Pittwater Life February 2017 Issue


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Bees are the latest buzzword

Pittwater is breaking out in

hives! And no, it’s not an

allergic reaction to council

amalgamations. Rather it’s the

result of a bunch of ecologically

aware locals turning their hand

to beekeeping and harvesting

the sweet byproduct that is

natural honey.

Read about this growing

band of artisan producers and

find out how you too can get

involved through seminars on

the peninsula this month (see


Also this month we get

Northern Beaches Council’s

briefing on the current

algae blooms and also some

residents’ concern over

perceived increased seagrass

volumes in Narrabeen Lagoon.

Plus, Council unveils its

plans for new secure boat

storage racks around the

Lagoon – necessary to stamp

out the practice of boats being

dumped on sensitive riparian

vegetation which is responsible

for stabilising the bank of the


Plenty of ratepayers will

scoff at the new permit-only

arrangement ($75 annually) but

before anyone jumps on the

“this is a cash grab” wagon it

should be pointed out a similar

boat storage system is already

in place around Pittwater’s

foreshore. Fair enough.

Thanks to Shane Withington

for agreeing to be our ‘Life

Stories’ subject this month – his

is one of the best yarns we’ve

run to date (p26).

Resident surfing guru Nick

Carroll ponders the future

of the sport at a professional

level (p34); and Lisa Offord

has compiled a comprehensive

guide to women’s health (p38).

Last, with Valentine’s Day on

February 14, we give one lucky

reader the chance to win an

overnight Romantic Escape for

two to the beautiful Jonah’s

boutique hotel and restaurant,

with breakfast and an a la carte

dinner thrown in (see p31).

– Nigel Wall







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COVER: There’s a real buzz around Pittwater of late – and

it’s all thanks to a bunch of eco-aware locals who are

getting into beekeeping and producing marvellous-tasting

honey (p20); meet the first-time author who set her novel

in Avalon Beach, and learn why she did it (p16); Actor and

true Pittwater patriot Shane Withington talks about his life

on and off the Home and Away set (p26); win a romantic

getaway for two people at Jonah’s (p31); last year’s Sydney

SUP Festival champion gives his tips for competitors in

this year’s event (p33); and our special Women’s Health

feature will improve your wellbeing (p38). Enjoy!

also this month

Editorial 3

Pittwater Community News 8-25

Life Stories: Actor Shane Withington 26-27

Valentine’s Day: Gift Ideas 28-30

Boating Life 33

Surfing Life 34-35

Sporting Life 36-37

Women’s Health Special 38-41

Hair & Beauty 49

Money & Finance 50-52

Law: Discussion on Elder Abuse Part II 54-55

Food 64-66

Crossword 67

Gardening Life 68-71

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Council explains lagoon ‘big stink’

Northern Beaches Council

has moved to allay

user-group concerns about

a perceived increase in the

level of seagrass in Narrabeen


At the same time Council

says large blooms of algae

across some areas of the

catchment – caused by nutrients,

warm weather and

prolonged sunlight – will

disperse naturally with the

arrival of cooler weather.

Council’s executive

manager – Natural Manager

and Climate Change, Todd

Dickinson, said there were

no issues with seagrass.

“Seagrass comes and goes

according to environmental

conditions in the same way

your garden will respond,”

he said.

“What people may be

seeing is an increase in density…

potentially because

the entrance of the lagoon

was closed for a period – the

water level goes up when

the entrance closes. It’s like

putting the plug in the bath

– the water level increases,

which can make seagrass a

bit more invisible to people

because it’s further below

the surface.

“When the water level

drops it’s obviously closer to

the surface… and the fact is

it’s confined to the edges –

they are the shallower parts

and the warmer parts and

have more light and it’s not

surprising you would see it

more around the foreshore.”

Mr Dickinson said the putrid

smell around the lagoon

was the algae decomposing.

“It can break down in a

less pleasant way – it’s perfectly

natural and happens

up and down the coast,” he


Mr Dickinson said Council

was committed to a balanced

management of the delicate

Narrabeen Lagoon ecosystem

and would continue its communication

with locals.

“We try very hard to manage

the ecosystem, to keep

it relatively stable and try

not to damage it with the

intention of it being a very

pleasant environment for

everyone to use,” he said.

He said the issue of

dredging the mouth was

fundamentally around recreational


“When you strip it back it

is actually about people not

wanting to bog their boards

or their sailing craft in

some of the shallow areas –

but by and large the floor of

the lagoon is the same level

it was a decade ago.”

He added the navigation

markers installed around

the lagoon last year had

been well received.

“We put the navigation

markers in after quite a bit

of consultation – people are

excited about being able to

navigate the lagoon properly

now, without having to

worry about ploughing into

the shallower areas.”

– Nigel Wall

* New storage racks – P15



Business and community

win out in beach connect

shared, walk-cycle path on the Bilgola

A bends linking Newport to Avalon is one of

the exciting highlights of a multi-million dollar

plan to “connect” the northern beaches.

Announced last month, Connecting Our

Communities is a $32 million initiative of

Northern Beaches Council and the NSW Government

who have pooled resources and come

up with a plan which will allow pedestrians to

traverse the 36-kilometre stretch from Palm

Beach to Manly on all-weather coastal walkways

without interruption.

But that’s not all… the proposal also includes

36km of new cycleways and shared paths connecting

north-south and east-west with links to

major bus transport hubs and services including

the Northern Beaches Hospital.

And funds have been put aside to encourage

more physical activity and play at all levels.

Northern Beaches Council Administrator

Dick Persson says the initiative was the direct

result of the creation of the new council.

“By removing the administrative boundaries,

it has unlocked the potential to interconnect

our villages and towns via cycleways, walkways

and transport hubs across the region.”

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes added:

“This idea has been floating around for

decades but it’s never been able to get off the

ground due to insufficient funds and boundary


It is expected the new infrastructure and

active transport options will be great for local

businesses and create extensive ecotourism


The walkways and cyclepaths will cost $22.3

million with major investment occurring in

the Pittwater area including:

n Palm Beach: ‘Quality, landmark infrastructure’

with a cantilevered walkway and

landscape between Palm Beach Wharf and

Governor Phillip Park to ‘maintain the natural

beauty of the area’ ($1.8 million).

n Newport and Avalon: Bilgola Bends shared

path to improve road safety for cyclists, motorists

and pedestrians on this challenging

stretch of Barrenjoey Road ($2.9 million).

n Narrabeen: A new pedestrian and cycle

bridge on the west side of Pittwater Road

over Narrabeen Lagoon ($3million).

A further $10.3 million will be spent on

playgrounds, sport facilities and upgrades to

Surf Live Saving clubs to promote an active,

social and inclusive community.

It is expected our communities will be “connected”

by January 2019. – Lisa Offord


FEBRUARY 2017 11


Timber boat revives regatta

near century-old yacht

A with a distinguished history

in Pittwater is billowing

interest among sailing enthusiasts

after being listed for sale

at Newport’s Rowell Marine.

Sea Rover, a 25ft Couta-style

single-mast timber boat built

in 1923, was one of Sydney’s

most competitive yachts and

a regular competitor in the

Pittwater Regatta in the 1920s.

The regatta, which ran from

1907 to 1979, featured a series

of races for yachts, powerboats

and row boats all on the

one day.

Sea Rover won the Sydney

Amateur Sailing Club ‘A’


sailing in Sydney Harbour in 1934;

as she is today; a program for the

22nd Pittwater Regatta in 1928.

Class Gold medal in 1924,

along with the Fred White

Trophy and the LJ Thompson

Trophy. The following year it

added the Cruiser’s Championship

and the HM Shelley


Business co-owner and

shipwright David Rowell said

magazines and an event program

found on board showed

Sea Rover competed in two

races in the Pittwater Regatta

on December 29, 1928 – starting

as second favourite off a

handicap of one minute in a

five-mile race, and backing

up off a two-minute handicap

in a 10-mile race (results


Also, the yacht is the

subject of features in issues

of Australian Motor Boat and

Yachting Monthly magazine in

the 1920s and ’30s.

David said he had been




intrigued when owner Paul

Lhuede approached him to

broker the sale.

“She has a lot of history,

and it got me thinking about

how great it would be to bring

back the Pittwater Regatta as

a local event,” he said.

David described Sea Rover

as a traditionalist’s boat.

“She has original fittings,

rigging and mast… she’s teak

on top with Australian hardwood

and Oregon planking,”

he said.

“Some time over the years

some luxury was added, with

a steering wheel and a Pittwater

cabin added – she sleeps

two, or four cosy on roll-outs.”

David said his phone

started ringing as soon as he

stuck a ‘For Sale’ sign on Sea

Rover and moored her off the

point of The Newport.

“It just goes to show the

interest in a piece of local

yachting history,” he said.

Inspections can be made by

phoning David on 9997 1674.

– Nigel Wall


FEBRUARY 2017 13




Let the good times roll.

The Aveo Rocks Tour comes to

Bayview on Sat 10 and Sat 25

with The Hitmakers rocking out

all the best tunes of the ’50s and

’60s. Free; refreshments and

finger food on offer, held at the

very respectable time of 3-5pm.

Call 13 28 36 or visit aveo.com.


State surfboat challenge.

Support the best of the best at

North Narrabeen Beach on Sun

5. The challenge includes crews

from all six divisions from each of

the Regional/Branch Boat Series.

Try Mall Walking. Do some

window shopping before the

stores open and utilise the great

space at the newly renovated

Warriewood Square for fun and

fitness by joining a social group

of walkers who meet on Monday

and Wednesdays 7.30-8.30am.

Free; more info 0416 087 893 or

see ad p47.

Join the seed saving circle.

Permaculture Northern Beaches

is holding a seed saving afternoon

at Bungan Edible Sanctuary on

Sun 26 from 2-4pm. Exchange

seeds, package up excess

seeds for distributing at the

PNB monthly meeting and

share knowledge about what

grows well in our area. More info


Watch out for native

animals. Learn about the

animals under threat in the

Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment

on Mon 27 from 7pm at the

Coastal Environment Centre.

Wildlife experts Jacqui Marlow

and Lynleigh Grieg will speak

about reducing road kill and

how to care for injured animals.

Free; donations welcome

and bookings essential at


Keep Pittwater clean. It’s

time to take a look around

to identify those rubbish

hotspots that need attention

and register a local site for

Clean Up Australia Day on

Sunday 5 March. Organise

your friends, family, workmates

and list your site online at


(Business Clean Up Day 28 Feb,

Schools Clean Up Day 3 March.)



Fix for ‘damaging’

Lagoon boat storage

Northern Beaches Council

will build new secure

boat storage racks this year

around Narrabeen Lagoon

to address the increase in

demand to store watercraft

and reduce watercraft

dumping, overcrowding and

dangerous boat storage


Council General Manager

Mark Ferguson said the new

facilities, which will see the

introduction of mandatory

permits for storage, would

help protect the sensitive

Lagoon environment.

A similar boat storage

system is already in place

around Pittwater’s foreshore.

“It has become so

overcrowded that some boat

owners have been unable to

retrieve their boats because

other boats have been

stacked on top of theirs,”

he said.

“Boats are also being

dumped on sensitive

riparian vegetation,

damaging it. This vegetation

is important for habitat and

also for stabilising the bank

of the Lagoon.”

Council will place notices

on watercraft around the

Lagoon advising owners of

the changes and inviting

them to register their

interest to purchase a permit

and receive an allocated

position. The current cost of

the annual permit is $75.

Once the facilities are

in place, watercraft without

permits will be removed and

stored at Council’s compound.

Uncollected watercraft may be

disposed of.

Council will also

undertake a clean-up of

the foreshore and will

remove all old, broken and

discarded vessels.

For applications

email watercraft@


au or contact Council’s

Property Officer on

9970 1111.


FEBRUARY 2017 15

Plot thickens for Avalon


When Sydney author

Penelope Janu contemplated

the setting

for her breakthrough novel ‘In

At The Deep End’ she immediately

thought of her days

growing up at Avalon Beach in

the 1970s.

Penelope realised it would

provide countless real-life

experiences to draw from and,

with a little licence, the suburb

and surrounds form the

perfect backdrop to the story

of the relationship between a

headstrong environmentalist

and a Norwegian Navy Commander.

In a quirky writer’s device,

Penelope named her characters

– Harriet Scott and Per Amundsen

– after the first explorers

to reach the South Pole.

An active traveller, mother

of six Penelope has had a long

career in law, working in legal

academia and with refugees.

The idea for ‘In At The Deep

End’ came to her when she

was teaching a university

course on Climate Change –

but she was also encouraged

by her daughter Tasmin, an

award-winning children’s

book author.

Pittwater Life: What/who

inspired you to write your

first novel?

PJ: I said to one of my writing

friends that I wanted to write

about climate change – I was

teaching in a course on the

legal regulation of climate

change at Macquarie University

at the time. My friend

looked a little taken aback

because she likes the romance

aspects of my writing! And

that was the challenge – to

look at climate change and

global warming… and write a

romance as well.

PL: How did you come up

with the plotline?

PJ: Some people plot their

novels chapter by chapter, and

even scene by scene, before

they start writing. This is an

entirely rational and sensible

thing to do, but I don’t write

like that. My heroine and the

hero both firmly believe that

the work they do is important,

but their approaches differ.

She doesn’t mind bending

the rules to communicate her

message. He is straight down

the line. The tension between

the characters drove the plot.

PL: Why set part of the novel

in Avalon Beach?

PJ: For my plot I needed a surf

beach, a house overlooking

the beach, sand dunes and an

ocean pool. Harriet had to live

at Avalon because that’s all I

could see when I was writing!

There is creative license used

– Harriet has direct access to

the sand dunes in North Avalon,

for example, and Dougal

the golden retriever gallops

on the beach without fear

(of council rangers). But the

essence of what I’ve always

considered Avalon to be – the

magnificent environment, the

ocean pool, and the community

– is all there.

PL: What was it like growing

up in Avalon?

PJ: I lived in Avalon between

the ages of 8 and 13 in the

1970s (I went to Avalon Primary

from years 2 to 6, and Barrenjoey

High in year 7) and

then I moved to Melbourne.

I came back to Avalon in the

1980s, and commuted to university

for five years (leaving

home at 6.45am if I wanted a

lift with my father, or catching

a double decker 190).

Our group used to spend

just about every day of the

holidays at the beach. Just us.

No parental supervision! My

nose was perpetually peeling,

summer and winter (at the

time, it was just part of growing

up at the beach).

Horses were common, and

most people who rode were

involved with Peninsula Pony

Club. Our grounds were in

Hitchcock Park, where the

tennis courts are now (we

were only allowed on the adjacent

oval (where the photo is

taken) for gymkhanas – if the

ground was dry.

I kept my pony Fudge in

the back garden, and used

to swim him at Careel Bay.

I had a friend who lived at

Whale Beach and she kept

two horses on a block of land

adjacent to the beach – we

were always on the beach with

our horses!

A Ruskin Rowe resident

once yelled at me for cantering

on his perfect lawn nature

strip. As a keen gardener,

I see his point now (it had

been raining and my pony

was kicking up great clods of

grass and earth). At the time,

I could not understand his


PL: How has Avalon changed?

PJ: I worked at the old Robin’s

Nest chicken shop when I

was at uni. Every week we’d

put any leftover barbequed

chicken into rolls (from the

traditional bread shop opposite),

and they’d sell out

quicker than we could make

them – but if you wanted a



drink, you’d have to go to the

milk bar. There are so many

wonderful coffee shops and

cafes in Avalon now, two great

bookshops, and a modern library

and community centre.

But many things are still the

same like the relaxed atmosphere,

the sun-bleached hair,

the scruffy kids, the surfers.

A great mix of new, and the

way it’s always been.

PL: Any plans to move back?

PJ: As a matter of fact, my

family is house hunting in the

area at the moment! My husband’s

a little worried about

the commute…

HORSING AROUND: Penelope Janu used to ride her pony Fudge (top left) at

Hitchcock Park and swim him at Careel Bay. ABOVE: Growing up in Pittwater.

PL: What does Tamsin think

about your new career?

PJ: Tamsin was published and

winning literature prizes for

her children’s books when she

was 23! It took me a little longer

to get going. We are very

supportive of each other’s

writing and truly understand

how difficult it is to find the

time to write. I am so proud of

all she has achieved. This year

I have one book published,

and she will have two more.

It’s wonderful.

PL: What’s your opinion on

climate change?

PJ: I’m not a scientist but

I read a lot… there is an

abundance of accessible

scientific evidence that links

environmental degradation

to global warming, and the

implications of the relationship

between the two are

frightening. We have to look

critically at the evidence that

is out there, support further

research, and make calls on

how we can change the way

we behave, so that we can

preserve the planet for future


PL: Any advice for aspiring


PJ: If you don’t finish the novel,

or short story, or article,

it can’t be published. So keep

writing. Also, write what you

love to write. It’s a precious

thing to be transported to a

world that you, as a writer,

have created. Enjoy it as much

as you can.

PL: Do you have another

book in you?

PJ: I’ve completed two other

manuscripts and hope one of

them, set in Terrey Hills, will

be ready for publication next

year. I might even be back on

the northern beaches by then!

– Nigel Wall

* In At The Deep End by

Penelope Janu, published by

Harlequin MIRA; RRP $29.95.

Mona Vale

benefits as

record interns

hit hospitals

A record 992 interns will

begin work in NSW

hospital’s this year as part

of a $107 million funding

commitment by the NSW

Government – with 10 new

medical graduates slated

for Mona Vale Hospital.

“With such dedicated

and highly skilled medical

staff at Mona Vale Hospital

– these new graduates are

in great hands,” local MP

Rob Stokes said.

He said transitioning

from university to a

clinical setting was

an essential step in

developing professional

skills and experience.

