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The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

JANUARY <strong>2018</strong><br />

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A DAY IN<br />

THE LIFE<br />

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MAKING<br />

A SPLASH<br />

45 YEARS OF<br />


KING OF<br />

THE ROAD<br />



Locals’ Guide<br />

129 *<br />

Things<br />

You<br />

Can Do<br />

(* Maybe more... we lost count)

Editorial<br />

How to live the (<strong>Pittwater</strong>) life<br />

Is there any better place than<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> to spend a lazy<br />

summer holiday? We think not.<br />

Swimming, surfing, sailing,<br />

boating, bushwalks and hiking...<br />

we’ve got it all on our doorstep.<br />

This month we present our<br />

annual Locals’ Guide to help you<br />

make the most of your time off.<br />

Turn to page 24 and you’ll find<br />

information on all that the area<br />

has to offer throughout <strong>January</strong>.<br />

And regardless of whether<br />

you’re into fitness or fun, don’t<br />

forget the <strong>Pittwater</strong> Ocean Swim<br />

Series which runs throughout<br />

the month and culminates<br />

in the Big Swim on <strong>January</strong> 28<br />

(see page 6).<br />

Find out what happened when<br />

we spent a day with our local<br />

water police, who have been<br />

afforded added random drug<br />

testing powers for the first time<br />

this summer (see page 14).<br />

<strong>January</strong> is also the month of<br />

art exhibitions and sales, with<br />

some talented individuals and<br />

wonderful works (see page 38).<br />

There have been plenty of<br />

announcements on the local<br />

news front – including<br />

a walkway link between<br />

Bayview Heights and Church<br />

Point, and a shared pedestrian<br />

and cycling path to wrap<br />

around the Bilgola Bends. And<br />

we have our ear to the ground<br />

listening to the latest rumblings<br />

over the development of the<br />

Pasadena site at Church Point<br />

(see page 18).<br />

The warm weather provides<br />

the perfect opportunity to pack<br />

up a picnic and head to a local<br />

beach or park; our foodie Janelle<br />

Bloom has come up with some<br />

great recipes that are easy to<br />

make (see page 66).<br />

The New Year will be a big<br />

one for <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>; we have a<br />

new website arriving soon and<br />

we intend to deliver more of the<br />

great features you look forward<br />

to every month... plus we have a<br />

few surprises up our sleeve that<br />

we know you’ll love!<br />

Here’s wishing all our readers<br />

a happy and safe <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

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Riding the Big Swim wave<br />

News<br />

Whale Beach Surf Club veteran<br />

Paul Hughes remembers 1974<br />

like it was yesterday – that was<br />

the year he and 43 mates lined up for the<br />

first ever Big Swim from Palm Beach to<br />

‘Whaley’, with the now 81-year-old credited<br />

as first across the line.<br />

In fact, Paul swam the fastest times in<br />

each of the first two years – although a<br />

five-minute handicap imposed after<br />

his maiden victory saw him finish fourth<br />

in 1975.<br />

“Because I won by such a big margin<br />

the first year, they gave a me the penalty,”<br />

Paul recalls. “When I started<br />

I was swimming all alone –<br />

that’s not a good feeling, so I<br />

went hard to catch the field.”<br />

Paul is the face of this<br />

year’s 2.8km Big Swim – ‘If<br />

I can, You Can’ – with race<br />

director Simon Morgan also<br />

canvassing far and wide<br />

for input from swimmers<br />

who have competed in 10<br />

or more Big Swims.<br />

“This is the surf club’s<br />

annual significant<br />

fundraiser and all funds<br />

raised go to saving lives<br />

here at Whale Beach and other local<br />

beaches as the club’s volunteers quite<br />

often assist with lifesaving activities<br />

across the local beaches,” said Simon.<br />

“The Macquarie Big Swim is a true<br />

Ocean swim. Swimmers compete against<br />

each other but also the swell, chop and<br />

other conditions which make ocean<br />

swims such a challenge.<br />

“There is a rich history at a local level<br />

with approximately 300 volunteers, all<br />

local, assisting with on the beach registration,<br />

traffic control, water safety, first<br />

aid etc. It’s a far cry from 1974, when<br />

there was no water safety team,<br />

just a couple of guys on surf<br />

skis!”<br />

In <strong>2018</strong> the swim enters its<br />

45th year and celebrates its<br />

44th staging, having been<br />

called off just once (in 2005<br />

due to conditions).<br />

Here are some of the<br />

locals’ recollections<br />

about the Big Swim,<br />

which goes under<br />

starter’s orders in <strong>2018</strong><br />

on <strong>January</strong> 28:<br />

“In the early swims, my<br />

awesome Dad followed the bodies around<br />

on his surf ski (my rescue craft, fortunately<br />

never needed), and was always able<br />

to spot me (no idea how) in amongst the<br />

splash of bobbling coloured heads... Some<br />

of these years were pure bliss: flat, crystalclear<br />

waters right around the headland;<br />

and others, more of what appeared to be<br />

an overwhelming challenge, with massive<br />

dumping surf at both ends. Only one year<br />

was I ‘kissed’ by a bluebottle. I see that as<br />

pretty lucky... For me, this swim used to be<br />

a celebration of being young and fit and<br />

being part of an amazing day of community,<br />

fun and sense of great achievement…<br />

and now, as I head to (OMG) 50, it’s about<br />

proving that my age is just a number and<br />

not something that will stop me experiencing<br />

one of the best feelings in the world.”<br />

– Christina<br />

“I have swum in all years except four;<br />

the first swim started beside the pool<br />

and the club invited the great Des Renford<br />

to lead off the swim and I remember<br />

looking at this portly older gentleman<br />

and thinking if I can’t beat him there is<br />

something wrong... I did it in 20 something<br />

minutes; Des was about an hour – but of<br />

course he could have kept going to Sydney!<br />

He was a true marathon swimmer...<br />

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And of course in the early days there was<br />

a keg and roast on the spit at the finish.”<br />

– Alex<br />

“I used to love coming around the headland<br />

and sometimes, when I was a little too<br />

close in, I remember seeing some amazing<br />

marine life on the rock shelves – once<br />

there was a Port Jackson shark finning<br />

below me. Coming in at Whale, I always<br />

wondered how much of a shore dump<br />

was happening and whether I’d be able to<br />

make it up the beach.” – Rose<br />

“I did my first Big Swim in 1996, I’ve<br />

swum everyone since, bar two; one year it<br />

was cancelled and one year I was away.<br />

“I know this because when I started,<br />

we all used to get a small sample pack at<br />

the end of each swim, which included a<br />

bumper sticker – ‘I did the Big Swim’ – and<br />

the year it was conducted. I never put one<br />

on my car, but used to stick them on my<br />

filing cabinets at work, and somewhere I<br />

have a photo of the cabinets with the stickers<br />

and the earliest was 1996.” – David<br />

“I’ve just been through my archives and<br />

found my first certificate from 1984. I also<br />

came across a hand-written letter from<br />

1985 which I received for winning my age<br />

category – only 94 females entered that<br />

year. Since my first swim 32 years ago, I<br />

believe I have completed 25 Big Swims.”<br />

– Sue<br />

“Some years we have swum through<br />

thousands of little jelly fish, other swims<br />

we have swum into strong southerly winds<br />

and other times it has been crystal clear,<br />

this is what makes this swim an absolute<br />

must-do.” – Peter<br />

Entries and info visit thebigswim.org.au<br />

Dip your toe into<br />

ocean swimming<br />

There are many stories to be told about the<br />

resilience of ocean swimmers, according<br />

to Rob Berry, one of the <strong>Pittwater</strong> Ocean<br />

Swim Series organisers.<br />

“The swims are really for the young and<br />

the old and it’s great to see the wide range<br />

of ages tackling whatever the ocean has to<br />

throw at them that day,” Rob said. “Ocean<br />

swimming is a great way to get yourself fit<br />

and it is quite meditative with the regular<br />

sound of your breathing.<br />

With the Bilgola swims having kicked<br />

off the series in December, the next leg<br />

– the Newport Pool to Peak swims – are<br />

on Sunday <strong>January</strong> 7. (In <strong>2018</strong> Newport is<br />

giving swimmers a choice of a 400m and<br />

800m and a 2km swim.)<br />

Avalon is on the following Sunday<br />

(<strong>January</strong> 14) with 1.5 and 1km swims;<br />

Mona Vale (<strong>January</strong> 21) with a 2.2km swim<br />

and 800m swim and the Big Swim Palm<br />

Beach to Whale Beach on Sunday <strong>January</strong><br />

28 with (2.8km swim and a 1km course).<br />

By competing in three swims, swimmers<br />

will go in the draw for a trip for two to<br />

Byron Bay staying at Bay Royal Luxury<br />

Apartments. The trip includes return air<br />

flights sponsored by Travel View.<br />

Entries for all the <strong>Pittwater</strong> ocean<br />

swims are available online at<br />

oceanswims.com<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

JANUARY <strong>2018</strong> 7

News<br />

Bayview Heights foreshore link<br />

Bayview Heights residents will<br />

no longer need to ‘bush-bash’<br />

down steep terrain to the <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

foreshore following a $130,000<br />

funds injection from the State<br />

Government that will see a sleek,<br />

environmentally sensitive community<br />

walkway constructed in <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

The funds were allocated after a<br />

submission from Bayview Church<br />

Point Residents Association President<br />

Roberta Conroy, lodged in<br />

August, was given the green light<br />

in December.<br />

A delighted Ms Conroy told <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

<strong>Life</strong> the track would be integrated<br />

into the <strong>Pittwater</strong> Trails network,<br />

connecting all community members and<br />

visitors to the area, including school<br />

children, families and seniors, enabling<br />

access to public transport, water, facilities<br />

and businesses in the Church Point<br />

‘hub’.<br />

“It will reduce motor vehicle use,<br />

promote fitness and healthy outdoor<br />

activity, environmental appreciation and<br />

social inclusion and benefit all residents<br />

and visitors,” she said.<br />

“Presently it is only possible to<br />

navigate through this bushland by bushbashing<br />

and rock climbing, making it<br />


unsafe for most community members,<br />

depriving Bayview Heights residents access<br />

to Church Point and making escape<br />

during fires dangerous and almost<br />

impossible.<br />

“Healthy lifestyle is paramount to<br />

the broad community – this bush track<br />

construction will encourage exploration<br />

of our local area; there are many retirement<br />

village residents nearby needing<br />

accessible stable infrastructure for safe<br />

exercising, as do children and all of the<br />

community.<br />

“And the bush track fits well with the<br />

current Church Point Precinct major redevelopment<br />

with the new carpark, road<br />

widening and boardwalk, enabling<br />

increased visitation to our area.”<br />

Local MP Rob Stokes said the<br />

track would complement a range<br />

of ongoing infrastructure improvements<br />

around the Church Point<br />

community precinct.<br />

“Access between Bayview Heights<br />

and Church Point is heavily<br />

restricted due to the terrain and<br />

bushland, which effectively divides<br />

the two areas," he said.<br />

“Providing a formal pedestrian<br />

pathway will better enable residents<br />

to traverse between the two<br />

areas and help address a number<br />

of concerns regarding access during<br />

emergency situations."<br />

He added other initiatives currently<br />

being progressed at Church Point with<br />

financial support from the NSW Government<br />

included extensive car parking<br />

and pedestrian upgrades, boardwalk<br />

and foreshore improvements around the<br />

historic General Store and heritage enhancements<br />

around the original church<br />

and cemetery site.<br />

“Congratulations to the Bayview<br />

Church Point Residents Association for<br />

successfully advocating for this important<br />

initiative.”<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

8 JANUARY <strong>2018</strong><br />

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News<br />

Shared path safety questioned<br />

The State Government’s<br />

announcement of a $3<br />

million shared walking<br />

and cycling pathway to link<br />

Avalon Beach with Newport<br />

around the Bilgola Bends has<br />

met with measured support<br />

from the cycling specialist<br />

appointed to the Northern<br />

Beaches Council’s Local<br />

Traffic Committee.<br />

Local MP Rob Stokes<br />

announced Council will<br />

manage the construction of<br />

the new shared path which will<br />

become a key component of<br />

the Northern Beaches Coastal<br />

Walkway and Cycleway.<br />

The new path will include<br />

an off-road boardwalk section<br />

along the Bilgola Bends<br />

between Newport Beach and<br />

The Serpentine to safely allow<br />

cyclists and walkers to travel<br />

along this area, separated<br />

from vehicles (see artist's<br />

impression).<br />

Council’s Traffic<br />

Committee’s cycling<br />

representative Owen Dunne<br />

said shared paths, which<br />

provide access for pedestrians<br />

and the occasional cyclist,<br />

were a step forward in<br />

assisting families and the<br />

beginner or occasional cyclist<br />

to utilise a shared cycle-path –<br />

providing riding speeds were<br />

less than 10km/h.<br />

“However, this is not<br />

a solution for the bulk<br />

of cyclists and cyclingcommuters<br />

as well as<br />

pedestrians, as a shared path<br />

is not a safe option for either<br />

the pedestrian or the cyclist,”<br />

he warned.<br />

“I am still looking forward<br />

to a viable solution for<br />

cyclists and cycle-commuting<br />

that fully addresses all the<br />

needs of cyclists to utilise<br />

a designated cycle zone to<br />

provide much-needed and<br />

safe cycling access between<br />

Avalon and Newport.”<br />

Newport Residents<br />

Association (NRA) President<br />

Gavin Butler said the<br />

association welcomed<br />

the move to link three<br />

of <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s iconic surf<br />

beaches.<br />

He added: “We now look<br />

forward to improvements<br />

from Newport south,<br />

especially the lack of walkway<br />

around the Bungan headland<br />

by using Bungan Head Reserve<br />

through to Bungan Beach.”<br />

Mr Stokes said the new path<br />

would become a spectacular<br />

part of the new Coastal<br />

Walkway and Cycleway and<br />

prove hugely beneficial for<br />

local residents.<br />

“There isn’t currently an<br />

easy or convenient way to<br />

travel between these areas<br />

without using a vehicle,”<br />

Mr Stokes said. “The new<br />

path will link communities,<br />

encourage people to get active<br />

and to leave their cars at<br />

home.” – Nigel Wall<br />

10 JANUARY <strong>2018</strong><br />

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News<br />

Australia Day beaches booze ban<br />

Northern Beaches Council has banned<br />

alcohol on all Northern Beaches Council<br />

beaches for 24 hours from 6am on Australia<br />

Day. The ban follows a request by the Northern<br />

Beaches Local Area Command to Council staff<br />

to assist reducing antisocial behaviour often<br />

brought on by the consumption of alcohol on<br />

beaches.<br />

However, Narrabeen Ward councillor Rory<br />

Amon – who opposed Council’s resolution –<br />

criticised the ban as a “band aid” solution.<br />

“Banning the consumption of alcohol on<br />

our beaches on Australia Day is ignoring the<br />

problem – it’s punishing the 99.99% who do<br />

the right thing because of a few hooligans,” he<br />

said. “We need to address antisocial behaviour<br />

head-on and find solutions, not penalise Australians<br />

who want a beer or wine on the beach<br />

on Australia Day.”<br />

He added there had been no community<br />

consultation beforehand.<br />

Council endorsed the band after rejecting<br />

Councillor Amon’s proposed amendments<br />

requiring community consultation for future<br />

booze bans, as well as rejecting Amon’s call<br />

for staff to arrange a briefing from Northern<br />

Beaches Police on alcohol fuelled violence<br />

on the Northern Beaches as well as the data<br />

around the impacts of booze bans and<br />

whether they lead to violence being driven<br />

from public spaces into the home where it cannot<br />

be seen.<br />

“I am disappointed with the ban,” Mr Amon<br />

said. “However, I commend our police for all<br />

their work in keeping us one of the safest communities<br />

in Australia – they have a tough gig.<br />

If they need more powers to deal with alcoholfuelled<br />

violence, my preference is to give it to<br />

them, not to penalise the 99.99%.”<br />

What do you think?<br />

Tell us at readers@pittwaterlife.com.au<br />

6THINGS<br />


Happy New Year! Enjoy<br />

fireworks at 9pm and midnight<br />

from the shore at Rowland<br />

Reserve Bayview or surrounding<br />

businesses including the Royal<br />

Motor Yacht Club and Royal Prince<br />

Alfred Yacht Club. (No alcohol will<br />

be permitted at Rowland Reserve<br />

from 6am Dec 31 to 6am Jan 1.)<br />

Polo By The Sea. This event<br />

at Hitchcock Park has been<br />

described as one of the best of<br />

the year and although it attracts<br />

A-Listers and people who are<br />

actually interested in Polo it’s not<br />

as posh as you may think. If you<br />

want a fun day out on Saturday 13<br />

and a party that keeps on going<br />

well after the action has finished,<br />

there are still tickets available.<br />

Go to polobythesea.com.au.<br />

Nominate an outstanding<br />

woman. There are plenty of<br />

women in <strong>Pittwater</strong> who deserve<br />

a gong for their wonderful work<br />

so put someone’s name forward<br />

for the <strong>2018</strong> NSW Women of the<br />

Year Awards. There are seven<br />

state-wide award categories but<br />

be quick nominations close at<br />

11.59pm on Sun 7 <strong>January</strong>. Details<br />

at women.nsw.gov.au/women_of_<br />

the_year_awards<br />

Avalon Car Boot Sale. You'll<br />

always find something you didn’t<br />

realise you needed at this popular<br />

community event especially as it<br />

is being held so soon after Xmas.<br />

With live music, fresh coffee and<br />

lots of treasures. Dunbar Park<br />

Avalon Sat 20, 8am-2pm.<br />

Stay safe in the surf. Dr Rip<br />

– aka Dr Rob Brander – who has<br />

been studying beaches and surf<br />

zones for 20 years, will show you<br />

what to look for before you go out<br />

in the water at his award-winning<br />

presentation Science of the Surf.<br />

Suitable for adults and children<br />

8 years and above; 11.30am at<br />

Warriewood SLSC on Thursday<br />

25. For further info call 9976 1654.<br />

Australia Day. Our council<br />

will mark the day by hosting<br />

breakfast BBQs, rides for kids and<br />

entertainment up and down the<br />

coast. In our neck of the woods<br />

events will be held on Friday 26 at<br />

Bert Payne Reserve at Newport<br />

Beach from 7.30-11.30am and<br />

Lakeside Park at North Narrabeen<br />

from 8am-12pm.<br />

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The Thin Blue (Wa<br />

News<br />

We’re putt-putting<br />

through a no-wash<br />

zone by Scotland<br />

Island on a “ride-along” with<br />

Broken Bay Water Police and<br />

I can’t get two songs out my<br />

head. One is the Paul Kelly<br />

tune about “so much water”;<br />

the other the theme song to<br />

Cops – “Bad boy, bad boys,<br />

what you gonna do”. And it’s<br />

a bit annoying. And then the<br />

songs are gone because I’m<br />

just about airborne. And it’s<br />

all I can do to hang on.<br />

We’re on a “ride-along” with<br />

Senior Constables Matthew<br />

Watt and Nathan Cooksley,<br />

shooting breeze, talking shop,<br />

when Watt points into the<br />

distance and says, “Jetskis”.<br />

And we go from walking pace<br />

to high-speed pursuit. The<br />

vessel had appeared modest,<br />

a cross between a small<br />

commercial fishing boat and<br />

honest tug. But when Cooksley<br />

guns its twin outboard Suzuki<br />

engines, it’s like being in Mad<br />

Max’s tricked-up V8 Interceptor<br />

bounding through sand<br />

dunes. Which is quite exciting.<br />

We’d met the men in their<br />

office at Holmeport Marina on<br />

Church Point. The view from<br />

the deck is of moored white<br />

boats on a green sea framed<br />

by a forest of eucalypts. The<br />

office itself is like any other,<br />

just with high security and<br />

guns. There are radios on the<br />

wall, what looks like Batman’s<br />

utility belt hanging off<br />

a hook. There are computers,<br />

whiteboards, a kitchen with<br />

ordinary coffee. There’s a picture<br />

of Borat in a mankini.<br />

HIGH VISIBILITY POLICING: Senior Constables Watt and Cooksley plot their course for a day's 'PR' on <strong>Pittwater</strong>.<br />

I’m given a lifejacket and a<br />

brief drill on its contents.<br />

“Can you swim?” asks Watt.<br />

I nod.<br />

“Do you know boats?”<br />

Not so much.<br />

“Keep one hand free.”<br />

“What for?” I ask.<br />

“To hang on,” replies Watt<br />

presciently.<br />

Broken Bay Water Police<br />

patrol a body of water bigger<br />

than Sydney Harbour. From<br />

their base at Church Point,<br />

their “beat” extends across<br />

the <strong>Pittwater</strong>, up the Hawkesbury<br />

and north to Brisbane<br />

Water on the Central Coast.<br />

They can head 30 nautical<br />

miles out to sea.<br />

Their work is varied.<br />

There’s untold hectares of<br />

national park in which hikers<br />

can sometimes become lost.<br />

One time a person reported<br />

the hull of an upturned boat<br />

that turned out to be a dead<br />

whale being feasted upon by<br />

sharks. There’s a “Pudding<br />

Club” which contains a list of<br />

pregnant women on Scotland<br />

Island and their due dates.<br />

And so those big Suzukis<br />

roar like angry dragons and<br />

we fly over the briny, the single-hulled<br />

cop craft, on loan<br />

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ter) Line<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> hitched a ride with the Broken Bay<br />

