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Take a bow, local achievers<br />

This month this space is<br />

dedicated to congratulating<br />

the wonderful local achievers<br />

awarded Australia Day<br />

honours for their service to<br />

community. Take a bow all!<br />

Member (AM)<br />

John Kinsella (Mona Vale) –<br />

for significant service to the<br />

international community<br />

through healthcare and<br />

educational programs for<br />

vulnerable children in<br />

Cambodia; Dorothy Isaksen<br />

(Narrabeen) – for significant<br />

service to the Parliament<br />

of NSW, as an advocate for<br />

gender equality in politics, as a<br />

mentor, and to the community.<br />

Officer (AO)<br />

Emeritus Prof Russell<br />

Lansbury AM (Avalon Beach)<br />

– for distinguished service to<br />

industrial relations education<br />

as an academic, researcher<br />

and author, and as a mentor<br />

of young academics; Angus<br />

Gordon (North Narrabeen) –<br />

for service to environmental<br />

management and planning,<br />

and to the community (former<br />

general manager <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Council 1996-2005).<br />

Medal (OAM)<br />

Dr Kenneth Hughes AFSM<br />

(Bilgola Plateau) – for service<br />

to the community, particularly<br />

through emergency response<br />

organisations (was <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Council Citizen of the Year,<br />

2002); The Reverend Ivan<br />

Roberts (Mona Vale) – for<br />

service to the Uniting Church<br />

in Australia, and to the Myall<br />

Creek Memorial.<br />

Meanwhile NB Council<br />

announced its own Australia<br />

Day Awards Winners.<br />

Outstanding Community<br />

Service award winners in<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> region (a total of 15<br />

were awarded) were: Kellie<br />

Carroll (Mona Vale) and<br />

Lorraine Clarke (Narrabeen).<br />

If you know a local who<br />

deserves to be acknowledged,<br />

we urge you to nominate them<br />

next year. – Nigel Wall<br />

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News<br />

Bus lane conversion ‘spells disaster’<br />

The NSW Government has<br />

come under friendly fire<br />

from local Federal MP<br />

Jason Falinski over its conversion<br />

of sections of T3 lanes to<br />

bus-only lanes between Manly<br />

Vale and Neutral Bay, which<br />

the Mackellar Liberal member<br />

said would spell disaster for<br />

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

Mr Falinski told <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

<strong>Life</strong> he is outraged by the<br />

decision that will significantly<br />

increase travel times for<br />

Northern Beaches residents<br />

who drive the corridor.<br />

T3 lanes are now bus-only<br />

lanes along Burnt Bridge Creek<br />

Deviation (from Condamine<br />

Street to Sydney Road) and<br />

along Spit (pictured) and<br />

Military Roads (from Ourimbah<br />

Road, Mosman to the Neutral<br />

Bay interchange), operating<br />

during the morning peak<br />

period from 6am to 10am<br />

weekdays.<br />

“These changes are detrimental<br />

to our community,” Mr Falinski<br />

said, adding he had written<br />

to State Minister for Transport<br />

Andrew Constance urging him<br />

to delay his decision.<br />

“January is the one time of<br />

the year where traffic is reasonable,<br />

and the commute to the<br />

city during peak hours is bearable.<br />

The conversion has made<br />

the traffic just as bad as during<br />

the worst time of the year, with<br />

many rightly asking me: how<br />

bad will it get in <strong>February</strong> and<br />

beyond when everyone is back<br />

at work and school?”<br />

Mr Falinski said that since<br />

the 1970s, the State Transit<br />

Authority (STA) had argued<br />

that the T3 Lanes along the<br />

road corridor from the Northern<br />

Beaches to the CBD should<br />

be converted to bus-only lanes<br />

to reduce bus travel times<br />

and encourage greater use of<br />

public transport.<br />

“Unfortunately, all the evidence<br />

I have seen – including<br />

modelling from the RMS – disputes<br />

this claim,” he said. “And<br />

who is going to be hurt most<br />

by this? It’s people who are carpooling<br />

(doing the right thing),<br />

or families taking not just their<br />

children, but their neighbour’s<br />

children to school.”<br />

He said the Northern<br />

Beaches already had three of<br />

the worst-congested roads,<br />

with Warringah Road rated the<br />

third worst-congested road<br />

in Australia by Infrastructure<br />

Australia. He added traffic<br />

congestion currently cost NSW<br />

$6.5 billion a year.<br />

“These figures hide the human<br />

misery that congestion<br />

causes to our citizens, communities<br />

and their families,”<br />

Mr Falinski said. “Transport<br />

continues to be the number<br />

one issue for people on the<br />

beaches – it’s what I get asked<br />

about the most.”<br />

He said better infrastructure,<br />

like the beaches Link tunnel,<br />

Mona Vale Road upgrades<br />

and French Forest roadworks,<br />

should be given a chance to<br />

work first, before any other<br />

changes made the local transport<br />

situation even worse.<br />

“I urged the Minister to delay<br />

this conversion, so life wouldn’t<br />

become unbearable for commuting<br />

families, and workers<br />

who choose to carpool on the<br />

Northern Beaches.” – Nigel Wall<br />

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News<br />

Don’t get caught by NBN cut-off<br />

Around 10,000 homes<br />

and businesses in<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> will lose<br />

their internet connection<br />

over the coming months<br />

unless they migrate to the<br />

new National Broadband<br />

Network (NBN) by their<br />

part-of-suburb’s designated<br />

disconnection date.<br />

An approach by <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

<strong>Life</strong> revealed approximately<br />

5,200 premises in parts of<br />

Avalon and Bilgola will reach<br />

the end of the 18-month<br />

migration window in April –<br />

and a further 2,700 premises<br />

in parts of Avalon and Palm<br />

Beach will follow in June.<br />

More homes and businesses<br />

in other parts of Avalon and<br />

Bilgola will be cut-off in<br />

October.<br />

While some parts of<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> suburbs are<br />

already serviced and<br />

connected by the NBN, others<br />

are not, or have yet to be<br />

scheduled for connection –<br />

which is causing considerable<br />

confusion in the community.<br />

NBN spokesperson<br />

Marcela Balart explained<br />

that where possible, NBN Co<br />

looked to upgrade existing<br />

technologies in order to roll<br />

the network out as quickly<br />

and efficiently as possible.<br />

“We use a range of<br />

technologies which result in<br />

fast and reliable broadband<br />

– this choice of technology is<br />

decided area-by-area, based<br />

on the best solution for the<br />

location,” she said.<br />

“This may mean that<br />

sometimes we prioritise<br />

building the network to<br />

one part of a suburb before<br />

installing new infrastructure<br />

in another part of that area.”<br />

She added: “It’s important<br />

for people to know the<br />

switch to the NBN network<br />

is not automatic. Once the<br />

NBN network is available<br />

in an area, people will have<br />

18 months to contact their<br />

preferred phone or internet<br />

company to make the<br />

switch. After this time, the<br />

old copper network will be<br />

decommissioned.”<br />

More than 21,000 premises<br />

across the Northern Beaches<br />

areas are expected to<br />

become ready for service<br />

over the next six months, Ms<br />

Balart said.<br />

Construction was currently<br />

underway to connect<br />

almost 15,000 premises in<br />

parts of <strong>Pittwater</strong> suburbs<br />

Elanora Heights, Narrabeen,<br />

Mona Vale, Newport, North<br />

Narrabeen and Warriewood.<br />

More than 21,000 other<br />

premises across the<br />

Northern Beaches areas were<br />

expected to become ready<br />

for service over the next<br />

six months, including parts<br />

of Bayview, Church Point,<br />

Elanora Heights (other),<br />

Ingleside, Narrabeen (other),<br />

North Narrabeen (other),<br />

Mona Vale (other), Newport<br />

(other) and Warriewood<br />

(other).<br />

Ms Balart said the best<br />

thing for people to do was<br />

visit the NBN Co website<br />

(nbnco.com.au) and use the<br />

Check Your Address function<br />

which would tell a resident<br />

or business when they will<br />

be eligible to order a retail<br />

service over the NBN access<br />

network.<br />

“If the address is ‘ready<br />

to connect’, an approximate<br />

disconnection date will also<br />

be available,” she said. “If<br />

access is not yet available,<br />

people can register their<br />

email address and NBN Co<br />

will notify them when they<br />

can order a service through a<br />

retailer.”<br />

The network was now more<br />

than halfway built with more<br />

than seven million homes and<br />

businesses across Australia<br />

able to connect to retail<br />

services over the new network.<br />

Almost 1.8 million of those<br />

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premises were in NSW.<br />

“To date, the rollout<br />

has been largely focused<br />

on regional Australia and<br />

prioritising those areas that<br />

are underserved. While this<br />

continues, the focus is now<br />

on ramping up the network<br />

build in metro areas,” she<br />

said.<br />

“This will include parts of<br />

Sydney and the surrounds,<br />

with <strong>2018</strong> set to be NBN’s<br />

biggest in terms of build and<br />

scale.”<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

More connectivity<br />

options on horizon<br />

Simon Bond from Newportnet<br />

– which offers optic fibre internet<br />

connectivity for customers<br />

in their business premises<br />

– says the Beaches rollout of the<br />

NBN has been “somewhat of a<br />

patchwork quilt”.<br />

“Having spoken to several<br />

contractors carrying out the<br />

work it is apparent that many<br />

areas are easier to connect than<br />

others,” said Mr Bond. “When<br />

you consider that every location<br />

offers different challenges<br />

it is easy to understand that<br />

the timing of the rollout and<br />

the pressures to get as many<br />

people connected as possible in<br />

a challenging timeframe means<br />

that if difficulties arise, the<br />

contractors will simply move to<br />

the next area where there are<br />

less complications.”<br />

Work in Newport to upgrade<br />

existing services such as<br />

electricity and water had meant<br />

that much of the existing infrastructure<br />

where the NBN rollout<br />

was planned had seen works<br />

needing to be rescheduled due<br />

to the need for increased civil<br />

works due to damage caused to<br />

existing infrastructure.<br />

“Here in Newport we invested<br />

in our own fibre to the building,<br />

in order to future-proof<br />

businesses and residents early.<br />

“Newportnet’s connection<br />

is a 10-gig symmetrical fibre,<br />

meaning the connection is 100<br />

times as fast as the maximum<br />

NBN download capacity and<br />

250 times the fastest upload.<br />

“Local residents also share<br />

Newportnet’s infrastructure –<br />

meaning that they do not even<br />

need to worry if, or when the<br />

NBN comes to town.”<br />

Mr Bond recommended that<br />

consumers facing disconnection<br />

anxiety should reach out<br />

to the NBN, whose website had<br />

a clear roadmap for consumers<br />

who may be confused.<br />

Mr Bond also said he would<br />

be happy to offer advice to people<br />

if they were unable get the<br />

answers they needed. – NW<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

FEBRUARY <strong>2018</strong> 9

Patriots go boom<br />

News<br />

The Palm Beach Patriots are not only<br />

one of the top female surf boat crews<br />

in Australia but the four rowers<br />

are also riding a wave of success in their<br />

chosen careers.<br />

Lucy Day is a current affairs reporter/<br />

producer at Channel Seven and MC for the<br />

Sydney Swans’ home games; Elly Reynolds<br />

is Head PE teacher at Newtown Performing<br />

Arts High School; Verity Boulton is senior<br />

partnership manager at Rugby Australia;<br />

and new recruit Papa Hipango, who studied<br />

at UC Berkeley for four years, is working<br />

for Salesforce Enterprise Business Development<br />

in Sydney.<br />

The crew is swept by long-time Palmy<br />

surf club member Peter Spence, who is<br />

National Field Sales Manager Impulse at<br />

Nestle.<br />

While the Patriots appear to have a<br />

mortgage on the elite Ocean Thunder series<br />

after making it three wins in three rounds<br />

at Dee Why on January 13, it’s the State and<br />

Aussie titles they have their sights set on.<br />

Lucy, Verity and Elly met through the<br />

surf club and have become very close<br />

friends.<br />

“Yes, we are really tight,” Lucy said.<br />

“‘We hang out a lot together socially and<br />

talk daily, even though we see each other<br />

every second day for training or carnivals.<br />

Verity was also one of my bridesmaids when<br />

I got married in 2016.<br />

“We are all pretty outgoing and don’t shy<br />

away from a good dance floor!”<br />

Verity admits to being a bit of a thrill<br />

seeker and has already climbed Mt Kilimanjaro<br />

to raise funds for Flying Kites, Kenya.<br />

Elly is the ‘mum’ of the crew, according to<br />

Lucy.<br />

“She is the most organised person I know.<br />

Elly has the memory of an elephant and<br />

ensures we are organised for carnivals and<br />

training,” Lucy said.<br />

WHAT A CREW:<br />

Palm Beach<br />

Patriots Verity<br />

Boulton (left),<br />

Elly Reynolds,<br />

Peter Spence<br />

(sweep), Papa<br />

Hipango and<br />

Lucy Day.<br />

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in Thunder race<br />

Papa Hipango only arrived on the scene<br />

this season after long-time Palmy rower<br />

Alex Tyrrell decided to take a break after<br />

rowing for nine years.<br />

“They were always going to be big<br />

shoes to fill,” said Lucy, who at 17 was<br />

ranked No 1 in Australia in the 2000m<br />

Steeple Chase.<br />

“We looked internally for a replacement<br />

but many of our female rowers at Palmy<br />

were already in a crew or had fallen pregnant<br />

or had just had a baby so we then had<br />

to look externally.”<br />

As luck would have it, Verity found Papa<br />

at her local gym.<br />

“Verity saw what Papa pulled on the ski<br />

erg one session and quickly bailed her up,”<br />

Lucy said.<br />

Little did they know that Papa excelled in<br />

rowing and was an All American at college.<br />

“She is a natural athlete. We’ve had some<br />

big and tricky surfs this season which has<br />

tested all of us,” Lucy said. “Papa takes it<br />

all in her stride. She has no fear and listens<br />

and learns fast.<br />

“I think she is loving the transition into<br />

surf boats.”<br />

Verity and Lucy have won silver and gold<br />

medals in under-23s at nationals in 2008<br />

and 09 respectively with Matt Giblin as<br />

their sweep.<br />

Elly started rowing with the great Midget<br />

Farrelly as her first sweep.<br />

It was when Lucy returned from interstate<br />

after working for Adelaide’s ‘Today<br />

Tonight’ that she was back rowing again<br />

and joined forces with Verity, Elly and Alex,<br />

with Spency at the helm.<br />

“Peter has a solid training program we’ve<br />

been following since we started rowing<br />

with him. It works well for us,” said Lucy.<br />

After taking out round three of Thunder<br />

at Dee Why, the Patriots (24 points) have<br />

opened a five-point gap over closest rival<br />

Collaroy Gold, with Currumbin a further<br />

point behind.<br />

“We are certainly not taking anything for<br />

granted,” said Verity. “We still have a job<br />

to do. It would be nice to win back-to-back<br />

Thunder titles. Then we can focus on the<br />

big carnivals ahead.”<br />

Verity typifies what this crew is all<br />

about. She injured her back at the gym<br />

the day before the third Thunder round<br />

but told her chiropractor Jason Lamb<br />

she just had to row the next day. “He did<br />

a very good job,” Verity said.<br />

– John Taylor<br />

News<br />

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News<br />

SEEN…<br />

HEARD…<br />

Hmm. Looks kind of familiar doesn’t it? Imagine our prise when <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> bumped into this doppelganger<br />

sur-<br />

logo while on a recent fact-finding trip to the US.<br />

Former PM Bob Hawke was in fine form leading guests<br />

in a rousing rendition of ‘Waltzing Matilda’ at Jonah’s<br />

Australia Day bash. The annual soiree doubles<br />

as a birthday celebration for the boutique hotel and<br />

restaurant which this year turned 89. Mr Hawke, accompanied<br />

by partner Blanche<br />

d’Alpuget, noted his<br />

affinity with Jonah’s as he enters his 89th year. The<br />

couple were joined by a mix of celebs and dignitaries<br />

including car supremo Col Craword, media identity<br />

Deborah Hutton, INXS’ Kirk Pengilly and former world<br />

surfing champ Layne Beachley, Olympics boss John<br />

Coates, and media face Kerry Anne Kennerly and husband<br />

John. Guests feasted on Australia Day-inspired<br />

creations from new executive chef Matteo Zamboni,<br />

including bespoke ‘Chiko’ rolls, lamb cutlets, fresh<br />

seafood and savoury ‘Lamingtons’.<br />

Also heard: Those traffic monitoring wires installed<br />

over summer at the intersection of Old Barrenjoey<br />

Road and Avalon Parade? An approach to NB Council<br />

revealed the statistics will be “used to update traffic<br />

data and fed into the Avalon Place Plan”. Stay tuned…<br />

Also, the flurry of activity at Pasadena at Church Point<br />

continues – Fairfax Media reports the controversial<br />

refurb will open in March with a 160-seat seafood<br />

grill. We hear the 10-room boutique hotel will follow<br />

later in the year.<br />

ABSURD…<br />

Seems not everyone was happy with the additional<br />

transport services across <strong>Pittwater</strong> over<br />

summer, with the Palm Beach base of Fantasea<br />

Cruises telling <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> it had to suspend<br />

its newly introduced water taxi service due to leged vandalism and threats to its staff, as well<br />

as heckling of customers. Police confirmed they<br />

al-<br />

had taken reports of several malicious damage<br />

incidents; Northern Beaches Local Area Com-<br />

mand are also in possession of CCTV footage of<br />

the alleged culprits which they are investigating.<br />

Police also urge anyone with information<br />

to come forward and contact local police or<br />

Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.<br />

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News<br />

Palmy Walkway nearing delivery<br />

The expected completion date for the pedestrian<br />

walkway from Palm Beach Wharf to Governor<br />

Philip Park has been revised to midyear,<br />

Northern Beaches Council has confirmed.<br />

General Manager Environment & Infrastructure<br />

Ben Taylor said Palm Beach Walkway – part<br />

of the first stage of construction works in the<br />

Coastal Walkway Project, Connecting the Northern<br />

Beaches and which was originally scheduled<br />

to be open by January – had progressed to<br />

‘delivery’ phase.<br />

“This long-awaited walkway consists of<br />

elevated boardwalk sections together with<br />

concrete footpaths, with custom screening and<br />

handrails,” Mr Taylor said. “When completed it<br />

will see planting of new native trees, opportunities<br />

for community art and an overall upgrade in<br />

safety to the current walking conditions.”<br />

He confirmed cyclists would not be permitted<br />

to use the walkway for safety reasons.<br />

“The walkway will be one of a kind and will be<br />

a key piece of infrastructure in the area.”<br />

The construction process has been undertaken<br />

in conjunction with extensive consultation with<br />

residents whose properties border the walkway;<br />

Council did not reply to questions about any<br />

ongoing issues or current consultation.<br />

Work started on the Palm Beach walkway in<br />

November 2017.<br />

“Council is continuing to develop concepts<br />

for other sections of this overall iconic walkway<br />

between Palm Beach and North Head and consultation<br />

with the community will be occurring in<br />

early <strong>2018</strong>,” Mr Taylor said.<br />

He added concepts are being developed for<br />

several missing links including Whale Beach<br />

Road (from Florida Road to Norma Road);<br />

upgrades for the section from Newport SLSC to<br />

Avalon Beach SLSC (via The Serpentine), Hillcrest<br />

Avenue Mona Vale, upgrades near Mona Vale<br />

SLSC and sections along Narrabeen Park Parade<br />

at Warriewood.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

6THINGS<br />


New hospital Open Day.<br />

You have read all about it; now’s<br />

your chance to get a feel for the<br />

brand new Arcadia <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Private Hospital at 4 Daydream St<br />

Warriewood when it opens its doors<br />

for a Community Open Day on Sun<br />

4 from 10am-3pm.<br />

Get a wriggle on. Learn about<br />

the art of composting and worms<br />

from the experts at Kimbriki Eco<br />

House and Garden in Terrey Hills<br />

so your can reduce your amount of<br />

food waste going in the rubbish bin<br />

while creating natural fertiliser for<br />

your garden on Sun 4 OR Fri 9 from<br />

10am-1pm. Cost $25 per person.<br />

Places limited. Bookings essential.<br />

9486 3512 or kimbriki@kimbriki.com<br />

Week of golf. Hundreds of<br />

women golfers will be doing the<br />

rounds at seven stunning Northern<br />

Beaches courses – Bayview,<br />

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

Vale, Monash and Wakehurst<br />

from Mon 12 to Fri 16 in one of the<br />

largest amateur women’s golfing<br />

tournaments in the Southern<br />

Hemisphere – The Barrenjoey<br />

Peninsula Week of Golf. Details<br />

barrenjoeyweekofgolf.com<br />

Visit Manly. Pop into Manly Art<br />

Gallery & Museum for two very<br />

good reasons. First catch the last<br />

few weeks of the amazing North<br />

Head Project curated by Katherine<br />

Roberts (closes Sun 18) then enjoy<br />

the creativity of this year’s crop<br />

of HSC students’ works selected<br />

for the Express Yourself exhibition<br />

to be opened by artist Joshua<br />

Yeldham on Fri 23 for a five-week<br />

run. 9976 1421<br />

Car seat check. Have your child<br />

car seats, harnesses and booster<br />

seats checked for safety and fit<br />

with a free inspection by Authorised<br />

Restraint Fitters at Winnererremy<br />

Bay Reserve, Mona Vale on<br />

Thursday 22. Co-ordinated by NB<br />

Council. From 9am-2pm; bookings<br />

are essential 1300 434 434.<br />

Lights, skate, action. Council’s<br />

Youth Services Team in partnership<br />

with Skater HQ are hosting a Friday<br />

Night Lights event on Fri 23 from<br />

4.30-7.30pm at Avalon Beach Skate<br />

Park. Free entry, spot prizes, free<br />

coaching plus food and drinks.<br />

Contact 9942 2401 or youth@<br />

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

more info.<br />

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A new hitch for<br />

trailer adverts<br />

News<br />

The practice of leaving<br />

unhitched trailers to<br />

advertise businesses on<br />

prominent transport corridors<br />

throughout <strong>Pittwater</strong> is about<br />

to be stamped out, with the<br />

NSW Government announcing<br />

hefty fines of up to $3000 for<br />

offenders.<br />

Changes to environmental<br />

planning rules kick in on<br />

March 1, aimed at unclogging<br />

the visual distraction<br />

on our roads and improving<br />

safety. However, there will be<br />

a three-month amnesty before<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

rangers commence dishing out<br />

fines ($1500 for individuals<br />

and $3000 for businesses) from<br />

June 1, to ensure the community<br />

has adequate time to be<br />

informed and for trailers to be<br />

cleared.<br />

Until now the issue has been<br />

a grey area, with planning<br />

controls around trailers unclear<br />

– unless trailers breach a<br />

parking restriction, authorities<br />

are virtually powerless to act.<br />

The change will see advertisements<br />

banned on<br />

parked trailers on roads, road<br />

shoulders, footpaths and<br />

nature strips – but excluding<br />

advertising associated with<br />

the primary use of the trailer<br />

in the course of work being<br />

undertaken, e.g. tradesman’s<br />

trailers and public authorities.<br />

Additionally, consent will be<br />

required for displaying signage<br />

on trailers parked on private<br />

land in view from roads, road<br />

shoulders footpaths and nature<br />

strips – including homes.<br />

At the same time, the<br />

Government confirmed that<br />

advertising in transport corridors<br />

would be permissible with<br />

consent from the Planning<br />

Minister.<br />

A government spokesperson<br />

said: “During consultation,<br />

safety and amenity concerns<br />

were raised about roadside advertising<br />

trailers blocking motorists’<br />

vision and distracting<br />

drivers. By reducing the types<br />

of roadside trailer advertising<br />

currently on our roads, we’ll<br />

minimise risks to drivers.”<br />

He added: “Allowing advertising<br />

in transport corridors<br />

will provide funding for<br />

transport agencies and councils<br />

to deliver public benefit<br />

programs, such as road<br />

safety improvements, better<br />

public transport services<br />

and improvements to public<br />

amenity.”<br />

NB Council currently offers<br />

banner advertising along Barrenjoey<br />

Road and <strong>Pittwater</strong> Rd,<br />

including Newport Hill and the<br />

junction of Mona Vale Rd; cost<br />

for a two-week commercial<br />

booking is $76 ($38 not-forprofit<br />

groups).<br />

One local business owner<br />

affected by the new ban, who<br />

did not wish to be named,<br />

told <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>: “The<br />

government and Council<br />

need to look at the big picture<br />

here – the abundance of boats<br />

and caravans parked on our<br />

streets are much larger and<br />

raise more concerns about<br />

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locking motorists’ vision.<br />

