Pittwater Life January 2018 Issue

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A Day In The Life... Of Our Water Police. Making A Splash. King of the Road. 129 Things You Can Do.

The Local Voice Since 1991 JANUARY 2018 FREE pittwaterlife A DAY IN THE LIFE … OF OUR WATER POLICE MAKING A SPLASH 45 YEARS OF THE BIG SWIM KING OF THE ROAD IDLE CHAT WITH DAVID THOMAS Locals’ Guide 129 * Things You Can Do (* Maybe more... we lost count)


Editorial How to live the (Pittwater) life Is there any better place than Pittwater to spend a lazy summer holiday? We think not. Swimming, surfing, sailing, boating, bushwalks and hiking... we’ve got it all on our doorstep. This month we present our annual Locals’ Guide to help you make the most of your time off. Turn to page 24 and you’ll find information on all that the area has to offer throughout January. And regardless of whether you’re into fitness or fun, don’t forget the Pittwater Ocean Swim Series which runs throughout the month and culminates in the Big Swim on January 28 (see page 6). Find out what happened when we spent a day with our local water police, who have been afforded added random drug testing powers for the first time this summer (see page 14). January is also the month of art exhibitions and sales, with some talented individuals and wonderful works (see page 38). There have been plenty of announcements on the local news front – including a walkway link between Bayview Heights and Church Point, and a shared pedestrian and cycling path to wrap around the Bilgola Bends. And we have our ear to the ground listening to the latest rumblings over the development of the Pasadena site at Church Point (see page 18). The warm weather provides the perfect opportunity to pack up a picnic and head to a local beach or park; our foodie Janelle Bloom has come up with some great recipes that are easy to make (see page 66). The New Year will be a big one for Pittwater Life; we have a new website arriving soon and we intend to deliver more of the great features you look forward to every month... plus we have a few surprises up our sleeve that we know you’ll love! Here’s wishing all our readers a happy and safe 2018. – Nigel Wall The Local Voice Since 1991 JANUARY 2018 3


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Riding the Big Swim wave News Whale Beach Surf Club veteran Paul Hughes remembers 1974 like it was yesterday – that was the year he and 43 mates lined up for the first ever Big Swim from Palm Beach to ‘Whaley’, with the now 81-year-old credited as first across the line. In fact, Paul swam the fastest times in each of the first two years – although a five-minute handicap imposed after his maiden victory saw him finish fourth in 1975. “Because I won by such a big margin the first year, they gave a me the penalty,” Paul recalls. “When I started I was swimming all alone – that’s not a good feeling, so I went hard to catch the field.” Paul is the face of this year’s 2.8km Big Swim – ‘If I can, You Can’ – with race director Simon Morgan also canvassing far and wide for input from swimmers who have competed in 10 or more Big Swims. “This is the surf club’s annual significant fundraiser and all funds raised go to saving lives here at Whale Beach and other local beaches as the club’s volunteers quite often assist with lifesaving activities across the local beaches,” said Simon. “The Macquarie Big Swim is a true Ocean swim. Swimmers compete against each other but also the swell, chop and other conditions which make ocean swims such a challenge. “There is a rich history at a local level with approximately 300 volunteers, all local, assisting with on the beach registration, traffic control, water safety, first aid etc. It’s a far cry from 1974, when there was no water safety team, just a couple of guys on surf skis!” In 2018 the swim enters its 45th year and celebrates its 44th staging, having been called off just once (in 2005 due to conditions). Here are some of the locals’ recollections about the Big Swim, which goes under starter’s orders in 2018 on January 28: “In the early swims, my awesome Dad followed the bodies around on his surf ski (my rescue craft, fortunately never needed), and was always able to spot me (no idea how) in amongst the splash of bobbling coloured heads... Some of these years were pure bliss: flat, crystalclear waters right around the headland; and others, more of what appeared to be an overwhelming challenge, with massive dumping surf at both ends. Only one year was I ‘kissed’ by a bluebottle. I see that as pretty lucky... For me, this swim used to be a celebration of being young and fit and being part of an amazing day of community, fun and sense of great achievement… and now, as I head to (OMG) 50, it’s about proving that my age is just a number and not something that will stop me experiencing one of the best feelings in the world.” – Christina “I have swum in all years except four; the first swim started beside the pool and the club invited the great Des Renford to lead off the swim and I remember looking at this portly older gentleman and thinking if I can’t beat him there is something wrong... I did it in 20 something minutes; Des was about an hour – but of course he could have kept going to Sydney! He was a true marathon swimmer... 6 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


And of course in the early days there was a keg and roast on the spit at the finish.” – Alex “I used to love coming around the headland and sometimes, when I was a little too close in, I remember seeing some amazing marine life on the rock shelves – once there was a Port Jackson shark finning below me. Coming in at Whale, I always wondered how much of a shore dump was happening and whether I’d be able to make it up the beach.” – Rose “I did my first Big Swim in 1996, I’ve swum everyone since, bar two; one year it was cancelled and one year I was away. “I know this because when I started, we all used to get a small sample pack at the end of each swim, which included a bumper sticker – ‘I did the Big Swim’ – and the year it was conducted. I never put one on my car, but used to stick them on my filing cabinets at work, and somewhere I have a photo of the cabinets with the stickers and the earliest was 1996.” – David “I’ve just been through my archives and found my first certificate from 1984. I also came across a hand-written letter from 1985 which I received for winning my age category – only 94 females entered that year. Since my first swim 32 years ago, I believe I have completed 25 Big Swims.” – Sue “Some years we have swum through thousands of little jelly fish, other swims we have swum into strong southerly winds and other times it has been crystal clear, this is what makes this swim an absolute must-do.” – Peter Entries and info visit thebigswim.org.au Dip your toe into ocean swimming There are many stories to be told about the resilience of ocean swimmers, according to Rob Berry, one of the Pittwater Ocean Swim Series organisers. “The swims are really for the young and the old and it’s great to see the wide range of ages tackling whatever the ocean has to throw at them that day,” Rob said. “Ocean swimming is a great way to get yourself fit and it is quite meditative with the regular sound of your breathing. With the Bilgola swims having kicked off the series in December, the next leg – the Newport Pool to Peak swims – are on Sunday January 7. (In 2018 Newport is giving swimmers a choice of a 400m and 800m and a 2km swim.) Avalon is on the following Sunday (January 14) with 1.5 and 1km swims; Mona Vale (January 21) with a 2.2km swim and 800m swim and the Big Swim Palm Beach to Whale Beach on Sunday January 28 with (2.8km swim and a 1km course). By competing in three swims, swimmers will go in the draw for a trip for two to Byron Bay staying at Bay Royal Luxury Apartments. The trip includes return air flights sponsored by Travel View. Entries for all the Pittwater ocean swims are available online at oceanswims.com The Local Voice Since 1991 JANUARY 2018 7


News Bayview Heights foreshore link Bayview Heights residents will no longer need to ‘bush-bash’ down steep terrain to the Pittwater foreshore following a $130,000 funds injection from the State Government that will see a sleek, environmentally sensitive community walkway constructed in 2018. The funds were allocated after a submission from Bayview Church Point Residents Association President Roberta Conroy, lodged in August, was given the green light in December. A delighted Ms Conroy told Pittwater Life the track would be integrated into the Pittwater Trails network, connecting all community members and visitors to the area, including school children, families and seniors, enabling access to public transport, water, facilities and businesses in the Church Point ‘hub’. “It will reduce motor vehicle use, promote fitness and healthy outdoor activity, environmental appreciation and social inclusion and benefit all residents and visitors,” she said. “Presently it is only possible to navigate through this bushland by bushbashing and rock climbing, making it STEEP TERRAIN, DENSE BUSHLAND: Bayview Heights unsafe for most community members, depriving Bayview Heights residents access to Church Point and making escape during fires dangerous and almost impossible. “Healthy lifestyle is paramount to the broad community – this bush track construction will encourage exploration of our local area; there are many retirement village residents nearby needing accessible stable infrastructure for safe exercising, as do children and all of the community. “And the bush track fits well with the current Church Point Precinct major redevelopment with the new carpark, road widening and boardwalk, enabling increased visitation to our area.” Local MP Rob Stokes said the track would complement a range of ongoing infrastructure improvements around the Church Point community precinct. “Access between Bayview Heights and Church Point is heavily restricted due to the terrain and bushland, which effectively divides the two areas," he said. “Providing a formal pedestrian pathway will better enable residents to traverse between the two areas and help address a number of concerns regarding access during emergency situations." He added other initiatives currently being progressed at Church Point with financial support from the NSW Government included extensive car parking and pedestrian upgrades, boardwalk and foreshore improvements around the historic General Store and heritage enhancements around the original church and cemetery site. “Congratulations to the Bayview Church Point Residents Association for successfully advocating for this important initiative.” – Nigel Wall 8 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


News Shared path safety questioned The State Government’s announcement of a $3 million shared walking and cycling pathway to link Avalon Beach with Newport around the Bilgola Bends has met with measured support from the cycling specialist appointed to the Northern Beaches Council’s Local Traffic Committee. Local MP Rob Stokes announced Council will manage the construction of the new shared path which will become a key component of the Northern Beaches Coastal Walkway and Cycleway. The new path will include an off-road boardwalk section along the Bilgola Bends between Newport Beach and The Serpentine to safely allow cyclists and walkers to travel along this area, separated from vehicles (see artist's impression). Council’s Traffic Committee’s cycling representative Owen Dunne said shared paths, which provide access for pedestrians and the occasional cyclist, were a step forward in assisting families and the beginner or occasional cyclist to utilise a shared cycle-path – providing riding speeds were less than 10km/h. “However, this is not a solution for the bulk of cyclists and cyclingcommuters as well as pedestrians, as a shared path is not a safe option for either the pedestrian or the cyclist,” he warned. “I am still looking forward to a viable solution for cyclists and cycle-commuting that fully addresses all the needs of cyclists to utilise a designated cycle zone to provide much-needed and safe cycling access between Avalon and Newport.” Newport Residents Association (NRA) President Gavin Butler said the association welcomed the move to link three of Pittwater’s iconic surf beaches. He added: “We now look forward to improvements from Newport south, especially the lack of walkway around the Bungan headland by using Bungan Head Reserve through to Bungan Beach.” Mr Stokes said the new path would become a spectacular part of the new Coastal Walkway and Cycleway and prove hugely beneficial for local residents. “There isn’t currently an easy or convenient way to travel between these areas without using a vehicle,” Mr Stokes said. “The new path will link communities, encourage people to get active and to leave their cars at home.” – Nigel Wall 10 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


News Australia Day beaches booze ban Northern Beaches Council has banned alcohol on all Northern Beaches Council beaches for 24 hours from 6am on Australia Day. The ban follows a request by the Northern Beaches Local Area Command to Council staff to assist reducing antisocial behaviour often brought on by the consumption of alcohol on beaches. However, Narrabeen Ward councillor Rory Amon – who opposed Council’s resolution – criticised the ban as a “band aid” solution. “Banning the consumption of alcohol on our beaches on Australia Day is ignoring the problem – it’s punishing the 99.99% who do the right thing because of a few hooligans,” he said. “We need to address antisocial behaviour head-on and find solutions, not penalise Australians who want a beer or wine on the beach on Australia Day.” He added there had been no community consultation beforehand. Council endorsed the band after rejecting Councillor Amon’s proposed amendments requiring community consultation for future booze bans, as well as rejecting Amon’s call for staff to arrange a briefing from Northern Beaches Police on alcohol fuelled violence on the Northern Beaches as well as the data around the impacts of booze bans and whether they lead to violence being driven from public spaces into the home where it cannot be seen. “I am disappointed with the ban,” Mr Amon said. “However, I commend our police for all their work in keeping us one of the safest communities in Australia – they have a tough gig. If they need more powers to deal with alcoholfuelled violence, my preference is to give it to them, not to penalise the 99.99%.” What do you think? Tell us at readers@pittwaterlife.com.au 6THINGS THIS MONTH Happy New Year! Enjoy fireworks at 9pm and midnight from the shore at Rowland Reserve Bayview or surrounding businesses including the Royal Motor Yacht Club and Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. (No alcohol will be permitted at Rowland Reserve from 6am Dec 31 to 6am Jan 1.) Polo By The Sea. This event at Hitchcock Park has been described as one of the best of the year and although it attracts A-Listers and people who are actually interested in Polo it’s not as posh as you may think. If you want a fun day out on Saturday 13 and a party that keeps on going well after the action has finished, there are still tickets available. Go to polobythesea.com.au. Nominate an outstanding woman. There are plenty of women in Pittwater who deserve a gong for their wonderful work so put someone’s name forward for the 2018 NSW Women of the Year Awards. There are seven state-wide award categories but be quick nominations close at 11.59pm on Sun 7 January. Details at women.nsw.gov.au/women_of_ the_year_awards Avalon Car Boot Sale. You'll always find something you didn’t realise you needed at this popular community event especially as it is being held so soon after Xmas. With live music, fresh coffee and lots of treasures. Dunbar Park Avalon Sat 20, 8am-2pm. Stay safe in the surf. Dr Rip – aka Dr Rob Brander – who has been studying beaches and surf zones for 20 years, will show you what to look for before you go out in the water at his award-winning presentation Science of the Surf. Suitable for adults and children 8 years and above; 11.30am at Warriewood SLSC on Thursday 25. For further info call 9976 1654. Australia Day. Our council will mark the day by hosting breakfast BBQs, rides for kids and entertainment up and down the coast. In our neck of the woods events will be held on Friday 26 at Bert Payne Reserve at Newport Beach from 7.30-11.30am and Lakeside Park at North Narrabeen from 8am-12pm. 12 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


The Thin Blue (Wa News We’re putt-putting through a no-wash zone by Scotland Island on a “ride-along” with Broken Bay Water Police and I can’t get two songs out my head. One is the Paul Kelly tune about “so much water”; the other the theme song to Cops – “Bad boy, bad boys, what you gonna do”. And it’s a bit annoying. And then the songs are gone because I’m just about airborne. And it’s all I can do to hang on. We’re on a “ride-along” with Senior Constables Matthew Watt and Nathan Cooksley, shooting breeze, talking shop, when Watt points into the distance and says, “Jetskis”. And we go from walking pace to high-speed pursuit. The vessel had appeared modest, a cross between a small commercial fishing boat and honest tug. But when Cooksley guns its twin outboard Suzuki engines, it’s like being in Mad Max’s tricked-up V8 Interceptor bounding through sand dunes. Which is quite exciting. We’d met the men in their office at Holmeport Marina on Church Point. The view from the deck is of moored white boats on a green sea framed by a forest of eucalypts. The office itself is like any other, just with high security and guns. There are radios on the wall, what looks like Batman’s utility belt hanging off a hook. There are computers, whiteboards, a kitchen with ordinary coffee. There’s a picture of Borat in a mankini. HIGH VISIBILITY POLICING: Senior Constables Watt and Cooksley plot their course for a day's 'PR' on Pittwater. I’m given a lifejacket and a brief drill on its contents. “Can you swim?” asks Watt. I nod. “Do you know boats?” Not so much. “Keep one hand free.” “What for?” I ask. “To hang on,” replies Watt presciently. Broken Bay Water Police patrol a body of water bigger than Sydney Harbour. From their base at Church Point, their “beat” extends across the Pittwater, up the Hawkesbury and north to Brisbane Water on the Central Coast. They can head 30 nautical miles out to sea. Their work is varied. There’s untold hectares of national park in which hikers can sometimes become lost. One time a person reported the hull of an upturned boat that turned out to be a dead whale being feasted upon by sharks. There’s a “Pudding Club” which contains a list of pregnant women on Scotland Island and their due dates. And so those big Suzukis roar like angry dragons and we fly over the briny, the single-hulled cop craft, on loan 14 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


ter) Line Pittwater Life hitched a ride with the Broken Bay Water Police to find out what goes down on a summer Sunday. Words & photos by Matt Cleary. NOT A BAD VIEW: Who said a desk job was boring? Through the window of the 'office' at Holmeport Marina at Church Point. from Sydney Water Police, thumps down and shoots up. The sea cops ride it out; bums perched on seats, anticipating the bumps. For the journo it’s like being in one of those spiralling Russian space planes. Cooksley half turns to me, smiles. “You get seasick?” he asks. “Not yet,” I reply. “Give it time.” We round up the jetski riders, four men in their 20s, out for some rollicking water action. Watt checks licences, life jackets, and a “behaviour label”. One fellow doesn’t have one. He’s owned the craft a week. There’s an impromptu lesson in water safety and sealane rules. There are breath tests. “Booze and water do not mix,” says Cooksley. “And a nice day out can turn into a tragedy.” It’s not delivered as tired cliché. It’s a statement of fact – when people drink on boats it’s dangerous. Our run today is called HVP – High Visibility Policing. It’s more about PR than arresting baddies. It’s not so much about “busting” anyone, though do a bad thing and they will. It’s more: Hello, citizens, the police are here to help. Also: don’t do a bad thing. Often their presence is enough. We pull up to a couple of lads on a speedboat, fishing for Jewfish in a bumpy, freeflowing bit of water called “The Rip”. “Catchin’ any?” asks Watt. One of the lads proudly holds up a monster. “Look at that! Where’d you catch that?” asks Watt. “Can’t tell ya,” says the CHECKS PLEASE: Making sure everything is in order with a jetski crew. man. “It’s a secret.” We repeat the good cheer with several other anglers. In a typical conversation Watt will ask: “Get any bites? Had the boat long? Anything to drink today? Beautiful day! Can you read out your licence number? How are your fire extinguishers? That one looks a bit rusty! You’ve got another one? It’d pay to keep that one handy, no? Ladies, tell me, do you bait your own hooks?” And so on. We enjoy a takeaway coffee at Killcare Wharf and talk of “good busts”. Recently a boat stolen on the Pittwater turned up near Hamilton Island. Another fellow was stealing batteries, hundreds of them. The team built a case and arrested the man, found his garage full of them. On Christmas Day in 2016, at little Parsley Bay near Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury River, police intercepted a boat carrying 500 kilograms Continued on page 16 News The Local Voice Since 1991 JANUARY 2018 15