“Work is continuing on

essential infrastructure

improvements at Mona

Vale Hospital – but a

boost to our community’s

medical workforce is

equally important,” he


“The upcoming

introduction of higher-level

medical services on the

northern beaches means

improved opportunities will

be available for graduate

doctors to train and develop

their skills locally.”

Eight new medical

graduates have also been

allocated to Manly Hospital.


FEBRUARY 2017 17


Conditions just swell for Ocean swims

Ocean swimmers from far and near

took up the Pittwater Ocean Swim

Series challenge again this season,

boosting urgently needed funds for the

five surf clubs involved.

The swims enjoyed good surfing

conditions and fine weather, boosting


But co-organiser John Guthrie said the

swims still required surf swimming skills

to get out through the break as well

as a good level of fitness to complete

the courses.

“Ocean swimmers like the challenge

of getting out through the break

and coming back in again and on a

number of occasions there were tight

finishes that required a run up to the

finishing line to secure a place,” he


The series kicked off at Bilgola

in December with 309 swimmers

revelling in the 1.5-metre swell. Next

in the series was the Newport Pool to Peak

which gave swimmers the option of an

800m as well as a 2km course. Numbers

totalled 511 – quite good given there was

an ocean swim at North Bondi the same


“Then it was on to Avalon where 653

ocean swimmers were given the options

of a 1km or a 1.5km course – this was an

excellent roll-up,” said John.

This year Mona Vale extended their

traditional swim from 1.5km to 2km by

moving the finishing line to the Mona

Vale basin. There was a fairly challenging

break to negotiate at the start at

Warriewood beach and viewing the

course from the road above made it look

daunting. Undeterred, 400 swimmers

took on the extended course.

“Mona Vale organisers are considering

adding a shorter course next year too,”

John said.

Organisers praised the strong volunteer

force that helped stage their events.

“On the day, there are myriad tasks,

such as set up on the beach, setting of

swim buoys, swimmer registrations,

timing, safety monitoring of swimmers by

a fleet of water craft,” John said.

They remain grateful for the

sponsorship provided by Northern

Beaches Council, with John adding:

“The series is a boost for the local

business community as swimmers and

their friends goes to the local cafes and

businesses while in the area.”

At this year’s Big Swim at Palm Beach,

an estimated 1600 swimmers set off on

the journey to Whale Beach giving

them a fantastic view of the cliff side

homes as they negotiated the choppy

conditions around the point.

“First-timers think they have

conquered the course at that point

but the old hands know there is still

a long way to go to the final turning

buoy,” John said.

Swimmers who swam three of the

five swims in the Series have been

entered into the draw for the soughtafter

series prize of airfares to Byron

Bay and accommodation for two, as well

as entry for two to the Byron Bay Ocean

Swim Classic in May.

Travel View Avalon have again provided

the air tickets and transfers for the

prize and Bay Royal Luxury Apartments

have provided three nights’ luxurious

accommodation (winner announced in

March issue).



FEBRUARY 2017 19

Bees the local BUZZword


The humble bee – under

threat worldwide from

harmful backyard

pesticides – has plenty of

friends on the upper northern

beaches, with ‘backyard’

and other beekeeping and

honey-producing operations

flourishing over the past few


Take Steve Hulley, the

owner of Zubi Bar at Newport.

Steve’s father taught him

about bees in his native South

Africa; now he’s passing on

the eco-aware message to his

children Austin, 10, Lily, 7,

and Ruby, 3 – with the sweet

by-product great-tasting,

natural honey.

Then there’s Joel Seaton,

his partner Alex van Os and

his brother Tim, whose Careel

Bay Honey co at started in

2014 with a single hive; it now

produces nearly two tonnes of

honey per year from 30 hives

at their Warriewood apiary.

Steve Hulley said he started

beekeeping when he was 10. “I

learned most of what I know

now from my dad and still

regularly call him for advice,”

Steve said. “Dad has kept bees

since he was a young boy and

actually financed his way

through University through

the sales of his honey.”

“We kept African honey

bees and they will sting you

for just looking at them! They

are a lot more aggressive than

their European cousins [the

Western honey bee, Apis millifera,

introduced to Australia

in 1822], which I keep now,” he

revealed. “We also had no bee

protection when I was younger

so we learnt how get the

honey frames out quickly!”

On the heavy pesticide use

and genetic seed interventions

that have pushed the honey

bee to the brink, Steve said: “I

felt that we could do our bit

by starting to keep bees again

and spread the word… for

us keeping the bees is more

about teaching the kids and

customers about bees and

what they do for us every day,

the honey is just a sweet byproduct.”

Steve recruited friend Tom

Herschell (aka The Bee Scout),

who left a career in media in

2014 to further the bee cause

– since then Tom has been responsible

for more than 1 million

bees being injected into

local communities, creating

meaningful dialogue around

the plight of the honey bee

and the positive impact they

have on the environment.

“We now have two hives on

the roof of Zubi in Newport

that produce the most delicious

honey which we use and

sell in-house,” said Steve. “The

roof is a great place because it

gets good sun and is elevated

so it reduces the risk of things

like beetle which can ruin a

HIVES OF ACTIVITY: Steve Hulley, Austin, Ruby and Lily on the roof at Zubi.

hive if they infest.

“One of the most rewarding

things about keeping bees

again is that I have got my

kids involved – it is so much

fun showing them how nature

works, even in suburbia.

“Austin loves how the bees

interact with their environment

and how they make

the honey and we have spent

many days on the Zubi roof

looking like a bunch of aliens

in bee suits extracting the


Joel Seaton said his honey

was the result of a love of

nature and science, a fascination

with honey bees and an

evolving understanding of

how important the role bees

play in our own survival.

“The company’s philosophy

is to raise awareness and

understanding of the importance

of the honey bee to

humanity and the planet,”

Joel said.

“A third of the food humans

eat relies upon pollinators

such as the honey bee and

it’s argued that without bees,

agriculture – and in fact life

as we know it – would be


He said a decade ago,

scientists discovered a fossil

of a honey bee over 100 million

years old – illustrating

the evolutionary history and

incredible resilience of the

honey bee.

“But without proper knowledge

and understanding of



specific bee mannerisms,

behaviour and disease the

health of a hive can deteriorate

and ultimately the

entire colony can be lost in

a matter of days,” he said.

Joel said their mission

was to make Careel Bay

Honey as environmentally

friendly as possible –

“We use recyclable glass

jars for our honey and our

entire apiary was constructed

utilising recycled


He said a typical week

involved inspecting hives,

making repairs and preparing

for an extraction, which

was carried out roughly

every six weeks (except in

winter months when they

don’t take honey from the

bees, as pollen and nectar is


He explained honey was

very seasonal, and the taste

and quantity of honey available

varied greatly depending

on the season.

“Often our stockists and

customers, many of whom

may have had a history of

buying supermarket honey,

are not aware of this,” he

said. “We try to educate all

our consumers and customers

and invite interested

people to come and visit the

hives with us to experience

the process first hand.”

What about stings?

Joel laughs – “I’ve had the

‘joy’ of experiencing bee

stings to almost every area

of my anatomy,” he said.

“But the funniest sting

I’ve witnessed was to the

face of celebrity chef Ed

Halmagyi who was visiting

our hives; Ed was gung-ho

photographing a hive up

close without a veil on and

GOLDEN GLOW: Joel Seaton retrieves a frame at his Careel Bay Honey Co.

PHOTO: Mark Stapelfeldt

copped a sting square on

his upper lip!

“The next day he was

accused of celebrity vanity

after he was mistakenly assumed

to have manipulated

his appearance with botox!”

Joel said there are many

ways to establish a hive

but urged anyone interested

in trying their hand

at beekeeping to research it


“A hive takes lots of work

and understanding to make

it flourish and beekeeping

is so much more than

honey,” he said.

“As beekeepers it is vital

to register your hives with

the Department of Primary

Industries,” Joel said. “It’s

not the government’s ‘Big

Brother’ watching you – the

DPI provides fantastic support

and advice for beekeepers

through their website

and Apiary Officers and it

allows everyone to be aware

if there are bee disease outbreaks

in specific areas.”

Finally, Steve Hulley

urged people to buy local

honey, as it had a positive

effect on their immediate


“And it tastes better!”

– Nigel Wall

* Visit careelbayhoney.com.

au for stockists or to enquire

about their hive tours.

To find more info about the

plight of the honey bee visit

www.beethecure.com.au. To

discover bee-friendly plants

for your garden see p71.

Ways to get

in the frame

There are plenty of opportunities

for those wanting a taste of beekeeping,

support and/or hands-on


Northern Beaches Beekeepers

is a new club supporting novice

and experienced beekeepers from

Cammeray to Palm Beach.

“Sticking close to the coast”

Secretary Paul Hoskinson said

the club had a particular focus on

urban native or honey beekeeping

as a hobby in high-density areas,

rooftops and very small backyards

for more information head

to beekeepers.asn.au.

President of the long-established

North Shore Beekeepers Association,

Phil Cavanagh, said of their

330 members, as many as 150

come from the northern beaches.

NSBA is running a two-day beginner’s

course at the Bee Garden in

Terrey Hills on February 18 and 25;

cost is $200. For more information

email club@nsbka.org.au (make the

subject ‘Beginners Course’).

Permaculture Northern Beaches

is hosting a honey bee garden and

bees wax workshop on Sunday

February 12 from 10am-12.30pm.

The day will include a tour of

a beautiful native garden with

five honey bee hives at Elanora

Heights followed by a hands-on

workshop involving the uses of

bees wax – including how to make

candles, food wraps and furniture

polish; cost is $25. Visit permaculturenorthernbeaches.org.au


more info. – Lisa Offord


FEBRUARY 2017 21


Pittwater News

Leading policewoman

for Zonta brekkie

The 2017 Pittwater Woman of

the Year will be announced

on Wednesday March 8 when

the Zonta Club of Northern

Beaches host their annual Pittwater

International Women’s

Day Breakfast at Royal Prince

Alfred Yacht Club, Newport.

Zonta Club of Northern

Beaches is a member of

Zonta International – a global

organisation of executives

and professionals working

together to advance the status

of women worldwide through

service and advocacy. Guest

speaker at the breakfast will

be Superintendent Doreen

Cruickshank, APM. With over

45 years of service, Doreen

is Australia’s longest serving

policewoman. Growing up

in country NSW, and being

focused on a career in the police

from an early age, Doreen

has witnessed revolutionary

changes for women in the profession

– from policewomen

being a segregated group to

now being fully integrated into

the force. Doreen was Pittwater

Woman of the Year in 2008.

Early bookings advisable; cost

is $42. Phone Susie Lough on

0413 623 392 or email pittwateriwdbreakfast@gmail.com.

Barrenjoey golf

week turns 35

It was a plan hatched by a

group of northern beaches

mothers 35 years ago that

today sees more than 600

lady golfers from around

Australia and overseas

competing on the northern

beaches in the Barrenjoey

Peninsula Week of Golf. The

tournament, run by a committee

of three representatives

from Bayview, Cromer,

Long Reef, Manly, Mona Vale,

Monash, and Wakehurst,

was first billed as a “chance

to have a holiday after the

Christmas school holidays”.

And while a few things have

changed – the first golf week

in 1992 had 300 players and

was made possible with a

kitty of $50 donated from

each club – the spirit of the

tournament remains. One

of the founding members

Olwyn Johnstone is still

playing golf at her beloved

Bayview where she has been

a member for 59 years. The

Barrenjoey Peninsula Week

of Golf is running at the

seven clubs from 13-17 February.

More info barrenjoeyweekofgolf.com

Nuclear power

Probus topic

Nuclear power and how it

could fit into Australia’s

needs is the topic of the talk

at the next Pittwater Probus

Club meeting on Tuesday February

14. The speaker is Martin

Thomas, who has toured

the world with former Telstra

CEO and nuclear physicist

Ziggy Switkowski looking

at various nuclear plants.

Meeting starts 10.30am at

Mona Vale GC; all welcome.

More info Bill Marshall on

9999 5226.

View begonias

and frangipanis

Local garden and plant

enthusiasts are invited

to attend the first annual

Begonia and Frangipani

Weekend on the weekend of

February 25-26; there will

be displays, demonstrations

and talks, light refreshments

plus a selection of beautiful

plants for sale. Times are



10am-4pm (Saturday) and

10am-3pm (Sunday). Venue is

the nursery complex at 226

Annangrove Rd, Annangrove;

entry by gold coin donation.

More info begoniansw.com.au

Matt makes Rukus

on Sculpture trail

Matt Dillon is the 2016

People’s Choice winner of

the Newport Sculpture Trail,

thanks to his sculpture ‘The

Island’s Keeper’. Sponsored

by Rukus cafe he received

his $500 cash prize as well

as a sale and commissions.

Organisers say the theme

for the Trail’s fourth year in

2017 will be ‘Something Old,

Something New’.

Funds to combat

crime hot spots

The NSW Government has

announced grants up to

$250,000 for infrastructure

and service delivery projects

which aim to prevent crime,

address anti-social behaviour

in communities and promote

safer and more inclusive use

of public space. Local MP Rob

Stokes said it was an important

opportunity for local

community groups, chambers

of commerce and the Northern

Beaches Council. Eligible

projects under the Community

Safety Fund might include

CCTV initiatives, street

lighting improvements, youth

programs and recreational

facility upgrades. “Often there

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Pittwater News

Continued from page 23

are small changes that can be

made to reactivate local areas,

encourage greater community

use and reduce the frequency

of anti-social activity,” he

said. Applications close February

20; visit crimeprevention.


Local not-for-profit Easylink Community

Transport needs volunteer board directors

to help guide their future direction. Easylink

offers services for older northern beaches

residents or those with a disability, such as

door-to-door transport and social outings

with care, helping to retain independence and

social links. Private sector experts recommend

not-for-profit board experience as a

useful step in career progression, and Board

member of five years, Lawrie Croft, said

the roles are a great opportunity for people

with an interest in serving the community

and wanting to develop or use their skills

and networks. “We’re keen to attract people

who have a creative and innovative strategic

approach in this rapidly evolving environment…

it’s particularly exciting being on

the Board of a smaller organisation as you

Warriewood Valley

upgrade continues

Locals are reminded that

after a brief re-opening over

the busy Christmas period,

the section of Macpherson

St at Warriewood between

Boondah Rd and Warriewood

Rd has again been closed to

facilitate major works on the

$10.5 million Warriewood

Valley Upgrade project. One

lane is also closed on Hill

Street and Vuko Place with

phased traffic signals in

place. The road is expected to

re-open in October.

Easylink seeks volunteer board members

can quickly make a big difference,” said Mr

Croft. Volunteer bus drivers and other officebased

volunteers are also always in demand.

Originally called Manly Warringah Pittwater

Community Transport, over 30 years Easylink

has evolved into an organisation of more than

100 volunteers and 25 paid staff, serving over

2000 northern beaches residents with transport

and travel training, as well as social outings

and van hire. More info Easylink.com.au

or 9919 0700.





Dr Ben Brown

Vaccination is one of the

easiest ways we can protect

our feline friends against

potentially life-threatening

diseases and is an essential

part of your cat’s healthcare.

By vaccinating your cat,

you also contribute to herd

immunity, which helps reduce

the prevalence of contagious

diseases by reducing the

number of potential hosts.

At Sydney Animal Hospitals,

we recommend vaccination

against several infectious


All cats should be vaccinated

against the causes of feline

enteritis and feline respiratory

disease. Feline enteritis is a

highly contagious and often

fatal disease that causes

uncontrollable vomiting

and diarrhoea and severe

abdominal pain. Feline

respiratory disease, often

called cat flu, is a common and

highly contagious disease that

causes sneezing, coughing,

runny eyes, nasal discharge,

loss of appetite and tongue

ulcers. Once contracted, cats

suffer lifelong flu symptoms.

Your cat may also benefit

from additional protection,

especially if it comes into

contact with other cats outside

the home. These include

vaccinations against feline

chlamydia, which causes

severe persistent conjunctivitis,

and two diseases that

affect the immune system,

feline leukaemia and feline

immunodeficiency virus.

When should you vaccinate

your cat? Many vaccines are

given to kittens in their first

weeks, but these do not

provide protection for the

rest of their life. Adult cats

require yearly boosters to help

maintain immunity. An annual

check-up, which includes an

assessment of which vaccines

are required, is the best way to

ensure your cat is healthy.

If you’d like to know more

about cat vaccination, our

hospital is open every day from

7am to 9pm; why not come by

– no appointment needed.


FEBRUARY 2017 25



Life Stories


Actor Shane Withington knows he’s blessed

to be able to work and live in Pittwater.

Story by Rosamund Burton

Early morning Shane Withington sets

off from Church Point on Solitaire,

his 1945 wooden ketch, up Pittwater

to Palm Beach where he steps onto the

set of Home and Away. “I always motor to

work to ensure I’m there on time,” says

Withington, the funny irascible John

Palmer character, “and I sail back.”

We have met at the Church Point

Waterfront Café, where this highprofile

actor is able to drink his coffee

undisturbed, and locals pulling up to

the wharf in their tinnies just give him

a wave. In the city, he says, it would be

hard to walk down the street. Having

run for nearly 30 years, Home and Away

has a worldwide viewing audience of 50


“People make pilgrimages from all

over the world to Palm Beach to watch us

film, and there are ropes and security, so

we can actually shoot the show.”

Shane Withington grew up in

Toowoomba, was expelled from school

aged 15 and worked as a jackaroo

on Lyrian Downs Station in the Gulf


“I was a wild lad, uncontrollable,

passionate and troublesome. These


days I probably would have just been

diagnosed with ADHD,” he offers.

Shane hated jackarooing, so gave that

up after six months. As he had been in

amateur theatre as a child his mother

suggested that he apply for a theatre

scholarship. He won it and trained for

two years at the Twelfth Night Theatre in


“We were the last theatre company

in the country to tour by train,” he

reminisces. “The cast included actors

such at Barry Otto, and we had a sleeper

carriage, which was shunted through

the rail yards at night. A voice would call

out, ‘What livestock are you carrying?’

