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Practical realities of the B-Line<br />

At last – the months of<br />

speculation about the muchtouted<br />

B-Line are over, with the<br />

NSW Government announcing<br />

Newport as the point of origin<br />

and termination for the new<br />

rapid transit bus network.<br />

If you’re confused about<br />

what the B-Line means for you<br />

and your daily commute, or<br />

how it affects your access to<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>’s central villages from<br />

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explain everything. (Consider it<br />

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We don’t begin to think the<br />

new service will please everyone<br />

– for example, if you live at<br />

Church Point you’ll no longer<br />

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morning services to the city.<br />

But the trade-off will see greater<br />

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Vale, and for longer periods,<br />

meaning city workers will be<br />

able to negotiate better hours<br />

with their employers should<br />

they wish them.<br />

Of course, the announcement<br />

also begs the question of how<br />

the buses will turn around<br />

at Newport; we understand<br />

that will occur adjacent to the<br />

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

More on that, and community<br />

feedback, next month...<br />

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As reported last month,<br />

former Warringah Mayor<br />

Michael Regan intends to stand<br />

15 councillor candidates in the<br />

council election in September.<br />

Continuing our commitment<br />

to in-depth local government<br />

coverage in the lead-up to the<br />

election we sat down with Mr<br />

Regan to learn exactly what he<br />

and his supporters stand for.<br />

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4 JUNE <strong>2017</strong><br />

Celebrating 25 Years

News<br />

Dummies Guide to the B-Line<br />

It’s official: The NSW Government has announced<br />

the new B-Line will run from Newport to the city<br />

(Wynyard). It ends months of speculation – but also<br />

fuels questions about how things will work. <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

<strong>Life</strong> has some answers. There are some new services,<br />

extra buses on key express routes, and revised stopping<br />

patterns. Here's what residents can expect from the new<br />

regional services plan, slated to commence in November.<br />

(Cut out this page and stick it on your fridge!)<br />

Your suburb-by-suburb guide…<br />

Palm Beach<br />

New route 199 will operate as a full-time, all-stops<br />

service between PB and Manly via the Newport ‘loop’<br />

(NL). Operates every 30 mins weekdays and every 15<br />

mins weekends (15-min frequencies Mon-Fri between<br />

Avalon Beach and Manly). Connections to B-Line at<br />

B-Line stops between Newport and Brookvale.<br />

Route L90 will continue to operate weekday offpeak<br />

(9am-3pm) and weekends (7am-10pm), with a<br />

frequency of 60 minutes. For travel to the city outside<br />

of these times, catch the 199 and connect to B-Line<br />

services at Newport.<br />

Avalon Beach<br />

New route 199 will operate full-time, all-stops between<br />

Palm Beach and Manly via NL. Operates every<br />

15 mins Mon-Fri. Provides connections to B-line at<br />

B-Line stops between Newport and Brookvale.<br />

Route E88 will continue to operate between North<br />

Avalon and City – additional E88 services provided;<br />

extended operating hours in AM and PM peak periods;<br />

modified stopping pattern, operating all stops to Narrabeen<br />

then stopping only at Neutral Bay Junction and the<br />

City. On outbound PM trips first set-down Narrabeen.<br />

Route L90 will continue to operate during the<br />

weekday off-peak (9am-3pm) and weekends (7am-<br />

10pm), with a frequency of 60 mins. For travel to City<br />

outside of these times, catch the 199 and connect to<br />

B-Line services at Newport.<br />

Bilgola & Clareville<br />

Routes 191 and 192 will now operate every 30<br />

mins across the day and route 192 service hours on<br />

weekdays will be extended.<br />

Route E89 will continue to operate between Avalon<br />

/ Clareville / Bilgola Plateau to City. Modified stopping<br />

pattern, all stops to Narrabeen then stopping only at<br />

Neutral Bay Junction and the City. On outbound PM<br />

trips first set-down Narrabeen.<br />

Newport<br />

New B-Line will operate between Newport and City,<br />

providing frequent services all day, 7 days a week,<br />

stopping only at Newport, Mona Vale, Warriewood,<br />

Narrabeen, Collaroy, Dee Why, Brookvale, Manly Vale,<br />

Spit Junction, Neutral Bay Junction and City.<br />

Route 199 will operate as a full-time, all-stops service<br />

between Palm Beach and Manly via NL. Operating<br />

every 15 minutes across the week.<br />

Route E88 will continue between North Avalon<br />

and the City – additional route E88 services provided;<br />

extended operating hours in AM and PM peak periods;<br />

modified stopping pattern, with all stops to Narrabeen<br />

then stopping only at Neutral Bay Junction and City.<br />

On outbound PM trips first set-down Narrabeen.<br />

Route E89 will continue to operate between Avalon<br />

/ Clareville / Bilgola Plateau to the City – modified<br />

stopping pattern, operating all stops to Narrabeen<br />

then stopping only at Neutral Bay Junction and City.<br />

On outbound PM trips first set-down Narrabeen.<br />

Route L90 will continue to operate during weekday<br />

off-peak (9am-pm) and weekends (7am-10pm), with<br />

a frequency of 60 minutes. For travel to City outside of<br />

these times, catch route 199 and connect to B-Line<br />

services at Newport, or routes E88 or E89 at any bus<br />

stop along Barrenjoey Road.<br />

Routes 187 and L87 will no longer operate. For<br />

travel to North Sydney and Milsons Point, use B-line<br />

or route 199 to Mona Vale, and connect to frequent<br />

route E54 services to North Sydney and Milsons Point<br />

during weekday peak periods.<br />

Route E87 will no longer operate. For travel to City,<br />

catch B-Line at Newport, or E88 or E89 at any stop<br />

along Barrenjoey Rd.<br />

Services via the NL provided by routes 199, L90.<br />

Church Point & Bayview<br />

Route E86 will no longer operate. For travel to City,<br />

use route 156 and connect to B-Line services at<br />

Mona Vale.<br />

Route 156 modified to operate between McCarrs<br />

Creek and Mona Vale, with increased frequencies<br />

across the day – every 15 mins during AM peak; every<br />

10 mins during PM peak; every 30 mins weekday<br />

off-peak and weekends.<br />

Route 155 modified to operate between Bayview<br />

Garden Village and Narrabeen, via Narrabeen Penin.<br />

For travel to Dee Why, Warringah Mall or Manly, connect<br />

to all-stops route 199 at Mona Vale or Narrabeen.<br />

Mona Vale<br />

New B-Line operates Newport and City, providing<br />

frequent services all day, 7 days, stopping only at<br />

Newport, Mona Vale, Warriewood, Narrabeen, Collaroy,<br />

Dee Why, Brookvale, Manly Vale, Spit Junction,<br />

Neutral Bay Junction and City.<br />

Route E88 continues between North Avalon<br />

and City – additional route E88 services provided;<br />

extended hours in AM and PM peak periods; modified<br />

stopping pattern, all stops to Narrabeen then stopping<br />

only at Neutral Bay Junction and City. On outbound<br />

PM trips first set-down Narrabeen.<br />

Route E89 continues to operate between Avalon /<br />

Clareville / Bilgola Plateau to the City – modified stopping<br />

pattern, operating all stops to Narrabeen then<br />

stopping only at Neutral Bay Junction and City. On<br />

outbound PM trips first set-down Narrabeen.<br />

Route 199 will operate full-time, all-stops between<br />

Palm Beach and Manly via NL. Operating every 15<br />

mins across the week.<br />

New route E54 will operate between Mona Vale<br />

and Milsons Point via North Sydney, providing frequent<br />

services during weekday peak periods.<br />

Route L60 to Chatswood will be renumbered to<br />

route E60; and additional trips provided.<br />

Route 182 will be modified to operate via Samuel<br />

St, Parkland Rd and Waratah St, replacing routes<br />

L85/185 in this area.<br />

Route 185 modified to operate between Mona Vale<br />

and Warringah Mall (<strong>Pittwater</strong> Rd) only. Route 185 in<br />

the Samuel St, Parkland Rd and Waratah St area will<br />

be replaced by route 182 which will be modified to<br />

operate in this area.<br />

Route L85 will no longer operate, replaced by allstops<br />

route 185 to Warringah Mall (<strong>Pittwater</strong> Rd). For<br />

travel to City connect with B-line at Narrabeen.<br />

Route L90 will continue to operate during weekday<br />

off-peak (9am-3pm) and weekends (7am-10pm), with<br />

a frequency of 60 mins. For travel to City outside of<br />

these times, catch new B-line or routes E88 or E89.<br />

Warriewood Valley<br />

Route E85 will continue between Mona Vale and City<br />

via Warriewood Valley – additional E85 services provided;<br />

extended operating hours in AM and PM peak<br />

periods; modified stopping pattern, all stops to Dee<br />

Why, then stopping only at Warringah Mall (<strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Rd), Neutral Bay Junction and City.<br />

Route 185 will be modified to operate between<br />

Mona Vale and Warringah Mall (<strong>Pittwater</strong> Rd), replacing<br />

daytime route L85 services. For travel to City,<br />

connect to B-Line at any B-Line stop between Mona<br />

Vale and Warringah Mall (<strong>Pittwater</strong> Rd).<br />

Route L85 will no longer operate, replaced by allstops<br />

route 185 to Warringah Mall (<strong>Pittwater</strong> Rd). For<br />

travel to City connect with B-line at Narrabeen.<br />

Elanora Heights<br />

Route E83 will continue to operate between Elanora<br />

Heights and City – additional E83 services provided;<br />

extended hours in AM and PM peak periods; modified<br />

stopping pattern, all stops to Dee Why, then stopping<br />

only at Warringah Mall (<strong>Pittwater</strong> Rd), Neutral Bay<br />

Junction and City.<br />

Route 182 will continue Narrabeen to Mona Vale<br />

via Elanora Heights. Will also operate Sundays.<br />

8 JUNE <strong>2017</strong><br />

Celebrating 25 Years

Watch this space: artists<br />

overjoyed at $3m pledge<br />

News<br />

The search is on for a suitable<br />

venue for the new<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>-based ‘Creative<br />

Space’ following Northern<br />

Beaches Council’s $3 million<br />

cash splash for local arts and<br />

culture at the top end of the<br />

peninsula.<br />

Last month Council tabled its<br />

plan to allocate $1 million from<br />

the Merger Savings Fund piggybank<br />

to find an appropriate<br />

site for the space, which would<br />

be delivered along the lines of<br />

the Warringah Creative Space<br />

at Curl Curl (a reapportioned<br />

Scouts Hall, above).<br />

Administrator Dick Persson<br />

revealed the space, which<br />

would function as a professional<br />

art facility for established<br />

and emerging artists, would<br />

most likely be sited in Newport<br />

or Avalon.<br />

He also pledged $500,000<br />

per year for four years (starting<br />

next financial<br />

year) for<br />

the installation<br />

of public<br />

art (like the<br />

'Sea Nymphs'<br />

on the<br />

Manly-Shelly<br />

Beach walk –<br />

pictured prior<br />

to its being<br />

damaged in 2016) in key locations,<br />

with commissions from<br />

local artists where possible.<br />

“My vision is this program of<br />

public art will rival the temporary<br />

exhibition on the Bondi to<br />

Bronte walk,” Mr Persson said.<br />

“I am confident this initiative<br />

will deliver great enjoyment to<br />

all who use the Palm Beach to<br />

Manly coastal walkway as well<br />

as providing a great boost to<br />

the local arts community.”<br />

Passionate advocate for community<br />

arts in <strong>Pittwater</strong> Lorrie<br />

Morgan (right) was thrilled to<br />

hear about the plan.<br />

An artist in her own right,<br />

Lorrie has been actively<br />

involved in<br />

championing<br />

the arts in<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> for<br />

more than<br />

15 years. She<br />

has worked<br />

on <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Council arts<br />

committees,<br />

the<br />

formation of <strong>Pittwater</strong> Community<br />

Arts (of which she was<br />

president for 10 years) and has<br />

been a driving force behind the<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Artists Trail.<br />

Lorrie was also one of<br />

the first residents to put up<br />

her hand to sit on<br />

the new Northern<br />

Beaches Council Art,<br />

Culture and Heritage<br />

Strategic Reference<br />

Group.<br />

Lorrie’s ultimate<br />

goal has always<br />

been the creation of a dedicated<br />

arts hub where locals can learn,<br />

create, teach and showcase<br />

their work.<br />

“I’m over the moon with the<br />

announcement,” she said.<br />

Lorrie said the next step was<br />

to find a suitable space in a<br />

central, easily accessible area.<br />

Referring to the vision for the<br />

arts precinct that formed a key<br />

part of the Mona Vale Place Plan<br />

she said: “We’ve already been<br />

so close to having a dedicated<br />

arts area just to have the rug<br />

pulled out from under us…<br />

“I hope non-one pulls the rug<br />

out again – I hope I live to see<br />

the day it opens!”<br />

Penel Bigg from the <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Artists Trail said a space<br />

located in Newport or Avalon<br />

was much-needed.<br />

“The prospect of having a<br />

dedicated space for the arts will<br />

have a huge impact on the creative<br />

community of <strong>Pittwater</strong>,”<br />

she said.<br />

Newport Sculpture Trail<br />

spokesperson and Sydney Arts<br />

Space (Mona Vale) operator<br />

Christine Simpson said the new<br />

space would provide<br />

a continuous<br />

way for everyone in<br />

the community to<br />

interact and enjoy<br />

the arts.<br />

“Such a space<br />

would provide our<br />

wonderful local artists<br />

with a creative<br />

hub from which to<br />

flourish,” she said.<br />

“It is my belief that<br />

any type of support or funding<br />

for the arts, a dedicated arts<br />

space and a sculpture walkway<br />

largely showcasing local talent<br />

is a boon to the pointy end of<br />

the Northern Beaches.”<br />

“Sydney Art Space has been<br />

recently holding arts events,<br />

largely at Newport, which have<br />

found community support with<br />

the public expressing gratitude<br />

and positivity for more arts<br />

events to follow.<br />

“Dick Persson is right on<br />

track and we as a community:<br />

artists, participants and<br />

supporters of the arts should<br />

be thankful for his altruistic<br />

vision of a culturally enriched<br />

region. Bring it on!”<br />

– Lisa Offord & Nigel Wall<br />

10 JUNE <strong>2017</strong><br />

Celebrating 25 Years

News<br />

Call to<br />

donate used<br />

hearing aids<br />

Mona Vale audiologist Suzi<br />

Marcos will head to Samoa<br />

next month as part of an<br />

Australian team of specialists<br />

helping children with hearing<br />

loss.<br />

There are no audiologists<br />

in Samoa and prior to the<br />

Australian team’s week-long<br />

visits instigated nine years<br />

ago by Attune Hearing’s<br />

Professor Philip Newall and<br />

Cristy Newall, no children living<br />

in the South Pacific island<br />

nation had been fitted with<br />

hearing aids.<br />

This will be Suzi’s first trip<br />

to Samoa but not the first<br />

time she has stepped out<br />

of her comfort zone to help<br />

others.<br />

“In Australia a majority<br />

of us are very lucky to have<br />

easy access to great medical<br />

facilities, but unfortunately<br />

there are many who do not,<br />

which is what also prompted<br />

me to do some work with Indigenous<br />

communities in the<br />

Northern Territory,” she said.<br />

“Samoa has no audiologist<br />

in the country, so I hope I can<br />

fulfil a need and help people<br />

to get back something many of<br />

us take for granted – the ability<br />

to hear and communicate.”<br />

Relying on referrals from<br />

parents, teachers and medical<br />

staff, more than 400 children<br />

in Samoa have had their<br />

hearing assessed, with 250<br />

children fitted with donated<br />

hearing aids by the Australian<br />

team.<br />

“I am hoping to help the<br />

children to hear well enough<br />

to have normal speech and<br />

language development, which<br />

in turn will allow them to<br />

have as normal a life as possible,”<br />

Suzi said.<br />

“This first trip will give me<br />

a personal understanding of<br />

particular needs so I can apply<br />

that to future visits.”<br />

The Australian audiologists’<br />

work in Samoa was<br />

begun by the charity Carabez<br />

Alliance, with support from<br />

The Royal Institute of Deaf<br />

and Blind Children, AusAid<br />

and the local government who<br />

support the SENESE Resource<br />

Centre promoting inclusive<br />

education.<br />

Clinics are held in various<br />

locations, including three<br />

rooms at the local hospital<br />

that have little more than a<br />

desk in each, with all equipment<br />

brought from Australia.<br />

* If you have any working<br />

hearing aids to donate,<br />

contact Attune Hearing Mona<br />

Vale on 9479 5201.<br />

12 JUNE <strong>2017</strong><br />

Celebrating 25 Years

'Protect <strong>Pittwater</strong>’ rallying<br />

residents to ‘control destiny’<br />

Advocates for new local resident activist<br />

group Protect <strong>Pittwater</strong> Association<br />

(PPA) say all residents in the former <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Council region must support a campaign for<br />

the return of <strong>Pittwater</strong> Council if they want to<br />

regain control of local decision making.<br />

Following a community forum chaired by<br />

the Northern Beaches Greens last<br />

month, PPA spokesman and former<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> councillor Bob Grace said<br />

that although local State MP Rob<br />

Stokes had assured residents that<br />

councillors elected to the new Northern<br />

Beaches Council would control<br />

decisions about land use, zoning<br />

and strategic plans in their local<br />

wards, true democracy involved<br />

more than development decisions.<br />

“We must control our own destiny…<br />

local government means<br />

local control of our rates and local<br />

control of our budget – as much as control of<br />

our tree canopy, open spaces, our interconnected<br />

villages and our own character,” Mr<br />

Grace said.<br />

Mr Grace is spearheading the two-pronged<br />

campaign to regain <strong>Pittwater</strong> Council – involving<br />

litigation financed by crowdfunding, and a<br />

petition unanimously agreed upon at the community<br />

forum.<br />

Seeking legal advice and preparing a statement<br />

of claim would cost between $5,000 and<br />

$10,000, he said.<br />

“We’re lucky this is not a big case,” Mr Grace<br />

said. “Other councils (Ku-ring-gai and Woollahra)<br />

have done our work for us… we<br />

only have to fit within the judgments<br />

obtained by them in court – and we do.”<br />

The forum also supported a proposal<br />

by NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge<br />

to petition the state government<br />

to reconstitute <strong>Pittwater</strong> Council.<br />

“The Local Government Act makes<br />

it clear, that when you have a proposal<br />

from part of a local government<br />

area, that it only needs support<br />

of 250 residents or 10% of the local<br />

residents, whichever is the lesser,” Mr<br />

Shoebridge said.<br />

“Of course, if this proposal is going to be<br />

taken seriously it needs many more than 250<br />

residents behind it – and I’m pretty certain there<br />

are thousands more in <strong>Pittwater</strong> who will be.”<br />

More info on Protect <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s facebook<br />