The Thin Blue (Wa ter) Line Continued from page 15 News AT THE READY: Running the eye over their 'patrol vehicle' before hitting the water; all in a day's work. of cocaine. “Should’ve seen these blokes,” smiles Watt. “It was Cheech and Chong stuff. There’d been eyes on them for months. They thought because it’s Christmas Day no-one will be working. That was not correct.” We cruise past fine houses on Umina Beach. There’s homes set among the eucalypts like the Swiss Family Robinson. There’s homes that float on the water. “Older people can get a bit isolated,” says Cooksley. “Sometimes we’ll have to medivac them off.” And sometimes people die. And the smell, they say, is not easily forgotten. And you think, for all the “cool” bits of the job, the rescues and helicopters, and busting crooks, there are things you don’t envy. A message comes over the mobile phone: complaint about jetskis at Patonga. We fly over the flat water, Suzukis roaring. We bounce through some big swell where the ocean meets Broken Bay. There’s talk of fishing and a Mexican prison island, and Margot Robbie, before we putt-putt quietly into Patonga. And there we find a fisherman from central casting: leathery skin, sun-blonde beard, salt-flecked shorts, knitting his nets with a trusty hound by his side. “Did you call us, mate?” asks Watt. “I bloody well did!” says the man. “I’m jack of these bastards. Twenty of ’em. Took off. Smart-arses.” “Did you take down rego?” 16 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


asks Watt. “Did you get the colour of the boat?” “I didn’t,” says the fisherman. “But I’ve got video on my phone. I’ll come aboard, show ya.” He comes aboard. But his video is bouncing about and not evidence of anything. Watt explains the limits of police power. We see some jetski riders on the shore. The fisherman isn’t sure it’s them. Watt gets to the front of the boat, calls the men towards him. There’s a shirtless bloke with a Mohawk and muscles. There’s a bloke in white Panama hat, sunglasses, tattoos, more muscles, up to his knees in the sea. As Watt ask questions pertaining to the fisherman’s complaint, Panama hat man screams in fear and fright, and just about leaps out of the water, clutching at his leg. And he’s screaming, yowling. “Stingray,” remarks Cooksley. “Get a few around here.” For all the 'cool' bits of the job – the rescues and busting crooks – there are things you don't envy... Our man hops to shore, clutching his calf. Watt takes off his shoes and heads onto the beach to assist. He inspects the leg. No entry wounds. “Probably a numb ray,” reckons Cooksley. “It’s like an electric shock.” There’s an offer of an ambulance but Panama hat insists he’s okay. Watt climbs back aboard, “We can force them to take an ambulance if we have to, though it goes on the boss’s budget. We’ll do that. But the bloke said he didn’t need it, so, we’ll leave it there.” We talk of the fisherman, a hard-working man of the sea spending his Sunday fixing his nets. “He was right to call us,” says Watt. “We want people to ring. We need the public to help us.” * To contact Broken Bay Water Police call 9910 7899; 0412 162 093; or email brobay@police.nsw.gov.au. News The Local Voice Since 1991 JANUARY 2018 17


SEEN… Most innovative use of your garden to get in the Christmas spirit? Forget twinkling lights; we have a winner! Top marks to the Mona Vale residents who trimmed their street-front muraya hedge into a raggedy untrimmed pyramid, then decorated it with baubles, a star… even spray-painted tinsel! Voila – the perfect Christmas tree! News HEARD… ABSURD… A new Australian film will be shot in and around Palm Beach between April and June this year. The movie’s producers have asked Northern Beaches Council to provide financial and in-kind support – their request was considered during a closed session at the final council meeting of 2017 in late December. Expect more “action” about this in the coming weeks. The Pasadena situation at Church Point? What a mess. The current owner bought the site in 2009 but says he had a succession of DAs for improvement and works knocked back by the former Pittwater Council. Hence its derelict appearance. In August, the new NB Council and the Government announced intent to compulsorily acquire the land for community use; it coincided with the owner obtaining a construction go-ahead that fell back on consent granted in 1963. All very legal. So now Council is walking on eggshells as it tries to break the impasse. On the one hand Council has a duty as a compliance authority to act in the best interests of the community. On the other, it would be wary that any decision it makes that may curtail the property owner from making improvements could be considered ‘obstructionist’ and affect the property’s valuation. Regardless, Council’s General Manager Environment & Infrastructure Ben Taylor told us Council was continuing discussions with the site owner to acquire the property. “If we are unable to reach agreement, Council intends to proceed with a compulsory purchase with the aim of returning the waterfront site to the public for open space. After the land is bought, Council will engage with the community to create a masterplan for the area, with the intention to convert the majority of the site to public open space as well as provide suitable building/s to accentuate public use of the area.” Meanwhile days before Christmas the development owner told us he had not had discussions with Council about compulsory acquisition and intended to push ahead with his plans for the new Pasadena, including a swish restaurant, outside dining and 15 accommodation rooms. Stay tuned. 18 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


Pittwater News On-demand trial hits road running The State Government’s ondemand transport trial has hit the road running on the Northern Beaches, with the Keoride car-sharing service providing connections from people’s homes or designated local pick-up point to the new B-Line bus service stops. Using a fleet of ‘GoGet’ vehicles, it aims to provide a personalised, frequent and direct service to local communities, and encourage the use of public transport. Locals have embraced the service, which operates seven days a week – weekdays from 6am-10pm, Saturday from 7am-7pm and Sunday from 7am-5pm. Mona Vale resident Helen Dunne said: “This service is reliable, safe and convenient. It will probably mean I don’t need a second car.” James George from Clareville added: “I tried this the other day and, for less than the price of a cup of coffee, I was picked up at my front door at the time of my choosing and taken to the nearest B-Line and bus stop hub. It’s the most amazing public transport initiative.” Each Keoride service costs a flat fee of $3.10 per trip and payments can be made by credit card. The service can be booked online keoride.com. au, through the Keoride app or by phone 1800 KEO RIDE. And they are off and walking! The Northern Beaches has a new social group: greyhound owners and their hounds and a few extra doggies meeting once a month for a stroll, a chat (or sniff) and a coffee (or water). Organised by Greyhounds As Pets volunteer Toni Barnes in November, the Northern Beaches Greyhound Walking Group (above) has already brought together around 20 hounds and their human friends. The first walk was from the Flying Fox Café to the Marina Café Church Point and back, the second walk last month took in part of the Narrabeen Lagoon Trail. “All the dogs were wellbehaved the whole way… it was a lovely sight,” Toni said. “We are trying to have a walk once a month so we can catch up and talk ‘greyhound’, share tips or ask for help or advice,” she explained. The first walk in 2018 will be at Long Reef on January 14, meeting at 8am near the tennis courts on Anzac Ave. Toni asks owners to bring along water for you and your hound and please make sure your dog has their green collar or muzzle on. If you have a greyhound and want to join the group or interested in learning more about the breed and perhaps even adopting one of these calm, low maintenance pets check out the Northern Beaches Greyhound Walking group on Facebook. Probus delves into ‘super-rich’ world The “shadowy world of the super-rich” is the subject of a talk by author and former equity dealer Robert Salisbury at the next Pittwater Probus meeting at Mona Vale Golf Club on January 9. Robert will speak about his new fiction thriller ‘The Shadows’ – in it he gives details about the anonymous families that rule the world through their control over the finance industry, including equity markets and cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Also on the agenda is a five-minute talk from Peter Mayman who will outline the key features and points of interest of a tour of Norway. Meeting starts 10am and all are welcome. More info Geoff Sheppard 0437 274 074. Continued on page 20 News The Local Voice Since 1991 JANUARY 2018 19


News Pittwater News Continued from page 19 Marriage equality weddings boost Local events venues are gearing up for a busy year with the passage of marriage equality set to inject an estimated $1 billion into the Australian economy in the next three years alone. Metro Mirage Hotel Newport has already taken bookings for same-sex marriages and expects more enquiries when it stages its Summer Wedding Expo on Sunday February 18 from 1pm-4pm. “The passing of the same sex marriage legislation is not only a great result for couples who simply want to confirm their love for each other, but will undoubtedly have positive flow-through benefits to all of our local suppliers, as well as to the broader community through the expanded employment opportunities these increased celebrations will bring,” said hotel General Manager Stuart Crossman. He added the hotel was delighted to take its first same sex marriage wedding booking some weeks before the Australian legislation passed. More Summer Wedding Expo info 9997 7011. Fate ‘sealed’ for Oxford Falls Rd Northern Beaches Council intends to upgrade gravel sections of Oxford Falls Road and Morgan Road in Oxford Falls to sealed roads and investigate appropriate traffic calming and wildlife protection measures. Mayor Michael Regan said Council currently maintains sections of both roads next to the one lane bridge over Oxford Falls Creek with a gravel surface, while the other sections are sealed. “But traffic volumes in this area have substantially increased lately due to traffic changes around the new hospital and sections of the road 20 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


are starting to really deteriorate with rutting and loss of gravel,” he said. “Traffic is diabolical in Frenchs Forest due to the RMS road works and that has forced council’s hand on what is supposed to be a semi-rural access road for residents and not a main thoroughfare. Maintenance costs are now significantly higher and locals say there has also been an increase in road kill numbers. If we do nothing, it will continue to cost ratepayers almost quarter of a million dollars a year to maintain in its current state. But by investing $490,000, we can upgrade to a sealed road with only minor maintenance needed for the next 15-20 years.” Mayor Regan said. He added Council was also very aware of the concerns in relation to access to and from Wakehurst Parkway and will discuss options with the RMS, highlighting what has become a dangerous right-hand turn onto the parkway. Steps to thwart tree scammers Professional local tree service providers have compiled a ‘dodgy tree loppers’ checklist to ensure residents don’t fall victim to unqualified scammers who have been operating throughout the upper-Pittwater area. It follows a warning from NB Council Mayor Michael Regan about rogue contractors who had targeted Avalon and Bilgola, offering residents cheap rates before inflating their prices once the job was complete. Mr Regan the actions of the band of illegal tree removalists had the potential to place residents hoodwinked by their approaches at risk of enforcement action. He added Council had received at least six reports in December, leaving three property owners potentially facing large fines for illegal tree removal or lopping. Local practising arborist Graham Brooks said there were some things customers should never accept when dealing with loppers. “Verbal quotations or a quote on the back of a business card are at the top of the list,” Graham said, “Also a business card with contact number only and no other contractor details. And be wary of door knockers offering cheap works, and workers who cannot produce insurance certificates.” He said customers could request specific criteria to identify genuine sole traders and/or companies. “Essentials are that they are registered with an ABN and or ACN, they have a current Insurance Certificate with $20 million public liability and worker’s compensation (Tree Industry).” Vet on call with Dr Ben Brown We all know how important tick prevention is for our dogs as the weather warms up but what about heartworm disease? Is your dog adequately protected? Heartworm in dogs is a potentially fatal disease that is transmitted from infected to uninfected dogs by mosquitoes. These mosquitoes inject a tiny worm into the dog’s body (microfilaria) which then mature into adult heartworm over about six months inside the chambers of the heart. Adult heartworm then cause heart failure which can result in serious illness and death. Heartworm disease is very difficult and expensive to treat so prevention is much better than cure! According to the Australian Heartworm Advisory Panel, year-round heartworm protection is recommended for every dog Australiawide. Therefore, just as we vaccinate pets against deadly viral diseases, heartworm prophylaxis is an important cornerstone of preventative care. Whilst monthly heartworm preventatives have been demonstrated to be effective, when given every month, any lapse in treatment puts patients at higher risk of heartworm disease. Recent research showed that complacency around heartworm prevention has resulted in dogs testing positive to heartworm, in fact around 40% of dogs diagnosed with heartworm disease are on owner-given monthly heartworm preventatives. The easiest way to avoid forgetting heartworm medication is to use annual heartworm prevention at the time of vaccination. Sydney Animal Hospitals are offering a free heartworm blood test in January and February; drop by or give us a call to discuss your dog’s heartworm prevention to make sure they are adequately protected. News The Local Voice Since 1991 JANUARY 2018 21


As you’d expect, local driving tours operator David Thomas has a lifelong love of all things auto. Story by Rosamund Burton Life Stories King of Road the With the roof down on a sunny day David Thomas steers his black 2003 model Porsche Boxter S through the backstreets of Mona Vale. “I’ve had a love of cars ever since I was old enough to hold a steering wheel,” he tells me. “I’ve been lucky that pretty much my whole life I’ve been involved in cars and motorcycles – teaching people how to drive, racing, rallying and now conducting tours.” Through his company, Driving Adventures, he runs half-day and fullday Porsche driving tours, which always start in Mona Vale, before following the Pittwater foreshore to Church Point, and enjoying the McCarrs Creek Road bends. “People come from all over Sydney for a drive in a Porsche, and they’re blown away by the scenery.” David Thomas grew up at Revesby in the Western Suburbs. Aged 20 he had a second job, working behind the bar in a club, and one of his workmates suggested he come to the ‘Club Lap Dash’ at the weekend. He drove his Holden Torana GTR out to Catalina Park near Katoomba, and completed the race track circuit in the best time. Then for 20 years he raced production cars, competing at Bathurst and on the Adelaide Grand Prix circuit, while working in the NSW police force as a driving instructor. David went on to teach members of the police force to drive high speed cars, for several years was chief motorcycle instructor, and eventually was in charge of all traffic and mobile police training in NSW. He was in his late 30s in 1991, when he left the police force, and also split up with his first wife, with whom he’d had three children. He ran his own driver training school for several years, and during that time landed a couple of dream jobs driving in international rallies. In 1993 he competed in the month-long London to Sydney Rally. The owner of the car was Jenny Britain, and David and she were running third in a field of more than 100 cars when they reached Perth. “We were trying to put some pressure on the leaders and clipped a tree stump. We didn’t realise the extent of the damage, so kept going. Two days later in the Flinders Ranges we had just finished the stage. I hit the brakes and the steering arm parted, and I parked the car rather untidily roof first in a tree. Jenny broke five ribs and was carted off to hospital, and I injured my neck and ligaments.” He shifts the Porsche into a lower gear as we head round a sharp corner on McCarrs Creek Road, and adds reassuringly, “That’s the only major accident I’ve ever had.” Two years later he competed in the London to Mexico Rally, and started doing promotional work for a number of car companies. After running a couple of weekend driving tours, he saw the opportunity for his Driving Adventures business. “I knew a lot of people had nice cars and never drove them, so I gave them an excuse to drive them. Last week I took 14 cars – Ferraris, Maseratis, Porsches and BMWs – on a three-day tour through the Snowy Mountains and down the far South Coast of NSW.” 22 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


David Thomas also leads an annual two-week USA driving tour, a tour of England, Wales and Scotland and a 19-night European tour staying in exceptional hotels, eating out at gourmet restaurants, and following some of the world’s great passes and roads. He pulls in at Hills The Flower Market on Mona Vale Road at Terrey Hills, and over a coffee explains that he met his wife, Maryann, in 1997, a couple of weeks after he moved from Turramurra into an apartment block opposite the Newport Surf Lifesaving Club. She was also a new resident in the block, and told him he was in her parking spot. “We moved together into a house in Avalon. I had three teenage boys and she had three teenage girls living with her, and a son who was living with her parents,” he tells me. “I knew I was in trouble when I paddled out in the surf at Newport one day, and a guy paddled past and said, ‘Good day, Mr Brady’. The Brady Bunch has certainly been formed, and it was a circus, because there were never just seven kids there, but all their friends as well.” As David goes off to buy a bunch of flowers for Maryann, it is obvious, after 17 years of marriage, and with eight grandchildren between them, he hasn’t regretted parking in the wrong spot. Maryann Thomas was born and raised in Newport, and has sailed all her life. She was one of Katie Spithill’s crew for the Busan Cup Women’s Match Racing World Championships in Korea in 2010, when the team won silver, and 2013, when they came away with bronze. “Maryann sails a lot, and is very good at it, so if I wanted to see her at weekends I had to go sailing,” David explains. So he directed his competitiveness from the road and onto the water, crewing with Maryann for several years on the Tripp 47 yacht, Abracadabra, and then the Sydney 38, Eye Candy. These days David can be found on the 66-footer, Wild Oats X, in the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s Wednesday afternoon race with another driving and sailing enthusiast, 91-year-old Bill Buckle. “He sits up the back, and I do a bit of knuckle work, which at 91 he’s not expected to do, and we’ll chat about cars. After sailing one day he invited me to take his new electric Tesla car for a drive. ‘Give it some acceleration,’ he urged, so at his insistence I did, and quick as a flash, he said, ‘You’re using up all my battery.’” As we walk back to the car, David says, “It’s your turn to drive now,” and hands me the keys. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I’d have the opportunity to drive a Porsche, and now I hardly dare reverse out of the parking spot for fear that I’ll put a dent in this dream machine. However, with his years of driver training, David knows exactly how to instill confidence in his nervous driver, and within minutes I’m joyously toe-tapping between the brake and the accelerator, as I navigate the bends down to Akuna Bay. Driving the Porsche up David Thomas’s driveway and pulling up beside his 2006 model, and his newly restored yellow 1970s Porsche 911E, I can only admire this dynamic 63-yearold, who over his entire adult life has pursued his passion for driving, and developed this niche business for other car and driving enthusiasts. For more information about Driving Adventures visit www. drivingadventures.com.au or phone 0418 473 916. Life Stories CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE: And so it began – watching his Dad change a tyre at the family home in Revesby in 1957; racing a Mini at Oran Park in Sydney; getting some drift in his Mark I Ford Escort in Austria during the London to Sydney Marathon in 1993; race preparations at Winton in Tasmania; taking in the Taj Mahal; coming down from the top of Mount Panorama during the big race at Bathurst in the early 1990s. The Local Voice Since 1991 JANUARY 2018 23


Summer Guide Here are a few things to take on board to inspire you to discover more about beautiful Pittwater… and perhaps even try something new. Compiled by Lisa Offord. Special Feature 24 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


