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Editorial<br />

Will we ever give Bs a chance?<br />

Last month we reported<br />

local Minister Rob Stokes’<br />

frustration at misinformation<br />

about the B-Line service<br />

being spread throughout the<br />

community and the wariness<br />

of opponents to accept the<br />

government’s word on its<br />

planning.<br />

Well, nothing’s changed.<br />

Which is a shame given the cash<br />

the government is spending<br />

trying to consult with residents.<br />

A rally at Newport Beach Surf<br />

Club in late October saw the fire<br />

of opposition stoked further. A<br />

Newport Residents Association<br />

petition garnered more than<br />

500 signatures; those who<br />

signed it pledged to withhold<br />

support for the extension of<br />

the B-Line from Mona Vale<br />

to Newport until a “fully<br />

developed and researched plan”<br />

is submitted for consideration.<br />

There’s hope then; that<br />

appears to allow room for<br />

anyone currently opposed to the<br />

B-Line heading to Newport to<br />

change their opinion.<br />

It won’t be the major<br />

community and residents<br />

groups north of Newport<br />

though; they remain steadfast<br />

in their opposition to the B-Line<br />

heading north of Mona Vale.<br />

It appears Newport residents<br />

may be more flexible – but<br />

they’ll need to be convinced<br />

their village won’t be “slashed<br />

and burned” in the process.<br />

The government’s preferred<br />

position – a roundabout at<br />

Neptune Road with no incursion<br />

into the surf club car park<br />

and no loss of trees – seems a<br />

good starting point for a “fully<br />

developed and researched plan”.<br />

(Yes the netball court will go<br />

but new ones have already been<br />

sited and funded – see p18.)<br />

Will a bus entering a<br />

roundabout every 10 minutes<br />

add a pinchpoint to southbound<br />

traffic during peak periods, if<br />

synchronised with an existing<br />

set of traffic lights 150 metres<br />

south? We’ll leave that to the<br />

experts. But it’s guaranteed not<br />

all will agree! – Nigel Wall<br />

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5 Quick Questions<br />

News<br />

Our new Mayor Michael<br />

Regan says his commitment<br />

to creating an<br />

inclusive, integrated northern<br />

beaches will be made possible<br />

through community consultation,<br />

by appreciating the<br />

individuality of each village<br />

and town centre… and learning<br />

from past mistakes.<br />

“It’s a huge honour and<br />

very humbling to have been<br />

elected to the new Northern<br />

Beaches Council,” Mr Regan<br />

said in his first interview<br />

with <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> since the<br />

election.<br />

“To have been elected as<br />

the first ever Mayor is both<br />

exciting and challenging.”<br />

In a special message to our<br />

readers Mr Regan said: “This<br />

Council is history in the making<br />

and I am determined not<br />

to let you down.<br />

“I will represent all within<br />

our Community and continue<br />

to champion the Northern<br />

Beaches at every opportunity.<br />

“We 15 councillors – ‘the<br />

first 15’ as one of my Councillors<br />

put it – have diverse<br />

views and skills which rightly<br />

reflect the diversity of the<br />

community that we represent.<br />

“We all agree that we live in<br />

the best part of the world.<br />

“You, the voters, have put<br />

your faith in us and it is up to<br />

us to work hard together to<br />

achieve the best outcomes.”<br />

What’s your message to<br />

1. <strong>Pittwater</strong> residents wary<br />

that the Mayor and Deputy<br />

Mayor roles have been won<br />

by councillors external to<br />

the <strong>Pittwater</strong> and Narrabeen<br />

wards?<br />

I pledged to be Mayor for<br />

all the Northern Beaches. I<br />

will make decisions which<br />

are in the best interests of<br />

the entire Northern Beaches<br />

and not favour one area over<br />

another. I am proud of the<br />

numerous projects that are<br />

already underway at Church<br />

Point, Palm Beach, Avalon and<br />

other areas. We are one community<br />

and I will endeavour<br />

to be a strong voice for all.<br />

We are one Council now, and<br />

the onus is on us to lead by<br />

example, and to learn from<br />

history.<br />

How much of a debrief<br />

2. were you given on the<br />

projects pledged or currently<br />

underway in the former <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

area, and what in particular<br />

excites you when taking<br />

into account the broader<br />

new Council region?<br />

I’m very enthusiastic about<br />

bringing the Northern Beaches<br />

together. We have so much<br />

in common and so many<br />

shared aspirations. Take the<br />

$22.3 million Connecting<br />

Northern Beaches plan, which<br />

will essentially fill the missing<br />

links and create a shared<br />

pathway from Palm Beach to<br />

Manly. It will also link to the<br />

incoming B-Line bus service. I<br />

also want to see the Northern<br />

Beaches inclusive as well as<br />

connected. The $10.3 million<br />

‘Connecting All Through Play’<br />

project features the creation<br />

of two new major all-abilities<br />

playgrounds, upgrades to play<br />

areas across the Northern<br />

Beaches to make them more<br />

inclusive and $4 million for<br />

sporting facilities and Surf<br />

<strong>Life</strong>saving Clubs. I’m excited<br />

about the projects we have<br />

underway in this part of<br />

the Northern Beaches. The<br />

upgrade at Church Point<br />

will provide safer access,<br />

improved parking and better<br />

facilities, as well as a<br />

much-needed facelift. The<br />

new walkway at Palm Beach<br />

will greatly improve access<br />

between the ferry wharf and<br />

the park. At the southern end<br />

of Palm Beach, the landscaping<br />

project will improve<br />

parking, landscaping and<br />

access. The ‘Walk Avalon’<br />

project will improve safety,<br />

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for the Mayor<br />

convenience and connectivity<br />

within Avalon Village. Council<br />

is also upgrading wharves<br />

at Currawong and Mackerel<br />

Beach, roads and drainage<br />

on Scotland Island, and new<br />

retaining walls, footpaths,<br />

stormwater drains and foreshore<br />

renewals across the<br />

northern suburbs.<br />

Access to the new Northern<br />

Beaches Hospital at Frenchs<br />

Forest is a major issue, in particular<br />

for people in the north.<br />

I am committed to ensuring<br />

that road access is as good as<br />

it can be. Council is working<br />

with the RMS to investigate<br />

ways to stop the frequent<br />

flooding on Wakehurst Parkway<br />

during heavy rain and to<br />

ensure that the road network<br />

around the new hospital is<br />

efficient and effective.<br />

McPherson Street in Warriewood<br />

is an important connection<br />

and Council is nearing<br />

completion of the upgrade.<br />

One of the really tangible benefits<br />

of the amalgamation is<br />

that Narrabeen Lagoon State<br />

Park is now under the control<br />

of one council and can be<br />

managed and protected more<br />

consistently. We will continue<br />

to work with the Narrabeen<br />

Lagoon Catchment Committee<br />

and the community to ensure<br />

the area is respected, maintained<br />

and enhanced.<br />

There are more announcements<br />

pending such as the<br />

performance space at Mona<br />

Vale. Watch this space!<br />

Since the formation of the<br />

new Council, former <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

has received unprecedented<br />

capital works expenditure<br />

and their debts reduced.<br />

Are there any current<br />

3. exclusive services being<br />

delivered to regions of the<br />

new Council that you would<br />

look at replicating in <strong>Pittwater</strong>?<br />

For example, we have<br />

been inundated with queries<br />

about Manly’s free ‘Hop, Skip<br />

& Jump Bus’ service?<br />

While I am committed to<br />

an inclusive and integrated<br />

Northern Beaches there is<br />

no one-size-fits-all approach<br />

that will work. We have much<br />

in common but the villages<br />

and towns which make up the<br />

Northern Beaches have their<br />

own distinctive flavor and<br />

feel, as well as needs.<br />

For instance, I am<br />

conscious that the<br />

level of development<br />

we see in<br />

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Continued from page 7<br />

places like Manly, Dee Why<br />

and Frenchs Forest is not appropriate<br />

for the north.<br />

We will not be seeing<br />

skyscrapers adorning the<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> foreshore, not while<br />

I am Mayor. We have a unique<br />

opportunity to learn from what<br />

has worked and not worked<br />

in places like Manly and Dee<br />

Why to inform planning for the<br />

north. In terms of replicating<br />

the Manly Hop, Skip & Jump<br />

Bus service, it is clear the way<br />

public transport is provided<br />

is changing. The NSW Government<br />

will soon be trialing<br />

a new on-demand mini-bus<br />

service that will perform a<br />

similar role to the Hop, Skip &<br />

Jump service. It will connect<br />

customers from Palm Beach to<br />

North Narrabeen allowing customers<br />

to book transport from<br />

their home to a local transport<br />

hub or landmark. But why stop<br />

there? I’ll be calling on the<br />

Council to develop a Northern<br />

Beaches Transport Strategy to<br />

transform the way people move<br />

around.<br />

How will Council demonstrate<br />

an 4. improved<br />

overall community consultation<br />

process?<br />

Community consultation<br />

is one of the most important<br />

things councillors can do, to<br />

make sure that we have as wide<br />

as possible an understanding<br />

of what the community wants<br />

– and doesn’t want – before we<br />

embark on projects. Whether<br />

it is the review of library<br />

hours, to the future shape of<br />

Brookvale, I urge the community<br />

to get involved. As the<br />

Mayor I make the following<br />

promise: I will always listen<br />

to the community and I will<br />

always be open to new ideas<br />

and new perspectives. And<br />

as I have said all along, One<br />

Council has far more resources<br />

to be effective and do more for<br />

less. The community is already<br />

noticing the difference.<br />

And a final question<br />

thrown in for good measure…<br />

A lesson learned from<br />

5. your last time in office?<br />

You are always learning if<br />

you are listening. You will<br />

always make a mistake – nobody<br />

is perfect. So own it, fix<br />

it and learn from it. Simple.<br />

– Compiled by Lisa Offord<br />

8 NOVEMBER <strong>2017</strong><br />

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News<br />

Gold star for Principal support<br />

Local school principals<br />

have given top marks to<br />

a new State Government<br />

grant program and leadership<br />

strategy they say will ease the<br />

burden on their day-to-day<br />

workloads and allow them to<br />

focus more on their key roles as<br />

educators.<br />

Local State MP and Education<br />

Minister Rob Stokes recently<br />

announced the NSW Government<br />

will allocate $50 million<br />

a year to enable principals to<br />

focus on core duties such as<br />

curriculum planning, student<br />

progress, teaching quality and<br />

student wellbeing.<br />

The strategy follows an<br />

independent study that found<br />

school principals were spending<br />

too much time on management<br />

and administration tasks<br />

and not enough time on improving<br />

teaching and learning.<br />

The study, involving principals<br />

at 119 government schools,<br />

found principals’ workloads<br />

had increased in recent years<br />

with burgeoning responsibilities<br />

in areas like planning,<br />

policy, finance, compliance, risk<br />

and work health and safety.<br />

Numerous tasks undertaken<br />

by principals distract them<br />

from their key role; they include<br />

fixing plumbing, organising<br />

cleaning, minor asset repairs,<br />

tree audits, and troubleshooting<br />

technology.<br />

Mr Stokes said the new<br />

strategy would also include a<br />

leadership institute to develop<br />

and support school leaders<br />

and those preparing to take<br />

on leadership roles, as well as<br />

coaching and mentoring for<br />

new principals and support for<br />

existing principals.<br />

Additionally, 20 scholarships<br />

a year will be awarded<br />

for principals to participate<br />

in internationally renowned<br />

leadership programs and a<br />

new team of trained officers<br />

will be introduced to undertake<br />

annual work, health and<br />

safety inspections and remove<br />

the compliance burden off<br />

principals.<br />

Mona Vale Public School<br />

Principal Greg Jones said the<br />

pledge and focus on educational<br />

leadership was welcome<br />

news for the many heads who<br />

found themselves “drowned in<br />

administration”.<br />

And he said the big winners<br />

would be the students.<br />

“The role of the principal<br />

is both complex and multifacetted,”<br />

said Mr Jones. “While<br />

we believe our core business is<br />

leading communities towards<br />

improved school and student<br />

outcomes, many distractions<br />

have drawn us from that goal.<br />

“For many years the path<br />

to becoming a principal was<br />

relatively simple: be a good<br />

teacher, have organisational<br />

and leadership skills and a<br />

desire to be a school leader and<br />

although much of this remains<br />

essential today, an understanding<br />

of business mythology is<br />

also critical.”<br />

Mr Jones – who was recently<br />

awarded the <strong>2017</strong> NSW Primary<br />

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GRATEFUL: Narrabeen<br />

Sports High<br />

Principal Dane<br />

Ropa (left) and<br />

Mona Vale Public<br />

School head Greg<br />

Jones (above).<br />

Principals Association’s ‘Professional<br />

Award’ for Leadership<br />

– said NSW Public School<br />

principals led their communities<br />

under the mantra of ‘Local<br />

Schools Local Decisions’ and<br />

while this had allowed schools<br />

to focus on what worked for<br />

their community, it had also<br />

added to the organisational,<br />

compliance and risk requirements<br />

they needed to manage.<br />

These included planning,<br />

policy, finance and work place<br />

health and safety.<br />

“In any given week at Mona<br />

Vale I can deal with cleaning<br />

issues, tree audits, plumbing<br />

and electrical issues, repairs to<br />

buildings, lodging reports regarding<br />

vandalism, workplace<br />

injuries, technology issues,<br />

staffing matters and a neverending<br />

number of administrative<br />

returns,” Mr Jones said.<br />

“The big winners will be<br />

students – they should be at<br />

the centre of what I do and less<br />

time on administration allows<br />

me more time for them and<br />

staff.”<br />

Narrabeen Sports High Principal<br />

Dane Ropa said he was<br />

grateful the government had<br />

listened and understood the<br />

distinct and varying needs of<br />

principals in different contexts<br />

across the state.<br />

“I have experienced the<br />

best days along with the most<br />

challenging days of my career<br />

during my first two years as<br />

a principal,” Mr Ropa said.<br />

“These experiences are part of<br />

what makes the role exciting<br />

and meaningful."<br />

He said schools were complex<br />

organisations and as Principal,<br />

he was responsible for the<br />

operational, relational, strategic<br />

and systemic structures that<br />

delivered education, support<br />

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financial<br />

and leadership to students and<br />

their families each day.<br />

“Most businesses employing<br />

more than 100 staff would have<br />

positions responsible for the<br />

carriage of each of those four<br />

areas,” he observed.<br />

“I will be using the Minister’s<br />

flexible funding to employ<br />

staff to relieve me of the<br />

many compliance and heavily<br />

administrative requirements of<br />

managing human and financial<br />

resources such as payroll and<br />

site management.”<br />

Mr Ropa said that during the<br />

school day, he prioritised being<br />

available for and working with<br />

his students, teachers, staff and<br />

community – meaning other<br />

administrative tasks had to be<br />

done in the evening, denying<br />

him quality time with his own<br />

family or the process of ‘timing<br />

out’ to be best prepared for the<br />

next day.<br />

“The opportunity to improve<br />

my work-life balance and work<br />

more closely with teachers to<br />

improve practice will have a<br />

positive impact on the success<br />

of my students,” he said.<br />

The leadership institute’s<br />

programs will be developed<br />

with school leaders in partnership<br />

with experts and universities.<br />

The first flagship course<br />

will be a 12-month development<br />

program starting in 2018<br />

for aspiring principals.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

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A<br />

successful local start-up<br />

business is giving back to the<br />

community, having partnered<br />

with Barrenjoey High School to<br />

provide a valuable leg-up to budding<br />

business entrepreneurs.<br />

In late 2016, Surf Collective,<br />

which promotes independent<br />

Aussie surf brands, approached Barrenjoey High with a<br />

proposal to help bring a study subject to life for students.<br />

Surf Collective co-owner Mark Ranucci said the school was<br />

receptive to the idea and suggested that the Year 10 Business<br />

Studies class would be ideal.<br />

“Surf Collective then had the students develop ideas for a<br />

surf-related product, together with a marketing plan,” Mark<br />

said. “The subject topics revolved around their product,<br />

which helped engage all the kids in the class.”<br />

Not surprisingly, with $2,000 up for grabs for the winner<br />

to help bring his/her product to market, there was plenty of<br />

interest.<br />

“Some worked in a group and others individually,” Mark<br />

continued. “Surf Collective spent time in the classroom providing<br />

feedback before putting the kids in front of their very<br />

own ‘Shark-Tank’ – a panel made up of local Surf Collective<br />

Brands – to pitch their ideas.”<br />

He said the eventual winner, Lily McElligott, presented an<br />

awesome idea – to recycle unwanted skateboard decks and<br />

convert them into wax combs.<br />

“Lily’s idea was both clever and environmentally responsible,”<br />

Mark said.<br />

Surf Collective is promoting Lily’s idea on their website –<br />

surfcollective.com.au – and in The Sneaky Grind Café, their<br />

retail collaboration in Avalon Beach.<br />

Meanwhile, Lily plans to make other products under her<br />

new venture, ‘The Coastal Upcycling Company’.<br />

Mark added the program was so successful in engaging with<br />

local kids and their studies that it would be repeated next year.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

Gold star for Principal support<br />

Continued from page 11

News<br />

Festival fun and excitement<br />

headed for Newport Beach<br />

This year’s Newport Beach Festival on<br />

Sunday <strong>November</strong> 26 will be big, with a<br />

huge array of activities planned for the 45th<br />

anniversary of the event.<br />

Event organiser Owen Heywood reports<br />

there will be three stages with quality<br />

local music talent playing all day, plus<br />

performances by local dance schools and<br />

street performers.<br />

“There’s a great ride area, with jumping<br />

castles, mechanical rides and face painting<br />

near the beach for the young or young at<br />

heart,” said Owen.<br />

“We’ll have more than 200 great stalls<br />

with an exciting mix of fashion, food and<br />

furniture and everything in between – the<br />

local businesses are more supportive than<br />

ever, with most of the shops in Newport<br />

running exceptional promotions and sales<br />

for the day and local restaurants and cafes<br />

showcasing their food.”<br />

He added there would also be the muchloved<br />

visit from Santa, who’ll be doing a meetand-great<br />

and handing out treats.<br />

“There is something for everyone at the<br />

Festival, it has a great community feel to the<br />

day and really brings people together and<br />

shows off what a great suburb Newport is.”<br />

The Newport Beach Festival is run on behalf<br />

of the Newport Chamber of Commerce,<br />

who set up the event in 1972 with the aim<br />

of fulfilling the motto ‘one community, one<br />

village’.<br />

The fun kicks off from 9am (until 5pm)<br />

on Sunday <strong>November</strong> 26; more info Newport<br />

Beach Festival facebook page.<br />

6THINGS<br />


Breakfast bowl. Get down<br />

to Newport Bowling Club<br />

Sunday mornings from 9am<br />

where you can have a bowl and<br />

a bacon and egg roll for only<br />

$10. Beginners welcome, bowls<br />

supplied. The club at Palm Road<br />

Newport is also available for<br />

barefoot and corporate bowls.<br />

Call 0402 126 109.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Paddle. This<br />

major community fundraiser<br />

for NBI, supporting children<br />

with additional needs and their<br />

families, kicks off 9am on Sun 12<br />

at Winnererremy Bay. There are<br />

two paddles this year; one purely<br />

for fun, the other for those who<br />

like a challenge. Register as an<br />

individual or compete as a team<br />

in a multi-seated craft. If paddling<br />

isn’t your thing, simply show your<br />

support on the day – there will<br />

be food and entertainment. More<br />

info nbi.org.au<br />

Want a feathered friend?<br />

Chooks make great pets; they<br />

help reduce your food waste and<br />

give you free, fresh eggs. Find out<br />

the best chicken breed for you<br />

and learn how to feed and house<br />

them at this free workshop at the<br />

Coastal Environment Centre on<br />

Sat 18. Bookings essential cec@<br />

northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au or<br />

9942 2732.<br />

Get into print. Warringah<br />

Printmakers Studio is holding<br />

an exhibition of contemporary<br />

printmaking, artist books and<br />

three-dimensional print-based<br />

media at the Creative Space,<br />

Abbott Rd North Curl Curl on<br />

Nov 15-26 from 10am-4pm with<br />

printmaking demos Sun 19, Sat<br />

25 and Sun 26 from 12-2pm.<br />

Code club. Every Sunday<br />

between 2-3.30pm Mona Vale<br />

Library hosts a Code Club<br />

for kids aged 9-11. The club,<br />

supported by trained volunteers,<br />

is based on fun, creativity and<br />

problem solving. Materials<br />

provided. Kids are encouraged<br />

to bring their own laptop if they<br />

have one. Registration essential<br />

9970 1606.<br />

Beach Clean. Do a clean sweep<br />

of Avalon Beach with The Green<br />

Team at 4pm (after Market Day)<br />

on Sun 19. All ages welcome.<br />

Bring a bucket, gloves and hat.<br />

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Residents demand better B-Line plan<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> community groups<br />

remain opposed to the<br />

extension of the B-Line to Newport<br />

despite assurances from<br />

NSW government consultation<br />

representatives that their fears<br />

of disruption and destruction<br />

of the beachside suburb’s village<br />

lifestyle were unfounded.<br />

Transport NSW met with<br />

groups including the Newport<br />

Residents Association<br />

and CABPRA to present its<br />

‘preferred option’ for the $500<br />

million bus service last month.<br />

It followed a letterbox drop<br />

by Transport NSW revealing<br />

their plan to construct a<br />

roundabout on the corner of<br />

Neptune Road and Barrenjoey<br />

Road, with buses turning and<br />

stopping at the existing bus<br />

stop outside Newport Beach<br />

Surf <strong>Life</strong> Saving Club.<br />

No incursion into the surf<br />

club was proposed in the government’s<br />

preferred plan, nor<br />

were any car parking spaces<br />

corralled for B-Line users.<br />

The preferred option for the<br />

B-Line terminus was contingent<br />

on the results of engineering<br />

studies, the Transport<br />

NSW representative said.<br />

However, residents groups<br />

rebuffed the consultation, with<br />

the NRA proceeding with a<br />

rally on October 22 that drew<br />

a crowd of hundreds and<br />

garnered more than 500 signatures<br />

on a petition to withhold<br />

support for the extension of<br />

the service from Mona Vale to<br />

Newport until a “fully developed<br />

and researched plan” was<br />

submitted for consideration.<br />

NRA president Gavin Butler<br />

said residents felt they were<br />

being “blackmailed” by the<br />

government to a degree.<br />

“They are saying if you don’t<br />

accept the B-Line in Newport<br />

you will not share in the $500<br />

million of the B-Line money<br />

and you will end up with an<br />

inferior bus service to the one<br />

that you have today,” he said.<br />

He added there were great<br />

concerns as to whether a<br />

roundabout could work at the<br />

Neptune and Barrenjoey Road<br />

intersection, “let alone create<br />

another choke point for communities<br />

north of Newport”.<br />

Transport NSW also met<br />

with the Newport Beach<br />

Chamber of Commerce, who<br />

queried whether the iconic<br />

Norfolk Pines in the centre of<br />

the road or other trees would<br />

be removed; representatives<br />

said some pruning would be<br />

required in the village centre<br />

but said it would be arboristled<br />

and minimal.<br />

Following the meeting the<br />

Photo: Michael Mannington<br />

Chamber was hopeful of gaining<br />

several parking spaces for<br />

shoppers on Barrenjoey Road,<br />

currently designated ‘no parking’<br />

due to the length of the<br />

existing ‘bendy buses’.<br />

Meanwhile CABPRA has<br />

rejected the ‘Newport B-Line<br />

solution’ out of hand, supporting<br />

Mona Vale as the northern<br />

terminus point, with feeder<br />

and express services catering<br />

for communities north of<br />

Mona Vale.<br />

It said the proposed turnaround<br />

site was a “very dangerous<br />

intersection”.<br />

President David Owen added<br />

the group had supplied the<br />

B-Line project team with a<br />

proposed service schedule<br />

for residents north of Mona<br />

Vale. This proposal was also<br />

supported by the NRA, the<br />

Palm Beach and Whale Beach<br />

Association and the Avalon<br />

Preservation Association.<br />

Transport NSW is holding a<br />

drop-in B-Line info session at<br />

Newport Beach SLSC on Tuesday<br />

October 31 from 4-7pm.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

News<br />

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NOVEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 15