page.<br />

– Miranda Korzy<br />

News<br />

Celebrating 25 Years<br />

JUNE <strong>2017</strong> 13

News<br />

State Park<br />

grows by 50%<br />

Local conservationists<br />

have welcomed the State<br />

Government’s announcement<br />

that the boundaries of the<br />

iconic Narrabeen Lagoon<br />

State Park will be expanded<br />

by more than 50%.<br />

The State Park was<br />

established by the<br />

government in 2014<br />

to help ensure greater<br />

environmental protection<br />

for the lagoon and its<br />

surrounding catchment.<br />

Now, negotiations between<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

and the NSW Department of<br />

Industry – Lands have seen<br />

seven Crown reserves added<br />

to the State Park.<br />

“Narrabeen Lagoon is one<br />

of the largest coastal lagoons<br />

in Sydney and sits within<br />

an important ecosystem –<br />

supporting a variety of native<br />

animals through a network<br />

of wildlife protection areas,”<br />

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

“This expansion to the<br />

State Park preserves the<br />

area’s status for public<br />

recreation and tourism<br />

along with protecting<br />

its environmental<br />

characteristics.<br />

“Seven additional Crown<br />

reserves now come under<br />

the management of the<br />

Narrabeen Lagoon State Park<br />

Trust meaning facilities<br />

for public recreation can<br />

continue to be supported and<br />

the area’s natural habitats<br />

protected.<br />

“The State Park originally<br />

covered 247.2 hectares. This<br />

expansion adds a further<br />

140.5 hectares, bringing the<br />

total to 387.7 hectares.”<br />

The President of the<br />

Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon<br />

Catchment (FNLC), Judith<br />

Bennett, welcomed the<br />

expansion adding it would<br />

facilitate management of<br />

those lands and provide<br />

protection for the important<br />

ecosystems found there.<br />

“The newly added areas<br />

are not all contiguous so it<br />

would be good if the patches<br />

of connecting bush could be<br />

added to the Park as soon<br />

as possible to assist in the<br />

management of the Park,”<br />

she said.<br />

“It has been a delight to<br />

see Council organising for<br />

ongoing bush regeneration<br />

along the banks of Middle<br />

Creek since the works that<br />

were done from 2007 to 2010<br />

– in areas that are now part of<br />

Narrabeen Lagoon State Park.<br />

“It is important for that<br />

follow-up work to continue so<br />

that the native plants thrive<br />

and continue to out-compete<br />

the weeds.”<br />

Welcoming the expansion,<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

Administrator Dick Persson<br />

said: “Including these<br />

Crown reserves in the State<br />

Park means we will have a<br />

single Trust managing one<br />

of Sydney’s most popular<br />

parks and will ensure this<br />

wonderful natural resource<br />

is preserved for future<br />

generations.”<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

14 JUNE <strong>2017</strong><br />

Celebrating 25 Years

News<br />

Safe walk to the park ‘by Christmas’<br />

Palm Beach locals who have fought for<br />

40 years to improve pedestrian safety<br />

between the ferry wharf and Governor<br />

Phillip Park are delighted the new walkway<br />

championed by Northern Beaches Council<br />

is expected to be up and running by the<br />

Christmas holiday period when the<br />

area experiences its greatest tourism<br />

rush – and peak danger period.<br />

Tenders for the project – the first<br />

piece of infrastructure for the iconic<br />

coastal walkway that will link Palm<br />

Beach with Manly – closed on May 30,<br />

with Council officers now poring over<br />

submissions with a view to announcing<br />

the successful party by the end<br />

of <strong>June</strong>.<br />

“The only existing pedestrian<br />

route between Palm Beach Wharf and<br />

Governor Phillip Park is via Barrenjoey<br />

Road… pedestrian access is difficult<br />

with no continuous designated<br />

footpath, which forces pedestrians<br />

out onto the road, at some points,” said<br />

Council Administrator Dick Persson.<br />

He said there had been extensive consultation<br />

with the community, including<br />

residents on the road whose properties<br />

border the walkway.<br />

That included consultation over concept<br />

designs and construction materials<br />

(largely the material the boardwalk would<br />

be made from).<br />

Importantly, the proposed design maintains<br />

access to residential properties.<br />

One of the residents whose property<br />

borders the project, Warwick Sargeant, said<br />

a safe, level pathway had been needed for<br />

ARTIST'S IMPRESSION: The new Barrenjoey Rd walkway.<br />

visitors and locals alike for decades.<br />

“We are and have always been concerned<br />

about safety issues for pedestrians along<br />

the narrow and uneven verge along Barrenjoey<br />

Rd where the proposed walkway is<br />

going,” Mr Sargeant said.<br />

“It is a larger and more grandiose<br />

structure than I envisaged initially but the<br />

Council officer Michelle and the council<br />

engineer have met with us several times<br />

and been friendly and largely accommodating<br />

with any concerns we may have had.<br />

“Our little pocket of Palmy is so beautiful<br />

and so special that we are delighted<br />

that we can share it safely with everyone,<br />

locals and tourists alike.”<br />

Council funded the project under<br />

the $32.6 million Connecting Northern<br />

Beaches program, utilising funds<br />

from the Stronger Communities Fund<br />

made available by the State Government<br />

through the merger process.<br />

Council developed concept designs<br />

with the help of a community-based<br />

working group. Mr Persson confirmed<br />

Council’s aim was to have the walkway<br />

built before the <strong>2017</strong> Christmas<br />

holidays.<br />

Palm Beach Whale Beach Association<br />

President Dr Richard West said<br />

the community was delighted that<br />

the walkway was progressing.<br />

“We have had concerns regarding<br />

pedestrian safety for over 40 years along<br />

this section of Barrenjoey Road and look<br />

forward to a dedicated walkway to improve<br />

pedestrian safety between the ferry wharf<br />

and Governor Phillip Park.”<br />

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

16 JUNE <strong>2017</strong><br />

Celebrating 25 Years

Mental health services boost<br />

The northern beaches<br />

community will be<br />

the major beneficiary of a<br />

sweeping new $14 million<br />

federal government funded<br />

roll-out of mental health and<br />

suicide prevention services.<br />

Making the announcement<br />

at Community Care<br />

Northern Beaches last<br />

month, Mackellar MP Jason<br />

Falinski said mental health<br />

was one of the four pillars<br />

of the Turnbull Government’s<br />

Long Term National<br />

Health Plan.<br />

It is estimated that more<br />

than four million Australian<br />

adults experience mental<br />

ill-health each year – and in<br />

Northern Sydney this figure<br />

was an alarming 12 in every<br />

100 people.<br />

The service providers that<br />

will assist locally include:<br />

n Community Care Northern<br />

Beaches – offering<br />

outreach care coordination<br />

and psychosocial support to<br />

people who have been hospitalised<br />

following a suicide<br />

attempt.<br />

n <strong>Life</strong>line Harbour to<br />

Hawkesbury and <strong>Life</strong>line<br />

Northern Beaches – offering<br />

telephone based assessment<br />

and referral services for<br />

people experiencing mild<br />

to moderate mental health<br />

issues such as low mood,<br />

anxiety and stress.<br />

n <strong>Life</strong>line Harbour to<br />

Hawkesbury – in addition to<br />

their phone-based services,<br />

<strong>Life</strong>line Harbour to Hawkesbury<br />

will also provide<br />

group-based support for<br />

underserviced groups, helping<br />

these people to manage<br />

their anxiety, stress and<br />

depression.<br />

Mr Falinski said the range<br />

of services offered through<br />

these providers included<br />

early intervention, low-level<br />

mental health care, wraparound<br />

support to connect<br />

vulnerable groups to the<br />

services they need, to aftercare<br />

support for those who<br />

have tried to take their lives.<br />

“We are committed to developing<br />

a better approach<br />

to mental health care.”<br />

News<br />

Celebrating 25 Years<br />

JUNE <strong>2017</strong> 17

News<br />

Vendors on a Shores thing<br />

new local real estate agency<br />

A has been launched by some<br />

familiar faces, with a name and<br />

fresh logo reflecting the area it<br />

will serve – between the shores<br />

of the ocean and <strong>Pittwater</strong>.<br />

Shores, created by agent<br />

Stephanie Hammond and business<br />

manager Sienna Berney,<br />

will provide a real estate service<br />

tailor-made and specifically<br />

suited to our beachside villages<br />

of Avalon, Newport and Bilgola.<br />

“Our area has always been a<br />

haven for artistic, creative, freethinking,<br />

interesting people<br />

and I wanted to offer the same<br />

enthusiasm and slightly off-beat<br />

approach to what is perceived<br />

as a slightly dull and leaden<br />

business,” Stephanie said.<br />

“We understand buying or<br />

selling a house is one of the biggest<br />

decisions people will make.<br />

“For buyers it’s a huge commitment<br />

both financially and<br />

emotionally, because it represents<br />

their life, their ambitions,<br />

their futures.<br />

“For vendors, it’s often a difficult<br />

decision to sell what has<br />

often been their family home...<br />

they are deeply invested in it.<br />

“For both sides, we want to<br />

do all we can to guarantee they<br />

make the right decision.”<br />

Stephanie took the plunge<br />

to launch Shores after her<br />

five-year franchise agreement<br />

with real estate agency Century<br />

21 – the world’s largest group –<br />

expired in May.<br />

“The old-fashioned franchise<br />

system doesn’t offer anything<br />

Stephanie Hammond with Sienna Berney (third from right) and team.<br />

anymore,” Stephanie explained.<br />

“Buyers and sellers don’t want<br />

an expensive, one-size-fits-all<br />

approach... Sydney’s a city of<br />

villages, we want to offer a service<br />

custom-designed for our<br />

little beachside villages.”<br />

Stephanie said the outlook for<br />

local real estate was positive.<br />

“As the digital age continues<br />

to change our lives, making<br />

it possible to work globally<br />

but live locally, the modern<br />

reality is suburbs like Avalon,<br />

Bilgola and Newport are ideally<br />

positioned for modern families<br />

looking for a great lifestyle,<br />

while conducting worthwhile<br />

working lives,” she said.<br />

“After several years of strong<br />

growth throughout Sydney, affordability<br />

remains a real issue.<br />

“Our area has not, so far,<br />

seen prices distorted by foreign<br />

investment or by a huge surge<br />

in apartment buildings.<br />

“However, with the recent<br />

government decision to offer<br />

easier access to the city with<br />

high-frequency bus services,<br />

we also anticipate that the<br />

explosive growth in prices<br />

closer to the city, has and will<br />

continue to encourage buyers<br />

to seek value – and head up to<br />

our area,” she said.<br />

Covering all aspects of<br />

residential real estate; property<br />

management for investors and<br />

property sales, Stephanie and<br />

her team have been encouraged<br />

by two major awards: rated<br />

No.1 agency for Avalon and<br />

Bilgola in <strong>2017</strong> by independent<br />

assessor Rate My Agent, and<br />

having conducted the most<br />

sales in Newport in <strong>2017</strong>.<br />

“We believe each vendor and<br />

property has their own specific<br />

needs and requires a unique<br />

approach… everyone has a<br />

story and everyone deserves a<br />

bespoke solution,” she said.<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

7THINGS<br />


Tricky teenager? Adolescent<br />

psychologist Michael Hawton<br />

has drawn on 30 years’<br />

experience to compile Engaging<br />

Adolescents – a practical guide<br />

to help you steer your teenager<br />

through challenging times with<br />

confidence. Meet Michael on<br />

Thurs 8 from 6pm at Avalon Rec<br />

Centre. Tickets $15, bookings<br />

essential on 9973 1244.<br />

Buy a snag for the hospital.<br />

Grab a sausage sanga at Bunnings<br />

Narrabeen on Sat 10 and<br />

help raise funds to support Mona<br />

Vale Hospital Auxilliary. BBQ will<br />

be fired up from 8am-3pm.<br />

World Oceans Day event.<br />

Rob Stokes MP, Palm Beach<br />

SLSC, The Save Our Marine <strong>Life</strong><br />

partnership and Jason Falinski<br />

MP invite you to celebrate World<br />

Oceans Day on Monday 5 (it's<br />

technically Thursday but they<br />

are getting in early) with special<br />

guest speaker ocean explorer<br />

Valerie Taylor. At the Pacific Club<br />

Palm Beach at 6pm. Free; bookings<br />

essential 8484 0300.<br />

Whale count. The northern<br />

whale migration has begun and<br />

scientists need your help counting<br />

giants of the deep for the<br />

ORRCA Whale Census on Sun<br />

25. Experts will be on hand at<br />

Bilgola Headland from 1-2.30pm<br />

to help guide you. Bookings<br />

essential on 1300 000 232.<br />

Have a ball. Secure tickets<br />

to the annual Christmas in July<br />

Charity Ball and make a positive<br />

difference in the fight against<br />

cancer by raising money for<br />

research and community-based<br />

programs; @ Miramare Gardens,<br />

Terrey Hills on Fri July 28. More<br />

info fightonthebeaches.com.<br />

New men’s book club.<br />

Beachside Bookshop in Avalon<br />

is launching a Blokes Book Club,<br />

which will be held on the first<br />

Monday night of the month from<br />

7-8pm. With a focus on Australian<br />

writers, the club kicks off July 3<br />

with crime writer Candice Fox’s<br />

Crimson Lake. More info in store<br />

or info@beachsidebookshop.com<br />

Travel View Travel Club.<br />

Head to RMYC Newport on Mon<br />

5 from 10.30am. All welcome;<br />

RSVP Eliza 9999 6933.<br />

18 JUNE <strong>2017</strong><br />

Celebrating 25 Years

‘Range’ of reasons for exclusion<br />

Northern Beaches Council has<br />

disputed claims that golf<br />

participation at public courses<br />

across <strong>Pittwater</strong> remains steady<br />

and has revealed why it did not<br />

include the <strong>Pittwater</strong> Golf Centre<br />

driving range at Warriewood for<br />

potential takeover in its Sportsground<br />

Needs Analysis and Golf<br />

Course Review discussion paper.<br />

Council is looking at ways<br />

to address a shortfall of an<br />

estimated 24 playing fields for a<br />

growing number of participants<br />

in 17 all-age-group sports across<br />

the northern beaches, with golf<br />

courses on Crown or Council<br />

land viewed as potential solutions.<br />

Many readers contacted <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

<strong>Life</strong> wanting to know why<br />

the driving range at Warriewood<br />

(pictured) had not been included<br />

in the discussion process.<br />

Council administrator Dick<br />

Persson explained the golf<br />

centre had a commercial lease<br />

in place which expired in 2019,<br />

adding the council estimated<br />

the grounds would accommodate<br />

just two full-sized fields.<br />

“Council has an agreement<br />

with a commercial group to<br />

2019, for management of the<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Golf Centre and driving<br />

range,” he said. “The driving<br />

range generates significant income<br />

for Council which is then<br />

re-invested into the upgrades<br />

and management and maintenance<br />

of sportsgrounds.”<br />

He added the estimate for two<br />

full-size football fields on the<br />

land was based on assumptions<br />

including: that a reasonable<br />

buffer was required between<br />

the homes on the northern<br />

edge and any proposed sports<br />

fields, to minimise impacts to<br />

amenity of nearby residents; an<br />

area of land would be required<br />

for supporting infrastructure<br />

including; amenities (toilets,<br />

change rooms, storage), parking<br />

and lighting; the fields would be<br />

located to suit the contours of<br />

the land; and that appropriate<br />

safety run-offs were required<br />

between fields and between the<br />

dead ball areas and the edges of<br />

the site.<br />

On golf participation levels,<br />

he said: “Advice Council has<br />

received from consultant Golf<br />

Business Advisory Services<br />

(GBAS) indicates that in regard<br />

to the number of public rounds<br />

at the Mona Vale golf course<br />

(public) for example, there were<br />

1,332 less public rounds in 2015<br />

than in 2013 (6.3% decrease). The<br />

information in this table was<br />

sourced by GBAS from the golf<br />

clubs.”<br />

Last month Mona Vale GC<br />

President John Karren said: “The<br />

number of rounds the members<br />

play has been either consistent<br />

or increasing the last few<br />

years… overall rounds played<br />

have been consistent at Mona<br />

Vale (around 60,000 rounds<br />

per year – 35,000 members and<br />

25,000 public roughly).”<br />

Mr Persson said investigation<br />

of the golf centre and driving<br />

range for sports fields would be<br />

dependent on the outcome of<br />

the consultation currently underway<br />

and Council’s consideration<br />

of the draft sportsground<br />

strategy in the discussion paper<br />

relating to converting existing<br />

open space (eg golf courses) to<br />

sports fields.<br />

“Council’s role in relation to<br />

supporting healthy lifestyles is<br />

primarily around ensuring that<br />

the spaces and facilities it manages<br />

support the recreational<br />

needs of the entire community,<br />

including older people” Mr<br />

Persson said.<br />

The draft Sportsgrounds<br />

Strategy, incorporating community<br />

comments, was presented<br />

to Council on May 30; the final<br />

Sportsgrounds Strategy will be<br />

presented to Council on July 25.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

News<br />

Celebrating 25 Years<br />

JUNE <strong>2017</strong> 21

News<br />

Newport dance<br />

school on point<br />

Of the thousands of youngsters<br />

who skip off to ballet<br />

lessons every day only a handful<br />

are identified as having that<br />

“something special” to help<br />

propel them to great heights.<br />

So when a little ballet school<br />

on the northern beaches can<br />

boast five students in the coveted<br />

Australian Ballet School’s<br />

training program, a swag of<br />

impressive national awards<br />

and scholarships for prestigious<br />

international dance<br />

companies, it must be doing<br />

something right.<br />

This year alone, three students<br />

at Dynamite Premiere<br />

Academy in Newport have<br />

been awarded scholarships<br />

to attend The Joffrey Ballet<br />

School Summer Intensive in<br />

New York City; two students<br />

have been offered full-time<br />

training positions with American<br />

dance companies and an<br />

11-year-old student performed<br />

at the Sydney Opera House<br />

with The Australian Ballet for<br />

a season of The Nutcracker.<br />

Pictured are two of the<br />

talented team – sisters Emily<br />

(right) and Charlotte Enright.<br />

Not only have Emily, 13, and<br />

Charlotte, 11, landed spots in<br />

the Australian Ballet School’s<br />

Interstate Training Program,<br />

both recently walked away<br />

with opportunities to extend<br />

their skills at other respected<br />

dance companies.<br />

After competing in the Alana<br />

Haines Australasian Awards<br />

in New Zealand in April, Emily<br />

was offered a traineeship in<br />

the full-time ballet program<br />

at the Joffrey Ballet and also a<br />

place in their summer school<br />

and Charlotte was awarded a<br />

scholarship to the Brisbane<br />

City Youth Ballet holiday<br />

school.<br />

The sister’s principal teacher<br />

Melissa Mitchell at Dynamite<br />

Premiere Academy couldn’t be<br />

prouder of the girls who have<br />

been under her wing for more<br />

than half of their lives.<br />

“The girls are not only talented<br />

but devoted to ballet…<br />

they are a pleasure to teach,”<br />

Melissa said.<br />

Not surprisingly both aspire<br />

to become professional ballet<br />

dancers.<br />

Emily, a Year 8 student at<br />

Brigidine College, St Ives, currently<br />

dedicates 21 hours a<br />

week to dance.<br />

“I love dance, it makes me<br />

feel happy and performing<br />

makes me feel like I can share<br />

something with the audience.”<br />

Charlotte, who is in Year 6<br />

at Mona Vale Public School,<br />

started lessons because “I<br />

wanted to be like my sister”.<br />

She dances 16 hours a week<br />

and said she loved “working<br />

hard”.<br />

“When I dance I feel happy<br />

and free,” she said. – LO<br />

22 JUNE <strong>2017</strong><br />

Celebrating 25 Years

The man who<br />

News<br />

Interview by Nigel Wall<br />

Residents who opposed the amalgamation<br />

of <strong>Pittwater</strong> Council into<br />

the new Northern Beaches Council<br />

remain fearful of what lies ahead for our<br />

region after the first Council is elected in<br />

September.<br />

Among the myriad concerns is that<br />

broad brush strokes from decision-makers<br />

within the mega-Council will blot out<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>’s unique character.<br />

Former Warringah Mayor Michael Regan,<br />

42, knows that to many within <strong>Pittwater</strong>,<br />

his past job linked him to the very thing<br />

they continue to fight – overdevelopment.<br />

Mr Regan has announced his ‘Your<br />

Northern Beaches’ party will nominate 15<br />

candidates across the five Council wards.<br />

So, do we really have anything to fear<br />

from him or his party? And would life be<br />

any different if he happens to secure the<br />

Council’s top job?<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> caught up with Mr Regan at<br />

Bilgola Beach to find out more…<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>: You supported a Northern<br />

Beaches Council from Day 1… why?<br />

Michael Regan: To be clear, we understood<br />

the State Government was going to<br />

amalgamate us if we didn’t do it ourselves.<br />

It was better we be in charge of our destiny<br />

rather than leave it to others. The benefits<br />

to me were obvious – a well-run large<br />

Council is still better than a well-run small<br />

Council. People talk about the little things<br />

that a small Council does that they fear<br />

won’t be done if a bigger one is created. In<br />

my experience, with the right processes<br />

and people, you have more resources to do<br />

more, thus raising basic service delivery.<br />

The small things don’t get missed. Being<br />

larger means council can afford infrastructure<br />

and, more importantly, maintain<br />

it. I know many people feared their local<br />

identity would be lost but I just don’t<br />

believe that to be true. Those small unique<br />

villages already coexisted within the previous<br />

council and they will continue to exist,<br />

but will be better supported and funded by<br />

the larger organisation. Being one Council<br />

doesn’t stop us from being ourselves,<br />

it allows us to cement that and to better<br />

maintain that unique quality that is the<br />

Northern Beaches lifestyle. It’s an opportunity<br />

to enhance services and infrastructure<br />

and shape the future we want as a community,<br />

not what the State thinks we want,<br />

or says we have to have.<br />

PL: Do <strong>Pittwater</strong> residents have anything<br />

to fear from you or your party?<br />

MR: Nothing at all. The State Government<br />

forced us to amalgamate. My fellow Warringah<br />

councillors fought the good fight led<br />

by our extraordinary community to save<br />

us from being split in two – the model that<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Council supported. We will run<br />

candidates across all wards simply so we<br />

can give a genuine alternative to the major<br />

parties and their practice of bloc voting.<br />

We represent the community, not a party<br />

or a local member they generally work for.<br />

The State Government will determine if the<br />

Northern Beaches is to be developed, not<br />

Council. Council will work with them to<br />

ensure that we protect all the unique areas<br />

of the Northern Beaches, from <strong>Pittwater</strong> to<br />

Cottage Point to Manly. Most importantly<br />

we will work with our community in a<br />

transparent manner to ensure that any<br />

changes are properly managed and are in<br />

24 JUNE <strong>2017</strong><br />

Celebrating 25 Years

would be Mayor<br />

keeping with local character. Nobody supports<br />

over-development. Nobody. People<br />

often refer to Dee Why on that front. Even<br />

the high-rise that was introduced by the<br />

administrator, didn’t create more units.<br />

The amount of floor space was determined<br />

decades earlier. I’m proud of what is finally<br />

being delivered to Dee Why. Manly still<br />

has the highest density and the tallest<br />

buildings. A big part of the problem is<br />

that the general public do not understand<br />

how planning works on Council and the<br />

State. The assumption is that Council is<br />

responsible for it. The truth is it is the State.<br />

I love having these respectful debates with<br />

people and educating them.<br />

PL: Would you support councillors being<br />

responsible for planning in their wards?<br />

MR: That’s a good question. I doubt it<br />

is legal as it goes directly against our<br />

responsibilities as Councillors as defined<br />

by the Act. I support local ward Councillors<br />

taking a lead on projects in their area. That<br />

is critical. You would be naïve to believe<br />

that local councillors only could decide on<br />

planning controls in their area. Where is<br />

the legislation? If it exists, what does the<br />

fine print say? Think about it. All across<br />

Sydney, how many ward councillors would<br />

agree to increasing density in their patch?<br />

Nobody. Sydney would grind to a halt. You<br />

have reported Rob Stokes has said this<br />

is going to happen, so it ultimately won’t<br />

matter what anyone thinks. This is perhaps<br />

another example of how State Government<br />

tries to control Council.<br />

PL: What does the ‘Your Northern Beaches’<br />

party stand for?<br />

MR: We are a registered party for one<br />

day every four years – election day. The<br />

rest of the time we think, act and vote<br />

independently. Every vote on council is a<br />

conscience vote – our track record at Warringah<br />

Council proves that. Your Northern<br />

Beaches will strive to give the community a<br />

strong independent voice at the most critical<br />

level of Government. We will endeavour<br />

to make politicians and government departments<br />

accountable to the community<br />

with none of the usual rhetoric, deceit and<br />

power plays that you see from our major<br />

parties. Its members will always maintain<br />

their independence and will work in a<br />

spirit of co-operation to achieve the aims of<br />

the team and maintain the passion for real<br />

democracy. As a team, those broad aims<br />

'We're bringing together<br />

a like-minded group who<br />

are already serving their<br />

local areas and who want to<br />

take the next step...'<br />

are to protect our beaches, parkland and<br />

natural assets from inappropriate development<br />

and the potential impacts of a changing<br />

climate; to commit the NB Council to<br />

best environmental practice as well as the<br />

highest standards of transparency and<br />

accountability; to maintain council services<br />

and where possible, enhance them; to<br />

improve necessary infrastructure; to work<br />

alongside and support local businesses;<br />

to upgrade our sporting facilities; and enhance<br />

the role of community groups.<br />

PL: Where will you get your 15 candidates?<br />

MR: We’re bringing together a group of<br />

like-minded, grass roots community members<br />

who are already serving their local<br />

areas and who want to take the next step.<br />

We’re still finalising details and election<br />

day is a long way off but I’m excited by who<br />

we are bringing together.<br />

PL: What ward will you stand in?<br />

MR: I am amused that everyone is so keen<br />

to know which ward I am running in and<br />

to be honest, I haven’t decided yet – I am<br />

passionate about the issues affecting each<br />

of the five wards.<br />

PL: Do you aspire to the role as Mayor?<br />

MR: Yes. But not for any ego factor or notions<br />

of career progression but because I<br />

am genuinely excited about the challenges<br />

and opportunities for the community that<br />

the new council has brought about. Over<br />

the past eight years I’ve developed a longterm<br />

vision for the area by working with<br />

and listening to the community – not just<br />

in Warringah but with our neighbours in<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> and Manly too. I’m keen to share<br />

that vision and develop it further. I think it<br />

is an outrage and a step backwards that the<br />

public no longer get to choose their Mayor.<br />

The people of Manly and of Warringah have<br />

previously voted overwhelmingly to have<br />

that right to choose their leader but now<br />

that right has been lost. I hope that in time<br />

the new council will return to the model of<br />

a directly elected Mayor.<br />

PL: What have you learned chairing the<br />

Strategic Reference Groups for Affordable<br />

Housing and Arts Culture & Heritage?<br />

MR: The Northern Beaches has an amazing<br />

art and cultural scene and a wonderful<br />

heritage with a great local narrative<br />

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Continued from page 25<br />

to tell. The arts here should<br />

rightly be shared and celebrated.<br />

But within the sector,<br />

there was a lack of funding<br />

and coordination across the<br />

Northern Beaches area. We<br />

have managed to secure $2<br />

million across four years plus<br />

an additional $1 million to go<br />

towards more creative spaces<br />

such as the wonderful facility<br />

at Curl Curl which provides<br />

working studios and exhibition<br />

spaces for local artists. The<br />

priority for this project will be<br />

the northern end of the Peninsula.<br />

On affordable housing,<br />

it is complex, but it’s also in<br />

crisis. Council can’t just wait<br />

for State and Federal Governments<br />

to take action. They are<br />

too slow and completely out<br />

of touch. We are talking about<br />

young families having to leave<br />

the area because they can’t<br />

afford the mortgage or rent. It’s<br />

about police officers staying on<br />

friends’ couches between shifts<br />

and key workers commuting<br />

for three or four hours a day.<br />

The State and Federal Governments<br />

seem paralysed – all talk<br />

and no action. This reference<br />

group definitely did not want<br />

to be guilty of the same thing<br />

– we all worked really hard<br />

to prepare a policy and I’m<br />

pleased to see it now out for<br />

community consultation. Our<br />

approach will continue to be<br />

hands-on.<br />

PL: Is affordable housing a<br />

realistic option for <strong>Pittwater</strong>,<br />

given its different feel and<br />

layout to Dee Why?<br />

'We're talking about<br />

young families<br />

having to leave the<br />

area because they<br />

can't afford the<br />

mortgage or rent...'<br />

MR: Your definition of ‘Affordable<br />

Housing’ seems<br />

narrow. Affordable housing<br />

is capable in any suburb<br />

from Vaucluse to Penrith,<br />

to Palm Beach to Manly. It is<br />

the tools we use to deliver<br />

it that define it and make it<br />

happen. Never assume it has<br />

to be more units, or building<br />

on greenfield sites. It is much<br />

more than that.<br />

PL: As Mayor, how would you<br />

“bring the beaches together”?<br />

MR: The Northern Beaches<br />

is already united – just look<br />

around you. We live in the<br />

best part of the world and the<br />

community knows that and appreciates<br />

that. The sense of division<br />

that was mischievously<br />

created last year was artificial<br />

and toxic. The sky didn’t fall in<br />

when the new council was created.<br />

The sun did come up the<br />

next day and the community<br />

on the whole have just moved<br />

on, embracing the change and<br />

the benefits that have followed.<br />

At the end of the day,<br />

it’s not about me, it’s about the<br />

elected councillors working<br />

together in the interests of the<br />

community. As a leader of that<br />

group, it is the Mayor’s job to<br />

ensure that council is inclusive,<br />

transparent and accountable<br />

and to facilitate bringing<br />

the best out in each other, in<br />

council staff and in our community.<br />

The new Council offers<br />

an exciting opportunity for<br />

our community. It will have<br />

more resources to perform the<br />

basics, which is fundamental.<br />

It will be more transparent and<br />

engaging than ever before.<br />

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

Your say on bulky<br />

rubbish removal<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

is turning to ratepayers to<br />

help solve the problem of<br />

inconsistencies in ‘bulky<br />

goods’ collection it inherited<br />

after amalgamation last May.<br />

It’s understood community<br />

frustration had highlighted<br />

the inconsistent service<br />

delivery currently in place.<br />

Currently there is an on-call<br />

(twice yearly) system operating<br />

in the former Manly and<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> areas and a scheduled<br />