“There is a plethora of road<br />

signs, advertising hoardings<br />

and banners on just about<br />

every road to distract the<br />

driver… is paying the government<br />

or Council for this right<br />

eliminating the distraction?<br />

“The advertising trailer<br />

ban is nothing but discrimination<br />

against small business<br />

owners trying to promote<br />

their services and wares…<br />

and the council not getting a<br />

cut.”<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

The sign of things to come<br />

Coming to your street<br />

(sort of) soon – the new,<br />

approved Northern Beaches<br />

Council street sign!<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>, which<br />

spotted this shiny new<br />

addition in Elizabeth St,<br />

Avalon, has been told the<br />

rollout of our new street<br />

signs, which were on the list<br />

of deliverable requirements<br />

following the Council<br />

amalgamation in May 2016,<br />

could take many, many<br />

years to fulfil.<br />

NB Council confirmed<br />

around 30 signs have been<br />

replaced so far from Manly<br />

to Palm Beach – including<br />

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

Council area.<br />

But don’t hold your<br />

breath about any largescale<br />

change, or be concerned<br />

Council is splurging<br />

ratepayers’ money – the<br />

costing wasn’t budgeted<br />

in the State Government’s<br />

cash handover, meaning<br />

replacements will be done<br />

only when necessary.<br />

Acting General Manager<br />

Customer and Corporate<br />

Melanie Gurney said:<br />

“Council’s obligation<br />

to ensure responsible<br />

management of ratepayer<br />

funds means we will only<br />

replace the signs with the<br />

new branding on an asneeds<br />

basis – such as when<br />

they are damaged or faded.”<br />

Ms Gurney confirmed any<br />

replacement of signs will<br />

be funded from Council’s<br />

existing budget.<br />

Streets that have the<br />

new sign are: Loombah St –<br />

Bilgola Plateau; Cooinda St<br />

– Bilgola Plateau; Mirrabooka<br />

St – Bilgola Plateau;<br />

Chisholm Ave – Avalon;<br />

Bungendore St – Ingleside;<br />

Eastbourne Ave – Avalon;<br />

Emma St – Mona Vale;<br />

Patrick St – Avalon; Elizabeth<br />

St – Avalon; Narrabeen Park<br />

Pde – Mona Vale; Hunter<br />

St – Warriewood; Hunter St<br />

North – Warriewood; and<br />

Patterson Lane – Avalon.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

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News<br />

Local ballerinas leap at amazing opportunities<br />

It has been another highly successful<br />

year for Dynamite Premiere Academy<br />

(DPA) in Newport with students<br />

offered coveted places at schools in<br />

London, New York, the French Riviera,<br />

Hong Kong as well as the Australian<br />

Ballet Interstate program.<br />

Emma Price (pictured) will be off to<br />

London in April after she was accepted<br />

into the Royal Ballet School Spring<br />

Intensive.<br />

Through an audition process the<br />

13-year-old was given direct entry into<br />

the program, where she’ll stay with<br />

other young dancers at White Lodge<br />

in Richmond Park and train for seven<br />

hours every day for a week with various<br />

Royal Ballet School teachers.<br />

Taking dance lessons since she was<br />

three, the Year 8 Ravenswood School<br />

for Girls student has her sights set on<br />

a career in dance.<br />

And she’s no stranger to the commitment<br />

required to achieve this<br />

goal – last year Emma was dancing 17<br />

hours of ballet/contemporary a week.<br />

What does she enjoy about ballet?<br />

“I love the structure and discipline<br />

ballet requires… when I am<br />

dancing I just feel happy.”<br />

Emma’s proud mum Pippa can’t<br />

praise her teachers highly enough.<br />

“Dynamite Premiere Academy has<br />

been such an important part of Emma’s<br />

dance journey so far,” she said.<br />

“Emma has teachers providing opportunities<br />

that she could only have<br />

dreamed of, teachers that believe in<br />

her ability and future… we would not<br />

be anywhere else.”<br />

DPA Principal Melissa Mitchell was<br />

thrilled with all students’ achievements,<br />

reporting the sisters<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> featured last year<br />

– Emily and Charlotte Enright –<br />

each gained direct access into<br />

the Royal Ballet School Autumn<br />

Intensive Program in Hong Kong<br />

and through YAGP (the biggest<br />

competition in the world)<br />

14-year-old Emily<br />

received a summer<br />

program<br />

scholarship<br />

to the École<br />

supérieure de<br />

danse, Cannes<br />

Also,<br />

six students received scholarships to<br />

the Summer Intensive Program at the<br />

Joffrey Ballet School in New York and<br />

all received direct entry into its fulltime<br />

training program.<br />

And nine-year-old Zara Wenborne’s<br />

acceptance into The Australian Ballet<br />

Interstate Training Program means<br />

DPA now has students across all its<br />

levels.<br />

One of the refreshing aspects of DPA<br />

is the equal emphasis placed on providing<br />

a relaxed and fun environment<br />

and a range of recreational<br />

classes for children of every age<br />

and standard.<br />

To this end, DPA is offering<br />

a “free trial” to all new<br />

families for the beginning<br />

of term 1 (terms and<br />

conditions apply). Term<br />

1 resumes Monday 5<br />

<strong>February</strong>.<br />

For more<br />

information<br />

call 9918<br />

8841 or<br />

email info@<br />

dynamitepa.<br />

com.au.<br />

Photo: Winkipop Media<br />

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<strong>Pittwater</strong>’s International<br />

Women’s Day breakfast<br />

Book your seat or get a<br />

group of friends together<br />

and secure a table to celebrate<br />

International Women’s Day<br />

with a scrumptious breakfast<br />

and a special guest speaker at<br />

the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht<br />

Club in March.<br />

This annual event acknowledges<br />

the achievements of<br />

women and it’s where Member<br />

For <strong>Pittwater</strong> Rob Stokes<br />

traditionally announces the<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Woman of the Year.<br />

Guest speaker at this year’s<br />

breakfast to be held in a beautiful<br />

space overlooking the<br />

water across to Bayview and<br />

Scotland Island, is wheelchair<br />

basketball player, sailor and<br />

Member of Parliament Liesl<br />

Tesch AM.<br />

Hosted by Zonta Club of<br />

Northern Beaches, a group<br />

assisting local women in need<br />

and international projects<br />

in developing countries,<br />

the breakfast is always well<br />

attended by the local community<br />

(men are also welcome!).<br />

SPEAKER: Liesl Tesch AM<br />

The <strong>Pittwater</strong> IWD Breakfast<br />

will be held from 7am-<br />

9am on Wednesday 7 March.<br />

The cost is $45. Book early to<br />

avoid disappointment (bookings<br />

will remain open until<br />

Thursday 1 March or until<br />

sold out). Enquiries to pittwateriwdbreakfast@gmail.com<br />

or Sue on 0407 850 860.<br />

Proceeds from the breakfast<br />

will support service<br />

projects of Zonta Club of<br />

Northern Beaches.<br />

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FEBRUARY <strong>2018</strong> 19

News<br />

Events<br />

Strategy<br />

feedback<br />

sought<br />

N<br />

orthern Beaches Council<br />

has drafted a new events<br />

strategy to support local<br />

organisations to run their own<br />

vibrant events and complement<br />

those run by Council.<br />

Mayor Michael Regan urged<br />

the community to provide feedback<br />

before submissions close<br />

on <strong>February</strong> 11.<br />

He said the strategy aimed<br />

to help attract, develop and<br />

support a range of diverse and<br />

exciting events.<br />

“We have a proud history<br />

of hosting spectacular events<br />

on the Northern Beaches,” Mr<br />

Regan said.<br />

“Today, hundreds of events<br />

are held from Manly to Palm<br />

Beach each year, entertaining<br />

more than half a million people<br />

with an array of festivals, music,<br />

shows and exhibitions.<br />

“Our events bring people<br />

together to celebrate who we<br />

are and where we live – instilling<br />

a great sense of community<br />

pride and connection as well as<br />

stimulating the local economy.<br />

“We know that the community,<br />

businesses and organisations<br />

have a real enthusiasm<br />

for even more events. From<br />

listening to more than a thousand<br />

community members<br />

during the consultation period,<br />

it is clear there is a real appetite<br />

for a mix of large-scale events<br />

and smaller, local events.<br />

“They want events that<br />

showcase local talent, create<br />

new experiences in non-traditional<br />

locations and promote<br />

the Beaches as a destination of<br />

choice. And the community has<br />

told us they want events to be<br />

sustainable, help boost employment<br />

and be accessible through<br />

improved transport options,”<br />

Mr Regan said.<br />

The new Events Strategy<br />

will have a range of actions,<br />

including investigating funding<br />

models to help support a wider<br />

range of local events – some of<br />

which could potentially transition<br />

to significant events.<br />

More info at ‘Your Say’ at<br />

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

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

News<br />

Mona Vale Autumn<br />

Festival announced<br />

The Mona Vale Chamber of<br />

Commerce have come up with<br />

a great way to keep businesses<br />

at the forefront of the local<br />

community exiting the busy<br />

summer trade period, launching<br />

a new Autumn Festival<br />

that will transform Bungan<br />

Street into a cavalcade of<br />

food, entertainment and more<br />

from 10am to 4pm on March<br />

3. “This new inaugural event<br />

is expected to attract thousands<br />

of people to Mona Vale<br />

so it presents a great opportunity<br />

for local businesses to<br />

open their doors to drive both<br />

sales and consumer awareness,”<br />

said Chamber president<br />

Chris Kavanagh. “We’re looking<br />

to attract both stallholders<br />

and visitors – currently<br />

we encourage local shops to<br />

join us with a stall on Bungan<br />

St, or opening onto the street<br />

from their premises.” Benefits<br />

to Autumn Festival stallholders<br />

include a free year’s<br />

membership to the Chamber,<br />

plus 50% off the price of a<br />

stall at the end-of-year Mona<br />

Vale Market Day. Chris said<br />

the Autumn Festival would<br />

be heavily promoted locally.<br />

For more information email<br />

info@monavalechamber.org<br />

or call 02 9194 6788.<br />

Stop Press: Mention the<br />

Festival ad in <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong><br />

magazine on Autumn Festival<br />

Day on March 3 and you’ll go<br />

in the draw to win a magnum<br />

of champagne! Simply drop<br />

by the Event tent.<br />

It’s last call for<br />

Creative entries<br />

Organisers say there is still<br />

time to register to enter and<br />

make your three-minute film<br />

for the 5th Northern Beaches<br />

Creative Creatures film<br />

festival. Films are to be up to<br />

three minutes long and are required<br />

to include an image or<br />

reference to red shoes. Deadline<br />

for submission of entries<br />

is March 18. The festival will<br />

be held on the front green<br />

at Avalon Bowling Club on<br />

Sunday April 8 from 1pm-<br />

8pm. “Be a part of this fabulous<br />

local film festival which<br />

launched the now famous<br />

Avalon Now,” said organiser<br />

Katy Young. Register at<br />

creativecreaturesfilmfestival.<br />

com.au. (While we’re on the<br />

subject, a reminder Tropfest<br />

Australia returns on Saturday<br />

17 <strong>February</strong> at Parramatta<br />

Park. Academy Award winner<br />

Susan Sarandon will head this<br />

year’s Tropfest Jury – and for<br />

the first time the ABC will<br />

be the exclusive broadcast<br />

partner.)<br />

Councillor starts<br />

grants program<br />

Passionate Narrabeen Ward<br />

councillor Rory Amon is<br />

putting his money where his<br />

mouth is, funding a community<br />

grants fund with a<br />

portion of his pay as a means<br />

of giving back to the local<br />

community. The Liberal-endorsed<br />

councillor said Round<br />

1 of the program, now open<br />

for applications, includes a<br />

total of $5,000. “Grants are<br />

between $200 to $500 for any<br />

community group to help<br />

with projects or the purchase<br />

of items which benefit our<br />

community,” Cr Amon said.<br />

“As I am a Councillor for<br />

Narrabeen Ward, priority<br />

will be given to groups with<br />

a connection to that Ward – a<br />

connection might be that your<br />

group is based in Narrabeen<br />

Ward, does work in the Ward,<br />

or one of your members lives<br />

in the Ward.” He added all applications<br />

would be assessed<br />

by an independent community<br />

panel. Applications for<br />

the Amon Community Grants<br />

Fund close <strong>February</strong> 28; more<br />

info roryamon.com.au<br />

Scotland Island<br />

Wharf Upgrades<br />

The Scotland Island Residents<br />

Association has chalked up<br />

a huge win for its offshore<br />

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community with news the<br />

State Government has announced<br />

almost $1 million<br />

towards wharf upgrades on<br />

the island. <strong>Pittwater</strong> MP Rob<br />

Stokes confirmed Northern<br />

Beaches Council had<br />

been allocated $641,000 to<br />

support improvements to<br />

Carols Wharf and $351,000<br />

to upgrade Bell Wharf. Both<br />

wharves will be extended<br />

to accommodate additional<br />

capacity and improvements<br />

will be introduced to enhance<br />

safety and disability access.<br />

SIRA president Hubert van<br />

Mierlo said that although a<br />

detailed design was yet to be<br />

done, they expected the works<br />

would be in line with the<br />

proposals submitted by SIRA<br />

last year, including 30 new<br />

commuter boat tie-ups at Bell<br />

Wharf and 38 new commuter<br />

boat tie-ups at Carols Wharf.<br />

“The legwork for this was<br />

done by the Wharves Working<br />

Group under leadership<br />

of Alec Beckett – well done<br />

Continued on page 24<br />

Book now for Barefoot Ball on Newport Beach<br />

Tickets are now on sale for Newport Surf<br />

Club’s <strong>2018</strong> ‘Barefoot Ball’ from 6pm on<br />

March 24, with the gala evening on Newport<br />

Beach set to raise funds for Cystic<br />

Fibrosis research and care. Attendees will<br />

enjoy delicious catering from hatted local<br />

restaurant Sotto Sopra, great music from<br />

the Kate Lush Band, and bare feet all under<br />

the stars at one of Sydney’s most stunning<br />

beaches! The Ball is conducted in partnership<br />

with Cystic Fibrosis Community Care<br />

(CFCC) which contributes valuable funds to<br />

research Australia’s most common lifeshortening<br />

genetic condition and works<br />

to improve the quality of life for sufferers<br />

and their families. The first Ball was<br />

not only a wonderful evening when the<br />

community came together under the full<br />

moon on Newport Beach, but a significant<br />

fundraising success for both Newport SLSC<br />

& CFCC – and a great opportunity to get a<br />

better appreciation of the work of CFCC and<br />

the impact it has had on the lives of many.<br />

Book now – the last Ball sold out in two<br />

weeks. Visit eventbrite.com.au and search<br />

‘barefoot ball’. If you can’t attend, but<br />

wish to contribute by donating or purchasing<br />

a ticket in our raffle to win a $19,500<br />

10-night European cruise, visit galabid.<br />

com/auction/barefoot<br />

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Tracking down family histories<br />

If you’ve ever wanted to learn<br />

more about your family’s<br />

history but don’t know where<br />

to start, Northern Beaches<br />

Council has the answer – it<br />

has recruited experienced volunteers<br />

to help at Dee Why Library<br />

Family History Fridays.<br />

Mayor Michael Regan said the<br />

program, which runs 10am<br />

to 4pm on Fridays starting<br />

on <strong>February</strong> 2 through to the<br />

end of the year, would have<br />

great results in helping locals<br />

find out about and connect<br />

with their family history. An<br />

example: local resident and<br />

Vietnam veteran Alan Wright<br />

knew almost nothing about<br />

his family history before<br />

coming along to the Council<br />

Library initiative. However,<br />

Alan’s search – which started<br />

with a single birth certificate<br />

– has led to him locating a<br />

91-year-old cousin he didn’t<br />

know existed and WWI medals<br />

awarded to his ancestors<br />

which he plans to wear at<br />

future ANZAC Day marches.<br />

He has also traced records<br />

back to his great-great-greatgrandfather<br />

and compiled a<br />

huge folder of historical documents,<br />

including photographs,<br />

about his family. Alan now<br />

spends two days a week at the<br />

library making the most of its<br />

free access to online ancestry<br />

research tools and says he<br />

would love to do a course in<br />

family history research to<br />

help others. (Alan, right, pictured<br />

with Dee Why Library<br />

staff member Michael Houstone.)<br />

Bookings are essential<br />

for Family History Fridays.<br />

Call 9942 2610 to request a<br />

one-hour session with a volunteer<br />

or visit northernbeaches.<br />

nsw.gov.au/library for more<br />

information.<br />

Continued from page 23<br />

to all!” he said. “SIRA will<br />

start talks with Council on<br />

the timing and details of the<br />

work next month – the funding<br />

deal stipulates that the<br />

works are completed before<br />

the end of 2019 and of course<br />

we hope for a much earlier<br />

delivery.” Mr Stokes said the<br />

wharf extensions, part of the<br />

Government’s Boating Now<br />

Program, would also enable<br />

deeper water access during<br />

low tides and assist with overall<br />

reliability. “These are vital<br />

projects for Scotland Island<br />

residents – so I’m delighted<br />

the NSW Government is<br />

providing financial support,”<br />

he said.<br />

Avalon ocean<br />

Swims’ new date<br />

Ocean swimmers will make<br />

a big splash at the rescheduled<br />

Avalon ocean swims on<br />

Sunday 9 April with a choice<br />

of three swims including<br />

the iconic ‘Around The<br />

Bends’ swim. Volker Klemm,<br />

race director of the Avalon<br />

swims, says there is a swim<br />

for ocean swimmers of all<br />

levels. “We have a 1km swim<br />

starting at 9.30am sharp<br />

at Avalon Beach followed<br />

by our traditional 1.5km<br />

swim starting at 10.30am,”<br />

Volker said. “For the more<br />

daring ocean swimmers<br />

there is the ‘Around The<br />

Bends’ course from Newport<br />

Beach to Avalon – a 2.5km<br />

swim which will provide a<br />

truly magical experience.”<br />

He added the revised date,<br />

prompted by the cancellation<br />

of the Avalon Swim on January<br />

14 due to big seas, came<br />

with benefits. “April 9 is not<br />

such a busy time for ocean<br />

swims and participants<br />

will have the chance to get<br />

in more training,” he said.<br />

Entries are still being taken<br />

at oceanswims.com (and late<br />

registration is available from<br />

8am at Avalon). However,<br />

there are no late entries for<br />

the Around The Bends swim;<br />

caps and timing chips will<br />

be available for collection at<br />

Newport Beach. There is also<br />

a shuttle bus from Avalon to<br />

Newport after the swim.<br />

10 new interns<br />

for MV Hospital<br />

Staffing at Mona Vale Hospital<br />

has received a boost with<br />

10 new medical graduates<br />

commencing their clinical<br />

internships in late January.<br />

Local MP Rob Stokes said the<br />

intake was part of a record<br />

999 graduates commencing<br />

positions in NSW hospitals as<br />

part of a major investment by<br />

the NSW Government to increase<br />

the number of doctors<br />

in metropolitan and rural areas.<br />

The interns will be under<br />

the guidance of experienced<br />

senior doctors and will put<br />

into practice their many years<br />

of university preparation.<br />

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“Mona Vale Hospital has a<br />

long-standing history of contributing<br />

to the education of<br />

our state’s medical workforce<br />

and we know these latest<br />

graduates will be in excellent<br />

hands,” Mr Stokes said. “I’m<br />

delighted the NSW Government<br />

is continuing to lead<br />

the nation in training junior<br />

doctors and responding to the<br />

ever-increasing demand for<br />

medical services.”<br />

Rainbow Club<br />

seeks swim teachers<br />

Rainbow Club Warriewood is<br />

seeking AUSTSWIM or Swim<br />

Australia qualified swimming<br />

teachers. Rainbow Club<br />

Australia has 20 clubs across<br />

NSW which provide swimming<br />

lessons for children<br />

with a disability. ‘Swim<br />

the Rainbow’ is a specially<br />

designed program tailored<br />

for children with a disability.<br />

Spokeswoman Heather Nadilo<br />

said the Club paid above<br />

award rates to attract dedicated<br />

and passionate teachers<br />

who can commit to a school<br />

term of weekend lessons (current<br />

rates are from $30/hr).<br />

“Our club meets on Saturdays<br />

during the school term and<br />

we offer all our swimming<br />

teachers a full package of<br />

benefits to reward them for<br />

all their commitment and<br />

dedication,” Heather said. Apply<br />

rainbowclubaust.com.au<br />

or email Heather at admin@<br />

rainbowclubaust.com.au<br />

A healthy start in Mona Vale<br />

Health foodies rejoice… organic and wholefood market, Flannerys,<br />

has just opened a flagship store in Park St, Mona Vale –<br />

with 10,000 hand-picked products (including organic fruit and<br />

vegetables), a huge amount of fridge space and 300 different<br />

bulk offerings, plus a cosy on-site café – serving Cocowhip,<br />

acai bowls, organic and free-trade coffee, smoothies, super<br />

lattes (with beetroot, turmeric and cocoa) as well as other<br />

healthy bites. There’s also a naturopath consulting area, where<br />

visitors can watch their herbs being mixed while they wait –<br />

and it’s hard to miss the live rescue bee hive in the middle of<br />

the store. Naturopath and local Caroline Robertson (pictured)<br />

says Flannery’s choice to open on the Northern Beaches was<br />

indicative of the local community’s growing move towards<br />

healthy living. “We are all about creating a gathering place for<br />

the community, to get health advice and stock up on health<br />

food needs,” she said. “We’re really excited about our online<br />

booking system where you can secure a free, 15-minute advice<br />

session with our naturopaths. We have a private area to meet,<br />

so if there’s something a bit more personal to talk about – like<br />

hormone imbalances, prostate trouble or difficulty breastfeeding<br />

– we offer a personalised, uninterrupted place to get advice.”<br />

From <strong>February</strong> there will also be a a series of workshops<br />

in-store – these include a cooking workshop demonstration<br />

by acclaimed nutritionist Lee Holmes, a mushroom immunity<br />

session and a workshop focusing on how to manage daily<br />

stress and sleep well. More info Flannerys.com.au<br />

Vet<br />

on<br />

call<br />

with<br />

Dr Ben Brown<br />

Vaccination is an essential<br />

part of the creation of<br />

‘herd immunity’ whereby<br />

the entire animal population<br />

is protected because the<br />

prevalence of life-threatening,<br />

contagious diseases is<br />

substantially reduced due to<br />

greater immunity in the pet<br />

population.<br />

Every vaccinated<br />

animal contributes to<br />

the maintenance of herd<br />

immunity. Annual vaccination<br />

also allows a complete<br />

physical examination to be<br />

conducted each year; this is<br />

particularly important because<br />

our pets can’t tell us they feel<br />

unwell, and signs of disease<br />

(especially in the early stages)<br />

can be very subtle.<br />

We recommend an annual<br />

check-up and vaccination;<br />

however with advances in<br />

technology we no longer need<br />

to vaccinate dogs against the<br />

same diseases every year. For<br />

unvaccinated dogs Parvovirus<br />

is still very common,<br />

especially in younger dogs,<br />

and can cause life-threatening<br />

viral gastroenteritis and<br />

bone marrow suppression.<br />

Distemper causes viral<br />

meningitis and is rapidly<br />

fatal in the majority of dogs<br />

it infects. Thankfully, due<br />

to vaccination and herd<br />

immunity, this disease is rare<br />

in Australia. Infectious Canine<br />

Hepatitis is a worldwide,<br />

contagious disease of dogs.<br />

In addition to our core<br />

three-yearly vaccination<br />

protocol we also recommend<br />

vaccination against canine<br />

cough every year; it’s an oral<br />

vaccine plus an injection.<br />

Canine cough is common,<br />

especially where dogs<br />

congregate e.g. dog parks,<br />

and via public water bowls.<br />

To increase rates of<br />

vaccination we have<br />

commenced a ‘<strong>Life</strong>Vac’<br />

program which reduces the<br />

cost of your pet’s vaccinations<br />

over its lifetime. Drop into<br />

our hospitals at Newport and<br />

Avalon to find out more!<br />

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Differen<br />

Strokes<br />

Story by Rosamund Burton<br />

Photos: Rosamund Burton & Lindy Hardcastle; Jay Platt, Jim Knight, Gab Scanu (aerial).<br />

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t In<br />

the 1920s baths were<br />

carved into the rocks along<br />

the Northern Beaches, and<br />

they became popular swimming<br />

places. A decade later in<br />

the 1930s, providing work for<br />

the unemployed during the<br />

Depression, the ocean pools<br />

started to be built. There are<br />

seven pools between North<br />

Narrabeen and Palm Beach,<br />

and over a couple of days lifelong<br />

swimmer, Lindy Hardcastle,<br />

and I visited each one...<br />

North Narrabeen<br />

‘Pool Closed’ the sign says<br />

when we arrive at North<br />

Narrabeen (right) at 7.30am.<br />

However, a man appears from<br />

the direction of the pool with<br />

a towel over his shoulder.<br />

“Don’t pay any attention<br />

to the sign,” he says, “The<br />

pool gets cleaned on Tuesday<br />

night, and the cleaners have<br />

forgotten to turn it around.”<br />

Size-wise North Narrabeen<br />

is the most impressive of all<br />

the Northern Beaches ocean<br />

pools. It’s a 50-metre by<br />

18-metre pool with a wooden<br />

boardwalk built within a<br />

larger 70-metre by 40-metre<br />

wading pool. It’s located at<br />

the entrance of the Narrabeen<br />

Lagoon at the north end of<br />

Narrabeen Beach.<br />

We reach the changing<br />

rooms as three men – Yorkshire-born<br />

Bob Gibson, Garry<br />

Smith and Greg Johnson –<br />

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ABOVE: Braving the elements<br />