And we’d reply, ‘Actors!’ We travelled to

places like Ingham and Cairns, and being

the junior cast member I put the set

up with the crew, then sold the tickets,

before changing into wardrobe and

doing the show. After the performance

I helped bump out (unload) and put

everything back on the train, and off

we’d chuff to the next venue. It was a

romantic and wonderful introduction to

the performing arts.”

Aged 19 he did a season with Theatre

On Sea on a cruise ship, met a girl from


Pittwater, and moved in with her. “I fell

in love with Pittwater and just wanted to

be part of it, and I’ve never moved.”

He bought his first boat, and now being

a sailor, grew a beard. The beard didn’t

help his acting career, as it hid his face,

and it wasn’t until he had shaved it off that

he was offered the role of Brendan Jones

in A Country Practice. Playing Molly Jones,

his character’s wife, was Anne Tenney. “We

fell in love, and we’ve remained together

ever since,” he recounts.

These two young actors never realised

that those roles would stay with them for

their entire lives. They both won Logie

Awards for their performances, and the

episode featuring Molly’s death in 1985

was watched by 2.5 million Australians,

and is one of the highest rating moments

in the history of Australian television.

It was those years in A Country

Practice that enabled the young couple

to buy their house at Church Point where

they have lived ever since. “My only

regret is that I didn’t have two or three

more children just like Maddy,” says

Shane about their only child. “She is an

absolute delight.”

Madeleine Withington is following in

her parents’ footsteps and pursuing an

acting career. She trained at the Actors’

Centre in Surry Hills and recently had

a guest role in Home and Away. “She’s

getting a lot of work, doing Indy films

and profit-share theatre. She’s doing that

apprenticeship, as we did.”

In 2009 Shane was asked to do 12

episodes of Home and Away in a guest

role playing an angry father.

“I thought an angry father isn’t going

to last,” he recounts, “I’ll make him a

funny, angry father.” Eight years later

John Palmer has become one of show’s

most popular characters.

The show’s schedule comes out every

Thursday for the following week. But,

Shane explains, it can change. “You’ve

got to be available to go on set at short

notice any time from 5 o’clock on

Monday morning to 7.30 on Friday night.”

When he first started on Home and

Away he got a call from the production


“Where are you?”

“Am I due in?” Shane queried.

“You are. Can you come in


“I can’t actually.”


“Well, I’m five miles off the coast

chasing whales on a boat, and it’ll take me

a day to get there.”

Since then, knowing how much it costs

to run the show, Shane lives in constant

fear of missing his schedule. “I set two

alarms so I don’t sleep in.”

Shane first came across Currawong

workers’ retreat in the late 1990s. “I

fell in love with the whole egalitarian

spirit of the place.” When he discovered

that there were plans to bulldoze the

buildings he took action to save the

heritage gem, little knowing that it was

going to be a 16-year battle. He was

the leader of a small group of people

fighting the union movement, the

developer lobby and the then State Labor

Government. Knowing that Currawong is

now protected, Shane says, is his legacy.

“The Friends of Currawong have left a

wonderful mark on the planet.”

As President of the Friends of

Currawong and also on the Currawong

State Park Trust, Shane wants to see the

heritage of the place maintained and

the buildings restored to provide more

accommodation, so the retreat can be

made available to working families and

also to run at a profit.

Shane is an ambassador for the Sydney

Swans and for NSW Police Force and has

always played an active part in the local

community. Hoping to prevent another

fatality he is currently lobbying for

improvements to McCarrs Creek Road.

Looking down at the luderick in the

clear water below the wharf Shane says,

Pittwater is the finest body of water in

the world, and we need to look after it

with kid gloves, because it’s under threat

from development.”

After a long break over summer,

during which Shane spent several days

solo sailing on Broken Bay, he returns to

Home and Away. Recently John Palmer

suffered a brain injury, and just before

Christmas audiences were left believing

that the hooded Summer Bay arsonist

was him.

“This is one of the most extraordinary

storylines I’ve ever worked on, and the

writers deserve a big tick for pulling it

off,” he says. He is far too professional to

give any hint as to John Palmer’s future,

but describes the series as the most

exciting eight years of his life. “The only

certainty about a really good gig is that

one day it ends, and when that happens

what I’ll miss most about Home and

Away is the camaraderie, with its wicked

humour and appalling ribbing. I’ve loved

working on it.”

Life Stories

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: An early cast photo from A Country Practice;

Shane’s much-loved yacht moored in Pittwater; on location at Palm Beach

for Home and Away; campaigning to save Currawong (with the late

Harvey Rose); addressing locals on opposing council amalgamation; and

where’s Shane? That’s him next to daughter Madeleine...

FEBRUARY 2017 27

PHOTO: Supplied; Michael Mannington x 2

Gift Ideas

Please Be My


Gift ideas for February 14…

Sabi Japanism

Make your Valentine’s Day

extra special with a touch of

Japan! This boutique shop,

newly relocated from Newport

to Avalon, has a variety of

special gift ideas from Japan –

specialist artisan plates, bowls

and cups from Arita, Southern

Japan where Japanese

porcelain started 400 years

ago, plus Japanese themed

scarves, handbags and sweet

crane origami earrings.

“There are many porcelain

products newly arrived in

store, which will make practical

and long-lasting beautiful gifts

for everyday use,” said Yuko,

the owner of Sabi Japanism.

Yuko adds she will be more

than happy to help you to

choose the best gift for your

loved one for Valentine’s Day.

“Your gift will be wrapped

beautifully in a Japanese way

for a personal touch,” she

said. “We very

much look forward

to meeting

you in our store.”

Find Sabi

Japanism at

Shop 5, 25 Old

Barrenjoey Road,

Avalon. Trading

hours are 9:30am

– 4pm Tuesday to

Friday; 1pm – 4pm

on Mondays; 10am

– 2pm on Saturdays.

Closed Sundays. For

more information

phone 0430 238 850.

Utopia Lingerie

Owner Julia says it’s a given

that women love their men

to show their appreciation

of them – “and giving us

lingerie means we both

get to enjoy it!” Indecision

is no excuse either, with

Julia urging men who may

be uncertain about the

right gift to speak to one

of her trained staff, who

have years of experience

in knowing what women

want. She suggests you

could even give your special

someone a Gift Voucher

so that they can choose

themselves. Utopia Lingerie

was situated at Warriewood

Square for 10 years so if you

are wondering where they

have gone – they’ve moved

to bright new spacious

premises at Narrabeen (in

between The Sands and the

7/11, opposite Bunnings)

where they currently have

lots of items on sale. “We

have a huge range of brands

and can fit from first bras

to ladies’ soft cup, then up



to H cups including sports

bras,” said Julia. “Many of

our European brands cater

for small to large cups and

backs. Our Simone Perele

range is extensive. Not

forgetting our sleepwear –

particularly for the elderly

ladies.” Brands include

Givoni, Schrank and many

more. “We can also arrange

trips from retirement homes

where we provide tea,

biscuits and extra discounts,

which makes a lovely day

out.” For more info phone

9913 7091.

Avalon Floral Art

To say “I love you” on

February the 14th, head to

what we think is the best and

most creative florist on the

Northern Beaches: Avalon

Floral Art.

You will find an amazing

selection of roses including

traditional red, soft pastels and

modern brights available in

single stems, dozens or more.

Tropical bouquets are a

popular choice with a wide

variety of exotic blooms

available this time of year.

Oriental lilies, lissianthus

and hydrangeas also prove

to be favourites. You can

choose to have your flowers


Give the gift of ‘1000 flowers’

this Valentine’s Day!

Millefiori is a term which is

a combination of the Italian

words ‘mille’ (thousand) and

‘fiori’ (flowers) – hence the

English word of one thousand

flowers. “This is a glasswork

technique which

produces distinctive

patterns of glassware,”

says Renata

from bespoke

jeweler Ritzy-

presented in a vase and for

that special touch include a

Knox/Cox candle which are

sold exclusively in Avalon.

Beautiful Phalaenopsis

orchids and brightly coloured

frangipanis are the perfect

choice if you prefer a potted


Avalon Floral Art offers

Sydney-wide delivery for

orders placed the previous day

and same-day local delivery

for orders placed before 2pm.

You can place your order

by phoning 9918 2711 or

visit their website www.

avalonfloralart.com.au and

order online.

Rocks. “The technique was

lost in the 18th century and

was not revived until the 19th

century. It involved producing

glass canes or rods known

as ‘murrine’ with multicoloured

patterns which are

viewable only from the cut

ends of the cane.” Renata

explained the rod is heated

in a furnace and pulled until

thin while still maintaining

the cross sections design.

It is then cut into beads or

discs when cooled. Renata

has now managed to obtain

a variety of these delicate

discs, which either have

gold or silver bezels,

presented on a beautiful

sterling silver

or 14kt gold filled

snake chain. “This

makes the perfect

Valentine’s gift being

presented in an

elegant RitzyRocks

display box,” she said.

Visit www.ritzyrocks to

view the unique designs.

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Gift Ideas

Nothing Butt. Lingerie

Valentine’s Day is a special

day to spoil your loved one;

Nothing Butt Lingerie have

a lovely selection of suitable

gifts, from sexy G-strings to

silk nighties. Owner Chris

says Pleasure State, Heidi

Klum and Simone Perele have

delivered gorgeous lace bra

and brief sets perfect for

gift giving. “New Brazilian

label 2RIOS have designed

great printed and plain briefs

as well as seamless briefs

which are all very popular,”

she said. Ginia, Simply Silk

and Simone Perele have

beautiful silk nighties in long

and short designs. They also

still stock Essence nighties

and robes from New Zealand

as well as Pierre Cardin

satin print kimonos.

Triumph lace triangle

bras with matching

briefs in black, white

and pink are fabulous

and look great under

brief tops. New label

Palindrome have great

prints in bras, briefs

and kimonos as well

as black lace bras and

briefs. All gifts are

gift-wrapped. “We also

stock sports, maternity

and post-surgery bras

as well as non-wired

bras,” said Chris.

“Trained fitters are

in-store at all times – so

let us help you decide

on your gift or everyday

purchase.” P: 9999 1462

What could be better than a wedding by the beach?

The Avalon on the Beach continues to grow

its reputation as a stylish, yet laid-back

wedding venue – and now you have the chance

to have all the questions you have about

your special day answered by the experts at

their special Wedding Showcase on Sunday

February 26. Bookings are essential for this

awesome event, which will include examples

of dining (canapes + food installations) along

with beverage options courtesy of their

cocktail, whisky and champagne bar, plus

wedding styling from Cloud9. RSVP by Feb 17.



an overnight


Escape @ Jonah’s

Fresh from its 88th

Birthday celebrations

in January and with

Valentine’s Day looming

large, iconic local boutique

hotel and restaurant Jonah’s

is offering one lucky

Pittwater Life reader the

chance to win an overnight

Romantic Escape for two

people – including an a

la carte breakfast and

three-course dinner in their

award-winning restaurant.

Renowned for its

luxury, privacy and

comfort, Jonah’s has

hosted celebrities from

entertainment, politics,

business and royalty. Since

1929, Jonah’s has looked

after the likes of Lord

Laurence Olivier and Vivien

Leigh, Sir Anthony Hopkins,

Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall,

Bono, Rod Stewart, Justin

Bieber, Jeremy Clarkson

plus many others.

It’s the perfect Peninsula

destination for a special

breakfast occasion,

celebration dinner, relaxing

overnight (or longer)

getaway… or even wedding.

Jonah’s 11 Ocean Retreat

accommodation rooms

are stylishly appointed

with luxurious furnishings.

Each room features a

private balcony, spa and

spectacular 180-degree

views over the Pacific

Ocean. For small groups

or those wanting further

privacy, Jonah’s Private

is located adjacent to the

main lodge. This secluded

residence features its

own entrance, large

private balcony and

swimming pool.

Perhaps the only

feature that can divert

your attention from the

stunning view at Jonah’s

is the food. The awardwinning

Restaurant offers

excellent Contemporary

Australian cuisine under the

direction of Executive Chef

Logan Campbell and Head

Sommelier Luke Collard.

Logan’s exciting seasonal

menu offers Contemporary

Australian cuisine with a

strong emphasis on seafood

and subtle Italian influences,

including some of his

signature pasta dishes. From

a cellar containing over

6,000 bottles of vintage

Australian and International

wines, the extensive wine

list of more than 1,500

wines entices and rewards.

Proudly the team have

earned many awards

including a ‘Chef’s Hat’

from The Sydney Morning

Herald Good Food Guide

in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011,

2012, 2013, 2014, 2015,

2016 & 2017 along with

being awarded the Best

Australian Hotel Restaurant

Wine List in 2015 & 2016

and the Best Wine List

in NSW at the Gourmet

Traveller WINE, Wine List of

the Year Awards along with

‘3 Goblets’ and ‘2 Glasses’

in the prestigious Wine

Spectator Awards.


n Overnight accommodation

in an Ocean Retreat Room


n Three-course A La Carte Dinner

in the Restaurant;

n Full A La Carte Breakfast;

n Bottle of Bollinger Champagne

in room upon arrival and

chocolate-coated strawberries;

n Molton Brown his & hers

gift pack;

n Cabana Bag + scented candle

n Individually boxed long-stem


n Rose petals scattered i n room.

Total prize value: $1310

(Valid for stays before 30 September 2017)


In February, email your name,

contact phone number and

postcode to win@pittwaterlife.

com.au (don’t forget to Like us

on facebook); competition starts

February 1, 2017 and closes

February 28, 2017. The winner will

be notified by phone and their

name published in the April issue

of Pittwater Life. (Full Ts & Cs


FEBRUARY 2017 31

Young Life

Young Life

Avalon kids’ eco award


nvironmentally aware local business Ecodownunder are

always on the lookout for good deeds – and they didn’t have

to search far for the recipients of their first environment award

for 2017.

Avalon siblings Dhara Cullen, 9, brother Balin, 7, and sister Locana,

5, won hearts after the trio selflessly spent their busking

money at the Sea Shepherd fundraising stall at Manly Markets.

The children bought Sea Shepherd t-shirts after performing

on the harp, didgeridoo and with accompanying vocals; it

earned them a $500 gift

voucher to spend in-store at


Accepting the award, Dhara

said: “We hope Ecodownunder

and Sea Shepherd

keep saving more whales

and dolphins in the future

and other sea life.”

Ecodownunder continually

meet amazing people

who are doing something

that makes a difference to

the planet. These actions

are sometimes small but every step each of us takes to

improve the way we do things is progress, helps to raise awareness

and change habits.

If you know someone or see someone do something that you

think deserves to be thanked with an ecodownunder Environment

Award, let them know!

The Golden Child

Wendy James

Harper Collins RRP $32.99

Bad things happen to the

classmates of Lizzy’s

younger daughter, a popular

and confident sibling to a

conscientious and shy elder

sister. On the eve of their

return from a stint living

in the US, to a new home

in Newcastle, a young girl

falls dangerously ill during

a school yard initiation rite.

Surely just an accident…?

A former journalist, Lizzy

is a part-time mummy

blogger, investing hours

in portraying the perfectly

normal family life she

believes she lives for the

validation of her readers. In

the US she was cosseted by

convenience; the return to

Newcastle, old family issues,

a new house in dire need

of expensive renovations,

and a new career throws

everything into disarray.

And then another classmate

has an accident...

If you love Liane

Moriarty’s books, you’ll love

Wendy James’ The Golden

Child. Good contemporary

characters, themes and

settings you can place, plus

lots of suspense and twists

to keep you on your toes.

I didn’t pick the outcome!

(PS, speaking of the talented

Moriarty sisters, little sister

Nicola has a new novel

in March also by Harper

Collins. Look out for The

Fifth Letter.)

– Libby Armstrong



Boating Life

Champion’s tips

for SUP field

It’s on again – the for-all-ages

weekend water celebration

that combines serious

competitive paddling with

just-for-fun participation – the

2017 Sydney SUP Festival.

Held on the weekend of

February 18-19 and once again

hosted by the Royal Motor

Yacht Club at Newport, the

two-day festival (this year

marks its fourth staging)

incorporates the Pittwater

Classic downwind marathon.

There are major cash prizes

to be won by avid paddlers

– although organisers, who

are expecting around 120

participants on each day,

stress it’s also very much

about fun racing for everyone,

with four races and events

over the two days, plus a SUP

Expo and supervised demo

area where novices can try out

the hugely popular pastime

and take lessons on technique.

The weekend aims to

provide a community and

family event with a major

focus on a healthy, active

lifestyle for all.

Local MP Rob Stokes, who

acts as event patron, is a

huge supporter and will be

participating again.

The Pittwater Classic 10km

marathon from Barrenjoey

to Newport commences 8am

on the Saturday – the course

is assisted by a NE wind and

in reverse (from Newport to

Barrenjoey) in a southerly,

which happens to be one of

Sydney’s best downwind runs.

(The race is boat and shuttle


View the latest gear and

accessories at the SUP Expo

on the Sunday, when the 6km

Scotland Island race (and

fun 3km short course) kick

off from 8am (kids under 12

must paddle with an adult).

Plus there’s Naish One Design

Sprints, live entertainment and

a jumping castle for the kids.

Pittwater Life approached

the winner of last year’s 10km

Pittwater Classic marathon

and 6km Scotland Island Race,

25-year-old James Casey, to

provide some tips for this

year’s field.

James, who won’t be

defending his title as it clashes

with the opening event of the

2017 APP Tour in Hawaii – in

which he was crowned overall

champion in 2016 – says it’s

important for participants to

pace themselves.

“Choose the right board,

and not something too narrow

as Pittwater can get quite

choppy,” said James, who grew

up in Mona Vale. “Stability is

more important than speed,

so a broader board is better

– you don’t want to be falling

off and losing time and energy

getting back on.