twice-yearly service in<br />

the former Warringah area.<br />

Council General Manager<br />

Environment & Infrastructure<br />

Ben Taylor said it was clear<br />

from feedback that the community<br />

wanted the service<br />

made consistent. “So now we<br />

are moving to formally seek<br />

community input into the<br />

review which will consider the<br />

preferences of the community<br />

and the environmental,<br />

financial and service delivery<br />

impacts of any proposed<br />

changes,” he said. “<strong>Issue</strong>s<br />

include the visual impact of<br />

the large volumes of waste we<br />

sometimes see with scheduled<br />

services, convenience of<br />

use and ability to recycle and<br />

re-use, as well as the environmental<br />

and safety impacts<br />

of illegal dumping, nuisance<br />

rummaging and pedestrian<br />

access.” Feedback at yoursay.<br />

northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au<br />

until 18 <strong>June</strong> or attend the<br />

drop-in session at Beaches<br />

Market, Narrabeen on Friday<br />

<strong>June</strong> 16.<br />

Central Coast<br />

5 Lands Walk<br />

Jump on a Fantasea ferry<br />

from Palm Beach to Ettalong,<br />

then jump on a shuttle<br />

bus to connect you to the<br />

News<br />

Lynches are in demand<br />

Great news for father and son pairing Martin and Jake Lynch in the<br />

lead-up to next year’s <strong>Life</strong> Saving World Championships with Martin<br />

reappointed as Beach Coach for the Australian Team for the next 18<br />

months and Jake selected as the Tier 1 Beach Athlete for the World<br />

Championship campaign. Newport’s Jake is among 47 athletes who will<br />

strive to represent Australia over the next 18 months leading up to the<br />

Championships in Adelaide from 17 November – 2 December 2018. Jake<br />

is among 10 athletes who were a part of Australia’s World Championships<br />

2016 team. A fresh-faced coaching group will feature former New<br />

Zealand Youth Team head coach Kurt Wilson who will coach the team<br />

for the first time. Nine-time Nutri-Grain IronMan Finals Series champion<br />

Shannon Eckstein will work beside Wilson as an assistant coach for the<br />

first time alongside Martin Lynch and Andrew Bowden (pool).<br />

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annual cultural, physical<br />

and spiritual event – the<br />

5 Lands Walk on <strong>June</strong> 24.<br />

Taking in 10km of the Central<br />

Coast’s spectacular coastline,<br />

the walk connects the five<br />

beachside communities<br />

of MacMasters Beach,<br />

Copacabana, Avoca Beach,<br />

North Avoca and Terrigal. It<br />

is billed as ‘5 free festivals in<br />

one’, with cultural and fun<br />

events near the surf clubs at<br />

each of the beaches including<br />

multicultural programs from<br />

local groups – an aboriginal<br />

program overarches the event<br />

and binds it spiritually. Best<br />

part is once you get to the<br />

central coast, organisers say<br />

you can leave your wallet<br />

in your pocket as there are<br />

no charges to participate<br />

in any of the events. The<br />

route is on beaches, paths<br />

through bushland, roadways<br />

and roadside footpaths.<br />

It can be undertaken by<br />

any able-bodied person,<br />

including children. More info<br />

5landswalk.com.au<br />

Newport Chamber<br />

call for support<br />

The local Newport Beach<br />

Chamber of Commerce is<br />

setting a new agenda – with<br />

a long-term road map, vision<br />

for the future, new guidelines<br />

and local events the priority.<br />

Their mission is “to promote<br />

and represent the business<br />

community of Newport<br />

with a common voice”. One<br />

aim is to help educate local<br />

businesses and provide<br />

them with the right tools to<br />

expand their businesses by<br />

running educational events<br />

once a month. President<br />

Margo Strong said: “There<br />

are so many local businesses,<br />

including people who work<br />

from home who can easily<br />

network through our website<br />

for only a $165 directory fee<br />

per year. This also includes a<br />

chamber membership.” She<br />

said awareness was the key.<br />

“Quite often retail business<br />

owners are asked for referrals<br />

for services people need. We<br />

are hoping that this directory<br />

will be a trusted guide for<br />

people who need each other’s<br />

services, locally. It’s easy to<br />

upload your own business info<br />

and pictures and pay online in<br />

one go. And you can add info<br />

to the blog when you have an<br />

event, sale or some interesting<br />

business info.” More info<br />

newportbeach.org.au<br />

Enviro-conscious way<br />

to quench your thirst<br />

Council is installing 10<br />

new water refill stations<br />

from Palm Beach to Manly<br />

to further encourage us to<br />

refill water bottles and avoid<br />

buying water in throw-away<br />

plastic bottles. The project<br />

has been funded through<br />

an $88,000 grant from the<br />

NSW Environment Protection<br />

Agency’s ‘Waste Less, Recycle<br />

More’ initiative. It takes<br />

hundreds of years for plastic<br />

bottles to break down and<br />

it can be devastating for<br />

local marine life should they<br />

end up in our oceans and<br />

waterways. The refill stations<br />

– including new outlets at<br />

Palm Beach, Avalon and North<br />

Narrabeen – are to encourage<br />

people to ‘BYO’ water bottles<br />

and think about reusable<br />

alternatives, so that the need<br />

to throw away the empty<br />

bottle isn’t there in the first<br />

place. Council says all 10<br />

water stations are expected<br />

to be installed by the end of<br />

<strong>June</strong> in preparation for the<br />

‘plastic free July’ campaign.<br />

Around the schools…<br />

St Luke’s is holding tours of its<br />

Junior school at their Bayview<br />

campus on Wednesday <strong>June</strong><br />

14, starting 9.15am. In<br />

particular, places are available<br />

for girls starting in Year 2<br />

in 2018, as a well as boys in<br />

Year 5. Bookings are essential<br />

stlukes.nsw.edu.au. Also,<br />

Avalon Public School Principal<br />

Andy Rankin is conducting<br />

tours of their campus on<br />

Wednesday <strong>June</strong> 14, as well<br />

as Monday <strong>June</strong> 26. More info<br />

9973 1439. Meanwhile local<br />

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

Continued from page 29<br />

MP Rob Stokes has announced<br />

Barrenjoey High School will<br />

receive $1 million as part<br />

of the State Government’s<br />

schools maintenance backlog<br />

funding program, to be spent<br />

on roofing, floor coverings and<br />

painting, and other items, with<br />

work completed by December<br />

2018.<br />

Girls shoot for<br />

Vanuatu glory<br />

Avalon Soccer Club’s under-16<br />

women’s team are looking forward<br />

to their trip to Vanuatu<br />

later this month when they’ll<br />

take on the Vanuatu National<br />

Under-16 Women’s team.<br />

Although they haven’t competed<br />

on an international level<br />

before, they are expecting to be<br />

competitive (they are currently<br />

leading their MWFA Division 1<br />

competition). The tour is aimed<br />

at promoting women’s soccer<br />

in Vanuatu and Avalon Soccer<br />

Club; giving young women<br />

an international sporting opportunity;<br />

and providing an<br />

opportunity for young women<br />

to help local communities by<br />

running coaching clinics and<br />

donating equipment.<br />

Council proud of<br />

record capital works<br />

Northern Beaches Council has<br />

announced its first integrated<br />

Operational Plan and Budget<br />

for <strong>2017</strong>/18 will deliver a<br />

commitment of $114.1 million<br />

on high priority capital works<br />

projects – 60% more funds than<br />

the total average spend of the<br />

three former councils in the<br />

five years prior to amalgamation.<br />

It has been prepared to<br />

guide Council following the<br />

September election. Council is<br />

investing in new projects that<br />

weren’t able to be funded by<br />

former Councils, such a synthetic<br />

sportsfields at Cromer<br />

and Belrose, new boardwalks at<br />

Church Point and Little Manly,<br />

sports club buildings at Warriewood,<br />

walkway upgrades<br />

for Narrabeen Lagoon and in<br />

Manly, as well as the ‘Connecting<br />

the Northern Beaches’<br />

program.<br />

Probus talk on<br />

WWI gas warfare<br />

The work of German chemist<br />

Fritz Haber and the subsequent<br />

introduction of gas<br />

warfare on the Western Front<br />

in The Great War will be the<br />

topic of the next talk at <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Probus club on <strong>June</strong> 13.<br />

Don Napper, a former Pro-<br />

Vice-Chancellor of the College<br />

of Science and Technology at<br />

the University of Sydney will<br />

talk about the infamous Nobel<br />

Prize winner who invented the<br />

Haber-Bosch process, a method<br />

used in industry to synthesise<br />

ammonia from nitrogen<br />

gas and hydrogen gas. Meeting<br />

starts 10.30am at Mona Vale<br />

GC; visitors welcome. More<br />

info Bill Marshall 9999 5226.<br />

Meanwhile Palm Beach Probus<br />

Club will meet at Club Palm<br />

Beach Wednesday 21 <strong>June</strong> at<br />

9.30am to hear Judy Burer<br />

talk about behind the scenes<br />

of the remarkable Avalon<br />

Community Library where<br />

she has worked as a volunteer<br />

for 20 years until her recent<br />

retirement. Visitors welcome;<br />

enquiries 9973 1247.<br />

Transport boost for<br />

residents in need<br />

The recent federal budget has<br />

delivered good news for older<br />

northern beaches residents<br />

who need help getting out<br />

and about, with funding for<br />

subsidised community transport<br />

– originally slated to dry<br />

Sandbox duo off to Flying start<br />

Remember Sandbox Media pair Ant Colreavy (right) and<br />

Paul Brennan from our May issue? This month they’re<br />

ditching their corporates (ha!) to raise funds participating<br />

in the 28th Royal Flying Doctors Outback Car Trek. With<br />

a waiting room of seven million square kilometres, the<br />

RFDS provide 24-hour aeromedical emergency services<br />

to country Australia. To date the Trek (outbackcartrek.<br />

com.au) has raised more than $25 million. Ant and Paul<br />

will rack up around 3,500km from Griffith in NSW to Port<br />

Macquarie – in a cool 1964 Holden EH Wagon. They wanted<br />

to give a shout out to the generous local companies who<br />

helped them prepare. “Barrenjoey Smash Repairs gave it<br />

the incredible ‘Sandbox Blue’ paint job,” said Paul. “Barrenjoey<br />

Designs made all the stickers and Micro Mechanics<br />

Mona Vale ensured it is trek worthy.” If you’d like to donate<br />

to the overall fund go to flyingdoctor.org.au<br />

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up next year – now guaranteed<br />

until at least 2020. Angela<br />

Doolan, General Manager of the<br />

not-for-profit northern beaches’<br />

community transport provider<br />

Easylink, welcomed a two-year<br />

extension of the Commonwealth<br />

Home Support Program<br />

(CHSP), the prime funding<br />

source for aged transport<br />

services in NSW. “More than<br />

2000 older northern beaches<br />

residents rely on Easylink’s<br />

door-to-door transport services<br />

to get to medical appointments,<br />

shopping and social activities<br />

at affordable rates thanks to<br />

the Federal Government’s CHSP<br />

funding,” said Ms Doolan.<br />

“Transport is a basic enabling<br />

service that allows individuals<br />

to maintain connection to<br />

their communities – and with<br />

that, quality of life.” To find out<br />

more about Easylink call 9919<br />

0700 or visit easylink.com.au.<br />

Book Review<br />

Finding Nevo<br />

Nevo Zisin<br />

Walker Books $18.99<br />

good book can open your<br />

A eyes to many things<br />

beyond your experience, but<br />

it takes a talented author to<br />

truly build awareness and<br />

understanding. Hats off<br />

to brand new Australian<br />

author and young adult,<br />

Nevo Zisin, who has been<br />

blessed with this gift.<br />

Nevo was born female,<br />

grew up thinking they<br />

might be lesbian, then<br />

started identifying and transitioning to<br />

male, and then realised this too was not the destination.<br />

They have employed a frank and practical narrative to their<br />

coming-of-age tale that should be read and discussed at<br />

home and in classrooms as we learn to better understand<br />

and be inclusive of LGBTQIA+, especially in schools.<br />

We need more books like this, especially with an<br />

Australian context; but more importantly we need more<br />

people to read them. – Libby Armstrong<br />

Vet<br />

on<br />

call<br />

with<br />

Dr Ben Brown<br />

Decisions about nutrition<br />

can be difficult and<br />

confusing for pet owners.<br />

Dogs and cats, just like<br />

humans, must be fed an<br />

appropriate, balanced diet<br />

specific to their needs and<br />

stage of life. This is critical to<br />

avoid health problems such as<br />

obesity and certain nutritional<br />

deficiencies that can cause<br />

musculoskeletal, neurological<br />

and gastrointestinal diseases.<br />

Some pets will also need<br />

specific diets to help them<br />

cope with existing disease.<br />

Many dogs (including my<br />

own Labrador!) can have<br />

food allergies that require the<br />

avoidance of certain sources<br />

of protein whilst maintaining<br />

an appropriately balanced diet<br />

using novel sources of protein.<br />

Puppies and kittens must<br />

have the right balance of<br />

energy and calcium (among<br />

other requirements) to ensure<br />

correct development of bones<br />

and muscles. Conversely,<br />

older pets require less<br />

energy in their diet to ensure<br />

they don’t develop obesity<br />

and often benefit from the<br />

addition of certain joint<br />

supplements to their food.<br />

Unfortunately, it is very<br />

difficult to ensure pets<br />

receive adequate nutrition<br />

with home-prepared diets.<br />

A large independent study<br />

recently found that most<br />

home-prepared diets for<br />

pets are unbalanced and,<br />

without specific advice<br />

from a veterinary nutritional<br />

specialist, may be putting<br />

these pets at risk. Similarly,<br />

raw foods (particularly meats)<br />

can be dangerous due to<br />

contamination with bacteria.<br />

The easiest way to ensure<br />

your pet is receiving adequate,<br />

safe nutrition is to feed a<br />

tested, premium pet food<br />

specific for its life stage and<br />

in consideration of any preexisting<br />

medical conditions.<br />

Drop in to one of my hospitals<br />

at either Newport or Avalon<br />

for a free veterinary nutritional<br />

consultation!<br />

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Club life<br />

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

Club Palm Beach has had a<br />

character-shaping influence<br />

on <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s northern-most tip<br />

over the past 60 years.<br />

Story by Rosamund Burton<br />

original clubhouse was a weatherboard shed. It<br />

was on a block of land beside Lucinda Park,” says<br />

“The<br />

78-year-old club member Peter Verrills. “My father,<br />

Fred Verrills, along with Dick and Jack Martin and other<br />

club members, moved it by skidding it on blocks across<br />

onto Lucinda Park. They made it into a workable, temporary<br />

clubhouse, and there it sat until they bought the land for the<br />

club. I remember in the early ’50s it being placed on this site –<br />

where the Bistro is today.”<br />

Peter Verrills and John Sinclair, who has managed the club<br />

since 1993, are sitting in the outdoor area at the back of Club<br />

Palm Beach soaking up the sun, and reminiscing about the<br />

RSL’s earlier days.<br />

Peter insists that we get his cousin Don Goddard on the<br />

phone, because being six years older, he says, he has that bit<br />

of a longer memory. Don, who now lives in Wagga Wagga, has<br />

been a paid-up member of the club since the official opening<br />

60 years ago, and for several years before that.<br />

“The Treasurer and the Secretary used to open up the shed<br />

about 4 o’clock every afternoon, and the first to arrive became<br />

the barman until someone else relieved him. You bought your<br />

tickets from the Treasurer and they cost a shilling. They came<br />

off a big ticket roll, and were captioned, ‘Buy a Brick’. That<br />

was the funding for the new club.”<br />

There were fancy dress balls and raffles, and John Sinclair<br />

recently found a picture of then club president, Alf Curtis,<br />

and others, dressed in tutus, corsets and suspenders, which<br />

had been another ploy to get funds.<br />

When eventually enough money had been raised the<br />

building work went to tender to the two building businesses<br />

in the area. One was owned by Peter’s father, Fred, and his<br />

brother, Ernie Verrills, and the other by Dick Martin and his<br />

son, Jack.<br />

“They were all good friends,” Peter recounts, “but there was<br />

massive jealousy about who got the jobs. My old man bunged a<br />

blue on when it went to the Martins, as did Carl Gow, who had<br />

bought the land for the club, and was a distant relo of ours,<br />

and they left the club and went to drink in Avalon. But after a<br />

couple of years everyone was back here again and it was fine.”<br />

Every weekend at Club Palm Beach there were parties,<br />

and Sunday afternoons used to develop into amateur<br />

entertainment with everyone doing an act.<br />

“And during the week all the tradies would come here to<br />

drink in the afternoon. Before the days of emails and mobiles<br />

anyone looking for a bricklayer, electrician or plumber would<br />

know to come to the club,” explains Peter.<br />

It is at the mention of plumbers that he recalls when the<br />

club still had a septic tank, and Gordon O’Donnell, the<br />

plumber, came to fix a blockage.<br />

“The septic tank was where that umbrella is,” says Peter,<br />

pointing across the courtyard. “Gordon walked across the lid,<br />

it collapsed and down he went. I’ll never forget it. He was well<br />

and truly in the shit.”<br />

Before Peter Verrills started Palm Beach Ferries in 1976 he<br />

worked in his father’s building business. The council workers<br />

used to come to Club Palm Beach for lunch every day. “If we<br />

were having trouble getting trucks up a steep hill to a property,<br />

for a case of cans, a council truck would arrive with a heap of<br />

road base, and then they’d spread it up the driveway for us.”<br />

The old weatherboard shed was dismantled in the early 1960s<br />

by Bill Martin, Dick’s son, and Peter, who were great mates. Bill<br />

had a trucking business, and it was loaded onto his semi-trailer,<br />

and reconstructed on a block of land Peter owned at Wiseman<br />

Ferry. They were both keen on waterskiing and used it as a<br />

cabin for waterskiing holidays with family and friends.<br />

Peter’s grandfather, Albert Verrills, built the surveyor’s<br />

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Main pic credit: National Library of Australia<br />

cottage on Sunrise Road, when Palm Beach was surveyed for<br />

subdivisions in 1911. Albert fell in love with the area, and in<br />

1915 bought the little cottage and moved here with his family.<br />

But with six children the place became too small for them all,<br />

so Albert bought land opposite Palm Beach Wharf and built<br />

a larger house. That burnt down in 1928, and Albert built the<br />

Barrenjoey House that stands today.<br />

Peter’s mother was a Gonsalves, another of the early Palm<br />

Beach families. The Gonsalves came by boat from Rose Bay<br />

in 1917, and settled on <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s Portuguese Beach, which is<br />

how it got its name. They then bought land in Waratah Street<br />

(now Waratah Road).<br />

“I was born at Waratah Street in ’39. Mum was living there<br />

as Dad was called up to the army. Mum’s mother grew veggies<br />

and had a little dairy. The cows were on agistment where the<br />

golf course is today,” Peter recounts.<br />

Beyond where the cows were grazing, in Governor Phillip<br />

Park, was the Palm Beach camping area (main pic, circa<br />

1950). It was full of tents, several of which were permanent<br />

dwellings while people built houses in the area, so had timber<br />

walls and floors, although were still canvas.<br />

“At weekends it was chockers,” Peter recalls, “and in those<br />

days we had two service stations, a hairdresser, a chemist,<br />

a butcher, a baker and restaurants galore.” In 1954 when the<br />

Queen and Prince Philip made their first visit to Australia<br />

“They were lunching at the top of the hill on North View Road,<br />

and it wasn’t going to be proper for them to be looking out<br />

over a camping area, so everyone had to be gone before they<br />

came!” (The camping grounds eventually closed in the 1970s.)<br />

Despite electricity being available to most Palm Beach<br />

households by the early 1930s, even 24 years ago when John<br />

Sinclair started working at the club, blackouts were a regular<br />

occurrence, and gas lights were still set up for those moments.<br />

“There are still some of the old gas lamps upstairs,” he<br />

says, heading off to find one, and handing it to current club<br />

president, Bryan Webster, who has just entered the building.<br />

Another bit of memorabilia that Don Goddard has kept is<br />

the original program for the opening of the Club Palm Beach<br />

on 14 December1957 by the Governor of NSW, Lieutenant<br />

General Woodward.<br />

“After the opening,” Don recounts, “the club president,<br />

Alf Curtis, introduced Peter’s and his uncle, war veteran and<br />

fishing enthusiast, Sid Gonsalves, to the Governor.<br />

‘If you would care to come out fishing one day I’ll guarantee<br />

you a decent feed of fish, Sir,’ Sid told General Woodward.<br />

‘I would very much like to do that,’ the Governor replied,<br />

‘but I’m a little new to this job and my time is pretty fully<br />

occupied.’<br />

‘Couldn’t you take a sickie?’ Sid responded.”<br />

* Club Palm Beach wants to hear from everyone with stories<br />

of the Palm Beach, <strong>Pittwater</strong> and Avalon area, as well as<br />

recollections or photographs of the camping ground, the<br />

surf clubs, the football clubs, the schools, not to mention the<br />

club itself. Also, make a date to get together with friends to<br />

celebrate Club Palm Beach’s 60 years on the long weekend<br />

of Saturday 30 September, Sunday 1 and Monday 2 October.<br />

Visit the Club Facebook page Let’s Reunite Palm Beach – go<br />

to www.clubpalmbeach.com.au or ring Club Palm Beach for<br />

more details on 9974 5566.<br />

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

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The Palm Beach camping grounds, circa<br />

1950; Peter Verrills on the Palm Beach Ferry Wharf; ANZAC Day march<br />

from <strong>Pittwater</strong> Park to Club Palm Beach, 1960s; laying a wreath outside the<br />

Club’s cenotaph; what a drag – fundraising by the committee (including<br />

then President Alf Curtis, centre); and the Club’s official Opening Program.<br />

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Special Local Promotion<br />

Our local cafes serve<br />

as community hubs,<br />

not only refuelling<br />

our bodies but often our<br />

hearts and souls.<br />

And while coffee is<br />

king and quick customer<br />

catch-ups and turnovers<br />

are inherent parts of the<br />

industry, owners also<br />

understand quality food is<br />

an essential ingredient in<br />

encouraging customers back.<br />

Local proprietors report<br />

our interest in health and<br />

our busy lifestyles continue<br />

to influence what our cafes<br />

offer, with many refreshing<br />

their menus to cater for<br />

different dietary requirements<br />

plus dishing out convenient<br />

take-away options.<br />

But that doesn’t mean you<br />

can’t still linger over a couple of<br />

coffees, a warm plate of bacon<br />

and eggs, fluffy pancakes<br />

drenched in maple syrup or a<br />

big bowl of colourful veggies<br />

at your favourite local – in fact,<br />

winter in <strong>Pittwater</strong> is often<br />

the busiest season for sit-<br />

down brekkies, brunches and<br />

lunches.<br />

Colourful creations are the<br />

order of the day at Jeremy<br />

Drayton’s Café Racer in Mona<br />

Vale.<br />

“These days customers<br />

have an expectation of<br />

healthier food choices within<br />

presented menus, more scope<br />

and flexibility and also daily<br />

blackboard specials featuring<br />

in-season produce,” he said.<br />

“If your diet is all white in<br />

colour you know you’re not<br />

investing in your health… you<br />

will always see a lot of colour in<br />

our food.”<br />

Their Buddha Bowl (on this<br />

month’s cover) is a case in<br />

point.<br />

Regular seasonal menu<br />

changes mean soups are<br />

back at Café Racer as well<br />

as a selection of ‘winter<br />

warmers’ including a<br />

gluten-free pesto penne.<br />

Responding to<br />

customers’ desire for less<br />

sugar, most of the choices<br />

in Café Racer’s desert<br />

fridge are now made in house<br />

– try the sugar-free, gluten-free<br />

protein balls.<br />

And coffee?<br />

“Coffee is community and a<br />

really important part of what<br />

we do,” says Jeremy. “It’s a daily<br />

ritual that lets you engage with<br />

people’s lives albeit for a quick<br />

smile catch-up and start to their<br />

day.”<br />

Orders for coffee at Swell<br />

Café in Avalon pour in from<br />

5.30am, with the machine not<br />

resting until late afternoon.<br />

“Good coffee is absolutely<br />

essential,” said owner Barry<br />

Blyth.<br />

The menu at Swell reflects<br />

The Greedy Goat’s flourless peach<br />

and strawberry slice; Cinque<br />

Cucina e Caffe’s tasting platter;<br />

& coffee remains king at all cafes!<br />

Barry’s personal interest in<br />

healthy, nutritional food and is<br />

tweaked regularly to mirror the<br />

season and to stay on top of the<br />

game.<br />

“Expectations and<br />

standards have to be higher<br />

due to constant change and<br />

competition in the market place,”<br />

he explained.<br />

“The most challenging thing<br />

about running a café is doing<br />

your best every day and hoping<br />

that everyone will appreciate<br />

your efforts, keep coming back –<br />

and tells their friends.”<br />

Local flavour also shines<br />

through in Swell’s relishes,<br />

chutneys and cakes, made<br />

in-house with bread delivered<br />

daily from La Banette, an Avalon<br />

institution.<br />

Home-style cooking is what<br />

keeps people coming back to<br />

Palm Beach’s The Greedy Goat<br />

says co-owner Vicki Monteith.<br />

“Everything is cooked here<br />

on the premises utilising quality<br />

fresh local produce, which is<br />

important to northern beaches<br />

customers,” says Vicki.<br />

The Greedy Goat is the café<br />

the locals choose, she says.<br />

“There’s a friendly community<br />

vibe and we feel part of the local<br />

fabric which makes running the<br />

café much more than just a job.”<br />

During winter, locals are loving<br />

the $20 per person lunch special<br />

of the week, which includes a<br />

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delicious Allpress coffee.<br />

