Pittwater Life January 2017 Issue


Locals' Guide - 101 Things To Do. Simple Plan On Preserving Pittwater.




Locals’ Guide

101 Things You

Can Do









How to stay relaxed... and busy

Sure it’s a cliche but there are

literally 101 things you can

do in and around Pittwater in

January to keep you happy,

healthy and rested. Probably


Locals and visiting holidaymakers

(a big hello to you)

will find dozens of sites and

activities to see and do in our

annual Summer In Pittwater

guide. Compiled with January

in mind, it features the best of

everyday Pittwater living with

special events and programs

slotted into the calendar.

What else? Try some of the 11

meals and snacks recommended

by locals as among the best

(if not the best) of their kind on

the upper beaches.

Check out Pittwater’s creative

side and the artists who will

be showing and selling at the

Avalon Recreation Centre.

Head to one of our surf

beaches (with thanks to Nick

Carroll for his expert appraisal

of each) or Pittwater beaches.

Make a diary note for registrations

for the new seasons

of netball, soccer, rugby and

rugby league.

Choose some summer reading

from our book reviews;

or enter one of the four ocean

swims held in January that

round out this year’s Pittwater

Ocean Swim Series (including

the Big Swim from Palm Beach

to Whale Beach on January 29).

Head to a local nursery and

pick up a bargain, or just get

out in the garden for relaxation...

or the chores that must

be done.

Support our local clubs,

whether they be bowling, golf

or RSL – they offer great value

in a casual, friendly setting.

And whatever you do don’t

forget to enter our competition

to win a three-night getaway to

the fabulous Billabong Retreat –

after a busy month in Pittwater

you’ll be needing the break!

Happy New Year to all...

– Nigel Wall & Lisa Offord






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Vol 26 No 6

Celebrating 25 Years




101 Things

Locals’ Guide


Can Do













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once a month.

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in the Pittwater area.

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COVER: There’s so much to do in and around Pittwater

this month – we provide the where, when and how (p24);

America’s Cup sailing identity Iain Murray and wife

Alex reflect on their days raising their daughters on the

water (p22); we stick out our necks to recommend a great

range of dishes to try over January (p31); check out the

artists who will be showing and selling their works (p34);

Nick Carroll details everything you need to know about

Pittwater’s beaches (p38); and legal correspondent Jennifer

Harris writes about the recent discussions involving Elder

Abuse (p66). COVER IMAGE: Joel Coleman.com

also this month

Editorial 3

Pittwater Community News 6-21

Life Stories: Iain and Alex Murray 22-23

Summer In Pittwater: Locals’ Guide 24-30

A Taste Of Pittwater 31-32

Art Life 34-37

Surfing Life 38-39

Young Life 40-41

Sporting Life 42-45

Health & Wellbeing; Hair & Beauty 46-51

Money & Finance 52-54

Law: Discussion on Elder Abuse 56-57

Food 66-68

Gardening Life 70-72

the goodlife

Restaurants, food, gigs, travel and gardening.

Also find our regular features on beauty, health, surfing,

art, local history, our guide to trades and services, money,

law and our essential maps.


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Have passports, they’ll travel

They share the ideal of

Kimberley Coast.

many locals who “never

“There are lots of things

want to leave Pittwater” –

but that hasn’t stopped one

couple from taking a holiday

every month since 2006!

Meet Gary and Jennifer

Henry – Pittwater’s most prolific


Married for 40 years,

marine biologist Gary and

company director Jennifer

began travelling at uni.

“But it wasn’t until we retired

in our early 50s that we

started in ernest,” Gary said.

“Since retiring we have been

travelling pretty well every

month for about 10 years –

some months may entail a few

days’ and domestic travel…

other times we may be overseas

for a month.”

With several hundred trips,

the couple offered their top


l For spectacular scenery

– think Norwegian Coast,

the Antarctic and South


l Wildlife – Galapagos, Antarctica,

New Guinea.

l Great Cities – New York, St

Petersburg, Tokyo.

l History and Culture – Europe.

l Islands – Hawaiian, Tahitian

and Cook Islands.

l Great Diving – Micronesia

(Shipwrecks); Heron Island

(Coral and Fish)

l Hiking / Bushwalking –

New Zealand.

l Australia’s Best – Kimberley

Coast, Barrier Reef, Tasmanian

South West.

The couple love being

on the water (they owned a

38’ catamaran which they

sailed along the Australian

east coastal and estuarine

waters for 10 years) and

have undertaken cruises on

ships to New Zealand, Asia

(Vietnam, China, Japan),

down the Mekong, along the

Norwegian coast, Patagonia,

Antarctic and South Georgia,

the Galapagos Islands and the

to like about cruising – what

you get out of it depends on

the individual,” said Gary.

“We like comfort (good food,

nice cabin, showers and good

staff) but we also like remote

and interesting locations.

“We appreciate having

wildlife experts aboard to

talk about the location and its

inhabitants and we like getting

off the vessel regularly to


“This will necessitate being

aboard a small vessel and

small numbers of passengers.”

The couple’s most recent

trip was to the Antarctic and

South Georgia – a “bucket list

destination” they experienced

on a Ponant expedition.

* Sharon Godden from Travel

View Avalon is gearing up

for an Antarctic adventure

in November with Wild Earth

Travel. She’s keen to hear

from potentially interested

locals; phone 9918 6007.



Simple plan for the future


MP Rob Stokes talks to Lisa Offord about recent local health and community developments.

The flurry of major announcements

in late 2016

will see Pittwater enter exciting

times, says local MP Rob Stokes.

And he has a simple message

to community members

concerned about change: to

preserve the essence of Pittwater

there needs to be some

“give and take”.

With passionate interest

in environmental land use,

planning heritage and sustainability,

Mr Stokes bubbles

with enthusiasm about the

announcement of the new community

at Ingleside.

“I talked about Ingleside in

my maiden speech – it is an

opportunity for us to get things

right on the beaches,” he said.

With up to 3,400 houses and

terraces to be built on 15 hectares

of open space and a further

200 hectares of preserved

bushland, the suburb will set

unprecedented standards for

sustainability, Mr Stokes said.

Draft plans, which include

proposals for electric vehicle

recharging points and LED

street lighting, also feature a

town centre, a neighbourhood

centre, a primary school and

other community facilities.

Mr Stokes said the land

would be developed with environmental

protection levels

higher than ever seen before in


“We want Ingleside to be a

lighthouse development for

sustainability and we are going

to investigate how we can actually

make that work.”

He said there were several

key restraints planners needed

to observe.

“All the water ends up in the

Narrabeen Lagoon catchment

so we need to be careful about

how we manage riparian corridors

and water flow,” he said.

The new expanded suburb

would also be car dependant.

“We have to work out how we

enable electric vehicles (EVs)

and embed that technology

from the very beginning but

also how we encourage people

to use public transport, rather

than their car.

“We are upgrading Mona Vale

Road... we don’t want to fill it

with cars alone – but also with

new buses between Mona Vale

and Macquarie Park,” he said.

Mr Stokes said the challenge

would be keeping a lid on costs

of building the foundations of

a sustainable community.

“You want to get as many of

the sustainability outcomes as

possible, but that puts upward

pressure on house prices and

you don’t want it to be an unaffordable

community either.”

It’s expected the Ingleside development

will be two decades

in the making.

“It is going to take time… it

is calibrated with Mona Vale

Road, which in itself is going to

take a few years,” he said.

(The $90 million upgrade

and widening of Mona Vale

Road between Mona Vale and

Ingleside is expected to be

finished by 2020.)

Mona Vale Hospital

The Mona Vale Hospital precinct

will continue to grow,

with registrations of interest

sought from health care

providers to offer services to

complement those already

delivered or in planning.

Mr Stokes said to make better

use of the land and “protect it

from any short-term decisions

by future governments”, the vision

was for a series of modern

sub-acute health facilities to

be built around a central park

where the current main building


He said there was a real

opportunity to better link the

future services that can be

offered at the hospital with

the community – which is why



HEALTHY CHANGES: Aerial view of the Mona Vale Hospital campus in 2010 (left) and in 2016 (right) showing newly built facilities.

there has been investment in

the pathway through the back

of the adjoining golf course.

It is anticipated registrations

of interest from private operators

might include day surgery,

primary care including general

practice, mental and oral health

care to stand alongside 24/7

urgent care centre, inpatient

rehabilitation units, hydrotherapy

pool, community and

family health services, inpatient

geriatric services, inpatient palliative

care, ambulance service

and helipad.

“It’s a sea change in the provision

of medical services,” Mr

Stokes said. “The key negotiables

are that the entire campus

remains for health uses and it

stays in public ownership… but

aside from that, the sky’s the

limit as to what health services

people might want to provide.”

Hopes for the expression of

interest also include a muchneeded

late-night pharmacy,

café and even small retail offering

near the central park.

“The concept is mums coming

for post-natal class, or baby

health clinic, come and have

a coffee and enjoy it as a community


Registrations of interest

close at the end of February.

Confirming no land at the

Mona Vale Hospital site would

be sold, Mr Stokes added he

would be happy to entertain

the idea of longer-term leases

to give the security for health

providers to build on the site.

“My view is I’d like a few

different leases that expire at

different times because then it

makes it harder for any future

government to decide to sell

something off,” he said.

Acknowledging a high

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volume of misinformation

surrounding the future of the

Mona Vale campus and provision

of health care services

on the Northern Beaches, Mr

Stokes reaffirmed there was no

suggestion any existing public

services would be removed

from the northern beaches.

“I get angry when people

say we are closing Mona Vale

Hospital – we already have 56

public beds that are committed

to; we are going to have at least

an additional 10 in palliative

care and at least another 10

allocated to geriatric care.

“That is just what has been

publicly committed to by the

government so far… who

knows what the not-for-profit

and private sector is going to

come up with?”

Amalgamated council

Mr Stokes believes the amalgamation

of the three northern

beaches councils has been so

far, so good.

“Many people I speak to have

been happy with (administrator)

Dick Persson’s performance…

they feel he has been

frank and fearless and has

been able to wander into perennial

arguments that no-one has

been able to resolve.”

An example, Mr Stokes said,

was the management of the

Narrabeen Lagoon – “the most

significant environmental asset

on the beaches”.

“It was face-off across the

lagoon between Pittwater and

Warringah Councils... no-one

was responsible for it.”

One of Mr Persson’s first

moves was to extend the Narrabeen

Lagoon State Park by 60

hectares, with more to come.

Another significant win for

the area is the multimillion

dollar investment to create a

coastal walkway from Palm

Beach to Manly.

“It will be stunning and a

real tourist attraction.”

The Future

“If Pittwater is to stay unique

it needs to tell its story,” Mr

Stokes said.

He cited the shouted-down

plan to utilise Barrenjoey

Lighthouse cottages as public

accommodation and criticism

from some about a lack of

provision for high rise in the Ingleside

plan (included in a 1997

plan) as counter-productive to

ensuring Pittwater retained its


“When I go in to argue for

us in Parliament I need to be

able say the reason we don’t

have high rise in Ingleside, for

example, is because this area is

different to others in Sydney.

“And we need to allow Barrenjoey

to be used wisely for

something benefiting everyone…

I think there is the opportunity

to regroup there.”

He said that while some

areas of Sydney might have

industrial value, and others

might be dormitory suburbs

for workers or agriculture

areas, Pittwater was “Sydney’s


“It is a beautiful place for

people to visit and we need to

protect it for everyone,” he said.

“We should argue for Pittwater

to be different, so it keeps that

beauty for everyone to share.

“So, if I am going to argue

against high rise, we are going

to have to agree to something

like tourist accommodation –

otherwise I can’t win the argument

because there would be

nothing unique about us and

our contribution to everyone

else in Sydney,” he said.






Thank a teacher. Okay

Johnny Carter, we know you

didn’t want us to make a big

deal about this but there will

be plenty of people who won’t

want to miss the opportunity of

swinging by for a quick catch-up

with you and Robey as you mark

your 70th year teaching children

to swim at Palm Beach rock

pool. Legend!

Give Blood. The Australian

Red Cross Mobile Blood Service

will be at Mona Vale Memorial

Hall on Wed 11, 1.30-6.30pm;

Thurs 12, 8.30am-2pm and Fri

13 (lucky for some), 8.30am-

1.30pm. Take your photo ID;

have a good breakfast or lunch

and 3 or 4 glasses of water or

juice in the hours before you donate.

Call 13 95 96 for more info

or book an appointment online.

Get kids set for Term 1.

Holidays will be over before you

know it. Make 2017 the year

you are organised. Beat the

last-minute crush at the mall and

shop locally for shoes, school

bags and lunchboxes. Register

for sport and book art, dance

and music and drama lessons

early to avoid missing out.

Return your bags. Great that

so many people are using the

eco-friendly Boomerang Bags

but as the name suggests they

are meant to come back. So if

you have a few lying around the

home return them to the boxes

in Avalon and Newport and help

reduce the use plastic bags.

Interested in helping this year?

Materials and helpers always

welcome. Workshops start on

Tue 24 at the Avalon Rec Centre

between 11.30am and 5pm.

Wanted: Artist in Residence.

Local artists are

reminded applications close on

Thurs 12 for the 2017 Eramboo/

Northern Beaches Council Artist

in Residence. More info: northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

A new sensation. 18-andovers

can keep the Australia

Day celebrations alive with two

home-grown tribute bands –

the Australian INXS Show and

special guests the Australian

Divinyls at Dee Why RSL, Fri 27

at 7.30pm; costs $25.




Vale Graham Sloper:

a man for all seasons

He was a man of warmth

and strength, a family

man, a man who served his

country with distinction

and gave tirelessly of

himself to help others

in the community. This

was Commodore Graham

Sloper AM RAN (Rtd).

I first met Graham

Sloper when he was a

serving officer and I was

Minister for Defence;

this is a man who leaves

big shoes to fill in our


Upon his retirement

from the Navy, home was

established in Avalon.

Dannie, Graham’s wonderful

wife, said after years of

moving as a Navy wife, it

was her turn to choose

where home would be.

Graham then set about

finding ways to serve his

community. He had had

a distinguished record

of command, including

HMAS Ibis, HMAS Perth

and HMAS Success.

HMAS Success saw seven

months’ service in the first

Gulf War in 1990, where

she received the Duke of

Gloucester Cup for the most

efficient ship of the RAN.

This award was created by

the Duke of Gloucester in

1947 when he was Governor

General of Australia. There

are like awards for Army

and Air Force.

But shore postings

had also given Graham

enormous experience

in goal-setting, teambuilding

and instilling

direction in organisations

large and small. His last

command was HMAS

Albatross at Nowra. This

saw him as head of the

largest employer in the

area, commanding 2000

personnel. The result was

Graham being heavily

involved with community

organisations and

activities so community

engagement came

naturally on the Northern

Beaches. He began by

joining Avalon RSL. It

was not long before he

was committee man then

President, then President

of Northern Beaches RSL

District Council.

But Graham placed high

importance on youth and

veterans. He believed

children should learn and

understand the service and

sacrifice of their forbears

– hence the annual awards

for schoolchildren whose

poems, art works and

essays went on public

exhibition at Forestville

RSL. He placed great

store on local cadet units,

knowing that they are the

best source of recruits

PHOTO: Michael Mannington / Volunteer Photography



for the ADF and the most

successful as well.

With regard to veterans,

Graham identified that

services delivered to

veterans from DVA could

be better delivered by

involving all Northern

Beaches RSL Sub-Branches

and other veterans groups

including Legacy, Vietnam

Veterans Association,

National Serviceman’s

Association and Peace

Keepers and Peace Makers.

Graham’s leadership

and cooperative work has

resulted in the Northern

Beaches Veterans Centre

now established at Dee

Why RSL. This means that

a hub and spoke operation

has been established with

the Dee Why office, as the

hub and services being

delivered by a number

of specialized, trained

volunteers at the end of a

‘spoke’. So duplication is

avoided and well-trained

specialists are delivering

the best assistance as

required. (I’ve had the

pleasure of supporting

this innovation as a Patron

and it has been followed in

other parts of NSW.)

Graham’s commitment

to veterans and youth came

together with the Annual

Avalon Tattoo, a huge

achievement in anyone’s

language. Displays, massed

pipes and drums, Navy

Orchestra, Ceremonial

Sunset, cadets being

granted the Freedom of the

Municipality and arrivals

by some of us in a lovingly

restored helicopter as

used in Vietnam, with its

very distinctive sound,

and owned by Patrick

Soars of Australian Native


Commemorating the

centenary of World War

I saw the electorates of

Mackellar and Warringah

join together, with Graham

and a committee helping

organise and fund (through

government funding) a major

event involving thousands of

locals in a parade that ended

at Rat Park.

Vale Graham Sloper; you

were indeed a man for all


– The Hon. Bronwyn Bishop


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Patient locals have

high hopes for NBN

More than 8,000 upper-peninsula

homes and businesses

received a welcome early

Christmas present last month

when local Federal MP Jason

Falinski officially switched on

the NBN.

The long-awaited technology

sees Avalon, Palm Beach, Bilgola,

Whale Beach, Clareville as

well as parts of Newport being

able to access what the government

says will be superfast


Joined by Communications

Minister Mitch Fifield at the

launch at Chill Bar in Avalon,

Mr Falinski said: “As at the election

the NBN was not available

in Mackellar – I have pushed to

have the roll-out accelerated in

our area.

“The NBN represents a vital

piece of infrastructure needed

to keep our thriving businesses

growing, enabling work from

home, which will reduce traffic

congestion, and for schools to

provide a 21st century education

to our children.”

Homes and business in

the area will be connected

to the NBN using fibre to the

node (FTTN) technology. The

Government says FTTN offers

average wholesale broadband

speeds of around 70 megabits

per second (Mbps), with many

premises able to access speeds

of up to 100 Mbps.

“The NBN will ensure that at

least 90 per cent of the fixedline

footprint will have access

to wholesale download speeds

of 50 Mbps,” Mr Falinski said.

Locals approached by Pittwater

Life remained hopeful

yet skeptical about the touted

benefits of the NBN.

“First experiences haven’t

been great but like anything

time will tell,” said one business


It typically takes a couple of

weeks to connect to the NBN after

placing an order. More info

on how to connect is available

at www.nbnco.com.au


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Pittwater News

Swell time to be

had at Big Swim 2017

Organisers of The Big Swim

are searching for any hardy

souls who have completed

10 or more swims since the

iconic annual event’s inception

in 1974.

“We’d like them to contact

us to allow us to share the

credit of their perseverance

and success,” said organiser

Simon Morgan, urging

swimmers with a combined

decade of involvement to

email bigswim@outlook.com

or thebigswim.org.au.

“It is a huge achievement

to complete one swim – and

some have swum in over 30

swims,” said Simon.

Thought to be New South

Wales’ longest continuing

running ocean swim with its

first start in 1974 (clearly earlier

than the Cole), THE BIG

SWIM presented by the Whale

Beach Surf Lifesaving Club in

association with Macquarie is

a ‘journey’ swim.

“It’s not around the buoys

in a bay, or up and down a

beach outside the break but a

true ocean swim, from Palm

Beach to Whale Beach around

the headland through the

Tasman Sea,” said Simon.

Held on the last Sunday

of January each year with a

distance of 2.5 - 2.8 km, it is

known as THE BIG SWIM –

because it is big.

“Conditions vary from dead

calm to testing south-easterly

or uncomfortable nor’easters

which can arrive early in summer

with swells from all directions

making for challenging

swimming when you breathe

to the left,” said Simon.

This year’s swim is on Sunday

January 29; as a pre-cursor

the URM Little Big swim

commences at 8.30am with an

800-metre swim around ‘Kiddies

Corner’ at Palm Beach.