Put yourself in the frame<br />

News<br />

DOUBLE TAKE: Francis Greenslade in front of his Archibald portrait.<br />

It’s not every day you get the<br />

chance to commission an<br />

Archibald Prize finalist to<br />

paint your portrait or other<br />

artwork, but that’s the business<br />

model local artist Phil Meatchem<br />

is rolling out as he looks to<br />

pursue his lifelong dream of<br />

painting fulltime.<br />

Meatchem, 59, admits he was<br />

gripped by fear when he quit<br />

his successful 40-year career in<br />

advertising last year.<br />

“Sheer terror and crazy excitement”<br />

are the mix of emotions<br />

the Avalon resident uses<br />

to describe his midlife detour.<br />

However, he’s feeling a whole<br />

lot more excited and less terrified<br />

now after his portrait of<br />

ubiquitous Australian television<br />

and theatre actor Francis<br />

Greenslade was selected as a<br />

finalist in the <strong>2017</strong> Archibald<br />

Prize – the first time Meatchem’s<br />

entered Australia’s bestknown<br />

art prize.<br />

“l had never had the confidence<br />

to enter the Archibald<br />

Prize before,” Meatchem says<br />

as he guides us to his opento-the-elements<br />

creative space<br />

underneath his house in the<br />

Avalon hinterland.<br />

Across a few square metres<br />

is crammed a jumble of turnedaround<br />

completed works,<br />

drained paint pots, strewn<br />

paintbrushes and a lone metal<br />

stool. It’s a storage space for<br />

surfboards and nostalgia too,<br />

including collector car hubcaps.<br />

(“This is it,” he says with a mixture<br />

of disbelief and pride.)<br />

“l’d go and visit (the Archibald)<br />

every year and always<br />

felt frustrated and would think<br />

to myself, ‘l can do that’,” he<br />

said. “lt was a dream to one<br />

day hang in the Art Gallery of<br />

NSW – l’m in my second year of<br />

following my dreams and this<br />

was the year l had that box to<br />

tick.<br />

“l had to at least have a go…<br />

even though I thought I was no<br />

hope in Hades of getting in.”<br />

Shocked but delighted,<br />

Meatchem says the acknowledgement<br />

has been a huge<br />

confidence boost.<br />

“It has given me the feeling<br />

that l actually rate,” he said.<br />

Meatchem (pictured right)<br />

has always loved art.<br />

“As a kid I was a comic book<br />

fanatic and was quite particular<br />

about the artists who<br />

created them,” he explained.<br />

“Neil Adams was my favourite<br />

‘Batman’ illustrator and l loved<br />

Will Eisner’s ‘Spirit’ comics… l<br />

used to spend hours copying<br />

their styles.”<br />

After leaving school he spent<br />

a year at the Julian Ashton art<br />

school, where he discovered<br />

painting and became passionate<br />

about animation.<br />

“This eventually led me into<br />

becoming an animator at a<br />

very young age, l think l was<br />

16 or 17,” he said. “The career<br />

blossomed and l transitioned<br />

into live action directing as<br />

well – l stuck at this for almost<br />

40 years... drawing and designing<br />

was a huge part of this.”<br />

Painting took a back seat –<br />

until he could no longer ignore<br />

“an incredible urge to slow<br />

down, simplify things and just<br />

paint”.<br />

“l liken it to becoming entranced<br />

and l basically gave in<br />

to the urge and walked away,”<br />

he said. “l’ve taken a risk to see<br />

if dreams do come true.”<br />

Meatchem says he is inspired<br />

by many artists, with the list<br />

changing often.<br />

“l love the old school guys<br />

like Rembrandt and Australian<br />

Ivor Hele,” he said. “Current<br />

artists that l idolise are Hollis<br />

Dunlap, Zin Lim and Sebastian<br />

Kruger – all these artists are<br />

real masters of their craft and<br />

l can see by their work they<br />

are confident and strong with<br />

every brushstroke, which is<br />

something l’m only learning.”<br />

He describes his style as<br />

“more or less traditional”.<br />

“l’m still developing and<br />

learning… my biggest challenge<br />

is not to overwork things<br />

and labour too long,” he said. “l<br />

work mainly with acrylic paint<br />

as l find it quicker to work<br />

with than oils. I’ve found l can<br />

achieve a rich, deep oil paint<br />

look with acrylic.”<br />

Portraits or the human figure<br />

are his favourite subjects,<br />

although he adds: “l do lots<br />

of dogs and animals and l<br />

enjoy that as well… l like to<br />

think l can paint pretty much<br />

anything.”<br />

He said the time it takes to<br />

create a portrait can vary.<br />

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“l’ve found that smaller isn’t<br />

necessarily quicker,” he says. “l<br />

think a good timeframe would<br />

be two weeks.”<br />

He said his Archibald portrait<br />

of Francis Greenslade took<br />

around a week to paint.<br />

“He didn’t know me and l<br />

was very nervous about contacting<br />

him,” Meatchem said.<br />

“Through the fantastic support<br />

from my son Zac’s partner<br />

Lucy, we got an immediate<br />

response. Lucy had emailed the<br />

request to Francis and he was<br />

happy to be on board. l flew to<br />

Melbourne for an initial sitting<br />

with Francis – and things were<br />

in motion.”<br />

Meatchem already has his<br />

2018 work in the pipeline – and<br />

says he’s blown away by the<br />

subject whose identity he understandably<br />

declines to reveal.<br />

As for painting for locals,<br />

Meatchem says the process is<br />

optional.<br />

“l usually request a series of<br />

photos and l’ll select which one<br />

would be suitable,” he said.<br />

“l can also set up a sitting<br />

where l take some photos and<br />

work from there. Working<br />

from photos is convenient for<br />

clients,” he said.<br />

His preference is to work<br />

alone and undistracted in his<br />

space at home.<br />

“The only thing l worry<br />

about is have l made the right<br />

choice? I’m basically starting<br />

over and l’ve never done<br />

anything like this before. It’s<br />

part sheer terror and crazy<br />

excitement!”<br />

* Contact the artist at<br />

philmeatchem.com – Nigel Wall<br />

NB Veterans<br />

Day doing it<br />

for the kids<br />

All are welcome to the<br />

Inaugural Northern<br />

Beaches Veterans and<br />

Community Day on Sunday<br />

<strong>November</strong> 12 in Dunbar<br />

Park Avalon Beach from<br />

10am-4pm.<br />

Awareness of veteran’s<br />

issues is increasing within<br />

the community and the AN-<br />

ZAC Spirit is flourishing on<br />

the Northern Beaches; the<br />

aim of this special event is<br />

to provide an opportunity<br />

for younger generations to<br />

learn more about past and<br />

current conflicts and to<br />

meet veterans and serving<br />

members of the Australian<br />

Defence Force.<br />

This free, non-profit<br />

event will feature an array<br />

of stalls supporting wellness<br />

with local schools and<br />

community groups showcasing<br />

talents through<br />

music, drama and artwork.<br />

There will be a quilt<br />

show, ANZAC biscuit<br />

baking competition and<br />

many interactive displays<br />

and activities including an<br />

obstacle course.<br />

The day has evolved due<br />

to the success of the Avalon<br />

Military Tattoo over the<br />

past 10 years and to carry<br />

on the legacy of past Avalon<br />

RSL Sub Branch President,<br />

the late CDRE Graham<br />

Sloper AM RAN (Rtd).<br />

News<br />

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NOVEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 17

News<br />

Netballers court improvements<br />

Local netball clubs are one step<br />

closer to reaching their goal of<br />

securing additional training and<br />

playing facilities with the NSW<br />

government contributing $300,000<br />

towards the installation of permanent<br />

courts at Avalon Beach.<br />

It is anticipated the funding<br />

will be used by Northern Beaches<br />

Council to construct three new<br />

all-weather hard courts, with<br />

lighting next to the Avalon skate<br />

park, to cater for the increasingly<br />

popular sport.<br />

Netball is booming on the<br />

peninsular, with Newport Breakers<br />

and Peninsula netball clubs<br />

boasting more than 1000 registered<br />

players fielding more than<br />

60 junior and senior teams.<br />

Welcoming the financial boost,<br />

Simone Dickinson from <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Peninsula Netball and Cara Mc-<br />

Cauley from Newport Breakers Netball,<br />

said there was a dire need for more<br />

courts in the <strong>Pittwater</strong> area.<br />

“We approached <strong>Pittwater</strong> Council<br />

in June about the lack of facilities for<br />

netball players in our area and submitted<br />

a request for more hard courts,” Simone<br />

told <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>.<br />

HOLDING COURT: Caitlin Dickinson, Michaela Dickinson, Simone<br />

Dickinson, Cara McCauley, Zara McCauley and Astrid Osborn hope<br />

the new netball courts will be built adjacent to the Avalon Skate Park.<br />

“Although they seemed sympathetic,<br />

it was placed into the 15-year plan… unfortunately,<br />

we are in need of the courts<br />

now and have been for some time.”<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Peninsula Netball Club had<br />

46 teams and Newport Breakers Netball<br />

Club had 15 teams entered in the <strong>2017</strong><br />

Manly Warringah competition.<br />

“The majority of our teams are junior<br />

teams, Under-8s to Under-17s,<br />

most requiring a court to train<br />

during the week,” Simone said.<br />

Currently there is only one,<br />

free-to-use hard court available in<br />

the <strong>Pittwater</strong> area for training.<br />

“This court is at Newport Beach<br />

and is limited to about an hour of<br />

training due to the lack of lighting<br />

– and it may be sacrificed for<br />

the B-Line,” Simone said.<br />

As a result, both clubs pay for<br />

the hire of Avalon Recreation<br />

Centre and while acknowledging<br />

this was a fabulous facility, they<br />

said not every team was afforded<br />

training time because of demand.<br />

“Some teams have to train on<br />

grass courts that can be poorly<br />

marked and restricted by weather<br />

conditions,” said Simone.<br />

“Our clubs would love to see<br />

the money spent on constructing<br />

three all- weather hard courts with lighting,<br />

to help with the demand for training<br />

facilities.<br />

“Many players will benefit from these<br />

courts and it will continue to encourage<br />

our young people to stay active in a team<br />

sport,” Simone said.<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

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Sorting out plastics problem<br />

Citizen science is at the heart of a pilot project aimed at monitoring<br />

micro plastic levels in Narrabeen Lagoon.<br />

Micro plastics are tiny pieces of plastic, less than 5mm, which<br />

can end up in our waterways from the breakdown of various plastic<br />

items, including plastic fibres shed from clothing.<br />

Mackellar MP Jason Falinski launched the $30,000 ‘What’s in<br />

our Lagoons?’ program – funded by Greater Sydney Local Land<br />

Services through the National Landcare Program – at Narrabeen<br />

Lagoon last month.<br />

Local Northern Beaches volunteers and school kids will be<br />

trained in the collection of micro-plastics using steel sieves, as<br />

well as how to identify findings through microscopes.<br />

They will then be taught how to record the data using a special<br />

program known as the Australian Marine Debris Database.<br />

The project will help scientists better understand the role of micro<br />

plastics in local waterways and their impact on local wildlife.<br />

Mr Falinski said survey kits would be developed to sample and<br />

analyse surface sediments for micro plastics, in partnership with<br />

local high schools and the Department of Education and Communities<br />

Environmental Education Centre.<br />

“I am very happy to say the Federal Government has extended<br />

the National Landcare Program over the next five years with a<br />

further $1 billion commitment.”<br />

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NOVEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 19

News<br />

Keeping up with Kardash<br />

The world of travel may<br />

have changed a lot in<br />

the 30 years specialist<br />

Gail Kardash has run Travel<br />

View in Avalon Beach but the<br />

excitement factor of working<br />

in the industry remains at an<br />

all-time high.<br />

Formerly Barrenjoey Travel,<br />

the agency (now called Travel<br />

View Cruise View) opened its<br />

doors in October 1987 with<br />

Gail heading up the operation<br />

as Managing Director for<br />

owners the Lerpiniere family.<br />

It was a time when air<br />

travel was still a comparative<br />

luxury, two airlines – TAA<br />

and Ansett – dominated the<br />

domestic scene, and the only<br />

cruise line in and out of Sydney<br />

was P&O.<br />

“Air travel was booming<br />

with the introduction of the<br />

Jumbos and with Qantas<br />

boasting a full fleet of 747s<br />

and the introduction of Business<br />

Class,” Gail said.<br />

“Interestingly the average<br />

economy return airfare to<br />

London was $2300 – quite<br />

expensive when<br />

comparing the average<br />

salary today.”<br />

She said the ’80s<br />

also saw a growth in<br />

air and hotel packages,<br />

with more of us holidaying<br />

in Asia, Bali, the USA and<br />

the South Pacific, while the<br />

best way to see Europe was on<br />

coach tours.<br />

“Australians didn’t need a<br />

passport for New Zealand –<br />

and mothers travelling with<br />

their children were required<br />

to carry a permission letter<br />

from their husbands,” Gail<br />

said.<br />

The deregulation of domestic<br />

aviation in 1990 saw a big<br />

shift in the industry.<br />

“Benefits intended were low<br />

average airfares, more people<br />

travelling by air, increased<br />

competition, more efficient<br />

carriers and to improve quality<br />

of service,” Gail said.<br />

“This saw the introduction<br />

of our first low-cost carrier<br />

Compass, who had two failed<br />

attempts at the market… the<br />

next 10 years saw other lowcost<br />

carriers having their turn<br />

but not succeeding and 1993<br />

saw Ansett buying East West<br />

airlines.<br />

“The year 2000<br />

brought the introduction<br />

of Virgin<br />

Blue to our fine<br />

shores and their<br />

success speaks for<br />

itself.”<br />

Gail said the<br />

September 11, 2001<br />

terrorist attacks<br />

changed the way we<br />

travel forever.<br />

“2011 was significant<br />

in the way not only Australia<br />

but the way the world<br />

viewed travelling,” Gail said.<br />

“Obviously security has<br />

been the highest of priorities<br />

everywhere – scanning of<br />

bags, bodies and waiting in<br />

lines at airports and shipping<br />

terminals is a new part of our<br />

travelling days and one that I<br />

don’t foresee the end of.<br />

“But we are still here and<br />

still as excited as ever –<br />

our industry is now being<br />

saturated with exciting new<br />

destinations, and we are now<br />

leading the way with Expedition<br />

cruising,” Gail said. – NW<br />

20 NOVEMBER <strong>2017</strong><br />

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Book Reviews<br />

The Extremely<br />

Inconvenient<br />

Adventures<br />

of Bronte<br />

Mettlesome<br />

Jaclyn Moriarty<br />

Allen & Unwin $22.99<br />

Sometimes books<br />

come along that are so<br />

special, you don’t want<br />

to finish them. Always<br />

a household of fans of<br />

Sydney author Jacyln<br />

Moriarty’s awardwinning<br />

teen novels,<br />

getting our hands on her<br />

first middle fiction title<br />

was like being handed our<br />

own packet of never-ending<br />

Tim Tams.<br />

Ten-year-old Bronte’s<br />

parents are killed by pirates,<br />

and their will stipulates<br />

she must visit all her aunts<br />

throughout the Kingdoms<br />

and Empire to deliver their<br />

meaningful gifts. And so<br />

the extremely inconvenient<br />

adventures begin.<br />

Written with Moriarty’s<br />

signature wit and storyteller’s<br />

gift, this enchanting and<br />

sometimes poignant tale<br />

will be a favourite re-read<br />

by younger readers, and a<br />

beautiful book to read aloud<br />

to any age. Well done to her<br />

publishing team at Allen &<br />

Unwin for creating such a<br />

beautiful edition – a sparkly<br />

addition to your Australian<br />

classics collection.<br />

– Libby Armstrong<br />

News<br />

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NOVEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 21

News<br />

‘Cut’ price offer for<br />

film festival entry<br />

Reinvigorated after a<br />

12-month hiatus, the<br />

fifth Northern Beaches<br />

Creative Creatures Film<br />

Festival will run at the<br />

Avalon Beach Bowling<br />

Club on Sunday April<br />

8th 2018.<br />

Most recently renowned<br />

around town as<br />

the launching pad for<br />

Avalon Now, filmmakers<br />

young and old are being<br />

encouraged to register<br />

at Avalon Market Day on<br />

Sunday <strong>November</strong> 19 –<br />

for a 50% discount on<br />

the registration fee.<br />

Festival Director Katy Young said you won’t be able to miss<br />

their Market Day stall in Dunbar Park, with its huge, glitterspangled<br />

red shoe – the signature item to be included or referenced<br />

in all film entries for 2018.<br />

“This local film festival is all about showcasing the many<br />

creative creatures in the area.” Katy said.<br />

“So if you or anyone you know is interested in making a film<br />

for the festival, come and see me on Market Day in Dunbar<br />

Park by the big red shoe, register for half price and be in the<br />

running to win part of the $4,000 prize pool and the coveted<br />

‘Willbe’ trophy for under- and over-16-year age categories.”<br />

Also available at the Market Day stall will be the limited<br />

edition 2018 calendar showcasing our beautiful beaches as<br />

painted by local artist Julie Nicholson.<br />

Festival goers on April 8 will be treated to not only an array<br />

of short films by both talented local and out-of-area filmmakers<br />

but also fabulous food vendors and local music on the<br />

Bowling Club green.<br />

Over the years one of the festival’s key features have been<br />

the opening titles, which in 2018 will be designed by The<br />

Kingdom of Ludd set to the tune ‘Yellow Brick Road’ by local<br />

dynamic music duo Angus and Julia Stone.<br />

For registrations after Market Day go to creativecreaturesfilmfestival.com.au<br />

or call Katy on 0409 285 169.<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