“Also, find someone with

similar speed and work

together; often there can be

no wind, so ‘drafting’ is a

good idea – slipping behind

someone and swapping every

few minutes.” – Nigel Wall

More info and registrations


Boating Life

FEBRUARY 2017 33

Surfing Life

Surfing Life

Is it now surfing’s turn

for a Brave New World?

As the Australian

leg of the World Surf

League championship

tour draws closer, it

masks strange times

ahead for professional

surfing, writes Nick…

Who’s ever made real

money out of surfing?

The answer is: not

many people. A handful

have made fortunes out of

supplying raw materials to the

surfboard industry. Several

handfuls are sitting on piles

thanks to the big surf industry

brands and their various

boom times, now mostly past.

Who else? That’s it, as far

as real money goes. Heaps of

people make a living out of

various aspects of the sport:

the better pro surfers and

their agents, board makers,

surf shop owners, surf school

owners, travel agents, resort

owners, moviemakers, small

label crew, even a couple of


But very little profit has ever

been made out of running

surf contests. They’re cultural

events. They’re rock concerts

without any ticket sales.

They’ve only ever cost people

money, not made it.

This cold fact seems now to

have dawned on pro surfing’s

owners, the World Surf League.


We were a bit off with January, not in the basic structure of

the weather but in its insane scorching hotness. What did that

month think it was up to? I think early February will follow the

pattern, hot still days followed by cooler south easterlies, but

later in the month might see some changes, notably a shift to

more cloud and perhaps rain from the tropical north-east and

less mood-swing-style variation. Very warm surface waters

deep into the Tasman Sea will help encourage this trend,

and systemic onshores will usher away those pools of hot air

from inland, at least to some extent. Surf-wise it’s the least

predictable month for a while but there is a chance of something

big and heavy from the east or north-east at some point as that

surface water pushes moisture up into the path of the easterly

tradewind band and provides fuel for a possible off-season east

coast low or Coral Sea cyclone.

Nick Carroll

This little-known group

of private investors, led by

New York-based billionaire

Dirk Ziff, took control of

international pro surfing in

2013, and began running the

world championship tour at

the start of 2014.

Now, after three years

of intensive effort and an

estimated $100-millionplus

spent underwriting the

tour’s losses, the WSL’s CEO,

Paul Speaker (pictured), has

announced his resignation.

And while quite a few surf

addicts immediately posed

the obvious question – “Did he

jump or was he pushed?” – a

less obvious question remains:

“What are they gonna do now?”

Speaker was the face of

the organisation. An ex-NFL

marketing executive and

with Nick Carroll

movie producer, he spent a

year behind the scenes on

tour in 2012, talking surfers

and board members of the

then-Association of Surfing

Professionals around to the

idea underpinning the WSL.

Their idea was simple:

test pro surfing’s value in

the sports entertainment


The business plan called

for a tour that earned more

than its keep. Championship

Tour events would demand a

million dollars per event for

naming rights, while lucrative

tour partnerships with a range

of non-surf companies would

be sold across a range of

categories. Cars, electronics,

cosmetics, travel and airline,

beverage, and several other

categories were targeted. This




Feb 20-26: Toyota Pro, Merewether NSW

This humble tour qualifying event along with its outliers – there’s

a pro junior on at the same time – is a quiet king and queen

maker. Last year Matt Wilkinson got into gear by winning it; two

months later he’d won the first two major league pro events of

the year at Snapper Rocks and Bells Beach. Waves are often OK

to good although it’s not the best time of year for Merewether,

which is more of a winter surf zone set-up.

PHOTO: P34 pic: iStock, P35 pics: Redbull

REAL & UNREAL: Slater surfing Tahiti (left) and his wave pool (above).

as a stand-alone pro sport.


It was epic blue sky

thinking. And for all the shiny

coherence of today’s tour, for

all the hard work of Paul and

his many loyal staff, it clearly

hasn’t quite worked. Deals had

to be cut immediately around

that naming rights fee; major

events in Fiji, Rio and Maui

remain without corporate

names (or fees) attached. A

fortune has been spent on

trying to lure non-endemic

backers through the door,

would all be in sync with a

with limited success; indeed

range of equally impressive

the WSL’s most prominent

new broadcast deals, which

partners, Samsung, Jeep

would work to secure the

and Corona, are carryovers

partnerships and open

– all had prior relationships

more and more doors for all

with ASP events. The media


platform is still essentially

This was in stark contrast

the online event broadcast:

with the ASP’s previous plan, massively improved from the

in which the organisation was incoherent event-to-event ASP

basically a marketing tool version, for sure, but a long

of the big surf companies, way from the live network TV

and unable to move in any that provides most pro sports

particular direction of its own with their financial lifeline.

accord – while said companies, The WSL team has been

after years of mad prosperity, able to find some silver

were suddenly and ominously linings, especially in various

running out of moolah.

government-funded tourism

To the ASP staff and pro authorities, who kick down for

surfers, Speaker loomed as a range of events including

a saviour. Now, freed from Portugal and the whole

its tangled surfing roots, Australian tour, plus other bits

professional surfing would and pieces. Paddle-in Nazare!

embrace its true destiny Longboards in China!

Feb 27 into March: Australian Open, North Steyne

Second of the important second tier qualifying events in Australia

this year, and so much more. The Australian Open has

become known for its departure from regular surf contest programming

through the addition of arts festivals, music, and bowl

skating demos on site. Just what Manly needs! Will also boast a

grommet event to run just before the main show.

But mostly what they’ve

been doing is spending

money. LOTS of money.

Why hasn’t pro surfing

taken off like the rocket

everyone dreamed of in 2013?

If I were to take a wild guess,

I’d say the WSL’s plan has

fallen foul of the same thing

that’s knackered pro surfing

repeatedly through its history:

the surf. The stupid Ocean!

It comes and it goes with no

consulting, it goes flat in the

middle of major events, it

sneers at schedules. I mean!

What do you say about a sport

whose finest event, the Eddie

Aikau Invitational, goes on

hold for years?

It’s a worry – exactly how

much of a worry you can

deduce from the fact that the

previously super-private Dirk

Ziff is taking the reins now as

CEO. And if the rumours I keep

hearing are right, he thinks he

still has an ace in the hole.

Maybe you’ve seen the

YouTube footage of Kelly

Slater’s experimental wave

pool? The one where Kelly

keeps inviting small groups of

top pros, then releasing clips

of them riding what looks like

a captive version of a perfect

point break?

It’s still a prototype, yeah.

But… it’s not Kelly’s. The

pool and its technology are

majority owned by Dirk Ziff

and the WSL.

What if they could partner

up the wave pool, or its better

younger sibling, with holiday

resorts and tourism authorities?

Run everything to schedule?

Charge people admission?

Pro surfing, without the


You know what, I don’t

believe it for a second. But

stranger things have happened

– and if it’s a choice between

that and nothing, I bet the

pro surfing community will be

happy to jump on board.

Nick Carroll is a leading

Australian and international

surf writer, author, filmmaker

and surfer, and one

of Newport’s own. Email:


Surfing Life

FEBRUARY 2017 35

Sporting Life

Sporting Life

Maddie aims to make splash at Surfers


Surf school instructor, nipper

swim coach, promising

surf sports athlete and uni

student… when does Maddie

Spencer have time for a social


There’s only one day of the

week when she has a sleep-in

and that’s on Sundays.

Then again, she’s up at 8am,

has breakfast and races down

to Mona Vale beach where she

trains about 20 kids, aged from

nine to 13. “The focus is on surf

skills,” she says.

Maddie (pictured) also does

her regular patrols as a volunteer

lifesaver with Mona Vale,

where she started.

She was a relatively late

bloomer, as her time throughout

high school was devoted


to water polo. And she made a

rather good fist at it, representing

NSW squads.

Also at high school, Maddie

did board training for fitness.

She liked it so much that she

decided to see what she could

achieve in surf sports. Maddie

could swim and paddle a board

but then her coach asked if she

would like to paddle a ski.

Once she learnt to become

proficient, Maddie started to

enter some ironwoman events.

She loved it.

She also wanted to better

herself. That led to a competitive

rights switch to Newport.

“They had an iron program.

It was as simple as that,” Maddie


Come the Sydney Northern

Beaches Branch Champs at

Palm Beach last season, Maddie

was ready and finished third

behind her Newport clubmate

Georgia Miller and Manly’s

Naomi Scott in the open event.

But she’s come on in leaps

and bounds in the past 12

months and there’s every

chance she could qualify

for the Nutri Grain finals at

Cronulla later this month.

“I have definitely surprised

myself,” she says. “I am probably

12 months ahead of where

I expected to be.”

She is determined now to

make the series. Her best results

in the Summer of Surf is a

second at Newport and eighth

at North Wollongong.

Take out those who are automatic

qualifiers and Maddie is

equal fifth with Manly’s Taylar

Puskaric on 102 points, five

ahead of three-time Nutri Grain

champion Courtney Hancock.

Maddie has been counting

the days to the last round at

Surfers Paradise on February 4.

“I wouldn’t be where I am

without my coaches Trent

(Herring) and James (Brooks),”

Maddie said.

So it seems getting up at

4.30am, six days a week is reaping

rewards. And when she’s

not training, Maddie’s either

off to Sydney Uni where she is

studying medical science or

working for the Sydney Northern

Beaches Surf School as an


“What I like most is educating

those kids who rarely come to

a beach about the surf and the

dangers in the water,” she said.

– John Taylor

Save the date in Feb

for Avalon soccer info

Having reported a great

response since online

registrations opened on January

9, Avalon Soccer Club is

again confident of a stellar

new season down at ‘The Bay’

and would like to welcome

members, current and new, to

season 2017.

You can still register by visiting


– this is also the best source for

general information about the

club and the season ahead.

Also, the Club will be holding

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


AVSC strives to provide

the best possible playing and

coaching environment with

the resources to 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


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


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 also

plans now 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. If

anyone is interested in volunteering

or joining the committee

please contact the Avalon

Soccer Club President on


com.au– John Kowtan

FEBRUARY 2017 37

Sporting Life

Women’s Health Special




Over the following pages, you’ll find general information on health issues that women should be

aware of with simple messages that can reduce the risks of chronic diseases and tips from local

experts to help you manage your health and keep you in good shape. Compiled by Lisa Offord


Many of the chronic diseases that

affect women – heart disease,

cancer and diabetes – can be avoided or

managed by leading a healthy lifestyle.

A healthy lifestyle is all about choices,

finding the right balance between what

you put into your body, how you use your

body and… enjoying it.

The three main ingredients required to

lead a healthy lifestyle include:

n Eating a wide variety of nutritious foods

n Being physically active, and

n Maintaining a healthy weight

Cut out smoking and go easy on

alcohol (no more than two standard

drinks per day and two alcohol free days

per week) and you’re heading in the right


Also, being aware of your body and

your family history and visiting your GP

regularly will help you stay on the right

track and detect any health problems


Don’t be concerned that you may have


neglected your health over the years – the

experts say it is never too late to make

lifestyle changes that can reduce the risks

of many health problems.

What’s a standard drink?

A standard drink is one that contains 10g

of alcohol. That is 100ml of wine, 285ml

full-strength beer, 60ml port or sherry,

30ml spirits.

Healthy eating

A balanced diet is the key to good

nutrition and good health. Quite simply,

there are certain foods that can be eaten

all the time (in certain amounts) that

help maintain your health and energy

and there are other foods you should

limit. Following a healthy balanced diet

however, isn’t always that easy, especially

when bombarded with mixed messages

about food and what you should and

shouldn’t be eating.

Your best source of information on


healthy eating are The Australian Dietary

Guidelines which have been developed by

food and nutrition experts on behalf of

the National Health and Medical Research


Many of us don’t eat as well as the

experts recommend but even making

small changes to your diet can reduce

your risks of chronic diseases and other

health problems.

Physical activity

Beginning or resuming regular physical

activity will benefit your health,

regardless of your age.

Moderate activity (energetic but not

enough to make you breathless, such

as brisk walking or social tennis, for

example) for as little as 30 minutes on

most, preferably all, days is great for your

wellbeing and can help reduce the risks

of many health problems such as heart

disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers,

anxiety, depression, musculoskeletal

problems and weight gain.

Australian guidelines recommend

people between ages 18-64

accumulate 2 ½ to 5 hours of moderate

intensity physical activity or 1 ¼ to 2½

hours of vigorous intensity activity, or

a combination of both each week and

do muscle strengthening activities on

at least two days each week.

It is also important to make an

effort to sit less and break up long

periods of sitting as often as possible.

Sedentary behavior is associated with

poorer health outcomes including an

increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

Healthy weight

Being overweight increases the risks of

a number of health problems.

If you are within a healthy weight

range make an effort to stay there – by

watching what you eat and exercising.

If you are overweight, a crucial first

step is to do whatever you can to

prevent gaining more weight. Then,

when you are ready, plan how you can

drop some kilos and keep them off.

Healthy weight management tips

n Set a weight goal you know you can

meet, then aim to make permanent

changes to both food and activity


n Hunger is the best guide – be aware

of eating when you are bored or

stressed or eating out of habit.

n Change your eating and physical

activity habits in stages.

n For weight loss aim for 60 minutes of

physical activity a day.

n Seek professional advice on the best

way to manage your weight.

How do you measure up?

An easy way to determine if you are

a healthy weight is to measure your

waist with a tape measure. This gives

you an idea of whether you have a

lot of fat stored around your middle.

People who have a lot of fat around

the middle are at greater risk of

developing diseases such as heart

disease and type 2 diabetes. For

women, a waist circumference greater

than 80cm is associated with increased

health risk.

Emotional health

Hormonal and physical changes before

or during menstruation, pregnancy

and menopause can make many

women feel down, irritable and moody.

It’s perfectly normal to feel sad and

stressed at times. But if you have felt

depressed or anxious for more than

two weeks and lost pleasure in most of

your usual activities you should talk to

your doctor.

Nutrients: Are you

getting enough?

Nutritional and energy needs

change throughout life.

Calcium and iron are both

important nutrients for women

at certain ages and life stages,

says nutritionist Kylie Dowling.

“In the menstruating years iron

deficiency can cause anaemia

and calcium deficiency can be the

cause of PMS,” says Kylie.

“During pregnancy and

lactation additional energy is

required to cover the needs of

the growing foetus, placenta and

expanding maternal tissue.

“Also, for the production of

milk during the 3rd trimester

lactation period, calcium is


Osteoporosis is common

in postmenopausal women

because of hormone-related

changes. Paying attention to

the amount of calcium and

iron-rich foods in the diet before

menopause can help prevent

inadequate mineralisation of the

bones, says Kylie.

Some good dietary sources

of iron are red meat, chicken

and fish, nuts and legumes,

wholegrains and leafy green


“If you are vegetarian and

getting your iron from non haem

sources, combining sources

of vitamin C, for example

strawberries on your cereal or

lemon juice dressing on salad,

will help increase absorption,”

she said.

Some good sources of calcium

include dairy such as milk,

cheese, yogurt, fish with edible

bones, tahini and dried figs.

Smooth move

Struggling to squeeze in

moderate physical activity

and dedicated muscle

strengthening activities into

your routine?

“Pilates falls under

both of these categories,

especially when done with

weighted or spring resistance

based equipment,” says

physiotherapist Jen Smith

of Fix + Flex Pilates and


Pilates is a great way to

tone, lengthen and strengthen

muscles at a resistance level

suitable for the female body.


Regular health checks are an important part of

keeping healthy. Having regular health checks

and screening tests can help prevent disease and

keep you aware of possible health risks.

Health checks include the following:

n Physical examination including blood pressure,

height and weight, waist measurement every few


n Pap smear from age 18 (or two years after first

sexual intercourse) up to age 70 (note this will

change from May 1 when the Pap smear will be replaced

by a more accurate Cervical Screening Test)

n Skin examination for skin cancer

n Breast awareness – being familiar with the normal

look and feel of your breasts.

n Mammogram screening

n Bowel cancer screening

n Oral/dental health check – dental examination.

n Hearing tests

n The ‘45-49 year old Health Check’ – a once only

check with your GP for those at risk of developing

a chronic disease.

n The ‘75 year old Health Check’ – a health assessment

for people aged 75 years and older.

Talk to your doctor and find out what checks are

needed and how often you need to have them to

maintain your health.

Family planning:

‘an active choice’

Family planning is not just about contraception,

it is about making an active choice to have

children at the right time for you, your partner and

any children you already have, and being able to

optimise your health prior to pregnancy.

Dr Fiona Collins from Gilbert Collins Medical

practice in Mona Vale, said most women spend a

significant proportion of their lives either trying not

to get pregnant or trying to conceive, and unplanned

pregnancies are unfortunately still too common.

“As a GP with a special interest in women’s health,

I see many women who continue to take the pill and

have little knowledge of or have never been offered

other options,” she said. “The ideal contraception

would be 100% effective, have no risks, no sideeffects,

be cheap, readily available and easily

reversible... We are not quite there yet but there are

a good range of contraceptive options for women.”

Dr Collins cited Long-Acting Reversible

Contraception (LARC) which includes contraceptive

implants (Implanon) and Intra-Uterine Devices

(IUDs) – both hormonal (Mirena) and non-hormonal.

“These last for three, five and 10 years

respectively and are extremely reliable– in fact

more so than female sterilisation,” she said.

“Once in they do not require regular checks and

if wished can be removed early with restoration of

previous fertility levels within a week.”

Dr Collins urged all women wanting longer-term

contraception to discuss their requirements with

their GP – “and make an active choice.”

FEBRUARY 2017 39

Women’s Health Special


Chronic diseases such as heart

disease, cancer and diabetes

are caused by a combination of

different factors called risk factors.

Some of these risk factors are out of your

control (your genes or your age) others

can be changed (smoking, your diet, your

weight), while some are still unknown.

Risk factors are cumulative – the more

risk factors you have, the higher your risk

of developing chronic diseases.