With registration from

7.30am for both events, the

Big Swim starts off with the

Elite group of swimmers at

10am. There’s free transport

from parking areas at Careel

Bay soccer fields or arrive

early for a beachside carpark.

This is the final event of

the Pittwater Swim Series

where by competing in just

three of the northern beaches

swims you can win a trip to

the Byron Bay swim (see P42).

Full details and entries at


– Nigel Wall

Cycle, walk from

Palm Beach to Manly

The NSW Government’s

swathe of council amalgamations

may still have its

opponents but the formation

of the new Northern Beaches

Council is being credited

for triggering one of the

most exciting infrastructure

advancements seen on the

beaches – the spectacular

coastal walkway and cycleway

from Palm Beach to

Manly known as ‘Connecting

Northern Beaches’. Local MP

Rob Stokes said the $22.3

million investment – which

will also link to B-Line transport

hubs and services – had

been on the drawing board

for decades but had never

progressed due to “insufficient

funds and boundary

issues”. Mr Stokes’ comments

were echoed by Council

administrator Dick Persson,

who said: “Removing the

administrative boundaries

has unlocked the potential

to interconnect our villages

and towns via cycleways,

walkways and transport hubs

across the region.”

The government has also

announced a $10.3 million

inclusive and active play program

featuring the creation

of two new major all-abilities

playgrounds, upgrades to

play areas across the Northern

Beaches to make them

inclusive and $4 million for

sporting facilities and Surf

Life Saving Clubs.

Local Heritage boost

Local Heritage projects have

received a $120,000 cash

injection from the State Government,

with the $100,000

set to be used for public

access improvements around

the historic Church Point

General Store and $20,000

towards the development

of a self-guided historical

tour of Mona Vale Cemetery.

“The Church Point precinct

is currently undergoing

generational upgrades – but

it’s essential that public access

to the historic General

Store area is maintained and

improved,” said local MP Rob

Stokes. “And local cemeteries

like Mona Vale provide

a continuous link to those

who have contributed to

Mirage Expo to help plan your perfect wedding

Boutique waterfront venue

Metro Mirage Hotel Newport

is hosting its 2017 Wedding

Expo on Sunday 15 January

from 12noon until 4pm,

giving brides-to-be and their

partners the opportunity

to talk to a host of wedding

suppliers about creating

their once-in-a-lifetime

wedding experience.

Enjoying magnificent

views from Pittwater to Kuring-gai

National Park, the

hotel offers two stunning

wedding ceremony and

reception venues for couples

looking for something

unique and spectacular for

their wedding.

Additionally, florists,

photographers, wedding

stationers, music and

entertainment specialists,

event stylists, photo booth

hire and celebrants and

more will be exhibiting their

products and services.

Couples will also have

the opportunity to view

the wedding ceremony and

reception room styled for

a wedding, to enable them

to picture exactly how their

reception could look, and to

discuss with expert staff the

different styling and catering

options available.

The hotel’s experienced

functions team will be

on hand to help couples

plan their perfect day. For

more info contact Wedding

Consultant Lindy Dean on

(02) 9997 7011.



our community over many

generations and it’s important

this is recognised and

celebrated.” The funds will be

distributed by the Northern

Beaches Council.

‘Pasadena’ rejected

Opponents of the plan to upgrade

and develop the vacant

Pasadena site at Church Point

into a revitalised restaurant,

café, motel and day spa

facility are celebrating the

rejection of the owner’s Development

Application, which

Northern Beaches Council

says failed to meet a series

of requirements. Offshore

and mainland residents

had feared massive parking

issues had the DA gone

ahead but in December the

Northern Beaches Independent

Assessment Panel – North

quashed the plan. In its

decision, Council highlighted

that the subject land doesn’t

enjoy the benefits of “existing

use rights”, the proposed

motel use was prohibited

under current zoning laws,

on-site parking provision

was unsatisfactory, and the

development was not in the

public’s interest.

Rare grevillea


A three-year project to

preserve and restore the

critically endangered

Grevillea caleyi shrub and

endangered Duffys Forest

ecological community has

yielded great results. Driven

by local volunteers through

funding from Greater Sydney

Local Land Services and the

Office of Environment and

Heritage (OEH), the project

focused on protecting

vegetation on the grounds

of the Baha’i Temple which

is home to the endangered

native plant which is only

found in Northern Sydney.

There are currently less than

20 mature plants and around

50 seedlings at the Temple

grounds. The volunteers’ work

included bush regeneration,

mapping of plants, seed

collection, protection of

seedlings and management of

other plant species at the site.

Probus gallery talk

Highlight exhibitions at the

Art Gallery of NSW, including

the Archibald Prize, will be

the focus of a talk at Pittwater

Probus Club on January

10. Delivered by retired

school principal Les Moseley,

the talk starts at 10.30am at

Mona Vale Golf Club and visitors

are welcome. More info

Bill Marshall 9999 5226.

Continued on page 21


JANUARY 2017 19






Already stressing out at the

mere thought of returning

to work after your summer

break? Wouldn’t it be great if you had

something to look forward to a few

months down the track that would get

you back in relaxation mode?

This month Pittwater Life and

Billabong Retreat are giving one lucky

reader the chance to win a 3-night

getaway for 2 people, including a

private room with ensuite overlooking

the water, plus all organic meals, drinks

and snacks, twice-daily yoga classes,

evening meditation class plus wellness

workshops – worth $1650!

Billabong Retreat is a magical ecoretreat

offering affordable wellness and

relaxation short-breaks situated just 45

minutes from Sydney’s CBD, yet feeling

like a million miles away.

Go there to unwind, be pampered,

learn simple wellness techniques and

enjoy delicious wholefood organic

cooking. Each retreat includes twicedaily

workshops introducing all aspects

of yoga, mindfulness and meditation

and suitable for any level of experience

or fitness.

The delicious spa cuisine is all included

and offers organic meals made from

wholefood ingredients locally sourced

from producers.

The main retreat centre is perched high

on the escarpment, with its large covered

outdoor lounge nestling in the treetops

overlooking the water. Plus, guests can

now enjoy the stunning new aqua therapy

magnesium mineral swimming pool.

The tranquillity of the retreat will

automatically put you in slow-down

mode; abundant with colourful native

life, you can spot hundreds of bird

species, albino-faced black wallabies, lace

monitors, deer, micro-bats, water lizards

and at night the whole place throbs to the

chorus of frogs and cicadas.

Bush rock escarpments rise from

the water’s edge, with huge boulders

creating lovely nooks that are ideal for

meditating within nature.

Accommodation ranges from dormstyle

(great for groups), cabins with bunk

beds, to tree-house ensuite cabins with

private balconies overlooking the water,

some with outdoor roll top bath.

As well as the wellness program,

guests can use the complimentary onsite

bikes, enjoy inspirational movies in the

cinema, go for bush walks and enjoy

delightful massage and spa treatments

down in the waterside spa pavilion

(treatments extra).


Three nights’ all-inclusive

retreat (Sunday to Wednesday)

for two persons;

Private room with ensuite

overlooking the water;

All organic meals, drinks and snacks;

Twice-daily yoga classes;

Evening meditation class;

Daily specialist wellness workshops;

Live music;

(Valid for stays before 30 September 2017)


Email your name and contact phone

number to win@pittwaterlife.com.au

(don’t forget to Like us on facebook);

competition starts December 30, 2016 and

closes January 31, 2017. The winner will be

notified by phone and their name published

in the March issue of Pittwater Life. (Full Ts

& Cs www.pittwaterlife.com.au)

Pittwater News

Continued on page 19

Castles in the sand

Head to Newport Beach on

January 14 for the annual

family friendly ‘Castles In

The Sand’ sand sculpture

competition (right). Staged by

the Newport SLSC and Cystic

Fibrosis NSW, attractions

will include face painting, a

jumping castle and a coffee

cart for parents – plus great

prizes for the best castles.

Cost is $20 for a 1m x 1m site;

runs 10am-1.30pm. Register

online at newportsurfclub.


Plaque dedications

New plaques were recently

unveiled at Pittwater RSL for

NSW National Servicemen’s

Association and Affiliates,

Sydney Northern Beaches

Sub-Branch and in memory of

1,800 Australian prisoners of

war and internees lost at sea

during WWII. There was also

a plaque rededication for the

former Pittwater RSL Sub-

Branch Women’s Auxiliary.

Turn your house

into a luxury hotel

Palm Beach holidaymakers

can have products and

services delivered to their

door at the push of a button

this summer with a new

app connecting visitors and

part-time residents with a

concierge service. High-end

hospitality company Stedmans

has launched Stedmans

Concierge-On-Demand to

provide the peeps at Palmy

access to bespoke luxury

offerings. At-home services

range from the delivery of

freshly baked breads and

pastries and chilled champagne,

to wellness services

such as remedial massages

and home help such babysitters,

a private butler or

personal chauffeur through

to supplying catering and a

team of waitstaff so summer

gatherings run smoothly.

More info stedmansatpalmbeach.com.au

Surf Club grants

The NSW Government has

urged Pittwater region surf

clubs to apply for grants

of between $40,000 and

$350,000 to help develop

their facilities and address

significant building condition

issues. The grants have

a $2 million pool across have

129 clubs in NSW comprising

74,000 members including

volunteer surf lifesavers who

last year performed 6,672

rescues, 157,986 preventative

actions and 14,708 first

aid treatments. Projects that

could be funded include

construction of new surf club

facilities, enhancement of

the facilities at existing clubs

and providing ancillary and

support facilities at venues.

More info sportandrecreation.nsw.gov.au/grants.





Dr Ben Brown

Have you ever wondered

why heartworm is

separated out from other

worms on your dog’s worming


Unlike most intestinal

worms, heartworm is an

extremely serious and

potentially fatal disease,

spread by mosquitoes, that can

be complicated and expensive

to treat once a dog is infected.

The treatment that is available

can take up to 31 months,

require multiple medications

or potentially surgery, and

often leads to serious illness

and death if not caught early

enough. Dogs can also develop

severe complications from

the treatment itself, and may

need to be confined to a cage

for an extended period during

treatment to ensure they don’t

move around and strain their

heart further. Prevention is

definitely better than treatment

when it comes to he artworm!

Some 40% of heartworm

cases in the past few years

have been in dogs using

a monthly preventative

treatment. We know our

clients aim to do the best for

their pets, but we also know

they’re busy (and human!)

and may forget a treatment or

even give it a week or so late.

But, what a lot of dog owners

don’t realise is that even just

one missed, or even late, dose

of their monthly preventative

can leave their dog at risk of


At Sydney Animal Hospitals,

Newport, we recommend

annual injections to prevent

heartworm. That way we’re

sure dogs are protected for the

full year giving us, as vets, and

you, as dog owners, peace of

mind. And it lets you take one

thing off the list each month!

If you’re unsure whether

your dog is protected against

heartworm, give us a call

or drop in. We don’t require

appointments and are open

extended hours: 7am to 9pm,

seven days a week (including

January public holidays from

9am to 4pm).


JANUARY 2017 21



Life Stories

Sailing and Pittwater are hand and glove for

Clareville couple Iain and Alex Murray and their

daughters Eliza, Lucy and Imogen.

Story by Rosamund Burton

It’s two weeks before Christmas,

and Iain Murray is preparing for the

Sydney to Hobart Race on Wild Oats

XI, the race record holder and eight-time

line honours winner. He has been part

of the Wild Oats sailing program since

2001, and built the boat which won the

Admiral’s Cup in 2003.

In addition, the Big Fella, as he’s

known, is also gearing up for the Australian

Etchells Class Championship

being run by the Royal Prince Alfred

Yacht Club off Pittwater in January, before

heading to the world championship

in San Francisco this September, with

fellow crew Richie Allanson from Avalon,

and Euan McNicol, his Star coach for the

2008 Olympics. Iain won the Etchells

World Championship in 1984, and 33

years later aged 58 his passion for sailing

hasn’t diminished.

On the slipway below the Murrays’

house on the waterfront at Clareville is

a dilapidated motor boat which Iain’s

father bought in 1965.

“Every Sunday it was in the car down

to Akuna Bay, and off for an adventure in

that boat,” Iain reminisces. “We did that

for many years, going to the Basin, up

the Hawkesbury, over to Gosford.”

Now 93, Iain’s father’s love of Pittwater


burns strongly. He is still living in the

same weatherboard house in Seaforth

where Iain grew up, and every Sunday he

puts his kayak into the water at Bayview,

and paddles up to Clareville to visit the


It was in 1987 after returning from the

America’s Cup in Fremantle that Iain and

wife Alex moved into a friend’s boatshed

at Clareville.

“We fell in love with Pittwater, so we

bought a block of land on the waterfront,

and spent three years building a house,”

Alex explains. They had only lived in it

for six months when they had the opportunity

to buy their current doublefrontage

property with its pontoon.

“We tarted it up in about six weeks,

and were always going to knock it down,”

Alex explains. But despite Iain’s redesign

plans over the past 22 years, the original

house still stands, and with the bikes

leaning against the wall at the back,

and dog Tilly wandering in and out, it’s

very much a lived-in family home. Eliza,

their eldest daughter, is now working in

London as a fashion editor, but Lucy, who

is at UTS and Imogen, who is at AFTRS,

both still live at home.

The Murrays have cherished every

moment of their lives at Pittwater. Eliza,


Lucy and Imogen, all got their speedboat

licences when they were 12 years old,

and used to visit their friends by boat,

and after school motored over to Mackerel

Beach for a swim. When they were

waitressing at The Boathouse at Palm

Beach they often went to work by boat

rather than car.

Iain is the patron of the Avalon Sailing

Club, where their three daughters sailed

when they were young, and Alex taught

the local kids on the Murray design Nippas.

“Sailing skills give you an understanding

and respect for the wind and the

power of the sea,” says Iain. “I learnt the

hard way in 1977 when I did my first

Sydney to Hobart race and thought I was

invincible.” Iain was at the helm when

the boat rolled and he fell overboard,

not wearing a lifejacket. “I was lucky to

survive that, and came home with my

tail between my legs.”

Alex grew up in Longueville and started

sailing, aged eight, in a Sabot. When

only 16 and still at school she met Iain at

a dinner at the Lane Cove Sailing Club.

“He was 19, but he had a business and

was buying land and building properties

in Sydney’s West. He was pretty dynamic,

and I didn’t really have much say,” she

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says with a smile.

From 1977 to 1982 Iain won six consecutive

World 18-foot skiff championships.

He sailed on Syd Fischer’s 12 Metre

Yacht, Advance, in the 1983 America’s

Cup. Then in 1987, defended the prized

America’s Cup sailing on his and John

Swarbricks designed Kookaburra III.

Iain’s accomplishments are phenomenal

in sailing, and also boat design

manufacturing and marine infrastructure.

He also has been involved in property


“I’m now back to working in the Cup,”

he says, explaining that in his role as the

America’s Cup Regatta Director, which he

also held 2013, he is responsible for the

competition side of the event. In the past

15 months, his team has run nine events

around the world, and he’ll spend five

months of this year in Bermuda.

With her husband as her yardstick

Alex is extremely modest about her

sailing achievements, despite having

days earlier returned from the Melges 24

World Championship in Miami. Aged 20,

she was Sydney’s first female skiff sailor.

Also, she competed on the international

match racing circuit with American-born

Sue Waters, who lives in Bayview, the

Pittwater born-and-bred Kerrie Shimeld,

and her old friend from Lane Cove, three

times Olympian Karyn Gojnich.

They competed in the International’s

Women’s Keelboat Challenge at Newport

Rhode Island.

“The others all left their babies behind,

or had husbands, but because Iain

was in Lake Garda testing boats for the

next Olympics, I took Eliza, and got a sitter

there. When the boat got in I’d run up

the dock and breastfeed.”

Alex, Sue Waters and Kerrie Shimeld

were instrumental in the start in 1995

of the RPAYC Women’s Twilight Series,

which over the past 21 years has truly

empowered women in the sailing community.

On a swing mooring just beyond their

pontoon is a slick, red-hulled yacht.

“It was purpose-built as a present for

Alex, for enduring a long term of marriage,”

Iain says. It’s called Belicymo:

‘Beautiful’, ‘Eliza’, ‘Lucy’ and ‘Imogen’

married into one word, which explains

the weird spelling of it.’

“It was our 20th wedding anniversary,”

Alex recounts, “and I was annoyed that

Iain wouldn’t commit to going to lunch

with me. He rang up, and said, ‘Have you

looked out the window?’ There it was,

with a big bow on it. It was so romantic,

it was ridiculous. We spent the day sailing

it with all his mates who brought it

up from Nowra.

“It has brought me so much joy,” says

Alex, gazing out at the yacht and Pittwater

beyond. “Just to be out there is a

treat for me.”

Life Stories


Alex racing on Belicymo; a montage

of the family’s good times sailing on

Pittwater; Lucy having afternoon fun

on a Laser; the family enjoying a cruise

on a Halvorsen up the Hawkesbury

(1998); Alex and Iain in their Pittwater

‘backyard’, with Alex’s second love

Belicymo in the background; the Murray

kids relaxing at favourite spot Lovett

Bay waterfall.

JANUARY 2017 23

Summer in



From Palmy

(pictured) to


you'll find fun

in the sun.

Your guide to a fun and relaxing January, right here.

Special Feature


There are things you need to

keep in mind when you hit the

waves this summer. For starters,

a beautiful day can have

a stormy ending… and vice

versa. So check the weather

forecast (www.pittwaterweather.com).

Life’s a beach

It goes without saying you

should swim between the

flags which are corkscrewed

into Pittwater’s red sand from

9am-5pm over the summer

months. It’s best to go to the

beach early or later in the day.

There will be fewer people,

and less sunburn because the

sun won’t be at its peak. (See

Nick Carroll’s Beach Guide on


Lap it up

Pittwater has some fantastic

ocean rock pools. They’re free

and cleaned regularly. But did

you know that the NB Council

publishes the cleaning schedule

on their website? Check it

out and schedule your swim

session to avoid that pesky

seaweed and algae.

Be your best in the surf

Lessons every day for all

age groups across the northern

beaches. Great reputation/

experienced instructors. The

High Performance Surf Centre

offers advanced surf coaching,

high performance and intermediate

surf coaching clinics.

Private lessons adults $100

per hours Kids (17 and under)

$90 per hour. One or two-hour

sessions. manlysurfschool.

com. Call 9932 7000.


PB&H River Cruises

Palm Beach & Hawkesbury River

cruises operates the ferry

between Palm Beach, Patonga

Beach, Cottage Point and the

Hawkesbury River cruise to

Bobbin Head. It’s a great few

hours of leisurely cruising.

Departs 11am, returning

3.30pm. You can also hire the

ferry for private events. palmbeachrivercruises.com.au


Fantasea Palm Beach Ferries

have fast cat ferries which

travel between Palm Beach

to Wagstaffe and Ettalong

Beach on the lower Central

Coast peninsula departing

roughly every hour. Spans

four waterways from Pittwater,

Broken Bay; the entrance

to the Hawkesbury River

and Brisbane Waters. Ferries

also depart hourly from

Palm Beach to Bennett Wharf,

Bonnie Doon, The Basin, Currawong

Beach and Mackerel

Beach. More info palmbeachferries.com.au

Church Point Ferry

Catch a ferry to Scotland

Island, Lovett Bay and Elvina

Bay (departs Church Point

hourly). Western Foreshore

stops include: Elvina Bay, Halls

Wharf (giving access to Morning

Bay), and Lovett Bay. More

info churchpointferryservice.