Grab market value in Mona Vale<br />

Get along to Village Park<br />

on Sunday <strong>November</strong> 5<br />

for Mona Vale Market Day.<br />

Billed as the event’s<br />

biggest yet, more than 120<br />

stalls have been booked<br />

for this year’s celebration<br />

organised by the Mona Vale<br />

Chamber of Commerce.<br />

Certain to draw a crowd<br />

this year will be a shiny new<br />

double decker bus and a B-<br />

Line stall manned by those<br />

in the know prepped to<br />

answer all your questions.<br />

Another new crowd pleaser<br />

will be the 9D cinema –<br />

billed as an Ultimate Virtual<br />

Reality Experience – set up<br />

between the Memorial Hall<br />

and Café Racer.<br />

There will be scores of<br />

other amusements and interactive<br />

stalls, with child-centered<br />

activities and plenty<br />

to keep the adults happy too<br />

with great food, live music<br />

plus stalls selling jewellery,<br />

clothing, homewares, crafts<br />

and collectors items.<br />

Local businesses will have<br />

their doors open too, with<br />

some great pre-Christmas<br />

bargains. More info under<br />

the Market Day tab at monavalechamber.org<br />

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

Spotlight lagoon walk<br />

Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon<br />

catchment will be holding<br />

their last Forum for <strong>2017</strong><br />

on <strong>November</strong> 27. Wildlife<br />

expert Jayden Walsh will<br />

give a presentation featuring<br />

original photographs,<br />

depicting a hidden world<br />

of the Herpetofauna<br />

– Amphibians and Reptiles<br />

– of the catchment. This<br />

presentation will be followed<br />

by a guided Spotlighting<br />

walk led by Jayden to see<br />

some of these incredible<br />

creatures and their habitats.<br />

Join them for a night not<br />

to be missed. More info<br />

and bookings email @<br />

narrabeenlagoon.org.au.<br />

Heritage Grant<br />

For Church Point<br />

Cemetery<br />

Historic Church Point<br />

Cemetery has been allocated<br />

a $100,000 grant for heritage<br />

improvements. The funding<br />

will be provided to Northern<br />

Beaches Council as part<br />

of the NSW Government’s<br />

Heritage ‘Near Me’ grant<br />

program. Improvements<br />

will include an upgrade<br />

to the street access and<br />

pathway, landscaping,<br />

and the installation of a<br />

viewing platform, seating<br />

and heritage information<br />

signage to improve amenity<br />

and increase visitation.<br />

“This historic cemetery is<br />

a peaceful site in which<br />

visitors can explore and<br />

reflect,” local MP Rob<br />

Stokes said. “It’s a reminder<br />

of the pioneering days<br />

of our community and<br />

I’m delighted the NSW<br />

Government can assist<br />

in preserving our local<br />

heritage.” The cemetery<br />

was adjacent to the small<br />

Methodist church that stood<br />

on the site between 1872<br />

and 1932 and from which<br />

Church Point derives its<br />

name.<br />

News<br />

Ritzy ‘Rocks’ Christmas<br />

Christmas is fast<br />

approaching – and Renata<br />

from RITZYROCKS<br />

has returned from a<br />

wonderful trip to Venice<br />

and Murano sourcing<br />

new products. Renata has<br />

added beautiful millefiori<br />

watches to her range;<br />

these watches come in<br />

a variety of coloured<br />

leather bands and feature<br />

a quartz movement.<br />

Renata also added to<br />

her range of Millefiore<br />

pendants, which are<br />

produced by the Murrine<br />

technique that involves<br />

the layering of coloured<br />

liquid glass, stretched<br />

into long rods called<br />

canes which are then<br />

sliced in cross-section<br />

revealing the layered<br />

pattern. As a Christmas<br />

bonus for <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong><br />

readers, RITZYROCKS<br />

is offering free postage<br />

on all orders placed<br />

from <strong>November</strong> 1 up<br />

until Christmas. (Simply<br />

include the code RRXS17<br />

when completing your<br />

order.) RITZYROCKS<br />

will be at Mona Vale<br />

Market Day (Village Park)<br />

on <strong>November</strong> 5 from<br />

10am. More info www.<br />

ritzyrocks.com.au<br />

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History gets a repeat<br />

at Mona Vale Probus<br />

‘The truth about history’ will<br />

be the topic of an enthralling<br />

and entertaining talk at the<br />

next meeting of the <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Probus Club on Tuesday<br />

<strong>November</strong> 14th. Speaker Phil<br />

Pryor, a regular speaker on<br />

history for Sydney U3A adult<br />

education school, says he<br />

can always find new ways of<br />

approaching his subject with<br />

any audience. Bring along<br />

your pre-conceived notions<br />

on any historical topic and<br />

Phil will talk about them.<br />

Also, John Harston will<br />

give a short talk on electric<br />

cars. The meeting starts at<br />

10.30am at Mona Vale Golf<br />

Club; all welcome. More info<br />

Michael Mannington 9973<br />

1624.<br />

Performance fund<br />

top-up to $1 million<br />

Member for <strong>Pittwater</strong> Rob<br />

Stokes has announced a<br />

further $500,000 will be<br />

provided to Northern Beaches<br />

Council for the construction<br />

of a Community<br />

Performance Space at<br />

Barrenjoey High School. The<br />

NSW Government funding<br />

follows an earlier $500,000<br />

announced last month to<br />

complete planning and<br />

initiate construction of Stage<br />

One of the project. The total<br />

of $1 million will now enable<br />

the construction of the full<br />

project in cooperation with<br />

funding already raised<br />

by the Barrenjoey High<br />

School P&C Association.<br />

Mr Stokes said the project<br />

would now be fast-tracked.<br />

“The Barrenjoey P&C have<br />

worked incredibly hard to<br />

deliver the vision for this<br />

dedicated performance<br />

space and along with the<br />

Avalon Beach community<br />

they’ve done a fantastic job<br />

fundraising.” Renowned<br />

local architect Richard Cole<br />

has generously donated<br />

his services towards this<br />

project which will deliver<br />

a high-quality enclosed<br />

Continued on page 26<br />

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News<br />

Continued from page 25<br />

amphitheatre designed to<br />

facilitate performances of<br />

ensembles, choirs, dance and<br />

drama. Other local school<br />

and community groups such<br />

as Scouts, surf clubs and<br />

garage bands will also be<br />

able to benefit from the new<br />

creative space.<br />

Help Council make<br />

a special delivery<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

wants the <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

community to help set<br />

priorities for the next<br />

three years to make the<br />

new Council even better.<br />

So far, more than 2,000<br />

beaches residents have<br />

provided input to the draft<br />

More accolades<br />

for our Romilly<br />

Green Building Council of<br />

Australia Chief Executive<br />

Officer and proud local<br />

Romilly Madew has been<br />

awarded the prestigious<br />

World Green Building Council<br />

(WorldGBC) Chairman’s<br />

Award for her work to<br />

advance sustainable building<br />

globally. The Award honours<br />

people who have contributed<br />

to the transformation of<br />

the global property and<br />

construction industry;<br />

Romilly was chosen as this<br />

year’s winner for her tireless<br />

commitment to sustainability, and her inspirational<br />

leadership. At the helm of the GBCA for more than<br />

a decade, Romilly represents 650-plus individual<br />

companies with a collective annual turnover of more<br />

than $40 billion. Under her watch the GBCA has certified<br />

more than 1,715 sustainable buildings, communities and<br />

fit-outs under the Green Star rating system. Importantly,<br />

these buildings consume 62 per cent less energy than<br />

non-Green Star buildings, emit 66 per cent fewer<br />

greenhouse gases and use 51 per cent less water. Today,<br />

37 per cent of Australia’s office space has Green Star<br />

certification.<br />

vision and 10-year draft<br />

Community Strategic Plan;<br />

the next step is to identify<br />

priorities for the Delivery<br />

Program which will be<br />

rolled out over the next<br />

three years. To help build<br />

this plan, Council wants<br />

to identify community’s<br />

priorities in service delivery.<br />

Mayor Michael Regan said<br />

some of the challenges<br />

are complex. “<strong>Issue</strong>s like<br />

housing and transport<br />

are regularly identified as<br />

among the most pressing<br />

on the Northern Beaches as<br />

housing costs and traffic<br />

congestion increase… This<br />

is a great opportunity for<br />

the community to join the<br />

conversation to help Council<br />

deal with some of the major<br />

issues we face. So please<br />

do tell us what projects<br />

and services you want us<br />

to prioritise. Council will<br />

be listening to what is<br />

important to you. Your input<br />

will shape our roadmap<br />

for the future.” Workshops<br />

in <strong>November</strong> will be held<br />

at Mona Vale (Wednesday<br />

1 <strong>November</strong>, 6-8:30pm);<br />

Long Reef (Monday 6<br />

<strong>November</strong>, 6-8:30pm); and<br />

Frenchs Forest (Wednesday<br />

8 <strong>November</strong>, 6-8:30pm).<br />

Register to attend, complete<br />

the online survey or make<br />

a submission on the draft<br />

Community Strategic Plan<br />

at yoursay.northernbeaches.<br />

nsw.gov.au.<br />

Your chance to be<br />

a lighthouse guide<br />

Discovery Chase Alive Volunteers<br />

of NSW National Parks<br />

and Wildlife Service have<br />

continued to play an integral<br />

role at Kalkari Discovery<br />

Centre, Ku-ring-gai Chase<br />

National Park and surrounding<br />

reserves. Guiding walks<br />

and leading tours at Barrenjoey<br />

Lighthouse, Muogamarra<br />

Nature Reserve and areas of<br />

the Great North Walk, delivering<br />

children’s programs and<br />

of course welcoming visitors<br />

to the various reserves is only<br />

some of the duties. If you can<br />

spare a minimum of eight<br />

hours per month as a volunteer,<br />

they would love to hear<br />

from you. Contact Kalkari on<br />

02 9472 9300 or email snr.<br />

discovery@environment.nsw.<br />

gov.au for a volunteer pack.<br />

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Get crafty: 60,000<br />

poppies needed<br />

Be part of something remarkable and<br />

create a knitted or crocheted poppy<br />

to contribute to special installation<br />

of 60,000 handmade poppies at the<br />

Australian War Memorial in Canberra<br />

in <strong>November</strong> next year. Part of the<br />

commemoration of the end of World<br />

War I, each poppy made will represent<br />

one Australian life lost in the Great War.<br />

In a call to arms Community Connect<br />

Northern Beaches will be hosting a ‘Knit-<br />

In’ and morning tea on <strong>November</strong> 8 from<br />

10am-12.30pm at 28 Fisher Rd Dee Why.<br />

Everyone is welcome. Patterns and some<br />

knitting supplies will be provided on the<br />

day but bring whatever you can, including<br />

needles (3.75mm knitting needles or<br />

350mm crochet hook), red wool, black<br />

Bird’s eye view of<br />

‘connecting’ projects<br />

Want a bird’s eye view of<br />

the works being delivered<br />

to connect the Northern<br />

Beaches, including 36km<br />

of coastal walkways and<br />

cycleways stretching from<br />

Manly to Palm Beach?<br />

Head to Council’s website<br />

and its new interactive map.<br />

The Social PinPoint map<br />

provides an opportunity to<br />

view the overall program<br />

in one location and can<br />

be zoomed in to identify<br />

individual projects. Clicking<br />

on map pinpoints brings up<br />

details about that project<br />

and shows whether work<br />

is current or proposed.<br />

It also gives users the<br />

opportunity to learn more<br />

or have their say. The map<br />

will be regularly updated<br />

as works progress on the<br />

program, which forms part<br />

of Council’s $32.6 million<br />

Connecting Northern Beaches<br />

infrastructure investment<br />

partnership with the NSW<br />

Government. To find the<br />

map, visit northernbeaches.<br />

nsw.gov.au and search<br />

‘connecting northern<br />

beaches’.<br />

Remembering<br />

the fallen<br />

Remembrance Day<br />

Memorial Services will be<br />

held across the Northern<br />

Beaches this month, with<br />

the public invited to<br />

attend. Remembrance Day<br />

commemorates the armistice<br />

at the eleventh hour of the<br />

eleventh day of the eleventh<br />

wool, wool needle for sewing up, and<br />

decorative threads and buttons. For more<br />

info and to RSVP contact Vesna on 9931<br />

7777 ASAP.<br />

month, marking the end<br />

of World War I (1914-18) 99<br />

years ago and remembers<br />

all those who have suffered<br />

or died in wars and armed<br />

conflicts. Services include:<br />

Friday 10 <strong>November</strong> at<br />

10.45am – Manly Dam War<br />

Memorial Park, King Street,<br />

Manly Vale (presented<br />

by Northern Beaches<br />

Council and the Manly<br />

Warringah War Memorial<br />

Park Remembrance Trust;<br />

Saturday 11 <strong>November</strong> at<br />

10.45am – The Manly War<br />

Memorial, corner of The<br />

Corso and Belgrave Street<br />

(presented by Northern<br />

Beaches Council); Avalon<br />

RSL Sub Branch, Palm Beach<br />

RSL, <strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL, Dee Why<br />

RSL and the War Veterans,<br />

Collaroy Plateau will also<br />

hold services.<br />

Vet<br />

on<br />

call<br />

with<br />

Dr Ben Brown<br />

Unfortunately tick season<br />

is well and truly upon us<br />

again and we are treating<br />

many cases of tick paralysis<br />

in dogs and cats.<br />

Ixodes holocyclus is the<br />

official name of the paralysis<br />

tick which inhabits coastal<br />

bushland areas. This species<br />

of tick is only a problem in<br />

Australia! These ticks are<br />

most active in the warmer<br />

months especially after<br />

wet weather which initiates<br />

hatching of eggs and activity<br />

of the larval stages which<br />

feed on mammals.<br />

After attaching to a host<br />

these ticks inject a neurotoxin<br />

(or nerve toxin) as part of<br />

their feeding process. After<br />

the tick has been attached<br />

for a day or two enough<br />

poison will have been<br />

injected to cause significant<br />

neurological disease in pets<br />

due to blocking of nerve<br />

receptors at the nerve-muscle<br />

interface. The most common<br />

symptom is a weak or flaccid<br />

paralysis starting in the hind<br />

limbs due to nerve signals<br />

being blocked from accessing<br />

the muscles of movement.<br />

As time progresses the<br />

paralysis ascends up the<br />

body to eventually affect the<br />

muscles of breathing and<br />

swallowing. This process<br />

causes significant illness and<br />

death unless an antiserum<br />

is administered. Other<br />

symptoms of tick paralysis<br />

include vomiting, coughing,<br />

excessive panting and<br />

grunting, an altered bark or<br />

meow or limping if the tick is<br />

lodged in a foot or leg.<br />

Tick poisoning is<br />

common, severe and very<br />

preventable. Our top tips for<br />

prevention are:<br />

■ Tick clipping by an<br />

experienced groomer and<br />

daily tick searching.<br />

■ Administration of highly<br />

effective and safe tick<br />

preventatives such as<br />

Bravecto, Nexgard (dogs<br />

only) or Seresto collars<br />

(dogs and cats).<br />

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One<br />

for all<br />

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

Newport’s Sandy Menzies has been a<br />

leading voice in the successful adoption<br />

of inclusiveness in surf lifesaving.<br />

is a day I just want to be<br />

over,” says blonde 54-year-old<br />

“This<br />

Sandy Menzies standing on<br />

the terrace of Newport Surf <strong>Life</strong> Saving<br />

Club. Sandy is a clinical nurse specialist<br />

for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, and she<br />

is close to tears as she explains that two<br />

of her patients have died within hours<br />

of one another.<br />

“You get close to them,” she murmurs.<br />

We go into the bar area to talk, and<br />

I tentatively suggest that maybe she<br />

should have a drink.<br />

“It’s all locked up,” she replies.<br />

“Would Rescue Remedy help?” I ask,<br />

producing a bottle of the herbal stress<br />

reliever from my bag.<br />

“I’ve already taken a gutful,” she<br />

responds.<br />

From 2014 to 2016 Sandy Menzies was<br />

the first ever female president of the<br />

Newport SLSC. I had visions of meeting<br />

some Amazon woman who, whatever<br />

the weather, runs down to the beach at<br />

dawn and plunges into the surf, while<br />

urging a bevy of men to follow suit. But,<br />

Sandy confesses that she doesn’t like<br />

cold water, and only got back into the<br />

water for the first time this season with<br />

the start of Nippers last month.<br />

She spent much of her life inland,<br />

as having done her nursing training at<br />

Hornsby Hospital, aged 21 she married<br />

Doug Menzies, and they moved for his<br />

work – he was a hospital administrator<br />

– to Armidale. During their eight years<br />

there they had their first two children,<br />

Jess and Kieran, before moving to Cowra<br />

for two years where their third child,<br />

Brendan, was born.<br />

The Menzies clan came back to Sydney<br />

in 1993, and moved into the house<br />

they had bought a few years earlier<br />

in Newport’s Wallumatta Road. Two<br />

years later Jess started Nippers, and<br />

the family involved with the surf club<br />

began. Doug did his bronze medallion<br />

in 1998 and Sandy in 2000.<br />

“I had swum a lot at school, and used<br />

to come to the beach growing up, but<br />

training for it was scary,” Sandy admits.<br />

“Back then you were just given a board<br />

and told, ‘Off you go,’ and I’d never been<br />

on a board. I was covered in bruises<br />

for weeks, and at times the challenge<br />

seemed impossible, but I’m fairly<br />

Story by Rosamund Burton<br />

stubborn,” she says with a smile.<br />

Sandy is one very determined lady<br />

with the firm belief that she can do<br />

anything if she wants to. ‘Unstoppable’<br />

is probably the best way to describe<br />

her. With her bronze medallion under<br />

her belt she rowed surfboats, until<br />

she had to stop due to a shoulder<br />

reconstruction. She was First Aid Officer<br />

at the club for 12 years, only giving that<br />

up when she took on the position of<br />

President. Her other roles have included<br />

Chief Instructor, Secretary and two<br />

stints as Vice President.<br />

All the Menzies family are active surf<br />

club members. Currently Sandy does<br />

patrol as well as assessing and training<br />

for CPR and spinal management, and<br />

Nippers training. Doug is Branch<br />

President. Jess is Newport’s Club<br />

Captain, so in charge of organising<br />

all the patrols. As we’re talking she<br />

appears, looking for some keys. She and<br />

Lauren Budd were recently sponsored by<br />

the surf club to travel to Timor with the<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Friends of Soibada to do CPR<br />

training at the hospital and schools over<br />

there. Jess’s brother, Kieran is one of<br />

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the Vice Captains as well as a radio and<br />

jet ski operator for the branch. They all<br />

train and assess, including the youngest<br />

family member, Brendan.<br />

“If there’s an assessment there’s<br />

a pretty good chance that you’ll get<br />

somewhere between two and five of us,”<br />

says Sandy.<br />

Despite having been the first woman<br />

president in the club’s history, and at<br />

the AGM in July this year being made<br />

the club’s second female <strong>Life</strong> Member,<br />

Sandy is quick to say she isn’t a<br />

feminist.<br />

“I just think people should do what<br />

their comfortable with, and if we can<br />

keep up with the men, then fantastic.”<br />

The presidency was a role which took up<br />

a lot of time, and involved a fair amount<br />

of negotiation and conflict resolution,<br />

she admits. This was particularly<br />

demanding with her job, as there would<br />

be phone calls regarding the club most<br />

days, and she wasn’t always contactable<br />

during work hours. When asked if she<br />

would take on the position again, she<br />

gazes through the window at a surfer<br />

paddling out beyond the break, before<br />


Menzies on the balcony of her beloved<br />

Newport Beach Surf <strong>Life</strong> Saving Club;<br />

heading to her high school formal with<br />

now-husband Doug who she married<br />

at 21; receiving her <strong>Life</strong> Member cap –<br />

only the second awarded to a female at<br />

Newport; with her friend Leanne Budd<br />

– Sandy‘s daughter Jess and Leanne’s<br />

daughter Lauren recently travelled to<br />

Soibada to teach CPR training at its<br />

schools and hospitals.<br />

replying, “Not while I’m working fulltime,<br />

but maybe one day.”<br />

A project that Sandy has held close to<br />

her heart since Doug and she initiated<br />

it at the Newport SLSC in 2002 is an<br />

inclusion and access program called<br />

Marlins and Dolphins. They had a friend<br />

whose child had a disability, so initially<br />

they organised a program for six weeks,<br />

twice a year, for him and several other<br />

participants.<br />

After a few years they decided to run<br />

the program on Sunday mornings, the<br />

same time as the other Nipper groups.<br />

The integration of these children with<br />

disabilities has not only made them<br />

feel more included, but also raised<br />

awareness in the other children at<br />

Nippers.<br />

“I think it’s shown them there’s<br />

another side, and I would hope when<br />

they see these guys on the street they<br />

would say, ‘hello’.”<br />

There are usually between 15 and 20<br />

participants in Marlins and Dolphins,<br />

ranging in age from 6 to their late 20s.<br />

‘They enjoy it so much they keep<br />

coming back year after year. A couple of<br />

the fellows in the program who are both<br />

in their mid-20s also do patrol support.<br />

They wear a white shirt with Patrol<br />

Support on it, and help the patrol set<br />

up and pack up, and move the flags<br />

around.”<br />

Sandy tells me that they thought<br />

Newport was the first club to establish<br />

this inclusion and access program, but<br />

later found out that Pambula SLSC had<br />

set up something similar at the same<br />

time. Currently, four of the Northern<br />

Beaches’ 21 clubs operate this program,<br />

the other three clubs being Mona Vale,<br />

South Curl Curl and North Steyne.<br />

Sandy is on the Surf <strong>Life</strong> Saving<br />

Australia Learning and Development<br />

Advisory Council, and is eager to convey<br />

to many more clubs that this program<br />

doesn’t require a lot of funding, special<br />

equipment or people with particular<br />

qualifications.<br />

“You just need a bit of patience.”<br />

With Sandy Menzies’ quiet, caring<br />

pragmatism and determination, not to<br />

mention patience, there is no doubt that<br />

we’re going to see a few more Marlins<br />

and Dolphins at our local surf clubs.<br />

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NOVEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 29