Greedy Goat also champions<br />

Blue M range of chutney, relish<br />

and jams, all home-made in a<br />

kitchen in Katoomba.<br />

You don’t have to go far to<br />

enjoy an taste of Italy with<br />

Mona Vale’s Cinque Cucina e<br />

Caffe dishing up simple and<br />

authentic Italian using a mix<br />

of fresh seasonal produce and<br />

imported cured meats and<br />

cheeses.<br />

Co-owner Peter Wood and<br />

team acknowledge dietary<br />

needs are growing so you will<br />

see more gluten-free and dairyfree<br />

options on the menu than<br />

you would have two years ago.<br />

Menus at this friendly spot<br />

change seasonally with a range<br />

hearty dishes and comfort food<br />

dominating over winter.<br />

Peter says quality is<br />

paramount with suppliers<br />

including Adam Bortz from<br />

Little Italy, John & Rebecca<br />

Molinaro from Produce to<br />

Perfection, Richard and the<br />

boys from Richard’s Meats and<br />

Italian importers at Napoli Food<br />

& Wine, Atlantic Wines, Navigli<br />

Fine Italian Wines & Spirits.<br />

He says Cinque Cucina<br />

appeals to a wide range of<br />

customers.<br />

“You can sit in the sun and<br />

read the paper with your<br />

morning coffee, join us for a<br />

risotto or gnocchi for your work<br />

meeting at lunch, then join us<br />

for a wine and three courses<br />

with your partner for dinner,”<br />

says Peter.<br />

Due to popular demand the<br />

team now also sells housemade<br />

sauces, marinated olives<br />

and infused olive oils under the<br />

label ‘Cinque Pantry’ and now<br />

delivers fully imported Italian<br />

wines though sister company<br />

‘Cinque Cellars’.<br />

And you can learn how to<br />

recreate the Italian experience<br />

at home by attending one of<br />

their cooking and wine tasting<br />

classes held throughout the<br />

year.<br />

ZUBI owner Steve Hulley says<br />

you can’t go wrong serving<br />

great coffee and good simple<br />

food.<br />

“People on the beaches are<br />

a healthy bunch, therefore<br />

most are just looking for fresh<br />

ingredients, prepared simply<br />

yet is still nutritious.” he said.<br />

At Bilgola (ZUBI at Billy’s) the<br />

team caters to a lot of “postsurf<br />

or swim people”.<br />

“Saltwater tends to make you<br />

extremely hungry… bacon and<br />

egg rolls, buttermilk pancakes,<br />

breakfast burritos, Acai bowls,<br />

smashed avocado on brioche…<br />

the smoked salmon on brioche<br />

has been a real hit,” he said.<br />

Above all, locals expect to be<br />

fuelled by good coffee and at<br />

ZUBI (Narrabeen, Newport and<br />

Bilgola) Campos reigns.<br />

“It’s what keeps us moving.<br />

You can’t start your day without<br />

good coffee.<br />

“It’s also a great way to end<br />

a working day… (followed by a<br />

beer, of course)!” – Lisa Offord<br />

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Café Racer<br />

One year in and this relaxing space above<br />

Village Green at Mona Vale is servicing busy<br />

daily trade from 6am and fielding lots of<br />

catering enquiries. They’ve new breakfast and<br />

lunch choices and always blackboard specials.<br />

Whether it’s a quick Campos coffee in-house or<br />

take-away, or something more substantial like<br />

their on-trend healthy Buddha Bowls (a hugely<br />

popular addition), Eggs Florentine, or fresh<br />

fig Salad Gorganzola dressing, Racer delivers.<br />

Check out their new furniture and feature<br />

pieces, including their living green wall from<br />

Kyora Landscapes. At night Cafe Racer morphs<br />

into a flexible function and event space<br />

suitable for 40 to 100-plus guests; it’s softly<br />

lit, licensed (until midnight) and full of great<br />

food and drink options.<br />

1 Park Street, Mona Vale<br />

P: 9999 4483<br />

www.caferacer.co Instagram: @caferacerco<br />

Open: 5.30am-4pm Mon-Fri; 6am-3.30pm W/E<br />

The Greedy Goat<br />

Looking for a laid-back, rustic and quirky café<br />

at the northern tip of the peninsula? Head to<br />

The Greedy Goat, the first cafe when arriving<br />

in Palm Beach. “If you missed the goat on<br />

the hedge, you missed us!” say owners Vicki<br />

and Annika. The GG’s tasty, home-cooked<br />

fare, plus delicious coffee from Allpress, is<br />

a favourite with the locals and a hit with day<br />

trippers too. Their go-to dishes include tasty<br />

corn, zucchini & shallot fritters, Wagyu beef<br />

burger, as well as crisp potato rosti. Plus they<br />

offer a daily $20 lunch special (from 12pm,<br />

including coffee), which attracts customers<br />

from near and far – simply phone to find<br />

out the dish of the day! The GG also offer a<br />

selection of home-made cakes and brownies<br />

and their must-try flourless peach and<br />

strawberry slice. So go on – get ‘Greedy’!<br />

1031 Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach<br />

P: 9974 2555<br />

Open: 8am-2.30pm seven days.<br />

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Special Local Promotion<br />

Cinque Cucina e Caffe<br />

A taste of Italy adjacent to Mona Vale Beach,<br />

Cinque continues to attract regulars and draw<br />

new customers with their smart menu, great<br />

coffee and attention to detail in a relaxed,<br />

ambient setting. Passionate owners Guido<br />

and Peter have seamlessly bridged the gap<br />

between café and restaurant – they serve<br />

breakfast and lunch seven days, plus there’s<br />

an a la carte dinner menu Wednesdays through<br />

Sundays. There are imported wines, cheeses,<br />

cured meats – even their chefs are imported<br />

to replicate that taste of Italy! New for <strong>2017</strong>,<br />

they home deliver Italian wines and sell their<br />

own infused olive oils and home-made sauces.<br />

Cinque is the ideal venue for all occasions –<br />

and is hugely popular for functions. Check out<br />

its great vibe at night – and don’t forget to ask<br />

about their upcoming wine tasting evenings!<br />

5 Darley St East, Mona Vale, NSW 2103<br />

P: 9999 5555<br />

www.cinque5.com.au<br />

Open: 7am-10pm, seven days.<br />

Swell Cafe<br />

Situated in the heart of Avalon this popular,<br />

pumping little gem is renowned across the<br />

beaches for delivering delicious and fast<br />

coffee. Owner Barry urges you to let their<br />

experienced baristas kick start your busy<br />

day – conveniently, Swell is open for coffee<br />

from 5.30am seven days, offering creamy<br />

Allpress carmelo as their house blend. From<br />

healthy salads, fresh juices and home-baked<br />

treats, Swell has something to appeal to all<br />

members of the family. Barry says one of their<br />

most popular breakfast dishes is their unique<br />

take on Smashed Avocado – theirs includes<br />

chilli, with a generous portion of avocado on<br />

toasted rye, topped with a couple of poached<br />

eggs plus a wedge of lime. And yes, it tastes<br />

as yum as it sounds!<br />

Shop 3, 74 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon<br />

P: 9918 5678<br />

Open 5.30am-5pm seven days<br />

(kitchen open 6.30am-4pm)<br />

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ZUBI at Billy’s<br />

The ZUBI family is growing, with their latest<br />

location on Bilgola Beach – affectionately titled<br />

‘ZUBI at Billys’. With their other sites – Narrabeen<br />

and Newport (owned/operated by Steve Hulley<br />

and Sam Todman) – ZUBI’s success is due to a<br />

steadfast rule of keeping it simple and supporting<br />

the local community. Sponsorship of sporting<br />

clubs such as the boardriders and a women’s<br />

touch football team is their way of giving back to<br />

the ir loyal customers who frequent each location<br />

from 6am for a Campos Coffee and items from<br />

their deliciously simple, yet health-conscious<br />

menu. ZUBI at Billy’s has a big winter prepared;<br />

since their location is known to endure the<br />

elements, the team have made sure seating areas<br />

are cosy by installing storm-proofing and heating.<br />

You won’t find a better setting!<br />

ZUBI at Billy’s – 9918 2038<br />

Open: 6am-3pm<br />

Instagram: @zubi_cafes<br />

Newport – 9999 1519<br />

Narrabeen – 9913 1343<br />

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

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

Tani sees art world in<br />

a different dimension<br />

Tani Muller – the Winter season<br />

feature artist at Eye Doctors Mona<br />

Vale – says he has always appreciated<br />

fine art… he just hasn’t necessarily<br />

loved all of it.<br />

“Having been involved in different<br />

forms of art for quite a while (shortform<br />

film and TVCs, mainly 3D<br />

rigging and animation), I find myself<br />

in new territory having somewhat<br />

unexpectedly moved into this ‘new’<br />

world of fine art,” he said.<br />

Tani has more than 20 years’<br />

experience in the technical 3D arts<br />

and post production, including<br />

photography and 2D manipulations.<br />

He admits to always having been<br />

interested in nature, both animal and<br />

plant, and from the macro world to<br />

the micro.<br />

Having only recently ventured into<br />

the public world of art, he says he’s<br />

finding himself “appreciating all the<br />

more, the work by other artists who<br />

put paint to canvas, or in my case ink<br />

to paper”.<br />

“My current view on art is not<br />

to try to change the world or try<br />

to even improve it, but merely to<br />

provide some measure of pleasure<br />

to the observer, whether it be just<br />

the pleasing use of colors, or the<br />

delicate intricacies of mathematical<br />

procedures that can be quite<br />

mesmerising to view,” Tani said.<br />

“With my current artworks, I take<br />

a short small slice of this world,<br />

then tweak it with some robust<br />

maths, add a bit of recursive feedback<br />

to the mix and, sometimes, a touch<br />

of human intervention, to help the<br />

artworks along.<br />

“My goal is to reveal some of that<br />

beauty, those hidden gems that can<br />

be right there, right in front of our<br />

own eyes (with a bit of help using<br />

procedural methods).”<br />

Tani divulges he has equal shares<br />

in a cat called Boppit – “whose<br />

interest in food defies description”<br />

– owns a graphics card worth more<br />

than his car, and spends way too<br />

much time in front of a keyboard.<br />

View his art at Eye Doctors Mona<br />

Vale, Level 3, 20 Bungan St Mona Vale,<br />

Monday to Friday from <strong>June</strong> 1.<br />

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Crowded ‘Space’ in <strong>June</strong><br />

Sydney Art Space convenor<br />

Christine Simpson is thrilled<br />

about the busy agenda her studio has<br />

planned in <strong>June</strong>.<br />

“Sculpture students will be<br />

modelling in clay, plasticine, wax,<br />

plaster and acrylic resin and casting<br />

using waste and repeat moulding<br />

systems,” she said. “Drawing<br />

Fundamentals students are exploring<br />

planes, perspective and tone using<br />

different media to create depth. And<br />

the Kids Art Club is humming along<br />

with painting, drawing and wax<br />

resists to make their own zines!”<br />

Christine said life-drawing<br />

participants would be considering<br />

the human form as cylinders, cubes<br />

and contours whilst learning to see,<br />

while oil painting participants would<br />

focus on glazing, tints, tones and<br />

shades.<br />

“Also, private tuition is offered to<br />

HSC students Saturdays 10am-1pm,<br />

with advice on your VAPD concepts<br />

to maximise outcomes,” she said.<br />

Also, the <strong>June</strong>/July School Holiday<br />

Art Program can be found online,<br />

with workshops for kids and adults.<br />

“Plus Michael Vaynman’s Wax<br />

Workshop on Sunday 18th <strong>June</strong><br />

10-4pm are designed primarily for<br />

those who have some experience with<br />

sculpting and wish to experiment<br />

and explore new techniques using<br />

wax,” Christine said.<br />

She added a free open afternoon<br />

on Saturday 17th <strong>June</strong> from 1.30-<br />

4.30pm – ‘Creatives Unleashed<br />

in Mona Vale’ – would provide<br />

opportunities to experience<br />

drawing; see what happens during<br />

sculpture workshop; meet artisans<br />

from MinD and author Peter Berner<br />

as he draws and talks about the<br />

Book of They.<br />

Michael Vaynman,<br />

Phoenix, Bronze from<br />

Wax Casting, 2016<br />

Group hug for Artists Trail launch<br />

Celebrating seven<br />

years of inviting<br />

art lovers to connect<br />

and collect, the<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Artists<br />

Trail launches their<br />

<strong>2017</strong>-18 season with a<br />

group exhibition this<br />

<strong>June</strong> long weekend<br />

at the Newport<br />

Community Centre.<br />

Featuring works<br />

from established<br />

and emerging artists<br />

both known and<br />

new to the Trail,<br />

the exhibition will<br />

showcase works in an<br />

array of media from<br />

pastels, paints and<br />

eco-dyed fabrics, to<br />

jewellery, sculpture<br />

and mosaics.<br />

Meet and mingle<br />

with the artists<br />

on opening night<br />

from 6-8pm Friday<br />

9th <strong>June</strong>, with the<br />

exhibition continuing<br />

over the weekend<br />

10am – 4pm Saturday<br />

10th and Sunday 11th<br />

<strong>June</strong> and 10am – 3pm<br />

Monday 12th.<br />

Organisers promise<br />

music, food and<br />

market stalls to enjoy<br />

over the weekend as<br />

well.<br />

Peruse the<br />

artist profiles at<br />

pittwaterartiststrail.<br />

com.au and<br />

follow the Trail<br />

on facebook.com/<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>artiststrail<br />

and instagram.com/<br />

pittwaterartiststrail<br />

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

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

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

Cash splash for Arts prize<br />

The longest running and<br />

most prestigious art prize<br />

north of the harbour – the<br />

Warringah Art Prize – has<br />

been rebranded the Northern<br />

Beaches Art Prize, with more<br />

than $24,000 worth of prizes<br />

to be awarded across four key<br />

categories.<br />

Entries for this year’s 68th<br />

prize close on Sunday 2 July,<br />

with two exhibitions set to be<br />

staged at the Creative Space<br />

at North Curl Curl in August<br />

and September.<br />

Categories include: General<br />

– covering two-dimensional<br />

original paintings or drawings<br />

in any medium, printmaking,<br />

collage and photography.<br />

Open to artists 19<br />

years and over; Small Sculpture<br />

– Freestanding, non-site<br />

specific, three-dimensional<br />

object. Open to artists 19<br />

years and over; Waste-to-<br />

Art – Original works of art,<br />

sculpture, clothing, collage,<br />

jewellery. Artworks must be<br />

made from reused or recycled<br />

materials. Open to artists 10<br />

years and over; and Youth –<br />

comprising two-dimensional<br />

original paintings or drawings<br />

in any medium, printmaking;<br />

collage; photography.<br />

Open to artists aged 10 to 14<br />

years and 15 to 18 years.<br />

Exhibition dates are 11<br />

August – 20 August (General<br />

and Small Sculpture) and 25<br />

August – 3 September (Youth<br />

and Waste-to-Art).<br />

More info events@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au<br />

or NB<br />

Council website.<br />

Hip hip<br />

hooray<br />

for Mixed<br />

Palette...<br />

If you’re racking your brain<br />

for ways to celebrate your<br />

child’s upcoming birthday,<br />

Newport-based artist Debby<br />

Waters may have the perfect<br />

solution – a dedicated kids<br />

painting party.<br />

Her Mixed Palette Art Studio<br />

runs parties in a fully<br />

functioning art studio, where the children will be<br />

inspired by the colour and creativity that surrounds them.<br />

With parties catering for ages 5-12 (minimum 10 kids,<br />

maximum 15), Debby’s unique approach sees every child<br />

guided through creating their own painting on canvas.<br />

“Inspections of the studio are welcome, so you can see<br />

what amazing space this is,” says Debby.<br />

The studio also offers Mixed Media painting classes for<br />

all ages.<br />

For more information phone Debby on 0409 278 591 or<br />

email mixedpalette@bigpond.com<br />

40 JUNE <strong>2017</strong><br />

Celebrating 25 Years

‘Sketchy’<br />

affair full of<br />

life’s detail<br />

curated collection of sketches, sketchbooks<br />

and framed artworks displaying a<br />

A<br />

wide variety of styles and different media it<br />

sure to attract creative types when it is opens<br />

at the Creative Space at North Curl Curl from<br />

May 30 to <strong>June</strong> 11.<br />

This quirky showing explores the joy of<br />

creating a sketchbook and the spontaneity of<br />

capturing something quickly on paper. It also<br />

features a unique interaction with visitors able<br />

to look through a comprehensive collection of<br />

sketchbooks from over 40 sketchers and fulltime<br />

artists (all Sydney-based).<br />

“You will find not just the classic monuments<br />

and skylines of places sketched but the<br />

hidden corners of cities and surprise locations<br />

that have inspired the sketchbook artists,”<br />

said exhibition co-ordinator Julie Saleh.<br />

“The artists’ approaches are as different<br />

as the locations and subjects themselves<br />

and sketchers have used a variety of different<br />

styles and media, including pen and ink,<br />

watercolour, watercolour pencils, graphite,<br />

threadwork, pastels and gouache.<br />

Julie said across the globe sketching groups<br />

were growing, as people chose to pick up their<br />

sketchbooks and pens to capture stories happening<br />

in real time.<br />

“Be inspired by the artists, who have<br />

sketched on trains, on the streets, in a cafe etc<br />

and see how some of their ideas evolved from<br />

an initial sketch on location to final artworks.”<br />

You can find the Sketching and Sketchbook<br />

Exhibition at 105 Abbott Rd, North Curl Curl<br />

from Tuesday 30th May to Sunday 11th <strong>June</strong><br />

(10am to 4pm). Opening night is Tuesday 30th<br />

May (7-9pm).<br />

More info contact Judy on 0439 467740.<br />

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

Celebrating 25 Years<br />

JUNE <strong>2017</strong> 41

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

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

Knee deep: Brother Tom<br />

faces up to ‘Robo’ reality<br />

Surgery reminds us we’re all human, surf star or not, writes Nick...<br />

One Thursday morning<br />

a month or so<br />

ago, I walked into<br />

a rather expensive North<br />

Sydney private hospital<br />

ward, looked at my younger<br />

brother stretched out fast<br />

asleep with a large strip<br />

bandage running down the<br />

centre of his right knee, and<br />

realised: It’s finally, actually<br />

happened.<br />

The morning before, a<br />

surgical team had pushed<br />

an epidural needle into<br />

little Tommy Carroll’s spine,<br />

drenched him in general<br />

anaesthetic, cut off the base<br />

of his right femur and the<br />

summit of his right tibia,<br />

and with the help of laser<br />

guidance and GPS, fitted a<br />

titanium/cobalt joint in their<br />

place.<br />

The surgery is a<br />

punctuation mark. It ends<br />

40-some years of Tom’s<br />

struggle with this knee<br />

– a struggle that began<br />

with a teenage wipeout at<br />

‘Pissing Point’, Umina, and<br />

continued through a full<br />

knee reconstruction and<br />

ACL replacement, several<br />

arthroscopy clean-out<br />

procedures, and endless<br />

weights and Yoga sessions,<br />

as he tried to keep the unruly<br />

joint in line long enough to<br />

win all those Pipe Masters<br />

and world titles, etc.<br />

It’s also a reminder:<br />

surfing might make us feel<br />

like we’re gonna live forever,<br />

but it’s as likely to wreck us<br />

as anything else.<br />

Elite-level surf injuries<br />

have changed a lot since the<br />

early 1980s, when Tom was<br />

first battling back from the<br />

reconstruction. You can trace<br />

the changes directly to the<br />

changing styles of surfing<br />

through the period. Back<br />

then, a study done by the<br />

late Brian Lowdon of Deakin<br />

University showed the most<br />

PHOTO: WSL / Ryan Heywood<br />

Flat-out stoked: Tom’s surgery ends the 40-year battle with his<br />

right knee that spanned the length of his pro career.<br />

common injury was a knee<br />

– more particularly a medial<br />

collateral ligament strain,<br />

which made sense because<br />

at the time, surfing was<br />

all about straining. These<br />

were the days of flat decked<br />

surfboards, on which you<br />

squatted down low, pushed,<br />

shoved, and power-battled<br />

your way across the wave. In<br />

an awkward situation, your<br />

back foot would either slip<br />

off the tail, or your entire<br />

leg would be compressed<br />

sideways along the board’s<br />

length, flexing the knee<br />

in ways it was never built<br />

to be flexed. The old Ace<br />

knee bandage was never so<br />

popular.<br />

By the early 2000s,<br />

when the Association of<br />

Surfing Professionals’ then<br />

chiropractor Dean Innis<br />

undertook a similar study,<br />

he found the focus of injury<br />

had shifted away from the<br />

knee and toward the ankle<br />

joint and lower back. Curvier<br />

surfboards, faster-twitch<br />

styles, late-takeoff tube<br />

riding and air moves<br />

were changing the<br />

injury game as<br />

much as they were<br />

changing the judging<br />

criteria.<br />

Today, the injuries<br />

are more extreme.<br />

Not so much at<br />

world pro tour level<br />

(where the ankle’s<br />

still the big one) as<br />

in the increasingly<br />

occupied heavywave<br />

space. Behind<br />

all that charging<br />

15-metre waves<br />

at Shipstern and<br />

Jaws are things<br />

you never saw<br />

last century.<br />

Impact injuries:<br />

broken femurs,<br />

broken backs, destroyed<br />

shoulders, concussions,<br />

ankle dislocations. Most of<br />

these injuries pass us by;<br />

they barely touch the radar<br />

screen, if they’re heard of<br />

at all.<br />

I won’t even get into the<br />

fact that almost all these<br />

with Nick Carroll<br />

injuries are being racked up<br />

by males.<br />

Meanwhile, the over-50s<br />

among us head for the<br />

orthopaedic specialist’s<br />

office, hoping to extract a<br />

few more years of magic out<br />

of the situation.<br />

42 JUNE <strong>2017</strong><br />

Celebrating 25 Years


May 28 - <strong>June</strong> 16: OUTERKNOWN FIJI PRO, WSL CT<br />

men’s and women’s, Tavarua/Cloudbreak, Fiji<br />

The world pro tour enters the back straight with this potentially<br />

epic double-header. It’s been a great season so far on the<br />

Tavarua reefs and it looks like continuing well into the first half<br />

of <strong>June</strong>, which means the event stands a chance of being the<br />

best of the tour year. Title races in both divisions are pretty tight<br />

and while Fiji won’t decide the world champs – that’ll probably<br />

have to wait till Hawaii in December – we’ll get an excellent read<br />

on the front-runners’ form, which went a bit wobbly in the Brazil<br />

events in May. Check it out at www.worldsurfeague.com<br />


Well I kind of expected it but I’m still a bit dumbfounded. Mid<br />

to late May was so warm and gentle, you might have mistaken<br />

it for a March – in any other year than <strong>2017</strong> that is. In <strong>2017</strong>,<br />

everything is running four to six weeks late, and we reckon<br />

<strong>June</strong> is likely to stick to that script. The cause of this almost<br />