That is why it is important to know

about diseases and conditions and learn

what you can do to reduce your risks.

Its important to note

having risk factors

for certain diseases

does not mean you

will automatically get a

disease and there are

some people diagnosed

with health problems

who don’t have obvious

risk factors.

Be aware of signs and

symptoms that may

indicate a problem but

don’t worry yourself sick.

You know your body

better than anyone else,

if you notice any changes

or you are concerned see

your doctor. Speaking to

a doctor can help allay

any fears you may have.


Heart disease is the leading cause of

death in Australian women. It is caused by

the gradual clogging of the arteries that

supply blood to the heart. This can lead

to heart attack, heart failure and stroke.

The good news is heart disease is largely

preventable – leading a healthy lifestyle

can greatly reduce your risk.

Risk factors include:

n Smoking

n High blood cholesterol

n Overweight/ Physical inactivity

n Diabetes

n High blood pressure

n Depression

n Increasing age, a family history of early

death from heart disease or being


What you can do

High blood cholesterol and high blood


Trouble hearing?

Women between the ages of

15-30 are the most at risk

of developing Otosclerosis.

“Otosclerosis is an abnormal

bone growth in the middle ear

that can cause hearing loss

– this hearing loss can often

be treated with surgery,” says

Audiologist Emma van Wanrooy

of Pittwater Hearing in Avalon.

Hearing loss affects 40-50%

of women over the age of 60

years of age, says Emma.

Awareness and treatment of

hearing loss is important to

ensure you can participate in

all social situations.

pressure and type 2

diabetes rarely give

warning signs which is

why it is important to see

your doctor for regular

checks so you know your levels and what

this means for your health.

To improve blood cholesterol levels eat

a healthy diet that is low in saturated fats.

Some people may also need medication

to improve their cholesterol levels.

If your blood pressure is high, reduce

salt intake, go easy on the alcohol and

follow your doctor’s advice. Medication

may be required.


Diabetes is a condition where there is too

much glucose (sugar) in the blood.

The rise in glucose occurs because the

body can’t make enough insulin or the

insulin produced is not working properly.

Insulin is a hormone that moves glucose

from the blood stream into the cells of

the body where it is used for energy.

High blood glucose levels over a period

of time will cause damage to your blood

vessels and nerves. This can result in


heart disease, stroke, eye problems,

kidney disease and other complications

such as infections and foot problems.

Risk factors include:

n A family history of type 2 diabetes

n Being older than 55 years of age

n A waist circumference greater than

80cm for women

n Gestational diabetes

n Polycystic ovary syndrome

n Poor diet

n Any of the following cultural

backgrounds: Aboriginal or Torres

Strait Islands, Pacific Islands, Indian

subcontinent or Chinese

n High blood pressure and/or high blood

cholesterol and/or a history of heart


What you can do

The only way to know your blood glucose

level (BGL) is through a blood test

organised by your doctor.

There’s no cure for type 2 diabetes, but

there’s plenty you can do to manage – or

prevent – the condition. Research shows

that up to 60 per cent of cases of type

Move towards a healthy lifestyle

Another year has flown by and

(yet again) you’ve chosen to address

your bad habits by declaring:

“This year I’m going to get

my fitness and nutrition back on

track…” Sound familiar?

Rachel Cohen from Xperteze

Fitness & Nutrition says it’s natural

we all start the year with good

intentions, then find it challenging

to implement change – so she

has framed her 6 top tips to help

you stay on track.

Be Specific

Setting “none specific” goals is

like a marathon without a finish

line. Be specific with goals and

time frames, such as “by June

I’ll lose 5kg, climb stairs without

puffing, reduce my cholesterol”.

You’ll be more likely to succeed.

Be Realistic

Training 5 times a week might

sound great, but is it realistic?

Set a realistic schedule and you’ll

be more motivated by achieving

it rather than feeling you’ve

“blown it” if you miss sessions.

Improve Nutrition

You can’t run a car on empty.

Fuel the ‘new you’ with good nutrition

and hydration and you’ll

feel healthier, sleep better and

have the extra energy you need

for training.

Mix It Up

The body is very clever at

learning the minimum energy

it needs for a specific activity.

Keep it challenged by mixing

it up. Alternate kettlebell work

with running, or Tai Chi with

Yoga. Regularly change your

number of sets and reps.

Have Fun

You’re more likely to keep doing

something you enjoy. Find a

training activity you love. Train

with a friend to share the fun

and remember: training doesn’t

always have to be at the gym.

Be Forgiving

Don’t beat yourself up if you

“fall off the wagon” – just pick

up and keep going. Start with

small steps and changes and

think long-term rather than

weeks and months.

More info visit


Focus on eye health

Hydration is important for eyes as well as

our general wellbeing.

“Make sure you drink enough

water,” advises Robyn Milat from Milat


“Contact lens wearers will have more

comfortable eyes when they drink enough


Regular eye checks with your

optometrist are important to check for

eye health and eye strain issues.

“After 40 years this should generally

be done at least every two years, after

65 years annual reviews are indicated,”

she said.

2 diabetes can be prevented by lifestyle

changes (eating a healthy diet and being

active). And if you already have diabetes

a healthy lifestyle can help reduce your

risks of complications.

If diet and exercise aren’t enough, your

doctor may recommend medication.


Cancer is a disease in which cells in the

body grow out of control. Generally it is

not possible to determine what causes

cancer in any individual however there

are certain risk factors that increase your

chances of developing cancer.

Four of the five most commonly

diagnosed cancers – breast, bowel,

melanoma and lung cancer – are linked

to lifestyle choices and so potentially


To reduce your cancer risk:

n Stop smoking

n Protect yourself from UV exposure

n Achieve a healthy body weight

n Cut down on alcohol

n Cut down on red and processed meats

n Eat more fruit and vegetables

n Be physically active every day

n Know your body

What you can do

Finding cancer early offers one of the

best chances to cure the disease. See

your doctor straight away if you notice

any unusual changes such as:

n Lumps, sores or ulcers that don’t heal

n Unusual changes in your breasts

n Coughs that don’t go away or show

blood, a hoarseness that hangs around

n A loss in weight that can’t be explained

n Any loss of blood, even a few spots

between periods or after they stop

n Moles that have changed shape, size or

colour, or bleed

n Blood in a bowel motion

n Persistent changes in toilet habits

n Persistent abdominal pain or bloating

Screening for breast and cervical

cancer saves lives, so regular checks are

one of the best health habits to get into.

Note: This special feature is intended as a general introduction to the topic and in no way should be seen as substitute for your own doctor’s or registered health professional’s

advice. Prepared utilising information from the National Health and Medical Research Council, The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating, Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary

Behaviour Guidelines, Dietitians Association, Heart Foundation, Cancer Council, Cancer Australia, Diabetes Australia and Jean Hailes for Women’s Health.

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The benefits of getting

rid of ‘droopy’ eyelids

The eyelids are one of

the first areas to show

the changes associated

with ageing. Eyes and eyelids

are also the most commonly

observed facial features that

are noted when conversing.

Commonly people say they

look tired, angry… or old.

Skin excess, muscle excess

and drooping fat pouches

contribute to this appearance.

Each of these components

is assessed individually and

surgery is tailored to address

the varying amounts of each,

allowing differing amounts of

skin and muscle to be resected.

The fat may either be excised or

repositioned. Stitches then hold

and reinforce the structures that

retain the fat pouches.

Lower eyelid correction

Eyelids of Asian appearance

often lack the crease in the upper

lids. This can be surgically

reconstructed to give a fold in

the upper eyelids.

At times, very loose lower

lids may need to be tightened.

In cases where only fat needs

to be removed from the lower

lids, surgery can be performed

through an incision on the inner

surface of the eyelids which

leaves no skin incisions. If your

upper lid skin touches the eyelashes

or impedes vision, then a

Medicare or Health Fund rebate

may reduce the cost of surgery.

Hooding of the upper eyelids is

tion of discomfort. A gritty, dry

feeling is common and may

persist for a number of weeks.

Bruising and swelling is

variable from person to person

and even from side to side. It

is usually maximum at about

three days and usually tracks

downwards under the effects of

gravity. Elevation when sleeping

with the head raised helps

the swelling and bruising, as

does avoiding lifting, stooping,

straining and limiting strenuous


Dry eyes are common, as well

as redness and itchiness. Eye

ointment is useful to treat this

and routinely prescribed. Light

sensitivity, excess tearing and

blurred vision may occur temporarily

and sunglasses are very

useful. Small cysts may occur

along the suture line, especially

in the upper lids.

The outcomes of surgery

with Dr John Kippen

a skin excess that usually occurs

in the outer part of the eyelids.

Surgery can be performed

under local anaesthetic, twilight

sedation or general anaesthetic

depending on the complexity

and the amount required. It can

be performed in the rooms,

day surgery or in hospital. Cold

packs are often placed over the

eyes to reduce swelling and

bruising. These are not taped

or secured and can easily be

removed and replaced so even

people who suffer from claustrophobia

seldom have problems.

Incisions are usually well hidden.

The upper incision is made

in the skin crease, while the

lower incision runs just under

the lash line. These may need to

be extended into the crows’ feet

or smile lines at the out edge of

the eyes.

Most people do not report

much pain, but more a descripmay

be affected by thyroid

disease, high blood pressure,

smoking, glaucoma, dry eyes

and allergic eye conditions. Preoperative

consultations on at

least two occasions are required

for assessment. This allows

informed expectations and

outcomes to be discussed. All

these risks and likely outcomes

will be discussed at the time

of consultation. There is a very

low incidence of blindness of

approximately 0.04%. This is

usually associated with deeper

fat pouch resection.

Sutures are removed between

3 and 5 days. From about 2

weeks, sedentary-type work can

be commenced and most people

are able to return to work

and a post-operative plan will

be detailed after surgery.

Our columnist Dr John

Kippen is a qualified, fully

certified consultant specialist

in Cosmetic, Plastic and

Reconstructive surgery.

Australian trained, he also

has additional Australian and

International Fellowships.

Dr Kippen works from custom-built

premises in Mona

Vale. He welcomes enquiries

and questions. Please

contact him via johnkippen.

com.au or by email: doctor@




Strength the key as

muscle mass declines

Women don’t often

associate getting

older with doing more

strength training – but it’s

an important consideration

when ageing, says fitness

centre owner Suset Frundt.

“A lot of women tell us

that they used to do a

lot more when they were

younger but stopped doing

it because of getting older,”

says Suset, who operates

Curves at Mona Vale.

“Women need to be

strong at any age – they

need to be strong to lift

their babies and grandbabies

and to cope with the

demands of living a busy


Suset said some of the

common forms of exercise

undertaken by women –

such as walking, swimming,

playing golf, netball, or even

treadmill exercise – don’t

really assist strength. Given

every decade after the age

of 30, women can lose as

much as 3% to 5% of their

muscle mass, the issue of

maintaining strength was


Suset said the equipment

at Curves provided the

benefits of strength

training and cardiovascular

exercise in a highly effective

30-minute workout.

“Specifically designed

for women, every machine

works at least two muscle

groups and as many as four

at one time,” she said.

She added their boutique

club fosters a community

of like-minded women who

support each other along

their fitness journeys.

“Plus with a Curves coach

at every circuit to teach

and motivate, women never

feel alone as they progress

through their journey.”

– Nigel Wall

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Hormones and oral health

Women’s hormone surges

can make you more vulnerable

to gum disease, says

Dr Astrid Kylstra of Avalon

Beach Family Dental.

“This is because more female

hormones (estrogen and progesterone)

cause more blood

to flow to your gums, which

causes them to become more

sensitive and “overreact” to anything

that may irritate them.

“The most common irritant

is the presence of plaque

which can cause your gums to

become inflamed, swell and


There are five main stages

within a women’s life where

hormones may fluctuate.


Not only can the gums become

red and “bleedy” but an

additional irritant can also be

the presence of braces on the


“Diligent brushing at least

two times a day with a soft

toothbrush and fluoride

toothpaste is vital to keep the

gums as healthy as possible

and reduce discomfort,” Dr

Kylstra said.

It is also important to keep

in mind that the gums will

probably bleed every time you

brush you teeth and not to be

worried or scared off by this.

Your period

Your gums may be more

sensitive before and during

your period. If so, it is best

to schedule your clean at the

dentist for the week after it


Birth control pills

“The advantage of being on

the pill is that it stops wild

hormone fluctuations so can

lessen gum bleeding,” Dr

Kylstra said.

“However, if you are getting

a tooth pulled out, you may be

more vulnerable to a subsequent

infection known as ‘dry


It is important to let your

dentist know beforehand.


“Some women develop pregnancy

gingivitis – a mild form

of gum disease that causes

gums to be red, tender and

sore,” Dr Kylstra said.

Again, you can help keep it

under control through good

daily habits.

Your dentist may recommend

more frequent cleanings

during your second trimester

and early third trimester to

help control gingivitis.


Menopause heralds a huge

change in a woman’s life

and also a woman’s mouth,

including altered taste, burning

sensations and increased


“This can be related to a

drop in saliva flow which can

be hormone related among

other reasons.

“Saliva is vitally important

for washing the teeth and

keeping plaque levels down.

“It is important to keep

hydration levels up and you

may need to switch to a higher

fluoride containing toothpaste

which can be prescribed by

your dentist,” Dr Kylstra said.



Mobile service gives

you peace of ‘Mind’

Megan Dunphy understands

how busy women can

be, which is why she recently

launched Pilates in Mind, a mobile

service offering physiotherapy

and private small-group

Pilates in a place to suit you.

Working as a nurse before

completing a Masters in physiotherapy,

Megan spent almost

a decade in private practice,

incorporating Pilates as a

method of rehabilitation.

With additional training in

Women’s Health Physiotherapy,

Megan was seeing more

prenatal and postnatal women

in the clinic.

She explained a common

trend among these clients was

their struggle to get to appointments

due to childcare,

or being distracted with an

unsettled baby.

“Providing a mobile service

takes the hassle of travel,

child-minding, and the stress

of having an unsettled baby

in the clinic out of the mix,”

she said.

“I can come to a client’s

house at a time that suits

them where they are in their

own environment.”

Pilates is not just for pregnancy

and postnatal rehabilitation.

“Pilates is great for anyone,

everyone will benefit from it

as it can be tailored to any

fitness level, from beginner to

elite athlete,” Megan said.

Pilates strength is the role it

plays in preventing problems.

“If you can maintain your

flexibility, strength, and stability,

especially moving into

middle age and beyond, you

are less likely to sustain an

injury or fall, and more likely

to maintain your function,

lifestyle and quality of life.”

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Eco Corner

We’ll have more plastic

than fish in the ocean

by 2050 if we do nothing!

Harvesting plastic and

turning it into something

valuable is a win-win,

saving our diminishing

marine life, reducing trash,

oil consumption and CO2


Major brands are making

headway. Sports brands,

which rely on synthetics for

product performance and

durability, are reusing existing


Abandoned fishing nets,

known as ghost nets, kill

100,000 marine animals every

year and account for about

one tenth of marine debris.

Kelly Slater’s ‘Outerknown’

is one of the new sustainable

clothing ranges made from

recycled fishing nets and

plastic found in the oceans.

And Sea Shepherd had a

coup, when after 110 days,

covering 10,000 miles, crews

on the Sam Simon and Bob

Parker were successful in

retrieving, off the coast of

Africa, 72km of gillnet from

the sinking poaching vessel,

the ‘Thunder’.

A Sea Shepherd and Adidas

collaboration to remove and

recycle plastic from the ocean

has led to Adidas converting

70 tons of fishing net into

shoes in a process referred

to by Sea Shepherd founder

Paul Watson as “ecological

alchemy”. Whilst these shoes

raise awareness of the issue of

plastic, Adidas can also profit

from the shoes; the message:

that it’s possible to profit from

protecting the ocean.

New products using

repurposed nylon are popping

up. We’ve seen a company

which made skateboards

from discarded fishing nets

branching out to make a range

of sunglasses! New carpets,


bicycle seats

and socks.

What’s next?

Relief for pregnancyrelated

pelvic pain

During pregnancy, your

body undergoes tremendous

change to accommodate

the growing foetus. As the

pregnancy progresses, the

extra weight creates a shift in

your body’s centre of gravity.

Your supporting ligaments

also soften due to the release

of the Relaxin hormone to

assist the natural process of


These factors can add

stress to your body causing

problems like lower back pain,

pelvis pain and dysfunction

and sciatica.

Avalon osteopath Francois

Naef says those issues can be

addressed with good care.

“To go through pregnancy

and delivery with a minimum

of pain and discomfort it

is important to restore and

maintain pelvis alignment and

good pelvic muscles tone,”

Francois said.

He said pregnant patients

who presented with unilateral

sacroiliac joint pain often had

very tight adductors (inner

thigh muscles), which added

further stress on the pelvis. At

the same time, the pelvic floor

muscles become weaker due

to the increased intra-abdominal


Francois recommends these

two exercises which can be

done daily during pregnancy

– although before you start

he advises you consult your

health practitioner to make

sure they are suitable for you.

Tailor sitting: Sit on the

floor with legs apart and

heels together. You will feel

a stretch in the inner side

of your thigh. Hold for 5-10

seconds. Relax and repeat 3


Pelvic floor (Kegels) exercises:

Tighten the pelvic floor

muscles as if to stop urination

midstream. Hold tight for a

count of three and gradually

work up to a count of 10. Be

sure to breath. Repeat 3 times.

* Francois practises at

Level 1, 55 Old Barrenjoey Rd


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Lamb is the

Founder of


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‘GirlForce’ is all about

empowering young women

Do you have a

daughter, niece,

neighbor or friend

in need of an energy

or confidence

boost? Jazzercise

at Narrabeen has

launched an initiative

to support the growth

and development of

young women – in

February they’re

offering a month of

free classes for girls aged


Dubbed GirlForce, the

program aims to empower

young women by giving them

a place to get fit, learn healthy

habits, and find a connection

within their community.