Water Police to find out what goes down on a<br />

summer Sunday. Words & photos by Matt Cleary.<br />

NOT A BAD VIEW: Who said a desk job was boring? Through the window of the 'office' at Holmeport Marina at Church Point.<br />

from Sydney Water Police,<br />

thumps down and shoots up.<br />

The sea cops ride it out; bums<br />

perched on seats, anticipating<br />

the bumps. For the journo it’s<br />

like being in one of those spiralling<br />

Russian space planes.<br />

Cooksley half turns to me,<br />

smiles.<br />

“You get seasick?” he asks.<br />

“Not yet,” I reply. “Give it<br />

time.”<br />

We round up the jetski<br />

riders, four men in their 20s,<br />

out for some rollicking water<br />

action. Watt checks licences,<br />

life jackets, and a “behaviour<br />

label”. One fellow doesn’t have<br />

one. He’s owned the craft a<br />

week. There’s an impromptu<br />

lesson in water safety and sealane<br />

rules. There are breath<br />

tests.<br />

“Booze and water do not<br />

mix,” says Cooksley. “And a<br />

nice day out can turn into a<br />

tragedy.” It’s not delivered as<br />

tired cliché. It’s a statement of<br />

fact – when people drink on<br />

boats it’s dangerous.<br />

Our run today is called<br />

HVP – High Visibility Policing.<br />

It’s more about PR than<br />

arresting baddies. It’s not so<br />

much about “busting” anyone,<br />

though do a bad thing and<br />

they will. It’s more: Hello,<br />

citizens, the police are here<br />

to help. Also: don’t do a bad<br />

thing. Often their presence is<br />

enough.<br />

We pull up to a couple of<br />

lads on a speedboat, fishing<br />

for Jewfish in a bumpy, freeflowing<br />

bit of water called<br />

“The Rip”.<br />

“Catchin’ any?” asks Watt.<br />

One of the lads proudly<br />

holds up a monster.<br />

“Look at that! Where’d you<br />

catch that?” asks Watt.<br />

“Can’t tell ya,” says the<br />

CHECKS PLEASE: Making sure everything is in order with a jetski crew.<br />

man. “It’s a secret.”<br />

We repeat the good cheer<br />

with several other anglers. In<br />

a typical conversation Watt<br />

will ask: “Get any bites? Had<br />

the boat long? Anything to<br />

drink today? Beautiful day!<br />

Can you read out your licence<br />

number? How are your fire<br />

extinguishers? That one looks<br />

a bit rusty! You’ve got another<br />

one? It’d pay to keep that one<br />

handy, no? Ladies, tell me, do<br />

you bait your own hooks?”<br />

And so on.<br />

We enjoy a takeaway coffee<br />

at Killcare Wharf and talk of<br />

“good busts”. Recently a boat<br />

stolen on the <strong>Pittwater</strong> turned<br />

up near Hamilton Island. Another<br />

fellow was stealing batteries,<br />

hundreds of them. The<br />

team built a case and arrested<br />

the man, found his garage full<br />

of them. On Christmas Day in<br />

2016, at little Parsley Bay near<br />

Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury<br />

River, police intercepted a<br />

boat carrying 500 kilograms<br />

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AT THE READY: Running the eye over their 'patrol vehicle' before hitting the water; all in a day's work.<br />

of cocaine.<br />

“Should’ve seen these<br />

blokes,” smiles Watt. “It was<br />

Cheech and Chong stuff.<br />

There’d been eyes on them<br />

for months. They thought<br />

because it’s Christmas Day<br />

no-one will be working. That<br />

was not correct.”<br />

We cruise past fine houses<br />

on Umina Beach. There’s<br />

homes set among the eucalypts<br />

like the Swiss Family<br />

Robinson. There’s homes that<br />

float on the water. “Older people<br />

can get a bit isolated,” says<br />

Cooksley. “Sometimes we’ll<br />

have to medivac them off.”<br />

And sometimes people<br />

die. And the smell, they say,<br />

is not easily forgotten. And<br />

you think, for all the “cool”<br />

bits of the job, the rescues<br />

and helicopters, and busting<br />

crooks, there are things you<br />

don’t envy.<br />

A message comes over the<br />

mobile phone: complaint<br />

about jetskis at Patonga.<br />

We fly over the flat water,<br />

Suzukis roaring. We bounce<br />

through some big swell where<br />

the ocean meets Broken Bay.<br />

There’s talk of fishing and a<br />

Mexican prison island, and<br />

Margot Robbie, before we<br />

putt-putt quietly into Patonga.<br />

And there we find a fisherman<br />

from central casting:<br />

leathery skin, sun-blonde<br />

beard, salt-flecked shorts,<br />

knitting his nets with a trusty<br />

hound by his side.<br />

“Did you call us, mate?”<br />

asks Watt.<br />

“I bloody well did!” says<br />

the man. “I’m jack of these<br />

bastards. Twenty of ’em. Took<br />

off. Smart-arses.”<br />

“Did you take down rego?”<br />

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asks Watt. “Did you get the<br />

colour of the boat?”<br />

“I didn’t,” says the fisherman.<br />

“But I’ve got video on my<br />

phone. I’ll come aboard, show<br />

ya.” He comes aboard. But<br />

his video is bouncing about<br />

and not evidence<br />

of anything. Watt<br />

explains the limits<br />

of police power.<br />

We see some<br />

jetski riders on the<br />

shore. The fisherman<br />

isn’t sure it’s<br />

them. Watt gets<br />

to the front of<br />

the boat, calls the<br />

men towards him.<br />

There’s a shirtless<br />

bloke with a<br />

Mohawk and muscles. There’s<br />

a bloke in white Panama hat,<br />

sunglasses, tattoos, more<br />

muscles, up to his knees in<br />

the sea.<br />

As Watt ask questions<br />

pertaining to the fisherman’s<br />

complaint, Panama hat man<br />

screams in fear and fright,<br />

and just about leaps out of<br />

the water, clutching at his leg.<br />

And he’s screaming, yowling.<br />

“Stingray,” remarks Cooksley.<br />

“Get a few around here.”<br />

For all the<br />

'cool' bits of<br />

the job – the<br />

rescues and<br />

busting crooks<br />

– there are<br />

things you<br />

don't envy...<br />

Our man hops to shore,<br />

clutching his calf. Watt takes<br />

off his shoes and heads<br />

onto the beach to assist. He<br />

inspects the leg. No entry<br />

wounds. “Probably a numb<br />

ray,” reckons Cooksley. “It’s<br />

like an electric<br />

shock.”<br />

There’s an offer<br />

of an ambulance<br />

but Panama hat<br />

insists he’s okay.<br />

Watt climbs back<br />

aboard, “We can<br />

force them to take<br />

an ambulance<br />

if we have to,<br />

though it goes on<br />

the boss’s budget.<br />

We’ll do that. But<br />

the bloke said he didn’t need<br />

it, so, we’ll leave it there.”<br />

We talk of the fisherman, a<br />

hard-working man of the sea<br />

spending his Sunday fixing<br />

his nets. “He was right to call<br />

us,” says Watt. “We want people<br />

to ring. We need the public<br />

to help us.”<br />

* To contact Broken Bay<br />

Water Police call 9910 7899;<br />

0412 162 093; or email<br />

brobay@police.nsw.gov.au.<br />

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SEEN…<br />

Most innovative use of your<br />

garden to get in the Christmas<br />

spirit? Forget twinkling lights;<br />

we have a winner! Top marks<br />

to the Mona Vale residents<br />

who trimmed their street-front<br />

muraya hedge into a raggedy<br />

untrimmed pyramid, then decorated<br />

it with baubles, a star…<br />

even spray-painted tinsel! Voila<br />

– the perfect Christmas tree!<br />

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HEARD…<br />

ABSURD…<br />

A new Australian film will be shot in<br />

and around Palm Beach between April<br />

and June this year. The movie’s producers<br />

have asked Northern Beaches<br />

Council to provide financial and in-kind<br />

support – their request was considered<br />

during a closed session at the final<br />

council meeting of 2017 in late December.<br />

Expect more “action” about this in<br />

the coming weeks.<br />

The Pasadena situation at Church Point? What a mess. The<br />

current owner bought the site in 2009 but says he had a<br />

succession of DAs for improvement and works knocked<br />

back by the former <strong>Pittwater</strong> Council. Hence its derelict<br />

appearance. In August, the new NB Council and the Government<br />

announced intent to compulsorily acquire the land<br />

for community use; it coincided with the owner obtaining a<br />

construction go-ahead that fell back on consent granted in<br />

1963. All very legal. So now Council is walking on eggshells<br />

as it tries to break the impasse. On the one hand Council<br />

has a duty as a compliance authority to act in the best interests<br />

of the community. On the other, it would be wary that<br />

any decision it makes that may curtail the property owner<br />

from making improvements could be considered ‘obstructionist’<br />

and affect the property’s valuation. Regardless,<br />

Council’s General Manager Environment & Infrastructure<br />

Ben Taylor told us Council was continuing discussions with<br />

the site owner to acquire the property. “If we are unable<br />

to reach agreement, Council intends to proceed with a<br />

compulsory purchase with the aim of returning the waterfront<br />

site to the public for open space. After the land is<br />

bought, Council will engage with the community to create<br />

a masterplan for the area, with the intention to convert the<br />

majority of the site to public open space as well as provide<br />

suitable building/s to accentuate public use of the area.”<br />

Meanwhile days before Christmas the development owner<br />

told us he had not<br />

had discussions<br />

with Council about<br />

compulsory acquisition<br />

and intended<br />

to push ahead<br />

with his plans for<br />

the new Pasadena,<br />

including a swish<br />

restaurant, outside<br />

dining and<br />

15 accommodation<br />

rooms. Stay<br />

tuned.<br />

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On-demand trial<br />

hits road running<br />

The State Government’s ondemand<br />

transport trial has<br />

hit the road running on the<br />

Northern Beaches, with the<br />

Keoride car-sharing service<br />

providing connections from<br />

people’s homes or designated<br />

local pick-up point to the new<br />

B-Line bus service stops. Using<br />

a fleet of ‘GoGet’ vehicles,<br />

it aims to provide a personalised,<br />

frequent and direct<br />

service to local communities,<br />

and encourage the use of<br />

public transport. Locals have<br />

embraced the service, which<br />

operates seven days a week<br />

– weekdays from 6am-10pm,<br />

Saturday from 7am-7pm and<br />

Sunday from 7am-5pm. Mona<br />

Vale resident Helen Dunne<br />

said: “This service is reliable,<br />

safe and convenient. It will<br />

probably mean I don’t need<br />

a second car.” James George<br />

from Clareville added: “I tried<br />

this the other day and, for<br />

less than the price of a cup<br />

of coffee, I was picked up at<br />

my front door at the time of<br />

my choosing and taken to the<br />

nearest B-Line and bus stop<br />

hub. It’s the most amazing<br />

public transport initiative.”<br />

Each Keoride service costs a<br />

flat fee of $3.10 per trip and<br />

payments can be made by<br />

credit card. The service can be<br />

booked online keoride.com.<br />

au, through the Keoride app<br />

or by phone 1800 KEO RIDE.<br />

And they are off<br />

and walking!<br />

The Northern Beaches has a<br />

new social group: greyhound<br />

owners and their hounds and<br />

a few extra doggies meeting<br />

once a month for a stroll, a<br />

chat (or sniff) and a coffee (or<br />

water). Organised by Greyhounds<br />

As Pets volunteer<br />

Toni Barnes in November, the<br />

Northern Beaches Greyhound<br />

Walking Group (above) has<br />

already brought together<br />

around 20 hounds and their<br />

human friends. The first walk<br />

was from the Flying Fox Café<br />

to the Marina Café Church<br />

Point and back, the second<br />

walk last month took in part<br />

of the Narrabeen Lagoon<br />

Trail. “All the dogs were wellbehaved<br />

the whole way… it<br />

was a lovely sight,” Toni said.<br />

“We are trying to have a walk<br />

once a month so we can catch<br />

up and talk ‘greyhound’, share<br />

tips or ask for help or advice,”<br />

she explained. The first walk<br />

in <strong>2018</strong> will be at Long Reef on<br />

<strong>January</strong> 14, meeting at 8am<br />

near the tennis courts on Anzac<br />

Ave. Toni asks owners to<br />

bring along water for you and<br />

your hound and please make<br />

sure your dog has their green<br />

collar or muzzle on. If you<br />

have a greyhound and want to<br />

join the group or interested in<br />

learning more about the breed<br />

and perhaps even adopting<br />

one of these calm, low maintenance<br />

pets check out the<br />

Northern Beaches Greyhound<br />

Walking group on Facebook.<br />

Probus delves into<br />

‘super-rich’ world<br />

The “shadowy world of the<br />

super-rich” is the subject of a<br />

talk by author and former equity<br />

dealer Robert Salisbury<br />

at the next <strong>Pittwater</strong> Probus<br />

meeting at Mona Vale Golf<br />

Club on <strong>January</strong> 9. Robert will<br />

speak about his new fiction<br />

thriller ‘The Shadows’ – in<br />

it he gives details about the<br />

anonymous families that rule<br />

the world through their control<br />

over the finance industry,<br />

including equity markets<br />

and cryptocurrencies such as<br />

Bitcoin. Also on the agenda is<br />

a five-minute talk from Peter<br />

Mayman who will outline the<br />

key features and points of<br />

interest of a tour of Norway.<br />

Meeting starts 10am and all<br />

are welcome. More info Geoff<br />

Sheppard 0437 274 074.<br />

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Continued from page 19<br />

Marriage equality<br />

weddings boost<br />

Local events venues are<br />

gearing up for a busy year<br />

with the passage of marriage<br />

equality set to inject<br />

an estimated $1 billion into<br />

the Australian economy in<br />

the next three years alone.<br />

Metro Mirage Hotel Newport<br />

has already taken bookings<br />

for same-sex marriages and<br />

expects more enquiries when<br />

it stages its Summer Wedding<br />

Expo on Sunday February 18<br />

from 1pm-4pm. “The passing<br />

of the same sex marriage<br />

legislation is not only a<br />

great result for couples who<br />

simply want to confirm their<br />

love for each other, but will<br />

undoubtedly have positive<br />

flow-through benefits to all<br />

of our local suppliers, as well<br />

as to the broader community<br />

through the expanded<br />

employment opportunities<br />

these increased celebrations<br />

will bring,” said hotel General<br />

Manager Stuart Crossman. He<br />

added the hotel was delighted<br />

to take its first same sex marriage<br />

wedding booking some<br />

weeks before the Australian<br />

legislation passed. More Summer<br />

Wedding Expo info 9997<br />

7011.<br />

Fate ‘sealed’ for<br />

Oxford Falls Rd<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

intends to upgrade gravel<br />

sections of Oxford Falls<br />

Road and Morgan Road in<br />

Oxford Falls to sealed roads<br />

and investigate appropriate<br />

traffic calming and wildlife<br />

protection measures. Mayor<br />

Michael Regan said Council<br />

currently maintains sections<br />

of both roads next to the one<br />

lane bridge over Oxford Falls<br />

Creek with a gravel surface,<br />

while the other sections are<br />

sealed. “But traffic volumes in<br />

this area have substantially<br />

increased lately due to traffic<br />

changes around the new hospital<br />

and sections of the road<br />

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are starting to really deteriorate<br />

with rutting and loss of<br />

gravel,” he said. “Traffic is<br />

diabolical in Frenchs Forest<br />

due to the RMS road works<br />

and that has forced council’s<br />

hand on what is supposed to<br />

be a semi-rural access road<br />

for residents and not a main<br />

thoroughfare. Maintenance<br />

costs are now significantly<br />

higher and locals say there<br />

has also been an increase in<br />

road kill numbers. If we do<br />

nothing, it will continue to<br />

cost ratepayers almost quarter<br />

of a million dollars a year to<br />

maintain in its current state.<br />

But by investing $490,000, we<br />

can upgrade to a sealed road<br />

with only minor maintenance<br />

needed for the next 15-20<br />

years.” Mayor Regan said.<br />

He added Council was also<br />

very aware of the concerns in<br />

relation to access to and from<br />

Wakehurst Parkway and will<br />

discuss options with the RMS,<br />

highlighting what has become<br />

a dangerous right-hand turn<br />

onto the parkway.<br />

Steps to thwart tree scammers<br />

Professional local tree service<br />

providers have compiled a<br />

‘dodgy tree loppers’ checklist<br />

to ensure residents don’t<br />

fall victim to unqualified<br />

scammers who have been<br />

operating throughout the<br />

upper-<strong>Pittwater</strong> area. It<br />

follows a warning from NB<br />

Council Mayor<br />

Michael Regan<br />

about rogue contractors<br />

who had<br />

targeted Avalon<br />

and Bilgola, offering<br />

residents<br />

cheap rates<br />

before inflating<br />

their prices once<br />

the job was complete.<br />

Mr Regan the actions<br />

of the band of illegal tree removalists<br />

had the potential to<br />

place residents hoodwinked<br />

by their approaches at risk<br />

of enforcement action. He<br />

added Council had received at<br />

least six reports in December,<br />

leaving three property owners<br />

potentially facing large<br />

fines for illegal tree removal<br />

or lopping. Local practising<br />

arborist Graham Brooks said<br />

there were some things customers<br />

should never accept<br />

when dealing with loppers.<br />

“Verbal quotations or a quote<br />

on the back of a business<br />

card are at the top of the list,”<br />

Graham said, “Also a business<br />

card with<br />

contact number<br />

only and no<br />

other contractor<br />

details.<br />

And be wary of<br />

door knockers<br />

offering cheap<br />

works, and<br />

workers who<br />

cannot produce<br />

insurance certificates.” He<br />

said customers could request<br />

specific criteria to identify<br />

genuine sole traders and/or<br />

companies. “Essentials are<br />

that they are registered with<br />

an ABN and or ACN, they have<br />

a current Insurance Certificate<br />

with $20 million public<br />

liability and worker’s compensation<br />

(Tree Industry).”<br />

Vet<br />

on<br />

call<br />

with<br />

Dr Ben Brown<br />

We all know how important<br />

tick prevention is for<br />

our dogs as the weather<br />

warms up but what about<br />

heartworm disease? Is your<br />

dog adequately protected?<br />

Heartworm in dogs is a<br />

potentially fatal disease that<br />

is transmitted from infected<br />

to uninfected dogs by<br />

mosquitoes. These mosquitoes<br />

inject a tiny worm into the<br />

dog’s body (microfilaria)<br />

which then mature into adult<br />

heartworm over about six<br />

months inside the chambers<br />

of the heart. Adult heartworm<br />

then cause heart failure which<br />

can result in serious illness<br />

and death. Heartworm disease<br />

is very difficult and expensive<br />

to treat so prevention is much<br />

better than cure!<br />

According to the Australian<br />

Heartworm Advisory Panel,<br />

year-round heartworm<br />

protection is recommended<br />

for every dog Australiawide.<br />

Therefore, just as we<br />

vaccinate pets against deadly<br />

viral diseases, heartworm<br />

prophylaxis is an important<br />

cornerstone of preventative<br />

care. Whilst monthly<br />

heartworm preventatives<br />

have been demonstrated<br />

to be effective, when given<br />

every month, any lapse in<br />

treatment puts patients at<br />

higher risk of heartworm<br />

disease. Recent research<br />

showed that complacency<br />

around heartworm prevention<br />

has resulted in dogs testing<br />

positive to heartworm, in fact<br />

around 40% of dogs diagnosed<br />

with heartworm disease are<br />

on owner-given monthly<br />

heartworm preventatives.<br />

The easiest way to avoid<br />

forgetting heartworm<br />

medication is to use annual<br />

heartworm prevention at the<br />

time of vaccination. Sydney<br />

Animal Hospitals are offering<br />

a free heartworm blood test<br />

in <strong>January</strong> and February;<br />

drop by or give us a call to<br />

discuss your dog’s heartworm<br />

prevention to make sure they<br />

are adequately protected.<br />

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As you’d expect, local driving tours<br />

operator David Thomas has a lifelong<br />

love of all things auto.<br />

Story by Rosamund Burton<br />

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

King of<br />

Road<br />

the<br />

With the roof down on a sunny<br />

day David Thomas steers his<br />

black 2003 model Porsche<br />

Boxter S through the backstreets of<br />

Mona Vale.<br />

“I’ve had a love of cars ever since<br />

I was old enough to hold a steering<br />

wheel,” he tells me. “I’ve been lucky<br />

that pretty much my whole life I’ve<br />

been involved in cars and motorcycles<br />

– teaching people how to drive, racing,<br />

rallying and now conducting tours.”<br />

Through his company, Driving<br />

Adventures, he runs half-day and fullday<br />

Porsche driving tours, which always<br />

start in Mona Vale, before following the<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> foreshore to Church Point,<br />

and enjoying the McCarrs Creek Road<br />

bends.<br />

“People come from all over Sydney for<br />

a drive in a Porsche, and they’re blown<br />

away by the scenery.”<br />

David Thomas grew up at Revesby in<br />

the Western Suburbs. Aged 20 he had<br />

a second job, working behind the bar<br />

in a club, and one of his workmates<br />

suggested he come to the ‘Club Lap<br />

Dash’ at the weekend. He drove his<br />

Holden Torana GTR out to Catalina Park<br />

near Katoomba, and completed the race<br />

track circuit in the best time.<br />

Then for 20 years he raced production<br />

cars, competing at Bathurst and on<br />

the Adelaide Grand Prix circuit, while<br />

working in the NSW police force as a<br />

driving instructor. David went on to<br />

teach members of the police force to<br />

drive high speed cars, for several years<br />

was chief motorcycle instructor, and<br />

eventually was in charge of all traffic<br />

and mobile police training in NSW.<br />

He was in his late 30s in 1991, when<br />

he left the police force, and also split up<br />

with his first wife, with whom he’d had<br />

three children.<br />

He ran his own driver training school<br />

for several years, and during that time<br />

landed a couple of dream jobs driving<br />

in international rallies. In 1993 he<br />

competed in the month-long London to<br />

Sydney Rally.<br />

The owner of the car was Jenny<br />

Britain, and David and she were<br />

running third in a field of more than<br />

100 cars when they reached Perth.<br />

“We were trying to put some pressure<br />

on the leaders and clipped a tree<br />

stump. We didn’t realise the extent of<br />

the damage, so kept going. Two days<br />

later in the Flinders Ranges we had just<br />

finished the stage. I hit the brakes and<br />

the steering arm parted, and I parked<br />

the car rather untidily roof first in a<br />

tree. Jenny broke five ribs and was<br />

carted off to hospital, and I injured<br />

my neck and ligaments.” He shifts the<br />

Porsche into a lower gear as we head<br />

round a sharp corner on McCarrs Creek<br />

Road, and adds reassuringly, “That’s the<br />

only major accident I’ve ever had.”<br />

Two years later he competed in the<br />

London to Mexico Rally, and started<br />

doing promotional work for a number<br />

of car companies. After running a<br />

couple of weekend driving tours, he<br />

saw the opportunity for his Driving<br />

Adventures business.<br />

“I knew a lot of people had nice cars<br />

and never drove them, so I gave them<br />

an excuse to drive them. Last week<br />

I took 14 cars – Ferraris, Maseratis,<br />

Porsches and BMWs – on a three-day<br />

tour through the Snowy Mountains and<br />

down the far South Coast of NSW.”<br />

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David Thomas also leads an annual<br />

two-week USA driving tour, a tour<br />

of England, Wales and Scotland and<br />

a 19-night European tour staying<br />

in exceptional hotels, eating out at<br />

gourmet restaurants, and following<br />

some of the world’s great passes and<br />

roads.<br />

He pulls in at Hills The Flower Market<br />

on Mona Vale Road at Terrey Hills, and<br />

over a coffee explains that he met his<br />

wife, Maryann, in 1997, a couple of<br />

weeks after he moved from Turramurra<br />

into an apartment block opposite the<br />

Newport Surf <strong>Life</strong>saving Club. She was<br />

also a new resident in the block, and<br />

told him he was in her parking spot.<br />

“We moved together into a house in<br />

Avalon. I had three teenage boys and<br />

she had three teenage girls living with<br />

her, and a son who was living with her<br />

parents,” he tells me. “I knew I was in<br />

trouble when I paddled out in the surf<br />

at Newport one day, and a guy paddled<br />

past and said, ‘Good day, Mr Brady’. The<br />

Brady Bunch has certainly been formed,<br />

and it was a circus, because there were<br />

never just seven kids there, but all their<br />

friends as well.” As David goes off to<br />

buy a bunch of flowers for Maryann, it<br />

is obvious, after 17 years of marriage,<br />

and with eight grandchildren between<br />

them, he hasn’t regretted parking in the<br />

wrong spot.<br />

Maryann Thomas was born and<br />

raised in Newport, and has sailed all<br />

her life. She was one of Katie Spithill’s<br />

crew for the Busan Cup Women’s Match<br />

Racing World Championships in Korea<br />

in 2010, when the team won silver,<br />

and 2013, when they came away with<br />

bronze.<br />

“Maryann sails a lot, and is very<br />

good at it, so if I wanted to see her<br />

at weekends I had to go sailing,”<br />

David explains. So he directed his<br />

competitiveness from the road and<br />

onto the water, crewing with Maryann<br />

for several years on the Tripp 47 yacht,<br />

Abracadabra, and then the Sydney 38,<br />

Eye Candy.<br />

These days David can be found on<br />

the 66-footer, Wild Oats X, in the Royal<br />

Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s Wednesday<br />

afternoon race with another driving<br />

and sailing enthusiast, 91-year-old Bill<br />

Buckle.<br />

“He sits up the back, and I do a bit<br />

of knuckle work, which at 91 he’s not<br />

expected to do, and we’ll chat about<br />

cars. After sailing one day he invited<br />

me to take his new electric Tesla car<br />

for a drive. ‘Give it some acceleration,’<br />

he urged, so at his insistence I did, and<br />

quick as a flash, he said, ‘You’re using<br />

up all my battery.’”<br />

As we walk back to the car, David<br />

says, “It’s your turn to drive now,” and<br />

hands me the keys. Never in my wildest<br />

dreams did I imagine I’d have the<br />

opportunity to drive a Porsche, and now<br />

I hardly dare reverse out of the parking<br />

spot for fear that I’ll put a dent in this<br />

dream machine. However, with his<br />

years of driver training, David knows<br />

exactly how to instill confidence in his<br />

nervous driver, and within minutes I’m<br />

joyously toe-tapping between the brake<br />

and the accelerator, as I navigate the<br />

bends down to Akuna Bay.<br />

Driving the Porsche up David<br />

Thomas’s driveway and pulling up<br />

beside his 2006 model, and his newly<br />

restored yellow 1970s Porsche 911E, I<br />

can only admire this dynamic 63-yearold,<br />

who over his entire adult life has<br />

pursued his passion for driving, and<br />

developed this niche business for other<br />

car and driving enthusiasts.<br />

For more information about<br />

Driving Adventures visit www.<br />

drivingadventures.com.au or phone<br />

0418 473 916.<br />

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


it began – watching his Dad change<br />

a tyre at the family home in Revesby<br />

in 1957; racing a Mini at Oran Park<br />

in Sydney; getting some drift in his<br />

Mark I Ford Escort in Austria during<br />

the London to Sydney Marathon in<br />

1993; race preparations at Winton in<br />

Tasmania; taking in the Taj Mahal;<br />

coming down from the top of Mount<br />

Panorama during the big race at<br />

Bathurst in the early 1990s.<br />

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Here are a few things to take on board to inspire you to discover more about beautiful<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>… and perhaps even try something new. Compiled by Lisa Offord.<br />