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

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

Seeing Saltwater<br />

Country connects<br />

‘S<br />

altwater Country’ began in 2009 when<br />

artists Sally Mayman and Dale Kentwell<br />

collaborated with the local indigenous peoples<br />

of the Dampier Peninsula in WA. The resultant<br />

exhibition of both photographs and painting<br />

explores connection to country, highlighting a<br />

unique saltwater lifestyle.<br />

Recently acquired by the State Library of WA for<br />

their permanent collection, this beautiful, thoughtprovoking<br />

body of work explores through stories,<br />

language, portraits and landscape, the strength<br />

and humanity within the remote communities.<br />

Observes local Dr Jeff McMullen: “Sally<br />

Mayman and Dale Kentwell, with the camera and<br />

canvas, have beautifully conveyed in an honest<br />

and warm-hearted way what country means<br />

to the Aboriginal peoples living on Saltwater<br />

Country in the Dampier Peninsula. Listen to their<br />

stories. Listen to the country sing to us all.”<br />

Fremantle Press has produced a beautiful book<br />

and the artists have now printed a high-quality<br />

archival box set of the works, hoping to increase<br />

understanding, awareness and reconciliation.<br />

Their exhibition at Avalon Art Gallery opens<br />

Friday 17th <strong>November</strong> from 6-8pm for drinks<br />

with the artists, showing until Saturday 2nd<br />

December.<br />

Design<br />

School<br />

Open Day<br />

Looking to make a career change<br />

in 2018? Have you always loved the<br />

idea of being an Interior Decorator<br />

Designer and creating spaces that<br />

people love?<br />

Sydney Design School is offering<br />

career courses in interior decoration<br />

and design, as well as ‘short tasters’<br />

as part of their summer school in<br />

January.<br />

Director Amanda Grace says you<br />

can pave your own career path with<br />

loads of options and work opportunities.<br />

“Choose from a career working<br />

with architectural and interior design<br />

firms, furniture/furnishings and lighting<br />

suppliers or become a stylist for<br />

an online retailer, magazine or real<br />

estate styling company,” she said.<br />

“Or if you’d prefer to go it alone,<br />

work for yourself in your own interiors<br />

business – this is a great way to combine<br />

the demands of work and family<br />

while achieving a work life balance.”<br />

As an interior designer, Amanda<br />

said you will be involved in myriad<br />

aspects of the job, from dealing<br />

with clients and developing design<br />

concepts, to planning spaces, working<br />

with buildings and developing colour<br />

and furnishing schemes.<br />

“Best of all you’ll see your ideas<br />

come to life!” she said.<br />

“If you want to see what’s on offer<br />

bring your family and friends along to<br />

our Open Day on Saturday <strong>November</strong><br />

4 from 10am -12pm where you’ll<br />

get hands-on experience creating<br />

your own mood board and be in the<br />

running to win an Interior Design<br />

Masterclass.”<br />

More info and registrations sydneydesignschool.com.au<br />

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Sight for Soar eyes<br />

Photographer Sophie Howarth<br />

says she became fascinated<br />

with capturing the ‘festival<br />

experience’ – the gaze and energy<br />

of an audience – through<br />

her role as official photographer<br />

for leading rock music<br />

festival, Big Day Out.<br />

This fascination, coupled<br />

with her passion for photography,<br />

took her to Mongolia,<br />

where she captured incredible<br />

images of the local traditional<br />

Golden Eagle Festival, involving<br />

participants who train eagles<br />

to hunt for them.<br />

Her extraordinary images<br />

will be showcased at her exhibition,<br />

Soaring – the Eagle<br />

Hunters Of Mongolia, Land Of<br />

The Eternal Blue Sky, at the<br />

Chatswood Concourse from<br />

<strong>November</strong> 1-19.<br />

“The Golden Eagle Hunters<br />

have captured my heart<br />

and each visit to Mongolia<br />

has taken me deeper into the<br />

enduring tradition of eagle<br />

falconry,” said Sophie.<br />

“The Golden Eagle Festival<br />

was the first experience I had<br />

of being swept away – visually<br />

and emotionally.<br />

“My work is a study of reverie,<br />

a powerful alchemy that<br />

the performer and audience inspire,<br />

exist in, and respond to<br />

during the cycle of a festival…<br />

a presence that everyone has a<br />

part in, that brings an otherworldliness<br />

to the occasion;<br />

an atmosphere of something<br />

greater than ourselves.”<br />

Sophie explained the old<br />

Kazakh tradition of horseback<br />

eagle falconry was celebrated<br />

each October in the Bayan-<br />

Olgii Province in far western<br />

Mongolia.<br />

“Participants train an eagle<br />

to hunt and at the festival they<br />

have an opportunity to show<br />

their skill as a hunter,” she said.<br />

Sophie’s images will also be<br />

released in a book.<br />

The exhibition runs at Art<br />

Space on the Concourse, 409<br />

Victoria Ave, Chatswood,<br />

from 11am-5pm Wednesdays<br />

through Sundays. Art After<br />

Hours on <strong>November</strong> 3-4 until<br />

10pm.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

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

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

Market exhibitions<br />

offer interesting Mix<br />

It’s a busy month for the Mixed Palette Art<br />

School which will be running two professional<br />

art exhibitions in <strong>November</strong> – providing art<br />

lovers with a great opportunity to grab some<br />

bargains and Christmas presents.<br />

First up is the exhibition on Sunday 5th at<br />

Mona Vale Memorial Hall in conjunction with<br />

the Chamber of Commerce annual market day.<br />

The exhibition will feature a diverse range<br />

of works by local artists Jan Cristaudo,<br />

Debby Waters, Ellie Waters, Lorrie Morgan<br />

and Theresa Hunt, with the style and subject<br />

matter varying from contemporary abstraction,<br />

landscape, portraiture and still life, making it<br />

an event for all to attend.<br />

Mixed Palette will also be running the annual<br />

Art Exhibition in Avalon Recreation Centre<br />

in conjunction with Avalon Market Day – the<br />

‘lucky’ 13th year that this highly successful,<br />

free-admission exhibition has taken place.<br />

Opening night will be in the Avalon<br />

Recreation Centre on Friday 17th from<br />

6.30pm to 9pm; the Avalon exhibition will<br />

continue Saturday and Sunday 18th-19th from<br />

9am to 4pm.<br />

Debby Waters and Lorrie Morgan are the<br />

energetic<br />

duo running the<br />

exhibition, which will represent an eclectic mix<br />

of paintings, jewellery, ceramics, wall hangings<br />

(and more) by many local artists.<br />

n Interested in being involved in the<br />

exhibition? Contact Lorrie on 0412 141 852<br />

or Debby on 0409 278 591.<br />

Mixed Palette runs mixed media art classes<br />

for all ages – from children, teens, HSC<br />

students and adults – as well as Art Parties<br />

and Workshops.<br />

Avalon’s Christmas craft sale<br />

Members of the Avalon Craft Cottage are busy arranging<br />

their annual Christmas Show and Sale which will be held in<br />

the Avalon Recreation Centre over three days from Thursday<br />

<strong>November</strong> 30.<br />

Organiser Maureen Darcy Smith said members remained<br />

proud of their link with Avalon, where they set up in 1969.<br />

Nowadays they ply their craft at <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s shopping centres,<br />

as well as making two regular trips<br />

back north of the Bends each year.<br />

“With our 50th birthday coming<br />

up in a couple of years, the Craft<br />

Cottage is proud we still have a few<br />

original members, all creating lovely<br />

craftwork,” said Maureen.<br />

Maureen said the Rec Centre<br />

space would be looking very ‘Christmassy’<br />

over the three days, with<br />

beautiful bunting, patchwork quilts<br />

and brilliant silk wall hangings.<br />

“As always there will be a variety<br />

of hand-crafted items on show,<br />

from Australian woodwork, ceramics, colourful patchwork<br />

quilts, embroidered baby wear and knitted shawls, booties and<br />

blankets, screen-printed tea towels, jewellery, children’s summer<br />

dresses, brilliant silk scarves, fabric handbags, knitted scarves,<br />

socks and beanies, plus hundreds of beautiful hand-crafted<br />

greeting cards and decorations,” Maureen said.<br />

She said all visitors would receive a ticket in their Christmas<br />

raffle to win a basket chock full of Christmas goodies.<br />

The sale is on <strong>November</strong> 30 then Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd<br />

December from 10am to 4pm; free admission.<br />

More info 9999 3703 or facebook.<br />

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Newport<br />

ablaze with<br />

sculptures<br />

Sydney Art Space is proud to announce<br />

their curational role for<br />

the Newport Sculpture Trailblazers<br />

<strong>2017</strong> – this fabulous not-for-profit<br />

arts event runs till 13th <strong>November</strong><br />

in Newport village and environs and<br />

features artworks from many Northern<br />

Beaches artists including talented<br />

participants from Sydney Art Space.<br />

Convenor Christine Simpson<br />

urges art lovers to come and see a<br />

wonderful range of sculptures that<br />

employ various media, from contemporary<br />

installations to timeless<br />

figurative classics.<br />

Sydney Art Space also collaborated<br />

with Newport Primary School<br />

Year 2s to facilitate the ceramic installation<br />

– 46 Sugar Gliders – which<br />

is being exhibited during the Trailblazers<br />

arts event at the Newport<br />

Community Gardens in Woolcott<br />

Street (a hidden treasure for all of<br />

the community to enjoy!)<br />

Meanwhile coursework for sculpture,<br />

drawing, painting and Kids/<br />

Teens Art Club continues at Sydney<br />

Art Space’s home base at 64 Darley<br />

St, Mona Vale for Term 4 (until the<br />

week before Christmas).<br />

“If you want to step out of the<br />

mad Christmas rush and enjoy some<br />

creative quiet time check out what is<br />

being offered,” said Christine.<br />

More info at sydneyartspace.<br />

com<br />

Nettie well versed in Rime art<br />

Scotland Island-based author and illustrator<br />

Nettie Lodge has drawn on her lifelong<br />

love of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem<br />

‘The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner’ to create<br />

a stunning artistic accompaniment to the<br />

classic verse – a series of 40 paintings which<br />

will be exhibited at the Manly Art Gallery<br />

and Museum from <strong>November</strong> 3.<br />

Nettie explained she was mesmerized by<br />

Coleridge’s words at the age of 10 and her<br />

“visual narrative” of the poem, created over<br />

the past seven years, powerfully illustrates<br />

the epic and tragic<br />

story of the albatross<br />

and the mariner.<br />

“I first heard the<br />

poem on a record,<br />

recited by Richard<br />

Burton, when I was a<br />

child and it conjured<br />

such imagery and<br />

adventure, it has<br />

stayed with me all<br />

my life,” Nettie said.<br />

Originally started<br />

as a picture book for adults, Nettie’s work<br />

soon evolved into broader project.<br />

“For me, the poem galvanizes the concept<br />

of humanity and uses its symbolism to<br />

deliver a story so compelling and tragic<br />

and contemporary, that it has survived and<br />

continues to mystify new generations of<br />

readers,” she said.<br />

“At the heart of the poem are the ocean<br />

and the albatross. They are the protagonists,<br />

the wild forces that elude the mariner.<br />

They are the metaphors for guilt and redemption,<br />

so prevalent in the poem.”<br />

She added it has been argued that Coleridge<br />

based his poem on Captain James<br />

Cook’s second voyage to the Southern<br />

Ocean around 1772.<br />

“I have always loved this link to Australia<br />

– the poem was written in 1798 – and the<br />

reference to the Great Wandering Albatross.”<br />

Nettie explained her illustrations were her<br />

interpretation of the text.<br />

“They are not literal, but spattered with<br />

symbols,” she said.<br />

“As the weight of guilt falls on the mariner,<br />

my albatross becomes omnipresent: a<br />

ghost. In the poem, the mariner is forced<br />

to wear the dead<br />

albatross around his<br />

neck, so I have given<br />

my mariner wings – I<br />

want the bird and<br />

the man to become<br />

interchangeable.”<br />

To reflect the<br />

pivotal point in the<br />

story, when the ship<br />

runs into the doldrums,<br />

Nettie created<br />

a three-dimensional<br />

skeleton ghost ship using diaphanous<br />

materials – “a kind of three-dimensional<br />

drawing”.<br />

“The vagaries of the ocean have always<br />

influenced me and my work,” she said. “I<br />

have lived on <strong>Pittwater</strong> for many years and<br />

the water and ocean will continue to remain<br />

my innate soul mate.”<br />

The exhibition at Manly Art Gallery and<br />

Museum runs from <strong>November</strong> 3 through<br />

December 3; open Tuesday to Sunday 10am-<br />

5pm; free entry. More info 9976 1421.<br />

* Join Nettie on a walk through the exhibition<br />

and learn about her creative process;<br />

Sunday <strong>November</strong> 12 from 2-3pm.<br />

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

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

Beep from the deep – a<br />

reminder of the unseen<br />

As the whales pass by us again at this time of year, what travels with them?<br />

I’ve often thought of surfing<br />

skill as the modern equivalent<br />

of shooting pool: sign of a<br />

wasted youth. But occasionally<br />

I get a glimpse of things that if I<br />

hadn’t surfed, I’d miss.<br />

On the second Saturday in<br />

October, at around 8am, I was<br />

sitting on a surf ski 200 metres<br />

north-east of the tip of Newport<br />

Reef, a southerly gale ripping<br />

up a messy sea. Birds were<br />

bombing the surface, and small<br />

dead fish, mostly leatherjackets,<br />

floated dead in the chop,<br />

victims of some offshore algae<br />

bloom which must have starved<br />

them of oxygen at just the<br />

wrong moment in their short<br />

lives.<br />

My eye was on another<br />

paddler, fighting the wind just<br />

seaward.<br />

Then maybe 50 metres<br />

further out, I saw a small silver<br />

streak of a fish leap clear of the<br />

surface, and before I’d quite<br />

registered that, the fish’s pursuer<br />

exploded from the water<br />

behind it – a big mako shark,<br />

maybe a touch under three<br />

metres, as close to a game fish<br />

as a shark can get.<br />

My eye froze the image of<br />

the shark at the top of its arc,<br />

even as it twisted down and<br />

vanished. The sharp lines of its<br />

body and tail quivering with<br />

the energy of its movement, so<br />

sudden, yet so practised and<br />

efficient. Then the vanishing;<br />

200 kilos of wild animal gone<br />

in a blink, with barely a splash.<br />

Nothing there now but the<br />

wind, and the circling birds and<br />

the small dead fish.<br />

Where did it go? I have no<br />

idea. I didn’t see it again. I<br />

didn’t say anything about it to<br />

the other paddler – just gently<br />

encouraged a return to shore.<br />

That afternoon I switched<br />

on the SharkSmart app on my<br />

phone. The SharkSmart app<br />

is connected to an array of<br />

“smart” sensor buoys off the<br />

NSW coast, which are designed<br />

to pick up transmissions<br />

from the tags being fitted to<br />

“killer” shark species caught<br />

on drumlines off Ballina, Evans<br />

Head, Forster, and several other<br />

known haunts of great white<br />

sharks. The NSW Department of<br />

Primary Industry’s latest figures<br />

show 178 Great Whites have<br />

been tagged in the past year<br />

and a half, along with a lesser<br />

number of bulls and tigers. (No<br />

makos; makos don’t care for<br />

drumlines. Makos like chasing<br />

things.)<br />

Now my phone beeps every<br />

few minutes, day and night.<br />

It tells me about sharks off<br />

Sharpes Beach in Ballina, and<br />

Lighthouse Beach in Port<br />

Macquarie, and Old Bar Beach<br />

with Nick Carroll<br />

STAYING CALM: The SharkSmart app is proof you’re never alone offshore.<br />

and the main beach in Forster,<br />

and even as far south as<br />

Sussex Inlet, as the humpback<br />

whale migration moves toward<br />

its Southern Ocean summer<br />

haunts. It tells me about further<br />

taggings. Beep! There it goes,<br />

right now, as I type: 3.19m<br />

Great White caught on drumline<br />

off Tuncurry, tagged and<br />

released. Make that 179.<br />

My phone is telling me about<br />

an unseen coast, in deep contrast<br />

with the one we see each<br />

day. And generally, the coast we<br />

see shows us the things we like<br />

about our world. The whales<br />

we watch with such pleasure<br />

as they breach just offshore,<br />

the cliffs and dolphin pods, the<br />

beautiful waves and amazingly<br />

unpolluted water. The<br />

holiday-style trappings of life in<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>.<br />

Yet the seen and unseen<br />

co-exist. They do more than coexist.<br />

They rely on each other,<br />

in critical ways. This can be uncomfortable<br />

knowledge. During<br />

September and mid-October,<br />

four whales washed up dead on<br />

east coast beaches, one each<br />

at Wurtulla in Queensland, Port<br />

Macquarie and Ballina in NSW,<br />

and Kilcunda in Victoria. Three<br />

of the whales had lost flesh and<br />

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18/11: Under-12 Grommet NSW Titles, Cronulla NSW<br />

This event had to be re-scheduled after an earlier cancellation. It’s a<br />

seeded event, so there’s no random entries, but it might still be fun to<br />

watch if you’re around the ’Nulla that weekend. As well some of you<br />

may be, since the Tradies Surf Masters – possibly the greatest dads’<br />

surf contest ever – is on at the same time!<br />

25/11: Australian Junior Surfing Titles, Culburra NSW<br />

Under-14 to under-18 divisions for boys and girls, plus schools team<br />

titles. Absolute mayhem no doubt.<br />

25/11 – into December: WSL CT Maui Women’s Pro, Honolua<br />

Bay, Maui<br />

Peak moment for this year’s world title race. After years of ups and<br />

downs, untimely injuries and harsh over-shadowing by other pros in<br />

their primes, Sally Fitzgibbons is finally in the box seat to win a world<br />

championship. Three surfers – Hawaii’s Carissa Moore, California’s<br />

Courtney Conlogue and fellow Aussie Tyler Wright – can numerically<br />

get to her, but Sal’s in the lead and it’s hers to take, and it’s impossible<br />

to think of a pro, man or woman, who deserves a world title more. Go<br />

Sal! Watch it live at www.worldsurfeague.com<br />


I try to read the tea leaves of these seasons, I really do. But lately I<br />

am being undone by computer modelling. There’s three big forecast<br />

models in use by most surf predictors, one from Europe, one from<br />

the US, and one from right here in Australia, and they all have their<br />

strengths and weaknesses, but to a model, right now, they’re undercalling<br />

things. They’re saying it’s September and the weather’s acting<br />

like it’s December. I’m going to semi-ignore them here and go with<br />

a gut feeling: that we’re heading for the hottest summer ever, and<br />

<strong>November</strong> will be another step toward that. Watch for some big swings<br />

this month, with a couple of cooler southerlies early in the month,<br />

then a pattern of heat, humidity, and flat northerly coastal winds, and<br />

occasional brief showery south-easterlies. Surf-wise, this means a<br />

constant conflict between winds and swells: south swells filling in only<br />

to be met by north winds, and vice versa. At least it also means the<br />

water’s warming trend should continue. You’ll be in boardshorts or<br />

bikinis before ya know it!<br />

Nick Carroll<br />

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

blubber to the white shark population’s<br />

feeding effort. Local<br />

communities in each case were<br />

riven by the presence of the<br />

carcasses. Councils and government<br />

departments tried to bury<br />

them on the beaches, only to<br />

be faced by astonishment and<br />

outrage from surfers and others,<br />

who were concerned that a<br />

decomposing whale would act<br />

as literal sharkbait. Feigning<br />

misunderstanding, the councils<br />

and government departments<br />

quickly dug them up.<br />

Behind it lies the uncomfortable<br />

knowledge: You don’t just<br />

get pretty things in Nature.<br />

That booming whale population,<br />

so magnificently visible<br />

from our cliffs and beaches,<br />

is moving in lockstep with so<br />

much else we never see, unless<br />

maybe we are dumb enough<br />

to be a kilometre offshore on a<br />

surf ski, at exactly the moment<br />

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a mako decides to leap.<br />

Otherwise… out here, off<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>? You won’t even get<br />

a ping on your phone. There’s<br />

Smart buoys all up and down<br />

the coast. But there’s none off<br />

Sydney. The array stops at Newcastle,<br />

and starts again south<br />

of Wollongong. When it comes<br />

to Great White sharks, we’re off<br />

the only radar there is.<br />

I guess it’s how the ocean<br />

gets to us. It shows us things<br />

and it hides them. We see the<br />

things we want to see. But the<br />

other things are still there,<br />

whether we see them or not.<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 />

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

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

Coutas show<br />

‘Tenacity’<br />

The name says it all – Don<br />

Telford’s ‘Tenacity’ became<br />

the first non-Victorian crew to<br />

claim an Australian title in the<br />

historic Couta Boat class when<br />

the Sydney team wrapped up<br />

the four-race series on a tricky<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> on October 15.<br />