– Lindy Hardcastle<br />

at North Narrabeen pool;<br />

CENTRE: author Rosamund<br />

with (l-r) Bob Gibson, Garry<br />

Smith and Greg Johnson;<br />

RIGHT: Mona Vale pool in a<br />

lull between ocean surges.<br />

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emerge from the water<br />

looking chilly.<br />

“The water is around<br />

15 degrees today,” says<br />

Manly-born Johnson, who<br />

has been swimming at the<br />

pool daily for 38 years.<br />

He is an accountant and<br />

from here heads to his<br />

office in the city for the day.<br />

“I usually swim between 500<br />

metres and a kilometre; I’ve<br />

done 500 metres today, because<br />

it’s cold and also rough.”<br />

He tells us that the pool was<br />

built in the 1930s under the<br />

Unemployment Relief Scheme.<br />

It cost [then] Warringah Council<br />

£494 to build and opened in<br />

March 1934. In 1933, in anticipation<br />

of the pool opening,<br />

the Narrabeen Ladies Amateur<br />

Swimming Club was formed –<br />

now known as the Narrabeen<br />

Lakes Amateur Swimming Club.<br />

The pool is also home to the<br />

Shivering Sharks, a club which<br />

formed in the 1960s, and in<br />

winter hosts the Charlie Brady<br />

Memorial Narrabeen Shield<br />

in the pool (and doesn’t allow<br />

competitors to wear wetsuits).<br />

Greg Johnson also mentions<br />

Joe Crowley, who passed away<br />

two years ago. “He was known<br />

as the mayor of the pool, and<br />

taught swimming here for over<br />

55 years.”<br />

Next to emerge from the<br />

water is Leon Wickens, 77.<br />

Pulling a large piece of blue tac<br />

out of his ear, he tells us with<br />

a grin: “I was born in Lakemba<br />

and moved to Narrabeen in<br />

1951. I’ve been swimming here,<br />

on and off, for 60 years.” He<br />

joined the NAB in 1955 and for<br />

many years was bank manager<br />

at the local branch.<br />

“Starting the day with a swim<br />

is excellent for the physical<br />

health, and spiritually as well.<br />

It makes you feel so good. We<br />

swim and then all go to the surf<br />

club and have a cup of coffee...<br />

it doesn’t really matter what<br />

happens for the rest of the day.”<br />

The tide has now come up<br />

over the edge of the pool and<br />

the surf is crashing into it. So,<br />

in a lull in the waves, we walk<br />

quickly along the wooden<br />

boardwalk to the far end, then<br />

plunge into the cold water<br />

and do a fast 50 metres back<br />

towards the beach.<br />

Mona Vale<br />

We pull off Surfview Road at<br />

the north end of Mona Vale<br />

Beach. A hundred metres<br />

from the headland across the<br />

sand on the rock promontory<br />

which divides Mona Vale<br />

Beach from Bongin Bongin<br />

Bay is the 30-metre pool and<br />

also a kids’ pool. Ocean baths<br />

were built here in 1914 and<br />

then improved in the 1930s.<br />

However, a sign saying<br />

‘Beach Closed’ has been<br />

planted into the sand, and the<br />

concrete walkway to the pool,<br />

and the pool itself are hidden<br />

under spume and spray, so<br />

we can’t swim today. It only<br />

dawns on us now that the<br />

pool at Narrabeen might have<br />

been closed today because<br />

of the rough conditions and<br />

unusually high tide due to the<br />

‘super moon’.<br />

We return at 7 o’clock the<br />

following morning, and walk<br />

into the change rooms to find<br />

it full of women dressing after<br />

their swim in the pool.<br />

“We’re the Buckettes,” they<br />

chime. Eighty-two-year-old<br />

Jenny Lewis is the oldest and<br />

the founding member of this<br />

group of 20 women. Ten<br />

years ago she was swimming<br />

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LEFT: Mona Vale’s ‘Buckettes’ (l-r) Jenny Lewis, Maggie Perdrian, Mina Pontello<br />

and Pauline Unsworth; ABOVE: the concrete approach to Mona Vale<br />

pool; RIGHT: The long, thin Newport pool on the beach’s southern tip.<br />

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in the pool, and started<br />

talking to Pauline Unsworth,<br />

and then they introduced<br />

themselves to Margot Yorke.<br />

The three of them began<br />

having coffee after their<br />

morning swim, and going<br />

to the movies together. A<br />

couple of other women joined<br />

the group, and it grew from<br />

there.<br />

“People were attracted to<br />

our laughter and happiness,”<br />

Pauline explains. “Rain, hail or<br />

shine we swim. In winter we<br />

put hot water in our bucket<br />

and stand in it after swimming<br />

to warm up.”<br />

“We share clothes,” adds<br />

another Buckette. The change<br />

room is affectionately called<br />

the Shed and the clothes,<br />

including a purple bra, are<br />

known as ‘The Shed Brand’.<br />

They have also had Buckette<br />

shirts printed, which several<br />

of them are wearing.<br />

“Every July,” continues Pauline,<br />

“we go up on the train to<br />

Moree to the hot spring baths.<br />

We’ve been through so much<br />

together – life experiences,<br />

births, deaths and weddings.<br />

You get to know each other so<br />

well. And,” she adds, “when<br />

you’re naked there’s no hiding<br />

from each other.”<br />

The Buckettes head to the<br />

Bronze Kiosk at Mona Vale<br />

Surf Club for coffee, and<br />

Lindy and I walk onto the<br />

beach and along the narrow<br />

concrete walkway to this pool<br />

nestled in the rocks in the between<br />

the two beaches. Water<br />

is breaking over the edge and<br />

it’s exhilarating to do laps in<br />

the clean water.<br />

Newport<br />

We walk down the walkway on<br />

the corner of Calvert Parade<br />

and The Boulevarde onto the<br />

beach, and follow the track at<br />

the southern end of Newport<br />

Beach around the rocks to<br />

the pool. It’s not hard to pick<br />

our way over the rocks, but<br />

we’re told later by a regular<br />

swimmer that the path has<br />

been destroyed by recent<br />

storms. A couple of people are<br />

swimming up and down this<br />

50-metre pool with its natural<br />

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ock bottom, including David<br />

Hodkinson, who has only lived<br />

in the area for a couple of<br />

years, but cycles down regularly<br />

to swim his laps. “This is<br />

the best rock pool,” he says.<br />

“It’s always quiet.”<br />

However, it wasn’t always<br />

quiet. From the 1860s onwards<br />

steamers brought people<br />

from Sydney to Newport<br />

Wharf, and they would walk<br />

to the surf beach. The Sydney<br />

Morning Herald reported on<br />

31 January 1926 the opening<br />

of ‘the new rock baths’, which<br />

had cost £560. An ocean pool<br />

was built in the current location<br />

in the 1930s.<br />

This pool and Mona Vale’s<br />

have no electricity, so the<br />

council workers who clean<br />

all seven ocean pools have to<br />

wear headlamps when they<br />

are cleaning the pool at night.<br />

In August 2012, early morning<br />

swimmers arrived to find<br />

an 11-metre, 30-tonne young<br />

adult humpback whale carcass<br />

had broken the post and chain<br />

where it had washed over, and<br />

lay lodged in the pool.<br />

The high tide and big swell<br />

that evening washed the car-<br />

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ABOVE: Local David Hopkinson<br />

swims laps regularly – Newport is<br />

his pool of choice as it’s ‘always<br />

quiet’; RIGHT: The ever-popular<br />

Bilgola pool at the southern end of<br />

the beach presents a long length.<br />

grew up at Palm Beach, now<br />

lives in Avalon, and runs a gardening<br />

business called Lanes<br />

Gardens.<br />

“I usually swim here or at<br />

the Newport Rock Pool,” he<br />

says. “I have a break from<br />

gardening in the middle of the<br />

day and in summer and winter,<br />

I swim 20 lengths, 1km. I do<br />

it to keep fit, but also, I love<br />

being in the salt water every<br />

day. It’s like a form of meditation.<br />

It relaxes me and I feel<br />

re-energised.”<br />

While he’s talking 54-yearold<br />

Maryanne Spiers dives into<br />

the pool. She is a fitness coach<br />

and personal trainer, who lives<br />

at Bilgola Plateau.<br />

“I love all the ocean pools,<br />

but Bilgola is my favourite. It’s<br />

a good length for laps and has<br />

a lovely aspect. The salt water<br />

is so refreshing. It relaxes<br />

and revitalises you more than<br />

fresh water.”<br />

Maryanne Spiers grew up<br />

ocean swimming at Austinmer<br />

in Wollongong. She was<br />

a member of the Surf <strong>Life</strong><br />

Saving Club, when few women<br />

were members. “Our crew at<br />

Austinmer were the second<br />

group of girls who got their<br />

bronze medallion. That was<br />

around 1979.” Then at the age<br />

of 18 she said she became<br />

Australia’s first female professional<br />

lifeguard.<br />

“I had all the qualifications,<br />

but women hadn’t been<br />

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cass out of the pool and back<br />

out to sea, but then it washed<br />

up on the beach. An excavator<br />

couldn’t move the giant mammal,<br />

and it had to be cut up<br />

with chainsaws, and put into<br />

landfill at Lucas Heights.<br />

The surf always breaks<br />

around this pool, and here<br />

you feel all the energy of the<br />

ocean. This morning waves<br />

are breaking over the edge,<br />

and Lindy and I are whirled<br />

around by the water as we<br />

swim our laps.<br />

Bilgola<br />

Tucked in near the rocks at<br />

the southern end of the beach<br />

are the eight-lane 50-metre by<br />

15-metre pool and the 50-metre<br />

by 5-metre wading pool,<br />

which were built in the 1960s.<br />

When we arrive at quarter<br />

past one, 45-year-old Steve<br />

Lane is swimming lengths. He<br />

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ABOVE & BELOW: Maryanne Spiers<br />

and Steve Lane both agree swimming<br />

at Bilgola pool is a form of<br />

meditation; RIGHT: The angular and<br />

exposed pool at Avalon Beach is<br />

susceptible to much ocean churn.<br />

employed before. Then I beat<br />

half of the men in the test, so<br />

they couldn’t not employ me<br />

after that. I set the bar,” she<br />

concludes with a smile.<br />

Not content with breaking<br />

glass ceilings on the beach<br />

Maryanne Spiers turned to the<br />

snow, representing Australia<br />

in the ski-ing at the 1998 Calgary<br />

Winter Olympics.<br />

She is passionate about<br />

healthy ageing. “I’m getting<br />

younger every year, not older,”<br />

she grins.<br />

Lindy is already swimming<br />

lengths, so I dive in and swim<br />

join her. The surf is breaking<br />

into the pool, and I’m buffeted<br />

by spray and the pull of the<br />

foaming water, but the energy<br />

of the swirling sea water is<br />

utterly exhilarating.<br />

This is the home of the Avalon<br />

Bilgola Amateur Swimming<br />

Club, which started in the mid-<br />

’60s, and meets here every<br />

Saturday morning from mid-<br />

October to the end of March,<br />

catering from social swimmers<br />

to the more competitive.<br />

Avalon<br />

In 1923, the Sydney Mail<br />

reported “young people<br />

enjoying themselves at what is<br />

known as the Avalon bathing<br />

hole, a natural rocky bath”.<br />

The present day 22-metre pool<br />

and the toddlers pool beside it<br />

were built in the late 1930s.<br />

In 2011 a 1.5-metre baby<br />

bronze whaler was found<br />

circling inside the pool, so the<br />

pool had to be drained, and<br />

the shark removed by [then]<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Council workers.<br />

“Another problem when<br />

we get big seas,” says Steve<br />

Lawler, Executive Manager<br />

of Parks and Recreation with<br />

Northern Beaches Council, “is<br />

that often so much kelp ends<br />

up in the pool, it’s not possible<br />

to swim.”<br />

On this particular morning<br />

with the ‘super moon’ tide<br />

still rising it’s impossible to<br />

see whether whalers or weed<br />

might be lurking beneath<br />

the swirling foam. Lindy<br />

marches confidently along<br />

the concrete walkway to the<br />

pool, while I cower from the<br />

spray, and watch her descend<br />

the steps and enter the water.<br />

As she does a few strokes she<br />

looks like a seal, her head<br />

of dark hair bobbing up out<br />

of the water and then being<br />

submerged by the waves.<br />

Far less brave I don’t even<br />

contemplate trying to swim<br />

in this. Clinging to the rails I<br />

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walk down the steps and just<br />

submerge myself into the<br />

maelstrom of white water.<br />

Sitting on a bench above<br />

the pool, like the Socrates of<br />

the ocean pools, is Michael<br />

Ossipoff. He lives on Clareville<br />

Beach and tells us he wets<br />

his gills daily in either Whale<br />

Beach, Bilgola, Newport or<br />

Avalon ocean pools.<br />

“They have different personalities,”<br />

he muses. “In this<br />

pool, like Newport, you feel<br />

closely connected to the surf<br />

and the ocean in general.” The<br />

three of us gaze down at the<br />

pool awash with surf. “The<br />

pools have a value beyond the<br />

mental and physical health they<br />

provide. They also draw community<br />

together. They should<br />

be viewed as being one of the<br />

jewels of the area,” he says.<br />

Whale Beach<br />

It’s six o’clock in the evening<br />

when we park on The Strand,<br />

and walk south along the beach<br />

to the shallow 25-metre pool.<br />

There is no breeze and no<br />

longer sunlight on the pool.<br />

A single swimmer is doing<br />

lengths, 73-year-old Maria<br />

Salome from Guatemala who<br />

came with her husband to<br />

Australia in 1984, and who has<br />

lived in the area since 1994.<br />

“I swim every day except<br />

Sundays, because there are<br />

usually too many people. Even<br />

in winter I swim. I love it.<br />

“I usually come at half past<br />

seven in the morning, and<br />

there are about 10 or 12 other<br />

people,” she says. Then her<br />

eyes well with tears. “My husband<br />

has cancer and is in the<br />

Royal North Shore Hospital. My<br />

ABOVE: Lindy struggles through the ‘washing machine’ at Avalon pool.<br />

ABOVE: Colour contrast of rocks<br />

and pool at Whale Beach; RIGHT:<br />

Maria Salome swims six days a<br />

week but avoids Sunday crowds.<br />

son had flown from Germany<br />

and my daughter from Holland.<br />

I’m here at this time today because<br />

I just wanted a swim.”<br />

She is so strong in the face<br />

of such sadness, and yet again<br />

I am reminded of what sanctuaries<br />

these ocean pools are.<br />

We place our bags on a<br />

rock ledge, before sinking<br />

into the still water and, aware<br />

of its healing power, do four<br />

slow lengths. Tiny whiting flit<br />

through the water.<br />

Palm Beach<br />

We reach Palm Beach at half<br />

past four. The 50-metre ocean<br />

pool is nestled into the southern<br />

end of the long beach, and<br />

accessed from Ocean Road.<br />

Seventy-two-year-old Tina<br />

Horkan swims here twice a day.<br />

“Years ago they were filming<br />

Home and Away here. There<br />

were all these cameras and<br />

lights, and Chris Hemsworth<br />

was standing in the middle of<br />

the pool. I was doing breaststroke<br />

and he was in my way,<br />

so I gave him a kick. He gave<br />

me a devastatingly beautiful<br />

smile and I felt so bad.”<br />

Christina Webber and<br />

Jackie Green are sitting on the<br />

sandstone steps below the<br />

changing rooms soaking in<br />

the warm afternoon sun after<br />

their swim. They have been<br />

friends for 16 years, are house<br />

painters and currently paint-<br />

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LEFT: No black line – swimmers get into a rhythm at Palm Beach pool;<br />

CENTRE: Tina Horkan had an encounter with actor Chris Hemsworth;<br />

RIGHT: Christina Webber and Jackie Green swim after work every day.<br />

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ing a house in Bilgola. They<br />

are both speckled with white<br />

paint after their day’s work.<br />

“We finish work at four,”<br />

Jackie explains, “and come<br />

down and swim a kilometre,<br />

then sit and talk for as long<br />

as we can before going home.<br />

It’s a fantastic way to finish<br />

the day.”<br />

“It’s beautiful here in every<br />

sort of weather,” Christina<br />

explains. “It changes our outlook.<br />

Even if we’re tired we<br />

know we’ll feel so good<br />

afterwards. We look forward<br />

to it, and doing it consistently<br />

keeps us in good shape and<br />

also a good frame of mind.”<br />

Christina moved to Avalon<br />

25 years ago, and Jackie has<br />

lived in the area her whole<br />

life, growing up in Avalon, and<br />

now living in Clareville.<br />

“We meet lots of people<br />

here,” Christina tells me. “People<br />

are very friendly. I think<br />

swimming opens people up<br />

to conversation. You’re happy<br />

after a swim.”<br />

This is also the pool, where<br />

for over 65 years Jack Carter,<br />

who is now in his 80s, has<br />

taught kids to swim every<br />

summer. He taught Kerry and<br />

Ros Packer to swim, and then<br />

their son, Jamie.<br />

In the distance is Barrenjoey<br />

headland, and the lighthouse,<br />

and then the long expanse<br />

of Palm Beach’s red sand.<br />

Gazing at the idyllic view we<br />

lower ourselves into the water.<br />

And we are both filled with<br />

that great sense of well-being<br />

which comes from plunging<br />

into ocean pools as we swim<br />

our final lengths.<br />

The ocean pools are cleaned<br />

weekly during the summer<br />

months, and fortnightly during<br />

the winter months of June,<br />

July, August. Cleaning times<br />

depend on the tides and the<br />

weather, and people are not<br />

able to swim in the pools<br />

three hours prior to cleaning<br />

and 12 hours after.<br />

* For the pool cleaning<br />

timetable go to northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/thingsto-do/rockpools.<br />

Sources trove.nla.gov.au;<br />

for more information visit<br />

oceanpoolsnsw.net.au<br />

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Sea<br />

Changers<br />

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

Behind a lillypilly hedge on Barrenjoey<br />

Road near Sandy Point is an original<br />

old timber beach house. Old Man<br />

Banksia grows beside worn steps leading<br />

up to the verandah where a Sea Shepherd<br />

beach towel is draped over the railing.<br />

I’m here to meet photographer Robbi<br />

Newman who with his wife Carol is one<br />

of the co-founders of Living Ocean. The<br />

tall, willowy Carol greets me and leads me<br />

through the main house with its original<br />

ornate ceilings, surfboards adorning the<br />

walls, and a glass cabinet full of old cameras<br />

and seashells.<br />

Robbi’s studio is in the garden, and<br />

stretched diagonally across the corrugated<br />

iron roof is a large model of a humpback<br />

whale. “We were given it,” Robbi says casually,<br />

when I ask how the cetacean found its<br />

way there. “The kindergarten kids love it.”<br />

Robbi Newman grew up between Dural,<br />

where his family had orchards, and at Palm<br />

Beach. His grandfather was a renowned<br />

photographer, who travelled all around<br />

Australia shooting with plate cameras.<br />

“So, the house always had cameras in it<br />

– old Kodaks and Brownies – and even as a<br />

kid I used to take lot of photos.”<br />

His father died when Robbi was less<br />

than 12 months old; and he describes his<br />

stepfather as “a ratbag who ran down the<br />

family fruit farm”. Robbi was at The King’s<br />

School in Parramatta when, aged 15, he<br />

left home and moved in with friends at<br />

Newport. He used to get a lift to school with<br />

an art teacher who lived at Avalon, until the<br />

teacher moved to Tasmania. So from then<br />

on Robbi went to Narrabeen High.<br />

“I spent one whole autumn surfing one<br />

year at the Wedge, and when I went back to<br />

school, the headmaster just said: ‘Newman,<br />

you’re back.’ That’s all there was to it, which<br />

I thought was fantastic.”<br />

Robbi went to the University of New England<br />

and studied Natural Resources.<br />

“I was a child of the ’60s and ’70s. It was<br />

the ‘dawning of Aquarius’ and we were<br />

going to save the planet. But I was torn between<br />

being an environmentalist and being<br />

a creative person.”<br />

Robbi “got sucked in” to the peninsula’s<br />

creative world, taking photographs and<br />

writing environmental stories for the surfing<br />

magazine, Tracks, while making friends<br />

with surf filmmakers, Paul Witzig, Alby Falzon<br />

and others like David Elfick, who was<br />

the producer of ‘Newsfront’ and one of the<br />

executive producers of ‘Rabbit-Proof Fence’.<br />

He travelled around Australia working on<br />

the 1974 surfing film, ‘Rolling Home’, and<br />

had already started taking photographs for<br />

a range of magazines like Overlander and<br />

also expedition photography with Australian<br />

Himalayan Expeditions to the Himalayas<br />

and beyond.<br />

He went on to travel the world as a photographer,<br />

working and living in Singapore<br />

and early Dubai, shooting for airlines and<br />

Living Ocean has achieved so much<br />

for the marine environment over eight<br />

years, thanks to Robbi Newman and co.<br />

Story by Rosamund Burton<br />

ad agencies. This opened the doors to<br />

destinations like New York, London, Africa<br />

and Asia.<br />

Returning to base himself as an advertising<br />

photographer in the booming days of<br />

advertising at North Sydney he became one<br />

of the top 10 photographers of the time.<br />

Robbi and Carol met in 1980. She was a<br />

model and he was taking photos of her on<br />

a swing at Palm Beach for Cleo magazine.<br />

“We couldn’t do the shoot, because it was<br />

raining,” said Carol.<br />

“So I went to his place at Bungan for<br />

breakfast. That happened a couple of mornings,<br />

so we got to know each other.”<br />

They worked together off and on. Then<br />

a job took Robbi to Singapore. He came<br />

back to Australia, and when he returned to<br />

Singapore, Carol went with him.<br />

“The advertising agency put us up in the<br />

Ava Gardner suite at Raffles Hotel, and the<br />

billiard room was set up as the photographic<br />

studio,” she recounts. Robbi and<br />

Carol continued to travel the world with<br />

his photography work, and they had two<br />

children, Jamie and Claudia, who are both<br />

now in their 20s.<br />

Before they bought this house 10 years<br />

ago they lived at Whale Beach. Robbi sold<br />

that property and bought this, not thinking<br />

they would live here, as he had work lined<br />

up in Dubai. But that fell through and the<br />

cottage became the family home, which<br />

they have grown to love, and Jamie lives in<br />

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Main pic credit: Nigel Wall<br />

a flat at the end of the garden.<br />

Living Ocean was founded in 2010, a<br />

couple of years after they moved here.<br />

“Sea Shepherd had filmed a clip of a<br />

Japanese whaling boat shooting a mother<br />

whale with her calf next to her, and I posted<br />

that clip to Facebook,” he explains. “Friends<br />

of ours, Deon and Kim Hubner, who lived<br />

at Whale Beach, saw it and said ‘we’ve got to<br />

do raise some money to help fight this’.”<br />

Robbi, Carol, Deon and Kim decided to<br />

organise a fund-raising dinner, and invite<br />

some of their friends to one of their homes.<br />

However because so many locals were<br />

excited by the idea of protecting whales,<br />

the event grew and, in the end, was held at<br />

Ripples at Whale Beach. The evening started<br />

with Aboriginal musician Bunna Lawrie,<br />

playing a whale call on the didgeridoo, a<br />

call to the whales migrating to the Southern<br />

Ocean to be safe. After the meal and<br />

auction hosted by David Koch, Iva Davies<br />

launched into Icehouse’s ‘Great Southern<br />

Land’, and former Mondo Rock bassist Paul<br />

Christie and a group of other musicians<br />

started playing and the evening took off.<br />

“The fundraiser was a huge success and<br />

it was obvious that we should form an<br />

ocean conservation and awareness-based<br />

charity, which we called ‘Living Ocean’.”<br />

Robbi and Carol’s daughter, Claudia, who<br />

is very much involved with Living Ocean,<br />

designed the logo.<br />

Over the next few years Living Ocean<br />

organised three more major fundraising<br />

events and many smaller ones, and has<br />

raised tens of thousands of dollars for Sea<br />

Shepherd and other environmental groups.<br />

“The peninsula is a wealth of extraordinary<br />

talent and everyone we ask to<br />

contribute time and talent always say yes. It<br />

empowers all who contribute,” he said.<br />

In 2011 Living Ocean started their ‘No<br />

Plastic Please’ campaign. International<br />

bodyboarder, Ben Player, who lives locally,<br />

said “everywhere I go there’s plastic in the<br />

ocean” and was passionate about doing<br />

something about it. Documentary and<br />

surf film maker, Jack McCoy, and other<br />

surfers, including Tom Carroll and Barton<br />

Lynch, also got involved, and behind Living<br />

Ocean’s science-based beach clean-ups run<br />

by Sarah Taite and Sally Gole, along with<br />

other plastic awareness groups such as<br />

The Green Team. Currently, Living Ocean is<br />

supporting and funding world-renowned<br />

Dr Jennifer Lavers’ scientific research on<br />

Lord Howe Island into reduced numbers of<br />

shearwaters due to plastic ingestion.<br />

In 2014 Living Ocean merged with the<br />

Whale and Seal Foundation. IT guru Bill<br />

Fulton, and environmentalist, Sam Barrip,<br />

had been leading research in tracking the<br />

migration of humpback whales. In September<br />

2017 the organisation successfully<br />

postponed seismic testing by a petroleum<br />

company in a 40km area south of Newcastle,<br />

showing that the location of the<br />

seismic survey was in the direct path of the<br />

southern migration routes of species such<br />

as Humpback whales with their calves.<br />

Having lived on the peninsula most of<br />

his life Robbi recognises the connection<br />

that residents feel to the ocean, and their<br />

deep desire to do what they can to ensure<br />

the health of its sea life. Robbi emphasises<br />

that it’s the efforts of numerous unsung heroes,<br />

locals and other, which enable Living<br />

Ocean to make a difference both globally<br />

and locally.<br />

“Living Ocean is a volunteer organisation<br />

and we need volunteers to help our growing<br />

number of citizen-science-based campaigns<br />

and new volunteer action group alliances<br />

that are being formed.”<br />

As Robbi juggles his photography work<br />

with his commitment as Living Ocean<br />

president, he is fulfilling his desire to be<br />

creative and his passion to preserve the<br />

natural world.<br />

For more info, to donate, or to become a<br />

member for $10 per annum, go to livingocean.org.au<br />

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


Beach; in his designed studio at North Sydney<br />

during the advertising industry’s heyday in the<br />

late 1980s; with the gifted whale on the top of<br />

the beach house (image by Bruce Usher for White<br />

Horse magazine); at home with Carol; celebrating<br />

research vessel Salt with (l-r) Bill Fulton (research<br />

& IT), Prof Ian Goodwin (Macquarie Uni); Jack<br />

Barripp, Sophie McClelland (finance), Sam Barripp<br />

(research), Rita Kluge (photographer) and Mark<br />

Farrell (navigator); Carol, shot on the NSW south<br />

coast for Good Weekend magazine in 1987.<br />

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FEBRUARY <strong>2018</strong> 39

