and expert<br />

advice.<br />

Susan Ottowa<br />

Call Susan 0422 466 880<br />

Specialist in day bed and outdoor<br />

areas. Reliable local<br />

service. Offering domestic &<br />

commercial.<br />

Leather Hero<br />

Call 0490 796 012<br />

Northern Beaches-based<br />

specialists in leather cleaning,<br />

revamps, repairs and colour<br />

restoration. Clean in time for<br />

Xmas.<br />

PEST CONTROL<br />

Predator Pest Control<br />

Call 0417 276 962<br />

predatorpestcontrol.com.au<br />

Environmental services at their<br />

best. Comprehensive control.<br />

Eliminate all manner of pests.<br />

They provide a 24-hour service.<br />

PUMPS & TANKS<br />

Water Warehouse<br />

Call 9913 7988<br />

waterwarehouse.com.au<br />

Rainwater tanks & pumps. Irrigation<br />

& filter supply specialists.<br />

RENOVATIONS<br />

Rob Burgers<br />

Call 0416 066 159<br />

Qualified builder provides all<br />

carpentry needs; decks, pergolas,<br />

carports, renovations and<br />

repairs.<br />

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Waterproof under your deck and<br />

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all year round.<br />

SunSpec<br />

Call Dustin 0413 737 934<br />

sunspec.com.au<br />

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Showtime<br />

Enjoy Wicked variety of<br />

music & entertainment<br />

There’s a great variety of<br />

entertainment in and<br />

around <strong>Pittwater</strong> in the lead<br />

up to Christmas, with the Glen<br />

Street Theatre staging the acclaimed<br />

musical ‘Wicked’ for a<br />

one-week run from Friday 8th<br />

to Saturday 16th.<br />

Wicked looks at what happened<br />

in the magical<br />

Land of Oz... long before<br />

Dorothy arrived.<br />

Wildly inventive and uplifting,<br />

it’s the tale of another<br />

young woman, born with<br />

emerald-green skin – smart,<br />

fiery, misunderstood, and<br />

possessing an extraordinary<br />

talent.<br />

When she meets a bubbly<br />

blonde, their initial rivalry<br />

turns into the unlikeliest of<br />

friendships... until the world<br />

decides to call one ‘good’ and<br />

the other one ‘wicked’.<br />

The New York Times called<br />

it “the defining musical of the<br />

decade” while Time Magazine<br />

said “if every musical had the<br />

brain, the heart, and the courage<br />

of Wicked, Broadway really<br />

would be a magical place”.<br />

Performances are 7.30pm<br />

daily, with 2pm matinees on<br />

Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th<br />

and Saturday 16th; more info<br />

glenstreet.com.au<br />

■ ■ ■<br />

At Dee Why RSL, Mark Anthony<br />

recreates Elvis Presley’s return<br />

to the concert stage with ‘One<br />

Night In Vegas’ on Saturday<br />

<strong>December</strong> 2.<br />

It’s a step back in time to<br />

1969, when after nine years<br />

in Hollywood, ‘The King’<br />

returned to his real passion<br />

– live performance. Over the<br />

next two years Elvis ascended<br />

the throne to rule the Las Vegas<br />

entertainment scene.<br />

Anthony brings together the<br />

songs, the costumes, the emotion,<br />

the energy and the raw<br />

power in a two-hour concert<br />

spectacular.<br />

The Club also has a ‘Come<br />

Fly With Me’ New Year’s Eve<br />

musical event from 7.30pm<br />

on <strong>December</strong> 31, with ‘Swing’<br />

Commander Lionel Robinson<br />

& his six piece band delivering<br />

the hits of Michael Bublé,<br />

Frank Sinatra and lots more<br />

culminating in the Fireworks<br />

live on the big screen.<br />

More info deewhyrsl.com.<br />

au<br />

■ ■ ■<br />

The Royal Motor Yacht Club is<br />

a great vantage point for the<br />

Fireworks over <strong>Pittwater</strong> and<br />

it has two options on New<br />

Year’s Eve – a three-course<br />

dinner plus entertainment in<br />

the Top Deck function room<br />

or a casual get together in<br />

the Salt Cove Brasserie and<br />

Garden Forecourt.<br />

Be pampered with dinner,<br />

a drink on arrival and great<br />

music from Collage; starts<br />

7.30pm in the Top Deck. Collage<br />

is one of Australia’s best<br />

cover bands and they’ll sweep<br />

through a diverse range of<br />

material. Cost is $125 and<br />

bookings essential.<br />

Or be entertained by Antoine<br />

in the Garden Forecourt<br />

from 6pm (adults $20, under-<br />

16s $10).<br />

More info royalmotor.com.au<br />

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Dining Guide<br />

<strong>December</strong>’s best restaurants, functions, events and reader deals...<br />