Avalon Stand Up Paddle

Experience the many pleasures

of Stand Up Paddle at any

level you choose. Located at

the beautiful Clareville Beach,

the tranquil and enclosed

area is ideal for learning. Tony

Henry’s is the place to go and

provides both individual and

group lessons, SUP Hire, parties,

gift certificates, items on

sale and more. Book at avsup.

com.au or call Tony on 0413

363 405.

Pittwater Kayak Tours

Catering to people of all ages

and abilities you can join a variety

of 2-3 hour guided tours.

The Sunrise Tour and the

Morning Tour involve paddling

across Pittwater to a secluded

beach and a bushwalk. There's



also a romantic Sunset Tour

for couples. From $60-$90


Barrenjoey Boat Hire

Don't have a boat but fancy

checking out some more

remote spots for a picnic? Or

just enjoying Pittwater’s sparkling

waterways? Barrenjoey

Boat Hire offers a range of

boats including multi-purpose

and aluminium boats as well

as party pontoons and more.

They also have kayak and

paddleboards available for

hire. Located at the Northern

end of Governor Phillip Park,

Palm Beach. Info barrenjoeyboathire.com

or 9974 4229.

Boab Boat Hire

Hire a boat and go fishing,

wakeboarding, or cruising.

They also offer Power Boat

Licence and Personal Water

Craft (jet ski) Licence courses.

Located at the Royal Motor

Yacht Club at Newport. More

info 0414 859 546.

All Points Boating

Discover the waterways in and

around Ku-ring-gai Chase National

Park. Hire a skippered

charter boat for 12 people

which comes with paddle

boards and aqua lily pad for

additional fun. Or you can

take out on of their great looking

tinnies (complete with padded

seats and a sun canopy)

which hold four people. Fuel

and life jackets are provided.

You’ll find Akuna Bay Boat hire

at All Points Boating d’Albora

Marina at Akuna Bay. More

info: allpointsboating.com.au

or 0413 299185.



Be prepared

Download the award-winning

‘Walking Pittwater’ app for

your phone or device. The app

includes maps, local information

and points of interest.

You can even add your own

photos. If you’re considering

visiting Garigal or Ku-ring-gai

Chase National Park, make

sure to check out nationalparks.nsw.gov.au.

Snake & Spider Watch

If you’re thinking about bushwalking

this summer, consider

attending an information

session on snake and spider

awareness. This practical and

easy to understand session

will teach you about first aid

treatment and emergency

procedure as well as snake

and spider identification and

behavior. Jan 15, 11am to 1pm

at the Coastal Environment

Centre in North Narrabeen.

For more info visit pittwater.


Wetlands Indigenous Walk

Explore the local wetlands of

Narrabeen as an indigenous

guide tells you about human

connections to the land

around you as well as information

on local flora and bush

tucker. The free walk is on Jan

21, 10am-12:30pm. Meet at the

Coastal Environment Centre,

North Narrabeen. For more

info visit pittwater.nsw.gov.


Indigenous Tour

See Ku-ring-gai Chase National

Park from a different perspective.

Karen Smith from the

Aboriginal Heritage Office

will be giving a guided walk

in the Park, an area in which

indigenous peoples thrived

for thousands of years. Pack

a picnic and join the free tour

on Jan 22, 9am-12pm. For

bookings and more info visit


Barrenjoey Lighthouse

The lighthouse can be reached

by a couple of different walks.

For an easy trek, the 1km

walk takes about 30 minutes

one way. Or for those who are

keen for a challenging, steep

yet short hike, take the Smugglers

Track. Bring your camera

along to capture the beauty of

the region, with glorious views

of Broken Bay, Ku-ring-gai

Chase National Park as well as

the Central Coast. Half-hour

guided tours of the lighthouse

are conducted every Sunday

11am–3pm, except in extreme

weather conditions. Adults $5

per person. Child $2 per person.

NB There are no toilets or

drinking water available at the


Resolute Track Loop

At the far end of West Head.

There are numerous lookouts

along the way. This is a perfect

summer walk as you can

cool down with a swim at Resolute

Beach or Great Mackeral

Beach. Park your car at the

Resolute picnic group at the

end of West Head Rd. The walk

can also be done by catching a

ferry from Palm Beach to Great

Mackeral Beach.

Angophora Reserve

This is the core of the Barrenjoey

Peninsula bordering

Avalon, Clareville and Taylors

point. With more than 18

hectares of urban bushland

the reserve provides a snippet

of what is was like presettlement

with examples of

vegetation and fauna that are

under threat and significant

archaeological sites. Two main

walking tracks: from Palmgrove

Road to Wandeen Road

and Hilltop Road to Chisholm


Narra beach and headland

A moderately difficult walk

only 20 minutes one way.

Highlights include the big

brown timber stairway, lookouts

with amazing views and

a short bush walk. There are

a few tracks to choose from.

The lookout over Turimetta

Beach has disabled access and

parking via Peal Place.

Special Feature

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Summer in Pittwater

Special Feature



CAMPING HEAVEN: The Basin has great swimming spots and bushwalks.

America Bay Track

One of the more popular walking

tracks in the Ku-ring-gai

Chase National Park. Moderate

in difficulty, the walk takes in

waterfalls, aboriginal engravings,

scenic lookouts and an

abundance of natural wildlife.

Leave 1-2 hours, depending on

your ability (or the number of

photos you want to take along

the way).



Bert Payne Reserve

Grassy, open space featuring a

brand new inclusive playgound

for kids of all abilities.

Features include a carousel for

kids with or without wheelchairs,

trampoline at ground

level and climbing frame with

ramp. Near the beach at Newport.

Plenty of parking.

Bilarong Reserve

Great for a family picnic or

large groups. Complete with

bike tracks, excellent play

equipment , BBQ set-ups and

ameneties. Next to the Narrabeen

Lagoon (which you can

now safely walk around – the

trail is an easy 8.4km circuit)

on the Wakehurst Parkway.

Clareville Beach

A family friendly spot with the

Taylors Point Baths swimming

enclosure at the southern end.

Access is off Hudson Parade,

Clareville. Limited parking.

Winnererremy Bay

Aka 'Flying Fox Park' this

space is terrific for kids of all

ages. Older kids are kept busy

on an adventurous play area

featuring – you guessed it – a

flying fox and giant spiders

web. Safe shaded area for

younger kids with rockers,

boatshaped play structure and

games. BBQs and space to

picnic and its also skateboardand

scooter-friendly. There's

a popular little cafe in the

park too. Near Pittwater High

School Mona Vale.

The Basin

Take a short ferry ride from

Palm Beach to the Basin on the

western foreshores of Pittwater

Ku-ring-gai Chase National

Park. It will be busy but there’s

plenty to do. There are places

to swim (pack your snorkel)

and several walking tracks. A

day trip is a good way to suss

out the camping area for any

future expeditions.

McCarrs Creek Reserve

Stunning views and a large

grassy area with BBQs and

tables and perfect for picnickers.

Next to the Ku-ring-gai

Chase National Park this a

popular spot to launch a boat

and throw in a fishing line.

Well-behaved dogs (and their

owners) welcome.


Bible Garden

Situated high on the escarpment,

the Bible Garden in

Mitchell Road, Palm Beach

offers magnificent views over

the ocean, Pittwater and Barrenjoey.

The garden features

every plant mentioned in the

Old and New Testaments a

pond, seats, table and a Bible.

All are welcome.

The Baha’i Temple

This beautiful house of worship

and nine hectares of gardens

open to people of all beliefs

is an ideal place to find peace

of mind. A place of prayer

and meditation, the magnificent

nine-sided structure

– a symbol of the unity of the

world religions – is the highest

point in the area and one of

seven Baha’i Temples across

the world. There’s a Visitors

Centre (with guides available to

answer questions), a bookshop

and an open-air picnic area.

The temple is open in January

from 9-5 weekdays and until

7pm weekends. Admission is

free. A public service is held

every Sunday at 11am; 173

Mona Vale Rd, Ingleside.

Special Feature

Summer in Pittwater


Kids on the Coast

Get your kids of their devices

and into the environment

around them! Northern Beaches

Council are running a series

of day-long activities at the

Coastal Environment Centre in

North Narrabeen. From being

a marine biologist to learning

circus skills and tricks, there

are 13 activities to choose

from scheduled between

January 9-25. All activities run

10am – 3pm and cost $60. For

bookings and more info visit


Tide Art Workshop

Bring art and science together.

Artist Joshua Yeldham and scientist

Mia Dalby-Ball will lead a

special workshop for kids aged

between 7-12. Participants will

explore the marine environment

around them, searching

for curious animals and plants,

using some of the coastal

riches they’ve collected to

create a mandala. Parents are

welcome to get involved too!

The $30 workshop will be held

on January 24 at 10am-12pm or

2-4pm, McCarrs Creek Reserve,

Church Point. For bookings or

more information visit kuringgaieramboo.com.au

LEGO Workshops

Bricks 4 Kidz are hosting holiday

workshops in Mona Vale,

Newport and Avalon half-day,

full-day and two day sessions

suitable for 5-12 years. More

info visit bricks4kidz.com.au

Ghost Jam

Music, ghost stories and silliness!

Join Sean Murphy at the

Mona Vale Library as he searches

for the world’s best ghost

tales. It’s going to be spooky

(and possibly hilarious). January

17, for ages 5-12, tickets are $5.

Bookings 9970 1600.

TOES IN THE GRASS: Try barefoot bowls.

Creek Critters

Join experts at the Irrawong

Waterfall to learn about what

lives in our creeks and rivers.

Half-day session involves collecting

and identifying creek

critters of all shapes and sizes.

Fun for all ages! 9am-12pm,

January 14. Bookings essential.

More info pittwater.nsw.


Tennis Camp

Goodwin’s offers beginner

to advanced instruction on

strokes, round robin, games

and match play. Lots of prizes.

Racquets provided if needed.

There are school holiday tennis

camps running throughout

January at Careel Bay and

Mona Vale Tennis Clubs as

well as Narrabeen Community

and Tennis Centre. Full and

half day sessions are available

and Lunch is provided on the

last day. Bookings essential

0410 523 726.

Surf camps

Run by Matt Grainger and

his team. For kids with skill

– technique, contest strategies,

skateboarding and

fitness. Half day $50; full day

$100. Four days of classes

9am-12pm at Long Reef then

12pm-3pm at the HPSC centre

$200 or 9am-3pm $400. For

beginners – Palm Beach, Long

Reef and Manly Mon-Thurs,

every week of the holidays.

Daily rate $50; four days $150.

Bookings 9932 7000.


School holiday sailing programs

at the Royal Prince

Alfred Yacht Club at Newport

provide a fun, safe and affordable

introduction to sailing

and the marine environment.

Programs are tailored to age

groups and conducted in the

safety of Pittwater, under the



supervision of fully qualified

instructors. There are a range

of courses available in January,

from learning to sail to

zipping around on Hobie Cats.

Non-members welcome. More

info rpayc.com.au

Sport and Recreation

The sport and rec academy at

Narrabeen is holding a number

of Kids’ Club day camps

from 8.30am-5pm throughout

the holidays. Packed with

exciting activities and games

designed for ages 7-12 including

ropes courses, flying fox,

abseiling, Kayaking, canoeing,

swimming, tennis athletics

archery, cookout, orienteering

and bushwalking. Cost $235

includes lunch; call 13 13 02.

Kids and teens art classes

Sydney Art Space at Mona Vale

is running a number of casual

classes, workshops and artmaking

activities throughout

the holidays for youngsters of

all ages. sydneyartspace.com



Grab the family and head to

your local tennis court. Newport

Community Centre and

North Narrabeen Community

and Tennis Centre have courts

available for $17 per hour.

For bookings visit northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au.


After its heydays of the ’80s

and ’90s, squash is making a

comeback! Easy to learn and

insanely addictive. Give it a go

at the Elanora Squash Centre,

50 Kalang Rd, Elanora Heights.

Court hire is only $7 for the

kids, with adult rates starting

from $16. Racket hire is available.

Bookings 9913 9003 or

visit elanorasquash.com.au.

Barefoot bowls

Grab a beer (or a pink lemonade)

and head for the greens

at Avalon, Newport, Mona Vale

Bowling Clubs and Narrabeen

RSL to enjoy barefoot bowls.

No experience necessary.

Keep your Crackerjack impersonations

at home! Contact

the clubs for details; ask about

happy hours and meal deals.

Polo By The Sea

Enjoy some light entertainment

and a few beverages as

you revel at the polo action

on Saturday, January 14th in

Hitchcock Park, Palm Beach.


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Summer in Pittwater

Special Feature

Model Boat Racing

Pittwater is the home of the

Maritime Model Boat Club of

NSW. They meet every 1st and

3rd Saturday of each month

at Middle Creek in Narrabeen.

Why not make the most of the

summer weather and check out

the miniaturised action on the

water. If you’re lucky someone

might give you a turn at

driving their boat… More info


Skate Park

A predominantly street-style

park with a mini bowl and a

refurbished vert ramp, the

new Mona Vale Skate Park is

huge hit with skateboarders,

bladers and BMX and scooterusers

of all ages and abilities

– and their parents. Situated

in Kitchener Park, the 1800m2

space has features that allow

progression of skill from beginner

to advanced.

On ya bike!

The BMX track at the JJ

Melbourne Hills Memorial

Reserve, Thompson Drive, Terrey

Hills is one of the best in

Sydney, especially for teens. It

has been upgraded and is now

at competition standard. The

Bairne track – starting at West


Head Road, 6.2km from the

junction with McCarrs Creek

Road – is an easy quiet ride

with great views and ideal for



See a movie

If the weather has taken a turn

for the worse or you just need

to escape the summer heat,

why not catch a film at a local

cinema. Take your pick between

Avalon Cinema (39 Old

Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon) and

Warriewood Cinema (4 Vuko

Place, Warriewood). unitedcinemas.com.au

Summer Reading Club

Head to your nearest Northern

Beaches Council Library

to pick up a summer reading

guide and discover a wide

range of books to enjoy over

summer. There’s one available

for kids and adults. The

more you read, the better your

chance of winning books and

vouchers! northernbeaches.


Maritime Model Museum

See over 150 model ships,

including dioramas and working

scale models and maritime

artifacts. One boat was made

from over 12,000 matchsticks.

The museum also provides a

restoration service and they

can build models on commission

there is also a wide range

of memorabilia for sale. 15/20

Bungan St, Mona Vale.

Crazy Science Show

After sold-out performances

in 2016 the entertaining,

educational, quirky and oh so

different Crazy Science which

blends magic with science

returns for another big show

at Dee Why RSL Club on Jan

12 10.30am-12pm. Great value

too with tickets $10 for Adults

and Kids.Bookings 9454 4000.

Chocolate Making Courses

Never run out of chocolate

again! Learn to make your own

creations from the experts

– our local chocolatiers at

Lindsay & Edmunds Handmade

Organic Chocolate in Warriewood.

There are limited spots

available in January. lindsayandedmunds.com.au


Beaches Market

Quality, fresh farmer’s produce,

baked goods, dairy,

fish and deli, jams, spices

and honey, clothes, jewellery

and hot food from around the

world. Every Friday rain, hail

or shine at Pittwater Rugby

Park, Warriewood.

Palm Beach Market

Head to Governor Phillip Park

on Sunday 22 Jan; browse and

buy homewares, fashion and

jewellery and chow down on

some great food. Buy a loaf

of fresh Brickfields bread,

grab some French or local

cheese or take home some

famous Mayfarm flowers;

for sustenance, have an Acai

super-food bowl or smoothie,

a Vietnamese Pho soup or a

great coffee.



Summer in Pittwater


The home-made bases at

Lucky and Pep’s are topped

with generous dollops of

ingredients. Try the Four

Seasons – cheese, tomato,

ham, prawns, mushrooms and

capsicum. ($13/$15.50/$21) The

local landmark is a great place

to star-gaze (as is celebs).

315 Barrenjoey Rd, Newport

Lunch Box

The Bento Boxes at Ninja are a

fresh kiss of goodness. Opt for

the Deluxe Bento, with tuna and

salmon sashimi, crisp tempura,

teriyaki salmon and trademark

Ninja Potatoes (deep fried, with

soy-based sweet syrup and

sesame seeds). ($24)

Shop 6 11-13 Avalon Pde, Avalon


The Rukus crew

specialise in organic,

raw and healthy

fare – but also offer

an American-style

cheeseburger, with

grain-fed beef , housemade

pickles, cheesy

ooze and secret

burger sauce ($11).

Vegie option, too. Shop

5c, 7 Robertson Rd,



The fish tacos at Mexicano and MX have just the right amount of

batter, plus colourful slaw, chipotle mayo and pineapple chutney

(2 for $12). Also pork belly, beef brisket or grilled chicken. 2/209-211

Ocean St, North Narrabeen & 4a/1 Waratah St Mona Vale

Taste it!

. . . & tell ’em Pittwater Life sent you! *

Steak & ‘Chips’

The go-to at Avalon’s Bistro Boulevard is the Steak Frites

with Café de Paris Butter – eye fillet of beef smothered in

a home-made butter of spices, anchovies and fresh herbs

with (true) French fries ($36). Wicked! Also rib of beef (on

the bone) for 2 ($85). 40 Avalon Pde, Avalon



Acai Bowl

Start the day the healthy

way with this energy combo

from Café Racer: granola,

banana, berries, edible

flowers, shredded coconut,

pear and organic bee pollen

($14). Plus new, nutritionistdevised

take-away summer


1 Park St, Mona Vale

Cold Seafood Platter

The tasting plate at The Boathouse is chockers with Sydney

Rock oysters, Tiger prawns, trout pate, smoked salmon, Kingfish

ceviche, tuna on crackers and a salad of kale, quinoa, beetroot,

labne, chickpeas, pomegranate and tahini-based dressing ($95).

Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach

Splash Out

Let Jonah’s executive chef Logan

Campbell wow you – try fried

zucchini flowers stuffed with

prawns; Bass Grouper with peas,

eggplant, apple verbena puree and

crisp guanciale; passionfruit soufflé

with violet ice-cream and lychee

sauce. (Starts from 2 courses $88). 69

Bynya Rd, Whale Beach


Is your body crying out for something

to lower its temperature? Head to Chill

Bar; 32 flavours made on site, offering

scoops ($4.50 for 1 through $8.50 for 3) plus

take-home packs. Try the Ferrero Rocher,

chocolate, mango or mandarin.

74 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon

Big Brekkie

This offering from Beco@

Chelsea hits the spot – 2

poached eggs, bacon, sausages

(chorizo), grilled tomato,

mushrooms, chilli beans, hash

brown, spinach and toast ($20).

They also do arguably the

best bacon + egg rolls ($7.50)

on the peninsula. 2/48 Old

Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon

Fish & Chips

Waterfront Cafe & General Store

celebrates flaky fillets of flathead

in a smidgeon of batter paired with

crispy chips, lemon and a tangy

homemade tartare. With views!

($29). Grilled option available. 1860

Pittwater Rd, Church Point

*No payments were received for the compilation of these reviews.

Special Feature

JANUARY 2017 33

Art Life

Art Life

Generations on show


new spacious gallery

supporting home grown

and interstate artists has

opened in Pittwater supported

by the talents of three generations

of local women.

Meet artists Anita Newman,

daughter Velia and 14-year-old

granddaughter Brittany from

Newmans Fine Art Mona Vale.

Born in the UK, Anita attended

the Worcester School of

Arts where she was educated

in all facets of art including


After arriving in Australia she

met and married art dealer and

restorer Ian Luscombe Newman.

They moved to the Northern

Beaches in the 1960s where

they raised a family of four.

Anita continued attending art

classes in oil and mixed media

with Marjorie Penglase and

with natural talent became a

well-known Australian Romantic

Impressionist Oil painter,

selling in shows and galleries

around Sydney.