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Our waterways and bushland<br />

are pristine and you will<br />

notice most of us are doing<br />

our best to ensure they stay<br />

that way. Our community is<br />

doing a great job in helping<br />

to reduce the amount of<br />

plastic in landfill, polluting<br />

our bush land or ending up in<br />

the ocean or other waterways<br />

and we encourage you to<br />

keep it up.<br />

Swap this for that. Everything<br />

you can do to reduce the use<br />

of single-use plastic helps.<br />

Get yourself a “keep” cup<br />

for your caffeine fix and/<br />

or a reusable water bottle<br />

and remember to take them<br />

with you when you go out.<br />

Break the habit of drinking<br />

with a straw and when food<br />

shopping try to avoid excess<br />

packaging.<br />

Boomerang Bags. These<br />

reusable shopping bags are<br />

made to share and designed<br />

to be used by customers who<br />

have forgotten their own.<br />

Available at various locations<br />

in our villages (the little red<br />

boomerangs on our maps in<br />

the mag show you where) the<br />

bags should be returned once<br />

they are no longer required.<br />

Volunteers work really hard<br />

throughout the year to create<br />

the bags so we don’t have<br />

to resort to using single-use<br />

plastic. Please don’t take<br />

them as a souvenir.<br />

Water stations. We have some<br />

brand new water stations so<br />

you can grab a cool drink or<br />

fill a bottle without having to<br />

hand over a cent. It is hoped<br />

the water stations will help<br />

our environment by reducing<br />

the amount of plastic bottles<br />

going to landfill. Water<br />

station locations include<br />

Careel Bay, Avalon Beach,<br />

Newport Beach, Kitchener<br />

Park in Mona Vale and Terrey<br />

Hills Oval.<br />


It goes without saying you<br />

should swim between the red<br />

and yellow flags which are<br />

pushed into the sand from<br />

9am-5pm over the summer<br />

months. The best spot at any of<br />

our beaches during summer is<br />

the north end. There is always<br />

a nor-east sea breeze and it<br />

can be unpleasant if you’re<br />

fully exposed to its impact.<br />

Mona Vale Basin, North Bilgola,<br />

North Avalon and Whale Beach<br />

are all sheltered and beautiful<br />

in these conditions. While our<br />

beaches are always beautiful<br />

Beachwatch – the team that<br />

monitors Sydney’s recreational<br />

water quality – says as a<br />

general precaution swimming<br />

at ocean beaches should be<br />

avoided for up to one day<br />

after heavy rainfall or for as<br />

long as stormwater is present.<br />

The most obvious signs of<br />

stormwater pollution are water<br />

discolouration as well as debris<br />

in the water and on the tide<br />

line.<br />

Rock pools<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> has some stunning<br />

ocean rock pools. Rock pools<br />

are sometimes closed due to<br />

rough seas, renovations and<br />

cleaning. The pools can get<br />

a little grotty between cleans<br />

especially in summer when<br />

slime and grime builds up<br />

quickly from frequent use so<br />

time your swims accordingly.<br />

NB Council publishes the<br />

cleaning schedule on their<br />

website. You’ll find rock<br />

pools along the coast at<br />

North Narrabeen, Mona Vale,<br />

Newport, Bilgola, Avalon,<br />

Whale Beach and Palm Beach.<br />

Ocean swims<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> Saving Clubs<br />

co-ordinate five ocean swims<br />

over Summer. In <strong>January</strong> you<br />

can join 800 metres up to<br />

2.6km swims at Newport,<br />

Avalon Beach, Mona Vale and<br />

the Big Swim from Palm Beach<br />

to Whale Beach. See page 11<br />

and 49 for details.<br />


Our waterways are the<br />

cleanest they have ever been<br />

but as a general precaution<br />

its best to avoid swimming<br />

in <strong>Pittwater</strong> for up to three<br />

days following rainfall or<br />

for as long as stormwater is<br />

present.<br />

Swimming Enclosures<br />

If you want to swim in the stillwater<br />

swimming enclosures<br />

in <strong>Pittwater</strong>, plan ahead. The<br />

enclosures are tidal and usage<br />

may be limited on low tides…<br />

finding a parking spot can<br />

also be tricky.<br />

Check out: Paradise Beach –<br />

located at the southern end<br />

of the beach. Access is off<br />

the northern end of Paradise<br />

Avenue, Avalon; Taylors<br />

Point Baths – located at the<br />

southern end of Clareville<br />

Beach Reserve. Access is off<br />

Hudson Parade, Clareville;<br />

Bayview Baths – On <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Road Bayview and Tennis<br />

Court Wharf – You’ll find<br />

this swimming enclosure off<br />

Scotland Island near Pitt View<br />

Street.<br />

Avalon Stand Up Paddle<br />

Experience the many<br />

pleasures of Stand Up Paddle<br />

at any level you choose.<br />

Located at the beautiful<br />

Clareville Beach, the tranquil<br />

and enclosed area is ideal<br />

for learning. Tony Henry’s is<br />

the place to go and provides<br />

both individual and group<br />

lessons SUP Hire, parties, gift<br />

certificates, items on sale and<br />

much more. Book online at<br />

avsup.com.au or call Tony on<br />

0413 363 405.<br />

Kayaking<br />

Paddlecraft at Bayview Marina<br />

and <strong>Pittwater</strong> Kayak Tours<br />

are two businesses offering<br />

a number of eco-friendly<br />

tours, kayak hire options<br />

and special events for you to<br />

explore our islands, bays and<br />

coves.<br />

Sailing<br />

Plenty of places to learn to<br />

sail or get on board a boat<br />

for a day. Contact clubs to<br />

see what’s on offer or the<br />

local businesses that provide<br />

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skippered boat hire and yacht<br />

charters.<br />


There are great recreational<br />

fishing spots around<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>. If you have kids<br />

(8-14 years old) who are<br />

showing an interest in<br />

fishing the Department of<br />

Primary Industries is holding<br />

a workshop on <strong>January</strong><br />

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they can learn how to fish<br />

and importantly where to<br />

fish safely. Cost is $40 and<br />

includes a rod, reel, hat<br />

and T-Shirt. Contact the<br />

Coastal Environment Centre<br />

Narrabeen for more info.<br />

Here are some local fishing<br />

tips to take on board.<br />

Yellowtail Kingfish – <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

hotspots are the moorings<br />

from Stokes Point all the<br />

way past Clareville. Work the<br />

outer first or second row of<br />

boats and keep a keen eye<br />

out for fish working bait<br />

schools on the surface. Also<br />

try moorings around Scotland<br />

Island and also the current<br />

line between Palm Beach<br />

Wharf and Mackerel Beach. If<br />

bait fishing, you will need live<br />

or freshly caught squid, live<br />

yellowtail, garfish or slimy<br />

mackerel.<br />

Flathead – The best areas are<br />

along sand drop-offs and<br />

the convergence of sand<br />

and weed or sand and rock.<br />

Cover ground when fishing;<br />

if wading keep on the move<br />

and fan your casts out.<br />

The best outfit is a light to<br />

medium 7ft rod with a small<br />

to medium sized spinning<br />

reel. Use 8-12lb (4-6kg) braid<br />

as mainline and a 10-20lb (5-<br />

10kg) mono trace.<br />

Bream – Fish in areas close to<br />

structures such as wharves,<br />

or rocky headlands with<br />

ample tidal flow. When bait<br />

fishing, use a fine misty<br />

burley of an oily fish and<br />

bread and keep the trail light<br />

but consistent. Fishing unweighted<br />

or lightly weighted<br />

baits on a set-up similar to<br />

your flathead combo will<br />

produce the goods.<br />


PB&H River Cruises<br />

Palm Beach & Hawkesbury<br />

River cruises operates the<br />

ferry between Palm Beach,<br />

Patonga Beach, Cottage Point<br />

and the Hawkesbury River<br />

cruise to Bobbin Head. It’s a<br />

great few hours of leisurely<br />

cruising. Departs 11am,<br />

returning 3.30pm. You can<br />

also hire the beautiful 50-foot<br />

timber passenger ferry for<br />

private events. Call 0414 466<br />

635.<br />

Fantasea<br />

Operating all day every day<br />

Fantasea Palm Beach Ferries<br />

have fast cat ferries which<br />

travel between Palm Beach to<br />

Wagstaffe and Ettalong Beach<br />

on the lower Central Coast<br />

peninsula departing roughly<br />

every hour. This journey is<br />

one of the most picturesque<br />

in the world. It spans across<br />

four waterways from <strong>Pittwater</strong>,<br />

Broken Bay; the entrance to<br />

the Hawkesbury River and<br />

Brisbane Waters. Passing Lion<br />

Island between the heads<br />

of Barrenjoey Headland and<br />

Box Head ensures that no<br />

two journeys are ever the<br />

same. You’ll spot plenty of<br />

wildlife along the way too.<br />

Ferries also depart hourly<br />

from Palm Beach to Bennett<br />

Wharf, Bonnie Doon, The<br />

Basin, Currawong Beach and<br />

Mackerel Beach. The round<br />

trip journey takes about 45<br />

minutes. Call 9974 2411<br />

Water Taxis<br />

This summer Fantasea has a<br />

new addition to the fleet – a<br />

16-seater water taxi (above)<br />

which can also hold luggage<br />

for those who are holidaying<br />

or day-tripping and can be<br />

privately chartered for groups<br />

of 16 or less. Call direct on<br />

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0419 521 168. Pink water taxis<br />

based out of Church Point<br />

are primarily an on demand<br />

service that can take up to six<br />

passengers – they say they will<br />

pick you up from anywhere<br />

they can safely get to.<br />

Church Point Ferry<br />

Catch a ferry to Scotland<br />

Island, Lovett Bay and Elvina<br />

Bay (departs Church Point<br />

hourly). Scotland Island<br />

stops: Bell, Carols, Eastern<br />

and Tennis Court Wharves.<br />

North-facing Tennis Wharf is<br />

a perfect spot for a picnic.<br />

Western Foreshore stops<br />

include: Elvina Bay, Halls<br />

Wharf (access to Morning<br />

Bay), and Lovett Bay.<br />

Public transport<br />

Are you thinking what I’m<br />

thinking? Jump on a new<br />

B-Line bus for a birds-eye<br />

view and a quick trip to the<br />

city. The high frequency<br />

double-decker yellow buses<br />

currently stop at Mona Vale,<br />

Warriewood, Narrabeen,<br />

Collaroy, Dee Why, Brookvale,<br />

Manly Vale, Spit Junction<br />

(Mosman), Neutral Bay and<br />

Wynyard. If you are north of<br />

Mona Vale you will be able to<br />

use the 199 service between<br />

Palm Beach and Manly to<br />

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

services at Mona Vale.<br />

Transport on demand<br />

There are many areas of our<br />

community that aren’t serviced<br />

by buses lucky for us we are<br />

currently taking part in a trial<br />

of an innovative “on-demand<br />

transport model” where you can<br />

order a lift to and from a public<br />

transport hub. <strong>Pittwater</strong> is one<br />

of the first areas in NSW to test<br />

this customised service model<br />

which it is hoped will also serve<br />

to encourage people to leave<br />

their cars at home – give it a<br />

go. Keoride operates weekdays<br />

6am-10pm, Saturdays 7am-<br />

7pm and Sunday 7am-5pm.<br />

A one-way trip costs $3.10,<br />

with concession card holders<br />

(including pensioners, seniors,<br />

students and apprentices)<br />

receiving a 50% discount. Call<br />

1800 KEO RIDE (1800 536 7433)<br />

or download the ‘Keoride’ app<br />

to book.<br />


Berry Reserve Market<br />

Set amongst the trees in a<br />

beautiful lakeside position at<br />

Berry Reserve Narrabeen you<br />

will find more than 80 stalls<br />

offering arts, craft, jewellery,<br />

collectibles, homewares,<br />

fashion food stalls and much<br />

more on Sunday 21 <strong>January</strong><br />

and every third Sunday of the<br />

month throughout the year.<br />

More info: 0412 056 531.<br />

Beaches Market<br />

More than 100 stalls of quality,<br />

fresh farmer’s produce, baked<br />

goods, dairy, fish and deli,<br />

jams, spices and honey, clothes,<br />

jewellery and hot food from<br />

around the world. Every Friday<br />

rain, hail or shine at <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Rugby Park, Warriewood.<br />

Palm Beach Market<br />

Head to Governor Phillip<br />

Park on Sunday 28 Jan from<br />

9am-3pm; browse and buy<br />

quality homewares, fashion<br />

and jewellery, specialist food<br />

items and chow down on<br />

great food.<br />

Frenchs Forest Organic<br />

Food Market<br />

Every Sunday from 8am-1pm<br />

the carpark at the Parkway<br />

Hotel on Frenchs Forest<br />

Road becomes a bustling<br />

marketplace with a great<br />

selection of fresh produce<br />

including certified organic<br />

to conventional fresh food,<br />

flowers as well as artisan and<br />

lifestyle stalls.<br />


There’s a handy awardwinning<br />

Walking <strong>Pittwater</strong> app<br />

that covers walks around the<br />

area and you can also discover<br />

more at nationalparks.<br />

nsw.gov.au. Here are a few<br />

organized walks and tracks<br />

you can explore at your leisure<br />

to inspire you.<br />

Escarpment Walk<br />

This free, guided walk on<br />

Saturday 20th will take you<br />

through <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s largest<br />

continuous piece of bushland<br />

– Irrawong Reserve, North<br />

Narrabeen. Suitable for the<br />

whole family, the track is 1.5km<br />

one-way and is a little steep<br />

in parts so although you will<br />

be taking it at a gentle pace a<br />

reasonable level of fitness is<br />

required. Starting at 9.30am<br />

the two-hour walk is a Northern<br />

Beaches Council’s Green<br />

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Communities Event. Bookings<br />

essential on 1300 000 232<br />

Long Reef<br />

A little further down the coast<br />

you can join a free guided<br />

walk of Long Reef Aquatic<br />

Reserve with NSW Department<br />

of Industry & Investment<br />

Fishcare Volunteers on<br />

Sunday 14, 1-3pm weather<br />

permitting. More info<br />

reefcarelongreef<br />

Oxford Falls Triangle<br />

Three-hour bushwalk on<br />

Monday 1st starting at 4.30pm<br />

from Morgan Rd, Oxford Falls.<br />

Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon<br />

will identify plants and on<br />

the way home do 20 minutes’<br />

weeding of whiskey grass.<br />

Bookings essential: Conny<br />

0432 643 295<br />

Wildlife Walk<br />

This walk around Narrabeen<br />

Lagoon will be led by<br />

Jayden Walsh starting at<br />

7.30am Saturday 20th.<br />

Meet at end of Deep Creek<br />

Carpark. Spaces limited to<br />

30 people. Bookings: email@<br />

narrabeenlagoon.org.au<br />

Barrenjoey Lighthouse<br />

Positioned 91m above sea level,<br />

the lighthouse can be reached<br />

by a couple of different walks.<br />

For an easy trek, the 1km<br />

walk offers stunning views on<br />

the way up. Or for those who<br />

are keen for a challenging,<br />

steep yet short hike, take the<br />

Smugglers track to the top –<br />

don’t fear… it isn’t as hard as<br />

it looks. The views at the top<br />

are well worth it. Bring your<br />

camera along to capture the<br />

beauty of the region, with<br />

glorious views of Broken Bay,<br />

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park<br />

as well as the Central Coast.<br />

Half-hour guided tours of the<br />

lighthouse are conducted every<br />

Sunday 11am–3pm, except in<br />

extreme weather conditions.<br />

Adults $5 per person. Child<br />

$2 per person. Meet at the<br />

top. NB There are no toilets or<br />

drinking water available at the<br />

lighthouse.<br />

Resolute Track Loop<br />

The Resolute Track lies at the<br />

far end of West Head. There<br />

are numerous lookouts along<br />

the way. This is a perfect<br />

summer walk as you can cool<br />

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down with a swim. Catch<br />

a ferry from Palm Beach to<br />

Great Mackerel Beach wharf<br />

proceed north along the<br />

beach to enter the bushland<br />

track in Kur-ring-gai Chase<br />

National Park. You can do the<br />

loop the other way by driving<br />

and parking at the Resolute<br />

picnic area at the end of West<br />

Head Road.<br />

Chiltern Track<br />

The Chiltern Track at<br />

Ingleside is a great walk with<br />

challenging parts. Its 1600m<br />

in distance with an almost<br />

100m vertical climb. It’s a<br />

testy trek from McCarrs Creek<br />

Road at Church Point over to<br />

Chiltern Road in Ingleside.<br />

Avalon to Narrabeen<br />

Coastal Walk<br />

Beginning at Avalon Beach<br />

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

walk will take you over<br />

Bilgola Head to secluded<br />

Bilgola Beach and around<br />

the southern headland to<br />

Newport Beach. Past Bungan<br />

Castle the walk drops down<br />

to Bungan Beach, then over<br />

Mona Vale Headland to<br />

Bongin Bongin, Mona Vale<br />

and Warriewood beaches.<br />

Continue on to Turimetta<br />

Head and beach, Narrabeen<br />

Head, Narrabeen lagoon and<br />

Narrabeen’s shopping centre.<br />

Allow at five and a half hours<br />

to cover the 13km distance<br />

with plenty of stops.<br />

Narra Coastal Walk<br />

You can start the Narrabeen<br />

Coastal walk down at North<br />

Narrabeen pool. This is a<br />

leisurely stroll and great<br />

for taking in the wonder of<br />

the area. Start by trekking<br />

up the big brown steps and<br />

arrive at Turimetta headland.<br />

There are a few tracks to<br />

choose from. The lookout<br />

overlooking North Narrabeen<br />

beach is breathtaking. You<br />

can take the path all the way<br />

along to Mona Vale headland.<br />

America Bay Track<br />

One of the more popular<br />

walking tracks in the Kuring-gai<br />

Chase National<br />

Park. Moderate in difficulty,<br />

the walk takes in waterfalls,<br />

aboriginal engravings, scenic<br />

lookouts and an abundance<br />

of natural wildlife. Leave<br />

1-2 hours, depending on<br />

your ability (or the number<br />

of photos you want to take<br />

along the way).<br />

Warriewood Wetlands<br />

The Warriewood Wetlands is<br />

the largest remaining sand<br />

plan wetland in the Northern<br />

Sydney area at 26 hectares<br />

it is home to all sorts of<br />

flora and fauna. There’s a<br />

boardwalk stretching 2.4km<br />

and trails that can lead you to<br />

waterfalls. Easy to find (just<br />

behind Warriewood Square)<br />

and navigate with lots of info<br />

signposted.<br />

Crown to the Sea walk<br />

This a challenging walk<br />

linking four bushland<br />

reserves between Newport<br />

and Bilgola Plateau. Starting<br />

at the Crown of Newport<br />

reserve, walkers take on<br />

a 300m moderate/steep<br />

walk under the canopy of<br />

a rainforest, plants and<br />

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waterfalls home to a range of<br />

fauna. The Attunga Reserve<br />

follows, which is a 1000m<br />

strenuous steep climb<br />

with incredible coastline<br />

views. This challenging<br />

section is followed by an<br />

easy 300m walk through<br />

Porter Reserve which has<br />

undergone extensive bush<br />

regeneration after its early<br />

history of cattle grazing. The<br />

walk finishes with a short<br />

160m steep climb through<br />

Kanimbla Reserve on the<br />

mountainside of Bilgola<br />

Plateau cliff which overlooks<br />

Newport. All up the walk is<br />

roughly 1.76km.<br />

Narrabeen Lagoon Trail<br />

The journey around<br />

Narrabeen Lagoon will take<br />

you 2-3 hours on foot though<br />

beautiful ecosystems, cultural<br />

heritage and historical sites.<br />

The well-formed track has<br />

no steps and is a shared trail<br />

popular with joggers, hikers,<br />

cyclists, dogs on leads, mums<br />

with prams and families with<br />

kids on bikes. Cyclists are<br />

asked to stick to the left and<br />

pedestrians have right of way.<br />

There are places to peel off to<br />

rest along the way and picnic<br />

areas with toilet facilities<br />

dotted along the circuit. If<br />

you don’t want to tackle the<br />

8.4km loop in one go there<br />

are five short walk options<br />

(Middle Creek to Bilarong<br />

Reserve 2.2km; Bilarong<br />

Reserve to Berry Reserve<br />

1.2km; Jamieson Park to<br />

South Creek 2.3km and South<br />

Creek to Middle Creek 1.2km).<br />

There is plenty of parking<br />

and the trail is wheelchair<br />

accessible from the Jamieson<br />

Park, Berry, Middle Creek and<br />

Bilarong Reserve carparks.<br />



Bert Payne Reserve<br />

A handy spot for a picnic<br />

or takeaway, the reserve at<br />

Newport Beach also boasts a<br />

great innovative playground<br />

which provides an ‘inclusive’<br />

play space and equipment<br />

suited to children of varying<br />

ages and abilities.<br />

Winnererremy Bay<br />

‘Flying Fox Park’ next to<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> High School in<br />

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Mona Vale is still one of<br />

the best parks for kids.<br />

The playground has a giant<br />

climbing structure, swings and<br />

much more to keep the littlies<br />

entertained for hours. The<br />

park also has BBQs and picnic<br />

areas and is bike-, skateboardand<br />

scooter-friendly.<br />

Apex Park Mona Vale<br />

Apex Park is across the road<br />

from Mona Vale beach and<br />

a great spot for families. It<br />

has a huge bike path for the<br />

kids to ride around plus a<br />

playground and BBQ areas.<br />

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Warriewood Valley<br />

Playground<br />

Better known as “Rocket<br />

Park” this is a great space<br />

with a range of exciting<br />

play equipment for kids of<br />

all ages. There are BBQs<br />

and toilets, plenty of shade<br />

and pleasant grassy areas.<br />

Callistemon Way, Warriewood.<br />

The Basin<br />

Take a short ferry ride from<br />

Palm Beach to the Basin on<br />

the western foreshores of<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Ku-ring-gai Chase<br />

National Park. It will be busy<br />

at this time of year but there’s<br />

plenty to do. There are places<br />

to swim (pack your snorkel)<br />

and several walking tracks. A<br />

day trip is a good way to suss<br />

out the camping area for any<br />

future expeditions.<br />

Robert Dunn reserve<br />

The Robert Dunn reserve near<br />

Mona Vale Hospital takes in<br />

the beautiful scenery of Mona<br />

Vale beach and surroundings,<br />

with plenty of benches and<br />

seats. It also doubles as a<br />

dog park – one of the little<br />

treasures of the area.<br />

McCarrs Creek Reserve<br />

This is a picturesque location<br />

with the Ku-ring-gai Chase<br />

National Park on the opposite<br />

side. The large grassy area<br />

is great for throwing around<br />

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a Frisbee or for setting up a<br />

game of beach cricket.<br />

Bilarong Reserve<br />

Bilarong Reserve at North<br />

Narrabeen is an ideal place<br />

for a family picnic. Complete<br />

with bike tracks, a playground<br />

in two halves – a shaded<br />

fenced play area with basic<br />

equipment for toddlers<br />

surrounded by a larger more<br />

adventurous playground<br />

– and fantastic BBQ and<br />

table set-ups, it ticks a lot<br />

of boxes. Located right next<br />

to Narrabeen Lagoon on the<br />

Wakehurst Parkway.<br />

New Leaf Nursery<br />

This great nursery on<br />

Powderworks Rd Ingleside<br />

specialises in sustainable<br />

living and is set up for all<br />

the family to enjoy. Kids love<br />

the free petting zoo where<br />

they can feed the chickens,<br />

rabbits and guinea pigs and<br />

enjoy a real farm experience.<br />

Get all the info you need on<br />

growing fruits and vegies,<br />

expert advice on choosing<br />

and keeping backyard pets<br />

including chooks and ducks<br />

and tips on garden design.<br />


Bible Garden<br />

Situated high on the<br />

escarpment, the Bible Garden<br />

in Mitchell Road, Palm<br />

Beach offers magnificent<br />

views over the ocean,<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> and Barrenjoey.<br />