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

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

Quilters are ‘Touching Stars’<br />

The Avalon Quilters are presenting their <strong>2018</strong> Exhibition of<br />

Members Works at Avalon Uniting Church in Bellevue Avenue<br />

on the weekend of March 9-10.<br />

The group will be raffling a special 1930s vintage quilt,<br />

‘Touching Stars’ (pictured) – with all proceeds donated to the<br />

Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.<br />

As well as an extensive display of hand-made quilts, attendees<br />

will have the opportunity to purchase from a vast array of<br />

exquisite hand-crafted goods.<br />

The exhibition is open from 9am-5pm; entry $5. More<br />

info call Anne Perry 0401 335 737.<br />

Cubist influence<br />

really fits the Bill<br />

Palm Beach-based artist Bill<br />

Chamberlain has enjoyed the<br />

artistic journey that has taken<br />

him from absorbing the harsh<br />

dark shapes and character of<br />

the inner city to the fresh local<br />

landscape.<br />

With a background steeped in<br />

art – his father was a finalist in<br />

the Wynne and Archibald Prizes<br />

and his uncle an illustrator in<br />

London – Bill enrolled at the<br />

Julian Ashton Art School where<br />

he studied for five years.<br />

“This school, using classical<br />

teaching methods, provided<br />

an essential grounding in the<br />

fundamentals of drawing and<br />

painting without which any<br />

form of creative expression is<br />

problematical,” Bill said.<br />

Bill’s first influences were<br />

the cubists and the painters of<br />

Sydney’s old inner city suburbs,<br />

including Surry Hills, where he<br />

lived for a time.<br />

“I started exhibiting, mainly<br />

painting inner city scenes,”<br />

he said (example pictured). “I<br />

branched out into figurative<br />

work and take my inspiration<br />

now from the local <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

environment.<br />

“Colour is most important<br />

to me, but it must be used in<br />

a refined and gradated way,”<br />

he explained. “Learning to mix<br />

paint properly and to reproduce<br />

tone are a great legacy of the<br />

Julian Ashton… but like learning<br />

a musical instrument, it takes a<br />

long time to get that touch.”<br />

Bill has had a varied working<br />

life – originally in the legal industry,<br />

he also trained as a chef<br />

and has a diploma in hospitality<br />

management.<br />

“All this time I painted, moving<br />

into different medias like<br />

gouache and ink, alongside my<br />

favourite, oil. Then in 2013, I<br />

was a finalist in the Gallipoli Art<br />

Prize.”<br />

Bill recently decided to<br />

include business acumen into<br />

the mix. “I decided I needed an<br />

image for my art, so I designed<br />

a logo and registered my business<br />

name ‘Savannah Studios’.”<br />

He intends to evolve his art<br />

even more.<br />

“I have found you have to<br />

be curious about other artists,<br />

whether it’s the Australian impressionists,<br />

or the French moderns…<br />

look at every possible art<br />

book and exhibition and maybe<br />

one day something of what you<br />

have seen might come out in<br />

your own work.” – Nigel Wall<br />

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

More funding supports<br />

Narrabeen boat storage<br />

The State Government<br />

has tipped in a further<br />

$45,000 to assist Northern<br />

Beaches Council with its plan<br />

for watercraft storage around<br />

Narrabeen Lagoon.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> MP Rob Stokes<br />

said the funding is part of<br />

the Government’s Boating<br />

Now Program which provides<br />

financial support to councils<br />

to introduce boating infrastructure<br />

initiatives.<br />

Council has been allocated<br />

$30,000 to introduce additional<br />

storage facilities for<br />

dinghies and kayaks around<br />

the foreshore. A further<br />

$15,000 will assist Council<br />

with the construction of<br />

a storage shed for larger<br />

dragon boats and outrigger<br />

canoes at Jamieson Park.<br />

“Narrabeen Lagoon is one of<br />

our community’s most impressive<br />

and important recreational<br />

areas – throughout summer<br />

the lagoon is a hive of activity<br />

with people enjoying all sorts<br />

of watercraft,” Mr Stokes said.<br />

“The lagoon’s popularity<br />

means additional watercraft<br />

storage is necessary to help<br />

improve safety around the<br />

foreshore and maintain the<br />

area’s natural beauty.<br />

“The creation of Narrabeen<br />

Lagoon State Park has enabled<br />

a whole range of investments<br />

that maximise public<br />

access to this beautiful area.<br />

“There have long been issues<br />

with people informally<br />

storing canoes, kayaks and<br />

dinghies around the fore-<br />

shore and these can become<br />

eyesores.”<br />

The new facilities are addressing<br />

the increase in demand to<br />

store watercraft and aimed at<br />

reducing watercraft dumping,<br />

overcrowding and dangerous<br />

boat storage practises.<br />

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

<strong>Life</strong> last year, watercraft<br />

owners must now apply for a<br />

yearly permit sticker, which<br />

gives them an allocated position<br />

to store their watercraft.<br />

Watercraft without an<br />

authorised permit sticker<br />

are no longer permitted to<br />

be left along the Narrabeen<br />

foreshore; offending watercraft<br />

are removed and stored<br />

at Council’s compound for<br />

collection or disposal.<br />

Permit fees are $179 for<br />

residents and $268 for nonresidents;<br />

more info from<br />

the Property Officer – Watercraft<br />

on 9970 1111.<br />

Watercraft safety blitz<br />

Five penalty notices were issued to people on <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

during a Roads and Maritime Services personal watercraft<br />

safety campaign last month.<br />

Roads and Maritime Services’ Ride Smart safety operation<br />

was carried out between Saturday 13 and Monday 22 January.<br />

The first six days of the operation focused on education<br />

and the remaining four on compliance.<br />

The purpose of the campaign was to ensure personal watercraft<br />

(PWC) operators were aware of NSW waterways rules.<br />

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said during<br />

four days of compliance activities, around 3609 vessels<br />

across NSW were checked. Of these vessels, 35 per cent<br />

(1271) were PWC.<br />

“Around eight per cent of all vessels checked (276) were<br />

operating on <strong>Pittwater</strong> and Northern Beaches waterways,” the<br />

spokesperson said.<br />

“More than 25 per cent of vessel checks were carried out<br />

on PWC including jetskis and Boating Safety Officers issued<br />

five Penalty Notices – a total of 113 Penalty Notices were issued<br />

across NSW.”<br />

Offences included irregular riding, not wearing a lifejacket<br />

while being towed, not wearing a lifejacket on a vessel and<br />

causing excessive wash.<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

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

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Young <strong>Life</strong><br />

Young <strong>Life</strong><br />

Helping girls to<br />

make their move<br />

The benefits of playing team<br />

sport are well known, yet<br />

young women are twice as likely<br />

as young men to be inactive.<br />

Inspired by campaigns to<br />

encourage girls to move more,<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Peninsula Netball (PPN)<br />

has organised a number of activities<br />

and extended invitations<br />

to all clubs to enjoy a Gala Day<br />

leading into the new season.<br />

“Research has indicated that<br />

girls’ participation in organised<br />

sport has decreased over the<br />

years and is much less that<br />

boy participation, despite the<br />

benefits sport gives young girls,<br />

especially teenagers,” said PNN<br />

Secretary Belinda Geros.<br />

Studies show in addition to<br />

greater energy and improved fitness,<br />

regular physical activity can<br />

help manage stress, alleviate depression<br />

and anxiety, strengthen<br />

self-esteem, enhance mood and<br />

boost mental alertness.<br />

“The earlier that our girls start<br />

playing sport, the more benefits<br />

they will experience and the<br />

longer these benefits will stay<br />

with them,” Belinda said.<br />

“We would like to create as<br />

many opportunities for our<br />

young girls from our community<br />

to be involved with a great team<br />

sport like netball for all ages and<br />

abilities and from a young age<br />

by encouraging as many families<br />

from our community to get<br />

involved.”<br />

The club will be running<br />

several skills clinics this year with<br />

some high-profile professional<br />

netballers teaching players of all<br />

ages and grades; it is expanding<br />

its indoor training facilities;<br />

fundraising for more equipment<br />

and getting involved in more<br />

gala days including running its<br />

own Gala Day in March for all<br />

clubs to attend.<br />

The 10yr and 11yr Gala Day<br />

hosted by PPN will be held<br />

at John Fisher Park on Sat 24<br />

from 9am-1pm and comprise<br />

20-minute games, (2 minutes<br />

halftime), with each team playing<br />

four games – no point score, no<br />

stress or pressure.<br />

The BBQs will be fired up from<br />

8.30am and there will be coffee<br />

vans. Team entries close March<br />

19.<br />

Meanwhile PPN team formation<br />

starts Feb 5 with 8yrs and 9yrs<br />

skills clinics on Feb 9 and 16.<br />

For more information go to<br />

peninsulanetball.org.au<br />


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David’s ace idea<br />

Local tennis coach David<br />

Vytopil is looking<br />

forward to serving up<br />

more tennis lessons at<br />

the Newport Community<br />

centre, where he has<br />

helped improve the<br />

games of all ages for the<br />

past two years.<br />

“The courts are in a<br />

pleasant environment,<br />

away from busy traffic,”<br />

explained David, who<br />

has been coaching for<br />

six years and launched<br />

his own ‘Action Tennis’<br />

business a year ago.<br />

“Mums can stay and<br />

watch their kids in a<br />

relaxed, shaded setting,<br />

or drop them off and<br />

head to a local café to<br />

catch up with friends.”<br />

David (pictured), who<br />

also coaches at the<br />

Elanora Heights Tennis<br />

Club, has a background working at several tennis centres<br />

and has also worked at private schools on the north shore<br />

(he is police record-checked), with qualifications obtained<br />

through Tennis Australia. He coaches children using the<br />

Tennis Australia Hotshots program.<br />

As he explained: “I cater for all ages and levels and can<br />

accommodate group or private lessons, and for women’s<br />

groups I can arrange social matches with in-built coaching<br />

– I aim to provide a friendly, fun atmosphere.”<br />

David said he gets a lot of satisfaction from seeing<br />

students improve their tennis and gain confidence –<br />

something important as they start out and which will make<br />

them want to continue playing tennis later in life.<br />

“I have seen many kids come out of their shells and<br />

become more self-confident through tennis, all the while<br />

appreciating an enjoyable approach to the game.”<br />

David says his rates are “very competitive”; he is<br />

currently arranging a 9-week term starting on the 5th of<br />

<strong>February</strong>, with times available from 7-9am and 3.30pmdusk.<br />

For more info phone 0407 007 161.<br />

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Avalon SC shoots<br />

for success in<br />

<strong>2018</strong> local comp<br />

Avalon Soccer Club is gearing<br />

up for another great<br />

year down at ‘The Bay’<br />

with officials offering a warm<br />

welcome to members, current<br />

and new, to season <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

Online registrations are now<br />

open via the club’s website avalonsoccerclub.com.au<br />

– this is<br />

also the best source for general<br />

information about the club and<br />

the season ahead.<br />

The club will be holding one<br />

registration/orientation day at<br />

the Careel Bay Clubhouse on<br />

Saturday 10th <strong>February</strong> <strong>2018</strong><br />

from 9am-5pm. They will also<br />

be selling new playing gear<br />

and club merchandise at great<br />

prices on these days (see ad on<br />

page 13).<br />

“Avalon SC prides itself on a<br />

friendly, family club environment,”<br />

said club president John<br />

Kowtan. “The club comprises<br />

more than 1,100 players aged<br />

from 5 to 70, who enjoy playing<br />

the beautiful game at a<br />

variety of levels and we are entirely<br />

run by a group of highly<br />

dedicated volunteers.<br />

“AVSC strives to provide<br />

the best possible playing and<br />

coaching environment with the<br />

resources to their disposal. We<br />

put a great emphasis on player<br />

development and coach education<br />

at all skill levels.<br />

“We are fortunate to boast<br />

two experienced and professional<br />

coaches as their Directors<br />

of Coaching. This allows us to<br />

provide members with quality<br />

coach education and academystyle<br />

coaching ‘in-house’.”<br />

The club’s dedication to<br />

player development has led to<br />

some great success in recent<br />

seasons and they look to build<br />

on this in <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

Some of their recent achievements<br />

include:<br />

n MWFA Women’s Premier<br />

League Grand Final Winners<br />

& FA Cup Winners 2017;<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

The Endsister<br />

by Penni Russon<br />

Allen & Unwin<br />

$16.99<br />

It’s shaping up to be<br />

another great year of<br />

authors of Australian<br />

teen fiction writing for<br />

younger readers. Allen<br />

& Unwin has certainly<br />

plucked some winners,<br />

following last year’s turn<br />

with Jacyln Moriarty,<br />

they’ve just published<br />

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS: Avalon SC’s League and GF-winning W16-1 team. award-winning Penni<br />

Russon’s The Endsister.<br />

n MAL-1 Semi-Finalists 2017; Cup in Canberra.”<br />

The Outhwaites move<br />

n W16-1 FNSW Champion Of As part of their effort to from Australia to begin a<br />

Champions Semi-Finalists continually improve the facilities<br />

new life in an inherited,<br />

2017;<br />

at Careel Bay, new lighting haunted mansion in<br />

n MWFA W12-1, W15-1 and was installed on the mini fields London where the baby<br />

W16-1 (pictured) League and in 2016 which has greatly<br />

of the family, Sibbi,<br />

Grand Final Winners 2017; increased the area available begins to act very<br />

n MWFA Women’s Premier for training after dark and strangely, forever talking<br />

League FA Cup Winners 2016; future night matches. New about a mysterious<br />

n W14-1 FNSW Champion of drainage for the mini fields ‘endsister’.<br />

Champions Finalist 2016; has been completed recently Alternating narratives<br />

n W18-1 FNSW Champion of to enable more junior games between the siblings<br />

Champions Finalist 2015; to be played in the event of including 16-year-old<br />

n W16-1 FNSW Champion of rain, all boundary fencing has Else and 4-year-old<br />

Champions Winners 2013 & been renewed, including new Sibbi, plus a couple of<br />

2014;<br />

car park fencing around field ghosts, make for pacy<br />

n MWFA Presidents Cup for 1, with plans to complete the chapters. The mystery<br />

Best Junior Club 2013;<br />

other fields in <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

builds quickly plus there<br />

n FFA Junior Team of the Year “A lot of the club’s success is a satisfying amount<br />

2012 (W16-1);<br />

is due to the hard work of the of character back story<br />

n Six successful tours to<br />

great committee and volunteers which helps round out<br />

Vanuatu in successive years at Careel Bay, who really make this tale.<br />

(2012-2017) by Avalon SC W16 everyone welcome and ensure Interestingly, Russon<br />

teams, promoting cultural exchange<br />

the atmosphere is one of a<br />

used online writing tool<br />

and women’s football friendly community club,” John and forum, Storybird,<br />

development in the region. said.<br />

to develop Endsister,<br />

“Planning and fundraising for If you’re interested in<br />

soliciting feedback and<br />

their <strong>2018</strong> tour of Vanuatu by volunteering or joining the support from readers.<br />

Avalon W16s is well advanced,” committee please email<br />

The results are now here<br />

John said. “The club will again Club President John Kowtan for everyone to enjoy.<br />

also be encouraging teams to at president@avalonsoccerclub.com.au<br />

– Libby Armstrong<br />

take part in the <strong>2018</strong> Kanga<br />

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

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

Surfing Kelly Slater’s<br />

robo-churn Wave Pool<br />

Most of you have seen some video footage... but what’s it really like?<br />

with Nick Carroll<br />

Ever since the Kelly Slater<br />

steel mesh fence, held up by a<br />

Wave Company did its big<br />

series of metal posts, 100 in all,<br />

reveal two years ago, every<br />

each around four metres from<br />

surfer I know has been quietly<br />

wigging out. They’re wigging<br />

because of what the KSWC<br />

revealed: to wit, what appeared<br />

to be a seriously excellent, and<br />

for sure completely artificial,<br />

wave. Breaking in a pool. For a<br />

long way.<br />

Since then, the KSWC and its<br />

owners, the World Surf League,<br />

have been releasing a slim yet<br />

steady diet of carefully curated<br />

video clips showcasing their<br />

invention. Each clip – slow-motioned,<br />

angled just right, and<br />

starring Kelly or one of his pro<br />

tour compadres – makes it look<br />

better and better.<br />

Yet at the same time, they<br />

have kept the doors to this facility<br />

BREAKING NEWS: Not quite the backdrop we’re used to seeing from the beach.<br />

the next. Everything is grey,<br />

precise and industrial; it looks<br />

for all the world like a high-tech<br />

watery prison.<br />

I was completely fascinated.<br />

Never had I thought that anyone<br />

would expend this kind of time,<br />

money, and human ingenuity<br />

on making a wave! Especially<br />

when there’s so many of them<br />

out there in the ocean already.<br />

Around a dozen of us had<br />

been invited for the day, mostly<br />

other surf journalists. We were<br />

organised into groups of four<br />

at a time. I was in the second<br />

group, which drove me a little<br />

bit mad, but at least it gave me<br />

a chance to watch.<br />

Here’s another thing you<br />

closed to any independent<br />

It truly is the last place you’d rim, running all the way around<br />

can’t tell from the PR – the wave<br />

observer. The secrecy around expect to be surfing. And the the pool’s perimeter – maybe destroys the Pool. Like, blows<br />

the Pool has been obsessive. truth is, what you do in the Pool 700 metres end to end, and it to bits. As it breaks, the wave<br />

Access has been limited to is not surfing, it’s something 150 metres wide. On the inner sets all the three or four Olympic<br />

pools’ worth of water in<br />

invited guests and potential else again.<br />

rim, the wall falls away on its<br />

investors. As a result, the WSL When you arrive at the facility open side to a broad trough wild motion. It washes over an<br />

Surf Ranch, as it’s officially gates for your session, they maybe two and a half metres elevated area of plastic-coated<br />

known, has become the most swing smoothly open to reveal deep, which runs most of the concrete known as “the beach”<br />

exclusive surf spot in the world. a small carpark and a neatly way down that side before and surges through several<br />

Kelly’s been compared to Willy kept building. Inside the building<br />

circling around at both ends channels into the deep trough<br />

Wonka in some circles, and<br />

invites to his Chocolate Factory<br />

are sought far and wide.<br />

Well, thanks to a series of<br />

odd events, late last year I got<br />

the Golden Ticket, as it were.<br />

Come visit the Ranch for a day!<br />

No expectations! See what you<br />

think!<br />

Thus, in early November I<br />

found myself roaring up the<br />

I-5 freeway out of Los Angeles,<br />

on possibly the single weirdest<br />

and least expected surf trip of<br />

my life.<br />

The WSL Surf Ranch is<br />

set behind an immaculately<br />

maintained wooden wall, at<br />

a property just off Jackson<br />

Road in Lemoore, California.<br />

Lemoore is a central valley farm<br />

town of around 25,000 people.<br />

The town grows cotton and<br />

struggles with its water supply.<br />

you’ll find a spacious chang-<br />

ing room complete with filled<br />

board racks, wetsuits, leashes,<br />

towels, wax, everything you<br />

might want to use during a surf.<br />

Everything feels organised,<br />

low-key, stylish. A door opens<br />

from that room into a hang-out<br />

area, then into another room<br />

dedicated to the Pool’s design,<br />

with bathymetry charts and<br />

illustrations of imaginary Pools<br />

of the future.<br />

Well you would see all that<br />

if you weren’t me, because I<br />

ignored all that stuff and ran<br />

straight to the low-slung wall<br />

beyond, and gazed out over<br />

Kelly’s modern miracle.<br />

Immediately I realised how<br />

much of it has been hidden in<br />

the videos. The KSWC Pool is<br />

contained by a concrete wall,<br />

maybe a metre high on its outer<br />

and joining up with the body of<br />

the Pool.<br />

Half way down this side of<br />

the Pool is a large control tower<br />

set-up. From here they run the<br />

Pool, watching an array of sensors,<br />

picking up any issues with<br />

the machinery or with waterflow,<br />

and eventually, pushing<br />

the button to make it work.<br />

On the other side of the Pool<br />

is the thing that does the work:<br />

basically a heavy blade or foil,<br />

half-submerged and around<br />

12 metres long, and mounted<br />

train-like on a monorail track<br />

running the length of the Pool.<br />

When dragged along the track,<br />

this foil forms an exaggerated<br />

version of a ship’s prow-wake,<br />

in effect pulling the wave from<br />

one end of the Pool to the other.<br />

The machinery is separated<br />

from the body of the Pool by a<br />

along the outer rim. Water flies<br />

everywhere. Small quantities<br />

are blown clean out of the Pool<br />

and on to the paths surrounding<br />

it. The reverberations go<br />

on for a long time, surging up<br />

and down the Pool, and take<br />

ages to truly settle; even after<br />

five minutes, the typical period<br />

between waves, the surge is still<br />

present.<br />

Not only does this effect tend<br />

to ever so slightly vary the wave<br />

over time, it’s also a revelation.<br />

If a single wave can do that in<br />

the Pool, how much energy is<br />

being distributed through an<br />

everyday surfing lineup?<br />

Slightly freaking out with<br />

excitement, I grabbed my board<br />

and waded out to the takeoff<br />

point. There was no need to<br />

paddle, at least not any further<br />

than Metal Pole number 31,<br />

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where I was instructed to wait<br />