Ian started to frame Anita’s

paintings – and from there Bayview

Gallery was formed.

The Gallery operated for

more than 30 years before

closing when Ian passed away

in 2012.

Eldest daughter Velia grew

up among the oil paint and

picture frames, forming a close

bond with her father, learning

the trade and accompanying

him on visits to Sydney’s galleries

and art dealers.

“He was old school and a

very kind man, he helped many

artists get back on their feet

and supported several galleries,”

she said.

Velia started painting in

the 1980s and has been a

full-time artist (employing a

palette knife in thick-textured

bold strokes of colour) for

more than 16 years, selling in

America and Asia.

“I have wonderful clients all

over the globe – the strongest

demand comes from the USA,

they just love them,” Velia said.

Just as she was guided into

art at a young age the legacy

continues with her daughter

Brittany who has taken to producing

“Pollock-style” canvases.

“We recently did a threegenerations

show in Canberra,

with Brittany selling several

artworks,” Velia said proudly.

As well as showcasing a

large variety of styles, subjects

and sizes, Newmans Fine Art

has several investment paintings

for sale.

“Drawn from my late father’s

collections, the pieces include

works by Archibald winner

Geoff Dyer and the late David

Boyd,” Velia said.

The Gallery offers a ‘try before

you buy’, plus art restoration

and appraisals services are


Open Mon-Fri at shop 7 / 1

Mona Vale Road (10am-5pm)

and weekends by appointment;

0410 612 467. – Lisa Offord

Eric’s palette



waterways art

Newport artist Eric Martel’s

annual exhibition and art sale

runs from January 2-8. Selling

both locally and internationally,

Eric is an established northern

beaches artist renowned

for his vibrant interpretations

of Sydney’s stunning waterways,

cityscapes and signature

sailing boat series.

He combines his traditional

artistic background with the

freedom and texture of a

palette knife to authentically

capture the elements of wind

and water. Freehand splashes

of colour add contrast, drawing

the viewer into the work.

Eric’s art will appeal to anyone

with a love of seafaring, or

an appreciation of Sydney’s city

and waterscapes.

The exhibition and sale is on

at the Avalon Recreation Centre,

running from 10am-4pm

from Monday January 2 through

Sunday January 8. More info

0414 564 351.



Artists Mark Rhodes and

Linda Crawford met when

they worked in the props department

for the closing ceremony

of the 2000 Olympics.

Fast forward to 2017 and

the pair are exhibiting together

at the Avalon Recreation

Centre from January 2-8.

“I always wanted to do an

exhibition with Linda – I greatly

admire her varied skills, a

great sense of aesthetics and

understanding of structural

form,” said Mark.

MRVA teachers delivering for all

Meredith Rasdall Visual Art continues to

achieve outstanding outcomes for the

local arts community, with students of all ages

benefitting from their highly trained mentors.

Meredith reports adult students sold a

record number of artworks at the Avalon

Market Day exhibition in November and their

Year 12 students achieved stellar results this

year – with all students receiving a Band 6 in

Visual Arts.

“Our children’s classes continue to develop

the confidence of our young artists, who have

produced some outstanding work,” Meredith

said. “At all times we encourage individual


MRVA runs classes for school-aged children,

high school, HSC students and adults.

Teachers are all university-trained visual arts

high school teachers with over 30 years’

experience, including HSC body of work


MRVA works regularly in primary schools

running visual arts programs and teachers’

inservices. Teachers include Meredith (BEd

Assemblages and landscapes in harmony

The two have combined

their talents to produce a harmonious

show of assemblage

and landscape painting.

Mark’s says his paintings,

whilst still being reflective of

his definitive style, have further

developed with increased

definition and tonal contrast.

“I have been increasing the

layers, exploring colours that I

would not normally touch and

am enjoying the freedom of

greater variation,” he said.

Linda says her organic assemblages

explore the importance

of family, those we adopt

into our world and the magic

they weave into our lives.

Made from mixed media,

her work (in many materials

including cane, ceramics,

fabric, wire and found objects)

varies in scale, form and


“The shadows that it creates

are quite striking with

the appropriate lighting and

placement,” she said. “My

current art practice is focusing

Visual Art; Liz Dunn (BEd Visual Art) and Nicky

Hodgson (BA Hons Graphic Design with postgrad

teaching certificate).

All teachers lecture in Visual Arts education

at Australian Catholic University.

Among this year’s HSC crop, Cait

Halsted (top left) was chosen to exhibit in

ARTEXPRESS and Ben Kusturin was chosen for

Manly Art Gallery’s ‘Express Yourself’.

MRVA are taking bookings for 2017, with

classes starting on Monday February 14.

Children and high school classes are held

at the Avalon Recreation Centre, with adult

classes held at the Avalon Sailing Club on the

shores of Pittwater.

Children’s holiday art workshops (left)

this January are ‘Under The Sea’ canvas

painting on Wednesday 18th and ‘Clay Owls’

on Thursday 19th. The workshops run from

10am-12pm and are suitable for children 5-12

years; cost is $50 per child.

Meredith is also available for private

tutoring; more info 0402 121 184 or meredith.

rasdall@westnet.com.au – Nigel Wall

on using mostly natural or

recycled materials.”

Mark and Linda’s Exhibition

2017 is open 10am-5pm daily;

more info 0425 268 198.

Art Life

JANUARY 2017 35

Art Life

Art Life

Sally’s new showing ‘in the pink’

Textile designer

Sally Campbell

is exhibiting a new

summer collection

of quilts, throws,

cushions, scarves

and clothing, at the

Avalon Recreation

Centre in January.

Her palette for the

New Year is raspberry,

musky pinks, teals

and muddy naturals.

All textiles are

designed by Sally and

hand-made by artisans in India – they are contemporary

designs made with ancient skills.

Sally works with weavers in Bengal to create

a unique range of hand-woven cotton reversible

quilts. Master craftsmen in Gujarat produce

Sally’s hand-embroidered silk and wool

throws in natural dyes of indigo and exotic

reds. And from villages in Rajasthan, expert

artisans hand block

prints for quilts and


Sally prefers to

use natural dyes and

organic cottons which

are eco-friendly and

preserve sustainability.

Sally also reworks

old textiles and has

a great range of

vintage throws for

adults and babies,

as well as a unique

cushion range made from stunning old hand

embroideries – these special pieces are becoming

increasingly difficult to source.

This is the 10th year Sally has exhibited in

the New Year on the northern beaches. Find

her at the Avalon Recreation Centre from

January 11-7 (10am-5pm); more info www.



art takes



This January marks the fifth

exhibition for innovative

artist Gemma Rasdall and her

renowned paintings on recycled


For a born and bred sailor,

sailcloth was an obvious

choice of canvas for the young

artist to start with and she has

embraced the medium ever

since. The beautiful texture of

the weathered sails, donated

by family, friends or rescued

from the side of the road,

complement the watery illusions

of paints that run down

their surfaces.

Gemma’s latest collection of

work captures seascapes from

Palm Beach to Sydney Harbour,

drawing on memories from

her upbringing in beautiful

Pittwater alongside influences

from her new home in the

heart of the city.

Her exhibition is to run

as part of Northern Beaches

Council’s ‘Summer Art Space’

initiative at the Avalon Recreation

Centre alongside a group

of talented artists and designers

from January 3-8.

You can follow Gemma’s

artwork on Instagram @gemmarasdall

or contact her info@

gemmarasdall.com for more


Opening night is Tuesday

January 3 (6-9pm) and thereafter

from 10am-5pm through

January 8. – Lisa Offord



Serendipitous mix of flora and fauna

The art collaboration between

Julie Hickson and Tara

Winona is a tale of serendipity.

Living across the globe from

one another – Tara in London

and Julie in Sydney – the pair

met by chance through a mutual

friend, Sue Cruikshank of Redleaf

Gallery in Wahroonga. They

quickly bonded through their

love of art – and began to plot.

Several shared exhibitions

in England and Scotland later,

they are exhibiting in Australia

together for the first time in

January in Avalon.

Julie has enjoyed living in Newport

for the past 11 years and

since being in Pittwater has developed

her painting technique

using hand-cut stencils. Her

love of our unique botanic plant

forms and colour are explored

through a macro lens – resulting

in a stylised essence sometimes

bordering on the abstract.

Now newly returned to Australian

shores, this is the first time

that original paintings by Tara

will be shown here. Inspired by

a love affair with nature, Tara

shares emotions and tells stories

of her life journey through the

eyes of her animals.

Tara is represented by galleries

in the UK, Europe and Australia.

View the pair’s works at their

Summer Art Space at the Avalon

Recreation Centre; opening night

is on Monday January 2 (6-8pm)

and then from January 3 through

10. – Nigel Wall

Art Life

JANUARY 2017 37

Surfing Life

Saltwater cure: holiday

guide to our beaches

with Nick Carroll

Surfing Life

January here is like

nowhere else. I mean

really, it isn’t. Nowhere

else in the world do whole

nations just basically shut

the gate and go to the beach

for weeks. You want to take

advantage of this freakish

historical moment – the way

in which a basically European

winter holiday has somehow

grafted itself on to the

Southern Hemisphere summer,

in cahoots with national

wealth so great it can afford

for so many of us to kinda

vague out till mid-January. But

where to do your saltwater

wallowing? If you’re a visitor to

these beaches, here’s a brief

guide to the peninsula’s best.

Palm Beach

I’m always a bit irritated by

the press around Palmy at this

time of year. It’s always about

which celebrity is renting the

most expensive house, who

was seen at The Boathouse,

blah blah blah. It completely

ignores the Palm Beach coastal

and estuary environment,

which is extraordinary, everchanging,

and free of charge.

There’s so much space to

roam here, and most of it can

be navigated by pretty much

anyone, with care. The entire

northern half – Barrenjoey

and its isthmus – is worth a

couple of days on its own,

not to mention the beaches,


inhabited and otherwise, on

the western shore of northern

Pittwater, which you can

access by ferry and walking.

If you are super adventurous

and in the company of skilled

water-people, paddling a

kayak or surf-ski down the

northern side of the Joey will

blow your mind.

Whale Beach

A short beach with a lot of

headland on its southern rim,

Whaley is attractive real estate

but can be a dicey surf zone

proposition – the headlands

refract and focus swell energy,

and the beach often features

half-visible rips, backwashes

and other challenging water

features. It also has the

most ridiculously teeny rock

swimming pool on the northern

beaches! So cute. Otherwise,

“swim between the flags” kind

of goes twice as sternly here.


Another fairly short beach

(below) with some underwater

rock zones near the shoreline,

a pretty cool and occasionally

surf-invaded rock pool at the

south end, heaps of surfers,

and large numbers of other

people, many of whom have

been made gentle fun of by

local film-makers in the ‘Avalon

Now’ series. The beach also

features the biggest single surf

club building on the beaches.


It’s got a cafe and a restaurant

so you may as well make use

of it.


Possibly the least overdone

of all the beaches, Bilgola

(above, with Newport beyond)

has a good claim to the title

of Best North End. Sheltered

by a high-cliffed headland

that forms one end of a big

bay framed at the other end

by Newport Reef, north Billy

in sun and a late afternoon

north-east seabreeze is a fullon

sublime experience. It also

has the best rock pool north

of Narrabeen. But it also has

bugger-all parking. Don’t risk

a no-parking zone; there’s a

handful of residents who just

love alerting the rangers.


Expansive beach, exposed

to the north and sheltered to

some degree from the south

by the Diamond-Head-like

headland and by Little Reef,

which stretches 400 metres

or so to sea. Plenty of parking

and generally a safe enough

beach to swim. There’s a nice

rock pool at the southern end,

tucked under some fabulously

expensive real estate; if you’re

up for some rock-hopping, it’s

worth exploring that end and

its associated rock platforms,

but make sure it’s low tide

when you do it.


Author’s disclaimer: I grew up

opposite Bungan Beach, at a

time when Barrenjoey Road

was a two-lane path with no

gutters. You could walk across

the main road whenever you

wanted because frequently,

several minutes would pass

between cars. The Bungan

escarpment has been built on

quite a bit since then, in some

cases by people with absolutely

no taste whatsoever! Spanish

tiles! I mean come on! But it’s

extraordinary how much of

the old beach’s feel of vague

remoteness remains. Unlike

Bilgola, there’s no rock pool;

like Bilgola, there’s bugger-all


Mona Vale

A bit like Newport, wide open

and expansive, this time

sheltered a bit from the north

by the ex-Bungan headland

and the rare and fascinating

Bongin Bongin basin, where

the northern beaches’ most

recent shark attack occurred,

in 2010, when a man was

bitten on the foot by a vaguely

pissed-off wobbegong. Don’t

let this turn you off wandering

around the Basin and taking

a walk up the headland

track, which is so riddled

with scenic views it’s almost

embarrassing. Gorgeous short

rock pool in the mid-beach

platform. Heaps of parking.



This year looks like it’ll be neutral on the ENSO scale, and

not likely to swing either El Nino’s or La Nina’s way, at least

in the first half, which means we’re likely to see very typical

conditions throughout, with some increased potential for

mid-year weather bombs and surf energy out of the southwest

Pacific (though we won’t see anything like this past

June’s megaswell). January will be cooler in parts than might

be expected, with some remainder south swell here and

there in the first half. Cloudy with sou-east winds in between

bursts of nor-east seabreezes and heat. This pattern will tail

off in February and March, and be followed by long hot flat

days without much wind and with occasional rushes of ENE

tradewind swell. April will bring an early hint of autumn/winter

with a shift toward offshore morning winds and appallingly

gorgeous conditions, but not much swell. May, some offseason

icy days, bursts of swell, sunny periods with little wind,

but without the nuclear-bomb ECL swells we see in more active

years. This should continue into June before we are afflicted

with a long and terrible flat spell well into July – winter swells

are likely to run pretty late. When they do establish themselves,

the winter’s classic south swells may be broken with an

apparently out of season north-east swell or two thanks to that

potentially more active SW Pacific. Spring and summer are a

bit far off but I’ll be surprised if they prove as active surf-wise

as the last months of 2016. This was an unusual year and the

patterns are unlikely to repeat themselves. Happy New Year!


Oddly aspected beach, facing

directly upwind in the classic

seabreeze, sheltered like a

reverse Bilgola in a southerly.

Something about the aspect

and the shape of the headland

feels very old, which is a bit

weird because this whole

coastline is pretty young

by geographic standards.

Warriewood has some tricks

– an occasionally heavy rip in

the south corner is one – and

the infamous Blowhole inside

the cliff line is both fun and

an injury waiting to happen.

Don’t be an idiot on this


The General Stuff

l Don’t worry about sharks.

This advice won’t help with

a true phobia, but honestly,

sharks are just not in any

way a significant concern

along the northern beaches.

Every beach is meshed and

patrolled in daylight hours.

l Be careful where you swim

directly after rain. Sewagepolluted

stormwater run-off

is the northern beaches’

dirty little secret. Pittwater

can be horrendous, with

numerous “overflow points”

along its eastern shoreline,

Nick Carroll

but the ocean beaches

aren’t as pure as they look

either. Normally the bacteria

will be killed off by salt

and sun exposure within a

few hours, so take the time

before jumping back in.

l Drinking alcohol and the

surf zone sooo don’t mix.

l It’s easy to overexpose. The

sun will fry you through

cloud and even a moderate

seabreeze will dehydrate

you in time. Move in and

out of direct exposure to

all the elements, and if you

wake up feeling drained and

headachey, stay indoors and

drink water all day.

l There’s no law saying you

have to swim between the

flags. It’s a choice. The flags

are there to show you the

safest place to swim. This

is especially important if

you’ve got kids or you’re not

a very experienced or strong

swimmer. Make a smart

choice about it.

Nick Carroll is a leading

Australian and international

surf writer, author, filmmaker

and surfer, and one

of Newport’s own. Email:


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bands wow

Apple Isle

Young Life

Late November saw 59 students

from the combined

Barrenjoey High School

Bands embark on a 10-day tour

of Tasmania. John Stone, the

music coordinator at Barrenjoey,

set up a diverse array of

performance and workshop

opportunities to showcase

their talents.

The packed tour schedule

meant their first performance

was straight off the plane,

at the iconic MONA Gallery.

Throughout, they showcased

the broad scope of talent at

Barrenjoey High from the symphonic

wind ensemble, jazz

combos, rock band, soloists

and the acapella group.

Barrenjoey Bands and sing-

ers drew huge crowds on the

grass at Salamanca markets

– with the ultimate accolade

being audience members posing

for selfies in front of them

while playing.

They performed at several

primary and high schools – the

first a workshop at Taroona

High School on the shores of

the Derwent, where there is an

innovative, inclusive band program

involving every student

in Year 7 as a member of a

school band.

The final tour performance

included the Symphonic Wind

Orchestra playing the haunting

‘Southern Hymn’ in the

convict church at historic Port

Arthur (above), led by their tal-


With a combined 50 years’ experience, Toni Pearen and

Raelee Hill offer a fabulous opportunity for young actors

to discover tricks of the trade. Through Talent Co, the pair offer

acting courses on the northern beaches throughout the year.

Next term (Feb 8 – March 29) Toni and Raelee will run the popular

screen acting program for ages 12-17 at the Avalon Annexe.

Act now – classes are strictly limited to eight students. For

more info go to www.thetalentco.biz or call 9918 3440.

As well as juggling classes with motherhood Toni and Raelee

have been busy; Toni’s ‘Let’s Do Coffee’ program goes into its

third season for Channel 10 and Raelee has recently completed

filming the web series ‘Event: Zero’ and will narrate the Sydney

Festival production ‘You and Me and The Space Between’.

ented conductor Josh Hughes.

However, it wasn’t all performing.

The students were

given an insight into Tasmanian

culture and history whilst

exploring the sights. They

walked the beach at The Bay of

Fires, saw a fresh approach to

art at MONA, hiked to the Wine

Glass Bay lookout, rambled

through Salamanca Markets,

witnessed Mount Wellington’s

height from its peak, played

soccer in a Hobart park and

experienced Tasmania’s chilly

ocean at Freycinet peninsula.

The tour included experienced

senior students with

recent Year 12 graduates opting

to go on Band tour instead

of ‘schoolies’. The mentoring

and bonding across all ages

from Years 7 to 12 presented

an enriching experience.

A highlight for students was

seeing the Grigoryan Brothers,

world-renowned Australian

classical guitarists, playing at

the MONA Gallery, just a week

after the students themselves

played on the same stage.

– Heidi Wiseman (Yr 9)

Beach reading: the ultimate guide


he last crumbs of the Christmas cake

have been swept away, the new year’s

arrival celebrated… it’s time to relax and


Top of our reading pile this summer is

an oldie but a goodie: Crazy Rich Asians

by Kevin Kwan ($22.99) – a delicious,

pacey and cleverly written satirical romp

through Singapore and the lives of the

incredibly wealthy and powerful family

who inhabit the tiny nation island.

Next up, Jaspar Jones by Craig Silvey

($23.99) has finally been made into a

film, so now is the time to read, or reread,

this moody fascinating 1960s Australian coming-of-age

novel set in a small regional mining town,

which is often billed as the Australian To Kill

a Mockingbird.

And finally, we expect to see Martin Cruz

Smith’s The Girl from Venice ($32.99) popping

up beach- and poolside for the year to come.

With so many “war” novels set during the

London Blitz, or occupation of Paris, Cruz

Smith’s use of Italy for his suspenseful story

of two estranged brothers uniting to rescue

a young Jewish girl during the dying days of

the German occupation was fascinating. A

book with broad appeal to many readers.

– Libby Armstrong



Local Knox boys celebrate HSC success

Knox Grammar is celebrating

outstanding results in

the 2016 Higher School Certificate,

with more than 105 boys

attaining an ATAR of 90+.