shockingly pleasant weather is said to be the unusually warm<br />

offshore waters, but I dunno; in more turbulent years, those<br />

warm offshore waters feed coastal storms rather than dull<br />

them. Something’s going on elsewhere, maybe in the Indian<br />

Ocean. But leave that for a moment and glance into <strong>June</strong>.<br />

Sometime during the month, we are probably going to see<br />

the beginning of the end of this script, maybe through a very<br />

powerful Southern Ocean push with associated frigid SW<br />

winds. Things will settle in its wake but a corner will have been<br />

turned. Watch for consistent surf through the month from a<br />

variety of sources, including the Pacific tradewind belt and the<br />

deep lows moving to our south. Oh, and if you’re heading to<br />

Indonesia, happy days! Because it’s pumping.<br />

Barton Lynch, for one<br />

instance, has a robot hip.<br />

Avalonian Graham Wilson<br />

has two. The way Kelly Slater<br />

is moving around right now,<br />

it can’t be forever before he<br />

has some titanium in there<br />

as well.<br />

Tom, being Tom – detailoriented<br />

to the point of<br />

hypochondria – thought<br />

for years about the knee<br />

replacement. He would groan<br />

over the original version,<br />

which he had begun to call<br />

“the coconut” thanks to its<br />

bulbous arthritis-riddled<br />

shape, but was spooked by<br />

the alternative. “It’s weird,”<br />

he’d say, “it’ll change me<br />

forever! I don’t know if I want<br />

that!”<br />

He saw doctor after doctor,<br />

looking at the technology,<br />

waiting for a sign. One<br />

eventually came in the burly<br />

shape of Californian ex-pro<br />

Allen Sarlo, who’d had a<br />

total knee replacement and<br />

started posting pictures<br />

of himself kite-surfing and<br />

ripping Sunset Beach in<br />

Hawaii. This helped nudge<br />

Celebrating 25 Years<br />

Nick Carroll<br />

Tom over the ledge.<br />

“I’m 87% there!” Sarlo<br />

wrote on Facebook, in<br />

response to Tom’s surgery.<br />

It’ll be a while before TC is<br />

87% there. But he got a little<br />

hint of the future late that<br />

Wednesday afternoon, when<br />

the nurses got him up and<br />

on a walker for the first step<br />

post-op.<br />

He moved from the good<br />

leg to the robot version, and<br />

was shocked when it flexed<br />

back into a straight line – a<br />

normal movement denied to<br />

him by the old knee for so<br />

long he’d forgotten how to<br />

do it.<br />

“The muscles weren’t<br />

ready,” he said. God help<br />

the northern beaches surf<br />

community when they are.<br />

Nick Carroll is a leading<br />

Australian and international<br />

surf writer, author, filmmaker<br />

and surfer, and one<br />

of Newport’s own. Email:<br />

ncsurf@ozemail.com.au<br />

JUNE <strong>2017</strong> 43<br />

Surfing <strong>Life</strong>

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

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

New run to Paradise<br />

Australia’s east coast<br />

offshore sailing scene will<br />

take on an exciting new look<br />

with the staging of the Club<br />

Marine <strong>Pittwater</strong> to Paradise<br />

Regatta to start out of The<br />

Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club<br />

on January 2.<br />

After negotiations with<br />

Southport Yacht Club it has<br />

been decided a new era of<br />

racing will take place for both<br />

well-established clubs, with the<br />

combination of the RPAYC’s<br />

ocean race to Southport and<br />

the Southport Yacht Club’s<br />

Bartercard ‘Sail Paradise Series’<br />

to create an exciting new event.<br />

The decision comes off<br />

the back of a successful Club<br />

Marine <strong>Pittwater</strong> to Southport<br />

Race last January. The event<br />

drew keen competitors from<br />

both NSW and Queensland,<br />

and aided by an unseasonal<br />

southerly the race was<br />

completed in almost record<br />

time by Doug Coulter’s Shakti, a<br />

46-footer from Lake Macquarie<br />

Yacht Club, which averaged<br />

around 16 knots up the coast.<br />

The <strong>2017</strong> Club Marine<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> to Southport race<br />

kicked off the year with<br />

an exciting race complete<br />

with on-water social media<br />

competitions, live starts<br />

broadcast on Facebook, a<br />

media helicopter hovering over<br />

the fleet and a blistering pace<br />

to match.<br />

Chair of the Race Committee,<br />

Richard Hudson, is pleased with<br />

the decision and looks forward<br />

to the opportunities that the<br />

new Club Marine <strong>Pittwater</strong> to<br />

Paradise will bring.<br />

“It’s great news to have the<br />

Club’s signature offshore event<br />

secure a finish destination. I<br />

raced in the <strong>2017</strong> event and<br />

Southport were nothing short<br />

of amazing! Both clubs have<br />

such a high standard of service<br />

and planning that I think<br />

the Club Marine <strong>Pittwater</strong> to<br />

Paradise Regatta is the start of<br />

something big.”<br />

New Race<br />

Director<br />

boost for<br />

RPAYC<br />

In support of its commitment<br />

to yachting and to the<br />

growth of the sport, the<br />

Royal Prince Alfred Yacht<br />

Club has appointed Nick<br />

Elliott (pictured) to the newly<br />

created role of Race Director<br />

and Club 2IC.<br />

In partnership with<br />

recruitment firm<br />

Sportspeople, the Club<br />

conducted a global search to<br />

identify a dynamic yachting<br />

professional with the skills<br />

and experience to ensure that<br />

the RPAYC remains a leader in<br />

providing exceptional yacht<br />

racing and regatta programs<br />

backed by exceptional race<br />

management.<br />

General Manager Suzanne<br />

Davies said: “Nick will oversee<br />

all aspects of member racing<br />

both on and off water by<br />

ensuring race management<br />

teams are supported and<br />

that all operational areas<br />

are co-ordinated to deliver<br />

quality programs that satisfy<br />

members, encourage new<br />

boats to join the fleets and<br />

increase participation in the<br />

sport.<br />

“Dozens of high caliber<br />

professionals from 14<br />

countries applied for the role<br />

and Nick stood apart with his<br />

vast experience at very high<br />

levels of yacht racing.<br />

“Nick joins the RPAYC from<br />

the Royal Ocean Racing Club<br />

(RORC) in the UK where he<br />

has been running the racing<br />

program for the last nine<br />

years, including one of the<br />

largest and most challenging<br />

yacht races in the world, the<br />

Rolex Fastnet Race.”<br />

PHOTO: James Mitchell<br />

44 JUNE <strong>2017</strong><br />

Celebrating 25 Years

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Plastic surgery: the myths<br />

you need to be aware of<br />

There are many myths<br />

surrounding cosmetic<br />

surgery. Probably<br />

the most important is that<br />

cosmetic surgery is not “real”<br />

surgery, and there are less<br />

risks. This is not true. All<br />

surgery has risk, scars and<br />

complications. These need<br />

to be carefully discussed<br />

and understood. A careful<br />

risk- to-benefit ratio must be<br />

assessed.<br />

Another common<br />

misconception is that<br />

‘Cosmetic Surgeons’ are<br />

Plastic Surgeons fully trained<br />

as a specialist Plastic and<br />

Reconstructive Surgery. This<br />

is not true. In Australia, any<br />

doctor with a base medical<br />

degree can perform surgery<br />

and call themselves a<br />

‘cosmetic surgeon’.<br />

However, it takes eight to<br />

ten years of specialist training<br />

to become a qualified Plastic<br />

Surgeon and have your<br />

training recognised by The<br />

Royal Australasian College<br />

of Surgeons (RACS) – the<br />

only legitimate, professional<br />

body, accredited to train<br />

Specialist Surgeons. Only<br />

these surgeons can use<br />

the letters FRACS (Fellow<br />

of the Royal Australasian<br />

College of Surgeons) after<br />

their name. This is the<br />

same College that trains<br />

other specialist surgeons<br />

such as neurosurgeons,<br />

cardiac surgeons or<br />

orthopaedic surgeons. The<br />

Royal Australasian College<br />

of Surgeons also requires<br />

and monitors ongoing<br />

medical education, ensuring<br />

specialists continue to<br />

provide the highest standards<br />

of professional care.<br />

Only fully trained and<br />

registered specialist plastic<br />

and reconstructive surgeons<br />

who are Fellows of RACS can<br />

join the Australian Society<br />

of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)<br />

and the Australian Society of<br />

Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons<br />

(ASAPS). Having a background<br />

in reconstructive surgery<br />

enhances the understanding<br />

of and ability to perform<br />

cosmetic surgery.<br />

Oculoplastic Surgeons are<br />

Opthalmology-trained and<br />

Facial Plastic Surgeons are<br />

Ear, Nose and Throat-trained.<br />

They are not Plastic Surgeons.<br />

Some common myths<br />

surrounding Cosmetic<br />

Surgery include…<br />

Plastic surgery does not<br />

result in scars. This is not<br />

true. If the skin is cut with a<br />

scalpel or a laser, it heals with<br />

a scar. Plastic Surgeons are<br />

skilled in concealing scars,<br />

using instruments to place<br />

scars in hidden areas and<br />

looking after scars to try to<br />

optimise the outcome. They<br />

can manage scars with active<br />

and conservative treatments.<br />

Bad scars can still result.<br />

Certain areas of the body are<br />

more prone to poor scars.<br />

Good scars in one area of the<br />

body does not imply that all<br />

scars will be good. Scars can<br />

be thick, lumpy (hypertrophic<br />

or keloid) or stretched and<br />

wide. Scars can retain colour<br />

and be pink or purple. Scars<br />

usually improve over time<br />

and an improvement may<br />

be seen for up to two years,<br />

sometimes longer.<br />

Fat cells removed at<br />

liposuction come back, or<br />

come back in other areas.<br />

This is not true. Liposuction<br />

procedures permanently<br />

remove fat cells from the<br />

with Dr John Kippen<br />

body. If the patient was to<br />

gain weight, the remaining<br />

fat cells increase in size. Loss<br />

of weight has the opposite<br />

effect.<br />

Liposuction is good for<br />

weight loss. This also is<br />

not true. As for all surgery<br />

the patient should be at<br />

or near their idea body<br />

weight. Liposuction is ideal<br />

for localised fatty deposits<br />

resistant to weight loss and<br />

exercise. Being close to your<br />

ideal body weight has been<br />

shown to reduce surgery risks.<br />

Cosmetic surgery is only<br />

for women. Not true. The<br />

American Society of Aesthetic<br />

Plastic Surgeons research<br />

shows a 273% increase in men<br />

seeking cosmetic procedures<br />

between 1997 and 2013.<br />

Our columnist Dr John<br />

Kippen is a qualified, fully<br />

certified consultant specialist<br />

in Cosmetic, Plastic and<br />

Reconstructive surgery.<br />

Australian trained, he also<br />

has additional Australian and<br />

International Fellowships.<br />

Dr Kippen works from custom-built<br />

premises in Mona<br />

Vale. He welcomes enquiries<br />

and questions. Please<br />

contact him via johnkippen.<br />

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

johnkippen.com.au<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Celebrating 25 Years<br />

JUNE <strong>2017</strong> 45

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

A healthy guide to wipe out winter woes<br />

Coughs, sniffles, sore<br />

throats and achy bodies<br />

are signs that the cold and flu<br />

season is in full swing. Learn<br />

about the difference between<br />

colds and flu, what you can<br />

do to prevent getting sick and<br />

simple tips to help you feel<br />

more comfortable if you do.<br />

Colds v Flu –<br />

The Differences<br />

Colds and flu are infections of<br />

the respiratory tract – the nose,<br />

throat and airways. Both colds<br />

Who’s at risk of flu?<br />

Anybody who does not have immunity from<br />

a recent infection or vaccination can contract<br />

influenza. However you are at particular risk<br />

of severe complications from influenza if you<br />

are over six months of age with any of the<br />

following chronic medical issues:<br />

n Heart conditions; n Asthma; n Lung<br />

conditions; n Diabetes; n Kidney disease; n<br />

Impaired immunity; n Neurological disorders;<br />

Pregnant women, people 65 years of age<br />

and flu are caused by viruses.<br />

Common colds<br />

Symptoms of a cold are generally<br />

mild and develop slowly<br />

and usually only affect your<br />

nose and throat. You can<br />

usually carry on with normal<br />

day-to-day activities. Currently<br />

there aren’t any medicines<br />

available to prevent or treat the<br />

hundreds of viruses that can<br />

cause common colds. Instead<br />

your body’s immune system<br />

(your body’s defence system)<br />

fights these viruses in its own<br />

natural way. Most colds get better<br />

within seven to 10 days.<br />

Influenza (flu)<br />

Many people use the term ‘flu’<br />

for a bad cold, but it’s more<br />

serious than that and is often a<br />

debilitating illness that affects<br />

the whole body. Many people<br />

who get the flu will be hit hard<br />

very quickly. If you get the flu<br />

you will feel very unwell for a<br />

few days and will need to take<br />

time off work. Most symptoms<br />

will improve within a week and<br />

most people recover without<br />

or over, residents of nursing homes and<br />

other long-term care facilities and Aboriginal<br />

and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15<br />

years and over are also at increased risk of<br />

severe complications from influenza.<br />

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone<br />

six months of age and over who wishes to<br />

be protected against infection. People deemed<br />

at high risk of severe complications from<br />

influenza are eligible for free vaccination.<br />

any major problems; however,<br />

influenza can be severe and<br />

even fatal, particularly if you<br />

are not in good health to begin<br />

with. Certain members of the<br />

community are at particular<br />

risk of severe complications<br />

from influenza (see breakout<br />

Who’s At Risk?). Flu is caused<br />

by three different types of<br />

influenza virus – influenza A,<br />

B and C. Fortunately there are<br />

vaccines that can help protect<br />

you and others from the flu and<br />

medications that can reduce<br />

the severity and duration of the<br />

illness – talk to your doctor.<br />

Simple tips to<br />

stop the spread<br />

Common colds and flu are<br />

caught from other people.<br />

They can be spread in the following<br />

ways:<br />

n Hand-to-hand contact with<br />

someone who has the virus.<br />

n By touching objects a person<br />

with the cold or flu has<br />

used and then touching your<br />

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nose, eyes or mouth.<br />

n By breathing in droplets<br />

spread through the air when a<br />

person who has a cold or the<br />

flu sneezes or coughs.<br />

Good personal hygiene habits<br />

can help prevent the spread of<br />

infection.<br />

Wash your hands<br />

A quick rinse and shake of the<br />

hands is not good enough.<br />

You need to clean your hands<br />

with water and soap for 15<br />

to 20 seconds and dry them<br />

thoroughly. You can use<br />

alcohol-based liquids, gels or<br />

wipes if you do not have access<br />

to soap and water.<br />

Contain the spray<br />

Turn away from people and<br />

cover your mouth or nose with<br />

a tissue or your sleeve when<br />

you cough or sneeze. Place<br />

used tissues in the bin or flush<br />

down the toilet and wash your<br />

hands afterwards.<br />

Don’t share<br />

Avoid sharing cups, glasses<br />

and cutlery and personal<br />

items such as towels, bedding<br />

and toothbrushes.<br />

Keep your distance<br />

Try to avoid close contact with<br />

people when you are sick.<br />

You should not go to work or<br />

attend public gatherings when<br />

you have the flu.<br />

Feeling sick?<br />

To help ease cold and flu<br />

symptoms:<br />

n Allow your body to rest.<br />

n Drink plenty of fluids to<br />

keep your body hydrated and<br />

keep mucus on the move.<br />

n Avoid smoking and secondhand<br />

smoke.<br />

n Take pain relief medications<br />

if you need them – always use<br />

as directed.<br />

Food fight!<br />

Whilst you can’t always prevent<br />

getting a cold or flu nutritionists<br />

and dietitians recommend you<br />

nourish your immune system by<br />

eating a balanced diet including<br />

lean protein, legumes, nuts and<br />

seeds and a rich array of colourful<br />

fresh fruit & vegetables. A<br />

good diet and adequate rest<br />

can help your body fight viruses<br />

and reduce symptoms so you<br />

can bounce back quickly.<br />

Rachel Cohen of Xperteze<br />

Fitness & Nutrition, advises cold<br />

and flu “super fighters” include:<br />

n Zinc – red meat, fish (esp<br />

oysters)<br />

n Vitamin C – kiwi fruits, berries,<br />

capsicum, broccoli, leafy<br />

green vegies, citrus fruits.<br />

n Probiotics – yoghurt, fermented<br />

foods (kimchi, kefir,<br />

sauerkraut) and bone broth.<br />

n Garlic and ginger – to add an<br />

extra anti-oxidant boost.<br />

It’s also important to maintain<br />

your levels of physical activity<br />

– research shows people who<br />

exercise in moderation report<br />

fewer colds (see p48 – Tips to<br />

keep you moving during winter).<br />

General note: This is intended as a general introduction to the topic and in no way should be seen as a substitute for your own doctor’s or health<br />

professional’s advice. Sources: The Influenza Specialist Group, Australian National Health and Medical Research Council and NPS MedicineWise<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Fitness in Winter:<br />

top tips to gain<br />

impressive results<br />

On cold dark winter mornings<br />

it’s hard enough to<br />

get out of bed, let alone get up<br />

and exercise and we all seem to<br />

succumb to the temptation to<br />

snuggle up under the doona.<br />

In fact, four out of five Australians<br />

admit their exercise<br />

regime falls by the wayside as<br />

the weather gets colder.<br />

A great motivational tip is to<br />

remind yourself of the benefits<br />

of exercise and how<br />

amazing you feel<br />

after a workout.<br />

Exercise can help to<br />

beat the “winter blues”<br />

and warm you up.<br />

After just 10<br />

minutes, the brain<br />

releases a rush of<br />

‘feel-good’ endorphins<br />

boosting<br />

your mood and the<br />

increased blood flow pumping<br />

around your body warms you<br />

up from the inside out.<br />

Rachel Cohen, from<br />

Xperteze Fitness & Nutrition,<br />

recommends the following to<br />

improve your results:<br />

Increase your warm-up time.<br />

“During the colder months,<br />

your body tends to tighten up<br />

and sudden exercise without a<br />

sufficient warm-up can lead to<br />

muscle and joint sprains and<br />

strains,” says Rachel.<br />

“Include an effective, longer<br />

warm-up at a lower intensity.<br />

“Instead of a 5- to 10-minute<br />

warm-up, extend it to 10 to 15<br />

minutes. This will help increase<br />

blood flow to the muscles and<br />

improve joint mobility reducing<br />

the chance of injury.”<br />

Layer up. Exercising in the cold<br />

can put as much stress on your<br />

body as exercising in the heat,<br />

says Rachel. “When it’s cold,<br />

your body can lose heat faster<br />

than it can produce it, meaning<br />

your energy levels get depleted<br />

quite quickly.<br />

“Make sure<br />

you dress for the<br />

weather... layers are<br />

perfect as you can<br />

easily remove them<br />

as you warm up<br />

and put them back<br />

on when finished.”<br />

Get outdoors as<br />

much as possible.<br />

“Even though it’s<br />

cold outside, it<br />

is still important for overall<br />

health to get some sunshine,”<br />

she advises.<br />

Take your exercise outdoors<br />

and benefit from the fresh air<br />

and Vitamin D, which helps<br />

to maintain bone strength,<br />

strengthen the immune system<br />

and improves your overall<br />

heath and happiness.<br />

Have fun. “No-one will stick to<br />

an exercise program if it isn’t<br />

fun,” she warns.<br />

“Make the most of those<br />

crisp and dry sunny winter<br />

days – after all, winter on the<br />

Northern Beaches isn’t really<br />

that bad!”<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

New skin care range<br />

– with a local touch<br />

new ‘premium-tier’<br />

A Australian-made and<br />

owned skin care range –<br />

amaranté – will be launched<br />

in Mona Vale this month.<br />

Designed and developed<br />

by aesthetic surgeon Dr Niro<br />

Sivathasan and beaches local<br />

John Eussen, the products<br />

are said to contain a unique<br />

formula of ingredients<br />

derived from natural and<br />

biotechnological sources<br />

for the regeneration and<br />

rejuvenation of your skin.<br />

John explained the range<br />

was made up of just four<br />

products rich in anti-ageing<br />

ingredients and suitable for and vitamins A, B and C, this nourishes while clearing<br />

all skin types:<br />

serum helps to calm the skin impurities.<br />

n Polish – A hydrating and and reduce pigmentation. For more product info visit<br />

nourishing formula of natural n PNP – A natural<br />

www.amarante.com.au<br />

jojoba beads that gently retexturises<br />

the skin’s surface antioxidants to calm, heal attend the amaranté launch<br />

moisturiser rich in<br />

* Readers are welcome to<br />

to reveal a clearer and more and nourish the skin.<br />

at Portfolio Hair in Mona<br />

radiant complexion.<br />

n Cleanse – A lightweight Vale on <strong>June</strong> 27; contact<br />

n RNR – Rich in peptides gel that calms, soothes and john@eussen.com.au<br />

<strong>Life</strong>line Accidental Counsellor Training<br />

Have you ever found yourself<br />

supporting someone with<br />

a mental health issue or in a<br />

crisis situation, by accident?<br />

The Accidental Counsellor<br />

program draws on the<br />

expertise of <strong>Life</strong>line Northern<br />

Beaches crisis handling skills<br />

and presents them in a fourhour<br />

workshop.<br />

The program equips people<br />

to:<br />

n RECOGNISE when others<br />

are struggling. What is a<br />

crisis?<br />

n RESPOND appropriately<br />

with confidence. How to listen<br />

and support, using active<br />

listening skills and checking<br />

safety, including asking<br />

about suicide.<br />

n REFER to appropriate health<br />

professionals.<br />

The training also provides<br />

a module on self-care to<br />

ensure participants take<br />

responsibility for their own<br />

wellbeing.<br />

<strong>Life</strong>line Northern Beaches<br />

will be holding the training<br />

sessions on the following<br />

dates for the remainder of<br />

the year.<br />

Sat 7 <strong>June</strong> 9am-1pm<br />

Tue 18 July 1pm-5pm<br />

Wed 16 Aug 9am-1pm<br />

Tue 19 Sept 1pm-5pm<br />

Wed 11 Oct 9am-1pm<br />

Thu 9 Nov 1pm-5pm<br />

Sat 25 Nov 9am-1pm<br />

The cost of the course is<br />

$150 per person.<br />

According to <strong>Life</strong>line,<br />

graduates of the program<br />

frequently reflect on how<br />

effective they find the teaching,<br />

especially the scenarios,<br />

in helping them to initiate<br />

the often-awkward conversations<br />

they have previously<br />

avoided.<br />

For more information:<br />

training@lifelinenb.org.au or<br />

call the office on 9949 5522.<br />

Eco Corner<br />

At first we were disappointed<br />

that the screening of ‘A<br />

Plastic Ocean’ at Collaroy<br />

Cinema was sold out but then it<br />

dawned on me: this was a good<br />

thing. There’s a groundswell in<br />

public awareness of the issues<br />

facing our oceans and the<br />

cinema would be full of people<br />

who are keen to understand the<br />

issues.<br />

It’s World Ocean Day on 8th<br />

<strong>June</strong>, a good time to remember<br />

just how crucial the ocean is to<br />

the balance of life, acting as a<br />

regulator of the earth’s system.<br />

Oceans and seas cover over<br />

70% of the earth, produce more<br />

than half of our oxygen and<br />

absorb most of our carbon<br />

dioxide. They’re essential to<br />

life. There was a time when we<br />

thought the “fruits of the sea”<br />

were in endless supply and<br />

we could use it as a dumping<br />

ground for our waste. But<br />

the sheer growth in world<br />

population and our habits have<br />

led to a degradation which<br />

we can see through reduced<br />

marine biodiversity, pollution<br />

and damage to coastal habitats<br />

such as the Great Barrier Reef.<br />

In fact, half of the world’s coral<br />

reefs have been lost, half of all<br />

marine life has disappeared in<br />

the past 40 years and by 2050<br />

its widely accepted that there<br />

will be more plastic in the ocean<br />

than fish.<br />

But it’s beginning to feel<br />

like there’s coordinated action<br />

we can support. Screenings of<br />

important documentaries are<br />

sold out, a new Australian film<br />

‘Blue’, “dedicated to creating<br />

awareness and change” world<br />

premieres at the Australian<br />

Film Festival this month and is<br />

released throughout Australia<br />

in July.<br />

It’s about believing. Believing<br />

that what we can do as<br />

individuals makes a difference.<br />

It’s about peer to peer<br />

communications. Talk to the<br />

people around<br />

you. The future<br />

depends on our<br />

actions now.<br />

Russell Lamb is<br />

the Founder of<br />

ecodownunder<br />

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Hair & Beauty<br />

Spot of bother: how to<br />

manage annoying acne<br />

with Sue Carroll<br />

Healthy skin has become<br />

synonymous with youth<br />

and beauty in our<br />

society.<br />

Our skin is our outermost<br />

and largest organ of the<br />

body and is a mirror of what<br />

is happening internally with<br />

our health and emotions.<br />

Unfortunately there are times<br />

when skin irregularities<br />

such as milia, blackheads<br />

(comedones), sebaceous<br />

hyperplasia and seborrhoeic<br />

keratosis may develop on<br />

the skin on the face and the<br />

body. With a combination of<br />

a good homecare routine and<br />

the use of clinical treatments<br />

such as diathermy and peels<br />

these skin irregularities can be<br />

treated successfully.<br />

While most people have<br />

attempted to squeeze<br />

acne blemishes, it is not<br />

recommended unless you are<br />

trained and know what you are<br />

doing. Serious consequences<br />

may result from touching acne<br />

lesions incorrectly. These<br />

range from worsening the<br />

inflammation, the spread of<br />

infection, the creation of scar<br />

tissue and post inflammatory<br />

hyperpigmentation (PIH),<br />

and having a longer healing<br />

process.<br />

Prevention<br />

Usually the best place to start<br />

is by reviewing the possible<br />

cause of the acne.<br />

Some of the first questions to<br />

ask are:<br />

1. What shampoo, conditioner<br />

and body wash is being<br />

used? Do these products<br />

contain a high percentage<br />

of coconut by-products or<br />

silicons? If they do, this is<br />

the first area to change.<br />

2. If the lesions are on the<br />

body, check what fabric is<br />

against the skin most of the<br />

time – is it a synthetic or<br />

cotton? Cotton is better.<br />

3. If the lesions are on the<br />

face, is hair kept off the<br />

skin as often as possible,<br />

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including when sleeping?<br />