for the wave to approach. The<br />

water itself is fresh and treated<br />

regularly to eliminate bacteria;<br />

there was a slight wafting of<br />

chlorine.<br />

Then it got weird. “ONE<br />

MINUTE!” came a disembodied<br />

voice from a range of<br />

loudspeakers up and down<br />

the Pool. No waves break in<br />

this pool without the control<br />

tower’s button being pressed.<br />

They TELL you when they’re<br />

making a wave.<br />

I sat there, trying to remain<br />

calm. The machine started.<br />

Aside from an initial clank, it<br />

sounded like a ski lift – sort<br />

of a muted grinding. I gazed<br />

down the Pool and watched as<br />

a triangle of elevated water appeared<br />

from behind the fence<br />

and migrated across the Pool.<br />

Good God! Here it came!<br />

The wave had been described<br />

to me by various<br />

surfers whom I trust. They’d all<br />

struggled a bit to explain the<br />

thing, but they’d all called it “legit”.<br />

Here’s my quick run-down:<br />

The wave has the power of<br />

a soft Indonesian location, or<br />

one of Australia’s easier pointbreaks.<br />

It’s a long ride – about<br />

45 seconds – but it passes<br />

quickly, possibly because the<br />

pace of the wave is so constant<br />

as to be almost hypnotic.<br />

Ocean waves change and flex<br />

constantly, while this one just<br />

proceeds along, controlled by<br />

the foil’s movement – as soon<br />

as the foil stops, it stops.<br />

The wave grows hollower<br />

and flatter at different times<br />

during the ride, as it encounters<br />

different bits of the bottom<br />

contour, but the changes<br />

happen with no warning: for<br />

one thing, there’s no wave in<br />

front of you to show you what<br />

might be about to happen, and<br />

for another, you can’t see the<br />

bottom. All the normal “tells”<br />

of a surfing lineup are missing.<br />

You have to rely on a lifeguard<br />

on a jetski, who rides along<br />

just inside the wave line, yelling<br />

encouragement and advice.<br />

Once you get the wave’s<br />

timing figured out, it’s a piece<br />

of cake, honestly. The wave presents<br />

very little physical challenge.<br />

There’s no duck-diving<br />

or negotiating broken water,<br />

or watching for errant waves. If<br />

you wipe out, the wave’s gone<br />

and there you are, pfft.<br />

But there’s one thing about it<br />

that I feel many surfers would<br />

find extremely challenging:<br />

there’s no choice involved. In a<br />

normal ocean surfing situation,<br />

you make a lot of choices about<br />

waves, often for reasons you<br />

aren’t fully conscious of at the<br />

time. Maybe a wave reminds<br />

you of one you rode and liked<br />

three months ago. Maybe it<br />

scares you even though you’re<br />

not sure why. You want to catch<br />

a left or you want to catch a<br />

right. You just feel like sitting<br />

there!<br />

In Kelly’s Pool, all that’s out.<br />

There’s someone in a tower<br />

yelling “ONE MINUTE!” There’s<br />

you, by yourself, with three of<br />

your mates sitting further down<br />

the Pool hoping you’ll fall off.<br />

And because you’re getting<br />

maybe three or four waves a<br />

session, you really don’t wanna<br />

fall off.<br />

It feels almost exactly like<br />

being in a professional surfing<br />

contest.<br />

I caught a dozen waves in two<br />

sessions and drove back down<br />

the I-5 to Los Angeles, thrilled<br />

yet dissatisfied. The wave is super<br />

fun, but is that all surfing’s<br />

about? Three days later a small<br />

south swell arrived in Californian<br />

waters, and I jogged down<br />

to Lower Trestles for the early.<br />

It was late fall, and the smell<br />

of sage was in the air. I could<br />

tell Lowers had had an active<br />

summer by the sand-line, which<br />

changes year to year. A dozen<br />

or so surfers were out, most<br />

of whom I knew. We told each<br />

other stupid jokes; and caught<br />

waves when we felt like it.<br />

Nick Carroll is a leading<br />

Australian and international<br />

surf writer, author, filmmaker<br />

and surfer, and one<br />

of Newport’s own. Email:<br />

ncsurf@ozemail.com.au<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health on the back-to-sch<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Got the backpack, lunchbox,<br />

books, uniform<br />

and pencils organised<br />

– tick… but how much thought<br />

have you given to your children’s<br />

vision and hearing, the<br />

two senses that can have a<br />

profound effect on learning<br />

and behaviour?<br />

As the new school term gets<br />

underway find out how simple<br />

health checks and being aware<br />

of certain signs and symptoms<br />

– and seeking expert advice<br />

if you are concerned – can<br />

help prevent problems further<br />

down the line.<br />

Vision<br />

Did you know that vision is<br />

responsible for 80 per cent of<br />

all learning in your child’s first<br />

12 years? Poor vision can interfere<br />

with your child’s learning<br />

and social development, yet it<br />

often goes unnoticed, says optometrist<br />

Rowena Beckenham.<br />

“It’s important for children to<br />

have an eye examination prior<br />

to starting school and again<br />

every two years throughout<br />

their life to monitor their vision<br />

and eye health,” Rowena, from<br />

Beckenham Optometrist in<br />

Avalon, said.<br />

“Making this a part of your<br />

child’s regular health care<br />

routine will give you peace of<br />

mind and confidence that they<br />

won’t miss a thing.”<br />

Rowena explained there<br />

were changing demands on<br />

the visual system as children<br />

progressed through school and<br />

every eye examination should<br />

take these into consideration.<br />

Advice on computer, digital<br />

games and phone use, time<br />

spent at near tasks and time<br />

devoted to outdoor pursuits<br />

were all critical for healthy<br />

eye development and performance<br />

in a learning environment,<br />

she said.<br />

Signs and symptoms of a<br />

vision problem include:<br />

n One eye turns in or out<br />

while the other points<br />

straight ahead;<br />

n Frequent blinking;<br />

n Red or watery eyes;<br />

n Sensitivity to light;<br />

n Frequently rubbing eyes;<br />

n Difficulty concentrating;<br />

n Tilting head noticeably;<br />

n Covering or closing one eye;<br />

n Difficulty learning to read;<br />

n Holding a book very close<br />

when reading;<br />

n Leaving out confusing words<br />

when reading;<br />

n Squinting or sitting very<br />

close when watching television;<br />

n Difficulty recognising familiar<br />

people in the distance;<br />

and<br />

n Complaints of headaches,<br />

blurred or double vision<br />

Children’s eye health checks<br />

are covered by Medicare.<br />

Hearing<br />

Hearing is crucial to speech<br />

and language development,<br />

communication, learning and<br />

social skills – and hearing<br />

problems are probably more<br />

common than you think.<br />

A staggering 30 per cent of<br />

children in Kindy to Year 2 will<br />

have a hearing loss at some<br />

point in time and hearing<br />

problems can develop at any<br />

age, said audiologist Michelle<br />

Thompson-Laing.<br />

Michelle joined <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Hearing in Avalon in December,<br />

having previously worked<br />

at Australia’s largest paediatric<br />

clinic fitting babies as young<br />

as 6 weeks and children with<br />

hearing aids.<br />

Michelle said there were<br />

several types of hearing loss<br />

that could affect children.<br />

“Sensorineural hearing loss<br />

is a permanent hearing loss<br />

generally caused by damage<br />

to the cochlea,” Michelle said.<br />

“This type of loss is often<br />

genetic in children but in<br />

many cases there may be no<br />

other family members with a<br />

known hearing loss.”<br />

The most common type of<br />

hearing loss in children is a<br />

conductive loss.<br />

“This is caused by a blockage<br />

in the middle or outer ear<br />

(most often fluid) and is usually<br />

temporary and treatable,”<br />

Michelle said.<br />

Hearing can be tested at any<br />

age and a child is never too<br />

young to have their hearing<br />

checked if a parent or caregiver<br />

is concerned.<br />

Passing the newborn hearing<br />

screening test does not<br />

guarantee a child will not<br />

develop a hearing loss and<br />

parents should always be on<br />

the look out for changes in<br />

hearing.<br />

Signs and symptoms of hearing<br />

loss include:<br />

n Difficulty understanding<br />

what people are saying;<br />

n Says “what?” or “huh?” frequently;<br />

n Delays in speech and language;<br />

n Turning up the TV volume or<br />

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ool checklist<br />

sitting very close to the TV;<br />

n Problems academically,<br />

especially if they weren’t<br />

present before;<br />

n Complaints of ear pain,<br />

earaches or noises; and<br />

n Watching a speaker’s face<br />

intently – many children’s<br />

hearing loss escapes detection<br />

because they are very<br />

good lip readers.<br />

Michelle explained hearing<br />

tests in children over the age<br />

of three were quick and easy<br />

- and usually fun and stressfree.<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

Oral heath<br />

Making sure your child<br />

knows how to look after<br />

their teeth and gums at<br />

home and at school (think<br />

good oral hygiene, avoiding<br />

sugary snacks and wearing<br />

a mouthguard when playing<br />

sport) will help them to stay<br />

healthy and avoid dental<br />

problems.<br />

Just like twice daily<br />

brushing, if you schedule<br />

regular visits to the dentist<br />

it will become a normal part<br />

of your child’s routine and<br />

set them up for good oral<br />

health for life.<br />

Focus on feet<br />

The experts from the<br />

Australian Podiatry<br />

Association say after the long<br />

summer break is the perfect<br />

time to get into the routine<br />

of giving kids an annual foot<br />

check to find out if shoes fit<br />

and if they are experiencing<br />

foot pain or any other issues.<br />

If foot problems run in the<br />

family, its important to have<br />

children’s growth checked<br />

periodically by a podiatrist<br />

or at least have feet<br />

measured by a shoe supplier<br />

that provides professional<br />

measuring services.<br />

Avoid handing down<br />

shoes – a shoe belonging to<br />

someone else will take on<br />

their shape and gait, which<br />

will not be the same as the<br />

new wearer. Buying new is<br />

always advised.<br />

Top-to-toe<br />

wellness<br />

Avalon Beach<br />

Chiropractic & Wellness<br />

has welcomed another<br />

health professional to its<br />

team – podiatrist Evan<br />

Johnstone from Avalon<br />

Beach Podiatry.<br />

Since Chiropractor Dr<br />

Sam Garner and his partner<br />

Rachel became part of the<br />

Avalon Beach community<br />

in 2015, they have steadily<br />

expanded services to comanage<br />

patients.<br />

“Regularly patients will<br />

receive a combination<br />

of therapies based on<br />

their presentation to<br />

optimise their results,” Sam<br />

explained.<br />

“Our team looks at<br />

the whole body; if there<br />

is a problem at their<br />

foundation – for example<br />

their feet, this can have<br />

an effect on the knees,<br />

hips right through to their<br />

neck,” he said.<br />

“For this reason we<br />

are very happy to have a<br />

podiatrist join the team<br />

for best outcomes for our<br />

patients.”<br />

Their team also includes<br />

two remedial massage<br />

therapists, Joe De Sensi<br />

and Sarah Gartside.<br />

You will find Avalon<br />

Beach Chiropractic &<br />

Wellness in the heart of<br />

the village at 2 Simmonds<br />

Lane.<br />

Info call 9918 0070 or go<br />

to avalonbeachchiropractic.<br />

com.au<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Inspection time after our<br />

fun in the summer sun<br />

It is still summer time – and<br />

therefore a good time to<br />

remind you to check your<br />

spots. Remember a large<br />

proportion of spots are found<br />

by the person themselves and<br />

not necessarily the doctor.<br />

People are well aware of any<br />

changes and are often able<br />

to point these out to their<br />

doctors.<br />

There is a simple memory<br />

aid to checking spots: A –<br />

Asymmetry; B – Border; C<br />

– Colour; D – Diameter; and<br />

E – Elevation.<br />

Spots should be<br />

symmetrical and rounded;<br />

any asymmetry or uneven<br />

shapes may be a concern.<br />

The border of a spot should<br />

be smooth and rounded.<br />

Irregular, scalloped borders<br />

or borders that merge into<br />

the skin may raise concern.<br />

Spot colour should be<br />

uniform and light – any<br />

very dark colour, or any<br />

colour that is speckled or<br />

uneven, should be noted.<br />

Spots should be less than 6<br />

millimetres in diameter. Flat<br />

spots are better than raised<br />

or elevated spots. A final<br />

check is any change and the<br />

rate of change.<br />

Spots that are new,<br />

bleed, do not heal, hurt or<br />

change may be suspicious.<br />

Remember that blood after<br />

combing or brushing hair<br />

may be a hidden spot. Scalps<br />

may be sunburnt especially<br />

along part lines or in males<br />

when their hair starts to thin.<br />

Remember that trauma may<br />

be an alert to a pre-existing<br />

spot and is not usually the<br />

cause of a skin cancer. It may<br />

be the bump that alerts you<br />

to a spot or causes the spot<br />

to break down and not heal.<br />

Skin cancers may occur in<br />

places not obviously exposed<br />

to the sun. Behind the ears,<br />

in the ears, high on the<br />

upper lips and in the scalp<br />

are not unusual places for<br />

skin cancers. Certain areas<br />

are more common for skin<br />

cancers. The tops of the<br />

ears, lower lips, noses, back<br />

of the hands, upper backs,<br />

shoulders and lower legs are<br />

particularly common sites.<br />

Spots themselves are<br />

highly variable. They may be<br />

flat, raised, crusty, dry, pink,<br />

brown, black, purple, pearly,<br />

full of veins, ulcers, sores,<br />

blister, lumps, nodules, soft,<br />

firm, smooth, irregular and<br />

in any combination of the<br />

above. Some spots are easily<br />

diagnosed by simply looking<br />

with Dr John Kippen<br />

and feeling or stretching the<br />

skin. Others may require<br />

a small sample or biopsy<br />

to be taken for diagnosis.<br />

Biopsies also give additional<br />

information such as the<br />

subtype of skin cancer or the<br />

depth of the lesion. This may<br />

aid the final treatment as<br />

certain types and subtypes<br />

of skin cancer require a<br />

larger or wider cuff of normal<br />

skin to be taken. This is<br />

known as the margin. Poorly<br />

differentiated skin cancers<br />

or those with an infiltrating<br />

growth pattern require larger<br />

margins to obtain clearance.<br />

Now and as we head out<br />

of summer are good times<br />

to check your own skin spots<br />

and to also get them checked<br />

by your doctor.<br />

Our columnist Dr John<br />

Kippen is a qualified, fully<br />

certified consultant specialist<br />

in Cosmetic, Plastic and<br />

Reconstructive surgery.<br />

Australian trained, he also<br />

has additional Australian and<br />

International Fellowships.<br />

Dr Kippen works from custom-built<br />

premises in Mona<br />

Vale. He welcomes enquiries<br />

and questions. Please<br />

contact him via johnkippen.<br />

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

johnkippen.com.au<br />

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Hospital boost as ‘fusion’ facility opens<br />

Here’s a look inside <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s first<br />

brand new fully accredited private<br />

hospital admitting patients from this<br />

month.<br />

Boasting a unique care model not yet<br />

seen in Australia and promoted as the<br />

“next generation in health care” the 85-<br />

bed Arcadia <strong>Pittwater</strong> at 4 Daydream<br />

Street Warriewood is a blend of<br />

hotel-styled amenities with the latest<br />

hospital care and facilities.<br />

The purpose-built sub-acute<br />

hospital is designed for patients<br />

requiring short to longer hospital<br />

stays for recovery after surgery or<br />

for a medical condition and palliative<br />

and geriatric care.<br />

This summer, scores of locals<br />

including medical providers have<br />

had a taste of things to come at<br />

open days and tours where they have<br />

experienced the facilities including<br />

spacious private rooms flooded with<br />

natural light, indoor pool, gymnasium<br />

and even tested the hospital menu<br />

prepared by a former 5-star hotel chef.<br />

Developed by new private hospital<br />

operator Arcadia Health Care, Arcadia<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> is essentially a hospital and<br />

hotel fusion operation providing a<br />

setting for a leading medical team to<br />

create an individualised treatment plan<br />

for a patient for best outcomes.<br />

Accordingly, the hospital offers a<br />

range of accommodation styles and<br />

services to meet a patient’s needs<br />

throughout their stay, at a standard well<br />

above typical hospital accommodation<br />

models, Managing Director Dr Harry<br />

Pannu said.<br />

Services patients can expect to be<br />

offered, in addition to top-class care,<br />

include room service outside of the<br />

usual breakfast, lunch and dinner<br />

options; guest laundry; massage and<br />

wellness treatments; concierge service;<br />

and hair washing and blow-dry.<br />

As for cost, Dr Pannu explained a<br />

majority of the stay would be covered<br />

by private insurance recoveries, which<br />

will vary according to policy and<br />

health fund provider with additional<br />

services collated and billed to a<br />

patient as guest services during<br />

their stay… just as in a hotel.<br />

“As a private hospital patients<br />

will be facilitated through an<br />

admissions process, fully assisted<br />

by a specialist admissions team, that<br />

verifies the medical need, tailored<br />

program for the residential care,<br />

rehabilitation recovery services or day<br />

rehabilitation,” Dr Pannu said.<br />

Staff report there’s plenty of<br />

interest in the new facility, with<br />

patients and families pre-booking beds<br />

before the doors of the hospital had<br />

even opened.<br />

* Open Day on <strong>February</strong> 4 – all<br />

welcome; more info 8919 3100 or<br />

visit arcadiapittwater.com.au<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

More surgery options in Mona Vale<br />

Patients requiring day<br />

surgery will have more<br />

opportunity to undergo<br />

operations and procedures<br />

close to home in a newly<br />

rebuilt health facility in the<br />

heart of Mona Vale.<br />

After months of<br />

construction work, <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Day Surgery is set to re-open<br />

in March with a new fresh<br />

look, more operating theatres,<br />

more services and state-ofthe-art<br />

equipment for local<br />

specialists and patients.<br />

Since 2002, more than<br />

17,000 patients have visited<br />

the day surgery at 20 Bungan<br />

Street for ear, nose and<br />

throat, ophthalmology, plastic<br />

surgery, cosmetic surgery and<br />

dental operations.<br />

The expanded facility on<br />

the original site will be four<br />

times bigger (from 250m2<br />

to 1000m2) and allow for<br />

other services including<br />

gastroenterology, urology<br />

and gynaecology surgery to<br />

be provided in the medical<br />

hub where more than 50<br />

specialists are located.<br />

Features of the build<br />

included a complete<br />

refurbishment of the existing<br />

consulting rooms and waiting<br />

space and construction<br />

of a new day surgery with<br />

three operating theatres<br />

incorporating the latest<br />

technology and equipment.<br />

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

Founder and CEO Dr Frank<br />

Elsworth said the new<br />

facilities ensured people on<br />

the Northern Beaches would<br />

continue to get the best in<br />

medical care with minimum<br />

need for residents to travel too<br />

far from home for day surgery<br />

or post-operative care.<br />

He explained specialists<br />

who consulted on the<br />

Northern Beaches were some<br />

of the best in NSW - very<br />

experienced surgeons and<br />

anaesthetists also operating at<br />

the top private hospitals such<br />

as The San, The Mater and<br />

North Shore Private.<br />

“Investing in this new<br />

facility in Mona Vale ensures<br />

all of the community can take<br />

advantage of staying in the<br />

local area under the care of<br />

their specialist of choice,” Dr<br />

Elsworth said.<br />

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

fully licensed with the NSW<br />

Department of Health, holds<br />

full ISO accreditation and is<br />

also accredited against the 10<br />

National Quality Standards.<br />

For more information go<br />

to pittwaterdaysurgery.com.<br />

au – Lisa Offord<br />

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Hair & Beauty<br />

Hair & Beauty<br />

New magnificent seven:<br />

The things to try in <strong>2018</strong><br />

Another year, another<br />

opportunity to harness<br />

the latest potential<br />

at hand to assist in making<br />

our skin and body healthy<br />

and radiant. Most of us on<br />

the spectacular Northern<br />

Beaches want to be the best<br />

possible version of ourselves<br />

– and not a “different”<br />

version where we become<br />

unrecognisable. There are<br />

many new treatments and<br />

products calling out to us,<br />

along with those that are<br />

still tried, true and reliable<br />

staples.<br />

Lose the fat – Given the<br />

increasing obesity epidemic,<br />

researchers from the<br />

University of Texas Medical<br />

Branch at Galveston have<br />

discovered a promising drug<br />

that has been shown to<br />

selectively shrink excess<br />

fat by increasing fat<br />

cell metabolism.<br />

The drug<br />

significantly<br />

reduces body<br />

weight and<br />

blood<br />

cholesterol<br />

levels<br />

without lowering<br />

food intake in<br />

obese mice,<br />

according to a<br />

recent study published in<br />

Biochemical Pharmacology.<br />

Activated Charcoal –<br />

Became popular in skin<br />

care a few years ago;<br />

the ingredient draws out<br />

impurities and bacteria to<br />

help fight acne and detoxify<br />

with Sue Carroll<br />

helping fuel optimal skin<br />

function and providing a<br />

healthy glow.<br />

Fat Freezing – Is a<br />

treatment growing<br />

in popularity. The<br />

process does not<br />

result in weight<br />

loss, but can assist<br />

with both debulking<br />

and sculpting of<br />

difficult areas of<br />

fat that are hard to<br />

budge with regular exercise<br />

and diet. It is an amazing<br />

treatment for men and<br />

women to assist with actual<br />

body sculpting; ideal for<br />

women who have small<br />

pockets of fat in areas such<br />

as the bra roll, a tummy<br />

pouch after pregnancy, love<br />

handles and a tummy bulge.<br />

New Injectables – The<br />

evolution of new injectables<br />

is allowing both men and<br />

women to have a more<br />

youthful appearance. Kybella<br />

is a new product; it is a<br />

prescription medicine used<br />

in adults to improve the<br />

appearance and profile of<br />

moderate to severe fat below<br />

the chin.<br />

After attending the annual<br />

Anti-Ageing Aesthetic<br />

Medicine Conference last<br />

year, it is evident that there<br />

are many new products and<br />

technologies available to<br />

help enhance both our health<br />

and appearance. However, it<br />

is still common practice to<br />

use multiple technologies,<br />

treatments, products and a<br />

healthy lifestyle, in order to be<br />

the best we can be in <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

skin. Activated Charcoal may<br />

assist with calming breakouts<br />

and reducing oil flow. A<br />

popular treatment using the<br />

Q Switch Nd Yag laser and a<br />

charcoal carbon serum can<br />

also assist with decongesting<br />

the upper layers of the skin<br />

to give it a healthy glow.<br />

LED therapy – For the<br />

face or localised areas<br />

is not new, but the LED<br />

treatment beds will be more<br />

commonplace for full body<br />

treatments in <strong>2018</strong>. Multiple<br />

wavelengths (colour) of light<br />

work together to increase<br />

blood circulation and reduce<br />

inflammation so your body<br />

can naturally relieve pain,<br />

speed the healing process<br />

and promote total body<br />

wellness. LED therapy may<br />

also prevent damage to<br />

cells caused by free radicals<br />

and protect skin from UV<br />

damage.<br />

Moringa – has twice the<br />

protein of spinach and three<br />

times as much iron. The<br />

‘super green’ (pictured) is<br />

shown to be an even more<br />

powerful inflammation<br />

Sue Carroll of Skin<br />

fighter than turmeric<br />

Inspiration has been a qualified<br />

Aesthetician for 33 years.<br />

(which was the 2017 antiinflammatory<br />

go-to).<br />

Sue has owned and<br />

Facial serums – With skin<br />

battling UV rays, pollution,<br />

operated successful beauty<br />

blue light from technology clinics and day spas on<br />

and harsh ingredients, a<br />

the Northern Beaches.<br />

wave of facial serums will be info@skininspiration.com.au<br />

introduced in <strong>2018</strong> to support www.skininspiration.com.au<br />

skin barrier functioning,<br />

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Local Call<br />

Luxurious<br />

Valentine’s<br />

lingerie<br />

If there’s ever a special time of year when premium<br />

lingerie takes centre stage it’s now – but<br />

for some, the world of undergarments is an<br />

unexplored space.<br />

In <strong>Pittwater</strong> we’re lucky to have three independent<br />

lingerie stores staffed by trained<br />

experts to ensure you shop with confidence.<br />

And if the idea of buying lingerie for Valentine’s<br />

Day still feels awkward, an extra-special<br />

sleepwear purchase never goes amiss – the<br />

stores featured here have that covered too.<br />

Nothing<br />

Butt<br />

Lingerie<br />

Store owner Chris<br />

is a great believer<br />

in Valentine’s Day<br />

being the special day<br />

to spoil the special<br />

person in your life –<br />

and she says Nothing<br />

Butt Lingerie (see ad<br />

page 31) are ready<br />

for the occasion with<br />

lovely specialty pieces<br />

from Palindrome,<br />

Essence, Pleasure<br />

State, Ginia as well<br />

as Simply Silk.<br />

“Envy silk nighties<br />

are a ‘special<br />

spoil’, as well as<br />

matching robes<br />

to many of our<br />

nighties,” says<br />

Chris. “And French<br />

Country cool cotton<br />

nighties in summer are fabulous.<br />

“Red lingerie sets for Valentine’s are a big hit<br />

and we have them from Simone Perele, Pleasure<br />

State and Bassoni.”<br />

She added lace bodysuits from Palindrome<br />

and Triumph, as well as lace triangle bras, will<br />

be very popular.<br />

“Beautiful lingerie sets are also in stock from<br />

Heidi Klum and Pleasure State, in lovely summer<br />

colours,” she said. “Everyday bras and briefs<br />

from Berlei, Triumph, Simone Perele are always<br />

in stock.<br />

“Our staff are all trained fitters and available<br />

at all times to assist with gift ideas or everyday<br />

purchases.”<br />

Gift-wrapping and gift vouchers are always<br />

available. P: 9999 1462<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

Avalon Uncovered<br />

The girls at Avalon Uncovered – Madeleine,<br />

Lauren and Di – believe that beauty starts<br />

underneath and have a wide variety of beautiful<br />

styles, fabrics and fashion items for that<br />

someone special and to suit women all ages and<br />

figure types.<br />

“Our gorgeous collection of lingerie includes<br />

the iconic French label Simone Perele, the expertly<br />

designed and exclusive collection by Wacoal<br />

and luxury Australian intimates range<br />

by Palindrome,” says owner Madeleine Petersen.<br />

“We offer a range of sophisticated and modern<br />

style for a fresh, feminine and luminous<br />

look.”<br />

Key colours include charcoal, midnight, natural<br />

and cream blended with muted shades of<br />

rose pink and soft greys (see ad page 34).<br />

“For nightwear, we have luxurious Ginia silk<br />

nighties, chemises, camisoles and pyjamas in<br />

gorgeous tones of champagne, cream, black and<br />

ruby red.<br />

“Other options include our best-selling cotton<br />

sateen night robes in glorious florals by Sanctuary<br />

Studio, or the super soft and sexy Mischka<br />

slips by the Western Australian company<br />

Humidity.<br />

“We have also just received more stock in of<br />

luxurious silk eye masks and silk pillow cases<br />

by The Goodnight Co – featuring beautiful soft<br />

colours in 100% pure mulberry silk.”<br />

Madeleine added gift vouchers and gift-wrapping<br />

were also available in-store.<br />

“We pride ourselves on personalised service<br />

and commitment, ensuring every customer<br />

has a positive and rewarding experience.”<br />

P: 0419 822 844<br />

Utopia Lingerie<br />

Owner Julia says it’s a given that women love their<br />

partner to show their appreciation of them – “and<br />

giving us lingerie means we both get to enjoy it!”<br />

Indecision is no excuse either, with Julia urging<br />

men who may be uncertain about the right gift to<br />

speak to one of her trained staff, who have years<br />

of experience in knowing what women want.<br />

She suggests you could even give your special<br />

someone a Gift Voucher so that they can choose<br />

themselves.<br />

Utopia Lingerie was situated at Warriewood<br />

Square for 10 years so if you are wondering<br />

where they have gone – they’ve moved to bright<br />

new spacious premises at Narrabeen (in between<br />

The Sands and the 7/11, opposite Bunnings)<br />

where they currently have lots of items on sale in<br />

time for Valentine’s Day (see ad page 12).<br />

“We have a huge range of brands and can fit<br />

from first bras to ladies’ soft cup, then up to H<br />

cups including sports bras,” said Julia.<br />

“Many of our European brands cater for small<br />

to large cups and backs. Our Simone Perele range<br />

is extensive. Not forgetting our sleepwear – particularly<br />

for the elderly ladies.”<br />

Brands include Givoni, Schrank and many<br />

more. P: 9913 7091<br />

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

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

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‘nuts’ exactly this festive in the bottle? season with Brian Hrnjak<br />