Jackson Chen achieved the

‘perfect score’ of 99.95, while

18 boys achieved ATARs of 99+

Headmaster John Weeks

commented the results were

some of the best ever for the


“Our teachers are over the

moon and so happy for the

boys,” Mr Weeks said. “We are

confident that our boys will be

heading off to their course and

university of choice in 2017 because

of these strong results.”

Knox ranked 28th out of

650 schools (Sydney Morning

Herald ranking, 15 December

2016), with 602 Band 6 results

(subject results of 90+).

“As a non-selective boys’

school, we are extremely

pleased with the rise in the

ATAR ranks. Each boy’s result

reflects his own commitment,

dedication and focus,”

continued Mr Weeks.

Twenty-six Knox boys

were placed on the Board

of Studies’ All Rounders

Achiever’s List for achieving

90 or higher in their

best 10 units, including

locals Tom Adams (Palm

Beach), Oscar Bruck

(Bayview) and Hayden Todoroski

(Collaroy). The others

were Jackson Chen, William

Bernhardt, Joshua Cannon,

Robert Clarke, Benjamin

Close, Callum Davis, James

de Meyrick, Timothy de

Solom, Joshua Geng, Neel

Iyer, Jake Jerogin, Thomas

Jiang, Nicholas Lane, Jerry

Li, Andrew Lin, Alexander

McConnell, Connor McFadden,

Scott Nelson, James Paik,

Seyoon Ragavan, Henry Shen,

Arran Thatcher and Jarrod


Four Knox students placed in

the Top Achiever’s List for placing

in the top 20 in NSW in a

course: Timothy de Solom (3rd

in Music Extension), Nicholas

Lane (9th in Mathematics General

2), Seyoon Ragavan (9th in

Mathematics Extension 2 and

9th Software Design and

Development) and Arran

Thatcher (15th in Business


Additionally, two Knox

students had their Visual

Arts Major Works selected

for exhibition in the ART-

EXPRESS showcase: Charlie

Grellman for ‘Bone Dry’

(Moree Plains Gallery) and

Spencer Wagner for ‘Natural

Aesthetics: balance, beauty

and harmony’ (The Armory,

Sydney Olympic Park).

A group of five Knox students

had their HSC Group

Drama Performance selected

for the OnSTAGE Showcase

event: Ned Campbell, Will

Cottle, Harry Newbery, Jack

Robson and Callum Thornton.

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Sisters warm to Inter Branch

The experience sisters Madison

and Jodie Louw gained Jodie and Madi-

L-R: Sisters

son Louw; Joel

with the Sydney Northern

Piper; Olivia

Beaches representative team Heaton.

at the NSW Inter Branch Surf

Life Saving Championships is

something they won’t forget

and would like to do again if

given the opportunity.

Older sister Madison, 15, says

the environment was just so different

to what she has experienced

with the Sydney Breakers

in water polo.

“It was a lot more relaxed and

the coaches made the athletes

feel at ease,” Madison said

about the two-day carnival, held

at The Lakes on the Central

Coast last month.

“They stressed it was more

about the team than individual

performances and I felt that

took some of the pressure off

us. It was a really nice environment,”

she added.

Jodie agreed: “It was just

amazing. I loved it.”

But the girls, who were raised

in Bergvliet in South Africa and

settled in Sydney at the ages

of six and four, were seriously

considering moving away from

surf sports.

Both started to make a real

impact with their club Newport

last season.

Maddie revealed she just

didn’t like the short boards.

“But once I started paddling

longer boards I knew then

that’s what I really liked. It’s my

favourite,” she said.

“My coaches James (Brooks),

Nick (Carroll) and Trent (Herring)

have kept me going.

“I also swim at Carlile Swimming

and my times over 400m

and 800m have gotten so

much better, I can thank my

coach Ryo (Kito) for that.”

Apart from having her sister

in the same team, Maddie also

had good friend Eliza Curll

(Manly) competing with her in

the under 15s.

“We’ve been away together in

water polo teams at Nationals

and Pan Pacs,” Maddie said.

“It was so good racing with

her at the Central Coast.”

Maddie, who came third in

the iron at Inter Branch and

looked set for a top-three finish

on the board until a pack came

through on a wave, will now

turn her focus to the big Manly

and Freshwater carnivals on

January 28 and 29.

Jodie doesn’t remember

much about her life growing up

in South Africa. “I know it was a

lot colder over there,” she said.

When she arrived in Australia,

the family made Narrabeen

their first home and the girls

joined Collaroy nippers.

Ocean swims a huge benefit to SLS clubs

Thousands of swimmers are expected

to descend on Pittwater for the

annual Pittwater Ocean Swim Series in

the New Year over January.

The first of the series was held on 11

December at Bilgola with the balance of the

swims to be held at Newport on 8 January,

Avalon 15 January, Mona Vale 22 January

and the Big Swim (Palm Beach to Whale

Beach) completing the series on 29 January.

The series is sponsored by Northern

Beaches Council and swimmers who

complete three of the five swims,

including Bilgola, will go in the draw for

a luxury trip to Byron Bay.

One of the organisers of the series,

John Guthrie, said it was literally a

bonanza for ocean swimmers who come

to Pittwater to enjoy an ocean swim

almost every weekend in January.

“Ocean swimming has become very

popular with swimmers of all ages and

we are expecting swimmers from around

Australia and many overseas countries to

take part. It’s a major boost for tourism

and local businesses as most ocean

swimmers bring friends and family

members with them.


“The ocean swims are major fund

raisers for each surf club involved with

money raised going towards vital life

saving equipment. It’s a win-win for

everyone because it helps to make the

clubs more efficient and in turn the

beaches are safer,” said John.

“There are swimmers of all capabilities,

including champion swimmers, down

to the hackers like myself who enjoy the

challenge of getting out through the break

and completing the course. Each swim has

a large safety craft contingent to monitor

swimmers as well as pick up those who

have run out of puff.


“All swimmers regardless of their swim

time will go in the draw for the major

series prize of a trip for two to Byron

Bay with entry into the Byron Bay Classic

ocean swim.

“The prize includes air fares and

transfers courtesy of Travel View Avalon

and the winners will be staying at Bay

Royal Luxury Apartments for three

nights. It’s a great prize and all the clubs

also have a range of prizes on the day of

their swims,” John added.

Paul Hardcastle, last year’s winner

of the Byron Bay luxury trip, said: “To

have been chosen as the winner of this

event is really the icing on the cake!

My wife and I enjoyed a long weekend

at Byron Bay with our accommodation

being excellent with the bonus of being

directly opposite the race SLSC.”

Each club has a shorter swim course

for those who would like to try an ocean

swim; these have proven very popular in

recent years.

To enter visit www.oceanswims.com

– you’ll find full details of each swim,

including entry fees, starting times and

other info.

But they later moved to


“It’s such a nice community

and I can hear the waves from

where I live,” Jodie said.

Jodie revealed she wasn’t enjoying

it (surfing) last season.

“The fact that there are now

more girls training is good and

I just love the swim,” she said.

Jodie won the under-13 surf

race at Inter Branch. “I really

can’t wait for the State titles

now,” she said.

But, for the time being, she

has water polo commitments.

Their Newport clubmates

Olivia Heaton and Joel Piper

were two of the top performers

at Inter Branch.

Olivia is getting stronger and

stronger on the board and took

out the youth female board, as

well as the ski.

Joel won the under-13 surf

and ironman but had bad luck

in the board race. He was leading

but had a mishap around

the last buoy. He came off and

the board went through on the

inside of the buoy. Joel hopped

back on and was first home.

However, judges disqualified

him as he had to be on the

board when turning the last


Sydney Northern Beaches

failed to retain the title, losing

by 16 points to Sydney Branch.

– John Taylor

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PP Netball 2017 program dates

Excitement and

anticipation for the

2017 season is building

for Pittwater Peninsula

Netball, who are preparing

a host of programs for

both established and new


The long-established club

boasts a catchcry of ‘Come

join us for fun, fitness and


NetSetGo (7 years in 2017)

is an eight-week program

for players turning seven in

2017. The real satisfaction

and enjoyment for young

players is the learning and

mastering of game skills

and the ability to interact

with friends. Modified

facilities and equipment

are used in this enjoyable

and educational program

which commences on Friday

28th April in the Avalon

Recreation Centre (5pm-

6pm). It’s a wonderful

introduction to the sport,

with players joining this

program as individuals, not

as a team

Also, NetSetGo Netta (for

8/9yrs) Skill Development

Clinics for registered players

will be held on consecutive

Fridays (February 10 and

17) from 4.30pm-5.30pm in

Avalon Recreation Centre.

This program is for players

turning 8/9yrs in 2017; it’s

an introductory program

which is modified to provide

the following benefits:

it’s safe to play, but still

challenging; it places

emphasis on fun and the

development of skill; and

it adopts modified netball


Importantly, junior team

formation – for players

turning age 10 up to age

15 in 2017 – commences on

Monday February 6 at the

Avalon Recreation Centre.

Save The Dates

Ages and dates are:

10 years – Mon 6th & 13th

Feb (4.30pm-6pm)

11 years – Tues 7th & 14th

Feb (4.30pm-6pm)

12 years – Wed 8th & 15th

Feb (4.30pm-


13 years – Wed 8th & 15th

Feb (6pm-7pm)

14 years – Thurs 9th & 16th

Feb (5pm-6pm)

15 years – Thurs, 9th & 16th

Feb (6pm-7pm)

Other teams (Under-17s and

Seniors) are on Wednesday

8th Feb at 7pm.



For more information

email peninsulanetball@


Avalon aims for

success in 2017

Avalon Soccer Club is

gearing up for another

great year down at ‘The Bay’

and would like to welcome

members, current and new, to

season 2017.

Online registrations open

Mon 9 January, 2017 via www.


This is also the best source

for general information about

the club and the season ahead.

The Club will be holding their

registration/information days

at the Careel Bay Clubhouse

on successive Saturdays – 4th

February and 11th February

from 9am-1pm – as well as

Wednesday 8th February from

7-9pm. They will also be selling

new playing gear and club

merchandise at great prices.

Avalon SC prides itself

on a friendly, family club

environment. The club

comprises over 1,100 players

aged from 5 to 70, who enjoy

playing the beautiful game at a

variety of levels and is entirely

run by a group of highly

dedicated volunteers.

AVSC strives to provide

the best possible playing and

coaching environment with

the resources at their disposal.

They put a great emphasis on

player development and coach

education at all skill levels.

They are fortunate to

boast two experienced and

professional coaches as

their Directors of Coaching.

This allows them to provide

members with quality coach

education and academy-style

coaching ‘in-house’.

Their dedication to player

development has led to some

great success in recent seasons

and they look to build on this

in 2017.

Some of their recent

achievements include:

n MWFA Women’s Premier

League FA Cup Winners 2016


n W14-1 Champion of Champions

Finalist 2016;

n W18-1 Champion of Champions

Finalist 2015;

n W16-1 Champion of Champions

Winners 2013

& 2014;

n MWFA Presidents Cup for Best

Junior Club 2013;

n FFA Junior Team of the Year

2012 (W16-1);

n Five successful tours to

Vanuatu, promoting cultural

exchange and women’s football

in the region.

Planning and fundraising for

their 2017 tour of Vanuatu is well

advanced. Due to the success

of the annual Vanuatu Tour for

girls there are now plans for an

equivalent youth boy’s tour. The

Club will again be encouraging

teams to take part in the 2017

Kanga Cup in Canberra.

As part of their effort to

continually improve the facilities

at Careel Bay, new lighting was

installed on the mini fields in 2016

which will greatly increase the

area available for training after

dark and future night matches.

New fencing has been erected

around field 1, with plans to

complete the other fields in 2017.

A lot of the Club’s success

is due to the hard work of the

great committee and volunteers

at Careel Bay, who really

make everyone welcome and

ensure the atmosphere is one

of a friendly community club.

More info contact president@


– John Kowtan

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Health & Wellbeing

Clear message on UV

& sunglass protection

with Rowena Beckenham

Health & Wellbeing

Protecting your eyes

from harmful UV rays is

essential to minimise the

risk of eye disease. The longterm

effects of sunburned

eyes are cumulative.

Cataract, pterygium, macular

degeneration and melanomas

of older age likely begin with

childhood UV exposure.

Polarised prescription and

non-prescription sunglasses

enhance contrast and provide

greater colour perception than

traditional sun lenses for all

outdoor activities, especially

around water. These lenses

eliminate dangerous glare and

provide greater clarity and


Clinical studies have

measured driver reaction

times whilst wearing polarised

lenses versus ordinary tinted

sunglasses. It was found driver

reaction times were improved,

with a car travelling at 80km/h

stopping 7m sooner. That’s

the length of an intersection

and could mean the difference

between being in an accident,

or avoiding one.

Locally I ran a study

with Avalon Beach

volunteer lifeguards, which

demonstrated the benefits

of polarising lenses over

non-polarising lenses across

several activities during a

day. Interestingly, the results

showed polarised lenses

performed far better on dull

days (as well as bright days)

when UV exposure is still very

high, but when most people

take their sunglasses off.

The message from these

studies is, that while we have

high standards for sunglasses

in Australia, polarised

lenses provide superior eye

protection and clarity. (If

you’re not sure how good your

sunglass lenses are, call in to

Beckenham Optometrist for

a free service and we can run

your sunglasses through a UV

meter and measure the lens


Finally, children should

be wearing sunglasses as

they are outdoors much

more than adults. Half their

lifetime exposure to the sun

will occur within their first 20

years. The message is: the

earlier kids wear sunglasses,

the less risk of eye disease

later in life.

Comment supplied by Rowena Beckenham, of

Beckenham Optometrist in Avalon (9918 0616). Rowena

has been involved in all facets of independent private

practice optometry in Avalon for 16 years, in addition

to working as a consultant to the optometric and

pharmaceutical industry, and regularly volunteering in

Aboriginal eyecare programs in regional NSW.

Learn bridge, boost the brain

Fun is the focus of the beginners’

classes at Peninsula

Bridge Club, Warriewood, with

follow-up practice games

helping novices grow in confidence.

Lessons start February:

Thurs mornings 9am-11.30am

and Mon nights 7pm-9pm.

Registration from mid-January.

The club’s Cath Whiddon says

over 100 newcomers have said

they feel bridge has boosted

their brain power. More info

phone 9979 5752.



Eat smart, maintain weight

On average Australians

gain 0.8-1.5kg over the

January holiday period. Here

are some things you can do

now, compiled with some tips

from the experts at Nutrition

Australia, to prevent unwanted

weight gain.

l Avoid going hungry to

parties; it reduces your

chances of snacking on high

calorie party food.

Party foods to enjoy include:

l Vegetable sticks, pretzels,

rice crackers, hummus,

beetroot, tzatziki, avocado

dip, sushi, sandwiches,

quiches, fruit salad with


l Watch your portion sizes. If

you tend to finish everything

in front of you, use an entrée

plate instead of a dinner

plate. That way you will eat


l Watch what you drink.

Drinking alcohol (1 or 2

standard drinks a day) may

add to enjoyment at events,

but drinking too much

alcohol can lead to weight


l Be careful with top-ups.

Topping up your glass can

lead to you losing count of

the amount you have been

drinking. Finish one glass

before accepting a top-up.

l Start your day with some

exercise, as it can set you

up for better behaviour for

the rest of the day. Research

shows women who squeezed

in a work out in the morning

moved more during the day

and had less cravings for

high fat foods.

l Set yourself an exercise

challenge for the New Year

such as a big swim or fun run

or a paddle or coastal walk.

l Play with your kids. They

enjoy it when you watch their

games, but they love it when

you join in with them. Think

outdoor cricket, throwing

a Frisbee, bike riding,

swimming, surfing.

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Health & Wellbeing

Eco Corner

How long should stuff last?

In these days of built-in

obsolescence, we forget that

plastic lasts forever.

And we’re surrounded by it,

store food in it, drink from it

and even wear it. But we now

realise that its widespread

use is catastrophic to the

environment. It was hailed

as a new wonder and it’s

here to stay, so let’s focus on

avoidance of single-use plastic

and reduce, reuse and recycle!

Fortunately, the

environmentally aware and

enterprising are addressing

our exposure by seeking

innovative ways to reuse

plastic; plastic (PET) bottles

are now recycled to make eco

filling for pillows, for example.

But it’s not all plain sailing,

as in the case of recycling PET

bottles to make clothing. We’re

now aware of microfibers.

These are less than 1mm in

size and are thought to be the

greatest source of plastic in

the ocean, which come from

washing synthetic clothes.

So mid-holiday season, with

recycling bins overflowing, be

sure to do the right thing and

recycle packaging correctly.

It’s great to see social

media playing a positive

role enabling Buy Swap

Sell platforms to flourish,

testament to the old adage

“one man’s trash is another

man’s treasure”. This supports

the Northern Beaches’ ‘Sort it

Out’ campaign, encouraging

a shift away from kerb-side

collection to reuse and recycle.

And from 1st July you’ll be,

able to swap your cans and

bottles for cash, thanks to the

Container Deposit Scheme – a

strategy to reduce waste by

almost half by 2020.

Diamonds are scarce and

last forever. Unfortunately,

plastic is abundant and

also lasts forever, so use it


Pursuit of happiness:

put down that screen

Wishing for a happy and

healthy 2017? The fact

you are reading something

that isn’t on a computer or

phone signals you are off to a

good start.

Strong social relationships

and offline human

connections are the key to

happiness for Australians,

according to new research

conducted by the Australian

Psychological Society (APS).

According to the Compass

for Life Survey, human

connections took the top spot

on Australia’s wellbeing scale,

with the survey finding people

who connected with family,

partner and/or children daily,

and those who caught up with

colleagues socially as well as

those who were connected into

their communities in a variety

of ways, had higher wellbeing

scores than those who didn’t.

The survey also found

adults reporting a high usage

of social media, a platform

designed to bring people

closer together, reported

significantly higher levels

of loneliness and negative


Overall the survey of 1,000

Australian adults and 518

adolescents found Australians

report a positive sense of


Other factors linked to a

more satisfied life included:

getting a good night’s sleep,

keeping active, engaging in

relaxation, eating well and

having a hobby and being

open to new experiences,

including travel and learning.

The survey found the

happiest Australians practise

mindfulness and “live in the


Interestingly older

Australians (aged 65-plus)

have significantly higher levels

of wellbeing and lower levels

of loneliness and negative

emotions than the rest of the


People aged 25-34 scored

significantly higher on

loneliness than adults 35

years and over.

And although money and

wealth are rated in the top

three things that come to

mind when Australians are

asked what makes a good

life, household income was

unrelated to wellbeing.

The APS noted an

unexpected finding was

that adolescents who

consumed food from fast

food restaurants every day

reported higher scores on

several indicators of overall


The research suggests a

possible explanation for this

result is that eating at such

venues engages young people

in social activity, contributing

to overall wellbeing.

– Lisa Offord

Health & Wellbeing


Lamb is the

Founder of


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Become a ‘robo’ bowler

If you are interested in taking

up lawn bowls at any

level, or have been injured

and want to get back into

the game, give the Newport

Bowling Club a bell.

The little spot on the

corner of Palm Rd and Barrenjoey

Road is bracing for

a big year, with the game

on the Northern Beaches

going through changing

times, according to President

Bruce Dell.

“Lawn bowls is a game

for all ages, in fact the

average age of the current

Australian Lawn Bowls

team is lower than that

of the Australian Cricket


“Barefoot bowlers and

baby boomers are predicted

to help boost player

numbers in the future,”

Bruce said.