KEEP IT CLEAN Our waterways and bushland are pristine and you will notice most of us are doing our best to ensure they stay that way. Our community is doing a great job in helping to reduce the amount of plastic in landfill, polluting our bush land or ending up in the ocean or other waterways and we encourage you to keep it up. Swap this for that. Everything you can do to reduce the use of single-use plastic helps. Get yourself a “keep” cup for your caffeine fix and/ or a reusable water bottle and remember to take them with you when you go out. Break the habit of drinking with a straw and when food shopping try to avoid excess packaging. Boomerang Bags. These reusable shopping bags are made to share and designed to be used by customers who have forgotten their own. Available at various locations in our villages (the little red boomerangs on our maps in the mag show you where) the bags should be returned once they are no longer required. Volunteers work really hard throughout the year to create the bags so we don’t have to resort to using single-use plastic. Please don’t take them as a souvenir. Water stations. We have some brand new water stations so you can grab a cool drink or fill a bottle without having to hand over a cent. It is hoped the water stations will help our environment by reducing the amount of plastic bottles going to landfill. Water station locations include Careel Bay, Avalon Beach, Newport Beach, Kitchener Park in Mona Vale and Terrey Hills Oval. LIFE’S A BEACH It goes without saying you should swim between the red and yellow flags which are pushed into the sand from 9am-5pm over the summer months. The best spot at any of our beaches during summer is the north end. There is always a nor-east sea breeze and it can be unpleasant if you’re fully exposed to its impact. Mona Vale Basin, North Bilgola, North Avalon and Whale Beach are all sheltered and beautiful in these conditions. While our beaches are always beautiful Beachwatch – the team that monitors Sydney’s recreational water quality – says as a general precaution swimming at ocean beaches should be avoided for up to one day after heavy rainfall or for as long as stormwater is present. The most obvious signs of stormwater pollution are water discolouration as well as debris in the water and on the tide line. Rock pools Pittwater has some stunning ocean rock pools. Rock pools are sometimes closed due to rough seas, renovations and cleaning. The pools can get a little grotty between cleans especially in summer when slime and grime builds up quickly from frequent use so time your swims accordingly. NB Council publishes the cleaning schedule on their website. You’ll find rock pools along the coast at North Narrabeen, Mona Vale, Newport, Bilgola, Avalon, Whale Beach and Palm Beach. Ocean swims Pittwater Life Saving Clubs co-ordinate five ocean swims over Summer. In January you can join 800 metres up to 2.6km swims at Newport, Avalon Beach, Mona Vale and the Big Swim from Palm Beach to Whale Beach. See page 11 and 49 for details. ON PITTWATER Our waterways are the cleanest they have ever been but as a general precaution its best to avoid swimming in Pittwater for up to three days following rainfall or for as long as stormwater is present. Swimming Enclosures If you want to swim in the stillwater swimming enclosures in Pittwater, plan ahead. The enclosures are tidal and usage may be limited on low tides… finding a parking spot can also be tricky. Check out: Paradise Beach – located at the southern end of the beach. Access is off the northern end of Paradise Avenue, Avalon; Taylors Point Baths – located at the southern end of Clareville Beach Reserve. Access is off Hudson Parade, Clareville; Bayview Baths – On Pittwater Road Bayview and Tennis Court Wharf – You’ll find this swimming enclosure off Scotland Island near Pitt View Street. Avalon Stand Up Paddle Experience the many pleasures of Stand Up Paddle at any level you choose. Located at the beautiful Clareville Beach, the tranquil and enclosed area is ideal for learning. Tony Henry’s is the place to go and provides both individual and group lessons SUP Hire, parties, gift certificates, items on sale and much more. Book online at avsup.com.au or call Tony on 0413 363 405. Kayaking Paddlecraft at Bayview Marina and Pittwater Kayak Tours are two businesses offering a number of eco-friendly tours, kayak hire options and special events for you to explore our islands, bays and coves. Sailing Plenty of places to learn to sail or get on board a boat for a day. Contact clubs to see what’s on offer or the local businesses that provide Special Feature The Local Voice Since 1991 JANUARY 2018 25


Special Feature skippered boat hire and yacht charters. GONE FISHING There are great recreational fishing spots around Pittwater. If you have kids (8-14 years old) who are showing an interest in fishing the Department of Primary Industries is holding a workshop on January 23 from 10am-2pm where they can learn how to fish and importantly where to fish safely. Cost is $40 and includes a rod, reel, hat and T-Shirt. Contact the Coastal Environment Centre Narrabeen for more info. Here are some local fishing tips to take on board. Yellowtail Kingfish – Pittwater hotspots are the moorings from Stokes Point all the way past Clareville. Work the outer first or second row of boats and keep a keen eye out for fish working bait schools on the surface. Also try moorings around Scotland Island and also the current line between Palm Beach Wharf and Mackerel Beach. If bait fishing, you will need live or freshly caught squid, live yellowtail, garfish or slimy mackerel. Flathead – The best areas are along sand drop-offs and the convergence of sand and weed or sand and rock. Cover ground when fishing; if wading keep on the move and fan your casts out. The best outfit is a light to medium 7ft rod with a small to medium sized spinning reel. Use 8-12lb (4-6kg) braid as mainline and a 10-20lb (5- 10kg) mono trace. Bream – Fish in areas close to structures such as wharves, or rocky headlands with ample tidal flow. When bait fishing, use a fine misty burley of an oily fish and bread and keep the trail light but consistent. Fishing unweighted or lightly weighted baits on a set-up similar to your flathead combo will produce the goods. GETTING AROUND PB&H River Cruises Palm Beach & Hawkesbury River cruises operates the ferry between Palm Beach, Patonga Beach, Cottage Point and the Hawkesbury River cruise to Bobbin Head. It’s a great few hours of leisurely cruising. Departs 11am, returning 3.30pm. You can also hire the beautiful 50-foot timber passenger ferry for private events. Call 0414 466 635. Fantasea Operating all day every day Fantasea Palm Beach Ferries have fast cat ferries which travel between Palm Beach to Wagstaffe and Ettalong Beach on the lower Central Coast peninsula departing roughly every hour. This journey is one of the most picturesque in the world. It spans across four waterways from Pittwater, Broken Bay; the entrance to the Hawkesbury River and Brisbane Waters. Passing Lion Island between the heads of Barrenjoey Headland and Box Head ensures that no two journeys are ever the same. You’ll spot plenty of wildlife along the way too. Ferries also depart hourly from Palm Beach to Bennett Wharf, Bonnie Doon, The Basin, Currawong Beach and Mackerel Beach. The round trip journey takes about 45 minutes. Call 9974 2411 Water Taxis This summer Fantasea has a new addition to the fleet – a 16-seater water taxi (above) which can also hold luggage for those who are holidaying or day-tripping and can be privately chartered for groups of 16 or less. Call direct on 26 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


Special Feature 0419 521 168. Pink water taxis based out of Church Point are primarily an on demand service that can take up to six passengers – they say they will pick you up from anywhere they can safely get to. Church Point Ferry Catch a ferry to Scotland Island, Lovett Bay and Elvina Bay (departs Church Point hourly). Scotland Island stops: Bell, Carols, Eastern and Tennis Court Wharves. North-facing Tennis Wharf is a perfect spot for a picnic. Western Foreshore stops include: Elvina Bay, Halls Wharf (access to Morning Bay), and Lovett Bay. Public transport Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Jump on a new B-Line bus for a birds-eye view and a quick trip to the city. The high frequency double-decker yellow buses currently stop at Mona Vale, Warriewood, Narrabeen, Collaroy, Dee Why, Brookvale, Manly Vale, Spit Junction (Mosman), Neutral Bay and Wynyard. If you are north of Mona Vale you will be able to use the 199 service between Palm Beach and Manly to access turn-up-and-go B-Line services at Mona Vale. Transport on demand There are many areas of our community that aren’t serviced by buses lucky for us we are currently taking part in a trial of an innovative “on-demand transport model” where you can order a lift to and from a public transport hub. Pittwater is one of the first areas in NSW to test this customised service model which it is hoped will also serve to encourage people to leave their cars at home – give it a go. Keoride operates weekdays 6am-10pm, Saturdays 7am- 7pm and Sunday 7am-5pm. A one-way trip costs $3.10, with concession card holders (including pensioners, seniors, students and apprentices) receiving a 50% discount. Call 1800 KEO RIDE (1800 536 7433) or download the ‘Keoride’ app to book. MARKETS Berry Reserve Market Set amongst the trees in a beautiful lakeside position at Berry Reserve Narrabeen you will find more than 80 stalls offering arts, craft, jewellery, collectibles, homewares, fashion food stalls and much more on Sunday 21 January and every third Sunday of the month throughout the year. More info: 0412 056 531. Beaches Market More than 100 stalls of quality, fresh farmer’s produce, baked goods, dairy, fish and deli, jams, spices and honey, clothes, jewellery and hot food from around the world. Every Friday rain, hail or shine at Pittwater Rugby Park, Warriewood. Palm Beach Market Head to Governor Phillip Park on Sunday 28 Jan from 9am-3pm; browse and buy quality homewares, fashion and jewellery, specialist food items and chow down on great food. Frenchs Forest Organic Food Market Every Sunday from 8am-1pm the carpark at the Parkway Hotel on Frenchs Forest Road becomes a bustling marketplace with a great selection of fresh produce including certified organic to conventional fresh food, flowers as well as artisan and lifestyle stalls. WALK THIS WAY There’s a handy awardwinning Walking Pittwater app that covers walks around the area and you can also discover more at nationalparks. nsw.gov.au. Here are a few organized walks and tracks you can explore at your leisure to inspire you. Escarpment Walk This free, guided walk on Saturday 20th will take you through Pittwater’s largest continuous piece of bushland – Irrawong Reserve, North Narrabeen. Suitable for the whole family, the track is 1.5km one-way and is a little steep in parts so although you will be taking it at a gentle pace a reasonable level of fitness is required. Starting at 9.30am the two-hour walk is a Northern Beaches Council’s Green 28 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


Communities Event. Bookings essential on 1300 000 232 Long Reef A little further down the coast you can join a free guided walk of Long Reef Aquatic Reserve with NSW Department of Industry & Investment Fishcare Volunteers on Sunday 14, 1-3pm weather permitting. More info reefcarelongreef Oxford Falls Triangle Three-hour bushwalk on Monday 1st starting at 4.30pm from Morgan Rd, Oxford Falls. Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon will identify plants and on the way home do 20 minutes’ weeding of whiskey grass. Bookings essential: Conny 0432 643 295 Wildlife Walk This walk around Narrabeen Lagoon will be led by Jayden Walsh starting at 7.30am Saturday 20th. Meet at end of Deep Creek Carpark. Spaces limited to 30 people. Bookings: email@ narrabeenlagoon.org.au Barrenjoey Lighthouse Positioned 91m above sea level, the lighthouse can be reached by a couple of different walks. For an easy trek, the 1km walk offers stunning views on the way up. Or for those who are keen for a challenging, steep yet short hike, take the Smugglers track to the top – don’t fear… it isn’t as hard as it looks. The views at the top are well worth it. Bring your camera along to capture the beauty of the region, with glorious views of Broken Bay, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park as well as the Central Coast. Half-hour guided tours of the lighthouse are conducted every Sunday 11am–3pm, except in extreme weather conditions. Adults $5 per person. Child $2 per person. Meet at the top. NB There are no toilets or drinking water available at the lighthouse. Resolute Track Loop The Resolute Track lies at the far end of West Head. There are numerous lookouts along the way. This is a perfect summer walk as you can cool Special Feature The Local Voice Since 1991 JANUARY 2018 29


Special Feature down with a swim. Catch a ferry from Palm Beach to Great Mackerel Beach wharf proceed north along the beach to enter the bushland track in Kur-ring-gai Chase National Park. You can do the loop the other way by driving and parking at the Resolute picnic area at the end of West Head Road. Chiltern Track The Chiltern Track at Ingleside is a great walk with challenging parts. Its 1600m in distance with an almost 100m vertical climb. It’s a testy trek from McCarrs Creek Road at Church Point over to Chiltern Road in Ingleside. Avalon to Narrabeen Coastal Walk Beginning at Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club this walk will take you over Bilgola Head to secluded Bilgola Beach and around the southern headland to Newport Beach. Past Bungan Castle the walk drops down to Bungan Beach, then over Mona Vale Headland to Bongin Bongin, Mona Vale and Warriewood beaches. Continue on to Turimetta Head and beach, Narrabeen Head, Narrabeen lagoon and Narrabeen’s shopping centre. Allow at five and a half hours to cover the 13km distance with plenty of stops. Narra Coastal Walk You can start the Narrabeen Coastal walk down at North Narrabeen pool. This is a leisurely stroll and great for taking in the wonder of the area. Start by trekking up the big brown steps and arrive at Turimetta headland. There are a few tracks to choose from. The lookout overlooking North Narrabeen beach is breathtaking. You can take the path all the way along to Mona Vale headland. America Bay Track One of the more popular walking tracks in the Kuring-gai Chase National Park. Moderate in difficulty, the walk takes in waterfalls, aboriginal engravings, scenic lookouts and an abundance of natural wildlife. Leave 1-2 hours, depending on your ability (or the number of photos you want to take along the way). Warriewood Wetlands The Warriewood Wetlands is the largest remaining sand plan wetland in the Northern Sydney area at 26 hectares it is home to all sorts of flora and fauna. There’s a boardwalk stretching 2.4km and trails that can lead you to waterfalls. Easy to find (just behind Warriewood Square) and navigate with lots of info signposted. Crown to the Sea walk This a challenging walk linking four bushland reserves between Newport and Bilgola Plateau. Starting at the Crown of Newport reserve, walkers take on a 300m moderate/steep walk under the canopy of a rainforest, plants and 30 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


waterfalls home to a range of fauna. The Attunga Reserve follows, which is a 1000m strenuous steep climb with incredible coastline views. This challenging section is followed by an easy 300m walk through Porter Reserve which has undergone extensive bush regeneration after its early history of cattle grazing. The walk finishes with a short 160m steep climb through Kanimbla Reserve on the mountainside of Bilgola Plateau cliff which overlooks Newport. All up the walk is roughly 1.76km. Narrabeen Lagoon Trail The journey around Narrabeen Lagoon will take you 2-3 hours on foot though beautiful ecosystems, cultural heritage and historical sites. The well-formed track has no steps and is a shared trail popular with joggers, hikers, cyclists, dogs on leads, mums with prams and families with kids on bikes. Cyclists are asked to stick to the left and pedestrians have right of way. There are places to peel off to rest along the way and picnic areas with toilet facilities dotted along the circuit. If you don’t want to tackle the 8.4km loop in one go there are five short walk options (Middle Creek to Bilarong Reserve 2.2km; Bilarong Reserve to Berry Reserve 1.2km; Jamieson Park to South Creek 2.3km and South Creek to Middle Creek 1.2km). There is plenty of parking and the trail is wheelchair accessible from the Jamieson Park, Berry, Middle Creek and Bilarong Reserve carparks. PICNIC SPOTS & KIDS PLAY Bert Payne Reserve A handy spot for a picnic or takeaway, the reserve at Newport Beach also boasts a great innovative playground which provides an ‘inclusive’ play space and equipment suited to children of varying ages and abilities. Winnererremy Bay ‘Flying Fox Park’ next to Pittwater High School in Special Feature The Local Voice Since 1991 JANUARY 2018 31


Mona Vale is still one of the best parks for kids. The playground has a giant climbing structure, swings and much more to keep the littlies entertained for hours. The park also has BBQs and picnic areas and is bike-, skateboardand scooter-friendly. Apex Park Mona Vale Apex Park is across the road from Mona Vale beach and a great spot for families. It has a huge bike path for the kids to ride around plus a playground and BBQ areas. Special Feature Warriewood Valley Playground Better known as “Rocket Park” this is a great space with a range of exciting play equipment for kids of all ages. There are BBQs and toilets, plenty of shade and pleasant grassy areas. Callistemon Way, Warriewood. The Basin Take a short ferry ride from Palm Beach to the Basin on the western foreshores of Pittwater Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. It will be busy at this time of year but there’s plenty to do. There are places to swim (pack your snorkel) and several walking tracks. A day trip is a good way to suss out the camping area for any future expeditions. Robert Dunn reserve The Robert Dunn reserve near Mona Vale Hospital takes in the beautiful scenery of Mona Vale beach and surroundings, with plenty of benches and seats. It also doubles as a dog park – one of the little treasures of the area. McCarrs Creek Reserve This is a picturesque location with the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park on the opposite side. The large grassy area is great for throwing around 32 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


a Frisbee or for setting up a game of beach cricket. Bilarong Reserve Bilarong Reserve at North Narrabeen is an ideal place for a family picnic. Complete with bike tracks, a playground in two halves – a shaded fenced play area with basic equipment for toddlers surrounded by a larger more adventurous playground – and fantastic BBQ and table set-ups, it ticks a lot of boxes. Located right next to Narrabeen Lagoon on the Wakehurst Parkway. New Leaf Nursery This great nursery on Powderworks Rd Ingleside specialises in sustainable living and is set up for all the family to enjoy. Kids love the free petting zoo where they can feed the chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs and enjoy a real farm experience. Get all the info you need on growing fruits and vegies, expert advice on choosing and keeping backyard pets including chooks and ducks and tips on garden design. QUIET REFLECTION Bible Garden Situated high on the escarpment, the Bible Garden in Mitchell Road, Palm Beach offers magnificent views over the ocean, Pittwater and Barrenjoey. The garden features every plant mentioned in the Old and New Testaments a pond, seats, table and a Bible. All are welcome. The Baha’i Temple This beautiful house of worship and nine hectares of gardens open to all people of all beliefs is an ideal place to find some peace of mind. A place of prayer and meditation, the magnificent nine-sided structure – a symbol of the unity of the world religions – is the highest point in the area and one of seven Baha’i Temples throughout the world. There’s a Visitors Centre (with volunteer guides available to answer questions), a bookshop and an open-air picnic area. The temple is open to the public in January from 9-5 weekdays and until 7pm weekends. Admission is free. A public service is held every Sunday at 11am; 173 Mona Vale Rd, Ingleside. Make room for a view Make time to appreciate the beauty Pittwater’s majestic headlands. Take in a different view, breathe and just enjoy the moment. Narrabeen Headland – Peal Place, Warriewood; Turimetta Headland – Narrabeen Park Parade, Warriewood; South Mona Vale Headland – Narrabeen Park Parade, Mona Vale; Mona Vale Headland – Grandview Parade, Mona Vale; Eastern end of Hillcrest Avenue, Mona Vale; Bungan Head – Queens Parade East, Newport; Newport Headland – Barrenjoey Road, Newport; Eric Green Reserve (access from North of Newport Beach Carpark); North Bilgola Headland – The Serpentine, Bilgola; Bangalley Head – the highest point on Sydney’s northern coastline – Marine Road, Avalon; Careel Head – Whale Beach Road, Avalon; Whale Beach Headland – Malo Road & The Strand, Whale Beach Malo Reserve; Little Head – Whale Beach Road and Norma Road, Whale Beach; Palm Beach Headland – Southern end of Ocean road, near Rockpool, Palm Beach; Barrenjoey Headland – At the end of Governor Philip Park, Palm Beach. SPORTS Tennis Grab the family and head to your local tennis court. Newport Community Centre and North Narrabeen Community and Tennis Centre have courts available for $17 per hour. Book through NB Council. Barefoot bowls Walk the greens at Avalon, Newport, Mona Vale Bowling Clubs and Narrabeen RSL to enjoy barefoot bowls. No experience necessary. Contact the clubs for details and while you’re there ask about happy hours and meal deals. Newport for example is running a $10 bowl and breakfast deal. Special Feature The Local Voice Since 1991 JANUARY 2018 33