Dining Guide<br />

Riva Bar &<br />

Kitchen<br />

8/57 Avalon Pde,<br />

Avalon Beach<br />

OPENING HOURS<br />

Lunch 11.30am-3pm Wed-Sun<br />

Dinner 5.30-9.30pm Tues-Sat<br />

CUISINE<br />

Modern Australian<br />

PRICE RANGE<br />

Entrees $14-$19<br />

Mains $30-$32<br />

Desserts $14<br />

BOOKINGS 9918 4007<br />

Avalon’s latest up-market<br />

eatery boasts a stylish<br />

interior and mouth-watering<br />

contemporary menu crafted<br />

by experienced chef Rishi<br />

(ex Berowra Waters Inn) at<br />

exceptional value (3-course<br />

special only $55).<br />

Tuck into entrees including<br />

Kingfish Carpaccio, lime,<br />

chilli vinaigrette and pickled<br />

cucumber and watercress<br />

salad, or Crispy-skin Pork<br />

Belly with port-braised<br />

cabbage and apple and<br />

saffron puree (both ($16).<br />

Mains include Slowpoached<br />

Salmon, dried olives,<br />

orange and fennel and ginger<br />

cream, Baby Chicken stuffed<br />

with pistachios, porcine<br />

and brioche served with<br />

mushroom sauce (both $30),<br />

and 8-hours Slow-cooked<br />

Glazed Wagyu Beef Brisket,<br />

truffle mashed potato, speck<br />

and wild mushroom ($32).<br />

New to the dinner menu<br />

is a sharing platter of whole<br />

duck (or half duck per person)<br />

with port braised cabbage,<br />

Cointreau sauce and green<br />

shallot and potato blinis.<br />

Plus all vegan, vegetarian,<br />

gluten-free, nut allergy or<br />

other special requirements<br />

can be catered for with<br />

advance notice.<br />

Kids meals Including Fish<br />

and Chips, Pasta or Chicken<br />

and Chips) are $12; BYO<br />

only Monday, Tuesday and<br />

Wednesday. Phone 9918 4007.<br />

Riva adds ‘fine’ detail to Avalon<br />

The Pavilion on Avalon Parade on the outskirts of the Avalon<br />

shopping precinct has a new tenant – Riva Bar & Kitchen –<br />

which is already getting the checkered flag from locals for its<br />

bold menu and flavours.<br />

Riva is the vision of owner and chef, Rishi, who boasts a<br />

serious resume that includes working under Dietmar Sawyere,<br />

owner of former iconic eatery Level 41 in Chifley Towers.<br />

Most recently Rishi worked at Turramurra’s<br />

successful Kipling’s Garage Bar – but he has<br />

always longed to open his own eatery on the<br />

northern beaches.<br />

He believes there’s a market for a restaurant<br />

with a sophisticated menu with high-quality<br />

food that’s still affordable.<br />

“I opened in Avalon after doing a bit of<br />

research and discovered a niche is there,” Rishi<br />

said. “There are some fine dining places, like<br />

Pilu at Freshwater and Jonah’s at Whale Beach;<br />

and there are a lot of restaurants who are very<br />

basic as well. But there are very few in the middle that serve<br />

high-quality food in a casual environment and are not very<br />

expensive.”<br />

Barely two months after opening Riva already has a strong<br />

core diner base.<br />

A glance at the menu explains why, with lunch dishes<br />

glistening with attention to detail including Corn, Zucchini<br />

and Carrots Fritter, house cured Salmon and Avocado ($28); or<br />

The Mirage<br />

Restaurant<br />

at Metro Hotel<br />

Mirage Newport<br />

2 Queens Parade West,<br />

Newport<br />

CUISINE<br />

Modern Australian<br />

PRICE RANGE<br />

Breakfast – $25 adults,<br />

$12.50 kids (5-12)<br />

Dinner – entrees<br />

from $7-$17,<br />

Mains from $21-$30,<br />

Desserts from $13-$25<br />

BOOKINGS 9997 7011<br />

You’d better hurry! Bookings<br />

are filling fast for this<br />

boutique waterfront<br />

hotel’s popular traditional<br />

Christmas Day Buffet Lunch,<br />

commencing at 12 noon on<br />

<strong>December</strong> 25.<br />

Guests will enjoy a<br />

sumptuous Christmas menu<br />

created by Head Chef, Raul<br />

Farnea.<br />

At a fixed price of $150 for<br />

adults and $65 for children<br />

(5-12 years), guests will enjoy<br />

everything from Italianstyle<br />

porchetta with crunchy<br />

crackling and roasted turkey<br />

filled with dried fruit and<br />

nuts, to a selection of fresh<br />

seafood including oysters, king<br />

prawns, house-smoked salmon,<br />

Moreton Bay bugs and blue<br />

swimmer crabs. Whether it’s<br />

traditional roasted vegetables<br />

or a variety of summer salads<br />

you are after, the buffet has<br />

all the sides you could want,<br />

including an antipasto platter<br />

of Italian charcuterie, marinated<br />

olives, pickles, assorted<br />

cheeses and dips.<br />

A choice of desserts will be<br />

available, including a traditional<br />

Christmas pudding with brandy<br />

sauce and berry Christmas<br />

pavlova. Tea and coffee and<br />

gingerbread cookies are also<br />

included (other beverages are<br />

additional cost).<br />

Bookings 9997 7011.<br />

John Dory with saffron sauce, fennel, dried olives and orange<br />

salad ($30).<br />

Dinner options include Grain fed Sirloin 200gm, kipfler<br />

potatoes, caramelised onion, spinach and red wine jus<br />

(competitively priced at $30); Crispy skin barramundi, black<br />

rice, prawn and peas with citrus vinaigrette; and Noisette of<br />

Lamb with its shank in the brick, smoked and spiced eggplant<br />

with rosemary and port jus (both $32). The<br />

latest dinner addition is a sharing platter of<br />

whole duck (or half a duck per person) with<br />

port braised cabbage, Cointreau sauce and<br />

green shallot & potato blinis.<br />

Riva does a small selection of street food<br />

(available until late afternoon) too, including<br />

croquets, fish tacos and beef and BBQ pork<br />

sliders.<br />

“I designed the dinner menu very carefully<br />

– it is a small menu however it includes a lot<br />

of varieties,” Rishi said. “I intend changing<br />

the menu every 6-7 weeks – most dishes, not necessarily<br />

everything.”<br />

It’s easy to see why Rishi has adopted the ‘bar & kitchen’<br />

moniker – Riva is a casual space with dedicated bar at the front<br />

of the room and a hidey-hole kitchen at the back. You can sit at<br />

the bar for a quick drink or small bite, or grab a table for dinner.<br />

* Enjoy a complimentary coffee with lunch any day in<br />

<strong>December</strong>; simply mention the ad in <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>.<br />