The garden features every<br />

plant mentioned in the Old<br />

and New Testaments a pond,<br />

seats, table and a Bible. All<br />

are welcome.<br />

The Baha’i Temple<br />

This beautiful house of<br />

worship and nine hectares of<br />

gardens open to all people<br />

of all beliefs is an ideal<br />

place to find some peace of<br />

mind. A place of prayer and<br />

meditation, the magnificent<br />

nine-sided structure – a<br />

symbol of the unity of the<br />

world religions – is the<br />

highest point in the area and<br />

one of seven Baha’i Temples<br />

throughout the world. There’s<br />

a Visitors Centre (with<br />

volunteer guides available<br />

to answer questions), a<br />

bookshop and an open-air<br />

picnic area. The temple is<br />

open to the public in <strong>January</strong><br />

from 9-5 weekdays and until<br />

7pm weekends. Admission is<br />

free. A public service is held<br />

every Sunday at 11am; 173<br />

Mona Vale Rd, Ingleside.<br />

Make room for a view<br />

Make time to appreciate<br />

the beauty <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s<br />

majestic headlands. Take<br />

in a different view, breathe<br />

and just enjoy the moment.<br />

Narrabeen Headland – Peal<br />

Place, Warriewood; Turimetta<br />

Headland – Narrabeen Park<br />

Parade, Warriewood; South<br />

Mona Vale Headland –<br />

Narrabeen Park Parade, Mona<br />

Vale; Mona Vale Headland<br />

– Grandview Parade, Mona<br />

Vale; Eastern end of Hillcrest<br />

Avenue, Mona Vale; Bungan<br />

Head – Queens Parade<br />

East, Newport; Newport<br />

Headland – Barrenjoey<br />

Road, Newport; Eric Green<br />

Reserve (access from North<br />

of Newport Beach Carpark);<br />

North Bilgola Headland – The<br />

Serpentine, Bilgola; Bangalley<br />

Head – the highest point on<br />

Sydney’s northern coastline<br />

– Marine Road, Avalon;<br />

Careel Head – Whale Beach<br />

Road, Avalon; Whale Beach<br />

Headland – Malo Road & The<br />

Strand, Whale Beach Malo<br />

Reserve; Little Head – Whale<br />

Beach Road and Norma Road,<br />

Whale Beach; Palm Beach<br />

Headland – Southern end of<br />

Ocean road, near Rockpool,<br />

Palm Beach; Barrenjoey<br />

Headland – At the end of<br />

Governor Philip Park, Palm<br />

Beach.<br />

SPORTS<br />

Tennis<br />

Grab the family and head<br />

to your local tennis court.<br />

Newport Community Centre<br />

and North Narrabeen<br />

Community and Tennis Centre<br />

have courts available for $17<br />

per hour. Book through NB<br />

Council.<br />

Barefoot bowls<br />

Walk the greens at Avalon,<br />

Newport, Mona Vale Bowling<br />

Clubs and Narrabeen RSL<br />

to enjoy barefoot bowls.<br />

No experience necessary.<br />

Contact the clubs for details<br />

and while you’re there ask<br />

about happy hours and meal<br />

deals. Newport for example<br />

is running a $10 bowl and<br />

breakfast deal.<br />

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Skate Park<br />

A predominantly street style<br />

park with a mini bowl and<br />

a refurbished vert ramp,<br />

the Mona Vale Skate Park is<br />

huge hit with skateboarders,<br />

bladers and BMX and scooterusers<br />

of all ages and abilities<br />

– and their parents. Situated<br />

in Kitchener Park, the 1800m2<br />

space has features that allow<br />

progression of skill from<br />

beginner to advanced.<br />

Golf<br />

Boasting three public<br />

courses and some of the<br />

best invitation-only private<br />

courses in Sydney, if golf is<br />

your game you’re in the right<br />

spot. Bayview and Mona Vale<br />

are 18-hole courses while<br />

Palm Beach and Avalon Beach<br />

offer nine-holes of fun and<br />

relaxation.<br />


The Terrey Hills BMX Bike<br />

Track is one of the best<br />

in Sydney. The firm, wellmaintained<br />

and recently<br />

upgraded track is competition<br />

standard and open to all<br />

levels. The track is closed<br />

when damp or wet to prevent<br />

damage to the track surface.<br />

You will find it near Garigal<br />

National Park at JJ Melbourne<br />

Hills Memorial Reserve,<br />

Thompson Drive. Contact<br />

Manly Warringah BMX Club<br />

for more info.<br />

Ideal for beginners, the Bairne<br />

Track in Ku-Ring-Gai National<br />

Park is an easy and peaceful<br />

ride with stunning views<br />

of <strong>Pittwater</strong>. The starting<br />

point at West Head Road is<br />

6.2km from the junction with<br />

McCarrs Creek Road. To get<br />

there by car a NPWS pass is<br />

required, or simply park by<br />

McCarrs Creek and cycle up.<br />

The Perimeter Trail in Terrey<br />

Hills is an easy 7km, tracing<br />

the edge of the park amongst<br />

grass trees and angophoras.<br />

The track leads to other trails<br />

such as the Long Trail, which<br />

leads to the Peach Trees<br />

lookout with views across<br />

to Cowan Creek. The trail<br />

is fairly flat but becomes<br />

more challenging towards<br />

the end with a varied rock<br />

and sand surface and slightly<br />

undulating topography.<br />

Bike Hire<br />

Northern Beaches Cycles on<br />

Powderworks Road Narrabeen<br />

have bikes for rent to ride<br />

around Narrabeen Lake.<br />

Phone 9913 8455.<br />


Make a movie<br />

The fabulous local film<br />

festival is back with some<br />

great prizes and the coveted<br />

Willbes trophies up for grabs<br />

for adults and young folk.<br />

You need to submit your<br />

film to the Avalon Bowling<br />

Club by March 18 so if you<br />

have a great idea and want<br />

to be in the mix you better<br />

get cracking. This years’<br />

theme is Red Shoes. Rules;<br />

terms and conditions at<br />

creativecreaturesfilmfestival.<br />

com.au or contact katy@<br />

creativecreaturesfilmfestival.<br />

com.au<br />

Make a picture<br />

Check out The Art Shop<br />

in Mona Vale for all your<br />

materials and helpful advice.<br />

There are some great art<br />

workshops run by talented<br />

locals for all ages to tap into<br />

over the summer months<br />

(see pages 38-41). If you<br />

want some one-on-one help<br />

on how to use your camera<br />

and tips on the best way to<br />

capture beautiful <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

professional landscape<br />

photographer Peter Sedgwick<br />

at threepeaksphotography.<br />

com.au offers a range of<br />

courses for all ages.<br />



See a movie<br />

If the weather has taken a<br />

turn for the worse or you just<br />

need to escape the summer<br />

heat, why not catch a film at<br />

a local cinema. Take your pick<br />

between Avalon Cinema (39<br />

Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon)<br />

and Warriewood Cinema (4<br />

Vuko Place, Warriewood).<br />

Maritime Model Museum<br />

Visit the Maritime Model<br />

Museum and see over 150<br />

model ships, including<br />

dioramas and working<br />

scale models and maritime<br />

artifacts. One boat was<br />

made from over 12,000<br />

matchsticks. The Museum<br />

also makes models and has<br />

a wide range of memorabilia<br />

available for sale. It’s located<br />

at 20 Bungan St in Mona Vale.<br />

Art Exhibitions and sales<br />

Many of <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s talented<br />

artists have exhibitions and<br />

sales in <strong>January</strong> – see our Art<br />

section page 38.<br />

Bowling<br />

Apparently tenpin bowling is<br />

hip a perfect excuse to take<br />

a trip down memory lane!<br />

The closest bowling alley is<br />

in Dee Why near the RSL at<br />

932 <strong>Pittwater</strong> Road. There are<br />

plenty of deals for the whole<br />

family this month. Check out<br />

AMF Bowling website.<br />

Summer reading<br />

Head to your nearest<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

Library and discover a wide<br />

range of books to enjoy<br />

over summer. Kids 4-12<br />

are encouraged to play<br />

Summer Reading Club Bingo<br />

to be in the running to win<br />

an awesome prize pack.<br />

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Right opposite Mona Vale<br />

Library you can buy books<br />

from Berkelouw or pop<br />

into Avalon’s Bookoccino<br />

and after shopping grab a<br />

coffee in their little café at<br />

the back of the store. For<br />

readers of teen fiction and<br />

great recommendations for<br />

all ages, you can’t go past<br />

Beachside Bookshop corner<br />

of Barrenjoey Road and<br />

Avalon Pde, Avalon Beach<br />

beachsidebookshop.com.<br />

Inflatable fun<br />

If the kids like the water and<br />

bouncing around you don’t<br />

mind taking a little trip up<br />

the Wakehurst Parkway,<br />

pack the cossies and head to<br />

Warringah Aquatic Centre on<br />

Thursday afternoons from<br />

1-4pm during the school<br />

holidays when the giant<br />

inflatable course will pumped<br />

up and ready for action.<br />

Suitable for kids no taller<br />

than 1.7m and up to age 14.<br />

Indoor Games<br />

It’s game on at Mona Vale<br />

Library on Thursday 11<br />

when kids aged 5-12 are<br />

encouraged to drop in from<br />

10.30am-12pm and play an<br />

assortment of board, party<br />

and card games.<br />


Tennis<br />

Goodwin’s offers beginner<br />

to advanced instruction on<br />

strokes, round robin, games<br />

and match play. Lots of<br />

prizes. Racquets provided<br />

if needed. There are school<br />

holiday tennis camps running<br />

throughout <strong>January</strong> at<br />

Narrabeen and Mona Vale.<br />

Full and half day sessions<br />

are available and lunch is<br />

provided on the last day.<br />

Bookings essential 99796772<br />

or 0410 523 726.<br />

Surfing<br />

Run by Matt Grainger and his<br />

team. For beginners – Palm<br />

Beach, Long Reef and Manly<br />

Mon-Thurs, every week of<br />

the holidays. Daily rate $50;<br />

four days $150. For kids with<br />

skill – technique, contest<br />

strategies, skateboarding and<br />

fitness. Half day $50; full day<br />

$100. Four days of classes<br />

9am-12pm at Long Reef then<br />

12pm-3pm at the HPSC centre<br />

$200 or 9am-3pm $400.<br />

Bookings 9932 7000.<br />

Sailing<br />

School holiday sailing<br />

programs at the Royal Prince<br />

Alfred Yacht Club at Newport<br />

provide a fun, safe and<br />

affordable introduction to<br />

sailing. Programs are tailored<br />

to age groups and conducted<br />

under the supervision of fully<br />

qualified instructors. There<br />

are courses for primary and<br />

secondary school ages available<br />

in <strong>January</strong>, from beginners<br />

to zipping around solo in one<br />

of the club’s fleet of Poly<br />

Optimist dinghys and learning<br />

the finer points of sailing.<br />

Non-members welcome. More<br />

info rpayc.com.au<br />

Coastal Environment<br />

Centre<br />

Parents in the know book the<br />

kids in early to the holiday<br />

programs run at the CEC<br />

Narrabeen (Tel 9970 1675<br />

or 1300 000 232). In <strong>January</strong><br />

activities include: Circus<br />

Workshop – Thu 11; Race<br />

around the Headlands – Fri 12;<br />

Rock Platform Rambles – Mon<br />

15; Marine Biologist Junior<br />

Science – Tue 16; Junior Fun<br />

Day – Wed 17; Running Wild –<br />

Thu 18; Summer Science – Fri<br />

19; Survivor Challenge at Stony<br />

Range – Mon 22 and Build it,<br />

Fly it, Float it – Wed 24.<br />

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

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

Jeff’s life comes full circle<br />

Making Avalon Beach his<br />

home after 20 years’ living<br />

in Seoul has led to a measure<br />

of reverse culture shock for<br />

local artist Jeff Kendal.<br />

Although he grew up in<br />

Sydney and started his career<br />

teaching high school fine arts,<br />

Jeff spent most of his working<br />

life teaching other subjects<br />

overseas. Now he is back and<br />

revelling in all the sights the<br />

local area has to offer.<br />

“Spending decades out of my<br />

native environment and culture<br />

and now returning to Sydney<br />

has given me a fresh appreciation<br />

for the natural beauty of<br />

the Northern Beaches,” Jeff<br />

said.<br />

“I am not a self-expressionist…<br />

I don’t see any worth in<br />

venting my own feelings in my<br />

paintings” he says. “There is<br />

too much beauty in creation<br />

to make people aware of, than<br />

to embark on a naval-gazing<br />

excursion of modern selfexpressionism.”<br />

Jeff’s attitude has led him<br />

to paint amazing representational<br />

seascapes in oils. He<br />

paints, capturing the moment<br />

– anything from waves in<br />

detail, surfers doing what they<br />

love, seagulls on the beach,<br />

two men strolling pensively on<br />

the shore and children playing<br />

carelessly in the sand.<br />

“I love the beaches – what a<br />

privilege to live here!” he said.<br />

“I’m back, and I find life has<br />

come full circle – I’m painting<br />

again – with a new vigor and<br />

ability, and now with a lifetime<br />

of experience to share.<br />

Jeff’s works will be exhibited<br />

and for sale as part of<br />

the Summer Art Space Exhibition<br />

from <strong>January</strong> 5-14 from<br />

10 am-4pm (see ad below).<br />

MRVA offers children's<br />

holiday art workshops<br />

High School art students<br />

looking for guidance as<br />

they navigate towards and<br />

through their Higher School<br />

Certificate continue to benefit<br />

from the tutoring offered by<br />

Meredith Rasdall<br />

and her team.<br />

“Our HSC students<br />

excelled, with<br />

three talented individuals<br />

achieving a<br />

Band 6 in visual art<br />

while three others<br />

achieved high Band<br />

5," said Meredith.<br />

One student was shortlisted<br />

for the Art Express exhibition.<br />

“With HSC tutoring we work<br />

closely with school art teachers<br />

to ensure we achieve the<br />

best results for our students,<br />

while encouraging individual<br />

expression,” she said.<br />

MRVA are taking bookings<br />

for children’s holiday art<br />

workshops running in <strong>January</strong><br />

at the Avalon Rec Centre; a<br />

‘Fantasy Creatures’ canvas<br />

painting session for kids 5-12<br />

years will be held on <strong>January</strong><br />

17 from 10am-12pm (cost<br />

$50) while a ‘Clay<br />

Animals’ workshop<br />

is on <strong>January</strong> 18.<br />

Term 1 classes<br />

for <strong>2018</strong> begin<br />

on February 12.<br />

Children’s mixed<br />

media classes run<br />

Mon-Wed from 4pm-<br />

5.30pm; high school<br />

student’s classes at the Avalon<br />

Rec Centre, with HSC and<br />

senior students on Mondays<br />

(6.30pm-8.30pm) and Years<br />

7-10 on Wednesdays (6.30pm-<br />

8.30pm.)<br />

Adult classes (eight-week<br />

term) run Thursdays 10am-<br />

1pm at the Avalon Sailing<br />

Club. More info 0402 121 184.<br />

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'Wet' season sets in<br />

at Summer Art Space<br />

The emotive nature of water, its settings and its myriad<br />

moods have always appealed to local painter and sculptor<br />

Cathie Alexander – so much so she has devoted a whole series<br />

of works to the subject.<br />

Now locals have the chance to view and buy Cathie’s stunning<br />

and unique art when she presents her ‘Wet’ series at the Summer<br />

Art Space, Avalon Recreation Centre, from <strong>January</strong> 5-14.<br />

Cathie (above) explains her artistic style embodies ethereal,<br />

watery-layered acrylic paintings.<br />

“It’s an emotional response to the natural environment which<br />

can be perceived as calming, romantic and whimsical, before<br />

also becoming bolder and more dynamic in colour and style,”<br />

she said.<br />

“I like to delve into either total abstraction, or the semi-abstract,<br />

depicting water landscapes or the tangible, including water<br />

birds and boats. I draw on local, broader Australian as well<br />

as international destinations – but with this series it’s always<br />

about water, hence the name.”<br />

Cathie considers herself blessed to be able to pursue her<br />

childhood dream of painting and sculpting, having graduated<br />

from The National Art School in 2006; since then her full-time<br />

career in the Fine Art Business has grown to encompass the<br />

creation of small and large-scale sculpture works and large-scale<br />

paintings for public exhibition in NSW, Victoria and Queensland.<br />

Since 2008 she has been exhibiting in long-established galleries<br />

(30 years or over), whom have supported both emerging to<br />

mid-career artists.<br />

Cathie is looking forward to interacting with art lovers at the<br />

Summer Art Space and says the colour palette of her ‘Wet’ series<br />

is ideal for anyone looking for art for their home.<br />

“Paintings with a water theme lend themselves to both softer<br />

or brighter colours, making them the ideal complement for the<br />

typical Northern Beaches lifestyle and home,” she said.<br />

Cathie is excited to be sharing space with 10 artists at Avalon<br />

– you’ll find her in one of the upper-level rooms each day from<br />

10am to 5pm.<br />

“The great thing about an exhibition like this one is that as an<br />

artist I get to talk through the creative process and answer any<br />

questions one-on-one… people get the chance to learn more<br />

about the technique and the references for these unique original<br />

works,” she said.<br />

‘Wet’ Series by Cathie Alexander is showing at the Summer<br />

Art Space, 59a Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach from 10am-<br />

5pm from <strong>January</strong> 5-14; opening night on <strong>January</strong> 5 from<br />

6-9pm. More info 0401 161 737.<br />

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Mona Vale workshops<br />

are better by the dozen<br />

Get your creative juices flowing in <strong>January</strong> at Sydney Art Space<br />

with Summer Art School, the Sydney Art Space Yearly Exhibition<br />

and Term 1 Coursework for <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

“We have 12 wonderful art<br />

workshops scheduled for <strong>January</strong><br />

Summer School catering to adults,<br />

youth and children across various<br />

genres including sculpture, painting,<br />

printmaking, collage, weaving,<br />

watercolour, glass and resin<br />

work,” says convenor Christine<br />

Simpson. “Our Yearly Exhibition<br />

is held from Thursday 18th till<br />

Sunday 21st at Avalon Recreation<br />

Centre; opening night is Friday<br />

19th from 6-8pm showcasing<br />

student work for sculpture,<br />

drawing and painting.”<br />

Christine said Term 1 Coursework <strong>2018</strong> begins on Jan 30 with 10-<br />

week classes that follow the state school calendar and include sculpture<br />

workshops on individual projects; sculpture life-class working<br />

from the lifemodel; drawing fundamentals; watercolour; painting<br />

multi-media; life drawing and kids/teens art club.<br />

“And we also tutor for HSC Visual Arts Process Diary,” she said.<br />

Sydney Art Space is located at 64 Darley St, Mona Vale<br />

(opposite <strong>Pittwater</strong> Place carpark). For workshop and coursework<br />

outlines and costs visit www.sydneyartspace.com<br />

High-five for Avalon<br />

Avalon Art Gallery will be<br />

bulging with the works<br />

of five talented female artists<br />

in an exciting exhibition running<br />

from <strong>January</strong> 4-27.<br />

Gallery convenor Jen Hill<br />

said the group exhibition of<br />

diverse creations would be a<br />

must-see for art lovers both<br />

Sally’s<br />

spiritual<br />

textiles<br />

all spin<br />

a yarn<br />

local and from out of area.<br />

“Tara Winona has an affinity<br />

with animals (below),<br />

it’s almost as if she gets<br />

into their heart and soul and<br />

paints their portraits as they<br />

would paint themselves… if<br />

they had the inclination!” Jen<br />

said. “Her art is in demand<br />

It’s been a whirlwind yet<br />

undeniably inspirational year<br />

for Sydney textile artist Sally<br />

Campbell who has designed a<br />

new range of quilts, throws and<br />

tableware in khadi cotton.<br />

You can view Sally’s textiles at<br />

Avalon Recreation Centre from<br />

<strong>January</strong> 6-14 – and she says<br />

all her textiles have their own<br />

special story to tell.<br />

Sally explains that Khadi is<br />

hand-spun and handwoven<br />

cotton in its purest form (and<br />

originally worn by Gandhi).<br />

“Natural dyes featured are<br />

ochre reds from the roots of<br />

the madder plant, indigo from<br />

the indigo foliage, blacks and<br />

charcoals from acorns, lemons<br />

and iron,” she said.<br />

Sally has travelled to five different<br />

states in India to work exclusively<br />

with talented artisans.<br />

“The lightweight, handwoven<br />

cotton is perfect for our hot<br />

climate and these organic cottons<br />

are eco-friendly,” she said<br />

(the scarves pictured are natural<br />

dyes on handwoven matka silk).<br />

The boutique range of clothes<br />

features hand-woven cotton<br />

from villages outside Kolkata,<br />

hand-woven silk with natural<br />

dyes from Gujarat, and hand<br />

block-printed cotton and linen<br />

in the state of Rajasthan.<br />

Sally also commissioned a<br />

Kolkata artist famous for natural<br />

dyes to produce hand-painted<br />

scarves and shawls.<br />

“And we have vintage textiles<br />

from India, Iran, Uzbekistan, Japan<br />

and SE Asia, many of which<br />

have been made into unique<br />

cushions.”<br />

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group exhibition<br />

worldwide and we<br />

are thrilled she is a<br />

part of this exhibition.<br />

“Julie Hickson,<br />

whom many know<br />

as Pod & Pod, has<br />

always been drawn<br />

to organic line,<br />

shape and colour<br />

(right). Whilst Julie<br />

is renowned for<br />

her hand-coloured<br />

printwork, this show will be<br />

very special – breathtaking<br />

in colour and form, as all the<br />

works are original botanical<br />

paintings.<br />

“Nicola Woodcook is a<br />

master of the oil pastel. Her<br />

current body of work is a<br />

small study of cacti and succulents.<br />

The works are on<br />

timber with an encaustic wax<br />

top layer which mirrors finish<br />

of the plants. They exude a<br />

calm beauty that is strangely<br />

mesmerising.<br />

“Katarina Wells’<br />

ceramic pieces<br />

are held in collections<br />

worldwide<br />

and for good reason.<br />

She focuses<br />

on form, balance<br />

and harmonious<br />

line. Her inspiration<br />

is found in<br />

nature – rocks,<br />

seedpods, shells,<br />

sea sponges;<br />

the little treasures one finds<br />

when out and about.<br />

“And Pamela Twomeys’ inspiration<br />

for work has always<br />

come from her personal, spiritual<br />

and emotion response<br />

to what she sees around her.<br />

Currently she is exploring the<br />

different moods of the sea.”<br />

Find Avalon Art Gallery in<br />

the Avalon Cinema Arcade,<br />

37-39 Old Barrenjoey Road<br />

Avalon Beach; opening night<br />

from 6pm on <strong>January</strong> 4.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

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Sibling revelry for Morris family<br />

As toddlers, siblings Zach an d Mitchell<br />

Morris had no fear of the water.<br />

Which comes as no surprise, given<br />

they grew up with the beach virtually on<br />

their doorstep at Caves Beach.<br />

But Mitchell’s twin brother Jake was<br />

a little timid, according to his mother<br />

Tracie. “Jake didn’t even like the sand let<br />

alone the water,” Tracie recalls. “But it<br />

wasn’t until the twins were in nippers at<br />

Swansea Belmont in under-8s that they<br />

got really involved… it was then that Jake<br />

wanted to do what Mitch did.”<br />

While Zach is a couple of years older<br />

than his twin brothers, he was more interested<br />

in paddling boards when he first<br />

joined nippers. When he was 10 his father<br />

Aaron asked him if was interested in doing<br />

the ironman – and so Aaron taught<br />

Zach all about surf swimming.<br />

When Aaron took him to Newcastle<br />

Beach to watch some of the Nutri Grain<br />

iron events and Zach found a hero in<br />

Caine Eckstein.<br />

“Caine was really good at what he did,<br />

endurance-based and I wanted to be like<br />

him,” Zach said.<br />

Zach went on to win the NSW under-11,<br />

-12 and -14 irons before he left<br />

the juniors. At 15, he’s been competing<br />

with some of the very best in the Ocean6<br />

series, making a board final and two surf<br />

race finals. Next on the agenda is a trip<br />

to Torquay for the fourth round of the<br />

series on <strong>January</strong> 12-14.<br />

“For a 15-year-old, he’s killing it,” said<br />

his Newport clubmate Fletcher Davies.<br />

“He has a massive future ahead of him if<br />

he keeps it up.”<br />

TALENTED MORRIS TRIO: Zach (above) and twin brothers Jake (opposite top) and Mitch (below).<br />