Special Feature Skate Park A predominantly street style park with a mini bowl and a refurbished vert ramp, the Mona Vale Skate Park is huge hit with skateboarders, bladers and BMX and scooterusers of all ages and abilities – and their parents. Situated in Kitchener Park, the 1800m2 space has features that allow progression of skill from beginner to advanced. Golf Boasting three public courses and some of the best invitation-only private courses in Sydney, if golf is your game you’re in the right spot. Bayview and Mona Vale are 18-hole courses while Palm Beach and Avalon Beach offer nine-holes of fun and relaxation. ON YOUR BIKES The Terrey Hills BMX Bike Track is one of the best in Sydney. The firm, wellmaintained and recently upgraded track is competition standard and open to all levels. The track is closed when damp or wet to prevent damage to the track surface. You will find it near Garigal National Park at JJ Melbourne Hills Memorial Reserve, Thompson Drive. Contact Manly Warringah BMX Club for more info. Ideal for beginners, the Bairne Track in Ku-Ring-Gai National Park is an easy and peaceful ride with stunning views of Pittwater. The starting point at West Head Road is 6.2km from the junction with McCarrs Creek Road. To get there by car a NPWS pass is required, or simply park by McCarrs Creek and cycle up. The Perimeter Trail in Terrey Hills is an easy 7km, tracing the edge of the park amongst grass trees and angophoras. The track leads to other trails such as the Long Trail, which leads to the Peach Trees lookout with views across to Cowan Creek. The trail is fairly flat but becomes more challenging towards the end with a varied rock and sand surface and slightly undulating topography. Bike Hire Northern Beaches Cycles on Powderworks Road Narrabeen have bikes for rent to ride around Narrabeen Lake. Phone 9913 8455. GET CREATIVE Make a movie The fabulous local film festival is back with some great prizes and the coveted Willbes trophies up for grabs for adults and young folk. You need to submit your film to the Avalon Bowling Club by March 18 so if you have a great idea and want to be in the mix you better get cracking. This years’ theme is Red Shoes. Rules; terms and conditions at creativecreaturesfilmfestival. com.au or contact katy@ creativecreaturesfilmfestival. com.au Make a picture Check out The Art Shop in Mona Vale for all your materials and helpful advice. There are some great art workshops run by talented locals for all ages to tap into over the summer months (see pages 38-41). If you want some one-on-one help on how to use your camera and tips on the best way to capture beautiful Pittwater professional landscape photographer Peter Sedgwick at threepeaksphotography. com.au offers a range of courses for all ages. THE GREAT INDOORS See a movie If the weather has taken a turn for the worse or you just need to escape the summer heat, why not catch a film at a local cinema. Take your pick between Avalon Cinema (39 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon) and Warriewood Cinema (4 Vuko Place, Warriewood). Maritime Model Museum Visit the Maritime Model Museum and see over 150 model ships, including dioramas and working scale models and maritime artifacts. One boat was made from over 12,000 matchsticks. The Museum also makes models and has a wide range of memorabilia available for sale. It’s located at 20 Bungan St in Mona Vale. Art Exhibitions and sales Many of Pittwater’s talented artists have exhibitions and sales in January – see our Art section page 38. Bowling Apparently tenpin bowling is hip a perfect excuse to take a trip down memory lane! The closest bowling alley is in Dee Why near the RSL at 932 Pittwater Road. There are plenty of deals for the whole family this month. Check out AMF Bowling website. Summer reading Head to your nearest Northern Beaches Council Library and discover a wide range of books to enjoy over summer. Kids 4-12 are encouraged to play Summer Reading Club Bingo to be in the running to win an awesome prize pack. 34 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


Special Feature Right opposite Mona Vale Library you can buy books from Berkelouw or pop into Avalon’s Bookoccino and after shopping grab a coffee in their little café at the back of the store. For readers of teen fiction and great recommendations for all ages, you can’t go past Beachside Bookshop corner of Barrenjoey Road and Avalon Pde, Avalon Beach beachsidebookshop.com. Inflatable fun If the kids like the water and bouncing around you don’t mind taking a little trip up the Wakehurst Parkway, pack the cossies and head to Warringah Aquatic Centre on Thursday afternoons from 1-4pm during the school holidays when the giant inflatable course will pumped up and ready for action. Suitable for kids no taller than 1.7m and up to age 14. Indoor Games It’s game on at Mona Vale Library on Thursday 11 when kids aged 5-12 are encouraged to drop in from 10.30am-12pm and play an assortment of board, party and card games. HOLIDAY CAMPS Tennis Goodwin’s offers beginner to advanced instruction on strokes, round robin, games and match play. Lots of prizes. Racquets provided if needed. There are school holiday tennis camps running throughout January at Narrabeen and Mona Vale. Full and half day sessions are available and lunch is provided on the last day. Bookings essential 99796772 or 0410 523 726. Surfing Run by Matt Grainger and his team. For beginners – Palm Beach, Long Reef and Manly Mon-Thurs, every week of the holidays. Daily rate $50; four days $150. For kids with skill – technique, contest strategies, skateboarding and fitness. Half day $50; full day $100. Four days of classes 9am-12pm at Long Reef then 12pm-3pm at the HPSC centre $200 or 9am-3pm $400. Bookings 9932 7000. Sailing School holiday sailing programs at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club at Newport provide a fun, safe and affordable introduction to sailing. Programs are tailored to age groups and conducted under the supervision of fully qualified instructors. There are courses for primary and secondary school ages available in January, from beginners to zipping around solo in one of the club’s fleet of Poly Optimist dinghys and learning the finer points of sailing. Non-members welcome. More info rpayc.com.au Coastal Environment Centre Parents in the know book the kids in early to the holiday programs run at the CEC Narrabeen (Tel 9970 1675 or 1300 000 232). In January activities include: Circus Workshop – Thu 11; Race around the Headlands – Fri 12; Rock Platform Rambles – Mon 15; Marine Biologist Junior Science – Tue 16; Junior Fun Day – Wed 17; Running Wild – Thu 18; Summer Science – Fri 19; Survivor Challenge at Stony Range – Mon 22 and Build it, Fly it, Float it – Wed 24. 36 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


Art Life Art Life Jeff’s life comes full circle Making Avalon Beach his home after 20 years’ living in Seoul has led to a measure of reverse culture shock for local artist Jeff Kendal. Although he grew up in Sydney and started his career teaching high school fine arts, Jeff spent most of his working life teaching other subjects overseas. Now he is back and revelling in all the sights the local area has to offer. “Spending decades out of my native environment and culture and now returning to Sydney has given me a fresh appreciation for the natural beauty of the Northern Beaches,” Jeff said. “I am not a self-expressionist… I don’t see any worth in venting my own feelings in my paintings” he says. “There is too much beauty in creation to make people aware of, than to embark on a naval-gazing excursion of modern selfexpressionism.” Jeff’s attitude has led him to paint amazing representational seascapes in oils. He paints, capturing the moment – anything from waves in detail, surfers doing what they love, seagulls on the beach, two men strolling pensively on the shore and children playing carelessly in the sand. “I love the beaches – what a privilege to live here!” he said. “I’m back, and I find life has come full circle – I’m painting again – with a new vigor and ability, and now with a lifetime of experience to share. Jeff’s works will be exhibited and for sale as part of the Summer Art Space Exhibition from January 5-14 from 10 am-4pm (see ad below). MRVA offers children's holiday art workshops High School art students looking for guidance as they navigate towards and through their Higher School Certificate continue to benefit from the tutoring offered by Meredith Rasdall and her team. “Our HSC students excelled, with three talented individuals achieving a Band 6 in visual art while three others achieved high Band 5," said Meredith. One student was shortlisted for the Art Express exhibition. “With HSC tutoring we work closely with school art teachers to ensure we achieve the best results for our students, while encouraging individual expression,” she said. MRVA are taking bookings for children’s holiday art workshops running in January at the Avalon Rec Centre; a ‘Fantasy Creatures’ canvas painting session for kids 5-12 years will be held on January 17 from 10am-12pm (cost $50) while a ‘Clay Animals’ workshop is on January 18. Term 1 classes for 2018 begin on February 12. Children’s mixed media classes run Mon-Wed from 4pm- 5.30pm; high school student’s classes at the Avalon Rec Centre, with HSC and senior students on Mondays (6.30pm-8.30pm) and Years 7-10 on Wednesdays (6.30pm- 8.30pm.) Adult classes (eight-week term) run Thursdays 10am- 1pm at the Avalon Sailing Club. More info 0402 121 184. 38 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


'Wet' season sets in at Summer Art Space The emotive nature of water, its settings and its myriad moods have always appealed to local painter and sculptor Cathie Alexander – so much so she has devoted a whole series of works to the subject. Now locals have the chance to view and buy Cathie’s stunning and unique art when she presents her ‘Wet’ series at the Summer Art Space, Avalon Recreation Centre, from January 5-14. Cathie (above) explains her artistic style embodies ethereal, watery-layered acrylic paintings. “It’s an emotional response to the natural environment which can be perceived as calming, romantic and whimsical, before also becoming bolder and more dynamic in colour and style,” she said. “I like to delve into either total abstraction, or the semi-abstract, depicting water landscapes or the tangible, including water birds and boats. I draw on local, broader Australian as well as international destinations – but with this series it’s always about water, hence the name.” Cathie considers herself blessed to be able to pursue her childhood dream of painting and sculpting, having graduated from The National Art School in 2006; since then her full-time career in the Fine Art Business has grown to encompass the creation of small and large-scale sculpture works and large-scale paintings for public exhibition in NSW, Victoria and Queensland. Since 2008 she has been exhibiting in long-established galleries (30 years or over), whom have supported both emerging to mid-career artists. Cathie is looking forward to interacting with art lovers at the Summer Art Space and says the colour palette of her ‘Wet’ series is ideal for anyone looking for art for their home. “Paintings with a water theme lend themselves to both softer or brighter colours, making them the ideal complement for the typical Northern Beaches lifestyle and home,” she said. Cathie is excited to be sharing space with 10 artists at Avalon – you’ll find her in one of the upper-level rooms each day from 10am to 5pm. “The great thing about an exhibition like this one is that as an artist I get to talk through the creative process and answer any questions one-on-one… people get the chance to learn more about the technique and the references for these unique original works,” she said. ‘Wet’ Series by Cathie Alexander is showing at the Summer Art Space, 59a Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach from 10am- 5pm from January 5-14; opening night on January 5 from 6-9pm. More info 0401 161 737. The Local Voice Since 1991 JANUARY 2018 39 Art Life


Art Life Art Life Mona Vale workshops are better by the dozen Get your creative juices flowing in January at Sydney Art Space with Summer Art School, the Sydney Art Space Yearly Exhibition and Term 1 Coursework for 2018. “We have 12 wonderful art workshops scheduled for January Summer School catering to adults, youth and children across various genres including sculpture, painting, printmaking, collage, weaving, watercolour, glass and resin work,” says convenor Christine Simpson. “Our Yearly Exhibition is held from Thursday 18th till Sunday 21st at Avalon Recreation Centre; opening night is Friday 19th from 6-8pm showcasing student work for sculpture, drawing and painting.” Christine said Term 1 Coursework 2018 begins on Jan 30 with 10- week classes that follow the state school calendar and include sculpture workshops on individual projects; sculpture life-class working from the lifemodel; drawing fundamentals; watercolour; painting multi-media; life drawing and kids/teens art club. “And we also tutor for HSC Visual Arts Process Diary,” she said. Sydney Art Space is located at 64 Darley St, Mona Vale (opposite Pittwater Place carpark). For workshop and coursework outlines and costs visit www.sydneyartspace.com High-five for Avalon Avalon Art Gallery will be bulging with the works of five talented female artists in an exciting exhibition running from January 4-27. Gallery convenor Jen Hill said the group exhibition of diverse creations would be a must-see for art lovers both Sally’s spiritual textiles all spin a yarn local and from out of area. “Tara Winona has an affinity with animals (below), it’s almost as if she gets into their heart and soul and paints their portraits as they would paint themselves… if they had the inclination!” Jen said. “Her art is in demand It’s been a whirlwind yet undeniably inspirational year for Sydney textile artist Sally Campbell who has designed a new range of quilts, throws and tableware in khadi cotton. You can view Sally’s textiles at Avalon Recreation Centre from January 6-14 – and she says all her textiles have their own special story to tell. Sally explains that Khadi is hand-spun and handwoven cotton in its purest form (and originally worn by Gandhi). “Natural dyes featured are ochre reds from the roots of the madder plant, indigo from the indigo foliage, blacks and charcoals from acorns, lemons and iron,” she said. Sally has travelled to five different states in India to work exclusively with talented artisans. “The lightweight, handwoven cotton is perfect for our hot climate and these organic cottons are eco-friendly,” she said (the scarves pictured are natural dyes on handwoven matka silk). The boutique range of clothes features hand-woven cotton from villages outside Kolkata, hand-woven silk with natural dyes from Gujarat, and hand block-printed cotton and linen in the state of Rajasthan. Sally also commissioned a Kolkata artist famous for natural dyes to produce hand-painted scarves and shawls. “And we have vintage textiles from India, Iran, Uzbekistan, Japan and SE Asia, many of which have been made into unique cushions.” 40 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


group exhibition worldwide and we are thrilled she is a part of this exhibition. “Julie Hickson, whom many know as Pod & Pod, has always been drawn to organic line, shape and colour (right). Whilst Julie is renowned for her hand-coloured printwork, this show will be very special – breathtaking in colour and form, as all the works are original botanical paintings. “Nicola Woodcook is a master of the oil pastel. Her current body of work is a small study of cacti and succulents. The works are on timber with an encaustic wax top layer which mirrors finish of the plants. They exude a calm beauty that is strangely mesmerising. “Katarina Wells’ ceramic pieces are held in collections worldwide and for good reason. She focuses on form, balance and harmonious line. Her inspiration is found in nature – rocks, seedpods, shells, sea sponges; the little treasures one finds when out and about. “And Pamela Twomeys’ inspiration for work has always come from her personal, spiritual and emotion response to what she sees around her. Currently she is exploring the different moods of the sea.” Find Avalon Art Gallery in the Avalon Cinema Arcade, 37-39 Old Barrenjoey Road Avalon Beach; opening night from 6pm on January 4. – Nigel Wall Art Life The Local Voice Since 1991 JANUARY 2018 41


Young Life Young Life Sibling revelry for Morris family As toddlers, siblings Zach an d Mitchell Morris had no fear of the water. Which comes as no surprise, given they grew up with the beach virtually on their doorstep at Caves Beach. But Mitchell’s twin brother Jake was a little timid, according to his mother Tracie. “Jake didn’t even like the sand let alone the water,” Tracie recalls. “But it wasn’t until the twins were in nippers at Swansea Belmont in under-8s that they got really involved… it was then that Jake wanted to do what Mitch did.” While Zach is a couple of years older than his twin brothers, he was more interested in paddling boards when he first joined nippers. When he was 10 his father Aaron asked him if was interested in doing the ironman – and so Aaron taught Zach all about surf swimming. When Aaron took him to Newcastle Beach to watch some of the Nutri Grain iron events and Zach found a hero in Caine Eckstein. “Caine was really good at what he did, endurance-based and I wanted to be like him,” Zach said. Zach went on to win the NSW under-11, -12 and -14 irons before he left the juniors. At 15, he’s been competing with some of the very best in the Ocean6 series, making a board final and two surf race finals. Next on the agenda is a trip to Torquay for the fourth round of the series on January 12-14. “For a 15-year-old, he’s killing it,” said his Newport clubmate Fletcher Davies. “He has a massive future ahead of him if he keeps it up.” TALENTED MORRIS TRIO: Zach (above) and twin brothers Jake (opposite top) and Mitch (below). BHS Band enjoys southern sojourn On December the 1st Barrenjoey High School’s Concert Band, Jazz Big Band and Jazz Combo departed on a weeklong tour of Southern NSW, led by esteemed Band Director Joshua Hughes and Head of Music John Stone. Throughout the tour, students from Years 7 to 12 performed a variety of symphonic concert band repertoire, jazz big band charts, jazz fusion hits, 6-part jazz standards, solo vocal and guitar acts and even classical music. The group comprised students who had already finished Year 12 choosing Barrenjoey Band Tour over ‘schoolies’ – a testament to their dedication and enjoyment of the amazing band program at Barrenjoey. The concert venues ranged from a farm shed on a sheep station in Yass, to school halls, and a beautiful golf course on the coast in Narooma, but wherever they played an everpresent variety and abundance of musical talent was on display. Despite an unfortunately wet beginning to the trip (they had to cancel their gig at the Canberra Farmers’ market), the beds in the Canberra Youth Hostel were a welcoming respite after cultural tours to the National War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia and Questacon. Music and fun were both on the program and there was an opportunity to sight-see many beautiful regions of western and southern NSW and the ACT, including The Three Sisters and Minnamurra Falls. Performances at Cowra High School, Braidwood Central School (pictured), Narooma Golf Club, Narooma High School, Ulladulla High School and Dapto High School, left audiences enthusiastic for more of the music that countless 42 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