64<br />

DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991


Royal Motor<br />

Yacht Club<br />

Salt Cove on <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

46 Prince Alfred<br />

Parade, Newport<br />

OPENING HOURS<br />

Breakfast Lunch & Dinner<br />

Mon-Fri from 8.30am<br />

Weekends from 8am<br />

PRICE RANGE<br />

Breakfast from $8-$18<br />

Entrees from $9-$21<br />

Mains from $16-$26<br />

BOOKINGS 9997 5511<br />

RMYC’s restaurant Salt<br />

Cove on <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s menu<br />

offers affordable meals and<br />

generous servings including<br />

a variety of starters and share<br />

plates, seafood, burgers,<br />

grills, salads, desserts and<br />

woodfired pizza.<br />

Great Friday night<br />

entertainment in <strong>December</strong><br />

kicks off in the Lounge Bar from<br />

7.30pm. Acts appearing include<br />

Jack Evans (1st), Keff McCulloch<br />

(8th), Rohan Cannon (15th),<br />

Geoff Kendall (22nd) and GJ<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

Donovan (29th).<br />

Bookings are essential for<br />

Christmas Day Lunch; also for<br />

New Year’s Eve, with a 2-course<br />

dinner, music by ‘Collage’ and<br />

the Fireworks over <strong>Pittwater</strong>.<br />

Trivia is held every Tuesday<br />

night from 7.30pm (great<br />

prizes and vouchers).<br />

Club social memberships<br />

are available for just $160.<br />

Barrenjoey<br />

Bistro<br />

Club Palm Beach<br />

1087 Barrenjoey Rd,<br />

Palm Beach<br />

BISTRO OPENING HOURS<br />

Lunch 11:30am-2.30pm<br />

Dinner 6pm-8.30pm<br />

PRICE RANGE<br />

Lunch and dinner<br />

specials $13.50<br />

BOOKINGS 9974 5566<br />

Dining Guide<br />

Head to Club Palm Beach,<br />

conveniently located just a<br />

short stroll from Palm Beach<br />

Wharf, for your chance to<br />

win a Christmas Feast!<br />

They’re holding Monster<br />

Ham & Turkey raffles from 2pm<br />

on Sundays 3rd, 10th and 17th<br />

<strong>December</strong>. Plus Ham Raffles<br />

from 5pm on Wednesdays 6th,<br />

13th and 20th and Fridays 1st,<br />

8th, 15th and 22nd.<br />

The Members’ lucky badge<br />

draw is held Wednesday and<br />

Friday night (every 30 mins<br />

between 5pm-7pm), and<br />

jackpots by $100 each week.<br />

Enjoy Trivia Night from<br />

5.30pm on Wednesdays, plus<br />

Bingo at 10am on Fridays.<br />

The club’s Barrenjoey<br />

Bistro is open for lunch<br />

(11.30am to 2.30pm) and<br />

dinner (6pm to 8.30pm) seven<br />

days. The Bistro serves topvalue<br />

a la carte meals plus<br />

daily $13.50 specials of roasts<br />

(Mondays), rump steak with<br />

chips and salad (Tuesdays),<br />

chicken schnitzel with chips<br />

and salad (Wednesdays),<br />

homemade gourmet pies with<br />

chips and salad (Thursdays)<br />

and fish and chips with salad<br />

(Fridays), except public hols.<br />

The club has a courtesy<br />

bus that makes regular runs<br />

Wednesdays, Fridays and<br />

Saturdays from 4.30pm to<br />

9pm. Ring to book a pick-up.<br />

DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 65


Dining Guide<br />

Dining Guide<br />

Hong Kong<br />

Chinese Restaurant<br />

332 Barrenjoey Rd,<br />

Newport<br />

OPENING HOURS<br />

Dinner Tues-Sun 5pm<br />

CUISINE<br />

Chinese & Asian<br />

PRICE RANGE<br />

Entrees $5-20<br />

Mains $12.90-26.50<br />

*Deliver Whale Beach - Narrabeen<br />

BOOKINGS 9997 4157<br />

LIC<br />

BYO<br />

All<br />

Book a table at this<br />

popular Newport eatery in<br />

<strong>December</strong> and your family<br />

is guaranteed a great night<br />

out with a feast for the eyes<br />

and the tastebuds.<br />

Order ahead for their<br />

wonderful Peking Duck which<br />

is offered as a dine-in-only<br />

special Thursdays through<br />

Sundays in Summer.<br />

There are two traditional<br />

courses: Peking Duck pancakes<br />

& duck sang choy bow<br />

(bookings essential; mention<br />

the ad when you call).<br />

This long-established<br />

restaurant on the eastern<br />

side of Barrenjoey Rd has<br />

an extensive menu based<br />

on traditional flavoursome<br />

Cantonese with touches of<br />

spicy Szechuan and other<br />

Asian dishes and fresh<br />

seasonal vegetables.<br />

Entrees start at just $6<br />

while mains are great value<br />

too, starting at $16.80.<br />

The menu ranges from<br />

adventurous, like a Sizzling<br />

Szechuan-style Platter of king<br />

prawns and fillets of chicken,<br />

to contemporary, featuring<br />

spicy salt and pepper king<br />

prawns, to traditional,<br />

with favourites including<br />

Mongolian lamb, Honey king<br />

prawns and Honey chicken.<br />

New dishes are introduced<br />

regularly so make sure you<br />

check out the blackboard<br />

specials.<br />

The team are only too<br />

happy to home deliver your<br />

meal, with a range that takes<br />

in Narrabeen to the south to<br />

Palm Beach in the north.<br />

Fully licensed or BYO.<br />

P<br />

Bistro 61<br />

Avalon Beach RSL<br />

1 Bowling Green Lane<br />

Avalon Beach<br />

OPENING HOURS<br />

Open 7 days<br />

Lunch 12pm-2:30pm<br />

Dinner 5:30-8:30pm<br />

CUISINE<br />

Modern Aust / pub food<br />

PRICE RANGE<br />

Meals $8-$30<br />

Specials $12-$15<br />

BOOKINGS 9918 2201<br />

Avalon Beach RSL’s new<br />

Bistro 61 is a great place<br />

to head for a local meal,<br />

offering tasty modern<br />

Australian dishes at<br />

affordable prices.<br />

The Club is open Christmas<br />

Day from 11am to 11pm – last<br />