Caps/hats/riding helmets<br />

can also inflame acne<br />

lesions and should be<br />

cleaned on a regular basis.<br />

4. Is there any sign of an<br />

infected throat or sinus,<br />

thrush, constipation or<br />

diarrhoea? These heath<br />

issues can inflame the acne<br />

lesions.<br />

5. What is being put on the<br />

skin topically? (i.e. makeup,<br />

sunscreen, cleansing,<br />

moisturising and self-tanning<br />

products). Have these<br />

products reviewed by your<br />

aesthetician and perhaps<br />

have a more suitable home<br />

care treatment protocol<br />

prescribed.<br />

Treatment<br />

Clinical aestheticians can help<br />

with either a deep cleansing<br />

skin treatment, (where you<br />

can be educated on how<br />

to clean the skin correctly,<br />

followed by extraction and<br />

a high frequency and LED<br />

treatment to assist a faster<br />

rate of healing), a herbal peel,<br />

(herbs are massaged into<br />

the skin to assist with a light<br />

exfoliation which will allow the<br />

skin to detoxify and exfoliate,<br />

revealing a less congested skin<br />

and a minimisation of scar<br />

tissue), blue LED (Light Emitting<br />

Diode with either blue, indigo<br />

or violet light assists with<br />

destroying P acnes bacteria),<br />

diathermy (a precise treatment<br />

using a high frequency current<br />

directed via a very fine needle<br />

which will cauterize the lesion),<br />

or a combination of all of these<br />

modalities.<br />

Both acne and ageing<br />

lesions are often a<br />

consequence of life. Many<br />

forms of skin irregularities<br />

once considered to be<br />

irreversible, can now be<br />

treated quickly, easily and<br />

inexpensively. As always,<br />

the best and most effective<br />

way of treating the skin is<br />

to look internally (general<br />

health, diet, medication, water<br />

intake, hormonal activity) and<br />

externally (topical products<br />

used on the hair and skin,<br />

squeezing, scratching). Then<br />

utilising the health jigsaw<br />

puzzle, putting all of the<br />

pieces together, the result is a<br />

healthy, flawless skin.<br />

Sue Carroll of Skin<br />

Inspiration writes on<br />

beauty trends and treatments<br />

for <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>.<br />

She has been a fully qualified<br />

Aesthetician for 33 years.<br />

Sue has owned and<br />

operated successful beauty<br />

clinics and day spas on<br />

the Northern Beaches.<br />

info@skininspiration.com.au<br />

www.skininspiration.com.au<br />

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

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

Budget recap: analysing<br />

the super ‘nice to haves’<br />

This month we look at a<br />

few interesting personal<br />

financial issues that arise<br />

from the latest Federal Budget…<br />

budget night for accountants<br />

is a bit like what war is for<br />

soldiers – hours of boredom<br />

punctuated by moments of<br />

sheer bloody terror. This year<br />

however we got off pretty much<br />

scot-free with no (more) major<br />

changes to either the taxation<br />

or superannuation systems.<br />

And thank goodness for<br />

that. The superannuation<br />

changes already in the pipeline<br />

are about to make their presence<br />

felt from 1 July and there<br />

are still sleepers being uncovered<br />

in the new legislation (I’ll<br />

outline one example later).<br />

In the meantime, two of<br />

the changes the Government<br />

announced in the budget are<br />

changes that can best be described<br />

as ‘nice to haves’. They<br />

won’t have a huge impact on<br />

the system but more than a few<br />

people will find the changes<br />

useful throughout their lives.<br />

The first of these is the<br />

First Home Saver Super<br />

Scheme. From 1 July <strong>2017</strong> an<br />

individual will be able to contribute<br />

up to $15,000 per year<br />

($30,000 in total) to their super<br />

account to help fund a first<br />

home purchase. Withdrawals<br />

will be allowed from 1 July 2018.<br />

Contributions have to be<br />

made within the prevailing<br />

superannuation caps – from<br />

next year these are $25,000 for<br />

concessional or salary sacrifice<br />

contributions and $100,000 for<br />

after tax or non-concessional<br />

contributions. I would presume<br />

that most will choose the salary<br />

sacrifice or deductible pathway<br />

to maximise overall tax benefits<br />

from the scheme.<br />

Earnings inside super on<br />

these deposits will be deemed<br />

at a rate based on the 90 bank<br />

bill rate plus 3%. It’s not clear<br />

at this point but if your fund<br />

doesn’t earn this rate you will be<br />

depleting your super savings,<br />

although this probably wouldn’t<br />

bother most first home buyers.<br />

On withdrawal, you will be<br />

taxed at marginal rates plus<br />

Medicare levy less a 30% tax<br />

offset – so you should at least<br />

be 30% better off saving for a<br />

deposit this way. However, you<br />

may need to be careful with the<br />

contributions you make each<br />

year. If you earn $105,000 your<br />

employer will presumably put<br />

9.5% or $10,000 into your super<br />

account as SGC. If you then<br />

bank $15,000 into the scheme<br />

as first home buyer savings, you<br />

will find yourself right on the<br />

borderline of excess contributions<br />

tax and every extra dollar<br />

that you contribute will be taxed<br />

at the highest marginal rate.<br />

Another thing to be aware of<br />

is that the scheme will be administered<br />

by the ATO in liaison<br />

with your superannuation provider.<br />

This is government code<br />

for: things may move slowly<br />

when you need the money – not<br />

a state of being that many first<br />

home buyers wish to find themselves<br />

in when they’ve found<br />

THE property.<br />

A second innovation related<br />

to the superannuation system<br />

in the recent budget was the<br />

ability for older Australians<br />

who downsize their home to<br />

move some of the proceeds into<br />

superannuation.<br />

From 1 July 2018 people aged<br />

65 and over will be able to make<br />

a non-concessional (after tax)<br />

contribution into superannuation<br />

of up to $300,000 from the<br />

proceeds of selling their home.<br />

The existing voluntary contribution<br />

rules for people aged 65<br />

and older (work test for 65- to<br />

74-year-olds, no contributions<br />

for those aged 75 and over) and<br />

with Brian Hrnjak<br />

restrictions on non-concessional<br />

contributions for people with<br />

balances above $1.6 million will<br />

not apply to contributions made<br />

under this new special downsizing<br />

cap.<br />

This measure only applies to<br />

a principal place of residence<br />

held for a minimum of 10 years.<br />

Both members of a couple can<br />

take advantage of the measure<br />

for the same home, meaning<br />

$600,000 per couple can be<br />

contributed to superannuation<br />

through the downsizing cap.<br />

These new contributions<br />

are in addition to any other<br />

voluntary contributions that<br />

people are able to make under<br />

the existing contribution rules<br />

and concessional and non-concessional<br />

caps.<br />

Some things to understand<br />

about this change are:<br />

n The uplift in value to a person<br />

or couples superannuation<br />

account will have an impact for<br />

social security purposes – when<br />

you downsize you are converting<br />

from a previously exempt<br />

asset to an asset that is counted<br />

as part of Centrelink benefit<br />

limits;<br />

n If your super account is<br />

already funded at or in excess<br />

of the $1.6 million balance<br />

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transfer cap you will be able<br />

to contribute an amount up to<br />

$300,000 to super but you will<br />

not be able to convert that to a<br />

pension; and<br />

n Given that the tax on all earnings<br />

inside super is 15%, retirees<br />

should not lose sight of their<br />

personal tax free thresholds<br />

which can vary upward with<br />

rebates but start from at least<br />

$18,200 per person.<br />

n Earlier I flagged the rule<br />

changes about to start from 1<br />

July <strong>2017</strong> and the existence of<br />

sleeper issues in the new legislation.<br />

One that seems to me to<br />

be arising time and time again<br />

concerns people with products<br />

such as lifetime defined benefit<br />

pensions and life expectancy<br />

and market linked income<br />

streams – all so-called ‘capped<br />

defined benefit income streams’<br />

in the legislation.<br />

n People who receive defined<br />

benefit pensions such as you<br />

would from long ago federal<br />

or state government employment<br />

(or transferred to you on<br />

the death of your spouse) will<br />

generally find that their pension<br />

now has a valuation factor of<br />

16 times. For example, if you<br />

receive an annual defined benefit<br />

pension of $50,000 and also<br />

have $900,000 in an allocated<br />

pension, you are likely to be<br />

over the transfer balance cap of<br />

$1.6 million by $100,000 – and<br />

possibly not realise it, as most<br />

of the commentary has been<br />

direct towards those with over<br />

$1.6 million in super.<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘Connected’ cars set to<br />

accelerate consumerism<br />

I<br />

have always had<br />

trouble figuring out<br />

how it takes a half a<br />

ton of metal with more<br />

computer code than<br />

an A380 airplane to<br />

go pick up a half-kilo<br />

pizza and take it home<br />

for the kids to devour.<br />

Many of the new<br />

motor vehicles that<br />

you see on the road<br />

these days look to<br />

me like a computer<br />

on wheels – so you<br />

may be interested<br />

to know that by<br />

2021, according to<br />

predictions, more than<br />

380 million “connected<br />

cars” could be on the<br />

road worldwide, and<br />

each with a multitude<br />

of sensors generating<br />

gigabytes of data. Monetising<br />

this “connected car” data<br />

represents a new potential<br />

$750 billion industry and is<br />

on-track to disrupt the global<br />

auto sector. It will no doubt<br />

create huge new winners and<br />

losers, as big data analytics<br />

upends the industry, not just<br />

in the US but globally.<br />

Data applications will<br />

include telematics, predictive<br />

maintenance, locationbased<br />

marketing and safety<br />

systems. Each connected<br />

car is likely to produce over<br />

25 gigabytes per hour of<br />

data as cloud-based services<br />

proliferate.<br />

At this very moment, Google<br />

are trialling 5G and millimetre<br />

wave technology in Nascar<br />

races in the US, as part of a<br />

trial with spectrum licensed<br />

from the FCC. Race car drivers<br />

might make for good guinea<br />

pigs to test out high-speed<br />

data and communications<br />

services. Or the technology<br />

could also potentially be used<br />

to track vital car functions,<br />

like tyre pressure or engine<br />

temperature. Of course,<br />

Google is also developing<br />

self-driving cars, so such an<br />

experiment could potentially<br />

be useful to understand<br />

wireless transmissions at high<br />

speeds.<br />

Cars equipped with<br />

surround cameras, LiDAR<br />

and radar could actually<br />

generate raw data of 100<br />

gigabytes per second and<br />

the car manufacturers that<br />

are able to adapt to the new<br />

world order may ultimately<br />

generate more profit from<br />

connected vehicle data than<br />

from auto sales themselves.<br />

Success for industry players<br />

will depend on their ability<br />

to develop new business<br />

models and quickly build<br />

and test appealing car datadriven<br />

products and services,<br />

underscores a McKinsey study.<br />

Consider the following: One<br />

“connected car” will generate<br />

more revenue streams<br />

than 10 conventional cars,<br />

calculates KPMG. McKinsey<br />

estimates that the emerging<br />

with Simon Bond<br />

big data analytics<br />

market for monetising<br />

“connected car” data<br />

could become a $450<br />

billion to $750 billion<br />

industry by 2030.<br />

By 2020, Gartner<br />

estimates that 70%<br />

of all auto-related<br />

customer interactions<br />

will be digital. In<br />

the next five to 10<br />

years, the integration<br />

of the internet will<br />

revolutionise the auto<br />

industry by helping<br />

to transform the car<br />

ownership model, and<br />

creating a new way for<br />

consumers to access<br />

content, and enable<br />

autonomous vehicles,<br />

notes Bloomberg<br />

Intelligence.<br />

The key technology<br />

enablers driving this<br />

emerging industry are<br />

advanced sensors, low-cost/<br />

high-performance computing,<br />

and location/navigation<br />

hardware combined with<br />

increasingly robust wireless<br />

networks. The average<br />

car now contains 60<br />

microprocessors and over 10<br />

million lines of software code<br />

– which is more than half<br />

the lines of code found in a<br />

Boeing Dreamliner airplane!<br />

By 2018, one in five cars on<br />

the road will be self-aware: that<br />

is, able to share information on<br />

its mechanical health, global<br />

position and information about<br />

its surroundings.<br />

Just think – when you go<br />

out to collect the pizza for<br />

the kids in the new Audi they<br />

will be not just be tracking<br />

you, but watching every turn<br />

you make.<br />

Simon Bond of Morgans Newport (9998 4200) has been actively<br />

involved in all aspects of Stockbroking since 1987. Simon’s area<br />

of expertise includes equities, portfolio management, short-term<br />

trading, long-term strategies, derivatives and fixed interest. His<br />

focus is on how technology is changing the investment landscape,<br />

demographic trends and how they influence equity markets.<br />

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

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

Private lives: the right<br />

to be alone with oneself<br />

A<br />

wise colleague once<br />

observed that if<br />

someone were to rush<br />

into a room of people and<br />

shout, “all is discovered – flee”<br />

within minutes the room<br />

would be empty.<br />

We all have matters which<br />

we consider to be private and<br />

personal and not for public<br />

revelation or discussion.<br />

Sometimes the right to<br />

privacy has been described<br />

as the right to be alone with<br />

oneself.<br />

For many, many years,<br />

law reformers and judicial<br />

officers have pondered on<br />

the question of whether there<br />

should be a statutory cause of<br />

action to protect the individual<br />

against an invasion of privacy.<br />

In 1979, the Australian Law<br />

Reform Commission published<br />

a report titled ‘Unfair<br />

Publication, Defamation and<br />

Privacy’. At that time the<br />

Chairman of the Commission<br />

was Justice Michael Kirby.<br />

The report was a first<br />

attempt at achieving uniform<br />

defamation legislation. It<br />

contained a Draft Bill and<br />

within that Draft Bill was a<br />

provision for the protection of<br />

an individual’s privacy.<br />

It took some three or four<br />

years to produce the 1979<br />

report and many years to<br />

achieve uniformity of the law<br />

of Defamation.<br />

The statutory law of privacy<br />

is still being debated.<br />

In 2009 the Law Reform<br />

Commission of NSW delivered<br />

a report (No. 120 - 2009<br />

titled Invasion of Privacy). Its<br />

recommendation was “… as<br />

part of a uniform law initiative<br />

in Australia, NSW should<br />

amend the Civil Liability Act<br />

2002 (NSW) to provide a<br />

cause of action for invasion of<br />

privacy in the terms the draft<br />

legislation appended to this<br />

report”.<br />

Additionally, the<br />

Commissioner’s recommend<br />

that:<br />

n Actionability should not<br />

depend on proof of damage;<br />

n The action should be<br />

restricted to intentional or<br />

reckless acts on the part of<br />

the defendant;<br />

n An exhaustive range of<br />

defences should be provided;<br />

n The court should be able<br />

to choose the remedy which<br />

is most appropriate in the<br />

circumstances;<br />

n Any action at common law<br />

for invasion of a person’s<br />

privacy should be abolished;<br />

and<br />

n The Office of the Federal<br />

Privacy Commissioner should<br />

have a role in educating<br />

the public about the<br />

recommended statutory cause<br />

of action.<br />

The report set out the<br />

processes involved in<br />

ascertaining the desirability<br />

of amending the law. The<br />

Commissioners reported that<br />

in their extensive enquiries,<br />

which they state involved<br />

the largest community<br />

consultation exercise in the<br />

with Jennifer Harris<br />

Commission’s 33-year history,<br />

that most Australians consider<br />

that they have a right to<br />

privacy and regret the erosion<br />

of that right as an inevitable<br />

result of technological<br />

advance.<br />

There is, of course,<br />

widespread opposition<br />

to such a right being<br />

introduced. The question<br />

of balancing the public’s<br />

right to know as against an<br />

individual’s sensitivity is one<br />

primarily raised from media<br />

organisations and is based<br />

principally on the threat that<br />

an action for invasion of<br />

privacy poses to freedom of<br />

expression, which includes<br />

freedom of the press. There is<br />

also a question as to whether<br />

such a right of action might<br />

pose a threat to freedom of<br />

artistic expression. Within the<br />

report the Commissioners<br />

set out various examples<br />

as found in case law which<br />

demonstrated the gaps in<br />

the law as failing to provide<br />

a remedy for an invasion of<br />

privacy.<br />

They instanced several<br />

English cases, one of which<br />

required a plaintiff to claim for<br />

breach of confidence in order<br />

to obtain damages for an<br />

invasion of privacy.<br />

Secondly, a case illustrating<br />

the filming and interviewing of<br />

a well-known English television<br />

actor while he was lying ill in<br />

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hospital following a serious car<br />

accident in which he suffered<br />

brain damage, was noted.<br />

In this case the plaintiff<br />

successfully obtained an<br />

injunction restraining the<br />

publication of an article based<br />

on the interview and the<br />

publication or distribution of<br />

photographs. However, the<br />

plaintiff’s claim had to meet<br />

the requirements of an action<br />

for malicious falsehood in<br />

that the article asserted that<br />

the plaintiff had consented<br />

to be interviewed was false,<br />

and resulted in damage –<br />

namely the potential loss of<br />

the plaintiff’s right to sell the<br />

story of the accident and his<br />

recovery.<br />

This is an example of the<br />

contrived and fictional manner<br />

in which at present plaintiffs<br />

have to approach an invasion<br />

of their privacy.<br />

The report contained a<br />

draft privacy bill. The Bill sets<br />

the framework for a cause of<br />

action that generally protects<br />

privacy in private law and<br />

provides the trigger for the<br />

courts to develop a legal<br />

concept of privacy in that<br />

context.<br />

The Commissioners state<br />

“… to suggest it is impossible<br />

to protect privacy generally<br />

in the manner proposed in<br />

our bill because the concept<br />

cannot be precisely defined<br />

is to succumb to what Lord<br />

Reid once described as ‘the<br />

perennial fallacy that because<br />

something cannot be cut and<br />

dried or lightly weighed or<br />

measured therefore it does<br />

not exist’…”<br />

The challenge before law<br />

reformers in NSW and beyond<br />

is a substantial one. What<br />

causes a person to be “highly<br />

offended” may differ from<br />

person to person. However,<br />

this phrase is thought by the<br />

former Chief Justice of the<br />

High Court, Murray Gleeson,<br />

to set a “useful, practical test<br />

of what is private”.<br />

Investigative journalists<br />

and media commentators<br />

have all expressed concerns<br />

that their craft would be<br />

compromised by the approach<br />

to a statutory law of privacy as<br />

recommended by the NSW Law<br />

Reform Commission.<br />

So what has happened since<br />

2009? Much consultation<br />

and a growing collection<br />

of comprehensive reports<br />

released by legal bodies over<br />

almost a decade which have all<br />

supported the introduction of<br />

a statutory cause of action for<br />

invasion of privacy.<br />

In 2014, the Australian Law<br />

Reform Commission released a<br />

report on Serious Invasions of<br />

Privacy in the Digital Era which<br />

proposed and comprehensively<br />

designed a statutory cause of<br />

action for serious invasions of<br />

privacy.<br />

In 2016, a Standing<br />

Committee of the NSW<br />

parliament recommended<br />

that the New South Wales<br />

government “take the lead” by<br />

introducing a statutory cause<br />

of action for serious invasions<br />

of privacy. The Standing<br />

Committee recommended<br />

that any statutory cause of<br />

action established by the NSW<br />

Government should be based<br />

on the Australian Law Reform<br />

Commission’s 2014 report.<br />

The Standing Committee<br />

has acknowledged that there<br />

is an ongoing lack of will to<br />

enact a statutory cause of<br />

action at federal level. For<br />

this reason, the Standing<br />

Committee has recommended<br />

that New South Wales<br />

should take the lead on the<br />

issue in the hope that other<br />

jurisdictions will follow suit.<br />

However, whether the NSW<br />

Government will actually place<br />

these recommendations on<br />

their political agenda remains<br />

unclear, and it is possible that<br />

this may be another addition<br />

to the ever-growing stack of<br />

sidelined privacy reports.<br />

Comment supplied by<br />

Jennifer Harris, of Jennifer<br />

Harris & Associates, Solicitors,<br />

4/57 Avalon Parade,<br />

Avalon Beach.<br />

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

E: jenniferha@pacific.net.au<br />

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

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Trades & Services<br />

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British & Swedish<br />

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latest in diagnostic equipment.<br />

Narrabeen Tyrepower<br />

Call 9970 6670<br />

Stocks all popular brands<br />

including Cooper 4WD. Plus<br />

they’ll do all mechanical repairs<br />

and rego inspections.<br />

Barrenjoey<br />

Smash Repairs<br />

Call 9970 8207<br />

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restoration of your favourite<br />

vehicle. Commercial vehicle<br />

specialist.<br />


Avalon Marine<br />

Upholstery<br />

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Makes cushions for boats,<br />

patio and pool furniture,<br />

window seats.<br />

KB Marine<br />

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New owner; 10% off engine<br />

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Free salt-away flush with every<br />

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Eamon Dowling<br />

Electrical<br />

Call 0410 457 373<br />

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

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Blue Tongue Carpets<br />

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Tree pruning and removals.<br />

Reports regarding DA tree management,<br />

arborist reports.<br />

Precision Tree Services<br />

Call Adam 0410 736 105<br />

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The Aqua Clean Team<br />

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Quality window washing,<br />

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Martin Earl House Wash<br />

Call 0405 583 305<br />

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

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Call 9918 3373<br />

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Chiropractic<br />

Call 9918 0070<br />

Professional care for all ages.<br />

Treatment for chronic and acute<br />

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Fix & Flex Pilates /Physio<br />