Needless to say, the twins are following in Zach’s footsteps. They have dominated at junior carnivals since day one when they wore the Swansea Belmont cap. In fact, it is very rare that they don’t finish one-two in individual water events. It’s a truly ‘home-grown’ rivalry. “Mitch is more serious than Jake,” reveals mum Tracie, adding, “If they are both on the same wave whether it be a surf race or board race, Aaron and I cringe! But Mitch handles it better these days if Jake does beat him… “We love it when they are in team events together. It’s easier on us as parents! But they are good mates. They wouldn’t be boys if they didn’t have their moments at home. “But they are a great help around the house and in the garden – Zach’s a bit different in that regard.” Tracie admits the monthly food bill is very expensive. “We have one big shop a week, but still buy food every day. They do eat well.” When the Morris boys came to Sydney they originally joined Manly but are at Newport because it is closer to home – plus Tracie teaches at Narrabeen Sports High where all three boys attend. “It is much easier to get them to training,” she said. “The culture is different there and it reminds me so much when the boys were at Swansea Belmont. “Zach just loves training with the seniors, like Max Brooks, and has kicked on.” The trio played a huge part in Sydney Northern Beaches winning the NSW Inter Branch trophy at Stockton Beach on December 9 and 10. Branch captain Brooks, who had a terrific championship himself, was full of praise for the three Morris boys. “They are the types of guys you want in a team – they never let you down,” Brooks said. Mitch Morris was an absolute standout, winning the under-13 ironman, board and swim and was involved in three team event victories. Jake was second to his brother in the iron and board and third in the swim. They were also involved in SNB’s board rescue relay win. Zach had some outstanding individual results as well in the youth competition but for now he’s loving every minute of competing in Ocean6 surf races. “The racing is so fast. If I get used to that then I should go well in my own age group,” Zach said. He’s certainly making a very good fist of it. – John Taylor Young Life hours of work had produced – with two of the high schools vowing to begin their own band programs, so well received was the variety and professionalism of the visitors’ repertoire. Audiences clearly didn’t expect this breadth and depth of talent and were enthralled by it. Band members also mentored less well-resourced students along the way. Braidwood Central School had been given brass and woodwind instruments two years ago to start their own band, but had no access to tutors, so Barrenjoey helped out with some French horn and Tuba lessons for the primary school children. Workshops with other schools The Local Voice Since 1991 highlighted the joys of playing in groups and gave students an opportunity to connect with others across all ages. As a conclusion to the 2017 Barrenjoey Band Tour, students’ hard work was rewarded with an entire day at the water park, Jamberoo! In the end, a week away with such an incredibly talented and diverse range of students allowed the Band to knit together better both musically and socially. Seven days felt much more like seven weeks – full of laughter, learning and new experiences to be reflected on and enjoyed for many years to come! – Axel Akerman, Year 11 BHS JANUARY 2018 43


Young Life Stellar HSC results for Knox Knox Grammar boys have achieved outstanding results in the 2017 Higher School Certificate, with more than 160 boys attaining an ATAR of 90+ and a massive 660 Band 6 results (subject results of 90+). The Wahroongah school, which services the upper Northern Beaches with a dedicated bus improved its ranking to 16 out of 650 schools across NSW. Thirty-two boys achieved ATARs of 99+. “This year’s results are some of our best ever and a testament to the hard work of our boys and staff,” said Headmaster John Weeks. “We are absolutely delighted for the boys and their families and teaching staff.” “As a non-selective boys’ school, we are extremely pleased with the rise in the ATAR ranks. Each boy’s result is a reflection of his own commitment, dedication and focus,” said Mr Weeks. Forty-three Knox boys were placed on the Board of Studies’ All Rounders Achiever’s List for achieving 90 or higher in their best 10 units, with 15 students placed in the Top Achiever’s List for placing in the top 20 in NSW in a course. Additionally, Callum Parker had his Visual Arts HSC Mona Vale school open in holidays In years past any children caught ‘trespassing’ on school grounds during school holidays were hunted off the grounds by security – but in a radical twist Mona Vale Public School is now open and accessible to the public over the January school holidays as part of the State Government’s push to free up much-needed recreational and play space. Pittwater MP and Education Minister Rob Stokes and Mona Vale Public School Principal Greg Jones agree it is a sensible solution to making better use of the school grounds, which will also see the school allocated a $15,000 grant to help upgrade its facilities – one of 42 state schools to benefit from the pilot program and the only one on the Northern Beaches. “Schools are an important part of every community and often occupy prime open space – instead of locking the gate this summer, the trial program will share this public space to allow people to exercise and play over the summer holiday break,” Mr Stokes said. “Our schools have a range of quality recreational and play facilities and we are making them accessible to the broader community outside of the school term.” The move has met with widespread support from local community groups. Mr Jones said the northern beaches school had been selected for its extensive facilities and its location near shops and cafes. “Our school’s gates will be open from 8am-6pm until January 21, with regular security patrols through the day in place to monitor safety and security,” he said. Play is unsupervised and parents are urged to monitor young children. Any security issue at the school can be reported 24 hours on 1300 88 00 21. Major Work, ‘Lost in Transit’ selected for the ARTEXPRESS showcase at The Armory, Sydney Olympic Park, while a musical composition by Matthew Kokolich entitled Much-needed upgrades to the athletics track and facilities at the Sydney Academy of Sport at Narrabeen will be completed by March. The State Government finally heeded to public pressure and a petition with almost 1,000 local signatures demanding improvements to the dangerous state of the track which is used by thousands of young athletes each year, with $1.2m funding for a new Polytan terracotta-colour track surface, grandstand and other facilities including the kiosk, timing room and toilet block released in December. During these upgrades, track closures will be required through January and until the end of February, reports Sydney Pacific Athletic Club President Rob McEntyre. Mr McEntyre thanked Mackellar MP Jason Falinski for his concerted effort to draw the matter to the attention of the State Government through his launching of the community petition. ‘Darwin’ was selected for the ENCORE showcase of exemplary music and a theatre review by Manan Luthra was selected for the OnSTAGE Drama Showcase. Narrabeen track gets $1.2m upgrade Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said the NSW Government said the investment would benefit thousands of grassroots and high-performance athletes who used the facility each year. “The Narrabeen Track is part of the su ccess story of many of Australia’s most prominent athletes, including Olympians Melinda Gainsford Taylor and Analise Ruby,” Mr Ayres said. “More than 100,000 people visit the track each year including around 90 school groups for athletic carnivals, and junior groups for training and Little Athletics. “Australia’s Invictus Games Team, National Wheelchair Games athletes, the NSW Special Olympics team, and the Australian Men’s and Women’s Rugby Sevens Teams also regularly use this facility for high-performance training.” Narrabeen Athletics Track was developed as a staging camp for Australia’s team for the 1960 Rome Olympics. 44 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


Get ready for netball season 2018 Excitement and anticipation for the 2018 season is building for Pittwater Peninsula Netball, who are preparing a host of programs for both established and new members. NetSetGo Netta (for 8/9yrs) Skill Development Clinics for registered players will be held on consecutive Fridays (February 9 and 16) from 4.30pm in the Avalon Recreation Centre. This program is for players turning 8/9yrs in 2018; it’s an introductory program which is modified to provide the following benefits: it’s safe to play, but still challenging; it places emphasis on fun and the development of skill, adopting modified netball rules. They also run a fun NetSetGo program for 6- to 7-year-olds; it’s the ideal introduction to the sport, helping girls to learn the basics of netball at the Avalon Recreation Centre. The Club will hold an Information Day on Saturday January 27 (when uniforms will also be on sale). Team formation for 2018 commences on Monday February 5 – see their website for more details. More info peninsulanetball.org.au Book Review Under the Cold Bright Lights Gary Disher Text Publishing $29.99 Disher has been flying under the radar for too long, and that’s all about to change. His latest novel is a pacy, cleverly crafted novel of cold case crime and hot topics set in Melbourne. Alan Ahul is a detective and modern-day patron saint of broken souls. Disher eschews macho for empathy, giving Ahul plenty of layers worth getting to know. He has also developed a strong cast of female characters that shape Ahul’s personal and professional life. An excellent procedural and serial read for the holidays, one of my favourite crime novels of 2017. – Libby Armstrong The Local Voice Since 1991 JANUARY 2018 45


Surfing Life Surfing Life Friend & stranger: the rock that shapes our surf Six days before Christmas, on a calm morning with a tiny swell, I wander down toward the north end of Newport Beach, thinking to jump off the rock platform and swim back to the Peak. It’s been a long year, maybe I can wash a bit of it off. There’s almost nobody on the beach; just a woman with a Labrador dog in the corner, where the sand ends and the rock begins. An old tennis ball is stranded at the high tide mark. I offer it to the dog, and the woman smiles and declines on the dog’s behalf. The dog looks doubtful. I let it go, along with the ball, and begin the careful walk out along the inner rim of the rock shelf, close to the cliff, the rising tide pushing little leftover north-east wind chop up against me with a smack. If you ever do this walk, you’ll find it takes you up and along a little crescent curve of very old exposed volcanic rock, then onto a short flat section, then to a large awkward pile of clifffall rock slabs, tumbled over each other like badly shuffled cards. with Nick Carroll With one year dust and another not quite begun, it’s a good time just to wander and look around. EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE: Pittwater's cliff-faces seem enduring, but they weather like anything else. Climbing across this pile is tricky, especially at high tide. The rocks are scattered at strange angles to one another. I’ve done this walk numerous times over the years and it’s never quite precisely the same. At every step you’re confronted with some new little puzzle, a step from the familiar to the uncertain and back again – a rock that holds, a rock that moves. As I hop from one to the next and the next, I recognise rocks from my childhood a half century ago, and almost trip over rocks I’ve never seen before, recently descended from the fractured edge of the cliff above. These cliffs and platforms, from Barrenjoey to the outside curve of Warriewood, define the Pittwater surfing experience. They contain and form the sand bottom contours of our daily surfing bread. They turn an angled wind offshore. In some cases, in the right swells and winds, their unevenly weathered laminar layers create our finest and possibly most frightening surfing moments. The cliff-faces seem enduring, yet they’re anything but. Look at any Pittwater headland image from 80 years back and you’ll see the differences. The cliffs are changing, like human faces, marking time. That doesn’t prevent us from endowing them with deep, often barely spoken significance. When the nose fell off north Avalon headland a few months ago, it caused a shudder to pass through the ranks of the Av old school. “It’s the end of an era,” I heard one mutter not long afterward, as he 46 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


NICK’S FULL 2018 SURF FORECAST! Now I know this is silly. Surf is dependent on wind and whether it’s blowing toward us or away from us or some weird combination of both, and nobody knows what the wind will be doing in a week, much less the next 12 months. But I am prepared to wing it a bit based on long-term climate trends, which might give us a bit of an idea. Number One: for us here in Pittwater, the first half of the year is likely to be better than the second half. Give or take a month or two. A weak La Niña event hangs over the Pacific Ocean and is forecast to hang until maybe May or June. This event sees warmer than usual surface waters in the South Pacific east of Tahiti, which means more storms in our easterly swell window. La Niña’s effects will be dampened by a quieter Indian Ocean but should still produce more surf than usual from a combo of the long distance easterly angle and closer-range East Coast Lows fuelled by all that sticky warmth. Our autumn could be the best in several years. As La Niña fades, its after-effects won’t do us much good and may reduce the mid-winter months to a soggy and unfriendly mess, with almost none of the fabled winter south groundswells of more standard years. Other parts? Indonesia has had way too good a run over the past three years and we would not be surprised if 2018 turned out to be a semi-dud, with fewer than normal Southern Ocean mega-storms forming between Africa and Australia. Maybe some good days, but just not super consistent. The North Atlantic tends to go ballistic after a La Niña, for whatever reason, so if you’re thinking of a European vacation in September/October, you know, hurray! Last: the North Pacific has had a shocker so far in 2017 and we’d be exceedingly surprised to see that repeated. Expect a bigger and better Hawaiian winter surf season next year than this. gazed out at the wreckage – though what era, he wasn’t quite sure. “That rock’s been watching over us since I was a kid.” I scramble clear of the card-shuffle rocks, and walk, still being careful, across a more organised collection of slabs, and toward the platform itself, which is mostly submerged by the tide. Behind me, the cliff teeters, its face cracked and creviced by twelve thousand years of wind and salt water. Eras, huh. A huge, unusually shaped rock sits alone on the platform, roughly halfway around to Bilgola. The rock has an old wooden post driven into it – perhaps a remnant of an old ocean swimming pool whose outlines can still be seen near the south-east corner of the platform. I don’t know who thought that was a good place for a swimming pool. No surfer, that’s for sure. This platform is frequently swept from end to end by massive swells from both south and north-east. I’ve The Local Voice Since 1991 Nick Carroll scampered across it in terror, in an effort to surf the reef beyond it in a big easterly swell – running to jump off the rim, and trying to remember as I ran the exact location of a small, deep hole near the jump-off point. The hole is only half a metre wide and deep, but if you put a foot down it when a big wave hit, you’d be leaving the beach in an ambulance. Not today. It’s an easy walk through knee-high water. I skirt the hole, slide off the platform into a startledlooking school of little black drummer, and swim clear. It’s six days before Christmas and there’s still almost nobody on the beach. The Labrador is still rummaging around in the corner. * Happy 2018! Have a good year, everyone! Don’t let me drop in on ya. Nick Carroll is a leading Australian and international surf writer, author, filmmaker and surfer, and one of Newport’s own. Email: ncsurf@ozemail.com.au JANUARY 2018 47 Surfing Life


Health & Wellbeing Health & Wellbeing Arcadia new hospital benchmark FINAL FIT-OUT: Arcadia Private Hospital takes its first patients in February. new purpose-built private A hospital in quiet setting in Warriewood will set a worldclass standard never seen in Australia, say its operators. Created to fill a gap in local health care, the 85-bed subacute boutique-style Arcadia Pittwater Private Hospital will accommodate patients who require assistance following surgery or medical, geriatric and rehabilitation services. Developed by new private hospital operator Arcadia Health Care, the facility in Daydream Street will essentially run like a hotel for patients, providing a setting for medical teams to provide individualised treatment plans, explained Managing Director Dr Harry Pannu. “Whilst Arcadia Pittwater is a licensed private hospital it is designed and built to offer an amenity suitable for patients or “guests” to stay in residence from three to 30 days, or longer if of benefit to a patient’s recovery,” Dr Pannu said. “Existing hospitals, mainly tertiary, are not built for a patient’s needs over this length of stay, as their average length of stay is between three to five days. “Accordingly, our hospital offers patient areas for socialising and mobilisation outside of the patient’s room,” Dr Pannu added. Three years in the making and undergoing a final fit-out before opening to its first “guests” next month, the facility has been designed from the ground up fusing comfortable, modern amenities with the latest hospital facilities. Patients will be able to choose bedrooms that are larger than industry standards, with ensuites and high-tech inclusions. The main entry level is dedicated to lounges and dining and a dramatically proportioned spa-styled Day Rehabilitation 48 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


Centre with pool, gymnasium and wellness treatment rooms for patients who have been discharged or do not require overnight stay to continue their recovery and wellness journey. The Café and room service – with food prepared by a former 5-star hotel chef – will offer an all-day menu selection for patients and their visitors. Other services that will be provided include conciergeassisted parking, guest laundry, massage, wellness treatments, hair wash and blow-dry. Local GPs will be among the first to explore the facility at an education evening on January 18. And the hospital will be opening its doors to the community over the first weekend in February, hosting several functions and tours. For more information visit arcadiapittwater.com.au Meanwhile, the ongoing transformation of the Mona Vale Hospital campus continues as it cements a role providing essential health services complementing the new Northern Beaches Hospital at Frenchs Forest when it opens later this year. Under management of Northern Sydney Local Health District, the Mona Vale site will accommodate 24/7 Urgent Care, medical imaging, pathology, pharmacy, rehabilitation and assessment, geriatric evaluation and management, palliative care and community health services. Works on a new Rehabilitation and Assessment Unit, a new multi-storey Community Health Service Building and a re-vamped Palliative Day Care Unit are now complete. The helicopter facility has recently been rebuilt to enable it to accommodate larger, modern medical helicopters and transfer and receive patients requiring specialist medical care. The Emergency Short Stay Unit is complete and the hydrotherapy pool building has undergone a facelift. – Lisa Offord Health & Wellbeing The Local Voice Since 1991 JANUARY 2018 49


Health & Wellbeing Health & Wellbeing The truth on children, UV and Blue- Violet light Because of their lifestyle, children are more exposed than adults to light, yet their eyes are not yet fully developed so they are less protected from the harmful effects of UV and Blue-Violet light. Consider this: n Children tend to spend a lot of time outdoors: on average their annual UV exposure is 3 times higher than that for adults; n Children’s pupils are larger, meaning they let in more UV and Blue-Violet light; and n Their crystalline lens is more transparent, meaning it is less efficient at filtering out UV. Why does this matter? Up to 80% of all UV exposure occurs before the age of 18 and 70% of children do not wear sunglasses. with Rowena Beckenham Screens tablets and smartphones which use LEDs emit Blue-Violet light – and the sun is a major source of Blue- Violet light too. We now know that 46% of 5- to 8-year olds use a computer at least once a week, and children spend an average time of three hours each day watching TV or playing on a tablet or smart phone. The long-term implications for UV damage around the eyes include cataracts, pterygiums, skin cancers around the eyes and macula degeneration so early protection is vital for long term eye health. Talk your local Optometrist for advice on looking after your kid’s eyes. And remember: children’s eye examinations are covered by Medicare. Comment supplied by Rowena Beckenham, of Beckenham Optometrist in Avalon (9918 0616). Rowena has been involved in all facets of independent private practice optometry in Avalon for 16 years, in addition to working as a consultant to the optometric and pharmaceutical industry, and regularly volunteering in Aboriginal eyecare programs in regional NSW. 50 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


Youth health hub a step closer vision for a much-needed permanent A centre in Pittwater where young people can access advice and support is a step closer to becoming a reality. Weeks before Christmas the NSW Government and Northern Beaches Council allocated just shy of $70,000 to The Burdekin Association, currently working with Northern Beaches Council and Barrenjoey High School and the wider community to establish a youth health hub in Pittwater. The Burdekin Association is a Brookvale-based not-for-profit organisation with more than 30 years of experience supporting and mentoring vulnerable youth. The association’s Chief Executive Officer, Justene Gordon, explained the ‘Youth Hub’ was a response to the lack of permanently based youth services in the Pittwater region and the need to support the community from the north to the south. “Many youth services are coming together to deliver this service to support 12- to 24-year-olds and their family/support people,” Ms Gordon explained. Young people and carers will be able to make an appointment to see a trained support worker, or drop in as required. The worker will chat to you about the reason for coming in and then connect you with the most appropriate professional service. “We hope many services will be able to deliver support out of the Youth Hub to ensure young people and their family/ carers have access to appropriate and professional intervention,” Justine said. Locals will be able to access support for a range of concerns including overwhelming or stressing feelings; drug and alcohol use; sexual health issues; mental health concerns; homelessness; and school disengagement. The Burdekin Association was allocated $48,050 to build a youth health hub in Pittwater through the Stronger Communities Grant Program, made possible through council amalgamation in early December. And $20,350 funding for a building fitout was announced just before Christmas through NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership Program. Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes said: “We have serious youth mental health issues in our community – so I’m very pleased that Government, Council and the Burdekin Association are taking steps to address the situation and help ensure necessary support opportunities are available.” – Lisa Offord Health & Wellbeing The Local Voice Since 1991 JANUARY 2018 51