One of Newport’s

initiatives has been to

pioneer the introduction of

mechanical bowling arms.

The arms allow players

with back, shoulder or knee

problems to continue in

the sport despite physical


The club has the only

accredited bowling arm

coaches on the northern


“We now have 12 bowlers

using these arms –

women’s coach Chris Hastie

(pictured) and men’s

coach Eric Martel are very

competitive “arm” bowlers

and would also welcome

enquiries to assist other

clubs,” Bruce said.

Newport welcomes new

bowling members (free

coaching is provided),

barefoot bowlers and

social members.

For more info call 9999

1661 or visit newportbowlingclub.com.au



Hair & Beauty

Help your skin face the

challenges of summer

with Sue Carroll

There are several issues

that can challenge

the appearance of the

body’s skin. When it comes

to the body, we all strive for a

smooth tone and texture, and

a youthful, firm appearance

of the skin. Beyond the visual

signs of aging, the body skin

is subject to a host of other

skin issues such as cellulite,

eczema and keratosis pilaris

– particularly in summer

when the skin is exposed, self

esteem can be significantly

impacted. But there are a host

of solutions available to be

performed both in the clinic

and at home.

Eczema is not contained

to a specific part of the

body and may present as an

itchy, red rash; it can also

be dry and can cause severe

cracking of the skin. The

cause of eczema is not known

but some doctors believe it

may be inherited or linked

to allergic diseases. Triggers

to aggravate eczema may

include soaps and detergents,

extreme temperatures, pollen

and dust, foods like dairy and

soy and last but not the least,


The goal with eczema is

to heal, nourish and hydrate.

In the treatment room the

key will be gentle exfoliation

and nourishment for the skin

topically, along with deep

relaxation. At home, hot

or cold baths and showers

should be avoided, while

a humidifier in dry, cold

conditions may provide

some relief. Also, loose

soft natural fibre clothing

will limit irritation to the

skin. For topical home care,

products containing omega 3

essential fatty acids, growth

factors and hydrocortisone

ingredients will provide some

nourishment and relief.

Cellulite occurs more often

in women than in men. It is

the protrusion or cleaving

of subcutaneous fat within

fibrous connective tissue

which causes the skin to

dimple. Fat is certainly one

component of the appearance

of cellulite. Fibrous connective

tissue adheres skin to the

muscle beneath. As the body

ages, this connective tissue

contracts and stiffens, causing

it to pull down or tighten

the skin to push fat cells out

against the skin. While there is

no absolute cure for cellulite,

a healthy lifestyle will go far to

prevent and correct it.

Treatments in the clinic will

increase circulation, flushing

toxins and strengthening

collagen. Home care will

involve daily dry body

brushing and the application

of gels or creams after this to

help stimulate the circulation

and smooth the appearance of

the skin.

Keratosis Pilaris, (KP) is a

common skin condition that

causes rough patches and

small red bumps, resulting

from clogged follicles. KP is

found typically around hair

follicles on the arms, thighs,

cheeks and buttocks. While

painless and non-contagious,

it can be a chronic skin

condition that troubles many

due to the ‘goose bump’

appearance. KP tends to worsen

in dry conditions, and can be

increased with over-exposure

to the sun. In the treatment

room, peels containing L-Lactic

acid and Salicylic acid will

be the most effective way

to approach KP. This will be

finished with skin building

and healing ingredients like

growth factors, amino acids

and oxygenators to stimulate

respiration and circulation. For

home care, dry body brushing

should be performed daily

prior to showering. This is then

followed with an application of

a solution with a 10% L-Lactic

acid and Salicylic acid with a

pH of 3. During the day and

evening, an application of a

topical product containing

ingredients such as willow herb,

tocopherols, omega 3s and

epidermal growth factors will

hydrate, nourish and reduce

inflammation of the skin.

With the beginning of the

new year it is a great time

to focus on yourself. Start

working on those areas of

your skin you had previously

covered up or tried to

camouflage with makeup.

Working on both the inside

and the outside of your body

will provide faster and longerlasting


Sue Carroll of Skin

Inspiration writes on

beauty trends and treatments

for Pittwater Life.

She has been a fully qualified

Aesthetician for 33 years.

Sue has owned and

operated successful beauty

clinics and day spas on

the Northern Beaches.



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Business Life: Money

Business Life

Was Eddie the problem

or merely a symptom?

So they finally locked up

Eddie Obeid and the

headlines the next day

screamed ‘Justice!’ While there

seems to be little doubt that

Eddie deserved to be sent away,

the charges they finally got him

on were on par with jailing Al

Capone for tax evasion. The

trouble with Eddie Obeid and

others like him is that when we

discover them and send them

away we also lose a sizable

chunk of confidence in the

‘System’, the System being

our Australian politico-legaleconomic

world in which we live

and work.

And it would seem the System

has been copping a bit of a

hiding lately.

Simple crooks, like Obeid,

have been around for as long

as the world has had more than

two people in it competing for

scarce resources. It seems to

me that the bigger problem is

that the System itself is under

some strain and we need to

be more concerned about that

than a single spiv jailed for

feathering his nest.

Faith and trust in the System

is being challenged because

so many of the key building

blocks are under threat. I

haven’t got the space here

to outline all of the recently

publicised woes of our old

and significant institutions

but I think you understand

the main ones I am referring

to – our banks with their

financial planning and rate

fixing scandals; corruption

through large parts of the

union movement laid bare by

a recent Royal Commission;

examples of self-serving

behaviour of churches and

educational institutions also

laid bare by a recent Royal

Commission; sporting clubs

struggling with issues such as

match fixing and the behaviour

of highly paid superstars.

In any discussion about the

System, the head of the snake

is always the political class and

just as with any profession,

random acts of stupidity will

always be a feature. In this

context Barry O’Farrell’s bottle

of Grange, Sam Dastyari’s

dislike of paying travel

expenses or Bronwyn Bishop’s

helicopter ride are all pretty

good examples. In a similar

vein people understand that

within our particular system,

partisanship happens with

examples like Joe Hockey being

installed as US ambassador or

George Brandis recently naming

two former Liberal MPs to plum

roles as Federal Commissioners

on $200k salaries.

But what is more worrying

about politics to me (and I

suspect many others as well)

is the question of what were

the other pollies or highly paid

servants of the public doing

while Eddie was feathering

his nest? According to Kate

McClymont’s reporting in

The Sydney Morning Herald

Eddie was gainfully occupied

orchestrating non-arm’s

length deals with various NSW

government departments from

his time as a newly minted

backbencher all the way through

to when he was an esteemed

member of cabinet.

with Brian Hrnjak

He was a Labor right

wing powerbroker, part

of the so-called Terrigal’s

group, a major fund-raiser

in the ALP who was able to

influence if not determine

the choice and fate of the

Premier of NSW. He is alleged

to have lobbied elected

members and public servants

extensively; in other words

the man did not operate in a


McClymont reported that

when the issue of Offset

Alpine was raised in the

NSW Parliament in 2012, ALP

police minister Mike Gallacher

apparently said: “I hear people

saying that a name is missing

from that list: Where there is

smoke, there is Eddie.”

The most heavily traded

commodity in political circles is

gossip. Governments and the

public service leak like sieves

(to both sides of politics and

the press) yet Eddie apparently

came to grief over some

perjured evidence given to ICAC

by his son Moses.

This year more than any

other was a watershed one for

politics. This is the year that

the voting public confounded

the betting markets and the



pollsters by giving us Brexit, the

return of One Nation and the

election of Donald Trump, in

that order.

Average people have long

thought that our politicians have

evolved into a separate political

class and that they are out of

touch with the needs, wants

and aspirations of the average

voter. The day after Eddie Obeid

was sentenced to five years’

jail it probably wasn’t the best

look to have photos appear in

the Australian and the Financial

Review newspapers of past

and present political leaders

(although not the current PM),

heads of banking and the media

(two of our most regulated

industries), at a Christmas

function at ‘Aussie‘ John

Symonds harbour side mansion.

The court of public opinion

doesn’t operate under the same

rules as our legal system – in

this forum perception is reality.

To restore faith in the System,

even though he was eventually

jailed, our political leaders still

need to reassure the public that

the System did not in any way

protect Obeid through silence

or omission.

Brian Hrnjak B Bus CPA (FPS) LREA is a Director of GHR

Accounting Group Pty Ltd, Certified Practising Accountants,

Authorised Representative of Australian Unity Personal

Financial Services Ltd, ABN: 26 098 725 145, Australian

Financial Services Licence Number 234459 and licensee in

charge of AltRE Real Estate. Offices: Suite 12, Ground Floor, 20

Bungan Street Mona Vale NSW 2103 and Shop 8, 9 – 15 Central

Ave Manly NSW 2095, Telephone: 02 9979-4300, Webs: www.

ghr.com.au and www.altre.com.au Email: brian@ghr.com.au

These comments are of a general nature only and are not

intended as a substitute for professional advice. This article

is not an offer or recommendation of any securities or other

financial products offered by any company or person.

Business Life

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Business Life: Finance

Business Life

Welcome to 2017 – and

the much bigger picture

Writing a monthly

article about the stock

market presents a few

timing challenges. Between

the time that an article is

submitted and the date of

publication (even if just days),

the world can be turned on its

head – and quite often is.

At the time of writing this

column the Dow Jones Index

of the top 30 stocks was

nudging 20,000. Where it will

be at the time of publication

is anyone’s guess.

Such is the nature of how

the markets have become

increasingly short term

focused, so, the task at hand

takes on more of a biggerpicture

strategy, which is where

we attempt to guide people to

in any case. In 2017 volatility

and risk are going to go into

overdrive as investors look to

any utterance from Donald

Trump for clues about potential

investment opportunities either

locally or abroad.

There is even a firm in

the US that has created an

algorithm to trade in and

out of stocks based on the

potential instantaneous

reaction to ‘tweets’ put out by

President elect Donald Trump.

There are algorithm trading

platforms where investors

can react to minute-by-minute

newsfeeds, whether real or

fake. A couple of months

ago a fake news item caused

a European stock to fall as

much as 30% in a matter of

minutes – by the time the

company had reacted and

disclosed to the market that

the news release was false

and fraudulent, investors who

traded on the news release

had lost significant amounts

of money.

Due to the instantaneous

nature of political and

economic events markets are

being continually whipsawed

and these moves will only

intensify. So if you don’t

understand risk, don’t invest.


When we look for growth

and businesses to invest

in we spend months and

sometimes years looking at

the industry, the sector, their

people, their prospects and

the bigger picture. It’s

extremely distracting

for investors to look at

the miniature of every

nuance and react and

then regret.

The difference with

owning an investment

property as opposed

to owning listed

securities is that you

can’t look up the price

of the property every

minute of every day

like you can in the

stock market. We place

a great deal of faith in

the people behind the

company and below

I have listed some

signposts to look for

when researching

smaller companies.

The People

Good people behind a

company make a difference

– especially for small

companies that have big

growth potential.

Here are the key things to

look for:

n A proven track record

in building successful


n A well-established network

of connections and ability to

nurture strategic relations.

n Ability to raise capital in a

tough economic environment.

n Skin in the game: ownership

of shares in the company

represents a real stake in the

future prospects.

n Management that is

respectful of shareholder

funds: not spending excessive

money on General and

Administrative expenses or

overpaying themselves.

In 2017 we will continue

to see growth come from

emerging economies. Just


watching the scale of the

development in Asia is

something to behold. By

way of example, whilst here

we argue and lobby about

the new Sydney Airport, in

with Simon Bond

(APM) system connecting

Terminal 2 with the new

passenger building and

capable of transporting up to

10,800 passengers her hour.

– A new Baggage Handling

System (BHS) linking

Terminal 2 with the

new Third Runway

Passenger Building.

– Construction of

other associated airport

support infrastructure,

a road network and

transportation facilities.

On completion of

the 3RS project, HKIA

will be able to serve 30

million more passengers

annually, as forecasted

in the HKIA Master Plan

2030. As a point of

comparison, the airport

had served 68.5 million

passengers and handled

4.38 million tonnes of

cargo and 406,000 air

traffic movements in


The master plan

accommodates further

expansion of the passenger

building facilities in the

future, as needed.

That’s progress. The World

Economic Forum regularly

publishes its expectations

for world growth and the

economies just north of us

feature prominently into their

views and predictions for the


people, their prospects and the new Sydney Airport, in A new Baggage Handling

Hong Kong there is a not

insignificant expansion


The scope of the Hong

Kong 3RS project approaches

the design and construction

of a new airport:

– Reclamation of

approximately 650 hectares

of land north of the existing

airport island, using nondredge

methods such as

a deep cement mixing


– A new 3,800-metre

runway and supporting

taxiway systems, as well

as reconfiguration of the

existing north runway.

– A Third Runway Passenger

Building with more than

280,000 square metres of

floor space, 57 new parking

spaces, and an apron.

– Expansion of the existing

Terminal 2 to provide

arrival, departure and other

passenger services.

– A new 2,600-metre

Automated People Mover

Simon Bond of Morgans

Newport (9998 4200) has

been actively involved in

all aspects of Stockbroking

since 1987. Simon’s area of

expertise includes equities,

portfolio management,

short-term trading, longterm

strategies, derivatives

and fixed interest. His focus

is on how technology is

changing the investment

landscape, demographic

trends and how they

influence equity markets.

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Business Life: Law

Business Life

Inquiry into Elder Abuse

& proposals for change

resentative roles, including:

1. prevention of abuse

2. mitigation of abuse

3. reporting of abuse

4. remedies for abuse

5. penalties for abuse, and

n provide specific protections

against elder abuse.

An Issues Paper was released

in June this year and

in response to it, more than

200 submissions from the

aged care sector, lawyers,

advocates and victims of elder

abuse were received by the

ALRC, which issued a Discussion

paper last month.

The Discussion paper


n A national register of powers

of attorney;

n That enduring powers of

attorney be witnessed by two


n That the Code of Banking

Practice requires banks try to

prevent financial elder abuse;

n A new national employment

screening process for Australian

Government aged care


n A reportable incidents

scheme in aged care that

requires staff to report to

Aged Care Complaints Commissioner;

n That the Law Council of Australia

review the guidelines for

with Jennifer Harris

Early this year the Federal

Attorney General Senator

George Brandis issued

terms of reference to the

Australian Law Reform Commission

(ALRC) for inquiry and

report on

n “Existing Commonwealth

laws and frameworks

which seek to safeguard

and protect older persons

from misuse or abuse by

formal and informal carers,

supporters, representatives

and others.” These included

regulation of:

1. Financial institutions

2. Superannuation

3. Social Security

4. Living care arrangements,


5. Health

n The interaction and relationship

of these laws with state

and territory laws.

In conducting the inquiry,

the ALRC was tasked with

considering best practice laws,

as well as legal frameworks including

but not limited to, the

National Disability Insurance

Scheme and the Aged Care

framework, which:

n promote and support older

people’s ability to participate

equally in their community

and access services

and advice;

n protect against misuse or

advantage taken of informal

and formal supporter or repthe

preparation and execution

of Wills.

The ALRC is seeking

feedback on its proposals by

February 27, 2017 and it will

deliver its final report in May


So… what is ‘elder abuse’?

The discussion paper


“Elder abuse may be broadly

defined as causing harm to an

older person. It usually refers

to deliberate harm, such as

assaulting an older person or

stealing their money, but it

may also be harm caused by

neglect, such as failing to feed

or provide prescribed medications

to an older person. Elder

abuse usually refers to abuse

by family, friends, carers and

other people the older person

may trust, rather than abuse

by strangers. Most elder abuse

therefore has ‘similar features’

to family violence.”

There are various categories

of elder abuse, the commonly

recognised include:

Emotional abuse, financial

abuse, physical abuse, neglect

and sexual abuse.

Using drugs to sedate older

people when unnecessary is

an abuse sometimes called

chemical abuse.

Examples of emotional or

psychological abuse are:

n Verbal abuse, name calling,

bulling and harassment,



pressuring, intimidating

or bullying/ harassment.

Other examples listed are

repeatedly telling an older

person they have dementia;

threatening to withdraw

affection; and threatening

to put an older person in a

nursing home.

n Stopping an older person

from seeing family and friends

may also be ‘social abuse’.

Financial abuse

This kind of abuse is quite

common and examples are as


n Someone incurring bills for

which the older person is


n Someone living in an older

person’s home for reasons

other than for the benefit of

the older person;

n Someone stealing the older

person’s goods – threatening,

coercing or forcing an

older person into handing

over an asset, and abusing

power of attorney arrangements.

Other examples of financial

abuse may include refusing to

repay a loan; living with someone

without helping to pay for

expenses or failing to care for

someone, after agreeing to do

so, in exchange for money or

property; and forcing someone

to sign a will, contract or

power of attorney.

Physical abuse

Includes pushing or shoving;

kicking, punching, slapping,

biting or burning and rough


The introduction of ‘restrictive

practices’ in hospitals and

residential care facilities, such

as restraining a person with

ropes or belts, locking someone

in a room, or unnecessarily

giving a patient a sedative.


Failing to provide an older

person with food, shelter or

medical care. This may involve

family members or staff in

residential care facilities.

Sexual abuse

Is not as common as the other

categories of abuse described

above but it includes rape and

unwanted sexual contact.

All of the examples noted

above are found in the discussion

paper and were reported

to the ALRC in submissions

following publication of the

Issues Paper in June.

(Unfortunately it is not possible

to reflect on each of the

proposals contained in the

discussion paper in this issue

so we will take up other proposals

in Part 2 of this subject

in column next month.)

Enduring powers of attorney

and enduring guardianships

have become quite common.

Powers of attorney have

been used for centuries. In

short, POAs give legal power

to one person – the ‘attorney’

– to deal with financial and

property matters on behalf

of the person granting the


The relationship created

is one of agency with the attorney

having power as agent

for the principal. This concept

was unsatisfactory for people

who wished to make a power

of attorney in the event that

they lost capacity, as the

principal-agent relationship

is a personal one and the

agent has no authority to do

anything the principal cannot

lawfully do.

As this arrangement did not

meet the needs of people who

wanted someone to manage

their affairs if they lost capacity,

the states and territories

enacted legislation during the

1970s and 1980s to establish

‘enduring’ powers of attorney

– i.e. powers of attorney that

continue (or endure) notwithstanding

that the principal has

lost capacity.

As with so much in this federation

there are significant

differences in the forms of

documentation e.g. Queensland

and Victoria provide

for a combined financial and

personal enduring document.

New South Wales has separate

documents for enduring powers

of attorney and enduring

guardianship. South Australia

has legislation for advance

care directives which permits

a person to appoint a substitute

decision maker (equivalent

to an enduring guardian

in New South Wales) but keeps

separate documents for enduring

powers of attorney for

financial matters.

Only in Tasmania is it

compulsory to register

enduring documents, powers

of attorney and enduring

guardianship. Overall outside

Tasmania there is no general

requirement for registration of

enduring documents.

The ALRC proposal is “a

national on line register of

enduring documents, and

court and tribunal orders, for

the appointment of guardians

and financial administrators

should be established…”

We will continue analysis

of the Discussion paper next


Comment supplied by

Jennifer Harris, of Jennifer

Harris & Associates, Solicitors,

4/57 Avalon Parade,

Avalon Beach.

T: 9973 2011. F: 9918 3290.

E: jenniferha@pacific.net.au

W: www.jenniferharris.com.au

Business Life

JANUARY 2017 57

Trades & Services

Trades & Services


Avalon Air

Call 0414 944 894

Local and dependable. They

specialise in domestic ducted

airconditioning, split systems and

central heating.


British & Swedish


Call 9970 6654

Services Range Rover, Land

Rover, Saab and Volvo with the

latest in diagnostic equipment.