BHS Band enjoys<br />

southern sojourn<br />

On December the 1st Barrenjoey<br />

High School’s Concert<br />

Band, Jazz Big Band and Jazz<br />

Combo departed on a weeklong<br />

tour of Southern NSW,<br />

led by esteemed Band Director<br />

Joshua Hughes and Head of Music<br />

John Stone. Throughout the<br />

tour, students from Years 7 to<br />

12 performed a variety of symphonic<br />

concert band repertoire,<br />

jazz big band charts, jazz fusion<br />

hits, 6-part jazz standards,<br />

solo vocal and guitar acts and<br />

even classical music.<br />

The group comprised students<br />

who had already finished<br />

Year 12 choosing Barrenjoey<br />

Band Tour over ‘schoolies’ – a<br />

testament to their dedication<br />

and enjoyment of the amazing<br />

band program at Barrenjoey.<br />

The concert venues ranged<br />

from a farm shed on a sheep<br />

station in Yass, to school halls,<br />

and a beautiful golf course<br />

on the coast in Narooma, but<br />

wherever they played an everpresent<br />

variety and abundance<br />

of musical talent was on<br />

display.<br />

Despite an unfortunately<br />

wet beginning to the trip (they<br />

had to cancel their gig at the<br />

Canberra Farmers’ market),<br />

the beds in the Canberra<br />

Youth Hostel were a welcoming<br />

respite after cultural tours<br />

to the National War Memorial,<br />

National Gallery of Australia<br />

and Questacon.<br />

Music and fun were both on<br />

the program and there was an<br />

opportunity to sight-see many<br />

beautiful regions of western<br />

and southern NSW and the ACT,<br />

including The Three Sisters and<br />

Minnamurra Falls.<br />

Performances at Cowra High<br />

School, Braidwood Central<br />

School (pictured), Narooma<br />

Golf Club, Narooma High<br />

School, Ulladulla High School<br />

and Dapto High School, left<br />

audiences enthusiastic for more<br />

of the music that countless<br />

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Needless to say, the twins are following<br />

in Zach’s footsteps. They have dominated<br />

at junior carnivals since day one when<br />

they wore the Swansea Belmont cap. In<br />

fact, it is very rare that they don’t finish<br />

one-two in individual water events. It’s a<br />

truly ‘home-grown’ rivalry.<br />

“Mitch is more serious than Jake,”<br />

reveals mum Tracie, adding, “If they are<br />

both on the same wave whether it be<br />

a surf race or board race, Aaron and I<br />

cringe! But Mitch handles it better these<br />

days if Jake does beat him…<br />

“We love it when they are in team<br />

events together. It’s easier on us as<br />

parents! But they are good mates. They<br />

wouldn’t be boys if they didn’t have their<br />

moments at home.<br />

“But they are a great help around the<br />

house and in the garden – Zach’s a bit<br />

different in that regard.”<br />

Tracie admits the monthly food bill is<br />

very expensive.<br />

“We have one big shop a week, but still<br />

buy food every day. They do eat well.”<br />

When the Morris boys came to Sydney<br />

they originally joined Manly but are at<br />

Newport because it is closer to home –<br />

plus Tracie teaches at Narrabeen Sports<br />

High where all three boys attend.<br />

“It is much easier to get them to training,”<br />

she said. “The culture is different<br />

there and it reminds me so much<br />

when the boys were at Swansea Belmont.<br />

“Zach just loves training with the seniors,<br />

like Max Brooks, and has kicked on.”<br />

The trio played a huge part in Sydney<br />

Northern Beaches winning the NSW Inter<br />

Branch trophy at Stockton Beach on December<br />

9 and 10.<br />

Branch captain Brooks, who had a<br />

terrific championship himself, was full of<br />

praise for the three Morris boys.<br />

“They are the types of guys you want in<br />

a team – they never let you down,” Brooks<br />

said.<br />

Mitch Morris was an absolute standout,<br />

winning the under-13 ironman, board and<br />

swim and was involved in three team<br />

event victories. Jake was second to his<br />

brother in the iron and board and third<br />

in the swim. They were also involved in<br />

SNB’s board rescue relay win.<br />

Zach had some outstanding individual<br />

results as well in the youth competition<br />

but for now he’s loving every minute of<br />

competing in Ocean6 surf races.<br />

“The racing is so fast. If I get used to<br />

that then I should go well in my own age<br />

group,” Zach said.<br />

He’s certainly making a very good fist<br />

of it.<br />

– John Taylor<br />

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hours of work had produced<br />

– with two of the high schools<br />

vowing to begin their own band<br />

programs, so well received was<br />

the variety and professionalism<br />

of the visitors’ repertoire. Audiences<br />

clearly didn’t expect this<br />

breadth and depth of talent and<br />

were enthralled by it.<br />

Band members also mentored<br />

less well-resourced students<br />

along the way. Braidwood<br />

Central School had been given<br />

brass and woodwind instruments<br />

two years ago to start<br />

their own band, but had no<br />

access to tutors, so Barrenjoey<br />

helped out with some French<br />

horn and Tuba lessons for<br />

the primary school children.<br />

Workshops with other schools<br />

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highlighted the joys of playing<br />

in groups and gave students<br />

an opportunity to connect with<br />

others across all ages.<br />

As a conclusion to the<br />

2017 Barrenjoey Band Tour,<br />

students’ hard work was<br />

rewarded with an entire day<br />

at the water park, Jamberoo!<br />

In the end, a week away with<br />

such an incredibly talented<br />

and diverse range of students<br />

allowed the Band to knit<br />

together better both musically<br />

and socially. Seven days felt<br />

much more like seven weeks<br />

– full of laughter, learning<br />

and new experiences to be<br />

reflected on and enjoyed for<br />

many years to come!<br />

– Axel Akerman, Year 11 BHS<br />

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Stellar HSC<br />

results for Knox<br />

Knox Grammar boys have<br />

achieved outstanding<br />

results in the 2017 Higher<br />

School Certificate, with more<br />

than 160 boys attaining an<br />

ATAR of 90+ and a massive<br />

660 Band 6 results (subject<br />

results of 90+).<br />

The Wahroongah school,<br />

which services the upper<br />

Northern Beaches with a<br />

dedicated bus improved its<br />

ranking to 16 out of 650<br />

schools across NSW.<br />

Thirty-two boys achieved<br />

ATARs of 99+.<br />

“This year’s results are<br />

some of our best ever and a<br />

testament to the hard work<br />

of our boys and staff,” said<br />

Headmaster John Weeks. “We<br />

are absolutely delighted for<br />

the boys and their families<br />

and teaching staff.”<br />

“As a non-selective boys’<br />

school, we are extremely<br />

pleased with the rise in the<br />

ATAR ranks. Each boy’s result<br />

is a reflection of his own<br />

commitment, dedication and<br />

focus,” said Mr Weeks.<br />

Forty-three Knox boys<br />

were placed on the Board<br />

of Studies’ All Rounders<br />

Achiever’s List for achieving<br />

90 or higher in their best 10<br />

units, with 15 students placed<br />

in the Top Achiever’s List for<br />

placing in the top 20 in NSW<br />

in a course.<br />

Additionally, Callum Parker<br />

had his Visual Arts HSC<br />

Mona Vale school<br />

open in holidays<br />

In years past any children caught ‘trespassing’<br />

on school grounds during school holidays were<br />

hunted off the grounds by security – but in a radical<br />

twist Mona Vale Public School is now open and<br />

accessible to the public over the <strong>January</strong> school<br />

holidays as part of the State Government’s push to<br />

free up much-needed recreational and play space.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> MP and Education Minister Rob Stokes<br />

and Mona Vale Public School Principal Greg Jones<br />

agree it is a sensible solution to making better use of<br />

the school grounds, which will also see the school allocated<br />

a $15,000 grant to help upgrade its facilities<br />

– one of 42 state schools to benefit from the pilot<br />

program and the only one on the Northern Beaches.<br />

“Schools are an important part of every community<br />

and often occupy prime open space – instead of locking<br />

the gate this summer, the trial program will share<br />

this public space to allow people to exercise and play<br />

over the summer holiday break,” Mr Stokes said.<br />

“Our schools have a range of quality recreational<br />

and play facilities and we are making them accessible<br />

to the broader community outside of the school term.”<br />

The move has met with widespread support from<br />

local community groups.<br />

Mr Jones said the northern beaches school had<br />

been selected for its extensive facilities and its location<br />

near shops and cafes.<br />

“Our school’s gates will be open from 8am-6pm until<br />

<strong>January</strong> 21, with regular security patrols through the<br />

day in place to monitor safety and security,” he said.<br />

Play is unsupervised and parents are urged to<br />

monitor young children.<br />

Any security issue at the school can be reported<br />

24 hours on 1300 88 00 21.<br />

Major Work, ‘Lost in Transit’<br />

selected for the ARTEXPRESS<br />

showcase at The Armory,<br />

Sydney Olympic Park, while<br />

a musical composition by<br />

Matthew Kokolich entitled<br />

Much-needed upgrades to the<br />

athletics track and facilities<br />

at the Sydney Academy of Sport<br />

at Narrabeen will be completed<br />

by March.<br />

The State Government<br />

finally heeded<br />

to public pressure<br />

and a petition with<br />

almost 1,000 local<br />

signatures demanding<br />

improvements to<br />

the dangerous state<br />

of the track which is<br />

used by thousands<br />

of young athletes<br />

each year, with $1.2m<br />

funding for a new Polytan<br />

terracotta-colour<br />

track surface, grandstand<br />

and other facilities including<br />

the kiosk, timing room and toilet<br />

block released in December.<br />

During these upgrades, track<br />

closures will be required through<br />

<strong>January</strong> and until the end of February,<br />

reports Sydney Pacific Athletic<br />

Club President Rob McEntyre.<br />

Mr McEntyre thanked Mackellar<br />

MP Jason Falinski for his concerted<br />

effort to draw the matter to the<br />

attention of the State Government<br />

through his launching of the community<br />

petition.<br />

‘Darwin’ was selected for<br />

the ENCORE showcase of<br />

exemplary music and a<br />

theatre review by Manan<br />

Luthra was selected for the<br />

OnSTAGE Drama Showcase.<br />

Narrabeen track<br />

gets $1.2m upgrade<br />

Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres<br />

said the NSW Government said the<br />

investment would benefit thousands<br />

of grassroots and high-performance<br />

athletes<br />

who used the facility<br />

each year.<br />

“The Narrabeen<br />

Track is part of the<br />

su ccess story of many<br />

of Australia’s most<br />

prominent athletes,<br />

including Olympians<br />

Melinda Gainsford<br />

Taylor and Analise<br />

Ruby,” Mr Ayres said.<br />

“More than<br />

100,000 people visit<br />

the track each year<br />

including around<br />

90 school groups for athletic<br />

carnivals, and junior groups for<br />

training and Little Athletics.<br />

“Australia’s Invictus Games<br />

Team, National Wheelchair Games<br />

athletes, the NSW Special Olympics<br />

team, and the Australian<br />

Men’s and Women’s Rugby Sevens<br />

Teams also regularly use this facility<br />

for high-performance training.”<br />

Narrabeen Athletics Track was<br />

developed as a staging camp<br />

for Australia’s team for the 1960<br />

Rome Olympics.<br />

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Get ready for netball season <strong>2018</strong><br />

Excitement and anticipation for<br />

the <strong>2018</strong> season is building for<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Peninsula Netball, who<br />

are preparing a host of programs<br />

for both established and new<br />

members.<br />

NetSetGo Netta (for 8/9yrs)<br />

Skill Development Clinics for<br />

registered players will be held<br />

on consecutive Fridays (February<br />

9 and 16) from 4.30pm in the<br />

Avalon Recreation Centre.<br />

This program is for players<br />

turning 8/9yrs in <strong>2018</strong>; it’s an<br />

introductory program which<br />

is modified to provide the<br />

following benefits: it’s safe to<br />

play, but still challenging; it<br />

places emphasis on fun and the<br />

development of skill, adopting<br />

modified netball rules.<br />

They also run a fun NetSetGo<br />

program for 6- to 7-year-olds;<br />

it’s the ideal introduction to the<br />

sport, helping girls to learn the<br />

basics of netball at the Avalon<br />

Recreation Centre.<br />

The Club will hold an<br />

Information Day on Saturday<br />

<strong>January</strong> 27 (when uniforms will<br />

also be on sale).<br />

Team formation for <strong>2018</strong><br />

commences on Monday<br />

February 5 – see their website<br />

for more details. More info<br />

peninsulanetball.org.au<br />

Book Review<br />

Under the Cold<br />

Bright Lights<br />

Gary Disher<br />

Text Publishing $29.99<br />

Disher has been flying under<br />

the radar for too long, and<br />

that’s all about to change. His<br />

latest novel is a pacy, cleverly<br />

crafted novel of cold case<br />

crime and hot topics set in<br />

Melbourne.<br />

Alan Ahul is a detective and<br />

modern-day patron saint of<br />

broken souls. Disher eschews<br />

macho for empathy, giving<br />

Ahul plenty of layers worth<br />

getting to know. He has also developed<br />

a strong cast of female<br />

characters that shape Ahul’s<br />

personal and professional life.<br />

An excellent procedural and<br />

serial read for the holidays,<br />

one of my favourite crime novels<br />

of 2017. – Libby Armstrong<br />

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

Friend & stranger: the<br />

rock that shapes our surf<br />

Six days before Christmas,<br />

on a calm morning with<br />

a tiny swell, I wander<br />

down toward the north end<br />

of Newport Beach, thinking<br />

to jump off the rock platform<br />

and swim back to the Peak.<br />

It’s been a long year,<br />

maybe I can wash a bit of it<br />

off.<br />

There’s almost nobody<br />

on the beach; just a woman<br />

with a Labrador dog in the<br />

corner, where the sand ends<br />

and the rock begins. An old<br />

tennis ball is stranded at<br />

the high tide mark. I offer it<br />

to the dog, and the woman<br />

smiles and declines on the<br />

dog’s behalf. The dog looks<br />

doubtful.<br />

I let it go, along with the<br />

ball, and begin the careful<br />

walk out along the inner rim<br />

of the rock shelf, close to the<br />

cliff, the rising tide pushing<br />

little leftover north-east wind<br />

chop up against me with a<br />

smack.<br />

If you ever do this walk,<br />

you’ll find it takes you up<br />

and along a little crescent<br />

curve of very old exposed<br />

volcanic rock, then onto a<br />

short flat section, then to a<br />

large awkward pile of clifffall<br />

rock slabs, tumbled over<br />

each other like badly shuffled<br />

cards.<br />

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With one year dust and another not quite begun, it’s a good time just to wander and look around.<br />

EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE: <strong>Pittwater</strong>'s cliff-faces seem enduring, but they weather like anything else.<br />

Climbing across this pile<br />

is tricky, especially at high<br />

tide. The rocks are scattered<br />

at strange angles to one<br />

another. I’ve done this walk<br />

numerous times over the<br />

years and it’s never quite<br />

precisely the same. At every<br />

step you’re confronted with<br />

some new little puzzle, a<br />

step from the familiar to the<br />

uncertain and back again – a<br />

rock that holds, a rock that<br />

moves. As I hop from one<br />

to the next and the next,<br />

I recognise rocks from my<br />

childhood a half century<br />

ago, and almost trip over<br />

rocks I’ve never seen before,<br />

recently descended from the<br />

fractured edge of the cliff<br />

above.<br />

These cliffs and platforms,<br />

from Barrenjoey to the<br />

outside curve of Warriewood,<br />

define the <strong>Pittwater</strong> surfing<br />

experience. They contain<br />

and form the sand bottom<br />

contours of our daily surfing<br />

bread. They turn an angled<br />

wind offshore. In some cases,<br />

in the right swells and winds,<br />

their unevenly weathered<br />

laminar layers create our<br />

finest and possibly most<br />

frightening surfing moments.<br />

The cliff-faces seem<br />

enduring, yet they’re anything<br />

but. Look at any <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

headland image from 80<br />

years back and you’ll see the<br />

differences. The cliffs are<br />

changing, like human faces,<br />

marking time. That doesn’t<br />

prevent us from endowing<br />

them with deep, often barely<br />

spoken significance. When<br />

the nose fell off north Avalon<br />

headland a few months ago,<br />

it caused a shudder to pass<br />

through the ranks of the Av<br />

old school. “It’s the end of<br />

an era,” I heard one mutter<br />

not long afterward, as he<br />

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NICK’S FULL <strong>2018</strong> SURF FORECAST!<br />

Now I know this is silly. Surf is dependent on wind and whether it’s<br />

blowing toward us or away from us or some weird combination of<br />

both, and nobody knows what the wind will be doing in a week, much<br />

less the next 12 months. But I am prepared to wing it a bit based on<br />

long-term climate trends, which might give us a bit of an idea. Number<br />

One: for us here in <strong>Pittwater</strong>, the first half of the year is likely to be<br />

better than the second half. Give or take a month or two. A weak<br />

La Niña event hangs over the Pacific Ocean and is forecast to hang<br />

until maybe May or June. This event sees warmer than usual surface<br />

waters in the South Pacific east of Tahiti, which means more storms<br />

in our easterly swell window. La Niña’s effects will be dampened by<br />

a quieter Indian Ocean but should still produce more surf than usual<br />

from a combo of the long distance easterly angle and closer-range<br />

East Coast Lows fuelled by all that sticky warmth. Our autumn could<br />

be the best in several years. As La Niña fades, its after-effects won’t<br />

do us much good and may reduce the mid-winter months to a soggy<br />

and unfriendly mess, with almost none of the fabled winter south<br />

groundswells of more standard years. Other parts? Indonesia has<br />

had way too good a run over the past three years and we would not be<br />

surprised if <strong>2018</strong> turned out to be a semi-dud, with fewer than normal<br />

Southern Ocean mega-storms forming between Africa and Australia.<br />

Maybe some good days, but just not super consistent. The North<br />

Atlantic tends to go ballistic after a La Niña, for whatever reason, so<br />

if you’re thinking of a European vacation in September/October, you<br />

know, hurray! Last: the North Pacific has had a shocker so far in 2017<br />

and we’d be exceedingly surprised to see that repeated. Expect a<br />

bigger and better Hawaiian winter surf season next year than this.<br />

gazed out at the wreckage –<br />

though what era, he wasn’t<br />

quite sure. “That rock’s been<br />

watching over us since I was<br />

a kid.”<br />

I scramble clear of the<br />

card-shuffle rocks, and walk,<br />

still being careful, across a<br />

more organised collection<br />

of slabs, and toward the<br />

platform itself, which is<br />

mostly submerged by the<br />

tide. Behind me, the cliff<br />

teeters, its face cracked and<br />

creviced by twelve thousand<br />

years of wind and salt water.<br />

Eras, huh.<br />

A huge, unusually shaped<br />

rock sits alone on the<br />

platform, roughly halfway<br />

around to Bilgola. The rock<br />

has an old wooden post<br />

driven into it – perhaps a<br />

remnant of an old ocean<br />

swimming pool whose<br />

outlines can still be seen<br />

near the south-east corner<br />

of the platform. I don’t know<br />

who thought that was a good<br />

place for a swimming pool.<br />

No surfer, that’s for sure.<br />

This platform is frequently<br />

swept from end to end by<br />

massive swells from both<br />

south and north-east. I’ve<br />

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Nick Carroll<br />

scampered across it in terror,<br />

in an effort to surf the reef<br />

beyond it in a big easterly<br />

swell – running to jump<br />

off the rim, and trying to<br />

remember as I ran the exact<br />

location of a small, deep<br />

hole near the jump-off point.<br />

The hole is only half a metre<br />

wide and deep, but if you put<br />

a foot down it when a big<br />

wave hit, you’d be leaving the<br />

beach in an ambulance.<br />

Not today. It’s an easy walk<br />

through knee-high water. I<br />

skirt the hole, slide off the<br />

platform into a startledlooking<br />

school of little black<br />

drummer, and swim clear.<br />

It’s six days before Christmas<br />

and there’s still almost<br />

nobody on the beach. The<br />

Labrador is still rummaging<br />

around in the corner.<br />

* Happy <strong>2018</strong>! Have a good<br />

year, everyone! Don’t let me<br />

drop in on ya.<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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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Arcadia new hospital benchmark<br />

FINAL FIT-OUT: Arcadia Private Hospital takes its first patients in February.<br />

new purpose-built private<br />

A hospital in quiet setting in<br />

Warriewood will set a worldclass<br />

standard never seen in<br />

Australia, say its operators.<br />

Created to fill a gap in local<br />

health care, the 85-bed subacute<br />

boutique-style Arcadia<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Private Hospital will<br />

accommodate patients who<br />

require assistance following surgery<br />

or medical, geriatric and<br />

rehabilitation services.<br />

Developed by new private<br />

hospital operator Arcadia Health<br />

Care, the facility in Daydream<br />

Street will essentially run like<br />

a hotel for patients, providing<br />

a setting for medical teams to<br />

provide individualised treatment<br />

plans, explained Managing<br />

Director Dr Harry Pannu.<br />

“Whilst Arcadia <strong>Pittwater</strong> is<br />

a licensed private hospital it is<br />

designed and built to offer an<br />

amenity suitable for patients<br />

or “guests” to stay in residence<br />

from three to 30 days, or longer<br />

if of benefit to a patient’s recovery,”<br />

Dr Pannu said.<br />

“Existing hospitals, mainly tertiary,<br />

are not built for a patient’s<br />

needs over this length of stay,<br />

as their average length of stay is<br />

between three to five days.<br />

“Accordingly, our hospital<br />

offers patient areas for socialising<br />

and mobilisation outside of<br />

the patient’s room,” Dr Pannu<br />

added.<br />

Three years in the making and<br />

undergoing a final fit-out before<br />

opening to its first “guests” next<br />

month, the facility has been<br />

designed from the ground up<br />

fusing comfortable, modern<br />

amenities with the latest hospital<br />

facilities.<br />

Patients will be able to choose<br />

bedrooms that are larger than<br />

industry standards, with ensuites<br />

and high-tech inclusions.<br />

The main entry level is dedicated<br />

to lounges and dining and<br />

a dramatically proportioned<br />

spa-styled Day Rehabilitation<br />

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Centre with pool, gymnasium<br />

and wellness treatment rooms<br />

for patients who have been<br />

discharged or do not require<br />

overnight stay to continue their<br />

recovery and wellness journey.<br />

The Café and room service –<br />

with food prepared by a former<br />

5-star hotel chef – will offer<br />

an all-day menu selection for<br />

patients and their visitors.<br />

Other services that will be<br />

provided include conciergeassisted<br />

parking, guest laundry,<br />

massage, wellness treatments,<br />

hair wash and blow-dry.<br />

Local GPs will be among the<br />

first to explore the facility at an<br />

education evening on <strong>January</strong> 18.<br />

And the hospital will be opening<br />

its doors to the community<br />

over the first weekend in February,<br />

hosting several functions<br />

and tours.<br />

For more information visit<br />

arcadiapittwater.com.au<br />

Meanwhile, the ongoing<br />

transformation of the Mona Vale<br />

Hospital campus continues as it<br />

cements a role providing essential<br />

health services complementing<br />

the new Northern Beaches<br />

Hospital at Frenchs Forest when<br />

it opens later this year.<br />

Under management of<br />

Northern Sydney Local Health<br />

District, the Mona Vale site will<br />

accommodate 24/7 Urgent<br />

Care, medical imaging, pathology,<br />

pharmacy, rehabilitation<br />

and assessment, geriatric<br />

evaluation and management,<br />

palliative care and community<br />

health services.<br />

Works on a new Rehabilitation<br />

and Assessment Unit, a<br />

new multi-storey Community<br />

Health Service Building and a<br />

re-vamped Palliative Day Care<br />

Unit are now complete.<br />

The helicopter facility has<br />

recently been rebuilt to enable it<br />

to accommodate larger, modern<br />

medical helicopters and transfer<br />

and receive patients requiring<br />

specialist medical care.<br />

The Emergency Short Stay<br />

Unit is complete and the hydrotherapy<br />

pool building has<br />

undergone a facelift.<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

The truth on<br />

children, UV<br />

and Blue-<br />

Violet light<br />

Because of<br />

their lifestyle,<br />

children are more<br />

exposed than<br />

adults to light,<br />

yet their eyes<br />

are not yet fully<br />

developed so they<br />

are less protected<br />

from the harmful<br />

effects of UV and<br />

Blue-Violet light.<br />

Consider this:<br />

n Children tend to spend a lot<br />

of time outdoors: on average<br />

their annual UV exposure is<br />

3 times higher than that for<br />

adults;<br />

n Children’s pupils are larger,<br />

meaning they let in more UV<br />

and Blue-Violet light; and<br />

n Their crystalline lens is more<br />

transparent, meaning it is less<br />

efficient at filtering out UV.<br />

Why does this matter?<br />

Up to 80% of all UV exposure<br />

occurs before the age of 18 and<br />

70% of children do not wear<br />

sunglasses.<br />

with Rowena Beckenham<br />

Screens tablets<br />

and smartphones<br />

which use LEDs<br />

emit Blue-Violet<br />

light – and the<br />

sun is a major<br />

source of Blue-<br />

Violet light too.<br />

We now know<br />

that 46% of 5- to<br />

8-year olds use<br />

a computer at<br />

least once a week, and children<br />

spend an average time of three<br />

hours each day watching TV<br />

or playing on a tablet or smart<br />

phone.<br />

The long-term implications<br />

for UV damage around the eyes<br />

include cataracts, pterygiums,<br />

skin cancers around the eyes<br />

and macula degeneration so<br />

early protection is vital for long<br />

term eye health.<br />

Talk your local Optometrist<br />

for advice on looking after your<br />

kid’s eyes. And remember:<br />

children’s eye examinations are<br />

covered by Medicare.<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 />

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Youth health hub a step closer<br />

vision for a much-needed permanent<br />

A centre in <strong>Pittwater</strong> where young<br />

people can access advice and support is a<br />

step closer to becoming a reality.<br />

Weeks before Christmas the NSW Government<br />

and Northern Beaches Council<br />

allocated just shy of $70,000 to The Burdekin<br />

Association, currently working with<br />

Northern Beaches Council and Barrenjoey<br />

High School and the wider community to<br />

establish a youth health hub in <strong>Pittwater</strong>.<br />

The Burdekin Association is a<br />

Brookvale-based not-for-profit organisation<br />

with more than 30 years of experience<br />

supporting and mentoring vulnerable<br />

youth.<br />

The association’s Chief Executive<br />

Officer, Justene Gordon, explained the<br />

‘Youth Hub’ was a response to the lack of<br />

permanently based youth services in the<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> region and the need to support<br />

the community from the north to the<br />

south.<br />

“Many youth services are coming<br />

together to deliver this service to support<br />

12- to 24-year-olds and their family/support<br />

people,” Ms Gordon explained.<br />

Young people and carers will be able<br />

to make an appointment to see a trained<br />

support worker, or drop in as required.<br />

The worker will chat to you about the<br />

reason for coming in and then connect<br />

you with the most appropriate professional<br />

service.<br />

“We hope many services will be able<br />

to deliver support out of the Youth Hub<br />

to ensure young people and their family/<br />

carers have access to appropriate and<br />

professional intervention,” Justine said.<br />

Locals will be able to access support<br />

for a range of concerns including overwhelming<br />

or stressing feelings; drug and<br />

alcohol use; sexual health issues; mental<br />

health concerns; homelessness; and<br />

school disengagement.<br />

The Burdekin Association was allocated<br />

$48,050 to build a youth health hub in<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> through the Stronger Communities<br />