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can of lead the perspectives to financial I they to spend. invest into As a emerging parent of app looks and feels very cool. movements in markets during<br />

can failure: share I have with a you client is from in the<br />

inside soft drinks of a fintech business company and in<br />

which our first in my meeting case has I asked been<br />

rolling him what out the starting fast-growing point<br />

Acorns was when app. he Since was launching designing<br />

in a new Australia drink in or early drinks 2016 the<br />

app range. now My resides naïve assumption the smart<br />

phones was that of he around spent 350,000 days in<br />

Australians, the test kitchen that’s taste-testing<br />

roughly 1.5%<br />

of different the population. flavours, colours<br />

and If you’re combinations the dark but about he<br />

what pulled I’m me talking up short about, with Acorns his<br />

is response: a micro investment “Nah, I always platform start<br />

or with what’s the brand.” sometimes called a<br />

‘round-up’ Branding app, is a the critical first one step<br />

of in its consumer kind in Australia. marketing; Our aside<br />

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how a term to spend. deposit, it even<br />

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principles advertisement underlying but with its design many<br />

more asterisks. The second<br />

line is my paraphrasing of<br />

the managing director’s<br />

comments in the Australian<br />

Financial Review. The point is:<br />

Would you provide unsecured<br />

While these principles have<br />

proven to be sound over time<br />

Acorns goes on to provide an<br />

indirect benefit to its users<br />

in the form of education and<br />

improved financial literacy.<br />

Get two or more people in the<br />

room who have an account and<br />

you’ll find out what I mean –<br />

when did you start? What are<br />

the course of the trading day.<br />

One of the challenges<br />

any finance app would have<br />

encouraging young people to<br />

save and invest is to remain<br />

relevant in their eyes. Over<br />

the past year a number of<br />

enhancements have taken place<br />

following user feedback, the<br />

headline ones being:<br />

Found Money partners – users<br />

can shop online with brands<br />

such as Bonds, Dan Murphy’s,<br />

BCF, Uber etc. and these<br />

partners usually deposit bonus<br />

amounts or extra round ups<br />

firm from along positioning with our your partners product finance for a company to<br />

into the users account;<br />

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account. minimum. Most users enjoy the the rates framework available of on a highly cash you gearing are looking and any to combination<br />

or not – the dependants exchange. under the age of 18.<br />

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On their own, there<br />

is absolutely nothing<br />

wrong with any one of<br />

these financial products<br />

if you understand and<br />

knowingly accept the risks<br />

involved in making an<br />

investment. Problems are<br />

only going to arise if there<br />

is a mismatch between the<br />

risk and performance of what<br />

you invested in and what you<br />

thought you invested in.<br />

There is also a common<br />

thread through these three<br />

very different investment<br />

products. Each of them is only<br />

being offered to ‘sophisticated’<br />

investors, occasionally<br />

referred to as ‘professional’<br />

or ‘wholesale’ investors<br />

as well. These flatteringsounding<br />

terms come from the<br />

Corporations Act, which in a<br />

nutshell says that if you have<br />

an accountant’s certificate<br />

verifying that you hold assets<br />

in excess of $2.5 million, or<br />

earned gross income in excess<br />

of $250,000 per year for the<br />

past two years, or you are<br />

investing over $500,000 in a<br />

single holding, then you do not<br />

need to be provided with the<br />

range of consumer protections<br />

that retail investors receive –<br />

such as a statement of advice<br />

considering your financial<br />

needs and risk profile, fee<br />

disclosures or access to the<br />

financial ombudsman service<br />

etc.<br />

As one of my clients who<br />

was contemplating one of<br />

these investments noted: Half<br />

of the suburb of Manly could<br />

be classified as sophisticated<br />

just by virtue of their<br />

property holdings.<br />

But just because you<br />

can get a ticket to the<br />

high rollers’ room doesn’t<br />

mean you should suspend<br />

common sense and healthy<br />

scepticism; on the contrary<br />

you should have more than<br />

average, according to the<br />

legislation. Those of us<br />

around during the last great<br />

crisis 10 years ago can recall<br />

most hedge funds shutting<br />

up shop, all of the investment<br />

banks pulling back or closing<br />

their structured product<br />

divisions and even blue chip<br />

shares taking a 40% haircut<br />

in value.<br />

If you recall, all of this was<br />

precipitated by the under<br />

valuation and under-pricing of<br />

risk – house prices will never<br />

fall, asset prices are robust,<br />

liquidity is plentiful, money is<br />

cheap… and so on. At a time<br />

when low cash returns are<br />

forcing many investors higher<br />

up the risk spectrum, we<br />

need to maintain our guard.<br />

To avoid the problems of the<br />

past…<br />

Brian Hrnjak B Bus CPA<br />

(FPS) is a Director of GHR<br />

Accounting Group Pty<br />

Ltd, Certified Practising<br />

Accountants. Offices at:<br />

Suite 12, Ground Floor, 20<br />

Bungan Street Mona Vale<br />

NSW 2103 and<br />

Shop 8, 9 – 15 Central Ave<br />

Manly NSW 2095,<br />

Telephone: 02 9979-4300,<br />

Webs: www.ghr.com.au and<br />

www.altre.com.au Email:<br />

brian@ghr.com.au<br />

These comments are of a<br />

general nature only and are<br />

not intended as a substitute<br />

for professional advice.<br />

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

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

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

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

Importance of investing<br />

in field of conveyancing<br />

Over the years this column<br />

has addressed the<br />

subject of conveyancing<br />

– what is it and its importance<br />

to all who have property<br />

transactions, both residential or<br />

commercial.<br />

Briefly a Conveyance has<br />

been defined as “a mode by<br />

which property is transferred<br />

from one person to another<br />

by written instruments and<br />

related formalities, and also<br />

such an instrument itself, such<br />

as a lease, mortgage, or vesting<br />

instrument”.<br />

It is the science and art of<br />

validly creating, transferring,<br />

and extinguishing rights in<br />

property, particularly in or over<br />

land by written deeds of various<br />

kinds. It has traditionally been a<br />

major branch of legal work and<br />

lawyers’ business.<br />

It includes investigation of<br />

title – the document which<br />

at the end of a transaction is<br />

paramount. For after every<br />

step has been taken, if a<br />

vendor is unable to convey a<br />

clear unencumbered title there<br />

will be no settlement – no<br />

concluded transaction.<br />

To market a property, a<br />

real estate agent needs to be<br />

provided with a draft contract<br />

by a solicitor or conveyancer for<br />

those prospective purchasers,<br />

who having inspected the<br />

property, wish to investigate<br />

with their legal advisors the<br />

specific details of what is being<br />

offered for sale.<br />

The draft contract contains<br />

12 pages of conditions in what<br />

is known as the Law Society<br />

Contract, the latest edition<br />

being 2017. To this is added<br />

Special Conditions, drafted<br />

by the solicitor and designed<br />

to protect the interests of the<br />

vendor; and a title search as<br />

held in Land and Property<br />

Information (old Titles office) –<br />

this should show the identities<br />

of the individuals or companies<br />

who are registered as owning<br />

the land upon which the<br />

improvements or buildings are<br />

found and if more than one<br />

person is noted as owner on<br />

title the manner in which their<br />

shares are held i.e. joint tenants<br />

or tenants in common (and if<br />

the latter the percentage held<br />

by each person).<br />

The Title should also show<br />

any plan of subdivision,<br />

easements, covenants mortgage<br />

or caveat and even on rare<br />

occasions a caveat in the name<br />

of ‘Queen Elizabeth II’ meaning<br />

a failure to pay land tax.<br />

Other documents to be<br />

included should be a survey<br />

of the property showing the<br />

placement of the buildings or<br />

improvements on the land,<br />

a building certificate – this is<br />

more optional and a serious<br />

purchaser should seek the<br />

Vendor’s agreement for one<br />

to be obtained from the local<br />

council. Plus a final occupation<br />

certificate (if the property<br />

is new or has had major<br />

renovations), and a swimming<br />

pool certificate showing that<br />

the pool complies with recent<br />

legislation. There are other<br />

elements depending on the<br />

type of property. Whether it is<br />

with Jennifer Harris<br />

a Retirement Village or a Strata<br />

Title complex or Company<br />

title and rural lands can be<br />

different again. Frequently<br />

Contracts are offered for ‘Off<br />

the Plan’ property (units or<br />

townhouses yet to be built). In<br />

this transaction a prospective<br />

purchaser agrees to purchase<br />

and pays a deposit on a specific<br />

plan – usually to be built<br />

within a nominated period to<br />

completion and payment of the<br />

final agreed sum. Should the<br />

time period not be achieved a<br />

‘sunset clause’ may operate and<br />

the parties can agree to rescind.<br />

There are obvious risks in this<br />

type of transaction.<br />

Media comment from time to<br />

time suggests that conveyancing<br />

should cost very little in terms<br />

of time and effort, this being<br />

particularly so for residential<br />

property. There may be some<br />

transactions which appear<br />

straightforward but in this<br />

writer’s experience they can be<br />

few and far between. There are<br />

many matters which can add to<br />

the complexity of conveyancing.<br />

For example, questions of land<br />

tax; home warranty insurance;<br />

GST; unauthorised or illegal<br />

structures; caveats; separate<br />

advice for a purchaser of First<br />

Home Owners Grant; whether<br />

the property is subject to a<br />

tenancy; if a retirement village<br />

separate advice on the village<br />

contract and advice as to the<br />

purchasers’ rights and liabilities;<br />

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whether Foreign Investment<br />

Review approval is required; and<br />

finally the nature of ownership.<br />

If unequal shares, the need to<br />

ascertain percentages if the<br />

property is held as tenants in<br />

common. Quite often Family<br />

Law property settlements have<br />

to be taken into consideration.<br />

These are an indication<br />

of some of the issues to be<br />

determined by the lawyer<br />

conveyancer.<br />

The first grant of land from<br />

the Crown was made in NSW<br />

in 1792. It was based on the<br />

English Common Law System<br />

of conveyancing known as ‘old<br />

system’. Each time land was<br />

sold or mortgaged, a separate<br />

deed was drawn up and when<br />

lodged for registration, was<br />

given a book and number<br />

identification. To prove<br />

ownership to title there had<br />

to be an unbroken series of<br />

deeds i.e. Grant, conveyance,<br />

mortgage, re-conveyance,<br />

acknowledgement, discharge of<br />

mortgage, etc. This is known as<br />

the chain of title.<br />

This system has<br />

overwhelmingly been replaced<br />

by Torrens title. A system of<br />

land registration, in which<br />

a register of land holdings<br />

maintained by the state<br />

guarantees an indefeasible title<br />

to those included in the register<br />

have ownership transferred<br />

through registration of title<br />

instead of deeds.<br />

As technology has<br />

transformed business over<br />

the past 30 or 40 years with<br />

facsimile, email and text, so too<br />

have aspects of conveyancing<br />

with the development of E<br />

Conveyancing – largely done<br />

online. However, there remains<br />

major issues to be addressed<br />

before a clear title and<br />

settlement can be achieved.<br />

Risks which are frequently<br />

identified are: illegal/<br />

unapproved building works;<br />

incorrect boundaries;<br />

encroachments; unpaid rates<br />

and taxes; identity theft, fraud<br />

and forgery; and dealings with<br />

the property by third parties<br />

after exchange but before the<br />

incoming purchaser settles and<br />

is registered on title to mention<br />

but a few.<br />

An added method of<br />

protection of title introduced<br />

in recent years is the<br />

introduction of title insurance<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

for home buyers. There are<br />

two companies – First Title<br />

and Stewart Title – both with<br />

American antecedents. These<br />

policies provide an indemnity in<br />

respect of ‘actual loss’ suffered<br />

by an insured in circumstances<br />

where a property has been<br />

purchased without a building<br />

certificate, and following<br />

settlement the purchaser is<br />

ordered to demolish or rectify all<br />

or part of an existing structure<br />

due to non-compliance with the<br />

relevant development consents<br />

required by law.<br />

Depending on the<br />

circumstances each of the<br />

matters listed above can be<br />

covered by title insurance. It<br />

is particularly important in<br />

matters of identity theft, fraud<br />

and forgery, which with the<br />

development of technology can<br />

produce documents of all kinds<br />

– particularly titles. There have<br />

been cases in Western Australia<br />

and the ACT where owners have<br />

had their properties sold and<br />

titles registered to new owners<br />

by use of forged titles.<br />

It would be prudent to<br />

consider these matters with<br />

your lawyer/ conveyancer. So<br />

often we receive an inquiry<br />

which asks how cheaply we can<br />

act on a conveyance. So often it<br />

is from someone who has or is<br />

about to pay over $1 million for<br />

the property to be purchased.<br />

It always seems strange that<br />

one would ask for cut-price<br />

conveyancing on something<br />

so vital and important. The<br />

average person in life sees a<br />

solicitor for conveyancing, a<br />

Will and Power of Attorney and<br />

associated documents. We<br />

encourage the care you take in<br />

choosing your property to be<br />

reflected in the care you take<br />

in choosing your conveyancing<br />

team. Long ago this writer<br />

embraced the idea of having a<br />

certified practising conveyancer<br />

as part of our team so that<br />

clients may have the benefit of<br />

both practitioners in the field of<br />

conveyancing.<br />

Comment supplied by<br />

Jennifer Harris, of Jennifer<br />

Harris & Associates, Solicitors,<br />

4/57 Avalon Parade,<br />

Avalon Beach.<br />

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

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

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

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Trades & Services<br />

Trades & Services<br />


British & Swedish<br />

Motors<br />

Call 9970 6654<br />

Services Range Rover, Land<br />

Rover, Saab and Volvo with the<br />

latest in diagnostic equipment.<br />

Narrabeen Tyrepower<br />

Call 9970 6670<br />

Stocks all popular brands<br />

including Cooper 4WD. Plus<br />

they’ll do all mechanical repairs<br />

and rego inspections.<br />

Barrenjoey<br />

Smash Repairs<br />

Call 9970 8207<br />

barrenjoeysmashrepairs.com.au<br />

Re-sprays a specialty, plus<br />

restoration of your favourite vehicle.<br />

Commercial vehicle specialist.<br />


Avalon Marine<br />

Upholstery<br />

Call Simon 9918 9803<br />

Makes cushions for boats, patio<br />

and pool furniture, window seats.<br />


Eamon Dowling<br />

Electrical<br />

Call 0410 457 373<br />

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

data and security needs.<br />


Blue Tongue Carpets<br />

Call Stephan 9979 7292<br />

Family owned and run. Carpet,<br />

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

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


Graham Brooks<br />

Call 0412 281 580<br />

Tree pruning and removals.<br />

Reports regarding DA tree management,<br />

arborist reports.<br />

Precision Tree Services<br />

Call Adam 0410 736 105<br />

Adam Bridger; professional tree<br />

care by qualified arborists and<br />

tree surgeons.<br />


The Aqua Clean Team<br />

Call Mark 0449 049 101<br />

Quality window washing,<br />

pressure cleaning, carpet<br />

washing, building soft wash.<br />

Martin Earl House Wash<br />

Call 0405 583 305<br />

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

all times. No travellers or uninsured<br />

casuals on your property.<br />

House Washing<br />

Northern Beaches<br />

Call Ben 0408 682 525<br />

Family-run housewashing –<br />

exteriors, high-pressure cleaning<br />

and soft washing; 18 years<br />

on the Northern Beaches.<br />


Platinum Turf Solutions<br />

Call Liam 0412 692 578<br />

Specialists in turf supply &<br />

installation, lawn care & cylinder<br />

mowing, full lawn construction,<br />

turf renovations, maintenance.<br />


Avalon Physiotherapy<br />

Call 9918 3373<br />

Provide specialist treatment for<br />

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

orthopaedic problems.<br />

Avalon Physiotherapy<br />

& Clinical Pilates<br />

Call 9918 0230<br />

Dry needling and acupuncture,<br />

falls prevention and balance<br />

enhancement programs.<br />

Avalon Beach<br />

Chiropractic<br />

Call 9918 0070<br />

Professional care for all ages.<br />

Treatment for chronic and acute<br />

pain, sports injuries.<br />

Francois Naef/Osteopath<br />

Call 9918 2288<br />

Diagnosis, treatment and<br />

prevention for back pain and<br />

sciatica, sports injuries, muscle<br />

soreness and strain, pregnancyrelated<br />

pain, postural imbalance.<br />


Contrast Colour<br />

Call 0431 004 421<br />

Locals Josef and Richard offer<br />

quality painting services. Tidy,<br />

reliable, they’ll help consult<br />

on the best type of paint for<br />

your job.<br />

Modern Colour<br />

Call 0406 150 555<br />

Simon Bergin offers painting<br />

and decorating; clean, tidy,<br />

quality detail you will notice.<br />

Dependable and on time.<br />

Painting & Decorating<br />

Call 0418 116 700<br />

Andrew is a master painter with<br />

30 years’ experience. Domestic<br />

and commercial; reasonable<br />

rates, free quotes.<br />

Interior &<br />

Exterior Colour<br />

Call 0417 236 577<br />

Deborah is a local colour and<br />

interior design/decorating<br />

consultant with over 30 years’<br />

experience. One-hour colour<br />

consultation with spec and<br />

samples.<br />


All Foam<br />

Call 9973 1731<br />

Cut to measure quality foam<br />

for day beds, boats, caravans<br />

and more. Discounted prices<br />

and reliable local service. Free<br />

measure and quote.<br />

Luxafoam North<br />

Call 9999 5567<br />

Local specialists in all aspects of<br />

outdoor & indoor seating.<br />

Custom service and expert<br />

advice.<br />

Esyou Design<br />

Call Susan 0422 466 880<br />

Specialist in day bed and outdoor<br />

areas. Reliable local<br />

service. Offering domestic &<br />

commercial.<br />

Leather Hero<br />

Call 0490 796 012<br />

Northern Beaches-based specialists<br />

in leather cleaning, revamps,<br />

repairs and colour restoration for<br />

lounges, cars and boats.<br />

Advertise your<br />

Business in<br />

Trades<br />

& Services<br />

section<br />

Phone<br />

0438 123 096<br />

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Trades & Services<br />


Northern Beaches<br />

Home Tutoring<br />

Call John 9972 1469<br />

1-ON-1 individual tutoring<br />

in your home. All ages and<br />

subjects K-Uni. Qualified tutors.<br />

WWC child protection checked.<br />

Since 2009.<br />

Eliminate all manner of pests.<br />

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


Water Warehouse<br />

Call 9913 7988<br />

waterwarehouse.com.au<br />

Rainwater tanks & pumps. Irrigation<br />

& filter supply specialists.<br />

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and no responsibility is taken for the accuracy of the information<br />

contained within. Readers should make their own enquiries directly<br />

to any organisations or businesses prior to making any plans or<br />

taking any action.<br />

Trades & Services<br />


Predator Pest Control<br />

Call 0417 276 962<br />

predatorpestcontrol.com.au<br />

Environmental services at their<br />

best. Comprehensive control.<br />

Advertise<br />

your Business<br />

in Trades<br />

& Services<br />

section<br />

Phone<br />

0438 123 096<br />


Rob Burgers<br />

Call 0416 066 159<br />

Qualified builder provides all<br />

carpentry needs; decks, pergolas,<br />

carports, renovations and<br />

repairs.<br />

Underdeck<br />

Call Adrian 0417 591 113<br />

Waterproof under your deck and<br />

turn the area into usable space<br />

all year round.<br />

SunSpec<br />

Call Dustin 0413 737 934<br />

sunspec.com.au<br />

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

opening roofs & awnings.<br />

Beats competitor’s prices.<br />

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the<br />

good<br />

life<br />

Showtime<br />

Shakespeare in the park<br />

Theatre company Bard on the Beach returns<br />

to Avalon with three outdoor performances<br />

in <strong>February</strong>.<br />

Fans can look forward to Shakespeare’s first<br />

comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona on Fri<br />

23, and two performances of The Tragedy of<br />

King Richard III on Sat 24 and Sun 25.<br />

The performances will be in Dunbar Park<br />

starting at 7.30pm.<br />

There are no tickets; it’s first-in, bestdressed<br />

– we suggest you get there early to<br />

find a place on the grass and reserve your<br />

spot with a blanket.<br />

You can take low chairs, grab some takeaway<br />

or bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the show.<br />

Once the sun sets it can get very cold so make<br />

sure you pack something to keep you warm.<br />

Payment is at the end of the show by<br />

donation only; recommended minimum $20<br />

per person. Info bardonthebeach.net.<br />

dining<br />

food<br />

62<br />

66<br />

All ages<br />

band night<br />

Showcasing a unique blend<br />

of rock, pop, soul and<br />

beyond local brother-duo<br />

Lime Cordiale (right) and Gold<br />

Coast rock band Bleeding<br />

Knees Club will be doing their<br />

stuff at the Northern Beaches<br />

PCYC in Dee Why on Fri 16<br />

from 7-10pm.<br />

Tickets $15 includes free endof-night<br />

transport to Mona Vale<br />

and Manly and a one-year PCYC<br />

membership.<br />

Supported by bands Black<br />

Iguana and Heartlake, this is an<br />

all-ages, alcohol- and drug-free<br />

event. If the kids don’t already<br />

know how to book tickets,<br />

you can find details on the NB<br />

Council website.<br />

Showtime<br />

crossword<br />

gardening<br />

travel<br />

69<br />

70<br />

73<br />

Around<br />

the clubs<br />

If our maths are right it’s<br />

been 40 years since Aussie<br />

rock legends The Radiators<br />

played their first show, yet if<br />

you are lucky enough to catch<br />

The Rads on stage these days<br />

you’ll see the passing years<br />

and rigours of touring haven’t<br />

diminished their spark.<br />

Tickets to The Radiators and<br />

Spy Vs Spy at Dee Why RSL<br />

on Friday 9 are selling like<br />

hotcakes, so better be quick!<br />

Starts 7.45pm; tickets $30.<br />

If classic rock (we’re talking<br />

Queen, The Eagles, Bruce<br />

Springsteen, Kiss, Creedence<br />

Clearwater… you get the<br />

drift) is more your style check<br />

out the gig locked in on Sat<br />

10 at The Royal Motor Yacht<br />

Club; members $25,<br />

non-members $30.<br />

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Dining Guide<br />

<strong>February</strong>'s best restaurants, functions, events and reader deals...<br />