tickets for lunch still available.<br />

They’re also now open for<br />

breakfast on weekends over<br />

summer, from 8am.<br />

Great music acts on<br />

Saturdays include Coast &<br />

Ocean (2nd), The Overtones +<br />

Beautiful Chaos (9th), Mojam<br />

(16th), Sundown (23rd) and<br />

East West Blues (30th).<br />

Happy Hour is every<br />

Monday, Tuesday & Friday<br />

from 4-6pm.<br />

Bistro 61 has been named<br />

to commemorate the opening<br />

of the Club in 1961. The<br />

kitchen – led by experienced<br />

Northern Beaches head<br />

chef Mitch Blundell, boasts<br />

all fresh, house-made<br />

meals, with locally sourced<br />

ingredients.<br />

Open for lunch and dinner<br />

seven days, with extensive<br />

outdoor dining areas, Bistro<br />

61 offers a variety of specials<br />

(lunch and dinner) during the<br />

week, including $12 tacos<br />

(Tues), $15 Chicken Schnitzels<br />

(Wed), 2-4-1 pizzas (Thurs),<br />

and a $20 burger + beer (Fri).<br />

Seniors are well catered<br />

for – there are daily Seniors<br />

specials, including beerbattered<br />

flathead – plus they<br />

do a $5 kids meals on Sundays!<br />

(There’s a playground, too.)<br />

From the menu, chef<br />

Mitch recommends his twist<br />

on nachos – pulled beef and<br />

blackbeans with chipotle,<br />

corn chips, guacamole,<br />

Danish fetta and coriander.<br />

Members get discounts on<br />

meals purchased. Membership<br />

starts from $5.50.<br />

The club is licensed, with<br />

no BYO. Bookings online or<br />

call 9918 2201 – large groups<br />

welcome.<br />

Head to Avalon RSL for<br />

APL Poker Tournaments on<br />

Tuesdays and Thursdays.<br />

Visit avalonrsl.com.au/<br />

bistro-61<br />

Pizzico Italiano<br />

2 Simmonds Lane<br />

Avalon Beach<br />

PRICE RANGE<br />

Entrees from $17.50<br />

Mains from $24.50<br />

BOOKINGS 9918 8717<br />

Family-owned Pizzico has<br />

introduced relaxing ‘Aperitivo’<br />

summer dining sessions<br />

with extended hours Friday<br />

through Sunday, from 2pm-<br />

6pm, with a light tapas-style<br />

menu inspired by summers<br />

on the Amalfi coast and accompanied<br />

by Aperol spritz,<br />

cocktails, Italian wines and<br />

imported beers.<br />

Brother and sister Elena<br />

and Mauritzio and mamma<br />

Giovanna have crafted a menu<br />

that sings with traditional<br />

treats and flavours including<br />

Elena’s favourite pasta offering,<br />

pappardelle with slowcooked<br />

lamb ragu, topped with<br />

parmigiano reggiano.<br />

Other offerings include<br />

Nonna’s house-made gnocchi<br />

baked and served in a clay pot,<br />

Spaghetti barcaiola with fresh<br />

local seafood, lamb scottadito,<br />

stuffed zucchini flowers, while<br />

the specials menu regularly<br />

features duck, quail, fish and<br />

house-made pasta.<br />

As part of the Aperitivo<br />

by Pizzico menu, expect<br />

house-made fried bread with a<br />

selection of cured meats and<br />

cheeses, fresh buffalo ricotta<br />

and mozzarella, antipasto platters,<br />

sardines scapece, Burrata<br />

cheese, and traditional street<br />

food from Napoli.<br />

More info on facebook.<br />

com / pizzicoitaliano<br />

66 DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991


<strong>Pittwater</strong> Puzzler<br />

Compiled by David Stickley<br />

Veterinary Hospital (6-3)<br />

28 Great expanse of sea water<br />

(5)<br />

29 Beverage available at Club<br />

Palm Beach (and other fine<br />

establishments) (4)<br />

30 Suitable for formal occasions<br />

(6)<br />

ACROSS<br />

1 <strong>Pittwater</strong> haven, Scotland ______ (6)<br />

5 Defeat (4)<br />

9 Singing group like Good Vibrations<br />

based on the Northern Beaches (5)<br />

10 A water activity not officially<br />

permitted at any of <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s<br />

beaches (6-3)<br />

13 Small relative of 11-down,<br />

perhaps? (7)<br />

14 Gases ejected from an engine as<br />

waste products (7)<br />

15 Business started by Palm Beach<br />

resident, Holly Davis, ___ Wholefood<br />

(3)<br />

16 Shot you might see at Goodwin’s<br />

Tennis in Mona Vale (4-6)<br />

19 An overall or long-term view (3,7)<br />

20 Department store in Warringah<br />

Mall (3)<br />

23 Popular pastime on the Northern<br />

Beaches (7)<br />

25 Stiff, formal, strait-laced, prim (7)<br />

26 Number in Park St of Mona Vale<br />

DOWN<br />

2 A writer, especially a journalist<br />

(6)<br />

3 One whose job is to provide<br />

help (9)<br />

4 Grandview is one in Newport<br />

and Cannes is another in Avalon<br />

Beach (5)<br />

5 Media platform designed by<br />

Northern Beaches resident,<br />

Brynn Davies (8)<br />

6 Travel on the water behind a<br />

speedboat (3)<br />

7 Very large prawns (6)<br />

8 Garigal man who Michael<br />

Glasheen dedicates his solo art<br />

exhibition to (4,8)<br />

11 Type of bus used on the<br />

B-Line that will extend to<br />

Newport in 2018 (6-6)<br />

12 Save for later (3,2)<br />

17 The space between high and<br />

low water marks (9)<br />

18 A member of the clergy in<br />

certain denominations of the<br />

Christian church (8)<br />

19 Assail or attack on all sides<br />

(5)<br />

21 Undercover work (6)<br />

22 Popular songs sung at<br />

Christmas time (6)<br />

24 Describing some housing<br />

developments separated from<br />

surrounding dwellings (5)<br />

27 Spider’s trap (3)<br />

[Solution page 70]<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Puzzler<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 67


Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

For more recipes go to www.janellebloom.com.au<br />

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

The gift of eating – homemade<br />

Xmas presents for all tastes...<br />

<strong>December</strong> has arrived –<br />

and the countdown is<br />

on to the silly season! I<br />

love this time of year; although<br />

busy, it’s all about food, giving,<br />

spending time with family and<br />

friends and enjoying where we<br />

live. This month we thought<br />

you might like some inspiration<br />

for edible gift giving. So<br />

as another year winds down,<br />

my family and I wish you and<br />

yours a very merry Christmas<br />

and the very best for 2018.<br />

Xmas Brownie trees<br />

Makes 8<br />

You need ribbon, paddle pop<br />

sticks & cellophane<br />

200g dark chocolate (Plaistowe<br />

or club)<br />

200g butter, chopped<br />

¼ cup strong black espresso<br />

coffee (see tip)<br />

¼ cup cocoa powder<br />

1 tsp vanilla extract<br />

1 cup caster sugar<br />

3 eggs, lightly beaten<br />

¾ cup self-raising flour<br />

Mini smarties and edible decorations<br />

Icing<br />

2 cup pure icing sugar<br />

1 to 1½ tbs warm water<br />

Green food colouring<br />

1. Preheat oven 160°C (no fan).<br />

Grease and line base and<br />

sides of a 22cm (base) round<br />

cake pan.<br />

2. Place the butter, chocolate<br />

and coffee in a heatproof,<br />

microwave-safe bowl.<br />

Microwave, uncovered for<br />

2-3 minutes on High/100%,<br />

stirring every minute with a<br />

metal spoon until smooth.<br />

Add cocoa while warm; whisk<br />

until smooth.<br />

3. Whisk in the vanilla, sugar<br />

and eggs. Sift flour over the<br />

chocolate batter and stir<br />

gently to combine. Pour the<br />

batter into the prepared<br />

pan. Bake for 45 minutes or<br />

until a skewer inserted into<br />

the centre has moist crumbs<br />

clinging. Stand in pan to cool<br />

Janelle’s Tip: If you don’t<br />

want to use coffee, you can<br />

use warm water.<br />

completely.<br />

4. Turn the cake out onto a<br />

board; using the palm of<br />

your hand, press down on<br />

the cake carefully to compress<br />

the cake and ensure<br />

the top is flat. Cut cake into 8<br />

even triangles.<br />

5. For the icing, mix icing sugar<br />

and enough water together<br />

to form a thick icing. Add<br />

enough food colouring to<br />

tint icing to desired colour.<br />

Mix well. Stand the bowl<br />

over a saucepan of simmering<br />

water until icing soften<br />

slightly. Spoon into a snap<br />

lock bag, cut off the end<br />

and pipe squiggles over one<br />

piece of cake to form a tree.<br />

While icing is wet, quickly<br />

decorate with smarties and<br />

edible Xmas sweets; allow to<br />

set. Repeat one at a time to<br />

make 8 trees. Carefully insert<br />

lollypop sticks, then wrap in<br />

cellophane.<br />

Spiced fruit & nut<br />

nibble mix<br />

Makes 6 cups<br />

2 egg whites<br />

2 tablespoons caster sugar<br />

3 teaspoons ground cumin<br />

3 teaspoons ground coriander<br />

2 teaspoons garam masala<br />

1 teaspoon ground fennel<br />

seeds<br />

1 teaspoon ground turmeric<br />

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon<br />

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper<br />

5 cups mixed nuts<br />

100g pkt fried noodles<br />

½ cup mixed seeds (like pepita<br />

& sunflower)<br />

2 tablespoons sesame seeds<br />

1 cup raisins<br />

1. Preheat oven to 180°C, fan<br />

forced. Line a large, shallow<br />

roasting pan with baking<br />

paper.<br />

2. Using a hand beater, beat<br />

egg whites in a medium bowl<br />

to soft peaks. Add sugar,<br />

a little at a time, beating<br />

constantly until sugar has<br />

dissolved. Combine all the<br />

spices in a bowl, then gently<br />

stir into the egg white mixture<br />

to combine.<br />

3. Combine the nuts, noodles,<br />

mixed seeds and sesame<br />

seeds in a large bowl. Add<br />

the spice mixture and stir to<br />

coat. Spread mixture into the<br />

roasting pan.<br />

4. Bake, stirring every 5 minutes,<br />

for 25-30 minutes or<br />

until nuts are toasted and<br />

feel dry. Set aside to cool<br />

completely.<br />

5. Carefully break up the nut<br />

mix, add the raisins, spoon<br />

into clean airtight jars or<br />

bags.<br />

68 DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991


with Janelle Bloom<br />

Microwave rhubarb<br />

& strawberry<br />

vanilla jam<br />

Makes 3 cups<br />

2 (about 600g each) bunches<br />

rhubarb<br />

375g strawberries, hulled,<br />

chopped<br />

1 large lemon, juiced<br />

2 cups white or raw sugar<br />

1 tsp vanilla bean paste<br />

1. Remove and discard the<br />

tops and leaves of rhubarb.<br />

Trim 2cm of base each stalk<br />

and wash well, leaving water<br />

clinging. Cut rhubarb into<br />

4cm lengths and place into<br />

a large microwave-safe,<br />

heatproof bowl. Cover with 2<br />

layers of wrap and microwave<br />

for 6-8 minutes on<br />

High/100% until pulpy.<br />

2. Carefully remove the wrap,<br />

stir rhubarb. Stir in strawberries,<br />

lemon juice, sugar and<br />

vanilla. Microwave uncovered<br />

for 15-18 minutes on<br />

High/100%, stirring every 5<br />

minutes until thick and jamlike<br />

(see Janelle’s Tip).<br />

3. Ladle hot jam into hot<br />

sterilised jars; seal and label.<br />

Jam will keep 1 month in<br />

cupboard and 3 months in<br />

fridge once opened.<br />

Janelle’s Tip: To check<br />

if jam has reached<br />

setting point, Drop one<br />

teaspoon of jam onto a<br />

chilled saucer. Place into<br />

freezer for 1-2 minutes or<br />

until jam is chilled. Run<br />

your finger through jam.<br />

If jam stays in 2 separate<br />

portions, it’s ready. If<br />

not, continue cooking in<br />

2- to 3-minute bursts and<br />

test again.<br />

Chocolate Chip<br />

Cookies<br />

Makes 60<br />

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

250g butter, room temperature<br />

¾ cup caster sugar<br />

1 tsp vanilla extract<br />

¾ cup firmly packed soft<br />

brown sugar<br />

2 eggs<br />

2 1/3 cups plain flour<br />

1 tsp baking powder<br />

400g choc bits<br />

1 cup macadamia nuts,<br />

roughly chopped.<br />

1. Preheat oven to 170°C,<br />

fan forced. Line two large<br />

baking trays with baking<br />

paper.<br />

2. Cream butter, sugars and<br />

vanilla together until light<br />

and creamy. Add eggs,<br />

one at a time, beating well<br />

between each addition. Sift<br />

flour and baking powder<br />

together over the butter<br />

mixture, stir until combined.<br />

Stir in choc bits and<br />

nuts.<br />

3. Spoon level tablespoons of<br />

cookie dough and flatten<br />

slightly onto the prepared<br />

baking trays allowing room<br />

for spreading. Bake in<br />

batches for 9-11 minutes<br />

or until light golden. Allow<br />

cookies to cool on trays<br />

before transferring to wire<br />

racks to cool. Repeat with<br />

remaining dough. Package<br />

into gift boxes or bags.<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 69


Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

In Season<br />

Lemongrass<br />

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

The citrus touch of<br />

lemongrass plays a<br />

starring role in Tom Kha Gai,<br />

the traditional spicy Thai<br />

coconut broth. Classified as<br />

a herb, it’s widely used in<br />

almost all Asian cuisines.<br />

Buying<br />

Buy stalks that are firm, palegreen<br />

and bulbous at the base.<br />

Lemongrass should have a<br />

lemon smell. Avoid lemongrass<br />

stalks that are dried out or<br />

shrivelled. Only the white part<br />

of lemongrass is used in cooking.<br />

The tough outer layers<br />

should be removed – although<br />

these great tied up and added<br />

to simmering curries, soups<br />

and stews.<br />

Storage<br />

Store lemongrass wrapped in<br />

plastic in the crisper section of<br />

your fridge. It will keep for up<br />

Also In Season<br />

<strong>December</strong><br />

This month look out for<br />

raspberries, blueberries,<br />

blackberries, strawberries,<br />

cherries, fresh lychees,<br />

mangoes, watermelon,<br />

peaches, nectarines and<br />

pineapple; also Hass<br />

avocadoes, green and<br />

butter beans, red, yellow<br />

and orange capsicum,<br />

cucumber, radishes, corn,<br />

lemongrass, mint, basil,<br />

tomatoes and kumatoes.<br />

to two weeks when stored this<br />

way. Freeze lemongrass for up<br />

to six months by tightly wrapping<br />

it in foil.<br />

Nutrition<br />

Lemongrass contains vitamins<br />

B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and folate and<br />

minerals such as manganese,<br />

iron and calcium.<br />

Blender lemongrass, ginger lemonade<br />

Makes 2½ cups syrup<br />

3 lemons, washed<br />

8cm piece ginger, unpeeled,<br />

ends trimmed<br />

2 sticks lemongrass,<br />

chopped<br />

2 cups white sugar<br />

2 cups water<br />

Ice cubes and sparkling mineral<br />

water, to serve<br />

1. Trim the ends off each<br />

lemon. Discard the ends<br />

then cut lemons into 3-4<br />

thick rounds and place into<br />

a large saucepan with the<br />

ginger and lemongrass.<br />

Add the sugar and water.<br />

Stir over medium heat<br />

until sugar has dissolved.<br />

Increase heat to mediumhigh<br />

heat and bring to the<br />

boil. Boil gently for 12-15<br />

minutes. Remove from<br />

heat and set aside to cool<br />

1 hour.<br />

2. Pour the mixture into a<br />

blender, blend until well<br />

combined. Strain mixture<br />

through a sieve lined with<br />

muslin (see Janelle’s Tip),<br />

squeezing as much liquid<br />

from the solids as possible.<br />

3. Pour the thick, cloudy syrup<br />

into sterilised jars or bottles<br />

and refrigerate for up<br />

to 3 months.<br />

Serving suggestion<br />

Pour syrup into base of glass<br />

or jug, top with ice and sparkling<br />

mineral water, sparkling<br />

wine or soda. Alternatively<br />

pour 30ml into glasses halffilled<br />

with crushed ice, top<br />

up with 30ml chilled gin and<br />

tonic.<br />

Janelle’s Tip: If you don’t have<br />

muslin you can use a new<br />

Chux-style dish cloth.<br />

Crossword solution from page 67<br />

Mystery location: CRYSTAL BAY<br />

70 DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991


Times Past<br />

Double-deckers: Old is new again<br />

aboard’ was<br />

the invitation to<br />

‘Welcome<br />

travellers on the<br />

last double-decker bus to<br />

drive on Sydney roads.<br />

The Historic Commercial<br />

Vehicle Association provided<br />

an informative flyer for those<br />

commuters who rode that last<br />

double-decker bus, the 44<br />

kilometres to Taylor’s Point on<br />

16 May 1986.<br />

“When you step off the bus<br />

for the last time you may care<br />

to retain this small memento<br />

as a reminder of a familiar<br />

mode of transport which has<br />

served Sydney faithfully for<br />

over 50 years,” it reads.<br />

Local resident, Leigh<br />

Haines, was one of those<br />

passengers to travel on the<br />

5.20pm from Wynyard and<br />

my late mum and dad joined<br />

the bus in the Avalon Beach<br />

shopping centre for the ride<br />

to Taylor’s Point, just to be a<br />

part of history.<br />

That history began in the<br />

1930s when an Australian<br />

motor body-building firm,<br />

Smith and Waddington, began<br />

building a bus body around<br />

a diesel chassis in their<br />

workshops at Camperdown.<br />

Double-deckers also<br />

operated in Newcastle and<br />

the total number of these<br />

mighty beasts amounted to<br />

over 150. They were known<br />

as ‘Beasts’ because drivers<br />

of the Albion and Leyland<br />

buses had to work hard<br />

without power steering. It<br />

was especially a struggle to<br />

get the big 60-seaters up hills<br />

like Newport hill and the Spit<br />

hill with manual gear changes<br />

using ‘crash’ gear boxes.<br />

Early double-deckers had<br />

a rear platform from which<br />

you joined or alighted from<br />

the bus.<br />

Young men from the<br />

Woolloomooloo Police Boys<br />

Club used to patrol Avalon<br />

Beach during World War II,<br />

staying in the clubhouse<br />

Friday and Saturday nights.<br />

On Sunday, after patrol had<br />

finished, they would sneak up<br />

Surfside Avenue and through<br />

to the bushes opposite the<br />

golf course. As the lumbering<br />

‘two-storeyed’ bus crawled<br />

its way up and out of the<br />

shopping centre, the men<br />

would scramble onto this<br />

‘moving’ platform for a free<br />

trip back to Wynyard.<br />

I remember well being<br />

homeward bound from<br />

Narrabeen Boys High School<br />

in the early 1960s, upstairs<br />

in the double-decker bus.<br />

Attempts at ‘peroxiding’ the<br />

bus prefect’s hair were halted<br />

to give time to rush over to<br />

the left-hand side of the bus,<br />

on the deepest corner around<br />

the Bilgola bends, in a vain<br />

attempt to get the bus to take<br />

a dive into the rainforest of<br />

Hewitt Park.<br />

Originally the doubledeckers<br />

had conductors to<br />

collect the fares but when<br />

the Atlantean buses came<br />

along in the 1970s, with left<br />

front entry, fares began being<br />

collected by the driver.<br />

This brought about a long<br />

fight by the unions which<br />

became known as the ‘oneman<br />

bus dispute’.<br />

The photo shows an early<br />

double-decker heading<br />

south along Barrenjoey Road<br />

between Wollstonecraft<br />

Avenue and George Street (in<br />

the distance) in Avalon Beach.<br />

TIMES PAST is supplied<br />

by local historian<br />

and President of the<br />

Avalon Beach Historical<br />

Society GEOFF SEARL.<br />

Visit the Society’s<br />

showroom in Bowling<br />

Green Lane, Avalon<br />

Beach.<br />

Times Past<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 71


Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Delight in the amazing<br />