Call Jen 0404 804 441<br />

Equipment pilates sessions run<br />

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Help improve posture and reduce<br />

pain while improving core<br />

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Call 9918 2288<br />

Diagnosis, treatment and<br />

prevention for back pain and<br />

sciatica, sports injuries, muscle<br />

soreness and strain, pregnancyrelated<br />

pain, postural imbalance.<br />


Contrast Colour<br />

Call 0431 004 421<br />

Locals Josef and Richard offer<br />

quality painting services. Tidy,<br />

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on the best type of paint for<br />

your job.<br />

Modern Colour<br />

Call 0406 150 555<br />

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and decorating; clean, tidy,<br />

quality detail you will notice.<br />

Dependable and on time.<br />

Painting & Decorating<br />

Call 0418 116 700<br />

Andrew is a master painter with<br />

30 years’ experience. Domestic<br />

and commercial; reasonable<br />

rates, free quotes.<br />

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Trades & Services<br />

Trades & Services<br />


Nick Anderson Plumbing<br />

Call 0411 251 256<br />

All aspects of plumbing including<br />

gasfitting and drainage.<br />

Competitive rates, free quotes.<br />


Luxafoam North<br />

Call 9999 5567<br />

Local specialists in all aspects<br />

of outdoor & indoor seating.<br />

Custom service and expert<br />

advice.<br />

Susan Ottowa<br />

Call Susan 0422 466 880<br />

Specialist in day bed and outdoor<br />

areas. Reliable local service.<br />

Domestic & commercial.<br />


Predator Pest Control<br />

Call 0417 276 962<br />

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Environmental services at their<br />

best. Comprehensive control.<br />

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


Water Warehouse<br />

Call 9913 7988<br />

waterwarehouse.com.au<br />

Rainwater tanks & pumps. Irrigation<br />

& filter supply specialists.<br />


Rob Burgers<br />

Call 0416 066 159<br />

Qualified builder provides all<br />

carpentry needs; decks, pergolas,<br />

carports, renovations and<br />

repairs.<br />

Underdeck<br />

Call Adrian 0417 591 113<br />

Waterproof under your deck and<br />

turn the area into usable space<br />

all year round.<br />

SunSpec<br />

Call Dustin 0413 737 934<br />

sunspec.com.au<br />

All-aluminium, rust-proof<br />

remote-controlled opening roofs<br />

& awnings. Beats competitor’s<br />

prices.<br />

Askerrobertson<br />

Call 0411 956 242<br />

Northern Beaches-based<br />

specialists in residential alterations<br />

and extensions, and new<br />

houses.<br />


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Local Call<br />

Reboot for Mac & Me<br />

Margo Strong has seen<br />

plenty of technological<br />

change since she<br />

founded computer specialist<br />

business Mac & Me in 1999 –<br />

this month she’s triggering<br />

her own ‘seachange’, opening<br />

a new, separate retail shop in<br />

Newport to complement her<br />

existing space.<br />

“Mac & Me was founded in<br />

Avalon in 1999 as an Appleauthorised<br />

Reseller,” explains<br />

owner/operator Margo. “The<br />

first Macs we had on display<br />

were the ‘5 Fruity iMacs’…<br />

over the years we’ve dealt with<br />

everything from the anxiety of<br />

the Y2K Bug, the GST launch<br />

in 2000, to managing data and<br />

back-ups, setting up networks<br />

and Macs to marry in with existing<br />

hardware and training<br />

clients to use their technology<br />

correctly.”<br />

Margo recalls that back in<br />

2001, iTunes software was on<br />

a product guide announced as<br />

a ‘Jukebox for your Mac’.<br />

“There were no iPods at that<br />

stage – later that year the 5Gb<br />

iPod came out for over $1200!<br />

iTunes changed everything…<br />

“In 2005 when we moved<br />

to Newport Beach we used to<br />

have a queue of mums and<br />

kids after school, not knowing<br />

how to set up their iPod. We<br />

made our own ‘user guides’.<br />

Margo said the current<br />

BYOD era – bring your own<br />

device to work and everywhere<br />

else – had made things<br />

both simpler and more complicated.<br />

MORE THAN AN APPLE A DAY: Margo Strong (centre) and her Mac & Me team of computer specialists.<br />

“The challenge for our<br />

clients these days is to keep<br />

their technology simple but<br />

useful, using the intelligence<br />

that it offers, being able to<br />

manage it all correctly – and<br />

having time away from it.”<br />

Margo says Mac & Me is a<br />

one-stop shop.<br />

“We retail Apple computers,<br />

iPhones and iPads along<br />

with all the Apple accessories,”<br />

she explained. “We<br />

spend time working out what<br />

you really need and the logistics<br />

of getting it all working<br />

properly.<br />

“We are an also an Appleauthorised<br />

Service Provider<br />

and have access to Apple’s<br />

global system to see the status<br />

and history of your computer<br />

or device.”<br />

She said the team’s Applecertified<br />

technicians can<br />

repair products (in or out of<br />

warranty) with genuine Apple<br />

parts.<br />

“We can migrate the data<br />

from your old Mac or PC to<br />

a new Mac and follow up<br />

onsite to sync, set up, provide<br />

training and a back-up and<br />

maintenance plan. We do this<br />

for home users and business<br />

operators.”<br />

The new Mac & Me retail<br />

space is located at ‘The Palms’<br />

at 316 Barrenjoey Road,<br />

Newport; it’s open 8am-6pm<br />

Monday to Friday and 9am-<br />

1pm on Saturdays.<br />

“The service centre is still<br />

on Level 2 at 341 Barrenjoey<br />

and it’s open from 9am to<br />

4pm Monday to Friday only,”<br />

Margo explained. “It’s best<br />

to take service jobs straight<br />

there but we can facilitate<br />

pick-up and drop-off of<br />

service jobs at the new retail<br />

location out of service centre<br />

hours.”<br />

And what are her enduring<br />

observations from nearly 20<br />

years of operation?<br />

“Customers coming into the<br />

shop with no shoes on, year<br />

after year… and the ubiquitous<br />

opening line of ‘I know<br />

nothing about computers…’ –<br />

when in fact they do!”<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

Local Call<br />

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Showtime<br />

the<br />

good<br />

life<br />

dining<br />

food<br />

crossword<br />

63<br />

66<br />

68<br />

Showtime<br />

Good Vibrations<br />

sure to resonate<br />

Fresh from sold out shows in the UK and mid-way<br />

through their Australian tour, The Bootleg Beach Boys<br />

are coming our way.<br />

Widely regarded as the ultimate Beach Boys experience,<br />

this blend of five vocals perform the classic hits and sunsoaked<br />

gems from California’s most famous band.<br />

The musical journey begins with the surfing songs<br />

of the early ’60s: ‘California Girls’, ‘Help me Rhonda’,<br />

‘Surfing Safari’, ‘Good Vibrations’, ‘I Get Around’, ‘Surfing<br />

USA’, ‘Barbara Anne’ and meticulously traces the band’s<br />

steps into one of the world’s most iconic albums and the<br />

genius of Brian Wilson (‘Pet Sounds’) and beyond with<br />

hits ‘Wouldn’t it be nice’, ‘God only knows’, ‘Don’t Talk’ to<br />

‘Kokomo’ and many more.<br />

Reviewers report the show not only plays homage to the<br />

Beach Boys’ famous harmonies, the instrumentation and<br />

costumes absolutely recreate the Beach Boys experience.<br />

You’ll most assuredly have fun, fun, fun!<br />

Saturday <strong>June</strong> 10 at Dee Why RSL. Tickets $50.<br />

Doors open from 7.30pm show from 8pm. Bookings<br />

deewhyrsl.com.au or 9454 4000<br />

Better<br />

by ‘Half’<br />

Save the date in July for<br />

the Elanora Players’<br />

next production, ‘How The<br />

Other Half Loves’ – a funny,<br />

beautifully crafted play which<br />

juggles time and space to<br />

present the lives and loves of<br />

three married couples. Written<br />

by Alan Ayckbourn, the play<br />

follows three married couples<br />

whose lives are hopelessly<br />

entwined.<br />

Frank employs Bob and William<br />

and is considering William for<br />

promotion. Bob is having an<br />

affair with the boss’ (Frank’s)<br />

wife and argues constantly with<br />

his own wife, Teresa. Frank and<br />

Fiona’s marriage by contrast is<br />

polite and distant. Mary thinks<br />

(incorrectly) that William, her<br />

husband, is having an affair.<br />

The plot thickens when each<br />

of the adulterous parties, plays<br />

host to William and Mary at<br />

dinner parties on successive<br />

nights – with both dinners<br />

ending in disaster. As relations<br />

between partners deteriorate,<br />

matters become more confused<br />

and only the truth can restore<br />

order to chaos.<br />

The play runs from July<br />

7-15 at the Elanora Heights<br />

Community Centre; more info<br />

elanoraplayers.com.au<br />

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Dining Guide<br />

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

Little Bok Choy<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL<br />

82 Mona Vale Rd,<br />

Mona Vale<br />


Open 7 days<br />

Lunch 11:30am-2:30pm<br />

(3pm Fri, Sat, Sun)<br />

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

(9:30pm Fri, Sat)<br />


Entrees $6-$20<br />

Mains $12.80-$25<br />

BOOKINGS 9446 9613<br />

It’s Little Bok Choy’s first<br />

birthday – book now for<br />

10 per cent off your meal<br />

(mention the ad right)<br />

Have you discovered this<br />

hidden gem? Conveniently<br />

located inside <strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL, with<br />

plenty of on-site parking and<br />

public transport, it’s the ideal<br />

location for locals to get together<br />

to share great Asian food.<br />

With a vast range of menu<br />

options, you won’t know where<br />

to start in this Asian Fusion<br />

Jonah’s<br />

offers cosy<br />

catering for<br />

couples<br />

Jonah’s Restaurant and<br />

Boutique Hotel has<br />

announced some great dining<br />

options for couples over the<br />

colder months, including a<br />

Winter Tasting Menu and a<br />

warming Shared Dish.<br />

Chef’s Tasting For Two<br />

$98pp (min 2)<br />

Available lunch and dinner<br />

Monday – Friday.<br />

Essentially this is Jonah’s<br />

degustation menu presented<br />

in a different way – featuring<br />

restaurant. Some of the secrets<br />

of LBC’s finest eats include<br />

traditional favourites, like Shao<br />

Long Bao – it’s the perfect<br />

starter; the juicy mini pork buns<br />

will get your taste buds excited<br />

for the coming courses.<br />

Tuck in to Yum Cha favourites<br />

including delicious Prawn<br />

Dumplings, BBQ pork buns,<br />

Spring Rolls and Thai entrees<br />

like Thai Curry Puffs.<br />

For mains, all the popular<br />

Chinese dishes are included,<br />

from Sweet and Sour Pork, Honey<br />

Chicken, Sizzling Mongolian Beef<br />

and Seafood Stir-fry. Plus, they<br />

have plenty of fried rice and fried<br />

noodles also available in special<br />

kids’ size!<br />

Prices are very reasonable<br />

– Chinese mains start from<br />

$15.80, with gluten free and<br />

vegetarian options available.<br />

If you prefer Thai, be sure to<br />

check out their latest addition –<br />

Tom Yum Fried Rice, a modern<br />

twist on a classic favourite. And<br />

their range of Thai soups, salads,<br />

curries and stir fry noodles are<br />

fresh and exciting, all prepared<br />

by their skilled Thai chef.<br />

6 seasonal dishes selected by<br />

Executive Chef Logan Campbell.<br />

Presentation-wise, chefs will<br />

present 2 entrees on one plate<br />

as a starter, 2 mains in the<br />

middle of the table to be shared,<br />

two desserts in the middle of the<br />

table to be shared.<br />

* Dishes may change at chef’s<br />

discretion, depending on<br />

seasonal produce available.<br />

Shared Dish For Two<br />

$55pp (min 2)<br />

Available lunch and dinner<br />

Monday – Friday.<br />

Enjoy Braised Beef Rib with<br />

seared Queensland prawns,<br />

served with a side of mash.<br />

* Until sold out.<br />

Both offers will be available<br />

through 31 August.<br />

Oceanviews<br />

Restaurant<br />

Shop 4, 120 Narrabeen Park<br />

Pde, Warriewood Beach.<br />


Open 7 days lunch and dinner<br />


Vietnamese<br />


Entrees $2-$9.80<br />

Mains $13.80-$19.80<br />

Noodles $13.80<br />

Lunch specials.<br />

1/2 price daily deals.<br />

BOOKINGS 9979 9449<br />

BYO<br />

All<br />

P<br />

Book now for a great table for<br />

lunch or dinner at this popular<br />

Vietnamese eatery.<br />

Ocean views across Warriewood<br />

Beach may be enjoyed<br />

from the restaurant which offers<br />

one of the most popular of<br />

Asian cuisines.<br />

Eat in and take-away meals<br />

are available; plus they offer<br />

free home delivery for orders<br />

over $35.<br />

Tantalising lunch specials<br />

from $2 to $10.80 include egg<br />

custard buns (two for $4.40),<br />

Money Bags (four for $5.80),<br />

prawn dumplings, fresh rice<br />

paper rolls, beef noodle soup,<br />

noodles with veggies and<br />

chicken, or beef with rice for<br />

just $10.80.<br />

Chef’s specials include Basil<br />

Mint Pork, Honey King Prawns,<br />

Sizzling Tofu Hot Pot and Chicken<br />

Laksa.<br />

Each day there is a half-price<br />

deal for evening diners-in (limit<br />

of one deal per table of diners).<br />

They include: on Thursday<br />

satay king prawn for $10.40, on<br />

Monday salt and pepper squid<br />

for $10.40 and on Saturday<br />

lemongrass chicken for $8.90.<br />

Prices reduced across the<br />

board, as well as lunch specials.<br />

Dining Guide<br />

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Dining Guide<br />

Dining Guide<br />

Hong Kong<br />

Chinese Restaurant<br />

332 Barrenjoey Rd,<br />

Newport<br />


Dinner Tues-Sun 5pm<br />


Chinese & Asian<br />


Entrees $5-20<br />

Mains $12.90-26.50<br />

*Deliver Whale Beach - Narrabeen<br />

BOOKINGS 9997 4157<br />

LIC<br />

BYO<br />

All<br />

Book a table at this popular<br />

Newport eatery in <strong>June</strong> and<br />

your family is guaranteed a<br />

great night out with a feast<br />

for the eyes and the tastebuds.<br />

Order ahead for their wonderful<br />

Peking Duck which<br />

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

special Thursdays through<br />

Sundays.<br />

P<br />

There are two traditional<br />

courses: Peking Duck pancakes<br />

& duck sang choy bow<br />

(bookings essential; mention<br />

the ad when you call).<br />

This long-established restaurant<br />

on the eastern side of<br />

Barrenjoey Rd has an extensive<br />

menu based on traditional<br />

flavoursome Cantonese with<br />

touches of spicy Szechuan and<br />

other Asian dishes and fresh<br />

seasonal vegetables.<br />

Entrees start at just $5<br />

while mains are reasonable<br />

too, starting at $12.90.<br />

The menu ranges from adventurous,<br />

like a Mongolian<br />

chicken hot pot, to contemporary,<br />

spicy salt and pepper<br />

king prawns, to traditional,<br />

fillet steak with snow peas<br />

and bean sprouts.<br />

New dishes are introduced<br />

regularly so check out the<br />

blackboard specials.<br />

The team are only too<br />

happy to home deliver your<br />

meal, with a range that takes<br />

in Narrabeen to the south to<br />

Palm Beach in the north.<br />

Barrenjoey<br />

Bistro<br />

Club Palm Beach<br />

1087 Barrenjoey Rd,<br />

Palm Beach<br />


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

Dinner 6pm-8.30pm<br />


Lunch and dinner<br />

specials $13.50<br />

BOOKINGS 9974 5566<br />

LIC<br />

All<br />

P<br />

Head to Club Palm Beach,<br />

conveniently located just<br />

a short stroll from Palm<br />

Beach Wharf, for great meal<br />

specials in <strong>June</strong>.<br />

There’s plenty of sport<br />

to enjoy on the big screen,<br />

including horse and<br />

greyhound racing (with full<br />

TAB facilities).<br />

There won’t be a better<br />

venue to soak up the great<br />

atmosphere of State of Origin<br />

II on <strong>June</strong> 21.<br />

The Members’ lucky badge<br />

draw is held Wednesday and<br />

Friday night (every 30 mins<br />

between 5pm-7pm), and<br />

jackpots by $100 each week.<br />

Wednesday and Sunday<br />

are meat raffle nights, with a<br />

whopping 14 trays to be won.<br />

Enjoy Trivia Night from<br />

5.30pm on Wednesdays, plus<br />

Bingo at 10am on Fridays.<br />

The club’s Barrenjoey<br />

Bistro is open for lunch<br />

(11.30am to 2.30pm) and<br />

dinner (6pm to 8.30pm) seven<br />

days. The Bistro serves topvalue<br />

a la carte meals plus<br />

daily $13.50 specials of roasts<br />

(Mondays), rump steak with<br />

chips and salad (Tuesdays),<br />

chicken schnitzel with chips<br />

and salad (Wednesdays),<br />

homemade gourmet pies with<br />

chips and salad (Thursdays)<br />

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and fish and chips with salad<br />

(Fridays), except on public<br />

holidays.<br />

Entrees on the a la carte<br />

menu range from $10.50 to<br />

$17.50 (mains $14.50 to $25).<br />

The club has a courtesy<br />

bus which meets the 11am<br />

ferry from Ettalong at the<br />

Palm Beach Wharf at 11.20am<br />

daily, returning on request.<br />

It also makes regular runs<br />

Wednesdays, Fridays and<br />

Saturdays from 4.30pm to<br />

9pm. Ring to book a pick-up.<br />

* The Club celebrates its<br />

60th anniversary in <strong>2017</strong>;<br />

the call is out for locals to<br />

contribute their stories about<br />

the early days. Phone 9974<br />

5566.<br />

Bistro 61<br />

Avalon Beach RSL<br />

1 Bowling Green Lane<br />

Avalon Beach<br />


Open 7 days<br />

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

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


Modern Aust / pub food<br />


Meals $8-$30<br />

Specials $12-$15<br />

BOOKINGS 9918 2201<br />

Visa<br />

MasterCard<br />

Avalon Beach RSL’s new<br />

Bistro 61 is a great place<br />

to head for a local meal,<br />

offering tasty modern<br />

Australian dishes at<br />

affordable prices.<br />

Bistro 61 has been<br />

named to commemorate<br />

the opening of the Club<br />

in 1961. The kitchen – led<br />

by experienced Northern<br />

Beaches head chef Mitch<br />

Blundell, boasts all fresh,<br />

house-made meals, with<br />

locally sourced ingredients<br />

used when possible.<br />

Open for lunch and dinner<br />

seven days, with extensive<br />

outdoor dining areas, Bistro<br />

61 offers a different special<br />

(lunch and dinner) every<br />

weekday, including $15<br />

rump steak chips and salad<br />

(Mon), $12 tacos (Tues), $15<br />

Chicken Schnitzels (Wed),<br />

Celebrating 25 Years<br />

2-4-1 pizzas (Thurs), and a<br />

$20 burger + beer (Fri).<br />

Seniors are well catered<br />

for – there are daily Seniors<br />

specials, including beerbattered<br />

flathead – plus<br />

they do a $5 kids meals<br />

on Sundays! (There’s a<br />

playground, too.)<br />

From the menu, chef<br />

Mitch recommends his twist<br />

on nachos – pulled beef and<br />

blackbeans with chipotle,<br />

corn chips, guacamole,<br />

Danish fetta and coriander.<br />

Members get discounts<br />

on meals purchased.<br />

Membership starts from<br />

$5.50.<br />

The club is licensed, with<br />

no BYO. Bookings online<br />

or call 9918 2201 – large<br />

groups welcome.<br />

Head to Avalon RSL for<br />

APL Poker Tournaments on<br />

Tuesdays and Thursdays.<br />

Visit avalonrsl.com.au/<br />

bistro-61<br />

Royal Motor<br />

Yacht Club<br />

Salt Cove on <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

46 Prince Alfred<br />

Parade, Newport<br />


Breakfast Lunch & Dinner<br />

Mon-Fri from 8.30am<br />

Weekends from 8am<br />


Breakfast from $8-$18<br />

Entrees from $9-$21<br />

Mains from $16-$26<br />

BOOKINGS 9997 5511<br />

LIC<br />

All<br />

P<br />

RMYC’s restaurant Salt<br />

Cove on <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s menu<br />

offers affordable meals and<br />

generous servings including<br />

a variety of starters and share<br />

plates, seafood, burgers,<br />

grills, salads, desserts and<br />

woodfired pizza.<br />

In <strong>June</strong>, Friday night<br />

entertainment kicks off<br />

in the Lounge Bar from<br />

7.30pm. Great acts appearing<br />

this month include Jim<br />

Gannon (2nd), Jesse (9th),<br />

Geoff Kendall (16th), Keff<br />

McCullough (23rd) and Joe B<br />

(30th).<br />

Trivia is held every Tuesday<br />

night from 7.30pm (great<br />

prizes and vouchers).<br />

Book for the Ladies<br />

Lunch with guest speaker,<br />

fundraising awareness<br />

campaigner Floyd Larsen,<br />

on <strong>June</strong> 7; 2 courses $65 for<br />

members ($75 non-members).<br />

And don’t miss the ‘Steely<br />

Dan & The Best Of The West<br />

Coast’ music tribute show<br />

on <strong>June</strong> 10, capturing the<br />

sounds of Boz Scaggs, Toto,<br />

the Doobie Brothers and more;<br />

bookings essential.<br />

Club social memberships<br />

are available for just $160.<br />

JUNE <strong>2017</strong> 65

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

Microwave magic – take<br />

the hassle out of cooking<br />

I<br />

Microwave risotto<br />

Serves 4<br />

started my career in the test kitchen at Sharp Corporation.<br />

It was a fabulous job developing recipes and the automatic<br />

programs that appeared on the Australian range of microwave<br />

ovens. My commonsense approach to cooking branded<br />

me Australia’s ‘queen of microwave cooking’ – and the label<br />

stuck. My key message has always been: the microwave, like all<br />

other cooking appliances, can do some things really well – and<br />

some not so well. Here are a few of my favorite things to cook<br />

in the microwave…<br />

40g butter, chopped<br />

1 leek, halved, washed, thinly<br />

sliced<br />

2 garlic cloves, crushed<br />

1 cup arborio rice<br />

3 cups chicken stock<br />

1 tbs olive oil<br />

300g mushrooms, sliced<br />

80g baby spinach leaves<br />

50g parmesan cheese, finely<br />

grated<br />

¼ cup flat-leaf parsley leaves,<br />

chopped<br />

1. Combine half the butter,<br />

leek and garlic in an<br />

8-cup capacity, heatproof,<br />

microwave-safe bowl. Cover<br />

loosely with paper towel.<br />

Microwave on High (100%) for<br />

2 minutes or until leek is soft.<br />

with Janelle Bloom<br />

2. Add rice. Stir to coat in<br />

butter mixture. Microwave,<br />

uncovered, on High (100%)<br />

for 1 minute. Stir in stock.<br />

Cover with a lid or three<br />

layers of plastic wrap,<br />

microwave on High (100%)<br />

for 5 minutes, followed<br />

by 15 minutes on Medium<br />

(50%) – don’t be tempted<br />

to remove the lid or cover<br />

while it’s cooking!<br />

3. Meanwhile, melt remaining<br />

butter with olive oil in a<br />

frying pan over high heat.<br />

Add the mushrooms and<br />

sauté 3-5 minutes until light<br />

golden. Stir the mushrooms<br />

and spinach into the risotto<br />

and stand, covered, for 5<br />

minutes.<br />

4. Stir through the parmesan<br />

and parsley; season and<br />

serve.<br />

Recipes: Janelle Bloom Photos: Steve Brown & Benito Martin<br />

Poached egg with<br />

avocado<br />

and dukkah<br />

Makes 1<br />

1 large egg<br />

¼ avocado, smashed<br />

½ tsp Tabasco sauce<br />

1 piece multigrain bread,<br />

toasted<br />

2 tsp pistachio dukkah<br />

1. Crack egg into a small,<br />

lightly greased microwavesafe<br />

bowl, tea-cup or<br />

ramekin. Pierce the yolk<br />

carefully with a toothpick.<br />

Cover with a piece of damp<br />

paper towel, elevate on a<br />

rack (or upturned saucer).<br />

Microwave 1½ minutes on<br />

Defrost / 350 watt/ 30%<br />

(egg should be slightly<br />

under-cooked to your liking,<br />

as they will continue to<br />

cook on standing). Allow to<br />

stand 30 seconds.<br />

2. Combine the avocado and<br />

Tabasco and spread over<br />

the toast. Slide the egg onto<br />

toast, sprinkle with dukkah<br />

and freshly ground black<br />

pepper. Serve.<br />

Janelle’s top tips for microwave eggs<br />

n Try to use eggs from room temperature; if they are<br />

refrigerated, eggs may take a little longer to cook.<br />

n Never cook on HIGH/100% power.<br />

n Always pierce the yolk. The yolk will always cook quicker<br />

than the white, as it is higher in fat and microwave energy if<br />

attracted to fat and sugar.<br />

n Do not add salt before cooking; this will only toughen the eggs.<br />

n 2 eggs will take 2¼ to 2½ minutes on Defrost / 350 watts /30%;<br />

place them opposite each other on the turntable.<br />

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For more recipes go to www.janellebloom.com.au<br />