A second NSW team and<br />

Tenacity’s Royal Prince Alfred<br />

Yacht Club clubmates, Larry<br />

Eastwood’s Sylvia, finished<br />

runner-up by two points and<br />

the Sorrento crew of Margarita,<br />

skippered by Australian class<br />

president James Mighell,<br />

completed the podium results.<br />

“We had no idea if we’d won<br />

overall after today’s race,” said<br />

Telford (pictured right). “It’s a<br />

wonderful win; to take it to the<br />

Victorians was magnificent.”<br />

Long-time mate and tactician<br />

John ‘Steamer’ Stanley – pleased<br />

to knock off an Australian<br />

championship at the age of 70 –<br />

added: “after the Sydney regatta<br />

we worked out you had to be in<br />

the top 10 in every race”.<br />

Tenacity finished tenth from<br />

an outstanding multi-state line<br />

up of 22 Coutas in the final<br />

passage race around Scotland<br />

Island and then north to<br />

Mackerel Beach and back south<br />

to the area known as ‘the pond’,<br />

in 8-10 knot east sou’easters.<br />

Following one<br />

general recall and<br />

a re-jig of the line,<br />

Stanley opted to<br />

play it clean at the<br />

start and from<br />

there Tenacity’s<br />

crew of six left<br />

nothing behind, knowing the<br />

championship result rested on<br />

their final score.<br />

Said Telford: “Steamer was<br />

saying for old guys this is the<br />

only class left; everything else<br />

is sailing on the water not in the<br />

water. These are beautiful and<br />

very hard boats to sail.”<br />

The likes of professional<br />

yachtsman Steve McConaghy,<br />

coach Rod Hagebols and Moth<br />

sailor Josh McKnight raised the<br />

bar at what was already a very<br />

serious class meet – serious<br />

enough for 10 Victorian owners<br />

to transport their Coutas on<br />

B-double trucks from the<br />

Mornington Peninsula and one to<br />

send his boat the length of the<br />

continent from Perth.<br />

At the closing awards<br />

presentation at Avalon SC,<br />

James Mighell acknowledged<br />

the hospitality and work of the<br />

volunteers, chiefly NSW president<br />

Larry Eastwood and his helpers.<br />

“Bringing the boats to Sydney<br />

was a crazy idea borne of people<br />

with foresight. But for it we’d all<br />

be sitting around our own little<br />

clubs. It’s people like Larry and<br />

Couta boat builder Tim Phillips<br />

who have the vision to drive<br />

ideas like this one,” he said.<br />

On combined scratch (over the<br />

line) results it was a Victorian<br />

whitewash, with the top six<br />

racing for the Sorrento Sailing<br />

and Couta Boat Club, led by Nick<br />

Williams’ Wagtail.<br />

In the Wattle Cup, reserved<br />

in <strong>2017</strong> for the classic Coutas,<br />

Kelly Holder’s syndicate-owned<br />

Kathleen Mary (built 1988)<br />

from the Royal Motor Yacht<br />

Club Broken Bay collected<br />

the main trophy, while Tim<br />

Phillips’ century-old Muriel<br />

(SSCBC) finished second and Jeff<br />

Richardson’s Georgia (SSCBC)<br />

placed third. – Lisa Ratcliff<br />

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Avalon’s<br />

big day out!<br />

Avalon Beach Market Day returns on Sunday 19 <strong>November</strong><br />

from 9am to 4pm. The main streets of Avalon Beach<br />

village and Dunbar Park will be alive with amazing music,<br />

fabulous food, fantastic fashion and fun for all the family!<br />

There will be an array of market stalls selling fashion, jewellery<br />

and crafts as well as gourmet food stalls. Local clubs and<br />

charities will be working hard to raise funds for their worthy<br />

causes. This year the markets are being organised by a local<br />

event company, Roobarb and Company Pty Ltd, who bring a<br />

more local focus to the day – more stallholders from the local<br />

area and northern beaches.<br />

Also, to help increase breast cancer awareness, McGrath<br />

Avalon will be selling pink cupcakes, pink lemonade and pink<br />

fairy floss as well as a huge<br />

raffle with the chance to<br />

win an Apple i-pad mini<br />

and a host of other community<br />

donated prizes. (All<br />

proceeds to the McGrath<br />

Foundation.)<br />

Fun for the Kids<br />

The carnival rides are<br />

back – this year they will be<br />

located on Old Barrenjoey<br />

Road, outside of Avalon lic School. There will also be<br />

Puban<br />

assortment of Show Bags<br />

filled with lots of goodies.<br />

Annual Dog Show<br />

The ever-popular Dog Show is on the main stage at 9.30am!<br />

(Sponsored by Sydney Animal Hospital Northern Beaches,<br />

Yvette’s Pet Grooming and Chelsea Lane Pets.) This year there’s<br />

a gold coin donation to enter (proceeds to saferehoming.com.<br />

au). Join MC David Koch (Kochie – right) from ‘Sunrise’ alongside<br />

judges – The Hon. Rob Stokes MP, and Mr Jason Falinski MP.<br />

Bring your pooch<br />

down on the<br />

day to partake<br />

in Best Dressed<br />

Dog, Best Trick<br />

and Best Dog in<br />

Show. (Thanks to Elizabeth<br />

Browning, ‘Rust’, who does an amazing<br />

job organising the Show every year.)<br />

Live music<br />

John Stone has arranged a spectacular line-up of local school<br />

bands, dance troupes, musicians and fantastic bands (full entertainment<br />

schedule – see page 40). The main streets of Avalon<br />

Beach village will be filled with bluegrass from Distant Sons,<br />

soul singer Tiana Martel, Latin jazz by Urban Gypsies Quartet<br />

and cool tunes by Expand & Surrender. Stop by the Dunbar Park<br />

stage to support the local school bands from Avalon Public<br />

School, Maria Regina Catholic, Bilgola Public School and Barrenjoey<br />

High School. Mona Vale Music has also arranged a fantastic<br />

line-up of young local talent on the Avalon Parade stage. (Special<br />

big thanks to Lamont Dance School for their ongoing support!)<br />

Food… & more food<br />

Dunbar Park will be the place to go to grab a bite from of the<br />

many fabulous food stalls. Anything from paella to Turkish<br />

gozleme to Japanese pancakes or a simple sausage sizzle.<br />

The flavours of the world are at your doorstep!<br />

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Stage 1 – X-roads<br />

9am: Ella Seabrook<br />

9.30am:<br />

10.15am:<br />

11am:<br />

11.15am:<br />

12pm:<br />

12.15pm:<br />

1pm:<br />

1.10pm:<br />

2pm:<br />

3pm:<br />

Dog Show<br />

Distant Sons<br />

Lamont Dance<br />

Tiana Martel<br />

Flamenco Dance<br />

Liquid Times<br />

Qantas Bollywood Dancers<br />

Backbeat<br />

Urban Gypsies Quartet<br />

Expand & Surrender<br />

Stage 2 – Dunbar Park<br />

9am: Avalon Public School Bands<br />

10am:<br />

10.30am:<br />

11am:<br />

12pm:<br />

12.30pm:<br />

1pm:<br />

1.30pm:<br />

2pm:<br />

2.30pm:<br />

3pm:<br />

Maria Regina Band<br />

Bilgola Public School Band<br />

Barrenjoey High School Bands<br />

Blue Jays<br />

Jade Darby<br />

Night Owls Acappella<br />

Hot Robert Jazz Funk Grooves<br />

Mr. T. Mosman Rock Trio<br />

Lara Duncan<br />

Village Big Band<br />

Stage 3 – Avalon Parade<br />

9pm: Josh Armistead<br />

9.15am:<br />

10.15am:<br />

10.30am:<br />

10.45am:<br />

11.15am:<br />

11.30am:<br />

12pm:<br />

12.30pm:<br />

1pm:<br />

1.30pm:<br />

2.30pm<br />

3pm<br />

3.30pm:<br />

Ella Couston and<br />

Megan Mulcahy<br />

Natasha Elliot<br />

Micah Lihachov<br />

Dan Crestani<br />

Fifi Archibold<br />

Megan Longhurst<br />

Tiana Mannell<br />

Kasey Cramer<br />

Tayanita Robinson<br />

Ken Lloyd Guitar Ensemble<br />

Barrenjoey Year 8 Rock<br />

Barrenjoey Year 10 Rock<br />

Merryn Baker<br />

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Voice Since 1991

Real Estate<br />

Upside to<br />

downsize<br />

With its sweeping waterways<br />

and laid-back<br />

villages offering an<br />

enviable lifestyle, it comes<br />

as no surprise that <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

is attracting more and more<br />

‘downsizers’ who are prepared<br />

to sacrifice large living areas for<br />

smaller ‘digs’ to live by the sea.<br />

It’s not just retirees who<br />

are opting for the move, but<br />

also the over-55s whose children<br />

have left home, leaving<br />

parents in large houses with<br />

“wasted” space.<br />

Local developer Tom Luedecke,<br />

whose local projects<br />

include The Boathouse at<br />

Clareville and Catalina 66 at<br />

Avalon, said over-55s living<br />

appealed because their<br />

developments were generally<br />

low-rise, and situated in<br />

convenient and pleasant locations,<br />

rather than an apartment<br />

located in a commercial<br />

or medium-density zone.<br />

“Downsizing from a large<br />

home allows residual capital<br />

which can be used for many<br />

other lifestyle choices,” Tom said.<br />

“We have renovated and built<br />

a number of luxury homes in<br />

the area, working with Richard<br />

Cole Architecture on most<br />

occasions, and have translated<br />

the style and quality of a home<br />

rather than a generic apartment<br />

into our over-55 developments.<br />

“Our motto is ‘build them as<br />

you would like to live in them<br />

yourself’ – quality and style in<br />

a considered approach.”<br />

Tom said the requirements<br />

of seniors living produced a<br />

well-considered home, with<br />

spacious hallways, generous<br />

bedrooms and bathrooms<br />

generally all on one level with<br />

no stairs – with most owners<br />

as occupiers who took care of<br />

their homes.<br />

Tom’s latest development is<br />

drift at Avalon (pictured) – a<br />

modest profile of four crafted<br />

town homes and four singlelevel<br />

apartments.<br />

“It’s a meld of The Boathouse<br />

and Catalina 66, taking the<br />

best of both and matching it<br />

with what purchasers expect<br />

and request and will enjoy,”<br />

Tom said.<br />

“Once again it’s a simple,<br />

timeless architectural-considered<br />

space providing a blank<br />

canvas for owners to personalise.<br />

“Richard Cole is a well-known<br />

and respected residential<br />

architect in Avalon who has<br />

designed three developments<br />

for us now and each is refined<br />

and tuned to the location and<br />

expected occupants.”<br />

He said using a residentialquality<br />

architect meant the<br />

spaces felt like generous<br />

homes rather than gyprocklined<br />

apartment boxes.<br />

“I love drift’s build quality,<br />

the textures, the layouts, the<br />

location, the aspect and its<br />

overall simplicity – architectural<br />

simplicity is harder to achieve<br />

than complexity,” he said.<br />

“Developments need to be<br />

appropriate places to fit in,<br />

convenient and pleasant to all<br />

– they need to add to the area<br />

rather than detract.”<br />

And the most common feedback<br />

he receives?<br />

“Everyone we’ve built<br />

an apartment for has<br />

said ‘why didn’t we do this<br />

years ago?’ – that sums it up.”<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Fire up for fitness and fun<br />

Over 40 and looking for an alternative<br />

fitness regime that will<br />

combine wellbeing with socialising?<br />

Then you might want to consider Dragon<br />

Boat Racing, one of the fastestgrowing<br />

aquatic sports in the<br />

world that’s taken a real foothold<br />

on the upper northern beaches.<br />

The <strong>Pittwater</strong> Dragon Boat<br />

Racing Club, based at Rowland<br />

Reserve on the shores of <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

at Bayview, is holding a series of<br />

open days to help explain what<br />

they and the sport are all about.<br />

Club coach Lindy Chester explains<br />

Dragon Boat Racing began<br />

in China more than 2000 years<br />

ago as a celebration conducted<br />

during the summer solstice. At<br />

this time of year disease and death were<br />

more prevalent and the racing came to<br />

symbolize the struggle against nature as<br />

well as enemies.<br />

“A dragon boat team consists of 20<br />

paddlers sitting two abreast, plus a Sweep<br />

who steers the dragon boat from the rear<br />

and a drummer who sits at the front –<br />

they’re the heartbeat of the boat,” said<br />

Lindy, who is also a coach at NSW level.<br />

“It’s great for promoting strength,<br />

fitness and of course teamwork, as the<br />

performance of the boat is determined by<br />

the work of the paddlers in unison.”<br />

The PDBRC was formed in 2011; since<br />

then it has become a popular outlet for<br />

over-40s looking to stay fit.<br />

“A typical member would be over 40<br />

– we race in the over-40s, -50s and -60s<br />

categories,” she said, adding it was a good<br />

sport for breast cancer survivors.<br />

The racing season runs from Sept<br />

to April, with at least one racing regatta<br />

per month and culminating with the Australian<br />

Championships to finish off<br />

the season.<br />

“It’s a summer sport so it won’t<br />

interfere with your winter sports –<br />

and you will become addicted!”<br />

Training for 90 minutes is on<br />

Tuesdays and Thursdays from<br />

6pm, as well as 8am Saturdays<br />

and 7.30am Sundays; three sessions<br />

a week are recommended.<br />

“This is a great team sport<br />

for over 40s, both friendly and<br />

competitive,” she said. “We have<br />

achieved a lot over the past few<br />

years with medals at international,<br />

national and State level and several of our<br />

team paddle for NSW and have paddled<br />

for Australia – in fact our oldest member is<br />

75 and still paddling in the National team!”<br />

The club is holding Open Days at<br />

Rowland Reserve on <strong>November</strong> 11 and<br />

December 9; more info 0414 450 065<br />

(Donna) or pittwaterdragons.com.au<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Colourful step the right direction<br />

Former model and kids clothing<br />

designer Kylie Johnson<br />

has launched a book to help<br />

adults and children connect “in<br />

the present moment”.<br />

The mum of one from Bayview<br />

was inspired to create her<br />

book Mindfulness Colouring<br />

With Affirmations For Kids and<br />

Adults after she experienced<br />

a number of tough years going<br />

through IVF, a marriage<br />

breakdown and the death of<br />

her mother.<br />

Kylie said her creativity and<br />

the power of positivity during<br />

that time were the answers to<br />

her healing.<br />

As Kylie’s art evolved, her<br />

daughter Jasmin (now aged 7)<br />

joined her to draw, colour and<br />

paint – an activity Kylie found<br />

was mutually beneficial.<br />

Kylie said the book celebrated<br />

the simplicity of togetherness<br />

and was based on the<br />

principles of mindfulness.<br />

She said the aim of the book<br />

was for parents and carers to<br />

bring awareness to children<br />

about the power of a positive<br />

mindset and to learn the<br />

practice of positive-self talk by<br />

using affirmations.<br />

“When you become mindful<br />

of all your thoughts, words<br />

and feelings and talk kindly to<br />

yourself, you realise that your<br />

mind is the most powerful<br />

friend you have,” Kylie said.<br />

“If you can act with gratitude<br />

and kindness then you will<br />

lead a fulfilling life.<br />

“Only then will your mind<br />

be trained to see the upside of<br />

life – even if you have to look a<br />

little harder at times.<br />

“My hope with this book is<br />

to inspire children right from<br />

the start and be reminders to<br />

adults at the same time.”<br />

Kylie says the book (available<br />

through kyliejohnsonart.<br />

com) is suitable for adults and<br />

children from five years of age.<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

44 NOVEMBER <strong>2017</strong><br />

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Dental care Family grows<br />

After an exciting and successful first three years Avalon<br />

Beach Family Dental is expanding – adding another dental<br />

chair, dentist and offering more hours to provide convenience<br />

and flexibility for patients.<br />

The practice opened in late 2014 with one dental room<br />

and with practice owner Dr Astrid Kylstra as the only operating<br />

dentist.<br />

However, the warm embrace<br />

the team have received from the<br />

local community has prompted<br />

a growth to two dental rooms<br />

and three dentists.<br />

Dr Kylstra said she and colleague<br />

Dr Mary Clayton, who<br />

has been onboard since last<br />

year, are excited to introduce Dr<br />

Jayne Temple to their modern<br />

space at the southern end of Old<br />

Barrenjoey Road.<br />

“We can now care for patients<br />

not only six days a week, but also have the ability to treat<br />

more patients throughout each day,” said Dr Kylstra.<br />

Dr Temple is originally from the UK but has resided on the<br />

beaches for the past 12 years. She is excited to work within<br />

the Avalon community.<br />

“We are really excited to have another dental chair and to<br />

welcome Jayne,” said Dr Kylstra.<br />

“We can now provide more overall clinical time, ‘out-ofhours’<br />

time slots and the opportunity to treat new and existing<br />

patients more promptly and with greater flexibility.<br />

“We know life is busy and we want your dental health to<br />

be a priority.”<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Making contact<br />

with new lenses<br />

Do you want to read a<br />

menu without specs?<br />

Do your glasses dig<br />

in, fall down or fog up when<br />

you exercise? Do you want to<br />

avoid reading glasses with<br />

sunnies over the top on the<br />

beach or by the pool this<br />

summer?<br />

No matter what your age<br />

or vision condition, contact<br />

lenses are now available to<br />

solve all vision problems. The<br />

lenses we prescribe provide<br />

the best in vision, health and<br />

comfort for your eyes.<br />

If you are more reliant on<br />

reading glasses than ever before,<br />

carrying specs with you<br />

to restaurants or becoming<br />

frustrated in shopping centres<br />

with spectacles on and off….<br />

modern contact lenses can be<br />

a used as a part-time or fulltime<br />

vision correction.<br />

Contact lens technology has<br />

improved to provide flexibility<br />

for those needing different<br />

vision at different distances,<br />

with new generation multifo-<br />

Celebrate ‘Movember’ this month and help<br />

men live happier, healthier and longer lives.<br />

Each <strong>November</strong> the Movember Foundation<br />

is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches<br />

on thousands of faces around the world,<br />

with funds raised helping to deliver innovative<br />

research and support programs focusing<br />

on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental<br />

cal lenses available. It also<br />

provides a great alternative to<br />

those looking at surgical correction<br />

for vision problems.<br />

Prescribing contact lenses<br />

to children is a particularly<br />

rewarding part of our practice.<br />

It changes kids’ lives, giving<br />

confidence, and encourages<br />

with Rowena Beckenham<br />

those to come out from behind<br />

their specs to participate in<br />

team sports and make it ‘out<br />

the back’ in the surf break.<br />

Contact lens options are<br />

also becoming important in<br />

the prevention of myopia and<br />

progression of short sightedness,<br />

with the latest release of<br />

lenses also addressing relief of<br />

digital eyestrain.<br />

No longer are contact lenses<br />

only suitable for the minority;<br />

flexibility and a wide range<br />

of options are the key to<br />

modern-day contact lenses.<br />

For further info or an<br />

appointment contact us on<br />

9918 0616 or visit beckenhamoptometrist.com.au<br />

Comment supplied by Rowena Beckenham, of<br />

Beckenham Optometrist in Avalon (9918 0616). Rowena<br />

has been involved in all facets of independent private<br />

practice optometry in Avalon for 16 years, in addition<br />

to working as a consultant to the optometric and<br />

pharmaceutical industry, and regularly volunteering in<br />

Aboriginal eyecare programs in regional NSW.<br />

Grow a mo for men’s health issues<br />

health and suicide prevention.<br />

Thankfully, growing a ‘tash’ isn’t the only<br />

way to get involved – other fund-raising activities<br />

for men’s health include walking, running<br />

or cycling and hosting an event.<br />

There are tips on how to grow a mo, “move”<br />

for Movember and how to host a memorable<br />

event on the website movember.com.<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Bounce back with a tailored<br />

holistic health program<br />

Physical activity can make you feel happier,<br />

more relaxed and boost your self-esteem –<br />

but when you aren’t feeling 100 per cent, often<br />

the last thing you want to do is exercise or go<br />

to the gym.<br />

Whether you are a trained athlete or haven’t<br />

moved for a while due<br />

to pain, injury or lack of<br />

motivation, professional<br />

help will get you on the<br />

right track.<br />

Exercise Physiologists<br />

are university-trained<br />

health professionals who<br />

specialise in helping<br />

people of all fitness levels<br />

feel comfortable and<br />

empowered to embrace<br />

healthy habits that suit<br />

their individual needs.<br />

Local Exercise Physiologist Andrew Daubney<br />

of Rebound Health, works with a dedicated<br />

team of allied health professionals providing<br />

one-to-one coaching, group classes, specialised<br />

programs, physiotherapy and nutritional<br />

advice.<br />

“We believe in working collaboratively as a<br />

team in order to allow our clients to achieve<br />

their goals – be them rehabilitation, sport or<br />

adventure,” Andrew said.<br />

Andrew explained success came from<br />

comprehensive and evidence-based<br />

assessment, personalised<br />

programming and a<br />

holistic ‘goals-based’<br />

approach to health.<br />

“We aim to support our<br />

clients by guiding positive<br />

change and cementing<br />

healthy lifestyle habits,”<br />

he said.<br />

As well as a range<br />

of personal training<br />

programs, Rebound<br />

Health runs community<br />

health and fitness programs including Veterans<br />

Wellness programs, an 8-week exercise program<br />

for people with Type 2 diabetes (which is bulkbilled),<br />

an exercise program for people with<br />

cancer and an 8-week weight loss program.<br />

For details visit reboundhealth.com.au or<br />

call 9907 6023.<br />

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Hair & Beauty<br />

Put the big freeze on fat,<br />

smile through summer<br />

with Sue Carroll<br />

The thought of ‘bathing<br />

an experienced therapist, the<br />

suit season’ can incite<br />

contouring of the body with<br />

anything from mild<br />

the fat freezing technology<br />

insecurity to hysteria in both<br />

will definitely provide an<br />

men and women. However,<br />

exceptional reduction of<br />

there is a possible solution to<br />

stubborn fat bulges for<br />

most of those hard-to-budge<br />

both men and women. (As<br />

areas – fat freezing. The<br />

always, any treatments<br />

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optimum results when used<br />

bankruptcy courts, but with<br />

in conjunction with a healthy<br />

ever-evolving technology,<br />

diet and lifestyle.)<br />

the term has now been<br />

extended to the freezing and<br />

Sue Carroll of Skin<br />

permanent removal of areas<br />

Inspiration has been a qualified<br />

of fat.<br />

Aesthetician for 33 years.<br />

Fat freezing is a method of<br />

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non-invasive fat reduction. Its<br />