colours of hydrangeas<br />

Always a favourite for<br />

Christmas colour, hydrangeas<br />

are flowering their<br />

heads off! They look wonderful<br />

in the garden, brightening<br />

the semi-shaded areas and<br />

glowing in the full, protected<br />

sunlight. Once the older<br />

varieties were either pink or<br />

blue depending on the soil,<br />

additional lime will deepen<br />

the pinks and blueing tonic<br />

(sulphate of aluminium) will<br />

heighten the blues, but the<br />

new named varieties will<br />

maintain their colour. White<br />

never changes. There are<br />

hydrangeas of every size from<br />

the tiny dwarf Piamina to the<br />

tall traditional Mop Heads.<br />

With so many to choose from<br />

it is almost too difficult to<br />

decide. There are the delicate<br />

lace caps, the huge blooms<br />

of the traditional mop heads,<br />

the cone-shaped flowers of<br />

hydrangea paniculata bushes<br />

that can be two metres tall.<br />

The recently introduced<br />

smaller growing Picotee<br />

varieties with two-tone flower<br />

heads are hard to leave behind<br />

and if you have a semishaded<br />

wall, the climbing<br />

hydrangea petiolaris is just<br />

beautiful.<br />

Hydrangeas are forgiving<br />

plants that are easy to grow.<br />

They like regular water and<br />

any good garden soil. Mulch<br />

the roots with compost to<br />

keep them cool and feed<br />

them in early spring to get<br />

them going. Grow them in<br />

pots, or in the garden; bring<br />

them inside when in flower<br />

or cut the blooms – they last<br />

well in water.<br />

with Gabrielle Bryant<br />

Cherry Guava a<br />

sweet surprise<br />

In full flower in my veggie<br />

garden is my Cherry Guava,<br />

sometimes known as a Strawberry<br />

Guava. This delightful<br />

evergreen shrub never fails to<br />

produce a heavy crop of cherry<br />

guavas in early autumn.<br />

It is a small, pretty tree with<br />

rounded, glossy green leaves<br />

that only grows to about<br />

three metres in height. Keep it<br />

trimmed into shape after fruiting.<br />

The delicate fluffy flowers<br />

are creamy white, growing close<br />

to the branches. They are followed<br />

by the tangy flavoured,<br />

sweet, berry-sized, cherry red<br />

fruit that are high in vitamin C.<br />

Unlike the taller-growing deciduous<br />

yellow guava that needs<br />

cooking, the fruit can be eaten<br />

raw straight from the tree or<br />

used in cooking, jellies, drinks,<br />

sauces or jams.<br />

You should protect the fruit<br />

from fruit fly with a fruit fly bait.<br />

Get into the<br />

‘swing’ of Xmas<br />

It is time to relax and enjoy<br />

your garden. Look at your<br />

outdoor seating requirements<br />

– the shops are full of<br />

amazing chairs and tables.<br />

Hanging cane egg chairs have<br />

been trendy for the past few<br />

years and now the ‘Swing<br />

Seat’ is back. Nothing is more<br />

peaceful than swinging in a<br />

seat for two, sheltered from<br />

the weather with a roof to<br />

shade from the sun – makes a<br />

great Christmas present too!<br />

72 DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991


Natural decorative touch<br />

trio of cheerful Santas<br />

A to welcome your visitors<br />

sets the atmosphere for<br />

Christmas. Easy to make, it’s<br />

a project to complete with the<br />

kids on holidays.<br />

Find a log or slim branch of<br />

wood. Cut it into three different<br />

lengths with diagonal cuts<br />

at the top and horizontal cuts<br />

at the base. Strap them tightly<br />

to form a solid trio; for added<br />

strength use a hot glue gun to<br />

stick them together.<br />

Now the fun begins! You<br />

will need scarlet paint, white<br />

paint, a pompom for a nose<br />

and a black permanent marker,<br />

buttons or beads for eyes.<br />

Paint the top third scarlet and<br />

the bottom half white. Stick a<br />

pompom onto the natural timber<br />

face and paint two cheeky<br />

black eyes.<br />

Take a walk in the park or<br />

along the road and collect<br />

some dried banksia seed<br />

heads, huge gum nuts or casuarina<br />

nuts (white cockatoos<br />

are very obliging the way they<br />

pick them off!). Banksias make<br />

great Christmas tree decorations;<br />

screw an eyelet into the<br />

top to hang it, then decorate<br />

as you please. Spray paint of<br />

white, red, green gold or silver<br />

or any colour to match your<br />

Christmas décor. (Nail varnish<br />

is perfect to paint inside the<br />

eyes and glitter glue makes<br />

the baubles shine.)<br />

Fir cones are more difficult<br />

to find but once you collect<br />

them they keep for many<br />

years. Painted and decorated<br />

they make perfect miniature<br />