Bistro 61<br />

Avalon Beach RSL<br />

1 Bowling Green Lane<br />

Avalon Beach<br />


Open 7 days<br />

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

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


Modern Aust / pub food<br />


Meals $8-$30<br />

Specials $12-$15<br />

BOOKINGS 9918 2201<br />

Avalon Beach RSL’s Bistro 61<br />

is a great place to head for<br />

a local meal, offering tasty<br />

modern Australian dishes at<br />

affordable prices.<br />

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

deal for lunch or dinner on<br />

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

Plus they’re open for<br />

breakfast on weekends over<br />

summer, from 8am.<br />

Watch Super Bowl LII on<br />

<strong>February</strong> 5 with $5 chicken<br />

wings and $20 buckets of<br />

Budweiser.<br />

Great music acts on<br />

The holidays may be over but<br />

smart operators of eateries and<br />

bars are taking advantage of<br />

the warm weather with great<br />

options for customers.<br />

Café Racer – formerly The<br />

Inch – overlooking Village Park<br />

at Mona Vale is now open for<br />

dinner on Friday and Saturday<br />

nights, with owner Jeremy<br />

Drayton excited about the<br />

dishes prepared by head chef<br />

Karan Sandhu (below).<br />

“Customers have been<br />

asking us to open for cocktails<br />

Saturdays this month include<br />

The Replacements (3rd), Nat &<br />

Rin (10th), Shade of Red (17th)<br />

and East West Blues (24th).<br />

Happy Hour is every<br />

Monday, Tuesday & Friday from<br />

4-6pm.<br />

Open for lunch and dinner<br />

seven days, with extensive<br />

outdoor dining areas, Bistro<br />

61 offers a variety of specials<br />

(lunch and dinner) during the<br />

week, including $12 tacos<br />

(Tues), $15 Chicken Schnitzels<br />

(Wed), 2-4-1 pizzas (Thurs), and<br />

a $20 burger + beer (Fri).<br />

Seniors are well catered<br />

for – there are daily Seniors<br />

specials, including beerbattered<br />

flathead – plus they<br />

do a $5 kids meals on Sundays!<br />

(There’s a playground, too.)<br />

From the menu, chef<br />

Mitch recommends his twist<br />

on nachos – pulled beef and<br />

blackbeans with chipotle, corn<br />

chips, guacamole, Danish fetta<br />

and coriander.<br />

Members get discounts on<br />

meals purchased. Membership<br />

starts from $5.50.<br />

The club is licensed, with<br />

no BYO. Bookings online or<br />

call 9918 2201 – large groups<br />

welcome.<br />

More tasty morsels<br />

and drinks, so we’ve put a<br />

thoughtful menu together<br />

including share plates, pasta,<br />

steaks and salads,” he said.<br />

“We’ve been trading seven<br />

days for the past decade and<br />

have always been a popular<br />

breakfast and lunch destination<br />

– we’re happy we can now<br />

translate into a relaxing dining<br />

venue at the weekend.”<br />

He added food blogger<br />

spooningaustralia.com.au had<br />

recently joined them for dinner<br />

– “Look us up there, with some<br />

great dinner photos, or come<br />

try for yourself soon!”<br />

Meanwhile north of the<br />

bends, Freebird Avalon (right)<br />

is making a name for itself with<br />

its ’70s vibe, attractive cocktail<br />

list and menu crafted by ex-<br />

Lucio’s (Paddington) sous chef,<br />

Simon MacKay.<br />

Owner Daniel McManus has<br />

Hong Kong<br />

Chinese Restaurant<br />

332 Barrenjoey Rd,<br />

Newport<br />


Dinner Tues-Sun 5pm<br />


Chinese & Asian<br />


Entrees $5-20<br />

Mains $12.90-26.50<br />

*Deliver Whale Beach - Narrabeen<br />

BOOKINGS 9997 4157<br />

Book a table at this<br />

popular Newport eatery in<br />

<strong>February</strong> and your family<br />

is guaranteed a great night<br />

out with a feast for the eyes<br />

and the tastebuds.<br />

Order ahead for their<br />

wonderful Peking Duck which<br />

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

special Thursdays through<br />

Sundays in Summer.<br />

There are two traditional<br />

courses: Peking Duck<br />

pancakes & duck sang choy<br />

bow (bookings essential;<br />

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LIC<br />

BYO<br />

All<br />

an impressive hospitality CV;<br />

he started as a barman at 17<br />

and progressed to opening<br />

Mojo Record Bar which he ran<br />

for four years (winning Time<br />

Out’s People’s Choice Award<br />

and Best New Bar in Australia<br />

award at the prestigious<br />

Bartender Awards) moving to<br />

Palm Beach where he consulted<br />

to the industry.<br />

He spent the past year<br />

waiting for the right space to<br />

become available in Avalon<br />

for his new venture – which<br />

P<br />

mention the ad when you<br />

call).<br />

This long-established<br />

restaurant on the eastern<br />

side of Barrenjoey Rd has<br />

an extensive menu based<br />

on traditional flavoursome<br />

Cantonese with touches of<br />

spicy Szechuan and other<br />

Asian dishes and fresh<br />

seasonal vegetables.<br />

Entrees start at just $6<br />

while mains are great value<br />

too, starting at $16.80.<br />

The menu ranges from<br />

adventurous, like a Sizzling<br />

Szechuan-style Platter of<br />

king prawns and fillets of<br />

chicken, to contemporary,<br />

featuring spicy salt and<br />

pepper king prawns, to<br />

traditional, with favourites<br />

including Mongolian lamb,<br />

Honey king prawns and<br />

Honey chicken.<br />

New dishes are introduced<br />

regularly so make sure you<br />

check out the blackboard<br />

specials.<br />

The team are only too<br />

happy to home deliver your<br />

meal, with a range that takes<br />

in Narrabeen to the south to<br />

Palm Beach in the north.<br />

Fully licensed or BYO.<br />

opened in December.<br />

Daniel is rightly proud of<br />

the transformation of his space<br />

overlooking Avalon Parade.<br />

“I did 75 days straight of 15<br />

hours so yes, a big job!”<br />

So why Avalon?<br />

“There are a lot of music<br />

lovers in Avalon and people<br />

who love live music,” Daniel<br />

said. “I saw Avalon as a great<br />

place where I could open up a<br />

venue to eat, drink, gather and<br />

enjoy the music, both on our<br />

playlist and our live gigs.<br />

“I spend hours every week<br />

getting the playlist right. Our<br />

food menu is designed for<br />

people to come in and share<br />

over a bottle of wine or a beer<br />

so it’s very much a place to<br />

catch up with friends."<br />

And why Freebird?<br />

“I’ve always loved the Lynyrd<br />

Skynyrd song – all nine minutes<br />

of it!” he explained. “It had a<br />

nice retro sound and was in<br />

line with the era of music I play

Royal Motor<br />

Yacht Club<br />

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

46 Prince Alfred<br />

Parade, Newport<br />


Breakfast Lunch & Dinner<br />

Mon-Fri from 8.30am<br />

Weekends from 8am<br />


Breakfast from $8-$18<br />

Entrees from $9-$21<br />

Mains from $16-$26<br />

BOOKINGS 9997 5511<br />

RMYC’s restaurant Salt<br />

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

offers affordable meals and<br />

generous servings including<br />

a variety of starters and share<br />

plates, seafood, burgers,<br />

grills, salads, desserts and<br />

woodfired pizza.<br />

Great Friday night music in<br />

kicks off in the Lounge Bar<br />

from 7.30pm. Acts in <strong>February</strong><br />

include: Jack Derwin (2nd),<br />

Braden Evans (9th), Peter Kinch<br />

(16th) and Joe B (23rd).<br />

Get ready for The Classic<br />

Rock Show on Saturday<br />

<strong>February</strong> 10, with the music<br />

of Blondie, Bruce Sprinsteen,<br />

Creedence Clearwater Revival,<br />

Queen, The Eagles and more.<br />

Trivia is held every Tuesday<br />

night from 7.30pm (great<br />

prizes and vouchers).<br />

Club social memberships<br />

are available for just $160.<br />

Barrenjoey<br />

Bistro<br />

Club Palm Beach<br />

1087 Barrenjoey Rd,<br />

Palm Beach<br />


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

Dinner 6pm-8.30pm<br />


Lunch and dinner<br />

specials $13.50<br />

BOOKINGS 9974 5566<br />

Head to Club Palm Beach,<br />

conveniently located just a<br />

short stroll from Palm Beach<br />

Wharf, for hassle-free dining<br />

in <strong>February</strong>.<br />

Barrenjoey Bistro is open<br />

for lunch (11.30am to 2.30pm)<br />

and dinner (6pm to 9pm) seven<br />

days, plus there's a Snack Menu<br />

available 2.30pm-6pm.<br />

The Bistro serves top-value a<br />

la carte meals plus daily $13.50<br />

specials of roasts (Mondays),<br />

rump steak with chips and<br />

salad (Tuesdays), chicken<br />

schnitzel with chips and salad<br />

(Wednesdays), homemade<br />

gourmet pies with chips and<br />

salad (Thursdays) and fish<br />

and chips with salad (Fridays),<br />

except public hols.<br />

Watch Super Bowl LII on the<br />

big screen on Monday <strong>February</strong><br />

5. The Members’ lucky badge<br />

draw is held Wednesday and<br />

Friday night (every 30 mins<br />

between 5pm-7pm), and<br />

jackpots by $100 each week.<br />

Enjoy Trivia Night from<br />

5.30pm on Wednesdays, plus<br />

Bingo 10am on Fridays.<br />

The club has a courtesy<br />

bus that makes regular runs<br />

Wednesdays, Fridays and<br />

Saturdays from 4.30pm to<br />

9pm. Ring to book a pick-up.<br />

here – ’50s through ’70s.<br />

“The posters on the wall are<br />

all Tour and band posters from<br />

that era, so it has authenticity.”<br />

Daniel recommends<br />

Freebird’s 18-hour slow-cooked<br />

pork belly; for drinks, he<br />

says you can’t go past their<br />

signature ‘Let’s Twist Again’,<br />

cocktail – a blend of fresh lime<br />

juice, maraschino liqueur and<br />

gin, shaken and served in a<br />

chilled martini glass.<br />

“And we have launched a<br />

special kids / family menu<br />

every day from 4pm – 7pm.<br />

The kids menu has dishes such<br />

as Roast Chicken ragu with<br />

hidden vegetables – we grate<br />

broccoli, carrot and zucchini<br />

into it so the kids might not<br />

notice! And we have a classic<br />

Australian BBQ session with<br />

drinks specials every Sunday<br />

afternoon – perfect for our<br />

outdoor balcony.”<br />

Find Freebird at 50 Old<br />

Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon.<br />

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FEBRUARY <strong>2018</strong> 63

Functions<br />

Couple look to love beyond Mirage<br />

Valentine’ Day will be extra<br />

special for Newport couple<br />

Marisa Galvez Ganoza and<br />

Miguel Arrisueno – not only<br />

will it be their first as a married<br />

couple but the first time<br />

they have spent <strong>February</strong> 14<br />

together in the same country.<br />

Theirs is a true and very<br />

modern love story. Marisa,<br />

50, and Miguel, 56, first met<br />

and became great friends as<br />

students in Peru in 1985 but<br />

when Miguel’s family moved to<br />

Australia they grew apart.<br />

Then, after 26 years, Miguel<br />

used Facebook to track down<br />

the woman he “always remembered<br />

with love” sending her a<br />

message “just to say hello” as<br />

Marisa was married with four<br />

children.<br />

Turns out Marisa had<br />

recently separated from her<br />

husband… and it wasn’t long<br />

before a few messages through<br />

Facebook turned into hundreds<br />

of exchanges every day.<br />

“After a while we challenged<br />

each other who was going to<br />

call first… and she did!” Miguel<br />

said.<br />

When Miguel visited Peru<br />

they “instantly clicked – and<br />

after six wonderful weeks we<br />

realized that there<br />

was a chance for<br />

love!” he said.<br />

For four years<br />

Miguel travelled to<br />

Peru to see Marisa<br />

twice a year; and<br />

he proposed over<br />

a candle-lit dinner<br />

complete with<br />

champagne and<br />

strawberries when<br />

Marisa came to<br />

Australia to visit.<br />

The couple’s decision to<br />

marry at The Metro Mirage<br />

Newport last September was<br />

an easy one.<br />

“It’s such a wonderful place<br />

Marisa and Miguel and<br />

their ceremony at Metro<br />

Mirage Hotel Newport.<br />

with a stunning view<br />

that we had already<br />

fallen in love with as<br />

we live only three<br />

blocks away and the<br />

people there are<br />

amazing and very<br />

helpful,” Miguel said<br />

The couple described the<br />

wedding planning experience<br />

as “fascinating” and were impressed<br />

by the attention given<br />

to detail – such as the release<br />

of two balloons with the names<br />

of their fathers who had<br />

recently passed away.<br />

“The highlight of the<br />

day was seeing each other<br />

in our wedding clothes<br />

and realizing that we were<br />

finally getting married<br />

after four long years of<br />

a long-distance relationship…<br />

and having a dance<br />

with all our friends,” Miguel<br />

said.<br />

“Now that we are finally here<br />

together we are planning to<br />

have a wonderful life.”<br />

Thinking of tying the knot?<br />

The Summer Wedding Expo<br />

will be held on Sunday Feb<br />

18 from 1pm-4pm at the<br />

Metro Mirage Hotel overlooking<br />

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

at 2 Queens Parade West,<br />

Newport. Meet wedding suppliers,<br />

enjoy live music and<br />

canape and wine tasting. Free<br />

entry. See Facebook or visit<br />

metrohotels.com.au or call<br />

9997 7011 for details.<br />

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Times Past<br />

Careel House a Jolly good design<br />

Careel House (on the north<br />

of Bangalley Headland)…<br />

“which is substantially<br />

in its original condition, is a<br />

proud simple structure. It is<br />

difficult to determine where<br />

the structure ends and the cliff<br />

begins. It rises from the rocks<br />

as though it is part of them,<br />

revealing a master story-teller<br />

who has mixed fact with fiction<br />

so boldly that the house has<br />

the dimension of truth”. This<br />

appropriate statement is how<br />

Douglas Al exander saw the<br />

house (and architect Alexander<br />

Stewart Jolly’s philosophy)<br />

when appraising it in his thesis<br />

for his Bachelor of Architecture<br />

in 1969.<br />

Careel House is another<br />

of Alexander Stewart Jolly’s<br />

Avalon Beach masterpieces,<br />

designed in 1931 for Major and<br />

Mrs Pauline Grieve.<br />

Although the house was<br />

built by Czech stonemasons<br />

and using sandstone from the<br />

site, the stunning fireplace<br />

was designed and almost<br />

certainly constructed by<br />

Jolly with his own hands. It<br />

is characteristic of several of<br />

Jolly’s fireplace designs but<br />

this fireplace is undoubtedly<br />

his most elaborate – “built<br />

on baronial proportions”.<br />

It extends across the entire<br />

seven-metres width of the<br />

house, with the ingle a direct<br />

extension of 3.5 metres into<br />

the living room. Seating<br />

extends on either side of the<br />

hearth and the ingle became<br />

a cosy retreat during wintery<br />

and westerly conditions.<br />

It was designed using the<br />

principles Jolly observed<br />

when he revisited Scotland<br />

and some of the original<br />

ingles there. Although the<br />

fireplace is almost massive in<br />

proportions, it possesses some<br />

delightful details of form,<br />

patterns and earthly colours.<br />

Another internal feature<br />

of the house was the folding<br />

‘Hollywood-style’ beds in<br />

the living room. The four<br />

beds were constructed of<br />

timber and sprung with<br />

springs bought from the<br />

Railways Department and<br />

fitted by a Czech handyman.<br />

During the day they were<br />

recessed in the stone walls<br />

and appeared as bookshelves<br />

and had a cupboard in each<br />

one with linen underneath.<br />

At night they were turned<br />

on a vertical axis through<br />

180 degrees and were laid<br />

horizontally to become<br />

beds. Of course, this gave<br />

more space during the<br />

day and provided sleeping<br />

accommodation without<br />

having to include separate<br />

bedrooms.<br />

The floors throughout<br />

the house were originally<br />

polished cedar boards with the<br />

characteristic red colour and<br />

ran the full length of the living<br />

room space. The longitude<br />

orientation of these boards<br />

tended to further exaggerate<br />

the length of the living room<br />

space of 17.2 metres (56 feet).<br />

The bathroom was originally<br />

a “handsome affair” composed<br />

of daffodil yellow unglazed<br />

tiles with a sunken bath,<br />

built-in cupboards and (rather<br />

primitively) the shower<br />

operated by a string.<br />

TIMES PAST is supplied<br />

by local historian<br />

and President of the<br />

Avalon Beach Historical<br />

Society GEOFF SEARL.<br />

Visit the Society’s<br />

showroom in Bowling<br />

Green Lane, Avalon<br />

Beach.<br />

Times Past<br />

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FEBRUARY <strong>2018</strong> 65

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

Light seafood meals are<br />

a great way to beat heat<br />

with Janelle Bloom<br />

It’s back to school, work and<br />

regular routine – which is<br />

nowhere near as much fun<br />

as the time off most of us have<br />

just enjoyed. Nevertheless, the<br />

weather will remain warm to<br />

hot for the coming weeks, so<br />

light meals remain front of<br />

mind. I’m sure you’ll discover<br />

these seafood recipes fit the<br />

bill! Enjoy!<br />

Warm salmon<br />

& rice salad<br />

Serves 4 (as light meal)<br />

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

Recipes: Janelle Bloom Photos: Steve Brown; Benito Martin; Thanks also to Perfection Fresh<br />

2 tbs sesame seeds, toasted<br />

2 green onions, finely chopped<br />

1 tsp sesame oil<br />

1½ tsp caster sugar<br />

3 tbs soy sauce<br />

3 tbs rice wine vinegar<br />

2 tsp finely grated fresh ginger<br />

2 x 375g pieces salmon fillet,<br />

skinned, pin-boned<br />

1¼ cups rice and quinoa<br />

1 bunch Broccolini, ends<br />

trimmed<br />

1 tbs light olive oil<br />

4 Quke baby cucumbers, thinly<br />

sliced<br />

1 cup coriander or parsley<br />

leaves<br />

2 cups bean sprouts, trimmed<br />

1 long red chilli, deseeded,<br />

finely chopped<br />

1. Combine the sesame seeds,<br />

green onion, sesame oil,<br />

sugar, soy, vinegar and ginger<br />

in a jug. Put salmon onto<br />

a plate and spoon over 1½<br />

tablespoons dressing, turn to<br />

coat. Cover and marinate in<br />

the fridge 10 minutes.<br />

2. Cook the rice and quinoa<br />

following packet directions.<br />

Drop the broccolini into a<br />

saucepan of boiling salted<br />

water, cook 1 minute. Drain,<br />

pat dry then chop.<br />

3. Heat a large frying pan over<br />

medium-high heat until hot,<br />

add oil, swirl to coat pan.<br />

Cook salmon for 2 minutes,<br />

turn and cook further 2 minutes.<br />

Reduce heat, cook 5-6<br />

minutes for medium or until<br />

cooked to your liking, remove<br />

to a plate, stand 5 minutes<br />

then break into pieces.<br />

4. Combine the warm rice, broccolini,<br />

Qukes, coriander, bean<br />

sprouts and chilli. Gently stir<br />

through the salmon. Pour<br />

over the remaining dressing<br />

and serve with lime wedges if<br />

desired.<br />

Fish tagine<br />

Serves 4<br />

2 tbs olive oil<br />

1 large brown onion, finely<br />

chopped<br />

4 garlic cloves, crushed<br />

Finely grated rind, 1 lemon<br />

1 tsp sea salt<br />

3 tsp ground turmeric<br />

3 teaspoons ground cumin<br />

¼ tsp ground cinnamon<br />

2 large ripe tomatoes, diced<br />

2 cups chicken or fish stock<br />

6 chat potatoes, peeled, cut<br />

into thick wedges<br />

1 cup flat leaf parsley leaves,<br />

chopped<br />

100g Sicilian green olives<br />

800kg skinless white fish fillets,<br />

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cut into 3cm cubes<br />

1 cup couscous<br />

Extra parsley and lemon<br />

wedges to serve<br />

1. Heat oil in a large, deep<br />

frying pan over medium<br />

heat. Add onion, cook, stirring<br />

often for 5 minutes or<br />

until soft. Add garlic, lemon<br />

rind, salt, turmeric, cumin<br />

and cinnamon. Cook, stirring,<br />

for 1 minute or until<br />

fragrant.<br />

2. Add the tomato, stock and<br />

potato. Cover and simmer for<br />

10 minutes or until potato is<br />

just tender. Stir in the parsley<br />

and olives.<br />

3. Add the fish to the tagine,<br />

cover and cook gently for 10<br />

minutes or until fish is just<br />

cooked through.<br />

4. Meanwhile, place couscous in<br />

a large heatproof bowl and<br />

cover with 2 cups boiling water.<br />

Cover and set aside for 5<br />

minutes. Remove the cover<br />

and stir gently with a fork to<br />

separate the grains.<br />

5. Divide couscous among serving<br />

plates. Top with tagine<br />

and sprinkle with parsley and<br />

serve with lemon.<br />

Fresh fish nuggets<br />

Serves 4-6<br />

800kg skinless, boneless white<br />

fish fillets, cut into 3cm cubes<br />

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce<br />

1 tbs tomato sauce<br />

1 tsp sea salt flakes<br />

2 tsp ground white pepper<br />

2 tbs chopped flat leaf parsley<br />

1 tbs corn flour<br />

1 cup plain flour<br />

2 eggs, beaten<br />

Vegetable oil for cooking<br />

Sour cream and sweet chilli<br />

sauce or tartare sauce, to serve<br />

1. Place fish into a food<br />

processor. Pulse until finely<br />

chopped. Add Worcestershire<br />

sauce, tomato sauce, salt,<br />

pepper, parsley and cornflour.<br />

Pulse to form a sticky<br />

paste.<br />

2. Using a tablespoon of mixture,<br />

use wet hands to shape<br />

into nuggets. Place onto a<br />

tray lined with baking paper.<br />

Dust lightly in flour, turn and<br />

dust other side. Repeat until<br />

all mixture is shaped.<br />

3. Dip nuggets into beaten egg<br />

and then into flour again.<br />

4. Heat a large, deep frying pan<br />

or wok with enough vegetable<br />

oil to come halfway up<br />

the sides until to 180°C (see<br />

Janelle’s Tip). Cook nuggets in<br />

batches of six for 2-3 minutes,<br />

turning over halfway or until<br />

cooked through. Remove to a<br />

wire rack to drain.<br />

5. Serve with sour cream and<br />

sweet chilli sauce or tartare<br />

sauce.<br />

Janelle’s tip: To check if oil<br />

is hot enough add a cube of<br />

bread to the hot oil – it should<br />

turn golden in 10 seconds.<br />

Apple jelly<br />

grape cups<br />

Makes 8<br />

2 cups clear apple juice or apple<br />

cider<br />

3 tsp powdered gelatine<br />

1 tbs water<br />

750g seedless black grapes<br />

1. Pour the apple juice or cider<br />

into a small saucepan. Mix<br />

gelatin and water in a small<br />

bowl. Add to the apple juice.<br />

Whisk over low heat for 5<br />

minutes until gelatin dissolves<br />

and mixture is warm.<br />

Set aside for 20 minutes to<br />

cool.<br />

2. Remove grapes from the<br />

stalk. Put them into plastic<br />

cups or glasses. Pour the apple<br />

mixture over the grapes<br />

to almost cover. Refrigerate<br />

for 4 hours until set and well<br />

chilled. Serve with scoop<br />

vanilla ice cream if you like.<br />

Tip: Try using cranberry,<br />

mango or pineapple juice<br />

instead of apple juice.<br />

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Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