“Self-esteem, body image

and mental health issues

affect young and older women

in society and exercise plays

a key role in helping and

supporting girls as they

grow up and mature,” said

Jazzercise instructor Nicola


She said GirlForce would

encourage teens and

university-aged women to join

the movement and learn to

“dance their own path.”

“If they start young they

will have a greater chance of

staying fit for life,”

said Nicola. “As a mum

of two young girls, I

am already becoming

aware that females

confront unique


“We know what

physical activity does

for us. We hope that

offering girls a safe

place for them to get

fit can help…so they

can become strong women.”

Girls who are interested in

joining the GirlForce initiative

can present this article

anytime in February 2017 to

commence one month of free


More information at

jazzerair@optusnet.com.au or

on the Narrabeen Jazzercise

facebook page.

– Lisa Offord

Take advantage

of tennis clinics

Inspired by the watching the

tennis over summer? Why

not get out there and do

something about it.

Goodwin’s Tennis offers

a range of Ladies Clinics on

most days of the week at

Careel Bay and Mona Vale.

Whether you are new to

tennis or just a little rusty

there’s a spot for you.

You can learn tactics, stroke

correction, work on your fitness

and match play over one to

two hours with costs varying

according to clinics selected.

And when you are ready,

you can mix things up a bit

by joining a Round Robin on

Thursdays at Careel Bay Tennis

Club from 8.30-11.30am all

doubles (and unisex) costs $10

and includes tea and coffee.

For more info go to


au or call Joel on 0410 523

726. – Lisa Offord



Hair & Beauty

Monitoring the changes

to skin over the years

with Sue Carroll

Ageing begins the day

we are born. The rate

at which the skin ages

is determined by two main

components: the first is

dependent upon chronology

and genetics and the second is

based upon the environment

– which we often tend to

overlook in our youth.

Chronological ageing can be

broken into five groups, each

showing the ever-changing

landscape of the skin.

Phase One: 10-20 years

Puberty generally occurs

earlier in girls than in boys.

Early onset of menses in girls

can be an indication for a

faster rate of ageing. Changes

in skin colour and tone in

juvenile skin can be seen

through these years, along

with a change in the oil flow,

often creating some form of

acne. Through this age of

increased oil flow, often harsh

alkaline products are used

to try to dry out the oil. But

this may result in the reverse

happening, where the oil flow

is increased given that oil is

a protective medium for the

skin to help prevent bacteria

from entering. A pH-balanced

cleansing and rebalancing

home care program is

recommended to keep the

skin healthy and to prevent

premature aging.

Phase Two: 21 -35 years

During this stage, skin changes

are subtle, appearing mainly

on the face, neck and hands.

Cell turnover slows down, the

second layer of the skin, the

dermis, begins to lose some

bounce and volume, collagen

fibres aren’t as efficiently

meshed, and the environmental

damage of the harsh Australian

sun appear with the start of

hyperpigmentation and fine

lines. Cleansing, exfoliation,

hydration and sun protection

are very important in order to

slow down the environmental

as well as chronological ageing.

Phase Three, 36-50 years

Here ageing of the skin will

often appear to be more

evident in women due to

hormonal changes. The skin is

appearing to be a little looser

with more prominent lines

both from the environment

and chronological ageing.

Sebum production slows

resulting in dryer skin, dilated

capillaries may appear due

to a weaker dermis and

pigmentation is quite evident.

Often anti-wrinkle injections

are considered at this time,

along with volumising

injections and IPL treatments.

Phase Four, 51-65 years

Often called the fixation

period, as the physical and

mental changes that occur

can result in a definite older

appearance. Other visible

ageing signs are a thin

texture, the skin is loose, cell

renewal is slower resulting

in slow healing, circulation is

impaired, skin colour changes

becoming more yellow or

grey, along with more evident

brown hyperpigmentation,

structural proteins make

skin less elastic and less

firm, for women decreasing

estrogen and therefore an

imbalance with androgens

may lead to breakouts, and

the neck can take on the

‘turkey’ appearance (men

too). A healthy lifestyle and

a prescribed home care

regime (including the use

of gauze and toning lotion)

increases the circulation

and desquamation process

resulting in a brighter

colour and tone of the skin.

An at-home and in-clinic

skin needling routine will

stimulate collagen and elastin

production, decreasing fine

lines and wrinkles

Phase Five, 66 years +

Little or no oil flow and zero

natural moisture levels results

in extremely dry and fragile

skin. Genetic disposition to

certain problems becomes

evident, such as bags under

the eyes, along with increased

pigmentation and wrinkles

both from the sun and

from something as simple

as sleeping on your side.

Precancerous lesions are often

more evident and the skin

becomes droopier, which may

be from a combination of skull

changes and loss of elasticity.

Teaching children from

a young age about the

importance of a healthy

lifestyle and how to follow a

good homecare routine will

assist with a more radiant skin

that does not give away our

actual chronological age.

There are many tools at

our disposal to assist with

this such as fractional laser,

IPL, peeling treatments, radio

frequency and skin needling.

Be the best, the healthiest

and happiest you can be and

your skin will stand you in

good stead.

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

Stay up to date through

New Year housekeeping

This month we look at

a range of financial

housekeeping matters

to address in the first half of


Hot on the heels

of changes to age

pension thresholds

on 1 January 2017,

we now have a raft

of changes that will

impact operation of

the superannuation

system from 1 July

2017. The ones listed

below are just the

main changes and

illustrate why retirees

will need undertake

adequate research or

obtain advice to ensure their

interests are protected under

these new rules.

n The introduction of a lifetime

$1.6 million pension transfer

balance cap

Those lucky enough to be

over the transfer balance cap

on 1 July 2017 will be looking

to balance up account holdings

with their spouses so that

each pensioner remains as

much as possible under the

threshold. This may require

the sale of assets to create

liquidity, checking eligibility

of the member with the lower

balance against the work test,

checking tax-free thresholds

of the member with the higher

balance and checking previous

contribution caps to ensure

that funds can actually be

transferred between members.

If you do find yourself over

the cap with no other options,

the question will be, do you

simply withdraw the excess out

of super or do you transfer the

excess back to accumulation

phase. The legislation contains

capital gains tax relief but

there is thinking required

around what and how assets

are held given that tax is being

reintroduced as an issue for

some retirees. One law firm

has identified a trap with the

CGT relief contained in the

legislation; they argue that

opting for the CGT

election has the

effect of resetting

the ownership

timeclock and that

assets sold inside a

12-month window of

making the election

will not be eligible

for the one third

discount allowable

to superannuation


For some larger

funds that hold

lumpy assets such

as property, there may be an

argument to create two funds

– a tax-free pension fund and

another taxed fund as the

option of asset segregation has

been limited by the legislation.

The transfer balance cap also

makes it necessary to look at

beneficiary death nominations

from 1 July as death benefit

pensions will be counted

against the recipient’s pension

transfer cap at commencement.

The government have provided

a 12-month window following

the date of death of the original

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pensioner for the beneficiary

of a reversionary pension

to consider options without

potentially having to pay

penalty tax.

Changes of this magnitude

also mean that trustees of

self-managed superannuation

funds should ensure that their

deeds have been updated

as none of these provisions

are likely to have been

contemplated in deeds issued

before 2017.

n Changes to transition to

retirement income stream

Australia’s most popular

retirement strategy is about to

become a little less attractive,

particularly for those under 60

who pay tax on the pension

income they draw from

superannuation. The strategy

will still work for those who are

using it for the originally stated

purpose which was to replace

cash flow while reducing their

working hours but for those

who were mainly employing

it as a tax strategy it is time

to have another look at the

benefits to see if it still stacks


n A reduction in the

concessional contribution

(CC) cap



The CC cap is the limit

applicable to employer salary

sacrifice and tax deductible

contributions. At present

the maximum cap stands at

$35,000 for those who were

over 49 on 30 June 2016

otherwise it is $30,000. From

1 July the CC falls to $25,000

regardless of age.

The remainder of this

financial year therefore is a

final opportunity to make a

sizable deductible contribution

to super. With five months of

the financial year remaining

regular depositors to super

may wish to check their yearto-date

contribution levels

to ensure they will achieve

the goal, particularly where a

company payroll department

may need to be involved.

Similarly, those depositing

the maximum should be aware

of the lower threshold in the

2017/18 financial year as the

company payroll department

is unlikely to take the blame

for excess contributions in the

following year.

n Catch-up concessional


This change comes in from

1 July, 2018 but it should be

considered as part of the

amendments to concessional

contributions. Those with

balances under $500,000 will

be able to access a higher

annual cap and contribute the

remaining unused portion of

their CC cap on a rolling basis

over five years. Accrual of the

unused amount begins from 1

July, 2018. The thinking here is

that it will benefit people with

lumpy earnings or people who

move in and out of full time

and part time work. There is

also an opportunity for those

who may be contemplating the

sale of a capital gains taxable

asset to use this feature

to make a larger personal

deductible contribution.

n Changes to the nonconcessional


(NCC) cap

The NCC cap is the

limit applicable to nondeductible


contributions. Currently, the

cap is $180,000 per annum

with the ability to make three

years ($540,000) of bring

forward contributions for

those under 65.

Over 65-year-olds can

currently contribute up to

$180,000 per year provided

that they have first passed a

work test of 40 hours (paid

employment) over a 30-day


From 1 July, 2017 the NCC

will fall to $100,000 per year

with eligible persons being

able to access a three-year

bring-forward amount of


Alongside the introduction

of the lifetime pension transfer

cap, you will not be able to

make further NCCs if your total

superannuation balance from

the prior 30 June is greater

than $1.6 million.

Those with sufficient capital

and NCC caps can maximise

the opportunity by 30 June

using the bring-forward rule

to contribute up to $540,000

(per member), especially those

whose account balance is

already $1.6 million or more.

With changes this extensive

combined with the hard

deadline of 30 June, there

is urgency for trustees and

members to be on top of their

administration and lodgements

to have adequate time for

planning, consideration and

implementation of changes if


Business Life

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.

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Business Life: Finance

Business Life

In 2017, prepare for the

concensus view to flip


hope you all enjoyed the

Christmas and New Year

break and had sufficient time

to consider your investment

options and outlook for the

upcoming year.

Over the break I used the

time to read some relevant

books in order to prepare

myself as much as possible for

the coming year’s surprises.

Four of the books were

related to the US Presidential

scenario: ‘The Making of

Donald Trump’ by David Cay

Johnston; ‘Great Again – How

to fix our crippled America’

by Donald Trump; ‘Electing

Donald Trump’ by Newt

Gingrich and Clair Christensen;

‘How Donald Trump won the

2016 Election’ by Alexander

Davis; and for self-education

purposes ‘Ian Fleming: A

Biography’ by Andrew Lycett.

All very illuminating and

interesting publications. What

is crystal clear is that the 2017

investment year will be full of

surprises. The consensus view

will, more often than not, be

turned completely on its head.

The usual geo political worries

will be amplified as Donald

Trump continues to negotiate

new deals and re-negotiate

old ones with countries and


It is important to bear in

mind that Trump is a “pluses

and minuses” thinker. Wall


Street and Washington, by

contrast, think in terms of

multiples and percentages.

Trump is above all a

dealmaker. This is what he

loves most and what he excels

at. He is not concerned with

macro-economics. He wants to

negotiate the best deal he can.

Right now, Trump is

playing the ‘New CEO move’.

That involves moving fast

and decisively on day one

to set the mood for the rest

of the Presidential term. So

far Donald Trump has set

the mood as an aggressive

negotiator on behalf of the

country, clawing and fighting

for every American job. So

far so good and consumer

confidence has soared since

the election.

In the past, US trade

agreements were made by

Washington lawyers. The


other side employed their best

and brightest to negotiate

trade deals. In the Trump

Administration, America’s

most capable negotiators will

be the ones re-negotiating old

trade agreements and any new


The Trump government will

likely be run by some seven

or eight individuals, namely

the Secretary of State (Rex

Tillerson), the Secretary of

the Treasury (Steve Mnuchin),

the Attorney General (Jeff

Sessions), head of the newly

formed National Trade Council

(Peter Navarro), National

Security Advisor (Lt. General

Michael T. Flynn), Secretary

of Defence (General James

Mattis), the Secretary of

Commerce (Wilbur Ross) and

Vice-President-elect Mike

Pence. (Clearly, Steve Bannon,

White House Chief Strategist

and Jared Kushner, Trump’s

son-in-law, will be major

powers behind the throne.)

However, Trump will be less

radical than people think.

Every decision or action

by the new Administration

will be focused on getting

re-elected. Trump will only

pick battles that are winnable

and he will only implement

as much change as he thinks

the American population can

handle and adjust to before

the next election. (Assuming

he wins re-election, his second

term will be the time for

radical change.)

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Trump is a master of

symbolism, turning a small

action, such as jobs at Ford

and Carrier, and cost overruns

for Air Force One, into the

appearance of a major victory.

Trump knows how to make his

actions as visible as possible,

even if they are more symbolic

than real. He wants to avoid

major “amputation” – to

use the words of one astute

observer – because he doesn’t

want the US economy to be

weak before the next election.

Suppose that inflation

surprises on the upside, and

long-term interest rates head

sharply higher.

There is an enormous

number of investors who have

purchased long-term assets

with short-term financing

which personifies the classic

characteristics of a financial

squeeze. These investments

were made on the premise

that interest rates would stay

“lower for longer”.

As interest rates rise, these

investors will find that they are

paying more in interest than

they are receiving in cash flow.

This has the potential to

cause significant financial pain

for those who are locked in

and the subsequent domino

effect will draw more into this


In 2017, watch the US as Joe

Public continues his fightback

against the Establishment via

President Trump.

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

Family arrangements &

Elder Abuse discussion

Last month we discussed

various forms of Elder

Abuse as highlighted in

the Australian Law Reform

Commission’s (ALRC) Discussion

paper on the subject and

noted some of the submissions

received to an earlier

issues paper.

This month we continue our

analysis, with particular emphasis

on family agreements.

As mentioned previously,

much Elder Abuse is financial

and is identified by ALRC as

‘Early inheritance syndrome’ –

which is on the rise.

A specific type of financial

abuse of older people

has been recognized in the

context of family agreements.

A ‘family agreement’, also

known as ‘assets for care’

arrangement, has a number

homes and hostels. This is

noted in the discussion paper.

Independence is cherished

above all else. With people living

longer and with disabilities

– to be cared for by family or

friends is prized.

Many people are obsessed

with preserving assets, particularly

the hard-earned family

home. It is therefore anathema

to the older person to dissipate

the asset of the home to pay

any premium for assisted care,

such as an accommodation

bond in a hostel.

Alternatively, some may

dispose of an asset to obtain

and maintain social security

entitlements and reduce the

tacit impact of ageing.

Finally, and perhaps most

importantly, the older person

has an understandable preferof

forms but is typically made

between an older person and

family member. The older

person transfers title to their

property, or proceeds from

the sale of their property, or

other assets, to a trusted person

(or persons) in exchange

for the trusted person promising

to provide ongoing care,

support and housing.

These agreements are not

typically put in writing. Where

they are written they may be

prepared by one of the parties

to the agreement, without legal

advice and the agreement

generally does not provide

for what happens if there is a

breakdown of the relationship.

These arrangements are

generally made by older

people who either live with

their spouse or alone. The

number of these arrangements

are increasing where an older

person/s make an arrangement

often mutually beneficial

to provide housing for both, to

live with children or a relative.

On occasion proceeds of

sale may be used to extend a

house or to build a Granny Flat.

If the arrangement is undocumented

and other family members

or siblings are not fully

informed of the arrangement,

friction may in time arise when

it is realised that one family

member is obtaining a benefit

– in the form of an extension

to a house or the construction

of a Granny Flat – to the exclusion

of other family members.

So many clients express

apprehension to eventual

‘institutional care’ – of aged

care facilities such as nursing

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ence to be cared for by family

rather than an unconnected,

well-meaning professional care


In the event of the older

person and family members

deciding to pool resources

and enter into a family arrangement,

how should it be


The problem is the agreement

is usually made orally

without legal advice and without

consideration of what might

happen if things go wrong.

An older person may transfer

the family home to a daughter

or son in return for a promise

of lifetime accommodation and

care. The daughter or son’s

marriage breaks down, or the

daughter or son dies, leaving

the home to their spouse and

the older person is evicted with

no compensation and nowhere

to live and the prospect of

expensive legal action.

Civil litigation in these

circumstances is difficult, usually

because of the age of the

older person and the lack of

funds; the time it takes and the

extreme stress it places on the

protagonists – added to which

these disputes do not fall into

the type of matters for which

there is public funding.

Finally, litigation represents

an irretrievable breakdown

with the family members. It

could mean complete alienation

between the parties and

grandparents unable to have

access to grandchildren.

There may be equitable remedies

for older people in dispute

over for example the transfer of

the family home, e.g.

n Resulting trusts;

n Undue influence;

n Unconscionable conduct;

n Failed joint venture and

equitable estoppel (the

principle which precludes

a person from asserting

something contrary to what

is implied by a previous action

or statement).

As the discussion paper

notes: “… there are a wide

range of potential legal actions

available to an older person

who has suffered financial

loss on the breakdown of a

family agreement and their

success will depend on the extent

to which the facts of their

particular situation cancan

meet the required test in law

and equity. The fact that the

older person has suffered significant

financial loss may not

be sufficient. An older person

has to weigh up the strength

of their case in the context

of unwritten agreements and

conduct that may be evidence

for a range of intentions.”

Overall this assessment

must be made with an understanding

of the considerable

costs of equity litigation.

Before turning to the proposals

for low-cost options to

resolve disputes, one needs to

consider: how should family

be defined for the purposes of

an ‘assets for care’ matter?