trees in tiny terracotta pots for<br />

table decoration.<br />

All the seeds, nuts and<br />

cones that you find should<br />

be put on a tray in the oven<br />

and baked for 30 mins at 200<br />

degrees. This will dry them<br />

and make them free of insects<br />

or spores. Once you put a fir<br />

cone into the oven it is amazing<br />

how any unopened patches<br />

spring open with the heat.<br />

Even the most misshaped cone<br />

comes out looking perfect!<br />

Get the new-look Agapanthus<br />

The purple haze of agapanthus<br />

will always bring<br />

back memories of hot summer<br />

days at the beach. Sadly<br />

agapanthus have, in recent<br />

times, got a bad name as<br />

they seed readily<br />

in the bush.<br />

Plant breeders<br />

have come up<br />

trumps. The<br />

new varieties<br />

come in every<br />

shade from<br />

white, pink,<br />

purple, blue<br />

and midnight. From the magnificent<br />

Queen Mum, whose<br />

huge striped flower heads<br />

of white and pale blue reach<br />

1.5m towards the sky, to the<br />

tiny Baby Pete, a miniature<br />

blue that grows to a height<br />

of just 20cm (perfect for<br />

mass planting as a border),<br />

all the new varieties have<br />

been bred to produce fewer<br />

seeds.<br />

Look for Tinkerbelle, with<br />

its delicate<br />

green-andwhite<br />

striped<br />

leaves, or the<br />

dark purple<br />

Black Pantha<br />

whose flowers<br />

are almost<br />

black. Snowball<br />

is a tiny<br />

white to complement Baby<br />

Pete, Purple Cloud grows tall<br />

or find Strawberry Ice, whose<br />

flowers are the palest pink.<br />

The agapanthus of today are<br />

sensational – there is a variety<br />

for every situation.<br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 73


Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Taking the Scenic route in 2018<br />

Join Scenic in 2018, as the<br />

cruise line launches into ocean<br />

cruising with the inaugural<br />

season of Scenic Eclipse, the<br />

World’s First Discovery Yacht.<br />

Travel View’s Karen Robinson<br />

says Scenic Eclipse, which<br />

debuts in August, will redefine<br />

ocean cruising with its stylish<br />

design, detailed range of<br />

inclusions – from all dining<br />

and beverages to transfers and<br />

gratuities – and exciting array of<br />

itineraries covering Antarctica<br />

and the Arctic through to Europe<br />

and The Americas, including<br />

Cuba.<br />

“Among the itineraries on<br />

offer during Scenic Eclipse’s<br />

inaugural season will be a series<br />

of Rediscovery voyages, which<br />

will provide an affordable entry<br />

into the world of luxury expedition<br />

cruising,” Karen said.<br />

From cruises of just a few days<br />

to longer multi-week journeys,<br />

Scenic Eclipse’s Rediscovery<br />

itineraries can be linked with<br />

subsequent departures to create<br />

epic month-long voyages, or with<br />

one of Scenic’s great city stays<br />

or land tours for a more in-depth<br />

exploration of a destination.<br />

Scenic is inviting guests to<br />

immerse themselves and step on<br />

board to experience some of the<br />

world’s most iconic and remote<br />

destinations in style.<br />

“Embark on the journey of<br />

a lifetime from the spacious<br />

surrounds of a stylish suite and<br />

contemplate which exclusive,<br />

once-in-a-lifetime experience to<br />

enjoy next,” Karen said. “Savour<br />

world-class dining and top-shelf<br />

beverages as the ever-changing<br />

view drifts by or relax with<br />

a book in one of the elegant<br />

lounges.”<br />

Featuring a choice of up to 10<br />

dining experiences, inspired by<br />

all four corners of the globe, the<br />

on-board culinary creations will<br />

range from casual to fine dining,<br />

ensuring all palates are catered<br />

for.<br />

“Enjoy contemporary French<br />

fine dining in Lumiere, sushi<br />

and sake at Asian-fusion venue<br />

Koko’s, a casual meal in the<br />

Azure Bar & Café or the Yacht<br />

Club poolside grill – or a<br />

perfectly cooked fillet steak<br />

in Scenic Eclipse’s elegant Elements<br />

main restaurant,” said<br />

Karen.<br />

Scenic’s range of included<br />

Scenic Freechoice and exclusive<br />

Scenic Enrich experiences<br />

will also provide plenty of opportunities<br />

to customise each cruise,<br />

while the on-board helicopter<br />

and submarine (extra fees apply)<br />

will offer a new perspective on<br />

many of the ports of call.<br />

* More info phone Travel<br />

View Cruise View Avalon (9918<br />

4444) or Collaroy (9999 0444).<br />

74 DECEMBER <strong>2017</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

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