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Another innovation is the<br />

Fat cells can be compared ability to be able to treat two<br />

to a balloon that expands areas of fat at the same time,<br />

and contracts. When you which for time-poor people<br />

lose weight through diet and is advantageous. So long<br />

exercise, you do not lose fat as weight is not gained the<br />

cells; rather they will shrink. size will remain contoured<br />

Fat freezing can be used in permanently. If weight is<br />

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exercise to either contour or contour returns.<br />

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to provide a more defined areas of the body such as<br />

silhouette for both men and the inner and outer thigh,<br />

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stomach, waist, hips and<br />

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improvements with this<br />

Fat freezing tends to be the<br />

treatment have come to most consistent treatment<br />

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

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

Running the rule over<br />

Exchange Traded Funds<br />

Iwrite this on the anniversary<br />

of the October 1987 stock<br />

market crash – or ‘Black<br />

Monday’. Back then I was a<br />

21-year-old with barely two<br />

years of work experience and<br />

no real concept of what was<br />

happening to the markets or<br />

people’s wealth at the time.<br />

In the 20-year period<br />

spanning Black Monday to<br />

what history now refer to as<br />

the Great Recession (the period<br />

between 2007 – 2010) not much<br />

other than the development<br />

of electronic trading really<br />

changed the nature of our local<br />

stock market.<br />

Since the Great Recession,<br />

however, our markets have<br />

become home to a breed of<br />

products that have altered the<br />

nature of investing and portfolio<br />

construction. Exchange traded<br />

funds (ETFs) have been a feature<br />

on American exchanges since<br />

the launch of an S&P 500 fund<br />

in 1993 but it wasn’t until<br />

the passing of the GFC that<br />

local investors started to seek<br />

out ASX-listed ETFs and the<br />

manufacturers of ETFs started<br />

developing a wider range of<br />

products.<br />

The reason for this wave<br />

of interest had had several<br />

important parts to it:<br />

Cost – ETFs in the main are<br />

based on relatively low-cost<br />

index funds listed on the ASX<br />

and post GFC people were<br />

looking at ways of reduce the<br />

cost of investing.<br />

Administration – being<br />

listed on the ASX they could<br />

be transacted easily and<br />

electronically from any broking<br />

account.<br />

Democratisation of the<br />

stock market – along with the<br />

advent of low-cost electronic<br />

trading investors saw that many<br />

active fund managers fared no<br />

better than index funds during<br />

the GFC so why pay a fund<br />

manager a fee when a cheap<br />

index fund would do the job.<br />

Diversification – the<br />

purchase of a single ETF share<br />

brings instant diversification<br />

with up to the entire market<br />

underlying a single share<br />

purchase.<br />

Tax structure – ETFs that<br />

represent indexes tend not<br />

to be as frequently traded as<br />

active managed funds which<br />

can reduce the amount of<br />

distributable capital gains<br />

– something that generally<br />

bothers investors outside of<br />

super funds.<br />

We have had ETF-like<br />

securities listed on the<br />

Australian exchange for many<br />

years before we saw the rise<br />

of ETFs in the post-GFC era.<br />

Investors would have known<br />

these as Listed Investment<br />

Companies or LICs. There<br />

are several key differences<br />

between the two including<br />

a fundamental issue of legal<br />

structure but the main one was<br />

a tendency for LICs to trade at<br />

a discount to their net asset<br />

value (NAV). This often has to<br />

do with restrictive management<br />

agreements embedded in LICs<br />

but it mainly has to do with<br />

the key ETFs having a market<br />

with Brian Hrnjak<br />

maker that stands in the market<br />

providing liquidity and allowing<br />

them to trade close to their NAV.<br />

So how can you use<br />

ETFs to enhance portfolio<br />

construction?<br />

Geographic diversification:<br />

You can hold the wider<br />

investable Australian market by<br />

owning a single share in an ASX<br />

300 Fund as easily as you can<br />

own a share in a US based S&P<br />

500 Fund, a Euro market Fund or<br />

a Japanese Fund.<br />

Company size<br />

diversification: You can<br />

purchase shares in ETFs that<br />

track large or small, global or<br />

local companies.<br />

Industry diversification: You<br />

can purchase shares in ETFs that<br />

focus on particular industries,<br />

such as one that tracks a Nasdaq<br />

index following shares in cyber<br />

security companies.<br />

Diversification into<br />

commodities: You can buy<br />

an interest in gold, crude oil<br />

or agricultural commodities<br />

through an ETF.<br />

Diversification into<br />

currencies: You can buy<br />

exposure to UK Pounds, Euros or<br />

US Dollars via an ETF.<br />

Gearing: You can buy ETFs that<br />

contain internal gearing that will<br />

disproportionately profit if the<br />

market rises (the opposite if it<br />

falls!) or short based ETFs that<br />

will profit if the market is falling.<br />

So, like the US, our listed<br />

market is moving down a path<br />

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of sophistication where we can<br />

select ETFs that allow us to slice<br />

and dice risk in portfolios in<br />

ways only imaginable 10 years<br />

ago. But what are the potential<br />

downsides of ETFs?<br />

Just lately there have been<br />

articles appearing questioning<br />

the potential effect of ETFs in<br />

falling markets. What we know<br />

about index funds is that they<br />

diligently buy the underlying<br />

assets that make up their<br />

respective index. An index that<br />

is rising causes index funds<br />

to automatically buy more of<br />

the underlying shares further<br />

raising the index. In a down<br />

market the reverse happens;<br />

prices fall, causing the index<br />

to fall and the index funds<br />

therefore to automatically sell<br />

shares.<br />

With the global market for<br />

ETFs now reportedly around<br />

$US 4 Trillion the experts are<br />

divided on what the effect may<br />

be in a down market as ETFs<br />

have never been prevalent<br />

during a market correction. As<br />

you’d expect when asking<br />

experts, the range goes from<br />

nothing to a risk of contagion.<br />

I suppose we’ll just have to<br />

wait and see when it happens<br />

but my experience suggests<br />

that the existence of large<br />

pools of ETFs in a falling market<br />

would enhance or exaggerate<br />

a fall with this effect being<br />

more pronounced the quicker<br />

it happens which is simply the<br />

inverse of what occurs in a<br />

rising market.<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 />

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

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

Processing future won’t<br />

be left up in the ‘Cloud’<br />

I<br />

have watched the ongoing<br />

debate about the National<br />

Broadband Network and its<br />

rollout for some time now.<br />

What seems to be taking place<br />

is that the more people get<br />

connected, the more people<br />

complain about their low<br />

speeds and frustration.<br />

But consider this. Due to<br />

the fact there is a Coworking<br />

business (ours) in the middle<br />

of Newport offering flexible<br />

desk space, with required highspeed<br />

internet capacity, there<br />

was a need to think outside the<br />

box.<br />

Some time ago we figured<br />

that the convergence of Artificial<br />

Intelligence, big data, and<br />

low-cost processing power<br />

would fundamentally transform<br />

computing. For the first time<br />

in history, real world data is<br />

being collected in real time<br />

(vision, location, temperature,<br />

etc), using an exponentially<br />

growing sensor network – so<br />

underscored Peter Levine in his<br />

presentation: The End of Cloud<br />

Computing.<br />

Every AI network-connected<br />

device, whether self-driving<br />

cars, robots, immersive AR /<br />

VR, or Internet of Things sensors<br />

will use huge amounts of<br />

processing power, becoming its<br />

own small data centre.<br />

The current cloud architecture<br />

of sending all data to a<br />

centralised location for processing<br />

is obsolete and won’t<br />

work for AI-driven applications,<br />

because there is simply not<br />

enough bandwidth, resulting in<br />

significant latency issues.<br />

Self-driving cars can generate<br />

10 gigabytes of data per mile,<br />

requiring single-digit millisecond<br />

response times to avoid<br />

collisions, communicate with<br />

nearby vehicles for optimising<br />

traffic flow and finding the best<br />

routes. Assuming there is a<br />

strong wireless signal, it takes<br />

150-250 milliseconds to communicate<br />

with a data centre.<br />

However, at 60mph, a<br />

250-millisecond delay corresponds<br />

to 21 feet – potentially<br />

the difference between being<br />

able to dodge an obstacle or<br />

not. This means more processing<br />

will be done at the<br />

“edge” of the network, rather<br />

than in huge data centres and<br />

therefore require increasing<br />

connectivity.<br />

So, the need will be for everincreasing<br />

amounts of bandwidth;<br />

this can be achieved by<br />

fibre, or a hybrid model of fibre<br />

and wireless. The technology<br />

is advancing rapidly, in fact so<br />

rapidly that Google is currently<br />

conducting trials with Nascar in<br />

the US to see how fast a car can<br />

go whilst still maintaining an<br />

uninterrupted wireless signal.<br />

But back to the NBN. The top<br />

tier 5 is 100 mbps down and<br />

40 up, known as asymmetrical.<br />

Sign up and depending on how<br />

many others sign up the following<br />

will happen. If you are<br />

on it by yourself at 2.34am you<br />

may get a reasonable download,<br />

BUT, add in a contention<br />

ratio – which means that the<br />

connection is shared among<br />

others – and it’s a different ball<br />

game. Say the contention ratio<br />

with Simon Bond<br />

is 30, and all those 30 are on at<br />

the same time watching Netflix,<br />

or on Facebook or Snapchat,<br />

Instagram, Twitter, You Tube<br />

or whatever. That means you<br />

divide 100 by 30 to get an average<br />

download of 3.33 mbps<br />

and an upload of 1.33 mbps.<br />

Hmm, not so future proof.<br />

Here in Newport we invested<br />

heavily in getting our own “dark<br />

fibre” connection to the building,<br />

initially lit to a gig – that is<br />

1,000 mpbs down and 1,000<br />

mbps up. Symmetrical, which<br />

means it’s ours. And all ours.<br />

Any on-site resident can<br />

theoretically participate in that<br />

1,000 mbps connection. If you<br />

“google” speedtest you can easily<br />

check your own connection<br />

speed. Then compare it to the<br />

one illustrated here.<br />

From my research, I can state<br />

that at this time, ‘Sandara’ in<br />

Newport Beach, Sydney, has the<br />

fastest residential internet connection<br />

in Australia.<br />

Imagine what that connection<br />

does for real estate value?<br />

NewportNet co-director Simon Bond has been actively involved<br />

in all aspects of Stockbroking since 1987. His focus is on how<br />

technology is changing the investment landscape, demographic<br />

trends and how they influence equity markets.<br />

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

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

Responsible model of<br />

respecting body image<br />

The lazy days of summer<br />

are fast approaching and<br />

this year it is projected<br />

to be be a long, hot one. Hence<br />

it won’t be too long before<br />

we’ll be searching out the<br />

lighter clothes, beach wear and<br />

swimming costumes.<br />

The latter can bring the<br />

confronting realisation that<br />

perhaps over the winter days a<br />

little too much indulgent eating<br />

and drinking has occurred,<br />

altering one’s body shape and<br />

size. A look in the mirror as well<br />

as a step on the scales serves to<br />

confirm early fears.<br />

At the same time fashion<br />

shows, magazines and other<br />

media display slim and beautiful<br />

models which challenge the<br />

viewer and often activates<br />

eating disorders among men<br />

and women as they try to<br />

cope with what they consider<br />

inadequate body image.<br />

Four per cent of Australians<br />

– or approximately one million<br />

people – suffer from an eating<br />

disorder. The figure doubles<br />

among young Australian<br />

women, with 10 per cent<br />

between the ages of 14-24<br />

suffering from an eating<br />

disorder. Eating disorders are<br />

the second most likely cause of<br />

young women being admitted<br />

to hospital. Such statistics<br />

are adding to a movement to<br />

legislate healthier body image<br />

requirements into law.<br />

Internationally, Israel and<br />

France have passed legislation<br />

designed to regulate the<br />

advertising fashion and media<br />

industries from photoshopping<br />

images so that women appear<br />

thinner and more attractive, as<br />

has been the ideal in Western<br />

countries for many decades.<br />

The “ideal” body is a thin one.<br />

Photoshopping is a common<br />

method of digitally editing<br />

images featured in fashion<br />

magazine spreads’ advertising<br />

campaigns to make models<br />

appear slimmer or more<br />

aesthetically attractive.<br />

As the American Medical<br />

Association stated in a press<br />

release in 2011 condemning<br />

excessive image alteration:<br />

“The appearance of<br />

advertisements with extremely<br />

altered models can create<br />

unrealistic expectations of<br />

appropriate body image. In one<br />

image, a model’s waist was<br />

slimmed so severely, her head<br />

appeared to be wider than her<br />

waist. We must stop exposing<br />

impressionable children and<br />

teenagers to advertisements<br />

portraying models with body<br />

types only attainable with the<br />

help of photo editing software.”<br />

Models in Israel and France<br />

are required, among other<br />

matters, to present a medical<br />

certificate confirming that their<br />

health, assessed in particular<br />

terms of Body Mass Index<br />

(BMI), is compatible with the<br />

practice of the modelling<br />

profession before being cast for<br />

a modelling job.<br />

Body Mass Index, calculated<br />

by dividing an individual’s<br />

weight in kilograms by their<br />

height in metres squared, is<br />

supposed to indicate whether<br />

someone is underweight,<br />

healthy or overweight. (The BMI<br />

test is controversial on the basis<br />

with Jennifer Harris<br />

that a low BMI is not necessarily<br />

indicative of an eating disorder<br />

and the laws may be unfair to<br />

the naturally thin model.)<br />

The Israeli Government<br />

passed The Act Limiting Weight<br />

in the Modelling Industry 2012<br />

(Israeli Photoshop Law) under<br />

which the model must provide<br />

a medical certificate which<br />

has been supplied in the past<br />

three months stating that they<br />

have a BMI of at least 18.5 in<br />

order to work. If an image is<br />

photoshopped making the<br />

model appear thinner, the image<br />

must state that it has been<br />

modified. And the statement<br />

must convey it’s at least seven<br />

per cent of the image and it<br />

must be clearly visible.<br />

The Israeli law is criticised<br />

by some commentators as<br />

having inadequate sanctions.<br />

Unlike the French law, where<br />

criminal sanctions for a breach<br />

of the law applies, a breach<br />

of the Israeli law only offers<br />

civil actions which would be<br />

almost impossible to prove. For<br />

example, it would be difficult<br />

to mount an action on the basis<br />

that a publication caused a child<br />

to suffer from an eating disorder<br />

and poor body image.<br />

By contrast, the French law<br />

provides specific criminal<br />

sanctions for breach of the<br />

law – for example if someone<br />

modifies an image to make a<br />

model appear thinner, then<br />

a warning must accompany<br />

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the image that states “edited<br />

photograph”. If the warning<br />

is omitted there may be a<br />

fine of 37,500 Euro, or 30 per<br />

cent of the amount spent on<br />

advertising. And if a modelling<br />

agency earns money from<br />

employing a model who has a<br />

BMI less than the one required<br />

by law, its directors can face six<br />

months in prison and a 75,000<br />

Euro fine.<br />

Other countries have in<br />

varying ways taken steps to<br />

legislate or regulate in this area.<br />

Argentina in 2005 passed a<br />

law requiring stores in Buenos<br />

Aries to carry larger sizes of<br />

clothing because they were<br />

selling clothes only 30 per<br />

cent of women could fit into;<br />

in 2006 Spain banned very<br />

thin models from participating<br />

in fashion shows after two<br />

models died, and in 2010<br />

its parliament passed a law<br />

forbidding television networks<br />

from showing advertisements<br />

for plastic surgery, diet products<br />

and some cosmetics during<br />

certain hours; Italian fashion<br />

administrators in Milan have<br />

been enforcing the BMI test<br />

before models can participate<br />

in its famous fashion shows;<br />

the UK has had a parliamentary<br />

inquiry and the subject is<br />

ongoing (however, from July<br />

2016 advertisements on public<br />

transport in London cannot<br />

feature models whose figures<br />

may negatively impact upon<br />

the public’s body image); and<br />

in Trondheim, Norway, similar<br />

regulations were introduced.<br />

So much for overseas… what<br />

have we done in Australia?<br />

In 2009 the then Minister for<br />

Youth, Kate Ellis, established<br />

the National Advisory Group on<br />

Body Image, which in due course<br />

created the voluntary industry<br />

code of conduct on body image<br />

that encourages businesses not<br />

to photoshop models so that<br />

their figures look “unrealistic<br />

or unattainable”. An awards<br />

scheme encouraging positive<br />

image was announced.<br />

However, Mia Freedman, who<br />

chaired the advisory group, has<br />

stated that the voluntary code<br />

is not working. She asked the<br />

government to make the code<br />

mandatory but last year The<br />

Minister for Women, Michaela<br />

Cash, reportedly said that the<br />

federal government would not<br />

follow French moves to ban<br />

“super-skinny” models. She said<br />

the industry needed to take<br />

action and not the government.<br />

The issue of body image and<br />

eating disorders has however<br />

attracted academic attention<br />

and writing. They have noted<br />

“Body Image Law is part Fashion<br />

Law (Fashion Law involves<br />

Trademark law, Copyright<br />

Law, Employment Law, and<br />

Corporate Law, among other<br />

areas) because it affects aspects<br />

of fashion Models’ work. It is<br />

also Part Health Law because it<br />

involves trying to improve the<br />

health of the public, or more<br />

specifically, the body image<br />

among the general public.”<br />

So while you ponder what<br />

to wear this summer, don’t be<br />

disheartened; just be yourself<br />

and enjoy the lazy, hot days.<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: jenniferha@pacific.net.au<br />

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

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Showtime<br />

Better look out<br />

the ’80s are back<br />

A brand new show for any fan<br />

of the ’80s. Back to the ’80s<br />

– The Music Video Show has<br />

been described as the perfect<br />

mix of seeing a live band,<br />

flashback videos and a disco<br />

all in one. Bringing back the<br />

good and not so good – think<br />

mullets, shoulder pads and<br />

acid-washed jeans – of the<br />

era you will see the best MTV<br />

videos played on three big<br />

screens accompnied by a live<br />

band in perfect lip sync. Get<br />

a group of friends together<br />

for this one but you better<br />

act quickly as tickets for<br />

the show at the Royal Motor<br />

Yacht Club in Newport at 8pm<br />

on Nov 25 ase selling fast.<br />

More info at royalmotor.<br />

com.au.<br />

Night of laughs<br />

and happy tears<br />

Laugh out loud when the<br />

Comedy All Stars Gala lights<br />

up Dee Why RSL on Friday<br />

Nov 10. Catch Australian<br />

multi-award winning comic<br />

the internationally acclaimed,<br />

gobsmackingly excellent<br />

Jackie Loeb on one of her<br />

visits back home. Also<br />

starring in this show is the<br />

loveable, quick-witted and<br />

clever Nova radio morning<br />

host Greg Burns. The pair will<br />

be supported by Bill D’Arcy<br />

and Lizzy Hoo with MC Simon<br />

Kennedy live on stage from<br />

8pm. Bookings<br />

at deewhyrsl.com.au.<br />

For some the ’80s<br />

just keeps giving<br />

Direct fromt he ’80s, idols<br />

of the oz music scene Scott<br />

Carne ( Kids In the Kitchen),<br />

Brian Mannix (Uncanny<br />

Xmen), Sean Kelly (The<br />

Models), Fred Loneragan<br />

(Machinations) and Paul<br />

Gray (Wa Wa Nee) with the<br />

Absolutely ’80s Band are<br />

celebrating 11 years of<br />

touring with their ‘1 Louder<br />

Tour’ in a high octane two<br />

hour show (18 years and<br />

over) at Dee Why RSL on<br />

Friday Nov 17. Do yourself<br />

a favour and catch this gig<br />

and all the big hits of the<br />

Countdown era.<br />

Get a Handel<br />

on Christmas<br />

Start the festive season<br />

on the first weekend in<br />

December with an uplifting<br />

concert in the stunning<br />

Cardinal Cerretti Chapel in<br />

the castle overlooking Manly.<br />

The Manly-Warringah<br />

Choir with orchestra and<br />

soloists will present two<br />

Majestic Christmas Concerts<br />

featuring Bach Magnificat,<br />

Schubert Symphony No<br />

5, Handel – Corona tion<br />

Anthems and modern and<br />

traditional carols (audience<br />

participation optional!).<br />

The Saturday December 2<br />

concert will begin at 7.30pm<br />

while the Sunday Dec ember<br />

3 performance starts at<br />

4pm, followed by light<br />

refreshments.<br />

Pictured is soloist Hayden<br />

Barrington (baritone)<br />

who is studying elite<br />

performance at the Sydney<br />

Conservatorium of Music. He<br />

will be joined by MWC’s long<br />

time favourite soprano Anita<br />

Kyle, Naomi Giselle (second<br />

soprano), Anna Yun (alto)<br />

and Ryan O’Donnell (tenor).<br />

The conductor is Carlos<br />

Alvarado.<br />

Tickets $50 available<br />

through manly<br />

warringahchoir.org.au or<br />

call 0432 656 798 for more<br />

information.<br />

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Dining Guide<br />

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

Dining Guide<br />

Bistro 61<br />

Avalon Beach RSL<br />

1 Bowling Green Lane<br />

Avalon Beach<br />


Open 7 days<br />

Lunch 12pm-2:30pm<br />

Dinner 5:30-8:30pm<br />


Modern Aust / pub food<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 />

Book now for ‘Melbourne<br />

Cup by the Park’ on Tuesday<br />

<strong>November</strong> 7 with a threecourse<br />

lunch including bubbles<br />

and canapes on arrival ($65<br />

members; $69 non-members).<br />

Strictly limited tickets left.<br />

Great music acts on<br />

Saturdays include Rogue<br />

Company (9th), The Maybes<br />

(11th), Shade Of Red (18th)<br />

and Bonnie Johnston (18th).<br />

Happy Hour is now every<br />

Monday, Tuesday & Friday<br />

from 4-6pm.<br />

Bistro 61 has been named<br />

It’s been a busy few months for iconic<br />

local restaurant and boutique hotel<br />

Jonah’s at Whale Beach, with the<br />

appointment of a new Executive Chef<br />

and a luxurious rooms transformation.<br />

The stunning renovation, driven<br />

by interior designers Baxter & Thrum,<br />

pays homage to Jonah’s breathtaking<br />

beachside, clifftop location. It<br />

encompasses 11 rooms including the<br />

opulent Peninsula Room, offering more<br />

space with beautifully crafted furniture<br />

pieces and a separate living area to<br />

bedrooms, with the treatment in a<br />

neutral palette with gold accents.<br />

The hotel’s overall room design<br />

allows guests to relax, indulge<br />

and completely unwind while<br />

enjoying thoughtful touches such as<br />

to commemorate the opening<br />

of the Club in 1961. The<br />

kitchen – led by experienced<br />

Northern Beaches head chef<br />

Mitch Blundell, boasts all<br />

fresh, house-made meals, with<br />

locally sourced 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 />

Royal Motor<br />

Yacht Club<br />

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

46 Prince Alfred<br />

Parade, Newport<br />


Breakfast Lunch & Dinner<br />

Mon-Fri from 8.30am<br />

Weekends from 8am<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>November</strong><br />

kicks off in the Lounge Bar<br />

from 7.30pm. Acts appearing<br />

include Phil Simmons (3rd), Alex<br />

Roussos (10th), Keff McCulloch<br />

(17th) and Geoff Kendall (24th).<br />

Don’t miss the <strong>2017</strong> Timber<br />

Boat Festival 10am-4pm on<br />

<strong>November</strong> 4-5.<br />

And book now for the ‘Back<br />

To The ’80s’ show on Sunday<br />

<strong>November</strong> 25.<br />

complimentary video on demand, free<br />

WIFI, USB charger outlets, high pressure<br />

walk-in showers, automated curtains,<br />

indulgent mini bar with Vittoria coffee<br />

machines and hand-crafted World Luxury<br />

Series king beds from A.H. Beard.<br />

Jonah’s also welcomed Executive<br />

Chef Matteo Zamboni to the kitchen.<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 />