Grant Program, made possible<br />

through council amalgamation in early<br />

December.<br />

And $20,350 funding for a building fitout<br />

was announced just before Christmas<br />

through NSW Government’s Community<br />

Building Partnership Program.<br />

Member for <strong>Pittwater</strong> Rob Stokes said:<br />

“We have serious youth mental health<br />

issues in our community – so I’m very<br />

pleased that Government, Council and<br />

the Burdekin Association are taking steps<br />

to address the situation and help ensure<br />

necessary support opportunities are<br />

available.” – Lisa Offord<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Ironing<br />

out energy<br />

‘kinks’<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Few people can say they<br />

are doing what they were<br />

destined to do in life –<br />

Divine Balance founder Shelley<br />

McConaghy is one of them.<br />

“I’ve always been incredibly<br />

sensitive to what’s happening<br />

around me – I could tell how<br />

people were feeling, would<br />

have prophetic flashes and<br />

felt a profound connection to<br />

animals and nature… it was<br />

no surprise to anyone that I<br />

fell into the healing arts in my<br />

early 20s,” Shelley said.<br />

With decades of experience<br />

Shelley and her partner Jason<br />

Engelbrecht provide “energy<br />

healings” at rooms in Mona<br />

Vale and Dee Why.<br />

“The sessions bring relief to<br />

the physical, mental, emotional<br />

and spiritual bodies by<br />

‘ironing’ out the kinks in the<br />

energy field that build up in<br />

our day to day lives,” Shelley<br />

explained.<br />

Sessions incorporate polarity<br />

therapy, Usui Reiki, crystals<br />

and sound healing techniques.<br />

“In addition to these modalities,<br />

I’ve developed quite strong<br />

intuition over the years to help<br />

‘see and feel’ what my clients<br />

need and Jason has inherited<br />

abilities as an Aboriginal Medicine<br />

Man,” Shelley said.<br />

Shelley said clients came<br />

from a range of backgrounds<br />

with therapies often used<br />

in conjunction with other<br />

strategies for achieving and<br />

maintaining good health.<br />

“Most of our clients are<br />

seeking support as they work<br />

through feelings of anxiety<br />

and/or depression, emotional<br />

upsets, the results of traumatic<br />

events… we also treat lots of<br />

aches and pains such as annoying<br />

arthritis and nerve damage.”<br />

All clients leave with simple<br />

‘homework’ in the form of<br />

energetic self-care.<br />

“It can vary from a particular<br />

way to connect with nature,<br />

or a certain crystal that would<br />

help them, or a meditation<br />

technique,” Shelley said.<br />

“I would rather our clients<br />

have simple tools they can use<br />

in their daily lives rather than<br />

feeling that they have to come<br />

back regularly for sessions just<br />

to maintain their equilibrium.”<br />

While traditional customs<br />

and a long history of use generally<br />

formed the basis of most<br />

complementary or alternative<br />

therapies, sceptics remain.<br />

“We’re realistic in that not<br />

everyone either believes or is<br />

open to non-mainstream therapies…<br />

and that’s okay – there’s<br />

a therapist/healer/doctor to<br />

suit everyone,” Shelley said.<br />

“What gives us great joy<br />

though, is having a sceptic get<br />

up after the session, beaming<br />

like a lighthouse.”<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

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Hair & Beauty<br />

Hair & Beauty<br />

The essentials for dealing<br />

with our harsh summer<br />

During Australia’s hot<br />

summer months,<br />

the skin needs the<br />

most support to prevent<br />

pigmentation issues, DNA<br />

damage and oxidative<br />

stress. No matter how busy<br />

or relaxed your summer<br />

vacation time is, the skin<br />

will be requiring a boost<br />

of antioxidants and skin<br />

protective ingredients<br />

both in the clinic treatment<br />

room and at home.<br />

The skin is constantly<br />

producing melanocytes to<br />

help protect our epidermis<br />

from UV damage. As we<br />

age, the skin loses a lot<br />

of its natural resources<br />

needed to protect and<br />

repair it. This happens<br />

more rapidly during the<br />

summer months because<br />

the skin is constantly in<br />

protection mode, which<br />

depletes these natural<br />

resources. Consequently,<br />

it becomes even more<br />

important to help replenish<br />

them and support the skin<br />

during this time.<br />

Because melanocytes rise<br />

to the surface to help protect<br />

the skin from the sun, this<br />

activity naturally goes into<br />

overdrive during prolonged<br />

exposure to UV rays. The<br />

key during the summer is to<br />

find a balance. We have to be<br />

careful not to suppress the<br />

melanocytes, while ensuring<br />

the skin is not overproducing<br />

them – that is when more<br />

permanent discolouration<br />

occurs.<br />

The goal is to maintain<br />

the production, but to find<br />

a healthy balance. When<br />

ingredients designed to<br />

inhibit melanocytes are<br />

used, they are not able to<br />

respond and protect the<br />

cell. Melanin suppressants<br />

may be okay in the<br />

treatment room, depending<br />

on your skin and if you<br />

are compliant with staying<br />

out of the sun. At home,<br />

however, you will want to<br />

limit these to the evening<br />

skin regime, blending<br />

with growth factors and a<br />

treatment cream.<br />

To further support the<br />

skin, antioxidants are<br />

crucial during the summer.<br />

This can be done both<br />

with Sue Carroll<br />

support, and externally<br />

with skin care. Topically<br />

products should be<br />

designed to help reduce<br />

heat and inflammation,<br />

while still ensuring enough<br />

hydration is received by<br />

the skin. At night the focus<br />

for skin care should be<br />

focussed on corrective<br />

support with topicals such<br />

as mandelic acid, arginine<br />

and a mild Vitamin A. Using<br />

a corrective that causes<br />

the skin to become dry<br />

and flaky will actually work<br />

against us at this time of<br />

the year, as it exposes the<br />

epidermal layer, which<br />

makes the skin more<br />

vulnerable to the sun. This<br />

has to be minimized at<br />

this time of the year. The<br />

evening is also a good<br />

time to help neutralize the<br />

melanocyte activity and<br />

help ensure its functioning<br />

optimally.<br />

Being an Australian<br />

usually means being<br />

subjected to an outdoor<br />

lifestyle. In order to<br />

protect, support and repair<br />

our skin this should go<br />

hand in hand with a good<br />

physical sunscreen with<br />

an SPF factor of around<br />

30, a broad-brimmed hat,<br />

sunglasses, light clothing<br />

that will cover most areas<br />

(should not cast a shadow<br />

when held up to the light),<br />

and a healthy dose of<br />

antioxidants topically and<br />

internally. These tips will<br />

help to ensure a healthy,<br />

radiant skin all year round.<br />

Sue Carroll of Skin<br />

Inspiration has been a qualified<br />

Aesthetician for 33 years.<br />

Sue has owned and<br />

operated successful beauty<br />

clinics and day spas on<br />

the Northern Beaches.<br />

info@skininspiration.com.au<br />

www.skininspiration.com.au<br />

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Times Past<br />

Artist Robert Johnson’s<br />

'Ashlar' house project<br />

Artist Robert Johnson<br />

was born in Auckland,<br />

New Zealand on 9<br />

September 1890. He studied<br />

art at the Elam School of Art<br />

in Auckland under Archibald<br />

F. Nicoll who, it is claimed, laid<br />

the foundation for his work.<br />

Johnson served<br />

during World War I as an<br />

artilleryman and found time<br />

to do sketches in and out of<br />

the trenches; whilst on leave<br />

he spent much of his time<br />

visiting English galleries.<br />

It was at the Elam School<br />

that ‘Bob’ met Olive Phillipson<br />

who was studying watercolour<br />

painting. They married,<br />

crossed the Tasman in 1921<br />

and rented a flat at Bondi. He<br />

found the Australian colours<br />

warmer and the landscape<br />

intensely interesting (and very<br />

different to his birthplace).<br />

In 1923 the family (they<br />

now had a daughter, Heather)<br />

moved to Eastwood and<br />

lived on an old orchard in a<br />

farming area. Bob carried his<br />

sketchbook with him on his<br />

bicycle wherever he went.<br />

His first one-man show was<br />

held at the Grosvenor Galleries<br />

in Sydney in 1927. It caused a<br />

sensation and one of his works<br />

was purchased for the National<br />

Gallery of NSW, elevating<br />

him to a prominent<br />

position in the art world.<br />

Landscapes were always<br />

painted in the open, often<br />

camping on the spot.<br />

In the late 1930s and<br />

1940s Johnson travelled<br />

the length and breadth<br />

of Australia in a caravan,<br />

painting intensely for<br />

long periods. He rarely<br />

touched the canvas after<br />

leaving the site.<br />

A son was born and<br />

the family were keen to<br />

establish an outdoors<br />

lifestyle.<br />

Bob was very fond of<br />

the coastal environment<br />

as a subject and bought<br />

land at Clareville. He designed<br />

and helped build a fine stone<br />

house in Hilltop Road.<br />

According to Heather, the<br />

aesthetics of the house were<br />

as important to Bob as its<br />

function. He was determined<br />

the structure should appear<br />

organic and rustic to blend<br />

in with the environment, so<br />

he chose the random-coursed<br />

masonry style known as<br />

‘Ashlar’ and gave the house<br />

this name.<br />

In 1930 he commissioned<br />

Charlie Erickson from<br />

Newport to do the stonework,<br />

most of which came from<br />

Bilgola Plateau. Flagstone<br />

for the generous west-facing<br />

veranda and paths was split<br />

above Hilltop Road and slid<br />

down the hill on a wooden<br />

sled. Heather became adept<br />

at shingle-splitting and<br />

contributed in no small<br />

way to the huge number<br />

of shingles which were<br />

required. (The shingles were<br />

replaced 10 years later and<br />

then by tiles in 1956, after<br />

several bushfire scares.)<br />

Bob died in 1964 but left a<br />

fine legacy of how he saw this<br />

wonderful country.<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 />

JANUARY <strong>2018</strong> 55

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

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

At a premium: why travel<br />

insurance is paramount<br />

In this traditional holiday<br />

month we take a brief look at<br />

the value of travel insurance;<br />

for me there were a couple of<br />

reasons why travel insurance<br />

has been front of mind.<br />

The first reason is that I have<br />

lost the ability to simply click<br />

and pay for insurance for an upcoming<br />

trip next year courtesy<br />

of a tiny piece of metal holding<br />

one of my coronary arteries<br />

open. It’s a wonderful thing<br />

finding yourself at that stage of<br />

life when you have things called<br />

‘pre-existing conditions’ and<br />

insurers begin to take a great<br />

deal of interest in you because,<br />

well, because they may have to<br />

pay out.<br />

The second reason is that<br />

we have recently had one our<br />

teenagers away on schoolies;<br />

she was in Byron Bay thankfully<br />

and not Bali, but it was the fate<br />

of the Bali group from Barrenjoey<br />

High School that made me<br />

pause and think again about the<br />

value of travel insurance.<br />

In fact Bali and travel<br />

insurance seem to go hand in<br />

glove as issues. There’s been<br />

no shortage of recent media<br />

coverage about the two and in<br />

particular since Mt Agung made<br />

its smouldering presence felt in<br />

September.<br />

But in general terms Bali<br />

seems to me to be the sort<br />

of place you shouldn’t go to<br />

underinsured. It is the only<br />

place in the world I have ever<br />

witnessed a grossly sunburnt<br />

middle-aged woman wearing a<br />

tank top, thongs and no helmet<br />

trying to ride a motor scooter<br />

while balancing a case of wine<br />

on the footpads.<br />

Denpasar airport is also the<br />

only place where I’ve seen a<br />

screaming child in what was<br />

supposed to be a peaceful<br />

airline lounge pause mid-wail<br />

to throw up on the carpet. And<br />

for that matter the flight home<br />

is the closest I’ll ever come to<br />

experiencing the conditions on<br />

a medi-vac flight out of ‘Nam.<br />

But don’t for a minute take<br />

my comments as a downer on<br />

Bali; I actually like the place. Bali<br />

is what Bali is and I suspect that<br />

the charm of the place in part<br />

anyway is the freedom and risk<br />

that we are so protected from<br />

here at home. But insurance<br />

is all about managing risk, so<br />

with that in mind the following<br />

few tips are aimed at helping<br />

achieve a safe holiday whether<br />

in Bali, the US or Europe.<br />

The first is simple – don’t<br />

buy travel insurance from<br />

whoever sells you your travel or<br />

flights. They are quite possibly<br />

more motivated by a commission,<br />

not your well-being and<br />

research from consumer groups<br />

such as Choice suggests you<br />

will usually overpay.<br />

Some time ago the media<br />

reported the story of a travel<br />

agent who was both an active<br />

travel insurance promotor and<br />

customer service guru. He religiously<br />

followed up his customers<br />

after they returned home<br />

with Brian Hrnjak<br />

to enquire about how well their<br />

trip went. It turns out he was<br />

only submitting the insurance<br />

policy applications if something<br />

went wrong on the trip – apparently<br />

pocketing the entire policy<br />

amount. I gather the insurance<br />

industry has tightened its processes<br />

since then.<br />

But credit card-based travel<br />

insurance is another area where<br />

you can be lulled into a false<br />

sense of security. I have a<br />

Computer repairs made easy<br />

It’s one thing to have your computer repaired;<br />

it’s another to understand what went wrong in<br />

the first place.<br />

That’s one of the benefits of Jean-Paul de<br />

Ronserail’s local business Bits & Bytes Business<br />

Solutions which has been fixing computers<br />

across the Northern Beaches for 21 years.<br />

A <strong>Pittwater</strong> local for two years, Jean-Paul – who<br />

visits you in the home or office – says he makes<br />

things simple by communicating with clients in<br />

people speak, not ‘geek speak’.<br />

“I started in 1996 when people had to take<br />

their systems in to a shop to have them repaired,”<br />

he said. “I understood that what people wanted<br />

was not just to have their computers repaired but<br />

to understand what it was that was being done<br />

for them.<br />

“I have clients from all walks of life that I have<br />

been servicing for over 21 years,” he said. “No<br />

job is too small – I’ve seen my clients’ children<br />

grow through primary school, high school<br />

and University, and I now fix their children’s<br />

computers!”<br />

Jean-Paul says trust and privacy are the<br />

cornerstones of his business – “Clients can be<br />

assured that their data and private information is<br />

safe with me.”<br />

He provides a range of other computer<br />

services (see ad p18).<br />

“Living on <strong>Pittwater</strong> (with a boat) means that I<br />

can service both the offshore community as well<br />

as the mainland community,” he said. “I do not<br />

charge a call-out fee, I only charge my hourly rate<br />

and if I can’t fix or find the problem, then I don’t<br />

charge!”<br />

For more info call Jean-Paul on 0412 475 119.<br />

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couple of these cards in my wallet<br />

that purport to offer travel<br />

insurance benefits. Before you<br />

get to any benefits there are<br />

hurdles as well as terms and<br />

conditions – for example you<br />

may need to pay for part, most<br />

or all your trip with a particular<br />

card to qualify, or you may have<br />

excesses or age limitations.<br />

I don’t know about you but I<br />

don’t have the terms and conditions<br />

of my credit card handy<br />

and even if I could find them I<br />

don’t feel like reading 30 pages<br />

of fine print to figure it out.<br />

Insurance is like most things<br />

in life – you get what you pay<br />

for and free or discounted cover<br />

is often loaded with conditions.<br />

The other fact of life with<br />

any sort of insurance cover,<br />

especially the cheap stuff, is<br />

that if you do ever have to claim<br />

you can be sure that the first<br />

question the insurer will ask<br />

themselves is how they get out<br />

of providing cover.<br />

Which brings me back to the<br />

issue of the lady on the scooter<br />

with the case of wine. These<br />

days, with so many people travelling<br />

and undertaking so many<br />

activities, insurers differentiate<br />

themselves by the levels of<br />

cover and prices they charge. If<br />

you are partaking in specific<br />

activities, like motor bike riding,<br />

you really do have to match the<br />

policy to your potential activities<br />

and check the terms.<br />

A few years ago I attended<br />

the Sturgis bike rally in South<br />

Dakota USA – a 2,500km ride<br />

from Denver Colorado through<br />

some of the most litigious country<br />

known to man. Finding insurance<br />

was a challenge; many<br />

insurers point blank refuse to<br />

cover motor bike riding which<br />

of course includes motor scooters.<br />

Some had a limit of a 250cc<br />

engine size which would be fine<br />

for scooters but not for a Harley<br />

Davidson. All of them however<br />

had requirements that you only<br />

rode a bike that you were in fact<br />

licensed for back home; that<br />

you wore all the relevant protective<br />

gear (in particular a helmet)<br />

even if you were in a jurisdiction<br />

that had no compulsory helmet<br />

rules; that you did nothing<br />

reckless and that you had no<br />

traces of drugs or alcohol in<br />

your system in the case of an<br />

accident. For the woman on<br />

the scooter in Bali I’d say that’s<br />

four strikes in the event of accident…<br />

even if she had cover it<br />

would be useless.<br />

Other mistakes that people<br />

often make with travel insurance<br />

include purchasing cover<br />

immediately before departure.<br />

Part of the value of your<br />

cover is the protection it offers<br />

for cancellation due to specified<br />

events such as illness, death<br />

in the family group or loss of<br />

employment before travel. Ideally<br />

to obtain the most value,<br />

cover should be bought when<br />

the trip is booked and deposits<br />

are paid.<br />

Also, many people are<br />

inclined to ignore travel cover<br />

for domestic trips on the assumption<br />

that Medicare and<br />

private health insurance are in<br />

force. While that may be the<br />

case there may be merit in pricing<br />

cover for high-value trips<br />

or where a hire car is involved<br />

– the cover may be an inexpensive<br />

way of protecting your<br />

booking or hire car insurance<br />

excess.<br />

Key takeaways for obtaining<br />

effective travel cover: shop it<br />

from providers direct, avoid<br />

buying cover at point of sale;<br />

buy it sooner rather than later,<br />

ideally when booking; match<br />

cover to your anticipated activity<br />

– cruising, motor bike riding,<br />

snow skiing whatever; match<br />

your conduct to the terms and<br />

conditions otherwise don’t expect<br />

to be covered; have regard<br />

to pre-existing conditions otherwise,<br />

again, don’t expect to be<br />

covered and also consider cover<br />

for domestic trips especially<br />

those that are high value bookings<br />

or involve a hire car.<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

JANUARY <strong>2018</strong> 57

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

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

Beware of emotion in<br />

third party guarantees<br />

Welcome to the New Year<br />

– a time of celebration<br />

and hope. For most<br />

readers the holiday period has<br />

brought together family and<br />

friends. Many have aspirations<br />

and plans for the year ahead<br />

and have discussed these over<br />

days of rest and recreation.<br />

Some have taken the<br />

opportunity to discuss with their<br />

partner, parents or friends their<br />

ambitions for business. Perhaps<br />

a new venture and business<br />

opportunity, or expanding an<br />

existing business. In many of<br />

these cases a lender will have<br />

stipulated the need for a third<br />

party guarantee.<br />

What is a third party<br />

guarantee and why do people<br />

agree to give them?<br />

It is a loan guaranteed by a<br />

third party in the event that the<br />

borrower defaults.<br />

Research has shown:<br />

n A high proportion of female<br />

guarantors support the<br />

borrowing of male partners<br />

who are engaged in small<br />

business (primarily family<br />

business). The female partner<br />

may be listed as a shareholder<br />

or director but often she is<br />

rarely in a position of any real<br />

control over the company;<br />

n Older guarantors – i.e. over<br />

the age of 50 – guaranteeing<br />

the loans of adult children;<br />

n Only a small number of<br />

guarantors receive legal<br />

advice prior to signing the<br />

papers offered by the lender;<br />

n Lenders frequently do not<br />

encourage guarantors to<br />

obtain legal or financial<br />

advice;<br />

n Most guarantors are in a close<br />

relationship with the borrower<br />

but have an inadequate or<br />

nonexistent understanding<br />

of the borrower’s financial<br />

position;<br />

n Many guarantees are entered<br />

into in informal settings such<br />

as the family home;<br />

n Few guarantors are aware<br />

of the commercial or<br />

legal implications of the<br />

transaction when they<br />

execute the guarantee;<br />

n Legal advice is often cursory<br />

and takes place shortly before<br />

the documents are signed;<br />

n A considerable number<br />

of guarantors come from<br />

non-English speaking<br />

backgrounds and it is<br />

considered that their level<br />

of comprehension is often<br />

inadequate; and<br />

n The majority of guarantees<br />

are for loans in excess of<br />

$150,000 and when the<br />

guarantee is in support of a<br />

business loan, the safeguards<br />

in the Consumer Credit Code<br />

are not available.<br />

So why do guarantors sign?<br />

The reasons include trusting the<br />

borrower, an optimistic outlook<br />

for the business venture,<br />

individual pressure from<br />

the borrower, ranging from<br />

emotional pressure to threats of<br />

coercion, a misunderstanding<br />

or misinformation, and more<br />

general pressures such as<br />

cultural and family pressure to<br />

support a borrower. However,<br />

many guarantors sign because<br />

they feel that they have no<br />

choice but to sign, especially<br />

in circumstances of economic<br />

dependence on the borrower.<br />

What happens when the<br />

with Jennifer Harris<br />

borrower defaults? It was found<br />

that the majority of guarantors<br />

received little or no information<br />

concerning the loan until the<br />

guarantee was called upon.<br />

The general reaction is one<br />

of shock, particularly when it<br />

is realised that the guarantor is<br />

liable for the entire debt plus<br />

interest and other charges which<br />

may well have included an ‘all<br />

moneys’ guarantee. ‘All moneys’<br />

clauses extend the liability of a<br />

guarantor to future as well as<br />

present loans up to an unlimited<br />

amount. There has been much<br />

criticism of these clauses as<br />

causing gross unfairness to<br />

guarantors. In recent times the<br />

revised Code of Banking Practice<br />

has limited the use of ‘all<br />

moneys’ clauses so that they do<br />

not apply to all transactions.<br />

The calling in of the<br />

guarantee by a lender inevitably<br />

leads to a dispute, one for which<br />

there is often a protracted,<br />

complex and expensive path to<br />

a resolution.<br />

The obvious path is to<br />

litigation but it is possible<br />

to attempt mediation or an<br />

approach to The Australian<br />

Banking Industry Ombudsman.<br />

However, the Ombudsman’s<br />

jurisdiction is limited as to<br />

monetary limits and the fact<br />

that commencement of litigation<br />

ceases his involvement.<br />

The Consumer, Trader and<br />

Tenancy Tribunal also has<br />

limited jurisdiction which<br />

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ecause of the Consumer<br />