Narrabeen Tyrepower

Call 9970 6670

Stocks all popular brands including

Cooper 4WD. Plus they’ll do

all mechanical repairs and rego



Smash Repairs

Call 9970 8207


Re-sprays a specialty, plus

restoration of your favourite vehicle.

Commercial vehicle specialist.


Avalon Marine


Call Simon 9918 9803

Makes cushions for boats,

patio and pool furniture,

window seats.


Eamon Dowling


Call 0410 457 373

For all electrical, phone, TV, data

and security needs.


Blue Tongue Carpets

Call Stephan 9979 7292

Family owned and run. Carpet,

rugs, runners, timber, bamboo,

vinyl, tiles & laminates.

Open 6 days.


Graham Brooks

Call 0412 281 580

Tree pruning and removals.

Reports regarding DA tree management,

arborist reports.

Palm Beach Property

Call David 0418 269 565

Total landscape, garden and

property maintenance, established

1988, fully insured.

Arbor Master Tree Group

Call Jason 0404 922 223

Environmentally friendy service;

Level 5 & Level 8 arborists.

Specialists in crane work. Stump

grinding and chipping.

Precision Tree Services

Call Adam 0410 736 105

Adam Bridger; professional tree

care by qualified arborists and

tree surgeons.


House Washing

Northern Beaches

Call 0408 682 525

Specialists in soft washing house

exteriors and high-pressure

cleaning of paved areas.

The Aqua Clean Team

Call Mark 0449 049 101

Quality window washing,


your Business

in Trades &



pressure cleaning, carpet

washing, building soft wash.

Martin Earl House Wash

Call 0405 583 305

Pittwater-based owner/operator

on site at all times. No travellers

or uninsured casuals on your

property. Ideal for selling.


Avalon Physiotherapy

Call 9918 3373

Provide specialist treatment for

neck & back pain, sports injuries,

niggling orthopaedic problems.

Avalon Physiotherapy

& Clinical Pilates

Call 9918 0230

Dry needling and acupuncture,

falls prevention and balance

enhancement programs.

Treatment for neck and back pain.

Avalon Beach


Call 9918 0070

Chiropractic, massage, dry

needling. Professional care for all

ages. Treatment for chronic and

acute pain, sports injuries, postural

correction & pregancy care.

Fix & Flex Pilates / Physio

Call Jen 0404 804 441

Equipment pilates sessions run by

physios. Mona Vale-based. Help

improve posture and reduce pain

while improving core strength.


Contrast Colour

Call 0431 004 421

Locals Josef and Richard offer

quality painting services. Tidy,

reliable, they’ll help consult

on the best type of paint for

your job.

Modern Colour


0438 123 096

Call 0406 150 555

Simon Bergin offers painting and

decorating; clean, tidy, quality

detail you will notice. Dependable

and on time.



JANUARY 2017 59

Trades & Services

Trades & Services


Predator Pest Control

Call 0417 276 962


Environmental services at their

best. Comprehensive control.

They provide a 24-hour service.


Water Warehouse

Call 9913 7988


Rainwater tanks & pumps. Irrigation

& filter supply specialists.


Rob Burgers

Call 0416 066 159

Qualified builder provides all

carpentry needs; decks, pergolas,

carports, renovations and repairs.

B & RD Williams

Call Brian 0416 182 774

Kitchen and bathroom renovations,

decks and pergolas. Small

extensions specialists.


Call Dustin 0413 737 934


All-aluminium, rust-proof remotecontrolled

opening roofs & awnings.

Beat competitor’s prices.


Sure Security

Call 1300 55 12 10

Northern Beaches-based specialists

in Alarms, Intercoms, Access

Control and CCTV Surveillance

with solutions to fit your needs.


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opinions expressed are

not necessarily those of

the Editor or Publisher

of Pittwater Life and

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taken for the accuracy

of the information

contained within. Readers

should make their own

enquiries directly to any

organisations or businesses

prior to making any plans

or taking any action.

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Players just love to

be beside the seaside

Local amateur drama

group the Elanora Players

enter their 51st year of

productions on the Northern

Beaches in in 2017, kicking

off with Australian playwright

Hannie Rayson’s ‘Hotel

Sorrento’ in January.

Set in the Victorian town of

Sorrento on the Mornington

Peninsula, it tells the story of

a family reunion in the quiet

bayside/seaside resort. Hilary

is the eldest of three sisters.

She has remained in the town

caring for her father, Wal, and

her teenage daughter, Tory.

Her sisters, Meg and Pippi,

are returning from a 10-year

absence overseas. Meg, who

has been living in the UK, is

the author of a novel which

is short listed for the Booker

Prize. Pippi has made her

mark in marketing in the USA.

Against the background of a

holiday township where not a

lot changes, the play explores

the intricacies of family life:

the ties that bind and the tensions

that divide. This is done

with a mixture of warmth

and humour and moments of

intense drama.

The cast is a blend of

familiar faces and new and

recent comers to the Players.

The newest recruit is Alison

Akhurst in the role of teenage

daughter Tory. Samantha

Dickenson plays Pippi,

following her recent debut

with the Players as a Russian

mobster’s girlfriend in ‘Old

Actors Never Die: They Simply

Lose the Plot’. Chris Richardson

as Hilary, Robert Longley

as Wal, Tracey Keene as Meg

and Gerard Hawkins as Meg’s

English husband Edwin will be

readily recognised by regular

patrons of EP. Audiences will

also recognise, from appearances

in recent EP productions,

Vicki Castorina and Matt Burke

(pictured) as townsfolk with

an interest in the novel and its

connections with the family.

Director Jen Davidson, who

has appeared in numerous EP

productions over recent years,

makes her debut as a firsttime

director, with Bill Akhurst

as assistant director.

“Jen’s energetic style of

direction has produced similarly

energetic performances

from her cast,” says Bill. “This

promises a highly entertaining

season of performances.”

The play will be staged at

the Elanora Community Centre

from January 13 to 21; bookings

9979 9694.






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amazed at the variety of

great dishes.

Order ahead for their wonderful

Peking Duck which

is offered as a dine-in-only

special Thursdays through



di Toni


Lunch Tues - Fri 12–3pm

Dinner Mon - Sat from 6pm

Fully Licensed & BYO

(Bottled wine only)

Sunday evenings.

There are two traditional

courses: Peking Duck pancakes

& duck sang choy bow

(bookings essential; mention

the ad when you call).

This long-established restaurant

on the eastern side of

Barrenjoey Rd has an extensive

menu based on traditional

flavoursome Cantonese with

touches of spicy Szechuan and

other Asian dishes and fresh

seasonal vegetables.

Entrees start at just $5

while mains are reasonable

too, starting at $12.90.

The menu ranges from adventurous,

like a Mongolian

chicken hot pot, to contemporary,

spicy salt and pepper

king prawns, to traditional,

fillet steak with snow peas

and bean sprouts.

New dishes are introduced

regularly so make sure you

check out the blackboard


The team are only too

happy to home deliver your

meal, with a range that takes

in Narrabeen to the south

to Palm Beach in the north.

Phone 9997 8379.



Club Palm Beach

1087 Barrenjoey Rd,

Palm Beach


Lunch 11:30am-2.30pm

Dinner 6pm-8.30pm


Lunch and dinner

specials $13.50

BOOKINGS 9974 5566




Head to Club Palm Beach,

conveniently located just a

short stroll from Palm Beach

Wharf, for great meal specials

in January.

The Members’ lucky badge

draw is held Wednesday and

Friday night (every 30 minutes

between 5pm-7pm), and

jackpots by $100 each week.

Wednesday and Sunday

are meat raffle nights, with a

whopping 14 trays to be won.

In January, catch the cricket

on the big screen, with the Test

Series against Pakistan and

also the Bib Bash League.

Enjoy Trivia Night from

5.30pm on Wednesdays, plus

Bingo at 10am on Fridays.

The club’s Barrenjoey Bistro

is open for lunch (11.30am

to 2.30pm) and dinner (6pm

to 8.30pm) seven days. The

Bistro serves top-value a la

carte meals plus daily $13.50

specials of roasts (Mondays),

rump steak with chips and

salad (Tuesdays), chicken

schnitzel with chips and salad

(Wednesdays), homemade

gourmet pies with chips and

salad (Thursdays) and fish

and chips with salad (Fridays),

except on public holidays.

Entrees on the a la carte

menu range from $10.50 to

$17.50 (mains $14.50 to $25).

The club has a courtesy

bus which meets the 11am

ferry from Ettalong at the Palm

Beach Wharf at 11.20am daily,

returning on request.

It also makes regular runs

Wednesdays, Fridays and

Saturdays from 4.30pm to

9pm. Ring to book a pick-up.

* Club Palm Beach celebrates

its 60th anniversary in 2017;

the call is out for locals to

contribute their stories about

the early days. P: 9974 5566.

The Beach Port

Café and Restaurant

7/331 Barrenjoey Rd



Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Open 8am 7 days

(Closed from 4pm Wed)


Modern Australian


Breakfast $4.50-$19.90

Lunch $8.50-$13.50

Dinner $8.50-$24.90

Kids menu $6.50-$9

BOOKINGS 9446 9844




Choice of main & dessert.

Only with bookings.

Group menus online.



LUNCH $30.00

Tuesday - Friday

PH: 9999 2588

Level 1, 1775 Pittwater Rd,

Mona Vale


This casual eatery set back

from the main road in the

Newport Village Arcade is a

real find.

Chefs Jotti and Georgia’s

menus are always evolving;

while The Beach Port offers

all the usual fare for breakfast

and lunch, at dinner time their

main meals really shine thanks

to the cooking technique Jotti

specialises in – sous vide.

Jotti who previously worked

as head chef at Ripples, Pyrmont

and the Sugar Lounge

in Manly, explains sous vide

is a cooking method that uses

immersion in hot water to

cook food over long periods

low and slow. Not only does

this method result in some

of the most succulent and

tender meat you’ve eaten, it’s

healthier than traditional baking

and frying as there is no

need to use extra fats.

All chicken, pork and beef

dishes here are sous vide, ensuring

flavours are locked in.

The Beach Port’s famous

70 degrees Smoked BBQ Beef

Ribs ($24.90) are sous-vide

for 48hrs and then finished

off under the grill before they

are tastefully presented with

a pickled carrot-daikon and

tamarind sauce.

Kids’ meals come with a

drink and a scoop of ice cream

for only $5 when purchased

with a main meal.

The Beach Port is offering

Pittwater Life readers a special

deal for summer – present the

ad below for a FREE dessert

with every main meal (valid

through Jan 31). Check out

their weekly specials online.



Shop 4, 120 Narrabeen Park

Pde, Warriewood Beach.


Open 7 days lunch and dinner




Entrees $2-$9.80

Mains $13.80-$19.80

Noodles $13.80

Lunch specials.

1/2 price daily deals.

BOOKINGS 9979 9449




Book now for a great table

for lunch or dinner at this

friendy and popular Vietnamese


Full ocean views across

Warriewood Beach may be

enjoyed from the restaurant

which offers one of the most

popular of Asian cuisines.

Eat in and take-away meals

are available; plus they offer

free home delivery for orders

over $35.

Tantalising lunch specials

from $2 to $10.80 include egg

custard buns (two for $4.40),

Money Bags (four for $5.80),

prawn dumplings, fresh rice

paper rolls, pork dumplings

soup, noodles with veggies and

chicken or beef with rice $10.80.

Chef’s specials include

mango king prawns, stir fry

scallops, red curry duck and

chicken laksa.

Each day there is a half-price

deal for evening diners-in (limit

of one deal per table of diners).

They include: on Thursday

satay king prawn for $10.40, on

Monday salt and pepper squid

for $10.40 and on Saturday lemongrass

chicken for $8.90.

Prices reduced across the

board, as well as lunch specials

and the daily half-price deals.

Find Daniel and the friendly

team at 120 Narrabeen Park

Parade, Warriewood Beach.

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Dining Guide

Royal Motor

Yacht Club

Salt Cove on Pittwater

46 Prince Alfred

Parade, Newport


Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Mon-Fri from 8.30am

Weekends from 8am


Breakfast from $8-$18

Entrees from $9-$21

Mains from $16-$26

BOOKINGS 9997 5511




RMYC’s restaurant Salt Cove

on Pittwater offers affordable

prices and generous servings

of dishes including pies,

fritattas, fish and seafood

dishes, burgers, grills,

salads and desserts. Plus the

new summer menu is now

available with daily specials.

In January, Friday night

entertainment kicks off in

the Lounge Bar from 7.30pm.

Great acts appearing this

month include Chris Hallowes

(6th), Geoff Kendall (13th),

Keff McCullough (20th) and

Jesse (27th).

Sunday Sessions are

continuing in the Compass

Terrace and Garden Forecourt

from 2pm-5pm every Sunday

in Summer.

Don’t miss Fireworks

Over Pittwater from 9pm &

midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Trivia is held every

Tuesday night from 7.30pm

(great prizes and vouchers).

Also, save the date for the

great ‘Swinging Sixties’ Show

on Saturday January 14, plus

from Canada, Bobby Bruce

returns with his uncanny

Neil Diamond tribute show

on Saturday February 11.

Bookings are essential for

all events; early booking


Club social memberships are

available for just $160.



6/11-13 Avalon Pde,

Avalon Beach


Dinner Tues-Sun 6-10pm

Lunch Tues-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm


Japanese Restaurant


Entrees $6.80-19.80

Main $16.80-36

Corkage $2.50pp

*Takeaway available

BOOKINGS 9918 9963





Dine indoors or outside under

stylish new awnings, catching

the cool sea breeze at Ninja in

Avalon – it’s the perfect space

for a great dining experience

in authentic surrounds.

Ninja serves tantalising

Japanese dishes including fresh

sushi and sashimi, assorted

tempura, agedashi tofu and

char-grilled salmon teriyaki.

Owner/chef Hideaki

Serizawa is a qualified Japanese

chef, who graduated from Barrenjoey

High, and was trained

in popular restaurants in the

Akasaka district of Tokyo where

he learnt their secret recipes.

Recommended entrees

include the grilled premium

wagyu beef, and deep fried soft

shell crab with ponzu sauce.

Mains include Japanese-style

steak, California rolls, prawn

tempura and mixed sushi/sashimi

platter. Particularly popular

is the Grilled Hirimasa Kingfish,

chargrilled with your choice of

teriyaki or wasabi tartare sauce.

Ninja serves a mouthwatering

Agedashi tofu and

their Ninja Potatoes (deep fried


in our




sweet potatoes with soy-based

sweet syrup and black sesame)

are a true taste experience.

Also, for a local lunch on

the run, Ninja offer takeaway

specials Tues-Fri, 11.30am-3pm,

including Chicken Teriyaki with

rice ($6) and Vegetarian Spring

Rolls (3 for $4).

Ninja can accommodate up

to 40 guests in the main dining

room – it’s perfect for parties

or for those special family get



The Avalon

on the Beach

Avalon Beach, Avalon


The Avalon on the Beach:

Tues-Fri – midday til late

Sat/Sun – 8am til late

Kiosk: Tues-Sun 7am-4pm


Modern Aust / Seafood


Breakfast: $15-$23

Lunch & Dinner:

Starters $15-$28

Mains $22-$33

P: 1300 339 093




Enjoy summer at The Avalon

on the Beach, so close to the

sea you can dip your toes

in the sand! Located on the

upper level of Avalon Beach

Surf Life Saving Club, this

modern restaurant space

boasts stylish designs and

picturesque 180-degree

ocean views.

Their summer menu has

some exciting dishes and

enticing themes.


0438 123 096



Great dishes include

The Avalon fish and

chips, the ‘Round Table’

burger (with Black Angus

beef, shoestring fries

and onion rings), chicken

katsu drumsticks, fresh

fish of the day, pasture

fed rib eye and spice

rubbed flat iron steak.

And what better

way to enjoy their new

menu than with a weekly BYO

Wednesday dinner, where

your private collection is

raided and you can bring

your favourite drop – with no

corkage fee!

With Daylight

Saving ushering in the

longer days, there’s

more time to enjoy the

downstairs Kiosk, now

with extended trading

hours and more seating

with table service. With

direct access to Avalon

Beach and the nearby

reserve, the Kiosk is an

open, contemporary

and relaxed beach-side


Grab your friends and

head down for Happy Hour on

Friday to Sunday, 4pm-6pm,

including a glass of house

red, white or sparkling for

$5, plus $5 Coronas, $5 premixed

spirits and $8 mojitos.

Thinking about all those

extra days off you have

coming up? The Avalon on the

Beach is open on all the major

public holidays, including

New Year’s Eve and New

Year’s Day, plus Australia Day.

More info visit www.


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Food Life

Ice creams to help bring

the temperature down

Don’t you just love January! Days spent at the beach... lots

of yummy salads, seafood and barbecues. But with the

summer sun comes the need to lower the body temperature

- cue this month’s raft of easy-to-make ice creams and

‘popsicles’. Plus, turn the page for a great recipe for Fish Tacos

using the ever-popular and in-season mango! Happy New Year!

with Janelle Bloom

Food Life

Recipes: Janelle Bloom Photos: Benito Martin & Steve Brown; thanks to Perfection Fresh for use of Calypso Mango images




Makes 12

½ cup white sugar

1 cup coconut water

2 tbs lemon juice

¼ (1.5kg) seedless

watermelon, peeled, coarsely


1. Stir the sugar, coconut

water and lemon juice

together in a small

saucepan over low heat

until the sugar dissolves.

Increase heat to high. Boil

gently for 5 minutes or until

the syrup thickens slightly.

Set aside to cool.


2. Meanwhile, blend or process

the watermelon until

smooth. Strain through a

fine sieve into a jug. Add the

coconut syrup.

3. Pour into 12 x 125ml (½-cup

capacity) popsicles molds.

Insert the sticks, freeze


Adult Version: Pop the

popsicles into a glass of chilled


Frozen pina colada

Makes 8

1 litre pineapple juice

200ml white rum

1 cup coconut milk

¼ cup finely chopped palm sugar


1 cup ice cubes

1. Place the pineapple juice,

rum, coconut milk and palm

sugar in a jug. Mix well.

Pour into a large snap lock

bag and freeze overnight.

2. Pour half the frozen

pineapple mixture into a

blender with ½ cup ice.

Blend until well combined.

Pour into a jug and repeat

with remaining pineapple

mixture and ice. Serve


Rocky Road

ice-cream wafer


Makes 8

200g good quality dark or

milk chocolate, chopped

16 ice-cream wafers

1 quantity caramel Rocky

Road ice-cream (see below)

Cocoa powder or drinking

chocolate, to serve

Caramel Rocky Road ice-cream

2 litres vanilla ice-cream (blue

ribbon brand)

500g premium vanilla custard

(Pauls brand)

200g pkt marshmallows,


1 cup peanuts, chopped

caramel fudge sauce

395g can sweetened

condensed milk

2 tbs Golden Syrup

50g butter, chopped

1. For the caramel fudge

sauce, combine the

condensed milk, Golden

Syrup and butter in an

8-cup capacity heatproof,

microwave-safe Pyrex

bowl or jug. Microwave,

uncovered for 3-4 minutes

on High/100%, whisking

every minute until light

golden and thickened

slightly. Set aside to cool

for 10 minutes.

2. Line base and side of 8cm

x 26cm (8-cup capacity)

loaf pan with baking

paper. Remove the icecream

from the freezer

and spoon into a large

bowl, set aside to soften

(not melt completely).

Stir in the custard. Stir

the marshmallows and

peanuts into the icecream

mixture until

just combined. Pour

over warm fudge sauce,

quickly swirl through the

ice-cream. Spoon into loaf

pan. Cover tightly with

plastic wrap and foil then

For more recipes go to www.janellebloom.com.au

freeze overnight until


3. Place the chocolate on

a shallow, heatproof

microwave-safe plate.