The Mirage<br />

Restaurant<br />

at Metro Hotel<br />

Mirage Newport<br />

2 Queens Parade West,<br />

Newport<br />


Modern Australian<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 />

This boutique waterfront hotel<br />

is now taking bookings for its<br />

popular traditional Christmas<br />

Day Buffet Lunch, commencing<br />

at 12 noon on December 25.<br />

Guests will enjoy a sumptuous<br />

Christmas menu created by Head<br />

Chef, Raul 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 Italian-style<br />

porchetta with crunchy crackling<br />

New double-take at iconic Jonah’s<br />

Italian-born Matteo has recently<br />

launched new menus across the<br />

property including A La Carte and<br />

Degustation menus along with in-room<br />

dining, terrace and function menus.<br />

Matteo’s impressive career has<br />

included opening his own restaurant<br />

Zambo in Surry Hills, prior to that he<br />

worked at 2 Hatted Pilu in Freshwater<br />

as Head Chef, 2 Hatted Ormeggio at<br />

the Spit, 3 Hatted Quay Restaurant<br />

Sydney, 3 Michelin Star RyuGin in<br />

Tokyo, and Head Chef for the royal<br />

family in Qatar, Doha.<br />

Matteo’s menus showcase<br />

contemporary Australian cuisine with<br />

Italian influences. Jonah’s current<br />

Spring menu is available seven days a<br />

week for lunch and dinner.<br />

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and roasted turkey filled<br />

with dried fruit and nuts, to<br />

a selection of fresh seafood<br />

including oysters, king prawns,<br />

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 />

Pizzico Italiano<br />

2 Simmonds Lane<br />

Avalon Beach<br />


Entrees from $17.50<br />

Mains from $24.50<br />

BOOKINGS 9918 8717<br />

Family-owned Pizzico is<br />

introduce relaxing ‘Aperitivo’<br />

summer dining sessions<br />

this month with extended<br />

hours Friday through Sunday,<br />

from 2pm-6pm, with a light<br />

tapas-style menu inspired by<br />

summers on the Amalfi coast<br />

and accompanied by Aperol<br />

spritz, cocktails, Italian wines<br />

and 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 />

The Local Voice Since 1991<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 />

Barrenjoey<br />

Bistro<br />

Club Palm Beach<br />

1087 Barrenjoey Rd,<br />

Palm Beach<br />


Lunch 11:30am-2.30pm<br />

Dinner 6pm-8.30pm<br />


Lunch and dinner<br />

specials $13.50<br />

BOOKINGS 9974 5566<br />

Conveniently located just a<br />

short stroll from Palm Beach<br />

Wharf, celebrate Melbourne<br />

Cup on <strong>November</strong> 7 with a<br />

Bucket of Prawns and glass<br />

of champagne for $26.50pp.<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 />

Wednesday and Sunday<br />

are meat raffle nights, with a<br />

whopping 14 trays to be won.<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 />

Entrees on the a la carte<br />

menu range from $10.50 to<br />

$17.50 (mains $14.50 to $25).<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 />

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Hong Kong<br />

Chinese Restaurant<br />

332 Barrenjoey Rd,<br />

Newport<br />


Dinner Tues-Sun 5pm<br />


Chinese & Asian<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>November</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 Spring.<br />

There are two traditional<br />

P<br />

courses: Peking Duck<br />

pancakes & duck sang choy<br />

bow (bookings essential;<br />

mention 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<br />

king prawns and fillets of<br />

chicken, to contemporary,<br />

featuring spicy salt and<br />

pepper king prawns, to<br />

traditional, with favourites<br />

including Mongolian lamb,<br />

Honey king prawns and<br />

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 />

Sabiang<br />

Thai Restaurant<br />

4/49 Old Barrenjoey Rd,<br />

Avalon<br />


Lunch 11.30am – 3pm 7 days<br />

Dinner 5-10pm 7 days<br />


Thai<br />


Entrees from $8<br />

Mains $15-$28<br />

BOOKINGS 9918 3292<br />

Sabiang Thai is Avalon<br />

Beach’s newest dining<br />

destination – and if you’re<br />

craving some traditional<br />

Thai ‘street food’ fare as well<br />

as hearty curry favourites,<br />

you’ll come away licking<br />

your lips at the menu<br />

The Mill: small bar, big vision<br />

Restaurant-goers<br />

are spoilt for<br />

choice in Avalon but if<br />

you’re looking to get<br />

together with friends<br />

for a late-afternoon<br />

drink, a small bite<br />

or something more<br />

substantial, you need<br />

to know where to go.<br />

Stepping up to the<br />

‘plate’ with renewed<br />

energy is The Mill @<br />

Avalon Beach, with a<br />

revamp to its offerings<br />

and vibe at its welcoming<br />

modern space in Avalon<br />

Parade.<br />

Owner Nathan Livotto<br />

(above left) has joined forces<br />

with industry-renowned chef<br />

Hayden Ellerton, who has<br />

crafted a new-look menu,<br />

which will feature market-fresh<br />

produce to complement the<br />

extensive range of cocktails,<br />

wines and beers (including<br />

micro-brewery draughts).<br />

“After four years, the run-in<br />

to this summer gives us the<br />

opportunity to refresh things,”<br />

said Nathan.<br />

“We want people to know<br />

we have great, sophisticated<br />

mains and substantial sharemeal<br />

options, so they can stay<br />

and relax rather than grab a<br />

quick drink and think about<br />

where to move on to dinner.<br />

“Our aim is to provide<br />

the right atmosphere, great<br />

drinks and variety of quality<br />

dining options so they can<br />

settle in and really enjoy our<br />

small bar experience, which<br />

includes great live music<br />

Friday through Sunday.”<br />

Hayden said he was looking<br />

forward to creating<br />

new offerings for the<br />

menu every couple of<br />

weeks, based on the<br />

availability of seasonal<br />

produce.<br />

A current ‘wow’<br />

dish is Hayden’s<br />

moreish Kingfish<br />

Ceviche with blood<br />

orange, stinging<br />

nettles and bottarga<br />

(right) – the ideal<br />

‘small bite’ that goes<br />

great with a glass of<br />

Semillon or crisp beer.<br />

There’s a selection of<br />

French and Spanish cheeses,<br />

schiacciata (Italian flat bread)<br />

with prosciutto, roast garlic<br />

and parmesan, while large<br />

share plates include Baked<br />

Snapper, celeriac remoulade,<br />

watercress, coriander seed<br />

and lemon.<br />

“We are a small bar<br />

producing contemporary,<br />

tasty, thoughtful bites,<br />

including beautiful oysters,<br />

delicious pizze and wellexecuted<br />

main-size meals<br />

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formulated by co-owner Mint<br />

and team.<br />

Chef’s specials include<br />

‘Angry Seafood’ (a spicy<br />

seafood stir-fry), Pad Cha<br />

Duck (stir-fried with wild<br />

ginger, basil, red chilli and<br />

green peppercorn), and<br />

‘Heavenly’ Sizzling Beef<br />

(marinated in sesame oil with<br />

oyster sauce, onion, shallot<br />

and roasted sesame seeds).<br />

Enjoy Larb Chicken Mince<br />

– which features chicken,<br />

chillies, toasted rice, onion<br />

and mint – or the Kana Moo<br />

Grob, which is a stir-fry<br />

broccoli dish with oyster sauce<br />

and garlic. For street food you<br />

can’t go past the crispy skin<br />

pork stir fry with green beans,<br />

red chilli, kaffir lime leaves<br />

and prik khing sauce.<br />

Or try their delectable<br />

seafood dishes including<br />

whole fried baby barramundi,<br />

crispy soft shell crab or salt<br />

and pepper squid.<br />

Fried rice, noodle dishes,<br />

curry, and soups are also<br />

favourites...<br />

Located near the corner<br />

where sharing is encouraged,”<br />

said Hayden.<br />

“I’m really looking forward<br />

to what other great ideas<br />

we can come up with in the<br />

coming months.”<br />

The Mill @ Avalon Beach (19<br />

Avalon Pde) is open Tuesday<br />

to Sunday, 3pm to late.<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

of Old Barrenjoey Road and<br />

Avalon Parade, Sabiang<br />

boasts a smart, industrialstyle<br />

interior with soft<br />

colours and soothing blackand-white<br />

wall prints.<br />

There’s outdoor seating<br />

too – perfect as the weather<br />

heats up. Open seven days;<br />

takeaway pick-up or delivery.<br />

Riva Bar &<br />

Kitchen<br />

8/57 Avalon Pde,<br />

Avalon Beach<br />


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

Dinner 5.30-10pm Mon-Sat<br />


Modern Australian<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 />

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 />

offered only Monday, Tuesday<br />

and Wednesday. Bookings<br />

9918 4007.<br />

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Creating your own gourmet,<br />

cafe-style breakfasts at home<br />

We are spoilt for choice<br />

when it comes to<br />

cafes and breakfast<br />

options on the northern<br />

beaches. While there is nothing<br />

more relaxing than sitting<br />

along our stunning coastline<br />

watching the surf break, sipping<br />

a latte and enjoying a<br />

cooked breakfast, it can be an<br />

expensive family outing. While<br />

we encourage you to eat local,<br />

here are some great recipes<br />

with plenty of tips so you can<br />

create your own café breakfast<br />

at home.<br />

Café-style scrambled<br />

eggs with roasted<br />

tomatoes<br />

Serves 4<br />

400g Solanato tomatoes (these<br />

are sweet and perfect for<br />

breakfast)<br />

2 tbs olive oil<br />

8 large free-range eggs<br />

2/3 cup pouring cream<br />

4 tbs butter<br />

2 tbs finely chopped chives<br />

4 thick slices multigrain bread,<br />

toasted<br />

1. Preheat oven to 200°C fan<br />

forced. Scatter the tomatoes<br />

over the base of a roasting<br />

pan lined with baking paper.<br />

Drizzle olive oil over tomatoes<br />

and season with salt and<br />

pepper. Roast for 8 minutes<br />

until skins start to blister.<br />

2. Meanwhile, whisk eggs and<br />

cream together in a bowl<br />

until just combined. Melt the<br />

butter in a large frying pan<br />

Janelle’s Tip: Don’t<br />

add salt to the eggs<br />

until after they are<br />

cooked; salt will<br />

toughen the protein,<br />

causing eggs to<br />

become watery as<br />

they cook.<br />

over medium-high heat. Add<br />

egg mixture. Leave to cook<br />

for 30-45 seconds until they<br />

start to set around the edge.<br />

Gently stir egg mixture from<br />

outer edges of the pan into<br />

the centre, until eggs form<br />

creamy curds. Remove the<br />

pan from the heat just before<br />

they are cooked.<br />

3. Spoon over the tomatoes.<br />

Scatter over the chives and<br />

season with salt and pepper.<br />

Serve with toast.<br />

Buddah breakfast<br />

bowl<br />

Serves 4<br />

300g dried peaches<br />

2 cups cloudy apple juice<br />

2 cups granola or toasted<br />

muesli<br />

4 slices brioche or fruit loaf,<br />

toasted, buttered<br />

2 x 125g fresh blueberries<br />

2 cups Greek yoghurt<br />

2 passionfruit, halved<br />

Edible flowers & herbs (optional),<br />

to serve<br />

Milk, apple juice or yoghurt,<br />

to serve<br />

1. Combine the dried peaches<br />

and apple juice in a saucepan.<br />

Place over medium<br />

heat for 8 minutes until<br />

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chopped<br />

1 tbs butter<br />

4 fresh free-range eggs, at room<br />

temperature<br />

200g fresh ricotta<br />

Toasted grain bread, to serve<br />

with Janelle Bloom<br />

fruit are soft and plump.<br />

Transfer to a bowl, set aside<br />

to cool.<br />

2. Spoon ½ cup granola into<br />

one bowl. Add quarter of the<br />

peaches and syrup, 1 piece<br />

brioche and a quarter of the<br />

blueberries. Top with ¼ cup<br />

yoghurt and ½ passionfruit.<br />

Scatter over flowers and<br />

herbs, repeat three times to<br />

make 4 bowls. Serve with<br />

extra apple juice or yoghurt<br />

if desired.<br />

Janelle’s Tip: If your<br />

yoghurt is a bit runny,<br />

spoon it into a sieve lined<br />

with some muslin or a<br />

clean Chux cloth; cover, sit<br />

over a bowl in the fridge<br />

for 1-3 hours. The excess<br />

liquid will drain off leaving<br />

you with a beautiful, thick<br />

creamy yoghurt.<br />

Toasted fruit<br />

bread with<br />

roasted cinnamon<br />

sugar grapes<br />

Serves 4<br />

750g seedless black grapes<br />

½ tsp ground cinnamon<br />

2 tbs white sugar<br />

1 loaf fruit bread, toasted<br />

250g, cream cheese, fresh<br />

ricotta or cottage cheese<br />

Spinach & ricotta<br />

omelette<br />

Serves 2<br />

1 tbs olive oil<br />

½ bunch English spinach,<br />

shredded<br />

2 green onions, thinly sliced<br />

2 tbs flat leaf parsley leaves,<br />

1. Heat oil in a 20cm heavybased<br />

frying pan, (preferably<br />

non-stick with shallow sides<br />

so omelette will slide out easily)<br />

over medium-high heat.<br />

Add spinach, green onions<br />

and parsley and toss until<br />

spinach just wilts. Remove to a<br />

plate. Wash and dry the pan.<br />

2. Reheat the pan over mediumhigh<br />

heat until just warm. Add<br />

half the butter. Tilt frying pan<br />

back and forth until the butter<br />

is sizzling. Crack 2 eggs into<br />

a jug. Use a fork to beat eggs,<br />

until the egg runs in a thin<br />

stream when you lift fork out<br />

of the mixture. Pour into frying<br />

pan, tilting to cover base<br />

with egg. Using a wooden<br />

spoon, drag cooked egg from<br />

outer edge into centre. Tilt<br />

pan to allow uncooked egg to<br />

come in contact with pan.<br />

3. Arrange half the spinach<br />

mixture over one-half of the<br />

omelette, crumble over half<br />

the ricotta. Fold the omelette<br />

over the filling and cook<br />

1-2 minutes until warmed<br />

through. Slide onto hot toast.<br />

Season with salt and pepper<br />

and repeat with remaining<br />

ingredients.<br />

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1. Preheat oven 230°C fan<br />

forced. Line a roasting<br />

pan with baking paper.<br />

Remove the grapes from<br />

stalks, put into a sieve.<br />

2. Combine the cinnamon<br />

and sugar. Rinse grapes<br />

under cold water, put into<br />

roasting pan with water<br />

still clinging. Sprinkle<br />

over three-quarters of<br />

the cinnamon sugar and<br />

shake pan to coat the<br />

grapes. Roast 10 minutes.<br />

Remove from oven. Cool 5<br />

minutes.<br />

3. Spread the fruit loaf with<br />

cream cheese, ricotta or<br />

cottage cheese. Top with<br />

grapes and pan juices.<br />

Sprinkle with remaining<br />

cinnamon sugar. Serve.<br />

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In Season<br />

Minicaps<br />

Barbecue Minicaps, corn & Quke salad<br />

Serves 4<br />

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These attractive little multicoloured<br />

capsicums are<br />

absolutely delicious – they<br />

may look like a chilli, but they<br />

carry no heat. They are sweet,<br />

crunchy and great eaten raw,<br />

stuffed, baked, roasted or<br />

barbecued.<br />

Buying<br />

Minicaps come pre-packed<br />

in containers at the<br />

greengrocers and sometimes<br />

are located at room<br />

temperature or in the fridge<br />

section of the fruit and veg at<br />

the supermarket.<br />

Storing<br />

Keep stored in their<br />

containers in the crisper<br />

section of the fridge for up to<br />

7 days.<br />

Also In Season<br />

<strong>November</strong><br />

Look out for a wide variety<br />

of tomatoes, Asian Greens;<br />

Hass avocadoes; Broad<br />

Beans, Baby carrots;<br />

Green beans; beetroot;<br />

capsicums; peas; Green<br />

onions; zucchini and<br />

zucchini flowers. The<br />

top fruit buys include<br />

blueberries, blackberries,<br />

raspberries, mulberries,<br />

cherries, mangoes (Calypso<br />

& Kensington Pride); plus<br />

seedless watermelon,<br />

grapes and pineapple.<br />

Nutrition<br />

Minicaps are packed with<br />

vitamin C to strengthen the<br />

immune system, as well as<br />

cholesterol-fighting niacin<br />

and cell-boosting folate.<br />

2 x 175g Minicaps, halved, seeds removed<br />

1 tbs olive oil<br />

3 corn cobs, husks removed<br />

200g Qukes (baby cucumbers), thinly sliced lengthways<br />

6 red radish, thinly sliced<br />

1 bunch watercress, leaves picked<br />

Roasted hazelnut vinaigrette<br />

60ml extra virgin olive oil<br />

1 small orange, rind finely grated, juiced<br />

1 tsp honey<br />

1 tsp Dijon mustard<br />

¼ cup roasted hazelnuts, chopped<br />

1. Spread the Minicaps on a large tray. Drizzle with oil, season,<br />

turn to coat. Wash the corn and place on a microwavesafe<br />

plate, cover with damp paper towel and microwave on<br />

High/100% for 3 minutes until hot.<br />

2. Preheat a barbecue plate on medium heat. Barbecue the<br />

corn and Minicaps for 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally or<br />

until lightly charred. Set aside to cool to room temperature.<br />

Cut the corn from the cobs.<br />

3. For the dressing, whisk the oil, orange rind and juice, honey<br />

and mustard together, Season then stir in the hazelnuts.<br />

4. Combine the Minicaps, corn, Qukes, radish and watercress<br />

on a platter. Spoon over the vinaigrette, toss gently. Serve.<br />

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<strong>Pittwater</strong> Puzzler<br />