Health & Wellbeing Ironing out energy ‘kinks’ Health & Wellbeing Few people can say they are doing what they were destined to do in life – Divine Balance founder Shelley McConaghy is one of them. “I’ve always been incredibly sensitive to what’s happening around me – I could tell how people were feeling, would have prophetic flashes and felt a profound connection to animals and nature… it was no surprise to anyone that I fell into the healing arts in my early 20s,” Shelley said. With decades of experience Shelley and her partner Jason Engelbrecht provide “energy healings” at rooms in Mona Vale and Dee Why. “The sessions bring relief to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies by ‘ironing’ out the kinks in the energy field that build up in our day to day lives,” Shelley explained. Sessions incorporate polarity therapy, Usui Reiki, crystals and sound healing techniques. “In addition to these modalities, I’ve developed quite strong intuition over the years to help ‘see and feel’ what my clients need and Jason has inherited abilities as an Aboriginal Medicine Man,” Shelley said. Shelley said clients came from a range of backgrounds with therapies often used in conjunction with other strategies for achieving and maintaining good health. “Most of our clients are seeking support as they work through feelings of anxiety and/or depression, emotional upsets, the results of traumatic events… we also treat lots of aches and pains such as annoying arthritis and nerve damage.” All clients leave with simple ‘homework’ in the form of energetic self-care. “It can vary from a particular way to connect with nature, or a certain crystal that would help them, or a meditation technique,” Shelley said. “I would rather our clients have simple tools they can use in their daily lives rather than feeling that they have to come back regularly for sessions just to maintain their equilibrium.” While traditional customs and a long history of use generally formed the basis of most complementary or alternative therapies, sceptics remain. “We’re realistic in that not everyone either believes or is open to non-mainstream therapies… and that’s okay – there’s a therapist/healer/doctor to suit everyone,” Shelley said. “What gives us great joy though, is having a sceptic get up after the session, beaming like a lighthouse.” – Lisa Offord 52 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


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Hair & Beauty Hair & Beauty The essentials for dealing with our harsh summer During Australia’s hot summer months, the skin needs the most support to prevent pigmentation issues, DNA damage and oxidative stress. No matter how busy or relaxed your summer vacation time is, the skin will be requiring a boost of antioxidants and skin protective ingredients both in the clinic treatment room and at home. The skin is constantly producing melanocytes to help protect our epidermis from UV damage. As we age, the skin loses a lot of its natural resources needed to protect and repair it. This happens more rapidly during the summer months because the skin is constantly in protection mode, which depletes these natural resources. Consequently, it becomes even more important to help replenish them and support the skin during this time. Because melanocytes rise to the surface to help protect the skin from the sun, this activity naturally goes into overdrive during prolonged exposure to UV rays. The key during the summer is to find a balance. We have to be careful not to suppress the melanocytes, while ensuring the skin is not overproducing them – that is when more permanent discolouration occurs. The goal is to maintain the production, but to find a healthy balance. When ingredients designed to inhibit melanocytes are used, they are not able to respond and protect the cell. Melanin suppressants may be okay in the treatment room, depending on your skin and if you are compliant with staying out of the sun. At home, however, you will want to limit these to the evening skin regime, blending with growth factors and a treatment cream. To further support the skin, antioxidants are crucial during the summer. This can be done both with Sue Carroll support, and externally with skin care. Topically products should be designed to help reduce heat and inflammation, while still ensuring enough hydration is received by the skin. At night the focus for skin care should be focussed on corrective support with topicals such as mandelic acid, arginine and a mild Vitamin A. Using a corrective that causes the skin to become dry and flaky will actually work against us at this time of the year, as it exposes the epidermal layer, which makes the skin more vulnerable to the sun. This has to be minimized at this time of the year. The evening is also a good time to help neutralize the melanocyte activity and help ensure its functioning optimally. Being an Australian usually means being subjected to an outdoor lifestyle. In order to protect, support and repair our skin this should go hand in hand with a good physical sunscreen with an SPF factor of around 30, a broad-brimmed hat, sunglasses, light clothing that will cover most areas (should not cast a shadow when held up to the light), and a healthy dose of antioxidants topically and internally. These tips will help to ensure a healthy, radiant skin all year round. Sue Carroll of Skin Inspiration has been a qualified Aesthetician for 33 years. Sue has owned and operated successful beauty clinics and day spas on the Northern Beaches. info@skininspiration.com.au www.skininspiration.com.au with the diet for internal 54 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


Times Past Artist Robert Johnson’s 'Ashlar' house project Artist Robert Johnson was born in Auckland, New Zealand on 9 September 1890. He studied art at the Elam School of Art in Auckland under Archibald F. Nicoll who, it is claimed, laid the foundation for his work. Johnson served during World War I as an artilleryman and found time to do sketches in and out of the trenches; whilst on leave he spent much of his time visiting English galleries. It was at the Elam School that ‘Bob’ met Olive Phillipson who was studying watercolour painting. They married, crossed the Tasman in 1921 and rented a flat at Bondi. He found the Australian colours warmer and the landscape intensely interesting (and very different to his birthplace). In 1923 the family (they now had a daughter, Heather) moved to Eastwood and lived on an old orchard in a farming area. Bob carried his sketchbook with him on his bicycle wherever he went. His first one-man show was held at the Grosvenor Galleries in Sydney in 1927. It caused a sensation and one of his works was purchased for the National Gallery of NSW, elevating him to a prominent position in the art world. Landscapes were always painted in the open, often camping on the spot. In the late 1930s and 1940s Johnson travelled the length and breadth of Australia in a caravan, painting intensely for long periods. He rarely touched the canvas after leaving the site. A son was born and the family were keen to establish an outdoors lifestyle. Bob was very fond of the coastal environment as a subject and bought land at Clareville. He designed and helped build a fine stone house in Hilltop Road. According to Heather, the aesthetics of the house were as important to Bob as its function. He was determined the structure should appear organic and rustic to blend in with the environment, so he chose the random-coursed masonry style known as ‘Ashlar’ and gave the house this name. In 1930 he commissioned Charlie Erickson from Newport to do the stonework, most of which came from Bilgola Plateau. Flagstone for the generous west-facing veranda and paths was split above Hilltop Road and slid down the hill on a wooden sled. Heather became adept at shingle-splitting and contributed in no small way to the huge number of shingles which were required. (The shingles were replaced 10 years later and then by tiles in 1956, after several bushfire scares.) Bob died in 1964 but left a fine legacy of how he saw this wonderful country. TIMES PAST is supplied by local historian and President of the Avalon Beach Historical Society GEOFF SEARL. Visit the Society’s showroom in Bowling Green Lane, Avalon Beach. Times Past The Local Voice Since 1991 JANUARY 2018 55


Business Life: Money Business Life At a premium: why travel insurance is paramount In this traditional holiday month we take a brief look at the value of travel insurance; for me there were a couple of reasons why travel insurance has been front of mind. The first reason is that I have lost the ability to simply click and pay for insurance for an upcoming trip next year courtesy of a tiny piece of metal holding one of my coronary arteries open. It’s a wonderful thing finding yourself at that stage of life when you have things called ‘pre-existing conditions’ and insurers begin to take a great deal of interest in you because, well, because they may have to pay out. The second reason is that we have recently had one our teenagers away on schoolies; she was in Byron Bay thankfully and not Bali, but it was the fate of the Bali group from Barrenjoey High School that made me pause and think again about the value of travel insurance. In fact Bali and travel insurance seem to go hand in glove as issues. There’s been no shortage of recent media coverage about the two and in particular since Mt Agung made its smouldering presence felt in September. But in general terms Bali seems to me to be the sort of place you shouldn’t go to underinsured. It is the only place in the world I have ever witnessed a grossly sunburnt middle-aged woman wearing a tank top, thongs and no helmet trying to ride a motor scooter while balancing a case of wine on the footpads. Denpasar airport is also the only place where I’ve seen a screaming child in what was supposed to be a peaceful airline lounge pause mid-wail to throw up on the carpet. And for that matter the flight home is the closest I’ll ever come to experiencing the conditions on a medi-vac flight out of ‘Nam. But don’t for a minute take my comments as a downer on Bali; I actually like the place. Bali is what Bali is and I suspect that the charm of the place in part anyway is the freedom and risk that we are so protected from here at home. But insurance is all about managing risk, so with that in mind the following few tips are aimed at helping achieve a safe holiday whether in Bali, the US or Europe. The first is simple – don’t buy travel insurance from whoever sells you your travel or flights. They are quite possibly more motivated by a commission, not your well-being and research from consumer groups such as Choice suggests you will usually overpay. Some time ago the media reported the story of a travel agent who was both an active travel insurance promotor and customer service guru. He religiously followed up his customers after they returned home with Brian Hrnjak to enquire about how well their trip went. It turns out he was only submitting the insurance policy applications if something went wrong on the trip – apparently pocketing the entire policy amount. I gather the insurance industry has tightened its processes since then. But credit card-based travel insurance is another area where you can be lulled into a false sense of security. I have a Computer repairs made easy It’s one thing to have your computer repaired; it’s another to understand what went wrong in the first place. That’s one of the benefits of Jean-Paul de Ronserail’s local business Bits & Bytes Business Solutions which has been fixing computers across the Northern Beaches for 21 years. A Pittwater local for two years, Jean-Paul – who visits you in the home or office – says he makes things simple by communicating with clients in people speak, not ‘geek speak’. “I started in 1996 when people had to take their systems in to a shop to have them repaired,” he said. “I understood that what people wanted was not just to have their computers repaired but to understand what it was that was being done for them. “I have clients from all walks of life that I have been servicing for over 21 years,” he said. “No job is too small – I’ve seen my clients’ children grow through primary school, high school and University, and I now fix their children’s computers!” Jean-Paul says trust and privacy are the cornerstones of his business – “Clients can be assured that their data and private information is safe with me.” He provides a range of other computer services (see ad p18). “Living on Pittwater (with a boat) means that I can service both the offshore community as well as the mainland community,” he said. “I do not charge a call-out fee, I only charge my hourly rate and if I can’t fix or find the problem, then I don’t charge!” For more info call Jean-Paul on 0412 475 119. 56 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


couple of these cards in my wallet that purport to offer travel insurance benefits. Before you get to any benefits there are hurdles as well as terms and conditions – for example you may need to pay for part, most or all your trip with a particular card to qualify, or you may have excesses or age limitations. I don’t know about you but I don’t have the terms and conditions of my credit card handy and even if I could find them I don’t feel like reading 30 pages of fine print to figure it out. Insurance is like most things in life – you get what you pay for and free or discounted cover is often loaded with conditions. The other fact of life with any sort of insurance cover, especially the cheap stuff, is that if you do ever have to claim you can be sure that the first question the insurer will ask themselves is how they get out of providing cover. Which brings me back to the issue of the lady on the scooter with the case of wine. These days, with so many people travelling and undertaking so many activities, insurers differentiate themselves by the levels of cover and prices they charge. If you are partaking in specific activities, like motor bike riding, you really do have to match the policy to your potential activities and check the terms. A few years ago I attended the Sturgis bike rally in South Dakota USA – a 2,500km ride from Denver Colorado through some of the most litigious country known to man. Finding insurance was a challenge; many insurers point blank refuse to cover motor bike riding which of course includes motor scooters. Some had a limit of a 250cc engine size which would be fine for scooters but not for a Harley Davidson. All of them however had requirements that you only rode a bike that you were in fact licensed for back home; that you wore all the relevant protective gear (in particular a helmet) even if you were in a jurisdiction that had no compulsory helmet rules; that you did nothing reckless and that you had no traces of drugs or alcohol in your system in the case of an accident. For the woman on the scooter in Bali I’d say that’s four strikes in the event of accident… even if she had cover it would be useless. Other mistakes that people often make with travel insurance include purchasing cover immediately before departure. Part of the value of your cover is the protection it offers for cancellation due to specified events such as illness, death in the family group or loss of employment before travel. Ideally to obtain the most value, cover should be bought when the trip is booked and deposits are paid. Also, many people are inclined to ignore travel cover for domestic trips on the assumption that Medicare and private health insurance are in force. While that may be the case there may be merit in pricing cover for high-value trips or where a hire car is involved – the cover may be an inexpensive way of protecting your booking or hire car insurance excess. Key takeaways for obtaining effective travel cover: shop it from providers direct, avoid buying cover at point of sale; buy it sooner rather than later, ideally when booking; match cover to your anticipated activity – cruising, motor bike riding, snow skiing whatever; match your conduct to the terms and conditions otherwise don’t expect to be covered; have regard to pre-existing conditions otherwise, again, don’t expect to be covered and also consider cover for domestic trips especially those that are high value bookings or involve a hire car. Business Life Brian Hrnjak B Bus CPA (FPS) is a Director of GHR Accounting Group Pty Ltd, Certified Practising Accountants. Offices at: Suite 12, Ground Floor, 20 Bungan Street Mona Vale NSW 2103 and Shop 8, 9 – 15 Central Ave Manly NSW 2095, Telephone: 02 9979-4300, Webs: www.ghr.com.au and www.altre.com.au Email: brian@ghr.com.au These comments are of a general nature only and are not intended as a substitute for professional advice. The Local Voice Since 1991 JANUARY 2018 57


Business Life: Law Business Life Beware of emotion in third party guarantees Welcome to the New Year – a time of celebration and hope. For most readers the holiday period has brought together family and friends. Many have aspirations and plans for the year ahead and have discussed these over days of rest and recreation. Some have taken the opportunity to discuss with their partner, parents or friends their ambitions for business. Perhaps a new venture and business opportunity, or expanding an existing business. In many of these cases a lender will have stipulated the need for a third party guarantee. What is a third party guarantee and why do people agree to give them? It is a loan guaranteed by a third party in the event that the borrower defaults. Research has shown: n A high proportion of female guarantors support the borrowing of male partners who are engaged in small business (primarily family business). The female partner may be listed as a shareholder or director but often she is rarely in a position of any real control over the company; n Older guarantors – i.e. over the age of 50 – guaranteeing the loans of adult children; n Only a small number of guarantors receive legal advice prior to signing the papers offered by the lender; n Lenders frequently do not encourage guarantors to obtain legal or financial advice; n Most guarantors are in a close relationship with the borrower but have an inadequate or nonexistent understanding of the borrower’s financial position; n Many guarantees are entered into in informal settings such as the family home; n Few guarantors are aware of the commercial or legal implications of the transaction when they execute the guarantee; n Legal advice is often cursory and takes place shortly before the documents are signed; n A considerable number of guarantors come from non-English speaking backgrounds and it is considered that their level of comprehension is often inadequate; and n The majority of guarantees are for loans in excess of $150,000 and when the guarantee is in support of a business loan, the safeguards in the Consumer Credit Code are not available. So why do guarantors sign? The reasons include trusting the borrower, an optimistic outlook for the business venture, individual pressure from the borrower, ranging from emotional pressure to threats of coercion, a misunderstanding or misinformation, and more general pressures such as cultural and family pressure to support a borrower. However, many guarantors sign because they feel that they have no choice but to sign, especially in circumstances of economic dependence on the borrower. What happens when the with Jennifer Harris borrower defaults? It was found that the majority of guarantors received little or no information concerning the loan until the guarantee was called upon. The general reaction is one of shock, particularly when it is realised that the guarantor is liable for the entire debt plus interest and other charges which may well have included an ‘all moneys’ guarantee. ‘All moneys’ clauses extend the liability of a guarantor to future as well as present loans up to an unlimited amount. There has been much criticism of these clauses as causing gross unfairness to guarantors. In recent times the revised Code of Banking Practice has limited the use of ‘all moneys’ clauses so that they do not apply to all transactions. The calling in of the guarantee by a lender inevitably leads to a dispute, one for which there is often a protracted, complex and expensive path to a resolution. The obvious path is to litigation but it is possible to attempt mediation or an approach to The Australian Banking Industry Ombudsman. However, the Ombudsman’s jurisdiction is limited as to monetary limits and the fact that commencement of litigation ceases his involvement. The Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal also has limited jurisdiction which 58 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


because of the Consumer Credit Code does not include Guarantees that support loans for business purposes. Litigation is expensive and legal costs are high. The inclusion of ‘all reasonable costs of recovery’ clause is common in guarantee documents. These costs are in addition to the claimed principal and interest, and include legal costs of pursuing the borrower and the guarantor. These terms can raise a significant portion of the risk of lending and may amount to tens of thousands of dollars before litigation has commenced. So is there a way of resolving the borrower, guarantor, lender impasse without litigation? During the ’80s there was a spate of defaults by borrowers, many in rural areas and on the central coast. Borrowers took the risk of borrowing in Swiss Francs at a very competitive rate which after time proved not to be, so default occurred. Guarantees were called in and foreclosure of properties – the usual security – triggered. There were some very high-profile cases, including Kerry Packer. But very few ended in litigation in the courts; most were settled by mediation. One family case in which this writer was concerned involved parents in a regional city guaranteeing their son’s purchase of a building in which to conduct his business. The borrowing was in the vicinity of $600,000. The son’s annual income was approximately $65- 70K per annum. Interest rates were high. The son mortgaged his home and the building as security. In granting the loan and accepting the parents as guarantors the bank said it would be helpful if the parents put up the deeds of their property. A very substantial unencumbered rural property. The son defaulted and lost the business, the building and his home and then the bank turned to the parents as guarantors and claimed their home as well. This painful situation was resolved by mediation and negotiation. Ultimately the bank took ownership of their home and the parents were permitted to stay there for the rest of their lives and on leaving the property or their passing the bank took possession thus denying any inheritance to the son and his siblings. One solicitor commented: ‘People will give guarantees unwisely because they have dreams and aspirations and can only achieve those by borrowing. Most guarantees are given by spouses and company directors/ shareholders who share the dreams.’ So, for those contemplating borrowing – which is tempting in this environment of extremely low interest rates – think carefully; seek legal and financial advice on any documents you are asked to sign. Comment supplied by Jennifer Harris, of Jennifer Harris & Associates, Solicitors, 4/57 Avalon Parade, Avalon Beach. T: 9973 2011. F: 9918 3290. E: jennifer@jenniferharris.com.au W: www.jenniferharris.com.au Business Life The Local Voice Since 1991 JANUARY 2018 59