Microwave, uncovered

in 1-minute bursts on

medium/50%, stirring every

minute with a metal spoon

until melted and smooth.

Line a large flat tray with

baking paper. One wafer at

a time, coat one side of each

wafer in the chocolate. Place

onto the tray, chocolate

side up. Refrigerate until

set. Repeat, coating the

other side of each wafer in


4. Remove the ice-cream

from the loaf pan and cut

into 2cm thick pieces.

Sandwich each piece

ice-cream between two

chocolate coated wafers,

dust with cocoa powder.

Serve immediately.

Salted caramel

mango ice cream


Serves 10

1¼ cup self-raising flour

80g butter, chilled, chopped

½ cup brown sugar

1 cup honey roasted

macadamia nuts, roughly


3 litres vanilla ice cream

5 Calypso mangoes

Quick salted caramel

½ cup thickened cream

2 x 135g packet Werther’s

chewy toffees, unwrapped

2 tsp salt flakes, crushed

1. Preheat oven to 180°C

fan-forced. Combine

the flour and butter in a

food processor. Process

until mixture resembles

fine breadcrumbs. Add

sugar and ½ cup of the

macadamia nuts, process

until crumble forms

clumps. Spread out on a

baking tray, bake for 15

minutes or until golden.


2. Meanwhile, to make the

quick salted caramel,

pour the cream into

small saucepan, add

the caramels. Stir over

medium-high heat for 3-4

minutes until cream comes

to the boil. Remove from

the heat and stir until

caramels have melted and

sauce is smooth. Stir in the

salt. Set aside to cool.

3. Line base and side 4cm

deep, 20cm x 30cm (base)

baking dish with baking

paper, allowing a 2cm

overhang at both long

sides. Scatter the crumble

over the base of the pan to


4. Peel three of the mangoes.

Chop the fruit. Swirl

chopped mango, remaining

macadamia nuts and ¾ cup

salted caramel through the

ice cream. Spoon over the

crumble base. Smooth the

surface. Cover and freeze


5. Peel and chop the

remaining two mangoes,

spoon over the ice cream.

Cut into pieces and serve

drizzled with remaining

salted caramel.


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Food Life

Food Life

In Season

Calypso Mangoes

Food Life

Not only do they look

great with bright

pink blush, they taste

great, have a smaller seed,

and they’re fibre-free (which

means no bits get stuck in

your teeth). The flesh is firm

and juicy, making them great

for slicing, dicing, cooking

and – of course – eating!

(Technically speaking, it’s

Also In Season


Apricots, Berries

(Blackberries, Blueberries,

Raspberries &

Strawberries), Cherries,

Grapes, Limes, Lychees,

Nectarines, Passionfruit,

Peaches, Plums and

Pineapples; plus Avocado,

Asparagus, Beans (green

& flat), Celery, Cucumber,

Eggplant, Capsicum,

Lettuce, Peas, Radish, Corn

(great for ‘on the cob’),

Tomatoes and Zucchini.


called B74 variety – a cross

between a Kensington Pride

and a Sensation.)


Select those of us which are

firm and bright with a distinct

pleasant aroma. The colour

should be characteristic of

variety. Avoid any with black

or soft spots.


Ripen at room temperature.

Store ripe fruit in the

vegetable crisper or in a

plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Use within 3 days.


Mangos are an excellent

source of Vitamin A and

flavonoids like beta-carotene,

alpha-carotene, and betacryptoxanthin.

A very

good source of vitamin-B6

(pyridoxine), vitamin C and

vitamin E and a good source

of potassium.


Fish tacos with

Calypso mango

& jalapeno salsa

Serves 4

1 large avocado, mashed

2 tbs sour cream

½ lime, juiced

600g thick white fish fillets

(such as ling)

2 tbs fajita seasoning

1 tbs plain flour

vegetable oil, for cooking

3 cups finely shredded green


8 mini-flour tortillas warmed

to serve

Mango and Jalapeno Salsa

2 Calypso Mangoes

2 tbs sliced jalapenos,

drained, chopped

2 tbs coriander leaves, finely


1. To make the salsa, cut the

cheeks from the mangoes.

Using a large spoon remove

the mango fruit from the

cheeks and cut into 1cm

cubes. Combine with

remaining salsa ingredients.

2. Combine avocado, sour

cream and 1tbs lime juice.

Season. Cut fish into

3cm-wide pieces. Combine

seasoning and flour in a

shallow dish.

3. Heat enough oil to cover

base of a large, non-stick

frying pan over a mediumhigh

heat. Dip half the fish

in flour mixture, shaking

off excess. Add to hot oil.

Cook, turning occasionally,

for 2-3 minutes, or until

fish is cooked. Remove

to a plate. Repeat with

remaining fish and flour


4. To serve, spread tortillas

with avocado. Top with

cabbage, fish and mango


25 26 27 28 29

Pittwater Puzzler

30 31 32 33 34 35 36

37 38 39

40 41


43 44

Compiled by David Stickley

of Dee Why RSL (8,6)

27 One putting on a show (9)

28 A bluebottle bite, for instance (5)

29 Type of ship belonging to Governor

Phillip that’s reportedly represented in

rock art on the western foreshores of

Pittwater (6)

30 Completely sane (3,5)


1 One of a breed of dogs with black or

golden coats (8)

5 On the water (6)

9 A triangular tract of deposited earth,

alluvium, etc, at the mouth of a river,

formed by its diverging outlets (5)

10 Areas of land delineated for some

administrative or other purpose (9)

12 Local amateur drama group kicking

off 2017 with Australian playwright

Hannie Rayson’s Hotel Sorrento (7,7)

14 A bushwalking track that ends up at

the starting point (4)

15 Italian bread available from Pizza

Capanna, Warriewood, say (8)

19 A type of walk that can be undertaken

without local expert (8)

20 Artists ____ Winona and Julie

Hickson will be exhibiting in Avalon in

January (4)

23 Support facility for returned servicemen

and servicewomen operating out


1 The meeting-place of a branch of

some societies, eg Freemasons (5)

2 Getaway offering organic meals,

yoga classes, meditation classes plus

wellness workshops, __________

Retreat (9)

3 Domain.com.au’s over-the-top webonly

series set in a Northern Beaches

suburb, ______ Now (6)

4 Out of fashion (3-3)

6 Captain, perhaps, of The Myra or

Golden Spirit, for example (8)

7 Take place (5)

8 A form of examination for evaluating

the performance and capabilities of a

student or class (4)

11 Fish that might be caught off the

Northern Beaches (6)

13 A festive or special occasion (4)

14 Northern Beaches surf lifesaving

family featuring sisters Jodie and

Madison (4)

16 Geographic feature where the land

meets the sea (9)

17 Type of golf course in Palm Beach


18 Make still (6)

21 Belonging to the stars (6)

22 One-room flat (6)

24 Native bird that can be found on

the Northern Beaches, Great _____ (5)

25 Good golf score (5)

26 Very impressive (4)

[Solution page 72]

Pittwater Puzzler

JANUARY 2017 69

Garden Life

Garden Life

Think ahead for lots of

shade next Christmas

January’s scorching heat and

the dazzling glare of the

sun provides a reminder

to think about summer shade.

There are a couple of flowering

trees to consider that will

provide enjoyment in the


The Cape Chestnut –

calodendrum capense – was

first discovered in the South

African Cape by William

Burchell in the early 1800s,

where it grows wild in the

forests and gorges.

In its natural environment the

Cape Chestnut (pictured) will

grow to a height of 20m but in

cultivation it is small tree of just

7m. The round canopy spreads

wide, making it a wonderful

shade or specimen tree in lawns

or as a street tree.

The glossy dark green

leaves are almost completely

covered by the exquisite

lavender pink flowers from

October to December. Once

the spring blossoms finish,

the Cape Chestnuts burst into

flower. This is a beautiful tree

that should be grown more

often in peninsular gardens.

It is usually grown from

cuttings taken in early

summer. Once established it

will grow fast – it can grow

as much as one metre each

year. It loves a moist soil, full

sun or semi-shade, with some

protection from strong wind.

It is exciting to discover

the extensive work being

done with our own native

trees. We all know and love

the Illawarra Flame Trees that

glow scarlet against the violet

flowers of the Jacarandas in

early summer, but not so well

known is the very beautiful

sugar pink ‘Bella Donna’

– brachychiton acerifolia x

populneus – a crossed variety

between the scarlet Flame

Tree and the Kurrajong Tree.

The spectacular racemes

of cascading pink bells

stand out against the bright

glossy leaves. Unlike its

flamboyant scarlet cousin, it

only sheds some of its leaves

as the flowers appear. It is

a pyramid-shaped tree that

grows 5-6m tall. An added

attraction is the bright red

colour of the young leaves in


with Gabrielle Bryant

Jerrilderie Red is another

crossed variety that has hot

pink flowers. More colours will

soon be available. This is a

grafted tree which means that

the flowers will always be true

to colour. Seed grown trees

can vary. If you can find this

tree it is one of the loveliest

native trees I have seen. Look

for it online if the garden

centres cannot source it.

If you have space for a tree

that’s fun, plant Black Sapote –

diospyros digyna – also known

as the Chocolate Pudding

Tree. It is a tropical fruit like a


The thin-skinned fruits

are dark green with brown

spots, and when the almost

black flesh is ripe it tastes like

chocolate pudding when it is

mixed with milk or cream. The

creamy soft flesh can be eaten

as a fruit with a spoon, used

to flavour sauce, eaten with

ice cream or made in a cake.

The fruit is very rich in

vitamin C. It may not be

available in supermarkets

but can usually be found in

organic fruit shops. The fruit

has between 2-10 large brown

seeds inside.

They will germinate in about

30 days, so if you can’t find the

tree try growing one yourself.

The Black Sapote is an

evergreen tree from Mexico;

it is an attractive upright tree

that grows slowly to a height

of 6m. To make it easier to

harvest the fruit, cut the

top out of the tree once it

reaches the height of 2m, to

encourage side growth and

reduce the height of the tree.

Plant the tree in full sun where

the drainage is good (it hates

wet feet).



Time to patch up your vegies

Now Christmas is over it is time to catch up in the veggie

patch. There are still several months of warm weather to

come. Take stock of your veggies. Mildew and sunburn have

taken their toll on some and

others may be finishing.

Pull out any that aren’t behaving

well. Feed the garden with a

Powerfeed. Spray it onto the soil

and the foliage for quick results.

It is not too late for more beans,

zuchinis and tomatoes (if you

buy established seedlings).

Make sure that raised metal garden beds are not too

hot. Shade the edges by planting ground covers or annuals

outside the beds. You can plant more carrots, lettuce onions

and leeks. For a quick crop, plant some Bok Choy.

Seed tapes make life very easy. Roll them out and cover

them lightly with seed raising mix. Just make sure that you

leave some room for February planting.

Recent rain has made tomatoes split. These plants are

greedy and will use as much water as they can get. Pick the

ones that have overeaten before the fruit fly get in, and use

them in cooking. Renew your fruit fly baits.

Scarlet a




The Scarlet Bleeding Heart

vine – Clerodendron

speciossum – climbs and

rambles over paling fences,

trellises, on lattice or over

archways. It is a strong plant

that needs good support.

This very beautiful climber is

very easy to control. It will lose

some leaves in winter but then

burst into the most amazing

scarlet flowers in early summer

and continue to flower until

the weather cools down.

The violet bracts remain

on the vine for many weeks

after the flowers are finished,

making a colourful display

until they fade in winter. It

will grow in full sun or part


Mine twines and turns in my

hibiscus hedge, adding the

most wonderful splashes of

colour against the rich green

bushes. Prune it back in early

spring and then let it go for

the summer months.

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Garden Life

Garden Life


Jobs this Month

With summer weather

that has featured

everything from

mild rain through torrential

thunderstorm downpours, plus

blistering sun then massive

cooling overnight, our poor

gardens on the northern

beaches are bewildered and

confused. Take time to trim and

heal your garden. January is a

month for maintenance. Put off

planting new shrubs until the

weather cools down.

Poinsettia care

Give your Christmas poinsettias

a new lease of life. Trim

the faded bracts and plant

them into the garden This will

give them time to recover and

flower again in Winter.

Grow again

Look after living Christmas

trees. Keep them in the shade

when they first go back outside.

Gradually harden them

up. Trees that get sunburnt

needles will die.

Mildew watch

Watch out for mildew and

fungal problems that can attack

damaged foliage. At the

first sign of a problem spray

with Eco Fungicide; this can be

used on any plant including


‘Shaggy’ lawns

It’s a tough time for lawns;

keep the lawn grass a little

longer than usual. If you cut it

too short the hot sun will burn

the roots.

Colour flow

Pinch back summer annuals and

you will get another flush of

flowers to last until the weather

cools, when it will be time for

bulbs and winter colour.

Ole oleanders!

Oleanders (below), a favourite

of the ’60s and ’70s are back

in favour. Sometimes they are

given a bad name because

their leaves are poisonous, but

so are many other shrubs that

we love. I have never heard

of a problem. They flower for

nearly 12 months of the year.

Very fashionable in Europe

this year are pure white oleanders

grown in large tubs.

Dwarf and tall varieties make

great hedges or pot plants.

Feed hibiscus

Hibiscus (above) and bougainvilleas

are looking good. Feed

them with a fertiliser that is

low in nitrogen and high in

phosphorous, and they will

flower well into autumn.

Mulch month

Mulch the garden with a thick

layer of mulch. Mix some compost

or cow manure into the

mulch before putting it around

the garden to hold in the moisture.

This will add food and

condition the soil at the same

time and give your shrubs

some extra energy to cope

with the hot days to come.

Indoors tip

If you are going away, put

indoor plants into the bath

or shower and fill to a depth

of 2.5cm. This cool moist

environment should keep

your plants watered for a

couple of weeks. Plants

grouped together take longer

to dry out.

Sweep palm seeds

Make sure that you clean up

palm seeds that fall. They

bring fruit fly into the garden,

and they can be dangerous if

trodden on as they roll under

foot and can cause a fall.

Bug bother

Look out for bronze citrus bugs

on your citrus trees. Be very

careful they can spit and if the

poison gets onto your skin it

can cause a rash or if it is in

your eye it can cause blindness.

Wear gloves. I use a doggy bag

as a glove and pull them off

into the plastic bag. You can

hose them off onto the ground

but often this just annoys them

and they fly away.

Colourful Crotons

Crotons love the heat and

give colour all the year round.

Plant them now while the

weather is warm and the

soil is damp. They will grow

in full sun or bright shade.

They are slow to get going

but eventually reach a height

of 2m or more, so don’t

underestimate their size.

Crossword solution from page 69

Mystery Location: THE BASIN



Times Past

Incredible rock art of the

Governor’s Cutter?

The sandstone of Kuring-gai

Chase and

Pittwater abounds

with Aboriginal engravings

(also called petroglyphs).

Hawkesbury sandstone

is naturally a softer

sedimentary rock, and so

conducive to being engraved

using a harder rock.

It is assumed (because

there were no eyewitness

descriptions) that the subject

was ‘sketched’ by outlining

a shadow of a fish, animal

or man (petroglyphs of

women are extremely rare) by

scratching the rock surface.

Holes were then ‘drilled’ at

regular intervals along the line

using a pointed hard stone

(maybe with another used as a

hammer) or a shell. A similar

hard, sharp stone was then

rubbed along the line joining

the holes to form a continuous

outline of the shape.

Many different and

familiar subjects have

been recorded – some even

showing a thylacine and

other now-extinct animals.

Aboriginal culture

website Creative Spirits,

whose information has been

archived by the National

Library of Australia since

2011, notes: “For non-

Aboriginal people it is easy to

view rock art as an individual

piece of art – we admire the

beauty and the intricacy of it,

then walk to the next piece,

just like in a museum. Most

Aboriginal art sites were not

intended that way. They form

an interconnected grid of

sites, or places which are all a

part of an overall story which

is more than its parts.”

Like the many different

facets of their song lines,

these engravings provide

information such as what

food, animals or fish may be

in the area, as well as which

language group may occupy

the area etc.

The “simple, figurative”

style of engravings found in

Ku-ring-gai Chase has been

dated at around 5,000 years

ago; other engravings show

European ships and so cannot

be more than 225 years old.

While there is an engraving

of a whale measuring 13

metres in the Chase, there

are also engravings of

schools of tiny fish.

The engraving shown

here is from the western

foreshores of Pittwater.

To the uneducated eye it

certainly appears to be a

petroglyph but professional

verification is being sought.

The original holes are still

clearly visible and many in

number, although some of the

connecting lines are slowly

becoming less obvious.

It appears to be a very

accurate representation of

Governor Phillip’s cutter,

which shows in several

of Lieutenant Bradley’s

watercolours of Port Jackson

and Pittwater (inset). If so,

then it can be accurately

dated to around 6 or 7 March

1788 when Phillip examined

Pittwater in his cutter

(accompanied by the longboat)

reaching as far south as

the present Taylors Point in

search of arable land.

Why the petroglyph would

have been made would have

been known only to members

of the Garigal clan – maybe

simply illustrating the

awareness of the presence of

non-Aboriginals in the area.

TIMES PAST is supplied by local

historian and President of the Avalon Beach

Historical Society GEOFF SEARL. Visit the Society’s

showroom in Bowling Green Lane, Avalon Beach.

PHOTO: State Library of NSW

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Travel Life

Travel Life

Discover glittering Cuba and Caribbean jewels

While the impact of the

death of Fidel Castro is

yet to be fully understood,

it’s expected Cuba will be

the focus of heightened

tourism interest in coming

years – so here’s your chance

to experience its grand

architecture, culture, sights

and wildlife before any major


In October, Silverseas’

luxury ship Silver Explorer

will depart the Bahamas with

just 130 guests on a cruise to

discover the jewels of Cuba,

Colombia and Panama.

“The benefit of this beautifully

crafted ship is that due

to its smaller size, it can reach

much more remote areas, and

there is also a fleet of Zodiac

boats with experts including

marine biologists and ornithologists,

which allow guests

to go even further off the

beaten track,” said Travel View

Cruise View’s Karen Robinson.

As well as immersing in

Cuban culture

guests can

enjoy a variety of

activities such as

diving, hiking and snorkeling –

all part of the carefully created

guest itineraries.

“Whether you want to

explore Havana, being

driven around in a vintage

car stopping off at places like

cigar factories, or admire the

marine life and coral reefs that

surround Cuba, this cruise

will have something for you,”

Karen said.

An expedition highlight is

the day trip

to Punta

Frances, Isle

of Youth.

This beautiful


white sand island was discovered

by Columbus in 1494;

the on-board marine biologist

will act as your guides as well

as take you on a snorkelling

tour, where there is the chance

to see turtles and parrot fish,

among many other species.

“There is also the opportunity

to explore the island on

foot – we would recommend

this as well as the snorkelling,

as it’s a great place for iguana

spotting!” said


The beautiful Silver

Explorer offers

a range of relaxing

spaces; there are

two dining venues

on board – The Restaurant

and The Grill

– while public areas

include the Observation

Lounge (boasting exceptional

views overlooking the

ocean); the Panorama Lounge

(a sophisticated yet amicable

space where you can relax and

unwind); The Theatre (where

you can hear fascinating tales

of adventure or learn about

the region’s endemic wildlife

and remarkable nature); and

The Spa (to indulge in a luxurious

spa treatment).

The cruise departs Nassau

on October 6, 2017; save 10%

with an Early Booking Bonus

– for more info phone Travel

View Cruise View on 1300 885




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