The discussion paper

suggests that the definition

of family should be broad

enough to cover situations

where one partner in a de

facto relationship passes away

and the surviving partner may

wish to enter into a family arrangement

with the deceased

partner’s child or niece/nephew

and similar arrangements

could be put in place where

one partner has gone into

residential aged care.

Apart from turning to the

civil courts, are there other

options which could be introduced

to resolve disputes?

The discussion paper suggests

that state and territory

tribunals should have jurisdiction

to resolve family disputes

involving residential property

under ‘assets for care’ arrangements.

These tribunals, whose

jurisdiction would be limited

to disputes over residential

property, would be tasked

with providing a quick, simple

and informal form of low-cost

dispute resolution.

It should be noted that the

proposal specifically excludes

disputes involving family businesses

and farms and focuses

only domestic disputes involving

residential property under

‘assets for care’ arrangements.

Commercial arrangements

are considered better

suited to formal adjudication

through the courts.

Difficult as it may seem, for

older persons and families

contemplating a family arrangement

or ‘assets for care’

arrangement, it would be

prudent to be realistic. Seek

legal advice and document

the arrangement – everything

from mutual finances to the

type of care to be provided –

there are myriad matters to be

discussed and documented.

The funds spent on the advice

and preparation of documents

could well save much heartache

and cost in due course.

Submissions on the proposals

contained in the discussion

paper, not all of which have

been covered in these two articles,

should be made to the

ALRC by February 27, 2017.

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

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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

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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.



FEBRUARY 2017 57

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.


editorial and advertising

content in Pittwater Life

has been provided by a

number of sources. Any

opinions expressed are

not necessarily those of

the Editor or Publisher

of Pittwater Life and

no responsibility is

taken for the accuracy

of the information

contained within. Readers

should make their own

enquiries directly to any

organisations or businesses

prior to making any plans

or taking any action.

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Peninsula Music Club’s

2017 concert program

Music lovers and learners

need not travel far to

appreciate world-class

performances thanks to our

very own Peninsula Music Club.

Through impressive contacts,

PMC brings talented

and professional Australian

and International artists to

Bayview for four concerts a

year including a supper for no

more than $25 a ticket (accompanied

students 18 and under


President and Musical Director

Janice Tuynman said one

of the highlights of this year’s

program was the “music+art”

multi-media concert Monet:

The Flowers of War.

This concert brings together

the paintings the French Impressionist

Monet created at

Giverny during WWI, including

Beautful noise

over Pittwater

There are tribute shows

and there are tribute

shows – ‘Nearly Neil’ is

known for pulling some

of the best crowds

around town.

With nore than 20 years

under his belt playing Neil

Diamond, Canadian-born

performer Bobby Bruce has

all the moves down pat.

One reviewer said: “He has

all the laidback charisma,

the sheer essence of Diamond

– and his sideburns

too. What’s not to love?”

Nearly Neil’s Beautiful

Noise Tour features a

world-class band and is

supported by special guest

Asheligh Toole as Barbra

Streisand at Dee Why RSL

on Fri Feb 10 doors open

7.30pm. Costs $28 a ticket.

Equally impressive shows

this month include the

Australian ABBA tribute

show Abbalanche on Sat

18 and Roy Orbison Reborn

starring Dean Bourne Fri

24. All shows are 18+. More

info deewhyrsl.com.au

his Japanese Bridges, Water

Lilies, Weeping Willows, and

the Alley of Roses, alongside

the exquisite music written

during the period by French

composers such as Debussy,

Ravel, Koechlin and Boulanger.

The performance, on May 12,

will feature international flautist

Jane Rutter and distinguished

guest artists including tenor

Andrew Goodwin, pianist Tamara-Anna

Cislowska, cellist David

Pereira and violinist Christopher

Latham with Monet’s paintings

projected on a big screen.

This one is sure to be a sellout

so make sure you book well

ahead to avoid disappointment.

Other performances scheduled

throughout 2017 include

the popular Avalonian trio who

delight with a mix of great

classical and lighter styles with

a hint of swing; the First Prize

Winner of the 2016 Sydney

International Piano Competition,

Andrey Gugnin; and a new

and exciting chamber group

formed by four leading Sydney

classical musicians called Ensemble

Aspherical who bring

together the violin, viola, flute

and harp to produce elegant

and engaging music.

All concerts will be held at

St Luke’s Grammar School,

Bayview Campus, 1977 Pittwater

Rd, Bayview.

Join PMC for only $80 and

you will receive entry to all

four performances. Single tickets

$25 Students 18 and under

free when accompanied by an

adult, unaccompanied $10.

More info 9999 1937 or

0407 441 213 or peninsulamusicclub.com.au.

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Dining Guide

Dining Guide

February’s best restaurants, functions, events and reader deals...

Hong Kong

Chinese Restaurant

332 Barrenjoey Rd,



Dinner Tues-Sun 5pm


Chinese & Asian


Entrees $5-20

Mains $12.90-26.50

*Deliver Whale Beach - Narrabeen

BOOKINGS 9997 4157




Who doesn’t love great Chinese

food? At this popular

Newport eatery you will be

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


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 February.

The Members’ lucky badge

draw is held Wednesday and

Friday night (every 30 mins

between 5pm-7pm), and

jackpots by $100 each week.

Wednesday and Sunday

are meat raffle nights, with a

whopping 14 trays to be won.

Catch the NRL Auckland

Nines on the big screen, on the

weekend of February 4-5.

They’re offering a great

‘Cruising Palm Beach’ deal for

groups of 10 or more – enjoy

a round-trip cruise followed by

lunch at the club for $20pp.

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.

* The Club celebrates its

60th anniversary in 2017;

the call is out for locals to

contribute their stories about

the early days. P: 9974 5566.



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 eatery.

Full ocean views across

Warriewood Beach may be

enjoyed from the restaurant

which offers one of the

most popular of Asian


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


Chef’s specials include

mango king prawns, stir fry

scallops, red curry duck and

chicken laksa.

Each day there is a halfprice

deal for evening dinersin

(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 halfprice


Find Daniel and the

friendly team at 120

Narrabeen Park Parade,

Warriewood Beach.


in our



Beach Road Dining

Palm Beach Golf Club

2 Beach Road, Palm Beach


Modern Australian


Entrees From $18

Mains $26-$33

Kids’ meals $12

BOOKINGS 9974 4079




If you haven’t already tried

out the new Beach Road

Dining at Palm Beach Golf

Club, you don’t know what

you’re missing – Andrew and

Amy Towner and their team

from The 2107 Restaurant

in Avalon have taken over

the kitchen, serving up tasty

dishes from a new modern

Australian-themed menu.

A multitude of menu

options are available from a

Café style menu during the

week to an a la carte dining

menu on Friday nights and a


pub-style bar menu with all

the classics on weekends.

In February, join them for

dinner any Friday night and

receive a free garlic bread and

a glass of wine (limit 1 per

person) – just present the ad

on page 63. So get down there

for a bite to eat and enjoy the

views across the golf course

out to Lion Island.

Selections from the a la

carte menu include entrees

of flash-fried salt and pepper

squid and beef and vegetable

spring rolls (both $18), for

mains you can’t go past the

delicious 250g New York cut

sirloin with waffle chips, chef’s

slaw and chimichurri (pictured,

$33) – although the grilled or

battered WA barramundi with

chips and salad ($26) receive

plenty of return orders.

Palm Beach Golf Club is

offering an unbeatable fullplaying

golf membership

deal – only $590! That’s the

equivalent of three take-away

coffees a week!

They have great music in

the shaded garden bar every

Sunday from 1-4pm – see ad on

page 63 for acts in February.

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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’s summer menu offers

affordable meals and generous

servings including a variety

of starters and share plates,

seafood, burgers, grills, salads,

desserts and woodfired pizza.

In February, Friday night

entertainment kicks off in the

Lounge Bar from 7.30pm.

Great acts appearing this

month include Gordon Hunt

(3rd), Keff McCullough (10th)

Marty Stewart (17th) and Geoff

Kendall (24th).

Sunday Sessions are

continuing in the Compass

Terrace and Garden Forecourt

from 2pm-5pm every Sunday

during Summer. Look out for

Rohan Cannon (5th), Eric Lewis

(12th), Grace Fuller (19th) and

Antoine (26th).

Trivia is held every Tuesday

night from 7.30pm (great

prizes and vouchers).

On Saturday February 14,

Bobby Bruce returns with his

uncanny Neil Diamond tribute

show. Tickets $30 or $35 nonmembers.

Coming in March... get out

your knee-high boots and sing

along to the great hits of the

1970s when ABBASBACK take

to the stage.

Bookings are essential for

all events.

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




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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 the last of 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.



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


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!

Make the best of Daylight

Saving with 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.

More info visit www.


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FEBRUARY 2017 63

Food Life

Ways to keep the spirit

of a BBQ summer alive

With the holidays a fast-fading memory, February is

all about settling into a new routine. Concentrating

on more quality family time, reducing our spending,

exercising more and eating well (or at least better than over the

holidays!) are usually high on the list. However, the hot nights

can often see us reaching for the phone and ordering takeaway.

Instead, try these delicious, easy recipes that will encourage

you to fire up the barbie.

with Janelle Bloom

Food Life

Recipes: Janelle Bloom Photos: Benito Martin; Andre Martin

Satay chicken with

coconut rice

Serves 4

600g chicken thigh or breast

fillet, trimmed

3 tsp finely grated ginger

3 garlic cloves, crushed

1 tsp lemongrass paste

250ml can satay sauce

1 cup SunRice Jasmine rice,


½ cup water

400ml can coconut milk

2 tbs crunchy peanut butter

beansprouts, coriander sprigs

and sliced red chilli, to serve

1. Cut chicken into 3cm

pieces. Thread onto 12


skewers. Place onto a tray in

a single layer. Combine the

ginger, garlic, lemongrass

and satay sauce in a bowl.

Spoon ½ cup satay mixture

over the skewers, turn and

baste so skewers are evenly

coated all over.

2. Put rice, water and 1 cup

of the coconut milk into

a saucepan, bring to the

boil over high heat. Reduce

heat to very low, cover and

simmer 15 minutes until rice

has absorbed the liquid.

Stand without removing the

lid 5 minutes.

3. Preheat grease barbecue

plate or grill on medium.

Cook the skewers for 10-12

minutes, turning or until


chicken is slightly charred

and cooked through.

4. Combine the peanut butter,

remaining coconut milk and

remaining satay sauce in a

saucepan. Stir over medium

heat until hot.

5. Combine the beansprouts,

coriander and chilli, scatter

over the chicken. Serve with

coconut rice and peanut


Janelle’s Tip: You can use

pork or beef fillet instead of

the chicken; just reduce the

cooking time to 8-10 minutes.

Barbecue prawn &

slaw rolls

Makes 4

1 tbs olive oil

20 green medium king

prawns, peeled, deveined

1 bunch broccolini, ends


1 lemon, juiced

2 tbs extra virgin olive oil

1 tbs tahini

Janelle’s Tip: If you like

chilli, add 1 tsp chilli flakes

to the oil and prawns before


½ cup Greek yoghurt or


½ small red cabbage, finely


3 green onions, finely


1 pink lady apple, thinly sliced

2 carrots, peeled, grated

½ cup coriander leaves

1. Combine the oil and prawns

together in a bowl. Season

with salt and pepper.

Preheat grease barbecue

plate on medium-high.

Cook prawns 2 minutes

each side or until they turn

pink. Remove to a plate.

2. Cook the broccolini into a

saucepan of boiling salted

water for 1 minute. Drain

and refresh under cold

water. Drain well, pat dry

then thinly slice.

3. Whisk the lemon juice,

olive oil, tahini and yoghurt

together in a large bowl.

Season and whisk until

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

well combined. Add the

broccolini, cabbage, green

onions, apple, carrot and

coriander, stir to coat.

4. Slice the baguettes in

half lengthways, leaving

attached along one long

edge. Pile the prawns

and slaw between the

baguettes. Season and

serve with lemon if desired.

Barbecue lamb with

tomato, bocconcini

& pomegranate


Serves 4

12 lamb cutlets, trimmed

2 tbs spicy barbecue


1 lemon, halved

olive oil, for cooking

1 pomegranate

½ baby endive

400g punnet medley

tomatoes, halved

250g punnet mini Roma

tomatoes, halved

150g cherry bocconcini, torn

in half

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp caster sugar

½ cup basil leaves

Janelle’s Tip: To remove

seeds for pomegranate,

roll uncut pomegranate on

bench. Score around the

middle and tear it into two

halves. Hold each half over

a bowl, seeds facing down

and tap the skin with a

wooden spoon, squeezing

a little to release the seeds

and juice.

Food Life

1. Preheat barbecue plate

or grill on medium-high.

Pound the lamb with meat

mallet to flatten slightly.

Rub the spice over both

sides of the lamb. Squeeze

over the lemon and drizzle

over a little olive oil.

Barbecue for 3 minutes

each side for medium

or until cooked to your

liking. Set aside to rest 10


2. Remove the seeds from

pomegranate (see tip

below). Scatter the endive

over base of a large serving

platter or board. Top with

tomatoes, bocconcini and

pomegranate seeds.

3. Add the extra virgin

olive oil and sugar to

the pomegranate juice.

Season and whisk until

well combined. Just before

serving, pour the dressing

over the salad, scatter over

the basil leaves and serve

with lamb.

Compost cookies

Makes 25

These get their name because

they use combination leftover

ingredients, like oats, nuts,

dried fruit and coconut.

They great for lunchbox or

afterschool snacks.

1 1/4 cups plain flour

3/4 cup caster sugar

3/4 cup traditional rolled oats

½ cup chopped walnuts

½ cup raisins

1/4 cup shredded coconut

150g butter, cubed, chopped

2 tbs golden syrup

1 tbs cold tap water

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

½ cup (100g) chopped


Icing sugar for dusting

1. Preheat the oven to 160°C

fan forced. Line 3 large

baking trays with baking


2. Sift the flour into a large

bowl. Add the sugar,

oats, walnuts, raisins and

coconut. Stir to combine.

3. Melt the butter and golden

syrup in a small saucepan

over medium heat.

Combine the cold water

and bicarbonate of soda.

Stir into the butter mixture.

Pour the warm butter

mixture quickly into the

flour and stir until almost

combined. Add chocolate

mix well.

4. Roll tablespoons of mixture

into balls and place onto

trays allowing room for

spreading. Flatten slightly.

Bake for 15 minutes or until

golden around the edges.

Cool biscuits on the trays.

Dust with icing sugar to


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Food Life

In Season


Food Life

Peaches, with their soft

skin and sweet flesh, are

a summertime staple.

Peaches come in ‘freestone’

or ‘clingstone’. Freestone

indicates when cut in half

the stone will slip out when

twisted slightly. Clingstone is

the opposite; the stone clings

to the fruit (these are great for

eating and poaching). White

peaches are a late-season

peach, considered by many to

be better than yellow varieties.


Also In Season


Apricots; Blueberries,

Raspberries and

Strawberries; Australian

Figs; Grapes; Limes

Lychees; Mangoes;

Nectarines; Free-stone

yellow and white Peaches;

Pineapples; Plums and

Watermelon. Also Hass

Avocadoes; all things

Beans – Butter, Snake, Flat

and Green; Cucumber;

Chilli; Corn; Capsicum;

Eggplant; sugar snap

Peas; Radish, Silverbeet,

English Spinach; Tomatoes

and Onions.

Generally more expensive,

when ripe they are blessed

with sweeter, juicier more

intense flavour than the yellow



Buying can be a difficult; for

ripe fruit the key signs are a

sweet, fragrant aroma when

at room temperature, highly

coloured skin (with no green

patches) and a little ‘give’

when the fruit is cradled in

hand (don’t squeeze the fruit

as you will bruise it). Firm fruit

will ripen if left in a cool, light

place for 1-3 days.


Avoid stacking on top of each

other as this causes stone

fruit to bruise. Store ripe stone

fruit unwashed in a plastic bag

in the crisper section of the

fridge for 2-3 days.


Peaches contain 10 different

vitamins including reasonable

source of vitamin A and C,

with lower levels of vitamins

E and K. The flesh and

skin contain significant

antioxidants which helps the

body eliminate free radicals.


Barbecue peaches

with coconut


Serves 6

9 free stone peaches, halved

1 cup white sugar

salted caramel sauce, warmed

to serve

coconut mascarpone

250g mascarpone

300ml double thick cream

2 tbs coconut, lightly toasted

1. Preheat barbecue plate

on medium-high. Remove

stones from peaches,

dip, cut-side in sugar.

Just before cooking place

a large sheet of baking

paper onto the barbecue

plate. Place peaches, cut

side down on the paper

and cook 3-5 minutes until

lightly coloured. Transfer to

a platter, cut-side up.

2. Combine mascarpone,

cream and coconut

together, gently swirling

until combined.

3. Top the peaches with a

dollop of mascarpone and

drizzle caramel sauce; serve.

Quick ideas…

n Add chopped stone fruit

over the top of a basic

butter-cake before cooking.

n Heat butter, brown sugar,

vanilla and a little cream in

a frying until melted and

smooth. Add chopped stone

fruit, toss over medium heat

1 minute and serve with ice


n Top bircher muesli with

chopped stone fruit, drizzle

with a little honey and enjoy

for breakfast.