Trades & Services Trades & Services AUTO REPAIRS British & Swedish Motors Call 9970 6654 Services Range Rover, Land Rover, Saab and Volvo with the latest in diagnostic equipment. Narrabeen Tyrepower Call 9970 6670 Stocks all popular brands including Cooper 4WD. Plus they’ll do all mechanical repairs and rego inspections. Barrenjoey Smash Repairs Call 9970 8207 barrenjoeysmashrepairs.com.au Re-sprays a specialty, plus restoration of your favourite vehicle. Commercial vehicle specialist. BOAT SERVICES Avalon Marine Upholstery Call Simon 9918 9803 Makes cushions for boats, patio and pool furniture, window seats. ELECTRICAL Eamon Dowling Electrical Call 0410 457 373 For all electrical, phone, TV, data and security needs. FLOOR COVERINGS Blue Tongue Carpets Call Stephan 9979 7292 Family owned and run. Carpet, rugs, runners, timber, bamboo, vinyl, tiles & laminates. Open 6 days. GARDENS Graham Brooks Call 0412 281 580 Tree pruning and removals. Reports regarding DA tree management, arborist reports. Precision Tree Services Call Adam 0410 736 105 Adam Bridger; professional tree care by qualified arborists and tree surgeons. CLEANING The Aqua Clean Team Call Mark 0449 049 101 Quality window washing, pressure cleaning, carpet washing, building soft wash. Martin Earl House Wash Call 0405 583 305 Pittwater-based owner on site at all times. No travellers or uninsured casuals on your property. House Washing Northern Beaches Call Ben 0408 682 525 Family-run housewashing – exteriors, high-pressure cleaning and soft washing; 18 years on the Northern Beaches. LAWN CARE Platinum Turf Solutions Call Liam 0412 692 578 Specialists in turf supply & installation, lawn care & cylinder mowing, full lawn construction, turf renovations, maintenance. MASSAGE & FITNESS Avalon Physiotherapy Call 9918 3373 Provide specialist treatment for neck & back pain, sports injuries, orthopaedic problems. Avalon Physiotherapy & Clinical Pilates Call 9918 0230 Dry needling and acupuncture, falls prevention and balance enhancement programs. Avalon Beach Chiropractic Call 9918 0070 Professional care for all ages. Treatment for chronic and acute pain, sports injuries. Francois Naef/Osteopath Call 9918 2288 Diagnosis, treatment and prevention for back pain and sciatica, sports injuries, muscle soreness and strain, pregnancyrelated pain, postural imbalance. PAINTING Contrast Colour Call 0431 004 421 Locals Josef and Richard offer quality painting services. Tidy, reliable, they’ll help consult on the best type of paint for your job. Modern Colour Call 0406 150 555 Simon Bergin offers painting and decorating; clean, tidy, quality detail you will notice. Dependable and on time. Painting & Decorating Call 0418 116 700 Andrew is a master painter with 30 years’ experience. Domestic and commercial; reasonable rates, free quotes. UPHOLSTERY All Foam Call 9973 1731 Cut to measure quality foam for day beds, boats, caravans and more. Discounted prices and reliable local service. Free measure and quote. Luxafoam North Call 9999 5567 Local specialists in all aspects of outdoor & indoor seating. Custom service and expert advice. Susan Ottowa Call Susan 0422 466 880 Specialist in day bed and outdoor areas. Reliable local service. Offering domestic & commercial. Leather Hero Call 0490 796 012 Northern Beaches-based specialists in leather cleaning, revamps, repairs and colour restoration for lounges, cars and boats. PEST CONTROL Predator Pest Control Call 0417 276 962 predatorpestcontrol.com.au Environmental services at their best. Comprehensive control. Eliminate all manner of pests. They provide a 24-hour service. PUMPS & TANKS Water Warehouse Call 9913 7988 waterwarehouse.com.au Rainwater tanks & pumps. Irrigation & filter supply specialists. RENOVATIONS Rob Burgers Call 0416 066 159 Qualified builder provides all carpentry needs; decks, pergolas, carports, renovations and repairs. 60 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


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Trades & Services Underdeck Call Adrian 0417 591 113 Waterproof under your deck and turn the area into usable space all year round. Advertise your Business in Trades & Services section Phone 0438 123 096 SunSpec Call Dustin 0413 737 934 sunspec.com.au All-aluminium, rust-proof remotecontrolled opening roofs & awnings. Beats competitor’s prices. DISCLAIMER: The editorial and advertising content in Pittwater Life has been provided by a number of sources. Any opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Editor or Publisher of Pittwater Life and no responsibility is taken for the accuracy of the information contained within. Readers should make their own enquiries directly to any organisations or businesses prior to making any plans or taking any action. Trades & Services 62 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


the good life dining food crossword gardening travel 64 66 69 70 73 Showtime ‘World’s worst singer’ hits Glorious high note Imagine you’re ushered back brought to life in the movie in time to 1940s New York, of the same name, starring and you’ve got tickets to see the performer who was making a name for herself for all the wrong reasons – Florence Foster Jenkins, an enthusiastic singer whose pitch was far from perfect! Known as ‘the first lady of the sliding scale’, Florence warbled and screeched her way through the evening to an audience who mostly fell about with laughter. But this delusional and joyously happy woman paid little attention to her critics, instead she was surrounded by a circle of devoted friends who were almost as eccentric as she was. Based upon a true story, the Elanora Players’ latest production spins from Florence’s charity recitals and extravagant balls, through to her bizarre recording sessions and an ultimate triumph at Carnegie Hall in this hilarious and heart-warming comedy. The story of Florence Foster Jenkins was recently Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. Elanora Players brings this wonderful character to the stage in the Peter Quilter play Glorious! starring Pam Ennor as Florence, Wade Orth as her pianist, Cosme McMoon and James Belfrage as her loving boyfriend St Clair. Jan Adamson, Chris Richardson and Robin Silvolli round out the cast of eccentric characters in this truly feelgood play. Performances run from 12 to 20 January 2018. Tickets are $25 ($22 concession, $20 groups of 10 or more); bookings over the phone (9979 9694), by email (1966elanora.bookings@ gmail.com) or online elanoraplayers.com.au. Something for everyone at Dee Why RSL T here is a live show for everyone this month at Dee Why RSL. Fans of Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton rave about Guitars Gently Weep, a production that brings together the songs that defined each artist on Fri 12. Another gig for the over-18s, Thirsty Merc, will be celebrating all their music plus songs never performed live on Jan 19. And to mark Australia Day (early) you can catch The Australian INXS Show and The Australian Divinyls on Thurs 25. For the kids, the popular Crazy Science Show is back on Thurs 18 and an interactive mini-musical Red Riding Hood’s Adventures on Tues 23. Bookings at deewhyrsl. com.au JANUARY 2018 63 Showtime


Dining Guide January’s best restaurants, functions, events and reader deals... Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant 332 Barrenjoey Rd, Newport OPENING HOURS Dinner Tues-Sun 5pm CUISINE Chinese & Asian PRICE RANGE Entrees $5-20 Mains $12.90-26.50 *Deliver Whale Beach - Narrabeen BOOKINGS 9997 4157 LIC BYO All Book a table at this popular Newport eatery in January and your family is guaranteed a great night out with a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds. Order ahead for their wonderful Peking Duck which is offered as a dine-in-only special Thursdays through Sundays in Summer. There are two traditional courses: Peking Duck pancakes & duck sang choy bow (bookings essential; Here are seven eateries getting their first taste of summer in Pittwater: Riva Bar and Kitchen – Carefully created, prepared and presented dishes packed with natural flavour. Open for lunch and dinner with “street food” options also available throughout the day. With four entrees, six mains and four desserts plus specials, menus are changed to reflect the season. Right now, locals are loving the kingfish carpaccio. Avalon Pde Avalon Beach. Freebird Avalon – Modern Australian restaurant and bar with great specials, tasty grazing plates an old school ’50s, ’60s and ’70s playlist and live music every Sunday. Plenty to like @ 50 Old Barrenjoey Road Avalon Beach. Alma Avalon – Vibrant modern Mexican fare with a focus on P mention the ad when you call). This long-established restaurant on the eastern side of Barrenjoey Rd has an extensive menu based on traditional flavoursome Cantonese with touches of spicy Szechuan and other Asian dishes and fresh seasonal vegetables. Entrees start at just $6 while mains are great value too, starting at $16.80. The menu ranges from adventurous, like a Sizzling Szechuan-style Platter of king prawns and fillets of chicken, to contemporary, featuring spicy salt and pepper king prawns, to traditional, with favourites including Mongolian lamb, Honey king prawns and Honey chicken. New dishes are introduced regularly so make sure you check out the blackboard specials. The team are only too happy to home deliver your meal, with a range that takes in Narrabeen to the south to Palm Beach in the north. Fully licensed or BYO. locally sourced seafood and organic wines. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and/or dinner indoors or on the verandah overlooking Old Barrenjoey Road and watch the world go by. Mekong Merchant – Did someone say pork belly? Authentic, simple, Vietnamese food – banh mi, rice paper rolls, rice and noodle salads and Pho. Open for breakfast and lunch with set Bistro 61 Avalon Beach RSL 1 Bowling Green Lane Avalon Beach OPENING HOURS Open 7 days Lunch 12pm-2:30pm Dinner 5:30-8:30pm CUISINE Modern Aust / pub food PRICE RANGE Meals $8-$30 Specials $12-$15 BOOKINGS 9918 2201 Avalon Beach RSL’s Bistro 61 is a great place to head for a local meal, offering tasty modern Australian dishes at affordable prices. Don't miss their $25 Ribs deal for lunch or dinner on Mondays in January. Plus they’re open for breakfast on weekends over summer, from 8am. On Australia Day enjoy $5 VBs, plus live music and raffles. Great music acts on Saturdays this month include Nat & Rin (6th), Sundown (13th), Feast out on these tasty morsels menu dinners Friday and Saturday nights during summer. Avalon Pde, Avalon Beach. Caffeine Villains – Coffee, burgers and “healthy feeds with a touch of naughty” dished up by a friendly crew tucked at the back of 331-335 Barrenjoey Road, Newport. The Park House – We have waved bye, bye to the Mona Vale Hotel and with a lick of white paint and some classic northern beaches styling welcome the Park House with a range of dining options and more to come in the New Year. Park Street, Mona Vale. Monkey King Thai – Continuing to expand – from Lindfield into Newport and Warriewood – now at North Narrabeen at the lights opposite the 7 Eleven. Generous and tasty dishes and clever marketing keep customers coming back for more. Special Guests (20th) and CJ & The Mellows (27th); plus Browntown on Friday 26th. Happy Hour is every Monday, Tuesday & Friday from 4-6pm. Bistro 61 has been named to commemorate the opening of the Club in 1961. The kitchen – led by experienced Northern Beaches head chef Mitch Blundell, boasts all fresh, house-made meals, with locally sourced ingredients. Open for lunch and dinner seven days, with extensive outdoor dining areas, Bistro 61 offers a variety of specials (lunch and dinner) during the week, including $12 tacos (Tues), $15 Chicken Schnitzels (Wed), 2-4-1 pizzas (Thurs), and a $20 burger + beer (Fri). Seniors are well catered for – there are daily Seniors specials, including beerbattered flathead – plus they do a $5 kids meals on Sundays! (There’s a playground, too.) From the menu, chef Mitch recommends his twist on nachos – pulled beef and blackbeans with chipotle, corn chips, guacamole, Danish fetta and coriander. DO YOURSELF A FLAVOUR: BBQ Chicken noodle salad from newcomer Mekong Merchant (left) and taco time at Alma Avalon. 64 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


Members get discounts on meals purchased. Membership starts from $5.50. The club is licensed, with no BYO. Bookings online or call 9918 2201 – large groups welcome. Head to Avalon RSL for APL Poker Tournaments on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Visit avalonrsl.com.au/ bistro-61 Royal Motor Yacht Club Salt Cove on Pittwater 46 Prince Alfred Parade, Newport OPENING HOURS Breakfast Lunch & Dinner Mon-Fri from 8.30am Weekends from 8am PRICE RANGE Breakfast from $8-$18 Entrees from $9-$21 Mains from $16-$26 BOOKINGS 9997 5511 RMYC’s restaurant Salt Cove on Pittwater’s menu offers affordable meals and generous servings including The Local Voice Since 1991 a variety of starters and share plates, seafood, burgers, grills, salads, desserts and woodfired pizza. Great Friday night music kicks off in the Lounge Bar from 7.30pm. Bookings are essential for New Year’s Eve, with a 2-course dinner, music by ‘Collage’ and the Fireworks over Pittwater. Get ready for '60s Mania – The British Invasion featuring 'The Fab Four' and Ronnie Kellett and hits from The Beatles, The Kinks, Cilla Black and more. Trivia is held every Tuesday night from 7.30pm (great prizes and vouchers). Club social memberships are available for just $160. Barrenjoey Bistro Club Palm Beach 1087 Barrenjoey Rd, Palm Beach BISTRO OPENING HOURS Lunch 11:30am-2.30pm Dinner 6pm-8.30pm PRICE RANGE Lunch and dinner specials $13.50 BOOKINGS 9974 5566 Watch the Fifth Ashes Test on the big screen from January 4-8. The Members’ lucky badge draw is held Wednesday and Friday night (every 30 mins between 5pm-7pm), and jackpots by $100 each week. Enjoy Trivia Night from 5.30pm on Wednesdays, plus Bingo 10am on Fridays. The club has a courtesy bus that makes regular runs Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 4.30pm to 9pm. Ring to book a pick-up. The Mirage Restaurant at Metro Hotel Mirage Newport 2 Queens Parade West, Newport CUISINE Modern Australian PRICE RANGE Breakfast – $25 adults, $12.50 kids (5-12) Dinner – entrees from $7-$17, Mains from $21-$30, Desserts from $13-$25 BOOKINGS 9997 7011 Local residents are finding Head to Club Palm Beach, the peaceful ambience conveniently located just of The Mirage restaurant a short stroll from Palm overlooking spectacular Beach Wharf, for hasslefree Pittwater, the perfect holiday dining in waterfront venue to enjoy January. breakfast or dinner. The club’s Barrenjoey Located in boutique Bistro is open for lunch Metro Hotel Mirage Newport, (11.30am to 2.30pm) and The Mirage restaurant is a dinner (6pm to 9pm) seven popular choice for breakfast days, plus there's a Snack from 7-10am seven days a Menu available 2.30pm-6pm. week, offering a fixed-price And enjoy acoustic full hot and cold buffet, sessions with Suraya, 12- including a selection of 2.30pm in the garden on cereals, seasonal fruit and Sunday 7th, 14th and 21st. freshly made juice, toast Advertise The Bistro serves topvalue a la carte meals plus eggs, has browns, bacon and pastries and sausages, in our daily $13.50 specials of and tomato served with the roasts (Mondays), rump Chef’s Special of the day. steak with chips and salad The Mirage restaurant is Dining (Tuesdays), chicken schnitzel also open for dinner from with chips and salad Monday to Saturday from (Wednesdays), homemade 5.30 pm – 8.30pm and can Guide! gourmet pies with chips be hired, along with all the and salad (Thursdays) and hotel’s function rooms, for Phone fish and chips with salad private and corporate events 0438 123 096 (Fridays), except public hols. of between 60-110 guests. JANUARY 2018 65


Food Life Food Life Recipes: Janelle Bloom Photos: Ben Dearnley, Steve Brown, Andre Martin Easy-to-make picnic food creates quite the spread! With the Christmas rush over, it’s now time to relax and enjoy everything we love about where we live: the sun, surf, beaches, parks and relaxed lifestyle. Here is some fabulous modern picnic food. Regardless of whether you take it to the beach, park or your friends’ back deck, these recipes provide quick, easy and delicious food to share. Tomato, prawn & kale salad Serves 4 (as a light meal) Serves 6-8 (as a side salad) 1 cup rice and quinoa blend, rinsed 5 cups cold water 1 tbs olive oil 1 garlic clove, crushed ½ bunch kale, leaves shredded or 100g baby spinach leaves 200g tomatoes, halved 600g cooked prawns, peeled, deveined 125g feta, crumbled ½ cup pine nuts, toasted ½ cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped Dressing 3 tbs extra virgin olive oil 1 lemon, rind finely grated, juice ½ tsp caster sugar 1 tsp Dijon mustard 5 minutes. Rinse under cold running water. Drain well. 2. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add garlic and saute 1 minute. Add kale or spinach and cook 1 minute until just wilted. Set aside to cool. 3. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a large bowl; whisk until well combined. Add the rice and quinoa, kale mixture, tomatoes, prawns, feta, pine nuts and parsley. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Spoon into a large bowl. Serve. Pack for picnic: Follow steps 1 and 2, make dressing and store in a jar. Combine all the salad ingredients in a container. Pack into chill bag with ice. Just before serving, pour over the dressing and serve. Hoisin chicken rice paper rolls Makes 15 ½ x 250g packet rice vermicelli noodles 3 Lebanese cucumbers 6 spring onions, cut into 5cm lengths 1 cup roughly chopped fresh coriander leaves 1 cup mint leaves ½ cup Thai basil leaves 2 cups shredded cooked chicken 2/3 cup roasted salted peanuts, with Janelle Bloom chopped 150g packet Vietnamese rice paper wrappers ½ cup hoisin sauce (Lee kum kee brand) ¼ cup peanut butter lime wedges, to serve 1. Place noodles in a large heatproof bowl. Cover with hot water. Stand 5 minutes or until tender. Drain. Refresh under cold water. Drain well. Return to the bowl. Cut into shorter lengths using kitchen scissors. Using a mandolin or 1. Put rice and water into a sharp knife, cut cucumbers medium saucepan, bring into thin ribbons. to the boil. Reduce heat to 2. Cut the spring onions into low, boil gently, uncovered thin strips. Combine the for 25 minutes or until rice herbs. is tender. Stand, covered for 3. Working with one rice paper sheet at a time, submerge it in a shallow dish of warm water for about 5 seconds, it will still be firm when you remove it. Place on a chopping board. Arrange 3 cucumber ribbons lengthways down the centre of the rice paper. Top with noodles, chicken, spring onions, herbs and peanuts. Fold in sides and roll-up firmly to enclose filling. 66 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