In Season<br />

Limes<br />

Janelle’s Tip:<br />

To get the most<br />

juice from the<br />

fruit, roll on the<br />

benchtop then<br />

microwave for 20<br />

seconds before<br />

cutting in half<br />

and juicing.<br />

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

Closely related to lemons,<br />

the lime originated in<br />

South East Asia. In Australia<br />

we see two varieties: the<br />

Tahitian lime which has a<br />

green skin, and the Mexican<br />

Lime which is yellow-skinned.<br />

Buying<br />

Look for fruit that is brightly<br />

coloured and feels heavy.<br />

While they are in season it’s<br />

a good idea to buy in bulk<br />

and juice the fruit. Pour into<br />

ice cube trays and freeze<br />

then transfer to an airtight<br />

container or bag and freeze.<br />

Storage<br />

Store out of direct sunlight<br />

in a fruit bowl on the bench<br />

for up to 7 days, or in an<br />

unsealed plastic bag in the<br />

crisper for up to one month.<br />

Also In Season<br />

<strong>February</strong><br />

Apricots; Berries<br />

(blueberries, raspberries<br />

& strawberries); Figs;<br />

Lychees; Mangoes;<br />

Watermelon, Nectarines;<br />

Peaches; Pineapple; Plums;<br />

also Avocado; Beans<br />

(butter, snake, green &<br />

flat); Cucumber, Chillies,<br />

Capsicum; Lettuce; Sugar<br />

Snap Peas; Radishes, Corn,<br />

Tomatoes and Zucchini.<br />

Nutrition<br />

Limes are a great source of<br />

vitamin C.<br />

Lime & berry ice pops<br />

Makes 12<br />

4 limes, juiced<br />

¼ cup white sugar<br />

1¾ cups coconut water, chilled (see Janelle’s Tip)<br />

125g Perfection Fresh Blueberries<br />

125g Perfection Raspberries<br />

1. Combine lime juice and sugar in a small saucepan. Stir over<br />

medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to the<br />

boil, simmer gently 5-8 minutes until syrup has reduced by<br />

half. Set aside to cool.<br />

2. Combine the blueberries and raspberries in a bowl. Half-fill<br />

12 x 80ml (1/3 cup) popsicle moulds carefully with berries.<br />

Combine the lime syrup and coconut water in a jug. Pour<br />

over the berries to almost cover. Freeze for 30 minutes or<br />

until partially frozen.<br />

3. Insert a paddle-pop stick into the centre of each mould.<br />

Add the remaining berries then cover with remaining juice.<br />

Freeze for 6 hours or overnight if time permits. Remove<br />

from the moulds and serve immediately.<br />

Janelle’s Tip: You can buy watermelon coconut water which is<br />

great option for this recipe!<br />

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

Compiled by David Stickley<br />

31 Across clue<br />

30 Item from a restaurant’s menu (4)<br />

31 Establishment like La Paysanne in<br />

Bilgola (10)<br />

ACROSS<br />

1 Fellow pupil from <strong>Pittwater</strong> House,<br />

perhaps (10)<br />

6 Black bird sometimes seen on Narrabeen<br />

Lagoon (4)<br />

10 Reserve in Bayview that will soon have<br />

its boating facilities upgraded (7)<br />

11 Puzzling sort of device for cryptic<br />

crossword solvers (7)<br />

12 The B in NBN (9)<br />

13 To supply or provide with (5)<br />

14 Growing old (6)<br />

16 Handyman’s collection of stuff (7)<br />

17 Possible final score after a round at<br />

Avalon Golf Course (3)<br />

19 Rigorously austere (7)<br />

21 Solemn promise (6)<br />

25 BBQ sausage-turners (5)<br />

26 Recreational facility of which there<br />

are seven between North Narrabeen and<br />

Palm Beach (5,4)<br />

28 Supplements (7)<br />

29 A really hot day (7)<br />

DOWN<br />

1 Craft expertly raced by the Palm Beach<br />

Patriots (8)<br />

2 DIY bookstore section (3-2)<br />

3 Continually (2,3,2)<br />

4 Opening time of Limani Seafood Restaurant<br />

in Narrabeen (6)<br />

5 Almost secret opening in floor or ceiling<br />

(8)<br />

7 Event held in Gilbert Park Manly every<br />

Friday night from 12 January to 23<br />

March, _____ ____ Markets (5,4)<br />

8 One, for example, anaesthetic? (6)<br />

9 One of Alexander Stewart Jolly’s Avalon<br />

Beach masterpieces, ______ House<br />

(6)<br />

15 Food goodies sold by 4mates at the<br />

Berry Reserve Market (9)<br />

16 Possible result of summer at the<br />

beach (3)<br />

17 Wide landscape view (8)<br />

18 Help yourself (4,4)<br />

20 Describing the sun first thing in the<br />

morning (6)<br />

22 Pulses prominent in Curry By The<br />

Curve’s menu items (7)<br />

23 Run aground (6)<br />

24 Watercraft that takes advantage of<br />

beautiful locations of <strong>Pittwater</strong> (3-3)<br />

27 The archetypal uncultivated Australian<br />

working man (5)<br />

[Solution page 72]<br />

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

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FEBRUARY <strong>2018</strong> 69

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

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

Delight Passionate in the pomegranates amazing<br />

colours great for of growing, hydrangeas eating<br />

Pomegranates Always a favourite for<br />

ger and sweeter with<br />

Christmas are native to colour, hydrangeas<br />

Iran, but are early flowering their<br />

Pomegranates don’t<br />

some extra attention.<br />

heads travellers off! took They the look wonderful<br />

seed in the corners garden, brightening<br />

the of the semi-shaded earth. Now areas and<br />

glowing the pomegranate in the full, is protected<br />

sunlight. grown all Once over the<br />

older<br />

varieties world. It has were been either pink or<br />

blue found depending ancient on the soil,<br />

additional carvings in lime China, will it deepen<br />

the is mentioned pinks and in blueing the tonic<br />

(sulphate Bible, it was of named aluminium) will<br />

heighten in ancient the Rome blues, by but the<br />

new Pliny named as the ‘Apple varieties will<br />

maintain of Carthage’, their and colour. it’s White<br />

never said that changes. Venus There gave a are pomegranate<br />

to Paris! of every size from<br />

hydrangeas<br />

the History tiny dwarf also tells Piamina us that to the juice<br />

tall of the traditional pomegranate Mop was Heads. used by the<br />

With prophet so many Mohammed to choose to purge from the<br />

it sin is of almost envy. Pomegranates too difficult to grow like of the traditional mop heads,<br />

decide. scarlet Christmas There are baubles, the delicate hanging the cone-shaped flowers of<br />

lace from caps, a very the beautiful, huge blooms small, compact hydrangea paniculata bushes<br />

tree and with bright, glossy green<br />

like frost, but cooler<br />

winters produce better<br />

fruit. To fruit well<br />

the flowers need bees<br />

for pollination. Two<br />

trees will fruit better<br />

than one. (Plant plenty<br />

of flowering plants to<br />

attract the bees to the<br />

garden.)<br />

There are several<br />

commonly<br />

grown varieties,<br />

but I think<br />

the best is<br />

‘Wonderful’; its<br />

fruit is softer<br />

and the seeds<br />

that can be two not metres so hard. tall.<br />

The recently introduced Also, there is<br />

smaller growing a dwarf Picotee pomegranate<br />

varieties that with grows two-tone to just flower one<br />

leaves. It is perfect for a small urban garden.<br />

Pomegranates need hot weather to produce<br />

metre – it is a great heads pot are plant hard or very to leave special be-ihind<br />

flowers and if you still have produce a semi-<br />

fruit<br />

a rockery. The single<br />

fruit; in cooler areas they are often grown as to eat.<br />

shaded wall, the climbing<br />

an ornamental shrub or tree. Late-winter pruning<br />

will increase the density of the shrub. The amazing double flowers; beautiful. it won’t give you any<br />

The dwarf ornamental hydrangea pomegranate petiolaris is has just<br />

crumpled petals of the bright scarlet flowers fruit but is a stunning Hydrangeas container are plant. forgiving<br />

are a joy to see, standing out against the dense The huge leathery plants fruits that are are full easy of sweet to grow.<br />

foliage. Pruned annually this delightful fruiting scarlet beads. They They can like be regular eaten raw, water used and for<br />

tree is a spectacular sight in any garden. juice or mixed into<br />

any<br />

salads.<br />

good<br />

The<br />

garden<br />

unripe<br />

soil.<br />

skins<br />

Mulch<br />

To do well, pomegranates (punica granatum) produce a bright<br />

the<br />

red<br />

roots<br />

juice that<br />

with<br />

is<br />

compost<br />

used for<br />

to<br />

dye<br />

require full sun and long hot summers, welldrained<br />

garden soil (mulched with cow manure the fruit – the juice<br />

on Moroccan leather.<br />

keep<br />

Look<br />

them<br />

out<br />

cool<br />

when<br />

and<br />

you<br />

feed<br />

cut<br />

them<br />

stains!<br />

in early spring to get<br />

or compost) and regular watering. Before<br />

them going. Grow them in<br />

A pomegranate plant may be hard to find<br />

pots, or in the garden; bring<br />

planting, add a small amount of garden lime. but well worth the trouble. It can usually<br />

them inside when in flower<br />

Although they handle drought and extreme be found online from Daley’s fruit trees in<br />

or cut the blooms – they last<br />

weather conditions well, the fruit will be big-<br />

Queensland.<br />

well in water.<br />

with Gabrielle Bryant<br />

Cherry Guava a<br />

sweet surprise<br />

IBe n full flower quick in my veggie<br />

garden is my Cherry Guava,<br />

to sometimes snap known up as a Strawberry<br />

Guava. This delightful<br />

Spring bulbs<br />

evergreen shrub never fails to<br />

Iproduce t’s so tempting a heavy right crop now of cherry – the<br />

guavas bulb stands in early are autumn. full of tulips,<br />

daffodils, It is a small, jonquils, pretty hyacinths tree with<br />

and rounded, snow glossy drops. green If you leaves want<br />

to that grow only these grows cold-climate<br />

to about<br />

bulbs three metres you should in height. treat Keep them it<br />

as trimmed annuals. into Give shape them after the fruiting.<br />

old<br />

The delicate – place fluffy them flowers in the<br />

treatment<br />

crisper are creamy drawer white, of the growing refrigerator<br />

close<br />

the branches. for six weeks They before are fol-<br />

planting, lowed by the and tangy they will flavoured, flower<br />

beautifully sweet, berry-sized, in spring. cherry However, red<br />

without fruit that a are frosty high winter vitamin they C.<br />

won’t Unlike be the good taller-growing the following deciduous<br />

yellow These guava bulbs that are needs better<br />

year.<br />

grown cooking, the containers. fruit can be eaten<br />

raw Why straight not grow from the warmerclimate<br />

tree or<br />

used in cooking, spring bulbs jellies, that drinks, will<br />

come sauces back or jams. year after year?<br />

Nothing You should can beat protect the the scent fruit<br />

of from freesias, fruit fly or with the a display fruit fly of bait.<br />

brightly coloured sparaxis,<br />

ranunculus and anemones.<br />

Get Cheerful into orange the lachenalias,<br />

standing straight like orange<br />

soldiers, ‘swing’ make of a pretty Xmas border<br />

Iin t partly is time shaded to relax areas. and enjoy The<br />

sun-loving your garden. pale Look blue at Spring your<br />

Stars outdoor (tritelia) seating will requirements<br />

soon multiply<br />

come – the back shops year are after full year. of<br />

and<br />

The amazing upright chairs spikes and of tables. the pale<br />

pink, Hanging lilac, cane white egg and chairs magenta have<br />

flowers been trendy of the for babiana the past Baboon few<br />

Flowers years and complement now the ‘Swing blue, yellow,<br />

Seat’ mauve is back. or Nothing white Dutch is more iris.<br />

peaceful Buy your than bulbs swinging as soon in as a<br />

you seat see for them two, sheltered to avoid disappointment,<br />

from<br />

the weather as with they a sell roof out to<br />

quickly shade from (then the plant sun late – makes March). a<br />

great Christmas present too!<br />

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Bonsai – big<br />

impact with<br />

a little effort<br />

Bonsai trees make wonderful Christmas<br />

presents but they need special<br />

care to keep them going. They are<br />

mistakenly given as indoor plants but to<br />

thrive they must be kept outside (perfect<br />

for balconies or patios).<br />

The ancient Japanese art of bonsai can<br />

become totally absorbing. These miniature<br />

trees take many years of love and<br />

patience to create. For the beginner there<br />

are a few crucial tips to keep your tiny<br />

tree healthy and growing.<br />

First, find out about your tree and the<br />

conditions it would need if it were to<br />

grow to full size. Sun or shade? Warm or<br />

cold? It will need the same conditions<br />

even though it is a miniature plant.<br />

Of course, water is essential for survival<br />

– but more bonsai die from root rot than<br />

from thirst. Check the soil before you<br />

water. Bonsai trees are in tiny pots and<br />

dry quickly but in colder months they may<br />

only need water a couple of times a week.<br />

Help care for chooks<br />

FUN & EDUCATIONAL: Finn Selby<br />

lends a hand at the Avalon garden.<br />

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The roots soon fill the pot, making it hard<br />

for the water to sink in. Make sure that the<br />

water penetrates the soil. If in doubt, water<br />

the pot in a container and let it soak,<br />

then lift it out to drain. (It is best to water<br />

your tree in the evening so that the soil<br />

stays damp through the night.)<br />

Bonsai need to be fed regularly<br />

through the growing season – but with<br />

a half-strength fertiliser. Plants should<br />

Avalon Community Garden,<br />

located in the grounds of<br />

Barrenjoey High School in Tasman<br />

Road, North Avalon, has<br />

slowly developed over the past<br />

seven years into a thriving<br />

environment, with additions<br />

such as watering systems,<br />

a large growing enclosure,<br />

storage, pathways – and the<br />

introduction of chickens.<br />

President Helen Saunders<br />

said currently there are a<br />

couple of gaps on the chicken<br />

feeding roster.<br />

“This involves picking up<br />

from Avalon Organics, who<br />

kindly donate their leftover<br />

veggies, letting the chickens<br />

out for their daily forage and turning the sprinklers on.”<br />

Helen said joining ACG costs very little and involvement was<br />

both enjoyable and rewarding.<br />

“When you are in the garden you feel like you are on a farm<br />

in the country,” she said. “Kids love collecting the eggs and the<br />

chickens love being petted… you get to take home the eggs you<br />

collect and a whole bunch of vegetables – it’s fabulous!”<br />

“Anybody is welcome but I also think it would be a really<br />

worthwhile after-school activity… maybe two or three families<br />

would like to come together or even share the activity; the more<br />

the merrier!”<br />

More info phone Helen (0418 251 480), or Billy Bragg (0405<br />

508 270); also check out the website and Facebook pages.<br />

be re-potted every two years. Until you<br />

learn how to do this job yourself it is best<br />

to get this done by a bonsai expert at a<br />

bonsai nursery. They will also prune the<br />

roots and shape the tree for you.<br />

Once hooked, you will find bonsai an<br />

intriguing and fascinating hobby. If you<br />

want to learn more there are several<br />

bonsai courses available. Look online to<br />

find one nearby.<br />

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

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

Jobs this Month<br />

<strong>February</strong><br />

Days of extreme heat<br />

followed by thunder,<br />

lightning, hail and wind<br />

don’t make life easy for our<br />

gardens! Sunburn and wind<br />

damage look terrible, but wait<br />

until the very hot days are over<br />

before you trim back foliage,<br />

as you will expose new growth<br />

to more sunburn. Also, let your<br />

lawn grow a little longer than<br />

usual in the hot weather. This<br />

will keep the roots cooler and<br />

hold the moisture better. Also,<br />

check gutters for leaves after<br />

the windy days. Keep them<br />

clear. Blocked gutters are a<br />

danger during bushfire season.<br />

Tree-mendous<br />

myrtle<br />

Crepe Myrtles are in full flower;<br />

if you want to plant one this is<br />

the month to see all the colours:<br />

lilac, pink, dark pink or white.<br />

Crepe myrtles make excellent<br />

street trees because they<br />

respond well to being pruned<br />

and their size can easily be controlled.<br />

Some are flowering very<br />

late and some are not flowering<br />

well. I believe that this is caused<br />

by the very dry winter.<br />

Care for roses<br />

Lightly prune roses, removing<br />

any old flowers, and feed the<br />

plants with Sudden Impact<br />

for Roses for a new flush of<br />

flowers as the weather cools.<br />

Spray with Eco Fungicide to<br />

prevent blackspot. Fuchsias<br />

have suffered in the heat but<br />

will soon bounce back if you<br />

trim them and water them<br />

with a liquid fertiliser.<br />

Orchids spiking<br />

As the days cool bring your<br />

cymbidium orchids into a<br />

sunny position. They will be<br />

starting to form their flower<br />

spikes now. Feed them with<br />

Strike Back for Orchids.<br />

Feed citrus<br />

Citrus should be fed this<br />

month but as the new shoots<br />

appear look out for leaf miner<br />

and aphids on the tips. Spray<br />

weekly while the weather<br />

stays warm with Eco Oil. Spray<br />

either early in the morning or<br />

in the evening – never spray<br />

if the temperature is over 30<br />

degrees.<br />

Buy bulbs<br />

Spring bulbs are on the bulb<br />

stands and bulb catalogues<br />

are available online. Make<br />

your choice as soon as possible<br />

to avoid disappointment<br />

but wait until the end of March<br />

to plant them.<br />

Switch vegies<br />

There is still time to plant a<br />

last crop of tomatoes, beans<br />

and zucchini, carrots – but<br />

remember to leave room for<br />

winter crops of beans, broccolini,<br />

cauliflower, onions, carrots,<br />

parsnips and lettuce.<br />

Get digging!<br />

The holidays are over and it<br />

is time to work in the garden.<br />

Digging and getting dirty is<br />

part of a gardener’s life! Pull<br />

out flowers and veggies that<br />

have finished and replenish the<br />

soil with compost or cow manure,<br />

to be ready for autumn<br />

planting. Dig the garden well,<br />

turning the soil. Add a wetting<br />

agent to allow the water to<br />

soak in. The rain has been<br />

heavy but a few centimetres<br />

down the earth is dry. If you<br />

can, resist the temptation to<br />

Graft a gum<br />

If you love the birds, plant<br />

a grafted dwarf flowering<br />

gum. You will get<br />

birds, bees for the garden<br />

and huge gum nuts for<br />

Christmas decorations.<br />

The flowers can be cream,<br />

pale pink, hot pink, dark<br />

pink, orange or scarlet.<br />

Don’t ‘hedge’ bets<br />

Don’t be tempted to trim<br />

sasanqua hedges now, even if<br />

they need it – the shrubs are<br />

already setting their buds for<br />

Autumn blooms. If you trim<br />

them now you will lose your<br />

flowers. Feed Camellias and<br />

Sasanquas with Kahoona. This<br />

is the last time before Spring.<br />

Mite be trouble<br />

Look out for red spider mite<br />

on azaleas. You can control<br />

these mites with Yates Rose<br />

Gun or Natrasoap. Spray under<br />

the leaves as well as on top<br />

until the solution runs off.<br />

Crossword solution from page 69<br />

replant for a couple of weeks.<br />

Mystery location: LONG BEACH<br />

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Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Road Trip, USA<br />

Think ‘road trip’<br />

and think cruising<br />

the US west coast,<br />

with the desert, iconic<br />

Highway 1 or Route 66<br />

and myriad small-town<br />

destinations all major<br />

players in your holiday<br />

dream. But is it really<br />

like that? Yes… and a<br />

whole lot more.<br />

The loop from Los<br />

Angeles to Las Vegas is<br />

one of the most popular<br />

in the world but add<br />

more variety by plotting<br />

a route that takes<br />

in San Francisco as your<br />

finishing point; all up it’s<br />

2,500km of easy driving<br />

spiritual experience. Stay<br />

in 14 days – and it will take at the hip Mojave Sands Hotel,<br />

you from city, through desert, thoughtfully refurbed and<br />

snow-capped mountains and offering tick-the-box touches<br />

back to the coast.<br />

like record players with collections<br />

of through-the-decades<br />

Picking up your rental car<br />

from the airport is stress-free, vinyl. Pappy and Harriet’s, at<br />

thanks to the myriad shuttle the deserted Western films<br />

buses supplied by providers.<br />

As for plotting a course the stars turn up to play to<br />

lot ‘Pioneer Town’, is where<br />

Google Maps makes navigation<br />

foolproof.<br />

nounced (Paul McCartney<br />

stunned, small houses unan-<br />

Explore LA in two days: take played there last <strong>February</strong> as<br />

in Venice and Santa Monica a precursor to his World Tour).<br />

beaches; the Mount Wilson And Noah Purifoy’s desert art<br />

Observatory (think ‘La La installations are a must see.<br />

Land’), the Walk of Fame on Continue east to take in the<br />

Hollywood Boulevard, Rodeo Southern Rim of the Grand Canyon<br />

and impressive engineering<br />

Drive, Beverley Hills, and the<br />

famous Hollywood sign. Allow marvel Hoover Dam. Get your<br />

at least a half day at the Getty photo taken on the fast-disappearing<br />

Route 66 via Amboy. At<br />

Museum, with its awesome collection<br />

of art and unbeatable the Canyon, take the Sky Walk<br />

views of the city and coastline. (horseshoe of Perspex jutting<br />

Plug in your road ‘tape’, turn out over the 4000-feet drop).<br />

up the volume and cruise the Continue to Hoover Dam (three<br />

two hours to Palm Springs. hours) before hitting Vegas<br />

This low-profile desert city, (one hour), baby!<br />

surrounded by mountains, is The city has a heap more<br />

famous for its architectural contributions<br />

to modern America main strip; a visit to the Nation-<br />

going for it than just its glitzy<br />

– a self-guided tour (midcenturypalmsprings.com)<br />

is a must, entertaining if sobering insight<br />

al Atomic Testing Museum is an<br />

especially the iconic Kaufmann into the Cold War and nuclear<br />

House (1946) and Elvis Presley’s arms race, while the nearby Fremont<br />

Street Experience takes<br />

Honeymoon Hideaway (1957).<br />

Joshua Tree is a further in the ‘old’ Las Vegas with its<br />

hour’s drive; it’s a long strip smaller casinos, original neon<br />

of not-much-happening with signs and offers true carnival<br />

some must-pop-in-and-check- atmosphere (ride the horizontal<br />

'em-out local stores dotted zipline!). As one local recommended:<br />

“Everything’s a lot<br />

between. Head 20 minutes<br />

out of town to Joshua Tree looser down there.”<br />

National Park for a truly<br />

Las Vegas to Ridgecrest (site<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Joshua trees cast incredible, brooding<br />

shapes against the desert sky; get your kicks... you know where;<br />

former prison Alcatraz from atop Lombard Street, San Francisco.<br />

of the US Navy’s<br />

largest landholding with 12%<br />

USA restricted airspace) takes<br />

four hours 30 minutes, cutting<br />

through Death Valley and its<br />

marble-cake-colouring desert<br />

mounds. Then it’s a 10-hour<br />

day on the road heading up and<br />

through the stunning, snowtouched<br />

(in December) Sequoia<br />

State Forest, some 7000 feet<br />

above sea level, before dropping<br />

down into Monterey and<br />

Cannery Row (think John Steinbeck<br />

and Big Little Lies).<br />

Explore Big Sur down<br />

Highway 1, taking in renowned<br />

Pebble Beach golf course, plus<br />

Carmel-by-Sea and Monterey<br />

township, which was<br />

fished out of sardines by<br />

the 1960s and is a now a<br />

National Marine Sanctuary.<br />

In San Francisco, the<br />

audio self-tour on Alcatraz<br />

is a must. Also drive<br />

across the Golden Gate<br />

Bridge to Point Vista for<br />

some mandatory holiday<br />

snaps; ride a cable car from<br />

the wharf district back to<br />

town; have dinner in vibrant<br />

Chinatown (R&G Lounge is<br />

very good); and allow a few<br />

hours to scale and explore<br />

the recently expanded San<br />

Francisco Museum of Modern<br />

Art where you’ll take in Warhols<br />

and Lichensteins and more.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

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Visit driveaway.com.au or<br />

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FEBRUARY <strong>2018</strong> 73<br />

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Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Top End tours top-shelf for memories<br />

The Northern Territory<br />

is home to a land of<br />

contrasts, from the Red<br />

Centre’s majestic natural<br />

wonders to the Top End’s<br />

vibrant floodplains and<br />

hidden waterfalls.<br />

A visit the heartland of Australia<br />

will reveal traditional<br />

Indigenous culture, where<br />

you can view beautiful rock<br />

art dating back thousands of<br />

years, sample delicious and<br />

authentic bush tucker and<br />

hear stories of the land and<br />

‘Dreamtime’.<br />

TravelView’s Sharon Godden<br />

says when you explore Australia’s<br />

Top End with Inspiring<br />

Journeys’ ‘Kakadu’s Ancient<br />

Secrets’ tour you will discover<br />

another side of the Outback –<br />

a land of untamed wilderness,<br />

winding rivers, lush wetlands<br />

and spectacular wildlife.<br />

“Begin your five-day journey<br />

exploring serene Litchfield<br />

National Park, where you can<br />

swim in the secluded pools<br />

of Wangi and Florence Falls,”<br />

Sharon said. “Spot beautiful<br />

birds and awe-inspiring<br />

saltwater crocodiles with a<br />

morning safari cruise on the<br />

Mary River. Take in spectacular<br />

views of Kakadu National<br />

Park from Gunlom Falls and<br />

marvel at the iconic sights<br />

of Katherine River’s gorges<br />

and canyons. Be immersed<br />

in Australia’s heritage at the<br />

rock art galleries of Ubirr and<br />

Nourlangie and learn traditional<br />

Indigenous painting<br />

techniques.<br />

“With Inspiring Journeys,<br />

you will delight in the<br />

benefits of boutique travel.<br />

Unwind in distinctive eco-<br />

lodges, enjoy the comfort<br />

of luxury 4WD vehicles and<br />

relax as our experts provide<br />

authentic experiences that<br />

create moments to last a<br />

lifetime.”<br />

Sharon added Inspiring Journeys’<br />

‘Outback Australia: The<br />

Colour of Red’ brings to life<br />

Australia’s sacred heartland.<br />

“Throughout this five-day<br />

outback adventure you will<br />

explore the Red Centre’s<br />

most iconic sites while enjoying<br />

touches of luxury and<br />

immersive experiences, from<br />

stylish accommodation and<br />

4WD vehicles to distinctive<br />

meals that capture the essence<br />

of a destination,” she<br />

said.<br />

“You’ll be mesmerised by<br />

the magic of a Red Centre<br />

sunrise and delve into the<br />

ancient history of Uluru and<br />

Kata Tjuta… hike to the top<br />

of Kings Canyon and be<br />

rewarded with breathtaking<br />

views and hidden gardens<br />

before enjoying dinner ‘Under<br />

a Desert Moon’ accompanied<br />

by sparkling starlight.”<br />

Other highlights include<br />

exploring the West MacDonnell<br />

Ranges and embarking on<br />

a walk through the dramatic<br />

Angkerle (Standley Chasm)<br />

before wandering through<br />

Simpsons Gap; plus learning<br />

about outback life at Curtin<br />

Springs cattle station and the<br />

Royal Flying Doctor Service;<br />

and appreciating Indigenous<br />

connection to land with a delicious<br />

bush tucker dinner.<br />

For more info contact<br />

TravelView Avalon; phone<br />

9918 4444 or email sales@<br />

travelview.net.au<br />

74 FEBRUARY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

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