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

24 A boy and girl as sole children in a

family (6,4)

27 Sailors (9)

28 Creator of Pittwater Life’s recipes,

Janelle (5)

29 Body-like sculpture (6)

30 These, maybe surprisingly, are

available for hire from Jamieson Park

Paddle (8)


1 Organisation found at 5/48 Old Barrenjoey

Rd and 334 Barrenjoey Rd (3,5)

5 Any of the very numerous Australian

species of the genus Acacia, shrubs or

trees with spikes or globular heads of

yellow or cream flowers (6)

9 What students do at Avalon Public

School or Newport Public School, for

example (5)

10 Shane Withington’s boat that takes

him to work at Palm Beach (9)

12 Suburban home of Taylors Point (10)

13 Soft body powder (4)

15 Putting money aside (6)

16 Boutique hotel and restaurant at

Whale Beach (6)

19 A hard boiled sweet usually flavoured

with peppermint (6)

20 Local hang-outs (6)

23 An organised event at which a number

of races or other sporting contests

are held (4)


1 Museum pieces (6)

2 Theatrical show (5)

3 Original name of the commercial

property built in 1929 at 1 Beach Road,

Palm Beach (10)

4 Periods of time used by musicians to

do their recordings (8)

6 Performs on stage (4)

7 Types of multi-hulled boats perhaps

seen on Pittwater (9)

8 What members should get at Freshstart

gym in Narrabeen (8)

11 Plant with showy flowers (4)

14 Small suburb next to Lovett Bay in

Pittwater (7,3)

15 Activities program at this time of

year supported by Northern Beaches

Council (9)

17 Avalon Beach Pharmacy and Newport

Pharmacy, for example (8)

18 Travel behind a speedboat being

pulled along (5,3)

21 Wind-up toy? (4)

22 Items of advertising publicising an

event (6)

25 Coral island (5)

26 Author of In At The Deep End who

grew up in Avalon Beach (4)

[Solution page 71]

Pittwater Puzzler

FEBRUARY 2017 67

Garden Life

Think low maintenance

Garden Life

& introduce some purple with Gabrielle Bryant

Flat, level gardens are easy evergreen plants that will

to maintain; across them, withstand the hot, dry days

a wheelbarrow can move and the cold winter nights.

any heavy loads and garden The scarlet coral plant,

greenery – but steep blocks russelia equisitiformis,

are very different. As time cascades over banks, holding

goes on and plants grow, the and protecting the soil from

maintenance can be heavy and erosion in a waterfall of


scarlet bells. The fine, leafless

For gardeners with busy lime green stems complement

lives who like to have time other large-leafed tropical

off to go surfing or to sail, plants. It may be slow to get

it is essential to keep the going but russelia is unrivalled

landscape simple. Terraced for colour in the hot summer

banks, sandstone walls and months.

clifftop gardens look smart Let it tumble down to a

and trendy when they are meet a bank of silver/grey

planted with ground cover prostrate Cootamundra wattle


that will delight in early spring

Mass-plant the levels with with its soft creamy yellow

contrasting foliage colours puff balls of flower.

and textures, and let them Rosettes of grey/green

grow into a carpet that will Agaves, a low hedge of

choke out the weeds. Choose bronze-leafed cordyline

crowns of dark green cycads

or golden spears of dwarf New

Zealand flax flourish in hot

sun, above or below.

To make life easy, install

some irrigation sprinklers

before you plant – an

investment in a two-hour tap

timer will take away all the

worry of watering.

It is now, as autumn

approaches, that the bright

pink, violet or red berries can

be seen on the lilli pilli hedges

as they replace the white fluffy

flowers of spring. And scarlet

berries are appearing on the

viburnum, in contrast to their

huge glossy lime leaves.

The sacred bamboo has

sprays of red berries and the

Tuckeroos are laden with balls

of gold. Those that have been

clipped very sternly may not

have many but the ones that

have been allowed to flower

will be alight with colour. The

birds love the berries – but so

do the possums.

Plan your garden so that the

colour and display changes with

the seasons. Known as either



Caring for ‘super Callas’

Calla lilies are flowering now. They are in

florist shops and garden centres. Their tall

trumpet-shaped flowers are in all colours

from white, through palest pink to pink,

bronze, yellow, lilac and darkest burgundy.

The stiff upright flowers stand high

surrounded by crisp, green spears of foliage.

Callas are not true lilies but they are the

dwarf hybrid forms of the Arum lilies that grow in the garden.

Both arums and callas are zantedeschias. They grow from

rhizomes that die down in winter. Callas can be grown in the

garden in a moist well-lit position although it can be hard to

keep them looking good. Snails and slugs love them. These

dwarf callas are better grown in pots, to be brought inside

when they flower.

bush cherries or riberries, lilli

pilli berries are great bush

tucker. Made into jams or jellies

they are delicious, or they can

be added to cakes or muffins.

However, they don’t taste very

good when eaten raw! Not all

berries should be eaten, some

are ornamental and some are

poisonous, so check before


If you are looking for foliage

colour in the garden, nothing

can compete with Snow Bush

(breynia nivosa rosea). It is a

very showy, ornamental shrub

with pink, white, green and

hot pink leaves. It loves the

heat and grows well in full sun

or semi-shade.

This very hardy tropical

shrub thrives in hot humid

weather; it loves plenty of

moisture and responds well if

fed in spring and late summer

with a complete fertiliser, and

watered regularly. It may lose

a few leaves if winter is too

cold but it will jump back to

life as soon as spring arrives.

It is an old-fashioned favourite

that has recently regained

popularity, as hedging or in a

mixed border.

Garden Life

Lipstick an attractive presence

If you are looking for a pot

plant for a really hot spot that

is salt-tolerant, easy to grow,

undemanding, attractive, that

will grow in full sun or part

shade, in the ground or in

a pot, then you should look

no further than Euphorbia


This attractive plant has huge blue/green leaves and hot

pink flowers. The flowers are coloured bracts that surround

the actual flower – a tiny yellow bloom. The bracts remain

on the plant for many weeks.

A hybrid version of the crown of thorns, Lipstick has

soft thorns that are hidden by the leaves. It is a succulent

plant that has few problems. Make sure not to overwater

or leave water in the saucer, as it will cause rot. If it is kept

undercover it can attract mealy bug in the roots. This is

easy to control – sprinkle Richgro’s Bug Killa on the potting

mix and water it in well.

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Garden Life

Garden Life

Plan your next vegie crop

Haven’t the heat and the humidity taken their toll on our

local vegie patches! It’s time to invest in our edible friends

this month. If plants are diseased it is best to pull them out

and start again. As soon as the weather cools it is time to

prepare for winter planting.

Allow the soil to rest for a couple of weeks, then dig

in some cow manure, all-purpose fertiliser and dolomite.

Then water well, adding

Eco Hydrate to allow the

water to penetrate.

It’s not too late to plant

a last crop of zuchinis

or beans, and carrots

and silver beet can be

planted all year around.

Just make sure that you

leave enough space for

the winter crops at the

end of the month; that’s

the time you should plant

broccoli, cauliflower,

broccolini, spring onions,

celery, leeks, lettuce

and Brussels sprouts.

Don’t forget that you can

plant sweet peas on the

tomato lattices after the

tomatoes have finished.

Jobs this Month


After some of the hottest

days and nights on

record, our gardens are

simply bewildered. One day

hot and the next cold. Every

year January gives us another

weather pattern to cope with.

Seaweed solution is like a tonic

that will help the plants recover

from the devastation that they

have suffered. Water the garden

with Seasol at the end of a very

hot day. And for rejuvenation:

now’s the time to plant a new

gardenia into your garden.

Watch them grow

Time to feed your orchids at

monthly intervals with Strike

Back for Orchids. Cymbidiums

are beginning to form their

winter flower spikes. Also, feed

roses now with Sudden Impact

for Roses, after you have given

them a light trim. Sit back and

wait for an autumn flush of


Transplant advice

Look at your garden and decide

if you want to move any shrubs.

Plants that are transplanted

in autumn have the time to

establish their roots before

spring, while the soil is warm

before the winter chill. If you

are going to move shrubs in

autumn, start to prepare them

now. Feed them with Seasol and

slowly trim them back over the

next few weeks. Dig a trench

around the root ball. This will

allow some cut roots to repair

and begin to grow again before

the move. Spray the plant with

Yates’ Droughtshield – this will

give the plant a protective cover

that will reduce the shock of


Choose cherry

If you want to plant a new

crop of tomatoes, go for the

cherry tomatoes that will crop

quickly. And there’s

just enough time

for some dwarf

beans before





Feed citrus

Although it is not

recommended to fertilise the

garden in hot weather, to

avoid new growth suffering

from sunburn, citrus trees

are the exception. Late

summer is a time

for citrus food.

Make sure that the

soil is wet before

applying and water

again to wash the

granules in. Gyganic

works magic. Also, watch

out for leaf miner on new

shoots on your citrus trees.

Spray with eco oil.



Some shrubs and plants

have suffered sunburn and

wind damage. Try to resist

the temptation to trim them

back. Wait until the very hot

days are past – the damaged

foliage will act as a protective

cover that will avoid additional


Makes high sense

If the hot weather continues,

let your lawn grass grow

longer than usual to protect

the roots from the very hot

sun. Cutting short will see

your lawn endure stress – and

it could die.



Potted bulbs from last year

should be emptied out of

their pots and put into the

vegetable drawer in the

fridge (not the freezer)

and left there for a

month before being

re-potted into new bulb

potting mix.

Order your bulbs

Spring bulb catalogues are

out now. Apply online for

Tesselaar, Garden Express,

Don’t want a hive but want

to help save the bees? Joel

Seaton from Careel Bay

Honey Co suggests you plant

the following…

Herbs: Anise hyssop, basil,

borage, catmint, chives,

comfrey, coriander, fennel,

hyssop, lavender, lemon

balm, marjoram, mint,

mustard, oregano, parsley,

rocket, rosemary, sage,

savory and thyme.

Fruit: Apple, apricot,

blackberry, black and

red currants, blueberry,

lemons, lime, mandarin,

passionfruit, persimmon,

plum, strawberries.

Vegies: Capsicum, chilli,

cucumbers, leeks and

Van Diemens, Broersens

and many more. Book your

purchases now and the

growers will deliver them

when the time is right. By

ordering now you will have the

full range to choose from. If

you contact the bulb growers

they will advise you of the

varieties that are suitable for

Sydney gardens.

Tips for a bee-friendly garden

onions (if left to go to seed),

pumpkins, squash (pictured).

Flowers: Alyssum,

cornflower, cosmos,

echinacea, echium, forgetme-not,

foxglove, geranium,

marigold, roses, sunflowers,


Other: Banksia, callistemon,

eucalypts, grevilleas,

leptospermum, melaleuca.

Garden Life

Crossword solution from page 67

Mystery Location: NEWPORT

FEBRUARY 2017 71

Times Past

Times Past

‘Rendezvous’ on Beach Road

It’s possible that ‘The

Rendezvous’ (as it was

originally called) at 1

Beach Road is the oldest

continuously operating

commercial property in Palm


It was built by Timmy

Gonsalves in 1929 and first

occupied when he moved

in with his new wife Hilda

later that same year, also

to begin the commercial

life of the store. They had

spent the first few months of

married life under a tent on

Tim’s mum’s block of land

in Waratah Street, where she

lived in a small cottage.

Tim recalled that the site

was originally Crown Land

on a renewable 15-year lease.

Although it cost 15 pounds

($30) annually to lease the

land, there were no rates,

being Crown Land. Originally

the site of ‘The Rendezvous’

was used as a dumping

ground for people’s rubbish

and this was cleared simply

by burying the rubbish.

The stone for the piers and

footings was cut from the

base of Barrenjoey Headland

and then rowed along the

western foreshore of the

isthmus to the site.

Tim recalled how

important it was to pick

the high tides to avoid

dragging the stone across the

mudflats. The stone was then

wheeled up on planks and

across to the site.

They soon built 23

‘summer houses’ along the

western foreshore between

the store and the Customs

House. Several of these show

on the western side of the

store in early photographs.

Unfortunately they only

lasted until the Depression

when picnickers demolished

them for use as firewood to

heat their billies to boil water

– ‘they were too stingy to pay

the 6 pence (5 cents) to buy a

billy of hot water’.

The Gonsalves kept the

store for around 20 years and

then sold it and moved into a

stone house in Central Road

at Avalon Beach built by Tim.

From there he carried on his

work as a stone-mason and

finally as the much-loved

‘Uncle Timmy’, the cleaner at

Avalon Public School.

Tim (or Harry as he was

christened) was born in 1902

and brought to Palm Beach by

boat from Rose Bay, Sydney,

when 8 years old.

Early Palm Beach builder,

Fred Verrills had an uncle

who ran a carrying business

with a few horses and drays.

When he died Tim took

over the business in the

early 1920s. All building

materials, goods and stores

arrived by water then, the

road being more of a path

than a vehicular track. Gow’s

Wharf was the only wharf

in those days, located where

Gonsalves’ Wharf is today

(to the north of the public

wharf). Tim would carry or

drag the goods over the sand

to the dray and then deliver

to the different houses or

building sites. He even picked

up timber from a mill at

Clareville Beach and carted it

to Palm Beach to be used in

the construction of the two

dressing sheds on the surf

beach in the 1920s.

Most recently the

Rendezvous site has operated

as a pop-up store for The

Boathouse; the owner’s plans to

build a residence on the site are

currently before NB Council.

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.



Travel Life

Colour and majesty of ancient Kimberley

The Kimberley, with its

unmistakable ochres,

thundering waterfalls and

endemic wildlife, is a ‘bucket

list’ destination for most.

However, exploring this rugged

area can be an uncomfortable

and dusty experience

of endless, bumpy roads and

sleeping bag critters.

For a privileged few however,

exploring the Kimberley

with Coral Expeditions is an

epic experience that can take

in tidal movements, horizontal

waterfalls and Zodiac adventure,

returning in the evening

to sumptuous seafood, cool

linens and enriching lecturers.

Coral Expeditions are Australia’s

experts, and were the

first expedition cruise company

to enter the Kimberley. Some

33 years on, they welcome a

lucky few guests to the Kimberley

each year, on their bespoke

small catamaran, to retrace the

steps of explorer Philip Parker

King who visited there in 1818.

Highlights of the region are

the King George River and Falls,

and its ancient indigenous rock

art. Coral Expeditions’ Virginia

Edwards says guests are always

left speechless by the mighty

King George River and falls.

“The power of the water here

is phenomenal, and the rich

ochre surrounds leave a haunting

memory of thousands of

years of human habitation,” she


“Boarding a Zodiac for a

speedboat excursion almost

directly under the falls offers

a magnificent vertical view of

the thundering

falls, and a chance to

be covered in ancient

spray, that had made

a journey through the

Ashton Range, across Drysdale

River National Park, past the

Seppelt Range, before emptying

into Koolama Bay and the

Timor Sea,” Virginia said.

“This area is replete in legends,

and – covering more than

400,000 square kilometres – is

as vast as it is ancient. Home to

just 30,000 people, it is a place

universally acknowledged as

one of the world’s last wilderness


Virginia said tour members

can travel ashore to view the

world’s oldest known indigenous

art, the mysterious

Bradshaw (Gwion

Gwion) paintings.

“There are

estimated to be

over 100,000 rock

art paintings in the

Kimberley, but only

a fraction have been

recorded,” she said.

“The Gwion Gwion and

Wandjina Art are remnants of

an ancient time and culture.

They are deeply spiritual to the

Mowanjum people, who are the

custodians of this area.”

Truly a journey back in time,

Coral Expeditions offers guests

the opportunity to become

immersed in the culture and

wilderness of the Kimberley,

on 10-night expedition cruises

along the rugged west coast

between Darwin and Broom.

Voyages, with a maximum

of 72 guests, depart April

through October. For more info

call Travel View Cruise View on

1300 885 215.

– Nigel Wall

Travel Life

FEBRUARY 2017 73

Travel Life

Travel Life

Azamara Club expands with new ‘Journey’

In just under a month,

the 690-guest Azamara

Journey from boutique

cruise brand Azamara

Club Cruises will make

her Australian debut,

fresh from a US$25m


Following in the wake

of her sister ship Azamara

Quest – who made

her maiden visit to Australia

last season – she will bring with

her a unique type of holiday

featuring longer stays, more

overnights and night touring.

Together, the boutique ships

offer travel-savvy Australians

an immersive way to explore

the entire world.

Azamara Club Cruises prides

itself on its ‘Destination Immersion’,

offering more frequent

overnight stays in port as well

as late-night visits, so guests

can completely immerse

themselves in destinations on

a more intimate level. Plus the

boutique size of the line’s two

jewel-box ships

means they

can enter ports

that the bigger

liners can’t,

so guests can

uncover unique

locations and

cultures all over the world.

In Australia and New

Zealand, guests can experience

homegrown beauty and

fascinating culture. Azamara

Journey will first arrive in

Darwin on February 8, as part

of her Asia repositioning, and

stay sailing in the region until

early March, offering two Aus-

tralia and New Zealand

sailings and a return Asia

repositioning voyage.

Unmissable destinations

such as the Great Barrier

Reef, Hamilton Island and

Port Arthur in

Australia, and

Milford Sound,

Akaroa, Bay

of Islands and

Picton in New

Zealand, all


Azamara’s Europe


range from three

to 18 nights and

include all the

gems and highlights

travellers have come to

know and love, but also some

of the region’s lesser-known

locales: destinations in the

Mediterranean and Adriatic like

Kotor in Montenegro, Opatija

in Croatia, Durres in Albania

and Sorrento in Italy. And in the

Baltic, guests visit ports such as

Visby in Sweden, Gudvangen

and Geiranger in Norway and

Tallinn in Estonia.

And Azamara’s hotly

anticipated ‘World Journey’,

which departs from Sydney in

2018, will take guests on an

unforgettable, 102-day trip of

a lifetime calling at 60 ports in

29 countries.

More is included as standard

on board with Azamara: luxury

accommodation, gourmet

cuisine, alcoholic beverages

and soft drinks, gratuities,

self-service laundry, shuttle

transportation to city centres in

most ports as well as Azamara’s

signature AzAmazing Evening

Events, which deliver a bespoke,

complimentary evening of

culture created specifically with

Azamara guests in mind.

Best of all, guests only need

to unpack once, so every moment

of their holiday can be

spent enjoying the treasures of

the world. More info Travel View

Cruise View on 1300 885 215.



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