Compiled by David Stickley<br />

26 Type of yoga involving physical<br />

exercise (5,4)<br />

27 Cook with dry heat (5)<br />

28 Eating plan (4)<br />

29 Postie’s target when delivering the<br />

mail (9)<br />

ACROSS<br />

1 No doubt one appears in Channel 7’s<br />

reality TV show, ‘Beach Cops’ (9)<br />

6 Frothy stuff sometimes seen on the<br />

surface of the ocean (4)<br />

10 One may go off if a shark is spotted<br />

at a swimming beach (5)<br />

11 Modern musical (4,5)<br />

12 Golf club at the southern end of Fishermans<br />

Beach (4,4)<br />

13 Any medical centre devoted to a<br />

particular type of treatment or health<br />

care, as child health care, vaccinations,<br />

prenatal care, etc. (6)<br />

14 Dehydrated (5)<br />

15 Lounge around on a beach catching<br />

some rays, say (7)<br />

17 Sydney ___ Space are involved with<br />

Newport Sculpture Trailblazers <strong>2017</strong> (3)<br />

18 A wide tidal mouth of a river (7)<br />

20 Kookaburras, cockatoos, lorikeets<br />

etc. (5)<br />

23 A business that serves other businesses<br />

(6)<br />

24 Equestrian discipline that can be<br />

learnt at the Loane Equestrian Centre<br />

in Ingleside (8)<br />

DOWN<br />

1 Round gems that can be found in<br />

oysters (6)<br />

2 Well-read (7)<br />

3 Aboriginal people group, part of the<br />

Guringai language nation, whose home<br />

was the lower North Shore area (10,4)<br />

4 Avalon Beach event that will feature<br />

amazing music, fabulous food, fantastic<br />

fashion and fun for all the family (6,3)<br />

5 A narrow elongated projecting strip<br />

of land like that which goes out to Barrenjoey<br />

Lighthouse (4)<br />

7 Islands of the Pacific and adjacent<br />

seas (7)<br />

8 Avalon resident who entered a<br />

painting of Francis Greenslade in the<br />

Archibald Prize (8)<br />

9 Location of the <strong>Pittwater</strong> Dragon<br />

Boat Racing Club’s open days in <strong>November</strong><br />

(7,7)<br />

15 Northern Beaches construction<br />

company with a name of a famous<br />

rescue dog breed (2,7)<br />

16 Showing lack of emotional involvement<br />

(8)<br />

19 Building designed for the performance<br />

of plays, operas, etc. (7)<br />

21 Regular routes taken by ocean traffic<br />

(7)<br />

22 Scotland Island-based author and<br />

illustrator with an exhibition based on<br />

Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem The<br />

Rime Of The Ancient Mariner, ______<br />

Lodge (6)<br />

25 Narrabeen Sports High principal,<br />

Dane ____ (4)<br />

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Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

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Jump on board and plant<br />

kangaroo paws for effect with Gabrielle Bryant<br />

Aussie kangaroo paws have wrongly been<br />

slighted as being difficult to grow. It is true<br />

that the new dwarf varieties are short-lived,<br />

but the tall-growing varieties are tough and hardy.<br />

These spectacular plants will send up flower<br />

spikes two metres tall – yellow, red, green or<br />

black, they are all amazingly tough, long-lasting,<br />

low-maintenance landscape plants. Planted as a<br />

backdrop to smaller native shrubs or used as the<br />

most spectacular feature plants, they are hard to<br />

beat. Also, kangaroo paws are drought-resistant<br />

and tolerate full sun and coastal conditions.<br />

Once a year in autumn, after flowering, cut<br />

them back hard and they will quickly bounce back<br />

with new flowers and foliage. I have even seen<br />

large areas of these amazing plants mown with a<br />

lawn mower!<br />

Many years ago, I was given a hint as to how<br />

to prolong the flowering time of these wonderful<br />

plants: once the flowering stems have opened, cut<br />

the top half and use them as a bunch of flowers.<br />

This will encourage new flower stems to grow<br />

from the bottom.<br />

Pansy Orchids are an exciting find<br />

Orchids have returned to<br />

popularity over the past<br />

few years. Pansy Orchids<br />

(miltonia) may be hard to find,<br />

but to orchid lovers they are an<br />

exciting addition to collections.<br />

Nowadays it seems no interior<br />

house photo is complete<br />

without a moth orchid on the<br />

coffee table; modern tissue<br />

culture has made it possible<br />

to supply new plants by the<br />

thousand. Let’s hope that<br />

pansy orchids will be the next<br />

to be grown this way.<br />

These light, free-flowering<br />

orchids are hardy and easy to<br />

grow. They love good light but<br />

not direct sun. They will grow<br />

inside or outside in the shade<br />

and are happy in temperatures<br />

from 6 degrees to high 30s<br />

(however, shelter them from<br />

extreme heat). Their natural<br />

home is high in the rainforests<br />

of Columbia, where they get<br />

rainfall every day.<br />

Pansy orchids, unlike<br />

other orchids that like to dry<br />

before another watering,<br />

need to be kept moist during<br />

the summer months. Soak<br />

the whole pot in water and<br />

allow it to drain. Miltonias<br />

are sensitive to a build-up<br />

of fertiliser. Water them with<br />

a liquid fertilizer (don’t use<br />

granular food) about every<br />

two weeks.<br />

Pansy orchids are epiphytes<br />

and as such dislike potting<br />

mix that breaks down. Re-pot<br />

every year after flowering, in<br />

a mix of sphagnum moss and<br />

fine-grade orchid bark.<br />

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A sprinkle<br />

of retro<br />

sparkle<br />

Summer is almost here<br />

and the forecast is for a<br />

good share of long, hot, dry<br />

days. Make sure you are well<br />

prepared. Fully automated<br />

irrigation systems are great…<br />

but not only are they very<br />

expensive to install, they<br />

need continual updating and<br />

adjusting as plants grow, with<br />

dry spots appearing as foliage<br />

begins to block the water flow.<br />

There is something to be<br />

said for good old-fashioned<br />

sprinklers. Large rainwave<br />

sprinklers can be adjusted to<br />

any rectangular shape, the<br />

water goes high into the air<br />

and falls evenly downwards like<br />

rain; the original capitol sprinkler<br />

is great in the shrubbery<br />

– it will soak the ground without<br />

wasting water.<br />

There are any number of decorative<br />

sprinklers – tall, spinning<br />

ones and short ones that can<br />

connect. Sprinklers are always<br />

good gifts for gardeners.<br />

Buddleja<br />

Buzz – the<br />

butterfly<br />

bush<br />

Buddlejas attract birds, bees and butterflies to the garden. They<br />

flower from spring to late summer. Old-fashioned buddlejas<br />

are very beautiful – but they can grow tall and get out of control.<br />

The Buzz range is different; these are small, compact shrubs<br />

that grow just over a metre high. Covered in honey-sweet<br />

spears of magenta, violet, lilac, pink or white through the summer<br />

months, these hardy and easy-to-grow bushes are ideal<br />

for every garden.<br />

Importantly, all the pollinators love them! Dead-head the<br />

flowers as they finish, to promote new ones. As winter approaches,<br />

be ruthless and cut them back hard (they will grow<br />

back in spring). The flowers appear on the new season’s<br />

growth. The butterfly bush is not choosey – it will grow in any<br />

garden soil, in full sun or semi-shade.<br />

A slow-release fertiliser applied in spring and again in early<br />

autumn is all that they need to flourish.<br />

Fragrant pelargoniums<br />

stand the test of time<br />

Regal Pelargoniums, which<br />

are closely related to geraniums,<br />

are easy to grow;<br />

and they are tougher than<br />

the new hybrid geraniums.<br />

They flower from early<br />

spring until summer, rambling<br />

and spilling over banks,<br />

creating glorious colour on<br />

gravel beds, in large tubs<br />

and in rock walls. The profusion<br />

of large flowers can be<br />

lilac, bright red, purple, burgundy,<br />

pink, white or violet.<br />

Once established they are<br />

tough, hardy and droughttolerant;<br />

the perfect answer<br />

to hot dry coastal gardens.<br />

Often thought of as ‘Old<br />

fashioned Grandma plants’<br />

pelargoniums are becoming<br />

popular once more. Make<br />

sure their drainage is good;<br />

they hate wet feet and high<br />

humidity. They need open<br />

space and fresh air to grow<br />

well.<br />

Their huge velvety leaves<br />

add a delicious fragrance<br />

to the evening air when<br />

crushed. Add a small amount<br />

of dolomite to the soil when<br />

planting and feed a couple<br />

of times a year with an allpurpose,<br />

slow-release fertiliser.<br />

This is all the attention<br />

they need. Trim them back<br />

to keep them bushy after<br />

flowering.<br />

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Jobs this Month<br />

<strong>November</strong><br />

At last – it is raining off<br />

and on! After a very<br />

long dry spell, the rain<br />

is beginning to heal scorched<br />

plants. It is amazing how quickly<br />

the gardens start to grow and<br />

flourish once more. This month,<br />

keep on top of the weeds. Spray<br />

with ‘Slasher’, the organic weed<br />

spray (don’t spray on a windy<br />

day to avoid spray drift). It will<br />

kill any plant that it touches, but<br />

it leaves no residual in the soil.<br />

The big ‘wet’<br />

Even though we have had rain<br />

the ground is dry; with a hot<br />

summer ahead it is worth the<br />

effort to apply a granular wetting<br />

agent, before applying a<br />

thick mulch. This will enable the<br />

water to penetrate the surface<br />

and soak into the ground, instead<br />

of running off. It will also<br />

reduce your water bills.<br />

Encourage bees<br />

Plant borage or scarlet nasturtiums<br />

in the veggie garden to<br />

attract the bees. Spray fruiting<br />

trees and flowering veggies<br />

with Beekeeper every week.<br />

Without bees there is no crop!<br />

Miner relief<br />

Eco oil will keep the leaf miner<br />

away from citrus trees. A CLM<br />

sticky trap in the trees will<br />

attract the male leaf miner and<br />

Little Bambinos<br />

Bambino bougainvilleas are<br />

in full flower. Plant this dwarf<br />

variety in pots, window boxes<br />

or hanging baskets, to give<br />

it time to settle in before the<br />

Christmas festivities begin.<br />

Cane cull<br />

If you haven’t already done<br />

so, cut back and remove<br />

old canes from ornamental<br />

gingers. New shoots will soon<br />

come up from below the soil.<br />

These are the shoots that will<br />

flower after Christmas.<br />

Top-dress time<br />

Now the rain has returned it<br />

is the perfect time to lightly<br />

top-dress and feed the grass.<br />

Lightly rake and scratch the<br />

surface of any bare patches<br />

before raking in a light dressprevent<br />

them from mating<br />

with the females.<br />

Hibiscus care<br />

Feed hibiscus this month with<br />

dynamic lifter to get them going.<br />

Protect them from hibiscus<br />

beetle with granular Richgro<br />

Bug Killa. It is a systemic<br />

insecticide. If you apply it now<br />

it will control the beetles and<br />

by the time the flowers come<br />

in summer, it will not be active<br />

to hurt the bees.<br />

More than less<br />

Be ruthless in the garden. Pull<br />

out any spring annuals that are<br />

just hanging on and replace<br />

them with petunias, dahlias,<br />

verbenas, alyssum, lobelia,<br />

or other brightly coloured<br />

annuals. Get the kids to pot<br />

up seedlings. They make ideal<br />

presents for end-of-term gifts.<br />

‘Carnival’ colour<br />

Looking good this month<br />

is Leucospermum Carnival<br />

Orange. There are several<br />

that are flowering along<br />

our coast. Leucospermums<br />

are hardy and droughttolerant,<br />

the birds love<br />

them and they will grow<br />

right by the water’s edge.<br />

(They are closely related to<br />

our own waratahs.)<br />

ing of Top Dressing soil. Don’t<br />

put on too much at one time,<br />

apply a thin layer first and<br />

follow it with more at weekly<br />

intervals if necessary.<br />

Bush Tucker<br />

Trim back native shrubs that<br />

have finished flowering and<br />

feed them with Bush Tucker<br />

Native Plant Fertiliser. (It is<br />

made by Neutrog and is brilliant<br />

– the results are amazing.)<br />

Cover the ground<br />

If you want a new ground<br />

cover for a tropical, shaded<br />

or semi-shaded garden, plant<br />

the new and very beautiful<br />

Tradescantia Sunshine Gem.<br />

The bright gold foliage lights<br />

up the garden. Grow it in the<br />

ground as a border or as an<br />

indoor plant in bowls or pots.<br />

If you have a dog, be aware<br />

some dogs can be allergic to<br />

rhoeos and tradescantias.<br />

Crossword solution from page 67<br />

Mystery location: ERIC GREEN RESERVE<br />

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Times Past<br />

Legend<br />

of the Parkway link<br />

Even prior to the raids on<br />

Darwin during World<br />

War II, the possibility of<br />

the Japanese heading south<br />

down our east coast was<br />

considered very real. Coastal<br />

defence activities such as<br />

barbed wire and two-tonne<br />

concrete tetrahedrons as tank<br />

traps were installed along the<br />

northern beaches.<br />

Wakehurst Parkway was<br />

considered essential to<br />

provide alternate access for<br />

residents and maybe for<br />

troop movements and<br />

other military purposes.<br />

Although the ‘Parkway’<br />

wasn’t opened until<br />

1946, construction work<br />

began in 1939 with 30<br />

workers – the number<br />

growing to 300 by 1942.<br />

It’s understood the road<br />

required a total of five<br />

bridges to be built, the<br />

main one being Deep Creek<br />

(Cement Works Creek<br />

plus three across Middle<br />

Creek boosted the number to<br />

five). The delay in completion<br />

was also brought about by<br />

the temporary diversion of<br />

workers to the more-urgent<br />

coastal defence works.<br />

Over time the Parkway has<br />

become known for numerous<br />

fatal crashes, the grisly<br />

murders committed at Deep<br />

Creek, and as a dumping<br />

ground for bodies of murder<br />

victims.<br />

There is also the story of the<br />

‘Lady in White’ – the ghost of a<br />

young girl, Kelly, who appears<br />

mysteriously in the back seat of<br />

vehicles travelling north late at<br />

night down the Parkway from<br />

Warringah Road. (One wild<br />

legend has it that if you do not<br />

inform Kelly that her presence<br />

is not required, telekinetically<br />

she makes your vehicle veer off<br />

the road and crash!)<br />

Other reports closer to Deep<br />

Creek claim that “windscreen<br />

wipers suddenly cease to<br />

work, car doors lock by<br />

themselves and switched off<br />

radios suddenly ramp up”.<br />

For the Aboriginal<br />

population of the area<br />

(members of the Camaraigal<br />

clan) the area around Deep<br />

Creek provided<br />

a very real<br />

and necessary<br />

community living<br />

area. Peter Read<br />

in ‘The Dictionary<br />

of Sydney’ claims<br />

that this Narrabeen<br />

Lagoon town<br />

camp “was one of<br />

the many coastal occupation<br />

sites offering seasonal shelter,<br />

fish and wetland resources”.<br />

Apparently it was the last of<br />

the town camps to survive in<br />

the northern Sydney suburbs<br />

and it existed “probably before<br />

the British invasion”.<br />

Many other town camps<br />

were resumed for residential<br />

and recreational reasons but<br />

the Narrabeen Lagoon camp<br />

lasted the longest, primarily<br />

because of its inaccessibility.<br />

The opening of the<br />

Parkway on 22 March 1946<br />

was followed closely by the<br />

creation of a 32-hectares<br />

National Fitness Centre<br />

(Sydney Academy of Sport and<br />

Recreation). This combination<br />

rang the death knell for the<br />

20 or so resident Koori people<br />

of the camp, with humpies<br />

destroyed and the occupants<br />

forcibly removed to the<br />

Western Suburbs.<br />

Wakehurst Parkway is<br />

named after John de Vere<br />

Loder, 2nd Baron Wakehurst<br />

and the Governor of NSW from<br />

1937 to 1946.<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 />

NOVEMBER <strong>2017</strong> 71

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Bucket list to a tee<br />

The South American<br />

Ultimate Bucket List Tour<br />

for Golfers is a new 30-day<br />

escorted tour curated by<br />

Chris and Luana at Newport<br />

Travel for their 2019 bucket<br />

list journeys program.<br />

“Beginning with a tango<br />

in Buenos Aires and all the<br />

excitement of Carnival in Rio,<br />

the journey takes you through<br />

to mystical Machu Picchu and<br />

a traverse of Peru on the new<br />

luxury sleeper train, the Andean<br />

Explorer,” explains Chris.<br />

“After a golfing<br />

sojourn at iconic<br />

Iguassu Falls,<br />

we travel down<br />

to the stunning<br />

wilderness areas<br />

of Patagonia,<br />

where the trip<br />

ends with a 5-day Chilean<br />

Fjord cruise onboard the<br />

newly built MV Ventus<br />

Australis – and a round at the<br />

‘End of the World’ golf course<br />

in Ushaia.<br />

“This is an epic, yet<br />

leisurely paced, journey with<br />

active, engaging and unique<br />

experiences selectively woven<br />

into the itinerary.”<br />

All up there are five<br />

courses on the itinerary,<br />

including the wow-factor Rio<br />

Olympics course (subject<br />

to being open) which was<br />

designed by renowned<br />

American architect Gil Hanse<br />

plus El Calafate with its<br />

breathtaking backdrop of<br />

The Andes mountains and<br />

Los Glacieres National Park.<br />

Although created with<br />

golfers in mind, Chris said<br />

the tour would also appeal<br />

to many others – including<br />

photographers, who<br />

appreciate lots of ‘free time’<br />

integrated into a guided tour<br />

itinerary. (Non-golfers are<br />

also welcome on the tour.)<br />

Accommodation is luxury,<br />

boutique-style in stunning<br />

locations, such as the Explora<br />

Patagonia, and the golf<br />

courses are iconic and among<br />

the best in South America.<br />

For a full itinerary or more<br />

information, email luana@<br />

newporttravel.com.au or call<br />

9997 1277.<br />

Take in the<br />

country roads<br />

Local boutique self-drive<br />

holiday specialists Driving<br />

Adventures have included a<br />

new five-day tour for 2018<br />

that takes in the best roads<br />

and some of the best-kept<br />

secrets that Victoria and<br />

the New South Wales South<br />

Coast have to offer.<br />

Departing Melbourne on<br />

March 5, you’ll head into the<br />

Yarra Ranges enjoying a great<br />

road leading to the overnight<br />

stop at Mansfield.<br />

Day 2 is particularly<br />

memorable, visiting the<br />

gourmet village of Milawa<br />

then on to Myrtleford and<br />

scenic Bright (in its autumn<br />

glory) before overnighting in<br />

Falls Creek.<br />

Next is the Murray Valley<br />

and the Alpine Way through<br />

Thredbo into Jindabyne;<br />

on Day 4 you’ll head east,<br />

dropping into the Bega Valley<br />

and the beautiful south coast,<br />

before turning north on Day 5.<br />

Operator David Thomas<br />

says the drives – all between<br />

350-375km – are well away<br />

from the heavy traffic and<br />

highways and take in beautiful<br />

locations, great country pubs<br />

and a couple of special cafes.<br />

“There is plenty of time for<br />

stops, which you will want<br />

so you can photograph this<br />

amazing country,” he said.<br />

“Dinners are still being<br />

organised but will be in line<br />

with our mantra of ‘Great<br />

Roads – Good Bottle of Red –<br />

Soft Bed’!”<br />

More info drivingadventures.<br />

com.au or phone David on<br />

0418 473 916.<br />

72 NOVEMBER <strong>2017</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

New unique Kimberley experience<br />

The Kimberley is an ancient<br />

land built on 1.8 billionyear-old<br />

sandstone that has<br />

been uplifted, contorted and<br />

eroded to form spectacular<br />

gorges, desolate mountains and<br />

magnificent waterfalls.<br />

Now you have the<br />

chance to experience<br />

this living indigenous<br />

culture dating back<br />

more than 40,000<br />

years, and Australia’s<br />

oldest rock art galleries<br />

contained within<br />

the rocky outcrops.<br />

“The isolated coastline<br />

boasts more than 2,633<br />

islands, extensive mangrove<br />

forests, wild rivers and important<br />

seabird breeding colonies,”<br />

said Travel View Cruise View’s<br />

Gail Kardash.<br />

“It is a national biodiversity<br />

hotspot listed in the top four per<br />

cent of least-impacted marine<br />

environments worldwide!”<br />

Gail said PONANT’s upcoming<br />

unique Expedition Cruise<br />

through the Kimberley would<br />

deliver an authentic expedition<br />

blended with luxury.<br />

“You’ll explore the coastline<br />

in refined adventure on board<br />

their luxury small ship, Le<br />

Laperouse, which boasts all<br />

the facilities of a 5-star yacht –<br />

including a pool.”<br />

Plus, Le Lapérouse is the<br />

world’s first cruise ship<br />

equipped with a multi-sensory<br />

underwater space.<br />

“Located within the hull beneath<br />

the water line, the state-<br />

of-the-art technology developed<br />

with PONANT lets guests<br />

become modern-day explorers,”<br />

said Gail.<br />

“All focus is drawn towards<br />

two portholes, looking out<br />

upon the sub-aquatic world.<br />

And, comfortably ensconced,<br />

guests can listen to the underwater<br />

world thanks to hydrophones.”<br />

Incredibly, the natural symphony<br />

of the deep sea is captured<br />

across a 5km radius and<br />

transmitted live into the lounge<br />

in the form of acoustic waves.<br />

Innovative underwater vision<br />

is enhanced by non-intrusive underwater<br />

projectors developed<br />

expressly for PONANT, enabling<br />

the observation of the seabed<br />

– without any risk to the marine<br />

biosphere.<br />

“On your cruise you’ll enjoy<br />

regular Zodiac outings and<br />

shore visits to get close to the<br />

nature of the Kimberley, and<br />

discover landscapes and rock<br />

art that is billions of years old,”<br />

Gail said.<br />

“You’ll be amazed listening to<br />

stories of the Dreamtime from<br />

the oldest continuous culture on<br />

the planet.<br />

Not to mention the cruise<br />

provided an encounter with the<br />

world’s largest population of<br />

migrating humpback whales.<br />

* The PONANT 2019 Kimberley<br />

Expedition cruises – with<br />

up to 30% savings – are now<br />

available with Travel View and<br />

Cruise View. For more info call<br />

9918 4444 or 9999 0444.<br />

74 NOVEMBER <strong>2017</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

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