Credit Code does not include<br />

Guarantees that support loans<br />

for business purposes.<br />

Litigation is expensive<br />

and legal costs are high. The<br />

inclusion of ‘all reasonable costs<br />

of recovery’ clause is common<br />

in guarantee documents.<br />

These costs are in addition<br />

to the claimed principal and<br />

interest, and include legal costs<br />

of pursuing the borrower and<br />

the guarantor. These terms<br />

can raise a significant portion<br />

of the risk of lending and may<br />

amount to tens of thousands<br />

of dollars before litigation has<br />

commenced.<br />

So is there a way of<br />

resolving the borrower,<br />

guarantor, lender impasse<br />

without litigation?<br />

During the ’80s there was a<br />

spate of defaults by borrowers,<br />

many in rural areas and on the<br />

central coast. Borrowers took<br />

the risk of borrowing in Swiss<br />

Francs at a very competitive<br />

rate which after time proved<br />

not to be, so default occurred.<br />

Guarantees were called in and<br />

foreclosure of properties – the<br />

usual security – triggered. There<br />

were some very high-profile<br />

cases, including Kerry Packer.<br />

But very few ended in litigation<br />

in the courts; most were settled<br />

by mediation.<br />

One family case in which<br />

this writer was concerned<br />

involved parents in a regional<br />

city guaranteeing their son’s<br />

purchase of a building in which<br />

to conduct his business. The<br />

borrowing was in the vicinity<br />

of $600,000. The son’s annual<br />

income was approximately $65-<br />

70K per annum. Interest rates<br />

were high. The son mortgaged<br />

his home and the building as<br />

security. In granting the loan<br />

and accepting the parents as<br />

guarantors the bank said it<br />

would be helpful if the parents<br />

put up the deeds of their<br />

property. A very substantial<br />

unencumbered rural property.<br />

The son defaulted and lost<br />

the business, the building<br />

and his home and then the<br />

bank turned to the parents as<br />

guarantors and claimed their<br />

home as well. This painful<br />

situation was resolved by<br />

mediation and negotiation.<br />

Ultimately the bank took<br />

ownership of their home and<br />

the parents were permitted<br />

to stay there for the rest of<br />

their lives and on leaving the<br />

property or their passing the<br />

bank took possession thus<br />

denying any inheritance to the<br />

son and his siblings.<br />

One solicitor commented:<br />

‘People will give guarantees<br />

unwisely because they have<br />

dreams and aspirations and can<br />

only achieve those by borrowing.<br />

Most guarantees are given by<br />

spouses and company directors/<br />

shareholders who share the<br />

dreams.’<br />

So, for those contemplating<br />

borrowing – which is tempting<br />

in this environment of<br />

extremely low interest rates<br />

– think carefully; seek legal<br />

and financial advice on any<br />

documents you are asked to<br />

sign.<br />

Comment supplied by<br />

Jennifer Harris, of Jennifer<br />

Harris & Associates, Solicitors,<br />

4/57 Avalon Parade,<br />

Avalon Beach.<br />

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

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

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

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

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

JANUARY <strong>2018</strong> 59

Trades & Services<br />

Trades & Services<br />


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Call 9970 6654<br />

Services Range Rover, Land<br />

Rover, Saab and Volvo with the<br />

latest in diagnostic equipment.<br />

Narrabeen Tyrepower<br />

Call 9970 6670<br />

Stocks all popular brands<br />

including Cooper 4WD. Plus<br />

they’ll do all mechanical repairs<br />

and rego inspections.<br />

Barrenjoey<br />

Smash Repairs<br />

Call 9970 8207<br />

barrenjoeysmashrepairs.com.au<br />

Re-sprays a specialty, plus<br />

restoration of your favourite vehicle.<br />

Commercial vehicle specialist.<br />


Avalon Marine<br />

Upholstery<br />

Call Simon 9918 9803<br />

Makes cushions for boats, patio<br />

and pool furniture, window seats.<br />


Eamon Dowling<br />

Electrical<br />

Call 0410 457 373<br />

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

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Blue Tongue Carpets<br />

Call Stephan 9979 7292<br />

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Call 0412 281 580<br />

Tree pruning and removals.<br />

Reports regarding DA tree management,<br />

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Precision Tree Services<br />

Call Adam 0410 736 105<br />

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The Aqua Clean Team<br />

Call Mark 0449 049 101<br />

Quality window washing,<br />

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

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House Washing<br />

Northern Beaches<br />

Call Ben 0408 682 525<br />

Family-run housewashing –<br />

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Specialists in turf supply &<br />

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Chiropractic<br />

Call 9918 0070<br />

Professional care for all ages.<br />

Treatment for chronic and acute<br />

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Call 9918 2288<br />

Diagnosis, treatment and<br />

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sciatica, sports injuries, muscle<br />

soreness and strain, pregnancyrelated<br />

pain, postural imbalance.<br />


Contrast Colour<br />

Call 0431 004 421<br />

Locals Josef and Richard offer<br />

quality painting services. Tidy,<br />

reliable, they’ll help consult<br />

on the best type of paint for<br />

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Modern Colour<br />

Call 0406 150 555<br />

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and decorating; clean, tidy,<br />

quality detail you will notice.<br />

Dependable and on time.<br />

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Call 0418 116 700<br />

Andrew is a master painter with<br />

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rates, free quotes.<br />


All Foam<br />

Call 9973 1731<br />

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Call 9999 5567<br />

Local specialists in all aspects of<br />

outdoor & indoor seating.<br />

Custom service and expert<br />

advice.<br />

Susan Ottowa<br />

Call Susan 0422 466 880<br />

Specialist in day bed and outdoor<br />

areas. Reliable local<br />

service. Offering domestic &<br />

commercial.<br />

Leather Hero<br />

Call 0490 796 012<br />

Northern Beaches-based<br />

specialists in leather cleaning,<br />

revamps, repairs and colour<br />

restoration for lounges, cars<br />

and boats.<br />


Predator Pest Control<br />

Call 0417 276 962<br />

predatorpestcontrol.com.au<br />

Environmental services at their<br />

best. Comprehensive control.<br />

Eliminate all manner of pests.<br />

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


Water Warehouse<br />

Call 9913 7988<br />

waterwarehouse.com.au<br />

Rainwater tanks & pumps. Irrigation<br />

& filter supply specialists.<br />


Rob Burgers<br />

Call 0416 066 159<br />

Qualified builder provides all<br />

carpentry needs; decks, pergolas,<br />

carports, renovations and<br />

repairs.<br />

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section<br />

Phone<br />

0438 123 096<br />

SunSpec<br />

Call Dustin 0413 737 934<br />

sunspec.com.au<br />

All-aluminium, rust-proof remotecontrolled<br />

opening roofs & awnings.<br />

Beats competitor’s prices.<br />

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life<br />

dining<br />

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travel<br />

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Showtime<br />

‘World’s worst singer’<br />

hits Glorious high note<br />

Imagine you’re ushered back<br />

brought to life in the movie<br />

in time to 1940s New York,<br />

of the same name, starring<br />

and you’ve got tickets to<br />

see the performer who was<br />

making a name for herself<br />

for all the wrong reasons –<br />

Florence Foster Jenkins, an<br />

enthusiastic singer whose<br />

pitch was far from perfect!<br />

Known as ‘the first lady of<br />

the sliding scale’, Florence<br />

warbled and screeched her<br />

way through the evening to<br />

an audience who mostly fell<br />

about with laughter.<br />

But this delusional and<br />

joyously happy woman paid<br />

little attention to her critics,<br />

instead she was surrounded<br />

by a circle of devoted friends<br />

who were almost as eccentric<br />

as she was. Based upon a true<br />

story, the Elanora Players’<br />

latest production spins from<br />

Florence’s charity recitals and<br />

extravagant balls, through to<br />

her bizarre recording sessions<br />

and an ultimate triumph at<br />

Carnegie Hall in this hilarious<br />

and heart-warming comedy.<br />

The story of Florence<br />

Foster Jenkins was recently<br />

Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant.<br />

Elanora Players brings this<br />

wonderful character to the<br />

stage in the Peter Quilter play<br />

Glorious! starring Pam Ennor<br />

as Florence, Wade Orth as<br />

her pianist, Cosme McMoon<br />

and James Belfrage as her<br />

loving boyfriend St Clair. Jan<br />

Adamson, Chris Richardson<br />

and Robin Silvolli round<br />

out the cast of eccentric<br />

characters in this truly feelgood<br />

play.<br />

Performances run from 12<br />

to 20 <strong>January</strong> <strong>2018</strong>. Tickets<br />

are $25 ($22 concession,<br />

$20 groups of 10 or more);<br />

bookings over the phone<br />

(9979 9694), by email<br />

(1966elanora.bookings@<br />

gmail.com) or online<br />

elanoraplayers.com.au.<br />

Something for<br />

everyone at<br />

Dee Why RSL<br />

T<br />

here is a live show for<br />

everyone this month at<br />

Dee Why RSL.<br />

Fans of Paul McCartney<br />

and Eric Clapton rave<br />

about Guitars Gently<br />

Weep, a production that<br />

brings together the songs<br />

that defined each artist on<br />

Fri 12.<br />

Another gig for the<br />

over-18s, Thirsty Merc,<br />

will be celebrating all their<br />

music plus songs never<br />

performed live on Jan 19.<br />

And to mark Australia<br />

Day (early) you can catch<br />

The Australian INXS<br />

Show and The Australian<br />

Divinyls on Thurs 25.<br />

For the kids, the popular<br />

Crazy Science Show is<br />

back on Thurs 18 and an<br />

interactive mini-musical<br />

Red Riding Hood’s<br />

Adventures on Tues 23.<br />

Bookings at deewhyrsl.<br />

com.au<br />

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Dining Guide<br />

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

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>January</strong> and your family is<br />

guaranteed a great night<br />

out with a feast for the eyes<br />

and the tastebuds.<br />

Order ahead for their<br />

wonderful Peking Duck which<br />

is offered as a dine-in-only<br />

special Thursdays through<br />

Sundays in Summer.<br />

There are two traditional<br />

courses: Peking Duck<br />

pancakes & duck sang choy<br />

bow (bookings essential;<br />

Here are seven eateries getting<br />

their first taste of summer in<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>:<br />

Riva Bar and Kitchen –<br />

Carefully created, prepared and<br />

presented dishes packed with<br />

natural flavour. Open for lunch and<br />

dinner with “street food” options<br />

also available throughout the day.<br />

With four entrees, six mains and<br />

four desserts plus specials, menus<br />

are changed to reflect the season.<br />

Right now, locals are loving the<br />

kingfish carpaccio. Avalon Pde<br />

Avalon Beach.<br />

Freebird Avalon – Modern<br />

Australian restaurant and bar<br />

with great specials, tasty grazing<br />

plates an old school ’50s, ’60s and<br />

’70s playlist and live music every<br />

Sunday. Plenty to like @ 50 Old<br />

Barrenjoey Road Avalon Beach.<br />

Alma Avalon – Vibrant modern<br />

Mexican fare with a focus on<br />

P<br />

mention the ad when you<br />

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 />

locally sourced seafood and<br />

organic wines.<br />

Enjoy breakfast, lunch and/or<br />

dinner indoors or on the verandah<br />

overlooking Old Barrenjoey Road<br />

and watch the world go by.<br />

Mekong Merchant – Did<br />

someone say pork belly? Authentic,<br />

simple, Vietnamese food – banh<br />

mi, rice paper rolls, rice and<br />

noodle salads and Pho. Open<br />

for breakfast and lunch with set<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 Bistro 61<br />

is a great place to head for<br />

a local meal, offering tasty<br />

modern Australian dishes at<br />

affordable prices.<br />

Don't miss their $25 Ribs<br />

deal for lunch or dinner on<br />

Mondays in <strong>January</strong>.<br />

Plus they’re open for<br />

breakfast on weekends over<br />

summer, from 8am.<br />

On Australia Day enjoy $5<br />

VBs, plus live music and raffles.<br />

Great music acts on<br />

Saturdays this month include<br />

Nat & Rin (6th), Sundown (13th),<br />

Feast out on these tasty morsels<br />

menu dinners Friday and Saturday<br />

nights during summer. Avalon Pde,<br />

Avalon Beach.<br />

Caffeine Villains – Coffee,<br />

burgers and “healthy feeds with a<br />

touch of naughty” dished up by a<br />

friendly crew tucked at the back of<br />

331-335 Barrenjoey Road, Newport.<br />

The Park House – We have<br />

waved bye, bye to the Mona Vale<br />

Hotel and with a lick of white paint<br />

and some classic northern beaches<br />

styling welcome the Park House<br />

with a range of dining options and<br />

more to come in the New Year.<br />

Park Street, Mona Vale.<br />

Monkey King Thai –<br />

Continuing to expand – from<br />

Lindfield into Newport and<br />

Warriewood – now at North<br />

Narrabeen at the lights opposite<br />

the 7 Eleven. Generous and tasty<br />

dishes and clever marketing keep<br />

customers coming back for more.<br />

Special Guests (20th) and CJ<br />

& The Mellows (27th); plus<br />

Browntown on Friday 26th.<br />

Happy Hour is every<br />

Monday, Tuesday & Friday from<br />

4-6pm.<br />

Bistro 61 has been named<br />

to commemorate the opening<br />

of the Club in 1961. The<br />

kitchen – led by experienced<br />

Northern Beaches head chef<br />

Mitch Blundell, boasts all fresh,<br />

house-made meals, with locally<br />

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), and<br />

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, corn<br />

chips, guacamole, Danish fetta<br />

and coriander.<br />



Chicken noodle<br />

salad from<br />

newcomer<br />

Mekong<br />

Merchant (left)<br />

and taco time<br />

at Alma Avalon.<br />

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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 />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

a variety of starters and share<br />

plates, seafood, burgers,<br />

grills, salads, desserts and<br />

woodfired pizza.<br />

Great Friday night music<br />

kicks off in the Lounge Bar from<br />

7.30pm.<br />

Bookings are essential for<br />

New Year’s Eve, with a 2-course<br />

dinner, music by ‘Collage’ and<br />

the Fireworks over <strong>Pittwater</strong>.<br />

Get ready for '60s Mania –<br />

The British Invasion featuring<br />

'The Fab Four' and Ronnie<br />

Kellett and hits from The<br />

Beatles, The Kinks, Cilla Black<br />

and more.<br />

Trivia is held every Tuesday<br />

night from 7.30pm (great<br />

prizes and vouchers).<br />

Club social memberships<br />

are available for just $160.<br />

Barrenjoey<br />

Bistro<br />

Club Palm Beach<br />

1087 Barrenjoey Rd,<br />

Palm Beach<br />


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

Dinner 6pm-8.30pm<br />


Lunch and dinner<br />

specials $13.50<br />

BOOKINGS 9974 5566<br />

Watch the Fifth Ashes<br />

Test on the big screen<br />

from <strong>January</strong> 4-8.<br />

The Members’ lucky<br />

badge draw is held<br />

Wednesday and Friday night<br />

(every 30 mins between<br />

5pm-7pm), and jackpots by<br />

$100 each week.<br />

Enjoy Trivia Night from<br />

5.30pm on Wednesdays,<br />

plus Bingo 10am on Fridays.<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 />

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 />

Local residents are finding<br />

Head to Club Palm Beach, the peaceful ambience<br />

conveniently located just of The Mirage restaurant<br />

a short stroll from Palm overlooking spectacular<br />

Beach Wharf, for hasslefree<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>, the perfect<br />

holiday dining in<br />

waterfront venue to enjoy<br />

<strong>January</strong>.<br />

breakfast or dinner.<br />

The club’s Barrenjoey<br />

Located in boutique<br />

Bistro is open for lunch Metro Hotel Mirage Newport,<br />

(11.30am to 2.30pm) and The Mirage restaurant is a<br />

dinner (6pm to 9pm) seven popular choice for breakfast<br />

days, plus there's a Snack from 7-10am seven days a<br />

Menu available 2.30pm-6pm. week, offering a fixed-price<br />

And enjoy acoustic<br />

full hot and cold buffet,<br />

sessions with Suraya, 12- including a selection of<br />

2.30pm in the garden on cereals, seasonal fruit and<br />

Sunday 7th, 14th and 21st. freshly made juice, toast Advertise<br />

The Bistro serves topvalue<br />

a la carte meals plus eggs, has browns, bacon<br />

and pastries and sausages,<br />

in our<br />

daily $13.50 specials of<br />

and tomato served with the<br />

roasts (Mondays), rump Chef’s Special of the day.<br />

steak with chips and salad The Mirage restaurant is Dining<br />

(Tuesdays), chicken schnitzel also open for dinner from<br />

with chips and salad<br />

Monday to Saturday from<br />

(Wednesdays), homemade 5.30 pm – 8.30pm and can<br />

Guide!<br />

gourmet pies with chips be hired, along with all the<br />

and salad (Thursdays) and hotel’s function rooms, for<br />

Phone<br />

fish and chips with salad private and corporate events 0438 123 096<br />

(Fridays), except public hols. of between 60-110 guests.<br />

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Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

Recipes: Janelle Bloom Photos: Ben Dearnley, Steve Brown, Andre Martin<br />

Easy-to-make picnic food<br />

creates quite the spread!<br />

With the Christmas<br />

rush over, it’s now<br />

time to relax and<br />

enjoy everything we love<br />

about where we live: the sun,<br />

surf, beaches, parks and<br />

relaxed lifestyle. Here is some<br />

fabulous modern picnic food.<br />

Regardless of whether you<br />

take it to the beach, park or<br />

your friends’ back deck, these<br />

recipes provide quick, easy and<br />

delicious food to share.<br />

Tomato, prawn &<br />

kale salad<br />

Serves 4 (as a light meal)<br />

Serves 6-8 (as a side salad)<br />

1 cup rice and quinoa blend,<br />

rinsed<br />

5 cups cold water<br />

1 tbs olive oil<br />

1 garlic clove, crushed<br />

½ bunch kale, leaves shredded<br />

or 100g baby spinach leaves<br />

200g tomatoes, halved<br />

600g cooked prawns, peeled,<br />

deveined<br />

125g feta, crumbled<br />

½ cup pine nuts, toasted<br />

½ cup flat-leaf parsley leaves,<br />

chopped<br />

Dressing<br />

3 tbs extra virgin olive oil<br />

1 lemon, rind finely grated,<br />

juice<br />

½ tsp caster sugar<br />

1 tsp Dijon mustard<br />

5 minutes. Rinse under cold<br />

running water. Drain well.<br />

2. Heat oil in a frying pan over<br />

medium heat. Add garlic and<br />

saute 1 minute. Add kale or<br />

spinach and cook 1 minute<br />

until just wilted. Set aside to<br />

cool.<br />

3. Combine all the dressing<br />

ingredients in a large bowl;<br />

whisk until well combined.<br />

Add the rice and quinoa, kale<br />

mixture, tomatoes, prawns,<br />

feta, pine nuts and parsley.<br />

Season with salt and pepper<br />

and stir to combine. Spoon<br />

into a large bowl. Serve.<br />

Pack for picnic: Follow steps<br />

1 and 2, make dressing and<br />

store in a jar. Combine all the<br />

salad ingredients in a container.<br />

Pack into chill bag with ice. Just<br />

before serving, pour over the<br />

dressing and serve.<br />

Hoisin chicken rice<br />

paper rolls<br />

Makes 15<br />

½ x 250g packet rice vermicelli<br />

noodles<br />

3 Lebanese cucumbers<br />

6 spring onions, cut into 5cm<br />

lengths<br />

1 cup roughly chopped fresh<br />

coriander leaves<br />

1 cup mint leaves<br />

½ cup Thai basil leaves<br />

2 cups shredded cooked<br />

chicken<br />

2/3 cup roasted salted peanuts,<br />

with Janelle Bloom<br />

chopped<br />

150g packet Vietnamese rice<br />

paper wrappers<br />

½ cup hoisin sauce (Lee kum<br />

kee brand)<br />

¼ cup peanut butter<br />

lime wedges, to serve<br />

1. Place noodles in a large<br />

heatproof bowl. Cover with<br />

hot water. Stand 5 minutes or<br />

until tender. Drain. Refresh<br />

under cold water. Drain well.<br />

Return to the bowl. Cut into<br />

shorter lengths using kitchen<br />

scissors. Using a mandolin or<br />

1. Put rice and water into a<br />

sharp knife, cut cucumbers<br />

medium saucepan, bring<br />

into thin ribbons.<br />

to the boil. Reduce heat to<br />

2. Cut the spring onions into<br />

low, boil gently, uncovered<br />

thin strips. Combine the<br />

for 25 minutes or until rice<br />

herbs.<br />

is tender. Stand, covered for<br />

3. Working with one rice paper<br />

sheet at a time, submerge<br />

it in a shallow dish of warm<br />

water for about 5 seconds, it<br />

will still be firm when you remove<br />

it. Place on a chopping<br />

board. Arrange 3 cucumber<br />

ribbons lengthways down the<br />

centre of the rice paper. Top<br />

with noodles, chicken, spring<br />

onions, herbs and peanuts.<br />

Fold in sides and roll-up<br />

firmly to enclose filling.<br />

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For more recipes go to www.janellebloom.com.au<br />

Repeat to make 15.<br />

4. Combine the hoisin sauce,<br />

peanut butter and 2 tablespoons<br />

boiling water, mix<br />

well. Serve rice paper rolls<br />

with hoisin sauce and lime<br />

wedges.<br />

Pack for picnic: Place rice<br />

paper rolls into an airtight<br />

container lined with baking<br />

paper. Cover with a sheet baking<br />

paper then lid. Spoon sauce<br />

into an airtight container and<br />

lime wedges in a snap lock bag.<br />

Pack into chill bag with ice.<br />

a serrated knife score the<br />

top of the bread lengthways,<br />

don’t cut all the way through.<br />

Bake 10 minutes until warm.<br />

Remove from the oven.<br />

2. Combine the mozzarella<br />

and ¼ cup of the parmesan.<br />

Spoon pesto between each<br />

cut piece bread. Poke in<br />

prosciutto, olives, tomatoes,<br />

basil leaves and combined<br />

cheese. Return to the oven,<br />

bake for 12 minutes.<br />

3. Sprinkle with remaining parmesan<br />

cheese and extra basil<br />

leaves to serve.<br />

Janelle’s Tip: Sponge is<br />

best baked 1-2 days before<br />

making into lamingtons.<br />

Slightly stale sponge will<br />

absorb more icing making<br />

the lamingtons even better.<br />

If you have time freeze the<br />

sponge 4-5 hours, it’s easier<br />

to cut sponge almost frozen.<br />

Antipasto pull apart<br />

Serves 6<br />

480g packet La Famiglia Stone<br />

Baked Garlic Sourdough<br />

1¼ cups grated mozzarella<br />

1/3 cup finely grated parmesan<br />

¼ cup basil pesto<br />

100g prosciutto, halved<br />

½ cup pitted olives<br />

1/3 cup semi dried tomatoes,<br />

chopped<br />

1 cup basil leaves<br />

Extra basil leaves, for garnish<br />

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C<br />

fan forced. Line a baking tray<br />

with baking paper. Place the<br />

sourdough on the tray. Using<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