For more recipes go to www.janellebloom.com.au Repeat to make 15. 4. Combine the hoisin sauce, peanut butter and 2 tablespoons boiling water, mix well. Serve rice paper rolls with hoisin sauce and lime wedges. Pack for picnic: Place rice paper rolls into an airtight container lined with baking paper. Cover with a sheet baking paper then lid. Spoon sauce into an airtight container and lime wedges in a snap lock bag. Pack into chill bag with ice. a serrated knife score the top of the bread lengthways, don’t cut all the way through. Bake 10 minutes until warm. Remove from the oven. 2. Combine the mozzarella and ¼ cup of the parmesan. Spoon pesto between each cut piece bread. Poke in prosciutto, olives, tomatoes, basil leaves and combined cheese. Return to the oven, bake for 12 minutes. 3. Sprinkle with remaining parmesan cheese and extra basil leaves to serve. Janelle’s Tip: Sponge is best baked 1-2 days before making into lamingtons. Slightly stale sponge will absorb more icing making the lamingtons even better. If you have time freeze the sponge 4-5 hours, it’s easier to cut sponge almost frozen. Antipasto pull apart Serves 6 480g packet La Famiglia Stone Baked Garlic Sourdough 1¼ cups grated mozzarella 1/3 cup finely grated parmesan ¼ cup basil pesto 100g prosciutto, halved ½ cup pitted olives 1/3 cup semi dried tomatoes, chopped 1 cup basil leaves Extra basil leaves, for garnish 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C fan forced. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Place the sourdough on the tray. Using The Local Voice Since 1991 Pack for picnic: Follow step 1-ed step 2. Wrap in baking paper and foil. Just before serving complete step 3. Lamingtons Makes 24 (for Australia Day!) 1½ cups wheat cornflour 1½ tsp cream of tartar 3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda 6 x 55g free range eggs, at room temperature 1 cup caster sugar 4 cups desiccated coconut Pink icing ½ cup frozen raspberries, thawed 150ml boiling water 3 cups icing sugar mixture Pink food colouring, optional Chocolate icing 3 cups icing sugar mixture ½ cup cocoa powder 3/4 cup boiling water 1. Preheat oven to 150°C fan forced. Grease and line 4cm deep, 23x28cm (base) lamington pan, allowing an overhand along both long sides. 2. Sift flour, cream of tartar and bicarbonate of soda together three times. Beat eggs and caster sugar in an electric mixer on high speed for 5 minutes or until thick and pale. 3. Sift flour mixture over egg mixture and gently fold until just combined. Carefully spread sponge mixture into the pan and bake, for 28-30 minutes or until light golden and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan. Cover with a clean tea towel and set aside overnight (See Janelle’s Tip). 4. Remove cake from the pan and trim the edges. Cut into 24 squares. Spread 2 cups coconut onto a tray. 5. For the pink icing, crush the raspberries in a bowl with a fork. Stir in 2 tablespoons boiling water, set aside to cool 5 minutes. Sieve raspberry mixture into another bowl. Sift icing sugar into a large bowl. Combine two tablespoons raspberry puree and remaining ½ cup boiling water together and stir into icing sugar. Whisk until smooth. Add pink food colouring to reach the colour you desire. 6. Using 12 pieces of the sponge, dip 1 piece at a time on the end of a fork into the warm pink icing, turning quickly to coat. Allow excess to drip back into the bowl. Roll the cake in the coconut and place on a tray lined with baking paper to set. Discard any leftover coconut on tray and replace with remaining 2 cups coconut. 7. For the chocolate icing, sift the icing sugar and cocoa powder into a medium bowl. Add the water and stir until smooth. Using the remaining sponge repeat step 6 using chocolate icing and coconut. Pack for picnic: Place lamingtons into paper cases and pack in an airtight container. JANUARY 2018 67 Food Life


Food Life In Season Basil Tomato, feta & basil tarts Makes 32 Food Life Basil is one ingredient; no matter what you put it in, it makes dishes come to life. It’s considered the herb of summer and has long been regarded as an anti-depressant. There are many types of basil, the most common being sweet basil. Buying Look for fresh basil with bright-coloured, blemish-free leaves. Storage Wrap in dry paper towel and store in a sealed plastic bag or an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days. Goes well with Bread, pasta, tomatoes, peas, Also In Season January Apricots; Berries (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries & strawberries); Cherries; Lychee; Lime, Mango; Melons Nectarines; Peaches, Plums & Pineapple. Also Avocado; Asparagus, Beans (green & flat); Eggplant; Celery, Cucumbers, Capsicum; Lettuce; Peas; Radish, Corn on cob & Tomatoes. lamb, seafood, eggplant, cheese, balsamic vinegar. Nutrition Basil is high in beta-carotene, vitamin C, iron and calcium. 1/3 cup finely grated parmesan 2 sheets frozen shortcrust pastry, partially thawed Olive oil cooking spray 200g marinated feta 375g solanato tomatoes, halved Macadamia basil pesto (Makes 1 cup) 1½ cups firmly packed basil leaves ½ cup roasted salted macadamia nuts 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped ½ cup extra virgin olive oil 60g parmesan cheese, finely grated 1. For the pesto; place basil, macadamia nuts and garlic into a small food processor. Process until chopped. With processor running, pour oil down feed tube in a slow and steady stream. Process until all oil is combined. Transfer pesto into a bowl. Stir in parmesan and season with salt and pepper. Use immediately or spoon pesto into a clean sterilized jar. Cover top with a thin layer extra virgin olive oil and store in the fridge for up to 3 months. 2. Place two flat baking trays into the oven. Preheat oven and trays to 200°C fan forced. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons parmesan over each pastry sheet, using a rolling pin, roll over the parmesan to press into the pastry. Cut pastry sheets each into 16 squares. Quickly spray the hot trays with oil and top with pastry squares. Bake 10-12 minutes or until light golden. Set aside to cool on the trays. 3. Drain the feta and mix until smooth. Spread over the pastry squares, top with tomato then spoon over pesto. Season and garnish with micro herbs if desired. 68 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


Pittwater Puzzler Compiled by David Stickley house, hotel, etc., used for getting a tan (7) 28 Special cards that the members of the Peninsula Bridge Club, based in Warriewood, know all about (6) DOWN 2 Spray swept by a violent wind along the surface of the sea (9) 3 A thing learnt or to be learnt by a pupil (6) 4 A social or official position or standing, as in the armed forces (4) 5 These may be seen out to sea or in a local bar (9) 6 Riders who are well catered for on the Northern Beaches (8) 7 An agreement by which the owner of property allows another to use it for a specified time, usually in return for payment (5) ACROSS 1 Avalon Beach house, on Hilltop Road, built by artist Robert Johnson in the 1930s (6) 5 Concerned with the affairs of this world; not spiritual or sacred (7) 9 Summer holiday program for the young ones run by Northern Beaches Council (4,2,3,5) 11 A former male pupil of a school (3,3) 12 Small, brightly-coloured, arboreal parrot found mainly in Australasia (8) 13 Take a dip at Palm Beach, say (4) 14 Company run by David Thomas that provides a Porsche experience, Driving __________ (10) 18 A business concern (10) 19 Terrain in its natural uncultivated state (4) 22 Tries (8) 24 Artist on display at the Summer Art Space Exhibition, Jeff ______ (6) 26 Community theatre group that will be performing Glorious during January (7,7) 27 A flat roof or platform adjoining a 8 Goes for a spin (7) 10 Propels a scull, for instance (4) 15 A rough, unsurfaced road of sorts normally in the 19-across (4,5) 16 A journey to some place and back again (5,4) 17 Instrument played in the Northern Beaches Concert Band no doubt (8) 18 They are used mainly for getting rid of unwanted pencil marks (7) 20 A naturally raised area of land, not as high as a mountain (4) 21 Bye for now (3,3) 23 Mode of transport not available on the Northern Beaches (5) 25 A suite of rooms, usually on one floor only, forming a complete residence, and usually rented (4) [Solution page 72] Pittwater Puzzler The Local Voice Since 1991 JANUARY 2018 69


Garden Life Garden Life Potted colour that adds a bit of heat in the kitchen Fiery hot or sweet, mild chillies make cheerful pot plants for the kitchen or garden in pots, on the windowsill or planted into the ground. Chillies come in every shape, size and temperature (heat)! The number of varieties available increases every year; it is hard to know which to grow. If you are going to grow them, look carefully at the labels: some growers have a thermometer guide on the label which makes the choice much easier! The most commonly grown is the Scarlet Bird’s Eye chilli, widely used in Thai and Indonesian cooking. It is hot and very spicy. Use the flesh and remove the seeds. The seeds are the hottest part of the chilli. (Bird’s Eye chillies are fantastic with prawns and lime.) The habanero chilli is sizzlingly hot and delicious in salsa. Take care when you cut them: if the juice gets on your skin it can cause irritation. Jalapenos are the most popular of all. They are great either raw in salad or cooked. Add them to salad with tomatoes and avocado, or slice them onto homemade pizza. The Serrano chilli looks like a Bird’s Eye chilli but the pods are more rounded at the tip. Plant it out of the hottest direct sunlight and the fruit will be great for cooking as it turns to an orange/gold. (Just a mild chilli, this one.) with Gabrielle Bryant Going wild for Mop Top Robinia If you are looking for a small, hardy elegant tree for a formal garden or street tree, it is hard to look beyond the Mop Top robinia. It is a grafted tree that naturally grows into a compact, neat, rounded shape. It loses its leaves in winter; at this time it is easy to control its growth by pruning it hard to keep its shape. The very attractive blue/ green foliage is dense, making a soft green ball. Once established, Mop Tops will grow in almost any conditions, from full sun to shade, in good garden conditions or in the compacted poor soil of general street conditions. They are grafted onto a trunk that is about 1.2 – 1.5m tall. With a full-grown height of just 3-4 metres and a canopy that can be controlled to any width, Mop Tops are the perfect trees for courtyards, pots, driveways or kerbs. 70 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


The do-it-yourself water garden There is something very special about water gardens. The sound of water is peaceful and relaxing. Fully landscaped ponds and water features are wonderful if you have the space, but with gardens getting smaller and smaller, container water gardens are increasingly the answer. Water gardens in containers are easy to build and the pleasure that they give is endless. You will need an empty bowl, a half barrel, a plastic bucket, a wheelbarrow – or even an old bath tub if you have the room – a couple of bricks to reduce the water level for marginal plants, some pebbles, a selection of aquatic plants, and a couple of goldfish to eliminate the mosquitoes! The water depth should be between 100mm and 300mm above the rim of the pots. There are three groups of aquatic plants: floaters, marginal and rooted plants that float on the surface. Mix and match – for a perfect balance it is best to have some of each category. We all love submerged water lilies of every colour and size. For potted water gardens the dwarf varieties are perfect. Or for something different look for yellow water poppies (opposite top); the floating leaves of these plants shade the water and reduce the growth of unwanted algae. The marginal plants grow in the shallower waters, so it works well if you sit the pots onto bricks to lift them up. For tall accent plants the colourful Louisiana iris (left) or dwarf papyrus are easy to grow, the variegated foliage of Court Jester (opposite bottom) adds colour and the violet spears of Pickerel Rush are hard to beat. The floaters are the easiest of all to grow as they live and multiply on the surface without any pot at all. Duck weed and fairy moss (azolla) soon cover the water, and they blend well with the other water plants. Finally, add a couple of goldfish that will keep your water clear and feed on any mosquito larvae that appear. Water plants are easy to find either at garden centres or through the internet. As a final addition a small solar powered fountain will complete your miniature water garden. Garden Life The Local Voice Since 1991 JANUARY 2018 71


Garden Life January Jobs this Month Garden Life It is time to look after living Christmas trees. Put them back into the garden, hose them down and keep them in the shade for the first few days, before gradually “hardening” them up in semi-shade then full sun. Also, if you have got pot plants inside, trim them up and feed them now. Trim any faded bracts on poinsettias. Once outside they will revert to their normal flowering pattern and flower again for you in June. Pinch annuals Some summer annuals are looking tired. Pinch them back for a last display of colour before the weather cools and it becomes time for bulbs and winter colour. Don’t scalp grass Remove the bottom leaves of tomato plants to avoid the risk of mildew. Make sure that no leaves are touching the ground. At the first sign of fungus, spray with Eco Fungicide. Also, don’t be tempted to scalp your lawn grass if you are going away. It is better to keep it a little longer than usual. Cut it too short and the hot sun will burn the roots. Vegie check Check the vegie garden and pull out any that are finishing. You could plant a new row of carrots and it is not too late for small-growing tomatoes, lettuce, Chinese Pak Choi and bush beans. Mulch ado There is still very hot weather to come. Mulch the garden with a thick layer of pea straw and cow manure mixed together to hold in the moisture. This will give your shrubs some extra energy to cope with the hot days to come. Indoors protection If you are going away, put indoor plants into the bath or shower and fill to a depth of 2.5cm. This cool, moist environment should keep your plants watered for a couple of weeks. Plants grouped together take longer to dry out. Palm seed advice Fruit fly love palm seeds. Make sure to sweep them up to protect your fruit trees. Fallen seeds roll under foot and can cause a fall. Talking turkey Brush turkeys have become prolific in recent years – they can destroy a garden overnight. It is illegal to harm them as they are protected birds; all you can do is try to discourage them. They hate water, so I have bought a water blaster from the pool shop and every time I see one in the garden I shoot it with a jet of water. It does the birds no harm but gradually they’re getting discouraged and hopefully they will return to the reserve behind. Tale of the tape Seed tapes make planting very easy, just roll out parsnips, radishes, carrots, spring onions and beetroots. Cover with a thin layer of seed raising mix and water with a fine spray. Frangi-plenty Frangipanis are in full flower. There are hundreds of colours, shapes and sizes to choose from. If you are buying a new plant, make sure that it has a flower open. This way you will be sure to get the colour that you want. Without flowers it is easy to muddle the labels and you may well be disappointed with the colour that you get. Don’t be tempted to buy the evergreen white frangipani that has rounded dark green leaves. I have seen them for sale in Sydney – but they won’t survive our cold winters. Colour swatch Hibiscus and bougainvillea are looking good. Feed them with a fertiliser that is low in nitrogen and high in phosphorous; they will flower into autumn. Crossword solution from page 69 Mystery location: CRYSTAL BAY Sweet Potato offers colour kaleidoscope Sweet potatoes are hardy and very easy to grow. They have been grown as decorative indoor plants for many years, and are often grown as a school project for kids. Their bright green trailing stems will climb up a support, hang from a basket or cover the ground. Ordinary sweet potatoes are pretty – but now you can grow the ornamental sweet potatoes in a kaleidoscope of colours. The tubers are smaller and no good to eat but they can be grown the same way. The singing foliage colours, from lime green to burnt orange to dark purple, are sensational. Grow them on their own in pots or baskets or use them to spill over the rims of troughs and mixed containers. All sweet potatoes grow easily from tubers. Submerge half the tuber in water either a trough with pebbles or suspend the tuber with toothpicks in a glass and watch the roots and shoots appear. Once the new shoots appear, if you want to increase your number of plants, remove them from the tuber and plant them as cuttings in soil. They will root into the soil very quickly. 72 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991


Travel Life Seabourn difference is oceans apart Cruising on a Seabourn ship is unlike any other form of travel. The experience is luxurious, yet relaxed… elegant, yet casual… sumptuous, yet understated. Travel View’s Karen Robinson says Seabourn’s intimate ships visit the most desirable destinations worldwide, sailing to the heart of landmark cities, as well as to hidden gems where larger vessels cannot follow. “Their ships attract interesting people, who seek to share experiences beyond the expected in places beyond the ordinary,” Karen said. “Their acclaimed staff offer a unique style of heartfelt hospitality that is sincere, thoughtful and personal.” Karen explained that Seabourn pioneered small-ship, ultra-luxury cruising, and continues to represent the pinnacle of that unique style of travel with a fleet of intimate, all-suite ships, carrying between 458 and 600 guests each, sailing to the world’s most talked-about destinations at their peak seasons. “Seabourn’s intimate ships offer key elements that set the line apart: spacious, thoughtfully appointed suites, most with verandas and all 100 per cent ocean front; superb dining in a choice of venues including The Grill by Thomas Keller; differentiated evening experiences in partnership with renowned lyricist Sir Tim Rice; Spa & Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil; open bars throughout the ship; fine wines poured at lunch and dinner; award-winning service and a relaxed, sociable atmosphere that makes guests feel right at home onboard,” Karen said. “The ships travel the globe to many of the world’s most exciting destinations, including marquee cities, and lesserknown ports and hideaways.” Seabourn also offers its optional for-charge Ventures by Seabourn program in select destinations around the world. The program is an expedition-style excursion offering that delivers experiences which include hiking and kayaking, as well as Zodiac and catamaran tours. Seabourn’s ships attract accomplished people who enjoy travelling well, and sharing fun and adventures with other interesting people. “A great many of them have found the Seabourn cruise experience to be their preferred method of travel, and return regularly to sail with them again and again,” said Karen. More info phone Travel View Cruise View Avalon (9918 4444) or Collaroy (9999 0444). Travel Life The Local Voice Since 1991 JANUARY 2018 73


Travel Life Travel Life Antarctica travel a ‘life-changer’ Imagine camping on polar ice, dozing as the still of the clear night is broken only by the occasional crack of a sheet of glacial ice separating from its parent body… Welcome to Antarctica – a travel destination unlike any you’ll ever experience. Travel View’s Sharon Godden was lucky enough to experience this trip of a lifetime aboard a Wild Earth Travel small ship out of Argentina, with numbers limited to just 100. “I have been hooked on Expedition Cruising ever since I ventured to Far East Russia two years ago,” Sharon said. “Before I left for the Antarctic people kept asking me: ‘Why do you want to go and see icebergs that just float around in the ocean?’ “But I knew visiting this wilderness area would be much more than that – in Russia I had a moment on the ship where I was watching a new volcanic island form while killer whales were swimming past! I couldn’t wait to see what Antarctica offered.” Sharon says travel – and expedition travel in particular – “changes you on the inside”. “Of course, you see the icebergs, the amazing wildlife, incredible scenery but it’s a lot more than that,” she said. “You are at the bottom of the Earth on the last remaining continent that humans haven’t yet destroyed. You are travelling with like-minded people from different countries who fall in love with the same place – you are in awe and realise how vulnerable this beautiful continent really is and why we all must stand together and protect it.” Sharon said a range of activities were offered, including kayaking – but nothing topped her experience of camping on the ice. You dig out a shallow bed in the ice for the night, which you must fill in the next morning,” she said. “You don’t really ‘sleep’ that much because it doesn’t get dark – but you can hear the glaciers crack through the night and crash into the sea. “It’s absolutely like nothing you can imagine!” Sharon said the ship was the perfect size to visit Antarctica; in order to protect the environment, only 100 people are permitted ashore at any time. She added another benefit was you could share a cabin on this ship and pay no single supplement. Sharon would be happy to share more insights from her incredible voyage; call her on 9918 6007 or email sales@ travelview.net.au – Nigel Wall 74 JANUARY 2018 The Local Voice Since 1991

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