Microwave apple<br />

crumble<br />

Serves 4-5<br />

This is a recipe we developed<br />

to highlight just how good a<br />

microwave can cook. It was<br />

taught in the free cooking<br />

class, offered to everyone who<br />

purchased a Sharp microwave<br />

in the 1980s and ’90s. It’s my<br />

go-to microwave dessert.<br />

800g can pie apple<br />

125g fresh or frozen<br />

blueberries<br />

1 buttercake packet mix<br />

100g butter, chilled, thinly<br />

sliced<br />

4 tbs brown sugar<br />

4 tbs shredded coconut,<br />

toasted<br />

3 tbs flaked almonds, toasted<br />

Ice cream or custard (or both),<br />

to serve<br />

the dry cake mix, while<br />

trying to completely cover<br />

the top. Mix the sugar,<br />

coconut and almonds<br />

together then sprinkle over<br />

the butter.<br />

3. Place onto a microwavesafe<br />

rack or upturned<br />

dinner plate, microwave,<br />

uncovered 12-15 minutes on<br />

High/100%. Allow to stand<br />

5-10 minutes (the top will<br />

firm up on standing). Serve<br />

with ice cream or custard.<br />

Janelle’s Tip: You can use any<br />

can fruit, just ensure you drain<br />

and discard any syrup.<br />

Janelle’s 10 Top<br />

microwave tips<br />

Always remove food from its plastic bag or wrapping<br />

1. before defrosting. Otherwise, as it begins to defrost the<br />

moisture drops to the base of the bag and starts to heat up,<br />

causing steam, which in turn starts to cook the food.<br />

2.<br />

3.<br />

4.<br />

5.<br />

6.<br />

I suggest you reheat using Medium/50%. It will take a<br />

little longer but food will be heated gently and more<br />

evenly than at higher power<br />

Don’t cook everything on High/100% power. Think about the<br />

temperature setting used to cook that food conventionally<br />

and apply the same when cooking in the microwave.<br />

As a rule, cover food in the microwave if you would<br />

normally cover it in your conventional oven, or if you<br />

want to retain moisture.<br />

For more even microwave cooking elevate food off the<br />

turntable by using a rack or upturned plate; this allows the<br />

microwave energy to cook the food from underneath easily.<br />

It is best to use non-recycled paper towel in the<br />

microwave oven as recycled paper towel may contain foil<br />

chips which can ignite in the microwave. Don’t ever reheat<br />

food in Chinese takeaway containers.<br />

Foil can be used in the microwave provided two-thirds<br />

7. of the food is not covered. Make sure it is secure and<br />

doesn’t come in contact with the microwave oven walls.<br />

Standing time is very important when cooking, reheating<br />

8. or defrosting in the microwave. Try to allow 50% of<br />

the microwaving time, For example, if you cook, reheat or<br />

defrost for 10 minutes allow 5 minutes standing.<br />

Remember that microwave ovens cook more at the<br />

9. outside that at the centre of the turntable, so when<br />

cooking foods like chicken, fish or vegetables, place the<br />

thicker or more dense portions of food to the outside, with<br />

the thinner, less dense pieces to the inside.<br />

10.<br />

To toast coconut and nuts, place into an oven bag. Twist<br />

the bag to secure. Cook 2-3 minutes on High 100% or<br />

until light golden, shaking the bag gently every minute.<br />

For In Season This Month – <strong>June</strong> visit pittwaterlife.com.au<br />

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

1. Spoon the apple into a<br />

lightly greased 23cm (base)<br />

microwave-safe pie plate.<br />

Scatter over the blueberries.<br />

Sprinkle the dry buttercake<br />

mix over the fruit.<br />

2. Lay the butter evenly over<br />

Celebrating 25 Years<br />

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25 26 27 28 29<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Puzzler<br />

30 31 32 33 34 35 36<br />

37 38 39<br />

40 41<br />

42<br />

43 44<br />

Compiled by David Stickley<br />

25 Popular campervan brand possibly<br />

spotted at NRMA Sydney Lakeside<br />

Holiday Park (9)<br />

27 Mentally perceptive and responsive (5)<br />

28 Stockings (6)<br />

29 Alcoholic drink enjoyed just before<br />

bed (8)<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Puzzler<br />

ACROSS<br />

1 Show featuring events that are current (8)<br />

5 A gradual but continuous rise or fall,<br />

as of prices (6)<br />

8 What animal is being counted locally<br />

on <strong>June</strong> 25, census day (5)<br />

9 Makers or sellers of spectacles and<br />

contact lenses (9)<br />

12 Having a variety of goods at a single<br />

place close to established operation (3-4)<br />

13 Travelling the sites of <strong>Pittwater</strong>,<br />

perhaps (7)<br />

14 Very lively and profitable (8)<br />

16 Recipient of monies (5)<br />

18 Fishing gear (5)<br />

19 Once owned by someone else (3-5)<br />

22 Noted psychologist and author,<br />

_______ Carr-Gregg, will be presenting<br />

Surviving Year 12 Presentation at<br />

Narrabeen Sports High in <strong>June</strong> (7)<br />

23 Work done by NBN, perhaps, to<br />

bring high-speed internet to the<br />

Northern Beaches (7)<br />

DOWN<br />

1 <strong>Pittwater</strong> home of Dynamite Premiere<br />

Academy (7)<br />

2 Create a piece of cloth by interlacing<br />

strands of fabric, such as wool or cotton<br />

(5)<br />

3 Where in North Curl Curl exhibitions<br />

for the Northern Beaches Art Prize will<br />

be held (8,5)<br />

4 What’s done (generally) at Warriewood<br />

Square (8)<br />

5 You can do this on water and snow (3)<br />

6 Shows like Real Housewives of<br />

Sydney that was partially filmed on the<br />

Northern Beaches (7,2)<br />

7 Pasta on the menu at Newport’s<br />

Lucky’s & Pep’s (7)<br />

10 Class at university as it is commonly<br />

known (4)<br />

11 A <strong>Pittwater</strong> social venue celebrating<br />

60 years of operation (4,4,5)<br />

15 A treatment available at Mona Vale’s<br />

Northern Dental Specialties, no doubt (4,5)<br />

17 Vegetable with dense clusters of tight<br />

green flower buds (8)<br />

18 Describing a victory by Manly at<br />

Brookvale (4,3)<br />

20 Give generously (3,4)<br />

21 A prisoner’s or defendant’s answer to<br />

a charge or claim (4)<br />

24 Winner of the tender to construct<br />

Barrenjoey Lighthouse and the keepers’<br />

cottages, _____ Banks (5)<br />

26 Main Northern Beaches public<br />

transport (3)<br />

[Solution page 71]<br />

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Times Past<br />

Lug this up there? You<br />

must be off your trolley!<br />

How do you get heavy<br />

gunmetal components<br />

for a lighthouse gallery<br />

railing, precast iron stairs and<br />

catwalks, one extremely heavy<br />

Chance Brothers glass lens<br />

and five crinoline-clad ladies,<br />

300 feet up to the summit of<br />

Barrenjoey Headland?<br />

No real problem… according<br />

to Isaac Banks!<br />

In October 1879, Isaac Banks<br />

was awarded the successful<br />

tender to construct Barrenjoey<br />

Lighthouse and the keepers’<br />

cottages at a cost of 13,695<br />

pounds ($27,390) and an extra<br />

2,210 pounds ($4,420) for the<br />

lens. Banks was considered one<br />

of the foremost masons and<br />

builders of the period.<br />

The stunning honeycoloured<br />

Hawkesbury<br />

sandstone only required<br />

transport for 100 metres up<br />

from the main quarry on the<br />

northern side of the track to<br />

the building site. Another<br />

quarry on the summit became<br />

the site for the assistant<br />

keeper’s duplex cottages.<br />

All other building<br />

components, timber included,<br />

had to be transported to the<br />

top of the headland from the<br />

Customs Station jetty.<br />

Early in 1880, Banks<br />

commenced work on a 1,000-<br />

yard (1km) trolley track from<br />

the wharf to the summit.<br />

According to Jervis Sparks in<br />

his excellent book ‘Tales from<br />

Barrenjoey’:<br />

“This trolley track was a<br />

remarkable engineering feat,<br />

both for the efficient track<br />

itself, and for its foundations<br />

of massive hewn stone, parts of<br />

which support the present day<br />

access road. Made of hardwood<br />

in mostly 10 feet (3m) sections,<br />

affixed by hand-forged spikes<br />

driven into the sandstone,<br />

remnants of the track are still<br />

visible today.”<br />

Two men were required to<br />

operate the single horse and<br />

trolley – the main handler<br />

with the bridle and the<br />

brakeman at the rear with his<br />

hand firmly on the trolley<br />

brake. The horse walked<br />

between the hardwood rails.<br />

The lens for the light was<br />

made by Chance Bros (of<br />

Birmingham, England) and in<br />

March 1881 it arrived at the<br />

Customs Station jetty. A special<br />

adaptation to the trolley was<br />

constructed and the huge crate<br />

containing the lens made it<br />

safely to the top.<br />

Everyone involved<br />

would have breathed<br />

a huge sigh of relief<br />

“knowing that the value<br />

of the cargo represented<br />

half a lifetime of toil”. (It<br />

was suggested that the<br />

brakeman’s knuckles were<br />

white on the brake handle.)<br />

Later the trolley was<br />

also used to convey several<br />

crinoline-clad wives and<br />

ladies to the top for the<br />

celebration of the opening<br />

of the light on 29 July 1881.<br />

The lower section of<br />

the present road follows the<br />

original trolley track; however<br />

the upper section of the track<br />

is now so overgrown as to<br />

be almost indiscernible and<br />

impenetrable.<br />

TIMES PAST is supplied by local<br />

historian and President of the Avalon Beach<br />

Historical Society GEOFF SEARL. Visit the Society’s<br />

showroom in Bowling Green Lane, Avalon Beach.<br />

Times Past<br />

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JUNE <strong>2017</strong> 69

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

How to care for all those<br />

Mother’s Day plant gifts<br />

All the beautiful pot<br />

plants purchased as<br />

gifts for Mother’s<br />

Day need attention now.<br />

Keep chrysanthemums<br />

flowering by trimming<br />

back the spent flowers.<br />

Move the plants outside<br />

into a bright situation. Be<br />

careful of sun burn, harden<br />

the foliage slowly over the<br />

period of a week. Water well<br />

and feed the plant weekly<br />

with a soluble fertiliser for<br />

flowering plants and your<br />

chrysanthemum will reward<br />

you with new growth and a<br />

second round of flowers.<br />

Alternatively plant it out<br />

into the garden after you<br />

have trimmed it back.<br />

Cyclamen (above) can flower<br />

all winter and into spring if<br />

the old flowers are regularly<br />

removed. Gently pull them<br />

away from the base; don’t cut<br />

them off leaving a portion of<br />

stem behind, as this will rot<br />

and cause fungal problems.<br />

Cyclamen and indoor<br />

heaters are not good friends.<br />

They like cool nights and<br />

moisture in the air. If you keep<br />

your cyclamen indoors, keep<br />

them on a sunny window sill<br />

away from the heater and put<br />

it outside at night.<br />

Once they stop flowering<br />

continue to water and feed<br />

the plant until they die back,<br />

then turn the pot on its side<br />

and let it dry out until after<br />

Christmas when it will start<br />

to return to life when you can<br />

repot it for another season of<br />

blooms.<br />

The moth orchids that<br />

were given to you for<br />

Mother’s Day will continue<br />

to flower for many months<br />

if you keep them warm and<br />

in a well-lit position. Don’t<br />

with Gabrielle Bryant<br />

over-water them. Water them<br />

under the tap, just once a<br />

week, and let excess water<br />

drain away. Too much water<br />

will kill them.<br />

Moth orchids are<br />

commercially grown in<br />

tiny plastic pots. It can be<br />

quite a surprise when you<br />

realise that they are not in<br />

soil, just in bark and often<br />

polystyrene chips. Naturally<br />

they grow on rain forest<br />

trees, not in soil.<br />

Once the coloured bracts<br />

fade on indoor poinsettias,<br />

plant them out into the<br />

garden or repot into a larger<br />

pot. They make wonderful<br />

colour in winter gardens.<br />

They are tough and hardy<br />

and will grow in full sun or<br />

semi shade.<br />

Red Hot Pokers & Winter Cheer<br />

When all else looks cold,<br />

the tall spears of Winter<br />

Cheer shoot up from their<br />

green grass-like leaves to<br />

warm you up. Their tall spikes<br />

of brilliant colour glow from<br />

late autumn until spring.<br />

They are salt-tolerant and<br />

thrive in a well-drained soil,<br />

with plenty of compost and<br />

regular water when they are<br />

flowering. They love full,<br />

sheltered sun or semi-shade.<br />

Pokers come in all colours<br />

and sizes. The tallest will grow<br />

more than a metre tall and the<br />

smallest reach just 60cm.<br />

Some are palest cream,<br />

some yellow or orange or<br />

bright scarlet. Breeders have<br />

developed them from the<br />

pokers that grow wild on the<br />

South African tablelands.<br />

Multi-plant these<br />

herbaceous perennials as<br />

background colour, use them<br />

as feature plants or grow the<br />

smaller varieties in pots.<br />

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Colour<br />

shines<br />

through<br />

the cold<br />

It is cold and wet in the<br />

garden, nothing is growing<br />

fast; it is the ideal time to<br />

take a good look at your<br />

landscape layout. All the<br />

paving, trimming, fence<br />

maintenance jobs can be<br />

done this month.<br />

Take time to consider your<br />

plants. If the garden is drab<br />

and colourless it can easily<br />

be remedied. Fill gaps or<br />

replace shrubs with some<br />

of the native plants that will<br />

brighten it up.<br />

The Banksias are all alight<br />

with golden candles. They are<br />

available every size and shape,<br />

from the tall yellow coastal<br />

banksias that fringe the<br />

beaches and the huge bronze<br />

flowers of the heath banksia<br />

deep in the bush to the tiny<br />

banksia ‘Birthday Candles’,<br />

whose bright gold candles<br />

light up pots and rockery<br />

pockets in the garden, and the<br />

prostrate form of the coastal<br />

banksia ‘Roller Coaster’,<br />

whose pale yellow cones spill<br />

over rocks and banks.<br />

Small-growing grevillea<br />

lanigera will attract the birds.<br />

The pale lilac or pink croweas<br />

will charmingly fill gaps in<br />

the semi-shade under shrubs<br />

or in the dappled shade of<br />

trees and the tiny native<br />

daisies, brachyscomes, in<br />

yellow, cream, violet, blue or<br />

hot pink, love sunny borders,<br />

baskets or pots.<br />

Fruiting trees and figs<br />

are food for thought<br />

Renewed interest in<br />

vegetable gardens has<br />

created a huge impact on<br />

home gardens. Veggies are<br />

grown on window sills, in<br />

pots, baskets and raised<br />

garden beds, but somehow<br />

it has been forgotten that<br />

home-grown fruits are<br />

just as easy to grow, and<br />

garden shade<br />

trees can easily<br />

be productive<br />

fruiting trees.<br />

(And fruit that is<br />

grown at home<br />

can be completely<br />

chemical-free.)<br />

This is the<br />

month to plant<br />

fruit trees in the garden.<br />

Always check that the variety<br />

you choose is suitable for<br />

our frost-free area. Stone<br />

fruit, apples and pears need<br />

a colder climate to do well.<br />

Avocados, mangos,<br />

tamarillos, bananas, lychees,<br />

pawpaws and cherry guavas<br />

will all grow on the northern<br />

beaches, but figs must be<br />

one of the most decorative<br />

of all. Their huge, glossy<br />

leaves shine in the sunlight.<br />

These trees are fastgrowing<br />

and quick to<br />

produce fruit. Figs are very<br />

are easy to grow. They can<br />

be left to grow<br />

into small trees<br />

or if pruned<br />

regularly they can<br />

be kept as bushy<br />

shrubs.<br />

There many<br />

different varieties<br />

to choose<br />

from. The older<br />

varieties such as White<br />

Adriatic, Brown Turkey or<br />

the Black Genoa will grow 5<br />

or 6 metres tall, while dwarf<br />

varieties make excellent pot<br />

plants. All figs do better<br />

with restricted root growth.<br />

If they are treated too well<br />

Get the gloss with<br />

Lipstick Hibiscus<br />

As the cold nights of winter creep up, it is<br />

fantastic how intense the winter colours<br />

become. Through the summer months the<br />

Hawaiian hibiscus steal the limelight, but as<br />

the days cool down the scarlet Lipstick hibiscus<br />

(right) shines through the cold harsh light.<br />

Often this old-fashioned hibiscus is overlooked<br />

by its flashy cousins, but it is an amazingly<br />

hardy, useful shrub as either a specimen plant<br />

that will shade or cover up in the garden. Clip it<br />

or let it grow and you will always have a bright<br />

cheerful plant that glows in winter.<br />

they will have the most<br />

luxurious foliage and very<br />

little fruit. They require very<br />

little attention.<br />

They lose their leaves in<br />

winter and this is the time to<br />

remove any dead wood and to<br />

shape the trees. Their natural<br />

shape is wide and spreading<br />

– but they can be trained to<br />

grow flat against a wall or<br />

fence. Fruit is only produced<br />

on the new growth, so an<br />

annual trim will improve your<br />

crop. Fig trees can be cut back<br />

by 50% without any harm.<br />

They grow well in a light, welldrained<br />

soil.<br />

Mulch the roots in summer<br />

– but be careful not to overwater<br />

in winter when the<br />

tree is dormant.<br />

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Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Crossword solution from page 68<br />

Mystery location: LITTLE HEAD<br />

Celebrating 25 Years<br />

JUNE <strong>2017</strong> 71



Can you believe Australia’s premier<br />

alpine resort Thredbo is celebrating<br />

its 60th anniversary in <strong>2017</strong>? It’s<br />

time to party on the slopes – get ready<br />

for some spectacular events, activities<br />

and entertainment throughout winter<br />

and beyond!<br />

Plus, this month <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> and<br />

Thredbo Alpine Resort are giving one<br />

lucky reader the chance to win a 2-night<br />

winter getaway to the snow for 2 people,<br />

including breakfasts, 2 x 2-day adult<br />

lift passes and 2 x 2-day adult ski hire –<br />

that’s a dream break worth nearly $2000<br />

(note: additional persons can be added at<br />

cost by arrangement with the good folks<br />

at Thredbo.)<br />

Some of the fun things Thredbo have<br />

planned this winter:<br />

n A commemorative ‘2037’ Bell will be<br />

installed at the top of the highest lifted<br />

point in Australia – the top of Karels T-Bar.<br />

The Bell, placed at 2037 metres above<br />

sea level, will be a great addition to the<br />

standard ‘selfie’ and will allow skiers and<br />

snowboarders to announce to the whole of<br />

Thredbo Valley that they have reached the<br />

top of Thredbo!<br />

n Thredbo’s magical village will be made<br />

even more picturesque with the addition<br />

of beautiful tree lighting. Complementing<br />

the vibrant après scene that Thredbo<br />

village enjoys, it’s sure to be a massive<br />

hit with families and kids as they<br />

experience a true winter wonderland.<br />

n Thredbo will be introducing some onmountain<br />

‘Kids Only’ adventure zones<br />

around the family friendly Cruiser and<br />

Friday Flat areas.<br />

n You can now sign up for a premium<br />

beginner lesson – drop the kids off, grab a<br />

coffee and get ready for your lesson from<br />

10.30am. Just add this on when purchasing<br />

any beginner lift and lesson package.<br />

(Maximum of only six per class!)<br />

n Advanced and Intermediate<br />

snowboarders can work on their skills<br />

with a new Max3 session – jump into a<br />

park session at 1pm, with just you and two<br />

others in this three-hour lesson, all for the<br />

same price as a one-hour private lesson.<br />

n Play ‘Winter Disc Golf’ among the<br />

eucalypts on the ‘9-basket’ course at the<br />

foot of the slopes; a fun activity for all ages.<br />

n Plus, the Thredbo Leisure Centre can<br />

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Not only can you enjoy what’s on<br />

offer at Thredbo this winter season, but<br />

thanks to Thredbo’s partnership with the<br />

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More info thredbo.com.au<br />

THE PRIZE:<br />

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Thredbo Alpine Hotel<br />

Breakfast daily<br />

2 x 2-day adult lift passes<br />

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TO ENTER:<br />

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competition starts May 31 and closes<br />

<strong>June</strong> 29, with the winner notified by<br />

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pittwaterlife.com.au)<br />

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Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Unlocking the secrets<br />

of the amazing Orient<br />

China and Japan are two of<br />

Asia’s most astounding<br />

and enigmatic destinations.<br />

Both countries present travellers<br />

with the opportunity to<br />

experience traditional culture,<br />

delicious food and worldrenowned<br />

locations.<br />

While there are common<br />

threads to discover in China and<br />

Japan, each country presents its<br />

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Travel View’s Sharon Godden.<br />

“Majestic Yangtze is one of<br />

Wendy Wu Tours’ most popular<br />

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Beijing – and for a meander<br />

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She said travellers will be<br />

able to take in a civilisation<br />

that dates back more than five<br />

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“Arrive in energetic Shanghai<br />

where east and west collide;<br />

watch the giant pandas of<br />

Chengdu at play; stand before<br />

the commanding Terracotta<br />

Warriors in Xian; and tread in<br />

the footsteps of ancient warriors<br />

along Beijing’s Great Wall<br />

of China,” Sharon said.<br />

A Week in Japan is a new tour<br />

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“The Japanese<br />

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Skytree, and witness the sacred<br />

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train – Kyoto holds the spiritual<br />

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“Temples… shrines… Zen<br />

gardens are everywhere you<br />

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Plus, book by <strong>June</strong> 9 and save<br />

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Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

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Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Top End art tour<br />

a sacred journey<br />

If you’ve longed to access<br />

Australia’s remote northern<br />

coastline to marvel at the<br />

prehistoric landscapes and<br />

obtain a better appreciation<br />

and understanding of Indigenous<br />

culture, bespoke experts<br />

Coral Expeditions have<br />

assembled the ideal cruise<br />

journey – complete with a<br />

Cape York & Arnhem Land<br />

Curated Art Program.<br />

Hosted by internationally<br />

acclaimed Torres Strait traditional<br />

artist Brian Robinson<br />

and sailing aboard the flagship<br />

Coral Discoverer, the 12-night<br />

itinerary ventures far off the<br />

beaten track from Darwin into<br />

Arnhem Land, to the very tip<br />

of Australia at Cape York, and<br />

the Torres Strait.<br />

“Guests will learn and experience<br />

traditions unchanged for<br />

centuries, sacred rock art and<br />

remote lands only permitted accessible<br />

by a fortunate few,” says<br />

Travel View’s Karen Robinson.<br />

It’s a unique journey to a selection<br />

of the continent’s most<br />

respected artistic centres,<br />

providing the opportunity for<br />

guests to create their own<br />

artworks through a series of<br />

onboard workshops including<br />

totem carving, weaving,<br />

printmaking and lino-cutting.<br />

All materials are provided,<br />

along with expert tutelage and<br />

guidance from Brian.<br />

“You’ll witness how generations<br />

have passed on their<br />

artistic traditions, and how<br />

this important cultural legacy<br />

is being kept alive today,” said<br />

Karen. “You’ll visit world renowned<br />

art centres in Yirrkala<br />

and Nhulunbuy, enjoy a traditional<br />

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Mer Dance Troupe, see how<br />

the women of the untouched<br />

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give back to their commu-<br />

nity through their local fabric<br />

printmaking and clothing<br />

business and at Wessel Island,<br />

you’ll view ancient ‘navigator’<br />

rock art, depicting the waves<br />

of European explorers who<br />

arrived on the continent.”<br />

Also, respected zoologist,<br />

educator and author Ian Morris<br />

will hold presentations and<br />

lectures about the history and<br />

style of traditional artwork<br />

throughout the journey.<br />

“Incredibly, Ian speaks<br />

Djambarrpuynu, Warramirri &<br />

Gupapuynu – all local Indigenous<br />

languages,” said Karen.<br />

“Ian has worked with Coral<br />

Expeditions since 1987 and<br />

with the Aboriginal traditional<br />

owners of the Arnhem Land<br />

region for<br />

decades.”<br />

The<br />

once-in-a-lifetime journey departs<br />

Darwin on November 23;<br />

fares start from $9,980 per<br />

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daily guided excursions and<br />

comprehensive sightseeing in<br />

each location.<br />

“Coral Expeditions has led<br />

expedition cruises here for<br />

more than 30 years, so guests<br />

can be assured of personal<br />

experiences conducted with<br />

respect to local culture,” said<br />

Karen. “They will also enjoy the<br />

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that comes with travelling in a<br />

small, like-minded group.”<br />

More info 9918 4444.<br />

74 JUNE <strong>2017</strong><br />

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