Pack for picnic: Follow step<br />

1-ed step 2. Wrap in baking paper<br />

and foil. Just before serving<br />

complete step 3.<br />

Lamingtons<br />

Makes 24 (for Australia Day!)<br />

1½ cups wheat cornflour<br />

1½ tsp cream of tartar<br />

3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda<br />

6 x 55g free range eggs, at<br />

room temperature<br />

1 cup caster sugar<br />

4 cups desiccated coconut<br />

Pink icing<br />

½ cup frozen raspberries,<br />

thawed<br />

150ml boiling water<br />

3 cups icing sugar mixture<br />

Pink food colouring, optional<br />

Chocolate icing<br />

3 cups icing sugar mixture<br />

½ cup cocoa powder<br />

3/4 cup boiling water<br />

1. Preheat oven to 150°C fan<br />

forced. Grease and line 4cm<br />

deep, 23x28cm (base) lamington<br />

pan, allowing an overhand<br />

along both long sides.<br />

2. Sift flour, cream of tartar and<br />

bicarbonate of soda together<br />

three times. Beat eggs and<br />

caster sugar in an electric<br />

mixer on high speed for 5<br />

minutes or until thick and<br />

pale.<br />

3. Sift flour mixture over egg<br />

mixture and gently fold<br />

until just combined. Carefully<br />

spread sponge mixture into<br />

the pan and bake, for 28-30<br />

minutes or until light golden<br />

and a skewer inserted into the<br />

centre comes out clean. Allow<br />

to cool in the pan. Cover<br />

with a clean tea towel and set<br />

aside overnight (See Janelle’s<br />

Tip).<br />

4. Remove cake from the pan<br />

and trim the edges. Cut into<br />

24 squares. Spread 2 cups<br />

coconut onto a tray.<br />

5. For the pink icing, crush the<br />

raspberries in a bowl with a<br />

fork. Stir in 2 tablespoons<br />

boiling water, set aside<br />

to cool 5 minutes. Sieve<br />

raspberry mixture into<br />

another bowl. Sift icing sugar<br />

into a large bowl. Combine<br />

two tablespoons raspberry<br />

puree and remaining ½ cup<br />

boiling water together and<br />

stir into icing sugar. Whisk<br />

until smooth. Add pink food<br />

colouring to reach the colour<br />

you desire.<br />

6. Using 12 pieces of the<br />

sponge, dip 1 piece at a time<br />

on the end of a fork into the<br />

warm pink icing, turning<br />

quickly to coat. Allow excess<br />

to drip back into the bowl.<br />

Roll the cake in the coconut<br />

and place on a tray lined with<br />

baking paper to set. Discard<br />

any leftover coconut on tray<br />

and replace with remaining 2<br />

cups coconut.<br />

7. For the chocolate icing, sift<br />

the icing sugar and cocoa<br />

powder into a medium bowl.<br />

Add the water and stir until<br />

smooth. Using the remaining<br />

sponge repeat step 6 using<br />

chocolate icing and coconut.<br />

Pack for picnic: Place lamingtons<br />

into paper cases and pack<br />

in an airtight container.<br />

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Food <strong>Life</strong>

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

In Season<br />

Basil<br />

Tomato, feta & basil tarts<br />

Makes 32<br />

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

Basil is one ingredient;<br />

no matter what you put<br />

it in, it makes dishes come<br />

to life. It’s considered the<br />

herb of summer and has<br />

long been regarded as an<br />

anti-depressant. There are<br />

many types of basil, the most<br />

common being sweet basil.<br />

Buying<br />

Look for fresh basil with<br />

bright-coloured, blemish-free<br />

leaves.<br />

Storage<br />

Wrap in dry paper towel and<br />

store in a sealed plastic bag<br />

or an airtight container in the<br />

fridge for up to five days.<br />

Goes well with<br />

Bread, pasta, tomatoes, peas,<br />

Also In Season<br />

<strong>January</strong><br />

Apricots; Berries<br />

(blackberries, blueberries,<br />

raspberries & strawberries);<br />

Cherries; Lychee; Lime,<br />

Mango; Melons Nectarines;<br />

Peaches, Plums &<br />

Pineapple. Also Avocado;<br />

Asparagus, Beans (green<br />

& flat); Eggplant; Celery,<br />

Cucumbers, Capsicum;<br />

Lettuce; Peas; Radish, Corn<br />

on cob & Tomatoes.<br />

lamb, seafood, eggplant,<br />

cheese, balsamic vinegar.<br />

Nutrition<br />

Basil is high in beta-carotene,<br />

vitamin C, iron and calcium.<br />

1/3 cup finely grated parmesan<br />

2 sheets frozen shortcrust pastry, partially thawed<br />

Olive oil cooking spray<br />

200g marinated feta<br />

375g solanato tomatoes, halved<br />

Macadamia basil pesto (Makes 1 cup)<br />

1½ cups firmly packed basil leaves<br />

½ cup roasted salted macadamia nuts<br />

1 garlic clove, roughly chopped<br />

½ cup extra virgin olive oil<br />

60g parmesan cheese, finely grated<br />

1. For the pesto; place basil, macadamia nuts and garlic into a<br />

small food processor. Process until chopped. With processor<br />

running, pour oil down feed tube in a slow and steady<br />

stream. Process until all oil is combined. Transfer pesto into<br />

a bowl. Stir in parmesan and season with salt and pepper.<br />

Use immediately or spoon pesto into a clean sterilized jar.<br />

Cover top with a thin layer extra virgin olive oil and store in<br />

the fridge for up to 3 months.<br />

2. Place two flat baking trays into the oven. Preheat oven and<br />

trays to 200°C fan forced. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons parmesan<br />

over each pastry sheet, using a rolling pin, roll over the<br />

parmesan to press into the pastry. Cut pastry sheets each<br />

into 16 squares. Quickly spray the hot trays with oil and<br />

top with pastry squares. Bake 10-12 minutes or until light<br />

golden. Set aside to cool on the trays.<br />

3. Drain the feta and mix until smooth. Spread over the<br />

pastry squares, top with tomato then spoon over pesto.<br />

Season and garnish with micro herbs if desired.<br />

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

Compiled by David Stickley<br />

house, hotel, etc., used for getting a tan<br />

(7)<br />

28 Special cards that the members of<br />

the Peninsula Bridge Club, based in Warriewood,<br />

know all about (6)<br />

DOWN<br />

2 Spray swept by a violent wind along<br />

the surface of the sea (9)<br />

3 A thing learnt or to be learnt by a<br />

pupil (6)<br />

4 A social or official position or standing,<br />

as in the armed forces (4)<br />

5 These may be seen out to sea or in a<br />

local bar (9)<br />

6 Riders who are well catered for on the<br />

Northern Beaches (8)<br />

7 An agreement by which the owner of<br />

property allows another to use it for a<br />

specified time, usually in return for payment<br />

(5)<br />

ACROSS<br />

1 Avalon Beach house, on Hilltop Road,<br />

built by artist Robert Johnson in the 1930s<br />

(6)<br />

5 Concerned with the affairs of this world;<br />

not spiritual or sacred (7)<br />

9 Summer holiday program for the young<br />

ones run by Northern Beaches Council<br />

(4,2,3,5)<br />

11 A former male pupil of a school (3,3)<br />

12 Small, brightly-coloured, arboreal parrot<br />

found mainly in Australasia (8)<br />

13 Take a dip at Palm Beach, say (4)<br />

14 Company run by David Thomas that<br />

provides a Porsche experience, Driving<br />

__________ (10)<br />

18 A business concern (10)<br />

19 Terrain in its natural uncultivated<br />

state (4)<br />

22 Tries (8)<br />

24 Artist on display at the Summer Art<br />

Space Exhibition, Jeff ______ (6)<br />

26 Community theatre group that will be<br />

performing Glorious during <strong>January</strong> (7,7)<br />

27 A flat roof or platform adjoining a<br />

8 Goes for a spin (7)<br />

10 Propels a scull, for instance (4)<br />

15 A rough, unsurfaced road of sorts<br />

normally in the 19-across (4,5)<br />

16 A journey to some place and back<br />

again (5,4)<br />

17 Instrument played in the Northern<br />

Beaches Concert Band no doubt (8)<br />

18 They are used mainly for getting rid<br />

of unwanted pencil marks (7)<br />

20 A naturally raised area of land, not<br />

as high as a mountain (4)<br />

21 Bye for now (3,3)<br />

23 Mode of transport not available on<br />

the Northern Beaches (5)<br />

25 A suite of rooms, usually on one<br />

floor only, forming a complete residence,<br />

and usually rented (4)<br />

[Solution page 72]<br />

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

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

Potted colour that adds a<br />

bit of heat in the kitchen<br />

Fiery hot or sweet, mild<br />

chillies make cheerful pot<br />

plants for the kitchen or<br />

garden in pots, on the windowsill<br />

or planted into the ground.<br />

Chillies come in every<br />

shape, size and temperature<br />

(heat)! The number of<br />

varieties available increases<br />

every year; it is hard to know<br />

which to grow. If you are<br />

going to grow them, look<br />

carefully at the labels: some<br />

growers have a thermometer<br />

guide on the label which<br />

makes the choice much easier!<br />

The most commonly grown<br />

is the Scarlet Bird’s Eye chilli,<br />

widely used in Thai and<br />

Indonesian cooking. It is hot<br />

and very spicy. Use the flesh<br />

and remove the seeds. The<br />

seeds are the hottest part of<br />

the chilli. (Bird’s Eye chillies are<br />

fantastic with prawns and lime.)<br />

The habanero chilli is<br />

sizzlingly hot and delicious in<br />

salsa. Take care when you cut<br />

them: if the juice gets on your<br />

skin it can cause irritation.<br />

Jalapenos are the most<br />

popular of all. They are<br />

great either raw in salad or<br />

cooked. Add them to salad<br />

with tomatoes and avocado,<br />

or slice them onto homemade<br />

pizza.<br />

The Serrano chilli looks<br />

like a Bird’s Eye chilli but the<br />

pods are more rounded at the<br />

tip. Plant it out of the hottest<br />

direct sunlight and the fruit<br />

will be great for cooking as it<br />

turns to an orange/gold. (Just<br />

a mild chilli, this one.)<br />

with Gabrielle Bryant<br />

Going wild<br />

for Mop<br />

Top Robinia<br />

If you are looking for a small,<br />

hardy elegant tree for a<br />

formal garden or street tree,<br />

it is hard to look beyond the<br />

Mop Top robinia.<br />

It is a grafted tree that<br />

naturally grows into a compact,<br />

neat, rounded shape. It loses<br />

its leaves in winter; at this time<br />

it is easy to control its growth<br />

by pruning it hard to keep its<br />

shape.<br />

The very attractive blue/<br />

green foliage is dense, making<br />

a soft green ball. Once<br />

established, Mop Tops will<br />

grow in almost any conditions,<br />

from full sun to shade, in good<br />

garden conditions or in the<br />

compacted poor soil of general<br />

street conditions.<br />

They are grafted onto a trunk<br />

that is about 1.2 – 1.5m tall.<br />

With a full-grown height of just<br />

3-4 metres and a canopy that<br />

can be controlled to any width,<br />

Mop Tops are the perfect trees<br />

for courtyards, pots, driveways<br />

or kerbs.<br />

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The do-it-yourself water garden<br />

There is something very special about water<br />

gardens. The sound of water is peaceful<br />

and relaxing. Fully landscaped ponds and water<br />

features are wonderful if you have the space,<br />

but with gardens getting smaller and smaller,<br />

container water gardens are<br />

increasingly the answer.<br />

Water gardens in containers<br />

are easy to build and the pleasure<br />

that they give is endless.<br />

You will need an empty bowl,<br />

a half barrel, a plastic bucket,<br />

a wheelbarrow – or even an old<br />

bath tub if you have the room – a<br />

couple of bricks to reduce the<br />

water level for marginal plants,<br />

some pebbles, a selection of<br />

aquatic plants, and a couple of<br />

goldfish to eliminate the mosquitoes!<br />

The water depth should<br />

be between 100mm and 300mm<br />

above the rim of the pots.<br />

There are three groups of<br />

aquatic plants: floaters, marginal and rooted<br />

plants that float on the surface. Mix and match<br />

– for a perfect balance it is best to have some of<br />

each category.<br />

We all love submerged water lilies of every colour<br />

and size. For potted water gardens the dwarf<br />

varieties are perfect. Or for something different<br />

look for yellow water poppies (opposite top); the<br />

floating leaves of these plants shade the water<br />

and reduce the growth of unwanted algae.<br />

The marginal plants grow in the shallower<br />

waters, so it works well if you sit<br />

the pots onto bricks to lift them<br />

up. For tall accent plants the<br />

colourful Louisiana iris (left) or<br />

dwarf papyrus are easy to grow,<br />

the variegated foliage of Court<br />

Jester (opposite bottom) adds<br />

colour and the violet spears of<br />

Pickerel Rush are hard to beat.<br />

The floaters are the easiest<br />

of all to grow as they live and<br />

multiply on the surface without<br />

any pot at all. Duck weed and<br />

fairy moss (azolla) soon cover<br />

the water, and they blend well<br />

with the other water plants.<br />

Finally, add a couple of goldfish<br />

that will keep your water<br />

clear and feed on any mosquito larvae<br />

that appear.<br />

Water plants are easy to find either at garden<br />

centres or through the internet. As a final addition<br />

a small solar powered fountain will complete<br />

your miniature water garden.<br />

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

<strong>January</strong><br />

Jobs this Month<br />

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

It is time to look after living<br />

Christmas trees. Put them<br />

back into the garden, hose<br />

them down and keep them in<br />

the shade for the first few days,<br />

before gradually “hardening”<br />

them up in semi-shade then full<br />

sun. Also, if you have got pot<br />

plants inside, trim them up and<br />

feed them now. Trim any faded<br />

bracts on poinsettias. Once<br />

outside they will revert to their<br />

normal flowering pattern and<br />

flower again for you in June.<br />

Pinch annuals<br />

Some summer annuals are<br />

looking tired. Pinch them back<br />

for a last display of colour<br />

before the weather cools and<br />

it becomes time for bulbs and<br />

winter colour.<br />

Don’t scalp grass<br />

Remove the bottom leaves<br />

of tomato plants to avoid the<br />

risk of mildew. Make sure that<br />

no leaves are touching the<br />

ground. At the first sign of<br />

fungus, spray with Eco Fungicide.<br />

Also, don’t be tempted<br />

to scalp your lawn grass if you<br />

are going away. It is better<br />

to keep it a little longer than<br />

usual. Cut it too short and the<br />

hot sun will burn the roots.<br />

Vegie check<br />

Check the vegie garden and<br />

pull out any that are finishing.<br />

You could plant a new row of<br />

carrots and it is not too late<br />

for small-growing tomatoes,<br />

lettuce, Chinese Pak Choi and<br />

bush beans.<br />

Mulch ado<br />

There is still very hot weather<br />

to come. Mulch the garden<br />

with a thick layer of pea straw<br />

and cow manure mixed together<br />

to hold in the moisture.<br />

This will give your shrubs<br />

some extra energy to cope<br />

with the hot days to come.<br />

Indoors protection<br />

If you are going away, put<br />

indoor plants into the bath<br />

or shower and fill to a depth<br />

of 2.5cm. This cool, moist<br />

environment should keep your<br />

plants watered for a couple<br />

of weeks. Plants grouped together<br />

take longer to dry out.<br />

Palm seed advice<br />

Fruit fly love palm seeds. Make<br />

sure to sweep them up to<br />

protect your fruit trees. Fallen<br />

seeds roll under foot and can<br />

cause a fall.<br />

Talking turkey<br />

Brush turkeys have become<br />

prolific in recent years – they<br />

can destroy a garden overnight.<br />

It is illegal to harm them as they<br />

are protected birds; all you can<br />

do is try to discourage them.<br />

They hate water, so I have<br />

bought a water blaster from<br />

the pool shop and every time I<br />

see one in the garden I shoot it<br />

with a jet of water. It does the<br />

birds no harm but gradually<br />

they’re getting discouraged and<br />

hopefully they will return to the<br />

reserve behind.<br />

Tale of the tape<br />

Seed tapes make planting very<br />

easy, just roll out parsnips,<br />

radishes, carrots, spring onions<br />

and beetroots. Cover with<br />

a thin layer of seed raising mix<br />

and water with a fine spray.<br />

Frangi-plenty<br />

Frangipanis are in full flower.<br />

There are hundreds of colours,<br />

shapes and sizes to choose<br />

from. If you are buying a new<br />

plant, make sure that it has a<br />

flower open. This way you will<br />

be sure to get the colour that<br />

you want. Without flowers it is<br />

easy to muddle the labels and<br />

you may well be disappointed<br />

with the colour that you get.<br />

Don’t be tempted to buy the<br />

evergreen white frangipani<br />

that has rounded dark green<br />

leaves. I have seen them for<br />

sale in Sydney – but they won’t<br />

survive our cold winters.<br />

Colour swatch<br />

Hibiscus and bougainvillea are<br />

looking good. Feed them with<br />

a fertiliser that is low in nitrogen<br />

and high in phosphorous;<br />

they will flower into autumn.<br />

Crossword solution from page 69<br />

Mystery location: CRYSTAL BAY<br />

Sweet Potato<br />

offers colour<br />

kaleidoscope<br />

Sweet potatoes are hardy and<br />

very easy to grow. They have<br />

been grown as decorative<br />

indoor plants for many years,<br />

and are often grown as a<br />

school project for kids.<br />

Their bright green<br />

trailing stems will climb<br />

up a support, hang from a<br />

basket or cover the ground.<br />

Ordinary sweet potatoes are<br />

pretty – but now you can<br />

grow the ornamental sweet<br />

potatoes in a kaleidoscope of<br />

colours.<br />

The tubers are smaller and<br />

no good to eat but they can<br />

be grown the same way. The<br />

singing foliage colours, from<br />

lime green to burnt orange to<br />

dark purple, are sensational.<br />

Grow them on their own in<br />

pots or baskets or use them to<br />

spill over the rims of troughs<br />

and mixed containers.<br />

All sweet potatoes grow<br />

easily from tubers. Submerge<br />

half the tuber in water either<br />

a trough with pebbles or<br />

suspend the tuber with<br />

toothpicks in a glass and<br />

watch the roots and shoots<br />

appear. Once the new<br />

shoots appear, if you want<br />

to increase your number of<br />

plants, remove them from<br />

the tuber and plant them<br />

as cuttings in soil. They<br />

will root into the soil very<br />

quickly.<br />

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Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Seabourn difference is oceans apart<br />

Cruising on a<br />

Seabourn ship is<br />

unlike any other form<br />

of travel. The experience<br />

is luxurious, yet<br />

relaxed… elegant, yet<br />

casual… sumptuous, yet<br />

understated.<br />

Travel View’s Karen<br />

Robinson says Seabourn’s<br />

intimate ships<br />

visit the most desirable<br />

destinations worldwide, sailing<br />

to the heart of landmark cities,<br />

as well as to hidden gems<br />

where larger vessels cannot<br />

follow.<br />

“Their ships attract interesting<br />

people, who seek to<br />

share experiences beyond the<br />

expected in places beyond the<br />

ordinary,” Karen said. “Their<br />

acclaimed staff offer a unique<br />

style of heartfelt hospitality<br />

that is sincere, thoughtful and<br />

personal.”<br />

Karen explained that Seabourn<br />

pioneered small-ship,<br />

ultra-luxury cruising, and<br />

continues to represent the<br />

pinnacle of that unique style<br />

of travel with a fleet of intimate,<br />

all-suite ships, carrying<br />

between 458 and 600 guests<br />

each, sailing to the world’s<br />

most talked-about destinations<br />

at their peak seasons.<br />

“Seabourn’s intimate ships<br />

offer key elements that set<br />

the line apart: spacious,<br />

thoughtfully appointed suites,<br />

most with verandas and all<br />

100 per cent ocean front;<br />

superb dining in a choice of<br />

venues including The Grill by<br />

Thomas Keller; differentiated<br />

evening experiences in partnership<br />

with renowned lyricist<br />

Sir Tim Rice; Spa & Wellness<br />

with Dr. Andrew Weil; open<br />

bars throughout the ship;<br />

fine wines poured at lunch<br />

and dinner; award-winning<br />

service and a relaxed, sociable<br />

atmosphere that makes guests<br />

feel right at home onboard,”<br />

Karen said.<br />

“The ships travel the globe<br />

to many of the world’s most<br />

exciting destinations, including<br />

marquee cities, and lesserknown<br />

ports and hideaways.”<br />

Seabourn also offers<br />

its optional for-charge<br />

Ventures by Seabourn<br />

program in select<br />

destinations around<br />

the world. The program<br />

is an expedition-style<br />

excursion offering that<br />

delivers experiences<br />

which include hiking<br />

and kayaking, as well as<br />

Zodiac and catamaran<br />

tours.<br />

Seabourn’s ships attract accomplished<br />

people who enjoy<br />

travelling well, and sharing<br />

fun and adventures with other<br />

interesting people.<br />

“A great many of them have<br />

found the Seabourn cruise experience<br />

to be their preferred<br />

method of travel, and return<br />

regularly to sail with them<br />

again and again,” said Karen.<br />

More info phone Travel<br />

View Cruise View Avalon<br />

(9918 4444) or Collaroy<br />

(9999 0444).<br />

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Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Antarctica<br />

travel a<br />

‘life-changer’<br />

Imagine camping on polar ice,<br />

dozing as the still of the clear<br />

night is broken only by the<br />

occasional crack of a sheet of<br />

glacial ice separating from its<br />

parent body…<br />

Welcome to Antarctica – a<br />

travel destination unlike any<br />

you’ll ever experience.<br />

Travel View’s Sharon Godden<br />

was lucky enough to experience<br />

this trip of a lifetime aboard<br />

a Wild Earth Travel small ship<br />

out of Argentina, with numbers<br />

limited to just 100.<br />

“I have been hooked on<br />

Expedition Cruising ever since I<br />

ventured to Far East Russia two<br />

years ago,” Sharon said. “Before<br />

I left for the Antarctic people<br />

kept asking me: ‘Why do you<br />

want to go and see<br />

icebergs that just<br />

float around in the ocean?’<br />

“But I knew visiting this<br />

wilderness area would be much<br />

more than that – in Russia I had<br />

a moment on the ship where<br />

I was watching a new volcanic<br />

island form while killer whales<br />

were swimming past! I couldn’t<br />

wait to see what Antarctica<br />

offered.”<br />

Sharon says travel – and<br />

expedition travel in particular –<br />

“changes you on the inside”.<br />

“Of course, you see the<br />

icebergs, the amazing wildlife,<br />

incredible scenery but it’s a lot<br />

more than that,” she said. “You<br />

are at the bottom of the Earth<br />

on the last remaining continent<br />

that humans haven’t yet destroyed.<br />

You are travelling with<br />

like-minded people from different<br />

countries who fall in love<br />

with the same place – you are in<br />

awe and realise how vulnerable<br />

this beautiful continent really<br />

is and why we all must stand<br />

together and protect it.”<br />

Sharon said a range of activities<br />

were offered, including<br />

kayaking – but nothing topped<br />

her experience of camping on<br />

the ice.<br />

You dig out a shallow bed<br />

in the ice for the night, which<br />

you must fill in the next morning,”<br />

she said. “You don’t really<br />

‘sleep’ that much because it<br />

doesn’t get dark – but you can<br />

hear the glaciers crack through<br />

the night and crash into the sea.<br />

“It’s absolutely like nothing<br />

you can imagine!”<br />

Sharon said the ship was the<br />

perfect size to visit Antarctica;<br />

in order to protect the environment,<br />

only 100 people are<br />

permitted ashore at any time.<br />

She added another benefit<br />

was you could share a cabin on<br />

this ship and pay no single supplement.<br />

Sharon would be happy to<br />

share more insights from her<br />

incredible voyage; call her on<br />

9918 6007 or email sales@<br />

travelview.net.au – Nigel Wall<br />

74 JANUARY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

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